Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 33)

FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, OFFERS, VENUES AND MORE JUN/JUL 2022 £3.55 WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 DRESS YOUR DAY Venue styling ideas Just married APPEAL Marry outdoors in a tipi, yurt or woodland venue Al fresco SPOTLIGHT ON... Salisbury and South Wiltshire Romantic real weddings and styled shoots

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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 61 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 83 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2022 On the cover J Ehlers Photography is the talent behind the lens of our cover this issue that was photographed at Purton House in Wiltshire as part of a styled shoot in collaboration with a team of local suppliers revealed on page 45. 71 67 FEATURES 45 MADE IN WILTSHIRE Wiltshire wedding venue Purton House provided the historical backdrop for this romantic shoot where a quintessential afternoon tea followed an intimate celebration in the elegant ceremony room 49 STEEPED IN HISTORY From the floral archway and macrame backdrop to the table styling, wedding outfits and accessories, this colourful shoot created by a team of talented local suppliers complemented The Court House Manor in Painswick 53 DRESS YOUR DAY YOUR WAY Venue styling ideas and inspiration 56 AN OLD CLASSIC Wedding transport ideas 58 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines' senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey VENUES 15 AL FRESCO LOVIN’ Get married in the great outdoors 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Salisbury and South Wiltshire 3

GROOMS 82 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches 80 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials HONEYMOONS 84 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Baker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 86 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination 88 FOREST FREEDOM Sarah Gallivan discovers the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Hideaway REAL WEDDINGS 22 IT’S PARTY TIME Couples planning an autumn wedding can take inspiration from Emily and Ben’s big day at Elmore Court that enjoyed an elegant white and green theme 29 WED OF THE ROSES With Gemma being from Lancashire and Matt from Yorkshire, the couple themed their wedding Wed of the Roses 38 DOUBLE THE FUN Couples planning a Christmas wedding later this year can take inspiration from Victoria and Oli’s winter wedding ceremony followed by a summer reception 82 65 29 FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 67 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashionable 71 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 78 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there's a product to help you conquer all and we've put some of them to the test 79 FASHION Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 86 76 4

INVITE ‘HUGO’ TO YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION! Hugo is a gorgeous vintage HY van. We cook sweet and savoury crêpes, suiting all dietary/age requirements, and supply everything for your guests. All you need to do is choose the menu. As a premier food outlet, all our utensils and tableware are 100% recyclable. We can also supply hot beverages and liqueurs. WWW.CAROLINESLITTLEKITCHEN.ORG.UK 07919 440146 @carolineslittlekitchen Carolines Little Kitchen PTION! ook sweet and uirements, and ou need to do outlet, all our le. We can also eurs. HEN.ORG.U nes Little Kitchen TO Hugo is savoury supply is choo utensils a WW.CA 07919 44 supply is choo utensils a WWW.CA 07919 44 Best Boutique Catering Company Wiltshire Caroline’s Little Kitchen SOUTHERN ENTERPRISE AWARDS 2020 I I ‘ ’ TO YOU WE I G RECEPTIO ! ugo is a gorgeous vintage HY van. We c ok s et and savoury crêpes, suiting all dietary/age require ents, and su ply everything for your guests. All you n ed t do is ch ose the menu. As a pre ier f od outlet, all our utensils and table are are 1 0% recyclable. We can also su ply hot beverages and liqueurs. .C OLI ESLITTLE ITC E .O G.U 07919 40146 @carolineslittlekitchen Carolines Li tle Kitchen Bristol Road, Falfield, South Gloucestershire GL12 8DL 01454 260502 Set in a rural location on the edge of the Cotswolds, The Gables Hotel is a family-owned and run hotel which offers a delightful setting for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions for up to 140 day time and 200 evening guests. Our All Inclusive Wedding Package includes a welcome drink, a three course meal with a glass of sparkling wine for the toasts, an evening finger buffet, room hire, complimentary overnight stay for the couple and much more! From £3,050 in 2022 and £3,200 in 2023 Skip the reception and go straight to the party! Perfect if you have married abroad and want to celebrate with friends and family back home. £1.200 in 2022 | £1,300 in 2023 Includes room hire and a 5 item finger buffet Aimee Thomas Photography W E D D I N G S | E V E N T S | F A M I L I E S 07860 611 047 Cotswolds Wedding Photographer, capturing real & natural moments. Specialising in candid photographs, filled with joy and full of love

