International Romance at Hedsor House
- 10th April 2012
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Following a beautiful church ceremony, Petra and Tom chose the magnificent Hedsor House to celebrate with their international guests. With influences from Petra’s native Finland combined with truly English touches for Harlequins rugby player Tom, they created a pretty, romantic feel for their wedding and their sense of fun shone throughout.
Thank you to the fabulous Pippa Mackenzie, a valued member of our Premier Portfolio, for sharing these wonderful images with us.
"Tom proposed to me at home after a romantic meal and some nice wine. I was so excited and immediately said Yes!! It came out that Tom had carried the ring around the night before when he had forced me to go for a walk on Richmond Hill, Tom thinking this would make a picturesque location to propose. Unfortunately we ended up having a little argument so proposal plans were hastily delayed for the next day…!
I got my wedding dress from Teokath in Wimbledon. They were absolutely fantastic and made me feel unique and special. My jewellery, diamond earrings and necklace were given to me by my mother.
I wore (sky high) Jimmy Choos trying to make up the height difference between the groom and I! Tom wore his own morning suit and got a new waistcoat and tie for the day.
My bouquet was an arrangement of lily of the valley. Lily of the Valley is the national flower of my home country, Finland, and also Tom’s late grandmother’s favorite flower, so it worked perfectly. Tom had lily of the valley as his buttonhole as well.
The Ceremony took place at the beautiful St Michael’s church in Bray, Tom’s family church. Tom was baptised there, so there was lots of family history involved!! We decided on the Church first and then looked at venues that were close by for the reception.
After a long search for a reception venue we came across Hedsor house. It was absolutely fantastic and suited our needs perfectly. The house was a blank canvas in a stunning setting and so gave us a lot of freedom. The drive up to the house has real wow factor and that convinced us that Hedsor was the one for us.
We also liked the fact that we were able to use the house in two parts. We held the champagne reception on the lawn so that we could admire the views of the valley and in the evening we moved to the sunken garden to create more of a party feel.
For the Champagne Reception we booked a harpist and for the evening we had a band and disco. We booked them all through Black Cat. The band, Discovered, were fantastic and got everyone dancing.
Our caterer (party planner) Melissa Webb, did a fantastic job! We built the running order ourselves with help of the Debretts web page and ran through that with Melissa. It definitely helped us to ensure that we had not forgotten anything, allowing us (and everyone else) to understand how long each part took. Of course on the day you need to be flexible and you need to use the running order as a rough guideline.
When planning a running order we wanted to make sure that our 7 month old son was able to be included, but that we would make the day a happy one for him too and not over exhaust him. He did truly enjoy the day and was a true star!
We spent quite a of bit time too choosing all the little details like the champagne glasses, the plates, the candies for the evening, etc. A good pointer from Melissa was that babies and young kids do not necessarily appreciate fine canapés and champagne receptions so they would need some food as well. Unhappy babies/kids at the end of the day will make for unhappy parents! For the evening we organised a crèche for parents to drop off their sleepy kids.
In terms of styling we wanted to keep things quite simple; our colours were white and blue. Our florist Richard Elder did a brilliant job in transforming the house into full bloom. We went through some photos of the style we wanted, and trusted him to make it perfect. We decided that, at the end of the day, he would know so much more about the flowers than we would. We have used Richard on several occasions before so we knew that he would do brilliant job.
We ordered a deer head ice sculpture for the evening party, which ended up being turned into a Vodka luge by some creative guests! We also had a photo booth, which was an absolute hit, and have had such a good laugh after the wedding going through the pictures.
Just before heading off, we gave our guests sky lanterns for them to release. The effect was stunning, but created somewhat carnage… we would recommend them though! We chose the eco version, which are fully biodegradable to make sure we did not damage the nature around us.
Our wedding day was absolutely fantastic, and we had such a ball. My favorite moment has to be the church and exchanging of the vows. You feel like you are in this amazing bubble where just you, your husband and the vicar exist.
Some words of wisdom would be to try to steel a moment here and there just you and your new husband to pause and take it all in. The day goes so fast!
Also pay great attention when choosing your photographer. They do need to fit your style and you need to be able feel comfortable with them. Think carefully the style of photography you want, are you comfortable with a traditional posing style, or would you rather have photographers sneaking around to capture the atmosphere and great moments (documentary style)? At the end of the day your photographer will record memories of the day, which is over far too fast, so you want to make sure you won’t be disappointed. This would not be the thing to scrimp on!!!"
The Dream Team
Wedding Photographer – Pippa Mackenzie
Wedding Dress – Pronovias, Mali
Wedding Dress Shop – Teokath, of London
Wedding Venue – Hedsor House
Cake – Melissa Webb
Flowers – Floral Design
Message Booth – Photo Booth
Ice sculpture – The Ice Box
Entertainment – Black Cat
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- 10th April 2012
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