Your Herts and Beds Wedding - June/July 2023 (Issue 98)

£3.55 JUN/JUL 2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A luxurious getaway Showstopping gowns and accessories A passion for fashion BEAUTIFUL BARNS True love Read romantic nuptials Discover rustic venues BRIDAL BEAUTY Hair and make-up advice


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 70 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 81 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2023 VENUES 19 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these properties in East Hertfordshire 25 BEAUTIFUL BARNS Check out these venues perfect for rustic nuptials On the cover This cover has been taken from the styled shoot on page 45, which was captured by Faye Amare Photography. Check out: 49 25 FEATURES 45 TIMELESS BEAUTY This romantic-styled shoot featured modern touches combined with luxury styling 49 HALL OF FAME Discover the photographers behind these heartwarming images 73 THE SUPPORT ACT Top tips and advice for dressing the wedding party 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 THE PERFECT DAY Amy and Gregg had a festival-style wedding surrounded by loved ones 34 SPRING FEVER Matthew and Genna’s stunning wedding featured a dusty blue and white colour scheme 39 NATURE IS CALLING Charlotte and Josh’s wedding at Shuttleworth House had a pretty colour scheme HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 THE CITY OF LOVE Discover why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 89 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two FASHION & BEAUTY 52 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 55 DESERT ROSE Your honeymoon suitcase shouldn’t take off without these summery staples 56 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 57 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 62 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 64 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 66 BRIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE Celebrity hair stylist Michael Douglas, talks wedding dos and tells us about OGX’s new Colour Retention range 67 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 69 KEEP CALM AND MARRY ON Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness share their stress-beating tips 52 29 84 76 GROOMS 76 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 78 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 79 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 4

AWARDWINNING WEDDING CAKES Ideally located in Hertfordshire and serving the surrounding counties, Angela will work closely with you to capture your wedding cake vision and create a stunning and elegant cake for your wedding celebration. Using only the finest ingredients, your dream cake will taste delicious, look amazing and be beautifully styled for your special day. Get in touch to book your discovery call: T: 07939 554 242 E: Find wedding cake inspiration, information and client reviews: | Wedding florist specialising in whimsical and romantic designs with a touch of wild. WWW.UNTAMEDFLORALS.CO.UK 07761 041900

I’ve fallen head-over-heels for this stunning shoot at Turvey House, which features luxurious styling and modern touches. Clophill Eco Lodges offers a truly unforgettable location for rustic weddings. ISSN 1753-0911 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. DIA SHING NTS SHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Herts and Beds Wedding! I hope you’ve all been enjoying spring. There’s something so refreshing about this time of year; it’s all about fresh starts and new beginnings. I’m looking forward to the warming weather and longer days as we slowly creep towards summer. There’s nothing I love more than venturing outdoors; I’m talking picnic dates, barbecues with loved ones, forest walks with the dogs and beach days with friends. Summer is a wonderful time to tie the knot, not just because of the glorious sunshine – although that’s a huge perk! Thanks to the longer days, you’ll be able to have a later ceremony with plenty of time for your photographer to capture memorable shots. Imagine roasting marshmallows with loved ones around fire pits, enjoying outdoor games on the lawns or eating from food trucks. Thanks to the more consistent weather, the opportunities are endless. Planning a wedding is an exciting experience where you can create a dream-worthy day to celebrate your love and commitments. This issue is packed with local suppliers who would be honoured to be a part of your magical day. They’ll work with you to offer advice and help bring your visions to life. If you’re stuck with wedding planning and need inspiration, don’t forget to check out our beautiful weddings and styled shoots. I’m talking showstopping venues, gorgeous styling, oh-so-beautiful blooms and wow-factor touches. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Here comes the sun 25 45 81 One lucky couple will win a stunning pearl and diamond necklace, enter for your chance to win! ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 556 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at www. and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611 Don’t miss out on Toddington Park’s summer open day, where you can meet the team and other talented suppliers! 9 6

Matthew and Genna had a beautiful spring wedding with a dusty blue colour scheme. 57 Local photographer shares top tips for capturing the perfect confetti shot. 34 39 70 76 Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles plus something pink for bridesmaids. Embrace the colour green with this dashing suit! What’s not to love about Charlotte and Josh’s summer wedding at Shuttleworth House? EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Knebworth House & Barns is set in 250 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire parkland with opportunities for elegant ceremonies in the House, outside receptions & vintage offerings in our rustic Barns. 01438 813825 KNEBWORTH HOUSE & BARNS Book now quoting KHHERTS on your enquiry for the wedding couple to go complimentary Scan me for more maples-flowers-october-2022-herts-beds-wedding-magazine.indd 1 28/09/2022 14:58

