Your East Midlands Wedding - October/November 2022 (Issue 52)

OCT/NOV 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A minimoon in Portugal Discover dream fairytale venues Happily ever after WHEELS GOING LOCAL Big-day transport Marriage ATERIAL Read local love stories Wed in and around Northamptonshire Hot Party time! Hen and stag inspiration

3 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 68 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 85 COMPETITION Win a minimoon in the Algarve worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022 FEATURES 38 SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW Sawcliffe Manor Country House provided the perfect setting for this colourful boho-themed shoot 41 AUTUMNAL VIBES This bohemian-styled shoot featured warm tones and beautiful styling 45 OH-SO GLAMOROUS This Bridgerton-inspired shoot is full of wedding inspiration 49 IT’S PARTY TIME Your A to Z guide to hen and stag dos 52 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey 71 ARRIVE IN STYLE Discover big-day transport near you On the cover... This issue’s stunning cover is taken from the styled shoot on page 38, which was captured by the talented 68 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in and around Northamptonshire 19 ONCE UPON A TIME Exchange vows in a fairytale setting 23 THE ULTIMATE UK GETAWAY Olivia Gibson discovers Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa 19

4 GROOMS 75 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 76 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 61 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 67 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 84 54 REAL WEDDINGS 24 MOMENTS THAT MATTER Sophie and Will had the perfect wedding surrounded by loved ones 30 TRUE LOVE Melissa and Martin's wedding at The Quorn Country Hotel featured a blush and ivory colour scheme 34 OH-SO ELEGANT Amanda and Tom had a modern and minimalist wedding at The Riding School 61 HONEYMOONS 78 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 80 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes 82 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 84 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city 64 34 24

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Sophie looked stunning in a Carina B Couture gown with long sleeves and a low V-neck. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gown, check out this stunning dress from Elbeth Gillis with statement sleeves. Hello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding. If you’re new here, you’ve come to the right place as we cover everything from bridal boutiques, venues, make-up artists, photographers, florists and more! You’ll discover the latest trends, talented experts and plenty of showstopping inspiration. For those at the end of their planning journey, we have top tips and advice to ensure your day runs smoothly as well as last-minute touches to create wow-factor events. Weddings are such joyful occasions, and there’s nothing more special than marrying your soulmate. For those that have been reading the last few issues, you’ll know that my best friend tied the knot this summer and what an incredible day it was. As a bridesmaid, it has been such a special experience helping a dear friend plan such an important event. Watching everything come together on the day was very emotional. I’ll never forget that moment when I watched the bride make her grand entrance – I had to fight back the tears as I couldn’t ruin my make-up! The ceremony was beautiful, with many heartwarming words shared. Overall, we had a fantastic day with plenty of pampering, memorable moments, excellent food and great entertainment. I spent the entire evening living it up on the dancefloor – you should see the videos! Planning a wedding might seem like a scary or overwhelming experience, but we’re here to guide you through the whole process from the moment you get engaged to the honeymoon. That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Autumnal vibes 19 61 24 Are you searching for a showstopping venue? Check out this stunning property that’s perfect for ceremonies and receptions. 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 Cullen | 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 Account Manager Kirsty Brindley | 01376 538 490 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and

Psst, win a pre-wedding getaway at Whittlebury Park. 13 There’s something so beautiful when it comes to autumnal shoots, and this one at Stretton Manor Barn didn’t disappoint. Amanda and Tom’s elegant wedding at The Riding School, Calke Abbey looked incredible with modern and classic styling. What’s not to love about this stunning shoot, which is bursting full of colour? The fabulous yurt and the boho styling created the perfect backdrop. Calling all Bridgerton lovers, you won’t want to miss this gorgeous shoot! 41 38 34 45 85 One lucky couple will win a minimoon to Portugal! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

10% discount for any Photobooth/Magic Mirror bookings for 2022 Here at Orchid Event Management, we pride ourselves in being able to source exactly what you need for your event to make it that little bit special. Whether you need that unique space, delicious food, floral decorations, or live entertainment to dance the night away to, OEM has it all. All types of Social and Corporate events catered for: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Wedding Receptions, Conferences, Company Presentations, School Proms, Charity Events etc. We treat every event individually. From your initial enquiry, we work closely with you to develop more of an understanding of what you want to achieve. OEM provide a Fully Insured, Helpful and Competitive Service. We use our wealth of experience and the strength or our supplier relationships to design and resource a solution that adds value within your budget. T : 0 1 8 3 2 7 3 5 9 7 0 | M : 0 7 9 3 6 6 6 7 6 4 5 | E : e n q u i r i e s @ o r c h i d e v e n t ma n a g e m e n t . c o . u k | O R C H I D E V E N T MA N AG E M E N T | 2 5 S A C K V I L L E S T R E E T | T H R A P S T ON | NO R T H A N T S | N N 1 4 4 N Z

