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

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