Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - April/May 2023 (Issue 100)

£3.55 APR/MAY 2023 FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, VENUES, OFFERS AND MORE WIN! A four-night break in Tuscany Happy ANNIVERSARY To us! Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding celebrate 100 happy issues! Down on the farm We reveal a bohemian-themed styled shoot at a new venue HAPPILY EVER AFTER Real-life love stories HEAD OVER HEELS Big-day shoes and bags Frill seekers Ruffled and tiered bridal gowns

Built in 1864, Easthampstead Park is hidden away in 60 acres of stunning Berkshire countryside and perfect for an elegant wedding. With our dedicated team we offer you and your guests an everlasting wedding experience, with a sense of occasion unlike anywhere else. Contact Us Today, Call: 01189 74 75 76 • Email: • Visit: Say “I Do” with us

3 REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 59 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 98 COMPETITION Win a four-night break in Tuscany CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2023 FEATURES 47 DOWN ON THE FARM The stunning surroundings at Buckinghamshirebased Bigstrup Farm was the inspiration behind this bohemian-inspired styled shoot 53 FABULOUSLY FLORAL Big-day blooms have never looked so pretty! 63 ALL DRESSED UP Where to shop for those final finishing touches On the cover... Intimate wedding venue Bigstrup Farm ( located in Dinton, Buckinghamshire provided the stunning backdrop for our cover image which was beautifully captured by photographer Ria Brennan. See the shoot in full on page 47 and to book Ria for your wedding, visit 67 VENUES 19 BEAUTIFUL BARNS We reveal the finest rustic-inspired barn venues throughout the three regions 25 SPOTLIGHT ON... Venues in West Berkshire and Newbury 88

4 GROOMS 84 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 85 SUITED AND BOOTED Styling advice for the groom-to-be' 86 IT’S ONLY NATURAL With neutral colour palettes on the rise, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to ensure you look on-trend this season FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 67 FRILL SEEKERS This season’s bridal dresses enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats 73 IN LOVE WITH LACE This timeless fabric never goes out of fashion 76 HEAD OVER HEELS Walk down the aisle in style this season with our hand-picked edit of the best bridal shoes and bags 77 BAN THE BLOAT Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness explain how to avoid untimely bloating on your wedding day 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 80 SOOTHING SELF-CARE Gracie Leader finds out about the world of Reiki 82 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems REAL WEDDINGS 28 A FAMILY AFFAIR Emily and Mike’s wedding at Stanlake Park Wine Estate in Berkshire enjoyed a romantic rustic-inspired theme 35 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Local wedding photographer Katie Amanda beautifully captured the magical marquee celebration of Beckie and Huw 40 THE PAWFECT PAIR Lillibrooke Manor in Berkshire provided the backdrop for Katie and Matt’s special day in which their pet dog was the star of the show 78 13 85 76 HONEYMOONS 88 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 91 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Explore the five-star Coworth Park hotel and spa in Ascot, Berkshire 92 A GRAND AFFAIR Experience ultimate luxury at Rhodes-based Ixian Grand & All Suites 95 FLY AWAY WITH ME We’ve rounded up some of our favourite city escapes 96 SANTA NEEDS A SPA DAY The Runnymede on Thames set the scene for a pre-Christmas break 65 51

Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents HOSTED AT One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special offers on the day • The chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... For your FREE tickets and the chance to win a £250 voucher courtesy of pre-register at: Sunday 8th October 2023 11am to 4pm FREE ENTRY WSehddoiwng Wembley, London HA9 0WS IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Set in the refined splendour of a former medieval Abbey, with 10 acres of spectacular grounds, this hidden gem in the heart of the Chiltern Hills is full of character and perfectly blends history with today’s contemporary wedding celebrations. 01494 866811 ‌ Great Missenden, HP16 0BD ‌

