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Emma and Matt: Purple Pageantry

EMMA'S AND MATT'S PURPLE PAGEANT

A day of vibrant colours, exclusive surroundings and seamless planning bought together a fabulous day for Emma, Matt and their guests at Hedsor House. Just scroll through the photos of their spectacular day by the talented Pippa Mackenzie to get a sense of the purple pageantry...

We were lucky enough for Emma and Matt to share details of their soulful wedding with us... 

Why Hedsor?

What I remember most about the day is how wonderful the room we ate in looked
— Matt

"We had always wanted a beautiful grand house, long drive way leading up to it with lovely surroundings and Hedsor House was all that with a magical feel to it". Hedsor gave us the opportunity to use both the stunning garden views on the south lawn for our drinks reception and canapés then moved into the magnificent ballroom for the meal. 

Details of the Day

There were many small details that were very important to the couple, such as the invitations and wedding favours designed and made by Emma and her Mum. The colour scheme was vibrant purple - including the bouquet, bridesmaid dresses, grooms men bow ties and lighting in the room.

The most important thing to me was the drive up; you see all the lovely flowers and the cows!
— Emma

The House: We both loved how the long drive to Hedsor House built up the suspense and Hedsor definitely doesn't disappoint once you finally see it. The surroundings of the venue were very important to both of us, as we wanted to have our canapés and drinks reception outside. Hedsor House  had a magical feel to it that we knew our guests would remember. 

The Dresses: My gorgeous dress was from Windsor and Eton Brides, it was a strapless ivory dress with diamonds threaded throughout. Instead of a veil I opted for a sparkly headpiece that matched perfectly with my dress.  To match the bright inviting theme I chose floor length 'Cadburys' purple dresses for my bridesmaids and my maid of honour wore a gorgeous headpiece to stand out from the others. 

The Ceremony: The ceremony was beautiful, I remember smiling the whole way through. We had a civil ceremony in the Centre Hall, then celebrated outside on the South Lawns with umbrellas and outdoor furniture (luckily the weather was perfect).     

The Flowers: This was the first element of our wedding that I organised with our planner Georgia from Rhubarb catering. Flowers were (of course) purple, with threads of pink, the colours were very bright which bought a sense of fun and excitement into the atmosphere. Philippa Craddock bought together the purple theme throughout and we absolutely loved them!  

The Food and Drink: The superstars of the day had to be our caterers Rhubarb, we were lucky enough to have the help of Georgia Attwood who planned our day to perfection. Food, styling, planning  and preparations leading up to our big day helped us both feel excited rather than nervous. 

The Photographer: The photos below explain it all, we are so happy and proud to share with you - our special thanks to Pippa Mackenzie. As the saying says 'a picture speaks a thousand words' so we will just let you just look through them. 

The Entertainment: We couldn't recommend 'The Wandering Hands'   enough, they were amazing! They sang while we were having our canapés outside and did our first dance song which was such a memorable and special moment for us. 

"You want people to remember your venue and with Hedsor you definitely achieve this!" - Matt

Photography – Pippa Mackenzie / Band & Entertainment  –  'The Wandering Hands'  / Caterers – Rhubarb / Dresses – Windsor and Eton Brides / Flowers – Philippa Craddock / Hair and Make-up - Emma Louise Wells 

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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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Rachel and Will: Romance and Revelry

For centuries, Hedsor House has been a place to gather, celebrate and entertain. So it was only right that Rachel and Will’s romantic wedding included so much to entertain and amuse their 140 guests.  

An electrifying string quartet on the lawns, a live party band playing soul and disco, topped off by midnight hot chocolate and marshmallows on the lawns; it was a blast!  

Rachel shared with us some more details of their special day at Hedsor.

Why Hedsor House?

“We wanted somewhere quite local and where both the ceremony and the reception could take place, but we didn’t want to get married in a hotel. We were also looking for somewhere that offered exclusivity, privacy and intimacy. We weren’t previously aware of Hedsor House, but discovered a hidden gem! It’s accessed by a one kilometre driveway and surrounded by almost 100 acres of glorious parkland, so it’s extremely private. 

Details of the Day

We were looking for somewhere that offered a blank canvas so we could choose the exact suppliers to make and transform it into our own special day. Hedsor really was the perfect venue for creating the most magical day!
— Rachel

The Style: Our day followed a contemporary champagne and nude theme that featured beautiful stationery, crisp linens, delicate cutlery as well as incredible floral arches. We were helped by Melanie from Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events who planned our day from start to finish. She could see our vision straight away, and helped to create an elegant and wonderful day that we will remember forever.

