Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - October/November 2022 (Issue 35)

FASHION, BEAUTY, HONEYMOONS, GROOMS, NEWS, OFFERS, VENUES AND MORE OCT/NOV 2022 £3.55 Viva España Make memories in Madrid Romantic real weddings Handmade in the Cotswolds STATEMENT SLEEVES Bridal dresses for winter weddings Catering and dessert ideas ONCE UPON A TIME Magical fairytale venues SWEET TOOTH

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

3 REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around both regions 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 50 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 76 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Portugal CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022 FEATURES 37 MAKE AN ENTRANCE This fashionable shoot took place at the stylish Hatton Court hotel in the Cotswolds 43 HANDMADE IN...THE COTSWOLDS Beautiful big-day finds 47 DINE IN STYLE From afternoon tea to traditional pub grub, the wedding foodie scene offers something for everyone 52 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines' senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey On the cover... Daniella Marinos is the talent behind the lens of our beautiful cover this issue. Turn to page 36 to see the real wedding of Raegan and Jack that she photographed at Saxon Barn in Glos. To book Daniella for your wedding, visit 79 VENUES 13 SPOTLIGHT ON CHELTENHAM AND AROUND We reveal where to wed 17 ONCE UPON A TIME Behind the doors of fabulous fairytale settings 83

4 GROOMS 71 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 72 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 60 HEAD TURNERS Pick a statement headband, hair clip or crown for that finishing touch 61 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 66 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 68 THE MANE EVENT Haircare expert for Milk + Blush Nicole Petty talks us through 2022's top bridal hair trends and how to achieve them 85 61 REAL WEDDINGS 22 LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE Emily and Will’s wedding followed a rustic theme styled with touches of blush pink 27 A FAMILY AFFAIR Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in Chipping Campden was the stylish setting for Hollie and Lewis’s big day 32 A LOCAL LOVE STORY Raegan and Jack’s rustic-inspired barn wedding enjoyed a grey, green and white theme 67 HONEYMOONS 74 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 85 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city 78 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK's best boltholes 80 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 68 72 80

Fall In Love With An Autumn Ceremony Some of our venues really come in to their own with the change of seasons. Ask the wedding coordinators what they do differently to their summer events. The backdrops are still beautiful but in a whole new way. The autumn flowers, dramatic foliage and softer afternoon light mean your photographer has the chance to use some great new spots. Inside, your guests can really make the most of the cosy corners they might not have noticed in sunnier weather. If it's raining outside, who cares when there's a log fire and some warm canapes to bring everyone together in celebration. Halloween and Bonfire Night are some of our best loved annual events, and you can channel those sweet treat, fancy dress and firework vibes into your do. Now is the time to have a look around our venues and feel the romance of an Autumn wedding. Find the full list of everywhere licensed for civil ceremonies in our directory. Why do we love an autumn ceremony? Well, whisper if if you have to, but some of us prefer the temperature a little cooler! Layers of lace and petticoats, three piece suits - dressing up in your finest can be so much more comfy when the thermometer is a few degrees lower. The food is amazing! It's harvest festival time, so local produce will be at its best. Roasted squash, mushroom and hazelnut wellington, blackberry and apple tart - what's on your menu? Some of the most stunning bouquets and floral arrangements are all about the foliage, and suddenly there's a whole new colour palette to play with. Leave the pinks and purples of summer behind and really lean in to those rich, warm tones and hedgerow accents. The White Barn @Frogmary Green Farm Liz Baker Photography Say I Do In Somerset There's a little chill in the air, all of a sudden. The scent of pumpkin spice is rising from lattes across the land. Thanks for everything, summer, but it's time to make way for the understated champion of wedding seasons. Autumn, come on out and strut your cozy, hygge, laid back wedding stuff. Aldwick Estate Interlace Photography The Oakhouse Hotel Axbridge Photography

