Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 89) £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE JUN/JUL; 2022 WIN! What’s hot in bridal fashion according to the region’s boutiques Frock ‘n’ roll A two-night stay in the Lake District THE FINER DETAILS Theme on Our guide to wedding venue styling The latest strappy styles CHECK IN TO W-DAY Local hotel venues


REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 55 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON… Bristol and around 21 CHECK IN TO W-DAY Our roundup of the region’s hotel venues On the cover This issue’s cover shot was captured at stunning Bristol venue The Mount Without by You can check out the full shoot from page 45. 49 15 FEATURES 45 BRISTOL BLISS Bathed in tones of peach and rust, this achingly ontrend shoot was captured at Bristol’s The Mount Without 49 A THEME COME TRUE The ultimate guide to wedding venue styling 59 FROCK ‘N’ ROLL Local boutiques tell us what’s hot in bridal fashion 88 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey 33 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 DOUGHNUTS ABOUT YOU! Hayley and James said “I do” at Northover Manor in September, 2021 33 LET LOVE GLOW Shannon and Richard chose a rustic theme with a blue and white palette for their wedding styling 39 A FLORAL FANTASY Flowers are important to bride and florist Jess who made sure they played a key role in the big-day styling HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS New openings and honeymoon essentials 92 ESCAPE TO THE FOREST Discover the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Hideaway 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Discover why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination GROOMS 84 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 67 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 73 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 77 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 78 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 80 BEAUTY BUZZ We reveal the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 83 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product to help conquer all and we’ve put some of them to the test 73 26 80 97 59 WIN! 4 CONTACT US TODAY TO BOOK OUR SERVICES 07825 653308 | 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! special offers for ‘your london wedding’ orders free return delivery on all orders

U N P O S E D , U N C O N V E N T I O N A L , T I M E L E S S , B E A U T I F U L wi l l iam@wi l l wi l l iam_lane_photography | wi l l Enjoy our gelato cart Freshly made Gelato in your favourite flavours, in one of our elegant fleet of Bo Bom Gelato Mobiles. | 07880 616937 Facebook @BoBomGelato | Instagram @bobomgelato As your celebrant and wedding officiant I am devoted to creating meaningful and memorable ceremonies that celebrate who you are and what you hope to become together. With Soulmaking Ceremonies you are encouraged to reimagine the traditional wedding ceremony and create something truly unique. Choosing to create a bespoke wedding ceremony enables you to include your individual and collective dreams, inspiration and spiritual beliefs in a way that is relevant and authentic for you. Designing a wedding ceremony that is personal, participatory and held with care, love and intention is my speciality, as well as incorporating ritual and elements of the natural world to celebrate your connection with what you hold sacred. I welcome all faiths, genders and beliefs, holding an inclusive space for you and your guests to come together and share a profound experience of love that will infuse the rest of your day and future together. “Isla’s approach is thoughtful, intuitive and flexible. She worked with us to come up with the perfect order of ceremony, incorporating our ideas and suggesting rituals which would symbolise some of our goals as a couple. Our guests gave us fantastic feedback, even the most traditional saying it was the best wedding they had been to.” “She held the ceremony with such elegance and familiarity and conducted the ceremony with such gentle confidence and ease. From start to end we felt supported, loved and able to just be us. .” ISLAMACLEOD.COM | INSTAGRAM@ISLAJMACLEOD

