Lizzie and Adam dreamed of getting married outdoors. Finding a venue that allowed them to fulfil their dream, along with meeting all their other must-haves, was certainly going to be their first planning challenge.
After exploring several venues, the couple came across Wasing Park and knew almost instantly that it was the right venue for their wedding day. “It was certainly practical – being close-ish to all our families and less than an hour from London was ideal for all our friends. Plus it provided on-site accommodation,” explains Lizzie. “But what sealed the deal was the possibility of getting married outside on top of a beautiful hill,” she smiles.
With a spring wedding in mind, the couple were keen to work with the season and the colours of the venue, so opted for a chic and pretty colour palette. Powder blue, pale blush, pink and ivory featured throughout the pair’s décor and the colours were really brought to life by their wedding flowers. “Our florist, Lindsey Kitchin of the White Horse Flower Co. did a great job. She combined gorgeous blush and ivory roses with white peonies and beautiful blue delphiniums on the day,” explains Lizzie. The colours, set against the backdrop of the Victorian Summerhouse at Wasing Park, helped create a light, airy, dream-like quality, perfect for the couple’s big day.
To complement the chic style of the day, Lizzie opted for a classic gown – an ivory fit and flare dress with a long train. She paired this with a long ivory cathedral veil and pearl and diamond jewellery, which was purchased by her mum as her something new. A can-can skirt hoop, to help the dress move and glide, was Lizzie’s something borrowed, while her something blue was a blue aquamarine and rose gold ring from Monica Vinader, a gift from Adam on their wedding day. Not one to be beaten in the style stakes, Adam opted for a blue made-to-measure suit and teamed it with an ivory tie and dark brown monkstrap shoes. His best man and ushers matched his look with blue suits from Ted Baker coupled with powder blue ties. Their attire complemented the bridesmaids’ powder blue dresses, also from Ted Baker.
A perfect day
Lizzie and Adam tied the knot in late May. The sun was out, bright and shining, setting the perfect backdrop for their outdoor wedding. “We felt so lucky that we were able to make all our dreams come true,” smiles Lizzie. Lizzie and both the couple’s families stayed onsite at Home Farmhouse the night before the wedding, meaning the hours running up to the ceremony were relaxed and enjoyable. “All that really mattered to us was being surrounded by everyone we love and ensuring they all had a great time,” says Lizzie.
Just before the couple were due to meet at their ceremony, Lizzie’s pageboy went missing as he decided to go and explore the venue. Luckily, he was carrying a big blue helium balloon and the couple caught a glimpse of him running off into the distance, so they could continue with their ceremony knowing all was well.
With the formalities over, the wedding guests began tucking into the first round of wedding food. The pair opted for a range of hot and cold canapés during their drinks reception and followed this with a three-course wedding breakfast. “The food was incredible,” says Lizzie. “We had crispy duck salad for starters, a beef fillet main and a trio of desserts to finish off. It was all utterly delicious,” she smiles.
Choosing their first dance song was easy. Lizzie and Adam wanted something upbeat, fun, but not too soppy and so chose a song that reminded them of their dating days. “You are my Destiny, by Lionel Richie, reminds us of when we first met. Adam used to listen to it every morning while getting ready. Plus it was something everyone could dance to – which was really important to the both of us,” smiles Lizzie.
Lizzie’s top tips:
- Prioritise sleep in those final few weeks, as you might not sleep much in the days running up to your wedding.
- Print out small copies of the schedule for the day and give them to your family to pop into their handbags/pockets on the day. This way, everyone can relax knowing what is happening and when – and they won’t be bombarding you with questions on-the-day!
- Share the little on-the-day jobs out amongst close friends. Ask them a few weeks in advance and if they’re happy to help out share a list of who is doing what the week before the wedding. This means that everyone knows what they’re doing, no one person is overly burdened with to-dos, and you can sit back and relax on the day – enjoying every moment!
Images © Neale James
To find out more about getting married at Wasing Park, contact the wedding and events team on 0118 907 0199.