Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding- April/May (Issue 32)

FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, VENUES AND MORE APR/MAY 2022 £3.55 WIN! Win a honeymoon in St Lucia PRETTY AS A PICTURE Pick a venue with manicured gardens Greenery meets glam TO HOLD New-season bridal shoes and bags OF MAY Big-day flora and fauna To have and Darling buds KEEPING IT LOCAL W-day news and offers Botanical themed styled shoot THE FRILL OF IT The latest ruffled and layered dresses

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 56 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 82 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in St Lucia CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2022 On the cover Maple & Fleur Photography captured our stunning cover image for this issue at a styled shoot that took place at De Vere Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire. Turn to page 47 to see the shoot in full and to book Maple & Fleur Photography for your wedding, visit 73 21 FEATURES 47 GREENERY MEETS GLAM The Orangery at De Vere Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire was the showstopping backdrop for this sustainable styled shoot with a beautiful botanical theme 51 A PIECE OF CAKE Statements designs and sweet treats 55 DARLING BUDS OF MAY Michelle Hill from Posey Rose Flowers in Stroud shows us her latest designs 58 HERE COME THE GIRLS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH & WEST GLOS We reveal where to wed 19 GET AWAY FROM IT ALL Kelly Andrews visited Tewkesbury Park, Gloucestershire's haven of relaxed luxury 21 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Say I do in a venue boasting outstanding views 3

GROOMS 75 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 76 IN THE PINK Fuchsia, watermelon, flamingo, rouge, salmon, coral, hot pink... the choices are endless when it comes to this oh-so-fabulous hue! HONEYMOONS 78 HONEYMOON NEWS A round-up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 80 GOURMET LOVERS PARADISE IN THE ALGARVE... With 3,000 hours of sunshine and just a three-hour flight from the UK, the Algarve offers a delightful year-round destination REAL WEDDINGS 28 FUN TIMES Hannah and Dec’s wedding at Stonehouse Court Hotel in Gloucestershire enjoyed a pretty spring pastel colour theme and plenty of love and laughter 35 SUMMER LOVE The stunning Elmore Court in Gloucestershire was the beautiful backdrop for Hayley and Callum’s big day decorated with blush pink, grey and neutral colours with a nod to the Glastonbury Festival 41 LOVE AL FRESCO Kayleigh and Tom’s celebration at Matara enjoyed a natural theme decorated with neutral colours 65 76 9 FASHION & BEAUTY 60 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 61 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 64 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 65 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the new-season bridal collections 70 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 72 SKINCARE SUPERHEROES Serums are the skincare essentials of the 20s, especially if you’re on the quest for a radiant big-day complexion 73 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 80 64 4

With 2022 in full swing and Easter just around the corner, this is a great time to plan your wedding cake and flowers, especially if you’re having a late-spring or summer celebration. Our features in this issue are not to be missed, turn to pages 51 and 55 to find out more! There’s also real-life wedding inspiration, expert advice from local suppliers, big-day beauty and beautiful bridal fashion. Check out and our fabulous social channels for plenty more ideas including jewellery, accessories, groom’s fashion, honeymoon destinations and stunning styled shoots. Wishing you all a chocolate-filled Easter and I’ll see you next issue! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Happy Easter! Happy Easter! Treat yourselves to this showstopping design from The Vanilla Pod Bakery, located in Cheltenham, that was photographed by as part of a styled shoot. Turn to page 51 to see more tasty treats from the talented team. This floral installation backdrop was created by Gloucestershirebased florist Posey Rose. See more of their work on page 55. Our cover photographer for this issue, Maple & Fleur Photography, captured this stunning shot at De Vere Tortworth Court where greenery meets glam. Check it out on page 47. How cool is this dress by the designer Kate Fearnley? On page 61, you’ll discover more from the latest bridal collections. 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

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that my favourite colour is pink so when I spotted the colour theme at Hayley and Callum’s wedding at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire with its pretty-in-pink bridesmaid’s dresses and the bride’s stunning Jesus Piero gown, I fell in love! Turn to page 35 to read all about it. Check out the wedding venue The Bishop’s Palace on page 21, a stylish choice with glorious gardens. Your hubby-to-be will love the latest collection of handmade bow ties from Wiltshire-based Blue Eyes Bow Ties. See more on page 56. Also in our glorious gardens feature on page 21 is Woolley Grange located in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. How cute is their Walled Garden shown here? I love these ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ balloons spotted at Hannah and Dec’s wedding at Stonehouse Court Hotel in Gloucestershire revealed on page 28 – congrats, guys! Flower clouds are trending at weddings this year and I love this design using dried flowers seen at Kayleigh and Tom’s wedding at Matara on page 41. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 07779134116 20 The Beeches, Shaw, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 8EP L I B B Y C L A R K P H O T O G R A P H Y . C O . U K 07835936885 |

