Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 103)

Spotligh o ... North Bucks & North Oxon Tie the knot in a fairytale-inspired setting Marriag MATERIAL Be inspired by local couples I DREAMED A DREAM OCT/NOV 2023 £3.55 FINISHING TOUCHES Artisan suppliers share venue styling ideas WIN! A UK minimoon stay BERKS, BUCKS OXON BERK S OXO & WEDDING

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

3� REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 59 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 98 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2023 FEATURES 49 HIP, HIP, HOORAY! This shoot took place at Lillibrooke Manor 53 A TO Z Of venue dressing ideas 63 LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Surprise guests with these wow-factor ideas 66 WISHING HUE A WONDERFUL WEDDING DAY Check out our wedspirational guide to palette perfection whatever the season O th cove ... Rackleys Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire ( provided the stunning backdrop for our cover this issue, captured on camera by Lauren Photography, as part of the real wedding of Elise and Jonny on page 30. 69 VENUES 19 ENCHANTED LOVE Magical, fairytale-inspired venues 27 SPOTLIGHT ON... North Bucks & North Oxon 94

4 GROOMS 86 GROOMS' NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be 88 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 69 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 76 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 77 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves that will take you from day to dancefloor 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 82 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 83 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal musthave treatment, HydraFacial 84 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly's Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance REAL WEDDINGS 30 FILLED WITH LOVE Rackleys Chiltern Hills set the stage for Elise and Jonny’s big day 37 TWO BECOME ONE Lauren and Jono chose Buckinghamshire’s Bisham Abbey as their wedding venue 42 A BEAUTIFUL BERKSHIRE DAY Jacqui and Jeremy chose Sir Christopher Wren hotel for their riverside blessing 71 76 88 80 90 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 94 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 96 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire's Ardencote Spa

Spark joy and create something that is uniquely you for your wedding and event. Add an extra special touch to your elegant a air with handwritten calligraphy pieces that makes your guests feel special and included. Create a buzz worthy wedding and event with personalised gi s that last forever as a token of love and memory; Take your gi -giving to a whole new level with an impressive hand engraved gi tailored specially for your partner, parents and for your guests as souvenirs by getting their gi s engraved right on the spot WEDDING CALLIGRAPHY SERVICES INCLUDE: · Envelope Addressing · Place Cards/Escort Cards · Vow books · Engraved gi s, perfumes, wine etc · Vows/Letters/Love Poems · Spot Calligraphy for Invitation suite etc Email: Website: Instagram: @ribbonsandscripts If Jane Austen did weddings... PERIOD WEDDING VENUE WITHOUT THE DRAMA 01628 429955 Experienced team | 10 acres of grounds | Exquisite food & drink | Beautiful event spaces Nestled in a nature reserve

Yes, you guessed it, I have been lucky enough to take a trip to this honeymoon hotspot this year and it didn’t disappoint! Mauritius has always featured high on my travel wish list and thanks to Paradise Cove hotel and Sunrise Attitude, this trip became a reality – read all about it in our honeymoon section on page 92. For those of you enjoying a honeymoon closer to home, our latest issue features staycation ideas. Don’t forget to check out and our social channels too! Also in this issue is a fairytale-inspired venues special on page 19; a packed real-life wedding section starting on page 30 and a beautiful styled shoot photographed at Lillibrooke Manor by the talented Gabrielle McMillan Photography on page 49. There’s also fashion, beauty, expert advice, offers and all the latest wed-day news from both regions so enjoy and happy planning - I’ll see you next issue! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor With love from Mauritius 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 How stunning does Paradise Cove hotel and the Sunrise Attitude resort in Mauritius look on page 92? I enjoyed a trip to both and didn’t want to leave! I love this look – Elise’s bridesmaids look so chic in their pale pink dresses, and she looks stunning! See more on page 30. As the fashion editor across all 19 of our County Wedding Magazines, I’m a big fan of bridal dresses! So when the stylish shoot put together by Buckinghamshire-based Your Story Bridal Boutique landed in my inbox, I was in love with the dresses! Turn to page 49 to see more. 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

