Your East Anglian Wedding - October/November 2022 (Issue 57)

HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, BRIDAL FASHION, EXPERT ADVICE, REAL WEDDINGS AND MORE A mini-moon in the Algarve worth £1,000 WIN! Celebrate the season Autumnal wedding inspiration galore OCT/NOV 2022 £3.55 WED & BREAKFAST Check-in at a local hotel for your big day Tiers of joy Wedding cakes for all seasons Spotlight on IPSWICH Tie the knot in and around this bustling port town

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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 81 HOT TOPIC Local experts on autumn weddings 94 COMPETITION A mini-moon in the Algarve worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022 VENUES 19 WED & BREAKFAST Check-in at a local hotel for your big day 25 SPOTLIGHT ON… Where to wed in Ipswich and South Suffolk FEATURES 49 TIERS OF JOY Wedding cakes for all seasons 55 HARVEST MOON A cornucopia of autumn wedding inspiration 61 LET THE FUN BEGIN! See off your single days in style 88 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey On the cover This issue’s gorgeous cover has come straight from a styled shoot over on page 55. Norfolk’s Wellington Wood ( provided the ideal natural, sustainable setting for this stunning autumnal photo shoot, styled and photographed by Vicky Plum Photography, ( 49 19 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 SWEET MEMORIES Charlotte and Jack’s family friendly wedding was a celebration of the past and present 36 FLOWER POWER Beautiful blooms added to the romantic Bridgerton vibes on Ella and Ben’s longawaited big day 43 AUTUMN GLORY Becky and Ben’s big day was full of rustic, seasonal flare HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination FASHION & BEAUTY 65 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 67 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 73 STANDOUT SLEEVES Statement gowns to take you from day to dancefloor 77 BEAUTY Q&A Local beauty experts share their industry know-how 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with must-haves for the bride-to-be 31 92 GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be 77 73 43 86 4

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I love this time of year, perfect for taking time out from the wedding planning to relax and enjoy the great outdoors — with the first extra layer of clothing post-summer! There’s plenty of wedding inspiration to be found all around us. East Anglia is blessed with glorious countryside, coastline, woods and forests, so why not grab your partner, pull on your wellies and head out for a good forage? The falling leaves and rich, berry shades of seasonal fruits are great for your big-day palette. Conkers, acorns, twigs, brambles and other finds can provide a wealth of natural decorative material too. As well as seasonal inspiration, this issue is packed with all the latest trends and top tips for all things wedding related from bridal fashion and fabulous local venues to showstopping cakes created by some of the region’s finest from page 49. With the nation now in the grip of baking fever once again, here at County Weddings HQ we’re keeping Tuesday nights free for our weekly fix of cake triumphs and catastrophes courtesy of The Great British Bake Off #GBBO. Now that Strictly Come Dancing is also back on the box, we know we’re on the countdown to Christmas. Sadly, this is my last issue of Your East Anglian Wedding, but I will be leaving you in the good hands of our managing editor Danielle Harvey. Keeeep dancing! Sarah x Sarah Reeve, editor Autumn glory ISSN 2052-0514 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Sarah Reeve | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Cullen | 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 Sarah Root | 01376 538 481 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. @YourEastAnglianWedding @CWM_YEAW @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 31 49 19 6