Yes, you guessed it, I have been lucky enough to take a trip to Spain’s vibrant capital city this year and it didn’t disappoint! Madrid has always featured high on my travel wish list and thanks to Gran Hotel Inglés, this trip became a reality – read all about it in our honeymoon section. For those of you not braving the airport crowds this year and vacationing closer to home, our latest issue is packed with staycation ideas, from the stylish Hatton Court hotel in Gloucester that provided the luxurious backdrop for our exclusive styled shoot this issue to the Manor Estate in Wiltshire that was home to Emily and Will and their guests when they held their wedding there. 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. Happy planning and I’ll see you next issue! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Viva España! Enjoy the jacuzzi at Gran Hotel Inglés in the Insta-worthy city of Madrid. The Deco-inspired Gran Hotel Inglés, located in the centre of Madrid, was my home from home for two nights ( Turn to page 77 to read all about it. Cotswold House Hotel & Spa located in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire provided the romantic setting for Hollie and Lewis’s celebration. All is revealed on page 27. 6 ISSN 2399-4967 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Claire Ridley | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Cullen | 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 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. @YourGlosWiltsWedding @CWM_YGWW @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS

7 The Manor Estate located in Wiltshire provided the magical backdrop for Emily and Will’s special day. Turn to page 22 to see more. Treat yourself to this Daylesford Frizzante Magnum showcased on page 9. I love a marquee wedding so when this image of Raegan and Jack’s special day decorated with white blooms and foliage landed in my inbox, I was in love! See their wedding in full on page 32 photographed by Daniella Marinos Photography. Take advantage of our freebies and offers on page 11 Our exclusive styled shoot in this issue took place at the chic Hatton Court hotel in the Cotswolds. All is revealed on page 37. Win a honeymoon in Portugal on page 76. Keep warm this winter in a wedding dress with sleeves. Take your pick on page 61. EDITOR’S LETTER

• Super Sensational Skid Courses • Muddy Marvellous 4x4 adventure • Adrenaline fuelled karting for adults 15+ STAG & HEN PARTIES at Castle Combe Circuit HenParties Hens and Stags go FREE! A fantastic day out to remember! ENQUI RE NOW ON 01249 783010 OR V I S I T SkidControl 4x4 StagParties Karting CALL LOUISE OUR WEDDING & EVENTS MANAGER ON 01242 862352 01242 862352 | EVENTS@THEGREENWAY.CO.UK THEGREENWAYHOTELANDSPA.COM Weddings 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. GREENWAY HOTEL AND SPA THE NEW - 10_10_2022 - TGH.indd 1 06/10/2022 15:26

