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Shazia and Hassan: Winter Fairytale

Guests arrived to blue skies and a blanket of snow on the grounds. It’s hard to believe that this magical wedding was planned in just nine weeks - it really was a winter wonderland…

Why Hedsor?

We chose Hedsor House as we wanted an intimate wedding with our immediate family and close friends. Hedsor House was perfect for this as it allowed for an intimate wedding with an informal touch.

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What was the theme of the day?

Our theme was “classic elegance’. I absolutely adore the colour pink so I knew I wanted the décor to have a soft romantic feel. We had glass lanterns with candles leading to the main entrance and our civil ceremony had a walkway with beautiful soft pastel flower arrangements. Our civil ceremony took place under a cherry blossom tree while a violinist played our favourite song (Kissing you by Des’ree) as I walked down the aisle.

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I can still remember how my husband looked at me as I walked down the aisle and that is my favourite memory.
— Shazia
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Details

The dress: I always knew what kind of dress I would like for my wedding. My first dress was an ivory mermaid style dress, with lots of tulle and sparkles on the bodice. I also wore a two piece veil which my husband forgot to lift and I had to remind him at the start of our ceremony!

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My second wedding dress was made to measure and designed by me. It was a rose peplum top, adorned with gold beading on long netted sleeves and a magenta coloured pearl embellished A-line skirt with a train. When I was in the process of designing my second outfit, I was told by the designer that the colours I had picked would not compliment each other and to choose a more neutral tone. However, I wanted something unique and stuck to my colour scheme and it really paid off as the colours looked wonderful together. Due to the short time scale, I only received the second wedding dress a week before my wedding. Luckily, it was a perfect fit!

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Our wedding embraced so many cultures, my husband’s father is Egyptian and his mother is English. I am Pakistani so we ensured the wedding was a celebration of all these different elements.
— Shazia

The Tux: Hassan wore a crushed velvet Hugo Boss jacket, limited edition maroon Thomas Pink bow tie + cumber band, white tux shirt and black tux trousers.  

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The Flower girls:

Our three flower girls did a wonderful reading by Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne which reads as follows:

“If I live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 'Pooh?' he whispered. 'Yes, Piglet?'

'Nothing,' said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. 'I just wanted to be sure of you.'

'We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?' asked Piglet.

'Even longer,' Pooh answered. 'If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together...there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.'"

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My three nieces were the ring bearers, all working in unison to deliver the ring on a pillow which they jointly carried. They did a terrific job right until they reached us, at which point they dropped the ring.  It was all as amusing as it was heart warmingly cute.

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Did you face any challenges during planning?

We planned our wedding in nine weeks which was extremely stressful but worth it. I probably wouldn’t advise this but I work well under pressure although in hindsight, I must have been in auto-pilot to get everything done in time!

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It snowed a day before our big day and so I was in a huge panic as to how our guests would get to the venue, as they were travelling from all over the country, including abroad! However, the staff at Hedsor were so wonderful and made sure all paths at HH had been gritted and cleared of snow. Our wedding day was wonderful as we still had snow on the grounds but with beautiful sunshine, which made for stunning photos.

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Caterer - Preeti / Production- Rouge Events UK / Band- Krishan / Florist - Linda Florist / Videographer- Ian at the Lincoln Picture Factory / Photographer - Cecile at The Love Factory Photographers / Dress - The Bridal House and Tehxeeb /  /Make-up and Hair - Reshma International Make-up Artist

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Candy and Edilaine: Two Beautiful Dresses

Candy and Edilaine met in Oxford on a night out which changed their world forever! After only a few dates, Edilaine had to go back to Brazil for a couple of months to visit her family. Despite an ever increasing phone bill, Candy called everyday and she couldn’t wait for her to come back. Edilaine finally surprised Candy a few days after the opening of her new restaurant.

Since officially starting their relationship in 2012, they have been through many different life stages together. They were engaged in 2017 in Tuscany…when like true star crossed lovers….they both planned to propose on the same evening without each other knowing.

Why Hedsor?

We viewed a couple of venues, but nothing had that spark for us. When we went to visit Hedsor House for a wedding showcase, from the moment we saw the Hedsor House sign and drove up to the house, with the beautiful flowers lining the drive, it was sending us both very positive vibes.  Then we saw the house, we both fell in love in with the place instantly. As we entered the building, we were both blown away how beautiful and magical it was. I remember saying to Edilaine ‘Where do I sign?’ As we explored the whole house, we both saw our wedding day right in front of our eyes. Everything was falling into place and we knew that Hedsor was the number one choice for us!

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Hedsor House was the perfect venue because it had everything we were looking for. The beautiful drive to the house, the ceremony room and the ballroom, a big garden for reception drinks. The bridal suite is just breath-taking, and the powder room was just perfect with natural day light.

What was the first element you planned?

We had eight months to plan our wedding as we moved our date forward, so my priority was finding the right dress (well actually two dresses that complemented each other). We started with the idea of keeping our dresses a secret from each other, but then we had a conversation that the photographs may look strange, as Edilaine loves big, sparkly gowns, and I prefer simple, elegant ones. I’m definitely pleased that we went dress shopping together.

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Was there a theme to your big day?

Travel was our theme as we both love exploring places together and also for that fact that Edilaine’s parents are from Brazil and my parents are from Hong Kong. The table plan featured a world map with the title ‘Where In The World Are You Sitting?’  We used countries that we have been to as our table names and we wrote why it was special. We only included the outline of the country on the tables, in order to make it harder for our guests to find where they were sitting. It was a great ice breaker.

Our wedding favours were small cardboard suitcases which we filled it with heart shape sweets complete with a personalised tag of our names and wedding date. Also, at the entrance we had two suitcase trunks with two love birds and love hearts as decoration for cards and gifts.

Details

The dresses: Both dresses were from the Stella York Bridal Collection. We were so lucky to find two that really complemented each other.  

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My dress is called Isla - it’s a simple, lightweight, elegant wedding dress. In a relaxed sheath silhouette, this lace and chiffon gown with illusion neck and backline is light and airy. The back of this gown is highlighted by a kissing-scallop closure, which was my favourite feature. Edilaine's dress is called Kamille - off the shoulder lace V back with a mix of classic lace and whisper soft chiffon and with a diamanté belt to add a finished touch.

The flower girls all wore the same ivory dress with a yellow ribbon, and a flower headpiece to match the dress. The page boys wore the same outfit, navy shorts with a white shirt accompanied by navy braces and a yellow bowtie.

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The Cake: Our cake was made by Melissa Woodland Cakes. The top tier was a coconut sponge with a passion fruit filling, the middle tier was a lemon sponge with a raspberry filling and the bottom tier was a chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream and cherry conserve. Decorated with laces and real flowers, with a gold ‘Mrs & Mrs’ cake topper. It was absolutely delicious!

