Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 41)

SPOTLIGHT ON... Cheltenham and around Tie the knot in a fairytale-inspired setting MARRIAGE MATERIAL Be inspired by local couples Finishin TOUCHES Artisan suppliers share their handmade designs I DREAMED A DREAM OCT/NOV 2023 £3.55 Wi ! A UK minimoon stay GLOS WILTS & WEDDING

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

3 REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 60 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEBER 2023 FEATURES 43 ICE QUEEN Basset Down in Wiltshire provided the dramatic backdrop for this styled shoot 47 ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL Painswick Rococo Garden in Gloucestershire set the outdoor stage for this shoot 51 HANDMADE IN... Cotswold-made artisan pieces 55 A-Z Wedding menu inspiration 58 WISHING HUE A WONDERFUL WEDDING DAY Check out our wedspirational guide to palette perfection whatever the season On the cover... Maple & Fleur Photography ( photographed this beautiful cover image at Basset Down in Wiltshire ( as part of the exclusive Ice Queen styled shoot on page 43. 62 VENUES 14 SPOTLIGHT ON...CHELTENHAM AND AROUND We reveal the best places to say I do 17 AN ENCHANTED DAY Magical, fairytale-inspired venues 25 LAKESIDE BLISS Kelly Andrews visited De Vere Cotswold Water Park 82

4 GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be 80 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 68 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 69 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves that will take you from day to dancefloor 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 74 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 75 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal musthave treatment, HydraFacial 76 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance REAL WEDDINGS 26 A WATERSIDE WEDDING De Vere Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire provided the glistening setting for Leah and Ryan's big day 32 WEDDING BELLES Becky and Andy enjoyed the beautiful backdrop of Bowood in which to celebrate 36 COUNTRYFILE Lauren and Matt married against the stunning backdrop of the Cotswolds in Lapstone Barn 63 HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 86 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 88 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa 84 72 78 13


Yes, you guessed it, I have been lucky enough to take a trip to this honeymoon hotspot this year and it didn’t disappoint! Mauritius has always featured high on my travel wish list and thanks to Paradise Cove hotel and Sunrise Attitude, this trip became a reality – read all about it in our honeymoon section on page 84. For those of you taking a honeymoon closer to home, our latest issue features staycation ideas. Check out and our social channels! Also in this issue is a fairytale-inspired venues special including deputy managing editor Kelly’s review about the stunning Cotswold Water Park Hotel on page 25. See how the real wedding couple Leah and Ryan styled this wonderful venue for their special day on page 26. Our Ice Queen-themed styled shoot in this issue photographed at Basset Down by the talented Maple & Fleur Photography sets the scene for a stunning winter wedding, while the magical Painswick Rococo Garden in Gloucestershire sets the outdoor stage for our flora-filled shoot captured on camera by Southwest Wedding Photography. There’s also fashion, beauty, expert advice, offers and all the latest wed-day news from both regions so enjoy and happy planning - I’ll see you next issue! Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor With love from Mauritius How stunning does Paradise Cove hotel and the Sunrise Attitude resort in Mauritius look on page 84? I enjoyed a trip to this dreamy honeymoon destination and I didn’t want to leave! The Imperial Haus cocktail bar and wedding setting in Cheltenham is my new favourite bar! Find out more on pages nine and 14. 6 ISSN 2399-4967 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. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Kirsty Brindley | 01376 538 490 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Ridley | 01376 535 611 Look at these beautiful ethereal-inspired hairstyles created by Georgia Claire Bridal and photographed by Danielle Noakes. Turn to page 74 for more beauty inspiration.

I love all things floral so when this table set up by Wiltshire-based Bridgetts Floral Design was sent in, I simply had to share it with you! See more on page 51. I adore the grounds at Painswick Rococo Garden that provided the pretty backdrop for our shoot in this issue that was photographed by Southwest Wedding Photography. Read all about it on page 47. I’m a big fan of Wiltshire-based wedding venue Basset Down in Swindon because it’s close to where some of my family live. Turn to page 43 to see our exclusive photo shoot that took place there. How fabulous is the décor in the master suite at The Old Bell hotel in Malmesbury? Read about its recent award win on page nine. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

