Your Herts and Beds Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 104)

WIN! Big-day jewellery worth £1,000 Heart-warming love stories LOVE OF MY LIFE Rustic romance Beautiful barn venues FINISHING TOUCHES JUN/JUL 2024 £3.55 Showstopping details HERTS BEDS & WEDDING DRESSED to IMPRESS Dream-worthy attire and accessories

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 72 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 68 COMPETITION Win a £1,000 jewellery voucher to spend at 77 Diamonds CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2024 VENUES 17 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in East Hertfordshire 23 BARNS AND FARMS Exchange vows in these rustic settings On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from Tom and Kim’s stunning wedding on page 27, which was captured by Caroline Acaster Photography. Check out: 45 17 FEATURES 45 OH-SO SOPHISTICATED This romantic and elegant-styled shoot is bursting full of inspiration 49 CROWNING GLORY Add the pièce de resistance to your wedding day with these fab finishing touch ideas 75 DRESSED TO IMPRESS Our experts share top advice for dressing the bridal party 89 HOME AWAY FROM HOME Three’s company at Brocket Hall with a trio of incredible wedding venues to consider 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 RUSTIC ROMANCE Tom and Kim’s had a showstopping wedding full of personal touches 32 EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT Hannah and Mat’s rustic wedding at The Farmhouse at Redcoats was one to remember 39 ADORE YOU Carl and Louisa’s stunning wedding at The Barn at Alswick was a huge hit HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 SOME LIKE IT HOT Remember to pack your sunscreen for these tropical honeymoon destinations 86 BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Wrap up warm when visiting these chilly honeymoon destinations 88 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 SHORT AND CHIC These sassy styles are always in fashion 58 ALL DRESSED UP These strappy styles will take you from day to dancefloor 63 BEACH READY These hero honeymoon buys are suitcase essentials 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 66 FEELING FABULOUS We caught up with celebrity hair stylist and innovator Gustav Fouche 69 COLOUR ME HAPPY Our beauty editor is a new woman thanks to House of Colour’s expert colour analysis 70 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 54 32 82 39 GROOMS 78 HUE COMPLETE ME We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 80 FIT TO PERFECTION London-based tailors Fielding & Nicholson share their top tips for finding a wedding suit 81 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 55 4

The Conservatory has been designed with flexibility in mind. Suitable for dining up to 250 guests with a separate reception area, stage, and dancefloor. We are a dry hire-based venue that works with a selection of preferred caterers; however, we do allow external caterers for no extra cost. Our team are on hand every step of the way, making sure that when your day comes around you can relax and enjoy every minute. | 01582 459216 01923 77 88 98

For those searching for the perfect gown, this strappy style will take you from day to dancefloor! ISSN 1753-0911 Your Herts & Beds Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Herts & Beds Wedding is published six times a year. Wedding season is in full swing, and we’re already obsessed with the showstopping events across Herts and Beds that are already taking place! Couples continue pushing the boundaries to capture their love stories and personalities perfectly. They’re thinking outside the box on ways to create memorable days and ultimate celebrations with loved ones. Summer is a fabulous time of year to tie the knot for many reasons! Who doesn’t love the warmer weather and doesn’t get me started on the limitless colour palettes on offer? From neutral shades to pastel fantasies and bold pops of colour, you can’t go wrong! If you’ve just become engaged, we recommend starting to plan early to avoid disappointment. Many suppliers get booked up early during this popular season, some one to two years in advance. Embrace nature with abundant florals, as summer offers unlimited options compared to other seasons. We’re talking roses, gardenias, carnations, sunflowers, hydrangeas, dahlias, peonies, sweet peas and more! It’s important to note that some don’t handle heat well and could wilt quickly, so ensure blooms are kept cool with plenty of water and shade when possible. We all know the Great British weather can’t be trusted! Even if you’re exchanging vows at the peak of summer outside, it’s always essential to have a wet-weather backup plan in case of any summer showers – it’s better to be safe than sorry. Most venues will offer a space indoors as an alternative if the heavens open. Still, those opting for completely al fresco celebrations should consider covering such as a marquee or tipi. These structures are also perfect for heatwaves, providing plenty of shade if the sun beats down. In the late afternoon, utilise outdoor spaces by creating comfy outdoor settings so guests can sit back and relax while catching up with loved ones. For catering, keep things light, fresh and crisp, as the last thing guests will want is a hearty, heavy meal in the heat before dancing the night away. Some popular options include picnics, hog roasts, BBQs, delicate seafood, afternoon teas and more! Ensure seasonal food is being used to ensure top flavour and taste. Keep everyone cool with a retro ice cream van, an iced coffee truck or frozen cocktails for an added extra. It’s essential that guests are hydrated with cold water, juices or even fresh lemonade throughout the day. This issue is full of wedding inspiration from start to finish, covering all aspects of the planning process, from finding the perfect venue to dream-worthy gowns, the latest offers, beauty advice, venue styling and big-day bakes. It doesn’t stop there, as we also cover top honeymoon destinations worldwide for memorable trips together. So, pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and get reading! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Summer lovin 58 Calling all grooms-to-be! This Taylor & Wright suit is the perfect look for your big day! @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at www. and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611 Psst, Jodie Gearing Jewellery Design is offering readers a free set of earrings and a pendant for those booking a bespoke wedding ring with the company. 11 78 27 ADVERTISING Account Manager Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568 These lovebirds had known each other for a while but started dating after a night out. Fast forward time, Tom popped the question on a quiet beach in Norfolk and their new chapter began. 6

