Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - June/July 2023 (Issue 95) £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE JUN/JUL 2023 WIN! Our A-Z guide to wedding dress shopping Rock that frock A necklace worth £1,100 GOING green How to plan with sustainability in mind BARBIE GIRL Bridal fashion inspired by the icon herself Venue styling HOTLIST

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 57 HOT TOPIC: SUSTAINABILITY Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 64 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2023 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... Bristol and around 21 ROOM SERVICE We round up some of the region’s finest hotel venues On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by Orchardleigh Estate (, the South West’s ultimate fairytale wedding venue. It features the magnificent venue itself, along with Lisa and Patrick on their big day, all captured by Brad Wakefield Photography ( 9 15 FEATURES 41 A TIMELESS CLASSIC Discover how to create a stylish look that’ll never become outdated 45 ROLLER DISCO DIVA This team of suppliers worked together to blend a bit of retro and punk into this modern urban space 49 SWEET THEMES ARE MADE OF THIS We asked local experts about the year’s hottest venue styling trends 53 A VERY ROYAL CELEBRATION Feel like kings and queens on your big day with this regal shoot 59 ROCK THAT FROCK The ultimate A-Z guide to wedding-dress shopping 3

REAL WEDDINGS 24 WE’RE GOLDEN Eleanor and Alex styled their day in an oh-so elegant white and gold palette 29 IT WAS ALWAYS YOU Kim and Andy chose the rustic vibe they’d always dreamed of for their August wedding day 35 MY GUIDING LIGHT Lucie and Tom tied the knot at Berwick Lodge in April 2022 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 THE CITY OF LOVE Discover why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 97 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two FASHION & BEAUTY 65 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 66 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 72 DESERT ROSE Your honeymoon suitcase shouldn‘t take off without these summery staples 73 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh‘s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 81 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 85 BRIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE Celebrity hair stylist Michael Douglas, talks wedding dos and tells us about OGX’s new Colour Retention range 88 KEEP CALM AND MARRY ON Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness share their stress-beating tips 86 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 29 35 59 GROOMS 76 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 77 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 78 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 41 4

Elmhay Park Three day Eldon package includes Castle stay the night before your wedding for up to 12 including hot tub. Lewis Lodge for your partner sleeping up to 7. Exclusive use of Italian Veranda, Walled Gardens and Stunning Orangery, Exquisite Wedding breakfast, unlimited reception and wedding breakfast drinks, Late License - drink and dance until Dawn, Accommodation for up to 75 for your guests in the adjacent Elmhay Park Village, Newlywed retreat at the secluded Church Lodge with hot tub for the night after. Package prices from £7,875. Exclusive Three Day Wedding packages Tailored to you, for the unforgettable day you say 'I Do' Tel: 01373472550 Email: Elmhay Park, Orchardleigh Estate, Frome, BA11 2PB Elmhay Park Weddings Orchardleigh Estate Orchardleigh House Three day Bonita package includes Castle stay the night before your wedding for up to 12 including hot tub. Murtry Lodge for your partner sleeping up to 6. Exclusive use of Victorian mansion and grounds, Exquisite Wedding breakfast, unlimited reception and wedding breakfast drinks, late license - drink and dance until dawn, 41 opulent rooms sleeping up to 95 for your guests, Newlywed retreat at the lakeside palladium Boathouse with hot tub for the night after. Package prices from £8,699. Exclusive Three Day Wedding packages Tailored to you, for the unforgettable day you say 'I Do' Tel: 01373472550 Email: Orchardleigh Estate, Frome, BA11 2PB Orchardleigh House

BAILBROOK HOUSE HOTEL BATH, SOMERSET To keep your planning simple we have created the Brunel Package to cover all the key elements of your day. This is by no means exhaustive so if you prefer, we would be delighted to tailor-make a proposal to suit your bespoke requirements. PACKAGE INCLUDES: Complimentary menu tasting for the wedding couple A member of our expert team to act as Toast Master for the day A glass of sparkling wine reception drink A selection of three canapés per guest Hire of the Brunel suite for the wedding meal and evening reception Three course wedding meal with tea, coffee and petit fours Half a bottle of house wine per guest A glass of sparkling wine for the toast per guest Your own private bar and dancefloor Evening wedding reception food Complimentary Suite for the wedding couple on the night of the wedding The Brunel Package 01225 855100 or 0845 072 7515 | | EVELEIGH AVENUE, LONDON ROAD WEST, BATH, SOMERSET BA1 7JD © A Tall Long Legged Bird