INVITE ‘HUGO’ TO YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION! Hugo is a gorgeous vintage HY van. We cook sweet and savoury crêpes, suiting all dietary/age requirements, and supply everything for your guests. All you need to do is choose the menu. As a premier food outlet, all our utensils and tableware are 100% recyclable. We can also supply hot beverages and liqueurs. WWW.CAROLINESLITTLEKITCHEN.ORG.UK 07919 440146 @carolineslittlekitchen Carolines Little Kitchen • Super Sensational Skid Courses • Muddy Marvellous 4x4 adventure • Adrenaline fuelled karting for adults 15+ STAG & HEN PARTIES at Castle Combe Circuit Hen Parties Hens and Stags go FREE! A fantastic day out to remember! ENQUIRE NOW ON 01249 783010 OR VISIT Skid Control 4x4 Stag Parties Karting Cornwall, a county of beauty and magic; a place of wedding dreams. | 0300 1234 181 | @MyCornwallWedding Image Credit: omas Frost Photography My Cornwall Wedding: O cially Yours - the only source of bespoke, legal, celebrant-led civil weddings in Cornwall.

All the latest from both regions THE OLD BELL HOTEL IN WILTSHIRE VOTED BEST IN THE UK The Old Bell in Malmesbury has been named the Best Hotel/Inn in the Muddy Stilettos National Awards 2023. With more than 77,000 businesses considered throughout the awards, this is an incredible accolade for the hotel and furthers its mission of firmly placing Wiltshire on the map as one of the UK’s greatest destinations for staycations and dining. The Muddy Stilettos Awards are renowned for celebrating the ‘best of the best’, with readers all over the country voting for their favourite businesses within 28 counties, with only those winners making it through to the prestigious national finals. Having won their regional final, The Old Bell Hotel was then chosen by an expert editorial team as the national winner of the Best Hotel/ Inn category, solidifying the hotel as one of the UK’s most idyllic and sought-after getaway spots - a quintessential Cotswolds bolthole. Set in the picturesque borough of Malmesbury in Wiltshire, The Old Bell Hotel first opened its doors more than 800 years ago, in 1220. These days however, expect to be delighted by its spectacularly unique and stylish interiors following its top-to-toe refurbishment in 2021 by its owners Kim Hanks and her husband, renowned antiques dealer and collector, Whit Hanks. The hotel boasts 34 exquisite bedrooms, each individually designed and furnished with colourful wallcoverings as well as two stunning bar concepts – the 1220 bar and the fabulous, terraced aviary-like Tyger Bar. The on-site fine dining restaurant, Abbey Row, is headed up by their ever-talented and multi-award-winning executive chef, Leigh Evans. With hyper-seasonal and local ingredients being his biggest inspiration, Leigh has the privilege of working directly with The Old Bell Hotel’s gardeners who grow much of the kitchen’s produce from their stunning kitchen garden at Abbey House Manor. Kim Hanks, owner of the The Old Bell Hotel, commented: “We are over the moon with this recent honour. The hospitality from our staff really matches what a jewel of a hotel we have in the Cotswolds.” To find out more and to book, call 01666 822 344 or visit NEWS Nearlywed CHELTENHAM’S IMPERIAL HAUS WIN MUDDY STILETTOS AWARD Congratulations go to Imperial Haus boutique cocktail bar in Cheltenham which recently won best National Bar at The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2023. The decadent, enchanting interior sets the stage for the hand-crafted cocktail and mocktail menu which includes this candyfloss cocktail! For further information and to book, visit Turn to page 15 to read more about wedding celebrations at this venue. LOCAL NEWS 9

