Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - September/October 2023 (Issue 100)

LET’S CELEBRATE Richard Sheath, aka The Wessex Celebrant, is looking forward to the Pride Bournemouth Wedding Show on October 22nd 2023 at the Bournemouth International Centre. Whilst having attended many other shows this will be Richard’s first time at this amazing event; he’s excited by the prospect of chatting with couples to highlight the advantages of having a celebrantled wedding and how, by working together, he can help create a wonderful bespoke and personalised ceremony in any location on any day of the week. Once the initial contact has been made at the show, Richard will follow up with a more focused ‘getting to know you’ call to chat in more depth about your ideal ceremony. This stage is an important part of connecting with each other giving couples the confidence that they will have the ceremony they’ve always dreamed of. It’s a great opportunity to meet Richard on the day but with dates filling up in 2024 and 2025, you may wish to make that call sooner rather than later! Check out GRAB YOUR GIRL SQUAD With 50 bedrooms, a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant and acres of beautiful grounds to explore, Oakley Hall Hotel is the perfect location for celebrations. The team is currently planning the Masquerade Ball Residential Package on Saturday 28th October 2023 ‒ making it the perfect pre-wed get-together! As guests make their way up the property’s winding driveway, the woodland surroundings and the hotel’s grand exterior will take their breath away. Inside, the stunning interior boasts original Georgian style complemented with modern touches. For this spectacular evening of exquisite food and dazzling entertainment, set against the backdrop of the 315-acre estate, the Residential Package is priced £165 per person and includes: • Glass of bubbly and canapé reception from 7 pm • Delicious four-course dinner followed by tea and coffee • Venetian mask • Photo booth and prints • Live band and DJ until 1 am • Overnight stay in a luxurious bedroom • Full English breakfast the following morning With a black-tie dress code, the event is the perfect pre-wedding night to spend quality time together before the big day. Those who don’t fancy staying the night can just attend the event for £75. Book here: BOTTOM’S UP! Hampshire winery Hattingley Valley has launched three new wedding celebration packages for intimate affairs through to large all-out dos! The Modest Bash, Not So Modest Bash and Bloody Big Bash packages cover events of varied sizes and budgets, with each including an intimate tasting at the award-winning winery ahead of the big day to help you identify your perfect pour. For smaller affairs filled with your nearest and dearest, opt for the Modest Bash wedding package, which includes 24 bottles (approximately 144 glasses), whilst the Not So Modest Bash package provides 60 bottles (approximately 360 glasses). In addition to a wine tasting for two, the Not So Modest Bash package also features a personalised, engraved magnum – the perfect memento of your day. For bigger celebrations, the Bloody Big Bash package includes 120 bottles (approximately 720 glasses), set to ensure your wedding has a true Hattingley ever after. Each Bloody Big Bash package is accompanied by a personalised, engraved magnum, as well as a larger wine tasting for up to four – bring the best man and maid-of-honour or the parents! There’s a range of wines to choose from, from the Classic Reserve NV and Blanc de Blancs, perfect for toasts and receptions, through to still whites and rosés to accompany the wedding breakfast – the full range can be found at AWARD-WIN Located in Southsea, the Charlotte Cornelius Jewellery Design team is proud to announce that they’ve achieved the Butterfly Mark Accreditation from Positive Luxury, an independent global organisation supporting the luxury industry in sustainability and transparency. Positive Luxury’s origin lies in the chance meeting of Sir David Attenborough and cofounder Diana Verde Nieto. His inspiring story of the Large Blue Butterfly, which died out in the British Isles in 1979, and the dedication of the scientist who successfully reintroduced it by unravelling the intricate web of interdependencies necessary for its survival. Identifying the luxury industry as one that could drive enormous positive change, Diana and serial entrepreneur Karen Hanton founded Positive Luxury and the Butterfly Mark certification in 2011. It took two years of hard work and dedication from the amazing team at Charlotte Cornelius Jewellery, but they have finally received this fantastic achievement. Owner Charlotte Cornelius says, “We will constantly strive towards improving and positively impacting our community and planet. Positive Luxury will reassess us in two years, and we will need to show significant improvement across all areas to retain our accreditation.” Discover more: 10