Photograph: mckinley-rodgers

Colour and fun was the order of the day for Jo and Paul O’Connor when they married at Hylands House on 6 September 2014. The stylish bride and groom used a mix of styles for their big day with items that included a gorgeous gold original 50s wedding dress and 60s style blue suits for the groom and best men. Adding more joyful zest, they even had matching pink and blue campervans as the wedding transport.

“Before we got engaged, we would talk about if we ever got married, where we would go and we have always had our hearts set on Italy as we love the natural beauty, romance and of course the food!”, said Jo. However, when it came to the crunch, the couple thought it was more important that as many of friends and family as possible could attend, and so they chose to stay local.

Hylands just felt right…

“Hylands House was the first venue we both looked at – we booked it straight away as it just felt right”, continued Jo. “It also has beautiful grounds and the staff were flexible on what food and entertainment we had, which was what made it for us.”

Making great use of the space…

The couple made good use of the space at Hylands House, holding their wedding ceremony in the Drawing Room, having drinks and a pianist in the Small Dining Room, the wedding breakfast in the Banqueting Room and then the Terrace Room and Entrance Hall for the evening party.

 Jo liked the idea of being in such a grand, elegant building but having the flexibility to move around. “I loved that even though we would spend the whole day and evening there, we would use separate spaces to make the day more interesting and break it up a little – which it definitely did.  We were concerned that you can’t trust the great English weather so wanted to make sure that if it did pour down all day, we would be ok inside. We also used the garden for games and a bouncy castle, which was a real hit and a highlight of the day”

The Bride also had use of the Bridal Room, a new addition to Hylands, to freshen up in, to change shoes and to take a breather! 

The wedding team…

 “I had lots of queries and questions and the staff at Hylands House always came back to me promptly and tried to accommodate our every need” said Jo. “They did not put a dampener on our plans and made sure they could do as much as possible to help – however mad the idea”