Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - August/September (Issue 96)

£3.55 AUG/SEPT 2022 FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, OFFERS, VENUES AND MORE WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 ON THE MENU Delicious dishes and sweet treats The beauty of nature HEART Expert local suppliers reveal all WELCOME Stunning waterside venues From the A warm Sustainable styled shoot FROCK STAR Fun and flirty dresses GIVE IT A GLOW Big-day beauty must-haves Love actually Romantic real-life weddings

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3 REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 61 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER FEATURES 49 THE BEAUTY OF NATURE This rustic-inspired shoot at Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes showcases a sustainable, late-autumn wedding 53 CAMERA READY Local wedding photographers reveal their favourite snaps 57 WHAT’S NEW In the world of wedding catering On the cover... Berkshire-based wedding photographer Joe Mallen took the stunning cover image this issue as part of Cheryl and Rob's wedding at Wasing ( revealed on page 37. To book Joe for your wedding, visit 75 VENUES 21 DOWN BY THE WATER’S EDGE Make a splash in one of these wedding venues 27 SPOTLIGHT ON EAST BERKSHIRE & READING We reveal where to wed 90

4 GROOMS 83 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 74 LEADING LADY Mothers-of-the-bride will love these stylish dresses and accessories 75 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 81 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 86 68 REAL WEDDINGS 30 A STYLISH AFFAIR Daisy and Ed’s big day followed a light pink and blue colour theme with delicate touches of gold 37 MAGIC MOMENTS Cheryl and Rob’s big day at Wasing in Berkshire was decorated with a dusky blue and blush pink theme 42 IT’S PARTY TIME! Laura and Fraser’s special day enjoyed a dusky pink and mauve colour theme with a nod to the various musicals that they enjoy 74 HONEYMOONS 84 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 86 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 98 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand 78 Classic elegance with a modern twist, Rackleys Barn is Buckinghamshire’s new secret wedding venue

Yes, you guessed it, I have been lucky enough to take a trip to the jewel of the Greek islands this year and it didn’t disappoint! Santorini has always featured high on my travel wish-list and thanks to The Greek Villas, this trip became a reality (don’t miss my review later this autumn!) For those of you not braving the airport crowds this year and vacationing closer to home, our latest issue is packed with staycation ideas that double up as waterside wedding venues. Couples needing ideas should take inspiration from our real-life weddings, in particular, Cheryl and Rob’s fabulous celebration at Berkshire-based wedding venue Wasing. Check out and our social channels for fashion, beauty, and wedding styling ideas and we’ve recently created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, providing our readers with plenty of wedspiration from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how-tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings and you’ll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks. We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? It’s your one-stop-shop for wedding vid-spiration! Simply head to YouTube and search County Wedding Magazines. Wishing you a very happy holiday and safe travels and I’ll see you next issue! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Summer in Santorini Our exclusive shoot for this issue on page 49 took place at Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes. How cute is this wedding dress candle from featured in our news section on page nine – I want one for my home even though I’m not getting married! Being well looked after by our host Michael at the luxurious Villa Mellow located close to Oia in Santorini. Booked through The Greek Villas, this piece of paradise comes with 24-hour private service ( 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 @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Enjoying the views in the Insta-worthy town of Oia in Santorini, 6

7 I love photography as a hobby, not just as part of my job, so it was wonderful seeing some of the finest local wedding photographers reveal their favourite big-day snaps, including Kevin at Potters Instinct Photography. Turn to page 53 to see more! I’m learning to roller skate this summer! Read more about Impala Skate on page 68. I love Oxfordshire wedding venue Tythe so it was fun writing about Laura and Fraser’s big day on page 42. This beautiful bicycle used to display flowers outside the barn has inspired me to get back on my pink ladies’ bike this summer! Daisy and Ed’s real wedding included some Insta-worthy touches that can be seen on page 30. It was a pleasure to compile the real wedding of Cheryl and Rob at Wasing in Berkshire. Turn to page 37 to read all about it. Bringing the outdoors in – turn to page 21 to see the latest from waterside wedding venues, including Buckinghamshire-based Horwood House. EDITOR’S LETTER

