With a stylish colour scheme, personalised décor, delicious food and drink and an exceptional venue, this Wasing Park summer wedding was set to delight.
The Venue Vibe
Stephanie and James were on the lookout for a pretty venue with character where they could have their civil ceremony and reception. They found the perfect place at Wasing Park, an impressive barn wedding venue in Berkshire that had everything they needed and more.
“While we wanted to add some personal touches and decoration, we also wanted a venue that already looked great,” explains Stephanie. “Wasing Park ticked all the boxes.”
Theme of the Day
The happy couple chose the colour purple as their focus, using different shades to create a simple, elegant look and a relaxed, summer style. Flowers, fairy lights, tea light candles and lantern candle-holders adorned the venue as well as fabulous giant ‘LOVE’ lights.
Signage created a personal touch and Stephanie hired a few items such as the sweet table signage and a pretty box for cards.
Stephanie wore an ivory Justin Alexander dress with lace detail, high neckline and capped sleeves.
“I absolutely loved my dress! It was a style I didn’t initially think I would go for,” explains Stephanie. “I expected to choose an A-line style but this was more figure hugging,”
“I added a fun touch by putting a Mickey and Minnie Mouse transfer on the soles with a love heart,” smiles Stephanie.
A single tier veil with delicate sequin edging completed the look.
Stephanie’s two bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in a stunning fuchsia colour.
“When we chose the dresses, our bridesmaids tried them on in navy and we ordered them in a different shade,” explains Stephanie. “We were aiming for more of a Cadbury’s purple but they turned out to be brighter. For a summer wedding, it was lovely, so vibrant and eye-catching.”
The full-length halter neck gowns were perfect for a wedding but also a style that could be worn again after the big day.
James looked the part in a tailored pale grey suit from TM Lewin.
Stephanie found plenty of images of flowers she loved and sent them to Berkshire Wedding Hire to recreate the look within their budget. Alongside the stunning bridal flowers, there were large arrangements on pedestals at the front of the Garden Room during the ceremony. Jam jars also hung from the chairs in this beautiful reception space, containing delicate arrangements of purple and white blooms.
Table centrepieces were silver lantern tea light holders surrounded by garlands of flowers.
The Wedding Breakfast
Following their Garden Room ceremony, Pimm’s and canapés were served and guests wandered outside on to the lawn.
Moving into dine, the incredible on-site caterers served up a smoked bacon Scotch egg was served to start, followed by beef fillet with dauphinoise potatoes and a mouth-watering lemon posset with lemon jelly and short bread for dessert.
“We chose beef because, when done properly, it really is special. This was just cooked to perfection,” says Stephanie.
Cake, Glorious Cake!
A fantastic cupcake tower also included a simple top tier cake for the ceremonial cutting. The top cake was decorated with sugar flowers to suit the purple colour scheme and was filled with a delicious espresso buttercream.
Music was a big part of the day and Stephanie and James spent a lot of time planning their playlists. For the evening reception, a band played a mixture of indie, rock and pop to fill the dance floor. When it came to the first dance, the newlyweds took to the floor to ‘Don’t Worry Baby’ by The Beach Boys.
“I’ve always loved the song and my dad introduced me to a cover by Billy Joel,” explains Stephanie. “The band learned the song based on that version and did an amazing job.”
Delicious food was served once again with an outdoor barbecue.
“It looked and smelled amazing,’ says Stephanie, “although James and I were so caught up in everything and so full from all the other food we’d had, we didn’t actually manage to have any!”
Stephanie’s Favourite Moment
“One of the best moments for me was when James and I walked out of the Garden Room after the ceremony. We were each presented with a glass of Pimm’s and we got to see everyone and speak to them properly for the first time.”
Top Tip from the Bride
“Although it’s hard, try not to stress too much. You’ll want everything to be perfect but, when it comes to the day, it will be magical, even if something doesn’t quite go to plan.”
Images © Denise Winter Photography
To find out more about this remarkable Berkshire wedding venue, visit the Wasing Park listing page.