Your East Anglian Wedding - August/September 2022 (Issue 56)

HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, BRIDAL FASHION, EXPERT ADVICE AND MORE A two-night stay in the Lake District WIN! Blooming beautiful Local venues with glorious grounds AUG/SEPT 2022 £3.55 BEAUTIFUL YOU The bridal feelgood factor PARTY TIME! Let the celebrations begin True ROMANCE Local love stories

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A sneak peek of what’s to come 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 71 HOT TOPIC Your big-day dilemmas sorted 91 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022 VENUES 19 BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Local wedding hotspots with glorious grounds 25 SPOTLIGHT ON… Where to wed in Bury St Edmunds and North Suffolk FEATURES 51 CELEBRATE IN STYLE A smorgasbord of creative wedding inspiration 55 THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE Fun, games and entertainment for a standout big day 61 YOUR BEST YOU Top tips from local experts on how to be the bridal best version of you O th cover Photographer Helen Alderton captured this issue’s stunning front cover image of model Emma Julian and trusty steed Riley as part of a shoot at her stables in Cambridge. “I wanted to showcase some simple yet stunning ideas and poses for brides wanting to include their horses on their wedding day,” she explains. Couples often worry that the horse may not cooperate, but Riley was an absolute star! “The idea was to show how keeping it simple really works,” adds Helen. To see more of her work visit 51 19 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 COUNTRY CHARM A subtle blend of dusky pink, cream and maroon set the tone for Beccy and Lewis’ wedding 36 BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL Fun, family and pops of bright colour were the order of the day at Francesca and Joseph’s chilled celebration 43 THREE’S COMPANY When Vanessa married Mark her pet bulldog came too HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 94 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand 96 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance FASHION & BEAUTY 66 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 68 BEAUTY Q&A Local beauty experts share their industry know-how 75 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 77 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 83 PARTY PIECES Glamorous gowns worthy of the red carpet 31 96 GROOMS 88 FUN IN THE SUN Honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-b 75 83 4

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:

Summer 2022 will go down in the history books for a whole host of reasons, including the record-breaking weather with temperatures hotter than the Bahamas on some days! In the world of weddings major changes are also afoot, with new proposals to tear up the rulebook on where you can tie the knot. Restrictions have already been relaxed following the Covid lockdowns, providing couples with more choice than ever before. We’re blessed in East Anglia with everything from coast to countryside, historic towns to city-centre locations and more. Brimming with fabulous venues of all kinds it’s a wedding hotspot whatever the style of your big day. This issue from page 25 we spotlight a jewel in Suffolk’s crown Bury St Edmunds, providing a taste of what’s on offer for newlyweds-to-be in and around the historic market town. Love for outdoor settings keeps on growing and there’s plenty of fabulous venues with glorious grounds to choose from too. Take your pick from our snapshot of just some of the blooming beautiful backdrops available, from page 19. Once the venue’s in the bag, everything else can flow from there, the theme, colour scheme and all the special touches, including the all-important entertainment. To help make your celebration stand out from the crowd there’s a wealth of talent available locally and great suppliers covering everything from bouncy castles to music and magic – flip to page 55 to find out more. Packed with local suppliers, bridal fashion, beauty tips, real weddings and inspiration galore, we’ve got your big-day needs covered! 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 Phew what a scorcher! 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 @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 91 This styled shoot is not only a feast for the eyes but the tastebuds too! 51 6

He may not be the prettiest, but Keef the bulldog was guest of honour at Vanessa and Mark’s big day. 43 31 36 Make a statement with fabulous floral arrangements. Love these passport invites by Norfolk-based Tops Designs, great for a travelthemed wedding. 71 Happy tears – what’s not to love! 19 The bright, beautiful flowers and manicured grounds at Newmarket’s Bedford Lodge Hotel make for standout photos. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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 Kimberley Hall, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0RT @kimberleyhallnorfolk The Venue for All Seasons Accommodation: 18 in Hall / 12 in Garden Cottage / 6-8 in Ground Floor East Wing Apartment / 2-4 in Gatehouse CIVIL CEREMONIES WEDDINGS PARTIES CORPORATE HOSPITALITY SEMINARS MUSICAL & OPEN AIR EVENTS DINNERS @kimberleyhallnorfolk @Kimberleyvenue | | 07580355184 BESPOKE BRIDE & GROOM WEDDING CAKE TOPPERS ALSO AVAILABLE

