Your East Midlands Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 57)

WIN! A luxurious getaway Discover venues with accommodation Pure RELAXATION LOVE STORIES BRIDAL beauty Hair and make-up advice Read local weddings Bake off AUG/SEP 2023 £3.55 The latest cake trends

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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 76 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 93 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2023 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in and around Nottinghamshire 19 PURE RELAXATION Discover venues with accommodation near you On the cover This issue’s cover is captured by the talented Laura Jayne Photographer, check out For more spectacular images from our local photography experts, check out page 79. 47 19 FEATURES 47 NATURAL BEAUTY Fall in love with this timeless shoot with modern and rustic touches 51 BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL This modern shoot was full of emotion and expression 55 STYLED TO PERFECTION The West Mill was the ideal setting for this contemporary and bohemian-styled shoot 58 SLICE AS NICE Be inspired by seasonal cakes from talented bakers 79 LOVE THROUGH A LENS We’ve rounded up local photographers from around the region 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 A NEW CHAPTER Claire and James had a wedding to remember at Hodsock Priory 34 THE PERFECT DAY Rebecca and Leigh tied the knot at The Dower House Hotel 41 CELEBRATION OF LOVE Lucy and Chris’s festival-themed wedding was a hit with guests HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 88 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 90 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 92 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 69 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 70 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 75 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 65 69 88 82 GROOMS 82 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film 84 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 85 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 64 4


Be inspired by this romantic and intimatestyled shoot at the Rochford Estate. Calling all grooms-to-be! Colour Me Beautiful has shared their fashion advice to help you find dream-worthy attire. Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding! Summer has entered the chat, and I couldn’t be more excited! We’re seeing many festival-themed weddings and outdoor nuptials thanks to the more consistent weather, various seasonal blooms and extra daylight for celebrations. If you’re embracing the outdoors, remember to provide loved ones with some shaded areas so they can take breaks from the sun. Why not supply sun cream for favours and opt for an ice cream truck for some real summer vibes? If possible, avoid direct sunlight at the hottest points of the day and look for breathable attire to stay cool. For those concerned about the heat, your suppliers will help advise accordingly. As the time of year is so popular for weddings, ensure you book companies as soon as possible as they will get booked up quickly. Start the planning process with an open mind and ensure you ultimately plan a wedding that symbolises you both. Remember that teamwork makes the dream work! Once you have set a budget, decided on a theme and booked a venue, everything else will fall into place. To help with the process, we’re hand-selected suppliers around the region to help bring your vision to life. We’ve got you covered from showstopping venues, styling inspiration, expert advice, the latest news and trending fashion. We’ve even got stunning local weddings and styled shoots to help inspire. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Summer lovin’ 85 47 34 Rebecca and Leigh tied the knot at The Dower House Hotel surrounded by loved ones. 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 Check out this beautiful bake created by Tree House Cakes, which is perfect for summer! 58 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.

The Copper Inkpot created stunning stationery for the modern shoot at Windmill Farm. 51 These lovebirds had a romantic wedding surrounded by loved ones – they couldn’t stop smiling! Bobbi Wren Events pulled together a talented team of suppliers to create this striking shoot. 29 55 19 There’s a reason Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa is so popular with weddings! With a beautiful exterior and stunning wedding spaces, the venue offers the ultimate backdrop to events. 41 EDITOR’S LETTER 7 Gina Fernandes Photography captured stunning images at Lucy and Chris’s festival-themed wedding.

