Your East Anglian Wedding - June/July 2023 (Issue 61)

HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Seasonal flowers PERFECT palette picks Al fresco weddings How to plan the perfect outdoor nuptials JUN/JUL 2023 £3.55 WIN! A diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 romance Tie the knot in a barn LOCAL WONDERS Stunning venues in South Norfolk RUSTIC


REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the area 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 61 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2023 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH NORFOLK Discover some of the best venues in the area 22 RENEWED IN NEWMARKET Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa provided the perfect setting for Danielle Harvey’s special stay 25 RUSTIC ROMANCE Tie the knot in a barn FEATURES 57 PERFECT PALETTE PICKS Florists share some of their favourite seasonal flowers 65 THERE’S MAGIC BETWEEN US After a long winter, a group of talented suppliers wanted to welcome the emergence of summer with a fresh, bright and clean aesthetic that radiates positivity 69 OPEN-AIR ‘I DOS’ We discuss how to plan an outdoor wedding, with help from East Anglia’s local professionals On the cover... This issue’s stunning cover was photographed by Sharon Cudworth Photography ( at Baddow Park House ( To see the full shoot and list of suppliers, turn to page 65. 57 69 3

REAL WEDDINGS 33 LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE Maite and Luke met online and years later tied the knot at Happy Valley Norfolk 39 WHEN LOVE JUST CLICKS Izzy and Andrew started off as friends but their bond grew until they realised they were perfect for each other 44 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER Emily and Craig opted for a blue and grey colour palette for their big day at The Garden Barn 51 I’LL ALWAYS FIND YOU Tracy and Neil met when they were teenagers, but slowly drifted apart until fate brought them back together HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The latest openings and must-see destinations 92 THE CITY OF LOVE Discover why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 96 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two FASHION & BEAUTY 72 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 73 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 79 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 84 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 86 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 33 51 GROOMS 88 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 89 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 44 39 4

Set on the edge of the stunning Ormesby Broad, The Boathouse offers a unique setting for your Wedding Ceremony or Celebration. The beautiful Wedding arbour overlooking the water provides one of the most romantic venues you and your guests will ever experience. THE BOATHOUSE Ormesby Broad, Eels Foot Road, Ormesby St. Michael, Norfolk NR29 3LP Telephone: 01493 730342 Email:

Hello everyone and welcome to another issue of Your East Anglian Wedding. As always, our June/July issue is full of inspiration, but my favourite part is the flowers feature. When I got married last year choosing the right florist was really important to me. I wanted flowers to tie in with our blush and sage green colour scheme, but also complement our barn venue. Despite working in the wedding industry for more than seven years, I’m ashamed to admit my knowledge of flowers isn’t great, so I needed a supplier who would be able to make suggestions and help us bring our vision to life. Whilst looking through social media, I happened to come across a stunning, oversized bouquet which was exactly what I wanted. We checked the company’s reviews online, confirmed availability for our day and discussed our vision with them. The team were fantastic and even suggested ways of helping us save money. Being able to discuss our vision in person made us feel confident about our decision, and I’d definitely recommend meeting your florists face-to-face if possible. The only thing I regret about my wedding flowers is not having them preserved afterwards. I attempted to do it at home using resin, and it was a complete disaster! If you have the budget to have your flowers preserved, I would highly recommend it. The day goes by in a flash, so you’ll love having something to look at regularly as a reminder of your special day. If you’re not sure what flowers or colour scheme to go for, head over to page 57 to see recommendations from local florists. Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Floral wonders 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 86Local fashion and beauty experts offer advice on how to look your big-day best. Discover what makes Paris such a wonderful honeymoon destination. 92 97Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100. 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

