Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - December 2022 /January 2023 (Issue 92) £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE DEC 2022/JAN 2023 WIN! We tackle the most frequently asked questions about wedding flowers Love you bunches A luxury getaway REAL WEDDING Cake EXPECTATIONS Showstopping big-day bakes We drop in on our readers’ big days THE HOTLIST 2023 bridalwear trends special

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

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 68 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION A luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse CONTENTS DECEMBER 2022/JANUARY 2023 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... BRISTOL Tie the knot in a local hotspot 23 COMFY AND COSY ARE WE Our roundup of the region’s cosiest venues ideal for warm winter nuptials On the cover This issue’s dreamy cover was captured by Bathbased photographer Paul Warren of at Crowcombe Court. For more on this navy and gold themed shoot, turn to page 51. 28 23 FEATURES 51 THE MIDAS TOUCH With an opulent palette of navy and gold this team created a shoot full of drama and elegance 55 AS THE LEAVES TURN Inspired by the colours of autumn, local networking group Bath Weddings got together to celebrate the season 59 CAKE EXPECTATIONS There’s cakespiration aplenty in this display of showstopping big-day bakes 63 LOVE YOU A BUNCH With the help of some local wedding florists we tackle the big-day bloom questions on everyone’s lips 87 CHECK IN AND CHILL OUT Editor Kelly Andrews visited the Aztec Hotel & Spa in Bristol to find out what makes it perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway 88 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Our guide to creating the ultimate seasonal celebration 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 IN THE NAVY Elizabeth and Jack styled their big day in a gorgeous palette of blues ranging from dark to light 33 BURGUNDY BLISS Abi and Tom created a relaxed feel for their wedding, with a focus on candles and flowers in warm autumnal tones 39 THE DREAM TEAM Rachael and Josh have been the perfect duo since the day they met and long may it continue 45 FROM THE ALBUM OF... DEMMI AND GRANT Drop in on this gorgeous local wedding day through the couple’s wedding video 49 FROM THE ALBUM OF... OLIVIA AND STEVEN We take a sneak peak at the wedding album of these lovely local newlyweds HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 GREECE IS THE WORD Summer in Santorini and Athens 94 IN LOVE WITH THE LAKES A myriad of delights lie in wait in The Lake District for UK honeymooners FASHION & BEAUTY 70 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 72 WHAT’S TRENDING? This is what brides-to-be will be wearing in 2023 82 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 84 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 86 SKIN FOOD Discover how to achieve that much-desired bridal glow the natural way, through a healthy diet of skin-loving foods 55 33 87 59 63 39 GROOMS 79 GROOMS' NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 80 WINTER LUXE The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be 4

T h e O l d M i l k i n g P a r l o u r a t C a v o k a y Ho u s e Beautiful rustic wedding venue Henstridge, Somerset, BA8 0TQ Your bridal fitting will be one of the most special moments of planning your wedding. Whether you need a little tweak to your gown, or a complete remake, you’ll want it to fit beautifully and feel comfor table on your special day. Finding a specialist wedding dress seamstress is equally as impor tant as finding the perfect dress. I’m here to create that perfect fit for your very special gown www. suz i emar i e . co. uk • 07810 466115 • i n fo@suz i emar i e . co. uk Follow me on @suziemarieuk C A R Y H I L L H O U S E L Y T E S C A R Y K I N G S D O N S O M E R T O N S O M E R S E T T A 1 1 7 H U

Get in touch with that venue that really made your heart sing but you thought might be beyond your budget. You might be surprised at some of the off peak packages out there. Suppliers are snapped up for the summer months but mid winter they're much more likely to be able to fit you in. This is the time to assemble your dream team with way less stress. Stuck for a theme? Winter has its very own style that will help pull everything together. Add a hint of Christmas with cracker favours, baubles and wreaths. Lean in to the green - the foliage is amazing and ivy is also a thrifty option to boot! Nothing brings you together like a hearty meal with friends in a cosy dining room, safe from the elements. See what your caterer can rustle up from local seasonal produce. Mulled wine for welcome drinks or toasts? Hot chocolate station for the little ones...who are we kidding - we all want some! Embrace the dark - sparklers for the photos, fireworks, or how about glow in the dark garden games? Fairy lights and a big stash of warm blankets will make the most of the outdoors too. The pandemic put a big pause on everything, but now things are back to normal we're ready for a big refresh of, well, everything! Take part in our Somerset Ceremonies survey online and help shape the future of our service - and your weddings. We want to know it all: what's important, what's not, what little extras would make your day, right down to the mood and style that would make you feel the happiest. Relaxed and intimate? Grand and formal? Fun and modern? We're listening. Find the survey here: Like our featured photos? Check out more from the shoot and get some great winter wedding inspiration in our blog. Massive thanks to The Barn At Cott Farm team and their trusty suppliers for sharing them with us. Say I Do In Somerset It's the quiet season for everyone in the industry now. After the rush of sunny summer ceremonies, everyone is pausing for breath and catching up on essential tasks. But for couples brave enough to opt for an off season do, you can take advantage of some major perks. Winter weddings can be magical and we have some top tips to make the most of the alternative wedding season. you're planning - so are we! It's A Winter Wedding Wonderland Photos by DHW Phtography The Barn at Cott Farm Styling by Apple & Bramble Events See the whole shoot in our blog