IT’S A BLING THING At Your Herts and Beds Wedding, we’ve caught up with expert jewellers Gatwards at Hitchin to learn more about the company. Here’s what Charlotte Gatward has to say… What does the company offer? Gatwards is the oldest independent family-run jeweller in the UK and is based in Hitchin’s historic Market Square. We specialise in fine jewellery and are renowned for our exquisite range. Our treasure box of exceptional fine jewellery from highly skilled design houses and independent makers sourced from the UK and worldwide is the place to find special pieces to mark life’s extraordinary moments. What service can couples expect? Expect a dedicated and outstanding customer experience with highly qualified staff to advise choosing and caring for the best pieces to suit your lifestyle. We also have an in-house workshop for repairs and alterations. What’s the latest happenings at the company? We’re excited to announce the launch of the Diamonfire range in-store. With cubic zirconia stones set in sterling silver, the range brings plenty of diamond sparkles without the price tag. The range offers an affordable and high-quality alternative to natural diamonds with many beautiful pieces from stone-set collars, line bracelets and single-stone pendants with matching rings. Discover more: OPEN EVENING Step through the gates of Toddington Park this summer for the Wedding & Events Open Evening on Wednesday, 12th July 2023. Discover the private residence from 5 pm until 8 pm and the spaces available for bespoke weddings and events. Guests will experience this beautiful summer venue with an evening of entertainment, a glass of prosecco and delicious canapés to enjoy. Talk to handpicked local suppliers, including a helicopter charter, a sustainable florist and a jeweller that creates bespoke crafted pieces. With prior planning permission to convert the property into a luxury hotel and spa, Toddington Park’s new owners have decided to retain it as a private residence and offer minimal days for private events. The Georgian manor house sits at the heart of 30 acres of private parkland and is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. For those seeking to celebrate life’s most cherished moments, the venue provides an unforgettable backdrop that will leave a lasting impression on guests. With its boutique charm and exquisite surroundings, this historic estate is an idyllic destination that will captivate senses and transport guests to a world of sheer tranquillity. Contact Toddington Park to reserve your space at Discover more about the venue: MEET THE SUPPLIERS Don’t miss the Ampthill Wedding show on Sunday 25th June, which will showcase independent wedding suppliers from the local area. The event will be hosted by Red Peacock Photography and Jodie Gearing Jewellery Design from 11 am until 4 pm – it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss ideas, receive advice for the planning process and be inspired. Jodie says, “So many of our customers want to source their wedding locally, and we’re making it super easy by showcasing some of the best of them at this show!” With free entry, the event will occur at Find Ampthill upstairs in the courtyard. Check out the hosts: and All the happenings from around the counties NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

PRE-WEDDING DATE NIGHT Located in Hertfordshire, The Salisbury Arms Hotel has undergone a total refurbishment and revamp to add even more wow factor. After closing down for six months, the team have been working hard to completely transform the entire building while still maintaining many of its original features and character. They’ve opened two parts of the bar to add a better flow to the area, updated the restaurant for a more formal feel and added a stunning courtyard perfect for gathering in the summer months. The staff have kept the small Snug room at the front of the building for small gatherings and afternoon teas. The reception area has been completely opened up for a more welcoming and relaxed feel for guests when checking in. All the bedrooms were fully refurbished, with a minimum of a king-sized bed in each. There are two accessible rooms through the courtyard for guests who can’t quite manage the stairs. The signatures and some of the boutique rooms have beautiful free-standing baths – some even feature double showers. The Hotel isn’t just the perfect location for pre-wedding getaways but can also host wedding receptions. Read more about the wedding spaces on page 22. Check out: RAISE A GLASS Willow Tree Distilling is home to the award-winning Willow Tree Gin, Bedfordshire’s first gin distillery. The family-run business lovingly distils in small batches, with sustainability at the heart of every process. The team is now able to create unique and bespoke wedding favours thanks to the exclusive gin-making experience. Couples can create their recipe, labels and gin miniatures to share with guests for a gift they’ll never forget. Check out the company here: BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS Be Spoke Petals is a new wedding company that offers bespoke paper flowers for special events. Located in Welwyn Garden City, owner Laura Hall offers stunning floral designs from bouquets, thank-you gifts, buttonholes or pieces to decorate wedding cakes. All flowers are made from coloured paper or, for a softer touch, tissue paper. Laura also can use pages from books, which is how she found her passion after creating her friend’s bouquets using pages from the Harry Potter books. Discover more: 10