NEWS All the latest from around the region EDITOR LOVES… As we sweltered in the heatwave this summer Norfolk-based Posh Plants really came into its own! Specialists in living trees, topiary and plants for the wedding décor, their olive and bay trees love to soak up the sun and have been thriving in the Mediterraneanstyle weather. “Having large trees inside your wedding venue helps bring the coolness of the garden inside,” says owner Sue Huckle. We couldn’t agree more! Visit FINALLY! A big Your East Anglian Wedding high five to Ella, one part of the motherand-daughter duo at Langton Flowers in Mildenhall, Suffolk. After three postponements from 2020, Ella and her now husband Ben, finally wed in May this year. Mum Julie reports, “This was particularly special for us as a business as it meant we could let our creativity run wild. With no design brief, we had the chance to experiment with new ideas and a variety of flowers. Large installation pieces are so popular right now, and it was the perfect opportunity to explore and create large feature pedestals and modern archways. Now we can’t wait for all the weddings to come and more showstopping designs!” Psst… Don’t miss the next issue for the chance to see the wedding in all its floral glory!  Nearlywed GREENER WEDDINGS Suffolk-based Adam Prescott not only caters for all your big-day wedding photography needs, but he’s also committed to making sure his business doesn’t ‘cost the earth. As well as his wedding photography ( and videography company Gecko Films (, he also runs indoor photo booth service Bable & Co. ( and The Little Horse Picture Booth ( With planet-friendly practices at the heart of the enterprise, he has partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain to further reduce the environmental impact of his whole operation. Adam explains, “We have been working with them to offset our remaining carbon emissions from travel and other business areas for around six months now. Prior to this, since my wife Anna and I launched the horsebox photo booth, we have planted a tree for every booking. We made the change to make all the businesses 100 per cent carbon neutral in the hope that we can make a difference and show that, with just a little thought, it is possible to have an eco-friendly business without too much effort.” The horsebox photo booth is a popular attraction at weddings and has a large solar panel covering the whole roof and 200kg of batteries inside to keep it going well into the night. “It’s the UK’s only fully off-grid one of its kind!” says Adam. “Our indoor booth also runs without the need for mains electricity as it’s battery-powered – even the professional photo printer runs off-grid, all thanks to the latest battery technology and our solar setup at home which charges everything up, the same is true for the photography and film businesses,” he adds. This wedding was beautifully and simply decorated with olive trees and bowls of lemons. These stylish twisted stemmed bays exude a cool elegance against the marquee on a hot summer’s day. YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

