Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 43)

LOVE BIRDS Local real-life love stories Versatile, historic wedding venues Spotligh o ... North Wiltshire & Swindon Beaut SOS Local experts reveal all A WARM WELCOME FEB/MAR 2024 £3.55 Wi ! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 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 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 50 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 82 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024 FEATURES 43 PLANNED TO PRECISION Wedding stylists, planners and couples reveal all 47 PICK 'N MIX Big-day entertainment ideas O th cove ... Weddings by Nicola & Glen captured this image of Kimberley and Charles on their wedding day at The Slaughters Manor House. Read their story on page 24, 53 VENUES 15 DREAM DAYS Magical historic venues 21 SPOTLIGHT ON... North Wiltshire and Swindon 74 64

4 GROOMS 70 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be 71 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 72 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 31 WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Wedding dresses to swoon over from the latest collections 52 RING-A-DING-DING How to choose the perfect wedding ring 53 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 54 LITTLE GEMS Wedding guests will love the bright jewel colours that are trending this season 55 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 61 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 66 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare's head of education, Adele O'Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare 68 WEDDING WELLNESS Wedding planning can be a stressful business, so we’ve gathered together our top wellness picks to help you start 2024 on the right foot 69 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems REAL WEDDINGS 24 THE COTSWOLDS ARE CALLING Kimberley and Charles married at The Slaughters Manor House 36 PARTY ON Hannah and Andrew enjoyed a fun wedding at Milton End Farm 61 78 76 HONEYMOONS 74 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 76 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 78 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La VilleLumière, The City of Light. 80 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava

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. Wedding Show Sunday 3rd March 2024 11am - 3pm

With Christmas and the cold snap a distant memory, this is the springtime season of love with Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter upon us. For those of you who have just become engaged on Valentine’s Day then congratulations, you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey! For those of you putting the finishing touches to a spring wedding this year then take inspiration from our real-life wedding couples and advice from a host of expert local suppliers. That’s not all – there’s also all the latest wed-day news, exclusive offers, fashion, beauty and hot honeymoon ideas. Until the next issue... Clair Claire Ridley, Editor S in awai 6 The real wedding of Kimberley and Charles at The Slaughters Manor House was simply stunning - Read all about it on page 24. 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 Don’t miss our exclusive offer with Bohemian Bakery on page 13. ADVERTISING Account Manager Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568

EDITOR’S LETTER 7 I adore this set-up of Hannah and Andrew’s special day styled with pampas grass arrangements. Read their local love story on page 36. Leanne O’Neill was the make-up artist for bride, Kimberley, whose wedding to Charles we feature on page 24. Read Leanne’s tips on how to get the look on page 69. I adore this pink telephone box audio guestbook that’s available to hire! Read all about it on page 47. Win! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 on page 82. This was Kimberley’s finished bridal look – turn to page 24 to see more. I love this spring tipi wedding inspiration from Fireflower Tipis on page 50 of this issue. I’ll be enjoying a tipple this Easter from the Cotswolds Distillery. Read all about their Cotswolds Gin Essence on page nine.

Bespoke Cake Designer in the Cotswolds Simply Elegant Cakes, As Unique As You Are! Handmade, fresh to order using only the finest ingredients - from wedding cakes to cupcakes. | 07805 808474 Facebook/Instagram: Anna Baker Cakes 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: UNIQUE AND STUNNING TIPI HIRE for weddings and events in the Cotswolds and throughout the UK. WWW.FIREFLOWERTIPIS.COM | 07814684424 | 0792 606 7711 Credit: Gill of H4 Photo Credit: Jaqui Marie Photography

