Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - August/September 2022 (Issue 90) £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE AUG/SEPT 2022 WIN! Complete your look with these wedding jewellery ideas and accessory options Time to shine A two-night stay in the Lake District ESCAPE TO the country Boho LISS Luxe lace and flowing fabrics The region’s rural venues WE LOVE TO BOOGIE Entertainment inspiration

John Prescott Vocalist AWARD-WINNING SWING SENSAT ION John P has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting versatile jazz singers to emerge in the South West in recent years. His smooth vocals encompass a wide repertoire from the great American songbook, with influences from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and, more recently, Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams. He can also perform classic favourites from 60s, 70s & 80s and Musical Theatre songs. John P performs to professional backing arrangements or with Capitol Swing band, offering different packages to suit your requirements for the whole wedding day. Our unexpected singers will pose as waiting staff throughout the wedding breakfast and then break into song to surprise your family, friends and guests. The performance typically lasts 20 minutes and creates the perfect party atmosphere to transition your wedding from day to evening! Expect a memorable experience with singing and dancing around the tables! CONTACT JOHN P ON: 07920 444033 WWW. JOHNPRESCOT TVOCAL I ST.CO.UK Fancy something different? Ask about Unexpected Singers surprise waiters options! B E S T M U S I C A L A C T Simon Biffen Photography Richard Lewis photography

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 54 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 90 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... Bath and Mendip 21 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Our roundup of the region’s rural wedding venues On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by Somerset’s renowned wedding venue Orchardleigh House & Estate ( It was captured by Brad Wakefield ( at the wedding of Emily and Josh who tied the knot on 10th August 2021. 56 15 FEATURES 43 EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT This year’s top trends merge seamlessly in this beautiful local shoot 47 WE LOVE TO BOOGIE Entertainment ideas to wow the crowds 51 TALK OF THE TON Shot in Bath, home of Netflix’s much-loved series, these images show how to pull off a modern-day Bridgerton vibe for your wedding 56 TIME TO SHINE Complete your look with these wedding jewellery ideas and accessory options 74 FROM MISS TO MRS County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 80 THE BRIDGERTON EFFECT Editorial assistant Gracie Leader looks at how Netflix’s biggest show has influenced weddings 32 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 COME FLY WITH ME Heather and Chris’ venue styling reflected their love of travel 32 LOVE IS ALL AROUND Jessamine and Thomas said “I do” at beautiful Berwick Lodge on 15th January, 2022 38 EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES Sophie and Jimmy’s wedding styling was inspired by the roses that grow in their garden GROOMS 71 GROOM’S NEWS Best buys and product launches 72 FUN IN THE SUN The latest honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 84 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 86 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 88 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand FASHION & BEAUTY 60 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 61 LEADING LADY Mothers-of-the-bride will love these stylish dresses and accessories 63 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 68 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 76 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 77 YOU CAUGHT MY EYE! We put together some gorgeous wedding-day eye make-up looks using the newest launches to hit the counters 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 63 47 38 26 51 4

W-day is imminent! As the County Wedding Magazines editorial crew prepare to see our beloved senior editor Melissa become a Mrs, we can’t help but be niggled by at least a small sense of shock at just how quickly the big day has come around. Something, I’ve no doubt you’re all experiencing too as your own weddings draw closer. Christmas Day 2020 feels like only yesterday, when my fellow bridesmaid, Olivia, and I bombarded Melissa with WhatsApp messages: “Has he done it yet? Has he done it yet?” We knew the proposal was imminent you see, and were more than just a tad excited! Boy, have we had an adventure together since: the tears of joy at being asked to be bridesmaids (“Are you sure you want me?”), the fun of shopping for the dresses, and the hilarity of the hen dos (yes plural, she deserves it). The past year-and-a-half has seen us grow closer as friends, not just Melissa, Olivia and I – the three amigos; but also with our gorgeous fellow bridesmaid Nolwenn and the groom, dear Dave. Weddings have a habit of doing that don’t they? Of course, they’re a celebration of love between the all-important couple, but more than that, they allow a much wider expression of love for friends, family and even fur-babies! After all, that’s why we’re all here isn’t it? I know it’s why I spend my days writing about your amazing big days and why I never tire of looking at the resulting photographs. To quote a hero of mine, RuPaul: “Everybody say love.” I hope you enjoy the oodles of inspiration this issue has to offer. We’ve got two gorgeous styled shoots packed with ideas from the region’s finest wedding suppliers, as well as three incredible real weddings. Plus, there’s plenty of guidance on finishing your look with jewellery and accessories as well as on keeping your guests entertained dawn to dusk. So, dive in! Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, editor The time has come 88 9 Kelly x ISSN 1755-4756 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Cullen | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 | Graphic Designers |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 @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 90 Breathtaking, tropical views and turquoise waters – St Lucia is certainly a stunning honeymoon spot. Aztec Hotel and Spa in Bristol has won best boutique spa in the Good Spa Guide Awards, so it’s worth checking it out if you’re looking for some pre- or post-wedding R&R. WIN! A two-night break in the Lake District 6

