Your East Midlands Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 58)

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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 69 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 88 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2023 VENUES 16 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in and around Northamptonshire 19 ONCE UPON A TIME Exchange vows in these fairytale settings On the cover This issue’s cover was taken from the styled shoot on page 45, which was captured by the talented Sophie Ruck Photography, check out: 41 19 FEATURES 41 ROCK N’ ROLL This showstopping shoot was bursting full of colour and sparkle 45 OH-SO BEAUTIFUL Barlow Woodseats Hall provided a stunning backdrop to this modern and romantic shoot 49 GRAB YOU’RE A TEAM Get ready to party… or relax! Whatever floats your boat, the glorious region has something for everyone 73 ARRIVE IN STYLE Find your big-day transport with these picture-perfect vehicles 80 WISHING HUE A WONDERFUL WEDDING DAY Check out our wedspirational guide to palette perfection whatever the season 3

REAL WEDDINGS 24 RUSTIC ROMANCE Lou and Col had a dusky pink colour scheme for their big day 30 LOVE AT FIRST LIKE Ollie and Beth exchanged vows at Healing Manor Hotel in Grimsby 35 AUTUMNAL DREAM Emily and Owen had a beautiful wedding at the Peak Edge Hotel in Chesterfield HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 86 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 89 TOTAL BODY BLISS Louise Prance visited Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa, where she experienced total body bliss and a weekend of wellness FASHION & BEAUTY 52 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 53 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 58 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves that will take you from day to dancefloor 61 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 62 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 64 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance 66 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal musthave treatment, HydraFacial 67 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 58 30 84 78 GROOMS 76 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be 77 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 78 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be 62 4

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Burnt orange, green and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season – it’s not hard to see why! Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding! As the warmer weather starts to fade and the darker evenings creep in, it’s time to welcome autumn with open arms. There’s nothing better than strolling hand-in-hand through the forest this time of year to get some fresh air while enjoying nature. I love getting cosy on the sofa with a blanket and hot chocolate while watching my favourite Halloween films to get in the festive spirit. I’m a big kid at heart, so I couldn’t be more excited to go pumpkin picking and bringing out my cottage-core decorations around my home. The scenery has embraced shares of orange, red and yellow this time of year, which creates the ultimate backdrop for weddings. Embrace the rich tones and seasonal foliage in your venue styling for autumnal nuptials – I’m talking sunflowers, berries, acorns, dahlias and hydrangeas. Add incense sticks around your wedding with scents like pumpkin spice or cinnamon for that extra wow factor. Fill your venue with candles to enhance the romantic atmosphere; we suggest LED candles as a safe alternative, especially if children attend. For those just starting their wedding journey, autumn is the perfect time to visit various wedding shows to discover plenty of companies while looking around venues. Meeting suppliers in person will allow you to gauge what the team are like and if they’re a good fit for your day. Here you can view their work, keep up-to-date with the latest trends, find inspiration and ask plenty of questions. Some suppliers even offer special discounts or offers at events. Bring your loved ones for a fun day of wedding planning. This issue is bursting full of inspiration, thanks to the wonderful suppliers around the region! We have autumnal must-haves, drawdropping weddings, showstopping venues, expert advice, gowns galore and top honeymoon destinations. Flick to our beauty pages to discover product launches and wellness advice or discover the latest happenings from around the East Midlands in our news feature. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Autumnal vibes 61 69 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 Shoot coordinator Chloe Kettle at Daffodil Event Planning pulled together a group of talented suppliers to create this beautiful shoot at Castle View Farm and Stables. 41 Daisy and Fox shares advice for wowfactor blooms for autumnal weddings. 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.

Stubton Hall is an elegant 19th-century country house set within 24 acres of parkland. With commanding views over the Lincolnshire countryside, what location could be better for weddings? 19 As we pass through the seasons of 2023 and 2024, colour schemes can vary and adapt with trends. Here’s a guide to inspire you for your own big day! Laura Jayne Photographer is an award-winning company that’s offering readers a free engagement shoot with wedding bookings! 80 11 88 Emily and Owen had a beautiful wedding at the Peak Edge Hotel in Chesterfield. 45 Psst, one lucky couple will win a romantic break in Yorkshire! 35 EDITOR’S LETTER 7 Barlow Woodseats Hall provided a stunning backdrop to this modern and romantic shoot!

