Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - March/April 2024 (Issue 103)

ENDLESS ROMANCE Read local weddings A honeymoon stay MAR/APR 2024 £3.55 RUSTIC ROMANCE Barn wedding venues HAMPSHIRE DORSET & WEDDING Blooming beautiful Finishing TOUCHES Bouquets and floral arrangements Jewellery and accessories WIN!

Originally used to house guns and ammunition for the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars, this setting promises to get the sparks flying and give you a send-off your loved ones will never forget. Discover the hidden gem of the Grand Magazine Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower is a historic waterfront wedding venue tucked away in Gosport, Hampshire. Housed in the museum is our beautiful 18th century Grand Magazine. With high-vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork, it offers an enchanting setting for your wedding with incredible views over the Solent. The National Museum of the Royal Navy also offers weddings onboard HMS Warrior in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. Get in touch to find out more. Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Priddy’s Hard, Gosport PO12 4LE

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 77 HOT TOPIC Experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 91 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2024 VENUES 21 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in and around Southampton 27 RUSTIC ROMANCE Discover these stunning settings around the counties On the cover This issue’s stunning cover has been taken from the styled shoot on page 51, captured by the talented 55 27 FEATURES 51 FEELING PEACHY This whimsical-styled shoot featured classic touches and gorgeous details 55 FLOWER POWER We’ve gathered top florists to showcase top florals 81 SPEND, SPLASH, SPLURGE Showstopping jewellery and accessories for all types of budgets 81 3

REAL WEDDINGS 32 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Rebecca and Owen had a stunning wedding in Hampshire full of personal touches 39 A CELEBRATION OF LOVE Damian and Kelly’s glamorous wedding featured a beautiful colour scheme 45 LIVE, BARK, LOVE Old Michelmersh Farm was the perfect setting for Aimee and Ben’s enchanted wedding HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 THE ITALIAN DREAM CWM deputy managing editor Kelly Andrews spent two nights living la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside 94 PICTURESQUE PARGA Editor Claire Ridley jetted to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the north-western coast of Greece 96 A ROOM WITH A VIEW Get away from it all at Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 LUSCIOUS LOCKS TikTok star, Matt Newman reveals his haircare tips for grooms-to-be 88 FEELING PEEACHY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year, Peach Fuzz FASHION & BEAUTY 60 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 61 IN LOVE WITH LACE This delicate fabric is always in fashion 66 RUFFLE UP Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season 69 THE ULTIMATE EDIT Add instant glam to your big-day look with these latest jewellery launches 70 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 72 JUST BREATHE Actor turned meditation facilitator Maude Hirst, tell us how to handle the stresses of planning 74 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 32 94 61 88 45 4

