Your East Anglian Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 67)

ONCE AND FLORAL Everything you need to know about wedding flowers JUN/JUL 2024 £3.55 Al fresco NUPTIALS How to plan an outdoor wedding EAST ANGLIANWEDDING Where TO WED Tie the knot in South Norfolk A jewellery voucher worth £1,000 WIN!

25 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 £1,000 jewellery voucher to spend at 77 Diamonds CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2024 FEATURES 49 ONCE AND FLORAL Local florists share some of their favourite arrangements 53 BOHO ROMANCE Be inspired by this rustic shoot at Hockwold Hall 61 AL FRESCO NUPTIALS How to plan an outdoor wedding 65 HUE COMPLETE ME A team of local suppliers worked together to create this peach fuzz inspired shoot at Barrington Hall On the cover... This issue’s cover was photographed at the beautiful Barrington Hall ( by Modesta Photo ( The shoot was organised by model Rohiny Belani ( To see more images from the styled shoot and the full list of suppliers, turn to page 65. 53 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH NORFOLK Discover some of the best local venues 25 RUSTIC ROMANCE Tie the knot in a charming barn 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 MADE FOR EACH OTHER Sarah and Daniel opted for a pink and white colour scheme for their wedding day at Cley Windmill 36 AUTUMNAL BLISS Danielle and Sam had a seasonal wedding at White Dove Barns 43 OUR DREAM DAY Rachel and Lauren celebrated their special day at All Saints Hotel surrounded by their friends and family FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news and launches 69 ALL DRESSED UP These strappy styles will take you from day to dancefloor 74 BEACH READY These honeymoon buys are suitcase essentials 75 SHORT AND CHIC These sassy styles are always in fashion 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 80 FEELING FABULOUS We caught up with celebrity hair stylist and innovator Gustav Fouche 82 COLOUR ME HAPPY Our beauty editor is a new woman thanks to House of Colour’s expert colour analysis 84 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 31 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 SOME LIKE IT HOT Remember to pack your sunscreen for these balmy honeymoon destinations 94 BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Wrap up warm when visiting these chilly honeymoon destinations 96 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 FIT TO PERFECTION London-based tailors Fielding & Nicholson share their top tips for finding a wedding suit 88 HUE COMPLETE ME We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be 90 69 43 36 4

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!

As someone who has only worn make-up once for my own wedding a few years ago, my knowledge is definitely lacking, and, much to my friends’ amusement, I can’t tell you the difference between highlighter, foundation and concealer! Luckily, our region is full of some wonderful beauty experts who know all the tips and tricks to ensure you look your best on your big day. If you’re a bit clueless, like me, don’t panic. When looking for a make-up artist, make sure you read their reviews and that you like the look of their work. Most importantly, be honest with them. Whether you wear full glam on a regular basis, only add a touch of foundation, or have no clue where to start, they are there to help you. A good supplier will reassure you and give suggestions to help you look and feel like the best version of yourself. I highly recommend having a trial before the wedding. Your trial will give you time to talk to your make-up artist, test out looks and ensure you’re happy with the final result. To help give you some ideas, we’ve rounded up fashion and beauty experts in the area and asked for their tips and trend predictions to ensure you look amazing. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Star of the show 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. 65 97 36 A team of local suppliers worked together to create this peach fuzz inspired shoot at Barrington Hall. @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 Danielle and Sam had a seasonal wedding at White Dove Barns. Win a luxurious prize from 77 Diamonds. 90 Read all about the latest honeymoon destinations. ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 556 6

31 53 Sarah and Daniel opted for a pink and white colour scheme for their big day at Cley Windmill. We reveal the latest best buys and product launches for the groom-to-be. 43 25 88 69 These strappy wedding dresses will take you from day to dancefloor. Be inspired by this rustic shoot at Hockwold Hall. Dreaming of tying the knot in a barn? Check out our venues section for some of our favourite local options. Rachel and Lauren celebrated their special day at All Saints Hotel surrounded by their friends and family. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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. Outdoor Ceremonies Available Enjoy exclusive use of our licenced private function garden. @heachammanor Arrange a viewing or discover how we might be your perfect wedding venue please email Rachel at the perfect marriage Images courtesy: Alice Cunliffe Photography 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