To us! It’s our 100th issue and we’re celebrating with the return of summer and wedding season! With Easter just behind us, the next important date in the diary is the King’s Coronation. For those of you putting the finishing touches to a royal-inspired, late-spring or early-summer wedding, this issue is packed full of finishing touches to help. If you’ve just started your wedding planning journey – maybe you became engaged over Easter – then let our action-packed pages help to find you the perfect venue, and style it with inspiration from our real-life wedding couples. If you’re also celebrating an important anniversary – maybe your first as newlyweds, then why not treat yourself to a May-cation in Berkshire? Be inspired on page 91. There’s also expert advice, all the latest news, exclusive offers and ideas for cakes and flowers that are not to be missed plus fashion, beauty, well-being, grooming and honeymoons. Until the next issue... Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Happy anniversary! ISSN 2049-4203 Your Berks Bucks & Oxon Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Berks Bucks & Oxon Wedding is published six times a year. EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS The newly refurbished Woven by Adam Smith in the beautiful Berkshire countryside is a must-visit. All is revealed on page 91. How romantic do the grounds at Stanlake Park Wine Estate look in Emily and Mike’s real wedding? Read all about it on page 28. I adore our al fresco photo shoot in this issue that took place at Bigstrup Farm, especially the cute tipi tent! See more on page 47. Check out the cute resin-pressed flower pieces from Sarah Ashleigh Designs in our fabulously floral feature on page 53. ADVERTISING Account Manager Jessie Wilson | 01376 538 478 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Ridley | 01376 535 611 EDITOR’S LETTER 7 Win a dreamy Italian honeymoon in Tuscany on page 98! How cute do newlyweds Katie and Matt look in this lovely image captured with their pet dog on their special day at Lillibrooke Manor? Turn to page 40 to see more. Tel: 07876 293377 Wallingford Portraits & Weddings Personalised Photography for People and Pets Railway Weddings For info and appointments, email Emma: Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Station Road, Quainton HP22 4BY Wedding Ceremony Licence Stunning glass-roofed railway venue Amazing grounds for your photographs Exclusive use all day and your own choice of suppliers Sit down meal for 150, with large separate dance floor Offer guests a steam train ride! Large on-site car park Photo by Couple of London A beautiful backdrop to say “I do” in Berkshire Set in 250 acres of gorgeous countryside, the Mansion House at Wokefield Estate is the perfect setting for your dream day. Choose to get married inside this stunning Grade II listed building, or take your vows outside under the eaves of our Wedding Pavilion. With the capacity for up to 300 guests, Wokefield Estate can accommodate both large and intimate weddings alike. For information about our packages or to arrange a show-round of the venue, please contact us on the details below. | 0118 933 4019 | Goodboys Lane, Mortimer, Reading, RG7 3AE

THE 10 MOST INSTAGRAMMED WEDDING VENUES ARE REVEALED With more than 278,000 UK weddings expected to take place this year, there’s no doubt that couples across the country are scrolling through Instagram in search of inspiration. With this in mind, Aura Print ( has discovered the 10 most Insta-worthy and beautiful wedding venues in the UK by searching Instagram to discover which venue was being talked about the most. Luxury wedding venue Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire was number 2 on the list. To find out more about weddings at this property, visit The latest news from around both counties NEWS Nearlywed DE VERE BEAUMONT ESTATE COMPLETES MULTIMILLION-POUND REFURBISHMENT De Vere Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, part of De Vere’s collection of country estate hotels, has today unveiled the final phase of its grand transformation with the completion of refurbishment works to its bedrooms, the Beaumont Restaurant and indoor swimming pool, which concludes a £25 million investment into the hotel. The final stage of work has seen the remaining 28 bedrooms and suites at De Vere Beaumont Estate completely updated, meaning that now all 429 rooms offer a new luxurious, relaxed, and contemporary design while retaining the estate’s original features, bringing the mansion house in line with De Vere’s distinctly British aesthetic. The White House bedrooms are complete with luxurious facilities including walk-in showers, roll-top baths, fluffy robes and slippers, classic Roberts radios, Penhaligon toiletries and smart TVs. Guests dining at the property can also enjoy a refreshed new look in the Beaumont Restaurant which has been updated with new tables, chairs, carpets and buffet serving units. This sits alongside the recently refurbished 1705 Restaurant, with menus that celebrate the best of British cuisine. Venue director Darren McGhee commented: “We’re thrilled with the results of the final refurbishments at De Vere Beaumont Estate. The feedback from our guests has been extremely positive and the entire team is looking forward to continuing to build on our existing success.” In 2018, the hotel unveiled the results of the first phase of a £12 million refurbishment which included the creation of new luxury bedrooms and a top-to-toe refurbishment of much of the property, including the hotel’s 45 event spaces. This saw a refresh of the hotel’s Grade II listed, 19th-century chapel, with an ornate painted ceiling and stained-glass windows which was returned to its former glory. The Chapel now provides a striking and unique backdrop to events, from weddings to celebratory dinners for up to 200 guests. To book, visit PREPARE TO BE PAMPERED AT A POB HOTEL PoB Hotels has recently launched as a collection of carefully curated rooms, the finest restaurants and spas and the most authentic regional experiences across the UK. Formerly known as Pride of Britain Hotels, the new PoB Hotels marks a shift towards an entirely new brand, personality and ethos under CEO Kalindi Juneja. Hotels include The Relais Henley in Oxfordshire ( and Hartwell House & Spa in Buckinghamshire ( New research commissioned by PoB Hotels from market intelligence firm AudienceNet, shows that more British customers intend to not only travel across the UK during 2023 but also stay longer at their chosen luxury hotel. More than one-third (35%) of all UK adults plan to stay at an upmarket, luxury or spa hotel within the British Isles. The importance of experiences, such as good food, better well-being and spa facilities increased by 60%. Kalindi Juneja, CEO of PoB Hotels, comments: “It’s an exciting new era for PoB Hotels as the evolution of our iconic British brand has already brought us new hotel members and is attracting new guests. Britons want to spend more time enjoying the incredible experiences on offer within the British Isles and we will be showcasing the finest privately-owned hotels, restaurants and spas available.” In line with the new brand, PoB Hotels is launching a new website that is centred around the guest experience. Features include ‘The Handle’- PoB Hotels’ new online magazine, an intelligent search bar, and a mystery door for guests who want a surprise element to their next British holiday. PoB Hotels will relaunch all social media channels under the new name and the brand has also launched on TikTok to interest guests through creative content and videos. The rebrand also unveils the PoB hotels gift vouchers that can be personalised and purchased as a luxury gift pack including a reusable travel bag, a copy of The Directory book and a stylish gift wallet. For an instant gift, the voucher can be sent digitally presenting the perfect opportunity for guests to give the gift of luxury to their loved ones. Each gift voucher can be redeemed at any of the hotels across the British Isles. PoB Hotels will also launch The Collection, a beautiful book. PoB Hotels is committed to responsible travel and the importance of sustainable practices across its hotels and has partnered with EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking certification, and advisory group for travel and tourism to develop environmental good practices and certification for hotel members, and company-wide regenerative practices. Sue Williams, general manager of Whatley Manor has been elected their sustainability brand ambassador and guide and PoB Hotels is aiming to have more members embark on becoming carbon responsible. CEO Kalindi Juneja added: “Our existing guests will continue to see the familiar sense of our passion to serve. We have taken time to assess what our guests love about us so we can amplify that whilst also looking at what we can improve. The new PoBHotels look is clean, fresh, and more reflective of what the membership has evolved into.” To find out more, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

