Hitched at Hyde- K&C
Tell us a bit about yourselves- how did you meet and what is your proposal story?
Kristy – Craig and I met through a mutual friend in our second year at Plymouth University. We left Uni together, moved to London and have since bought our first home together here. We’ve been together 10 years this year! Craig proposed in February 2022 during storm Eunice. We were in Cornwall, where he is from, and he was pestering me to go for a cliff walk despite the horrendous weather so I thought he may be planning something. We lasted about 1 minute outside before he got down on one knee and we quickly ran back to the car for shelter and warmth. It was an easy yes.
What made you choose Hyde House as your Wedding venue?
Craig – The Cotswolds is an area of the UK that we have spent lots of time together and it’s also in between Cornwall and Dorset, where our families are from. We set a weekend aside to travel from London, packing in viewings in the hope of finding the one. As it turns out, Hyde House was the second viewing we had and blew the other out of the water. We cancelled the rest of our bookings and paid our deposit that weekend.
Kristy – We just got that feeling at Hyde. The contrast between the traditional house and the blank-canvas modern barn spaces alongside the the stylish bar, and bedrooms – we felt like it had a bit of everything. No detail had been missed and we just knew it was the venue for us.
What drew you towards having an Autumn Wedding day?
Craig – An autumn wedding had always been our plan. We were realistic about how unpredictable the weather in the UK can be and we knew we would be upset if we chose a summer date and it rained. So, with that in mind we decided that an October wedding felt a bit less pressurised weather-wise, and we could plan for the whole day to be inside. We were very lucky that on our wedding day the weather was mild, and our guests were therefore able to overflow into the outside space, which was lovely.
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?
Kristy – We felt incredibly lucky to have some of the best suppliers pulling our dream together. Most of them we either found via Hyde’s recommended supplier list or through Instagram. We chose Katherine (Haze Lea Florals) for our flowers, as they were the most important ‘extra’ for me. Katherine fully got our vision, and we are still receiving compliments about her stunning arrangements to this day! Styletopia styled our wedding, and we loved the sustainability aspect of ‘renting’ their props, and using their faux florals for the big pieces so nothing went to waste. We chose Matthew Bee (Cotswold Guitarist) for our ceremony and reception, and Apollo Soul for the evening and we couldn’t recommend them both enough, they were just incredible. Our cake was made by Hannah Culley’s Cakes and was a huge hit with all our guests – we are still munching on it from the freezer months down the line. And finally, our getting ready team comprised of Lauren Gosling Hair and Amy Rose Make Up both of whom bought the fun but chilled vibes whilst making all of the girls feel amazing.
How did you find the planning process and did one of you take charge or was it a team effort?
Kristy – The wedding planning process has a bit of negative press, and we were worried that we would find it overwhelming and stressful, but we couldn’t have had a more opposite experience. I’m a ‘planner’ and had the vision in my mind/on my Pinterest board of what I wanted the day to look like so definitely took the reins initially. But once I had narrowed the searches down to a couple of options, Craig (the more decisive one!) stepped in and made final choices. When we got closer to the big day, the details came back to me and I really enjoyed making styling choices, sourcing stationery and gifts for our families etc.
What were each of your favourite moments from your day?
Kristy – It was genuinely all amazing. I loved getting ready with my best girls and my Mum, listening to music, and feeling fully pampered. Then the moment I saw Craig at the end of the aisle was just so special. Honestly, every moment was full of joy and love, and I’ve never smiled so much in my life.
Craig – I think the moment we walked into the wedding breakfast, ‘signed, sealed, delivered’ blaring, everyone waving their napkins in the air was just awesome. But every moment was amazing, we just had the best day ever.
Tell us something we wouldn’t know about your Wedding Day from the pictures?
Craig – Me and the groomsmen very nearly didn’t make it in time! We rented a house for the weekend before the wedding and were checking out the morning of, and we accidentally dropped the key somewhere on the stone driveway so had to spend way too long searching for it. Luckily, we found it and were on our way, but it was a bit hairy!
Kristy – During the reception drinks, someone knocked into my friend who was stood close by and holding an espresso martini… It went all down the front of my dress. Luckily, I was so high on cloud nine, I was genuinely not that bothered. My bridesmaids and I escaped up to the bridal getting ready room and with a steamer and some plain cloth, managed to get the worst of it out!
What would be your words of wisdom for future Hyde House couples?
Kristy – Trust the process. It’s easy to overthink your choices in the period from booking suppliers to your day arriving as it’s usually a fairly long wait but remember that you made your decisions for a reason. Somebody said to me that the only person who knows ‘what your wedding should look like’ is you – so if something goes wrong (and it probably will), no-one else will know, and on the day, you will be so elated, you also won’t care.
