Your East Anglian Wedding - December 2022/Januar 2023 (Issue 58)

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Danielle Harvey talks about what to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 85 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 96 COMPETITION A luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse CONTENTS DECEMBER 2022 / JANUARY 2023 VENUES 19 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Cosy venues for winter ‘I dos’ 27 SOUTH CAMBRIDGE What’s on offer south of the county FEATURES 49 SEASONAL ROMANCE This styled shoot showcases all that is beautiful about this time of year 53 WALK THROUGH TIME A contemporary monochromatic styling with a nod to the nostalgia of love through the ages 57 FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Wedding catering options to warm you up over the colder months 62 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Our guide to creating the ultimate seasonal celebration 75 NAME AND A DRESS Top tips from bridal boutiques for finding the one On the cover This issue’s cover has come straight from the elopement-style shoot over on page 53. We love the monochromatic aesthetic and retro-vibe collaborators The Tiny Planner and Lucie Watson Photography created. 9 19 3

REAL WEDDINGS 30 THIRD TIME LUCKY Isabel and Jack had a romantic day at Butley Priory after Covid stopped their plans 36 LET THE FUN BE-GIN Tom and Steph had a Gin-themed wedding with lots of personal touches 43 A NEW ADVENTURE Kim and Phil had the epitome of a boho-themed wedding HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 94 GREECE IS THE WORD Summer in Santorini and Athens FASHION & BEAUTY 65 WHAT’S TRENDING? This is what brides-to-be will be wearing in 2023 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 82 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 83 SKIN FOOD Discover how to achieve that much-desired bridal glow the natural way, through a healthy diet of skin-loving foods 30 94 GROOMS 89 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 90 WINTER LUXE The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be 80 65 90 4


Although this is our lovely December/ January issue, and I should be talking about all things cold and frosty, it’s 20 degrees outside and we have the office windows open! An Indian Summer it certainly is. There are talks (although do the weather experts ever get it right?) that snow is on the way. Yipee! I for one, love winter. Not the rainy winter we tend to get here in good ol’blighty, but the oh-so dreamy bright skies and frosty footpaths, orange-coloured leaves and log fires, Christmas carols and mulled wine, layers of cosy knitwear and wellies by the front door – honestly, what is there not to love? Not only is the festive period the most popular time of year to propose – 75% of engagements happen over the season – but it’s also a great time of year to tie the knot too. There is inspiration aplenty for theme ideas and colour schemes, what’s more is that venues are also decked to the halls in Christmas paraphernalia so that’s one job off your to-do list and a little saving for the wedding budget to boot! Over on page 19 we have a pick of top 10 venues for winter nuptials, and a lush festive-themed styled shoot over on page 49. For fashion, the gents are sorted for seasonal attire over on page 90, and there’s a delicious catering feature talking about festive menus on 57. For the ultimate style inspiration, we showcase how to create your very own winter wonderland on 62 – you’re welcome! Psst! Head over to get-involved-real-wedding to submit your wedding for consideration for one of our Real Wedding features – we’d love to feature you! Sit back, relax and enjoy this issue Danielle x Danielle Harvey, Managing Editor Baby it ’s cold outside – sort of! ISSN 2052-0514 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Penny Potter | 01376 538 482 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 65 Looking to 2023, what’s hot in the world of bridal fashion? This dog-friendly hotel is a must-visit with your furry friend. I’m sure you’ll find the one at these local boutiques. 9 75 49This styled shoot has some serious Autumn vibes. 6