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region CAKE EXPECTATIONS Becky’s Cake Bakes, a talented cake maker based in Soham, Cambridgeshire, is offering our readers two special discounts. The owner, Becky Coverdale, offers a bespoke service and works closely with her clients to create their dream wedding cake. She tells us: “I handmake all of the flowers that I use in my designs out of wafer paper, which makes them very lightweight, realistic and a beautiful keepsake from your wedding day. I also love to make bride-and-groom cake toppers. I use photos of the couple and details of what they will be wearing on the day to create the topper. If the couple chooses, I can also include bridesmaids, pageboys, or pets. Toppers make a lovely keepsake from your special day that you can keep for many years to come.” Exclusively for Your East Anglian Wedding readers, Becky’s Cake Bakes is offering couples that order a couple cake topper 10 per cent off the price! What’s more, Becky is also giving couples who book their wedding cakes for 2024 or 2025 a 10 per discount! To claim these amazing offers, get in touch with Becky and mention Your East Anglian Wedding by email at or via her website, DELECTABLE DELIGHTS Two Magpies’ Bake School in Darsham, Suffolk, is offering two new classes that are perfect for date night or as a wedding gift. Dedicated to Doughnuts is a half-day course that teaches you how to make your own delicious doughnuts. You will leave the class with six filled doughnuts and the dough to make six more at home. Alternatively, the Pizza Masterclass runs in the evening and is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to make and shape your own sourdough pizza dough. You will create your own pizza, then enjoy eating it with a glass of wine or a beer in the cafe, followed by a delicious dessert. Check out the website for more information. AT ONE WITH NATURE Norfolk and Suffolk Hideaways has partnered with Wildfood UK to provide guests with the opportunity to forage for food. Ideal for a pre-wedding getaway, couples will be taken on a journey through woodland, discovering how to identify edible plants as well as how to use them for culinary purposes. Wildfood UK founder Marlow Renton explains more: “Suffolk and Norfolk, with their sprawling woodlands and pristine coastlines, offer a perfect canvas for foraging adventures. We are delighted to offer visitors staying at Suffolk and Norfolk Hideaways the opportunity to become foraging experts through our courses.” For more information, check out the websites, and 9 LOCAL NEWS