The latest news from around both counties MOLE VALLEY FARMERS LINK UP WITH UK BARBECUE EXPERT Mole Valley Farmers has linked up with UK barbecue expert, food influencer and cookery book author Marcus Bawdon to promote their fresh food and drink expansion. Marcus is internationally renowned for his barbecue expertise and he runs the UK BBQ School near his home in Cullompton, Devon. He said, “I’m a big fan of Mole Valley Farmers and I was impressed by the food offered at my local store. There are some top-quality meat and dairy products and they stock everything you need for a decent barbecue.” Marcus filmed at the Cullompton store using equipment and food from the store including the Mole Valley Farmers’ own-brand cheddar which is hand-turned by the oldest surviving cheddar makers in the world using west country milk; Westaways sausages and an award-winning pickle from Waterhouse Fayre. Mole Valley Farmers were keen to raise awareness of their food and drink offering after opening fresh food and drink departments in 14 of their stores offering everything from meat and milk to baked goods and beers. Both the Cirencester and Penzance stores have recently undergone major refurbishments and now boast brand new fresh food and drink departments. Penzance store manager, Tamsin Thomas, said: “Everybody loves it. We have a new food and drink department, packed full of Cornish products and selling local bread, Trink milk, groceries and local gin and ciders.” To find out more, visit PAXTON & WHITFIELD LAUNCHES NEW CHEESE TO CELEBRATE 225TH BIRTHDAY This year marks Paxton & Whitfield’s 225th birthday and to celebrate, the UK’s oldest cheesemonger with a store in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire launches ‘Cullum’ – an exclusive, brand new British hard ewes’ milk cheese. This cheese has been developed together with one of Paxton & Whitfield’s long-standing partners, the award-winning cheesemaker Martin Gott of St James Cheese, Cumbria. James Rutter, managing director of Paxton & Whitfield, says: “We are delighted to work with Martin and his team at Holker Farm on this exciting and exclusive new British ewes’ milk cheese. We named the cheese ‘Cullum’ after Stephen Cullum, who was the original founder of the market stall back in 1742 which started the roots of our business. Cullum is the first of many innovations to come out of our new cheese maturation rooms in the Cotswolds as we continue to champion the incredible craft of artisan cheesemaking and support our cheesemakers in more sustainable farming initiatives.” To shop, visit DAYLESFORD ORGANIC UNVEIL NEW TEA AND BOTANICAL INFUSIONS COLLECTION Daylesford Organic has developed a bespoke range of organic teas and botanical infusions in collaboration with London-based Nemi Teas. The collection includes 12 thoughtfully selected teas and infusions, perfect for enjoying alongside Daylesford’s bakery treats including cakes, biscuits and pastries. Sourced from locations ranging from West Bengal to Mozambique, the teas include Darjeeling, Jasmine Green and Elderflower Green. Featuring flavoursome botanicals from liquorice to lemongrass, the refreshing infusions include Radiance and Dreamtime. Those visiting Daylesford cafes can enjoy ‘tea for two’ where the collection of blends will be served on trays with brewing instructions and timers for guests to create the perfect cup. There will also be the option to enjoy the teas over ice. Tastings of the new collection will also be held daily in the Daylesford farm shops with customers having the opportunity to experience the flavours and scents of the blends. Nemi Teas, which employs refugees to give them local work experience to enter the UK workforce, have also manufactured fully-biodegradable tea bags for Daylesford. Lined by a Polylactic Acid (PLA) mesh filter, derived from 100% non-GMO sugarcane, the bags are constructed ultrasonically, without the use of heat or glue. Each of the teas and infusions is available in pillow or pyramid bags, or loose tea caddies. To shop, visit NEWS Nearlywed Image courtesy of Matt Fowler 9 LOCAL NEWS

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 Beautifully Bespoke Ceremonies 07919 598013

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURGLOSTWILTS.WEDDING Closing date 30th November, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. AN OASIS OF CALM The Wardrobe Walled Garden Weddings is a magical wedding venue nestled in the heart of Salisbury city centre. The historic house and surrounding secret garden offer al fresco ceremonies and marquee receptions, perfect for summer soirees. Perched close to the banks of the River Avon, it’s the perfect big-day backdrop, turn to page 19 to read more. The new wedding packages available offer exclusive use of the walled garden on the day of the wedding (with access the day before and after to set up and dismantle) plus marquee hire with lighting, dancefloor, tables and chairs. There’s also use of a private room inside the museum along with two parking spaces, a choice of wedding breakfast ranging from an informal barbecue to a formal sit-down meal, tables dressed in white linen (with the option to upgrade to designer linen and place settings), crockery and glasses, printed menus, a wedding coordinator, and the option for couples to provide their own drinks (corkage charges may apply). There’s also a complimentary menu tasting for couples booking more than 60 guests and package prices start from £145 per person. Your Glos & Wilts Wedding has teamed up with The Wardrobe Walled Garden Weddings to offer readers 5% off wedding package bookings. Call 01722 580 086 quoting YGWW35 and visit to find out more. Turn to page 53 to read about what’s new at Vanilla Catering & Events which provide the catering for the venue. Take advantage of these great giveaways ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

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 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 £3,200 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. £1,300 in 2023 Includes room hire and a 5 item finger buffet DaniellaMarinos Photography B E A U T I F U L E L E G A N T W E D D I N G P H O T OG R A P H Y P R EM I UM , D E L U X E AND S U P E R D E L U X E BE S POKE PACKAGE S AVA I L AB L E Professional, natural documentary style photography to capture those special moments on your big day. Call: 01453 297528 or 07720 230977 Email:

CHELTENHAM AND AROUND Spotlight on... PITTVILLE PUMP ROOM, CHELTENHAM The Pittville Pump Room is a magnificently refined Grade I-listed wedding and events venue home to four stunning rooms including the magnificent main hall, built as a ballroom, featuring the famed central dome decorated with ornate plasterwork. Set in beautiful parkland in Cheltenham, it was the last, and largest of the spa buildings to be built in this Regency town, opening its doors in 1830. Outside, a covered colonnade lined with ionic pillars overlooks the sweeping lawns and lake of Pittville Park, offering a choice of beautiful settings for photographs. Accommodating up to 240 guests for a seated dinner or 300 for a standing reception, the bespoke wedding packages ensure a special and memorable day. The choice of venues within The Cheltenham Trust that incorporates the Pittville Pump Room can accommodate between 10 and 400 guests for both a wedding ceremony and a reception celebration. They include Cheltenham Town Hall and Skillicorne Gardens, and the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum which all guarantee impeccable service with a choice of delicious menus to suit every style and taste. There are plenty of dining options, from buffets and barbecues to formal banqueting. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01242 528 764, We love... that the experienced team will deliver a seamless occasion. ABC PAVILIONS, AROUND BOTH REGIONS Based in the heart of the Cotswolds and with more than 20 years of experience providing marquees for weddings and events, ABC Pavilions hire 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. A free site visit is also available. Ceremony licence? No Contact: 07873 403 589, We love... that these marquees provide a blank canvas and can be styled to suit any theme. 13 LOCAL VENUES

THE FLEECE, CIRENCESTER Best for exploring the Cotswolds and rich in 17th-century character with 21st-century luxury is this Grade 11 listed coaching inn. Pub classics here are a cut above the rest – the team of talented chefs have crafted a menu to suit all taste buds. From the staple Thwaites beer-battered fish and chips to pan-fried gnocchi and seafood linguine, they use only the finest local produce. There’s also a great selection of wines as well as a choice of ales from local breweries and their award-winning Thwaites Ales. With plenty of cosy areas to dine in as well as tables overlooking Cirencester’s picturesque centre, there isn’t a better table in town. We also welcome dogs in the bar area in case you have a spare chip or two! CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE Cheltenham Racecourse is the perfect venue for wedding receptions. The Centaur, which is 2,600m² in size is ideal for larger celebrations of more than 800 guests seated. With just a little imagination, it can be transformed into a stunning reception venue for when space is a key requirement accommodating up to 2,250 guests in total. A popular space for a drinks reception with a maximum capacity of 300 guests seated for dinner, the Panoramic Suite offers a smaller alternative, while the Gold Cup function room, located off the Hall of Fame, is comprised of two rooms. The Festival and Gold Cup suites can host up to 400 guests for a drinks reception and seat up to 260 people for dinner. The venue offers many features including: • Ample free parking for all guests • Multiple rooms and spaces available • Rooms with glorious views of the racecourse • Flexible dining and dancing options • Award-winning catering • The spectacular backdrop of Cleeve Hill • Total flexibility to make your dreams come to life Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: We love... that guests will love this iconic location. Where to enjoy a staycation? 14

THE FROGMILL, SHIPTON OLIFFE NEAR CHELTENHAM This property 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 practices 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 nationwide in the 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 with a 16th-century inn at its heart. 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 quintessential 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.” Weddings take place in the Mill Room with its high vaulted ceiling and French-style decadence. Exclusive use of this and The Snug is available from 9 am until midnight and the sun terrace is the perfect spot for a drinks reception. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01242 386 364, We love... that nine of the boutique bedrooms will be available on the night of the wedding including the sumptuous bridal suite. BRUERN COTTAGES Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, between Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford, Bruern is a collection of luxury cottages to welcome guests just as a hotel does. Available for two nights (sometimes even one) or an eight-week hire, they’re available during the week and at the weekend. Because Bruern offers luxury self-catering, guests are not expected to provide for themselves on their first night, so when they arrive, there are essentials including milk, butter, eggs and sausages waiting along with a few little luxuries like champagne, homemade cakes and local artisan produce including cheese varieties. Twice National Winners of VisitBritain’s England for Excellence Award for Luxury Self-Catering, and current holders of EnjoyEngland’s Gold Award for quality, these holiday cottages set a new benchmark for selfcatering. Bruern Cottages offer the comfort and attention to detail of a good hotel, combined with the privacy, independence and space of home, amidst the civilised ease and style of English country house living. Where to enjoy a staycation? LOCAL VENUES 15

