Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 37)

FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, VENUES, NEWS AND MORE FEB/MAR 2023 £3.55 WIN! A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland Eco-friendly FASHION Sustainable styles SPOTLIGHT ON... North Wiltshire & Swindon STEEPED IN HISTORY Venues that tell a story Something green The gardens at Cotswold venue Matara spring to life Local love Real wedding couples reveal all

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 7 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 54 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2023 FEATURES 45 SOMETHING GREEN Matara in Gloucestershire provided the perfect venue for this beautiful styled shoot 49 ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDINGS How to create a sustainable special day 53 LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU In the words of singer Robbie Williams, create a fun reception packed with surprises for guests! 56 CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS We've put together the ultimate guide to pets at weddings to help you create the perfect day On the cover... Stunning wedding venue Matara in Gloucestershire provided the beautiful backdrop for our cover this issue. The styled shoot that took place there was a collaboration of several talented local wedding suppliers and was expertly captured by J Ehlers Photography. Read all about it on page 45. 70 VENUES 15 A STORY TO TELL These magical venues are steeped in history 21 SPOTLIGHT ON Wedding venues in North Wiltshire and Swindon 84

4 GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 80 MIDNIGHT MAGIC With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products FASHION & BEAUTY 59 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 61 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 67 SUSTAINABLE STYLES These designers offer something green as they promote their latest collections created using eco-friendly fabrics 70 BRIGHT AND BOLD Bridesmaids will love the colourful dresses and accessories in store this season 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 74 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 76 THE HAIR NECESSITIES Achieve wedding-ready locks with multi-awardwinning celebrity hair stylist and TV hair expert Vicky Lord 77 THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR Find your way to wedding wellness by managing that sweet tooth with help from expert nutritionists REAL WEDDINGS 24 THE PERFECT BLEND Emma and Adrian’s big day married an English country garden wedding with Norwegian touches 31 SUMMER LOVIN’ Danielle and Adrian enjoyed a marquee reception at Worcester Lodge on the Badminton Estate 38 LOVE AND MARRIAGE Rebecca and Jordon’s special day at Syrencot was beautifully captured by Leanne Street Photography. 61 13 67 79 HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 87 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the Coppa Club collection of hotels and restaurants 88 THE PERFECT GETAWAY We've rounded up some of the best mini-moon destinations in Europe 72 | 01285 864 000 | Lake 6, South Cerney, GL7 5FP A picturesque wedding venue in the Cotswolds Set in miles of Cotswolds countryside and more than 150 lakes, this hotel venue provides a stunning backdrop for any wedding day. With lake views, delicious wedding breakfasts curated by an Executive Chef, luxury overnight accommodation and experienced Wedding Coordinators, you can be sure every detail is taken care of to create an unforgettable day.

Visit your local F.Hinds store or scan the QR code to start browsing • Premium quality wedding rings • A large selection of styles from plain and traditional to modern and stone set • Multiple precious metals available including 9ct, 18ct and 22ct gold, white gold, platinum and palladium • Perfect fit bridal sets with an engagement ring and a wedding ring • Free bespoke wedding ring design service • With a lifetime guarantee*, free ring sizing, free valuation and free annual inspection • Beautiful wedding jewellery and gifts are also available Find Your Forever Wedding Rings *Excludes wear & tear and accidental damage 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 | | @julietdraperhair & @juliet_draper_hair Weddings - Up-dos - Special Occasions Hair-styling - Makeup 07773 291487

With Christmas and the cold snap a distant memory, this is the season of love with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day upon us. For those of you who have just become engaged (or are hoping to on Valentine’s Day) then congratulations, you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey! For those of you putting the finishing touches to a spring wedding this year then take inspiration from our local real-life wedding couples and advice from a host of expert regional suppliers. That’s not all – there’s also all the latest wed-day news, exclusive offers, fashion, beauty and hot honeymoon ideas. Until the next issue... Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Tis’ the season Alicia Victoria of Red Maple Photography documented the real wedding of Emma and Adrian in this issue on page 24. I adore their elegant marquee set-up! Check out this stunning shot by talented wedding photographer Patrick Partridge who captured it at the real wedding of Danielle and Adrian at Worcester Lodge on the Badminton Estate on page 33. Read all about the hottest new venue opening – Water’s Edge at Ewen – in our news section on page nine! The magnificent Matara venue in Gloucestershire provided the backdrop for our styled shoot in this issue. See it in all its glory on page 47. The Lund Collection is the ideal retreat for an early-spring mini-moon in the quintessential Cotswolds. Discover more on page nine. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Managers Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Glos &Wilts Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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