Craig – Make the most of the fact that everyone you and your partner love is under one roof. It’s such a rare opportunity. As well as others, make sure you carve time out to spend with each other because the day really does fly by.
Photography- Lucie Watson Photography
Evening Food at Hyde House ~ Our Signature Set-Ups
We all love that time during a Wedding Day when the music is playing, your dancing shoes are well and truly on, drinks have been in full flow and the evening food comes out… heaven! And here at Hyde House our Chefs have once again been hard at work creating some really fabulous and utterly delicious signature set-ups for our Couples and all of their guests to enjoy during those later hours.
Evening Dessert Station ~ The Pudding Parlour
… complete with Mini meringue pie tarts, Salted caramel and pretzel cupcakes, Oreo brookies, Mini seasonal pavlova’s (gf), Seasonal jellies (df), Giant pink raspberry marshmallows (gf), Cookies with mini banana, biscoff milkshakes.
Evening Hot Food Stations ~ Hot Roast
… with Gloucester old spot pulled pork, Sage and onion stuffing, Crackling, Bramley apply sauce, Crunchy raw slaw, Freshly baked bread rolls.
… where guests have the options to choose from (top left- clockwise) Classic Poutine, Crispy lamb and spiced mint mayo, Melted cheese, jalapēno salsa, sour cream, spring onions and guacamole, Burnt ends, hickery mayo and frazzles.
Hyde Fried Chicken
Buttermilk chicken and fries OR Halloumi fries, fresh mint, pomegranate.
… and the toppings are either Hoisin mayo, spring onion and coriander, Miso spiced mayo, teriyaki, sesame and crispy onion, Blue cheese and crunchy maple bacon, Chipotle mayo.
For information on pricing, minimum order numbers etc then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via email@example.com.
All images by Laura Harvey Photography
At the beginning of 2020 we closed our doors and gave the House a whole new look; little did we know that it would be quite a while before many of our Couples would get to see these wonderful changes in person. Since our doors have opened we have loved showing everyone around the newly refurbished spaces and have really enjoyed seeing so many positive reactions!
One of the biggest transformations that took place here at Hyde House was on the ground floor in a spacious room that was once the Planning Teams office and is now – the Library. Not only is the library a wonderfully designed, cosy room for people to relax in, it is also used on Wedding Day mornings for one half of the Wedding Party to get ready in. It really is the perfect private space to spend those special pre-Wedding hours with your closest friends and family.
The other drastic transformation was in the Bedrooms where every single room was re-furnished and re-decorated. The Bridal Suite is now complete with a four-poster bed, elegant new furnishings and a freestanding copper bathtub, in the bedroom no less, and all of the other 19 bedrooms have been made even more luxurious than before so you’ll always have a good nights sleep at Hyde House!
So please do scroll away to see the exciting changes. Xx
The New Plated Menu at Hyde House
Today is our third and final journal post about our brand new 2022 Menu and we’re sharing all things plated dishes!
Our fabulous Chefs have created a Menu where there is something, if not many things, for everyone. We have flavourful meat dishes, mouth-watering fish dishes, seasonal veggie and vegan dishes and a delicious mix of desserts.
As you may have seen from our earlier Journal posts, alongside our plated options we also have our Feasting Menu and just in case you can’t quite decide whether they would like more formal plated dishes or interactive feasting options for your own Wedding Day, you can mix and match between the courses giving you the best of both worlds for you and your guests to enjoy.
We hope you enjoy looking through the final images from our Menu Shoot with Laura Harvey Photography and if you haven’t had the chance to try our new dishes at one of our Tasting Evenings just yet we hope you love them when you do!
