Your East Anglian Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 55)

HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, BRIDAL FASHION, EXPERT ADVICE AND MORE A minimoon in the Lake District WIN! Summer loving Sizzling seasonal inspiration JUN/JUL 2022 £3.55 Wedding barns full of character and charm Rustic OMANCE ‘I DO’ AL FRESCO Top tips for outdoor weddings TRUE ROMANCE Local love stories FLOWER POWER Colour bomb your day with beautiful blooms @weddingbarnoldhall T H E W E D D I N G B A R N A T O L D H A L L | O L D H A L L R O A D | S T E E P L E B U M P S T E A D | C B 9 7 E J

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways up for grabs 87 HOT TOPIC Local experts on what’s hot for summer weddings 91 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2022 VENUES 19 WISH YOU WERE HERE Spotlight on coastal venues from around the region 25 RUSTIC ROMANCE Tie the knot in a country barn FEATURES 49 ABOVE US ONLY SKY Celebrate the great outdoors on your big day 53 PICK OF THE BUNCH Wonderful wedding flowers to enhance your whole day 57 BOHO CHIC Be inspired by this on-trend theme showcased at Norfolk’s Titchwell Manor Hotel 84 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey On the cover This issue’s front cover shot by Martin Beard Photography ( perfectly captures the joy of Beth and Jack’s lovely wedding at Suffolk’s historic Hengrave Hall featured from page 43. 53 19 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 WOODLAND WONDER Wellington Wood in Norfolk provided the perfect romantic setting for Ruth and Sam’s big day 36 KINDRED SPIRITS Charlotte and James celebrated their union under the big, beautiful Suffolk sky 43 BLUE SKY DAY Beth and Jack’s wedding was bathed in glorious spring sunshine HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest travel news, top buys and honeymoon hot spots 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Baker reveals why Mauritius is the perfect romantic destination 96 FOREST FREEDOM Sarah Gallivan discovers the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Hideaway FASHION & BEAUTY 63 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses sporting statement straps 71 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 74 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 78 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product to help and we’ve put some of them to the test 79 BEAUTY Q&A Get your summer bridal glow on with help from those in the know 36 94 GROOMS 81 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches 82 HUE COMPLETE ME Hot pastel hues for summer weddings 76 71 4

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Looks like 2022 is set to be a boom year for weddings! Recent research predicts a record 2.5 million will take place, the most since 1984, and we couldn’t be more excited! Love is in the air and this issue is sizzling with inspiration for newlyweds-to-be. Summer’s here with the prospect of plenty of sunshine and blue-sky days to come. For all those planning to make the most of the season and the great outdoors, this issue is packed with ideas, advice, beauty tips and more to make sure your big day is a scorcher, whatever the weather! We’ve got tips from regional experts on summer weddings from page 87 and for insider know-how on hosting a sensational al fresco celebration, flip to page 49. Dive in and discover some of the region’s fabulous coastal venues from page 19 or, if a rustic country theme is more your style, we’ve got that covered too with our special showcase of glorious wedding barns starting on page 25. Packed with local suppliers, bridal fashion, real weddings from around the region and more, put your feet up and prepare to be inspired! And when your day comes, don’t forget to get in touch for the chance to have your wedding featured. Just click on the link to get involved Happy reading! Sarah x Sarah Reeve, editor Hooray for summer! WIN A TWO-NIGHT STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT. 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 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 91 The light, bright conservatory at Norfolk’s Titchwell Manor Hotel provided the ideal backdrop for this stunning boho-chic styled shoot. 57 6

