Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 100)

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REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 10 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 12 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 56 HOT TOPIC: SUSTAINABILITY Local experts offer stellar advice on planning a sustainable wedding 89 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2024 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... South Somerset 21 IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN We’ve combed the region’s wedding venues to find those with the most glorious gardens On the cover Our 100th issue’s cover is sponsored by Paul Aston Photography ( and features real couple Georgie and Matt who celebrated their big day at Waterside Country Barn, turn to page 35 to find out more. 26 21 FEATURES 8 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The region’s wedding suppliers come together to wish Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding a very happy 100th issue 45 NICE DAY FOR A WHITE WEDDING Scarlett Rose Events and team showcase the styling versality of Somerset’s Holbrook Manor in this stunning styled shoot 49 PLANNED TO PERFECTION Local suppliers from a variety of specialisms share some words of wisdom to help get your planning off on the right foot 53 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Local photographers show us the look of love captured in their favourite shots © Christy Blanch Photography 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 THAT’S ALL FOLKES! We caught up with newlyweds Harriet and Sam Folkes to find out all about their beautiful big day in Bristol 35 OH-SO ROMANTIC Georgie and Matt said “I do” at All Saints Church in Trull, before heading to Waterside Country Barn to celebrate 40 FALLING IN LOVE Beth and Chris styled their autumnal big day with a palette to suit the season and a maple leaf motif as a nod to the groom’s heritage HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 THE ITALIAN DREAM Live la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the heart of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside 86 PICTURESQUE PARGA Jet to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the north-western coast of Greece 88 A ROOM WITH A VIEW Get away from it all at Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort FASHION & BEAUTY 58 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 59 THE ULTIMATE EDIT Add instant glam to your big-day look with these latest jewellery launches 60 WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF 100 wedding dresses celebrating 100 issues 76 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 80 JUST BREATHE Actor turned meditation facilitator Maude Hirst tells us how to handle the stresses of wedding planning 45 40 89 GROOMS 72 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 73 LUSCIOUS LOCKS TikTok star Matt Newman reveals his haircare tips for grooms-to-be 74 FEELING PEACHY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year, Peach Fuzz 60 49 WIN! 4

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Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding launched with issue 1 in October 2007 more than 16 years ago. I managed to find an early issue in the archives and dusted it off to discover that bridal fashion had more in common with the 1990s than with the 2020s. Designs were all about taffeta, boned bodices and bags of embellishment – words I hardly hear these days in relation to wedding dresses. What’s more, it was rare indeed to see a groom not sporting a cravat and cummerbund. Today you’d be hard pushed to find such relics, let alone someone who wants to wear them! Happily though, we’ve brought things right up to date for issue 100 and bring you 12 whole pages of 2024 bridal collections fresh from the runway, I guarantee it’s not to be missed! Wedding trends may have been vastly different then, but what remains unaltered is the dedicated industry of incredible local wedding suppliers who never fail to go above and beyond in bringing their couples’ wedding dreams to life. Without these talented folk Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding certainly wouldn’t be here 100 issues later. So, as we celebrate our success, now’s the time to offer them a huge heartfelt thank you for their continued support and crucially their valued words of wisdom over the years. Of course, to you our lovely readers, we also owe a world of thanks. If you didn’t turn to us every issue for your regular dose of planning help, we’d be talking to ourselves! Our account manager Leah and I are incredibly proud to have taken our place at the helm of this wonderful title and very much look forward to the future as we continue to bring you the very best Bristol and Somerset has to offer for your big day. So, here’s to the next 100 issues! Kelly Andrews, editor Happy birthday to us! Kelly x ISSN 1755-4756 Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding is published six times a year. 56 GREENER PASTURES Something that we as a society think about so much more now than we did back in 2007 is sustainability. When it comes to an ecoconscious wedding day, our experts are here to guide the way. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 ADVERTISING Account Manager Leah Lapwood | 01376 538 569 Seventeen years and 100 issues young! I can’t believe how much we’ve changed since issue 1. 60 100 ISSUES, 100 DRESSES It’s impossible to pick a favourite but this Mira Zwillinger gown has to be up there. I adore the off-the-shoulder silhouette and billowing cape. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