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NEWS All the latest from around the region RAISE A GLASS Bayfield Catering (https://bayfieldcatering. is celebrating a great year of success! The Norfolk-based business was not only runner-up in the Aylsham Show Food and Drink Hero Awards but also recently scooped the title of Best Wedding Catering Company in the SME News UK Enterprise Awards. Chef and owner Emma Boubaker said, “We cannot wait to celebrate with our staff and everyone who helped get us to where we are now.” CAMBRIDGE STAYCATION HOTSPOT It’s official, Cambridge is a top destination for a weekend getaway! The university city has been named third best staycation hotspot in the UK behind York second and Oxford in first place. Great news for couples in the region looking for somewhere close to home to take time out from the wedding planning! The research, conducted by travel insurance experts Forbes Advisor, scored UK locations on key factors such as the cost of eating out, transport and attractions, to discover the best places for visitors to enjoy a memorable experience.  Nearlywed NEWWOODLAND CEREMONY SPACE If you love the idea of walking up a tree-lined aisle under dappled sunshine to say ‘I do’, with birds singing in the trees overhead, this could be your dream come true. The new woodland ceremony glade at Alpheton Hall Barns in Suffolk is an idyllic spot for romantic al fresco weddings and you don’t need to worry if the weather’s bad as there’s always the beautiful Ceremony Barn as backup. The woodland glade includes a hand-crafted oak ceremony feature, completed in spring this year by owner Nic Willcocks, providing cover for the registrars, the happy couple and witnesses. There’s rustic, wooden bench seating too for 200 or more people, a ceremony table, power and sound system. Hundreds of native woodland bulbs and plants including anemones, bluebells and primroses have also been planted to create a carpet of colour in the years to come. For more information on weddings at Alpheton Hall Barns visit and turn to our local venues feature on page 25. WITH THIS RING Bradley Hatch Jewellers of Wroxham has recently expanded its wedding collection to include zirconium wedding bands for men. The design-led collection incorporates an extensive range of precious metals and diamonds in the masculine, elegant styles. Lightweight and highly scratch-resistant, zirconium is a popular choice for everyday wear and a modern twist on classic designs. Visit YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

LATEST LINES On the hunt for your dream dress? Check out some of the latest lovelies at Pure Brides of Norwich. The award-winning, city-centre boutique has introduced some fabulous new designers including Milla Nova in-store now with collections from Wona and Monreal due to arrive in the new year. Alongside the store’s existing Evie Young, Abella, Rebecca Ingram and Allure ranges, brides-to-be will be spoilt for choice. Check out HAPPY GLAMPING Picture your wedding night under the stars? With Norfolk-based Peg & Mallet’s luxurious bridal bell tent you can sleep over in comfort and style and wake up to the sounds of nature on your first day as a married couple. Snug and romantic, it comes fully decorated including bunting and fairylights, a wooden double bed and mattress, luxury bed linen, sumptuous cushions, throws, dressing table and other home comforts. What’s more, Your East Anglian Wedding readers can claim £50 off the booking price simply by quoting the code P&M50 on enquiry. The exclusive discount is also available for The Snug bell tent, perfect as a chill-out area on the big day, it comes complete with full flooring, circular handmade table, comfy beanbags, cushions, side tables and mood lighting. To view the company’s full range visit DREAM COME TRUE After 40 years as an avid photographer, Suffolk-based Wayne Button turned his hobby into a full-time career and is now celebrating his first anniversary in the job he loves. He says, “I took the leap of faith last October and haven’t looked back since.” Wayne developed his skills in his spare time while working in the construction industry for 36 years and now specialises in wedding photography in and around East Anglia. “In October 2021, at the age of 55, while scraping ice off of a digger, I decided that enough was enough and it was time to turn my passion into a career,” he recalls. To learn as much as possible, he started shadowing his long-term friend and wedding photographer Chris Smith shooting ceremonies and weddings part-time at weekends. “During that time I had been displaying my work in magazines and competitions but always believed it would simply continue as a hobby,” he explains. When he finally decided to take the plunge he was able to put his personal laid-back approach to good use creating a rapport with his clients. “A more informal kind of style helps people to relax and feel more in the moment,” he explains. “Even after all these years, I’m still developing my photography and pushing the boundaries and I welcome couples who have their own interesting ideas, as it gives me the opportunity to really let my creativity run wild.” To find out more visit Abri, a stunning fit and flare Milla Nova gown with long sleeves and matching detachable overskirt. Beautiful strapless Persa gown with 3D floral details, billowing sleeves and romantic tulle overskirt. 10

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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:

