Your Herts and Beds Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 92)

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 73 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 91 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2022 VENUES 18 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in east Hertfordshire 21 BEAUTIFUL BARNS Discover the perfect settings for rustic nuptials On the cover This cover’s image is taken from Joe and Rebecka’s wedding on page 33, and was captured by Rafe Abrook Photography ( 45 18 FEATURES 45 BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Check out this timeless shoot at The Barn at Alswick in Hertfordshire 49 PICTURE PERFECT Discover dream-worthy images no matter the weather 76 THE SUPPORT ACT Fashion and accessory ideas for the bridesmaids, mothers and groomsmen 88 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 LOVE IS ALL AROUND Cathryn and Jonathan tied the knot at Fanhams Hall in Ware 33 THE PERFECT DAY The Barn at Alswick was the perfect location for Joe and Rebecka’s memorable wedding 39 TRUE LOVE Lucy and Billy’s rustic-themed wedding featured a blush colour scheme HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination 96 ESCAPE TO THE FOREST Sarah Gallivan discovers the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Hideaway FASHION & BEAUTY 57 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 58 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 63 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 66 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 68 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 70 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product to help you conquer all and we’ve put some of them to the test 71 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with top expert advice 58 26 94 85 33 GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches 86 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials 4

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Find the perfect jewellery for your best girls with help from Heulwen Lewis Bespoke. Keep up-to-date with all the latest happenings in the world of grooms. ISSN 1753-0911 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Kirsty Brindley | 01376 538 490 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Herts & Beds 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 Herts & Beds Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Herts & Beds Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and DIA SHING NTS SHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Herts and Beds Wedding. It’s finally summer, my favourite time of year, and I’m really enjoying the warmer temperatures and sunny skies. There’s something so refreshing about the time of year, I have so much more energy and there’s even more to do. I personally love the brighter evenings and venturing outdoors more in the garden and enjoying family barbecues, beach days and picnics. This summer will be one of the best seasons we’ve had in a long while with weddings back in full swing. Plus, my best friend and colleague Melissa will be exchanging vows in July to the lovely Dave – I’m super excited! As a bridesmaid, there hasn’t been anything better than helping someone your care about plan such an important event. I’m so proud of what they have both achieved, and I know their day will be wonderful. As we reach the busy wedding season, it’s great to see so many talented suppliers working hard to create dream events. This time of year is perfect for weddings, especially al fresco events, and the longer daylight means there’s no rush for taking memorable images – plus, I love a good golden-hour shot! We’ve showcased some of the top companies from around the counties to help you plan the perfect day. It doesn’t matter what time of year you’re exchanging vows; our experts prove that stunning images can be captured in rain, snow or sunshine in our photography feature. In this issue, our experts share key advice to help you create amazing looks for your dearest and dearest. We’ve got you covered, from bridesmaid, groomsmen and mother-of-the-bride inspiration. If you’ve started searching for the perfect backdrop to your day, then check out our venue features where you’ll discover dream barn settings and properties located in east Hertfordshire. That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Summer loving The Barn at Alswick was the perfect setting for this styled shoot, which featured a vibrant colour scheme. 45 85 76 6

Psst, Next Level Show Band is offering a great discount on last-minute bookings. 13 The historical Micklefield Hall creates the perfect backdrop to rustic weddings with multiple spaces for ceremonies – the options are endless. The lovely bride Rebecka wore a beautiful Jane Hill Bridal gown and accessorised her look with a hairpiece, white beaded heels and silver jewellery. I love this rustic wedding at The Barn at Brook End Green Farm, the couple had such a memorable day surrounded by their loved ones. If you’re looking for a fashion-forward gown, then you’re in luck because we’ve gathered the latest designs to add the wow factor to your day. How stunning is this image captured by Rafe Abrook Photography? 21 39 33 49 58 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

The Essex Wedding Awards Best Venue 2020 A MAG I CAL DAY The stunning grounds of Down Hall are the perfect setting for your wedding, whether lavish or intimate. t: +44 (0)1279 731 441 e:

WANT EVEN MORE INSPIRATION? Here at CWM HQ we’re literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We’d go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we’ve created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. It’s full of tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings – after all, if we’re honest, who doesn’t love being a bit nosey! And we haven’t stopped there, as you’ll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks. We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit subscribe so you never miss a thing? It’s your onestop shop for wedding vid-spiration! Simply head to YouTube and search ’County Wedding Magazines’ or click here UCMAChACKNanShdZwI5QGXMQ THE WEDDING VOWS Local Hemel Hempstead celebrant Kelly Hawes has won the prestigious award of Celebrant of the Year, East of England at The Wedding Industry Awards 2022. The award show was established in 2011 to recognise and reward some of the most talented suppliers in the wedding industry, while helping pairs decide on trustworthy businesses. Owner Kelly was nominated by one of her brides in October 2021, which then encouraged her to enter the awards for the very first time. When voting, past couples score companies based on various aspects of their service. It’s not just about the total number of votes each business gets, but the quality of the scorecards. Combining the average voter score and the judging process will determine regional finalists, the regional winners and the national winners. As an independent celebrant, Kelly’s service to her couples includes meeting and getting to know each pair well before writing and presenting a wedding ceremony that completely encapsulates their personalities. Every ceremony is personal and performed with a modern and fun touch. Check out: THE PERFECT DAY When I first saw the images from this styled shoot at Hinwick Hall House & Gardens, I instantly fell in love! Shoot coordinator Gemma Harris at Gemma Harris Hair Design brought together a team of talented suppliers to create an elegant day with romantic and modern touches. Valentina Val Photo captured the day perfectly. Owner Valentina Ledyukova says, “We were inspired to showcase a diversity in brides, and our goal was to show that every person is beautiful. The hair and make-up was focused on soft natural beauty with an added touch of glam. We opted for flowing and romantic gowns for the models and then we switched to a more fitted-glam look later in the evening. “The stunning light-filled rooms of Hinwick Hall inspired us to create an elegant and feminine look. Floral arrangement and bouquets were chosen around the décor and venue to complement the spaces.” Check out the stunning shoot and discover the talented team here: Catch up on news from around the counties NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

