Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 102)

Spotlight on... East Berkshire and Reading Wedding catering ideas ASK THE EXPERTS Big-day advice All dressed up Fashion-forward photo shoot at Furtho Manor Farm BAKED WITH LOVE AUG/SEP 2023 £3.55 REAL BEAUTY Inspiration for all brides-to-be WIN! A romantic getaway to Thailand 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.

3 REGULARS 6 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 59 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 92 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2023 FEATURES 49 RUSTIC ROYALTY Furtho Manor Farm wedding venue in Milton Keynes was where this fashionable styled shoot took place 53 PLANNED TO PERFECTION We talk to local wedding planners and venue stylists 57 SWEETS FOR MY SWEET These treats will make your mouth water 78 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin On the cover... Furtho Manor Farm in Milton Keynes provided the stunning backdrop for our cover this issue, captured on camera by Lucy Long Photography as part of a styled shoot on page 49. The vision for this, and the trend-setting hair styles were created by Hannah Klewpatinond at HK Hair. 84 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON... East Berkshire and Reading 25 WONDERFUL WATERSIDE SETTINGS Marry by a lake or a river 86

4 GROOMS 82 GROOMS' NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 83 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 84 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film FASHION & BEAUTY 63 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 IT’S AN ILLUSION Bridal dresses with barely-there detail 71 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit 74 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses with delicate gold accessories 78 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 81 FASHION Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems REAL WEDDINGS 30 TWO BECOME ONE Kirsty and Sean enjoyed a countryside wedding at New Beaconsfield Hall surrounded by their loved ones 37 DOWN ON THE FARM Jade and Vee chose Berkshire-based Hillfields Farm as the rustic-inspired venue for their big day 42 FARM LIFE Silchester Farm near Reading was the venue of choice for Stephanie and Harrison 74 65 88 76 63 HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 88 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 90 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 93 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks

12 Visit Photo courtesy of Carol Elizabeth Photography Photo courtesy of Carol Elizabeth Photography Let us plan your special day… Set in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire with 22 acres of land, Milton Hill House provides the perfect setting and fantastic backdrop for your wedding. We have four event spaces ideal for weddings and ceremonies that can hold up to 200 guests, so whether your wedding reception will be small or large, we have the space you require. Call 01235 831 474 Email Visit Secù Photography With your emotions flowing through me, we’ll craft a masterpiece that captures the essence of your unique journey. Let me know about your story so that together we can continue to create WONDERS. | 07496 535157 | @Secuphotographywedding

I was excited to get to work on compiling this high-summer issue because my cousin, Kirsty got married to her new hubby, Sean in Chipping Norton recently and I couldn’t wait to feature their special day which was decorated with a pretty blush-pink and sage-green colour theme. I’m delighted for them both and wish them all the very best for their married life together. Whether you’re starting your wedding planning journey, or looking for some final finishing touches for a late-summer celebration, this issue offers something for every couple. There’s more local real-life wedding stories, expert advice plus a team of talented regional suppliers who collaborated on our exclusive styled shoot. There’s also all the latest wed-day news, exclusive offers, fashion, beauty and hot honeymoon ideas. Until the next issue... Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Keeping it in the family 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 love this fun, fashionable shot taken by Lucy Long Photography as part of our Rustic Royalty styled shoot on page 49 where Furtho Manor Farm was the fabulous backdrop! Don’t miss our exclusive offer with Secu Photography on page 15. I love these dreamy dress styles from Your Story Bridal Boutique and The Modiste – read about both on page 81. 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 6

Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Wilkinson! My cousin, Kirsty got married to Sean at St Mary’s Church in Oxfordshire, read all about it on page 30. I love a scented candle, my home is full of them and this lavender and orange hand-poured soy variety from The Little Flame is on my shopping list! To shop, turn to page 59. The new Spiced Tommy’s Margarita cocktail from The Cocktail Society would make the perfect tipple at any wedding celebration! Read all about it on page nine. I love this blue VW bar spotted at the real wedding of Jade and Vee on page 37. Wow! This summery ceremony set-up at De Vere Wokefield Estate makes me want to get married! Turn to page 21 to read all about this fairytale-inspired hotel as a wedding venue. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 Tel: 07876 293377 Wallingford Portraits & Weddings Personalised Photography for People and Pets 30-Day Returns | Lifetime Warranty | Price Match Discover unique and bespoke hand-crafted rings, of the finest quality at up to 75% off high street prices. Specialising in custom made, shaped to fit, wedding rings. Book your personal 1:1 appointment 03330 064 411 Winner! Lover's Rock Limited Wedding & Engagement Jeweller of the Year 2023 - England LUXlife Customer Service Excellence Award 2023 Wedding Global awards 2023 LUXlife M A G A Z I N E events CANAPÉS WEDDING BREAKFAST SHARING FEAST/PLATTERS BOWL FOOD DRINKS & NIBBLES PRIVATE CHEF We pride ourselves in making food that is not only delicious but is visually beautiful. Our food is made from scratch, in-house using ingredients we know and love: fresh, seasonal and local where possible. we provide all the crockery and cutlery, waitressing services and bar services, if required. We will work closely with you to make your event personal, stylish and much celebrated. If you are planning an event, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch by sending an email to aLittleStreetKitchen Each event is unique and whether you would like a more formal three course menu, a sumptuous sharing feast or a more relaxed bowl food menu, we are here to plan your day with you and make it truly special.

CLIVEDEN LITERARY FESTIVAL SET TO RETURN THIS AUTUMN Now in its seventh year, the sell-out Cliveden Literary Festival is renowned as a forum for lively discussion, political debate and thought-provoking ideas. Run by a committee of writers and historians, the Cliveden Literary Festival draws on luxury hotel and wedding venue Cliveden House’s unique history as a literary salon frequented by writers and thinkers including Sir Winston Churchill. Visitors to Cliveden Literary Festival will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful National Trust gardens and enjoy scenic walks down to the River Thames. Cliveden House, which is operated by the Iconic Luxury Hotel group, has recently been awarded a Forbes Travel Guide Star Award, and Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence. To find out more about weddings at the property, visit and to book tickets for the festival, visit All the latest from around the regions NEWS Nearlywed GIFTS INSTEAD OF FLOWERS WINS NEW KID ON THE BLOCK AWARD Buckinghamshire-based company Gifts Instead of Flowers has won the New Kid on the Block business award at this year’s Small Awards. The company was crowned the winner at a celebration event in central London, hosted by presenter, writer, actor and comedian, Sue Perkins. The idea of Gifts Instead of Flowers was born when founder Jan Jenkins was ill. She received many flowers which were very appreciated, but flowers have a shelf life and all that’s left is a card written by the florist. After visiting many art shows and trade fairs, the brand now features hand-picked, talented artists and craftspeople who have been selected by Jan and the team for the quality, uniqueness, and affordability of their work. All the gifts showcased are British-based and under £80 which is the approximate price of a large bouquet. Gifts Instead of Flowers does not take a commission from sales so customers can order in confidence that the artist or creator receives the full value of every sale made through the website. What the team do ask is that once sales are coming in, the artist donates to a local charity called William’s Fund. “This award was special not just for Gifts Instead of Flowers but also for all the artists and small businesses on our website and we would all like to once again thank the Small Awards for this recognition. It was also an amazing evening and one we will remember for a long time,” the team says. Michelle Ovens CBE, founder of Small Business Britain and the Small Awards commented, “Congratulations to Gifts Instead of Flowers, who impressed our team and judges with their inspiring entrepreneurship and commitment to serving customers and their community. It remains a challenging time for the small business community, but it is so positive to celebrate the amazing contribution of small firms like Gifts Instead of Flowers.” To shop, visit EDITOR LOVES The Elephant at the Market in Newbury, part of the Revere Pub Company, is situated in the heart of the historic Market Square. It’s a boutique pub with 14 rooms, a modern beer garden and a quirky metal shipping container that’s available for private hire for parties of up to 16 people. It’s ideal for casual summer soirées or intimate post-wedding celebrations where guests can sample the extensive list of craft beers, ales or cocktails and indulge in a menu full of seasonal delights. To book, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

