Your East Anglian Wedding - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 52)

HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, BRIDAL FASHION, EXPERT ADVICE, REAL WEDDINGS AND MORE A sleepover for eight at Whitley Hall, Yorkshire WIN! ’Tis the season Big-day inspiration galore to help you celebrate in style DEC 2021/JAN 2022 £3.55 Inviting venues for a magical winter wedding Let it SNOW! WHAT’S COOKING Hot catering trends for the year ahead FINDING THE ONE The wed-shop made easy

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A sneak peek of what’s to come 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 85 HOT TOPIC Local experts on winter weddings 88 COMPETITION Win a fun-filled sleepover for eight guests at Whitley Hall, Yorkshire CONTENTS DECEMBER 2021/JANUARY 2022 VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON CAMBRIDGE Where to wed in and around this historic university city 23 LET IT SNOW Magical venues for a winter wedding FEATURES 49 YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL Whimsical, fairytale-inspired wedding wonderland 67 FINDING THE ONE The dress shopping made easy 79 WHAT’S COOKING What’s hot in wedding catering for the year ahead On the cover We love a magical winter wedding. Perfect for a cosy, intimate celebration or why not unleash your imagination and let your fantasies run wild? This issue’s snowy front cover is just one of the stunning seasonal shots captured by Suffolk-based Embrace Photography, as part of a whimsical, fairytale-themed wintry shoot, packed with amazing details. Turn to page 49 to be inspired. 79 23 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 PARTY ON When Bethany and Sam finally got to tie the knot they were determined to celebrate in style 34 SUMMER LOVING Ellie and James’ big day was a chilled, fun-filled affair 41 A FAMILY AFFAIR A romantic, waterside setting provided the perfect backdrop for Susan and David’s blended wedding HONEYMOONS 94 HONEYMOON NEWS UK special 96 ESCAPE TO GREECE Bustling cultural centres or tranquil secluded spots, the choice is yours GROOMS 91 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest news and product launches 92 CHECK PLEASE! Look dashing in this on trend print FASHION & BEAUTY 53 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 DRESS UP Lace woven with intricate details, sleek A-line silhouettes and voluminous skirts are just some of the styles that brides will be wearing in 2022 61 NOT ALL WHITE These pastel and champagne gowns prove that you don’t have to wear white 64 SURPRISE, SURPRISE! Whether you’re picking an engagement ring for a Christmas proposal or shopping for your bigday jewellery, sparkle in these pieces from the latest autumn and winter collections 72 BEAUTY Q&A Your bridal beauty worries sorted 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 61 34 94 4

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Christmas is nearly here and we couldn’t be more excited! Like everyone, we’re hoping everything stays on track so that we can all enjoy plenty of the customary festive cheer with family and friends that we’re used to. One thing the last 18 months has hopefully taught us is to not take things for granted, so I for one am determined not to sweat the small stuff, embrace the moment and, if I can’t get hold of my favourite brand of chutney, no worries – time to try something new! Although we don’t like to count our chickens (or should I say turkeys) before they hatch, since restrictions eased, the floodgates have opened and 2022 looks set to be one of the busiest years for weddings in decades! With the Christmas and New Year proposal season about to add to the surge, we’re looking forward to bringing you lots of lovely local weddings to inspire and excite you in the months ahead. The ripple effects of the pandemic will be felt for some time to come and will continue to influence wedding trends moving forward. Demand for weekday, outdoor and intimate weddings is likely to continue, along with greener more sustainable options for the big day. Many of the important things about getting married have been brought into sharper focus too, like the vows and individual, special details to add that extra personal touch. Couples are looking closer to home for their suppliers bringing extra provenance and local flavour to their celebration and with a wealth of talent in the region, there’s plenty to choose from. This issue, from page 79 we look at what’s likely to be topping the menu for weddings in the year ahead. Don’t miss the winter wedding shoot on page 49 either for a host of styling ideas from a team of inspirational local wedding experts. Packed with all the usual bridal fashion, beauty tips, honeymoons and more, we can’t wait to hear all about your wonderful weddings! Don’t forget to get in touch after your big day for the chance to share the joy with our readers. Just click on the following link to get involved: Have a very merry Christmas; see you in 2022! Sarah x Sarah Reeve, editor ‘Tis the season to sparkle WIN! A SLEEPOVER FOR EIGHT GUESTS AT WHITLEY HALL, YORKSHIRE 55 88 I love this floaty pant suit, perfect for mums who want to not only look stylish, but feel comfy throughout the day. Bridal two-pieces are a hot trend for 2022. ISSN 2052-0514 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Sarah Reeve | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Rachel Palmer | 01376 538563 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your East Anglian Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your East Anglian Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your East AnglianWedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @YourEastAnglianWedding @CWM_YEAW @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 72 6

