Your East Midlands Wedding - June/July 2023 (Issue 56)

JUN/JUL 2023 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A luxurious getaway Showstopping gowns Fabulous fashion BEAUTIFUL BARNS LOVE IS all around Read romantic nuptials Discover rustic venues All in the décor Venue styling inspiration LOOKING YOUR BEST Hair and make-up advice

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 the award-winning 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. DARLEY ROAD | STONE EDGE | CHESTERFIELD | DERBYSHIRE | S45 0LW TEL: 01246 566142 WWW.PEAKEDGEHOTEL.CO.UK AA CREATING UNFORGETTABLE WEDDINGS Your love, our passion WEDDING SHOWCASE EVENTS Explore a world of possibilities at our inspirational wedding events! Join us at Peak Edge Hotel for an extraordinary showcase of specialist suppliers and magical moments. Immerse yourself in the ambiance, discover stunning displays, sample delicious dishes, and envision your dream wedding. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! Visit to learn more and reserve your place.

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 75 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 88 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTSJUN/JUL 2023 VENUES 17 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these properties in and around Lincolnshire 21 BEAUTIFUL BARNS We’ve gathered beautiful venues perfect for rustic nuptials 24 IN THE COUNTRYSIDE Olivia Gibson discovers the stunning Whitttlebury Park in Northamptonshire On the cover This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by The Dower House Hotel in Lincolnshire ( and Chloe Gels Photo & Video ( Surrounded by two acres of tranquil gardens set in beautiful woodland, the hotel’s idyllic setting is the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding. This image was captured by Chloe at the wedding of Grace and Jake Stenhouse on Saturday 6th May. 75 21 FEATURES 41 OH-SO LUXURIOUS This statement shoot at Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa offers plenty of inspiration 45 LOST IN A DREAM Discover this spring-inspired shoot full of local suppliers 49 PRETTY PASTELS This romantic shoot in the country features stunning florals and a pale blue colour scheme 53 ALL IN THE DETAIL Our experts share venue styling inspiration to help couples plan their dream wedding 71 BIG-DAY BEAUTY Discover the latest fashion and beauty trends in the world of weddings 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 DOWN UNDER Kerry and Ryan’s wedding featured boho touches and blue accents 30 MAGICAL BEGINNINGS Becky and Josh had a stunning wedding at Whittlebury Hall surrounded by loved ones 35 THE SKY’S THE LIMIT Katy and George had a green and gold colour scheme on their big day HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 THE CITY OF LOVE Discover why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 89 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two FASHION & BEAUTY 56 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 59 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 60 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 65 BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with top expert advice 66 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 68 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 60 24 86 80 66 GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 80 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 81 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 4

Chloe Gels Photo & Video 07578037221 instagram/chloegelsphotos Facebook/Chloe Gels Photo & Video Creating Memories that last a lifetime A relaxed venue nestled amongst vibrant farmland, overlooking Sherwood Forest. Situated on the doorstep of Sherwood Forest and nestled amongst rich farmlands and countryside, Warren Farmhouse is a hidden gem. Our venue allows you the freedom to plan your day, your way! Perfect for those looking to plan an unconventional wedding in your very own private eld. 07973 541 366 Warren Farm, Mans eld, NG19 0HQ

Embrace the colour green with this dashing suit from Next. There’s so much to love about this spring-styled shoot, especially the stunning stationery! Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding! I hope you’ve all been keeping well and have been enjoying spring. There’s something so refreshing about this time of year; it’s all about fresh starts and new beginnings. I’m looking forward to the warming weather and longer days as we slowly creep towards summer. There’s nothing I love more than venturing outdoors; I’m talking picnic dates, barbecues with loved ones, forest walks with the dogs and beach days with friends. Summer is a wonderful time to tie the knot, not just because of the glorious sunshine – although that’s a huge perk! Thanks to the longer days, you’ll be able to have a later ceremony with plenty of time for your photographer to capture memorable pictures. Imagine roasting marshmallows with loved ones around fire pits, enjoying outdoor games on the lawns or eating from food trucks. Thanks to the more consistent weather, the opportunities are endless. Planning a wedding is an exciting experience where together, you can create a dream-worthy day to celebrate your love and commitments with loved ones. This issue is packed with local suppliers who would be honoured to be a part of your magical day. They’ll work with you to offer advice and help bring your visions to life. If you’re stuck with wedding planning and need inspiration, don’t forget to check out our beautiful weddings and styled shoots. I’m talking showstopping venues, gorgeous styling, oh-so-beautiful blooms and wow-factor touches. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Here comes the sun 45 78 88 One lucky bride will win a stunning pearl and diamond necklace, enter for your chance to win! ADVERTISING Account Manager Nicola Hawkins | 01376 538480 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at www. and DESIGN 01376 535616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535602 EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535611 Haarlem Mill is the perfect location for those planning a rustic wedding. 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.

