summer wedding

Jo and Ryan: Party People

A traditional English country wedding with a very fashionable twist, Jo and Ryan's special day was the party to end all parties, with guests dancing on their chairs before the starters even came out...  

Not long ago, a few of the Hedsor House team watched the most beautiful, fun-filled, tear jerking wedding video. Only a few days later we were lucky enough to receive Jo's email with all of the details behind their amazing wedding that had our whole office laughing and smiling. We thought it was only fair to share Jo & Ryan's wedding in Jo's own words...

The Ceremony

Our actual ceremony was very traditional. We got married at the little local church opposite the village green with a small pub in the corner. My Dad said I was actually shaking a bit when I was walking down the aisle but to be honest I didn't realise I was, I just so excited to get married and to see everyone! I couldn't wait to party!

Why Hedsor?

What we both loved about the house was that it was a ‘blank canvas’ and that it had so many rooms that we could do so much with
— Jo & Ryan

Hedsor House happened to be the third venue we had looked at, when we got there we knew straight away that this was the one.

The house is just so picturesque and the grounds surrounding the house just have that WOW factor to them. As we both really wanted to get married in a church, the local St Nicolas' in Taplow, was only a short distance to Hedsor with the perfect little village green that surrounded it. 

The drive up to Hedsor is just stunning too, it really builds up the anticipation and there isn't the slightest moment of disappointment once you get to the house. 

Details of the Day

The Dresses: I found finding the dress the hardest part in the whole wedding organising. I went to so many different bridal shops I think I started to confuse myself! I finally found 'the one' at Suzanne Neville’s own boutique in Beauchamp Place. The top mesh straps of the dress initially drew me towards it and then when I tried it on the dress fitted my body shape so well I knew it was the one instantly.

I loved it at as I was able to have it made to measure so it was bespoke to my body shape and they were able to add one of her famous corsets into the dress too as well as the back necklace from Hermione Harbutt.  My Mum also had her bespoke wedding outfit made by Suzanne Neville. She looked amazing and I have never known a mother of the bride get so many compliments on their outfit. I am fashion buyer for Kurt Geiger so the shoes and bags were another fundamental part to complete the look. I went for Valentino rock stud sandals in white patent and added a bit of fun with a Sophia Webster speech bubble bag.

The Bridesmaid Dresses

The Bridesmaid Dresses

The bridesmaid dresses were from Maid to Measure as I really wanted them all to have the same material and colour but different styles to suit their body shapes so they all felt really comfortable on the day. The soft pale pink was just stunning and really complimented the flowers. It was great that they were able to have their own style of dress to compliment each of their individual styles and personalities. 

The Flowers: As I was getting married at the height of the summer I really wanted the flowers to take centre stage and create amazing back drops for the photos. Euphoric Flowers were just amazing to work with and totally brought my vision to life. The flowers just looked spectacular throughout the church and the venue really capturing my colour theme of pink, white with a hint of grey. The bouquet and mini versions for the maids and flower girl looked stunning. The flowers in the wedding breakfast were just breath-taking, the large clear glass vases full with flowers looked spectacular with all the guest going "wow" when the walked into the room.

The Food: Our caterers for the day and evening were Cavendish Events who did a fantastic job with all the elements including the planning stages of our day. 

Ryan’s best men didn’t just do a speech they did a rap with music which was the biggest supprise of them all, it was so funny and got the whole rooms singing and dancing along
— Jo

The Menu

Starter - Tempura Prawns  

Main - Feather Blade of English Beef with Rich Bourguignon Sauce, Horseradish Creamed Potatoes and Buttered Greens,

Dessert - Trio of Desserts – Chocolate Fondant, Eton Mess and Crème Brulee

 

The Entertainment:  The entertainment and music was such a key part of our day. Ryan and I are a party couple and we really wanted the day to be a real party atmosphere throughout. Having the singer Danny Mills in the wedding breakfast with his piano taking song requests was the best idea by far seeing all the guests dancing and on their chairs was just brilliant. Also seeing all the guests faces when the three waiters started singing was so funny I had so many guests coming up to me saying this is just the best wedding ever which made everything worth it! Also our friend is the singer Danny Litchfield he came as a guest but he organised for his band to play at the evening reception alongside Kristina Joy who sang at the church and evening reception too - she was amazing and was on the show The Voice. Danny also got up and did a few songs in the evening too.

