Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding- December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 30)

FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, VENUES AND MORE FEB/MAR 2022 £3.55 WIN! £1,500 worth of diamonds HISTORICAL SETTINGS Venues that tell a story Spring romance AFTER Romantic real weddings IT'S 2022 Wedding entertainment ideas Happily ever Party like KEEPING IT LOCAL Big-day news and offers Styled shoot inspiration

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire NEARLYWED NEWS 9 Catch up on news from around the regions 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 55 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 86 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2022 On the cover Photographer Rob Tarren captured our stunning cover image for this issue at the styled shoot he photographed at Pauntley Court in Gloucestershire. Turn to page 41 to see the shoot in full and to book Rob for your wedding, visit 63 VENUES 13 SPOTLIGHT ON... North Wiltshire and Swindon 17 A TOUCH OF HISTORY Venues with a tale to tell 84 FEATURES 41 SPRING VIBES This stunning shoot took place at Pauntley Court in Gloucestershire and featured accents of this season’s hottest colour – lilac 45 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Research the region’s finest photographers 51 MUSIC IS LOVE Ways to entertain at weddings large and small 58 LET ME EAT CAKE! County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 60 BEAUTIFULLY BOHO Here at CWM HQ we predict hen dos are going to be bigger and better than ever in 2022. Feast your eyes on this beauty for some true, party planning inspiration... 3

GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 80 GOING FOR GOLD After James Bond, AKA Daniel Craig, rocked a velvet jacket at the latest 007 premier we knew this look would be here to stay! HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 84 BACK-TO-NATURE BOLTHOLE Claire Ridley was invited to Monkey Island Estate, a sanctuary set on a private island on the River Thames offering laid-back luxury REAL WEDDINGS 22 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Daisy and Alex’s big day at Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire was decorated with burgundy touches, white and pink blooms and an abundance of natural foliage 29 SUMMER LOVE Wiltshire wedding venue Bowood was the stunning backdrop for this blush-pink and grey-themed wedding 34 AN INTIMATE AFFAIR Frogmill Cotswolds was the elegant backdrop for Harriet and Robbie’s intimate celebration which followed a blush-pink and rustic theme 45 62 22 FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 ALL IN THE DETAIL The 2022 wedding dress collections feature figure-hugging styles, timeless trumpet silhouettes, chic tailored jackets and wrap dresses 68 SOPHISTICATED AND CHIC Choose sumptuous satin gowns for your best girls in shades of sage and emerald green or blush and baby pink 69 TAKE THE PLUNGE These opulent gowns feature corset-inspired looks, off-the-shoulder styles, timeless square shapes and cut-out illusion necklines 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 74 HEAVEN SCENT Team CWM try out the latest big-day fragrance recommendations 76 TIME OUT Wedding planning can be stressful, so be sure to make time for self-care and focus on your wellbeing 66 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 68 4

From Leigh Court up in the North, down to The Old Milking Parlour in the South, Crowcombe Court in the West all the way across to Wick Farm in the East - we have your perfect venue. There's over 110 to choose from in Somerset & North Somerset to fit every budget and guest list. The hardest part is narrowing down the shortlist! Country Houses? We have them. Farms and barns? We have those too. Castles? We have that covered as well. You want something quirky? How about Wookey Hole Caves, The Grand Pier in Weston or Haynes Motor Museum. Whatever kind of wedding venue you are looking for, our directory is the ONLY one to list every single licensed venue in the district so you won't miss out on any hidden gems. Our ceremony team are all trained, professional celebrants who are passionate about making your legal ceremony the most wonderful, memorable, unique event. Wedding jitters and butterflies? Don't worry - you're in safe hands. Make your booking request online via our website and our team will call you back to chat about availability, answer all your burning questions and make sure your registrar is booked for your special day. Simple! You want to know if you can say your vows outdoors, or have your four legged BFF walk you down the aisle? Our website has a whole host of FAQs that should make everything clearer. Costs, ceremony planning forms, and the allimportant link to book your notice of marriage appointment - it's all there at your fingertips. (And the answer to those questions are "quite possibly yes" and "probably, as long as it's not a tiger or something!!") Say I Do In Somerset Leigh Court - Dominika Scheibinger Crowcombe Court - James & Kerrie Wick Farm - Ryan Goold The Old Milking Parlour