The cello has such a rich tone creating the perfect ambience for a wedding ceremony or drinks reception. This issue we take a look at all sorts of entertainment ideas to ensure your guests never suffer a moment’s boredom. I love a boho vibe and am a big fan of this modern twist on the much-loved theme. For me, there’s something of the Duchess of Cambridge about it. It’ll be a proud moment for whoever walks you down the aisle. The love you share means it’ll be emotional and memorable too. The ceremony is the most important part of the day, so why shouldn’t it be as much fun as the ensuing celebrations? Turn to Hot Topic where Jen the Celebrant tells us more. 47 56 The jewellery and accessories you choose to wear on your wedding day may have special significance, tie together your look and bridal party, or speak to your individual style – even all three. 43 54 I can’t resist shoehorning in a woofer pic wherever possible. Meet the gorgeous Pepper, model for our Crowcombe Court shoot this issue. 26 63 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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 £6,275. Exclusive Three Day Wedding packages Tai lored 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 Orchardleigh House Three day Bonita package includes Castle stay the night before your wedding for up to 12 including hot tub. Murtry Lodge for your partner sleeping up to 6. Exclusive use of Victorian mansion and grounds, Exquisite Wedding breakfast, unlimited reception and wedding breakfast drinks, late license - drink and dance until dawn, 41 opulent rooms sleeping up to 85 for your guests, Newlywed retreat at the lakeside palladium Boathouse with hot tub for the night after. Package prices from £6,950. Exclusive Three Day Wedding packages Tai lored to you, for the unforgettable day you say ' I Do' Tel: 01373472550 Email: Orchardleigh Estate, Frome, BA11 2PB Orchardleigh House

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the region TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Bath Racecourse’s multi-million-pound redevelopment in 2016 put it on the map as one of the region’s most stunning wedding venues. Set in the spectacular hills just outside Bath city centre, it boasts a team highly experienced in wedding planning. Along with their trusted suppliers they’ll ensure you have everything you need to turn your vision into a reality as a wedding day you and your guests will never forget. The Royal Crescent, Paddock Pavilion, Mornington Suite and Bottega Terrazza all await, ready to welcome you on your big day. These spaces can accommodate 80 to 500 for the ceremony, and 50 to 320 for the wedding breakfast. The best news is, Bath Racecourse has just announced that it will be holding its 2022 package prices for any weddings to take place at the venue in 2023. To find out more about tying the knot there, head over to and check out this issue’s Spotlight on… Bath & Mendip feature from page 15. ENDLESS LOVE Wedding flowers often provide one of the most memorable talking points of a big day’s styling, however they are also sadly fleeting. Not so, if you opt to have them preserved though. Enter the Flower Preservation Workshop. The team here can capture and preserve your bridal bouquet or wedding flowers forever in handmade, bespoke floral paperweights or beaded bracelets. They’re known for their custom designs and flower preservation expertise, so your beautiful blooms will be in safe hands; and your beautiful bouquet will be transformed into a gorgeous, everlasting resin keepsake. Never resting on her laurels, owner Rachel is always looking to expand the company’s offering and has now launched a new range of 6/8” luxury paperweights. Due to their impressive size they can feature a stunning assortment of flowers and foliage in complex designs and are bound to take the breath away. You can’t rush art and these new supersize beauties take 14-16 weeks of love and care to get just right, but rest assured, it’ll be worth the wait! Check out TAKE A BREAK The Good Spa Guide recently announced its 2022 award winners, celebrating the best in spa excellence across the UK, and we’re delighted to report that local lovely Aztec Hotel and Spa Bristol bagged the accolade for Best Boutique Spa! Whether it’s a special break with your bride tribe or a much-needed wedding de-stress with your intended, Aztec Hotel and Spa is a great spot in Bristol for some R&R, particularly with the new addition of the Relax Lounge. A sophisticated, dedicated space for relaxation post-treatment, the Relax Lounge complete with pretty garden views is spacious and boasts a modern colour palette of muted grey and white tones, with luxurious wood flooring flowing into a carpeted seating area of sofas, club chairs and tables. All four treatment rooms have been recently refurbished too. Here, you can enjoy expert treatments by Caudalie, a well-respected French skincare brand, known for its patented anti-aging technology. The award-winning spa is also introducing body treatments from British brand TempleSpa. While there you can enjoy a warming sauna, a spot of relaxation in the hot tub, jacuzzi, or steam room and a dip in the spacious indoor swimming pool. There’s even a well-equipped gym. Check out LOCAL NEWS 9