Rebecca has been providing the sound track to many beautiful weddings for 7 years now, specialising in requests for couples’ Ceremonies and a well thought out playlists for the Drinks Reception. She mainly goes out as a solo performer but a guitarist or a pianist can also be added. Rebecca also runs a hugely successful wedding band called ‘Petite Rouge’. Fronted by herself and sometimes joined by a second singer, all the while making sure your dance floor is full! GET IN TOUCH TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION! rebeccacolesinger © Sky Photography © Fineshade Films 28-30 Abington Grove, Northampton, NN1 4QX Mon – Sat 10.00am – 5.00pm Tues 10.00am – 4.00pm 01604 792869 A multi-award-winning Celebrant who loves to create & conduct beautifully crafted bespoke ceremonies for couples, families and individuals By entwining stories & memories and much more, your ceremony is heartfelt and memorable. “So why let your ceremony just a moment when it can be a truly wonderful bespoke moment” GET IN TOUCH 07958 163670

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region WINNING IN LOVE West Bridgford firm, Midland Mandaps Ltd, was awarded Mandap Provider of the Year 2023 at the Asian Wedding Awards for the third time, having won it back in 2019 and 2020. Organized by Oceanic Consulting, the awards are held to celebrate those who serve Britain’s ever-growing Asian wedding industry. It rewarded the graft of excellent suppliers who go above and beyond to ensure nearlyweds achieve their dream day. Midland Mandaps spokesperson Bobby Sharma says, “Thank you to everyone that voted for us; the wedding business is highly competitive, so to receive this award again is fantastic and a testament to our passion for the industry. “Our primary business is Mandap Hire, but we have expanded our services over the years to cater for all event décor for weddings, private parties and corporate events. We have had the opportunity to work at some amazing venues nationwide.” A mandap is a temporary four-pillar structure erected during the Hindu wedding, where main wedding ceremonies take place underneath. Discover more about the company: MADE WITH LOVE Award-winning bespoke wedding stationer, Simply4you by Bronnie, will host an open day in Derbyshire on September 2nd 2023. The event offers the chance for couples to browse the supplier’s work, ask questions and find out exactly what to expect when working with the team. On display will be a wide range of save-the-date cards, invitations, table plans, signs, menus, place settings, favours and more. Upon arrival, nearlyweds will receive a goodie bag full of freebies and information, plus a printed copy of Bronnie’s new wedding planning guide. Visitors also have the chance to enter a prize draw to win 20 per cent off their first order, and light refreshments will be available throughout the day. The event will occur between 10 am to 3 pm, and entry is free. Discover more about this local open day by visiting: FOOD FOR THOUGHT Pickled Events is offering an exclusive five per cent discount on wedding planning or grazing tables when readers quote Your East Midlands Wedding before October 1st, 2023. The company started thanks to two long-term friends passionate about parties, events, cheese, wine and a good time! With a shared catering and events background, owners Sarah and Billie are the perfect dynamic duo to give events the dedication, enthusiasm and energy they deserve Many couples want to enjoy wedding planning without the hassle. That’s why the team created a fully scalable and personal service so lovebirds can do just that! From planning to being on call throughout the day, they’re there to help make weddings memorable. The company offers fully designed grazing tables or mobile versions perfect for wedding mornings, bridal showers and stag dos. Both options are bespoke and packed with handmade goodies for guests. Or loved ones can enjoy the bespoke picnic boxes, and the team can create the perfect set-up at any location. Check out: LOCAL NEWS 9

