If you’re planning a Berkshire wedding or on the hunt for a Reading wedding venue, then I’m so glad you’ve found your way to Jess and Elliott’s Wasing Park wedding (hi, hello, welcome!) They had a relaxed, boho theme for their summer wedding, which I’m thrilled to be able to share with you today.

Wasing Park Wedding Venue

Wasing Estate is a sprawling estate nestled in the Berkshire countryside, with a number of things across its many acres, including a working organic farm, a marina, wild swimming and a sauna. In everything they do, they see themselves as stewards of the environment, so everything works in beautiful harmony. This means that Wasing Park wedding not only looks amazing, but is a super sustainable, eco-friendly choice too. Arriving on the grounds is a bit like stepping into paradise (they even make their own gin from botanicals grown by their gardeners and honey from their own hives!)

Summer garden wedding ceremony

For Wasing Park weddings, there are a number of beautiful buildings and spaces to choose from for the day of your dreams. You can pick from a 15th century parish church, the glass-walled Garden Room or, as Jess and Elliott did, the Victorian Summerhouse. 

It’s hard to pick favourites at such a beautiful venue, but I do think the Victorian Summerhouse is the most incredible Wasing Park wedding space. The idyllic structure is nestled amongst tall, verdant trees, with guests sitting on chairs set out on the lawn (so there was less of a ‘bride or groom?’ side, and more of a ‘want to top up your tan or sit in the shade?’ vibe!) And its interiors are just as breathtakingly beautiful as its location, with a painted mural on the walls that lend a fairytale feel to the whole thing.

Jess and Elliott also decorated the ceremony space with a wooden arch adorned with greenery and luxurious flowers, which they placed at the entrance to the aisle. It was the perfect framing for when Elliott turned around to glimpse his nearly-wife at the top of the altar – and his reaction was pretty incredible, too. For the ceremony itself, Jess and Elliott stood inside the Victorian Summerhouse with the registrar and their witnesses. This ensured it could be a legally binding ceremony – plus from a purely aesthetic view, it allowed Jess’ train and veil to pool down the steps beautifully! 

Afterwards guests made their way to the terrace for a confetti shot and then cocktails and canapes, with tables of Pimms and prosecco laid out waiting for them and trays of delicious nibbles going around. 

Romantic, rustic wedding decor

The theme for Jess and Elliott’s Wasing Park wedding was romantic and rustic. Their flowers were beautifully summery, with lots of vibrant greenery and blooms in shades of pink and cream in the arrangements, bouquets, and on their semi-naked wedding cake too. This floral scheme continued to the stationery design, which featured a boho floral design in the corner of the table plan, place cards and table names (which were all named after race track circuits, and featured a little outline of them too).

Greenery wasn’t just limited to leaves, either. Jess’ bridesmaids stunned in sage green dresses with pleated necklines, whilst her bridesman wore a dazzingly blue suit similar to that of the groomsmen. Even the photobooth they had for entertainment later in the evening was the perfect shade of sage green to match!

Jess herself wore a gorgeous low-back lace dress from Debbie Rees Bridal, featuring subtle sequins that shimmered as they caught the light. Her heels also featured pearls, which were amazing when you saw a flash of them as she took a step. Perhaps my favourite time seeing them, though, was when she’d flung them off for the portraits portion of the day – I loved the carefree attitude of a barefoot bridal walk through the countryside! 

Relaxed, authentic wedding portraits

In the leadup to their Wasing Park wedding day, Jess and Elliott had let me know that they’re rather camera-shy. I always ensure I make my couples as relaxed as possible when taking photos, because that way you’ll look back on your gallery and remember how amazing you felt, not just how amazing you looked – but it’s always good to know if you’re particularly nervous about it so I can take extra care. 

For example, as Jess and Elliott had said they’d prefer photos away from the crowds in their pre-wedding questionnaire, we took their group shots by the Victorian Summerhouse whilst their guests were enjoying cocktail hour on the terrace around the corner. 

(Something else they said in their pre-wedding questionnaire – which I send to all couples to ensure I have all the information I need to capture the shots they want for their wedding day – was their answer to the question “Do you have anything planned on the morning?”. They just put “Cry”, which really made me chuckle!)

But as you can see, I’m glad to report that Jess and Elliott were super chilled during their portraits, which made for these radiant, relaxed frames. For their portrait session we went for a walk around the grounds of Wasing Park wedding venue, including in the tall grasses for some super wild, romantic vibes. Once we’d made the most of the time, the light, and the gorgeous surroundings, we began to make our way back to the Barn so the evening portion could begin. Suddenly Jess hopped on Elliott’s back for a piggyback ride there – an underrated transport mode, if you ask me!

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A bride and groom stand apart under an ornate white archway featuring elegant molding. Behind them is a wall with a painted mural of serene blue skies and budding branches, evoking a sense of spring. The groom, to the left, is dressed in a checkered blue suit and looks towards the bride with a smile. The bride, on the right, is radiant in a white lace wedding dress, looking off to the side with a joyful expression. The setting gives the impression of an airy and elegant room within the Wasing Park wedding venue.

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Wasing Park wedding suppliers

Venue: Wasing Park

Videographer: Theo Webb

Wedding Dress: Debbie Rees Bridal

Hair and Make-up: Liz Patey

Cake: Lucy Amelia Bakes

Music: Skynights

Decorations: Cherubs

Florist: Flowers by Liz Bolton

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