Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - October/November (Issue 97)

£3.55 OCT/NOV 2022 FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, VENUES, OFFERS AND MORE WIN! A honeymoon in Portugal ONCE UPON A TIME Magical, fairytale venues The finishing OUCHES What to wear in your hair Viva España Make memories in Madrid STATEMENT SLEEVES Bridal dresses for winter weddings YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY Venue styling ideas Pastel hues Colourful styled shoot at an exclusive new venue

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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 97 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Portugal CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022 FEATURES 49 SOMETHING NEW Local wedding venue Mapledurham provided the backdrop for this styled shoot 55 YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY Venue styling inspiration 59 LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Wow your wedding guests with these talented performers 64 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines' senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey On the cover... Megan Daisy Photography captured this beautiful cover image as part of a styled shoot that took place at new Reading-based wedding venue Mapledurham. For a full list of suppliers and to see the shoot, turn to page 49. 85 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH BUCKS & NORTH OXON We reveal where to wed 27 ONCE UPON A TIME Say I do in one of these magical venues 88

4 GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 67 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 74 HEAD TURNERS Pick a statement headband, hair clip or crown for that finishing touch 75 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 80 THE MANE EVENT Haircare expert for Milk + Blush Nicole Petty talks us through 2022’s top bridal hair trends and how to achieve them 82 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 91 67 REAL WEDDINGS 30 AN INTIMATE DAY Amy and John married at Stanlake Park in Twyford, Berkshire 37 LAID-BACK LOVIN' Claire and Dave’s wedding at the barn at The New Inn located in Banbury, Oxfordshire enjoyed a forest green and white colour scheme 42 LOVE ON TRACK Samaire and Barry’s special day at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre followed a blush pink, pale blue and sage green theme 69 74 78 30 HONEYMOONS 88 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 91 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city 92 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK's best boltholes 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 Spain’s vibrant capital city this year and it didn’t disappoint! Madrid has always featured high on my travel wish list and thanks to Gran Hotel Inglés, this trip became a reality – read all about it in our honeymoon section. For those of you not braving the airport crowds this year and vacationing closer to home, our latest issue is packed with staycation ideas. 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. Happy planning and I’ll see you next issue! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Viva España! The Barn at The New Inn located in Banbury, Oxfordshire provided the romantic setting for Claire and Dave’s celebration. All is revealed on page 37. I love a quirky wedding so when this image of Samaire and Barry’s special day at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre landed in my inbox, I was in love! See their wedding in full on page 42. Enjoy the jacuzzi at Gran Hotel Inglés in the Instaworthy city of Madrid. ISSN 2049-4203 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Claire Ridley | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor, Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Cullen | Senior Editor Grooms and Honeymoons 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 Jessie Wilson | 01376 538 478 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. @YourBerksBucksOxonWedding @CWM_YBBOW @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS The Deco-inspired Gran Hotel Inglés, located in the centre of Madrid, was my home from home for two nights ( Turn to page 91 to read all about it. 6

7 Take advantage of our freebies and offers on page 15. Win a honeymoon in Portugal on page 97. Keep warm this winter in a wedding dress with sleeves. Take your pick on page 75. Treat yourself to a stay at the Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel Coworth Park in Ascot where the new restaurant Woven by Adam Smith has recently opened. All is revealed on page 9. Stanlake Park Vineyard located in Twyford, Berkshire provided the magical backdrop for Amy and John’s special day. Turn to page 30 to see more. Our exclusive styled shoot for this issue took place at the new Reading-based wedding venue Mapledurham - all is revealed on page 49. EDITOR’S LETTER

