Your East Anglian Wedding - February/March 2022 (Issue 53)

HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, BRIDAL FASHION, EXPERT ADVICE, REAL WEDDINGS AND MORE Diamond earrings worth £1,500 WIN! Engagement season All you need to know for your big day to come FEB/MAR 2022 £3.55 Magical venues with a tale to tell Storybook ETTINGS SPOTLIGHT ON NORWICH Wedding hotspots in and around the cathedral city THE PERSONAL TOUCH Stand out from the crowd with handmade details

Contact us today T: 07766 476515 E: INTRODUCING “CONFETTI PONY” JACK BROCK Jack Brock “East Anglia’s most famous pony” is available to entertain your guests on your special day. Jack makes the most adorable confetti Pony! Wearing his smart leather bridle and floral dressed harness, he carries fresh rose petals that are collected the morning of your wedding from our very own rose gardens in his wicker baskets. Jack is an affectionate, cheeky mini Shetland pony who will melt the hearts of your guests, add great charm and fun to your photos and provide a talking point for many years to come as the ultimate VIP guest! Katie Hamilton Photography Jack is well known for his incredible charity work for Dementia UK. Raising smiles wherever he goes. A charity close to Jacks heart

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 81 HOT TOPIC Local experts on 2022 wedding trends 88 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2022 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON NORWICH Where to wed in and around this cathedral city 25 STORYBOOK SETTINGS Magical venues with a tale to tell FEATURES 49 ONE OF A KIND Spring bridal inspiration blooming with original bespoke details 52 LET ME EAT CAKE! County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 55 STYLE COUNSEL Tips and trends to bring your big-day vision to life 58 BEAUTIFULLY BOHO Here at CWM HQ we predict hen dos are going to be bigger and better than ever in 2022. Feast your eyes on this beauty for some true, party planning inspiration... 85 THE PERSONAL TOUCH Make your wedding stand out from the crowd with handmade details On the cover Spring fever, flowers and a beautiful bespoke bridal gown combine in this issue’s stunning front cover shot. Captured by photographer Annie Walter (, the one-of-a-kind creation by dressmaker Tiffany Crosson-Smith ( is one of the highlights of an inspirational shoot at Norfolk’s Oxnead Hall wedding venue ( featured on page 49. 55 25 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 A WEDDING OF DISTINCTION Anna and Sam pulled out all the stops for their big day 36 PLAN B-EAUTIFUL Karen and Tayler’s wedding journey took them from the US Sunshine State of Florida back home to Great Yarmouth 43 LUCKY IN LOVE Jill and Tony’s big day was blooming with subtle shades of lavender, lilac and soft pink HONEYMOONS 94 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 96 BACK-TO-NATURE BOLTHOLE Claire Ridley reports back from Monkey Island Estate, a sanctuary set on a private island on the River Thames offering laid-back luxury FASHION & BEAUTY 61 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 62 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 69 TAKE THE PLUNGE Daring necklines to make you swoon 72 SURPRISE, SURPRISE! The latest jewellery pieces for extra big-day sparkle 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 76 BEAUTY Q&A Your bridal beauty worries sorted 78 TIME OUT Wedding planning can be stressful, so be sure to make time for self-care and focus on your wellbeing 79 HEAVEN SCENT Team CWM try out the latest bridal fragrance recommendations 62 31 94 GROOMS 91 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest news and product launches 92 GOING FOR GOLD After James Bond, AKA Daniel Craig, rocked a velvet jacket at the latest 007 premier we knew this look would be here to stay! 4

CITY BRIDES At City Brides we greet you with a warm welcome, we would want you to feel at home here. We offer refreshments, we like to hear what you may have in mind and then we work from there. STELLA YORK | MADI LANE | MORI LEE MARTINA LIANA | OLIVIA ROSE | PLUS SIZE We can’t wait to meet you & to connect your dream dress. 01603 662557 | |