Well, hasn’t 2022 just flown by? I can hardly believe it, here we are, fast approaching Christmas. It’s only natural as you reach the end of a year to reflect on all that’s happened as well as what’s to come. For me, the highlight has been CWM senior editor Melissa’s nuptials. Celebrating that amazing wedding day really brought home to me how far we’ve come this year from the dark days of 2020 and 2021 with its lockdowns and restrictions. It felt like the normality we’d been praying for, when many of us had been left plagued with doubt over whether our wonderful world of weddings would ever be back in quite the same way. There’s even been the usual flurry of celebrity weddings this year, leading the way as ever with trends we expect to see featuring in your weddings very soon, notably on the veil front. There was Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck with the bride dressed in that oh-so elegant Ralph Lauren turtle-neck column ceremony dress and a sleek silhouette with removable veil hood for the evening. Personally, I’m hoping we see more bridal hoods on wedding dresses next year, following on from the amazing capes that made inroads in 2022. Meanwhile, Kourtney Kardashian made pairing a short dress with a long veil a thing when she married Travis Barker. The showstopping cathedral-length veil was personalised with handembroidered flowers and a large image of the Virgin Mary inspired by her new husband’s tattoo. In September, when we sadly lost Her Majesty the Queen and TV channels were airing wall-to-wall documentaries looking back over her incredible life and service, we were reminded of her wedding day in 1947, when she was still Princess Elizabeth. Seeing these images brought me back full circle. Sure, J-Lo’s veil was new and edgy, Kourtney K’s was modern and oh-so personal, but looking at these 70-something-year-old images of our beloved Queen made me realise: Her Majesty did it best! Her breathtaking 13-foot tulle veil attached at the shoulders was symbolic of rebirth and growth after the Second World War and was said to be inspired by Botticelli’s painting of Primavera. So, enough musings from me! I hope you enjoy this issue where the region’s cake makers aim to inspire with a display of their most showstopping bakes. Plus, head over to our flower feature to find out everything you wanted to know about wedding florals but were afraid to ask. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, editor 2022: The year of the veil 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Lorraine Whitehead | 01376 535607 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 WIN Blue is definitely order of the day for this issue with real wedding couple Elizabeth and Jack (below), and a local shoot team (above) both opting for gorgeous navycentric palettes. A luxury getaway worth up to £2,000 awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse The perfect hair accessories can bring a bridal up do to life, and I love this delicate golden vine from Somersetbased 51 28 97 55 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around th region CEREMONIES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’! Somerset ceremonies will be getting an exciting refresh in 2023. Somerset Registration Service has launched a survey to help them rewrite ceremonies that reflect what couples want. If you feel like sharing your thoughts on your ideal big day, now is the perfect time to have your say. Readings, personal vows, optional extras, planning meetings, even the style of the ceremony itself, everything is up for review, and the team is keen to hear your ideas. Modern or traditional, relaxed or formal, just the basics or something elaborate: what kind of day is your dream wedding? The online survey will be open until the end of January and is available to the already married, nearly married or the hoping-to-be married alike. Read more about it and complete the survey at somerset-ceremony-survey IT’S SHOWTIME! 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, award-winning, 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 and it’s licensed for indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies. This local lovely is hosting a wedding show on Sunday 5th February, 2023 between 11.30am and 3pm. It’s your opportunity to take a look around and meet some fantastic local suppliers. Find out more at PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES Dance Factory Bristol is a vibrant dance company based in Bristol, founded by experienced dancer and choreographer Michele Webber. Its goal is to provide fun, informal dancing classes for people of all ages and abilities, covering a range of styles from ballroom and Latin to hip-hop and street. Whether you’re anxious about your first dance or want to wow with some impressive choreography, Michele can help with tailored dancing lessons. There are packages to suit everyone from one lesson to three, or more if you really want to put on a show! Whatever you go for, the team will work with you to make your first dance right for you. They’re also on hand to offer advice on music selection and will style your dance to complement your day. You can even challenge your wedding party to perform a number, as Dance Factory Bristol also welcomes group lessons. Recently Michele has celebrated teaching her 1,000th first-dance couple, and is working with couples on increasingly exciting and diverse projects as she is helping one pair with a flash mob as part of their first dance, coming up in 2023. To find out more about putting your dancing feet into action, check out 8

