Your Herts and Beds Wedding - October/November 2022 (Issue 94)

£3.55 OCT/NOV 2022 WIN! HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... A honeymoon in Portugal The latest flower trends Finding THE ONE SETTINGS The latest wedding dresses Stunning north Bedfordshire venues Blooming marvellous Dreamy LOVE OF MY LIFE Awe-inspiring weddings

Stylish, Relaxed and FunWeddings As an experienced wedding planner and stylist, I appreciate the importance of having a wedding day that is bespoke to you. Whether your vision is a chic country farmhouse, a unique yurt in the rural countryside in the UK or you want to travel abroad to an unforgettable cliff-top venue that overlooks the neverending ocean, we’ll work together to bring this dream to life. I offer bespoke services to assist couples with their wedding planning, design and styling and on the day coordination. I will immerse myself in your wedding and provide a tailored package that matches your individual and personal needs, whilst giving you the highest level of service. I believe every couple should not only experience their perfect day but enjoy a stress-free planning journey to take them there. Get in touch today to book your free consultation. 07842829525 | Instagram @lbcweddingsandevents Clare Smith Photography @clare_smith_photography, Anna Ti Creates, Isabelle Elliott Photography

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 79 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 97 COMPETITION Win a minimoon in The Algarve worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022 VENUES 19 GOING LOCAL Exchange vows in north Bedfordshire 25 HOLE IN ONE Tie the knot in these sporting venues On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from the styled shoot on page 49, and was captured by the talented 55 25 FEATURES 43 ROMANCE APLENTY This gorgeous shoot at Toddington Park has all you need for spring wedding inspiration 49 PURE ELEGANCE Check out this showstopping shoot at Sandon Manor in Buntingford 55 BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Be inspired by these stunning floral bouquets, venue styling pieces and accessories 58 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey 83 IT’S PARTY TIME The ultimate guide to wedding entertainment 3

REAL WEDDINGS 30 THE DREAM DAY Eric and Natasha created a modern take on the traditional theme for their wedding day 37 BEAUTIFULLY BOHO Amy and Mike had a stunning wedding at Brook Farm in Cuffley HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes 96 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city FASHION & BEAUTY 61 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 62 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 69 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 72 HEAD TURNERS Pick a statement headband, hair clip or crown for that finishing touch 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 76 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 69 90 92 87 37 GROOMS 87 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 88 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be 74 4

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If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gown, check out this stunning dress from Elbeth Gillis Couture with statement sleeves. Local suppliers came together to create this stunning shoot, which featured a light pink and white colour palette. 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 Cullen | 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 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines 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. If you’re new here, you’ve come to the right place as we cover everything from bridal boutiques, venues, make-up artists, photographers, florists and more! You’ll discover the latest trends, talented experts and plenty of showstopping inspiration. For those at the end of their planning journey, we have top tips and advice to ensure your day runs smoothly as well as last-minute touches to create wow-factor events. Weddings are such joyful occasions, and there’s nothing more special than marrying your soulmate. For those that have been reading the last few issues, you’ll know that my best friend tied the knot this summer and what an incredible day it was. As a bridesmaid, it has been such a special experience helping a dear friend plan such an important event. Watching everything come together on the day was very emotional. I’ll never forget that moment when I watched the bride make her grand entrance – I had to fight back the tears as I couldn’t ruin my make-up! The ceremony was beautiful, with many heartwarming words shared. Overall, we had a fantastic day with plenty of pampering, memorable moments, excellent food and great entertainment. I spent the entire evening living it up on the dancefloor – you should see the videos! Planning a wedding might seem like a scary or overwhelming experience, but we’re here to guide you through the whole process from the moment you get engaged to the honeymoon. That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Autumnal vibes How blooming beautiful are these florals from Hanako Flowers? 55 49 69 6