Woo-hoo, it’s proposal season! The festive period delivered its customary influx of newly-engaged couples and with Valentine’s Day a key time for popping the question too, we’re excited for all the lovely weddings to come. The last two years have been tough for everyone, but throughout the restrictions and uncertainty, one of the many shining lights has been the resilience of the wedding industry and couples patiently waiting for their big day. Many had to cancel their plans last year, some multiple times, before finally being able to tie the knot once lockdowns eased. Suppliers have rallied to provide support, pulling out all the stops to help people reschedule and adapt. This issue we’re lucky enough to be able share a tiny snapshot of just some of the wonderful weddings that have taken place in the region – proof, if proof were needed, that love wins no matter what! And for those of you starting out 2022 with a sparkly new ring on your finger, firstly congratulations from your new best friend! We’ll be here throughout the journey with all the latest trends, bridal fashion and beauty insight, local venues, suppliers and wedding news from your doorstep. And when your day comes, don’t forget to stay in touch for your chance to share the joy with our readers. Just click on the link to get involved Happy reading! Sarah x Sarah Reeve, editor Love is in the air WIN A PAIR OF DIAMOND EARRINGS WORTH £1,500 ISSN 2052-0514 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Sarah Reeve | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel 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 55 88 Woodhall Manor in Suffolk is a stunning storybook wedding venue. Discover more from page 25. Foliage and greenery will continue to be big for venue styling in the year ahead. 6

Anna and Sam’s wedding was awash with soft lilac and purple tones. This quirky former church is just one of the fabulous wedding venues in and around Norwich, spotlighted from page 19. 31 Shop handmade in the region to add that extra something special to your day. 36 Personalised celebrant-led ceremonies are set to be more popular than ever in 2022. Karen and Tayler brought their dream wedding in Florida home to Great Yarmouth and had the best day ever! 81 85 We’re loving the latest 2022 wedding dress collections. 62 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS All the latest from around the region EDITOR LOVES… Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year – a brand new shade of blue called Very Peri that’s perfect for weddings. A mix, somewhere between periwinkle blue and deep violet, it offers a modern upgrade to the something blue tradition for brides. From bridesmaids’ dresses to flowers and decorative details, there’s a whole host of ways to introduce the on-trend hue into your wedding day. NEW OWNERS Norfolk’s Caistor Hall Hotel has recently been acquired by award-winning hospitality and events company Brasted’s. As the latest addition to the Brasted’s collection, their experienced team is looking forward to sharing their ideas and expertise to guide couples through every step of their wedding day. With more than 35 years in the industry and a wealth of experience in fine dining, their wide selection of seasonally inspired and locally sourced dishes can all be adapted to create your own bespoke menu. For further details of the hotel visit and turn to page 19 for our spotlight on wedding venues in and around Norwich.  Nearlywed VENUE ALERT Introducing The Woodyard, a new wedding venue at Worstead Estate in the heart of North Norfolk. The former sawmill has been beautifully restored to reflect its long history and retain the original charm of the Georgian buildings. Set in a stunning location, complete with a lake, walled garden and glorious scenery, it’s available to book with exclusive use across three days for a magical celebration to remember. The Woodyard is made up of a thatched barn surrounded by outbuildings. The Mulberry Room, which once housed the original sawmill, is now a light and airy blank-canvas space to make your own. A charming spot for the ceremony or wedding breakfast, each room can be used in different ways. The newly restored Summerhouse and Lake Island provide an al-fresco setting for romantic ‘I dos’, you can even make your grand arrival by rowing boat. If the weather’s bad, there’s no need to worry, the Thatched Barn with its vaulted ceiling, exposed brick walls and striking chandeliers provides a welcoming retreat so you won’t need to venture outside. With beautiful historic grounds, the Walled garden and the West Lawn, there’s plenty of amazing photo opportunities and idyllic spots for outdoor ceremonies. There’s accommodation available too, with four renovated period buildings to stay in, including a grand, eight-bedroom Grade ll listed property with three acres of private grounds and an orangery, which is also licensed for intimate ceremonies. To find our more visit YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