Nearlywed The latest news from around both counties COTSWOLDS HIDEAWAYS ANNOUNCE WOODLAND EXPERIENCES Cotswolds Hideaways and Cotswolds National Landscape have announced dates this spring for their popular rural skills and experience weekends set to take place locally across the regions, telling the story of the Cotswolds. Why not book a stay in a hand-picked Cotswolds Hideaways cottage, pictured, and make the most of a mini-moon in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? The Call of the Wild - Woodland Experience involves gathering wood for a fire, log splitting with axes, charcoal burning and cooking a meal outdoors in a stunning Cotswold wood that was once part of the estate of Henry VIII. The dates are Sat 16th April, Sat 30th April, Fri 13th May, Sat 28th May, Fri 10th June and Sat 25th June 2022. Outdoor-loving couples planning a mini-moon in the region will love the Fossils & Fun - Cotswold Stone Experience where they can discover the origins and secrets of this historic stone and how it has shaped the story of the Cotswolds. A fossil hunt will reveal ancient sea creatures from the Jurassic period when the area was a warm tropical sea and those creatures are now encapsulated in the stone. Guests can even try their hand at fossil hunting and finders, keepers! Set in a stunning quarry off the beaten track, they’ll also get to see the lengths the quarrymen went to, even going underground. They can also experience dry stone walling, using the stone to make this iconic landscape feature. The dates are Fri 8th April, Fri 22nd April, Fri 6th May, Fri 20th May, Fri 3rd June and Fri 17th June 2022. The one-day Foraging and Wild Foods Course will see guests try a range of seasonal wild foods while exploring the Cotswolds countryside, learning about some key principles of foraging, plus matters of safety, and a little about the laws regarding harvesting wild food. The two-day Dry Stone Walling Course will see participants building a wall that will remain part of the Cotswolds landscape for the next 100 to 200 years. They’ll learn about dismantling walls, stone sorting, laying foundations, building up the wall, adding and dressing the different types of stones and how to use the necessary tools. The dates are Sat 16th to Sun 17th April, Sat 7th to Sun 8th May, Sat 19th to Sun 20th May, Sat 28th to Sun 29th May, Sat 11th to Sun 12th June and Sat 23rd to Sun 24th June 2022. For more information and to take advantage of 10% off, turn to page 13 or visit NEWS SOMETHING NEW We’ve created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, providing our readers with plenty of wedspiration from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how-tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings and you’ll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks. We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? It’s your one-stop shop for wedding vidspiration! Simply head to YouTube and search County Wedding Magazines. Church Cottage Coach House, Hawling Long Barn LOCAL NEWS 9

CONGRATULATIONS Paxton & Whitfield, the UK’s oldest cheesemonger with a store in Bourton on the Water is celebrating its 225th birthday this year and needs help from its customers! The company’s archives were destroyed in a fire at its Jermyn Street-based shop after World War II and its records were lost forever. This year the Paxton & Whitfield team is embarking on a project to piece together the cheesemonger’s heritage to mark this milestone birthday. The company is inviting customers with a memory, story, or photo from recent or past times to email For every story it publishes, it will plant a tree as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy project ( This is a unique tree-planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee this year which invites people from across the United Kingdom to plant a tree for the jubilee. James Rutter, managing director of Paxton & Whitfield, says, “We’re looking forward to hearing the memories and stories that our customers would like to share with us. From a small cheese stall in Aldwych, London to our internationally renowned business today, Paxton & Whitfield has always championed the best in artisanal British and Continental European cheeses. We’ve been through two World Wars and have successfully adapted to countless changes in cheese and retail trends in more than two centuries of trading; including most recently the Covid-19 pandemic.” James continues, “We pride ourselves on the quality of the cheeses and fine foods that we retail, our customer service and the exceptional experience that we offer. As we go forward into this year of celebration for the company, we will be hosting unique anniversary experiences and launching some exclusive new collections, to commemorate this remarkable achievement.” To find out more, visit EDITOR LOVES It’s safe to say that our wonderful wedding industry looks set to thrive again this year and the new wedding collection from Paperchase will allow couples the opportunity to save a few pennies while not scrimping on quality. There’s everything from place cards and invitations to scrapbooks and even doughnut stands. Highlights include the Wedding Bucket List Journal, £15, the Wedding Project Folder, £20, and the Wedding Day Invites, £15, which come with 10 invitations, RSVP slips, envelopes and sealing stickers. Prices range from £2 to £30 with stores across Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. To find out more and to shop, visit RAISE A TOAST Enjoy a gin cocktail this Easter that can be created using the varieties available in The Cotswolds Wildflower Gin Miniature Gift Pack, £16.95. Inspired by the glorious grasslands of the Cotswolds, The Cotswolds Wildflower Gin Set is the perfect gift for any gin lover and includes three 50 ml bottles of Cotswolds No 1 Wildflower Gin, Cotswolds No 2 Wildflower Gin and Cotswolds No 3 Wildflower Gin. At 41.7% ABV, all three expressions have their distinct flavour profile and are delicious served with soda or tonic as a spritz. To shop, visit 10

