Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - April/May 2022 (Issue 88) £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE APR/MAY 2022 WIN! Awe-inspiring couple shots Just the two of us A honeymoon in St Lucia PLANNING SOS Glorious gardens The region’s most verdant venues Your road to W-day starts here THE FRILL OF IT Make an impact in ruffles and layers


REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 12 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 61 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 105 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in St Lucia CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... South Somerset 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS We explore the region’s most verdant venues On the cover This issue’s cover was captured by For more showstopping couple shots, turn to our photography feature on page 47. 26 21 FEATURES 44 AS THE SUN SETS This shoot explores the latest trend in wedding ceremonies, intimate occasions taking place in the great outdoors 47 IT TAKES TWO The region’s photographers show us their most showstopping couple shots 55 PLANNING SOS Local suppliers from all specialisms share words of wisdom to get your planning off on the right foot 90 HERE COME THE GIRLS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 READY, SET, WED Gabby and Ross’ sports-themed nuptials took place at second time of asking in August 2021 33 IN LOVE WITH LAVENDER Sammy and Aaron styled their day in a rustic style with a pretty lavender palette 39 RUSTIC VINTAGE VIBES Vicky and Scott said “I do” at Taunton’s Widcombe Grange HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 94 GOURMET LOVERS PARADISE With 3,000 hours of sunshine and just a threehour flight from the UK, the Algarve offers a delightful year-round destination GROOMS 81 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 82 IN THE PINK Fuchsia, watermelon, flamingo, rouge, salmon, coral, hot pink... the choices are endless when it comes to this oh-so fabulous hue! FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 75 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 78 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new-season bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 84 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 86 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 88 SKINCARE SUPERHEROES Serums are the skincare essentials of the 20s, especially if you’re on the quest for a radiant big-day complexion 69 39 78 86 44 4

Situated in beautiful Somerset and surrounded by the Mendip Hills, this stunning country retreat can be Exclusively yours for your special day. Our grade 2 listed building is full of wonderful delights, making it the perfect wedding setting and gives plenty of charm and character to every photo. Charlton Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerrset, BA4 4PR Contact us via email events.charltonhousehotel or call 01749 342008 to organise a time to suit you Our exquisite Orangery is beautifully decorated in the 18th century style and has huge windows with views of the gardens and doors that lead straight onto a private terrace. The lounge spaces can be used to relax or for dancing, and when the evening is over all 28 bedrooms are yours for your guests to stay overnight. Don’t hesitate to get in touch and discuss your wedding dreams in detail with our experienced Wedding Team. CHARLTON HOUSE HOTEL CONTACT US TODAY TO BOOK OUR SERVICES 07825653308 | 01458 274325 WWW.FLOWERPRESERVATIONWORKSHOP.CO.UK capturing your wedding flowers forever within a beautiful paperweight or piece of jewellery Flower P R E S E R V A T I O N W O R K S H O P Wedding Flower Paperweights NATIONWIDE SERVICE View our New Special offers online! Our new 6” paperweight range