WED AND BREAKFAST Check-in to one of the region’s hotels for your big day THE OLD HALL ELY 01353 663 275 | If luxury and romance are on your wedding wish list, check out this Cambridgeshire venue. You’re sure to be impressed from the moment you arrive down the winding driveway and catch your first sight of the Jacobean manor house and immaculate grounds. With ten acres to explore, there’s plenty of picture-perfect spots for romantic photos. Step inside and be prepared for more stop-stare moments. The interior oozes style with luxury furnishings, bright colours, patterns, textures and antiques to complement the house. Set within a mile of the heart of historic Ely with 16 individually designed bedrooms and views of the city’s cathedral, it’s an idyllic big-day retreat. In spring and summertime, ceremonies are held in the ornate, outdoor pavilion overlooking the lakes and gardens while in the autumn and winter the grand Orangery provides a magical setting with its floorto-ceiling glass panels, oak beams and wood burner. Both can seat up to 165 people. There’s a host of versatile spaces for the post-vows celebrations too including a bar adjoining the Orangery and terraces and the topiary courtyard with fountains and outdoor seating, not to mention a personalised gin and cocktail bar! The permanent marquee is the perfect place to party with chandeliers, a bar and its own private terrace. The black and white dancefloor adjoining the marquee is a standout feature and is kept hidden to wow your guests when it’s time for the first dance. With star lights on the ceiling and a large stage you and your loved ones can celebrate in style. We love… the complimentary honeymoon suite complete with fourposter bed, bathroom with roll top bath and walk-in shower. HOTEL VENUES 19

TITCHWELL MANOR HOTEL 01485 210 221 | Set in the heart of the charming village of Titchwell, this Victorian manor oozes character and charm, from the red-brick frontage to the striking mosaic tiling, vast high ceilings and large windows with panoramic views. The 19th-century farmhouse has been lovingly restored and extended, embracing contemporary chic and a strong, coastal feel. Overlooking the North Norfolk coastline, it’s just a stone’s throw away from the beach – perfect for toes-in-the-sand, just-wed photos. The hotel’s romantic, secluded walled garden is the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony. The lawn is big enough for up to 150 seated guests and is great for the reception drinks, garden games and group photographs too. Alternatively, you can tie the knot in the elegant conservatory decorated with twinkling fairylights. Celebrate afterwards in the Bar and Eating Rooms, complete with a large marble bar and comfy lounge area, there’s plenty of space to dance the night away. We love… that the conservatory’s bi-folding doors open on to the terrace s you can watch the sun set over the sea. PETERBOROUGH MARRIOTT HOTEL 01733 371 111 With modern facilities, 11 acres of lush grounds and a picturesque lake for those all-important photos, this wedding hotspot ticks a lot of big-day boxes. Just three miles from Peterborough city centre, it’s easily accessible for travelling guests and there’s plenty of accommodation for those planning to stay over. There’s a choice of licensed ceremony spaces to suit the size of your wedding. The Emperor Suite boasts a beautiful domed ceiling and elaborate chandelier and includes use of the Senses Lounge and private bar, adding an extra exclusive feel to your day. For larger parties with up to 180 people, the Sir Henry Royce Suite is ideal. The stage is perfect for a live band and you can host your whole day here, from the ‘I dos’ to the last dance. It can be transformed to create your dream wedding venue and has its own private terrace for drinks and canapés too. We love… the spa, great for pre-wedding pampering. Hotel guests also have free access to the hotel’s swimming pool and gym. 20

Romantic, beautiful, unique a magnificent marriage begins in a magnificent place Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DJ | 01787 460261 | | When you marry at Hedingham Castle, we are exclusively yours, always An unforgettable venue for all styles of celebration including wedding weekends Contact us today to book your private viewing and discover the romance of Hedingham 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.

