Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 105)

Wedding WHEELS Inspirational styled shoot THE COTSWOLDS ARE CALLING FEB/MAR 2024 £3.55 A WARM WELCOME Versatile hotel wedding venues WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 BERKS, BUCKS OXON & WEDDING Love birds Local real-life love stories Spotlight on... South Bucks & South Oxon Quirky transport ideas


3 REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 67 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 94 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024 FEATURES 53 THE COTSWOLDS ARE CALLING Spa hotel Minster Mill located in Oxfordshire provided the enchanting setting for this timeless, elegant styled shoot 57 SNAP HAPPY Local photographers inspire newly engaged couples 63 RIDE ON TIME Quirky wedding wheels On the cover... This issue’s cover is sponsored by renowned wedding venue Rackleys Chiltern Hills, a luxurious barn set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Buckinghamshire ( It was taken by Megan Daisy Photography ( at the wedding of Robyn and Simon who tied the knot on 7 th September 2023. 84 VENUES 21 WELCOME IN Chic hotel wedding venues 27 ROMANTIC RETREAT Editor Claire was invited to The Retreat Elcot Park in Newbury, home to the Signet Spa 29 SPOTLIGHT ON... South Bucks & South Oxon 88 82

4 GROOMS 86 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 71 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 73 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 79 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 84 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems REAL WEDDINGS 34 THE THREE OF US Lucy and Harvey’s English country wedding was styled with an elegant navy, white and peach theme 41 LOVE AL FRESCO White Pond Farm in Henley-on-Thames provided the backdrop for Joanna and Daniel’s marquee and tipi wedding 46 ONE FINE DAY Frances and Thomas enjoyed their special day at Danesfield House in Marlow 79 73 92 90 HONEYMOONS 88 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 90 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 92 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La VilleLumière, The City of Light. 71

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With Christmas and the cold snap a distant memory, this is the springtime season of love with Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter upon us. For those of you who have just become engaged on Valentine’s Day then congratulations, you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey! If you’re putting the finishing touches to a spring wedding then take inspiration from our real-life wedding couples and expert local suppliers. There’s also the latest wed-day news, offers, fashion and beauty. Plus, turn to page 27 to read my review of The Retreat Elcot Park and their fabulous Signet Spa. Until the next issue... Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Spring awaits 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 Congratulations to De Vere Wokefield Estate on their recent Green Tourism Award. Read all about it on page nine. Don’t miss our exclusive offer with Missenden Abbey on page 13. The team are offering a complimentary stay in the beautiful Bridal Suite plus guest accommodation! Win! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 on page 94. 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 I love this wedding inspiration taken as part of our exclusive styled shoot on page 53 in this issue. How stunning is this hairstyle by Maisie and Michael at Hairvibes in High Wycombe? Read their style predictions for 2024 on page 84. I adore this picture of Lucy, Harvey and their dog, Indy, on their wedding day, expertly caught on camera by Stone Photos on page 34. I was offered a very warm welcome when I visited The Retreat at Elcot and The Signet Spa. Turn to page 27 to read all about it. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Alexandria Stevenson Alex’s Cake Creations @alexscakecreations Congratulations! As your wedding celebrant, I’ll help you every step of the way, creating a memorable, personal, one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony that reflects you and your story perfectly. Let’s have a no-obligation discovery call about your hopes and plans, and turn your wishes into reality... Bespoke wedding ceremonies, written just for you 07818 062 958 Bringing 25 years of storytelling expertise to your day Set in 250 acres of beautiful countryside, the Mansion House at De Vere Wokefield Estate is the perfect setting for your dream day. Choose to say your vows outside under the eaves of our Wedding Pavilion or say “I do” in one of the stunning spaces inside this Grade II listed Mansion. With over 300 bedrooms, including 12 luxury suites, across the Estate, get in touch today to find out more about holding your wedding day at De Vere Wokefield Estate. | 0118 933 4019 | Goodboys Lane, Mortimer, Reading, RG7 3AE Photographer: Tell Your Story

