Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - June/July (Issue 95)

£3.55 JUN/JUL 2022 FASHION, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, OFFERS AND MORE WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 ONCE UPON A TIME A round-up of historic venues Pastel hues BRIDE Big-day beauty tips and tricks IMPRESS Trends from local bridal boutiques Blushing Dress to Summery styled shoots and real weddings SPOTLIGHT ON... Oxford and around

The perfect soundtrack to any event With over 25 years’ experience, West End performer Hayley can cater for any number of guests to make your event sound perfect. Her versatile vocals can create either a soft, romantic atmosphere for an acoustic/ mellow event, or get the party started with pop classics for all generations. She has her own PA system and Dancefloor Lighting (if required) to make your event happen with ease. Why not get her to rewrite lyrics of a special song for a guest or partner? Contact Hayley on 07886 385799 or email: @AlwaysWeddingSinger

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 91 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2022 FEATURES 49 SOMETHING NEW New Berkshire venue Bill Hill Park was the glorious setting for this styled shoot 53 HANDMADE IN... Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire 63 BELLE OF THE BALL We reveal what the region’s bridal boutiques have to offer 86 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines' senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey On the cover... Berkshire-based wedding and family photographer Annabel Farley took the stunning cover image this issue as part of a styled shoot at new venue Bill Hill Park revealed on page 49. To book Annabel for your wedding, visit 71 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Oxford and around 25 STEEPED IN HISTORY Venues with a story to tell 77

4 GROOMS 88 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials 90 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 69 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 77 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 80 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 81 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there's a product to help you conquer all and we've put some of them to the test 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 85 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 94 42 REAL WEDDINGS 30 VINTAGE VIBES Emily and Tom’s special day took place at De Vere Wokefield Estate in Berkshire 37 DOWN BY THE LAKE Stanlake Park was the beautiful backdrop for Stacie and Max’s wedding 42 THAT FESTIVAL FEELING Alex and Guy enjoyed a church ceremony followed by a wedfest-style party 90 82 HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination 96 FOREST FREEDOM Sarah Gallivan discovers the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Hideaway 80

Nuneham Estate is nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside and reached by a private road. Offering beautiful secluded outside spaces for wedding receptions that will be both unique and memorable. With fields, woodland, quirky buildings and nothing but the sound of birdsong, there will be a space to suit all wedding dreams. In 2023 the fabulously refurbished walled gardens will be available for weddings, along with luxurious self-contained accommodation, making Nuneham Estate a one-stop wedding reception destination. Beautiful. Secluded. Exclusive. Wedding Planner Tracy Hammond, who has extensive experience in weddings and events, armed with her ‘black book’ of local wedding suppliers, will be on hand to assist with all you will require from booking through to your wedding. NUNEHAM ESTATE | Nuneham Cour tenay | Oxon | OX44 9PQ | T: 01865 343413 | E: of f i ce@nuneham. com WWW.NUNEHAM.COM

My much-loved parents are celebrating 50 years of genuinely happy marriage this June which, in this day and age, is a remarkable achievement. Not only have they provided a happy home life for my brother and me to grow up in – and there’s not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for the carefree childhood that we had – they still provide a loving family unit for us now that we’re adults. When I watch how they love, respect and support one another, take care of each other and talk and laugh a lot, I realise that these are the key ingredients to a long and successful marriage. As a family, we’ll be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary this June and I can’t wait. Another big celebration taking place in June is The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and plenty of our local suppliers will be taking part so whatever you’re planning for the extended bank holiday weekend, enjoy this historic milestone. In this issue, we have real-life couples at the start of their marital journey, who I wish all the very best plus styled shoots and venue dressing inspiration, expert advice, offers, news and more. Until the next issue, Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Happy anniversary I’ve just invested in some dried bunny tails (dyed pink of course!) for my newly decorated lounge – I love them! Take inspiration from florists that love to work with dried and preserved flowers in our handmade feature on page 53. Instagram went into overdrive with the recent news that Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz had tied the knot and on page 59, we reveal some celebrity-inspired suits! WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 on page 91. Me with my parents and brother Gary at his wedding ISSN 2049-4203 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Claire Ridley | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 556 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Berks Bucks & Oxon Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Berks Bucks & Oxon Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @YourBerksBucksOxonWedding @CWM_YBBOW @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 6