PARK FAIR 2023 RETURNS TO OXFORDSHIRE THIS SUMMER After a hugely successful launch, Park Fair will return to the Oxfordshire countryside for its second year in 2023. A great idea for a stylish hen weekend, the fair will host a collection of stylish modern brands across the weekend festival, including the global cosmetics powerhouse Bobbi Brown, iconic fashion capsule Jigsaw, artisanal womenswear collection Pink City Prints, and British lifestyle label Seraphina London. The fair will welcome visitors to Great Tew Estate on Friday 30th June, Saturday 1st July, and Sunday 2nd July. Charlie Root, marketing manager at Bobbi Brown said: “We’re thrilled to announce our participation in this year’s Park Fair. Our professional make-up artists will be on hand to offer free 15-Minute Makeovers and Mini Masterclasses, sharing expert tips and tricks for all things beauty.” Guests will have unprecedented access to the rolling parkland at the Great Tew Estate for the weekend including a curated wellness area offering a range of complimentary treatments. An impressive culinary line-up will see Farang London bring their award-winning Thai flavours to Oxfordshire and Pizza Boys Bicester share their passion for the classic Neapolitan style pizza. Tickets cost £18 for adults and £12 for children over five years, £4 for under five, two years and below go free, For more information, visit WADDESDON REVEAL JOANA VASCONCELOS: WEDDING CAKE Wedding Cake - a 12-metre-high sculptural pavilion in the form of a three-tiered wedding cake, clad entirely in more than 25 thousand ceramic tiles - is a major new work by celebrated Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos opening at Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire on 8 June 2023. Part sculpture, part architectural garden folly, Wedding Cake is an extraordinary, enormous, fully immersive sculpture which combines pâtisserie and architecture. Gleaming and icing-like outside and in, it offers an intricate and richly sensory experience – glazed in pale pinks, greens, and blues, beset with sculptural ornament and complete with the sounds of trickling water and a site-specific lighting scheme. Wedding Cake is Vasconcelos’ most ambitious commission to date, described by the artist as “a temple to love that celebrates festivity and marriage (artist’s impression, right). To find out more, visit RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITY PLACE Restaurant Associates has won the contract to cater for all food and beverage outlets at Unity Place, a visitor attraction and leisure destination due to open in the heart of Milton Keynes in late Spring 2023. Restaurant Associates will be overseeing a variety of bespoke dining offers including a premium restaurant, social enterprise café, a sky lounge, bakery, and food hall and the management of several state-of-the-art conference and event spaces. Unity Place’s communal facilities will include retail outlets, health facilities, a community hall, and an auditorium for up to 300 guests - all underpinned by a sustainable approach and focus on social mobility. There will also be a fabulous dining facility complete with a sun terrace on level seven. To find out more, visit THE RANDOLPH HOTEL ENJOYS RECENT RENOVATION The Randolph Hotel, a 151-room property in Oxford has enjoyed a recent renovation with a redesign of the common spaces, the lobby and guest rooms, as well as the introduction of a new spa. Bold hues, architectural elements and locally inspired art bring to life the narratives of Oxford’s past. Led by executive chef Chris Emery, The Alice is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant and bar, serving classic British dishes. Additional spaces include The Snug, The Morse Bar (a local favourite), The Drawing Room and The Lancaster Room, where the signature afternoon tea is served. The illustrator John Broadley created the menu artwork featured throughout the hotel, taking inspiration from the celebrated British cartoonist Osbert Lancaster, a former resident of the hotel who paid for his keep-in paintings. The illustrations unite Emery’s menu, the city of Oxford and ideas from the story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Local attractions include gin and whisky tasting at Oxford Gin Distillery, an interactive class led at the hotel by the Oxford Soap Company, and a floral workshop by The Garden of Oxford. The Randolph Hotel is redefining wellness by partnering with Made For Life Organics to offer an incredible selection of holistic and therapeutic wellness services. Inside the Wellness Centre, guests can relax in our steam, sauna and sensation shower or get pampered in one of our four private treatment rooms. To book, visit 10

