Your East Midlands Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 54)

FEB/MAR 2023 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A mini-moon in Northern Ireland Showstopping weddings Oh-so glamorous TIERS OF JOY FINDING THE ONE Dreamworthy gowns Tasty cakes and sweet treats Exchanging VOWS Discover local venues

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

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 73 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 89 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2023 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these properties in and around Mansfield 19 AL FRESCO SETTINGS Tie the knot in these beautiful outdoor venues On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by Portland College (, and was captured by Mat Troke Photography ( at the wedding of Toni and Tommy on 17th July 2021. 45 15 FEATURES 40 TIMELESS ROMANCE A team of local suppliers created this elegant shoot at Harlaxton Manor 45 TIERS OF JOY Local bakers from around the East Midlands share 2023 cake trends 59 DRESSED TO IMPRESS Be inspired by the latest must-have fashion pieces 76 CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS We’ve put together the ultimate guide to pets at weddings to help you create the perfect day 66 3

REAL WEDDINGS 24 WOODLAND WONDERLAND Nikki and John had an outdoor wedding with rustic touches 29 LOVE AL FRESCO Jade and Tim’s festival-style wedding was full of fun elements and pops of colour 35 SUMMER LOVIN’ Charlotte and Lewis had a rustic-style wedding at Norton Fields HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 THE PERFECT GETAWAY We’ve rounded up some of the best mini-moon destinations in Europe 86 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 88 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the Coppa Club collection of hotels and restaurants FASHION & BEAUTY 49 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 50 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 64 BRIGHT AND BOLD Bridesmaids will love the colourful dresses and accessories in store this season 65 THE HAIR NECESSITIES Achieve wedding-ready locks with multi-awardwinning celebrity hair stylist and TV hair expert Vicki Lord 66 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 68 THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR Find your way to wedding wellness by managing that sweet tooth with help from expert nutritionists 70 BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with top expert advice 50 29 82 80 35 GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 80 MIDNIGHT MAGIC With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products 4

Congratulations on your engagement Book your Portland wedding today Our stunning woodland venue provides the most spectacular backdrop for your photos, your photographer will be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the perfect setting. As a popular, leading venue within Nottinghamshire, we cater for large and small weddings and offer a high quality menu selection and catering service. Your ceremony can be held in either our Linden, Hawthorn or Eastwood Suites and can accommodate up to 300 guests. Or you can choose to get married outdoors beneath our new Pagoda, set within the Willows Garden. Our complete wedding package is just £5,495or we can create a completely bespoke service to suit your needs. T: 01623 499105• E: ONLY £5,495

Check out this stunning bake from Red Robin Cakery. I love Charlotte and Lewis’s boho-themed wedding, which was full of rustic touches and bright flowers. Hello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding. This year we’re already seeing showstopping nuptials around the counties with stunning touches and heartwarming moments. As we look to the year ahead, I can’t wait to see weddings feature Pantone’s colour of the year – viva magenta. The shade will undoubtedly impact the industry thanks to its bold and empowering hue. Congratulations if you’ve just got engaged over the festive period! If I could share one piece of advice for wedding planning, it would be to ensure the day reflects you both – don’t get sidetracked trying to please others. Planning your big day should be a fun experience where you find a theme you both love, a colour scheme to complement your day, a showstopping venue and talented companies who can bring your vision to life. There’s a reason traditional weddings have been popular for decades. The classic styling, grand settings and formal attire will always create elegant nuptials year-round. But expect to see more couples breaking away from tradition in 2023. If you don’t know where to start with the planning process, you’re in luck as we’ve been busy sourcing the very best local suppliers to provide top inspiration. Expect to see talented florists, photographers, bakers, videographers, venue stylists and more. That’s all from me! I hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as I‘ve loved putting it together. Here’s to another year of fabulous weddings! Olivi Olivia Gibson, Editor Say he t 2023! 35 45 This local shoot at Harlaxton Manor is bursting full of inspiration from elegant styling, timeless attire and showstopping touches. 40 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 Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your East Midlands Wedding is published six times a year. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and