2022Wedding Fairs Sunday 4th September Easthampstead Park Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham RG40 3DF 11am - 3pm, free admission Monday 5th September Hillfields Farm Estate ParkWall Lane, Lower Basildon RG8 9PE 4.30pm - 8.30pm, free admission Sunday 11th September Crowne Plaza Reading Richfield Avenue, Caversham, Reading RG1 8BD 11am - 3pm, free admission Sunday 18th September Trunkwell House Hotel Beech Hill Road, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2AT 11am - 3pm, free admission | berkshireweddingfairs | berkshireweddingfairs 07708 249 440 | 07990 711 444 Sunday 25th September De Vere Wokefield Estate Goodboys Lane, Mortimer, Reading RG7 3AE 11am - 3pm, free admission Sunday 2nd October Coppid Beech Hotel John NikeWay, Bracknell RG12 8TF 11am - 3pm, free admission Sunday 9th October The Great House at Sonning Thames Street, Sonning-on-Thames, Reading RG4 6UT 11am - 3pm, free admission Sunday 23rd October Fredrick’s Hotel & Spa Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead SL6 2PZ 11am - 3pm, free admission 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 special day. For more information or to arrange a viewing, call us on 01494 867996 or email Wedding Fair Sunday 25th September, 12pm - 4pm Join us at the Missenden Abbey Wedding Fair, where you can see the Abbey beautifully set up for a wedding. Enjoy a glass of fizz and meet a variety of local wedding suppliers as you walk around our magical venue featuring stained glass windows and high vaulted ceilings. Head to our website to find out more. Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships Packages to suit all couples Complimentary bridal suite 57 en-suite bedrooms on-site Marquee options available Space for live music or DJ We’d love to show you our gorgeous venue. Call us to arrange a viewing with our wedding coordinators CITY BREAKS LONG HAUL GETAWAYS RAIL & TOURING CRUISE SKI & WINTER FAMILY VILLA HOLIDAYS Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking Transfers Excursions Loun Pass Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking Transfers Excursions Lounge Passes Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking Transfers Excursions Lounge Passes We listen to YOUR needs and find a trip that’s perfect for YOU. Take the stress out of booking your next getaway. Simply call us and let us do the legwork. WE SEARCH, YOU TRAVEL. Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking T +44 (0)1344 890400 @AscotTrav @ascottravhouse @ascot_travel_house Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking Transfers Excursions Lounge Passes Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking Transfers Excursions Lounge Passes Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking Transfers Excursions Lounge Passes Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking Airport Hotels Car Hire Airport Parking Transfers Excursions Lounge Passes SCAN TO FIND US WEDDINGS ABROAD HONEYMOONS

NEWS The latest news from around both counties EDITOR’S FAVOURITE This wedding location frame by Marlow-based Map Gifts, Etc is just one of many personalised map gifts and home décor items. To shop, visit Nearlywed SCAMP & DUDE TO OPEN FLAGSHIP MARLOW STORE Guests at weddings will love fashion brand Scamp & Dude which has launched its flagship store on Marlow High Street this summer, bringing further buzz to the already bustling high street. The famously colourful brand that’s well-known for its bold offering of dresses and loungewear will be offering a stunning selection of womenswear and children’s fashion. Founded in 2016 by Jo Tutchener-Sharp following a lengthy stay in hospital undergoing brain surgery, the brand reaches far beyond fashion with a focus on giving back. For each Superhero Sleep Buddy sold, another is donated to a child who has lost a parent or is seriously ill themselves. Similarly, for every Super Scarf sold, another is donated to a woman with cancer or the mother of a child with cancer. So far, Scamp & Dude has donated over 5000 Superhero Sleep Buddies and 5500 Super Scarves. The new Marlow store creates a space for the local community to come together and enjoy a range of events throughout the year. Marlow is local to Scamp & Dude’s birthplace and is intended as the brand’s new home for continued growth far into the future. Jo tells us, “Marlow seemed like the perfect place to open our flagship store, partly because it’s our local town, but also because it’s such a vibrant place to be. The Scamp & Dude shop will be so much more than just a retail space, it will also be used to hold regular events too, bringing the community together. We can’t wait to welcome customers into the world of Scamp & Dude.” To shop, visit YOUR STORY BRIDAL BOUTIQUE OPENS IN MARLOW Exclusive bridal boutique Your Story opens its doors in Liston Court, Marlow this August. A luxurious wedding dress destination, the showroom will provide a tailored experience for brides-to-be, offering a unique mix of prestige wedding dress designers not available anywhere else in the local area including Evie Young, Love & Liberty, Nicole Milano and Watters. The boutique is also the first to stock accessory designer Ophelia Ren, who offers beautiful, handmade floral accessories. Each piece is created from lightweight clay and can be designed to match any wedding colour palette, they’re the perfect way to incorporate flowers into the day without them wilting or fading. Founded by bridal expert Natalie Cameron, Your Story Bridal Boutique focuses solely on each bride’s unique identity, appreciating that everyone’s journey to the perfect dress is different. The team recognises that this experience is something that will be remembered forever. Natalie tells us, “I’m so excited to be opening Your Story Bridal Boutique in Marlow. The town creates the perfect backdrop for a bridal showroom and there’s something special about Marlow, making it the perfect place to find the dream dress. We can’t wait to welcome everyone and begin their journeys with them.” For more information, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