We love pets at weddings and this posing pooch looks adorable with a floral corsage in their collar. 53 31 25 Outdoor lovers Ruth and Sam found their perfect happy-ever-after place at Norfolk’s Wellington Wood. East Anglia boasts a wealth of romantic wedding barns including this beauty at Haughley Park in Suffolk. This beautiful handpainted cake is a showstopping piece of edible art! 87 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS All the latest from around the region FLOWER CROWNS FOR UKRAINE Claire Cowling of Suffolk-based Thrive Floristry ( created this stunning headdress as part of an appeal to help victims of the war in Ukraine. “I really wanted to show my support personally and, together with a group of fellow florists, we decided to be part of a charity campaign to raise funds through our floristry skills,” she explains. Fellow florists around the country have created flower crowns and vinoks, a traditional Ukrainian headdress, and posted photographs of them to raise money for the work being done to support those in need in the war-torn country. Claire’s vinok was inspired by the traditional values of reusing what Mother Nature provides and includes a mix of fresh and dried materials in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, “It was such a joy to make,” she adds. As a special thank-you, Claire is also providing instructions for all those that donate, so they can learn how to make their own flower crown. For full details visit PRE-WEDDING R&R The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket has launched a new Ultimate Summer Prep Package, perfect for pre-wedding pampering and getting ready for the honeymoon. Treat yourself to some valuable me-time and enjoy three hours of indulgence with the spa’s expert therapists. The package includes a full-body exfoliation before the hydrating Mii tan is applied for a streak-free, summer glow. Relax and enjoy a glass of fizz before a Deluxe GELeration manicure and pedicure for top-to-toe, feelgood factor. Available until September this year, visit or call 01638 676 130 to book.  Nearlywed TIME TO CELEBRATE Norfolk’s Bradley Hatch Jewellers is celebrating 28 years since first opening its doors in May 1994. Since then the shop in Wroxham has developed a reputation for high quality new and vintage jewellery, watches and more. A hotspot for newlyweds-to-be it offers a wide selection of engagement and wedding rings, as well as a bespoke wedding ring service, jewellery and accessories for the bride and groom, and giftware, ideal for the bridal party. With an experienced team and workshop on site, the business also offers a repairs and restoration service too, great if you’re look to revamp a family heirloom for your something old and something new. Visit Model: YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

TIME FOR TEA If you’re looking for the perfect tipple for your big day or a deliciously sweet treat, look no further than Cambridgeshire-based Pinkster gin. Pinkster Gin Jam uses gin-soaked raspberries left over from the production process and is ideal for adding that extra something special to an afternoon tea reception or something slightly stronger, like a moreish gin ‘n’ jam cocktail. The bulk of raspberries used in producing Pinkster are recycled as Boozy Berries and those that don’t make the cut are now being used for Gin Jam. With minimal wastage and sustainability too – it’s a win, win! Visit MAGICAL WEDDINGS Professional toastmaster and master of ceremonies Matthew Biggin has released a new book to help couples make their dream wedding truly magical. With nearly 15 years’ experience in the industry, Cambridgeshire-based Matthew shares some of the secrets gained from officiating at almost 400 weddings in The Bride Whisperer’s Guide to Unveiling Your Magical Wedding. Packed with tips and advice, the guide covers everything from organising those all-important photos to making the most of your first dance. He says, “Many of the glitches that can occur, I see in retrospect – when it’s already too late to fix them. It’s my intention with this book to point out some simple and inexpensive measures that couples can take and consider when they plan their big day.” Published by VINCIT Publishing with images by wedding photographer Aaron Storry, the book is currently available on Amazon. Visit and don’t miss our hot topic feature on page 87 for Matthew’s summer wedding tips. EDITOR LOVES A taste of cake heaven – this romantic, floral masterpiece by Amber Briggs of Norfolk-based Love Wedding Cakes features beautiful, handcrafted rice paper ruffles with sugar roses, ranunculus, magnolia and hydrangeas. Amber has spent years perfecting the art of making beautiful sugar flowers and foliage for her bespoke creations. She says, “Not only do they look beautiful on your wedding day, but they also make a wonderful keepsake long after the cake has been eaten!” Sugar flowers can be made in any colour, at any time of the year and provide endless choice when it comes to designing your wedding cake. To find out more, visit COASTAL RETREAT Close to the Suffolk coast and surrounded by woodland and forest, Butley Priory is not only a magical wedding venue, but a great place to stay. Just a short walk away Butley Abbey Farmhouse can sleep up to 24 people. The Grade II Georgian property has recently been refurbished and offers luxury accommodation over three floors. Overlooking a large garden, tennis court and croquet lawn, it’s a haven of peace and tranquillity. With three sitting rooms, all with open fires, and a large dining room, there are 12 spacious bedrooms, ideal for pre- or post-wedding stays. Visit and check out our coastal venues feature over on page 19 for details of weddings at Butley Priory. This striking cake is hand-painted in an ombre watercolour with a crescent of handmade sugar flowers, twigs, buds, berries and foliage, perfect for a woodland wedding. 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 5th August 2022, unless otherwise stated, terms and conditions apply. WIN A ROMANTIC OVERNIGHT HOTEL STAY! Take a break from the wedding planning courtesy of Norfolk’s stunning Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort. Your East Anglian Wedding readers have the chance to win an overnight stay for two at the luxury hotel, including a spa treatment each, two-course dinner and breakfast the following morning. Set in 150 acres of woodland, the idyllic country retreat is the perfect place to chill out and unwind. A haven of rest and relaxation, self-care and indulgence are top of the to-do list. From facials for glowing skin to massages and full-body treatments to soothe you from head-to-toe, you’re sure to leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and revitalised. Full of period charm, Dunston Hall combines classic elegance with modern facilities and a warm welcome. Built in 1859, the magnificent manor house is inspired by the elegance of Elizabethan architecture and design and has been lovingly restored by The QHotels Collection to showcase the original features. With acres of lush greenery and woodland to explore, not to mention a perfectly manicured 18-hole private golf course, there’s everything you need to unwind. Just a few miles from Norwich, it’s ideally situated for exploring the vibrant cathedral city and the Norfolk Broads are nearby too. What’s more, if you’re on the hunt for your dream wedding venue, Dunston Hall’s dramatic grounds and towering manor house provide a magical big-day backdrop. With stunning Elizabethan-style indoor spaces and a purpose-built marquee outside, perfect for enjoying the full glory of the gardens, it’s a destination hotspot. To find out more visit For your chance to win the overnight stay visit our website, terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways up for grabs Freebies&OFFERS Helping children around th world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 9TH OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 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

