Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 42)

MODEL LOOKS Bridal beauty news and tips Big-day photography guide A SLICE OF PARADISE Hot honeymoon destinations Wedding BELLES Local real-life love stories LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION DEC 23/JAN 24 £3.55 Win! A mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 GLOS WILTS & WEDDING

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 Ri eman’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 di cult 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 nest 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”! We are now licenced for small ceremonies inside and larger ones in the Walled Garden. THE WARDROBE 58 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EX | @wardrobeweddings | 01489 589 275 | THE WARDROBE WALLED GARDEN WEDDINGS

3 REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 48 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 82 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS DECEMBER 2023/JANUARY 2024 FEATURES 43 PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Local wedding photographer Daniella Marinos reveals her favourite seasonal snaps 51 BEST OF GLOS & WILTS We recommend some of the finest local suppliers On the cover... Barbara Asboth Photography captured this beautiful image of real wedding couple Trang and Kurtis at Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire. The fab finishing touch is the pale pink vintage Fiat 500 hired from Lil & Blue Vintage Fiat 500 Hire. Read their story and see a full list of local wedding suppliers who contributed on page 36. 72 VENUES 13 THE COTSWOLDS ARE CALLING We unveil what’s new in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 19 WINTER WHITES Magical snow-capped venues 81 70

4 GROOMS 70 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 71 MANE ATTRACTION Influencer Eyal Booker and his brother Ariel reveal their top hair care tips for grooms-to-be 72 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 60 PARTY PIECES Dazzle at a Christmas or winter wedding in stunning silver and crystal accessories 61 A TOUCH OF COLOUR Winter isn’t about wearing a white wedding dress, pick a fruit-pastel inspired shade or something a little bolder 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 66 BEAUTY QUEEN We chat to Hannah Martin about her new book, Makeup, and all things bridal beauty 68 WELL GROUNDED If wedding planning stress is getting the better of you, take this time-out with Ground Wellbeing's Peigin Crowley 69 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems REAL WEDDINGS 24 MONOCHROME MAGIC Georgia and Nathan’s special day at The Pear Tree Purton, Wiltshire enjoyed a minimalistic monochrome theme 31 WITH LOVE FROM WILTSHIRE Sammy and Graeme’s summer garden party celebration enjoyed the magical setting of Salisbury-based wedding venue Larmer Tree 36 PRETTY IN PINK Trang and Kurtis chose the stunning Cripps Barn for their special day with a pink theme 60 54 55 76 HONEYMOONS 74 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 76 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 78 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 81 WHAT A TREAT! The stylish Retreat at Elcot Park is country-house comfort at its best 64 Contact Caroline on 07929 757028 Email: Commission a Painting of Your Wedding Bouquet to preserve the beauty of your precious flowers forever. 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

I’m a Wiltshire-based hairdresser that specialises in wedding hair & colouring. Bridal hair is a passion of mine. I have 23 years experience in the industry and an extensive clientele, whether it be mobile or my salon based clients. nettiescreativehairdressing Nettie’s creative bridal & hairdressing Call: 07888 651750 or email: Suppliers of tableware, furniture, linen and kitchen equipment. We aim to assist you every step of the way as you plan your perfect wedding. Whether you’re arranging a small and intimate celebration for 20 or an elaborate wedding for 200, we can offer advice where necessary or just chat through the details with you as your plans take shape. Dirty returns included in the price Pure water washing for an exceptional finish Premium and cost-effective options T 01666 577 500 • E • WWW.RICHARDSONEVENTHIRE.CO.UK Unit E, Chelworth, Crudwell, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9XY peacockflamingo_events PeacockandFlamingo 07877 777054 Based in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, Peacock & Flamingo events offer packages to meet all budgets and with a wealth of ideas we can support you from engagement through to "I Do" and all that's in between. Call us now to discuss your perfect day! NOW OFFERING BOOKINGS FOR OUR HORSE BOX BAR - THE PICKLED PEACOCK TAILORED SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR WEDDING PLANNING NEEDS