Amanda Forman Photography did a wonderful job at capturing this romantic shoot at Irnham Hall, which featured a blue colour scheme. 49 Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles plus something pink for bridesmaids. Becky and Josh create the ultimate wedding surrounded by loved ones. 60 30 53 I’m In love with this backdrop styled by Bobbi Wren Events, just look at those romantic touches. 75 EDITOR’S LETTER 7 How stunning is this bouquet created using dried blooms by the talented Horseshoe Flowers?

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region NEW VENUE ALERT! Sheepy Meadows is a new Leicestershire-based corporate and wedding venue celebrating its first sustainability award after only opening its doors last year. Based in Sheepy Magna near the historic town of Atherstone, the property offers a solution for the rising number of eco-conscious couples and corporates. Owners Joe and Joanna Garland own multiple enterprises at the stunning Mythe Farm, including award-winning wedding venue Mythe Barn and corporate event management company Eventurous. The pair decided to launch the tipi setting, Sheepy Meadows, after recognising a need in the market for unique wedding and event venues that are easy to bespoke. The owners began the journey towards their businesses being greener more than a decade ago. Thanks to numerous solar panels on-site, they’ve since saved enough carbon emissions equating to 8,000 trees being planted. Local biodiversity is also something the pair feel passionate about; from beekeeping to planting 12,000 new trees and a wildflower meadow on-site, the farm is home to some remarkable ongoings. Following their recent ECOsmart award given by event and hospitality sustainability specialists, Greengage Solutions, the team are celebrating such an achievement. Co-director Joe says, “Living in a rural community, the environment has always been a focal point for us, and we’re proud of our mindful team who share these values. Being certified as an ECOsmart Silver venue has given us the tools to take our sustainability to the next level, continuing to provide a credible venue in the Midlands!” Discover more about the venue here: DREAM-WORTHY SETTING An award-winning hotel and wedding venue on the idyllic shores of Rutland Water is nearing the completion of its new wedding pavilion, which is set to hold up to 550 guests when opened this summer. Boasting an elegant and luxury décor style, the Rutland Pavilion will be Rutland Hall Hotel and Spa’s newest addition to its wedding and events offering. Due to completion this June, the large space will be suitable for all occasions while boasting plenty of room for entertainment. Jo White, managing director of Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa says, “This luxurious new pavilion is a continuation of our multi-million-pound refurbishment over the last two years. We strive to showcase how special we are as a destination venue, and we can’t wait to exceed the expectations of soon-to-wed couples.” Set in 70 acres of conservation parkland with walking routes, leisure facilities and year-round recreational activities aplenty, the property has everything needed to keep the whole family entertained. Please note this image is an artist impression and details may be subject to change. Read more about the property here: THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL LUXE Hair Beauty Bridal wins Best UK Bridal Salon in the UK Hair and Beauty Awards for the third year. The company opened during the lockdown in 2020 as a space for brides to enjoy bridal trials in a designated area while enjoying a glass of prosecco or two. Over the years, it has grown a team of six bridal and beauty specialists on hand to get bridal parties wedding ready. They cover all aspects of hair, make-up, spray tans, lashes, nails, aesthetics and skin treatments. Since winning, the team is opening a new salon in July to take the company to the next level. Complete with its separate bridal lounge, bridal accessories and the LUXE Lounge with a fully licenced bar; the space will be the ultimate destination. Clients will even be able to enjoy afternoon tea or tasty treats from the Buttercream Tea Room next door. Discover: 8