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With spring approaching, we’re excited to embrace this beautiful season and see what couples have up their sleeves. The weather can be unpredictable this time of year, so it’s always essential to devise a wet-weather plan to relax, knowing you’ve covered all your bases in the run-up to your wedding – especially for those opting for al fresco celebrations. The seasonal availability for flowers offers an excellent choice for the time of year; think daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, crocus, Lily of the Valley, Iris and more blooms. It’s an excellent opportunity to embrace a colourful and bold colour scheme using nature’s palette. Who doesn’t like abundant flowers from bouquets, gorgeous arrangements and installations? Remember, you can move your florals throughout the day to ensure a picture-perfect backdrop for the vows, wedding breakfast and reception while staying on budget. Floral arches are my personal favourite option! Expect Pantone’s Colour of The Year, Peach Fuzz, to grace the wedding industry. The compassionate and nurturing soft peach shade conveying a heartfelt kindness will surely become a huge movement that we’re so excited to see. Another popular trend making a statement is champagne towers that add a touch of fun and class to weddings while serving guests a glass of bubbly. If you’re at the start of your planning journey, you’ve come to the right place because we cover everything from fashion, beauty, cakes, venues and more. When searching for a property, I advise seeing if any of your shortlisted venues are hosting wedding shows, as spring is a popular time for these events. It allows you to look around the spaces, meet local suppliers, discuss your big day and ask plenty of questions. For those creeping closer to your special day, we have plenty of lastminute tips and tricks to ensure a stress-free wedding and 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 It’s a spring thing! ISSN 2046-8474 Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events 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. 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 At YHDW HQ, we’ve fallen head over heels for this stunning shoot coordinated by wedding planner and consultant Ruth Mundy. This couple felt very emotional on the day! There was a complete build-up of nerves and excitement. 51 88 32 Calling grooms-to-be, check out this suit inspired by Pantone’s Colour of The Year, Peach Fuzz. This bride managed to source a matching wedding suit bandana for this handsome and very fluffy ring bearer, the two-year-old Eurasier Bruce! 45 6 Don’t miss out as owners Eleonora Pogany and Andriana Drummond at Events Kitchen offers top tips for al fresco catering. 77 66 57 81 27 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. Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season. Based in the heart of the Test Valley, Hannah Rose Flowers offers countrystyle arrangements while often taking inspiration from the changing seasons and beautiful Hampshire countryside. No matter your wedding budget, we have gathered the most beautiful accessories to help you complete the look like this gorgeous buckle bracelet from Charlotte Cornelius Bespoke Jewellery. 39 Damian and Kelly’s main wedding goal was to create a fun and memorable day to celebrate with loved ones – they achieved just that! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the counties REST YOUR HEAD Escape to the picturesque Dorset countryside and snuggle up in a cosy hideaway at Outbuildings. This family-run converted farm sleeps two to six people in each of its seven (soon nine) beautifully appointed lodges, each converted from traditional barns and farm buildings. Adults only and dog friendly, it’s a place to escape the rat run and immerse in quiet indulgence. Think Champagne in the woodland outdoor hot tub, cuddling up in the Hay Barn Cinema with hot chocolate, pizza and naughty treats on tap, ordering delicious cocktails and cooking up a storm with the Breakfast Bites Hamper. The team is excited to announce two new lodges opening in February 2024, located in ‘The Byre’. Both will have outdoor copper baths, showers with a view and big beds looking out of glass walls. Local chef Mark Kick, formerly of The Ivy, whips a delicious menu of local seasonal produce three times a week in The Cart Shed. Alternatively, enjoy home-cooked ‘ready meals’ in your lodge or the Baaaa. Whatever the weather, Outbuildings is designed for checking in and checking out, whether couples want to explore the local coastline and countryside or snuggle up in a fluffy robe by the log burner with Netflix and a hot chocolate. Discover: HERE COME THE GIRLS Dorset-based outdoor adventure company Land & Wave has just announced the launch of its first 24-hour Ultimate Hen Package after more women fell in love with the great outdoors. Head of operations and an outdoor instructor Sophie Tanner says, “The tide is changing; we’re getting so many more women coming to us wanting that outdoor experience for hen dos. The demand is there with those wanting to do something different. We’ve listened, and now we’ve delivered!” The new 24-hour Ultimate Hen Package offers women an overnight woodland campout and the opportunity to learn survival and bushcraft skills from shelter building and fire lighting to axe throwing and archery. Hiking, wild swimming and cake are also on the menu. Sophie adds, “Learning new skills and being confident outside is empowering. There’s something special about being in the woods, away from modern distractions and returning to basics. It gives women the space to have conversations, learn more about each other and make new friends.” Discover: DINE AND WINE Exclusive Collection proudly announces the second chapter of residencies with MasterChef: The Professionals champion Tom Hamblet. Following a successful residency at Camellia at SouthLodge, West Sussex, Tom is set to captivate diners at The Avenue at Lainston House, Winchester, from April 3rd to June 30th 2024. The crafted three-course menu, priced at £85 per person, allows guests to savour his innovative dishes firsthand. Trained at Westminster Kingsway College in London, Tom brings seven years of invaluable experience gained from working in Michelin-starred and AA-rosette-winning restaurants. Standout dishes will include: •Wood pigeon featuring crispy onions, celeriac remoulade, celeriac puree, pigeon and chocolate sauce. •Roasted scallop with Jerusalem artichoke puree, marigold oil, artichoke crisps, and a pastry tube with buttermilk and artichoke mousse. •Curried lobster with curried carrot puree, ginger and chilli bisque, potato, mango and caper salad, and a lime vinaigrette. •Beef fillet with oyster mushrooms, a lovage emulsion, pané oyster and salsify, braised beef cheek, accompanied by oyster and beef tartare. •Chocolate and peanut mousse with feuilletine base, mascarpone Chantilly, nibbed peanut tuille, torched bananas, and miso caramel. •Baked chocolate tart with blood orange and peppercorn pate de fruit, caramelised popcorn, orange gel and tallicherry pepper ice cream. Extending the residences’ offerings beyond the dining experience, Exclusive Collection has introduced a new Dine and Stay package at Lainston House starting from £440. This package presents an opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in a complete getaway, indulging in Hamblet’s culinary creations while enjoying the luxurious accommodation at Lainston House. Discover: 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