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The latest news from around both counties COTSWOLDS’ HOTTEST NEWWEDDING VENUE OPENS ITS DOORS Tucked away amidst beautiful private grounds in the heart of the sleepy Cotswold village of Ewen is Water’s Edge, the hottest new wedding and party venue on the Cotswold scene that launched in December 2022 in time for the 2023 celebration season. Purpose-built in the form of a contemporary Cotswold barn, this stunning exclusive-use venue marries modern style with plenty of traditional rustic charm - perfect for couples in search of low-key elegance for their big day. Launched by husband and wife team Steve and Emma Hewer, who have built Water’s Edge within their private grounds, the venue is the next step for the couple who have held summer season marquee weddings on the grounds for the past decade. The couple were passionate about using their event expertise to launch a permanent-structure venue that could enable couples and guests to enjoy the stunning surroundings year-round and so Water’s Edge was born.  THE PARTY SPACE Framing a pretty private courtyard garden, the venue aims to bring the outside in creating a relaxed vibe for guests. Spanning two stories in the form of an L-shaped barn, the main party space encompasses the barn’s entire ground floor, including a stunning dining room complete with a show-stopping open fireplace, a large bar and lounge area and an open theatre-style kitchen, where guests can watch the in-house chef team work their magic. Celebrations will begin in the barn’s bar area, where a stunning handmade panelled bar forms the room’s centrepiece. Farrow and Ball’s paint colour Hague Blue frames the walls, whilst sink-in statement sofas offer a comfy spot to relax with a tipple; from locally-sourced Cotswold ales and traditional bubbles to the venue’s delicious signature cocktails. Moving from the bar past an industrial-style open theatre kitchen - where guests can watch the chefs at work - the venue opens up into an elegant panelled dining room accommodating up to 110 guests seated. Effortlessly blending traditional Cotswold barn charm with a sultry, contemporary design palette, Farrow and Ball’s paint shade Stable Green decorates the walls while a large statement Cotswold stone fireplace offers a focal point for the room. Come sundown, the space transforms into a dancefloor complete with a top-of-the-range Martin Audio Speaker System; ideal for DJs and live bands alike.  THE ROOMS Upstairs, three bedrooms including a bridal suite, plus en-suite bathrooms offer couples the chance to extend their celebrations over two nights with their nearest and dearest. The showstopper of the venue is its bridal suite; a stunning, large bedroom complete with a roll-top bath, separate dressing room, contemporary en-suite and super king-size luxury padded bed; perfect for brides looking for a space to share with bridesmaids the night before and for couples to enjoy their wedding night. Two further bedrooms sleep up to five additional guests, with a shared contemporary bathroom complete with bath and shower located between the rooms.  OUTSIDE Large floor-to-ceiling bi-fold doors flood each ground floor space with plenty of natural daylight and allow guests to freely access the beautiful courtyard garden space. Decorated with romantic festoon lighting and firepits to keep the al fresco party going well into the evening, this area is framed by Cotswold stone walls and pleached Hornbeam trees to ensure total privacy. The garden path leads down into the rolling grounds, where amidst billowing willow trees and lawns there’s a small private lake and outdoor ceremony structure.  THE FOOD All food at Water’s Edge is freshly prepared in the theatre kitchen by the venue’s carefully curated in-house chef team. Using the very best in locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, menus are designed around the couple and range from delicious sharing platters and flame-grilled feasts, to opulent feasting menus. Come nightfall, a ‘Munchies’ menu keeps dancing feet well fuelled, ranging from luxury cheese toasties to tasty stone-baked pizzas and locally-sourced “fancy” hot dogs.  THE LOCATION Water’s Edge in Ewen is just 15 minutes from Cirencester and a stone’s throw from Kemble, which has train links to London. Venue hire costs from £5,900 for two-night exclusive use; food menus from £49 per person and the capacity is 110 guests seated and up to 180 people standing. For further information, visit EDITOR LOVES Hunker down and explore the English countryside during a mini-moon in Chipping Norton at Bergman Design House’s one-bedroom private cottage. For those wishing to rustle up their winter feast and bake a berry crumble or two, Broadway Market and Daylesford Farm are just moments away and provide the freshest, organic produce from local farmers. Ramblers in search of the most scenic spots will love the variety of rewarding walking routes surrounding the cottage, including the nearby grounds of the beautiful Sudeley Castle and gardens. The Lund Collection is exquisitely decorated by the husband-and-wife design duo Marie Soliman and Albin Berglund and features a carefully-curated collection of original artwork and vintage treasures alongside new bespoke furniture from the studio’s Black Berg Collection. From 17th-century Chinese ceramics and an 18th-century marriage armoire turned showstopping drinks cabinet to a modern and luxurious deep-soaking bathtub, design lovers will marvel at the wonders on display. To book, visit NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