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NEWS The latest news from around the counties Nearlywed WOVEN BY ADAM SMITH OPENS AT COWORTH PARK Coworth Park has unveiled Woven by Adam Smith, the new restaurant that has just opened at the Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel. Chef Adam Smith’s menu promises a tapestry of familiar flavours reimagined in unexpected ways, combining the classics with modern touches. Martin Hulbert Design has created the interiors, crafting a theatrical and contemporary space that blends seamlessly into the Georgian manor house setting, whilst complementing and elevating the dining experience. An eye-catching set of sculptures inspired by the Coworth Park gardens sits at the entrance of Woven by Adam Smith. Past these, guests are welcomed into an impressive new wine room and pantry, with two floor-to-ceiling wine cellars holding a unique curation of bottles. The culinary journey will begin with a selection of snacks served from the pantry including a devilled egg with caviar, smoked roe and pine; coronation chicken and cured sea bass with XO sauce, kalamansi and seaweed. Welcome drinks pair seamlessly with Adam’s menu and introduce guests to a list that celebrates British wines alongside library vintages from some of the best producers around the world. There are also cocktails on the menu that use storied, sustainable British spirits from Sapling. A light-filled conservatory with expansive views over the Berkshire countryside sits to one side of the pantry, offering an extension of the main restaurant space or an exclusive private dining setting for up to 12 guests. The main dining room seats 44 guests, with interiors that champion quality, craft and natural materials at every turn. As a centrepiece of the restaurant, a striking plaster relief set with root vegetables sits on the back wall, made by artisans Locker & Riley. There’s also a contemporary light installation that mimics a woodland canopy, with delicate rays of light pouring over the restaurant below. Adam rose through the ranks in the kitchens of The Ritz and The Devonshire Arms, before joining Coworth Park as executive chef in 2016. He has gained numerous awards along the way; amongst his proudest moments, winning the prestigious Roux Scholarship in 2012 and being awarded Master of Culinary Arts in 2017. Woven by Adam Smith represents the culmination of Adam’s great career to date, with the chef taking his years of experience combined with a creative and hugely passionate approach to cooking, and fully expressing his unique style at the new restaurant. The menu champions British produce in dishes such as brown crab with radish, apple, basil and yuzu and Hereford beef served with potato and onion. In celebration of Coworth Park’s beehives, desserts include black fig with estate honey, walnut and bee pollen. Alternatively, guests can indulge in Adam’s signature chocolate, sea salt, cocoa nib and crème fraîche, or choose from a wide selection of British cheeses served from the pantry. The menu is priced at £80pp for lunch and £130pp for dinner, with the experience starting with a selection of snacks ‘From The Pantry’, followed by a choice ‘From The Larder’, ‘From The Stove’ and ‘From The Pastry’, before concluding with a selection of sweet treats. Wine pairing is offered at £80pp. Coworth Park is a 71-room luxury country house hotel set in 240 acres of picturesque Berkshire parkland. The estate includes a spa with an indoor pool and is the only UK hotel to feature its own polo fields and a full programme of polo tournaments, managed by Guards Polo Club. Alongside Woven by Adam Smith, the hotel also offers relaxed dining in The Barn and a delicious, award-winning afternoon tea in the Drawing Room. To book, visit SEARCYS LAUNCHES LIMITED-EDITION 175TH-ANNIVERSARY SEARCYS SELECTED CUVÉE BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT NV British restaurateur and event caterer Searcys has launched its new, limited-edition Searcys Selected Cuvée Blanc de Blancs Brut NV. Marking its milestone 175th birthday, only 5,000 bottles have been produced. Experts in all things fizz, Searcys is synonymous with champagne, with its very first own Cuvée dating back to 1893. Now, 129 years later, the restaurateur is topping off its birthday celebrations with a special Blanc de Blancs champagne, produced in the ECOCERT-certified vineyard in Epernay. Made with 100% Chardonnay grapes and aged in the chalk cellars for more than twenty-four months, this elegant wine offers freshness and delicacy in every sip. Yellow-gold in colour, with notes of white flower, citrus and biscuity aromas and hints of fresh almond and lemon, the wine is the ideal celebratory tipple and pairs perfectly with seafood and grilled fish. The 175th anniversary Blanc de Blancs joins the range of Searcys Selected Cuvée, alongside the recently released English Sparkling Wine. Priced at £50 per bottle, the new serve is available to purchase from Searcys online Gift Shop with nationwide delivery at Customers can also try a bottle of fizz across all Searcys venues. To find out more, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

