Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding - November/December 2023 (Issue 46)

Wedding belles Local real-life love stories A SLICE OF PARADISE Hot honeymoon destinations WIN! A mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 Flowers, accessories and more Handmade WITH LOVE MODEL LOOKS Big-day beauty news and tips NOV/DEC 2023 £3.55 DEVON CORNWALL & WEDDING

Website: Instagram: @osborne_hotel_torquay Facebook: @osbornehotel The best day of your life deserves a unique and memorable setting, and where better to celebrate your love than overlooking the sparkling sea in a historic regency hotel. The Osborne Hotel is grand enough to be luxurious and yet small enough to offer unrivalled care and attention to each guest. With our historical ambiance and contemporary styling, we believe we offer a unique venue, tailored individually for your dream wedding. We have two options for your civil ceremony or partnership, each with their own unique character and charm. With panoramic sea views that overlook Meadfoot beach our venue brings an oceanic touch to your ceremony. Weddings & Civil Ceremonies THE OSBORNE HOTEL Osborne Hotel, Hesketh Crescent, Torquay, TQ1 2LL E: T: 01803 213311

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 50 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2023 VENUES 15 ‘TIS THE SEASON Magical, festive-inspired venues 21 SPOTLIGHT ON... Truro to Plymouth On the cover Real wedding couple Hannah and James are our cover stars this issue, photographed on their special day at Higher Bughill Farm by Jane Austin Romance Photography. Turn to page 31 to read all about their rustic-inspired, country wedding. 82 FEATURES 43 HEAVEN IN DEVON The idyllic Reforge Retreat near Black Torrington provided the backdrop for this styled shoot 47 WINTER WONDERLAND The talented team at Knightor Winery curated this seasonal Cornish shoot 53 FINISHING TOUCHES Wedding ideas hand-crafted by local artisans 57 FESTIVE PHOTOS Winter wedding favourites from local photographers 71 3

HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 86 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 88 WHAT A TREAT! The stylish Retreat at Elcot Park is country-house comfort at its best FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS Bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024 68 PARTY PIECES Dazzle in stunning silver and crystal accessories 69 A TOUCH OF COLOUR Winter isn’t about wearing a white dress, pick a pastel shade or something a little bolder 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 74 BEAUTY QUEEN We chat to Hannah Martin about her new book, Makeup, and all things bridal beauty 76 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 77 WELL GROUNDED If wedding planning stress is getting the better of you, take this time-out with Ground Wellbeing’s Peigin Crowley 62 86 78 REAL WEDDINGS 26 MEMORIES MADE IN DEVON Charlotte and Craig’s marquee reception enjoyed a navy, pink and burgundy theme 31 DOWN ON THE FARM Hannah and James’s country wedding took place at Higher Bughill Events 36 A CORNISH LOVE STORY Jess and Laurie, along with their dog, Pugly enjoyed a coastal wedding in Porthilly GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 MANE ATTRACTION Influencer Eyal Booker and his brother Ariel reveal their top hair care tips for grooms-to-be 80 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be 63 72 84 4

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1 Charles St, Plymouth PL1 1EA 01752 661456 GET IN TOUCH Symbolise your forever love with our stunning wedding rings collection. Crafted with precision and passion, there’s a style to suit everyone. e Old Foundry, 12 Bridge Street, Bridge Street Car Park, Bideford, EX39 2BU | 0800 0016 776 | Introducing a Unique Venue Space for events in the Heart of Bideford. New Venue Space Launching Soon in the heart of Bideford! COMING SOON! Save the date! On November 12th, 2023 for our grand opening! It caters to a variety of events including business and social functions, wedding receptions, pop-up restaurants, and more. Join us for our grand opening on November 12th, 2023, or visit our website for a sneak peek and to book a viewing or tasting. is bespoke event space and Forge Bar is designed with a charming barn-like ambiance, complete with hand-cra ed doors and black forged door furniture.

Yes, it’s that magical time of the year once again! I don’t know about you but this year has passed by quickly for me, and luckily it has been a wonderful one. I’m very blessed to be a proud auntie to my little nephew, Malachi who was born last Christmas – the best present ever! I’ve also been lucky enough to experience some memorable trips and experiences this year, including snorkelling in Mauritius; practising yoga in Turkey and enjoying a speedboat trip around the Greek islands. When you read this, I’ll be enjoying the lead-up to Christmas in Miami and New Orleans. To celebrate this festive period, I’ve compiled a seasonal issue for you to enjoy. There’s everything from themed real weddings and styled shoots to snow-capped venues, perfect for winter weddings. Don’t miss the latest news, offers, fashion, beauty and honeymoon inspiration plus there are handmade ideas for those planning a DIY wedding, and local photographers reveal their favourite festive snaps. For those of you getting married soon, I wish you many congratulations and for those not taking the plunge until 2024, I’ll see you next issue. Happy Christmas! Claire x ISSN 2397-4133 Your Devon & Cornwall 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 Devon & Cornwall Wedding is published six times a year. Claire Ridley, Editor Ho, ho, ho cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Tony Smith | 01376 538 562 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Ridley | 01376 535 611 Thomas Frost Photography took this colourful image as part of our exclusive shoot at Knightor Winery showcased on page 47. Nationwide jeweller, Fraser Hart has launched its stunning lab-grown diamond collection into 10 of its stores, including the Plymouth branch. Read all about it on page 50. I love this marquee wedding set up at Porthilly Farm. Read the real-life love story of Jess and Laurie on page 36. If I were having a winter wedding, I’d be wearing this handmade headband from online boutique Lacey Lou – it’s stunning! See more dazzling designs on page 53. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 I love this Christmas-themed real wedding that was expertly caught on camera by Jane Austin Romance Photography. See more seasonal snaps on page 57. How cute is this photo snapped as part of our shoot at Reforge Retreat? See the feature in full on page 43.

