Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - June/July 2023 (Issue 101)

£3.55 JUN/JUL 2023 FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, VENUES, OFFERS AND MORE BARBIE GIRL Movie-worthy wedding dresses Handmade in... Berks, Bucks & Oxon Love is all around Take inspiration from our stunning real weddings EXPERT ADVICE Local suppliers reveal all WHAT TO PACK Essential honeymoon fashion SOMETHING OLD Pick a venue steeped in history | 01296 722100 Wedding Open Evening Thursday 27th July, 5-7pm Say 'I do' at your place in the country Register to attend online

3 REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 61 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 98 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2023 FEATURES 51 LOVE IS ALL AROUND A styled shoot photographed at Milton Hill House in Abingdon, Oxfordshire 57 HANDMADE IN... Berks, Bucks and Oxon 65 SHOP TILL YOU DROP Behind the doors of some of the region’s finest bridal boutiques On the cover... Oxfordshire-based wedding photographer David Bostock captured this wonderful image of real wedding couple Laura and Joe on their big day. Read their love story on page 39 and to see more of David's work and to book him for your wedding celebration, visit 69 VENUES 20 SPOTLIGHT ON... Oxford and around 27 STEEPED IN HISTORY These magical venues tell a story 98

4 GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 88 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 75 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 78 DESERT ROSE Your honeymoon suitcase shouldn’t take off without these summery staples 79 KEEP CALM AND MARRY ON Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness share their stress-beating tips 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for brides 82 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 84 BRIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE Celebrity hair stylist Michael Douglas, talks wedding dos and tells us about OGX's new Colour Retention range 85 BEAUTY AND WELLNESS Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems REAL WEDDINGS 32 WINTER WONDERLAND Sarah and Chris's February wedding at The Post Barn sets the scene for other couples planning a seasonal special day 39 DOWN ON THE FARM Laura and Joe enjoyed a festival-inspired tipi setting as the backdrop for their big day 44 SUMMER LOVIN' Julia and Andrew's white wedding enjoyed the timeless backdrop of Hedsor House 68 87 90 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 THE CITY OF LOVE Discover why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 96 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two 78 80

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 Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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 o�fers on the day • �e 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 HOSTED AT IN ASSOCIATION WITH Wembley, London HA9 0WS

by ClipFlops make a fabulous wedding favour for your bridesmaids. Beautifully gift wrapped in a decorated handbag style box they make a perfect wedding day gift - comfortable, unique and adorable. With an array of colourful clip on/clip off flowers in different designs they can be matched to any bride’s or bridesmaid’s outfit. Designed by women for women (we know what its like to spend a night dancing in stilettos!)

Wedding season is now upon us! For those of you who have just become engaged (maybe you enjoyed a proposal during the coronation) then congratulations, you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey. For those of you putting the finishing touches to a summer celebration then take inspiration from our local real-life wedding couples and advice from a host of expert regional suppliers. That’s not all – there’s also all the latest wed-day news, exclusive offers, fabulous fashion, beauty and hot honeymoon ideas. Until the next issue... Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor In the summertime 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 I want to experience the indulgent spa at the Cotswolds Hotel and Spa. Why not book a pampering hen stay here? All is revealed on page 61. I love this look by Clare Bellman, the talented hair and make-up artist and founder of Millie Makeup. See her expert advice about recreating recent celebrity bridal looks on page 85. I love to travel so when I spotted this passport wedding invitation by FS Digital Marketing, I simply had to feature it in our handmade feature on page 57. Wow! This bathroom in the Vicarage Suite at the Vanburgh Hotel in Oxford is just delightful, I want to book a stay! Read all about it on page 20. 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 Read all about how wedding venue Horwood House hotel has teamed up with Crisis, the homeless charity on page 27. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 Anybody who knows me well will tell you how much I love pink (my entire home is decorated in it!) So, when I spotted this colourful wedding gown in our styled shoot on page 51 of this issue, I was in love!