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2022 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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. ESSEX SUN 23 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 25 SEPT PONTLANDS PARK West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, CM2 8HR SUN 30 OCT LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 16 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN 12PM-4PM

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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 KENT SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 6 NOV HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 4 SEPT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 18 SEPT CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 23 OCT SMEETHAM HALL BARN Smeetham Hall, Sudbury, CO10 7EU SUN 25 SEPT RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 6 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 4 SEPT HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 11 SEPT WARREN HOUSE Warren Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7HY SUN 30 OCT SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM

• 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 High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE Sponsored by London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Sponsored by

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:

WISH YOU WERE HERE Wedding hotspots on and around the region’s coast THE BOATHOUSE, ORMESBY BROAD 01493 730 342 | If you’re on the hunt for a romantic waterside setting for your big day, check out this must-see venue. Just a few miles from the coast and the popular seaside town of Yarmouth, The Boathouse is set in an idyllic spot on Norfolk’s Ormesby Broad. Offering a magical experience in a tranquil, picturesque location, guests can relax on the terrace and take in the stunning views while waiting for you to arrive for your ‘I dos’. The ceremony room is a wonderfully light and airy space, big enough for up to 120 people. The sliding glass doors open on to the spacious terrace and beside it there’s a pretty wedding arbour where couples can take their vows. After tying the knot, proceed to the beautiful wedding breakfast and celebration rooms, a perfect blend of modern and classic styles, and enjoy a sit-down meal with your loved ones. Between the two main rooms there’s the reception and private bar area, perfect for drinks and canapés or you can head out on to the decked terrace for an al fresco celebration. We love… that you can arrive for the ceremony by boat – great for fabulous photos. TITCHWELL MANOR HOTEL, TITCHWELL 01485 210 221 | Titchwell Manor marries 19th-century character with bold, modern design. Rustic fireplaces, original Victorian floor tiles and vibrant furnishings combine to create a striking blend of modern meets traditional. The former Victorian farmhouse has been lovingly transformed by the current owner and family into a four-star boutique hotel. Directly overlooking a stunning stretch of North Norfolk coastline, it’s surrounded by picturesque countryside providing an idyllic setting for a wedding. There’s a selection of wonderful locations for your ‘I dos’, indoors and out. You can tie the knot in the secluded walled garden surrounded by flowers or exchange vows in a magical woodland setting. For indoor ceremonies, the elegant conservatory is a great option. Flooded with natural light, the stylish glasshouse offers the best of both worlds – wonderful views of the grounds and protection from the unpredictable British weather. The quintessential country garden is ideal for post-vows drinks and outdoor games so while your guests are enjoying themselves, you can take a stroll down to the beach for romantic toes-in-the-sand photos. The 3 AA Rosette hotel is renowned for its food and can cater for up to 100 guests for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the reception. Celebrate under the twinkling fairylights in the conservatory or party the night away in the Eating Rooms, a contemporary space with a marble bar and bifolding doors opening on to a terrace and coastal view. With 28 bedrooms, you and your loved ones can stay over and tuck into a traditional breakfast the next morning. What’s more, as a dog-friendly venue, your four-legged pal can be part of your special day too. We love… the two romantic luxury shepherd’s huts with their own jacuzzis and unspoilt farmland views. COASTAL VENUES 19