Are you searching for your dream wedding venue? Check out this stunning property that’s perfect for ceremonies and receptions. 19 One lucky couple will win a minimoon to Portugal! I love Mick and Amy’s wedding at Brook Farm, especially these stunning flowers. Psst, save 15 per cent off china hire. Look at how stunning this bride looks on her special day, I love the lace details and beautiful sleeves. What’s not to love about this showstopping shoot at Toddington Park? 97 13 37 43 30 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY For those who are experienced dancers or have never taken a step before, the team at Icon Dance Lessons will guide couples through light-hearted lessons to make their first dance an extra enjoyable experience for all. Lessons are held at venues across Royston and surrounding villages in Hertfordshire. From an elegantly simple dance to a highly choreographed routine, the team will work with pairs to achieve their dream performance. Dancing is a great activity for couples and often becomes something they enjoy throughout their lives. Owner Jayne-Marie Barker says, “Your first dance as newlyweds should be memorable; take your first steps to a special song with pride, happiness and natural confidence.” We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 10 per cent off a 60-minute private dance lesson when nearlyweds quote Your Herts and Beds Wedding before December 1st 2022. Get in touch with the company to discuss details. Check out: FLOWER POWER The much-loved Hanako Flowers is moving to Ashridge House to become the venue’s resident florist. With more than 700 years of fascinating history, the prestigious property in Hertfordshire offers a sense of royal heritage and a picture-perfect backdrop to events? Hanako Flowers only opened last year and has already taken the local wedding industry by storm. The new location will provide even more space for the team, who will continue working hard to create luxurious bouquets and arrangements to transform any venue. They’ll also be able to offer even more personal and special services for their popular workshops for birthdays, hen do’s and wedding parties. “While we have absolutely loved combining hospitality with our floral experiences for the lovely people of Berkhamsted, we’ve been given an amazing opportunity to shift our focus exclusively to floristry. It means we can continue to expand our services to meet the demand of our wonderful customers and clients,” says Haylee Benton, owner of Hanako Flowers. “We’re always striving to use clever sustainable floral mechanics, innovative products that are biodegradable and recyclable papers, “ says head florist Kate Parrott. She adds, “Through the summer months, we have been focusing on using local flower farms and independent growers to bring authentic British-grown flowers to our arrangements. While we deliver bouquets to your door, we are reducing our own personal carbon footprint by only doing one delivery round a day.” Check out: 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 fl y 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: Catch up on news from around the regions NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

EDITOR LOVES… This issue is packed full of stunning wedding inspiration, but one thing that really stands out is this stunning-styled shoot at Sandon Manor. The showstopping venue styling by Beth Carlisle and Amy Raven at Miss Carlysle & Co brought the whole shoot together. With a light pink and white colour scheme, the team created a gorgeous tablescape with glass tea lights and candlestick holders with pink/peach-toned candles for a romantic and elegant look. Beth says, “We added more gold accents with gold-rimmed glassware, charger plates and cutlery paired with peach table runners and light pink napkins to add colour and texture.” She continues, “It all tied perfectly together with the stationery, bringing a complete look that’s perfect for a countryside wedding!” Discover the stunning images and suppliers involved on page 49. THIS IS HALLOWEEN It’s spooky season, and what better way to celebrate than the new Halloween range at Lush? The collection features many popular items that have made a comeback this year, and some new additions as well. The new Mr Pumpkin Face Fresh Face Mask is not only fuelled with vitamins, but leaves the skin looking and feeling fabulous. Simply apply it to the face, sit back and relax as the mask does all the work. After 10 minutes, it’s time to buff the product in before rinsing – the ground pumpkin seeds will leave behind super soft and glowing skin. Why not try the Blood Orange Shower Gel, which smells divine thanks to the triple dose of orange? This intensely fruity gel is antibacterial, cleansing and brightening – it’s the full package. The Lord of Misrule Massage Bar pack full of oils and butter is already popular with customers. This sweet herbal bar melts at body temperature; the rich patchouli and vanilla scent is soothing and leaves the skin ultra-soft. Check out: TIERS OF JOY To celebrate winter, Buttered up cakes is offering 15 per cent off wedding cakes for nuptials taking place before March 2023. The Hertfordshire-based company offers delivery and set-up services, including liaising with the venue and wedding coordinator to ensure seamless delivery. Owner Robyn Harris is adept at making delicious and tasteful wedding cakes, especially when it comes to creating stunning handmade flowers. She can bring any vision to life, whether pairs like something classic or out of the ordinary. By working closely with clients, Robyn adds the wow factor to events across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, London, and Essex. Couples will need to purchase a cake before 31st October 2022 to obtain the offer, and they’ll receive a complimentary tasting box to try different flavours before selecting their favourites. The discount is subject to availability, wedding location and a minimum order of £400 is required. Please enquire for more details and full terms and conditions. Check out: FIND YOUR LOCAL STORE LUSH St Albans Unit 2, The Maltings Shopping Centre, St Albans, AL1 3HS LUSH Watford Unit 31201, The Harlequin, Watford, WD17 2TE  LUSH Milton Keynes 58, The Centre, 60 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes, MK9 3ES 10