At H & C Bars we know that every party or function is di erent. We pride ourselves on being able to tailor our bars to suit the needs of you and your guests ensuring that every taste is catered for. Whether you like cocktails, real ales, prosecco or champagne we source the drinks you want. All of our sta are trained to the highest level ensuring you and your guests will receive friendly, e icient and professional service throughout. H & C MOBILE BAR SERVICE WWW.HCBARS.COM 07956 807507 FULLY BESPOKE PACKAGES tailored to your needs Based in Henley on Thames award-winning Atticus and Hope provides event décor and catering for a vast range of occasions, from small, intimate dinners through to large corporate events and Weddings. With its foundations in fabulous birthday balloons, fast forward two years and Atticus and Hope have just been awarded Event stylist of the Year for London and the South East. They are constantly evolving their approach and this combined with their attention to detail ensures a unique, visual masterpiece for every occasion. As well as a beautiful range of vintage props and traditional event props for hire, Atticus and Hope also offer a range of Grazing styled catering services, enabling them to provide a complete solution for your hosting needs. Coming from a family with creative DNA, Gemma, Founder and Creator, combines her Visual Arts degree, study under Jane Packer school of Floristry and twenty plus years in International account management to deliver best in class. Contact: +44 (0)7887 921206 Luxury Wedding + Event styling WWW.ATTICUSANDHOPE.COM Telephone 01844 201226 | Email Notley Farm, Chearsley Road, Long Crendon, Nr. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9ER LONG CRENDON Notley Tythe Barn is a beautiful, fully restored 12th-century barn set in picturesque gardens within 500 acres of pasture land at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. It is an elegant and unique venue for weddings, receptions, parties, celebrations and other special events. Emma Lucy Photography Notley_Tyne_Barn_195x141mm_Ad_2016.indd 1 29/06/2016 15:29 At the New Inn we pride ourselves in delivering a great customer experience within our beautiful 17th century country pub. The New Inn is located in the picturesque village of Middleton Cheney, near Banbury and just off the M40. We’re less than an hours drive from Oxford, Bicester and Milton Keynes, so if you are looking for a fantastic country pub for a small and intimate wedding please get in touch. Call: 01295 710 978 or email: WWW.NEWINNMIDDLETONCHENEY.CO.UK 45 Main Road, Middleton Cheney, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2ND THE NEW INN MIDDLETON CHENEY

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURBERKSBUCKSOXON.WEDDING WITH THIS RING Anne-Michelle Jewellery based in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire creates intricately detailed gold and silver fine jewellery that’s inspired by nature. Hand-crafted in her Cotswolds-based studio, the items reflect the stunning surrounding countryside. Anne-Michelle tells us, “With a focus on responsible sourcing and sustainability, I’m proud to produce collections such as the Wild Aurum Fairtrade Gold Collection that includes pieces made using Fairtrade gold and ethically sourced gemstones.” She adds, “Hand-crafted jewellery is such a personal item of adornment designed to treasure. I like to think that it adds something truly unique to my designs.” Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding has teamed up with Anne-Michelle Jewellery to offer readers who have previously ordered an engagement ring through the jeweller a 10% discount on a wedding band purchase. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, call 07824 611 033 or visit quoting YBBOW100.; Turn to page 61 to see more! Take advantage of these great giveaways WIN A PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BRIDAL SHOES The hunt for the perfect bridal shoe ends here with the chance to win the ultimate pair for your special day from Steve Madden. The shimmering Bridal Collection is not only amazing for brides but bridesmaids too, ensuring a picture-perfect look on the big day. For everyone who loves to shine you can choose from rose gold, silver, nude and white with finishes that include satin, rhinestone, leather and clear materials. If the shoe fits… be your own Cinderella! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a pair of bridal shoes to the value of £150 from For your chance to win enter online via our website Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. LONDON SUN 14 MAY | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN ESSEX