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 Sudeley Castle is a truly unique venue, with a rich history and more than 1,200 acres of grounds nestled in the heart of the Cotswold Hills. Romantic ruins, sweeping valleys and magnificent, award-winning gardens combine to create a beautiful and dramatic setting for your wedding. The picturesque castle, elegant gardens and romantic ruins provide a charming setting for your reception, whilst our Banqueting Hall and Pavilion provide spacious dining and celebration areas. For larger weddings, marquees are placed on North Lawn, which boasts majestic views of the Castle and overlooks the scenic carp pond. For more information, contact our Weddings and Events Team today. E: T: 07825 136469 @sudeleycastleweddings

Once upon a time Go behind the doors of these fairytale venues BOWOOD HOTEL, SPA & GOLF RESORT, CALNE, WILTSHIRE This luxury countryside resort is surrounded by 2,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland home to local wildlife, an abundance of history and boasting far-flung views. Access to the resort is via the impressive Golden Gates, designed by Sir Charles Barry, chief architect of the Houses of Parliament. The outdoor wedding pavilion that hosts summer ceremonies is located on the large open terrace and enjoys panoramic views. At the far end of the resort is The Kerry Suite situated next to the old farmhouse also offering a ceremony option for up to 160 guests and an alternative for the wedding breakfast and can accommodate up to 250 guests for the evening reception. It’s filled with light and furnished in a contemporary style, suiting many wedding themes. It’s made up of three internal rooms; the Kerry, Wycombe and Clanmaurice. Each one can be used individually or combined to create one larger suite. There’s a private bar and lounge and an outdoor courtyard ideal for a champagne drinks reception. Couples booking their wedding at Bowood can expect to receive complimentary food and wine tasting. There are 43 luxurious bedrooms available and discounted accommodation rates for friends and family. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01249 822 228, We love... The selection of wedding packages on offer includes special dates for last-minute rates and they also offer a bespoke option where couples can design their dream day. 17 THEMED VENUES

THE WARDROBE WALLED GARDEN WEDDINGS, SALISBURY This historic venue offers exclusivity within the walls of Cathedral Close in Salisbury. Fronting 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 ceremonies and receptions 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. There are various wedding packages available allowing exclusive use of this secret garden with views of Salisbury Cathedral priced from £145 per person which includes marquee hire, a choice of wedding breakfast menu from a three-course dinner to an informal barbecue and an on-the-day wedding coordinator. For a full list of what’s included, and to take advantage of our exclusive offer, turn to page 11. 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? Yes Contact: 01722 580 086, We love... the city-centre location making it within easy reach. ANOTHER OPTION Whatley Manor is a stunning country house hotel and spa set on 12 acres of grounds located in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This luxurious Cotswold property boasts two dining options; Grey’s Brasserie for leisurely dining and Michelin-starred restaurant The Dining Room. Guests can escape and unwind at Aquarias Spa, home to a thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool, heated stone recliners and salt scrub showers. Spa partners include Gaia and Natura Bissé and the spa menu includes a 60-minute session in the Floatation Pod. The 23 luxurious bedrooms and sumptuous suites are perfect for weekend breaks, midweek escapes and spa stays. A number of the rooms are dog-friendly welcoming four-legged friends. The hotel provides an idyllic backdrop for a quintessentially English wedding. Ceremonies can be held in the garden loggia or gazebo or inside in one of the stunning rooms. It suits year-round celebrations, from magical midsummer weddings to cosy autumn and winter celebrations. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01666 822 888, We love... he regular events that take place including Jazz Sundays, garden tours and Sunday Cinema Events. Scan to view video 18

