Your East Anglian Wedding - April/May 2023 (Issue 60)

HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Stunning venues near the coast MAKING WAVES The time of our lives Local photographers showcase their favourite images APR/MAY 2023 £3.55 WIN! A four-night break in Tuscany Frill seekers The latest wedding dresses 60edition th

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around East Anglia 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 55 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION Win a four-night break in Tuscany CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2023 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE Discover some of the best venues in the area 25 MAKING WAVES Celebrate your big day near the coast FEATURES 59 LOVE IS SIMPLE Focusing on the overwhelming happiness that comes after the formalities of the day, this styled shoot at The Willow Tree is full of romantic inspiration 63 THE TIME OF OUR LIVES Local photographers showcase their favourite images 77 SQUAD GOALS The latest trends for the wedding party 88 SOOTHING SELF-CARE Gracie Leader immersed herself in the world of Reiki to find out if the form of meditation can help you remain calm in the lead up to your big day On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by historic Norfolk wedding venue Kimberley Hall ( It was captured by fellow Norfolk wedding supplier James Rouse Photography (, at the wedding of Claire and Marcus Wright. 59 25 3

REAL WEDDINGS 37 COUNTRY LOVING Sophie and Ed celebrated their rustic-themed wedding at Childerley surrounded by friends and family 42 A SPLASH OF COLOUR Florence and Harry met almost nine years ago, and their relationship quickly blossomed 49 A SPRINKLE OF SAGE Katrice and James incorporated their love of sage green into their big-day styling at Holkham Hall HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS We reveal the latest openings and must-see honeymoon destinations 92 A GRAND AFFAIR Experience ultimate luxury combined with traditional Greek appeal at Rhodes-based Ixian Grand & All Suites 94 FLY AWAY WITH ME We’ve rounded up some of our favourite city escapes 96 SANTA NEEDS A SPA DAY The Runnymede on Thames set the scene for a much-needed pre-Christmas break FASHION & BEAUTY 70 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 FRILL SEEKERS This season’s bridal dresses enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats 80 HEAD OVER HEELS Walk down the aisle in style this season with our hand-picked edit of the best bridal shoes and bags 81 IN LOVE WITH LACE This timeless fabric never goes out of fashion 84 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 86 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 87 BAN THE BLOAT Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness explain how to avoid untimely bloating on your wedding day 42 90 GROOMS 66 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 67 SUITED AND BOOTED Styling advice for the groom-to-be 68 IT’S ONLY NATURAL With neutral colour palettes on the rise, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to ensure you look on-trend this season 37 71 49 4

Ceremony: 130 (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 lets 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 WEDDINGS CORPORATE PARTIES OPEN-AIR 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.' Contact us Email Follow us on social media @kimberleyhallnorfolk Kimberley Hall, Wymondham, NR18 0RT

I’ve worked at County Wedding Magazines for almost seven years now, and I’ve always admired the gorgeous venues, weddings and talented suppliers in East Anglia, so I’m really excited to introduce myself as the new editor. This year is flying by, and if you’re counting down the days until your wedding, don’t worry, it will be here before you know it! I love this time of year, partly because I adore spring nuptials but mainly because of the new wedding dress collections. I got married last year and so I know how stressful finding your dream dress can be. I’m short, curvy and very self-conscious, so I was dreading trying on gowns. I had no idea of what style I wanted, a fishtail made me feel like I couldn’t sit down without bursting out of it and a ballgown swamped me, but luckily my bridal consultant suggested an A-line silhouette, which suited my figure. If you’re looking for your dress and feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice available, make sure you listen to your consultant. They have years of experience and have helped brides of every shape and size find their dream gown, so they will know what looks good on you even if you don’t yourself. Lastly, don’t panic if you don’t have that overwhelming this is the one feeling, as I didn’t myself, just trust your gut and go for something that makes you feel beautiful, comfortable and confident. For more inspiration, head over to our fashion pages, which are full of stunning on-trend styles, including ruffled tulle, satin layers, lace and subtle pleats. If you’ve recently tied the knot or organised a styled shoot, you can submit it at or via Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Searching for the one ISSN 2052-0514 Your East Anglian Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & 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. EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 42 Florence and Harry opted for a summer celebration in a tipi. The experts at Suit Direct give their styling advice for the groom-to-be. 67 97Win a four-night break in Tuscany. ADVERTISING Account Manager Penny Potter | 01376 538 482 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Senior Editor Melissa Cullen | 01376 535 611 6

