Your East Midlands Wedding - April/May 2023 (Issue 55)

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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

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 67 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 81 COMPETITION Win a four-night break in Tuscany CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2023 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these properties in and around Leicestershire 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS Blooming beautiful venues waiting to be discovered On the cover This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by Kettering-based Michael Calders Photography ( who captured this stunning image of bride Sarah on her wedding day. 71 21 FEATURES 44 GO AL FRESCO This festival-styled shoot took place in a sunflower park 47 PLANNING SOS Bring your dream wedding to life with help from the professionals 71 FRESHLY PICKED IDEAS Discover these blooming marvellous ways to incorporate flowers throughout your wedding 78 SOOTHING SELF-CARE Our Social Media Editor, Gracie, immersed herself in the world of reiki to find out if the form of meditation can help you remain calm in the lead up to your big day 44 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 RURAL ROMANCE Rhianne and Danny’s wedding featured a burnt orange colour scheme and rustic touches 33 IN THE COUNTRYSIDE Check out Karen and James’s rustic wedding in Stamford 39 LOST IN A DREAM Sabine and Craig had a rustic-style wedding at Hazel Gap Barn HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 FLY AWAY WITH ME We’ve rounded up some of our favourite city escapes 86 A GRAND AFFAIR Experience ultimate luxury combined with traditional Greek appeal at Rhodes-based Ixian Grand & All Suites 89 SANTA NEEDS A SPA DAY The Runnymede on Thames set the scene for a much-needed pre-Christmas break FASHION & BEAUTY 52 FRILL SEEKERS This season’s bridal dresses enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats 57 IN LOVE WITH LACE This timeless fabric never goes out of fashion 60 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 61 HEAD OVER HEELS Walk down the aisle in style this season with our hand-picked edit of the best bridal shoes and bags 62 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 64 BAN THE BLOAT Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness explain how to avoid untimely bloating on your wedding day 65 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 57 26 82 75 62 GROOMS 74 SUITED AND BOOTED Styling advice for the groom-to-be 75 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 76 IT’S ONLY NATURAL With neutral colour palettes on the rise, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to ensure you look on-trend this season 4

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Discover beautiful gowns with ruffles and layers, just like this beautiful dress from Halfpenny London. What’s not to love about Sabine and Craig’s rustic wedding? The pair worked hard to create their dream day with help from local suppliers. Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding! Spring is finally here, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! After being cooped up indoors trying to stay warm, I can’t wait to venture outdoors and embrace more sunshine! The time of year is all about getting organised and new beginnings, which is perfect if you’re trying to plan your wedding. Spring is always a fabulous season to tie the knot with more seasonal produce, fun colour palettes, plenty of natural lighting for photographs and stunning flowers to pick from. Gardens will be in full bloom, meaning you’ll naturally have dream-worthy backdrops to take advantage of – cherry blossoms are my favourite way to add the wow factor to stunning images. In fact, we’ve hand selected stunning properties with glorious gardens to give you a head start on wedding planning. Ensure you have a back-up plan in place if you’re looking to exchange vows outdoors, as the British weather can be unpredictable. A marquee or indoor space will provide loved ones with cover in case of any April showers. Photographers can capture stunning images no matter the weather, so embrace the rain with a funky pair of wellies and an umbrella for the ultimate photo shoot. For those that have just started planning their spring wedding, keep in mind any national holidays or events such as Mother’s Day or school holidays, as many people will be making plans in advance. Before you go, check out our stunning weddings and shoots that are bursting full of inspiration. Here you’ll find talented companies, stunning images and wow-factor details. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Spring fever 39 52 81 Feeling lucky? Enter for the chance to win a honeymoon to Tuscany! ADVERTISING Account Manager Kirsty Brindley | 01376 538 490 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at www. and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611 Located in more than 25 acres, Sherwood Glade is the perfect al fresco setting. 21 6 cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2054-6726 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.

Karen and James had stunning florals on their big day, especially this bouquet created by the talented Stamford Flowers. Ensure to read all about their rustic wedding – you won’t be disappointed! 33 Emotions were on the high at Rhianne and Danny’s intimate wedding at the Badgers Mount. The day was beautiful from start to finish, with plenty of personal touches and fun elements. 44 Chloe Kettle at Daffodil Event Planning shares the ultimate guide to bohostyle weddings with advice for finding the perfect dress, blooms, décor and colour schemes. Calling all grooms-to-be! We’ve focused on neutral colour palettes to help you find dream-worthy attire. 26 67 76 71 Calling all dog lovers! Check out this beautiful floral collar by Amanda Steele Flowers. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 The Coastal Wedding Co created stunning stationery to match the woodland and festival-styled shoot at the Sunflower Park in Gainsborough.