DATE FOR THE DIARY The historical Bailbrook House is reached via a private tree-lined drive, at the end of which you’ll be greeted by the hotel’s handsome and impressive Georgian mansion-house facade. Made of stone in various shades of soft gold the building boasts intricate stonework including carved pillars, decorative stone flowers and pretty bows above the entranceway, it offers a memorable and grand setting for your big day. What’s more, with 20 acres of grounds, you won’t be short of picture-perfect backdrops for your couple’s photoshoot. To find out more about the venue, pop along to its Weddings and Celebrations Open Day on Saturday 28th January, 2023 between 11am and 3pm. Held in the beautiful mansion house itself this event is the perfect way to collect inspiration and information for your big day. Plus, the team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and to discuss your needs. To register, head over to WINE AND DINE Introducing Cave Bristol, founded by hospitality veteran and wine specialist Martin Hagen, it’s an online bottle shop specialising in selling a carefully-curated selection of small producerled, organic, biodynamic and low-intervention wines, mixed discovery cases, premium store cupboard essentials and spirits. Cave Bristol on Gloucester Road opened two weeks before the first lockdown in 2020, but plans quickly had to pivot. Martin kept the store open, operating under government guidelines, but acted quickly to take the concept online. The online store launched soon after with great success offering a selection of properly sourced wines, local cheese and provisions unlike any available elsewhere in the city. Orders were, and still are, delivered by bike in Bristol using zero-carbon. Martin says, “Choosing wine for your wedding can be a daunting task and it’s commonplace for venues to only allow couples to choose from their wine list, resulting in a lack of choice and poorer quality wine with a large markup. At Cave we’ve had many customers come to us with this problem but there are ways to circumnavigate this issue. One is to offer to pay a corkage fee, then visiting a local merchant or wine expert to select and purchase wines to better suit the occasion, your style and most importantly complement the food. “The best scenario, of course, is not being tied to the venue’s wine list and this is where the fun begins. We’ve worked with a host of nearlyweds, helping them to select their wedding wine and it’s something we take great pride and passion in. People are generally much more conscious about serving high-quality food and drink at their weddings these days and a good merchant should always be able to help with pairing the menu perfectly, tailoring wines to suit their couples’ palates and finding great value to suit the budget. From whites, reds, oranges and fizz, classical or unconventional there are endless regions and styles to explore.” Discover more at PLAY THAT SAX! Local vocalist and saxophonist Lucy Harvey has won the Wedding Entertainment category for solo, duo or string quartet musicians at the 2022 South West Wedding Awards held in November. The annual awards recognise wedding suppliers throughout the South West who exceed the expectations of their customers by providing outstanding service, crowning these very special wedding suppliers as the best of the best in the region. Wedding companies covering all aspects of the industry can enter the various categories available, including photographers, stationery, bridal hair and more. Votes can only be placed by couples who’ve used the suppliers for their own nuptials, making the winners very much the people’s choice. Lucy says, “I’m over the moon to have my music and dedication to the industry recognised by the couples I’ve entertained over the 2022 wedding season.” Find out more at LOCAL NEWS 9