The Photographer: The photos of our day were honestly perfect, go check out them on Jay Rowden's website to see for yourself!

 

Your Best Memory From the Day?

I loved seeing all my guests having such a fun time all dancing on their chairs and around their tables at the wedding breakfast. I have never been to a wedding where the party started before the starters had even come out.  Also seeing our guests faces when the three waiters started singing too was priceless. Also we had a north vs. south dance off in the evening which was hilarious. 

 

Caterer and Production - Cavendish Events / Band & DJ - Danny Mills / Singer - Danny Litchfield & Kristen Jou & The Singing Waiters at Wedding Breakfast /  Florist - Euphoric Flowers / Videographer - Kissing Gate Films / Photographer - Jay Rowden / Dress - Suzaanne Neville - Suzanne Neville Beauchamp Place / Bridesmaids - Maid to Measure / Groom - Mark Marengo Saville Row Groomsmen - Mark Marengo Saville Row / Make-up and Hair - Jo Adams  

 

 

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Andrew and Richard: Midsummer Day’s Celebration

We are proud that Hedsor House is a true blank canvas; whatever your dream celebration, we can most likely help you to make it happen!

So when Andrew and Richard came to us with their incredible ideas for a special midsummer marriage here at Hedsor, we were so excited to see how they would transform our beautiful spaces to achieve their grand designs.

We spoke to Andrew and Richard to hear more about their day and how they wove the concept of ‘sprezzatura’ into their special celebration…

It has been a delight having the freedom to create a spectacular ‘reconstructed’ marriage ceremony in the total privacy of this stunning Georgian mansion and gardens.
— Andrew

Why Hedsor House? 

"Location, location, location. The house has spectacular rooms, wonderful gardens, privacy and we loved that it is exclusive use. The only guests at the house are your own wedding guests.  We were allowed the flexibility of all reasonable requests to create an extraordinary and entrancing day of entertainments.

Details of the Day 

The Theme: We wanted our day to be absolutely flawless but also feel relaxed and inclusive. So we focused on the concept of ‘sprezzatura’, an Italian word that reflects ‘the art of studied nonchalance’… It means to conduct something perfectly but without apparent effort. Based on comments from our guests, we certainly feel as though we achieved this!

The Suits: We had Nehru under-suits of ivory trimmed with gold. We also had handcrafted jackets for the grooms and pageboy, each in separate colours of Duppion silk made in India. This was overlaid with gold arabesque designs that were made exclusively for us!

The Flowers: We went for summer floristry at its more opulent, though we also wanted it to look like a fresh herbaceous border brought indoors. This reflected the sprezzatura concept we were going for.

The Ceremony: We deconstructed the marriage ceremony, then ‘reconstructed’ it to incorporate elements relevant to us – from neopagan hand-fasting to international speakers on LGBT battles past and forward.  For example, we had a speech from the former Health Minister who championed Civil Partnership in Parliament.

We have been very touched by so many guests saying it is the best wedding day they have ever been to!
— Andrew

The Reception: We had an added surprise for our guests in line with the concept of a Midsummer Day’s Dream; a film production company set up a full-blown snow scene in the oak-panelled Ballroom. Snow falling in the middle of summer was an incredibly atmospheric addition!

The Food and Drink: Our caterers, Create Food, were wonderful. They created two dishes to our exact specification that we had designed to remind us of holidays. One included succulent pink duck breasts that everybody commented on!

The Entertainment: Entertainment was high on our agenda. Two very prominent stars of the West End performed in the Centre Hall, and the London Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble entertained our guests in the Sunken Garden. This was alongside international tenor Harry Nicoll and the Aurai Trio.

The Photography: One of our guests is an internationally renowned cameraman, and our official photographer is a rising star. Both were asked to take informal and non-posed photos. However, our posed shot with all the guests in the stunning Sunken Garden from the upper balcony? Spectacular!

