Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 99)

WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 You’ve said “yes,” what’s next? Our Hot Topic experts have the answer THE FLOW Waterside venues FEB/MAR 2024 £3.55 MARRY ME? BRISTOL SOMERSET & WEDDING Farewell singledom! Ideas for your local hen, stag or sten BON APPETIT Meet the region’s wedding caterers Go with

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REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 10 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 51 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice taking those first wedding-planning steps 89 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024 VENUES 13 SPOTLIGHT ON... Taunton Deane and West Somerset 19 GO WITH THE FLOW We’ve rounded up some of our favourite waterside venues On the cover This issue’s cover is sponsored by Bath- and Bristolbased Wylde Jewellers ( and was captured by Evie Johnstone ( Model Charlotte Lodey’s make-up is by Georgina Yates. 47 24 FEATURES 43 FAREWELL SINGLEDOM! Heaps of ideas for your hen, stag or sten 47 BON APPETIT Meet the region’s wedding caterers 8 3

REAL WEDDINGS 24 ONE DAY... Chloe’s dreams came true when she married Matt at Tracy Park in August 31 WITH LOVE FROM SOMERSET Rosie and Jordi styled their day in a fresh, natural palette of sage and forest greens 37 BABY, YOU’RE A FIREWORK Since Andrew proposed to Nicola on Bonfire Night, it seemed only right for the couple’s wedding to go off with a bang HONEYMOONS 80 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 82 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava 84 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light. FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 LITTLE GEMS Wedding guests will love the bright jewel colours that are trending this season 56 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 63 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 72 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 75 WEDDING WELLNESS Wedding planning can be a stressful business, so we’ve gathered together our top wellness picks to help you start 2024 on the right foot 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare’s head of education, Adele O’Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare 31 37 82 GROOMS 67 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 68 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 70 RING-A-DING-DING How to choose the perfect wedding ring 71 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be 43 51 4

with Scarlett Rose Events & Julia Moore Floral Designs with Serenity Strings Duo with Country Wedding Flowers with Scarlett Rose Events & The Willow Blossom Florist Find us at Charlton House, Somerset, BA4 4PP 01749 342 008 | Have your cake and eat it. At Charlton House you can have all the colour of a bespoke wedding with the peace of mind a cohesive pricing structure provides. Reach out today for more on our art-curated wedding styling packages. Charlton House

Step into your own love story, where history becomes the backdrop and The Bishop's Palace is the setting for your truly unique wedding reception. The Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Wells Email Imogen via to arrange a tour Imagine as you explore the Great Hall's ancient remains, stroll hand in hand through 14 acres of RHS partner gardens and share an unforgettable wedding breakfast in the atmospheric Undercroft. New for 2024! Dates available between Christmas and New Year! 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

First and foremost let me wish you all a very happy new year (I know that was a while ago, but I haven’t spoken to you since)! For those of you who found an engagement ring beneath the tree, or perhaps presented to you on Valentine’s Day, allow me to offer huge congratulations. No doubt you’re now excitedly organising your venue viewings and scouring Pinterest for the dream outfit, and we can’t wait to be your wedmin BFF. What I can tell you is that you’ve chosen a spectacular part of the world to get married in. From the city lights of Bristol to the sweeping countryside of Somerset, and awe-inspiring history of Bath, there’s something for everyone to create a memorable, magical wedding day. And it’s not only the venues that are second to none, but also the local wedding suppliers. You’ll get the chance to meet many of them throughout our pages, so do click on their links to find out what they do and how they can help. There’s plenty to look out for to get you started on your journey. Don’t miss our Hot Topic pages this issue, where the region’s experts tell us how to take those first tentative steps into the world of wedding planning. What’s more, we all know the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach right? So, the big day’s food will likely be a priority for you – check out our catering feature where you can discover what’s on the menu. Finally, if 2024 marks the point on the calendar where it’s now the year of your big day – eek, we’re excited for you. There’s lots here to grab your eye from hen, stag or sten party ideas to gorgeous real weddings, I hope you love this issue. As ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, editor At the ready 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! 89 WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 43 MOVE OVER BANKSY! I’d definitely be up for a creative, crafty hen do and what could be more Bristol than a graffiti workshop? 37 FLORAL FANTASY I’m obsessed with Nicola and Andrew’s wedding flowers, the level of detail is breathtaking from the bride’s incredible bouquet to these oh-so romantic pew ends and all the blooms in between. @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 © Graft ADVERTISING Account Manager Leah Lapwood | 01376 538 569 24 ONCE UPON A DREAM Real bride Chloe wore an elegant, understated gown cinched at the waist with puffed sleeves and a slight split at the front. “I felt like a Disney princess in it,” she shares. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