We catch up with Clare Bellman, the talent behind the brand Millie Makeup on page 82 for some bridal beauty inspiration. How cool does the trendy bar area at Crowne Plaza Marlow look here? Read all about this hotel as a wedding venue on page 27. Sister property Crowne Plaza Reading East is home to the Esprit Wellness & Spa retreat. I want to dive right into this pool! Turn to page 19 to find out more. Lauren and Jono’s special day took place at Bisham Abbey in Marlow. All is revealed on page 37. I adore this romantic couple portrait by photographer Tonja Fritz-Johnson, the founder of WPW Wallingford Portraits & Weddings. Turn to page 13 to take advantage of our exclusive offer with her. How fabulous is the Luxury Afternoon Tea available at The Castle Hotel in Windsor? Read all about it on page nine. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Award-winning Wedding Dress Shop in the heart of Newport Pagnell. Bridelikeme 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

EDITOR LOVES Szilvia Burrows is the owner and designer behind Buckinghamshire-based Knitluxe Studio. She creates eye masks and hot water bottle covers made from the finest, ethically sourced and sustainable 100% Merino lambswool crafted in her home studio on a hand-powered vintage knitting machine, All the latest from around the regions NEWS Nearlywed THE CASTLE HOTEL IN WINDSOR HIRES A NEW PASTRY CHEF The talented Suhas Lokhande has been appointed as the new pastry chef at The Castle Hotel in Windsor to elevate their exquisite Royal Afternoon Tea offering. The delicate handmade patisseries and touches added by Suhas have created a truly indulgent experience. The Royal Afternoon Tea includes a delicious variety of freshly made sandwiches; a royal coronation chicken wrap and smoked salmon and dill mousse served on a savoury choux bun. The sweet offerings include a selection of freshly baked scones served with homemade jam; a lemon meringue tartlet with lime and ginger jelly and an indulgent dark chocolate mousse with cherry compote and a chocolate biscuit. Further enhancements include a new, cartoon-inspired children’s menu with an interactive piggy bank surprise and a mango mousse duckling, as well as upgraded vegan and gluten-free options for adults. Pastry chef Suhas brings with him fourteen years of professional patisserie experience. Of his appointment, Suhas said, “The Royal Afternoon tea has long been a favourite amongst visitors to the area, locals and hotel guests, and I aim to add further stories, flair and delicious sweet treats to the menu to keep the tea as one of the best in Windsor. I’m incredibly proud of the improvements to the children’s afternoon tea too which have already been very well received by our younger guests”. Sam Goss, general manager of The Castle Hotel added, “We are delighted to welcome Suhas to the team to help us solidify our position as the top spot for afternoon teas in Windsor. His creative pastries and desserts are already going down a storm and we are seeing a great increase in our afternoon tea guests as a result”. The Royal Afternoon Tea is served on a bespoke crown stand, designed as a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II as well as commemorating the home of royalty. The Royal Afternoon Tea and Royal Vegan Afternoon Tea are priced at £40 per person. A glass of champagne can be added for £11 per person. The Children’s Afternoon Tea is £25 per person. To book, visit EDITOR’S FAVOURITE The Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire, along with The Chequers in Churchill, are part of the Lionhearth group, a collection of welcoming pubs, restaurants and rooms in the Cotswolds, where locals and visitors savour fine food, superb wines, regional beers, and heartfelt conversations in a friendly environment. Four new spaces are set to open their doors in the next 12 months seeing the group double its capacity for dining and overnight stays, so watch this space! To find out more and to book, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