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 The Occasion Bar Co. is fully equipped to handle all your bar needs for your big day. From welcome drinks to the last tipple of the night, we’ve got you covered. We’ll work with you to create a bespoke package that enhances and compliments the beauty of your special day! Popular services include: bespoke cocktails, full bar, welcome drinks, table drinks, bar structures, staff, dry-hire, cash bar, prepaid bar, & many more options. The possibilities are endless, so reach out today! WWW.THEOCCASIONBAR.CO.UK e: • t: 07584 326064 @theoccasionbarco 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. ere 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 awless 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

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! To help couples create dream weddings, the team at Goldcrest Weddings and Events are offering eight per cent off all decorating and favour services to celebrate their eighth anniversary. The Nottingham-based business serves the East Midlands and beyond. Founded in 2015, the company has evolved and knows all the latest wedding trends. Enjoy a free consultation to discuss décor needs, and the experienced team will make dream weddings a reality. From chair sashes and centrepieces to bespoke favours, they’ll guide couples every step of the way. When lovebirds book the company for their wedding, the team will also offer a free finishing touch service to ensure big days runs smoothly. To discuss the possibilities and to redeem this offer, please get in touch with the team at: Check out: WINNING IN LOVE Lincoln’s Perfect Silhouette Hairdressing has won National Wedding Hair Stylist at The Wedding Industry Awards 2023. After winning the Regional Wedding Hair Stylist of the Year in the East Midlands category, owner Robyn Wood went on to win at the national stage after being judged by a panel of industry experts. She comments, “This award has been a career goal of mine for several years. To be the national winner and be recognised at such a high level is a dream come true and a real pinch-me moment!” She continues, “The awards ceremony was an amazing event, and everyone is so supportive of each other – it was such an amazing feeling to be a part of it all. I feel fortunate to have found a job I love so much. It’s always an honour to help someone look and feel amazing on one of the biggest days of their life.” Check out: BRIDAL BEAUTY Kiss & Make Up By Rachel Bray has rebranded under the new name, Rachel Bray Make-up Artistry, and is now available seven days a week! Having been in the wedding industry for more than seven years, owner Rachel Bray understands that being a part of weddings is an important role. That’s why she’s always on hand to help guide brides while being a calming influence on the day. Based in Lincolnshire, the professional freelance make-up artist travels to different locations to help clients look and feel fabulous. Even though Rachel has participated in hundreds of weddings, she still gets that excited tummy feeling before each one. She loves creating fresh and flawless makeup looks – glowing skin is definitely her thing. She says, “The moment brides look in the mirror makes me burst with emotion, and I love seeing their reactions! Check out: LOCAL NEWS 9