What with last month’s incredible coronation and the launch of Netflix’s Queen Charlotte, I’m reeling from all things royal at the moment, and feeling very proud indeed to be British! Whether you’re royalists yourselves, or merely found your May all the merrier being blessed with an extra bank holiday, there’s been something to celebrate. I always think of our readers as queens and kings, princess and princes, and believe you all deserve the royal treatment on your big day, so why not consider adding a regal edge to your nuptials? Jewel-toned colour palettes are certainly seeing a surge in popularity, thanks to their opulent, rich hues; and shades such as purple and red have long been associated with royalty. When it comes to dining, think banqueting tables bedecked in gold cutlery and crystal, with tall candelabra and centrepieces. Of course, add this styling to a stately home wedding venue and you’re there! When it comes to your attire, what could be more royal than a ballgown? Pair a full, extravagant skirt with a dramatic train and veil, and you’ll have guests gasping as you make your grand entrance. If you like this idea, but fear the volume will impede you on the dancefloor, opt for a detachable skirt, allowing you to transform your look into a sleek silhouette for the evening. Finally, your very own crown is a must-have for this theme, whether it’s a flower version for a Queen Titania twist or a bejewelled tiara. There’s plenty of fashion inspiration this issue from our local bridal boutique A-Z of dress shopping feature from page 59 to our regular dedicated section from page 65. As we now enter the summer well and truly ready for some sunshine, don’t miss our host of styled shoots and real weddings this issue, all waiting to inspire as you plan for your big day. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, editor Crowning glory Kelly x ISSN 1755-4756 Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS WIN! 64 WIN! A diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 45 YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND I’m totally ga-ga for this roller disco-themed shoot. I’m sure it’ll get you in a spin too! 41 A TIMELESS CLASSIC This breathtaking shoot was created to inspire couples who want to look back on their big day in years to come and realise it looks every bit as fresh and stylish as it did then. 24 GOING FOR GOLD Eleanor and Alex’s spectacular centrepieces took the form of towering gold candelabras holding an explosion of white flowers. “I felt this complemented Homewood’s stunning chandelier room,” the bride explains. ADVERTISING Account Manager Rebecca Cane | 01376 538 479 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 @isobelbuxtonphotography EDITOR’S LETTER 7


NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the region BACK TO BACK The team at Somerset-based Booth Nineteen, love to introduce new perks and features for their couples on a yearly basis. From updating the selection of print template options to offering entirely new photo booth designs. The newest option for 2023 is the addition of the already super-popular wood-effect backdrop. This brings the range up to a total of six backdrops to choose from for your wedding day. Owner Craig Cheber says, “We designed and printed this version due to an increase in requests to use wood-panelled venue walls, so we thought: let’s make this look available to everyone!” To find out more head over to WELL HANDLED With more than 35 years experience in the floristry industry the team at Flower Preservation Workshop really know how to best care for your flowers ensuring they last forever. Whether you’re looking to have your bouquet preserved, a buttonhole or a selection of blooms from your arrangements the team can make sure they’re safely preserved for a lifetime, becoming an heirloom for future generations to enjoy. We absolutely love the new one- to two-inch door knobs, which come as a set of two. These make a fantastic, unique gift to loved ones or to decorate your marital home, bringing new life to any piece of furniture. Whether you have a small bouquet full of the same beautiful blooms, or a larger version featuring a variety of flowers, the team can preserve them into a gorgeous keepsake. Alternatively, if you’re having some dried or artificial flowers, the process is slightly different, but this is still no problem. Check out EARLY SUCCESS STORY Somerset-based event planning and styling business Scarlett Rose Events was one of the final three businesses vying for the title of Start-up of the Year at the Somerset Business Awards 2023 recently. Founded by Georgina Fisher in April 2021, Scarlett Rose Events was established following 15 years experience gained in the events industry in the UK and Australia. Georgina says, “Starting a business during the pandemic could have been seen as a risky move, but I saw the potential for events to blossom in a new era. I seized the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to the event scene of rural Somerset, embracing the beautiful scenery to create unique celebrations. “I’m incredibly humbled that the success of my businesses resulted in being recognised as a finalist at the Somerset Business Awards, and am looking forward to growing my team and client portfolio over the next year.” A particular focus for Georgina now is to collaborate with the strong supplier network in the region. She already shares a creative studio with wedding florist Wilde Green at Martock Workspace. Owner and florist Emma Benson says, “Georgi and I work closely together to help clients realise their dream events, ensuring floral designs tie in seamlessly with table and décor schemes.” To find out more visit 9 LOCAL NEWS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF AUSTEN As the care of the Bath Assembly Rooms returns to the National Trust, visitors can look forward to an exciting programme of events. During the next three years, the Assembly Rooms will remain open as much as possible for visitors while developing the new Georgian experience, currently due to open in 2026. This experience is being developed in partnership with other organisations in the city such as universities, local museums and other institutions across Bath and beyond. Tom Boden, National Trust General Manager for the Bath portfolio says, “This is a pivotal moment in the history of the Bath Assembly Rooms and an exciting time for the Trust. We’ll uncover stories of this world heritage landmark and make plans to share the stories of the future. Working closely with friends and partners, we’ll develop the immersive experience to bring the social scene of Georgian Bath to life and create new ways for everyone to experience coming together in this unique building.” Learn more at future-plans-for-bath-assembly-rooms