COMING SOON Make-up artist Georgia Rae has started out 2022 on a mission to give the local beauty industry a boost. After the hardships of the past two years she’s launching a new beauty lounge in Thornham, Norfolk to help create a fresh buzz and new job opportunities. She says, “I’m so excited for the opening but not just for me, for the whole local industry! Everyone working in beauty has suffered because of Covid-19 and I want to bring a little bit of sunshine to what’s been a long couple of years.” She will also be continuing her training courses to bring new make-up artists into the industry to help it prosper. Georgia of Norfolk Makeup Artist has worked in the world of weddings for many years and specialises in bridal hair and make-up. The new lounge is currently being renovated to provide a luxurious haven for pampering and pre-wedding bridal hair and make-up trials. Her new website is also due to launch soon to go hand in hand with the opening of the new salon which is due on 17th March, so watch this space! Visit MINI SUPER STAR Back in late summer 2019 we reported on a rising new star on the local wedding scene, Jack Brock the miniature Shetland pony. Since then his fame has spread far and wide, so he now has a new website and email address all of his own. In his role as a four-legged confetti carrier, he’s a real show-stealer kitted out in his leather bridle, decorated harness and wicker baskets filled with fragrant rose petals. The eco-friendly confetti is picked from owner Ali Stearn’s rose garden on the family farm in Wymondham, South Norfolk. “We’ve added more roses to our beds and we collect them on the wedding morning so the petals are as fresh as possible,” adds Ali. As well as Jack’s wedding work, he makes regular public appearances and has raised nearly £25,000 for Dementia charities by visiting care homes in return for donations. “He goes in all their bedrooms and the lifts too! He really is a superstar and a rather special addition to a wedding!” Ali adds. SOMETHING NEW Cambridge Country Club’s brand new five-star luxury facilities are now open. Set in the Cambridgeshire village of Bourn, the venue offers stunning views and a whole range of attractions with something to suit all. Working alongside local suppliers to cater for all your big-day needs, there’s an array of wedding packages available whether it’s an intimate wedding or elaborate affair with 300 guests. What’s more, with their bespoke offering you can enjoy access to the beautiful new spa, health and wellness and golf facilities; perfect for pre- or post-wedding R&R. To find out more visit 10

Call 01223 247365 Cambridge Country Club, Toft Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TT A luxury venue with stunning views, offering bespoke Wedding Packages tailored to suit you and your requirements, enabling you to create unforgettable memories of your special day. You can rest assure your day will be perfectly arranged from the moment you arrive through the doors to the last guest leaving. Your dedicated Wedding Co-Ordinator & their team will be on hand to offer help and guidance from your very first visit to us. Whether it’s an intimate ceremony or an elaborate affair for 300 guests, we have a number of suites and packages that are perfectly adaptable for your vision. Put together with you in mind, we have an array of wedding packages, starting from £85 per head, to suit all and every vision for your big day. You can chose the package that best suits you whether this be simple & elegant or our all-inclusive package with everything taken care of, the possibilities are endless. We are also working alongside some amazing local suppliers who can provide the best and most competitive costs for other elements of your day including flowers, venue styling and more when choosing us as your venue.

HEACHAM MANOR HOTEL, HUNSTANTON ROAD, HEACHAM, NORFOLK PE31 7JX 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. Magical Offer for 2022Weddings at Heacham Manor IF YOU WANT TO SAY ‘I DO’ IN 2022 Heacham Manor has good availability in the brand new wedding venue… PLUS UP TO £1000 OFF EXCLUSIVE VENUE HIRE AND a FREE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE IN THE MANOR SUITE for the night of your wedding 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

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA WWW.YOUREASTANGLIAN.WEDDING/GIVEAWAYS Closing date 8th April 2022, unless otherwise stated, terms and conditions apply. THE FINISHING TOUCH Add that extra something special to your big-day look with a beautiful custom-made veil. One thing’s for sure, no other bride will have anything quite like it. Dressmaker Tiffany Crosson-Smith of Norfolk-based Tatty’s Original specialises in bespoke wedding and special occasion wear. She says, “Having a bespoke wedding dress allows you to create exactly what you want. One of the biggest struggles when shopping for your gown can be falling in love with elements from a variety of different dresses. Bringing these things together with the help of a designer allows you to create the dress of your dreams.” Tiffany offers free consultations to help you find the right style to suit your shape along with advice on how to combine your ideas and wedding theme to create a one-of-a-kind gown to fit all your needs. To find out more visit We’ve teamed up with Tatty’s Original to run an exclusive offer of a free custom-made veil worth up to £350 for readers buying one of her bespoke wedding gowns. To claim the free offer, simply mention Your East Anglian Wedding on enquiry and bookings must be confirmed and the deposit paid by March 31st, 2022. Terms and conditions apply, for further details visit Great giveaways and offers up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS WORTH UP TO £350 Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 20TH MARCH, 2022 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 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

SPRING 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated Pre-register at BERKS, BUCKS & OXON LONDON ESSEX At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 13 MARCH MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 3 APRIL MARKSHALL ESTATE Cogeshall, CO6 1TG SUN 10 APRIL /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents

/CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA KENT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 15 MAY SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SUN 13 MARCH BRESSINGHAM HALL & HIGH BARN, Norfolk, IP22 2AA SUN 6 MARCH WEST HEATH Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1SR SUN 13 MARCH CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 10 APRIL CAMBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB Toft Road, Bourn, CB23 2TT SUN 3 APRIL HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 6 MARCH

