Your East Anglian Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 63)

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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 break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2023 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH SUFFOLK Discover some of the best venues in the area 25 WED & BREAKFAST Check-in at a local hotel for your big day FEATURES 51 JUST ONE MORE SLICE Local cake makers share some of their favourite seasonal wedding bakes 61 A TIMELESS WEDDING Westminster College was the backdrop for this elegant and romantic styled shoot 64 WISHING HUE A WONDERFUL WEDDING DAY Check out our wedspirational guide to palette perfection whatever the season 67 PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY Ideas for your hen and stag parties O th cove ... This issue’s cover was sponsored by Samantha Jayne Photography ( It was photographed at the beautiful Westminster College ( and organised by model Rohiny Belani ( To see more images from the styled shoot and the full supplier list, turn to page 61. 57 51 3

REAL WEDDINGS 33 A GRAND AFFAIR Bree-Anne and Harry met through a family friend and clicked instantly 38 WHERE THE WILDFLOWERS GROW To reflect the bride’s love of gardening, Molly and Zach chose a natural, earthy theme for their wedding at The Venue at Kersey Mill 45 A MODERN FAIRYTALE Rhianna and Joseph incorporated their love of ivory and green into their big-day décor at Smeetham Hall Barn HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 94 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 96 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa FASHION & BEAUTY 70 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 76 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 77 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance wearing statement sleeves that will take you from day to dancefloor 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 82 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance 84 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 85 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal must-have treatment, HydraFacial 45 33 GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be 88 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be 38 4

WHY NOT RETREAT TO THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR YOUR SUMMER WEDDING? And extend your celebrations to a memorable weekend with your friends and family. Oak Lodge Glamping provides a perfect location for your wedding reception, and with glamping accommodation for up to 75 people you can extend your celebrations over the whole weekend. Situated in the Breckland area of Norfolk close to Thetford and Swaffham, and nestled in a beautiful 10 acre meadow, the 16 fully furnished bell tents are made up to a very high standard, with real mattresses and delightful little touches. There’s a large dome for your use, fire pit, fire bowls, large BBQ, luxury toilet block, room for more structures such as marquees or domes, lots of parking, and all in our lovely meadow with large trees and dappled shade. If there are children in your wedding party then there is room for them to play and enjoy nature, as well as the wooden pirate ship, rope swings and visiting our animals. Everyone is welcome! At Oak Lodge you can create your wedding your way, with outdoor fires, music, dancing under the stars, your own choice of caterers. It is more than a blank canvas, it’s a beautiful, rural, personalised and unforgettable celebration. 07891 506305 BOOK YOUR DREAM WEDDING VENUE IN CAMBRIDGE REGENT STREET, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1AD TELEPHONE 01223 606066 EVENTS@UNIVERSITYARMS.COM WWW.UNIVERSITYARMS.COM For over 175 years, University Arms has been the destination for classic parties and elegant weddings in Cambridgeshire and beyond. We are a location of unparalleled character, service, glamour and luxury. Your wedding or civil ceremony is the most important event we will ever organise, and we will take care of every detail, ensuring you enjoy every perfect moment of this most special of days. Our expert team will make your dream a reality, from early planning all the way to the day itself. With delicious menus composed and executed by our culinary experts, this is your opportunity to discover Cambridge’s most iconic venue, the perfect setting for the wedding or civil ceremony you have always imagined.

You’re engaged – congratulations! Whether you’re at the beginning or end of your wedding planning journey, it can be stressful trying to put everything together. There’s so much to consider, from the venue and theme to the dress and accessories, and so you might be asking yourself, where do I start? Before you start surfing the internet for venues and suppliers, sit down together with a cuppa and discuss what you want your wedding day to be. Whatever you decide will have an impact on everything else you do from here on in. Think about your overall vision. Is rustic bliss your vibe, or are you more of a modern chic kind of couple? Perhaps you want to keep it classic and traditional or go completely your own way and host a festival-style wedding in a field with a temporary structure such as a marquee or tipi for cover. All of these aspects will guide you towards the style of venue you should be researching. Crucial to this process are the budget and guest numbers, as one will very much dictate the other. You may want to invite 300 people, but are you willing and able to fund 300 wedding breakfasts? Be realistic about what you want to spend, settle on a budget, and above all, stick to it. Once you’ve booked your venue and have a date set, you’ll be thinking about your other suppliers. To help you create the wedding of your dreams, we’ve rounded up local companies and asked for their top tips to create an issue full of inspiration. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Planned to perfection 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 71 97 94 The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals, and flowing fabrics. @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 Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave. Win a romantic mini-moon in Yorkshire worth £1,000. ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 495 6