FIT FOR A QUEEN With one of the stars of Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte, being given her own spin-off series, available on Netflix now, Hand Picked Hotels is offering fans the opportunity to follow in her footsteps with a regal overnight experience of their own. Series three scenes have already been filmed in Bath itself and the group’s Bailbrook House Hotel, with Regency architecture, is the perfect place to live your best Bridgerton life! The Hotel has its very own Queen Charlotte Lounge, named in honour of her visit in 1817 to then resident Lady Isabella King, founder of the Ladies Association, a charity designed to educate women and one the Queen was a patron of. Here, you can partake in a sumptuous afternoon tea or unwind with a drink. With Bailbrook House Hotel’s Bridgerton-inspired Mansion House experience, you can immerse yourself in the elegant period charm of the Hotel with a two-night stay in an exquisitely decorated bedroom. With a sensational, seasonal three-course dinner on the first evening, chilled champagne in the room on arrival, complimentary wholesome breakfast on both days and tickets to the historical Roman Baths, you’ll feel truly spoiled. Prices start at £543 for a deluxe double and at £637 for a suite per room, per night, subject to availability. Check out bailbrook-house/offers/mansion-house-break Five minutes with... PAELLA CA’LUCIANO Based in Portishead, caterer Paella Ca’Luciano can help you to bring a a touch of the Mediterranean to your big day. We caught up with the team to to find out more... What do you offer couples for their big day? Our catering service is about providing delicious food and creating a memorable experience for you and your guests. Our speciality is authentic Spanish paella, which isn’t just a meal, but an opportunity to connect with loved ones and enjoy a unique culinary tradition. Our team will not only prepare and serve the food, but also entertain you and your guests while cooking. We want to you to be part of it! What do couples need to bear in mind to make sure everything goes smoothly? Nothing! We take care of everything from appetizers to clean up, so our couples can focus on enjoying their special day, relax and make the most of every moment. What’s on the menu? We prepare and serve: chicken, seafood, vegan and/or duck paellas; as well as seafood fideua and tapas. We offer menu tastings giving you the opportunity to sample our delicious Valencian paellas, tapas and service before the big day. We’ll work with you to create a personalised menu that fits your preferences and dietary needs. Find out more at © Sarah Hayley Photography 10 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Pennard House is a family-owned, exclusive-use wedding venue located in a small village near Shepton Mallet in Somerset. Having recently moved all of its catering in-house, all catering from the night-before supper to the wedding breakfast and evening food is now provided via the expert team at The Pennard Kitchen. The new head chef, Mike Dart and catering director Denise Bottrill together bring more than two decades of experience in catering weddings at all budget levels. The new Pennard Kitchen menus have been designed to include the freshest local and seasonal ingredients, to create delicious and imaginative food. All are sourced locally from Somerset suppliers where possible, such as dairy products collected from surrounding farms and meat from a locally-supplied farm shop. As part of this initiative the venue has also recently introduced The Pennard Pizza Trailer, a converted horse box providing artisan, wood-fired pizzas, which are proving perfect for evening snacks and a lovely addition to the grounds in front of the 18C Coach House. Discover more at BEST OF BRITISH Set within the rolling hills of the Mendips in the Bristol countryside, the Michelin Green starred The Ethicurean, co-owned by Matthew Pennington and Mark McCabe as head chef is one of the most picturesque and tranquil dining experiences you could hope to find. Taking 80 to 90 per cent of all its fruit, veg and herbs from its Victorian walled garden and orchard, as well as produce sourced and foraged locally, The Ethicurean stays true to its ethos of British seasonality and cultivation. Everything is made in-house, even the crockery is made by local potters! Head chef Mark, who you might have seen earlier in the year representing Scotland on The Great British Menu says, “British locality and seasonality is so important to me. In all honesty, I don’t know how else to cook.” From June, The Ethicurean will be starting a programme of Wednesday Suppers. You’ll have the opportunity to join the team for a relaxed evening celebrating the finest ingredients from the garden and beyond. The menu comprises three courses and a choice of omnivore and vegetarian menus are offered when booking. Priced at £55, all guests for the evening arrive at 6.30pm with supper served from 7pm. Find out more at