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It was a magical moment when the Hedsor House staff opened the doors and I could see all of our friends and family waiting for us to walk down the aisle. I was quite worried about repeating the vows out loud in front of everyone but when it happened, I was so happy. Seeing Candy for the first time was emotional and I couldn’t believe I was about to be her wife!
— Edilaine

The Entertainment: We had a magician, Paul Fowler, who was also our toastmaster. He was brilliant and entertained our guests during the reception and wedding breakfast with close up magic.  We also had a big performance with Paul after the speeches, and it was amazing to see everyone’s reaction, they were all in awe with him.

A real highlight was saying our speeches in each other’s languages. Seeing her family and friends in tears when I made my speech in Portuguese - it was very special.
— Candy

Tori Handsley played at my other sibling’s weddings so it was kind of a family tradition to have her to play at ours. We walked into our ceremony with her playing ‘A Thousand Years’ and leaving the ceremony with ‘Is This Love.’ She also played during our wedding breakfast, where she was right next to our sweetheart table. She asked us during our meal, if we had any requests, and we requested the first song we ever asked her to play for us at a wedding fayre, ‘A Girl From Ipanema’ (a Brazilian song).

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Seeing Edilaine for the first time was breathtaking. We were holding each other’s hands throughout the whole ceremony. Saying our vows to each other and knowing that you just married your best friend and soul mate, is the happiest moment in my life.
— Candy

Did you face any challenges during planning?

We didn’t have many challenges to face because we chose the Bluebell Package. Everything ran very smoothly with all the suppliers and they accommodated all our needs - all within our eight month planning timeframe. All the suppliers recommended by Hedsor were fantastic! Absolutely delighted that we chose the Bluebell Package.

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The only hiccup was that our table plan went missing the day before! My brother was searching for it like mad, even on the day. I wasn’t supposed to find out, but someone accidentally slipped up and told me…...oops! Later, we found out that someone had thrown it in the bin, but my brother managed to rescue it and get it to the wedding safely! It was a little crumbled but nothing too major to panic about. We were just pleased we had a table plan in the end!

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As I was waiting to walk down the aisle, some of the younger children were starting to get teary and asking for their mummy. It was like a chain reaction and I didn’t want them walking down upset. I remember comforting them (have to say it was a good distraction as I completely forgot all my nerves). I had to quickly think on my feet and said ‘Let’s play hide and seek!’ and we were all counting to 10, which was perfect because the door just opened in time.

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter: Caper and Berry Boat Fish Cake, Mozzarella and Heritage Tomatoes (v)

Main: Slow Cooked Hampshire Beef served on a Spring Onion Champ Potato with Vegetables and Rich Red Wine Jus

Seared Scottish Salmon fillet served on a dill mash with pea veloute and preserved lemon oil (v)

Dessert: Cappuccino Tiramisu

Late Night Food: Barbequed Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Homemade Pizza


Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Production and DJ- Class Act / Cake- Melissa Woodland Cakes / Photographer - Zaki Charles / Dress - Stella York /  Make-up - Chelsey Leigh and Liz Patey

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Becky and Jamie: A Tale As Old As Time

Just like a Disney story this wedding has to be one of the most fun we have ever had the pleasure of being part of! Becky and Jamie’s special day represented their personalities and the surprises for guests were never ending! Read more about their journey to the big day and prepare to feel like a guest for yourself through their emotion and fun filled photos…

Why Hedsor?

When we first saw Hedsor online, whilst we were searching for venues I knew it was ‘The Place’. When we drove up the beautiful, winding driveway I had goosebumps and when I first laid eyes on Hedsor I knew it was where I wanted to get married. Before we even walked in I’d told Jamie this was it and thankfully he agreed. I think Jennie was quite amused about how excited I was by it all! I think my first words before saying ‘hello’ to her were ‘I can’t wait to get married here.’

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What was the first element you planned?

The song I was going to walk down the aisle to. It was an absolute no brainer as it was the song my Mum walked down the aisle to when she married my Dad 30 years ago in 1988 – ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ by Richard Strauss which was the theme tune to 2001: A Space Odyssey! After Jamie proposed to me in Barbados on Christmas Eve 2017 (and I’d stopped crying / got over the shock!) we saw my family to celebrate and I said to my Dad that I wanted to walk down the aisle to the same song as Mum… he got very teary when I mentioned this so it was an absolute no brainier and it’s such an awesome song!

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Waiting by the door as Hannah from Bespoke and the Hedsor team were about to open it on the third ‘dah dah’ of the entrance song and being full of nerves and excitement. Then the moment the doors opened and seeing Jamie I just felt so calm and on cloud nine! When I got to the end of the aisle and they finished the music everyone started whooping and cheering as no one was expecting such a dramatic entrance!
— Becky
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What do you remember the most about the day? It sounds cheesy but how beautiful my wife looked standing next to me at the altar.
— Jamie

Details

The dress: My dress was a bespoke Suzanne Neville gown and the team there were incredible. Lotte and Suzanne made the whole process so fun and I loved every second of the experience. Getting to see my dress all through the design and creation process was so special and when I first put it on when it was finished I couldn’t believe how much it was like what I had envisioned. The corseting they do is just amazing… I really wish I had it in all my clothes!!

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The shoes: My shoes were Kate Spade white sparkly flat Keds. They were SO comfy!

The Bridesmaids: My bridesmaids wore burgundy dresses from Maids to Measure. They all had different styles and looked amazing! I also got them little ‘Bridesmaid’ bags from Katie Loxton.

At 11am on the morning of the wedding I realised we didn’t have a sword to cut the cake with, obviously super important(!). Our transport was picking us up at 12 from London to take us to Hedsor. A friend called Ant who was with me said don’t worry I’ll sort it. After phoning 6 antique shops he found one that had a sword for sale that was on route. We stopped off on the way to buy it and somehow ended up with an antique gun as well…!
— Jamie
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The Entertainment: Our band consisted of some of Jamie’s friends from when he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (before his Poker days). Every now and again they get together and perform at friends weddings and they were unbelievable! They’re all incredibly successful in their various fields so it was awesome that they performed such an incredible set for us. Tommy, the lead singer, has the most exceptional voice! Everyone loved what the guys did.

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We wanted it to be elegant but fun and to incorporate as much of us and our friends and families as possible. For me it was all about the little details. For Jamie it was all about doing really random stuff… Hannah at Bespoke said he was one of the most fun grooms she worked with which delighted Jamie and terrified me!
— Becky

I also have to say that the Old Dirty Brasstards who played ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ as I walked down the aisle were unbelievable. That was the only part I was nervous about in that I’d played it over in my head SO many times and I was worried I’d bigged it up too much. When they guys arrived pre- wedding I was getting my make-up done and Hannah from Bespoke popped in and said they were going to practise. They were set up on the balcony and I have to admit that when we went out and watched them I cried! My Dad was in his room practising his speech and said that when he heard them play it for the first time it bought tears to his eyes thinking about when he saw my Mum for the first time on their wedding day! Needless to say he got very teary when we walked down the aisle. I hope the song will become a family tradition.  

