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Rachel and David: An American Dream

Rachel and David planned their entire wedding from ‘across the pond,’ though you wouldn’t have been able to tell they’d only visited Hedsor once or twice before their big day!

Their special day was flawlessly coordinated, and Hedsor was described by Rachel as “the perfect setting for the wedding of our dreams.” High praise indeed!

We spoke to Rachel to find out more about their special Jewish wedding and what Hedsor House means to them…

Why Hedsor?

"We always knew that we wanted to hold our wedding in a grand house; half of our guests were travelling to the UK from America, so the traditional features of Hedsor House made it the perfect backdrop to our day! My Mum told me about Hedsor years ago as she’d seen it in the film ‘Quartet’ and knew immediately that it would be the most perfect wedding venue for us. Fast forward to us being engaged; we visited Hedsor and knew immediately that it was the venue for us, absolutely stunning and the staff were so wonderful. 

Details of the Day

Our wedding day was absolutely magical and the magic was made possible by holding it at the most exquisite venue – Hedsor House!
— Rachel (Bride)

There were many small details that were very important to us, such as the invitations and wedding favours designed and made by myself and my Mum. The colour scheme was purple - including my bouquet, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen bow ties and lighting in the room.

The House: There were so many elements that we just loved. The Sunken Garden was beautiful (even in winter) and we knew that’s where we would hold our cocktail hour. The Bridal Suite was gorgeous, definitely the perfect setting for the Bridal Party to get ready in the morning. The Centre Hall with the beautiful domed ceiling… WOW!

The Dress: My dress was by Maggie Sottero, covered in intricate lace and beading. When I found the dress I knew it was ‘the one’… It was everything I could have dreamed of with the scalloped edge, capped sleeves and sweetheart neckline. When I found it we already knew that Hedsor House was our venue and that the dress would fit the elegance of the venue just perfectly!

The Ceremony: It was very important that we could have a traditional Jewish Orthodox ceremony under a beautiful chuppah (wedding canopy) and ours was adorned with gorgeous purple and ivory cascading orchids. It was covered with the tallit (prayer shawls) of our grandfathers, a wonderful tradition within David’s family to honour those who have passed.

Though it was traditional, our ceremony had a modern twist. Our Rabbi sang many songs during the ceremony which included a beautiful rendition of Lecha Dodi (Come My Beloved) to All of Me by John Legend as I was escorted to the chuppah. Surrounding us was a sea of purple lighting and all our closest family and friends.

The Flowers: We used the exquisite Ruby and Grace who were so gracious in accepting the challenge of finding flowers that worked with our purple colour scheme. We gave them a small swatch of fabric from the bridesmaid dresses and Hannah told me that she always had it on her!

The Food and Drink: Philip Small, a specialist Jewish caterer, was absolutely amazing! Our starter was a duck salad and when we were walking around to greet our guests we knew it was a hit – everyone’s plates were empty! For dessert we enjoyed 4 miniature ‘shot’ desserts - chocolate mousse, berry compote with meringue, sticky toffee pudding and my favourite – vanilla ice cream with ginger stem.

The Cake: The cake was made by Philip Small’s wonderful pastry chef who made an exact replica of a cake I’d found on Pinterest – a three tier ivory cake covered in purple filigree. Each tier of our cake was a different flavour – red velvet on the bottom, chocolate sponge in the middle and lemon on top – delicious!

The Photographer: Our photographer was the brilliant Mike Garrard. We were both very sure we wanted a photojournalism style; when we discovered Mike we knew that his style and the vibrancy of his pictures would capture the essence of our day. He certainly did!

The Videographer: Looking at Hang The Moon’s website I was hooked, his style was everything I could have dreamed of. The trailer and film is fantastic, we’ve watched it more times than we can count!

The Suppliers

Photography – Mike Garrard / Bride’s Dress – Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Alfred Angelo / Caterer and Production – Philip Small / Videography – Hang The Moon / Entertainment – The Twentysomethings / Bridal Hair and Makeup – Bridal Hair Design and Make-Up By Elisa / Florist – Ruby and Grace

Huge thanks to Mike Garrard for permission to use a selection of photography from Rachel and David's celebrations!

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Sarah and Matt: Pearls and Lace

Sarah and Matt’s wedding was full of romantic flowers, delicate lace and all things gorgeous.

But more than that: there were plenty of elements to surprise and delight guests, from jugglers to string quartets and a life-sized escort tree (more on that later!) Most of all we loved how this couple really made the most of the different spaces at Hedsor House - we were amazed with what they did with the Centre Hall! 

We spoke to Sarah and Matt about why they chose Hedsor, and if they feel they achieved their dream of having the perfect wedding day.

It was an incredibly intimate day and captured the romance perfectly. Hedsor is such a thought-provoking and inspiring venue, and the warm and attentive staff are a true delight. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!
— Sarah

Why Hedsor?

Hedsor is a perfect wedding venue, a place of wonder and imagination. The location is stunning, we love the manicured grounds and the Highland Cows! It is a beautiful period venue that has lots of character and impact, and so we just knew immediately it was the venue for us – it felt totally perfect. We love the décor inside the house, the Centre Hall’s domed ceiling and columns and the stillness and beauty of the panelled Ballroom, with its stunning windows and great views out to the grounds.

Details of the Day

The Style: We wanted a luxurious, chic, romantic feel with lots of flowers and pretty details, we had lots of pearls and touches of lace. I originally wanted an ‘organic’ style, which developed as we went along but it did feature a life size escort tree which was a real statement and talking point. I have to say our fabulous wedding planner Melanie Helen of Cranberry Blue made all of the magic come together!

Make sure you have some of your wedding cake, and don’t let expensive flowers go to waste – donate to family and friends!
— Sarah

The Ceremony: Our ceremony was truly magical, and everything we had ever dreamt about. Our Harpist Rebeca Jones played and I walked down the aisle to David Bowie’s ‘Labyrinth’ soundtrack song, ‘As the World Falls Down’. The flowers by Mary Jane Vaughan were truly astounding. They were a real floral feast for the eyes!  

The Food and Drink: Our food was lovingly prepared by Rocket, and I genuinely think that most guests thought they were in a Michelin starred restaurant! They are extremely professional as a caterer, and really did go that extra mile.  

The Cake: We had a Rosalind Miller Cake which was gorgeous. We chose different flavoured sponge throughout its tiers, including rose, lavender and lemon in line with our botanical, natural theme. 

The Photographs: Pippa Mackenzie was discreet and very graceful. As soon as we met her it felt like we had known her forever! As a very experienced photographer she captured every special moment from our day with unique creativity.

The Suppliers

Planners – Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events / Flowers – Mary Jane Vaughan / Photography – Pippa Mackenzie Photography / Catering – Rocket Food / Cake –  Rosalind Miller /  Music – String Fever /  Harp – Rebeca Jones / Stationery – Emily & Jo Stationery 

Huge thanks to Pippa Mackenzie for permission to use a selection of photography from Sarah and Matt's special day!


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