HAPPY 100 th ISSUE! The region’s incredible wedding suppliers have very kindly sent us their warmest wishes for Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding’s 100th issue celebration “Congrats on the 100th issue - yay you guys!” – Cathy Keen, “Considering the maelstrom that Covid put on the wedding industry it’s a testament to all the staff at Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding that the magazine has come through bigger and better than ever, not to mention hitting 100 issues! It’s a worthy publication that’s never dropped its standard and has kept consistent and comprehensive throughout. Well done!” – Victoria Spicer, “Congratulations and happy birthday from us all at Leigh Court.” – Fiona Parsons and team, “Happy 100th birthday Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding! Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, highlighting your hard work and dedication to brides past and future. Wishing you and all the team continued success.” – Jane Dare, “All of us at Old Bridge warmly wish Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding many happy returns on your 100th birthday! What a milestone - well done. You’re the only magazine that we advertise in and have done so for many years, so we thank you and wish you many more years of successful publishing for all of us in Somerset. Pictured is a gorgeous giant flower ball brought by one of our brides last year – very celebratory!” – John Blake, 8 “Huge congratulations for reaching this epic milestone birthday! Thanks for keeping us all inspired and informed,” – Holly Allman-Lopez and the Ambience Venue Styling team, “Happy 100th birthday Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding! We’re raising our glasses (and flashbulbs) to 100 issues of love stories, dream weddings, and timeless memories you’ve helped craft across the region. What a journey it’s been turning wedding dreams into reality, one page at a time. “In the spirit of celebration, we’d like to say thank you. Thank you for weaving the fabric of matrimonial joy and for being the go-to guide for couples embarking on their journey of love. Your dedication to capturing the essence of wedding bliss has not only set the bar but has been a beacon of inspiration for us all. “As we stand amidst the confetti of this monumental celebration, Booth Nineteen promises to continue the legacy of creating unforgettable moments with a touch of vintage charm. Here’s to the past 17 years of matrimonial magic, and to many more filled with stories that leap off your pages and into our hearts. “Cheers to you, Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding for being an integral part of every “I do” in our beloved region. May your next century of issues be as splendid and as filled with love as your first. With heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for the future.” – The Booth Nineteen Team, “Happy 100th edition from everyone at Somerset Registration Service. We’re so lucky to have people shouting about the wedding scene in our patch, and offering inspiration and advice to the 3,000 couples who wed with us each year. There are so many great venues and suppliers that we see week on week, and they deserve to have a spotlight shone on them. Here’s to the next 100 issues and even more amazing Somerset weddings.” – Amber Packer-Hughes, “Congratulations on 100 issues of engaging wedding content starting from the proposal through to the honeymoon and everything in between – a veritable mix of fabulous ideas and suppliers that continue to inspire from the traditional to the modern. As celebrants we’re delighted to be associated with such professional colleagues and your magazine. Wishing you continued good luck for the future and we look forward to the next 100 issues.” – Deb Stodgell and Jackie Aldrich, “Congratulations and happy birthday to Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding and everyone involved in the magazine’s continued success! Thank you for continuing to showcase the best of Bristol and Somerset’s wedding venues for all of our happy couples!” – the team at The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens Wells, HAPPY 100TH 9

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the region SWEET SUCCESS Cake Design by Holly Miller, based in Yeovil has recently been awarded the coveted National Cake Designer of the Year accolade at The Wedding Industry Awards. The local lovely progressed from winning the regional event in November at the Aldwick Estate through to the national finals held at the Underglobe in London. The goal of these prestigious awards is to recognise and celebrate the very best of the wedding industry and are voted on by a panel of judges as well as the nominees’ previous couples. “We’re very proud to have been awarded this new title and to have brought it home for the South West,” says owner Holly Miller. The wedding cake business competed against seven of the top cake designers from across the county to win. Find out more at WHAT’S ON IN BRISTOL? Spring is in the air with some exciting and diverse openings and events in Bristol over the coming months. From from hen and stag party ideas to wedding guest accommodation there’s much to look out for as the city buzzes this season! Diverse Artists Network, champions of local arts and culture, is excited to present DIASPORA, a new arts festival for Bristol and the South West taking place from 3rd to 6th May. This four-day festival will be a vibrant celebration of music, film, poetry, dance, storytelling and community engagement projects. Following the recent ITVX drama Archie about Bristol’s very own film star Cary Grant, Show of Strength is hosting its newest actor-led tour this spring. Showing off the theatres, cinemas, hotels, restaurants and the harbour, the tour takes you to places that helped form and tranform Archie into a Hollywood star and style icon. Nestled in one of the elegant side streets in Clifton is The Lido, a restored Victorian lido with outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, along with sumptuous spa treatments, while its restaurant serves a seasonal, Mediterraneaninspired