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MUSIC TO OUR EARS The wedding music packages available from classically-trained musician Aletheia, with more than a decade of experience under her belt as a violinist, singer and pianist come with a fully customisable setlist. She can learn music to a high standard in a short space of time meaning that if couples can’t see their favourite song on her sample repertoire list, she can almost guarantee that she’ll be able to learn it for the big day. She can also play the three instruments at different parts of the day. Covers of recent songs that she has performed at events including from artists such as Fall Out Boy, The Foo Fighters and Green Day. Aletheia offers payment plans for weddings that are taking place in 12 months or more so that couples can spread the cost and plan without sacrificing quality. She can also provide a digital recording of the song chosen to walk down the aisle, to help preserve the memory of that magical moment for years to come! Aletheia tells us, “I love to help sustain a wonderful atmosphere for the time I am playing and help couples create the perfect mood for their dream day.” All the latest from the three regions NEWS Nearlywed ON THE MOUNT SET TO TAKE PLACE AT WASING A unique new concert series staged on the incredible natural amphitheatre The Mount in the grounds of Wasing in Berkshire, has been announced for summer 2023. On The Mount will take place across midsummer, nestled amongst the magical woodland at Wasing, one of the most diverse rural estates in England. The inaugural line-up for the series will feature headline sets from Gabriels on 22nd June, Jack Johnson on 25th June, Primal Scream on 30th June, Ben Howard on 1st July, and Sigur Ros on 2nd July. Support artists and further shows will be announced in due course. Soulful British-American trio Gabriels are nominated for this year’s BRIT Awards International Group of the Year, following the release of the first half of their debut album Angels and Queens, released last year. Already touring worldwide and garnering fans such as Elton John, the band will release the hugely anticipated second half of the album later this year. Gabriels will be supported at this show by Olivia Dean, one of the UK’s hottest rising stars, and Rachel Chinouriri, one of The Guardian’s Ones to Watch for 2023. Hawaiian-born, California-raised Jack Johnson is a Grammynominated, BRIT award-winning singer-songwriter who released his 8th studio album Meet The Moonlight last year to critical acclaim. Fronted by founding member Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream has a back-catalogue spanning more than three and a half decades, embracing everything from psychedelic pop to degenerate rock’n’roll; euphoric rave to industrial gloom. BRIT award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Howard released his double platinum-selling debut album Every Kingdom in 2011, followed by a Pyramid Stage Glastonbury appearance. Icelandic post-rock icons Sigur Ros will perform a UK Festival Exclusive set at Wasing, having last year celebrated 20 years since their iconic third album, Untitled. Famed for their incredible live performances, and the ubiquity of their song Hoppipolla, the band have now released seven studio albums, two films, solo albums, side projects, orchestral and choral works, tech start-up collaborations, music for dance companies and leading visual artists, as well as several film scores. No longer a traditional estate, Wasing is breaking the mould and offering a different narrative to the connection between people and the planet. The spectacular woodland venue hosts healing retreats enriched with nature, well-being festivals, and restorative events. Wasing previously hosted the Glade dance music festival in the mid-late 2000s and currently hosts the Medicine Festival, a unique remedial festival experience which invites people to come together and envision a more enlightened, peaceful and sustainable world. On The Mount curators, John Empson and Ollie Rosenblatt of Senbla said: “We’re delighted to bring such a diverse and wonderful line-up to the inaugural year of On The Mount, with artists that match the beauty and spectacular nature of The Mount at Wasing. We can’t wait for audiences to experience something different on these summer evenings beneath the stars and surrounded by the woodland.” Andrew Perkins, CEO of Wasing Estate, said: “Nature is the cornerstone for everything and as a linchpin between people and planet, Wasing connects heart and soul with the extraordinary ecological world around us. We are exceptionally excited to launch The Mount, bringing audiences and artists together to harmonise in nature and community through restorative musical experiences. We are equally thrilled to announce our partnership with Senbla to deliver an unforgettable line-up of outstanding artists and trailblazing creative entertainment, alongside Wasing’s very own unique & culturally diverse launch event; a cutting-edge curation celebrating revitalising indigenous, world and contemporary music.” The On The Mount events will be preceded by an intimate Summer Solstice opening event on 21st June, to welcome this new chapter in the story of Wasing, set to feature a diverse and captivating lineup of artists, Wasing Estate, Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 4LY To book, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