Local beauty experts offer their advice on how to look your big-day best. 86 The latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. Local photographers showcase their favourite images. 49 63 This season’s bridal dresses enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats. 37 9071 Katrice and James incorporated their love of sage green into their big-day styling at Holkham Hall. 59 Focusing on the overwhelming happiness that comes after the formalities of the day, this styled shoot at The Willow Tree is full of romantic inspiration. Sophie and Ed celebrated their country-themed wedding at Childerley surrounded by friends and family. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around East Anglia AWARD FINALIST Cheryl’s Flowers in Sudbury is a finalist for the ‘Best Customer Service’ award by Guides for Brides. “Being a florist is not just a service that I offer couples planning their wedding, it goes much deeper than that,” says owner Cheryl. “From the initial contact through to the big day, I help couples choose bouquets that complement their dresses and table designs. Together, we can choose seasonal flowers, as well as colours, tints, tones and shades that bring out the true beauty of flowers giving the wow factor they deserve to help create a memorable day!” Visit for more information. FOOD FOR THOUGHT Norfolk’s Bayfield Catering has won ‘Caterer of the Year East’ and ‘Caterer of the Year Overall Winner (UK)’ at the English Wedding Awards 2023. “Winning feels really strange, as it has taken a long time to get recognised,” says Emma Boubaker from Bayfield Catering. “There were so many people there, but when they called my name, it was amazing. We’re a small company, so it’s so nice to be recognised and appreciated as we work so hard.” Emma is the only chef at the company and is supported by girls from her village who have been working together for the last decade. Check out for more information. A SPECIAL OFFER Hintlesham Hall a 16th-century wedding venue in Ipswich, Suffolk, has launched a new special offer. Valid on weddings taking place between June and September 2023, it includes exclusive use of the property for 64 guests, two glasses of prosecco per person for the aperitif, a three-course wedding breakfast, two glasses of house wine each, a glass of prosecco for the toast, an evening buffet, accommodation in the 32 double bedrooms and breakfast for 64 residents. What’s more, the flowers, photographer, chair covers, post box, table plan, place cards and DJ are all included as well! The offer costs £16,950 and additional guests can be added if required. The Grade I listed manor house has also won the Hitched award for ‘Best Wedding Venue in Suffolk’, and has several beautiful wedding spaces for couples to choose from. For more information, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

AWARD-WINNING RELAXATION Suffolk-based wedding venue Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa has won ‘Best Boutique Spa’ at the Boutique Hotelier Awards and was shortlisted at the Professional Beauty Awards in the ‘Boutique Spa of The Year’ category. The judges of the award were particularly impressed that The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel had invested a significant amount of time and money into training its staff to offer a more diverse and inclusive treatment menu, such as the Wellness For Cancer Treatment Menu, while always maintaining the highest standard of service. Celebrating the award, Spa Manager Kate Lake, says: “We are thrilled to have won ‘Best Boutique Spa’, we truly believe in providing our guests the gold standard in spa experience, and our incredible team makes this possible. From the spa attendants to the receptionists and the therapists, right through to the marketing and management, the dedication and passion from the whole team makes The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel experience unforgettable. To be recognised for our work to become as inclusive as possible, including our Wellness for Cancer training and dedicated treatment menu, makes it even more special.” The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel was also chosen as one of only four luxury UK Spas to launch the new ESPA Modern Alchemy Rituals. Launched in collaboration with luxury product house ESPA, the exclusive body treatments will leave guests feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Discover more at NEW CELEBRANT ALERT Susan McGregor is a new celebrant based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. “One of my skills is in creative writing and being able to weave the beautiful story of couples together for their ceremony,” says Susan. “Everyone wants to feel special on their big day, and a relationship built between a couple and their celebrant will ensure that they feel that their story is at the forefront of everything that happens that day. A celebrant-led ceremony will be completely bespoke and unique. I’m also a seasoned presenter, I have further qualifications in speech and drama, and was a high school teacher of English for 10 years so I’m in a position to be able to offer couples a quality service for their special day. In addition, alongside my role as a celebrant I can also provide sessions for couples and families in presentation skills and/ or speech writing. I know, from years of experience, how many family members dread having to make a speech on the day and how that fear can be crippling for them, but with just a few one-to-one sessions, I can take that fear away, helping them prepare and present with confidence. I’m looking forward to meeting new couples, hearing their stories and working with them to create their wonderful ceremonies.” To find out more about Susan and her services, visit TIE THE KNOT OUTSIDE This year Hungarian Hall in Woodbridge, Suffolk, are launching several new outside areas where couples can tie the knot. These include under the large, ancient oak tree on the meadow, in front of the pond with water fountains in the background, or the Victorian Summerhouse. Hungarian Hall offer indoor wedding ceremonies for up to 170 people or outside for large, Asian weddings of 300 or more guests. All weddings held at Hungarian Hall will have exclusive use based on two-and-a-half-day hire. To find out more, visit 10