As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US ESSEX BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 10 SEP CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 24 SEP RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SURREY KENT EAST MIDLANDS SUN 1 OCT NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL SUN 12 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 15 OCT RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR SUN 22 OCT STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2EF SUN 22 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 29 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 1 OCT MULBERRY HOUSE Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, CM5 9NL SUN 8 OCT LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Managing Director County Wedding Events Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Crowne Plaza Marlow is a superb wedding venue located in the heart of the beautiful Chiltern Hills and Thames Valley. With its stunning lakeside location and acres of landscaped gardens, it's the perfect setting for your special day. We have a number of function suites to hold up to 320 guests. Modern British Menu prepared to AA Rosette standard and authentic Indian Menu Ideal Asian Wedding Licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies Special Accommodation Rates New, fully refurbished Luxury Hotel & Spa British Wedding Brochure Asian Wedding Brochure Call Our Wedding Planner on 0162 8496 818 Email: A: Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1GJ Monks’ Barn Looking for something different? 01628 823501 • Beautiful Grade II* listed medieval barn Available for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies We are currently taking bookings from 2023 to 2025 Situated in the grounds of a 17th Century Farmhouse, Winters Tale Country Barn can seat up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast and an additional 80 guests in the evening. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies with a choice of locations in the main hall or in the quiet country gardens. The barn has many features including twinkling fairy lights, a high vaulted and heavily beamed ceiling, a well stocked bar on the ground floor and a cocktail bar on the gallery above. Adjacent to the barn, and included, is a large silk-lined marquee with festoon lighting and chandeliers. New for 2022/2023 is a Secret Garden for photo shoots with a water feature, bridal swing and more... Also included on the night of your wedding is on-site accommodation just across the courtyard in Harvest Moon Barn and Ember Eve Barn. Please call for further details. 01296 738040 Wedding & Event Venue © 1st Class Wedding Photography & Videography

Beautiful barns We open the doors to some of the finest barn wedding venues RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This luxury wedding barn has a long history dating back more than 300 years. It has been fully restored, now benefitting from underfloor heating and air conditioning throughout, and natural light floods the airy space, especially in the glass conservatory that showcases sweeping views of the Chilterns and leads out to the sun-filled York Terrace with ample seating where guests can enjoy a cocktail reception at sunset. The south-facing wall with a floor-to-ceiling window draped in fairylights makes a stunning backdrop for couple portraits. The seven acres of rolling grounds provide ample opportunity for garden games. A fantastic photo opportunity in the courtyard is the illuminated millstones water feature and this area also houses a colourful, manicured garden. The wildflower meadow with pathways winding down to the fields below, where nature thrives, also provides a picturesque backdrop and there’s also a pergola lit up with fairylights. Ceremonies and receptions take place in the south-facing main barn that seats up to 120 guests under oak beams draped with festoon lighting, creating a romantic ambience. Smaller ceremonies of up to 60 loved ones can enjoy the Upstairs Gallery and micro-wedding ceremonies of up to 20 guests are best suited to the Meeting Room. There’s also an outdoor undercover option on the York Terrace for an intimate gathering of just eight people. When a wedding is booked, the couple is offered the option of a complimentary food tasting and also a luxury goodie bag. There’s ample car parking on-site for 62 cars with an allocated registrar and disabled parking plus a ground floor disabled toilet with baby change facilities and highchairs available on request. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01494 412 515, We love... that the bridal party have exclusive use of the Bridal Room with en suite facilities for the entire day. Images of Rackley’s Chiltern Hills courtesy of 19 THEMED VENUES