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region DREAMY ATTIRE Following the retirement of Robert Sanders in March 2022, Helen Kirk is very excited to be the first non-family member to carry the Sanders family business into new premises and ownership. After working with Sanders Menswear 90-yearold family business since 2002, she’s pleased to confirm that they’re continuing as agents of Peter Posh and are now bringing in an even wider selection into the store to view and try on. The team will continue offering Cameron Ross for their highland wear as well as making their formal hire range available to clients for the first time. Helen is also building the accessories and retail offering to include UKD Distributors footwear, Sophos and Rael Brook folkespeare ties to complete outfits and create personalised gift packages for grooms. The store located in Eastwood is now called Sanders Hirewear and operates entirely by appointments only. The store is open across five days of the week from 10 am to 7 pm to guarantee the personalised, excellent customer service that has long been associated with the brand. Check out: THE WOW-FACTOR Go For Macrame Wall is offering 20 per cent off final order prices when couples purchase bespoke creations in December. The company offers high-quality handmade decorations and macrame wedding accessories, including little napkin wraps, table runners, chair covers, bouquet wraps, badminton nets that are great for wedding games and large centrepieces. Owner Monika Strzelec has spent years gaining experience and skills to achieve her showstopping work – she’s received great reviews from couples. Monika says, “In the last couple of years, I’ve joined many teams of local suppliers for styled shoots to learn about the wedding industry and get plenty of ideas for future creations.” She continues, “I’m passionate about macrame, always putting a lot of love and careful attention into my work.” Check out: RAISE YOUR GLASSES Situated less than an hour from London by train, Kettering Park Hotel & Spa has launched its new garden bar, The Lawn Club. The new space is perfect for prewedding date nights and drinks with loved ones. It features barn-style doors, cedar and living wall cladding, pergolas and floor lights. The club will serve all things synonymous with summer, including pimm’s, a selection of gins paired with Fever-Tree tonic, draught beers and the awardwinning Hambledon range of English sparkling wines. For the perfect hen do or time with loved ones, guests can enjoy a classic afternoon tea or a delicious meal with a fanatic selection of desserts. Check out: LOCAL NEWS 9

DRESSED TO IMPRESS Situated in Chesterfield, Nora Eve Bridal is offering readers £100 off a wedding dress when they quote Your East Midlands Wedding before December 1st 2022. The awardwinning boutique and its achingly cool new studio is a must-visit destination for all brides. Stocking only the best in bridal designers with the likes of Made With Love Bridal, Maggie Sottero, Jolie by Berta and the free-spirited threads of new British label Ella Kate, this is a studio that welcomes every kind of bride to tap into the Nora Eve dream. With samples ranging from sizes 10 to 28, stocking eight top brands and a sample sale that runs daily with prices starting at £499, this boutique should be top of their boutique must-visit list. Not only does a seriously insta-worthy studio await, but a variety of appointments to book, from the Nora Eve Experience to their VIP Style Appointments. With a team of dedicated styling experts and a drunk-in-love bar menu, each bride will have an unforgettable time. Brought to life by owner Emma Swain ten years ago, every seam of the Nora Eve Bridal vision is sewn into place with the founder’s innate understanding of the modern bride and what she’s looking for. Check out: THE PERFECT TREAT Located across the East Midlands, Birds Bakery is taking the region by storm and has just launched a new range of wedding favours. The company has been providing goodies for more than a century and has been working hard to come up with the perfect range for nearlyweds. Couples will be able to personalise the favours from the type of chocolate used, the shape, flavours and packaging to match any colour scheme. Why not opt for the classic chocolate mice and unicorn cupcake, the chocolate hearts on a shortbread base, macarons in a selection of colours or building block pairs? The team’s Belgian chocolate is available in flavours including milk, dark, white, ruby, gold caramel and strawberry – there’s something for everyone! The sales and marketing director Mike Holling says, “We’re proud to have been part of people’s lives in the East Midlands for more than 100 years, helping provide lunchtime essentials, weekend treats and catering for parties and special events. It’s great that we can now extend that to the most special occasions – weddings!” He adds, “So many people had to postpone wedding celebrations during the pandemic. It’s great to see so many couples now being able to have their big day and we’re excited to be helping them add a little indulgence for their guests.” Check out: FIVE MINUTES WITH… Located in Nottingham, Jools Wedding Celebrant works with couples to bring their dream ceremony to life. We caught up with the owner Julia Gaunt to discover more about the company. Why did you start the company? I’m very confident, organised, creative and have greate speaking and listening skills. I felt that I could use these skills and the things I enjoy doing in another way, which led me to become a wedding celebrant. What does a celebrant offer? A celebrant ceremony is a beautiful service created by the couple and a celebrant who will tell every love story from the beginning to the present day. Couples can create their unique vows and add music, poems and funny stories – anything is possible! It can be as short or as long as you wish, and friends and family can also participate. Celebrant-led ceremonies can take place in most areas no matter if they’re licensed for civil ceremonies or not, including a woodland, beach, garden or hotel. If you wish the wedding to be legal, you must make an appointment at the registrar’s office and go through the formalities – the legal part is very brief. What is your top tip for finding the perfect supplier? Wedding fayres are a great place to meet suppliers and celebrants to chat through your ideas – never be afraid the experts questions. Look through this wonderful magazine for up-and-coming fayres, maybe I will see you there! Check out: 10