EXCHANGING VOWS Elite Hotels, a privately owned collection of three individual and distinctive hotels in Sussex and Hampshire, offers the most elegant collection of wedding venues. The team is excited to announce the newly launched wedding packages, offering a break from the wedding tradition, allowing the happy couple flexibility and creative license at various price points to create the most memorable nuptials. From the commanding redwood-lined entrance driveway that greets the couples to its Gertrude Jekyll-designed gardens and wild orchid meadow, Tylney Hall Hotel provides an impressive setting for weddings or civil partnerships. Sitting within 66 acres of glorious Hampshire countryside, including RHS Partner gardens, this grand Victorian Grade II listed country house with its high-vaulted ceiling and minstrel’s gallery, boasts a variety of opulent spaces for the ceremonies such as the beautifully ornate Mattingly Suite overlooking the courtyard fountain for more intimate celebrations, or the cosy wood-panelled Newnham Suite with its breathtaking vista view. The hotel features 113 individually designed bedrooms and a Health Suite with an indoor pool, treatment rooms, gym and outdoor pool open from May to September. Just Me & You – The Elopement Package allows the expert team to curate every detail, from the perfect ceremony spot to a gourmet dining experience in a setting that ensures elopements are unforgettable celebrations of love. This package includes ceremony room hire, two witnesses, luxury master suite accommodation for two nights, flowers, a photographer for two hours, two glasses of Champagne each, a selection of canapés, a three-course dinner for the couple and table décor from £2,995 per couple and £145 extra per person. The Vow Renewal Celebratory Package ensures a heartfelt celebration designed to honour a couple’s enduring love. The package includes ceremony room hire, a celebrant, a glass of English sparkling wine, Champagne afternoon tea, flower arrangements, room décor and luxury suite accommodation for one night. Prices start from £2,940 based on 30 guests with an additional £115 extra per person. The team are also offering a special engagement gift with new bookings! Celebrate engagements with a range of bespoke additions to choose from; options include a magician, ice cream station, additional night in the Master Suite, a prosecco station, private three-course dinner for six guests, popcorn station, a case of Champagne to take home or a caricaturist. The wedding must be contracted before 31st December 2024 to qualify. The minimum number of guests is 80 adults and the offer’s available for new bookings only. Discover: DISCOVER THE VENUE! Moonfleet Manor has undergone substantial renovations over the last few years, with the interiors completely reimagined and the hotel’s restaurant refurbished to offer the ultimate setting. Throughout the centuries, the property has played a pivotal role in Dorset’s history, from its perch right on The Fleet overlooking Chesil Beach. Today, the manor is a place to step out and explore the unique flora and fauna of the Jurassic Coast. With 36 luxurious rooms and suites with the option for adjoining rooms for children, blending traditional furnishings and stylish modernity, couples will enjoy complete luxury. A new addition is the new Fleethouse rooms, which will have the most impressive views of the Fleet and beyond. Ofsted-registered crèche and the Four Bear’s Den activity hub offers a science room, escape rooms, a cinema room, a traversing wall, a skittle alley, retro arcade games, crazy golf and a play area for under fives to ensure the whole family stays entertained. Why not participate in guided fossil hunting along Chesil Beach, indoor squash and outdoor tennis courts too? There’s even a family-friendly spa with an indoor swimming pool with stunning views. The Verandah building has a full treatment menu, including massages and facials. Discover: THE LATEST COLLECTIONS The team at Victoria Ann Bridal are excited to announce its new collections in store from Jennifer Wren and Louisa Jackson Bridal! Both designers are known for their showstopping styles. Jennifer Wren symbolises elegance through selected fabrics, styles and colours, all chosen with the utmost care. Louisa Jackson’s newest collection features florals, feminine floaty fabrics and fabulous appliqués for their stunning gowns, which are put together to bring beauty and versatility to brides of all shapes and sizes. The Victoria Ann Bridal team has been attending the Bridal Fairs showcasing the above collections as well as the Romantica Pure collection. Located in the heart of the beautiful seaside town of Weymouth, the boutique offers brides a warm and friendly reception from the first moment they walk through the door to the moment they step down the aisle. The boutique also offers attire for mothers-of-brides/grooms, bridesmaids, flowergirls and young ladies preparing for their prom. Discover: 10