Finally, the sun is shining! It feels like it’s been a long time coming doesn’t it? As much as I’m very much a winter bunny, I must admit that feeling a warm breeze on my face for a change has cheered me up. My friends and I have decided to compile a bucket list of activities we’d like to enjoy this summer, and plans are well underway for our very own CWM bride’s hen do. If you’re worried about what your best gals might have planned for yours, the best way is to maintain an open line of communication. Make sure you lay down perimeters and make it abundantly clear well in advance if L plates, sashes and the like aren’t your thing. Olivia, Nolwenn and I sat bride Melissa down for a chat first to make sure we didn’t make any faux pas and asked her to provide us with a guest list and options for available dates. No doubt you’ll have been careful about your bridesmaid choices, they love you and know you well, so we’re sure you’re in capable hands. Relax and enjoy the break from planning everything yourself. You’ll find this, our summer issue, brimming with plenty of inspiration and advice as always. We chatted to the region’s boutique owners for their take on what’s hot in bridal fashion at the moment. They’ve even given us the lowdown on styles to look out for in the future. Among these pages you’ll also find our ultimate guide to venue styling, where you’ll discover everything from how to choose a theme and colour palette to avoiding the most common pitfalls. Still hungry for more wedspiration? Don’t forget to check out our social media channels @YourBristolSomersetWedding, @cwm_wedding, @countyweddings and of course, the latest member of the family, our YouTube channel (to find it, just head over to and search “County Wedding Magazines”). Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, editor Fun times 26 39 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 33 IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU I love hearing about the personal touches our real wedding couples add to their wedding days to celebrate their stories… Discover how doughnuts became a symbol of Hayley and James’ relationship, so much so they gifted as wedding favours. Jess and Jake met doing Ten Tors so they named their tables after their favourites. Shannon and Richard personalised their ceremony with readings and Shannon wrote her own poem. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the region LOVE IS LOVE Somerset Registration Service has devised a very special offering for Taunton Live & Pride festival goers this year – free mini ceremonies in the Wellbeing Zone, specially written for the occasion. You can even choose from a range of vows personalised for you on the spot. Couples young and old can have their love recognised, friends can celebrate their relationship or individuals can pledge to love and honour themselves. There’s no need to book, just bring yourselves and some love! The ceremony team will be on hand to answer questions on how to go about tying the knot legally or booking a full-length celebration or vow renewal. Taunton Live & Pride takes place on Saturday 16th July in Vivary Park, Taunton. Check out for more, along with details of a special competition by Jen The Celebrant ( to win a full ceremony on stage. A WELCOME RETURN Andrew Swann has been appointed executive chef at The Castle at Taunton in Somerset, returning to where he started his career more than 20 years ago. As part of his role, Swann will be responsible for the food and beverage offer across the award-winning hotel, including its 70-cover Brazz Restaurant, as well as its 44 rooms and suites. He initially joined the business in 2000 as a 17-year-old commis chef, and has since worked in some of the UK’s top hotels and restaurants including Michelin-starred Zafferano and L’Escargot, as well as The Savoy. Most recently, he was head chef at Luciano’s by Luciano Pierre White in Dorchester. A classically-trained chef, his cooking style focuses on using seasonal produce, sourced locally. The move comes following a recent £150,000 kitchen refurbishment, allowing the restaurant to offer wider, more sustainable and energy efficient options for guests. Andrew says, “It feels so great to be back home. I’m especially excited to be able to work with an incredible core team and to have access to some of the country’s greatest produce. Where we are, we’re spoilt every season and I can’t wait to get reacquainted with the local farmers and producers.” It sounds to us as though it’ll be well worth keeping an eye out for Andrew’s menus and sampling the delicious fare on your next date night. Visit TIME WELL SPENT This summer, guests of boutique bolthole No.15 by GuestHouse Bath will be delighted to discover a thoughtful reimagining of the eight bedrooms in the hotel’s cosy Coach House. With its Gothicstyle frontage and quatrefoil windows, The Coach House sits pretty and preserved behind the hotel’s main townhouse. GuestHouse’s inventive interiors combine heritage and modernity, with artisanal touches that celebrate local creators. Inspired by the building’s beginnings as a Georgian carriage house and taking its lead from the main house, the new bedrooms honour the history of the surroundings. Guests are greeted by a dramatic entrance featuring calming deep olive greens and uplifting candy pink tones, while warmly-lit hallways open up into light-filled bedrooms decorated in soft colour palettes. With a strong commitment to championing local makers and creators, GuestHouse has selected finishes, fittings and furniture that casts the spotlight on talented Somerset-based creatives. A total makeover of the Coach House offers the perfect opportunity to get away with your best gals and guys to celebrate your impending nuptials as you get to spread out and enjoy time together. Here, you’ll have the privacy and freedom to play music on the record players or gather on the fluffy sofas and armchairs for board games by the fire. It’s a place where you can all kick back, relax, indulge and make some special memories. Discover more at 8