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is a popular time for proposals! If you didn’t get engaged over Christmas and New Year then plenty of you might be planning to propose, or predict that a proposal is coming, during the month of love. So, this new year, new-season issue is full of real-life wedding inspiration as well as beautiful bridal fashion, big-day beauty, reallife love stories, offers, news and staycation honeymoon ideas, plus plenty of expert advice! Wishing you all a very happy Valentine’s Day and I’ll see you next issue! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Love is all around Wanting dapper ideas for your hubby-tobe? Then turn to page 80 to shop! Turn to page 86 to win £1,500 worth of diamonds! I adore this silk eye mask that will guarantee some much-needed beauty sleep ahead of the big day, £29.99 from sustainable lifestyle brand Turn to page 63 to see more. Turn to page 45 to see a round-up of some of the most romantic wedding photographs – this one was taken by Wiltshire wedding venue Bowood was the stunning backdrop for Alex and Nick’s wedding on page 29, photographed by 6 ISSN 2399-4967 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Claire Ridley | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Managers Victoria Rayner | 01376 538 487 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Glos & Wilts Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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 Glos & Wilts Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Glos & Wilts Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @YourGlosWiltsWedding @CWM_YGWW @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

Our exclusive shoot on page 41 was created by a talented team of local suppliers who were inspired by the romantic venue, Pauntley Court in Gloucestershire. It was caught on camera by Enjoy the offer of a bottle of bubbly from Milbury Morris Minors with every booking, on page 11! Looking for big-day beauty recommendations? The CWM team has put the latest perfumes to the test – turn to page 74 to take your pick! I love this picture of Harriet and Robbie on their special day held at Frogmill Cotswolds. It was captured on camera by Read all about it on page 34. Turn to page 9 for all the latest news including the latest launches from the Cotswolds Distillery – perfect for Valentine’s Day! If you’re planning to jet off to sunnier climes then turn to page 82 for a round-up of new openings and honeymoon essentials. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

We are set in eight acres of glorious Cotswold countryside, including our own orchard, vineyard and vegetable garden. When it comes to hosting bohemian, festival-style weddings, we know exactly what we’re doing. We have years of experience and will work with you to create your perfect day in the most idyllic of settings. Knockdown, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QY 01454 238669 Beautifully Bespoke Ceremonies 07919 598013 Bowerchalke Barn is a timeless 16th century thatched threshing barn, set in the stunning Chalke Valley countryside and only 10 miles from the medieval market city of Salisbury. The Barn offers a unique and enchanting setting for your wedding or event, where you have exclusive use of the barn and grounds for your guest to relax and enjoy the day. For more information and pricing do contact the Bowerchalke Barn team. Bowerchalke Barn, Knowle Farm, Bowerchalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5BP T: 01722 433 893 | E: | W: GET IN TOUCH TODAY!

EDITOR’S PICK Grooms-to-be looking for some pre-wedding pampering products should try the new Eco Warrior Men’s Edit from the Little Soap Company. The items are vegan-friendly and plastic-free and this shaving bar contains a moisturising blend of coconut and flax oil along with Vitamin E, £4.50, ANGHARAD BECK HAIR WINS AWARD Angharad Beck Hair in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, has been awarded Best New Salon at the prestigious Salon Awards, the only hair and beauty industry awards where professionals can compete at a local level in their fields of expertise. The focus is on improving standards, elevating business, rewarding individuals, and showcasing the professionalism of their industry locally. Angharad Beck commented, “When I found out I had won the award for Best New Salon, I felt so proud of everything I have achieved in the last year, I am absolutely over the moon. I have worked very hard to make my studio an oasis of calm for my clients to enjoy and my customers have been at the centre of every decision I have made in the creation of the studio. I feel honoured to achieve this award and I can’t wait to display it proudly for everyone to see because without them, and the support of my family, none of this would have been possible.’ To book an appointment, visit Editor loves Maxine Ward is a celebrant based in Wiltshire who creates beautiful bespoke ceremonies and will travel to any venue nationwide. She explains that by booking a celebrant-led ceremony, couples benefit from a personalised one that can be held in almost any venue before, or after, the legal ceremony. Couples can also choose their time, day or night, and can include their pets, loved ones or anything else that’s special to them. To book Maxine, call 07919 598 013 or visit NEW LOW-ALCOHOL LAUNCH Couples looking for a low-alcohol alternative for guests to enjoy at their wedding should check out the Cotswold Dry Gin Essense and the four new cocktail recipes created by Oliver Morris, head mixologist at the Cotswolds Distillery. The Dry Gin Essense reduces the amount of alcohol required in gin and tonic, and gin-based cocktails, whilst at the same time retaining the intensity of flavour. To shop, visit Pawfect pampering treat Bath and body brand Bramley, based in Semley, Wiltshire, has launched two new products to their Digby Dog Collection, perfect for four-legged friends at weddings. The anti-bug spray and the deodorising spray both retail at £14 each. To shop, visit the website NEWS Nearlywed The latest news from around both counties 9 LOCAL NEWS

