Your East Midlands Wedding - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 53)

DEC 2022/JAN 2023 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A luxurious getaway Discover winter wedding venues Baby it ’s cold outside TRUE LOVE Love at FIRST BITE Catering and sweet treats Heartwarming wedding stories Fashion icon Must-have gowns and accessories

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

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 63 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 77 COMPETITION A luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse CONTENTS DECEMBER 2022/JANUARY 2023 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Stunning properties in and around Derbyshire 21 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Discover showstopping venues perfect for winter On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from Amy and Lewis’s wedding on page 31, which was captured by the talented 67 21 FEATURES 43 DELICIOUS DISHES The ultimate A to Z guide to wedding catering 67 PARTY TIME! Keep your guests entertained from morning till dusk 74 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Our guide to creating the ultimate seasonal celebration 3

REAL WEDDINGS 24 BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Michelle and Peter tied the knot at The Royal Arms Hotel in Sutton Cheney 31 WINTER WINDS Amy and Lewis’s monochrome wedding featured a forest green colour scheme 37 LOVE TRAIN Bryony and Jonny had a stunning vintage-inspired wedding HONEYMOONS 78 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 80 GREECE IS THE WORD Summer in Santorini and Athens 82 IN LOVE WITH THE LAKES A myriad of delights lie in wait in The Lake District for UK honeymooners 84 PURE LUXURY Discover The Belfry Hotel & Resorts in Sutton Coldfield FASHION & BEAUTY 47 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 48 WHAT’S TRENDING? This is what brides-to-be will be wearing in 2023 56 SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND Dazzle this festive season in gold, pearls, charms and diamonds 58 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 60 SKIN FOOD Discover how to achieve that much-desired bridal glow the natural way, through a healthy diet of skin-loving foods 61 BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with top expert advice 48 24 78 72 37 GROOMS 71 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 72 WINTER LUXE The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be 58 4

WEDDINGS AT PEAK EDGE Nestled on the edge of Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District National Park, serenity and sophistication come together to create an elegant setting for your special day at four-star Peak Edge Hotel. Peak Edge offers all you need to make your perfect country wedding a reality, with stunning grounds, far-reaching views, oak beams, vaulted dining rooms and roaring open fires to set the scene. Please contact our team of friendly wedding planners to discuss your special day, by emailing or call us on 01246 566142. DARLEY ROAD | STONEDGE | CHESTERFI ELD | DERBYSHI RE | S45 0LW TEL : 01246 566142 WWW. PEAKEDGEHOTEL .CO.UK AA DERBYSHIRE’S IDYLLIC WEDDING VENUE

Discover plenty of ways to add the wow factor to your wedding with our entertainment feature. Looking for your dream gown? We’ve selected some showstopping dresses that are sure to turn heads – thank us later! 67 Getting the setting right is key when creating the perfect wedding. So we’ve gathered venues to showcase the incredible spaces on offer around the region to help. Hello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding! I don’t know about you, but this year has flown by – I’m still unsure where the last few months have gone. As we say hello to 2023, I can’t help but reflect on the past year and what an incredible 12 months it has been with many unforgettable moments, milestones and new experiences. I’m so thankful to have created many amazing memories with loved ones and finally be able to travel again to some amazing destinations. You’re in for a treat this issue with some oh-so-glamorous weddings full of inspiration and showstopping touches – best grab your paper and pen! We’ve gathered top advice from experts to help make the planning process much more manageable, no matter if you’ve just popped the question or are about to tie the knot. Every couple wants to look their big-day best on their special day. That’s why we have features dedicated to beauty, bridalwear and attire for the grooms. It’s important you feel confident and the very best version of yourself. We’ve been busy sourcing the very best venues for winter nuptials as well as focusing on some lovely Derbyshire properties this issue. I hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as I loved putting it together. That’s all from me, have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Editor, Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Winter winds 21 48 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator 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