8 NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the county WHAT’S TRENDING? Smaller guest lists, informal dress codes and no speeches are among the top wedding trends for 2024 according to a recent survey commissioned by high street jewellers F.Hinds ( Two thousand couples were also asked for their thoughts on which wedding traditions are still important, and the results are in. Big-day traditions that remain in favour include the bride being walked down the aisle (53 per cent), having wedding rings (52 per cent), cutting the cake (49 per cent) and having a best man (44 per cent). In contrast, wearing a garter (nine per cent), being carried over the threshold (eight per cent), and interestingly, sticking to a colour palette (eight per cent) are losing momentum among UK nearlyweds. Looking at new trends for 2024, smaller, more intimate wedding ceremonies (29 per cent) and receptions (24 per cent) are in, as are informal dress codes (22 per cent). We’re told that couples in Bristol are also most likely to want to incorporate new wedding trends into their day. Alongside guest numbers being significantly reduced, the classic sit-down three-course wedding breakfast could become extinct with couples favouring more informal food options such as grazing tables, dessert bars, and brunch- and afternoon tea-inspired setups. FUZZY FEELINGS Pantone, the global colour authority and provider of professional colour language standards, has introduced its colour of the year 2024: PANTONE 13-1023, or to you and me, Peach Fuzz! Here at Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding HQ this annual announcement is always highly anticipated, as we love to see how the wedding industry will embrace each new hue. Last year, Viva Magenta flew and we saw it inspiring many a glorious styled shoot. Indeed, thanks to the hotly-tipped colour-palette trend for 2024, we think it’ll be sticking around. We’re all loving this year’s reveal though. For us in the wedding industry, it’s a more traditional return to gentle pastels and with rusts and corals proving popular during the second half of 2023, we think Peach Fuzz will be welcomed with open arms. We can’t wait to see what the industry’s creatives do with it. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, Pantone Color Institute says of their choice, “A cosy peach hue softly nestled between pink and orange, Peach Fuzz brings belonging, inspires recalibration, and an opportunity for nurturing, conjuring up an air of calm, offering us a space to be, feel, and heal and to flourish from whether spending time with others or taking the time to enjoy a moment by ourselves. Drawing comfort from Peach Fuzz, we can find peace from within, impacting our wellbeing.” WINTER VOWS Steeped in history, The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens sit at the heart of the historical and medieval city of Wells in Somerset and, for the first time, is offering dates for wedding receptions between Christmas and New Year in 2024. Imagine windows softly lit, a roaring fire in the entrance hall of the medieval Palace and a glass of warmed mulled punch on offer to you and your guests on arrival! The 14 acres of RHS partner gardens remain beautifully kept, with an array of colours in the trees and borders to hold interest. The crystal-clear waters of the moat and waterfall are a truly magical sight. The Palace has something to offer all year round and winter is no exception. Find out more at