CHESTERTON HOTEL BICESTER REOPENS Newly refurbished and under new ownership, the Chesterton Hotel Bicester is a stunning boutique hotel set on the edge of the Cotswolds on the fringes of the picturesque village of Chesterton. From the outside, this picturesque 16th-century farmhouse is every inch the quintessential Cotswolds stone building. Inside, stunning new interiors seamlessly blend mid-century modern with urban industrial design elements in striking visual contrast to its classic ‘cottage core’ exterior. It’s home to 17 individually styled bedrooms with creature comforts including private Juliet balconies overlooking the garden, bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling black marble, plush carpet, king- or twin-sized beds, flat-screen televisions and Nespresso machines. The elegant bar and brasserie boast on-trend black and white chequered flooring, an original fireplace and extensive menus. Mouth-watering dishes include classic beef tartare, lobster bisque, corn-fed chicken roulade and vegetarian and vegan options. The hotel is also known for its delicious cocktails and afternoon tea. The public areas are comfortable and chic mixing smart leather with brass and touches of plush velvet, perfect for its fashion-forward clientele, many of whom check-in for the designer shopping experience at nearby Bicester Village located two miles away. World heritage site Blenheim Palace is also close, just 10 miles away. The informal grounds are home to a peaceful water garden, soft green meadows and coppices and the property provides a picturesque wedding venue for up to 260 guests. To book, visit ESCAPE TO OXFORD CAMPAIGN INCLUDES AFFORDABLE THINGS TO DO Experience Oxfordshire, the destination management organisation for Oxfordshire, is encouraging visitors to Escape to Oxford with the launch of a new campaign funded by VisitEngland. The local marketing initiative forms part of the National Tourist Board’s ‘Escape the Everyday’ marketing campaign supporting England’s tourism industry recovery. Visitors will be encouraged to book experiences including walking tours, River Thames cruises, open-top bus rides, theatre shows at New Theatre Oxford and hotel stays in a variety of properties including St Margaret’s Hotel. A highlight is a luxury shopping experience in nearby Bicester Village. Hayley Beer-Gamage, CEO of Experience Oxfordshire tells us, “We’re excited to see Escape to Oxford showcasing the city, and county, alongside other destinations across England as part of the national VisitEngland campaign.” Andrew Stokes, director of VisitEngland adds, “With the slower return of international tourists, now is the time to visit our wonderful cities and remind ourselves why they are such a draw. The funding will also support local businesses who have been working so hard to welcome visitors back and provide a stand-out experience.” EDITOR LOVES This cute wedding dress candle, £10, and couples wedding candle, £10, are from the latest collection from 10