Tastefully traditional or dazzlingly different, Sandon Manor is a magical canvas for dream weddings. This couple’s main goal was to celebrate with the people they loved while ensuring the wedding represented them both. 68 23 39 32 Check out Carl and Louisa ‘s wedding at The Barn at Alswick! The pair had always wanted a rustic wedding and fell in love with the venue’s breathtaking scenery. 45 We love this enchanting shoot at Ware Priory with striking details and fabulous finishing touches. One lucky reader can win £1,000 to spend on wedding jewellery! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Auberge du Lac at Brocket Hall is proud to announce its continued evolution in the culinary world with the celebrated Chef John Barber at its helm. Reopened in May 2023 after a three-year hiatus, the restaurant is experiencing a renaissance, blending tradition with innovative culinary concepts. Chef John Barber’s impressive career is highlighted by international experiences and a deep-seated passion for cooking inspired by his mother’s home cooking. His culinary journey, beginning at UCB College of Food, has taken him through prestigious kitchens from the Belfry Hotel to the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, extending to global experiences in Thailand and Paris. His arrival at Brocket Hall in 2022 marked the beginning of a new chapter for Auberge du Lac, characterised by his vision and expertise. A unique aspect of Auberge du Lac’s culinary journey is its dedicated kitchen garden, meticulously managed by Lucy Hawkins. This garden is a source of fresh, organic produce for the restaurant and a testament to sustainable culinary practices. Visitors can explore this green haven through the Garden Tour & Lunch events, with dates pending for both spring/summer and autumn seasons, offering a deeper connection with the food they enjoy at the restaurant. Situated at Brocket Hall, one of England’s finest stately homes, Auberge du Lac offers an incredible ‘Auberge Experience’ package for £420 per couple. This includes half a bottle of Champagne in the room upon arrival with chocolates, a seven-course tasting menu at Auberge du Lac, an overnight stay in the Melbourne Lodge and a full English breakfast served at the Melbourne Club. Book here: EXCHANGING VOWS Based in Hertford, Debra Massey at Hand On Heart Celebrant successfully launched earlier this year, with April proving to be a turning point in her role as a civil celebrant. The variety of opportunities continues to use her previous experience as an executive coach to glean unique details of each client’s love story. Debra’s degree in English, dance, and drama, plus 34 years in teaching, ensures that from the first meeting to finalising imaginative ceremonies, children, vulnerable adults and even animals are sensitively included, where required. Ceremonies should be full of laughter, love, and special personal touches. As a published author and experienced national speaker, the celebrant shares content with clients over several drafts whilst the quality of delivery is assured. Local wedding fairs have enabled conversations with engaged couples, clarifying what celebrant-led ceremonies can offer and meeting some incredible local suppliers. New venues for styled photoshoots have provided wonderful opportunities to learn from other professional skill sets the supplier otherwise wouldn’t necessarily meet at wedding ceremonies. The final highlight from April 2024 is an agreement with Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City for Debra to offer free vow renewals or commitment ceremonies (as neither are legally binding) but also following the statutory paperwork being completed, free weddings or civil partnerships for those receiving palliative care. For an organisation which provided dignity, care and pain management for her mum, Debra felt fitting to create positive milestones at what is often the darkest of times for families. This is alongside the incredible support offered by the chaplain and counsellors. Discover the company: All the latest from around the counties NEWS Nearlywed FLYING HIGH Feast Events is delighted to announce the return of Feast on Cloud 9 at The Grove this summer. Landing within the picturesque grounds of the luxury Hertfordshire hotel from May 25th until September 1st, the immersive dining pop-up will take guests on a culinary journey from the comfort of a custommade hot-air balloon. Whilst the balloons remain stationary, diners’ taste buds will soar as they enjoy an unforgettable experience. Guests can choose between afternoon tea in the company of butterflies and honeybees or a nine-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings served under the stars. Available for groups of two to six, afternoon tea is served daily at 12 pm and 3 pm, with the option to upgrade to Champagne afternoon. Guests will indulge in a selection of finger sandwiches and savoury treats, as well as warm scones and seaside-themed cakes. Come dusk, Feast on Cloud 9 will transform into a ‘floating’ fine-dining experience, serving up a nine-course tasting menu beneath the ambient glow of the balloons. After being greeted with a delicious welcome drink and canapés, diners will embark on a culinary journey from the seaside, across the ocean and sunflower fields, before finishing with a nostalgic trip to the fairground. A children’s tasting menu available for those aged 12 and under, there’s a gastronomic adventure for even the tiniest tastebuds. Book now: 8

