Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - August/September 2022 (Issue 34)

FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, OFFERS, VENUES AND MORE AUG/SEPT 2022 £3.55 Give it a glow Big-day beauty must-haves Love actually Romantic real-life weddings Creative cakes and sweet treats The best bakes FROCK STAR Fun and flirty dresses An exclusive shoot at a new Gloucestershire venue A WARM WELCOME Hot hotel venues FROM THE HEART Expert local suppliers reveal all BOHO BRIDE

The Scenery! Our county is just gorgeous, from wild Exmoor, across the open Levels to the rolling Mendips. Our farm venues come complete with some of those peaceful countryside views. The Style! Each farm has its own unique character, but if your kind of chic is shabby, rustic, festival or boho then this is where you'll find it. Old bricks, oak beams, fairy lights and bunting - yes! The Vibe! Kick back and relax with fields (and often animals) all around. Cosy campfires with haybale seats, orchard picnics and tractor rides, glamping and shepherd's huts galore. The Food! Lots of farms offer home grown options, or have great local catering links for seasonal, low food mile menus. They're also perfect for more laid back dining like hog roasts, BBQs, picnics and DIY potlucks - or there's going to be plenty of space for the full on sit down banquet too. The Photo Opportunities! Wedding photographers love a venue with lots of quirky corners, interesting architecture, fun props and panoramic views. Your album will be amazing, trust us. Aldwick Estate, Redhill, North Somerset The Cider Barn, Whitelackington The Barn at Cott Farm, East Chinnock Croftview, Hinton St George Dairyhouse Farm, Langport Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton Greenway Farm, Wembdon, Bridgwater Huntstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Bridgwater Little Quarme, Wheddon Cross, Exmoor Old Oak Farm, Curry Rivel, Langport Pennard Hill Farm, East Pennard, Shepton Mallet Quantock Lakes, Nether Stowey The Old Milking Parlour, Henstridge, Wincanton Waterside Country Barn, Bradford on Tone, Taunton Wick Farm, Farleigh Hungerford, Bath Yarlington Barn, Lympsham Say I Do In Somerset We love country houses, hotels, castles and inns too - it's like picking a favourite child - but there is something special about barns and meadows for a wedding day. So what is it about Farm wedding venues that makes them the number one request when we're talking to couples at wedding fairs? Our Licensed Farm Venues Fabulous Farms & Blissful Barns Yarlington Barn The White Barn Frogmary Green Farm Dairy House Farm Find more in our full directory

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 55 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022 On the cover Daniella Marinos is the talent behind the lens of our cover this issue that was photographed at the real wedding of Polly and Sam. All is revealed on page 34 and to book Daniella for your wedding, visit 73 90 FEATURES 41 WILD AND WHIMSICAL This styled shoot showcases a summer barn wedding 47 SOMETHING NEW This bohemian-theme shoot took place at Bredon Manor 53 A PIECE OF CAKE Delicious designs and sweet treats 59 JEWELLERY BOX Where to shop for big-day bling 60 FROM MISS TO MRS County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 62 THE BRIDGERTON EFFECT Editorial assistant Gracie Leader looks at how Netflix's biggest show has influenced weddings VENUES 15 A WARM WELCOME These chic hotels make fashionable big-day backdrops 20 SPOTLIGHT ON WEST WILTSHIRE We reveal where to wed 3

GROOMS 81 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 82 FUN IN THE SUN Honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 84 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 86 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 88 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand REAL WEDDINGS 22 NEW BEGINNINGS Michelle and Christopher’s big day at Bowood in Calne, Wiltshire was styled with a fashionable pretty-in-pink theme 29 MAGIC MOMENTS The Pear Tree in Purton was dressed with a shabby-chic theme and decorated with sage green and blush-pink accents for Jenny and Thomas’s wedding 34 DOWN ON THE FARM Polly and Sam’s marquee celebration enjoyed a rustic country theme decorated with a white, green and neutral colour palette 59 72 55 FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 67 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 72 LEADING LADY Mothers-of-the-bride will love these stylish dresses and accessories 73 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 79 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 80 YOU CAUGHT MY EYE! We put together some gorgeous wedding-day eye make-up looks using the newest launches to hit the counters 88 80 4