HORWOOD HOUSE LAUNCH RESTORATIVE SLEEP DAY Need a long nap? The new Aromatherapy Associates Restorative Sleep Day at the recently renovated H Spa at Horwood House in Buckinghamshire is the ideal way to take some time out, reboot and set yourself up for a good night’s sleep. The day includes full use of the spa facilities from 9 am until 5 pm, a 60-minute Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Body Treatment and a delicious afternoon tea. Set in Little Horwood nestled in 38 acres of private grounds in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside, this stunning Grade-II listed property combines the style and heritage of a quintessential country house hotel with contemporary features and home-from-home touches. H Spa boasts a 15-metre indoor pool, a sauna, steam and relaxation rooms, multiple treatment rooms and a modern state-of-the-art gym, all centred around a beautiful courtyard. The Restorative Sleep Day is available to book from Sunday to Friday at £135 per person and on Saturday from £145 per person. To book visit POB HOTELS LAUNCH POB BREAKS PoB Hotels, the collection of the finest independent hotels across the British Isles, is delighted to launch PoB Breaks in partnership with Porsche. A celebration of slow travel, these breaks are immersive and highlight the very best of each destination by delving a little further into the wonders of our nation. Designed for those wishing to travel beyond the tourist trail, PoB Breaks offers the chance for guests to explore Britain in a more immersive way, discovering new aspects of these destinations, and enjoying the local culture, food and experiences as well as the sights. Those wishing to create their own bespoke break can use the easy and convenient interactive map featured on the PoB Hotels website. As well as showcasing hotels, it details local activities and experiences. Guests simply need to decide where to travel, and then plan their route depending on how long they want to spend in each place. For an even easier experience, guests can take a look at the dozen carefully curated breaks. There’s something for everyone, from foodies to spa lovers and those who want to enjoy the great outdoors. Inspiration includes information on who the break is suitable for, what they must pack, and when may be ideal to travel. The suggested itineraries can be followed in full or in segments most appealing, adding individual ideas to make it the perfect road trip. Wine lovers should take a look at Berkshire’s Vineyard Hotel, a PoB property with its floor-to-ceiling glass vault and extensive wine menu to choose from. CEO of PoB Hotels, Kalindi Juneja comments: “We are delighted to launch PoB Breaks which has been a labour of love and passion. Inspired by slow travel, this new series of travel breaks allows guests to relax and enjoy the slower pace of life. From intimate picnics in a secluded garden to lazy afternoons on a Cornish beach, the joy of slow travel can be enjoyed all year round at our hotels. These breaks are born out of demand from many desiring a mindful holiday, so we want to ensure we offer something new and fresh for those visiting both from home and abroad.” To book, visit 10

FIND OUT MORE New, fully refurbished4 Silver Star Luxury Hotel & Spa Selection of superb function suites with lake view for up to 320 guests in the Winterlake Suite Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Set in 5 Acres of landscaped gardens Spectacular Firework Finale available AA Rosette- awarded Modern British & Authentic Indian Menus Located close to M4, M40 and M25 motorways with ideal links to Maidenhead. High Wycombe, London and Heathrow PLANNING YOUR SPECIAL DAY? Get in touch with our Wedding Co-ordinator on Wedding Venue Marlow £90pp Price starting from 01628496820 CROWNE PLAZA MARLOW, FIELDHOUSE LANE, MARLOW, BUCKS, SL7 The stunning lakeside location of this exceptional new Hotel makes Crowne Plaza Marlow the perfect wedding venue in Buckinghamshire. WWW.LOVEFLOWERSTUDIO.UK info@love | 07535 480869 FULL SERVICE BESPOKE FLORAL ARTISTRY

