Sarah-Leigh and Jeff’s ‘Secret Garden’ Wedding

by Mel Lazarus

It might be rainy and cold outside, but there’s plenty to keep us warm with this month’s Real Fabulous Wedding! Let us transport you to a beautiful summer’s day in August, for the ‘secret garden’ wedding of Sarah-Leigh and Jeff.


The 90-acre historic landscape and French-style mansion of Wrest Park in Bedfordshire provided the backdrop for the couple’s elegant nuptials. After decades behind virtually closed doors, Wrest Park has been recently restored by English Heritage and hailed as one of Britain’s largest and most important ‘secret gardens’.


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A truly regal affair, the wedding was styled in ivory with hints of gold and peacock, and an elegant sprinkling of feathers, pearls and sparkles. Continuing the aristocratic theme, the bride & groom made their entrance in an open-top Landau Carriage and Beauford respectively.


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The marquee reception certainly didn’t leave their guests short on entertainment – including an operatic “singing waiters” duo and a stunning fireworks display. And all this before mentioning the star turn…


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Sarah-Leigh and Jeff chose Schwing to entertain them and their guests with their contagious repertoire of Swing and Italian Classics, and dancefloor-filling Pop and Soul.

Here’s what they had to say at the end of the night:

“It was an absolute pleasure to have you share our day with us – it is because of your fantastic job as our band that made it extra special! Schwing were spectacular and our guests danced the whole night. I cannot recall one second where the dance floor was empty, that was a fear of mine and you stopped it from happening – BRILLIANT!!  The feedback we got about you was wonderful everyone said you went above and beyond and i 100% agree with them!”




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Thanks to Sarah-Leigh and Jeff for being such a fabulous Bride & Groom, and huge congratulations to you both! xx


Photography: Daniel Lee & Paul Cable
Venue: Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
Live Band: Schwing
Bride’s entrance song: Traditional Ashkenazim Hebrew verse sung to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”
Reception music: Apollo Strings
First dance: Ain’t  No Mountain High Enough (Diana Ross)
DJ: Ian McNaughton
Bride’s dress: Basauri by Pronovias