ADULT-ONLY HOTEL GROUP OPENS BOOKINGS FOR HEYTHROP PARK IN OXFORDSHIRE A 440-acre country hotel has reopened its doors after undergoing a £40million investment. Oxfordshire bolthole Heythrop Park has enjoyed a complete renovation since being purchased in 2018, to become the 15 th property in the adult-only hotel group, Warner Leisure Hotels’, portfolio. Guests can now stay in one of its 337 meticulously designed bedrooms. Days can be filled with enjoying a host of activities from archery to laser clay shooting, or a round of golf on the Bainbridge Championship Golf Course. Those wanting to be pampered can unwind with a treatment in the hotel’s spa complete with a new thermal and sensory suite and outdoor hot tubs. The 300-year-old Grade II listed property offers lofty lounges and sweeping staircases plus a trio of restaurants and two large theatres for 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 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 which is just next door - a private zoo specialising in exotic animal training and positive reinforcement. Simon Thompson, managing director of Warner Leisure Hotels, said, “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.” To book, visit CLIVEDEN LITERARY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DATES AND PROGRAMME The Cliveden Literary Festival that’s set to take place between 15th and 16th October has announced its full 2022 programme. Taking place at the historic Cliveden House in Berkshire, and renowned as a forum for lively debate, this year’s Cliveden Literary Festival line-up features in-conversations with leading authors and thinkers, as well as panel discussions about many of today’s most pressing issues, with topics spanning current affairs, politics, history, feminism, business and beyond. Highlights from the Cliveden Literary Festival 2022 programme include the patriarch of British actors, Brian Cox who will tell broadcaster Chris Evans about his journey from Shakespeare to Succession; Monica Ali will share the highs and lows of a writer’s life with Merve Emre; William Boyd will chart his literary voyage through love and time with Sam Leith, and British Vogue Editor Edward Enninful will talk to Catherine Ostler about his fashionable life. Discussing the meaning of world history, Peter Frankopan, Aindrea Emelife, Ben Okri, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Catherine Ostler will debate what may happen next; the future of the British Monarchy will be debated by Royal experts Tina Brown, Robert Hardman and Camilla Tominey while Monica Ali, Sebastian Barry, Ben Okri, Susie Boyt and Merve Emre will discuss new approaches to writing modern fiction. Chanel supports the festival by extending Cliveden house’s 100year legacy of literary and cultural engagement to imagine the next. Returning sponsors include Citi Private Bank and The Arts Club. The festival is presented in partnership with The National Trust and Iconic Luxury Hotels and in association with Tatler. Other partners include Champagne Laurent-Perrier, John Sandoe Books and Jardine Jaguar and Land Rover. The full 2022 programme and speaker list can be viewed at A sell-out success every year, festival tickets are now on sale via To find out more about Cliveden as a wedding venue, visit www. 10

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 As seen at SIgnature Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse 020 3581 2202

THE BRIDAL DRESS COMPANY UNVEIL A NEW DESIGNER The Bridal Dress Company located in Newbury, Berkshire has welcomed a new designer into the store. Dreamy dresses by Justin Alexander are now available at this popular bridal boutique. Owner Charlotte Proctor tells us, “A couple of bridal trends for 2023 have already started to emerge after many major bridal fashion houses revealed their new spring collections. My favourite is the clean lines trend which is all about making a statement through simplicity. A daring side slit, an asymmetric neckline, beautiful tailoring and exquisite fabrics all make up this modern take on bridal fashion.” Charlotte continues, “The neckline of the moment is a fashionable off-the-shoulder style. This is combined with 3D florals because many designers have reworked the more traditional lace fabrics into oversized lace and floral motifs, switching the aesthetic to a more current one.” Ultra-feminine design details such as pearls and bows have been popular over the last year and will remain so in 2023. Charlotte tells us, “These can be as part of a dress, accessories or jewellery. When it comes to bridesmaids, we’ve seen the colour green dominate the industry. In 2023, Bridgerton-inspired Regency blues and lavender will become the colours of the year. We’re seeing brides make a statement with their wedding dress choices, truly expressing themselves through fashion. Where better to start the wedding dress search than with the Justin Alexander ‘Be You’ collection, one that encourages brides to feel confident in a wedding dress that evokes their personality. To book an appointment, visit STUDS OF HOPE LAUNCHES IN DANIELS OF WINDSOR Ethical jewellery brand 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 helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Individually designed, the pieces are an accessible way to help those in need but are also created to be desirable and 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. This inspirational brand is available to purchase at Windsor’s iconic store Daniels. To find out more, visit collections/studs-of-hope 13 LOCAL NEWS