menu. The Lido Townhouse, having been carefully renovated is now open with five luxurious bedrooms allowing visitors to stay overnight. Join TV wine experts Oz Clarke and Tom Surgey as they introduce an incredible lineup of international wine producers at the first Great Bristol Wine Fest at Paintworks. There’ll be hundreds of wines to taste, all included in the £35 ticket price, as well as many exhibitors and producers on hand to discuss the stories behind them. Also, check out After Hours at Wake the Tiger on 19th April or 3rd May. The multisensory world of Meridia and the newly-opened OUTERverse here opens its doors after hours for adults only. Expect speedy slides, 90s nostalgia, performers and the labyrinth of exploration in this interactive art experience with 40 spaces to discover. Find out about these experiences and much much more over at © Andre Pattenden 10 SLEEP WELL The Francis Hotel in Bath has been awarded a gold Green Tourism Award following its sustained engagement with the local community and an excellent performance in all areas of protecting and supporting staff and customer health and wellbeing. The award recognises and supports eco-friendly achievements of tourism businesses, and the gold award stands as its most prestigious. The Hotel is immersed in the heart of a World Heritage Site, with plenty to explore on its doorstep. First opened by Emily Francis in 1884, a leading entrepreneur of her time, it has shown great initiative in paving the way for a greener future. This award has been testament to some of its key initiatives such as reducing energy use, minimising food miles, promoting biodiversity and adopting a smart, sustainable outlook from the top to bottom. To find out more about sustainable accommodation in Bath for your eco-friendly wedding head over to

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS Waterside Country Barn has been successfully running up to eight events per year for the past three years, and has now gained planning consent to increase that number by a further 20. Nestled on the outskirts of Bradford on Tone, Waterside Country Barn boasts a stunning backdrop for weddings of all sizes. The venue offers a variety of customisable spaces, including a beautiful barn, the stylish Blue Room, and a picturesque outdoor setting with decking and an attractive gazebo overlooking the emerald lake. It can host up to 250 people and offers exclusive use of the site. Georgia Venn, owner and events manager says, “The increase of the frequency of events allows for us to honour more enquiries for weddings and other events. We’re so pleased the council has shown support for the growth of our small, rural family business.” Not only is the development great news for those looking for a fabulous wedding venue, but it also offers employment opportunities for a range of locals. The venue is also proud to support Somerset businesses when looking for suppliers and partners to work with. The aim is to source all suppliers within a 10-mile radius where possible. Alongside exclusive use of the events barn sitting in a six-acre field, there are also four glamping units sleeping up to 10, all with 360-degree views of the glorious Somerset countryside. In addition to its beautiful spaces, Waterside Country Barn also offers a range of services to its couples, including event planning, catering and décor, all aimed at making weddingplanning as stress-free as possible. “We’re excited to start a new year of creating unforgettable experiences,” Georgia says. Find out more about hosting your big day at Waterside Country Barn at PERFECTLY PLANNED In more news of local success at the Wedding Industry Awards, the couple behind the luxury Bristol-based wedding planning business Radhika & You has won the title of National Wedding Planner of the Year 2024. Radhika and Shindy had already secured the South West regional title for Best Wedding Planner, and accepted the honour in tribute to Radhika’s late mum, Versha. The business launched in 2015 after staging an event in Bristol to help young Asians celebrate Diwali in the city. What began with them providing a community-focused event has led them to global expansion, catering for couples getting married in high-end ceremonies not only in the UK, but as far afield as Greece, Italy, France and Canary Islands. Radhika says, “To have won this title this title this year really is everything. My mum was so excited that we were building our own business in our own way, so this is a great tribute to her.” There were a record number of entries to this year’s awards. On making their decision, the judges looked at both testimonials from previous clients, as well as how each business is presented both online by their website and on their social media channels. Radhika & You streamlines all elements of planning a couple’s perfect day with a particular focus on beautiful, bespoke weddings and ceremonies that require a touch of elegance, style and creativity from a team that prides itself on client service, approachability and transparency. Find out more at LOCAL NEWS 11 A TASTE OF MALAYSIA Luxury five-star city sanctuary in the heart of Bath, The Gainsborough Bath Spa by YTL Hotels is a modern icon of luxury wellness, combining the rich history of the thermal waters in Bath with the YTL brand’s Malaysian heritage to offer a one-of-a-kind wellness experience in its Spa Village. Now, The Gainsborough is paying homage to the brand’s heritage through its food, with the launch of a new Far East Meets West dinner menu. Including irresistible dishes from the brand’s sister restaurants both in Malaysia and Japan, this delectable new menu is not to be missed for both locals and overnight guests alike and is available to book in the elegant Gainsborough Brasserie. Aiming to showcase the best of Bath’s local produce while fusing both modern and diverse cooking techniques from Malaysia, the new fusion menu uses common Malay ingredients such as chilli, citrus fruits and saffron. Gourmands will be transported to the Far East when savouring these heart-warming age-old recipes where each ingredient is the freshest of the season. Diners can also make a night of it and book a stay at one of The Gainsborough Bath Spa’s sumptuous suites, boasting a period design and contemporary features, or enjoy sampling the exotic menu paired with experiencing the treasured mineral waters of the hotel’s Spa Village as part of a revitalising spa break. So, why not treat yourselves for your next date night? Check out

