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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 65 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION WIN! A honeymoon in Portgual CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... Sedgemoor and North Somerset 21 AN EPIC ROMANCE Bristol and Somerset is full of venues that seem to jump from the pages of literature’s greatest love stories – now it’s time to write your own On the cover This issue’s stunning cover has been sponsored by Wells-based The Bishop’s Palace ( -hire/weddings @bishopspalaceweddings_events_). It was taken from a styled shoot created by stylist Imogen Martin of Luck & Lace ( | @luck.and.lace) and captured on camera by Gem Hicks of Gem Hicks Photography ( @gem_hicks_photography). In the image are models Maxwell James (@1maxwelljames) and Gwendolen Nelson (@gwendolennelson). 59 15 FEATURES 45 BE YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL We love this celebration of individuality brought to the world of weddings 49 WHAT A PEACH! A traditional venue presented in a contemporary, relaxed way, befitting the modern and diverse couples of today 53 CAUGHT ON CAMERA The rollercoaster of wedding-day emotions 59 FROM THE HEART Locally handmade especially for you 88 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey Barley Wood 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 OPPOSITES ATTRACT Angela and Chris said “I do” at Bristol Register Office on 3rd May, 2022, before heading to the Hotel du Vin for their chic city-centre celebrations 33 WE’LL MEET AGAIN After meeting as teenagers, Amy and Andrew’s paths were destined to cross again 39 OUT OF THE BLUE Stephanie and John styled their day in a gloriously multicoloured palette of pastels with cornflower blue accents GROOMS 84 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes 96 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city FASHION & BEAUTY 69 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 77 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 80 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 77 92 45 26 33 4

A rustic wedding venue in Bath with countryside surroundings Celebrate with your loved ones at our Bath Mill wedding venue Unlike most wedding venues in Somerset, Bath Mill Lodge Retreat offers traditional yet quirky décor which is nestled between trees and a babbling brook. The Newton Suite at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat creates the most idyllic and tranquil setting for your wedding reception. The thing that makes our Bath mill wedding venue so unique is that it is located within a beautifully restored 350 year old mill house. During your special day you will be able to take advantage of the private bar, dance floor, private entrance and secluded patio area. Our team has plenty of experience when it comes to organising weddings in Bath, so you will be in safe hands throughout the whole process. They organise many special events and occasions so we can ensure that all of their efforts are put in to helping you create your perfect big day. B A T H M I L L L O D G E , N E W T O N R O A D , B A T H , S O M E R S E T B A 2 9 J F