77 For those planning a winter wedding, check out our ultimate guide to seasonal nuptials. I love everything about Lewis and Amy’s wedding, espeically the beautiful colour scheme. Psst, save10 per cent off wedding photography with RFC Photography. Bryony and Jonny used a steam train for their wedding transport, which created the perfect backdrop to photographs! 74 13 31 37 24I’m in love with Michelle’s wedding bouquet, which featured English wildflowers. Enter for a chance to win a mini-moon worth up to £2,000 – what are you waiting for? EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Located in Retford, Serenity Blooms has been awarded the Wedding Florist Regional Winner at The Wedding Industry Awards 2023. The company started in 2020 and the team have worked hard to provide clients with stunning hand-crafted floral arrangements using locally grown florals. To be recognised for this means the world to owner Sarah Fulcher. She says, “I’m absolutely over the moon to receive the award! I’m not sure it will ever sink in that I have won; I was overwhelmed to have even been nominated by my customers. The couples I’ve worked with have all been wonderful and unique, which makes the job so rewarding. I’m so lucky to get to do something that I love and work with some wonderful people.” Sarah uses her knowledge and experience to create something truly magical for lovebirds. She only works with one couple per week, allowing her to get to know clients and tailor her services to them. Sarah comments, “We’ll work together to design every aspect of your day to bring in details that are important to you, whether that be a particular flower, a favourite colour or honouring a loved one.” Discover more: WINNER! With a handful of shops around the UK, including Nottingham, Berry’s Jewellers has won Family-Owned Watch Retailer of The Year and Retail Leadership Team of The Year at the 2022 WatchPro Awards. The awards, which cover different aspects of the watch industry, took place in London during a showstopping gala dinner and the team are thrilled with the achievements. The managing director Simon Walton says, “We’re delighted to celebrate our 125th anniversary alongside the WatchPro Awards 2022. Receiving these awards demonstrates the hard work the family and our incredible team at Berry’s have put into the business. We also thank our customers for being the main driver of our success – we truly appreciate them all.” Since 1897, the team has been working with clients to help them find memorable jewellery and watches for special occasions. Discover more: PURE RELAXATION Located in the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside, the team at Whittlebury Spa has created a range of spa packages after starting a new partnership with the wellbeing band ESPA. The luxurious spa will now be offering three different spa days and three spa breaks that incorporate natural products and individual treatments. With options for a half-day spa to overnight trips for the ultimate getaway, each one includes Heat and Ice experiences that helps eliminate any worries or stress as well as an ESPA treatment. The spa manager Sophie Clear says, “Our new range of packages will enhance our spa offering with the latest in cutting-edge treatments, natural wellbeing and sustainable products. ESPA is the gold standard for luxurious, naturally effective skincare, and our new tailored packages offer the ultimate pampering experiences with treatments to suit everyone.” The four-star countryside hotel is nestled in hundreds of acres, making it the perfect destination to get away from it all. 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 or to explore the delights of the local area. For more information, visit: LOCAL NEWS 9