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... The Oak Room at The Melbourne Club is our stunning glass-fronted, oak-beamed wedding venue, offering panoramic views of the Brocket Hall Estate. Taking you from ceremony to wedding breakfast and partying the night away, the Oak Room is the perfect place to create lasting memories. Email | Telephone 01707 368700 | @brockethall Jt’s G t a ic A unique mobile bar in a beautifully converted horsebox, o ering a full range of reasonably priced spirits, prosecco and beer, all locally sourced. e charming bar has double openings and drop-down ramp to give your special day that wow factor with both open and cash bar options available. We cover Herts, Beds, Cambs, Bucks & Northants. P ease ca us t discuss y ur event! Call: 07717 354711 or email: CONGRATULATIONS! If you are recently engaged and starting to plan your big day. You may already have a vision or still looking for ideas. The trend for some couples is to have a vintage afternoon tea for the formal part of the day. We have a beautiful selection of mix and match vintage and fine china which is available to hire - we also work closely with local event and catering companies to provide the full package. NOW OPEN FOR 2023 BOOKINGS Ultimately, you want it to be a day you and your guests remember for a very long time. Please do contact us for an initial chat or visit our website | 07905 347842 | The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Redcoats Green, Nr. Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7JR | 01438 729 500 | | @farmhouseatredcoats 2AA rosette restaurant | 4AA rosette accomodation The Farmhouse at Redcoats is a grade II listed Wedding Barn that boasts 27 chic bedrooms, 140 seated capacity, quirky features, stylish design, award-winning food and landscaped gardens. Eames Photography Photography 34

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURHERTSBEDS.WEDDING Closing date 30th November, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs ELEGANT TOUCHES Located in Stevenage and covering most of Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties, Elegance China Hire can provide a beautiful selection of vintage china for special events. Wedding breakfasts date back to the 17thcentury, but many couples want to break away from the traditional three-course meal. The food choice is vast and couples can get creative with grazing tables, street food vendors or barbecues. Or why not take a step back in time with a traditional afternoon tea? Elegance China Hire has a beautiful selection of vintage items to grace wedding tables for wow-factor events. Owner Caroline Inglis arranges consultations with couples and liaises with caterers and event planners to develop a hire package to suit different budgets. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers a 15 per cent discount on hire costs of china for weddings between now and August 2023. Please note that this offer is subject to availability and venue location. The offer must be booked and confirmed with the required booking fee before December 1st 2022, plus a minimum order of £250 is required for this offer to be valid. Get in touch with the team for an initial telephone discussion for the full terms and conditions. Check out: ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn wedding show season. 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 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... GREATEXPECTATIONS