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

Yes, you guessed it, I have been lucky enough to take a trip to the jewel of the Greek islands this year and it didn’t disappoint! Santorini has always featured high on my travel wish-list and thanks to The Greek Villas, this trip became a reality (don’t miss my review later this autumn!) For those of you not braving the airport crowds this year and vacationing closer to home, our latest issue is packed with staycation ideas that double up as wedding venues, and couples wanting an al fresco late-summer wedding in Gloucestershire or Wiltshire should take inspiration from our real-life weddings, in particular Polly and Sam’s fabulous farm celebration. Check out and our social channels for fashion, beauty, and wedding styling ideas and we’ve recently 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 vid-spiration! Simply head to YouTube and search County Wedding Magazines. Wishing you a very happy holiday and safe travels I’ll see you next issue! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Summer in Santorini Check out the new collaboration, Bramley x Luxury Family Hotels also in our news section on page 9. Being well looked after by our host Michael at the luxurious Villa Mellow located close to Oia in Santorini. Booked through The Greek Villas, this piece of paradise comes with 24-hour private service ( Enjoying the views in the Insta-worthy town of Oia in Santorini, Turn to page 9 to read all the latest news including from intimate new riverside wedding venue Wild Thyme & Honey. 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 | 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 Karen Cox | 01376 538 495 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 @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

7 Jenny and Tom’s real wedding included some Insta-worthy touches, all’s revealed on page 29. I’m learning to roller skate this summer! Read more about Impala Skate on page 66. Polly and Sam enjoyed an al fresco farm wedding. Turn to page 34 to read all about it. I love Wiltshire wedding venue Bowood so it was a pleasure writing about Michelle and Christopher’s big day on page 22. Kin House in Wiltshire is a luxurious new wedding venue offering a warm welcome on page 20. EDITOR’S LETTER

BESPOKE WEDDING STATIONERY Bellapeach Creative create a full range of wedding stationery including, Save the dates, Invitations, RSVP cards, Song request cards, Table plans, Table names, Place names, Menu cards, Order of service and Order of the day boards! Get in touch to book a free consultation Web: Email: Tel: 07900695661 Bellapeachcreative 07779134116 It is a privilege to witness, observe, anticipate and capture the moments that convey love, emotion and happiness. MARQUEES FOR ALL OCCASIONS Based in the heart of the Cotswolds with over 20 years experience in providing marquees for customers in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, parts of Warwickshire, West Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Whether you are planning a wedding, a garden party, a festival or a sporting event, we are here to help. 07873 403589 | WWW.ABCPAVILIONS.CO.UK

The latest news from around both counties WILD THYME & HONEY UNVEILS REFURBISHMENT Following a multi-million-pound refurbishment, intimate riverside wedding venue Wild Thyme & Honey, located in the heart of the Cotswolds, is now home to three magical event spaces: Wild Thyme & Honey Event Suite, The Secret Garden Room (for intimate ceremonies of up to 20 people) and The Courtyard. The boutique country hotel can cater for up to 140 guests and is home to 24 luxurious rooms and suites, including No. 3 London Road, their exclusive honeymoon suite comprising a four-poster bed, spacious living room, dressing and make-up area, barrel sauna, jacuzzi and outside patio. The wedding concierge brings years of experience and good relationships with local suppliers, including floral designers and photographers while the award-winning culinary team are committed to creating exquisite dishes and the perfect menu tailored to suit all tastes and preferences. There’s also The Crown at Ampney Brook, the hotel’s British country pub located on-site offering private dining. Room hire starts from £2,000. For more information, visit RAISE A TOAST The Cotswolds Distillery Dry Gin is a delightful blend of nine carefully considered botanicals, including freshly peeled pink grapefruit and lime zest plus local lavender from the Cotswolds countryside. Due to the high volume of botanicals used, this gin causes a pearlescent cloud to appear when ice or tonic is added, creating the tasty Cotswolds Cloudy G&T. This gin is available to buy as a magnum for £74.95 or double magnum, £149.95 (for 3 litres). To shop, visit LUXURY FAMILY HOTELS PARTNER WITH BATH AND BODY BRAND BRAMLEY Luxury Family Hotels in partnership with all-natural British bath and body brand Bramley have developed an exclusive signature collection of Bath and Body Oils and accompanying Bramley Massage Treatments launched at all five of the Luxury Family Hotels.
Each of the treatments has been developed using hero ingredients found in the locations each hotel calls home including chamomile from the Wiltshire countryside.
The new collection characterises the two brands’ shared ethos of wellbeing for the entire family, alongside an innate passion for the origin of ingredients, and a commitment to a sustainable, eco-friendly future for the planet.
All treatments will begin with a purifying foot cleanse because relaxing and warming the feet is key to slowing down the mind and allowing guests to truly switch off and prices start from £60 for a bespoke hands-on body massage. To book, visit NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