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBERKSBUCKS.WEDDING Closing date 30th November, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. ALL MADE UP Fake It Hair & Nails is a popular hair, nail and beauty salon located in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire that’s open six days a week. The talented team have years of experience working with brides and members of the bridal party, many of who are (or become) clients. They regularly announce special offers on their hair and beauty services and current deals include a 10% discount for NHS workers (a valid NHS ID is required) and a £5 gift card redeemable against any treatment when customers recommend a friend (supplied after the new client’s first visit). Wedding services offered are bridal make-up from £65, bridal hair from £120, bridesmaids’ make-up from £45 and bridesmaids’ hair from £75. Trials are available on request and there’s a £75 call-out charge up to a 15-mile radius if the stylist(s) is required to travel to a wedding venue. Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding has teamed up with Fake It Hair & Nails to offer readers a 5% discount when a minimum of six people book together. Call 01753 880 099, quoting YBBOW97 and visit www. to find out more., Take advantage of these great giveaways ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS 14

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 30 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US 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 EAST ANGLIA SUN 23 OCT | SMEETHAM HALL BARN Smeetham Hall, Sudbury, CO10 7EU KENT SUN 6 NOV | HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 6 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG LONDON SUN 13 NOV | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road,SM4 5JD SUSSEX SUN 30 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM

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This full package is perfect for the couples who want assistance right from the beginning of their Majikal journey. We will start off our journey together with a get to know you chat where I can learn about both of you and everything you want for your big day! Once I understand your vision I will be able to provide options for several suppliers within your budget and help source the one that’s right for you. You won’t have to worry about a thing on your wedding day as I will be there from start to finish to make sure everything is Majikal. WEDDINGS Here at Sal Majik Events we want to help create majikal memories for all celebrations. As all events are unique, we will start with a face to face meeting discussing all the details. We will set up the event to eliminate the stress and make sure all the fine details are achieved, we will also assist with the backing up of an event so you can enjoy the entire day. The type of events that we are able to assist with are: - Birthday Parties - Gender Reveals - Baby Showers - Bridal Showers - Anniversary Parties - Christmas Parties - Graduations Parties CELEBRATIONS Wedding & Event Planning Contact us today! Email: Call: 07484216730 @salmajikevents @salmajikevents 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 Monks’ Barn Looking for something different? 01628 823501 • Beautiful Grade II* listed medieval barn Available for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies We currently have a limited number of dates available in 2023 and several in 2024