Feeling lucky? Enter for a chance to win a mini-moon in Northern Ireland. 89 For those searching for the perfect backdrop, discover Warren Farmhouse Weddings & Events in Nottinghamshire’s beautiful countryside. Fall in love with this stunning gown available at Beau Belles, which features sequined lace appliqués, a soft tulle A-line skirt and a V-neckline. Jade and Tim danced the night away on their special day with their nearest and dearest. Looking to include your four-legged friend on the big day? Our ultimate guide to pets at wedding will make the process straightforward and stress free. 15 29 59 76 73 What’s not to love about these stunning blooms created by Horseshoe Flowers, which are perfect for fairytale weddings? EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region MOMENTS THAT MATTER To help couples create the perfect personalised day, Jools Wedding Celebrant is offering a complimentary ceremony add-on to make weddings extra special. Based in Nottingham, the company works with nearlyweds throughout the planning journey to create exclusive and unique ceremonies with no restrictions. Couples can exchange vows at any time and location by having a celebrantled wedding. Ceremonies can be funny, serious or quirky – so get creative and think outside the box! Couples can have loved ones participate, and their pets are welcome to join in. Owner Julia Gaunt will guide pairs every step of the way, and they’ll know they’re in safe hands. After sharing their love story, how much they mean to each other and any future hopes/dreams, Julia will work her magic to create memorable ceremonies. The company offers several add-on ceremony services that are usually at an additional fee. Two popular options include the candle or sand ceremonies, which are great ways for couples to involve loved ones and take home a special memento of their day. Julia is currently offering either of these services complimentary for bookings made before April 1st 2023. Get in touch with the company to discuss the offer here: Check out: FASHION-FORWARD Nottinghamshire-based Ashleigh Richards Bridal is celebrating its new Mon Cheri collection by Martin Thornburg. The seven new gowns coming soon are full of stunning details from beautiful sleeves, delicate lace, beautiful silhouettes and gorgeous backs. The boutique is set within a charming chapel built in 1888, with more than 130 years of history. After a fire broke out in 2014, the chapel required a complete renovation to bring new life and purpose to the space – it’s now the ideal setting to find the one. Brides can find gowns from White Rose Bridal, LouLou Bride, Louise Bentley Bridalwear, Millie Grace, Sincerity Bridal, Herawhite Bridal and more. Prices range from £1,000 to £2,100 and payment plans are available upon request. Michelle Martin, who has recently joined the team last year, has loved working with brides around the region. She says, “The best part of the job is when our customers’ faces light up, and we all know she has found the one!” Check out: WINNING IN LOVE Situated in the East Midlands, Emily White Music has won the Best Wedding Musical Act at The Wedding Industry Awards 2023 for the second year. The company’s owner Emily White is a multi-awardwinning singer and pianist who performs a unique blend of music that hints at her love for jazz, soul and the finest songwriters of the 70s to the present day. She is thrilled with the achievement as it shows her hard work and talent are paying off. With more than 10 years of experience, Emily has an extensive repertoire and strives to provide a bespoke and highly personalised experience for couples on their special day. She’s happy to travel UK-wide and further afield. The company is perfect if couples are looking for a romantic and chilled drinks reception set or a lively and upbeat set for the evening reception to get guests on the dancefloor. Emily is available to book solo or with her duo, trio or four-piece band. Check out: LOCAL NEWS 9

BAKING UP SOME LOVE Lincolnshire-based wedding cake designer Zoe Critchley at The Cake Queen has been named Cake Designer of the Year for the East Midlands in The Wedding Industry Awards 2023. Zoe has been creating wedding cakes for more than four years but has been baking cakes for 10 years in total. She says, “I’ve always loved weddings since I was little! I’d hear the church bells from my nan’s house, and there was just something so magical about the sound.” She continues, “Now I have the absolute honour of being involved in many weddings. I get to share the build-up excitement as I work with lovebirds to create their dream design while ensuring each bake truly fits their theme.” The Wedding Industry Awards brings together wedding suppliers from eight regions to recognise outstanding and passionate individuals. The regional winners from each category then go on to the prestigious national event. Zoe comments, “To be recognised as one of the top wedding bakers in the region has blown me away. I truly love what I do and all the couples I work with – I’m looking forward to another great year of weddings in 2023!” Check out: DANCING QUEEN For couples looking for the perfect hen or stag do, Whittlebury Park is hosting an ABBA Tribute Night on March 17th 2023! Nearlyweds can grab their loved ones and dance the night away to popular hits, including Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Voulez-Vous performed by the popular tribute band Arrival. Bursting full of energy, the band is one of the UK’s finest musicians who have performed for millions of fans in more than 20 different countries. Expect stunning vocals, beautiful harmonies, excellent dance routines and fantastic costume changes for the ultimate experience. Starting at 7.30 pm, attendees can enjoy a three-course set dinner, entertainment and disco that finishes at 12.30 am. Why not stay the night and enjoy the spa for the complete hen or stag? The four-star countryside hotel is nestled in hundreds of acres, making it the perfect destination to get away from it all. Check out: THE FINISHING TOUCHES Located in Derby, Beau Belles Bridalwear is currently undertaking a massive refurbishment to provide a wow-factor experience for brides searching for their dream gown – it’s also the perfect way to celebrate the company’s 32nd anniversary! With this considerable refurbishment, the team are looking forward to helping even more modern brides feel special in a luxurious and friendly atmosphere. The architect has designed three large bridal suites with a glass lantern roof, which will fill the spaces with sunlight to show the team’s beautiful collection of more than 400 gowns from designers including Justin Alexander, Sincerity Bridal, Romantica of Devon, Mori Lee and Julietta. The suites will have seating for the guests to help brides make that all-important decision. Brides can complete their perfect look thanks to the display areas with tiaras, hair vines, combs, veils and belts. The team at Beau Belles Bridalwear prides itself on excellent customer service and their amazing reputation. They provide a full service, including in-house alterations, bridesmaids’ dresses, matching pre-teen gowns and flowergirl dresses. The substantial project will also develop four beautiful prom/bridesmaid changing rooms and prom showrooms with 300 gowns from designers such as Tiffanys Prom, Mascara, Gino Cerruti and Manon Fashion. Beau Belles continues to serve customers throughout the refurbishment in an alternative and temporary location, but the staff can’t wait for their reopening. Discover: 10