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

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 | | 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 Transforming Vintage For The Style Led Bride Original Vintage Wedding Dresses Refit + Redesign + Bespoke Embroidery & Embellishment Services Visit Sophie, Head Designer & Founder of A Lover ’s Thread for a virtual or in person appointment at her Hitchin, Hertfordshire Home Bridal Studio Get social with ALT Enquire, book or buy

WORCESTER LODGE ON BADMINTON ESTATE Designed by William Kent in 1746, Worcester Lodge is a Grade I listed building that faces south along the three-mile avenue that leads to Badminton House in South Gloucestershire. It boasts spectacular views of the surrounding fields, woodland and Badminton House itself. An idyllic wedding venue, it combines the grandeur of a historical building with the versatility of a modern outdoor wedding. Inside Worcester Lodge is a grand room flooded with natural daylight through the large windows that are reflected by the mirror suspended above the working fireplace. There are stunning period features including an intricate ornate ceiling. The venue is in the process of securing a ceremony licence for ceremonies to take place inside the lodge for an intimate 30 guests, under the archway or in a marquee in front of the lodge which is where receptions also take place for up to 40 loved ones. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01454 218 203, We love... that the four balconies face towards Badminton House. THEMED VENUES 21

Love at first swipe Emily and Will’s wedding followed a rustic theme styled with touches of blush pink Images courtesy of Rebecca Casey Photography Emily and Will Standen married on 25A June 2022 at Manor Estate Wiltshire. 22

Emily and Will met at Bath Spa University but it wasn’t until years later that they came across each other on a dating app and decided to go from a drink. “Will proposed on the evening of 17th September 2020, on a pier at the Liberty Lara resort in Antalya, Turkey,” Emily tells us. “We visited the pier to take some photos and everyone seemed to be leaving so we had it to ourselves. Will told me that he had an accessory to add to our photographs and got down on one knee before presenting me with a stunning solitaire ring that he had designed himself and had made which was a wonderful surprise - I didn’t even see the ring for the first few minutes because I was crying happy tears!” SETTING THE SCENE The Manor Estate was the first venue that the couple viewed and they both fell in love with it. “We knew that we wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place and this allowed us to do that,” Emily says. “It’s a 17th-century manor house with beautiful gardens and grounds and the barn itself has exposed brick walls. I could visualize how our wedding would be decorated and the venue coordinator, Pippa, was so helpful - we knew as soon as we met her that she would be able to deliver the perfect day exactly how we wanted.” Emily designed the couple’s centrepieces “Whilst we were having our couple portraits taken, we kept looking at each other and saying can you believe it’s our wedding day - it felt very surreal.” - Emily andWill REAL WEDDINGS 23

using artificial flowers which they were able to keep afterwards. “It was a fun and creative task for me to do in my spare time and it meant that I could have the flower varieties and colours that I wanted,” she tells us. “We also had an archway decorated with artificial flowers and white drapes as well as a flower wall and giant LOVE letters which all looked incredible.” Emily also made the table plan using a template which was then printed by TavernCreative on Etsy. “All 12 tables were named after cities around the world that we had visited together and each one featured a photograph of us in that place,” Emily says. “Our place names were made using brown paper tags and our favours were packets of personalised Love Heart sweets.” The couple chose an all-vegan menu and a three-tier cake with a dark chocolate and raspberry layer, a lemon and elderflower tier and a carrot cake covered with naked buttercream. “We had a cake topper that said ‘Mr & Mrs Standen’ and we had the names of our cat, Flo, and dog, Teigan, made out of icing decorating the cake,” Emily says. LOOKING THE PART “I loved getting ready at the venue with my bridesmaids,” Emily tells us. I wore a beautiful fishtail-shaped dress with a long train. I accessorised it with a Cathedral-length veil and a pearl and gemstone belt.” Will and his groomsmen chose blue suits teamed with blush pink ties and pocket squares along with brown shoes. “Will wore a grey chequered waistcoat whilst the others wore navy braces,” Emily says. “Our beautiful bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses featuring sparkly belts. “They chose their shoes and wore their hair in different styles that were created by my friend, Lily.” TIME TO CELEBRATE “I loved the speeches – I felt so proud of my dad, my new husband and his groomsmen for putting so much effort into them and making us all laugh and cry at the same time!” Emily tells us. “I’m also really grateful to one of the guests who audio recorded the speeches on his phone. We hadn’t planned to do this, but I’m so glad that he did because we’ve been able to listen to them again.” The couple both loved performing their first dance. “We practised it for weeks in the kitchen, so it was incredible to do it in real life with everyone watching and cheering us on!” Emily says. “We hired a DJ who played Motown and 80s classics which got everyone in the mood for dancing!” “It was such an amazing occasion to have everyone we love gathered in the same room which included friends who had travelled across the world from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark,The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Spain and Scotland to celebrate with us. Considering we hadn’t seen many of them in recent years due to the pandemic, it felt extra-special to have them there.” - Emily andWill 24

