wedding planning

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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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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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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