Your East Midlands Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 60)

CAPTURING THE MOMENT Located in Nottingham, Tom Wyatt Photography has launched a new website to showcase his work and media features after a fantastic 2023. Working across the UK and internationally with a focus on a modern and editorial photography style, the company’s approach is to tell a narrative in which couples look effortlessly elegant. Owner Tom Wyatt says, “The last year has been a year of growth, accolade and travel. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel internationally for destination weddings to some stunning locations such as Los Angeles and Barcelona. My focus next year will be to continue to improve the client journey, adding value to every step of having me as your wedding photographer. This will include a new surprise gift after the wedding and improved wedding day management to ensure everything runs smoothly.” The business has just been announced as the Highly Commended winner for the East Midlands Photographer category at The Wedding Industry Awards for the East Midlands region. The iconic awards is an annual event to find the best wedding suppliers from across the UK, all judged by a panel of experts in the wedding industry. The award emphasises fostering relationships, celebrating successes, and embracing the joy of being part of a dynamic and thriving sector. Tom has been fortunate to work with genuinely amazing couples this year. He looks forward to 2024, where he’ll be photographing weddings from the lochs of Scotland down to Lulworth Castle in Dorset and a destination wedding in Tenerife. Discover the photographer: DATE NIGHT The award-winning Rutland Hall Hotel offers a new menu at its recently refurbished restaurant, Blossoms, carefully curated by the venue’s passionate executive head chef, Sumit Chakrabarty, and his team of nine sous chefs. The new lunch menu, set at just £26 for two courses and £28 for three, offers a selection of starters, mains and desserts, including a chef’s special that will regularly be updated. As well as delicious local meats, all menus have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Sumi says, “This new menu is close to my heart. I call it refined dining, where I champion fresh local produce. Blossoms’ latest menus are all about celebrating flavours; we’re proud to serve dishes that are not too fussy in style and use seasonal produce that makes the dishes very tasty.” Other new winter menus include nibbles and sharing platters, a light lunch menu offering sandwiches, burgers, salads and pizzas, and the evening menu packed with a unique selection of dishes. These include super slow-cooked English beef, pan-fried wild stone bass, lamb osso buco rogan josh and many other options. In addition, there’s a selection of seven starter options and an array of dessert dishes, ensuring every palette is satisfied. One of the first people to try the new winter menu was Rutland local, Abi Richardson who says, “The service was excellent: super friendly, attentive, unobtrusive and the plates came out with just the right amount of rest time in between. Discover more information: PRE-WEDDING GETAWAY Longnor Wood Holiday Park in Derbyshire has picked up a national award in the Campsites 2023 Camping and Glamping Awards. The AA Gold Pennant site near Buxton was highlighted for its pristine facilities, quiet environment and great location. The annual awards, run by the national online booking site, identify the best campsites, glamping spots and touring sites across the country, celebrating those that have provided exceptional services for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year. Sam Kitchen, who manages Longnor Wood along with her husband Ian and brother James, says, “We’re absolutely delighted to have won this award! Being a site that’s exclusively for adults, we aim to create a destination where people can completely relax and get away from it all. Our focus is on providing the best possible experience for our guests through improving our already excellent facilities, offering a quality personal service while going above and beyond for our guests. Many return year after year because they love the site and its location so much.” Open throughout the year apart from January, Longnor Wood is surrounded by woodland and within easy reach of popular Peak District walking and cycling trails, as well as market towns and attractions. The dog-friendly site offers a range of accommodations, including ensuite glamping pods, luxury lodges and caravan holiday homes with outdoor hot tubs, as well as all-weather pitches for camping and tourers – it’s perfect for pre-wedding getaways! Discover the site: 9 LOCAL NEWS