My much-loved parents are celebrating 50 years of genuinely happy marriage this June which, in this day and age, is a remarkable achievement. Not only have they provided a happy home life for my brother and me to grow up in – and there’s not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for the carefree childhood that we had – they still provide a loving family unit for us now that we’re adults. When I watch how they love, respect and support one another, take care of each other and talk and laugh a lot, I realise that these are the key ingredients to a long and successful marriage. As a family, we’ll be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary this June and I can’t wait. Another big celebration taking place in June is The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and plenty of our local suppliers will be taking part, including Gloucestershire-based cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield who have launched their Jubilee Celebration Cheese Cakes. Whatever you’re planning for the extended bank holiday weekend, enjoy this historic milestone. In this issue, we have real-life couples at the start of their marital journey, who I wish all the very best plus styled shoots and venue dressing inspiration, expert advice, offers, news and more. Until the next issue, Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Happy anniversary Cheers! One of our elegant shoots photographed by J Ehlers Photography took place at the historic Purton House venue in Wiltshire, turn to page 45. Me with my parents and brother at his wedding Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer with the Jubilee Celebration Cheese Cakes from Paxton & Whitfield on page nine. Dumbleton Hall Hotel The Cotswolds was the perfect backdrop for Victoria and Oli’s special day showcased on page 38. This photograph was taken by Charlotte Darlington Photography. 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

I’ve just invested in some dried bunny tails (dyed pink of course!) for my newly decorated lounge – I love them! Take inspiration from florists that love to work with dried and preserved flowers in our venue styling feature on page 53. Instagram went into overdrive with the recent news that Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz had tied the knot and on page 61, we reveal some celebrity-inspired fashion and beauty looks! Congratulations to Gemma and Matt who married at Norton Grounds, Chipping Campden. All is revealed on page 30, captured by Kate Gray Photography. Fashion brand Quiz has launched a stunning bridal dress collection that complements their offering for bridesmaids and guests - turn to page 64 to see more. Over on page 49 is another shoot photographed by Sophie TC Photography where a dream team of talented local suppliers worked their magic at The Court House Manor in Painswick. Win! A two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 on page 83. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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.