SWEET ESCAPE The Harper Hotel is located in Langham, a pretty village just a mile inland from the coast at Blakeney, Norfolk. After a transformation of the original well-known brick and flint-built barns, this charming coastal retreat is a contemporary take on the English country escape. Retaining the fabric of the building and retelling its story with a bold, industrial aesthetic in its public areas, The Harper combines modernity with continuity, marrying past and present. The Harper’s 32 bedrooms beckon for weekend breaks. Find the room that’s right for you, enjoy some Norfolk nibbles and a cocktail, and relax. For families, there is a self-contained cottage with a family room that offers both space and the ability to keep little ones within eyesight. The hotel’s luxurious spa is home to Irene Forte skincare products, which are a must-try when visiting the hotel. For more information, visit DATE FOR THE DIARY The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa is hosting an open day on Sunday 8th September to help newly engaged couples plan their dream weddings. Surrounded by lush, open countryside in the heart of Lavenham, the 15thcentury hotel is a magical venue perfect for large and small celebrations all year around. For intimate weddings, The Swan has three elegant private rooms catering between four and 40 guests. Each room will be set up with displays from wedding suppliers ranging from florists to make-up artists and photographers, as well as wedding dress and cake specialists. The McCallum room will also be dressed for a wedding breakfast, while the Woolhall will be set up for a ceremony. Couples planning larger, more lavish affairs for up to 100 friends and family can discover more about The Swan’s exclusive wedding package, where the entire hotel is reserved just for their party. Six bedrooms and suites will be set aside to demonstrate the variety on offer at the hotel and Weavers’ House Spa will be open to view, where couples and their guests can enjoy the luxurious facilities and book a relaxing treatment before or after the big day. The open day will take place between 11.30am and 3.30pm. Be welcomed with a glass of sparkling prosecco and relax in the bar or lounge after viewing the facilities with a sample selection of canapés. The Swan’s wedding planners will be on hand throughout the day to discuss your plans and provide a goodie bag to take home with leaflets from suppliers, a sweet treat and information about the wedding packages. For more information, visit REST AND RELAXATION Ufford Park Resort, a wedding venue nestled in historic parkland on the heritage coast near Ipswich, has introduced new spa experiences. With the full-day experience, you will arrive at 9am, sip a nutritional shot and step into a fluffy robe and flip-flops to begin your day in the Thermal Suite Spa. Tapas platters, a blissful 50-minute massage or facial, and a therapist-free experience are all included, as well as a Templespa gift to continue pampering yourself at home. Alternatively, the half-day option means you’ll arrive from 8.30am and stay until after lunch, or you can begin with lunch and stay until 7.30pm. Sip a chilled nutritional shot, step into a robe and flip flops, and immerse yourself in the Thermal Suite Spa. This option also includes tapas platters for lunch, a blissful 50-minute massage or facial and a Templespa gift. There are also morning and twilight options available, which include chamomile tea, fluffy robes, flip-flops, and a delicious lunch or cream tea. Discover more at THE PERFECT DAY Cambridge-based event planning and management business Elle-Events Management is celebrating its rebrand with a plethora of services suitable for an array of special occasions. Founder of the business and industry expert, Elle Roberts-Nissen, says: “I have been working towards the development of Elle-Events and its offerings for a number of years. I am thrilled that the time has come where I can launch the business to its full potential and continue to evolve it over the coming years, making more of a mark on the industry.” From intimate weddings to large-scale events, Elle-Events Management brings creativity, innovation and a personal touch to every project. To find out more, visit 10 | 07580 355184 For All Occasions Ely. Cambridgeshire BESPOKE BRIDE & GROOM WEDDING CAKE TOPPERS ALSO AVAILABLE Exclusive Use Countryside Wedding Destination 01394 460362 Pettistree, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 0JF

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 Ravenwood Hall | Rougham |Bury Saint Edmunds | IP30 9JA Nestled amidst lush greenery and picturesque landscapes, Ravenwood Hall stands as a beacon of elegance and charm, offering the perfect setting for unforgettable weddings. The hall, with its timeless architecture and enchanting ambiance, creates a fairytale backdrop that transforms every wedding into a magical celebration. Celebrate Your Love at Ravenwood Hall “Where Every Moment is Magical” 01359 270345 ravenwood_hall Ravenwood Hall

JEWEL OF THE AISLE April Dace Jewellery is an independent goldsmith and jewellery designer based just outside of Dereham, Norfolk, who has over 10 years of experience working with gold, silver and platinum jewellery. April specialises in creating wedding rings, engagement rings and one-of-a-kind keepsake jewellery pieces and also offers jewellery repair services. If you’re looking to have your wedding rings specially commissioned, April will work with you from start to finish to make sure your rings are just right. At her home studio, there are plenty of samples to choose from and a gallery of previous work to browse through to gain inspiration. Anything is possible, from shaped or fitted rings to diamond-set bands or simply sticking to a traditional style. You can even work with your old jewellery, whether for sentimental reasons or simply to be resourceful. The remodelling process is a wonderful way to repurpose unworn jewellery and if you’re sentimental about any of the pieces, it’s a way to stay connected to loved ones while creating new memories. Exclusively for Your East Anglian Wedding, April Dace Jewellery is offering our readers 10 per cent off wedding ring commissions. What’s more, you’ll also receive a complimentary check, clean and polish of your engagement ring. To claim this fab discount and polish, mention the code EAWEDS10 when reaching out to April via her website,, Instagram, or email, MADE WITH LOVE Win £150 to spend on handmade and personalised jewellery at Posh Totty Designs! Award-winning UK jewellery brand, Posh Totty Designs is giving away a £150 voucher to spend on beautiful handmade and personalised pieces from its stunning Wedding Collection. Posh Totty Designs is a female-led business with boutique stores in both London and the brand’s hometown Brighton. Every piece is crafted with love by a team of professional jewellers in its coastal workshop, using high-quality recycled sterling silver and gold, and ethically sourced gemstones. The workshop team can personalise your jewellery to create something completely unique and meaningful to you, whether it be bridesmaids’ necklaces inset with their birthstones, or cufflinks for the groomsmen hand-stamped with initials and the wedding date. Blending timeless style with emotion and sentiment, choose the perfect piece for your perfect day. Visit to view the full collection. For your chance to win, enter via the website by 31st July. Terms and conditions apply. Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers 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 AUTUMN 2024 As part of Ellis Media and Events Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US KENT 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