All the latest from both regions NEWS Nearlywed EDITOR LOVES I’ll be enjoying an Easter tipple this year by indulging in this Cotswolds Gin Essence, CONGRATULATIONS! Manor by the Lake, a renowned wedding venue located in the heart of Cheltenham, is delighted to announce its victory as the Best Wedding Venue in the Country at the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards. The glittering awards ceremony, held in London, was a convergence of more than 500 elite wedding suppliers from across the UK. This significant accolade recognises Manor by the Lake’s commitment to excellence in providing an enchanting and exclusive setting for weddings. Set amidst picturesque landscapes, this Victorian manor house has been at the forefront of offering bespoke wedding experiences, tailored to each couple’s unique vision. “We are incredibly honoured to receive this award,” said Jose Marques, managing director of Manor by the Lake. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team who strive to make every wedding an unforgettable experience. We believe in creating moments that not only celebrate the couples love but also magical experiences for their guests to enjoy.” Tina Nicol, customer journey director, adds, “Our passion is to care for our couples from their first enquiry, through the journey to their big day, and even beyond. It’s about more than just one day; it’s about creating a lifelong memory. We are incredibly proud of the team and thank all our wonderful couples for voting for us.” The Wedding Industry Awards, known for its rigorous and client-focused judging process, highlights the outstanding quality and service provided by Manor by the Lake. Feedback from newlyweds and their families played a crucial role in clinching this award, underscoring the venue’s exceptional customer service and attention to detail. Manor by the Lake, with its stunning architecture, exquisite gardens, and luxurious accommodations, continues to set the standard for wedding venues nationwide. This award solidifies its position as a leader in the wedding industry, offering a magical backdrop for the most important day in the lives of couples. LOCAL NEWS 9

NEW CAFÉ OPENS AT BIRDLAND PARK & GARDENS IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE Rugby World Cup winner-turned-chef Phil Vickery has unveiled a new café at Birdland Park & Gardens in Gloucestershire. The Nest Kitchen and Café officially opened in December 2023 and Vickery, a former England captain who played for Gloucester for 11 years, now works for food service company Creed, who will be supplying the café with a mouthwatering selection of hot and cold options. There will be a daily selection of sandwiches and salads and for something warmer during the winter months, there’s the chance to load your potato or rice with tasty toppings including pulled pork, beef chilli or halloumi. The Bourton-on-the-Water attraction has also created a Changing Places facility, a fully accessible toilet to help visitors with limited mobility. Birdland general manager Simon Cox said: “We’re always looking to make improvements to make the visitor experience as enjoyable as possible and the newly-renovated café and toilet are great examples of that. We are open all year round so we want to ensure that everyone who comes to visit us has a day to remember.” The Penguin Shore enclosure, which underwent a dramatic redesign in 2022, is home to Birdland’s resident celebrity, Spike the King Penguin. The 16-year-old star has recently won the title of Most Popular Penguin in the World, which was revealed exclusively live on BBC programme The One Show. His subsequent coronation ceremony was then reported on by BBC 5 Live radio presenter Colin Murray, who is a big fan of the park. Spike now has more than 18,000 Facebook followers. The park’s magical combination of wildlife, woodland, riverside and gardens makes it the perfect day out during the six-week recess. Among the exciting schedule of daily entertainments are penguin, pelican and flamingo feeding displays, where visitors can find out all about the different species, what they like to eat, who is the most mischievous of the flock and fascinating insights from Birdland’s team of expert keepers. The Out of Africa area provides the opportunity to meet a variety of exotic species such as black-checked love birds, a colony of village weavers, touracos, spreo starlings, guinea fowl, exotic ducks and the bizarre-looking ground hornbills. Prehistoric adventures await intrepid explorers and those brave enough to venture into the Jurassic Journey. Spot species including T-Rex and brachiosaurus through the trees and look up high into the canopies for a glimpse of the pterodactyls flying above. Birdland opens every day of the year (apart from Christmas Day) at 10 am, SOUS CHEF AT THE CASTLE INN, IEUAN DAVIES, APPEARED ON MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS The Castle Inn in Castle Coombe, Wiltshire is delighted to share news that its very own sous chef, Ieuan Davies, cooked his way through to MasterChef: The Professionals becoming a MasterChef: The Professionals Quarter Finalist. Finding his passion for cooking at an early age, Ieuan embarked on his culinary journey at the age of 16, accumulating diverse experiences at renowned establishments across the UK. Motivated by a desire for personal growth and a love for the culinary arts, Ieuan chose to participate in MasterChef: The Professionals. Competitions, for him, are not only a measure of his skills but also a source of excitement in his daily culinary pursuits. MasterChef: The Professionals is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 10