Tracy and Neil met when they were teenagers, but slowly drifted apart until fate brought them back together. 65 73 Emily and Craig opted for a blue and grey colour palette for their big day at The Garden Barn. 79 44 51 A group of talented suppliers wanted to welcome the emergence of summer with a fresh, bright and clean aesthetic that radiates positivity. 33 Maite and Luke met online and years later they tied the knot at Happy Valley Norfolk. The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses. Take inspiration from the movie release of Barbie with fun, flirty styles. 39 Izzy and Andrew started off as friends, but their bond grew until they realised they were perfect for each other. Check out our venues section to see some of the best properties in South Norfolk. 19 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region CONGRATULATIONS! The cream of the crop of businesses operating across Ely, Cambridgeshire, have been revealed as the winners for the exciting SME Ely Business Awards 2023 have been announced. The awards are a great opportunity to bring the thriving local business community together to celebrate their success and shine a spotlight on their achievements over the last 12 months. Businesses who won gold in their category will go on to compete for another trophy at the SME National Business Awards 2023 Final, held at the iconic Wembley Stadium later this year. Damian Cummins, the awards director, tells us: “In these challenging economic conditions, we are delighted to announce a list of determined and hardworking companies that showcase the best of Ely’s businesses.” To see the list of winners and find out more, please visit REST AND RELAXATION Launching from June until September, the Picnic & Pamper Spa Day at the Spa at Bedford Lodge, Suffolk, is the ideal afternoon treat this summer. The spa day includes full use of the heat experiences, including the hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, rooftop hot tub, a luxurious afternoon tea for two and the choice of a Mud Rasul Treatment or Dry Floatation. What’s more, couples will be able to enjoy a 65-minute power cleanse ritual, which consists of a full body brush and polish, foot ritual, and power cleanse facial including a warm oil scalp massage, and a branded tote bag and slippers to take home. Ideal for a minimoon or pre-wedding treat, the Picnic & Pamper Spa Day is priced from £175 per person and is available everyday of the week. For more information about the venue and spa day, visit TIME TO CELEBRATE The Grove, situated within four acres of glorious Norfolk countryside, won second place in the East of England Tourism Awards for ‘Small Hotel of the Year’. Nestled within acres of green woodland and only a short walk through the private woodland to the beach, there are plenty of romantic spots to explore and take photographs. You can choose The Grove for your whole celebration, from the marriage ceremony itself through to the very last dance or have your ceremony elsewhere and then let the team host your wedding breakfast and reception. “We are very proud to have won second place for Small Hotel of the Year,” says owners Richard and Chris. “This is an absolutely huge achievement as there are a lot of wonderful small hotels throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. To be chosen as a finalist is wonderful and to come second is amazing. We managed to treat a select few members of staff to a great evening out, as without them, we are nothing.” To find out more, visit Getty Images 9 LOCAL NEWS