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THE OLD RECTORY HOTEL, CROSTWICK 01603 738 513 | Dating back to the 18th century, the original Old Rectory still stands at the front of the site, with the more recently added restaurant, reception entrance, ground-floor hotel rooms and more beyond. The octagonalshaped conservatory restaurant provides a versatile space for weddings large or small and leads out to beautiful gardens and patio area. The high vaulted ceiling gives it a light, airy feel and the classic décor complements a wide range of big-day themes. Licensed for ceremonies, you can tie the knot here with 110 seated guests and host a reception for 150. For more intimate affairs, the Victoriana Suite is ideal with its low-beamed ceiling and cosy, adjoining lounge area. Set in three-and-a-half acres of landscaped gardens, the grounds are immaculately kept with colourful flowerbeds and hanging baskets. As well as open spaces and green backdrops for those all-important photos, standout features also include a water fountain, pergola, quirky African stone head, dovecote and a tree with twinkling fairylights, great for romantic evening shots. We love… that the happy couple enjoy a complimentary stay in a delux r om on their wedding night. CALEY HALL HOTEL, OLD HUNSTANTON 01485 533 486 | Tastefully decorated and recently refurbished this must-see venue offers a relaxed atmosphere with a country chic feel. Think wooden beams and tartan carpet, long, beautifully dressed tables with white cloths and hessian runners, teamed with gypsophila and candlelight for a simple but stylish celebration. Set around the original manor house which dates back to 1648, Caley Hall offers 37 chalet-style bedrooms, a bar, lounge and restaurant. The patio areas are the perfect place for photos and the beautiful beach at Old Hunstanton is only a ten-minute walk away. The wide-open space, beach huts and sand dunes offer a fabulous choice of album-worthy backdrops. You can exchange vows and host your reception in the main restaurant with up to 80 guests and a further 50 for the evening celebration. You can also marry in the Old Barn, a magical, space lit with fairylights, ideal for intimate ceremonies with up to 40 people. We love… the beautiful manor house – a standout backdrop for photos t tr asure. 23 HOTEL VENUES

Wood Farm Barn is a one-of-a-kind, relaxed and informal venue, somewhere memorable and elegant for your wedding ceremony or celebration. Located in Suffolk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the barn was built in around 1840. Surrounded by thatched outbuildings, the refurbished Victorian barn is enclosed by a walled garden. Within the grounds there is a natural pond teeming with wildlife, a copse and a beautiful tree-lined avenue, perfect for photographs. The exclusive 3 day hire gives you a blank canvas to create the day of your dreams and the flexibility to hire your own suppliers. Wood Farm Barn makes a wonderful venue for any occasion. WOOD FARM BARN T. 01502 675029 E. WOOD FARM BARN B ENACR E , B ECCL E S , SUF FOLK NR3 4 7 L J — SUF FOL K — Book your Wedding for 2023 at the Shire Hall, Woodbridge • Historic 16th Century building. • Grand stone steps entrance. • 64 seat guest capacity. • Bluetooth soundbar. • Disabled access. • Wedding car parking. • Great Wedding photos. Contact us via email: or telephone 01394 383599 THE SHI RE HALL MARKET HI LL WOODBR IDGE SUFFOLK I P12 4LP

Spotlight on... Where to wed in and around this historic port town HINTLESHAM HALL, IPSWICH 01473 652 334 | This Suffolk gem is sure to wow your guests as they wind their way down the tree-lined drive to discover the impressive hall. Surrounded by peaceful mature gardens, the outside of the building has a Georgian frontage and an elegant Tudor feature at the back. There’s a choice of distinctive rooms where you can tie the knot including the Georgian-style Salon. The impressive chandelier and ornate gold-leaf ceiling add to the period charm and there’s space for up to 100 loved ones. For more intimate ceremonies, The Justice on the ground floor overlooking the back lawns has an appeal all of its own and the first floor Carolean is another stunning ceremony space. There are three beautiful function rooms too, including The Salon which with the adjacent Parlour is big enough for up to 135 family and friends to celebrate in style. Relax in the venue’s inviting lounges and at the end of the night you and your guests can retire to the luxuriously furnished bedrooms, many with original timber beams and features. We love... the stunning 17th-century plasterwork ceiling in the Carolean, believed to be one of the finest of its kind in the country. IPSWICH AND BEYOND REGIONAL VENUES 25