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 30 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US 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 EAST ANGLIA SUN 23 OCT | SMEETHAM HALL BARN Smeetham Hall, Sudbury, CO10 7EU KENT SUN 6 NOV | HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 6 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG LONDON SUN 13 NOV | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road,SM4 5JD SUSSEX SUN 30 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Sponsored by

More Than Just AVenue EXCLUSIVE USE MANOR HOUSE WITH WEDDING COTTAGE & 14 ROOMS SLEEPING 31 GUESTS Hubbards Hall Drive, Off Churchgate Street, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NH For more information please contact 01279 354455

GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in north Bedfordshire THE BEDFORD SWAN HOTEL 01234 346 565 | Overlooking the beautiful Great River Ouse, The Bedford Swan Hotel is a luxurious hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This property is full of character and 18th-century features that will surely capture guests’ hearts. Outside, the hotel offers a red brick exterior and arches that act as the perfect backdrop to photographs. The hotel’s wedding coordinators will be on hand to guide couples through wedding planning, answer any questions in the run-up to the day and will ensure all events runs like clockwork. The venue offers two different function rooms with a maximum capacity of 150 guests for weddings. The Coach Room is well-suited to ceremonies and can be rearranged for wedding breakfasts and receptions in the afternoons. The magnificent room has all the benefits of a separate entrance, a private bar, a reception area for arrival drinks and a large dancefloor. Meanwhile, The State Room, with picturesque views overlooking the river, is filled with natural lighting and features striking chandeliers. A large fire place adds a hint of cosiness to the sophisticated space. For more intimate weddings, The Library is perfect and features modern styling. Once the festivities have drawn to a close, the newlyweds and their guests can retire to the hotel’s 113 rooms for a restful night. From standard doubles, twin rooms, deluxe rooms and suites - there’s something for everyone! 19 LOCAL VENUES

THE SHUTTLEWORTH TRUST 01767 627 922 | Situated in 425 acres of historic parkland in Bedfordshire, Shuttleworth House offers an unrivalled wedding experience. With rolling parkland views and steeped in compelling history, the estate offers an extraordinary setting for celebrations all year round. Couples can have exclusive use of the Jacobean-style venue and choose between an array of grand and finely furnished rooms to host ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. The Shuttleworth House provides many historical touches and hosts 120 guests for the “I dos” and 150 for receptions. Alternatively, The Summer House is set within a sunken garden and makes for a charming, idyllic outdoor ceremony venue with the capacity of 100 people. The Swiss Garden was designed in the late Regency era and is a rare example of period landscape design. There are two licenced spaces for wedding ceremonies within this setting, The Swiss Cottage and The Grotto & Fernery, which can cater to 70 loved ones. For receptions, The Shuttleworth Collection’s Hangar 3 is a thrilling location that can accommodate 130 guests. With tables set around masterpieces of aviation and automotive history, this space lends itself to stylish and vintage celebrations. For grand affairs, the abundance of mature parkland is ideal for those who wish to build bespoke marquee or tipi celebrations with 2,000 people. Couples who book the venue will receive a complimentary night’s stay on their wedding day Also check out… THE FOREST CENTRE Set within the award-winning beauty of the Millennium Country Park, The Forest Centre is surrounded by a mixture of a magnificent open woodland area, grass meadows and lakes. The venue is the perfect idyllic setting for celebrations with peaceful wildlife and a flower garden complete with charming wooden arbours and walkways Check out: TURVEY HOUSE Situated in 150 acres of stunning parkland, Turvey House is a magnificent Grade I listed county house built-in 1794. As guests enter the longsweeping driveway, they’ll be blown away by the building and the beautiful gardens. The venue knows that no two weddings are the same, which is why the team is very flexible and allows couples to take over the grounds with few limitations. Check out: THE BARNS HOTEL The Barns Hotel is situated in a beautiful location with views over the River Great Ouse and boasting three-and-a-half acres of landscaped gardens. A private mooring allows couples to arrive by boat, making unforgettable entrances. Check out: THE AUCTION HOUSE If couples are searching for a stylish and contemporary wedding venue, then The Auction House is perfect! Ideal for large or intimate ceremonies and receptions, the team will help every step of the way to make sure all requirements are met. Check out: 20