Food, glorious food! Make your wedding spread a lasting memory to savour. The florals at this gorgeous wedding were simply stunning. 79 Turn to page 49 for seasonal wedding inspiration galore. 41 We love dogs at weddings and this dapper duo look adorable in their big-day finery. Meet their newlywed humans over on page 34. 29 Make a splash and arrive in style by boat for romantic ‘I dos’at The Boathouse on the Norfolk Broads. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

designs TOPS Hadleigh Guildhall provides you with Wedding options rich in diversity. From small and intimate in the medieval rooms, to a joyous celebration echoing through the Victorian Grand hall.A ceremony overlooking one of the most unique clusters of architecture in the country, followed by a reception flowing between the prestigious Guildroom and the prettiest of walled gardens. Cater in traditional style with silver service and velvet chairs, or relax with street food, it couldn’t be easier. Hadleigh Guildhall provides a back drop to endless possibilities, and being charity run, provides one of the best value for moneyWedding venue options in Suffolk. Booking Clerk, Veronica Morris | | 01473822544 H A D L E I G H G U I L D H A L L

NEWS All the latest from around the region EDITOR LOVES… Make sure all eyes are on you with this stunning heartshaped floral feature from The Backdrop Boutique, Set behind their sweetheart table, it provided a picture-perfect addition to Susan and George’s romantic wedding at The Boathouse on the Norfolk Broads, featured from page 41. SHINE BRIGHT Hammond Fragrance Co. is a family-run business based in the beautiful Suffolk Countryside. Founder of the namesake brand Samantha Hammond says, “We’ve been passionate about candles and home fragrances for many years, so during lockdown we decided to turn our dream into a reality by creating our own favourite fragrances in a range of candles, wax melts and reed diffusers.” The home fragrances make the perfect gift for the happy couple, mums, members of the bridal party and guests alike. The mini candles and wax melts are also great as favours for guests and come in a gift box personalised with the couple’s names and wedding date. Samantha adds, “Cured using the finest soy wax, the blend is biodegradable and vegan friendly. We take great pride and care in creating and hand-pouring all of our candles, wax melts and reed diffusers and all of our luxury fragrance oils are vegan-friendly and paraben-free too!” Visit to see the full range.  Nearlywed NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Get 2022 off to a good start with a health and wellness boost at the University Arms Hotel in Cambridge. A great way to get back on track after the festive season, the hotel is hosting the first in a series of holistic health retreats from 21st to 23rd January. Led by industry experts Dalton Wong, Lizzie Chong and Eva Humphries, the weekend will provide nutrition, fitness and wellness advice for the year ahead. The perfect opportunity to take time out from the wedding planning, the programme includes sessions on body conditioning, breathwork, sound therapy, meditation and yoga. Guests will also enjoy a full three-day holistic health menu created by chef patron of the venue’s Parker’s Tavern restaurant Tristan Welch and two nights’ accommodation at the luxury hotel and wedding venue, set in the heart of historic Cambridge. To find out more visit NEW IN Looking for the perfect wedding gift for your other half? Check out Beaverbrooks latest hot line, new in at their Norwich branch in the city’s Chantry Place retail centre. The long-established UK-wide jewellers has partnered with luxury Swiss watchmaker HUBLOT to bring the brand’s high-quality timepieces to the region for the first time. With the closest stockist more than 100 miles away, customers can now try on the watches locally at their Norwich hub. Store manager Kelly Wale says, “We are delighted to be partnering with luxury brand HUBLOT to showcase its timepieces. This is testament to the hard work of our experienced team who have continued to provide outstanding customer service, despite the challenges of the past 18 months.” Also available to buy online, visit YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