NEWWILTSHIRE MOTORING EVENT SET TO TAKE PLACE AT BOWOOD June 2023 will mark the debut of Masters of Motoring, a new premium motoring lifestyle event from Great British Motor Shows that’s being held at the luxury hotel wedding venue, Bowood. The new show, which is to be staged on Father’s Day on June 18th should prove to be a great addition to early summer motoring enthusiasts and collectors shows as well as to next year’s social events calendar, both in the UK and internationally. Masters of Motoring will be a combination of high-level classic and performance car displays, married with a carefully selected mix of leisure and lifestyle luxury retail opportunities, excellent food, drink and hospitality - all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Lansdowne family home at Bowood house and gardens, in Wiltshire. “I am extremely excited – and proud – to announce the inaugural Masters of Motoring,” explains Great British Motor Shows’ managing director Steve Bishop. “This has been something that has been in the planning stages for some time. We now have the right venue partners with Bowood House and, I believe, a great event format with new displays and select partners who will help to create an exciting and memorable experience for owners and visitors alike.” Masters of Motoring will host a VIP zone that will boast supercar and hypercar displays, together with its own hospitality area. This will sit alongside another major display area on the main front lawns of Bowood House that will showcase vehicles drawn from supercar owner’s clubs from around the UK. With a further area dedicated to individual owners of classic and performance vehicles, the event will therefore bring together, and celebrate, the Masters of Motoring from across the ages. “Masters of Motoring is all about finding that common ground between exhibitor and customer,” continues Steve Bishop. “The show aims to embrace the car club alongside the private collections – allowing owners to show off their pride and joy across a broad spectrum of motoring, in the best way, surrounded by exciting elements and in a fabulous environment.” For the inaugural Masters of Motoring, the main theme celebrates legendary car designer Marcello Gandini, the man behind - amongst other greats - Lamborghini’s Miura and Countach. The event will also pay homage to the 60th anniversary of another motoring master, the Porsche 911, with some fantastic ‘never-before-seen’ displays. Visitors to The Masters of Motoring will also be able to browse a deliberately-limited selection of premium retail partners, who will offer products and services ranging from watches and jewellery, through art and designer goods to luxury lifestyle and motoring service providers. “We are delighted to be welcoming the inaugural ‘Masters of Motoring’ to the Bowood Estate on Sunday 18th June” enthuses Sarah Forwood, events manager of the Bowood Estate. “Masters of Motoring will showcase beautiful classic cars and supercars within Bowood’s stunning grounds. This new and exciting show on Father’s Day will be a wonderful addition to our 2023 events lineup.” Lifestyle motoring media platform Paddock Life has already been signed up as the first Media Partner for the 2023 Masters of Motoring and will play an active role in the feature displays. The event organisers are also currently in discussion with several potential partners and further announcements can be expected over the coming months on details of these partnerships and about the event itself. To find out more, visit and to find out more about weddings at the venue, visit Turn to page 23 to read all about Bowood as a wedding venue. COTSWOLD HILLS TO BE THE FIRST ENGLISH WINE TO BE SOLD IN PACKAMAMA’S ECO-FLAT FORMAT BOTTLE Cotswold Hills, the Royal Agricultural University’s award-winning wine and social enterprise based in Gloucestershire, has become the first UK vineyard to trial the use of Packamama’s multi-award-winning flat wine bottles. A small run of the 2021 English white wine, perfect for weddings, will be available in the new sustainable eco-flat bottles as part of an ongoing, student-led, project undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) and a celebration of how collaboration in the English wine industry can help create a more sustainable future. A core premise of the project is to allow students to gain important first-hand enterprise and employability skills, learning about vineyard management, grape varieties, wine production, marketing and finances. Hugo Sain-Ley-Berry-Gray, the RAU’s student lead on the project who is studying for a degree in Applied Farm Management at Cirencester university, said: “As students of food and agriculture, we are conscious of the carbon footprint associated with the industry. For the wine sector, glass bottles account for a high percentage of these emissions. “Eco-flat wine bottles offer Cotswold Hills a product that aligns with our sustainability objectives. Reducing the weight and changing the material of our bottles is a step in the right direction to solve an existing problem. As new entrants into the industry, this was an opportunity we were keen to explore. “Packamama’s eco-flat wine bottles provide an exciting opportunity to innovate and reduce the emissions of our product. Being the UK’s first vineyard to trial this format is exciting and we hope to inspire others to explore this option.” Keen to support the next generation of the UK wine industry, Packamama provided their Suffolk-produced, 100% recycled PET bottles for the project. Thanks to space, weight and energy savings, Packamama’s innovative packaging format enables emissions savings of around 50% compared to typical, round, glass bottles. Judith Candy, business development manager at Packamama, said, “The students involved in this project at the RAU represent a generation of eco-conscious young people who will not accept high carbon footprint products given the climate crisis. “As such, it has been a pleasure to support their endeavours in creating a local and sustainable product through supplying our lower carbon footprint bottles. As a British start-up, it is also very motivating to see our Packamama format used for an English wine for the first time and we hope it is the start of a long-lasting collaboration.” Katherine Duke, Head of Enterprise & Employability at the RAU, said, “This is an incredible project and we, at the RAU, are excited to be the first English wine producer to use these new eco-flat bottles.” To shop, visit Turn to page 51 to read more about wedding suppliers offering sustainable practices. 10