GLORIOUS GARDENS Barnsdale Gardens is offering 25 per cent off venue hire for the last remaining 2023 wedding dates. Tucked away in the heart of Rutland, the stunning property provides a dream setting for al fresco events. Couples have multiple backdrops to discover, with 38 individual gardens offering something special, no matter the weather. The dedicated and experienced team works with couples to bring their dream day to life. They understand each wedding is special and keep the packages flexible to meet different requirements. The staff also ensure the spaces are kept to a high standard to create pictureperfect backdrops. Use the manicured lawns for group shots, capture romantic pictures in the Woodland Walk and Japanese Garden, or the Allotment is the perfect destination for quirky shots. The Arbour is the focal point for wedding ceremonies. Set in a private garden area with mature trees and lush flower beds, up to 120 guests can witness ceremonies from the lawn area in front. Receptions occur on the grounds surrounded by beautiful views. Those exchanging vows this year will be able to celebrate with the team, who are celebrating the venue’s 40th anniversary. BBC Gardeners World presenter Geoff Hamilton founded the property in 1983, and his son Nick Hamilton now continues his father’s legacy. Contact the venue’s wedding coordinator, Charlotte Darch, for more information and pricing: Check out: SAY CHEESE Based in Boston, Real Life by Robyn is offering readers a free engagement shoot when they book one of the company’s wedding packages and quote Your East Midlands Wedding to the team. The business started in 2020, and its owner Robyn Dalton specialises in unposed, natural photography. She focuses on the beauty of those in-between moments and genuine smiles while capturing photos without guests even realising. The wedding packages available include bronze, silver or gold – each can be tailored to suit specific requirements. Robyn says, “I truly believe your photographer should be someone you don’t have to think or worry about. It would be an honour to capture your special day for you.” Check out: WINNING IN LOVE The Peak Edge Hotel has won another wedding award, and the team couldn’t be more thrilled to be recognised for their hard work and dedication. The property is located in Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District National Park and offers an elegant setting to celebrate special events. Fully licenced for civil ceremonies, lovebirds can exchange vows in the Oak Room or the Walton Suite surrounded by loved ones. Guests will love exploring the charming spaces and can rest their heads after dancing the night away. The Hotel, part of the Casa Hotels Group, has been shortlisted in The 2023 Publican Awards in two categories, Best Drinks Offer and Best Premium Food. The chairman and founder of Global Brands and Casa Hotels Group Steve Perez comments, “I’m incredibly proud of our teams who have all worked tirelessly to develop our drinks and cocktail range with the help of some of the industry’s leading experts in our sister company Global Brands. I’m especially proud to be nominated for Best Premium Food Offer at the Red Lion Restaurant at Peak Edge Hotel, which my father owned and successfully ran in the 70s, and I repurchased it into the family five years ago. Our ethos is to produce the highest quality of sustainable food, most of which is sourced from my farm just two miles away. Executive chef Ben Peverall works closely with Craig Ellis, my farm manager, to produce the ultimate field-to-fork food for everything from beef, lamb, pork, eggs and honey from our bees.” Discover the popular Hotel here: 10

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 MANSFIELD ROAD, EASTWOOD NOTTINGHAM NG16 3SS Set in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside within 26 acres of land, Eastwood Hall provides the perfect setting and backdrop for your wedding. We have several packages available to suit your needs and are available for up to 250 guests. So, whether your wedding will be large or intimate, we have the perfect space for you. At Eastwood Hall, we truly believe that each wedding is special and unique and we want your day to reflect this from the first to the last moment. Our trained wedding team will help with your arrangements and assist in ensuring your wedding day dreams come true. For more information please call our wedding coordinator on 01773 532 500 or email Spa s to S I do

TELEPHONE 07767 258636 EMAI L WEBSITE WWW.SARAHCARTERPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.UK 07970327716 | With over 15 years experience in the floral industry we specialises in creating luxuriously, natural, romantic floral wedding designs. Our creations demonstrates our love of all things quintessentially English. However, we dedicate ourselves to catering for all tastes and styles allowing us to assist couples who are looking for a more contemporary feel to their wedding. Call 01522537518 to discuss your requirements