ELLENBOROUGH PARK ANNOUNCES NEW WEDDING PACKAGE Ellenborough Park, a stunning 15th-century manor house located in Gloucestershire has just introduced a new To Have and To Hold package for late bookings from £5,300 for 40 guests on selected dates from 1st October 2022 until 28th February 2023. It includes prosecco or mulled wine on arrival, a three-course wedding breakfast, a glass of wine per person, a glass of prosecco to toast, pork baps for the evening reception, and more. To book, visit FINEST RETREATS REVEAL ARC PAINSWICK Finest Retreats is delighted to announce its partnership with ARC, taking on exclusive management of a series of properties that embody a new standard in UK homestays. Comfortably hosting up to 30 people per property, ARC is a curated and crafted collection of the most remarkable country houses, from the minds of London-based architecture studio Parti and design studio Regular Practice. Combining architecture, furniture and landscape, Parti aims to design atmospheres and experiences as integral to buildings, spaces and landscapes. Each building is a beautiful, well-crafted, inventive property that positively impacts guests, society and the built environment. The first two properties in the series are ARC Painswick, a 15th-century wool merchant’s manor house at the heart of the town restored to its ancestral beauty, and ARC Padstow, an 18th-century build restored to its original plan and nestled in the heart of St Issey, Cornwall. ARC Painswick offers modern comforts to create a homely, hearty feel blending classic décor with contemporary pieces and can accommodate up to 24 guests in nine bedrooms. There’s an outdoor swimming pool and the grounds boast uninterrupted views of the Painswick Hills. Alongside impeccably styled interiors, ARC stays offer curated experiences where guests can plan as much or as little as they’d like to do, using the purpose-built ARC online ‘Lobby’ to organise and schedule every detail of their stay; from some of Stroud’s best street food delivered to the door and a private bartender to prepare cocktails, to a private tour and wine tasting at Painswick’s very own Rococo Gardens. Richard Bond, founder of Finest Retreats says: “We’re delighted to partner with ARC and their incredibly innovative concept homes. We’ve worked closely with ARC founder Tom Leahy from the outset to help achieve his vision. From providing our holiday letting expertise throughout the renovations and redesign, we’re now looking forward to welcoming guests this summer and providing exceptional concierge-style service. We’re driven by our core values to provide the very finest holidays for guests, and work hard for our owners which is why we’re especially proud to manage the ARCs alongside an owner who so clearly shares our approach.” To book, visit Photography of ARC Painswick courtesy of Handover Studio THE WINE STALL OPENS AT DAYLESFORD Daylesford Organic has opened its new wine shop, The Wine Stall. Located at Daylesford Farm in Kingham, the Cotswolds, the new store is a one-stop-shop offering expert advice from Daylesford’s team of specialists plus a collection of carefully curated wines from international producers including Rothschild wines from Bordeaux. In addition, lesser-known vineyards will be showcased in the collection, for example, Montlouis and the Loire Valley. Daylesford has taken care to choose winemakers who focus on sustainable viticulture, and organic and biodynamic processes wherever possible including Château Léoube, owned by the Bamford family who pioneered organic farming at Daylesford. All the grapes and olives at Léoube are carefully tended by hand using time-honoured artisanal methods and organic principles that work in harmony with the land and changing seasons. Daylesford’s wine experts will host daily drop-in tastings to share advice and insights on the range. Further events will take place throughout the year with a focus on seasonal wines and food pairings including Wine Flight Suppers hosted at Daylesford Farm’s Trough & Legbar restaurant. Running on 12th August, 18th and 25th November, the suppers will showcase the best ingredients in season paired with curated wines from The Wine Stall. Monthly wine evenings will take place on the first Friday of every month to celebrate a curated range of the best vineyards, vignerons and wine estates from across the globe. The store will also offer private and bespoke tastings upon request. Visitors to The Wine Stall can also head to the Bottoms Up Bar, located in the Fountain Courtyard on Daylesford’s farm. The bar will serve wine, beer and cocktails throughout the summer period and will also offer live music from DJs on Friday evenings. Those local to the farm can take advantage of the Daylesford Delivered service, offering same-day delivery on wine and groceries for orders made between 9 am and 11am, Tuesday-Saturday. To find out more, visit EDITOR LOVES ABC Pavilions are based in the heart of the Cotswolds and have more than 20 years of experience providing marquees for weddings and events in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, West Oxfordshire and neighbouring regions. The perfect pick for a garden party wedding or a festival-style celebration, structures include framed marquees, traditional styles and small ones perfect for more intimate weddings. An entrance walkway with double doors, a reception entrance or a covered walkway can be added and couples can create a stunning themed interior with a choice of accessories including a black and white dancefloor, a divider to close off the dancefloor, staging for a band, statement chandeliers and round tables in various sizes or trestle tables. To book or arrange a free site visit, visit 10