YOUR AWARD-WINNING, EXCLUSIVE USE WEDDING VENUE Scan Here creating everlasting memories, one wedding at a time. WWW.MANORBYTHELAKE.CO.UK Manor By The Lake, a Victorian manor house nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, hosts exclusive bespoke wedding celebraaons, each one as individual as the couple. As proud recipients of the presagious Naaonal Award for Best Wedding Venue at 'The Wedding Industry Awards,' they stand as a testament to their commitment to providing an enchanang and exclusive seeng for wedding couples. TO DISCOVER MORE Photographers Credits: Mat James Photography, Jenny & Hannah Photography, and HBA Photography

• 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 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 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 N! weet and nts, and to do all our can also ORG.UK Kitchen INV TO YOUR W Hugo is a gorgeous v savoury crêpes, suiti supply everything f is choose the menu utensils and tablewa supply ho WWW.CAROLINE 07919 440146 @caro supply everything f is choose the menu utensils and tablewa supply ho WWW.CAROLINE 07919 440146 @caro Wedding Caterer Of The Year REGIONAL FINALIST South West Caroline's Little Kitchen 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

Take advantage of these great giveaways BIG-DAY BAKES Gloucester-based Bohemian Bakery serves the Cotswolds and beyond. The founder, Marta creates modern and boho-inspired wedding and celebration cakes that not only look fantastic, but they taste delicious too. These include bespoke bakes, cupcakes, cookies and more. Some of Marta’s latest designs include this mouth-watering Lambeth wedding cake (pictured left) which is a trend that originated from 19th-century English cake decoration invented by Joseph Lambert. This cake decorating style combines elegance and complexity with numerous piping techniques to create stunning results perfect for a vintage-style wedding. Marta is offering a 10% discount on wedding cake bookings of more than £450. To find out more and to book, call 07958 639 019 or visit Turn to page 50 to read more from Marta. JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 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.

DE VERE TORTWORTH COURT CROWNED THE BEST HOTEL WEDDING VENUE IN THE SOUTHWEST De Vere Tortworth Court, located in Gloucestershire, recently won the award for Best Hotel Venue at The Wedding Industry Awards 2024. The Wedding Industry Awards was established in 2011 and has become the highest mark of quality coveted by wedding suppliers all over the country and, most importantly, by couples getting married. Polly Savage, wedding manager at De Vere Tortworth Court, said, “It’s an honour to win such a prestigious award. It’s so rewarding to know that the work that we do behind the scenes and on couple’s wedding days doesn’t go unmissed. The whole team are passionate about creating the most perfect day for all our couples and we all work tirelessly to make sure this happens. We’re looking forward to welcoming our 2024 brides to De Vere Tortworth Court in the new year.” The Orangery at De Vere Tortworth Court marries Victorian architecture with contemporary elegance, and it is now taking wedding bookings for private hire of up to 120 guests for ceremonies throughout 2024 and 2025. Thanks to its ornamental glass ceiling and windows, this grand conservatory, built in 1874, is flooded with natural light and filled with an abundance of greenery. The Orangery has an outside dining area 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. Room hire prices for The Orangery start from £1400. Turn to page 31 to see the real wedding of Daisy and Chris that took place here. A touch of magic These historic wedding venues have the wow factor What’s new? Mini-moon attraction LODGE PARK AND SHERBORNE PARK ESTATE, NEAR CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Nestled in the Cotswold countryside in Northleach, this National Trust property is just waiting to be discovered. Lodge Park is best known for its opulent 17th-century grandstand perched in a tranquil Cotswold estate full of diverse wildlife. Several guided tours take place here each day - take in expansive views of the parkland surrounding Lodge Park from the balcony, and see how the landscape has changed since the grandstand was first built. For those wanting to find out more about the landscape surrounding Lodge Park and parkland designed by Charles Bridgeman, there are tours of the Bridgeman landscape too. Venture further on to Sherborne Estate to enjoy walks, take in the views and spot wildlife including endangered birds and otters. Lodge Park houses the best of the Sherborne collection. Inherited from Lord Sherborne in 1982, its highlights include two chancellor’s chests, furniture and family portraits. Discover the fascinating architecture of the building, such as the fireplace in the Great Hall, the wood panelling and the original kitchen features. Lodge Park is a national trust property and many are available for weddings. 15 THEMED VENUES

