Your East Midlands Wedding - June./July 2022 (Issue 50)

JUN/JUL 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A minimoon in the Lake District Check out showstopping dresses Fashion-forward Read local weddings ROMANCE SCENE Beautiful barn venues MARRIAGE MATERIAL Venue styling inspiration Setting the 50th issue ustic

Osmaston Park Give your wedding the Wow Factor Tailor your wedding in our fully equipped marquee surrounded by rural Derbyshire at its finest Please call to discuss your requirements or book an appointment to come and take a look • • 01335 350 279 Images supplied by Sally Rawlins Photography, Steven Bradshaw Photography and HBA Photography Totally private Incredible views Freedom to create Exclusive use No corkage Relaxed and friendly atmosphere

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 67 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 83 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2022 On the cover... This cover's image is taken from Simon and Sam’s wedding on page 31, and was captured by The Jasmine Cottage Studio ( 43 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in and around Lincolnshire 21 BEAUTIFUL BARNS Discover the perfect settings for rustic nuptials 21 FEATURES 43 FESTIVAL VIBES Overgrown Acres provided the perfect setting for this vibrant, boho-styled shoot 47 ALL IN THE DETAIL Talented suppliers share plenty of venue styling inspiration 71 LOOKING YOUR BEST Local experts share beauty and fashion tips and tricks 80 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey 3

GROOMS 77 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches 78 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials REALWEDDINGS 24 THE DREAM WEDDING Crockwell Farm was the perfect setting for Tom and Meg’s wedding 31 ALWAYS AND FOREVER Check out Simon and Sam’s stunning wedding, which featured a lavender and white colour scheme 37 OUT OF THE BLUE Martin and Christine’s wedding was a winter wonderland dream 86 54 24 HONEYMOONS 84 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 86 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination 88 ESCAPE TO THE FOREST Gallivan discovers the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Hideaway FASHION & BEAUTY 53 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 54 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 59 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 61 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 66 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product to help you conquer all and we’ve put some of them to the test 78 59 4

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Discover how to incorporate a rustic style into wedding cakes with help from Roseberry Cakes. Keep up-to-date with all the latest happenings in the world of grooms. Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding. It’s finally summer, my favourite time of year, and I’m really enjoying the warmer temperatures and sunny skies. There’s something so refreshing about the time of year, I have so much more energy and there’s even more to do. I personally love the brighter evenings and venturing outdoors more in the garden and enjoying family barbecues, beach days and picnics. This summer will be one of the best seasons we’ve had in a long while with weddings back in full swing. Plus, my best friend and colleague Melissa will be exchanging vows in July to the lovely Dave – I’m super excited! As a bridesmaid, there hasn’t been anything better than helping someone your care about plan such an important event. I’m so proud of what they have both achieved, and I know their day will be wonderful. As we reach the busy wedding season, it’s great to see so many talented suppliers working hard to create dream events. This time of year is perfect for weddings, especially al fresco events, and the longer daylight means there’s no rush for taking memorable images – plus, I love a good golden-hour shot! In this issue, we’ve focused on venue styling inspiration to help you transform any venue to match your chosen theme and colour scheme. It’s surprising how the smallest details can make such a difference! Our fashion and beauty features showcase advice from top suppliers to help you look your big-day best. We’ve got you covered from hair tips and make-up inspiration to top fashion advice. As we reach our 50th issue, I’ve taken the time to flick through some of our most memorable issues – I’m so proud of what we have all achieved over the years! This region has so much to offer from talented suppliers, showstopping venues and inspirational couples. Here’s to the following 50 issues! That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Summer loving 21 77 67 The Riding School creates the perfect backdrop to rustic weddings. With blank canvas spaces, couples can decorate the venue to match any colour scheme. 6 cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2054-6726 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | Features Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers |Stephanie Hodder Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your East Midlands Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your East Midlands Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your East MidlandsWedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and

Nathan O’Brien Photography is offering a great discount off its The Whole Picture package. 13 The lovely bride Sam had a beautiful bouquet with white and lavender flowers. Kiss & Makeup by Rachel Bray shares top beauty trends for 2022. Willow and Rust Weddings did a fantastic job styling this outdoor area. Discover plenty of inspiration and transform any space with help from the experts. If you’re looking for a fashion-forward gown, then you’re in luck because we’ve gathered the latest designs to help add the wow factor to your day. 31 47 71 54 37 This beautiful wedding took place at Petwood Hotel and featured fabulous florals. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE Telephone: 01858 880058 W E D D I N G S A T K I L W O R T H The most important day of your life deserves a special setting – a location that’s not just out of the ordinary, but extraordinary. That location is Kilworth House Hotel, set amidst 38 acres of rolling parkland, a house of timeless warmth and elegance. WWW.SARAHCARTERPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.UK 07970327716 |

