Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - May/June 2024 (Issue 104)

IT MUST BE LOVE Local wedding inspiration £1,000 towards big-day jewellery MAY/JUN 2024 £3.55 BAKE OFF Top flavours and designs HAMPSHIRE DORSET & WEDDING Making a splash Here come THE BOYS Waterside and coastal settings Groom’s attire and accessories WIN!

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, a glass of fizz to toast, an 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 £7,495 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 to have with your arrival drinks reception. (This offer applies to newly booked weddings only, using this advert) Offer valid until October 2024 (Reference: WED24BPH) 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

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 60 COMPETITION Win £1,000 towards wedding jewellery 85 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas CONTENTSMAY/JUNE 2024 VENUES 21 KEEP IT LOCAL Exchange vows in and around the New Forest 24 MAKING SPLASH Discover these stunning waterside and coastal venues On the cover This issue’s cover has come straight from the gorgeous styled shoot over on page 51. It was taken by 58 24 FEATURES 32 COSY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE Olivia Gibson reviews Lainston House in Winchester 51 FEELING PEACHY This colourful and romantic shoot takes inspiration from the Regency period but with a modern twist 57 BIG-DAY BAKES Top experts showcase their favourite wedding cakes for intimate nuptials, al fresco celebrations and grand events 71 DRESSED TO IMPRESS Our experts share advice to help dress the wedding party 3

REAL WEDDINGS 34 MIDNIGHT ROMANCE Katie and Dan’s elegant wedding and plenty of gorgeous touches 41LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE Lucy and Greg’s nuptials were a boho-disco extravaganza 46 DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Sean and Hannah’s wedding had a daring bold colour palette HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 94 SOME LIKE IT HOT Remember to pack your sunscreen for these tropical honeymoon destinations 96 BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Wrap up warm when visiting these chilly honeymoon destinations GROOMS 88 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 89 FIT TO PERFECTION London-based tailors Fielding & Nicholson share their top tips for finding a wedding suit 90 HUE COMPLETE ME Blue is a popular colour for spring and summer nuptials FASHION & BEAUTY 61 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 62 ALL DRESSED These strappy styles will take you from day to dancefloor 67 SHORT AND CHIC These sassy styles are always in fashion 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 COLOUR ME HAPPY Our beauty editor is a new woman thanks to House of Colour’s expert colour analysis 80 FEELING FABULOUS We caught up with celebrity hair stylist and innovator Gustav Fouche 82 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 61 34 96 46 62 4

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Can you believe it’s officially spring? If you’re anything like me, you’ve been counting the days until the sun arrives. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter but I miss embracing the outdoors and being amongst nature. I’ve had enough of the dark nights and scraping ice off my car! There’s something so magical about the time of year: the sun is shining, nature is thriving and animals are emerging. It’s also a time for spring cleaning and organising for a fresh start, perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed mind ready for wedding planning. My number one tip from the get-go is to work as a team, as the big day should reflect your love story and personalities. Don’t get too caught up trying to please everyone else; it’s your day after all. Highlight all the most essential aspects of the wedding and make these a priority throughout the process. Set a clear budget for each element on a spreadsheet with how much you’re comfortable spending, the deadline for payments and how much balance is left to pay to keep on track. The fun part of wedding planning is finding dream-worthy suppliers who share your vision. Lucky for you, this issue is bursting full of local talent with plenty of wedding planning experience. We have it all from top designers, photographers, florists, hairstylists, bakers, wedding planners, and more! Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and enjoy! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Here comes the sun 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 Check out this dapper suit, perfect for spring and summer weddings! Dorset Museum & Art Gallery was awarded Bronze Wedding Venue of the Year in the Dorset Tourism Awards! 90 62 9 For those searching for the perfect gown, this strappy style will take you from day to dancefloor! Flairify Designs shares advice to find beautiful stationery for spring weddings. 85 © Big Bouquet Photography 6