A newly launched wedding and events venue in the heart of historic Salisbury. The Wardrobe is a secret hideaway located to the rear of the Rifleman’s Museum. It is situated in the tranquil setting of the cathedral close and the wonderful garden leads down to the banks of the river Avon. With the rolling countryside beyond, it is difficult to imagine a better location within the Salisbury city limits for any outdoor event, be it a wedding reception, celebration or garden party. The walled garden is totally enclosed and private covering over half an acre. It also has numerous specimen trees including one of the finest copper beach trees in Wiltshire. The walled garden can be privately hired for your wedding, party or event. A marquee will be positioned in the beautiful garden (your choice of style) and we can accommodate up to 150 guests. For smaller numbers a reduced sized marquee is available. The on-site caterer is the award-winning Vanilla Catering & Events. Vanilla’s key ethics are attention to customer service and the use of top quality local ingredients. These result in bright, modern food styles presented with attention to detail in an unfussy yet friendly manner. A bespoke menu is created for each client and a complimentary wedding planner is provided to run your special day. An interesting fact: did you knowwhy we are we called TheWardrobe? The original building on the site was constructed in 1254. It was rebuilt in the 15th century and was used to store the robes of the Bishop of Salisbury; hence it was known as the “Bishop’s Wardrobe” or “The Wardrobe”! THEWARDROBE 58 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EX | @wardrobeweddings | 01489 589 275 | THE WARDROBE WALLED GARDEN WEDDINGS

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 3rd June 2022. Terms and conditions apply. GET OUTDOORS As we exclusively revealed on page nine, Cotswolds Hideaways and Cotswolds National Landscape has collaborated to offer a series of woodland experiences and courses this spring, perfect for couples wanting to book a staycation mini-moon in the region. Cotswolds Hideaways pride itself on being a local company offering hand-picked holiday cottages in the Cotswolds and their passionate team provide a memorable and helpful service. Cotswolds National Landscape works to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, to increase understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities and to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities, three beliefs they share with the team at Cotswolds Hideaways. Book any of these experiences at the same time as a Cotswolds Hideaways booking and receive 10% off the experience or course. The Call of the Wild Woodland Experience costs £65 per adult (reduced to £58.50 with 10% discount) and £29 per child (reduced to £26.00 with 10% discount). The Fossils & Fun Cotswold Stone Experience costs £24.99 per adult (reduced to £22.49 with 10% discount) and £9.99 per child (reduced to £9.00 with 10% discount). The one-day Foraging and Wild Foods Course costs £55 per person (reduced to £49.50 with 10% discount) and the Dry Stone Walling Course costs £110 per person (reduced to £99.00 with 10% discount). For details of what these include, turn to page nine or visit To take advantage of this exclusive offer, call 01451 888 211 quoting YGWW32 or book via the website. Take advantage of these great giveaways Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley 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 13

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! 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