UFTON COURT, READING, BERKSHIRE This 16th-century timber-framed tithe barn and Grade I listed manor house is nestled in 16 acres of manicured grounds located on the Berkshire/Hampshire border. An impressive sweeping driveway lined with ancient oak trees leads to this hidden gem and in addition to the expertly landscaped grounds, Ufton Court is home to a small valley and a traditional herb garden. The interior of the tithe barn offers a wonderfully romantic atmosphere with the traditional oak beams decorated with ivy and fairylights. It’s a blank canvas that can be transformed to suit any wedding theme. Ceremonies and receptions take place here for 15 to 150 guests or in Archer’s Hall located opposite the barn in the courtyard which holds up to 80 loved ones. After the wedding breakfast, tea and coffee can be enjoyed in the Archer’s Hall and this space can be used again later as a quiet area for guests to relax and chat. The Long Room in the Tudor Manor House is best suited to micro weddings and intimate gatherings of up to 50 people. These three reception rooms create a cosy and character-filled location for drinks receptions in the colder months and there are three locations for an outdoor wedding during the warmer months. The venue offers an extensive list of recommended suppliers including a choice of six caterers, plus there’s a highly experienced wedding coordinator on hand and no corkage charge. The stately dressing room and oak-panelled library marry old and new, retaining its original features and offering a hint of grandeur for the bridal party on the morning of the wedding. Ceremony licence: Yes Contact: 01189 832 099, We love... that all profit from weddings is gift aided to their on-site children’s charity, helping fund and support disadvantaged children and their families, raising aspirations and developing personal and behavioural skills in the great outdoors. Photography of the interior of Ufton Court courtesy of and exterior courtesy of MONKS’ BARN, HURLEY, BERKSHIRE Set in the riverside village of Hurley between Marlow and Henley, this 13th-century, Grade II listed medieval barn offers a special venue for ceremonies, wedding receptions and parties. It’s licensed for ceremonies, that can take place anywhere in the building, with the added option of saying ‘I do’ under the stunning archway leading to the lawn. The Great Hall in the barn can seat up to 120 people on long tables or up to 150 at round tables for the wedding breakfast. Adjacent to the Great Hall is the Monks’ Bar and The Dance Hall which has ample room for a DJ. Guests can be received on Monks’ Barn Lawn, where there’s plenty of room for a marquee plus there’s secure overnight parking. This versatile venue allows receptions to take place anywhere inside the building too and couples can create a bespoke day with their choice of caterer, florist and furnishings. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01628 823 501, We love... the many activities for guests staying nearby to take part in, from nature trail walks to paddle boarding and canoeing. 20 Classic elegance with a modern twist, picturesque Rackleys is Buckinghamshire’s spectacular wedding venue set in seven acres of grounds surrounded by the beautiful Chiltern Hills.

The Post | Snelsmore House | Snelsmore Common | Newbury | Berkshire | RG14 3AL 01635 881800 | | Prime 2023 dates still available. Image: Chris Giles Photography Image: Chris Kemp Photography Image: Chris Kemp Photography Image: Chris Kemp Photography Image: Rachel Manns Weddings

THE POST, NEWBURY, BERKSHIRE This modern wedding barn has been built to the highest specifications. Highlights include the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed oak beams and the latest sound and lighting technology along with underfloor heating and a real log fire for cosy winter weddings. The exterior encompasses red brick, and cedar cladding and is framed with a tiled patio which overlooks the manicured grounds. At the end of the barn is The Arch where couples can get married inside or outside. There’s also The OutPost - a fully equipped al fresco kitchen and dining space that’s perfect for late-night nibbles or an outside alternative for evening dining during the summer months. Beautifully manicured lawns stretch from The Arch to the adjacent Snelsmore House. There’s a lower lawn with a water fountain and a beautiful pagoda, perfect for couple portraits. Ceremonies take place in several areas including in the main Post room, an awe-inspiring space that can be transformed into each couple’s vision, for up to 150 guests. The best option outside is on the Pavillion lawn under The Arch which seats up to 150 guests. For smaller celebrations, the lower lawn with the Pagoda is perfect. Receptions take place in the Post Room and bar with a mezzanine area in the rafters providing comfortable seating overlooking the main function space. The Post can host up to 200 guests for an evening reception. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01635 881 800, We love.... that couples can enjoy the use of the bridal suite at Donnington Valley on the night of their wedding and also a menu tasting during the planning stages of their wedding. There’s also a pamper room for the bridal party to get ready on the day. WINTERS TALE COUNTRY BARN, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This stunning barn and 17th-century farmhouse are set on a hill in the middle of the North Buckinghamshire countryside surrounded by farmland. The informal country gardens have a natural beauty that enhances the tranquillity of the venue. The secret garden is ideal for big-day photographs and contains a swing, rockery and a resident robin! The barn is accessed via a driveway where guests can often spot deer, foxes, hares and other wildlife. The Barn is a bright spacious venue featuring a high-vaulted ceiling. It’s modern in its outlook yet still retains the character of the hay barn that stood on the site a century ago. Packed full of twinkling fairylights and mood lighting throughout, the cocktail bar and lounge area on the gallery complement the large bar. An attached marquee provides extra space here for weddings if required. The traditional-style, 19th-century hay barn features a tall roof, red tiles, black wooden cladding and large oak cart doors, with a south-facing courtyard situated between the barn and the wedding night accommodation. Festoon lighting enhances this romantic outdoor space during balmy summer evenings. Ceremonies take place in the main Hay Barn for up to 120 guests; in the Gallery for 25 loved ones; in the Harvest Moon Barn for an intimate 25 people and in the Ember Eve Barn for just eight guests gathered. Outside, the courtyard and the marquee can both accommodate up to 100 guests while the Orchard can host up to 120 people and the Back Meadow can hold up to 180 loved ones. The special Secret Garden holds an intimate 15. Receptions take place in the main Barn for up to 120, while buffets, hog roasts and barbecues can be enjoyed in the elegant silk-lined marquee. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01296 738 040, We love... that the Ember Eve Barn is included on the night of the wedding featuring a four-poster bed, and a Victorian slipper bath. It also has a balcony with panoramic views stretching across the open countryside where visitors can see the stars and stunning sunsets. Scan to view video 23 THEMED VENUES

