Your Herts and Beds Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 96)

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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 68 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 81 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2023 VENUES 19 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these properties in West Hertfordshire 23 A STEP BACK IN TIME Tie the knot in one of these striking venues full of history On the cover This issue’s cover was taken from Mikey and Erica’s wedding on page 28, which was captured by 47 23 FEATURES 47 ALL IN THE DETAIL Local experts share 2023 venue styling trends to help couples create wow-factor weddings 71 COME DINE WITH US Get a direct line to your guests’ hearts with our A to Z guide to wedding catering 78 CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS We’ve put together the ultimate guide to pets at weddings to help you create the perfect day 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 OVER THE RAINBOW Mikey and Erica had a relaxed wedding full of wildflowers 35 LOVE IN BLOOM The Barn at Brookend Green Farm was the perfect location for Lauren and Chris’s wedding 41 LOVE OF MY LIFE Tom and Hannah had a stunning wedding surrounded by their nearest and dearest HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 THE PERFECT GETAWAY We’ve rounded up some of the best mini-moon destinations in Europe 86 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 89 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the Coppa Club collection of hotels and restaurants FASHION & BEAUTY 51 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 52 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 57 SUSTAINABLE STYLES These designers offer something green as they promote their latest collections created using eco-friendly fabrics 60 BRIGHT AND BOLD Bridesmaids will love the colourful dresses and accessories in store this season 62 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 64 THE HAIR NECESSITIES Achieve wedding-ready locks with multi-awardwinning celebrity hair stylist and TV hair expert Vicki Lord 65 THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR Find your way to wedding wellness by managing that sweet tooth with help from expert nutritionists 67 BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with top expert advice 52 35 82 76 GROOMS 75 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 76 MIDNIGHT MAGIC With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products 62 4

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I love this shot of Mikey and Erica on their special day – they look so in love! We’ve created the complete guide to wedding catering to help keep guests from going hungry. 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Jessie Wilson | 01376 538 478 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Herts & Beds Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and G EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Herts and Beds Wedding. This year we’re already seeing showstopping nuptials around the counties with stunning touches and heartwarming moments. As we look to the year ahead, I can’t wait to see weddings feature Pantone’s colour of the year – viva magenta. The shade will undoubtedly impact the industry thanks to its bold and empowering hue. Congratulations if you’ve just got engaged over the festive period! If I could share one piece of advice for wedding planning, it would be to ensure the day reflects you both – don’t get sidetracked trying to please others. Planning your big day should be a fun experience where you find a theme you both love, a colour scheme to complement your day, a showstopping venue and talented companies who can bring your vision to life. There’s a reason traditional weddings have been popular for decades. The classic styling, grand settings and formal attire will always create elegant nuptials year-round. But expect to see more couples breaking away from tradition in 2023 and pushing the boundaries. If you don’t know where to start with the planning process, you’re in luck as we’ve been busy sourcing the very best local suppliers to provide top inspiration. Expect to see talented florists, photographers, bakers, videographers, venue stylists and more. That’s all from me! I hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as I‘ve loved putting it together. Here’s to another year of fabulous weddings! Olivi Olivia Gibson, Editor Say he t 2023! 71 28 81 Feeling lucky? Enter for a chance to win a mini-moon in Northern Ireland. 6