PLANNED TO PERFECTION Haycock Manor Hotel is situated in the idyllic surroundings of Wansford within the glorious Cambridgeshire countryside. The City of Peterborough and the town of Stamford are both within eight miles of the hotel and are brimming with activities for friends, family and couples to enjoy. Positioned on the River Nene, this 16th-century coaching inn offers breath taking scenery and the finest of facilities. New for 2023, Haycock Manor Hotel is offering a Whirlwind Wedding Package. Based on 60 guests, the package includes room hire for the ceremony, white tablecloths and napkins, a red carpet, a cake stand and knife along with a dedicated wedding coordinator’s expertise throughout the planning process. What’s more, guests will also receive canapés, an arrival drink, half-a-bottle of wine with the meal, prosecco to toast, a three-course meal, and a buffet in the evening. Priced at £8K, the package has everything you need to plan the perfect day. T&C’s apply, bookings for 2023 only. Discover more at FUN IN THE SUN Graduate Cambridge has launched its beautiful garden on the banks of the River Cam. An idyllic spot for al fresco dining, its menu has been designed to delight guests with a selection of seasonal snacks, starters and large plates from the barbecue, great for sharing with friends on a sunny afternoon. Garden Bar, at the heart of the hotel, will offer a menu of summery spritzes or classic cocktails to be enjoyed in the sunshine or indoors on those milder evenings. For something a little sweeter, Garden House will be also offering an al fresco afternoon tea experience served in the riverside garden. The menu offers a selection of delectable sandwiches and sweet treats such as fruit cheesecake and Cambridge burnt cream tart alongside traditional teas by Canton Teas – perfect for a pre-wedding celebration. Check out for more information. GLORIOUS COUNTRYSIDE Boasting plenty of character and hidden surprises, Dixie is a new repurposed horse box set in a wonderful wild flower meadow in Norfolk. Complete with a beautifully-crafted bathroom, king-size bed and decking with views over the rolling countryside, it makes a fantastic place for a pre-wedding getaway or relaxing mini-moon. Dixie is made up of three parts; the main horsebox, which is home to the living area, an undercover top deck attached to the horsebox and a separate bathroom. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge-freezer, four hob grill and oven and a large Belfast sink providing everything you need for cooking up a storm. Dixie is also complete with different lighting options, USB sockets and a Bluetooth sound system. Set to one side of the lorry is the large bathroom. The sink is its own work of art, crafted from a slab of yew with a stone sink held up by twisted ivy lengths. Head over to for more information. AWARD-WINNING FLOWERS Located in the beautiful countryside of Sandringham, Norfolk, Alison Mortlock offers floral designs for all occasions using naturally grown materials from the gardens of Norfolk. Albert Rose Floral Design is the latest recipient of the ‘Award of Excellence for Florist of the Year 2023’ from South East Star – congratulations! “Flowers have always been a real passion so in many ways being able to work with them every day is the fulfilment of a dream and something I find very rewarding,” adds Alison. “It also gives me a real outlet for my natural creative flair, creating different styles and designs to meet the individual requirements of my customers.” Through 2023, Alison will focus on Feng Shui and its links to floral designs/plants around the home and the corporate office, helping to use the beauty of nature to improve and enhance harmonious energies. Visit for more information. 10 | 07580 355184 For All Occasions Ely. Cambridgeshire BESPOKE BRIDE & GROOM WEDDING CAKE TOPPERS ALSO AVAILABLE HEACHAM MANOR HOTEL, HUNSTANTON ROAD, HEACHAM, NORFOLK PE31 7JX ON WINTER WEDDINGS 2023/2024 Book your wedding for a Sunday or Thursday between 1st November 2023 - 31st March 2024 and save £1000! SAVE £1000! Terms and conditions apply. Minimum 50 Guests for Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast required. Excludes ceremony and reception only weddings. More info at To arrange a viewing or to speak to our team please call 01485 536030 or email PLEASE QUOTE REF: East22 OUR BEAUTIFUL VENUE. Your Special Day. HM WEDDING OFFER EAST ANGLIAN WEDDINGS HALF SEPT22.indd 1 21/10/2022 16:49

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 We love wine and would love to help you pick wines for your special day. With 30 years’ experience of supplying events: with hundreds of weddings, tastings, formal balls, university events all under our belt, we can perfectly match your wine and food menu. WE OFFER: •Free consultation with a wine specialist•Free tasting •Free glass loan*•Delivery Nationwide•Design your own label for our House Champagne*•Over 1000 wines, 400 whisky’s and over 100 gins to choose from•Wholesale pricing on wine, spirits and soft drinks•Return up to 25% of your order GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR WEDDING TEAM ON: 01223 309309 or email: WWW.CAMBRIDGEWINE.COM 2 KINGS PARADE, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1SJ *terms and conditions apply THE EAST ANGLIAN WEDDING WINE SPECIALISTS