LOVE LIGHTS THE WAY Paper Starlights, renowned for its beautiful and intricate star lanterns, has launched its new wedding collection to bring enchantment, sustainability and light to wedding celebrations. Handmade using responsibly sourced paper, these paper lanterns will add an elegant touch to wedding décor with their glowing aura and romantic design. “Whether you’re planning a formal reception or an informal garden elopement, the right wedding lighting creates atmosphere and takes your big day into night”, says Paper Starlights co-founder Andy Jupp. The versatility of Paper Starlights’ lanterns allows them to be used in various ways; as a centrepiece on the tables or hung as a starry chandelier above to cast a gentle and calming light. The lanterns are also an ideal way to thank guests for their attendance, as they can be used as beautiful wedding favours that will light up their homes long after the wedding celebrations have ended. The new collection is available in various colours, sizes and designs, making it easy for couples to choose the perfect lanterns to suit their wedding theme. Paper Starlights has been sharing the light since 1996. As a family-run independent business based in Derbyshire, it produces handmade paper star lanterns in partnership with a family-run business in India. To find out more about the new range of handmade star lanterns, visit: COMING SOON! After ten years of planning and careful consideration, Thetford Farm Barn is a privately owned wedding venue that will launch in South Lincolnshire. Available for bookings starting from Spring 2024 with the website launching early June 2023, the venue will provide couples with a showstopping backdrop for their day. The main barn is located at the centre of an ‘E’ shaped layout with a capacity of up to 400 guests, and promises to offer a truly unforgettable experience for couples looking for a picturesque location to get married. The brick barn in the parish of Baston is a beautifully restored venue that retains its rustic charm and character, creating a unique atmosphere. The venue features a spacious main ceremony hall, which can accommodate up to 220 seated guests with an aisle over 20 metres in length. There will be separate preparation areas for nearlyweds to get ready with accommodation available from 2025. The surrounding buildings offer additional space for guests to gather, and can be connected with marquees to create a space catering for 400 people. Owner Jo-Anne Richardson says, “Our team has created a unique and characterful space, and we believe that our venue will offer couples an unforgettable wedding experience. Its romantic charm and beautiful surroundings will surely create lasting memories for all who celebrate their special day here.” For more information about Thetford Farm Barn, contact Sian Diacond in the wedding team at 01778 560 004 or email WINNING IN LOVE Those not heard of a wedding newspaper must live under a rock because it’s a musthave at any wedding to add the wow factor. The Crafty Lab are a creative bunch that offers exceptional quality with personalised finishing touches for an affordable price! The husband-and-wife team have some hot-off-the-press news. In addition to the best-seller A5-sized newspaper booklets, they’re now offering bigger and better A4 newspaper booklets! There’s much more room to create a fantastic piece of wedding history to keep guests entertained - it will be a talking point for years to come! Check out: Martin Rogers 9 LOCAL NEWS

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUREASTMIDLANDS.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH JULY2023. BAKING MEMORIES When it comes to creating wow-factor weddings, it’s all about getting those finer details right. Introducing The Cake Queen, a Lincolnshire-based company that works with couples across the East Midlands. The award-winning baker, Zoe Critchley, works closely with lovebirds to understand their vision to create showstopping bakes that look and taste fantastic. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers free biscuit favours for the top table (up to 10) when they book a wedding cake at least three tiers high. To receive the offer, quote Your East Midlands Wedding upon booking the company before August 1st 2023. The iced biscuits can be personalised with initials and wedding dates in any colour to match match the colour scheme. Guests will love receiving this extra special treat that can be enjoyed either on the day or, as the treats are individually wrapped, taken away and enjoyed afterwards. Couples can upgrade their order to include favours for all guests should they wish; please ask for more details. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit our website WORK WITH US SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER BERKS, BUCKS & OXON EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR

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• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Managing Director County Wedding Events Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS 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

Going local Fall in love with these properties in and around Lincolnshire CROWN HALL FARM 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 wedding and event industries. With friendly service, they’ll work with nearlyweds to create dream-worthy events. As pairs enter Crown Hall Farm through the large gates, they’re embraced with lush greenery, a tree-lined driveway and a calming environment. The grounds designed by Chelsea Flower Show award winner Adam Frost have many beautiful photo opportunities to discover. The large lake creates a picture-perfect backdrop to ceremonies in the characterful boathouse that’s 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 wedding feature. Pairs can exchange vows with 150 loved ones and host receptions with 250 in the large marquee. The space has a porcelain tiled floor, climate control and panoramic windows overlooking the stunning grounds. Outside is ideal for garden games and other entertainment, while the picnic benches create a relaxing space for loved ones to catch up. The team offer a wide range of catering options and even has a pizza shack with a wood-fired oven – so guests won’t go hungry! 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. 17 LOCAL VENUES