GREAT EXPECTATIONS More than 350,000 weddings will take place in the UK this year with around £14.7 billion spent on these events globally. With so much money being invested in weddings, guests attending will no doubt have some expectations! New research from Steven Stone Jewellers reveals that Bristol is in the top three cities whose residents get invited to the most weddings. The engagement ring specialists surveyed 2,000 Brits to find out exactly how much they’re spending on each element of a wedding, how they feel about forking out and what they expect in return. It materialised that the average cost of being a wedding guest in 2022 is up to a whopping £1,203, with the bill racked up by expenditure on an outfit, accommodation, transport, childcare, gifts and more! Of those surveyed in Bristol, 30.21 per cent will attend at least one wedding in 2022-23 and their list of expectations is topped by receiving a formal invitation and being served evening food. It may comfort you to know though that a mere six per cent said they expected a free bar, so you can save your pennies there! Finally, you may be surprised to hear that men spend more on their wedding guest outfit than women – £190 versus £121. BRIDAL BLING Recently-engaged TV personality Vicky Pattison has launched an exclusive bridal jewellery collection with Bath-based brand Abbott Lyon. This new range offers the perfect accessories to complement every step of a bride-to-be’s journey to W-day. Since being crowned Queen of the Jungle in the 2015 series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Vicky’s career has gone from strength to strength. With an army of loyal fans who adore her dressed-up glam looks as much as her down-to-earth real talk, she’s amassed a following of over five million people on Instagram alone. Having recently become engaged to Ercan Ramadan, Abbott Lyon saw her as the perfect fit for their new bridal collection. The bespoke range consists of more than 30 pieces, including The Signature Pearl Name Necklace (£89), Tie The Knot Ring (£49), and Custom Initial Pearl Choker (£89), with pieces in the collection starting from just £25. All styles can be fully personalised, with the option to add a customised gift box for that extra special touch. The sustainable range is complemented by faux pearls, which symbolise love and beauty. Shop the full collection at INTO THE WOODS The National Trust is delighted that the ancient Horner Wood in Somerset, in its care, has been chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 ancient woodlands and trees to be dedicated to The Queen in celebration of her Platinum Jubilee. Fingle Woods in the Teign Valley on Dartmoor, the ancient black walnut tree at Antony near Torpoint in Cornwall, and the Tolpuddle Martyrs tree in Dorset are further South West offerings to be selected. The initiative was launched by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is patron of The Queen's Green Canopy, a tree-planting initiative. Horner Woods is one of the largest unenclosed ancient seminatural woodlands in the UK. In 1995 it was made a National Nature Reserve together with the surrounding Dunkery moorland. Evidence of humans living in and using the woodland dates back thousands of years to the Bronze and Iron Ages, and seven settlements, six of which are still occupied, are recorded in the Doomsday Book. Little Quarme Cottages & Weddings is located in Exmoor National Park just a hop, skip and jump away from Horner Wood Nature Reserve and Dunkery Beacon. So, if you like the idea of saying “I do” in the shadow of this remarkable ancient woodland, it's well worth a look. Check out LOCAL NEWS 9

SLICE AS NICE The UK’s oldest British caterer is celebrating its 175th anniversary with the recreation of a royal wedding cake created by its founder, John Searcy, 126 years ago. The caterer has taken a trip back through its archives to the1896 royal wedding of Princess Maud, then the future Queen of Norway, to Prince Carl of Denmark. Considered the society wedding of the year, royal attendees included Queen Victoria, grandmother of the bride, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. Confectioner and Royal Warrant holder, John Searcy came out of retirement to bake the breathtaking multi-tiered big-day bake. Adorned with sweet treats, the cake included fine sugar work flowers, roses and angels, along with the Royal Arms of England and Denmark. In tribute to its founder, Searcys has recreated the same cake in partnership with baker Elizabeth Solaru of Elisabeth’s Cake Emporium. Working alongside Searcys own pastry chef, Yvonne Graham, the confectioners spent three weeks tirelessly completing the bake to reflect the original design. Five-tiers of Dundee fruit cake are covered with delicate marzipan and white and gold lattice work icing before being toped with carefully crafted sugar work of flowers, fruits, cherubs and lion. The cake will travel across Searcys restaurants throughout the summer, so for your chance to sample a slice of the action head to The Pump Room in Bath ( from early July to early August. The Princess Maud wedding cake can also be made to order for any wedding celebrations booked at Searcys iconic venues. To find out more check out RUSTIC PERFECTION Court Farm, a lovingly restored 16th-century farmhouse, is set in ten acres of gardens and grounds in the heart of the Somerset countryside. New to its wedding venue offering is a recently-converted second barn, the Woolshed. A beautiful industrial-chic space, it works brilliantly as a wedding breakfast location with a twist. Suitable for practically anything from a ceilidh to a hog roast, it’s so versatile and the choice is yours. It can seat up to 108 nearest and dearest and is stylishly furnished with trestle tables, antique chairs, floral hoops and rustic lighting. A further exciting addition is the newly-installed luxurious wood-fired hot tub, offering the perfect opportunity to enjoy some R&R the night before W-day. Court Farm can be hired for two nights, including accommodation for 10 to 14 people in the boutique-styled cottages and cow byres. All units face their own private courtyard, which is frequently used for exchanging vows and enjoying cocktails and canapés. The beautifully modernised cottage sleeps four to six, the Cider Barn and Dairy sleeps four to six too, while the Cow Byre sleeps two. To find out more about hosting your big day at Court Farm, check out 10