THE COCKTAIL SOCIETY UNVEILS NEW LAUNCH The Cocktail Society’s newest bottled cocktail is the Spiced Tommy’s Margarita and even more recently launched is the Spiced Tommy’s Margarita Party Pouch, a one-litre cocktail pouch, perfect for weddings. This balanced blend of tequila and chilli is best enjoyed poured over ice or stirred in a tumbler until chilled - bar quality cocktails at home have never been easier. As with all of The Cocktail Society’s range, the Spiced Tommy’s Margarita Cocktail is crafted to perfection by The Cocktail Society’s experienced mixologists at their Oxford HQ, using only highquality ingredients. The ready-to-drink Spiced Tommy’s Margarita is made with premium, clean, delicious ingredients and no additives. With fast delivery and gift messaging, this bottled cocktail also makes a brilliant gift, £26.00 for 500ml, VANBURGH HOUSE HOTEL LAUNCHES THE PUNTING BREAKFAST TOUR Located in the heart of Oxford, The Vanbrugh House Hotel makes the perfect base to explore this iconic city. The hotel was originally a large Georgian house and its 22 elegant rooms are unique, telling stories past and present. Some still have their original fireplaces and wooden panelling and the furnishings are an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary. The beautifully designed and well-appointed rooms are brought to life by being named after - and depicting the experiences of - characters or iconic products connected to Oxford. Each tale is displayed on the walls for visitors to enjoy, with some rooms offering views of the best attractions in the city. The team at the hotel have just launched the Punting Breakfast Tour where guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast while leisurely gliding along the Cherwell River, immortalised by resident Kenneth Grahame’s masterpiece Wind in the Willows, in a chauffeured punt. After collecting a wicker hamper from reception, guests can take a short taxi ride to the Cherwell Boat House for the start of their tour, or enjoy a leisurely 20-minute stroll to get to the river. Delights will be served from the Vanbrugh House Hotel’s continental breakfast hamper whilst local guide and Oxford University graduate, Iain Stevenson expertly punts and entertains visitors with stories of the city’s history, and architectural landmarks. This exclusive one-hour breakfast tour is available before the riverboat houses open to the general public ensuring a peaceful experience and costs £100 based on two people sharing a room. To book, visit 12

ORWELLS RESTAURANT IS A TOP CHOICE FOR VISITORS TO HENLEY-ON-THAMES Visitors to Oxfordshire’s popular Henley-on-Thames are flocking to Orwells Restaurant, a proud holder of four AA Rosettes and a Michelin Plate for good cooking. Located just five minutes from the town centre of Henley, Orwells is the only Oxfordshire-based restaurant to hold four AA Rosettes and is one of the best in the region, plus it’s dog friendly. With a menu driven and inspired by their impressive allotment where in high season 80% of the produce comes from, chef-owners Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman, who are regular guests on James Martin’s Saturday Morning television show, marry creativity with seasonal and responsible sourcing. Liam tends to the allotment himself and has spent many years perfecting it so he knows the very best varieties of fruit and vegetables that thrive there. At Orwells, both à la carte and tasting options are available. The tasting menus change with the seasons and Ryan and Liam pride themselves in their dedicated vegetarian and vegan tasting menus. On Sundays, a menu featuring local meat and all the trimmings is served with the signature Orwells flare for individuality. To book, visit THE BOTANIST Award-winning bar-and-restaurant The Botanist, with branches in Reading, Gloucestershire and Exeter has announced its offering for the summer season with a brand-new food and drink menu. Customers can enjoy fresh seasonal flavours, lighter and brighter dishes, reviving botany-inspired cocktails as well as updates to its signature hanging kebabs. What’s more, vegetarian and vegan diners can choose from a growing menu of options, with almost half (46%) of dishes being vegetarian and a third (30%) now suitable for vegans. Options include the vegan meatball kebab roasted with marinara sauce, katsu curry with coconut rice and pickled ginger, and the roast cauliflower and onion bhaji burger, complete with mango sauce and mint raita. The botany-inspired venue has become somewhat famous for its hanging kebabs, reporting last year that it sells over half a million (650,000) per year with three kebabs being served to hungry diners every minute. Fans of the iconic dish can delight in the new offering, which now has almost double the variations, with Thai red prawn, chicken tikka, katsu and Korean flavours being added. Fries can now be swapped for giant couscous or coconut rice for a lighter option saving over 40% of calories. Diners can also can opt for the new giant piri-piri chicken kebab, which comes served with additional coleslaw and corn on the cob, alongside the standard side dish. Expertly crafted by in-house chefs, visitors can enjoy lighter seasonal dishes including roasted sea bass with new potatoes, tomatoes and chicory leaves and bang bang noodle salad with rice noodles, broccoli, red peppers, sugar snaps and Asian slaw. The crispy batter on the restaurant’s fish and chips, calamari and cauliflower wings is also made using non-gluten ingredients. Can’t decide what to try? You don’t have to. The hot board now comes with halloumi fries, Cumberland Scotch egg, salt and pepper chicken wings and chicken katsu bites. If there’s room for dessert, The Botanist’s signature cookie dough has had a cocktail-inspired update. Pina colada white chocolate cookie dough comes topped with caramelised pineapple, rum toffee sauce and coconut ice cream. The Botanist has also launched a new drinks menu served up in stylish glassware. Long-time fans of the brand can celebrate the return of the signature plant pot cocktail, a complex blend of Hendrick’s Gin, beetroot, sage and rhubarb cordial, shaken with cranberry and lemon juice with a subtle chilli kick. Other statement serves include passionfruit and basil crush, Thai chilli crush and the ‘The Botanist’ all served in a botany boiling flask. Executive chef at The Botanist, James Scott said: “As a chef, it’s amazing to work with the vibrant ingredients that spring provides, and we’ve brought those lighter, brighter elements through on this new menu, whilst working hard to make our classic signature dishes even more impressive. To make 30 per cent of the menu vegan, we put the same level of creativity, care and detail into plant-based dishes as we have with the rest of the menu. It’s so important to us that this offering reflects the quality and flavour our guests have come to know and love when visiting our restaurants.” Dishes start from £5.50 for starters, £13.75 for mains and £5.50 for desserts. To find your nearest venue and book your table visit 13 LOCAL NEWS