STOCKWITH MILL 07989 602 814 | Nestled in the charming village of Hagworthingham, Stockwith Mill is a family-run and exclusive wedding venue surrounded by natural beauty. The 17th-century water-driven mill offers a stunning backdrop to special events thanks to the picturesque surroundings and rustic buildings. The dedicated team will work with couples throughout the planning experience to help reduce extra pressure and ensure events run smoothly. For an idyllic outdoor setting, the Millers Field offers a pretty backdrop to the vows. Nearlyweds can make their way through the freshly cut aisle through the meadow surrounded by wildflowers until they arrive at the wooden pergola. After the “I dos”, drinks receptions occur at the Mill Lawn on the water’s edge. The Stables offer the perfect location for wedding breakfasts with 48 loved ones. The stunning building has been lovingly restored with exposed wooden beams and a neutral palette to match any colour scheme. The staff can transform the space for evening receptions with long wooden tables and antique reclaimed chapel chairs – there’s enough room for a DJ or band. Or the Millers Fields are perfect for bohemian weddings with 150 guests in a marquee or tipi. After dancing the night away, guests can stay on-site in Campervans or motor homes. Alternatively, the team can organise bell tents for guests. THE DOWER HOUSE HOTEL 01526 352 588 | Situated in Lincolnshire, The Dower House Hotel is an elegant Edwardian Hotel that provides the ideal setting for weddings. The property creates many photographic backdrops thanks to its beautiful features, including red-brick walls, stunning windows and mock Tudor timbers. Exchange vows outside under the majestic weeping willow at the romantic Folly with 120 people, or in the Oak Room with 80 guests under the starlit ceiling. If couples are saying “I do” in the winter months, the Garden Room can host 30 loved one who will stay warm thanks to the large open fire. For more intimate weddings, the Private Dining Room can accommodate12 people and is full of Edwardian charm. The staff can transform The Oak Room and The Harden Room to continue the celebrations in the evenings. Or why not opt for the Seasons, which can host 80 guests for receptions? Alternatively, the Orchard Suite can hold up to 120 people for wedding breakfasts and 180 revellers for evening celebrations. The suite features beautiful high ceilings and chandeliers that really adds the wow factor to events. The enthusiastic and friendly staff are always willing to go that extra mile to make events memorable, and the experienced wedding planner will be on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly. Couples who book the Elegance or Indulgence Package will receive a complimentary tasting session to help them select a menu for their wedding breakfast as well as an overnight stay in the honeymoon suite on their special day. The Indulgence Package also offers two bedrooms the night before the wedding to allow couples to get ready without rushing. 18

STUBTON HALL 01636 626 187 | Stubton Hall is an elegant 19th-century country house set within 24 acres of parkland. With commanding views over the Lincolnshire countryside close to the Nottinghamshire border and the historic market town of Newark, what location could be better for special events? With exclusive use, couples can take over the entire house to celebrate with loved ones in privacy. The venue has many locations perfect for ceremonies: the Bow Room can fit up to 20 people, the Conservatory 50, the Music Room 100 and the Orangery 200. All rooms are easily accessible and air-conditioned. St Martin’s Church is at the centre of the village, steps away from Stubton Hall, and St Peter’s Church in Claypole is just two miles down the road. The churches are available for wedding ceremonies, if pairs are eligible, or for blessings. The main house can easily accommodate up to 200 people for drinks receptions. The team suggests using the large terrace on the south side of the house overlooking the fountain when the sun’s shining. The Orangery can seat up to 200 people, while the Music Room or the Conservatory can seat up to 50 for wedding receptions. The staff can also make arrangements for more intimate meals if required. Whatever the weather, Stubton Hall offers many beautiful places for photo opportunities. Newlyweds don’t need to worry if the sun doesn’t shine because the wedding photos taken inside the house are just as spectacular. The 25 individually-designed bedrooms mean guests can retreat after dancing the night away. MR. MOLECEY’S MARVELLOUS MILL 07855 242 356 | Located in more than 20 acres of tranquil country grounds with the River Welland as a backdrop, Mr Molecey’s Marvellous Mill is a versatile wedding venue that hosts only a limited number of events annually. The team will work with couples to make their dreams come true as they understand that organising weddings can be overwhelming. They’ll be on hand to help guide pairs through the process from start to finish to ensure everything runs smoothly. Guests will be welcomed by the friendly team, and can enjoy welcome drinks on the main lawn before the main event begins. The Stables provides the perfect ceremony setting, plus it’s only a short walk along a mint and lavender-bordered path. Alternatively, the magnificent St. Andrew’s church offers a spectacular and historical location for the “I dos” if eligible. The Owl Islands are perfect for memorable receptions and glamping after booging on the dancefloor. The team occasionally works with Dotties Events and Hire, who can provide marquees if required. Mainly rented for events and as a film location, the venue has three separate rental opportunities that can be combined to form a 13-bedroom self-catering escape. It’s a superb place to relax and switch off with abundant bridges, rivers and streams. LOCAL VENUES 19