WINNING IN LOVE Creative Oceanic, powered by Oceanic Awards, has proudly unveiled the victors of The English Hair and Beauty Awards 2024, Chapter 4. These illustrious accolades, a beacon of excellence in the hair and beauty industry, have been a testament to the skill and dedication of stylists and salons across England for more than a decade. Located in Harpenden, Niki Lawrence MUA was ecstatic to be named a finalist in the Makeup Artist category. The competition was intense, but Niki’s exceptional talent shone through, earning her the prestigious trophy. She shares, “I’m over the moon to have won in this category! I’m deeply appreciative to be acknowledged for a career that I’m passionate about and thoroughly enjoy. Thank you to all who have supported me on this journey.” A spokesperson for The English Hair and Beauty Awards 2024, Chapter 4, says, “Winning an award in this prestigious competition is a significant achievement, as it acknowledges the talent and hard work of hair and beauty professionals and sets a benchmark for others to follow. “The winners of these awards represent the highest standards of quality and service in the English hair and beauty industry. We want to congratulate all our winners and highly commend them for their accomplishments.” Discover: DINE AND WINE The Three Horseshoes in Letchmore Heath in Radlett, the newest pub to be taken on by the award-winning Peach Pub company, has launched a new menu just in time for the lighter evenings and sunshine. The beautiful, historic pub is now open seven days a week and serves top-quality dishes, fine ales and carefully chosen wine. Step inside the charming, half-timbered inn and experience a heartfelt welcome from the seasoned team dedicated to making every visit a cherished memory. They extend their hospitality to everyone, including four-legged friends. Sip on a well-made cocktail, a delightfully different Limoncello Spritz or a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, an English sparkling wine from Sussex, while perusing the new seasonal menu packed with options. From classic gastropub favourites to healthy dishes and weekend treat specials from Head Chef Toby Oreyelu, there’s something for everyone. The pub is also serious about roasts, serving up at least three delectable choices all day long every Sunday. Every dish is crafted with the utmost care, using the highest quality ingredients. The team’s suppliers are renowned for their association with Michelin-starred restaurants, ensuring guests enjoy the same level of excellence in the village pub. “We’re delighted to be here and to have the chance of welcoming you to our lovely pub, whether you pop in for a midweek supper, linger over Sunday lunch with the family or come for a well-earned pint after a bracing walk,” says Chris Stagg, brand operations director at Peach Pubs. “There’s so much to enjoy at the pub, with a warm welcome and exceptional hospitality from our experienced team. Come to see us and have a really fantastic time!” For reservations, visit: SOARING TO NEW HIGHTS Have you ever dreamed of piloting a jetliner or helicopter? Voyager FlightSimulation, the only centre of its kind based at London Luton International Airport, can turn that dream into a reality. With a state-of-the-art fixed-base flight simulation, people can experience the thrill of flying like never before. This experience is not just for aviation enthusiasts but is an ideal gift for grooms or couples who love to travel. Howard Atkins and Paul Lang met several years ago whilst training to be instructors in the Boeing 737-800 flight simulator. It’s their mission to bring the fun of flying to everyone. Their instructors are patient, approachable and friendly, combining years of experience and genuine enthusiasm. The company has two simulators: a jetliner and a helicopter. Their Boeing 737-800 fixed-base simulator is a brand-new state-of-the-art simulator with a 220° wrap-around screen and 4K projectors. The Robinson R22 fixed-base helicopter simulator is made from a real airframe and has 4K projectors alongside a 180° wrap-around screen. Voyager Flight Simulation is approximately a 15-minute’ walk from the main passenger terminal at London Luton. It has free car parking immediately outside the simulation centre. Voyager welcomes all levels of flight experience, from those with little or no experience to skilled pilots. On arrival, guests will be welcomed into a truly authentic experience with real-life fuselage and cockpit. The team also offers one-to-one Flying Without Fear sessions for those anxious about air travel. There’s a separate meeting room for pre-flight briefing and corporate training and a breakout area for refreshments and socialising. Couples can combine their experience with a brunch, lunch or celebratory afternoon tea provided by the nearby catering company. Book now: 9 LOCAL NEWS