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DRINK IT ALL IN Cambridge Wine Merchants is celebrating its 30th birthday! The company’s motto is ‘we’re only as good as the last bottle we sold’, and it’s safe to say, they buy and sell wines with love, dedication and flair. It all started with one shop in Mill Road, Cambridge, and the team have never looked back. Still owned by Hal and Brett, they are now one of the biggest independent wine merchants in the country and continuing to expand. The only true way to find the perfect wine for your big day is to taste it, and that’s where Cambridge Wine Merchants come in. After a consultation to narrow things down, you can have a drink at their King’s Parade Store in Cambridge to find your favourite. With more than 1,000 wines, 200 gins and 400 whiskeys, there is plenty to chose from and something for everyone, and as long as you spend over £250, you’ll be able to get discounted prices. Get in touch with the wedding team on or visit for more information. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Parravanis, an ice cream business established in 1898, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Despite battling through several life-changing recessions, the brand has stood the test of time, and Parravani’s ice cream has been made in the same way, using the same recipes and traditional methods since 1898. Today, the business has a wide customer base stretching over Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. The team make a range of more than 30 premium ice creams, delicious sorbets and seasonal flavours for weddings and events, and offer commissioned recipe combinations and patisseries from hand-picked partners. General manager, Adrian Nichols, said: “We feel our success in reaching this incredible milestone is down to using local ingredients and traditional methods handed down through five generations, from 1898 when Giuseppe Parravani started it. Although we use modern equipment, which speeds up the ice cream-making process, the ingredients, methods, and recipes very much remain the same.” To celebrate this special milestone, Parravanis has released a limited edition strawberries and cream flavour, only available until the 30th September 2023, with home delivery available anywhere in the UK. Visit Parravani’s website for more information, HALF PRICE WEDDINGS! Chaucer Barn, set in the rolling hills of North Norfolk, is offering 2023 mid-week weddings at half price! Chaucer Barn is a traditional flint barn, built in 1836. The East wing is a contemporary conversion of the old flint milking parlour, featuring a two-story wall of glass which runs along the complete length of the west side in order to show off the stunning view over the main lawn, with it’s topiary pyramid forest and parkland with woodland behind. The tone of the award-winning Chaucer Barn is one of stylish informality, ranging from the cathedral-like space of the main hall to the contemporary chic of the pink sitting room. Filled with textiles and artefacts brought by the owner from far eastern travels. The layout is open plan, with many hidden corners for guests to relax. The conversion is a masterful juxtaposition of ancient and modern. When tying the knot here, Chaucer Barn’s prices include accommodation, sleeping up to 18 in the main building, plus the option to sleep another 10 to 20 in its five eco-lodges, nestled in the trees with a view over the magical stone circle valley. Head over to for more information. LOCAL NEWS 13