7 The marquee on the grounds of historic wedding venue Missenden Abbey is the perfect summer venue. Turn to page 25 to see more. Fashion brand Quiz has launched a stunning bridal dress collection that complements their offering for bridesmaids and guests - turn to page 71 to see more. This stunning cake by Keighers of Caversham, along with more statement designs, can be seen on page 53. Over on page 42 is the real wedding of Alex and Guy whose marquee festival-theme celebration enjoyed a country-inspired theme. Congratulations to Emily and Tom who married at De Vere Wokefield Estate. All is revealed on page 30, captured by Savannah Photographic. Meet Matilda, a beautifully restored 1966 VW vintage ice cream van available to hire for weddings. All is revealed on page 59. The styled shoot in this issue photographed by Annabel Farley took place at the new Berkshire wedding venue Bill Hill Park...turn to page 49 to see more. The new four-star plus Hotel La Tour has opened its doors in Milton Keynes, a sun-soaked private terrace available for outdoor ceremonies of up to 120 guests set against views stretching across Campbell Park. Turn to page nine to read all about it. EDITOR’S LETTER Crowne Plaza Marlow, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1GJ The stunning lakeside location of this exceptional new Hotel makes Crowne Plaza Marlow the perfect wedding venue in Buckinghamshire. New, fully refurbishedAA RosetteawardedLuxury Hotel &Spa Selectionof superb function suiteswith lakeviewfor up to 380guests in theWinterlake Suite WeddingPackages from £70pp Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Set in5Acres ofmagical landscapedgardens Spectacular FireworkFinale available 1AARosetteAwarded ModernBritish&Authentic IndianMenus Locatedclose toM4,M40and M25motorwayswith ideal links toLondonand Heathrow PLANNING YOUR SPECIAL DAY? Call our Wedding Co-ordinator on 01628 496 820 Want a wedding ceremony with sparkle? Multi award-winning celebrant Celebrant of the Year 2022, South East England 07774 780072 Bespoke Wedding Ceremonies filled with laughter and happy tears!

NEWS The latest news from around both counties EDITOR LOVES Award-winning J23 Events, who recently won Regional Highly Commended at The Wedding Industry Awards 2022 were also nominated by one of their wedding couples for the Special Touches category. The company turn a great wedding reception into an unforgettable one with their discos, dancefloors, light-up letters and numbers, and photo booths. Covering weddings in Berkshire (and Surrey and Hampshire), their latest wow-factor offering is the dancing on the clouds dry ice that sets the scene for the first dance. To find out more and to book, call 07515 422 360 or visit NEW SKY-HIGH HOTEL AND WEDDING DESTINATION OPENS The new four-star plus Hotel La Tour has opened its doors in Milton Keynes, combining modern sophistication with timeless elegance following a multimillion-pound development. Home to the county’s highest bar and fine-dining restaurant, Fourteen, there’s also a honeymoon suite situated on the top floor, home to a super king-size bed, luxury bathtub with a TV and a secluded lounge enjoying skyline vistas across Buckinghamshire. There’s a stylish events space located on the first floor that’s licensed for ceremonies and can host between 60 and 200 guests. It’s home to a dancefloor, fully functioning bar and features mood lighting at twilight. Connected to it is a sun-soaked private terrace available for outdoor ceremonies of up to 120 guests set against views stretching across Campbell Park. Alexandra Rumble, Hotel La Tour’s weddings and special events manager will be on hand at every stage of the planning and couples can work alongside executive chef Olivier Bertho to create a bespoke wedding breakfast menu serving seasonal British dishes as well as an evening barbecue or buffet on the terrace. Available to book from £78 per guest, Hotel La Tour’s wedding package includes exclusive use of the events space, private terrace and bar; a reception welcome drink for all guests; a three-course wedding breakfast; half a bottle of wine per person; use of Campbell Park for photography; a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to assist on the day and an overnight stay in the honeymoon suite. Guests are offered preferential rates offered on the Skyview Executive and Skyview Standard rooms on the wedding night. To book, call 01908 732 400 or visit Nearlywed CONGRATULATIONS! It’s a hat-trick for Berkshire-based wedding celebrant Colette Ashby! She was recently awarded the prestigious Wedding Celebrant of the Year 2022 South East England in the LuxeLife Global Wedding Awards, became a winner in the Weddings Inc, Wedding Industry Awards 2022 and was the 2022 Local Round Winner in the International Wedding Awards. Colette tells us “The pandemic hit the wedding industry hard and now as the wedding season is busier than ever, I am thrilled to be recognised by my clients and fellow wedding industry professionals for the job I love doing. Helping couples celebrate their special day is a real privilege and I love getting to know them, creating their bespoke ceremony script and delivering a truly unique ceremony for them. There is always lots of laughter and happy tears!” To book Colette, call 07774 780 072 or visit SEARCYS RECREATES ROYAL WEDDING CAKE FOR ITS 175TH ANNIVERSARY The UK’s oldest British caterer, in residence at historical venues across the UK including in Oxfordshire, is celebrating its 175th anniversary with the recreation of a royal wedding cake created by its founder, John Searcy, 126 years ago. The caterer has taken a trip back through its archives to the 1896 royal wedding of Princess Maud, then the future Queen of Norway, to Prince Carl of Denmark. The breathtaking multitiered cake was adorned with confectionary and decorated with fine sugar work flowers, roses and angels, along with the Royal Arms of England and Denmark. In tribute to its founder, Searcys has recreated the same cake, in partnership with baker Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Working alongside Searcy’s pastry chef, Yvonne Graham, the confectioners spent three weeks completing the cake to reflect its original design. Five tiers of Dundee fruit cake are covered with delicate marzipan and white and gold latticework icing and topped with carefully crafted sugar work of flowers, fruits, cherubs and lions. The Princess Maud Wedding cake can be made to order for any wedding celebrations booked across its iconic venues. To find out more, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