MULTI AWARD WINNING WEDDING HAIRSTYLIST For romantic, elegant timeless hairstyles, please get in touch @kimsandfordhairdressing | Let’s create and celebrate life’s memorable milestones together! In my hands, you can relax and enjoy every minute of your celebration, knowing each detail will be considered and your day will be creative and bespoke to your needs. 07903577202 Debra-Massey Image @paulaives Image @helenweirphotography Image @helenweirphotography

FINISHING TOUCHES Indulge in the unique experience of crafting your own bespoke wedding rings with the multi-award-winning Bedfordshire-based jewellery designer, Jodie Gearing. Whether you want simple but handcrafted bands or something different, Jodie can work with you to develop the perfect custom design that will always remain unique. She listens to ideas and knows the right questions to ask to tease out precisely what you’re looking for. It doesn’t matter if you come armed with a mood board of inspiration or have no clue where to begin, as she has more than a decade of experience to create dream designs. Perhaps your engagement ring requires a shaped wedding band, or you may have some sentimental metal or gemstones you would like to incorporate into your special rings; going bespoke makes it possible. Jodie is passionate about the stories and history behind her client’s projects. Her wedding bands are handcrafted to last way beyond the marriage they symbolise, becoming future heirlooms. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers a free set of sterling silver and freshwater pearl earrings and a pendant for those booking a bespoke wedding ring service with the company before August 1st, 2024. The set is the perfect finishing touch for your bridal look or gift for a bridesmaid. Simply quote Your Herts and Beds Wedding upon enquiring. Discover: MADE WITH LOVE Win £150 to spend on handmade and personalised jewellery at Posh Totty Designs! Award-winning UK jewellery brand, Posh Totty Designs is giving away a £150 voucher to spend on beautiful handmade and personalised pieces from its stunning Wedding Collection. Posh Totty Designs is a female-led business with boutique stores in both London and the brand’s hometown Brighton. Every piece is crafted with love by a team of professional jewellers in its coastal workshop, using high-quality recycled sterling silver and gold, and ethically sourced gemstones. The workshop team can personalise your jewellery to create something completely unique and meaningful to you, whether it be bridesmaids’ necklaces inset with their birthstones, or cufflinks for the groomsmen hand-stamped with initials and the wedding date. Blending timeless style with emotion and sentiment, choose the perfect piece for your perfect day. Visit to view the full collection. For your chance to win, enter via the website by 31st July. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2024 As part of Ellis Media and Events Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US KENT SUN, 8 SEP 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, Kent, ME13 9AJ SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 10 NOV 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DG SUN, 15 SEP 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUSSEX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SURREY SUN, 10 NOV 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL

HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 6 OCT 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 29 SEP 2024 LUTON HOO Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP SUN, 1 SEP 2024 CHENIES MANOR Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 17 NOV 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 3 NOV 2024 LATIMER ESTATE Chesham, HP5 1UG SUN, 29 SEP 2024 BURNHAM BEECHES Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP SUN, 27 OCT 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR HAMPSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2J NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SUN, 3 NOV 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2EF LEICESTERSHIRE 12PM-4PM

SUN, 15 SEP 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 29 SEP 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP SUFFOLK SUN, 6 OCT 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA SUN, 27 OCT 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2PU /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents ESSEX SUN, 22 SEP 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9EE SUN, 1 SEP 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 15 SEP 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS SUN, 27 OCT 2024 LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US

• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 6TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM BLUEWATER Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 13TH OCT | 11AM - 3PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 27TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 13TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to the next wedding show season – perfect for all those couples recently engaged. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Going local Tie the knot in these stunning East Hertfordshire venues WOODHALL ESTATE 01920 830 286 Built in the 18th-century and meticulously restored in 2020/21, the Walled Gardens at Woodhall Estate is a picture of quintessential English charm and character. Manicured lawns and formal borders contrast wildflower meadows and rare fruit orchards, all enclosed by historic walls and gates. Established amid scenic pastures and ancient woodlands, the intimate and elegant setting provides a romantic backdrop for the handful of exclusive wedding celebrations held here each year. Celebrations will be truly unforgettable for all couples, if they’ve envision whimsical countryinspired fairytales or chic and glamorous garden parties. The Garden House lawn is a beautiful, intimate space for outdoor blessings and celebrant-led ceremonies for up to 200 guests. Although the venue isn’t licensed for civil ceremonies, they can work with couples who need to coordinate with celebrants, and there are several lovely churches around Woodhall. With the formalities complete, it’s time to wow guests again with a stunning bespoke reception setting. The venue comprises the Upper Garden, the Lower Garden, the Garden House lawn and the pastures around the Walled Gardens, giving lovebirds a choice of locations for different aspects of weddings. Marquees can be used on the rolling parkland below the Gardens wall or within the Upper Garden. The design options are endless, and as the day turns to evening, the venue’s ambience transitions from relaxed and tranquil celebrations to the most exclusive private parties. When couples choose Woodhall Estate, they’ll enjoy exclusive use of the Walled Gardens and luxury accommodation (sleeping 17) for two or three nights while the team expertly brings every aspect of celebration plans to life. The stylish, comfortable manor house and country cottages mean guests can settle in and unwind before the big day. The staff can even arrange spa treatments or a private chef. 17 LOCAL VENUES

THE FOX & HOUNDS HUNSDON 01279 843 999 | In the heart of the pretty Hertfordshire village of Hunsdon, The Fox & Hounds is a stylish pub and restaurant set in a Grade II-listed building oozing with character. The venue doesn’t have a ceremony license, but most lovebirds choose to get married in a local registry office or church before hosting receptions surrounded by loved ones in this stunning setting. Couples can start celebrations with champagne receptions and bespoke canapés in the bar or pretty garden before wedding breakfasts in the elegant dining room. Choose from formal sit-down meals or fabulous buffets. The team will work closely to plan weddings and menus while ensuring everything runs smoothly. The stunning dining room is perfect for wedding celebrations of up to 45 people. Its high ceilings, striking chandelier and stylish furniture make it ideal for wedding celebrations. The self-contained and quiet space boasts views over the garden. Pairs can exclusively hire the whole venue for larger parties. WARE PRIORY 01920 460 316 | Ware Priory, a unique Grade I listed building established in 1338, is a treasure trove of character rooms and historical features. Nestled in a picturesque setting, it offers a one-of-a-kind experience for weddings. The team offers very personable service, and the catering options are second to none. The setting is easily located and accessible, yet once there, the intimate surroundings make this exclusive venue the ideal wedding setting. The riverside grounds provide the perfect backdrop and many points of interest for some beautiful photographs. Imagine exchanging vows in the grandeur of the character rooms, such as the Priory Hall. This room can accommodate up to 100 people and boasts original stained-glass windows and French doors that open up to the picturesque gardens, creating a truly magical setting for ceremonies. Recently refurbished, The Conservatory offers a bright and spacious interior with easy access to the riverside gardens. It’s an ideal place for wedding breakfasts or receptions, accommodating up to 120 seated guests and 150 for parties. Alternatively, the Riverside Suite offers a much more contemporary feel and really is a blank canvas for couples to put their own unique stamp on their day. It can hold up to 200 people for ceremonies, 160 seated guests and 200 for evening parties. Its own decking area overlooks the stunning River Lea. 18

- WEDDING & EVENT FLORIST - 01767 682286 Based in Sandy Ware Priory High Street, Ware Hertfordshire, SG12 9AL Tel 01920 460316 CELEBRATE AT BE THE ONES TO SAY ‘I DO’ Facebook warepriory Instagram: @ware_priory Originally a dairy farm, Tewin Bury has been home to the Williams family since 1931. Still a working farm, you’re likely to see the brothers roaming around the hotel. Now, as an independent, family run venue, our 17th Century converted barn is the perfect host for bespoke weddings. Filled with heritage and set in the heart of the countryside, our private gardens and neighbouring 700 acres of farmland, form a beautiful back drop for your special day. We would love for you to visit Tewin Bury Farm, where we can take a walk along the Mimram river to show you our beautiful barns and the picturesque surrounding grounds. With 53 bedrooms on site, your wedding party can indulge in the magnificence of our stunning venue. We can offer show rounds 7 days a week, with weekend morning appointments and midweek during office hours and evenings. Call: 01438 841463

