Once Amita and Graham got engaged they began their hunt for the perfect venue. Keen to enjoy an intimate and romantic day, they knew that finding the right setting would be key…
It wasn’t long before Amita and Graham came across Wasing Park, in Berkshire. There were so many reasons why they fell in love with the venue – having the whole place to themselves being one. “We also loved all the interesting ancient buildings at Wasing Park,” explains Amita. “They’d been converted in a very stylish way, without losing their character. It felt very special and different to anything else we’d viewed.”
Opulence and elegance
Embracing the regal and romantic feel of the setting, the couple opted to style their venue in ivory and gold. “The venue was beautiful in its own right so there was minimal dressing,” explains Amita. Their florist dressed the church, garden room and castle barn with English flowers in crystal and gold gilt vases, and accessorised with lots of candles. The colour scheme and elegant style was also reflected in the couple’s stationery, which was made from ivory card with antique gold letterpress.
Just like the venue and her wedding styling, Amita was dressed to perfection in a silk gown designed by Sanyukta Shrestha. Her long, pure silk dress had a low back and puddle train and was finished off with a fine tulle and lace overlay. “It had a feel of timeless and effortless elegance,” smiles Amita. Her groom, Graham, wore something equally unique – a bespoke three piece suit made for him in Cyprus. He accessorised the suit with an ivory striped tie and matching pocket handkerchief.
The morning of the big-day
With Wasing Park being an all-in-one venue, Amita didn’t need to splash out on transport for the day. “I arrived on my own in the morning and was joined by my hair stylist and make-up artist. I was greeted by my brother, who was giving me away, and my maid of honour, and they escorted me to the onsite church,” she explains.
Once the formalities were over, the couple and their guests relaxed over speeches and good food, both of which overwhelmed Amita and Graham. “After the main speeches guests started volunteering to give additional speeches and the men started crying with emotion. We were not prepared for that!” she says. “The food was great too. The quality and presentation was first class and we had so many compliments about it.” The couple’s menu included post-ceremony canapés, which featured sun-dried tomato and Parmesan risotto balls, and king prawn and vegetable tempura, followed by a three course dinner. “At the wedding breakfast everyone had the same starter, asparagus with poached egg, and the same dessert, passionfruit tart with raspberry coulis. There was a choice of beef fillet, chicken with goat’s cheese and red peppers, or wild mushroom risotto for the main course,” explains Amita.
The fine feast was just the start of the celebrations as the couple partied on into the night. They kick-started the evening with a first dance to Van Morrison’s hit, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, before celebrating with family and friends to wedding classics.
Amita’s top tips:
- Don’t try to do too much on your own. Think about delegating tasks and consider an on-the-day wedding planner – someone who can run around to make sure everything is running smoothly.
- Bring alternative shoes to change into for walking on wet grass for your photographs!
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To find out more about Wasing Park and getting married there, give the friendly events team a call today. You can contact them on 0118 907 0199.