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 AUTHENTIC ITALIAN PIZZERIA FRESH Woodfired pizza in just 90 seconds. Using quality ingredients coupled with fantastic customer service. Biddulph’s pizzeria creates the best authentic Italian pizza experience outside of Italy. Working with you to create a personal pizza menu. 5 STARS ALL THE WAY Taste, Service, Friendliness, Quality @Biddulphs.Pizzeria @biddulphspizzeria

Express and celebrate through abundant, scented and seasonal blooms We delight in creating luscious floral experiences that you can truly savour. WWW.CATKINFLOWERS.COM Contact Rachel Petheram 07758 730462 email: 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 Stapleford Park can be found in the heart of the East Midlands, sitting elegantly in the Leicestershire countryside. Surrounded by 500 acres of stunning parkland and steeped in English history. Today you can enjoy the grandeur and luxury provided by Stapleford Park for your special day and embark on the first day of the rest of your lives surrounded by inspiring sights and unforgettable memories. With 238 enchanting years behind us, we welcome you to make your own history and enjoy your special day in the tranquil landscape of Stapleford Park. | | 01572 787 000 S T A P L E F O R D P A R K H O T E L & S P A , S T A P L E F O R D , N R . M E L T O N M OW B R A Y , L E I C E S T E R S H I R E L E 1 4 2 E F Your Dream Wedding in the Country

