Your East Anglian Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 62)

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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 the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 57 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2023 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH SUFFOLK Discover some of the best venues in the area 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS Tie the knot in a venue with picturesque grounds FEATURES 53 WE LOVE TO BOOGIE Meet local musicians and entertainers 61 CLASSIC LUXURY Inspired to create a simple, luxurious shoot with leafy green and white flowers, a team of local suppliers worked together to create this stunning set of images at The Venue at Fulbourn Lodge 65 SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND The latest trends designed to leave you feeling and looking your big-day best On the cover... This issue’s cover was photographed by Weddings by Alexandra Arlett ( at the charming The Venue at Fulbourn Lodge ( To see the full shoot and list of suppliers, turn to page 61. 65 25 3

REAL WEDDINGS 35 MEANT TO BE Charlotte and Ben met through mutual friends and years later tied the knot at All Manor of Events in Ipswich 40 BOHO ROMANCE Samantha and Justin celebrated their big day with a festival theme at Oak Lodge Glamping 47 BEE MINE Chloe and Paul incorporated their love of bees into their big day at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 94 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 96 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks FASHION & BEAUTY 70 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 76 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 77 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 82 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 84 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 40 35 GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 88 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film 47 92 4

Hadleigh Guildhall provides Wedding options rich in diversity. Your special day can be small and cosy in the medieval rooms, or a much larger celebration in the Victorian Grand hall. A ceremony overlooking one of the most unique clusters of architecture in the country, followed by a reception flowing between the prestigious Guildroom and the prettiest of walled gardens. Catering can be traditional with silver service and velvet chairs in the beamed Old Town Hall, or relax with fairy lights and street food, it couldn’t be easier. Hadleigh Guildhall provides a back drop to endless possibilities, and being charity run, provides one of the best value for money Wedding venue options in Suffolk. Booking Clerk, Veronica Morris | | 01473 822544 HADLEIGH GUILDHALL Home to the © Steve Mulvey Photography Marry. Celebrate. Meet. Dragon Hall is a magnificent 15th century trading hall and courtyard garden located in the heart of Norwich. Blending historic detail with sleek, contemporary touches, it’s a stunning creative canvas for weddings, parties, and important events. Fully licensed for marriages and civil partnerships, Dragon Hall is the perfect all-inone wedding venue for your special day. We are also happy to host just your evening reception. To arrange a viewing please email our team: Find out more

Whether you’re a regular reader or newly engaged, congratulations and welcome to our August/ September issue! It’s been a wonderful year for weddings so far, and the team here at Your East Anglian Wedding have adored seeing all of your romantic love stories and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store. Think of us as your new BFF when it comes to wedding planning. We’re here to support you through every aspect of the day and have put together an issue bursting with inspiration. Our fashion section is full of the latest trends for the whole wedding party, we’ve interviewed local musicians and entertainers and put together a beauty feature to help you look your big day best! If you’re still looking for a venue, don’t despair, we’ve rounded up properties in North Suffolk and some of the best al fresco options in the region. We’ve also asked local experts for their advice on all things wedding on page 57, so there’s plenty to help you plan the day of your dreams. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Summer loving 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 61 Inspired to create a simple, luxurious shoot with leafy green and white flowers, a team of local suppliers worked together to bring their vision to life in this stunning set of images at The Venue at Fulbourn Lodge. Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand. 97 47 9 Chloe and Paul opted for a wildflower and pastel theme for their big day at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa. 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 See all the latest news from across the region. 6