SOUTH AND WEST GLOUCESTERSHIRE Spotlight on... We reveal where to wed in these pretty parts of the region ELMORE COURT, ELMORE This exclusive-use wedding venue nestled in a private rural location is home to a Grade II listed country house and the magnificent Gillyflower ballroom. Recent developments have seen the appointment of a newly trained team and the first calves, lovingly named Wild One, Willow, Wren and Walter, have been born to the rewilding longhorn herd with seven more due shortly. Plans for treehouses to be built on the grounds mean that woodland weddings, treehouse stays and rewilding retreats will be available in early 2023. Couples who have previously married at the venue will be able to return for anniversary stays in these romantic retreats. 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 located in a separate building that can be styled to suit any wedding theme. It’s draped in fairylights and home to a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01452 720 293, ♥ We love... the themed events and wedding fairs that owner Anselm Guise and the team regularly host. THE SPEECH HOUSE HOTEL, COLEFORD This former 17th-century hunting lodge is set in the heart of the idyllic Royal Forest of Dean and combines period charm with modern hotel and purpose-built wedding venue facilities. The manicured garden area provides a much-photographed stag statue and the hotel borders the 15-acre Speech House field that can be hired for outdoor games at celebrations held during the summer months. The Edwin Tauber Suite overlooking the Speech House field and the ancient woodland beyond is a picture-perfect setting for a party. The large bi-fold doors open out on to a covered terrace that leads to the hotel garden and beyond. This spacious and light purpose-built function suite has a bar and reception area offering plenty of space for up to 150 guests seated at dinner and dancing for up to 200 people. The ceremony can take place outdoors under the sheltered terrace with guests looking on while the suite can be laid out traditionally for the wedding breakfast with everyone seated at round tables or, for a more contemporary feel, long rustic banquet tables can be positioned in this flexible space. Alternatively, the historic Verderers’ Court provides a traditional setting for any celebration for between 50 and 70 guests. It’s steeped in history, from the hand-carved chairs to the open fireplace and beamed ceiling. The Carolean Room, named after the era of King Charles II, is ideal for smaller parties of up to 25 guests. This charming room is situated in the main part of the hotel and is decorated in a traditional country house style. The Orangery is a light and airy garden room available to hire exclusively for post-wedding drinks and canapés or as an extra space for the wedding party. It opens out on to a pretty garden and can be hired alongside the Edwin Tauber Suite, Verderers’ Court or The Carolean Room. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01594 822 607, ♥ We love... the various wedding packages on offer. Image of The Speech House courtesy of Images of Elmore Court courtesy of REGIONAL VENUES 15

DE VERE COTSWOLD WATER PARK, SOUTH CERNEY This contemporary hotel is built on a nature reserve surrounded by 152 lakes that make up the Cotswold Water Park. It’s home to 328 stylish bedrooms and elegant suites that are equipped with a lounge area, king-size beds and lakeside terraces boasting picturesque views. Ceremonies take place in a choice of seven contemporary lakeside spaces. The property is ideal for an elopement wedding or a grand affair with 500 loved ones. The wedding breakfast and reception takes place in a choice of elegant function suites and the outdoor terrace offering uninterrupted views is ideal for summer soirées. The hotel operates 24 hours, perfect for a nightcap in the bar or a midnight feast from The Pantry, an area in reception loaded with snacks and ice cream served from a pink and white-striped trike (that can be hired for weddings.) The De Vere hotel group has announced a partnership with British publishing house Bloomsbury to launch a new book club that will mean guests can enjoy during their stay. A choice of four titles will be refreshed on a bi-monthly basis to include a variety of recent launches, topical reads, and modern classics. The first selection includes Greenwich Park by author Katherine Faulkner; Sunday Times bestseller A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende, Somebody I Used to Know, a powerful memoir by Wendy Mitchell and In Control: Dangerous Relationships and How They End in Murder, by Professor Jane Monckton-Smith. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01285 864 000, ♥ We love... the Starling Suite with lakeside views through the floor-to-ceiling windows that are best suited to micro weddings. Turn to page 49 to see our exclusive shoot showcased at sister property De Vere Tortworth Court. A MINI-MOON OPTION The Hudnalls Hideout in St Briavels is a luxurious adults-only treehouse situated in a two-acre private wood in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasting a large deck, accessed from the bi-fold doors, wrapped around two oak trees plus outdoor seating, sun loungers and a hammock. The trendy interior has been designed in partnership with MADE.COM with a cosy cabin-in-the-woods-inspired feel and is home to some of their most popular design pieces combined with upcycled items. A suspended fireplace creates a romantic ambience in the Scandinavian-inspired lounge and there’s also underfloor heating for warmth all year round. The loft-style mezzanine bedroom features a king-size bed plus there’s an outdoor bathtub for two. This stylish hideaway at home has been beautifully crafted, prompting visitors to connect with the outdoors and switch off. It’s open all year and offers a minimum stay of three nights, the perfect escape for couples planning a mini-moon in the region. They’ll have exclusive use of the woodland site plus access to a wildflower meadow, ideal for picnics. Breakfast hampers, takeaways and cakes can be pre-ordered from the local village shop and deli, The Pantry, that will be delivered on arrival. There’s a traditional firepit and a wood-fired oven and a private chef can also be hired. Ceremony licence? No Contact: 07986 168 148, ♥ We love... the local artisan food and drink producers, ginmaking experiences, delis and food festivals to tempt visitors, along with some local restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. With thanks to 16

