13Th July 2019 Ceris & Ed Stoke Park wedding video, Buckinghamshire videographer

Our Love Story

How did you guys meet?

We were set up on a blind date by mutual friends. I stood Ed up on our first date (which he never lets me forget) only for us to rearrange a week later!

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?

We both love life and share so much in common that it feels like we’ve both spent our life waiting to find each other! We are best friends and enjoy every minute of our busy lives together. We’re blessed and lucky to be able to experience amazing holidays, hotels, restaurants, concerts, sporting events and parties however despite this hustle and bustle our favourite thing is to be together cuddled up on the sofa or in bed having lazy lie ins at the weekend.

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)

Ed proposed in the garden of the house he used to live in. The garden was around 2.5 acres and a large part of it was an overgrown wilderness which had paths mowed in it to be like a secret garden. I was due to be coming up from Swansea on the Wednesday and on the Tuesday Ed called me and said he’d seen some really strange lights in the garden and to remind him to show me the next day! When I came up the next day I said about going to see the lights but he said that it wasn’t yet dark (it was early July) so the lights wouldn’t be there. Eventually around 10:30-11pm he said that we should go and see the lights, by this time I was in my pyjamas! We trekked through the undergrowth by torch light and eventually Ed pointed out a glow in the distance, I immediately thought it was some aliens or UFOs as he’d mentioned that earlier in the day and I couldn’t explain it any other way! As we got closer it became apparent that it was a circle of what seemed like hundreds of candles and my thoughts turned from UFOs to some sort of pagan sacrificial ritual!!! I was completely thrown and was trying to look in the bushes for runaway pagans when Ed called my name and as I turned round he was stood with a ring in his hand!

How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?

We’d been to stay at Stoke Park before and Ceris had said it would be an amazing venue for a wedding, so it was the only place we looked at for the wedding.

What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?

We want them to enjoy the day, reacquaint themselves with old friends, make new friends, eat, drink, dance and laugh through the whole day!

Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?

Glamourous, glitzy and classy with a pink, white and sparkles theme

What was the hardest decision during the planning?

Whether to walk down the aisle on my own or choose someone else to replace my dad

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?

Be laid back and don’t move house, buy a business and go through court all at the same time!

Our dream wedding team

Brides dress: Justin Alexander https://www.justinalexander.com/

Cake maker: Tracey’s Cakes: http://www.traceyscakes.co.uk/

Florist: Fabulous Flowers: https://www.fabulousflowers.biz/

Photographer: Paul Wilkinson: https://www.paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk/

Music The Fix: https://www.wedding-bands.co.uk/acts/the-fix

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5Th July 2019 Sharika & Steven Oxford wedding video, Oxfordshire videographer

Our Love Story

How did you guys meet?

We met 5 years ago in Bangladesh. Steven was stationed at the World Bank Dhaka office for two years (2014-15). We met in autumn 2014. I was working for a local non-profit while finishing my bachelor’s degree at the time.  We spent a year together in Dhaka before Steven was reposted in Kathmandu subsequent to the Nepal earthquake. With my undergraduate degree completed, I agreed to move as well. I continued my work with some local and regional non-profits. In 2016 we decided to start our graduate (for me) and doctoral (for Steven) degrees at the University of Oxford. Hence, we moved to England in the autumn of 2016. Due to difficulties in extending my leave to remain in the UK post my degree, we quietly got married in a private civil ceremony in November 2017 in Gibraltar! We had two great years in Oxford before Steven decided to move back to Washington D.C. last year to pursue a fantastic career opportunity. We have been living apart ever since and get on a plane at every whim to see one another!

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?

Steven is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank. I work in the Major Gifts Fundraising space and am currently the Fundraising Research Manager for the British Heart Foundation. Steven spends most of his time globetrotting for work. I’m the complete opposite and live a very routine life. I spend my time commuting into London thrice a week, working out, eating well (mostly) and horse riding. We both love long walks and spending time with friends. Steven loves alcohol, me not at all (unless it’s champagne or port)!

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)

Despite our situation being unconventional, Steven insisted that we have an engagement. We spent the entire summer of 2018 designing the perfect ring for me. We commissioned a jeweler in Washington to source the perfect piece of rectangular ruby as the centre stone of my ring (I love rubies and Steven’s surname is Rubinyi; the stone even has a blemish on it to symbolise our sometimes not so perfect relationship).  Finally when we went to Paris last November for Steven’s 30th birthday, he ‘proposed’ at the Tuileries. When he asked if I would marry him, I said I already did!