St Ippolyts Church A beautiful 11th Century church in an idyllic setting, perfect for your wedding. Come to St Ippolyts Church just outside Hitchin in North Hertfordshire Contact: The beautiful Conservatory and private Walled Garden are an idyllic setting for your wedding reception, where you can enjoy summer drinks on the decking whilst admiring the enchanting garden. T H E C O N S E RVAT O R Y at the Luton Hoo Walled Garden The stylish interior of the venue, with its glazed windows overlooking the gardens, includes a starlight ceiling, pin-spot and atmospheric lighting that can be customised to your own colour scheme, along with club lighting over the dance floor, stage and integrated PA system with microphones, which can be used for those all important wedding speeches. It is really important to us that you have the wedding reception that you have always imagined. Our venue manager is on hand every step of the way, to help guide and advise at this special time, making sure that when the day comes you can relax and enjoy every minute. We will be happy to give recommendations for enhancements such as floral arrangements, master of ceremonies, musicians and bespoke furniture or tableware, and will also be there on the day itself as a friendly face making sure that the venue and proceedings run in perfect order. | | 01442 286839

For further information please contact: 01923 277 708 It’s time to say ‘I do’ to your Dream Wedding at Hunton Park Hotel

TREEWELL FARM 07736 573 982 | Treewell Farm Treewell Farm is situated between Moggerhanger and Willington in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside. The secluded farm is located along a 400-metre tree-lined driveway. It’s available to hire exclusively with access to the field for marquee set-up, a car parking field, a small wedding lodge, a converted horsebox bar, a the walled garden and a greenhouse. The farm is the perfect choice to hold beautifully romantic, festival inspired and sustainable weddings. It provides the ideal blank canvas to create a stunning and personalised day. The natural and rustic landscape features stunning views over the surrounding farmers’ fields, and there are many photo opportunities to discover. Imagine sitting on hay bales and drinking gin cocktails overlooking a wedding marquee or tipi. Ceremonies and receptions can take place with 200 people in the field, and there’s a special bridal lodge for newlyweds to stay in after dancing the night away. Throughout the day, they’ll have access to a barn to share a few special moments alone on their magical day. Also check out… MORETEYNE MANOR Moreteyne Manor is a 16th-century Tudor manor house packed full of history and charm. The family-owned venue has the perfect spaces available for receptions including the restaurant, two private suites and a marquee. Check out: TRE FRATELLI From intimate to large receptions, Tre Fratelli is a family-run business that ensures every wedding is perfect. The venue works with many trusted suppliers and sources good-quality food to create the best experience possible. Check out: BEDFORD SCHOOL Bedford School offers a truly magnificent setting steeped in history and tradition for weddings. Located within 50 acres, the immaculately treelined grounds – with shrubs and borders – provide a glorious backdrop for photographs. Check out: WOODLAND MANOR HOUSE Located on four acres, the Woodland Manor House is a historical property that dates back to the 1800s and offers lovebirds the perfect location to tie the knot. Arrive in style with the venue’s helipads at the rear of the property and wow guests with a dramatic entrance. Check out: LOCAL VENUES 23

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Hole in one Tie the knot at these sporting venues 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. When couples book the venue for their wedding, they receive a complimentary food and wine tasting session and a free pre-wedding shoot on the grounds. SPORTING VENUES 25