OUT OF THE ORDINARY Fancy something a bit different to the usual hen or stag party fun? How about discovering the thrill of axe throwing? Boom Battle Bar is launching a new augmented reality axe throwing game designed to test your skill more than your strength, perfect for friendly rivalry. With 18 sites nationwide, including Norwich, the latest game joins the list of other favourites from Crazier Golf to Augmented Reality Darts, Shuffleboard and more. With great food and drinks, including battleground-themed cocktails, there’s everything you need to enjoy a whole day of game play. Check out CHILLOUT TIME Set in the heart of Newmarket, The Spa at Bedford Lodge is the perfect spot to relax as the summer evenings wind down. Ideal for pre-wedding R&R, the venue combines all the charm of a country house with the best in modern comfort and luxury. Brand new to the spa, the Dusk & Dine package is the epitome of relaxation. Arrive from 4pm and you and your best girls can hop between the heat and hydrotherapy facilities and cosy up in the spa lounge before getting dressed up and heading over to the fourred-star hotel for a sumptuous meal in the award-winning Squires restaurant – bliss on every level! Also check out the Cheese & Wine Spa Evening, Moonlight Bubbles package, perfect for a romantic date night, and Evening Bliss – the ultimate in pure relaxation. Visit to find out more. CONGRATULATIONS! There’s nothing we like more than giving a shout-out to homegrown, local talent. Step up Emma Boubaker, born and bred on the North Norfolk coast, she worked for several leading restaurants, pubs and venues locally before launching Bayfield Catering. Now the business has earned a top accolade as Best Norfolk Wedding Catering Company in the SME UK Enterprise Awards 2022. “It’s awesome,” says a delighted Emma. “Just to have been nominated is an achievement. A lot of work goes into weddings and it’s nice to get recognition for what we do, not just for the day itself but all the work that goes on behind the scenes.” Emma started the business in 2013, running it alongside her fulltime job initially before taking the plunge to go self-employed. “Growing the business was the best decision I’ve ever made and, with the help of some very good friends and family, I’ve worked tirelessly to get it to where it is now. Luckily, things have picked up again after the pandemic, weddings are back and I couldn’t be happier,” she adds. Every wedding is bespoke to each couple, covering anything from canapés and two- to three-course wedding breakfasts to picnic-style afternoon tea, platter sharing boards and evening food. To find out more visit GET CONNECTED Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we’re literally never satisfied when it comes to providing you with wedspiration. With this in mind, we’ve created our very own YouTube channel, just for you. Discover everything from venue tours to dream dresses, catch up on beauty reviews and how-tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots. You can even be a fly on the wall at some lovely real weddings! We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? Simply head to YouTube and search County Wedding Magazines. 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 6th October 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies&OFFERS GREEN DAYS Bring the outside in on your big day and create a magical, living backdrop that’s not only great for fab photos but eco-friendly too. Big on green credentials and sustainability Norfolk-based Posh Plants specialises in real trees, topiary and plants, ideal for decorating wedding venues of all kinds. You can hire anything from olive trees and tall, statuesque bay trees with either twisted or straight stems, to wonderfully romantic blossom trees or stylish large Kentia palms to transform indoor and outdoor spaces. The company also installs and removes everything afterwards, so you don’t need to worry. Owner Sue Huckle says, “Posh Plant’s trees are around 30 to 40 years old and after every wedding they come back to the nursery, where they’re nurtured and looked after by me. So, nothing is thrown away or wasted, they absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen and not only that, green is such a cool colour for weddings – timeless, elegant and sophisticated!” To find out more visit Your East Anglian Wedding has teamed up with Posh Plants to run an exclusive reader offer of 10% off the hire cost of any of their trees or plants booked during August and September 2022, simply by quoting the magazine on enquiry. Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Posh Plants’ cool, green bay trees set up in the beautifully cool Marble Hall at Norfolk wedding venue Holkham Hall. 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 LONDON 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 13 NOV MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD 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 Sponsored by 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 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 | To advertise here call sales on 01376 514000 or visit Please mention “Your East Anglian Wedding“ when calling advertisers

BLOOMING LOVELY Local venues with glorious grounds BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL & SPA, NEWMARKET 01638 663 175 | The perfect blend of old and new, Bedford Lodge retains the charm and character of its former hunting lodge days, but with all the luxury and comfort of a modern boutique hotel. Surrounded by three acres of secluded rose gardens, the elegant white stucco Georgian house was built for the sixth Duke of Bedford and was converted into a hotel in the 1940s. The grand entrance and flower-filled pathways provide a picturesque backdrop and with formal lawns there’s plenty of great spots in the grounds for standout photos. The Classics Suite is the largest banqueting space and boasts a private garden with manicured topiary, perfect for al fresco ceremonies. You can host your whole day in the elegant room with up to 150 guests and the versatile space can also be adapted to suit more intimate weddings. We love… the wisteria-clad pillared walkway over the spa gardens, bursting with colour when it blooms in spring. THE WOODYARD AT WORSTEAD ESTATE 01692 536 226 | Once upon a time this rustic wedding venue was a sawmill. Sympathetically restored to reflect its past, a new chapter has now been added to its long history. Nestled in the 300-acre Worstead Park in Norfolk, it’s become a destination hotspot for newlyweds-to-be. At the heart of The Woodyard is the Thatched Barn, complete with vaulted ceiling, exposed brick walls and striking chandeliers – perfect for your whole day. Licensed for ceremonies you can say ‘I do’ and celebrate afterwards with up to 110 guests. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a blank canvas space to tie the knot, the light and airy Mulberry Room is ideal for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. A photographer’s dream, there’s plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, including a beautiful lake framing the Georgian buildings, a walled garden, not forgetting the scenic Norfolk countryside stretching as far as the eye can see. The gardens within the West Terrace still have original plants from the 17th century, including a 400-year-old mulberry tree, and the terrace is a wonderful spot for al fresco ceremonies, sundowners and reception drinks. We love… that the bride can make her grand entrance by boat and get married on the venue’s magical Lake Island with up to 50 family and friends. Video: Scan to view video VENUES 19