I love this break out area at Kim and Phil’s wedding. Isabel and Jack had a day full of romance and splendour at Butley Priory after waiting two years to tie the knot. 36 30 Venues for cosy ‘I dos’ at this time of year. This styled elopement shoot is oozing romance. 19 43 53 Steph’s son had big shoes to fill walking her down the aisle on her wedding day! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed The latest news from around the region WATCH THIS SPACE! Renowned Norfolk wedding cake company, Buns of Fun is looking to increase its offering to nearlyweds-to-be. Owner and baker extraordinaire Emma Thorburn says, “Cake stands have been a part of my packages for some time, but I have spent nearly three years looking for cake stands to sell as part of my ‘All-In’ service. I have finally curated a selection of unusual, tall and beautiful cake stands and gorgeous server sets for all lovers of cake, to offer couples more choice and the range will continue to grow,” shares Emma. “They can be purchased whether I’m making the cake or not and personalised using the couple’s initials and the date of their wedding – great for keeping or gifting! It’s part of our ‘All-In’ service that makes cake magic happen!” For more information, check out PAMPERED POOCHES The Ickworth in Suffolk, part of the Luxury Family Hotels group, has announced the launch of its new Waggy Tails Tea Time and A La Bark menus! Served in the hotel’s lounge, or al fresco in the warmer months, the Waggy Tails Tea Time is a real feast. Healthy ‘paw-dit-ites’ of crunchy carrots, apple and cheese are on offer, followed by tasty Lick-a-licious Liver Cake, Pawnut Butter Biscuits and Canine Carrot Cake with Pawsome Frosting – all washed down with a quenching and refreshing bowl of H20, and let’s not forget the puppacino, too! For the pooches whose parents keep an eagle eye on their waistline, opt for the A La Bark menu. It’s not quite so indulgent, choose from: Barkingly Good Beef Supper or a Waggingly Delicious Chicken Dinner – slow cooked in doggy gravy with crushed potatoes and vegetables. For something sweet, finish with a homemade peanut butter bone-shaped biscuit or Frosty Paws ice cream. Also available is the ultimate doggy drink: the Bottom Sniffer – non-alcoholic, non-carbonated, and packed with vitamins and minerals to keep your pooch’s nose nice and shiny! The A La Bark menu has been carefully curated with a doggy’s taste buds in mind, but also their health. All dishes are homemade using ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen. Just like their humans, dogs like to dress up smart for dinner, which is why Luxury Family Hotels have prizes up for grabs for the best dressed doggies! Turn up for tea looking dapper and share a social post using #WaggyTailsAtLFH and be in with a chance of winning a paw-fect prize! Check out PSST! DID YOU KNOW… The Good Hotel Guide ( has revealed its annual list of 12 César winners with Morston Hall in Holt taking home the award for the Best Hotel in East Anglia. In addition, these properties in the region feature heavily in the Editor’s Choice lists: The Rose & Crown at Snettisham in the Pubs with Rooms category, and Congham Hall, near King’s Lynn, making the top properties with impressive gardens. Images courtesy of 9 NEWS

AISLE STYLE Family-owned national diamond, jewellery and watch retailer Beaverbrooks, has opened its first store in Cambridge’s Grand Arcade Shopping Centre. The national retailer will also be opening the first dedicated TAG Heuer boutique in the city and will be the only stockist of the Luxury Swiss watch brand in the area. The new Beaverbrooks store has been specially designed to create a more immersive shopping experience for customers, introducing an exclusive ‘diamond room’ – ideal for those in the midst of wedding planning. As well as stocking first-of-its-kind diamond collection Beyond Brilliance, the store also brings a wide range of luxury bridal pieces and the latest exclusive diamond range from the retailer, Essence. The team, who are experts in jewellery, diamonds and watches, will be able to assist customers with making important purchases. Check out VENUE SPOTLIGHT Located in the heart of Woodbridge in beautiful Suffolk and surrounded by traditional inns, restaurants and historic quirky buildings, the magnificent 16th-century Shire Hall is steeped in history and provides the perfect setting for weddings. Built in 1575 by Thomas Seckford the building has been a focal point of Woodbridge for more than 400 years and stands proud in the centre of Market Hill. Displaying its iconic 17th-century Flemish gabling and stone capping, with elegant long iron staircase either side of the large impressive arched doors, the Shire Hall is picture-perfect. Make your grand entrance via the stone steps into the airy Council Chamber with its splendid architectural columns, which comfortably holds up to 64 guests. The Shire Hall has step-free access for those with limited mobility and provides public Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth sound system for those who require it. A wedding car can be parked off road at the back of the Shire Hall for the bridal couple to use, which also offers another space for a vehicle for those relatives or friends with limited mobility. The Shire Hall is open to the public between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and welcomes you to visit by booking an appointment. Check out MORE CAKE PLEASE Norfolk’s Sponge has a wide variety of wedding cake options available to order online and personalise to your preference including specifying dietary requirements. A new product coming out in the next month or so – so keep your eyes peeled – is The Cake Card. A personalised card with a square of cake in the middle, you can send to your bridal party members to ask them ‘Will you be my…?’ or to wedding guests post-vows to say thank you for attending the big day – the choices are endless! The vegan and gluten-free options are expanding too to ensure couples and their guests are completely catered for. The packages available vary in price and design, dietary requirements and flavour preferences, for example: the Baby Cake Wedding Cake Tower can be tailored picking various flavours, fillings and dietary requirements including vegan and gluten free. Find out more 10