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 | | 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 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 |

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 30th September, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. SUSTAINABLY CHIC Large or small, sustainable wedding floral arrangements and installations have never looked so pretty, from buttonholes, bridal bouquets, bridesmaids’ posies and floral crowns brimming with pampas to Insta-worthy table centrepieces, flower clouds, chandeliers and ceremony backdrops mixing dried flowers with locally grown seasonal varieties and wildflowers. Couples are frequently re-using their big-day blooms on their wedding day by moving church flowers to the reception, and many are gifting them to guests at the end of the evening so they don’t get thrown away. Susanne Kennedy and the team from Milston Flower Barn based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, provide bespoke floral displays for luxury weddings and special events. They craft distinctive floral pieces inspired by the beauty of the Wiltshire countryside and can transform a wedding venue into an unforgettable backdrop. Here, the talented team (who are dedicated to everything floral) show us some of their latest designs created using seasonal blooms and foliage. They can add plenty of colour into their work to suit any wedding theme and they promote sustainable floristry through eco-friendly techniques taught in their workshops and courses, turn to page 59 to read more. Your Glos & Wilts Wedding has teamed up with Milston Flower Barn to offer readers 10% off all orders over £500. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, call 07881 930 677 quoting YGWW34 or visit Take advantage of these great giveaways Freebies &OFFERS Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Photography courtesy of FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

K I N G S H E A D - H O T E L . C O . U K 2 4 M A R K E T P L A C E , C I R E N C E S T E R , G L 7 2 N R The Kings Head hotel is a stunning boutique style wedding venue located in the heart of the historic town of Cirencester, the heart of the Cotswolds. From an intimate ceremony, lavish wedding reception or simply a meal with close family and friends our celebration spaces offer you the perfect backdrop for any occasion. • Licenced for civil ceremonies from 2 - 150 people • Wedding packages from just £70.00 per guest • Bespoke package options available, tailor-made to match your vision • Intimate ceremony and dining rooms • Wedding reception parties for up to 300 guests • 64 Stylish en-suite Bedrooms and one/two bedroom apartments available • Discounted accommodation rates • Exclusive use of hotel available To arrange a viewing and to discuss how we can create your perfect day call us on: 01285 700900 or email Daisy on