Find the full list in our directory, along with every other ceremony venue in Somerset & North Somerset. Don't forget to check our supplier directory too, for all the extras like luxury picnics, photographers, bridal wear and gourmet ice creams Sun, sea, sand - say I do at the beach! It's a popular choice for couples with happy holiday memories of Somerset as well as locals who want a ceremony that's a relaxed day out with all their favourite people. The Honour Guard Campervan Kisses Weston Super Mare Seafront Laura Power Photography Sunset at The Grand Pier Laura Power Photography We have 2 licensed piers at Clevedon and Weston - pictured here at Stacey & Leanne's big day. There are a host of coastal venues to choose from, like Weston Museum, Locanda On The Weir, Brean Country Club, South Sands Hotel, The Winter Gardens and Walton Castle. Say I Do In Somerset Beach Brides We do like to be beside the seaside | 01749 860700 | @pennardhouse An English Manor House, in a beautiful village setting, exclusively yours for your wedding 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.

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBRISTOLSOMERSET.WEDDING BEFORE 31ST JULY 2023 CLAIM A HOST OF FREE UPGRADES WITH BOOTH NINETEEN Somerset-based Booth Nineteen offers hire of beautifully crafted vintage photo booths for your big day bash, complete with a dash of nostalgic glam. From the super-stylish design of the booths themselves to the choice of backdrops provided, each aspect is crafted to bring memorable fun with a slice of wow factor. Booths come with a box full of props, unlimited printed photos (so there’s no holding back) and an attendant to ensure everyone knows how to get the best out of the experience. Booths include vintage-style The Gatsby inspired by the 1920s Art Deco era; minimalist The No.3, which is as much of an art installation as it is a functional photo booth; and The Classic offering all the joy of a traditional photo booth minus the unsightly plastic exterior. This issue we’ve partnered with Booth Nineteen to offer you a free bespoke print template upgrade, 12 months gallery hosting and an additional 30 minutes of photo booth hire, saving you a total of £110, when you book before 31st July, 2023 and quote YBSW23. Visit to check your date and find out more. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs GET £20 OFF WITH FLOWER PRESERVATION WORKSHOP Flower Preservation Workshop offers an ingenious way of turning your wedding flowers into a sentimental keepsake to treasure forever. Why not enlist the team to help keep your memories of the big day alive by capturing the blooms from your bridal bouquet in a bespoke, handmade paperweight? Every one is unique and created on site in Somerton by the team of florists who’ll devise the best design to show off your flowers. The blooms are first freeze dried, a careful process that takes 12 to 16 weeks, before being preserved in their original 3D form. We’ve partnered with Flower Preservation Workshop to offer readers getting married in 2023/24 a £20 discount when booking more than four weeks in advance of their wedding. A deposit must be made in full online for the offer to be valid. Offer applies on a minimum spend of £199 and is not applicable to current orders. To claim, get in touch via before 31st July, 2023, quoting BRIDECWM234. To learn more about preserving your wedding flowers check out WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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Spotlight on... BRISTOL Tie the knot in a local hotspot ARNOS VALE 0117 971 9117 | Right in the heart of Bristol, Arnos Vale is the ideal location if you’re looking for something a little bit different. You have the opportunity to mix and match three characterful locations for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening revelries. Nestled among the trees you’ll find woodland wedding venue, the Underwood Centre. Its large oak beams and rustic tin roof complement the surroundings beautifully. Fairylights hang from the canopy to provide a twinkle to your ceremony and wooden benches offer informal seating for your guests. After the “I dos,” make your way to the rustic drinks shed for a celebratory glass of bubbly followed by toasting marshmallows around the firepit. For an informal feast, think afternoon tea, picnic hampers, sharing platters, barbecue or hog roast. Picnic benches can also be ordered to provide extra seating for your drinks reception or woodland dining. Here, the venue can accommodate up to 80 guests (60 seated and a further 20 standing). Furry friends are also welcome! The Spielman Centre, designed by Charles Underwood in 1839 is a Victorian building, constructed using the finest materials of its day, The attached Atrium cafe brings a modern twist and an extra space for you to utilise during the evening celebrations. Make a grand entrance as you ascend the stone steps, through the large wooden doors into the elegant interior where 90 loved ones await with magnificent leaded windows allowing natural light to flood the room. Meanwhile, the natural décor offers a blank canvas for you to create the day of your dreams. Here, you can indulge in a hearty buffet, afternoon tea or informal sharing feast. But if you prefer a more formal dining arrangement there’s space for a sitdown meal for up to 70 nearest and dearest. A band or DJ fits perfectly in the Spielman Centre, which can host 140 for your evening reception. Finally, the Anglican Chapel, complete with original Victorian features is the centrepiece of the venue collection. Ornate floor tiles guide you into the vast space with elegant curved windows and marble wall plaques offering a classic yet stylish atmosphere. Following the vows, make your way outside for a drinks reception while the venue team transform the space for your wedding breakfast. Choose from preferred caterers for delicious seasonal menus. The Anglican Chapel is licensed for up to 100 guests and can accommodate the same for your wedding breakfast. You can also combine it with the Underwood Centre or Spielman Centre for your evening reception to create a bespoke wedding day. 15 LOCAL VENUES

