Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 98)

£3.55 DEC/JAN 2022/2023 FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, VENUES, NEWS AND MORE COMING SOON IN 2023 The latest bridal trends A celebration OF COLOUR Vibrant styled shoot From the heart Local suppliers reveal all GREECE IS THE WORD Spotlight on Santorini and Athens WINTER WHITE Magical snow-capped venues Last Christmas Seasonal real-life wedding

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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 14 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts are up for grabs 59 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 98 COMPETITION A luxury getaway awaits with the renowned hotel brand GuestHouse CONTENTS DECEMBER 2022 / JANUARY 2023 FEATURES 49 A CELEBRATION OF COLOUR Endeavour Woodland Weddings in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire provided the sustainable site for this festival-style outdoor wedding styled with a striking colour theme 55 STATEMENT CAKES Handmade bakes and sweet treats 63 LOOKING YOUR BIG-DAY BEST Wedding wellness, health, fitness and fashion 68 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Our guide to creating the ultimate seasonal celebration On the cover... Suzy Elizabeth Photography captured our festive cover image this issue of couple Laura and Hugh at their wedding at Notley Abbey in Aylesbury. Turn to page 30 to read all about it and to book Suzy for your wedding, visit 49 VENUES 19 'TIS THE SEASON Magical, snow-capped venues 27 SPOTLIGHT ON... Venues in Windsor & Ascot 19

4 GROOMS 87 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 88 WINTER LUXE The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 70 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion launches 71 WHAT'S TRENDING? This is what brides-to-be will be wearing in 2023 80 SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND Dazzle this festive season in gold, pearls, charms and diamonds 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 84 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 85 SKIN FOOD Discover how to achieve that much-desired bridal glow the natural way, through a healthy diet of skin-loving foods REAL WEDDINGS 30 LAST CHRISTMAS Laura and Hugh's festive celebration enjoyed a blue, silver and white Xmas theme 37 LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE Caroline and Rob's special day at De Vere Latimer Estate in Buckinghamshire enjoyed a blush pink and cream theme with hints of green 42 THE SKY'S THE LIMIT Hannah and Alfie's summer celebration took place on the rooftop terrace at the newly opened Hotel La Tour in Milton Keynes 71 87 84 90 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 GREECE IS THE WORD Summer in Santorini and Athens 94 IN LOVE WITH THE LAKES A myriad of delights lie in wait in The Lake District for UK honeymooners 96 PURE LUXURY Discover The Belfry Hotel & Resorts in Sutton Coldfield 37

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Yes, it’s that magical time of the year once again! I don’t know about you but this year has passed by quickly for me, and luckily it has been a wonderful one. We’ve celebrated my mum and dad’s Golden Wedding Anniversary, we’re looking forward to welcoming our Australian relatives to the UK this Christmas and my brother and sister-in-law are having their first baby this December which is the best present ever! I also managed to take a couple of sun-drenched trips this year, including to Oia in Santorini where I stayed at the fabulous Villa Mellow, booked through The Greek Villas (https:// and to Athens where I was very spoilt in the rooftop 501 Milos Terrace Suite at boutique hotel xenodocheio Milos (https://xenodocheiomilos. com). Read all about these wonderful properties, perfect for honeymooners in my Greece is the word review on page 92. To celebrate the festive period, we’ve compiled a seasonal issue for you to enjoy. There’s everything from summery-themed real weddings and a colourful styled shoot for couples planning al fresco nuptials next year to snow-capped venues perfect for winter weddings. Don’t miss the latest news, offers, fashion, beauty and honeymoon ideas plus there are handmade picks for those planning a DIY wedding, and advice about big-day photography and videography. For those of you getting married soon then I wish you many congratulations and for those not taking the plunge until 2023, I’ll see you next issue. Happy Christmas! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Ho, ho, ho 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator 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 One of my favourite European countries is Greece which I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many times. On this trip, I soaked up the warm sunshine in Santorini at Villa Mellow and admired the city views in Athens from the rooftop terrace at hotel xenodocheio Milos. Find out how you can book a dream honeymoon at both properties on page 92. Look how romantic new hotel The Retreat Elcot Park looks here, perfect for a winter escape. I can’t wait to visit this West Berkshire-based property. Turn to page 19 where all will be revealed. 6