EXPERIENCE FREEDOM REVEALS GETAWAYS IN SAFARI TENTS IN MORETON-IN-MARSH From wooden yurts to safari tents, Experience Freedom offers great accommodation choices for autumn glamping with two-night mid-week getaways for only £58 in the autumn glamping sale. From safari tents and new wooden yurts to glamping cabins and pods, the sale offers glampers a fantastic saving of up to £20 per night. Whether it’s a glamping trip with friends or a family staycation, Experience Freedom from the Caravan and Motorhome Club, has a range of accommodation options available to suit all tastes and budgets across eight different UK locations for trips taken until 30th November 2023. For those searching for that Out of Africa experience, look no further than safari tents located at the Moreton-in-Marsh campsite in the Cotswolds. The tents, that sleep up to five people offer everything needed for a classic glamping stay. They’re ideal for families, fitted with a comfortable double bed, two single beds and one overhead bed. In addition, there’s ample outdoor space to enjoy, complete with a barbecue station. Bespoke wooden yurts are the newest addition to the Experience Freedom portfolio, offering an authentic glamping experience. Experience Freedom also offers canvas yurts; both are incredibly spacious and fully furnished with a double bed and additional beds to sleep two children, plus cooking appliances and an electric heater. There’s also an outdoor deck, table, chairs and a parasol to facilitate a fantastic break in the great outdoors. Glampers can choose to stay in a yurt at the Moreton-in-Marsh campsite in the Cotswolds for two nights midweek for just £58 in the sale. The incredibly popular glamping pods provide a great glamping experience with all creature comforts. They sleep two adults and two children and are well insulated with double-glazed doors helping to keep the space cool and bright during the day, and warm and snug at night. The glamping pods can be found at several Experience Freedom campsites including Moreton-in-Marsh campsite in the Cotswolds. Glampers can book a two-night midweek for just £78 in the sale. Glamping holidays with Experience Freedom start from £58 for a twonight stay. Explore a great choice of UK glamping locations by visiting EDITOR’S FAVOURITE The Cotswolds are renowned for quintessentially English market towns with larger ones including Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud and Tewkesbury. Smaller popular spots include Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford. The range of Wolsey Lodges available to hire in the Cotswolds makes exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty very easy. Search for a lodge at EDITOR LOVES I love this pretty petal cake by Vanilla Pod Bakery based in Cheltenham. Recent wedding designs from owner Pia Cato and the talented team include pressed flower cakes and the popular Lambeth-style cakes using royal icing over piping to create layers, 10

BEAUTY & HAIR BY REBECCA Hair and make-up for Brides and their bridal parties. If you want a reliable, professional person for your special day, then contact Rebecca with the information about your WEDDING DAY. Tel: 01452 616634 / 07951 212701 Email: Contact Caroline on 07929 757028 Email: Commission a Painting of Your Wedding Bouquet to preserve the beauty of your precious flowers forever. NATURAL, RELAXED AND FRIENDLY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Capturing the raw emotion and love of your special day. WWW.LAURATRUEMANPHOTO.WIXSITE.COM Laura Trueman Photography lauratruemanphotographer 07956 211850 | 07557 344664 Providing blooms unique to you, from beautiful bouquets and stunning floral arches, to bold buttonholes and fabulous flower crowns. @romylawrencephotography

www.blueandboheme Call: 01367 707070 or Email: Whether you’re planning a grand affair or intimate celebration, our events team would love to be part of your day! Please head to our contact page on our website & complete the form to arrange a consultation UNIQUE AND STUNNING TIPI HIRE for weddings and events in the Cotswolds and throughout the UK. WWW.FIREFLOWERTIPIS.COM | 07814684424 Naturalistic & Timeless Wedding Films 07468 607056 @eden.weddingfilms