RETREAT EAST, HEMINGSTONE 01449 760 480 | If a beautiful countryside backdrop is top of your big-day wish list, check out this dreamy venue. Set within a tranquil wellness retreat in the heart of Suffolk, Retreat East offers a taste of wedding heaven. Designed by owner and architect Dominic Richards, the beautifully restored dairy farm includes an original 16th-century farmhouse and 16 stylishly converted barns with beamed ceilings, freestanding bathtubs and a ‘country chic’ vibe. Surrounded by 35 acres of countryside and wildflower meadows, it’s a quintessentially English setting. Whether you’re looking for an exclusive wedding or a smaller, more intimate affair, you can enjoy a tailor-made experience for your special day. Nestled in its own private walled garden The Farmhouse is licensed for ceremonies and oozes character and charm or you can tie the knot in the oak-framed Great Barn, ideal for larger gatherings, it can host up to 150 guests and is the perfect place to continue your celebrations. There’s a bar area next to it where family and friends can mix and mingle and a terrace area to relax and unwind, cocktail in hand. You can also marry anywhere within the 35 acres of beautiful grounds and at the end of the day unwind at The Inglenook, complete with a free-standing bar and festoon lighting, you can toast marshmallows by the fire, sip mulled wine or dance the night away. We love… the on-site accommodation and spa for pre- or post-wedding R&R VOEWOOD, HIGH KELLING 01263 713 802 | The immaculate gardens at this stunning Arts & Crafts country house venue are picture-perfect. Set in 11 acres of glorious grounds, there’s a knot garden, woodland, ponds and more. Set on the North Norfolk coast the venue offers a unique, quirky setting for a big day with a difference. Elegant, but with an eccentric twist, it’s great for couples who like to think outside the box. Imagine historic style meets modern romance, hand-painted walls and soft furnishings, a kaleidoscope of mixed art, antique and retro furnishings. If that sounds exciting, wait until you see the grounds! The Grade I listed gardens are filled with flowers, fragrant lavender borders, rose trees, twisted topiary and there’s two water features providing a wealth of amazing photo opportunities. You can marry and celebrate afterwards in the main hall with up to 120 guests or outside with a marquee for up to 150 family and friends in the kitchen garden or top meadow. We love… the new cellar bar with its 60’s vibe, neon lighting and DJ station. 20

Posh Plants topiary, interior and blossom trees for hire email: 07703 347014 Find us on Huntingdon Town Hall The beautifully restored Grade II* Listed Georgian Town Hall is situated on the historic Market Square in Huntingdon. The building boasts two renovated Court Rooms to provide a unique and intimate setting for up to 60 guests. For larger ceremonies and receptions, the Assembly Hall and Council Chamber provide elegant spaces for parties of up to 120. The Town Hall is available for viewing via appointment. Should you wish to visit, please contact Hayley Burns on 01480 410380 or email For more information, visit our website Bespoke wedding receptions in a unique and exclusive location in North Norfolk 01263 584175 Image by David Blake Our attractive rustic style 1960’s Rice Horsebox trailers are ready to impress you & your guests. We create a completely bespoke package & menu to suit your requirements, whether it’s a champagne reception, cocktail bar, or full bar service followed by our infamous posh toasteis & proper barista coffee’s, with bespoke built bars or our two horsebox’s to choose from we are here to add that extra special touch... T // 07796618168 E //

MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME BESPOKE LUXURY WEDDINGS SET IN 3 ACRES OF GARDENS IN THE HEART OF SUFFOLK. To arrange a visit please call 01638 663175 or email Receive a complimentary glass of champagne on presentation of this advert. Civil Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions, Contemporary Accommodation, Exceptional Dining and Award-Winning Spa. 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

HOLMEWOOD HALL, HOLME 01487 829 555 | Dreaming of your own historic mansion for your big day? Holmewood Hall is a stunning 18th-century Tudor-style venue, available exclusively to you. Handpicked by Country House Weddings, it provides an idyllic backdrop for a dream wedding. Nestled in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside, within 10 acres of lawns, gardens and parkland, it boasts a wealth of character, period features and versatile wedding spaces. A venue for all seasons, you can marry outside at the Bandstand when the weather’s fine, dine in style in the Banqueting Hall and enjoy wonderful views across the lake, then party the night away in the Vault. For indoor ceremonies the Gold Room, with its 50ft-long aisle, is perfect for making a grand entrance. Seating up to 77 people, wow-factor features include an ornate 18-carat gold leaf ceiling, period fireplace and huge stained-glass windows. The Dining Room can seat up to 80 loved ones for a fine-dining experience and there are three fully stocked bars, conveniently located so you and your guests are never far from a tasty tipple. We love… that dinner date events are held throughout the year allowing couples, their family and friends the chance to taste the delicious food available for their wedding breakfast. MANNINGTON GARDENS, NORWICH 01263 584 175 | This hidden gem is located in a romantic 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 wealth of picture-perfect photo opportunities. HINTLESHAM HALL, HINTLESHAM 01473 652 334 | Wind your way down the tree-lined drive to discover this wedding hotspot. Full of character and charm the magnificent 16th-century Grade I listed country house is surrounded by peaceful mature gardens, providing a picture-perfect setting. There’s a wealth of great photo opportunities inside and out including a magnificent grand staircase; great for those all-important just-wed shots. Beautifully decorated with classic styles throughout, you can take your pick from any of the ceremony rooms, suitable for weddings large or small. There are three beautiful function rooms including The Salon, which with the adjacent Parlour is big enough to host up to 135 family and friends, and three lounges to relax in. At the end of the night staying guests can retire to one of the luxuriously furnished bedrooms, all individually designed and many with original timber beams. We love… the Carolean with its amazing 17th-century plasterwork ceiling, perfect for intimate ceremonies. 23 VENUES

Swan Tipis at the Swan Inn Lawshall, Bury St Edmunds IP29 4QA | tel. 07767 213 186 • Bespoke celebrations tailored to your ideas and budget • Licensed for civil ceremonies in a choice of settings • Single, double and triple Tipi options • Beautiful unspoilt country views • Flexible catering styles and packages • Private Room for preparations and storage Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7RP. Telephone: 01263 740209 Email:

Spotlight on... Wedding venues in Bury St Edmunds and North Suffolk RAVENWOOD HALL, IP30 9JA 01359 270 345 | Set in secluded grounds near Bury St Edmunds, there’s a choice of varied spaces at this countryside venue, 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 ideal for a relaxed summer wedding. You can tie the knot here with up to 130 loved ones, enjoy al fresco drinks afterwards 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 people. You could even have a fireworks display to wow your guests. We love... the summerhouse with its wisteria and grapevine-clad pagoda walkway for picture-perfect outdoor ceremonies. VENUES 25