EXCITING BEGINNINGS Wedding celebrant Dawn Kemp will be a judge for The Wedding Industry Awards 2024. As East Midlands regional winner of the Best Newcomer category in 2023 and a national finalist, Dawn was invited by TWIA to be on the panel of scrutineers for the next awards season. Having qualified as a wedding celebrant in 2021, Dawn was nominated for the award by happy couples for whom she had led a wedding or vow renewal ceremony. She was delighted to take home the regional trophy in this open category. Dawn says, “It was such a thrill entering the weddings sector, which is full of fresh and creative ideas. I’m now looking forward to reading the stories and testimonials of this year’s newcomers and seeing the passion they bring to events shine through.” Check out: TIME TO RELAX Located in Derbyshire on 24 acres, The Spa at Breedon Priory offers the ultimate setting for pre-wedding pampering. With state-of-the-art facilities, a range of luxurious treatments, attentive staff and fantastic lunches – it’s no wonder why it’s such a popular location. I was fortunate enough to try the Just the Two of Us package with my partner, which left us on cloud nine. After enjoying a welcoming smoothie shoot freshly prepared by the chefs, the friendly team showed us around the facilities before leaving us to get changed into the fluffy robes and flip-flops provided. We started the session with the four thermal cabins overlooking the vitality pool, including the Herbal Steam Bath, Himalayan Salt Sauna, Herbal Sauna and Aroma Steam Room, before cooling down thanks to the ice fountain and three experience showers. The different water settings, music, lighting and scents added to the luxurious experience. The two outdoor heated pools were our favourite spaces! The Outdoor Infinity Edge Relaxation Pool featured underwater massage jets and submerged seating, while The Vitality Pool had plenty of overhead and underwater jets. Both settings were perfect for relaxing with a drink in hand while enjoying the stunning views of the tranquillity garden before heading to the Pure Relaxation Room to relax on the luxurious loungers with cosy blankets. Here we felt our stresses and strains vanish after the hassle and bustle of everyday life. We enjoyed a delicious two-course lunch in the beautifully decorated Terrace Restaurant. Using fresh and local ingredients where possible, the talented chefs worked their magic to provide us with a memorable meal starting with a double-baked cheese souffle with parmesan, gruyere and chive sauce. I enjoyed perfectly cooked roasted cod with crispy potato terrine, piperade and a salsa verde for the main. The floor-to-ceiling windows ensured we had the perfect views of the surrounding countryside while the attentive staff provided a smooth service. Included in our package was a 45-minute session in the private Hideaway Suite, complete with a hot tub, lounge area, shower room, sweet treats and a bottle of Processo to enjoy. We relaxed on the outdoor lounger for two with plenty of blankets to cosy up together and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere before heading to the couple’s treatment room for a 45-minute body scrub and massage. The expert beauty therapists tackled our problem areas and left us feeling a million dollars! After such a relaxing session, we headed to the Slumber Lounge to rest on the comfortable loungers surrounded by private curtains. The Spa at Breedon Priory is the perfect location to take a break from wedding planning, with multiple spa days and treatments available. The passionate staff were fantastic from start to finish; they went above and beyond to ensure we had the perfect day. We will definitely be returning! Book the award-winning spa here: LET THE PLANNING COMMENCE! Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life and what better way to celebrate than a day out with your partner or wedding party. The National Wedding Show returns to Birmingham (NEC) between 22nd and 24th September, and to London (ExCeL) 14th and 15th October, for two full weekends of unbridled wedding inspiration. Chat to hundreds of local and national suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some unique discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps. Treat yourself to VIP tickets and receive special benefits on the day including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary drink and a goody bag filled with beauty treats. Plus, reserved seating at the Catwalk, because who doesn’t want the be on the FROW for once? What’s more, you can enjoy 10% off website prices (and up to 35% off door prices) on both VIP and standard tickets. Simply use the ticket code ‘CountyWedding10’ at checkout and you’ll get standard tickets for £16.50 or VIP tickets for just £32. Check out Buy tickets here: Scan to view video 10

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10% discount for any Photobooth/Magic Mirror bookings for 2023/2024 Here at Orchid Event Management, we pride ourselves in being able to source exactly what you need for your event to make it that little bit special. Whether you need that unique space, delicious food, floral decorations, or live entertainment to dance the night away to, OEM has it all. All types of Social and Corporate events catered for: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Wedding Receptions, Conferences, Company Presentations, School Proms, Charity Events etc. We treat every event individually. From your initial enquiry, we work closely with you to develop more of an understanding of what you want to achieve. OEM provide a Fully Insured, Helpful and Competitive Service. We use our wealth of experience and the strength or our supplier relationships to design and resource a solution that adds value within your budget. T: 01832 735970 | M: 07936 667645 | E: | ORCHID EVENT MANAGEMENT | 25 SACKVILLE STREET | THRAPSTON | NORTHANTS | NN14 4NZ