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.

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Whether you’re looking for a place to wed or somewhere to minimoon, you’re in for a treat at Tewkesbury Park. As I wound my way up the long driveway to the hotel I already felt a sense of getting away from it all, and from its hilltop position among 165 acres of grounds the views are quite something to behold. COMFY AND COZY Impressed by the combination of stylish modern interior design and ample nods to the town’s heritage, I was welcomed to the Duke of Somerset suite where I’d spend the night. Settling down to enjoy a complimentary fruit plate I instantly made myself at home. Ninety-three comfortable rooms and suites are available to you and your guests once wedding celebrations draw to a close and are sure to see you all get a good night’s sleep. I’d highly recommend securing one of the Historic Suites for your wedding night or honeymoon. Complete with waterfall shower, roll-top bath and Hynos bed, they’ll ensure your stay is luxurious. What’s more they’re ideal spaces for your wedding morning preparations, offering plenty of space for you and your bride tribe to get ready in style, as well as a stylish backdrop for photographs. It’s also well worth checking out the incredible spa, which is partnered with the Natural Spa Factory of Bath and offers a range of treatments and packages. As well as indoor pool and steam room, there’s also an outdoor hot tub and barrel sauna, just perfect for some much needed relaxation at the end of a long day. DINING DELIGHTS The hotel’s main restaurant Mint offers an informal dining experience and a menu bursting with fresh, seasonal flavours produced using the finest local produce. I dined on a starter of chicken and spinach roulade with chorizo crumb, pea shoot salad and sweetcorn puree. This was followed by a main course of venison with a smoked pancetta cassoulet, butterroasted squash, picked fennel, rainbow chard and a dark chocolate jus, which was every bit as opulent as it sounds. I finished my meal with a chocolate fondant, coffee ice cream, cocoa nut tuille, caramelised banana and cocoa bean foam. So, you can get a feel for the sort of quality fare you’ll be served on your wedding day, whether you’re looking for a traditional wedding breakfast or prefer the idea of a tasting menu. But you don’t need to take my word for it as the venue will invite you to a tasting experience with the head chef and his team, allowing you to create a menu to suit. I finished off the evening with cocktails in the modern and super-stylish lounge bar in front of the open fire. The Espresso Martini and After Eight were quite a treat! WHERE TO WED You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to ceremony spot, not least because the historical Tewkesbury Abbey is just a hop, skip and a jump down the road. Alternatively, you can choose to celebrate your entire day on site at the hotel. The Duke of Gloucester sits in the heart of the original 18th-century manor house and boasts an impressive bay window and crystal chandeliers. It can host up to 30 loved ones for intimate “I dos.” For a larger guest list of up to 150, the Cotswold Suite is the place to be. It can be divided if your numbers are somewhere in between though. The Cotswold Suite is also available for your reception allowing you to enjoy a drinks reception with canapés on the wraparound terrace and take advantage of the Berkeley Bar too. The space can accommodate 150 of your nearest and dearest, with plenty of room for a dancefloor. With a vast array of dining options for your evening guests you’ll be able to make sure that everyone is adequately spoiled. How about a Cotswolds picnic with homemade scotch eggs, quiches, scones and clotted cream; pizzas all round cooked in an outdoor wood-fire oven; or delicious barbecue fare, plus toffee apples and candyfloss? Get away from it all Kelly Andrews visited Tewkesbury Park, Gloucestershire’s haven of relaxed luxury FIND OUT MORE Tewkesbury Park, Lincoln Green Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 7DN 01684 272 300 SOMETHING SPECIAL What we love most are the winning finishing touches the venue goes the extra mile to offer, including... ♥ Plant your own rose in the scented garden, as a reminder of your special day. ♥ Hop on a golf buggy with your photographer to find a secluded spot for your couple shots. ♥ Take some time to chill as newlyweds seated on Mr & Mrs deck chairs, glass of bubbly in hand. REVIEW 19