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the region BITESIZE DELIGHTS Honeywell Biscuit Co has launched a new range of seasonal and bespoke wedding biscuits – perfect as favours, place settings and gifts for the bridal party! Nestled in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, the bakery is home to more than 2,000 cookie cutters and a team of biscuit artists creating beautifully decorated biscuits for weddings up and down the country. When it comes to flavours and favour designs, the team have taken on everything from the traditional to the weird and the wonderful. Various biscuit flavours are available from popular vanilla to gingerbread and all are suitable for vegetarians, vegan biscuits can be organised too. When it comes to the design, couples have the luxury of something completely bespoke; the team are inspired by the invitations, the venue, the theme and colour scheme to create something unique to wow their guests. Each design - which looks far too good to eat - can be displayed as an unwrapped biscuit at each table, or have them individually wrapped with clear compostable bags, that are perfect for keeping biscuits fresh and the biscuit design visible. For those couples that are also aware of their eco-foot print when it comes to the wedding plans, rest assured, as Honeywell Biscuit Co are committed to being sustainable, using local ingredients wherever possible, choosing eco-friendly packaging, recycling waste, and donating one per cent of profits to its charity partner Farm Arica. Check out FIT FOR ROYALTY To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee the award-winning spa at Ye Olde Bell has created a special pampering package fit for royalty. The ‘Majesty’s Pleasure’ package combines a relaxing spa day, gourmet lunch, luxury cocktail and a bespoke treatment that utilises some of the Queen’s favourite fragrances. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by their spa butler who will be on hand throughout their visit to cater for their every need and whim. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy the spa’s 11 thermal experiences and its indoor/outdoor vitality pool. For full relaxation, guests can enjoy the Serenity Rose and Lavender Face and Back Ritual, which is perfect for stress, lack of sleep and dehydrated skin. Taking inspiration from her majesty’s favourite scents, this truly British treatment uses nourishing plant based ingredients and commences with a warm oil lavender candle back massage and is completed with a rose and honey elixir calming facial. At lunch, guests are treated to a sumptuous two-course menu with bespoke wine pairings on offer. During the day guests can sip on a decedent Kir Royale cocktail, which is included within the package. The package is priced at £210 per person on weekdays and £220 per person for weekends. Guests can also choose to stay at the historic hotel, which dates back to the 17thcentury and combines period charm with modern elegance. For more information or to make a booking visit: NEW PARTNERSHIP, NEWWEDDING PACKAGE! Nottingham-based True Love Lights Your Way, has teamed up with Chapter 21 Weddings and Events, to bring nearlyweds-to-be a new wedding package. Kirsty at True Love Lights Your Way says “We saw an opportunity to combine our venue styling services with on-the-day coordination, so couples can truly enjoy their special day without stress or worry. “Our Diamond Package is priced at £1,649. This competitive rate includes full venue styling, chair décor, centrepieces, light-up letters, trees, table runners, table numbers, sweetie cart, backdrops, table skirts, swagging, welcome signs, – you name it, we probably do it! “The coordination side includes a review of all your current plans six-weeks prior, and we take on the last-minute pressures from there. On the day, we set up and style your personal décor, meet and greet suppliers and guests, make announcements, manage room turnovers, time keep and we always have our emergency kit at hand! “We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to the package so far and can’t wait to work with so many couples on their wedding journey!” Check out LOCAL NEWS 9