The Ceremony: One of Hedsor’s best features is its spectacular domed Centre Hall where our wedding ceremony took place. During the romantic service, our Buckinghamshire-based registrar provided some lovely information on the house’s quintessentially English history and two close friends gave a couple of beautiful readings. 

The Reception: Having the perfect venue was our top priority, followed by wanting to provide great food and entertainment for our guests. We took time to choose our caterer, Melissa Webb, one of Hedsor House’s preferred caterers. We spent a lot of time selecting our caterer and deciding on our perfect menu, which included delicious cocktails, tender fillet of beef and an amazing salted caramel mousse. 

The Entertainment: It was really important to us that our guests were kept amused, so we went all out on the entertainment. We had two magicians, a silhouette artist, a DJ and London-based party band Bellissima who kept the crowds dancing with pop and soul classics. We also loved having Stringfever, a crazy electrifying, comedy string group show. Hard to describe but really entertaining! And with all that dancing, it was only right that we supplied white dancing flip flops for ladies who wanted to kick off their high heels! For our send off just before midnight, we handed out sparklers and hot chocolate with marshmallows. A sweet end to the perfect day! 

We feel that Hedsor House is the perfect wedding venue for you to create something really unique. I’d recommend hiring Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events – they’re amazing and really made our day what it was! Do make sure you spend time getting the food and the menu right, and if you can afford it, try and hire a videographer as it really brings the wedding day to life.
— Rachel

The Suppliers

Photography – Pippa Mackenzie / Planners – Cranberry Blue / Quartet – String Fever / Band – Belissima / Caterers – Melissa Webb / Dress – Sassi Holford / Cake – Zoe Clark / Flowers – Lavender Green

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


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Emily and Dan: Music and Merriment

Emily and Dan seamlessly blended traditional elements of their Jewish heritage with an incredible flashmob and party atmosphere at Hedsor. 

Their day was characterised by a number of surprises, mostly revolving around music which is a passion of theirs - in fact they met when they were in a musical at university and Emily now runs a choir that Dan is a member of. 

We spoke to Emily and Dan to find out more about their wedding and the reunion of boyband Blueprint for one night only... 

Why Hedsor?

We loved that we could have a little piece of the countryside all to ourselves and still be within close reach of London.
— Emily

"We fell in love with Hedsor House the moment we saw it. With stunning views, plenty of space and timeless beauty, we loved that we could have a little piece of the countryside all to ourselves and still be within close reach of London.

We had always hoped for an outdoor wedding, especially given the stunning gardens and view at Hedsor. But when it rained on our wedding day, the beautiful Centre Hall was the best plan B we could have hoped for, and the numerous spaces inside the house meant there was plenty of room for our guests to spread out and explore.

Choosing Hedsor was the best decision we made, and we have been showered with compliments about the venue ever since! 

Details of the Day

The Ceremony: We had a modern Jewish ceremony, updated with the help of our Rabbi to include lots of beautiful traditions that we personalised to make sure it reflected our values. Emily was sung down the aisle by a friend of ours, and our Rabbi brought along a guitar for added music, with a performance of our favourite song, alongside a reading of some of our favourite lyrics from other close friends. 

We chose a simple chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy) and were surrounded by our family and loved ones. As a twist on the traditional Jewish breaking of the glass, usually done only by the groom, Emily also stamped on a glass! 

Pick great suppliers. If you know you have the best people on the job, you’ll be able to relax on the day.
— Emily

The Food: Caper and Berry were incredible caterers, providing flawless event management on the day too. From the canapes, tweaked to suit our palates, to the bespoke fish-based three course menu and show-stopping ‘shots and pots’ we couldn’t have asked for more. The evening cocktails, flavoured popcorn, cheese board and salt beef sandwiches went down a treat and we’d recommend them to anyone! 

The Cake: Emily’s mum was keen to design the cake, and made hundreds of sugar hydrangeas which cascaded over layers of chocolate, vanilla and fruit cake. 

The Photographer: Simon Atkins ticked all our boxes, having photographed Jewish weddings and ceremonies at Hedsor. With a photojournalist style, we knew Simon would capture our day without us awkwardly posing. We hardly noticed he was there, and we were so pleased with the way he captured the emotion, atmosphere and love of the day. 

The Entertainment: We chose Totem as our band for the day - a brilliant decision! Musicians played during the ceremony, signing of the register, reception, dinner and several awesome sets in the evening! Daniel’s brother Michael performed our first dance - an amazing acoustic rendition of ‘500 Miles’ on guitar. We soon had everyone dancing with us!