THE ATHENAEUM, IP33 1LU 01284 758 380 | More than just a wedding venue, this beautiful Grade I listed building has long been at the centre of life in Bury St Edmunds. Originally a grand private home, it has played host to society balls, readings, and lectures by such literary giants as Charles Dickens and William Thackeray. Located in the heart of the historic town, the elegant, Georgian, chandeliered ballroom is an ideal setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The ornate space boasts a grand, high ceiling, balcony and sweeping staircase, perfect for that fairytale entrance. A magical backdrop for those all-important photographs, it can host up to 150 guests for the reception and 250 for the evening celebration. There are three other charming ceremony rooms as well, including the first-floor Lounge and Reading Room, which can also be used for more intimate receptions and the entertainment. We love… the beautiful Abbey Gardens next door, great for standout photos, and the private Water Garden which can be hired for post-vows drinks and canapés. UPTHORPE WOOD, IP31 2FH 07862 383 049 | On the hunt for something different for your big day? Look no further, Upthorpe Wood is the perfect setting for free-spirited couples who like to think outside the box. This intimate woodland venue is licensed for weddings inside and out and is available on a dry-hire basis so you’re free to make it your own for a truly one-of-a-kind celebration. You can tie the knot under the Cartlodge or in the Woodland Barn, both look magical lit with twinkling fairylights and are perfect for dining and the evening entertainment. Ceremonies can also take place outside in the beautiful woodland glade and with the garden and woodland reception areas, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are lots of secret spots for your guests to discover too as they wander through. We love… the seriously cute woodland cabin, perfect for newlyweds on their wedding night. 26

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SWAN TIPIS, IP29 4QA 07767 213 186 | Celebrate your big day under the big Suffolk skies. Swan Tipis are spacious and airy with all the furnishings and floorings you need for a wedding to remember. During the summer the sides of both single and double tipis can be raised to make the most of the stunning views and create a relaxed, outdoorsy feel. Based behind the traditional, thatched Swan Inn Lawshall, near Bury St Edmunds, couples enjoy exclusive use of the whole of the back of the pub, a large decking area and all the grounds. What’s more, the tipis come with the option of an entrance porch and double doors, which makes it even more unique. With one and a half acres of grounds overlooking unspoilt countryside, you can choose where to set up. The tipis are linked to a large deck area with walkways so a wide range of catering options are available, from buffets and barbecues to more formal dining. There’s an outdoor, wood-fired pizza oven too – great for the evening guests. Although you can’t legally get married here yet, celebrant-led and personalised ceremonies with up to 120 people can be held outside the tipis, accessed through a raised side, framing the magical moment. If the weather’s bad they can be held under canvas and for intimate weddings with up to 15 loved ones, there’s also a private room available. Psst… an application for a ceremony licence is in the pipeline, so watch this space! ST ANDREW’S CASTLE, IP33 3PH 01284 774 774 | Be prepared to be wowed as you make your way down the sweeping driveway to catch your first glimpse of this magical ceremony venue. With its impressive towers and turrets, the 19th-century Grade II* listed castle is a magical place to say ‘I do’ and provides the perfect backdrop for standout wedding photos. Step inside to discover the striking entranceway with original tiled flooring, vaulted ceiling, pointed arch doorways, magnificent fireplace and staircase. The stunning ceremony rooms provide the ideal setting for intimate weddings and there’s a picturesque, landscaped garden too. With colourful flowers, manicured lawns and wooden benches, it’s an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of Bury St Edmunds town centre nearby. There’s a choice of two ground-floor rooms where you can tie the knot. The rich oak-panelled Library can host up to 50 guests, while The Edmund, with its Jacobean-style ceiling, can accommodate up to 35 people. We love… the original stained-glass window in the Library ceremony room. 29 VENUES

WWW . B E N C H A P M A N P H O T O S . C O M 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 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