CLEY WINDMILL, CLEYNEXTTHESEA 01263 740 209 | Cley windmill is a local landmark on the North Norfolk coast. Surrounded by reeds and marshland with the sea in the distance, it’s an idyllic setting for those in search of an original big-day backdrop. With space for up to 22 in the 10 bedrooms, you can take over the whole windmill. Hold your ceremony in the round, beamed dining room, full of character complete with fireplace, or in one of the many outdoor spaces including the decked area among the reeds. Dine afterwards and enjoy a cosy reception in the windmill or dance the night away in the marquee in the garden. W love… the gallery at the top of the tower, providing the ultimate photo opportunity with the windmill sails as your backdrop. HIGH LODGE, DARSHAM 01986 784 347 Set in 80 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, High Lodge offers exclusive use to couples and their guests for the big day. Located between Aldeburgh and Southwold, just three miles from the Suffolk coastal village of Dunwich, it’s a destination hotspot – perfect for couples looking to extend their celebration to explore all the area has to offer. Licensed for ceremonies, you can host your whole day in the versatile Champion Suite, whether it’s an intimate wedding or a grand celebration with up to 300 guests. The bright and airy function space has its own private bar and garden area and the venue’s dedicated team is committed to ensure your wedding dreams come true. W love… the traditional, luxury holiday l dges set in tranquil woodland – available for weekend wedding accommodation. 20

Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7RP. Telephone: 01263 740209 Email:

Set along the elegant Ipswich Waterfront, our Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings offer picture-perfect views and photo opportunities all around. T: 01473 284000 [option 2] A Magical Locat ion for Your Wedding Day Isaacs Weddings Advert_Half Page_AW.indd 1 06/12/2021 13:30 lunar_stretch_tents LunarStretchTents

BUTLEY PRIORY, WOODBRIDGE 01394 450 046 | When it comes to enchanting wedding locations, this fairytale venue is hard to beat. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the Suffolk coast, it’s a hidden gem surrounded by woodland and forest. Formerly the gatehouse to an Augustinian monastery, the Grade I listed 13th-century priory oozes character and charm. You can marry here and take your pick of great backdrops to make your wedding stand out from the crowd. Tie the knot in the Great Hall, with its high vaulted ceilings, and toast your new married status with drinks and canapés in the drawing room or garden, while the hall is transformed for the wedding breakfast. With room for up to 80 guests sat at long tables you can dine in style with a menu tailored to suit you. For larger weddings, a marquee on the front lawn can be arranged for your whole post-vows celebrations. The south-facing garden has recently been replanted and offers a wealth of opportunities for album-worthy photos while your family and friends enjoy Pimms and croquet on the lawn. The Priory has recently been refurbished and also offers luxury accommodation including a romantic wedding suite. We love… that you can marry outside in the garden, with chairs laid out on the lawn or directly in front of the priory. BRIARFIELDS HOTEL, TITCHWELL 01485 210 742 | You can be sure of a truly private big day at this exclusive-use coastal hotel. The venue only hosts a limited number of weddings each year to make sure every couple enjoys a special day, unique to them. The dedicated wedding team provides the personal touch to make sure everything runs smoothly while the chefs help create a wedding menu bespoke to you. Set in private grounds the hotel combines romantic, rustic charm with views of the countryside and sea marshes. The main ceremony room is big enough for up to 120 people and boasts exposed beams, high ceilings and scenic views or for more intimate ‘I dos’, the snug provides a cosy setting full of character and charm. Receptions are held in the restaurant, which can cater for 140 seated guests for the wedding breakfast and up to 250 for the reception. Outside there’s a raised patio with pergola, comfy seating, a large lawn and children’s play area too. We love… once the wedding date is confirmed, couples along with four guests are invited to sample their bespoke wedding breakfast at the venue. 23 COASTAL VENUES

Set in the heart of a picturesque country estate, Haughley Park Barn offers an impressive but relaxed setting where you can celebrate your wedding, your way. The lovingly restored Suffolk wedding venue is approached by a long, sweeping driveway through parkland and provides instant charm and atmosphere in a beautiful, private location. HAUGHLEY PARK, STOWMARKET, SUFFOLK, IP14 3JY 01359 240701 | For availability, or to arrange a chat with our events team, do get in touch 07770 700926 | | The Octagon, Hospital Road, Little Plumstead, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 5FH | Octagon Barn Events is a unique space within the Norfolk countryside. We have been part of some wonderful weddings over the years, and we very much look forward to welcoming you in the coming years. O C T A GON E V E N T S Photographer: @happymomentsco Venue Decor: @samracevenuedecoration Model: Sadie Rosembert Venue Styling: bellesandbeausweddingstyling Floral: @nichenorwich Banqueting: @banquetinghire