DE VERE WOKEFIELD ESTATE WINS GOLD GREEN TOURISM AWARD De Vere Wokefield Estate, a mansion house hotel located near Reading, today announced it has been awarded the gold accreditation in the Green Tourism Certification Programme, which recognises the commitment of tourism businesses which are actively working to become more sustainable. De Vere Wokefield Estate focuses on three key pillars to help improve sustainability, which includes its day-to-day operations, the people at the heart of their community, and their valued supply chain. De Vere Wokefield Estate is proud to now use 100% renewable energy and relies on the combination of biomass, wind, hydro and solar to power the hotel. Earlier this year, De Vere Wokefield Estate also unveiled new electric vehicle charging points, available for guests to use during their stay. Peter Sangster, venue director at De Vere Wokefield Estate, commented, “Achieving the gold Green Tourism Award is testament to all of the team’s hard work and passion to consistently improve sustainability at De Vere Wokefield Estate. The team are constantly striving to implement new sustainable practices and it’s rewarding to be recognised by Green Tourism as they’re acknowledged worldwide as the hallmark of sustainability quality.” De Vere Wokefield Estate has recently unveiled its new mansion house concept, De Vere Reserve at Wokefield House, the former home of the Plowden family. De Vere Reserve encapsulates the very best that De Vere properties have to offer, with recently refurbished bedrooms, new Penhaligon’s toiletries, and thoughtful finishing touches to make every moment memorable. Guests checking into De Vere Reserve suites at De Vere Wokefield Estate will experience the grandeur of the historic properties, combined with upgraded amenities and service. To find out more and to book, visit All the latest from around the regions NEWS Nearlywed CZECH INSPIRED RESTAURANT, TOMO TANKOVNA, SET TO OPEN AT MAIDENHEAD’S WATERSIDE QUARTER Czech-inspired restaurant, ToMo Tankovna, is set to open its doors early this year at Maidenhead’s bustling Waterside Quarter development. Guests will be able to enjoy ToMo Tankovna’s menu of delicious modern European inspired-dishes paired with the finest Budvar beer for a stylish hen gathering or a pre-wedding get together. Established and run by husband and wife, Tomasz and Monika, ToMo Tankovna will be the only local destination exclusively offering Budvar beer poured from its distinctive taps in a unique traditional technique, served from the brewery. Coupled with this authentic Czech experience, the new eatery will be serving the finest Czech dishes to create a culinary journey that promises to surpass expectations. ToMo Tankovna’s head chef, formerly with the Michelin-starred Fat Duck, Bray, will welcome guests into the world of Czech cuisine. Not only are diners able to witness the unique beer pouring process, but the serving staff will also be able to explain the history behind the distinctive serving technique. Guy Thomas at Sorbon Estates commented, “We are thrilled to welcome ToMo Tankovna to Waterside Quarter and believe it will be a fantastic addition to our diverse range of culinary offerings. We look forward to seeing customers immerse themselves in the rich history of Czech Republic’s finest dishes and are sure it will become a popular eatery within the community. As Waterside Quarter continues to evolve, we eagerly anticipate unveiling more exciting brands in the coming months.” Tomasz Balsam, the owner of ToMo Tankovna commented, “We are so excited to be opening our doors, offering a truly unique Czech experience with high-quality Budvar beer for all and specialist traditional dishes for everyone to enjoy. We take pride in ensuring our food and quality of service is first-class and we can’t wait to welcome our guests!” The restaurant will be joining the vast array of eateries at the fashionable Waterside Quarter, including local favourites Sauce & Flour, El Cerdo, Bardo Lounge and Coppa Club as part of the new development by Shanly Homes and Sorbon Estates. The brilliant location ensures easy accessibility for all customers to savour the restaurant’s offerings for any occasion. To find out more, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