HENLEY FESTIVAL LAUNCHES NEW CHARITY INITIATIVE RISE To coincide with its 40th anniversary, Henley Festival has launched a new charitable initiative called RISE designed to nurture the next generation of talent to take their first steps into the world of performance and creativity, both in front and behind the spotlight. RISE provides opportunities for young musicians, comedians and visual artists to perform or show their work, as well as helping them before and after with marketing and production. This sits alongside a work experience programme to support aspiring talent working behind the scenes, including sound engineers, lighting designers and stage managers. Watch out for RISE performers across the festival week that takes place from 6th to 10th July 2022. To find out more, visit CROWNE PLAZA HOTELS ANNOUNCE UPDATES Crowne Plaza Marlow in Buckinghamshire has recently enjoyed a complete refurbishment. The luxurious AA Rosette-awarded hotel and spa is set in five acres of landscaped gardens with a private lake where couples can host a wedding fireworks display. There’s a choice of elegant and spacious banqueting suites, including the Winterlake Suite, which accommodates up to 460 guests allowing couples to host their celebration in a single location. The talented chefs have earned an AA Rosette in recognition of their exceptional culinary skills, and are pleased to offer a variety of different options for the wedding breakfast. In addition to traditional British dining, there’s a speciality Indian kitchen on-site for those preferring authentic Indian cuisine. To find out more and to book, call 01628 496 819 or visit Crowne Plaza Reading East is the sister property, a luxurious new 4 Silver Star 2AA Rosette hotel set in landscaped grounds in Berkshire. Ceremonies and receptions take place in a choice of stylish function suites, including the Buckingham Suite, accommodating up to 220 guests, and the Frogmore Suite, hosting up to 110 loved ones. The hotel has been awarded 2AA Rosettes for outstanding culinary talent, and provides a selection of wedding breakfast options. Guests will be able to enjoy the hotel’s exceptional wellness and spa facilities, as well as complimentary secure parking. To find out more and to book, call 01189 444 231 or visit CELEBRATE WITH PATISSERIE VALERIE’S NEW SIGNATURE COLLECTION Patisserie Valerie has launched its new luxury Signature Collection of cakes, beautifully iced and exquisitely flavoured, available for nationwide delivery. With seven impressive handmade designs, from modern ombre effect to showstopping two-tier rosette cakes, there’s something for every special occasion. Each cake within the Signature Collection can be ordered with a vanilla sponge with a strawberry compote filling, or a chocolate sponge with a chocolate cream filling. For a complete celebration in a box, include a free personalised inscription, or add glitter cake toppers, candles or balloons. The Floral Waterfall Cake, pictured, serves 22-24 people and is priced at £85. A striking design featuring five layers of sponge coated in beautiful shades of lavender and lilac, the Swiss meringue buttercream is decorated with intricate rosettes and sugar pearls cascading down the cake. The blue (or pink) Ombre Rosette Cake, also pictured, serves 16-20 people and is priced at £75. Two tiers combine in vibrant shades of blue buttercream with delicate hand-piped roses and ombre stripes – perfect for weddings. To shop, visit 10