Rustic romance Tie the knot in a country barn HAUGHLEY PARK BARN, STOWMARKET 01359 240 701 | This privately owned country estate in the heart of Suffolk is a must-see for newlyweds-to-be. Surrounded by 250 acres of glorious parkland, prepare to be wowed as you arrive down the sweeping driveway to catch your first glimpse of the beautiful, landscaped gardens and Jacobean manor house. Within the well-kept grounds, you’ll find the stunning Grade II listed barn. More than 400 years old, with original oak beams and exposed brickwork, it has been lovingly renovated to provide a flexible space for weddings while retaining its traditional character and charm. Fairylights add sparkle to the vaulted ceilings in the dedicated ceremony room which includes hand-crafted tables, elegant voile drapes and a choice of backdrops for your ‘I dos’. If you’re dreaming of an outdoor ceremony, you can get married in the gardens and explore the wider estate grounds to discover a treasure trove of romantic spots for those all-important just-wed shots. Make the most of the picturesque setting and enjoy a drinks reception on the front lawn, with its glass sculpture and views of the pond. Celebrate afterwards with a wedding breakfast for up to 120 guests and evening reception for as many as 240 in the main barn, complete with stage and built-in bar. There’s a rear courtyard too, perfect for the evening food or taking time out from dancing the night away. With an authentic beauty all of its own, you can add as much or as little as you like to the venue décor to make it your own. Offered on an exclusive, three-day basis, the venue gives couples the freedom to choose their own suppliers with plenty of time to set up and style the barn, relax and savour every moment. WE LOVE… the spacious Victorian farmhouse on site, available for hire on a self-catering basis for a two-night minimum stay. With five large bedrooms it can sleep around 10 people – perfect for family and friends or the bridal party to get ready. Emily Silkstone BARNS 25

THE OCTAGON BARN, LITTLE PLUMSTEAD 07469 852 899 | This Norfolk gem has a unique character for a big-day celebration to remember. Set in its own garden with a gravel courtyard at the front, the redbrick Grade II listed barn boasts a stunning vaulted ceiling made with North American pitch pine, thought to date back around 300 years. The walkway down to the gardens is great for fab photos and the parkland beyond provides a picturesque backdrop throughout the changing seasons. Although not currently licensed for ceremonies, you can host your wedding breakfast here with up to 140 people and invite an extra 40 for the evening reception. Surrounded by countryside, but only a 10-minute drive from Norwich, it offers the best of both worlds – country charm and easy access to the beautiful city with its major transport links. PSST… the wheels are in motion to obtain a ceremony licence, so watch this space! CURDS HALL BARN, LITTLE FRANSHAM 07377 138 882 | At the end of a sweeping driveway, deep in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, discover this wedding hotspot. Surrounded by 12 acres of parkland and fields, with areas of mature woodland, a lawn, pond and uninterrupted rural views, it’s a photographer’s dream. Combining rustic charm and modern facilities, the light and airy main barn is the venue’s showpiece. Dating back to the 17th century, whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings, contemporary lighting and original beams create a magical atmosphere. Big, glazed doors allow the light to flood in and there’s underfloor heating too, so it’s great for weddings all year round. The adjoining Woodshed has a cosy, intimate feel with darker wood cladding and atmospheric lighting – the perfect blank canvas for a romantic, intimate wedding. Both are licensed for ceremonies and you can celebrate afterwards with up to 120 guests, plus 80 more for the evening reception. With long, rustic tables for the wedding breakfast and plenty of space for a band and dancefloor, you can party the night away in style. Although Curds Hall Barn is a dry hire venue, many facilities such as heating, lavatories and a bar are provided, leaving you to focus on the personal touches and decorative details to make the day your own. What’s more, if you’re planning to stay over, there’s onsite accommodation just a short distance from the venue in the lovingly converted Old Coach House or you can camp out in bell tents or tipis in the nearby parkland for a night under the stars. WE LOVE… that you can say ‘I do’ under the shade of the old oak tree or on the lawn with the open-fronted cartshed as your backdrop. 26