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Wide variety of chairs and tables available, as well as love letters & flower walls. We specialise in rustic, distressed tables, and rustic themed weddings. VINTAGE RUSTIC CONTEMPORARY TRADITIONAL MIX & MATCH For all your furniture hire needs No minimum order & no deposit. Large quantities held. Extremely competitive prices. EVENT HIRE CALL NOW ON 01664 812627 SANDERS HIREWEAR SH Contact Helen Kirk on 01773 712461 Email: @sandershirewear sanders_hirewear @hirewear 1 A B LUE S P I R E HOUS E , COACH DR I VE , EA S TWOOD, NG 1 6 3DR SUIT & KILT HIRE BY APPOINTMENT Agent of Peter Posh & Cameron Ross FOR WEDDINGS, CORPORATE EVENTS, PROMS, GRADUATIONS, ROYAL ASCOT & MORE... Formally Sanders Menswear. Proud to be continuing the 90 year legacy of attention to detail & excellent, personalised customer service.

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUREASTMIDLANDS.WEDDING Closing date 30th November, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. WIN A PRE-WEDDING GETAWAY AT WHITTLEBURY PARK One lucky couple will win a Rejuvenation and Golf Stay worth £423 at Whittlebury Park – it’s the perfect break for couples who enjoy their own interests before meeting in the evening. While one guest is being pampered in the hotel’s state-of-the-art spa, the other can play 18 holes of golf on the 36-hole championship course. There will be a bottle of prosecco in the room on arrival, and guests can come together in the evening to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner in the Astons Restaurant. Indulge in a restful night’s sleep in either a twin or double club room and tuck into a hearty breakfast before departure the next day. The spa experience includes full use of the spa’s heat and ice facilities, a 50-minute treatment of choice, a tasty buffet lunch with a glass of fizz and time to relax by the swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna for one guest. Mid-afternoon, enjoy delicious homemade scones with fresh clotted cream and jam as well as tea or coffee. There are 32 treatment rooms that offer a range of services, including facials, detoxifying body wraps and beauty essentials from Elemis, ESPA, Payot and Jessica Cosmetics. The other guest can tee off on the 36-hole championship course with its Sports Turf Research Institute and United States Golf Association accredited greens. The course benefits from four loops of nine holes; each is playable in any combination, so you don’t have to play the same round of golf twice. There’s also a driving range, TrackMan, PGA professional coaches, Callaway fitting centre and an award-winning Atrium Clubhouse within the venue’s grounds. Located in Northamptonshire, the four-star countryside hotel is nestled in acres of tranquil ancient parkland, making it the perfect destination to get away. At just a ten-minute drive from the M1 and within easy reach of Oxford, Stowe and Stratford-upon-Avon, it’s also the ideal location for a short break away. For full terms and conditions and to enter, visit Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Our florists are very happy to discuss any special requirements you may have, we can help bring your ideas to life! Greenfingers, 178 High Road, Chilwell Nottinghamshire, NG9 5BB Tel: 0115 943 0792 Email: We are a family run business and have been established for over 23 years. We offer an extensive range of styles from traditional to contemporary, whatever the occasion we can fulfil your wishes.