The latest news from around both counties DE VERE COTSWOLD WATER PARK UNVEILS GRAND TRANSFORMATION De Vere Cotswold Water Park, part of the De Vere collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels and event destinations, has unveiled a £700,000 refurbishment to its Kingfisher and Drake event suites. Both have been refreshed to include modern amenities and the latest technologies to bring them in line with the company’s innovative Smart Space meetings concept. The new design in both suites includes exposed Cotswold stone walls and feature panelling to complement the surrounding natural landscape, bringing it in line with De Vere’s distinctly British aesthetic. The Kingfisher Suite, one of the property’s largest spaces, can host up to 370 people or it can be split into three sections to accommodate smaller groups. The suite offers 300 metres of flexible floor space that can easily be tailored to suit any event. The area also has its own entrance, ensuring privacy and exclusivity for guests. The suite offers direct access to an outdoor decking area and an indoor adjoining bar. The Kingfisher Suite provides free superfast Wi-Fi up to 100Mb, a PA system and a projector and screen. The Drake Suite offers flexible seating options ideal for private dinners or smaller celebrations for up to 126 guests. There’s a built-in projector and screen and a private breakout area that acts as a welcoming spot for arrival drinks or a portable bar. Venue director Peter Sangster said, “We are very excited to reveal the results of the refurbishment to the Kingfisher and Drake suites. The work has breathed new life into the suites while celebrating the beautiful natural environment surrounding the property and ensuring they offer the latest luxuries with 21st-century design and state-of-the-art facilities.” To book, visit NEWS DAYLESFORD LAUNCHES FIRST UK-MADE ORGANIC GIN AND VODKA Sustainable farming and retailing experts, Daylesford Organic based in Gloucestershire, has launched a collection of new drinks including the first organic tonic water to be manufactured in the UK and a new organic gin and vodka, featuring a label with a vibrant, bespoke design by artist Hugo Guinness. Perfect for weddings, the Daylesford Organic Tonic Waters are available in four flavours (Light, Cucumber, Wild Elderflower and Damascena Rose) and each is mixed with dandelion instead of quinine to keep the product organic and offer an earthy aroma and bittersweet taste. The Daylesford Organic Fig Leaf Gin is infused with fig leaves, bergamot, gorse and herbs, creating a fragrant and floral spirit with grassy citrus notes. The gin is inspired by the scents of the gardens and wildflower meadows surrounding Daylesford’s farm in the Cotswolds. The Daylesford Organic Hop Vodka is a wheat grain vodka with a leafy green scent, gently distilled with hand-picked hops, fresh rosemary and thyme. The tonic waters are priced at £1.49 for a 200ml bottle and £2.49 for a 500ml bottle. To shop, visit Nearlywed LUXURY COTSWOLD RENTALS WELCOMES FOUR PROPERTIES Luxury Cotswolds Rentals has welcomed four new properties to its portfolio ahead of the staycation season. The first, Crucis Park in Gloucestershire is a new country house available to rent for the first time for up to 20 guests, along with two newly converted barns for additional bedrooms, designed by Yiangou Architects. Set within its own estate, and just eight minutes from Cirencester, it’s constructed from Cotswold ashlar stone. Internally, the house features marble and stone fireplaces, a central staircase, decorative plasterwork, mahogany bookcases and a painted timber-panelled dining room. It has eight bedrooms and bathrooms, a drawing room, dining room, library and a formal sitting room as well as a large heated swimming pool and tennis court. The house is fully staffed with a chef, butler and housekeeper and offers a dining menu made using locally sourced produce paired with fine wines alongside a well-stocked help-yourself whiskey bar for guests to enjoy. In contrast, Ebrington Manor located in Chipping Campden is an ancient manor house that has been recently updated for modern family living with eight bedrooms and bathrooms. Original features include open fireplaces, wooden beams and a Cotswold stone boathouse. The grounds are home to a small spring lake for wild swimming, a paddleboard, rowing boat and fishing rods. In the mature gardens is a large firepit which can be used as a barbecue, and croquet, football and pétanque equipment. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village of Ebrington is within a short walk from the house and has an award-winning pub, farm shop, butcher and café. Where better to celebrate the historic Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than in the heart of the Cotswolds. Whether it’s celebrating in privacy with your nearest and dearest or indulging in one of the summer’s hottest tickets, get set for the ultimate British Bonanza with Luxury Cotswold Rentals. To book, visit Check out the newly designed website from Cheltenham-based The Vanilla Pod Bakery and don’t miss their delicious new cupcake designs! LOCAL NEWS 9

LUXURY FAMILY HOTELS AWARDED BEST EMPLOYER AT THE 2022 SPRINGBOARD AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE Luxury Family Hotels has been awarded Best Employer at the 2022 Springboard Awards for Excellence. The hotel group, which includes Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire employs more than 450 staff across the South West and Suffolk. The Springboard Awards for Excellence’s Best Employer category recognises employers who demonstrate a well-rounded and consistently excellent approach to recruitment, retention and progression, as well as involvement with wider industry initiatives. The category was sponsored by American Express and judged by a panel of experts from across the hospitality industry. “We are so proud to have been named Best Employer by the prestigious Springboard Awards for Excellence,” said Simon Maguire, managing director at Luxury Family Hotels. “We have an incredibly strong HR team headed by Caroline Harrison, that works tirelessly to harness, develop and support hospitality talent across the South of England.” HR manager Caroline Harrison, who was recently recognised as HR Manager of the Year at the 2021 Hotel Catey Awards added, “It’s an absolute honour to be awarded Best Employer, particularly at this moment in time as our beloved hospitality industry emerges from the most challenging period in recent years. It has been our number one priority to support our talented team throughout, and it means everything to be recognised by an incredible organisation like Springboard.” The accolade comes at an exciting time for the hotel group, who have recently announced a multimillion-pound programme of investment for Dorset property Moonfleet Manor and Cornwall’s Fowey Hall, as well as a series of exciting partnerships with great British brands including The Roald Dahl Story Company and Bramley. To book a stay, visit THE FROGMILL AWARDED GLOUCESTERSHIRE PUB OF THE YEAR 2022 The Frogmill located in the Cotswold hamlet of Shipton Oliffe has been named Best Pub in Gloucestershire by the National Pub & Bar Awards 2022. More than 500 British pubs nationwide entered the awards and each was subject to intensive judging covering overall best practice across several operational categories including interior design, outside space, customer service, menus and drinks lists. The National Pub & Bar Awards aims to put exemplary on-trade businesses across the UK in the national spotlight whilst showcasing the hospitality industry’s diversity, creativity and vital importance to the UK economy. Tristan O’Hana, the editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which runs the National Pub & Bar Awards, said, “This is an industry that never stands still – the operators of the best pubs have to be at the top of their game 100% of the time. Our 94 County Winners are shining examples of that energy and creativity. With visitor numbers increasing, it’s more important than ever for operators to deliver a standout service during every visit. These winners are wonderful examples of the brilliance of today’s modern trade and the team at The Frogmill are to be congratulated.” The Frogmill is a stylish and spacious retreat of Cotswolds stone buildings and at its core is a 16th-century inn. Contemporary, rustic-inspired interiors contrast with exposed stone walls, flagstone floors and old oak beams. Outside, the terraces are edged by landscaped grounds and enjoy far-flung views over the Cotswolds countryside. Overnight guests can enjoy boutique hotel-style accommodation in its 28 bespoke, en-suite bedrooms. The Frogmill’s general manager, Simon Stanbrook, said, “We are so excited to be named Best Pub in Gloucestershire by the National Pub & Bar Awards. We’ve worked hard to make The Frogmill both a wonderful destination pub and wedding venue and a welcoming local at the heart of the community.” To book, visit Did you know... Gatsby-themed Cotswold country hotel Ingleside House in Cirencester, awarded Best Places to Stay 2021 by The Sunday Times, has recently launched their Bottomless Brunch at Téatro Bar & Restaurant with unlimited prosecco or house lager to be enjoyed between 12 pm and 2 pm. To book, call 01285 648 238 or visit places-to-eat-in-cirencester 10