LOOKING FOR MORE INSPIRATION? Here at CWM HQ we’re literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We’d go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we’ve created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. It’s full of tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings – after all, if we’re honest, who doesn’t love being a bit nosey! And we haven’t stopped there, as you’ll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks. We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit subscribe so you never miss a thing? It’s your onestop shop for wedding vid-spiration! Simply head to YouTube and search County Wedding Magazines or click here: NEW SPA DAY Situated in Derbyshire, The Spa at Breedon Priory has launched a Living Well Spa Day that’s perfect for those looking for the ultimate relaxing session. The new package has been created to help people focus on their health and wellbeing. Thanks to their expert knowledge, the team will guide guests through an exciting day of reflection and learning as they discover simple ways to create a better lifestyle. What better way to start the day than with a 75 minute sunrise holistic practice with the option of Yoga, Thai Chi,or Qi Gong as well as a 30-minute guided meditation session? Then indulge on a refreshing smoothie before heading to the thermal facilities followed by a two-course lunch in The Terrace Restaurant. With full access to The Wellbeing Suite and Thermal Pods from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, there isn’t a better way to relax with loved ones or escape from wedding planning. The spa’s holistic health practitioner Victoria Jones says, “The thought of change feels like an overwhelming mission that’s often coated in guilt. But unless we act, nothing will improve and instead it will get progressively worse. Now is the time to value your health and wellbeing above all else. To put the work in and implement simple lifestyle strategies and small but effective habits that will make a real difference to how you feel – this spa package at Breedon Priory is just how.” For those looking for the ultimate retreat, The Spa at Breedon Priory has teamed up with the award-winning Georgian Breedon Hall Country House B&B, which is only a short drive away. Couples can book an overnight stay for the perfect getaway. Discover more about the company: WEDDING SHOWCASE The White Hart Inn is hosting a wedding showcase on Sunday 22nd January 2023. Situated at the edge of the Peak District, the countryside wedding venue offers the perfect setting for weddings. The reclaimed brick and stone walls with solid oak beams uphold the original character of the building and is beautifully entwined with contemporary elegance to create a whimsical spot to host special events. From first glance to the first dance as newlyweds, the expert wedding team will be on hand to ensure all celebrations go smoothly. With bespoke packages for all budgets, they’ll collaborate with pairs to bring their dream weddings to life. Couples can learn what their special day at the venue could be like by visiting the wedding showcase and seeing The White Hart Inn professionally styled. The wonderful wedding team will also be on hand to answer any questions. Prebook free tickets ( and check out more information about the venue here: 10

Multi-award winning hair and beauty salon, and make-up artist. Published and featured in national magazines. NATALIE GEORGE , THE MAKEOVER FAIRY 01472 343366 | | themakeoverfairynatgeorge I love being part of a wedding day, whether its make up or hair, or both! My favourite part is seeing someones reaction when they look in the mirror once I have done hair or make up, I have to had shrieks of delight, hugs, smiles etc.. its so rewarding. There is nothing that feels as good as making a woman feel good about herself, especially on her wedding day. While there are many reasons to hire and hairstylist and make up artist for your wedding day, your wedding will be forever remembered through wedding photographs and the hiring of professional artists will help ensure that you are flawless and beautiful the day of and into the lasting moments of your big day. (ps, your photographer will love you for it too!) Dress by Bridal Reloved Caistor, and photography by Photography by Roberta

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. Jools Wedding Celebrant HAVE YOUR SPECIAL DAY THE WAY YOU ALWAYS IMAGINED IT TO BE Why not design your own exclusive ceremony with me and make it truly unique to you. JOOLSWEDDINGCELEBRANT.CO.UK | 07712624083

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUREASTMIDLANDS.WEDDING MOMENTS FROZEN IN TIME Months of preparation go into weddings, and each moment of the day is precious. Keeping memories alive is essential, so trust someone who can capture showstopping images all year round. Award-winning photographer Russell Croucher is a British Institute of Professional Photography member who has worked with couples all around the East Midlands using state-of-the-art equipment. With more than 20 years of experience in weddings and portrait photography, he captures the beauty and power of single moments flawlessly. We’ve teamed up with RFC Photography to offer readers 10 per cent off wedding bookings when they quote Your East Midlands Wedding before January 31st 2023. Discover more about the company here: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs STYLE STATEMENT On your wedding day, light up the room in these statement gold ear climber earrings which bedazzle with four intricately cut moonstone gems. The sparkling gemstones, in a staggered line, descend in size and sit in an 18k gold-plated setting. Every detail has been well thought out, from the size of the stones to the slight curve of the earrings, creating the perfect mesmerising bold earring for a bold woman. Founded by Ramona Gohil, an inspirational female entrepreneur passionate about her British Indian heritage and culture Rani & Co is not just any jewellery brand; its crafted unique pieces symbolise how powerful women can be. Check out County Wedding Magazines’ readers have the chance to win a pair of Rani & Co Moonstone Climber Earrings worth £64.99! Freebies &OFFERS 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 Derbyshire STRETTON MANOR BARN 01246 511 676 | Located in 22 acres of stunning countryside, Stretton Manor Barn offers the perfect setting for showstopping weddings. The venue, which was lovingly built in 2020 exclusively for weddings, provides a secluded and easily assessable location for all to enjoy. The team are on hand to help make the planning process more manageable while ensuring everything goes to plan at all events – meaning couples can relax knowing their day is in safe hands. The barn features natural and rustic materials, including reclaimed stonework, traditional-timber cladding and handcrafted oak furniture. Guests love the fairylights, chandeliers, freestanding fire pits and outdoor heaters that all help to give the barn a beautiful and natural glow – perfect for capturing spectacular photo opportunities. The venue can host ceremonies with 100 people either in the stunning converted barn or on the outdoor terrace and lawned area overlooking meadows. Continue the celebrations with in the barn with 140 people who will love the open plan spaces and 8m bi-fold doors that lead guests to panoramic views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. 15 LOCAL VENUES