DECOBLOOM BOUTIQUE UNVEILS EXCITING NEW WEDDING PACKAGES Decobloom Boutique is a premier wedding hire stylist company transforming receptions, aisles, and entrances into personalized dreamscapes. Owner Donna Bishop crafts bespoke experiences, turning ordinary moments into extraordinary memories with meticulously curated details, from luxurious table scapes to ethereal aisle arrangements. Decobloom Boutique now offer three wedding packages. The Silver Package (that’s up for grabs in an exclusive giveaway by entering for a chance to win) includes, but is not limited to, four large centrepieces or eight medium-size centrepieces; a floral hoop arch with or without a neon sign plus top table arrangements. The Platinum Package includes, but is not limited to eight large table centrepieces and mirror bases; two blossom trees and a personalised mirrored seating plan. The Gold Package includes, but is not limited to 100 chair drapes with a choice of embellishments, a floral confetti ladder and 50 mini candle holders with tealights. Decobloom-Boutique/61554944387644 ZILFARNI SOAPS & SCENTS UNVEIL NEW LAUNCHES Zilfarni Soaps & Scents have launched new products including white candles that come boxed and tied with ribbon that coordinates with the wedding theme. There’s also scented soap favours in cherry and jasmine, orange and cinnamon, lavender plus lemon blossom and patchouli and all soaps are made with goats milk and sweet almond oil plus high-quality fragrance oils. These are in addition to the collection of wedding fragrances for the wax melts and candles: •AFTER DINNER DRINKS - A scent of rich milk chocolate layered with subtle caramel and vanilla notes, perfectly balanced with a splash of rum. •COFFEE & COCOA - A delightful infusion to create an exquisite, yet subtle aroma. •COLOGNE - An exquisitely light and distinct aroma, perfect to diffuse, sit back and enjoy. •DARK FOREST – with a rich, warm, woody scent and an infusion of vanilla and strawberry. It’s rich and creamy and far from overpowering, the delicate tones will enhance your senses and relax your body. •PERFUME SHOP - an aroma to enhance the ambience of any room it’s shared in. •RECEPTION DRINKS – freshly picked, ripe and juicy strawberries, mixed with the crisp aroma of bubbly champagne. •WINE COUNTRY - relish in this lovely, bubbly aroma with our lush champagne fragrance. 10

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Take advantage of these great giveaways SPECIAL WEDDING OFFER Would you like £500 to spend behind the bar and complimentary accommodation for you and your wedding guests? Then check out the special wedding offer currently available at Missenden Abbey. Located in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, it’s an exclusive-use, 12th-century medieval Abbey that has been lovingly transformed into a spectacular wedding venue marrying historic features with a contemporary vibe. Ceremonies take place in the chic Garden Room for up to 100 loved ones with access to a stunning staircase perfect for a grand entrance. A drinks reception can be held outside within the pretty 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. Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding has teamed up with Missenden Abbey to offer readers a special wedding offer on any new wedding bookings that take place before the 31st of July 2024. Couples who book will receive five complimentary guest rooms plus the elegant Bridal Suite on the night of their wedding, plus £500 to spend behind the bar. To find out more, call Natasha on 01494 866811 quoting YBBOW105 or email Terms and conditions apply. This offer is only applicable to new bookings. Please note that bookings must include a ceremony. JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE

ESSEX SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP 12pm-4pm 12pm-4pm

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Welcome in Chic hotel wedding venues CROWNE PLAZA READING EAST, BERKSHIRE Discover the exceptional 4 Silver Star, 2 AA Rosette-awarded Crowne Plaza Reading East Hotel and Spa. The Caprice Restaurant, with it’s floor-to-ceiling windows, serves both modern British and authentic Indian cuisine. The hotel is conveniently situated in picturesque, landscaped podium gardens next to the Winnersh Triangle Station (with easy access to Reading, the new western terminus of the Elizabeth line). The property presents an ideal location for a wedding, being near the Dinton Pastures Country Park which offers a wonderful backdrop for photos. The highly experienced talented events team at the hotel are committed to ensuring that each wedding becomes a treasured memory. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s exceptional facilities including the Esprit Wellness & Spa, which is home to a 19-metre indoor heated pool with sun loungers; a Life Fitness gym; five spa treatment rooms; a sauna and a steam room. There’s complimentary secure parking and accommodation is available in a choice of luxurious spacious bedrooms, ranging from king-size and twin rooms to family options and suites. Civil ceremonies and wedding receptions take place in a choice of stylish function suites, including the stunning new Buckingham Suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows, that accommodates up to 260 guests for a ceremony and 180 for a sit-down wedding breakfast. The Frogmore Suite, a beautiful and intimate space, hosts up to 140 for a ceremony, and up to 110 guests for the wedding breakfast. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0118 944 4231 We love… the variety of wedding packages on offer including the Silver Package which provides 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. 21 THEMED VENUES