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BESPOKE AND STYLISH WEDDING CAKES BY MARCIA Serving Beds, Herts and beyond... marcia’s wedding cakes marcia_bairstow 3 Bedford Street (Rawlings Court), Woburn, MK17 9QB 01234 855537 | Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special o�fers on the day • �e chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... For your FREE tickets and the chance to win a £250 voucher courtesy of pre-register at: Sunday 29th Otober 2023 | 11am to 3:30pm FREE ENTRY HOSTED AT IN ASSOCIATION WITH Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0SL

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURHERTSBEDS.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH JULY 2023. FOOD FOR THOUGHT When creating wow-factor weddings, it’s essential to book experienced suppliers who will work alongside you to help bring your dream wedding to life. Based in Leighton Buzzard, the team at Blame Frank believes the food couples eat on their special day should be one of the best meals they’ve eaten, and they are determined to make the feast memorable for all the right reasons. The staff constantly revise their menus while introducing new dishes using fresh and fun ingredients for the ultimate flavours. By taking international flavours, the team adds their magical spin to create sophisticated but comforting dishes that will be a talking point between guests. We’ve teamed up with the company to give a special offer to readers. When booking Blame Frank for your special day quoting Your Herts & Beds Wedding before August 1st 2023, couples will receive a free menu tasting session (normally charged). For more information, check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. GET THE PARTY STARTED! Entertainment is vital to any special event, especially as weddings can be lengthy – so keeping the day flowing is essential to keeping loved ones happy. Chris Kent at CK DJ is a talented supplier who can entertain guests of all ages during evening receptions. With excellent communication, a passion for entertaining and expert equipment, it’s no wonder why the company has more than 150 five-star reviews from previous clients! We’ve teamed up with the supplier to offer 10 per cent off your wedding booking when you quote Your Herts and Beds Wedding before August 1st 2023. Get in touch with Chris for more information. Check out: Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 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. SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 1 OCT | NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SURREY

ESSEX KENT SUSSEX SUN 8 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 29 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 1 OCT | MULBERRY HOUSE Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, CM5 9NL SUN 22 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 22 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SUN 15 OCT | BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Road, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN 1 OCT | NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL SURREY 12PM-4PM 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 London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 29TH OCTOBER, 2023 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... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Going local Tie the knot in these stunning East Hertfordshire venues FANHAMS HALL 01920 460 511 | 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 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 tea house before crossing the bridge to discover secret spaces for 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. 19 LOCAL VENUES

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 photography. 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 14th-century 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 popular 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 larger suite can host wedding receptions with up to 160 guests for dining and 220 for buffet settings. The standalone building has all the catering and bar facilities needed. 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 property also offers two charming gazebos within the grounds for outside ceremonies. The venue offers a variety of packages, many including menu tastings ahead of weddings and a complimentary night’s stay for newlyweds on their wedding night. 20