The Production: The day to night transformation was incredible. The Bespoke team were honestly amazing and Hannah was fab. We had Bubblegum balloons come in and add some balloons down one of the edges so it looked like they were floating down the balcony and it looked awesome.

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I also found a dance instructor 6 months beforehand to choreograph a routine for my groomsman and I. We did it as the beginning of the first dance. We were pretty terrible but had a lot of fun.
— Jamie
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Did you face any challenges during planning?

The amazing thing about having a wedding somewhere like Hedsor is the level of support you get. At no point was I worried or concerned about anything and I had been a bit concerned about being a Bridezilla! I organise events at work so I can be a bit controlling but given the team we had working on our wedding there was no need to be remotely stressed. All our suppliers were fantastic and we’ve kept in touch with many of them. We couldn’t have been in better hands! 

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As part of my ‘details’ obsession we had polaroid pictures printed with everyone’s names on as the place settings. The photo was a picture with either Jamie or I (or both of us) and on the back we wrote a note to each attendee. Getting Jamie to write his cards was a real challenge! I knew it wouldn’t be easy but he really moaned about it! I have to say I am particularly smug that people still talk about how much they loved that touch as it made them appreciate we’d thought about each and every person there!

The Menu by Caper & Berry

The waiting and bar staff were incredible and kept creating us the most fun cocktails and drinks. Andy at Caper & Berry was so much fun to work with, he kept us super chilled on the day and along with Hannah and the wider Hedsor team they made the whole weekend perfect. We really can’t thank them enough.

Starter: Smoked Duck, Miso and Chilli

Seared smoked duck, miso caramel with a Tokyo slaw, sugar snaps, dulse, crispy rice and a sweet and sour dressing

Main: Deconstructed Beef Wellington

Fillet of sous-vide Hampshire beef on a sweet shallot tarte tatin, fondant potato, wilted spinach, baby watercress and an intense truffle infused jus

Dessert: Lemon Meringue Pie

Blow torched lemon meringue pie finished with dehydrated blueberries, blow torched yuzu marshmallow, lemon sherbet and edible viola flowers


Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Production- Bespoke Events London / Band- Dalriada String Quartet, Old Dirty Brasstards, Accurate Pancake, and DJ Dan Healy / Florist - Emma Soulsby Flowers / Videographer- Blooming Lovely Films / Photographer - Pippa Mackenzie / Dress - Suzanne Neville /  Bridesmaids - Maids to Measure / Groom - Paul Richman / Make-up and Hair - Sarah Yeo- Yeo Weddings 

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Natalie and James: Classically Elegant

Natalie and James were introduced through their siblings. After James’ delay in contacting Natalie and then Natalie not showing up for the first date, it is a relationship that defeated all initial odds.

During their two year engagement, they planned the perfect wedding at Hedsor House making sure that their guests were placed at the heart of everything.

Read more about their beautiful day below…

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Why Hedsor? - Natalie

James and I really wanted to find a gorgeous country manor which we could take over exclusively. Anyone that has been to Hedsor House can agree how stunning it is. The venue and the grounds were truly breath-taking, plus the Bridal Suite definitely sealed the deal!

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Was there a theme to your day? - Natalie

We are quite classic with our tastes, so we wanted everything to be fairly simple and elegant. We only wanted neutral colours; pale pink, light blue and lots of white.

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The most important thing to us was that all of our guests enjoyed themselves, so we made sure there was an abundance of food, drink and entertainment! We know weddings are expensive for guests, so we wanted to ensure that no one had to want for anything. We also wanted people to have fun!

Details of the Day - Both

Natalie: My dad was making me laugh walking down the aisle so that set the tone for the day. It was great to see James at the altar, everything else is a bit of a blur. It was quite warm in the Centre Hall so it was a struggle getting the rings on, but that just added to the amusement of it. Never take anything too seriously! One of our last minute purchases were pretty little fans. These went down very well with our guests.

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James: I couldn’t tell you a word that the registrar said. I was fixated on Natalie. I felt so relaxed. We were getting married and everything that we had been planning for two years was finally happening. I remember not being able to get her ring on her finger. Eventually it went on. I lost my wedding ring four times before the honeymoon was over.

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Natalie walking down the aisle towards me. That is the one thing I remember clear as day and was my favourite part of the day.
— James

Natalie’s Dress: As for my dress, I always said I would never wear a tight, strapless dress, so of course that’s what I ended up with. It was very simple, but I wanted to make sure when I looked back in the pictures it would always be classic, and not just on trend.

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Bridesmaids: I knew I always wanted my bridesmaids to be in pale blue but finding a dress in the right colour was a nightmare. This is why I opted to find the design and then have it replicated by a local designer. I was so pleased with how they turned out, the girls looked brilliant.

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James’ suit: My suit was amazing. It was a gift from my fiancé (now wife) for my 30th birthday. It was a custom made Loro Piana two piece suit from the Boggi Milano Master Tailor. I got to choose every element and detail of the suit from the fabric to the buttons and even the lining of the jacket and trousers. I had my initials and our wedding date stitched onto the inside breast pocket. I wore an ivory double breasted waistcoat, crisp white shirt and pale blue tie. I love it and it is now my special occasion suit. Typically I will buy a suit and get it tailored but my wedding suit was something special and fits perfectly.

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I never thought I would ever feel so happy. From the minute I arrived at Hedsor I was in a state of elation. It really is the greatest day of your life and I got to spend it with the person I love the most and all of my family and friends. You get lost in it all and the day flies by without you realising it. I would highly recommend to anyone who is getting married to just stop, look around and take it all in.
— James

The Photobooth: Our photobooth was also a highlight of the day, even if I did occupy it most of the time.

The Entertainment: We had a string trio for the ceremony and the drinks reception, and then a live band with a separate DJ until the lights came on.

One of my groomsmen, who shall remain unnamed (it wasn’t Chris or Wayne) thought that power sliding across the dance floor in his new suit was a good idea. Needless to say he no longer has knees in his trousers. Money well spent.
— James

Groom’s Car: One of the first things I organised when we were planning the wedding were my wedding cars. That’s right I had two! I hired a new Range Rover for the week to ship things to the venue and to ferry me and the groomsmen around. I was then, very kindly, given a Jaguar E-Type by Classic Car Club for the wedding day, which I drove with my brother from Stoke Park to Hedsor House. The E-Type looked beautiful and was a head turner as we drove to Hedsor and when parked right outside the main house.