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Founded in 1818, The Clifton Club provides unrivalled hospitality in luxurious regency surroundings. Overlooking the beautiful Mall Gardens and just a stone’s throw away from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, this magnificent, historic Club radiates comfort, luxury and charm and is the perfect setting for weddings and civil partnerships in the most breathtaking surroundings. The Club is perfectly situated in the heart of Clifton Village, which boasts of pebbled streets, Georgian architecture and Clifton Down common with over 400 acres of parks overlooking the Avon Gorge. Bespoke Wedding Service | Luxurious Heritage Interiors | Dedicated Events Team | Free Wedding Menu Tasting | Exceptional Service Guaranteed | Exclusively Yours | Ceremony Only Options Available If you would like to discuss your perfect wedding day, please do get in touch and a member of our dedicated team: Nestled in the heart of Clifton Village, overlooking The Mall Gardens, The Clifton Club is fully licensed to hold wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships in one of three beautiful rooms within our grand Georgian building. From intimate ceremonies to grand occasions, The Clifton Club is the perfect wedding venue choice. Fine Dining is prepared in house by our Head Chef, with a complimentary Wedding Menu Tasting provided for the Bride & Groom. Bespoke Wedding Service • Luxurious Heritage Interiors • Dedicated Events Team Exceptional Service Guaranteed • Exclusively Yours • Ceremony Only Options Available For further information or for a copy of our Wedding Brochure, please get in touch T: 0117 9745039 E: The Clifton Club, 22 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4DS 0117 9745039 | | Instagram: @TheCliftonClub / @CliftonClubWeddings | Facebook: The Clifton Club The Clifton Club, 22 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4DS The Clifton Club is best known for its traditional heritage, opulent interiors, and reputation for providing the highest quality, fine dining food, with locally sourced ingredients by our resident Head Chef, who brings vast experience and creativity to every meal. The Clifton Club can accommodate up to 100 guests seated for a wedding breakfast, with a maximum capacity of 120 for an evening reception. Elmhay Park Three day Eldon package includes Castle stay the night before your wedding for up to 12 including hot tub. Lewis Lodge for your partner sleeping up to 7. Exclusive use of Italian Veranda, Walled Gardens and Stunning Orangery, Exquisite Wedding breakfast, unlimited reception and wedding breakfast drinks, Late License - drink and dance until Dawn, Accommodation for up to 75 for your guests in the adjacent Elmhay Park Village, Newlywed retreat at the secluded Church Lodge with hot tub for the night after. Package prices from £7,875. Exclusive Three Day Wedding packages Tailored to you, for the unforgettable day you say 'I Do' Tel: 01373472550 Email: Elmhay Park, Orchardleigh Estate, Frome, BA11 2PB Elmhay Park Weddings Orchardleigh Estate

Spotlight on... SOUTH SOMERSET Tie the knot in a local hotspot HORNSBURY MILL 01460 63317 | Set in the heart of Somerset, Hornsbury Mill is steeped in history and is a wonderful example of a converted 19th-century corn mill. Boasting 10 beautifully-presented en suite rooms, including the spectacular bridal suite, where you can even see the mechanics of the working water wheel. The beautiful grounds are a real highlight here. Set around the lake the Mill is blessed with an abundance of wildlife as well as resident ducks and peacocks. The gardens offer some spectacular spots for those all-important photographs and feature a bridge over the lake and a sculptural fountain. You have the choice of three ceremony areas here offering the flexibility of indoor or outdoor “I dos.” The Cornloft is a romantic, candlelit space suitable for 100 loved ones to look on as you exchange your vows. The Lakeside Gazebo can host 100 too and is the most idyllic ceremony spot. Finally, the Orangery can host 60 and overlooks the lake, of which you’ll have a fabulous view thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows. The Lakeside function suite is the place for celebrations. It can seat 120 for a wedding breakfast before you all hit the dancefloor together later on. The venue offers a complimentary stay in the bridal suite on the night of your wedding, with bed and breakfast included. OLD BRIDGE 01460 240 855 | This 16th-century manor and mature gardens provide a glorious backdrop to your special day. Built in the local honey-coloured ham stone, the house is close to the venue’s marquee and is integral to the whole ambience. The gardens, available for guests to enjoy, are dominated by a massive 400-year-old sweet chestnut tree, from which there hangs a triple seat swing where you can capture some memorable photos with your photographer. The venue is also blessed with formal lawns, rose beds and colourful borders. In addition there’s a wooded area with gravel paths and a small stream flowing past weeping willows, and all the mature trees are up-lit at night. You’re welcome to use the gardens for lawn games, a bouncy castle, street food, an ice cream van, garden furniture and more. Ceremonies can take place in the house in the Great Hall, seating up to 60, but most couples choose to say “I do” outside or in the marquee where number of guests is of course unlimited. Receptions are hosted in the marquee from May to September, which has a a seating capacity of 200, and comes with its own catering area and bar, stage and dance floor. The venue offers you complete freedom to arrange your own catering, music and décor. You’ll also benefit from having access at least one day before the big day to set up and also the day after to clear away. 15 LOCAL VENUES