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 The Perfect Wedding Venue A beautiful countryside venue Civil Ceremonies Asian Weddings Wedding Receptions Outside Ceremonies Exclusive Use 01394 460362 Pettistree, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0JF Calling brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom and wedding guests. Are you looking for a beautiful hat, headpiece or fascinator for a wedding or special occasion? Anne designs and makes bespoke headwear using luxury materials including straws, felts and silks. So whether you love or hate wearing hats, Anne can create the perfect headpiece for you. Contact Anne for an appointment at her Ipswich studio: 07990 54237 1 ha t s@anne reede rmi l l i ne r y. co .uk WWW. ANNEREEDERMI LL INERY.CO.UK WWW. FACEBOOK .COM/ANNEREEDERMI LL INERY | 07717 411847 – Kate (Peg) | 07975 538387 – Emma (Mallet) Bespoke bell tent hire for your special day Glamping accommodation packages for the wedding couple and their guests - sleep under the stars in luxury!

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUREASTANGLIAN.WEDDING BELL OF THE BALL Norfolk’s Peg & Mallet offer a bespoke bell tent hire service with a range of bell tent sizes and accommodation packages for the wedding couple and their guests, where all needs and budgets are carefully considered. These range from the basic, for the more experienced campers, to the fully-furnished glamping experience, complete with a proper double bed and mattress – fabulous for those that want to sleep under the stars in luxury. The Snug is a superb accompaniment to any event, providing a peaceful sanctuary; a communal place that is ideal to escape and chill-out in. For a truly memorable wedding night the beautiful Bridal Bell is the perfect retreat at the end of your special day. The company prides itself on providing a service that brings both comfort and ease to your dream outdoor wedding, freeing you to make everlasting memories. Your East Anglian Wedding has teamed up with Peg & Mallet to offer readers £50 off the hire of the Bridal Bell or The Snug when booking its accommodation packages – what’s more, even if you had already booked the company for your big day, you too could benefit from this offer. Just quote: P&M50. Visit or email: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs STYLE STATEMENT On your wedding day, light up the room in these statement gold ear climber earrings which bedazzle with four intricately cut moonstone gems. The sparkling gemstones, in a staggered line, descend in size and sit in an 18k gold-plated setting. Every detail has been well thought out, from the size of the stones to the slight curve of the earrings, creating the perfect mesmerising bold earring for a bold woman. Founded by Ramona Gohil, an inspirational female entrepreneur passionate about her British Indian heritage and culture Rani & Co is not just any jewellery brand; its crafted unique pieces symbolise how powerful women can be. Check out County Wedding Magazines’ readers have the chance to win a pair of Rani & Co Moonstone Climber Earrings worth £64.99! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, 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... GREATEXPECTATIONS

WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 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. BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 12 MAR | RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 2 APR | THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, SL7 1RG

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 ESSEX LONDON SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA KENT SUN 5 FEB HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA TO BE CONFIRMED PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 8 JAN HEDINGHAM CASTLE Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ SUN 19 FEB MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SAT 1 APR HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 15 JAN BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 14 MAY MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 12 MAR LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023

• 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 Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Sponsored by

WEDDINGS CORPORATE PARTIES OPEN-AIR @kimberleyhallnorfolk Follow us on social media Complimentary Bridal Suite when booking accommodation* Quote Norfolk & Suffolk Bride Ceremony: 130 seated (additional capacity in connecting rooms); unlimited if outside. Wedding breakfast: 130 seated in West Wing (total capacity 250). Unlimited space for marquees and car parking Luxury accommodation for 48 on site in the Hall, estate holiday cottages and ground-floor apartment Walled Garden glamping with hot showers and WC's available for a further 50+ guests State of the-art West Wing events area with upstairs lounge, giant mirror ball, lasers and atmospheric lighting Underground nightclub with vaulted rooms (6,500 sq. ft) and late licence THE VENUE FOR ALL SEASONS 'Having looked at many venues across Norfolk, we decided on Kimberley Hall as it presented such a unique and romantic setting with its fantastic lakeside location, beautiful grounds and variety of interior spaces.' Email Kimberley Hall, Wymondham, NR18 0RT Contact us *T&C'S apply

