Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 102)

Looking your best Exciting 2024 bridal trends to discover A mini-moon stay JAN/FEB 2024 £3.55 LET IT SNOW Stunning winter wonderland settings HAMPSHIRE DORSET & WEDDING Exchange vows FOOD FOR THOUGHT Heart-warming weddings Catering and sweet treats WIN!

Luxury 4* Country House with direct access to the New Forest for stunning photos Intimate Weddings of 2, to large celebrations of 140 Indoor & outdoor ceremonies available Saltus Spa for pre-wedding pampering Packages from £9,500 for 60 guests Dedicated Wedding Planner Wedding Industry Awards Best Venue Winner! 'Everything but the Dress Package' including local suppliers Dates Available for 2024/2025 'The Most Iconic Venue in the Forest' To make an appointment & chat to our wedding team contact Ruth our Wedding Executive on T: 01590 625779 E: Wedding Showcases Sunday 3rd March Sunday 19th May @balmerlawnweddings Incredible! From the first moment we started organising our wedding, we knew Balmer Lawn was perfect - Hayley & Craig This venue is just incredible- I would recommend it to anyone - Charlotte & Ben.

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 83 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 92 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 VENUES 19 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in Portsmouth 25 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Discover beautiful winter wonderland settings On the cover This issue’s cover has been taken from the stunning shoot on page 49, captured by the talented Charlotte Griffiths Photography. Discover: 53 25 FEATURES 49 ACCESSORISE AND SHINE This shoot showcased the diversity and beauty of bespoke wedding jewellery 53 BOHEMIAN BEAUTY Gorwell Farm was the perfect setting for this bohostyled shoot 57 FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Discover top catering teams who add the wow factor to events 72 BIG-DAY BEAUTIFUL Be inspired by the 2024 bridal trends from dresses, hair, make-up, accessories and jewellery 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 FESTIVAL VIBES Cheryl and Henry had a colourful wedding full of fun and laughter 36 A MAGICAL DAY Chelsea and Aaron’s English garden wedding featured a pastel colour scheme 43 BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Came House created the perfect setting for Dulcie and Bobby’s whimsical English garden-themed wedding HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be 88 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 67 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 79 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 36 90 63 86 80 4

Your Special Day …. Made by us! From a simple celebration to an elegant extravaganza. Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa is the perfect setting for your special day. Your wedding is important to us and all of our packages are specially designed and can be personally tailored to suit all seasons and budgets. Our most popular package “The whirlwind” is an All-Inclusive package which includes all the essentials for your wedding day such as an arrival drinks reception, three course wedding breakfast with a glass of wine, glass of fizz to toast, evening buffet and DJ. White table linen and napkins, chair covers and sash, floral table arrangements per table, bridal bouquet and button holes and a three tier wedding cake are also included. Prices start from only £6,995 for 50 day guests and 75 evening guests. If you are newly engaged and looking for a fabulous venue to celebrate your wedding day, please book an appointment to come and see us. Our wedding team are waiting to turn your wedding dreams into a reality. WEDDING OFFER When you book your wedding with us, we will give you 5 guest bedrooms including breakfast for the night of your wedding, for those most important to you on your wedding day. We will also give you Canapes for your arrival drinks reception. (This offer applies to newly booked weddings only, using this advert) Offer valid until October 2024 (Reference: WED23BPH) To make your wedding a reality call our sales office now and speak with one of our event executives T: 01489 778402 or E: Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa, Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Botley, Hampshire, SO32 2UA