Top to Bottom: Burrata, heritage tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar (v, gf), Pressed ham terrine, pickled vegetables, apricot chutney, sourdough toast (df); Rainbow beetroots, orange and honey whipped goat’s cheese, candied sunflowers seeds (v); Pan fried scallops, celeriac purée, rémoulade, pickled apple (gf) (£2.50pp)
Top to Bottom: Trealy farm coppa ham, black figs, sherry vinegar, shaved parmesan (gf); Duck liver parfait, sauternes jelly, mini brioche; Sea bass ceviche, cucumber, mint and mango salsa (gf, df)
Top to Bottom: Rump of Cotswolds lamb, pea purée, herb gnocchi, charred broccoli, peas, broad beans, salsa verde (+£3pp); Sweet potato wellington, wild mushroom, roasted Jerusalem artichoke, spinach, Salmoriglio (v, vg, gf, df); Crispy Kale doughnut, parmesan, pressed potato, shallot puree, crispy kale, spring onion oil (v); Cotswolds white chicken, pressed potato, shallot puree, tenderstem broccoli, spring onion oil, madeira jus (df, gf)
Top to Bottom: Roasted Beef fillet, creamed potato, candied carrot, wild mushrooms, truffle (+ £7pp) (gf); Pan fried cod, bubble and squeak, cauliflower puree, spinach, caper and raisin burnt butter (gf); Seasonal tortellini, crispy trumpet mushrooms (v)
Top to Bottom: Chocolate and buttermilk brownie, chocolate sauce, vanilla dream ice cream (v), Treacle tart, salted caramel ice cream; Strawberry and tonka bean cheesecake, passionfruit and mango (v)
The New Canapé Menu at Hyde House
As you may have already seen from our Instagram and recent Journal post, we have a new Menu that launched earlier this month at Hyde House and we’re just a *tiny* bit excited about it! Some of our lovely Couples have already managed to see and taste our new offering at recent Tasting Evenings, but for those of you who haven’t just yet, we’ve shared imagery of our new Feasting Menu (click the link to see earlier post), next week we’re talking all things plated dishes, and today, it’s all about Canapés!
Canapés are such an important part of any Wedding Day Menu. They’re the very first Wedding food that your guests will see, smell and taste and as such, our Chef’s have put so much love and hard work in to making sure that our Canapés not only taste delicious but that they look really beautiful as well. There has also been a lot of care put in to creating an offering that has lots of variety so that every personal preference or specific dietary requirement can be catered for.
We hope you enjoy looking through our brand new Canapés below and we have also made a note of what each dish is under the image collages so you can start making a shortlist for your Big Day 😊.
Top to Bottom: Chicken Liver Parfait on toasted brioche, Salt Baked Celeriac, truffle and pickled celeriac (v), Tuna Taco with yoghurt, wasabi and ginger, Artichoke tempura with saffron aioli (v, df)
Lamb bon bon with pea and mint, Wild mushroom truffle arancini with parmesan (v), Ox Cheek Crumpet with chestnuts and cranberry
Honey Soy Glazed Salmon and toasted sesame (gf, df), Aubergine tartare on puffed pasta crisp (v), Beef Carpaccio with truffle emulsion and shaved pecorino
Crab Salad with pickled radish, apple and dill (df), Crispy ham hock with burnt miso caramel, coriander and spring onion, Bloody Mary Bocconcini (v)
Images by Laura Harvey Photography
The Feasting Menu at Hyde House
We have kickstarted the New Year here at Hyde House by launching our Brand New Menu’s and we are so excited to share with you just some of the new dishes our talented Chef’s have created for 2022!
Sharing dishes are such a popular option for our Couples, offering an interactive and informal style of Dining for Wedding guests and because of this, we have expanded our Feasting Menu and now have three Starter options to choose from, five delicious Main options with a whole host of side dishes for Couples to select to compliment their meat, fish or vegetarian option and four Desserts which taste just as yummy as they look (yes… we have all been lucky enough to try the dishes and yes, we can confirm we loved all of them!)
So here is a sneak peek of what you can expect from our new Feasting Menu and keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks to see our new plated dishes and Canapés. You can find a list of the dishes pictured below. X
Chargrilled Shoulder of Lamb
Marinated spatchcock Chicken
Sirloin of Beef
Mixed Berry Pavlova
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Dark Chocolate Opera Mousse
Photographer: Laura Harvey Photography
The New Look Hyde House!
At the beginning of this year, a lot of exciting changes took place here at Hyde House as we embarked on a renovation of The House and The Barn.
In The House, we created a brand new space, The Library; a serene and cosy area that on a Wedding morning becomes a cool private room for the Groom and Groomsmen to get ready and spend some quality time together before the celebrations get underway. The Hall and Lounges have also been restyled and every single one of our 20 Bedrooms has been redesigned, leading to some very exciting additions, most notably in the Bridal Suite (think Bathtub in the Bedroom and a four poster bed!) Then in the Barn, we have added a feature wall in the alcove where the Top Table sits to make those Wedding Day Speech pictures even more special and the Bar has been moved and completely transformed.
Now, we want all of our Hyde House Couples to have the ability to see the brand new look in person before seeing photos because, trust us when we say, its really breathtaking when you see it with your own eyes, but to tide you over until that day comes, here are a few glimpses just to give you a feel for what we’ve been up to!