METROPOLITAN BUSHEY 01923 243 947 | Located near Watford in the leafy county of Hertfordshire, Metropolitan Bushey is a purpose-built wedding property set among 36 acres of well-maintained sports fields. The venue offers lovely views and creates a stunning backdrop for those all-important photos, especially with the changing colours of spring, autumn and winter. The function rooms have lots of natural light and provide a blank canvas to be decorated to match different colour schemes and wedding themes. The Ballroom is the largest space that’s perfect for ceremonies and receptions with a capacity of 250 seated guests and 300 standing. Here, loved ones can enjoy the dedicated bar area and dancefloor, plus there’s space for extra entertainment. Another reception space is The Glindon Room, which accommodates up to 80 seated people. It features a small stage, a fully stocked bar and a private outdoor patio overlooking the gardens. Alternatively, The Aldenham Room can cater for 120 standing guests and has a fully stocked bar, DJ facilities, an outdoor balcony, a dancefloor with disco lighting available and booths for groups to sit and relax. Couples who book the property will meet the experienced wedding team, including the wedding coordinator, the chefs and the entertainment team who will help lovebirds create the perfect day. MANOR OF GROVES HOTEL 01279 600777 | 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 wedding photography. The original manor house has been extended into an additional wing housing many of the bedrooms, and the exterior has been designed in keeping with the traditional property. Ceremonies and receptions can take place in several spaces. The Library Suite and Drawing Room are perfect for intimate weddings, while the Colonnade Suite can hold up to 100 guests for the vows and wedding breakfasts, plus 150 for evening receptions. The Manor Suite is perfect for grand events and can host 400 people for ceremonies and 100 after the vows – it’s home to a private Japanese-style garden that’s perfect for photographs. The venue also offers two charming gazebos within the grounds for outside ceremonies. The venue offers a variety of wedding packages, many including menu tastings ahead of weddings and a complimentary night’s stay for newlyweds on their wedding night. 26

Beautiful Wedding Dresses in Hertfordshire Brides of Berkhamsted are a relaxed and friendly boutique with over 13 years experience in helping Brides find their dream dress. Proud stockists of Stella York, Justin Alexander and Mikaella Bridal. Please visit us at: 61 HIGH STREET, BERKHAMSTED, HERTFORDSHIRE, HP4 2DE 01442874006 | @capedandcrowned For the modern Bride who dares to be different. At Caped and Crowned, we pride ourselves on offering our Brides a modern twist on traditional bridal accessories. Our headpieces, Bridal Capes and overskirts are designed and handmade in the heart of Oxfordshire, with affordable luxury in mind, but showstopping at heart. Our Bridal Capes and Crowns are inspired by a mix of nature and a love of florals, to the opulent Crowns of Queens and Goddesses of the past. We bring you a unique twist on traditional designs using lace, pearls and materials from all over the world that pull us into the era of the modern luxe Bride; we are actively driving the modern Bridal movement, providing stunning Bridal Capes and Crowns to give our Brides the entrance they’ve always dreamed of. Your journey to Bridal perfection starts here; ready-to-wear and bespoke options available. @violasworldweddings

Baking the finest personalised cakes and confectionary WWW. FAC E B OOK . C OM / F I N E S T L AY E R S / | 07894 539 115 F I N E S T L AY E R S Stockists of Abella, Morilee, Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Allure Bridals Bridesmaids | 01525 838141 Milton Barn, Herne Manor Farm, Park Road, Toddington, Beds, LU5 6HH @ivoryandlace @ivoryandlaceb @ivoryandlaceb Woodland Manor Hotel, Green lane, Clapham, Bedfordshire, MK41 6EP 01234 363281 l l Situated in the heart of serene Bedfordshire countryside, our Historic Manor House boasts 34 bedrooms, original Manor features, four acres of garden and bespoke wedding packages. @Woodland_Manor_Hotel WoodlandManorHotel oodland anor Hotel, Green lane, Clapha , Bedfordshire, K41 6EP 01234 363281 l Events woodland l www.woodland Sit at i t art f s r f r s ir c trysi , r ist ric a r s asts r s, rigi al a r f at r s, f r acr s f gar a s k i g ackag s. @Woodland_Manor_Hotel WoodlandManorHotel la a r tel, ree la e, la a , e f r s ire, 41 6E l Eve ts la a r tel.c . k l . la a r tel.c . k it t i t t f f i t i , i t i t , i i l f t , f f i . oodland_ anor_ otel oodland anor otel l r t l, r l , l , f r ir , l t l t l. . l . l t l. . i i i i , i i , i i l , i . l _ r_ t l l r t l