DR JENNER’S HOUSE, BERKELEY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This landmark and historical place is the home and gardens of pioneering scientist Edward Jenner. Available for guests to visit from April to September, it’s also available for private hire for weddings. The Old Dining Room is an elegant space within the main house decorated with red walls that’s perfect for micro weddings, drinks receptions and private dining for between 10 and 25 guests. This beautiful, duel-aspect room boasts French doors with access to the garden and the stunning temple. Within the acre of grounds, there’s an expansive lawn (that can be used for a marquee reception), a Physic Garden and a thatched folly known as The Temple of Vaccinia once used by Dr Jenner to treat the people of Berkeley. An alternative space overlooking the Physic Garden with access to the gardens and temple is The Old Cyder House for between 15 and 45 guests. Couples can choose the suppliers they wish to work with, and the team can recommend those that they have a good working relationship with. 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 providing 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 accommodations providing a home-from-home for guests. The affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages include an experienced wedding planner. The Classical Package provides everything needed for a large celebration while The Luxe Package, which is new for 2024, includes everything in The Classical Package plus a wealth of extras. There’s also The Twilight Package and The Intimate 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 Cellar Bar, the Cocktail Bar, the Library or the Quiet Room. 16

Joshua Tucker Photography Your dream day just as you imagined it Beautiful, bespoke floral arrangements and venue decorations that you and your guests will remember forever. Bring your vision to life with creative floristry and venue styling from one of Bristol’s most trusted wedding stylists. | | @laraparnellweddings

Intimate, barn and marquee weddings, exclusively yours for a whole weekend. @theridgewaybarns 01793 791746 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 | | MARQUEES FOR ALL OCCASIONS Based in the heart of the Cotswolds with over 20 years experience in providing marquees for customers in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, parts of Warwickshire, West Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Whether you are planning a wedding, a garden party, a festival or a sporting event, we are here to help. 07873 403589 | WWW.ABCPAVILIONS.CO.UK 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

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 an intricate plaster ceiling. To find out more and to book, visit Images courtesy of 19 THEMED VENUES

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

North Wiltshire and Swindon CRICKLADE & SPA This exquisite country house was built at the turn of the last century. It has been tastefully restored and carefully extended, marrying period features with modern touches. There are 45 stylish and comfortable bedrooms, a newly refurbished luxury spa with an indoor pool, sauna and steam room plus treatment rooms, a gym and a beauty room perfect for wedding day preparations. The hotel is located at the bottom of a private field. The grounds are home to a tennis court, an all-weather pétanque pitch and a large outside seating area with an elevated position for guests to enjoy beautiful views of the Wiltshire Downs. There are stone steps leading down to the grounds providing a big-day photo opportunity. The hotel is set within 33 acres of lush countryside which is in an advanced programme of planting and landscaping 40,000 bulbs to enhance the picturesque location of the hotel. This outdoor space can be used for lawn games and activities to entertain guests. Ceremonies can be enjoyed outside in the Stone Folly or indoors in the grand ballroom suite that’s easy to style with different decorations. It has its own private bar and reception area with a maximum seated capacity of up to 120 people. The library is home to a stunning fireplace and is perfect for an intimate wedding celebration of up to 35 people seated. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01793 750 751, •We love... the wedding packages which include free wedding tasting for the engaged couple six weeks before their special day and complimentary bedrooms for the night of the wedding (the number is dependent on the package). For any couples looking to book a wedding this year that have not yet chosen a venue, the hotel has a special offer running so please enquire. Spotlight on... LOCAL VENUES 21