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THE OUTDOORS great Say I do in a venue boasting outstanding views and acres of grounds THE SCENIC SUPPER, COTSWOLDS Cotswolds-based Toby Baggott and Sam Lawson-King are both highly experienced event planners and hospitality specialists. In July 2020, they opened the UK’s first socially distanced dining experience, The Scenic Supper, within seven re-conditioned glasshouses on a Gloucestershire hilltop. It quickly became the local must-visit dining venue with its incredible views, outstanding fine dining menus and exceptional cocktails, all served in a field on a Cotswolds farm. Following on from this success, Sam and Toby opened at Todenham Manor Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh in 2021 and again, this site was very well supported. The re-opened site at Todenham Manor Farm near Moretonin-Marsh from April 2022 offers pre-set menus for lunch and dinner served from Wednesday to Saturday until 24th September 2022. The fine-dining experience within nine bespoke, sustainably built, reconditioned glasshouses positioned to make the most of the incredible rural views are designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Each glasshouse can seat two, four, six or eight diners. The transparency of each one means guests remain intrinsic to The Scenic Supper’s fun, relaxed, outdoor dining experience whilst enjoying the novel opportunity of their own intimate, private dining space. Each glasshouse is individually made from reinforced glass with charred timber finishes inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Shou Sugi Ban, to protect them from the elements without the need for harsh chemicals or paint and help them blend seamlessly into the landscape. They’re weatherproof but are located in an open field so diners are encouraged to dress appropriately for the conditions and blankets are offered to guests on cooler evenings. All dishes on the pre-set, seasonally changing four-course lunch and four or six-course dinner menus are prepared fresh each day from the on-site kitchen housed within a converted shipping container. Highlights include award-winning, grass-fed rare breeds of beef and pork from Todenham Manor Farm’s herds, along with locally sourced poultry, lamb and game. Other outstanding and locally sourced fresh produce include bread by Mark’s Cotswold Bakery and ingredients from Drinkwaters Fruit and Veg and King Stone Dairy. There’ll also be homemade bread served at each sitting along with homemade chutneys, ice creams and sorbets. The Todenham Manor Farm site also features Scenic Supper founder Sam Lawson-King’s al fresco gin cocktail bar, creating delicious seasonal, cocktails made using his award-winning, artisan King Stone gin, homemade shrubs, cordials and mixers. Also available are Cotswolds sparkling wines, a small, well-curated wine list of Old and New World varieties (from £6.90 a glass and also available by the bottle) plus Cotswold Brew Company beers and Spinners Cider. The pre-set menus at Todenham Manor Farm offers a four-course lunch menu costing £55 per person, a four-course dinner for £55 per person or a six-course dinner menu for £65 per person (payable in advance). An optional cheeseboard costs an extra £10 per person and the pre-set menus ensure there’s very little food waste. Toby says, “Building on our success since launching in 2020, we’re excited about the Scenic Supper experience at Todenham Manor Farm. Diners tell us they still love the novelty of having their own intimate, dining space whilst enjoying incredible views and the outdoor restaurant setting and Todenham Manor Farm will continue to offer a very special place to drink and dine whilst looking out over some truly remarkable views within a working farm setting.” Contact: What ’s new? THEMED VENUES 21