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUREASTANGLIAN.WEDDING TREAT YOUR GIRLS TO A CUPCAKE OR CHOCOLATE MAKING CLASS EriVica Cakes in Ipswich, Suffolk, is owned and managed by Terri and Karen. Terri has 20 years of experience in her field and has won several awards. The duo love to design and make every style of cake, from traditional celebration cakes to unusual sculpted creations. Each one is baked and finished on-site, using handcrafted sugar flowers and decorations specific to your design requirements. We’ve teamed up with EriVica Cakes to offer Your East Anglian Wedding readers an exclusive discount. EriVica Cakes offers a fun hen party class where you’ll learn various ways to decorate cupcakes, from piping buttercream swirls and flowers to making fondant decorations and using moulds and cutters. You will also discover how to colour icing and which piping bags and nozzles to use to get the effect that you want. You will each get six cupcakes to take home at the end of the session, two bottles of prosecco amongst other refreshments and an exclusive voucher to use at The Flying Guardsman, which is just down the road. Alternatively, if chocolate is more your thing, then you can choose the same offer but with a chocolate-making class instead. Usually priced at £400 for eight people, EriVica Cakes is offering our readers either class for £300! To claim this wonderful offer, email and mention the magazine. Valid until 31st May 2023. To find out more about EriVica Cakes and the hen party classes, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers WIN A PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BRIDAL SHOES The hunt for the perfect bridal shoe ends here with the chance to win the ultimate pair for your special day from Steve Madden. The shimmering Bridal Collection is not only amazing for brides but bridesmaids too, ensuring a picture-perfect look on the big day. For everyone who loves to shine you can choose from rose gold, silver, nude and white with finishes that include satin, rhinestone, leather and clear materials. If the shoe fits… be your own Cinderella! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a pair of bridal shoes to the value of £150 from For your chance to win enter online via our website Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

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. LONDON SUN 14 MAY | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN ESSEX

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 BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 10 SEP CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 24 SEP RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SURREY KENT EAST MIDLANDS SUN 1 OCT NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL SUN 12 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 15 OCT RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR SUN 22 OCT STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2EF SUN 22 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 29 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 1 OCT MULBERRY HOUSE Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, CM5 9NL SUN 8 OCT LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated

• 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 London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. 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 nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. 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. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Managing 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

NORTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE GRADUATE CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1RT 01223 259 988 | Graduate Cambridge rests in the heart of the city, but is tucked away just off Mill Lane on the banks of the River Cam, a stone’s throw from Scudamore’s punting. Modern and bold, the front exterior of the hotel stands out amongst the Gothic buildings the city is known for, while still maintaining Cambridge’s quirky charm. Guests can step through the front doors to be met with a space paying homage to its roots, relishing in the hotel’s quiet luxury and eclectic style. Following a complete interior renovation that includes all rooms, common spaces, fitness club and the pool, Graduate Cambridge’s interiors are made up of colour, patterns and textures that reflect the green surroundings of the pastoral English countryside. Guest rooms see splashes of ‘Cambridge Blue’, and key design details include wallpaper depicting school gates, striking wood and leather desks. The event spaces, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river, are light and bright, with bold design choices. Graduate Cambridge’s crowning glory is its Garden Terrace overlooking the River Cam. Guests can relax on comfy, classic chairs while enjoying the punts go by with a beer or cocktail from the Garden Bar. Blue and white striped parasols dot the garden, and across the river guests can look out at the green fields of Cambridgeshire where cows come to graze. Celebrate in style The riverside gardens are an intimate gathering space situated next to the River Cam, so couples can have an exquisite celebration while watching the punts glide by and the British countryside flourish. Alternatively, the River Suite provides an inspiring backdrop for the special day with views of the River Cam. Its striking floor-to-ceiling windows and access to the riverside garden make for a romantic wedding ceremony, reception, or banquet. Couples can say ‘I do’ in the Riverside Garden Gazebo while the punts glide by for a quintessentially Cambridge ceremony. The Cayley Suite is a romantic space overlooking the River Cam that opens directly onto the riverside garden and can be accessed through the Garden House bar. Receptions are held in a choice of six spaces, capable of accommodating between 220 and 40 people. We love... The venue’s river location and charming ceremony spaces. Spotlight on... NORTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE VENUES 21