WELCOME A warm These chic hotels make fashionable big-day backdrops KINGS HEAD HOTEL, CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Cirencester with plenty to see and do just a short walk from the hotel. It’s perfectly positioned for visiting the pretty villages of the Cotswolds plus there’s the local farmer’s market that takes place in the square outside and the regular craft and antique events that are held in the adjacent Corn Hall. A tranquil hideaway, the property boasts a stunning roof-top terrace and a stylish courtyard. It’s home to 64 individually styled bedrooms, 12 apartments, a vaulted spa plus various dining options including an elegant lounge, two fantastic restaurants as well as a deli and wine cellar featuring the best local produce from around the Cotswolds. The picturesque event spaces include The Assembly Room, a distinctly impressive suite with a host of original architectural features including high ceilings, statement chandeliers and a wooden floor. Featuring a private bar, mezzanine area and roof-top terrace that’s perfect for a drinks reception, it holds up to 180 guests for the ceremony and 150 for the wedding breakfast. Other options for both include The Vaulted Cellar which hosts up to 150 people for the ceremony and 100 for the wedding breakfast. With its arched walls, ceiling and exposed brickwork, this unique space has the feel of an Italian wine cellar complete with its private bar. The Panel Room is the ideal choice for an intimate ceremony of up to 33 people and 30 for the wedding breakfast and boasts sophisticated decor, an exposed fireplace and original wood panelling. The Wine Cellar is also a cosy spot for up to 20 loved ones for the ceremony and 18 for the wedding breakfast. It features a wow-factor glass-walled wine display and bespoke dining table adding an air of sophistication. Those wanting a quiet and intimate ceremony space for up to 22 people can use the Library complete with a bookcase wall adjourned with antiques. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01285 700 900, ❤ WE LOVE… that for couples getting married at the hotel, there’s a complimentary menu tasting before the big day. LOCAL VENUES 15

STRATTON HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, CIRENCESTER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Nestled on the outskirts of the charming Cotswold market town of Cirencester, this hotel is perfectly placed for a tranquil Cotswold wedding. Privacy is assured by its pretty walled garden that surrounds the property and car parking is available on-site allowing accessible access for all guests. Rich in original charm, Stratton House Hotel & Spa dates back to the 17th century blending period features with modern details. It’s constructed from the honey-coloured stone that the region is famous for and the sympathetically restored rooms are awash with character throughout. Within the Georgian hotel building and newer Cotswold Wing, the property boasts 43 individually decorated, stylish en-suite bedrooms that feature a mix of luxury and contemporary pieces set beneath wooden beams. New for 2021, as part of the modern upgrade, the Spa in the Garden offers treatments, relaxation and tranquil spaces to unwind. The Stratton Suite is a beautiful function space that has been recently refurbished to create a stunning room for both wedding ceremonies of up to 150 guests and receptions for up to 100 people. There’s also now the outdoor option for up to 50 loved ones with the new Garden Wedding Packages offering a wedding breakfast on the garden terrace under the beautiful pergola in the corner of the walled garden. This pretty garden terrace is perfect for al fresco drinks and dining all year round with its outdoor bar open during the summer months only and it’s also dog-friendly. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01285 651 761, ❤ WE LOVE… the bridal suite complimentary to the happy couple on the night of their wedding (included in two of the three wedding packages). COTSWOLD HOUSE HOTEL AND SPA, CHIPPING CAMPDEN, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This Grade II Regency townhouse built using honey-coloured Cotswold stone is a boutique hotel boasting a contemporary design with a spa hidden in the pretty gardens. It’s located in the middle of one of the prettiest Cotswolds towns set in two acres, with a terrace perfect for reception drinks and a croquet lawn. Inside, the stunning spiral staircase is a picturesque spot for big-day photographs. The Fig lounge is a beautiful Georgian-style room with French doors leading to the gardens where the maximum capacity is 50 guests or 30 for a seated wedding breakfast. Alternatively, the Montrose Suite is a barn and church-style room with beams that can accommodate up to 120 guests for the reception and it leads to the gardens through the French doors. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01386 840 330, ❤ WE LOVE… that with all packages, there’s a complimentary menu tasting and accommodation for the couple on the wedding night. 16

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 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

Your perfect wedding venue in the Cotswolds Our 16th Century Elizabethan manor house offers a stunning and historic wedding venue in the Cotswolds. Surrounded by landscaped grounds and rolling countryside, imagine a picture perfect backdrop to celebrate the most important day of your life with friends and family. Your day is special, which is why we make it our policy to only host one wedding a day. Plus, with our Elan Spa, brides-to-be can relax the night before with a range of soothing treatments. Discover our new gem ‘The Hide’, nestled within our eight acres of beautiful, picturesque grounds and rolling countryside. Our new space aims to provide a stunning place in the privacy of our grounds, to create magical moments for you and your guests. 01242 862352 | THEGREENWAYHOTELANDSPA.COM | EVENTS@THEGREENWAY.CO.UK CONTACT LOUISE, WEDDING AND EVENTS MANAGER TODAY ON 01242 862352 19_07_2022 - TGH.indd 1 13/07/2022 14:48