Amore Prosecco is one man’s dream to serve you one of the finest Italian Prosecco and Frizzante Sparkling Wine in a classic Italian style 07753 342 777 | Paolo the Prosecco Van is an Innocenti Lambro, manufactured in Milan in 1963. He has being lovingly restored into a mobile Prosecco and cocktail bar. Paolo is very cute and being 9ft long, 5ft wide, and under 6ft high, we can squeeze him into the smallest of places inside or out. He now resides in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and is ready to travel near and far to serve you at your Wedding. Or why not hire our very cool and unique Bubble Barrel Bar? Don’t be fooled by its size this baby packs a punch, serving up 160 drinks per 20L keg. Homemade, hand poured Soy Wax candles LOV E AND C A R E I N E V E R Y S I NG L E ON E +44 7939 620273 instagram @woko_wicks SMA L L T I N ( 4OZ ) Black, Rose Gold, Gold or Silver with cotton wick B E S P OK E F LOR A L T I N ( 4OZ ) Silver with a cotton wick G L A S S J A R ( 6OZ ) with either cotton wick or beautiful crackling wood wick

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 8th April 2022. Terms and conditions apply. CHURCH ON TIME Anyone who knows me well will agree that I’m a magpie for not just everything that sparkles but also anything vintage so it was great chatting to Jenni Wood, owner of Milbury Morris Minors based in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, about how many wedding couples are now asking for old-fashioned style cans to be tied to the back of the vehicles like weddings years ago used to have – it was music to my ears because these would be top of my wish-list if I was getting married! Jenni told me, “I supply and personalise these and they’re great for rustic-inspired celebrations. My hand-painted Just Married vintage suitcase is also a big hit, along with pretty bunting and fresh flower garlands. Couples love my Morris Traveller that I lovingly named Hazel which looks fabulous draped with blooms and is the perfect choice for the mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaids to travel in.” Your Glos & Wilts Wedding has teamed up with Milbury Morris Minors to offer readers a complimentary bottle of bubbly for every booking. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, call 07918 147 701 quoting County Wedding Magazines or email To find out more about the vehicles available for wedding hire throughout Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, Bath, Bristol and North Somerset, visit Take advantage of these great giveaways Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

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NORTH WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON Spotlight on... We reveal where to wed BOWOOD HOTEL, SPA & GOLF RESORT, CALNE This luxury countryside resort is surrounded by 2,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland home to local wildlife, an abundance of history (having been the residence of the Lansdowne family for more than 250 years) and offering far-flung views. Access to the resort is via the Golden Gates, designed by Sir Charles Barry, chief architect of the Houses of Parliament, that provide a splendid backdrop for big-day photographs. The outdoor wedding pavilion located a few steps from the venue on the large open terrace also enjoys these views and makes a wonderful area for summer ceremonies. At the far end of the resort is The Kerry Suite situated next to the old farmhouse offering a stylish space for up to 160 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, and can accommodate up to 250 people for the evening reception. It’s filled with light and furnished in a contemporary style, suiting many wedding themes. It’s made up of three internal rooms; the Kerry, Wycombe and Clanmaurice. Each one can be used individually or combined to create one larger suite. There’s a private bar and lounge and an outdoor courtyard ideal for a champagne drinks reception. Couples booking their wedding at the resort can expect to receive a complimentary food and wine tasting, a free upgrade to a Bridal Suite and discounted accommodation rates for friends and family. There are 43 luxurious bedrooms available and accommodation in the nearby Queenwood Lodge located just across the golf course. There’s a selection of wedding packages on offer including special dates for last-minute rates and they also offer a bespoke option where couples can design their dream day. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01249 822 228 | ♥ We love... that the estate has evolved over the years to include not just the stately house hotel, spa and championship golf course but also a children’s adventure playground and many other features. It’s an idyllic choice for a staycation honeymoon in the region or a pre-wedding pamper. Why not make a weekend of it and invite your guests to stay on for longer? Image of wedding breakfast set-up at Bowood courtesy of Scan to view video REGIONAL VENUES 13