THE CLUB AT MILL GREEN 01707 276 900 | The Club at Mill Green is a modern and spacious venue with breathtaking views. Set in 200 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, the grounds boast a mixture of rolling meadows, lakes and an ancient woodland area. The beautiful views across the picturesque golf course and lake will provide the perfect backdrop for those important picture memories. The Salisbury Suite is a light and elegant space that provides the perfect setting to exchange vows. Continue the celebrations in the Lake View and Salisbury Suite, which can host 160 seated people and 220 standing. The suite’s private entrance offers a fresh and spacious area to host guests. The four sets of bi-folding doors open onto the private terrace, where guests will love the views across the golf course and lake. Both spaces have a modern and understated décor, allowing couples to transform the room into their dream space. Included within the venue’s packages is a complimentary menu tasting session for couples with the option to bring along friends and family; there will be wine tasting and recommended suppliers also in attendance. The team has included as much as possible within the packages to help couples plan their dream day, including chair sashes, an easel, cake stand and a carefully curated list of trusted suppliers on hand to help. BRICKENDON GRANGE GOLF CLUB 01992 511 258 | Located within the rolling Hertfordshire countryside in 160 acres of natural parkland, Brickendon Grange Golf Club is the perfect venue for wedding receptions. As couples enter the picturesque tree-lined driveway, they’ll be blown away by the scenery and the magnificent 19thcentury manor clubhouse which boasts stunning views of the country setting. For weddings, the venue will have its ceremony licence for 2023! Postvows, the Grange suite offers an exclusive bar, stunning wrap around terrace overlooking the golf course/countryside with furniture, toilets, a dancefloor and exclusive staff for events. The space can host 132 seated guests and up to 200 in evening attendees. For more intimate gatherings, The Oak Room can host 24 seated loved ones and 40 guests in total. It’s a strikingly grand room with a feature fire place. When tying the knot here, couples can use the decorated golf buggy to go onto the course to get stunning pictures and also enjoy a red carpet arrival. Scan to view video 29 SPORTING VENUES

The dream day Eric and Natasha created a modern take on the traditional theme for their wedding day Images courtesy of AK Expressions Natasha first met Eric at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk after she decided to take up gliding and he was the instructor. They quickly became friends before becoming inseparable. After two years Natasha started to think that perhaps they could be more than friends, even though Eric told her they should be together sooner and are meant for one another – the rest is history! Eric proposed on Natasha’s 28th birthday in London with Tower Bridge in the background. She says, “I certainly had my suspicions on the day when he put my ‘present’ in my handbag and told me I could have it later on in the day. We’d talked about getting married before, but I didn’t know when the proposal would come.” Here Natasha shares details about their special day… 30

We wanted the day to reflect who we are as individuals and as a couple. We made a sweet cart that replicated our horse and carriage and filled it with plenty of treats throughout the day. Eric had one request when it came to our venue; it had to be close to an airfield to allow him to fly in. We’d been to Shuttleworth House on a few occasions to watch various airshows, and I quickly enquired when we saw the house was available for weddings. The property is breathtaking, so we didn’t need to add much to make it shine. Our place names were from the Alzheimer’s Society website as a tribute to our nans who currently have the condition and could not attend our wedding for this reason. 31 REAL WEDDINGS Every one of our guests that attended made the day special for us. We picked a venue that wasn’t particularly local, but they all made an effort to attend our day – we feel so grateful!