LOCAL NEWS 9 Five minutes with... NICHOLAS WYLDE, WYLDE JEWELLERS Please tell us a bit about yourself I opened my first Wylde Jewellers store 36 years ago with just 12 rings in the window. I’m still as passionate now as I was back then about being one of the leading jewellers in the UK – being at the forefront of the industry, offering unique jewellery and high quality service in a relaxed, friendly way. We carry one of the largest selections of wedding rings in the South West, offering all of the popular metals like gold, platinum, palladium, titanium, and incorporating other materials including graphite, carbon, wood and glass as well as precious stones, of course. We always aim to be competitive, as we know how expensive a wedding day can be. It’s important to us that our clients become clients for life, and we’re proud to be the jewellers of choice for many families where three generations have married with Wylde wedding rings. The modern wedding is all about creating a day that’s as personal as possible. How can this idea be extended to wedding jewellery? This is where we come into our element! Our designers work with you to design rings that’ll reflect not only your big day but your journey together. We can design rings to tell your story, take a design from the wedding dress or the invitations, look at the colour theme, or cleverly hide some bespoke personalisation in the design. We can also create other bespoke jewellery for your big day, such as a necklace that’ll perfectly match the details of the dress, or cufflinks that incorporate your colour palette. We can also design items to gift to bridesmaids and groomsmen, or for anybody in the wedding party in fact! A common concern is finding a wedding ring to suit a bride’s engagement ring. Do you have any advice? We frequently assist clients in understanding the choices they’ve made and what style will best complement their existing jewellery. Sometimes, we do need to slightly alter the engagement ring to accommodate the style of the chosen wedding ring but we do this sympathetically to the original design, ensuring the structure is secure. How can a couple bring elements of commonality into their rings if they don’t want them to match exactly? There are many ways that we can unify them, for example, you might choose a diamond-set wedding ring or one with specific design details, or even one with multicolour metals or gemstones. In each of these cases, we can take an element of this ring and incorporate it into your partner’s ring, perhaps with a subtle interpretation of the design or a single matching stone either on the outside or hidden on the inside of the band. We’re full of ideas as extravagant or as understated as you wish. We can also offer personal hand-engraving of everything from names and dates, to very personal choices like our previous commissions of frogs or the Eiffel Tower. I’ve even made a pair of rings that incorporated the decorative details of New York’s Grand Central Station. With an almost infinite range of designs and options, as well as many years of experience, we’re here to guide you. PICKED FOR PERFECTION Megan Lily Floral Design has recently introduced its new Cherry Picked Wedding Flower Service. Perfect for small and intimate nuptials, the service involves a collection of ready-designed wedding flowers available to collect from the workshop in Felton. So, if you know you won’t need a full wedding flower package but you still want exceptional quality, this is ideal. The collections, although ready-designed, still feel personal and are available to order online as a simple, cost effective way to organise your florals. With a minimum spend of £350, there are two beautiful colour palettes to choose from. Megan will select the best quality seasonal blooms for your big day and put them together in her soft and delicate signature style. The new brochure containing everything you need to know about the new Cherry Picked Service is available to download at YOUR CEREMONY, YOUR WAY If you want your wedding to be truly unique, we have some great news for you! Somerset Registration Service is introducing a new range of ceremony enhancements to allow you to personalise your day. As well as your choice of readings, music and personal vows, from April you’ll be able to add a special unity element to your ceremony. The options on offer are a sand-blending ritual, romantic hand-joining vows, a fun knot-tying ceremony or you can create a meaningful memory box with letters to open on a future anniversary. The Registration Service has been working hard to create exciting new scripts after looking at hundreds of responses to their 2022 ceremony survey. You said you wanted more fun, more personalisation, more ways to make it really unique, and they’ve come up with the goods! Check out the new ceremony packages, available at Somerset and North Somerset venues, at

Gorgeous giveaways and discounts up for grabs FREE GUEST BOOK UPGRADE WORTH £60 Bristol-based Booth Nineteen offers hire of beautifully crafted vintage photo booths for your big-day bash, complete with a dash of nostalgic glam. Designed to capture the fun and excitement of your wedding, they provide you and your loved ones with an unforgettable experience. From the super-stylish design of the booths themselves to the choice of backdrops provided, each aspect is crafted to bring 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 Art Deco era; The No.3, which is as much of a minimalist art installation as it is a functional photo booth; and The Classic offering all the joy of a traditional photo booth minus the less-than-attractive plastic exterior. This issue we’ve partnered with Booth Nineteen to offer you a free guest book upgrade on any wedding package. Instead of the standard version, get yours with a gorgeous bespoke personalised design worth £60. To claim, head over to and quote “YBSW24W” when you book your date. JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS 10

On the outskirts of Bristol, set in the peaceful countryside, is Berwick Lodge. A proudly independent boutique hotel and wedding venue. A hidden secret just waiting to be discovered... Exclusive use hire for 1, 2 or 3 days Offers non-exclusive intimate micro weddings and elopements Bespoke packages and a range of prices Guest capacity - 100 ceremony, drinks & meal with up to 150 for evening reception Charming 1890 Victorian style manor house 18 acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands, and striking features Romantic photo opportunities Licensed for legal indoor & outdoor ceremonies In-house catering within our 2 Rosette restaurant 14 luxury boutique bedrooms Great location in North Bristol off the M4/M5 Dog friendly Unrivalled support Dedicated wedding coordinator, wedding host and waiting team. 0117 450 7605 | Image Credit: Hotwells Wedding Photography sinta.designs find out more on our website: bespoke wedding invitations & stationery scan me!