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER | 11AM - 3.30PM THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2022 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 24 APRIL 2022 | 11AM - 3:30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2022 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Sponsored by

Find us on North Walsham Rd | Crostwick | Norwich | NR12 7BG Civil Ceremonies and Wedding receptions 25 years experience in wedding events Over 3 acres of beautiful grounds for photos Free Deluxe room for newlyweds Professional in house catering and bespoke menus 16 Comfortable and spacious ensuite rooms Beautiful setting in rural Norfolk WWW.OLDRECTORYCROSTWICK.COM 01603 738513 Exclusive Wedding Venue NUMBER 47 ST GILES NORWICH Unique & Affordable City Venue Contact Gill on 01603 621827 Exclusive City Venue * Private Garden * Various Rooms Wedding Receptions for up to 200 – Asian weddings for up to 350 – Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 170 – Outside Ceremonies Available – Exclusive Use – Set in the heart of the Suffolk Countryside The perfect wedding venue Pettistree, Woodbridge – 01394 460362

NORWICH Spotlight on... Where to wed in and around Norfolk’s county town CAISTOR HALL HOTEL, NR14 8QN 01508 502 205 | Just a short drive away from the heart of Norwich city centre, discover Caistor Hall in the ancient village of Caistor St Edmunds. Set within a magnificent 32-acre estate, the impressive Georgian hall and lawns are surrounded by woodland and beautiful landscaped gardens, providing an idyllic backdrop for those all-important wedding photos. The hall’s rich history dates back as far as the Norman Conquest and it still retains many original features; think beautiful high ceilings, columns, impressive fireplaces and huge sash windows with views across the lawns and gardens. There are a number of beautiful reception rooms including the Morning Room, ideal for intimate weddings it’s licensed for ceremonies with up to 50 loved ones. The outside spaces offer a wealth of fabulous photo opportunities and picture-perfect spots for your own personal al fresco ceremony. Celebrate afterwards in the spacious Pavilion marquee which can host up to 400 people and has its own kitchen, bar and facilities so you can party in private. The hotel also has 20 boutique bedrooms and suites and is home to Brasted’s Brasserie; perfect if you’re looking to stay over and extend the celebration. We love... the sun-drenched patio – ideal for enjoying a cocktail or two on a summer’s evening. REGIONAL VENUES 19

THE FLINT ROOM, NR1 3HB 07576 760 841| If you’re on the hunt for something different for your wedding ceremony, this Medieval former church is sure to tick the box. Set right in the heart of Norwich, the landmark building dates back to the 15th and 16th century. Beautiful, large windows allow the natural light to flood in and the clock tower, one of the tallest in the city, can be seen from miles around. Iron gates and big oak barrels filled with bushy palms lead to the main entrance and the interior is a magical mix of eclectic and bespoke memorabilia, including a quirky bar and a collection of funky, colourful vintage chairs. As it’s no longer a church, only non-religious ceremonies can be held here, with up to 100 guests. There’s a beautiful ivy flower arch to stand by as you exchange vows and you can toast your new married status at the bar afterwards, before heading off for the reception. What’s more, with so many restaurants and hotels on the doorstep, you won’t have far to go to continue the celebrations! We love... the venue’s unique vibe. MANNINGTON ESTATE, NR11 7BB 01263 584 175 | This hidden gem is located in an idyllic spot north of Norwich and just eight miles from the coast. Nestled in beautiful rural surroundings, the stunning gardens provide a picture-picture setting with the impressive Medieval hall in the background. The hall is still a family home today and, although you can’t marry here, there’s plenty of space in the grounds for a magical marquee reception or you can hire the tearooms for a more intimate celebration. We love... the moat and wonderful natural surroundings. 20

S E C LUD E D - RU R A L - UN I QU E Exclusively YOU R S F OR YOU R WE E K E ND C E L E B R AT I ON S wedding www.wedd i ng s - nor f o l k . com | 01692 630385 Ha l l Fa rm, Horn i ng , Norwi ch , NR12 8NJ Coco Couture is a luxurious and spacious boutique located in the heart of the city of Cambridge. We stock a range of designer wedding gowns offering a wonderful range of sophisticated, romantic and elegant styles with accessories to match. Instagram cococouture_cambridge | Facebook Coco Couture Bridal Boutique | 01223 213770 | COCO COUTURE 4 HOMERTON STREET CAMBRIDGE CB2 8NX Bespoke wedding receptions in a unique and exclusive location in North Norfolk 01263 584175 Image by David Blake