THE DREAM TEAM Venue, Manor Estate Wiltshire, 07545 988 479, Photographer, Rebecca Casey Photography, Jewellery and accessories, Orton, 01225 309 039, Make-up artist, MK Hair & Makeup, 07771 906 117, Suits, Clifton Suits, 01179 099 948, Cake, The Cake Architect, 01225 378 867, Artificial flowers, Country Baskets, Day catering, Forkingout, 01722 328 808, Evening catering, Fresh Kitchen, 07494 769 146, 25 REAL WEDDINGS “Give yourself enough time to plan for the day.We had almost two years which was great because we could take our time and if we hit any bumps in the road then we had time to resolve them without worrying. Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen for help because they’re there to support you. Ours were fantastic and did an amazing job ensuring the day ran smoothly for us.” - Emily andWill

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 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 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 |

A family affair Cotswold House Hotel & Spa in Chipping Campden was the stylish setting for Hollie and Lewis’s big day Images courtesy of AJT Photography Hollie Denyer and Lewis Harry Keeling married on Saturday 23rd July 2022 at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Hollie and Lewis met when they both worked at the Noel Arms Hotel where she was a receptionist and he was the deputy manager. “His sense of humour first attracted me to him,” Hollie tells us. The couple became engaged on the 2nd March 2019 in Stratford-upon-Avon. “We’d enjoyed a lovely meal and then Lewis asked me to marry him on a bridge over the river which was so romantic,” Hollie says. Cotswold House Hotel & Spa was the natural choice of wedding venue for the couple because Hollie works there. “My mum, Mandy, is the wedding and events manager there,” she tells us. “My mum got married at the hotel so Lewis and I both knew this was where we wanted to have our special day. It’s the perfect venue, the gardens are stunning and it’s a very special place for us.” Here, Hollie tells us about their wedding decorated with rose gold and blush pink hues and a nod to Harry Potter. REAL WEDDINGS 27

Other decorative items included a welcome board, a wedding post box and giant LOVE letters. I made our table plan with a pale pink backgrou nd and rose gold font. I also created our table and place names that featured a matching rose gold font. Our flowers included ivory and pale pink roses mixed with astilbe and ivory freesias. We also incorporated silver eucalyptus, ivy, and rosemary foliage and I loved our pretty floral arch made from pink and white flowers and green foliage. We had the registrar Jean Heasey conduct our ce remony who had previously married my mother and is a friend of hers which was lovely. 28

There was a locket holding a photograph of my grandmother on my bouquet. Our two-tier cake featured a lemon and salted ca ramel layer decorated with buttercream. Our stunning centrepieces were silver candelabras with ivory and pink flowers and plenty of trailing foliage. I wore a fishtail-shaped dress that I accessorised with a diamanté belt and a cathedral-length veil. White iris featured in some of the buttonholes in memory of Lewis’s grandmother. My wedding ring was given to me by my mother. REAL WEDDINGS 29