ALPHETON HALL BARNS, ALPHETON 01284 830 200 | If you’re on the hunt for an authentic, rustic setting, Alpheton Hall Barns could well be your dream venue. Unspoilt and sympathetically restored rather than converted, think honey-coloured oak beams and soft, limeplastered walls with big doors opening directly out to the grounds – a little bit of wedding heaven! The barns are part of an ancient settlement including Alpheton Hall and the Church of St Peter & St Paul, all set in 25 acres of grassland and woodland at the end of a no-through road. The two traditional, timber frame Suffolk barns provide an impressive backdrop with their black timber cladding. Nestled between the Stackyard Wedding Garden, great for welcome drinks and garden games, and the Confetti Arboretum, it’s a photographer’s dream. You can say ‘I do’ in the stunning 17th-century Ceremony Barn which can seat from 50 to 200 guests or the new Woodland Ceremony Glade with its natural tree aisle, oak framed shelter and bench seating. The main South Barn has everything needed for the wedding breakfast and reception including bar and room for a band or DJ. Decorated with flowing silk drapes, twinkling fairylights, vintage ladders and hanging hoop lights it’s a magical setting for a celebration with up to 250 loved ones. The barn courtyard is ideal for the evening food and chill-out area, complete with covered cart-lodge bench seating and outdoor kitchen with woodfired pizza oven. There are two ‘quiet rooms’ too, including one for the little ones. We love... the romantic wooded area surrounded by long grasses and wildflowers and a mown grass ‘heart’ perfect for the confetti run, drone shots and golden hour photographs. ISAACS ON THE QUAY, IPSWICH 01473 284 000 | This local landmark is set on the Ipswich waterfront, ideal for those all-important just-wed photos. Full of character and charm, the venue boasts a rich history spanning centuries and was once a wool merchant’s home and workplace. The Grade I and Grade II* listed building has been lovingly restored and now provides a unique setting for weddings. Some of the oldest parts are thought to date back to between 1430 and 1550. There are original features throughout, including exposed beams and vaulted ceilings with exhibits from the building’s industrious past on display. Formally known as the Sale Room, stone steps lead into the timberframed ceremony room. Once used for storing wool cloth for exporting it is now a magical place to tie the knot and celebrate afterwards with up to 50 guests. There’s a variety of other spaces for the wedding breakfast and reception including the Crossways or Barley Room, ideal for intimate affairs. For larger parties, the Top Floor comes complete with its own bar and beautiful views over the marina and can accommodate up to 80 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the reception. During the spring and summer months, the private garden is also an idyllic spot for a chilled barbecue. We love... the on-site Merchant House, dating back to 1636 you can get ready here on the big day and there’s accommodation for up to 14 guests with four double rooms and a romantic wedding suite. 26

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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 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

CHRISTCHURCH MANSION, IPSWICH 01473 433 554 | Step inside this magnificent building with its red Tudor façade and be prepared to be wowed as you enter the Great Hall with its high ceiling and black and white marble chequered floor and ornate fireplace. The venue is a treasure trove of historic features with numerous period rooms and furniture. Set within the stunning Christchurch Park, the iconic Ipswich landmark boasts expansive, picturesque grounds with rolling lawns, ponds and scenic woodland providing a wealth of wonderful backdrops for those all-important photos. The Lower Tudor Room, with its panelling and beautifully ornate fireplace, provides an intimate and atmospheric setting for ceremonies and can host up to 45 people while the Great Hall at the heart of the mansion, provides a striking focal point for celebrating post-vows. You can host a seated or buffet-style wedding breakfast and relax afterwards and enjoy your choice of band, music or entertainment joined by 150 of your family and friends. With hire of the China Room, Victorian Kitchen and an outside seating area included, there’s more than enough room to dance, eat and have fun. We love... that couples can enjoy the chance to have special wedding photographs taken in Christchurch Park. WOOD FARM BARN, BENACRE 01502 675 029 | Wood Farm Barn on the Benacre Estate in Suffolk is a magical one-of-akind venue for weddings. Relaxed and informal, the refurbished Victorian barn provides an enchanting setting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there’s plenty of great album-worthy photo opportunities. Surrounded by thatched outbuildings and enclosed by a walled garden, the grounds include a natural pond teeming with wildlife, a copse and beautiful tree-lined avenue. Licensed for ceremonies with exclusive three-day hire, the blank canvas venue is yours to enjoy an extended celebration in the peace and quiet of the tranquil Suffolk countryside. 29 REGIONAL VENUES

