The Perfect Venue
On the hunt for an elegant wedding venue in Berkshire where they could marry and celebrate with their guests, Wasing Park was the first (and only) venue Kerry and Sean visited.
“It was simply perfect, from the picturesque drive up to the stunning grounds, the walled garden and the elegant Garden Room.” smiles Kerry. “When we stepped in to the Castle Barn, I thought… yes… this is it!”
Having always wanted to marry in a church, the happy couple were delighted to find St Nicholas Church in the grounds of Wasing Park.
Setting the Scene
With a delicate, chic colour scheme of dove grey and white to embrace the autumnal feel of the day, Kerry and Sean wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere, adding warmth with candles, lanterns and flowers.
Learning some calligraphy, Kerry made the place names herself. Tealights were placed in the walls of the Castle Barn, rose-filled cylinders made beautiful centrepieces and two large lanterns stood at either side of the barn entrance. Thoughtful, quirky signage added a personal element to the day.
Kerry’s Stella York gown was the dress of her dreams.
“I saw it in a shop window a few years ago and remember saying to my mum ‘that dress is beautiful’,” she says. “When we got engaged, I went back and asked if they had the dress. When I put it on, I absolutely loved it – a fit and flare, lace dress with a little bit of sparkle.”
The beautiful bride accessorised with flat, satin shoes and a sparkly hair slide. Meanwhile, Sean looked the part in a blue suit by Mark Marengo and Kerry’s four bridesmaids were stunning in multi-way dove grey dresses from Marks and Spencer.
“They wore shoes of their own choice and I bought them each a pearl necklace with a silver initial,” continues Kerry.
Order of The Day
Following their romantic ceremony in St Nicholas Church, drinks and canapés were served in the sunshine outside the Castle Barn while saxophonist, Mike Taylor, delighted the guests.
Moving in to dine, entertainment continued with a close-up magician and the wedding breakfast commenced with a delicious Scotch egg followed by beef fillet and, for pudding, a trio of desserts.
“The food was out of this world,” says Kerry. “The beef was unbelievable and for the desserts I had three little tastes of Heaven!”
As day turned to evening, the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz and live band, ‘Dunn the Vale’ got the party started.
“It was great to see so many people up on the dance floor strutting their stuff with us,” smiles Kerry.
The spectacular menu continued with hot dogs and steak sandwiches, a popcorn machine, cheese board and wedding cake.
And, what could be a more fitting finale to this joyous day than a sparkler send-off!
“Suddenly everyone was sparkling and looking our way as we walked through,” laughs Kerry. “The photos are incredible.”
“One of my favourite moments was the confetti shot after our ceremony. Helena from Wasing met us with a glass of Champagne and our sax player burst in to song. We took a moment to dance on the gravel before turning to see our guests. Unforgettable.”
Advice from the Bride
“Ask for help. Don’t try and do everything on your own. Make a fun day of it – get some pizza’s in and get those bridesmaids making favours for you!”
Images © Tony Hart Photography