BOWOOD HOTEL, SPA & GOLF RESORT, CALNE This luxury countryside resort is surrounded by 2,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland home to local wildlife, an abundance of history and boasting far-flung views. The AA Recommended Spa Hotel, which has retained its 2 AA Rosette accolade for another year, is home to the stunning Shelburne Restaurant and cosy Bowood library. The outdoor wedding pavilion hosts summer ceremonies on the large open terrace that enjoys panoramic views. At the far end of the resort is The Kerry Suite situated next to the old farmhouse that offers an indoor ceremony option for up to 160 guests and an alternative for the wedding breakfast, plus it can accommodate up to 250 guests for the evening reception. It’s filled with light and furnished in a contemporary style, suiting many wedding themes. It’s made up of three internal rooms; the Kerry, Wycombe and Clanmaurice. Each one can be used individually or combined to create one larger space. There’s a private bar and lounge, plus an outdoor courtyard that’s ideal for a drinks reception. Couples booking their wedding at Bowood can expect to receive complimentary food and wine tasting. There are 43 luxurious bedrooms available and discounted accommodation rates for friends and family. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01249 822 228, •We love... that Masters of Motoring will return to Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort on Sunday, June 2nd 2024 for a Concours-style event, complete with various themed displays set on the lawns of this picturesque Wiltshire venue. 22

THE RIDGEWAY BARNS, NR ALDBOURNE 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. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01793 791 746, •We love... that elopement weddings can take place here for up to 15 people. 23 LOCAL VENUES

The Cotswolds are Calling Kimberley and Charles’s quintessentially English wedding enjoyed a traditional white, blush and green theme Images courtesy of Weddings by Nicola & Glen Kimberley and Charles Eden married on the 11th of August 2023 at The Parish Church of St Mary, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, followed by a reception at The Slaughters Manor House. 24

Kimberley and Charles met when Kimberley was based in Cheltenham and Charles was located in Birmingham. “We shared a similar sense of humour and Charles’ confidence and charisma attracted me to him,” Kimberley tells us. “Kimberley’s kind nature and thoughtfulness drew me to her,” Charles adds. Charles proposed in Barbados on the beach. “He had persuaded me to watch a West Indies and England cricket match,” Kimberley explains. “Also, it was about time that he popped the question having been together for eight years, lived together for six years and have a dog (Bruce) together!” SETTING THE SCENE Kimberley has always loved the Cotswolds and therefore it was an area close to her heart when the couple were looking for wedding venues. “We searched endlessly for the perfect venue and as soon as we arrived in Lower Slaughter village, we knew it was the dream location for us to exchange our marriage vows in,” she tells us. The couple were married at The Parish Church of St Mary, Lower Slaughter, by the Rev Sue Pestell. “Walking into the church was a magical moment for me,” Kimberley tells us. Charles adds, “Seeing her looking so beautiful was an emotional moment.” Kimberley and Charles chose a traditional white, blush and green theme to decorate their day with, filled with foliage. “We had plenty of flowers including a floral arch outside the church entrance and blooms positioned around the cake,” Kimberley says. “Our tall vase centrepieces also included varieties including roses, sweet peas and hydrangeas and clusters of bud vases and bottles containing flowers were styled around glass floating candles.” The couple had a long top table and six round tables for their guests. “We named each table after overseas holiday locations that we had visited together including Barbados, the Maldives, “Our photographers, Nicola and Glen, really captured all the happy emotions and made us feel at ease with the entire experience. We would recommend them!” - Kimberley and Charles REAL WEDDINGS 25