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Once upon a time Say I do in one of these magical venues WHAT’S NEW? HORWOOD HOUSE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Championing the very best of locally sourced British ingredients and embracing the hotel’s heritage is Harry’s Bar & Kitchen, the beautiful countryside restaurant based within Horwood House hotel. With a new menu carefully curated by the hotel’s new executive chef William Dimartino, the restaurant embraces seasonality - a value important to the estate’s first commissioner, Frederick Denny, who employed a dedicated gardening team to ensure the grounds delivered produce all year round - alongside the horticultural heritage synonymous with the hotel’s 38 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands. Placing the spotlight on quality ingredients and working closely with local growers and producers, expect nibbles such as whipped smoked cod’s roe alongside starters of coal-roasted Ware beetroot with goat’s cheese mousse and maple walnuts, burratina with pomegranate and toasted almonds, and the chef’s favourite - Isle of Wight tomato with chopped avocado and whipped tofu. A delicious sharing board showcasing local charcuterie from Cobble Lane makes the perfect appetiser, served alongside pickles and celeriac remoulade. The main courses focus on dishes cooked in a charcoal oven. Expect sirloin and ribeye steak aged for 30 days in a Himalayan salt chamber, expertly sourced from local business, Buckingham Butchers, alongside teriyaki Loch Duart salmon, lamb kofta with onion flatbread and pomegranate glazed grilled chicken. With sandwiches and wraps for light lunches, and delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options such as BBQ harissa cauliflower or a superfood salad, guests will be spoilt for choice. Desserts are no afterthought with several sweet delights to choose from. Highlights include a tropical rum roasted pineapple brioche with milk ice cream and a lemon and mint posset with raspberry sorbet. Inspired by the estate’s horticultural heritage and picturesque grounds, the restaurant exhibits rich, textural finishes of velvet, leather and tweed contrasted beautifully alongside the suitably botanical surroundings with a stunning herbaceous arrangement hanging from the restaurant’s skylight – a nod to Percy Thrower, acclaimed TV gardener and son of the restaurant’s namesake, Harry. Choose to dine at the country kitchen table or slink into armchairs for an intimate lunch or a relaxed evening meal. Guests can even take a seat on the expansive outdoor terrace, which overlooks the beautiful British countryside. The newly refurbished Wedding Ceremony Room inside this Grade 11 listed property seating up to 80 guests is brimming with grand features and provides a 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 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 H Spa, home to a 15-metre swimming pool complete with tranquillity beds, a thermal sauna and a steam room. THEMED VENUES 21

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 on the picturesque grounds or, in the event of bad weather, in the Garden Room, Bar and Library. The wedding breakfast can be hosted in the adjoining dining rooms 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. NOTLEY TYTHE BARN, AYLESBURY Perched in picturesque rural grounds in the Chiltern Hills sits this lovingly restored, historic 12th-century barn boasting a beam-rafted roof and a white-washed hall and gallery, the perfect backdrop for different big-day themes. The talented team at this family-run wedding venue can provide a complete hosting service, planning every detail for the ceremony, seating, music, and catering. The beautiful barn can seat up to 140 guests while a permanent marquee can accommodate another 60 people. The doors of the barn open directly on to the manicured garden that has been redesigned by Steven Hendry, a Chelsea Gold Medal-winning landscape architect. There’s a cocktail and canapé lawn plus a recreational lawn where children can run and play safely. A larger marquee can be placed here to accommodate up to 250 guests in total. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01844 201 226,  We love... the friendly team’s recommended list of local wedding suppliers. Photography of Ceremony Room/Garden Room by Photography of exterior courtesy of Interior of Notley Tythe Barn courtesy of 22

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 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 around our venue. Call us to arrange a viewing with our wedding coordinators A beautiful backdrop to say “I do” in Berkshire Set in 250 acres of gorgeous countryside, the Mansion House is the perfect setting for your dream day. Choose to get married inside this stunning Grade II listed building, or take your vows outside under the eaves of our Wedding Pavilion. For information about our packages, please contact us on the details below. | 0118 933 4019 | Goodboys Lane, Mortimer, Reading, RG7 3AE Wedding Fair Sunday 5th February 2023 11am - 3pm 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