We had pink chair covers with diamanté ties for the ceremony and wedding breakfast to continue our colour scheme. For my grand entrance, I had a horse and carriage take me around the parkland before the wedding, which was so magical! Eric flew not one but both of his aircrafts to the venue! One belonged to his father, so it was a sentimental journey for Eric to be able to bring these to the wedding. 32 I knew it would be an emotional day, and just seeing how hard the emotions had finally hit Eric was something I’ll treasure forever. Our flowers were a mix of different types of roses and peonies in red, pink and ivory shades. We had a pianist play before, during and after the ceremony to keep guests entertained.

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A L E X A N D E R W E D D I N G B E L L E S . C O . U K 0 78 8 4 0 6 4 6 8 6 | h e l l o @ a l e x a n d e r w e d d i n g b e l l e s . c o . u k P R O F E S S I O N A L H A I R & M A K E U P A R T I S T R Y c o v e r i n g h e r t s , b e d s , b u c k s , n o r t h a n t s & c a m b s At Bomboniere HQ we understand that planning a wedding or event takes up time, when working and juggling family life this can be tricky. With me you can book the full package. A full suite of stationery, including save the dates, invitations, table plan, table numbers and place settings, table favours or bomboniere, displays and Italian style sweet tables all beautifully designed to match your style. WWW . B O M B O N I E R E B Y M A R I A . C O . U K 07946194124 | | Kim & Dave “...she is like a silent ninja with her camera... ” Get in touch! @kayziebaweddings

ERIC AND NATASHA Venue, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress, | Bride’s accessories, and | Hair, | Make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, | Groom’s suit, | Cake, | Flowers, | Transport, | Stationery, Entertainment, | Catering, | Air display, | Pianist, | Chair covers, The hair stylist and make-up artist did a fantastic job; it was overwhelming when the whole look came together. Eric and the groomsmen wore navy suits with checked waistcoats, but the groom stood out with a red tie and pocket square. I wore an ÉLYSÉE gown after falling in love with the showstopping back and train – it was stunning! We arranged for an airdisplay in the evening, which was a massive hit with loved ones. Most our guests had never seen such a display and it brought a lot of joy to everyone. We had a beautiful four-tiered cake with different flavours. 35 REAL WEDDINGS My beautiful bridesmaids wore multiway dresses and were encouraged to wear the gowns whichever way they liked.

Our attractive rustic style 1960’s Rice Horsebox trailers are ready to impress you & your guests. We create a completely bespoke package & menu to suit your requirements, whether it’s a champagne reception, cocktail bar, or full bar service followed by our infamous posh toasteis & proper barista coffee’s, with bespoke built bars or our two horsebox’s to choose from we are here to add that extra special touch... T // 07796618168 E // My name is Carolyn and I am based in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, UK. I design and make Wedding stationery and gifts. I create my own collections or I can design bespoke to you. My design skiIls are broad including floral, graphic, sparkle, vintage, trends and contemporary styles that can be incorporated into numerous types of materials. WWW . W E D D I N G B E A U T I F U L S . C O . U K 07910031628 | Amy Woodham Photography is a place for people who love life, who laugh out loud and hug tight. 07376259661 amywoodham_photography amy woodham photography

Beautifully boho Amy and Mike had a stunning wedding at Brook Farm in Cuffley Images courtesy of Jodie Allen Photography Amy and Mike first met 15 years ago at a bar after being introduced by mutual friends. Even though the pair enjoyed each other’s company, the timing wasn’t quite right and they didn’t get together until around six years ago. Throughout the years, the couple has created many memorable moments and even have a beautiful son called Raphy. Mike popped the question at home while the family of three were cuddling on the sofa. He says, “It just felt like a lovely moment to propose, plus I wanted our son to be a part of such an important moment. I got him to give the ring to his mum while I asked Amy to marry me – not the most the romantic scene, but right for us.” Here Mike shares details about their special day… REAL WEDDINGS 37