RESTAURANTS VAASU; HAWKYNS AND RIWAZ NOW SERVING TAKEAWAYS Three of Atul Kochhar’s restaurants in Buckinghamshire - Vaasu; Hawkyns and Riwaz are now serving takeaway options. Each of the respective restaurants’ various styles are reflected through the takeaway dishes, cooked in the kitchens of each establishment to the same high standards as those prepared in each restaurant. They’re thoughtfully packaged to ensure they’re in perfect condition when arriving at their final location. A selection of bundles is also offered to help customers recreate the restaurant experience in the comfort of their homes. Takeaways are ordered online via each website for collection only – but they will also be available via Deliveroo. Vaasu, Marlow Known for its delicious Pan-Indian food, Vaasu’s takeaway collection is available to collect from the restaurant, comprising a selection of highlights from the à la carte menu. Choose from the likes of Kashmiri chicken tikka marinated with fennel and saffron, finished in the clay oven for results impossible to achieve at home or Goan fish or prawn curry; braised lamb Parsi curry with sweet apricots, brown onion and coriander korma; and more. A selection of sweet treats is also offered, including crispy apple jalebi scented with cardamom and saffron, Atul’s special cheesy chocolate fondue, chocolate brownie with fresh berry salsa and vanilla cream, gulab jamun and rice pudding crowned with lemon jam and raspberry dust, Hawkyns, Amersham A destination Indian restaurant in the picturesque town of Old Amersham, Hawkyn’s offers sensational cuisine to takeaway, available for collection. Here, the takeaway menu comprises a broad selection of highlights plus a concise drinks selection and set menus especially devised by chef Atul Kochhar. Set menu bundles include a meat bundle for two, a veg bundle for two and a vegan bundle for two, all featuring a generous selection of starters, mains, sides, breads and desserts. Expect the likes of butter chicken and railway lamb curry; paneer tikka masala and Bombay aloo; or vegetable jalfrezi and carrot and beans foogath, Riwaz, Beaconsfield Celebrating the culinary history and traditions of India, Riwaz’s takeaway menu is available to collect from the restaurant. The menu features a broad selection of menu highlights, including tandoor-grilled king prawns in Ajwain, chilli, garlic and mustard oil; saag gosht with Welsh slow-cooked lamb; dum biryani with chicken, vegetables or lamb, and much more. Various set menu bundles are also available, including a meat bundle for two, a veg bundle for two and a vegan bundle for two, all featuring a generous selection of starters, mains, sides, breads and desserts, UNITY PLACE IN MILTON KEYNES OPENS WITH A ROOFTOP BAR AND RESTAURANT September saw the opening of Unity Place – a multi-purpose destination in Milton Keynes bringing together community, business and leisure. The vibrant visitor attraction is home to Unity Sky Lounge, an expansive rooftop bar and restaurant. Boasting an al fresco terrace nestled amongst greenery and showcasing beautiful views of the city, the menu features the finest dishes and a selection of signature drinks, including seasonal cocktails and English wine. Unity Sky Lounge is a sophisticated evening venue with a menu of small plates designed for sharing, allowing diners to enjoy the fun yet relaxed ambience, making it the perfect place to catch up and unwind with friends, or celebrate late into the night for a special occasion. Drawing inspiration from British flavours, the menu showcases expertly crafted plates using only the finest ingredients. With an array of vegetarian, meat and fish dishes, highlights include Devon hand-picked crab salad with apple and cucumber; Isle of Wight tomatoes with olive oil, sourdough and salt; Braised Berkshire pork with tomatoes, red wine and honey and cured duck ham with asparagus and rapeseed emulsion. For those with a sweet tooth, Unity Sky Lounge will offer a selection of mouthwatering desserts including lemon posset with vanilla shortbread; torched peach with mango and tarragon and chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream, roasted white chocolate and honeycomb. Guests can indulge in classic cocktails, all reimagined with a modern twist, or try something new with signature creations unique to Unity Sky Lounge. There’s ‘Sky High’ made with Pinkster gin, Cointreau grenadine, egg white waste from the kitchen and lime juice plus ‘Thyme For Gin’ created with local gin, lemon and thyme syrup from the kitchen waste plus lemon juice and soda. The entire menu prides itself on lowering waste without compromising on flavour. The non-alcoholic cocktails are not to be missed with a host of options from zesty citrus blends to botanical infusions such as ‘Cloudy Sky’ with Seedlip Grove 42, orange juice, grenadine, egg white waste from the kitchen and lime juice, and ‘Country Garden Spritz’ with Seedlip Garden, pea syrup made from kitchen waste and Mediterranean tonic. To find out more, visit WHAT'S NEW? This new large resin sphere filled with preserved flowers from a wedding is a wonderful keepsake for after the big day. It's created by Buckinghamshire-based Sarah Ashleigh Designs - Sarah is currently expanding her business to include floristry, 10