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Nearlywed All the latest from around both regions DEVON’S LYMPSTONE MANOR UNVEILS FIRST CLASSIC CUVÉE Luxury Devon country house hotel Lympstone Manor is thrilled to announce the launch of its 2020 Classic Cuvée under its Lympstone Manor Estate label. Five years after chef and owner Michael Caines planted 17,500 vines in 2018, the long-anticipated launch marks the first sparkling wine produced from the hotel’s vineyard, to sit alongside its award-winning 2020 Triassic Pinot Noir, launched in 2022. Caines has been passionate about the evolution of English wine and in 2018, created the Lympstone Manor Vineyard to produce high-quality English sparkling wine utilising the champagne varieties Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier. In partnership with Devon’s Lyme Bay Winery, two wines have been produced from the Lympstone Manor estate – the 2020 Triassic Pinot Noir, a rich red Pinot Noir named Triassic as a nod to the ancient UNESCO heritage Devon coastline on which the vineyard shares its home and the new Classic Cuvée sparkling wine. The estate will also launch a still Rosé Wine in addition to the Classic Cuvée, to be named Isabeau after Michael’s daughter. This will be followed by further releases of wine including a barrel-aged Chardonnay next year to mark the 7th anniversary of the opening of the hotel. Michael Caines MBE, Lympstone Manor chef patron says, “It’s an incredible milestone for Lympstone Manor Hotel to launch its first Classic Cuvée from the 2020 vintage, under the Lympstone Manor Estate title, an award-winning single vineyard estate with a growing collection of wines. I would have never imagined saying “award-winning” when I was inspired to plant a vineyard back in 2015, but it was an instinctive decision, inspired by my travels to vineyard locations all over Europe. This was just the start of an incredible journey that we have shared with Lyme Bay Winery, which is getting a growing reputation for producing award-winning English wines. The 2022 harvest saw the diversification of our portfolio with the addition of our first still Rosé wine, Isabeau, the production of a barrel-fermented still Chardonnay and sparkling Blanc de Noirs, all designed with a focus on being food-friendly, high in quality and representing the full expression of the grape varieties grown on this unique site.” James Lambert, managing director and head winemaker of Lyme Bay Winery said, “Made using fruit from the 2020 vintage, the Lympstone Manor Estate Classic Cuvée incorporates beautiful richness from pinot noir, fruit and fragrance from pinot meunier, and stunning layers of depth from chardonnay fermented and aged in a mix of oak and stainless steel. Altogether, it is a wine of elegance and complexity, created to complement the cuisine and ambience of Lympstone Manor both as an aperitif and to pair with Michael’s signature dishes. All of us at Lyme Bay are thrilled to be part of this project, and to have played a part with Michael, Steve and the team to help bring it to life.” Lympstone Manor, the acclaimed luxury country house hotel on the banks of the Exe Estuary in East Devon, is Michael Caines’ flagship hotel and forms part of the Michael Caines Collection. Since opening six years ago, the manor house and fine dining restaurant have been transformed. Enhancements include an outdoor heated pool and pool house plus six shepherd huts in a woodland setting, in addition to the now-established vineyard. Classic Cuvée and Triassic Pinot Noir will both be available in Lympstone Manor’s Restaurant and Pool House Restaurant & Bar. To celebrate the launch, hotel guests can book dinner, bed and breakfast with a 25% discount during November and December, enjoying a glass of Classic Cuvée on their first night. Restaurant guests can choose between three courses for £69.00 or four courses for £79.00 with a glass of the Classic Cuvée mid-week for lunch during November. Vineyard tours are available to guests and visitors every Wednesday between May and September and include a vineyard visit, tasting and a delicious four-course lunch. To book, visit NEWS THE IDLE ROCKS WINS THREE AA ROSETTES The Idle Rocks, the luxury boutique hotel located in St Mawes, Cornwall has been awarded the prestigious Three AA Rosette award as well as the AA Breakfast Award for 2023. The long-established AA Rosettes scheme celebrates successful cooking at different levels across the UK. Graduating from its Two AA Rosette Award, Three AA Rosettes are given to restaurants that inspectors deem to have ‘achieved culinary standards that demand national recognition well beyond their local area’, highlighting the hard work and talent of the culinary team at The Idle Rocks led by head chef Matt Haggath. The chic and contemporary coastal retreat boasts a stylish and relaxed restaurant that showcases a delectable array of dishes, thoughtfully crafted with the finest Cornish ingredients. The seasonal menus are a culinary journey through a symphony of flavours and textures, all while offering breathtaking views of the stunning St Mawes Harbour. To find out more and to book a stay, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