38 33 To reflect their love of gardening, Molly and Zach chose a natural, earthy theme for their wedding at The Venue at Kersey Mill. WarPaint For Men share its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be. Check out some of our favourite wedding hotels in the region. 84 45 61 87 25 51We’ve asked cake makers to share their favourite seasonal designs. Bree-Anne and Harry met through a family friend and instantly clicked. Westminster College was the backdrop for this romantic styled shoot. The building is steeped in history, with beautiful grounds, a library, and an intimate chapel. Local fashion and beauty experts offer advice on how to look your big day best. Rhianna and Joseph incorporated their love of ivory into their venue styling. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR25 7RP 01263 740209 | | WEDDINGS • BOUTI UE STAYS • PRIVATE HIRE special occasion AT THE WINDMILL Your Brome Grange Hotel Norwich Road, Brome, Nr Eye, Suffolk IP23 8AP T. 01379 870 456 E. W. A rural retreat on the Norfolk & Suffolk border Wrapped up in four 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. “For moments that matter”

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region LIFE OF THE PARTY GG’s is a new fully stocked and licensed mobile bar available for weddings, private functions, festivals, and more. The business is the brainchild of Gemma Thompson, from Costessey, Norfolk, who has been a successful mortgage advisor for more than 15 years. The idea of converting a horse trailer into a fully operational bar came at the King’s Coronation. Gemma was able to source a trailer from Facebook Marketplace and set to work converting it into a fully operational bar with the help of her friends. The transformation, including all necessary licenses and insurance, cost less than £5,000. GG’s bar can be tailored to the needs of the customer or event. It can be a prosecco bar, a gin bar, or a fully stocked bar with a choice of drinks. It comes equipped with professional, friendly, and experienced staff who will be on hand to keep the drinks flowing. Gemma tells us: “Being a mortgage advisor is very rewarding, and I really enjoy helping people secure their dream homes, but it’s not the most exciting of professions. In comparison, running GG’s bar is so much fun, and I’m loving the variety that both my businesses give me. It really is a case of a mortgage advisor by day and a mobile bar owner by night.” For more information, call 07833 045 212 or visit DRINK IT ALL IN L.A Brewery in Suffolk specialises in non-alcoholic drinks. The sustainably brewed non-alcoholic drinks use natural fermentation with innovative, seasonal blends of tea, wild plants, and botanicals. Offering mindful and healthy options to provide balance, the drinks are perfect for guests who are driving or don’t feel like drinking but still want to feel included in the party. L.A Brewery is offering couples who sign up to its newsletter a 10 per cent discount. All L.A Brewery drinks are crafted from nature, brewed for flavour, and designed to do good for its drinkers and the planet. The range is sustainably brewed in the countryside and the company is B-Corp Certified. Discover more at ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Set in the Suffolk countryside on the outskirts of Ipswich, Fynn Valley is a stunning venue that caters for weddings and private events. A stone’s throw from the town, overlooking beautiful countryside and the Fynn Valley golf courses, the property is a short distance from the A12, A14, and Ipswich town centre. Fynn Valley has several luxury holiday lodges on-site, and for 2024, it is offering discounted stays. The beautiful log cabins are nestled in a peaceful setting with valley views and are within easy reach of Suffolk’s attractions. Sink into a comfy sofa with a book, spend lazy evenings in a hot tub under the stars, roast marshmallows on the firepit, or enjoy a stroll to the local pub. Step into a sauna and close the door on the rest of the world; the private internal saunas offer the perfect escape to ease tired muscles and aid wellbeing. Super king beds with goose down bedding, soft Egyptian cotton linen, and superior-quality mattresses assure you a peaceful night’s sleep, and each of the lodges features spacious bedrooms with large flat-screen televisions and en-suite bathrooms. For more information, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