Hello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding! I hope you’ve all started 2024 with a bang, just like the fabulous fireworks displays that lit the sky when Big Ben struck midnight. I think January is a wonderful time of year. Some may disagree with me, but the first month of the year signifies new beginnings, which I find rather quite exciting. It’s so freeing to set new goals and ambitions. Remember to be kind to yourself; don’t add too much pressure this time of year, and conquer your goals one step at a time. Focus one foot in front of the other, and you’ll get closer to your destination before you know it – we’ve got this! For many, January will be full of celebrations after many pop the question over the Christmas and New Year period – congratulations if that’s you! Welcome to the world of weddings; we’re so happy you’re here and can’t wait to help you plan the big day with showstopping venues, expert suppliers and plenty of advice. We aim to support you from receiving your fabulous engagement ring until you walk down the aisle and dance the night away while keeping it local. It doesn’t stop there, as we share popular honeymoon destinations for unforgettable trips worldwide. For those creeping closer to your special day, we have plenty of last-minute tips and tricks to ensure a stress-free wedding, as well as the perfect finishing touches for that extra wow factor. So, no matter where you’re at with wedding planning, there’s something for everyone. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Happy New Year! 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 Discover the latest best buys and product launches for the grooms-tobe like this dazzling suit. Nestled in the rolling hills of West Dorset stands Mapperton House & Gardens, a showstopping wedding venue with stunning views through the formal gardens into the tumbling countryside beyond. 86 36 25 These lovebirds felt overwhelmed but so happy on their special day! So much planning was over in the blink of an eye, but it was worth every second. Win an all-inclusive honeymoon in Jamaica worth nearly £4,500! 92 6 A winter wonderland can be absolutely magical theme for weddings! To help style your day, our expert venue stylist shares top tips and tricks for the ultimate wow factor. 83 49 31 57 53 Set on the rustic grounds of Gorwell Farm, this styled shoot was bursting full of inspiration with garden flowers, trestle tables, bamboo furniture and a stunning cake. With a mission to create jewellery for life while celebrating momentous occasions, Charlotte Cornelius Bespoke Jewellery commissioned this gorgeous shoot to feature the team’s one-of-a-kind engagement and wedding rings. Who doesn’t love a good confetti shot? This fun image is bursting full of colour and personality. Vegan Magda is an independent catering company providing bespoke, tailored and extraordinary food for weddings 9 Balmer Lawn Hotel has been announced as the winner of a prestigious award, and the team couldn’t be prouder! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

I am Suzanne, an award winning custom cake designer of a small independent cake business located in Andover, UK. Every cake is made from scratch by myself and each one is unique. They are made using fresh quality ingredients and skilfully decorated to each specic order. I can cater for many dietary requirements including vegan, gluten free, alcohol free, soya free and dairy free. Email Website Facebook @Ditsyscakes Instagram @ditsyscakes Twitter DIY Wedding Floristry - Create your own stunning wedding flowers on a budget 1. Pick - Simply pick one of our many floral bundles to suit your colour scheme. 2. Package - We'll send you everything you need to build your beautiful blooms. 3. Produce - We'll provide helpful 'how-to' videos to guide you through the process of producing Your floral creations. Visit or email and choose your DIY wedding flowers today! As a little gift, we’re o ering 10% o all packages booked before the end of February 2024! How? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3… At YouFloria, we know the cost of weddings quickly add up, so we’ve created a solution to help you save money, without compromising on quality or beauty. We empower you to create everything from breathtaking bridal bouquets to sensational floral arches that’ll leave your guests saying “WOW”.| @weddings_ruthmundy We have 14 years of experience in planning beautiful weddings and events nationwide. Every wedding is different and deserves its own identity and should be treated exactly that way. Get in touch! We can be there on the day to oversee that everything flows smoothly, allowing you and your family to relax and enjoy the day.

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the counties NOW THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT 11:11 Events is a Dorset-based company specialising in event hire, DJ services, and photo booths. The team now have new hire items available, which can add that extra magic to weddings. The cold spark machine is great for first dances and entrances, especially when paired with the dancing-on-the-clouds effect that creates a stunning look. The team offers many other services catering to various styles and wedding themes. From their variety of dancefloors (including white and black LED) to staging and flower walls, there’s something for all types of special events. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers £50 off wedding bookings when they quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before March 1st 2024. Get in touch with the team to discuss details to receive your discount! Discover: DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Olive Blossom Bridal in Basingstoke are excited to announce their newest designer, the iconic House of Savin! Immerse in the world of elegance and style, where every wedding gown is a masterpiece crafted right here in the UK. From captivating designs to exquisite details, the Savin London collection celebrates individuality and sophistication. Explore the allure of the renowned hand-painted gowns and fall in love with their beauty. Brides can elevate their style, embrace the extraordinary and make a statement with the meticulously curated new collection that leaves everyone breathless. The team is thrilled to announce they’ve been named the Best Bridal Boutique (Est less than four years) in the South Central regional category for The Wedding Industry Awards. The achievement is a testament to their unwavering commitment and passion for brides. Discover: LOVING AL FRESCO Situated on the edge of the pretty picture-postcard village of Abbotsbury and a stone’s throw from the stunning Chesil Beach, the Subtropical Gardens in its micro-climate nestled alongside the Jurassic Coast. The team is excited to announce that the venue is now licenced for ceremonies at multiple spots in the garden! The Wedding Gazebo, Oak Pavilion, View Point and spots amongst the trees on the West Lawn are ideal for the “I dos”. Continue the celebrations in the Wedding Marquee set within 30 acres, with an indooroutdoor vibe. The venue is perfect for couples who want the beauty of the gardens as the backdrop to their wedding theme. The team’s flexibility and openness to working with wedding professionals have proven to be an excellent opportunity for many couples. Discover: 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