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs DRESSED TO IMPRESS Charisma of Fawley is a well-established company that has been helping mother-of-the-brides/grooms find their perfect attire for more than 30 years. During that time, the team has grown to be the largest stockist in Dorset and Hampshire, with more than 1,500 outfits in store ranging in sizes six to 30, which are not available on the high street, adding to the exclusivity. The company also stocks a range of shoes and matching bags that can be dyed to any colour, not to forget the fabulous range of coordinating millinery. Owner Debbie Hill says, “We know it’s a very scary time trying to find that perfect outfit, but here at Charisma, we pride ourselves on being very knowledgeable and honest with our ladies as we want you to look and feel amazing on the special day. The location of weddings are extremely varied, so we stock an extensive selection for all.” The team is very customer-focused and works on a one-toone appointment basis to get to know clients and their requirements, leading them to win a recent award in customer service for six years running. Debbie has also had the privilege of working with Gok Wan as his chosen Makeover Partner for Hampshire. We’ve teamed up with the team to offer readers a complimentary bottle of bubbles for those purchasing their complete mother-to-the-bride/groom outfit during March and April 2024 when they quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding. Get in touch with the team to book an appointment and discuss details! Discover: LILY CHARMED IS GIVING READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN £150 TO SPEND ONLINE Crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold-plated recycled sterling silver, Lily Charmed ( brings you a seamless canvas for effortless jewellery curation, ensuring that each piece offers a lifetime investment for authentic self-expression. Collect and curate your very own jewellery box of keepsakes with Lily Charmed’s unique range of consciously crafted charms. Bringing joy through jewellery, each piece is designed to showcase your memories and magical life journey with a modern edge. From engraved talismans, romantic hearts and keys, pretty florals, colourful motifs cast in resin, and whimsical bees and biscuits, to lustrous pearls, chic lockets and personalised birthstones adorning charm bracelets, charm collectors, chains and hoops, Lily Charmed offers a pick ‘n’ mix of playful designs. Layer, stack, mix and match, play with chain and bracelet styles, add charms, add colour − the choice is endless! Infinity symbols represent ever-lasting love, whilst alphabet charms and custom engraving make the perfect personalised touch for weddings. Elsewhere its hug rings, friendship charm bracelets and retro Mixtape, Cowboy Boot and Puzzle Pieces make effortlessly thoughtful bridesmaids gifts. Enter online an Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 drawcompetitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 As part of Ellis Media and Events 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 SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUFFOLK SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 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. Pre-register and attend the how to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Fall in love with these stunning properties in Southampton LOCAL ROWNHAMS HOUSE & GARDENS 02380 733 298/07973 742 245 | Rownhams House was built by Sir Isaac Newton’s nephew in 1762 for his beautiful bride, Catherine Barton, a lady of some fame and fortune. The Georgian house and the Medieval Coach House are situated on 12 acres, home to manicured lawns, woodland areas, a picturesque lake and an ice house. The trees, flower borders, wild meadow and mature plants offer the perfect setting for many stunning photo opportunities. The large and flat top lawn is well placed for drinks receptions and games such as croquet. Under the clock tower arch can also be used as a seating area for outdoor wedding cerem Ceremonies for up to 120 people can occur in the Grand Library with its attractive plasterwork walls and ceiling, in the dabbled shade of the woods or by the shimmering lake. Wedding receptions can take place in the Grand Library with 110 people, in a hired marquee or in the Coach House for smaller celebrations. The calming and comfortable Billiard Room and Morning Room offer the perfect spaces for indoor drinks receptions and photographic backdrops should the rain come tumbling down. Couples can use these areas for smaller, more intimate weddings for up to 60 people. The Coach House, built in 1600 by the Knights of St John, comprises several large rooms perfect for evening receptions. The Harvest Room has seating and eating areas, the Sofa Room is great for relaxing, and the hall serves food and cake. There’s also a dedicated room for live music, DJs, bands and a bar. What’s more, the owners want brides to be at their best on their special day and offer a private Brides Room. To help ensure the day runs without a hitch, the team provides pre-wedding planning meetings and allows the bridal party and approved caterers access to the house the day before weddings to set up and the day after for collection. Going 21 LOCAL VENUES