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 Railway Weddings! A vintage wedding venue with a difference Beautiful bridal veils, designed and handmade to order carolinedavidgebridal 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 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

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Take advantage of these great giveaways PICTURE PERFECT Tonja Fritz-Johnson is the talented photographer behind the lens at WPW Wallingford Portraits & Weddings in Oxfordshire. With more than 25 years’ experience, Tonja and the team travel to weddings throughout the region as well as in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and throughout the Cotswolds. Tonja tells us, “A wedding day is so important and special, and there’s nothing better than being a part of it. I have always loved working with couples, and their ideas and input are very important to me. The interaction on the day gives me the greatest pleasure, along with knowing that I have taken some images that the couple will love and look back at again and again for many years to come.” There are different wedding packages on offer to suit every couple’s needs and each package includes an optional free engagement session which allows clients to meet Tonja and see her in action before the big day. She tells us, “I’ll meet couples a month before their wedding to discuss the details of the big day so that everything runs smoothly and they can spend the day with their guests and not the photographer! After the special day, sample images will be presented on our website whilst the team is busy producing the final package. Tonja offers wedding albums that are created with care, aiming to depict the atmosphere of the day. Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding has teamed up with WPW Wallingford Portraits & Weddings to offer readers a 10% discount when they make a booking in October or November 2023 for wedding photography during 2024. To book, call 07876 293 377 quoting YBBOWTEN and to find out more, visit WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, Freebies& OFFERS FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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. SUSSEX SUN 22 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR 12PM-4PM

ESSEX SUN 29 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 15 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 15 OCT | THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH 12PM-4PM 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 8 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US KENT SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 12 NOV | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD LONDON

• 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 28TH APRIL 2024 | 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 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 28TH APRIL 2024 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 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.

Enchanted love What’s new? Explore behind the doors of these magical, fairytale-inspired venues THE VINEYARD IN BERKSHIRE RECENTLY CELEBRATED ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY The Vineyard, a bucket list hotel for wine lovers is located just one hour away from London, on the outskirts of Newbury. It’s owned by Sir Peter Michael and offers an intimate and personalised experience for guests. Having recently celebrated it’s 25th anniversary, it’s a destination in itself with 49 spacious rooms and suites, a fantastic spa and a world-class food and beverage offering that features a five-course tasting menu. The Vineyard is also home to one of the largest private art collections in the UK, including notable artworks from the likes of Ronald Searle and sculptures by Michael Thacker and Henry Moore. What further sets The Vineyard apart is the hotel’s impressive collection of 30,000 bottles of wine from both the New and Old World, as well as award-winning wines from Sir Peter Michael’s Winery in California. A temple of Californian Wine, The Vineyard invites its guests to quench their thirst from the moment they enter. Indeed, wine is a key theme throughout the hotel and filters into the food and the interiors. When entering through the front lobby, guests will walk across glass floors with Californian terroir and bottles of wine underfoot. The stunning decor further highlights the wine theme, with six bedrooms named after wines from the Peter Michael Winery and other rooms named after well-known bottles. With intricate cork wallpaper throughout, the bedrooms feature either a red or white wine décor with whimsical signs hanging on the doors that say ‘Time to Top me Up’ and ‘Wine Down’ for room service. If guests can be torn away from their bedrooms, or the impressive wine collection at the hotel, they can explore the surroundings with tours offered by the All Angels Vineyard. The Vineyard Restaurant boasts world-class cuisine with an impressive wine list to match. The food has taken inspiration from the hotel’s Californian heritage, whilst all ingredients are sourced from local fishermen, farmers and the hotel’s herb garden. Talented executive chef, Tom Scade, has created a menu that’s ever-changing and tailored to the seasons, creating a truly unique dining experience. Every dish can be paired with a delicious glass of wine or a unique cocktail. Whether guests call themselves wine connoisseurs or simply love a refreshing glass of wine, The Vineyard’s expert team guarantees that any guest will find their perfect match. For those looking to wind down, the spa offers a perfect way for visitors to leave feeling rejuvenated and relaxed having experienced a host of heavenly treatments. In addition to working with Elemental Herbology, the spa has partnered with well-renowned natural skincare brand, Irene Forte. With a zero-waste mission, all ingredients are sustainably sourced from Irene Forte’s own organic farm in Sicily. Products are stored in glass refillable bottles and are also vegan-friendly. Irene Forte’s ethos reflects The Vineyard’s beliefs that we have an active role to play in protecting the environment. With an ECOSmart Accreditation (Silver Award), The Vineyard has teamed up with Climate Care to reduce greenhouse gases and all single-use plastic bottles have been replaced with glass. The hotel has five EV charging points, the building is constructed largely from sustainable or reclaimed materials and the team is focused on supporting local charities. Later this year, The Vineyard will be hosting an annual art exhibition weekend, and introduce wine masterclasses and cellar tours to guests. To find out more and to book, visit 19 THEMED VENUES