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Did you face any challenges in planning your big day? - Natalie

We had a few family struggles but nothing too drastic. No one tells you how stressful it is to plan a wedding, but the day itself was completely worth it. The reason it was so stressful was because I wanted it to be perfect, and if I do say so myself, it really was. We had the perfect venue, the best team, and I married my best friend.

One of the things we were particularly nervous about was the first dance, so we decided to have a few lessons and learn a routine. What I didn’t take in to consideration was how tight my dress was, and as I had little off the shoulder sleeves, I couldn’t move my arms very far. Our well thought out choreographed routine didn’t quite go to plan, but I don’t think anyone noticed. Except for James. Who still teases me to this day about it.

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What do you remember most about your day? - Natalie

I felt so happy. I know that sounds expected, and slightly tacky, but honestly, being in a room filled with everyone you love is so special and overwhelming. I wasn’t nervous at all.

I just absolutely loved it.

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Lots of people said they had never seen a more relaxed bride. Words of advice. Champagne helps!
— Natalie
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All of our suppliers were truly amazing. A huge thanks to Kate from Caper & Berry (Caterer) who was just a dream to work with. Linda from Seventh Heaven (Florist) was also magical. Both of these ladies were such a big part of the day, I am truly thankful to them.

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This was the best part of planning! Menu tasting is the dream.
— James
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Starter: Burrata with artichokes and heirloom tomatoes

Main: Deconstructed beef wellington

Dessert: Trio of shots and pots; Eton mess, banoffee pie and a chocolate mousse with brownies, salted caramel and honeycomb

After this, we had a four tier cake, each tier consisting of a different flavour, a cheese table and a sweet table. Because we like our food, we also booked the Caper & Berry Pizza Defender. It was incredible! The food definitely did not disappoint.


Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Production & Band- The London Function Band / Florist - Seventh Heaven / Photographer - Paul Toeman / Dress - Pronovias /  Bridesmaids - Hollie Tarrier / Groom - Boggi Milano / Groomsmen - Roderick Charles / Make-up and Hair - Tori Harris / Cake- Dolce Lusso Cakes by Katie

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Sarah and Caroline: AT LAST

Sarah and Caroline's eyes met at a work Christmas party and the rest is history. Their day was filled with so much love and personal touches. Read more about their November wedding below...

Why Hedsor?

We were first attracted to Hedsor because of the fantastic location, I wanted something private with a rural feel yet close to the surrounding towns. The drive immediately makes you feel as if you’re somewhere else, somewhere exclusive, peaceful, elegant. The winding drive creates a build up, then the road opens up to reveal a spectacular house – simply breath taking. We both looked at each other and said ‘WOW’. Inside, does not let it down, in fact the whole house, grounds and surroundings oozes class and sophistication. With its grand Staircase, beautiful Balcony, sensational Ballroom and Centre Hall, Hedsor really is amazing - yet the real delight and something you don’t expect is the Bridal Suite which is almost a whole floor. Incredible! 

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Was there a theme to your day?

There was not an overall theme. We were just keen that everyone had a good time and enjoyed spending the day with us.

Details of the day

The Ceremony: I could not believe how nervous I was! Walking in to a room with what feels like hundreds of pairs of eyes on you, willing yourself to not move too quick (or trip) is very nerve wracking – I was clutched on to my dad for dear life! Michael and Katherine, the two registrars were complete pros though, and took us through the ceremony with ease.

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The Dress: My dress was not the vision I had in mind when I set out looking (but what bride doesn’t say that), it was delicate lace, embroidered with sparkles throughout. It had cap sleeves and a high neck, but the most amazing diamond cut out on the back. I fell in love with it on the hanger, and was (apparently) beaming from ear to ear the second I tried it on.

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The Suit: My suit was amazing. Although I was cutting it fine by only purchasing it a week beforehand it was perfect, and I am glad I held out. It was a Hugo Boss virgin wool navy suit from Harvey Nichols. It hung perfectly and was tailored to me by a local seamstress - not that it needed much adjusting. I received such incredible service, the assistant at Harvey Nichols simply couldn’t do enough and after about 20 suits we found ‘the one’.

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The Bridesmaids: I knew I didn’t want matchy matchy bridesmaids, and actually when we started looking I was originally looking for a Cadbury purple colour….however, over time that soon changed and we ended up choosing a pale blush for one bridesmaid, and a slate grey for the other.

The Flowers: We chose Suzanne at Hot Flowers, as after the first time we met her we felt she ‘got’ what we wanted. I’m quite into flowers myself so this was a key part for me, but I didn’t want anything too structured – it needed to be natural, free flowing and seasonal. I left Suzanne to the creative side as I prefer to trust the professionals! The bouquets were a mix of roses, spray roses, lisianthus and wax flowers and smelt amazing courtesy of some freesia. Caroline wore a buttonhole which was a rose and lisianthus, and the rest of the buttonholes were roses. We decorated the beautiful Staircase with some beautifully simple ivy and other foliage, and had a jaw dropping hanging foliage wall of ivy and other greenery in the central hall which created a sort of waterfall effect. This was something Suzanne had never worked on before but we were so pleased with the outcome.

Hair & Make-up: Adele (my hair & MUA) was fantastic – she brought the lovely Claire along with her. What a calming influence they were! Both ladies made me feel completely at ease, we had a giggle, and Adele took charge a bit when it all got a bit overwhelming for me. Complete stars and we all looked fab!

The Cake: The cake by 'Cakes by Ali' was definitely a talking point. we wanted to play a little with this aspect of the day and she certainly allowed us to express ourselves. The outside was a beautiful arrangement pastel colours in a ombre cake with inside each layer was a different flavour. Ranging from Victoria sponge classic jam, chocolate fudge, prosecco and raspberry and finished with peanut butter and chocolate. Lastly, we decorated the cake with subtle influences of our favourite films…. Marvel. We had Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield, Hulk’s fist and a few others all sticking out between layers. People kept walking around the cake to see which ones they could spot. 

The Band: We booked a string trio recommended by Hedsor, Apollo Strings. They were brilliant, we picked from a lengthy play list about six months prior, so this took all the stress out of it, and although we do enjoy classical music we also wanted some modern-day classics with a string twist. They have fantastic range and did not disappoint. They played before, during and after the ceremony and everyone loved them.

In the evening we had a live band called Dexter; they were just perfect. Our first dance was At Last by Etta James. Cat the female vocalist and Steve on guitar gave the most intimate and special acoustic version and we could not have been happier. It was absolutely perfect for us and everyone was on their feet all night. 