LUSCOMBE PASSIONATE GINGER BEER NAMED DRINK PRODUCT OF THE YEAR Luscombe has always been known for its outstanding ginger beers and the Luscombe Passionate Ginger Beer has just been named Food Drink Devon’s ‘Drink Product of the Year’ in the 2023 awards. Luscombe Passionate Ginger Beer is crafted using only the finest organic Peruvian fresh root ginger, milled on-site at Luscombe’s farm, so it better retains the heat. Blended with organic Sicilian lemons, carbonated Dartmoor spring water and organic passion fruit juice, it is perfect for those looking for something a little different. It sits alongside the world-famous Luscombe Hot Ginger Beer and Cool Ginger Beer. Founder and owner, Gabriel David, is renowned for his pursuit of perfection and no-compromise approach to creating an elegant and multi-award-winning range of drinks that use the very finest organic ingredients and Dartmoor spring water. On winning the award, Gabriel says: “We have always set out to create a range of ginger beers which stand apart from anything else you can drink and this award does confirm this position. Taste is everything and we feel confident that Luscombe hits a pinnacle in this aspect.” This organic drink brings together the spice of ginger with the sweetness of passion fruit, offering a luxurious twist on a classic. Simply serve over ice, as Luscombe Passionate Ginger Beer has already been blended to perfection, and pair with a wide range of foods, both savoury and sweet. Luscombe is proud to have been the first drinks brand to have gained organic accreditation from the Soil Association and, like all of the drinks in the range, Passionate Ginger Beer contains no artificial additives, sweeteners or concentrates. It’s available in a box of 12 x 27cl, for £26.50 from and there’s free delivery on all orders over £60. Awarded a Royal Warrant, Luscombe has produced beautifully crafted drinks on a farm in Devon since 1975. Today, the range includes organic fruit juices, crushes, bubblies, tonic waters and mixers plus a traditional organic Devon cider. Another recent launch, perfect for weddings was Luscombe Sicilian Citrus Crush, pictured, created in honour of Luscombe founder Gabriel’s grandmother’s favourite non-alcoholic tipple of orange juice and bitter lemon. A lightly sparkling citrus classic, it’s crafted using the juice of organic Sicilian oranges and lemons grown in the volcanic soils of Mount Etna, blended with their source of Dartmoor spring water. Food Drink Devon is committed to increasing the county’s profile, both nationally and internationally and represents a membership of Devon’s leading food and drink producers, speciality retailers, hospitality and catering businesses. Through working with like-minded businesses, together they showcase Devon as a county where the use of fantastic quality, seasonal and local produce is standard. The organisation and its members share a commitment to enjoy, inspire and discover more about food and drink. EDITOR LOVES Multi-award-winning Salcombe Gin is delighted to have partnered with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to launch Four Seas by Salcombe Gin. Commemorating the charity’s upcoming 200th anniversary, the new classic London dry gin is a true celebration of British and Irish coastal community spirit. Available now, for the next two years every bottle of Four Seas by Salcombe Gin will help save lives at sea, with 10% of the net price of each bottle sold proudly donated to the vital work of the RNLI. Four Seas by Salcombe Gin, an ideal choice for weddings is available in a 70cl bottle, £39.50, and Salcombe Gin’s Dartmouth and Salcombe-based stores as well as Master of Malt, Amazon and leading independent retailers. 10

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Boringdon Park Golf Weddings Plymbridge Road . Plympton . PL7 4QG 01752 339113 Call or email Amanda Taylor for more details A premier venue in Plymouth for the perfect wedding Plan your dream wedding with an exclusive personalised package at one of Plymouth and Devon’s favourite wedding venues. With stunning panoramic views across Plymouth Sound and Dartmoor, Boringdon Park is an elegant and modern venue thats the perfect location for your special day. Set in the heart of 200 acres of delightful grounds savour the magnificent vista as you approach our ever-popular venue up the impressive driveway – views that will give you a memorable backdrop to an unforgettable day. We are now booking weddings for 2024-2025 with limited late availability for 2023. Ashridge Great Barn 01837 352025 Romantic Rustic Barn with Outdoor Space Beautiful Pet Friendly Grounds Planning Support and On the Day Coordination