The Slaughters Manor House, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, GL54 2HP 01451 820 456 . events@ . A few words from some of our brides... (as we couldn’t put it better ourselves) “The location is stunning, a beautiful Cotswold Manor House with amazing grounds set in the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter with its stream, water mill and quaint cottages, a perfect setting and endless photo opportunities. The Chef Nik and his team did a fantastic job, and all our guests were overwhelmed by the quality of the food and amazing service.” “The Slaughters Manor House exceeded our every expectation. Our daughter and son in law had a room called Valentine a wonderful suite big enough to hold her and 5 bridesmaids on the morning, with a private garden.” ‘ ’The wedding breakfast was wonderful, and everybody said it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted.” ‘ ’ The attentive service throughout the entire day was exemplary, nobody was left with an empty glass and the high level of service was maintained until the party finished in the early hours.’ ’ ©Weddings by Nicola & Glen We have a genuinely friendly and flexible approach to creating your perfect bespoke wedding, choose from a simple day ceremony through to full exclusive use (for up to 120 guests.) We would be more than delighted to show you around or chat on the phone, Please do let us know you will be calling in, either on 01451 820 456 , or drop us an email

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURGLOSWILTS.WEDDING SAY ITWITH FLOWERS Why not commission an original oil painting of your wedding bouquet or flowers as an everlasting memory of your special day? It will also make a wonderful thank-you gift for your bridesmaids and mothers. The owner of Forever Bouquet Fine Art, Caroline Evans MA, has recently completed this stunning painting that will be on display at occasion wear boutique Silks of Cheltenham this spring. Silks of Cheltenham specialise in big-day outfits for mothers with new-season designs now in store. Caroline has teamed up with the talented team at Silks of Cheltenham to offer customers the chance of winning their very own bespoke bouquet painting from Forever Bouquet Fine Art. The entrant must be a paying customer at Silks of Cheltenham and then make a booking with Caroline. Any payments or deposits previously made to Caroline by the winner will be refunded. The winner is to be announced in the first week of May 2023. *The offer is running until 30th April 2023. To find out more and to shop the latest collection of occasion wear, visit; To find out more about commissioning an original oil painting of your big-day blooms, visit;; Take advantage of these great giveaways WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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