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBERKSBUCKSOXON.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023. Take advantage of these great giveaways BEHIND THE LENS Anna Secundo is a talented wedding and family photographer and founder of Secu Photography based in Newbury, Berkshire. She captures those special moments of your wedding day, from getting ready to the first dance and beyond, making the memories last forever. Couples often return to her for their maternity, newborn and family photography sessions and she even offers a Cake, Spaghetti or Fruit Smash shoot for baby’s first birthday! Anna offers different wedding packages that can include two photographers attending the day to additional videographers, drone and polaroid services, with prints gifted to guests during your wedding reception - the perfect idea for an instant thank you card! Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding has teamed up with Anna at Secu Photography to offer readers the exclusive chance to win £250 off a wedding package! The lucky winner will be announced on the 15th September 2023. Click here to enter the competition NOW: WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit 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 KENT SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 15 OCT | BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Road, East Malling, ME19 6DZ BERKS, BUCKS & OXON

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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 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 29TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer 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, Sales and Events 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

FIND OUT MORE Wedding Venue PLANNING YOUR SPECIAL DAY? Get in touch with our Wedding Co-ordinator on Reading £80pp Price starting from Our beautiful refurbished hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding celebrations. Located in Winnersh Triangle, we can host up to 220 guests. New, fully refurbished 4 Silver Star Luxury Hotel & Spa Licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies Special Accommodation Rates 2 AA Rosette awarded modern British & authentic Indian Menus Wedding Packages from £80pp Set in beautiful landscaped podium grounds 0118 944 4231 CROWNE PLAZA READING EAST, WHARFEDALE ROAD, WINNERSH TRIANGLE, RG41 5TS Monks’ Barn Looking for something different? 01628 823501 • A beautiful Grade II* listed medieval barn near to the River Thames in the picturesque village of Hurley Licensed for up to 150 guests, you can create your own special day by using your own choice of caterer, florist and furnishings The barn also offers a unique outdoor space for your guests to enjoy your event both inside and outside 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 Photographer: Tell Your Story

Wedding venues in Reading and East Berkshire DE VERE WOKEFIELD ESTATE, READING This Grade 11 listed mansion house hotel, part of the De Vere portfolio of country estate hotels and event destinations, sits within 250 acres of picturesque parkland. A £ 20 million refurbishment saw the renovation of an additional 37 luxury bedrooms, the introduction of a golf driving range and the renovation of its modern event destination, Wokefield Place. Offering 87 luxury guest rooms in the Mansion House, and a further 289 bedrooms in Wokefield Place and Wellington Lodge, each one showcases luxurious, distinctly British interiors blending a heritage colour palette of muted greens, greys, taupe and cream with contemporary fixtures and fittings to create spaces that are restful and calming. Classic Roberts radios, quality toiletries and smart TVs are just some of the features provided. The 90-seater 1560 Restaurant & Bar in the Mansion House serves a British-inspired menu, alongside a range of craft beers, wines and classic cocktails. The Whiskey Lounge is another drinking establishment and stylish restaurant The View, and Benedict’s Bar located in Wokefield Place, all offer a range of delicious dishes, plus an outdoor pizza oven has also been introduced on the terrace. Ceremonies and receptions take place inside the Mansion House in the elegant Terrace Suite which boasts direct access to a private terrace overlooking the lake and it’s own bar. There’s also the Lincoln Suite, a dual-aspect room with views stretching across the lawns which offers an alternatice ceremony spot during summer. The Wokefield Suite inside Wokefield Place accommodates up to 400 guests for a ceremony or reception and offers a blank canvas that can be transformed to suit any wedding theme. Intimate celebrations can enjoy the Palmer Suite, Old Lounge and Mortimer Suite home to original features and chandeliers. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0118 933 4019, • We love... the grand staircase in the Mansion House. Spotlight on... 21 LOCAL VENUES