Anyone who knows me well will tell you how much I love anything that glitters! So when our colourful styled shoot for this issue, photographed by the talented Brad Gommon Photography, landed in my inbox, I fell in love with the idea of having a Glitter Bar at a wedding! Turn to page 49 to see more. This stunning look was created by Berkshire-based make-up artist Melissa Clare who is our beauty expert this issue on page 84. How cool is the outdoor terrace located on the first floor of the recently opened Hotel La Tour in Milton Keynes? Hannah and Alfie chose this venue for their spring celebration photographed by Jeff Oliver Photography. Read all about it on page 42. Thanks to The Cocktail Society for the delicious Salted Caramel Espresso Martini that they sent to me in time for the festive season – read all about it on page nine! I’ve always been a fan of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, especially her Manolo Blahnik-loving character Carrie Bradshaw so when I spotted bride Laura’s shoes at her wedding to Hugh on page 30, I added them to my Christmas wish list! Pastel colours are my favourite so I fell in lust with the sugar-coated details at Caroline and Rob’s wedding that was beautifully captured by Absolute Photo UK at De Vere Latimer Estate in Buckinghamshire and can be seen in full on page 37. It has always been my dream to have a roll-top slipper bath so when I spotted The Disco Tub, a photo booth tub to be hired from wedding, event and prop hire company The Boho Shack ( I simply had to choose it as my Editor Loves for this issue - what a great idea for a wedding! Turn to page nine to see more. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

A beautiful backdrop to say “I do” in Berkshire Set in 250 acres of gorgeous countryside, the Mansion House at Wokefield Estate is the perfect setting for your dream day. Choose to get married inside this stunning Grade II listed building, or take your vows outside under the eaves of our Wedding Pavilion. With the capacity for up to 300 guests, Wokefield Estate can accommodate both large and intimate weddings alike. For information about our packages, please contact us on the details below. | 0118 933 4019 | Goodboys Lane, Mortimer, Reading, RG7 3AE Wedding Fair Sunday 5th February 2023, 11am - 3pm Canapés and a glass of fizz on arrival Free entry and parking Emai l : kerry@thehenleydisti l Tel : 07511 208 490 WWW.THEHENLEYDISTILLERY.CO.UK H A M P S T E A D F A R M , B I N F I E L D H E A T H , H E N L E Y - O N - T H A M E S , O X O N , R G 9 4 L G CREATORS OF HAND-CRAFTED, ARTISAN SPIRITS. \ INNOVATIVE IN RECIPE DEVELOPMENT, TRADITIONAL IN METHOD. thehenleydistillery Our stylish gin school can be privately hired to host events for up to 12 guests, each working with their own mini still. This can be used as a fun pre-wedding event or with a view to designing your very own wedding gin. We work with the wedding party to develop a recipe and produce a totally one-off spirit especially for your unique celebration. Our award-winning white label and Henley Gin gin can be completely personalised (range of bottle sizes available including miniatures), perfect for wedding favours and gifts - these also look fabulous on the wedding bar. Private Tours and Tastings of the distillery can be arranged with add-ons such as mixology classes. Please do get in touch as we are always happy to tailor our services to suit the needs of our clients. FOR A DAY DEDICATED TO LOVE AND CELEBRATION, THE HENLEY DISTILLERY CREATES BESPOKE EXPERIENCES, GIFTS AND SPIRITS ALL UNIQUELY PERSONALISED TO YOU.