Sal Majik Events is a Wedding and Celebration Planning company in the Berkshire area. We strive to make planning the perfect event less stressful and draining of your time no matter the size! We are here to guide you through the process and look after every detail big and small. Our moto is ‘Making Majikal Memories’ and we hope to create this for you. We would like to start this by giving you a 10% discount to kick start your Majikal year. 07484 216 730 e er ec un ack any e en Contact Hayley on 07886 385799 or email: @AlwaysWeddingSinger With over 25 years’ experience, West End performer Hayley can cater for any event. Her versatile vocals can create either a so , romantic atmosphere, or get the party started with pop classics for all generations. Customer review: “Hayley has an incredible voice. I can’t recommend her enough.” ame Lamber t Hote l Situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel is perfect as your wedding venue and offers exceptional value for money with its wedding packages. Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel offers its own individual style and character, coupled with variety and flexibility for an unbeatable combination of quality, service and value for money and originality. At Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel we provide that authentic wedding experience in a wonderful suite and surroundings with the capacity of up to 130 guests. At the hotel itself, you’ll find beautiful gardens and a picturesque courtyard in the centre. £4500 ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE DEAL Valid any Friday in 2022. Deal can be honoured if you book before November 2022. Package includes: • Wedding breakfast room hire • Table setup with white linen • Drinks on arrival (Bucks Fizz or Orange Juice) • 3 course wedding breakfast (Set menu) • Glass of house wine with the wedding breakfast • Tea/Coffee and chocolate to finish • Glass of sparkling wine for the toast • Cake knife and stand • Evening reception room hire • Evening finger buffet (6 Items) • Dance floor • Wedding night accommodation for wedding couple • Complimentary wedding breakfast menu tasting for two Please contact our dedicated Events team on 01844 351496 to arrange a personal visit to the hotel for a show around and discuss your requirements. Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel, Aston Rowant, Watlington, Oxfordshire OX49 5SQ MERCURE THAME LAMBERT HOTEL

Market town located near the New City of Milton Keynes 72-74 High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK11 1AH | 01908 578393 | WEDDINGS The Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford OAK ROOM Formal Dining | 20 Informal Dining | 35 Civil Ceremony Licence | 50 Located on the First Floor MARQUEE SUITE Formal Dining | 90 Informal Dining | 150 Civil Ceremony Licence | 100 Ground Floor Access, Private Bar, Dancefloor PRICING Prices per person, subject to change, minimum numbers may apply Civil Ceremony Room Hire from £300 Three Course Meal from £40 Afternoon TeaWedding £22 Drinks Package from £14 Savoury & Sweet Platters from £16 Hog Roast Buffet £15 Barbeque £15 Finger Buffet from £10.50 Canapés £8 Hot Rolls £7 Resident DJ from £350 07729 092 790 07729 092 790