SHOP BRISTOL Bristol’s directory of independent shopping locations has relaunched this year, focusing on locally-made, unique, consciously-created products, for customers who want to support small businesses. The online directory is a collection of fantastic independents offering a diverse range of products from jewellery to plants, homewares to clothes. It’s a great place to look if you want to support Bristol businesses when compiling your wedding gift list and can find everything you could need to start your married life together all in one place, as well as thoughtful gifts for your wedding party. Whether you decide to shop in store or online, the support for your neighbourhood shops will always be appreciated. Beck Prior, founder of Prior Shop in Cabot Circus, is spearheading the campaign and after a challenging couple of years, believes shopping local has never been more vital. She says, “It’s so sad to see many small business closing or on the brink. I think it’s incredibly important to stick together to make sure we collectively encourage customers to shop local and save our high streets.” Check out the Shop Bristol Independent Directory at GET THAT FESTIVE FEELING Across Somerset, Bath and Bristol, National Trust places are full of warmth, magic and sparkle as the festive season approaches. Wrap up and embrace the chilly days with a romantic walk around a country estate, or get into the Christmas spirit with carols, open fires and mince pies. There’s lots on offer this season from guided walks and craft workshops to horse and carriage rides. An Enchanted Christmas at Barrington Court is taking place now until 31st December, 10am-3pm. It offers a magical experience as you stroll around twinkling Christmas trees in the old cow shed and the wintry garden; shop for special gifts in the artisan workshops and complete the day with a warming drink in the cafe. A Country Christmas is on at Dunster Castle daily from19th December to 2nd January, 10am-3pm. Here you can experience a cosy castle decorated for a family Christmas as the Luttrells enjoyed it when they lived there. More festive magic can be found at Fyne Court with a festive family trail and carols in the Music Hall. At Montacute House there’s Mystery and Mischief and at Prior Park Landscape Garden there’s an advent trail. Meanwhile, at Tyntesfield you’ll find festive fun aplenty with guided estate walks, Christmas Victorian audio trail, Christmas horse and carriage rides, lino printing workshops, wreath-making workshops, and Chapel Christmas concerts. For further information visit ©National Trust Images, Bob Fowler AWARD-WINNING SLEEP The Good Hotel Guide has revealed its annual list of 12 César winners with No.15 by GuestHouse in Bath ( taking home the award for Best City Hotel. This boutique property occupies a trio of Grade I listed town houses in a Georgian terrace that are home to eclectic rooms with a touch of whimsy such as a coffee maker in a doll’s house. Established in 1978, the Good Hotel Guide is the only truly independent UK hotel guide. It features 650 hotels, inns, B&Bs and guesthouses with 414 main entries and 44 new entries (a combination of new properties and new entries). Readers play a crucial role by reporting on existing entries as well as recommending new discoveries. The Good Hotel Guide 46th Edition: Great Britain & Ireland is out now priced at £20 – well worth a read if you’re planning a UK mini-moon. © Toby Mitchell 10

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 07771 61 33 75 | TopikkiStationery | @Topikki1 BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE WEDDING STATIONERY • WEDDING • SPECIAL OCCASION • • BESPOKE • DESIGNER & STUDIO RANGES • DIY Workshops and kits available for couples who want to make their own gillianrachelelizabethmua Gillain Rachel Elizabeth Professional Makeup Artist Professional Make-up Artist specialising in Luxury Bridal & Private Client Make-up 07495 564949 | The Ideal Venue for Wedding Receptions Batch Country House, Lympsham, Nr. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS24 0EX Tel: 01934 750371 Email: WEDDING SHOW - Sunday 5th February 2023 - 11.30am - 3.00pm Take a look around our beautiful country house and meet some fantastic local suppliers The Batch Country House specialises in weddings due to its beautiful location. The landscaped gardens offer the perfect backdrop to your photographs.

Capturing memories on your big day in a friendly, creative and unobtrusive way. Bespoke coverage from a few hours, a half day or a full day in the South West and South Wales. Simon Goodwin 07379 469669 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 | EDDINGS@MERCUREBRISTOL.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 Our Services include Design | Decor Hire | Styling 07557 958033 | rusticrentalsuk Bristol, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Creative decor and styling for couples who want their day to be as special and unique as they are

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBRISTOLSOMERSET.WEDDING Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs STYLE STATEMENT On your wedding day, light up the room in these statement gold ear climber earrings which bedazzle with four intricately cut moonstone gems. The sparkling gemstones, in a staggered line, descend in size and sit in an 18k gold-plated setting. Every detail has been well thought out, from the size of the stones to the slight curve of the earrings, creating the perfect mesmerising bold earring for a bold woman. Founded by Ramona Gohil, an inspirational female entrepreneur passionate about her British Indian heritage and culture Rani & Co is not just any jewellery brand; its crafted unique pieces symbolise how powerful women can be. Check out County Wedding Magazines’ readers have the chance to win a pair of Rani & Co Moonstone Climber Earrings worth £64.99! Freebies &OFFERS 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 31st January 2023. Prize to be redeemed Monday to Friday. For further information, check out WIN! WORTH £200 FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