Nearlywed The latest news from around the counties EDITOR’S FAVOURITE The Cocktail Society is the UK’s leading cocktail delivery service. Their drinks are created by professional bartenders in Oxford using premium ingredients and no additives, resulting in bar-quality varieties every time. Their new one-litre cocktail pouches (£33 - £37) are perfect for hosting guests this Christmas. Each pouch contains 10-12 servings, meaning the cost of one drink starts at only £2.75. The Cocktail Society also offers a smaller 500ml measure that serves five drinks and a 200ml size that serves two drinks. Their bottled cocktails, which include a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini are perfect for weddings. The Cocktail Society also sells kits that include all of the ingredients needed to make four of the most popular cocktails, as well as an item of cocktail-making equipment, a snack and a recipe card. The kits are made exclusively with quality ingredients and the luxury packaging guarantees a premium gift. To shop, visit STICKS’N’SANTA IS BACK Sticks’n’Sushi has announced the return of its popular festive set menus, offering guests a tasty alternative to the traditional turkey and stuffing with enticing Japanese-inspired dishes ideal for pre-Christmas get-togethers. Until Christmas Eve, three set menus will be available for pre-booked tables of seven or more guests, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the festive season with a unique fusion of Japanese and Danish cultures. It will be available at all of their restaurants including their Oxford-based one. The Festive Menu (£40 pp) includes mouth-watering speciality dishes such as the Shake Tataki made with fresh salmon, daikon, cress, kizami wasabi and ponzu, a Red’n’Green Roll made with roasted pepper, avocado, cucumber, yuzu-kosho, shiso and tsume and the Chicks’n’Blankets stick – a playful take on the Christmas dinner staple. For those who want their Christmas celebration to sparkle a little brighter, the Mistletoe Menu (£65 pp) is also available, including premium dishes such as the lobster korokke starter of lobster croquettes with shiso and lobster mayo or Gindara No Miso made with delicate black cod and miso. The Green Menu is also available for guests who follow a plant-based diet. Priced at £40 pp, it includes dishes packed with flavour, like the Portobello Tataki confit mushroom made with truffle oil, ponzu, kizami wasabi and daikon, and Imo Yaki sweet potato stick with coriander cress and teriyaki. Group bookings placed on a Monday or Tuesday will also receive a glass of Veuve Clicquot for each guest at the table as an extra-special Christmas gift from the Sticks’n’Sushi elves (conditions apply). Smaller groups and walk-in guests are also able to have a little taste of Christmas with three seasonal dishes in addition to the all-new main menu. These are the Robusuta Korokke, Wagyu Aburi Nigiri and Miso Fried Sprouts – the perfect Japanese twist to convert even the most avid sprout-hater! For guests wanting a seasonal tipple, look no further than the special Pear & Ginger Fizz cocktail made with Japanese whisky infused with cinnamon and cloves, pear puree, lemon juice, gingerbread syrup and topped with ginger beer. Or why not try Matcha Eggnog - a brilliantly creative take on the classic Christmas drink? To book, visit NEWS EDITOR LOVES Check out this quirky roll-top bath that can be hired as a photo tub, a booze tub or a disco tub from the wedding, event and prop hire company The Boho Shack which also offers an extensive range of props and backdrops to rent alongside it. To book, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