Looking to include your four-legged friend on the big day? Our complete guide to pets at wedding will make the process straightforward and stress free. 78 For those on the search for the perfect backdrop, discover Shendish Manor in Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside. 47 Psst, Rose Rae Photography is offering 10 per cent off full-day packages! What’s not to love about these stunning blooms created by Vicki’s Floral Designs, which are perfect for fairytale weddings? 19 13 68 52 The key to memorable weddings is creating the perfect setting, and the team at The White Emporium knows how to create wow-factor spaces! Looking for a gown with the wow factor? Check out this striking piece from Grace Loves Lace. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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FASHION-FORWARD New ranges have arrived at Cream of Royston, and the team are excited to welcome more stunning designs from Condici, Veni Infantino, Ispirato and Veromia. The previous season’s stock is now being offered at half-price! Based in Royston, the company has been trading for more than 47 years and has an extensive stock on two floors to suit all occasions and budgets. The year 2023 is shaping up to be very busy for weddings. Once the company opened in January after the Christmas break, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing for appointments for mother-of-the-brides/ grooms looking for the perfect attire. Some people still look for a classic mother-ofthe-bride outfit, while others want something less traditional and opt for a stand-alone dress with a statement hat. Whatever clients are after, the team at Cream of Royston are ready to help customers look and feel amazing. Check out: ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Jodie Gearing Bespoke Jewellery Design is a Bedfordshire-based company that has won the Special Touch Category at The Wedding Industry Awards 2023 for the East of England. Owner Jodie Gearing specialises in bespoke handmade eternity, engagement and wedding rings as well as jewellery. Engagement rings often require a fitted wedding band, but the options on the high street are very limited. One of the company’s real strengths is designing fitted rings that also look incredible when worn on their own while fitting into certain budgets and desired styles. With more than a decade of experience, Jodie will guide couples through the experience, helping them make informed and creative choices. Customers can use sentimental metals or stones in their design and often like to add hidden details like their birthstones or engraving inside their forever rings. Check out: THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Situated in Bishop’s Stortford, Carter Hair & Makeup has received an award after providing customers with excellent service and showstopping looks. After 17 years as a hair and make-up artist, owner Holly Carter always likes to push herself and the business to provide the most exceptional service for brides. Holly loves nothing more than showcasing naturally enhanced and glowing makeup looks as well as soft romantic hairstyles. She always keeps up to date with the latest trends while staying true to her niche and preferred style. By maintaining this standard, the looks created remain timeless and classic. Winning Makeup Artist of the Year for the East of England was a truly incredible feeling for Holly, and she is beyond proud of her achievements. She says, “As they announced who won the award, my heart was beating like crazy! I couldn’t believe it when they called my name; my husband was cheering next to me, as were my fellow industry friends!” Check out the company: Catch up on news from around the counties NEWS Nearlywed Veni Infantino LOCAL NEWS 9

EXCHANGING VOWS Situated on seven acres of picturesque gardens, Ware Priory is a beautiful venue offering a new 2023 bespoke wedding package. The venue is a 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. The Fletcher’s Lea is a modern addition to the estate and features a decking area, which overlooks the beautiful River Lea. Both spaces provide an excellent location for weddings. Couples can work with the venue to create their own wedding package to ensure they create their dream wedding. Get in touch with the team to discuss details and ideas! Discover more about the property in our Historic Venues feature on page 23. Check out: RING-A-DING-DING Bedford-based Baker Brothers Diamonds has introduced tiara wedding rings to its extensive ring collection. A ring is a small but elegant part of weddings and in today’s modern world, people want to get away from the traditional style for something with a contemporary twist. Tiara wedding rings are romantic wedding bands that play on the classic shape-to-fit style and are a growing trend for 2023. Fit for a princess; this style is the perfect modern twist on a classic style. The new collection at Baker Brothers Diamonds is handcrafted in naturally white platinum and set with the highest quality diamonds. The distinct crown-like wedding bands are perfect for complementing engagement rings. The style is a piece of jewellery that will last forever and be passed down through generations – it will always remain timeless, stylish and chic! Check out: SETTING THE SCENE Nestled in Royston, Minstrel Court is a stunning wedding venue now under new ownership. Sara and Na’im Paymán tied the knot at the venue last year and fell in love with the charming spaces. They decided to seize the opportunity and purchase the venue when it was about to be put on the market. Located in five acres of beautiful gardens set around a private lake, the impressive Hertfordshire property with adjoining listed outbuildings will wow guests. The couple brings a unique blend of skills and expertise to Minstrel Court. Na’im studied natural sciences and owns various hotels around the country, while Sara’s attention to detail is unsurpassed. With every detail counting in the event industry, it’s essential to be a perfectionist to ensure all aspects of the venue are well-maintained to the highest standard. So, Na’im’s keen understanding and experience in the hospitality industry are invaluable. Since December, the dedicated team has worked tirelessly to create the perfect spaces for couples to start their lives together. They’re constantly making upgrades to enhance this already magnificent venue. Creating a magical experience for couples and their guests is an honour the new owners intend always to appreciate. Check out: 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURHERTSBEDS.WEDDING MOMENTS FROZEN IN TIME Rose Rae Photography is a Hertfordshire-based company that offers wedding and family lifestyle photography. Owner Samantha Robbins found her passion for photography after having children and loved having the ability to freeze moments in time. She says, “I enjoy documenting love in all its wonderful forms and capturing true connections.” With a natural, relaxed and beautifully lit photography style, Samantha has a calm and fun approach to all projects. She goes above and beyond to capture memorable wedding images, so couples can treasure the photos for years to come. Samantha always gets to know her couples before their big day, which helps everyone involved – especially those uncomfortable in front of the camera. She comments, “I love getting in the thick of it and capturing shots throughout the day, from the big moments to the little ones that otherwise might not have been noticed.” We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 10 per cent off the company’s full-day wedding packages when they get in touch with Samantha and quote Your Herts and Beds Wedding before April 1st, 2023. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 16TH APRIL, 2023 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. 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. 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