Take advantage of these great giveaways MEMORIES MADE Sara Price is an award-winning celebrant based in Helston, Cornwall working throughout the South West. She conducts wedding ceremonies, including elopements, micro weddings and vow renewals. She works with couples, writing and conducting their bespoke ceremony in a dream location of their choice. Sara offers two different wedding packages, the Signature Package and the Petite Weddings Package. The Petite Weddings Package, from £495 is for between two and 20 guests and is available Monday to Thursday. The price includes but is not limited to, a consultation call via Zoom with a wedding questionnaire to be filled in for Sara to get to know each couple; preparing the ceremony script and conducting the ceremony with unlimited emails, phone and Zoom calls from the time of booking until the day of the ceremony. The Signature Package, from £570 is for any number of wedding guests and is available on any day. The price includes all of the above plus an optional site visit (with a charge if it’s located more than 25 miles away); help with writing vows if needed plus a ceremony rehearsal and the signing of the commemorative certificate. Optional mini-rituals cost £40 extra and include a hand-fasting or sand ceremony, or lighting a unity candle. Sara offers a 5% discount to members of the UK Armed Forces and also employees of the NHS. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding has teamed up with Sara to offer lucky readers a complimentary mini-ritual of a hand-fasting, sand ceremony or cocktail ceremony. To take advantage of this offer, call 01209 831 430 or visit; WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

One of Cornwall’s most unique small wedding venues, Pengersick Castle is steeped in history with tales of shipwrecks, smuggling and hidden treasure. Grade I listed and dating back to 1520 the castle oozes charm and character with ornately carved fireplaces, massive beams and fine carved stone mullion windows. The castle makes the most magical backdrop for your special day. PENGERSICK LANE, PRAA SANDS, PENZANCE, CORNWALL TR20 9SJ 01736 763973 | |

HOUSEL BAY HOTEL LAUNCHES WEDDING PACKAGES Housel Bay hotel situated on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall is now available for exclusive-use hire for weddings with the launch of its wedding offering. Known as Britain’s most southerly hotel, it’s situated in a secluded clifftop location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering an uninterrupted backdrop of the stunning Atlantic Ocean and Lizard Lighthouse. Weddings at the hotel offer couples a private and intimate space, with 23 bedrooms available for friends and family and the capacity to host a wedding breakfast and reception for up to 70 guests, with each wedding tailored to suit the couple’s requirements. General manager, Alfred Mesropians said, “I’m delighted that we have been able to put together such a special wedding offering and we can’t wait to welcome couples and their families to spend their special day with us. Weddings at Housel Bay will reflect our usual guest experience which includes a stunning landscape and views to enjoy, fantastic food and expert staff on hand to ensure everything is running smoothly.” The hotel’s cliffside garden offers a picturesque space for guests and Housel Bay beach, just a stone’s throw away, provides a stunning location for wedding photos. The hotel is also home to Marconi’s Bar, a separate dining space, a cosy snug area and a yoga studio, all of which will be available to the happy couple. Guests can enjoy a wedding breakfast designed by Joseph Fallowfield, head chef of Housel Bay’s on-site two-rosette restaurant, Fallowfields. Joseph’s sample seven-course wedding breakfast menu includes dishes such as monkfish carpaccio, oxtail ravioli, dry-aged beef fillet, and lime and cardamom rice pudding. Alfred continued, “We have spent a long time perfecting the offering to ensure we can give couples and their guests a truly magical wedding celebration. Housel Bay is the perfect location for a wedding and the hospitality and service provided by our amazing team will add that extra touch to ensure your day is truly special.” The venue doesn’t have a ceremony licence but couples can do this at the nearby Church Cove. Wedding celebrations must be a minimum of two nights and are only available between October and May. Prices start from £15,000. For more details, visit TAWSTOCK COURT, BARNSTAPLE, DEVON Tawstock Court is a fine Georgian country house and an exclusive-use wedding venue with a castle-like appearance. It’s situated within 32 acres of grounds and ancient woodlands surrounded by the beautiful North Devon countryside. The courtyard has recently been transformed into a stunning space with ambience lighting, tables and seating underneath a canopy of fairylights, a decked area and swinging chairs. Inside, spacious Georgian rooms are filled with period features and windows revealing stunning views across the valley. Indoor ceremonies take place in The Panelled Hall for up to 90 guests with its two carved wooden pillars and working fireplace, perfect for winter weddings. The large front doors open out on to the balustrade with the water lily ornamental fountain in the background, which offers another great ceremony setting, and for couples wanting a church ceremony, St. Peter’s Church is a two-minute walk from the bottom of the garden. For intimate, smaller wedding receptions, the Grey room located at the front of the house holds up to 48 guests. This delightful space offers period features and stunning views. Alternatively, The Old Refectory, which has been transformed into an elegant function room to host larger receptions has a beautiful parquet floor and reclaimed wood feature wall. In the evening, it sets the stage for a band or a disco for up to 200 guests. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01271 446 333, •We love... the Gatsby-inspired cocktail and the cocktail and gin bar that offers spaces for wedding guests to enjoy. ‘Tis the season Cosy up this Christmas in a magical snow-capped venue What’s new? 15 THEMED VENUES