PLANNED TO PERFECTION Located in Hertfordshire, LBC Weddings and Events is currently offering 10 per cent off on-the-day coordination for all 2022 weddings. As couples approach their big day, they may need someone to manage the event and be their eyes, ears and voice throughout the day. That’s where the team come in to help support pairs so they can focus solely on soaking up all the amazing moments while celebrating with loved ones. When lovebirds book this service, the company will: ❤ Help plan the wedding four months before the special day. ❤ Attend final meetings with suppliers. ❤ Create all coordination documents and send them to suppliers, including wedding schedules and floor plans. ❤ Confirm final details with your venue and suppliers. ❤ Support couples with any custom requirements. ❤ Liaise with all on-the-day suppliers, including the venue. ❤ On-the-day coordination for up to 10 hours, including overseeing the set-up if required. The company started back in 2020, and the team works hard to provide couples with exceptional service and takes any added stress away from nearlyweds. Check out: RAISE A TOAST Calling all wine lovers! Founded in 2013 by wine expert India MarshallRoads, Bottle Bazaar Ltd is currently offering readers 10 per cent off wedding bookings made before August 2022. To receive the discount, all couples have to do is use the code YHBW10 online at checkout. Couples can get creative with the wine bottles with a vast library of designs to choose from. Why not tie the venue décor into the wine, use the bottles as table numbers or give them to the bridal party for gifts – the options are endless! Bottle Bazaar lets pairs personalise individual bottles of prosecco, champagne or their favourite wine by choosing a label and adding words and maybe even a photo. There’s no minimum order from 100 bottles for your reception, six bottles for your wedding party gifts, or just one for the best man. The company offers an extensive range of wines, including vegetarian, vegan, organic and sustainable options from £22 plus delivery for a single bottle and would receive discounts for six or more. Check out: DE-STRESS AND REST Steeped in history, The Grove has a new package perfect for pre-wedding getaways. The Great Escape two-night package is the ideal opportunity to relax and take a break from wedding planning. Pairs can use the property’s bikes to explore the stunning grounds, nearby countryside and canals to discover picture-perfect spaces. The whole family can practice their golf skills in a 60-minute lesson with a PGA Professional. Families can make unforgettable memories with a choice of activities to pick from. Why not get in the saddle and enjoy the venue’s newly-launched Pony Club for those staying in the school holidays with kids? Outdoor lovers can also build dens and learn outdoor crafts in the Forest Camp. For lovebirds with younger children, they can book a two-hour session at Anouska’s Kids Club for children aged two to nine years old. Parents can then discover the newly-refurbished Sequoia Spa with a Japanese spa bath and pool. Guests can head to The Secret Garden Cinema in the summer months with Everyman Cinema for the perfect movie night. The Great Escape Package includes: ❤ Two-night stay in the deluxe room. ❤ Breakfast at The Glasshouse or in-room. ❤ Dinner both nights in The Stables or The Glasshouse. ❤ A 45 minute segway experience (ages 10+), laser clay pigeon shooting (ages 8+) or an archery lesson (ages 6+) for the whole family, or two hours at Anouska’s Kids Club for children. ❤ Complimentary use of The Grove’s bikes to explore the woodland trails. ❤ Use of one of the tennis courts for the whole family. ❤ A 60-minute golf lesson with one of The Grove’s PGA Professionals. ❤ Time in the award-winning Sequoia Spa and Walled Garden during the summer. The package starts from £1,050 per room per night during the school holidays, and the friendly team is excited to welcome guests. Find out more: 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 5th August 2022. Terms and conditions apply. DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY For those looking for the perfect entertainment to make their wedding unforgettable, Next Level Show Band is the perfect option. The award-winning company offers talented, interactive and inclusive singers that will get everyone on the dancefloor for the time of their lives. Playing everyone’s favourite classic funk, soul and Motown songs with a mixture of RnB, hip-hop, UK garage, dance and more, the band is sure to cater for a wide range of music tastes. The company’s founder Tim Reynolds says, “We ensure that the quality is unparalleled every single time we do an event. High energy, world-class talent and great sound are the essentials we bring to every event.” We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 10 per cent off all last-minute bookings for 2022 weddings when they quote Your Herts and Beds Wedding. With a few key dates still available, couples can turn their wedding into the party of the decade! Find out more at Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 9TH OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting 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, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions 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. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2022 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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. ESSEX SUN 23 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 25 SEPT PONTLANDS PARK West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, CM2 8HR SUN 30 OCT LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 16 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN 12PM-4PM

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated As part of KD Events and Publishing 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 SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 6 NOV HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 4 SEPT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 18 SEPT CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 23 OCT SMEETHAM HALL BARN Smeetham Hall, Sudbury, CO10 7EU SUN 25 SEPT RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 6 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 4 SEPT HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 11 SEPT WARREN HOUSE Warren Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7HY SUN 30 OCT SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM

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GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in east Hertfordshire BRICKENDON GRANGE GOLF CLUB 01992 511 258 | Located within the rolling Hertfordshire countryside, Brickendon Grange Golf Club is set amidst 160 acres of natural parkland and creates the perfect venue for wedding receptions. As couples drive up the picturesque driveway, they discover the magnificent 19th-century manor, which will make a lasting first impression. After a 1.3 million-pound investment, the building has been transformed over the last three years to restore the venue’s characteristics and charm. Even though the venue doesn’t have a ceremony license, couples can exchange vows in nearby village churches or the registry office in Hertford. The property has the perfect location for memorable weddings. The traditional Oak Room is perfect for intimate gatherings with 30 seated guests, while the magnificent Grange Suite can host 132 for wedding breakfasts and 200 for buffet-style meals. The expert chefs create the perfect dishes for all to enjoy. The suite is a new and modern space with mood lighting and is self-contained with a bar, toilet facilities, a dancefloor and a private terrace, which boasts stunning views – it’s the perfect backdrop for those all-important wedding photos. We love... Couples will receive a dedicated wedding planner throughout their wedding journey and on their special day. 18