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOUREASTMIDLANDS.WEDDING ROMANTIC GETAWAY Nestled in the trees opposite The Bracken Course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, The Dower House Hotel is a private and tranquil setting for all occasions. Located by the charming village of Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, the venue is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With two acres to explore, the beautiful grounds provide a backdrop for romantic walks and photographic opportunities. Why not book the Hotel’s Romantic Break package for the ultimate getaway? Tuck into a tasty meal created by talented chefs who use the very best locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to produce delicious dishes in a stunning setting. Enjoy an overnight stay in luxurious accommodation decorated with rose petals and candles. Get cosy in the bed with crisp cotton sheets, comfortable pillows and sumptuous duvets. After a restful night’s sleep, enjoy a full English breakfast, ready for the day ahead. We’ve teamed up with the Hotel to offer readers a complimentary bottle of prosecco to celebrate their engagement when they book the Romantic Break package. Contact the property to book and quote Your East Midlands Wedding before June 1st 2023. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BRIDAL SHOES The hunt for the perfect bridal shoe ends here with the chance to win the ultimate pair for your special day from Steve Madden. The shimmering Bridal Collection is not only amazing for brides but bridesmaids too, ensuring a picture-perfect look on the big day. For everyone who loves to shine you can choose from rose gold, silver, nude and white with finishes that include satin, rhinestone, leather and clear materials. If the shoe fits… be your own Cinderella! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a pair of bridal shoes to the value of £150 from For your chance to win enter online via our website Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 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 Where to say “I do” in and around Leicestershire KILWORTH HOUSE 01858 880 058 | Set in 38 acres of rolling parkland, Kilworth House is an elegant venue located in the heart of rural Leicestershire. With breathtaking views, expansive grounds, fine dining, luxurious accommodation and an outdoor theatre, what’s not to love about this property? The hotel is at the end of an inviting tree-lined approach leading guests through the tranquil grounds to the well-maintained lawns and south-facing façade. Guests will love exploring the parklands and woodland areas, which create gorgeous backdrops for images. Exchange vows with 130 guests in the fully-restored Victorian Orangery, which features glorious rural views and vibrant natural lighting. After the vows, couples can enjoy drinks receptions on the terrace before returning to the Orangery for wedding breakfasts. Alternatively, The Wordsworth Room features a domed ceiling with glittering chandeliers and can accommodate 40 people for the vows. Next door, pairs can use the Library Restaurant for showstopping wedding breakfasts. With a cosy setting, views over the Knot Garden, fairytale bookcases and a Victorian fire place, what location could be better? For more intimate weddings, the Shakespeare Room is perfect for celebrations with 20 loved ones and features ornate décor. After dancing the night away, loved ones can retreat to the stunning bedrooms for a good night’s rest. They can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings in peace as exclusive hire is available from 3.00 pm on their day of arrival to 9.00 am the following morning. Couples will receive a complimentary menu-tasting session when they book the venue. ©Chris Haley Photography 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE BELMONT HOTEL 01162 544 773 | Situated in the heart of the city centre, The Belmont Hotel is a Victorian building that dates back to the 19th-century. The independently owned property has a homely feel, and all the function spaces are individually designed in a neutral décor to match any colour scheme. The Rose Room is a versatile area that can accommodate 110 loved ones for the “I dos” and wedding breakfasts, as well as 200 for evening celebrations. Alternatively, The Rowan Room is ideal for relaxed events with ample room for up to 40 guests for the vows and reception meals, while The May Room works great for more intimate nuptials. The Hotel’s terrace area makes an excellent spot for drinks receptions and informal pictures in the summer months. Other photographic spaces include The Oval for capturing group photos, while the steps from the original house are great for couple portraits. Lovebirds who book the venue for their wedding and a three-course wedding breakfast will receive a complimentary tasting session, a night’s stay on their special day and a dinner voucher for their first-anniversary stay. With 74 stylish bedrooms, guests can enjoy accommodation at special discounted rates. STAPLEFORD PARK 01572 787 000 | Nestled in the Leicestershire countryside and surrounded by 500 acres of unspoilt parkland, Stapleford Park is the ultimate location for special events. As couples travel down the picturesque driveway through the tranquil landscape, they’ll discover grandeur at every turn. The Grade I listed property has plenty of historical features to discover, with remnants of Tudor and Victorian architecture combined with 21stcentury touches – pairs will love the photographic backdrops! The Church of St Mary Magdalene can host ceremonies with 80 loved ones, while the enchanting grounds are the perfect location for al fresco weddings. The Orangery can host 150 people for larger events and offers views of the stunning gardens. Opt for The Harborough Room for more intimate weddings, which offers plenty of charm for 24 people to enjoy. Or why not pick The Morning and Gilt Rooms surrounded by 30 loved ones? The intimate space is positioned at the front of the house and provides refreshing views of the tranquil parkland. Continues the celebrations in The Grand Hall, which can accommodate 180 guests when joined with The Orangery. With plenty of natural lighting, gorgeous views and breathtaking decoration, what’s not to love? The Old Kitchen is another popular area, which welcomes 36 people to its spacious, light setting that’s full of character. After ceremonies, the team can transform The Orangery and The Harborough Room to accommodate receptions. With 48 on-site bedrooms, guests can rest their heads after dancing the night away. Each space has been beautifully decorated with comfortable furnishings, lavish fabrics and luxurious touches. Before the big day, why not visit the on-site spa and enjoy welldeserved pampering? 16 Contact our wedding planner, Carolyn, to book an exclusive tour of our lovely hotel. Quote ‘EastMidMag’ when you get in touch and enjoy two glasses of prosecco after you’ve fallen in love with our venue. Manor Estate, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6PY | 01526 352588 Up to 120 people for a Seated Wedding Breakfast 180 for your Evening Reception Exclusivity option available 21 light and spacious bedrooms THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR PERECT WEDDING DAY Stunning, licensed ceremony venues perfect for an intimate occasion or a larger celebration YOUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY HOUSE WEDDING