Set on the edge of the stunning Ormesby Broad, The Boathouse offers a unique setting for your Wedding Ceremony or Celebration. The beautiful Wedding arbour overlooking the water provides one of the most romantic venues you and your guests will ever experience. THE BOATHOUSE Ormesby Broad, Eels Foot Road, Ormesby St. Michael, Norfolk NR29 3LP Telephone: 01493 730342 Email:

ANTEROS ARTS FOUNDATION, NR3 1LJ 01603 766 129 | Centrally located, just a two-minute walk from the city’s cathedral, Anteros Arts Foundation offers couples a one-of-a-kind venue to set your wedding apart. Full of charm and character, the grade 2* listed Tudor merchant house is spread over three floors around a central courtyard. The rooms feature original 16th-century fireplaces, windows and beams. There are three licensed spaces for ceremonies with up to 60 guests, including the Music Room, which has a lovely relaxed, intimate feel, a painted Tudor ceiling, wooden floors and even a Steinway grand piano to accompany your ‘I dos’. You can also tie the knot in the Main Gallery, with its beautiful carved Tudor ceiling or, new from autumn 2021, outside in the tranquil courtyard with the architecture of the historic building as your backdrop. Access to all three areas is also available for the reception. Host either a buffet-style meal in the gallery for up to 100 loved ones or 60 for a traditional sit-down meal. We love... that the venue’s friends at The Merchant’s House Café have all your needs covered when it comes to drinks throughout the day, including a private bar and fizz for toasting. NORWICH CITY FOOTBALL CLUB, 01603 218 704 | Whether you’re a footie fan or not, you can celebrate your big day in style, right in the heart of the city at Norwich City Football Club. With panoramic views and top-notch hospitality, the venue is in a league of its own. The Top of the Terrace Suite is one of the largest function rooms. Situated at the top of the Barclay Stand, windows run the full length of the room so you can look out over the pitch. Completely self-contained, with its own bars and facilities, it can host up to 400 guests for a sit-down meal and 600 for the reception. The versatile Top of the City Suite also caters for weddings and offers great views of the pitch and Norwich skyline too. The food is another big-day winner, with celebrity cook and die-hard Norwich City supporter Delia Smith at the heart of the catering at Carrow Road. We love... that the happy couple can have their photos taken in the changing rooms, dug out areas and with their guests in the stands. 23 REGIONAL VENUES

Tel: 01553 675566 Email: South Wootton, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 3HQ Wedding Venue THE PERFECT Traditional wedding venue in a historic carrstone barn

EVER AFTER Happily Magical wedding venues with a tale to tell CHIPPENHAM PARK, NEWMARKET 01638 721 416 | If you’re dreaming of an idyllic country wedding, Chippenham Park is a must-see. Nestled on the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border, it’s easily accessible yet secluded and peaceful for a truly magical big day. Surrounded by 300 acres of parkland and gardens, the privately owned Grade II listed house can be all yours for the day. Licensed for ceremonies there’s a variety of standout settings where you can tie the knot including the oh-so romantic Lake Summerhouse by the waterside with up to 120 guests or The Octagon, an octagonal oak gazebo on the lawn in front of the house. If you’re planning to marry inside, The Old Ballroom seats up to 85, or 120 family and friends when combined with the Tharp Hall. With antique paintings, a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows, it oozes elegance and style. Post-vows, make your way to the rose terrace for a relaxed drinks reception and make the most of the award-winning gardens to mix and mingle before heading off for the reception. Set on the banks of the lake, the versatile permanent marquee can host up to 200 people for a sit-down wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening, and caters for more intimate celebrations too. With views across the park and lake, a dancefloor, twinkling ceiling lights and bar, it’s the perfect place to party. There’s also an outside decking area, so you can chill out by the waterside and soak up the magical atmosphere. WE LOVE… that your own personal wedding coordinator is on hand throughout to make sure your day runs smoothly. STORYBOOK VENUES 25