Say I Do In Somerset It’s official! Outdoor ceremonies are now a permanent fixture. Is your dream to say your vows barefoot on the lawn with sun shining overhead, breeze in your hair, birds singing in the trees? We can’t guarantee the weather, but the open sky is now all yours. Originally brought in as a temporary covid measure, the law changed in April to allow couples to say I Do outside at any existing licensed venue. Somerset Registration Service has been working with wedding venues across Somerset & North Somerset to give couples a greater choice of spots to say their vows. There are still a few essential boxes to tick for safety and accessibility, but otherwise all venues with gardens or outside space may be able to offer that open air option you’re looking for. While the old rules already allowed outdoor vows with the wedding party standing under a permanent structure like a gazebo or bandstand, this really does free things up. Venues have added stone circles, private woodlands, walled gardens and lakeside lawns to their ceremony offers – even marquees now get the go ahead. Spots where only nonlegal blessings could take place are now a choice for the real deal. Our registrar teams are super excited about a season of joining happy couples in some truly gorgeous new locations. Our Outdoor Top Tips Inside or out, only licensed venues can hold legal ceremonies, so still no vows on the beach or on top of Glastonbury Tor. Ceremonies can be held anywhere in the gardens and grounds. It’s worth not straying too far away though – bathroom breaks, catering top ups, and getting yourself from the prep room to the aisle are major considerations. Let your venue help you find the perfect spot – trust them, they know what will work for everyone on the day. Make sure the site is accessible for your guests – heels, mobility issues and grassy hills aren’t a great combination! Let your guests know the plan – they might want to opt for a change of sensible shoes and an extra cosy layer or a broader brimmed hat and some sun screen. Have a bad weather backup plan. This is England, after all. Don’t feel bad if you need to head inside. We’ll make sure the ceremony is so full of love you’ll forget you had to switch plans! Outside eremonies Are Here To Stay Simon & Kiana Photography at Huntstile Organic Farm James & Kerrie Photography at The Cider Barn, Dillingotn Estate TP Photography at The Old Milking Parlour

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBRISTOLSOMERSET.WEDDING Closing date 5th August 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. SAY CHEESE Somerset-based Booth Nineteen offers hire of beautifully crafted vintage photo booths for your big-day bash, complete with a dash of nostalgic glam. From the super-stylish design of the booths themselves to the choice of backdrops provided, each aspect is crafted to to bring memorable fun with a slice of wow factor. Booths come with a box full of props, unlimited printed photos (so there’s no holding back) and an attendant to ensure everyone knows how to get the best out of the experience. Booths include vintage-style The Gatsby inspired by the 1920s Art Deco era; minimalist The No.3, which is as much of an art installation as it is a functional photo booth; and The Classic offering all the joy of a traditional photo booth minus the unsightly plastic exterior. This issue we’ve partnered with Booth Nineteen to offer you £50 off of your deposit payment. To claim your discount, contact the team on 0117 332 0091 and quote the code “YBSW.” Offer valid until 31st July 2022. Check out to check your date and find out more. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS £50 OFF Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Court Farm offers extensive grounds and the perfect blank canvas to create your own uniquely styled rustic wedding. A beautiful reception courtyard, The Woolshed for dining, historic Rustic Barn for dancing and stylish boutique onsite accommodation. To contact us about your wedding, please email or 07974 739832 COURT FARM, COURT LANE, STANDERWICK, SOMERSET BA11 2PR A stunning lakeside barn in the heart of Somerset Unique & Exclusive Yarlington Barn YMCA Barley Wood Weddings Advert (195x141) 2021 OUTLINES v4.indd 1 26/11/2021 12:58

BRISTOL AND AROUND Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot THE BRISTOL HARBOUR HOTEL Set in the heart of Bristol’s Old Town, opposite the historical St Nicholas Market, the Hotel’s magnificent building offers a sense of grandeur and provides an abundance of must-have characterful spots for your photographer’s shot list. Take a stroll through the quirky streets opposite, sip cocktails in the Gold Bar or enjoy a Pimms on the terrace – you’re in the perfect place for an elegant city-centre wedding here. The jewel in the hotel’s crown is The Sansovino. With grand high ceilings and decadent pillars, it’s a beautifully decorated room, steeped in history. It can host both your “I dos” and big bash. There’s ample room here for a DJ, dancefloor, band and any other entertainment your hearts desire, and it boasts its own bar, grand entrance and bathrooms. Alternatively, for the ceremony and celebrations, you have the option to use The Vaults. A more intimate space set in the original bank vaults of the building, they’re perfect for elegant, intimate, candlelit vows. It also offers the ideal blank canvas for you to put your own stamp on and offers a pop up bar and soft lighting for the evening do. Wedding packages are bespoke and can include complimentary a bridal suite, menu tasting, spa day and even the chance to create your very own cocktail for the day. LOCAL VENUES IN THE KNOW 0117 203 4445 BS1 1HT Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 300 Wedding breakfast capacity: 300 Evening do capacity: 350