Our beauty editor chats to Sophie Stonehouse about body positivity, self-love, and flawless skin. 40 25 Real wedding couple, Charlotte and Ben met through mutual friends and years later tied the knot at All Manor of Events. 87 35 82 Samantha and Justin celebrated their big day with a festival theme at Oak Lodge Glamping. 71 Looking for a wedding dress with barely-there detail? Check out our illusion fashion feature. The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be. Looking for a venue with a glorious garden for your big-day photos? Check out our feature full of al fresco wonders. 84 Local fashion and beauty experts offer advice on how to look your big day best. Peace and tranquillity await honeymooners at Galgorm in Northern Ireland. 94 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region NEW COLLECTION ALERT! Richard Designs in Cambridgeshire has unveiled a new bridal collection. The family-owned and run business was founded more than 30 years ago, and in that time, has grown to become one of the leading designers and manufacturers of bridal accessories in the UK, with stockists worldwide. “The new collection includes handmade veils, headpieces and bridal gowns,” says the team at Richard Designs. “We strive to offer bridal stockists a wide selection of products to suit a range of brides. Whether it’s something unique, such as a black veil or a more traditional classic look, we’ve got them covered.” Visit for more information. CONGRATULATIONS The Muddy Stilettos Awards have announced its winners for 2023. The awards celebrate small independent lifestyle companies across the country and, for a decade, have helped promote local businesses and high streets by championing originality, creativity and quality. This year 77,000 businesses were nominated and 800,000 votes were cast. The winners included Lisa and Neil Wedding Photography ( for ‘Best Wedding Photographer’, Hockwold Hall ( won ‘Best Wedding Venue’ and Adella Bridal Atelier ( was named ‘Best Bridal Store’. To see the full list of winners, please visit the website FOOD FOR THOUGHT Award-winning bar and restaurant The Botanist in Ipswich has announced a new food and drink menu. Ideal for a pre-wedding date night, couples can expect fresh seasonal flavours, lighter and brighter dishes, botanyinspired cocktails, as well as updates to its signature hanging kebabs. Vegetarian and vegan diners can choose from a growing menu of options, with almost half of the dishes being vegetarian and a third now suitable for vegans. Executive chef at The Botanist, James Scott, said: “As a chef, it’s amazing to work with vibrant ingredients, and we’ve brought lighter and brighter elements to this new menu, whilst working hard to make our classic signature dishes even more impressive. To make 30 per cent of the menu vegan, we put the same level of creativity, care, and detail into plant-based dishes as we have with the rest of the menu. It’s important to us that this offering reflects the quality and flavour our guests have come to know and love when visiting our restaurants.” Discover more at Getty Images A MUST-SEE SHOWCASE Events Under Canvas Ltd is hosting its bi-annual wedding showcase on the 14th and 15th of October 2023 at Capel St Mary, Suffolk. “This year, we have gone big by adding our new awe-inspiring Big Apple Sailcloth Tent, a magnificent double pole tent set up alongside a medium Sailcloth Tent, three tipis and Kung set up as well numerous other smaller tents all filled with our favourite suppliers to give the whole event that wedding day feel,” says the team at Events Under Canvas Ltd. “If you’re looking to get married and thinking of using a tipi, sailcloth or stretch tent at your venue, please come along. It’s free, and the team will be on hand to answer any questions.” Doors are open between 11am and 3pm. To find out more, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