26 Mauritius, the Dominican Republic, Santorini, Lisbon and Rome,” Kimberley tells us. “As favours, we chose single jigsaw pieces to allow each guest to retain a piece of our special day. We also included some seedlings to let love grow.” The talented team at the hotel provided the catering options which was a five-course menu. “This included a pre-starter of tomato tartare and basil sorbet followed by a starter of confit egg yolk with white and green asparagus and truffle,” Kimberley explains. “The main course was a loin of beef served with tomatoes, mushrooms, oxtail and Madeira jus. We treated our guests to a pre-dessert of tonka bean panna cotta and strawberries before the grand finale course of salted chocolate mousse, lime curd ice cream and coconut swirl.” The couple’s cake was a three-tier red velvet design with white chocolate and raspberry and chocolate fudge covered in ganache and white icing. “It was decorated with our initials (K&C) visible on the outside of the cake which also included handmade iced flowers to match our real blooms displayed throughout the venue,” Kimberley tells us. LOOKING THE PART Kimberley wore a bespoke A-line dress by the bridal designer Suzanne Neville. “It was a minimalistic yet classic design that I accessorised with a single-tier veil covered in pearls,” Kimberley tells us. “I finished my look with a pair of blush-coloured Jimmy Choo shoes.” Charles chose a traditional three-piece tailcoat suit with a navy jacket, dark grey trousers and a light grey waistcoat teamed with a white shirt, pink tie and a matching pocket square. His look was finished with a pink rose buttonhole. “Our groomsmen wore three-piece traditional tails with a navy jacket, dark grey trousers, a white shirt, navy ties and a matching pocket square,” Charles tells us. “They also had light grey waistcoats and pink rose buttonholes like mine.” Kimberley adds, “Our bridesmaids looked beautiful in their satin dresses in a wild rose colour.” TIME TO CELEBRATE Kimberley and Charles had two live performances during their wedding reception. “At the drinks reception after the ceremony, we hired the Nero String Quartet to perform on the lawn of The Slaughters Manor House playing modern hits which our guests were familiar with. They could be seen tapping, whistling and even singing along!” The couple tells us. “During the evening, we had Grayson playing covers as well as performing our first dance song A Good Night by John Legend. Our first dance was a really special moment because we had secretly been attending dance lessons for two months before our wedding and had learnt a special routine.” Top tip: “Enjoy it! You’ll have spent so much time and effort planning your perfect day so fully embrace it once the big day finally arrives.” - Kimberley and Charles

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 Your wedding day will always be remembered as a precious memory. Every ceremony I create will be unique and entirely tailored to reflect you and how you want your special day to feel. I will tell your love story, your way, for your big day. Amanda the Celebrant Company owner of ‘Love Unlimited’ Designing Ceremonies for Memories Email: Website: Whatsapp or Call: 07711 534131 Instagram: amanda_the_celebrant Facebook: Amanda Brockway Celebrant Naturalistic & Timeless Wedding Films 07468 607056 @eden.weddingfilms

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 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 Contact Caroline on 07929 757028 Email: Commission a Painting of Your Wedding Bouquet to preserve the beauty of your precious flowers forever.