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUREASTANGLIAN.WEDDING/GIVEAWAYS A BESPOKE CEREMONY There are several things that you’ll want to go well to ensure your wedding day is extra special. The first is the ceremony itself, the event that sets the tone and atmosphere for the day. By booking a celebrant, you will be able to create a personalised and fully bespoke service. The second is the speeches. These will mark your event and give you and your guests memories to share for years to come. We know how stressful it can be creating a speech and that’s where Susan McGregor Celebrant excels. Susan is a celebrant, trained speaker, and a seasoned presenter. She has a background in English, drama, and teaching, with the skills to build your confidence allowing you to deliver your speech without fear on the day. Exclusively for Your East Anglian Wedding, Susan is offering a 10 per cent reduction when you book her as your celebrant, and she will also add her Presenting Support Package, worth £150, for free when you mention the magazine. Email and quote Your East Anglian Wedding to claim this wonderful offer. Offer ends 31st July 2023. Further details of the packages can be found on Susan’s website, Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 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. 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 our website WORK WITH US SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER BERKS, BUCKS & OXON EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR

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Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 29TH 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, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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 BENACRE, BECCLES, SUFFOLK NR34 7LJ — SUFFOLK —

SOUTH NORFOLK KIMBERLEY HALL, NR18 0RS 01603 759 447 | A romantic Queen Anne house built in 1712, Kimberley Hall offers breathtaking views of a vast lake and private park designed by Capability Brown. The house is distinguished by a classical redbrick façade and a symphony of colour when illuminated at night. It boasts central pediments, curved colonnades, wings, turrets, and architectural features that provide it with its unique character. When choosing this big-day venue, you will benefit from a wine and food tasting, a choice of caterers, in-house 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. Celebrate in style The Music Room, where the wedding ceremony traditionally takes place, is a light and elegant space with historic plaster work that connects onward to the garden via a beautiful spiral staircase capped by a coffered dome. The garden may be accessed via a hexagonal room adjacent to the Music Room that links to the stylish West Wing entertainment space via a spacious curved colonnade and contemporary bar. Your ceremony may also take place as a duo ceremony on the rear manicured lawn. Multiple options exist for the reception, both inside and outside on the terraced garden among the yew trees overlooking the historic park with its romantic lake and ancient oaks. If your numbers exceed the maximum capacity of the West Wing, then a marquee can be hired amongst the ancient yew trees in the rear garden. We love... New for 2023 is an underground nightclub with vaulted rooms in the cellars with a late licence to go beyond midnight. Spotlight on... SOUTH NORFOLK VENUES 19

APPLEWOOD HALL, NR16 2HE 01953 715 319 | Nestled in the quaint village of Banham in Norfolk, Applewood Hall is conveniently located next to the award-winning Banham Zoo and Applewood Countryside Park, providing glamping accommodation and a special attraction for those in search of a wedding day with a difference. Celebrate in style Your guests will be impressed as they enter the marquee lined hall, a blank canvas venue with stunning chandeliers and a starlight canopy. This spacious hall can seat up to 200 guests, has a central dancefloor, a stage and a fully-stocked licensed bar all in one place. The hall has access to a modern ceremony room that can seat up to 90 guests, and comes with lime wash Chivari chairs, colour changing downlighters and fairylights. After saying ‘I do’, there is a landscaped garden providing an idyllic setting for your photographer, with rattan furniture, a decorative gazebo and festoon lighting, along with being fully enclosed, it lends itself perfectly to private al fresco reception drinks, canapés, garden games and outdoor ceremonies. We love... Couples will receive a complimentary three-course wedding breakfast tasting and priority on the glamping accommodation. GLEN LODGE, NR9 3LU 01603 740 404 | Glen Lodge is a neutrally-decorated venue filled with natural light that lends itself to any theme or colour scheme. The outside decking is one of the venue’s focal points, overlooking the Bawburgh Golf Course and Yare Valley, it’s ideal for outdoor ceremonies and photographs. The Bridal Suite is a romantic setting with countryside views, a freestanding bath, a four-poster bed and a private outdoor hot tub. It’s the perfect place to relax with a glass of champagne under the stars after your special day. All of the catering at Glen Lodge is provided by the in-house team, who aim to offer a vast selection of high-quality food. Celebrate in style Those of you looking for an outdoor ceremony can say your vows under the veranda (weather permitting). With stunning wooden beams, a stone feature wall and rustic wooden floors, the Barnard Suite is a blank canvas, with endless possibilities for you to dress it in your desired colours and decorations. The room has a bar stocking a wide variety of drinks and air conditioning for the summer months. The room has an optional partitioning wall, so you can separate the space if required. Leading off from the Barnard Suite is the conservatory area, this is ideal for guests who want to take a quiet moment away from the dancefloor or for you to display sweet tables, photo booths and present tables. We love... Alongside the bridal suite, there are four double rooms for your guests to stay in, these can be made into twin rooms or have an additional child bed or cot added for families. 20