HORWOOD HOUSE IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE OFFER RESTORATIVE SLEEP DAY AND SPA OFFERS 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, refresh 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. It’s available to book from Sunday to Friday at £135 per person and on Saturday from £145 per person. Other spa deals include a Spa & Shop Escape with discounts available at nearby Bicester Village and an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room at Horwood House with use of the spa facilities, a 25-minute spa treatment plus dinner in Harry’s Bar & Kitchen. This is available to book until December 2023 from Sunday to Friday at £175 per person, based on two people sharing a room. On Saturday, it costs £199 per person, based on two sharing. Set in Little Horwood on 38 acres of private countryside 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. Weddings take place at this magnificent property where the team loves supporting other local suppliers. H Spa boasts a 15-metre indoor pool, sauna, steam and relaxation rooms, multiple treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art gym, all centred around a beautiful outdoor courtyard area where refreshments can be enjoyed al fresco. To book visit Photography of the interior of Missenden Abbey courtesy of Photography of exterior courtesy of MISSENDEN ABBEY, GREAT MISSENDEN, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This exclusive-use, 12th-century medieval Abbey has been lovingly transformed into a wedding venue marrying history with a contemporary feel. The main house boasts exquisite architectural details including unique stained-glass windows and a decorative staircase. Outside, the beautifully maintained gardens set in 10 acres of picturesque grounds in the heart of the Chilterns are home to a summerhouse, a fish pond and a water feature plus a 500-year-old Cedar tree and the entire house and grounds are available exclusively for weddings. Ceremonies take place in the Garden Room where the bride and bridal party enter from the stunning staircase into the suite that can seat up to 100 guests. A drinks reception can be held outside on the picturesque grounds or, in the event of bad weather, inside the Garden Room, Bar or Library. The wedding breakfast can be hosted in the adjoining dining rooms with vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows for up to 115 guests and a summer option is a seasonal marquee with a starlit canopy accommodating up to 150 people. Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the Abbey daily from noon, with fresh sandwiches, petit fours, freshly baked scones and tea & coffee all served using homegrown or locally sourced produce ensuring the freshest ingredients are used and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are also available. The venue is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with A Night at the Musicals theme to end 2023 in style! Tickets are priced at £125. To find out more and to book, visit 20