DEVEREWOKEFIELD ESTATE, READING, BERKSHIRE This mansion house hotel, part of the De Vere portfolio of country estate hotels and event destinations, sits on 250 acres of parkland. A £20 million refurbishment saw the renovation of an additional 37 luxury bedrooms, the introduction of a golf driving range and the complete renovation of its modern event destination, Wokefield Place. Offering 87 luxury guest rooms in the Mansion House, and a further 289 bedrooms in Wokefield Place and Wellington Lodge, each one showcases luxurious, distinctly British interiors blending a heritage colour palette of muted green, grey, taupe and cream with contemporary fixtures and fittings to create spaces that are restful and calming. Classic Roberts radios, quality toiletries and smart TVs are just some of the features that are provided. The 90-seater 1560 Restaurant & Bar in the Mansion House serves a British-inspired menu, alongside a range of craft beers, wines and classic cocktails. The Whiskey Lounge is another drinking establishment and stylish restaurant The View, and Benedict’s Bar located in Wokefield Place, offer a range of delicious dishes. An outdoor pizza oven has also been introduced on the terrace, which serves artisan stone-baked pizzas on warmer days. Ceremonies and receptions take place in the Terrace Suite with direct access to a private terrace overlooking the lake. There’s also the outdoor gazebo set against spectacular views licensed to hold ceremonies. Intimate celebrations and micro weddings can enjoy the Palmer Suite, Old Lounge and Mortimer Suite with feature ceilings and stunning chandeliers. The Wokefield Suite accommodates 280 loved ones for civil ceremonies or wedding breakfast and is home to a private bar, bedrooms and leisure facilities. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01182 077 471,  We love... the mouth-watering choice of menus. THE MILL HOUSE HOTEL & RESTAURANT, SWALLOWFIELD, BERKSHIRE This privately-owned, family-run fine country hotel is home to beautifully landscaped gardens and views stretching across to the River Loddon. The Georgian house nestled in the grounds has enjoyed a careful restoration keeping the tall ceilings and spacious reception rooms and offering a home away-from home feel with all of the comfortable bedrooms providing en suite facilities. Exclusive-use weddings can be enjoyed with ceremonies taking place in The Garden Room for up to 100 guests and the Cottage Suite for an intimate 50 loved ones. Both enjoy patio doors leading to the garden and stunning vistas. There’s also the option of getting married outside under the Cedar Pavilion. The wedding breakfast can be enjoyed in the permanent marquee for up to 120 loved ones seated and up to 200 guests can be hosted at the reception. There’s air conditioning and heating available for weddings in all seasons and during the winter, log fireplaces and cosy corners inside the hotel provide a romantic ambience. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01189 883 124,  We love...the selection of wedding packages and bespoke options available. 25 THEMED VENUES | | 01189 070199 WEDDINGS ATWASING Exclusively yours, to bring the wedding of your dreams to life. Situated in the grounds of a 17th Century Farmhouse, Winters Tale Country Barn can seat up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast and an additional 80 guests in the evening. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies with a choice of locations in the main hall or in the quiet country gardens. The barn has many features including twinkling fairy lights, a high vaulted and heavily beamed ceiling, a well stocked bar on the ground floor and a cocktail bar on the gallery above. Adjacent to the barn, and included, is a large silk-lined marquee with festoon lighting and chandeliers. New for 2022/2023 is a Secret Garden for photo shoots with a water feature, bridal swing and more... Also included on the night of your wedding is on-site accommodation just across the courtyard in Harvest Moon Barn and Ember Eve Barn. Please call for further details. 01296 738040 Wedding & Event Venue

NORTH OXON AND NORTH BUCKS Where to marry and where to stay HOLIDAY INN OXFORD This hotel is located close to the city centre with easy access to Oxford Parkway train station for direct links to London. While they don’t host weddings, it’s a great choice for guest accommodation and mini-moons in the city with many attractions close by including designer outlet shopping destination Bicester Village, the University of Oxford, Ashmolean Museum Oxford and Blenheim Palace which is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The Holiday Inn Oxford offers free on-site parking for hotel residents, free WiFi, 24-hour room service, a mini gym and a restaurant. The hotel is family-friendly inviting children to stay and eat for free, perfect for familymoons and guests attending a nearby wedding. The hotel is also well equipped for events in the choice of 11 modern meeting rooms located at the Academy Conference Centre. HOLIDAY INN MILTON KEYNES - CENTRAL This sister hotel to the Holiday Inn Oxford is home to Marco’s New York Italian restaurant by celebrity chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White which is hugely popular with guests and locals. The hotel also boasts the Spirit Health Club home to a large indoor pool, fitness centre, gym and a treatment room offering a range of beauty treatments. The hotel is located just a short walk away from Milton Keynes train station with direct connections to central London, and it’s only a 30-minute drive from London Luton Airport. Other local attractions include Bletchley Park, the nearby intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre and the indoor Snozone – Europe’s largest indoor real snow resort where visitors can learn and practice skiing and snowboarding. Holiday Inn Milton Keynes offers the Orchid Suite, a stylish event space for the wedding breakfast seating up to 60 guests. It’s also available for the reception with discounted rates on offer. There’s also a complimentary bedroom available for the happy couple subject to availability. Both the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes – Central and the Holiday Inn Oxford properties feature the new open lobby concept, unique to the Holiday Inn brand. It’s designed to provide guests with one multi-faceted public space to eat, meet, relax, socialise and work as they choose which will revolutionise the way guests live and interact at the hotel. hoteldetail Spotlight on... HOTEL LA TOUR, MILTON KEYNES This new four-star plus hotel combines modern sophistication with timeless elegance following a multi-million-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. 01908 732 400 or visit 27 LOCAL VENUES

CHESTERTON HOTEL BICESTER 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, flatscreen televisions and Nespresso machines. The elegant bar and brasserie boast on-trend black and white chequered flooring, an original fireplace and extensive menus. Mouthwatering 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. 01869 326 550, ABC PAVILIONS Based in the heart of the Cotswolds and with more than 20 years of experience providing marquees for weddings and events, ABC Pavilions hire in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, West Oxfordshire and neighbouring regions. The perfect pick for a garden party wedding or a festival-style celebration, structures include framed marquees, traditional styles and small ones perfect for more intimate weddings. An entrance walkway with double doors, a reception entrance or a covered walkway can be added and couples can create a stunning themed interior with a choice of accessories including a black and white dancefloor, a divider to close off the dancefloor, staging for a band, statement chandeliers and round tables in various sizes or trestle tables. A free site visit is also available. 07873 403 589, 28

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 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

DAY intimate Amy and John’s big day at Stanlake Park enjoyed a rustic feel Images courtesy of Stone Photos Amy and John Prior married on 20th June 2021 at Stanlake Park in Twyford, Berkshire. AN 30

Amy and John met through work and became best friends. “The rest, as they say, is history!” Amy tells us. The couple became engaged during a few days away in Kent. “We were staying in a beautiful woodland cottage cabin, the Woodcutters Cottage at Swallowtail Hill which Amy had booked as a surprise,” John says. “She didn’t expect me to propose by the campfire!” Amy adds, “John had set up his iPhone for what he told me was a timed photograph but actually it was a video and at the last minute, he got down on one knee so the moment was captured perfectly!” SETTING THE SCENE The couple chose to get married at Stanlake Park. “It oozed character and was a beautiful, local venue offering stunning scenery – it just felt like the one!” they tell us. Their table names were after their family’s dogs. “We wanted to involve our shared love of dogs in our wedding,” they say. “Our top table was called Bloodhound which is a breed that we have a special place in our heart for and wish to give a loving home to one day. On the tables, we displayed miniature easels showcasing the table names placed on log circles within the centrepieces.” These centrepieces were handmade by the bridal party. The wooden logs were cuttings from a real tree topped with hand-decorated glass jars tied with a hessian ribbon holding a mixture of gypsophila, roses and homegrown sweet peas. The place names were wooden scrabble tiles with each guest’s first initial displayed on rustic brown craft paper with the remaining letters hand-stamped with an inked letter stamp. “Our table plan was a miniature wooden frame with twine string and wooden pegs holding each name,” Amy tells us. Amy and John chose wild seed hearts as their favours. “We used heart-shaped seed paper with a thank you note written on each one,” Amy describes. “The hearts were designed to be planted and bloom into wildflowers that our guests could enjoy after our special day. We also loved the idea of having something that the bees could enjoy too because my dad is a beekeeper.” Amy and John’s choice of flowers enhanced their rustic theme. “We had hand-tied bouquets for me, our bridesmaids and our flowergirl,” Amy says. “The bridal flowers consisted of roses, sweet peas, gypsophila and lavender all teamed with foliage. Our bridesmaids carried posies containing roses and gypsophila while the flowergirl bouquet was made solely from gypsophila which we also wore in our hair.” “Neither of us was nervous - it felt exciting and natural for us.We were happy to be with each other and our loved ones.” - Amy and John 31 REAL WEDDINGS