Country CHARM A subtle blend of dusky pink, cream and maroon set the tone for Beccy and Lewis’ stylish wedding Images courtesy of Ben Chapman Photos Beccy and Lewis admired each other from a distance until a work party finally brought them together. Although they’d seen each other at work, they had never actually spoken before. “The attraction was already there but it was confirmed that evening when I challenged her to a game of beer pong – and she won!” laughs Lewis. He asked her to marry him while they were on holiday in Turkey in September 2020. “I’d had the ring for nine months before we went, but due to the pandemic my options for proposing were limited. Knowing how much Beccy hates being the centre of attention, it had to be private,” he explains. The perfect moment arrived while on a romantic night out at one of the resort’s fanciest restaurants. “We got dressed up for the evening and while going for a ‘photo’ on the balcony, I got down on one knee!” Beccy said ‘yes’ and they tied the knot at Hockwold Hall in Norfolk on 5th February this year. Read on for Lewis’ account of their big day… REAL WEDDINGS 31

The bridesmaids looked incredible in their off-the-shoulder, long dresses. “As soon as I tried on my dress, I instantly felt like a bride, so I knew it was the one.” – Beccy The emotions kicked in just before the ceremony st arted and we both cried when Beccy walked down the aisle – how could I have not? We chose to get married in Norfolk as it’s where we met and Hockwold Hall was the third venue we saw. It epitomised the area for us and the combination of the old-style house and rural country grounds was exactly what we wanted. 32

One of the bridesmaids made our cake. We were expecting it to be small and simple, just to have something to cut, but she went above and beyond, creating a two-tier masterpiece including both our favourite flavours. We gave our guests bottle openers in the shape of rustic keys to take home with them as a small memento of our day. We all wore identical suits and accessories and bought the same brown boots to finish off the smart country look. The décor was mainly in different shades of pink and cream and included lots of garlands, a big flower arch at the entrance to the marquee and blossom trees. 33 REAL WEDDINGS

We had a flowery candy car and giant LOVE letters and received endless compliments about the décor. THE LOVE LIST Photography, Ben Chapman Photos, | Venue, Hockwold Hall, | Bride’s dress, Wed2b | Hair, Lisa Smith Hair, | Make-up, Flawless Faces By Demi, Groom and groomsmen’s suits, Coneys, | Flowers, photo booth and venue décor, My Fleur, | Catering, Shefs, | DJ, The Party Starters, “For the catering we had a buffet-style hog roast with a range of sides which was fantastic.” The DJ absolutely nailed the music throughout the evening. 34

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Bright & Beautiful Fun, family and pops of bright colour were the order of the day at Francesca and Joseph’s chilled wedding Images courtesy of Chloe Lee Photography 36

After meeting online, the first time Joseph set eyes on Francesca, he knew straight away that she was the one. “Joseph says that as soon as I opened the door to him and smiled for the first time, he knew he was going to marry me, however I took a little longer to realise this,” admits Francesca. At first, she thought the relationship wasn’t likely to go anywhere because Joseph was just too good to be true. However, she changed her mind after confiding in a good friend. “I’m so glad I listened to them as they swiftly told me I was talking nonsense!” POPPING THE QUESTION Romance blossomed and when the time came, Joseph surprised Francesca by asking her to marry him during a trip away just before the first Covid lockdown. “Ever since we started dating, he’d always said he’d never propose on holiday. In fact, it became a running joke between us and whenever we went away, I’d always stop, as if to ask if this was the moment, or he’d get down on one knee, look up at me and then proceed to tie his shoelace. So when we went to Northern Ireland, the thought of him proposing was the furthest thing from my mind!” However, on a windy day, in a quiet spot while visiting The Giants Causeway, Joseph suddenly got down on one knee – and this time it was for real! THE TIME AND PLACE They set the date for 14th May 2022 and began the hunt for the perfect setting for their big day. They knew they wanted a barn venue with a laid-back vibe and fell in love with Alpheton Hall Barns in Suffolk. “The venue was beautiful and secluded with everything we wanted, including a separate ceremony room and the barn for the reception was full of character. We ended up getting married outside in the woodland area though, which we hadn’t even seen when we first looked, and it was definitely the right decision. So many people commented on how beautiful the setting was,” recalls Francesca. LOOKING THE PART Despite having a clear vision of what she wanted, Francesca struggled to find her dream dress. “I was sure I would know straight away but that wasn’t the case. REAL WEDDING 37

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