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 STAPLEFORD PARK HOTEL & SPA, STAPLEFORD, NR. MELTON MOWBRAY, LEICESTERSHIRE LE14 2EF Your Dream Wedding in the Country

Also check out.. SHEARSBY BATH Set in the heart of south Leicestershire’s idyllic countryside, this venue is a stone’s throw away from the historic and well-loved village of Shearsby. With more than five acres of landscaped gardens, the dazzling grounds create the perfect backdrop to wedding photography. The family-run company works hard to provide lovebirds with a beautiful wedding setting, exceptional cuisine, elegant décor, and the finest hospitality and attention to detail. Check out: LEICESTER MARRIOTT HOTEL Leicester Marriott Hotel is a contemporary venue offering a memorable backdrop for weddings. Conveniently and quietly located just minutes from the M1 with easy access to Leicester train station as well as East Midlands and Birmingham airports, the property is perfect for guests travelling in. Lovebirds can choose from a selection of light and atmospheric wedding spaces that are ideal for multicultural weddings, civil ceremonies and receptions. Check out: KEYTHORPE MANOR Set in the rolling countryside, Keythorpe Manor is an idyllic venue with excellent wedding spaces. The venue provides ample opportunities for wedding photos, with the English countryside as an elegant backdrop. Couples can make the most of the open spaces by making a grand entrance in style with either a horse-drawn carriage or a helicopter – the options are endless! Check out: THE CITY ROOMS Situated in the heart of Leicester City Centre, The City Rooms is a Georgian venue that provides 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. The Dining Room provides plenty of natural daylight for smaller celebrations and is located on the ground floor, conveniently next to a bar. Check out: 19 LOCAL VENUES

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 Celebrations in the heart of the Dukeries Bondhay Golf Club combines endless charm and character, with the class and elegance of a prestigious sporting club. Renovated function room Exclusive venue hire Exquisite grounds and gardens Delectable culinary experiences Trusted recommended partners Perfect accessible location EMAIL TEL 01909 723608 Whitwell Common, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3EH

In full bloom Discover beautiful venues with showstopping gardens THE RIDING SCHOOL, CALKE ABBEY 01332 501 252 | The Riding School is a charming red-brick barn surrounded by 600 acres of incredible parkland at the beautiful Calke Abbey estate. Buildings and quirky courtyards surround the property, perfect for formal shots with family and friends, while the manicured gardens boast borders full of colour and fragrance. The grand house is not to be missed with its baroque exterior – it’s the most beautiful place to stop for formal portraits. In the gardens, couples will find an authentic auricula theatre that displays stunning arrangements throughout the year. The magnificent Orangery provides the perfect botanical backdrop for photographs with floor-to-ceiling windows, a domed-glass roof, lush greenery and peeling paintwork. The venue boasts a wealth of history with original features. Exposed beams line the ceiling, while the bare brick walls and the original windows create the perfect blank canvas. Elegant white draping separates the Riding School into three more intimate spaces with a fabulous bar and lounge area, a ceremony space and wedding breakfast location for 160 people. With such a flexible space, couples can create traditional and formal soirees or more laid-back events. Wedding breakfasts will be served by experienced staff with expert chefs on hand to create bespoke menus. Later in the day, the ceremony area becomes an incredible dancefloor for 260 people to party the night away. The evening guests will be given a warm welcome as they arrive to join the celebrations. The fully stocked bar will be open for all guests to enjoy a drink before cutting the cake, and the first dance lets everyone know it’s time to get the party started. When couples book the venue for their special day, they’ll receive a year’s National Trust Membership and a free tasting session before their wedding. GLORIOUS GARDENS 21