BRISTOL Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot One of the UK’s most vibrant and energetic cities, Bristol has a character all of its own. A living, breathing juxtaposition of centuries-old heritage and unbridled modern creativity its infectious joie de vivre makes it easy to fall in love with. Whether you dream of a grand affair, oh-so chic modern edge or a relaxed rustic vibe, there’s a venue in Bristol, city centre or surroundings, to suit you. We think Bristol is a blooming marvellous place to tie the knot, with heaps to offer local couples. So, read on for our whys and wherefores... THINGS TO DO If you have guests visiting from all over, there won’t be a dull moment for them if they choose to stay in town beyond your big day.  Brush up on your history at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol Cathedral and Tyntesfield.  Soak up some culture with a self-guided walking tour of Banksy’s street art.  Indulge your inner scientist at Aerospace Bristol.  See a play at Bristol Old Vic Theatre.  Enjoy a spot of independent and artisan retail therapy at Christmas Steps, Clifton Village or Old Market. PICTURE-PERFECT HOTSPOTS Once you’ve said “I do” head out with your photographer and take advantage of Bristol’s showstopping backdrops for your couple portraits.  Clifton Suspension Bridge  Clifton Village  Harbourside  Bristol Old City  Stokes Croft Street Art & Graffiti WHY TIE THE KNOT IN BRISTOL?  You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding venues with 47 licensed spaces in the city alone.  It’s a green city with more than 400 parks and gardens so you won’t be short of a verdant backdrop and you get to enjoy an urban wedding without missing out on lush spaces.  If you’re concerned about keeping your big day sustainable it’ll interest you to know that Bristol was the first UK city to be awarded European Green Capital back in 2015 and has been ranked as the UK’s greenest city by Compare The Market.  Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK with road, rail, bus, coach and air links, so reaching you should be stress-free, wherever guests are coming from.  The city is known for being a foodie hotspot so if your wedding breakfast is a key consideration for your big day, you’re bound to be in safe hands with the city’s venues. LOCAL VENUES 15

DIXON ROAD STUDIO, BS4 5QQ 07868 519 780 | Dixon Road Studio 1 is an impressive blank canvas space, boasting high ceiling, exposed steel framework, brick and stonework, with the addition of an indoor garden area and fairylight wall. This creates the perfect setting for an urban or industrial-chic wedding and can be styled to your taste. The Studio is located on an industrial estate, an unusual setting for a wedding. While limited on outdoor areas, the venue has created an al fresco seating area complete with colourful graffiti backdrop, as well as a secret indoor garden. The venue can host 100 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 110 for the evening do. Long wooden tables, benches and bar structure are included, but alternative furniture can be hired if required. To ensure your day is flawless, the venue coordinator will be with you every step of the way, helping to plan every last detail as well as being on hand to answer any queries during setup and on the day. You’ll also be offered a discount on food for the day when you book with Dixon Road Studio’s dining partner, Mesa Catering. Plus, there’s space for food trucks. BERWICK LODGE, BS10 7TD 0117 958 1590 | Berwick Lodge is an imposing red-brick Victorian manor house. Its interior has everything you’d expect from a building of its type, such as open fires and wood panelling, yet with an East meets West twist. Sumptuous over-sized sofas and crystal chandeliers bring a luxurious feel to the place while retaining its relaxed and welcoming ambience A sweeping staircase leads to 14 beautiful bedrooms, all individually designed and named after ancient civilizations in the Anatolian period. Set in 18 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland with views reaching as far as Wales, the venue features a walkway to Aphrodite’s Dome (the marble pergola), ornate fountains, an orchard and summer house, making it a wonderful backdrop. Summeria is a light room upstairs in the converted stable block, the Mews, with skylights and views of the countryside. An original stainedglass doorway leads you to this room in the eaves that holds up to 50 nearest and dearest for your civil ceremony. Mesopotamia, also in the Mews, hosts ceremonies witnessed by up to 90 loved ones. This groundfloor room boasts large windows, pillars to decorate and access to a patio area with views of the woodland and countryside beyond. The dining room, known as Hattusa, can host wedding breakfasts for 20 to 90 guests and up to 150 for an evening reception. The architectural style and crystal chandeliers create a welcoming and intimate atmosphere. What’s more, elopement weddings for just the two of you are hosted in the pretty little summer house in the gardens. Top for urban chic Top for country charm 16