THE DREAM TEAM Photography, Weddings by Nicola & Glen, | Venue, catering and accommodation, The Slaughters Manor House, | Additional guest accommodation, The Slaughters Country Inn, | Dress, Suzanne Neville, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Jenny Yoo at Not Another Boring Bridesmaid | Dress, | Hair, Georgie Maisey Hair, | Make-up, Leanne O’Neill Makeup Artist, | Suits, Regency Groom, | Cake, Cake Daydreams, | Flowers, Stephanie Saunders Luxury Floral Design, | Stationery, Rose & Beau Stationery, 29 REAL WEDDINGS

@julietdraperhair & @juliet_draper_hair Weddings - Up-dos - Special Occasions Hair-styling - Makeup 07773 291487 Make an enquiry | 01722 328808 Our mobile kitchen will be accessible but discreet, and equipped with all the cooking and servicing requirements for the day! As well as your own experienced team of chefs, you’ll also have your own fully trained staff available to wait on you hand and foot throughout the day. We will lay up all tables impeccably with table linen and napkins, the desired crockery, cutlery and glassware, decorations and table placings, all well in advance of guests arriving, and will clear away everything, including leftovers and rubbish so all you need to worry about is enjoying your friends, family and the big day. Our friendly professional staff will serve arrival and reception drinks, whilst chilling white wines and allowing reds to breathe to perfection before bringing them to your tables for your meal. Get in Touch! Salon Owner, Bridal and Hair colour specialist in colour corrective work, blondes and balayage. 10 Barton Street Tewksbury, GL20 5PP | 01684 294389 | @chloessalon_

Wedding dresses to swoon over from the latest collections Wa rhe amt addree ao fm s FASHION SPECIAL 31 BAÉ by Katya Shehurina with The “No.1” Collection Marchesa for 32 Beautiful bow Marchesa for FASHION SPECIAL 33 B in dram en 34 Fo fashionista en Marchesa for FASHION SPECIAL 35 I lov wi lac

PARTY ON Hannah and Andrew’s wedding at Milton End Farm married a bohemian and contemporary vibe Images courtesy of Char Cook Photography Hannah and Andrew Stone married on the 10th of June 2023 at Milton End Barns. 36

Hannah and Andrew were friends before becoming a couple. “We started secondary school together where we were in the same tutor group,” Hannah tells us. “We both went off to different colleges and then universities but when we moved home, we started hanging out again. We finally became a couple in 2013 and our new adventure began. We went travelling together, came back and purchased our first house and then our beautiful puppy, Rio, came along at the end of 2020. Having our long friendship as our beginning means we have seen each other for who we are.” Andrew proposed on the couple’s eighth anniversary on the 30th of July 2021 before dinner. “Andrew suggested going for a dog walk at Barbury Castle,” Hannah tells us. “I didn’t think anything of it and little did I know that he had the ring box hidden in his pocket behind a dog ball! Andrew proposed to me on top of The Ridgeway hills and it took me by complete surprise. It was perfect - I said ‘yes’ through floods of happy tears!” SETTING THE SCENE Hannah and Andrew wanted a private weekend wedding to enable them to spend quality time with their loved ones. “We didn’t want to be on a schedule in a venue,” Hannah “We decided to untraditionally stay together the night before our wedding day and we had an evening on the Friday at our venue with our close family and friends which my mum and maid-of-honour catered for.This was perfect for us because we got to spend some time together and wake up with each other on the morning of our wedding.This helped us feel calm and relaxed on the day. We were so excited to see each other at the aisle.” - Hannah and Andrew Scan to view video REAL WEDDINGS 37

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: KBKBaikouda eauty Lou Parmenter MUA Hi! I’m Lou and I specialise in Bridal and Occasion Make-up. My work is my passion and it is my goal to help you... look and feel your absolute best! Please do get in touch with all your bridal needs and we can start to plan your Wedding Day morning. @Kaikouda Beauty - Louparmentermua | @louparmentermua 07716 507340 | | 07557 344664 Providing blooms unique to you, from beautiful bouquets and stunning floral arches, to bold buttonholes and fabulous flower crowns. @romylawrencephotography | 07909 981 681 If you’re searching for a wedding cake designer that’s not afraid to think outside the box, look no further than Carly Cakes, Cotswold Wedding Baker. Passionate about creating beautiful, statement Wedding cakes that not only look the part but taste incredible too. Rob Tarren Photography

