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 18 December 2015.
Couple: Catherine Edwards and Scott Plastow
Date: 28th May, 2015
Ceremony: Haddenham St Mary's Church
Venue: Notley Abbey
Colour scheme: Spring palette of coral, peach, pink with mint and ivory
The couple are huge cat lovers. “We had fi gures of them wearing mint collars for our cake topper," says Catherine. "Scott also loves VW campers so hired two in mint green to transport us and the guests from the church."
The couple both love spring and named their tables after flowers like rose, daisy and lavender. They added a rustic touch with tree slice centrepiece stands, personalised with hessian bunting and napkin ties. “It was a really happy service with laughter, tears and love. We still laugh about Scott's jacket button pinging off and rolling down the aisle as he sat down,” recalls Catherine.
Photography by Andy at A S Photography
Couple: Sophie Callaway and Nick Simm
Date: 11th April, 2015
Ceremony: St Mary East Hendred
Venue: Lains Barn, Ardington, Oxfordshire
Colour scheme: Blue
As Nick is an airline pilot and Sophie comes from a family who work in aviation, the couple decided on different types of civil aircraft for their table names. “The venue was where the school summer fetes used to be held, so I had lots of happy memories of it from childhood,” says Sophie.
“Driving away from the church in my dad's MG to the venue with my new husband is my favourite memory,” says Sophie. “Passers by waved as we drove through the villages. My dad also made a CD of wedding songs for us to listen to as a surprise.” Sophie's mum had a few surprises lined up for them too – the string quartet to play Blue Is the Colour – the family are big Chelsea supporters, plus Mr Tambourine Man, a tune Sophie used to sing along to with her dad. It had them both in tears.
Photography by Nigel Chapman Photography
Couple: Michele Crisp and Mark Nicholson
Date: 29th May, 2015
Venue: Notley Abbey
Colour scheme: Grey and pink
The couple fell in love with Notley Abbey when they drove down the tree-lined mile-long avenue. “We also loved the fact that they host many celebrity filled parties there and so we had a lot to live up to,” says Michele "The flowers were breathtaking. Matthew from Fabulous Flowers even added his own little touches like hanging tea lights."
Michele's daughter, Riley read a passage out as part of the ceremony. “She got a bit emotional halfway through so her brother, Harrison stood up and took over. It was a proud moment for us and there wasn't a dry eye in the house,” recalls Michele.
Photography by Neale James at Breathe Pictures
Couple: Stephanie Normoyle and Elliot Nathan
Date: 13th August, 2015
Venue: Hedsor House
Colour scheme: Cream and pale blue
A pearl and lace theme helped bring Stephanie and Elliot's big day to life. “I had a good feeling about Hedsor House as soon as I saw it on an open day. It's beautiful, elegant and spacious, everything I wanted in a venue. The grounds are also absolutely stunning," says Stephanie.
One of Stephanie's favourite memories is of making her grand entrance. “Walking into the room to see Elliot's face at the other end of the aisle stands out for me. I was so nervous,” she recalls. “Also during the speeches, Elliot read out a surprise message from my grandparents who were unable to attend. I nearly started crying.”
Photography by David Bostock
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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