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. 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 @kimberleyhallnorfolk Email Follow us on social media '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.' THE VENUE FOR ALL SEASONS Kimberley Hall, Wymondham, NR18 0RT Contact us

My husband and I were keen to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary with a romantic night away. We go away every year, even for a night, to reconnect, reflect and look forward to the year ahead – and this year was no exception. In the heart of Suffolk, the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is a four AA red star hotel nestled in three acres of manicured gardens in Newmarket, the ancestral home of British horseracing. We’d popped in to the town prior to our arrival, and it was hard to believe that mere minutes down the road was a serene hotel setting. On approach, the pretty white building flanked by a grand driveway, shrubbery and trees was certainly smile-inducing, it felt in the middle of nowhere. Offering luxury throughout, the hotel has seamlessly combined the old and the new, modern extensions and sumptuous aesthetics are sympathetic to its Georgian 18th-century beginnings. Standing in reception, stylish yet welcoming, the friendly staff gave us such a warm welcome that I immediately felt relaxed and ready to enjoy the stay… THE SUITE SPOT Heading through the hotel to find our little haven for the night, we ended up outside the Mews; a two-story building adjacent to the hotel – by only a few steps – it comes with its own parking space and views over the neighbouring famous trainer’s yard. The luxury Mews comprises of one executive suite, two superior rooms and a private dining area, perfect for groups. The exclusivity of it certainly got the excitement going to see what delights were in our room. With an upmarket home from home feel, our huge Executive Suite certainly didn’t disappoint with a resounding ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ upon opening the door. The staff had attentively left a welcome gift for our anniversary which made us feel super-special. The room was elegant, charming and welcoming, with more space than we could need; as was the bed, we laughed how it took a couple of rolls to meet in the middle! All bedrooms have been fitted with many deluxe flourishes including Bose speakers and a Nespresso coffee machine, and the Executive Suite also features an elegant free-standing bath, a walk-in rainfall shower and grand double sink – happy anniversary indeed! Normally we’d check in to a hotel, dump our bags and head out exploring but we were both so taken with the room we said let’s make the most of it, which says it all. TO DINE FOR The only thing that would’ve dragged us away from our suite that day was the excitement of dinner! Both complete foodies, we’d been thinking about dining in the hotel’s two AA Rosette restaurant since the morning. The award-winning Squires Restaurant has become a renowned destination; providing a modern culinary experience, the artistic décor, sumptuous furnishings and mood lighting provided the ideal ambience for such a special occasion. Casting an eye over the menu was a delight, everything was jumping out ‘eat me, eat me’: pork belly, oysters, smoked haddock, pigeon wellington, pumpkin tortellini, Herdwick Hogget, Chateaubriand ‒ the choice was certainly tantalising those tastebuds. Using only the finest seasonal ingredients, and wherever possible sourced locally within a 50-mile radius of the hotel, we picked for starters the pork belly bao and line caught mackerel, followed by Sutton hoo chicken and poached plaice. My ever-so professional analysis of food that I love is when every mouthful is an absolute explosion of flavour, and that I’m silent immersed in the meal except for reinforcing ‘yummy’ noises. We both agreed, it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had, and we’ve been lucky to have eaten in some rather lovely places. Our waitress was a true delight, even asking the kitchen to add a special ‘Happy Anniversary’ message to our dessert plate, her whole demeanour contributed to the pleasant evening. A toast to us, with our chosen cocktails, we spent some time enjoying the atmosphere of the restaurant before retreating to the Mews! SOME TLC For that extra piece of luxury, the 5-bubble-rated award-winning spa sits adjacent to the hotel, boasting a rooftop hot tub, hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, and experiential showers. The Spa also offers an extensive spa menu including massage, nails, Mii tanning and advanced facial treatments and more across 10 treatment rooms. What’s more, it can adapt treatments to suit all guests, offering a select menu to support Wellness for Cancer and spa clientele. Not only boasting luxury facilities there’s also an impressive Spa Lounge where guests can relax with a glass of fizz or favourite book on comfy loungers ‒ there’s also healthy (and indulgent!) food and beverages to enjoy in-between treatments! The hotel itself also provides its own health and fitness club for staying guests, featuring a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment and the latest cardio and resistance training apparatus. Fully air-conditioned, the gym has a large flat screen TV and superb sound system. After a vigorous workout, you can take a swim in the tranquil 15-metre pool or relax in the spa bath, sauna and steam room. My hubby and I did take a look at the facilities, with every good intention of making use of them ‒ I packed my gym gear honest! ‒ but after mustering up just enough energy to wake up and enjoy our divine but hearty breakfast there just really wasn’t the motivation for a workout! But, my fitness instructor spouse said it looked like a really good gym so there’s an endorsement for you! We’ll be back! Call 0800 6522 991 to book or visit NEWMARKET Renewed in Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa provided the perfect setting for editor Danielle Harvey’s special stay 22