HOLY GRAIL TAPESTRIES LOANED TO KELMSCOTT MANOR IN RURAL OXFORDSHIRE Kelmscott Manor in rural Oxfordshire is famed as the country retreat of Victorian polymath William Morris who was one of the great re-inventors of ancient and disregarded crafts, rejuvenating amongst other things historic embroidery, early printing techniques, vegetable dyeing, calligraphy and tapestry weaving. Visitors to Kelmscott Manor this season can see stunning examples of his enthusiasm for this technically challenging craft. Visitors will encounter the drama of two tapestries from Morris & Co.’s breathtaking Holy Grail series, designed in 1890 and regarded as one of the greatest achievements of the Arts and Crafts movement. By that date Morris & Co. had raised the art of tapestry weaving to new heights, producing exquisite examples on looms set up at the company’s Merton Abbey works. The series was designed by Morris and his close friend and associate PreRaphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones to illustrate the quest for the Holy Grail by the Knights of the Round Table. The tapestries have been loaned to the Manor for the 2023 Open Season thanks to the generosity of one of its long-term supporters, Lord Lloyd-Webber. Kelmscott Manor is open to the public until the 28th October 2023. To find out more, visit DON’T MISS THE HENLEY FESTIVAL FROM THE 5TH TO THE 9TH OF JULY The Henley Festival Presented by Westcoast has revealed this year’s sensational line-up, featuring five unmissable summer nights packed full of world-class music, comedy, dining, dancing and magical moments. Westcoast is excited to continue its long association with Henley Festival in 2023 and is delighted to be supporting RISE. From Wednesday 5 July to Sunday 9 July, the UK’s only boutique blacktie festival will present an unforgettable experience on the stunning riverside in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Henley Festival is truly like no other, with a vibrant line-up of pop, world, classical, folk and jazz music sitting alongside award-winning comedy, visual art and sculpture installations on the green banks of the Thames, and first-class gastronomy. Festival goers will be enchanted late into the night by this captivating programme of music and arts – with each evening coming to an epic close with a jaw-dropping firework spectacular. As part of Henley Festival’s new charitable programme nurturing the next generation of talent - RISE - this year’s festival will give a platform for young musicians, comedians and visual artists taking their first steps on stage, as well as offering opportunities for young people aspiring to work behind the scenes. Opening this year’s Henley Festival on the iconic Floating Stage is Rag’n’Bone Man, with his characteristic blend of traditional blues and hip hop, and powerfully deep baritone voice. Henley Festival’s first night will be brought to an energetic ending by Ben Portsmouth: This is Elvis, and his jaw-dropping tribute to The King of Rock and Roll, invoking the Henley Festival Club with the spirit of Elvis. On Thursday, the Floating Stage will host Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Mark Feehily, aka the most successful Irish boyband of all time: Westlife. With 36 number-one albums worldwide, Westlife is the UK’s top-selling group of the 21st century. Westlife will thrill the Henley crowd with their chart-topping hits including Flying Without Wings, World of Our Own and Uptown Girl. For a full line-up and to book, visit MACDONALD HOTELS PARTNER WITH EVC EVC has entered into an initial two-year exclusive partnership agreement with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts on a mission to make the EV switch simple. A mixture of fast and rapid chargers will be installed across the group’s portfolio, providing guests and other customers with convenient charging facilities for their electric vehicles throughout their stay. “We’re excited to announce our partnership with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts to install EV charging facilities across their portfolio. This collaboration not only signifies their commitment to a sustainable future but also enables Macdonald Hotels’ guests to conveniently charge their electric vehicles while enjoying their stay. With this partnership, we aim to create a seamless experience for EV drivers, knowing that reliable and accessible charging facilities are readily available, giving them peace of mind when travelling,” says Nick Ballamy, CEO of EVC. Hugh Cooper, development director at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with EVC to provide our guests with fantastic new charging facilities. It will greatly enhance the offering at our 30 hotels, reassuring guests that they can charge their EVs seamlessly, as they enjoy their time at our hotels, spas, golf courses, restaurants and other great amenities.” EVC will be installing the charge points on a fullyfunded basis, covering the cost of installation and ongoing maintenance of the chargers. This will be achieved by utilising spare capacity from the building supplies, as well as establishing new points of connection where necessary. Each site has different requirements and capabilities, which EVC have determined through their grid studies and site surveys throughout the UK. This ensures that each location will have the appropriate number and type of chargers installed. Demand for EV chargers is already growing exponentially as electric vehicle sales rise year on year. EVC will be installing charging facilities to meet the current demand as well as ensuring infrastructure is in place for additional chargers to be installed, future-proofing the sites. The partnership will see a large number of reliable EV charging facilities added to the network over the next two years to help meet the growing need for more EV chargers. To find out more about weddings at Macdonald Hotels which includes The Berystede in Ascot and Macdonald Windsor Hotel, visit 10