SAVE THE DATE Suffolk’s historic Hintlesham Hall near Ipswich is throwing open its doors to newlyweds-to-be on Sunday 27th February, 2022 from 12 noon to 4pm. Visitors to the open day will have the chance to see the venue’s beautiful rooms set up for a ceremony and wedding breakfast with members of their experienced team on hand to discuss your big-day plans. Talented wedding suppliers will also be exhibiting to help and inspire you. Entry is free, visit CONGRATULATIONS! Suffolk wedding venue the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa has plenty to celebrate. Set in beautiful landscaped gardens next to Newmarket’s famous paddocks and horseracing training stables, the stylish hotel has retained its four AA Red Star rating for high-quality service and hospitality. Their Squires Restaurant, renowned for reinventing delicious seasonal classics, has also been awarded two AA rosettes for its excellent cuisine and quality ingredients. Chief executive Noel Byrne says, “We are thrilled to have been awarded two AA rosettes for the quality of our cuisine. Provenance is of particular importance to us. Our new executive chef Lee Cooper shares our vision to serve delicious low-food-mile menus using ingredients sourced within a 50-mile radius to our hotel guests and local residents alike.” For further information visit PRE-WEDDING R&R IN SUFFOLK Relax and unwind and enjoy some restorative me-time at Suffolk’s Weavers’ House Spa. Tucked away in the tranquil 15th-century Swan at Lavenham Hotel, the spa has introduced a new holistic treatment menu. Focusing on wellbeing, The Cure has been created to treat both mind and body. Tribe517 waterless and all-natural, vegetarian products joins Temple Spa, a luxury British skincare brand, for a full top-to-toe range of treatments. The spa facilities at Weavers’ House include two relaxation lounges, a steam room, sauna, outdoor, heated vitality pool and a garden terrace. For further details visit SOMETHING NEW Cosy up with the latest wellness gift hampers from Cambridgeshire-based Sleepy Bee Studio. The family-run business has introduced the new hampers to its range of luxury stationery and gifts as the perfect self-care treat. Taking time out from the everyday routine and enjoying some valuable me-time is the focus of the new line. As well as their beautiful stationery the hampers are filled with other items designed to work together perfectly including Aery aromatherapy candles and super soft pashminas to snuggle up in. Made in the UK from sustainable ingredients, the candles are vegan and cruelty-free and the pashminas are available in a choice of subtle colours. Visit 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 4th February 2022, unless otherwise stated, terms and conditions apply. FOREVER GREEN Sustainability is a major concern around the globe, influencing people’s choices in all walks of life, including their weddings. Newlyweds-to-be are increasingly looking to lower the carbon footprint of their big day by incorporating reusable and recyclable, locally sourced and planet-friendly products. High on green credentials doesn’t have to mean low on style though – far from it and Norfolk-based Posh Plants is testament to that. Specialists in living trees, topiary and plants to decorate wedding venues of all kinds, you can hire anything from statuesque bay trees to cool olive trees and more. Bring the outdoors in and create a wow-factor backdrop that’s eco-friendly and stunning too. Owner Sue Huckle says, “Posh Plant’s trees are around 30 to 40 years old (probably older than many of the brides!) and after going out to work at a wedding they come back home to the nursery, where they’re mollycoddled and looked after by me. So, nothing is thrown away or wasted, they absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, what’s more green is a really cool colour for weddings: timeless, elegant and sophisticated!” To find out more visit Your East Anglian Wedding has teamed up with Posh Plants to run an exclusive reader offer of 10% off the hire cost of any of their trees or plants booked during December 2021 and January 2022, simply by quoting the magazine on enquiry. Great giveaways and offers up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Luxury gifting company is bringing joy to all occasions. Each of its gift hampers is lovingly curated and handpacked in Oxfordshire, with perfectly paired food and drink from carefully selected makers and producers. The team at is giving County Wedding Magazines readers the chance to win a Luxury Food & Wine Basket worth £115. The beautiful wicker basket is packed full of tasty snacks and moreish treats for nearlyweds to share together. The stars of the show are an excellent bottle of Prosecco, and a full-bodied Argentinian Malbec from the Gauchezco Estate, paired with award-winning cheese, hand-baked biscuits, and luxury Belgian chocolates. For your chance to win enter via our website, and for more details about and it’s range of delecatble gifts for the wedding day and beyond visit WIN A LUXURY HAMPER WORTH £115! FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at WEMBLEY STADIUM, 20TH FEBRUARY, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 20TH MARCH, 2022 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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CAMBRIDGE Spotlight on... Where to wed in and around this historic university city SHEENE MILL, MELBOURN 01763 261 393 | Perched on the banks of the River Mel, Sheene Mill has been a landmark of the Cambridgeshire countryside for more than 400 years. With immaculate landscaped gardens and a beautiful wedding pavilion set on the riverbed, it’s a fairytale setting that’s hard to beat. Originally a flour mill, the traditional 16th-century building boasts a wealth of original features including open fireplaces and exposed beams. Licensed for ceremonies for up to 110 guests, you can tie the knot inside or out and take your pick from a choice of romantic backdrops. The heated outdoor pavilion can be fitted with a canopy so you can marry al fresco whatever the weather. The Banqueting Hall can cater for up to 120 people for the wedding breakfast or the Garden Conservatory, with views across the lake, provides a perfect setting for more intimate celebrations. We love... the luxurious, two-floor suite for getting ready on the big day. REGIONAL VENUES 17