WINNING IN LOVE Balmer Lawn Hotel has been announced as the Wedding Venue of the Year at The Wedding Industry Awards in the South-Central regional category. The awards recognised the Hotel’s commitment to excellence, exceptional service and the creation of unforgettable wedding experiences. The recognition reaffirms Balmer Lawn’s standing as a premier destination for those seeking an outstanding and enchanting setting to tie the knot. Following its recent success, the venue will now go through as a finalist in the national round, which will be held on the 24th of January, 2024. The Wedding Industry Awards is an annual event to find the most outstanding venues and wedding suppliers from across the UK, all judged by a panel of expert and multi-award-winning judges in the wedding industry. The award emphasises fostering relationships, celebrating successes, and embracing the joy of being part of a dynamic and thriving sector. Balmer Lawn’s wedding executive, Ruth Mundy says, “We’re over the moon to win this award! The recognition speaks volumes about the passion and effort our team puts into every wedding at Balmer Lawn. Seeing our commitment to crafting magical experiences acknowledged meaningfully is an absolute thrill. We’re now even more inspired to continue setting new standards of excellence in weddings!” Discover: CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES Established in 1998, working from her home studio on Hayling Island when her twin daughters were toddlers, Charlotte Cornelius never dreamed she would hit a quarter of a century with a beautiful boutique and onsite workshop in the heart of Southsea with three full-time Goldsmiths and such a fantastic team around her. As the team looks back on 25 wonderful years, they’re filled with joy and gratitude. Their recent celebration at the wonderful neighbour Marmion House wasn’t just about the party but about giving back to the community that has supported the company. The silver bubble link overflowing with 25 glistening white diamonds was the prize for the charity draw. On the night, the staff raised £1,080 for Sam’s Place Southsea - Portsmouth Samaritan Charity Foundation. Charlotte says, “Looking back, we’re grateful for our incredible team who’ve been the heart of this journey. Their hard work and passion have made our brand what it is today. Each piece of jewellery tells a story written with love, creativity, and a commitment to excellence. To our customers, friends, family, and dedicated team, we thank you. Your support has been the key to our success. We couldn’t have done it without you. Special mention to our amazing Front of House star Claire, who has supported me every step since launching our first shop in Castle Road. Here’s to the next 25 years of capturing and creating more beautiful moments together!” Check out: THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Stephen Simmons Magician is over the moon to have won the regional Wedding Magician of the Year in The Wedding Industry Awards for the South-Central regional category! As someone who loves bringing joy and wonder to weddings with magic, this acknowledgement means the world to owner Stephan. He says, “I felt humbled to be recognised among many talented wedding vendors and planners in the area. I’m so grateful to all the newlyweds who have put their trust in me over the years. I look forward to the national round this January!” Stephan has been perfecting his close-up magician and illusionist skills for more than two decades. His goal at every wedding is to create an unforgettable experience and unique memories for couples. For lovebirds looking for one-of-a-kind wedding entertainment, contact Stephan who loves bringing interactive magic to events. Discover: 10