Also check out… TRINITY HALL, CB2 1TJ 01223 764 444 | Dating back to 1350, Trinity Hall is one of the oldest Cambridge colleges. Set around a series of historic courtyards, the property boasts beautiful gardens, manicured lawns and fantastic river views. Trinity Hall welcomes wedding bookings during college vacations in the spring, summer and at Christmas. The college includes a wealth of historic buildings and interesting architectural features ranging from the Medieval period through to the present day. Celebrate in style Ceremonies and receptions are held in a variety of stunning historic rooms ranging from intimate to 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 views of Latham Lawn. It’s suitable for ceremonies for up to 90 people. 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 drinks and canapés. For a quintessentially Cambridge wedding, couples could arrive by chauffeured punt to be greeted by guests on the River Terrace or enjoy a mini-punting party with guests along the River Cam. For a classic summer wedding, traditional garden games on Latham Lawn with Champagne, Prosecco or Pimms can be organised. Following the drinks reception, enjoy the wedding breakfast in the Medieval Dining Hall (capacity 150), boasting a high-vaulted ceiling, impressive portrait collection and ornate historic features. As the celebrations continue into the night, the Crescent Room (capacity 150) 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. 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 from Sunday to Thursday. We love... 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 HAYCOCK MANOR, PE8 6JA 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. SWAVESEY WINDMILL, CB24 4QP 01954 232 247 Swavesey Windmill is situated in a glorious garden setting. Surrounded by beautiful lawns, trees, shrubs and a large pond with a picturesque fountain, there’s a white bridge that looks great in photos. The pond-side jetty is suitable for ceremonies and, at night, the whole area comes alive with festoon lights in the trees. THE OLD HALL ELY, CB7 5TR 01353 663 275 | Guests are sure to be impressed from the moment they arrive down the winding driveway and catch first sight of the Jacobean manor house and immaculate grounds. With 10 acres to explore, there’s plenty of picture-perfect spots for romantic photos. Step inside The Old Hall Ely and be prepared for plenty of stop-stare moments. HUNTINGDON TOWN HALL, PE29 3PJ 01480 411 883 Built in 1745, the beautifully restored Grade II* listed Georgian Town Hall is situated in the heart of Huntingdon on the historic Market Square. The building features authentic Georgian sash windows, and a first-floor balcony surrounded with floral displays in the summer. As a former courthouse, the building is full of character and original features. POETS HOUSE, CB7 4EY 01353 887 777 | Poets House is a charming hotel in the heart of historic Ely, perfect for leisure breaks, staycations, romantic breaks, conferences and weddings. Perfectly located, the property is just five minutes’ walk from the city centre and 100 yards from Ely Cathedral, one of the seven Medieval wonders of the world. KIMBOLTON CASTLE, PE28 0EA 01480 862 227 The earliest known castle in Kimbolton, the building has a fascinating history. Some of the Tudor details are still visible and one of the many outstanding features include a collection of fine Pellegrini murals. Approached by a winding tree-lined mall, the castle is set in 120 acres of parkland and fields, complete with a picturesque lake and pond. 22

The Haycock Suite, this iconic venue guarantees the grandest of arrivals and is ideal at keeping you and your wedding party together for the entire day. With its own private entrance featuring a traditional fireplace, stylish bar, high ceilings, original oak beams and enchanting garden, this is a space that captures hearts. Enjoy planning your wedding, from saying yes to the dress, choosing beautiful flowers, selecting a delectable menu, hiring a talented photographer and other elements that will make for a stunning day. Please contact or 01780 782223. Haycock Manor Hotel, Wansford - in - England, Peterborough PE8 6JA T: 01780 782223 | E: | Your Perfect Location TO SAY ‘1 DO’

