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 19 June 2015.
Couple: Alix Nicoll and Matthew Green
Date: 20th December, 2014
Venue: Notley Abbey
Colour scheme: Ivory and burgundy
“The date marked a year since our engagement and being so close to Christmas, we wanted to celebrate this special time of year in a beautiful, romantic way,” says Alix. We'd dreamed of having a crisp, clear December wedding day, with candlelight and open fires as day turned to evening. And as if by magic, that's exactly what we were lucky enough to have.”
“One of our favourite memories was the sun streaming through the arched windows in the beautiful Abbot's Hall while we were saying our vows,” recalls Alix. “We knew Notley Abbey was special from the moment we turned into the long tree-lined drive, and by the time we had finished our tour of the historic house, we knew it was perfect.
Photography by Neale James Photography
Couple: Ayesha Ali and Edward Reeves
Date: 21st December, 2014
Venue: The Olde Bell
Colour scheme: Ivory, lilac/pale blue, crimson
“We'd originally planned to have a late summer glamping wedding in the forest but we went to see the Olde Bell and fell in love with it,” says Ayesha “It leant itself so well to a winter wedding and rather than waiting a year to get married we decided to do it straight away.”
“Christmas is my favourite time of year and having the wedding so near meant we could indulge in some festive traditions and decorations too, which was lovely,” Ayesha recalls. “I'm half Egyptian, so we were entertained by a belly dancer between the main and dessert courses. She had us and our guests up dancing. It was great fun and an absolute must-have at any wedding.”
Photography by Lisa Gill Photography
Couple: Savannah Tyler and William Hebblewhite
Date: 24th April, 2015
Ceremony: Buckingham Church
Venue: The Dairy, Waddesdon Manor
Colour scheme: Navy
“We fell in love with the venue at first sight. In the evening we had a beautiful drive in a Rolls-Royce to Waddesdon Manor house for some photographs,"says William.
“A favourite memory was seeing each other at the church for the first time," he recalls. “Buckingham Church was special as it's where Savannah's parents and grandparents got married. She said the wrong name during the ceremony and mixed up my first and middle names which was very amusing for all the family, " he recalls.
Photography by Laura Rachel Photography
Couple: Danielle Hauke and Darrel Jones
Date: 3rd April, 2015
Venue: Beaumont Estate
Colour scheme: Red and navy
“We were shown around the Beaumont Estate and entered the Chapel and were both speechless at how beautiful the room was,” says Danielle. “We both said to each other at the same time, 'I don't need to look at any more venues', we'd found the one.”
“There was one rather large surprise,” reveals Danielle. “Gary Barlow surprised us on our big day. After months of secret planning with my bridesmaid, Gary entered the dancefloor and sang A Million Love Songs to me. I've been a huge fan for over 20 years so this was amazing.”
Photography by Fielder 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.
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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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