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 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 | Exclusive Wedding Venue and Luxury Accommodation The perfect idyllic, rural location to tie the knot, celebrate your big day and rest in ultimate comfort. Come and view our beautiful wedding venue including our newly launched Bridal Suite and explore everything we offer as part of our Exclusive Wedding Package. To arrange a viewing or request a brochure email Exclusive Wedding Venue • Luxury Accommodation The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas Oddhouse Farm, Colston Bassett Lane, Owthorpe, Notts NG12 3SF | 01949 715002 |

Rural beauty We’ve gathered beautiful venues perfect for rustic nuptials STRETTON MANOR BARN 01246 511 676 | Stretton Manor Barn is located on 22 acres of stunning countryside and offers the perfect setting for showstopping weddings. The venue, lovingly built in 2020 exclusively for weddings, provides a secluded and easily assessable location for all to enjoy. The team are on hand to help make the planning process more manageable while ensuring everything goes to plan at all events – meaning couples can relax knowing their day is in safe hands. The barn features natural and rustic materials, including reclaimed stonework, traditional timber cladding and handcrafted oak furniture. Guests love the fairylights, chandeliers, freestanding fire pits and outdoor heaters that all help to give the barn a beautiful and natural glow – perfect for capturing spectacular photo opportunities. The venue can host ceremonies with 100 people either in the stunning converted barn or on the outdoor terrace and lawned area overlooking the meadows. Continue the celebrations in the barn with 140 people who will love the open plan spaces and bi-fold doors that lead guests to panoramic views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. RUSTIC VENUES 21

BARLOW WOODSEATS HALL 01142 890 720 | Barlow Woodseats Hall is the perfect location to create unforgettable country weddings, from intimate to extravagant events. The original Tudor barn, dating back to 1530, is one of Derbyshire’s best-kept original cruck barns. The team pride itself on offering a bespoke approach to special events; they’ll work with pairs to plan their perfect day just how they’d imagined it. The property can host smaller weddings of under 50 guests on Fridays and larger weddings of up to 100 on Saturdays. Manicured gardens to the venue’s rear allow for outside ceremonies with the beautiful Hall in the background. Unspoilt views with the addition of a peacock make this setting extra special. Alternatively, the Cruck Barn offers a rural location for the vows. The warm and rustic atmosphere and wide-reaching views immediately put guests at ease. With the on-site chefs, lovebirds can choose their own menu and drinks packages, whether they prefer formal or informal dining, with access to the best locally sourced produce. There’s ample outside space for guests to wander the stunning grounds of the Hall, with panoramic views across the valley to enjoy. The eight en suite bedrooms let the main wedding party or guests stay over, while additional accommodation is available with glamping tents during the summer months. Free tasting evenings and one-to-one bespoke planning is offered to those who book the venue. HAARLEM MILL 01629 820 253 | Haarlem Mill is the perfect combination of industrial-style luxury and comfort. The building had been lovingly renovated to create a quirky urban venue for memorable weddings with a rural backdrop of rolling fields and grazing cows. Weddings will be unforgettable thanks to the close-knit events team who will ensure everything runs smoothly. They’ll guide pairs every step of the way, from the first viewings to planning meetings and wedding days. The former cotton mill was built by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1777 and is laid out over two floors. The Ceremony Room oozes historical charm and is a wonderfully intimate space for 60 to 128 guests with the same warm red brick seen throughout the mill, festoon lighting and lanterns down the aisle. After the vows, pairs can enjoy drinks and canapés on the private terrace (weather permitting) or in the upper bar. The Banquet Room can seat between 60 and 128 guests for wedding breakfasts, with gorgeous wooden trestle tables and vintage school chairs. With festoon lighting, cutlery, crockery, glassware, a microphone and a sound system included, pairs can take advantage of the ladder installation in the ceiling and ample space to add to their own style. The in-house catering team, Zest4Events, has a real passion for food. They’ve created a range of delicious seasonal menus to choose from. Whether lovebirds opt for comfort food or fine dining, it will be freshly prepared in the kitchen with love and ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. The room is also ideal for evening receptions, with plenty of seating and a large dancefloor. The team can accommodate up to 160 guests with many food and snack options to suit any style. Once nearlyweds book their wedding, they’ll be invited to attend a tasting evening to sample various dishes from the menus. There will be live music and entertainment on the night, making it the perfect opportunity to experience the magic of Haarlem before the big day. 22