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After months, even years, of reading my excited babble about our dear CWM colleague Melissa’s wedding day, you may be relieved to hear that it finally happened, and what a day it was! I’ll leave the storytelling to the bride herself, as you can read all about it from page 88, but I would like to impart a little of my own bridesmaid’s wisdom centred around the morning preparations. These moments were the highlight for me, and it’s a part of the day often overlooked amongst the hubbub of wedding planning, so…  Be as organised as you possibly can in the lead up. This way, you’ll have very little to worry about on the day. Admittedly, Melissa’s abilities in this area are superhuman, but knowing we weren’t allowed into the venue to set up until 10am she’d put together individual boxes containing everything each reception table needed. All we had to do when we arrived was unpack them in the right place. We were done in no time, stress free and ready to be beautified.  When you have your trial, be sure to discuss with your hair and make-up artists the morning’s timings. Understanding whether there’ll be any travel time to the ceremony involved; or restrictions such as when you’re allowed entry to the venue, if you’re getting ready there, will help them work out where they should be up to and when. Melissa’s team had everything running like clockwork in a very tight time frame.  Enjoy every moment. I can’t explain how special these few hours spent with our bride were. Chaotic and gone in a flash, but oh-so precious. I spent a significant proportion of it in tears and I could probably count the number of times I’ve happy cried prior to this on one hand! As we waited for Melissa to be called in to see the registrar, only the four of us remained in the cottage, and a hush descended for the first time that day as the bride centred herself and absorbed the enormity of what was about to happen. I swear I’ll never forget that time, my heart nearly beat right out of my chest with love for my amazing friends. My point is this: devote some of your planning time to the morning preparations and when your photographer offers you the option of capturing them, take them up on it. You won’t regret it, promise. Now, while I leave you and mull over what on Earth I’m going to regale you with now the wedding is over, I hope you enjoy this issue. It’s bursting at the seams with inspiration! We’ve taken a look into the world of wedding photography, one of my favourite subjects, and introduce you to a talented local bunch of suppliers who will lovingly hand make their wedding-related goodies just for you. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, editor Best day ever! 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 Kelly Bermon | 01376 538 563 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS They did it ! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around th region NEW IN TOWN Coppa Club’s newest location, The Bath Townhouse, opened in August. The latest addition to its growing portfolio, this will be the group’s 11th location and its second property in the South West of England. With two floors, each with its own personality, it will allow guests to use the space in different ways to suit their mood. The striking Grade II listed property with a classy Georgian facade and original Art Deco features, sits on Old Bond Street in the heart of Bath’s bustling shopping district. The ground floor will host a vibrant main restaurant, bar and cafe space. While on the second floor, guests can experience Upstairs at The Townhouse, a sultry all-day lounge bar serving signature cocktails and food. At twilight, it becomes candle lit, the music is turned up and the atmosphere shifts from relaxed daytime to an intimate bar filled with laughter and chatter. It’s also the ideal size for private events, so it’s worth checking it out if you’re planning a classy hen or sten, or even a pre-wedding rehearsal dinner. Discover more at RELAX AND UNWIND Aztec Hotel and Spa have announced a new Taste of Autumn package partnering with local candle brand, Libby Lavender Cotswolds. Available throughout October and November with prices starting from £90, each spa day package comes with a beautiful Gingered Wild Fig candle worth £30 to continue the warming, comforting feeling of bliss that comes from your visit. The package invites you to enjoy three hours of relaxation in the beautiful pool, thermal experiences and new relaxation lounge. Also included is a delicious afternoon tea, which can be enjoyed in the autumn sunshine on the terrace overlooking the onsite lily pad pond. As a guest, you’ll also be treated to a 25-minute Temple Spa shoulder and scalp My Kinda Massage, using the In Good Spirits massage oil scented with ginger and bergamot to stimulate the body and soul, leaving you feeling restored and revived. Find out more at DECADENT FESTIVE LUXURY Is it too early to talk about Christmas? Never, in our opinion! If wedding planning has left you so worn out you don’t feel like hosting this year, or if you’re keen to celebrate your last Christmas before the big “I do” alone together,why not consider a decadent Christmas Day lunch prepared entirely by expert chefs in one of the UK’s most idyllic cities? The Elder in Bath is offering just that. Set inside a beautiful Georgian building on South Parade, which is bound to look all the more magical at Christmas, The Elder is the place to enjoy authentic, honest and timeless British cooking. Christmas Day lunch at The Elder promises to be a spectacular festive feast featuring an eight-course menu celebrating not just the season, but the very best of Britain’s natural larder. At £140 per person guests will be treated to dishes such as artichoke velouté with Creedy Carver duck canapés; cured chalk stream trout with coastal herbs, pickled cucumbers and Celtic mustard; fallow deer Wellington with truffle mashed potato, maple glazed parsnips and deer gravy; or a perfectly Christmassy butter poached and roasted bronze turkey with goose fat roasties; and Christmas pudding with brandy butter and custard for dessert. All produce is sourced locally and sustainably. Bookings are open now, so to make an enquiry get in touch at Find out more at 8