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

Spotlight on... TAUNTON DEANE AND WEST SOMERSET Tie the knot in a local hotspot SHEPPY’S CIDER 01823 461 233 | Nestled between Taunton and Wellington in the heart of Somerset, Sheppy’s Cider Farm is a family-run farm that’s been lovingly crafting premium award-winning craft ciders for more than 200 years. With 90 acres of orchards to explore, there’s plenty of opportunity to be at one with nature during your day as well as capturing endless pictures. What’s more, there’s plenty of accommodation available nearby and the venue is only 10 minutes from the motorway, convenient for those out-of-town guests. The venue consists of four different spaces, depending on the size of your wedding you can hire one, two, three or the whole site. Celebrantled ceremonies can be held in the orchards, full of blossom in spring or of apples in the autumn. There’s space here for 70 loved ones but is, of course, weather dependent. Alternatively, walk down the aisle of the Old Barn as 70 nearest and dearest look on. You’ll be surrounded by rustic charm here, and you can stand on the raised mezzanine area as you say “I do.” This space, which was once a cider store, can also seat 60 for the wedding breakfast, and allows you to invite 100 for the evening do. It even offers access to a private outdoor space. For more intimate celebrations the Stable Room sits behind an open courtyard and is ideal for a ceremony and sit-down meal for 40 or to dance the night away in with 50 loved ones. The restored Oak Vat too is a fantastic space. Created from a vintage oak cider vat, it can host 15 for those extra-intimate vows, 10 for your first meal together as newlyweds and 15 for the evening. The Old Barn is a newly converted venue that used to be a cider store. This space includes a mezzanine area and access to a private outdoor space. Finally, the main House of Cider restaurant hosts guests across two floors with a cosy bar area. At the heart of the venue stands a cider mill, which has been sympathetically restored to what is now the House of Cider. It can welcome 70 for the wedding breakfast and 150 evening guests. This characterful venue promises you a day filled with rustic charm, amazing cider and top-quality food! 13 LOCAL VENUES

CROWCOMBE COURT 01984 618 478 | Crowcombe Court is a Grade I listed Georgian mansion located in the picturesque village of Crowcombe, around eight miles west of Taunton. The magnificent English Baroque-style house was built in the 1730s from amber-coloured bricks with Bath stone for the pilasters and frontispiece. Set in the foothills of the Quantock Hills, the beautiful grounds boast many a stunning photo opportunity from the lake to the croquet lawn. There’s also a wild woodland and guests are welcome to explore throughout the wedding celebrations. The Great Hall is a magnificent room for a civil ceremony and can seat up to 100 of your nearest and dearest. The intricate, original Italian plasterwork provides a grand and luxurious backdrop to your vows. What’s more, with flexibility in the room’s configuration you can set up the space just as you’d like it. The Carew Room is ideal for more intimate nuptials, and if the sun is shining, the Gazebo is a stunning option for an outdoor ceremony set amongst traditional English country gardens. The high ceilings of the Victorian Ballroom, adorned with crystal chandeliers offers a showstopping setting for your wedding breakfast and can seat up to 100 of your loved ones. The venue’s maximum capacity for an evening reception is 150. The combination of bespoke in-house catering, a reasonably priced wine list, the bar, and dancing in the Vaulted Undercroft gives you plenty of exciting options when planning your big day. As with all Gilchrist Collection venues Crowcombe Court has a bright and airy Getting Ready Room to prepare for the big day ahead, and a sumptuous honeymoon suite with a four-poster bed and roll-top bath to relax at the end of the night. Crowcombe Court also has a further 12 bedrooms and three apartments on site to accommodate guests. DUNSTER TITHE BARN 01643 821 658 | Dunster Tithe Barn, a stunning and unique venue, might be ancient but it boasts all the mod-cons, is fully accessible and has its own car park. This vast structure with huge oak doors benefits from heated wooden and stone floors, a fully-equipped commercial kitchen, and a centrally-located bar. Outside, you have direct access to the linhay and extensive walled gardens (hired separately via the Village Gardens Trust). These spaces are ideal for champagne, canapés, and garden games, and are adjoined by the church and dovecote. The folly Conygar Tower and Dunster Castle loom large, and to the north are extensive views across the Bristol Channel with nostalgic sounds of the steam railway to be heard from just a short distance away. The fully-beamed medieval Main Hall with impressive oak doors and minstrels gallery can host ceremonies for 120 guests seated. Alternatively, for more intimate “I dos,” the Meeting Room can host 60 guests seated. It’s more modern and carpeted but has been designed sympathetically to complement the Main Hall. Receptions too can be hosted in both the Main Hall and Club/Meeting Room. Maximum seated dining capacity for the former is 120, while more guests can be accommodated for an evening reception. 14

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 | 07957 356764 Get in Touch! Welcome to Exmoor Classic Car Hire providing a selection of vehicles for weddings. Our chauffeur driven and self drive cars are available in the Minehead, Taunton and Bridgwater areas. Due to licensing restrictions we can provide cars for weddings ONLY. Looking for that special car for that special occasion?

