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

GINSPIRATION I want to plan a fun hen party which is a bit different to the norm. I live in Oxfordshire – any ideas? Meet the expert: Kerry Moores works at The Henley Distillery. Kerry says: At Henley Distillery, we’re excited about offering our facilities to the wedding market. Our gin experience room contains 12 mini stills which can be used as one per person for a private event, perfect for a hen gathering or if guests were happy to share, we could host up to 24 people. For private events, we can tailor all of our experiences to suit the party - whether that be due to budget constraints or timings. Our Signature Gin Experience lasts for around three hours and invites guests to fully immerse themselves in the gin-making process. Following a tour of the distillery and brief history of gin, guests venture across the courtyard, G&T in hand to the Gin Experience room for a tasting session. After this, our head distiller guides the group through developing their own bespoke recipe by choosing from more than 100 botanicals, eventually distilling and going home with a personal bottle of gin which they have created themselves. For couples wanting something a bit different, they could plan a visit to design their own wedding gin which would then be produced by us, to be served at the wedding as well as given as gifts and wedding favours (miniatures available). We can help to design and print bespoke gin labels, personalised to the wedding. 07511 208 490 ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL We’re planning our wedding flowers for our spring 2023 wedding and need some inspiration – can you help? Meet the expert: Lynn Lines is the owner of Love Flower Studio based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Lynn says: Whilst pinks, lilacs and soft shades are still popular, bright pops of colour such as orange, red and yellow are making a comeback for celebrations in 2023. This is alongside dried, pressed and preserved flowers. We’re all feeling the purse strings tightening with the current economic situation so our biggest tips for keeping costs down are: • Keep it as green as possible! Add more foliage to your bouquets and arrangements which will make them cheaper and also more eco-friendly. • We all love a pop of colour from blooms! Researching what flowers are in season at the time of year that you’re getting married will also keep your costs down. • Repurpose your designs using your bridesmaids’ bouquets to add more decoration to your venue, for example on the cake table or at the bar - the opportunities are endless. 07535 480 869 | SOMETHING NEW I want a wow-factor wedding bouquet featuring something a bit different – can you help? Meet the expert: Laura Messin is the talent behind Lucca Studios, based in Henley-on-Thames, offering elegant wedding stationery and signage. Laura says: My newest offering and something I’ve not seen any other stationer or designer create is hand-foiled bouquet ribbons. Using hand-dyed silk ribbon, I delicately add hand foil calligraphy to each one in gold, silver, copper or rose gold foil and offer more than 25 silk ribbon colours with the terracotta shade a popular choice for autumn and winter celebrations. 07825 307 894 | Photography of the terracotta ribbon courtesy of and photography of the pink ribbon courtesy of 60