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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 ESSEX LONDON SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 19 FEB MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SAT 1 APR HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 12 MAR LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated

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GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in West Hertfordshire SHENDISH MANOR 01442 232 220 | Nestled in 160 acres of idyllic Hertfordshire countryside, Shendish Manor offers the perfect setting for special events. The Manor not only has plenty of parking available but is located near major motorways and airports – perfect for guests travelling in. As loved ones drive through the breathtaking parkland, they’ll approach the stunning property that features Victorian elegance paired with modern touches. The dedicated wedding team will be on hand to assist with all aspects of the planning progress by providing a professional and personal service. Couples can rest assured they’re in safe hands. Whether pairs are after intimate weddings or grand events, Shendish Manor won’t disappoint. Couples can have dreamworthy al fresco weddings on the charming grounds thanks to the two stunning outdoor gazebos that are licensed for ceremonies. Or they can exchange vows in the Apsley Suite, Dickinson Suite or Longman Suite with 10 to 320 guests. When it comes to wedding breakfasts, the first meal for newlyweds must be unforgettable. That’s why the team offers delicious dishes created using the finest and locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by an extensive range of wines and champagnes. The dry hire package in the Apsley Suite is perfect for those with a particular cuisine in mind that the venue can’t cater for. The team also have a long-lasting relationship with many local caterers and can suggest companies if needed. The property dates back to 1853 and has 18 individually designed bedrooms in the main house. The contemporary extension has an additional 52 bedrooms and provides the perfect place for guests to rest their heads. 19 LOCAL VENUES

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 perfect for ceremonies and receptions, with 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; this includes the wedding coordinator, the chefs and the entertainment team who will help lovebirds create the perfect day. ALDENHAM GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 01923 853 929 | Located in Watford, Aldenham Golf & Country Club oozes charm and character. The stunning views overlooking the picturesque golf courses and Hertfordshire countryside provide the perfect backdrop to weddings. With ample parking and good transport links with the A41, M1 and M25 close by, the club is perfect for those travelling in. The property is a popular venue for wedding receptions, thanks to the stunning settings and excellent service from the team who deliver memorable events. The Dining Room is available seven days a week and can accommodate 100 guests for seated banquets or 180 for more informal buffet-style events. The property has different packages to pick from, and the team can create bespoke options upon request to ensure couples achieve their dream day. 20

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A step back in time Tie the knot in one of these striking venues full of history WARE PRIORY 01920 460 316 | Situated on seven acres of picturesque gardens, Ware Priory is a traditional Grade I listed building with contemporary touches and architecture dating back to Medieval times. The main Ware Priory building has lots of character and historical features, whereas Fletcher’s Lea offers a more contemporary feel. The riverside grounds provide the perfect backdrop to weddings and many photographic backdrops. Here couples will find river life of narrowboats, swans, geese and ducks. The back lawns are well kept and are a great location for drinks receptions and team-building games, while the wisteria archway offers a beautiful space for those iconic confetti pictures. Situated in what were the cloisters of the original Friary, the Priory Hall can accommodate ceremonies with 100 loved ones. With stained glass windows and a series of French windows that open onto the riverside gardens, the hall is the perfect destination for the “I dos” and receptions with 80 people. Alternatively, The Conservatory offers a bright and spacious interior with space to accommodate 100 people for the vows. The area was completely rebuilt during extensive renovations in the mid-1990s and is ideal for wedding breakfasts with 120 people or receptions with 140. The Hadsley Room, part of the Lady Suite, dates from the 15th-century and boasts a superb example of a crown post roof. The large refectory table used by the registrar to conduct ceremonies dates back to the 14thcentury and is believed to be from the original Friary. The room is named after Robert Hadsley, who purchased the Priory in 1685 and his family owned the estate for the best part of 200 years. The location is now a popular space for intimate weddings with 40 guests for ceremonies and receptions. Or why not exchange vows in the Riverside Suite with 200 nearest and dearest? Situated within Fletcher’s Lea, the suite is a larger space that can host wedding receptions with up to 160 guests for dining and 220 for a buffet setting. The standalone building has all catering and bar facilities needed. HISTORICAL SETTINGS 23