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOUREASTMIDLANDS.WEDDING NOWTHAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! Entertainment breaks the ice between guests and keeps loved ones amused for the ultimate celebrations. East Midlands 360 Photo Booth Ltd is a Derbyshire-based company that provides memorable experiences all around the region. After starting the company in May last year, owner Dan Ward has created a fantastic service from start to finish using the best software to capture fun videos for guests to treasure. For those new to 360 photo booths, up to five people stand on a platform while a fixed camera rotates around them to capture an incredible 360-degree video in 4K – it’s the perfect alternative to conventional photo booths. Industry-leading software adds slow motion and boomerang effects to add that magic touch. The team can create custom overlays on videos designed exclusively for weddings, which can be shared with loved ones via the company’s media-sharing station. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 10 per cent off their booking when they email the company and quote Your East Midlands Wedding before April 1st 2023. Contact the team ( and check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! 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 Mansfield WARREN FARMHOUSE WEDDINGS & EVENTS 07973 541 366 | Tucked away amongst Nottinghamshire’s beautiful countryside with views overlooking Sherwood Forest, Warren Farmhouse is a rustic and luxurious property. Located on Warren Farm, the marquee venue hosts celebrant-led blessings with 150 people on the lawns with the Grade II listed farmhouse as a backdrop, under the ancient oak tree in the paddock or by the pond. The in-house celebrant creates bespoke and meaningful weddings that will create memories to treasure for a lifetime. Laid-back celebrations with 150 loved ones occur inside the traditional exposed pole tent marquee, which is located in an exclusive and secluded paddock with plenty of space for festival-style activities. Guests will love the giant fire pit, hay bale seating area, oversized wooden games and the double rope swing hanging from the ancient oak tree. There’s even a bouncy castle that’s sturdy enough for adults to enjoy! An invaluable and complimentary planning service is provided to all couples as is on-the-day coordination to ensure everything run smoothly. Couples are supported throughout their planning journey as much or as little as required, and the team are on hand to make several recommendations from trusted suppliers. That said, they don’t prescribe as couples can pick whoever they like to bring their dream wedding to life! Included in the hire price is a stocked and serviced bar, which features the venue’s very own IPA on tap called Tractor Oil. We love… There’s the option for couples and wedding parties to stay overnight in bell tent accommodation – imagine sitting around the roaring fire pit with a drink in hand and wrapped in cosy blankets underneath the stars, which are fantastic due to the lack of light pollution. 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE PUMPING HOUSE 01623 705 800 | Located on a six-acre site in the heart of Sherwood Forest, The Pumping House is a beautiful Grade II listed venue that brings an industrial vibe to a countryside location. The red brick building still features the original and distinctive chimney that can be seen by approaching visitors. The venue’s interior is a work of bespoke craftsmanship with grand turnof-the-century elements blended with industrial-chic flair. The Ollerton Room has beautiful parquet flooring and original-paned windows that supply plenty of natural lighting for ceremonies with up to 100 people. If couples want a more extensive guest list, The Engine Hall can host up to 160 people and the team can transform the space into an impressive setting for wedding breakfasts too! The stunning arch windows and highglass ceiling create an illuminating space that’s perfect for events. Over the years, the hardworking staff have experimented with different room layouts. They can offer a wide range of options, from traditional round tables to banquet styles or sweetheart settings. For smaller receptions, the upstairs conservatory bar is perfect for intimate nuptials. Guests can enjoy drinks receptions in the spacious Conservatory Room, which has a beautiful mezzanine view of the Engine Hall. Alternatively, loved ones can head outside onto the lawn to take in the breathtaking surroundings while taking advantage of the rustic outdoor bar. Both areas create a relaxing and friendly atmosphere for loved ones to enjoy. MOUR HOTEL 01623 727 670 | The Mour Hotel is a four-star venue that offers the perfect setting for special events. The Wing provides the ideal setting for grand ceremonies with 100 people, wedding breakfasts with 80 and 130 in the evenings. The self-contained space features a contemporary and modern style with a neutral grey colour scheme and exposed metal. The outside terrace is ideal for drink receptions in the summer, with enough room for a marquee. For more intimate events, the White Lounge can host 30 people for the “I dos” and wedding breakfasts with 20 seated around a large table. With crisp white table linens and neutral décor, this private area provides a great sense of comfort and style. Alternatively, guests can happily spill out into the lobby that’s designed much like a New York attic conversion with high ceilings, exposed girders, oversized sofas and an open fire. The venue works with brilliant suppliers who can supply the finishing touches to make all weddings special. The companies can be booked directly through the Hotel to save time, or lovebirds can contact the suppliers in person. We love… ith 92 stylish bedrooms on-site, loved ones can peacefully rest after weddings. We love… The tranquil surroundings provide the perfect setting for weddings and offer an incredible array of opportunities for photography. 16

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

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 | Wedding Showcase Sunday 15th September 11am-3pm The Perfect Wedding Venue By Rutland Water Anywhere else is just second best! Winter Wonderland Wedding Showcase 29th & 30th April 10am - 4pm Open Days 10am - 4pm 5th March, 16th April, 7th May & 11th June Open Evenings 5pm - 9pm 8th March, 19th April, 10th May & 14th June The Perfect Wedding Venue Steeped in history, on the banks of Rutland Water, Normanton Park is the ideal setting! Anywhere else is just second best! Rutland Water, South Shore, Rutland, LE15 8RP tel: 01780 720315 e-mail:

Al fresco settings Tie the knot in these beautiful venues surrounded by nature CROWN HALL F RM 01733 442 025 | Located on the outskirts of Spalding in Lincolnshire, the Crown Hall Farm is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. The property was originally a working farm but now hosts stunning nuptials in a tranquil setting. The team has more than 20 years of experience in the weddings and events industries. With exceptional and friendly service, they’ll work with nearlyweds to create dream events. As pairs enter Crown Hall Farm through the large gates, they’re embraced with lush greenery and a tree-lined driveway that creates a calming environment. The grounds were designed by Chelsea Flower Show award winner Adam Frost and have many beautiful photo opportunities to discover. The large lake creates a perfect backdrop to ceremonies in the characterful boat house. The space is full of character, with rustic furniture and a PA system for music. Couples can enjoy drinks receptions at the bar boat, which is central to the grounds and provides a fun feature. The large marquee has a porcelain tiled floor, climate control and panoramic windows that look out over the grounds. Here pairs can exchange vows with 150 loved ones and host receptions with 250. The grass outside the marquee provides the perfect spot for garden games and other entertainment, while the picnic benches create a relaxing space for guests to enjoy a drink and catch up. The team offer a wide range of catering options, and even has a pizza shack with a wood-fired oven. In 2022, the team added accommodation to the farm and a meeting room, which can be used for larger bridal parties to get ready or for the formal meeting with the registrar before ceremonies. OUTDOOR VENUES 19