HESTERCOMBE GARDENS 01823 413 923 | The historical buildings at Hestercombe have plenty of wow factor and offer unrivalled views across the glorious Edwardian gardens and beyond to the imposing Blackdown Hills. The venue features no less than 50 acres of lovingly restored gardens, representing three centuries of work and featuring lakes, cascades, temples, rills, shade-dappled pathways, and romantic corners. The beautiful scenery is tended by a team of skilled gardeners all year round providing a very special setting indeed for any big day. Ceremonies can be held in The Orangery for up to 90 loved ones. A beautiful light-filled setting, this iconic ham-stone building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and offers the ideal backdrop whatever your theme. Guests can spill out onto the Orangery Lawn and enjoy a drinks reception post vows. The Bampfylde Hall meanwhile, dates back to 1680 and with its high ceilings and dramatic timber beams it provides a memorable space for your vows. There’s space here for “I dos” witnessed by 150 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to exchange vows al fresco, truly making the most of the gorgeous gardens, the Temple Arbour, dating from the 1750s and perched high above the Pear Pond, can seat up to 112. The Bampfylde Hall is also home to receptions at Hestercombe and can seat 112 guests for the wedding breakfast and can accommodate 150 for the evening do. With a lovely fairylight canopy it offers a charming and romantic atmosphere as you dine and dance the night away. Hestercombe House too can host intimate ceremonies and receptions in its period rooms, perfect for smaller wedding parties. All of the venue’s newlyweds are given a full membership for a year and are invited back for a celebratory afternoon tea on their anniversary. WATERSIDE COUNTRY BARN 01823 461 817 | A hidden gem surrounded by fields with panoramic views of the stunning countryside, this is a charming and romantic barn venue. The grounds feature on-site glamping accommodation across four units sleeping up to 10, each with its own firepit. The site itself is surrounded by the River Tone, with a beautiful lake at its heart and abundant wildlife. The setting offers a gorgeous backdrop for those all-important photos and there’s even a row boat, giant tree swing and old red tractor for some fun shots. Al fresco “I dos” take place on the decking overlooking the Emerald Lake and Willow Tree Island. There’s space here for 160 of your loved ones. Indoors, the Waterside Country Barn can accommodate 160 and offers a blank canvas allowing you to create a personal setting for such an important moment. The Barn is also the spot where celebrations are held for 160 seated and 200 standing. It’s open plan, which means it’s easy for everyone to stay together on your special day and boasts exposed beams. The venue offers a free wine-tasting session and discounted rates if you’d like to stay and trial the on-site accommodation ahead of the big day. Accommodation is included in wedding packages for two nights and up to 10 guests. LOCAL VENUES 17

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

Go with the flow We round up some of the region’s favourite waterside venues THE MILL AT RODE 01373 673 112 | Steeped in history and nestled in the heart of the countryside, The Mill at Rode is a characterful destination that’s undergone a remarkable transformation. Once a bustling cloth mill, it’s now a charming country eating house and bar. But this is not just a place for dining and drink! It’s a location that’s been repurposed to serve a multitude of functions with its wonderful events space and outdoor riverside terrace. Set among two acres, you’ll find a picturesque beer garden here overlooking the river Frome. Plus, the Love Bridge is the ideal place for you to take some memorable couple shots. The outdoor terrace comfortably seats 30 nearest and dearest, where they can soak up the sun. The venue is hoping to receive its ceremony licence very soon, at which point your “I dos” will be held in The Loom Room, surrounded by 80 guests. Receptions will also take place here for 80 seated or 110 standing. The space beautifully intertwines past and present, named after the looms that were once the backbone of the mill’s operation. It has now been transformed into a warm, inviting room that still retains its original historical charm. The rustic beams and soft lighting all come together to create an atmosphere of nostalgia and tranquillity. A perfect setting for intimate gatherings, the Loom Room offers a memorable experience for all. In addition, the Wheel House, at the heart of the mill is available for intimate dinners or small gatherings. Once the powerhouse that ran the mill, it has been adapted into a cosy intimate space, with the original wheel now a prominent feature lending a historical, rustic charm sure to captivate your guests. The venue also offers a menu tasting with its gold package, and engraved padlock for the Love Bridge, plus a bottle of prosecco on your first anniversary. YARLINGTON BARN 07871 368 819 | Set in the heart of rural Somerset, Yarlington Barn is a gorgeous, familyrun wedding venue located on a cider farm. This wonderful lakeside venue with a woodland backdrop and gorgeous rose-clad gazebo is the most beautiful spot for breathtaking wedding day photographs. Be it the frost of winter, the apple blossom of spring, the smell of cut grass in the summer or the colours of autumn, Yarlington Barn is an oh-so romantic and exclusive venue for all seasons. Inside the rustic barn, exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers create a touch of countryside magic, while the unusual barrel bar reflects its heritage as a cider farm. The Barn is fully licensed for civil ceremonies, so from beginning to end you can host your perfect day right here. The Ceremony Room can seat up to 80 loved ones for the “I dos.” The main function space, the Lakeview Room, can seat up to 80 for a formal seated wedding breakfast at round tables of eight or 10. It has a fully-stocked bar and being a cider farm the team can certainly provide you with plenty of Somerset’s favourite tipple! For the evening revelries, the venue can accommodate up to 160 guests for a hog roast or buffet with a disco and dancing. 19 WATERSIDE VENUES