HOLMEWOOD HALL, HOLME 01487 829 555 | This standout venue has everything you could dream of for a fairytale wedding. With a wealth of character and period features, it’s tucked away in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Exclusive use of the house and grounds provides endless opportunities for stunning wedding photos. A venue for all seasons, it offers a range of rooms and inviting spaces, indoors and out. The stunning Gold Room is a jewel in the venue’s crown, complete with an ornate 18-carat gold leaf ceiling and a 50ft-long aisle, perfect for making a grand entrance. A period fireplace and huge stained glass windows add to its charms. There’s an aisle mirror too, providing the perfect backdrop for your ‘I dos’. The Dining Room at Holmewood Hall can seat up to 80 guests for a fine-dining experience. With its own team of in-house chefs, there’s an array of gastronomic dishes to suit all tastes or, for an extra personal touch, you can create your own menu and design bespoke cocktails to match your theme. For al fresco ceremonies, the bandstand provides an idyllic setting surrounded by beautiful parkland, gardens and manicured lawns. You can dine in style in the Banqueting Hall afterwards and enjoy the wonderful views across the lake, then party the night away in the Vault. WE LOVE… the 18 luxurious bedrooms, including a stunning bridal suite. SWYNFORD MANOR, SIX MILE BOTTOM 01638 592 609 | Swynford Manor is a luxurious country house wedding venue combining contemporary style with rural charm. Arrive down the gravel drive flanked by plush lawns to catch your first glimpse of the distinctive timber-framed building. Step inside and the magic continues with a gleaming black and white chequerboard floor in the hall and a huge crystal chandelier above the grand staircase; perfect for making a fairytale entrance. The rest of the rooms are dressed to match the chic monochrome colour scheme. Surrounded by seven acres of green lawns and paddocks, all neatly framed by trees, you can be sure of privacy on your big day. There’s a choice of stylish spaces for your ‘I dos’, including the Garden Room with its stylish décor, beams and sumptuous furnishings. You can exchange vows and after the drinks reception, sit down for a wedding breakfast for 150 people. The versatile space has an impressive dancefloor and room for a live band or DJ. You can host an evening reception for up to 220 loved ones and party the night away, sip drinks at the adjoining bar or head off to the study for a little downtime. WE LOVE… the pretty pergola with outdoor seating area for romantic al fresco ceremonies. 26

Wellington Wood, Northwold IP26 5NP 01842 879 574 | | inspiring and personalised wedding venue within wildflower meadows and ancient woodlands. Private Se ing | Eco- Fr iendly | Pet- Fr iendly

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RAVENWOOD HALL, ROUGHAM 01359 270345 | This countryside venue offers the best of both the old and the new with numerous options for your big day. Set in secluded grounds near Bury St Edmunds, there’s a choice of varied spaces, whether you’re looking for old world charm or contemporary chic. Parts of the hall date back to the days of Henry VIII and the main building offers a traditional feel with original features including exposed beams and open fireplaces. There are three rooms licensed for ceremonies, including the atmospheric Tudor Rose Room which can host up to 70 people for your ‘I dos’ and 50 seated guests for the reception. Step outside and discover the contemporary-style pavilion, complete with a marquee area for dancing, private restrooms and a bar. A light and airy space with its own gardens and private lawn; it’s great for a relaxed summer wedding. You can tie the knot here with up to 130 loved ones, enjoy al fresco drinks post-vows and continue the celebrations inside with a seated wedding breakfast and evening reception for up to 200 family and friends. With nearly seven acres of grounds there’s no shortage of great photo opportunities and plenty of space for marquee receptions for as many as 500 family and friends. You could even have a fireworks display to really wow your guests. WE LOVE… the summerhouse with its wisteria and grapevine-clad pagoda walkway for picture-perfect outdoor ceremonies. WOODHALL MANOR, SUTTON 01394 411 288 | Woodhall Manor ticks all the boxes for a big day to remember. Surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside and landscaped grounds, arrive down the tree-lined driveway to discover the privately owned Elizabethan manor house. Exclusively yours for your whole wedding, you can tie the knot with up to 130 guests and host a reception for up to 200 loved ones. You’ll be spoilt for choice on where to wed with five different licensed ceremony spaces available to suit the style and scale of your day. Inside the manor, there’s the glamorous Ballroom and the Bishops, Nelson and Cherry Blossom rooms or you can tie the knot al fresco in the romantic walled garden with its pretty dovecote. The water fountains and heart-shaped flowerbed are picture-perfect spots for romantic just-wed shots. The venue even has its own private nightclub, The Garden Lounge, ideal for getting the party started! The Nelson and Bishop Rooms are also available for the evening celebrations and you won’t have far to go and at the end of the night as there are 14 beautiful rooms including a choice of two bridal suites. WE LOVE… the secret room for those all-important bridal preparations. 29 STORYBOOK VENUES