GOD’S HOUSE TOWER 07733 092 291 | Say “I do” in one of Southampton’s most iconic and captivating monuments! Nestled in the heart of Southampton’s picturesque Old Town is the stunning multi-purpose venue: God’s House Tower (GHT). Set within the city’s Medieval defensive walls, GHT offers a unique glimpse into the city’s past, and after an extensive refurbishment is now enjoying its present-day incarnation as a cutting-edge arts, heritage and event space. With its captivating interior and charming historic surroundings, this 700-year-old Grade I ancient monument houses a variety of settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions, for intimate to grand celebrations. The Crawford Room is the oldest corner of the building, featuring an ancient wooden beamed roof with dramatic views overlooking the Old Town – a self-contained, flexible space perfect for celebrant-led ceremonies and drinks receptions. The Main Gallery is the most largest wedding space, ideally suited for bigger ceremonies and receptions. Fancy panoramic views across the Port of Southampton? Opt for The Tower Roof. Alternatively, The Cafe & Bar is a flexible space with a fully stocked bar and plenty of catering options, perfect for drinks, receptions and parties. Last but not least, The Courtyard is tucked away on Lower Canal Walk and offers a shaded outside space available to hire with any other part of the building. It comes with or without outdoor tables and chairs, with options for a pop-up bar or street food trailers serving directly into the stunning courtyard. The quintessential Gothic stones of the building ensure the perfect backdrop for every kind of wedding set-up and wedding portraits. Couples can design weddings from start to finish at God’s House Tower to create truly bespoke and special experiences in memorable surroundings thanks to the fully licensed bar, spaces and packages available. THE LORD MAYOR’S RECEPTION ROOM 02380 915 327 | Tie the knot in the heart of the city in one of Southampton’s most iconic buildings. Located in the Civic Centre, this local landmark is sure to impress with its large clock tower, tall ceilings, polished wood floors and historic artefacts. A truly spectacular setting for weddings, the room’s theatre-style layout boasts a long aisle and tall windows that flood the room with light. A sweeping staircase leads to the ceremony room and the Mayor’s Balcony, perfect for those all-important photos. Ceremonies with up to 50 guests take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. We love... that there’s a wealth of great restaurants and hotels nearby for the celebrations post-vows. 22

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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

WESTGATE HALL 02380 915 327 | For those with a classic, historic and vintage style on their wedding wish list, this waterfront treasure is sure to fit the bill. With vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the recently restored Westgate Hall is a ceremony venue with a difference. Tucked away within the Medieval walls of Southampton, the 15th-century timber-framed building has a magical atmosphere. Dressed with roses tumbling from the beams, the first-floor ceremony room can accommodate up to 74 seated guests for the “I do”. Post-vows, the ancient walls overlooking the water are a popular spot for standout photos. Did you know? Westgate Hall was once situated in St Michael’s Square when it was the town’s fish market and cloth hall. We love... that dismantled in 1634, the timbers were used to construct the beautiful building that stands today. PAULTON’S GOLF CENTRE 02380 811 212 | Paulton’s Golf Centre offers panoramic views for miles over the golf course, creating the perfect backdrop to events. On the edge of the New Forest National Park, pairs can make the most of magical woodland photographs or take advantage of the lake to get those all-important images to treasure. Conveniently located yet quietly hidden away, the team can accommodate up to 80 guests in the daytime and 100 in the evenings. The wedding team will be on hand to guide pairs through the planning process to create tailor-made experiences. The bright and spacious Swann Suite features rustic beams with panoramic views over the golf course and space for 80 people. Alternatively, the Dining Room is located on the ground floor with access to the terrace, rustic beams and large windows overlooking the grounds. It’s ideal for ceremonies with 50 and receptions with 100. The high ceilings offer brilliant acoustics for live bands or DJs. There’s a built-in bar and options for inside or outside evening food. The talented team of chefs can create menus for informal dining or sitdown meals, using delicious local produce to make the most of the New Forest. Whether pairs are looking for barbeques, hog roasts, buffets or sit-down meals, they can accommodate requests. The new lodge at the end of the driveway offers the perfect accommodation for getting ready the night before weddings or an escape for mini-moons after celebrations. When couples book the property, they’ll receive a complimentary menu taster session, hire a buggy for photographs, and tailor menus. LOCAL VENUES 25