Take advantage of these great giveaways SHEER PERFECTION Emma Beavers is the face behind Makeup by Emma. She’s an experienced bridal make-up artist based in Wiltshire covering weddings and special occasions throughout the South West. Emma likes to make brides feel comfortable and look their very best on the big day, whether that’s by enhancing their features with a natural make-up look or experimenting with colour. She works with top-quality products and brands including Charlotte Tilbury, MAC and Bobbi Brown and loves nothing more than sharing her top tips with brides to help them feel fabulous all day long. Services include Bridal Makeup which offers a trial before the wedding plus an on-the-day service for the bride. Bridal party members can also enjoy having their make-up done on the morning of the wedding and so can flowergirls under the age of 12. Alternatively, Emma offers a Bridal Hair & Makeup service, plus a one-hour tuition for either one person or a group session. Emma is offering a 10% discount on bookings that require four or more services made during October and November 2023. To find out more and to book, call 07730 012 843 or visit WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, Freebies& OFFERS FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, Photography courtesy of FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Spotlight on... Cheltenham and around IMPERIAL HAUS Imperial Haus is a boutique bar which opened in 2021, in the middle of Cheltenham. It’s an independent business founded by owner Sophie Wilding, who appeared on the BBC One television show The Apprentice. Inspired by her love of cocktails, passion for interior design and the need for traditional service, Imperial Haus was born. The venue has recently won Best National Bar at The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2023, read all about it on page nine. The venue has also recently been granted a change of license to allow under-18s in with an adult, meaning that families can enjoy the venue together – there’s even a specific kids’ mocktail menu on offer! The second floor is available for private hire and events, perfect for wedding celebrations; cocktail-canapé receptions; anniversary and engagement parties and hen dos. There’s a dedicated event coordinator on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly. From custom-made drink menus and hand-crafted cocktails to catering and entertainment, the talented team can customize any event, following any theme. The venue is already decorated with an enchanting forest theme, which sets the stage for most events. Attention to detail is at the soul of Imperial Haus and every element has been hand-designed and made bespoke by local, independent artists. The interior oozes glamour and luxury with inspiration drawn from Sophie’s interests in tarot cards and healing crystals. The menu welcomes guests, inspired by an enchanted land of magic and fantasy. A wild garden that’s home to mythical creatures has inspired the signature folklore cocktail list and the chosen ingredients. Sophie is passionate about using premium ingredients in all recipes, whilst exploring innovative flavours and products. Imperial Haus can house up to 20 guests with seating available for 100 guests. There are flexible hire times available from Monday until Sunday with a DJ and entertainment available, plus air conditioning and AV equipment available on request. Book:; 14 THE QUEEN’S HOTEL With a prime position on one of Cheltenham’s most beautiful Georgian streets, visitors to The Queens Hotel, part of the Sutton Hotel Collection are perfectly placed to explore the cultural delights of this fashionable yet historic Regency town. The Queens Hotel originally opened on 21st July 1838 as one of the first purpose-built hotels in Europe, situated at the south end of the Promenade. The hotel’s impressive Palladian façade exudes elegance and grandeur and because it opened in the same year as the coronation of Queen Victoria, the property was named in her honour. During the summer months, the outdoor garden (complete with a horsebox bar serving prosecco on tap) provides an outdoor sanctuary in the heart of the city. It’s the perfect place for loved ones to meet over delicious dishes in the sunshine, with seasonal menus using local ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a bottomless afternoon tea in the garden, with ninety minutes of unlimited top-ups of chilled prosecco, freshly made sandwiches and sweet treats. This luxury boutique hotel always dazzles at Christmas, decorated with Xmas trees, garlands and wreaths. Step back in time to a bygone era of opulence and refinement in the Grade II listed building, while enjoying all the modern comforts of an exquisite boutique hotel. The sumptuous, high-quality menus can be enjoyed throughout the festive period, whether guests are holding a private party night or enjoying a gourmet meal in the hotel’s restaurant, Victoria’s. The dishes provide a true taste of the local area, with fresh, quality produce sourced from local farms and recognised artisans. No visit to The Queens Hotel would be complete without experiencing the uniquely ornate Gold Cup Bar. Sink into a luxurious armchair and enjoy the intimate and peaceful ambience with enchanting echoes of a regal past. Guests can also indulge in The Queens Hotels’ Afternoon Tea served in the Duke’s Tea Room. Discover the ultimate in luxury surroundings in one of the 84 guest bedrooms and suites, each stunningly decorated to give a traditional feel with a modern twist. The Queens Hotel Cheltenham is the perfect place to wake up to over the festive period. Book: Room rates at The Queens Hotel start from £138.00 including breakfast,