Hen parties at Fuller’s Hill Cottages are fun and lovely. Making memories from Miss to Mrs, we hold your hand along the way. Get in touch today to see how we have done all the ‘leg work’ for you. Ask us for a copy of our ‘little pink book’ which has all the information that you need to help you book the hen party for the special lady in your life. You can also download it directly from our website. 07544 208959 | We make Confetti. Stunning Colourful Memorable Confetti. The Finest Natural Biodegradable confetti petals for your wedding celebrations. Make your wedding day unforgettable with the all-important confetti photo. Based in Bedfordshire UK. Fast local & worldwide shipping. Natural Wedding Confetti ~ ESTABLISHED 48 YEARS IN ROYSTON ~

THE SALISBURY ARMS HOTEL For more than 650 years, The Salisbury Arms Hotel has been the ‘crown of the town’ in Hertford. The Grade II listed building was formerly known as The Bell, and guests can see a plaque commemorating this. In 1891, the McMullen family custodianship purchased the building from Lord Salisbury for the princely sum of £3,500. Now, guests will follow many historical visitors, including Oliver Cromwell and ‘Black Tom’ Fairfax, as well as a few resident ghosts! Check out: MANOR OF GROVES HOTEL Located on 150 acres of stunning grounds, the Manor of Groves Hotel is a stunning venue where Georgian splendour meets a modern twist. The neo-classical property features traditional white pillars and tall glass windows that provide showstopping views of the 18-hole golf course and beautifully kept gardens that are the ideal settings for beautiful photography. Just look at that stunning exterior! Check out: FANHAMS HALL There’s a surprise around every corner at Fanhams Hall, which is the perfect venue for weddings. The house never stops being a feast for the senses with a Medieval hall, Jacobean mansion, stunning surroundings and 21stcentury mod cons all rolled into one. The grounds are a magical outdoor oasis featuring Japanese gardens complete with a tea house, regal water fountains, a wisteria walkway, woodlands and manicured formal gardens. Check out: MOOR PARK GOLF CLUB LTD Moor Park has always been a home for the most spectacular celebrations over the last 300 years. The magnificent Grade I listed mansion is set on 300 acres of stunning parkland. With 17th-century architecture, bespoke menus and various room sizes, the setting offers a one-of-a-kind venue. The team of event coordinators will be with pairs from start to finish, making the experience seamless and stress-free. Check out: Also check out… ©Victoria Mitchel 21 LOCAL VENUES

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Beautiful barns We’ve gathered beautiful venues perfect for rustic weddings EDWORTH MANOR 07791 300 194 | Just one mile south of Biggleswade, Edworth Manor is a working farm that one family has run for more than 200 years. Nearlyweds can expect personal service and practical experience from the team, who will help guide pairs through the planning process. Guests get a glimpse of farm life as they travel up the drive past grass meadows and tractors before reaching the venue. Couples often comment on how peaceful and tucked away the setting is. The meadow offers a perfect space for photos with a rural backdrop; couples are often snapped underneath the trees or in front of the traditional timber-clad barns. The venue doesn’t have a ceremony license, but the 12th-century church is available for blessings with permission of the Churches Conservation Trust. Celebrant-led ceremonies occur in the 18th-century barn at Edworth Manor, a genuinely rustic space that’s one of the largest in the area with plenty of historic character. Guests are taken back by the oak timbers and attractive alcoves, which offer a fantastic canvas for couples to personalise as little or as much as they like. The barn is only available for a limited number of occasions during the summer months each year. Available for exclusive use only and on a dry-hire basis, lovebirds are given access well ahead of the day to style the space as they wish. The recently restored The Old Granary is connected to the main barn, perfect for private dining receptions for up to 25 people. The Old Granary is available for booking all year round and can also be used for celebrant-led ceremonies with 40 loved ones or as a place for bridal parties to get ready. Both barns are served by a connected area for use by the external caterer. Double doors open out of the timber-clad barn onto a mown grass meadow, which couples can style for welcome drinks, garden games and outdoor catering. 23 BARN VENUES