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Autumn GLORY Becky and Ben’s big day was full of rustic, seasonal flare Images courtesy of Hello Romance Photography Becky and Ben met as teenagers while working at a bar together and were good friends until their lives took them in different directions and they lost touch. They got back in contact seven years ago and the relationship was rekindled. “After Ben ‘grafted’ for two years, as he would say, we both realised we wanted to be together, so we ended up giving things a go,” says Becky. Ben proposed while they were on holiday in Mexico. He booked a romantic private dinner on the beach with their own personal waiter. Becky didn’t suspect a thing at the time, not even when Ben suggested they should dress up for the occasion. It was only after their delicious three-course meal, when Ben asked the waiter to take a photo of them, that the penny dropped. Becky recalls, “As we stood up and he passed him his phone, he took my hand and got down on one knee. I immediately started crying and missed most of what he said but luckily we have a lovely video of the whole thing that the waiter captured for us that we’ll treasure forever.” They tied the knot on 16th October 2021 at The Tudor Barn Belstead in Suffolk and opted for an autumnal theme with seasonal burgundy, cream and burnt orange accents. Read on for Becky’s account of the big day… REAL WEDDINGS 31

We had a classic 1938 Rolls Royce 25/30 limousine to take me and my dad to the wedding and a limousine to transport the groomsmen and then the bridal party. Ben and his groomsmen looked smart in navy blue morning suits with wool and cashmere waistcoats in a tweed check style to complement the rustic setting and wedding theme. Ben’s was double-breasted to stand out from the rest and he had a contrasting ivory cravat. I had my late nan’s and great uncle’s names stitched into my dress and my bridesmaids gave me a beautiful charm with pictures of them on to attach to my bouquet. When the bridal consultant Emma-Lee brought out the Nora by Ronald Joyce, I absolutely fell in love. It’s true what they say – when you know, you know! I said ‘yes’ to the dress and it was ordered that day! The Tudor Barn was the first venue we looked at and from the moment we arrived, it started ticking boxes. It suited our numbers perfectly, the staff were really helpful and the grounds were beautiful, so when we left, we cancelled all our other viewings! “I knew I wanted an autumn-themed wedding as it’s my favourite season. I love the colours, crisp mornings and crunching of leaves and I was excited to bring that to life.” “I wasn’t the easiest bride-to-be as I had no idea what dress I wanted! I spent an hour trying on several styles, but although they were beautiful they just weren’t ‘me’ so I went back for a second appointment.” 32

I sent a picture of our personalised stationery to the cake maker and florist who incorporated the same colours and styles in their designs to tie the whole look together. We kept the décor simple to complement the rustic feel of the barn, leaving the original beams and features uncovered and draping ivy along the balcony and bannisters to tie in with the natural feel. The bridesmaids’ burgundy dresses complemented the bouquets and matched the groomsmen’s cravats and pockets squares, pulling all the colours together beautifully. Singer Lucy Duffield, a classmate of Becky’s from her drama college days. performed before, during and after the ceremony and at the drinks reception. “As soon as Becky showed me a video of Lucy singing, I knew she was perfect. Her version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow as Becky walked down the aisle will stay with me forever.” – Ben 33 REAL WEDDINGS

For the evening décor, we had a rustic wooden Mr & Mrs sign on the dancefloor with festoon lighting draped down the walls to create a lovely glow. We had gold stands for the floral centrepieces and the laser-cut wooden place names made great keepsakes for our family and friends. We toasted marshmallows around the firepit in the evening which really added to the atmosphere and was a big hit with our guests! It also made for beautiful photos! Our cake took pride of place on a log slice stand personalised with our names and the wedding date. BECKY AND BEN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Hello Romance Photography, | Venue, The Tudor Barn Belstead, | Bride’s dress and hair accessory, Amorae Bridal, | Hair, Hair and Make Up Atelier, | Make-up, Elaine Marie, | Groom and groomsmen’s suits, Anthony Formal Wear, | Wedding coordination, Louisa May Weddings, | Cake, JoJo-Lily Cakes By Design, | Transport, BCD Wedding cars, and BKP Limousines, | Stationery, Bee Invited, | Catering, Edward James Events, | Mobile bar, Boston & Co, | Evening décor, | Videography, C&K Studios, | Mr & Mrs Letters, KMS Hire, | Accommodation, The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, | DJ, Andy Stevens, “Finally getting to marry Becky was the standout moment of the day, especially after having to postpone the wedding during the pandemic.” – Ben Our wedding was postponed due to Covid and the drinks tokens we gave our guests as favours had the original date on. It was nice to be able to acknowledge the day we should have got married though and also reassure everyone that the tokens were still valid! “We arranged for the bride and groom’s party to stay at The Salthouse Hotel in Ipswich and had a coach to take people back there at the end of the night. It was lovely to finish our day the way we started – surrounded by our loved ones!” – Becky The table plan complemented the rest of our stationery and we arranged the seating to make sure everyone was with someone they knew. 34