BERWICK LODGE 0117 450 7605 | The interior of Berwick Lodge has everything you’d expect from a lodge: open fires, wood panelling and original stone fireplaces. However, it also features a subtle Turkish twist. Sumptuous, over-sized sofas and crystal chandeliers bring a luxurious feel to the place, while allowing it to retain a relaxed and welcoming ambience. A sweeping staircase leads to 14 beautiful bedrooms, all individually designed and named after ancient civilizations of the Anatolian period. Set in 18 acres of glorious gardens and woodland, Berwick boasts views reaching across to Wales. Features such as a walkway to Aphrodite’s Dome, ornate fountains, a peaceful orchard and a summer house make it a wonderful backdrop for those all-important photos. The venue caters for any type of wedding from the intimate elopement for two, to grand exclusive parties for 150. Mesopotamia is a light room in the converted stable block, the Mews. It can host civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests. This ground-floor space is home to sparkling chandeliers, pillars to decorate and large 180-degree windows offering views of the woodland and open countryside beyond. Summeria is the smaller upstairs room in the eves of the Mews, holding up to 30 nearest and dearest for the “I dos.” Its skylights offer countryside views and the stained-glass window door is a real feature. For those with a larger guest list looking to wed in the great outdoors, the venue offers three scenic locations among the gardens – Aphrodite’s Dome, The Fountain and The Archway. The dining room, Hattusa, can host wedding breakfasts for up to 100 guests and up to 150 for an evening do. It’s bright and airy thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. Characterful features include an old London bar, original fireplace and an ornate pulpit ideal for speeches. The original wooden flooring makes for the perfect dancefloor and the cosy lounge was made for enjoying the quieter moments. LEIGH COURT 01275 373 393 | The Leigh Court Estate has a rich history as a religious sanctuary, a family home, and hospital and has been conquered by, gifted to and used as a safe haven by Kings for thousands of years. Shielded from the hustle and bustle of the city by Leigh Woods, the beautiful Leigh Court was designed by architect Thomas Hopper in 1814. You may recognise it more recently from various TV productions including Poldark and Bridgerton. The design of this graceful Grade II listed mansion combines elegant Palladian architecture with opulent Greek revival interiors and lavish 19th-century décor. The first room you’ll see at Leigh Court is the light and airy Outer Hall, which has an unusual domed ceiling encircled by eight marble pillars. You can choose to hold your ceremony in any of the 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 wedding ceremonies. The fairytale staircase, 40 skylights and working pipe organ in the Great Hall (120 ceremony guests) makes it a popular choice, but the blush-coloured Morning Room (65 ceremony guests) and exquisite golden Tapestry Room (65 ceremony guests) are also favoured by couples looking for an intimate location. Meanwhile, the Library and Salon (65 ceremony guests) are perfect if you’re hoping for a ceremony room that opens directly onto the lawns. When it comes to receptions, you’re spoilt for choice, as they can be hosted in one or all of the ground-floor rooms including the Tapestry Room (56 seated dining guests), the Library (109 seated dining guests), the Salon (56 seated dining guests), the Outer Hall, the Morning Room (56 seated dining guests), and the bar and lounge. When the weather is too good to stay indoors, guests can spill out onto the lawns directly from the Library and Salon. The venue also has a stretch tent located on the lawn, which you’re welcome to use. Overall, Leigh Court can hold up to 400 for the evening reception if you choose to hire a marquee. 16