Yes, it’s that magical time of the year once again when winter is upon us bringing with it the fun and festivities of Christmas followed by a new year which is a great time to begin any resolutions. I don’t know about you but 2023 passed by quickly for me, and luckily it has been a wonderful one. I’m very blessed to be a proud auntie to my little nephew, Malachi who was born last Christmas – the best present ever! I’ve also been lucky enough to experience some memorable trips and experiences throughout the summer months including snorkelling in Mauritius; yoga in Turkey; a speedboat trip around the Greek islands and sightseeing in Miami and New Orleans. To celebrate the start of a new year, I’ve compiled a bumper issue for you to enjoy. There’s everything from themed real weddings and styled shoots to snow-capped venues, perfect for cosy winter weddings. Don’t miss the latest news, offers, fashion, beauty and honeymoon ideas to kick-start January! For those of you getting married soon, I wish you many congratulations and for those not taking the plunge until later in 2024, I’ll see you next issue. Happy New Year! Clair Claire Ridley, Editor New Yea , new yo EDITOR’S LETTER 7 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 @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 Wow! I love this romantic photo of real-life couple Sammy and Graeme who married at The Larmer Tree in Salisbury, taken by Alex Buckland Photography. Turn to page 31 to read all about their big day. I’m looking to book a weekend away in the Cotswolds this January and adore the look of Cowley Manor in Cheltenham. Read all about this luxury hotel in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on page 13. Natalie Silvester Photography took this stylish snap of real wedding couple Georgia and Nathan on their special day at The Pear Tree Purton, Wiltshire. Turn to page 24 to read all about it. I’m the proud owner of a cream Fiat 500 and I love everything pink so when I spotted this soft pink vintage Fiat 500 called Rosie at the real wedding of Trang and Kurtis at Cripps Barn, photographed by Barbara Asboth Photography, I was in love! Turn to page 36 to see more! How romantic does The Greenway Hotel and Spa look in this seasonal snap? See all that’s revealed behind the doors of this Cheltenham-based wedding venue on page 19. ADVERTISING Account Manager Lorraine Whitehead | 01376 535 607

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: • 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! Hens and Stags go A fantastic day out to remember! ENQUIRE NOW ON 01249 783010 OR VISIT Skid Control 4x4 Stag Parties Karting INVITE ‘HUGO’ TO YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION! Hugo is a gorgeous vintage HY van. We cook sweet and savoury crêpes, suiting all dietary/age requirements, and supply everything for your guests. All you need to do is choose the menu. As a premier food outlet, all our utensils and tableware are 100% recyclable. We can also supply hot beverages and liqueurs. WWW.CAROLINESLITTLEKITCHEN.ORG.UK 07919 440146 @carolineslittlekitchen Carolines Little Kitchen PTION! ook sweet and uirements, and u need to do outlet, all our e. We can also urs. HEN.ORG.U nes Little Kitchen TO Hugo is a savoury c supply e is choos utensils a WWW.CA 07919 440 TO Hugo is a savoury c supply e is choos utensils a WWW.CA 07919 440 Best Boutique Catering Company Wiltshire Caroline’s Little Kitchen SOUTHERN ENTERPRISE AWARDS 2020 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. 07919 440146 @carolineslittlekitchen Carolines Little Kitchen Caroline’s Little Kitchen Bohemian Bakery is located in Gloucester and specialises in light, airy designs created with impeccable attention to detail. From semi naked to fully iced wedding and celebration cakes, every bake is made with love and passion using fresh and locally sourced ingredients by owner and professional baker, Marta. We also o er a range of loaf cakes, cookies, macarons decorated with edible flowers, perfect as an every day treat or wedding favours. @thebohemianbakery thebohemianbakeryy | 07958 639019