WEST BERKSHIRE AND NEWBURY We reveal where to wed WASING PARK WEDDINGS, ALDERMASTON, BERKSHIRE This award-winning, exclusive-use barn wedding venue sits in 4,000 acres of land at the heart of the family-owned Wasing Estate that’s home to historic buildings, glistening lakes and a walled garden. There’s a choice of 26 luxury bedrooms at the venue sleeping up to 64 guests with each one boasting a bespoke design within an elegant historical setting, from the unique Grade II listed Granary, sat proudly on its staddle stones, to the fairytale-inspired Dovecote and a Honeymoon Suite featuring the largest bed in Berkshire. Ceremonies take place in the contemporary Garden Room with its bi-fold doors leading to the manicured garden, or outside in the Victorian Summerhouse that’s embellished with a pretty hand-painted mural. There’s also the picturesque parish Church of St. Nicholas situated within the grounds offering another option. The magnificent Castle Barn provides a blank canvas for wedding receptions that can be decked in fairylights and decorated with candles and floral displays. Guests can relax and enjoy the mouth-watering menu beneath the adjacent stretch tent floating over the terrace at the back of the Castle Barn. Filled with comfortable seating, cosy blankets, twinkling lights and firepits, this area provides outdoor space that can be used all year round. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0118 907 0199, We love... that the estate regularly hosts a variety of well-being activities. Spotlight on... Scan to view video 25 LOCAL VENUES

DONNINGTON GROVE, NEWBURY This stunning venue is situated in a romantic setting, overflowing with 18th-century style. With exquisite architecture and lush lake views, it offers unique wedding day and photography settings. Privacy and tranquillity are promised for intimate ceremonies. Or the doors to the grand house can be opened to welcome up to 100 guests with room to spare. The elegant, and elaborate, Donnington Grove boasts a fabulously rich history. With 500 acres of magical grounds, the venue provides the perfect backdrop. With a wealth of elaborate architectural features, the exterior adds elegance and style to any wedding. Couples can enjoy having their portrait photographs taken on the romantic bridge over the River Lambourn, complete with ducks, swans and a willow tree. Ceremonies take place in the Avon room for up to 50 guests with an original fireplace, mirrored period inset features and French doors opening on to the grounds. The Cloudy room holds up to 80 people for a ceremony and has tall beautifully painted ceilings, an open fireplace and three large windows overlooking the grounds. The Kennet accommodates up to 100 guests and is complete with an original fireplace, high ceilings and a door leading on to a patio. It also leads directly into the marquee and the Cloudy Room, creating a suite of rooms. The house overlooks large lakes and parkland perfect for wedding photos inside and out. Not to mention the Wedding Suite that commands almost the entire first floor, you’ll feel like you’re staying in a friend’s very grand but comfy country home! Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01635 581 000, We love... the dedicated wedding planner from the enquiry stage up to the special day itself, free menu tasting, and accommodation in the main suite on the night of the wedding and for the first anniversary. A choice of chair covers and sashes is included in the Diamond package. THE MILL HOUSE HOTEL & RESTAURANT, SWALLOWFIELD, BERKSHIRE The Mill House offers two wedding settings in one. The Georgian country house is home to original wooden floors, working fireplaces and 12 individual bedrooms and in the garden, there’s a permanent marquee with bi-fold doors leading out to the beautiful grounds. The marquee is bright and airy with high ceilings providing a blank canvas for any theme. It also has full heating and air conditioning, making it the perfect venue all year round. The beautifully landscaped walled gardens overlook the River Loddon and showcase stunning views across the countryside. The gardens are brimming with colour all year and offer a private space for drinks receptions and big-day photos. Outdoor ceremonies take place under the Cedar Pavilion for up to 120 guests. Indoor ceremonies can be held in the marquee for up to 120 loved ones, or inside the main house in the Garden Room for up to 70 guests and Cottage Suite for an intimate 30 guests. All of the wedding packages include exclusive use of the main house, grounds and marquee. A sit-down dinner can be held inside the main house for up to 60 guests or in the marquee for up to 120 guests and up to 200 people for an evening reception. Ceremony licence: Yes Contact: 0118 988 3124, We love... that the permanent marquee has a bar and dancefloor. 26