CARS OF CLASS CARRIAGES FOR MARRIAGES ROLLS ROYCE | JAGUAR MERCEDES | 4 & 6 DOOR LIMOUSINES WWW.CARSOFCLASS.CO.UK 01823 480898 - 07733 362762 SAWYERS COTTAGE, CURLAND, NR. TAUNTON TA3 55A 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

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 07557 958033 rusticrentalsuk Creative decor and styling for couples who want their day to be as special and unique as they are Design, décor hire & styling across Bristol, Somerset and the Cotswolds. The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House Beautiful rustic wedding venue Henstridge, Somerset, BA8 0TQ

CLEVEDON HALL 01275 795 895 | Clevedon Hall, set in the heart of North Somerset, is located a mere 15 minutes from Bristol. A lavish mansion house, its varied event spaces offer the ultimate flexibility and choice for your special day. With delicious menus and five-star accommodation, the team excel in bringing wedding dreams to life. The extensive grounds are filled with photo opportunities, from the lake and bridge to beautiful meadow or wilderness walk, all overlooked by Hebe’s fountain. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to get a deer to pose 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 sunset pictures. There are a number of different options available for your ceremony. The Library can accommodate up to 100 loved ones for the “I dos.” There’s a wealth of original architectural details here, which have been lovingly restored and offer a lavish backdrop to suit the occasion. It can also host 124 for a wedding breakfast based on a traditional top table and round tables or 130 based on long, banquet style tables. The Great Hall can play host to 140 ceremony guests. It offers an amazing entrance with a balcony walk down to the aisle, framed by stained-glass windows. The Orangery can accommodate up to 150 nearest and dearest for a ceremony. The interior is light, with windows overlooking the main building and gardens. If you want to bring the outside in, this is the perfect space for you! There’s room here for 130 seated dining guests at round tables or for 150 based on a t-shape layout with round tables on either side. Dame Rosa Burden can host 70 loved ones for a the “I dos.” The big bay windows overlook the grounds and directly onto the lake. With its stunning architecture, it’s definitely the room for your big entrance. It can seat 50 nearest and dearest at round tables for your wedding breakfast. Finally for al fresco vows, the Gazebo offers a licensed ceremony option with space for 150 guests. Overlooking the lake and lawn, it’s the ultimate romantic setting surrounded by wild flowers. WE THE CURIOUS 0117 915 8000 | We The Curious is a one-of-a-kind venue, ideal if you’re looking for somewhere extraordinary that you and your guests will never forget. There are three distinctive and quirky spaces to combine as you wish from ceremony to celebrations and the team are on hand to ensure you have a truly memorable experience. Get married in Bristol’s iconic Planetarium for a completely one-off ceremony. Your guests will marvel at the dome, lit up with glittering stars and spectacular images of space. Walk down the aisle and say your vows beneath an endless star field, creating the most romantic of wedding experiences. The space can host 97 loved ones. The Annexe is a bright, contemporary room on the top floor. Floorto-ceiling windows mean it’s is flooded with natural night and you’ll have direct access to the sunlit terrace, which provides space for drinks, canapés, musicians and the all-important wedding photos. Here you can welcome 120 loved ones to your ceremony, 100 for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the evening bash. Also located on the top floor is the Rosalind Franklin Room, a spectacular and versatile spot, it’s complete with private bar area and terraces overlooking Bristol’s Harbourside. You’ll find it ideal for a classic or modern wedding breakfast with stunning historical views and ample space to celebrate. It can accommodate 300 guests for the wedding breakfast and 480 for the evening revelries together with the Annexe. What’s more, you’re welcome to let your guests loose on the exhibition floors with exclusive access to We The Curious after hours. Why not choose some tasty treats from the menu and host your pre-dinner drinks here? You can also wow loved ones with a 2D or 3D planetarium show exploring the universe. Due to a fire, We The Curious is currently closed but the team are working hard to reopen and hope to be taking wedding bookings again from May 2024. Stay up to date at LOCAL VENUES 19

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 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 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 Cemetery BATH ROAD, BRISTOL BS4 3EW Step into 45 acres of magical woodland in the heart of Bristol. Mix and match our three unique venues for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. For more information and to book an appointment to view our venues, please scan the QR code