S I N D L E S H AM C O U RT Planning for that special day is something our experienced team are happy to assist in, to ensure that you have everything you wish for. We are approachable and flexible and it is important to us that we are able to provide all the facilities that you want for that memorable day. Mole Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 5DB 01189783902 | | WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY eautifu natura contemporary 07748 520 838

MAKING MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME Whether outside in our tranquil wedding gardens overlooking the golf course, or inside within our decadent Watling Suite, our stylish setting, flexible approach and years of experience allow us to provide you with a unique and memorable wedding that truly reflects your personality. MILTON KEYNES The Approach, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes, MK8 8LY 01908 561 666 | Helping you say it from the heart When you want to show the world just how much you love someone, you want a ceremony that tells a truly personal story. Wherever you are getting married or if you’re planning a wedding celebration, Springwood Ceremonies will help you create a memorable and unique ceremony. For further information please call or visit: | 07766 750 446 | 01993 833030 Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire OX7 6SD Our picturesque and unique location mean we’re a sought after Cotswolds event venue. Host a summer wedding in the garden; bring friends and family for a birthday meal; or stop over for an hour or two during a tour of the Cotswolds. Whatever event you’ve got in mind, we’d love to hear from you. An exclusive Cotswold wedding. It’s the first day of the rest of your lives. There can be few better places to spend it than at The Feathered Nest. With a full wedding licence and space for up to 65 guests (seated), the Nest makes the perfect, exclusive use, Cotswold wedding venue. Wedding photos, Chloe Ely Photography BE OUR GUEST - THE FEATHERED NEST OURVENUE - YOUR MEMORIES

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 5th August 2022. Terms and conditions apply. SOMETHING NEW New Buckinghamshire-based Love & Loved Bridal Boutique located in Swanbourne has opened its doors, offering an array of fashion-forward and on-trend dresses, separates, accessories and so much more. Set in a conservation area, the traditional barn building, that runs on solar energy provided by a nearby grain store, boasts a modern, contemporary interior providing a relaxed, calm space to enjoy a bridal shopping experience. British designers include the multi-award-winning Kate Fearnley whose stunning collections are designed and handmade in her UK studio, and leading sustainable bridal designer Sanyukta Shrestha whose inspiring new collection for 2022 is called Vegan Dream, brimming with 22 luxurious, affordable dresses created without using any animal products. Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding has teamed up with Love & Loved Bridal Boutique to offer readers 5% off on a spend over £1,800 on weekday appointments. To find out more and to book, visit quoting YBBOW95. Turn to page 63 to read more. Take advantage of these great giveaways Freebies &OFFERS Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 9TH OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting 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, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions 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

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2022 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. ESSEX SUN 23 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 25 SEPT PONTLANDS PARK West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, CM2 8HR SUN 30 OCT LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 16 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN 12PM-4PM

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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 KENT SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 6 NOV HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 4 SEPT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 18 SEPT CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 23 OCT SMEETHAM HALL BARN Smeetham Hall, Sudbury, CO10 7EU SUN 25 SEPT RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 6 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 4 SEPT HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 11 SEPT WARREN HOUSE Warren Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7HY SUN 30 OCT SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM

• 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 High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE Sponsored by London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Sponsored by

Monks’ Barn Looking for something different? 01628 823501 • Beautiful Grade II* listed medieval barn Available for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies We currently have two dates available in 2022 and a limited number in 2023 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 Telephone 01844 201226 | Email Notley Farm, Chearsley Road, Long Crendon, Nr. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9ER LONG CRENDON Notley Tythe Barn is a beautiful, fully restored 12th-century barn set in picturesque gardens within 500 acres of pasture land at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. It is an elegant and unique venue for weddings, receptions, parties, celebrations and other special events. Emma Lucy Photography Notley_Tyne_Barn_195x141mm_Ad_2016.indd 1 29/06/2016 15:29