JESUS COLLEGE, CB5 8BL 01223 760 524 | Located on the site of a Benedictine Nunnery, Jesus College boasts some of the oldest buildings in Cambridge. Here history combines with modern award-winning architecture and beautiful grounds to provide an impressive big-day setting. The versatile venue caters for weddings large or small with a choice of traditional and historic rooms and spaces for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts for up to 130 family and friends. In contrast the modern Brewery Room is the ideal setting for the evening reception, complete with a party room, upstairs seating and a private bar, you can celebrate your new married status with up to 160 loved ones. The grounds, gardens and historic buildings provide the quintessential Cambridge backdrop for a chilled drinks reception and standout wedding photographs. Garden furniture is available so your guests can sit out on the lawns and soak up the atmosphere. If you’re looking for an outdoor setting, they’ve got that covered too. You can tie the knot at the thatched Cricket Pavilion with the college grounds in the background. What’s more, if it rains you don’t need to worry, as the Hall will be reserved for you. We love... the impressive Hall with its high vaulted ceiling and chandeliers, perfect for a grand ceremony. MURRAY EDWARDS COLLEGE, CB3 0AJ 01223 762 267 | This stylish venue offers indoor and outdoor spaces and the flexibility to celebrate your day, your way. Dating from 1954, it’s one of the more modern Cambridge colleges. The gardens are ideal for chilled drinks receptions with informal seating areas and space to relax in private. Enjoy outdoor entertainment, a barbecue or afternoon tea on the lawn – they’ll even supply the picnic blankets! Set in a tranquil location on the edge of the city centre, it’s just a fiveminute stroll from the Shire Hall register office, so you can tie the knot and celebrate afterwards in the stunning Dome Dining Hall. Sure to wow your guests, it can cater for up to 270 loved ones. Ideal for party animals, there’s also room for a dancefloor, bar, band or DJ, depending on numbers. For more intimate weddings, the Fellows’ Dining Room has its own private garden and can cater for up to 70 guests. We love... the Dome’s Fountain Court Walkway, beautiful with the illuminated fountains at night. 18

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HILTON CAMBRIDGE CITY CENTRE 01223 464 491 | Located in the heart of historic Cambridge, this four-star hotel offers elegance and style suitable for all tastes and budgets. Having recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, it provides the perfect setting for a city-chic wedding. The largest central hotel in Cambridge, just moments from the university, there’s plenty of great photo opportunities nearby. With historic buildings and landmarks, local attractions, restaurants and bars, all within walking distance, it’s the perfect base for guests wanting to stay over and enjoy all the fascinating city has to offer. You can say ‘I do’ in the contemporary yet elegant Isaac Newton Suite and host a wedding breakfast afterwards for up to 150 people and invite an extra 50 loved ones for the evening reception. There are also four smaller suites, perfect for large or intimate ceremonies. We love... that discounted accommodation is available for all wedding guests. ALSO CHECK OUT... If you’re looking for a quintessential Cambridge experience, how about a romantic wedding punt tour for some magical alone-time, glass of fizz in hand? You could even include your guests in the experience for an unforgettable memory of your wedding day! Long-established Scudamores is synonymous with punting in the city and offers special wedding tours taking in the picturesque riverside gardens and College Backs with their pristine lawns. To find out about their wedding day tours call 01223 359 750 or visit 21 REGIONAL VENUES