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Making waves Celebrate your big day near the coast THORPENESS COUNTRY CLUB, IP16 4NU 01728 451 021 | Located just a stone’s throw from Suffolk’s pebble beach, Thorpeness Country Club was built over 100 years ago in 1912. Boasting not only superb sea views, but also day-long sunshine during the summer months thanks to its South-East facing position, it’s the only beach side wedding venue across the whole of Suffolk and Norfolk. Celebrate in style There are two ceremony options to choose from. The first is the sea view lawn, with views stretching down the coastline of Aldeburgh, it’s a real dream come true for those whose life-long wish is to wed outdoors. The second is the Tennis Room, located on the ground floor of the Country Club, with large double doors along the entire side of the building, allowing natural light to flood the room and a wonderful view of the flowerbeds. On the first floor of the Country Club is the Grand Ballroom, a beautiful spot in which wedding breakfasts and receptions take place. With space to seat up to 150 guests, it’s a truly charming room with lovely high ceilings, wooden beams draped in thousands of warm fairylights, and plenty of natural light with thanks to the large windows spanning the length of the room. The Grand Ballroom offers ample space to not only increase the evening reception by 50 guests, totalling up to 200 standing, it also provides room for a dancefloor and evening entertainment. There is a dedicated stage area ensuring a DJ or band are perfectly placed to entertain guests. There’s also a bar at the far end of the room, where there is space aplenty for any extra evening additions. We love... All Thorpeness Country Club’s wedding packages include exclusive hire of the venue, a night’s stay at Thorpeness Hotel, wedding tasting for two, venue furnishings and linen, as well as a dedicated venue wedding co-ordinator and team on the day. THE BOATHOUSE, NR29 3LP 01493 730 342 | Just a few miles from the coast and the popular seaside town of Yarmouth, The Boathouse is set in an idyllic spot on Norfolk’s Ormesby Broad. Offering a magical experience in a tranquil, picturesque location, guests can relax on the terrace and take in the stunning views while waiting for the couple to arrive for the ‘I dos’. Celebrate in style The ceremony room is a wonderfully light and airy space, big enough for up to 120 people. The sliding glass doors open onto the spacious terrace, and beside it, there’s a pretty wedding arbour where couples can take their vows. After tying the knot, proceed to the beautiful wedding breakfast and celebration rooms, a perfect blend of modern and classic styles, and enjoy a sit-down meal with loved ones. Between the two main rooms there’s the reception and private bar area, perfect for drinks and canapés, or head out to the decked terrace for an al fresco celebration. We love... The happy couple can arrive for the ceremony via boat, which looks great in photographs. 25 COASTAL VENUES

CALEY HALL HOTEL, PE36 6HH 01485 533 486 | Tastefully decorated and recently refurbished, Caley Hall Hotel is a must-see venue offering 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 Hotel offers 37 chalet-style bedrooms, a bar, lounge and restaurant. The patio areas are the perfect place for photos, and the beach at Old Hunstanton is only a 10-minute walk away. The wide-open space, beach huts and sand dunes offer a fabulous choice of album-worthy backdrops. Celebrate in style The happy couple can exchange vows and host their reception in the main restaurant with up to 80 guests and a further 50 for the evening celebration. Alternatively, The Old Barn, a magical space lit with fairylights, is ideal for intimate ceremonies with up to 40 friends and family. We love... The manor house which looks stunning in those all-important photographs. ISAACS ON THE QUAY, IP4 1AS 01473 284 000 | Isaacs On The Quay is a local landmark 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 charming setting for weddings. Some of the oldest parts are thought to date back to between 1430 and 1550, and there are original features throughout, including exposed beams and vaulted ceilings, with exhibits from the building’s industrious past on display. Celebrate in style Formally known as the Sale Room, stone steps lead into the timber-framed ceremony room. Once used for storing wool cloth for exporting, it’s now a magical place to tie the knot and celebrate afterwards. 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, is ideal for getting ready on the morning of the wedding, and there’s accommodation available for up to 14 guests with four double rooms and a romantic wedding suite. 26

Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR25 7RP 01263 740209 | | WEDDINGS • BOUTI UE STAYS • PRIVATE HIRE special occasion AT THE WINDMILL Your

Book your Wedding for 2024 at the Shire Hall Woodbridge Contact us via email: or telephone 01394 383599 The Shire Hall Market Hill Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4LP Photos: by  Historic 16th Century building  Grand stone steps entrance  64 seat guest capacity  Bluetooth soundbar  Disabled access  Wedding car parking  Great Wedding photos CONTACT CLAIRE 4 Church Street, Dereham, NR19 1DJ 01362 692037 Bright & Beautiful Flowers Having spent my life living in a busy city of Manila and London, my style is bold and ambitious. A combination of Metro and Cosmopolitan - now based in Kings Lynn but not limited to travel Sharmane Evia Everitt @xiarm