MONKS’ BARN, HURLEY 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. CROWNE PLAZA READING EAST As the sister property to Crowne Plaza Marlow in Buckinghamshire, this luxurious new 4 Silver Star, 2AA Rosette-awarded hotel is set in picturesque landscaped grounds in Berkshire. The property was recently awarded 2AA Rosettes for outstanding culinary talent in its Caprice Restaurant serving modern British cuisine, and there’s also Monty’s Lounge Bar serving authentic Indian dishes. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s exceptional facilities including Esprit Spa & Wellness, home to a 19-metre indoor heated pool with loungers, a large gym, five treatment rooms, a sauna and a steam room. There’s complimentary secure parking and accommodation available in a choice of 174 spacious bedrooms and suites with indulgent Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and air conditioning. Ceremonies and receptions take place in a choice of stylish function suites, including the Buckingham Suite boasting floor-toceiling windows accommodating up to 260 guests for a ceremony and 180 loved ones for a seated wedding breakfast. There’s also the more intimate Frogmore Suite, hosting up to 140 ceremony guests and 110 for the wedding breakfast. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0118 944 0444 or visit • We love... the three European and three Asian wedding packages available - each one comes with a dedicated coordinator. 22

EXQUISITE LUXURY SPA BREAK LAUNCHES AT DONNINGTON VALLEY Berkshire’s Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, known for its luxury spa experiences, announces its latest offering, the Luxury Spa Break priced at £249.50 per person. The two-night stay has been created to take guests on a journey of relaxation, revitalisation and rejuvenation, and includes an 85-minute treatment using the finest Germaine De Capuccini products. Donninton Valley Spa in Newbury recently launched the new Germaine Du Capuccini treatment menu, which includes a full range of Germaine De Capuccini face and body treatments, which complement Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa’s existing product houses. Germaine De Capuccini has created a uniquely tailored approach to skin and body care, with products designed to treat both skin concerns and skin type, ensuring the very best results. Germaine De Capuccini treatments are famous for innovative breakthroughs in skincare technology since the brand’s launch in 1964 and it has remained one of the world’s most important skincare brands. Luxury Spa Break guests will also have full access to the spa, with one night’s dinner in the award-winning restaurant included and a complimentary upgrade to an Executive room with a luxury Germaine De Capuccini Spa Gift. Tina Birtchnell, spa manager; commented, “Our guests know that we always seek to provide a spa experience like no other, so we wanted to create the ultimate relaxing two-night Luxury Spa Break. As our new signature launch, The Luxury Spa Break includes the choice of my favourite Germaine De Capuccini treatments. With Germaine De Capuccini treatments you get the benefit of results-driven ingredients and treatments that could be tailored for a bespoke experience. We can match the products used to the guest’s skin concerns and skin type, so they know they’ll be receiving a relaxing and tranquil experience like no other.” Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa is designed as an uplifting and tranquil space, with a treatment menu of heavenly Germaine De Capuccini spa treatments for a unique sensorial experience, with highly trained professional therapists with an in-depth understanding that beauty and wellbeing are intrinsically linked. Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa is a privately owned hotel, boasting a luxury health club, stunning spa, 18-hole golf course and luxury two-rosette restaurant with an award-winning wine list of more than 200 wines. Located in the heart of Berkshire, it is just an hour and a half from central London, so the ideal quick break from the city. To book, visit What’s new? 23 LOCAL VENUES

Great Missenden | Bucks | HP16 0BD Your Wedding Memorable weddings happen at Missenden Abbey Set amidst 10 acres of picturesque grounds, in the heart of the Chilterns, this 12th Century medieval Abbey offers the perfect setting for your special day. For more information or to arrange a viewing, call us on 01494 867996 or email Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships Packages to suit all couples Complimentary bridal suite 57 en-suite bedrooms on-site Marquee options available Space for live music or DJ We’d love to show you our gorgeous venue. Call us to arrange a viewing with our wedding coordinators

