KATIE & MIKE | HEDSOR HOUSE | THAMES VALLEY WEDDING FILM
THAMES VALLEY WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER
9th September 2022 | Katie & Mike | Hedsor House | Thames Valley Wedding Film
Our wedding film love story
How did you guys meet?
We met at University of Reading back in 2014 through a mutual friend on a night out. It sounds corny, however we instantly had SO much in common and chatted the night away (up until Mike received a better offer to spray fire extinguishers all over halls!). We met again the following week and the rest is history…. nearly 8 years later and here we are tying the knot!
Tell me a bit about the two of you, what do you guys do? How do you spend your time?
We are both surveyors, having studied Real Estate at university; Katie works in-house at Pure Gym (and spends far too much money on expensive spin classes rather than making the most of her free gym membership!) and Mike is a retail and leisure agent at Rapleys. We live in Battersea, SW London with our young Labrador, Ralph (he will be 2 the week before the wedding!).
Whilst we love being in the thick of it in London, (especially being foodies – there are far too many great new restaurants for us to ever try!), we are both most happy out in the country. Mike is a farmer’s son from the Cotswolds, and we make the most of the opportunity to escape with the dog most weekends! We also love to be out on the water sailing on the Solent, which we try and do with Katie’s family multiple weekends a year.
How did the proposal go down? (All the gushy details, I love this bit!)
On the day after the final Covid lockdown, we went sailing over to the Isle of Wight with Katie’s family, where we had a picnic moored up in a bay beside The Needles. That day was also the first time we used our new ‘RIB’, and true to form, Mike insisted he take me for a spin just as Mum was trying to serve the sandwiches!! After a bit of persuading, I went off with him, and needless to say I was soaked with seawater by the time he stopped just in front of The Needles! At this point, his favourite song ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder was ‘coincidentally’ playing, and Mike got down on one knee, asking me to be his wife. I have to admit I shed a tear or two, and I had to be reminded to say YES!! Of course, at this point, a sightseeing ferry came VERY close to see what the commotion was about – I think they thought we’d had some technical malfunction! We had a moment to soak it all up, and then returned back to my family on the main boat to celebrate with a glass or two of champagne!
How did you choose your wedding venue(s)?
Choosing the venue was very easy! Not only had my Dad been researching before I was even engaged (!!), but Hedsor was an obvious choice as it is literally on top of the hill where Katie’s parents live.
Hedsor House is absolutely stunning and exactly the type of location I had dreamed of getting married in, but it is also extremely convenient, with the friendly feel of being a ‘local’ wedding. Getting married at the adjoining St Nicholas Church was also a no-brainer. It is part of one of our frequent dog-walking routes, and the views are absolutely stunning.
What sort of experience do you want your guests to have?
FUN! Whilst the wedding is going to be very traditional (i.e. traditional church service etc), we didn’t want the vibe to be stuffy at all. We have a Mexican Mariachi band to walk guests up from the church to the wedding reception (playing up until the wedding breakfast), which we hope will begin the party vibes! We’re having a relaxed meal (chicken pie!) and a fantastic band playing in the evening.
Can you describe some of the details and stylings, does your wedding have a theme?
The wedding hasn’t got a theme as such, however I really wanted to go for a ‘romantic’ kind of feel. The colours are navy (bridesmaids and accents on the day) and pink (soft blush pink tables, with mostly pink flowers on the day). I have chosen big blooming flowers that sort of drape naturally – nothing on the day will be very ‘uniform’!
What was the hardest decision during the planning?
Choosing the food! Thankfully, Mike had left me to do most of the choosing for most of the elements of the wedding, meaning there was minimal disagreement, however we are both big into food, and this was an important element of the day for us both! Part of the problem is we were completely spoiled for choice with our caterers, Rhubarb, and at our tasting, every single dish was absolutely delicious. I am so glad we booked our tasting in early because it actually took as a few months to finally decide on what we were going to eat!
What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding?
My advice would be that nothing can be prepared too early!! I have to admit I have been a far too chilled out bride, thinking I had plenty of time. It wasn’t until about 3 months before the wedding that I had a moment of realisation… I had so much to do!!! Communication early on between the two of you is so important – making sure you are both on the same page in terms of things you want/don’t want. It makes decisions so much easier! I’d also say a helpful groom makes a happy bride… I wish Mike had taken note of this!
Our Dream Wedding supplier team
That Amazing Dress
Happy Snappy Photographer
David Bostock Photography
Those Fabulous Flowers
The Delicious Food
Rhubarb – RHC Hospitality
The London Function Band
Beautiful Hair & Makeup
Nicola Hood and David Galvin Hair
That Delicious Cake
The Abigail Bloom Cake Company
Music licensed through “The Musicbed”
License Owner – Mark Shipperley
Mark Shipperley Films
License Number – 100416