REST AND RELAXATION Glamping Hideaways offers a range of getaways in East Anglia, perfect for mini-moons or pre-wedding getaways. The Bulrush Bell Tent in Norfolk is completely cut off from modern technology and offers a chance to connect with nature. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more family-oriented, the Sweffling Glamping Safari Tent in Suffolk is an off-the-grid opportunity to spend time with your little ones. If being completely cut off isn’t your thing and you still want decent Wi-fi but without any noise or people, then Saltmarsh Hut in Norfolk, with uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside, is ideal. To see more options, visit CONGRATULATIONS The Crown and Castle in Orford, Suffolk, has received two AA awards following a recent inspection. Head chef Jake Lawrence and his team have been awarded two rosettes for their culinary excellence, while the 21-bedoom property has received a much sought-after five-star restaurant with rooms classification. The AA awards follow on from The Crown and Castle’s recent success in winning the ‘East of England Small Hotel of the Year Gold Tourism Award 2022–23’. Delighted with the awards, Jake Lawrence said: “Throughout my career, rosettes have always signified a mark of quality. Our decision to become part of the scheme and the result are something I am hugely proud of. These two rosettes are particularly special as the review was undertaken with a menu, food style, and quality standard crafted over many years, but our kitchen never rests. We’re considering this year the start of our culinary award journey, and we have lofty ambitions for the future.” Head over to for more information. AFTER THE VOWS Once you have tied the knot and officially become newlyweds, there is so much to think about. Firstly, you may very well have your honeymoon booked and are planning to spend time together at your favourite destination. You will be waiting for the amazing photographs from your special day to drop into your inbox, and you may also be thinking about getting your dress professionally cleaned and a plethora of other jobs that may need doing. However, one topic that is often not talked about is wills. It’s not widely known, but if you currently have a will, then once you get married, this is revoked and would not legally stand. Rob from Oaktree Ceremonies in Norfolk is offering a new professional will writing service. Rob isn’t just a wedding celebrant but can also offer advice on powers of attorney and the drafting of wills for you both, and if you mention Your East Anglian Wedding, you will receive a 20 per cent discount. For more information, contact Rob at or visit Matt Finch DREAMY DÉCOR Beau’s & Belle’s Event Planners, a team of event planners covering Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and the surrounding areas, has launched a new décor range. The company organises weddings, corporate events and parties for all occasions, providing a professional and friendly service. Beau’s & Belle’s will do all of the organising for you, acting as a point of contact for all of the suppliers and services you require to make your event one you’ll never forget. The new décor range includes a wide range of chair covers, sashes, floral arches, flower walls, and other accessories to make your dream day perfect. To celebrate the launch, Beau’s & Belle’s is offering Your East Anglian Wedding readers a 10 per cent discount when you get in touch and mention the magazine. To find out more, visit 10

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


Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers REST AND RELAXATION The multi-award-winning Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. For a decade, The Spa has been a sanctuary of tranquillity, providing relaxation and rejuvenation experiences for both Suffolk locals and the wider county’s visitors. Couples can enjoy spa breaks, spa days, and spa evenings, including 10 beautiful treatment rooms with one couple’s suite, along with extensive facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool, relaxation room, steam room, sauna, dry flotation, experiential showers, and rooftop hot tub. There is particular importance placed on inclusivity at The Spa, ensuring a luxurious, pampering treatment menu for all guests, with Wellness for Cancer treatments available as well as gold-standard treatments from ESPA and manicures and pedicures. Exclusively for Your East Anglian Wedding, The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel is offering our readers 10 per cent off spa days. To claim this wonderful discount, quote ‘Your East Anglian Wedding 10’ at the time of booking. The offer is valid for bookings made in October and November 2023. For more information, visit Freebies& OFFERS WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, 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. SUSSEX SUN 22 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR 12PM-4PM

ESSEX SUN 29 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 15 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 15 OCT | THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH 12PM-4PM 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 8 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US KENT SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 12 NOV | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD LONDON

• 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 28TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 28TH APRIL 2024 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

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:

SOUTH SUFFOLK ISAACS ON THE QUAY, IP4 1AS 01473 284 000 | Set on the Ipswich waterfront, Isaacs On The Quay is a local landmark that’s full of character and charm. Once a wool merchant’s home and workplace, the Grade I and Grade II* listed building boasts a rich history spanning centuries and has been lovingly restored to provide 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 export, 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 of your 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. 1 Spotlight on... THE SHIRE HALL, IP12 4LP 01394 383 599 | Located in the heart of Woodbridge and surrounded by traditional inns, restaurants, and quirky historic buildings, is the magnificent 16th-century Shire Hall. Built in 1575 by Thomas Seckford, the property has been the focal point of Woodbridge for almost 450 years and stands proudly in the centre of Market Hill. Displaying its iconic 17th-century Flemish gabling and stone capping, with an elegant long iron staircase either side of the large, impressive arched doors, Shire Hall is the perfect venue for photographs and creating special memories. Celebrate in style Make your grand entrance via the stone steps into the airy Council Chamber, which has splendid architectural columns and can comfortably hold up to 64 of your guests. The Shire Hall has step-free access for guests with limited mobility, public Wi-Fi, and a Bluetooth sound system for those who require it. A wedding car can be parked off-road at the back of Shire Hall for the happy couple to use, and there is space for another vehicle for those relatives or friends with limited mobility. We love... The Shire Hall is open to the public between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and welcomes you to visit by booking an appointment. SOUTH SUFFOLK VENUES 19

CHRISTCHURCH MANSION, IP4 2BE 01473 433 554 Step inside this magnificent building with its red Tudor façade and be prepared to be wowed by its high ceiling, black and white marblecheckered floor, and ornate fireplace. The venue is a treasure trove of historic features, with numerous period rooms and furniture. Set within the stunning Christchurch Park, the iconic Ipswich landmark boasts expansive, picturesque grounds with rolling lawns, ponds, and scenic woodland, providing a wealth of wonderful backdrops for those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style The Lower Tudor Room, with its panelling and beautifully ornate fireplace, provides an intimate and atmospheric setting for ceremonies and can host up to 45 people, while the Great Hall at the heart of the mansion provides a striking focal point for celebrating post-vows. You can host a seated or buffet-style wedding reception, relax afterwards, and enjoy your choice of band, music, or entertainment, joined by 150 of your family and friends. Hire of the China Room, Victorian Kitchen, and outside seating area are included, meaning there’s more than enough room to dance, eat, and have fun. We love... Couples who tie the knot here can have special wedding photographs taken in Christchurch Park. HADLEIGH GUILDHALL, IP7 5DN 01473 822 544 | Hadleigh Guildhall is set in the heart of the ancient market town and is flanked by St. Mary’s Church and the Deanery Tower. The property has a rich heritage that provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your vows. With a Grade I listed building dating back to Medieval times and a Grade II listed Victorian addition, there’s a choice of rooms for weddings, three of which are licensed for ceremonies. Celebrate in style Whether it’s an intimate space you’re after or an impressive hall, there’s something to suit a whole host of big-day needs. Take your pick from the light and airy Council Chamber with its charming minstrels’ gallery, or for a more relaxed, contemporary feel, the Dining Room in the Victorian part of the building is ideal. The Old Town Hall provides a great sense of occasion with its magnificent roof, timbered floor, and leaded windows, while the high ceiling and sprung floor of the Grand Hall provide the perfect place to dance the night away in style with up to 200 of your family and friends. The ground-floor Guild Room also provides a welcoming space to celebrate and has direct access to the picturesque garden, perfect for sizzling barbecues, street food, fairylights, music, and dancing. We love... The walled garden, bursting with seasonal colour, is perfect for those all-important just-wed photos. 20

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WOODHALL MANOR, IP12 3EG 01394 411 288 | Surrounded by Suffolk countryside and landscaped grounds, Woodhall Manor is nestled at the end of a beautiful tree-lined driveway. The privately owned Elizabethan manor house is exclusively yours for your whole wedding; you can tie the knot with up to 130 guests and host a reception for up to 200 loved ones. Celebrate in style You’ll be spoiled for choice on where to wed, with five different licensed ceremony spaces available to suit the style and scale of your day. Inside the manor, there’s the glamorous ballroom, the Bishops, Nelson, and Cherry Blossom rooms, or you can tie the knot al fresco in the romantic walled garden with its pretty dovecote. The water fountains and heartshaped flowerbed are picture-perfect spots for romantic just-wed shots. The venue even has its own private nightclub, which is ideal for getting the party started. The Nelson and Bishop Rooms are also available for evening celebrations, and you won’t have far to go at the end of the night as there are 12 beautiful rooms, including a choice of two bridal suites. We love... The stunning bridal preparation space. THE NORTHGATE ROOM, IPSWICH COUNTY LIBRARY, IP1 3DE 01473 927 260 Ipswich County Library is located in the centre of the town in a Grade II-listed red-brick building. Celebrate in style The striking Northgate Room, normally used as a study and reference area, is available for weddings. With a vaulted ceiling featuring decorative plaster mouldings, old oak bookshelves, and tables, the 100-foot-long room is full of beautiful details. In celebration of Suffolk’s cultural heritage, the space has a coloured-glass window that depicts famous historic figures with links to the county. You can tie the knot at the end of the room between two of the stunning windows against a backdrop of oak bookcases filled with books. The room can also be used for receptions with up to 72 of your nearest and dearest. We love... The access to the rooftop patio, which is available for photos. 23 SOUTH SUFFOLK VENUES