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is nestled within 72 acres of charming grounds in Perry Green, providing a stunning Hertfordshire countryside backdrop only an hour away from the buzz of central London. Home to various excellent event spaces, couples can host every phase of their wedding day at this venue. Idyllic yet unique, the sculpture garden is a beautiful backdrop for cherished wedding photographs. The home of Britain’s most prominent 20th-century artist, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is set in the magnificent Hertfordshire countryside. The beautiful estate, showcasing Moore’s iconic sculpture, makes the property one of the region’s most distinctive wedding venues. The 16th-century, traditionally timbered Aisled Barn is decorated with unique Moore tapestries and offers a rustic yet elegant setting. It’s set amongst the artist’s picturesque sculpture gardens, which provide a perfect backdrop for special days with up to 120 people. The team also offers contemporary spaces in Dane Tree House for more intimate celebrations with up to 70 guests. These sleek modern rooms have breathtaking views over the sculpture gardens, ideal for smaller ceremonies or receptions any time of year. For those planning a more extensive guest list, a tipi or marquee will provide extra space for celebrations while making the most of the gardens and creating a stunning night-time statement. Couples who book their wedding at the property will receive help from the dedicated wedding coordinator, standard furniture hire, exclusive parking for guests, a photographic license and special Henry Moore Studios and Gardens images for invitations or menus. SANDON MANOR 01763 284 067 | Tastefully traditional or dazzlingly different, Sandon Estate is a magical canvas for showstopping weddings. Sandon Manor House is an exquisite Georgian mansion with ornamental gardens, which provide the perfect backdrops to dream weddings with many photographic locations to discover. The enchanting country escape is nestled amidst 1,200 acres of rolling countryside, just an hour from London. The team offers a variety of options for ceremonies both inside the barns, Sandon Manor House or outside on the grounds of Sandon Manor estate. The stunning, environmentally friendly conversion of historic barns stands just metres from Sandon Manor. It’s an exceptionally stylish and flexible space to create bespoke weddings with a romantic, historic, yet elegant ambience. Sandon Manor is situated by the Medieval Hall; this stunning Grade II listed manor house has been recently refurbished and provides sumptuous accommodation for the wedding party, sleeping 18 across seven bedrooms. Multiple reception rooms and dining spaces also allow for excellent pre- and post-wedding celebrations. It seats up to 150 guests and transforms seamlessly into a hall for celebrations. With dramatic beams, a stunning cocktail celebration bar, surround sound and party lighting within the dance pod, this is an inspirational and magical space for feasting and dancing the night away. The stunningly appointed Dovecot sits next to The Medieval Hall offers a perfect Bridal Suite complete with a double bed in a mezzanine bedroom, a cosy seating area with a wood-burning stove, plus a kitchen and bathroom. Arrive with family and friends the day before for a relaxing start to celebrations. Let the staff spoil loved ones with afternoon teas on the lawn, games and activities for the children or intimate pre-wedding feasts before gathering in one of the beautiful reception rooms for drinks around a roaring fire. HENRY MOORE STUDIOS & GARDENS 01279 843 333 | Scan to view video 21 LOCAL VENUES

Built in the 18th-century, the Walled Gardens at Woodhall Estate are a picture of quintessential English charm and character. Discover manicured lawns, formal borders, wildflower meadows and rare fruit orchards, all enclosed by historic walls and gates. The intimate and elegant setting provides the perfect romantic backdrop for several wedding celebrations each year. Whether couples envisage whimsical country-inspired weddings or chic and glamorous garden parties, the team will ensure all celebrations are truly unforgettable. When couples get married at Woodhall Estate, they’ll enjoy exclusive use of the Walled Gardens and luxury accommodation, which sleeps 12 for three days and two nights. Lovebirds can relax knowing the team will expertly bring every aspect of their celebration plans to life. The stylish, comfortable manor house and country cottage means the wedding party can settle in and feel at home. The team can arrange spa treatments or a private chef to help pairs relax. The property offers bespoke receptions with up to 200 people. As the day turns to evening, the ambience of the Walled Gardens transitions from a relaxed garden celebration to the most exclusive private party. The venue partners Hall & Co Event Design will be with pairs every step of the way from their initial enquiry through to the wedding weekend. Their coordinators are on hand to advise on and oversee everything from the flowers, ceremony, furniture, lighting, décor, fire pits, table design, place settings, music, schedules and staffing – giving lovebirds peace of mind to experience and enjoy their day fully. The venue’s team only work with carefully chosen companies that meet their high-quality service and design standards. Please note that the venue isn’t licensed for legal ceremonies but can coordinate with local churches or celebrants for blessings. THE SALISBURY ARMS HOTEL 01992 583 091 | For more than 650 years, The Salisbury Arms Hotel has been the ‘crown of the town’ in Hertfor. The Grade II listed building was formerly known as The Bell, and guests can see a plaque commemorating this. In 1891, the McMullen family custodianship purchased the building from Lord Salisbury for the princely sum of £3,500. Now guest will follow many historical visitors, including Oliver Cromwell and ‘Black Tom’ Fairfax, as well as a few resident ghosts! Steeped in history, the historic market town has much going on with the Hertford Museum, The Hertford Castle, riverside walks, pubs and restaurants – there’s something for all to enjoy. The property can host receptions with 20 standing guests and 16 seated in the Stug, an intimate space perfect for family get-togethers. It can be used for seated dinners, breakfasts or small drinks receptions. Alternatively, the Front Bar can host 30 to 40 people and looks the square. The space is perfect for small drinks receptions or a relaxing space for loved ones to catch up when staying at the Hotel. The beautiful sunny courtyard on the other side of the building is the ideal location to relax and soak in the sun with delicious cocktails. Those who book the venue for their wedding will receive a free upgraded room when they stay on-site. The 35 elegant bedrooms are completed to a stunning level boasting elegance and historical style while keeping all the luxury touches of modern life. Each room has been lovingly designed to delight the senses and pleasure guests. WOODHALL ESTATE 01920 830 286 | 22