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WOVEN BY ADAM SMITH ACHIEVES ONE MICHELIN STAR WITHIN SIX MONTHS Woven by Adam Smith has achieved one Michelin star, presented to executive chef Adam Smith by The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland. This comes within six months of the restaurant’s launch in September 2022 at Coworth Park hotel in Berkshire. Woven by Adam Smith offers diners an unforgettable culinary experience in a stunning space overlooking 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland. Adam’s menu offers a tapestry of familiar flavours reimagined in unexpected ways, combining the classics with modern touches and layers of personal experience. The finest produce from Britain’s famed larder acts as inspiration for the seasonally changing menus. Following the announcement, Adam commented: “I am so happy to have reached this milestone with my driven and dedicated team, who have worked so hard and with such passion since we launched the restaurant late last year. For me, any accolade is so brilliant to receive but this really is a special time for us at Woven. Recognition from the Michelin Guide is a great honour.” General manager at Coworth Park, Zoe Jenkins commented: “Adam’s culinary skill is at the heart of Coworth Park and the launch of Woven has anchored our reputation as a dining destination in the English countryside. This accolade by Michelin marks the continued evolution of our gastronomic credentials across all of our restaurants and bars within the hotel. We are so proud of Adam and the team.” With surprising twists and turns, Adam’s food challenges expectations of the classics, with recipes, ingredients and dishes reinterpreted through the lens of personal experience. For more information and to book, visit: EDITOR LOVES I love these new treats in trunks from Bumbles & Boo which make a thoughtful gift for any occasion. The brand is extending its hamper offering to those designed for marvellous mums and great grandmas with the You’re One in a Melon hamper, £27.95 that can be personalised - what a great way of thanking them for all their help with the wedding planning, and on the big day itself! For brilliant besties who acted as bridesmaids, there’s the Special Friend – Stay Wild! Trunk, £26.95 which includes a journal, a Soap and Glory body lotion, and some organic Neals’ Yard relaxation tea. There’s even a self-care pamper hamper, and a be proud of yourself one (both pictured above) that are perfect for brides-to-be. Show how much you care with a selection of hand-picked gifts including luxury chocolates and relaxing pillow sprays to deliciously decadent teas and sweet-smelling candles all beautifully presented in a keepsake luggage trunk. Prefer to design your own hamper? Bumbles and Boo also stock individual products to create a unique combination of gifts in a hamper or separately on their own. To shop, visit CULDEN FAW’S STUNNING NEW HENLEY PARK LOCATION OPENS Located in the Chiltern Hills, only a few minutes from the River Thames and with panoramic views over the Henley Valley is a new luxury marquee wedding venue on the Culden Faw Estate. Located on the edge of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire county boundaries, the estate comprises 3,500 acres of mature beech woods, rolling pastures, parkland and unspoilt chalk valleys. It’s proud to host weddings, along with other outdoor events and diverse activities including glamping and dragon boat racing on the river. Outdoor wedding receptions and private marquee-based parties will enjoy the stunning location on the banks of the River Thames. The Woodland Lodge is a beautiful venue and is a licensed wedding venue. To find out more and to book, visit 13 LOCAL NEWS

MODERN, ELEGANT, WOW-FACTOR WEDDING CAKES IN HAMPSHIRE & THE HOME COUNTIES Using only the nest quality ingredients, and my love of elevated, contemporary design, I’ll create a fabulous, avourful luxury wedding cake that will have you grinning from ear to ear. Luxury goes deeper than detail and design. My cakes have an emphasis on show-stopping taste as well as swoon-worthy looks. I’ve worked hard to develop a range of crowd-pleasing avours, from my takes on the timeless classics to more modern and unusual combinations. To start turning your wedding cake dream into delicious reality, get in touch today WWW.LOUISEHAYES.CO.UK | 07920 448 168 It is a true honour to be a part of someone’s love story and to gift them memories to last a lifetime. My natural approach allows my couples to feel at ease whilst I freeze beautiful, timeless moments for my couples to forever cherish. I also offer makeup touch-ups so your dream bridal look remains flawless from the morning of your big day to dancing the night away. WWW.PAIGEMARY.CO.UK 07568 513072 Specialising in capturing authentic moments through my light, elegant and heartfelt style. Email: Tel: 07511 208 490 WWW.THEHENLEYDISTILLERY.CO.UK HAMPSTEAD FARM, BINFIELD HEATH, HENLEY-ON-THAMES, OXON, RG9 4LG CREATORS OF HAND-CRAFTED, ARTISAN SPIRITS. \ INNOVATIVE IN RECIPE DEVELOPMENT, TRADITIONAL IN METHOD. thehenleydistillery Our stylish gin school can be privately hired to host events for up to 12 guests, each working with their own mini still. This can be used as a fun pre-wedding event or with a view to designing your very own wedding gin. We work with the wedding party to develop a recipe and produce a totally one-off spirit especially for your unique celebration. Our award-winning white label and Henley Gin gin can be completely personalised (range of bottle sizes available including miniatures), perfect for wedding favours and gifts - these also look fabulous on the wedding bar. Private Tours and Tastings of the distillery can be arranged with add-ons such as mixology classes. Please do get in touch as we are always happy to tailor our services to suit the needs of our clients. FOR A DAY DEDICATED TO LOVE AND CELEBRATION, THE HENLEY DISTILLERY CREATES BESPOKE EXPERIENCES, GIFTS AND SPIRITS ALL UNIQUELY PERSONALISED TO YOU.