We both felt amazing surrounded by our loved o nes. THE DREAM TEAM Venue and catering, Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, 01386 840 330, | Photographer, AJT Photography, | Hair and make-up artist, Ellen at Bridal By Team Elite, | Suits, Morgan DeVere Menswear Cheltenham, 01242 243 388, | Cake, Dough_Much_More, Flowers, The Bay Tree Chipping Campden, 01386 840 617, | Entertainment, Andrew James Music, | Venue styling, Gilt Edge Events Specialist Wedding & Event Venue Decorators, 01993 852 816, | Singing waiters, Singers Secreto, 07853 943 475, We had a singing waiter who pretended to be delivering pizza – my brother’s face was a picture! We hired the pianist and singer Andrew James to entertain our guests. He sounded fantastic! Our dog, Bruce, wore a waistcoat and bow tie – he looked so cute! Lewis and his groomsmen wore blue tweed Marc Darcy three-piece suits and Lewis wore a different buttonhole. “We all tucked into a delicious three-course meal which everybody loved.” - Hollie and Lewis Our bridesmaids wore full-length rose gold dresses and our flowergirls wore cute dresses with tulle skirts. 30 07779134116 It is a privilege to witness, observe, anticipate and capture the moments that convey love, emotion and happiness. Our Space Walking down the aisle is one of the biggest and most important moments of your big day. If you choose to have a civil ceremony with us then there are two air conditioned rooms to choose from. Your Cotswold Wedding Our Grade 2 Regency town house, set in the heart of one of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds. The perfect choice for your civil ceremony. Warm golden stone and two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens combine with our unique style, exquisite food and attentive service. We promise you and your guests a truly wonderful experience. UPPER HIGH STREET THE SQUARE CHIPPING CAMPDEN GLOUCESTERSHIRE GL55 6AN The Montrose Suite A lovely light-filled room with pitched roof and beams. Can seat up to 90 guests for a ceremony, 90 for a wedding breakfast and 120 for an evening reception. The Fig Lounge This room encapsulates the original Regency Manor House with contemporary décor. The perfect backdrop for a grand entrance. Can seat up to 50 guests for a ceremony and 44 for a wedding breakfast.

love story Raegan and Jack’s rustic-inspired barn wedding enjoyed a grey, green and white theme Images courtesy of Daniella Marinos Photography A LOCAL Raegan and Jack Robson married on 1st October 2021 at Saxon Barn in Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire. 32

Raegan and Jack met when she started working for his mum. “Jack used to visit the office to see his mum and we caught each other’s eye,” Raegan tells us. The couple became engaged during a trip to Vienna to celebrate her birthday. “It was a big surprise when Jack popped the question in a beautiful park, about an hour after we had landed!” Raegan says. SETTING THE SCENE Saxon Barn was the natural choice of wedding venue for the couple because it’s situated on their good friends’ farm. “It’s a converted barn with a high ceiling that offers a rustic-inspired setting,” Raegan says. “The local church is located just behind it and, along with the pond on the farm and the beautiful fields surrounding it, it was the perfect place to host a relaxed day which is what we wanted. We enjoyed canapés by the pond in the sunshine and then walked through the picturesque orchard to the marquee, where the sun set behind us. The marquee was covered in festoon lighting which lit up the field all evening and looked so romantic.” The couple styled their day with plenty of white flowers and greenery that complimented the surrounding scenery. 33 REAL WEDDINGS

LOOKING THE PART Raegan wore an ivory satin backless dress with a high neck from the White Rose collection. “I knew that I wanted something stylish and simple and I fell in love with this gown straight away,” she tells us. “I teamed it with a two-tier veil, a hair comb and a pair of drop earrings.” Jack and his groomsmen wore green tweed jackets with beige chinos and grey bow ties with brown shoes. “Jack chose a different waistcoat to his groomsmen,” Raegan explains. TIME TO CELEBRATE Raegan and Jack hired a duo of acoustic singers to perform during the drinks reception. “Their full band joined them for the evening entertainment which was a big hit with our guests,” Raegan says. “The dancefloor was packed until the end of the night creating such a happy celebration!” “We were touched and humbled that everybody we loved made the effort to celebrate with us.” – Raegan and Jack 34