WHERE TO ENJOY A PRE-WEDDING DINNER In a series of exciting new offers, authentic Sri Lankan restaurant group The Coconut Tree, with a branch in Cheltenham is inviting brides-to-be to celebrate their engagement in coastal island style! Known for its warm hospitality and tapas-style share plates, where loved ones can gather together over uniquely Sri Lankan meals, it offers a vibrant, laid-back location perfect for those who crave a relaxed hen celebration. The hen’s nearest and dearest can enjoy a taste of island life as they celebrate the bride and her upcoming nuptials with one of the packages below: Hen Party Feast with Bubbles priced at £35 per person includes: •Unlimited prosecco •A selection of shared plates •A table for two hours and 30 minutes Hen Party Feast with Cocotails priced at £35 per person includes: •A glass of prosecco on arrival •A selection of shared plates •Two cocotails chosen from St. Colombo, Beach Boy and Rio Rumble (the hen and a plus one can try making their own cocotail from this list) •A table for two hours and 30 minutes Bottomless Hen Brunch includes: •£35 for two dishes plus unlimited drinks •£45 for unlimited food plus unlimited drinks •A table for two hours Book: MANOR BY THE LAKE This Victorian manor house is steeped in history dating back to the 1850s, with traditional Victorian character married with contemporary modern touches, from original carvings and fireplaces to the dramatic sweeping staircase ensuring a grand entrance. The manor house is surrounded by seven acres of manicured grounds which form the perfect backdrop for big-day photographs underneath the arches and over the bridge which is illuminated at night. The Yew Tree walk, which flows around the back of the manor to the Italian Gardens reveals a glistening lake that’s home to plenty of wildlife. There’s a choice of three outdoor ceremony options - exchange vows under the arches with the Victorian manor house as the backdrop; under the pavilion in the Italian Gardens or by the lake at the lakeside pavilion. Guests can mingle in the grounds for a drinks reception with ample space to enjoy games on the lawn. There’s live cooking on the patio to add a touch of theatre to the day, plus couples can opt for informal dining within the grounds, with ample space for a stretch tent or a marquee. Inside the manor is The Maximilian suite for up to 100 ceremony guests and 60 seated at dinner against a backdrop of stunning architecture with two tall windows filling the room with natural daylight. The Ballroom is an alternative, adaptable and neutral space with many set-up options, accommodating up to 260 guests. For the wedding breakfast and reception, The Ballroom opens on to the patio and seats up to 200 guests at round tables or at long banqueting tables. The manor house provides a choice of other spaces for intimate weddings for up to 50 guests and is also home to The Rock Bar, a unique space to play music from a juke box in a trendy bar setting. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01242 245 071, •We love... the selection of bedrooms and suites available. There’s a complimentary stay for the couple in their chosen suite for the evening of their wedding, followed by a champagne breakfast the following morning. On the morning of the wedding, there are several spaces for all of the wedding party to get ready in - why not enjoy a game of pool or table football? LOCAL VENUES 15

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THE FANTASTICAL TENT CO, HIRE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH WEST AND NATIONWIDE The Fantastical Tent Co provides bespoke Moroccan marquee and shisha lounge hire for private parties, alternative weddings and unusual events. The talented team has fifteen years of experience creating extraordinary celebrations, from music festivals to festival-inspired weddings. Each one of the tents is unique and sourced directly from the team’s master marquee maker which is a supplier of the top riads in and around Marrakech. The bespoke marquees all feature stunning linings and come in a selection of sizes. A tailor-made service can include a licensed bar, chill-out tents, help with a sound system and assistance with booking a DJ or a band. There are a variety of packages to choose from, with the Basic Package priced at £3480 including hire of the Moroccan Caidal Tent including fairylights, uplighting and coconut matt flooring or the Festival Package priced at £6550 including everything previously listed plus trestle tables and linen; folding wooden chairs; a parquet dancefloor; a stage; exterior festoon lighting plus a chill-out tent and a bar with a bespoke bar counter and lounge furniture. The deluxe shisha lounges are always a big hit with guests and provide the wow factor for weddings hosting a lavish night of entertainment. Available for hire are the tent, Moroccan lanterns and furnishings plus shishas (with plenty of flavours in stock) and serving staff - the team can even provide belly dancers! Inclusive packages start from £1,200 and include hire of the Moroccan Pavilion; lighting; coconut matt flooring; beanbags; low tables; cushions; stools; Moroccan table lanterns; shisha pipes with unlimited refills plus a shisha bar counter and staff for six hours. Contact: An enchanted day Check out these magical, fairytale-inspired wedding venues 17 THEMED VENUES