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Flower power Beautiful blooms added to the romantic ‘Bridgerton’ vibes on Ella and Ben’s long-awaited big day Images courtesy of Tom Halliday Photography 36

Childhood sweethearts Ella and Ben met at school and became best friends, hanging out together and chatting online most evenings. By the age of 14, they were boyfriend and girlfriend and have been together ever since. “Ben has always made me laugh and I adore him for that,” says Ella. POPPING THE QUESTION Ben proposed on Ella’s graduation day in October 2018. “After the formal part we had a small family celebration and as my dad raised a glass to toast my success, Ben came back from the car with a large bouquet of red roses and the ring box which he had sneakily hidden. He then proceeded to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him, surrounded by our loved ones with a Michael Bublé song playing in the background. It was a complete surprise and my cousin videoed the moment so I can relive it time and time again,” reveals Ella. THE TIME AND PLACE When it came to choosing where to wed, there was only ever one place in the running – The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket. Ella was already familiar with the venue from working with her mum in their family floristry business Langton Flowers in Mildenhall. “We are a recommended supplier and provide the flowers for all their horse racing events,” she explains. “From my first visit there, before our engagement was even on the cards, I knew it was the one! The history and grandeur of the place, combined with the warm, homely feel and the staff and service provided, would make anyone feel like royalty!” LOOKING THE PART Ella also bagged her dream dress early on but wasn’t able to wear it until three years and three postponements later due to the pandemic! Thankfully, she chose a classic, timeless style – an ivory, mikado satin ballgown by Stella York (style number 6758) with a plunging V neckline. She says, “When I finally knew we were getting married, I looked for accessories to personalise it and discovered a statement belt with beautiful floral details and beadwork which was the perfect finishing touch,” Ella explains. She also wore a cathedral-length veil for the REAL WEDDING 37

ceremony and glitter heels, which she later swapped for a pair of white high top Converse. “Best decision I ever made!” she laughs. “I was comfortable all day, it was easy moving about the grounds for photos and I got to dance all night long.” Ben and his groomsmen wore smart, dark navy morning suits with dark green ties and pocket squares. To stand out from the rest of the gang, Ben had a grey tweed waistcoat and horseprint braces in a nod to them getting married in Newmarket – the home of horse racing. The two bridesmaids completed the elegant look in hunter green satin, fit-and-flare gowns. “For our first-look moment we stood either side of an archway, and on the count of three peered round to see each other. It was the best feeling to be able to take in how we both looked, have a cuddle, and reassure one another before the ceremony. It also gave me time to fix the hair sticking up on the back of Ben’s head!” ROMANTIC FLORALS Rather than having a specific theme or colour scheme they concentrated on the things they love combining a mix of beautiful hues to complement the setting and season with dark hunter green, the venue’s signature shade, as the main focus. With their floristry roots, flowers were always going to be one of the big wow-factor features of the day. From the entrance to the ceremony and all three reception rooms, they were blooming everywhere! Ella explains, “We wanted to channel Bridgerton vibes through the floral arrangements. Each room at the venue has a slightly different colour palette and we wanted to reflect that through our choice of blooms. For the wedding breakfast we used peach, creams and ivory shades to sit alongside the pale wood-panelled walls. In the silver-lilac wallpapered ceremony room we had two statement pedestal arrangements and swathed the mantles in shades of lilac, pale pink, cerise and blue. For the bar and lounge area we used jewel tones of red, purple, plum and coral to stand out against the burnt red and mustard furnishings. We also ventured outside, using the existing columns at the grand entrance to create a feature archway with large urns filled with summer blooms on the terrace.” THE PERSONAL TOUCH For the wedding breakfast, they adorned the tables with wonderfully loose and romantic floral designs combining large displays on silver plinths with pillar candles in glass cylinders underneath and low-level arrangements in pearlised ceramic bowls. Their statement four-tier cake was a stunning showpiece featuring dark green to white ombre icing and gold-leaf detailing with a small floral posy on top and a large circlet of matching blooms below. The laser-cut caketopper featured the title of the Etta James hit At Last. “It was the song I walked down the aisle to in recognition of our long-awaited wedding day,” adds Ella. Instead of traditional favours they gave their guests cards printed with a watercolour painting of their pet pooch adopted from the Dogs Trust, with a commemorative pin in aid of the charity. “Inside we had a poem explaining the reasons behind them, and what it meant to us,” adds Ella. 38

