We're looking for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire newlyweds who have said 'I do' any time between October, 2014, and September, 2015. Any couples can enter the competition: it doesn't matter whether the event was large or small; modest or spectacular. Just click on 'I want to enter' link above to put your wedding forward. If you've been successful, we'll be in touch.
Here are our most recent shortlisted couples - vote for who you'd like to see go through to the final, which will be held in spring next year.
Voting for this round closes on 21 August 2015.
Couple: Claire Saunders and Mike Hayes
Date: 27th March, 2015
Ceremony: St Giles' Church, Stoke Poges followed by a reception at Stoke Place
Colour scheme: Ivory, navy and grey
“We saw the fabulous light-up initials from Vowed & Amazed so had a big C&M made and used the look to influence the font across our invitations,” says Claire. “I love The Sound of Music and walked down the aisle to Edelweiss, the flowergirls had white dresses with blue satin sashes and the chocolate favours were in brown paper wrapped up in string.”
“Walking down the long path with my dad and bridesmaids giggling, then getting inside the church and finally seeing Mike at the end and walking to him,” recalls Claire. “Standing between my dad and Mike was a lovely feeling of excitement, contentment and simply, wow! This is happening.”
Photography by David Bostock Photography
Couple: Joanna Melhuish and Simon Turner
Date: 27th March, 2015
Ceremony: St Mary and All Saints Church, Beaconsfield
Reception: Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios, Iver
Colour scheme: Navy and pinks
The couple wanted a traditional wedding and chose butterfly shapes for the place cards and notes for the wedding guest to write messages on. “We must have looked at over 20 venues before finding Heatherden Hall,” says Joanna. “It really had the wow factor and was beautifully romantic with real character. "
“Our favourite memory of the day was walking into the wedding breakfast and being announced as Mr and Mrs Turner,” recalls Joanna. The couple also chose to honour the memory of Simon's little girl, Grace, by giving charity keyrings in aid of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre as their wedding favours.
Photography by Lisa Gill Photography
Couple: Katrina Walker and William Culbert
Date: 11th October, 2014
Venue: Tithe Barn, Ufton Cour
Colour scheme: Vibrant red and orange
Autumn is the couple's favourite season, so they decided to use colours associated with the season as their wedding theme. “We also included an apple tree and asked the guests to write and attach messages to it and then planted it in our garden afterwards. We've framed the wishes as a lasting keepsake,” says Katrina.
“We had a fireworks display planned and were really excited about it. Our events group pulled out all the stops and surprised us with an external PA system so that we could watch them in time to the Top Gun theme tune,” says Katrina. “It still sends shivers down my spine when we hear the song now.”
Photography by SLR Photography
Couple: Jessica Vincent and David Leifer
Date: 28th March, 2015
Venue: Eynsham Hall
Colour scheme: Pastel blue, pastel pink and gold
“I describe my theme as boho glamour,” says Jessica. “I chose things I really liked and the venue and décor made a really whimsical, romantic and glamorous impression.” There was also a subtle cat theme running through the table names with cat tags at everyone's place settings and a photo of the couple's two pet cats as a sign.
The ceremony captured both of the couple's religious backgrounds with a civil ceremony to start and a religious blessing conducted by Alexander Massey, a Kantor. “He brought both of our journeys and heritages together perfectly with singing, hand fastening, poems and readings,” says Jessica.
Photography by Neil Hanson Photography
The overall winners will not only claim the all-important Wedding of the Year 2015 title and a feature all about their big day in Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding, they’ll also win a luxurious one night's stay for two in The Royal Berkshire, an Exclusive Venue – to include bed and breakfast and a two-course dinner with wine in the Fork restaurant worth £310. Terms and conditions apply, dates are subject to availability.
The Royal Berkshire is a beautiful 18th century mansion and makes the perfect venue for a wedding or pampering stay with its stunning terraces and landscaped gardens. The Royal Berkshire is surrounded by stunning grounds, and lies just 13 miles from Heathrow Airport and 8 miles of the M25, M4 and M3, so perfectly situated.
Find out more at www.cs.com
The winners of our Wedding of the Year competition will also get the chance to win our National Wedding of the Year title and a fabulous grand prize of a three-night mini-moon at the award-winning Palais Namaskar in Marrakech, on a half board basis in a Pool Villa complete with return airport transfers – worth £3,000!
Nestled between the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills, the luxury hotel, which opened in April, 2012, as part of the Oetker Collection, is an idyllic resort of 41 suites, villas and palaces. Situated amidst Balinese-inspired gardens, with cascading water features and lakes, the spot boasts three restaurants, a stylish rooftop bar and an indulgent spa – just perfect for newlyweds. Visit www.palaisnamaskar.com
There will be 17 winning couples from all over the country, and they’ll all be eligible for the national title. Each wedding will be considered by a panel of editors, who’ll look at all the gorgeous little details, read about the most memorable moments of the day, sigh over the stunning photos and, in the end, select the couple they think deserve to be crowned as National Wedding of the Year winners.
All over the country, in 15 of our regional titles, couples entered our Wedding of the Year competitions in the hope that their big day will be voted best in the area, and the overall winner from each magazine was then entered into our nationwide contest.
A panel of editors considered everything about each day – the sweetest details, the stunning photos, the most fabulous stories – to decide who should win the National Wedding of the Year title for 2014.
So, it's with great excitement that we can reveal that the winners of the national title for 2014 are – drumroll please – Your East Anglian Wedding's Emma and Sam Sharples.
They tied the knot on the 12th April, 2014, at Dairy Barns, Hickling, and their gorgeous spring-themed and travel-inspired day was captured by Fuller Photography (www.fullerphotographyweddings.co.uk)
The winning couple will be jetting off on a two-night mini-moon at the five-star Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, situated deep in the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes. Visit www.chateau-st-martin.com for more details.
Huge congratulations – and a big thank you for entering – to the couples who won the Wedding of the Year title in their regions and made it to the National final.
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Her darling new designs really capture the British countryside in the springtime bringing an instant breath of nature and wildlife into the home. The large size shade is priced £98 and small, £69. Both available from September.
They form part of the Lorna Syson new Bloom collection made from linen cotton fabric which include wonderful hydrangea patterns too on wallpaper and soft furnishings.
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