LET BATTLE COMMENCE If you and your other half have competitive streaks a mile wide, you’ll love Boom Battle Bar for your hen or stag parties. With 18 venues around the UK, including one in Bath at the Kingsmead Leisure Complex. Each one sports premium food and drink menus, specially curated music and an entertainment-filled battleground bursting with games you won’t want to miss. And now Boom Battle Bar has added augmented reality axe throwing to its roster of immersive games that already includes favourites such as crazier golf, augmented reality darts, beer pong, American pool, karaoke and shuffleboard. With heightened sensitivity for targeted scoring, this newest challenge will test your skill more than your strength. Perfect for a bit of friendly rivalry – why not pit hens against stags? Here, you’ll find all you need for a full day of gameplay, with a selection of Boom Bites, which includes street food-style small plates such as chicken tenders and nachos, and you can enjoy a whole host of battleground-themed cocktails at the bar. Check out COME ON IN! Rookery Bridal in Axbridge has launched a new exciting concept: Boutique Tasters and Take a Look Thursdays. The store opened up on the evening of 23rd June for its first Boutique Taster event, where brides could enjoy a glass of prosecco and a nibble or two while browsing the beautiful collection. It proved to be a great opportunity for those overwhelmed by the idea of dress shopping for the first time to do so in a relaxed manner, while chatting to the experts who were happy to offer as much advice as they could. Some of the boutique’s recommended suppliers were also invited along, so there was even more to see alongside the dresses, bridesmaids’ attire, veils and accessories. As you might imagine, the event proved to be a resounding success, so Take a Look Thursdays were born. Every Thursday from 3pm to 7.30pm, you’re invited along to meet the team without the need for an appointment and have a mooch around their lovely boutique. If you like what you see, but don’t already have an appointment, you’ll be able to make one, but there’s no pressure. The boutique’s Sarah Hackett says, “We’re often asked by brides if they can just pop in to see us without an appointment, so Take a Look Thursdays have been created to allow us to tell them to come and take a look.” Once a month more suppliers will be asked to join in, so keep an eye on social media to find out when these special events will take place – @RookeryBridal or @rookerybridal. Also, check out THE TWILIGHT ZONE More and more couples from across the South West are choosing to tie the knot in the evening, moving away from the more traditional early afternoon nuptials. The Twilight Wedding, as it has become known, is now growing in popularity at venues such as Cadbury House in Congresbury, which has been working hard to ensure it can cater for this increase in dusk ceremonies. Matilda Burgess, wedding coordinator at Cadbury House says, “There’s been a steady increase in this new phenomenon over the past 12 months and it’s certainly something we can see continuing to grow in popularity. “Cadbury House faces west and is renowned for its stunning views and contemporary boutique style, so opting to say ‘I do’ with the sun setting in the distance makes for a spectacular occasion.” Those who are choosing a twilight wedding tend to skip the formal wedding breakfast and go straight on to their evening reception and with Matilda also noticing a trend in Thursday weddings, the stage is set for the wedding party to continue into the weekend. With several rooms licensed to hold both civil marriage ceremonies and commitment ceremonies there are many options for couples to choose from and those yearning for al fresco “I dos” could consider the thatched gazebo, complete with panoramic views reaching across the North Somerset countryside and Bristol Channel. Check out 10