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region BREATHTAKING BACKDROPS Situated in Lincolnshire’s beautiful countryside, Doddington Hall is preparing to host its Wedding Open Day on Sunday 29th October 2023, from 11 am to 4 pm. Tickets are free, but booking is essential to view the excellent awardwinning Coach House, the Long Gallery in the Elizabethan Hall and the estate accommodation. There will also be an opportunity to view St Peter’s Church. With fabulous spaces to discover for all types of weddings, what location could be better for celebrations? The Doddington Hall team, along with a bespoke selection of hand-picked suppliers, will be on hand to advise on creating unique weddings. The property provides a showstopping setting for weddings with many photographic backdrops to discover and a hardworking team who work closely with nearlyweds. Read all about the property in our fairytale venues feature on page19. Discover: EDITOR LOVES At YEMW HQ, we love handmade touches for personal weddings and adore Florence & She. With wedding season still in full swing and with Christmas just around the corner, the team has never been busier! The small local business based in Leicestershire makes bespoke wedding items such as hair scrunchies, ties, pocket squares and baby bow ties! All items have been lovingly handmade, one stitch at a time, for beautiful memories to last a lifetime. Matching with little ones is an adorable way to tie the wedding party together to create memories and photos to last a lifetime. The company’s fabrics are all selected with the newlyweds, which is a lovely way to create something special and often sentimental too. The team has recently worked with a bride who used her late father’s favourite flower as the design to ensure he was beautifully the heart of their day. Or pairs may have a gorgeous theme, like a stunning wildflower wedding to bring their vision to life. Discover the company: DON’T STOP THE MUSIC Emily-Rose is a Derbyshire-based wedding and events singer who has recently celebrated success with the win of her second wedding industry award. Emily picked up ‘Best Singer/Instrumentalist’ for the second year running based on votes and feedback from previous couples and has seen her busiest year to date with more than 65 weddings and 75 events. The following two years are set to follow suit with a jam-packed diary ahead. With a soulful, versatile voice that adds the perfect touch to special occasions, Emily will be a huge hit with an impressive and repertoire of more than 500 songs across many genres. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 20 per cent off wedding or event package bookings when they quote YourEastMids2023 before December 1st 2023. Discover the company here: 8

MAKEOVER TIME! Cuckney House at the Welbeck Estate has undergone renovations to bring the property back into use this autumn. The Grade II listed property is set in a secluded woodland and encapsulates period living with a contemporary twist. The team is thrilled to open the stunning country house for gatherings, with plenty of accommodation for birthday celebrations, self-catering family holidays, corporate events and small weddings. The interiors include three beautiful reception rooms and 15 bedrooms, which sleep 31 people. Northern Design Award winner Rachel McLane has sympathetically dressed every room in a classic, timeless style that shines a light on the original architectural features. Guests staying at Cuckney can use a dining room for 28 people and the function room for 40, among other highlights from a tennis court to an outdoor kitchen. Also given a new lease of life are the stunning kitchen gardens. Discover more about the Cuckney House’s wedding spaces: ULTIMATE RELAXATION Nestled in the scenic Northamptonshire countryside, Whittlebury Park has been crowned the Best Day Spa category winner in the Northants Muddy Stilettos Award 2023. Sophie Clear, spa manager, commented, “We’re thrilled to be recognised; this achievement is a testament to our commitment to providing top-quality, tailored and luxurious treatments in a relaxing environment. We’re grateful to everyone who voted for us and the judging panel for their support and recognition.” The state-of-the-art spa, situated in more than 700 acres of ancient parkland in Whittlebury Park Hotel, impressed the judging panel with its luxurious treatments and tranquil ambience, earning it this coveted accolade. In addition to winning the Best Day Spa category, the 254-bedroom four-star property secured the Best Hotel category. Whittlebury Spa boasts an impressive 32 treatment rooms, offering guests the ultimate pampering experience. Partnerships with renowned brands ESPA, Jessica and Payot ensure visitors are treated to the finest beauty essentials and pampering treatments. Guests can enjoy massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. They’ll love the spa’s Heat and Ice experience, featuring a hydrotherapy pool, caldarium, experience showers, ice cave and tepidarium, which provides an indulgent wellness journey for all to enjoy. For more information visit: A VINTAGE CLASSIC Here at YEMW, we’ve caught up with Anna Davidson, business owner and wedding chauffeur at Vintage Camper Hire to discover their wedding offerings. Here’s what Anna had to say… When did the company start? The business opened in 2015 after a sleepless night dreaming of a new opportunity led to purchasing a VW Campervan on eBay; this was worlds apart from my current role at the time but fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine. We have our one and only VW Betsy, which seats four passengers plus a chauffeur. What makes the company stand out? People always comment on my attention to detail and extensive industry knowledge – I have a lot of experience after eight years. I understand a lot about the flow of the day and how best to plan for departures/arrivals for smooth transitions between venues and, of course, getting set up on location for those all-important photographs. Pairs also love Betsy’s colour and her cute little face. What is your favourite part of the job? The buzz of driving my little love bus full of happy people is the best feeling! All the waves and smiles from bystanders are always a highlight of every wedding day. Discover: 9 LOCAL NEWS