ANOTHER OPTION Marlborough Golf Club is one of the finest courses in Wiltshire and hosts weddings in the recently refurbished dining room for up to 100 guests for a reception and up to 150 loved ones for the evening party. There is a selection of bespoke packages available that put couples in control of their budget with sensibly set prices. A simple buffet or gourmet dining can be enjoyed where only the finest local ingredients are used. Contact: 01672 512 147 | ANOTHER OPTION Stanton Manor Cotswolds near Chippenham is a country house hotel part of the Sleeping Bears Hotels chain. Offering wedding packages all year round, the stunning Woodlands Room can accommodate up to 90 guests for a ceremony while the pretty cherry orchard offers a summery al fresco option. The wedding breakfast for up to 120 guests is served in the heated marquee giving everyone access to the extensive grounds. The mouth-watering dishes are created using fresh local ingredients and up to 150 loved ones can enjoy an evening buffet and party in a choice of rooms inside the manor, accessed via a covered walkway that’s illuminated at twilight. Contact: 01666 818 815 | THE CASTLE INN, CASTLE COMBE This 12th-century destination pub oozes charm and has just enjoyed some restoration. It’s home to 12 en suite rooms and foodie guests can expect traditional gastro dishes on the menu made with high-quality local produce cooked simply with the menu changing often to adapt to the seasons. Highlights from the main menu are the castle burger topped with cheese, bacon jam, house pickles and burger sauce served with fries and diners can relax at a table in the bar, the central dining room or the outdoor terrace. Couples looking to host an intimate wedding dinner can book one of the inn’s wooden-clad private dining spaces, seating between six and 24 guests, with the option to hire the entire property. Located opposite is its sister property, The Manor House, a luxury hotel and golf club home to the Michelin-starred restaurant, Bybrook, overseen by Rob Potter that’s part of the Exclusive Collection, a family-owned independent collection of hotels and spas, a golf club, cookery school and a pub. Ceremony licence? No Contact: ♥ We love... that the picturesque village of Castle Combe is often used as a filming location. 14

CHISELDON HOUSE, SWINDON This wisteria-draped hotel and restaurant is a historic country manor house dating back to 1826 nestled within three acres of pretty landscaped gardens in the Wiltshire countryside. The stone façade provides a beautiful backdrop for photographs and the interior is home to many traditional features including fireplaces, statement chandeliers and a stunning staircase. Outdoor ceremonies take place under the thatched summerhouse located within the private secluded courtyard leading directly into the function rooms where up to 100 guests can gather. The picturesque courtyard and grounds are also a photographer’s dream, with Instaworthy touches at every turn including secluded wooded areas and pretty manicured gardens. Alternatively, the indoor Borelli Suite overlooking the gardens and flooded with natural daylight seats up to 60 guests for the ceremony or up to 40 loved ones for the wedding breakfast. The elegant restaurant offers another option for up to 100 people to be seated for the wedding breakfast and this area overlooks, and leads, directly on to the courtyard. The evening reception also takes place here and the hotel lends itself well to exclusive-use weddings and can be transformed to suit most themes. The hotel is home to 21 stylish bedrooms, perfect for guests wishing to stay over. The talented chef is happy to meet with the couple to devise a menu to their liking and the team at this splendid venue work with preferred suppliers who know the property well. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01793 741 010 | ♥ We love... the exclusive-use wedding package that includes a menu tasting for the couple. 15 REGIONAL VENUES

We are all about weddings with personality, individualism, theatrics and creativity. With 11 individually designed bedrooms, and quirky spaces that can host parties of 15 up to 150 guests, Weddings at the House enables couples to design a day that is authentically them, all under one fabulously stylish roof. 01285 648230 | Weddings at the House A unique experience for unique couples, seeking something different from the norm. Love comes in many forms, which is why we don’t offer impersonal packages for one of the most personal days of your life.

IN TIME Step back These historic venues offer a touch of stately splendour This boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds with many wonderful outdoor treats to discover just a short walk from the hotel, from typical Cotswold-style street scenes to enchanting parkland. The contemporary décor complements any colour theme while the original historic features include the oak flooring, wood panelling and brick fireplaces. This historic hotel offers nine licensed rooms inside, perfect for ceremonies, from the intimate Wine Cellar to the stylish Panel Room and the Assembly Reception and Assembly Room. There’s a private roof terrace attached to the Assembly Room allowing couples the option for on-site outdoor photographs. Receptions take place in many of these areas with the roof terrace allowing for a champagne drinks reception and the unique basement space, known as The Vaulted Cellar, providing the perfect party space – there’s even a vaulted spa! Accommodation is across 60 individually styled bedrooms and 10 one-bedroom apartments. Foodies will love the various dining options including the vibrant restaurants, elegant lounge and the Deli & Wine Cellar featuring the best local produce from around the Cotswolds. For couples getting married at the hotel, there’s a complimentary menu tasting for them before the big day. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01285 700 900 | ♥ We love... that the hotel offers favourable rates for anniversary stays. Images of the Kings Head Hotel courtesy of KINGS HEAD HOTEL, CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE THEMED VENUES 17