HEMSWELL COURT 01427 668 508 | Nestled in Lincoln, Hemswell Court is a private Georgian-style venue that offers landscaped gardens, shaded woodland areas and beautiful walkways. Inside, various elegant function rooms have been tastefully furnished and decorated. The Private Drawing Room can host 95 people for ceremonies and 32 for receptions. The room features a large open fire place, which can be lit during the colder months, as well as two solid oak tables and antique furniture. Couples can exchange vows in the Primrose Room with 200 loved ones for larger weddings and continue the evening celebrations with 120. The light and airy room overlooks the landscaped gardens with high ceilings, traditional bookcases, wooden floors and a fire place. For those wanting outdoor ceremonies, The Band Stand is set amid beautifully landscaped gardens. Here, couples can have an unlimited number of guests. Continue the celebrations in The Ballroom, which can host 150 people for evening celebrations and features a large spacious bar, dancefloor and seating area. After dancing the night away, guests can rest in the 25 en suite bedrooms. 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. SHERWOOD GLADE 07929 209 358 | Situated on 25 acres of private woodland, Sherwood Glade creates the ideal location for weddings. Located in Sherwood Forest, famously associated with the legend of Robin Hood, the woods are home to incredible wildlife and ancient oak trees. There are many trails for romantic strolls under the tree canopies and picture-perfect spaces to capture showstopping images. Whether couples are looking for relaxed or informal weddings with barbecues, glamorous events or something a bit different – the venue is the perfect option. The property doesn’t have a ceremony licence, but couples can have celebrant-led weddings or blessings in the stunning woodlands surrounded by nature and 120 people. Continue the celebrations under two giant tipis with fairylights illuminating the space. The team gives lovebirds the freedom to organise their wedding while helping assist every step of the way. 22

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BONDHAY GOLF CLUB 01909 723608 | Nestled in Dukeries, Bondhay Golf Club provides the perfect settings for memorable weddings with endless charm and character. As couples travel down the long driveway with two golf courses on either side, they arrive at the family-owned venue and will fall in love with the spaces. The stunning grounds and gardens provide a picturesque backdrop to memorable photographs. Couples will discover the immaculately tended fairways, blooming flowers, lush greenery, charming walkways and peaceful ponds – perfect for romantic walks. The dedicated team works with couples to ensure they receive their dream wedding while tailoring the day to their needs and requirements. The expert event planners will guide couples through the experience every step of the way to ensure each event is unforgettable. Wedding breakfasts and receptions take place in the Function Room, which has recently undergone an extensive renovation to add a touch of luxury to the property. The space is easily adapted to match any theme or colour scheme and comes well-dressed with wall drapes, a modern wooden floor, rustic chairs and tables. With a private bar and stunning views, what location could be better? The menu features delicious dishes created by talented chefs using the finest ingredients for sit-down meals with 120 people. The sun-lit annexe provides the perfect entertainment spot, and there’s a dedicated space for catering. Dance the night away with 250 evening guests and create memories to treasure forever. Also check out… RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA Nestled in Chesterfield, Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa is an impressive Georgian manor house set within 19th-century formal gardens. The venue has been lovingly restored to its former glory, meaning couples can expect memorable events. The venue’s charming interior features elegant touches, high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and period features. Check out: HODSOCK PRIORY Hodsock Priory was lovingly restored in 1829 and has been the home to the Buchanan family for nine generations. Down the sweeping driveway, couples will approach the Grade I listed Tudor Gatehouse and find beautiful gardens surrounding the property. Having once entertained four English kings, including Henry VIII, the venue epitomises a country house style with modern touches. Check out: TISSINGTON HALL Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Peak District National Park, Tissington Hall is an unrivalled location with beautiful country views. The historic 17th-century building is a fabulous wedding setting and can be hired exclusively for events. Couples will fall in love with the gardens, which stretches over five acres and provides the perfect backdrop to wedding photography. Check out: CROWN HALL FARM Located on the outskirts of Spalding in Lincolnshire, the Crown Hall Farm is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. As pairs enter the property through the large gates, they’re embraced with lush greenery and a treelined driveway that creates a calming environment. The large lake creates a perfect backdrop to ceremonies in the characterful boat house. Check out: 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS

Rural Rhianne and Danny’s wedding featured a burnt orange colour scheme and rustic touches Images courtesy of Brad Smith Photography ROMANCE 26