OSMASTON PARK 01335 350 279 | Situated in 3,000 acres of Derbyshire countryside on the edge of a quintessentially English village, Osmaston Park is a private venue that provides a stunning backdrop to weddings. Guests will love the pictureperfect views over the surrounding lakes, woodland and parkland areas. The venue hasn’t got a civil ceremony licence, but couples can have celebrant-led blessings outside surrounded by the stunning scenery. The team offers an alternative space inside if the British weather is an issue. The silk-lined marquee can be tailored for receptions with 50 to 500 people. With fairylights and chandeliers that create a romantic atmosphere and the chance to decorate the space to match any theme, couples are sure to create their dream day. The team will provide all the tables and chairs, a dancefloor and a bar area for the ultimate celebrations. During the summer months, lovebirds can use the lawn for reception drinks, bouncy castles and games. CLEATHAM HALL 01652 649 402 | Nestled in the beautiful North Lincolnshire countryside, Cleatham Hall is a Grade II Palladian mansion surrounded by ancient parkland. The property’s intimate atmosphere and historic surroundings offer a truly exclusive experience. Guests will experience the utterly bespoke wedding experience with total exclusivity of the entire 10-acre estate spread over three days. By working with couples’ ideas and desires, the team will offer a magical experience to help them create their dream wedding. The excellent wedding team will cater for lovebirds every need with talented chefs delivering exquisite food and outstanding staff providing five-star service. The venue hosts ceremonies outside with the beautiful panoramic estate as the background or inside the ceremony room with 50 people, which features an original fire place and floor-to-ceiling windows. The room can be transformed to host receptions with 20 seated people or 120 evening guests. Or continue the celebrations with 60 seated people in The Orangery, the newest addition to the hall with three patio doors that open onto the side terrace and lawn. The rear garden boasts a Mediterranean-style pergola, lit with beautiful evening lights and an excellent backdrop for evening meals or food. There’s also an outside horsebox bar to accompany this space. The team hold menu tasting events for couples who will get to see the venue dressed and taste dishes while being able to ask the chef any queries. They then have a full meeting with the wedding team to discuss their menu. With eight stunning suites to choose from, the Hotel is open to guests all year round for bed and breakfast – perfect for those looking for prewedding getaways or minimoons. 20 Contact our wedding planner, Carolyn, to book an exclusive tour of our lovely hotel. Quote ‘EastMidMag’ when you get in touch and enjoy two glasses of prosecco after you’ve fallen in love with our venue. Manor Estate, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6PY | 01526 352588 Up to 120 people for a Seated Wedding Breakfast 180 for your Evening Reception Exclusivity option available 21 light and spacious bedrooms THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR PERECT WEDDING DAY Stunning, licensed ceremony venues perfect for an intimate occasion or a larger celebration Y O U R B E A U T I F U L C O U N T R Y H O U S E W E D D I N G WEDDING OPEN DAY 12TH MARCH 11AM - 3PM THE HIDDEN HIVE 03444 113 460 | Surrounded by enchanting woodland and idyllic lakes, The Hidden Hive is a laid-back venue located in the Derbyshire National Forest. With three giant tipis and a chill-out tipi all linked together to create the ultimate space, it’s no wonder why the venue is so popular. Solid wooden flooring and twinkly lights throughout the tipis give the whole place that cosy and intimate feel. There’s even a chill-out area consisting of Chesterfield sofas, armchairs and a fire pit to create a serious ambience. There’s also outdoor seating for those warm summer nights as well as an indoor/outdoor bar. The venue is incredibly spacious yet has the rare ability to feel intimate. It’s the perfect place for couples to let their imagination run wild – whether they want to host festive-style celebrations or elegant and understated soirées. No matter what, lovebirds will have vast amounts of space and open fields perfect for lawn games. Say “I do” in The Honey Bee Barn with 150 loved ones. The new ceremony structure boasts views across the open fields and forest with gorgeous rustic features. The main tipis are the perfect location for receptions with 120 people. The team works with the brilliant Black Peppermint Food Co and several other street food vendors for all catering needs. Regarding the rest of the gang, pairs will be completely free to choose their own suppliers! For those that need a helping hand to get started, the staff met some amazing wedding friends over the years and would love to provide lovebirds with a recommended list of suppliers. After fall days of celebrations, couples and their guests can retreat to the campsite next door. Some stylish glamping pods are available at the Beehive Woodland Lakes campsite adjacent to the exclusive wedding venue. Happy campers can even pitch their tents too! TIPIS AT WHATTON HOUSE 03444 113 460 | After opening in 2021, Tipis at Whatton House has provided couples with three giant tipis and a chill-out tipi for dreamworthy weddings. Nestled in the jaw-dropping gardens of Whatton House, the venue is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With a cosy feel thanks to the solid wood flooring and twinkling lights that add a romantic vibe, what location could be better? It’s not just the tipis that will have couples swooning; the grounds will transport pairs to a secret garden with a tranquil forest area, pristine lawns and beautiful blooms. Wander along the winding pathways and steal a few moments together as newlyweds while soaking up the spectacular views of the Leicestershire countryside. Tipis at Whatton House is also home to a charming rickety old bridge across a peaceful pond and an iconic swing, which provides couples with picture-perfect opportunities. Exchange vows in The Bark House surrounded by 150 loved ones. The wooden and stone building is located behind a smaller tipi that houses all the guests. Continue the celebrations in the main tipis, which provide the perfect backdrops for memorable and rustic weddings. The bar at Tipis at Whatton House is fully managed and included in the venue hire. The venue works with the brilliant Black Peppermint Food Co and several other street food vendors for all needs. The catering team will manage the bar, which regularly serves his and her signature cocktails. The venue doesn’t offer on-site accommodation, but several hotels are located within a five-mile area. 22

