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Neale James Wedding Photographer at Wasing Park

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August 2, 2017

There are many times in my life I wished I’d taken some pictures when I wasn’t officially hired to do so. One such was a brisk morning late in 2007. With a winter chill still biting, I was wrapped in a ski jacket, hard hat perched atop my head, walking through the Castle Barn on the Wasing Estate with a brisk wind whistling through a space where doors were yet to be fitted, being described a romantic vision for this new West Berkshire venue by someone called Kate. It was raining and I’m reasonably sure there was a part of the roof being retiled.

There was a lot of work going on. Contractors barrowed building materials along narrow scaffold planks and we stepped gingerly alongside, as much of the floor below me was seemingly missing. I wish I’d captured some stills that day, because a lot has happened in this serene beautiful part of southern English countryside.

That was almost a decade ago, yet often when I enter this beautifully renovated barn, banquet tables laid for a hundred wedding guests, candles glowing, serving staff pouring a toast for people about to be seated, I think back to that scene, that day. The excitement laid bare by all I met when I was afforded that very early tour of this unique venue, was simply palpable.

And it still is. By the end of 2017, I’ll have photographed enough weddings at Wasing Park to celebrate my own sesquicentenary; 150 Wasing weddings and rising. Considering I’m not long from photographing my 800th wedding in total, that means almost twenty percent of my time behind a lens professionally has been at this extraordinary venue.

I’ve grown exceptionally attached to the place. Some of my fondest and certainly more amusing wedding memories have been formed from Wasing Park, such as a Victorian Summerhouse wedding, where a bird of prey supposed to be flying a wedding ring up the aisle for the ceremonial exchange decided to go sit in a tree with the ring and watch surprised seated guests from thirty feet up instead. There’s always a loyal friend with a stand in ring waiting by it seems.

People watching is a great sport, and I’m rewarded a tremendous joy and gift by being asked to photograph weddings in the style I do, particularly at a place which is lavished with incredible mature gardens and a stunning scenic backdrop. Hopefully you can understand that joy by the faces within these pictures for whom Wasing Park will always hold a special place in their heart.

Father daughter moment at wasing park wedding venue in Aldermaston captured by Neale James

St Nicholas church set on Wasing estate perfect for your all in one wedding venue in Berkshire

Wasing Park a complete wedding venue ideal for your religious ceremony, civil ceremony and wedding reception in Berkshire

Bride and Groom first dance watched by dreaming flower girls at Wasing Park wedding venue in Berkshire near London

 

By Neal James

www.nealejames.com

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1960’s chic at Wasing Park

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July 4, 2017

Wasing couples know what they like, and we love that they do.

Every Wasing couple has their own style. Most couples regularly keep an eye on wedding trends from the very latest blogs and magazines, some perhaps even look as far as fashion, interiors and design publications for their inspiration.  Today we are delighted to share an editorial shoot from Tasha Newland of Ikonworks, created especially for Wedding Ideas Magazine.  It featured beautifully in the recent “New Style” January edition of the magazine where they said;

“Sophisticated pearls and lace, statement hair and makeup – brides who style themselves on the 1960’s, we salute you!”

This gorgeous inspirational shoot and the beautiful images proved so popular it also went on to feature with Claire Gould of the English Wedding Blog, who commented;

“This is wedding inspiration at its prettiest – a gorgeous wintry inspiration shoot combining  an exquisite contoured dress and a modern twist on the iconic beehive.”

Tasha says “styling and shooting an editorial at Wasing has been something I have wanted to do for a while.  It’s gorgeous grounds and diverse wedding buildings enable you to create something truly unique, yet ensuring you cater for every taste, romantic notion and trend”.

Tasha goes onto say “My favourite space has to be the summerhouse.  It’s charming mural of pale blue, almost oriental in style, creates the most perfect backdrop for an engagement shoot, editorial shoot or of course your wedding ceremony.”

“Whilst styling this beautiful shoot the aim was to create something modern, chic, and elegant, yet ensuring the retention of the femininity that is nearly always present in wedding styling. Being able to use one of the most highly regarded venues in the UK let alone in Berkshire, was an absolute highlight for the team”.  Over to Tasha to tell us the rest.

I used Pinterest initially to gather some ideas; I was inspired by the outdoor space and the colour palette which was made available to us in September at the Park.  I created a more detailed plan to engage the carefully selected suppliers, products and looks.  The idea was to complement the inside the venue and the summerhouse, yet bringing in the seasonal styling that so many magazines and blogs like to publish.  It is critical to offer something different to potential bridal clients, as well as the industry writers who publish our carefully created work.  Therefore, looking at options for texture, different colour combinations, unusual twists and elegant components is always something we strive for.