WE FINALLY DO As part of a partnership with Operation Recuperation, Apex Hotels have gifted five NHS workers the wedding of their dreams as a thank you for their hard work and sacrifices during the pandemic. The third NHS wedding took place at the luxury Apex City of Bath Hotel in August. Lara Jeanes and Sam Gilks were chosen from hundreds of applicants to have their dream day realised. After Sam proposed in 2019, the couple were looking forward to spending the year planning and saving for their big day in 2020. However, as Covid-19 hit, junior doctor Lara was deployed to an intensive care unit where she was treating the sickest patients. “I’ve never been in a situation like that before,” she says. “My job was to put people on ventilators to keep them alive and support their organs and my everyday shifts were 12 hours long, which meant I’d be wearing PPE for up to eight hours a day. That’s eight hours where I couldn’t eat, drink or go to the bathroom. It was exhausting.” To make matters worse for the couple, the pandemic meant their 13-month-old daughter Sienna couldn’t go to nursery and so Sam, who worked in food operations, had to quit his job to care for her. “Instead of saving for a wedding, we were suddenly reduced to one income,” he says. Apex Hotels treated Lara and Sam to a complimentary wedding package, including a three-course wedding breakfast in one of the hotel’s stunning suites, with drinks, evening buffet and upgraded wedding-night accommodation in their luxury rooms. The couple also had full access to the hotel’s relaxing spa facilities so they could fully unwind before the big day. The ceremony itself took place at the historical Roman Baths, which is mere moments away from the hotel. Lara and Sam said their vows beside the torchlit steaming waters, which was exactly the outdoor wedding they dreamed of. To complete the day, the pair were gifted other wedding essentials from some of Apex’s trusted suppliers. The whole event was beautifully captured by Jay Rowden Photography, flowers were provided by The Painted Flower, and Celebration Roadshow made sure the evening party was kept in full swing. Lara was made to look picture perfect thanks to make-up artist Lisa Caldognetto Bridal and hair stylist DM Hairdressing. Meanwhile, the botanical-themed wedding cake was especially designed and made for the occasion by The Gorge Bakehouse. Find out more about tying the knot at Apex City of Bath Hotel HEN DO HOT SPOT Getting your nearest and dearest together for a hen party can be challenging and pairing that with a cost-of-living crisis might mean you’re looking to celebrate a little closer to home. So, hen party decoration supplier Ginger Ray has done a little digging to find you the top 19 UK cities to host your pre-wedding girls trip and it may delight you to know that you don’t have far to travel for the very best! Based on an overall ranking of cities providing the most options for a memorable stay, according to Trip Advisor data, considering everything from bottomless brunches and spa treatments to availability of the hugely popular Whispering Angel wine, our beloved Bath came out top. The underdog to many (if not to us) Bath proved itself the best hen party city in the UK thanks in no small part to its restaurants, one in four of which provide a brunch menu and more than a quarter being group friendly. Not to mention Bath’s huge variety of vegan (44%) and gluten-free (45%) options. Whether it be organic goodness at quaint restaurant OAK or some tasty Nepalese cuisine in one of Bath’s longest serving restaurants Yak Yeti Yak, Bath is certainly the place to be when catering for your bride tribe’s dietary needs. What’s more, the city has an impressive 553 group activities to choose from when you feel like having some fun away from boozy bars, ranging from escape rooms to Paint by Wine workshops. Jess Martin, decoration expert at Ginger Ray says, “It’s surprising to see how the different cities ranked, with some unexpected ones such as London and Manchester towards the bottom of the list. While the bride is the main focus of your hen party, so many people are involved in making it special so it’s really important to factor this into your planning, whether it’s dietary needs or accessibility. The index is also a great way to scope out which city suits your group’s vibe, whether it be outdoor activities or bars and restaurants. Making sure the place you visit is the best for those preferences will ensure there’s no disappointment among the group.” LOCAL NEWS 9

COUNTDOWN TO SPARKLE Leading locally-based jewellery brand Abbott Lyon is launching its new advent calendar for Christmas 2022. A countdown like no other, this will elevate any wardrobe with personalised jewellery and features a stunning collection of Abbott Lyon’s best sellers. Each one is personal to the recipient with initial jewellery and birthstones of your choice. Finished with your or your loved one’s name on the front, it’s the perfect gift this festive season. You also have the option to purchase with either gold or silver jewellery contents. Over the course of 12 days, open a new door to find a luxury surprise. With a value of £500, it will be on sale for just £249 and with only a limited number available, there’s sure to be a huge demand. Check out for more. FIVE MINUTES WITH... Lynne Panes from Rustic Rentals Hi Lynne. Tell us a bit about yourself! I’ve always had a passion for interior design and love using different colour palettes, textures, materials and repurposing items in a creative way. I get the same thrill and passion working with our couples to create the wedding of their dreams now as I did from my career of many years working as a chartered quantity surveyor. My inspiration for Rustic Rentals came about after planning our daughter’s wedding in 2014. I got well and truly bitten by the wedding planning, décor and styling bug. This is where my love for decorating barns started as she tied the knot in a listed Cotswold barn, where the design called for authentic vintage items. Unable to find a company offering such a hire service locally, I started visiting brocantes and flea markets curating our own collection. What can you offer couples for their wedding day? I love to help couples create beautiful, timeless, elegant, aspirational and unique weddings. I offer styling, décor hire and on-the-day set up and encourage our nearlyweds to bring both their individuality and personality to their big days. I love to repurpose items, adding modern accessories. I’m a bit of a chameleon in that I adore so many styles from rustic to timeless chic, boho to modern minimalist and even industrial. Everything is always paired with beautiful florals, elegant candles and fabrics. Tell us about your sustainability ethos. I’m passionate about the environment – reducing our impact on our beautiful planet. I spent the latter 10 years of my construction career working with the likes of Tesco and Waitrose to help them become more sustainale through the design and construction process. Hiring décor reduces the amount of new items being made, bought and ultimately ending up in landfill. It also removes additional packaging and plastic used. Then, by reusing, repurposing and upcycling items we also contribute to improving our sustainability. We re-use all of our props and packaging. What’s your favourite prop from your range? It has to be our vintage Indian cart made from an old door from India. Closely followed by Betty, our baker’s bike and my French vintage wheelbarrows. They all have a history that only they know – some items come with initials and I’d love to know their back story! Find out more at 10