HANBECK FARM 01476 589 861| Hanbeck Farm offers a dream-worthy location for weddings, tailored completely around couples from midweek weddings to weekend dates. With one to three-day hire options, pairs will create memorable weddings surrounded by their nearest and dearests. Nestled among picturesque gardens and a lake where couples can watch magnificent sunsets with their favourite tipple, the property can host 100 guests for ceremonies and 120 evening guests in the main wedding barn. The incredibly versatile space features bi-folding doors that open onto the private courtyard, perfect for garden games. The blank canvas space allows couples to get creative to bring their theme to life. For wedding breakfasts, couples can choose round or trestle tables and oak wooden cross-back chairs – all included in bookings. There’s a fully stocked bar, sound system and disco lights. If church weddings are preferred, Wilsford has a beautiful church that dates back to the 11thcentury and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The venue accommodates up to 22 people across five luxury selfcatering barns, plus two shepherd huts and a wedding cottage. With different packages available, there’s something for all nearlyweds! For couples that book the venue, they’ll receive support from Amy Lauren Weddings, who will work with them throughout the planning experience and their special day to ensure stress-free events. The only thing couples will need to sort is a caterer, but the team works with several companies they can recommend for different styles and budgets. Pairs can also hire various items like a wooden love sign. ODDHOUSE FARM 01949 715 002 | Centrally located on the Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire borders and skirting the stunning Vale of Belvoir; Oddhouse Farm offers a rural setting nestled within the beautiful British countryside. Surrounded by open fields and rolling hills, couples can enjoy the rare combination of tranquillity and a relaxed atmosphere to tie the knot, celebrate their big day and rest in ultimate comfort. The Granary is a charming old threshing barn that has been sympathetically restored and is fully licensed for civil ceremonies with 85 people. Its delightful character is encapsulated within the red brick walls, oak beams and limestone detail – perfect for intimate celebrations. Receptions occur in the spacious Dutch Barn, which can seat up to 85 guests for wedding breakfasts and 140 for evening receptions. There’s plenty of space for a dancefloor and entertainment. The barn looks fabulous in images by combining subtle industrial steelwork with high barrelled ceilings and a fully glazed wall overlooking the open fields. The mezzanine lounge area completes the interior and features wooden floors, comfy sofas and armchair offset with glamorous chandeliers. The location is perfect for resting weary legs, enjoying the far-reaching views, watching the sun go down and buffets. 23 RUSTIC VENUES