WORCESTER LODGE ON BADMINTON ESTATE, SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE Worcester Lodge is a historical Grade I listed stone building with a stunning arched entrance that sits within the grounds of Badminton Estate and faces south along the three-mile avenue that leads to Badminton House. It boasts spectacular views of the surrounding fields, woodland and Badminton House itself. 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 plaster ceiling. An idyllic wedding venue, Worcester Lodge combines the grandeur of a historical building with the versatility of a modern outdoor wedding. The venue is in the process of securing a 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? In the process of getting one Contact: 01454 218 203, •We love... the four balconies with the south-facing one pointing towards Badminton House. THE WARDROBE WALLED GARDEN WEDDINGS, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE 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 in 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? Yes Contact: 01722 580 086, •We love... the city-centre location making it easy to reach for guests. Images courtesy of 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 know why we are we called The Wardrobe? 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”! THE WARDROBE 58 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EX | @wardrobeweddings | 01489 589 275 | THE WARDROBE WALLED GARDEN WEDDINGS

Weddings B E Visit for more details or to request a wedding brochure. Badminton Estate lies in the heart of Gloucestershire, steeped in history and tradition it makes for an idyllic English countryside wedding venue. Images: Judith Parkyn Photography Joshua Tucker Photography

WEST BARN LODGE, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE Nestled in the Fovant Valley, West Barn Lodge sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in a rural paradise, surrounded by rolling hills and fields. With its expansive lawn and firepits nestled amongst the wildflowers, it’s perfect for balmy long summer evenings. The exterior of West Barn Lodge and The Dutch Barn reflect the surrounding lavender and wildflowers in the grounds, providing an attractive backdrop for big-day photographs. It makes guests feel at home with its grand yet welcoming atmosphere. A sympathetic restoration of a 19th-century threshing barn with original features still intact, West Barn Lodge is a light and airy space full of character with a giant fireplace, luxury bedrooms and stone walls. The Dutch Barn has been restored similarly but with stunning refurbished additions from the farm such as trough sinks and hardwood panelling. The addition of handmade and high-end reclaimed outdoor furniture makes the venue wonderfully unique. Ceremonies take place in a variety of areas including outside on The South Terrace with seating for up to 80 guests. The terrace provides a sheltered and private space overlooking the stunning Cranbourne Chase complete with twinkling festoon lights and a courtyard fountain. Another al fresco spot is The Courtyard where couples can exchange their vows against a backdrop of the Fovant downs with space for up to 160 guests. Located in the centre of The Lodge, it offers expansive views and plenty of space and has proved to be the most popular ceremony location. The Lawn is the largest outdoor space for up to 160 people with unspoilt views of the surrounding landscape that make a stunning backdrop for any ceremony. For an indoor alternative, The Grand Hall seats up to 80 loved ones and features a 25ft vaulted ceiling providing a stunning setting for an indoor ceremony with a mezzanine for any additional guests or musical accompaniments. The Dutch Barn is the largest indoor location and is spacious enough to comfortably seat up to 160 guests with room for live musicians. Receptions take place in this newly renovated space that’s home to a unique event area with plenty of possibilities. It comes with an illuminated bar, an HD projector, a PA system, a giant glitterball, underfloor heating, toilets, and a catering kitchen. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01722 785 100, •We love... that a complimentary bottle of champagne is gifted in the bridal suite on the night of the wedding and there’s luxury on-site accommodation available for up to 18 guests in nine en suite bedrooms inside the lodge itself. DE VERE TORTWORTH COURT, WOTTON UNDER EDGE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE As seen on screen! De Vere Tortworth Court recently featured in the hit series Ultimate Wedding Planner broadcast on BBC Two. The show saw Fred Sirieix, Sara Davies and Raj Somaiya judge eight aspiring wedding planners battling it out to see who’s got what it takes to be crowned the Ultimate Wedding Planner. In episode four, the wedding planners were tasked with planning a multi-themed wedding, one of their toughest challenges yet. The engaged couple wanted an autumnal fantasy wedding, and the team set to work utilising De Vere Tortworth Court’s Victorian Orangery as the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. On arrival, the wedding guests made their way to the Victorian Orangery, which was dressed with vibrant decorations and dried flowers, successfully meeting the brief. Whilst the guests were anticipating the bride’s arrival, a harpist played, which also welcomed the bride as she walked down the aisle. The ceremony was seamless and the icing on the cake was an owl acting as the couple’s ring bearer. Following the ceremony, guests made their way on to the terrace and enjoyed magical-themed cocktails overlooking the manicured gardens. Thanks to its ornamental glass ceiling and windows in the grand conservatory, originally built in 1874, it’s flooded with natural light and filled with lush greenery. The Orangery has an outside patio which lends itself perfectly to drinks receptions and group photos. The venue is a wedding photographer’s dream with 30 acres of parkland surrounding it and an extensive arboretum providing an ideal backdrop for those picture-perfect moments throughout the day. Contact: 21 THEMED VENUES