As a family run business, based in Bournemouth, we are delighted to share our lovingly restored 1967 Mustang Coupe In rich Kona Blue with a metallic sheen that changes in every light, Elwood will be a wonderful addition to your photographs. Contact Graham at Elwood’s Wedding Car Hire on 07753 229684 He has two doors, but the front seats tip fully forward to allow for rear passengers. A stylish and iconic car with a lovely growly V8 engine, you will be guaranteed to turn heads on your arrival. ‘Elwood’ is now available for you to hire for your wedding day and other special occasions. 18 High Street, Overton, Hampshire, RG25 3HA All Brides & guests have the exclusive use of the boutique Amazing collection of International Designers, stocking the most gorgeous dresses. And a promise you’ll have the best fun! xxx Modern, Luxury Bridal Boutique situated in the gorgeous village of Overton in Hampshire. Calm & relaxing environment with your own personal stylist. 07591 827936

Fleet Classic Wedding Cars Arrive at your wedding in a beautiful classic Citroën. Areas covered: Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, West Sussex, and Isle of Wight* *if you pay for our return ferry ticket website: email: Fleet Classic Wedding Cars Ltd. 18 Lime Drive, Fleet, GU51 2XJ Watch me “We absolutely love our wedding videos. By far the best money that we spent.” “We barely even noticed him during the ceremony & getting ready stages which provided us with genuine & natural images.” “Dan really captured the true essence of our wedding and our love for one another.” “The videos we now have are the perfect way to relive the best day of our lives.” DANIELPITTSWEDDINGS.COM School Road, Fawley, Southampton, SO45 1EA Sale now on to make room for the new season, many items half price or less from every designer. With over 1000 dresses in store we have something for everyone from all the top designers such as Condici, Ispirato, John Charles, Veni Infantino and many more. In sizes 6-30 Please contact us for your 1-1 appointment with one of our friendly knowledgeable style experts. £20 booking fee applies (redeemable against purchase) NEW FOR 2024 LAYAWAY OPTION , SO YOU CAN SPREAD THE COST BY APPOINTMENT ONLY* Mon: Closed, Tues: 10-3, Wed: Closed, Thurs: 10-3, Fri: 10-3, Sat: 10-4 Please email info@ or phone 02380 894500. *Appointments sometimes available at short notice so please give us a call. Mother of the Bride & Groom at A great dress doesn’t happen by accident, It happens with an appointment at Charisma Image Credit: John Charles

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs PERSONAL TOUCHES Since opening the Cockatoo Make and Do Studio in Lytchett Minster, owner Collete Ford has been busy developing a range of laser-engraved wedding accessories. These beautiful pieces include personalised wooden hangers for the wedding party, favours, keyrings, place settings, individual thank-you gifts and more! Working with a local business enables that detailed discussion to create picture-perfect weddings. The range will be extended in the coming months to include other items, such as wooden and acrylic table numbers. Collete also continues to create resin flower preservations, offering something for every budget, as well as providing a local collection and drop-off service to ensure the flowers are dried to capture its beauty. She says, “I aim to create something beautiful and unusual for my customers, whether preserving wedding flowers to make a lasting keepsake or creating a memorial piece for a pet or a loved one from ashes. I sometimes surprise myself with where my creativity takes me; I always strive to find something different and individual for my customers.” We’ve teamed up with Cockatoo Make and Do Studio to offer readers 10 per cent off wedding orders when they quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before March 1st 2024. Get in touch with the team to discuss details. Discover: JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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. 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 HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US

ESSEX SUN, 28 JAN 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 11 FEB 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, CM4 9DP SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW 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, 25 FEB 2024 FYNN VALLEY Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LUTON HOO Estate Office, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 18 FEB 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR LEICESTERSHIRE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, LE14 2EF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents

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WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR T: +44 (0)1252 555 892 E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS MATTHEW LAWERENCE BOOK A SHOW ROUND 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 wedding venues. Aviator 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.

Fall in love with these stunning properties in and around Portsmouth LOCAL THE PORT HOUSE 02392 385 389 | This versatile venue ticks all the boxes for couples looking for a stunning waterside location for their big day with a civil ceremony lincense. Overlooking the Port Solent Marina, with views of the yachts, it’s a picture-perfect spot! Even outside seating allows pairs to make the most of the setting. The waterfront terrace and patio are perfect for drinks receptions or barbecues in the warmer months. The contemporary furnishing inside the bright and airy space includes a bespoke bar made from reclaimed railway sleepers and a feature ceiling. Ceremonies are held in the Regatta Room or the larger Ocean Suite, which can host up to 120 family and friends for the “I dos” followed by sit-down meals. For larger receptions with up to 300 guests, a marquee can be attached to the side of the property. The on-site caterers, award-winning Vanilla Catering, produce bespoke meals using local Hampshire produce. All couples will enjoy a complimentary pre-tasting session. Going 19 LOCAL VENUES

GROUNDLINGS THEATRE 02392 737 370 | Celebrate love stories at Groundlings Theatre, which was established in 1784 as the Beneficial School. The Grade II listed Georgian building, with a renovated interior, is an exquisite blend of period and contemporary features. The main auditorium with a stunning fire place makes Groundlings Theatre an unforgettable wedding setting with plenty of charm and warmth. The venue provides a perfect backdrop to create unforgettable weddings from beginning to end. Take the stress out of travelling from one venue to another, as the property offers settings for ceremonies and receptions. There are two stunning rooms licensed for ceremonies for up to 120 guests, with additional capacity for evening guests to join for receptions. Alternatively, rates are available for either receptions or ceremonies only. The experienced team will be with couples every step of the way to help guide them through wedding planning and make the most of the amazing venue. Don’t worry about other couples being in the background. At Groundlings, there’s only one wedding at a time, giving lovebirds 100 per cent of the team’s attention and facilities. At Groundlings Theatre, there are no on-site catering facilities and pairs are not tied to using any specific caterers, so they’ll have complete control over what’s served. From homemade buffets, fish and chips, barbecues and hog roasts to sit-down three-course meals, the team will work with newlyweds and their caterers to ensure everything runs seamlessly. With years of experience working with industry professionals, the staff are happy to recommend fantastic local suppliers for food, flowers, entertainment and more. THE ROYAL MARITIME HOTEL 02392 982 182 | Tie the knot at this one-of-a-kind venue and immerse in the atmosphere of the maritime city. Situated in Old Portsmouth, close to the historic dockyard and Gunwharf Quays, The Royal Maritime Hotel is steeped in history and provides an original setting for weddings with a difference. With naval artefacts and memorabilia around every corner, each function room is individually decorated to reflect the club’s history. Ceremonies and receptions can occur at this venue, and with 90 comfy en suite bedrooms for the wedding party, why not make a weekend of it and explore the city the next day? Fully licensed for weddings, pairs can exchange vows in the Trafalgar Ballroom, the property’s largest function space, and celebrate in style afterwards. Complete with full banqueting facilities, a galleried balcony, a dancefloor and a stage, it can accommodate up to 300 people. The smaller Nelson Lounge offers a more intimate and traditional setting, while the contemporary Below Decks is the perfect place to party in the evenings with 100 loved ones. For those interested in booking the venue, contact for all enquiries. 20

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

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 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

HMS WARRIOR 023 9277 8600 | venuehireweddings-onboard-hms-warrior The HMS Warrior creates a unique wedding backdrop in the heart of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, with spectacular views across Portsmouth Harbour and beyond. Ceremonies onboard the ship create captivating stories as couples embark on a new chapter in their life bathed in the grandeur of maritime history. HMS Warrior is more than a venue; she’s an experience lovebirds will never forget! Surrounded by her timeless beauty, couples can say “I do” in one of the exquisite venue spaces. The Officer’s Half Deck is the perfect blank canvas for ceremonies and receptions with 60 seated guests. Couples can add personal style to occasions, creating a beautifully bespoke atmosphere. For those looking to experience more intimate ceremonies, resplendent in Victorian grandeur, the Captain’s Cabin will create an effortlessly luxurious ambience for ceremonies with 20 people. As pairs continue through their perfect day, they’ll move seamlessly from the vows to celebratory drink receptions on the Upper Deck of HMS Warrior. Stand under the magnificent mast and sails, gently swaying in the sea breeze, and enjoy the very best in catering, canapés and champagne while taking in the sublime waters of the Solent! Continue the celebrations with 240 loved ones on the Gun Deck. Newlyweds can have pictures taken against this majestic backdrop and relax as guests enjoy refreshments and explore their historic surroundings. NMRN offer dry-hire only of the venue spaces however, the team work with a select range of trusted, high-quality suppliers who understand how to protect the property’s heritage venues and historic vessels, leaving pairs to relax and enjoy their bespoke occasion. From caterers and cake makers to musicians and décor specialists, they work directly with the suppliers to build unique package events. THE GRAND MAGAZINE - THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY Housed in a museum, the beautiful 18th-century Grand Magazine was a gunpowder store now offering an enchanting wedding setting. Originally used to house guns and ammunition for the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars, this setting promises to get the sparks flying and is a memorable backdrop guests will never forget. The Grand Magazine is a beautiful blank canvas near the shoreline with history etched into the very brickwork. Its vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork make it an extraordinary location and the ultimate setting for special events. Located next to Camber Basin, which boasts incredible views across the naval dockyard and into the Solent beyond, it can be transformed for ceremonies and receptions with up to 150 guests. Walk hand in hand along the shoreline as guests enjoy refreshments in the private walled garden. The garden overlooks the glistening waters of the Solent, allowing guests to enjoy this space while still being captivated by the picturesque scenery. Let nature’s beauty complement celebrations as the sun sets over the horizon, painting the sky with hues of gold and pink as pairs begin their married life together. NMRN offer dry-hire only of their venue spaces, but suppliers who understand how to protect this heritage venue and historic vessels are recommended and on hand, leaving pairs to relax and enjoy their bespoke occasion. The staff work directly with their suppliers to create the perfect event package. LOCAL VENUES 23

A long meandering driveway leads you through our tree lined golf course all the way down to the Venue which boasts stunning panoramic views for both the backdrop of your ceremony and wedding breakfast. Move down to the lower level of the venue for your evening reception and dance the evening away. Our covered patio seating area creates the perfect location for you to relax with your guests. Conveniently located, yet quietly hidden away, you have your own private space with barn style features adding the rustic charm to this contemporary building. Located on the edge of the New Forest National Park, our beautiful grounds provide the perfect opportunity for magical woodland photographs or the lake offers something more formal and romantic. Making the most of the New Forest our talented team of chefs create delicious menus packed with local produce. Whether you are looking for sit down meal, Buffet, BBQ or Hog Roast. Paulton’s Golf Centre has a menu to match. Our wedding team will be on hand to guide you through your wedding planning and work closely with you to provide your own tailor-made wedding experience. | 02380 211212 | Photo Credit: Simon Sims Photography - BEAULIEU 01590 614 769 In the heart of the captivating New Forest, Beaulieu's historic building echoes centuries of tales amid lush, expansive forestry. Explore endless possibilities to turn your dream day into a stunning reality. Choose a classic ceremony at Beaulieu Abbey or experience the unique charm of our 13th-century Domus for an unforgettable reception. Let the location's magic enhance your special day's beauty. Why Your Wedding at From the first enquiry to the last dance our dedicated team are here to ensure that your wedding is everything you've envisioned and more.

Check out these snowstopping winter venues COLD OUTSIDE LEWESTON SCHOOL 01963 210 691 | Leweston School is a secluded setting with unique rooms, stunning gardens and an alluring atmosphere. Steeped in more than 1,000 years of history, the manor house is set in 46 acres of beautiful Dorset parkland just three miles south of the Abbey town of Sherborne. Built in the Palladian style in the late 18th-century, the interior celebrates the Art Deco period of the 1930s. The architect, Maxwell Ayrton, was also responsible for the original iconic Wembley Stadium, and the house features the artwork of famed artist George Sheringham. The venue provides various spaces for weddings, including the light and airy Drawing Room that can host 80 people comfortably for the vows and receptions. The 1930s were an age of sun worship when light was encouraged to flood into rooms through large windows or reflected in glass, so the space has a mirrored wall inspired by the large ocean liners of the day. It also contains a beautiful grand piano. The White and Black Halls create additional breakout spaces that can become a dancefloor or a relaxing space for guests. The Belvedere is an enchanting feature inspired by the walk of The Villa D’Este near Florence. The statute at the entrance is a replica of the Florentine Boar, a copy of the Roman marble statue housed in the Uffizi Museum. A short, wooded walk leads to a natural crescent amphitheatre with a central well looking out over the Dorset countryside. The location is truly magical, making it a perfect setting for outdoor celebrations, with 75 seated and 150 standing. The setting is popular for ceremonies of all sizes, drink receptions and photoshoots. The Italian Garden is a beautiful setting for wedding breakfasts or evening drinks with 30 guests. Designed by Thomas Mawson in 1912, the enclosed garden is located outside the Drawing Room. It’s an idyllic spot for summer celebrations, set amongst the beautiful flowers and next to the central pond. The multi-purpose Dining Room is the largest space available and can be used for dinners, weddings and private parties for up to 200 people. The size allows for a dancefloor while still having ample seating for guests to relax. The venue’s wedding packages include exclusive use of the Sheringham Room as a private space for newlyweds. The team is also delighted to announce they’ve partnered with Sam Savage at South Coast Weddings to offer wedding planning and on-the-day coordination within the packages. Baby it’s Scan to view video 25 WINTER WONDERLAND VENUES

MAPPERTON HOUSE & GARDENS 01308 800 114 | Nestled in the rolling hills of West Dorset stands Mapperton House & Gardens, the family home to the Earl and Countess of Sandwich. The stunning property is home to several wedding locations! Exchange vows in the elegant Garden Pavilion, then celebrate with champagne outside the majestic Orangery, with stunning views through the formal gardens to the tumbling countryside beyond. Then head over for wedding breakfasts to the impressive Coach House, recently converted into a magnificent entertaining space for 120 seated guests. Built in 1670, the location was recently converted and is part of Dorset’s most important manorial complexes. It has had many functions over the centuries, from a coach house, stables, a sawmill and most recently, one of the locations for the 2015 romantic hit Far from the Madding Crowd. Alongside the main space is a second large room containing a fully stocked and licensed bar for guests seeking a break from the festivities. The team understands how important weddings are and will ensure they exceed the highest expectations. They offer a blank canvas for pairs to mix furniture, flowers and decoration as well as various props, decorations, lighting and accessories. The dedicated wedding coordinator will be delighted to talk lovebirds through the options. Weddings are an excellent opportunity to bring friends and family together from afar. For this reason, the team has brought together the best local accommodations, including the recently redecorated Garden Cottage. The staff has also partnered with other outstanding local providers: The Ollerod Hotel in Beaminster, North End Farm near Bridport and many more. AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL 01256 817 555 | Audleys Wood Hotel is a magnificent Victorian mansion nestled on stunning grounds and woodland in the heart of Hampshire. Blend this with the venue’s contemporary style, modern British food and impeccable service; pairs will find the ultimate wedding venue. Whether couples are after traditional weddings or want to throw the rule book out of the window, the team will tailor weddings to reflect different personalities. Simonds is the house’s original dining room; this oak-panelled room is ideal for intimate weddings, with 30 for the vows and 20 for wedding breakfasts. The Conservatory features an impressive vaulted ceiling and views onto the grounds. The light and elegant space is perfect for ceremonies with 120 and 80 for meals. The picturesque grounds are ideal for those after al fresco celebrations. The Garden Pavilion is found via its private lit walkway for 200 loved ones to gather for the “I dos” and wedding breakfasts. Or host outdoor ceremonies overlooking the neighbouring fields and see what the grounds of Audley Wood offer. This striking setting for open-air events will frame the happy couple with the hard top gazebo. The venue’s stylish suites in the original house come with spacious living areas, period features and dressing tables so couples can get ready in style. There are 68 bedrooms on-site, meaning guests won’t have far to travel after dancing the night away. The kitchen team is passionate about seasonal food and showcasing the country’s best produce, with delicious vegan and vegetarian options available. Scan to view video 26

YOUR QUINTESSENTIAL WEDDING Spectacular architecture and gorgeous grounds, coupled with over 20 years of experience hosting one-of-a-kind weddings, is why many happy couples choose to celebrate their special day with us at Audleys Wood Hotel. Whether you are planning a classic wedding or something a little different, we will help tailor a unique wedding day that celebrates you. For wedding showcase dates visit HOTELS BUILT FOR PLEASURE Audleys Wood Hotel Alton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG25 2JT 01256 817555 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL BASINGSTOKE, HAMPSHIRE Martin Bell Photography

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 ‘Wait no more, get married in 2024’ HAMPSHIRE & BERKSHIRE HIGHFIELD PARK 2024 Packages available from just £4400 This includes everything you need to create your perfect day for 40 adults with the support of our award winning team. Contact us to find out more, check availability and arrange to come and talk all things wedding! or 01189 326369 Wedding Showcase Day 25th February 2024, 11am – 3pm

EAST AFTON FARMHOUSE 01983 758 729 Surrounded by rolling countryside on the beautiful Isle of Wight, East Afton Farmhouse offers the most idyllic setting for celebrations with beautiful beaches, coastal scenery and vast countryside. The grounds never disappoint, with many beautiful backdrops all year round. The gardens change from white roses and blossom blushes in the spring to warm tones and rich, vibrant flowers in the summer. Sunset red fields of grass and crunchy amber leaves can be seen in the autumn, and the crisp light bounces off cool greens in winter, which complements the dusky purple sky. Why not use the grounds to host party games, reception drinks, canapés or formal photos? There are three spaces licensed for weddings! The Stone Barn is a converted stable that can host 120 people. The rustic barn oozes character with thick stone walls, original beams, carved wooden chandeliers and flagstone floor tiles. The open three-sided barn with rollup sides suits summer ceremonies as well as winter celebrations, complete with fur throws and blankets. For al fresco dining experiences, create a Mediterranean vibe with banquet trestles and spill onto the courtyard to party with 80 people. The Coach House is the smallest barn that provides a blank canvas to suit any colour scheme. It’s heated so warm and cosy in the winter, or peel back the bifold doors for a more open space in the summer surrounded by 90 loved ones for the vows. The space is ideal for intimate receptions with 50 guests seated or 100 standing. There are toilets and a decked platform with festoon lighting, perfect for summer evenings watching the sun go down. The Black Events Barn is the largest space purposely built and heated, providing plenty of space for wedding ceremonies. The large glass windows, creating a light and airy space, and the brick detailing creates the perfect backdrop for 180 guests. The space can be utilised for receptions across two floors or 130 on the ground floor. Guests will find a large bar, underfloor heating, wagon wheel chandeliers, a fairylight wall, a commercial kitchen and toilet facilities. The 18th-century main farmhouse and country annexe are full of character, charm and a contemporary twist with space for 20 people. The neighbouring sister farm, Tapnell Farm, is only a two-minute drive away for extra accommodation. PYLEWELL PARK 01590 670 001 | Pylewell Park is a country house wedding and events venue nestled in Hampshire. From bedrooms to bars and ceremony spaces to party settings, the team invite couples to make the home theirs. They like to do things differently and toss the traditional wedding rulebook out the window so couples can add their own personal stamp. The venue is full of character, quirky details and unique style for lovebirds to enjoy for the weekend. They can host pre-wedding dinners, al fresco drinks overlooking the Solent, breakfasts in the cosy larder and take advantage of the many photographic spots. Say “I do” with sea views or keep it old school and romantic in the house. Whether couples want to embrace rustic, bonkers, or boho themes, the venue has spaces galore for such important moments. The Pavilion is a beautiful blank canvas for style-savvy couples who want to incorporate their theme and styling. They’ll have access the day before to set up the space with help from their suppliers. The staff would happily share their little black book, jam-packed with trusted and fabulous suppliers for those still looking for the dream team. Rambling gardens, acres of parkland, sea views and private beach access will add the wow factor to events. Pairs can take trips down to the Victorian greenhouses or enjoy a sunset stroll down South Park for golden hour shots. The team is proud to offer utter exclusivity for lovebirds and encourage them to explore the grounds to the max. They’re mad about weddings with an eye for detail and love to work with pairs from start to finish, from perusing Pinterest, site visits, supplier recommendations and bonkers brainstorming to looking after lovebirds on their special day. On-site are 10 bedrooms for bridal parties to fight over, plus the three-bedroom penthouse with showstopping views. WINTER WONDERLAND VENUES 29