GOINGlocal Tie the knot in and around Northamptonshire DODMOOR HOUSE 01327 341 736 | Dodmoor House is a rustic and charming wedding venue made up of three elegant but rustic-stone barns, one for ceremonies, one for wedding breakfasts and the other for overnight stays. The rustic and charming interior features fresh and earthy tones plus plenty of character with original brickwork and beams throughout the spaces. Light fills the rooms in the summer and in the winter, the space is cosy with plenty of fairylights and candles. Say “I do” in the Courtyard Barn, an intimate space that can accommodate 96 guests and features views over the courtyard. With ceiling beams, a stone floor and a wooden-pallet backdrop, it’s a beautiful space that guests will love. Or opt for the Catesby Barn, which can accommodate 58 people for more intimate ceremonies. The barn boasts high ceilings, fairylights, hanging candelabras and a mezzanine balcony. For those looking to exchange vows outside, say “I do” in the courtyard, the garden, behind the Catesby Barn, outside the main house or on the lawn. Depending on where ceremonies are held, wedding breakfasts take place in one of the barns – usually the Catesby Barn. Each one has various table layouts for different capacities, so it’s always worth talking to the team for more information. The Catesby Barn is the perfect location for evening receptions; here couples will find the main bar and while the tables are cleared after the meal, nearlyweds can enjoy the early evening in the courtyard and the other spaces. An overnight stay on the wedding night in the Honeymoon Suite is included within the venue’s hire fee and a continental breakfast is served the following day. The property hosts regular open evenings to allow couples and loved ones to visit the venue and see it in all its glory. Lovebirds can also meet a selection of recommended suppliers and sample canapés, drinks and sweet treats. The team also offers a hire range of décor items such as table plans and help from a personal wedding coordinator to make the planning experience less stressful for couples. 15 LOCAL VENUES

SHEARSBY BATH 01162 478 202 | Set idyllic countryside, Shearsby Bath is a stone’s throw away from the historical and well-loved village of Shearsby. With more than five acres of landscaped gardens, the dazzling grounds create the perfect backdrop to wedding photography with plenty of picture-perfect areas to discover. The family-run venue provides a beautiful wedding setting with exceptional cuisine, elegant décor, the finest hospitality and attention to detail. The Old Spa Room creates a stunning location for ceremonies with 141 people and features an elegant atmosphere, original oak beams and panelling. Or why not exchange vows in the stunning Veil Bandstand, which is situated in the heart of the Secret Garden and has no restrictions on guest numbers. Receptions can occur in The Orangery for 70-day guests and 120 in the evenings; this is the ideal location for drinks receptions, wedding breakfasts or intimate discos. Alternatively, the marquee can accommodate 350 for a sit-down meal and is an entirely self-contained space that’s available all year round. Over the years, the Houston family has witnessed many couples trying to coordinate all their essential wedding elements and have seen first-hand how stressful and difficult this can be for them. With their wealth of contacts and creative experience, the team has orchestrated an impressive range of inclusive wedding experiences to make the process far more enjoyable. When couples book the venue, they’ll receive a complimentary tasting session and help from the wedding coordinator. HELLIDON LAKES HOTEL 01327 262550 | Nestled within 220 acres of Northamptonshire countryside, Hellidon Lakes Hotel offers a stunning backdrop for weddings. The venue can be found within the most beautiful grounds with eight charming lakes and provides a picture-perfect location for weddings of all sizes. With four beautiful suites available for ceremonies and receptions, 110 on-site bedrooms, a relaxing spa, a bowling alley and a 27-hole golf course, couples can make the most of their wedding celebrations! Ceremonies can take place in the Holywell Suite with 100 people, who will love the spacious and airy room that overlooks the terrace. For larger celebrations, the Stratford Suite can fit 240 guests. Continue the celebrations in the Marston Suite with 180 loved ones. The space is the largest room with its own private lounge and bar area, toilets and links to the Courtyard. Or opt for the Warwick Suite, which can host 140 people and boosts views over the grounds. The suite has a private lounge, bar space, toilets, an entrance from the main car park and a terrace. Included in the venue’s packages is a complimentary menu tasting session for the couple to sample dishes for their big day. Those who book the Enchanted Package will receive a night’s stay in the honeymoon suite and an anniversary stay. 16