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 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, 3 NOV 2024 LATIMER ESTATE Chesham, HP5 1UG SUN, 29 SEP 2024 BURNHAM BEECHES Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP 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 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2EF LEICESTERSHIRE 12PM-4PM

SUN, 15 SEP 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 29 SEP 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP 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 /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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

• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 6TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM BLUEWATER Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 13TH OCT | 11AM - 3PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 27TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 13TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to the next 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 our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges 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 NORFOLK GLEN LODGE, NR9 3LU 01603 740 404 | Glen Lodge is a neutrally decorated venue filled with natural light that lends itself to any theme or colour scheme. The outside decking is one of the venue’s focal points, overlooking the Bawburgh Golf Course and Yare Valley, it’s ideal for outdoor ceremonies and photographs. The Woodlands Accommodation Suite is a romantic setting with countryside views, a freestanding bath, a four-poster bed and a private outdoor hot tub. It’s the perfect place to relax with a glass of champagne under the stars after your special day. All of the catering at Glen Lodge is provided by the in-house team, which aims to offer a vast selection of high-quality food. Celebrate in style Those of you looking for an outdoor ceremony can say your vows under the veranda (weather permitting). With stunning wooden beams, a stone feature wall and rustic wooden floors, the Barnard Suite is a blank canvas with endless possibilities for you to dress it in your desired colours and decorations. The room has a bar stocking a wide variety of drinks and air conditioning for the summer months. There is also an optional partitioning wall, so you can separate the space if required. Leading off from the Barnard Suite is the conservatory area, which is ideal for friends and family who want to take a quiet moment away from the dancefloor or for you to display sweet tables, photo booths and present tables. We love... Alongside the Woodlands Accommodation Suite, there are four double rooms for your guests to stay in; these can be made into twin rooms or have an additional child bed or cot added for families. Spotlight on... SOUTH NORFOLK VENUES 21