THE GREENWAY HOTEL & SPA, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This 16th-century Elizabethan manor house is home to 21 elegant bedrooms and suites set in eight acres of landscaped grounds enjoying views of the surrounding countryside. The luxurious hotel offers 3AA rosette seasonal cuisine in the Garden Room Restaurant and the indulgent Elan spa with its extensive list of treatments is a must-visit with bridal spa membership available. Weddings take place for up to 60 loved ones seated at dinner and 120 evening guests. Exclusive use of the hotel can be booked but the property is also the perfect pick for smaller celebrations with the intimate wedding packages aimed at personal celebrations. A magnificent marquee with a panoramic wall and clear gable overlooking the manor is used to facilitate large weddings of up to 150 guests and provides an exclusive location in which to celebrate on a grand scale. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01242 862 352, ❤ WE LOVE… that the Elan spa is the perfect destination for a hen party. Full use of the facilities can be enjoyed including a 30-minute treatment and a glass of champagne for £80 per person. DE VERE COTSWOLD WATER PARK, SOUTH CERNEY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Part of the De Vere collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels and event destinations, this property has recently 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 built-in projector and screen. The Drake Suite offers flexible seating options ideal for private dinners or smaller celebrations for up to 126 guests. The space also offers a built-in projector and screen and a private breakout area that acts as a welcoming spot for arrival drinks or a portable bar. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01285 864 000, ❤ WE LOVE… the natural environment surrounding the hotel. 19 LOCAL VENUES

WEST WILTSHIRE Spotlight on... KIN HOUSE, KINGTON LANGLEY Kin House is a beautifully restored Grade II listed private Georgian manor house located in the Wiltshire countryside. It’s set within 10 acres of walled gardens and private woodland and has been sensitively restored to its former glory over the last year with interiors led by British design studio Barlow & Barlow who are known for their eclectic combinations of antique furniture, bold prints and bright colours. The stately-home wedding venue comprises 12 stunning en suite bedrooms, a multiple bar, dining and lounge spaces, and a glamorous dressing room equipped with hairdryers, tongs, hair-washing sinks and swivel chairs placed at a stylish marble bar for the bridal party. There’s even a speakeasy-style barbers for male grooming treatments. Attached to the side of Kin House is Kilvert Hall, a stylish banquet hall with space for up to 200 guests to dine and dance. The stunning woodlands also offer the perfect setting for al fresco feasting and outdoor wedding ceremonies. Kin House looks to provide the ultimate hotel experience that’s tailored exclusively to private events, including weddings, and a talented in-house team of chefs are on hand to create delicious menus and feasts tailored to all preferences and needs. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: ♥ We love... that during their stay, guests can enjoy yoga classes, croquet, movie nights and more. PRIORY STEPS IN BRADFORD-ON-AVON Award-winning Wolsey Lodge offers luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation, whether it’s for 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 boasts unrivalled rural views and an all-weather tennis court. The Granary at Aylworth Manor is a luxurious conversion sleeping up to six people on a bed and breakfast basis. It’s home to 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. 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. Ceremony licence? No for Priory Steps Contact: 01225 862 230 , ♥ We love... that Brook House located near Chippenham is the newest Wiltshir -based addition with a designer-led interior. There are six bedrooms, a dining room, sitting room and a sunny terrace. We reveal where to wed 20