ORCHARDLEIGH ESTATE 01373 472 550 | Nestled amidst 500 acres of parkland and lakes, Orchardleigh is a family-owned country estate in Somerset. The estate 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. Ceremonies can be held in The Ballroom (up to 100 guests), The Great Hall (up to 130 guests), The Belvedere (up to 144 guests), or in the magnificent Orchardleigh House Gardens looking over the lake ( up to 150 guests). Alternatively, the estate’s island church is a super-romantic 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 offer sweeping views across the estate. The Ballroom has a capacity of 150 for a memorable wedding breakfast, bursting with elegance it boasts high ceilings and feature windows. What’s more, because Orchardleigh is a private house, residents and guests can celebrate until dawn! The house can sleep 95 guests within 41 opulent bedrooms, with further accommodation potentially available in the estate cottages if required. QUANTOCK LAKES 07879 812 516 | Quantock Lakes is a multi-award-winning barn wedding venue nestled close to the famous Quantock Hills in Somerset. The venue hosts a limited number of weddings each year, ensuring an exclusive and personalised experience for its couples. Choose from a variety of wedding-day options as you arrive on wedding eve, stay for at least two nights and marry on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. As you drive through the tree-lined entrance, escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in a tranquil world. This family-run, exclusive-use venue with accommodation sets the stage for an unforgettable celebration. Exchange vows in the enchanting Rustic Barn, illuminated by fairylights and offering panoramic views of the lakes and iconic Quantock Hills. Accommodating up to 100 guests, it’s a romantic setting for your “I dos.” Alternatively, the majestic Quantock Barn with tall ceilings, an inglenook fireplace, and stunning views is perfect for larger gatherings, hosting up to 250 guests. In fair weather, consider the picturesque lake pontoon for an al fresco ceremony. Continue the celebrations in the elegant Meadow Barn with bi-fold doors and a quartet of chandeliers, providing a delightful backdrop. Conclude the night in the Quantock Barn, where fairylit beams and a hand-crafted oak bar set the stage for an unforgettable party. After the festivities, continue your celebrations in the accommodation and in the morning, relish a full English breakfast, before bidding farewell to your guests. 20 A stunning lakeside barn in the heart of Somerset Unique & Exclusive Yarlington Barn • • 01460 240855 Create Your Perfect Day • Licensed for weddings all year in the Great Hall or outside • Exclusive use of marquee and gardens from May to September • Ample adjacent level parking for guests • Freedom to arrange your food, drinks and entertainment • No corkage or VAT Your Party, Done Your Way • Ceremony room sits up to 75, unlimited numbers if outside • Marquee seats up to 200 people • Dance floor, tables and chairs lighting and heating included • Discreet equipped catering area and fully staffed bar provided • In between Yeovil and Taunton with easy access to the A303

A picturesque wedding venue in the Cotswolds | 01285 864 079 | Lake 6, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5FP Set in miles of Cotswolds countryside and more than 150 lakes, De Vere Cotswold Water Park is an exclusive venue that creates a backdrop for a wedding day like no other. Whether you’re going all out for your wedding day, or you’re dreaming of a more intimate affair, De Vere Cotswold Water Park has a beautiful function space suitable for you. - Fully licensed for civil ceremonies from 2 to 500 guests - Wedding packages from just £85 per person - Breathtaking, panoramic lake views - Dedicated wedding team to help you every step of the way - Exclusive and delicious wedding menus crafted by our Executive Chef - Over 300 stylish bedrooms, including 4 luxury suites - Discounted accommodation rates To arrange a viewing of the venue and to discuss how we can bring your dream day to life, please contact us on the details below. Wedding Show Sunday 3rd March 2024 11am - 3pm