WHITTLEBURY PARK 01327 857 857 | Nestled in 700 acres of tranquil-ancient parkland, Whittlebury Park is a luxurious four-star hotel that provides a peaceful and elegant setting for wedding celebrations. There are three stunning venues on-site for couples to pick from, including The Orangery, The Pavilion and The Atrium. Orangeries became fashionable in the Georgian period and some beautiful examples of these buildings still survive today. The one at this property is set in the heart of the grounds and can accommodate 100 people for ceremonies. The old-stone flagged floor, enchanting piano and sweeping wrought-iron staircase provide a dream setting for grand entrances. The two oak trees, adjacent waterfall and lawns outside the venue are the ideal backdrop to wedding photography. Or why not exchange vows in The Atrium, a versatile space that can cater for 40 to 400 loved ones? With large windows and two balconies, couples will have spectacular views across the parkland and beyond. A great option for receptions is The Pavilion, which opens out onto a large terrace and lawn with a woodland area. Inside, The Banqueting Room is perfect for wedding breakfasts with 120 guests and more in the evening. The space resembles a marquee with the addition of white lining in the summer and a starlight ceiling in the winter with crystal chandeliers. Here couples will find a fully-licensed bar, a private courtyard, sofas for those who want to relax, a dancefloor and endless photo opportunities. Whittlebury Park also offers outdoor-tipi weddings for up to 150 people. The canvas-tipi tents are made from Scandinavian slow grown spruce and a waterproof hand-stitched canvas. It provides warmth in the winter and remains cool in the summer. The venue offers wedding guests preferential accommodation rates at the hotel. If guests wish to extend their stay to a weekend, they can benefit from a special dinner, bed and breakfast rates for any additional nights. CROCKWELL FARM Crockwell Farm enjoys a tranquil location in the south Northamptonshire countryside with stunning rural views, extensive gardens and grounds. The venue is comprised of the original stone vaulted barn, a recently refurbished rustic bar and dining room. Check out: BARTON HALL HOTEL Located on the outskirts of Barton Seagrave village, Barton Hall stands amongst the extensive gardens, mature trees and wildlife. The historic Grade II listed house is built with local stone and offers boutique styling. Check out: ABINGTON PARK MUSEUM Abington Park Museum is located in a Grade I listed manor house that provides a beautiful backdrop for weddings. The venue dates back to the 1500s and has been a rural Medieval farm manor house, country house, asylum and was once home to Shakespeare’s granddaughter. Check out: WOOD FARM AT EVERDON Located in 80 acres of land, Wood Farm at Everdon is a beautiful barn venue that has versatility to suit many individual needs. With facilities on two floors, couples can use the venue to their liking. They can have the ceremony upstairs in the Bluebell Loft, followed by a wedding breakfast and reception downstairs. Check out: Also check out… 17 LOCAL VENUES

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. Kilworth House stands apart from the everyday world – a place of timeless warmth, elegance and gracious living set amid 38 acres of rolling parkland. Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE Telephone: 01858 880058 Stunning Lakeside Wedding Venue in East Northamptonshire If you are planning your wedding and looking for a blank canvas to style your day, then Berryfields could be perfect for you. This secluded wedding venue hidden away in the Nene Valley boasts countryside views overlooking a private lake. With so much space Berryfields is truly a beautiful place to relax and enjoy your wedding day celebrations. /berryfieldsevents 01780 784828 |

Once upon a time Exchange vows in a fairytale setting THE RENAISSANCE AT KELHAM HALL 01636 390 500 | Set in 42 acres of picturesque gardens and manicured lawns, The Renaissance at Kelham Hall offers a balance of elegance and grandeur at every turn. The building is a stunning 19th-century mansion that provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and photographs. A golf buggy is available for lovebirds to explore the grounds during photo sessions. Some popular spaces are the gardens created by the famous Victorian gardener WA Nesfield, who also worked at Regents Park in London. A knowledgeable and dedicated team of event professionals will leave nothing to chance and guide pairs through every planning milestone, from a professional wedding planner assisting lovebirds to the catering team providing meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Everything from canapés and plated wedding breakfasts to casual buffets and hog roasts can be catered for. For those with a preferred caterer in mind, the venue provides private event hire access for other companies to use the kitchens. The Renaissance at Kelham Hall is fully licensed for wedding ceremonies with scope for outdoor weddings, or pairs can say “I do” at St Wilfrid’s Church on the grounds. For those after non-religious ceremonies with a church feel, The Lady Chapel is where the Manners-Sutton family worshipped and provides fantastic acoustics for 70 guests to enjoy. Or why not opt for The Music Room, which can accommodate 100 people and features beautiful-high ceilings with a central fire place – it’s the perfect backdrop for the vows. Plus, the hand-painted ceiling artwork is sure to catch everyone’s eye. With stunning high ceilings and original archways, the Carriage Court is the perfect State Room for whimsically romantic services with 200 loved ones. For larger events, The Great Hall is the second largest dome in England, which was built by Anglican Monks, and provides a real wow factor for 650 nearest and dearest. Magnificent stained-glass windows and archways add real character to this space. Receptions can take place in the Dining Room with 70 guests who will love the beautiful views over the parterre, the original fire place and hand-painted arched ceilings – the room provides the perfect setting for a stately home feel. For outdoor weddings, the newly renovated courtyard marquee can act as a stunning backdrop for 460 people to enjoy. Or celebrations can continue in the Carriage Court or The Great Hall with 150 and 500 people respectively. After the celebrations, guests can retreat to the private lodge on-site. FAIRYTALE VENUES 19