A story to tell These wedding venues are all steeped in history The Top 50 Boutique Hotels in the UK were recently unveiled. The much-anticipated list is curated, and voted, on by leading industry experts, hoteliers, travel writers and influencers. Chris Lowe, group director of hospitality and manufacturing at William Reed says “We’re delighted to be revealing this fantastic new list. Our number one has jumped up 18 places from last year and the highest new entry is number 5 which is a testament to those teams’ stellar efforts. With staycations continuing to be a focus for Britons, it is encouraging to see such a strong regional presence this year and such a wide range of unique hotel experiences to enjoy.” The Boutique Hotel list follows on from the success of the Top 50 Cocktail Bars, as well as the long-running and ever-popular Top 50 Gastropubs. Now, consumers have a complete and definitive guide to where to eat, drink, and sleep throughout the UK. At number nine on the list is Thyme, a countryside hotel located in Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds which is the ideal retreat for a mini-moon in the region. There’s always something happening at this family-run property, from cookery classes and floristry workshops (perfect for hen gatherings) to wellness Wednesdays ( Wild Thyme & Honey, also located in Gloucestershire, was number 25 on the list. It’s a boutique country inn situated in the heart of the Cotswolds with 24 sophisticated bedrooms and suites including No.3 London Road, the property’s honeymoon offering. There are three beautiful event spaces for weddings that include the Wild Thyme & Honey Event Suite, The Secret Garden Room and The Courtyard ( Luxury hotel Calcot & Spa was listed as number 32 on The Top 50 Boutique Hotels in the UK which can be hired exclusively for wedding celebrations ( and Dormy House Hotel, located on the edge of Gloucestershire bordering Worcestershire, was at number 42 ( 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. Turn to page 33 to see the stunning real wedding of Danielle and Adrian that took place at the property. Interior of Worcester Lodge courtesy of Tom Matten Photography. W at ’s new? Scan to view video 15 THEMED VENUES

THE MANOR HOUSE, COTSWOLDS Nestled within Castle Combe village in the wooded Bybrook Valley lies this 14th-century gem, an idyllic, romantic setting for a wedding that’s available for exclusive use. The Manor House itself is a historic house surrounded by Cotswolds mews cottages and beautiful acres of grounds where couples can host their very own private house party wedding. Outdoor ceremonies can be enjoyed along with award-winning dining and luxury accommodation. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01249 782 206,  We love... the long list of recommended local suppliers that the team at this property work regularly with. THE WARDROBE WALLED GARDEN WEDDINGS, SALISBURY This historic venue offers exclusivity within the walls of Cathedral Close in Salisbury. Fronting on to Choristers Square, the house dates back to the 13th century with many additions and alterations. To the rear, there’s a mature walled garden, known as the secret garden, a hidden gem in the heart of this Cathedral city which is now licensed for outdoor ceremonies and is also where exclusive marquee weddings can be held. It’s fully enclosed and covers more than half an acre leading down to the banks of the River Avon. The pretty flowerbeds and blooming rose garden make it an ideal photographic backdrop. Small wedding ceremonies and receptions can also take place inside the property the historic regimental room suitably placed to admire the views of the Cathedral spire. Access is granted the day before, and after, the wedding which is included in the cost. There’s also an experienced wedding and event planner on hand, plus a complimentary tasting of the wedding breakfast menu and a discounted lunch the day after the celebration included in the price. Ceremony licence? No Contact: 01722 580 086,  We love... the city-centre location making it easy to reach for guests. 16

Badminton Estate lies in the heart of South Gloucestershire and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. Steeped in history and tradition it makes for an idyllic English countryside wedding venue. For outdoor marquee weddings, couples can hire Worcester Park with William Kent’s Grade I listed building, Worcester Lodge, as a backdrop. is beautiful, south-facing, historical building also has spectacular views from the balconies to Badminton House for the perfect wedding photo. WORCESTER LODGE WEDDING SHOWCASE 1st - 2nd April 2023 See the venue and meet our suppliers. To make enquiries please visit and request our Wedding Brochure. WEDDINGS AND EVENTS BY BAZ & FRED • 01285 708200 •

Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with 1000 acres and 1000 years of history, Sudeley Castle is the perfect location for your wedding. E: T: 07825 136469 @sudeleycastleweddings Image by The Curries M I L S T O N F L O W E R B A R N w e d d i n g f l o r i s t 07881 930677

