Updated: Apr 8, 2019
Writing about my couples’ weddings is always tricky for me, as there’s just too much story to cram into a blog post! A wedding day is the culmination of months and sometimes years of hard work, and when the gorgeous professional images first hit my inbox, it’s always emotional to look back on. Today I’m reminiscing about one of my favourite weddings of this year – a symphony of romance in lilac, lavender and dove grey.
Joanna and Charles married in September at gloriously elegant Berkshire venue Hedsor House. I worked with this lovely pair to design a day of two halves – bringing softly lit romance to the fore during the day, and letting the inner party animal roam free after dark.
I love it when my couples aren’t afraid to let their hair down and really celebrate at their wedding, and it was a pleasure to strike the right balance of elegance and fun for Charles and his gorgeous bride, Jo.
Expect the Unexpected…
‘Always be prepared’ might be known as the motto for the Scouts, but it should definitely also be emblazoned on the uniform of any wedding planner! While every effort is always made to keep things flowing seamlessly and exactly to plan, sometimes, the Universe has other ideas that mean you have to think on your feet.
For Jo and Charles’ wedding at Hedsor House, these surprises came in the form of cows and power cuts, but both were resolved in a rather beautiful way.
Let’s start with the story of Big Al – a highland cow who lived in the grounds of Hedsor, and who stole Jo’s heart when she first visited the venue. He became something of an emblem for their wedding décor, featuring on the stationery and in adorable icing form as part of the cake. Very sadly, Big Al himself moved on to the grazing pasture in the sky shortly before Jo and Charles’s big day, but the wonderful Jennie and her fabulous team at Hedsor House made sure that he was remembered. A seriously cute cuddly highland cow was placed in Jo’s room for her to find as she got ready, and the couple were given an invitation to return to Hedsor and meet the new herd as they settle into their home on the estate next month. Thoughtful service like this is just one of the many reasons that Hedsor House is one of the most sought after country house wedding venues in the UK.
On the morning of the wedding, there was a power outage at the venue (causing the wrong kind of shivers to go up my spine, it must be said!). It was time to think fast, as the beautiful on-site church was left in complete darkness, and the organist had no music. Jess from Oxygen Events set about moving the uplighters from the ballroom to the church, and the fabulous Will from Lemon Entertainment set up camp in the church with an acoustic guitar ready for the bridal entrance.
While this was definitely not the ceremony set up we had planned, it was actually wonderfully stripped back and romantic, and fitted the couple’s brief to a tee. Romantic and delicate lighting bolstered by the flickering glow of candles, and the soft strains of acoustic guitar to accompany the bride and her father down the aisle of the centuries’ old stone church – it was enough to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
A Dream Team
The joy of wedding planning is two-fold for me. First and foremost, it’s about my couples, and being able to bring something they’ve dreamed about to life. But it’s also about the other exceptionally talented people working in the wedding industry, with whom I get to collaborate as we weave these dreams together for each couple.
Jo and Charles’ wedding at Hedsor House was no exception, and I was thrilled to be working with some of the best in the business. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know how big a part flowers play in each of my weddings. For this Hedsor House wedding I was lucky enough to experience the floral magic of one Emma Soulsby Flowers, who created an enchanting and flowing staircase installation of lilacs and soft greys, and designed gorgeously soft yet sculptural arrangements for the ballroom’s table centres.
The guests at this wedding were in for a real gourmet treat upon sitting down for dinner. Amazing event caterers Caper and Berry served up a fresh-yet-hearty autumnal menu, and I am still dreaming about the lamb with truffle infused potatoes and confit carrots.
So many of the suppliers went above and beyond to give Jo and Charles a beautiful day to remember. Feast your eyes on the modern romance of the photos from Hannah at Rocksalt Photography, and check out the links below for the full dream team.
Jo and Charles, thank you for inviting me into this special chapter of your life, I wish you a life together of warmth, whimsy and excited butterflies.