Magical Offer for 2022Weddings at Heacham Manor HEACHAM MANOR HOTEL, HUNSTANTON ROAD, HEACHAM, NORFOLK PE31 7JX Heacham Manor has good availability in the brand new wedding venue… PLUS UP TO £2000 OFF EXCLUSIVE VENUE HIRE AND a FREE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE IN THE MANOR SUITE for the night of your wedding IF YOU WANT TO SAY ‘I DO’ IN 2022 T&C’s apply: Must book and pay a £500 deposit by 31st Dec ’21 or 28th Feb ’22 or 31st Mar ’22 (Remember, the sooner you book the more you save!). Minimum numbers apply, depending on day of week/month. Minimum pre-order spend of £50 pp on food & beverage. Subject to available dates and standard Hotel and Wedding Terms & Conditions Apply. THE SOONER YOU BOOK THE MORE YOU SAVE! More info on To arrange a chat or a viewing call Kirsty on 07429 165 616 or email

Let it snow Magical venues for a winter wedding BESSINGHAM MANOR, BESSINGHAM 07970 073 315 | Cosy up at this beautiful Victorian manor house. Perfect for a winter wedding, the exclusive-use, Norfolk venue oozes character and style. With tall chimneys, Dutch gables and ornate, detailed red brickwork, there’s a wealth of standout features inside and out. Decorated in subtle Farrow and Ball colours, the interiors are adorned with cornicing, dado and picture rails, gorgeous light fittings and stained glass windows, creating a wonderfully romantic and inviting atmosphere. Set in four-and-a-half acres of grounds, there’s a vast garden at the back with mature trees and a small woodland area, open parkland beyond, and a large patio too. Your very own home away from home, you and your guests won’t need to leave the house if you don’t want to. There are working fireplaces in the study and kitchen and, as it’s mainly a dry-hire venue, you can decorate it how you like. Think garlands draped around the bannisters of the sweeping staircase or a Christmas tree in the main entrance. Tie the knot in the south-facing drawing room; light and bright with two sets of bay windows, chandeliers and a marble fireplace, it can host up to 100 ceremony guests and 80 for the wedding breakfast. For more intimate ‘I dos’ the cosy study is ideal. When the weather’s fine you can exchange vows outside in the gardens, sign the register in the study and celebrate afterwards with a marquee or tipi reception for up to 200 loved ones and invite more for the evening celebration. We love… the old brick and flint tower, once part of the entrance to the manor, it’s a great backdrop for just-wed photos. REGIONAL VENUES 23

THE OLD RECTORY HOTEL, CROSTWICK 01603 738 513 | This country house hotel offers a traditional, homely feel in a picturesque rural location. Nestled in the little-known hamlet of Crostwick, it’s surrounded by countryside and beautiful landscaped gardens, offering a wealth of great photo opportunities. The original building, The Rectory itself, is privately owned and dates back to the mid-19th century and provides a beautiful frontage to the site. The hotel has a welcoming reception area, lounge, bar, two function rooms and 16 en-suite bedrooms. Purpose-built for weddings, the Conservatory Restaurant is an impressive octagonal room with a high vaulted ceiling and views of the gardens. The dimmed candelabra and fairylights in the winter create a wonderfully romantic atmosphere. Licensed for ceremonies it can host 110 seated guests and 150 for an informal reception. The Victoriana Suite offers a more intimate setting for weddings with up to 60 loved ones and has a low beamed ceiling and adjoining lounge. We love… the tree outside reception twinkling with thousands of fairylights; perfect for magical winter wedding photos. HINTLESHAM HALL, IPSWICH 01473 652 334 | Wind your way down the tree-lined drive to discover this historic gem. Surrounded by peaceful mature gardens, the outside of the hall has a Georgian frontage and an elegant Tudor feature at the back. You can tie the knot in a choice of distinctive rooms including the Georgian-style Salon, which can host up to 100 guests and boasts an impressive chandelier and ornate gold-leaf ceiling. For more intimate ceremonies, The Justice on the ground-floor overlooking the back lawns has a charm all of its own or The Parlour is another lovely room, full of character with a classic fireplace, it’s licensed for ceremonies for up to 50 guests. There are three beautiful function rooms including The Salon which, combined with the adjacent Parlour, is big enough to host up to 135 family and friends, as well as three lounges to relax in and at the end of the night staying guests can retire to the luxuriously furnished bedrooms, all individually designed and many with original timber beams. 24