The Scenic Supper has launched The Scenic Supper Parties and Wedding management service separate from its unique fine dining experience within bespoke glasshouses at Todenham Manor Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. This new service includes: ♥ Creative planning and management of weddings for up to 100 guests. ♥ Hand-picked Cotswold-based venues that are set in stunning rural locations including ancient Cotswold stone barns on working farms and country houses including Hilles House. ♥ Planning and managing the ceremony and wedding breakfast, flowers, music, speeches, creative styling and photography and arranging the bookings and itineraries for honeymoons. The Scenic Supper team are supported by talented local suppliers, entertainers and artisan producers who have solid reputations for delivering something exceptional in terms of design, presentation and service. ♥ Maintaining The Scenic Supper’s environmental credentials, from using local seasonal produce and renewable, sustainable resources to recycling post-party. ♥ Seasonal cocktails made using co-founder Sam Lawson-King’s own artisan King Stone gin and his homemade shrubs, cordials and mixers. There’s also carefully selected Cotswolds’ sparkling wines, a well-curated list of Old and New World wines and beers by Cotswold Brew Company and Hook Norton Brewery. ♥ Seasonally changing menus of modern British dishes with European touches created by head chef, Sam Idione. Dishes are made using locally sourced produce in keeping with The Scenic Supper’s ‘Paddock to Plate’ ethos. All dietary requirements including gluten-intolerant and nut and dairy-free can be accommodated to suit individual needs. A seasonally changing vegetarian menu will also be available, and a vegan menu can be created on request. Head chef Samuel Idione started his training in classic French cuisine aged just 15 in Cornwall. He then went on work at Rick Stein in Padstow, The Clove Club, London and for two-Michelin star restaurant Patrick Jeffroy in France. He is well-known for his innovative ideas and contemporary twists on modern British and traditional French cooking to produce light dishes using the best quality local ingredients found as close to the restaurant location and the surrounding area as possible. Toby Baggott tells us, “Building on our success since launching in 2020, we’re excited about the launch of our parties and weddings service for which we plan to create truly wonderful and memorable experiences in the heart of the Cotswolds.” Toby continues, “Many of our Scenic Supper guests ask if it’s possible to have a Scenic Supper-catered wedding and we are looking forward to fulfilling this growing demand and putting to good use our pre-pandemic events experience, and contacts, to create something really special for them and a wider audience.” Contact: 22

UN I QU E AND S T UNN I NG T I P I H I R E for weddings and events in the Cotswolds and throughout the UK. WWW. F I R E F LOWE R T I P I S . COM | 07814684424 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 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

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

THE BISHOP’S PALACE, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE The Bishop’s Palace is discreetly located within Salisbury’s historic Cathedral Close. It boasts 27 acres of private grounds including a lake, a conservation area and a large lawn space suitable for a marquee as well as plenty of private parking. The site is situated southeast of Salisbury Cathedral and its majestic Spire can be seen from almost everywhere in the grounds. With so many different vistas to choose from, the Bishop’s Palace is perfectly placed for stunning photographs. This venue boasts quintessential, ancient English architecture with historic stone walls, intricate oak staircases, secret passages and an original bell tower. Internal highlights include the Undercroft, a mediaeval dining room with a vaulted stone roof and the Chapel with its organ and ancient bell tower. The Bishop’s Palace is available for wedding receptions only that take place inside The Bishop’s Drawing Room that has a capacity for up to 100 guests seated or standing. This stunning period space is adorned with paintings of former Bishops of Salisbury gathered together under an elaborate, stucco-decorated ceiling. Tall, arched windows flood the room with natural light and allow for views of the stunning grounds. The Undercroft is an alternative option seating up to 80 loved ones or up to 120 people standing and marquees can be erected in the stunning grounds to the rear of the Bishop’s Palace. Ceremony licence? No Contact: 01722 555 302, ♥ We love… that the Bishop’s Palace was built more than 800 years ago and the view of the Cathedral from the grounds is not usually open to the public. FONTHILL ESTATE, FONTHILL BISHOP, WILTSHIRE At this venue, couples can personalise the space, celebrate outside and party into the night under the stars. The Fonthill Estate spans more than 9,000 acres and is nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Running through the park is Fonthill Lake which is more than a mile long and a beauty spot and haven for wildlife. The Beckford Arch at the northern end provides a wonderful photographic backdrop. There are three venues for weddings that can be hired independently or together - Bake Barn, Quarry Wood and Deer Park Barn, each offering something different from a lakeside ceremony, a woodland wedding or a party in a barn. Surrounded by rolling hills and uninterrupted views of the countryside, Bake Barn sits on the edge of Great Ridge in the Wiltshire Downs. It’s a beautifully renovated rustic-inspired shooting lodge situated just north of the A303 located up a private track and set within its own walled perimeter. Quarry Wood is located in a clearing in the woods, directly overlooking Fonthill lake. Couples can marry here and move on to Bake Barn for a dinner dance, or erect a marquee and dine al fresco until 11.00pm. Nestled beside the lake is the Deer Park Barn, a quaint stone barn ideal for more intimate and remote celebrations. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01747 820 246, ♥ We love… that with no neighbours nearby, there are no curfew and noise restrictions. THEMED VENUES 25