THE WOODS AT OAKLEY, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE This outdoor venue is set in 12 acres of magical woodland, nestled in the heart of Wiltshire. This private corner of the countryside boasts an enchanting canopy of oak, ash and hazel trees under which couples can exchange their vows. The woods are exclusively theirs to celebrate in how they wish and the team are passionate about conservation and sustainability. All weddings held here help fund the vital canopy project which aims to carefully remove ash trees that have been affected by ash dieback and replant native British trees. Every couple is given an oak, beech or hazel tree as a wedding present from the team to commemorate their marriage and are welcomed back to visit it in the future. Why not enjoy a romantic anniversary picnic in the woods under it! Couples that choose to marry here are playing a vital role in supporting the future of the UK’s precious woodland and the wildlife it sustains. The venue even has its own pure spring water which flows into its woods, from the ancient Stonehenge aquifer. Ceremonies take place in The Hazel Bower, a charming handmade oak arbour for up to 120 guests. Loved ones sit under a stunning cathedral roof of ancient trees which protects them from the elements, plus there’s a stretch canvas which fits snuggly between the trees in the event of rain. A short stroll from The Hazel Bower is The Bluebell Glade where receptions take place for up to 120 people. Wedding parties can dine (and dance) under the stars and woodland canopy, or hire a marquee or a tipi. Hidden throughout the woods are secret spaces for couples to discover with their photographer, from romantic tree swings to meditation benches, cosy fire pits, magical fairy doors and mysterious wishing trees. Animals are welcome to be part of the celebrations, whether it be a ‘flower puppy’ or a horse carrying a member of the bridal party. There’s also a family of rescue animals who live at the venue and will happily pose for photos – Kevin the donkey in particular loves attention! There are various packages available that include exclusive use of the site, benches, umbrellas, a woodland bar, lighting and more. The team offer items available to buy and borrow to make the grounds look beautiful and they have all been sourced to have minimal impact on the environment. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 07939 682 152, •We love... that a three-night stay in the Nissen Hut on-site is included in the wedding booking. It’s a renovated World War II building set on the edge of the woodland that’s equipped with all mod cons – the bridal party can also enjoy getting ready here on the morning of the wedding. Guests can glamp in the canopies under the stars and many couples choose to make a long weekend of the celebrations, with breakfast hampers available on request. BISHOPSTROW, WARMINSTER, WILTSHIRE Luxury Country House Hotel Bishopstrow won the Hotel of the Year 2022 award at the South West Tourism Awards and it isn’t hard to see why. Nestled within 30 acres of rolling Wiltshire countryside, Bishopstrow offers 34 individually styled bedrooms and suites that blend refined Georgian elegance with bright colours. The suites are coupled with panoramic rolling views, roll-top baths, and private outside spaces, including a selection of playful hot tub suites. The on-site spa offers indulgent Elemis and VOYA treatments plus there’s a range of eateries including the new Garden Grill offering seasonal menus with dishes made using locally sourced sustainable produce – guests will be spoilt for choice! Offering whimsical charm for weddings is the new Forest Hideaway; a truly remarkable event space that blends modern sophistication with rustic charm. The village-like location captures everything that guests could desire for a celebration or a family feast. The space can hold up to 50 guests for drinks, or 34 people for dining and it houses a bar, making it ideal for special occasions. Breakout spaces are also available, providing a unique and inspiring atmosphere. Foodies can enjoy delicious no-dig kitchen garden-inspired feasting menus cooked on Big Green Egg barbecues. The Forest Hideaway offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere for private celebrations, dinners and events. It’s a one-of-a-kind space perfect for creating unforgettable experiences and treasured memories. Multi-generational travellers are well accommodated with family rooms and child-friendly facilities and the hotel is dog-friendly. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01985 804 680, •We love... the dining domes, a cosy and private way to enjoy a threecourse dinner or afternoon tea. Images of The Woods at Oakley courtesy of; and 22 | 01285 864 079 | Lake 6, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, 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. You’ll be spoilt for choice when considering which function suite to choose for your special day. The Kingfisher Suite has recently been refurbished with Cotswold stone and wood panelling all whilst featuring it’s own lakeside outdoor area. The Mallard Suite located on the first floor offers floor-to-ceiling views over the lake - best enjoyed on the suite’s very own decking area. With the capacity for up to 300 guests, this beautiful Cotswold venue is ideal for both intimate and large weddings alike. Menus are thoughtfully handcrafted by our Executive Head Chef plus you’ll benefit from a dedicated wedding coordinator every step of the way. For more information about packages and prices, please visit our website or contact us directly on 01285 864 079.