CROWNE PLAZA MARLOW, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Discover the fully refurbished 4 Silver Star Crowne Plaza Marlow Hotel & Spa, the premier modern British and authentic Indian wedding venue in the Marlow area. Located in the heart of the Thames Valley close to High Wycombe and Maidenhead, the hotel is nestled in five acres of landscaped grounds and is home to a private lake. It also boasts the AA Rosette Awarded Glaze Restaurant, the Quad Wellness & Spa with a 19-metre heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, Life Fitness gym, sauna, steam room, and range of pampering spa treatment rooms to ensure a relaxing stay. Civil ceremonies take place in the stylish Winterlake Suite, with stunning views of the lake and lawns, capable of hosting up to 400 guests. For the wedding breakfast, up to 300 loved ones can be seated, and for the evening reception, up to 450 people can party in this stunning space. To end the special day, a fireworks display over the lake provides a grand finale. The conservatory is another beautiful option, with stunning views of the lake through its floor-to-ceiling windows, and direct access to the manicured lawns. Up to 200 guests can gather here for the ceremony and up to 300 can enjoy the evening reception. Crowne Plaza Marlow offers the Marlow Wedding Package which includes 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; 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 the Quad Wellness & Spa. Ceremony Licence? Yes Contact: 01628 496 820 We love… the private lake which makes a stunning backdrop for photographs and a fireworks display. 22 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.

2 AA Rosette awarded Modern British & Authentic Indian Cuisine Wedding capacity up to 180 guests Luxurious Spacious new Bedrooms Landscaped Gardens Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Discounted rates for Wedding Guests Discover the Perfect Wedding Venue for your Special Day For Enquiries: +44 (0) 118 944 4231 5 Acres of Landscaped Gardens and Private Lake AA Rosette awarded Modern British & Authentic Indian Menus Luxurious Spacious Bedrooms Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Wedding capacity for up to 300 Guests Turn Your Love Story into Reality +44 (0) 1628 496 820 | For Enquiries: Crowne Plaza Marlow Suppliers of promotional custom made wooden gift boxes and other wooden products. 3 The Briars, Warrenwood, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 1ED 01494 533 857 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

THE LANGLEY, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, IVER, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This majestic, countryside retreat hidden within 150 acres of secluded parkland offers an idyllic setting for an elegant wedding surrounded by a wealth of historical luxury. It’s an award-winning five-star hotel which is licensed for ceremonies and offers several stunning wedding venues within the picturesque Langley Park, as well as catering for outdoor weddings. Different areas include the Winter Garden, the Lake Room and the Presidential/Duke of Marlborough Suite. The Langley has a renowned reputation for its outstanding cuisine, world-class service, and personalised care. HORWOOD HOUSE HOTEL, SPA, ESTATE, MILTON KEYNES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This luxurious Buckinghamshire-based country house hotel has recently collaborated with Their Nibs pyjamas to launch a Stylish Sleepovers package, perfect for hen gatherings or mums and daughters wanting to enjoy a pre-wedding night away in the countryside. Based on two guests sharing a deluxe room, or three guests sharing an executive room, the Stylish Sleepover includes: •A pair of Their Nibs luxury pyjamas to take home •A bottle of prosecco on ice in the room •A box of handmade Horwood House Hotel chocolates •A grazing platter delivered to the room •Use of the pool, sauna and steam room •A 25-minute spa treatment each •Breakfast the following morning •Free overnight parking Guests can enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation and add additional single rooms (with a special discount). No sleepover is complete without some pampering time and as part of the package, guests will have access to the new H Spa to unwind in the indoor pool, steam room and sauna as well as enjoy an express spa treatment each. Prices from just £199 per person, per night, What’s new? 25 THEMED VENUES

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 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. Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