SANDON MANOR 01763 284 067 | Tastefully traditional or dazzlingly different, Sandon Manor is a magical canvas on which to create dream weddings. Plus, this exclusive and chic venue is only one hour from central London! The complex comprises four large and recently converted historic buildings around the central courtyard. Each flexible space can accommodate up to 150 people. Exchange vows under The Summerhouse or in the East Wing Ceremony Hall before celebrating with bubbles and canapés in the Courtyard and Hay Barn. Party the night away in the Medieval Barn, where 13th-century historic beams form the backdrop to wedding feasts, complete with a cocktail bar and club room. Prices start from £6,800 (excluding catering), and the team’s currently offering a late availability offer for 2024 wedding bookings, with ceremony hire waived. Stay and socialise over multi-days in this Georgian gem where classic meets contemporary with 18 loved ones. There’s extensive social spaces to get ready, relax, party and entertain. The small and friendly team will care for couples’ every need. Share stories, plenty of laughter and getting pampered in the stylish Manor house, romantic Dovecote and formal grounds. Exclusive to couples and their guests, take time to enjoy the secluded areas of this private estate. THE TITHE BARN 01234 270 044 | Combining historic charm with rustic elegance, The Tithe Barn is an 800-year-old venue that will embrace lovebirds and their guests. Full of period features and with manicured gardens, pairs will struggle to find a better venue for their special day as the dedicated wedding team prides itself on delivering experiences that couples will always remember. The venue can accommodate up to 85 guests for ceremonies and 90 for wedding breakfasts. The 13th-century tithe barn is filled with historic charm. Oak beams and traditional features create an elegant backdrop to evening receptions with 120 people or 150 when combined with the marquee. Those who book the venue will receive a complimentary tasting of the wedding breakfast menu. The team’s passion lies in finding quality fresh, seasonal ingredients and presenting them in a modern but unpretentious way. 24

KNEBWORTH HOUSE & BARNS 01438 813 825 | Set on 250 acres, Knebworth Park has been home to grazing herds of deer for even longer than the Lytton family. The 28-acre formal gardens are delightful every season and offer a perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photography. The romantic exterior of Knebworth House, with its turrets, domes and gargoyles silhouetted against the sky, does little to prepare visitors for what to expect. As well as being a beautiful setting, guests may be intrigued to learn about Knebworth House & Park, also known as The Stately Home of Rock. The Rolling Stones, Queen, Oasis and more than 100 other major artists have played at Knebworth Festivals. The site has also made starring appearances on the big screen in major feature films, series and music videos, including Batman, The Crown and The King’s Speech. The beautiful 16th-century barns are filled with charm and character. The Manor Barn can accommodate up to 150 guests for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts, while the Lodge Barn is the perfect place to dance the night away with space for up to 250 guests. Alternatively, The Lytton Barn can host up to 80 for ceremonies, whereas the Cobbold Barn can accommodate up to 120 guests for wedding breakfasts and 200 guests for evening entertainment. The stunning Knebworth House Banqueting Hall is steeped in history, creating a magical atmosphere for guests. The space can host 100 people for the vows or 60 guests for wedding meals. Why not tie the knot in the beautiful formal gardens for those looking for al fresco celebrations? For religious ceremonies, St Mary’s Church of England is also located within Knebworth Park, and the venue’s team will happily contact lovebirds to discuss options directly with the church. The staff at Knebworth House is on hand to discuss how they can enhance special events. They understand the importance of weddings and will help coordinate events so everything runs smoothly. THE BARNS AT REDCOATS 01438 729 500 | Located in landscaped gardens and surrounded by Hertfordshire countryside, The Barns at Redcoats offers the ultimate wedding setting with beautiful views. Built-in 1771, the Barns are the original buildings of The Farmhouse at Redcoats Green. Refurbished in 2018, the spaces now boast all the quirky historic features intertwined with stylish design and the latest technology – purposely built with weddings in mind. The adjoining Cowshed Bar and Lounge is stylish, quirky and fun, making it the perfect place for ceremonies and receptions with 120 loved ones. Whatever the tipple, the experienced bar team will shake couples’ favourite cocktails and recommend the best whisky and gin. Come together to enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience where all the dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients from nearby farmers and suppliers. Whether pairs opt for canapés, banquets, fine dining or hog roasts, the chefs will create food that strikes the imagination, tickles taste buds and wows guests. For those after outdoor ceremonies, the lawn or under the Grain Store is the perfect location for the vows during the summer months. After all the celebrations, guests can rest in the 26 on-site bedrooms in the charming farmhouse or stylish renovated barn bedrooms. At the same time, the newlyweds enjoy the luxury honeymoon suite. BARN VENUES 25