THE LOCH & THE TYNE ANNOUNCES MAJOR PRICE REDUCTIONS Adam Handling, the owner of the Adam Handling Restaurant Group, is responding to the rising cost of living at his restaurant The Loch & The Tyne, Old Windsor, by offering a real reduction on the price of the seven-course tasting menu that has been reduced by £25.00 per person and is available now. He is also extending choice on the à la carte menu and introducing a new set-price lunchtime menu. Awarded an impressive three rosettes at the recent AA Awards in London, The Loch & The Tyne restaurant, rooms and terraces maintains the Adam Handling Restaurant Group’s ethos of sustainable British luxury and already offers the most sought-after and highest-rated accommodation in the Windsor area. “By reducing our prices, whilst maintaining the full quality of what we do best, we’re helping destination and local guests get an amazing meal with us at even better value, at a time when we’re all feeling the pinch. And we’re giving greater choice for regulars by adding more a la carte dishes, so we can welcome them back more regularly,” says Adam. He continues, “The kitchen team, headed by Steven Kerr and Jonny McNeil, has been using their skills and refined techniques to make sure that every part of the highquality produce we use goes into sensational and seasonal dishes and reduces the emphasis on some of the most expensive ingredients, so we can bring down prices overall.” The new seven-course tasting menu price has been reduced to £55.00 per head (previously £80.00) and includes lobster, plaice and pork. The plant-based tasting menu has been reduced to £50.00 per person including squash, courgette and cauliflower and the à la carte menu has been extended with a wider choice of snacks, small or large servings, classics and desserts. A highlight on the menu is the lobster rarebit omelette made with St Ewe’s eggs and Cornish lobster. This indulgent dish was created 10 years ago in Adam’s first-ever restaurant. Other new à la carte dishes include crispy plaice with an anchovy emulsion and a whey butter sauce or Cornish mussels steamed in a green curry sauce. “We’ve opted for a more mix-and-match approach so that guests can have a wider choice of small and large dishes and make up their à la carte menu with options for sharing,” says the well-known chef. The legendary The Loch & Tyne Sunday Lunch is priced at two courses at £48.00 per person and three courses at £58.00 per person. To book a table, email: or visit the website MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF ATUL KOCHHAR PROMOTES LUNCH IN BUCKS Twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar is offering diners delicious, budget-friendly menus across his three restaurants in Buckinghamshire - Hawkyns, Riwaz and Vaasu restaurants. Located in the picturesque town of Old Amersham, Hawkyns is situated inside the Crown Inn offering pan-Indian cuisine. Highlights on the extensive menu includes Makali fry crispy squid rings followed by authentic main dishes and a choice of mouth-watering desserts including apple tatin served with cinnamon ice cream. To book, visit In Beaconsfield, the stylish Riwaz restaurant offers tasty dishes such as Amritsari Machhi crispy fried tilapia, Kerala roast chicken with Nadan sauce and milk cake served with cream cheese, Genoise sponge and rose milk. To book, visit In the well-known gourmet town of Marlow, the restaurant Vaasu is serving dishes inspired by Atul’s travels across India. There’s roasted butternut squash soup topped with pumpkin seeds, artichoke fritters and main dishes include Murg Makhanwala tandoori chicken tikka with rhubarb, chocolate and strawberry crumble to finish. To book, visit Atul Kochhar commented: “Each restaurant promises fine dishes at wallet-friendly prices that don’t skimp on quality or taste. Our doors are open and we look forward to welcoming you soon.” 10

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PEPPERMILLS IN ASCOT CROWNED REGIONAL TAKEAWAY OF THE YEAR AT ARTA Peppermills in Ascot has been crowned the Regional Takeaway of the Year – South Central, at the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards (ARTA) 2022, the largest celebration of Britain’s vibrant Asian restaurants and takeaway industry. To unveil the finalists, ARTA spotlighted more than 2,370 restaurants and takeaways across the UK that were nominated by more than 700,000 customers of ARTA ‘s strategic partner, ChefOnline which is the digital application to order food and book tables on the go. The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of ambassadors and judges comprising executive chef and the multi-award-winning celebrity chef Chand Rahman; Mohammed Mujibur Rahman, the ex-mayor of Corby and Graham Taylor, senior chef lecturer of Cambridge Regional College. Restaurants were awarded based on three key factors: Quality of Food, Quality of Service, and Value for Money, followed by the ARTA score, which includes Food Hygiene Ratings and reviews from websites like TripAdvisor and Google. Restaurants that made it through the first phase were judged and invited to participate in a Cook-Off Competition. The score included various factors including flavour, appearance, texture, hygiene, and aroma. To book, visit DAVID BOSTOCK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD WIN Photographer David Bostock has just been awarded a Fellowship qualification from the Master Photographers Association (FMPA) with a stunning panel of images of black and white wedding photography, which is David’s speciality. The five judges commented on the unique style of the images within the panel (all shot on a Cannon 5Dmk4 or R5 or R6 camera) that, when viewed together, formed a cohesive body of work. The commitment to producing photographs of sheer quality was obvious to every member of the judging team. Fellowship of the MPA is a very difficult qualification to achieve within the photographic profession, as this takes a great deal of time, work and dedication to your art to reach this level. There are only four master photographers with a Fellowship in Wedding Photography in the UK and David, based on the borders of Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire is now one of them. In addition to their images, photographers must also produce an in-depth working profile about work and business practices. This document covers essential elements such as health and safety, that must be understood when dealing with the public, and also documents a photographer’s creative approach and future ambitions. Couples should only book a qualified professional photographer for their wedding because it’s the only way of guaranteeing the best creative photographs and personal service possible. David tells us, “It has been a goal of mine ever since I became a professional photographer to obtain the coveted Fellowship qualification. Fourteen years of professional photography, honing my skills week in and week out at more than 500 weddings have brought me to this point and I was completely over the moon to be awarded my Fellowship of the Master Photographers Association in Weddings in September at The Photography show. I have always loved black and white photography since the days I had a darkroom in my teens and did my own processing and my black and white imagery in both the reportage/documentary and fine-art/ fashion areas of wedding photography, along with my colour work, very much represents my signature style. Having been awarded this Fellowship means I can get more involved in training and mentoring other photographers and provide wedding couples with the highest level of photography on their special day.” To book, call 01865 400 070 or visit the website LOCAL NEWS 13