NATURAL & ROMANTIC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY T: 07722 209326 | E: The hotel, set in stunning landscaped podium gardens offers a range of banqueting suites for your special day. We can cater for up to 220 guests for a Wedding Banquet for up to 260 guests for your evening reception. Call our Wedding Planner on 01189 444 231 Email: A: Wharfedale Road, Winnersh Triangle, Reading, Berks, RG41 5TS The Bride and Groom will enjoy a number of complimentary benefits including an overnight stay in one of our spacious suites with a Romantic Breakfast in bed. Our dedicated team of Chef's have extensive experience in the preparation and delivery of modern British & Authentic Indian Menus to 2AA Rosette Standard. Scan to download brochure Spark joy and create something that is uniquely you for your wedding and event. Add an extra special touch to your elegant a air with handwritten calligraphy pieces that makes your guests feel special and included. Create a buzz worthy wedding and event with personalised gi s that last forever as a token of love and memory; Take your gi -giving to a whole new level with an impressive hand engraved gi tailored specially for your partner, parents and for your guests as souvenirs by getting their gi s engraved right on the spot WEDDING CALLIGRAPHY SERVICES INCLUDE: · Envelope Addressing · Place Cards/Escort Cards · Vow books · Engraved gi s, perfumes, wine etc · Vows/Letters/Love Poems · Spot Calligraphy for Invitation suite etc Email: Website: Instagram: @ribbonsandscripts

family Emily and Mike’s wedding at Stanlake Park Wine Estate in Berkshire enjoyed a rustic-inspired theme with touches handmade by their loved ones Images courtesy of Paige Mary Photography A AFFAIR Emily and Mike West married on 10th April 2022 at Stanlake Park Wine Estate in Berkshire. 28

Mike and Emily have been friends since secondary school where they met through mutual friends. They became engaged after nine years of dating on 4th December 2020 during the peak of the lockdown. “This was the first Christmas in our new house together and Mike wanted to give us a happy end to the year,” Emily tells us. “Because we couldn’t go anywhere, he ordered food from our favourite Thai takeaway which we enjoyed in our pyjamas and matching king and queen dressing gowns and just as we were finishing, Mike presented me with a small ornament with the message ‘when the world stayed apart, together was our favourite place to be’ designed to be hung on our Christmas tree. He then took a ring from his pocket and I burst into happy tears!” SETTING THE SCENE The couple loved the rustic feel of Stanlake Park Wine Estate. “The opportunity to hold our wedding day at a vineyard was appealing to us and it’s only a 20-minute drive from our house making it the perfect location,” Emily tells us. I felt surprisingly relaxed on the day itself and enjoyed getting ready with my bridesmaids and parents at the venue. The nerves eventually kicked in when they told me it was time to walk down the aisle, but as soon as I saw Mike, the nerves disappeared and the excitement kicked in.” They decorated their day with elegant white and rustic-inspired décor. “We took the option of having lights draped through the rafters of the reception room. On reflection, we felt this made a big impact and it looked stunning.” Emily says. “We created a map of the world table plan which highlighted some of the countries that we had visited together over the years because we love to travel, and our table names were based on these. We displayed a couple of photographs of us in that country on each table and we made personalised champagne glasses for each guest filled with sweets as place names which doubled up as favours. I created our floral centrepieces displayed in copper wire baskets decorated with fairylights and placed them on log slices which had a different Disney quote carved around the edge on each one.” 29 REAL WEDDINGS

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Emily and Mike used their local florist to create their bouquets and arrangements using anemones, eucalyptus and roses and Emily’s cousin made their delicious wedding cake. “It was great to involve our loved ones in our wedding,” Emily says. “My mum made our wedding stationery and my friend, Tasha did my hair.” LOOKING THE PART Emily chose a lace dress by Essence of Australia. “I was not expecting to choose the style I did but when I tried it on, I knew it was the one and so did my Mum,” Emily says. “I accessorised it with a diamanté belt, a silver bracelet and a pair of silver and pearl earrings. I wore a long veil decorated with pearls which complemented the long train on my dress.” Mike and his best man and two groomsmen wore navy suits teamed with buttonholes and Mike had a pair of cufflinks that were a gift from Emily personalised with his initials. “They also wore red ties that matched our bridesmaids’ dresses which were floor-length Sorella Vita gowns in the shade called Sangria featuring a high neck which suited both bridesmaids,” Emily tells us. TIME TO ENTERTAIN Emily and Mike hired a DJ for their evening entertainment as well as a photo booth which all of their guests seemed to embrace. “We got the best photo album to take home from it,” they tell us. “At the end of the evening, the DJ played The Greatest Day by Take That and all of our guests surrounded us on the dancefloor so that we ended up in a big huddle. We were overwhelmed with emotion and love.” “Sitting down at our wedding breakfast and looking around at every table and seeing everyone we loved in one room was a wonderful moment for us both.” – Emily and Mike 31 REAL WEDDINGS