UPTON BARN &WALLED GARDEN, CULLOMPTON, DEVON This award-winning, exclusive-use wedding venue offers an indoor and outdoor ceremony space in the beautiful Walled Garden under the Oak Arbour, and in the Cider Barn for year-round celebrations. A recent addition is The Paddock, a stylish light-filled space with a spa-worthy environment to get ready in, overlooking the rolling hills and patchwork fields of the Devonshire countryside through the vast floor-to-ceiling windows. The carefully considered interior design details and colour schemes have created ultra-luxe spaces equipped with everything needed to get ready on the morning of the wedding including a hair-washing basin and hair and make-up stations. There are also showers, fluffy towels, premium toiletries and plenty of little luxuries creating a home-from-home feel. This additional space is available to hire from 7 am until the ceremony begins when the wedding coordinator will accompany everyone down to the main venue for the wedding entrance. The Stalls are located just behind The Paddock and offer guests somewhere seriously stylish to stay on the night of the wedding in new accommodation pods set within a woodland glade. These rustic retreats with Hygge-inspired décor have been designed in a minimalist Scandi style. The Stalls can host up to eight people (two per pod) and are automatically booked for the night of the wedding to retain exclusivity. The venue marries the rustic charm of a Devon farm with a modern finish. Included in the wedding packages are the hire of trestle tables and chairs, a large oak barrel to display the cake, all glassware, a woodburning stove and logs, a firepit plus outdoor tables, chairs and parasols. The venue’s hand-picked collection of local caterers includes Pickle Shack and Mulberry Catering Co., both family-run businesses using independent suppliers and seasonal produce. Both work hard to ensure minimal food wastage. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01884 38302, •We love… that the venue incorporates as many eco-friendly elements as possible, from biomass heating and hot water to a borehole used for water supply and new solar panels. BOHO CORNWALL ELOPEMENTS AT PENGERSICK CASTLE, PENZANCE, CORNWALL Pengersick Castle in Penzance, Cornwall is a magical setting steeped in history and home to original beamed ceilings, ornately carved fireplaces and a fine Tudor stone spiral staircase, ideal for photographs. Another Insta-worthy backdrop is the main entrance with its arched doorway with a built-in drop slot. The Grade I-listed castle is perfect for intimate affairs of up to 38 guests plus the couple. There are several licensed areas for ceremonies including The Gun Room where private dining can also be enjoyed. There’s also The Solar Room that enjoys views across the manicured grounds and The Drawing Room with its log fireplace perfect for cosy winter weddings. The Pleasure Garden can be used for an outdoor ceremony during the warmer months when the raised flower beds are brimming with roses and other seasonal blooms, and the medieval Bower tucked away in a sheltered spot in the garden offers an idyllic outdoor ceremony option. Pengersick Castle has teamed up with Maya and Tom from BoHo Cornwall Elopements to offer a complete package, working with the castle and a team of trusted local professionals to provide a magical runaway wedding. Maya and Tom will guide couples through all aspects of arranging the special day and promise to make the process stress-free. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 07733 323 668,;;; •We love... the bedroom located at the top of the tower with windows on all sides. It’s furnished with a Tudor bed, perfect for newlyweds. 16

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THE MANOR HOUSE Licensed for Civil Ceremonies / Exclusive use of the whole building £600 / Ceremonies for up to 95 guests Evening celebrations up to 100 guests THE MANOR HOUSE OLD TOWN STREET, DAWLISH EX7 9AP 01626863388 / / AN OUTSANDING GEORGIAN MANOR HOUSE SET IN GLORIOUS LANDSCAPED GARDENS THE MANOR HOUSE Licensed for Civil Ceremonies / Exclusive use of the whole building £600 / Ceremonies for up to 95 guests Evening celebrations up to 100 guests THE MANOR HOUSE OLD TOWN STREET, DAWLISH EX7 9AP 01626863388 / / AN OUTSANDING GEORGIAN MANOR HOUSE SET IN GLORIOUS LANDSCAPED GARDENS THE MANOR HOU Licensed for Civil Ceremonies / Exclusive use of the building £600 / Ceremonies for up to 95 guests Evening celebrations up to 100 guests THE MANOR HOUSE OLD TOWN STREET, DAWLISH EX7 9AP 01626863388 / / dawlish. AN OUTSANDING GEORGIAN MANOR HOUSE SET IN GLORIOUS LANDSC THE MANOR HOUSE AN OUTSTANDING GEORGIAN MANOR HOUSE SET IN GLORIOUS LANDSCAPED GARDENS Licensed for Civil Ceremonies / Exclusive use of the whole building £700 / Ceremonies for up to 95 guests Evening celebrations up to 100 guests THE MANOR HOUSE OLD TOWN STREET, DAWLISH EX7 9AP 01626 863388 / / THE 2021 WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARDS: NATIONAL WINNER IMAGE BY JOSHUA GOODING PHOTOGRAPHY THE IMPERIAL HOTEL EXMOUTH Telephone 01395 274761. Option 2 IMPERIAL HOTEL, ESPALNADE, EXMOUTH, DEVON EX8 2SW