Rhianne visited the Oulton Park Circuit to watch her brother’s motorbike race in 2016 when she first met Danny, who was coaching a young rider. “We had a common interest, but we most importantly made each other laugh and just wanted to spend every moment together”, recalls Rhianne. They were comfortable together from the start, almost as though they’d known each other from a previous life. Danny knew he would marry her from day one and popped the question four years later in the beautiful Lake District. Rhianne comments, “I had a feeling it was going to happen that day; I had just finished doing my make-up ready for dinner, and I turned around to find Danny on one knee – it’s safe to say my make-up needed redoing! He struggled to get his words out, but it was such a special and intimate moment.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple’s wedding took place in October 2022, and they created an intimate and romantic wedding full of personal touches. The lovebirds instantly loved Badgers Mount and its local countryside charm. The blank canvas spaces allowed the pair to get creative and bring their fabulous ideas to life. The bride comments, “With it being a small boutique hotel, I loved the idea of our guests filling the rooms onsite. It almost becomes a privately rented hotel without strangers waltzing around during your special day.” The bride and her bridal party enjoyed an evening in the venue’s separate self-catering apartment the day before the wedding. They had a fun morning getting ready to make their grand entrance while the couple’s grandparents were picked up in the venue’s Rolls-Royce, which they absolutely loved! Gabby from The Two Hummingbirds went above and beyond to help the pair create their dream day. Rhianne says, “Not only is she exceptionally talented at her job, but Gabby always suggested how we could reuse ceremony décor for the wedding breakfast and reception to keep our costs down without compromising the final look.” The ceremony space was breathtaking, and the venue laid out chairs with burnt orange chiffon sashes in a semi-circle style. White rose petals lined the aisle, ready for the flower grandma to sprinkle rose petals as she walked down the aisle. Asymmetric plinths were at the top of the aisle, full of gypsophila and white florals with a cluster of lanterns with unlit candles around the bases. The beautiful fields surrounding the venue served as the ideal backdrop to the vows. Gabby captured a romantic and intimate setting for the ceremony and wedding breakfast while adding fun elements to the reception. She created a beautiful gypsophila cloud with disco balls that hung above the aisle, which later became the dancefloor. The pair used the venue’s rustic sweet cart for the cocktail reception, and Gappy added love LED lights, bud vases with gypsophila and a sign that said, ‘His & Hers Cocktails’. The bride picked coco chilli mojitos while Danny opted for Jameson ginger spritz. They also provided custom cocktail toppers with frosted acrylic discs with each guest’s surname in gold writing, and edible wafer cocktail toppers with the pair’s monogram on. POST VOWS The wedding breakfast took place in a marquee, which Gabby decorated beautifully. The pair opted for a Santorini-style long table layered with a burnt orange and white chiffon runner to add texture to the wooden table. Gold-rimmed charger plates, champagne flutes, burnt orange napkins and gold cutlery added a touch of luxury to the setting. The couple wanted it to feel like an extra special family dinner, so they purchased two handwritten taper dinner candles. One had their names and wedding date in black writing with gold specks, while the other had a quote from their first dance song. The Two Hummingbirds used fresh flowers for the centrepieces and scattered cylinder candles to add a soft and romantic atmosphere. Gabby added a warm white neon light and curtain fairylights to hang off REAL WEDDINGS 27