ROMAN BATHS & PUMP ROOM 01225 477 786 | Located at the heart of the World Heritage Site, the Roman Baths & Pump Room is without doubt one of the most distinctive buildings in the country. The award-winning complex is steeped in history, with its origins dating back 2,000 years. The hot baths, which yield around 1,200,000 litres of water daily at a constant 46 degrees are surrounded by the original ancient paving and it’s here that sunrise and sunset ceremonies take place, overlooked by the beautiful Bath Abbey. The Great Bath area is part of the vast ancient monument; while the adjoining Georgian Pump Room, an elegant building with tall windows and Corinthian columns, frequented by Jane Austen, is accessed from the Abbey churchyard. The enchanting Roman Baths offer the perfect combination of stunning outdoor and indoor space in a prime location for small weddings. Despite being open to the elements it’s is still safe for ceremonies as shelter is provided by the soffits of the terrace above. Vows can be exchanged on the surrounding Roman pavement in the morning or the evening. What could be more magical than saying “I do” then sipping champagne with flaming torches reflected in the thermal waters? Whichever you choose, a sunrise or sunset wedding will provide a truly romantic start to your married life. You can choose to enjoy the elopement package or have a larger celebration surrounded by loved ones. Sunrise ceremonies take place at 8.30am and may be followed by a champagne breakfast in the Grand Pump Room Restaurant. Sunset ceremonies on the other hand are held at 7.30pm and can be followed by drinks beside the Great Bath with further celebrations in the Terrace and Reception Hall for 40 to 160 guests. Alternatively, you may hire the whole venue with a capacity of 290. Evening hire isn’t available from mid-June to the end of August. PENNARD HOUSE 01749 860 700 | Pennard House is a family-owned wedding venue located in a small village near Shepton Mallet, Somerset. It offers couples exclusive use and boasts a relaxed, family home feel. The house is surrounded by large lush gardens and 180 acres of meadows. It all boasts endless places for photo opportunities and drinks receptions. With 12 comfortable bedrooms there’s plenty of space to enjoy the morning preparations. Accommodation is available for up to 24 guests and as the venue don’t hold weddings on consecutive days, the house can be booked for two nights. The Napier Room is a large, bright space with high ceilings, large windows and antique mirrors adorning the walls. Here, 85 nearest and dearest can witness your ceremony. Alternatively, available for al fresco “I dos,” the Garden Pavilion, which is located in the grounds, can host 120. Receptions can be held on the south-facing lawns with terraces available for drinks receptions. It’s also the perfect place for a spot of croquet and snapping some pictures in the rose gardens. If you’d rather be inside, the 18C Coach House and stables can accommodate 120 loved ones, and has been converted to provide a memorable space for wedding breakfasts and evening celebrations. There’s a large, bright dining space upstairs and downstairs there’s a private bar, dancefloor and cosy seating booths, opening up onto an outside space with further seating and a firepit. 23 WATERSIDE VENUES

One day... Chloe’s dreams came true when she married Matt at Tracy Park in August Images courtesy of Shooting Pixels 24

Chloe and Matt met at a mutual friend’s birthday party when they were 18. There was an initial attraction but they didn’t exchange numbers until the following year after bumping into each other again at a club in Bristol. After some texting back and forth they went on their first date and the rest is history. Matt popped the question in the couple’s favourite restaurant on Chloe’s 26th birthday, much to her surprise. “It was such a wonderful experience and one I’ll never forget,” she says. Matt was so nervous leading up to his proposal that Chloe thought he was coming down with a cold! He’d taken her younger sister to help him pick out a ring a few weeks before, and she knew exactly the type of ring Chloe would like ensuring he chose the perfect fit. Chloe who’d worked in the centre of Bath would pass Tracy Park every day and always said to herself: “One day I’ll get married there.” So, when Matt asked the all-important question, she wasted no time in checking out the website and brochure, immediately booking an appointment to visit. “We met the fabulous Michaela who gave us the most magical tour of the grounds, ceremony room and onsite accommodation,” says Chloe. “We were completely blown away and my mum helped us pick our wedding date.” That date was 30th August, 2023. Here, the bride takes us behind the scenes of the big day and preparations... SETTING THE SCENE The couple’s favourite chocolates are Lindt balls, so they chose these for their favours and popped two in a white box for each of their guests. They must have gone down well as there weren’t any left at the end of the day! Chloe sat down with their fabulous florist, Lara, and covered everything from flowers to venue styling and centrepieces together. “Everything was beautiful and fitted perfectly with my colour palette of sage green with a few white roses and gypsophila. It was everything and more, I can’t thank Lara enough,” Chloe tells us. During another consultation, this time with cake maker Helen, Chloe was able to discuss design ideas. She even had some beautiful cupcakes to taste and take home before deciding on the flavour of the ultimate big-day bake. Helen also contacted Lara to liaise on final touches to the cake, making sure it was in keeping with the couple’s theme. “Everyone loved it and the 25 REAL WEDDINGS