NUMBER 47, NR2 1JR 01603 621 827 | Number 47 is a historic building in the heart of Norwich. Boasting stunning Georgian architecture, this magnificent building is Grade II-listed and part of Norwich’s rich architectural heritage. It was originally built in the late 18th century by Mr. Ruben Deaves and later sold to Horatio Bolingbrooke, the first Sheriff of Norwich, in 1848. Celebrate in style Number 47 has several spaces available for your wedding ceremony. The Mancroft Suite is fully air-conditioned and suitable for up to 90 seated guests and 130 for a buffet style. The Garden Room is suitable for up to 25 seated loved ones for a civil ceremony. For a private function, the Garden Room can comfortably seat 20 or cater for 40 standing. This room also has access to the charming private garden. Alternatively, the Bishop Bowers Temple can accommodate 90 friends and family, including seating on the pews, and the Le Strange Temple can seat 20 people. The Lorraine Suite is available for a smaller wedding breakfast with space for 40 seated guests. We love... Colour schemes, flowers, the cake, photography, and favours are all items that the team can plan or source for you. There is also a dancefloor, stage, and fully staffed bar available. What’s more, you can hire the whole venue from noon to midnight. APPLEWOOD HALL, NR16 2HE 01953 715 319 | Nestled in the quaint village of Banham in Norfolk, Applewood Hall is conveniently located next to the award-winning Banham Zoo and Applewood Countryside Park, providing glamping accommodation and a special attraction for those in search of a wedding day with a difference. Celebrate in style Your guests will be impressed as they enter the marquee-lined hall, a blank canvas with stunning chandeliers and a starlight canopy. This spacious hall can seat up to 200 guests and has a central dancefloor, a stage and a fully-stocked licensed bar all in one place. The hall has access to a modern ceremony room that can seat up to 90 guests and comes with lime-washed Chivari chairs, colour-changing downlighters and fairylights. After saying ‘I do’, there is a landscaped garden providing an idyllic setting for your photographer. With rattan furniture, a decorative gazebo and festoon lighting, along with being fully enclosed, it lends itself perfectly to private al fresco reception drinks, canapés, garden games and outdoor ceremonies. We love... Couples will receive a complimentary three-course wedding breakfast tasting and priority on the glamping accommodation. 22

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. THE FLINT ROOM, NR1 3HB 07576 760 841 | If you’re looking for something different for your wedding ceremony, then The Flint Room is the perfect choice. Often referred to as one of Norwich’s hidden gems, it’s a deconsecrated Medieval church on the outside and a quirky wedding venue on the inside that looks stunning in wedding photographs. Celebrate in style As it’s no longer a church, only non-religious wedding ceremonies can be held at the venue. It can seat up to 80 guests in its selection of vintage chairs and funky sofas. It even has a little bar, so your guests can toast to you once you have tied the knot. We love... The venue’s relaxed, friendly and warm atmosphere. 23 SOUTH NORFOLK VENUES

One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special offers on the day • The chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents HOSTED AT Sunday 6th October 2024 11am to 3.00pm FREE ENTRY Bluewater Pkwy, Dartford, Greenhithe DA9 9ST IN ASSOCIATION WITH Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges

Rustic romance Tie the knot in a charming barn COPDOCK HALL, IP8 3JZ 01473 730 906 | Copdock Hall is an exclusive-use wedding venue with a Grade II Elizabethan barn and on-site luxury guest accommodation in a vineyard setting. Set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, it has been recognised as one of the top barn wedding venues in the county. The award-winning vineyard stretches across the valley below Copdock Hall’s wedding barn and offers special opportunities for photos. Guests are free to explore the vineyard throughout the day and the venue can serve its award-winning sparkling rosé for the ultimate locally sourced grape-to-glass experience. Celebrate in style The Elizabethan barn is the heart of the wedding venue and is the hub where guests mingle and celebrate under the vaulted cathedral-like oak beams. Glass doors flood the interior with light and underfloor heating ensures your guests will be comfortable year-round. The barn opens onto the lawn with views across the award-winning vineyard, with a secluded courtyard offering an additional entertainment space where guests can enjoy the bar, evening food and relaxed seating areas. Weddings of all sizes work well in such a flexible space, with clever partitioning and furniture creating entertainment areas for smaller weddings. For larger weddings, the barn seats 180 guests or can accommodate up to 350 for an evening reception. The garden pergola and hidden vineyard are perfect for elegant outdoor weddings, and the courtyard and open-fronted barn offer additional entertainment space in any weather. Church of England weddings can be held in the parish church of St Peter’s, which stands proudly above Copdock Hall’s vineyard and can be accessed directly from the carpark and gardens. The team will show you around the church and introduce you to the vicar if you’re considering a church wedding. We love... The Farmhouse offers luxury accommodation for up to 17 people in eight en suite rooms, divided into two sections with separate entrances and stairs to give complete flexibility. The kitchen is at the heart of the farmhouse and is where your closest family or friends can join you to reminisce over the day, late into the night, or over breakfast. The Honeymoon Suite is on the ground floor with views over the gardens and its own private entrance, so you can enjoy your own space while still being close to your guests. 25 BARNS

