Your East Anglian Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 66)

LOVELY IN LACE Romantic wedding dresses APR/MAY 2024 £3.55 WEDDING How to plan the perfect celebration EAST ANGLIANWEDDING MAKING WAVES Coastal venues The look OF LOVE Photography trends Dreamy A honeymoon in the Maldives WIN!

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

57 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 50 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 81 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2024 FEATURES 53 MODERN ROMANCE A group of local suppliers worked together to create this luxurious shoot at Crow’s Hall 57 TREND SETTER Some of the region’s best photographer have shared their trend predictions for 2024 61 PLANNED TO PERFECTION How to create your dream wedding On the cover... This issue’s cover was photographed at Crow’s Hall ( by Samantha Jayne Photography ( To see more images from the styled shoot and the full list of suppliers, turn to page 53. 61 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE Discover some of the best local venues 25 MAKING WAVES Tie the knot in a venue near the coast 3

REAL WEDDINGS 33 A SPLASH OF COLOUR Emma and Marwen had a Moroccan-Tunisian themed wedding in a beautiful tipi 38 AT ONE WITH NATURE Harriet and Bernie opted for a garden theme for their big day at The Old Vicarage Campsite 45 A TOUCH OF ROMANCE Tilly and Jordan got married at St Mary’s Church and had their reception at Hungarian Hall FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal news, buys and launches 67 IN LOVE WITH LACE This delicate fabric is always in fashion 72 THE ULTIMATE EDIT Add instant glam to your big-day look with these latest jewellery launches 73 RUFFLE UP Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 JUST BREATHE Actor turned meditation facilitator Maude Hirst tells us how to handle the stresses of wedding planning 80 LITTLE GEMS Wedding guests will love the bright jewel colours that are trending this season 82 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 33 HONEYMOONS 88 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 90 THE ITALIAN DREAM Live la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the heart of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside 92 PICTURESQUE PARGA Jet to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the north-western coast of Greece GROOMS 84 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 85 LUSCIOUS LOCKS TikTok star Matt Newman reveals his haircare tips for grooms-to-be 86 FEELING PEACHY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year, Peach Fuzz 88 45 38 4

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”

Welcome to our April/May issue! I love this time of year partly because I adore spring weddings but also because of the new wedding dress collections. This issue is one of my favourites to write and I always get excited seeing the stunning gowns that are available in our lovely region. I got married a few years ago, so I know how stressful finding the perfect dress can be. I had no idea what style I wanted, but my wonderful consultant helped me pick my dream A-line gown. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice available, make sure you listen to your consultant. They have years of experience and have helped brides of every shape and size find their dream gown, so they will know what looks good on you even if you don’t yourself. Go to your appointment with a rough idea of what you like, but try to keep an open mind. On paper, it might not be what you want, but it still might be the one. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our fashion section for heaps of inspiration. Happy planning! Meliss Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Fashio forwar ISSN 2052-0514 Your East Anglian Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events Ltd. 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. 67 81 9 Check out these wedding dresses covered in beautiful lace. @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 Read all the latest news from around the region in our Nearlywed News feature. Win an all-inclusive luxury honeymoon in the Maldives! 25 Looking for your dream wedding venue? Check out our venues section for some of our favourite picks. ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 556 6

33 45 Emma and Marwen tied the knot in a beautiful tipi. We reveal the latest best buys and product launches for the groom-to-be. 38 88 86 53 A group of local suppliers worked together to create a luxury shoot at Crow’s Hall. Tilly and Jordan celebrated their day at St Mary’s Church and Hungarian Hall. Read all about the latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. Harriet and Bernie incorporated rich berry tones and soft garden roses into their big day at The Old Vicarage Campsite. Sammy Njoroge EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Looking for your perfect wedding venue? St Peter’s Hall is a historical building dating all the way back to 1280! An indyllic countryside location, surrounded by a picturesque moat, outside terrace and lawned beer garden. On the site of the famous St Peter’s Brewery, the whole venue can be yours for an intimate or larger scale celebration. With exclusive hire, dedicated events manager & professional team, we’ll take our knowledge of outside catering & event planning to ensure your day runs smoothly. Please contact us for more information. WEDDING VENUE 01986 782288 | ENQUIRIES@STPETERSHALLBUNGAY.CO.UK | WWW.TRIOSCATERING.CO.UK FULLY LICENSED NORFOLK/SUFFOLK BORDER BESPOKE MENUS 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.