HOLBROOK MANOR 01963 824 466 | This beautiful Georgian country manor is located in the heart of Somerset with exquisite views, romantic gardens and ancient woodland all providing a phenomenal backdrop for your big day. When it comes to the “I dos” there’s a wealth of options available. The Morning Room is ideal for more intimate affairs, accommodating 60 nearest and dearest. It boasts mesmerizing views of the grounds. The grass tennis court offers the ideal natural backdrop for your ceremony. With ample room, this option can seat up to 150 loved ones. The gravel path with views of the wild meadow makes for a further beautiful al fresco option. It can seat up to 100 guests but also works for more intimate gatherings. The Summerhouse offers a quintessentially British backdrop. Nestled beneath the wisteria tree with views of the grounds it really is a romantic spot for exchanging vows. It can accommodate 150 guests. Finally, the Garden Room, lit by elegant crystal chandeliers and filled with light from the gardens is a further ceremony option, and also the place where receptions are hosted. It can seat up to 150 for both, but it’s possible to be split into discrete areas to suit smaller parties from 20 guests. Overlooking the gorgeous grounds with direct access to the terrace, perfect for drinks and photos, it offers a memorable setting for your whole day. The venue’s chefs and experienced team offer delicious showstopping food and drink, and you’ll be invited along for a menu tasting. You can choose from the classic all-inclusive wedding day packages or create your day your way with a bespoke package designed and curated with your requirements in mind. By night, the Manor transforms into a magical setting where you can celebrate until late. And as it’s exclusive use, you’ll have full use of the 15 spacious boutique-style bedrooms for your guests, along with a bridal dressing room perfect for wedding morn. CROFTVIEW 07835 747 525 | Croftview is an award-winning venue located just outside the village of Hinton St George, South Somerset. Set within the magnificent grounds of a 1,200 acre private estate with stunning views across the countryside, it offers a memorable location for a celebration. The 13-bedroom property was built during 2020 and has been individually designed with colour schemes, sumptuous furnishings and a high standard of craftsmanship. It’s both light and spacious and the Owl Bedroom on the top floor is particularly suitable as a bridal suite. The large outdoor lawn and licensed Pagoda space are stunning settings for a small, private ceremony, allowing a maximum of 60 guests, including the 30 people that can be accommodated to stay at the property. There’s disabled access to this area and paved walkway together with plenty of hard standing car parking available. There are also spacious front and rear courtyards suitable for drinks, canapés and celebrations, as well as beautiful landscaped gardens creating an idyllic atmosphere for a romantic and magical ceremony. This picturesque venue is a photographer’s dream! We love the Underground Hobbit House built into the hillside with firepit and views over the fields beyond. It offers super-fun photo opportunities and an ideal area for guests to gather. What’s more, there’s a recently renovated licensed function room for “I dos” within a barn adjacent to the Croftview courtyard and this building also offers an extensive commercial kitchen suitable for caterers on the ground floor. An oak staircase leads up from the entrance hall to this room, which is perfect for indoor wedding receptions with exposed beams and rustic charm. There are various bespoke packages available on request direct from Hinton Park Holidays Limited and whichever you choose Croftview will certainly leave you with some fabulous memories to treasure, along with the opportunity for return visits to celebrate anniversaries with family and friends. 16 • • 01460 240855 Create Your Perfect Day • Licensed for weddings all year in the Great Hall or outside • Exclusive use of marquee and gardens from May to September • Ample adjacent level parking for guests • Freedom to arrange your food, drinks and entertainment • No corkage or VAT Your Party, Done Your Way • Ceremony room sits up to 75, unlimited numbers if outside • Marquee seats up to 200 people • Dance floor, tables and chairs lighting and heating included • Discreet equipped catering area and fully staffed bar provided • In between Yeovil and Taunton with easy access to the A303 Hummingbird Events are wedding and event planners based in Bristol. We provide a personalised and stress-free approach to wedding and events planning. With a variety of packages to choose from, we strive to alleviate any worries or stress that can come with planning a milestone event! We take pride in collaborating with you to plan the wedding of your dreams. We also offer an On the day Coordination service for those needing an extra pair of hands to make sure your wedding goes without a hitch! 07778680032 | ◆ A Magni cent and Individually Designed Self Catered 13 En Suite Bedroom Property ◆ Licensed for Weddings all year, including the picturesque Outdoor Pagoda Space and Gardens and the Knott Barn is adjacent to the property, o ers a bright, large area with rustic charm, exposed beams, creating the perfect ambience for a romantic Wedding Suitable for seated Receptions as well as inside Cro view ◆ e option of a fully tted Commercial Kitchen available for hire within the same building ◆ Di erent Packages available with a choice of catering options suitable for small Weddings of between 30 and 60 guests. ◆ To arrange a Viewing and to discuss your requirements for the Wedding of your Dreams ◆ Please contact : CROFTVIEW ◆ Hinton Park Estate ◆ Hinton St George ◆ TA17 8TL A Luxurious and Stylish Holiday Property with Licensed Wedding Venue Set within the grounds of a 1200-acre Private Estate with Stunning Rural Views – a Photographers Dream