All the latest from both regions WHATLEY MANOR WINS VISIONARY INITIATIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD PoB Hotels continues to advance its sustainability mission in collaboration with EarthCheck, a leading scientific benchmarking certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry. The hotel brand is proud to announce that it has achieved a prestigious silver certification from EarthCheck, symbolizing its unwavering dedication to sustainability and responsible travel. This achievement underscores PoB Hotels’ commitment to advocating sustainable practices across its array of hotels in the United Kingdom. In a recent survey conducted by PoB Hotels, it was revealed that a substantial 50% of its member hotels have identified sustainability initiatives as a top priority for the upcoming year. This significant percentage reflects their strong commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. Furthermore, an impressive 30% of its member hotels have taken proactive measures by enrolling in sustainability accreditation programmes, enabling them to quantitatively assess their environmental impact and track their progress in adopting best practices for the environment. Sustainability is not only a priority for PoB Hotels’ members but also resonates with their esteemed guests and dedicated staff. A remarkable 45% of PoB Hotels’ members acknowledge that sustainability holds great importance for their valued guests, while 40% emphasize its significance for their loyal and hardworking staff. This collective recognition highlights the shared focus on critical areas such as community support, carbon footprint reduction, resource conservation, adherence to social responsibility principles, and ensuring long-term economic viability. Each year, PoB Hotels meticulously assesses its member hotels through an annual mystery guest inspection process, culminating in the prestigious recognition of three special categories. These awards are unveiled with great anticipation at the annual conference, serving as a remarkable opportunity for members to not only celebrate their achievements but also inspire one another. This year, the deserving winners included Sue Williams at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, Wiltshire who won the Visionary Initiative Excellence Award which recognises an individual or team who has gone above and beyond to show initiative and make a difference outside of the day-to-day business of their hotel. Whether this be by benefiting the local community, encouraging sustainable practices, or supporting the hospitality industry, this award celebrates what members do over and above their everyday roles. Sue Williams, one of the most well-respected hoteliers in the UK, has tirelessly campaigned for increased sustainability in UK hotels for almost a decade, generating tangible results across the sector, and inspiring both colleagues and guests along the way. Having recently stepped down from her role as GM of Whatley Manor now is the perfect time to celebrate Sue’s achievements, from winning a Catey for Whatley Manor’s sustainability achievements, to steering the PoB Hotels board as Chairman from 2020 to 2022, always championing environmental goals both for the brand and each member. To find out more about weddings at the property, visit NEWS Nearlywed GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL VOTED SECOND MOST POPULAR REGISTRY OFFICE Gloucestershire’s Cheltenham Town Hall has been voted the second most popular register office according to a new analysis by engagement and wedding ring experts at Queensmith. Register office weddings have emerged as an increasingly cost-effective choice for couples looking to get married. With a surge in searches for register office wedding venues up by 800%, the growing appeal of these non-traditional ceremonies is clear. Having analysed average monthly Google searches, Instagram hashtags and TikTok views, engagement and wedding experts at Queensmith have revealed the top 20 best register offices with Gloucestershire’s Cheltenham Town Hall coming a close second behind Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, London. With a remarkable 11,500 Google searches, the most searched register office in the UK, Cheltenham Town Hall also has a strong social media presence featuring 11,313 TikTok videos and 2,977 Instagram pictures posted. Adele Narcisi, gemmologist and ring expert at Queensmith says: “Register office weddings have grown increasingly popular in the past year. They are an excellent choice for couples seeking a straightforward means of formalising their marriage, whether as a prelude to another ceremony or celebration such as a wedding abroad or if they simply wish to commemorate their commitment to each other in a more low-key manner.” To find out more about weddings at Cheltenham Town Hall, visit and to shop for rings, visit LOCAL NEWS 9 EDITOR’S FAVOURITE I’ll be drinking Cotswold Cloudy Christmas Gin this Xmas and New Year. It’s made with a combination of nine botanicals, with a festive core of clementine and piney juniper alongside the likes of cardamom, lavender, grapefruit, bay leaf, black pepper, coriander, and angelica. As with the classic Cotswolds Dry Gin, the distillers use plenty of botanicals, meaning the gin has a lot of botanical oils in it, so when it’s mixed with gin, it’ll turn cloudy. It’s priced at £34.95 for 70cl and available from

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Take advantage of these great giveaways NEW YEAR NUPTIALS De Vere Cotswold Water Park is nestled in South Cerney, Gloucestershire surrounded by the 152 lakes that make up the Cotswold Water Park. The hotel is home to the award-winning Spa 6, perfect for a pre-wedding pamper which boasts a gym, a hydro swimming pool, an aroma steam room and a dry flotation room. There are a variety of luxurious spa therapies and beauty treatments available on the extensive spa menu. The most popular suites for wedding ceremonies and receptions include the recently refurbished Whimbrel Marquee and Kingfisher Suite, with other stylish options including the Mallard Suite and the Drake Suite - turn to page 13 to read more about weddings at this popular venue. The hotel has unveiled a Special 2024 Wedding Package priced at just £8,150. Weddings will take place exclusively in the Mallard Suite for up to 60 day guests and 80 evening guests, with additional guests priced at £120 per day guest and £25 per evening guest. The package includes: •Ceremony room hire and reception drinks •Canapé s and a three-course wedding breakfast •One drink to toast and half a bottle of house wine per person •An evening buffet •A white or red carpet entrance •Accommodation the night before the wedding and the honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding •Chairs, table linen and a cake stand. To find out more and to book, call 01285 864 000 or visit quoting WED2024. WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