ALLUM MANOR HOUSE & HALL 02089 533 415 | Situated in the heart of Elstree and Borehamwood, Allum Manor House and Hall offers the perfect backdrop to nuptials. Close to the M25, M1 and the A1, plus a short walk from the train stations, the venue is the ideal space for guests travelling in. The attractive grounds and gardens offer the ideal backdrop for photographs and outdoor ceremonies thanks to the groundsman who works hard to keep these spaces well-stocked and tidy. The Grade II listed manor offers a choice of six smaller wedding spaces and can accommodate up to 470 people with theatre-style seating or 350 to 375 sat-around tables. The blank canvas space allows couples to get creative to bring their colour scheme and theme to life. The property has everything needed to create memorable receptions, including a state-of-the-art sound system, fully adjustable LED lighting, a large stage, a sprung dancefloor, a commercial kitchen and a dry hire option. The team prides itself on customer care; they liaise with couples and suppliers to help ensure events run smoothly. ST IPPOLYTS CHURCH 01462 434 254 | Nestled in a picturesque village near the town of Hitchin in North Hertfordshire, St Ippolyts Church is a well-maintained venue full of history. Set within a churchyard, the 11th-century church offers plenty of spaces for showstopping wedding photography. Inside, couples will find a quaint location for ceremonies with 140 loved ones. The team will be on hand to help couples plan dream weddings and can even provide flower arrangements in the church, an organist and arrange church bells to be rung after the “I dos” for an additional fee. Weddings are always happy occasions for not only the newlyweds, but the local community too! 24 FANHAMS HALL 01920 460511 | 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 21st-century 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. The venue has many showstopping wedding spaces to pick from. The Long Gallery is located up a grand wooden staircase and can host 120 people for the vows. Wood-panelled walls, high ceilings, original chandeliers and large bridge windows overlook the stunning gardens. Alternatively, The Hertford & Ware can accommodate 130 and is a blank canvas space that matches any wedding theme. The mid-century Japanese-inspired space provides a slightly more modern touch with panoramic views, natural lighting and wooden windows. Guests can transform their wedding day into a fairytale by saying “I do” amidst the trees, bridges, and blossoms with 120 loved ones. Exchange vows on the gazebo lawn and formal gardens surrounded by clipped hedges and a trickling water fountain. For something a little different, jump into an ethereal wonderland in the Japanese gardens and marry under the veranda of the Japanese tea house before crossing the bridge to discover secret spaces for those all-important photos. Continue the celebrations in The Great Hall with 120 seated guests and 200 in the evenings. The space provides a big fanfare with a beamed ceiling, stone-framed windows, a feature fire place, intricate wood carvings and a harlequin-tiled room at the back that opens out onto the gardens. Or opt for the Lakeside Pavilion with 130 guests for wedding breakfasts or 200 for evening celebrations. Its Japanese-style theme is tranquil, bright and breezy – it feels almost like a zen gateway with nothing but the sound of the fountain on the lake. There’s even a private veranda outside so guests can make the most of the sun when it shines. After celebrating all day, guests can retreat to the on-site rooms for a peaceful sleep. 25 HISTORICAL SETTINGS

THE BEDFORD SWAN HOTEL 01234 346565 | Located in Bedfordshire, The Bedford Swan Hotel is the ideal venue for weddings of all sizes. The stunning red brick exterior and arches are the perfect backdrops to photographs. Couples are sure to create their dream wedding with multiple function rooms to pick from. The Coach Room is well-suited to ceremonies but can be rearranged for wedding breakfasts with 120 people and receptions with 150. The magnificent room has all the benefits of a separate entrance, a private bar space, a reception area for arrival drinks and a large dancefloor. Meanwhile, The State Room is filled with natural lighting and striking chandeliers. A large fire place adds a hint of cosiness to the sophisticated décor, and guests will love the picturesque views overlooking the river. The room can accommodate 80 for the vows and 100 in the evenings. Alternatively, the modern and bright Library is the perfect ceremony space for intimate weddings with 20 people. Once the festivities have drawn to a close, the newlyweds and guests can retire in some of the hotel’s 113 rooms for a restful night. Complimentary menu tasting sessions are offered to nearlyweds as well as a first-anniversary stay and suite for the wedding night when they book one of the venue’s wedding packages. BRICKENDON GRANGE GOLF CLUB 01992 511 258 | Located within 160 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, 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 19th-century clubhouse, which boasts stunning views of the countryside and golf course. Couples can use the decorated golf buggy to go onto the course to get stunning pictures and also enjoy a red-carpet arrival. Dreamworthy receptions occur in The Grange Suite, which offers an exclusive bar, a wrap-around terrace, toilets and a dancefloor. The space can host 132 seated guests and up to 200 evening attendees. Alternatively, The Oak Room is a striking space that can host 24 seated loved ones and 40 evening guests for more intimate gatherings. Watch this space as the venue will be able to host civil ceremonies from April! 26