The Scenery! Our county is just gorgeous, from wild Exmoor, across the open Levels to the rolling Mendips. Our farm venues come complete with some of those peaceful countryside views. The Style! Each farm has its own unique character, but if your kind of chic is shabby, rustic, festival or boho then this is where you'll find it. Old bricks, oak beams, fairy lights and bunting - yes! The Vibe! Kick back and relax with fields (and often animals) all around. Cosy campfires with haybale seats, orchard picnics and tractor rides, glamping and shepherd's huts galore. The Food! Lots of farms offer home grown options, or have great local catering links for seasonal, low food mile menus. They're also perfect for more laid back dining like hog roasts, BBQs, picnics and DIY potlucks - or there's going to be plenty of space for the full on sit down banquet too. The Photo Opportunities! Wedding photographers love a venue with lots of quirky corners, interesting architecture, fun props and panoramic views. Your album will be amazing, trust us. Aldwick Estate, Redhill, North Somerset The Cider Barn, Whitelackington The Barn at Cott Farm, East Chinnock Croftview, Hinton St George Dairyhouse Farm, Langport Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton Greenway Farm, Wembdon, Bridgwater Huntstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Bridgwater Little Quarme, Wheddon Cross, Exmoor Old Oak Farm, Curry Rivel, Langport Pennard Hill Farm, East Pennard, Shepton Mallet Quantock Lakes, Nether Stowey The Old Milking Parlour, Henstridge, Wincanton Waterside Country Barn, Bradford on Tone, Taunton Wick Farm, Farleigh Hungerford, Bath Yarlington Barn, Lympsham Say I Do In Somerset We love country houses, hotels, castles and inns too - it's like picking a favourite child - but there is something special about barns and meadows for a wedding day. So what is it about Farm wedding venues that makes them the number one request when we're talking to couples at wedding fairs? Our Licensed Farm Venues Fabulous Farms & Blissful Barns Yarlington Barn The White Barn Frogmary Green Farm Dairy House Farm Find more in our full directory 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

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBRISTOLSOMERSET.WEDDING Closing date 30th September 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. PLANNEDTO PERFECTION Co-founders of planning business Wedding Regency, Sam and Vikki are on hand to work with you to make your dream W-day a reality. The duo offers a full planning service or on-the-day management only ensuring a completely stress-free celebration for you – just enjoy. These packages also mean that you can hand over as little or as much control of the big day as you wish. “Whatever your requirements, we’ll work with you to make sure you have your perfect wedding,” Sam says. But their planning prowess doesn’t stop there as Sam and Vikki will also gladly assist in organising your bridal shower and stag party. In fact, with their help you need barely to lift a finger! We’ve partnered with Wedding Regency, based in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, to offer you a fab 20% discount on any wedding planning service. To claim your discount, simply get in touch via and quote “YBSW20%.” Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS BE OUR GUEST Topikki’s name came from a Greek phrase that means ‘local crafts.’ Gaynor Page, the woman behind the Bristol-based stationery business, creates exclusive, bespoke, handcrafted wedding stationery. “I love to create something that reflects your personalities or lifestyle, something to wow your guests,” she tells us. But if bespoke isn’t what you’re looking for, Gaynor also offers studio and designer portfolios or DIY with help and advice throughout, which can still bear an element of exclusivity. We’ve teamed up with Topikki to offer readers a free guestbook of your choice, either white, ivory or Kraft, with any confirmed order placed before 1st November 2022 (the order must include day invitations). Plus, be the first to receive Gaynor’s PDF on how to choose your wedding stationery for free (£5 to download from 1st October 2022). To claim this special offer, use the QR code to book your free, no obligation consultation to discuss your needs and quote YBSW080922 in the message field. Also, check out Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Beautiful, bespoke flowers for yourWedding Day and celebrations 01454 416 111 | | BRIDAL BOUQUETS VENUE FLOWERS THE LITTLE TOUCHES Plan the wedding of your dreams at our magnificent Grade II* listed mansion house L I M I T E D L A T E A V A I L A B I L I T Y F O R 2 0 2 3 To check our availability and book a tour of Leigh Court contact our wedding coordinator 01275 373 373 | | Avenue White Photography Avenue White Photography DSKPhotography Naomi Kenton Photography