Who else can’t believe it’s springtime already? It’s such a special time of year and in 2022 we all get to appreciate it so much more given the last two we’ve spent locked up! This issue we’ve got the usual blend of wedspiration from real weddings to expert advice and ideas including a look at some showstopping couple shots in our photography feature. We’ve also gathered together some of the region’s wise wedding suppliers who offer up their best tips for starting you out on your wedding planning journey. In our own wedding world here at CMW towers, bride Melissa has been turning her attention to her best gals and we’ve now got our dresses, if not in our hands then on order. It was a bumpy ride, but thanks to Melissa’s unending patience, we got there. We’re now looking at the even more fun stuff such as accessories, shoes, hair and make-up, which has led myself, my fellow bridesmaids and the bride herself to ponder the matter of just whose job it is to foot the bill for the glam? This in no small part is due to the fact none of us seem able to get the lovely Melissa to take one single penny from us towards it. So, when Fragrance Direct told me they’d teamed up with wedding planner Hannah Rose to discuss just this matter, I was all ears! Thinking about the glam bill, Fragrance Direct asked Hannah whether it was nearlyweds’ responsibility to pay for everyone or just themselves? She answered unequivocally, “Definitely everyone. If they’ve asked for people to be part of their day, the majority of the time this will fall to the couple to pay. Otherwise, their loved ones may be put off joining the wedding party. Some bridesmaids and groomsmen might be happy to contribute, but it’s always encouraged that the couple plan this into their budget and offer to pay for the basics such as hair and make-up if they want them to have it done. The cost will vary depending on the hair stylist and make-up artist, but I’d advise to allocate a minimum of £150-£200 per person for anyone who isn’t the bride or groom.” So, there we have it. We shall immediately cease arguing with the bride and accept her kindness gracefully. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, editor Glam it up 26 39 33 Kelly x ISSN 1755-4756 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 | Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Rebecca Cane | 020 4505 9853 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 97 The wedding day couple shoot is always the highlight of any album for me, I think it’s the joy they exude, so the region’s photographers have presented us with some of their favourites for you to enjoy from page 47. But, there’s even more to be found in this issue’s gorgeous real weddings... WIN! A HONEYMOON IN ST LUCIA EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the region WINNING WAYS What a great start to 2022 the team at Celebration Roadshow had! Having won The Wedding Industry Awards’ South West regional title six times previously, the icing on the cake came as they were announced this year’s national winners at the gala held recently. These are the only awards in the industry voted for by the nominees’ own clients, so to win one is a real stamp of approval. Phill Makepeace says, “We put our heart and soul into our work as wedding DJs so winning the national award is a fantastic achievement for the whole team.” Music is, of course, vital to a wedding celebration. Having a DJ who can read the room and get the party going makes a huge impact, ensuring the evening bash is memorable for all the right reasons. Phill continues, “We love being part of a couple’s big day and this award helps us demonstrate the level of service we provide. The recognition we have received from our couples shows that we’re trustworthy and skilled. It makes all the hard work and dedication worth it.” Find out more about Celebration Roadshow at DOWN ON THE FARM If you’re looking for a fun-filled hen, stag or sten do idea this summer, check out Farmfest, which is returning to Somerset after a sell-out year. 2022’s festival boasts a swirling musical orchestra of some of the best new and established left-ofmainstream performers on the scene. More than 100 acts in the electronic, indie, folk and world music genres have been booked to entertain 5,000 visitors for that intimate festival vibe. The weekend manages to combine everything from early morning workouts to riotous jumbles of jazz, brass-based bonanzas, stand-up comedy and poetry. There’ll also be opportunity for some rest and relaxation at the Kanga Spa and Wellness retreat. Taking place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July 2022, Farmfest’s 15th year headliners will be Elder Island, Joy Orbison, and Gentlemen’s Dub Club. Adult tickets are £99, teens are £66 and children under 13 are free. Find out more at ONE GOOD TURN... Wedding cake maker Emma Whitehead has an interesting and inspiring story to tell when it comes to the reason she set up her charitable business. “I started baking for charity in a more focused way in November 2016 as I had a ballot place in the 2017 London Marathon and wanted to raise money for five charities close to my heart and my husband’s: Great Ormond Street Hospital, JDRF, Mariposa Trust, Miscarriage Association and Tommy’s,” she explains. Over the five years the page was open she’d raised an incredible £8,754 (£10,247 with Gift Aid). She then decided to start raising funds for new charity, Bowel Cancer UK, in memory of a dear friend who sadly lost her battle with the disease. Emma regularly invests in her skills and techniques, makes sure she’s insured, keeps her food hygiene and safety qualifications current, and notifies the local EHO that she bakes. As a venture outside of her full-time job, she gives her time, ingredients and materials, and her customers donate via her charity page. She continues, “I bake pretty much anything, but being trusted to make a wedding cake is always extra special – such a privilege although a little nerve-wracking!” Follow Em’s Charity Bakes and Cakes at Image courtesy of TWIA LOCAL NEWS 9