PAXTON & WHITFIELD LAUNCH JUBILEE CHEESE CAKES AND FATHER’S DAY GIFTS Paxton & Whitfield, cheesemonger to Her Majesty the Queen and the UK’s oldest cheesemonger, has released two special-edition cheese centrepieces to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 this month, perfect for the street party celebrations planned up and down the country. The company has held the Royal Warrant of Appointment to every monarch since Queen Victoria in 1850 and has designed the two cheese cakes named the Platinum Jubilee cake and the Elizabeth cake. James Rutter, managing director of Paxton & Whitfield, says: “2022 is an extra-special year for Paxton & Whitfield because it marks the company’s 225th birthday and an incredible milestone for Her Majesty the Queen as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. We will be joining the rest of the country to celebrate over the Jubilee bank holidays with special events in our shops and by delivering these celebratory cheese cakes.” The expert cheesemongers at Paxton & Whitfield will also create bespoke cheese cakes to suit any event, from miniature birthday cheese cakes to showstopping wedding cheese cakes. The cheese varieties used to make the cakes are delivered in packaging that features re-usable ice packs and 100% sheep’s wool insulation for a chilled delivery. There are also instructions included explaining how to assemble the cake and dress it to make an impressive centrepiece. The cakes each serve 15-20 people and are priced at £60 and the price includes free UK delivery. Paxton & Whitfield has also released three new contemporary cheese collections as Father’s Day gifts. Choose from the Father’s Day Cheese Treats, the Cheese for Beer or the June Cheese Treats. Dan Bliss, a cheese buyer for Paxton & Whitfield, says, “For a restriction-free celebration with our dads this year, we’ve created this great selection. It includes our new gift pack, the Cheese for Beer box. Cheese and beer pairing has grown in popularity over the years and there’s a great history of cheese and beer being enjoyed together in the UK. From the tradition of monasteries creating their own cheese and beer to using beer to wash and preserve cheese, all the way through to the classic marriage of beer and cheese being enjoyed in a ploughman’s during harvest times. Cheese and beer is a classic, that Dad can now enjoy on the 19th of June.” The gift packs feature a free Paxton & Whitfield gift card printed with the customer’s personal message. To shop, visit CELEBRATE WITH PATISSERIE VALERIE’S NEW SIGNATURE COLLECTION Patisserie Valerie has launched its new luxury Signature Collection of cakes, beautifully iced and exquisitely flavoured, available for nationwide delivery. With seven impressive handmade designs, from modern ombre effect to showstopping two-tier rosette cakes, there’s something for every special occasion. Each cake within the Signature Collection can be ordered with a vanilla sponge with a strawberry compote filling, or a chocolate sponge with a chocolate cream filling. For a complete celebration in a box, include a free personalised inscription, or add glitter cake toppers, candles or balloons. The Floral Waterfall Cake, pictured, serves 22-24 people and is priced at £85. A striking design featuring five layers of sponge coated in beautiful shades of lavender and lilac, the Swiss meringue buttercream is decorated with intricate rosettes and sugar pearls cascading down the cake. The blue (or pink) Ombre Rosette Cake, also pictured, serves 16-20 people and is priced at £75. Two tiers combine in vibrant shades of blue buttercream with delicate hand-piped roses and ombre stripes – perfect for weddings. To shop, visit LITTLE SOAP COMPANY WIN QUEEN’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE 2022 The Little Soap Company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its excellence in Innovation for its Eco Warrior brand. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country and were first established in 1965. This year, Little Soap Company joins 51 other UK businesses and organisations that have been recognised for their contribution to innovation. The sustainable BCorp, Little Soap Company, was founded by Emma Heathcote-James in 2008 with the mission to make pure, natural, sustainable, soap accessible to all at an affordable price. With the headquarters based in Broadway, Emma says, “It’s wonderful for the team to be acknowledged in this way with such a prestigious and highly respected national business award. To be acknowledged by The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise takes our environmental efforts, story and brand to the next level. It also reinforces what we need to do going forward to become better in all aspects of the performance standards against which we are measured.” To shop, visit 11 LOCAL NEWS 07779134116 It is a privilege to witness, observe, anticipate and capture the moments that convey love, emotion and happiness. CAKES DES IGNED AND MADE WI TH SK I L L AND PASS ION I’m a self taught Baker and decided to turn my love of baking from a hobby to a business. I have now served in the industry for 6 years. Creating bespoke cakes and cupcakes for all occasions, with love. Facebook @LottieLovesCupcakes 07716843583 |