RUSHTON HALL HOTEL AND SPA 01536 713 001 | Rushton Hall is a Grade I listed building conveniently located in Northamptonshire between the M1 and the A14 – perfect for guests travelling in. Upon arriving at the hotel’s entrance, guests will be greeted by the wonderfully manicured lawns. The incredible gardening team preserve and condition the grounds throughout all the seasons; so couples are sure to have a stunning backdrop to weddings all year round. The lake provides a refreshing break in the countryside and offers many photographic opportunities. The venue offers a traditional style with a contemporary twist. Each wedding space is located within The Orangery, which allows guests to enjoy the day uninterrupted and offers views of the stunning gardens. With a breathtaking stone façade, the Orangery is in keeping with the rest of the historical building. Inside, the property boasts exquisite interiors, intricate ceilings, beautiful windows, crystal chandeliers and stunning stone floors. With original features from the 15th-century as well as magnificent décor, grand wooden floors and roaring log fires, the hall will wow guests. Rushton Hall features 51 individually styled bedrooms with a selection of double, twin and family rooms that are all equipped with en suite bathrooms or shower rooms as well as two newly refurbished luxury lodges. The experienced restaurant team strives to deliver an unforgettable dining experience – be it for fine dining in the restaurant, afternoon tea in the Great Hall or one of the stunning State Rooms. The beautiful Stable Yard Spa offers a wide range of treatments and facilities – perfect for pre or post-wedding treatments. The Picture Gallery is the perfect space for ceremonies with 180 people and the Minstrel Balcony is ideal for a string quartet to create memorable atmospheres. Or exchange vows in the Ballroom with 250 loved ones, the space cannot fail to impress with high ornate ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Receptions with up to 500 people can take place in the Grand Hall, which features a bar area alongside a magnificent fire place and stone flooring. Or The Ballroom, The Picture Gallery and The State Room can be opened up to create space for 300 loved ones. Rushton Hall offers couples a complimentary first-anniversary stay on the night of their wedding. Leading up to their special day, pairs will receive a food tasting session to try some dishes. KILWORTH HOUSE 01858 880 058 | Set in 38 acres of rolling parkland, Kilworth House is an elegant venue located in the heart of rural Leicestershire. With breathtaking views, expansive grounds, fine dining, luxurious accommodation and an outdoor theatre, what’s not to love about this property? The hotel lies at the end of an inviting tree-lined approach that leads guests through the tranquil grounds to the well-maintained lawns and south-facing façade. Guests will love exploring the parklands and woodland areas, which create gorgeous backdrops to images. Exchange vows with 130 guests in the fully-restored Victorian Orangery, which features glorious rural views and vibrant natural lighting. After the vows, couples can enjoy drinks receptions on the terrace before returning to the Orangery for wedding breakfasts. Alternatively, The Wordsworth Room features a domed ceiling with glittering chandeliers and can accommodate 40 people for the vows. Next door, pairs can use the Library Restaurant for showstopping wedding breakfasts. With a cosy setting, views over the Knot Garden, fairytale bookcases and a Victorian fire place, what location could be better? For more intimate weddings, the Shakespeare Room is perfect for celebrations with 20 loved ones and features ornate décor. The space brings intimacy and grandeur to both wedding ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. After dancing the night away, loved ones can retreat to the stunning bedrooms for a good night’s rest. They can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings in peace as exclusive hire is available from 3.00 pm on the day of arrival to 9.00 am the following morning. When couples book the venue, they’ll receive a complimentary menu tasting session. © Chris Haley Photography 20