HIGH LODGE, IP17 3QT 01986 784 347 | Set in 80 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, High Lodge offers exclusive use to couples and their guests for the big day. Located between Aldeburgh and Southwold, just three miles from the Suffolk coastal village of Dunwich, it’s a destination hotspot – perfect for those of you looking to extend your celebration to explore all the area has to offer. There are also traditional, luxury holiday lodges set in tranquil woodland that are available for weekend-long weddings. Celebrate in style You can host your whole day in the versatile Champion Suite, a bright and airy function space with a private bar and garden area that’s perfect for intimate weddings or grand celebrations of up to 300 guests. We love... The venue’s dedicated team will work with you to help you create your dream wedding. THE BOATHOUSE, NR29 3LP 01493 730 342 | The Boathouse is just a few miles from the coast and the popular seaside town of Yarmouth. It’s set in an idyllic spot on Norfolk’s Ormesby Broad, a picturesque location where your guests can relax on the terrace and take in the stunning views while waiting for you to arrive for the ‘I dos’. Celebrate in style Wonderfully light and airy, The Ceremony Room is 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 you can say your vows. After tying the knot, you will proceed to the beautiful wedding breakfast and celebration rooms, a perfect blend of modern and classic styles, and enjoy a sit-down meal with your loved ones. Between the two main rooms is a reception and private bar area, ideal for drinks and canapés. Alternatively, you and your guests can head out to the decked terrace for an al fresco celebration. We love... You can arrive at the ceremony via a boat, which looks great in those all-important photographs. 23 SOUTH NORFOLK VENUES

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 the barn BY FIELDS Brand new hire space in East Bergholt, Suffolk. Incredible countryside views, with the most colourful sunsets. Romantically rustic, perfect for creating your bespoke special day. Call: 07442 837688 Email: Check us out at or on sizzlerbarbecuecaterers Take a look at our great reviews and photos too! HIGH QUALITY BBQ CATERING ~ to suit your individual requirements ~ We only use TOP QUALITY TOP QUALITY, FRESH butcher’s meat and produce for all of our events. Contact us on 07746 701413 07746 701413 or email