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Mikey and Erica had a relaxed wedding full of wildflowers Images courtesy of AD Photography 28

REAL WEDDINGS 29 Mikey and Erica shared mutual friends while growing up but became closer during their teens. As life got in the way, the pair drifted apart before rekindling their friendship a year or two later and started dating after realising they shared something more than a friendship. Mikey popped the questions in 2020 after setting up a marquee at Erica's family home. He added romantic touches with fairylights, photos of them both, candles and Erica's favourite music. She says, “We pulled up to the drive, and I saw a line of candles leading into the garden – I started shaking with excitement. He asked me to be his wife to a recording my friend made of England by The National and I was shocked! We had been speaking about this moment for ten years and had even picked out my engagement ring back in 2014 when I was at university in London.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple worked as a team to create their dream day surrounded by loved ones. The bride had always wanted to get married in her local church, and luckily Mikey supported this. She says, “We aren’t particularly religious people, but the church represents more than that; it’s a place where the community comes together in good and bad times. Plus, most guests didn't have to travel too far.” When looking for a venue for their reception, the couple fell in love with The Gardens at Polehanger. Erica comments, “We loved the ability to create our dream day with help and support from suggested vendors – the team at White Button Weddings were brilliant. We loved how the venue had different pockets of space, but overall was small enough to still feel intimate.” When searching for favours, the gifts needed to be personal and meaningful. So, the pair decided that a donation to their local hospice (St Johns in Moggerhanger) on behalf of guests was perfect. Erica says, “My dad died when I was eight, and we spent some time at that hospice. It wasn’t just a personal touch but was a way of bringing the memory of my dad to the day.” The lovebirds hired an incredible yurt from Funky Monkey Tents and the structure was enough to wow. They also had a little table in a stretch tent, which was a last-minute hire due to the heat, with some photos of grandparents and the bride’s dad. The flowers on the day were from the incredible Flowers at 58. Owner Becky asked the couple about their theme and brought their vision to life. The florist put together small jars for the church pew ends and a huge milk churn full of colour. Despite the scorching 36-degree heat, the blooms still looked amazing. The couple decided they didn’t want a big cake and opted for some beautiful vegan sunflower cupcakes instead. “We felt our guests were more likely to eat these than a big slice of cake – and this turned out to be a big success", says the bride. Along with colour being a huge part of the wedding, the couple also had to incorporate Mikey’s love of Liverpool FC! The bride says, “We had the Champions League theme tune played before the service began, and then I walked down the aisle to You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The pair also designed their order of services with a football twist and called it a match of the day programme. The pair had 14 tables for the wedding breakfast, and Mikey picked out his favourite Liverpool players for the table names. Every guest had a little personal note written by the couple; this could have been an inside joke, a thank you or just a sentence summing up how important they are to the lovebirds. A coach transported guests to the wedding while the bride travelled to the venue in Mikey’s first car for a fun and quirky touch. The pair spent many hours driving around and chatting in the car when they were first friends – it's now the first car they got in together as a newly