Interior of Old Gore Barn by Yard Space Events photographed by OLD GORE BARN BY YARD SPACE EVENTS Old Gore Barn is comprised of three barns, The Main Barn, The Long Barn and The Dutch Barn. All are original buildings more than 200 years old that have been carefully curated during the renovation of the site to maintain their charm. The contrast of brick, wood and metalwork offers a pallet of neutral colours as a big-day backdrop. Nestled into the heart of the Cotswold hills, overlooking the Calmsden valley, the festoon-lit courtyard at the venue offers an outdoor cooking space equipped with a large Asado firepit and barbecue area situated under the Dutch Barn. Fields of wildflowers and wheat surround the area offering perfect photo opportunities. The Main Barn – the centrepiece of Old Gore Barn – is home to exposed beams and Cotswold stone walls. It’s licensed for up to 120 guests for a ceremony which takes place in front of the wood burner. Crittall-style doors create a light and airy space in the main barn while The Long Barn, licensed for up to 160 guests, benefits from bi-folding doors providing an al fresco dining experience and views across the courtyard and fields during the ceremony. Ceremony licence? Contact: 01285 708 200,  We love... the feast nights and pop-up events that regularly take place at the venue – check the website for details. WHERE TO ENJOY A MINI-MOON Hillside Cottage situated in the pastoral village of Edington, Wiltshire, offers the comfortable cosiness of a family home coupled with the convenience of a large hotel, making it the ideal choice for a mini-moon. The cottage features six en suite guest bedrooms with steam shower bathrooms, a living room with a working fireplace and a large kitchen with a dining table and private patio. For an evening in, guests can rustle up their own meals with ingredients purchased from the neighbouring Edington Farm Shop or the experienced team can arrange a private chef, freeing up time to explore the historic English countryside or simply relax with a favourite book. Guests have exclusive access to Hillside’s private steam and sauna house, complete with an outdoor plunge pool and hot tub where they can indulge in some quality pampering. After a long walk in the Wiltshire countryside, guests can curl up by the wood-burning stove at Trailhead Lodge, a luxe games room complete with bar, dartboard, games, and comfy sofas. The award-winning Three Daggers Pub and Brewery are just across the road, named English Pub of the Year 2019-2020. The menu, designed in a farm-to-table style, moves with the seasons and the local farmers’ offerings. Hillside Cottage is close to Westbury Whitehorse, Stonehenge and the city of Bath, making it the perfect launching base for sightseeing and discovering the local history. Full property buyout of Hillside Cottage starts at £1500 per night, 19 THEMED VENUES

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CHISELDON HOUSE, SWINDON, WILTSHIRE This country manor house hotel and restaurant, that’s draped in wisteria during the warmer months, is a historic intimate setting nestled within three acres of pretty landscaped gardens in the Wiltshire countryside. The stone façade provides a beautiful backdrop for big-day photographs and the interior is home to many traditional features including fireplaces, statement chandeliers and a stunning staircase. Outdoor ceremonies take place under the thatched summerhouse located within the private secluded courtyard leading directly into the function rooms where up to 180 guests can gather. The picturesque courtyard and grounds are also a photographer’s dream, with Instaworthy touches at every turn including secluded wooded areas and pretty manicured gardens. The indoor Borelli Suite overlooking the gardens and flooded with natural daylight seats up to 60 guests for the ceremony and can also host the wedding breakfast. The elegant restaurant offers another option for the wedding breakfast for up to 100 loved ones seated or up to 120 for the reception and this area overlooks and leads directly on to the courtyard. The hotel lends itself to exclusive-use weddings and can be transformed to suit most wedding themes with the restaurant offering a blank canvas. The hotel is home to 21 stylish bedrooms, perfect for guests wishing to stay over. The talented chef is happy to meet with the couple to devise a menu to their liking and the team at this splendid venue work with preferred suppliers who know the property well. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01793 741 010,; www.facebook. com/ChiseldonHouse; We love... the exclusive-use wedding package that includes a menu tasting for the couple plus the intimate package for smaller affairs. ANOTHER OPTION Stanton Manor Cotswolds near Chippenham is a country house hotel that’s part of the Sleeping Bears Hotels chain. Offering wedding packages all year round, the stunning Woodlands Room can accommodate up to 90 guests for a ceremony while the pretty cherry orchard offers a summery al fresco option. The wedding breakfast for up to 120 guests is served in the heated marquee allowing guests access to the extensive grounds. The mouth-watering dishes are created using fresh local ingredients and up to 150 loved ones can enjoy an evening buffet and party in a choice of rooms inside the manor, accessed via a covered walkway that’s illuminated at twilight. Contact: 01666 818 815;; 22

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The perfect blend Emma and Adrian’s big day married an English country garden wedding with Norwegian touches Images courtesy of Alicia Victoria | Red Maple Photography Emma and Adrian Holm married on 4th June 2022 at Drakestone House in Dursley, Gloucestershire Scan to view video 24