ARNOS MANOR HOTEL With an elegant chapel, beautiful courtyard conservatory restaurant, private function room and 73 bedrooms on site, the Arnos Manor Hotel Bristol has everything you could need for your big day. A variety of wedding packages are on offer as well as bespoke options to suit your requirements. The Hotel is comfortable yet full of personality. Located on the A4, close to the city centre, it’s also only a short trip to Bristol International Airport and a mere 13 miles to the historical city of Bath. Bristol Temple Meads Train Station too is close by – only a five-minute drive. So, wherever your guests are travelling from they’ll be able to reach you easily here. Ceremonies are held in The Chapel, which retains many of its original features. Receptions take place in the conservatory restaurant. Located in the original courtyard of the building it boasts a glass roof with preserved brickwork. The Orangery on the other hand is located on the ground floor and is the perfect spot for larger wedding breakfasts. Recently decorated and situated next door to the conservatory, it also offers access to the private Gallery Bar. The venue offers a complimentary stay for you, the newlyweds, on the night of your wedding as well as discounted accommodation for any guests who wish to stay. LEIGH COURT Shielded from the city bustle by Leigh Woods, Leigh Court was designed by architect Thomas Hopper in 1814 for Bristol’s first recorded millionaire. The estate has a rich history: having been a religious sanctuary, a family home, and a hospital, it’s also been conquered by, gifted to and used as a safe-haven by kings for a thousand years. In fact, you may well recognise the graceful Grade II listed mansion from its starring role in various productions including Bridgerton and Poldark. All of the ground-floor rooms are licensed for ceremonies. While the fairytale staircase, skylights, and patterned floor in the Great Hall make it a popular choice; the blush-coloured Morning Room with its floor-toceiling windows and crystal chandelier is favoured by couples looking for a more intimate space. The Tapestry Room is one of the most beautiful rooms in Leigh Court, with enormous dual-aspect windows and elaborate gold and white ceiling decoration. On the other hand, the Library and Salon are ideal if you’re looking for a space that opens directly on to the lawns. When it comes to reception spaces, you’re spoilt for choice. Celebrations can be held in one or indeed, all of the ground floor rooms including all of the above plus the Outer Hall, bar and lounge. 16 IN THE KNOW 0117 971 1461 BS4 3HQ Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 90 Wedding breakfast capacity: 100 Evening do capacity: 250 IN THE KNOW 01275 373 393 | BS8 3RA Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 109 Wedding breakfast capacity: 250 Evening do capacity: 400+

The Ideal Venue for Wedding Receptions 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. Beautiful weddings all year call Matt 07855 361 652 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