a freestanding gold frame behind the bride and groom during the wedding breakfast. She added another light behind the DJ booth in the evening. The guestbook and card table was at the entrance to the marquee with burnt orange and white chiffon, bud vases with gypsophila, tea lights and a frosted Perspex sign in a small gold frame. Instead of a typical guestbook, it featured personal photos from the couple’s relationship and engagement shoot. Guests signed blank pages with gold and silver Sharpies; this now is the most precious coffee table book at the newlyweds home. FOOD FOR THOUGHT The venue provided the catering on the day and created delicious dishes that everyone enjoyed. Rhianne says, “The food was locally sourced, which was important to us, and the chef is known to be one of the best in Leicestershire!” The pair had a tasting session to pick the menu choices and went with organic tomato bisque with creme fraiche and basil pesto or country pâté with spiced pear chutney and orange-flavoured brioche to start. Roast rump of Cumbrian lamb or free-range chicken was served for mains with dauphinoise potatoes, carrots and Madeira sauce. Caramelised apple and a custard tart with clotted cream and toasted oats were for dessert, with ice-cold moet for the toasts. The pair provided popcorn, sweets and freshly cooked pizza to keep loved ones from going hungry in the evening. They also had a white Lambeth-style cake featuring their wedding monogram on top – All The Good Stuff Bakery did a fantastic job! The lemon, cherry Bakewell and Victoria sponge tiers were a hit with guests. LOOKING THE PART After trying a few gowns, the bride decided to get a bespoke dress created by AvaMia Couture. Rhianne says, “I met with Halle at her boutique and showed her my ideas before the team returned with the most incredible design. I wanted a dress that looked romantic and royal for the daytime before removing the sleeves in the evening for the perfect party dress. “ The bride went for a sweetheart neckline with a corset-style body, sheer panelling, a low back, a mermaid fit, plenty of sparkles and a front split. The team added a nude lining to create an off-white colour, and they sewed a handwritten note to the bottom of the dress from the bride’s grandparents. The bride chose not to wear a veil and instead went with a personalised ribbon made from tulle with their wedding date on one side and the song title that she walked down the aisle to on the other. She also wore her grandma’s silver pearl earrings as something borrowed and a sparkly tennis bracelet from her mum as a something new. Danny wore the Jenson sky blue two-piece suit with a royal blue doublebreasted waistcoat from Marc Darcy. The orange thread in the chequered design matched the colour scheme perfectly. He also had sparkly gold shoes by Kurt Geiger, which made sure everyone knew when he was in the room! A white woven Moss Bros shirt with a burnt orange tie, pocket square and tie clip by Cavani finished his look off perfectly. The groomsmen wore Max royal blue trousers and blazers with the Jenson check double-breasted waistcoats. The maid-of-honours, the bride’s sisters, wore burnt orange satin slip dresses with personalised jewellery and gold heels. TIME TO CELEBRATE The couple’s good friend James Toseland played the keyboard as guests took their seats for the ceremony, James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go as the bride walked down the aisle and Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl when the newlyweds exited. He even wrote them a song for their first dance, which he performed on the day. The bride says, “Listening to a song written for us and being performed live by a special friend is such a special moment, and we cannot thank him enough.” Rhianne’s uncle and a local Midlands performer Tann-I Browne then did a Bob Marley tribute during the cocktail hour – everybody loves a Bob Marley sing-along! DJ Glamour and DJ LEB performed in the evening and played all the couple’s favourite music – the pair didn’t leave the dancefloor once! 28

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RHIANNE AND DANNY’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue and catering, | Photographer, | Videographer, Bride’s dress, | Hair, | Make-up, Groom’s suit, | Cake, | Flowers, | Wedding stylist, | Monogram, invites and thank you cards, | Wedding day newspapers, | Personalised dinner candles, | Letters, | Bespoke poem, | Acrylic cocktail toppers, | Wafer cocktail toppers, | Place names, | Printable pizza sign, | Photo guestbook, |Bridesmaids’ jewellery, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Missguided | DJs, and | Entertainment, MEMORABLE MOMENTS The wedding was full of memorable moments that the couple will treasure for years to come. The bride says, “We both never expected it to be so intensely emotional! Having such an intimate ceremony, writing our vows and all the other personal touches made it much more special!” The ceremony was the couple’s favourite part of the day; it was everything they’d ever dreamt of. A bespoke poem by Ella at Lines to Rhymes, who is just so exceptionally talented, shared the pair’s love story in a few short lines. The bride’s sister Mae read this out at the ceremony, which was a lovely surprise for Danny. The bride says, “My grandad walked me down the aisle and then reduced everyone to tears with his heartfelt speech. I’ve never seen my grandad cry except at this moment. My little sister Rosie, who is only 16, wrote a beautiful speech and read this out. She was so brave and made everyone cry again!” When planning their wedding, the couple wanted to ensure they worked with as many small businesses as possible – the companies all worked hard to ensure the pair received the day they deserved. Rhianne says, “I have to shout out Alex, our videographer, who came on board the night before the wedding after a cancellation! He ensured we had all our special moments on video to cherish forever.” She continues, “I can honestly say Carina from Badgers Mount went above and beyond! Nothing was too much trouble, and the day would not have been possible without her. My multi-talented hairdresser Chloe was also amazing and made me feel so confident as I don’t usually wear my hair up – it just complemented my dress perfectly.” Stacey at Vincent’s Florist created stunning buttonholes and bouquets. She didn’t just create gorgeous pieces but tried her best to source sweet peas, the bride’s grandma’s nickname for Rhianne growing up. She couldn’t find any in season but surprised the bride on the day with the flowers hand embroidered on some material attached to the stem of her bouquet – something the bride will cherish forever. 31 REAL WEDDINGS