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 5th August 2022. Terms and conditions apply. AWARMWELCOME Celebrate this summer with a stay at an award-winning Wolsey Lodge offering luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation, whether it’s for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 extended bank holiday weekend, a staycation minimoon or as a wedding guest (quite a few Wolsey Lodges are also wedding venues.) Wolsey Lodge is a non-profit membership that lodge owners join and to attain the Wolsey badge, they must live up to certain expectations of excellence. The many locations throughout the UK include countryside dwellings, coastal spots or those built near popular towns like the elegant Aylworth Manor that’s situated just outside Cheltenham in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nestled in its own farmland in a picturesque Cotswold valley, it sleeps six guests bed and breakfast, boasts unrivalled rural views and has an all-weather tennis court. The Granary at Aylworth Manor is a luxurious conversion sleeping four self-catering, with two guest bedrooms, a large kitchen, diner and sitting room and a mezzanine area. Guests wanting to explore will be close to the glorious gardens at National Trust property Hidcote and 100 miles of footpaths on the national trail Cotswold Way. Ox House based near Stroud also offers stylish self-catering sleeping up to four people and is nestled in the north Cotswold countryside. It was previously a dairy that’s been converted to a bed and breakfast of the highest standards set on a working farm. It’s built around a pretty walled garden and provides privacy and comfort in equal measure. Across the border in Wiltshire, Priory Steps in Bradford-on-Avon offers visitors the chance to combine market-town facilities with access by rail. Originally a terrace of six 17th-century weaver’s cottages, it was converted in 1985 into a wonderful bed and breakfast property showcasing panoramic views stretching across the town. There’s also the cosy Bullocks Horn Cottage located in Malmesbury dating back 200 years. The cute cottage garden is home to an arbour for al fresco dining and accommodation is in the form of two twin bedrooms and a single bedroom. Your Glos & Wilts Wedding has teamed up with Wolsey Lodges to offer readers 10% off accommodation nationwide. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, visit and click ‘buy vouchers’ quoting countyweddings2022 on checkout. This offer is valid until the end of September 2022. Take advantage of these great giveaways Freebies &OFFERS Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING Aylworth Manor Ox House Priory Steps FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Say I Do In Somerset It’s official! Outdoor ceremonies are now a permanent fixture. Is your dream to say your vows barefoot on the lawn with sun shining overhead, breeze in your hair, birds singing in the trees? We can’t guarantee the weather, but the open sky is now all yours. Originally brought in as a temporary covid measure, the law changed in April to allow couples to say I Do outside at any existing licensed venue. Somerset Registration Service has been working with wedding venues across Somerset & North Somerset to give couples a greater choice of spots to say their vows. There are still a few essential boxes to tick for safety and accessibility, but otherwise all venues with gardens or outside space may be able to offer that open air option you’re looking for. While the old rules already allowed outdoor vows with the wedding party standing under a permanent structure like a gazebo or bandstand, this really does free things up. Venues have added stone circles, private woodlands, walled gardens and lakeside lawns to their ceremony offers – even marquees now get the go ahead. Spots where only nonlegal blessings could take place are now a choice for the real deal. Our registrar teams are super excited about a season of joining happy couples in some truly gorgeous new locations. Our Outdoor Top Tips Inside or out, only licensed venues can hold legal ceremonies, so still no vows on the beach or on top of Glastonbury Tor. Ceremonies can be held anywhere in the gardens and grounds. It’s worth not straying too far away though – bathroom breaks, catering top ups, and getting yourself from the prep room to the aisle are major considerations. Let your venue help you find the perfect spot – trust them, they know what will work for everyone on the day. Make sure the site is accessible for your guests – heels, mobility issues and grassy hills aren’t a great combination! Let your guests know the plan – they might want to opt for a change of sensible shoes and an extra cosy layer or a broader brimmed hat and some sun screen. Have a bad weather backup plan. This is England, after all. Don’t feel bad if you need to head inside. We’ll make sure the ceremony is so full of love you’ll forget you had to switch plans! Outside eremonies Are Here To Stay Simon & Kiana Photography at Huntstile Organic Farm James & Kerrie Photography at The Cider Barn, Dillingotn Estate TP Photography at The Old Milking Parlour