WWW.ELMHAYPARK.CO.UK Elmhay Park, Frome, Somerset BA11 2PB 01373 468 993 THE I TAL I AN GARDEN & THE ORANGERY Fo r t h e p e r f e c t we d d i n g d a y CHURCH LODGE Fo r r e f l e c t i n g t h e n i g h t a f t e r y o u r we d d i n g ELMHAY V I L L AGE Ac c ommo d a t i o n f o r u p t o 65 g u e s t s THREE DAY WEDDINGS AT ELMHAY PARK ORCHARDLE I GH CAS T LE & S TABLE LODGE Fo r t h e n i g h t b e f o r e f o r u p t o 1 8 g u e s t s . L . O.UK Elmhay Park, Frome, Somerset BA11 2PB 01373 468 993 info THE I TAL I AN GARDEN & THE ORANGERY Fo r t h e p e r f e c t we d d i n g d a y CHURCH LODGE Fo r r e f l e c t i n g t h e n i g h t a f t e r y o u r we d d i n g ELMHAY V I L L AGE Ac c ommo d a t i o n f o r u p t o 65 g u e s t s I ORCHARDLE I GH CAS T LE & S TABLE LODGE Fo r t h e n i g h t b e f o r e f o r u p t o 1 8 g u e s t s WWW.ELMHAYPARK.C . Elmhay Park, Frome, Somerset BA11 2PB 01373 468 993 THE I TAL I AN GARDEN & THE ORANGERY Fo r t h e p e r f e c t we d d i n g d a y CHURCH LODGE Fo r r e f l e c t i n g t h e n i g h t a f t e r y o u r we d d i n g ELMHAY V I L L AGE Ac c ommo d a t i o n f o r u p t o 65 g u e s t s T REE DAY EDDI GS AT EL AY PARK ORCHARDLE I GH CAS T LE & S TABLE LODGE Fo r t h e n i g h t b e f o r e f o r u p t o 1 8 g u e s t s Orchardleigh Estate, Frome, Somerset BA11 2PB  01373 472550   Acclaimed as one of the regions finest wedding venues, Orchardleigh is a 500 acre family owned estate which boasts a beautiful 19th century stately home, romantic island church, 18 hole golf course and luxurious accommodation in 41 bedrooms. ORCHARDLEIGH WEDDINGS THREE DAY WEDDINGS AT ORCHARDLEIGH Our wedding package includes all you need for the wedding of your dreams spread over three days. You’ll stay on the estate the evening before your wedding with up to 18 guests in Orchardleigh Castle and Murtry Lodge. Our Package includes all that is needed for the perfect wedding day; from the reception drinks, wedding breakfast and late bar into the early hours - plus everything in between! Plus you’ll spend the evening after your wedding in our luxurious Palladium Boathouse - giving you the perfect opportunity to relax, reflect and recover after your big day! Orchardleigh Castle The Boathouse The Ballroom The Belvedere The Bonita Suite ORCHA Acclaimed as one of the regions finest wedding venues, Orchardleigh is a 500 acre family owned estate which boasts a beautiful 19th century stately home, romantic island church, 18 hole golf course and luxurious accommodation in 41 bedrooms. ORCHARDLEIGH WEDDINGS THREE DAY WEDDINGS AT ORCHARDLEIGH Our wedding package includes all you need for the wedding of your dreams spread over three days. You’ll stay on the estate the evening before your wedding with up to 18 guests in Orchardleigh Castle and Murtry Lodge. Orchardleigh Estate, Frome, Somerset BA11 2PB  01373 472550   Acclaimed as one of the regions finest wedding venues, Orchardleigh is a 500 acre family owned estate which boasts a beautiful 19th century stately home, romantic island c urch, 18 hole golf course and l xurious accommodation in 41 bedrooms. ORCHARDLEIGH WEDDINGS THREE DAY WED INGS AT ORCHARDLEI Our wedding package includes all you need for the wed ing of your drea s spread over three days. You’ll stay on the estate the evening before your wedding with up to 18 guests in Orchardleigh Castle and Murtry Lodge. Our Package includes all that is needed for the perfect wedding day; from the reception drinks, wedding breakfast and late bar into the early hours - plus everything in between! Plus you’ll spend the evening aft r your wedding in our luxurious Palladium Boathouse - giving you the perfect opportunity to relax, reflect and recover after your big day! Orchardleigh Castle The Boathouse The Ballroom The Belvedere The Bonita Suite Orchardleigh Estate, Frome, Somerset BA11 2PB  01373 472550   Acclaimed as one of the regions finest wedding venues, Orchardleigh is a 500 acre family owned estate which boasts a beautiful 19th century stately home, romantic island church, 18 hole golf course and luxurious accommodation in 41 bedrooms. RCHARDLEIGH ED INGS THREE DAY WEDDINGS AT ORCHARDLEIGH Our wedding package includes all you need for the wedding of your dreams spread over three days. You’ll stay on the estate the evening before your wedding with up to 18 guests in Orchardlei h Castle and Murtry Lodge. Our Package includes all that is needed for the perfect wedding day; from the receptio drinks, wedding br akfast and late bar into the early hours - plus everything in between! Plus you’ll spend the evening after your wedding in our luxurious Palladium Boathouse - giving you the perfect opportunity to relax, reflect and recover after your big day! Orchardleigh Castle The Boathouse The Ballroom The Belvedere The Bonita Suite

BERWICK LODGE 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. 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. Summeria is an upstairs room lit by skylights, perfect for ceremonies. You can find it in a converted stable block, the Mews, where an original stained-glass doorway leads you into the eaves. Mesopotamia, also in the Mews, is an alternative for the vows. This ground floor room has large windows allowing you to take in the views, pillars to decorate and access to a patio area. The dining room, known as Hattusa, can host your wedding breakfast and 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. AZTEC HOTEL BRISTOL 01454 201 090 BS32 4TS MSHED 0117 927 3086 BS1 4RN KLOSTERHAUS RESTAURANT & BAR 0117 452 3111 BS1 3DF OLD DOWN ESTATE 03447 769 380 BS32 4PG NO4 CLIFTON VILLAGE 0117 970 6869 BS8 4HY THE SQUARE CLUB 0117 921 0455 BS8 1HB lso check out... 19 LOCAL VENUES IN THE KNOW 0117 958 1590 BS10 7TD Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 90 Wedding breakfast capacity: 90 Evening do capacity: 150