OXFORD AND AROUND We reveal what’s new for weddings and staycations in this famous city THE FEATHERED NEST, NETHER WESTCOTE This charming gourmet country pub built from traditional Cotswold stone provides some of the best views in the Cotswolds of the surrounding valley and beautifully landscaped gardens. Dating back to the 15th century, the interiors are brimming with rustic charm, combining contemporary and traditional pieces with cool muted tones, eclectic furniture and exposed wooden beams. The Feathered Nest is the ideal location for an intimate celebration or grander affair. The gardens are the perfect location where a canopy provides shelter and bespoke art sculptures and firepits are dotted around the grounds. Ceremonies take place in the main restaurant or garden room where up to 65 guests can be seated either inside or outside the building on the covered terrace. The restaurant and bar allow for smaller celebrations, with diners enjoying 3 AA Rosette cuisine and for larger events, a marquee or tipi can be erected on the grounds. The property has recently launched a new cottage to add to its bespoke room collection. The cosy accommodation combines period charm and modern elegance with original features including flagstone flooring, an exposed fire mantle and wooden beams. The sitting room and modern kitchenette feature a comfy sofa and dining area. On the middle floor is a modern bathroom and on the top floor is a luxurious double bedroom home to a super king-size bed. The cottage is offered free for the couple on the night of the wedding as well as a six-course tasting menu (with wine) on their first anniversary. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01993 833 030 HEYTHROP PARK, CHIPPING NORTON Warner Leisure Hotels has opened bookings for Heythrop Park, a 440-acre country hotel that’s reopening its doors in time for summer staycations and mini-moons after undergoing a £40m investment. While this Oxfordshire bolthole doesn’t host weddings, guests can now snap up one of its 337 meticulously designed bedrooms, and it’s a great choice for the first-night stay for those marrying nearby. Heythrop Park has undergone a complete renovation since being purchased in 2018, to become the 15th property in the adult-only hotel group, Warner Leisure Hotels’ portfolio. Days can be spent enjoying a host of activities from archery to laser clay shooting, or a round of golf on the Bainbridge Championship Golf Course. Those looking for some pre-wedding pampering can unwind with a treatment in the spa complete with a brand-new thermal and sensory suite and outdoor hot tubs. The 300-year-old Grade II listed property offers loft-inspired lounges, sweeping staircases and a trio of restaurants plus two large theatres hosting daily shows, bands, music festivals and comedy nights. The opulent manor’s extensive grounds provide the perfect setting for romantic parkland walks and bike rides, with little gems such as the whale cave and a hidden waterfall to discover. Surrounding the hotel are many wonderful sights, such as the famous Blenheim Palace, just a quarter of an hour’s drive away and Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm Shop which sells local produce and merchandise. Other highlights include the shopping outlet, Bicester Village, and Heythrop Zoological Gardens, a private zoo specialising in exotic animal training and positive reinforcement which is just next door. Simon Thompson, managing director of Warner Leisure Hotels, says, “We’ve seen first-hand that the rise in demand for domestic breaks is here to stay as people recognise the treasures we have on our doorstep.” Contact: Spotlight on... 19 LOCAL VENUES

COGGES MANOR FARM, WITNEY, OXFORDSHIRE This beautiful family-run farm set on 17 acres boasts more than 1000 years of history and is an integral part of the local area, plus a popular filming location. It’s conveniently located close to Oxford in the heart of Witney and is less than a two-hour drive from London. It’s home to two adjacent 18th-century barns providing a wonderful wedding setting and a blank canvas for couples to personalise their day. The pretty outdoor grounds reveal a manicured walled garden, perfect for a drinks reception, and the manor lawn can be used for croquet and garden games. This versatile venue suits an outdoor barbecue, hog roast and street food-style vans and there’s a firepit for toasting marshmallows. Music can be enjoyed outside and everything is set against a beautiful rural backdrop ideal for photographs that the resident farm animals love to be included in! There’s a covered canopy in case of rain and wedding parties can enjoy exclusive use after 5 pm. Ceremonies take place in a choice of two Cotswold stone barns adjacent to one another. The Wheat Barn – the more spacious of the two – can seat up to 250 guests while Barley Barn, the smaller adjacent one, can accomodate up to 100 loved ones. There’s also St Mary’s Cogges Witney parish church located next door. The wedding breakfast and reception can be held in one (or both) of the barns and spill outside on to the lawn. The Wheat Barn can seat up to 200 guests banqueting-style or host up to 130 loved ones at round tables. The Barley Barn is home to a dancefloor and bar and can also provide a quiet space for children. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01993 772 602, COTSWOLDS CAMPING, NEAR COGGES MANOR FARM As Downton Abbey returns to the big screen, and season two of Bridgerton drops on Netflix, wedding guests can visit and stay close to the locations that made these epic period dramas famous with Cotswolds Camping that’s located a few miles from Cogges Manor Farm, the setting for Yew Tree Farm, the quaint farmhouse home to the Drewe Family in Downton Abbey. Historic houses, museums and market towns are all within close proximity to the site, ensuring visitors have the full Downton Abbey experience. Options range from a grass tent pitch (electric optional) which starts from £17 per night for up to three people, going up to a Gypsy Caravan from £80 per night. Contact: Photography of barn interior courtesy of 20