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBERKSBUCKSOXON.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH JUNE 2023. MEMORY MAKERS Sarah Ashleigh Hendrey is the talent behind Sarah Ashleigh Designs Flower Preservation based in Buckinghamshire. She creates fabulously floral keepsakes made with dried flowers encased in resin that couples can keep forever as a special reminder of their big day. Blooms from bouquets including gerberas (pictured) and timeless white roses are always popular choices as well as brightly coloured varieties and foliage such as eucalyptus. Keepsakes range from coasters and ring holders to beautiful homewares like lamp stands and reed diffusers. Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding has teamed up with Sarah Ashleigh Designs to offer readers 5% off when they spend £500 or more on a wedding order in July or August 2023. To take advantage of this offer, visit Turn to page 57 to see more of Sarah’s designs. Take advantage of these great giveaways WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 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. 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 our website WORK WITH US SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER BERKS, BUCKS & OXON EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR

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• 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 SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM 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

OXFORD AND AROUND Where to wed in this iconic city and its surroundings VANBRUGH HOUSE HOTEL LAUNCHES TWO NEW WEDDING PACKAGES Vanbrugh House Hotel in Oxford has launched two bespoke luxury packages to make getting married even more special. The boutique property nestled in Oxford’s bustling centre that’s home to 22 stylish bedrooms now offers the Bride & Bridal Party Package and The Wedding Night Package – perfect for those getting married in one of Oxford’s many quirky city-centre locations. Whether it’s a bride and her party wanting to get ready, a romantic spot for the first night of married life, or a base before saying I do, the two deluxe suites with secluded gardens and a private entrance offer a separate, pampered space to kick-start married life in – complete with four-poster beds, lavish Mr and Mrs bathtubs, luxury touches like slippers and The White Company toiletries and a digital concierge for guests to make use of during their stay. The Bride & Bridal Party Package is the essential ‘pre-party’ package, perfect for brides or groups looking for a space to get ready for the big event. The bride – and friends - can stay for the last night of singledom in lavish surroundings, before waking up to a champagne breakfast hamper in the room. The suite has a separate entrance with a VIP private area to welcome everyone, with a red carpet and champagne waiting on arrival. The spacious suite offers a great area for the bridal party to put the finishing touches to their big-day look, with large bathrooms with separate showers and baths, as well as plenty of sink space and mirrors, too. The Wedding Night Package offers newlyweds a one-night stay in a private deluxe suite to retire to after their big day, packed with romantic touches to make the first night extra special. Decorated with rose petals on the bed, drinks on arrival and a peaceful pamper kit filled with bath bombs, bath salts and eye masks, this is a special way to start married life. A delicious breakfast hamper filled with locally sourced produce, fresh juices and pastries delivered to the door the next morning provides the final finishing touch to waking up as a married couple. Vanbrugh House offers a bespoke service and the team is happy to discuss any personal touches that guests would like to include in the package, whether it’s a selection of cocktails in the room, pampering products, or decorations. Packages include everything from champagne on arrival paired with its very own VIP private area and red-carpet entrance to the suite and are priced on request. For more information or to enquire, visit the website Spotlight on... 20