THE RIDING SCHOOL, CALKE ABBEY 01332 501 252 | The Riding School is a charming red-brick barn situated upon 600 acres of incredible parkland at 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 and 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 space, couples can create traditional and formal soirees to more rustic laid-back events. 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 people to party the night away. 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. When couples book the venue for their special day, they’ll receive a year’s National Trust Membership and a free tasting session before their wedding. HODSOCK PRIORY Hodsock Priory was lovingly restored in 1829 and has been the home to the Buchanan family for nine generations. Down the sweeping driveway, couples will approach the Grade I listed Tudor Gatehouse and find beautiful gardens surrounding the property. Check out: SHERWOOD GLADE Situated on 25 acres of private woodland, Sherwood Glade creates the ideal location for weddings. Located in Sherwood Forest, famously associated with the legend of Robin Hood, the woods are home to incredible wildlife and ancient oak trees. There are many trails for romantic strolls under the tree canopies and picture-perfect spaces to capture showstopping images. Check out: TISSINGTON HALL Nestled in the heart of the Peak District National Park, Tissington Hall is a beautiful location with countryside views. Francis FitzHerbert built the Grade II listed building, which features an imposing southern approach via a grand gateway followed by an avenue of lime trees. Check out: THE PETWOOD HOTEL 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, and boasts AA rosette dining. Check out: Also check out… 21 FAIRYTALE 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

Located in Retford, Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa is a luxurious property that provides the perfect setting for pre-wedding getaways, hen or stag dos, weddings and minimoons. When the opportunity arose to see the venue in person, I couldn’t wait to discover what makes the hotel such a popular destination. TIME TO RELAX Upon arrival, we headed straight to the spa where I was greeted by the friendly staff who showed us around and were on-hand throughout the whole experience to cater for our every need. After being handed robes and slippers, we started off our day with the foot spas before discovering the 11 thermal experiences and the indoor/outdoor vitality pool with water massage jets. My favourite spots were the salt inhalation room and the shower walk which alternated between warm and cold settings. My partner loved the snow storm walk the most, a cold experience that helps boost your immune system. We also enjoyed the sauna, stone bath and steam rooms, each have many benefits for the mind and body. After going back and forth between rooms, we decided to relax on one of the alpine chalets before testing out the rattan apple and my favourite, the heated loungers. We had a lovely meal in the Herb Garden Brasserie halfway through our spa day. Here we enjoyed corn-fed chicken with confit chicken bon bon, corn purée and thyme Parisienne potatoes followed by a white chocolate cheesecake with salted caramel, caramelised white chocolate crumb and cocoa tuile. Why our food was going down, we enjoyed the Sabbia Med session that left us feeling completely relaxed. The 30-minute cycle replicates sunrise to sunset in a dreamy beach setting with a sandy floor, the sound of crashing waves and painted walls to mimic the seaside. The low levels of UV releases plenty of vitamin D and leaves you feeling fabulous. WINE AND DINE After spending most of the day relaxing, it was time for dinner in the Restaurant 1650. The AA Rosette restaurant and bistro offers an extensive menu with plenty of options for even the pickiest eaters. The talented chefs create delicious dishes using fresh and local produce where possible, which is evident from the flavours. To start I opted for carrot and coriander soup before tucking into a beer battered haddock with chips, mushy peas and bread and butter. What better way to end the meal than a crème brulé that was cooked to perfection? One thing that really stood out to me was the dining setting with oak panelling, a contemporary art décor bar and historic touches that provided a homely and cosy atmosphere. REST YOUR HEAD With plenty of rooms, suites and lodges, guests can rest their heads after a full day of pampering. I was lucky enough to spend the night in The Grove, a stunning two-storey lodge that provided the ideal location for a relaxing night in with a lounge, mini kitchen, roll-top bath and walk-in shower. The charming interior and spacious rooms created the perfect setting, we spent the night curled up on the sofa watching movies before heading to bed. In the morning we were greeted by freshly-baked bread, pastries, fruit, meats and cheeses for breakfast. Not forgetting the fabulous selection of cooked food including all types of eggs, porridge, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage and more. There are also vegan and vegetarian full breakfast options too. After the perfect start to the morning, it was sadly time to pack up and go home. However, me and my partner are already playing our trip to return at Christmas, which I know will be oh-so romantic and festive! Book your stay here: pre-wedding getaway The ultimate Olivia Gibson discovers Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa REVIEW 23 DID YOU KNOW? Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa can also host stunning weddings in its six licensed spaces including the Fairtyale Oak Pavilion in the pictureperfect gardens.