ST MICHAELS RESORT, GYLLYNGVASE BEACH, CORNWALL St Michaels Resort is one of Cornwall’s leading independent hotels, offering an unparalleled wellness retreat right next to the shores of Gyllyngvase Beach and the South West Coastal Path. It’s home to a luxury spa featuring the largest hydrothermal pool in the southwest, a state-of-the-art health club and an exciting programme of events that celebrates the local community in Falmouth. Led by executive chef Darren Millgate, the AA rosette-winning Brasserie on the Bay restaurant serves up the best of Cornwall’s farms, fields and waters, while more laid-back dining with sparkling sea views can be found at their second eatery, the Garden Kitchen. The resort, which was relaunched in September 2018, comprises 92 bedrooms and suites as well as four new luxury spa lodges set alongside brand-new subtropical spa gardens. St Michaels Resort is also home to the Liner Beach Residences - a seafront development of apartments overlooking the beach, which are independently owned but managed by St Michaels. Additional event spaces are available for business needs or private parties, including the secluded Wine Vaults, The Bay private function space and The Locker, plus a boutique wedding offering. Ceremonies take place in The Bay, an airy and contemporary space with floor-to-ceiling windows opening on to a private balcony boasting views across the resort gardens to the ocean beyond. It’s comfortable for 70 guests but works great with smaller groups as well. Couples who would prefer to tie the knot in church or at another venue and hire the suite for their reception can do so and for a more intimate wedding, there’s the wine vaults - think romantic lighting and a cosy ambience with its own privately manned bar. Couples are invited for a complimentary wine tasting and a chance to try their wedding menu before the big day. The food ethos of the kitchen team focuses on the heroes of Cornwall’s farms, fields and seas and choices range from lavish tasting menus to vegan afternoon tea served with fizz plus smaller plates for children. Canapés include salt fish brandade with parsley emulsion or mini Yorkshire pudding with rare local beef and horseradish. The evening buffet includes pulled pork-loaded nachos and Cornish pasties and the main wedding breakfast menus vary and include seabass fillet and pan-roasted turbot as the main courses. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01326 312 707, •We love… that a luxury king room is provided for the happy couple on the night of the wedding along with a complimentary one-night stay on the first anniversary of the wedding day, and wedding guests can enjoy a 10% discount off the standard rate on the night of the wedding. WOOLADON ESTATE, LIFTON, DEVON Wooladon Estate, situated on the border of Devon and Cornwall, boasts a tranquil location offering privacy and seclusion. The historic Georgian architecture provides luxury accommodation for more than 34 guests in its five recently renovated self-catering cottages. They combine wooden beams with stunning chandeliers and cosy log fires, perfect for winter weddings. There’s also a pool table, a spacious bridal suite and copper freestanding bathtubs. The exterior of this well-connected countryside escape is a breathtaking showcase of natural beauty. The vast gardens are brimming with vibrant flowers, while picturesque lakes mirror the tranquil surroundings. The rolling fields stretch as far as the eye can see, creating a serene backdrop for big-day photos. The cottages, main house and event spaces are thoughtfully situated within easy walking distance, ensuring seamless access to this picturesque haven. Indoor and outdoor ceremonies take place here, with cosy affairs enjoyed in the Country Suite for up to 100 guests seated and up to 120 standing. The stone walls, wooden beams and cosy log burner are perfect for seasonal celebrations. Nestled beside the main house is the bright, spacious garden room that seats up to 65 wedding guests and accommodates up to 120 loved ones for the reception. The bi-folding doors open on to a deck providing stunning views of the lakes. Newly constructed and designed to wow, the barn that seats up to 300 people and can hold up to 500 standing is a vast and impressive space with its grand doors and tall windows allowing an abundance of natural light to flood the room. With beautiful wooden panelling and high ceilings accompanied by elegant hanging chandeliers, it’s an exceptional space. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01566 784 605, •We love…the opportunity to visit the sister company, Strawberry Fields, an expansive farm shop and restaurant which offers a delightful array of fresh, locally sourced delights.; www.wildivy. photography; THEMED VENUES 19

Here at Cuckoo Down Farm, there is the opportunity to hold a small number of weddings every year. For this, you will have exclusive hire of the farm. This includes the glamping accommodation, use of the three-acre woodland and additional festival-style pitch-your-own camping for guests. The farm is very much a blank canvas for your wedding. You can hire a marquee or tepee, organise your own bar and catering, book your own entertainment and devise your own ceremony. CUCKOO DOWN FARM LOWER BROAD OAK ROAD WEST HILL DEVON EX11 1UE Telephone: 01404 811 714 or 07738 687 246 • Email: Glamping Business of the Year ‘22-’23 Cornwall Tourism Awards and The South West Tourism Awards 07857207279 | Dreaming of a rustic, intimate Cornish wedding celebration to a back drop of stunning sea views? Unique, Rustic weddings on a working Cornish farm Ready to plan your perfect wedding in Cornwall? Conveniently located close to Dobwalls and the market town of Liskeard is the charming, nine-acre, family run Blackwater Farm. Bridle & Groom Wedding Venue offers real farm animal interaction with sheep, donkeys and wandering ducks and chickens. The gorgeous, licensed Garden Wedding Room or Woodland lawn overlooking the duck pond and dove cott is the venue for your wedding and the huge 45ft Marquee lit at night with light strings, and new for the 2024 season, five large white glass chandeliers for your Wedding Breakfast and evening party. Discover the different, cost-effective yet unique wedding packages available for you to make your wedding special. Blackwater Farm | Liskeard | PL14 6SP | 07932 976167 BRIDLE & GROOM BLACKWATER FARM