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WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 12 MAR | RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 2 APR | THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, SL7 1RG

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DISCOVER THE VINEYARD The Vineyard Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8JU 01635 528770 From intimate gatherings to opulent celebrations, The Vineyard is the perfect destination. The luxurious surroundings envelop you from the moment you arrive, providing an elegant backdrop for creating memories you’ll never forget. From only £12,749 for your dream wedding of 50 guests Contact us on: 01635 528770 or by email: Let’s Start With Forever

‘Tis the season What ’s new? Magical, snow-capped wedding venues THE RELAIS HENLEY, OXFORDSHIRE JOINS PRIDE OF BRITAIN HOTELS The Relais Henley is an idyllic waterside retreat located in this iconic town on the River Thames. Situated in a restored heritage building that was traditionally a 16th-century coaching inn, the hotel’s interiors have been inspired by the river that runs parallel and local traditions and craftsmanship have been sensitively incorporated into the redesign. The windows frame the view of the Thames, with bold stripes representing traditional rowing club blazers running throughout its rich wool carpets. The hotel features 40 individually designed rooms, with some named after notable guests to have visited the site including King Charles I and Princess Grace of Monaco. Boasting four different food and beverage concepts, The Relais Henley is home to The Clipper Restaurant offering all-day dining in a sophisticated setting; The Clip Bar; The Deli and The Quarterdeck Bar, an intimate bolthole tucked into the oldest part of the hotel with the patina of a traditional English pub. The Glow Medispa located close to the hotel in the town of Henley-on-Thames allows guests to unwind and rejuvenate through a variety of relaxing treatments, available to book in-room at the hotel as well. From the hotel, guests can enjoy a cruise on the River Thames, horse riding within the nearby Chilterns and a round of golf on some of Oxfordshire’s leading courses. The Relais Henley re-opened in 2021 showcasing the owners’ shared passion for luxury and community to deliver the best hospitality experience to their guests. Grace Leo, co-owner and managing director says: “I’m so excited that The Relais Henley, our flagship property of Relais Retreats, has joined Pride of Britain Hotels. As a passionate hotelier myself, I have always admired the principles of the collection and am very much looking forward to working with Kalindi and the Pride of Britain Hotels’ members to grow our brand.” Kalindi Juneja, CEO of Pride of Britain Hotels comments: “We are thrilled to welcome The Relais Henley into our intimate collection of the very best hotels within the British Isles.” Featuring the very finest, privately-owned properties across the British Isles, Pride of Britain Hotels was created in 1983 by a group of passionate hoteliers to reflect the collective ambition to offer the very best curated British hospitality experiences to guests. Today, this mission still stands with over 50 of the best places to eat, stay and unwind. To find out more, visit The Relais Henley hosts weddings. To find out more, visit MISSENDEN ABBEY, GREAT MISSENDEN, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This exclusive-use, 12th-century medieval Abbey has been lovingly transformed into a wedding venue marrying history with a contemporary feel. The main house boasts exquisite architectural details including unique stained-glass windows and a decorative staircase providing the perfect backdrop for big-day photos. 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 wonderful 500-year-old Cedar tree and the entire house and grounds are available exclusively for weddings. Ceremonies take place in the Garden Room where the bridal party enter from the stunning staircase. This elegant room can can seat up to 100 guests. A drinks reception can be held outside in the picturesque grounds or, in the event of bad weather, inside the Garden Room, Bar or Library. The wedding breakfast can be hosted in the adjoining dining rooms with historic details including vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows for up to 115 guests and a summer option is a seasonal marquee with a starlit canopy accommodating up to 150 people. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01494 866 811, We love... hat the bridal suite is complimentary on the night of the wedding Photography of the exterior of Missenden Abbey courtesy of 19 THEMED VENUES