ISHGA LAUNCHES SOUND THERAPY TREATMENTS AT THE SPA AT COWORTH PARK Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel and spa, Coworth Park has introduced specialist sound therapy treatments by organic luxury seaweed skincare ishga ( Located within 240 acres of Berkshire parkland, The Spa at Coworth Park provides a contemporary eco-luxury setting in which to enjoy the ishga sound therapy treatment, created in partnership with sound wellness brand Swell. This unique partnership aims to harness the power of sound, translating this into a range of therapeutic sound treatments to accompany ishga’s award-winning products. Guests at Coworth Park can enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation through sound therapy designed to be transportive, calming and relaxing. Swell’s unique approach to therapeutic sound was founded by international DJ and music psychology specialist Brian d’Souza and uses a combination of sound therapy and music composition to ensure ishga Sound Treatments capture the essence of the ocean and its home in the Hebrides. The 90-minute treatment is designed to work in harmony with the music as it takes the guest on a journey to the Hebrides. It begins with a seaweed foot bath, followed by the chimes of the Singing Bowl leading into a relaxing Balinese-inspired massage and concludes with a calming awakening at the end by the music of the Singing Bowl. The unique sound compositions are based on the natural sounds of the ocean, the beaches and the seaweed habitat of the Isle of Lewis. The soundscapes also draw on the musical traditions and instruments found in the Hebrides played throughout the treatment. Commenting on the partnership, the spa director at The Spa at Coworth Park, Teresa O’Farrell said; “We have built a strong relationship with ishga and are thrilled to be welcoming this unique sound therapy treatment to our wellness offering here at Coworth Park. Relaxation is at the forefront of everything we do here at The Spa at Coworth Park so we are excited to introduce this new bespoke experience to our guests.” To book, visit THE CLIVEDEN LITERARY FESTIVAL RETURNS Hosted at Cliveden House in Berkshire, a luxurious privately owned five-star hotel and wedding venue, the Cliveden Literary Festival is renowned as a forum for lively discussion, innovative ideas, and political debate. Drawing on Cliveden’s history as a literary salon, this year’s festival will once again bring together a superlative international line-up of writers and thinkers. Natalie Livingstone, chairman of the Cliveden Literary Festival said, “We are thrilled to be welcoming book lovers to the Cliveden Literary Festival, which is now in its fifth year. Cliveden House has been a sanctuary for lovers of literature and lively discussion for more than 350 years, and the Cliveden Literary Festival 2022 will continue that stellar cultural history.” To find out more about weddings at the property, visit THE SWAN AT STREATLEY OFFERS A BOATING EXPERIENCE Coppa Club is delighted to announce that their popular Streatley-on-Thames clubhouse, The Swan at Streatley, has welcomed a collection of electric motor boats for guests to hire this summer. The picturesque hotel location is on one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames. These electric boats silently glide over the water providing a sustainable and unique way to take in the surrounding countryside. In partnership with Pure Boating, guests can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing cruise surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt scenery, and even spot the occasional kingfisher or heron. The boats are elegantly simple and very easy to control, making them perfect for a self-drive, electricpowered boating adventure, even for a novice. The Derby is an open electric launch boat suitable for two or four people, costing £30 per half hour. For those that would like to be chauffeured and completely switch off, the Sapphire Rose seats up to 8 people, costing £295 for two hours, including an experienced skipper. For a truly memorable day, guests can enhance the experience with a Coppa Club Picnic, turn to page 57 to read more and to book, visit electric-boat-hire Turn to page 21 to read all about weddings at The Swan at Streatley 13 LOCAL NEWS | | 01189 070199 WEDDINGS ATWASING Exclusively yours, to bring the wedding of your dreams to life. Fake It is a fun, friendly professional salon offering Hair, Nails + Beauty in the heart of Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire. WWW.FAKEITHAIRANDNAILS.CO.UK E: | T: 01753 880099 13 MARKET PLACE, CHALFONT ST. PETER, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SL9 9EA Keratin Complex blow drys Bridal hair Party Hair Colour Specialists Hair styling Hair cutting Hair Extensions Acrylic & Gel Nail Enhancements Luxury Manicures & Pedicures Special occasion Make Up Waxing Eye brow shaping & tinting Eyelash tinting Lash lifting Facials Massage Hen Parties Children Parties Preloved bridal studio in Wendover, allowing brides to try beautiful dresses from a large selection of pre-loved & sample gowns, which is kinder to your budget & the planet Open by appointment allowing brides to come & try on in a relaxed environment. Please visit our website to book WWW.PRETTYINPRELOVEDBRIDAL.COM Follow us on Instagram for new arrivals @prettyinprelovedbridal

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 30th September, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. BLUSHING BRIDE Sian McCauley is an experienced make-up artist and hair stylist for any occasion or event who specialises in weddings. Her career started when she trained at the prestigious Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, where she learnt from the very best in the industry. Sian has also worked extensively with premium cosmetics brand Bobbi Brown where her service and product knowledge expanded. Brides can design their dream hairstyle and make-up look with Sian at their bridal trial, working together to find the perfect finish that suits them and brings out the best in them. Sian also offers other services including bridal lessons to learn her tips and tricks for those wishing to apply their own make-up for the big day which includes a chart of all products, tools and techniques used. Other beauty treatments offered include lash and brow services such as brow lamination and shaping, lash extensions, lash lift and lash or brow tinting. These can be combined, for example a lash tint with a brow shape and tint or lamination. Sian’s mobile service operates in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and the surrounding counties bringing beauty to the door. Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding has teamed up with Sian to offer readers 5% off services booked with a minimum spend of £250 and for bookings with six people or more, customers receive a 10% discount. To find out more and to take advantage of our exclusive offer, visit or call 07960 563 937 quoting YBBOW96. Turn to page 65 to read our expert piece with Sian. Take advantage of these great giveaways Freebies &OFFERS Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