LiL’ Gem CANDL E S We o er a wide selection of quality Handmade Candles and Wax Melts as well as a Hand Decorated Burners / Wax Warmers which can be personalised. As a leading supplier of bespoke services, we can cater for all your wedding needs from unique favours through to guest of honour gi s and a er products that can hold treasured memories of your special day All of the ingredients used in our products are responsibly sourced in the UK, are Vegan Friendly & Free From Animal Cruelty and harmful chemicals. WWW.LILGEMCANDLES.COM LiL’ Gem Candles lilgemcandles We are two local chefs with over 20 years shared experience in catering. Our Promise is to give you exactly what you desire when it comes to your catering need - we will create your very own personalised menu to fit your celebration. WEDDINGS, PRIVATE DINING, PARTIES, CORPORATE EVENTS We offer carefully designed, bespoke packages for your big day or you can create your own. 01908 106 289 | WWW.THEBROTHERSSUPPER.COM 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:

MAKEUP ARTIST - SOFT BRIDAL GLAM WWW.LORELLAMARELLA.COM 07475 070116 lorellamarellamakeupartist lorellamarellamua 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 t: 01920 830256 e: w: @alternative_stretch_tents Stunning tents for stunning weddings! Step away from the traditional marquee with Alternative Stretch Tents. Based in Hertfordshire providing Stretch Tents up and down the country. WE LOVE STRETCH TENTS! Years of experience, passion and enthusiasm to get what you want from your event.

Rural beauty We’ve gathered beautiful venues perfect for rustic nuptials CLOPHILL ECO LODGES 07935 911 207 | Run by Clophill Heritage Trust, Clophill Eco Lodges offers an intimate setting in a truly unforgettable location. Set in a tranquil woodland copse, half a mile up a private track in the heart of Greensand Country, the property offers nearlyweds a stunning location to tie the knot. Exchange vows in The Nest, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and can host 30 loved ones. Alternatively, St Mary’s Old Church is a Grade II Listed building and a scheduled ancient monument believed to date back to the 11th-century. This deconsecrated church is bursting with history, and is a stunning backdrop to wedding celebrations with 80 people. Couples can continue the celebrations with up to 100 people in any hired marquee. Guests will love the barbeque and fire pit areas to enjoy with loved ones. The four lodges on-site sleep 18 people and have been set up in a flexible configuration of doubles and twin rooms. The spaces are ideal for large groups, weddings and wellness retreats. Halfway along the Greensand Ridge Walk, it’s very popular with walkers, trail runners and families wanting to explore the great outdoors. RUSTIC VENUES 25

EDWORTH MANOR 07791 300 194 | Just one mile south of Biggleswade, Edworth Manor is a working farm that one family has run for more than 200 years. Nearlyweds can expect personal service and practical experience from the team, who will help guide pairs through the planning process. Guests get a glimpse of farm life as they travel up the drive past grass meadows and tractors before reaching the venue. Couples often comment on how peaceful and tucked away the setting is. The meadow offers a perfect space for photos thaks to the rural backdrop; couples are often photographed underneath the trees or in front of the traditional timber-clad barns. The venue doesn’t have a ceremony license, but the 12th-century church is available for blessings with permission of the Churches Conservation Trust. Celebrant-led ceremonies occur in the 18th-century barn at Edworth Manor, a genuinely rustic space that’s one of the largest in the area with plenty of historic character. Guests are taken back by the oak timbers and attractive alcoves, which offer a fantastic canvas for couples to personalise as little or as much as they like. The barn is only available for a limited number of occasions during the summer months each year. Available for exclusive use only and on a dry-hire basis, lovebirds are given access well ahead of the day to style the space as they wish. The recently restored The Old Granary is connected to the main barn, perfect for private dining receptions for up to 25 people. The space is available for booking all year round and can also be used for celebrantled ceremonies with 40 loved ones or as a place for the bridal party to get ready. Both barns are served by a connected area for use by external caterers. Double doors open out of the timber-clad barn onto a mown grass meadow, which couples can style for welcome drinks, garden games and outdoor catering. THE TITHE BARN 01234 270 044 | Combining historic charm with rustic elegance, The Tithe Barn is an 800-year-old venue full of period features and manicured gardens. The dedicated wedding team pride itself on delivering a magical experience that couples will never forget with 90 guests for ceremonies and 120 for evening receptions. The rustic barn has historical charm and traditional features that create an elegant backdrop to all events. There’s ample room for evening celebrations, especially with the addition of a marquee to extend the capacity to 150. Couples will receive a complimentary tasting session when they book the venue to create the perfect meal for their wedding breakfast. 26 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 the most important day in your lives. 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. WE STILL HAVE AVAILABILITY FOR 2022 & ARE NOW TAKING 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