LOVIN’ Al fresco Get married in the great outdoors OXLEAZE BARN, LECHLADE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Oxleaze is a family-run sustainable and organic working farm with cows, horses, chickens, ducks and dogs. It’s situated off the beaten track deep in the countryside, five miles from Lechlade and seven miles from Burford. The barns have been lovingly restored to create a rustic wedding venue with accommodation for up to 12 guests spread between Stable Cottage and the recently converted Dutch Barn. The Main Barn was previously a grain store and dates back to the 1700s. It’s a beautiful space with exposed beams, stone flooring, a feature fireplace, pale pink rendered walls and doors that open on to the landscaped courtyard. The Milling Barn also boasts exposed beams along with a wooden floor and doors that open on to a small courtyard. Both barns have underfloor heating produced from the biomass system on the farm creating a warm, cosy feel during the winter months. The pretty courtyard opens on to a patio area perfect for a summer drinks reception with steps leading up to a grassy area revealing a firepit, also ideal for al fresco celebrations. At night, the courtyard and garden are lit with romantic festoon lighting. Ceremonies take place in the Milling Barn for up to 90 guests or in the Main Barn for up to 120 loved ones while the Courtyard and The Wed Shed both hold up to 120 people. Receptions can take place across The Main Barn, The Milling Barn and the Courtyard for up to 150 guests in total. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01367 850 838,; oxleazebarn; ❤ We love... the private gardens belonging to the main house that make the perfect backdrop for photographs. Photography of Oxleaze Barn courtesy of;; and Flowers by Photography of Fireflower Tipis courtesy of FIREFLOWER TIPIS, STOW-ON-THE-WOLD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE (NATIONWIDE HIRE) These magical tipis offer a rustic charm and blank canvas for yearround weddings. Summer celebrations can make the most of the great outdoors with garden games, al fresco drinks, hay bales and firepits. During the colder months, the interior of the tipis looks cosy dressed with fairylights, sheepskin rugs and blankets. Menu choices to complement a tipi wedding can be anything from fine dining to a grazing table set-up. Outdoor barbecues, wood-fired pizza ovens and street food vans are other great alternatives, as are mobile horsebox bars. On a warm evening, guests can gather around the firepit toasting marshmallows while enjoying a firework display. A selection of tipis and sizes are available for hire with two giant hat tipis recently added to the offering. A single structure seats up to 60 guests and multiple tipis can be linked together to create more space. There’s the option of adding a snug, catering tent and a separate smaller tipi as a children’s play area. The experienced team also has a large range of furniture for hire including bars, atmospheric lighting and other fun ideas. Ceremony licence? No Contact: 07814 684 424,; ❤ We love... that bespoke quotes are provided based on each event. THEMED VENUES 15