SOMERSET-MADE SKINCARE The zero-mile concept is going beauty. Just like the farm-to-table concept relating to food, beauty is adopting the ethos and ensuring every step of the supply chain is local. This means growing, formulating, manufacturing and packaging all in one place, wherever possible. Lyonsleaf, The Republic of Natural Skincare, has employed the concept since opening, growing some of its ingredients on its Somerset-based family farm. Founders Ben and Vicky Lyons are committed to creating affordable, natural and active skincare with sustainability at the forefront of their minds. Vicky says, “Our products are 100 per cent recyclable – we’ve even switched to using paper packing tape. We try to produce as little waste as possible and any we do produce is virtually all recycled. We’re proud that nothing from the business goes into landfill.” All Lyonsleaf products use calendula as the main power ingredient, a herb that has been used traditionally for hundreds of years to sooth inflammation and promote healing. Cult products include The Beauty Balm, Zinc & Calendula Cream and Natural Body Butter. For clear wedding-day skin with a conscience, discover the brand for yourself at GOING FOR GREEN From locally-sourced ingredients and organic cuisine to cruelty-free spa products and an acre of beautiful natural gardens, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers an idyllic setting for a green wedding, honeymoon or romantic retreat. Located in the heart of the 250-year-old Grade I listed Royal Crescent in the romantic city of Bath, the Hotel offers a delicious fine-dining menu comprised of locally-sourced ingredients, including herbs grown in its very own garden. The team can also create a vegan wedding breakfast menu and even has contacts at a Somerset vineyard, so you can toast your nuptials guilt-free. What’s more, the Hotel boasts an acre of natural, secluded gardens, including the exquisite Wedding Garden featuring bountiful roses and lavender, which provide food for all sorts of wildlife including three rescue hedgehogs Beatrix, Jane and Daphne. Other environmentally-conscious initiatives include the use of traditional room keys on leather fobs, rather than disposable plastic ones. And toiletries are provided by Noble Isle, whose products are vegan, cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly and presented in recyclable packaging. All weddings at The Royal Crescent Hotel are bespoke and the team takes great delight in helping anyone who wants to celebrate their wedding in a sustainable way, connecting you with reputable local suppliers with this ethos at their core. Find out more about the Hotel’s green credentials at VINTAGE CHIC Bristol-based WearMyWardrobeOut offers highly-curated, ondemand garment, accessory and shoe rentals from its website, which now includes it’s 2022 range of wedding attire. Founder Maria Loria created the startup in order to bring sustainable, earth-friendly solutions to discerning fashion aficionados. Her mission is to re-educate consumers, improving their relationship with fashion and altering buying behaviours to reduce wastage. She asserts that affordably renting vintage and pre-loved outfits instead of buying, results in financial savings as well as avoiding adding to landfill. WearMyWardrobeOut restores its items with the help of its dedicated alteration and repair service. There’s even an alteration service for customers who already have an outfit but are looking for an improved fit. All of the glamorous and timeless items are hand-picked and available to rent for a fixed four-day period from anywhere up to 90 days in advance. Check out the chic, vintage bridalwear collection at Editor loves image courtesy of WMWO 10

P O R L O C K V I L L AG E H A L L Toll Road, Porlock, Somerset TA24 8QD P O R L O C K V I L L A G E H A L L H A S T WO H A L L S AVA I L A B L E F O R H I R E One large one with stage, sound and lights, and a smaller one next to the kitchen and bar area. Below the stage is a meeting/changing room for use by Bride and Groom, or changing for artistes. 01643 863 117 | | | Facebook @porlockvillagehalls Make your dream wedding and honeymoon a reality when you travel with Leyla Kent - Not Just Travel. The best destinations ● a personal service ● travel protection ● honeymoon gift list available 07487 618 235

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 3rd June 2022. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY 12

07850400911 | Facebook @lenscraftphotography | Instagram BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS EXCEPTIONAL CATERING Situated in a magnificent 100-acre site in Lansdown, Bath, Kingswood offers 3 unique venues to choose from for your special day: Summerhill Mansion, The Kingswood Dining Room or The Kingswood Pavilion. Our dedicated team, led by Catering Manager and Wedding Coordinator, SharonTraylor, work closely with local suppliers to provide menus designed for you to savour and remember. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO MAKE YOUR SPECIAL DAY A TRULY MEMORABLE OCCASION Contact our dedicated team to arrange a viewing or to discuss your requirements in more detail SharonTraylor: 01225 734430 | Grace Evans: 01225 734309