R&R AT RENOWNED SPA In the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside, Whittlebury Spa has been named as a finalist in the Good Spa Guide Awards 2022. The spa, which is nominated in the ‘Best Day Spa’ category, is part of the four-star Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa Resort, and offers guests a choice of eight indulgent spa packages ranging from spa days to two-night stays. Spa days start from £109 per person and include a treatment, buffet lunch, heat and ice experiences and use of the 19-metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The luxurious spa, which has 32 treatment rooms, offers treatments and beauty essentials exclusively with ESPA, Jessica and Payot. A variety of treatments are available at the spa including massages, facials, dermaplaning, manicures, and pedicures, as well as its award-winning Heat and Ice experiences which include a hydrotherapy pool, caldarium, experience showers, ice cave and tepidarium. For more information on the spa packages and facilities available visit: NEW VENUE ALERT! Peacock Farm Weddings, Lincolnshire’s best kept secret, is located along a private country road in Wellingore. It all began back in 2009 when Gav and Cat Mills held their wedding in a marquee on the back paddock of his dad’s beef farm – Peacock Farm! Since then, there has been kids and a career in London, but the dream was always to return home and create something truly unique with the space. Fast forward to 2022, the farm is now being transformed into a wedding venue with a difference. Offering stunning views of the Lincolnshire cliff edge, Peacock Farm’s rural setting has the flexibility of both covered and outdoor spaces that can be tailored to individual tastes to make all weddings magical. The venue consists of a Dutch barn that is able to hold up to 250 guests and there’s a gorgeous rustic purpose-built bar in a separate barn. Each wedding package consists of exclusive use of the entire venue for two days and includes en suite glamping accommodation for the happy couple with a wood-fired hot tub. There’s ample capacity for guests to camp with all amenities provided. The venue will be licensed to perform wedding ceremonies and is open for bookings from 2023. Visit us at: BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Melton Mowbray-based calligrapher Vicky of Inviting Writing, specialises in creating handwritten, bespoke stationery and signage for weddings. Celebrating five years in business, she started in 2017 alongside full time employment and decided to make it her full time career in September 2021. In Vicky’s previous career, she worked in hospitality and was also a wedding coordinator for five years. Priding herself on that experience, she believes it gives her the knowledge of how to make the best of different options and how to ensure all weddings have the wow factor. Inviting Writing offers a wide variety of services from paper-based stationery such as invitations and place cards, to personalising leather jackets. Vicky also creates signage such as welcome signs and table plans. There’s also a hire service for various signage options including mirrors, frames and blackboards. Check out 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 5th August 2022. Terms and conditions apply. PICTURE-PERFECT Located in Nottinghamshire, Nathan O’Brien Photography has more than 13 years’ experience behind the lens and has been capturing weddings for more than five. While working with couples, the owner Nathan snaps showstopping images for pairs to treasure for years to come. The photographer knows how daunting standing in front of a camera can be; that’s why Nathan works hard to ensure couples have an enjoyable experience while blending into the background on their special day. Before weddings, Nathan visits and communicates with venues to ensure everything runs smoothly at each event. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers £150 off the company’s The Whole Picture package, which is usually £950. To receive this offer, email the team and quote Your East Midlands Wedding before October 31st 2022. Get in touch here: Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

The Belmont Hotel, DeMontfort Street, Leicester, LE1 7GR WONDERFUL WEDDINGS IN THE HEART OF LEICESTER Whether you’re looking for an elegant grand reception, or a serene civil ceremony, here at The Belmont Hotel we’ve got everything to ensure that your day is a resounding success. Please contact our wedding co-ordinator to discuss your requirements and for more information. 0116 254 4773

