Silchester House wedding | Emma and Simon

Silchester House, the place where I celebrated my own wedding to Sam in 2006. So as you may expect, this house has much historical significance to me. But it seems I can lay claim to a further personal, if not slightly tenuous connection.

As a boy I breakfasted on a diet of toasted Hovis and thick wedges of Hartleys strawberry jam; it was a part of my youth, a part of my history. It’s also, and I’ll tenuously inject the association with Silchester now, history belonging to this fine English home, for it was once owned by Thomas Hartley of Hartley Jams. Hartley extended the house in the 1920s to incorporate a music room, specifically made to celebrate his daughter’s 21st birthday celebrations.

So to me, it seems fitting that a large part of the house having been built for a family occasion, now plays host to one of the most intimate of family gatherings; wedding celebrations.

This is the story of Emma and Simon’s Silchester House wedding in July 2014, and I hope the accompanying Photofilm relays the gentle nature of their celebrations. I’ve also included some stills below, featured in the film, a selection of my favourites.

Bridal preparations at Silchester House

Silchester House is owned by Bijou Weddings and though they boast four venues in total with a further retreat in France, the family that own the company used to live in this house. Bridal preparations usually take place in ‘Ma and Pa’s’ room.

Images from a civil ceremony taking place at Silchester House Guests enjoy a wedding reception at Silchester House Guests relaxing outside during a wedding reception at Silchester House Black and white portraits of a bride and groom in the grounds of Silchester House Speeches taking place in the marquee at Silchester House The croque en bouche falls over as bride and groom cut the cake!

It’s customary to ‘lop the head off’ the top of a croque-en-bouche, though this one was firmly attached by rod all the way through the display of pastries. Watch where the groom’s hand is though, and if you view the Photofilm, you’ll see what fate awaited this French dessert.

Silchester House first dance

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