We have always had a passion for weddings and planning weddings. The look on the couples faces when they have the wedding of their dreams is priceless and helping them to reach their vision is very rewarding for us. We enjoy getting to know you and finding out your likes and dislikes so we can help you to have the special day you deserve. We can help you with full planning or managing the day only. We offer a free, no obligation initial consultation so we can get to know each other and see what we can plan together. WWW.WEDDINGREGENCY.COM 07517127703 | Instagram@wedding_regency | Facebook @weddingregency1 10% OFF ANY BOOKINGS* *For full day management or complete wedding planning. Offer ends 1st Nov, 2022 We love helping you prepare for your first dance. Most couples want this part of their day to be as stylish and as true to them as the rest of their wedding plans. We are very experienced at working with you both to make your first dance right for you. Classes and private lessons available For all enquires and booking information contact Michele on mobile: 07711 197288 E-mail: WWW.DANCEFACTORYBRISTOL.COM A memorable first dance

Our Services include Design | Decor Hire | Styling 07557 958033 rusticrentalsuk Creative decor and styling for couples who want their day to be as special and unique as they are • • 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

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBRISTOLSOMERSET.WEDDING Closing date 30th November 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. AND RELAX... Aztec Hotel & Spa in Bristol is the ideal base from which to explore this great city, as well as Bath and surrounding areas. So, whether you’re looking for a bit of pre-wedding rest and relaxation with your bride tribe or a post-wedding retreat, its comfy rooms offer a welcoming home away from home. Food and drink in the two AA Rosette restaurant, The Curious Kitchen, is an experience in its own right. With a 10-metre high Cotswold stone fireplace and enormous wood beams recovered from old sailing ships, it’s a visual treat as well as a culinary one. Menus are prepared using local seasonal ingredients and there’s a shaded terrace perfect for al fresco dining when the sun shines. If it’s a spa escape you’re hankering after though you’ll love the Hotel’s offering, which was recently awarded Best Boutique Spa by The Good Spa Guide. Here, you can enjoy expert treatments by Caudalie, a well-respected cutting-edge French skincare brand, known for its exceptional patented anti-ageing technology. The award-winning spa also offers body treatments from TempleSpa, a brand that’s been heralded as the perfect blend of British sophistication and Mediterranean soul. What’s more, here in the spa you’ll find a warming sauna, relaxing hot tub and jacuzzi, a steam room and a spacious indoor swimming pool. We’ve partnered with Aztec Hotel & Spa Bristol to offer readers the opportunity to win a spa day for two. If a leisurely swim and relaxing spa treatment, followed by a delicious afternoon tea while tucked up in your robe and slippers overlooking the pool sounds like your idea of heaven, this is the break for you. With full use of the spa facilities, the package includes afternoon tea plus a 55-minute treatment, or your choice of two 25-minute treatments, then you can simply spend a few glorious hours enjoying some me-time or precious moments with family and friends. Enter online at before the closing date below. Prize to be redeemed Monday to Friday. For further information, check out Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN! WORTH £200 ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Fall In Love With An Autumn Ceremony Some of our venues really come in to their own with the change of seasons. Ask the wedding coordinators what they do differently to their summer events. The backdrops are still beautiful but in a whole new way. The autumn flowers, dramatic foliage and softer afternoon light mean your photographer has the chance to use some great new spots. Inside, your guests can really make the most of the cosy corners they might not have noticed in sunnier weather. If it's raining outside, who cares when there's a log fire and some warm canapes to bring everyone together in celebration. Halloween and Bonfire Night are some of our best loved annual events, and you can channel those sweet treat, fancy dress and firework vibes into your do. Now is the time to have a look around our venues and feel the romance of an Autumn wedding. Find the full list of everywhere licensed for civil ceremonies in our directory. Why do we love an autumn ceremony? Well, whisper if if you have to, but some of us prefer the temperature a little cooler! Layers of lace and petticoats, three piece suits - dressing up in your finest can be so much more comfy when the thermometer is a few degrees lower. The food is amazing! It's harvest festival time, so local produce will be at its best. Roasted squash, mushroom and hazelnut wellington, blackberry and apple tart - what's on your menu? Some of the most stunning bouquets and floral arrangements are all about the foliage, and suddenly there's a whole new colour palette to play with. Leave the pinks and purples of summer behind and really lean in to those rich, warm tones and hedgerow accents. The White Barn @Frogmary Green Farm Liz Baker Photography Say I Do In Somerset There's a little chill in the air, all of a sudden. The scent of pumpkin spice is rising from lattes across the land. Thanks for everything, summer, but it's time to make way for the understated champion of wedding seasons. Autumn, come on out and strut your cozy, hygge, laid back wedding stuff. Aldwick Estate Interlace Photography The Oakhouse Hotel Axbridge Photography