THE OCTAGON BARN, NR13 5EL 07770 700 926 | The Octagon Barn was built around the late 1600s to early 1700s as a non-conformist Methodist meeting chapel. The original eight-side shape sits under a magnificent open vaulted octagon roof to create a grand central atrium. Unchanged from its original design, the barn is surrounded by glorious gardens and enchanting woodlands and is just a few minutes from the city of Norwich. Celebrate in style At the Octagon Barn, there are two packages to choose from. The Gold Wedding Package is the perfect choice for those of you who wish to have your whole day take place at one venue. With seven licensed ceremony areas, you have many beautiful spaces to exchange vows. Having your ceremony in one of the outdoor areas enables you to surprise your guests with the magic that awaits in The Octagon Barn for your wedding breakfast and evening reception. Utilise each area depending on what is right for you and your partner; for example, you may choose to have an outdoor ceremony and head inside for the evening or an indoor ceremony and an al fresco feast. There are a range of spaces available to create your dream day, which are also great backdrops for photos, games and drinks receptions. This package is available on weekends and weekdays, all year round. Alternatively, the Silver Wedding Package offers the same threeday exclusive hire as the Gold Wedding Package, so you have all the time needed to prepare for the big night, along with chairs, tables, a dancefloor and a catering tent. You will receive the same support and guidance from the wedding and events team, as well as an extensive list of recommended and trusted suppliers. We love... Bespoke wedding packages are available if you have something specific in mind for your big day. BRESSINGHAM HALL & HIGH BARN, IP22 2AA 01379 320 340 | The High Barn at Bressingham Hall is a breathtaking space that’s perfect for both ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. The impressive traditional brick and stone building has a wooden frame with exposed beams and high ceilings. Beautifully renovated, it’s a romantic big-day backdrop, full of character with contemporary finishing touches to complement its authentic charm. Celebrate in style You can say ‘I do’ inside the High Barn with up to 120 guests or outside in the courtyard or gardens. The world-renowned gardens are what really set this Norfolk gem apart. Spanning 17 acres, they’re bursting with colours, plants, trees and water features, providing a wealth of great photo opportunities. Outside the front of the barn is a sunny, spacious courtyard landscaped in soft romantic hues, ideal for confetti, sparkler shots, drinks and canapés. Behind the building lies the secret walled garden, with paths and a lawn lined with buddleia and lavender plants – the perfect spot for enjoying the venue’s in-house garden games. Host your wedding reception either in the barn with up to 80 loved ones, or for larger affairs, the Rozanne Room can seat up to 150 family and friends and receptions for as many as 250. We love... You can enjoy exclusive use of the rare vintage gallopers at sunset at the neighbouring Bressingham Steam Museum, just a couple of minutes walk away from the barn. 26

