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Cotswold Baking

Muddy says: OMG, delicious! Cotswold Baking produces stunning (and delicious) cakes and pastries for special occasions and restaurant wholesale, using experience honed from Michael Roux Snr at the Waterside Inn, Bray.

Cakes

elizabeth.

Muddy says: elizabeth. a bespoke floral design service, based in Aston Tirrold, creates stunning romantic bouquets for events and runs floral workshops in the flower shed. Very, very beautiful.

Florists

Stretch and Tents

Muddy says: Goodbye boring marquees! Stretch and Tents offer beautiful, versatile and quick assembly event spaces for weddings, festivals and events.

Event Space

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Danesfield House, Marlow

Muddy says: This exquisite five-star country house hotel is the last word in luxury. Afternoon tea, a luxury overnighter, wedding venue or superlative spa? Please don't make us go home. Ever.

Fun Finder

Lyn Shields Design

Muddy says: If you're looking for a fantastic, experienced graphic designer across a range of media Lyn Shields, who has previously designed for the RSC, Blackwell's and The British Museum, is your woman.

Graphic Designers

The Granary Deli, Watlington

Muddy says: An award-winning deli, cafe and supper club in the pretty town of Watlington, South Oxon. The online cheese store is particularly impressive, stocking over 140 British and continental cheeses.

Cafés

The Tythe Barn

Muddy says: A gorgeous, converted barn that's perfect for parties, corporate events or weddings. Hey, we love it so much one of our team got married there.

Event Space

Bucks County Museum

Muddy says: Not only can you explore the museum's collection of local artefacts, enjoy their visiting exhibitions and get hands-on in the interactive Roald Dahl Gallery, you can now get married there too.

Activity Days

Joanne Caldwell Floral Designs

Muddy says: This Marlow-based floral designer creates elegant and natural displays for life's special occasions, as well as hosting workshops all year round.

Florists

Babylon Flowers

Muddy says: We love this independent, stylish Oxfordshire florist that only uses local and season blooms. If you're going to say it with flowers, make it these beauties.

Florists

Just Joey On The Moon

Muddy says: Claudia Rose can provide stunning flowers for weddings, funerals and all occasions but she is also an expert on branding and can help you find ways to communicate with your customers through flowers.

Florists

The Five Arrows, Aylesbury

Muddy says: This Grade II-listed hotel and function room, standing at the gates of Waddesdon Manor, is a refined, tranquil spot for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

Event Space

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The Ashmolean Events Space

Muddy says: A world-class museum that hosts loads of events and is available to hire to give your wedding, Christmas party, reception or whatever, a unique backdrop and sprinkle of magic.

Art

Nong Smitinand Flowers

Muddy says: Growing up in Thailand, Nong Smitinand's family gave her a lifelong passion for flowers and you can see it in her work. Nong's bouquets are simply stunning!

Florists

Harriet Thorpe Make-Up Artist

Muddy says: Harriet Thorpe has been road-tested already at Muddy with a magazine shoot, so we know she's brilliant commercially but she's also a dab hand at wedding beauty and private commissions across Bucks & Oxon.

Independent Beauty Therapists

The Magnum Company

Muddy says: For those who like their champagne bigger and better! We’re loving this well-priced online company, dealing only in magnum sizes, that’s facilitating the Muddy habit in bubbles, cider, gin and port.

Caterers

Rebecca Barrett Cooks

Muddy says: Excellent private chef Rebecca Barrett, tested by the whole Muddy team - charming and unflappable in person and offering inventive, inspiring food.

Caterers

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Native Feasts

Muddy says: Take one Michelin-starred chef and one experienced sommelier/mixologist and up pops Native Feasts - supper clubs, weddings, corporate and private events with delicious food and drinks in unusual and special settings in Oxon, Bucks and beyond.

Caterers

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Wendy Aldiss Photography

Muddy says: Specialising in wedding reportage, Wendy Aldiss creates characterful, natural and beautiful photography that captures all the emotion of the day.

Photography

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Katie Reay Scott

Muddy says: Professional hair and make up by a calm and sunny experienced artist who will make you look your best on your wedding day.