BATH AND MENDIP Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot BATH RACECOURSE 01225 424 609 | Bath Racecourse, set in the hills just outside Bath city centre, burst onto the scene as one of the area’s most impressive wedding venues following its 2016 multi-million-pound redevelopment. With a dedicated team and trusted suppliers, you’re assured that you’ll have everything you need to turn your big-day dreams into a reality. Standing proudly amongst beautiful grounds, the Racecourse offers a tranquil location with plenty of picturesque backdrops for those all-important photos. CEREMONY TO CELEBRATIONS The Royal Crescent is an elegantly decorated space, the perfect complement to any colour palette you may choose. The newly refurbished suite boasts a glass façade as well as a balcony to offer you and your guests unrivalled views of the countryside. Located just above it the Roof Garden is an idyllic al fresco setting for photographs, drinks receptions and relaxation. The Royal Crescent has room for 300 ceremony guests and 150 for a seated wedding breakfast. The Paddock Pavilion is a luxury glass-fronted marquee, boasting a neutral design and glorious view of the racecourse and surrounding countryside. It’s fully-lined, carpeted and lit, leading out on to a lush champagne lawn. It can accommodate 500 loved ones for the “I dos,” and 320 for seated dining. The Mornington Suite is a stunning space overlooking the finishing straight. It’s light and airy with a private balcony and high ceilings. Based in its own private building it’s ideal for an intimate ceremony with 80 of your nearest and dearest. It can also host 50 for the wedding breakfast. Finally, Bottega Terrazza is a fabulous al fresco spot whether you’re welcoming them with canapes or enjoying a glass of bubbly on a summer’s evening. FOOD FOR THOUGHT The venue’s exquisite menus are created seasonally by the head chef and are bursting with fresh flavours and executed with precision to accommodate even the most discerning of palates. Join the team for a tasting session ahead of the big day where they’ll work with you to create your ideal wedding breakfast. LOCAL VENUES 15

THE ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL & SPA 01225 823 333 | The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa offers an iconic one-of-a-kind destination for a wedding ceremony and reception. Its location in the centre of the historic Royal Crescent in beautiful Bath ensures plenty of photo opportunities, and its acre of hidden gardens bring all the romance and green space of a countryside wedding. In the summer, lavender lines the flagstoned pathways and roses scent the air. The hotel is known for its five-star service, and with a variety of interior and exterior event spaces to choose from you have the opportunity to make your day your own. CEREMONY TO CELEBRATIONS All of spaces here are available for both ceremonies and receptions. The largest is The Dower House Restaurant, with capacity of 100. It’s an elegant space that opens out onto the gardens. The Walled Wedding Garden with licensed pergola is your very own special space. It’s ideal for a romantic outside ceremony or reception and features a standalone Garden Villa, which sleeps eight people, perfect for getting ready in the morning and staying over at the end of the day. The most intimate of spots is the peaceful Library, which can host 20. There’s also the Sir Percy Blakeney Suite for 30 guests. Overlooking the Crescent lawns, its neutral pale pink décor will suit any wedding palette and it features an adjoining living area and bedroom. ROMAN BATHS & PUMP ROOM 01225 477786 | Situated at the heart of the World Heritage site, the Roman Baths & Pump Room is without doubt one of the most distinctive buildings in the country. The award-winning complex is steeped in history, with its origins dating back 2,000 years. A non-weather dependent venue, it’s open to the elements, yet suitable for weddings as shelter is provided by the soffits of the terrace above. There are further undercover areas such as the East Baths and plunge pool, which form part of the museum by day. THE “I DOS” The hot baths, which yield around 1,200,000 litres of water daily at a constant 46˚C are surrounded by the original ancient paving. It’s here that ceremonies take place either in the morning or evening, overlooked by the beautiful Bath Abbey. What could be more magical than exchanging your vows before sipping champagne on 2,000-year-old paving with flaming torches reflected in the thermal waters? You can choose to have no guests at all for a special elopement experience, but there are airy rooms available in which to entertain loved ones. Sunrise ceremonies take place at 8.30am, while sunset ceremonies are held at 7.30pm. THE CELEBRATIONS Sunrise ceremonies are followed by a champagne breakfast in the grand Pump Room restaurant for 60 nearest and dearest. The Pump Room is Grade I listed and was a social hub for Georgian society, famously frequented by Jane Austen. It’s an elegant space boasting tall windows, Corinthian columns and a glittering chandelier. After your sunset ceremony on the other hand, you’ll enjoy drinks beside the Great Bath with further celebrations on the Terrace (overlooking the Great Bath) and Reception Hall for 40 to 160 guests. Alternatively, you may hire the whole venue including Pump Room, Reception Hall and Terrace with capacity of 290. Evening hire isn’t available from mid-June to the end of August. 16