TISSINGTON HALL 01335 352 200 | Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Peak District National Park, Tissington Hall is truly an unrivalled location with beautiful country views. The historic 17th-century building is a fabulous setting for weddings and can be hired exclusively for each event. Francis FitzHerbert built the Grade II listed building, which features an imposing southern approach via a grand gateway and an avenue of lime trees. Couples will fall in love with the gardens that stretch more than five acres and provides the perfect backdrop to wedding photography. Exchange vows in the Main Hall, which can accommodate 90 people inside and 120 outside on the terrace. The space includes original features such as the elegant and ornate Jacobean fire place. For religious ceremonies, The Church of St. Mary’s is only a short walk away and can host 150 loved ones. Guests can enjoy drinks receptions in the hall and around the gardens with guests having the opportunity to wander around the rooms in the hall and seek out their favourite books in the library The Arboretum Pavilion marquee offers gorgeous panoramic views across the parkland and has been specifically designed to house fabulous receptions in the gardens. The marquee has been finished to the highest standard with stunning crystal chandeliers and a starlit ceiling, which provides a romantic atmosphere. Or why not opt for The Pavilion for wedding breakfasts with 150 people and evening receptions with 200? For intimate wedding breakfasts with 60 people, the stunning 18th-century Carriage House has been sympathetically restored and retains many of its original features. An additional 20 guests can join the evening receptions. Why leave the beautiful Tissington Estate when the venue can accommodate up to 17 guests within the Tissington village? The Bridal Suite is a romantic space that has been tastefully decorated and furnished. It comprises of a large bed, a dressing table, a chaise lounge and a roll-top bath. RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA 01246 280 077 | Nestled in Chesterfield, Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa is an impressive Georgian manor house set within 19th-century formal gardens. Everything has been lovingly restored to its former glory, from a rolling parkland to a secret woodland area and kitchen garden. The venue’s charming interior features elegant touches, high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and period features. The Portland Suite has large windows, which provide plenty of natural lighting for ceremonies and receptions with 80 people. Another option is the Chatsworth Suite with views over the sweeping lawns. Lovebirds can exchange vows surrounded by 85 people, 50 for wedding breakfasts and 80 in the evenings. Or, why not opt for The Hollingwood Suite, which can accommodate 60 for the vows and 40 later in the day? For larger weddings, the Ringwood Suite can host ceremonies with up to 250 loved ones, 130 for wedding breakfasts and 250 for evening celebrations. For more intimate days, The Cavendish suite is great and features excellent views over the gardens. Situated on the rolling lawns, the Garden Pavilion is a picture-perfect space for outdoor ceremonies as well as the Italian Gardens, which features a beautiful pergola. The grounds are ideal for receptions with 180 guests during the day and 350 in the evenings. 16