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUREASTMIDLANDS.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023. WIN TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life and what better way to celebrate than a day out with your partner or wedding party. The National Wedding Show returns to Birmingham (NEC) between 22nd and 24th September, and to London (ExCeL) 14th and 15th October, for two full weekends of unbridled wedding inspiration. Chat to hundreds of local and national suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some unique discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps. Treat yourself to VIP tickets (£45) and receive special benefits on the day including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary drink and a goody bag filled with beauty treats. Plus, reserved seating at the Catwalk, because who doesn’t want the be on the FROW for once? Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with The National Wedding show to giveaway 10 pairs of VIP tickets to our readers. For your chance to win enter via our website. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs MADE WITH LOVE Wedding newspapers are quickly becoming the musthave item for weddings, so it’s no wonder The Crafty Lab is becoming a firm favourite with couples in the East Midlands. The team are a creative bunch that brings love stories to life by creating alternative wedding stationery. The beauty of wedding newspapers is that they can be as functional or fun as you’d like them to be! You can include thank you messages to guests, wishes for an unplugged ceremony, order of the day, facts about you both, your love story, games and so much more. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer our readers 10 per cent off orders when they quote the EASTMIDSMAG before October 1st 2023. Check out: WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 | 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 See our new converted iconic Airstream mobile kitchen, perfect for events!

local Tie the knot in and around Nottinghamshire GOING NORWOOD PARK 01636 302 099 | Norwood Park is a quintessential Georgian country home based in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The property has a fantastic choice of ceremony and reception spaces for lovebirds looking to tie the knot. The team offer exclusive use of the country house and gardens to help create memorable events. They’ve even styled The Orangery as a private salon with ornate mirrors, two dressing tables as well as ample prep space for make-up bags, sparkly shoes, fragrant flowers and all brides’ necessities. Exchange vows in The Clock Tower, a timeless Palladian Hall painted entirely in white with oak flooring, large sash windows, a panelled ceiling, oversized arched mirrors and a sequence of gold chandeliers. Alternatively, The Drawing Room is a stunning example of a contemporary and classic interior design – perfect for up to 80 guests. Family oil paintings dating back more than 350 years sit easily alongside original mirrors and a historic fireplace. The Starkey Bandstand is the ideal location to share wedding vows outdoors, surrounded by 150 guests. The space has been designed especially for weddings and is versatile enough to host a live band for outdoor events too. For receptions, The Long Gallery is bathed in natural lighting throughout the day and is blessed with soft, warm light from the magnificent chandeliers when the skies darken. Alternatively, The Clock Tower leads to the fixed marquee, which includes a permanent bar, dancefloor and stage. Several French doors open out onto the private courtyard. Dance the night away underneath the twinkly fairylights on the dancefloor or rest on one of the comfortable blue sofas while enjoying cocktails from the bar, which stocks spirits, wines, beers and a selection of cocktails. The team has a deep-rooted passion for Norwood Park’s history and wants to continue the Starkey family legacy. They’re warm, accommodating and knowledgeable in the wonderful wedding industry. They’re honoured to win the national Best Historical Wedding Venue award in The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) 2023 - what an achievement for the staff! 15 LOCAL VENUES