C E L E BR A T E E A R T H D A Y ! J o i n u s f o r a d a y o f y o g a , a r t , mu s i c a n d p e r f o rma n c e s , a n d t a l k s ! 8 A M - 4 P M , 2 2 A p r i l 2 0 2 0 E l D o r a d o C ommu n i t y P l a z a www . r e a l l y g r e a t s i t e . c om LET' S BAND TOGETHER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! iscover the beautiful Orangery at Goldney House, set in stunning landscaped gardens, the perfect venue for your special day! The elegant Orangery overlooking the romantic gardens offers a wonderful space for wedding receptions for up to a 110 guests. Our friendly and experienced Events Team look forward to hearing from you! Contact Us +44 (0)117 428 4000 @goldneyevents Photo Credits: Jake Morley & Olivier Burnside The Orangery at oldney House, Lower Cli ton Hill, Bristol, B 8 1BH D @theorangeryatgoldenyhouse

SOUTH SOMERSET Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot MIDELNEY MANOR 01458 252 377 | Midelney Manor is a beautiful Elizabethan manor house surrounded by 17th-century walled gardens. As you arrive via the hall, you’ll find yourself immersed in a sense of history with its old family portraits, flagstone floors, Persian rugs and baby grand piano. Intimate “I dos” with 20 guests take place in the Van Wyk Room in the main house. This elegant 18th-century panelled drawing room overlooks the garden and its walls boast an array of paintings and miniature portraits. Larger ceremonies with up to 110 guests are hosted in the Potting Shed, a rustic barn structure in the heart of the gardens. With red-brick walls and exposed beams it’s an original and quirky space. A further ceremony option is Washams Woods. Located at the bottom of the garden, it’s a perfect spot for a magical woodland blessing. Receptions are hosted in the Round Garden alongside the Potting Shed, where a marquee, tipi or yurt can be set up for up to 150 guests. Alternatively, the versatile Potting Shed can be used as a reception space if weather prohibits the use of the gardens. It offers a fantastic bar lounge area too for guests to chill and relax when the music gets going in the marquee. All in all the venue can host 150 for a wedding breakfast and evening reception. It also offers a wine-tasting at the Manor where you can select your wine and fizz for the day. William Goddard Photography LOCAL VENUES 15

THE LONGHOUSE 01749 812 307 | The Longhouse is an environmentally-friendly wedding venue, ideal for creative couples with an original outlook and joie de vivre. Set high in the landscape, its beautifully-maintained and abundant gardens are inviting all year round and overlook the river Brue. Outdoor ceremonies are held in the handmade oak gazebo that sits in the Longhouse gardens at the base of the small vineyard. It can comfortably seat 140 loved ones. Inside, The Longhouse can also seat 140 for the “I dos” and in the cooler months it offers a sense of welcoming the outside in with its wonderful views. The covered patio is located above the gardens and is the ideal spot for enjoying post-ceremony drinks even if the weather isn’t great. The space can accommodate 140 standing. The Wine Cellar is available to be used throughout the day for drinks or coffee and tea after the wedding breakfast. It offers a quieter space for guests to sit and can accommodate 30 chairs around the edge of the room with space for a further 30 people to stand. The Longhouse is home to your wedding breakfast, before it’s reset for the evening celebrations. It can host up to 140 nearest and dearest with a further 60 for the evening reception. An interior of simple white with accents of soft, sage green is complemented by a wooden floor, providing the ultimate modern yet neutral canvas for your own decorations. Rivermead House is available as self-catering accommodation for up to 36 people for the wedding weekend and hire of The Longhouse includes exclusive-use of a bridal suite located in the farmhouse. THE DAVID HALL 07835 949 619 | The David Hall in South Petherton is a beautiful building dating from 1775, and was a originally a United Reform Church. In 1980 local businessman Brian Hall bought it and The Petherton Arts Trust leased it from him in 1989 when it was renamed The David Hall after the owner’s son. In 1993, The Petherton Arts Trust purchased the Hall and it has since become one of South Somerset’s premier venues for performing arts and a plethora of community events. The venue is licensed for wedding ceremonies in two rooms, the Main Hall and the Parlour. The Main Hall with its dramatic architecture and lighting is suitable for up to 100 guests. You’ll have access to the balcony sound system too, allowing you play music of your choice as you walk up the aisle. The Parlour is best for intimate “I dos” surrounded by six guests. The Gothic main entrance is tastefully decorated for after-ceremony photography. 16