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 Cornwall, a county of beauty and magic; a place of wedding dreams. | 0300 1234 181 | @MyCornwallWedding Image Credit: omas Frost Photography My Cornwall Wedding: O cially Yours - the only source of bespoke, legal, celebrant-led civil weddings in Cornwall.

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs THROUGH THE LENS Laura Jayne Photographer is an award-winning wedding photographer based in the East Midlands, covering the UK and beyond. The supplier captures authentic moments with a relaxed approach and timeless style. Laura strives to capture every thought-out detail, emotion and memorable moment by documenting weddings, from the delicate details of the florals to romantic portraits. She says, “I always take the time to get to know my couples to ensure they’re comfortable in front of the camera. An engagement shoot is priceless for this reason!” We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers a free engagement shoot worth £400 with all wedding photography bookings when they quote Your East Midlands Wedding before December 1st 2023. Make the most of this offer and enquire about the company’s wedding brochure via its website! Check out: Freebies& OFFERS WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, 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. SUSSEX SUN 22 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR 12PM-4PM

ESSEX SUN 29 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 15 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 15 OCT | THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH 12PM-4PM 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 8 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US KENT SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 12 NOV | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD LONDON

• 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 28TH APRIL 2024 | 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 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 29TH OCTOBER 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM 7TH APRIL 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 28TH APRIL 2024 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

Going local Tie the knot in and around Northamptonshire 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 grounds. Guests will love the intricate ceilings, high windows, crystal chandeliers and stunning stone floors. The space 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 glasses are charged for congratulations. Fizzing champagne accompanied by hand-crafted canapés means the wedding celebration has truly begun. The expert 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? 16

PLUM PARK MANOR 01327 811 515 | Plum Park is a spectacular boutique manor just outside of Towcester, offering couples exclusive use of its wedding grounds. The property is a wonderful example of Victorian architecture and is replete with features that exemplify that period. The 12 surrounding acres of beautiful grounds provide countless opportunities for great photos and guests to breathe in the fresh air of the Northamptonshire countryside. The newly constructed Orangery is a bright, contemporary and sophisticated space for ceremonies with 120 people. Loved ones can enjoy drinks receptions within the manor house foyer before heading into the elegantly draped marquee for wedding breakfasts and evening receptions with 200 loved ones. In addition, the tree-lined driveway and immaculately manicured grounds will provide a stunning backdrop and countless opportunities for memorable photos. For more intimate weddings, the Grand Hall can host the vows with 40 people. Plum Park Manor includes 12 bedrooms on-site, meaning guests don’t have to travel far after dancing the night away. The main building has been gracefully restored to its former glory, while the courtyard stables have been sympathetically converted to offer stylish, well-equipped accommodation for loved ones to enjoy. LAMPORT HALL 01604 686 272 | Lamport Hall offers an elegant backdrop to events in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, close to the Leicestershire border, with excellent travel networks via the A14 and M1. The country house makes for spectacular arrivals with a classical frontage and Victorian additions, including a main entrance flanked by columns. The property offers stunning views from the elevated spot across the valley in an unspoilt corner of the county. The 10 acres of formal gardens are kept immaculately turned out by the team of gardeners, as are the woodland garden and acres of parkland. Inside this English country house is a beautiful collection of furniture, paintings and ceramics to create a decadent wedding backdrop. Al fresco celebrations occur in the Walled Garden with 250 loved ones, or three indoor spaces are available. The large Edwardian Carriage House with a beamed ceiling is perfect for rustic nuptials with 170 people. The High Room is perfect for 64 people who will love the ornate plaster ceiling and marble furniture. Alternatively, The wooded-panelled Oak Room has an array of portraits and access via a sweeping staircase for 70. The Victorian Dining Room, complete with portraiture and church views, is ideal for receptions with 60 loved ones. For larger events, the blank canvas Carriage House converts nicely into a dancing space for 200 people to enjoy. For ultimate celebrations, why not celebrate in the beautiful parkland with the backdrop of the Hall for marquee receptions with 500? The venue’s packages include a complimentary menu tasting session, a night’s stay in the holiday cottage, a personalised seating plan, place names and menus. Scan to view video 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 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. 07850 871305 | | /berryfieldsevents