We reveal where to wed MOUNT EDGCUMBE HOUSE AND COUNTRY PARK, TORPOINT Mount Edgcumbe House was originally designed to take full advantage of the surrounding landscape and is now a beautifully restored Tudor-style property with carved granite facings and round turrets at each corner. One of only three Grade I listed landscapes in the South West, Mount Edgcumbe covers more than 860 acres and boasts far-flung views over Plymouth Sound. The park boasts more than seven acres of formal gardens, 10 miles of coastline plus historic follies providing a pretty backdrop for big-day photographs. Inside is a collection of antique furniture, oil paintings and porcelains collected over the centuries by members of the Edgcumbe family. There’s also a stunning staircase providing a grand entrance into the ceremony. There are three licensed rooms for ceremonies plus an outdoor Summer House. The Great Hall with the option of the gallery can accommodate between two and 120 guests while The Drawing Room is an elegantly furnished room for up to 80 guests with a grand piano and a marble fireplace, plus it boasts views over the Victorian-style garden. The Library is an intimate space for up to 30 guests offering a spectacular vista across the tree-lined avenue as it rolls down to the sea. The Earls Garden Summer House for outdoor ceremonies for up to 120 guests commands an elevated position overlooking the East Lawn with views stretching across Plymouth Sound towards Plymouth Hoe and the Dartmoor hills beyond. There are additional outdoor spaces in and around the Earl’s Garden also available for ceremonies. Receptions take place in the light and airy marquee seating up to 150 guests and accommodating more than 200 loved ones in the evening. It’s nestled in the exclusive Earl’s Garden offering the modern comforts of a reinforced glass structure with exclusive private gardens for guests to enjoy. This flexible option allows couples to plan their day as they wish with the caterers, bar and bands of their choice. The second reception choice is the historic Orangery seating up to 120 guests overlooking the Italian Garden in the Lower Park. Camellia Catering provides all of the wedding catering and drinks and couples can have a band or DJ with up to 200 guests dancing the night away. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01752 822 236, •We love… that a photo safari can be arranged for the happy couple and their photographer to explore some of the amazing places the park has to offer and capture some unforgettable moments on their special day. There’s a buggy service available for guests who arrive at the park on the foot ferry from Plymouth, bringing them through the stunning gardens to the ceremony at the house before whisking them to their reception venue at the Orangery afterwards. BRIDLE & GROOM WEDDINGS LTD, LISKEARD Blackwater Farm is located a few yards along a farm track, sprinkled with delicate country flowers. It’s a working farm, with tame sheep, baying donkeys and wandering ducks and chickens. For something romantic, white doves fly against the far distant farmland and woodland views. Hidden at the heart of the farm is a unique venue with a licensed woodland lawn for up to 100 guests to gather for the ceremony. It’s located next to the Garden Wedding Room that holds up to 60 loved ones. This is a calm and serene space with a rustic beamed ceiling and a raised stage for the couple to stand on to exchange their vows. The Grand Marquee accommodates up to 100 guests and offers a large, airy space under a vintage canvas that’s lit with festoon lighting and three chandeliers. The wedding feast is hosted in the marquee for up to 120 guests seated and up to 150 loved ones for the evening buffet. All packages include catering, with either a Cornish farm fayre menu or a Blackwater hog roast menu with meat served from the farm. Packages also include evening food, pasties, Blackwater sausage rolls and a large cheeseboard with fruit. For couples looking for an authentically rustic farm with high eco-standards and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the place for them. The far-flung views from the venue stretch across farm fields that are home to grazing sheep and donkeys. The wedding packages include a night in the honeymoon bell tent for the happy couple, a three-tier wedding cake, venue decorations and a bridal bouquet - there are no hidden costs. There’s a campsite providing glamping with tents for hire and a Blackwater fry up is served the following morning for £10 per person. The venue has disabled facilities and gravelled walkways as well as ample parking. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 07932 976 167, •We love… the quirky areas for big-day photos, from the oak trees on the woodland lawn or in the valley to the fire pit that’s warm and inviting as the sun goes down. TRURO TO PLYMOUTH Spotlight on... 21 LOCAL VENUES