This privately owned house is built in an early Georgian style and surrounded by a private parkland with spectacular views across the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The gardens boast a mix of parkland with mature trees and an area with contemporary sculptures. There are also stunning water features as well as manicured flower borders and during spring, the grounds are filled with wildflowers. The Entrance Hall where receptions take place and The Ceremony Room have both been beautifully decorated and restored to the highest level. The oval-shaped Ceremony Room boasts tall ornate ceilings and can accommodate up to a maximum of 60 guests while the panelled Entrance Hall has windows facing the beautiful Chiltern hills and the obelisk that sits in front of the house. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 07885 932 691, •We love...that the team can offer a champagne reception with canapé s after the ceremony. The DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry, part of The Q Hotels Collection is the perfect place to hold a wedding. Surrounded by the gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside, the charming courtyard and pagoda provide the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony and some truly spectacular photographs. Inside, there’s a choice of rooms to cater for celebrations of different sizes including the Trinity Suite with its private bar. Located just a stone’s throw from Oxford and with lush green landscapes all around, the hotel invites guests to step back in time and indulge in the simple pleasures of the Great Outdoors. The DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry lies on the tranquil cusp of the sprawling Cotswolds, with iconic sites like Blenheim Palace and winding countryside treks right on the doorstep. With 154 comfortable bedrooms, including several family rooms, there’s ample space for wedding guests. The hotel’s dedicated events team will help couples plan everything that their perfect wedding needs, from seating arrangements and entertainment to food and drink. In need of some pampering before the big day? The DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry has an incredible spa on-site which offers a selection of treatments to help couples relax before walking down the aisle. Why not gather loved ones for a group pampering session and a glass of prosecco? From romantic and intimate to large and contemporary, there’s a choice of rooms to choose from whatever the occasion. The college Suite This classical room is perfect for a wedding, large dinner or other celebration. The College Suite has large windows, flooding the room with natural light and overlooking the gardens. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies for up to 300 guests, the dedicated lounge and courtyard area also allows for up to 500 guests for a sparkling evening reception. The Trinity Suite The Trinity Suite has wall-to-wall French doors overlooking the landscaped courtyard, ideal for a champagne reception. With space for 180 guests for a dinner or up to 400 for a reception, everyone is guaranteed a great event – plus the private bar means everything you need is in one space Highlights: • Licensed to hold wedding ceremonies • Stunning courtyard and pagoda • A choice of rooms for hosting celebrations • Dedicated events staff, including a wedding planner • Hotel spa offers a range of deluxe treatments • 154 rooms for accommodating the couple and their guests • Self-catered weddings available To find out more visit, DOUBLETREE BY HILTON OXFORD BELFRY HOME TO AN ON-SITE SPA BRITWELL HOUSE 21 LOCAL VENUES

Britwell House - - Britwell House is a privately owned house and built in an early Georgian style situated in a romantic setting with an exceptional view towards the Chilterns. The house is only open to the public for special occasions such as CIVIL CEREMONIES and WEDDING RECEPTIONS. We are able to receive parties up to 60 people. For more information call: 07885 932691 / 01491 613354 or email: BRITWELL HOUSE BRITWELL SALOME OXON OX49 5LJ