NORTH SOMERSET AND SEDGEMOOR Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot LEIGH COURT 01275 373 393 | Shielded from the city bustle by Leigh Woods, the beautiful Leigh Court was designed by architect Thomas Hopper in 1814 for Bristol’s first recorded millionaire. The design of this graceful Grade II listed mansion combines elegant Palladian architecture with opulent Greek revival interiors and lavish 19th-century décor. Leigh Court’s interior retains many of its original features from 1814, including the ornate high ceilings in the ground floor rooms and the breathtaking double floating staircase in the Great Hall. THE “I DOS” You can choose to hold your ceremony in one of five tastefully decorated rooms, depending on the size and style of your wedding, or in a marquee on the extensive lawns. All of the stunning ground floor rooms are licensed for ceremonies. The fairytale staircase lit by 40 skylights in the Great Hall makes it a popular choice for 120 ceremony guests. Other original features include a marble and stone pattern floor and a working pipe organ. Meanwhile, the blush-coloured Morning Room with its floorto-ceiling windows and 19th-century fireplace, along with the exquisite gold-embellished Tapestry Room are favoured by couples looking for an intimate venue. The latter can both accommodate 65 guests for the “I dos.” The Library and Salon (also 65 ceremony guests) are perfect if you want to bring the outside in as you say your vows, as they both open out directly onto the magnificent lawns. THE CELEBRATIONS When it comes to the reception, you’re spoilt for choice here. Celebrations can be held in one or all of the spaces that make up the suite of ground floor rooms, which include the Tapestry Room (56 dining guests), the Library (109 guests), the Salon (56 dining guests), the Outer Hall, the Morning Room (56 dining guests) and the bar and lounge. When all rooms are hired the house can host 250 guests for the wedding breakfast and 400 for the evening revelries – even more if you chose to add a marquee. LOCAL VENUES 15

BARLEY WOOD 01934 861 215 | A stunning 19th-century house located on the very edge of Bristol in rural Wrington, Barley Wood benefits from 11 acres of grounds and remarkable views across to the Mendip Hills. Boasting nine beautifully decorated bedrooms, five bathrooms each with roll-top baths and a kitchen and dining space, the house is perfectly equipped for your wedding and a relaxing stay over the course of the weekend. With exclusive use of the house from Friday to Sunday, you can really take in the history and charm of Barley Wood in your own time, enjoying every second of your wedding weekend. What’s more, from exploring in the woodland to taking in the impressive views, the venue isn’t short of wonderful outside spaces to enjoy. THE “I DOS” There’s a variety of ceremony spaces available here starting with The Summer House. A beautiful outside area boasting views across to the Menhip Hills, it has space for 100 loved ones. The ceremony takes place under the shelter of the raised Summer House, overlooking the patio and gardens where guests are seated. The Morning Room too can seat 100. It’s located on the ground floor and is fully accessible. The room is bright, airy and welcoming, which lends your ceremony an intimate feel. The Dorothy Lillie Hall can be found on the first floor and is a grand space complete with tall ceilings and panelled walls. The space is large and inviting. Fantastic for a ceremony or wedding breakfast it can play host to 100. THE CELEBRATIONS Receptions for 120 guests can cake place throughout the house. It will be entirely yours for the weekend, so your wedding celebration can happen anywhere inside or out. From a drinks reception on the patio to a disco in the Morning Room, there’s plenty of space for everyone to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. QUANTOCK LAKES 07879 812 516 | Quantock Lakes is an exclusive-use Somerset barn wedding venue offering accommodation for two nights from wedding eve. It boasts three barns for you to enjoy, all sharing breathtaking views across the lakes and the famous Quantock Hills and brought to life by the family owners. Plus, the fabulous Farmhouse offers an incredible bridal prep space complete with hot tub, sauna and handcrafted bar. The glorious grounds offer you the opportunity to stroll around the meadows and beautifully-kept gardens, before following the path to the ancient oak tree with romantic rope swing. Watch the sunset across the lakes as you toast marshmallows around the firepit, or relax on the lake pontoon as you enjoy the outside feature lighting once the night draws in. THE “I DOS” Ceremonies are most popularly held in the Rustic Barn with its original features and cosy low beams. There’s space here for 100 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, the Quantock Barn boasts tall ceilings, inglenook fireplace and fabulous views. Suitable for larger gatherings, it can accommodate 250. For outside “I dos” the lake pontoon is licensed also with a capacity of 250. THE CELEBRATIONS The Meadow Barn is an elegant space for your wedding breakfast and speeches. With bifold doors, giant chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling drapes and panoramic views is can host 250. Quantock Barn is your party barn for the evening as well as the central hub for the day. It has standing capacity for 400. 16