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region FLORAL ROMANCE Ashlee Jane, a home décor influencer and entrepreneur, has won an award for her floral e-commerce business, The Suffolk Nest. When the COVID-19 lockdowns swept the UK, Ashlee was able to focus more of her time on faux-flower arranging. Increased content was met with greater engagement and interest, and her arrangement tutorials and advice sessions on Instagram brought audiences in their thousands. Her first product, the DIY Christmas Wreath Kit, sold out in minutes, so in January 2021, Ashlee took a leap of faith and officially founded the floral e-commerce business, The Suffolk Nest. Garnering numerous awards, such as ‘eCommerce Development Agency of the Year’ in both 2023 and 2024, ‘Home Décor Retailer of the Year’, ‘Faux Floristry Studio of the Year’ and ‘Creator/Influencer Businesswoman of the Year’, Ashlee’s entrepreneurial journey shows no sign of slowing. Find out more at SAVE THE DATE Visit The Old Hall Ely, in the heart of Cambridgeshire, for a day of wedding inspiration! If you’ve recently gotten engaged or are one of the lucky few to have already booked your wedding at the venue, then this is an event you don’t want to miss out on. Join the team on Monday 6th May, from 11am-3:30pm, to explore the manor house and grounds, see the wedding venue in full swing, speak to some of Cambridgeshire’s top suppliers, meet the venue’s team and tour the beautiful bedrooms. There’s no need to book a ticket; just gather your friends and family and get ready for an evening filled with exciting wedding inspiration. Visit for more information. READY, SET, FILM! Film Kinetics is a video production company run by Fin Hanlon. After being a freelancer for several years, Fin launched Film Kinetics last year, combining his professional cinematography and short film background with a view to creating wedding films. He works with his two colleagues, Francis and Sam, who, between them, have many years of experience. “Film Kinetics was founded with the purpose of connecting with businesses, artists, and organisers in order to provide video as a solution in whatever capacity you require,” says Fin. “We will work as a partner in your process and we pay particular attention to how you require a video to benefit you. As well as this, we always aim to bring a creative approach to the table. If your project involves a story to be told, then we always aim to capture this.” Fin offers a variety of wedding film packages, ranging from full-length films to cinematic highlight films. To find out more, visit or email 9 LOCAL NEWS

A MUST-SEE OFFER Hintlesham Hall, a Suffolk venue surrounded by peaceful gardens, has a new wedding package available on its remaining dates until the end of March 2025. The package includes drinks for the canapés and meal, a three-course wedding breakfast, a menu tasting, an evening buffet, accommodation and breakfast for 64 guests and a music license until 1am. 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. There’s also the charming Justice Space, which overlooks the back lawns. Visit for more information. MOVIE STAR Deep Space Media is a video production company with more than 10 years of experience having delivered video services for a number of well-established events and organisations in the UK and Europe. As well as wedding videography, the company is now offering live streaming and social media editing. Live streaming makes a great addition to any wedding for couples who have friends and family that unfortunately can’t make it but would love to watch it live. Social media editing is essentially a short highlight video capturing the best parts of the day in a 60-second video designed to be shared on Instagram and TikTok. These edits can be produced for the bride and groom to share on social media within two weeks of getting married. This can be a great way for couples to share their special day with their friends and family on social media, saving them from having to wait up to 12 weeks for their wedding video. Head over to for more information. CONGRATULATIONS! The Hair Base in Gorleston has won several prestigious awards at the Salon Business Awards 2023. The company emerged victorious in six categories, including ‘Best Team’, ‘Best Customer Experience’ and even ‘Best Salon in Norfolk’ for the second consecutive year. Emma Jarvis, the salon owner and curly hair expert, also received Norfolk’s first-ever award, recognising her excellent skills and talent in textured hair. Emma expressed her admiration for her team’s hard work in ensuring the best possible client experience: “Their dedication to staying ahead of trends, technical skills and client experience through continuous training has paid off. What a night! Winning seven awards is amazing. Well done, Team Hair Base! I would like to thank all our wonderful, loyal clients who continue to support The Hair Base and make all of this possible. The current climate is challenging for many salons, with rising costs and the closure of numerous shops on the High Street impacting footfall. These accolades represent our commitment to excellence for our clients and community.” Discover more at THE PERFECT GIFT CONCRETE&WAX offers a collection of handmade concrete homewares and home fragrances hand-poured in small batches in their Suffolk workshop, which would make perfect wedding gifts. Since its launch, the homewares collection has grown to include candles and reed diffusers with multi-functional concrete lids, as well as a tableware collection of coasters, placemats, centrepieces and stunning statement bowls. The new Warm Neutral Tealight Trio brings together three beautiful spring colours in one modular and stackable candleware arrangement. An elegant addition to any home, these tealight holders are delivered tissue-wrapped in one of the company’s signature dripping wax tubes with a choice of tealight fragrance. For more information, visit Getty Images 10