GOINGlocal Tie the knot in and around Lincolnshire HEMSWELL COURT 01427 668 508 | Nestled in Lincoln, Hemswell Court is a private Georgian-styled venue that offers landscaped gardens, shaded woodland areas and beautiful walkways. Beneath the beautiful willow tree hangs a handcrafted swing, where many memorable photographs have been taken. There are also tables and chairs around the gardens for guests to use while enjoying the outdoor spaces. Inside, various elegant function rooms have been tastefully furnished and decorated. The Private Drawing Room can host 95 people for ceremonies and 32 for receptions. The room features a large open fire place, which can be lit during the colder months, and has two solid oak tables and antique furniture. For larger weddings, couples can exchange vows in the Primrose Room with 200 loved ones and continue the celebrations in the evenings with 120 people. The light and airy room overlooks the landscaped gardens with high ceilings, traditional bookcases, wooden floors and a fire place. For those wanting outdoor ceremonies, The Band Stand is set amid beautifully landscaped gardens. Here, couples can have an unlimited amount of guests. Ideal for reception drinks, the Grand Entrance Hall can fit 40 people. Continue the celebrations in The Ballroom, which can host 150 people for evening celebrations and features a large spacious bar, dancefloor and seating area. Psst! After dancing the night away, guests can rest in the AA five-starrated 25 en suite bedrooms. 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE DOWER HOUSE HOTEL 01526 352 588 | Situated in Lincolnshire, The Dower House Hotel is an elegant Edwardian hotel that provides the ideal setting for weddings. The property creates many photographic backdrops thanks to its beautiful features, including red-brick walls, stunning windows and mockTudor timbers. Exchange vows outside under the majestic weeping willow at the romantic Folly with 120 people, or in the Oak Room with 80 guests under the starlit-ceiling. If couples are saying “I do” in winter, the Garden Room is perfect as it boasts a large open fire, and it can host 30 loved ones. For more intimate weddings, the Private Dining Room is full of Edwardian charm and can accommodate 12 people. The staff can transform The Oak Room and The Garden Room to continue the celebrations in the evening. Or why not opt for the Seasons with 80 guests for receptions and evening celebrations? Alternatively, the Orchard Suite features beautiful high ceilings and chandeliers for 120 people for wedding breakfasts and 180 revellers for evening celebrations. The enthusiastic and friendly staff are always willing to go that extra mile to make events memorable, and the experienced wedding planner will be on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Couples who book the Elegance or Indulgence packages will receive a complimentary tasting session to help couples select a menu for their wedding breakfast, and an overnight stay in the honeymoon suite on the special day. The Indulgence package offers two bedrooms the night before the wedding to allow couples to get ready without rushing. THE ASHBOURNE HOTEL 01469 541 010 | A small boutique hotel with 36 bedrooms, The Ashbourne Hotel North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire, is set in a picturesque and quiet village opposite a beautiful church. The venue boasts an amazing secret garden for drinks and canapés, as well as providing a picture-perfect backdrop for big-day snaps. Inside, the barn-style Oakroom features oak beams, beautiful décor and holds up to 100 guests for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. The venue also offers an outside area for al fresco nuptials. When saying “I do” here, couples can enjoy peace of mind with the help of a wedding coordinator, and there are various packages with an exceptional range of menu/drinks options - there’s also a bespoke wedding option! What’s more, the venue offers a food tasting session for the couple before the big day, and complimentary use of the bridal suite on the wedding night. 16 Contact our wedding planner, Carolyn, to book an exclusive tour of our lovely hotel. Quote ‘EastMidMag’ when you get in touch and enjoy two glasses of prosecco after you’ve fallen in love with our venue. Manor Estate, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6PY | 01526 352588 Up to 120 people for a Seated Wedding Breakfast 180 for your Evening Reception Exclusivity option available 21 light and spacious bedrooms THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR PERECT WEDDING DAY Stunning, licensed ceremony venues perfect for an intimate occasion or a larger celebration Y O U R B E A U T I F U L C O U N T R Y H O U S E W E D D I N G

THE LINCOLN HOTEL 01522 520 348 | In the historic part of Lincoln Bailgate, The Lincoln Hotel boasts perfect views of Lincoln Cathedral – the only venue to have such a sight in the area! The hotel has a large outside area perfect for the arrival drinks and canapés post-ceremony. Whether couples are looking for a big white wedding or an intimate affair, inside the hotel offers elegant reception rooms. The Tennyson suite, the perfect room for large or intimate ceremonies and is decorated to suit any colour scheme and can hold up to 100 loved ones. Post-vows, the Cathedral Suite – for up to 150 – is a beautiful, bright reception room with stunning views. When choosing this big-day venue, couples will have an on-hand wedding planner, free tasting session, and all packages include accommodation on their speical day. WOODHALL SPA MANOR 01526 352 267 | Woodhall Spa Manor is a multi-award-winning, luxury self-catering wedding venue in the heart of the beautiful village of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. The site is set amidst several acres of mature grounds, with well-manicured lawns and large areas of ancient woodland adjoining the Bracken Golf Course. The exclusive-use venue has four lovely function rooms, eight individually styled bedrooms/suites and two fully fitted kitchens. For vows, couples can tie the knot in the Queens Room for up to 100 loved ones. It’s a beautiful room with large sash windows overlooking the east lawn. It features a grand inglenook fire place, crystal chandeliers and a richly varnished original hardwood floor. Meanwhile, the Britannia Room (60) is a delightful, red-carpeted room with large sash windows overlooking the front lawn and fountain. If you’re looking for an al fresco vibe, the Sunken Garden – for up to 200 – is an outdoor, woodland-canopied setting in the grounds with a white Victorian-style gazebo and a fountain-feature pond. After the “I dos” the Queens Room and Britannia Room host 80 and 50 attendees respectively. 18