Independent Beauty Therapists

belistore

Muddy says: A mobile bakery offering mouth-watering brownies, pastries and muffins served fresh out of their oven at your event.

Cakes

Monkton Barn

Muddy says: A picturesque, extremely flexible wedding and party venue in a stunning setting near Marlow, Buckinghamshire. No vision too eccentric for these guys, and we love them for it!

Event Space

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The Tipsy Flamingo, Mobile

Muddy says: Cocktails ahoy! Book this stylish, shiny mobile van and the trained Tipsy Flamingo mixologists for parties in Buckinghamshire and beyond (they'll travel anywhere for a good party apparently).

Bars

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Wild Rose Florist

Muddy says: Attention all brides who hate toeing the line - Wild Rose is a wedding florist with an edge. It's only rock'n'roll - but I like it.

Florists

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Eynsham Hall, Witney

Muddy says: The stunning exterior and 3000 acres of 18th century Eynsham Hall offer ample charms to those who want heritage style on a 3 star budget.

Fun Finder

The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green

Muddy says: All the heritage you can handle at this handsome hotel in rural Oxfordshire, in enticing distance of Bicester Village, Rousham Gardens and Blenheim Palace.

Fun Finder

Stoke Place, Stoke Green

Muddy says: A 39-bedroom 4 star country house hotel in South Buckinghamshire, combining boutique interior styling a Capability Brown-designed pleasure garden amongst 26 acres of grounds.

Fun Finder

Black Swan Bridal Studio

Muddy says: A stunning bridal boutique with gorgeous Oxfordshire riverside views. The dresses are to die and include Temperley Bridal, and the vibe is all about cool, confident brides who don't want the meringue treatment.

Bridal Studios

Beryl The Vintage Caravan

Muddy says: Stylish, sweet, photogenic and oozing retro style, Beryl deserves an invite to every garden party. This vintage caravan can be hired as both a photo booth.

Caterers

Cornwell Manor

Muddy says: An absolutely stunning Cotswold manor house estate, ideal for private parties, civil ceremonies or wedding receptions. I'm eyeing it up for my significant next birthday.

Event Space

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Notley Abbey

Muddy says: If Notley Abbey is romantic enough for Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh to call home, it's romantic enough for your wedding!

Wedding Venues

Sojo Kitchen

Muddy says: Planning a party? Raise a glass to the clever folk at Sojo Kitchen. A can-do, flexible attitude and made-to-measure service includes marquee hire, venue styling and first-rate catering.

Caterers

Pierreponts, Goring-on-Thames

Muddy says: Laidback and lovely riverside cafe in Goring which also doubles as a private party venue. Book for a stylish and slick afternoon tea, lunch or three-course dinner.

Cafés

Bluebell Biscuiterie

Muddy says: Freshly baked, perfectly iced, cleverly creative, these sweet treats are a cut-above your usual bourbon biscuit. For birthdays, christenings, weddings - or just because.

Caterers

Chenies Manor

Muddy says: Fancy tying the knot somewhere with proper historic pedigree? This Grade I-listed pile was once a hangout for Henry VIII no less - his ghost sometimes even swings by.

Event Space

Bucks Make-up Studio

Muddy says: Tamsin and Joceline are massively in demand as celebrity make-up artists at Pinewood, and what's good enough for Emily Blunt and Nicole Kidman is good enough for me!

Make Up Artists

Chateau Marmot

Muddy says: Glitzy top-tier caterers worth getting your glam on for. UK-wide pop-ups from these party pros always sell out so advance booking's advised.

Caterers

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton

Muddy says: Raymond's Blanc's pitch-perfect Oxfordshire institution needs no introduction. Thirty years of two Michelin stars, beautiful kitchen gardens and top-tier gastronomie.

Event Space

Poundon House

Muddy says: Elegant Oxfordshire wedding venue hosting dreamy yoga, health and relaxation retreats - prefect for a pre-nup pamper ahead of your big day.

Event Space

Paul Wilkinson Photography

Muddy says: Happy couple to-be? Get ready to do a happy (first) dance. Le Manoir's official photographer can be at your beck-and-call, too.

Photography

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