Follow us on: /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents Pre-register at THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, ESSEX ONE OF THE LARGEST WEDDING SHOWS TO BE HELD IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER - 11AM TO 3:30PM • Free entry • Win a luxury honeymoon • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • Covid-19 secure Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPONSORED BY Cogges Manor Farm The perfect venue for your beautiful Cotswold barn wedding Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA 01993 772602 / See virtual tour at

Follow us on: /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents Pre-register at WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON ONE OF THE LARGEST WEDDING SHOWS TO BE HELD IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND SUNDAY 5TH MARCH, 2023 • Free entry • Win a luxury honeymoon • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • Covid-19 secure Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPONSORED BY HENLEY GREENLANDS The Perfect Riverside Venue. Grand white house, gorgeous grounds, stunning views of the river, inclusive & bespoke packages, menus created from the finest produce, dedicated & professional team, licensed civil ceremony rooms and 100 en-suite bedrooms - Greenlands, memorable for all the right reasons. Telephone: 01491 418 810 or 01491 414 550 Email: Venue Henley, Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 3AU

Staycation ideas LUXURY COTSWOLD RENTALS HAND-PICKS ESCAPES FOR THE PLATINUM JUBILEE Where better to celebrate the historic Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year than in the heart of Britain’s most idyllic countryside. Whether it’s celebrating in privacy with loved ones or indulging in one of the summer’s hottest tickets, Luxury Cotswold Rentals is delighted to highlight some of its finest properties including Greenwich Lane Farm in Oxfordshire, located close to Soho Farmhouse. It’s a 17th-century Cotswold farmhouse with extensive mature grounds home to a vegetable garden, treehouse and children’s play area; and is within walking distance of the village and its pub. There are five bedrooms in the main house, and three situated in the stylish self-contained cottage just a few metres away. In the main house, there’s a large but cosy and comfortable sitting room that doubles up as a tv room, a library that’s also a study, a bar, a garden sitting room, a separate laundry room, boot room and a downstairs cloakroom. The first floor is home to a master bedroom featuring a large en-suite, double bedroom, two attic bedrooms each with two single beds sharing a family bathroom, and a single bedded nursery. At Greenwich Lane, you’ll find indoor games, a sound system, working fireplaces, a barbecue and bicycles. Contact: GREYFRIARS HIDEAWAY, OXFORD The team behind Waternook in the Lake District bring you two luxurious, historic and exclusive-use properties in the heart of Oxford’s vibrant city centre, providing the perfect base to enjoy the city this summer. Both properties, The Master’s Lodgings and Cloisters are now available for two-night minimum stays and welcome dogs. They’re set within an unrivalled location, tucked behind high walls just steps from Westgate Oxford and Oxford Castle. They can be taken separately, or together and are booked on a self-catering basis as standard, but guests can choose in advance of their stay from a menu of optional concierge services including arrival by helicopter, private chefs, bespoke sightseeing tours, beauty, wellness, yoga and nutrition services, personal trainers and even close protection security teams. The two properties have been lovingly and painstakingly restored, retaining many of their original 17th-century features and they sit within a pretty gated courtyard of trees, plants and a trickling fountain, each with their own outdoor seating area – ideal for al fresco breakfasts and sunset cocktails. The Masters Lodgings sleeps up to four people over two suites that take up the entire floor. Each is furnished with its own natural stone and porcelain bathroom plus hand-made, super king-sized beds complete with made-to-order mattresses. A Listed 17th-century wood-panelled staircase links the bedrooms with the ground floor where there’s a fully equipped kitchen, a cosy period wood-panelled sitting room furnished with Harris Tweed sofa and chairs and a more formal dining area. French doors lead from the Drawing Room into the courtyard garden with seating beneath the arbour. Cloisters sleep up to eight people in four suites, one boasting a beautiful Grade II listed ornate plaster ceiling dating back to the early 17th century. Two suites overlook the garden while the other two face towards Oxford Castle, a fantastic sight when illuminated at night. Each is complemented with a dressing area, a hand-made super king-size bed and bathrooms with freestanding baths and monsoon or rain showers. Contact: LOCAL VENUES 23 Classic elegance with a modern twist, Rackleys Barn is Buckinghamshire’s new secret wedding venue