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. Situated in Exmoor National Park, Croydon Hall is the perfect location for rural weddings, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. With lavish spaces that can accommodate 50 – 250 guests, we can host a truly memorable day for you and your guests. Accommodation includes stunning Bridal and Honeymoon suites, as well as 13 additional en suite bedrooms. Winter wedding ceremonies could take place in the Drawing Room or the Barn and summer ceremonies outside in the beautifully landscaped Italian garden or on the terrace. Countryside Weddings in Somerset Exmoor National Park, Felons Oak, Rodhuish, Minehead TA24 6QT | | 01984 601102 | EXCLUS I VE HI RE INCLUDES ALL HOTEL FAC I L I T I ES SPA SAUNA JACUZZ I HEATED OUTDOOR POOL Scan to view video If a countryside wedding is your dream setting, then you have come to the right place.

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 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 Clevedon PierWeddings a truly unique and stylish setting for your special day The Glass Box or The Porthole Room, are both unique and intimate place settings, ideal for small ceremonies for up to 36 guests*. These breath taking spaces come with outstanding views of the estuary, complete with stylish furnishings. The decking area is perfect for your drinks reception and those ever important wedding pictures. With an outstanding on-site catering team at the Glass Box, led by award-winning Head Chef, Nicholas Thick – we can create the perfect wedding breakfast, or canapé/buffet menu. *For large outdoor ceremonies, please contact us. To find out more please contact our team on 01275 878 846 visit or email ©Graham Davies

ALDWICK ESTATE 01934 864 404 | Aldwick Estate has been described as the perfect marriage of historical and modern: the charm of a rustic 17th-century farm happily united with the comforts and efficiency of the 21st century. The venue features two adjacent stone barns linked by the main reception, behind which lies the brick-walled Cellar Bar. The New Barn and its courtyard offer panoramic views, which flow through the gardens, skim Aldwick’s fields to the River Yeo at the farm’s southern boundary. From the valley rises a patchwork of distant farms and fields to the summit of the Mendip Hills. To the west, the sun sets over Homefield Vineyard, which is a standout amongst the grounds. What better way to commemorate your day than to be pictured amdist the vines that produced grapes for the award-winning wine served at your wedding breakfast? THE “I DOS” The Old Barn is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships, with space for 150 of your nearest and dearest. THE CELEBRATIONS Exclusive use of the Estate allows considerable scope to decorate the barns as you wish. The natural light and open feel of the stone barns, presented in neutral colours, means they lend themselves to any theme or palette. The New Barn can accommodate 150 for the wedding breakfast and 220 for the evening do. New for 2023, you’ll be offered a complimentary wedding night in Aldwick’s new luxury hideaway lodge. Hidden off the beaten path and set on the edge of the vineyard among the Somerset countryside, this intimate escape for two has been designed with privacy in mind to offer copules a quiet, secluded haven. BATCH COUNTRY HOUSE 01934 750 371 A comfortable home with a traditional farmhouse feel, Batch Country House boasts cosy lounge areas with ample space. An exclusive-use venue it hosts only one wedding per day. CLEVEDON PIER 01275 878 846 A one-of-a-kind setting for your big day, Clevedon Pier offers a range of packages across its Porthole Room, Glass Box and Pierhead. DAIRYHOUSE FARM 07969 362 812 Located on the edge of an ancient woodland overlooking the Somerset levels this venue has a vintage feel and can seat 150 loved ones for a wedding breakfast. NAILSEA TITHE BARN 01275 855 277 This 15th-century barn is licensed for weddings and is bound to impress with its huge vaulted ceiling and exposed timber frames, soft grey stone and hidden owl holes. It’s full of romance and character. WALTON CASTLE 07808 931 973 Hire your very own castle for your wedding day. With three beautiful areas to choose from for your ceremony this historical venue offers the picture-perfect backdrop. WINTER GARDENS PAVILION 01934 411 100 Located on Weston-Super-Mare’s famous beach front, with its rich history and understated elegance, Winter Gardens offers an unforgettable wedding venue with its stunning ballroom. Also check out... 19 LOCAL VENUES

tel: 01934 864404 l . 11AM - 3PM FREE ENTRY WEDDING VENUE OPEN DAY SUNDAY 15th JANUARY 2023 Visit our website for details Located in Somerset’s beautiful Quantock Hills, Combe House Hotel provides the perfect exclusive-use venue to celebrate your Wedding Day. Our simple philosophy of ‘Your Day, Your Way’ ensures that you can include all your ideas, celebrate this most special day with family and friends, and make some unforgettable memories. Contact one of our team at Combe House | 01278 741382 HO L F ORD , B R I DGWA T E R , S OME R S E T , T A 5 1 R Z Images courtesy of Cindy Kitchker Photography