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 | | Photography: Tom Durn HILLES HOUSE IS THE STUNNING LOCATION FOR YOUR ROMANTIC WEDDING IN THE COTSWOLDS An exquisite Grade II* listed wedding venue, nestled on the Edge, near Painswick and Stroud, featuring extraordinary Arts & Cra s architecture, the house provides a dramatic backdrop with glorious panoramic views across ve counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Monmouthshire, and Shropshire. With a relaxed and bohemian atmosphere combined with its creative history, this is an ideal setting for your most intimate day. Available from May to September, guests will bene t from exclusive use of the landscaped gardens and the Big Hall. To nd out more, please visit or contact our Wedding Planner, Emma Taylor Roach, at @HillesHouse #cotswoldweddingvibes Joshua Tucker Photography

The Cotswolds are calling We unveil what’s new in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty COWLEY MANOR, CHELTENHAM Bespoke wedding venues are in high demand for 2024 and Cowley Manor in Gloucestershire is fortunate enough to have its own quaint chapel, St Mary’s Church within the grounds in the Cotswolds countryside. This Grade II listed, 17th-century manor house hotel features a restaurant, a games room, a library and an experimental cocktail club Cotswolds bar. The grounds at Cowley Manor are home to meadows and pastures, Italian gardens, seven natural springs and a lake, making it the perfect venue choice for a bespoke lakeside wedding and dancing under the stars. The property, that’s said to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, is ideal for couples looking for a luxurious setting with unique design-led décor that can be tailored to their theme. Wedding guests have exclusive use of the 30 bedrooms and the talented kitchen team will provide the delicious dishes for weddings, large or small. To find out more and to book, visit LOCAL VENUES 13 THE MANOR HOUSE, CASTLE COMBE Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside within Castle Combe village in the wooded Bybrook Valley is this idyllic retreat, part of the UK hotel group Exclusive Collection which is the first B-Corp Certified hotel group in the UK. The 14th-century hote provides a romantic setting for a quintessential wedding in the Cotswolds. It’s home to roaring fires and cosy nooks, perfect for winter celebrations. The Manor House itself is a historic house surrounded by Cotswolds mews cottages and acres of grounds where couples can host their very own private house party wedding. Outdoor ceremonies, along with indoor celebrations can be enjoyed along with award-winning dining and luxury accommodation. To find out more and to book, visit