BRUISYARD BARN, BRUISYARD 01728 639 000 | Tucked away in the Suffolk Countryside, the 17th-century barn at Bruisyard is one of the region’s treasures. Set in the heart of the country estate, wooden beams criss-cross the high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling double doors allow the natural light to flood in. The stunning space includes the Banqueting Hall, Medieval Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery and can accommodate 140 people for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. You can tie the knot inside the barn or outside. With a mix of formal and informal gardens in more than 700 acres of grounds, there’s a wealth of romantic spots and great photo opportunities. Celebrate in style afterwards and party the night away in the Banqueting Hall joined by up to 200 loved ones. WE LOVE… the five-star accommodation available at Bruisyard Hall – just a short walk from the barn, it’s perfect for those wanting to linger longer. ELMS BARN, TOFT MONKS 01502 678 139 | If you’re dreaming of a quintessential English country wedding, this stunning venue is sure to tick the box. Built using traditional Norfolk red brick, the 17th-century barn is full of character with oak beams and traditional loft windows. It links to an elegant marquee, ideal for hosting your post-vows drinks reception. The picture-perfect setting features a romantic rose garden, flowers and lily ponds. The large patio area with bay trees is great for relaxing in the sunshine, enjoying drinks and a gourmet barbecue. There’s a meadow for playing outdoor games too and a woodland walk. You can marry in the barn by candlelight or outside in the rose gardens of the beautiful Queen Anne house with up to 120 guests. With the rose walk as your aisle, the grapevine pergola as the altar and your loved ones seated on the lawns, it’s an idyllic setting. Post-vows, toast your new married status and enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast in the barn and elegant marquee followed by an evening reception for as many as 200 of your friends and family. The venue offers a magical country retreat, with accommodation available so you can host your celebration over three days in privacy and comfort. WE LOVE… the seasonal menus celebrating the best of Norfolk and Suffolk produce and producers. 27 BARNS

THE MANOR BARN, HARLTON 01223 264 675 | For an exclusive, bespoke big day, Manor Barn provides the perfect canvas to add your own personal touch. Set in glorious Cambridgeshire countryside, the 400-year-old Grade II listed building is built in traditional wooden tythe style. Licensed for ceremonies, you can tie the knot inside under a canopy of fairylights or in the courtyard with its paved patio and oak feature stable doors. There’s a grassed area, water feature, seating and firepit, great for snuggling around when the sun goes down. Host a wedding breakfast in the main barn and evening reception for up to 200 loved ones. With rustic beams, a stage and PA system for music, the barn provides the perfect place to party. WE LOVE… that you can access the venue from Friday to Monday, great for stress-busting pre- and post-weddding planning. THE THATCH BARN, YELLING 07712 772 880 | Picture your big day alongside a lavender grove or field of daffodils? Dream no more, The Thatch Barn has all this to offer and more. Set on a working farm in Cambridgeshire, the Heritage Award-winning barn is situated beside crops of wheat, lavender, wildflowers and daffodils, stunning in season for standout photos. With a magnificent, thatched roof and high vaulted, beamed ceiling, it’s cool in summer and magical lit up at night with twinkling fairylights. There’s space for up to 100 people for the reception, as well as a paddock and decked terrace area where guests can relax and enjoy the setting. For the ceremony, the Church of the Holy Cross is only a hop, skip and a jump away. WE LOVE… the lavender grove, breathtaking from May to July when it’s in full colour. 28

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Woodland WONDER Wellington Wood in Norfolk provided the perfect romantic spot for Ruth and Sam’s al fresco wedding Images courtesy of Vicky Plum Photography Outdoor lovers Ruth and Sam met online and hit it off straight away. “After a couple of dates it was clear to both of us that we were on to something special,” reveals Ruth. Their romance hit new heights on date five, when Sam asked Ruth to be his girlfriend as they were climbing Mount Snowdon during a camping trip in Wales. Their relationship blossomed and when it came to the proposal, Sam chose another panoramic location and popped the question on a clifftop in Cornwall while they were on holiday in January 2020. Ruth knew it was going to happen at some point as they’d already chosen the ring. “However, the time and place were a complete surprise,” she adds. They set the date for October 2020, but after Covid wrecked their original plans, they decided to go ahead and get married in their local registry office with just their immediate family and postpone their humanist ceremony and reception until September 2021. Read on for Ruth’s account of their romantic, chilled celebration … REAL WEDDINGS 31