Rustic romance Tie the knot in a barn CURDS HALL BARN, NR19 2RQ 07377 138 882 | Curds Hall Barn is set within 12 acres of parkland and arable fields and surrounded by uninterrupted views of the Norfolk countryside. The 17th-century venue is made up of two conjoined rooms: The Main Barn is light and airy, with whitewashed walls showcasing unique chequered brick and flintwork, high vaulted ceilings with original beams and contemporary lighting. While the Woodshed provides a contrasting space with its darker wood cladding and atmospheric lighting – the perfect blank canvas for a romantic and intimate wedding breakfast. Festoon lighting and a firepit outside the main entrance create a welcoming atmosphere in the evening and a great space for food trucks to pull up. Celebrate in style Ceremonies for up to 120 loved ones can take place in The Main Barn, as previously described it’s a bright room with huge, glazed doors and underfloor heating. The Woodshed, a contrasting setting to the Main Barn, has room for 120 guests and boasts dark wood-clad walls, upright beams marking a natural aisle down the centre of the room and it can be dressed in swags of fabric or fairylights to create a magical feel. For al fresco nuptials, you can tie the knot under the Old Oak Tree, positioned on the edge of the woodland, or outside on the lawn to the rear of the barn with stunning uninterrupted views of the Norfolk countryside. It has an adjoining open-fronted Cartshed with beautiful original brickwork and upright beams which can be decorated. Post-vows, wedding breakfasts and receptions can take place in the Woodshed, which has long rustic dining tables and limewashed Chivari chairs and can host an evening reception for up to 200 guests with ample space for a band and dancefloor. Long rustic dining tables can fill the length of The Main Barn for banquet-style dining. Alternatively, this space is used for an evening reception for up to 200 people with a bar in the same room as the dancefloor and access to the loft area – the perfect space for a snug breakout area. We love... When tying the knot here, you will have access to a dedicated wedding coordinator and, although Curds Hall Barn is a dry hire venue, it can provide many of the services needed, such as heating, lighting, tables and chairs, lavatories, a PA system and a staffed bar, leaving you to focus on the elements that you enjoy putting together. 25 BARN VENUES

ELMS BARN, NR34 0EJ 01502 678 139 | If you’re dreaming of a quintessential English country wedding, this stunning venue is sure to tick the box. Built using traditional Norfolk red brick, the 17th-century barn is full of character with oak beams and traditional loft windows. It links to an elegant marquee, ideal for hosting your post-vows drinks reception. The picture-perfect setting features a romantic rose garden, flowers and lily ponds. The large patio area with bay trees is perfect for relaxing in the sunshine, enjoying drinks and a gourmet barbecue. There’s a meadow for playing outdoor games too and a woodland walk. Celebrate in style You can marry in the barn by candlelight or outside in the rose gardens of the beautiful Queen Anne house with up to 120 guests. With the rose walk as your aisle and your loved ones seated on the lawns, it’s an idyllic setting. Post-vows, toast your new married status and enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast in the barn and elegant marquee followed by an evening reception with 200 of your friends and family. We love... The venue offers a magical country retreat, with accommodation available so you can host your celebration over three days. BRUISYARD BARN, IP17 2EJ 01728 639 000 | Tucked away in the Suffolk countryside, the 17th-century barn at Bruisyard is one of the region’s treasures. Set in the heart of the country estate, wooden beams crisscross the high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling double doors allow natural light to flood in. Celebrate in style The Banqueting Hall, Medieval Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery can accommodate 140 people for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. You can tie the knot inside the barn or outside. With a mix of formal and informal gardens in more than 700 acres of grounds, there’s a wealth of romantic spots and great photo opportunities to choose from. Celebrate in style afterwards and party the night away in the Banqueting Hall with up to 200 loved ones. We love... The five-star accommodation available at Bruisyard Hall is just a short walk from the barn and is perfect for those of you looking to extend the celebrations. 26

