A Midsummer Nights Dream Wedding at Hengrave Hall

06/07/2015

Today’s wedding is the gorgeous Midsummer Nights Dream wedding of Jo and Rob at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk.

Jo and Rob approached us very early on in their wedding planning to help them with every aspect of their day. Initially they weren’t sure of the type of venue they wanted to get married in – they just knew that they wanted somewhere easily accessible for friends and family spread across Norfolk, Hertfordshire and London. Suffolk seemed like a happy medium and Hengrave Hall proved to be the winning choice. It had accommodation on site and gorgeous surroundings which fitted their wedding vision perfectly.

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Bride Jo wore a beautiful Caroline Castigliano dress with lace detail as well as Jimmy Choo shoes. Her bridesmaids were all in vintage rose colour Maids to Measure dresses.  Rob wanted a bespoke suit so he went to tailor Mark Powell for a three piece royal blue suit with statement buttons.

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Jo and Rob wanted to get married in the St John the Lateran church within the grounds of Hengrave but as they do not allow Church of England ceremonies, they held an intimate civil ceremony within Hengrave Hall earlier in the day which was attended by their parents, Best Man and Maid of Honor, and then invited all of their guests to a blessing inside the church to kick-start the wedding in the afternoon.

The colour palette for the day was ivory, champagne and dusky pinks with a hint of metallic, and the overall vision was for a Midsummer Nights Dream feel.  This was achieved through careful styling, lighting and florals.

Guests entered the church through a beautiful floral arch of quicksand and amnesia roses and were handed Orders of Service created by Cutture.  At the end of each pew were hanging glass silvered vases tied with lace and filled with floral posies. The pillars were decorated in a loose and romantic style with asparagus fern.

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As huge lovers of music, it was always going to play a big part in Jo and Rob’s wedding day.  During the ceremony a church organist played the processional but the main music was provided by Revellation, a gospel choir who brought an element of fun and surprise to the ceremony.

Following the blessing, guests enjoyed drinks and canapés outside on the lawn of Hengrave provided by Talbooth Catering.  To play to Rob’s Irish roots, an Irish jig band, The Lanterns, also entertained guests, alongside Ivo The Caricature Artist.  Rob proposed to Jo via a caricature artist whilst in Rome so it seemed apt to include this in their day.

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A seating plan was created using a large ornate gold photo frame which was placed in the gardens during the drinks reception.

Hengrave Hall has a beautiful outdoor courtyard and we felt that it would be the perfect setting for a Mediterranean style wedding breakfast.  It had never been used for a reception before and it took a lot of planning to arrange but the results were breathtaking.

Tudor Rose created a dramatic woodland feel with statement mis-matched florals on the tables incorporating willow, foliage and roses – as well as crystals and tealights.  We also brought large trees into the courtyard to create a whimsical feel and worked with Dreamwave Events to bring the final styling to life through festoon lighting, lanterns and up-lighters to reflect the walls of the courtyard.

The tables were kept simple with the focus being on the surroundings of the courtyard and the floral displays.  The tablescapes consisted of plain white linen tablecloths and napkins, white place-cards and plain glassware. 

Rather than physical favours, Jo and Rob decided to donate money to charity.  Both of them had recently lost their fathers and so we suggested placing a single stem of rosemary (the symbol of remembrance) at each place setting with information on which charities were being supported.

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Hengrave Hall is such a beautiful venue and as the theme was based on the surroundings they wanted to give subtle hints to A Midsummer Nights Dream, rather than overloading it.  Lots of beautiful candles and tealights created a romantic glow throughout the venue and then a number of gold frames with quotes from the play were placed around the space.

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In the evening, the couple wanted both a band and a DJ to play to create a blend of tunes that would appeal to young and old.  Groove Instinct, a popular party band, were brought in for the first part of the evening which was great as they had everyone up and dancing.

For the latter part of the evening they wanted to surprise their guests with a big name DJ.  Both Jo and Rob love Norman Jay and despite only playing at three weddings before, after a lot of negotiating we managed to secure him.  None of the guests knew that he was going to appear and when he came on, it was an incredible sight and everyone took to the dance floor.

Lucy Davenport was the amazing photographer on the day and Bloomsbury Films captured the wedding on film.  

We worked with Jo and Rob over a period of four months to plan their entire wedding – looking after every element from sourcing suppliers through to managing their guest RSVPs and being there on the day.  If you want to find out more about our full wedding planning services, please do get in touch.

Venue: Hengrave Hall  // Brides Dress: Caroline Castigliano  // Bridesmaid Dresses: Maids to Measure  // Grooms Suit: Mark Powell  // Caterer: Talbooth Catering  // Florist: Tudor Rose  // Photographer:

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