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE These venues would be perfect for nuptials over the festive season KIMBERLEY HALL, WYMONDHAM, NORFOLK 01603 759 447 | A romantic Queen Anne house built in 1712 affording breathtaking views of a vast lake and private park designed by Capability Brown. The house is distinguished by a classical redbrick façade and projecting central pediment, curved colonnades, wings, turrets, and architectural features that provide it with its unique character and a symphony of colour when illuminated at night. Ceremonies inside the house take place in the Music Room which seats more than130 with its grand piano, marble fireplace and huge arched window looking on to the garden. Guests are seated beneath historic plasterwork and a magnificent chandelier. This room connects to the garden via the spiral staircase with its coffered dome, or to the West Wing entertainment area via the octagonal China Room with intricate plasterwork. These areas can accommodate extra guests seated or standing. There is unlimited capacity for any sized gathering with or without a marquee. Post-vows, guests are initially received in the Hall and the Music Room where they can be welcomed with a blazing fire and huge Christmas tree for weddings during the winter. Then they can be ushered through the curved colonnade into the vernacular-chic West Wing entertainment area with its state-of-the-art illuminated bar to dine and dance in the double-height Talman Room. This has the capacity for 150 or more guests (with extra space upstairs for extra dinner and after dinner guests in the sumptuous lounge with its comfy sofas). This area has a balcony from which to view the party beneath, enjoy the sophisticated lighting and laser system and giant rotating mirror ball in action or converse in comfort whilst the music and dancing are in full swing. New to 2023 is a unique underground nightclub with vaulted rooms in the cellars with a late licence to go beyond midnight (currently being refurbished). When choosing this big-day venue, couples benefit from a wine and food tasting; tailormade day with flexibility and choice of caterers; inhouse advice and a professional wedding planner. What’s more, there’s ample accommodation for 40 guests in the main house or cottages on the estate, including four-poster beds and a Drummonds double shower in the bridal suite which has a raised bath to enjoy spectacular views of the romantic lake and beautiful landscape. WINTER VENUES 19

WOOD FARM BARN, BECCLES, SUFFOLK 01502 675 029 | Wood Farm Barn is situated in its own beautiful grounds, surrounded by a stunning rural landscape in an Area of Outstanding Beauty. The main barn and annex barn are surrounded by thatched outbuildings, a walled garden, a natural pond, a copse and a beautiful tree-lined avenue offering lots of opportunities for memorable photographs. At night the area can be lit with strategically placed lights giving enough illumination but without destroying the magical atmosphere of this rural venue. This attractive early 19th-century barn is spacious and bright with fullwidth stops leading up to the large picture window, allowing views of the stunning rural landscape in which the barn is situated. Many of the original features have been kept and the open beamed ceiling exposes the beautiful thatch. The couple have the choice of the ceremony being conducted in either of the two licensed buildings, main barn or annex barn, and after the ‘I dos’, as this venue is a DIY venue, it’s up to the couple to decide where they would like the reception to be. WOOLVERSTONE HALL, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK 07453 571 541 | With fields full of sheep on the approach and an abundance of trees the scene is set for Woolverstone Hall, a stunning Grade I listed curved Georgian mansion with all rooms overlooking the River Orwell. For ceremonies, The Leggett Room has classic panelling, an ornate ceiling rose and beautiful sash windows offering picturesque views. Steeped in history, it’s the most delightful of all the property’s Drawing Rooms and can host ceremonies of up to 75 guests. The breathtaking Orangery, bathed in an abundance of light and boasting panoramic views, has a classic lantern roof and walls of windows. The curved room is a brilliantly flexible space for your ceremony of up to 120 guests. St Michael’s Church is nestled amongst the trees on the Woolverstone Hall estate. With room for up to 200 guests, it’s a beautiful option for a church wedding. One of Suffolk’s few venues that can accommodate ceremonies for more than 200 guests, the Sports Hall can be transformed into an amazing ceremony location hosting up to 400 loved ones. Post-vows, all rooms are available for the wedding breakfast and reception; and when tying the knot here, a dedicated wedding planner is on hand to help every step of the way. 20

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 — Alpheton Hall Barns Historic Wedding Venue AN HISTORIC BARNS WEDDING VENUE SET IN WOODLAND AND MEADOWS IN ROLLING SUFFOLK COUNTRYSIDE, CLOSE TO THE SUFFOLK / ESSEX BORDER Suffolk / Essex Border CO10 9BL E:

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HAUGHLEY PARK BARN, STOWMARKET, SUFFOLK 01359 240 701 | Located in the grounds of a picturesque country estate, Haughley Park Barn is approached via a long, sweeping driveway and provides instant, relaxed charm in an impressive, private setting. More than 400 years old, the barn has been sympathetically restored to retain a mix of brickwork and render, while wooden windows and wrought iron highlights finish the traditional Suffolk scene. Grade II listed, it has been lovingly renovated to provide a flexible, well-equipped space while retaining its traditional character through a wealth of original oak beams and exposed brickwork. Boasting a romantic backdrop of elegant voile drapes, oak beams, exposed roof timbers, delicate fairylights and hand-crafted ceremony tables, the Ceremony Room can seat up to 100 guests and is a beautiful place to say ‘I do’. The wedding reception will take place in the Main Barn, which features a stage for discos or live music, a built-in bar area, access to outside seating areas and full sound system with microphones. You can choose from a variety of table options seating up to 120 for a formal wedding breakfast, while the evening reception can increase to 240 guests. A large Victorian farmhouse sits just behind the venue and is available for use alongside Haughley Park Barn. Hired on a self-catering basis for a two-night minimum stay, the property has five large bedrooms and can sleep around 10 people, with plenty of room outside and in for guests to unwind and relax. It’s the perfect place for family, friends, or the bridal party to stay and get ready before the wedding. Haughley Park Barn is offered on a long-hire basis with weddings taking place on a Saturday or Wednesday. The exclusive three-day hire period – and freedom to choose suppliers – allows couples plenty of time to set up and style the venue, celebrate with friends and truly savour this special occasion. ANTEROS ARTS FOUNDATION, NORWICH, NORFOLK 01603 766 129 | Anteros is a 16th-century Grade II listed street fronted building situated in central Norwich right by the river. Not only does the building lend character and intimacy to your wedding, but it’s ideal for easy access to local hotels and restaurants and allows for beautiful wedding photos taken in the nearby Cathedral, Quay and Tombland area. Historical, quirky, intimate and warm, once through to the inner courtyard you meet timber frames, mullioned windows and carved wooden doors – its original features making it a unique wedding venue. For vows, head to the Music Room with 60 guests. Full of character with original 16th-century windows and fireplace, a painted Tudor ceiling and a stunning wooden floor, it’s perfect for a relaxed intimate feel. There’s also a Steinway Grand Piano which couples can use. Or, have your ceremony in the Main Gallery which features the original Tudor wooden carved ceiling, historic stone floor and beautiful mullioned glass window. Underfloor heating keeps you toasty in this historic room, and the gallery’s hanging system allows for easy decoration and hanging of artwork and pictures to add that personal touch to your ceremony and wedding breakfast with up to 60 guests. 23 WINTER VENUES

RAVENWOOD HALL, BURY ST EDMONDS, SUFFOLK 01359 270 345 | Ravenwood Hall has seven acres of luscious countryside to be enjoyed by guests and couples alike. Its extensive grounds with well-kept lawns, woodland and other clearings, provide those picture-perfect moments. A country house hotel, its Tudor façade is an impressive sight, while its interiors showcase its historic origins complementing the exquisite frontage. Weddings primarily take place in the main hall or in the Edwardian Pavilion; the pavilion is a popular choice for couples as its selfcontained with private gardens, restrooms, bar and marquee attached. Couples also have the option of the Summer House for nuptials, The Tudor Rose Room, and the Marquee, the latter can host more than 200 guests if looking for a large wedding venue. SECKFORD HALL, WOODBRIDGE, SUFFOLK 01394 385 678 | Steeped in history dating back to the 1530s, Seckford Hall is nestled amongst 34 acres of private grounds within the Suffolk countryside. Boasting stunning gardens, mature woodlands and an idyllic lake, the beautiful red brick Tudor Hall offers luxurious accommodation and the perfect setting for weddings. The woodlands glow with russet and gold leaves in the autumn so you’ll be sure to have a picture-perfect wedding day whatever the season. Effortlessly capturing the majestic elegance of the Tudor age, from its cosy lounge to Great Hall, couples and their guests will be enchanted by the charm of this beautiful country house. Nuptials take place in the Great Hall, licensed for up to 160 guests, combining the warmth and intimacy of Tudor oak panelling with a huge open fireplace, magnificent high ceilings and large windows that overlook the lake and gardens, it’s the perfect setting for an impressive yet elegant wedding. For smaller dos, the cosy Lounge is perfect for the more intimate ceremonies especially within the colder months, full of character and charm and licensed for up to 50 guests. Post-vows, the Great Hall can seat 100 loved ones (160 theatre style, or the Pavilion can seat 160 (250 standing). Adjacent to the Great Hall, is a stunning all year round marquee; with breathtaking views it’s an idyllic space for the wedding breakfast and reception. When tying the knot here, couples benefit from a complimentary stay on the night of the wedding in the Luxury Bridal Suite, and a ‘wedding tasting’ at £25 per person which includes wine tasting. 24