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My brother (and my best man) stepped up! He hired a Ferrari for the day! I had no idea so when he showed up I was completely shocked. What a legend. Oh, my word, we were late getting to Hedsor as we were too busy driving it around. It was a very thoughtful and special touch. One that did not go unnoticed. I parked it in front of the house and after the ceremony fired it up to show our guesses its beauty, it did not disappoint.
— Caroline

What is the one thing you remember most about your day?

The overwhelming feeling of love in the room – which is so cliché but its true, and many people commented on it. The majority of our guests from each side had not met before this day but you wouldn’t know that from the atmosphere. It was a big ball of love.

Did you face any challenges in planning your big day?

I think the main challenges were fitting it all in. We wanted to share the experience and make sure we took the time to speak to and understand all the suppliers. For us, it wasn’t just about they make a great food or it looks good. Yes that was important but, with so many fantastic companies to choose from it was important to us that we got on with all our suppliers. That they understood what style, feel and quality we wanted so that took a lot of time.... we met a lot of people.

 

The Menu by The Wild Fork

Starter: Smoked haddock fishcakes with gribiche & herb dressing

 Salt baked beats with goats cheese mousse and pickled beetroot (v)

Main: Venison haunch with pearl barley and fresh apple

Mushroom, sundried tomato, spinach and ricotta wellington (v)

Dessert: Croquembouche to each table with a jug of chocolate sauce followed by cheese.

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Wild Fork were great for this. Oliver was brilliant and really took flavours and textures to a different level for us. He really ‘got’ us and designed a menu, complete with drinks that was bespoke to our wedding. They were super efficient on the day too – in fact many of guests blamed their hangovers on the waiting staff topping their glasses up too frequently!
— Caroline

Caterer  - The Wild Fork / Production - Class Act / Cake- Cali Ali / Band- Dexter / Florist - Hot Flowers / Videographer- Martin, Posterity Videos / Photographer - Guy Hearn / Dress - Pure Couture Beaconsfield /  Bridesmaids- ASOSBiba / Suit - Hugo Boss / Groomsmen- Lemmings, Chalfont St PeterMake-up and Hair - Adele at Rosie Blush

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Katy and Charlie: All in the details

Katy and Charlie both come from a theatrical background so we knew this wedding would be an absolute show stopper! From their bespoke table plan to their first dance which had everyone wanting to jump on the dance floor, this a real wedding that we all wanted to be a guest at. 

Why Hedsor?

We knew from the second we walked into Hedsor that this was the place we wanted to get married and that nothing we saw afterwards could compare. What appealed to us (apart from the stunning surroundings) was the exclusive hire of the whole venue and that we could have our ceremony, reception and evening party in the same place. Not to mention, the bridal suite upstairs is incredible to get ready in. We also knew that if it did rain (although we were very lucky with some great weather) that it wouldn’t have mattered because the inside of the house is just as beautiful as the grounds.

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Was there a theme to your day?

We didn’t have a specific theme as such, just that we wanted to include as many personal details to reflect us as much as possible. For example our tables were named after our favourite musicals - a nod to our theatrical backgrounds. 

Probably the most memorable and significant items were the incredible table plan which was made up of hand drawn cartoons of all our guests, drawn by Charlie, with matching table place cartoons. The guests loved trying to identify themselves on the table plan!

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We spent the year designing and making personalised theatre programmes for the tables with memories, anecdotes and embarrassing stories of each guest for each table. These proved excellent conversation starters for those guests that didn’t know each other. We had various personal touches on the tables including homemade sloe gin, little favours from our dog to their pets, all with labels designed and printed by us.

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Details of the Day

The Ceremony: Our ceremony was perfect for us, music from my brother’s band and readings from two of our closest friends created a relaxed, personal feel.

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Seeing my gorgeous bride walk down the aisle had me in tears. I had no idea what her hair or dress would look like but they were beyond perfect!
— Charlie

The Dress: My dress was a princess style ball gown by Sottero and Midgely (‘Layla’ style.) The corset style top was embellished with gold detailing. The skirt was ivory over nude and had the most magnificent train. I spent a good year trying on what felt like hundreds of dresses but knew this was the one as soon as I put it on. My bridesmaids were dressed in strapless, tea length blush pink dresses.

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The thing I remember most is the ten minutes before walking down the aisle; finalising outfits, walking down the stairs with my Dad and bridesmaids and preparing for the walk in! I thought I would be nervous beyond belief but instead it was the most exciting part of the whole day.
— Katy
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Groom's attire: On the day I was wearing a Gresham Blake three piece, blue check tailored suit. Having a suit made from scratch was an absolute delight, it fit like a glove. My shoes were brown tan brogues from Oliver Sweeney with custom floral tattoos and our wedding date on the side!  

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The Flowers: Our flowers were made by the fabulous Lavender Green (who personally designed my bouquet to go exactly with the size of my waist and dress!) Sue, the owner was so accommodating and understanding, helping us to fit everything in to our budget and giving us bits we could do ourselves. My bouquet (and the bridesmaids) were made up of sweet avalanche roses which matched their dresses.

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Throughout the venue, we had a woodland theme with giant birch and branched trees with tea lights, glass globes and petals which we had concreted and made ourselves in the run up. Lavender Green helped accentuate these more with mirrored boxes and candles.

The Cake: Our cake was made by Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton and was three separate cakes. Each cake was a different flavour and topped with a giant flake, marshmallow tower and a huge solid chocolate replica of our beloved cockapoo Dexter!

The Band: My brother’s band, Victoria, provided acoustic music for the ceremony and then for canapes on the terrace. In the evening we then had a nine piece swing band which played a mix of modern and classic songs. 

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Did you face any challenges in planning your big day?

The main challenge was not getting carried away, which it is so easy to do on your wedding day. Our florist and also our catering event planner, Tristan, were so great at reinforcing that actually Hedsor was beautiful as it was and didn’t need much dressing up!

 

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter: Mezze boards and fresh breads

Main: Chicken with tarragon sauce and pecorino mash

Dessert: Trio of shots and pots: Eton mess, chocolate brownie pot; lemon posset with fresh blueberries & baby lemon balm.

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Band- King of the Swingers / Florist - Lavender Green Flowers / Videographer & Photographer - Kitebox / Dress - Sottero and Midgely /  Groom & Groomsmen - Gresham Blake TailorsMake-up and Hair - Claire Nicole / Table plan- Hey Draw Me

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Cheryl & Tom: CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS

Cheryl and Tom met at school and years later were married and celebrated at Hedsor. Read about their special day and do not miss the top three things they loved most about their church wedding service...

Why Hedsor?

Walking through Hedsor's Reception Hall and seeing the twinkling chandeliers in the Ballroom stretching beyond the stunningly beautiful domed Centre Hall was truly breath-taking and we knew straight away this was where we wanted to celebrate one of the most important days of our lives. Not only does Hedsor have gorgeous, characterful and beautifully maintained interiors, it is all encased in a striking Georgian house set amongst expansive grounds which afford sweeping views over the surrounding countryside - a dream setting for videographers wanting to capture drone footage!