This award-winning, charming venue is nestled in 20 acres of picturesque grounds accessed via a sweeping driveway that is home to a historic Portcullis and a secluded lake that provide a wonderful backdrop for big-day photos. A surprise for guests are donkeys, Molly and Tigger that greet them on arrival! Ceremonies take place inside the castle in the magical Ballroom which is a grand, church-like setting featuring a 75-foot long aisle set under glittering chandeliers, or outside in the Bandstand with the magnificent castle exterior as the backdrop. The wedding breakfast also takes place in the Ballroom for up to 150 guests with a wide choice of menus available and the opportunity for couples to create their own. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01594 832 320 | ♥ We love... that the team can work with couples on their very own bespoke cocktail. QUEEN’S HOTEL CHELTENHAM This hotel, part of the Mgallery Hotel Collection, originally opened its doors in the same year as Queen Victoria’s Coronation in 1838, leading to the property being named in her honour. Today, it offers original Victorian features that pay homage to its royal name. It commands a prime position on what is now one of Cheltenham’s most charming Georgian streets, suitably placed for guests to explore the delights that the city has to offer along with a selection of parks including Sandford Park, Pittville Park and Imperial Gardens located just a short walk away. The hotel’s restaurant, Victoria’s, draws inspiration from the surrounding countryside and farmland, with the team working closely with local producers and farmers to create much-loved classic dishes with a contemporary twist. Weddings take place in the Regency Suite for up to 120 loved ones with its floor-to-ceiling arched windows and golden chandeliers. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01242 514 754 | ♥ We love... the iconic listed staircase perfect for big-day photographs. CLEARWELL CASTLE, ROYAL FOREST OF DEAN, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Images courtesy of Photography of ceremony room at Clearwell Castle courtesy of 18

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From the moment you arrive, our friendly team will support you in helping to plan your perfect wedding day at Llanthony Secunda. There are two magical locations, as well as the glorious grounds available for wedding hire, providing a beautiful setting for your wedding celebrations. Whether you dream of a vintage style afternoon tea or a glamorous wedding reception, our warm and relaxed atmosphere will make everyone feel at home. The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal is also located on the doorstep of the Priory, which in combination with our historic buildings on site, provides some truly unique photo opportunities. Llanthony Secunda Priory, Priory Junction, Gloucester, GL2 5FA 01452 563499 | | W E D D I N G R E C E P T I ON S AT T H E B I S HO P ’ S P A L A C E Tel 01722 555302 1 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EQ Romantic wedding venues across the UK. View all our destinations at WATERPARK.WEDDINGS@DEVERE.COM +44 (0)1285 864000 DEVERE.COM/DEVERECOTSWOLDWATERPARK Our seven unique wedding spaces are fully licensed for civil ceremonies with a choice of suites for both grand and more intimate weddings. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows maximize the views of the lake making this a truly unique wedding venue. Delicious wedding breakfasts curated by our Executive Chef, luxury overnight accommodation, and the expertise of our experienced wedding coordinators; we'll ensure every detail is considered to create an unforgettable day. Situated on it's own private lake, De Vere Cotswold Water Park creates an idyllic backdrop for your special day We love a love story

ANOTHER OPTION The Holford Arms is a multi-award-winning traditional country pub situated within eight acres of Cotswold countryside on the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire border. It’s home to six en suite bedrooms, five luxury chalets, four permanent bell tents for glamping (a bell tent ‘village’ can be erected on request) and camping and campervan facilities are also available. The grounds include vegetable gardens, cider orchards and a vineyard and the friendly team host everything from festival-inspired weddings to more intimate affairs. Weddings take place in the newly built wedding barn and couples have the choice to create their bespoke menu from a barbecue, Thai cuisine buffet, festival-style street food or a lavish three-course meal. Contact: 01454 238 669 | ♥ We love... that exclusivity of the glamping site is available from Thursday to Sunday enabling couples to spend a long weekend with their loved ones – don’t miss the famous Holford Sunday roast! ELMORE COURT, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This exclusive-use wedding venue offers couples a Grade II listed country house, the Gillyflower events ballroom and a private rural location. Recent developments have seen a newly trained team, which has grown in size, and the walled garden that forms part of the estate having been restored to its original use as a working-produce garden with dishes on the menu using ingredients sourced from it. Longhorn cattle have been successfully introduced and are happily settled, and plans for tree houses to be built on the grounds mean that woodland weddings, treehouse stays and rewilding retreats will be available in early 2023. Ceremonies take place in a variety of areas in the main house including in the hall. Dinner and dancing are enjoyed in The Gillyflower, a romantic space that’s draped in fairylights and home to a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. It’s located in a separate building on the grounds and can be styled to suit any wedding theme. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01452 720 293 | ♥ We love... the themed events that owner Anselm Guise and the team regularly host. ANOTHER OPTION Ingleside is a dramatically different venue based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. It’s a Gatsby-inspired Grade II listed building newly refurbished internally with a theatrical design and plenty of personality. There are 11 individually designed bedrooms, an awardwinning on-site restaurant and Piano Bar called Teatro, heated outdoor dining space and an acclaimed theatre and cinema. The property is licensed for ceremonies of up to 180 guests with a range of flexible event spaces available and all weddings are tailor-made to suit each couple. Contact: 01285 648 230 | ♥ We love... the gift vouchers available – the perfect way to say thanks to your bridal party. Image of Gillyflower at Elmore Court courtesy of 21 THEMED VENUES

chic Cripps Barn provided the beautiful backdrop for Daisy and Alex’s big day, filled with flowers and foliage Images courtesy of Capture Every Moment SIMPLY Daisy and Alex Meehan married on 21st November 2021 at Cripps Barn in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. 22