FONTHILL ESTATE, FONTHILL BISHOP Bake Barn is a restored shooting lodge perched in a private, remote spot in the Wiltshire Downs on the 9,000-acre Fonthill Estate. It’s one of three venues for hire on-site that also includes Quarry Wood, a stunning woodland spot where a wedding under a stretch tent can be held. Deer Park Barn is the third venue on the estate that’s best suited to intimate micro weddings. The modest stone and tiled exterior of Bake Barn, along with the pitched central glass doors, gives it an old-fashioned village school feel and it’s sheltered by a stone perimeter wall creating a courtyard effect. Partly grass and gravel with a covered loggia area, it’s a self-contained blank canvas ideal for a rural and rustic-inspired real wedding. The interior boasts exposed beams and rafters, repointed stone walls and a wooden floor. A large fireplace at one end provides a focal point and a photo backdrop when decorated for a wedding. Natural light streams through the middle of the building which features glass doors on both sides and upstairs above the main hall, the Beater’s Loft is a light and airy industrial-style space for those seeking something a little more contemporary. Ceremonies take place here for up to 80 loved ones and there’s a separate entrance and private staircase for the bride or groom to enter. The Main Hall can set up to 120 guests for the ceremony and the covered Loggia situated outside in the pretty courtyard is open on one side allowing guests to gather and watch. Up to 30 people can be seated undercover on hay bales or benches with the remainder standing or sitting outside in the courtyard which offers another ceremony option since the laws have been relaxed. Drinks and canapés can also be enjoyed in the courtyard while the wedding breakfast is served inside the main hall. Those wishing to dine al fresco against the uninterrupted views can do this by hiring a marquee to erect on the lawn and these vistas make fantastic backdrops for photographs with the lake and Beckford Arch both being recognised beauty spots. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01747 820 246, ♥ We love... that with no neighbours nearby, there are no curfew and nois restrictions. THE MANOR HOUSE, CHIPPENHAM The Manor House is a 14th-century luxury hotel and golf club located in the historic village of Castle Combe offering a spectacular setting on 365 acres for weddings, first-night stays and staycation honeymoons. There are 21 opulent, individually styled rooms and suites and 29 picturesque on-site cottages including a new private cottage located in Castle Combe. Baker’s Cottage has added a self-catering option to the hotel’s already impressive line-up of accommodation. It’s a two-bedroom, dogfriendly property with a garden terrace, kitchen and lounge. The double bedroom, twin bedroom and sofa bed available in the lounge sleep up to four adults, ideal for wedding guests. The championship-standard, 18-hole golf course is one of the best in the South West. The hotel is also home to the Michelin-starred Bybrook restaurant which has retained its Michelin star for the fifth consecutive year. While this is an adult-only environment, there are informal areas that welcome children throughout the property. There’s also al fresco dining to be enjoyed on the outdoor terraces and a dedicated gin bar. The village is also home to a sister venue, The Castle Inn, a 12th-century pub offering a relaxed dining experience for couples and families. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01249 782 982, ♥ We love... the convenient location in Wiltshire close to Bath, Bristol and the M4. Interior images of Fonthill Estate courtesy of 21 REGIONAL VENUES

New beginnings Michelle and Chris’s celebration at Bowood was decorated with a pretty pink and blue colour theme Images courtesy of Simon Ward Photography Michelle and Christopher (Chris) Mitchener married on 7th May 2022 at Bowood in Calne, Wiltshire. Scan to view video 22

Michelle and Chris met through mutual friends in June 2006. “We attended a group meal at Pizza Express in Salisbury where we couldn’t stop looking at each other,” Michelle tells us. “Chris proposed in August 2011 over dinner in Pizza Hut. He wanted to ask me in the same pizza restaurant where we had met but it was fully booked so he had to improvise! It was a complete surprise and I cried happy tears,” Michelle says. SETTING THE SCENE The couple chose Bowood hotel, spa and golf resort in Calne, Wiltshire, as their wedding venue. “I started researching venues online and the first one I came across was Bowood and it was love at first sight,” Michelle explains. “When we visited, the gardens, lake and grounds are what attracted us and we decided it was worth waiting the couple of months it took for the outdoor ceremony area to be licenced because we wanted an al fresco wedding.” The couple chose a pretty-in-pink and soft-blue colour theme to style their day. Their bouquets and table arrangement created for their sweetheart top table contained fresh flowers that set the theme. “We had a welcome message, table plan “Our photographer, Simon, is also a friend who did such a fantastic job on the day and during the lead-up to our wedding.We really couldn’t have asked for more.” − Michelle and Chris REAL WEDDINGS 23