We had the most amazing personal ceremony, complete with tree planting, hand tying and readings. Our little dog Ruby was guest of honour, and even walked down the aisle with us. We moved the ceremony location to the woods the week before and hoped the weather would be kind to us, which it was. I wore a strapless, ivory lace dress with a necklace owned by my late great aunt, a bracelet I got for my 18th birthday and a flower crown made by my florist. Sam and his groomsmen wore matching grey check suits with burgundy ties and had personalised sunglasses, because Sam is never without his sunnies! “Walking into the woods and seeing all our friends and family there was one of the highlights of the day.” We visited Wellington Wood before we got engaged and instantly fell in love with it. 32

We trusted our florist Natalie completely and the flowers were absolutely gorgeous. She made beautiful seasonal woodland arrangements for the ceremony area, bouquets and hairpieces. We had four long tables and sat with all our friends and families and our pup Ruby had a special seat in between us! After the ceremony, we walked with our guests through the woods to the giant hat tipis and cut the four-tier ‘cheese’ cake. “After lockdown and not being able to see people for such a long time, we just wanted everyone to be able to relax and sit down together.” 33 REAL WEDDINGS

A colleague who does calligraphy wrote all the place names which we displayed on mini logs with a pressed leaf at each setting to match the woodland theme. RUTH AND SAM’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Vicky Plum Photography, | Venue, Wellington Wood, Bride’s dress, Fleur de Lys Bridal, | Hair and make-up, Glowstylist, | Groom and groomsmen’s suits, Next | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Dorothy Perkins | Flowers, WildFolk Florist, | Hog roast, Spitting Pig Events, | Celebrant, Jamie Walker, | Ice cream tricycle, Matt Benecci Ice Cream Co. | Mobile coffee bar (for the morning after), Queen Bee Coffee, DJ, DJ Dan O’Dwyer, “We gave our guests pots of honey and chocolates as favours to say thank you for being there to share the day with us.” We used empty gin bottles for the centrepieces, which were filled with a mix of our wedding flowers and foliage from the woods. We had a delicious hog roast and ice cream from a tricyle for dessert. “The following day, our guests came back to the venue for coffee and pastries, which gave us a lovely opportunity see everyone again and thank them all!” My friend Sharon Capon made our centrepiece cake and lots of lovely cupcakes. “The tables were named after different herbs and reflected how much we love the great outdoors.” 34

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Kindred spirits Charlotte and James celebrated their wedding under the big, beautiful Suffolk sky Images courtesy of Thetford Photography 36

A shared loved of the countryside and laid-back lifestyle helped cement the bond between Charlotte and James. They’d known each other for years and had been in the same friendship group since going to Kesgrave High School together. They kept in touch through mutual friends and met up socially, but it wasn’t until after Charlotte graduated from university and moved back to Suffolk, that they started dating. POPPING THE QUESTION Romance blossomed, they bought and renovated a house together, got their black Labrador puppy Rocco and just as James was thinking of popping the question, Covid threw a spanner in the works. He was then unexpectedly faced with the challenge of planning the proposal during lockdown, without Charlotte catching on. The magical moment happened while out on a romantic, snowy walk with Rocco in January 2021. “It was a complete surprise,” reveals Charlotte. “While I was trying to get a cute photo of Rocco in the snow, James decided it was the perfect time and place to get down on one knee!” He was obviously right because she said ‘yes’! THE TIME AND PLACE “Due to the many lockdowns and stories of other people having to cancel their wedding plans, we thought long and hard about the when, where and how we’d get married. In the end, we decided that we wanted an intimate, family affair anyway, to reflect our easy-going, outdoor-loving lifestyle,” explains Charlotte. She grew up in the small Suffolk village of Levington, where her parents still live in her childhood home. With strong links to the community, getting married in the village church, with its breathtaking views of the River Orwell, was a no-brainer. “We were fortunate enough to have family friends who owned a smallholding just opposite, which provided the perfect setting for our outdoor reception,” she adds. They tied the knot on 28th August 2021 and opted for a relaxed, boho-style country theme with bright floral, dahliainspired orange, pink, yellow and red hues with pops of cobalt blue. REAL WEDDING 37

