With a spring wedding in mind, Natalie and Stephen wanted to find a beautiful venue that looked good come rain or shine. With an ever-growing guest list, the couple also needed somewhere spacious – ideally with ample accommodation on-site. Last, but certainly not least, Natalie and Stephen’s venue had to have that party vibe – a must for a fun and fabulous day of celebrations.
Perfect in every way
Wasing Park, in Reading, offered that flexibility that Natalie and Stephen required. It combined vintage with modern for that wow-factor wedding style and had options for both an indoor and outdoor ceremony or a religious ceremony at the on-site church. “There was so much flexibility – we knew we’d have a great day no matter what the weather,” says Natalie. Wasing Park also offered the extensive accommodation the couple were after – allowing guests to party into the early hours and dine together the next morning.
Wed in style
Natalie and Stephen were keen to accentuate the elegance of Wasing Park with a wedding theme to match. They styled the venue with flowers in ivory, blush and grey and added a few personal touches of their own too. They created a pathway to the Garden Room using their favourite photos and made their own confetti from their favourite sheet music. The wedding tables were also named after songs by The Doors, one of the couple’s favourite bands.
Keen to look their best, the pair opted for top designer attire for a super stylish wedding look. Natalie wore a Susanna Neville gown from the Songbird collection while Stephen opted for a Ted Baker suit from the Tie The Knot wedding range. Natalie’s bridesmaids were dressed to impress too in lilac grey dresses from Coast. “I let the girls choose their own dresses and then based our wedding colours around their choice,” explains Natalie. “It wasn’t the best idea as the colour was very hard to match,” she laughs.
A family affair
The night before the wedding, Stephen and Natalie decided to stay on-site taking advantage of the venue’s ample accommodation. Steve, his best men and his family stayed in Home Farm while Natalie and her sister spent the night together in one of Wasing’s cottages. “The morning of the wedding was so simple – we just walked to the venue,” smiles Natalie. “However, getting four bridesmaids and a bride ready in just over three hours was a bit of a struggle – I would definitely recommend leaving more time to get ready!”
The post-ceremony celebrations were one thing the couple were really looking forward to. They couldn’t wait to drink, dine and laugh with friends and family. The celebrations began with a delicious three-course wedding breakfast from Galloping Gourmet, featuring a fillet steak main and yummy cheesecake dessert. Natalie even popped on a chef’s apron before she ate - to avoid any spillages! Come evening, the wedding party tucked into even more delicious fare – this time chicken noodles served in traditional Chinese takeaway boxes. “Galloping Gourmet did such an amazing job,” smiles Natalie. “All our guests commented on the fantastic quality of the food.”
Only the best
The fabulous food and drink were just the start of the couple’s epic celebrations. Top-quality entertainment was also ensured with live music from Soul City. “They were an amazing band and did a great job at getting everyone on the dance floor,” smiles Natalie. “We definitely should have taken a step back and observed everyone from afar though, to take everything in.”
Images © Kevin Browne Photography
For more information about weddings at Wasing Park or to book a visit, please contact the wedding team on 0118 907 0199.