KNEBWORTH HOUSE AND BARNS 01438 813 825 | Set in 250 acres of parkland, Knebworth House and Barns is a spectacular historic house that’s home to grazing herds of deer. The gardens are delightful throughout each season and feature a stunning sunken lawn, colourful borders and trees that create the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. The estate dates back to the 1600s and is ideal for couples seeking a sophisticated and classic setting for their special day. The striking exterior features authentic turrets, gargoyles, and domes, while the interior features Victorian and Jacobean décor that creates an elegant setting. During the summer months, lovebirds can tie the knot in the formal gardens by the Garden Gazebo surrounded by 150 loved ones. For those looking to host their whole wedding in one location, the Banqueting Hall in the Knebworth House can accommodate 100 people for the “I dos”, 60 for wedding breakfasts and 180 for receptions. Or, why not opt for the Manor & Lodge Barn accompanied by 150 loved ones for the vows plus wedding breakfasts and 250 in the evenings? The 16th-century Manor barn is perfect for rustic-themed weddings with beautiful exposed beams and plenty of charm. Alternatively, the Cobbold Barn & Gardens can host 150 for the vows, 120 for wedding breakfasts, and 250 for receptions. Lastly, the sunken lawn is perfect for receptions with 180 nearest and dearest. The dedicated event team at Knebworth House & Barns is on hand to help couples turn their dream weddings into a reality. They offer several all-inclusive packages to match different styles and preferences. We love... hen couples book the venue, the team offers a menu tasting session to try some dishes. The wedding coordinator will work with pairs to ensure every detail is tailored to their liking, while the in-house executive chef can help fine-tune dining options. On their wedding day, couples will also receive sparkling wine or prosecco for the toasts, white table linens, and Chiavari chairs. WARE PRIORY 01920 460 316 | Situated in seven acres of picturesque gardens, Ware Priory is a beautiful, traditional Grade I listed building with contemporary touches and architecture dating back to Medieval times. The main building is stunning, with a whitewashed frontage and a stonewalled exterior surrounded by flower beds and distinctive windows. Multiple spaces at the property provide the perfect settings for weddings. The team restored The Priory Hall in the 1990s, where Medieval graffiti was uncovered and Victorian murals restored. This area can accommodate 100 guests for the “I dos”, 80 for wedding breakfasts and 100 for evening receptions. Or why not exchange vows in The Conservatory, which has a bright and spacious interior with easy access to the riverside gardens for 100 people? The space can accommodate wedding breakfasts for 120 guests and evening celebrations for 150. Another option is The Hadsley Room, which can host 40 guests and boasts a crown-post roof and vaulted ceiling. After the ceremony, the staff can transform the space for wedding breakfasts with 30 people and evening receptions with 40. The large refectory table in this spacecc dates back to the 14th-century and is believed to be from the original Friary. The Fletcher’s Lea is a modern addition to the estate and features a decking area, which overlooks the beautiful River Lea. Guests can make a memorable and dramatic entrance thanks to the narrowboat provided. The space can host up to 200 guests for ceremonies, 160 for wedding breakfasts and 200 for evening celebrations. The stand-alone building includes all catering and bar facilities, allowing couples to have exclusive use of the space on the special day. The Riverside Suite is perfect for larger weddings and can host wedding receptions with 160 guests for formal dining and 220 for buffet-style meals. We love... A space that stands out at the venue is The Island, which is located in the middle of the river and provides the ideal space for musical events. Guests can access this space by two small bridges that cross an inlet of water that was once used to bring supplies to the monks. LOCAL VENUES 19