Reading WEDDING VENUE Our beautiful new hotel is the perfect venue for your Wedding Celebrations. Located in Winnersh Triangle, we can host up to 220 guests. • Function Rooms for up to 220 Guests • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Our beautiful your Wedding Triangle, w • Beautiful Landscaped Podium Grounds • 4 Silver Star Luxury Hotel & Spa • 2 AA Rosette-Awarded Modern British & Indian Menus TURN YOUR LOVE STORY INTO LIFE Get in touch with us: 0118 9444231 Packages starting from £80pp CROWNE PLAZA READING EAST, WHARFEDALE ROAD, READING, RG41 5TS 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 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

RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS, CADMORE END, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This luxury wedding barn has been fully restored, benefitting from underfloor heating and air conditioning throughout. Natural daylight floods the space, especially in the glass conservatory that showcases sweeping views of the Chilterns. This leads out to the sun-filled York Terrace where there’s ample seating where guests can enjoy a cocktail reception at sunset. The south-facing wall with a floor-to-ceiling window draped in fairylights makes a stunning backdrop for couple portraits. The seven acres of rolling grounds provide ample opportunity for garden games. A fantastic photo opportunity in the courtyard is against the illuminated millstone water feature and this area also houses a colourful, manicured garden. The wildflower meadow with pathways winding down to the fields below, where nature thrives, also provides a picturesque backdrop and there’s also a pergola lit up with fairylights. Ceremonies and receptions take place in the south-facing main barn that seats up to 120 guests under oak beams draped with festoon lighting, creating a romantic ambience. Smaller ceremonies of up to 60 loved ones can enjoy the Upstairs Gallery and micro-wedding ceremonies of up to 20 guests are best suited to the Meeting Room. There’s also an outdoor undercover option on the York Terrace for an intimate gathering of just eight people. When a wedding is booked, the couple is offered the option of a complimentary food tasting and also a luxury goodie bag. There’s ample car parking on-site for 62 cars with an allocated registrar and disabled parking plus a ground floor disabled toilet with baby change facilities and highchairs available on request. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01494 412 515, •We love... that the bridal party have exclusive use of the Bridal Room with en suite facilities for the entire day. Turn to page 30 to see the real wedding of Elise and Jonny who married at the venue. WASING PARK WEDDINGS, ALDERMASTON, BERKSHIRE This award-winning, exclusive-use barn wedding venue sits on 4,000 acres of land at the heart of the family-owned Wasing Estate that’s home to historic buildings, glistening lakes and a walled garden. There’s a choice of 26 luxury bedrooms at the venue sleeping up to 64 guests with each one boasting bespoke design within an elegant historical setting, from the unique Grade II listed Granary, sat proudly on its staddle stones, to the fairytale-inspired Dovecote and a Honeymoon Suite featuring the largest bed in Berkshire. Ceremonies take place in the contemporary Garden Room with its bifold doors leading to the manicured garden, or outside in the Victorian Summerhouse that’s embellished with a pretty hand-painted mural. There’s also the picturesque parish Church of St. Nicholas situated within the grounds offering another option. The magnificent Castle Barn provides a blank canvas for wedding receptions that can be decked in fairylights and decorated with candles and floral displays. Guests can relax and enjoy the mouth-watering menu beneath the adjacent stretch tent floating over the terrace at the back of the Castle Barn. Filled with comfortable seating, cosy blankets, twinkling lights and firepits, this area provides outdoor space that can be used all year round. Back for its third year running, Wasing’s Pumpkin event is taking place from 20th - 29th October 2023 with plenty to enjoy including picking your own pumpkins. To find out more and to book, visit Images of Rackley’s Chiltern Hills courtesy of 23 THEMED VENUES