The different rooms at Hedsor mean that your guests get to enjoy a different environment for each part of the day - keeping it fresh and exciting all the way through! Also, the evening dance floor and lighting is set up in the Centre Hall behind the scenes whilst you're in the Ballroom enjoying your wedding breakfast so that, afterwards, everyone walks through to see the place seamlessly transformed. 

Was there a theme to your day?

We wanted an elegant and traditional summer wedding with a romantic atmosphere in keeping with the style of Hedsor. Our colour scheme was dusky pink and ivory with the bridesmaids' dresses and groomsmen's ties, pocket squares and socks, as well as all of our flowers, stationery and wedding cake following the same theme. 

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The stationery was all laser cut with a beautiful tree motif which we felt resonated with the idea of marriage as an entwining of your roots. We had fun with our table names which were famous lovers from literature, history and film.
— Cheryl
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Details of the Day

The Dress: Having visited more than a few boutiques spanning several counties, I kept going back to one of the first dresses I tried on- my dream dress was a fitted mermaid style from the Bond Street Pronovias Collection with intricate lace and guipure motifs, a lovely train and a low v back. This was accompanied by a matching three quarter sleeve off the shoulder lace jacket for the ceremony, sparkling belt, silver sandals and plain tulle veil with blusher. It was great fun having two looks with and without the jacket!

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People often asked me when I knew Cheryl was the one. The truth is I’ve always known. We’ve been together since age 15 and yet I still couldn’t believe this beautiful person- the women of my dreams- was walking down the aisle to become my wife, looking simply breathtaking in her wedding dress.
— Tom
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My something 'old' and 'borrowed' was my Grandma's gold locket which mum wore on her wedding day. It was very special walking down the aisle with this treasured locket wound round my bouqet.

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Bridemaids: My four bridesmaids looked beautiful in full length Grecian style dresses in blush pink from Coast with strappy pink sandals to match my silver ones. The pretty pearl earrings I gave my bridesmaids happened to perfectly match the delicate ivory pearl and crystal earrings Tom bought me to wear for our big day. 

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Wedding party attire: Tom, his groomsmen and our Dads wore tailored blue three-piece Ted Baker suits whilst Mum looked stunning in an elegant Condici dress suit in navy and ivory which, again, tied in perfectly with our colour scheme. 

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Flowers: Our florists, Sue and her daughter Lucy, were wonderful to work with and instintively understood our vision for the day. The Ballroom looked so beautiful when we walked in to be greeted by cheers from our family and friends.

My bouquet was sweet avalanche pale pink roses and my bridesmaids had a mixture of pink and ivory roses - all with integrated gypsophilia which my bridesmaids also wore in their hair. The flower theme carried through into our wedding cake which had a 4 tier design incorporating exquisite sugar roses which you could easily have mistaken for real flowers!

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The wedding car: Tom and I travelled from the church to Hedsor House in a gorgeous 1939 Rolls- Royce Wraith (named 'Victoria') in black and ivory with our names inscribed on the back window. The owner had organised a bottle of champagne which we enjoyed on the journey as we took in the surreal fact that we were now husband and wife! 

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The music: The wonderful atmosphere on the day was enhanced by Murray, a talented acoustic guitarist- his gorgeous music drifted out over the lawns where guests were enjoying Champagne and beautifully presented canapes in the warm summer sunshine.

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The carefully rehearsed steps for our first dance went completely out of the window with all the excitement but fortunately we had no trouble improvising!
— Cheryl

What were the three best things about your wedding ceremony?

  1. It meant a lot to me for us to get married in my childhood church (Christ Church, Chorleywood) next door to my primary school - the same church where I'd been christened and enjoyed annual Christingle, Nativity plays and many school assemblies!
  2. The service itself, since it was so personal the vicar had previously invited us around to the vicarage to chat about our relationship and how we'd met and he incorporated some amusing anecdotes into the service which injected fun and laughter. We chose childhood hymns including 'One more step along the world I go' which I sang at Christ Church during my primary school leavers' ceremony. We put a lot of effort into the order of service to get it just right and were so happy with how it flowed on the day. 
  3. Walking down the aisle together as husband and wife at the end of the ceremony seeing all our family and friends smiling, excited and wishing us well was a very special moment, as was the subsequent walk out into the courtyard to be showered in confetti!
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It was so exciting finally being able to call Cheryl my wife and travelling together in our wedding car on the way to Hedsor, picking confetti out of our hair, as we took in the fact that we were actually married, is a moment I’ll remember forever.
— Tom

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter: Vine-ripened tomato & flame roasted pepper tart tatin with a goat's cheese mousse, fresh basil & basil oil

Main: Roasted fillet of sea bass or breast of chicken with parmentier potatoes, caponata, capers & roasted peppers, grilled courgettes & a basil rich pesto

Dessert: Trio of shots and pots: Chocolate Mousse with baked brownie cubes, salted caramel & crushed honeycomb; lemon posset with fresh blueberries & baby lemon balm; and vanilla cheesecake with summer red berries & a raspberry caramel wafer

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Production & DJ - Class Act / Guitarist- Murray HockridgeFlorist - Sue Barton Flowers / Videographer - Rupert Ward- Lewis / Photographer -Kerry Morgan / Dress - Pronovias / Bridesmaids - Coast / Groom & Groomsmen - Ted BakerMake-up and Hair - Elle Au Naturel

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Rebecca and Sarbjit: Bollywood Glamour

The months of wedding planning, gold accents, flower wall and last minute hair trials and tribulations came together to make the perfect wedding day for Rebecca and Sarbjit. Read more about their Autumn wedding at Hedsor House below.  

What was the first element you planned?

The first element of the wedding we planned was the colour scheme. We really wanted to incorporate influence from Saj's culture (Punjabi) and do something that was different to what we had seen before.

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Was there a theme to your day?

We wanted glamorous Bollywood meets traditional, classic, period English. We wanted to push the boundaries of colour and do something bright and vibrant coupled with pastels. Red is the traditional bridal colour for Punjabi weddings so that had to be a key colour on our big day and it wouldn't be Bollywood inspired without gold. 

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The flowers were really important as they added such a romantic vibe. Having flowers on the main gate at the beginning of the drive and also the flower wall as guests walked in was so important. Gold ran throughout the decor from foiling on invitations, to the gold sequin table cloths, cutlery and canopy of gold disks we had in the Centre Hall above our heads.

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Why Hedsor?