Moments that Sophie and Will had the perfect wedding surrounded by loved ones Images courtesy of Rosie Kelly Photography MATTER 24

Sophie and Will were both living in London when they first met on Tinder and happened to only be a five-minute walk from each other. After they both swiped right and had a brief chat on the app, they decided to meet up and go on a date – the rest is history! Will proposed to Sophie while on a trip travelling through Belize and Mexico for two weeks. She says, “It was the last day of our holiday when he popped the question on the balcony at our hotel in Tulum. He’d been trying to do it the whole trip but could never find the right moment or pluck up the courage!” SETTING THE SCENE When planning their dream wedding, the pair wanted one big party for everyone to get together and enjoy. They set the date for September 11th 2021, and created the perfect wedding. The pair tied the knot at St Helen’s Church in Lincolnshire, a place where Sophie attended growing up and happened to be where most of her family got married. She says, “My grandparents are also churchwardens there and my nan did the flowers for the ceremony, which was a special way of getting her involved.” The pair headed to Sophie’s parents’ property, Westwood Farm, after exchanging vows for the reception. “Planning a wedding at home was great as we had free rein to do what we wanted, it took a lot of organising to remember every last detail,” shares the bride. The reception took place under a traditional-style sailcloth marquee; inside was decorated with two old ladders covered in ivy and hanging festoon lights. Each table featured beautiful floral centrepieces with natural and loose-style flowers. Guest could find their seats thanks to the table plan, which was created using an old frame and an easel. Different-shaped slates were used for the table numbers. For favours the pair made two flavours of homemade gin to give to guests: Westwood Farm Damson Gin from the venue’s damson tree and Yeaton Raspberry Gin from Will’s parents’ raspberries in Shropshire. Canapés served at the drinks reception included soy and honey sausages, shredded beef croquettes with horseradish, crab cakes, onion bhajis, sticky pulled pork bao and cheese and red onion tarts. For the wedding breakfast, guests enjoyed Lincolnshire beef or butternut Rossini for the main and a trio of desserts. To keep loved ones from going hungry in the evening, sticky lamb in brioche buns were served by Westwood Farm Lamb. The pair had one cask ale from Shropshire and one from Lincolnshire to help their guests feel at home. Unfortunately, the cake supplier caught Covid-19 the day before the wedding and it was too late to do anything about it, so the pair decided to make do without a cake. However, Will’s cousin surprised them on the day by getting Colin the Caterpillar cakes. LOOKING THE PART When it came to finding her dream gown, the bride visited Carina B Couture, where the team guided her through the process of finding the one. Due to covid, Sophie couldn’t take anyone into the appointment with her, but set up a video call with her mum and sister. She fell in love with a Sassi Holford gown and knew it would be perfect for her day. Sophie says, “When I tried the dress on, I loved the long sleeves and low V-neck. It was really comfortable as the bottom was loose and flowing, so I didn’t feel like I needed to watch what I ate or drank on the day!” The bride wore a veil for the ceremony, which was substituted with a pearl headband in the evening. The groom and groomsmen all wore traditional morning suits, but Will REAL WEDDINGS 25

wore a different waistcoat and had an emerald green tie to stand out from the others. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in different style dresses in the same colour. TIME TO CELEBRATE The couple hired The Baltic Donkeys to keep guests entertained. The band was absolutely amazing and a massive hit with guests – they had everyone on the dancefloor all night! The horse trailer photo booth was also popular with guests, and the pair now has plenty of great photos that get more entertaining as the night progressed. The bride says, “My brother-in-law Tom also made a cornhole garden game for people to play during the day, which went down a treat.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS The day was full of memorable moments, but seeing Will for the first time stood out most to Sophie. She says, “I was so nervous before the ceremony but felt so happy and excited as soon as I saw him – I couldn’t stop smiling!” It meant the world to the couple that their loved ones could be a part of their day. The bride comments, “It felt like the first wedding, which was almost completely unaffected by Covid, except from the cake. We could invite all the guests we wanted, were able to sing in church and dance with live music!” HONEYMOON After the perfect day, the couple went away on a honeymoon to Afionas in Corfu for a week. They stayed in a beautiful little village on a clifftop overlooking the sea, which has a few amazing restaurants with great views. The pair had a room with their own private pool, which was special and really relaxing for them both. 26

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