CHELTENHAM CHASE, GLOUCESTER Located right on the edge of the Cotswolds, just a short drive from the charms of Cheltenham and Gloucester, Cheltenham Chase hotel offers the perfect sanctuary in which to relax, recharge and reconnect. Guests can enjoy some well-earned downtime and step away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy morning walks in the Cotswolds’ countryside followed by a rejuvenating experience in the health club and spa. Here, they can indulge in a massage or facial using luxurious Elemis products and the hotel and spa regularly reveal offers like the one-night Spa Break which includes a 25-minute Elemis treatment plus dinner, breakfast and use of the health club. Cheltenham Chase, that’s home to 122 luxurious bedrooms and suites is proudly part of The QHotels Collection. With hotels, spas and golf resorts across the country, there’s a property suited to everyone. Whether visitors are keen foodies or fancy a change of scenery, all hotels within The QHotels Collection include fine restaurants and bars with many of the hotels set within acres of grounds creating the perfect setting for a relaxing winter break. The talented team at Cheltenham Chase are experienced in hosting weddings large and small, plus late-availability weddings are also an option. They have regular wedding fairs throughout the year so that couples can visit the property in advance to see how it could be styled on their special day and they offer the Montpellier Wedding Package and Winter Wonderland Package. There is a range of elegant wedding rooms available for hire including The Buckholt Suite that can accommodate up to 200 guests for a ceremony and reception. To find out more and to book, visit DE VERE COTSWOLD WATER PARK, SOUTH CERNEY Part of the De Vere collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels and event destinations, De Vere Cotswold Water Park is set among the honey-coloured stone buildings and rolling hills of the quintessential Cotswolds. It’s a hotel as spectacular as its natural surroundings, perched among the 152 lakes of the Cotswold Water Park. Cotswold stone, glass and wood are seamlessly integrated throughout the hotel’s design. The lakeside apartments benefit from outside decking which wraps around the entire hotel overlooking the lake. The Cotswold Water Park is a nature reserve in itself, so guests are surrounded by nature while staying at the hotel. Once inside this waterside property, visitors will experience light, airy spaces furnished in keeping with the natural surroundings. Located within the main hotel building are the most popular suites for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including The Whimbrel Marquee, The Kingfisher Suite, The Mallard Suite and The Drake Suite. Both The Whimbrel Marquee and The Kingfisher Suite have recently been refurbished in neutral tones with Cotswold stone and offer direct access outside with a private area while the Mallard Suite has a private balcony overlooking the late. The hotel can host large wedding ceremonies of up to 400 guests and receptions with up to 500 loved ones in the Whimbrel Marquee. The Brasserie Restaurant has recently enjoyed a renovation with beautiful new décor and furniture in blue tones perfectly matching the views across the lake, wonderfully finished with gold accents. A menu tasting session is included in the wedding package along with accommodation for the couple and a discounted rate for guests. De Vere Cotswold Water Park was recently revealed as the fourth most popular spa hotel in the Cotswolds. Inside the hotel is Spa 6 which is home to a gym, a hydro swimming pool, an aroma steam room and a dry flotation room. The popular Rasul Therapy experience is ideal for a pre-wedding pamper and sits perfectly alongside a host of other luxury spa therapies and beauty treatments. To find out more and to book, visit 14

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

A picturesque wedding venue in the Cotswolds | 01285 864 079 | Lake 6, South Cerney, Gloucestershire, GL7 5FP Set in miles of Cotswolds countryside and more than 150 lakes, De Vere Cotswold Water Park is an exclusive venue that creates a backdrop for a wedding day like no other. Whether you’re going all out for your wedding day, or you’re dreaming of a more intimate affair, De Vere Cotswold Water Park has a beautiful function space suitable for you. - Fully licensed for civil ceremonies from 2 to 500 guests - Wedding packages from just £85 per person - Breathtaking, panoramic lake views - Dedicated wedding team to help you every step of the way - Exclusive and delicious wedding menus crafted by our Executive Chef - Over 300 stylish bedrooms, including 4 luxury suites - Discounted accommodation rates To arrange a viewing of the venue and to discuss how we can bring your dream day to life, please contact us on the details below.

THE PAINSWICK PoB Hotels invites guests to dive headfirst into unparalleled heritage at beautiful establishments throughout the UK. Uncover the Cotswolds in the lap of luxury by booking a stay at The Painswick, the latest jewel in the PoB collection which stands as a regal Palladian house, offering visitors a picturesque getaway. With its selection of boutique bedrooms, delectable dining options, and breathtaking views of the English countryside, it truly shines as a standout destination. Cotswold charm oozes from every corner, and its stylish rooms and suites provide a perfect sanctuary for those seeking relaxation and comfort. For wine enthusiasts, and those eager to explore the outstanding surroundings, a visit to the nearby boutique vineyard and winery is a must, allowing guests to savour their multi-award-winning wines. The Painswick promises a luxurious and immersive experience that celebrates the best of England’s charm and character. Country house weddings can take place here, with exclusive use of the property and its 17 bedrooms available including The George’s Suite. There are a variety of spaces perfect to book for a special day, from two luxurious lounges with open log fires and The Painswick Restaurant to the outdoor garden terrace and lawn. Couples are guided by a dedicated wedding planner and talented team who can organise everything from bespoke wedding breakfast menus to local florists and suppliers. To find out more and to book, visit BARNSLEY HOUSE, CIRENCESTER In other news from the PoB Hotels collection, guests have the opportunity to experience an exclusive retreat, hosted by Madeleine Shaw, at Barnsley House from the 21st to the 22nd of January 2024. This retreat promises pilates and yoga sessions, expertly guided by Madeleine herself. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with Madeleine and chat with her about wellness, skincare and her Get the Glow philosophy. The retreat is priced at £350 per person and includes: *Sunday 21st January: afternoon session of pilates followed by a Q&A with Madeleine Shaw, dinner with healthy dishes on offer and an overnight stay at Barnsley House. *Monday 22nd January: Morning yoga session with Madeleine before departure. Throughout the year, Get the Glow with PoB Hotels invites guests to embark on a journey towards radiant beauty, embracing transformation from the inside out. The PoB chefs have meticulously curated recipes showcasing a selection of skin-focused ingredients selected by Madeleine that are renowned for properties linked to skin health. To complement these dishes, select hotels will offer exclusive spa treatments, working harmoniously to enable guests to exude an irresistible glow. Guests can enjoy a variety of experiences at a selection of PoB Hotels. Some highlights of what’s on offer include the nourishing Harissa Tofu Buddha Bowl in the North of England, a refreshing Berry Smoothie amid the picturesque surroundings of the Cotswolds, the Outer Glow Treatment in Devon, a Vitamin C Facial in Bath, and in Aylesbury, guests can rejuvenate and destress with the De-Puffing Cryo Facial. To book, visit LOCAL VENUES 17