MOUR HOTEL 01623 727 670 | The Mour Hotel offers an exclusive and beautiful setting perfect for civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts, thanks to the private occasion suites. Ideal for gathering 100 guests for those all-important vows, the elegant The Wing Suite sets the tone for sumptuous tailor-made celebrations. It can even host wedding breakfasts accompanied by the delicate tastes of fine wines for 80 guests. Styled with neutral greys and exposed metal, The Wing is a contemporary and modern space providing a warming atmosphere. Outside, the exclusive terrace is great for evening drinks, hog roasts and barbeques, with enough room for a marquee. With its entrance and separate terrace, party the night away with up to 130 guests. The White Lounge is perfect for intimate ceremonies with 30 people and wedding breakfasts for 20 seated around a large table. The private area is light and airy with crisp white table liners and neutral décor. Even smaller events can occur in the lobby, designed much like a New York attic conversion with high ceilings, exposed girders and distressed leather sofas. With 92 beautifully-styled bedrooms with luxurious touches, loved ones can rest in pure luxury. BESTWOOD LODGE 01159 203 011 | Set in 700 acres of parkland and offering a truly romantic venue for special events, Bestwood Lodge is one of the best wedding venues in Nottingham. Steeped in history and set in the magnificent acres of rambling parkland known as Bestwood Country Park, the site was first mentioned in the Domesday Book and was the preserve of King Henry I as a site for royal hunting. King Charles II granted the space to his son in 1683, the Duke of St Albans, whose mother was the infamous Nell Gwynn. With its many unique features, Bestwood Lodge was designed by the famous Gothic revival architect S.S. Teulon and completed in 1863. With its oak-panelled walls, vaulted ceiling exposed beams and an enchanting minstrels’ gallery, The Gothic Chapel is perfect for civil ceremonies or intimate wedding receptions. The Ballroom has a beautiful Victorian interior with high ceilings and elegantly draped windows, which makes it the ideal setting for seated wedding breakfasts for 70 to 120 guests. Its large terrace, which overlooks the country park, is a perfect setting for reception drinks and those all-important wedding photographs. With its charming décor, hand-painted ceiling and Gothic arches, The Parkside Restaurant imbues a warm and elegant atmosphere. The Foyer Bar, with its oak-panelled walls and grand open log fire, is ideal for drinks receptions inside or on the terrace overlooking the rose garden and stunning parkland. The restaurant can cater for between 60 and 100 guests for seated wedding breakfasts and up to 150 guests for evening receptions. The Lodge has 40 en suite bedrooms and plenty of space for wedding guests to stay overnight. 16

YE OLDE BELL HOTEL & SPA 01777 705 121 | An impressive 17th-century landmark, Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa is one of the region’s most romantic and best-loved wedding venues. Cherished by its local owners and dedicated team, this fourstar Hotel has been lovingly restored throughout, respecting its heritage while bringing the property firmly into the 21st-century. Lavishly furnished with antiques, stunning drapes, rich carpets and sparkling chandeliers complement the country house’s traditional warmth and hospitality with the modern luxuries of a contemporary location enhanced by the award-winning spa. Ye Olde Bell is the perfect place to exchange vows, with five individual suites that can host between two to 250 guests. The Oak Pavilion is utterly romantic and is the main focus of the gardens, which are truly idyllic for al fresco ceremonies or intimate receptions. Alternatively, The Bradgate & Wiseton Suites feature ornate-moulded ceilings, original oak panelling, leaded windows, fifteen stunning chandeliers and direct access to the gardens through the contemporary Inside Outside Bar. Two stone fireplaces with roaring log fires add a special ambience to winter weddings. Or opt for the bright and elegant Nielsen & Levack Suites, which include an impressive private bar, dancefloor, light oak panelling, opulent gold silks and gleaming chandeliers. Lastly, The stylish Restaurant 1650 is an elegant setting for more intimate ceremonies and receptions. Plush black and gold fabrics, rich carpets and crystal chandeliers complement the trendy art deco bar and contemporary pictures. After all the celebrations, guests can retreat to the stunning bedrooms to rest their heads. EASTWOOD HALL 01773 532 532 | In the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside with 36 acres of land, Eastwood Hall provides the perfect setting for weddings. With several packages available to suit different needs for up to 250 people, there’s something for all sorts of celebrations. The Chatterley Suite will dazzle guests with stylish touches, modern décor and a patio area. Lovebirds can take their first steps towards married life surrounded by up to 200 people before enjoying wedding breakfasts with 120 and evening receptions with 140. Alternatively, the Lawrence Suite is ideal for larger weddings with its spacious design and flexible options. Exchange vows surrounded by 300 people before enjoying a memorable meal with 220. Continue celebrations on the dancefloor surrounded by 250 loved ones. For small ceremonies with 80 people, The MacGregor Suite has a beautiful pre-Victorian interior with high ceilings and offers a fabulous setting with picturesque views. The team offers preferential rates to wedding parties; please ask the dedicated wedding coordinator for more details. 17 LOCAL VENUES