STRETTON MANOR BARN 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 is on hand to help make the planning process more manageable. Check out: PORTLAND FUNCTIONS Set in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Portland Functions is a beautiful woodland venue that caters for indoor and outdoor weddings. Ceremonies and receptions are held on the stunning Portland Charity 32-acre woodland campus. All funds raised through weddings go directly back into the charity, which provides fulfilling futures for people with disabilities. Check out: TISSINGTON HALL 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 wedding setting 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. Check out: THE DOWER HOUSE HOTEL Situated in Lincolnshire, The Dower House 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. Check out: 23 OUTDOOR VENUES

WONDERLAND Woodland Nikki and John had a stunning outdoor wedding with rustic touches Images courtesy of Jasmine Darvell Photography 24

Nikki was looking for cat food in Sainsbury’s when she first noticed John. “I was concentrating on what to buy when I realised someone was walking behind me. When I turned around, this gorgeous man was turning to look at me – the moment took my breath away.” At the checkout, they had that awkward ‘do you come here often’ type of chat before going their separate ways. Over the next few weeks, the pair kept bumping into each other at various supermarkets and along country lanes when Nikki was out riding her horse. After chatting more, the pair decided to date and the rest is history! The couple was relaxing one Sunday afternoon when they heard the village church bells ring, which started a conversation about marriage. They both decided they wanted to tie the knot and started planning their perfect day! SETTING THE SCENE From the beginning of the planning journey, the couple knew they wanted an outdoor wedding as they’re very outdoorsy people who love nature – it’s where they feel most at home. The day needed to be personal to them both as well as memorable to guests. After trying to find a venue that matched their vision, the couple turned to the team at Brook Meadow where John works – they were delighted to host their wedding! The lovebirds found an overgrown woodland clearing tucked away from the main farmyard and campsite, which they knew would be perfect for their day. They started clearing bits of old machinery, metal spikes on the trees and overgrown plants to create the perfect setting. The next step was to roll the ground flat before sowing grass and wildflowers. Together they built a rustic structure decorated with simple voile drapes, a simple chandelier and candles to create a romantic atmosphere. As there was no power and the pair didn’t want the drone of generators to spoil the ambience, they used lots of solar lights. They also cleared another clearing for the bathroom area with a dressing table, a large mirror, a hand wash station, some toiletries and portaloos. The couple decided to have a celebrant-led ceremony and incorporated the traditional practice of handfasting, where they asked family members to come up and place ribbons around their wrists. It’s the perfect way for loved ones to give their blessings and symbolises the binding of the pair’s love. What better way to surprise guests and add the wow factor than having an owl ring bearer? A beautiful barn owl called Ophelia didn’t disappoint! Guests were able to hold and have photos taken with the owl as well as a selection of birds of prey during the reception. The reception took place between two wooded areas with straw bales arranged in sociable scallop shapes along the edges. Here guests enjoyed the free bar with barrels of local beer, wine, prosecco, water, soft drinks and a kettle for hot drinks. Everyone brought a picnic to enjoy and spent the afternoon socialising with loved ones. The pair had layers of British cheese from a local delicatessen instead of a traditional wedding cake. The cheese was decorated with fresh grapes, figs, nuts and a traditional corn dolly mouse climbing up the side. It was served later in the day with biscuits, olives and dates. The pair also provided locally pulled pork burgers with Asian slaw from the local farm shop. A surprise for the guests was the John Deere tractor and trailer that transported them to and from the wedding areas, which the pair decorated with swags of voile, bunting and roses. 25 REAL WEDDINGS