Fin Hanlon Professional Videographer CINEMATIC WEDDING FILMS HIGHLIGHTS FILM -FULL COVERAGE FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT: +447914 256713 Why not add the sparkle to your wedding venue with the addition of some classic festoon lighting, some uplighters or the sparkle of some fairy lights or glitter balls. We provide a first class service from planning and design to the final installation and removal. We are happy to work to your individual needs and provide a free site visit to every client if required. Emotive also supplies PA systems suitable for speeches to full DJ setups suitable for every venue. Did you know we also hire everything electrical from event spec generators and temporary power for your marquee or outdoor wedding? Contact us today to discuss your special day and see what we can offer. BARRY DYE ENTERTAINMENTS Event Organisers & Consultants (Ipswich - Estd. 1972) Let us help to make your wedding the very special day you deserve. We can provide Background music for reception – Pianist. Vocalist. Sax Player. Harpist. Classic Trio. Guitarist. Dancing music – Bands. Duos. Solo Acts. Tribute Acts. Discos. Magician – Close up Magicians, for entertaining at reception or at the tables Cabaret – Comedian. Stage Magician/Illusionist. Vocalist. Tribute or Lookalike Act Marquees – Clearspan, Oriental, or Espree. With or without linings. Marquee Accessories – Banqueting chairs. Round, Trestle, or Poseur Tables. White chairs & Tables. LED colour change bar. Heaters Venues Decoration – Drapes, Black or White Starcloths. Red Carpet. Posts & Ropes. Lighting – LED uplighters, or downlighters with colour change control. Effect lighting. Disco Ball LED Outdoor lighting. Sound – PA Systems - large or compact. - for speeches, background music or to use with i-phone or laptop. Radio microphones. Other Equipment – Dance floor – Parquet or Black & White. Large TV. DVD Player. Projector & Screen. Diesel Generator Inflatables & Play Equipment – Rodeo Bull or Pig. Surf Board. Inflatable Assault Course. Bouncy Castles. Gladiator Joust. Human Table Football. Pole Joust. Giant Jenga. Connect 4. Coconut Shie. We also organise Corporate Events After Dinner Speakers, ‘Star’ Entertainers & Personalities, from TV and the world of Sport, for Cabaret or Personal Appearances, Meet ‘n Greet etc. Contact us for further information, or to arrange a site visit/ meeting Presented by Barry J Dye F.E.A.A. 07831 700799 01473 744287

Huntingdon Town Hall The beautifully restored Grade II* Listed Georgian Town Hall is situated on the historic Market Square in Huntingdon. The building boasts two renovated Court Rooms to provide a unique and intimate setting for up to 60 guests. For larger ceremonies and receptions, the Assembly Hall and Council Chamber provide elegant spaces for parties of up to 120. The Town Hall is available for viewing via appointment. Should you wish to visit, please contact Hayley Burns on 01480 410380 or email For more information, visit our website An enchanting marquee, in a naturally beautiful garden, in which to celebrate. Our secret meadow garden offers a natural, beautiful space for you to hold your occasion in our enchanting Celeste Pole Marquee, with its panoramic sides which allows uninterrupted views across the garden down to the Willow tree. A perfect backdrop for your photographs – an amazing setting for an outdoor ceremony. The Meadow Garden, Ely Road, Little Thetford, Ely, UK, CB6 3HN 07974 579775

Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers PLANNED TO PERFECTION VC Event Curation are luxury wedding planners, creating bespoke events and celebrations worldwide. Based in Suffolk, creative director Victoria Ewing and managing director Caroline Gould work together to help couples create their dream weddings. “We are genuinely proud every time a client chooses to welcome us and our amazing team into their celebration,” say Victoria and Caroline. “We will always work closely with you to learn about your needs and desires and become your friend and confidant so that when you have no time, we can do it all. With backgrounds in corporate event management, exquisite customer service, and five-star hotels, whether you’re looking for help with every need on your special day or for someone to work behind the scenes to assist in the evolution of your event, our team is devoted to delivering our core message of planning with you in mind. We’re here to make you feel at ease and truly supported as we call upon long-trusted suppliers to carefully design and manage your celebration with respect, discretion, meticulous planning, and, of course, a lot of fun!” Exclusively for Your East Anglian Wedding, VC Event Curation is offering our readers £100 off its Wedding Management Service for 2024 weddings. The service includes pre-wedding meetings, liaising with all suppliers in the run-up to and on the day, overseeing the set-up on the day itself, managing the clean-up, and much more. To claim this wonderful offer, get in touch with the company via this link: and mention the magazine. Offer ends 31st May 2024. To find out more about VC Event Curation and its services, visit LILY CHARMED IS GIVING READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN £150 TO SPEND ONLINE Crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold-plated recycled sterling silver, Lily Charmed ( brings you a seamless canvas for effortless jewellery curation, ensuring that each piece offers a lifetime investment for authentic self-expression. Collect and curate your very own jewellery box of keepsakes with Lily Charmed’s unique range of consciously crafted charms. Bringing joy through jewellery, each piece is designed to showcase your memories and magical life journey with a modern edge. From engraved talismans, romantic hearts and keys, pretty florals, colourful motifs cast in resin, and whimsical bees and biscuits, to lustrous pearls, chic lockets and personalised birthstones adorning charm bracelets, charm collectors, chains and hoops, Lily Charmed offers a pick ‘n’ mix of playful designs. Layer, stack, mix and match, play with chain and bracelet styles, add charms, add colour − the choice is endless! Infinity symbols represent ever-lasting love, whilst alphabet charms and custom engraving make the perfect personalised touch for weddings. Elsewhere its hug rings, friendship charm bracelets and retro Mixtape, Cowboy Boot and Puzzle Pieces make effortlessly thoughtful bridesmaids gifts. Enter online an Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 KENT SUN, 21 APR 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD ESSEX SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW As part of Ellis Media and EventsLtd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US

KENT SUFFOLK SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA SURREY SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2024 SUN, 8 SEP 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, Kent, ME13 9AJ SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 10 NOV 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DG SUN, 15 SEP 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUSSEX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SURREY SUN, 10 NOV 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL

SUN, 1 SEP 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 29 SEP 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP ESSEX SUN, 22 SEP 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9EE SUN, 1 SEP 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 15 SEP 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS SUN, 27 OCT 2024 LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US SUN, 17 NOV 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, Essex, CM4 9DP SUFFOLK SUN, 6 OCT 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA SUN, 27 OCT 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2PU

SUN, 3 NOV 2024 SANDON MANOR Sandon Bury Farm, Buntingford, SG9 0QY HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 6 OCT 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 29 SEP 2024 LUTON HOO Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BEDFORDSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 22 SEP 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP SUN, 1 SEP 2024 CHENIES MANOR Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 17 NOV 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 27 OCT 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR HAMPSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2J NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SUN, 3 NOV 2024 LATIMER ESTATE Chesham, HP5 1UG SUN, 29 SEP 2024 BURNHAM BEECHES Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP

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Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples recently engaged. 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. Pre-register and attend the how to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Your Exclusive Use Wedding Venue in the Heart of Cambridgeshire 01353 663275 Ely, Cambridgeshire Step into a world of history, romance & beauty when you tie the knot at The Old Hall Ely. Nestled within an idyllic mile just outside historic Ely in Cambridgeshire, this grand Jacobean manor house promises to be your picture-perfect wedding venue. Take in the romantic lakeside views and awe-inspiring glimpses toward the majestic Ely Cathedral – while you celebrate one of life’s most special occasions! Visit us for a private show round by scanning the QR code!

NORTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE HOLMEWOOD HALL, PE7 3BZ 01487 829 555 | Nestled in the Cambridgeshire countryside, Holmewood Hall offers 10 acres of well-kept grounds and parklands that provide a secluded retreat for those of you who want to enjoy an escape to a country manor. A characterful and charming Gothic Tudor-style house, its imposing red-brick exterior offers a striking backdrop. Steeped in history, the hall is bursting with 18th-century period features, from its grand fireplaces and ornate ceilings to floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden panelling. Celebrate in style Holmewood Hall offers either an indoor ceremony in the Gold Room, seating up to 77, or a picturesque al fresco option in the Bandstand. If you want to make an entrance, the Gold Room has a 50-foot-long aisle with an ornate 18-carat gold leaf ceiling, a beautiful period fireplace, an aisle mirror and stained-glass windows. The wedding breakfast takes place in the Dining Room, where guests can enjoy a fine dining experience with exceptional service and mouthwatering food, all created by a dedicated team of experienced in-house chefs. There are three bars that guests can choose from throughout the event, including the Vault Bar, the perfect evening reception space complete with a dancefloor and DJ booth. Holmewood Hall is exclusive-use from midday to midnight, with the option of also hiring accommodation (available for 40 guests), allowing you to extend your day with an exceptional breakfast included as well. The Renaissance Honeymoon Suite, with its traditional fireplace, gold accents and plush furnishings, is the ideal place to spend your first night together as a married couple. What’s more, prior to the wedding, The Courtyard Cottage, a cosy hideaway for six guests, can be used. Boasting three en suite bedrooms, a hot tub, and a kitchenette, you won’t have to get up early the next day to travel to the venue. We love... New for 2024, Holmewood Hall is offering a luxe package that elevates your wedding from classic to showstopping. This includes everything that the all-inclusive classical package offers, plus a wealth of extras, including upgraded food and drink menus, the Honeymoon Suite to end your night in style, and unlimited access to all the venue styling options, allowing you to add even more grandeur to your wedding day without worrying about the extra cost. Spotlight on... LOCAL VENUES 21

THE OLD HALL ELY, CB7 5TR 01353 663 275 | If luxury and romance are on your wedding wish list, check out this Cambridgeshire venue. You’re sure to be impressed from the moment you arrive down the winding driveway and catch your first sight of the Jacobean manor house and immaculate grounds. With 10 acres to explore, there are plenty of picture-perfect spots for romantic photos. Step inside and be prepared for more stop-stare moments. The interior oozes style with luxury furnishings, bright colours, patterns, textures and antiques to complement the house. Set within a mile of the heart of historic Ely, with 16 individually designed bedrooms and views of the city’s cathedral, it’s an idyllic big-day retreat. Celebrate in style In spring and summertime, ceremonies are held in the ornate outdoor pavilion overlooking the lakes and gardens, while in the autumn and winter, the grand Orangery provides a magical setting with its oak beams, floor-to-ceiling glass panels and wood burner. Both can seat up to 165 people. There’s a choice of versatile spaces for after the ceremony, including a bar adjoining the Orangery and terraces and the topiary courtyard with fountains and outdoor seating, not to mention a personalised gin and cocktail bar. The permanent marquee is the perfect place to party with chandeliers, a bar and a private terrace. The black and white dancefloor adjoining the marquee is a standout feature and is kept hidden to wow your guests when it’s time for the first dance. With star lights on the ceiling and a large stage, you and your loved ones can celebrate in style. We love... The complimentary honeymoon suite is complete with a four-poster bed, a bathroom with a roll-top bath and a walk-in shower. THE MALTINGS, CB7 4BB 01353 662 633 | The Maltings was built in 1868 as part of Ebenezer William Harlock’s brewery complex on Ely’s Waterside, where locally grown barley was processed into malt for brewing. The hall was originally on three separate floors, where barley was added to water and then stored on the first and second floors before being passed to the drying kiln, which is now home to a stage. The building passed through various ownerships, and in 1971, the building was made available to the ‘City of Ely Urban District Council’ for a minimal cost, who converted it into a public hall. The restaurant area was separated from the rest of the building and is now home to Ta Bouche. The Maltings building itself soon returned to operation as the venue you see today and continues to grow its activities. Celebrate in style As well as being ideal for wedding receptions, The Maltings is also licensed to host your ceremony in its beautiful riverside setting. The team endeavours to create bespoke packages to suit your individual requirements and budget; whether you would prefer an intimate gathering, an informal party, or a traditional wedding breakfast, they are happy to assist you throughout the whole experience to ensure your special day is memorable and stress-free. We love... The venue’s rich history and wedding spaces. 22