Something old These historical venues all have a story to tell MISSENDEN ABBEY, GREAT MISSENDEN, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This exclusive-use 12th-century period venue has been lovingly transformed 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 for up to 100 guests and larger parties of an additional 30 guests can enjoy the use of the Library creating further space. A drinks reception can be held in the picturesque grounds or, in the event of bad weather, in the Garden Room, Bar or Library. The wedding breakfast can be hosted in the adjoining dining room for up to 115 guests and a summer option is a seasonal marquee with a starlit canopy accommodating up to 150 people. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01494 866 811, ❤ We love... that the bridal suite is complimentary on the night of the wedding. Scan to view video Frederick Lyeh Photography of Ceremony Room/Garden Room by www. Photography of exterior courtesy of THEMED VENUES 25

What ’s new? BURNHAM BEECHES HOTEL, SLOUGH, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. Offering elegant Georgian architecture and ten acres of manicured lawns and gardens, this romantic wedding venue provides a distinctive range of settings for ceremonies and receptions, from the splendour of the Windsor Suite to the cosy ambience of the Burnham Suite, and the lawns and terraces for al fresco celebrations. The hotel has launched a range of new packages for 2022 and 2023 to help couples create a day to remember. ❤ Intimate and Elegant This package is perfect for couples who want to celebrate their special day in complete privacy, priced from £1,890. It includes exclusive use of The Tea Room, Ascot Suite or Windsor Suite and Chiltern Bar for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception plus ceremony décor; honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding; a selection of canapés; a champagne reception and champagne to toast, four-course wedding breakfast with wine, tea and coffee served with petit fours and evening snacks. Couples will be able to enjoy a complimentary menu and wine tasting before the wedding and the hotel will also gift them an Afternoon Tea experience to enjoy on their first anniversary. ❤ Completely Perfect This package offers everything needed to ensure a stress-free celebration. Priced from £5,990, it includes exclusive use of the Windsor Suite and Chiltern Bar for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception plus many of the features listed above. ❤ Exclusively Yours Couples can hire out the entire hotel and gardens from noon on the wedding day until 11 am the following day, including 80 bedrooms for guests, priced from £23,390. It includes many of the services listed above, plus a £1,000 bar allowance. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01628 429 955, ❤ We love... that the talented team at the hotel can cater for a diverse range of ceremonies and receptions from the most intimate weddings to those with up to 120 guests. THE LOCH & THE TYNE, OLD WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE This is Chef Adam Handling’s very first pub and restaurant, with guest bedrooms, located in the stunning countryside of Old Windsor. With sustainable, British luxury at its core, Adam and the team are fully committed to making it the UK’s most sustainable pub and the menu includes a vegan-friendly plant-based offering. Ceremony licence: No, this property is perfect for a post-elopement dinner. Contact: 01753 851 470, ❤ We love... the new selection of Adam Handling books available to order from Autumn 2022. 26

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Allsuitesinthemanorarelicensedforcivilceremoniesandmarriages, includingtheJapanese pagoda in the secret garden. Call to arrange a look around and discover your dream wedding at Donnington Grove... Discover weddings AT DONNINGTON GROVE The Emerald All inclusive package • Arrival drink of red, white or sparkling wine • Set 3 course meal • Glass of sparkling wine with the speeches • Half a bottle of house wine per person • Evening room hire with set finger buffet and resident disco • Complimentary suite for the bride and groom on the wedding night. £120 per person Available November to March The Diamond All inclusive package • Arrival drink of Pimms or champagne • Canapés on arrival • Set 3 course meal • Glass of champagne with the speeches • Half a bottle of house wine per person • Evening room hire with buffet or hog roast and resident disco • Complimentary suite for the bride and groom on the wedding night and their first anniversary. £140 per person Available April to October Tel: 01635 581000 Email: Grove Road, Newbury RG14 2LA Great Missenden | Bucks | HP16 0BD Your Wedding Memorable weddings happen at Missenden Abbey Set amidst 10 acres of picturesque grounds, this 12th Century medieval abbey offers the perfect setting for your magical day. For more information or to arrange a viewing, call us on 01494 867996 or email Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships Complimentary bridal suite 56 en-suite bedrooms on-site Marquee options available Dry hire for specialised weddings 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 Wedding Showcase Saturday 9th July Join us at the Missenden Abbey Wedding Showcase, where you can see the Abbey beautifully set up for a wedding. Enjoy a glass of fizz and sample our delicious canapes as you walk around our magical venue featuring stained glass windows and high vaulted ceilings. Head to our website to find out more.