BRIDAL BEAUTY Silver Stream MUA has launched inside the salon at the Wensum Valley Hotel in Taverham. Ellen Reynolds, the owner of Silverstream Beauty, is a make-up consultant, dermatological skin specialist and massage and spa therapist who has been offering tailored treatments at the salon since May 2022. As well as seven years of experience in the beauty sector, Ellen has undergone advanced training in bridal make-up to expand her knowledge and deliver the highest level of service to brides. Ellen added: “As a creative person, I’ve developed a natural flair and passion for make-up, creating looks customers could only dream of! Your every relaxation and beauty need can be catered for here at the salon, including hair, aesthetics, lashes, pamper treatments and, of course, bridal or occasion make-up.” Head over to to find out more. REST AND RELAXATION Newmarket’s multi-award-winning The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel has announced its 10th anniversary. For a decade, The Spa has been a sanctuary of tranquillity with experiences for both Suffolk locals and the wider county’s visitors. Nestled within the idyllic surroundings of the former Georgian hunting lodge of Bedford Lodge Hotel, The Spa has become a leading spa destination in the UK. Guests can enjoy spa breaks, spa days and evenings; with something for even the most discerning of guests, including 10 beautiful treatment rooms, one couple’s suite, along with extensive spa facilities. These include the iconic hydrotherapy pool, relaxation room, steam room, sauna, dry flotation, experiential showers, and rooftop hot tub. Spa manager, Kate Lake, explains how the spa world has changed in the last decade: “In the 10 years since The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel opened, the UK spa industry has undergone a remarkable transformation responding to changing demands and expectations of discerning spa lovers. As the world becomes more conscious of health, sustainability and self-care, spas have adapted to embrace organic and natural products, prioritising well-being, addressing menopause concerns, and catering more to male clients. So much more than simply a beautiful destination to enjoy the steam and a massage, spas are now seen as a haven for holistic wellness and self-care.” Visit for more information. JEWEL OF THE AISLE Adella Bridal Atelier, based in the stately Ketteringham Hall in Norwich, recently unveiled its new Accessories Hall. With 10 years of fashion industry experience in tow, founder Amy King and the Adella Bridal Atelier team have carved out a charming space for their brand within the industry. Stocking the likes of Vera Wang Bride, Jesus Peiro, Theia Couture, Madison James and MiaLavi, alongside accessories from Arianna Bespoke, Freya Rose London and Rainbow Club, Adella Bridal Atelier purposefully only works alongside designers that offer customisation options. With exclusive use of Adella Bridal Atelier offered to every bride that steps through Ketteringham’s historic doors, Adella’s Accessories Hall not only gives brides more space but promises to heighten the shopping experience. Brides-to-be can choose from shimmering hair accessories, jewellery and veils to bridal lingerie, bridesmaids’ gowns and mother-of-the-bride options, with something for everyone. Check out for more information. NATURAL BEAUTY Luxury homeware brand Nara Cambridge has launched its new Living Linens Collection. Included in the range are Aponi Napkins, which feature three finely appliqued butterflies in 3D form, available in pure white and delicate blue. Appliqued on 100 per cent linen and featuring a hand-drawn hemstitch border, the Aponi Napkins will handle several generations of use, if cared for correctly, meaning they are not only beautiful, but a sustainable option too. Alexandra Bishop, the founder of Nara Cambridge, says: “We wanted to try and capture the fragile beauty of these creatures in a way not seen on table linens before now. Our Living Linens try to encapsulate the delicacy as if the butterflies have just fluttered down, creating real drama and interest on even the simplest table setting.” The collection is available online at 10


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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 KENT SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 15 OCT | BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Road, East Malling, ME19 6DZ BERKS, BUCKS & OXON

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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 Autumn 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer 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

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

NORTH SUFFOLK UPTHORPE WOOD, IP31 2AP 07862 383 049 | Upthorpe Wood is the perfect setting for free-spirited couples who like to think outside the box. This intimate woodland venue is licensed for weddings inside and out and is available on a dry-hire basis, so you’re free to make it your own for a truly one-of-a-kind celebration. Celebrate in style You can tie the knot under the Cartlodge or in the Woodland Barn; both look magical lit with twinkling fairylights and are perfect for dining and enjoying the evening entertainment. Ceremonies can also take place outside in the beautiful woodland glade, and with the garden and woodland reception areas, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are lots of secret spots for your guests to discover too as they wander through. We love... The woodland cabin is perfect for newlyweds on their wedding night. Spotlight on... TUDDENHAM MILL, IP28 6SQ 01638 713 552 | There has been a mill at Tuddenham for around 1,000 years. The earliest written record of Tuddenham Mill is in the Domesday Book of 1086, but it’s suspected that flour was being milled here decades before. Over time the building has evolved from a working mill to the high-quality contemporary restaurant and boutique hotel we see today. There are glimpses of the venue’s history throughout the mill, from exposed beams in the spacious bedrooms to the cast iron water wheel, which has been imaginatively brought back to life through the use of atmospheric lighting and stylish glass walls. Just a few miles from Cambridge, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, Tuddenham Mill is easy to reach and has a range of luxurious suites for your guests to choose from, each is filled with stylish furniture, high-end products and little touches. Celebrate in style The Terrace Room is ideal for small, intimate weddings, seating up to 32 guests, while the stylish restaurant is perfect for weddings with up to 60 people. For large celebrations, the property can accommodate up to 120 loved ones in a more informal setting. We love... Tuddenham Mill is perfect for blissful mini-moons. Stay in one of the luxurious bedrooms or out in the meadow in one of the romantic nooks, complete with natural wood-fired hot tubs. NORTH SUFFOLK VENUES 19