SPARKFORD HALL 07973 837 820 | Sparkford Hall, a grand Georgian mansion set in secluded grounds is shared only with a pair of tame llamas, a few tiny ponies and a brace of ducks. It makes for an incredible location for weddings with the freedom and creativity to make it yours. The Grade II listed house and grounds can be entirely yours for the day, weekend or whole week. Having a wedding here is rather like having a wedding at your own house. The place is yours to do with as you wish (within some boundaries of course) and you can create your day exactly as you envision it. The stunning grounds feature rolling parkland, a walled garden, paddocks and an apple orchard with ample photo opportunities. The Main Hall is an open, relaxed reception room and dining area for the house. If required, the dining area can be removed, which opens the room up further. You also have the option to erect a marquee leading off of the Main Hall to create a much larger dining and function area for up to 250 guests. The venue can even offer all-night dancing in the cellar! The Library is a cosy room with an open fire, ideal for winter weddings. It is licensed for small ceremonies with up to 25 guests. Right in the centre of the main building, the Gallery is a great space to welcome guests, serve drinks, or offer the chance to mingle. There’s a sweeping staircase perfect for memorable photos and it’s a great space for speeches. It also has a built-in bar area at your disposal. Sparkford Hall is decorated in keeping with the period of the house with some modern twists. There are a total of 15 bedrooms sleeping up to 36, all rooms are doubles but both the Hall and the Gardener’s Cottage include a dorm-style room. As well as a number of local hotels and B&Bs, the venue can offer other accommodation options including camping and glamping. Guests can bring their own tents or the team can supply fully made up glamping bell tents in the orchard where there are separate facilities for campers. THE GRANGE 07932 165 718 | Set in 17 acres of private parkland in the attractive Somerset village of Horsington The Grange offers an idyllic setting for celebrating your wedding, surrounded by loved ones over an extended weekend. Outside, in the magnificent formal gardens, there’s an open-air heated swimming pool with nearby hot tub and sauna. The beautiful gardens are a mixture of formal and parkland offering colour throughout the seasons. The main drive is flanked with mature limes and there’s a remarkable avenue of pleached limes on the south lawn. On your big day, either stroll to the local church, St John’s, or have a celebrant conduct a bespoke ceremony at The Grange tailored just for you. The festivities then continue with a wedding breakfast in the Orangery with 50 of your loved ones. The capacity can be extended to 80 with a marquee attached. This too can be used as a celebrant-led ceremony space seating the same numbers. The Dining Room can seat 22 nearest and dearest, perfect for a rehearsal dinner. It can also be used as an intimate celebrant-led ceremony space with 30 guests. Once you’ve danced the night away you and your guests can rest your heads in one of eight bedrooms in the house accommodating up to 18 people. Next to it is a Dovecote providing an additional two bedrooms with room to sleep a further four people, which is self-contained and has its own family room, kitchen and bathroom. As a new day dawns, you can unwind by the pool, play a friendly game of tennis, and relive the previous day over a leisurely barbecue. Scan to view video LOCAL VENUES 19

A unique heritage wedding venue with beautiful, listed buildings, big-sky vistas, spectacular gardens, intimate or grand-scale gatherings and your personal story & style. Exclusive use hire available for 1-3 days Intimate micro & elopement weddings Bespoke packages and a range of prices Guest capacity - 100 day & 150 evening Great North Bristol location off the M4/M5 14 luxury 5* boutique bedrooms In-house catering - 2 Rosette restaurant On the outskirts of Bristol, set in the peaceful countryside, is Berwick Lodge. Aproudly independent boutique hotel and wedding venue. A hidden secret just waiting to be discovered... Charming 1890 Victorian manor house 18 acres of beautiful gardens & woodlands Striking original features Romantic photo opportunities Licensed for indoor & outdoor ceremonies Unrivalled support - a dedicated wedding coordinator, wedding host and waiting team. 0117 450 7605 | | Image credit: Hotwells Wedding Photography & Red Maple Photography