Room service We round up some of the region’s finest hotel wedding venues MACDONALD BATH SPA HOTEL 01225 476 831 | The peaceful and elegant interior of this gorgeous hotel beautifully reflects the peaceful feel of its gardens. With bright and naturally-lit areas in a tranquil spot in Bath, it truly gives you the feel of escaping the city. The honey-coloured Georgian house has retained all of its original features and offers a romantic venue for your special day. Built in 1835, this impressive building has been lovingly looked after throughout the years allowing its beauty to shine as much today as it ever did. Six acres of landscaped gardens surround the Hotel, complete with fountains and a grotto. The two handmade beehives are a recent addition, housing more than 100,000 native British bees. With canal, Sydney Gardens and other wonderful surroundings just a short walk away, you’re never far from an idyllic escape. Here at Bath Spa, there are multiple options for your ceremony and reception. The Avon Suite, originally a private chapel, has a neutral colour palette easy to decorate according to your taste. Boasting a built-in dancefloor and grand chandeliers, it offers an impressive space for up to 130 guests. The Kennet is a smart, compact space with elegant furnishings and is bright and airy. Holding up to 50 guests this makes it ideal for more intimate gatherings. The Admiralty can also host up to 50 nearest and dearest, and offers a warm, refined, wood-panelled setting. The Grange meanwhile, is wonderfully spacious, opulently furnished and features spectacular views of the historical city of Bath. It offers a lovely space for 12 loved ones. Finally, for al fresco “I dos,” The Temple is nestled amongst the landscaped gardens and is licensed for up to six guests. The Temple Gardens are also the perfect location for a marquee wedding accompanied by 150 guests. 21 HOTEL VENUES

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 and warm, welcoming atmosphere, it offers the ultimate countryhouse 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. The Hotel’s 20 acres of private grounds, landscaped gardens 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 Lounges 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 (30 guests), Queen Charlotte Georgian dining room (45 guests), Cloisters fine-dining restaurant (65 guests), Landsdown Restaurant (70 guests) and Brunel Suite with self-contained bar, WCs, and a private entrance (120 guests) are all available for a wedding breakfast to remember. Maximum capacity for the evening do is 200. THE ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL & SPA 01225 823 333 | The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers an iconic one-of-a-kind destination for a wedding ceremony and reception. Its location in the centre of the historic Royal Crescent in beautiful Bath ensures plenty of photo opportunities, and its acre of hidden gardens bring all the romance and green space of a countryside wedding. In the summer, lavender lines the flagstoned pathways and roses scent the air. The hotel is known for its five-star service, and with a variety of interior and exterior event spaces to choose from you have the opportunity to make your day your own. All of spaces here are available for both ceremonies and receptions. The largest is The Dower House Restaurant, with capacity of 100. It’s an elegant space that opens out onto the gardens. The Walled Wedding Garden with licensed pergola is your very own special space. It’s ideal for a romantic outside ceremony or reception and features a standalone Garden Villa, which sleeps eight people, perfect for getting ready in the morning and staying over at the end of the day. The most intimate of spots is the peaceful Library, which can host 20. There’s also the Sir Percy Blakeney Suite for 30 guests. Overlooking the Crescent lawns, its neutral pale pink décor will suit any wedding palette and it features an adjoining living area and bedroom. 22