Samsa May’s was founded in 2018 by owner Sam who has a true love and passion for all things weddings. Making each wedding unique and capturing every couple’s personality through thoughtful details and attention to the nishing touches. - ylin eams - Call: 07900 521 054 or email: On the day coordination, wedding styling, prop and decor hire throughout Beds, Herts, Bucks and beyond... We Create memories, you'll cherish for life time Your journey is our inspiration... so we make sure it's magical! The Elegance Events SCareriaktaivCehDoipreractor & Owner MEmoba:i-l Iwnwstwa .T:hTeEheleEglaengcaenEcvee_Envtse.ncotsm We Provide Luxury Decor services for Wedding Reception Mehndi Birthday Parties Corporate Event Wedding Planning WWW.RMEVENTSOLUTIONS.COM +44 (0)7977 091774 djrossmac rmeventsolutions Scan to view video

THE PERFECT DAY Amy and Gregg had a festival-styled wedding surrounded by loved ones Images courtesy of Angels With Dirty Faces Photography These lovebirds first met on Bumble and instantly clicked on their first date – it was like they’d known each other for years. After creating many amazing memories together, it was time to take the next step in their relationship. Gregg proposed during a beautiful sunset on a beach in Cyprus, which was a complete surprise for Amy. She says, “I did nearly ruin it by unknowingly having the ring box in my hand wrapped in a pair of shorts at one point when we were packing!” Here Amy shares details about their special day… REAL WEDDINGS 29

Guests enjoyed brownies, cheese, a sweet cart and a wedding cake for dessert. I wore a Stella York dress, which I knew was the one as soon as I tried it – a veil and pearl jewellery finished my look. We legally had to get married at a registry office, but we held an outdoor blessing at the venue with guests sitting on hay bales. Our main aim was to throw a bloody good party! Loved ones could pick food from four different food vans, including pizza, hog roast, burgers and fried chicken. Tewin Country Weddings was a chilled-out venue that allowed us to create our dream day. It had a very festival feel, which matched our vision. 30

The rodeo bull and bungee run was a massive hit with loved ones. A saxophonist and DJ entertained guests in the evening. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in sage green dresses. We had an musician playing an acoustic guitar during the afternoon. The groomsmen and Gregg all wore blue suits with pink ties, pocket squares and rose buttonholes. I was so excited to get married and see everyone after getting ready. REAL WEDDINGS 31

Everyone having fun and being very relaxed stood out to us. We had my horse come and visit for a photo shoot. AMY AND GREGG’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress and veil, | Hair and make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses and suits, Next | Guitarist, | DJ and sax, | Catering,,, and | Rodeo bull and inflatable bungee run, Our wedding organiser Claire made everything perfect on the day. My cousin carried out the ceremony, and he did a surprise song at the end! He got everyone to sing Angels by Robbie Williams but changed the words to ‘I’m Loving Amy and Gregg’. 32