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W-DAY Check in to Our roundup of the region’s hotel venues THORNBURY CASTLE 01454 281 182 | Thornbury Castle, the honeymoon destination of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, is steeped in history inside and out. From the original walls and mounting steps where the former King would have once stood, to the feature oriel windows and 500-year-old chimneys, there’s always something to revel in for the history fan. Every room allows you to step back in time and each of the hotel’s bedchambers includes individual Tudor features such as four-poster beds and stone walls. The grounds too are beautifully historical and thanks to the hard-working gardening team, they’re some of the best-preserved Tudor gardens in England. THE “I DOS” There’s an impressive choice of locations when it comes to your ceremony. The most intimate of which is The Library suitable for 14 guests. It features wood-panelled walls and an oriel window. The Lounge is slightly larger and can host 24, and the largest of the indoor spaces is The Tudor Hall, which can accommodate 75 loved ones. It features stone walls, an original fireplace, an oriel window plus additional adjacent rooms. If you prefer to tie the knot al fresco, The Summerhouse can hold 14 nearest and dearest and is a charming feature of the rose garden. The Goodly Gardens are suitable for guest lists of up to 75 people and includes some of the oldest Tudor gardens in England all surrounded by stone walls. THE CELEBRATIONS The Barons Sitting Room is suitable for receptions for up to 20 loved ones, with original beams, an ornamental fireplace and one long feature table. The Chancellors Lounge is a private space for guests to enjoy throughout the day with views of the front lawn and inside courtyard. Adjacent rooms, The Tudor Hall and Boyling House can together host 75 day and 120 evening guests. The former acts as the wedding breakfast area, following which you’ll adjourn into the Boyling House with reception room and private bar. THERE’S MORE The hotel offers a complimentary tasting with the Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour packages, as well as a complimentary bed and breakfast stay in one of the deluxe bedchambers for your anniversary. In fact, the Catherine of Aragon Tower Suite, located at the top of the original stone tower boasts the largest four-posted bed in an English hotel! HOTEL VENUES

BEST WESTERN PLUS CENTURION HOTEL 01761 417 711 | The Centurion Hotel is located in Midsomer Norton, between Bath and Wells among 52 acres of grounds with gardens and a nine-hole golf course. It boasts 45 bedrooms with function rooms overlooking the scenic landscape. The professional team here are always on hand to help you out every step of the way, ensuring your day runs smoothly and you’re able to enjoy every second. THE “I DOS” The Hotel Lounge is home to civil ceremonies and drinks receptions, and leads straight out into the hotel garden. There’s ample space here for 100 of your nearest and dearest. THE CELEBRATIONS Receptions are hosted in the hotel’s main function space, the Catherine Room, which boasts glorious views of the golf course. It has its own bar and can comfortably seat up to 120 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 240 for the evening do. THERE’S MORE Built into the venue’s wedding packages in a menu tasting, bridal suite for the night of the wedding and a meal in the restaurant for your first anniversary. Rooms and a meal for the night before the big day are also available. THE CROSSWAYS 01749 899 000 | The Crossways is an AA 5-Star rated inn located close to the city of Wells. The hotel offers 26 deluxe bedrooms, an AA Rosette-awarded restaurant and a range of function rooms with outside terraces. It’s surrounded by beautiful Somerset countryside with rooftop terraces providing unrivalled views towards the world-famous Glastonbury Tor. THE “I DOS” You have three options for your ceremony here. The King Arthur Suite is an intimate space with easy access to other areas and can host 80 of your nearest and dearest. The Tor View Suite can accommodate the same number and opens out onto the outside terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views across to Glastonbury Tor. The largest area is the combined Tor View Suite with extension, allowing it to increase its capacity to 110. THE CELEBRATIONS The same suites can also host your big-day bash. The King Arthur Suite can host 200 loved ones, as can the Tor View. When the latter is combined with its extension, it can accommodate 280. THERE’S MORE As the newlyweds, you’ll be offered one night’s free accommodation in the fabulous Avalon honeymoon suite complete with private terrace and Jacuzzi hot tub (subject to a minimum spend). The hotel also has it’s own on-site hair and beauty salon offering a full range of hairdressing services and beauty treatments for your big day. 22