Wonderful waterside settings What’s new? Marry in one of these magical wedding venues THE CASTLE HOTEL, WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE In celebration of the 75 th anniversary of the NHS, the Sutton Hotel Collection of boutique hotels is thrilled to announce that they’re offering rooms at £75, reserved exclusively for NHS employees. Available at all of Sutton Hotel Collection’s iconic hotels including The Castle Hotel Windsor, this fantastic deal will celebrate the NHS’s milestone and all of those who selflessly work for the UK’s health system. The Castle Hotel Windsor was established as one of Windsor’s finest boutique hotels steeped in history dating back to 1528. With 108 rooms and offering a prime location at the heart of Windsor, the hotel is situated opposite Windsor Castle and the Windsor and Royal Borough Museum. As the largest UK employee and one of the world’s largest employers, the NHS has more than 1.26 million team members. This fantastic offer is designed to celebrate and reward members of the NHS including admin personnel, paramedics and ancillary team members. The NHS £75 roomonly offer is valid for stays of two nights or more in a Classic bedroom and can be booked until 30 th September 2023. This deal offers savings of over 50% off peak times at The Castle Hotel Windsor – a deal that’s not to be missed. Alongside an amazing room price, NHS employees can also save 20% when they add breakfast to their stay. The NHS 75 th anniversary deal is available on midweek stays from Sunday to Thursday for two-night stays until 31 st March 2024, subject to availability with the promo code NHS75. The offer is based on two guests sharing a Classic bedroom on a room-only basis and can be booked up until 30th September 2023. An NHS employee card must be shown for approval. To book, IN OTHER NEWS AT THE CASTLE HOTEL, WINDSOR The team at The Castle Hotel Windsor have created the perfect brunch or lunch offering for guests who wish to snack in style with their brand-new Bagel Boards. This offering is inspired by the popular trend of sharing platters and bagels with an array of tasty toppings combined on a large board. Served in The Castle Hotel Windsor’s modern restaurant called Leaf, the Bagel Boards are ideal for guests who wish to savour their stay with a brunch, a long lazy lunch, or even a delicious afternoon snack. Carefully curated by Leaf’s head chef, the boards come with three bagels and a choice between multi-seeded, plain and gluten-free. Guests can mix and match their Bagel Boards by choosing from nine delicious toppings including homemade jam, cream cheese, guacamole, smoked salmon, capers, roast beef, radishes, horseradish cream, beetroot hummus, sliced cucumber and cherry tomato salad, The Bagel Boards are priced at £28 each and are based upon three people sharing. They are available at Leaf every day from 10.30 am until 4 pm. To book, visit 25 THEMED VENUES

HURLEY HOUSE HOTEL IN BERKSHIRE LAUNCHES OMAKASE SUSHI BAR Hurley House Hotel is a privately owned exclusive and luxury boutique hotel and licensed wedding venue that specialises in bespoke events for up to 160 guests seated including weddings, private parties and special celebrations. It’s set in a countryside location in Hurley close to Henley-on-Thames, Marlow and Maidenhead and it has just unveiled its Japanese Omakase Sushi Bar. Bassam Shlewet, Hurley House’s managing director tells us, “Our aim has always been to create unforgettable experiences for our guests. Having first introduced Japanese cuisine to the area in July 2019, it was only natural for us to extend our offering to include an authentic Japanese experience. Omakase, which translates as “leave it to me”, is a unique dining ritual, in which your meal is carefully chosen and crafted by the head sushi chef right in front of you.” Omakase dining is an exclusive experience. The Omakase bar can seat up to five people in one sitting and guests can be from different parties. It’s open for two evening sittings, at 18:30 and 20:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. Two additional private sittings, on Thursday at 19:00 or Sunday at 13:00, can be made available by prior arrangement. Guests can select from two tasting menus, the 12-course Lotus at £95 and the 16-course Dragon at £125 per person. A special drinks menu, with a carefully curated selection of Japanese sakes and whiskies, is also available at the Omakase Bar. Other highlights of the hotel include: •10 en-suite bedrooms with five-star amenities •Private dining and meeting rooms •Unique outdoor terraces •A large garden pavilion for events •Parking for up to 65 cars, including four electric charging stations To book, visit What’s new? 26