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A wedding of distinction Anna and Sam pulled out all the stops for their big day Images courtesy of Chantelle Rose Photography Anna and Sam met online and hit it off straight away. “It was clear from our first date that it was meant to be as we shared so many common interests, a similar sense of humour and mutual love of 80’s music,” says Anna. So when Sam popped the question in June 2019 there was only ever going to be one answer – ‘yes’, of course! “He proposed while we were on holiday in Cyprus in the privacy of our hotel room with a lovely view of the sunset from our balcony,” remembers Anna. They tied the knot on 24th July, 2021 at Seckford Hall in Suffolk. Anna created their own wedding brand, complete with logo and they opted for a silver, light purple and lilac colour scheme with paisley design elements. Read on for Anna’s account of their big day… REAL WEDDINGS 31

The string trio really made an impact and even learnt two of our favourite songs to make it extra special. I had my nan’s crystal horse brooch includ ed in my bouquet as my something old. We chose Seckford Hall because it’s such a stunning, intimate venue. My brother was my man-of-honour and he was beyond amazing! I lost count how many dresses I tried on. I wanted sparkle, detail and a cut-out back and my Martina Liana Sorrento dress fitted the brief perfectly. 32

Sam is a huge West Ham fan so we named the tables after some of the club’s most iconic players and designed the table plan in line with our wedding brand including mini hammer symbols. We had Mr & Mrs Greenwood balloons, which were great for the day and had flashing lights as an extra element for the evening. The owl display after the ceremony was a huge hit and all our guests got involved. Sam and his groomsmen all wore matching grey suits but he had a different silver paisley waistcoat and matching pocket square. I had a bespoke veil designed by Sophie at Unveiled. She even embroidered my wedding logo and date on to it, which I never thought would be possible. REAL WEDDINGS 33

The dancefloor was well and truly warmed up after the Freddie Mercury tribute act and the dancing continued throughout the night. The caricaturist was a great hit; he really got the evening celebration started. ANNA AND SAM’S W-DAY SUPPLIERS Photography, Chantelle Rose Photography, | Venue, Seckford Hall, | Bride’s dress, Isabella Grace Bridal, | Veil, Unveiled by Sophie, | Hair and make-up, Elegant Hair & Beauty, | Bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride make-up, Nails and Beauty by Ali, | Groom and groomsmen’s suits, Slater Menswear, | Cake, Chrissy’s Cakes Flowers, Henley Flowers, | Décor, Extravorganza, | Giant letter lights, aisle runner and bespoke neon sign, Giant Gestures, | Balloons, Suffolk Signature Balloons, | String trio, Arbutus String Trio, | Magic mirror, Mirrored Moments, | Caricaturist, Spot On Caricatures, | Freddie Mercury Tribute, Billy West, | Videography, If It Moves, | Owl display, Bird on the Hand, | Disco and DJ, My Big Fat Wedding Disco, | Macarons, Macarons & More, Our purple and silver cake was decorated with a paisley pattern, our wedding logo and sugar flowers to match the florist’s arrangements. Rebecca from Giant Gestures helped with so much and even had a bespoke neon sign made for us of one of our favourite ’80s songs You Make My Dreams Come True. As favours for our guests we had candles with our wedding logo on, wedding pens made by my grandad and personalised chocolates. 34

HR_xMurray Edwards College_FPA_YEAW41.indd 1 01/10/2020 12:17 HR_xMurray Edwards College_FPA_YEAW41.indd 1 01/10/2020 12:17 THE DOME DINING HALL — Weddings & Events One great venue A magnificent venue with definite “wow factor” PREFERENTIAL RATES AVAILABLE FOR WEEKDAY WEDDINGS GARDEN EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS ON SITE ACCOMMODATION THE SPACE AND FLEXIBILITY TO CREATE THE DAY YOU WANT SEASONAL FINE DINING, OR A BESPOKE MENU UNIQUE, SPACIOUS DINING ROOMS Hadleigh Guildhall provides 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 and dine in traditional silver service style with velvet chairs, or relax with twinkling lights and 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 venues in Suffolk. Booking Clerk, Veronica Morris | | 01473822544 H A D L E I G H G U I L D H A L L

Plan B-eautiful Karen and Tayler’s wedding journey took them from the US Sunshine State of Florida back home to Great Yarmouth Images courtesy of Simon Watson Photography 36