NEW CONTINENTAL HOTEL, PLYMOUTH The New Continental Hotel is Plymouth’s largest independent familyowned hotel. It’s a Grade II-listed Victorian building marrying traditional Art Deco details with modern elements. Inside, the glamorous vintage décor and romantic, classic style make it a timeless setting for a wedding. Ceremonies take place in the Green Room, an intimate setting boasting a beautiful chandelier for up to 50 guests, and also in the Athena Room for up to 150 loved ones. Receptions for up to 100 people are held in the Athena Room, which has a beautiful canopy ceiling filled with fairylights, or in the beautiful Ballroom which is suitable for up to 250 loved ones with its statement chandeliers, own bar and dancefloor. There’s an elegant four-poster bridal suite plus 99 bedrooms and suites, ideal for guests who can enjoy breakfast in the executive restaurant the following morning. The central location offers a variety of photographic backdrops close by, from the iconic Plymouth Hoe and Royal William Yard to the park. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01752 276 798, •We love… the red carpet outside the grand entrance. PIER ONE PLYMOUTH This contemporary wedding venue marries industrial character with rustic and minimalistic features. Despite the modern feel, elements of the historic Plymouth Hoe heritage are laced throughout, from the dramatic views of the limestone cliffs to the original stone stairs leading down to the sea. The natural environment and coastal scenery surrounding this year-round venue provide wonderful photographic backdrops. The venue seamlessly blends the outdoors with the interior. Because of its prime water’s edge location, each event space at Pier One features access to the sea. Ceremonies take place on the Sea View Balcony for up to 60 guests or on the Sea Facing Terrace for an intimate 20 loved ones. Both private spaces are ideal if the weather turns bad because the balcony has a retractable roof and glass sides that can be closed quickly with the views still enjoyed. Receptions can also be held on the terrace for up to 60 people. Inside, there are floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, bathing them in natural daylight. The indoor function room offers a casual and relaxed feel, designed to fit up to 50 guests. There’s a private bar that looks across over the Plymouth Sound and boasts a balcony in front of it. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01752 251 320, •We love… that some of Plymouth’s most iconic sights are close by for guests to visit, from the Tinside Lido and Smeaton’s Tower to The Barbican. THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN, ST. AUSTELL Known as Europe’s largest garden restoration project, this 200-acre, multi-award-winning estate set in ancient woodland is a paradise for plant, garden and wildlife lovers. Lush Victorian gardens and a jungle take visitors on a sub-tropical journey along winding paths snaking through bamboo tunnels under majestic tree ferns. Weddings take place in a range of places including The Folly for up to 50 guests, a whimsical and elegant 20th-century garden hideaway set in the wooded area. Alternatively, the Heligan Kitchen Conservatory provides a charming barn-style space with full-length windows and a cosy wood burner, also for up to 50 loved ones. Stewards House, a renovated mid-19th century space with a bright, light-filled orangery and beautiful flower garden is another option for up to 25 guests while small parties of up to 20 people can enjoy the walled Italian Garden with scented borders and charming folly. Intimate gatherings of just 10 loved ones can fill Pencalenick Greenhouse, a stunning glasshouse; the historic glass Vinery filled with vines and succulents or The Head Gardener’s Office. Receptions take place in Stewards House, the Heligan Kitchen Conservatory or outside under a stretch tent where a barbecue can be served. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01726 845105, •We love… that the dishes served are created with produce that’s mostly grown on the estate. Seasonal decorations from the gardens and estate, such as fresh flowers, herbs and foliage also help to decorate each wedding space. 22

A secluded rural hideaway, set in 45 acres of rolling Cornish countryside. • Licensed for civil ceremonies • • Weddings up to 150 • • Accommodation for 65 guests • • Spa facilities • • Exclusive hire • T: 01752 371 507 | E: ST. CLETHER, LAUNCESTON, PL15 8PS Perched on the gently sloping cliffs above Falmouth Bay, our wonderful venue offers a relaxed space for you to gather your favourite people for a full day of unforgettable wedding celebrations. On sunny days, toast to your ‘just married’ status with a chilled glass of bubbly as you take in the panoramic sea views from our sun-soaked terrace. Why choose us? • Modern, sea view ceremony space • Ceremony space seats up to 80 people • Panoramic views over Falmouth Bay from our grounds, venue and terrace • Access to breath-taking sea views for picture perfect photography • Direct access to sea view balcony • Gather around 100 guests for a sit-down meal, and up to 180 for your evening celebration • Our experienced Wedding Coordinator will be on hand to ensure you plan and enjoy your perfect day • A mouth-watering selection of menus, or speak us about a bespoke offering • A fully stocked bar featuring local ales, gins, wines and soft drinks • Private use of our Bridal Suite for getting ceremony-ready • All year-round venue – our prices change seasonally Contact our Wedding and Events Coordinator, Harry, on to start planning your big day. @abovethebayweddingevents abovethebayweddingevents Above the Bay Weddings & Events - Falmouth Golf Club Swanpool Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5PR

Canonteign Falls offers an impressive venue in a breathtaking setting Home to one of England’s highest waterfalls Canonteign Falls is a magnificent example of a Victorian folly set in 90 acres of ancient woodland and estate on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. The waterfalls themselves descend for over 70m through ferns and woods. At the base of the falls, the woodland gives way to meadows and lakes making this one of the most breathtaking venues in Devon. With a lakeside Pagoda, event Barn, excellent facilities, and free parking the site is well set up to service any bespoke event and provides an impressive backdrop to suit any occasion. Our small but experienced event team is on hand to coordinate all events seamlessly at Canonteign Falls estate. Please contact Managing director Lianne Bell on to arrange a site visit. 01647 252614 ext 2 |