To make their wedding day extra special, Alice and Joshua were searching for a venue that would give them a laid-back and beautiful setting as well as plenty of accommodation for them and their guests. When they found Wasing Park, they knew they had their perfect location.
“We absolutely loved the beautiful drive up through parkland, all the quirky little outbuildings and the sensational accommodation,” says Alice. “We both really wanted it to feel like a chilled summer party at someone’s house rather than a formal event, to encourage everyone to relax and have lots of fun.”
The happy couple wanted their special day to have plenty of style but also a relaxed feel, so decided on a clever theme that would incorporate both.
“I’m absolutely in love with the glitz and glam of the 1920s – so knew I wanted that to feature in the day somehow, but also didn’t want a strong ‘theme’ per se,” explains Alice. “Luckily Joshua wanted to wear black tie rather than tails, which worked perfectly, and the bridesmaids all wore gold beaded dresses. Rather than a 1920s formal event we thought ‘1920s garden party’, so had garden games on the lawn, a string quartet and lots of Champagne and Pimm’s.”
They decorated the venue with an abundance of flowers, with white tulips, lilies and roses stealing the show.
After a beautiful ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed out to the lawn to raise a glass in celebration and enjoy their drinks reception. With South African sparkling wine and Pimm’s to choose, plus exquisite canapés that included, breaded Brie, duck spring rolls and mini fish and chips, it’s safe to say that everyone had a fantastic time.
The Castle Barn is a suitably impressive setting for a wedding breakfast, and Alice and Joshua had made sure their loved ones were in for a treat.
Their menu included smoked trout mousse and smoked salmon to start, succulent lamb with dauphinoise potatoes for the main course and a decadent chocolate brownie with salted ice cream for dessert.
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“It was all amazing, but I have to say the starter was my favourite,” says Alice. “Such big flavours and all executed absolutely perfectly. For Joshua it would have been the main as he loves lamb. That said, the pudding was to die for too!”
The couple wanted high quality and interesting wedding food to play a big part of their day, and the Galloping Gourmet chefs at Wasing Park did not disappoint. After attending a Tasting Event before their wedding and sampling a number of delicious dishes, Alice and Joshua knew they were in for something special no matter what dishes they chose.
One of the many benefits of a Wasing Park wedding is having the Galloping Gourmet Events Team to support you through every part of the wedding planning. This bride and groom got to experience first-hand just how helpful they could be.
“The Events Team were amazing, so helpful and attentive both on the day and in the build-up,” says Alice. “They had a meeting with us to go through timings of the day which helped us to do final planning and were always just a call or email away if we needed them. It was also really useful to attend an open day after booking to meet all the preferred suppliers and that’s how we found both our photographer and the lady who did my hair and make-up.”
With amazing wedding food, a beautiful setting and their friends and family all around them, Alice and Joshua were able to enjoy their perfect wedding day at Wasing Park. You can find out more about this exclusive wedding venue in Berkshire by visiting the Wasing Park page or find more inspiration by taking a look at Emma and Leo’s Elegant Summer Wedding.
Images courtesy of Neale James