Daisy and Alex met when they were introduced by a friend. “We arranged to meet for lunch,” Daisy tells us. “We both lived a few hours apart but regularly made time to spend with each other and the rest is history!” The couple became engaged during a holiday in Canada. “Alex asked me to marry him at the top of Sulphur Mountain as we exited the gondola,” Daisy says. “It was a beautiful day and a wonderful surprise.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple viewed a few barn wedding venues before walking into Cripps Barn. “We both instantly knew that we wanted to get married there,” Daisy tells us. “We adored the rustic-inspired, romantic setting and the open fireplace was perfect for our winter wedding,” Daisy explains. “We were inviting 60 guests in total so the barn provided an ideal intimate setting.” Daisy and Alex chose a personalised wooden board as their table plan. “It featured a watercolour stag design with burgundy touches that matched our invitations and welcome board,” Daisy tells us. “My uncle made the table numbers using horseshoes placed in the centre of each table on oak slabs and my father has a collection of restored post boxes and lent us one to use as a wedding post box which he drilled on to a wooden board and positioned on the side next to our guestbook.” The couple gave each guest a personalised wooden coaster with their name on it, which doubled up as their place setting and favour and provided a wonderful keepsake. Daisy and Alex’s choice of flowers included white blooms with a hint of pink mixed with plenty of foliage. “Our bouquets and buttonholes looked perfect,” Daisy tells us. “Our florist collected the arrangements the following day and we loved being able to hand bunches out to our loved ones and keep some ourselves. Our buttercream cake was also decorated with fresh flowers along with a personalised wooden cake topper.” “We didn’t have space in our budget for an official wedding car so we asked my stepfather and our best man if we could use their vehicles to transport us - it was a laugh for the gents to decorate their vehicles with bows and ribbons!” – Daisy REAL WEDDINGS 23

K I N G S H E A D - H O T E L . C O . U K 2 4 M A R K E T P L A C E , C I R E N C E S T E R , G L 7 2 N R The Kings Head hotel is a stunning boutique style wedding venue located in the heart of the historic town of Cirencester, the heart of the Cotswolds. From an intimate ceremony, lavish wedding reception or simply a meal with close family and friends our celebration spaces offer you the perfect backdrop for any occasion. • Licenced for civil ceremonies from 2 - 150 people • Wedding packages from just £69.00 per guest • Bespoke package options available, tailor made to match your vision • Intimate ceremony and dining rooms • Wedding reception parties for up to 300 guests • 46 Stylish en-suite Bedrooms and 6 modern one bedroom Apartments • Discounted accommodation rates • Exclusive use of hotel available To arrange a viewing and to discuss how we can create your perfect day call us on: 01285 700900 or email Elise on Gray Manor Hotel Email: Telephone: 01980 629542 Late availability and intimate wedding, special offer packages available Gray Manor Hotel is a unique boutique wedding venue and hotel set in the heart of the countryside on the Hampshire/ Wiltshire border. Set in five acres of beautiful countryside, with our unique “Secret Garden” and a children’s play area to keep the little ones amused, this is a truly special place to host your wedding. You’ll have exclusive use of the venue, so with 25 bedrooms including our spectacular luxury bridal suite, ample free parking, our own Wedding Ceremony licence, a private bar, banqueting room for up to 150 seated guests, and evening room, Gray Manor has everything under one roof for a stress-free and perfect day. We believe every wedding should be unique to YOU and can help you design a bespoke day, to make it a truly one-off occasion, one that you and all your guests will remember forever.