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 spectacular. The 25 individually designed bedrooms mean guests can retreat after dancing the night away. a time Exchange vows in these fairytale settings ONCE UPON 19 FAIRYTALE VENUES

STAPLEFORD PARK HOTEL & SPA 01572 787 016 | Surrounded by acres of English countryside in Leicestershire, boarding Lincolnshire and Rutland, Stapleford Park creates a charming setting. With maintained gardens, a 5 km nature trail, extensive activities and plenty of wildlife, the surroundings are full of photographic backdrops. Couples will find intimate spaces full of natural lighting and period features inside, with abundant history waiting to be discovered. The Morning & Gilt rooms provide intimacy and affection for ceremonies with up to 30 people. The Orangery offers guests the perfect unification between indoors and outdoors. Elegantly housing up to 150 guests, the space is the ideal location to enjoy the stunning gardens of Stapleford Park while exchanging vows. Alternatively, the Harborough Room is a unique space filled with character and history. The setting can host 25 guests, so pairs are surrounded by luxury, affection and devotion. Plus, it can be transformed for receptions after the “I dos”. The Old Kitchen is full of character, creating the perfect celebration room for celebrations. With a capacity of up to 36 guests, the light and spacious setting is ideal for starting new chapters. For larger events, The Grand Hall is a captivating sight that can comfortably fit up to 200 guests when joined with The Orangery. It offers an abundance of natural light, gorgeous views and breathtaking styling. Those who book their wedding here will receive a menu-tasting session with the wedding packages, a night in the bridal suite on their wedding day and a first-anniversary stay. PRESTWOLD HALL 01509 880 236 | Prestwold Hall’s charming estate is enveloped by the tranquil countryside, where endless fields and gently rolling hills create a picturesque backdrop. Located away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, the setting offers a tranquil escape into the heart of rural England. Situated amidst the serene beauty of Leicestershire, the exterior and grounds provide a captivating glimpse into England’s rich heritage with its neoclassical and Italian style, making it an idyllic setting for weddings and events. The venue is a remarkable testament to architectural excellence and historical significance. Its interiors are a true marvel, showcasing a stunning collection of period features and artistic details. The hall’s central focal point is its awe-inspiring sweeping staircase, adorned with intricate balustrades and finely carved bannisters. The ceilings throughout are adorned with ornate plasterwork, a testament to the craftsmanship of a bygone era. Exchange vows in The Library, which opens onto the Drawing Room and extends almost the entire house length. Couples can enter through the enchanting Orangery to join 140 loved ones in front of the fire place to come together in marriage. With floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the estate, the Library is spacious, airy and full of natural light. It combines opulent wooden floors and bookcases with a modern yet sophisticated colour scheme that echoes the gorgeous gardens outside. The Dining Room forms part of architect William Burns’ 1842 additions, with its marble chimneypiece remaining from the original Georgian house. A series of Hussey portraits, ranging from the 16th to the 18th-century, occupy two of the walls in the Drawing Room. The setting provides the ideal backdrop to wedding breakfasts with 140 loved ones. The team offers a complimentary tasting night for all booked couples, accommodation for newlyweds the night of their wedding and two spaces to get ready the morning of. 20