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

SHH, IT’S A SECRET... BERWICK LODGE On the outskirts of Bristol, set in stunning grounds, is Berwick Lodge. A privately owned and independently managed boutique wedding venue and hotel. A hidden secret just waiting to be discovered. When you drive down the sweeping driveway, to the picturesque and photogenic backdrop of Berwick Lodge, we’ll be here to welcome you and you can expect to feel totally at home. Perfect for elopements, intimate weddings, or full exclusive use. Whichever size you choose, our wedding license, special spaces and dedicated team offer you total freedom to make your day everything you want it to be. Berwick Lodge, Berwick Drive, Bristol BS10 7TD | 0117 450 7605 WWW.BERWICKLODGE.CO.UK Arnos Vale Cemetery Step into 45 acres of magical woodland in the heart of Bristol Mix and match our three unique venues for your ceremony, wedding breakfast or evening celebrations To arrange an appointment to view our venues please email Arnos Vale Ce etery Step into 45 acres of magical woodland in the heart of Bristol Mix and match our three unique venues for your ceremony, wedding breakfast or evening c lebrations To arrange an appointment to view our venues please email Arnos Vale Cemetery Step into 45 acres of magical woodland in the heart of Bristol Mix and match our thr e unique venues for your c remony, wedding breakfast or eve ing celebrations To arrange an appointment to view our venues please email Arnos Vale Cem tery Step into 45 cres of magical wood and i the h art of Brist l. Mix and atch our three unique venues for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening c lebrations. For more information and to book an appointment to view our venues, please scan the QR code

ALDWICK ESTATE Redhill, Bristol, BS40 5RF 01934 864 404 AVON GORGE BY HOTEL DU VIN Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4LD 0117 403 0210 bristol-avon-gorge BRISTOL HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA 55 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HT 0117 203 4445 BRISTOL MARRIOTT ROYAL HOTEL College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA 0117 925 5100 | HOTEL DU VIN BRISTOL CITY CENTRE The Sugar House, Narrow Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NU | 0117 403 2979 bristol-city-centre LEIGH COURT Leigh Court Business Centre, Pill Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RA 01275 373 393 | MERCURE BRISTOL NORTH THE GRANGE HOTEL Old Gloucester Road, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1RP 01454 355 012 | MSHED Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN | 0117 352 6600 MUD DOCK CAFE 40, The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB 0117 934 9734 | NO. 4 CLIFTON VILLAGE The Rodney Hotel, Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HY 0117 970 6869 | THE ORANGERY Goldney House, Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol, BS8 1BH | 0117 428 4000 PAINTWORKS EVENT SPACE 2-7 Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH 0117 971 4320 SS GREAT BRITAIN Great Western Dock, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY 0117 926 0680 | THE RADNOR ROOMS 30 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1TG 07477 208 612 THORNBURY CASTLE Castle Street, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1HH 01454 281 182 | Bristol wedding venue directory ALDWICK ESTATE SS GREAT BRITAIN THORNBURY CASTLE LEIGH COURT © Dominika Photography Getty Images 19 LOCAL VENUES

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE AT YOUR WEDDING 07719 958237 @paella_caluciano Authentic Valencian Paella Surprise your guests with the taste of Spain. We’re five-star caterers cooking the tastiest paellas using high-quality ingredients. We’re self-sufficient and discreet meanwhile cooking delightfully for you.

Discover Leigh Court at our Wedding Showcase Evening and build your perfect wedding Thursday 12th January 2023, 5.30pm to 8.00pm Join us as we take you on a tour of our stunning venue and its grounds. Reserve your places now to our ticket only event 01275 373 373 | | Avenue White Photography Avenue White Photography DSKPhotography

ARE WE Comfy and cosy Join us on a tour of the region’s cosiest venues for your winter wedding BAILBROOK HOUSE HOTEL 01225 855 100 | Set on a Bath hillside, Bailbrook House Hotel overlooks the glorious landscapes of Bath and the Avon Valley. With its beautiful period features, landscaped gardens and warm, welcoming atmosphere, it offers the ultimate country-house wedding experience. Dating back to the 1790s it retains all the characterful glory of its bygone years with striking original features including delicate cornicing, crystal chandeliers and dramatic feature fireplaces. Meanwhile, the Hotel’s 20 acres of private grounds and parkland offer picture-perfect locations for those all-important photographs, complete with a lovers’ bench and views across the city of Bath in the distance. Bailbrook House has five licensed ceremony rooms offering you the choice of intimate Georgian mansion house splendour (Princess Elizabeth, Duke of Clarence, and Queen Charlotte Rooms) through to larger and more contemporary spaces (Landsdown and Brunel Suites) hosting up to 130 loved ones. There’s also a wealth of beautiful spots to choose from for your drinks reception. Cloisters is the basement restaurant with access to the front terrace and gorgeous views. It can host 60. The Royal Lounge situated in the house can accommodate 90; while the front terrace overlooking the Avon Valley and Bath, and the Conservatory Bar with its own lounge area, patio, and access to lawns can both host 120. The Duke of Clarence Georgian dining room (40 guests), Queen Charlotte Georgian dining room (60 guests), Cloisters fine-dining restaurant (65 guests), Landsdown Restaurant (90 guests) and Brunel Suite with self-contained bar, WCs, and a private entrance (130 guests) are all available for a wedding breakfast to remember. Maximum capacity for the evening do is 200. WINTER VENUES 23