BURY ST EDMUNDS GUILDHALL, IP33 1PR 01284 247 037 | The Guildhall is the oldest provincial civic building in England dating back to the 12th century. Located within the ‘Medieval Grid’ of Bury St. Edmunds, the Guildhall’s central location makes it ideal for weddings, with easy access for guests staying in nearby hotels. As the ‘food capital’ of Suffolk, Bury St. Edmunds also has many eateries and pubs within walking distance. The grand porch and oak door provide a memorable entrance, and to the rear of the building is a paved courtyard leading to the garden, a peaceful haven in the centre of the busy market town. Celebrate in style The historic Guildhall has two main rooms. The oak-panelled Court Room is ideal for ceremonies and receptions. Full of historic portraits, the space has a raised dais and judges’ bench, a wooden floor and can comfortably seat up to 80 loved ones. Alternatively, the Banqueting Hall is an elegant Georgian room with a magnificent marble fireplace and large windows that let in plenty of natural light. It can accommodate up to 80 seated guests or 120 for a buffet or party-style reception. The brick Tudor Kitchen has a more informal atmosphere and is popular for wedding teas, seating around 20 friends and family or a further 15 for a standing drinks reception. The Robing Room was used for the mayor and other dignitaries of the town to change into their ceremonial robes but is now used for micro weddings for up to 12 nearest and dearest. We love... The venue has a fully-fitted kitchen which outside caterers can use to prepare food. WOOD FARM BARN, NR34 7LJ 01502 675 029 | Wood Farm Barn is surrounded by a stunning rural landscape in an Area of Outstanding Beauty. The walled garden, natural pond, copse, and tree-lined avenue offer plenty of opportunities to take those all-important photographs. At night the venue can be lit with strategically placed lights giving enough illumination without destroying the magical atmosphere of this rural setting. Celebrate in style You have the choice of the ceremony being conducted in either the Main Barn or Annex Barn, and after the ‘I dos’, as this is a DIY venue, it’s up to you to decide where you would like the reception to be. We love... This attractive early 19th-century barn is spacious and bright, with full-width steps leading up to the large picture window, allowing views of the surrounding rural landscape. 20

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HUNGARIAN HALL, IP13 0JF 01394 460 362 | Hungarian Hall is set in the unspoilt Suffolk countryside just a few minutes from Woodbridge and a short drive away from the heritage coast. The venue offers couples and their guests the chance to roam freely through the large grounds taking in the sounds and smells of a truly rural and beautiful countryside setting. This exclusive venue can be personalised to suit your big day, with the colour scheme inside the marquee changed to fit your wedding colours. Celebrate in style Weddings can take place in the Danube Suite, which can hold up to 170 guests, however, it can also be made into a more intimate space for smaller weddings. Outside ceremonies take place in front of the Victorian-style summerhouse or one of three other outside options, including in front of ornate ponds complete with water fountains and lily pads or under a beautiful large oak tree. The stunning reception marquee is set in the tranquil grounds and can seat up to 200 loved ones for a wedding breakfast and can be extended to accommodate larger parties of up to 400. The bay window of the marquee gives you and your guests a panoramic view of the grounds and the stunning Suffolk countryside beyond. We love... The stunning countryside and impressive views. SUFFOLK BARN, IP29 4AB 07919 055 515 | Suffolk Barn is a 15th-century courtyard barn set in ancient parkland just three miles south of Bury St Edmunds. The historic parkland surrounding the barn provides ample space to ensure your day has the privacy and intimacy for entertaining your family, friends and guests. There is also plenty of space for parking, extra marquees, and garden games. Celebrate in style The barn has a large space for receptions and a smaller area for ceremonies. You will have a choice of 5ft round tables and event chairs for up to 160 guests or 8ft long trestle tables. There is an adjoining kitchen space which contains a full range of caterers’ kitchen equipment, power, fridge, freezer and plenty of work surfaces for your caterer to use. If additional equipment is needed, it is also possible for your caterer to bring this in. We love... There is ample outdoor space for you and your guests to enjoy, come rain or shine. 23 NORTH SUFFOLK VENUES