t 01394 383555 ext.300 w Yarmouth Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1QW Happy Ever Ufford With spectacular views over 120 acres of historic parkland, and warm, friendly service, we are perfect for intimate or larger weddings. Let us share our wealth of knowledge and passion for weddings with you, making sure your dream day runs smoothly from your initial enquiry through to the big day. Located just off the A12 and offering 90 en-suite bedrooms, we are ideal for those family members travelling from afar. Contact our Wedding Coordinator to make an appointment. 2022 03 Your EA Wedding Weddings.qxp_141mm h x 195mm w 09/03/2022 09:31 Page 1 LET THE BRIDE WHISPERER TAKE THE REINS ON YOUR BIG DAY Matthew Biggin FGPT, Professional Toastmaster & Master of Ceremonies and the Author of the new book, e Bride Whisperer’s Guide to Unveiling Your Magical Wedding. ere is a long build up to organising a wedding and when the big day arrives, you will have earned the right to relax and enjoy it with your guests. It will be my role to ensure that you can do just that. Contact me anytime to discuss how I can help to make your day truly magical. Call: 07925 188728 or email: WWW. THEUKTOASTMASTER . CO.UK “I want you to imagine for a moment, your wedding as a glitzy movie. e two of you, as newlyweds, are of course, the leading lady and the leading man, the bridal party are the supporting cast and your guests are the extras. e venue sta and other wedding suppliers are the crew. You are the stars of the show and you should expect to be treated as such.” Excerpt from e Bride Whisperer’s Guide To Unveiling Your Magical Wedding Bespoke wedding receptions in a unique and exclusive location in North Norfolk 01263 584175 Image by David Blake

LOOKING THE PART When it came to choosing her dream dress, Charlotte knew immediately when she found the one. “It was the only dress I tried on and I fell in love with it straight away, which was a relief considering all the shops having to close during the pandemic,” she recalls. It had lace and pearl details, a small train, flowing sleeves and she completed the look with earrings and a necklace from Oliver Bonas and a gold and pearl bracelet passed down through the family. The bridesmaids, Charlotte’s sisters Jess and Anni, wore dusky pink dresses while James looked dashing in a navy tail suit with the two bestmen, his brother Elliot and best friend Jacob, and both dads in suits to match. As an extra personal touch, they provided a selection of homegrown floral handmade buttonholes or corsages for people to choose from as they arrived at the church. Their wedding rings were especially meaningful as they made them themselves at the Woodbridge Jewellery Workshop using gold from rings inherited from James’ great grandmother. Charlotte recalls, “We had such a wonderful time and learnt so much from both Rick and Maggie, who run it. We loved the romance of creating each other’s rings and enjoyed it so much that we booked in again and James made my engagement ring while I made cufflinks for him to wear on the big day.” SETTING THE SCENE “The theme for the wedding centred around my love of growing flowers, with dahlias being a firm favourite of mine. I grew most of the blooms at home, which we then arranged in large clusters for the table centrepieces and also used for the buttonholes, bouquets and to decorate the altar,” explains Charlotte. The windowsills and entrance of the church were decorated with baskets of living herbs including fennel, mint, rosemary, thyme and myrtle, a traditional favourite for weddings. Drawing inspiration from their Mediterranean holidays, the aisle was also lined with olive trees. “We felt this suited the atmosphere of St Peter’s Church with its rustic brick flooring, white-washed walls and wooden seating inside,” adds Charlotte. The trees were later given as gifts to members of the main wedding party. In keeping with family tradition, they lit a unity candle during the ceremony, as Charlotte’s parents had done at their wedding. “They lit their family candle, and we then took the flame from that to light ours,” TIME TO CELEBRATE The reception was held on a neighbour’s plot of land, just a short walk away from the church. A long, banquet-style table was set up in the centre surrounded by festoon lighting, paper lanterns, tall arches and the olive trees which had been transported from the church. Through their links with scouting, the couple were able to borrow marquees as a wet-weather backup, but luckily the rain held off so they could dine outside. Charlotte says, “To complement the relaxed, boho-style feel we opted for woodblock-printed tablecloths and napkins, which my mum and I made, wicker placemats and bottle baskets, coloured glass goblets and big jars of homegrown flowers. The festoon lighting and an array of coloured candles added to the ambience during the evening.” The food was a delicious mix of Mediterranean and Greek influences with sharing platters of local meats and cheeses, homemade bread, chutneys and an Eton Mess buffet for dessert with homemade meringues, chocolate brownie torte, fresh seasonal fruit and cream. In the evening they had a Greek barbecue of marinaded lamb and spatchcock chicken served with salads and flatbreads. Charlotte adds, “Our family friend REAL WEDDINGS 39