HUNTINGDON TOWN HALL, PE29 3PJ 01480 411 883 | Built in 1745, the beautifully restored Grade II*-listed Georgian Town Hall is situated in the heart of Huntingdon on the historic Market Square. The building features authentic Georgian sash windows and a firstfloor balcony surrounded by floral displays in the summer. As a former courthouse, the building is full of character and original features. Celebrate in style Huntingdon Town Hall boasts four licensed spaces for ceremonies, including two renovated courtrooms, great for intimate ‘I dos’ with up to 60 guests. For larger affairs, the Assembly Hall on the second floor is a grand ballroom with space for up to 120 family and friends. Complete with three crystal chandeliers and portraits on the walls, it oozes elegance and style. The Council Chamber can host 75 loved ones, and receptions of up to 150 guests can be catered for across the two larger rooms, while the courtrooms are also available for more intimate parties. We love... The courtrooms are charming spaces, perfect for couples looking for something a little different for their ceremony. GRADUATE CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1RT 01223 259 988 | Tucked away just off Mill Lane on the banks of the River Cam is Graduate Cambridge. 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. 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 charming ceremony spaces and location. 23 LOCAL VENUES

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

Making waves Tie the knot in a venue near the coast EASTON GRANGE WEDDING VENUE, IP13 0EL 01728 724 662 | Set on the edge of the River Deben, Easton Grange is a charming wedding venue that has been converted from a series of 500-year-old tithe barns. There are plenty of spaces to explore at Easton Grange, including the willow woods, the meticulously maintained lawns, the romantic bridge and the wheat fields. Light and airy, with everything under one roof, Easton Grange has a bridal dressing room, a barn, a piano bar and a celebration barn that are all interconnected. Celebrate in style Have all eyes on you as you make your grand entrance down the aisle of the Ceremony Barn. The vaulted oak-frame ceiling and muted colour scheme will wow your nearest and dearest. With space for up to 200 people, the room provides a church-like space with large windows that open out onto the gardens. There are also neighbouring parishes available if you’d prefer a church service. Easton Grange offers an outdoor ceremony area with amphitheatrestyle seating. Say ‘I do’ between two ancient oak trees and the breathtaking natural backdrop with up to 160 of your friends and family. The Piano Bar offers a versatile space to accommodate all your guests if the weather is unkind. This open space is ideal for hosting midday drinks and canapés, or you can use it to host a more intimate wedding breakfast. The former cowshed also has folding doors that open out onto the large, sheltered courtyard. We love... When you book your wedding at Easton Grange, you will be invited to a free menu tasting and receive a discounted stay at its sister company, The Farmstead, a luxury lodge accommodation set in a wildflower meadow. 25 COASTAL VENUES

THE BOATHOUSE, NR29 3LP 01493 730 342 | Just a few miles from the coast and the popular seaside town of Yarmouth is The Boathouse. Set in an idyllic spot on Norfolk’s Ormesby Broad, the venue is in 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 ceremony. Celebrate in style Wonderfully light and airy, The Ceremony Room is big enough for up to 120 of your friends and family. 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, 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. 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, perfect 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. 26