Steeped in history, on the banks of Rutland Water, Normanton Park is the ideal setting WEDDING FAYRE Sunday 26th February 10.30am - 2.30pm The Perfect Wedding Venue By RutlandWater Anywhere else is just second best! Rutland Water, South Shore, Rutland, LE15 8RP tel: 01780 720315 e-mail: NORMANTON PARK HOTEL 7 Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Notts, NG21 9NL Jayne Clarke 01623 824946 www. theflowerroom theflowerroom .edwinstowe Mapperley Farm Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue A highly sought after outdoor Wedding & Event Venue for hire in Derbyshire Welcome to Mapperley Farm Events Venue. We are nestled in the tranquil village of Mapperley between Derby & Nottingham within 160 acres of picturesque grassland & woodlands. MAP P ER L EY FARM , MA I N S TR E ET, MAP P ER L EY, I LK E S TON, DERBY SH I R E , DE 7 6 BY 07807 812938 - - Book online at for your exclusive visit

weddings & special events Turn the beautiful Grade II* listed Delapré Abbey into yours for the day. Whether you’re planning an elaborate celebration or something intimate, we can provide a bespoke service from ceremony, wedding breakfast, through to evening reception. We’d love to discuss your ideas for your big day. Get in touch on or 01604 974421. weddingsatdelapre Image: Pixidrome 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 |

Also check out… HEATHLAND GROVE Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Heathland Grove is a luxurious and charming property that provides the perfect location for private functions, weddings and corporate events. Located close to the A38 towards Burton on Trent, the property is ideal for guests travelling in. Discover more: LOSEHILL HOUSE HOTEL & SPA Losehill House Hotel & Spa is situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park in a secluded spot with stunning views overlooking the countryside. The property is set amongst the best countryside for walking and outdoor activities in England. Discover more: THE RIDING SCHOOL, CALKE ABBEY Set amidst 600 acres of picturesque parkland, The Riding School is an 18th-century manor house that will transport guests to a Bygone era of glamour and elegance. The manicured gardens, flowers and beautiful greenhouses are just some of the scenic highlights on the grounds of this estate. Discover more: OSMASTON PARK Situated on a 3,000-acre park on the edge of a quintessentially English village, Osmaston Park is a private wedding venue in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. The venue boasts jaw-dropping views over the surrounding lakes, woodland area and parkland. Discover more: 19 LOCAL VENUES

Prices start from £2700 for packages for 30 guests, £3900 for packages for 40 guests and £5000 for packages for 60 guests Contact us on for more information The Dower House Hotel, Manor Estate, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6PY | 01526 352588 A stunning country house hotel, with 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 W I N T E R W E D D I N G WINTER WEDDING SPECIAL OFFER; including all you need for a perfect wedding day in January, February, March or November 2023

Baby it ’s cold outside Check out these snowstopping winter 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 mock Tudor 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 the winter months, the Garden Room can host 30 loved one who will stay warm thanks to the large open fire. For more intimate weddings, the Private Dining Room can accommodate12 people and is full of Edwardian charm. 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, which can host 80 guests for receptions? Alternatively, the Orchard Suite can hold up to 120 people for wedding breakfasts and 180 revellers for evening celebrations. The suite features beautiful high ceilings and chandeliers that really adds the wow factor to events. 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 Package will receive a complimentary tasting session to help them select a menu for their wedding breakfast as well as an overnight stay in the honeymoon suite on the special day. The Indulgence Package also offers two bedrooms the night before the wedding to allow couples to get ready without rushing. WINTER WONDERLAND VENUES 21

WOODHALL SPA MANOR 01526 352 267 | Woodhall Spa Manor is a multi-award-winning and luxury self-catering venue set in the heart of a beautiful village in Lincolnshire. The manor sits amidst several acres of grounds with well-manicured lawns and an ancient woodland adjoining the Bracken Golf Course. With four lovely reception rooms, eight individually-styled bedrooms and suites as well as two fully fitted kitchens, what location could be better to celebrate in style? Exchange vows in the Queens Room with 100 people, which features a grand inglenook fire place, crystal chandeliers and a varnished original hardwood floor. Or why not opt for the Britannia Room, surrounded by 60 loved ones? Both spaces feature large-sash windows overlooking the lawns as well as a red, gold and cream colour scheme with gold Chiavari chairs. For outdoor weddings, the Sunken Garden can accommodate 200 people in the woodland-canopied setting on the manor’s grounds. The space features a white Victorian-style gazebo and a pond with a beautiful fountain. Continue the celebrations in the Queens Room with 80 people or in the Britannia Room with up to 50 – both spaces offer multiple layout options. The venue is only available for exclusive use, meaning couples can enjoy weddings privately with loved ones. 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, the 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, 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. The light and airy room has garden views, high ceilings, traditional bookcases, wooden floors and a fire place. Alternatively, The Ballroom can host 150 people for evening celebrations and features a large spacious bar, dancefloor and seating area. For outdoor ceremonies, The Band Stand is set amid beautifully landscaped gardens and offers an unlimited amount of guests for ceremonies. Psst! After dancing the night away, guests can rest in the 25 en suite bedrooms. 22