Founded in 1818, The Clifton Club provides unrivalled hospitality in luxurious regency surroundings. Overlooking the beautiful Mall Gardens and just a stone’s throw away from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, this magnificent, historic Club radiates comfort, luxury and charm and is the perfect setting for weddings and civil partnerships in the most breathtaking surroundings. The Club is perfectly situated in the heart of Clifton Village, which boasts of pebbled streets, Georgian architecture and Clifton Down common with over 400 acres of parks overlooking the Avon Gorge. Bespoke Wedding Service | Luxurious Heritage Interiors | Dedicated Events Team | Free Wedding Menu Tasting | Exceptional Service Guaranteed | Exclusively Yours | Ceremony Only Options Available If you would like to discuss your perfect wedding day, please do get in touch and a member of our dedicated team: Nestled in the heart of Clifton Village, overlooking The Mall Gardens, The Clifton Club is fully licensed to hold wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships in one of three beautiful rooms within our grand Georgian building. From intimate ceremonies to grand occasions, The Clifton Club is the perfect wedding venue choice. Fine Dining is prepared in house by our Head Chef, with a complimentary Wedding Menu Tasting provided for the Bride & Groom. Bespoke Wedding Service • Luxurious Heritage Interiors • Dedicated Events Team Exceptional Service Guaranteed • Exclusively Yours • Ceremony Only Options Available For further information or for a copy of our Wedding Brochure, please get in touch T: 0117 9745039 E: The Clifton Club, 22 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4DS 0117 9745039 | | Instagram: @TheCliftonClub / @CliftonClubWeddings | Facebook: The Clifton Club The Clifton Club, 22 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4DS The Clifton Club is best known for its traditional heritage, opulent interiors, and reputation for providing the highest quality, fine dining food, with locally sourced ingredients by our resident Head Chef, who brings vast experience and creativity to every meal. The Clifton Club can accommodate up to 100 guests seated for a wedding breakfast, with a maximum capacity of 120 for an evening reception.

flavours we chose. Matt loves lemon cake so we chose this for one of the tiers, followed by a prosecco and raspberry layer and, of course, chocolate.” All of the catering was covered by the venue. The couple were given a full menu to review back in the January and were able to taste their favourites. “All of the food was absolutely delicious – it was difficult to choose only three options! Our guests loved our wedding breakfast and were blown away,” Chloe remembers. “The team were so accommodating with food allergies and preferences too.” The couple opted for tomato and pepper soup, beef with potatoes and vegetables, and apple pie to finish (Chloe’s grandad’s favourite). LOOKING THE PART Chloe wore an elegant, understated gown cinched at the waist with puffed sleeves and a slight split at the front. “I felt like a Disney princess in it,” she shares. She always thought she’d go for something lacey, but from the moment she tried Florence from Love and Honour on, she knew it was the one. I added a beautiful head piece and pearl veil to complete the look, started the day in white Prada heels and finished it in white Crocs. Wise lady! Matt was dressed to match the rest of his party in a grey suit with sage green tie and pocket square. “We wanted them to match, but he always stands out to me,” Chloe says. The bridesmaids were dressed in a complementary shade of sage green, in dresses with tie shoulders and a slight split at the front. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The couple decided to keep things simple and enlisted a DJ as their evening entertainment. “Darren from The Wedding Players was absolutely fantastic. The dancefloor was full all night and he kept the mood upbeat, while taking on board everything we wanted played. It was the perfect end to our special day,” Chloe remembers. MEMORABLE MOMENTS “At the beginning of the day, we were both full of nerves but I had a fantastic bridal party around me keeping me as calm as possible,” Chloe shares. “Matt too had his groomsmen around him keeping the nerves at bay. Once we saw each other at the end of the aisle though all of our nerves went away and I couldn’t believe our wedding day was finally here. After our vows and celebratory walk up the aisle, we took five minutes alone together to let the fact that we were finally husband and wife sink in. “Thanks to the beautiful weather on the day we were able to go out on the Tracy Park golf buggy, which was an amazing experience and a great way to finish up our photos. We went all over the grounds and our photographer Andy took the most breathtaking shots with Bath and Bristol behind us. He also captured some incredible creative images of our wedding party, which we’ll treasure forever as well as making us laugh. “The whole team at Tracy Park went above and beyond for us making our day extra special. The day went so smoothly and each guest had the best time. Plus, every supplier Michaela recommended was fantastic.” REAL WEDDINGS 27