HAYCOCK MANOR, PETERBOROUGH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE 01780 782 223 | Set in the idyllic surroundings of Wansford, within the glorious Cambridgeshire countryside, the Haycock Manor Hotel is the perfect location for relaxation and exploration. The city of Peterborough and the town of Stamford, both within eight miles of the hotel, are brimming with activities for friends, family and couples to enjoy. One of the finest hotels in Cambridgeshire, positioned on the River Nene, this 16th-century coaching inn offers breathtaking scenery and the finest of facilities. For vows, the Manor Suite is abundant in light with its own courtyard and comfortably seats up to 80 guests; while the iconic Haycock Ballroom, with its soaring oak beams, ornate fireplace, private entrance, bar and can accommodate up to 250 seated guests and is perfect for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. A perfect venue for weddings, it offers superb hotel accommodation, 45 refurbished luxury bedrooms including four bridal suites, stylish meeting and event spaces and picture-perfect backdrops. Boasting award-winning restaurant, Prévost and a new brasserie, the Haycock Kitchen, couples can rest assured that when tying the knot here the bigday menu will satisfy even the most discerning foodies. As well as complimentary wedding night accommodation for the happy couple, the venue also offers a variety of packages to suit all budgets and requirements – there’s also an intimate elopement package if you want a special day just for two. BUTLEY PRIORY, WOODBRIDGE, SUFFOLK 01394 450 046 | Butley Priory, the former gatehouse to an Augustinian Priory, is situated in wonderful grounds surrounded by fields and woodland, with a southfacing garden for wedding guests to enjoy. Built in the 13th century, it has an impressive exterior and an equally enchanting interior. Set within the former gatehouse, the Great Hall has a high, stone vaulted ceiling and an open fireplace. Doors lead off into the drawing room, boasting the Pilgrims bar renowned for its gin selection. The Great Hall can accommodate 100 guests for the ceremony, and 80 guests for dinner with coffee in the drawing room or south garden, weather dependant. For larger weddings, couples can place a tipi or marquee on the front lawn to accommodate up to 200 guests for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. The recently refurbished bedrooms offer luxury accommodation for 11 guests. Upstairs, in the hallway and wedding suite, the ornate stonework windows offer a striking backdrop for wedding images. Alexander Parnell Photography 25 WINTER VENUES

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:

Going local... Where to tie the knot in South Cambridgeshire TRINITY HALL 01223 764 444 | Trinity Hall dates back to 1350 and is one of the oldest and most beautiful of the Cambridge colleges. Its breathtaking riverside grounds are the perfect backdrop, set around a series of historic courtyards it boasts beautiful gardens, manicured lawns and fantastic river views. The college includes a wealth of historic buildings and interesting architectural features ranging from the Medieval period through to the present day. Ceremonies and receptions are held within a variety of stunning historic rooms ranging from the intimate to the grand, suitable for wedding parties large or small. For vows, the Graham Storey Room is located on the ground floor within an attractive red-brick Tudor building. This spacious room includes many historic features and enjoys views of Latham Lawn. It’s suitable for ceremonies for up to 90. The Leslie Stephen Room is located on the first floor overlooking the college’s front court. This attractive and historic room is ideal for smaller ceremonies of up to 30 guests (available Sunday to Thursday during college vacations). Post-ceremony, Trinity Hall’s beautiful riverside grounds offer an idyllic setting for your drinks and canapés reception. For a quintessentially Cambridge wedding, you could arrive by chauffeured punt to be greeted by your guests on the River Terrace or enjoy a mini punting party with your guests along the River Cam. For a classic summer wedding, you can include traditional garden games on Latham Lawn with Champagne, Prosecco or Pimms. Following the drinks reception, enjoy your wedding breakfast in the Medieval Dining Hall (capacity 150), boasting a high-vaulted ceiling, impressive portrait collection and ornate historic features. As your celebrations continue into the night, the Crescent Room is the perfect space for live music and DJs/discos. The adjoining Aula Bar includes comfortable leather armchairs and sofas, and a well-stocked bar. These rooms are accessed via the historic North Court which offers a wonderful outdoor setting for acoustic music. Total capacity 150. During college vacations Trinity Hall is available for larger weddings of 60 to 150 guests on Fridays and Saturdays (80 guest minimum on Saturdays) and more intimate weddings of up to 50 guests from Sunday to Thursday. When tying the knot here, Trinity Hall’s wedding package includes wedding coordinators a complimentary menu tasting, and private changing rooms for the nearlyweds to get fully prepared on their wedding day (subject to availability). Accommodation for wedding guests may also be offered subject to availability. Sophie Clarke LOCAL VENUES 27