YMCA Barley Wood Weddings Advert (195x141) 2021 OUTLINES v4.indd 1 26/11/2021 12:58 Clevedon PierWeddings is popular heritage site has a very special history incorporating its Victorian heyday and its disastrous fall in 1970. It would be the perfect venue to hold your wedding celebration. The Glass Box or The Porthole Room, are both unique and intimate place settings, ideal for small ceremonies for up to 36 guests. These breath taking spaces comes with outstanding views of the estuary, complete with stylish furnishings. The decking area is perfect for your drinks reception and those ever important wedding pictures. With an outstanding on-site catering team at the Glass Box, led by award-winning Head Chef, Nicholas Thick – we can create the perfect wedding breakfast, or canapé/buffet menu. To find out more please contact our team on 01275 878 846 visit or email

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HOLBROOK MANOR 01963 824 466 | Combining romance, English country style and a little bit of magic, Holbrook Manor is set in the heart of the old Wessex countryside on the borders of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Steeped in Georgian elegance, it also boasts modern facilities offering the perfect blend of the old and new. From the dressing room, which is available from 9am on wedding morn, you’ll take the grand staircase down to one of the beautiful ceremony spaces. The Garden Room is a neutrally decorated space with large sash windows looking out over the gardens and grounds. What’s more, with the high ceilings, chandeliers, direct access to the terrace, pillars and light-enticing windows, this room offers the utmost elegance. It can host 150 of your nearest and dearest for both the ceremony and wedding breakfast, with 250 in total for the evening bash. The Morning Room is ideal for more intimate ceremonies and can host 60 loved ones. It’s also available to adjourn to for a drinks and canapés reception if you’ve chosen to wed in one of the other spots. Alternatively, say “I do” in the open air on The Terrace, suitable for 150 guests. Holbrook Manor includes a complimentary menu tasting for two in all of its packages and also offers up to five garden rooms for the prewedding night, which are located just a short walk across the grounds. DILLINGTON HOUSE 01460 258 612 | Dillington House boasts romantic gardens, patios and surrounding woodland. Constructed from the local mellow-toned hamstone, its fairytale architecture echoes Downton Abbey. The inside is equally spectacular with an array of spaces to suit all tastes. NORTH CADBURY COURT 01963 441 238 | Set among 1,500 acres of Somerset countryside, the house, estate and all facilities are exclusively yours for the big day. From the grounds you’ll be able to enjoy views of the private lake, down to Cadbury Hill Fort, thought to have been King Arthur’s Court of Camelot. 19 LOCAL VENUES

Unique Wed ings Make your own history at the Roman Baths A timeless venue perfect for intimate and elopement weddings • 01225 477786 EmmaJane photography Knowle Manor Knowle Manor is an impressive historic house, with extensive landscaped gardens, set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. Private hire & exclusive use for weddings and celebrations, with 21 en suite bedrooms. The spacious reception rooms offer the opportunity for you to party the night away. Licensed for ceremonies in the Drawing Room, Palm House or our Lakeside Gazebo. 01643 841130 Image courtesy of Nina Dodd

OF HOME The green, green grass Our roundup of local venues with the most glorious gardens ORCHARDLEIGH ESTATE 01373 472 550 | Orchardleigh is a family-owned country estate boasting a 19th-century stately home, romantic island church, 18-hole golf course and plenty of luxurious accommodation. PERFECTLY PRIVATE Set within 500 acres of private parkland and lakes, Orchardleigh House and its accompanying grounds will be exclusively yours for the duration of your wedding day. With expansive gardens and views across the estate and lake, the venue offers no shortage of stunning backdrops for those all-important photographs. THE “I DOS” You have the choice of four locations for your vows. Inside there’s The Ballroom (up to 100 guests) and The Great Hall (up to 144 guests). Or outside there’s the option of the venue’s newest ceremony spot, The Belvedere (up to 144 guests) and The Pergola, which can host unlimited numbers. Alternatively, St Mary’s island church at the heart of the estate, illuminated by candlelight, is an oh-so romantic place to say “I do.” THE CELEBRATIONS The Terrace and gardens offer a space for reception drinks with sweeping views across the estate. Ideal for winter wedding receptions, The Great Hall and vestibule have open fires, and the former also offers a great alternative for post-ceremony drinks if it’s too chilly outside. The Ballroom meanwhile, with capacity to seat up to 165 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening, boasts high ceilings and feature windows and is an elegant space to host your celebrations. The venue offers a three-day wedding package, which includes accommodation the night before for up to 18 guests, hire for the entire wedding day including all ceremony spaces, catering and beverages, plus a romantic stay at the Boathouse the night after the wedding. GLORIOUS GARDENS 21