We wanted a venue that gave us the flexibility to do what we wanted decoration wise but more importantly allowed us to host the whole day under one roof against a beautiful and period backdrop which was so important to us. Georgian architecture is stunning and we really wanted a building that had period features, was small and intimate enough but also had the impact and glamour to be able to take the bold theme. The added bonus was that the bridal party could stay at the House that night making a whole day of it which was lovely. 

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Details of the Day

The Dress: It took me a long time to find my dress but when I finally saw it (only three months before the wedding) I knew it was right. The silhoutte was just what I was looking for and the lace layers added the romantic feel that tied it into the theme completely. I was not expecting to have a dress with sleeves but the lace detail was so beautiful, I just fell in love with it. Yolan Chris are all tailored- made to each client and have the couture look that I really wanted. I had 10 inches added to the train to add a bit of impact and went for a cathedral veil to add even more drama!

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I think every girl thinks about the moment their Dad see’s them for the first time but I will never forget his reaction. It was so emotional and the best feeling ever.
— Rebecca

Did anything go wrong, before or on the day?

My hair stylist (that I had taken so long to find and was so excited to have doing my hair) had to unfortunately cancel the day before our wedding. My bridesmaids pulled together and the day before we did a few trips up and down the motorway for last minute trials. Thankfully, one of my bridesmaids is a model and another is a top colourist at Nikki Clarke so they were able to pull some strings and get someone in last minute. 

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The main objective for our day was to create an event that everyone would enjoy- it was so important to put our guests first and ensure that everyone left having had an amazing day and one they would remember forever.
— Rebecca
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The Menu

With the menu, we really wanted to wow our guests and provide top quality, tasty food and inspiration from both Indian and British cuisine. We had canapes such as mini steak and chips, lamb kebabs and pakoras. 

 

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / DJ - DJ Kontent / Florist - Ruby & Grace / Photographer -Photography by Bea / Dress - Yolan Chris 2016 / Bridesmaids - Ghost London / Groom - Hardy Amies / Groomsmen- M&SMake-up - Melissa Sophia

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BETSY & JAMES: GOING THE DISTANCE

Betsy and James planned their special day all the way from Singapore with special touches like stationery made by the Groom and acorns collected by the Bride's family. Read about their beautiful March wedding below.

What was the first element you planned?

The location! Hedsor House. Despite living abroad, I had always wanted to marry in England. We wanted a location that wasn't dependent on the English weather and being expats, despite both working in the creative industry, we wanted to minimise the amount of personal touches we would need to prepare and ship from Singapore. We wanted a beautiful venue irrespective of whether you dress it up or not. 

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Why Hedsor?

Aside from the above, completely coincidentally, we chose Hedsor because my Parents AND Grandfather used to go to Hedsor House when it was used as a training centre at their previous companies. I did not know my Granddad but everyone says what an amazing man he was. So, because the house has links to our family, it felt serendipitous to stumble across it again - my Dad jokingly welcomed everyone to his stately home in his speech! 

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Was there a theme to your day?

Acorns was a theme running throughout the day. My Granddad said at my parent's wedding may these two little acorns grow into a great oak tree (from the saying great oaks little acorns grow) and it has become a symbol of family to my side. Even the house I grew up in was called 'Little Acorns'! Hence, loving the oak leaf detail in the Sophie gown I chose....(more about the dress below)...

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The wedding stationery featured acorns, James had acorn cufflinks and my parents had even collected, baked and painted acorns in the previous Autumn in preperation for table decorations. James' family also collected damson berries to make his Grandmother's damson gin recipe, which were individually bottled and given as wedding favours and also doubled up as people's name cards. 

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We were just so happy and elated all day- we probably should have been a bit more serious through the ceremony but I think we were both just incredibly excited.
— Betsy

Details of the Day

The Dress: Being an expat finding THE dress was harder than normal. I did not find a dress in England when I was back home for a visit and the sample sizes in Singapore were two dress sizes smaller than me, so it was pretty tricky. I think I had tried on the best part of 60-70 dresses by the time I found my dress in Sydney, Australia while there for a girls weekend.

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My dress is from a designer called Karen Willis Holmes who has a collection where you can mix and match creating your own perfect gown. I had tried on the 'Sophie' gown and loved the top with the oak leaf embellishments in the bodice but was not sure about the skirt so went to their flagship store and made the only Sophie/Nina combination there is in the world (for now!)

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The shoes: James is a little taller than me so I wanted flats. I think living in a hot country and wearing sandals all the time meant I did not want just any pair of sparkly shoes. I spent HOURS searching and in the end asked Tui from the The Tui Collection, Singapore, a local show designer if she could make me a pair. I found some embellished beading which I thought matched the Sophie bodice and gave her a sample of the dress to match the leather and she made these stunning one of a kind shoes. I was given both an old and new sixth pence to put in my shoe for good luck so managed to stick these in under the arch of my foot too!

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For my Bridesmaids: The Bridesmaids dresses are from an Aussie brand called Sheike which I love. They did a country wide search for me and sent them to Bondi junction- a friend bought them for me and another bought them over from Sydney - it definitely helps to have international friends!

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Groom: James' suit was from Private Affairs Tailors, Singapore. We opted for black tie so all the Groomsmen just wore their own suits.

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James is a designer so did all our wedding stationary himself. The damson gin was brewed by his family, bottles were hand filled, applied and tied.
— Betsy

Did you face any challenges in planning your big day?

It was emotional not being able to plan the big day as closely as I might have done with my Mum, especially choosing my wedding dress. That was emotionally hard. And then just savouring the moments - I felt robbed of certain moments that just went by too quickly, but you just have to focus on the amazing day we had with amazing people that we love. 

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Were there any surprising aspects to your big day?

The weather was incredible for the 30th March! Blue skies and unusually warm for the time of the year- it was actually the warmest day of the day of the year so far and we were able to have our reception drinks outside playing croquet (quintessentially English!). It rained on the day before and after so we were incredibly lucky! 

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What advice would you give Brides organising their wedding?

When you have your make up trial, meet your artist with your 'normal' look. I met Sarah without any make up on and said I wanted to still look like me. But, I typically wear a reasonable amount of make up normally anyway so it wasn't enough. Give her a point of reference!

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Organise everything down to a tee, but let it go on the day and just enjoy it.

Have all the family shots you want, you'll regret not having them. Get a videographer - it's amazing watching it back!

There’s not many occasions you have the opportunity to be surrounded by those you love and we felt so blessed to have so many people to be with us celebrating. Both near and far, but especially those who travelled from further afield.
— Betsy

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Cake- Melissa Woodland / Production & DJ - Class Act / Florist - Ruby & Grace / Videographer - Will Warr/ Photographer -Barker Evans / Dress - Karen Willis / Bridesmaids - Sheike / Groom - Private Affairs Make-up and Hair - Sarah Yeo / Stationery- James Bebbington

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SARAH & SAM: MEET ME IN THE GARDEN...