HODSOCK PRIORY This venue 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 impressive archway of Nottinghamshire’s last remaining Grade I listed Tudor Gatehouse. Check out: Also check out… CROCKWELL FARM Situated in rural surroundings in the south Northamptonshire countryside, Crockwell Farm is the perfect setting for weddings with many photographic backdrops, including the beautiful gardens. THE CITY ROOMS This Georgian venue creates the perfect backdrop to weddings! Built in 1792 and designed by John Johnson, the Grade I listed building still has many original features, including the Roman Doric columns that support the porch-way entrance. WINSTANLEY HOUSE Nestled among lush parkland, Winstanley House offers plenty of character thanks to the Georgian and contemporary architecture. The Grade II listed building has been lovingly restored to include all the conveniences couples come to expect from a modern venue while retaining the charm, class and elegance of a stately home. 23 WINTER WONDERLAND VENUES

Blooming Michelle and Peter tied the knot at The Royal Arms Sutton Cheney Images courtesy of LB Photography EAUTIFUL 24

Michelle and Peter first met in January 2016 when Peter was working as a heating engineer for Npower and came to replace Michelle’s boiler. He left some important tools behind so he’d have to return. Michelle loved his deep accent while Peter liked how happy and fun she was, so they arranged to go on a date the following weekend – the rest is history! Michelle calls Peter ‘Mr Ridiculous’, which started as they’ve never missed a train or plane together despite multiple opportunities – it seemed a bit ridiculous. Once, they overslept and got a taxi to the wrong airport but still managed to make the flight. Peter always missed stuff before meeting Michelle; his good timing started when they met. As they’re a team, the term “Mr and Mrs Ridiculous” started. Peter proposed on holiday in Mexico during a surprise candlelit dinner on the beach. In between courses, Peter started quoting Deadpool (a film they both love) and pulled out a ring pop before he asked Michelle to marry him – just like the film. He asked her again a little while later, this time on one knee and with a diamond ring. Of course, she said yes! SETTING THE SCENE Michelle and Peter tied the knot at The Royal Arms Sutton Cheney. Located in Leicestershire with picturesque views, the venue offers the perfect settings for ceremonies and receptions. The passionate team work hard to ensure all events go perfectly. The couple first visited the property during an overnight stay and had a fantastic time. Michelle says, “We thought if we can have so much fun on our own, imagine how brilliant it would be to get married here with all our family and friends.” Bramble & Twine created the stunning florals, which included plenty of wildflowers with Irises for Michelle’s grandma Iris who couldn’t attend the wedding, and rosemary for remembrance of family members no longer here, including Peter’s father. The pair named each table after English wildflowers, chosen for their meaning such as lavender for devotion. The wedding breakfast room looked beautiful with floral centrepieces, a homemade table plan and balloons for the childrens’ table. The Royal Arms provided a three-course wedding breakfast, which featured Cesar salad to start, a roast dinner for the main and profiteroles for dessert. A nice touch on the day was the lottery tickets given to guests as favours so that everyone could be ‘lucky in love’. LOOKING THE PART Every bride wants to look her big-day best, so it’s essential to find a gown that’s both beautiful and comfortable – especially when it comes to dancing the night away. Michelle wore a Lyn Ashworth England dress called Mimosa, which she purchased from Maisie Darling Bridal Boutique in Lutterworth. Charlotte, the owner, was excellent and helped the bride personalise her dream gown. Michelle felt fabulous and glamorous on the day, especially as she doesn’t usually wear make-up or her hair up. The groom wore a navy suit made specifically for him from Savile Row. He had a gold tie, while the rest of the groomsmen had pink ones to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and the blush overskirt the bride wore after the ceremony. TIME TO CELEBRATE Weddings can be long events, so it’s important to keep guests entertained throughout the day – Michelle and Peter did just that! A magician performed during the drinks reception, which added plenty of fun to the day, plus a band and DJ played in the evening. The pair’s nearest and dearest had an amazing time on the dancefloor. There were also fun games and a bouncy castle, which was a hit with the adults and children alike. A highlight for the couple on the day was on the bouncy castle in their wedding attire. REAL WEDDINGS 25