THE CENTURION HOTEL 01761 417 711 | The Centurion Hotel can cater for any size of wedding from the small, intimate gathering to a large celebration. The team will take care of every detail for you ensuring everything runs smoothly and allowing you to relax and enjoy every part of your big day. The selection of available packages are designed to include most items that you may require for your wedding, with no hidden or unexpected costs. The picturesque grounds here will lend your day a tranquil backdrop, ideal for outdoor photography and the beautifully-furnished hotel rooms offer you a relaxing and peaceful end to proceedings for you and your loved ones. The Hotel’s wedding menus have been carefully designed by its highlyskilled chefs. Located in an enviable position on the cusp of the Mendip Hills, close to the beautiful city of Bath and the vibrant hotspot of Bristol, the team can source most of its produce locally, and choose the very best from the West Country to complement your special day. At the time of securing your wedding date and paying your deposit, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve available rooms for your guests to book at a later time. Here, there are 45 in total. For yourselves, why not end the perfect day in the perfect room? The Juniper Suite is elegantly appointed and includes a bedroom, living area and luxurious bathroom with a double bath and separate walk-in shower. The bedroom area features an inviting super king size bed and the adjoining living room includes a four-seater dining table, sofa and flat-screen TV. The Bristol is simultaneously a wonderful destination for visitors and a popular social hub among Bristolians. The property boasts an iconic location on the city’s harbourside and effortlessly blends a modernist exterior together with an interior where contemporary design and style is paramount. The hotel’s unbeatable waterfront address in the heart of the city affords it a lively ambience; while couples receive an exceptionally warm welcome and naturally intuitive service, ensuring a special and memorable wedding day. Ceremonies take place in either the William Jessop Suite or the George White Suite. The former exudes elegance through its timeless decor, and enjoys plenty of natural light, plus seatin for up to 100 loved ones. The latter is the perfect spot for intimate “I dos,” witnessed by 40 nearest and dearest. The William Jessop Suite with its lounge area is also ideal for drinks receptions as well as chic receptions. Meanwhile, The Ballroom with an attractive harbour backdrop is sure to impress. With its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the vibrant harbourside, stunning Waterford crystal chandeliers and its own private bar and lounge facilities, weddings here are full of life. Finally, the River Grille restaurant, set at the water’s edge, boasts lofty dimensions, exquisite floor-to-ceiling windows and fabulous views. It’s available for private hire during the day. The 2023 Inclusive Wedding Package is for 50 day guests and 80 evening guests with ceremony room hire space for 100 guests. Alternatively, you can select from a choice of three other wedding breakfast packages: Lace, Pearl or Diamond, based on a minimum of 50 guests up to a maximum of 200 depending on the suite used. The included menus have all been created by executive chef Pawel Mikloajczewski using fabulously fresh and the best artisan ingredients. You’ll be treated to a complimentary food tasting, a complimentary bedroom for you both on your wedding night, reduced accommodation rates for your guests, and discounted onsite parking rates. THE BRISTOL 0117 923 0333 | 23 HOTEL VENUES

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Eleanor and Alex met on the daily commute, as her office at the time was just down the road from his apartment. Being punctual people and following the same morning routine, they crossed paths quite a few times. One particular day, Alex decided to stop Eleanor on the pavement, much to her delight. “It’s fair to say it was an utter movie moment,” she shares. Alex proposed in an idyllic spot in Santorini. He’d been carrying the ring around Greece for a while by this point tackling security and hiding it in his bag away from Eleanor. After dinner he lead her down to a beautiful church terrace, asked her to sit down and got down on one knee. It was a huge surprise to Eleanor, which you may not believe if you’d seen her outfit that evening! “I opted for a long white dress that screamed: ‘Make me a bride!’ But yes, a surprise it was, and the absolute best,” she remembers. The vibe and aesthetic of Homewood Hotel & Spa in Bath matched the couple’s vision for their big day, and a huge plus for them were the rooms on site. So, they decided to make the most of it, hosting an al fresco soiree there the evening prior for close family, friends and guests who’d travelled internationally. Celebrations extended beyond the wedding day too, with the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast with loved ones. Read on as Eleanor tells us more about their wonderful wedding, which took place on 22nd July, 2022... SETTING THE SCENE Since Alex is half Greek, it was important to Eleanor to reflect this part of his heritage in the day’s celebrations. For wedding favours, the couple chose Greek Koufeta, in keeping with the sugared almond tradition, in gold to complement the palette. They were beautifully presented in handmade white bags, tied with a ribbon. During the reception guests sat around nine round tables, with the bridal party at a long top table. The plan was presented on a gold-framed mirror with removable acrylic, meaning they could use it again at home post wedding. The spectacular centrepieces took the form of towering gold candelabras holding an explosion of white flowers. Eleanor explains, “I felt this fitted Homewood’s stunning chandelier room beautifully, which was important to me as I wanted the detailing to come together cohesively.” The flowers were stunningly executed by Laura at Cotswold Blooms – a glorious array of white florals accentuated with sprinklings of gold and tumbling leaves. The place names were written in elegant script in keeping with the order of service and invitations. A gold seal was included next to each guest’s name and delicately placed with their white linen. The tables were named after wine bottle sizes – Magnum, Methuselah, Nebuchadnezzar, and Salmanazar, alongside Roederer Cristol for the top table. “I asked my talented graphic designer uncle to do a drawing of Alex and I, which we used on our table names,” Eleanor shares. FOOD FOR THOUGHT The bride’s vision for the big-day bake was for it to include French touches, to honour the other part of Alex’s heritage. Such elements included a traditional croquembouche and a peppering of macarons. She also wanted to tie in the lace detail from her dress and Alex’s tie. “The Cake Architect 25 REAL WEDDINGS