This beautiful indoor/outdoor ceremony in the Hedsor Dutch Sunken Garden was a wedding that the Hedsor team will never forget. Sarah and Sam planned this day perfectly filled with the most stunning ceremony, food, dancing and fireworks...

How they met...

Sarah and Sam grew up on the same street together but lost contact after their teenage years. One day they bumped into each other on the train and the rest is really history. Their union was celebrated in the most beautiful way. Hear about it in the words of Sarah below...

The Ceremony

Guests were greeted outside in the Hedsor Dutch Sunken Garden with a string quartet, Apollo Strings and an eight piece choir complete with pianist. Hedsor House is only officially licensed for civil ceremonies inside the venue so we stood in the door of the Dining Room framed by the beautiful backdrop of the house, whilst the formal part of the ceremony took place. Once the legalities were complete we then stepped out into the garden for the remainder of the service.

The ceremony was extremely special. The vows, readings and music were so personal and for me there were a number of moments during the ceremony when I was oblivious to everyone and everything else apart from the wonderful man standing in front of me. 

Why Hedsor

We chose Hedsor because it was the perfect venue for our dream wedding. The fact that it was exclusively ours was very important. The house and grounds lend themselves to accommodating all the different aspects of our day. Once we had met all the staff we knew we would be guided & looked after every step of the way.  

Were there any challenges in planning your big day?

Planning and designing the partial outdoor ceremony with the jeopardy of not knowing what the British weather would be like was difficult. However, all anxieties were solved on the day, with a quick call to a close friend at the Met Office! It ended up being a perfect day in every way.

Details of the day:

The Dress: My dress was the Tiffany Couture Gown, designed by Joyce Young, created in beautiful Italian silk combined with intricate lace. Ladies wore long evening or cocktail dresses. The gentlemen looked dapper in black tie.

The Dancing: We had Isreali dancing which was so exciting and hugely fun, led by The Function Band, who gave a wonderful and varied set throughout the evening. 

The Food: Sublime and innovative catering by Create including 'crack open' duck egg petit fours and we made homemade sloe gin for favours.

The Menu

Starter - Olive Oil Poached Salmon

Warm Burnt Onion Tartlet (v)

Main - Roast Dry Aged Beef Fillet

Gruyere and Wholegrain Mustard Souffle (v)

Dessert - Assiette of Chocolate and Cherry

 

Your Best Memory From the Day?

Every moment was absolutely perfect. From seeing all our guests, to the stunning Hedsor House; Create's fabulous food; the incredible fireworks; my dream dress; the excellent entertainment, and the beautiful flowers. I made a note to myself to take a snapshot in my head of every aspect of the day, and I relive it all the time! 

The End:

Spectacular musical firework display supplied by Pyromania was the perfect conclusion to our perfect day.

Caterer and Production - Create / Band & DJ - The Function Band / Florist - The Little Flower House, Bernet / Videographer - Relevant Bee Productions / Photographer - Gusto Images / Dress - Joyce Young by Storm / Bridesmaids - Brides of Berkhamsted / Groom - DiversoGroomsmen - Reiss / Hair - Claire Nicole / Coaches- Apple Travel / String Quartet- Apollo Strings / PA Company- Britannia Row

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Rachel and Graham: Love at First Sight

The most elegant day that left guests in awe even a month after the wedding. Rachel and Graham wanted to incorporate history inside and out and make it a day no one would forget, and this they did.  

The Ceremony

We had our ceremony at St Nicolas Church in Taplow which was my childhood Church. It was beautiful but a blur, but I also remember thinking "please let the ring fit."

Why Hedsor?

“Hedsor House speaks for itself, it is absolutely stunning in every way. No matter what the weather would be we knew our guests would love the elegance and history inside and out.”
— Rachel & Graham

Graham and I went to view other venues however they just didn't compare.

My Dad came with me to view one of the other venues but on the way home we pulled into the Hedsor driveway.  We phoned and asked for a viewing right away and luckily we were squeezed in. The minute we walked in we knew it was it and my Dad leaned over and said "this is where you are having your wedding". It was sorted there and then.

Details of the Day

The Dresses: My Dress was by Stella York from Pure Couture which was the perfect style for me and fitted like a glove. It was a lace, traditional dress and you know when you feel beautiful because all you want to do is swish in it, I loved it.

Pure Couture also made me a matching lace jacket to cover my arms which was just stunning and my veil was sparkly and from Saphire in Wooburn Green who also hand made my Mum's and my Mother in Laws fascinators.

The Flowers

We had flowers from Hot Flowers in Wooburn Green and Suzanne was amazing in discussing through our options and on the day she gave us exactly what I had envisioned and more. I think its fair to say there were a few "ooooohhhhs" as our guests walked into our wedding breakfast.

 
“Our little two and a half year old Flower girl believed she was a princess for the day in a castle was the sweetest thing.”
— Rachel
 

The Transport

Our transport was certainly heard before it was seen! We arrived in a brand new Maserati which all the men loved taking pictures of outside the house. I was just happy to get in and out easily in my dress. It was also good because our chauffeurs who provided the cars were also part of our wedding party and very good friends so everything was kept light hearted and fun.  

The Entertainment

“Our guests were trying to re enact scenes from Dirty Dancing on the dance floor. We had a few people flying literally onto the floor.”
— Rachel

Our Entertainment was from Eight Ray Music a band called the Revue who were excellent and kept everyone dancing all night. But our sparkly diamond dance floor also helped from Class Act who also lit up Hedsor House and the grounds in beautiful different colours which we had a few comments made of how stunning it was. 

 

The Fireworks

A special mention had to go to Pyromania for the best fireworks we have ever seen and were still receiving comments two weeks later of how good they were. 

 

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter - Prawn Cocktail  

Main - South American Lamb and Chicken Sharing Boards with Salad and Potatoes.

Dessert - Shots in Pots- Chocolate Brownie with Salt Caramel and Honeycomb, Lemon Posset and a Chocolate and Cherry Cheesecake.

The Photographer: Nigel Chapman could not have done a better job capturing the day, go to the gallery below to judge for yourself!

Your Best Memory From the Day?

Standing out on the lawn watching the spectacular fireworks with my new Husband and all of our family and friends. You know when you have a moment of pure happiness... it even brought tears to our eyes.

 

Caterer and Production - Caper and Berry / Band & DJ - The Revue Band | Eight Ray/ Dance Floor & Lighting - Class Act / Florist -  Hot Flowers / Videographer - Hazel Young | Heartfelt Productions / Photographer - Nigel Chapman / Dress - Stella York - from Pure Couture/ Bridesmaids - Pure Couture/ Groom - JolliffesGroomsmen - Jolliffes / 

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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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