WASING PARK WEDDINGS, ALDERMASTON, BERKSHIRE This award-winning, exclusive-use barn wedding venue sits in 4,000 acres of land at the heart of the family-owned Wasing Estate that’s home to historic buildings, glistening lakes and a walled garden. There’s a choice of 26 luxury bedrooms at the venue sleeping up to 64 guests with each one boasting bespoke design within an elegant historical setting, from the unique Grade II listed Granary, sat proudly on its staddle stones, to the fairytale-inspired Dovecote and a Honeymoon Suite featuring the largest bed in Berkshire. Ceremonies take place in the contemporary Garden Room with its bi-fold doors leading to the manicured garden, or outside in the Victorian Summerhouse that’s embellished with a stunning hand-painted mural. There’s also the picturesque parish Church of St. Nicholas situated within the grounds offering another option. The magnificent Castle Barn provides a blank canvas for wedding receptions that can be decked in fairylights and decorated with candles and floral displays. Guests can relax and enjoy the mouth-watering menu beneath the adjacent stretch tent floating over the terrace at the back of the Castle Barn. Filled with comfortable seating, cosy blankets, twinkling lights and firepits, this area provides outdoor space that can be used all year round. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0118 907 0199, We love... that the estate regularly hosts a variety of health and w l -being activities. MISSENDEN ABBEY, GREAT MISSENDEN, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This exclusive-use, 12th-century medieval Abbey has been lovingly transformed into a wedding venue marrying history with a contemporary feel. The main house boasts exquisite architectural details including unique stained-glass windows and a decorative staircase providing the perfect backdrop for big-day photos. 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 wonderful 500-year-old Cedar tree and the entire house and grounds are available exclusively for weddings. Ceremonies take place in the Garden Room where the bridal party enter from the stunning staircase. This elegant room can can seat up to 100 guests. A drinks reception can be held outside in the picturesque grounds or, in the event of bad weather, inside the Garden Room, Bar or Library. The wedding breakfast can be hosted in the adjoining dining rooms with historic details including vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows for up to 115 guests and a summer option is a seasonal marquee with a starlit canopy accommodating up to 150 people. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01494 866 811, We love... hat the bridal suite is complimentary on the night of the wedding 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 that runs parallel with the golf course, the property offers lakeside photo opportunities by the waterfall and bridge and there’s also a Koi pond within the grounds. The clubhouse was built 25 years ago and has a contemporary feel. It features two levels and is flooded with natural daylight through the large windows and doors overlooking the expansive 18-hole golf course. The interior is decorated in neutral tones, providing a blank canvas for wedding themes. A statement chandelier takes centre stage and during the evening reception, the carpet is rolled back to reveal the dancefloor. Ceremonies take place for up to 60 loved ones in the lounge area of the clubhouse while the wedding breakfast and reception are hosted in the contemporary restaurant that can accommodate up to 110 people seated, or up to 150 loved ones for a buffet. The view of the immaculately presented golf course is spectacular from the south-facing glass balcony, the perfect spot for a drinks reception. The golf course and surrounding grounds are maintained year-round by a team of full-time green keepers and gardeners. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01183 048 200, We love... that a one-year complimentary social membership is offered t the happy couple following their big day. Scan to view video Scan to view video Photography of Bearwood Lakes courtesy of Bearwood Lakes and Photography of the exterior of Missenden Abbey courtesy of Video courtesy of 20 | | 01189 070199 WEDDINGS AT WASING 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 © 1st Class Wedding Photography & Videography