THE PETWOOD HOTEL 01526 352 411 | Set in 30 acres of grounds and award-winning landscaped gardens, The Petwood Hotel is set in the charming village of Woodhall Spa on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The hotel is only half an hour away from the historic city of Lincoln, deep in the heart of Bomber County. From the home of an Edwardian Baroness to the former Officers’ Mess of 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, the hotel has been a home from home for everyone who has walked through its doors. The private-use Woodland Suite is ideal for larger ceremonies and receptions of up to 150 guests, while couples can have smaller gatherings in the historic Squadron Bar (16), Petwood Suite (60 for receptions) or Garden Room overlooking the gardens (for up to 30). The stunning temple gardens are licensed for outdoor weddings of up 150 loved ones and are complemented by the Woodland Suite with exclusive access to its own terrace in the gardens. When tying the knot here, couples benefit from a free wedding folder and diary, as well as help from the wedding planner. There’s also the choice of bespoke packages, as well as a pre-wedding menu tasting sessions. SAWCLIFFE MANOR +34 633436592 | Sawcliffe Manor is a historic country house and farm located on the site of a Medieval village and offers a gateway to a 400 acre nature reserve in north Lincolnshire. Jam-packed full of history and quirkiness, Sawcliffe Manor and its three charming cottages sleeps up to 50 guests. One of its most distinctive features is a giant yurt, one of the biggest in the UK, that houses unforgettable special occasions, from intimate weddings and hen parties to bohemian dinners and disco nights. Blessings can take place in a 17th-century Dovecot chapel for a candlelit atmospheric setting or the giant yurt for more of a playful and rustic vibe. Weddings can be celebrated in the yurt or The Old Dairy, the latter is an authentic banqueting space that can seat up to 100 people in a magnificent Medieval setting with oak beams overhead and an open wall to connect to the nature outside. There’s the option for a canvas wall with windows to be attached when wet weather prevails. Weddings at Sawcliffe are a joy for couples to organise as they have the freedom to pick and choose what they like without the restrictions of a more traditional venue. Importantly, soon-to-be-weds can have all their nearest and dearest staying with them too. The wedding team works with a loyal network of trusted and highly talented local suppliers to cater to all the needs for wedding parties from caterers and florists to boutiques and accessory designers and prop hire. Sawcliffe is a sustainable business in every sense of the word meaning that the power of the local community is one that it supports and upholds. Get in touch with the manager of the manor, Emily Elwes, on WhatsApp to schedule a call to discuss all things wedding! Psst! In the run up to the wedding day, there is a natural spa on the farm for a spot of pre-wedding pampering! 19 LOCAL VENUES

set i n the hear t of the Peak District Set in the Heart of the Peak District, The Palace Hotel sets a picturesque background for your special day. From the stunning high ceilings of our High Peak Ballroom to the spectacular cherubs in the Chatsworth, there really is no better venue to host your wedding. Our dedicated team are here to help you through every step of your wedding planning, from show round to saying your vows, no task is overlooked. Contact 01298 22001 (Option 3) | THE PALACE HOTEL

Beautiful barns Discover the perfect settings for rustic nuptials THE RIDING SCHOOL, CALKE ABBEY 01332 501 252 | Situated upon 600 acres of incredible parkland, The Riding School is a charming red-brick barn located on the beautiful Calke Abbey estate on the Derbyshire and Leicestershire border. The property is surrounded by buildings and quirky courtyards, perfect for formal shots with family and friends, while the manicured gardens boast borders full of colour and fragrance. The grand house is not to be missed with its Baroque exterior, this is the most beautiful place to stop for more formal portraits. In the gardens, couples will find an authentic auricula theatre that displays the most beautiful arrangements throughout the year. The magnificent Orangery with its floor-to-ceiling windows, domed-glass roof abundant with lush greenery and peeling paintwork provides the perfect botanical backdrop for photographs. The venue boasts a wealth of historic and original features – couples are sure to fall in love with its rustic charm. Exposed oak beams line the ceiling while the bare brick walls and the original windows create the perfect blank canvas. A nice little touch is a rowing boat resting within the beams! Elegant white draping separates the Riding School into three more intimate spaces with a fabulous bar and lounge area with comfy and cosy furnishings, a ceremony area and a beautiful space for wedding breakfasts with 160 people. With such a flexible location, couples can create traditional and formal soirée to more rustic laid-back affairs. Wedding breakfasts will be served by the experienced staff with expert chefs on hand to create bespoke menus. Later in the day, the ceremony area converts into an incredible dancefloor for 260 partygoers. The evening guests will be given a warm welcome as they arrive to join the celebrations. The fully stocked bar will be open for all guests to enjoy a drink before cutting the cake, and the first dance lets everyone know it’s time to get the party started. We love... hen couples book the venue for their special day, they receive a year’s National Trust Membership and a free tasting session before their wedding. BARN VENUES 21