EARLY DAYS Although Karen and Tayler went to the same sixth form college in Norfolk, they didn’t set eyes on each other until the second year when their film studies groups merged. “When Tayler walked into the room for our first lecture of the year, wearing his bright yellow T-shirt and patterned board shorts, as strange as it sounds, I had a gut feeling that something was going to happen between us from the minute I first saw him! His outgoing, funny personality grabbed my attention instantly,” remembers Karen. Turns out, he was thinking the same and set his sights on pursuing her! “We clicked from the start and the fact that we had many of the same friends and interests helped push things along pretty quickly! Tayler achieved his goal in the end and, after various nights out, we eventually got together and have never looked back!” adds Karen. POPPING THE QUESTION Tayler proposed during a two-week holiday of a lifetime touring America. A week into the trip, they set off for Anaheim, California home of the original Disneyland and the first Magic Kingdom. “We had visited it a few years before, and I fell in love with the place,” explains Karen. She noticed Tayler was acting a little odd and kept asking her whether it was definitely her favourite Disney park. “I assured him it was, but had no clue why he was so concerned. When we got in, our first stop was the main castle for a photo and as I got my phone ready, I looked at Tayler and he was down on one knee!” At first she thought he was joking and it wasn’t until he took the ring box out of his pocket that she realised it was for real. “I was a bit of a squeaky mess, but I said ‘yes’, of course!” THE TIME AND THE PLACE They started planning their big day in January 2019 and originally had their hearts set on getting married in Orlanda, Florida, until COVID put pay to that. Everything was booked and ready for them to jet off to the Sunshine State with 35 guests for their dream wedding on November 3rd last year. However, with just six weeks to go, and no news of any let up on travel restrictions to the US, they finally decided to pull the plug. Karen recalls, “When the pandemic first struck we’d just started the planning process and, like many people, we thought that by the time our wedding day arrived it would be well and truly over – how wrong we were! “We had to decide whether to wait it out until the last minute and see if our plans could go ahead, postpone to a future date in 2022, when things would hopefully be more normal, or cancel our destination wedding altogether and bring it home. After much deliberation, we felt we really wanted to get married sooner rather than later. After two years of uncertainty we wanted to be able to feel excited at the thought of getting married and so wedding plan B was born.” After 13 years together, including a six-year engagement, they tied the knot at The Royal Assembly Rooms in Great Yarmouth on 29th October 2021. They had previously booked the venue for a post-wedding celebration on their return from America and luckily were able to get it for their whole day. “We liked the layout of the venue, which is one of the reasons we chose it. It has two bars, a beautiful ceremony room and a bright and spacious banqueting room. We were also able to invite many more of our friends and family who wouldn’t have been able to go if the wedding had been in Florida,” adds Karen. “Our celebrant Francesca Foulsham wrote a beautiful, personalised ceremony filled with memories like the story of how we met and our engagement and she also included a handfasting which was a lovely touch.” LOOKING THE PART Happily, choosing her dream dress went without a hitch. Karen fell for the first one she put on, a Stella York (style 7066) ivory, vintage-inspired gown complete with train. “City Brides in Norwich couldn’t have been more helpful. I was able to try it on in front of the most important people, my mum and bridesmaids, as they allowed me to do it in two groups due to restrictions on numbers inside the boutique at the time,” she explains. “I loved the fit and flare silhouette which complemented my body shape perfectly and really highlighted one of my greatest assets, my behind! I love a bit of glitz too, so the lace and sparkle helped me REAL WEDDING 37

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to know it was the one instantly.” She bought it off the rack and had it altered by Bryony Woodward at Little Miss Sew ‘n’ Sew. “She did an amazing job and it fitted like a glove on the day,” raves Karen. Her five bridesmaids wore navy blue or pink dresses in different styles to suit them and the wedding party had artificial silk flowers in blush, coral and ivory tones. “Simon took us for a stroll before the evening reception to get some photos on the seafront.We stood outside the Flamingo amusements and inbetween cars beeping and people shouting out congratulations, he took some absolutely incredible shots!” ALL IN THE DETAIL The wedding décor featured a nod to Disney, subtle Halloween touches and pink, navy and ivory tones throughout. They had a Mickey and Minnie Mouse table plan and their three-tier cake also reflected the theme with a personalised Disney topper. The centrepieces were drinks bottles, collected from house parties over the years, decorated with Halloweenthemed fairylights and filled with pink and ivory artificial flowers set off with silver sequin pumpkins, ivory or pink lanterns on mirrored trays provided by the venue. Personal touches included vodka shot favours for guests to be downed after the best man’s speech and a trick or treat sweet table. After the reception there was chance to relax and chill out at the bar before the party kicked off and everyone hit the dancefloor. “Our fabulous DJ asked us to pick the final songs of the evening and they went down an absolute storm with our friends. We danced so hard I thought the floor might give way!” adds Karen. REAL WEDDING 39