It’s easy to see why this five-star country house hotel and spa, part of The Signet Collection and a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property, was voted Britain’s Best Hotel by The Times and The Sunday Times in 2023, and recently revealed as one of the 12 César Award winners for 2024 by The Good Hotel Guide. Set in the heart of the stunning West Berkshire countryside, this dog-friendly back-to-nature bolthole guarantees privacy, perfect for honeymooners and those wanting a glamorous getaway for a wedding. DO NOT DISTURB I was greeted with a glass of wine as I checked into this boutique hotel offering laid-back luxury in a stunning selection of 55 rooms and suites, from the elegantly furnished Classic and Culture Rooms to the three signature suites. A highlight for honeymooners, and my home-from-home for the night, was the Sutton Suite decorated with plush furnishings and boasting a super kingsize bed that guaranteed my beauty sleep! I couldn’t wait to take a dip in the vintage-inspired copper freestanding bathtub that takes centre stage, perched on a platform under the large sash window showcasing far-flung views of the North Wessex Downs. REST AND REJUVENATE I was excited to check into the Signet Spa (partnered with GAIA Skincare) to experience their new Spa Day package where the wellness journey starts from the moment guests arrive. After taking the plunge in the heated outdoor pool, I was treated to a head, neck and shoulder massage that my talented therapist, Joanna expertly performed. Other beauty must-tries on the bespoke treatment menu are the personalised Made for You and Mother to Be massages, the indulgent Renewed Recovery Face Therapy and an Ananda Face Therapy, fab for brides. After a soak in the indoor hydrotherapy pool, it was time to chill out in the aroma steam room and Himalayan salt sauna, perfect for a pre-wedding pamper. There’s also a salt flotation pod that guests can try. Fitness lovers can book a yoga, pilates or dance class (or borrow racquets to test their tennis skills) and there are also electric bikes for hire. DINE IN STYLE A highlight for me was the mouth-watering Highclere Afternoon Tea served in the opulent Orangery, flanked by the stunning grounds. I tucked into finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats washed down with a glass of champagne and a personal touch was meeting the chef who prepared some vegan and gluten-free alternatives. At the heart of the hotel is the 1772 Brasserie where great food is paired with fine wine from the wine cellar, chosen by the sommelier and enjoyed against the backdrop of a live pianist on certain nights (wine tasting and vineyard tours are also available). Delicious dishes on the supper menu include the market fish of the day while avocado, eggs and hummus on sourdough provides fuel for the day at breakfast. Diners can also enjoy fine dining at Yu, the pan-Asian restaurant and takeaway. MADE FOR ROMANCE With Insta-worthy touches at every turn including Games on the Green and a cute courtyard with an ice cream cart, wedding couples who hire the entire hotel for a minimum of two nights can host their very own house party! Five private areas including the travel-themed Atlas Room offer wonderful choices for the ceremony and reception, with overnight accommodation and a three-course dinner included on each night - plus delicious midnight treats from the pantry! Romantic retreat Editor Claire was invited to The Retreat Elcot Park in Newbury, home to the Signet Spa Book it: Rates start from £150 per room per night based on two adults sharing a Classic Room on a bed and breakfast basis. The Spa Day starts from £150 per person and includes the use of the spa facilities, a choice of treatments and afternoon tea. 01635 800 520 Enjoying a warm welcome Indulging in the champagne afternoon tea Images of the welcome lounge, spa, Sutton Suite Atlas Room and 1772 Brasserie all courtesy of Image of the ice cream cart courtesy of 27 WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS

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South Bucks & Oxon BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RAILWAY SOCIETY, AYLESBURY This heritage glass-roofed railway centre building is situated in the Buckinghamshire countryside within 25 acres offering a stunning and unusual venue for weddings. It’s bright and airy with a relaxed atmosphere and the quirky, vintage backdrop is different to other venues. Couples can get married between beautifully restored Victorian carriages and steam engines and guests can party the night away on the large dancefloor and enjoy a steam train ride as an optional extra! Ceremonies and receptions take place at the far end of the railway building with a large floor-to-ceiling window at the end providing views of the surrounding countryside. There are several different seating and table options available. Spotlight on... LOCAL VENUES 29

RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS, CADMORE END 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 weddings 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 disabled parking plus a ground floor disabled toilet with baby change facilities and highchairs available on request. BURNHAM BEECHES, SLOUGH Located in Buckinghamshire, just a five-mile drive from Windsor is this elegant hotel with a wedding suite named after the Royal Borough. The 18th-century Georgian manor house that forms the main body of the property was built in 1727 and frames the 10 acres of pretty gardens and picturesque grounds. The village of Burnham has been a popular filming destination, with classics including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Princess Bride and Harry Potter filmed there. Burnham Beeches is home to stunning original features, from open fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows to statement chandeliers and oak panelling. The bedrooms have been decorated in warm tones with plush soft furnishings and glamorous touches, in keeping with the history of the manor house. Nestled in the Burnham Beeches nature reserve, surrounded by woodland and parkland, this estate offers guests the chance to spot a deer or two. The large front lawn is ideal for wedding drink receptions. The lawn is also home to the new wedding pavilion, positioned to take advantage of the Georgian architecture that provides a wonderful backdrop for big-day photographs. Ceremonies take place here with space on the manicured lawn for up to 120 loved ones to watch. Inside the historic manor house, ceremonies, the wedding breakfast and receptions take place in the Windsor Suite for up to 120 guests, a blank canvas that can be styled to suit any theme. It’s flooded with natural daylight and features wooden floors, contemporary neutral interiors and elegant features. This suite is ideal for weddings in the cooler months or for a drinks reception with The Chiltern Bar, positioned next door, ensuring a sociable atmosphere. Brasserie 1727 is an eclectic space that has been refurbished into a comfortable, modern restaurant within the stunning manor house setting. Boasting delicious seasonal menus created by the talented kitchen team for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Brasserie is a central dining hub for the hotel. The Georgian Bar & Lounge is a long-standing and well-loved setting for family, friends and colleagues to gather over handmade light bites and expertly crafted cocktails. The spectacular bridal suite provides the wow factor. This multi-room suite boasts a large lounge room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large four-poster bed. Image of Rackley’s Chiltern Hills courtesy of 30

Vintage Weddings Stunning Heritage Railway Venue Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Station Road, Quainton HP22 4BY Contact Emma: CREATING MAGICAL MEMORIES Spectacular architecture and gorgeous grounds, coupled with over 20 years of experience hosting one-of-a-kind weddings. This is why many happy couples choose to celebrate their special day with us at Woodlands Park Hotel. HOTELS BUILT FOR PLEASURE WOODLANDS PARK HOTEL COBHAM, SURREY 01372 843933 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 attentive service. Cherwell Boathouse, Bardwell Rd, Oxford OX2 6ST Marquee / restaurant 01865 552746 | Cherwell Boathouse Exclusively yours to bring the wedding of your dreams to life 01189 070199 Castle Barn Victorian Summerhouse Garden Room Parish Church 26 Bedrooms RG7 4NG @wasingweddings

VENUE HENLEY – THE GREENLANDS HOTEL The grand white building that forms this impressive hotel stands majestically within the 30-acre estate of Henley Business School in the Oxfordshire countryside, providing a beautiful location for a wedding. This venue offers plenty of character and beauty with its rolling lawns, neatly manicured hedges and picturesque sunken garden. Along with the collection of specimen trees which have been gifted to the estate over many years, it’s a venue with a view. Stepping through the entrance, guests will find a traditional, elegant interior throughout which is warm and welcoming. Formal rooms with decorative pillars enjoy views through the windows overlooking the grounds and the river bank. Intimate ceremonies take place in the Blue Room for up to 60 guests which is situated just off the main reception area. Larger ceremonies of up to 116 loved ones can use the Garden Common Room with its beautiful hand-painted murals and double bay windows showcasing views of the River Thames. Alternatively, the River House Atrium accommodates up to 120 guests providing a modern and versatile space that’s a blank canvas allowing any wedding theme to be enjoyed here. The stunning Heyworth Suite provides a flexible, bright and airy space for a wedding reception boasting large glass windows with views of the Thames. Alternatively, couples can hire the grounds for a marquee wedding. This would be a dry hire so couples would organise the marquee company, catering and other suppliers with the benefit of plenty of on-site parking. The hotel on the estate provides accommodation with special bed and breakfast rates for guests and the happy couple will enjoy a complimentary stay on the night of the wedding. Those looking to make a grand entrance can take advantage of the stunning riverside location and arrive at the venue by boat by making use of the private jetty. Hobbs of Henley is located a short trip downstream and offers a range of options to hire. The venue is offering 20% off the price of their high season rates on any remaining wedding dates in 2024. MISSENDEN ABBEY, GREAT MISSENDEN The main house of this historic wedding venue 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. Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the Abbey daily from noon, with fresh sandwiches, petit fours, freshly baked scones and tea and 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. Turn to page 13 to read more about Missenden Abbey as a wedding venue and to take advantage of the Special Wedding Offer. 33 LOCAL VENUES

Lucy and Harvey’s English country wedding was styled with an elegant navy, white and peach theme Images courtesy of Stone Photos Lucy Musselwhite and Harvey Bradley married on the 4th of March 2023 at Lillibrooke Manor in Maidenhead. The three of us 34