Your dream wedding day at The Compleat Angler Located on the riverbank of the River Thames, The Compleat Angler provides the idyllic setting for your wedding. Whether you would like an intimate wedding or a grand affair of up to 120 guests, we are on hand to help create memories that will last a lifetime. Boasting 64 stylish bedrooms, we can provide luxurious accommodation and our award-winning food will be sure to impress your guests. With unparalleled views of the Marlow Weir, located in the heart of Buckinghamshire and easy access into London, The Compleat Angler is a beautiful retreat for your wedding. Arrange your visit or find out more by emailing: The Compleat Angler, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RG • 0344 879 9128 Find us on:

COMPLEAT ANGLER, MARLOW, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE This stylish four-star hotel showcases a classic English style dating back 400 years. The light and welcoming interior boasts timeless décor and elegant styling. It’s home to a selection of stylish bedrooms and suites with four-poster beds plus there’s a choice of two on-site restaurants. The property commands the perfect location on the banks of the River Thames overlooking the suspended Grade I listed Marlow Bridge. Guests can take advantage of the on-site boarding for a short ride on the Thames during the summer months. Ceremonies take place in a choice of licensed wedding spaces including outside on the front lawn adjacent to the riverbank during the summer months for up to 100 guests. Inside the hotel, there’s the stylish Thames Suite for an intimate gathering of up to 30 people; the River Room that hosts up to 40 loved ones and the Regency Room with its private entrance and views from the covered terrace 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 large 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. THE POST, NEWBURY, BERKSHIRE This modern wedding barn has been built to the highest specifications. Features include the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed oak beams and the latest sound and lighting technology along with underfloor heating and a real log fire for cosy winter weddings. The exterior encompasses red brick and cedar cladding with a slate-tiled roof and is framed with a tiled patio which overlooks the manicured grounds. At the end of the barn is The Arch where couples can get married inside or out. There’s also The OutPost which is a fully equipped al fresco kitchen and dining space that’s perfect for late-night nibbles or an outside alternative for evening dining during the summer months. Beautifully manicured lawns stretch from The Arch to the adjacent Snelsmore House. There’s a lower lawn with a water fountain and a beautiful pagoda, perfect for couple portraits. Ceremonies take place in several areas including in the main Post room, an awe-inspiring space that can be transformed into each couple’s vision, for up to 150 guests. The best option outside is on the Pavillion lawn under The Arch which seats up to 150 guests. For smaller celebrations, the lower lawn with the Pagoda is perfect. Receptions take place in the Post Room and bar with a mezzanine area in the rafters providing comfortable seating overlooking the main function space. The Post can host up to 200 guests for an evening reception. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01635 881 800, We love... the pamper room available for the bridal party. UFTON COURT, READING, BERKSHIRE This 16th-century timber-framed tithe barn and Grade I listed manor house is nestled in 16 acres of manicured grounds located on the Berkshire/Hampshire border. An impressive sweeping driveway lined with ancient oak trees leads to this hidden gem and in addition to the expertly landscaped grounds, Ufton Court is home to a small valley and a traditional herb garden. The interior of the tithe barn offers a wonderfully romantic atmosphere with the traditional oak beams decorated with ivy and fairylights. It’s a blank canvas that can be transformed to suit any wedding theme. Ceremonies and receptions take place here for 15 to 150 guests or in Archer’s Hall located opposite the barn in the courtyard which holds up to 80 loved ones. After the wedding breakfast, tea and coffee can be enjoyed in the Archer’s Hall and this space can be used again later as a quiet area for guests to relax and chat. The Long Room in the Tudor Manor House is best suited to micro weddings and intimate gatherings of up to 50 people. These three reception rooms create a cosy and character-filled location for drinks receptions in the colder months and there are three locations for an outdoor wedding during the warmer months. The venue offers an extensive list of recommended suppliers including a choice of six caterers, plus there’s a highly experienced wedding coordinator on hand and no corkage charge. The stately dressing room and oak-panelled library marry old and new, retaining original features and offering a hint of grandeur for the bridal party on the morning of the wedding. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01189 832 099, We love... that all profit from weddings is gift aided to their on-sit children’s charity, helping fund and support disadvantaged children and their families, raising aspirations and developing personal and behavioural skills in the great outdoor. Scan to view video 23 THEMED VENUES