TEWKESBURY PARK, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This family-run hotel and wedding venue is set in 165 acres of parkland overlooking the famous site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury. Having completed a full refurbishment in recent years, the country house hotel now boasts nine luxurious historic suites, two new spa rooms, two meeting rooms, an Orangery, a Cocktail Lounge and the Cotswolds Suite - an air-conditioned glass façade events space showcasing magnificent views equipped with a video wall. Just outside, there’s a wood-fired pizza oven and terrace perfect for summer weddings. Accommodating up to 200 wedding guests, the Cotswolds Suite can be subdivided into three equal sections; The Broadway Suite that’s adjacent to the golf putting green; The Burford Suite which is the middle room and The Bibury Suite adjoining the exclusive-use Berkeley Lounge, Bar and Terrace. Spring 2021 saw the completion of a room refurbishment with 17 new outdoor garden terraces created, and four ground-floor guest rooms being fully refurbished to create brand-new terrace rooms. Dining options are plentiful with Mint at Tewkesbury Park seating up to 90 guests and offering a seasonal menu in a relaxed, informal setting. The Cocktail Bar & Lounge is another option for light bites while the No. 19 Cafe is the perfect pick after a round of golf or dip in the pool, A decadent afternoon tea is served in the elegant Orangery. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01684 272300,; www.facebook. com/TewkesburyPark; ❤ We love... the décor of the new outdoor garden terrace rooms with the bathrooms boasting bold statement fittings and large mirrors and the bedrooms providing a fresh country-style feel with a modern twist. CHISELDON HOUSE, SWINDON, WILTSHIRE This hotel and restaurant, that’s draped in wisteria during the warmer months, is a historic country manor house 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. 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,; www.facebook. com/ChiseldonHouse; ❤ We love... the exclusive-use wedding package that includes a menu tasting for the couple. 16

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 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!

SALISBURY AND SOUTH WILTSHIRE Spotlight on... HATCH HOUSE, TISBURY Hatch House is a family home located in a private setting accessed via a set of armorial gates and a tree-lined avenue. The house was transformed in the early 20th century by the architect Detmar Blow and the stone exterior blends into the setting while the theatrical façade commands views of the picturesque gardens and nods to the vibrant, eclectic interior that maintains the warmth and feel of a family home. Ceremonies can be held in a choice of three areas. The dining room decorated in vibrant yellow with views of the garden on two sides is a small intimate space seating up to 45 guests. Alternatively, the porch situated at the back of the house that overlooks the gardens is another ceremony option and the pavilion that takes centre stage in the heart of the two-tiered, 17th-century walled Dutch garden is an al fresco space. The pavilion enjoys wisteria in bloom during late spring and the garden aisle leads from the house through the ornate garden gate to the pavilion. Receptions take place in the gardens enjoying panoramic views stretching across to the Vale of Wardour. Well-tended borders provide plenty of colour throughout the spring and summer months and the central lawn of the walled garden provides ample space for a marquee. There are smaller garden rooms that can also be utilised, either for extra space or for more intimate celebrations and one of them is large enough for a smaller marquee. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01747 870 622,;; ♥ We love... that Ballet Under the Stars is returning to Hatch House on 22nd, 23rd and 24th July 2022. PYTHOUSE CLUB, TISBURY This reception-only wedding venue sits in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. The clubhouse faces open countryside and offers ample space for a marquee reception on the manicured grounds. The design of Pythouse Club was inspired by a simple basilica. The Regency sash windows are framed by handmade green wooden shutters, the Clubhouse is clad with Douglas Fir and the roof is tiled with reclaimed Welsh slate. A wide veranda looks out over the stunning green landscape that offers plenty of shade and seating. The veranda can be turned in to a fabulous entrance decorated with flowers, bunting and fairylights and it can also provide extra reception space before the wedding breakfast. Inside, the Clubhouse features a fine wood floor and is filled with plenty of natural daylight. There’s a kitchen located in the main club room and the remaining space can be turned into a cosy dining room, ideal for a pre-wedding dinner, or used as the main reception room. This venue is available for receptions only but the Club is fully licensed to serve alcohol. Receptions take place in a marquee erected on the grounds for up to 100 guests, or in The Clubhouse for up to 36 loved ones seated and up to 50 people standing. Ceremony licence? No, receptions only Contact: 01747 445 092,;; ♥ We love... the shepherd’s hut located just behind the Clubhouse which, combined with the idyllic rural view, can form a superb backdrop to photos. Photography of Hatch House exterior by and all others by LOCAL VENUES 19

