Part II of Jeanette & Rich’s epic wedding, today, Hedsor house. Guest post alert! I’m actually handing the blog over to Rich for this one:
We stumbled upon Alex’s work online by chance early last year – fast forward 16 months and we can honestly say that choosing Alex as our photographer was among the best decisions we made for our wedding. From the stunning engagement shoot last September to the wedding weekend, he has not ceased to amaze us with his talented eye and his way of capturing stories and emotions and bringing them to life.
On to our Big Day… we got married at Hedsor House, a beautiful Georgian mansion in Buckinghamshire. It was slightly overcast that morning, but knowing we were in Alex’s very capable hands, we didn’t let that get to us. Jeanette arrived early at the house with her nine-strong squad of bridesmaids to get ready in the gorgeous Bridal Suite overlooking the grounds. Preparations were already underway around the house, and it was exciting to see all the bits and pieces we had drawn up in our heads come to life.
We would later agree that the last hour in the run-up to the ceremony went by in a flash – Jeanette scrambling to get into her dress and doing last-minute touch-ups to her make-up, and Rich busy greeting and mingling with guests in the Italian Garden by the side of the house where we held a small welcome reception. The highlight of the day for us had to be the ceremony, which took place in the main hall inside the house. 19 months of planning and it all came down this moment! Having been decidedly calm throughout the day up until this point, Rich was nearly overcome by nerves as anticipation built around Jeanette walking down the aisle, but fortunately a few words of encouragement from Jeanette’s dad helped get him over the line 😉 We had 130 guests coming in from around the world, namely Hong Kong, the UK and the US – you couldn’t have felt more love in one room that day. The rest of the ceremony went smoothly (crucially she said yes!) and we both read our own vows that we wrote as a surprise which made it all the more special.
Following the ceremony, we moved outside to the lawn for a garden cocktail party in true English form, only fitting for a venue of such stature and elegance. Think vintage sofas, champagne, Pimm’s, croquet, and a magician… our only complaint is not having enough time to take everything in and enjoy more of it for ourselves!
Much of the evening was a bit of a blur if we’re being honest, partly to do with emotions running high and part alcohol-related if we had to guess! What we DO remember were the wonderful heartfelt speeches during the wedding breakfast (most importantly the best men kept the storytelling to an acceptable level!), our first dance which went more or less without a hitch, the delicious cocktails served well into the late hours at the bar, the unstoppable dancefloor, and the greatest entertainment of the evening – The Photobooth. For all those out there planning a wedding – drop everything and get yourself a photobooth if you haven’t already!! But the biggest surprise of the day was yet to come, when we managed to lure guests outside with sparklers and away from the espresso martinis long enough to enjoy a big fireworks display out on the lawn. The merriment continued late into the night… at times it genuinely felt like a dream you never wanted to wake up from and true enough, throughout the night (and even now!) we had to pinch ourselves several times to remember this day actually happened!!
Alex – it’s been such a pleasure getting to know you and working with you, you were a hit with all the guests, and above all, you are truly an amazing photographer. Thank you for capturing our day and we can’t wait to relive each and every moment through your photos for the years to come!
Thank you so much guys, it was an amazing day!
More adventures soon.