BERWICK LODGE 0117 958 1590 | Berwick Lodge is an imposing red-brick Victorian manor house, which offers you a first glimpse from the end of the tree- and lantern-lined driveway. The interior has everything you’d expect from a lodge, including open fires and wood panelling, but with an East-meets-West twist on the design. BREATHTAKING VIEWS Set in 18 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland Berwick boasts views that reach across to Wales. The grounds feature a wealth of photogenic elements such as a walkway to Aphrodite’s Dome, ornate fountains, an orchard and a summer house. Keeping the gardens looking fabulous is an ongoing project, managed by head gardener, Robert Dunster, who previously tended the grounds at Highgrove. THE “I DOS” Summeria is an upstairs room lit by skylights in converted stable block, the Mews. An original stained-glass doorway leads you to this room in the eaves, which holds up to 50 nearest and dearest for your ceremony. Mesopotamia, also in the Mews, hosts civil ceremonies for up to 90 loved ones. This ground floor room has large windows allowing you to take in the views, pillars to decorate and access to a patio area. THE CELEBRATIONS The dining room, known as Hattusa, can host a wedding breakfast for 20 to 90 guests and up to 150 for the evening do. Its architectural style and crystal chandeliers create a welcoming and intimate atmosphere. Alternatively, elopement weddings for just the two of you are hosted in the pretty little summer house in the gardens. The venue offers a complimentary menu and wine tasting evening to its couples and most packages include a suite for you on the wedding night. ALDWICK ESTATE 01934 864 404 | Aldwick Estate has been described at the perfect marriage of historical and modern: the charm of a rustic 17th-century farm happily united with the comforts and efficiency of the 21st century. The venue features two adjacent stone barns linked by the main reception, behind which lies the brick-walled Cellar Bar. GLORIOUS SURROUNDINGS The New Barn and its courtyard offer panoramic views, which flow through the gardens and skim Aldwick’s fields to the River Yeo at the farm’s southern boundary. From the valley rises a patchwork of distant farms and fields to the summit of the Mendip Hills. To the west, the sun sets over Homefield Vineyard, which is a standout amongst the grounds. What better way to commemorate your day than to be pictured amdist the vines that produced grapes for the award-winning wine served at your wedding breakfast? THE “I DOS” Both the dairy Old Barn and the 2013 New Barn are licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships, with space for 160 of your nearest and dearest. THE CELEBRATIONS Exclusive-use of the New Barn allows considerable scope to decorate as you wish. A light and open stone barn, it’s neutral colours lend themselves to any theme or palette. The space can accommodate 160 for the wedding breakfast and 220 for the evening do. You’ll be offered a complimentary wedding-night stay in one of Aldwick’s on-site apartments, conveniently sited just two dozen paces from the main entrance. 22