DESIGN DECOR HIRE STYLING SERVICING BATH & NORTH SOMERSET • • 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

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 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.

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, 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 with breathtaking views of this stunning 800-year-old building. With the moat surrounding the Palace offering the tranquil sounds of flowing water, the backdrop of Wells Cathedral, picturesque willow bridge and seasonal flowers and plants all year round, this really is a beautiful space to gather. CELEBRATE IN STYLE A friendly welcome awaits you and your loved ones as does a glass of champagne and, when you’ve made your way onto the garden terrace overlooking the South Lawn and ramparts, you’ll be able to relax and take in the stunning surroundings. With 14 acres of gardens to explore there’s no shortage of backdrops for your photographer to utilise. Lit with candles, The Undercroft provides the ideal intimate atmosphere for your wedding breakfast. It can seat 105 loved ones along bespoke wooden banqueting tables. A further 50 guests can be welcomed for your evening reception. The venue works closely with its local catering partner to ensure quality, locally-sourced ingredients and a high level of service. The Portrait Gallery offers space for 105 standing. Following the speeches and cake cutting, you can retire here 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 bash. ASSEMBLY ROOMS 01225 477 786 | BECKFORD’S TOWER AND MUSEUM 01225 422 212 | CHARLTON HOUSE 01749 342 008 | hotel/charlton-house MACDONALD BATH SPA HOTEL 0344 879 9106 | PENNARD HILL FARM 07795 806 858 | WICK FARM 01225 722 238 | Also check out... 19 LOCAL VENUES

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THE COUNTRY scape to We round up some of the region’s beautiful countryside venues 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. 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. 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 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. COUNTRY HAVENS 21

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 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. 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 quiter 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. 22

Your celebration, your way. @JenWhitworthCelebrant jenwhitworth_celebrant 07967 006362 - THE UNITED KINGDOM SOCIETY OF CELEBRANTS ©Freya Steele Photography Tel: 01823 331053 48 Bridge St, Taunton TA1 1UD Glamourous gowns in REAL sizes for REAL women Nestled in spectacular Somerset scenery, newly refurbished Croydon Hall is the perfect location for your dream Wedding. Surrounded by five acres of glorious English countryside, this boutique country house estate oers a unique location for your special day. Accommodation includes stunning Bridal and Honeymoon suites, as well as 13 additional en suite bedrooms. Winter weddings could take place in the Drawing Room or the Barn and summer ceremonies outside in the beautifully landscaped Italian Garden. You’ll have a dedicated event planner leading up to your wedding and a Master of Ceremonies on the day to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Croydon Hall has been refurbished to a high standard with up-to-date facilities throughout. The perfect location for your dream Wedding Exmoor National Park, Felons Oak, Rodhuish, Minehead TA24 6QT | | 01984 601102 | EXCLUSIVE HIRE INCLUDES ALL HOTEL FACI L ITIES ‡ SPA ‡ SAUNA ‡ JACUZZI ‡ HEATED OUTDOOR POOL