In an English country garden We’ve combed the region’s wedding venues to find those with the most glorious gardens BATCH COUNTRY HOUSE 01934 750 371 | A comfortable home with a traditional farmhouse feel, Batch Country House boasts cosy lounge areas and ample space. An exclusive-use venue it only hosts one wedding per day. The venue’s beautiful, awardwinning landscaped gardens overlook the Mendip Hills, and you’ll find plenty of water features dotted around including ponds, waterfalls and fountains. Plus, the outdoor photo opportunities are endless. Batch Country House is licensed for indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies. Outside, the garden gazebo is available and can seat up to 130 loved ones. Indoor ceremonies are held in the Somerset Suite, the venue’s wonderful, converted barn, complete with beams, minster fireplace and hand-crafted oak doors. It can seat up to 120 for the ceremony. Receptions are most often hosted in the Ivory Suite for a maximum of 250 guests. It’s a permanent building decorated in a marquee style with ivory drapes, chandeliers, starlit dancefloor and canopy. There’s also a full working bar, air conditioning and central heating so you’ll be comfortable whatever the weather. The venue offers a complimentary overnight stay in the bridal suite on the night of the wedding. BERWICK LODGE 0117 450 7605 | Berwick Lodge offers a warm and welcoming ambience; everything you’d expect from a lodge. It’s surrounded by timeless features such as original wood panelling and stone fireplaces with cosy fires. A gorgeous sweeping staircase leads to 14 bedrooms, all uniquely designed and named after ancient civilizations of the Anatolian period, flaunting a subtle flare of East-meets-West; a tribute to the Turkish and British heritage of the independent owners. The Lodge is nestled within 18 acres of glorious gardens and woodland and offers views that reach across to Wales. From the ornate fountain, apple orchard and a breathtaking archway leading to the striking Aphrodite’s Dome the gardens make a wonderful backdrop for those all -important photos. Hosting up to 100 guests for a legal ceremony the Mews, a converted stable block, is home to Mesopotamia, with its sparkling chandeliers and large sky windows, which offer a peaceful view of the woodland and countryside beyond. In the eaves of the Mews, is an elegant and understated room named the Summeria holding up to 30 nearest and dearest, its skylight views and stained-glass window entrance create a sophisticated setting for a special day. For those looking to tie the knot in the sunshine of the dreamy gardens, the venue offers three scenic locations: Aphrodite’s Dome, The Fountain, and The Archway. The venue caters for any type of wedding from an intimate elopement to grand exclusive parties for up to 150 guests. The dining room, Hattusa, can host a wedding breakfast for up to 100 guests and an evening reception of up to 150 guests. Bursting with character, Hattusa features a quirky old London bar, rich wooden furniture and a flamboyant pulpit ideal for speeches. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame this bright and airy room that overlooks the quaint Summerhouse and stunning gardens. The original wooden flooring is the perfect dancefloor, and the snug lounge was made for enjoying those quieter moments. 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS

AMERICAN MUSEUM & GARDENS 01225 460 503 | The American Museum & Garden is a unique heritage wedding venue, situated on a 125-acre estate within an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are a variety of options for hosting your big day and the beauty of the site is that it allows you to mix and match event spaces to create your perfect day as you soak up the big-sky vistas and stunning views across the Limpley Stoke Valley. The venue operates on a dry-hire basis, offering you the scope and flexibility to tailor your wedding day to match your personal taste and reflect your own love story. A curated list of recommended caterers, florists and photographers is available, all of whom understand the venue well, but you’re more than welcome to work with suppliers of your own choosing. The team aim to place no limitations on your freedom and encourage you to be as creative as possible in organising your big day, because your wedding should be all about you. The Stables is a Grade II listed building boasting original beams and Bath stone walls. It has been fully restored into a versatile event space with plenty of natural daylight and modern AV equipment, and can accommodate up to 120 guests. The Coach House is located opposite the Stables and is a gorgeous, listed building that can be hired as a unique stand-alone events space or as a handy breakout room alongside the Stables. It can host up to 105 guests depending on the configuration. Marquees for private events or wedding receptions can be accommodated on the South Lawn. Set against the backdrop of the Manor House, with magnificent views across the gardens and Limpley Stoke Valley. Based on the maximum size of marquee the lawn can host you could welcome 240 seated or 480 standing guests here. The gorgeous grass amphitheatre is an ideal space for private performances or dreamy open-air wedding ceremonies. Here, 250 loved ones can sit on chairs or 300 can sit on the ground on picnic rugs for example. Further spaces include the Mount Vernon Lawn, a secluded spot for drinks receptions and al-fresco ceremonies located close to the Stables and Coach house. Central Hall at the heart of the Georgian Claverton Manor, is an intimate heritage space with beautiful features, including a sweeping staircase and stunning skylight. It’s a lovely space for a small ceremony. The Airlie Boardroom is located on the top floor of the Manor with panoramic views of the landscaped gardens and can host 12 for an intimate dinner. Finally, the John Judkyn Room is a cosy lounge area perfect for intimate “I dos” witnessed by 18 nearest and nearest. DOUBLTREE BY HILTON CADBURY HOUSE 01934 834 343 option 1 Cadbury House is beautifully set in the North Somerset countryside. An idyllic wedding venue, it captivates with its breathtaking views and tranquil surroundings. Entertain and enchant your guests throughout your special day among 20 acres of glorious gardens. The grounds and house provide the perfect backdrop for your photographs and the ideal setting to sip celebratory Champagne and enjoy canapes by the lake with the impressive fountain and dazzling views. At the heart of the venue’s outdoor charm is an enchanting, thatched gazebo, offering you the opportunity to exchange vows under the open sky, surrounded by the natural beauty of the estate. What’s more, with 132 elegantly-appointed bedrooms, Cadbury House ensures a luxurious stay for guests, merging modern amenities with classic comfort. Ceremonies are held in either of three function suites The Drawing Room, The Great Room, and The Master Suite with capacities ranging from five to 320. Included in the venue’s packages, you’ll receive a menu tasting (depending on which you choose), a complimentary one-month membership to use the club and spa facilities and a complimentary bridal suite for the night of the wedding. 22