HORWOOD HOUSE, MILTON KEYNES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Nestled in the rural tranquillity of the Buckinghamshire countryside sits this Grade II listed manor house, accessed via a tree-lined approach surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens. Designed in a Jacobethan style, the manor building incorporates tall brick chimneys, bay windows and Bath stone surfaces with handmade red brick walls and original stone steps leading up to it. The newly refurbished Wedding Ceremony Room seating up to 80 guests is brimming with grand features and provides a calm and neutral ethereal-inspired space. High ceilings are decorated with magnificent detailing, there’s an impressive stone fireplace and a stunning bay window providing plenty of natural daylight. Subtly glistening wall coverings and soft botanical prints complete the romantic décor. For a picturesque outdoor backdrop, a white wedding pavilion is situated in the historical gardens to be enjoyed throughout the summer months, with a capacity of 190 guests and couples can also choose to use the grounds for a drinks reception and photography. The neutral and spacious settings of the Eyre and Cook Suites can be decorated to any chosen theme, seating up to 190 guests for the wedding breakfast, with the option to add a dancefloor. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01296 722 100, ❤ We love... that the wedding couple can enjoy a menu tasting ahead of their big day. The Classical Package includes a classic double room for the night prior, and an Executive Room on the night of the wedding. For a limited time only, the team are offering a complimentary first-anniversary meal in Harry’s Bar & Kitchen. And finally... THE RUBY BARN, CHIPPING NORTON, OXFORDSHIRE This hidden gem located on the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is part of the Unique Homestays collection and is the ideal choice for guest accommodation and a staycation mini-moon (it isn’t licensed for weddings). This luxury self-catering barn conversion is home to two walled gardens on either side of the house where raised beds are filled with heady lavender and wildflowers encircle the al fresco lounge and dining areas. The interior has been fashioned with soft colours and patterns and is brimming with treasures collected over many years, from thick drapes to sheepskin throws and a roaring wood burner that offers a warm welcome during the colder months. There are two double bedrooms situated on the ground floor while, upstairs on the mezzanine level and over an internal bridge, is the third. Further afield, busy farmer’s markets, thatched inns and miles of footpaths tempt explorations into the Cotswold hills. Contact: 01637 882 066, 29 THEMED VENUES

Vintage VIBE Emily and Tom’s special day took place at De Vere Wokefield Estate in Berkshire Images courtesy of Savannah Photographic Photography and Films by Alex Harvey-Brown Emily BonehamHorrox and Tom Horrox married on 19th September 2021 at De Vere Wokefield Estate in Reading, Berkshire. 30

Emily and Tom met on Tinder in June 2017 and clicked from their very first date. “We both love musicals and performing so an in-car sing-along to Defying Gravity from the show Wicked was all it took, along with a race around a gokarting track!” Emily tells us. “Tom proposed just after my birthday in October 2019 at Cahoots, a 1940s-themed bar in London. It was a complete surprise! The timing was perfect as Tom was able to ask my parents’ permission a couple of days beforehand.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple had viewed a few wedding venues before deciding on De Vere Wokefield Estate. “The hotel was perfect with its grand but homely feel,” Emily explains. “Nothing was too much trouble for the experienced team and they were so flexible when it came to date changes – we had to postpone twice due to the pandemic.” The couple added some personal touches to their big day including adding photographs of Emily’s grandparents to her bridal bouquet and choosing lyrics from musical theatre songs as their ceremony readings. “We walked out of the ceremony to a recording of my grandad playing the organ,” Emily tells us. The couple decorated their day with autumnal colours. “Our centrepieces were tall clear glass vases filled with white hydrangeas, peach and red roses, ferns and trailing ivy,” Emily describes. “They were placed on large round log slices with the table names written on them in pyrography and our place names were also written in pyrography on smaller log slices. Our table names related to a location in one of our favourite musicals – the table that was hosting guests from further afield was called Gander from the musical Come From Away. Little did our guests know that REAL WEDDING 31