HORWOOD HOUSE, MILTON KEYNES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Nestled in the rural tranquillity of the Buckinghamshire countryside sits this Grade II listed manor house hotel and spa, 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 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. With the festive season upon us, the property is offering a host of festive experiences throughout December. Book one of the hotel’s brand-new Manor Suites located on the top floor of the original house offering spacious lounge areas, deluxe super-king beds and Art Deco-inspired bathrooms from £249.50 per person, per room including breakfast. Guests can also book a table at Harry’s Bar & Kitchen and tuck into their new menu, which has been curated by executive chef Will Dimartino. The All Wrapped Up package (available until 23rd December) is offering a 50-minute body wrap and facial treatment, use of the wet-spa facilities from 9-5 pm and a delicious afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, sweet and savoury festive bites, and freshly baked scones. It’s priced at £130 per person during the week and £145 per person on Friday and Sunday. Alternatively, the Spa-ty Season package provides a 50-minute Gelebration manicure and pedicure priced at £140 per person midweek, or £155 per person on Friday and Sunday. See in the New Year in style where glitz and glamour will be at the heart of the evening. As a live jazz band provides the sultry sounds, enjoy a welcome glass of champagne followed by a spectacular sharing spread of lobster and oyster from a decadent seafood tower, alongside delicious savoury plates of confit duck pastilles, spinach and feta filo rolls, and roast rib of beef with bearnaise and peppercorn sauce. After dinner, dance the night away to the rhythmic sounds of jazz. Priced at £89 per adult, the event will be on from 7.30 pm until 12:30 am. When it comes to weddings at the property, The Drawing Room, which seats up to 80 guests for the ceremony, is brimming with grand features including high ceilings decorated with magnificent detailing, an impressive stone fireplace and a stunning bay window providing plenty of natural daylight. It leads directly to the Manor Bar and panelled seating area – ideal for reception drinks during the winter months. The Eyre and Cook Suites are also licensed for larger ceremony numbers and provide generous spaces for the wedding breakfast. For a picturesque outdoor backdrop, stroll past the tranquil lily pond and through the secret garden gate into the blossom garden, home to a white wedding pavilion to be enjoyed throughout the summer months, with a capacity to host up to 190 guests. Couples can also choose to use the manicured grounds for a drink reception and photography. There’s also a less traditional setting for a wedding blessing or renewal of vows as the Manor House steps are framed by elegant wisteria and there’s a magical well hidden amongst the woodland. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01296 722 100, We love... the prosecco, cocktail, champagne or gin stations that can be set up for a wedding accompanied by the chef ’s homemade canapés, or couples can suggest favourites of their own. For intimate winter drinks receptions, don’t forget the Manor Bar! THE FEATHERED NEST, NETHER WESTCOTE, OXFORDSHIRE This charming gourmet country pub built from traditional Cotswold stone provides some of the best views in the Cotswolds of the surrounding valley and beautifully landscaped gardens. Dating back to the 15th century, the interiors are full of rustic charm, combining contemporary and traditional pieces with cool muted tones, mismatched furniture and exposed wooden beams. The Feathered Nest is the ideal location for an intimate celebration or grander affair. The gardens are the perfect location where a canopy provides shelter and bespoke art sculptures and firepits are dotted around the grounds. Ceremonies take place in the main restaurant or garden room where up to 65 guests can be seated either inside or outside the building on the covered terrace. The restaurant and bar allow for smaller celebrations, with diners enjoying 3 AA Rosette cuisine and for larger events, a marquee or tipi can be erected on the grounds. The property has recently launched a new cottage to add to its bespoke room collection. The cosy accommodation combines period charm and modern elegance with original features including flagstone flooring, an exposed fire mantle and wooden beams. The sitting room and modern kitchenette feature a comfy sofa and dining area. On the middle floor is a modern bathroom and on the top floor is a luxurious double bedroom home to a super king-size bed. The cottage is offered free for the couple on the night of the wedding as well as a six-course tasting menu (with wine) on their first anniversary. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01993 833 030 24