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The Perfect Wedding Venue! Batch Country House, Lympsham, Nr. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS24 0EX | Tel: 01934 750371| Email: The Batch Country House specialises in weddings due to its beautiful location. The landscaped gardens offer the perfect backdrop to your photographs. Step into your own love story, where history becomes the backdrop and The Bishop's Palace and its 14 acres of RHS partner gardens is the setting for your truly unique wedding reception. The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Wells Email Imogen via to arrange a tour Imagine as you explore the Great Hall's ancient remains, stroll hand in hand through the stunning RHS partner gardens and share an unforgettable wedding breakfast in the atmospheric Undercroft. MONTIGO RESORTS, SOMERSET AT CHARLTON HOUSE 01749 342 008 | Charlton House in Shepton Mallet, complete with its Regency grandeur, has greeted many a guest in the years following its conversion from a former family home in the 1960s, including royalty in the shape of the King of Thailand and the Duke of Edinburgh. This history of the building is just as much tied up with the vision of its proprietors, and Montigo Resorts, now at the helm, is working hard to take the venue to even greater heights. The Orangery boasts spectacularly grand iron window frames and as such it makes a fine backdrop for all parts of your wedding day. However, if al fresco “I dos” are on the cards, the dappled light of the orchard lends itself beautifully to this part of the day. Meanwhile, TIIGO provides a welcome air of informality for barbecues and hog roasts, while the bright and botanical conservatory represents a strong choice for the wedding breakfast. The team would love nothing more than to lay on a feast for you guests, which maximises the immense potential of locallysourced ingredients. Just give them a sense of the direction you’d like to take and they’ll take the reins. Best known for their modern European fare, the team are happy to try their hand at anything from Asian fusion dishes to flame grilled meat and seafood. And don’t even get us started on the talents of the amazing pastry chef! Exclusive use of the venue is available and when they say, “exclusive use,” they mean it! You can turn the venue’s spaces around to suit the various stages of your big day and have family and friends to stay. You can even make use of the spa, wellness, and fitness facilities. Charlton House doesn’t believe in prescriptive packages. There’s only one thing that matters, and that’s you! So, you can have your wedding, your way. Once your guests leave, why not treat yourselves to a spot of rest and recuperation with a quiet mini-moon at the hotel. Then, if you so desire, you can be whisked away to one of Montigo Resorts’ locations in Asia. Picture yourselves reclining on a beach in picturesque Bali, or in Nongsa, watching the sun set on Singapore across the strait of Malacca. THE BISHOP’S PALACE AND GARDENS, WELLS 01749 988 111 | Steeped in history, The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens sits at the heart of the Medieval city of Wells in Somerset. Whether your arrival is by car or a relaxed stroll across the drawbridge, as you make your way through the arch of the ancient gatehouse you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of this stunning, 800-year-old building. The Bishop’s Palace boasts 14 acres of perfectly-kept gardens for you and your guests to enjoy, and they really do have something magical about them. With the moat surrounding the Palace, offering the tranquil sounds of flowing water, the dramatic backdrop of Wells Cathedral, picturesque willow bridge and seasonal flowers and plants all year round, this is a glorious space to gather with your loved ones. A friendly welcome awaits you here as does a glass of champagne and as you make your way onto the garden terrace overlooking the South Lawn and ramparts, simply relax and take in your surroundings. Later, you can take your seats for a memorable wedding breakfast in the atmospheric banqueting hall, which boasts a magnificent vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows. Lit with candles, the Undercroft provides the ideal intimate atmosphere for your special day. Seating 108 at maximum capacity along stunning bespoke wooden banqueting tables, with a further 52 guests accommodated for the evening, the space is versatile and offers a fabulous way to enjoy good food surrounded by friends and family. The team work closely with a local catering partner to ensure quality, locally-sourced ingredients and an extremely high level of service. Following speeches and cake cutting, you can retire to the Portrait Gallery for coffee and cake. Relax and take time to enjoy a more informal time with your guests, while the team transform the Undercroft for the evening, whether you choose live music or a DJ. The space can accommodate 105 standing. A marquee reception overlooking the ruins of The Great Hall, provides the most spectacular alternative celebration space. You’ll enjoy exclusive hire of the site, which includes The Palace building and RHS partner gardens. A marquee in the style of your choice will be erected overlooking the majestic ruins of Bishop Burnell’s splendid dining and entertaining hall, built in the 1280s. Here, you can host 260 guests and a bespoke quote will be provided on request. 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS