Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - November/December 2023 (Issue 101)

Endless love Gorgeous weddings around the counties WIN! A luxurious getaway NOV/DEC 2023 £3.55 KEEP IT LOCAL Venues in Dorset HAMPSHIRE DORSET & WEDDING Flying high MADE WITH LOVE Honeymoon hotspots All things handmade

The Port House , Marina Keep , Port Solent PO6 4TH has just finished a major refurbishment which has seen the venue transformed into a beautiful waterside venue with contemporary furnishing and delicious bespoke Hampshire food and produce , the on site caterers are Vanilla Catering & Events. Vanilla’s key ethics are attention to customer service and the use of top quality local ingredients. These result in bright, modern, food styles, presented with attention to detail in an unfussy yet friendly manner. They are members of county food group Hampshire Fare and are thus committed to using as much locally sourced produce for their menus as possible. On booking your wedding at the Port House you are appointed with a wedding planner who will advise on everything from timings to table plans. This is a complimentary service supplied to all couples There is a fully licensed bar on site which has been manufactured from reclaimed railway sleepers making it a wonderful focal point at the venue. Parking is complimentary and plentiful. The Port House is licensed for civil ceremonies and can be hired for exclusive use for your wedding day. In its flexible, purpose designed space, it is capable of accommodating small numbers for intimate private fine-dining through to weddings for 180 guests. | 02392385389 | 01489589275

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 79 HOT TOPIC Experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 96 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2023 VENUES 20 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in Dorset 27 WED AND BREAKFAST Discover these hotel settings that are perfect for memorable weddings On the cover This issue’s cover has been taken from the beautiful styled shoot on page 51, captured by Becky takes Photos. Check out: 51 27 FEATURES 51 THE LITTLE DETAILS This stunning shoot is bursting full of inspiration and must-have touches 55 OH-SO ELEGANT Old-world glamour meets modern romance in this styled shoot 59 MADE WITH LOVE Add a special touch to your wedding with handmade touches from these talented suppliers 87 THROUGH THE LENS Expert photographers showcase their favourite musthave shots 3

REAL WEDDINGS 32 BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Amy and Joe’s vibrant pink wedding featured a touch of pastel 39 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Balmer Lawn Hotel was the perfect backdrop to Kayleigh and Brandon’s wedding 45 LOVE ALL AROUND Lucy and Lewis tied the knot at the stunning Lulworth Castle in Wareham HONEYMOONS 92 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 94 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 97 WHAT A TREAT! The stylish Retreat at Elcot Park is country-house comfort at its best GROOMS 82 MANE ATTRACTION Influencer Eyal Booker and his brother Ariel reveal their top hair care tips for grooms-to-be 83 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 84 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 A TOUCH OF COLOUR Winter isn’t about wearing a white wedding dress, pick a fruit-pastel inspired shade or something a little bolder 68 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 70 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 73 IN VOUGE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 39 92 65 83 70 4

WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR T: +44 (0)1252 555 892 E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS BOOK A SHOW ROUND Everything was absolutely perfect, the food, the atmosphere and the organisation were all fantastic. We loved the design of the hotel and it was clear that no other venue could compare! Thank you again to Aviator! “ “ With its sleek contours inspired by the shape of a propeller, Aviator sets the scene for a statement occasion. Located on the Hampshire and Surrey border overlooking the private Farnborough Airport, Aviator is one of Hampshire’s most unique hotels. When it comes to planning your special day, you’re in control with flexible agendas to suit you and your guests. The venue boasts 169 contemporary bedrooms and suites, a dedicated events lobby, extensive dining and refreshment options, four diverse spaces ready to welcome your style and personality, and an experienced team to make celebrating love straightforward. All that is left to do is enjoy the moments with your nearest and dearest. ALL BECAUSE TWO PEOPLE FELL IN LOVE Alex Toze Wedding Photographer Lawes Photography

Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding. We’re well into autumn now, and I’ve loved every second of this beautiful season. There’s nothing better than strolling hand-in-hand through the forest this time of year to get some fresh air while enjoying nature. Plus, I’m a jumper girl at heart and love wrapping up warm. The scenery has embraced shades of orange, red and yellow this time of year, which creates the ultimate backdrop for weddings. Embrace the rich tones and seasonal foliage in your venue styling for autumnal nuptials – I’m talking sunflowers, berries, acorns, dahlias and hydrangeas. This can also be transpired throughout your stationery, florals and cake. My favourite season is just around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome winter. I can picture it now, getting cosy on the sofa with a blanket and hot chocolate while watching my favourite Christmas films. It’s just such a magical time of year with plenty of family time, food, festive cheer and friendly competition with must-have board games – scrabble anyone? This issue is bursting full of inspiration, thanks to the wonderful suppliers around the counties! We have wedding must-haves, draw-dropping weddings, showstopping venues, expert advice, gowns galore and top honeymoon destinations. Flick to our beauty pages to discover the latest product launches and wellness advice, or discover all the latest happenings from around the counties in our news feature. No matter what stage you’re at with wedding planning, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Holly Jolly Christmas ISSN 2046-8474 Your Hampshire & Dorset 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 Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is published six times a year. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568 @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 Olivia Marshall Makeup Artist share top advice to ensure brides look and feel their big-day best. Nestled in the heart of Christchurch, between castle ruins and the River Avon, The Kings Arms offers a blank canvas setting that makes a beautiful backdrop for year-round weddings. 68 13 96 20 Pssst, The Hideaway Boutique is offering readers a free veil worth up to £150 with every wedding dress purchase! One lucky winner will receive a trip to Rhodes! 6 This stunning shoot occurred at a beautiful wedding venue overlooking Southampton Royal Pier. The florals and colour palette were romantic, combining pale pinks, peaches and white to create charming designs. 55 39 45 51 59 The Lovely Little Details team only take on a handful of clients every month to work closely with each couple, ensuring their stationery is the perfect reflection of their love story through paper and carefully considered design. These lovebirds met at Michigan State University, where Brandon completed his degree and Kayleigh finished law school. Together, they planned a dream-worthy day full of personal touches. These lovebirds planned a wonderful wedding full of loved ones, who had a great time from start to finish. This stunning shoot is bursting full of inspiration and must-have touches. 87 What's not to love about this beautiful shot captured by William Lane Photography? EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the counties RAISE A TOAST Nestled on the iconic Bournemouth Pier, where the English Channel whispers tales of love, Key West Bar & Grill stands as a beacon of romantic allure. As a licensed venue for all wedding festivities, including engagement parties, heartfelt ceremonies and jubilant receptions, the team weave dreams against a breathtaking coastal tapestry. The venue’s pièce de résistance is its new innovative drink transformation, where guests can print bespoke photos or celebratory messages atop drinks. The innovative touch ensures that every sip becomes a cherished memory. Recognised as a jewel among beachfront wedding venues, couples are guaranteed excellence from start to finish. The team don’t just host events but life-long memories. Discover more about the company: PLANNING SOS At Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding, we caught up with Peter York Toastmaster to discover more about the company. Here’s what owner Peter had to say… How long has the company been running? I’ve been in the wedding industry for more than 45 years as one of the UK’s top wedding toastmasters who also performs beautiful wedding ceremonies as a professional celebrant. What does a toastmaster provide? A toastmaster can help relieve the pressure, leading an air of quiet professionalism while ensuring weddings run smoothly. We have a gift for seeing potential problems before they arise and helping guests when needed. You don’t want to be answering questions about timings or seating arrangements; that’s where we can help! How can you help reduce wedding stress on the day? I will be on hand to deal with all the questions and act as a point of contact throughout the day. There’s nothing more stressful than having to obtain the attention of guests or directing people! I’m fully practised at making wedding announcements when calling guests to the wedding breakfast, introducing speeches, cutting the cake and first dance to ensure no one misses a thing. Discover more about the company: TIME TO CELEBRATE! Located in Southsea, the team at Charlotte Cornelius Bespoke Jewellery Design is celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary! After studying 3D design at Portsmouth College of Art, owner Charlotte Cornelius gained many years of experience working within the jewellery industry before establishing the company in 1998, which specialises in engagement and wedding rings. The team has been helping clients find dream-worthy jewellery for many years by creating handmade pieces. They’re known for contemporary, visionary sea and nature-influenced designs. With personal service, the staff use the ancient skill of goldsmithing to create beautiful pieces with individually chosen diamonds and precious gems. Each piece is fully ethical traceability, something that’s essential to the team. The 25th anniversary is a massive achievement for the hardworking staff who work closely with pairs to bring visions to life. Discover more: 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Beulah Flowers is a wedding and events florist who relocated from West Yorkshire to Dorset, where owner Elizabeth Gordon grew up as a child. The newly renovated rural studio is situated just outside the picturesque village of Corfe Castle on the Isle of Purbeck. It allows couples to pop in for coffee, chat about their wedding flowers and see where the designs are created. Consultations can also occur via Zoom, the perfect opportunity for Elizabeth to learn more about her couples. Returning to Dorset was the ideal opportunity to rebrand with a new logo and website. The company had a slight name change but retained the word Beulah, which translates to married in Hebrew and Arabic! The company is now taking bookings for 2024 and 2025, so contact the team to book the supplier. Discover: DREAM-WORTHY SETTING Chewton Glen is an award-winning country house hotel and spa that has unveiled its newly renovated principal event space. The beautiful new location will be available for weddings, private celebrations and events, with gorgeous tonal interiors reflecting the natural surroundings and an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the 130-acre grounds. Set on the edge of the fabled New Forest, Chewton Glen is home to 72 rooms and suites, including 14 luxury treehouses as well as an awardwinning spa. Guests will love the heated outdoor pool, walled garden, nine-hole golf course and tennis courts, which make for memorable stays. The Kitchen is an exciting meet, eat and cook venue overseen by TV Chef James Martin, the food will be a hit with all! The hotel is also just 90 minutes from London, which makes it a perfect setting for celebrations. Discover more about the property: TIERS OF JOY Located in Poole, Mooie’s Cake Company is quickly becoming one of Dorset’s most highly sought-after bakeries. The team is committed to delivering the finest cakes baked with love to add the wow factor to events. They offer various sort-after styles, from hand-piped floral buttercream cupcakes to sculptured chocolate and origami cakes. The company can create the perfect cake for any occasion with an exciting range of delicious cakes, from elegant wedding bakes to fun and naughty hen party treats. The team is excited to launch their new website, which makes it easier for customers to order bespoke luxury ganache or buttercream cakes. Discover more about the company: 10

Providing a mobile bar service from our horsebox which is perfect for all occasions and budgets. Serving a locally stock bar but can accommodate all requirements making it stress free. Contact Gemma on 07771 702479 | Facebook/Instagram: @gehorseboxes Poppy Neame is a versatile and passionate performer who will be delighted to entertain whatever the occasion. Whether it be an awards night, charity fundraiser, black tie dinner, anniversary, birthday celebration, wedding or funeral – Poppy will always deliver with an exceptionally high quality and vibrant performance. 07715919842 | Contact Poppy to discuss your ideas and make sure your event is both special and memorable.

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs FINDING THE ONE Located in the heart of Yateley in Hampshire, The Hideaway Boutique Ltd is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! The boutique operates on an appointmentonly basis to ensure clients have the team’s undivided attention. So brides-to-be and their guests will exclusively use the space while viewing carefully handpicked designers, including Adore by Justin Alexander, Sincerity, Freda Bennet and Casablanca. There’s also a range of veils, tiaras, headpieces, belts, jewellery and shoes to finish the look. The team are excited to welcome clients from the moment they walk through the door. While helping them find dream-worthy gowns, they’ll learn about the couples and their wedding. Owner Cheryl Morris says, “We’ll laugh and cry with you as sometimes the emotion gets us too! We look forward to welcoming brides to The Hideaway Boutique and hope to see you too.” We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers a free veil worth up to £150 with every dress purchase when they quote YHDM23 before January 1st, 2024. Contact the team to discuss this offer and book an appointment. Check out: WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer 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

SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ 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. 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 WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 KENT SUN, 4 FEB 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD

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SUN, 18 FEB 2024 MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD ESSEX SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW LONDON SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY SUN, 18 FEB 2024 DENBIES WINE ESTATE London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP SUN, 4 FEB 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, IP5 2PU SUFFOLK SUN, 7 JAN 2024 HINTLESHAM HALL Hintlesham, Ipswich, IP8 3NS SUN, 25 FEB 2024 FYNN VALLEY Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA 12pm-4pm

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Fall in love with these stunning properties in Dorset LOCAL THE ORANGERY SUITE & GARDENS 01202 881 368 | The Orangery Suite is a historic venue with a contemporary twist, which provides a stunning setting for weddings. The defining feature of the venue is its 18th-century walled garden with its high, original walls that encircle three acres for exclusive use. It’s a beautiful setting where the River Stour meets the River Allen, which is five miles north of Poole on the Dorset Heaths, provides stunning views. The Orangery Suite entrance with Georgian doors is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship offers a glimpse into a bygone era and the epitome of an English country garden. The property is entirely licenced for ceremonies anywhere within the venue and grounds. Romantic outdoor wedding ceremonies for larger parties are set on the manicured lawn, seating up to 85 guests. Gentle music will play as everyone takes their seats while newlyweds wait by the charming wedding pagoda, ready to exchange vows under blue skies. The Sunken Garden is a little slice of paradise for intimate ceremonies, seating 45 guests who will walk over a picturesque bridge down the cobblestone path to be seated. Listen to the birds singing, complemented by a modern instrumental soundtrack. The Orangery Suite room is an indoor space for 85 people. The airy ambience is framed by large windows, filling the space with natural light and adding a touch of romance to the room. Elegant chandeliers line the ceiling, casting a soft and romantic evening glow. The stunning location provides the perfect setting to party the night away with loved ones too! Alternatively, the window-lined white marquee sits centrally on the grounds, providing a delightful, tranquil and magical space for receptions with 85 guests. A wide variety of catering is available with impeccable service, ranging from informal buffets, barbecues, hog roasts or cream teas to the more traditional wedding breakfasts. Or lovebirds can source their own caterers to create dream wedding breakfasts. The venue doesn’t currently offer accommodation but can list lovely places to stay nearby. A room is available for the bridal party for makeup and hair while keeping belongings safe. To keep guests entertained, why not use the team’s extensive activities within the walled garden, such as croquet, pétanque, crazy golf, beach volleyball, table tennis, giant chess and badminton? There is even an outdoor table football, a giant tumble tower and a connect four. Scan to view video Going 20

THE KINGS ARMS, CHRISTCHURCH 01202 588 933 Nestled in the heart of Christchurch, between castle ruins and the River Avon, The Kings Arms offers a blank canvas setting that makes a beautiful backdrop for year-round weddings. The team’s professionalism and genuine care make the venue stand out. Guests can enjoy pre-ceremony drinks in the Priory Bar before being led across to The Wedding Pavilion, which overlooks the landscaped bowling green and is licensed for ceremonies with up to 96 guests. After the vows, guests can enjoy al fresco drinks receptions with the ruins and river as a backdrop. The green provides the perfect setting for garden games and activities as well as the vintage airstream bar. Alternatively, the Kings Priory can host 96 people for the “I dos”. Couples can host wedding barbecues on the green or afternoon teas in the Pavilion as an alternative to sit-down wedding meals. Otherwise, the day continues in the Kings Priory Suite, which upstairs can seat up to 96 guests for wedding breakfasts. The Upper Priory Suite offers views over the bowling green and rose gardens beyond through the large windows as the trees and foliage transform with the seasons. Alongside the beautiful setting, the ancient fairytale ruins of Christchurch Castle and Norman House are the ideal backdrops for photos. For more intimate celebrations, the Kings Private Dining Room can host up to 40 loved ones. All wedding bookings include a menu tasting for nearlyweds, including bespoke menu writing and wine pairing recommendations from the in-house sommelier. They’ll also receive a complimentary bridal suite for their wedding night and discounted rates at the venue’s sister hotels for mini-moons and first-anniversary celebrations. THE OYSTER & FISH HOUSE 01297 446 910 | The Oyster & Fish House is nestled in Lister Gardens, overlooking the famous Cobb Harbour, where The French Lieutenant’s Women was filmed. With stunning views across the Jurassic Coast and across to Portland on a clear day, it’s the best location in Lyme Regis to take in the most incredible views. No matter where couples are in the Fish House, the floor-to-ceiling windows ensure the best views of the Dorset coast. With simple white tables and chairs, the wooden beams offer ample opportunity to dress the room to match any colour scheme. It’s a perfect year-round venue for weddings; it’s cosy in the winter but bright and airy in the summer. The restaurant is set up in a theatre style, facing the bay window overlooking The Cobb Harbour for ceremonies with 40 people. Once the vows have taken place, guests are invited to enjoy drink receptions on the terrace while the lovebirds have photos in the surrounding gardens. The large covered space wraps around the side of the restaurant, offering uninterrupted views. During this time, the restaurant will be re-laid for the wedding feasts. Should pairs wish to invite more people for evening receptions, the team can accommodate 60. Mark Hix and the events manager Jo Harris will liaise with pairs on a bespoke menu based on local and seasonal ingredients. The fish and shellfish are locally caught and brought directly to the restaurant by the fishermen, so pairs can always be assured of the freshest produce. The dishes are served sharing style, which is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly. The team will even be able to recommend local suppliers like photographers and florists. 21 LOCAL VENUES

ABBOTSBURY SUBTROPICAL GARDENS 01305 871 130 | Situated on the edge of the pretty picture-postcard village of Abbotsbury, a stone’s throw from the stunning Chesil Beach, the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (Abbotsbury Weddings) bask in its micro-climate nestle alongside the Jurassic Coast. The Subtropical Gardens was established in 1765 by the first countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. The site now covers 30 acres, filled with exotic and spectacular plants from all over the world. The local area is stunning with its charming homes, guest houses, village shops, the Abbotsbury Swannery for wildlife adventure with more than 600 swans and the Abbey Farm – a hub for artisan creative businesses. The property offers a venue-only location, so couples must rearrange and coordinate wedding professionals such as catering, entertainment, decoration and photography. This gives pair an exciting oppitunity to work with their dream suppliers to bring their goals to life. The venue makes a stunning backdrop to bespoke indoor and outdoor weddings. Outdoor ceremonies occur at the Wedding Gazebo on the West Lawn (120 people), under the Oak Pavilion in a beautiful garden (80) or any other areas throughout the property. Why not tie the knot on the West Lawn or the Viewpoint overlooking Chesil Beach (120)? The Wedding Marquee is nestled amid exotic planting on the stunning West Lawn for receptions. Seating up to 120 people, this light and airy space with clear-panelled walls and wide entrances lets guests feel they’re part of the gardens. The space has a kitchen area, twinkle lights set into the roof lining and a designated wooden dancefloor for the evenings with ample electric points for discos and bands. SMEDMORE HOUSE 02077 924 565 | Hidden away in the Dorset countryside, among rolling hills with sweeping views of the sea, the timeless beauty of Smedmore House provides unbelievably romantic and memorable occasions. The hardworking team ensures a relaxed environment to create stress-free weddings. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies in one of five elegant rooms inside the house (up to 60 guests), outside in the Walled Garden or Avenue (unlimited guests), or anywhere else on the grounds. For marquee weddings, the lawn at the front of the house makes an excellent spot with the backdrop of the Georgian house, hills on one side and the sea on the other. The Walled Garden at the side of the venue offers a delightfully sheltered spot for drinks receptions among the many exotic plants. Intimate weddings are the team’s speciality, and many options are available at Smedmore House. To help with wedding planning, the staff have a list of recommended suppliers who understand the site’s logistics. 22

Contact Personalize to style, dress and co-ordinate your Wedding Day! Tel: 01983 525747 Email: We are on Facebook and Instagram and can also be reached via WhatsApp on 07876 455425 CHOOSE FROM: TABLE LINENS • CHAIR SASHES AND COVERS • CENTREPIECE DISPLAYS • BACKDROPS AND PROPS Personalize has beautiful showroom which is open by appointment only and allows a display of the wide array of items on offer. It allows couples to try out their vision on a table setting first to ensure it is exactly as they want it to be for their special day. CHESIL BEACH MANOR HOUSE HOTEL Overlooking the beautiful, historic Jurassic coast lies The Manor House Hotel. With panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside, The Manor is in an Idyllic location to celebrate your wedding day, holding a full Wedding and music license, we will be able to host the entire day from the ceremony, to reception, catering and accomodation. | 01308 897660 BEACH ROAD, DORCHESTER, DORSET DT2 9DF FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US T: 01929481066 E: ENQUIRIES@KINGSTONCOUNTRYCOURTYARD.COM FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK: @KINGSTONCOUNTRYCOURTYARD Exclusive use venue with onsite accommodation. Our incredible 16th Century Purbeck stone barn can seat 130 with capacity of up to 180 in the evening, or use our stunning grounds for a more intimate setting. YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY

Chedington Weddings take place at The Grange a stunning estate tucked away in the rolling hills of the Dorset countryside. We offer a bespoke package which includes accommodation for up to 34 guests and the opportunity to build the wedding of your dreams. The Grange boasts three stunning houses with panoramic views and spa facilities for you to enjoy with your nearest and dearest. Weddings at The Grange are a weekend long experience filled with excitement and free of stress. The venue can accommodate wedding parties of up to 200 guests throughout both our indoor and outdoor areas, so no matter the weather we can ensure a perfect day. The venue is a perfect blank-canvas with the choice of several beautiful locations to hold your ceremony and endless opportunities for those all-important wedding day photos. 01308 861 744 01963 211015 | | Your happily ever after starts at Leweston A beautiful, secluded setting with unique rooms, stunning gardens and an alluring atmosphere in Sherborne THE MOST PICTURESQUE VENUE IN DORSET TO SAY “I DO” Licensed for wedding ceremonies, e Oyster & Fish House is the ideal location for your wedding. Overlooking the famous Cobb Harbour with stunning panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast, Mark Hix’s sh and seafood restaurant is the ideal location for your special day. Enjoy bespoke seasonal feasts featuring the freshest sh and shell sh, caught by the local shermen. From the rst enquiry to the last dance, our dedicated events manager will be with you every step of the way to create a day for you and your guests to remember. @theoysterand shhouse Cobb Rd, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JP 01297 446910 theoysterand CONTACT OUR EVENTS MANAGER TO FIND OUT MORE @oysterand shhouse

KINGSTON COUNTRY COURTYARD 01929 481 066 | Encompassed by Purbecks finest countryside and opposite Ninebarrow Down, Kingston Country Courtyard offers panoramic views out to Corfe Castle right through to the Isle of Wight. Around every corner are photographic opportunities to capture memorable images for weddings. During the planning stages, the team offer a free menu and winetasting events for couples. They even host regular wedding showcases, giving lovebirds a fantastic opportunity to meet suppliers and have a fun afternoon with loved ones. The team welcome every couple from all walks of life, especially members of the LGBTQIA+. The venue has multiple backdrops for the vows, surrounded by up to 130 people. The stunning 16th-century Purbeck stone barn adorned with fairylights is a beautiful choice, no matter the time of year. Alternatively, The Pagoda is located in the lower courtyard and is a licenced space for up to 130 people. Super popular for summer weddings, this outdoor area is a suntrap adjacent to the sawmill bar and restaurant. Or, couples can tie the knot in the gardens or forest; both locations offer unique opportunities. Relax in the peaceful and private spaces and enjoy the rolling manicured lawns peppered with roses and cottage planting. After the vows, couples can celebrate with 130 people for wedding breakfasts and 175 for receptions! The team offers a complimentary two-night stay in the honeymoon suite the night before weddings and the day of for newlyweds. ABBOTS COURT RURAL RETREAT 01258 423 990 | Abbots Court Rural Retreat is a hidden gem nestled in six acres of Dorset woodland, meadows and fields. The location provides the ideal setting for memorable occasions with an original Walled Garden, converted Victorian Stables, a bespoke Wedding Pavilion and nine bedrooms. Lovebirds can check in the day before and relax, knowing all is in hand. Spend the evening in the fabulous dining room, playing games next to an open fire or relaxing in the wood-fired hot tub. Wake up in the tranquillity of the Dorset countryside in the light and spacious Bridal Suite. Complete with a lavish en suite with a roll-top bath overlooking the rolling fields and a beautiful four-poster king-size bed, it’s the perfect place for getting pampered. Exchange vows in the newly renovated Victorian Stables or under the Walled Garden Pergola with up to 80 guests. Or, St Nicholas Church is just a five-minute walk away for more traditional ceremonies. With space for up to 120, more guests can join the celebrations in breathtaking Walled Garden for drinks receptions. Sip champagne from the outdoor bar, feast on mouth-watering canapés or play some croquet, all while overlooking the beautifully landscaped grounds. Seating 120, the impressive Wedding Pavilion is the perfect setting for delicious meals with loved ones. The team’s carefully selected caterers provide an unrivalled level of service and will cater for every need. The bar is on hand, offering various spirits, cocktails, beers and wines. After dinner, lower the lighting and turn up the volume as the party begins. Dance the night away with up to 150 nearest and dearest before they retreat to the unadulterated luxury of the Country House for a perfect night’s sleep. This home-from-home is split over three floors and sleeps between 18 and 21 guests. Enjoy luxurious bedding and furnishings decorated in a modern Farrow & Ball palette. The glamping area offers six furnished pods for up to twelve guests with bespoke shepherd’s hut showers and a communal fire pit area. There are also five bell tents, sleeping up to 20 guests if required. The venue’s sister property, Almer Manor, has eight beautiful bedrooms and a three-bedroom cottage. With access to the grounds from midday the day before, Abbots Court offers exclusive use over two nights. Extra nights can be added on request. LOCAL VENUES 25

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breakfast Discover these hotel settings that are perfect for memorable weddings WED AND BALMER LAWN HOTEL & SPA 01590 625 779 | Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa is a must-see venue for couples looking for a romantic postcard setting. Set behind a cricket pitch, the iconic venue combines traditional and contemporary styles perfectly. With sun-drenched terraces and beautiful gardens, lovebirds will be spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning backdrops. Looking out over the lawn, the impressive building boasts a fascinating past and has been used as everything from a hunting lodge and a field hospital to an army staff college and coaching inn. As an award-winning destination for weddings, pairs can exchange vows in the garden’s oakbeamed Sylvan Pavilion. Or, why not opt for the Beaulieu Suit with 140 loved ones? Set back from the main Hotel with its own entrance and facilities, the suite includes the refurbished Beaulieu Room, the Hamble space with a bar and dancefloor as well as the Avon area for extra seating. There’s access to three outdoor terrace areas, including the Hotel gardens. In the evenings, newlyweds can party the night away with up to 220 loved ones. The team is excited to announce the new threeday wedding package! The Forest Retreat includes 30 bedrooms for two nights with a welcome dinner the evening before weddings with drinks and a musician, then the Wilverley Wedding Package for 60 as the main event on the day and then a farewell lunch the morning after before guests leave! The new package starts from £36,995. 27 HOTEL VENUES

HIGHFIELD PARK 01189 326 369 | Set in 35 acres of rolling parkland, Highfield Park is the perfect backdrop for special events. As guests travel down the tree-lined driveway and catch their first glimpse of the elegant 17th-century mansion house, they’ll know they’ve arrived somewhere special. The venue offers commanding views over beautiful grounds; these breathtaking vistas can be enjoyed anytime from the covered terrace. Whether couples are after outdoor ceremonies or indoor receptions, the team believes no two weddings should be the same. They can provide plenty of suggestions and help bring dream weddings to life. There are a few options for memorable ceremonies with up to 180 guests and receptions with a maximum of 60. The Chamberlain is a spacious room with commanding views over the grounds, while the Rotherwicks is a modern space with endless options for romantic settings. Alternatively, The Wellington is a traditional room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fire place and stunning chandeliers. For more intimate weddings, The Stratfield offers traditional features and doors that lead to the patio. Exchange vows in front of 30 people and celebrate with 22. Lovebirds will find a historic Folly and a pretty Pavilion licensed for ceremonies within the grounds as well as the historic St Michael’s Parish Church. THE SEAVIEW HOTEL 01983 612 711 | Located on the Isle of Wight in the picturesque sailing village of Seaview, The Seaview Hotel is a classic British venue that has expanded and grown over the years. The charming little village has a nostalgic feel, as only a little has changed since the 50s. The Solent teems with various charming and delightful boats during the summer, including the historic Seaview Mermaids – some are more than 100 years old and still sail today! Out of season, the place has an appealing and unspoiled charm. The standard of food in the Hotel restaurant is very high, with 2 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand for a quality, affordable menu. The Aquitania is located at the front of the Hotel and pays homage to The RMS Aquitania, known as the ship beautiful, and features a camouflage feature wall alongside images of the jetset. It provides the ideal location for ceremonies with 25 people and 28 in the evenings. The intimate restaurant is located at the front of the venue and combines good food with modern service. For larger weddings, The Bistro can host up to 50 people and showcases the Navy dazzle camouflage used in WW2, while the sunny streetside terrace is the place to enjoy drinks. 28

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THE BELL INN, NEW FOREST 02380 812 214 | Nestled in the heart of the New Forest, The Bell Inn is surrounded by woodland and wildlife. Guests can spot many types of animals, from deer to New Forest ponies. With views of the stunning surroundings from every angle, the beautiful rose arch, patio and garden offer a countryside backdrop for those all-important photos. The charming 18th-century coaching inn, with exposed beams and rustic wooden tables, creates a charming backdrop for events. The Garden Room is light and airy, opening onto the garden, allowing al fresco dining and plenty of photo opportunities. The space has flexible room layouts and is full of character to add charm to weddings with space for 50 people. For more intimate settings, the New Forest Room is a private location with a charming and relaxed atmosphere for up to 20. Continue the celebrations in The Oak Room with 50 people for wedding breakfasts. The space boasts original features with oak beams and a fire place, creating the perfect private setting before heading for the Garden Room for receptions where lovebirds can dance the night away surrounded by 80 loved ones. Alternatively, Bramshaw Golf Club can host 100 people; this modern space features a large decking area overlooking the golf course. Lovebirds who book the property will receive a complimentary menu tasting session and access to the golf course for photographs as well as The Bell Inn garden. The venue has 26 bedrooms, including the bridal Suite. The individually-designed rooms have been expertly reimagined to combine the venue’s original features with supreme comfort. HOTEL MIRAMAR 01202 556 581 | Hotel Miramar is a classically designed Edwardian mansion set among beautifully landscaped gardens with expansive views across the bay. Just a short taxi ride from Bournemouth Travel Interchange, the railway station and a 20-minute drive from Bournemouth International Airport – it’s a perfect location for guests travelling in. The elegant country house has been tastefully and comfortably designed to provide the ideal setting for guests with many photographic backdrops. Lovebirds can take short walks down to the beach to snap dream-worthy images and spend quality time together. Ceremonies with up to 120 guests occur in the Garden Pavilion overlooking the sea for the ultimate al fresco celebrations, while The Drawing Room is ideal for 120 people for those wishing to tie the knot indoors. Wedding breakfasts are served in the Garden Suite, which has a exclusive private deck and garden area for 120 guests. With a garden bar and an indoor bar, what location could be better? For more intimate weddings, The Library Room is well suited for ceremonies and receptions with 30 people. Alternatively, continue the celebrations with 40 in the Oak Room. The 43 individually-styled bedrooms offer all types of accommodation, so guests don’t have too far to travel after dancing the night away. Wedding packages include the use of the Bridal Suite, help from the wedding manager and a complimentary taster menu for lovebirds. HOTEL VENUES 31