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Glorious gardens Tie the knot in a venue with picturesque grounds HINTLESHAM HALL, IP8 3NS 01473 652 334 | This Suffolk gem is sure to wow your guests as they wind their way down the tree-lined drive to discover the impressive hall. Surrounded by peaceful mature gardens, the outside of the building has a Georgian frontage and an elegant Tudor feature at the back. Celebrate in style There’s a choice of distinctive rooms where you can tie the knot, including the Georgian-style Salon, which has an impressive chandelier, an ornate gold-leaf ceiling and space for up to 100 loved ones. For more intimate ceremonies, The Justice on the ground floor overlooking the back lawns has an appeal all of its own, and the first floor Carolean is another stunning ceremony space. There are three function rooms too, including The Salon, which with the adjacent Parlour, is big enough for up to 135 family and friends to celebrate in style. Relax in the venue’s inviting lounges, and at the end of the night, you and your guests can retire to the luxuriously furnished bedrooms, many of which have original timber beams and features. We love... The 17th-century plasterwork ceiling in the Carolean is believed to be one of the finest of its kind in the country. 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS

RETREAT EAST, IP6 9QE 01449 760 480 | Set within a tranquil wellness retreat in the heart of Suffolk, Retreat East offers a taste of wedding heaven. Designed by owner and architect Dominic Richards, the beautifully restored dairy farm includes an original 16th-century farmhouse and 16 stylishly converted barns with beamed ceilings, freestanding bathtubs, and a country chic vibe. Surrounded by 35 acres of countryside and wildflower meadows, it’s a quintessentially English setting. Whether you’re looking for an exclusive-use wedding or a smaller, more intimate, affair, you can enjoy a tailor-made experience for your special day. Celebrate in style Nestled in its own private walled garden, The Farmhouse is licensed for ceremonies and oozes character and charm, or you can tie the knot in the oak-framed Great Barn, ideal for larger gatherings, it can host up to 150 guests and is the perfect place to continue your celebrations. There’s a bar area next to it where family and friends can mix and mingle and a terrace to relax and unwind, cocktail in hand. You can spend the night before your wedding at The Inglenook, complete with a free-standing bar and festoon lighting, you can toast marshmallows by the fire, sip mulled wine and dance the night away. We love... The on-site accommodation and luxury spa which is perfect for pre– or post-wedding R&R. SWYNFORD MANOR, CB8 0UE 01638 592 609 | Swynford Manor is a luxurious country house combining contemporary style with rural charm. Arrive down the gravel drive flanked by plush lawns to catch your first glimpse of the distinctive timber-framed building. Step inside, and the magic continues with a gleaming black and white chequerboard floor in the hall and a crystal chandelier above the grand staircase, perfect for making a grand entrance. The rest of the rooms are dressed to match the chic monochrome colour scheme. Surrounded by seven acres of green lawns and paddocks, all neatly framed by trees, you can be sure of privacy on your big day. Celebrate in style There’s a choice of stylish spaces for your ‘I dos’, including the Garden Room with its stylish décor, beams, and sumptuous furnishings. You can exchange vows and after the drinks reception, sit down for a wedding breakfast for 150 people. The versatile space has an impressive dancefloor and room for a live band or DJ. You can host an evening reception for up to 220 loved ones and party the night away, sip drinks at the adjoining bar or head off to the study for a little downtime. We love... The two outdoor ceremony spaces look charming in photographs. 26