Emma and Adrian met online in April 2017. “We were both working in London and enjoyed our first date at The Alexandra pub in Wimbledon,” Emma tells us. “Adrian is from Norway and had plenty of Scandinavian charm - the conversation was so easy from the beginning!” The couple became engaged in Norway in June 2019. “We had relocated to Stavanger from London after a year of being together and were enjoying a walk on the beach after work when Adrian got down on one knee in the dunes and proposed!” Alice tells us. “It was a wonderful surprise!” SETTING THE SCENE Emma spent her teenage years growing up in Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire and her parents still live there today so it has always been a special place for her. “Adrian also got to know the area on a Norwegian family cycling holiday so we both decided it was the perfect part of the region for us to get married in,” Emma tells us. “We visited several venues and loved the relaxed atmosphere that Drakestone House offered and the fact that we could hire it for the entire weekend to celebrate!” Emma and Adrian had postponed their wedding twice due to the pandemic. “We “Rebecca was our wedding coordinator who made everything run smoothly.” - Emma and Adrian REAL WEDDINGS 25

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were so excited to see everything come together after three years in the making,” they tell us. “We had legally tied the knot in Norway in 2020 during the pandemic but we wanted to enjoy a ceremony with our loved ones in the UK. It was held in a magical spot in the treecovered grove in the grounds of Drakestone House.” The couple had guests travelling from far to celebrate with them including many from Norway and they wanted to reflect this in their marquee reception. “Our theme was the coming together of these two cultures and we wanted to make it personal for everyone to show just how much they all meant to us,” Emma and Adrian tell us. “We chose a table plan featuring the Norse Tree of Life, called the Yggdrasil, and we named our tables after Norse gods and goddesses, with the goddess of love, Freya (and our daughter’s name) as the top table.” Their place names doubled up as favours featuring mini polaroid photographs of each guest. Emma loves flowers so it was important for her to have locally grown varieties that were in season. “Our centrepieces were posies presented in glass jars,” she tells us. “We also had a floral archway placed behind the top table that looked beautiful and, as a nod to Adrian’s brewing hobby, we had hops, the flower of a plant called Humulus lupulus, suspended from the ceiling in the marquee.” The team at the marquee hire company and the couple’s chosen florist provided them with props to display. “We had milk churns brimming with flowers, a card box and a cake stand to achieve the relaxed country feel we were after,” Emma says. Emma and Adrian had 100 cupcakes in various flavours including lemon, vanilla and carrot cake. “The top tier was a lemon cake which was served at the wedding barbecue the following day - our celebration was a three-day event!” LOOKING THE PART Emma chose the dress called Natalie from Bianco Evento that she “After the wedding breakfast, we had a cocktail hour hosted byThe Bar Bros and ice cream served by the Fluffy Puffin artisan ice cream company – both suppliers went above and beyond!” - Emma and Adrian REAL WEDDINGS 27

purchased in Norway. “It featured a lace bodice and I also wore the accompanying veil,” she tells us. “I wanted to keep my look simple with a vintage twist so I decided on a pair of blue bridal shoes and jewellery that belonged to our family members including Adrian’s late grandmother’s pearls and my late gran’s diamond stud earrings.” Adrian wore his traditional Norwegian Bunad for the ceremony. “Each region has a specific design and Adrian’s was from the Trondheim area where his family are based,” Emma explains. “I received my own Bunad that had been handmade by Adrian’s mum as a wedding gift which I will cherish.” Adrian changed into a suit with a pink jacket that was ideal for a summer’s day before dinner. “It’s a tradition in Norway to have one best man who also wore a summer casual suit,” Emma says. “Our five bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses in a style of their choice and my best woman, Jen, wore a beautiful lace dress and looked stunning!” TIME TO CELEBRATE Music was an important factor for Emma and Adrian and they filled their special day with three live music sessions. “Kim Cypher from the band called Dancin’ Easy performed a daytime jazz set during our reception drinks on the lawn,” Emma says. “We then had the local ceilidh band Hetty Pegler’s Tump who was brilliant, I think almost everyone was dancing which was amazing to see! Dancin’ Easy then performed as a seven-piece band and every guest commented on how talented they were and how much fun they had. Even my mum was up with one of Adrian’s friends which was the talk of the night!” “It was important to steal away some moments with our photographer, Alicia, to have some of our favourite photos of the day taken.This was one of the most romantic parts of the day for us both.” - Emma and Adrian 28