30 married couple! Mikey and Erica have been vegans for seven years and have always loved food. Chloe from White Button Weddings recommended Roger from the Chef’s Table, who was remarkable. The couple didn’t want a traditional sit-down meal and had always loved the food vans and street food at festivals. So they had two hours of open service where guests could come and get food when they were hungry. The katsu curry and chocolate churros were highlights for the pair. The Hogless Roast provided vegan mac and cheese, dirty hash browns and a hogless burger with vegan pork, apple sauce and vegan crackling in the evenings. Erica says, “The team were incredibly professional, to the point that we didn’t even see them setting up. We heard they were a huge hit with our guests, which was just what we wanted.” LOOKING THE PART The bride looked stunning in a Madi Lane dress called Andie, which she purchased from Angelica Bridal. She paired the gown with a singletiered rose veil and a rose gold headpiece. She accessorised with pearly clip-on earrings, her engagement ring, her grandma’s ring, a sunflower bracelet gifted by the groom and white bridal shoes for the daytime before changing into some white pumps in the evening. Erica says, “Although I caught glimpses of myself at several different stages during the morning, it wasn’t until I had the dress and veil on that I had time to look at myself properly. I’ve never had buckets of confidence in my appearance, but I had never felt so beautiful!” Mikey didn’t want to stand out too much from the groomsmen, so they all wore slim-fit herringbone suits with beautiful sage ties and pocket squares. Becky at Flowers at 58 put together buttonholes for everyone, which were small and colourful. The couple decided on sage green dresses for the bridesmaids to complement the ties and flowers. The bride comments, “I wanted to ensure that each of my beautiful friends had a dress they felt happy with on the day. I sent them a link to around 10 styles and told them to pick what they’d feel most happy in!” With the weather reaching 36 degrees in the day, the lovebirds encouraged the wedding party to change out of their dresses or suits if they wanted to get into something more comfortable after the photo session. TIME TO CELEBRATE For entertainment, The Hampstead Ensemble played some of the couple’s favourite pieces before the church service. Think a mixture of football music, Harry Potter, Coldplay and The Beatles! They also played during the drinks reception and were absolutely incredible. The bride’s oldest friend Elliot played England by The National during the first dance, the same song he had recorded for the pair when the couple got engaged. He then performed a set and was utterly incredible – guests were blown away by his talent. Erica says, “Elliot is the lead in a Queen tribute band and captivates the audience in a very Freddy way – he started the night with a bang!" MEMORABLE MOMENTS The couple were both very excited about the day! The bride woke up happy and relaxed in the morning – she loved being pampered and surrounded by her favourite women. She says, “There were several moments throughout the day when we stood together and tried to soak it all in. We both love hosting; this was a chance to have our loved ones in one place.” Walking to the church with her bridesmaids, mum and uncle was a magical moment the bride will always treasure. Quite a lot of neighbours came out to watch and wish her well. Mikey loved having time with their wonderful photographer and videographer just before the first dance. He says, “Other special moments were playing tennis with my groomsmen the morning before we left for the church and, of course, seeing Erica walk down the aisle!”

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REAL WEDDINGS 33 Venue, | Photographer,| Bride’s dress, | Make-up, | Hair, Catriona’s Salon, Langford |Bridesmaids’ dresses, ASOS | Groom’s suit, Next | Cake,| Flowers, | Videographer, | Stationery, | Entertainment, and, Catering, and | Wedding planner, Structure, | Ceremony, |Bar, DJ, | Bride’s nails, MIKEY AND ERICA’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Every guest made the day extra special, and the couple is so grateful to everyone who came. Erica says, “We had three friends who gave readings in the church. Each one was incredible and meant so much to us. Our best man, mother-of-the-bride and my uncle did the most amazing speeches!” She continues, “The supplies involved were fantastic! They had taken so much time to ensure we had an incredible day and every single one of them holds a special place in our hearts.”

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LOVE IN BLOOM The Barn at Brook End Green Farm was the perfect location for Lauren and Chris’s wedding Images courtesy of Tara Gillen Photography From the moment Lauren and Chris met, the couple’s relationship has always been effortless with plenty of fun moments and laughter. After Chris bought a ring and asked Lauren’s dad for permission, he popped the question at home in front of their daughters. It was a very relaxed proposal and was a complete surprise for Lauren. Here the bride shares details about their special day… REAL WEDDINGS 35

We displayed the names on gold envelopes and provided a pen and a little card for each person to write a message or advice on. Every year on our anniversary, we can sit and open the corresponding envelop and remember our wedding day. I travelled in an eight-seater Asquith while Chri s drove in a Jaguar S-Type, both from MC Wedding Cars. Our wow-factor blooms were grown and cut by J ane at Hay Lane Flowers. The florals were one of my favourite pa rts of the day and brought our colour scheme together. Our number one goal when planning our weddi ng was for the day to be family-friendly, relaxed and fun for everyone. We had a three-tiered sponge cake with lemon, cookies and cream and pink champagne flavours. The Barn at Brook End Green Farm was the perfect setting! My dad’s uncle owns the property and I will forever have many happy memories there. 36