The couple chose the British feast menu for their wedding breakfast. “It created a relaxed, social atmosphere with everyone helping themselves from large platters of food,” Daisy says. “Because our families are from different parts of the country, it got everybody talking which was lovely to watch. For the main course, we chose roast lamb with all the trimmings which was the best lamb we’ve ever had, and many of our guests said the same! Everything from the canapés to the pork baps served in the evening tasted delicious.” LOOKING THE PART Daisy wore a plain satin A-line gown featuring a pearl and diamanté belt that she teamed with a faux-fur cape and a satin-lined veil. “The shape of my dress was very flattering and I finished my look with some subtle diamond jewellery.” Alex wore a grey morning suit, the same as the groomsmen, but teamed his with an ivory waistcoat while the others wore grey waistcoats. “The men wore matching pocket watches and cufflinks along with buttonholes made with pink roses and foliage plus burgundy ties and pocket squares to match the burgundy bridesmaids’ dresses,” Daisy tells us. “Our bridesmaids also wore fluffy cardigans with their full-length dresses that looked stunning.” TIME TO ENTERTAIN The couple hired a string quartet who performed a selection of classic tracks and modern covers. “Our guests said it was great having musicians to watch rather than just listen to as they arrived at our ceremony,” Daisy tells us. “After the wedding breakfast, we booked a live band called The Sweet & Lowdown who played for three hours during the evening and sounded fantastic. They performed a good mix of party hits and 80s songs, which is our favourite kind of music, and our guests loved it, everyone joined the dancefloor at least once! After they finished at 11 pm, we had a party playlist pre-made for those still dancing! We’re fans of the rock band called Elbow and have always loved their song Mirrorball so we asked The Sweet & Lowdown to play a version because it held so many memories for us, and for the first few minutes we slow danced together in front of everyone. We had asked our best man, Adam, to get people dancing during the instrumental halfway through the song, which he timed perfectly, and for the last few minutes of the performance, the entire barn was filled with all of our nearest and dearest dancing in pairs or small groups which was magical to see, and a part of the day that neither of us will forget. A friend was recording it on his camera and we’re so glad we have that to keep forever.” REAL WEDDINGS 25

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Summer love Wiltshire wedding venue Bowood was the stunning backdrop for this blush-pink and grey-themed wedding Images courtesy of Lauren Mitchell Photography Alex and Nick met on a train when they were both headed out for the evening. “We were sat near one another and Nick started a conversation,” Alex tells us. “I had a boyfriend at the time so I wasn’t very talkative but he added me as a friend on Facebook (which I ignored for five months) and we started messaging each other on my birthday after I became single. We met up for our first date and the rest is history! Nick says that it was love at first sight for him but for me, it was his perseverance because he had to put in some serious effort to win me over!” The couple became engaged during a trip to Kenya. “My mum lives there so I had flown over to see her for the Easter holidays without Nick who was busy with work commitments,” Alex tells us. “I enjoyed a wonderful week with mum going on safari and relaxing on the beach. On Good Friday, I was asleep on a sun lounger and woke up to somebody tapping me on the shoulder which turned out to be Nick! He told me that he had travelled there to ask me something, at which point the penny dropped. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him with a beautiful diamond solitaire ring that had been made using my late grandmother’s engagement ring. I heard clapping behind me as I said ‘yes’ which was my mum – she had been watching the entire proposal and was in on the surprise! Nick had also taken my dad out for dinner two weeks earlier to ask for his permission – he had thought of everything!” Here, Alex tells us all about their blush-pink and grey-themed day at Bowood in Calne, Wiltshire. Alexandra Louise Thompson (known as Alex) married Nicholas Roy Young (known as Nick) on 7th August 2021 at St John the Baptist Church, Colerne followed by a reception at Bowood in Calne, Wiltshire. REAL WEDDINGS 29

Our guests blew bubbles as we exited the church as well as threw confetti! We used two different florists for our wedding flowers. The one from the village where the church is located often provides the arrangements for weddings held there and created us some wonderful displays for the entrance, pulpit, altar, windows, pillars and pews using soft-pink blooms mixed with traditional white flowers and plenty of foliage. After the ceremony, we left them for a celebration of life service that was being held on the same day for a friend of my grandparents, and the arrangements from the pews were placed on my grandparent’s grave. My bridal car was a family vintage Sunbeam tha t my mum’s cousin drove my dad and me in. Our bridesmaids followe d in a beautiful old white taxi while my mum travelled in a Rolls-Ro yce. When we visited various wedding venues near Col erne, Bowood stood out immediately. The Golden Gates as you enter provi de the wow factor plus it had The Kerry Suite that was large enough for everyon e to be gathered together in with a dancefloor and private bar just for our guests. We didn’t want lots of different rooms because we wanted to keep everyone together . I always knew that I wanted to get married at Th e Parish Church of St John the Baptist Colerne because my mum’s parents lived i n the village when I was a child and I have so many happy memories of visiting th ere. Both of my grandparents are buried in the graveyard and the church is just beau tiful. 30

The table names were some of the most special things that we had on the day. We were lucky enough to have a guest from Kenya (who was unable to make it to the wedding due to travel restrictions) commission a local Kenyan artist to create beautiful pictures of different African animals. On the back of each picture was the name of the animal in English and Swahili. Our place names featured hand-written calligraphy and matched our other stationery. Our table plan was made using a large freestanding mirror which looked fantastic! Our other florist frequently creates wedding flowers for celebrations taking place at Bowood and made the table arrangements, cake garland, door displays, bouquets, buttonholes and corsages. We chose succulents for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and freesias for my bouquet which are my favourite flower, I love the smell of them. On our top table, we had a long, low foliage arrangement and displayed some of the bridesmaid bouquets in vases to add some colour. On the guest tables, we displayed rustic log slices t opped with small jars of gypsophila and floating candles as centrepieces. Each table ha d a pink or grey theme and a matching rose of this colour was seen in each of t he centrepieces. “Our photographer, Lauren, was so organised and took amazing pictures – we loved our couple portraits taken outside.” – Alex and Nick Our guests blew bubbles and threw confetti as we exited the church! REAL WEDDINGS 31