When it comes to an unforgettable experience, a countryside setting with delicious food and an exquisite state-of-the-art spa is the perfect recipe. Situated on 700 acres of tranquil-ancient parkland, Whittlebury Park is a luxurious four-star hotel that provides a serene and elegant setting for tranquil retreats. From the moment we arrived down the sweeping driveway, we were in for a treat as the grand property came into view. After being greeted by the helpful staff, we headed to the spa for the ultimate session to refresh our bodies and minds with the Jewel Of ESPA Retreat package. Pampering session We started our day of pampering with a personalised ESPA massage and facial treatment, which lasted 110 minutes and let me tell you, it was absolute heaven! Candlelight, relaxing music and essential oils filled the room to create the complete setting. Combining pure aromatherapy blends and massage techniques, my lovely beauty therapist Nicky focused on my problem areas to remove all the tension in my body – I was on cloud nine the whole session! After drinking some water to rehydrate the body, we headed to the relaxation room for a lie-down. Tranquil haven The award-winning Heat and Ice experience at Whittlebury Park helps stimulate your circulation and senses while helping to remove toxins from the skin. We enjoyed moving through the different areas with the team’s suggested bathing plan, which started with the experience shower. Our favourite rooms were the Aromatherapy Crystal Steamroom, Traditional Sauna, and the Caldarium – a warm air bathing room with low humidity. Not forgetting the Ice Crave that works to stimulate circulation and oxygen intake. The hydrotherapy pool with overwater pressure jets to massage the body offered the ideal setting to soak everything in and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with my partner. Food glorious food Included in our package was a buffet lunch with a fantastic selection of seafood, hot dishes, a deli section and desserts. We devoured warm scones, cottage cream and jam in the afternoon for our cream tea with a glass of prosecco – yum! The service in the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant Murrays was fantastic from start to finish. The team were polite, professional and knowledgeable about the dishes, which made our experience all the more pleasant. Head chef Harvey Lockwood has created the perfect food heaven with meticulously detailed dishes using fresh ingredients. Each mouthful offered impeccable flavours, and the unexpected treats throughout the meal made it most memorable. Cocktails and delicious canapés were served before entering the elegant, intimate dining room. A tomato amuse bouche was served as a pre-meal appetiser before I tucked into a Devonshire brown crab with Worchester apple and avocado. Scottish halibut filler with moray langoustine Hertfordshire cucumber and Jersey royal was served for the main, followed by a deconstructed cheesecake. I enjoyed a brown sugar tart with walnut and Shaftesbury buttermilk for dessert. Rest your head What made our stay extra special was enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep in the Emperor Suite. With charming décor and a cosy atmosphere, the space features a lounge, dining area and a comfortable bed. The fully stocked tray with plenty of goodies to enjoy was a lovely touch, as was the mini fridge with drinks. The stunning suite offered a luxury bathroom with a shower, a large water jet bath, fluffy bathrobes and ESPA toiletries. After a peaceful night’s sleep, we headed downstairs to enjoy the buffet breakfast, which featured a selection of juices, yoghurts, hot food, fresh pastries, fruit and cereals. With such a large variety of options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – I recommend the churros! Exchange vows Calling all nearlyweds! Did you know that Whittlebury Park offers three wedding settings on-site for couples to pick from, including The Orangery, The Pavilion and The Atrium? The venue even offers wedding guests preferential accommodation rates so loved ones can relax after dancing the night away. Book your stay here: In the countryside Olivia Gibson discovers Whittlebury Park in Northamptonshire 24

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under Kerry and Ryan’s wedding featured boho touches and blue accents Images courtesy of Sarah Carter Photography DOWN These lovebirds were both travelling when they first met on the east coast of Australia. Ryan was walking with a friend down the street when Kerry and her two friends asked him to take a picture. He thought Kerry was super cute and snapped a selfie of him with his friend in addition to taking photos of the girls. The pair exchanged a few words but then went about their separate ways. After flying to New Zealand, Ryan had the strangest feeling that he wasn’t where he was supposed to be. He had never felt anything like it, but it was like the universe told him he belonged back in Australia. On a whim, having spent less than 24 hours in New Zealand, he cancelled all his plans and flew back to Australia. It just so happened that he bumped into Kerry 200 miles from where they initially met and they hit if off – the rest is history! Ryan proposed in September 2020 in Newquay, and the couple planned their dream day together. Here, Kerry shares details about the wedding... 26

I loved our flower centrepieces and bouquets by Stephanies Flowers & Gifts. The blooms featured a mixture of white roses, eucalyptus, thistles and a small amount of pampas grass. Our table plan was created by The Reverie Events UK, and each table was named after places we had visited together on a two-month road trip around Australia. The team also provided dusty blue table runners, white napkins and a white postbox for wedding cards. We had round tables with white tablecloths provided by the venue for our wedding breakfast as well as a rectangular top table. The venue’s owners offered a flexible service and advice from day one. They made the planning process much easier. We loved that we could have our whole wedding in one location at Crown Hall Farm, which offers a pretty outdoor setting as well as an indoor space in case of bad weather. Our goal was to have a great party for everyone to meet and celebrate after Covid had stopped so many family gatherings. 27 REAL WEDDINGS