The most important day of your life... ...deserves a special setting – a location that’s not just out of the ordinary, but extraordinary. That location is Kilworth House Hotel. Kilworth House stands apart from the everyday world – a place of timeless warmth, elegance and gracious living set amid 38 acres of rolling parkland. Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE Telephone: 01858 880058 Wedding Showcase 12pm – 3.30pm Sunday 8th October 2023 loFC, ABRSM, GBRSM If you are a couple looking for the perfect celebrant we should talk CREATIVE SINCERE FUN T:07984 873366 louise goode celebrant @louisegoodecelebrant ABPHOTOGRAPHY Capturing how the day feels, Not just how it looks. For more information visit @andrewabweddings on Instagram and Facebook

THE PRIEST HOUSE HOTEL 01332 810 649 | Set in a tranquil and stunning location on the banks of the River Trent, The Priest House Hotel has a rich history that can be traced back almost 1,000 years. Combined with its own Grade II listed water wheel, opulent surroundings and contemporary style that complements the charm and romance of the English countryside, the venue is perfect for weddings. Set in more than 60 acres of woodland, gardens and meadows with breathtaking views of the rolling countryside and the River Trent, the grounds are something out of a fairytale. Watching the sunset over the river with the gardens lit up makes for magical evening transformations. The Garden Suite is a spacious room with original exposed wooden beams and fairylights to add that extra sparkle to events. The space boasts fabulous French doors opening onto a private patio and an exclusive garden area for outdoor games, barbecues or hog roasts. The beautiful suite is ideal for intimate celebrations with 100 people and larger wedding parties with 150 using the Terrace Room. Alternatively, The Riverside Suite is a spacious room with high-beamed ceilings and magnificent views of the River Trent, forming a memorable backdrop for ceremonies for up to 120 people and wedding breakfasts for 200. With its private bar and dancefloor, this beautiful space is guaranteed to wow guests with its character and charm. The dedicated wedding team guides couples to create their perfect wedding, from the big elements to the little touches. BEST WESTERN PLUS WEST RETFORD HOTEL 01777 706 333 | Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel is an elegant 18th-century Georgian manor house with nearly five acres of landscaped gardens – perfect for events! The wedding coordinators are on hand to ensure a stress-free experience for couples, and the dedicated staff will care of everything to ensure weddings run smoothly. The property has plenty of spaces licensed for civil ceremonies. The Shelley Suite features ornate ceilings, low-hung chandeliers, oil paintings and two fabulous bay windows. Situated on the ground floor and opening onto the gardens, this beautiful location is perfect for up to 120 people for the vows and wedding breakfasts as well as 200 in the evenings. More intimate ceremonies occur upstairs in the Rufford with 40 people. Al fresco nuptials occur on the Pagoda, weather permitting, which is a stunning setting in the gardens that can host 120 people. Continue the celebrations in the Grove Suite, with 50 for wedding breakfasts and 100 for evening receptions. Here, the talented chefs provide delicious menus to pick from using fresh produce to ensure all meals are memorable for all the right reasons. The gardens feature various photographic opportunities, including the ornate Chiltern sandstone steps and the sunken garden. Meander along the path through the clematis arch admiring the spring borders and the azalea beds. The fabulous tulip tree, which flowers in late spring, makes a magnificent centrepiece for images. In winter, the team elegantly decorate the Hotel with festive wreaths and trees, with a warm glow from the chandeliers. relaxation Discover venues with accommodation near you PURE Scan to view video 19 HOTEL VENUES

RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA 01246 280 077 | Situated in Brimington on the outskirts of Chesterfield, with direct connections to the M1 Motorway and other key routes, Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa is a beautiful 19th-century country manor. With the traditional appearance of sash windows, white pillars and landscaped gardens, the beautiful venue will make lasting impressions on guests. The magnificent gardens have been the centrepiece of the manor house for more than 200 years, and the 29-acre estate presents the perfect outdoor canvas for stylish wedding photographs in all seasons. The team has restored The Ringwood Suite to its former glory with period features, exquisite chandelier lighting and high multi-paned windows. The elegant space can host 200 guests for the vows and 250 in the evenings. Alternatively, The Chatsworth Suite offers an original Georgian marble fireplace, high ceilings and chandeliers for a memorable backdrop with 80 people for ceremonies, followed by 50 in the evenings. This space can increase to 80 people for larger events when interconnected with The Portland Suite, which offers plenty of natural lighting thanks to the large multi-paned windows. Or exchange vows in the Hollingwood Suite with 60, which is a light and airy room that features a large bay window overlooking the Hotel grounds and can accommodate 40 people in the evenings. For more intimate celebrations, the Cavendish Suite is perfect for 24 loved ones who can enjoy views overlooking the landscaped gardens before being transformed for receptions with 12. What better way to appreciate the beauty and space of the stunning outdoors than to say the “I dos” in the Garden Pavilion? Suitable for intimate or large wedding ceremonies with 200 people, this showstopping location captures guests’ hearts and can host 350 for receptions. Or, the beautiful Italian Garden has been transformed to provide a picture-perfect setting for intimate garden ceremonies with 30. From dawn til dusk, this beautiful pergola and its tranquil setting will leave couples with memories to last a lifetime. Those that tie the knot at Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa will receive an exclusive Ringwood Couples membership with complimentary accommodation upgrades for life, room hire for any function space to celebrate future celebrations and 10 per cent discount that can be used for accommodation, dining and spa. 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 fireplace, 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, guests can retreat to the stunning bedrooms for a good night’s rest. Couples 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 Photograph 20

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. Amidst the picturesque landscape, our beautiful bridal suites await, providing a luxurious and romantic haven for your unforgettable wedding night. DARLEY ROAD | STONE EDGE | CHESTERFIELD | DERBYSHIRE | S45 0LW TEL: 01246 566142 WWW.PEAKEDGEHOTEL.CO.UK AA CREATING UNFORGETTABLE WEDDINGS Your love, our passion OCTOBER SHOWCASE EVENTS Explore a world of possibilities at our inspirational wedding showcase on October 29th! Join us at Peak Edge Hotel for an extraordinary showcase with 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. Find out more by scanning the QR code.

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RUTLAND WATER 07872 041481 | Nestled in the tranquil countryside, Rutland Hall Hotel is a truly unforgettable place to exchange vows. The romantic scene is set as guests walk up the sweeping driveway to the historic 18th-century Main Hall. With 65 acres of peaceful parkland on the shores of Rutland Water, the stunning backdrop offers endless photo opportunities to capture memories that will last a lifetime. Start new life together and celebrate with loved ones in this elegant venue with a range of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces that can bring dream weddings to life, from intimate gatherings to larger celebrations. The Lakeview Terrace offers a breathtaking ceremony backdrop with sweeping views across the grounds and Rutland Water. Or, exchange vows in the Lakeview Lounge for modern indoor celebrations. The neutral décor and natural lighting allow pairs to personalise the space to create a showstopping setting. The Lakeview Suite offers high ceilings and soft furnishings, making an elegant canvas for any colour scheme and theme. Flooded with natural daylight and views of Rutland Water, it’s the perfect dining space for wedding breakfasts before being transformed for evening celebrations. From this autumn, the Pavilion Suite will offer space for larger celebrations of up to 550 guests. The talented kitchen team is on hand to craft personalised and creative menus that reflect celebrations. Whether couples opt for formal dining, canapés, interactive food stations, sharing platters or evening buffets, the staff will bring visions to life. The expertise of the team and specially selected event partners make this setting an ideal location for large events. When the dancing ends, retire to one of the elegant rooms. RUSHTON HALL HOTEL AND SPA 01536 713 001 | Set in 25 acres of idyllic Northamptonshire countryside, this 16th-century Grade I listed Hotel promises to wow guests from the moment they arrive. Loved ones will be captivated by the splendour of the picturesque surroundings where dreams turn into reality and memories are created. The historical gardens are the perfect backdrop for year-round wedding photographs and romantic strolls. The magnificent Orangery features an imposing stone façade, gorgeous interiors and overlooks the stunning gardens. Guests will love the intricate ceilings, high windows, crystal chandeliers and stunning stone floors. The Orangery can accommodate 60 to 250 guests, making it ideal for intimate weddings and more extravagant celebrations. After the vows, lovebirds can enter the spectacular Grand Hall, where the attentive team will ensure everyone’s glass is charged for congratulations. Fizzing champagne accompanied by hand-crafted canapés means the wedding celebration has truly begun. The expert team of chefs will create the ultimate culinary experience for wedding breakfasts. As the day turns to night, guests will join lovebirds in revelling in the ambience created by Rushton Hall and the stunning chandeliers. Family and friends are sure to take to the dancefloor. With a sumptuous selection of 51 individually-styled bedrooms, the elegant Hotel has room to fulfil every need. The venue offers two luxury lodges, which can each sleep up to six guests in three double bedrooms. The Stableyard Spa offers many treatments and high-spec facilities in a beautifully calm and relaxed setting. Why not extend stays to take advantage of the spa and relieve those pre-wedding nerves? HOTEL VENUES 23