Nick wore a dark-grey tailcoat suit teamed with a dove-grey Oxford waistcoat, a floral pink tie and a pocket square to match our theme. He also had a bespoke shirt made for the day and I gifted him a Rolex watch as a wedding present. My dress was an off-the-shoulder ballgown by Essence of Australia. I had a sparkly belt added and wore a Cathedral-length veil trimmed with sequins. I had always wanted to feel like a princess for the day and I fell in love with this dress the moment I tried it on. We had chair sashes, coloured table runners and matching napkins. The room where our reception was held featured d raping on the wall and ceiling that was decorated with fairylights. We ha d blush-pink mood lighting, a starlit dancefloor and a starlit backdrop for the b and, pavilion drapes for outside and large floral LOVE letters placed next to the dance floor. My mum had pink and grey kikoi bags made in K enya that we used for our favours filled with homemade fudge. We also h ad heart-shaped paper fans for guests to use, a basket of flip flops by the dancefloor, blankets to be used outside as the evening drew in and mini clipboards with personalised activity packs and colouring pencils to entertain the children. Our mouth-watering wedding cake had a large ch ocolate and salted caramel layer with a raspberry and wh ite chocolate tier, a vanilla-flavoured tier iced with fre sh berry buttercream and a traditional fruit cake as t he top tier. We cut the cake with my grandpa’s ceremonial sword (he was in the Royal Engineers) which is what my grandparents and my parents all did at their wedding. Our guests enjoyed canapés and drinks on arrival, three-course wedding breakfast and pizza, chips and salad during the evening. We also had a cheese board, a sweetie table and a doughnut wall. “We were delighted that, after postponing our date by a year due to the pandemic, we had the wedding of our dreams, surrounded by all of our loved ones and with minimal restrictions.” – Alex and Nick 32

We also had a magic mirror photo booth, a pyrotechnic fireworks display to music and sparklers. During the wedding breakfast, a live harpist played in the background which sounded so romantic. We had a live band perform during the evening reception who were incredible! We entertained our guests with two casino tables (roulette and blackjack) which were played using f un money and the winners received prizes. Because we couldn’t travel abroad for our honeymoon due to the restrictions in place at the time, we spent an extra night in the bridal suite at Bowood which was great because i t gave us time to say goodbye to all of our guests and spend some quality time just the two of us. The groomsmen wore the same as Nick but with regular dove-grey waistcoats and buttonholes finis hed with twine to match the bridesmaids’ bouquets, while Nick’s was tied with grey silk to match my bouqu et. I wore a pair of sparkly bridal sandals, a beaded hair comb, a crystal bracelet, a pendant necklace and a pair of beautiful diamond earrings that Nick gave to me as a wedding present. For our ceremony, we had a violinist play as our guests arrived and during the bridal party entrance, signing of the register and our exit as newlyweds which sounded beautiful. She came to the reception with us and played during the drinks reception. THE DREAM TEAM Photographer, Lauren Mitchell Photography, 07973 432 437, | Ceremony, The Parish Church of St John the Baptist Colerne, | Reception venue, Bowood, 01249 822 228, | Videographer, Shona Nolan Photo + Video, | Make-up, Holly Anderson makeup & hair artist, 07909 840 579, | Cake, The Flying Pig Cake Emporium, 01249 817 225, | Church flowers, The Fresh Flower Company, 01225 744 153, | Reception flowers, bouquets and buttonholes, The Derry Hill Florist, 07968 091 217, | Fireworks, Cotswold Fireworks Ltd, 01285 898 363, Wedding dress, Essense of Australia at Confetti Bridal Centre Wokingham, 01189 789 839, | Mother-of-thebride outfit, Condici, | Suits, Black tie, | Cars, Function Cars, 01793 770 323, | Venue styling, Cahoots, 01225 571 787, | Table decoration and table plan, Everything Covered, 07718 271 594, | Stationery (including place names and invitations), Loupaper, Violinist, Lizz Lipscombe Solo violinist, 07832 133 128, | Harpist, Angela Moore Harpist, 07850 154 897, | Entertainment, Magic Mirror Photo Booth, Eventimate, 07513 595 895, | Band, The Elevation, 0845 226 8591, | Entertainment (Casino Tables), VIP Entertainment Services , 01173 293 731 Hair, Rachel Adams Event Hair Our bridesmaids wore floor-length, off-the-should er chiffon dresses with sparkly belts. 33 REAL WEDDINGS