Louise and Richard Planned a Fun-Filled Wedding at Silchester House

Louise and Richard celebrated a Small April Wedding with a ski theme and a hunter green colour scheme at Silchester House in Berkshire.


The newlywed couple with their vintage wedding car at Silchester House in Berkshire

A Double Celebration  

Louise and Richard met at the University of Reading and dated for three years before deciding to take their relationship further and buy their first house together. The couple had just unlocked the door to their new home; Louise was walking around the house taking it all in and Richard decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to propose. He ran upstairs to the master bedroom, where Louise happened to be at the time, gave her a hug with one arm, and proposed with the other. The newly engaged couple had two things to celebrate that day and spent the next 18 months planning their small but extremely fun wedding at Silchester House in Berkshire. 

Finding an Unusual Wedding Dress 

Louise tried on too many wedding dresses to remember before finding her dream gown. She visited a number of different bridalwear shops in the local area and finally tried on a sparkly dress that made her feel like a princess. The dress, designed by David Tutera, was strapless with a sweetheart neckline and was a tea rose pink shade. Louise wore a comfortable pair of heels from Rainbow Club with her dress and had her bridal make-up done by her best friend and Maid of Honour. The bride hired a local company from Basingstoke, Vanity Flair, to style her wedding day hair, which she wore curly, with a sweep fringe and a bit of volume to support her veil. 



Louise and Richard celebrating at their Silchester House Wedding in Berkshire
The bridesmaids wore dresses by Dessy in a hunter green shade

The Bridal Party 

Louise had a Maid of Honour, an old childhood friend and Richard’s two sisters to support her on the big day. The girls wore floor-length, hunter green dresses from Dessy, chosen by Louise, seeing as everyone lives quite a distance apart. 

Richard and his groomsmen wore suits from Moss Bros. 

Choosing a Small Wedding Venue, Silchester House

During the run up to their wedding, Louise and Richard looked at several wedding venues, but none of them ticked as many boxes as Silchester House. On their hunt for a small wedding venue in Berkshire, someone recommended that the couple take a look at Silchester House, which luckily, happened to be located close to where they live. The couple loved the fact that Silchester House was a private venue but gives off the feel of a larger hotel. The couple booked their spring wedding date 18 months in advance and communicated to the Wedding Planning Management Team at Bijou via their online planner, which was a huge help during the run up to their day. 

The Big Day: 8th April, 2017

Louise and Richard said their vows at 1pm inside St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Basingstoke. They drove to and from the church in vintage cars and their guests arrived in a vintage, red double decker bus. The bride walked down to aisle to Canon in D on the arm of her father and after exchanging rings and vows in front of their 75 wedding guests, the couple were pronounced husband and wife, followed by their first kiss. 

Once everyone had travelled from the church to Silchester House, they were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco to celebrate the happy couple. After enjoying the country gardens, the wedding party moved back in to the main house to sit down and enjoy a delicious wedding banquet. Previously, Louise and Richard had attended a Wedding Planning Wednesday meeting at Silchester House and tasted samples of Bijou’s most popular dishes. They chose a few different options, due to dietary constraints. These consisted of Bijou’s red onion tart or baked brie parcel to start, followed by sticky Hampshire beef or the delicious veggie stack and for dessert either the fruit platter or a sumptuous chocolate pot. The couple paired their wedding breakfast menu up with a French Sauvignon Blanc and a Merlot for the red wine drinkers. The speeches were made ahead of the food service, giving the Father of the bride, the groom and the best man a chance to truly enjoy their meal. 

The couple had a ski-theme to their wedding and reception tables were named after slopes that they had ski’d down whilst on holiday in Val Thorens. Louise’s uncle and his partner had designed all of the floral arrangements; the only instruction was that they were not allowed to use pink flowers – any other colour was acceptable. The reception table arrangements were based around a yellow colour theme - perfect for a spring wedding taking place just before Easter. To continue the Easter trend, the couple gave Lindt Bunny favours and mini eggs to their guests and hired Bijou’s post box so that guests could leave cards and well wishes in a safe place. Louise and Richard had shared their wedding cake ideas with both of their mothers, who then went ahead and created a lovely chocolate, lemon and Victoria sponge filled tower, decorated with a hunter green ribbon surrounding each tier and a bespoke cake topper of the couple holding their skis. 

After an incredible wedding banquet, the couple were joined by a further 15 evening guests; an evening buffet of mini bacon butties and mini burgers with melting cheese was served. A band called Teenage Kicks, who had travelled from Brighton, set themselves up in The Music Room and the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘I Won’t Give Up’ by Jason Mraz. The couple also had a photo booth to be set up in The Drawing Room, arranged by their wedding photographer, Helen Sarah Pictures. At the end of the night, the couple bid farewell to their guests before heading up to the bridal suite at around 1am. They enjoyed breakfast with their overnight guests the following morning, before saying goodbye to the team at Silchester House. The couple headed off on a luxury honeymoon to St. Lucia and Barbados – locations that they had chosen as a couple. 

When asked if they could provide any advice for future wedding planning couples, Louise and Richard said: “It’s your day - make time for one another, and when preparing, remember it is your day!”

Louise and Richard’s Wedding Suppliers

Wedding Venue: Silchester House 
Wedding Photographer: Helen Sarah Pictures
Wedding Dress Designer: David Tutera
Wedding Shoes: Rainbow Club
Wedding Hair: Vanity Flair
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Groomswear: Moss Bros
Wedding Band: Teenage Kicks
Wedding Videographer: Elliot Heffron
​Wedding Insurance: Dreamsaver 

Louise's engagement ring sat on a gorgeous pearl necklace.
The groom and his party wearing suits from Moss Bros
The bride walking down the aisle at St. Bede's Church in Basingstoke
The couple saying their vows at St. Bede's Church in Basingstoke before their Silchester House reception
The couple during their church wedding ceremony at St. Bede's in Basingstoke
The couple and their guests arriving at the small country house wedding venue in Berkshire, SIlchester House
The newlywed couple with their vintage wedding car at Silchester House in Berkshire
Wedding flowers in jars, sitting on the mantle piece in The Library at Silchester House
The couple decorated their country house wedding venue, SIlchester House, with a ski theme
Easter wedding favours for a wedding near Easter at the small wedding venue in Berkshire, Silchester House
A tiered wedding cake with a hunter green colour theme at Silchester House
The first dance at Silchester House in Berkshire