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Beautiful barns Discover the perfect settings for rustic nuptials SOUTH FARM 01223 207 581 | Surrounded by expansive gardens, South Farm is a family-run venue nestled in 20 acres of countryside. The beautiful gardens and rustic wildflower meadows create the perfect setting for wedding celebrations and memorable photographs to treasure. The venue’s romantic spaces offer couples an enchanting choice of ceremony and reception locations. The welcoming Tudor Barn is the largest indoor space with a capacity of up to 180 people, while The Drawing Room is a more intimate area for cosy winter ceremonies with 35 loved ones. Or why not opt for The Old Dairy, a lovely space with views of the courtyard and garden terrace for 100 guests? One of most recently converted space is The Horse Barn, which offers a special ambience with stunning lighting and ancient beams for up to 65 people. If the British weather allows it, The Summer House is a truly magical setting for ceremonies between March and October with views overlooking the gardens. Indoor drinks receptions occur in The Old Dairy for 150 loved ones or the Grade II listed farmhouse for 50. Receptions can take place in the gardens for 180 people, weather permitting, or in the Tudor Barn with 146 guests for a formal wedding breakfast or 122 for buffet-style meal and 200 guests in the evenings. The Horse Barn is adjacent to this space and offers an additional dancing area or it can be used as a comfortable snug setting. Guest accommodation includes charming bespoke bedrooms, five Romany wagons or camping in the paddocks is available for more adventurous people! Three additional bedrooms are available at the venue’s nearby sister property, Fen Bridge Farm. The luxurious Coach House Suite is complimentary for couples on their wedding day. All nearlyweds booking a bespoke South Farm wedding are invited to a complimentary menu tasting evening where they can see, taste and rate more than 40 signature dishes and visit the five-star kitchen. The venue also offers a range of affordable wedding day packages for those who have a budget in mind. Did you know? Homegrown organic produce items are picked daily and used by chefs to create delicious menus. Guests are delighted by the charming farm animals who reside happily in the barnyard and couples can enjoy photos with the piglets if they wish! BARN VENUES 21

ESSENDON COUNTRY CLUB 01707 280 373 | Situated in more than 400 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside, Essendon Country Club is the perfect location for weddings. The venue’s dedicated wedding planner will support couples every step of the way to ensure they receive their dream day. As guests enter the long driveway, they’ll travel through one of the two championship golf courses on-site, which offer a picturesque landscape for wedding photography. The large bridge across the lake is a firm favourite for those all-important couple shots. The beautiful 16th-century Grand Barn contains oak framing, rustic features and large windows that provide plenty of natural daylight. There’s even a stunning terrace for drinks reception where guests can relax outside while enjoying the views. As no two weddings are the same, the venue offers flexible and bespoke tailored packages to accommodate any ideas, requirements and wedding themes. All areas at the property are licensed for ceremonies, including the glass conservatory that’s the perfect option for intimate nuptials with 15 to 30 people. Or why not opt for the Grand Barn’s upper level? This main space can accommodate 180 loved ones for the “I dos” and 80 for wedding breakfasts. Continue the celebrations in the main barn with 130 seated guests and 300 for the evenings. We love… hen c uples book the venue for their wedding, they receive a complimentary food and wine tasting session and a free pre-wedding shoot on the grounds. THE BARN AT ALSWICK 01763 273 530 | Nestled within the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, The Barn at Alswick is a delightful wedding setting offered exclusively to couples on their special day. The late 16th-century barn offers a beautiful blank canvas to allow couples to transform the area to match any colour scheme or theme. Inside, guests will find vaulted ceilings adorned with rustic-wooden beams. Spilling out from the barn, guests will discover the enchanting gardens packed with endless hidden gems and secret corners – it’s the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. Lovebirds can host their wedding day under one roof or use the venue for wedding breakfasts with 150 loved ones and receptions with 200. End the wedding night under a peaceful starry sky and awake to the beautiful surroundings of The Barn and Alswick Hall in the amazing glamping village. We love… The venue’s staff is dedicated to making wedding dreams come to life, and the team of planners love working with couples to create those allimportant memories. 22

Please get in touch for further ideas and information. Call Kirstie on: 07544 208959 Email: @fullershillcottages Fullers Hill Cottages O cial @fullershill Family friendly self catering at Fuller’s Hill Cottages on a family run farm in South Cambridgeshire. Featuring 7 unique cottages with hot tubs and pretty gardens which can sleep individual families and larger gatherings. For a love of the outdoors, local attractions, dog friendly, a new sundown spot to watch the beautiful sunsets, and a play area, choose us for your next staycation! Wedding receptions including Tee-pees on the airfield with panoramic views of the beautiful countryside or marquee in the courtyard garden, with a helpful hand along the way... If you imagine your dream day surrounded by English picturesque countryside then look no further… Rustic Wedding Fayre Sunday 15th May 2022, 11am – 2pm Northfield Rd, Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5JG, in association with If you imagine your dream day surrounded by English picturesque countryside then look no further… Rustic Wedding Fayre Sunday 15th May 2022, 11am – 2pm Northfield Rd, Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5JG, in association with If you imagine your dream day surrounded by English picturesque countryside then look no further… Rustic Wedding Fayre Sunday 15 h May 2022, 11am – 2pm Northfield Rd, Ashwell, Baldock SG7 5JG, www.dunto in association with Weddings In the heart of rural Bedfordshire Ceremonies & Evening Receptions Inclusive Wedding Package Spacious Wedding Suite Wedding Garden for Outdoor Photographs Wedding & Civil Ceremony Licence Dedicated Wedding Team Free Parking for Guests The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AH Tel: 01525 631905 Email: Treat our space like a blank canvas and make it your own