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... GREATEXPECTATIONS

Pre-register at Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents Hosted at Ascot Racecourse, High Street Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX A date for your diary... SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 IN ASSOCIATION WITH • Win a luxury honeymoon • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Bridal fashion shows • Covid-19 secure • Entertainment • Refreshments One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of FREE ENTRY

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

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Down by the water’s edge Make a splash in one of these waterside wedding venues CHERWELL BOATHOUSE, OXFORD Couples searching for a quintessentially English venue will enjoy all that this family-run restaurant, Oxford’s largest punting station and riverside marquee, has to offer. It’s perched on the banks of the idyllic River Cherwell, close to the centre of Oxford, allowing newlyweds to arrive at their reception in a chauffeured punt. The Lower Boathouse located adjacent to the river is open from April to October, providing a rustic-inspired space for a reception. Alternatively, the Conservatory is open all year round for groups of up to 50 people with the advantage of underfloor heating during the colder months. The Boathouse Restaurant can accommodate parties of up to 75 guests in the converted Victorian space, and the new gazebo, open from May to September is a new spot predominately used as a chill-out area for guests. Ceremony licence? No, but blessings can be enjoyed Contact: 01865 552 746, ❤ We love... that couples and their guests can enjoy some self-drive or chauffeured punting on the river in hand-crafted punts. COMPLEAT ANGLER, MARLOW, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This stylish hotel showcases a classic English style dating back to 1653. The light and welcoming interior is decorated with touches of gold and it’s an ideal wedding venue for an intimate gathering of 30 guests or a much larger celebration of up to 120 loved ones. Compleat Angler commands the perfect location on the banks of the River Thames overlooking the suspended Grade I listed Marlow Bridge. The hotel overlooks the All Saints Marlow church which provides a stunning photographic backdrop. Ceremonies take place outside on the front lawn adjacent to the riverbank during the summer months for up to 100 loved ones and in a variety of rooms inside the hotel including the Thames Suite for up to 30 people, the River Room for up to 40 and the Regency Room for up to 120 guests. Reception drinks and canapés can be enjoyed on the front lawn during the warmer months while the Regency Terrace and River Room are perfect all year round, hosting receptions for up to 120 guests. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01628 484 444, ❤ We love... that within the selection of wedding packages, the hotel offers menu tastings and accommodation for the night of the wedding for the happy couple. THEMED VENUES 21

THE SWAN AT STREATLEY, BERKSHIRE Coppa Club’s Streatley-on-Thames location, The Swan at Streatley, is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley, upon the River Thames and roughly an hour’s drive from London. It’s nestled in 17 acres of beautiful riverside grounds and with its prime location, guests can sail up to the hotel! It has been recently refurbished with 47 bedrooms, some of which open on to the garden lawn overlooking the river, making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway. The grounds include the property’s private island providing scenic walks for guests and their four-legged companions. Ceremonies take place for up to 130 loved ones in The Aviary room overlooking the hotel gardens and riverside setting. A total of 200 loved ones can gather here for the evening party and catering is provided by the Coppa Club Event Team. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01491 878 800, ❤ We love... that the hotel offers complimentary menu tasting and an overnight stay included in the wedding package for the couple. Turn to page nine to read all about the summer Boating Experience available at the property. THE GREAT HOUSE SONNING, BERKSHIRE Sister property to The Swan at Streatley, Coppa Club’s stylish Sonning-On-Thames boutique hotel, home to 49 bedrooms, was the first Coppa Club property to open its doors six years ago. It’s home to a café, bar, restaurant and lounge with an informal, relaxed private members club feel without the fees. It’s an ideal location for a wedding with beautifully designed party spaces that can host ceremonies for up to 120 guests overlooking the gardens and river. Couples wanting a church wedding can do so in one of the nearby villages and then head back to the hotel for the celebrations. The Private Dining room is a light-filled space that can seat up to 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and hold up to 200 party-goers for the evening reception. The room is also adaptable for a more intimate celebration, and a selection of other private rooms are also on offer, accommodating between 10 and 120 loved ones. These spaces are also the perfect spot for a pre-wedding family dinner or a morning-after breakfast. The Coppa Club chefs have created a collection of menus for the wedding breakfast with a fresh, modern approach and a complimentary tasting is included in the wedding packages. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0118 969 2277, ❤ We love... the picnic hampers designed in partnership with the independent brand The Colourful Garden Company – turn to page 57 to read more. 22