How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?

We decided early 2018 that we wanted a proper celebration with family and friends (Please note that we have not shared the Gibraltar episode with most of our guests. However, given it’s a blessing ceremony, they have been kept under the impression that we took/ will take care of the administrative details separately). With my family being from Bangladesh and his America, Oxford was the ideal midway spot to host this. And with the University’s beautiful structures at our disposal Christ Church and the Divinity School were very easy to agree upon.

What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?

We of course want it to be very special for our guests as most are coming a long way to celebrate with us. Our vision for the blessing and reception is for it to be understated but elegant. We would like them to have tons of fun, look their best, be well fed and well liquored. We hope they will appreciate the venues and the general Oxford cityscape.

Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?

I think we are going for traditional theme with some aspects borrowed from my South Asian and Steven’s Jewish heritage. I will be wearing traditional sarees for both the morning and the evening; Steven will be wearing conventional morning attire and maybe a dinner jacket in the evening. My bouquet is pink and red (almost burgundy) roses or peonies. The bridesmaids are all wearing sarees in a pale shade of pink. The groomsmen have dove egg blue waistcoats, I believe. There are lots of golden undertones in my jewellery and outfits. The colours of the wedding I would say are white, gold, pink and red (almost burgundy). The blessing ceremony will include some Jewish and South Asian readings alongside the more conventional verses. The flowers at the cathedral match this scheme. The centrepieces for the dinner tables at the divinity school are tall calla lilies. We have a South Asian musician playing the sitar for the evening reception. The food is inspired by South Asian flavors but it’s not quite South Asian.  The cake is three tiered, white and gold. The wedding favors are Jordan almonds.

What was the hardest decision during the planning?

I had ample time to plan the event. However, life gets in the way. It has been hard (as you may have noticed) to keep up with emails and stick to to-do lists.

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?

I think it is important to keep aside enough time to plan the wedding. I had one and half years and am still struggling!

Our wedding team

The Dress: My sarees were sourced from one of India’s oldest silk saree merchants
Photography: Neil Hanson https://www.nordicpics.co.uk/
Florist: Flowers by Kirsty https://www.flowersbykirsty.com/
Catering: Oxford Fine Dining https://www.oxfordfinedining.co.uk/
Music: Organist provided by Christ Church, Ravi Sitar Player from Alive Network Entertainment in the evening, My best friend is the DJ 10 pm onwards, THAT events company is providing the equipment https://www.alivenetwork.com/bandpage.asp?bandname=Ravi%20(Sitar%20Player)
Hair & Makeup: Holly Preston, Oxford Hair and Make Up http://www.hollypreston.co.uk/
Cake: All cakes and sizes https://www.allcakesandsizes.co.uk/

Music licensed through The Music Bed : www.themusicbed.com

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20Th June 2019 Courtney & Anthony Hedsor House wedding video, Buckinghamshire videographer

Our Love Story

How did you guys meet?

We met on 18 June 2010 in London in a bar where we were watching England play football in the World Cup

Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?

Anthony works in the City for a bank, and Courtney is an Assistant in Banking based in Canary Wharf. We enjoy travelling, nature, music, and spending time with family and friends, and our cat (Luna)

How did the proposal go down? (all the gushy details, I love this bit!)

Anthony proposed to Courtney on holiday in Bali on 24 June 2016, following a lobster dinner on a private jetty at the Ayana resort

How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?

We were looking for a country house/mansion venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception, and were recommended Hedsor by one of Courtney’s colleagues who got married there a few years ago. We loved the venue at first sight!

Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?

Groomsmen wearing navy and grey, bridesmaids wearing grey/mauve. Subtle/neutral colours such as cream, champagne, white etc. No specific theme.

What was the hardest decision during the planning?

The dress! And also the table plan! (still in progress…)

What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?

Start early and lots of research!

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Our dream wedding team

Brides dress: Enzoani: https://www.enzoani.com/

Photographer: David Bostock: https://davidbostockphotography.co.uk/

Cake maker: Melissa Woodland: https://melissawoodlandcakes.com/

Florist: Ruby & Grace: http://www.rubyandgrace.co.uk/

Hair & Makeup Tamara Tott: https://www.tamaratott.com/

Music supplied by The Music Bed
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