After the ceremony, one of the bridesmaids surprised the bride with a chimney sweep to highlight Michelle’s love for Mary Poppins and as a symbol of good luck. There was so much love shared between the couple and guests, who made such an effort to make the newlyweds feel extra loved. The bride says, “A special moment on the day was when my uncle Paul played the guitar as I walked down the aisle with my dad before swapping to my son halfway down.” A very emotional moment on the day was when Michelle’s friend Nicky, who wasn’t sure if she’d be able to make it, managed to get to the wedding. The bride was also emotional when she opened a special wedding gift, a handmade quilt that the couple now treasure. When the wedding finished at 1 am, Michelle’s brother started a car park party from his car for the couple and the last remaining guests who weren’t ready for the day to be over. Music and drinks with family and friends under the stars are memories that will never be forgotten. After the special day, Michelle and Peter went on their honeymoon to Kos in Greece for a week. The bride says, “The highlight was definitely a trip to the mountain village of Zia, where we had a wonderful meal watching the sun set before going to our villa for champagne under the stars.” 26

Yes. Bridal Studio 01629 343115 @yes_bridal_studio Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 3RQ. 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 I have had the privilege of creating floral designs for many weddings, at some beautiful venues in the Midlands and further afield too. Each and every wedding is different and it is a huge honour to be a part of every single one. I love to use bountiful seasonal blooms - British where possible. I draw inspiration from the seasons and I like to include interesting textures and unusual details to make every wedding unique. It would be lovely to hear from you and start your floral journey. 07521 340043 All images courtesy of Ania Oska Photography

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loving Amy and Lewis’s monochrome wedding featured a forest green colour scheme Images courtesy of Ellie Mac Photography Amy and Lewis first met at a christening in 2011 and immediately hit it off. The pair were both in attendance as godparents and, despite knowing both parents for several years, they’d never crossed paths before – the rest is history! Lewis popped the question on December 12th 2017, which led the couple to exchange vows precisely four years later surrounded by loved ones. Here Amy shares details about their special day… WINTER 31 REAL WEDDINGS

We had a nod to Christmas with green drapes a nd little gold stags placed on the tables. Princess Occasions styled the venu e and created the most magical vibe – I cried when I saw it. Set in 20 acres of beautiful countryside, Dodford Manor is a converted barn with modern touches. We instantly fell in love with the property and knew it would be perfect for our reception. Our florist was amazing at guiding us through the flowers – she did a beautiful job. I wanted the wedding breakfast space to look very romantic, which is why we got married in December as I wanted it to be dark outside during a candle-lit dinner. Our ceremony took place in our local church and our vicar was so lovely. Watching our little boy walk down the aisle was the best thing ever and made us both very proud. 32

The bridesmaids looked beautiful in forest green silk dresses. A gospel choir performed throughout the ceremony; they were amazing and created the most magical atmosphere. The guests all commented on how beautiful they sounded! I wanted some sparkle and a dress to dance the night away in, so I changed into an Abella Bride gown in the evening. The groom wore a black tux with a waistcoat and black velvet bow tie. We wanted a wow-factor design for the cake and the lovely Laura at The Greenhouse Cakerie brought our v ision to life. I picked a Made With Love dress called Sienna, which featured a delicate beaded top with a silk and tulle skirt. 33 REAL WEDDINGS