I felt the main element dictating the styling was the incredible dress I had already fallen in love with at Hannah Elizabeth Bridal, so this was the starting point for me.  Hannah always has the most impeccable taste when it comes to the gowns she chooses to stock at her extraordinary boutique, however there is sometimes a post on her exquisite Instagram page that simply takes my breath away.  Watters WTOO did just that with Lenora, which Hannah and I spied together at the White Gallery last year.  When this glorious and very flattering dress took us both by surprise during the buying show in London.  Knowing I simply had to use this gown at some stage, I then had to find the perfect venue for her to feature at.  Lenora has very thoughtfully placed trim and cutouts, creating the most flattering contour, and with the open back adding a modern twist this really is a dress for a stylish, confident bride looking to wow on her wedding day.

We added a touch of femininity, with on trend styling with the flowers, a long veil and gorgeous feather jacket (which I love).  This ensured everything remained floral yet polished and very chic.

“Michelle is one of the most fantastic hair stylists I have had the pleasure of working with.  She is an absolute perfectionist and the work she put into the immaculate up do, during the morning of the shoot created a sensational look for Karen our model.  We hope this will inspire brides to give the style a go”.

Working with Amy on the day of the shoot, was great fun.  Her beautiful Wedding Ideas front cover in April was so bright, bold and perfect, I knew she would create something sensational for Karen. We decided to keep the makeup natural yet flawless, and gave Karen amazing eyes with lashes and winged eyeliner.  Pairing this with a dusky pink lip, again creating a chic and elegant look.  Everything came together perfectly.

Charlotte from Moutan flowers created a beautiful bouquet and buttonhole, simple and modern.  It was both textural and delicate.  The bouquet continued gorgeous globe thistles, pretty pink cool water roses, the rich black dahlia, and snow berries for an added delicate pink and cream colouring.

A wonderful day, some stunning chic ideas, and some very pretty pictures to inspire you.  We, hope you love the shoot as much as we do!

Best wishes

Tasha at Ikonworks

Photography and styling – Ikonworks

MUA – Amy Wilkinson

Venue – Wasing Park

Hair – Michelle Crosser

Flowers – Moutan Flowers

Dress – Watters WTOO – Lenora supplied by Hannah Elizabeth

Shoes – Rachel Simpson supplied by Hannah Elizabeth

Veil – Rainbow Club – Avalanche supplied by Hannah Elizabeth

Feather Shrug – Sasso Bride

 

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2017 Winter Wedding at Wasing Park – why wait?

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June 12, 2017

If Pippa Middleton planned her wedding in less than a year then so can you! With a little under seven months to go our expert team at Wasing is on hand to help you plan the winter wedding of your dreams and save you money.

Wasing Park is offering 50% off of the venue fee on selected dates during the festive period. A venue fee of £7,000 will halve to £3,500* for weddings booked on 23rd, 27th and 28th December 2017.

The beautiful exclusive-use venue, set in stunning parkland on the Hampshire, Berkshire border, lends itself perfectly to a Christmas wedding and the countryside surroundings go hand-in-hand with a wedding with the desired wintery edge.

Wasing Park offers the ultimate cosy winter backdrop for your special wedding day – imagine the smell of Christmas as you enter the venue decorated with an abundance of trailing ivy, Nordmann fir, mistletoe, holly and fir cones with splashes of rich Christmas tones and, of course, the understated tree with simple white lights. The Castle Barn is charmingly rustic around the edges and romantic in the shadow of twinkling festive fairy lights and when candlelit with tea lights in its 100 arrow slits. St Nicholas Church is the perfect backdrop for photographs, especially when surrounded by snow and is such a special place to get married, there is never a dry eye in the church.

Perfect covering of snow over the church lawn at Wasing Park, Aldermaston

Wasing Park ideal for a wedding in any season, Winter Wonderland at Wasing Park in January 2017

Winter menus promise to surprise and delight your guests – mulled wine or cider is the perfect aperitif for your winter wedding, and hearty dishes promise to warm up your guests even on the chilliest of days.

After the celebrations you can retire to the Stables Lodge lounge bar and relax in front of the warm and welcoming wood burning stove with your closest friends and family, for a night cap or two!

Book now to guarantee this special half price offer, leaving you more to spend on your honeymoon! Telephone 0118 907 0199.

Wasing Park really is the ultimate Christmas wedding venue.

*Offer not available on previously confirmed bookings, transfers of date or in conjunction with any other offer.

From Lisa and the Team at Wasing Park.

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