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RUSTIC ROMANCE Tom and Kim had a showstopping wedding with personal touches Images courtesy of Caroline Acaster Photography These lovebirds had known each other for a while but started dating after a night out. Fast forward time, Tom popped the question on a quiet beach in Norfolk, and their new chapter began. After setting the date in September 2023, the couple started planning their wedding. Here, the bride shares details about their special day… REAL WEDDINGS 27

The bridesmaids wore rustic jumpsuits in mocha. Our ceremony venue was at The Gatehouse, followed by a wedding breakfast at Kite at The Red Hart and our evening reception at The Lytton Arms in Old Knebworth. Our goal was to create a unique day while sticking to our budget to save money. We didn’t want to wait years saving up. 28

Everyone made our day extra special, but a shout out to our photographer who captured our special day. Our honeymoon was in Santorini for four nights, which was stunning! Tom booked this, and we had a private pool and hot tub. Just spending time with my husband was so special. REAL WEDDINGS 29

TOM AND KIM’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Ceremony, The Gatehouse, | Wedding breakfast, | Reception, | Photographer, | Day one make-up, | Day two make-up, | Bride’s dress and bridesmaid jumpsuits, | Groom’s suit, Next | Flowers, | Magician, My mum made my dress; I had a vision of what I wanted and found an online dress that she covered in lace from ETSY. My nan sadly passed away earlier that year, but my mum found the perfect piece of her lace to finish the look, which was extra special. In the evening, we had a surprise magician who was a real hit with everyone – especially the kids. The best-man speeches were just amazing! I’ve never laughed so much. No one in Tom’s family is too serious, and they definitely didn’t disappoint. 30

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32 EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT Hannah and Mat’s rustic wedding at The Farmhouse at Redcoats was one to remember Images courtesy of Fairytale Wedding Photos

REAL WEDDINGS 33 This couple's love story began in 2010 on Hannah’s 21st birthday! She says, “I invited my work friend out for drinks to celebrate who already had plans for another birthday, but it turned out we were going to the same place. Mat happened to be a mutual friend who tried to impress me by ordering a big round of drinks, but his card was declined! The bar could only swipe cards, and his magnetic strip no longer worked as it was always next to his phone. This is before contactless; I’m feeling old! His mate had to pay for him, but I don’t remember that with it being my 21st. However, this wasn’t the first time we had met. We met at another mutual friend’s birthday, but I was seeing someone else at the time. I even had a photo of us both that we didn’t realise.” Mat proposed on the couple’s 10th anniversary. They went away to the Cotswolds and stayed in a lovely hotel with beautiful grounds. Hannah comments, “We decided to go for a walk, and I was wandering ahead, looking at lovely locations on the grounds. Mat left his bag open while unpacking and thought I had seen the ring box in his bag - I hadn’t – and he thought I was leading him to different spots where he could pop the question, but I was just being nosey and wandering around. In the rose garden, he knelt to ask, ‘Shall we make it forever?’ and I couldn't believe it!" SETTING THE SCENE The couple aimed to create a wedding that represented them both while being fun and involving loved ones. As they got engaged between Covid-19 lockdowns, they didn’t want to plan and then reorganise the wedding like so many had to do with restrictions. So they waited more than a year to make official plans and book the venue and suppliers. Hannah had spent a year researching everything wedding online. She had waited ten years for a proposal; what was one more year? The Farmhouse at Redcoats is a family-owned hotel with a 15thcentury farmhouse full of quirky details, historical features and warm hospitality for memorable stays. It’s no wonder the couple both fell in love with the setting! Hannah says, “We both wanted a barn and had looked around a few venues. I knew it was the perfect setting when Mat saw the wooden antler chandeliers and said, ‘I can get married in a Viking hall’. The venue complemented our styles, and the staff were amazing from the very first interaction.” The white and blue flowers, especially the flower arch, were beautiful on the day. The bride worried it might be too much, but the blooms turned out beautiful throughout the day! The lovebirds opted for a unique table arrangement, choosing nine round tables for a more friendly aspect, each named after a different type of fish Mat has caught as a keen fisher. The centrepieces were equally unique, with wooden bases adorned with small floral details and floating tealight candles. Wooden place names helped guests find seats, where a box of chocolate favours awaited. The pair had a three-tiered cake with white chocolate and raspberry sponge with jam and white chocolate buttercream and a red velvet sponge tier with white chocolate buttercream. It was delicious, and there wasn’t a piece left." LOOKING THE PART The bride wore a Justin Alexander dress in style 8799. While looking online, she had seen the gown and tried it on as a wildcard. Hannah