We pose as staff then burst into song during your wedding breakfast For a fun lled interactive show! Surprise your guests with live entertainment from our Sing Out Waitresses & Waiters For more information or to book an initial consultation, please visit Images courtesy of Lauren Mitchell Photography NATURAL, RELAXED & CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY Capturing unique stories, authentic moments and couples in love. | | 07507 939830 | Instagram: @anitamasihphotos

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 Modern bridal, effortless, glowy, glam and boho brides. Luxury hair and makeup artist in Windsor, Berkshire. Local and destination weddings. WWW.MILLIEMAKEUPWINDSOR.COM | 07799 867746

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 located adjacent to the river is open from April to October, providing a rustic-inspired space for a reception. Alternatively, the Conservatory is open all year round for groups of up to 50 people with the advantage of underfloor heating during the colder months. The Boathouse Restaurant can accommodate parties of up to 75 guests in the converted Victorian space, and the new gazebo, which is open from May to September is a wonderful setting predominately used as a chill-out area for guests. Ceremony licence? No, but blessings can be enjoyed Contact: 01865 552 746, •We love... that couples and their guests can enjoy some self-drive or chauffeured punting on the river in hand-crafted punts. BEARWOOD LAKES, WOKINGHAM, BERKSHIRE The clubhouse at Bearwood Lakes golf club is a sophisticated wedding venue located within 200 acres of countryside. Accessed via gates that lead to a rhododendron-lined driveway that runs parallel with the golf course, the property offers lakeside photo opportunities by the waterfall and bridge and there’s also a Koi pond within the grounds. The clubhouse has a charming, contemporary feel, decorated in neutral tones and home to a statement chandelier. It features two levels and is natural daylight pours through the large windows and doors that overlook the 18-hole golf course. During the evening reception, the carpet is rolled back to reveal the dancefloor. Ceremonies take place for up to 70 guests in the lounge area of the clubhouse while the wedding breakfast and reception are hosted in the restaurant and lounge inside the clubhouse for up to 110 guests seated, or up to 150 loved ones for a buffet. The view of the immaculately presented golf course is spectacular from the south-facing glass balcony, which is the perfect spot for an al fresco drinks reception. The golf course and surrounding grounds are maintained year-round by a team of full-time green keepers and gardeners. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01183 048 200, •We love... that a one-year complimentary social membership is offered to the happy couple following their big day. Scan to view video Photography of Bearwood Lakes courtesy of Bearwood Lakes Golf Club and 29 THEMED VENUES

Kirsty and Sean’s special day followed a pretty-in-pink and sage-green theme Images courtesy of Rachel Davies Photography Made for each other Kirsty and Sean Wilkinson married on 22nd April 2023 at St Mary’s Chipping Norton followed by a reception at New Beaconsfield Hall located in Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire. 30

Kirsty and Sean met via a Christian dating app called Salt and enjoyed their first date in Cheltenham. “Our shared faith first attracted us to one another,” Kirsty tells us. “I also liked Sean’s easygoing nature and lust for life, and he fell for my smile!” The couple became engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2022. “It was during a party arranged by our church members,” Kirsty says. “Sean led me outside where a gazebo was set up with candles, fairylights, rose petals and a card with a hand-written note asking me to be his wife. It was a wonderful, intimate proposal that still came as a bit of a surprise even though we had spoken about getting engaged. Sean had hinted that it would happen soon but I was still speechless when it did! We continued the celebrations back inside the New Year’s Eve party afterwards!” The couple chose St Mary’s Chipping Norton for their church ceremony followed by a community village hall for their reception. “It was a wonderful, affordable option in a beautiful location and we loved the fact that an indoor marquee was set up within the hall,” Kirsty says. SETTING THE SCENE The church was filled with pink, green and white flowers with floral arrangements placed at the pew ends and more flowers at the front of the church which set the couple’s chosen colour theme. “We had a stunning mix of roses, hyacinths, spray carnations, chrysanthemums, gypsophila, eucalyptus and asparagus fern which looked so pretty,” Kirsty tells us. “Our church ceremony was so special to the both of us because our faith is really important and a significant part of our relationship. Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Sean for the first time was such an incredible moment.” “Having our couple portraits taken in the forest was a special moment for us both. It gave us some private time, just the two of us, away from everybody else.” – Kirsty 31 REAL WEDDINGS