HEACHAM MANOR HOTEL, HUNSTANTON ROAD, HEACHAM, NORFOLK PE31 7JX If you’re looking for a unique venue for your wedding, Heacham Manor has all the right ingredients; breath-taking grounds, lovely accommodation and award-winning catering. @heachammanor *T & C’s apply: Refund is cost of accommodation only. Wedding must have a minimum of 30 guests. Offer available for weddings throughout the year. We’re so confident that you will love our venue that we are making you an amazing offer: Come and stay with us for a night and experience our wonderful venue and if you book your wedding with us we will refund the cost of your stay!* CALL: 01485 536030 EMAIL: the perfect marriage Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR25 7RP 01263 740209 | | WEDDINGS • BOUTI UE STAYS • PRIVATE HIRE special occasion AT THE WINDMILL Your Now with in house catering

HIGH LODGE, IP17 3QT 01986 784 347 | Set in 80 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, High Lodge offers exclusive use of the venue for your big day. Located between Aldeburgh and Southwold, just three miles from the Suffolk coastal village of Dunwich, it’s a destination hotspot – ideal 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. CLEY WINDMILL, NR25 7RP 01263 740 209 | Cley Windmill is a beautiful wedding venue situated on the North Norfolk coast that’s considered a local landmark. 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. You can take over the whole windmill for your big day, with space for up to 22 people across 10 bedrooms. Celebrate in style Hold your 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. 29 COASTAL VENUES

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Aof cosplolausrh Emma and Marwen had a Moroccan and Tunisian-themed wedding in a beautiful tipi Images courtesy of Tim Doyle Photography Emma and Marwen met while on holiday. “It was your typical holiday romance that turned into a life together here in the UK,” says Emma. “Marwen proposed to me during a holiday to Istanbul with our friends. He bought me flowers and a beautiful gold ring with a diamond and asked if I would marry him.” Read on to see some of Emma’s favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 33

The centrepieces were pampas grass and dried colourful flowers in Moroccan vases. Marwen is Tunisian, so we had a civil ceremony in his home country in 2016. We didn’t have any of my family with us apart from my mum and a friend, so we decided to have a blessing in the UK for our seventh anniversary with everyone who couldn’t travel to Tunisia. To decorate the tipi, we had lots of Moroccan lanterns on the floors and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. We created a chill-out area and also had a fire pit and Arabic rugs. We had a trio of Land Rovers on the day that were owned by family members, which looked great in pictures. Our table plan was a map of Tunisia and the tables were named after where we got married and Marwen’s hometown. Our friends from North Norfolk Catering Company did the catering for the day. We had lots of canapés at our reception, followed by a sharing platter of harissa lamb shoulder, humus, chickpeas, giant couscous, flatbreads and salsa verde. For dessert, we had a Tunisian orange cake, toasted pistachios and crème fraiche. In the evening, we supplied Tunisian cakes, sweets, dates and melon fruit platters. 34

I wore a red dress from Tunisia that had beautiful gems on the front and I accessorised with plain flowers in my hair. All of our suppliers were amazing and went above and beyond for us. We couldn’t have been more blessed. Being in the industry myself, it was just so lovely, as I know them all so well. Marwen chose a blue suit with a grey jacket and a red tie to match my dress. We hired a live band called Ed Raison, who were amazing. They also played some Tunisian music for us in the evening. We had an open mic for our speeches, so whoever wanted to tell a story, read a poem, or give a speech could do so. It was amazing and the best unplanned part of our very relaxed day. The ceremony was so special, easy and relaxed. Our celebrant, Francesca Foulsham, made it so lovely for us. 35 REAL WEDDINGS

EMMA AND MARWEN’S CONTACTS Tipi, Magical Events Ltd, | Photographer, Tim Doyle Photography, | Groom’s outfit, Zara, | Hair stylist, Jo Jordan Hairdressing, | Bar, East Coast Bars, | Wine for the reception, Adnams Southwold, | Catering, North Norfolk Catering Company, Table runners, lanterns, table plan, easel, card basket and lights, Serendipity Wedding Hire, | Crockery, cutlery, linen, glassware and kitchen and tableware equipment, The Banqueting Hire Service, | Bouquet flowers, Samantha Rose, | Flowers, Samphire Vintage Props, Celebrant, Francesca Foulsham Celebrant, | Entertainment, Ed Raison, 07581 630 940 36

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