Hitched at Hyde :   11 / 06 / 24

Hitched at Hyde- J&W

Tell us a bit about yourselves – how did you meet and what is your proposal story?

Will and I met at work and were a couple for around 8 years before we got engaged in 2021. We had booked a night away at Foxhill Manor in the Cotswolds to celebrate my 30th birthday in November 2020, however due to lockdown we had to reschedule 3 times. We eventually stayed at Foxhill Manor in October 2021 and whilst I was getting ready for dinner Will got down on one knee and proposed. Even though we had spoken about marriage before, the proposal was a complete surprise and even more special that we could celebrate in the Cotswolds.


What made you choose Hyde House as your wedding venue?

Will and I live in Manchester but we always say the Cotswolds is our happy place, so we knew straight away it was where we wanted to get married. I wanted quite a traditional English wedding, but with the option of personalising the venue with our design choices. As our guests were travelling from across the country, having accommodation on site and nearby was also important to us.

We visited Hyde House on an open day and fell in love immediately. The main house was stunning with two modern barns to decorate how we wish. Being a foodie, I wanted our wedding meal to be special, and the food I tasted at the open event did not disappoint. We loved the venue so much we rang back the next day to reserve our date.


What drew you towards having a winter wedding day?

When I was at university, I used to work for a wedding catering company in my spare time. I still remember the magical feeling the winter weddings gave me, from the cosy drinks receptions to the candlelight dinners after the sun had set. I knew from then I wanted a winter wedding to re-create that magical feeling and bring my winter wonderland vision to life. Plus there is always the added bonus of not worrying about the weather on your wedding day!




Your day was so beautiful with so many gorgeous and well thought out touches. Who were your talented suppliers and what made you choose them?

Every single one of our suppliers were just outstanding. I had found most of them through Instagram and the Hyde House supplier list, and knew their style was just what we wanted.

My glam squad consisted of Lauren Gosling for hair and Amy Rose MacDonald for makeup who made my whole bridal party look so beautiful on the day. Hannah Culley made our delicious wedding cake and Lou Paper designed all our stationery, both invitations and on the day.




Styletopia, along with Stow Flower Shop, brought our vision to life and decorated Hyde House beautifully with winter foliage, adding warmth with black tapered dinner candles and gold accents throughout the venue. Styletopia encouraged us to think about sustainability in our wedding, so instead of traditional favours, we opted for cocktail hour and instead of a guest book, all our guests signed a bauble to hang on our Christmas tree which we can use to decorate our home for years to come.



Our photographer Pat Partridge was one of our best decisions we made. His laidback style suited our vibe for the day, and his interaction with us and the guests meant he really captured the joy of the day.

We had Joe Pike play the piano from the ceremony through to the wedding breakfast. I walked down the aisle to Alicia Keys “If I ain’t got you” which Joe played so beautifully, it filled me emotion as soon as I heard the intro. For the party afterwards, we hired Velvet Soul, a disco, soul and funk bank, who were amazing – I didn’t stop dancing all night!


How did you find the planning process and did one of you take charge of was it a team effort?

It was definitely a team effort, Will is a much better planner than I am and he really helped organise us and the suppliers to bring my vision for the wedding to life.


What were each of your favourite moments from the day?

The ceremony was a surprise to us both at how meaningful and special it was, as we both had thought our favourite moment of the day would be dancing, having fun and celebrating with all our friends. From the music played by Joe Pike, to the readings from our close friends and family, the ceremony was a beautiful moment to celebrate our love. We did still have a blast dancing with everyone in the evening though!




Tell us something we wouldn’t know about your wedding day from the pictures?

They say a picture paints a thousand words but it can’t portray how delicious all the food was on the day. We opted for confit salmon to start, belly pork for main, apple crumble tart for dessert and, for a fun option, we went for fried chicken and chips for the evening food. Every single guest we spoke to said how amazing the food was – it really was outstanding.

After the wedding breakfast, Pat took Will and I outside, along with a few friends, for a champagne spray photo. The whole series of photos from that moment are epic, but what they don’t show is us all waiting for a second bottle of fizz to arrive, covered in champagne, wind was blowing a gale, but not caring and just having fun, dancing and singing to Cher – Believe.




What would be your words of wisdom for future Hyde House couples? 

Jenna: Leave as much time as you can to get ready in the morning so you arent rushing. You will go into the ceremony calmer, and it will help you be present throughout the day. I had a small bridal party of 3 bridesmaids, and we had such a chilled morning, it really helped me relax and enjoy every moment.



Will: Just enjoy everything about it! All our suppliers and everyone at Hyde House made everything so simple and ran smoothly from planning to the day itself.



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