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Kimberley Hall, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0RT @kimberleyhallnorfolk The Venue for All Seasons Accommodation: 18 in Hall / 12 in Garden Cottage / 6-8 in Ground Floor East Wing Apartment / 2-4 in Gatehouse CIVIL CEREMONIES WEDDINGS PARTIES CORPORATE HOSPITALITY SEMINARS MUSICAL & OPEN AIR EVENTS DINNERS @kimberleyhallnorfolk @Kimberleyvenue • Experienced wedding co-ordinators. • Luxury accommodation. • Our next wedding open day will be held on Sunday April 28th 2019. Your wedding, your way, at Ravenwood Hall With truly individual weddings and personal touches that make your day amazing and magical. We will design and deliver your wedding, your way. • Gorgeous setting. • Unique wedding spaces. • Inside and outside civil ceremonies. • Mouth-watering food. Ravenwood Hall, Rougham, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9JA. (Junction 45, A14) Telephone: 0 1 3 5 9 2 7 0 3 4 5 ema i l : eld Hall g Hall Mouth-wat ring fo d. Please contact our team for a wedding pack, or to arrange a tour around the venue and discuss your options.

HEACHAM MANOR HOTEL AND THE PAVILION AT HEACHAM MANOR 01485 536 030 | This versatile venue is a year-round winner. The interior of the Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house is charming and classically luxurious, typical of a period property. Now an English Country House Hotel it boasts a large bright conservatory with diamanté globe chandeliers, stunning views, a bar and drawing room with open fireplaces, a terrace overlooking the parkland and a cosy snug. Located close to the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton on the North Norfolk coast, a winding driveway leads to the charming building, surrounded by manicured gardens, complete with picturesque duck pond. You can marry in the Conservatory and host a reception for up to 100 seated guests afterwards or, for more intimate weddings, the cosy Drawing Room is ideal. The purpose-built Pavilion is a new addition, providing a modern setting for your celebrations, complete with a private enclosed garden. Light and airy with neutral décor and luxury furnishings, it overlooks the 18-hole golf course. With a number of spacious function rooms and bar areas, the Dove Suite can accommodate up to 150 guests. The hotel has 52 bedrooms, including a sumptuous suite in the manor house itself, and there are a further 32 bedrooms in the adjacent cottages, as well as seven brand new ones in The Pavilion, so there’s plenty of space for guests wanting to stay over. We love… the period features in the grounds, including an ancient arbour wall and historic Mulberry tree. HADLEIGH TOWN HALL & GUILDHALL COMPLEX 01473 822 544 | If you’re looking for a big-day backdrop with bags of atmosphere and historic features, this landmark venue ticks all the boxes. Hadleigh Town Hall and Guildhall Complex is one of the finest Medieval buildings in East Anglia. Set in the heart of the quaint market town, opposite the churchyard, it provides a picture-perfect scene. The Grade I listed building offers a number of magnificent rooms for weddings, three of which are licensed for ceremonies. Whether it’s a cosy intimate space you’re after or an impressive hall, there’s something to suit a whole host of big-day needs. Take your pick from The Grand Hall, Dining Room, Old Town Hall, Guildroom or Council Chamber; there’s a secluded garden area too for those all-important just-wed photos. We love… the charming room that was once the Town Hall, on the first floor f the Medieval Guildhall. Full of character with original beams galore and leaded windows, you can host a reception here for up to 120 people. 27 REGIONAL VENUES

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Party on When Bethany and Sam finally managed to tie the knot they were determined to celebrate in style Images courtesy of Sam Gee Photography A matchmaking friend helped bring Bethany and Sam together. “During a girls night in with Kelly, I told her that I’d love to start dating again after being single for about three years. She mentioned Sam and I messaged him there and then, even though it was 2am! He’d just got home from working offshore and was heading off to Ibiza at the time,” reveals Bethany. She didn’t think anything more about it until up popped a friend request a few days later. “We started chatting and that was that,” she adds. Sam proposed in December 2018 following a lightbulb moment while working away from home for 11 weeks. “One day it just suddenly hit me that I wanted to propose. I always knew that Bethany was the one, but I’d never thought about marriage until that moment,” he recalls. With six weeks left before returning home, he set to work on organising how and where to pop the question. He had the whole moment mapped out in his head and was planning to do it during a trip to Iceland in December, on a romantic tour by private jeep to see the Northern Lights. A storm put pay to that though as the tour was cancelled so he ended up asking her in bed, during an ad break while watching Killer Women with Piers Morgan! Read on for Bethany’s account of their big day… REAL WEDDINGS 29