CLEY WINDMILL, NR25 7RP 01263 740 209 | Cley windmill is a local landmark on the North Norfolk coast. Surrounded by reeds and marshland with the sea in the distance, it’s an idyllic setting for those in search of an original big-day backdrop. With space for up to 22 in the 10 bedrooms, couples can take over the whole windmill. Celebrate in style Hold the ceremony in the round, beamed Dining Room, which is full of character with a charming fireplace, or in one of the many outdoor spaces including the decked area among the reeds. Dine afterwards and enjoy a cosy reception in the windmill or dance the night away in the marquee in the garden. We love... The gallery at the top of the tower, providing the ultimate photo opportunity with the windmill sails as the backdrop. THE ORWELL HOTEL, IP11 7DX 01394 285 511 | The Orwell Hotel is situated in the centre of Felixstowe beside the beauty of the Suffolk coast and countryside. Built in 1898, The Orwell Hotel boasts the grandeur of a Victorian building, and creates a stunning backdrop for those once in a lifetime photographs. With high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and oak-wood panelling, the interior provides a charming canvas for couples to add a personal touch to their day. In the warm seasons, the sun shines through the windows of the Garden Walk and when opening the double doors to the gardens, it becomes a delightful space for drinks receptions and celebrating with friends and family. Celebrate in style Ceremonies can take place in the Furneaux Suite; a hidden gem within the hotel, it’s the perfect space for up to 30 guests and provides an intimate but beautiful ceremony room. The Library provides a slightly larger ceremony room for up to 60 guests and comprises of dazzling chandeliers, a splendid piano and a backdrop of glass. The Elizabeth Suite oozes romance, with the option to have up to 275 loved ones at the ceremony, it boasts a contemporary design and bright, pastel colour scheme. We love... After the perfect wedding day, The Orwell Hotel offers a complimentary overnight stay for the newlyweds. 29 COASTAL VENUES

TITCHWELL MANOR HOTEL, PE31 8BB 01485 210 221 | Set just a stone’s throw from the beach and overlooking the sandy stretch of the North Norfolk coastline is the award-winning boutique hotel, Titchwell Manor. The 19th-century manor has been lovingly restored and extended, embracing contemporary chic with a coastal feel. The hotel boasts 28 individually designed bedrooms, including shepherd’s huts with sunken Jacuzzis and a tranquil countryside view; so wedding guests can retire to restful luxury on-site before reuniting for breakfast the following morning. Celebrate in style The manor has a choice of romantic settings to say ‘I do’ both inside and outside, such as the elegant Glasshouse Conservatory with twinkling fairylights and the secluded walled garden filled with seasonal blooms. Guests can expect an unforgettable dining experience as the hotel holds three AA rosettes for their food, as well as being featured in The Michelin Guide. Evening receptions take place in the Bar, which overlooks the stunning coastline. Guests can dance the night away with a signature cocktail in hand as they watch the spectacular sunset over the beach. We love... The venue is dog-friendly, meaning furry friends can join the celebrations. WOOD FARM BARN, NR34 7LJ 01502 675 029 | Wood Farm Barn is situated in its own 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 without destroying the magical atmosphere of this rural venue. This attractive early 19th-century barn is spacious and bright, with fullwidth steps leading up to the large picture window, allowing views of the rural landscape in which the barn is situated. Celebrate in style The couple have the choice of the ceremony being conducted in either of the two licensed buildings, the Main Barn or Annex Barn, and after the ‘I dos’, as this is a DIY venue, it’s up to the couple to decide where they would like the reception to be. We love... Many of the original features have been kept, and the open beamed ceiling exposes the charming thatch. 30


Brome Grange Hotel FOR MOMENTS THAT MATTER A RURAL RETREAT ON THE NORFOLK & SUFFOLK BORDER Wrapped up in 4 acres of grounds, you’ll be hidden away in the village of Brome. The Hotel, one of the best hotels Diss has to offer, is close to the Historical Market Town Centre of Eye. Whether you’re coming in for a well needed break or just a quick bed and breakfast stop off, our staff will go the extra mile to make sure your stay is enjoyable and comfortable. 01379 870 456 NORWICH ROAD, BROME, SUFFOLK, IP23 SAP