ORCHARDLEIGH ESTATE 01373 472 550 | Nestled amidst 500 acres of parkland and lakes, Orchardleigh is a family-owned country estate in Somerset. It boasts a beautiful 19th-century stately home, romantic island church, 18-hole golf course and plenty of luxurious accommodation. Orchardleigh House and grounds will be exclusively yours for the duration of your day complete with plenty of stunning backdrops for your photographs. The venue offers a selection of elegant indoor spaces and cosy log fires, making it ideal for winter weddings. The grand Ballroom provides a beautiful space for the wedding breakfast and because Orchardleigh is a private house, residents and guests can celebrate until dawn! The house can sleep 85 guests within 41 opulent bedrooms, with further accommodation available in the estate cottages if required. The “I dos” can be held in The Ballroom (up to 100 guests), The Great Hall (up to 144 guests), The Belvedere (up to 144 guests), or The Pergola (unlimited numbers). Alternatively, the estate’s island church is a superromantic place to exchange your vows. Lit purely by candlelight, St Mary’s Church is situated on an island at the heart of the estate. The terrace and gardens offer a breath-taking spot for reception drinks and offers sweeping views across the estate. The Great Hall and vestibule, boast glorious open fires making the perfect alternative for the winter months when it’s too chilly on the terrace. The Ballroom has a capacity of 165 for a memorable wedding breakfast, bursting with elegance it boasts high ceilings and feature windows. CROYDON HALL 01984 601 102 | If you dream of a countryside wedding then Croydon Hall could be for you. Situated in Exmoor National Park, this newly-refurbished venue offers an idyllic haven away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Accommodation includes the stunning bridal and honeymoon suites, as well as 13 additional en-suite bedrooms. Whatever the weather, Croydon Hall has indoor and outdoor spaces to suit your ceremony. The Drawing Room is ideal for winter weddings with up to 70 guests, as is the Barn for up to 150. Alternatively, for summer vows, there’s the beautifully landscaped Italian garden for up to 130 loved ones or the terrace for up to 170. The Drawing Room, which can seat 60 for your reception, is the main dining area in the Hotel, with marble fireplace and large windows looking out onto the picturesque Somerset countryside. Plus, it’s fully-equipped with sound system and adjustable lighting all included within the hire fee. The recently-refurbished rustic barn, adorned with three crystal chandeliers and exposed wooden beams, can accommodate 120 seated or 170 standing, which makes it an ideal dining space for larger wedding breakfasts. The venue offers a free menu tasting, discounted accommodation for all wedding guests and a bottle of chilled champagne in the Honeymoon Suite on the night of your wedding. Scan to view video 24

BAILBROOK HOUSE HOTEL BATH, SOMERSET SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY 2023 (11AM - 3PM) Held in the beautiful Mansion House our open day is the perfect event to help you collect inspiration and information for your celebration. The teamwill be on hand to answer any questions and to discuss your requirements. Once a private residence in the early 1790s, Bailbrook House Hotel is one of only two Grade II listed country house hotels Bath has within its borders today. Bailbrook House Hotel is set in 20 acres of grounds and just a short drive from the centre of Bath. For a beautiful country wedding venue in Bath look no further - our all inclusive packages can help you build your dream day. * Price shown based on 40 guests, Sunday to Thursday, October to March Wedding & Celebrations Open Day 01225 855100 or 0845 072 7515 | | E V E L E I G H A V E N U E , L O N D O N R O A D W E S T , B A T H , S O M E R S E T B A 1 7 J D