BRESSINGHAM HALL & HIGH BARN, IP22 2AA 01379 320 340 | The High Barn at Bressingham Hall is a breathtaking space, perfect for both ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. The impressive traditional brick and stone building has a wooden frame with exposed beams and high ceilings. Beautifully renovated, it’s a romantic big-day backdrop, full of character with contemporary finishing touches to complement its authentic charm. Celebrate in style You can say ‘I do’ inside the High Barn with up to 120 guests or outside in the courtyard or gardens. The world-renowned gardens are what really set this Norfolk gem apart, spanning 17 acres, they’re bursting with colour, plants, trees and water features, providing a wealth of great photo opportunities. Outside the front of the barn is a sunny spacious courtyard landscaped in soft romantic hues, ideal for confetti, sparkler shots, drinks and canapés. Behind the building lies the secret walled garden, with paths and a lawn lined with buddleia and lavender plants – the perfect spot for enjoying the venue’s in-house garden games. Host your wedding reception either in the barn with up to 80 loved ones, or for larger affairs, the Rozanne Room can seat up to 150 family and friends and receptions for as many as 250 can be accommodated. We love... You can enjoy exclusive use of the rare vintage gallopers at sunset at the neighbouring Bressingham Steam Museum, just a couple of minutes walk away from the barn. 27 BARN VENUES Also check out… THE MANOR BARN, CB23 1EY 01223 264 675 | Set in glorious Cambridgeshire countryside, the 400-year-old Grade II listed building was built in a traditional wooden style. Licensed for ceremonies, you can tie the knot inside under a canopy of fairylights or in the courtyard with its paved patio and oak feature stable doors. There’s a grassed area, water feature, seating and a firepit, great for snuggling around when the sun goes down. Host your wedding breakfast and evening reception in the Main Barn with up to 200 loved ones. With rustic beams, a stage and PA system for music, the barn provides the perfect place to party. WOOD FARM BARN, NR34 7LJ 01502 675 029 | Wood Farm Barn is surrounded by a rural landscape in an Area of Outstanding Beauty. The main barn and annexe barn are surrounded by thatched outbuildings, a walled garden, a natural pond and a tree-lined avenue offering lots of opportunities to capture 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. HAUGHLEY PARK BARN, IP14 3JY 01359 240 701 | This privately owned country estate in the heart of Suffolk is a must-see for newlyweds-to-be. Surrounded by 250 acres of glorious parkland, prepare to be wowed as you arrive down the sweeping driveway to catch your first glimpse of the landscaped gardens and charming Jacobean manor house. Within the well-kept grounds, you’ll find the Grade II listed barn. More than 400 years old, with original oak beams and exposed brickwork, it has been lovingly renovated to provide a flexible space for weddings while retaining its traditional character and charm. THE OCTAGON BARN, NR13 5EL 07469 852 899 | This Norfolk gem is set in its own garden with a gravel courtyard at the front; the redbrick Grade II listed barn boasts a vaulted ceiling made with North American pitch pine, thought to date back around 300 years. The walkway down to the gardens is great for photos and the parkland beyond provides a picturesque backdrop throughout the changing seasons. Although not currently licensed for ceremonies, you can host your wedding breakfast here.

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’

Fynn Valley Terrace Weddings the setting for a wedding to remember.... The oak-beamed Terrace opened in Autumn 2018 and has panoramic windows overlooking the golf course and surrounding countryside, complemented by extensive outside terrace and bi- fold doors to bring the outside inside. Every wedding day is individual and no one package suits all. We work with you to build your perfect day to suit your own tastes and requirements, Also offering on-site accomodation, 5 star luxury lodges to make your special day even more memorable. Our expert wedding planners can help you every step of the way to ensure your day is seamless perfection in our fabulous new facility. Licensed for civil ceremonies, with outside ceremonies an option. Book in for a no-obligation show-round today! 01473 785267

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