Our reception kicked off with some traditional Israeli dancing, which saw us thrown into the air on chairs, and huge circles of dancing with our friends and family! From then, three singers and a band plus live DJ kept the dance floor full all night. As well as some beautiful performances by friends during our ceremony, we decided to add in a few surprises for our guests! Immediately after cutting the cake, we both broke into song, soon joined by 25 of our singing friends in a flashmob song and dance routine we’d put together.

Later in the evening Blueprint, Daniel’s boyband from his university years, re-formed for a short set - all of this we’d kept even from our parents! Singing ‘Love Me For a Reason’ with all our guests is something we’ll never forget! We ended the night with a sparkler exit, lit up by the faces of our nearest and dearest!  

The Suppliers

Catering: Caper and Berry / Photographer: Simon Atkins / Cake: Waitrose & Emily's Mum! / Chuppah: Chuppah's Direct / Flowers: Ruby and Grace / Lighting, Sound & AV: Class Act / Music: Totem / Flashmob: Starling Arts / Hair & Make Up: Simone Abeya / Dress: White Leaf Bridal / Groom's Suit: Saint Laurent / Groomsmen: Moss Bros / Rings: Michael Platt

Huge thanks to Simon Atkins for permission to use a selection of photography from Emily & Dan's special day!

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Vanessa and Kalpesh: Stylish Cultural Fusion

When Vanessa and Kalpesh decided on Hedsor as a wedding venue, they were taken in by the glorious views and the privacy of the estate.

Their wedding was a superb fusion of English traditions and colourful Indian culture, with afternoon tea and an Indian-inspired floral displays. And the wedding featured a fair amount of something both cultures enjoy: dancing ‘til the early hours! 

We spoke to Vanessa and Kal to find out more about their special day at Hedsor. 

One of the most important things about our wedding day was bringing our two cultures together in our union – I have British heritage and Kal has a British Indian heritage. Many mixed marriages that we had come across had two separate days and we were keen to try and have one day that represented us coming together – this was a tall order as it meant that we would have a jam-packed day with two ceremonies... On the plus side it meant two outfits each!”
— Vanessa

Why Hedsor House?

“When we drove up the long driveway of Hedsor House we were totally blown away. As we looked around the beautiful interior we could really see how we could make our day come to life there – all in one venue. This was not something we had found at other venues where there would be logistical challenges or the layout of the venue would not allow our day to flow smoothly.  What completely sold it for us was the absolutely beautiful Bridal Suite; it is such a beautiful and peaceful space to get ready in. And walking down the gorgeous spiral staircase to your ceremony in the magnificent domed Centre Hall is just so special."

Details of the Day 

The Flowers: The flowers were from Hot Flowers and Art, and surpassed all of our expectations. They were a beautiful vibrant hue of autumnal colours. When the bouquets were delivered to the Bridal Suite, it was a perfect moment. I was so pleased, and it really felt like all our plans were coming together!

Get married at Hedsor House! You will not regret it. And for brides – definitely use the lovely Bridal Suite to get ready!
— Vanessa and Kal

The Ceremony: To achieve our goal of representing both of our cultures, we had two ceremonies: a traditional civil ceremony for 80 guests followed by afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, and a Hindu ceremony for 130 guests with a stunning flower-framed Mandap.  We had both ceremonies in the Centre Hall, but both looked completely different. This showed the versatility of Hedsor that we could have two diverse ceremonies in less than four hours! We changed the layout of the room so guests faced the other way for the Hindu ceremony – it was full to the rafters with a really different feeling.  After the Hindu ceremony, our guests enjoyed a Prosecco-fuelled reception while we took a welcome and relaxing break by having our photos taken in the grounds of Hedsor House – all credit to our photographer Tony Hart for making this part of the day special and relaxing.

The Entertainment: Topping off the day of the union of our two cultures was our first dance, which was a traditional ballroom dance topped off by busting into some Bollywood moves! The dance was not at all well-polished by us, but we wanted to create a fun atmosphere for the ensuing disco, which we are told that we did!   We kept the entertainment simple with a DJ, Chintz Garcha from Showcase Weddings. Something our guests (and we!) loved was the sparkly dancefloor that we got to party the night away on. It was perfect to be able to celebrate in style in the same Centre Hall that we had conducted our two ceremonies in earlier in the day. Chintz was great at banging out the tunes that kept a real party atmosphere and a full dancefloor until the very last song! A perfect end to a perfect day.


The Suppliers: 

Photography – Tony Hart  / DJ – Showcase Weddings / Caterers – Akhil Sabherwal at Delhicious  / Dress – Ellie Sanderson / Cake – Andrea Freeman  / Flowers – Hot Flowers and Art 

Huge thanks to Tony Hart for permission to use a selection of photography from Vanessa and Kalpesh's special day!


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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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