SWAVESEY WINDMILL 01954 232 247 | Swavesey Windmill is situated in a glorious garden setting. Mostly laid too lawn, with trees and shrubs surrounding a large pond boasting a picturesque fountain, there’s a white bridge that takes you to the island for great photos. The pond-side jetty is suitable for ceremonies and, at night, the whole area comes alive with festoon lights in the trees. Entering through the double doors of this light grey, wooden-clad building, couples find themselves in the reception area complete with amenities. Leading into the event space, it boasts ivory drapes on a pitched ceiling, sparkling chandeliers and a fully stocked bar. There are also double doors at the far end opening into the marquee. Ceremonies can take place inside, or weather permitting outside on the pond-side jetty, with up to 94 loved ones. Wedding breakfasts (capacity 94) and receptions (150) take place within the marquee, or inside the venue dependent of guest numbers. The ivory-lined marquee is attached to the main building and has carpet flooring, chandeliers and clear end panels which overlook the pond. The garden has lots of features, including a large swing, weeping willow tree, bridge, island and lots of open space for garden games! When saying ‘I do’ to this venue, couples can have the day before to add any final decoration, and the morning after to collect anything left overnight. Couple will also have the help from the venue’s coordinators from start to finish. YOUR A-Z OF SOUTH CAMBRIDGE WEDDING VENUES Best Western Cambridge Quy Mill Hotel 01223 293 383 Brampton Park Golf Club 01480 434 700 Cambridge Country Club 01223 247 365 Cambridge Guildhall 03450 451 363 Childerley Cambridge 01954 211 433 Chilford Hall 01223 895 600 Corpus Christi College 01223 338 014 | conferences/weddings-corpus-cambridge Downing College 01223 334 860 | Emmanuel College Graduate Cambridge | 01223 259 988 Hilton Cambridge City Centre 01223 464 491 | Jesus College 01223 760 524 | conferences/weddings King’s College 01223 331 100 | conference-and-dining/wedding-receptions Longstowe Hall Madingley Hall 01223 746 222 | Magdalene College 01223 332 138 | conference/weddings Murray Edwards College 01223 762 267 Newnham College 01223 335 803 | conferences/weddings Rectory Farm Country House 07742 272 115 Rosewood Pavilion 01638 476 434 Sheene Mill The Eltisley 01480 880 308| The Gonville Hotel 01223 366 611 The Lodge Duxford 01223 755 677 The Missing Sock 01223 812 660 | The Secret Garden 01223 260 040 University Arms Cambridge 01223 606 066 28

THE MOST STUNNING VENUE IN THE HEART OF CAMBRIDGE 01954 232247 | | ©HelenAldertonPhotography H A L E R O A D , S W A V E S E Y , C A M B R I D G E S H I R E C B 2 4 4 Q P Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7RP. Telephone: 01263 740209 Email: OPEN WEEKEND 18th - 19th March 2023

Third time lucky Isabel and Jack’s English garden-themed wedding was two years in the making Images courtesy of Irene Yap Photography 30