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Beautifully located among miles of Cotswolds countryside, De Vere Cotswold Water Park creates a wedding-day backdrop like no other. Situated right on the edge of one of the 152 lakes that make up the Cotswold Water Park itself, the scenery is undoubtedly the unrivalled star of the show here. When I arrived in my room and put my bags down, flinging the balcony doors open wide and stepping out to take in the view was number one on the to-do list; even with the threatening storm clouds growing ever closer. The design of this oh-so modern hotel has clearly been intended to work seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Wood, Cotswolds stone and glass combine to create a light, airy and contemporary vibe, as well as a stylish, neutral canvas to fit in with any wedding theme. WHERE TO WED You can tie the knot here in any one of an array of stylish spaces. The Mallard Suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer sensational views of the lake, making this the ultimate romantic spot. Natural light floods in and you can later join your loved ones on the balcony for summer drinks or a barbecue. What’s more, uplighters and built-in heaters allow the celebrations to go on long into the evening. The Kingfisher Suite is a light and airy space too, also offering magnificent views. It’s super-popular for weddings and with direct access to the outdoor decking area, which welcomes you for barbecues and al fresco drinks, it’s easy to see why. The suite itself is so flexible, that you can split it into three sections to zone your day appropriately. It has its own private entrance and bar area, so you can feel happily cocooned as you celebrate your big day. The Starling Suite, with its dramatic full-length windows offers sensational views from the first floor of the hotel. A welcoming space for more intimate occasions, it offers access to the nearby mezzanine providing the perfect spot for welcome drinks. The Drake Suite too is best suited to intimate weddings. It easily transforms from ceremony to celebrations with a dancefloor. The Teal Room again allows you to enjoy beautiful lakeside views from its private balcony. Ideal for the “I dos,” it can be combined with one of the larger rooms for the wedding breakfast and evening do. TIME TO RELAX Following my sneak peak into the venue’s wonderful wedding spaces, I was off to Spa6 for a spot of R&R – it’s tough work you know! There are a wide range of treatments on offer here should you wish to partake, but a spell in the pool and surrounding facilities were just the ticket for me. For its size this spa contains an impressive amount of experiences. From the tranquil pool, with its various hydrotherapy options, to the sauna, steam room, thermal loungers and experience shower, there’s plenty here to rejuvenate the senses, and make you wish you didn’t have to leave. You can even book some amazing therapies such as a Rasul Ritual or Dry Flotation. DINNER DATE If we can judge the wedding breakfast you can look forward to here by the menu in The Brasserie, let me tell you, you’re in for a treat! I enjoyed a delicious starter of smoked duck breast with rocket, parmesan, and an orange and blackberry vinaigrette. Vibrant on the plate it offered the perfect blend of flavours for the palate from the rich saltiness of the meat to the sweet-tasting fruit and bitter leaves. I followed this with the incredible seared fillet of sea bass with risotto verde, and orange and fennel puree. The fish was cooked to perfection and every mouthful was sheer joy! Being cheese obsessed, I finished my meal with the continental cheese selection, beautifully served with artisan biscuits, quince jelly, celery and apricot chutney. I am most definitely sending my compliments to the chef! BEDTIME You and your loved ones are sure to enjoy a sound night’s sleep here, with many rooms taking full advantage of the breathtaking view, and some recently re-furnished in the New England style. We found our corner room, with panoramic views across two of its sides, to be a haven of tranquillity – it was easy to shut out the hustle and bustle of the hotel and enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep in comfort. BLISS Lakeside Kelly Andrews headed to Gloucestershire to sample the delightful surroundings at De Vere Cotswold Water Park BOOK IT! De Vere Cotswold Water Park 01285 864 000 Scan to view video REVIEW 25