Sam looked smart in a green tux and the groomsmen wore brown tweed three-piece suits with green pocket squares and ties. I loved my Lunella by Willowby at Watter s dress, it was absolutely stunning. Sam, his dad, best man and my son arrived in style in a headturning red Hummer limousine. We chose the Parkhill Hotel because it was close to home and it’s a lovely intimate venue with beautiful grounds and a barn so we could still have the rustic feel we wanted. Our sausage dog Cecil had his own doggie bow tie to go with Sam’s. 30

Sean the magician entertained everyone during the welcome drinks and was a big hit. We had massive pampas grass stems in tall glass vases for the centrepieces. Our bouquets were tied with beautiful green velvet ribbon from Little Acorn Silks, which I also used around the middle of my two younger bridesmaids’ dresses to pull the whole look together. “Charlotte was amazing – not only my florist, but my wedding planner, my stylist, my everything!” REAL WEDDINGS 31

We wanted and needed a party so we had one in our garden. Sam organised it all, he gutted the garage, we had fairylights and Charlotte brought all our flowers back from the venue – the garden looked incredible. We drank, danced and were merry and after the DJ we had a silent disco, which was the funniest thing to watch. Our two-tiered naked cake was decorated with flowers and a beautiful custom-made topper from my mum. “We didn’t stop smiling all day. It was just the most lovely, happiest, best day of our lives. Especially after Covid and being separated from everyone we love for so long.” – Bethany We wanted a laid-back, sociable vibe during the wedding breakfast and the catering fitted the bill perfectly – the food was amazing! BETHANY AND SAM’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Sam Gee Photography, | Venue, Parkhill Hotel, Bride’s dress, Bud & Boe Bridal Studio, | Hair, MANE Hair by Kelly Newrick, | Make-up, Maria Giles, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, ASOS and Monsoon | Groom’s suit, Brabion | Groomsmen’s suits, Parkers Formal Wear, Flowers, Charlotte Staff Flowers, | Transport, Silverline Limousines & Wedding Cars, | Cake, Sarah Paterson, | Catering, Funnells Kitchen, | Magician, Sean Goodman, | Silent disco, mySilentDisco, Lighting, Emotive Sound & Light, | DJ, Ross Brown, “The wedding theme and colour scheme changed so many times and ended up just being very natural with lashings of green.” 32

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loving Summer Ellie and James’ big day was a chilled, fun celebration Images courtesy of Ella Nurse Photography 34

Growing up in the same town, Ellie and James already knew of each other but it wasn’t until Ellie posted a Game of Thrones photo up online that they actually started talking and the spark was lit. “As we were chatting we realised we had both moved back to Norfolk after being away at university so we went for a drink that night and got on so well it just went from there,” Ellie reveals. POPPING THE QUESTION James proposed to Ellie in New York on New Years Day. She’d taken him there to celebrate his 30th birthday on the 2nd January and he slipped the proposal in first. “It was amazing but very sneaky because he’d managed to keep it from me and had even asked my father’s permission on Christmas Day. He popped the question in front of the huge Christmas tree outside the Rockefeller Centre. He couldn’t have picked a better spot, it was beautiful and I had absolutely no idea it was going to happen.” THE TIME AND THE PLACE They set the wedding date for 21st August 2021 at The Georgian Townhouse in Norwich. Ellie says, “We’d seen photos of a wedding at the venue and we really liked the look of the place. Once we went there in person and tried the food, we knew it was the one and we booked it instantly.” LOOKING THE PART When it came to finding her dream dress Ellie ended up falling for the unexpected, a beautiful Maggie Sottero princess gown, which she wore with a veil and bejewelled heels. “It was actually one that Vicki from Pure Brides suggested and it was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted but somehow, she just knew. As soon as I tried it on I also realised it was the one and I particularly loved the antique ivory colour which really suited me. Vicki made me feel so relaxed that I was able to enjoy the whole experience!” The groom and all his party wore matching blue suits with pink ties and pocket squares to complement the bridesmaids’ dresses. The buttonholes were mini versions of the bouquets and their two Siberian huskies looked the part in their own wedding finery. “Ghost, our male dog, wore the same style suit jacket as the groom and groomsmen, which was cleverly adapted by James’ mum, while our female husky Inca had a dress made from ivory tulle.” THE ‘I DOS’ Although the nerves kicked in a little on the wedding morning James barely had time to notice as he had his hands full with the dogs and overseeing proceedings in the main building, while Ellie was looking after their baby boy Atlas. “I was in the separate apartments and although I was very nervous, I was excited too. The ceremony was beautiful and it meant the world to us having everyone there as we had to rearrange our original date due to the pandemic and it was such a relief for it to be going ahead.” Ellie adds, “We had live music, which was really important to us to set the tone of the day and when I heard Simon singing it actually made me relax before walking up the aisle,” recalls Ellie. THE PERSONAL TOUCHES The wedding flowers included O’Hara roses, pampas grass and bunny tails, trailing pink ribbons and a blend of nude, pink and pale peachy tones with dried eucalyptus to add extra depth of colour. James’ mum made tissue paper roses to scatter on the tables, all hand-dyed to reflect the colour scheme. As James is an artist, he did all the signage to tie everything in with the big-day theme. He also designed the table names, all places in New York that they’d visited with ‘Top of the Rock’ for the head table in a nod to their engagement. They also made the place names themselves using wax seals and a matching font. “We went for scratchcards in personalised envelopes as favours because we loved the idea of someone possibly winning and we wanted something people could talk about and have a bit REAL WEDDINGS 35