LOOKING THE PART Nikki looked online for inspiration before finding her perfect gown – she knew the shape and style would be perfect! With help from a fabulous local seamstress who worked magic on all the delicate appliqué flowers, the gown fitted like a dream. The bride found some gorgeous fabric embroidered with wildflowers for her veil. The bouquet and headdress were handmade by the bride’s friend from a local flower club. She got Nikki’s vision spot on and even grew some flowers to incorporate. The bride says, “I wanted the pieces to have woodland foliage with touches of white and shaped in a similar way to my great aunt’s bouquet.” The bride had a fabulous hair and make-up artist who created a natural look, which left Nikki feeling amazing. To finish off her look, she wore white lace ankle boots with blue soles and white stars from Joe Browns. The groom wore a mismatched tweed suit, boots, socks with tractors on, a floral shirt, a bow tie and a buttonhole made from feathers. Nikki’s nephew was the couple’s only page boy, who wore a tweed waistcoat and trousers, a flat cap, a white shirt and red baseball boots. TIME TO CELEBRATE The couple provided equipment and invited guests to make their flower crowns by foraging for flowers and adding them to a wire frame. They also made a traditional horseshoe toss game and coordinated a wellie-wanging competition, providing excellent photographic opportunities. They even made a tree swing big enough for two people for an extra special touch that was a massive hit with guests. The pair had acoustic bands perform for guests, including a village folk band that played throughout the ceremony and a duo that performed during the picnic. The couple also had a local brass/New Orleans jazz band in the evening. They mingled with loved ones and got everyone involved with a sing-along. After a full day of celebrations, the night ended with fireworks and a tractor ride. MEMORABLE MOMENTS The couple felt slightly stressed in the morning as they didn’t have time to set everything up as planned. However, it didn’t matter once they were dressed and everything got underway. Nikki and John loved every moment of the day; they were pleased to see their nearest and dearest having fun. The bride says, “We felt like little puppy dogs scamping from one person to the next, trying to speak to everyone – it was an absolute whirlwind!” She adds, “Every hour of hard work had paid off, as many of our guests said it was the best wedding they’d ever been to. The list of memorable moments goes on, but making our promises to each other during the ceremony was a real highlight!” 26

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al fresco Jade and Tim’s festival-style wedding was full of fun elements and pops of colour Images courtesy of The Crowthers Photo & Film Tim was playing at a festival in Nottingham when he first met Jade, who went to support her friend Leah’s fiancé Sam. The nearlyweds got to work on the clever seating arrangements for their wedding in July 2019 after Tim mentioned he liked Jade and they sat the pair together. The couple completely hit it off and decided to go on a few dates – the rest is history! Tim proposed on the beach at sunset in Cornwall in September 2020. Jade says, “We had spoken about our future together, so I knew a proposal was coming! We were having a lovely day when Tim suggested we go for a barbecue on the beach and a swim in the sea. We got in the car to go to our campsite to get our stuff, but there was a car fire blocking our only way home and we didn’t have enough time to eat. Tim was adamant we at least have a mojito on the beach, which is where he popped the question!” Here Jade shares details about their special day… LOVE 29 REAL WEDDINGS

We had a nine-tiered cheese tower instead of a tr aditional cake, which went down a treat! Our aim for the day was to create as little waste as possible, so we did some DIY bits and used pallets for the signage. We had a laid-back barbecue during the day, pizza in the evening and an ice cream van in the afternoon! We had paper lanterns throughout the marquee and dream catchers in the trees. We wanted a fun day with all our friends and family without anything being too formal. When I stumbled across Warren Farmhouse, I knew it would be the perfect venue for our relaxed day! Frond & Bloom created the bridal party’s flowers, which featured pink and orange dahlias. 30