A BLOSSOMING ROMANCE Begin the story that will last a lifetime here at Berwick Lodge, by marrying the person you love in the romantic seclusion of the South West’s best-kept secret. Berwick Lodge, Berwick Drive, Bristol BS10 7TD | 0117 958 1590 | • • 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 A stunning lakeside barn in the heart of Somerset Unique & Exclusive Yarlington Barn Stunning, High Quality Stretch Tents for Hire and Sale. Striking & Versatile Structures. Covering the South West, Wales and further afield. Our modular tents allow us to provide a huge variety of tent sizes and styles to create the perfect tailored set up for your special day. C R E A T E Y O U R D R E AM WE D D I N G V E N U E W I T H A S T R E T C H T E N T T O F I N D O U T MO R E , C O N T A C T U S O N : +44 (0)7825 828671 +44 (0)7790 270742 WWW . P R I C K L Y P E A R S T R E T C H T E N T S . C OM 01454 355012 | WEDDINGS@MERCUREBRISTOL.CO.UK MERCURE BRISTOL NORTH THE GRANGE | 1 OLD GLOUCESTER ROAD | NORTHWOODS | WINTERBOURNE | BRISTOL | BS36 1RP | Let us make your dreams a reality at Mercure Bristol North The Grange We would love to hear f rom you, when making your wedding enquiry with us please quote WEDGRANGE22. If you conf irm your wedding for a date in 2022 or 2023 you will receive a complimentary arrival drinks package. 01454 355012 | E DINGS@ME IST L.CO.UK MERCURE BRISTOL N E | 1 L GLOUCESTER O D | T OODS | INTERBOURNE | BRISTOL | BS36 1RP | .mercure.c � at Mercure Bris t The Grange 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 is only hosts one wedding per day. GORGEOUS GARDENS The venue’s beautiful, award-winning landscaped gardens overlook the Mendip Hills. You’ll find plenty of water features dotted around including ponds, waterfalls and fountains. Plus, the outdoor photo opportunities are endless. THE “I DOS” 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 with beams, minster fireplace and hand-crafted oak doors. It can seat up to 120 for the ceremony. THE CELEBRATIONS 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. HESTERCOMBE GARDENS 01823 413 923 | The historical buildings at Hestercombe have plenty of wow factor and offer unrivalled views across the glorious Edwardian gardens and beyond to the imposing Blackdown Hills. LABOUR OF LOVE Hestercombe features no less than 50 acres of lovingly restored gardens, representing three centuries of work and featuring lakes, cascades, temples, rills, shade-dappled pathways, and romantic corners. The beautiful scenery is tended by a team of skilled gardeners all year round providing a very special setting indeed for any big day. THE “I DOS” Ceremonies can be held in The Orangery for up to 90 loved ones. A beautiful light-filled setting, this iconic ham-stone building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and offers the ideal backdrop whatever your theme. Guests can spill out on the Orangery Lawn and enjoy a drinks reception post vows. The Bampfylde Hall meanwhile, dates back to 1680 and with its high ceilings and dramatic timber beams it provides a memorable space for your vows. There’s space here for 150 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to exchange vows in the open air, truly making the most of the gorgeous gardens, the Temple Arbour, dating from the 1750s and perched high above the Pear Pond, can seat up to 112. THE CELEBRATIONS The Bampfylde Hall is home to wedding receptions and can seat 112 guests for wedding breakfasts and can accommodate 150 for the evening do. With a lovely fairylight canopy it offers a charming and romantic atmosphere as you dine and dance the night away. Hestercombe House too can host intimate ceremonies and receptions in its period rooms. 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS

READY, SET, wed Gabby and Ross’ sports-themed nuptials took place at second time of asking in August 2021 Images courtesy of William Lane Photography 26