THE OLD BELL HOTEL IN MALMESBURY WINS AA AWARDS Adding to its long list of recent accolades, including Muddy Stiletto’s Best Hotel in the UK, The Old Bell in Malmesbury has recently been awarded 4 Stars for its truly spectacular rooms, two AA Rosettes for its fabulous restaurant, Abbey Row, and a rare AA Breakfast Award for the “memorable breakfast”, firmly placing Wiltshire on the map as one of the UK’s greatest destinations for staycations and dining. After visiting more than 4000 hotels and restaurants across the UK, the AA report writes that the “hotel team are evidently at the heart of this property and ensure a most memorable stay…refurbishment presents very well with a modern contemporary feel whilst still retaining the many characteristics of this impressive Grade I listed property. The overall quality is impressive.” Set in the borough of Malmesbury, Wiltshire, The Old Bell Hotel first opened its doors more than 800 years ago, in 1220. These days, it delights guests with its unique and stylish interiors following a 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 wall coverings, and 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 the 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. To find out more and to book, visit Winter whites Magical snow-capped venues What’s new? 19 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 the picturesque Badminton Estate and faces south along the three-mile avenue that leads to Badminton House. It boasts spectacular views of the surrounding fields and woodland and features four balconies with the south-facing one pointing towards Badminton House. 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. Currently, there’s the option for al fresco ceremonies for an intimate 30 guests to be held under the archway or in a marquee in front of the lodge which is where receptions also take place. Inside Worcester Lodge is a grand room where post-ceremony dinners can be held. It’s flooded with natural daylight through the large windows that are reflected in the mirror suspended above the working fireplace. There are also stunning period features including a beautiful, intricate plaster ceiling. To find out more and to book, visit Another option CLEARWELL CASTLE, FOREST OF DEAN, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This magnificent castle mansion and gardens nestled in the quaint village of Clearwell is accessed by a sweeping tree-lined drive that leads to a Portcullis with the castle turrets in view in the background – the perfect spot for big-day photographs. The multi-award-winning, family-run venue is enveloped in manicured gardens and grounds while the interior blends grandeur with a warm, cosy ambience. The rooms certainly tell a story as it was once the recording place of rock bands Led Zeppelin and Queen. Exclusive-use weddings take place in a choice of elegant reception rooms with an aisle to walk down, and a selection of spacious accommodation providing a home-from-home for guests. The affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages include an experienced wedding planner and range from the popular Classical Wedding Package which provides everything needed for a large celebration, to the Twilight Wedding Package, the Night Before Package and the Intimate Weddings package. Indoor and al fresco ceremonies take place here, with the opulent ballroom offering a 75-foot long aisle, and the beautiful outdoor bandstand offering a romantic setting. The wedding breakfast for up to 150 guests takes place in the ballroom and the evening reception can make use of the stylish Cellar Bar, the Cocktail Bar, the Library or the Quiet Room. To find out more and to book, visit Images courtesy of 20