THE FANTASTICAL TENT CO., HIRE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH WEST AND NATIONWIDE The Fantastical Tent Co provides bespoke Moroccan marquee and shisha lounge hire for private parties, alternative weddings and unusual events. The talented team has fifteen years of experience creating extraordinary happenings, from music festivals to festival-inspired weddings in these opulent-looking structures. Each one of the tents is unique and sourced directly from the team’s master marquee maker which is a supplier of the top riads in and around Marrakech. The bespoke marquees all feature stunning linings and come in a selection of sizes. A tailor-made service can include a licensed bar; chill-out tents; help with a sound system and assistance with booking a DJ or a band. There are a variety of packages to choose from, with the Basic Package priced at £3480 including hire of the Moroccan Caidal Tent including fairylights, uplighting and coconut matt flooring or the Festival Package priced at £6550 including everything previously listed plus trestle tables and linen; folding wooden chairs; a parquet dancefloor; a stage; exterior festoon lighting plus a chill-out tent and a bar with a bespoke bar counter and lounge furniture. The deluxe shisha lounges are always a big hit with guests and provide the wow factor for weddings hosting a lavish night of entertainment. Available for hire are the tent, Moroccan lanterns and furnishings plus shishas (with plenty of flavours in stock) and serving staff - the team can even provide belly dancers! Inclusive packages start from £1,200 and include hire of the Moroccan Pavilion; lighting; coconut matt flooring; beanbags; low tables; cushions; stools; Moroccan table lanterns; shisha pipes with unlimited refills plus a shisha bar counter and staff for six hours. Contact: CROWNE PLAZA READING EAST As the sister property to Crowne Plaza Marlow in Buckinghamshire, featured on page 27, this opulent four Silver Star hotel and spa, awarded with 2AA Rosettes for its Caprice Restaurant serving modern British and Indian cuisine is nestled in picturesque landscaped podium gardens next to the Winnersh Triangle Station (with easy access to Reading that's now on the new Elizabeth line). The property presents an ideal backdrop for a wedding, being near the Dinton Pastures Country Park which offers a wonderful backdrop for photos and the talented team at the hotel is committed to ensuring that each wedding becomes a treasured memory. Guests can enjoy the hotel's exceptional facilities including Esprit Spa & Wellness which is home to a 19-metre indoor heated pool with loungers; a Life Fitness 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. Ceremonies and receptions take place in a choice of stylish function suites, including the stunning new Buckingham Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows that accommodate up to 260 guests for a ceremony and 180 loved ones for a sit-down wedding breakfast. The Frogmore Suite, a beautiful and intimate space hosts up to 140 loved ones for a ceremony and up to 110 guests for the wedding breakfast. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0118 944 0444 or visit •We love... the variety of wedding packages on offer including the Silver Package which offers a complimentary bridal suite on the night of the wedding with breakfast in bed the following morning, and a menu tasting for the couple. The Gold Package offers all of the above plus dinner, bed and breakfast for the couple on their first anniversary. The Platinum Package includes all of the above plus the wedding breakfast and evening reception room hire. 24

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 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

RULL ORCHARD BICKLEIGH, DEVON, EX LN Ciders unlike anything you have tried before. Tailored blends and bespoke label designs DELICIOUS, NATURAL AND SUSTAINABLE WWW.RULLORCHARD.CO.UK MarlowWEDDING VENUE The stunning lakeside location of this exceptional new Hotel makes Crowne Plaza Marlow the perfect wedding venue in Buckinghamshire. • Function Rooms for up to 320 Guests • 5 Acres of Grounds • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies The stunning la new Hotel m perfect wedd • Spectacular Firework Finale • 4 Silver Star Luxury Spa & Resort Hotel • AA Rosette-Awarded Modern British & Indian Menus TURN YOUR LOVE STORY INTO LIFE Get in touch with us: 01628 496820 Packages starting from £90pp CROWNE PLAZA MARLOW, FIELDHOUSE LANE, MARLOW, BUCKS, SL7 1GJ