The perfect, characterful blank canvas backdrop to your special day Providing not only one of the most stunning settings in all of rural Hertfordshire but also a team of experienced Event Planners, The Barn at Alswick has become a very sought-after wedding venue. With their dedicated team, attention to detail and such gorgeous natural surroundings, every couple that marries at The Barn at Alswick is guaranteed a seamlessly glamourous day they will never forget! Hare Street Road, Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0AA 01763273530

MICKLEFIELD HALL 01923 778 898 | Nestled in the Hertfordshire countryside, just 25 miles from London, Micklefield Hall is a stunning country venue steeped in history. The dedicated team of groundsmen ensure the gardens are maintained to a high standard. The estate has a variety of private outdoor areas for celebrations, including the herbaceous garden with a fountain, a secret rose garden, rolling lawns and a French terrace complete with trickling fountains and an open fire. All the flowers, bushes, and trees have been carefully selected to ensure that the grounds are bursting with colour no matter the time of year. Tie the knot in the Temple nestled under the great oak tree, which overlooks the glimmering pond. The area provides the most magical and romantic space to get married. All 200 guests will be seated around the pond’s banks and shaded from the sun by the 450-year-old oak tree. Lovebirds can make their grand entrance along with nature’s very own herbaceous aisle and down the stone steps before entering the sculptured Temple. The space is equipped with a discreet audio system to ensure all guests hear the vows. Another option is the marquee, which overlooks the French Courtyard, Garden Room and The Great Barn’s patio. The space is carpeted, heated and adorned with grand drapes and chandeliers for 200 people to enjoy. The main lawn is perfect for 200 loved ones in summer, with plenty of space on the manicured grass. The chuppahs and mandaps look stunning in front of the views extending to north London. The upper lawns are also licensed for civil ceremonies. Lovebirds can also tie the knot in the Garden Room with 80 people in front of the grand fireplace. The space is also used as a chill-out area and covered drinks area in the evenings. The traditionally restored Tithe Barn is perfect for exchanging vows, wedding breakfasts, celebrations, corporate events and product launches. This all-inclusive space is perfect for weddings with a heated solid oak floor, sophisticated lighting, air conditioning, a dancefloor, stage and adjoining bar area. The luxurious space can hold up to 200 guests and can be laid out in many formats to suit different needs. We love... Couples receive a complimentary tasting evening at Micklefield Hall through Kalm Kitchen and an event manager to help with the planning process and wedding day. Also check out... THE PRIORY Steeped in history, The Priory is grand by anyone’s standards. The exposed oak structure of the spacious barn makes this venue a real stunner. The picturesque gardens and terrace provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor celebrations and the all-important big-day photos. Discover more: THE FARMHOUSE AT REDCOATS Located in four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, The Farmhouse at Redcoats is the ideal location for unforgettable weddings. Just 30 minutes from London and next to the bustling market town of Hitchin, the venue is situated in an oasis of plush working farmland. Discover more:: TEWIN BURY FARM HOTEL Tewin Bury Farm Hotel is set alongside the River Mimram and offers vast outdoor spaces and stunning private gardens, including wooden gazebos for ceremonies. The surrounding 700-acre working farmland includes a variety of animals and allows for perfect wedding snaps! Discover more: ROWLEY BARN Rowley Barn is an award-winning 17th-century Grade II listed building, which has been sympathetically restored and refurbished to create a modern conversion with plenty of natural lighting and original oak beams. Based in rural Hertfordshire with nearby transport links, Rowley Barn has adjoining landscaped gardens offering space for a marquee. Discover more: 25 BARN VENUES

Love is all around Cathryn and Jonathan tied the knot at Fanhams Hall in Ware Images courtesy of Purple Kite Photography 26