HEALING MANOR HOTEL 01472 884 544 | Located in 36 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands, Healing Manor Hotel is a four-star venue that’s perfect for weddings. The barn is an neutral backdrop for wedding celebrations, seating up to 120 guests in the daytime and 150 in the evenings. The areas can match any colour scheme or theme with exposed bricks in the ceremony area and neutral walls in the main room with exposed woodwork. The main area is perfect for wedding breakfasts with formal dining or casual foodstation options. For couples seeking something a little more intimate, The Cure All lounge is the ideal setting for private dinner parties for up to 12 guests. Seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable food is at the core of all menus at Healing Manor Hotel. With a bar stocked full of everything couples could wish for, including local ales, spirits sat alongside English wines and all the classics. With two AA Rosette Restaurants, couples will have great food and amazing service. We love... If tipi or marquee weddings are desired, the grounds make the most beautiful backdrop to outdoor weddings. GRANGEFIELDS 01332 943 644 | Set in the sublime Derbyshire countryside down a long quiet lane sits Grangefields, where guests can leave the world behind to enjoy the private and secluded site. The family-run company, Cripps & Co, has more than 20 years’ experience when it comes to restoring neglected buildings, and the team has worked hard to bring this wedding space back to life. After hosting the first wedding last year, the venue has become a popular location to tie the knot with The Oak Room hosting 160 people and The Courtyards accommodating 175. Lovebirds can continue the celebrations in The Dutch Barn with 175 nearest and dearest. The hard-working team has considered ever aspect to provide top service, including colour changing lights on the dancefloor and a state-of-the-art Funktion-One sound system. A popular feature is the seven-meter-long oak barn with chrome lighting, plenty of hanging greenery and glass walls that provide picture-perfect views. With the British weather being so unpredictable, this venue has been designed with a raised veranda in the Dutch Barn, which allows 150 loved ones to enjoy drink receptions even on those rainy days. We love... Coupl s are invited to come with their families to taste some of the most popular dishes accompanied by a selection of wine for £65 to help them make the perfect choice for their wedding day. 22

Oakhill is a 14 bedroom hotel set in the Derwent Valley world heritage site. e licensed Bar & Restaurant serves both lunches and dinners with an emphasis on using locally sourced quality ingredients complimented by a reasonably priced comprehensive wine list. We are the perfect venue for Parties, Christenings and all Celebrations. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Weddings. | | oakhill hotel O A K H I L L | I N T A K E L A N E | C R O M F O R D | D E R B Y S H I R E | D E 4 3 R H | T E L : 0 1 6 2 9 8 2 2 2 1 1 A GEORGIAN STYLE HOUSE BUI LT BY THE ARKWRIGHT FAMI LY AND SI TUATED IN THE DERWENT VALLEY

wedding Crockwell Farm was the perfect setting for Tom and Meg’s wedding Images courtesy of Ellie Mac Photography THE DREAM 24