North Bucks & North Oxon WHAT’S NEW IN NORTH OXFORDSHIRE? Check out the Mirror Pavilion at Bruern Cottages located in the heart of north Oxfordshire close to Chipping Norton. This new British-built bespoke structure has been assembled using timber and steel, creating a large domed space. It’s inspired by the 1920s era and the many Art Deco features include removable stained glass windows, gold and mirrored panels and banquet-style seating. This versatile mobile event space has been created for weddings, parties, screenings and theatrical performances. To find out more, visit Spotlight on... LOCAL VENUES 27 ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM OXFORD OPENS NEW ROOFTOP DINING ROOM AND OUTDOOR TERRACE This hidden gem is an oasis of calm perched high above the busy city centre of Oxford. It’s bathed in natural daylight that pours through the floor-to-ceiling windows and reflects the glittering lights of the city by night. It’s the perfect choice for a morning ceremony, wedding breakfast or anniversary celebration. The Terrace offers an elegant outdoor space where couples can mingle with their guests and admire the magical view while enjoying champagne and canapés. Guests can then take their seats for a fine dining experience, followed by dancing with a late bar in the vaulted downstairs area. The Ashmolean team believes that weddings can be kinder to the planet without compromising on style or quality, so suppliers are chosen carefully, and local, seasonal produce and wines are used where possible. Everybody is passionate about upholding responsibility for the environmental impact of weddings and the venue is proud to have been awarded accreditation from the Sustainable Wedding Alliance. The museum’s many awe-inspiring spaces include the Atrium, Ceremony Room, European Art Gallery, The Restaurant and The Vaults – plus the Grand Staircase which provides a real focal point! To find out more and to book, visit Photography courtesy of and

ANOTHER OPTION - HOLIDAY INN MILTON KEYNES - CENTRAL This popular city centre property is home to the fabulous Marco’s New York Italian restaurant by celebrity chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White. It also boasts the Spirit Health Club where guests can dive into the large indoor swimming pool and try out the fitness centre and gym. There’s also a treatment room offering a range of indulgent beauty treatments. The hotel is located just a short walk away from Milton Keynes train station with direct connections to central London, and it’s only a 30-minute drive from London Luton Airport. Other local attractions include Bletchley Park, the nearby intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre and the indoor Snozone – Europe’s largest indoor real snow resort where visitors can learn and practice skiing and snowboarding. Holiday Inn Milton Keynes offers a stylish events space for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception that can be styled to suit a variety of themes. Both the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes – Central and the Holiday Inn Oxford properties feature the open lobby concept, unique to the Holiday Inn brand. It’s designed to provide guests with one multi-faceted public space to eat, meet, relax, socialise and work as they choose which will revolutionise the way guests live and interact at the hotel. Other exciting news at the property is that children aged 17 and under stay for free when sharing their parents’ room and up to two children aged 12 and under can eat free when an adult dish from the main menu is ordered in any Holiday Inn on-site restaurant. hoteldetail CROWNE PLAZA MARLOW This fully refurbished hotel that's located in the heart of the Thames Valley close to High Wycombe and Maidenhead is nestled in five acres of landscaped grounds, home to a private lake. It also boasts the AA Rosette Awarded Glaze Restaurant, an 18-metre heated indoor pool and jacuzzi; a Life Fitness gym plus a sauna, steam room and the Quad Wellness & Spa club. Ceremonies take place in the stylish Winterlake Suite, capable of hosting up to 400 guests. For the wedding breakfast, up to 300 loved ones can be seated here and for the evening reception, up to 450 people can party in this stunning space. The Conservatory is another beautiful option, revealing far-flung views across the lake through its floor-to-ceiling windows, and direct access out on to the manicured lawns. Here, up to 200 guests can gather for the ceremony; up to 180 people can be seated for the wedding breakfast and up to 300 loved ones can mingle for the evening reception. The venue offers the Marlow and Lakeside wedding packages which include complimentary menu tasting for the couple. The Fountain Package includes this plus a complimentary bridal suite for the newlyweds on the night of the wedding plus a first-anniversary stay including dinner, bed and breakfast and a Spa Day for two including two 25-minute treatments (for the wedding couple) in Quad Wellness & Spa. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01628 496 800, •We love... the river running through the grounds which makes a stunning backdrop for photographs. 28 North Buckinghamshire