The menu was a crowd-pleaser with soup to start, chicken for main and a cheesecake for dessert. Ryan wore a navy suit with a white shirt, black shoes and a belt. He finished his look with a light blue bow tie from Ted Baker to go with the colour scheme. The bridesmaids looked stunning in dusty blue dresses! I wore a Grace Loves Lace dress called Hart, which is made from a stretchy lace fabric and is extremely comfortable and flattering. Rebecca White Bridal did all our hair on the big day and made a selection of hair accessories for my bridesmaids. Boho Bridal did our make-up, I felt so happy and incredible with my final look! The three-tiered cake by Crowland Cake Creations included fruit cake, chocolate and lemon flavours. Our florist provided blooms to decorate the bake. The venue provided the catering options, which were delicious! 28

It sounds cliche but everyone who came made our day extra special! We had some loved ones from the US, Philippines, Australia, The Netherlands and Ireland. We went to Tanzania for three weeks for our honeymoon. We went on a safari, climbed Kilimanjaro and finished with a few days relaxing on a beach in Zanzibar – it was the most amazing trip! KERRY AND RYAN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, Photography, Flowers, Cake, Venue styling, Make-up, Hair, It rained at one point on the day but then the sun came out and a double rainbow appeared. We both felt so excited and happy that the day was final here! I was emotional walking down the aisle and asked my dad to tell me a joke. He relied with, “My obese parrot died today, mind you it’s a huge weight off my shoulders.” The silly joke make me laugh away the tears. Our friend John conducted the ceremony, and he did a wonderful job. After dinner, a DJ provided by Crown Hall Farm got the party started – the dancefloor never looked empty! REAL WEDDINGS 29

Magical Becky and Josh had a stunning wedding at Whittlebury Park surrounded by loved ones Images courtesy of Jane Morgan Photography BEGINNINGS 30

Becky and Josh’s love story started at university, where they met through mutual friends. A few years later, Josh proposed in the Lake District next to Derwentwater in Keswick one early evening, followed by dinner and cocktails to celebrate. The location was very special as Becky lost her mum eight years ago, and the Lake District was her favourite place. SETTING THE SCENE The lovebirds tied the knot on October 28th 2022, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. As the pair wanted guests to feel relaxed and have lots of fun, they kept the formalities of a wedding but chose a relaxed vibe to represent them the most. Whittlebury Park was the perfect location for their special day; they fell in love with The Orangery from the moment they saw the venue. The added benefit of guests being able to stay overnight after dancing the night away was crucial for the pair with family travelling from Scotland to attend. The Orangery was stunning, with the sunshine shining through the glass onto the floor, and the team transformed the setting after the vows for the reception. Becky says, “The events coordinator Janine was lovely and took away the pressure of planning such a big event. She didn’t make us feel silly asking questions and was the only person who didn’t assume that we were both fortunate to have parents. She showed compassion and even offered ideas to help make the day feel easier.” ALL IN THE DETAIL The couple stayed with family and friends the night before the wedding at the venue. Most people just walked to the ceremony, but the team offered a Rolls-Royce to take the bride and her squad down to The Orangery. The flowers were showstopping, thanks to Charlotte at Charlotte Ayre Floral Design. The bride initially sent a photo of the blooms she liked to the florist, who explained the importance of using different textures to create the free-flowing and wild style the pair wanted. She combined other natural-coloured florals to bring their ideas to life and a thistle to highlight the Scottish part of the family. On the ceremony chairs were wedding newspapers, which introduced the wedding party, shared funny stories, thanked loved ones and had a crosswords based on the newlyweds. It also listed the order of the day so guests wouldn’t miss a key moment. Two pedestal flowers were on either side of the register table, which were moved to either side of the top table for the wedding breakfast. On the table itself was a stunning arrangement of flowers with trailing eucalyptus. The wedding breakfast setting looked stunning, with drapes aligning the walls and ceiling with lights to add a romantic atmosphere. The groom’s dad created mesh boards on wooden blocks to showcase photos of the bride and groom, which guests loved to see. They were also thankful for the basket of flip-flops to help their aching feet and the blankets to help them stay warm. The pair opted for a simple design using a metal grid to ensure the table plan could be easy to switch and swap closer to the time if there were any last-minute changes. The centrepieces featured wooden logs underneath vases full of beautiful blooms and scattered candles, which looked perfect in photos. The couple had charity badges from Cancer Research and British Heart Foundation for favours; both charities represented loved ones that they’ve lost. There were also mini-heart biscuits for an extra treat on the tables as well as personalised bags REAL WEDDINGS 31