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 AY L E S BURY It’s here! Holiday Inn Aylesbury’s new wedding brochure is NOW available For your copy please contact our events team today on Packages available for all sizes up to 110 people. LAST MINUTE AVAI LABI L ITY LATE 2022 – EARLY 2023 New Road, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP22 5QT | 01296 734031 @holidayinnaylesbury @HolidayInnAylesbury

MONKS’ BARN, HURLEY, BERKSHIRE Set in the riverside village of Hurley between Marlow and Henley, this 13th-century, Grade II listed medieval barn offers a special venue for ceremonies, wedding receptions and parties. It’s licensed for ceremonies, that can take place anywhere in the building, with the added option of saying ‘I do’ under the stunning archway leading to the lawn. The Great Hall in the barn can seat up to 120 people on long tables or up to 150 at round tables for the wedding breakfast. Adjacent to the Great Hall is Monks’ Bar and The Dance Hall which has ample room for a DJ. Guests can be received on the Monks’ Barn Lawn, where there’s plenty of room for a marquee plus secure overnight parking. This versatile venue allows receptions to take place anywhere inside the building too and couples can create a bespoke day with their choice of caterer, florist and furnishings. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01628 823 501, ❤ We love... the many activities for guests staying nearby to take part in, from nature trail walks to paddle boarding and canoeing. 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 H Spa is home to a 15-metre swimming pool complete with tranquillity beds, a thermal sauna and a steam room. They’re currently offering a selection of packages including Bring A Friend For Free where both will enjoy a blissful day of rest and rejuvenation from 9 am until 5 pm, with access to the hotel’s facilities plus a 25-minute treatment. Choose between an express facial, a back, neck and shoulder massage, a cranial massage or a foot and ankle treatment. Enjoy lunch in the spa lounge with two delicious courses showcasing seasonal British ingredients. The day package is priced at £225 for two on weekdays, and £240 from Friday to Sunday. If a quick pamper is in order, then the Tea & Treat package also offers use of the facilities from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm plus a 50-minute manicure or pedicure, with other optional treatment upgrades available. A delicious afternoon tea includes savoury treats, finger sandwiches, freshly baked cherry scones and delicious desserts such as rhubarb and custard choux buns. Priced at £80 per person from Monday until Thursday and £90 per person on weekends, the package is available for groups of three to six people. The newly refurbished Wedding Ceremony Room seating up to 80 guests is brimming with grand features and provides a neutral and 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 and 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 drink 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... the partnership with leading local attraction Silverstone Interactive Museum, visit the website to find out more. 25 THEMED VENUES

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

EAST BERKSHIRE AND READING From luxury hotels to member’s clubs, we reveal where to wed CROWNE PLAZA READING EAST The sister property to Crowne Plaza Marlow in Buckinghamshire, this luxurious new 4 Silver Star, 2AA Rosette-awarded hotel is set in picturesque landscaped grounds in Berkshire. The property has been awarded 2AA Rosettes for outstanding culinary talent in its Caprice Restaurant serving modern British cuisine, and there’s also Monty’s Lounge Bar serving authentic Indian dishes. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s exceptional facilities including Esprit Spa & Wellness, home to a 19-metre indoor heated pool with loungers, a large gym, five treatment rooms, a sauna and a steam room. There’s complimentary secure parking and accommodation available in a choice of 174 spacious bedrooms and suites complete with air-conditioning, 50-inch flat-screen televisions with Chromecast and HDMI and indulgent Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. 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. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01189 444 231 or visit ❤ We love... the selection of Dermalogica spa treatments available for some pre-wedding pampering. BEARWOOD LAKES, WOKINGHAM, BERKSHIRE The clubhouse at Bearwood Lakes golf club is a sophisticated wedding venue located within 200 acres of countryside. Accessed via gates that lead to a rhododendron-lined driveway, the property offers lakeside photo opportunities as well as a beautiful backdrop by the new waterfall and bridge. There’s also a pond filled with Koi fish and the view of the immaculately presented golf course is spectacular from the long glass balcony. The interior is decorated in neutral tones and filled with natural daylight through the large windows and doors overlooking the expansive course, providing a blank canvas for different wedding themes. A statement chandelier takes centre stage and during the evening, the carpet is rolled back to reveal the dancefloor. Ceremonies take place for up to 70 loved ones in the lounge area of the clubhouse while the wedding breakfast and reception are hosted in the contemporary restaurant and lounge. Both rooms flow from one to the other and can accommodate up to 110 people seated, or up to 160 loved ones for a buffet. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01183 048 200, ❤ We love... that a complimentary one-year social membership is offered to the happy couple following their big day. Spotlight on... Photography of Bearwood Lakes courtesy of Bearwood Lakes & 27 REGIONAL VENUES