DODDINGTON HALL & GARDENS 01522 694 308 | Doddington Hall is renowned for being one of Lincolnshire’s most perfect wedding venues that’s romantic, beautiful and extremely flexible. Built-in 1595, the stunning Elizabethan Hall has never been sold. It’s a muchloved family home surrounded by spectacular grounds. For many, the Gardens at Doddington are just as spectacular as the Hall. The estate is situated just six miles west of Lincoln on the B1190 and is easily accessible by road. Or just a short taxi ride via train from Lincoln or Newark stations. The team takes great pride in their personal attention and professional approach to special events. They can build fantastic weekend packages (two days if you have a weekday wedding) to include stylish, homely and comfortable accommodations. A Doddington wedding is not just about the day itself; it offers lovebirds the chance to spend time with their family and friends over several days in a beautiful setting. The property offers three wedding locations for ceremonies: The Long Gallery (200 guests), The Garden Room in the Coach House (75), as well as charming and completely private Coach House Walled Garden (75). The refurbished Coach House is just yards from the Hall and creates a versatile wedding location. Light, airy, fresh and modern but with a stunning Elizabethan exterior, the space is private and comfortable. It can accommodate up to 120 guests for formal dining, rising to 150 for evening receptions. The venue fee includes access to the Coach House the day before weddings to help personalise the venue. Plus, pairs will have complete exclusivity of the space on their wedding day. The team will provide all the cutlery, crockery, glassware, linens, staffing and a bar. Hosting only one wedding over weekends, the team created an accommodation package to allow lovebirds and guests to celebrate over several days. BEAUMANOR HALL 01509 890119 | Beaumanor Hall is a beautiful 19th-century manor house set in 34 acres of idyllic Leicestershire countryside. From the first visit to weddings, couples will receive professional advice and assistance from an experienced and friendly team, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. The Herrick suite is a lovely space for couples seeking an elegant ceremony setting. With seating for up to 73 guests, it’s the perfect place to exchange vows surrounded by loved ones. For couples seeking memorable outdoor ceremonies or blessings, the much-loved Yew tree, nestled within the grounds, is a wonderful choice for romantic and intimate celebrations. It comfortably accommodates up to 50 people. The beautiful dining room can seat up to 120 guests for formal wedding breakfasts or up to 180 guests for more relaxed buffet-style receptions. There’s something for everyone with three carefully curated menu packages - bronze, silver, and gold - that cater to various tastes and preferences. The experienced team at Beaumanor Hall will provide top-quality event catering with various menu options. The team is always happy to discuss alternatives or special requests to ensure that unique preferences are met. At Beaumanor Hall, the team knows that dancing is vital to wedding receptions. The stunning Hall provides ample space for guests to dance the night away. With the fully licensed bar open until 11 pm and use of the Hall, guests can let loose and enjoy the festivities. FAIRYTALE VENUES 21

