Two Cultures Coming Together – A Beautiful Wedding at the Elvetham


From the day Andy made the decision to move from the UK to go and work in America, his & Karen’s paths were destined to cross.  Karen & Andy met whilst working together in New York and from keeping their relationship a surprise from bosses and colleagues in the begining, to them coming out as a couple some time later (to absolutely no ones surprise), they are a fabulous couple that just click.

Of all the weddings I have worked on, Karen & Andy’s was a true pleasure to do, from the completely lovely couple themselves, to the fabulous venue and their staff at The Elvetham Hotel, to the amazing suppliers who all worked together to make this day truly special.

The setting for the special day was The Elvetham hotel, which is a stunning location to hold such a big day.  From the beautiful drive up to the private estate, to the gorgeous landscaped gardens and exquisite features of the house itself, it is a truly magical place.

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The ceremony itself took place outside under the beaming sunshine in the beautiful grounds under the couples bespoke created chuppah made by the lovely Keeli & Jade at White Lilac. They also made all the beautiful floral creations on the day which were truly breathtaking as well as offering their support in so many other ways, truly a professional service. It was a beautiful ceremony led by the fabulous celebrant Judy Mansfield, to which the jewish tradition of breaking the glass was encorporated into the ceremony (which Andy broke first time!) to represent good luck. With an emotional exchange of vows, the ceremony was a happy and memorable affair. The whole event was captured on video by Gary of The Shortfilm Company & on camera by Ian Southworth of Peartree Pictures.

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Keeli & Jade did a fantastic job of decorating the chuppuh so that it was ready before the lovely couple came outside for the service, it was an amazing piece of floristry which looked beautiful as a backdrop.

The day’s announcements and smooth running were made so much easier by David Hunt the marvellous Toastmaster for the day.  David added a good old British stamp on the ceremony which I think many of the American guests found a great novelty and added charm to the day.

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The reception was set in the Elvetham’s stunning marquee, which is more like a full permanant structure than marquee.  With beautiful fairy lit drapes hanging from the ceiling by StressFree hire to the stunning floral & candelabra centrepieces again by White Lilac. It was a truly dazzling backdrop for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment to take place.

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Down for the Count were the band for the evening reception and they were absolutely sensational.  They played swing and soul music with a few modern classics thrown in for good measure.  The first dance was a classic Sinatra Song, which Karen & Andy danced their rehearsed steps to extremely well and then the part that I was terrified for, the traditional jewish Hora!  This is where the guests (who may have been drinking for a few hours), lift the bride and groom up on their chairs and dance with them raised in the air.  I can tell you now, I held my breath the entire time they were in the air, I was terrified they would be dropped, however much to my relief the dance was a success and no one was injured!

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All of the guests danced the night away with this fantastic couple and everyone has such a fabulous time.  Karen was a complete trooper as 2 months prior to the wedding she managed to fracture her foot, so on the day of her wedding (and the flights over!) she had to wear a special boot under her dress to support her foot. At first she was concerned it would look silly and show under the dress (which we had adjusted the morning of the wedding to fit the boot), however in the end she embraced it and Ian from Peartree Pictures (the photographer for the day) shot some fabulously comical photos of the boot encorporating it into the day.

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The evening ended with a surprise firework display which none of the guests were aware of and they were a truly spectacular way to end such a magical day.  The suppliers, guests and most importantly the bride and groom Karen & Andy had a fabulous and memorable day and I will hold this wedding close to my heart for the rest of planning career.


Here are some more wonderful images of the day, all courtesy of Ian at Peartree Pictures (except the firework image above, thank you to that kind guest capturing that for us!)

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I would like to send my personal thanks to the amazing suppliers that worked with me on the day, they are :

Emily and the team at The Elvetham –

Ian at Peartree Pictures –

Gary at The Shortfilm Company (Video)

David the Toastmaster –

Judy our Registrar –

White Lilac Florists –

StressFree Hire –

Mike (Live Music, Down for the Count) –



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