Hawkwell House Hotel has appointed a new wedding planner to help put the venue on the map as the ultimate destination to host bespoke wedding ceremonies and celebrations in Oxfordshire. Lauren Hill has been appointed to boost the hotel’s event planning services and create bespoke wedding packages for couples. In 2021 Hawkwell House joined the Mercure hotel group and underwent a £3.5 million refurbishment and rebrand to transform the venue into a boutique hotel equipped with all amenities for guest comfort and 77 bedrooms. The hotel now sits within three acres of landscaped gardens and features a stylish restaurant, lounge bar and elegant heated terrace. The interior design incorporates an Oxford theme throughout with hints of vintage Oxford fashion like Oxford brogues and Oxford shirts. With three versatile event spaces, the hotel can cater to wedding celebrations of all kinds. Lauren tells us: “The Thames Suite, which is the lergest of our event spaces, is perfect for parties looking for a traditional wedding experience. Meanwhile, the Cherwell Suite is ideal for smaller, more intimate celebrations. As one of the only venues in Oxford with the capacity to host outdoor ceremonies, we can offer a truly unique wedding experience. Our peaceful gardens make a stunning backdrop for large or small weddings or the perfect spot to enjoy drinks before the wedding breakfast.” Lauren adds: “Our wedding and event spaces are self-contained with their own bar, terrace and bathrooms so couples can enjoy their special day away from the day-to-day activity of the hotel. Next to the main hotel is Elm House, a self-contained 15-bed house which is perfect for wedding parties who want to experience an intimate, private stay within the hotel grounds. For couples that desire it, we can even offer exclusive use of the entire hotel.” To encourage couples to host their wedding at Hawkwell House, Lauren has created a special, discounted wedding package for Fridays and Sundays. The all-inclusive package caters to up to 100 guests and includes ceremony and reception room hire, a threecourse wedding breakfast, access to the bridal suite and a DJ for the reception for just £5,950. General manager Nick Jefford added: “We wanted to take our wedding and event planning services to the next level so we knew we needed a dedicated wedding planner to help us achieve this.” He adds, “Lauren’s combined years of experience and brilliant contacts in the industry made her a standout candidate for the job and will help us elevate the guest experience.” For more information on weddings and events at Hawkwell House Hotel, visit This hidden gem situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers elegantly styled suites, great food, high-quality service and beautiful surroundings. There’s a wedding package to suit every type of celebration. The talented team recognise that every wedding is different and are flexible and happy to discuss specific requirements to ensure that the hotel and grounds provide imagination and flair. The various wedding packages include the Head Over Hills Package for mid-week weddings taking place from Sunday to Thursday. A 10% discount applies and this is aimed at a minimum of 50 guests. It includes, but is not limited to a red carpet on arrival; a seasonal wedding breakfast menu; drinks on arrival (bucks fizz or orange juice); white table linen and napkins; room hire for the wedding breakfast and evening reception; a glass of house wine per person during the wedding breakfast; sparkling wine to toast; a menu tasting for the couple and a hot and cold buffet for 80 evening guests (four items). There’s also a complimentary overnight stay for the couple including breakfast with preferential accommodation rates for wedding guests. The Twilight Package is based on 100 guests and includes room hire from 7 pm; a cake stand and knife; a reception drink (Pimm’s or bucks fizz); a six-item finger buffet; a DJ and disco plus white table linen. There’s also the Sweetheart Package, and the Lovebird Package which includes a hog roast for a minimum of 50 guests. The wedding breakfast menus (which differ depending on which package is booked) include oak-smoked salmon to start, cornfed chicken as the main course and a trio of chocolate desserts. For the evening catering, couples can choose from a pizza bar. All of the 49 bedrooms at the hotel provide comfort for guests with specially discounted accommodation rates available. These preferential rates can also be extended before, and after the wedding day. For more information, visit MERCURE OXFORD HAWKWELL HOUSE HOTEL APPOINTS A NEW WEDDING PLANNER THE MERCURE THAME LAMBERT HOTEL UNVEILS WEDDING PACKAGES 23 LOCAL VENUES

THE RANDOLPH HOTEL BY GRADUATE HOTELS HAS PARTNERED WITH MADE FOR LIFE ORGANICS Inspired by Oxford’s storied innovators and university alumni, this 151-room hotel sits in the city’s cultural epicentre. Within walking distance from the world-famous Old Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum, The Randolph’s recent renovation has seen the 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, with in-room paintings of Oxford alumni and well-known author and playwright, Oscar Wilde. The hotel has historically hosted members of the royal family. 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 the steam, sauna and sensation shower or get pampered in one of the four private treatment rooms. Other highlights include: • 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 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. To find out more and to book, visit the website CHERWELL BOATHOUSE, OXFORD Couples searching for a quintessentially English venue will enjoy all that this family-run restaurant, Oxford’s largest punting station and riverside marquee, has to offer. It’s perched on the banks of the idyllic River Cherwell, close to the centre of Oxford, allowing newlyweds to arrive at their reception in a chauffeured punt. The Lower Boathouse at ground level with the river provides an industrial chic-inspired space for a reception and also offers an outdoor terrace. Alternatively, the Conservatory can host up to 45 guests for dinner. The marquee can seat up to 125 guests and the front sides and doors can open to reveal the river views and meadow located on the other side of the river bank. The marquee features white lining, statement chandeliers and romantic, atmospheric lighting. Ceremony licence? No, but blessings can be enjoyed Contact: 01865 552 746, We love... that couples and their guests can enjoy some punting on the river in hand-crafted punts. 24

The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic Oxford punt station and restaurant on the banks of the river Cherwell, in an idyllic water meadow setting but close to the centre of Oxford . Both the Restaurant and the Marquee on the terrace overlooking the river are wonderful venues to celebrate all types of Weddings. The Marquee can accommodate weddings with up to 125 guests in a variety of formats from informal to 3 course sit down meals and incorporating music and dancing with the option of punting alongside. The restaurant can accommodate parties of up to 75 guests throughout the year offering a fine dining experience, with an award winning wine list and friendly tentative service. Cherwell Boathouse, Bardwell Rd, Oxford OX2 6ST Marquee / restaurant 01865 552746 | Cherwell Boathouse Relaxing Accommodation All of our 49 bedrooms at the hotel provide the comfort and style your wedding guests deserve. Specially discounted accommodation rates will be arranged to make their stay even more special. These preferential rates can also be extended prior to and after your wedding day, for those guest wishing to take advantage of a longer stay. Your Perfect Day in our Beautiful Hotel Your Perfect Day in our Beautiful Hotel FABLE FLOWERS Artful, Organic & Up-Scale Florals for Weddings & Events For more information visit