Celebrate your bespoke Wedding in style at Bowood. Contact our Wedding Co-ordinator to book a viewing. T: 01249 822 228 | E: VISIT BOWOOD.ORG/WEDDINGS WEDDINGS AT BOWOOD We’re great at happily ever afters

and an order of the day board all presented on wooden easel stands,” Michelle tells us. “The entrance to the reception room featured ceiling draping and star lights which look so romantic and our table centrepieces were decorative bird cages and vases brimming with faux flowers presented on log slices surrounded by tea lights. Our place name cards finished the look printed with a fabulous floral design.” Michelle and Chris chose a five-tier cupcake featuring different flavours. “The top tier was a small semi-naked cake that we kept for ourselves,” Michelle explains. “It held a custom-made ‘Mr & Mrs Mitchener’ cake topper.” The catering options included canapés served with drinks after the ceremony. “A delicious three-course wedding breakfast was enjoyed by all followed by a pizza station and pasta and salad stand during the evening,” Michelle says. “The sweetie cart went down a treat and almost all of the food went.” LOOKING THE PART Michelle chose an ivory and sand-coloured dress (style MB4037) by the designer Marys Bridal at Belle of the Ball Bridals in Melksham. “I had tried on a few different dresses of what I thought I wanted but this was the complete opposite!” Michelle says. “As soon as I put it on, I walked towards the mirror and burst into tears! I teamed it with a matching lace finger-tip veil.” Chris wore a navy Ted Baker suit with an ivory silk patterned waistcoat, white shirt, dusky pink cravat, brown shoes and odd socks! “One sock was printed with a picture of my face,” Michelle tells us. “Our groomsmen all wore matching navy suits teamed with blue waistcoats and dusky pink cravats. They looked great alongside our beautiful bridesmaids in their blush-pink dresses.” TIME TO CELEBRATE Michelle and Chris hired Wiltshire-based harpist Katie Salomon to perform during the ceremony and drinks reception. “The background music played while we said our vows and our first dance song was played by my late stepdad who had recorded a few albums over the years,” Michelle tells us. “We had the magician Stephen Charrett entertaining our guests during our wedding breakfast who was a big hit with both the adults and children with his incredible sense of humour and the little ones also enjoyed the bouncy castle and inflatables. During our evening reception, we had a DJ, a sparkler isle, a photo booth by Jay at Eventimate which was busy all night and a seven-minute fireworks display as the grand finale which was the most talked-about entertainment! After our guests had all gone, our DJ played one last song and we enjoyed a private last dance to end our perfect day.” “We decided to have a sweetheart table instead of a traditional big table so that we could take a bit of time out for ourselves during the wedding breakfast.” − Michelle and Chris 25 REAL WEDDINGS

THE DREAM TEAM Venue and catering, Bowood, 01249 822 228, | Photographer and video content, Simon Ward Photography, 01722 324 267, | Dresses, Belle Of The Ball Bridals, 01225 920 747, | Bride’s reception dress, CG boutique, 01980 677 325, | Jewellery and accessories, Swarovski, | Make-up and hair, Charlotte Tillyer Hair & Make up Artist, 07967 346 958, | Suits, Moss Bros, 01722 320 244, | Cake, JellyCake, 07881 581 434, | Flowers, Hedge Rose, 01672 514718, | Stationery, Ali Greenwood, Weddings & Events Planner, 07770 697 106, | DJ, bouncy castle and sweetie cart, Amroadshow & inflatables, 07568 364 850, | Fireworks and sparkle isle, Cotswold Fireworks Ltd, 01285 898 363, | Photo booth, Eventimate Weddings & Events, 07513 595 895, | Magician, Stephen Charrett Magician & Mind Reader, 07768 716 458, | Ceremony music, Katie Salomon Wiltshire Harpist, 07855 466 978, | Draping and ceiling star lighting, Cahoots, 01225 571 787, 26 A few of our guests commented that ours was the best wedding they have been to with one guest saying it reminded them of a celebrity wedding!” − Michelle and Chris Top tip: “Take your time with the planning and don’t be afraid to ask for help.” − Michelle and Chris

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