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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 shots with your photographer. The venue is also blessed with formal lawns, rose beds and colourful borders. Plus, there’s a wooded area with gravel paths and a small stream flowing past weeping willows. The woodland is uplit at night, making a wonderful place for the two of you to go for a romantic stroll if you wish to grab some alone time for a few minutes. You can even use the gardens for lawn games, a bouncy castle, street food, an ice cream van, garden furniture and more. Ceremonies take place throughout the year in the Great Hall, seating 75. If the weather smiles on you, the front porch is also licensed, so any number of guests could be outside with you witnessing the formalities as you say “I do.” Receptions are hosted in the marquee, complete with its own bar, from May to September – it has a capacity of 200. 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 main event to set up and also the day after to clear away. YARLINGTON BARN 07871 368 819 | A gorgeous lakeside wedding barn in the heart of Somerset, Yarlington Barn is a family-run venue located on a cider farm. A versatile space, it boasts a woodland backdrop and a gorgeous rose-clad gazebo in the most beautiful spot for capturing those all-important photos. Be it the frost of winter, the apple blossom of the spring, smell of cut grass in the summer or the colours of autumn, this venue has something wonderful to offer your big day whatever the season. Inside, rustic exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers create a touch of countryside magic and the unusual barrel bar reflects the venue’s heritage as a cider farm. The barn is licensed for civil ceremonies, so from beginning to end you can host your big day there. The ceremony room can seat up to 80 of your nearest and dearest for the “I dos.” The Lakeview Room, the main function space, can accommodate up to 80 for a seated wedding breakfast at round tables of eight or 10. It also boasts a fully-stocked bar, and being a cider farm there’s certainly plenty of Somerset’s favourite tipple on offer. There’s room for 160 loved ones for the evening do for a hog roast or buffet with a disco and dancing. 25 COUNTRY HAVENS

COME AWAY with me Heather and Chris’ venue styling reflected their love of travel Images courtesy of Wildly In Love 26

Heather and Chris’ paths initially crossed through work. Once through a course they both attended and again two years later on the refresher. It was third time lucky though when they encountered each other once more on Guernsey where they were setting up a new retail store for the company they both worked for. During the short time Heather was there, they bantered as they strolled down to the shop, met for food and drinks in the evening and later went clubbing, where Chris treated her to his best dance moves. Heather had to leave the following day, while Chris needed to stay on another four weeks. But during that time they continued to message and call each other. When his time on the island was up Heather picked him up from Bristol airport and they shared their first official date at a Harvester. Chris lived in Somerset, while Heather’s home was in Cheltenham so it took time and effort to keep in touch, but a few short weeks later the couple decided to move in together. “That’s when our time together truly began, and the rest is history,” Heather says. Chris proposed in Tunisia while on holiday with their friends. On a romantic evening stroll after dinner one night, the couple arrived at an area of the beach illuminated by candles laid out in the shape of a heart. Here, Chris got down on one knee and asked Heather to marry him. She remembers, “I immediately said, ‘yes of course.’ He then told me he’d asked my dad for his blessing before we came away on holiday, which made me even more emotional as this was really important to me. I then found out that Chris and our friends had been in talks with the hotel manager the whole time, arranging this perfect proposal. They’d set up a gazebo on the beach and brought out a bottle of prosecco for us to enjoy.” Heather and Chris knew Hestercombe House and Gardens was the place they wanted to exchange their vows as soon as they laid eyes on the beautiful Orangery there. “It’s breathtaking! Simple, but breathtaking,” Heather explains. “The grounds at Hestercombe are stunning with so many different areas to enjoy, including the gardens, which have featured on Gardeners World,” she continues. The date was set for a gorgeous springtime wedding on 21st April, 2022. Read on as the bride tells us all about it... SETTING THE SCENE The table plan consisted of one large photo frame with lots of little ones inside it. Some held the lists of guests on each table while others contained photographs from the places the pair had been on holiday together. Table names were Guernsey (where they officially met), Italy, Cuba, Morocco, Florida and of course, Tunisia. The bride folded a paper aeroplane for each of their guests to reflect their love of travel and wrote the place names on each one. A further reflection of the travel theme appeared in the shape of a vintage suitcase used for guests to pop their cards and gifts into. They also chose a guest book that contained little envelopes and cards for each loved one to write their best wishes on. “We also bought an instant camera so people could pop their photo into the envelope as well. I’m a massive lover of photography, so it was important to me to include some other form of it as well as our professional photographer.” The couple, along with various family members, had a great time in the run up to the wedding emptying various whisky and rum bottles to use as centrepieces. These were filled with eucalyptus and topped with a blue dinner candle, each was surrounded with more eucalyptus provided by their florist. Dusky blue table runners also adorned each table as did the wedding favours. Each guest was gifted a scratch card with handmade card overlay, which read, “for richer for poorer,” and had a penny stuck to it for luck. The floral arrangements contained glorious blue, ivory and white blooms including roses, with eucalyptus to give them some volume. Jars of flowers ran along each side of the aisle, which were then moved to the wedding breakfast tables and the remainder scattered around the room. REAL WEDDINGS 27

