When Gemma and Craig began their hunt for a wedding venue there was just one thing they were after… perfection. Having booked to see a number of venues nearby, the couple were keen to find somewhere that was really special to them, somewhere with an incredible atmosphere. Luckily for Gemma and Craig they found all this, and more, at Wasing Park…
A picturesque setting
There were so many things the couple loved about Wasing Park, in Berkshire. The grounds, the Castle Barn, the vintage feel of the setting and the layout of the bar and dance floor – everything seemed to fit perfectly with their big day vision. What’s more, the couple had never been to a wedding at Wasing Park – and neither had their families, so they were excited to unveil their venue on the day. “All the weddings we’ve been to tend to be held at the same venues. We really wanted something different, somewhere new for all our family and friends to enjoy and a venue with a real party atmosphere. Wasing Park gave us all that,” explains Gemma.
Keen to pick a stylish wedding theme, Gemma and Craig opted for vintage with a twist. “We called our theme sophisticated vintage,” laughs Gemma. “It worked perfectly with the venue,” she adds. To create this sophisticated and chic look the couple opted for a blush pink colour scheme and styled their tables with silver teapots, filled with flowers, and china teacups, which they had turned into candles – given to female guests as wedding favours. “Flowers were key to creating the look, they were everywhere,” says Gemma. “We went for pink and cream tones as I really wanted to achieve that soft, romantic feel,” she adds. Other vintage touches included scrabble tiles, used as name settings, and vintage keys, for the table plan.
Pretty in pink
The elegance of the day was reflected in Gemma’s gown choice, which was a little different to the norm. Instead of white or ivory, Gemma wore a Moscato coloured ball gown style dress, which had an ivory lace overlay and keyhole back. “I absolutely loved my gown. Everyone commented on the colour,” says Gemma. Her dress was complemented by the pretty blush gowns worn by her bridesmaids. She had four bridesmaids and four flower girls, the latter wearing ivory dresses with blush sashes.
With the girls looking so elegant and chic, Craig had to make sure he didn’t let the wedding party down. Not one to be beaten by the girls and their wedding style, Craig wore a classic slim fit three-piece grey suit and green tie. “He looked very dapper,” recalls Gemma.
Just the two of us
The couple’s May wedding day began with a ceremony at the local church. Gemma arranged for a vintage Rolls Royce to take her and her new husband to Wasing Park, post-ceremony, which made leaving the church a real event. “Everyone was cheering and throwing confetti as we walked towards the car,” remembers Gemma. “Having our own private transport also meant we got to the venue before anyone else. This was great as we got to take everything in for a few moments before the celebrations really began,” she adds.
Good food played a huge role in the couple’s celebrations. Cooked up by Galloping Gourmet, Gemma and Craig knew they’d be in for a real treat. “Our wedding breakfast was amazing. It started off with a beetroot and cheddar tart, which was followed by a main of fillet steak with dauphinoise potatoes and green peppercorn source. For dessert we chose a passion fruit parfait,” explains Gemma. “Everyone commented on how great the food was. Galloping Gourmet did us proud.”
Strike a pose
When their guests weren’t eating or congratulating the couple, they were indulging in a selfie or six. “We had selfie sticks galore at the reception,” laughs Gemma. “They were a bit of a feature on my hen do, so I had to provide them for our guests.” By the end of the night the couple were left with so many great pictures of their family and friends having fun, leaving them with precious memories of their day.
Gemma’s top tip:
“Soak it up and enjoy every second. All those months of planning and anticipation are over in a flash - so take more than a moment to just enjoy yourself. Whatever happens, it will be the happiest day of your life.”
Images © Matt Edwards Photography