I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and asked them to pick any dress in sage green. We had an open mic session at the wedding as we had many talented guests. Lots of singing and dancing got the party started! Tim wore light-coloured trousers and a blue suit jacket from Hugo Boss. To complete the look, he rocked a floral tie and braces as well as a bright belt. We asked the groomsmen to wear what they felt comfortable in. They all wore different suits, which worked really well! For our favours, we donated to the Alzheimer’s S ociety and gave everyone a pin badge in memory of my gran dma, who passed away in February 2021 with vascular de mentia. I wore a dress called Nyika by Charlie Brear as I didn’t want a typically structured dress. I accessorised with a belt, blue heels, pearl accessories and a flower crown – I felt amazing! 31 REAL WEDDINGS

JADE AND TIM’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress and accessories, Hair, Hair by Harriet Harvey 07983 355 141 | Make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, ASOS | Groom’s suit, Hugo Boss Cheese, | Bouquets, | Catering, | Celebrant, | Glamping bell tents, | Ice cream, My friend Lisa bought a fancy dress frog head with her, which featured heavily on the dancefloor! Rebecca at Warren Farmhouse truly made our day, as nothing was too much trouble! Many of our guests commented on the amazing team. A few moments that stood out were walking down the aisle, going for a stroll after the ceremony and seeing all our guests relaxing. We both felt nervous but excited on the day – it was much more emotional than expected! 32

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Summer Charlotte and Lewis had a rustic-style wedding at Norton Fields Images courtesy of Tom Beynon Photography LOVIN’ REAL WEDDINGS 35

Charlotte and Lewis first met through mutual friends in year 10 as their friendship groups overlapped. It wasn’t until year 13 that the pair became closer and started messaging via Snapchat. She continues, “We spoke every night after school for a couple of weeks and realised we were both going out into town on a May bank holiday. We both remember being nervous before going out, but that faded away once we saw each other and were inseparable all night.” Lewis proposed on January 1st 2019, during a trip to Innsbruck in Austria with Charlotte’s family. They headed up the mountains one day, and Lewis took Charlotte to a private area to take selfies. That’s when Lewis got down on one knee and popped the question in the most beautiful setting. To top it all off, Charlotte’s family watched everything from afar! SETTING THE SCENE When searching for the perfect setting for their wedding, the couple fell in love with Norton Fields in Leicestershire. The bride says, “Located in the countryside, the working farm has an old cow barn surrounded by plenty of land – it felt like we were in our own little world! The on-site cottage accommodation was beautiful, and the whole venue had such a relaxed atmosphere.” The couple got creative and transformed the blank canvas spaces to match their theme and colour scheme. The decoration was a massive part of the planning process, and the pair went for a rustic theme to match the venue’s exposed bricks and wooden flooring. They opted for a navy blue and sage green colour scheme to complement the day and match the bright flowers. The florist incorporated pink carnations with pops of yellows, purples, blues and oranges with lots of foliage to create a cottage garden feel. The boutiques and arrangements were a showstopping! The florist also made flower hoops hung above the guests during the ceremony and wedding breakfast. The couple sat on a big rectangular table down the middle of the venue with their nearest and dearests for the reception, while other guests sat on round tables. This added a relaxed feel to the day and meant the couple could chat more easily with loved ones. Each round table had flowers in three small vases, gold candlesticks, sage green table runners and gold charger plates to add a touch of colour and luxury. The couple were fortunate to get the opportunity to travel around Southeast Asia, so many of the tables were named after their favourite places. They also had Innsbruck, Austria as the top table name! Lewis’s mum is an amazing baker and created the biscuit favours with green icing that matched the table runners perfectly! Another sweet treat was the incredible naked-style cake that was a true masterpiece and tasted just as good as it looked. Cakes by Mad Cake Maker created a vegan top tier so the bride could also enjoy some cake. The baker made cats out of icing and placed them at the bottom of the bake for the couple to keep forever. Light letters on the dancefloor spelling the word love looked great in the photos – as did the fairylights on the back wall. The couple hired a fantastic catering team who created a bespoke menu with some of the pair’s favourite meals. They had cauliflower fritters to start, mushroom ravioli in a creamy sauce for mains and lemon curd cheesecake for dessert – all vegan dishes. They did have a chicken supreme main option for meat eaters too! The lovebirds had hot dogs for evening food, with vegan options available. LOOKING THE PART The bride wore an ivory dress called Pearl by Essense of Australia from Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room in Hinckley. The A-Line style looked stunning with spaghetti straps, a fitted waist, a flowy skirt, floral lace and sequins that added some sparkle. The bride says, “I wanted to feel sexy on the day, so the low cut neckline, sheer panels and split in the skirt lining was perfect!” To finish her look, Charlotte wore a artificial flower crown that her Mum wore on her wedding day, but with the addition of some yellow 36