says. “We wanted our day to feel laid-back so Milton End Farm was perfect for us. We were able to style it how we wanted and we had the venue and holiday barns from Friday until Monday. There was a fantastic resident bar and a great list of recommended catering companies and we were also given a fantastic wedding planner, Rebecca. We knew from the minute we stepped into the venue that it was for us.” The couple’s puppy, Rio, carried the rings down the aisle. “This was a brilliant idea,” Hannah tells us. “Rio ran down to deliver them to Andrew and our best man, Billy. “At that moment we decided to let him stay on the front row with our bridesmaids. Another special moment was my grandad walking me down the aisle. We have a very special bond so it will be a moment I will cherish forever. Seeing all of our loved ones whilst walking into the ceremony looking so happy for us felt amazing.” The couple chose a black, ivory and metallic colour theme for their reception. “We had touches of black in the napkins, bunny tails, and cake topper,” Hannah tells us. “The groomsmen were dressed in black tuxedos and our bridesmaids wore black sequin dresses!” The couple’s flowers were a mix of dried and real blooms, with pampas grass to add texture and ivory roses to provide a luxe, soft feel. “At our ceremony, we had two large pampas and rose floral arrangements displayed in milk churns placed on the stage along with a square archway filled with floral décor,” Hannah explains. “We had two small round tables with stone-coloured tablecloths, candles, glass charger plates and bud vases filled with roses and pampas. Each guest had a silver mirrored place name and the favours were small black bottles of tequila rose decorated with white bow ties and a personalised label.” Hannah and Andrew chose a mix of centrepieces for their wedding breakfast. “Half of the tables had beautiful glass candelabras along with black-trimmed box candles and the other half had tall clear stands with large pampas and rose floral arrangements along with slim candles in black candle holders underneath,” Hannah describes. “The front of our top table had three floral meadows that reflected the large arrangements. The decor on the top table was elegant and minimal with small bud vases filled with ivory roses, ruscus and pampas. We also had the thin candles in black candle holders.” Hannah and Andrew had box candles dotted around the venue to add warmth. “It was a real wow-factor moment when you walked into the room which resulted in plenty of happy tears amongst the bridal party,” Hannah says. “Even my maid-of-honour, Sarah, cried and she doesn’t usually!” Orchard provided the catering, led by Charlotte. “The team couldn’t have done more for us,” Hannah says. “Our wedding day fell on one of the hottest days of the year and everyone worked so hard. They were fantastic at dealing with food allergies and made sure that our vegan guests had great options. We had a two-course meal of ham hock or bacon brie and cranberry mushroom starters, along with vegan options, followed by barbecue meats including pulled pork, chorizo burgers, skewered chicken, chips, pasta and salad which all tasted delicious. For the evening food, we had their Mario Pizza Car. It’s a beautiful classic mini that has been converted into a stone bake oven for authentic Italian pizzas - our guests loved it!” Hannah and Andrew’s delicious three-tier wedding cake was styled on three silver mirrored plinths with a black drape and a mix of candles. “The three cake layers were carrot cake which is Andrew’s favourite, chocolate caramel cake which is my favourite and the top tier was a lemon drizzle cake which is my mum’s favourite,” Hannah says. “It was decorated with butter icing, pampas and bunny tails and a personalised black cake topper of our newly married surname, The Stones. The cake designer, Amy, also made us three crates of her delicious brownies and blondies in four flavours. We decided to have our wedding cake cut into individual slices and served the brownies on a dessert table in the bar so that everyone could have a sweet treat “Our photographer, Charlotte, took us away before the evening began to have some couple photos taken. We’re grateful to her for giving us this time as a newly married couple which she made fun and let us share some natural moments.” - Hannah and Andrew 39 REAL WEDDINGS