ROMANCE An epic Bristol and Somerset is full of venues that seem to jump from the pages of literature’s greatest love stories – now it’s time to write your own ST AUDRIES PARK 01984 633 633 | St Audries Park is a hidden gem nestled between the rolling Quantock Hills and the glorious Somerset coastline. This exclusive-use venue offers you your very own personal wedding manager to help you plan your big day. What’s more, the outstanding accommodation here is able to sleep more than 100 guests on the night of your wedding across the estate. You’re even offered the opportunity to extend your celebrations beyond the one day with a Party At Peregrine, which provides accommodation and a private meal and drinks facilities for you and your nearest and dearest the night before. This exclusive-use wedding venue boasts a rich history, which is evident as you walk around, with a winding driveway that leads to the dramatic Gothic entrance. Inside, you’ll find an imposing feature fireplace, ornate solid-oak, hand-carved dining table, a gilded drawing room with baby grand piano and ornate ceiling. An elegant retreat for those those wanting to tie the knot in Somerset, there’s a 100-acre deer park enveloping the grounds, breathtaking views and well-manicured gardens maintained all year round. The panoramic views stretch as far as the Bristol Channel. The Orangery offers a picturesque setting for your nuptials. Flooded with natural light throughout the year, providing a bright, airy and neutral space that complements any colour palette. It can host 130 for the ceremony including the two of you. St Etheldreda’s Church sits atop the St Audries Park Estate. Owned and operated by the Church of England, it’s ideal for those wishing to be wed in a religious ceremony and is located just a short stroll away from the main house. Receptions take place in The Great Hall for 250 evening guests, which boasts a vaulted ceiling with mezzanine level, offering guests a place to dance the night away as well as two bars. The venue can also accommodate 130 for a seated wedding breakfast. Video courtesy of Scan to view video STORYBOOK VENUES 21

HESTERCOMBE GARDENS 01823 413 923 | The historical buildings at Hestercombe have plenty of wow factor and offer unrivalled views across the glorious Edwardian gardens and beyond to the imposing Blackdown Hills. The venue features no less than 50 acres of lovingly restored gardens, representing three centuries of work and featuring lakes, cascades, temples, rills, shade-dappled pathways, and romantic corners. The beautiful scenery is tended by a team of skilled gardeners all year round providing a very special setting indeed for any big day. Ceremonies can be held in The Orangery for up to 90 loved ones. A beautiful light-filled setting, this iconic ham-stone building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and offers the ideal backdrop whatever your theme. Guests can spill out on the Orangery Lawn and enjoy a drinks reception post vows. The Bampfylde Hall meanwhile, dates back to 1680 and with its high ceilings and dramatic timber beams it provides a memorable space for your vows. There’s room here for 150 nearest and dearest. It’s also home to wedding receptions at Hestercombe and can seat 112 guests for the wedding breakfast and can accommodate 150 for the evening do. With a lovely fairylight canopy it offers a charming and romantic atmosphere as you dine and dance the night away. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to exchange vows in the open air, truly making the most of the gorgeous gardens, the Temple Arbour, dating from the 1750s and perched high above the Pear Pond, can seat up to 112. Hestercombe House too can host intimate ceremonies and receptions in its period rooms. COMBE HOUSE HOTEL 01278 741 382 | A privately-owned country-house hotel with 17 individually decorated ensuite bedrooms with dining areas and bar, Combe House Hotel also boasts a year-round function marquee with starlit ceiling, picture windows, bar, dancefloor, lighting and PA system. Set in the magnificent Quantock Hills in four-and-a-half acres of its own grounds and picturesque gardens, it also has access to the Hills and within a mere three-minute walk there’s a large open wooden area, ideal for your photos. Indoor ceremonies are held in the hotel’s lounge where there’s space for 80 of your nearest and dearest. It’s an intimate ceremony area with wood-beamed ceilings, a large open fireplace dressed with foliage, and a wood burner. Al fresco “I dos” take place in the pan-tiled Corner House, a three-sided structure complete with rose arch entrance and cream aisle carpet on shingles. It can host 110 loved ones. Celebrate in style in the Hotel dining room. A private dining area located inside the main hotel it boasts picture windows and can seat 45. Alternatively for larger numbers, there’s the permanent year-round marquee. Fully glazed and heated with a starlit ceiling it can host 110 guests. There’s also a full bar and dancefloor facilities to be enjoyed. 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, Somerset, 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. Get in touch and discuss your wedding dreams in detail with our experienced Wedding Team. CHARLTON HOUSE HOTEL