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of fun with at the tables,” explains Ellie. Their showstopping, hexagonal cake featured a hand-painted marble effect and gold detail, with a delicious chocolate layer, white chocolate and raspberry, topped with a vegan, lemon tier. Ellie raves, “Emma our cakemaker really stood out to us with her incredible detailing. She even included a little hand-drawn image of the cake on an easel next to it.” As big foodie fans the catering was another important highlight of the day. Ellie says, “We had a choice of food for the wedding breakfast so there was something for everyone to enjoy and the venue supplied fish and chips in the evening which were delicious and really added to the laidback, fun feeling we wanted.” TIME TO CELEBRATE The nearby Plantation Garden was a focal point of the wedding, providing a wealth of picture-perfect backdrops. “We took everyone over there as it was absolutely stunning and we managed to get a group shot of us all together and then our guests were able to go off and explore while we had our couple photos done,” explains Ellie. There were garden games and pick and mix sweets and an instant camera with the guest book for family and friends to capture the fun and leave a lasting memory of the day. Later in the evening they had sparklers outside and everyone hit the dancefloor to party the night away. REAL WEDDINGS 37

THE LOVE LIST Photography, Ella Nurse Photography, | Venue, The Georgian Townhouse, Bride’s dress, Pure, Norwich, | Hair, Victoria Powles Hairstylist, Make-up, Meriel Garland Make-up, | Groom and groomsmens’ suits, ASOS Bridesmaids’ dresses, ASOS | Flowergirls’ dresses, Monsoon | Cake, Buns of Fun, | Flowers, Ivy floral events, DJ, Connections Entertainment Ltd, | Ceremony singer and guitar, Simon Benefer of Jackdaw Wedding Duo, 38

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A AFFAIR family Susan and David’s blended wedding was a romantic waterside celebration Images courtesy of Dan Sunderland Photography Susan and David met in Cambridge and had their first date at The Bull Inn at Barton Mills. She fell for his gentlemanly ways and sense of humour and the rest, as they say, is history. He proposed with a gorgeous ring on Christmas morning 2019 before anyone else was up. “It was a beautiful surprise,” recalls Susan. “He had hidden the box under the bed and, not thinking that it was an engagement ring, when I put it on and he told me it was on the wrong finger, I suddenly realised what was happening.” She said ‘yes’, of course, and they tied the knot on 28th August, 2021 at The Boathouse overlooking Ormesby Broad in Norfolk. Set by the water’s edge, it provided the perfect romantic backdrop for their blended family wedding. Read on for Susan’s account of their big day… REAL WEDDINGS 41

The Boathouse was the perfect choice for us as it’s in a beautiful natural setting by the Ormesby Broad. We’d eaten there before, so we knew the food and service were good and the lovely garden was another attraction. As a blended family of seven, this was the theme for our wedding and the decorations and personal touches, from the flowers to the meal choices, were designed to reflect this I arrived by boat with my bridal party for the ceremony, which added to the excitement. My eldest son Nicholas walked me down the aisle and gave me away. We both felt very joyous that our children played a part in the ceremony and celebrations. My Rhetta dress was covered with frosted lace applique and had a Chantilly lace bodice, crepe skirt and cut-away back. I had my children’s and stepchildren’s names embroidered along the edge of the scalloped train and mine and David’s initials on the lace veil. My bouquet of roses and orchids reflected our combined Singaporean and British cultures. “After the official part, listening to each other’s personal vows for the first time was an unforgettable moment.” – Susan 42