Colette is a dynamic and versatile violinist and electric violinist, who’s playing has taken her all around the World. From Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, to Switzerland and Serbia, Colette has wowed audiences globally. She has performed to crowds of up to 50,000 and played with the cast of Lord of The Dance on the Britain’s Got Talent final to an audience of over 13 million. Playing on a striking wireless, LED light-up violin, Colette’s electric style spans from Cafe del Mar Ibiza chill out to house and pop club music, solo or improvising alongside a DJ. Contact Colette on 07917 135546 WWW.COLETTEHAZEN.COM Colette has brought her unique offering to corporate functions, private parties, weddings and club nights, and has held residencies with DJs across the UK’s marquee venues, including brunch parties and evening showcases. EVENT CATERING THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF If you dream of a wedding breakfast that will be the talk of the town for years to come, then Blame Frank are the crew for you. Based in Leighton Buzzard but always on the go, Blame Frank provides out-of-this-world wedding catering. With dishes drawing inspiration from modern classics as well as international adventures, covering all courses from canapés to charcuterie, from starters to sweets. You will be sure to find the perfect combination of menus to create the ultimate feast for your wedding. Offering bespoke packages including bar provision, equipment hire, and service, Blame Frank have options for weddings of every size and budget. To learn more about what Blame Frank are able to offer, visit: or contact the events team at or 0208 1910789 MARRY CELEBRATE STAY LAKESIDE THE AN IDYLLIC BEAUTY SPOT ON THE SHORE OF A VAST LAKE, SURROUNDED BY LUSH GREEN MEADOWS AND THRIVING WITH NATURE. WELCOME TO THE LAKESIDE AT WILD BERRY FARM, THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR YOUR TIPI, YURT OR MARQUEE WEDDING 07850 346144 @thelakesideatwildberryfarm

SPRING HAS SPRUNG Matthew and Genna’s stunning wedding featured a dusty blue and white colour scheme Images courtesy of Jeff Oliver Photography 34

REAL WEDDINGS 35 Matthew and Genna first met with friends while climbing Cader Idris mountain in Snowdonia National Park. The weather that day was terrible and many climbers were turning around to going back down the mountain, but both groups were determined to reach the top and decided to group up for safety reasons. Genna comments, “I hadn’t noticed Matt too much romantically until we had accomplished the mountain and was drying off in the tea rooms at the bottom. He gave out this amazing smile with dimples on each cheek. Matt became fond of me when I gave him some spare sandwiches on top of the mountain. It’s true; food is a way to a man’s heart.” The pair exchanged Instagram accounts and went their separate ways. Three months later, they met up for a date and the rest is history! Matthew planned a special easter egg hunt in the garden for Genna and their daughter, who was four months old at the time. He originally wanted to propose during a breakaway in the Cotswold, but that was cancelled due to the Covid lockdown. Genna recalls, “It was honestly adorable, so heartfelt and personal. Matt had put so much effort into writing cute place cards of our special moments and memories over the past few years – he even made his very own Cader Idris mountain with chocolate sheep around." Matt got done on one knee and was shaking with nerves, but it's a moment they will treasure forever. Here Genna shares details about their special day… SETTING THE SCENE Now living in Hertfordshire, the couple drove through Baldock quite a lot and Genna was always drawn to the beautiful St Mary's Parish Church. She says, “The spire and the entrance arch always caught my eye – everything about it was beautiful. I felt a sense of warmth and community in a church as I was brought up as a Christian in a Catholic education. I really wanted the ceremony to be special and traditional.” She adds, “Reverend Andrew was so friendly, we connected with him so well and he made our wedding day relaxed and joyful.” The ceremony was special from start to finish, and the pair tied the knot surrounded by loved ones. The bride’s grandma read a lovely blessing, which was so personal and tailored to the nearlyweds. While they signed the marriage register, a friend beautifully sang Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley to add to the romantic atmosphere. After exchanging vows, the church bells rang for all to hear and gave the bride goosebumps. Letchworth Golf Club was the perfect location for the reception, and the sun was sunning down on the newlyweds. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the venue is a hidden gem with stunning views overlooking the golf course. The venue’s manager was so attentive and took the stress of wedding planning away to allow the pair to enjoy the experience fully. The bride says, “We loved the terrace that overlooked the beautiful grounds, especially as we could have the French doors open to allow the outside in. The food was delicious, and the presentation was spot on! We opted for a hot buffet to achieve a really relaxed atmosphere and allowed guests to sit anywhere.” The table centrepieces were kept simple, with candle holders wrapped in artificial eucalyptus for the perfect finishing touch. The photobooth and sweets area featured LOVE light-up letters to add the wow factor. LOOKING THE PART The bride looked stunning in a Pronovias dress called Alcycone, a mermaid style with a plunging V-neckline and stunning lace. The illusion straps and bodice left the bride feeling amazing. She accessorised her look with a cathedral-style veil with lace trim and