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. ‘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 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

Discover these stunning settings around the counties ROMANCE HINTON ST MARY ESTATE 07511 209 705 | Hinton St Mary Estate is a family-owned, private estate in North Dorset that sits on the River Stour and farms on more than 700 hectares of the Blackmore Vale, with an additional 40 hectares of protected woodland. The Tithe Barn is approached through a long avenue of beech trees, with horses grazing on one side and open arable fields on the other. As pairs enter through the gates to the manor, there’s a sense of history, privilege and secrecy about what lies within. It’s a calming haven of tranquillity with goldfish and lilies on the pond, and then the modest majesty of the building hits. The Grade II Listed Medieval barn, built in the 15th-century, was converted into a hall at the turn of the 1900s. The impressive timber ceiling was lovingly restored with collar-braced trusses, adding the wow factor. Licenced for wedding ceremonies, the team can host 100-seated loved ones for dinners or accommodate up to 150 dancing guests for receptions. Throw open both sets of double doors to the walled garden, offering privacy and an idyllic setting for drinks receptions. Venture through the gates to discover the landscaped gardens of the Manor House, the most romantic backdrop for wedding photographs amongst honeysuckle and lavender; there’s a sunken garden, steps, statues and secret pathways. The Summerhouse is the stone folly, nestled in the corner of the Tithe Barn’s walled garden. It’s licensed by Dorset Registrars for wedding ceremonies for those wanting outdoor celebrations and something a bit different. It’s the most romantic spot to watch the sun go down across the estate at dusk, but there’s enough seating for that special group of friends. The Tithe Barn is available to hire for exclusive use on a dry-hire basis. The team only hosts one wedding a weekend, so couples will have time to create dream weddings. There’s also a list of tried and tested talented suppliers to help with wedding planning if needed. Three quaint and quirky cottages are available to let, all within walking distance from the Tithe Barn and the local pub. The Lodge and the Manor Stables sleep four and were renovated by the team in 2020 to a high standard. The bedrooms can be made up into twin rooms or doubles. The master bedroom in Manor Stables is perfect for bridal preparation. No.18 is a romantic thatched cottage just for two. Rustic 27 RUSTIC VENUES

THE GREYHOUND ON THE TEST 01264 810 833 | Situated in the charming country town of Stockbridge in rural Hampshire, The Greyhound on the Test is a licenced wedding venue offering a unique setting, and a dedicated team committed to providing an unforgettable experience that exceeds expectations. Lovebirds can relax throughout the experience and enjoy this precious time, knowing their wedding is in the safe hands of the specialist team and that all of those important details have been perfectly organised. Whether couples are seeking chic cocktail receptions with sublime canapés or relaxed long-table suppers, the staff can assist in bringing dream events to life with exceptional food and warm hospitality. The idyllic English garden is situated on the banks of the River Test, a perfect location for summer weddings. Guests can enjoy a cocktail while lovebirds take some photographs amongst the wildflowers. The team can set up long tables for sweet and relaxed afternoon celebrations with friends or put up a beautiful tent and awnings adorned with flowers, lights and candles for romantic starlit nights to remember. The Greyhound Garden can host 110 for sit-down meals or 150 for parties. The venue is the perfect setting for cosy autumn or winter weddings too! Several indoor areas are available, allowing the team to tailor the space to requirements. The Hound Room can be used for private dining for up to 15 guests while the main dining room can hold up to 60 for sit-down meals and 100 for parties. Those who take exclusive use of the venue will get use of the 10 beautiful bedrooms. 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 wedding spaces, 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 that can be used for dinners, weddings and private parties for up to 200. The size allows for a dancefloor while still having ample seating for guests. 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. 28

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 accommodation. Our incredible 16th Century Purbeck stone barn can seat 130 with capacity of up to 175 in the evening, or use our stunning grounds for a more intimate setting.