A High Flying Wedding at The Grove

As proposals go, Terry certainly gets our vote for originality and forward planning.  Following a romantic proposal onboard a friends helicopter, with a beautiful diamond ring at the ready and the wedding venue already secretly booked, Terry and Anna got their engagement off to a flying start by touching down at their dream wedding venue, The Grove for a celebratory engagement lunch!

On a beautiful September day Terry spent the morning persuading Anna, (who was feeling under the weather with a cold,) to put a nice dress on and go to lunch at some friends’ house to make the most of the lovely weather. Reluctantly Anna had a shower and got dressed and managed to perk herself up enough to enjoy lunch.

Terry and Anna’s friends own a helicopter, which is kept on their land at home in Berkshire, and Anna had been very envious when Terry was taken up in the helicopter without her earlier that summer. So when their friend offered Anna a ride in the helicopter herself, she was very keen to take the opportunity. A slightly nervous flyer, Anna would not go up without Terry, which he had banked on, and as they took off on the beautiful September afternoon, Anna had no idea what the rest of the day had in store.

Anna and Terry were flown right into the City of London, flying directly over the River Thames and all the wonderful, famous landmarks along the way. Only when Anna noticed a familiar building in her hometown, did she realise that they were in Hertfordshire. The next familiar sight she saw was a stunning lush green golf course. The pilot announced that they needed to make a stop there to drop something off, which Anna thought nothing of, until she looked out of the helicopter window only to see a huge banner which spelled out the words, ‘Anna… Will you marry me?’

Anna was overwhelmed that after 4 years, she was being proposed to by Terry, and in such a perfect way! She looked immediately back at Terry who was sitting to her right with a beautiful offering, a two-carat emerald cut diamond ring, held out in front of him. He asked Anna if she would marry him, this time through the microphone on his headset, and she immediately said ‘Yes’ whilst holding out her left hand for Terry to place the perfectly fitting ring on her finger!

Anna had recognised the golf course because it belonged to one of her favourite places, The Grove Hotel, a splendid five star hotel in the middle of the Hertfordshire countryside.

It was a perfect place for the perfect proposal to take place, and what made it even more amazing was that Terry, knowing that The Grove was Anna’s dream wedding venue, had booked it for their reception on 6th August, the following Summer. So all that was left to do next was enjoy a celebratory lunch in the hotel’s restaurant and start making plans for the big day!


For our wedding we chose St Mary & All Saints Church in Beaconsfield Old Town and obviously, The Grove Hotel, ‘London’s Country Estate’ in Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire.

The Grove was a perfect choice. The style of the venue is very contemporary and somehow manages to fuse together this with the old and classic.  Additionally the staff are so attentive and the food is to die for! The Ivory Rooms, the suite in which our reception took place, lends itself to any colour scheme, but we chose to adopt white and crystal as our theme, based on our dining room at home (which friends always comment on when they visit us.) The Groom’s and Groom’s party wore blue suits, and because it is Anna’s favourite colour, they wore rose pink ties and pocket squares. The flower girls had sashes to match and the Maid of Honour wore duchess satin dresses in the same colour. All were handmade by the Mother of the Bride.

My wedding dress was designed by Veni Infantino. They provide a bespoke service and I was introduced to her via a friend of a friend. When I tried it on for the first time, I knew that it truly was the one!

On my wedding day I paired my dress with ivory satin courts by Jimmy Choo, underwear by Agent Provocateur, earrings by Swarovski Crystal, and a garter  by Victoria’s Secret - all the way from Vegas!  My Bridesmaids dresses and accessories were all lovingly handmade by my mum.

Our best idea was the crystal ‘wish tree’ in our reception area. We provided tags, featuring a made-up poem on one side, and asked guests to write their advice and wishes for us with their pen favours, and then to tie their tags onto the tree. It was so lovely to see the tree evolve from bare to blooming by the end of the night, and to read all the messages at breakfast the next day. Some were really amusing!  The best thing by far was to have all the people that mean the most to us in one place, for one reason. It was amazing!

My top tip for other brides is that although it is an extra expenditure and can cost a huge amount of money, do not skimp on your wedding photographer and make sure you book a videographer.

Having booked both, we think it is well worth the investment, as you will display your photos for years to come but they alone cannot capture all the emotion and funny moments of the day. We also had our DVD set to some of our favourite music by Black Cat Video, and cannot tell you how wonderful it is to look through our album and watch our whole day back, even now.

Following on from our wedding we Honeymooned at the fantastic Le Touessrok resort in Mauritius.

With thanks to David Bostock, The Bridal Photographer, for sharing these beautiful images with us. David is a valued member of our premier portfolio and you can see more of his work here: www.thebridalphotographer.co.uk

Videographer - Black Cat Video http://www.blackcatvideo.com/

Flowers and Crystal Tree – Heather at Essential Flowers and Event Hire


Cake – Theresa Eaton at My Cake. http://www.my-cake.co.uk/default.htm

Entertainment – Damien O’Brien (Close up magician - was so worth the extra spend!), http://www.damienobrien.com/photos/

‘Urban Blue’ (Six Piece Band) http://www.urbanbluemusic.co.uk/index.html

Stationery – Cardlab http://www.cardlab.co.uk

Favours - crystal-effect encrusted pens - Next. http://www.next.co.uk/

Groom’s and Ushers’ Suits by Alexander-Ross Bespoke, London. http://www.alexanderrossbespoke.co.uk/

Honeymoon - The Turquoise Holiday Company, Beaconsfield. http://www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk/

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