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 Nestled in the Wiltshire countryside, our tastefully decorated function rooms with stunning views create the perfect setting to continue your celebrations as a newly married couple. A warm welcome awaits! 01793 812336 Basset Down Complex, Hay Lane, Swindon, SN4 9QW

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THE GREENWAY HOTEL AND SPA, CHELTENHAM The Greenway Hotel and Spa is tucked away on the outskirts of the rolling Cotswolds, near the Regency town of Cheltenham. Set in eight acres of stunning countryside grounds, this 16th-century Elizabethan manor house hotel is the perfect UK staycation with its beautiful grounds to explore, an indulgent spa and an award-winning restaurant serving delicious, seasonal cuisine. Having recently unveiled a fresh new look following the completion of a major £1.2million transformation, The Eden Hotel Collection has stylishly refurbished all 21 bedrooms at The Greenway Hotel and Spa with each now boasting its own unique colour palette, personality and wonderful characteristics. The extensive renovation project combines the hotel’s natural rural setting on the edge of the Cotswolds with its rich history and enchanting period features such as original stone windows and roaring fireplaces. Room layouts within the hotel have also been altered to create larger, more elevated spaces and expansive marble bathrooms, boasting opulent features such as classic roll-top baths and elegant brassware; whilst others have drawn on existing features to build a sumptuous design unique to each room. The Elan Spa at The Greenway Hotel and Spa has also recently partnered with luxury British skincare brand TempleSpa to offer guests a myriad of indulgent treatments. From facials and massages to various body treatments as well as bespoke TempleSpa treatments, there’s something for everyone looking to relax, revive and rejuvenate themselves this year. The boutique hotel is set within eight acres of stunning countryside grounds off Shurdington Road and holds a 4 AA Red Star rating. As well as 21 newly-refurbished bedrooms, it also includes fine dining at the award-winning 3AA Rosette Garden Room restaurant. Large weddings of up to 150 guests take place in a magnificent marquee complete with a panoramic wall and clear gable overlooking the manor. Exclusive use of the hotel is available, and there are two beautiful private ceremony rooms available, perfect for intimate weddings. To find out more and to book, visit THE RIDGEWAY BARNS, NR ALDBOURNE, WILTSHIRE This award-winning, farm-based wedding and events venue is situated in the heart of the North Wessex Downs. Whether it’s an intimate celebration in the farmhouse for up to 24 guests; a small wedding in the stretch tent for up to 50 loved ones or a larger gathering in the 19th-century threshing barn that seats up to 100 people with 120 standing for an evening reception, it offers something for every type of wedding. There’s even the opportunity to have a marquee on the lawn hosting up to 150 guests and there’s also the option for outdoor ceremonies. Weekend weddings with three-day exclusive hire are also an option with accommodation included for up to 15 guests allowing couples to gather their loved ones together the night before. They can then extend the celebrations into the Sunday if they wish. Alternatively, one-day, one-night and two-night options are available mid-week. Couples are free to choose their caterers and other suppliers, but the expert team at the venue are always on hand to provide recommendations. Throughout the wedding planning journey, they will provide wedding planning support and on-the-day coordination. To find out more and to book, visit 23 THEMED VENUES

Mmonaogcihcrome Georgia and Nathan’s special day at The Pear Tree Purton, Wiltshire enjoyed a timeless black and white theme Images courtesy of Natalie Silvester Photography Georgia and Nathan Westwood married on the 12th of April 2023 at The Pear Tree Purton, Wiltshire. 24

Georgia and Nathan met at work. “A friend of ours at the Christmas party told me that Nathan had a little soft spot for me and the rest was history from that evening,” Georgia tells us. “Nathan asked me to marry him four years later in Bath which was the perfect place because it’s where he had taken me for our first ever weekend away. We spent an amazing day together enjoying a meal at The Ivy during the evening. On the walk back to our hotel room, Nathan got down on one knee and proposed which was a wonderful moment.” SETTING THE SCENE “We loved the contemporary monochrome feel that The Pear Tree Purton offered – the interior looked so chic,” Georgia tells us. “It made styling our special day much easier because it set the tone for our minimalistic, timeless, black and white theme and we knew that everything would coordinate well.” Georgia and Nathan were seated at a top table with their parents and daughter and had a further eight tables of between 10 and 12 guests. “We used table numbers and printed Polaroid pictures of our guests for their place settings,” Georgia explains. “The pictures were of each guest with Nathan or myself and everybody loved them - it was one of my favourite things that I incorporated into our wedding day. Another personalised touch was the shortbread favours with our newly married surname printed on.” The couple chose Etiquette Events to dress the venue and Scan to view video “Having our wedding planner Georgina removed any stress on the day and during the lead-up to it, meaning that we could just enjoy ourselves. It ran flawlessly thanks to her.” - Georgia and Nathan REAL WEDDINGS 25