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

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’

MANNINGTON ESTATE, NR11 7BB 01263 584 175 | This hidden gem is located in an idyllic spot north of Norwich and just eight miles from the coast. Nestled in beautiful rural surroundings, the stunning gardens provide a picture-perfect setting with the impressive Medieval hall in the background. Celebrate in style The hall is still a family home today and, although you can’t get marry here, there’s plenty of space in the grounds for a magical marquee reception, or you can hire the tearooms for a more intimate celebration. We love... The moat and glorious gardens look stunning in photographs. 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 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, a lounge, and a restaurant. The patio areas are decorated with greenery and the beach at Old Hunstanton is only a 10-minute walk away. The beach huts and sand dunes all 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 loved ones and a further 50 can join 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 looks gorgeous in those all-important photographs. 29 GLORIOUS GARDENS

THE HAYCOCK MANOR HOTEL, 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 hotel was recently renovated and combines the best of the old with the new, retaining many original features to reflect its rich past. Surrounded by 12 acres of grounds and manicured gardens, with the river Nene running through, there’s no shortage of standout photo opportunities. Celebrate in style The Manor Suite provides an atmospheric setting for ceremonies with a feature stone wall, beams and lots of natural daylight pouring through. Celebrate afterwards in the impressive Haycock Ballroom with its traditional fireplace, high ceilings, original oak beams and enchanting garden. With room for 200 guests for the wedding breakfast, the exclusive wedding suite has its own private entrance and bar so you can party in style without being disturbed. We love... The charming Wansford Bridge over the river Nene is a favourite spot for romantic just-wed pictures. CLEY WINDMILL, NR25 7RP 01263 740 209 | Cley Windmill is a local landmark on the North Norfolk coast. Instead of a traditional garden, the venue is surrounded by reeds and marshland with the sea in the distance, creating an idyllic setting for those in search of an original big-day backdrop. With space for up to 22 people across 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, or in one of the many outdoor spaces, including the decked area among the reeds. 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 provides the ultimate photo opportunity with the windmill sails as the backdrop. 30

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:

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MEANT to be Charlotte and Ben met through mutual friends and years later tied the knot at All Manor of Events Images courtesy of Paul Bailey Photography Charlotte and Ben met at a mutual friend’s house party. “We played a game of table tennis together and chatted the night away as if we’d known each other for years,” says Charlotte. “We became best friends and eventually started going on dates. Ben ran a local poker night, so he taught me how to play, and before we knew it, we spent every day together. Time goes by so fast when we’re together, it feels like it’s only been five minutes since the night we met, but it’s been seven years!” Ben asked Charlotte for her hand in marriage on her 21st birthday. “That weekend, we went to Brighton as a birthday surprise,” adds the bride. “On the day Ben popped the question, we went to a bar by the beach, had some lovely cocktails and a late-night walk along the sand. Ben was so nervous, but I had absolutely no idea! He proposed on the beach that night, and I was so surprised I couldn’t believe it and kept asking if he was sure, but of course, I said yes!” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... 35 REAL WEDDINGS

We love a good cocktail, so we chose martini centrepieces filled with beautiful flowers. We wanted to mix our table plan up a bit, so we kept family and friends together but moved seats around so everyone could socialise. When my nanny was alive, she used to be an amazing baker and made beautiful sugar flowers. We hunted high and low for the perfect cake maker to cover our bake head to toe in sugar flowers just like she would have. We found the wonderful Cake 2 Crumbs, who couldn’t have done a more amazing job; I know my nanny would have loved it. Ben and I made all of our favours the day before the wedding. We gave everyone Haribo jelly frogs as we’re slightly frog mad; I even have a frog tattoo that I got not long after our engagement. 36