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Chris loves VW Campervans, so as a surprise Heather hired one to arrive at the lodges they were staying at to take him and his groomsmen to the venue before returning to pick her up with her bridesmaids and her parents. Hestercombe provided all of the food for the day and the duo opted for a carved buffet as their wedding breakfast. This was followed by a chocolate orange fondant. “Chris loves Terry’s Chocolate Orange, so this was a no brainer!” Heather explains. In the evening everyone enjoyed bacon baps, which the bride is a massive fan of. A further treat came in the shape of the newlyweds’ bigday bake. The single-tier cake was iced in buttercream and was joined by four layers of cupcakes – raspberry and white chocolate, chocolate brownie, salted caramel and chocolate orange. LOOKING THE PART The bride wore Suri, a fit-and-flare gown by Morilee with spaghetti straps and a gorgeous floral lace fabric. When Cherry Blossom Bridal closed down during the pandemic, she decided to return to another of the boutiques she’d visited while shopping for her dress, 14 and Sixpence in Taunton. “The owner was so lovely, I decided it would be amazing to get my veil from her. I chose a fingertip-length single-layer veil with some lace in a similar pattern to my dress,” Heather explains. Chris looked dapper in a blue three-piece suit. He teamed this with a crisp white shirt and an ivory gold tie and pocket square with gold leaf detail to stand out from his groomsmen. His buttonhole had a sprig of Heather in it as a symbol of his bride. The four groomsmen wore the same suit as Chris with similar ties, which were of a more simple design. The beautiful bridesmaids wore gorgeous dusky blue floorlength dresses with floaty cap sleeves. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The couple opted for a DJ for the evening entertainment. “He was great as we were able to submit a full playlist of songs to play that evening,” Heather explains. Chris is a huge music lover and spent the two years leading up to the wedding creating this playlist. On the wedding invitations the couple also invited guests to suggest a song they’d like played. The DJ was also open to any request, which went down well with the assembled nearest and dearest. The gardens too were able to provide their own entertainment as folks could enjoy a stroll around them in the fine weather before the evening revelries kicked off in earnest. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Heather remembers, “The part I enjoyed the most was turning the corner and coming down the steps towards the orangery to see Chris waiting for me at the end of the aisle with a lot of emotion. I was convinced he’d remain straight-faced and not cry, but seeing him so happy and emotional made me love him even more.” The same moment was also a highlight for Chris: “As I saw Heather come down the steps in the orangery, I thought to myself, ‘This is the most beautiful and amazing woman I could ask for to call my wife.’” The newlyweds could not have been more delighted with their photographer, Patrick. They told us, “We’re both terrible at taking photos but Patrick completely put us at ease. We loved his spirit of adventure as he got us to walk over a stream to get us over to the waterfall, and the resulting photos of this are amazing.” Finally, Heather and Chris leave us with their top tip: “Enjoy every minute of the day, and stay sober so you can remember it all!” REAL WEDDINGS 29