Jonathan first met Cathryn at work, but it wasn’t until she left the department that they started to miss each other. They began meeting outside of work and spent a lot of time chatting in coffee shops, restaurants and going on walks. Jonathan always made Cathryn laugh as they shared a similar sense of humour. He says, “One day, I gave an impromptu proposal which Cathryn accepted. It was such a surprise that I had to ask again in the kitchen on one knee, although she’s still waiting for the ring!” The couple set the date for November 6th 2021, and created an intimate day surrounded by their nearest and dearest. SETTING THE SCENE When it came to finding the perfect setting for their special day, the couple first visited Fanhams Hall in Ware and fell in love with the spaces. Jonathan says, “We felt connected to the property, and everything about it just felt right.” From the time of booking the venue to the actual wedding, the couple had five weeks to plan their big day and opted for a simple and classic theme. For the wedding breakfast aach table featured balloon centrepieces in ivory, pearl and white shades, which matched the bows on the back of the chairs. There was a floral centrepiece on the registrar’s table, which tied in with the floral cake topper and bouquet with autumn yellows and cream flowers. Place names and table numbers were created using card and green olive leaves to match the overall colour scheme. The two-tiered cake looked delicious with white icing and a green ribbons to make the design pop. LOOKING THE PART When it came to finding her dream dress, the bride wanted a simple and elegant look with a vintage and fun style. Cathryn opted for a cream floorlength gown with two thin straps – it was a perfect style. She accessorised her look with an autumnal russet, sparkly cream shoes, a gold threaded wrap and long silver and gold twisted earrings. After getting ready on the special day, the bride was glowing inside and out, and the groom looked dapper in a black tuxedo with a matching waistcoat, bow tie, art-deco styled cufflinks and black leather shoes. MEMORABLE MOMENTS To keep guests entertained, the couple’s close friend created a playlist to cater for all ages from four to 84. There were several tracks selected from each decade to appeal to everyone. The lovebirds received many positive comments about how much their loved ones enjoyed the music. The couple felt so overwhelmed with love, warmth, and happiness throughout their special day. The groom says, “The day was made even more important and magical because we could share it with our close family. It was a perfect day for us, which was full of fun and laughter.” The bride says, “Seeing Jonathan at the end of the aisle waiting with a big smile on his face made all my nerves go away.” A special moment for the pair was hearing the readings REAL WEDDINGS 27

during the ceremony and seeing how emotionally involved everybody was. A funny moment from the day was when the registrar announced the couple as Mr and Mrs but with Cathryn’s maiden name rather than their new married name, which made everyone laugh. Another memorable moment was one of the children being caught on camera attempting to sample the icing on the cake before it was cut! A special touch for the couple was matching rings designed and made by Chapter 79. The groom says, “The rings were based on an existing piece that I’d had for many years. We ordered them in November 2020 with no idea of when we would get married, but it was great to have them when we finally found a venue and only had five weeks to arrange everything. MINIMOON On the night of the wedding, the newlyweds and the groom’s family stayed at the property, enabling everyone to enjoy the evening even more without worrying about travelling home. After the special day, the couple had a minimoon at the Belton Woods Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort in Lincolnshire and had a relaxed time full of pampering. 28

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The perfect day The Barn at Alswick was the perfect location for Joe and Rebecka’s memorable wedding Images courtesy of Rafe Abrook Photography Joe and Rebecka first met at secondary school and had known each other for more than five years before they became a couple. Rebecka says, “We both studied drama and worked in a small theatre group together at sixth form, where we got to know each other better.” She continues, “We discovered our shared sense of humour and similar interests in films, sports and music.” Their friendship blossomed into a relationship from there. During a trip to Iceland in January 2020, the couple explored Reykjavík and ended up at the Sun Voyager sculpture on the edge of the sea. Here Joe took a photo of Rebecka facing the water, and dropped to one knee once she turned back around. She says, “I had no idea it was coming! In hindsight, I should have realised as he wouldn’t let me get something out of his backpack earlier that day on the plane. We told our friends and family and then spent the rest of the day celebrating around the city.” Here Rebecka shares details about their special day... REAL WEDDINGS 33