CLEVEDON HALL 01275 795 895 | Clevedon Hall is a lavish mansion house set in the heart of North Somerset just 15 minutes from Bristol. Its extensive grounds are filled with photo opportunities from the lake and bridge, to the beautiful meadow or wilderness walk, all overlooked by Hebe’s fountain. If you’re lucky you might even be able to get a deer to join you for a photo! The venue is also just a couple of minutes away from Clevedon Pier and the sea, offering a dramatic backdrop for some showstopping sunset pictures. There are a number of different space options available here offering you the ultimate flexibility and choice for your big day. The Great Hall can host up to 120 loved ones for the “I dos.” This offers an amazing entrance with a balcony walk down to the aisle framed by stained glass windows. The Gazebo offers a further licensed ceremony option and can accommodate up to 150. This beautiful setting overlooking the lake and lawn is perfect for anyone looking to get married outside surrounded by wild flowers. The Library can accommodate up to 100 guests for the ceremony and 124 for the reception with guests seated at round tables and 130 if seated banqueting style. It boasts a wealth of original architectural details, which have been lovingly restored. The Orangery can hold 150 nearest and dearest for the ceremony and 130 to 140 for your celebrations depending on table configuration. The interior is beautifully light thanks to its stunning windows overlooking the main building and gardens. If you want to bring the outside in, this is the space for you. Ideal for intimate occasions, the Dame Rosa Burden can host up to 60 guests for your vows and 50 for the wedding breakfast. Its big bay windows overlook the grounds and directly onto the lake. With its stunning architecture it’s definitely the place to make a grand entrance. 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 bedchamber 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 are some of the best-preserved Tudor gardens in England. 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 biggest of the indoor spaces is The Tudor Hall, which can accommodate 75 loved ones. It features stone walls, 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 features some of the oldest Tudor gardens in England all surrounded by stone walls. 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. Scan to view video Video courtesy of Scan to view video 25 STORYBOOK VENUES

ATTRACT Opposites Angela and Chris said “I do” at Bristol Register Office on 3rd May, 2022, before heading to the Hotel du Vin for their chic city-centre celebrations Images courtesy of Taylor-Hughes Photography 26

Chris and Angela met online. “Not very exciting, but I guess it’s the modern way of dating,” Angela laughs. Perhaps so, but there is nevertheless a funny story behind how they were matched. While Chris was on holiday in Sweden he’d accidentally set his Tinder account to Singapore, where Angela was working as a nurse at the time! Three months after they started talking, Chris decided to travel to Singapore to meet Angela. “It definitely wasn’t love at first sight,” she says. “Chris and I are totally different apart from our love of travel. We don’t have any common interests at all, but we enjoyed learning a lot from each other. I think that’s what excites us, there’s never a boring day.” Angela and Chris would then meet up every three months and during those times travelled around Asia and Europe together, without thinking of anything serious. Having visited England on one such trip though, Angela unexpectedly fell in love with the place, the culture and the people, and successfully applied for a nursing job in Bath. “Chris and I finally decided to give our love story a try and I moved to England in 2019,” she tells us. Lockdowns brought the pair closer and by the end of 2020 Angela knew Chris was the man for her. They started to discuss the subject of marriage soon after and decided to make it official. “There was no grand proposal, no traditional one knee. Chris proposed with a glass of gin and tonic and a ring, which was no less special. Everyone has a different take on how they want it to be, and I’m truly, genuinely happy,” Angela tells us. The bride envisioned an intimate, simple and elegant big day, and luckily Chris wanted the same. They told their friends they wanted their wedding to be a party where everyone could be themselves and have fun while celebrating their love story. They opted for the registry office to make everything official. “I didn’t want to walk down the aisle with all eyes on me. I wanted our vows and our promises to be between the two of us. So, we chose a room where there were only two witnesses allowed,” Angela shares. However, since it had been two years since everyone had been permitted a real party, the happy couple wanted to celebrate with their friends and family too. They viewed only two venues and as soon as they saw the Hotel du Vin, they knew it was the one. Join us, as Angela tells us more about the couple’s wedding-day adventures... SETTING THE SCENE Angela’s vision was of a chic, intimate, elegant affair and opted for a minimalist black and white palette. For favours, the couple wanted something guests could use, something that would represent them. So, they gifted everyone gin in honour of Chris’ proposal and Angela’s love for the tipple. She found the perfect Glaswegin bottles to suit the monochrome theme and bought tags to label each one. 27 REAL WEDDINGS