GRAY MANOR HOTEL, CHOLDERTON This quirky, family-run hotel and exclusive-use wedding venue sits on five acres of land with the exterior flanked by jasmine and clematis trailing the walls during summer. Inside, there are plenty of Instaworthy touches with its shabby chic styling. The comfortable bedrooms accommodate up to 60 wedding guests and there’s a designer-inspired bridal suite decorated in black and gold. Ceremonies take place in a choice of three spaces with a flexible seated banqueting area for the wedding breakfast. There’s a dancefloor and room for live musicians or a DJ, and couples can make use of the complimentary decorative touches offered such as chair sashes, centrepieces, flowers, table gems and napkins. Outside is a photographer’s dream, with a magical secret garden propped with quirky pieces of furniture and atmospheric lighting, ideal for al fresco summer celebrations. There’s a Japanese pergola that acts as a wonderful backdrop for photos, as well as the pretty rose flower bed. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01980 629 542,; www.facebook. com/graymanorhotel; ♥ We love... the flexible wedding packages, free menu tasting sessions for couples who have booked a wedding at the venue and the exceptional customer service with couples and family members invited back for anniversaries and other special dates. THE WARDROBE WALLED GARDEN WEDDINGS, SALISBURY This historic venue offers exclusivity within the walls of Cathedral Close in Salisbury. Fronting on to Choristers Square, the house dates back to the 13th century with many additions and alterations. To the rear, there’s a mature walled garden, known as the secret garden, a hidden gem in the heart of this Cathedral city where exclusive marquee weddings can be held. It’s fully enclosed and covers more than half an acre leading down to the banks of the River Avon. The pretty flowerbeds and blooming rose garden make it an ideal photographic backdrop. Small wedding receptions take place in the historic regimental room suitably placed to admire the views of the Cathedral spire, with larger celebrations enjoying the marquee outside in the secret garden. Access is granted the day before, and after, the wedding included in the cost. There’s also an experienced wedding and event planner on hand, plus a complimentary tasting of the wedding breakfast menu and a discounted lunch the day after the celebration included in the price. Ceremony licence? No Contact: 01722 580 086,;; ♥ We love... the city-centre location making it easy to reach for guests. Photography of the exterior of The Bishop’s Palace by THE BISHOP’S PALACE, SALISBURY The Bishop’s Palace is discreetly located within Salisbury’s historic Cathedral Close set on 27 acres of private grounds including a lake, a conservation area and a large lawn suitable for a marquee. The site is situated southeast of Salisbury Cathedral and its majestic Spire can be seen from almost everywhere in the grounds. 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 which 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 on 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. 20

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

It ’s party time! Couples planning an autumn wedding can take inspiration from Emily and Ben’s big day at Elmore Court that enjoyed an elegant white and green theme Images courtesy of Daniella Marinos Photography Emily Morse and Ben Meloscia married on 30th October 2021 at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire. 22

Emily and Ben met on a night out 10 years ago. “We were instantly attracted to each other and went on a date the following week,” Emily tells us. “We became engaged in December 2019 during a romantic winter proposal in Switzerland. We stayed in Geneva and had arranged to go on a bus tour for a day to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France to explore the snow up in the mountains but almost didn’t make it because there was a high risk of an avalanche that day. It was magical and a wonderful surprise when Ben asked me to marry him against the scenic snowy backdrop.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple chose to get married at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire. “From the moment we visited, we both knew it was the venue for us,” Emily says. “It offered an exclusive-use, private location and the house is so grand and beautiful. We loved the ceremony room with the option to have the fires lit. The Gillyflower event space, that’s purpose-built for celebrations, really wowed our guests.” The couple chose magnificent flower displays filled with white varieties mixed with plenty of foliage. “We wanted the rooms to feel like there had been a flower explosion!” Emily tells us. “I booked a surpriseVW Campervan to collect the groomsmen from their location and drive them to Elmore Court.” - Emily REAL WEDDINGS 23