THE RIDGEWAY BARNS, NORTH WESSEX DOWNS AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY, WILTSHIRE This exciting new wedding and events venue on the borders of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire is located three miles northwest of the village of Aldbourne, and just a short drive from junction 15 of the M4. It’s situated on Liddington Warren Farm, a mixed arable and sheep farm and offers on-site accommodation for 15 guests in eight luxurious bedrooms in the tastefully restored Georgian farmhouse that’s draped in wisteria, and landscaped gardens with stunning views stretching down the valley which are ideal for marquee events. Coming soon in 2023 is a renovation of the 19thcentury threshing barns into a permanent rustic-inspired venue to accommodate up to 120 guests all year round. Whether couples want to gather with family for an intimate celebration or expand into the garden and barns for a larger affair, the venue offers a variety of spaces and hire is typically for exclusive use over a two or three-day period. Ceremonies take place in the oak-framed gazebo, the dramatic garden room and also in the wood-panelled Ceremony Room. Intimate gatherings and events are accommodated in the farmhouse, whilst larger events can be held under the stretch tent, in a marquee or in a tipi in the landscaped gardens with the breathtaking views of the Ridgeway in the background. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01793 791 746, ♥ We love… the terrace and firepit that guests can enjoy at summer weddings. BOWOOD HOTEL, SPA & GOLF RESORT, CALNE, WILTSHIRE This luxury countryside resort is surrounded by 2,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland home to local wildlife, an abundance of history and boasting far-flung views. Access to the resort is via the impressive Golden Gates, designed by Sir Charles Barry, chief architect of the Houses of Parliament. The outdoor wedding pavilion that hosts summer ceremonies is located on the large open terrace and enjoys panoramic views. At the far end of the resort is The Kerry Suite situated next to the old farmhouse also offering a ceremony option for up to 160 guests and an alternative for the wedding breakfast and can accommodate up to 250 guests 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. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01249 822 228, ♥ We love… The selection of wedding packages on offer includes special dates for last-minute rates and they also offer a bespoke option where couples can design their dream day. 26

LLANTHONY SECUNDA PRIORY, GLOUCESTER Llanthony Secunda Priory is located just a short walk from Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays. The unique city-centre location offers a variety of nearby accommodation options within easy walking distance of the venue. Bursting with character and history, the medieval ruins and beautifully restored buildings are set within five acres of picturesque grounds. The Victorian Farmhouse, cattle pond, grassy lawns and veteran trees create a beautiful backdrop for big-day photographs and with its scenic location alongside the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, couples have the option to arrive by boat. This exclusive-use, dry-hire wedding venue provides the perfect option for couples who wish to create a personal day. The flexible and intimate spaces are brimming with character and history and can cater for a simple ceremony, a vintage-style afternoon tea or a glamorous wedding reception. Ceremonies take place in The Lady Margaret Hall beneath a beautiful timber-framed roof that has been recently restored using traditional techniques. With high ceilings and full-length medieval windows allowing daylight to pour in, the hall has a spacious feel. It offers a treasure trove of photo opportunities and can host up to 60 loved ones for ceremonies, the wedding breakfast and drinks receptions. Additional features are wireless speakers, full ventilation and underfloor heating, a platform lift to the first floor, an accessible toilet and Wi-Fi. For the wedding breakfast, it can hold up to ten 5ft round tables with two rectangular tables plus 60 upholstered dining chairs. An easel for the table plan is provided plus a cake stand and knife and table number stands. Receptions take place in The Henry Dene Hall, a Grade I listed Tudor brick building that has been lovingly restored with high ceilings flooding the space with natural daylight. It’s the largest and most flexible self-contained event space in the venue hosting up to 80 guests for ceremonies, the wedding breakfast and the seated reception. For standing receptions and the evening disco, it can welcome up to 140 guests. It benefits from an integrated PA system with a handheld microphone, full ventilation and heating, roof lights with remote control blinds and Wi-Fi. For the wedding breakfast, it can hold up to ten 5ft round tables, two rectangular tables and up to 80 upholstered dining chairs. Again, an easel and cake stand can be provided. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01452 563 499, ♥ We love… that this venue offers a tranquil space in the heart of Gloucester’s bustling docks with plenty of accommodation options and the restaurant quarter situated just a short walk away, combining peace and seclusion with doorstep convenience. THEMED VENUES 27