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BATH MILL LODGE RETREAT 01225 333 909 Situated in a peaceful oasis, just a short journey away from Bath city centre, Bath Mill Lodge Retreat is surrounded by meadows, a babbling brook and beautiful countryside. It really is a slice of tranquillity in the middle of the city. Inside, the venue offers a blend of traditional yet quirky décor, and you have complete freedom when it comes to styling the space for your reception, along with a range of food options to suit you, all prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Located in the 350-year-old mill house, the Newton Suite offers an idyllic setting for your celebrations. Throughout your big day you’ll be able to take advantage of the private bar, dancefloor private entrance and secluded patio area. The Newton has ramp access, all facilities are on the same level meaning they’re accessible and features a fullyequipped modern entertainment system. It can host 70 of your nearest and dearest. The venue also offers a free tasting, discounted accommodation for your guests and a free night’s stay (terms and conditions apply). For groups who want to take advantage of the luxurious accommodation, you can opt for of one of the exclusive packages. The Night Before package is avaialble with a menu, which is perfect for bringing family and friends together beforehand. Alternatively, if you have loved ones staying the night of your wedding, you may prefer The Morning After package with breakfast menu – ideal for reminiscing about the celebrations the night before. 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, you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views of the stunning, 800-year-old Medieval building. The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens boasts 14 acres of perfectly-kept gardens for you and your guests to enjoy, and there’s something quite magical about them. With the moat surrounding the Palace offering the tranquil sounds of flowing water, the stunning backdrop of Wells Cathedral, picturesque willow bridge and seasonal flowers and plants all year round, this is a beautiful place for you and your loved ones to gather after the “I dos” elsewhere. Receptions can be hosted in one of two locations, both able to accommodate 105 guests. The Undercroft seats your nearest and dearest at bespoke wooden banqueting tables, and you can welcome a further 50 for the evening. The space is not only beautiful, but versatile, and the team work closely with a local catering partner to ensure quality, locallysourced ingredients and a high level of service. Following the speeches and cutting of the cake, you can retire to the Portrait Gallery for coffee. Here, you can relax and take time to enjoy this more informal time with your loved ones, while the team transforms the Undercroft ready for your first dance followed by live music or DJ. 27 WINTER VENUES

navy Elizabeth and Jack styled their big day in a gorgeous palette of blues ranging from dark to light Images courtesy of Tina Vedrine of The Vedrines Photography IN THE 28

Elizabeth met Jack while working at Cineworld. She’d just finished her degree in the U.S. and he was in his last year at university. Although the pair had mutual friends, they’d never met until this point. Elizabeth tells us, “A co-worker told me that she thought I’d really like Jack, and she wasn’t wrong! I’d definitely say it was an instant attraction on my part, but it did take him a few months to ask me out on our first date.” Jack proposed to Elizabeth on her birthday at The Ivy in Bath. “When we arrived at our table a member of staff asked if we’d like to see the outside terrace, and as we headed out I knew Jack was about to propose. He started: ‘There’s a reason I’ve brought you up here today...’ After that I had tunnel vision until the moment I could accept,” Elizabeth shares. This was actually the back-up plan as Jack had hoped to pop the question on the bridge in Prior Park earlier that morning, but it had closed due to windy weather. But, Elizabeth says, “It didn’t matter where he asked me the question, the answer would always be, ‘Yes’.” Elizabeth’s sister tied the knot at Clearwell Castle, partner venue to St Audries Park, so she’d known about it for a while. Once she became engaged to Jack, this was top of her list to go and see. “I cried the whole way around,” she tells us. Jack had to work that morning and met her at the second venue appointment of the day. By the time he reached her, St Audries Park was all she could talk about, so they returned later in the week to allow him to see it, and it was done. “We were actually very lucky as we booked our date, 21st May 2022, only a few days before the country went into lockdown,” Elizabeth remembers. Read on as the bride tells us more about the big day... SETTING THE SCENE The couple decided on blue for their palette and with navy as the main base lighter hues were added as accents. This was beautifully achieved with the favours and place names, which were little acrylic cards in three different shades of blue rotated around the tables. Also made from acrylic were the frosted welcome sign, unplugged sign, order of the day and table numbers all with white vinyl lettering, which the bride made herself with her Cricut. When it came to the flowers, Elizabeth had something super-simple in mind for her bouquet. “I went with mainly white flowers, specifically garden roses, which the boys also wore as buttonholes, with a little bit of light blue coming through via the thistles,” she explains. Elizabeth had collected lots of different crystal vases for the centrepieces and their wedding florist filled them with gypsophila, light blue delphiniums and lunaria. The smaller vases were used to hold tea lights – autumn pearl by Yankee Candle. Larger candles adorned the top table, which helped to fill the reception space with fragrance. The big-day bake boasted three tiers and was decorated in icing to look like waves with a blend of different blues. The cake maker also made some lunaria for it to match the floral arrangements. LOOKING THE PART Elizabeth looked stunning in Jess by Eva Lendel. “As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one,” she says. “I knew I wanted something clean, simple and elegant, but didn’t imagine it would be as incredible. It was the first one I tried on.” The bride paired the gown with a cathedral-length veil and in the evening wore a crown adorned in pearls, moons and stars. She was also able to remove her overskirt for a trip down to the beach. The pièce the résistence was a pair of glorious sparkly Jimmy Choos. Jack wore a dark navy suit by Mark Darcy along with a cream waistcoat and navy paisley tie. The groomsmen were dressed in the same suits, but wore theirs with the matching waistcoats and light blue paisley 29 REAL WEDDINGS