Tom and Meg first met through mutual friends and kept bumping into each other – it really was fate. After talking more often, the pair discovered a spark and from there, slowly fell in love. Originally, Tom planned to propose on holiday in Madeira. However, the flight was cancelled last minute due to bad weather and the lovebirds ending up booking Center Parcs last minute. Here Tom plucked up the courage and popped the question in their cabin. SETTING THE SCENE The date was set for December 4th 2021, and the lovebirds wanted to create a memorable day for their loved ones to enjoy. Meg says, “We wanted everyone to have a great time, especially after being in and out of lockdown for the previous 18 months due to Covid-19. We also wanted to ensure that our guests felt safe and made some amendments to our day to ensure even people who were classed as vulnerable could attend.” When it came to finding the perfect backdrop to their day, the couple fell in love with the spaces at Crockwell Farm. The property fitted into their vision and the scenery was a big selling point. The bride stayed onsite the night before the wedding with her mum and maid-of-honour. Fuschia Pinks create stunning arrangements for the day, the company did an amazing job and turned the couple’s vision into a reality. The bride says, “Jo pretty much had free rein of our venue with just our navy and blush colour theme in mind and made the spaces even more beautiful.” Each setting had place names designed with blue flowers to help guests find their seats. Waiting for each person was a blue bag filled with different assorted chocolates. For that extra personal touch, the couple added clay love hearts engraved with T & M. As the venue was already stunning and full of character, the couple only needed to add a few personal touches. They had a red post box for cards and a MR and MRS light up sign that was placed on the edge of the dancefloor. Homemade by Victoria created a beautiful three-tiered cake for the couple with vanilla, caramel and lemon curd flavours – it was a big hit with guests. Meg comments, “Victoria used plain white icing and our florist decorated the bake with fresh flowers that matched the rest of the venue styling – the cake really was delicious!” LOOKING THE PART When it came to creating her dream look, the bride-to-me visited Gabriella Bridal. Meg says, “The team ensured that I got the dress of my dreams; although there were some tears and a little stress before our big day, I could not have asked for a more beautiful dress.” She continues, “I completely fell in love with my final look – it was the prettiest I’d ever felt. Tom and his groomsmen all wore three-piece suits from Warwicks, and they all wore blush ties and pocket squares. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in navy dresses and personalised blush shawls gifted by the bride. TIME TO CELEBRATE Live music after the ceremony was provided by Joe Church, and he completed a 90-minute set after the ceremony straight through to the wedding breakfast. Guests loved the acoustic set, and the pair got so many compliments about the performer – the children loved him too. In the evening, Joe performed in a band called WHITEROOM and they played two sets. Meg says, “We’d highly recommend the company; REAL WEDDINGS 25

they really got the evening reception started. Joe was very helpful and moved our booking due to delays caused by Covid-19.” Between sets, the couple had a DJ perform to keep the party going. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Meg’s brother gave a surprise speech, which was a lovely moment that meant a lot to the couple. All the speeches were great and full of love. Many suppliers worked hard to ensure the couple had the best possible day. The bride says, “Our photographer Ellie went above and beyond throughout the whole experience. She always kept the communication open throughout the lockdowns, which automatically made us feel at ease – nothing was too much trouble for her. The photos we got were beyond perfect, and we could not ask for anything better. We’ve since organised a family shoot with Ellie later in the year with some new additions to the family.” She continues, “The staff at Crockwell Farm were also amazing, and I can’t thank them enough! The whole day ran perfectly thanks to the owner, the wedding planner and the bar staff who were so friendly and kind.” Throughout the planning experience, the bride’s mum, auntie and cousin really helped the pair. The bride says, “They helped me with a lot of the finer details and without them, many things wouldn’t have been the same.” HONEYMOON After the perfect day, the couple travelled to Lanzarote for a week with their three-year-old daughter and had a fantastic time. Meg says, “It was a wedding gift from Tom’s auntie, and we couldn’t have felt more grateful after a very stressful run-up to the wedding. We enjoyed the all-inclusive food, pools and mini discos!” 26

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Always and forever Check out Simon and Sam’s stunning wedding, which featured a lavender and white colour scheme Images courtesy of The Jasmine Cottage Studio Simon and Sam first met at work and gradually became part of the same friendship group. After spending more time together, the pair started to fall in love and became a couple. On the pair’s 10th anniversary, Simon proposed by a river in York. He says, “It was a slight surprise for Sam because we’d already been together so long – she was wondering if I was ever going to pop the question!” The pair set the day for August 26th 2021, and created a memorable wedding to celebrate their love. Here Simon shares details about their special day... REAL WEDDINGS 31

Our coordinator, Kirsty, was amazing at ensuring our day ran smoothly after the bouquet incident. We decided against a head table as we didn’t want to feel separate from everybody else. We kept our centrepieces minimal with candles and wreaths made by Greenfingers Florists. The bridal bouquet featured white and lavender ro ses as well as various flowers. Sam says, “I was slightly nervous in the morning, but more excited once we were all ready to go. The morning started a bit stressful trying to get everyone ready and as a result, I forgot the bridesmaids’ bouquets! The rolling hills of the Amber Valley created the perfect backdrop to our wedding at Shottle Hall. The venue had a selection of wedding spaces to pick from and on-site accommodation. We originally hadn’t planned to get married outside until the last minute, the scenery behind us as we exchanged vows was amazing. 32