Wed & breakfast Check in at a local hotel for your big day BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL, CB8 7BX 01638 663 175 | Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is a 17th-century Georgian house built originally as a hunting lodge for the sixth Duke of Bedford. Set back from the road, the impressive entrance draws you around the sweeping driveway past the perfectly manicured lawns and avenue of trees to the elegant white stucco building entrance. The hotel provides the perfect blend between old and new, retaining the charm and character of a country house but with the modern luxury and comfort of an exquisite boutique hotel. Set in three acres of perfectly manicured gardens, the hotel has established rose gardens and a wisteria-clad, ivory-pillared walkway. The Classics Suite Garden is a formal garden that can be exclusive to you. This space allows your guests the freedom to relax during the day in quiet surroundings. Celebrate in style For ceremonies, you will have a choice of spaces. The Classics Suite is an elegant and sophisticated room that can seat up to 150 of your loved ones, and the Derby Room (created when the Classics Suite is reduced in size) offers a smaller space for up to 80 of your guests. The Cambridge Room, ideal for more intimate weddings, hosts 20, and the Classics Garden, a beautifully secluded formal garden, boasts a mix of mature trees and shrubs, giving this space a very timeless feel. Post-vows, The Classics Suite, boasting crystal chandeliers, natural tones, and an opulent feel, seats up to 150 of your friends and family for a sit-down meal. Similar in style, the Derby can seat up to 80 for a formal dining experience. The Cambridge and Bury Rooms, seating 20 and 12, respectively, can be offered separately or together for a smaller wedding. Both rooms together form an L-shaped layout and offer a warm and stylish elegance to the day. We love... When tying the knot here, every wedding package includes a Rasul Spa Day for two and a manicure and pedicure for two prior to the big day. A complimentary tasting dinner is offered to all couples, and you will benefit from complimentary leisure passes and an Executive Suite for the night of the wedding. 25 HOTELS

GRADUATE CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1RT 01223 259 988 | Graduate Cambridge rests in the heart of the city, tucked away just off Mill Lane on the banks of the River Cam. 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. Your guests will step through the front doors to be met with a space paying homage to its roots, relishing in the hotel’s luxurious and eclectic style. Following a complete interior renovation that includes all rooms, common spaces, the fitness club, and the pool, Graduate Cambridge’s interiors are made up of colours, 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 and 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. 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 you 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 your 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. 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 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 40 and 220 of your friends and family. We love... The venue’s location and charming ceremony spaces. THE ORWELL HOTEL, IP11 7DX 01394 285 511 | Situated in the centre of Felixstowe, beside the beauty of the Suffolk coast and countryside, is the Orwell Hotel. Built in 1898, the property boasts the grandeur of a Victorian building and 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 you to add a personal touch to your 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 drink 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 of your guests and provides an intimate but beautiful space to tie the knot. The Library provides a slightly larger ceremony room for up to 60 of your friends and family 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 of your loved ones at the ceremony. It boasts a contemporary design and a bright, pastel colour scheme. We love... After the wedding day, you can enjoy a complimentary overnight stay. 26

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’

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.