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 KENT SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 15 OCT | BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Road, East Malling, ME19 6DZ BERKS, BUCKS & OXON

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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 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 29TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer 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, Sales and Events 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

Nestled in the beauty of Shropshire’s rolling countryside, the Apley Estate proudly presents Stockton house, our stunning 18th century grade II listed venue. With it’s stylish Georgian design, walled garden dining room, elegant bar and spacious terrace, it has been lovingly restored with guest comfort in mind. 01952 730894 stockton_house STOCKTON HOUSE NORTON SHIFNAL SHROPSHIRE TF11 9EF WHAT’S INCLUDED • Exclusive use of the whole house and grounds including seven luxurious bedrooms • A breath-taking wedding suite • Civil ceremony facilities for both indoor and outdoor weddings • Full use of our walled garden dining room • A complimentary menu tasting with your own personal chef • Breakfast the next day for the happy couple • Tables, chairs and linen laid to your chosen wedding breakfast floor plan • Crockery, cutlery, tableware and glassware • A dedicated wedding planner Your perfect day — AT STOCKTON HOUSE —

chapterClaire and James had a wedding to remember at Hodsock Priory Images courtesy of Laura Jayne Photographer These lovebirds met at school but didn’t connect until eight years ago at a nightclub, where they bonded over their mutual love for chicken and cheesy chips at the end of the night. James proposed at Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa back in 2018. Claire says, “He sent me off for a spa day with my mum and later in the day, James was waiting on one knee in our suite. He had then arranged a surprise engagement party for that evening with our closest family and friends.” Here the bride shares details about their special day… A NEW 29 REAL WEDDINGS

Guests received cookies by Chessy Bakery for favours as well as egg cups for those staying over. Our friend sang during the ceremony, which was special! I was actually hungover in the morning, so I was pretty impressed at the miracle the hair and make-up ladies managed – I felt like a real princess! I wore a Maggie Sottero dress from Elizabeth Kate Bridal in Crowle. I originally had an Enzoani gown, but decided the A-line option was more suitable after having a baby – I felt comfortable all day! After cancelling our wedding three times due to Covid-19, we finally tied the knot! We both loved the exclusivity and beautiful setting at Hodsock Priory. 30

The bridesmaids wore sage green gowns, while the flowergirl had an ivory dress with a sage ribbon. James and the groomsmen all wore three-piece suits in navy. Guests loved the prosecco wall and flower wall, which created the perfect backdrop to pictures. We opted for mauve and pink flowers with foliage for our blooms. Single candélabre with faux flower arrangements made up the centrepieces. The table plan arch featured ribbon and table numbers, which represented something special in our lives with corresponding pictures on the tables. For instance, table one represented our baby while table two was for our two dogs. 31 REAL WEDDINGS