A wedding day is a dream come true for a couple and Langton Flowers are an experienced wedding supplier. We will tailor designs to your theme, colour pallet and overall image. Be it a small family a air or a grand event, we are con dent to make your oral fantasy come to life. Based in Su olk but we are more than happy to travel beyond the realms of East Anglia to bring your event to life. We hope to be a part of your special day, contact us today and let's start planning! Langton Flowers 20a High Street, Mildenhall, Su olk, IP28 7EQ E: info@langton T: 01638 712841 www.langton @langton owers Image: Tom Halliday Photography Venue: e Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket Julie & Ella x Love, Regency Cakes CAKES THAT LOOK AS GOOD AS THEY TASTE Wedding cakes to suit all budgets from ‘WOW’ factors to cakes for the smaller wedding WWW. R EGENC YCAK E S . COM 01638 578975 | 07720 291721 | 2 9 O X F O R D S T R E E T E X N I N G C B 8 7 E W WWW . B E N C H A P M A N P H O T O S . C O M

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THE LOVE LIST Photography, Tom Halliday Photography, | Venue, The Jockey Club Rooms, | Videography, Mooncast Films, | Bride’s dress, The Tailor’s Cat | Replacement bridesmaid dress and bridal belt, La Belle Angèle, | Shoes, Rainbow Club and Converse | Flowers, Langton Flowers, | Make-up, bride and maid-of-honour’s hair, Doll Creative, | Bridesmaid, mother and aunt’s hair, Bethany Karol Bridal, bethanykarol_bridal | Suits, Golding of Newmarket, | Cake, Regency Cakes, | Rings, Ernest Jones | Magician, Master of Mystery, Matthew Le Mottée, | Caricaturist, Magical Memories, | Evening food truck, The Bucket List, | Music, Jam Duo, FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD The food was another standout feature of the day with tasty nibbles for the post-vows drinks reception and an elegant threecourse wedding breakfast provided by the in-house catering team. Ella and Ben also laid on a selection of goodies, including a sweet table and cheese tower for family and friends to dive in and help themselves and a mobile food truck – one of the biggest hits of the evening! “We’re lovers of the Norfolk coast, and it was in Cromer where we fell in love with The Bucket List’s chips. They travelled to our venue to serve up their delicious fries loaded with a variety of toppings and our guests couldn’t get enough of them!” raves Ella. FUN, FUN, FUN Loved ones were entertained throughout the day with garden games during the drinks reception, while talented magician Matthew Le Mottée mixed and mingled, causing plenty of chat and amazement with his amazing magic. During the evening a caricaturist kept the atmosphere buzzing with his comic sketches. “The drawings not only made our guests giggle but provided a unique keepsake of our special day to take home with them,” adds Ella. It was a gorgeous evening and while the disco got the party vibes going, loved ones were also able to take time out from the dancefloor to chill out on the terrace. “I think I almost used up all my stress through planning and reorganising the wedding, so on the day I just felt relieved it was finally here and almost in disbelief. Although there were still some butterflies, once those initial jitters had gone, we relaxed and had the best time ever!’ - Ella. REAL WEDDING 41