The best man’s speech was excellent! AMY AND LEWIS’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, | First dress, Second dress, | Bridesmaid dresses, | Bride’s shoes, Rings, | Make-up | Hair, | Florals, | Suits, Cake and favours, Catering, | Wedding speech song, | Venue styling, We both felt on cloud nine; it was the best day of our lives! Mango Acoustic Duo played during the drinks reception; they added a nice and chilled atmosphere to the day. The team at Dodford Manor handled things so smoothly and made us feel relaxed on the day.. Jamie Mathias is a songwriter who takes relation ship stories and puts them into a song. At the end of the speeches, he p erformed a personal piece from me to the groom, who had no idea an d was totally surprised. We had round shortbread biscuits for favours, which doubled up as place names. 34

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. Monika is a local macrame artist with a passionate for creating original decorations in bohemian and rustical styles. I can design bespoke items just for your wedding day, from: beautiful centerpieces, backdrops and romantic lanterns, to: table runners, chair covers and napkin wraps, all just to make your venue look unique and stunning. For any requirements, please contact Monika by email: or by Instagram GOFORMACRAMEWALL

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ALL AROUND Love is Bryony and Jonny had a stunning vintage-inspired wedding Images courtesy of Pippa Collins Photography After meeting at a teacher training course and discovering their shared love for history, Bryony and Jonny’s friendship blossomed into a relationship. After planning to propose at Machu Picchu, Jonny ended up popping the question on the beach at Loch Ness after their original trip was cancelled. Bryony says, “Jonny knew I’d always wanted to try and find the Loch Ness Monster, so he packed a lovely picnic and asked me to marry him. I was suspicious that a proposal was coming soon, but I was surprised on the day.” Here Bryony shares details about their special day… 37 REAL WEDDINGS

When planning the wedding, we wanted to ensure it was a day that everyone enjoyed and cherished. We decided against a cake and picked a cheese board instead to highlight our love for cheese and red wine. The flowers on the day featured beautiful gypsophila. We wanted somewhere with a blank canvas, so the white marquee at Shottle Hall suited us well. The centrepieces featured wooden logs, jam jars, milk bottles and flowers. We picked names of local historical figures for our table names. 38

Jonny loves trains, which he got from his grandad Peter, so we got a steam train from Wirksworth to Shottle on the day. Jonny’s grandad had never forgiven him for being too scared as a toddler to get on the footplate of the Flying Scotsman – the groom made up for it by having a picture with his grandad 27 years later! My make-up artist was so amazing at her job and made me feel like a princess! The bridesmaids wore fitted champagne dresses while my two adult flowergirls wore sage green versions. I picked a Morilee trumpet dress after falling in love with the style at Team Bride Derbyshire – I added a small belt and a simple veil to show off the back. I changed into a different evening gown to ensure I could fully get involved in the party! Jonny and the groomsmen all wore blue suits, but the groom wore a paisley tie to stand out. Our lawn games were a massive hit with guests and included mini golf, hook a duck, sack race, corn hole, whack a mole and skittles. 39 REAL WEDDINGS

We had a live band called The Wam Bam Band, mini-celebrities of my hometown. I had always gone to their gigs with loved ones growing up and had always wanted them at my wedding. They were an inevitable hit as at least half the guests already loved them. Jonny was nervous at the church and before his speech, but he was over the moon to share our love for each other with the people most special to us. BRYONY AND JONNY’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue and catering, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress and accessories, | Hair and make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Groom’s suit, | Cake, | Flowers, Willow and Rose Flowers 07721 489 470 Transport, | Stationery, | Entertainment, I smiled the whole day but didn’t stop crying until after we cut the cheese at around 5 pm; it was just amazing to have everyone we love in one place. It felt like just Jonny and me during the ceremony – the moment felt so intimate. I completely forgot everyone was watching, so it was nice to feel like we were in a bubble of love. I may be biased, but my dad’s panto-style speech made the day extra special and involved the whole room with classic audience interactions. He created a jokey rivalry between the people from Derbyshire and the people from the North East to break the ice. 40

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