TITCHWELL MANOR HOTEL, PE31 8BB 01485 210 221 | 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 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. Evening receptions take place in the bar, which overlooks the breathtaking coastline. Your guests can dance the night away with a signature cocktail in hand as they watch the sun set over the beach. We love... Your guests can expect an unforgettable dining experience as the hotel holds three AA rosettes for its food and has been featured in The Michelin Guide. HINTLESHAM HALL, IP8 3NS 01473 652 334 | Surrounded by peaceful gardens, Hintlesham Hall has an impressive Georgian frontage and an elegant Tudor feature at the back. This Suffolk gem is sure to wow your guests as they wind their way down the tree-lined drive and discover the impressive hall. 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 friends and family. Intimate ceremonies take place in The Justice on the ground floor, which overlooks the back lawns. There are three function rooms too, including The Salon, which, with the adjacent Parlour, is big enough for up to 135 of your loved ones to celebrate in style. Relax in the venue’s inviting lounges, and at the end of the night, 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. 29 HOTELS

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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 Timeless, Authentic Wedding Films WWW.CHERYLSFLOWERS.CO.UK T: 07929 857646 E:

AFFAIR grand Bree-Anne and Harry met through a family friend and instantly clicked Images courtesy of Creative Pixel Photos Bree-Anne and Harry met in 2014 through her cousin. “We instantly clicked and always had a laugh when we were together,” says Bree-Anne. “We were best friends for a few years before getting into a relationship in May 2016.” Harry popped the question in 2022 in Corfu. “It was a complete surprise,” shares the bride. “It was the beginning of the holiday, and Harry took me to a clifftop as the sun was setting, where he then got down on one knee. I was speechless, but of course I said yes!” Read on to see some of Bree-Anne’s favourite moments from their big day... A 33 REAL WEDDINGS

We had always spoken about how, if we ever got married, it was going to be at Woolverstone Hall. We wanted somewhere where we could hire the whole venue and have the ceremony and reception all in one place, and the décor matched our colour scheme perfectly. SA Events provided our sit-down meal. The main course was chicken supreme, dauphinoise potatoes, and a mixture of salad bowls for the table. For dessert, we had a trio of white chocolate mousse, ice cream, and brownies. In the evening, we hired The Hot Sausage Company to cater for our guests. For our transport, we hired a navy Rolls-Royce Shadow. Flowers by Hayley created our blooms, which were roses with lots of sage green. Harry and I chose a three-tiered cake from The Little Cake Place. It was a semi-naked design with artificial flowers. For our favours, we created boxes full of sweets for the children, and for the adults, we had little shot glasses. 34

I chose a full-length white dress with lace detail embroiled on the skirt and train. This was the first dress I tried on at Just a Day Bridalwear in Ipswich, and it made everyone shed a tear when I walked out. I tried on other dresses afterwards, but I knew this was the one. Harry opted for a navy suit with a white shirt and a lilac tie from Coes. My bridesmaids’ chose slim-fitting lilac dresses. We were both really nervous; I remember waking up thinking the day had come around so quickly! I got to the venue to get ready with my mum and sisters, and from then on, the nerves calmed down, and I was really excited! Harry was nervous the whole morning until I got down the aisle. To keep our guests entertained, we had a signing waiter perform after the main meal was finished. He was amazing; he really got our loved ones in the party mood, and everyone laughed the whole time. After the ceremony, our family and friends stood outside and threw confetti over us. Everyone had the biggest smiles on their faces, and we both felt so much love. The first dance was also really special; we danced together to Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, and then it faded into I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth, where all our friends and family joined us on the dancefloor. 35 REAL WEDDINGS

BREE-ANNE AND HARRY’S CONTACTS Venue, Woolverstone Hall, | Photographer and videographer, Creative Pixel Photos, | Bride’s dress, Just a Day Bridalwear, | Bride’s accessories, Lace & Favour, | Groom’s suit and accessories, Coes, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Azazie, | Alterations, Jp Alterations Ipswich, | Cake, The Little Cake Place, | Day catering, SA Events, | Evening catering, The Hot Sausage Company, | Bar hire, Prestige Bars & Catering, | Flowers, Flowers by Hayley, | Entertainment, DJ Lee J Entertainments, Our family helped out so much throughout the wedding planning process. We couldn’t have done it without them! The catering team at SA Events was amazing; they supplied us with waiters and waitresses for the day, and they really went above and beyond for all of our guests. Lastly, Sarah, who works for Woolverstone Hall, was so helpful and friendly; anytime I had a question, I would email Sarah, and she was more than happy to help wherever she could. She was also there on the day to make sure everything ran smoothly. Harry rides a motorcycle and has always wanted to travel to Europe, so for our honeymoon, we travelled around France, Switzerland, and Italy for two weeks. We had the best time and made so many lovely memories. We didn’t plan anything in advance; we booked the Eurotunnel and our accommodation for the first evening and then made the rest up as we went along! 36