BRUISYARD BARN, IP17 2EJ 01728 639 000 | Tucked away in the Suffolk countryside, the 17th-century barn at Bruisyard is one of the region’s treasures. Set in the heart of the country estate, wooden beams criss-cross the high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling double doors allow natural light to flood in. Celebrate in style The Banqueting Hall, Medieval Hall and Minstrels’ Gallery can accommodate 140 people for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. You can tie the knot inside the barn or outside. With a mix of formal and informal gardens in more than 700 acres of grounds, there’s a wealth of romantic spots and great photo opportunities to choose from. Celebrate in style after the vows and party the night away in the Banqueting Hall with up to 200 loved ones. We love... The five-star accommodation available at Bruisyard Hall is just a short walk from the barn and is perfect for those of you looking to extend the celebrations. CURDS HALL BARN, NR19 2RQ 07377 138 882 | Curds Hall Barn is set within 12 acres of luscious parkland and surrounded by uninterrupted views of the Norfolk countryside. The venue is made up of two conjoined rooms: the 17th-century Main Barn is light and airy, with whitewashed walls showcasing chequered brick and flintwork, high vaulted ceilings with original beams and contemporary lighting. While the Woodshed provides a contrasting space with darker wood cladding and atmospheric lighting, creating the perfect blank canvas for a romantic and intimate wedding breakfast. Celebrate in style Ceremonies of up to 120 loved ones take place in The Main Barn. As previously described, it’s a bright room with huge, glazed doors and underfloor heating. For al fresco nuptials, you can tie the knot under the Old Oak Tree, positioned on the edge of the woodland, or outside on the lawn, which has an adjoining open-fronted cartshed with upright beams that can be decorated. Post-vows, drink receptions are held on the lawn or in the Main Barn, with couples able to provide their own drinks with no corkage charges and/or use the in-house bar. Wedding breakfasts take place in the Woodshed, which has long rustic dining tables and lime-washed Chivari chairs for up to 120 guests. Upright and overhead beams can be dressed with swags of fabric or decorative lighting to create a magical atmosphere. Guests will return to the Main Barn for the evening reception, which has space for up to 200 people, a staffed bar and access to the loft breakout space in the same room as the dancefloor. We love... When tying the knot here, you will have access to a dedicated wedding coordinator, and although Curds Hall Barn is a dry-hire venue, it can provide many of the services needed, such as heating, lighting, tables and chairs, lavatories, a PA system and a staffed bar, leaving you to focus on the elements that you enjoy putting together. 27 BARNS

One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special offers on the day • The chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents HOSTED AT Sunday 27th October 2024 11am to 3:00pm FREE ENTRY High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX IN ASSOCIATION WITH Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges

One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special offers on the day • The chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents IN ASSOCIATION WITH HOSTED AT Sunday 13th October 2024 11am to 3pm FREE ENTRY Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0SL Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges

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Made for Sarah and Daniel opted for a pink and white colour scheme for their big day at Cley Windmill Images courtesy of Tim Doyle Photography Sarah and Daniel met at school. “We didn’t actually speak until a night out for my sister’s birthday 22 years ago,” says Sarah. “The day after, he jumped out at me with a bunch of flowers while I was walking to work.” Daniel proposed in May 2023 during a holiday to Crete. “I was completely surprised and had no idea he was going to pop the question,” shares the bride. “He took me to a church by the sea where we were posing for a family photo when he dropped down onto one knee.” Read on to see some of Sarah’s favourite moments from their big day... EACH OTHER REAL WEDDINGS 31

GroovyRuby created all of our beautiful flowers. Cley Windmill was always going to be our wedding venue. I work in the area and I’ve always thought that the property was stunning. At the end of the aisle, we had an arch made from pampas grass that we said our vows in front of. Our cake was a naked, three-tiered design decorated with fruit. Picnic Fayre provided all of the food for the day. I tried to keep our décor as natural as possible. 32

I chose a tea-length dress from Nadine’s Bridal Boutique. I knew it was the one within minutes and the team at the boutique were amazing. The amazing Bertiebow played the violin during the ceremony and reception. Due to noise restrictions, we had a silent disco in the evening provided by Silent Disco 4U. This worked so well and everyone loved it. It was a first for many, especially as a Christmas song accidentally came on! Daniel wore a navy suit from Next. All of our friends and family made our day special. Our photographer, Tim Doyle, was so friendly and he went above and beyond for us. I explained what we wanted and we got just that. It was amazing walking down the aisle. I remember thinking how perfect everything was and it was exactly as I dreamed it would be. My bridesmaids chose pink sequin dresses from Next. My daughter matched with me and wore a white gown. REAL WEDDINGS 33

SARAH AND DANIEL’S CONTACTS Venue, Cley Windmill, | Photographer, Tim Doyle Photography, | Bride’s dress, Nadine’s Bridal Boutique, | Groom’s suit and bridesmaids’ dresses, Next, | Hair stylist, Bridget Doughty Mobile Hair Stylist, 07554 003 811 | Make-up artist, Gloria’s Beauty Corner, | Flowers, GroovyRuby, | Catering, Picnic Fayre, | Entertainment, Silent Disco 4U, Games, Set the Scene, | Violinist, Bertiebow, 34

Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR25 7RP 01263 740209 | | WEDDINGS • BOUTI UE STAYS • PRIVATE HIRE special occasion AT THE WINDMILL Your To advertise here call Sales on 01376 514000 or visit Please mention “Your East Anglian Wedding” when calling advertisers 07946 607 904 @bertiebow

AUTUMNAL bliss Danielle and Sam had a seasonal wedding at White Dove Barns Images courtesy of Samantha Jayne Photography 36

Danielle and Sam met while on a night out. “A mutual friend introduced us,” says Danielle. “She still calls herself cupid for setting us up. He added me on Facebook after I left; we got talking and went from there. On our first date, we took my dog for a walk, and she ran off, which she had never done before. I don’t think she approved, but she absolutely loves him now.” Sam proposed on the couple’s fifth anniversary in 2021. “He proposed in our garden,” shares the bride. “He organised for our florist to come and decorate the garden with roses and flower arrangements and he stood under our pergola with ‘marry me’ written in carnations. It was definitely a surprise, as he told me he was going to play golf and I went out shopping with my mum for the morning. When I arrived home, the hallway was covered in rose petals leading to the back door. Music was playing and he had bought me a gift. I assumed it was an anniversary gift, so I stood there for ages opening the gift, not realising Sam was waiting outside in the middle of the garden to ask me to marry him.” SETTING THE SCENE “I went to collect my parents from a wedding at White Dove Barns when I was younger and I instantly fell in love with the place and always had it in mind for when I got married,” explains Danielle. “Sam and I went to an open event and he fell in love with it too. The whole set-up, the décor of the venue and the feel of the place were just perfect for us and we loved everything about it. The wedding coordinator was excellent and made sure that the whole day went perfectly and flowed with no complications at all.” To welcome their guests to their wedding, the couple handmade their favours. “I wanted to create personal touches, so we chose hand-stamped cookies, jars of sweets and toffee popcorn with stickers on them,” recalls Danielle. “We love sweets and had collected all the jars ourselves from our friend’s coffee shop. Additionally, all the children at the wedding got a gift that was personal to them. “Our table plan was created by Synched Events,” adds Danielle. “It was an orange colour to match the rest of our décor. Throughout the wedding, we had a large focus on flowers, and we also had them drawn on the table plan. I felt the blooms brought the whole day together. We asked Dear Luna Florals to create our arrangements and she achieved exactly what we wanted and more. We had a double-sided arch for the wedding breakfast, which was outstanding; the quality of the flowers and even the colours she had paired together were just perfect. We allowed Lynsey to have control over what blooms she picked and she did not disappoint. There were pinks, yellows and oranges, which brought all the aspects of the venue together.” The couple’s centrepieces were raised flowers placed on gold stands. “I wanted the centrepieces to stand off the table so that people could see everyone without an arrangement in their way,” reveals the bride. “We also had burnt orange fabric that draped across the tables and pinecones and flower petals to continue the rustic theme.” Tickety Boo Cakery created the couple’s three-tiered naked wedding cake. They chose three different flavours for everyone to enjoy and decorated it with flowers provided by their florist. To decorate the space, Danielle and Sam used wooden palettes with lights. “We added photos of ourselves over the years to display our relationship so far,” remembers Danielle. “We also had a wooden ladder covered in flowers and pictures of our loved ones that could no longer be with us. “For our food, we were given a vast range of options by White Dove Barns,” continues the bride. “We let our guests pick their choices prior to the day. I then designed and created menus for each individual to have on the table so they could see what they had ordered for their meal. This included a floral decoration that was similar to the flowers we had on the day. The meal was outstanding, but the whole venue overall was wonderful.” 37 REAL WEDDINGS

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