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 THE OAKHOUSE HOTEL & COURTHOUSE GARDENS 01934 732 444 (option 1) | Somerset’s hidden Medieval gem, The Oakhouse Hotel is nestled in the historical town of Axbridge, Somerset at the foot of the Mendip Hills. Located just 45 minutes from Bristol and Taunton to the South and 15 minutes from Weston-Super-Mare it’s easily accessible for guests wherever they’re travelling from. A delightfully charming, classic English inn, The Oakhouse bursts with rustic elegance, ideal for any style of celebration. It can offer exclusive use, whereby the entire hotel with 10 en-suite bedrooms become private for your use for 24 hours – you and your guests can feel right at home as you access access to all areas. The Courthouse Gardens offer an endless spectrum of possibility allowing you to incorporate and enjoy this delightful outside space into your big day drinks reception, photographs and daytime marquee reception. THE “I DOS” Ceremonies witnessed by 90 loved ones are held in The Oak Room. Complete with exposed 11th-century stonework, beams and a well it provides a popular magical option in the autumn and winter to marry by candlelight. While the spring and summer months offer the addition of trailing ivy. Alternatively, if you’re looking for al fresco “I dos,” the Courthouse Gardens are available for celebrant-led blessings. The venue sits next doors to St. John the Baptist Church, so if you’d rather a church ceremony, that’s also an option. THE CELEBRATIONS The Oak Room as well as the rest of the hotel is well suited to a formal, sitdown wedding breakfast for up to 60 guests, with further informal dining options available for up to 120 across the hotel’s other spaces. The Town Hall sits directly opposite providing a further alternative if you wish to host a formal meal for a larger guest list during the autumn or winter. For spring and summer nuptials, the picturesque Courthouse Gardens provide extensive options for marquee receptions. Whether you’re after something formal or a festival-style tipi arrangement the team can make your vision a reality. THERE’S MORE The Hotel can provide an in-house DJ entertainment services and photo booth. It also has a sister hotel at Gatwick airport (The Maple Manor Hotel), which is available for an overnight stay prior to honeymoon flights. You can also book a complimentary menu tasting ahead of the big day. THE ROYAL HOTEL 01934 423 100 | This charismatic Georgian hotel is centrally located in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare and has been a familiar sight there since 1810. Set within its own private grounds it boasts superb views of the promenade, pier and Welsh coast, making it ideal for those all-important photographs. BAILBROOK HOUSE HOTEL 01225 855 100 | Set on a hillside, the Hotel overlooks the glorious landscapes of Bath and the Avon Valley. Dating back to the 1790s, Bailbrook House retains the characterful glory of its bygone years and boasts 94 stylish bedrooms and suites featuring four-poster beds and roll-top baths. Also check out... 25 HOTEL VENUES

DOUGHNUTS about you! Hayley and James said “I do” at Northover Manor in September, 2021 Images courtesy of Jon Warr Photography 26

Hayley and James met while working in their local department store as teenagers. Hayley would go to the restaurant for lunch where James worked and he’d give her a meal for free in the hopes she’d keep coming back! “To me, Hayley was the most beautiful woman in the store. I was instantly drawn to what can only be described as the most unique laugh you can imagine! Paired with her beauty, kindness and smile, I was head over heels.” He finally gathered the courage to ask her out while giving away more free food, in this case a ring doughnut, which has since become a symbol of their relationship! James proposed nine years later, while on holiday in New York. They’d taken a trip to Liberty Island and having carried the ring around in his pocket waiting for the right moment, he knew this was it. “After walking around the Statue of Liberty three times trying to pluck up the courage, I finally sat her down under a blossoming cherry tree, and asked her if she would marry me.” Of course, she accepted, so join us now as James tells us more about their wedding day... SETTING THE SCENE Northover Manor was booked for 11th September, 2021. The couple had been attracted to the gorgeous outdoor ceremony area amongst the venue’s landscaped grounds. They also loved the fact that they could have exclusive use of the property, including all of the bedrooms where guests could stay the night. It also meant that Hayley was able to stay with her bridesmaids the night before. The colour palette for the day featured navy, blush pink and rose gold. This was reflected in the centrepieces – Martini glasses filled with blooms flowing over the edges and two large flower-filled concrete urns placed at each end of the top table. Each table was also decorated with jam jars and wine bottle lights, adding a glow that enhanced the ambience. The couple opted to allocate numbers to their tables, which were displayed on ceramic dishes. “These offered a lovely personal touch as they were unique to us,” James explains. As they found their seats, guests were welcomed by mini pink doughnut favours to represent the very one that brought the newlyweds together, these were joined by personalised M&Ms printed with a picture of them. The big-day bake boasted three tiers and two were gluten-free to make sure no one was left without. The bottom layer was a classic Victoria sponge, the middle was a carrot cake and the top was flavoured with lemon. LOOKING THE PART The beautiful bride wore a sleeveless ivory lace dress with fitted bodice and tulle skirt, complete with diamanté detail. It had a corseted back fastening and she accessorised it with rose gold jewellery and a veil. James was dressed in a three-piece suit – the jacket and trousers were navy and he paired them with a grey tweed waistcoat. He finished the look with a rose gold tie and pocket square. His groomsmen and best man were dressed to match. The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their navy maxi dresses with lace bodice detailing to complement the bride’s gown. They also wore rose gold heeled sandals to complement the colour palette further. “Start planning as far in advance as you can.We had the majority of our suppliers booked years ahead meaning we spent most of the run-up with nothing else to sort and were able to sit back and relax while ticking off the days.” REAL WEDDINGS 27