NORWOOD PARK 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 offers exclusive use of the country house and gardens to help create memorable events. Check out: RENAISSANCE AT KELHAM HALL 01636 390 500 | Anyone who has marvelled at Sir Gilbert Scott’s design for London’s St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel will find something familiar and remarkable at Kelham Hall. A fire destroyed the older parts of the house in 1857, and the architect was left with a blank canvas to express all the exuberance of his imagination. The result is a redbrick riot of ogival styles, towers, gables, arcades, exquisitely carved columns, fire places and more than a score of different window designs. Located in the heart of Nottinghamshire, the stunning 19th-century private stately home provides a dream-worthy location for all celebrations thanks to the several stunning rooms. The Renaissance at Kelham Hall has a ceremony licence in nine rooms across the venue and several spaces outside. Flooded with natural light, the Library is a breathtaking space for up to 90 people. With a floor-to-ceiling bay window and access to the manicured gardens, this beautiful ceremony room is the perfect option for intimate ceremonies with a grand feel. For intimate weddings, the beautiful Lady Chapel offers the perfect space for 70. With original stained-glass windows and a vaulted ceiling, this space gives a warm, intimate feeling of a traditional chapel. Why not opt for the magnificent Carriage Court, which is centrally located within the Hall and can host 200 for the “I dos” and 120 for receptions? The room provides a grand but intimate setting with a vaulted ceiling and ornate features. It also features a fully serviced bar situated within the room and a wooden dancefloor. Perfect for larger weddings, The Great Hall provides a unique and breathtaking setting, with its truly impressive ‘flying arch’ providing a dramatic backdrop for up to 600 for the vows and 500 in the evenings. The domed Hall is the second-largest concrete dome in England, with many original features. Adjoining the Great Hall, the Marquee offers the perfect space for arrival drinks and ceremonies with 400 or additional dining for 460. Set as a blank canvas, it provides the perfect opportunity for couples to let their imagination and design ideas run free. With beautifully manicured gardens, the outside spaces offer the perfect opportunity for dream ceremonies with 300. The Grade II listed Gazebo offers a beautiful backdrop or enjoy the manicured parterre in front of the Hall. The King’s Walk might be the perfect option to seek somewhere secluded. Surrounded by 42 acres of manicured gardens, the venue also offers the opportunity for private helicopter landings. The Cedar Room, so called due to its cedar wainscot, offers the perfect space for intimate dining and drinks receptions for 20 people and has direct access to the parterre through the floor-to-ceiling glass door. Or why not choose the exquisitely decorated Dining Room with 70 guests for truly intimate gatherings? The space has a fully serviced bar and direct access to the gardens through the Cedar Room. The Gatekeeper’s Lodge is hidden away and accommodates eight guests. Featuring a kitchen, dining room and lounge area, it offers the perfect places for the bridal party to stay and get ready pre-wedding or for the happily married couple the evening of their wedding. BESTWOOD LODGE 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. Check out: Also check out… 22

SANDERS HIREWEAR SH Contact Helen Kirk on 01773 712461 Email: @sandershirewear sanders_hirewear @hirewear 1A BLUESPIRE HOUSE, COACH DRIVE, EASTWOOD, NG16 3DR SUIT & KILT HIRE BY APPOINTMENT Agent of Peter Posh & Cameron Ross FOR WEDDINGS, CORPORATE EVENTS, PROMS, GRADUATIONS, ROYAL ASCOT & MORE... Formally Sanders Menswear. Proud to be continuing the 90 year legacy of attention to detail & excellent, personalised customer service. Wide variety of chairs and tables available, as well as love letters & flower walls. We specialise in rustic, distressed tables, and rustic themed weddings. VINTAGE RUSTIC CONTEMPORARY TRADITIONAL MIX & MATCH For all your furniture hire needs No minimum order & no deposit. Large quantities held. Extremely competitive prices. EVENT HIRE CALL NOW ON 01664 812627

Lou and Col had a dusky pink colour scheme for their big day Images courtesy of Lock & Corson ROMANCE Rustic 24

