We’ve always enjoyed a good Hengrave Hall wedding, it’s a great venue nestled on the outskirts of our hometown in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. They always strike the balance between classy and friendly in a way few other venues manage. Hengrave has been in our Top 10 Wedding venue list for ages! Here’s the gorgeous October wedding of Alex and Joe, our photos, and their words.
We met at work but didn’t get together until Joe left and moved to Toronto. Alex flew from London to Toronto for a weekend date!
We were trying to get to the top of the Angel’s Peak in the Cairngorms but got caught in a white-out, so Joe proposed on another nearby mini-peak. A Typhoon flew past us on the way down which was obviously a good omen (and the most exciting part of the day for Joe).
We wanted everyone to have the best day, especially after everything we’ve all been through in the pandemic.
We started planning as soon as we got engaged in August 2019. The original wedding date was September 2020 but Covid meant we didn’t get married until October 2021.
First thing we did was wrote our guest list and talked about what kind of venue we wanted. Numbers and things like wanting accommodation for the grandparents focused our venue search. Once we had the venue we looked for local photographers (of course!), hair and beauty, florist etc. Joe’s Dad is in a band so we delegated finding the band to him! We tried to think about every part of the day from every guest’s perspective to make sure we thought of everything.
One of the groomsmen didn’t try his suit on until the night before the wedding, and somehow the armhole had been sewn up. Luckily Joe’s mum and one of the guests are good seamstresses so were able to fix it!
Alex: All the drunken shenanigans. People really let loose after all the lockdowns! Joe: All of the speeches.
Alex: The ceremony. Joe always wound me up that I wanted every guest there for the legal bit rather than splitting them into day and evening guests. But saying those vows to Joe in front of all our friends and family was the most important and memorable moment for me.
Joe: The bit up to the ceremony was a blur, so as soon as we stepped outside and were married, it was the first time we’d been together on our own as a married couple.
Alex’s Dad breaking down when he saw her before walking her down the aisle. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room!
Ahhh so difficult to choose! We love how you captured how the day felt as well as what it looked like. The photos are like re-living the day. The one of us in front of the big wooden door, and the big group one which is like Where’s Wally.
Our thanks to Alex and Joe for having us at their excellent wedding and contributing to this blog. If you’re planning your Hengrave Hall wedding, give us a shout, we’d love to be there.