Isabel and Jack met at university in 2009 through mutual friends but didn’t get together until 2012. “We clicked immediately,” recalls Isabel, “We have a very similar sense of humour, love of travel and have now been together more than a decade and have a young son together.” Jack proposed when the couple were on holiday with Isabel’s family in France in 2019. “It was a lovely surprise!” shares Isabel. “He’d gone to great lengths planning it. He designed the ring, an emerald from South Africa – my favourite stone and colour, and our favourite country to travel to – sought permission from my father and smuggled the ring through airport security in my dad’s handluggage! It was lovely to celebrate with my family all around us!” The big date was set, 11th June 2022, with a ceremony at St John the Baptist Church, Butley, followed by a reception at Butley Priory. SETTING THE SCENE The pair had always wanted a summer wedding in a big marquee, when choosing the venue it was as much about finding a venue with the right gardens and grounds as the main building itself. “Butley Priory was perfect – an amazing venue steeped in character and history, but not too grand in a way that wouldn’t feel ‘us’,” shares Isabel. “Knowing how quickly the day itself would pass, we also wanted to find a venue that would allow us to really maximise the weekend with activities on the Friday and Sunday too. The other great thing about Butley is the accommodation, both in the priory itself and in its beautiful farmhouse behind the priory. This allowed us to sleep 30 of our closest friends and family and have a wedding weekend; a big pre-wedding barbecue on the Friday night and a hungover fry up on the Sunday to recount stories of the night before and postpone the post-wedding blues just a little longer.” For the finer details of the day, the couple opted for finishing touches that reflected their country garden aesthetic. The favours were little glass bottles of elderflower gin liqueur that acted as place names and favours, with elderflower cordial for children and non-drinkers. “They went down brilliantly with guests and looked great on the long trestle tables,” adds Isabel. REAL WEDDING 31

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“The wedding breakfast took place in a sailcloth marquee, so the flowers were a very important focal point of the decorations,” shares Isabel. “There were four trestle tables for a banquet-style meal so that everyone was sat close together. The centrepieces were a simple rustic style overflowing with colour and visually busy (whilst allowing room for sharing platters and lots of crockery for the meal). We had a selection of flowers, bouquets in bowls with different heights and widths and smaller bud vases with a smaller number of stems. The flowers were interspersed with candles that I painted patterns onto to add another pop of colour and jazz up inexpensive tapered candles.” Isabel continues, “Our wonderful florist Juliet did an incredible job with the flowers at the wedding. Right from our very first meeting back in 2019 she understood exactly what we were after, and the flowers were one of the real highlights for me. We had stunning bouquets and buttonholes, an incredible wildflower display in the church, the beautiful arrangements in the marquee and wildflower displays around the entrance were exactly what we imagined.” The cake, was a delicious lemon polenta cake that was decorated beautifully with flowers from Isabel’s own garden and leftover blooms from the bouquets. “I was on maternity leave when we got married so had a little more time to add some personal, handmade touches than I would have otherwise. I provided the confetti which was a mixture of petals I’d saved and dried from bouquets sent when my son was born last autumn, and rose petals collected on my daily dog walks at home in the month before, dried and turned into a beautiful array of confetti in pinks, oranges and yellows.” In addition to the standard drinks reception bubbles, the couple wanted some tipple that they really enjoyed, Isabel loves Aperol and it’s beer for Jack. “We were lucky enough to win a competition with Aperol whereby they supplied Aperol Spritzs on the day,” shares Isabel. “With Adnams Brewery just up the road it would have been rude not to have several of their kegs there throughout the day! We worked closely with Peter Harrison to come up with a delicious menu that we felt was perfect for the day. The canapés were an assortment of crowd-pleasers and light summery flavours, similarly with the main meal – each course used as much local produce as possible – meat and organic vegetables, and the dessert included something from Pump Street Bakery from just down the road in Orford, a favourite of ours. In the evening we had cheese for the guests, picking a selection of our favourites.” LOOKING THE PART Isabel wore a beautiful 3D floral appliqué dress by Donatella Piccarreta called 705315. “I wanted a dress that would be both modern and contemporary with a nod to a traditional long white dress as I knew this would make me feel special on the day – I’ve never worn a floor-length dress!” shares Isabel. The dress was decorated in hundreds of handmade flowers and had a very subtle glittery undercoat that added an extra element of fun when it caught the light. “The dress had a beautiful low back, and I had the neckline customised to make it into a square neckline, modernising (from the original scoop) and adding a bit of glamour. The dress itself was very busy so I kept things very simple on the accessories front, wearing just my rings, some old gold and diamond hoops, and a pair of Loeffler Randall Camellia heels in blue for a pop of colour.” Jack wore a brilliant navy tweed three-piece suit, the colour and texture was far more exciting than a standard wool/cotton blend suit and he teamed his look with a navy and maroon REAL WEDDINGS 33