These lovebirds met at work and despite knowing each other for years, they only started dating after working in the same office. Lou says, “I loved how funny and sweet Col was; he genuinely seemed interested in getting to know me.” Col proposed to Lou shortly after her birthday! She says, “We’d had a lovely romantic weekend in York, but Col waited until we had got home to completely shock me by getting down on one knee and popping the question while we sat chilling on the sofa!” SETTING THE SCENE Situated in Lincolnshire, The Dower House Hotel is an elegant Edwardian property that provided the perfect backdrop to Lou and Col’s wedding. The beautiful location first captured their hearts, and they knew it was the perfect backdrop after realising they could tie the knot al fresco. Most flowers on the day were artificial, mixing roses, peonies, eucalyptus and ivy. These were seen throughout the day as the blooms were used to decorate the wedding spaces and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. The buttonholes and the bride’s stunning blooms were created using fresh flowers. Lou attached a brooch from her nan on the hessian bow as her something old. Jenna at Pretty Pinks Floristry went above and beyond to ensure the couple got the most perfect blooms. Finishing Touches Wedding & Event Hire provided dusky pink sashes for the chairs, lanterns, 4ft love letters, blossom trees on either side of the aisle, a white aisle runner, a vintage post box for wedding cards and the table card hoop. Owner Sue was brilliant throughout the wedding process and so helpful! The décor that made the couple’s vision all come together perfectly. The Hotel’s beautiful hurricane lamps and garlands with eucalyptus and white roses made up the centrepieces. The wedding breakfast was included in the Hotel’s wedding package, which was a delicious three-course meal. A shot of pink gin, mini pink sweets for the children, and individual chocolate hearts were given to guests as favours. They also enjoyed the delicious cake created by the bride’s sister-in-law and head bridesmaid. The beautiful naked sponge with buttercream filling was a big hit with guests, as was the small round traditional fruit cake made by the mother-of-the-bride. She decorated the bake with handmade cake toppers used at her very own wedding more than 40 years ago! Loved ones also tucked into the buffet for the evening reception, which provided a great selection to choose from with something for everyone to enjoy! LOOKING THE PART The bride looked stunning in a strapless dress by the wonderful Stella York with an embellished diamanté belt stitched to the waist by the excellent seamstress at La Belle Bridal Boutique. “The team couldn’t have been more lovely, and I couldn’t have said ‘yes to the dress’ without them”, says the bride. “The whole boutique was wonderful, and I had the best experience!” She accessorised her look with studded pink Ted Baker shoes, a simple pearl choker and freshwater pearl bracelets that belonged to her late auntie, whom she wanted to be close to on the special day. She also wore pearl-drop earrings and a beautiful diamanté headband. Lou says, “I felt like an absolute princess, but I was so nervous and didn’t take it all in as much as I should have in the morning.” The groom, his best man and the page boy wore beautiful three-piece blue suits by Marc Darcy. The wonderful maid-of-honour and chief bridesmaid chose dusky pink dresses, while the little flowergirls both wore the same tuille dress in blush pink with a headdress, bouquet and little pink shoes – they complimented one another perfectly. MEMORABLE MOMENTS The bride was hugely excited, massively nervous and a little hung over on the big day! As the day went on, she felt so incredibly happy and REAL WEDDINGS 25

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loved up. Lou relaxed after the ceremony and felt on top of the world, while Col was nervous for about impending speech! He did fantastic with many beautiful words shared. Getting ready with her best girls, the weather, the beautiful surroundings, the happy atmosphere and the attentive staff all made for the perfect day from start to finish for the bride. Lou comments, “Everyone went above and beyond for us; the suppliers’ attention to detail and services were second to none. The wedding party was so wonderful in ensuring we had the best day of our lives.” The pair hired rustic-style garden games provided by Emma Lane, which came beautifully themed and were a big hit with guests who played long into the night. The venue’s DJ kicked off the party in the evening; everyone was up dancing the night away. HONEYMOON The lovebirds went on a three-night mini-moon to the Whootin Owl Barn in York, a beautiful little hideaway in the middle of nowhere with a hot tub and a swing hanging from a tree in the woodland garden. It was the most beautiful place and the perfect choice for the pair. Lou says, “We didn’t want to be away from our four-year-old for too long and thanks to our wonderful wedding guests, we have booked a week-long honeymoon next year to Lindos in Greece!” 27 REAL WEDDINGS

LOU AND COL’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographers, | Bride’s dress, | Hair and make-up, | Flowers, Pretty Pinks Floristry 07976 477 877 | Entertainment, | Venue styling, 28 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

first likeOllie and Beth exchanged vows at the stunning Healing Manor Hotel in Grimsby Images courtesy of Danny Inwood Photography LOVE AT These lovebirds first met on Instagram when Ollie messaged Beth with a cheesy pick-up line about her eyes. The pair arranged to meet at the cinema, but Ollie confessed to messing up the timings when Beth arrived. They ended up spending two unexpected hours together in McDonald’s beforehand. They’d already fallen for each other after plenty of laughter and a spilt coffee. Beth says, “He made me laugh and still manages to nine years later, even when times are hard!” Ollie proposed at their favourite hotel in Liverpool, which they’d stayed in a couple of times previously. He’d booked a meal in the fantastic restaurant and was eager to get them down to the bar to enjoy a cocktail beforehand. Beth comments, “We sat in a quiet corner of the bar and Ollie spoke about our time together. He then got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful engagement ring!” Here the bride shares details about their special day… 30