Elite Professional Bespoke International Makeup and Hair Styling Service for your Wedding T: 07545 706083 E: AFFORDABLE LUXURY USING CRUELTY FREE MAKEUP AND HAIR PRODUCTS NATURAL, RELAXED & CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Capturing unique stories, authentic moments and couples in love. | | 07507 939830 | Instagram: @anitamasihphotos 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

Steeped in history What’s new? Live like royalty in a wedding venue that tells a story HORWOOD HOUSE HOTEL PARTNERS WITH CRISIS HOMELESSNESS CHARITY Horwood House hotel, spa and estate located in Buckinghamshire is a Grade II-listed historic manor house that was built in 1911. It’s proud to announce its ongoing support for the homelessness charity, Crisis. The hotel has partnered with the charity and upcycling company Recoup to raise awareness and funds for its important work. This includes the creation of the Crisis Coffee Lounge within the hotel’s conference facilities, proceeds from Horwood House coffee purchases, and donations from Horwood House hotel on behalf of their conference and events clients. Horwood House recently donated their first cheque to Crisis, for the sum of £5,076.21. This was generated via a combination of efforts including a supportive campaign whereby 5% of qualified conference and events bookings were donated to the charity. • The Crisis Coffee Lounge: The Conference Breakout Space Making a Difference Horwood House teamed up with Crisis and upcycling company Recoup to transform their syndicate breakout space into a creative and crafted space for delegate guests to enjoy. The hotel is known for its meeting and event spaces and sees some 4,000 delegates passing through the doors each month. The Recoup team and Crisis members have carefully upcycled and restored some spectacular furniture to its former glory, presenting a space with a quintessentially English country pub vibe. Recoup supports the members to gain valuable skills in carpentry, which they can then take with them into the world of work. The hotel purchases Crisis coffee beans from Volcano Coffee Works, to fuel conference delegates in this specially designed space, with 15% of all Volcano coffee purchases made by the hotel going straight to Crisis. Additionally, QR codes around the space encourage delegates to donate directly to the charity. • Forget Fresh Towels: Donate a Hot Meal to Someone in Need Also, as part of its commitment to supporting Crisis, from March 2023 onwards, Horwood House is encouraging hotel guests to opt out of room servicing during their stay of two nights or more. Instead of having their room serviced daily, guests can choose to skip this service and for every night guests opt out, the equivalent donation of one hot meal will be made to the charity (per night of their stay). To find out more and to book a stay at the property, visit THE RELAIS HENLEY BOASTS THE KING CHARLES I SUITE Nothing is more historic than the recent coronation event and PoB Hotels, which is a collection of carefully curated rooms, the finest restaurants and spas across the British Isles, has The Relais Henley as part of its collection of hotels which was visited by King Charles I on his travels. His Royal Crest remains in the aptly named King Charles I Suite. Located in the historic market town, The Relais Henley is an idyllic waterside retreat. Situated in a restored heritage building that was traditionally a 16th-century coaching inn, the hotel’s interiors have been inspired by the river that runs parallel and local traditions and craftsmanship have been sensitively incorporated into the redesign. The windows frame the view of the Thames, with bold stripes representing traditional rowing club blazers running throughout its rich wool carpets. The hotel features 40 individually designed rooms, with some named after notable guests to have visited the site including King Charles I and Princess Grace of Monaco. Boasting four different food and beverage concepts, The Relais Henley is home to The Clipper Restaurant offering all-day dining in a sophisticated setting; The Clip Bar and The Deli, as well as The Quarterdeck Bar, an intimate bolthole tucked into the oldest part of the hotel with the patina of a traditional English pub. The Glow Medispa located close to the hotel in Henley-on-Thames allows guests to unwind and rejuvenate through a variety of relaxing treatments, available in-room as well. From the hotel, guests can enjoy a cruise on the River Thames, horse riding within the nearby Chilterns and a round of golf on some of Oxfordshire’s leading courses. The Relais Henley re-opened in 2021 showcasing the owners’ shared passion for luxury and community to deliver the best hospitality experience to their guests. The Relais Henley hosts weddings. To find out more, visit 27 THEMED VENUES