Lucy and Harvey met at a friend’s wedding in 2016 when Lucy was a bridesmaid and Harvey was a groomsman. “We met the day before the wedding and immediately hit it off,” Lucy tells us. Harvey adds, “I spent the morning of the wedding wondering if it was ok to ask the groom if Lucy was single! She looked stunning as a bridesmaid and it soon became clear that there was something special between us.” POPPING THE QUESTION Harvey proposed to Lucy in December 2021. “He had chosen to ask me to marry him in Hampstead Heath, close to where we first lived together in London which is a special place for us,” Lucy says. “We walked for two hours before Harvey popped the question against the backdrop of the spectacular view. Our dog, Indy, was also in attendance - although he did run off at the exact moment to go and play with another dog!” SETTING THE SCENE The aesthetic of Lillibrooke Manor in Berkshire was exactly what the couple wanted for their English country wedding. “It’s a classic country manor with an attractive barn which allowed us to host the majority of our celebration,” Lucy tells us. “The reputation of the venue in organising a wedding and the quality of the service and food also helped to seal the deal. Plus, because our spring wedding date was in early March, it was the perfect choice for combining indoor and outdoor spaces as the weather dictated. We both wanted to get married close to where we live together rather than closer to where one of us had grown up.” Lucy and Harvey loved their ceremony which was made even more special because Harvey surprised her by standing at the front of the “It was so special being surrounded by our loved ones and not wanting the day to end because we were having too much fun.” - Lucy and Harvey 35 REAL WEDDINGS

aisle with their golden retriever. “Indy is such a big part of our lives and Lucy thought that dogs weren’t allowed in the venue,” Harvey tells us. “The look on her face when she spotted him was priceless.” Lucy and Harvey styled their special day with a navy, white and peach theme. “The venue looked so beautiful that it didn’t need too much decorating,” Lucy tells us. “There was a canopy decorated with fairylights suspended above the dining tables in the great barn and also a backdrop lit with fairylights behind where the wedding band performed. We also had the manor house, which we stayed in on the night of the wedding with some of our wedding party, lit up in blue to fit in with the colour theme of our wedding.” The couple chose a long top table positioned in the middle of the barn where they sat with their parents and siblings. “We had ten round tables surrounding this seating 100 guests in total,” Lucy explains. Each table was named after places special to us that we had visited together, lived in or are planning to go together.” Lucy and Harvey chose floral arrangements provided by Sonning Flowers for their centrepieces mixing simple white varieties with green foliage. “Our other flowers were peach, orange, white and navy blooms that complemented the outfits of our wedding party,” Lucy says. “We chose a simple cake with a custom-made golden retriever bride and groom topper!” The catering was provided by the talented team at Lillibrooke Manor. “For starters, our guests chose butternut squash soup or a duo of duck,” Lucy explains. “The main course consisted of beef bourguignon or spinach, ricotta and basil pie and dessert was a tasty raspberry tart or vegan chocolate cake.” LOOKING THE PART Lucy’s wedding dress was called Hopkins by Pronovias. “It was the opposite of what I thought I would wear because it was so sparkly,” she tells us. “I accessorised it with a pair of silver earrings and my wedding ring. My bridesmaid looked stunning in her navy dress and Harvey wore a blue Holland and Sherry tweed suit that was a slightly different shade of blue to the groomsmen’s suits that he teamed with a brown waistcoat, rather than a blue one (like the groomsmen). He also wore a peach tie with a white floral buttonhole.” Harvey’s mum makes jewellery so she created his wedding ring and he also wore a gold pocket watch with the couple’s wedding date engraved on it. “Harvey also gifted Henry, his brother who was his best man, a pocket watch,” Lucy tells us. TIME TO CELEBRATE Lucy and Harvey booked a harpist to play during their ceremony and reception which provided a wonderful acoustic backdrop. “Later in the evening, we had an indie folk band called Foxland perform for our first dance song which was Dancing in the Moonlight,” Lucy says. “Everyone was on the dancefloor and thought the band was fantastic! We thoroughly enjoyed partying with everyone and loved the speeches given by our family members and friends. We did a joint speech at the start of the wedding breakfast, telling our own story in our own words which was fun.” The couple also set up games in the engine room at the barn to entertain their guests during the evening reception - they both love games so this was essential! “Our wedding party and family made our day extra special. My best man, Henry, is quite the performer - his 20-minute ensemble certainly left an impression!” - Harvey 36