Gabby worked with Ross’ sister in his local, but they didn’t exactly start out on the right foot – Gabby says, “I always thought he was quite rude and grumpy.” But when the two bumped into each other on a night out she actually found him to be funny, entertaining and very charming. So, when he asked her out on a date she accepted and explains, “I think his demeanour in the pub was just shyness as he’s the most caring, kind, polite, funny person you could ever wish to meet.” By the time the couple had been together for eight years, friends and family were beginning to wonder about a proposal. Significant dates or events would come and raise expectations before rolling past with nothing. “It became an ongoing joke that it just wasn’t going to happen and the more they mentioned it, the more stubborn Ross would become,” Gabby says. Every time the pair found themselves in an airport, Gabby would ask, “Are you going to propose on this holiday?” The answer was always, “No,” and Venice was no different. Little did Gabby know that Ross began scoping out potential places to pop the question as soon as they arrived. Eventually, he chose a quiet spot on a little cobbed street outside their hotel as they were heading out for dinner. Gabby remembers, “I’m grateful for his decision not to do it in front of people as my reaction was... interesting! I flapped my arms in disbelief and even sat on his knee crying.” They celebrated that night, and for the rest of the holiday, with copious amounts of pasta and Aperol Spritz. Read on as the bride tells us more about the big day, which went ahead on 14th August 2021 following a year’s delay due to Covid... LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION When Gabby and Ross started looking for venues they needed to take their huge families and friendship circles into account, viewing only venues that could accommodate such numbers. They’d settled on a summer wedding, since Gabby is a teacher this would work well with school holidays. But this did mean that they had to use some imagination when they saw Old Oak Farm in the winter. Gabby says, “The pole marquee they put up every year hadn’t been erected yet and it had rained constantly the week prior, so the field was a pool of mud and the trees and plants were bare, but we still fell in love. The outside bar, the marquee, the newly-installed luxury toilets, the oak tree where you have your ceremony and space to play sports were just some of the factors that attracted us. The family who run it are just the loveliest people as well.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple wanted to incorporate their love of sport into elements of their venue styling and created a table plan painted in sage green and decorated with sport vectors designed by Gabby’s artist sister-in-law. With help from more talent in the family, Gabby’s other sister-in-law and graphic designer, she put the seating plans onto wooden clipboards and pinned them onto the board, headed: On your marks, get set, eat... The place names were attached to white luggage tags, which were tied around the napkins with twine. Meanwhile, the table names were all themed around sports the couple play or love, including hockey, golf, rugby, tennis, badminton and table tennis. Between the couple and their family they managed to save plenty of wine bottles to use as centrepieces and filled them with eucalyptus grown in Gabby’s garden, along with white tapered candles. More than 100 grey, green and white hearts on sticks lead the way to the aisle and candles in jars dotted around the venue lent the space a beautifully romantic atmosphere. LOOKING THE PART Gabby wore a Martina Liana gown. She says, “I don’t like a lot of fuss on my clothes and my wedding dress was no different – it was very simple, REAL WEDDINGS 27

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elegant, and timeless.” The bride accessorised with a flower crown made by her florist to match the bouquets and posies. The groom wore a champagne-coloured tweed suit jacket with a white shirt, braces and navy chinos. He finished his look with a sage green bow tie, while the groomsmen all wore ties with their matching suits. The bridesmaids were dressed in full-length sage green dresses. TIME TO CELEBRATE The bride’s brother created three crazy golf games for guests to enjoy throughout the day. There were also plenty of lawn games such as skittles, giant Jenga and the families even participated in a lively game of cricket. Live band Tritones was a huge hit with everyone. Gabby says, “They were a bit different to normal wedding bands as they use backing music as well as their own playing, so they could play some alternative songs such as Billie Eilish, Drake and, the most memorable Freed From Desire, which had the dancefloor full.” Both dads joined the newlyweds during their first dance. Guests found this highly entertaining, not least because Ross’ dad was wearing a wedding dress! MEMORABLE MOMENTS Gabby remembers, “I felt a lot calmer than I thought I would, but I was quite nauseous in the morning and struggled with my breakfast. We hired a minibus to get from my parents house, where we had our hair and make-up done, to a hotel just down the road from the venue. I had to sit in the front with the driver to contemplate my feelings and the day ahead. When we got to the hotel we chilled, had a glass of fizz and put our dresses on. “Ross felt excitement and relief that the day had finally arrived, it had taken a lot of planning and Covid caused a great deal of stress.” THE GETAWAY Unfortunately the honeymoon to St Lucia had to be cancelled just days before the wedding. Gabby tells us, “Luckily, we booked the whole thing with Leyla at Not Just Travel and she took away most of the stress and angst.” Eventually, they were able to book another honeymoon to Crete. “All of our suppliers went above and beyond. I honestly can’t speak about them highly enough. They were amazing throughout – flexible, attentive and with high standards in everything.” REAL WEDDINGS 29

ROLL CREDITS Venue | Old Oak Farm | Photographer | William Lane Photography | | Dress | Rookery Bridal | Groom’s & groomsmen’s attire | Moss Bros | Next | Hawes and Curtis Make-up artist | Louise Jane Makeup Artist | Cake | Em’s Bakes & Cakes | Flowers | Sherbert Bloom Florist | Catering | Helen Upshall | Videographer | Break Every Chain Productions | Honeymoon | Leyla Kent – Not Just Travel | 30