Plan every last detail and ensure performers know what they are doing – rehearse! Also make sure the guests have a clear vision of what is expected of them by putting timings in the Order of Service – everyone can prepare themselves, and therefore relax!
— Richard

The Suppliers

Catering: Create FoodBloomberry Juices / Flowers: Floral Designs Ltd / Wedding Jackets: Malcolm Hall / Wedding under-suit: Tailor Made London / Photographer: Paul Nicholas Dyke / Light, Sound & Stage: Visions Group / Revelry & Entertainment: Dreamtime Productions (Matthew Wren-Andrew, Kieran Brown, Shona White, Niall Bailey) / Harry Nicoll, (Tenor ‘Caro Mio Ben’) / London Gay Mens Chorus, Simon Sharp (Artistic Director) & the A Capella Stars / Pauline Savage and The Aurai Trio /Snow Theming: Snow Business 


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Rachel and Rob: Country House Elegance

Hedsor House is the ultimate backdrop for a beautiful country house wedding, and we simply adored Rachel and Rob’s elegant day. 

When it came to planning our wedding, we shied away from having a theme as such; Hedsor House is so beautiful that instead we tried to create a feeling of ‘timeless elegance’ throughout the whole day.
— Rachel

From delicate floristry in soft, pastel shades to the graceful string quartet accompanying the ceremony, Rachel and Rob paid attention to the tiniest of details. We hope you’ll agree they created a simply incredible wedding here at Hedsor House.

Here's more about their day at Hedsor, their inspiration and their lasting memories.

"There was no specific colour scheme, but rather everything - from the handmade invitations to the accent colours in the outfits and decoration - were neutral, pastel shades which mirrored the beautiful Georgian-style decor of the house as well as the spring flowers in the stunning grounds. 

Our day had quite a traditional feel initially; we had a string quartet for the ceremony music and the groomsmen were in tails, but later on things became more relaxed as we wanted everyone to let their hair down for the reception! After the wedding breakfast we had cocktails in the Sunken Garden and then everyone joined us back in the Centre Hall to dance the night away!

Why Hedsor House? 

“We didn't plan to get married in a church so the main criteria for our venue was a beautiful ceremony room where I could imagine myself walking down the aisle... This turned out to be a tall order! After a weekend looking at venues without much success, we arrived at Hedsor House and both knew immediately it would be the perfect setting for our day. 

Whilst initially a little apprehensive of the 'blank canvas' approach, we soon realised this presented a fantastic opportunity to plan our perfect wedding. The versatility and flexibility of the house and the accommodating approach of the entire Hedsor team meant that we felt completely at ease throughout the planning process.

Details of the Day

The Food: We chose Caper & Berry, one of Hedsor’s preferred suppliers. It was really important to us that the food was of a high standard and they really delivered on this with a seasonal menu. Their event manager ensured the entire day went to plan, and it was down to them that everything flowed perfectly from start to finish.

The Dress: I wore a dress by British designer Augusta Jones. Initially I thought I would quite like a rather full dress with a long train, but when it came down to it, that sort of style just didn’t suit me. When I saw my dress, I fell in love with its clean, elegant lines and simple design, as well as the luxurious feel of the lace. It also went perfectly with my veil, which my Grandmother lent me to wear on the day; a 60-year old cathedral length, pure silk veil edged with delicate Chantilly lace.

The Flowers: Seventh Heaven provided our flowers, which were seasonal blooms (peonies, roses, gypsophila) in shades of cream and ivory, which we teamed with antique silver candelabras for our centrepieces. We also had two large pedestal arrangements at the entrance to the Centre Hall.

The Photographer: As soon as we saw Mike Garrard’s work it was an easy decision to choose him as our photographer. His pictures are beautiful and really captured the essence of our day; his unique and original style was just what we were looking for.

Your wedding day really is the best day of your life and we would recommend all engaged couples to really make the most of the excitement and anticipation in the run up to the main event; it is a very special time, so just enjoy it!
— Rachel and Rob

The Suppliers: 

Production – Class Act / Photography – Mike Garrard / Quartet – Apollo Strings / Band – iPop / Stationery – - Ratanji Rani / Caterers – Caper & Berry / Dress – Georgina Scott Bridal / Videographer – Clark & Palmer Wedding Films / Bridesmaids – Maids to Measure / Hair & Make Up – Rosie Scott Hair & Make Up / Cake – Dawn's Wedding Cakes / Favours – The Biscuiterie / Flowers – Seventh Heaven

Huge thanks to Mike Garrard for permission to use a selection of photography from Rachel and Rob's special day!


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