Sam’s grandad did a wonderful speech that had everyone in tears. To make the bridesmaids feel comfortable, we allo wed them to pick their own dress. Sam says, “I picked a beautiful dress with my mum; I was glad she at least got to see the gown on me.” Me and the groomsmen all wore grey suits with la vender ties, but I wore a larger buttonhole to differentiate myself. We had Macmillan Cancer Support badges for our favours. Giving back to a vital charity meant a lot to us as Sam’s mum passed away two months before the wedding from cancer. Shottle Hall’s menu was excellent! We settled on one meat and one vegetarian option – both were equally as appetising. REAL WEDDINGS 33

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the blue Martin and Christine’s wedding was a winter wonderland dream Images courtesy of Pink Photographics OUT OF Martin and Christine met in their local Co-op, which was a surprise for them both. “It just goes to show that these things can happen when you least expect them!” shares Martin. He adds, “There was an immediate mutual connection between us both. After chatting, I remember walking back to my car and thinking ‘wow, now that was a thunderbolt’.” Christine comments, “Straight away I loved Martin’s smile and his friendly sense of humour – I just knew that I wanted to be with him.” The proposal for Martin didn’t quite go as expected. He explains, “I managed the impossible in getting the proposal completely right and completely wrong at the same time by not sticking to my original plan! With Covid-19 still around, I was at home with Christine while she was on a video call with her work friends. Although I’d anticipated proposing over dinner in the time honoured manner, but in a moment of mischief I thought it would be a great time to do the deed. The moment was priceless and fortunately for me, she said yes!” Christine adds, “The timing was a surprise and it was a lovely fun moment – it was always going to be a ‘yes’. The big date was set, 4th December 2021, with The Petwood Hotel setting the scene. Here, we find out more about their wedding day... 37 REAL WEDDINGS

SETTING THE SCENE Wanting to create the ultimate winter wedding, the Petwood Hotel was always the first choice for the couple. “Although we did look at other venues, they weren’t ultimately able to offer what we wanted,” shares Christine. “We wanted a property with character that would enable us to have our whole day there and accommodate our guests overnight. The Petwood Hotel is a lovely old building that works well at Christmas due to its wood panelling, Christmas trees in the entrances and its open fires.” The hotel’s lovely gardens set the scene nicely as guests arrived, and The Woodland Suite allowed Martin and Christine to contain their celebrations within their own wing with a private entrance, function rooms and a private bar. All the wider facilities of the hotel were also available and the well-appointed rooms allowed the bride to stay over the night prior, to both ease preparations on the morning of the wedding and to accommodate the guests that had travelled to share their special day. For the finer details on the day, everything matched the couple’s modern winter theme – there was no red, gold or poinsettia in sight! The florist used a pastel colour palette with soft pink, ivory and purple flowers accented by eucalyptus to give a winter-frosted appearance to the bouquets and table centrepieces. This colourway also matched the decoration on the wedding cake, invitations and also the attire worn by the groom, best man and the three ushers – Christine’s three sons, William, Matthew and David. The three-tier wedding cake, from Rosie’s Cakes and Bakes, was a light sponge with buttercream. Salted caramel was used for the top tier, with the lower two tiers being both Victoria sponge. The bake was decorated with fresh flowers on the day. The Petwood Hotel gave the couple a few different choices when it came to styling the function rooms. They picked the option of softly backlit sheer curtains and large, winter-themed candle lanterns to complement the swags and bows in the ceremony area. LOOKING THE PART The bride wanted something elegant and picked Poppy by Phase Eight, which had lace detailing on the back and a small train. She says, “I really couldn’t have been happier with the dress and I’ve had lovely compliments about it! I wore silver sandals from Cherries of Boston to pair with my dress – they really were so comfortable all day.” Martin decided on a three-piece blue/grey suit from Coneys of Boston, which differed from the best men as the groom wanted to standout. They all wore ties in pale colours that coordinated with the flowers and theme. The groom says, “Christine’s three sons all bought their suits and shoes from Cavani at Coneys in Lincoln and I have to say, the team was brilliant with them. The staff was absolutely spot on with the recommendations, had good humour and knew just how to make sure that all three of them were happy with their look.” The three bridesmaids Stacey, Ellie and Angie all wore pale salmon-pink dresses by Coast, which matched the lace details on the bride’s dress. 38