WASING PARK WEDDINGS, ALDERMASTON This award-winning exclusive-use barn wedding venue is home to the picturesque parish Church of St. Nicholas, an idyllic Victorian Summerhouse embellished with a pretty hand-painted mural and the contemporary Garden Room with bi-fold doors allowing the outdoors in. With 4,000 acres of land and more than 250 years of history, the family-owned Wasing Estate houses historic buildings, glistening lakes and a walled garden. Wasing Park sits at the heart of the estate, the perfect pick for a romantic barn wedding. There’s a choice of 26 luxury bedrooms sleeping up to 64 guests with each one boasting bespoke design within an elegant historical setting, from the unique Grade II listed Granary sat proudly on its staddle stones to the fairytale-inspired Dovecote and a Honeymoon Suite featuring the largest bed in Berkshire. Ceremonies take place in the Garden Room, outside in the Victorian Summerhouse or in the parish church situated within the grounds. The magnificent Castle Barn offers a blank canvas for wedding receptions that can be decked in fairylights and decorated with candles and floral displays. Guests can relax and enjoy the delicious food beneath the adjacent stretch tent floating over the terrace at the back of the Castle Barn. Filled with comfortable seating, cosy blankets, twinkling lights and firepits, this area provides outdoor space that can be used all year round. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0118 907 0199, ❤ We love... that the estate regularly hosts a variety of well-being activities. Turn to page 37 to see the real wedding of Cheryl and Rob at Wasing. COWORTH PARK, ASCOT This Michelin-star country house hotel and spa is part of the Dorchester Collection set in 240 acres of Berkshire parkland. It’s home to 71 luxurious rooms and suites as well as a three-bedroom gatehouse cottage, North Lodge, which is the second cottage on-site alongside the Dower House. North Lodge is the nearest accommodation to The Spa at Coworth Park, a contemporary eco-luxury setting home to eight treatment rooms including two doubles, a manicure and pedicure suite, a relaxation room, The Spatisserie, gym, indoor pool and outdoor sun terrace with loungers. The spa has just introduced ishga sound therapy treatments, turn to page nine to read more. Coworth Park’s Mansion House is just a short walk for guests to enjoy Michelin-starred Restaurant Coworth Park under the culinary guidance of executive chef Adam Smith, considered one of the UK’s most talented executive chefs with a reputation for accomplished, classically based cooking with modern presentation. A field-to-fork philosophy is followed at the hotel where the kitchen team are proud to grow many of their herbs and seasonal vegetables on the grounds and the chefs are passionate about local produce, carefully selecting the finest British ingredients for every dish. In addition to Restaurant Coworth Park, the hotel offers relaxed dining in The Barn and award-winning afternoon tea in the Drawing Room. After dinner, cocktails can be enjoyed in The Bar. Coworth Park is the only UK hotel to feature its own polo fields and a full programme of polo tournaments, managed by Guards Polo Club. Ceremonies take place outside under the picturesque pagoda accessed via a wildflower-clad aisle (why not consider trotting down the aisle on horseback?) The Tower House offers an elegant indoor option and the wedding breakfast also takes place here, or in the Garden Room which features an al fresco terrace. The light and airy Oak Room, the upper-level bar and dining area of The Barn and the Restaurant Coworth Park’s conservatory are other all-season options. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01344 630 539, ❤ We love... that The Spa at Coworth Park was voted the Best UK & Ireland Hotel Spa 2021 at the Condé Nast Johansens awards. It also ranked 5th in Condé Nast Traveller’s World’s Top 30 spas. 28