From the point of first contact, to the final production and set up of your cake, we at Dumbledart’s Bakery offer a friendly and hassle free service. A family run bakery with over a decade of experience producing handmade and bespoke cakes that are all freshly baked to each customer’s specifications. We are only too happy to tailor your cake to your requirements for your special day. 07834 785 068 @dumbledartsbakery @julietdraperhair & @juliet_draper_hair Weddings - Up-dos - Special Occasions Hair-styling - Makeup 07773 291487 An established, high end, family-run business offering bespoke catering services for every event. WWW.NAPIERCATERING.CO.UK 01454 415716 || Napier Catering || 57 Bridge Street The art of catering

provide the floristry. “Beth and her team were amazing,” Georgia says. “Our pretty bouquets and flower arrangements consisted of Playa Blanca roses and gypsophila. We also had the bridesmaids’ bouquets placed in vases with ivory petals and candles scattered around them on each table as our centrepieces. Reusing the bouquets was cost-effective and meant that our bridesmaids had somewhere to put their bouquets while they ate.” Georgia, Nathan and their guests sat down to a delicious wedding breakfast prepared by the in-house team at the venue. “Our two-tier cake was a simple design with a bow tied around the middle and a personalised topper saying The Westwoods which was exactly what we wanted,” Georgia says. LOOKING THE PART Georgia’s dress was the style Oliviana 2022 from the Blue Collection by Enzoani. “I added a long train and veil and it was perfect,” she explains. “Nathan’s suit was by Slaters. He wore the same one as both of our fathers and his best man. His shirt featured black buttons instead of white to look slightly different to the others and all of the male bridal party wore bowties.” The couple’s bridesmaids’ dresses were oyster-coloured gowns made to fit each of them. “Our flowergirl’s dress was teamed with a pair of ballet shoes which looked so cute,” Georgia says. TIME TO CELEBRATE Georgia and Nathan hired the wedding singer Libby to perform during their ceremony and drinks reception. “She was fantastic,” Georgia says. “We also had a saxophonist play during the evening called Lizzie. Every time she performed, the dancefloor was full. She came as part of a package with our DJ booked through Cosmic Events and the two of them thrived off each other. Our guests still speak about the musicians now!” “Make the day all about you both! Splurge on the things you know you’ll love and scrap the things you won’t. Just because it’s traditional doesn’t mean you have to include it.” - Georgia and Nathan 27 REAL WEDDINGS

THE DREAM TEAM Photographer, Natalie Silvester Photography, | Venue and catering, The Pear Tree Purton, Wiltshire, | Videography, Erin Video & Socials, | Wedding coordinator, Georgina Rose Events, | Content creator, MB Weddings & Events, | Dress, Little London Brides, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, ASOS, | Flowergirl dress, Chi Chi London, | Hair, Under The Veil The Wedding Hair Company, | Make-up, Elysia Grace Makeup, elysiaxgrace | Suits, Slater Menswear, | Cake, Bake Me Elegant, | Flowers and venue styling, Etiquette Wedding & Event Design, | Stationery, Lily Grace Prints, | Singer, Libby Wedding Singer, | DJ, Cosmic Events, | Saxophonist, Lizzie Sax, “Our bridesmaid, Sophie, gave a personal and touching reading about us both from when we first met to our future together as husband and wife. My sister, Gemma, my maid-of-honour also gave a wonderful speech - she made us all laugh and cry! Both of them included Ed Sheeran’s lyrics because Nathan and I are fans. When we listen to those songs now, we think back to those precious moments.” - Georgia and Nathan Top tip: “All of our suppliers are so talented and we were so lucky to have been able to book them. Mel and James from MB Weddings & Events were phenomenal.” - Georgia and Nathan 28

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