These lovebirds met through a mutual friend and ended up tying the knot years later surrounded by loved ones. 46 60 24 34 51 As a fan of period dramas, photographer Hayley Szczecinski wanted to create a styled shoot inspired by Bridgerton and the Regency era – the results are stunning! One lucky couple can win a £1,000 jewellery voucher! Perched by the sea overlooking The Solent, Highcliffe Castle is a dreamy wedding setting thanks to its prime clifftop location, beach access, surrounding woodland area, showstopping views and characterful features. When Katie saw Somerley on a sleepless night at 3am on Instagram, she knew it was perfect for her wedding day! 32 We’ve reviewed the charming Lainston House, a stunning 17th-century setting situated in Winchester. Spoiler alert − we were not disappointed! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the counties RAISE A GLASS Cocktails & Canapés offers a party trailer that is available for weddings and any outdoor event. The team can tailor offerings to suit individual events, including themed entertainment, trailer decoration, bespoke cocktails, canapés and fizz, using quality, locally sourced ingredients. Couples can choose their favourite dishes from the set menu to suit all tastes and allergy requirements. The cocktail trailer comes fully equipped and is hosted by experienced and engaging staff who will provide excellent customer service and make guests smile. They can provide music, smoke machines, drones, party lights and more – adding fun and fizz to events! Those who book the company in May/June this year will receive a complimentary bottle of Hattingley Valley Wine − cheers to that! Discover: PERFECT PASTELS For the ultimate in floral gifting this spring, give a dried flower bouquet from The Happy Blossoms to thank loved ones who’ve helped with wedding planning. Each bouquet from this limitededition collection is wrapped in bespoke luxury pastel paper and is available in three designs. Renowned for its Insta-famous Baked Blossoms and commitment to crafting stunning dried flower arrangements, the company invites customers to experience the magic of springtime in every petal. Handcrafted with love and care in Dorset, by the talented mother-daughter duo Barbara and Lauren, each bouquet is a testament to the beauty of nature and spreading joy through colour and flowers. Inspired by a springtime picnic in the beautiful English countryside, these arrangements boast a harmonious blend of delicate hues that will brighten any space and warm any heart. The team hope to inspire people to add colour to their homes by bringing amazing, unusual and unique flowers into the everyday. Discover: MEMORABLE SETTINGS Dorset Museum & Art Gallery offers a truly unique wedding ceremony venue in the heart of Dorset and was awarded Bronze Wedding Venue of the Year in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2023/2024. The setting could not be more striking and is a masterpiece of NeoGothic architecture. The Victorian Hall’s high ceilings adorned with intricate designs, stained-glass rose windows, and Roman mosaic flooring will help create memorable weddings. The venue’s wedding package includes the support of the events team, who will be on hand leading up to and on the day of weddings to help make dreams a reality. The new Wedding Brochure outlines the venue’s history, what’s included, a list of local suppliers, and images of how the space can be transformed and tailored to suit style and needs. This is available to download from the Dorset Museum & Art Gallery website. Contact to learn more about the venue, catering options, and how the team can make events unique. They would be delighted to show nearlyweds around. Discover: © Big Bouquet Photography 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

A POP OF COLOUR Innovative UK cake stand brand Prop Options has launched a new sophisticated range of interchangeable pastel-coloured cake stands, giving couples and cake designers bountiful colourful options for displaying wedding cakes. Known as the Reeded Stand, these pastel-toned modern cake plinths have removable top plates, allowing designers and couples to mix and match colourways for a unique, fun, yet elegant designs. Prop Options is introducing six colourways in its Pastel Reeded Stand collection: pink, lavender, green, yellow, blue and the 2024 colour of the year − Pantone Peach Fuzz. The stands are also available in white, black and gold. The pieces have been designed to be completely lightweight, perfect for storage and transportation. The cake stands are made from Eco PLA Filament; a premium eco-friendly material that’s built to last. What’s more, it’s fully recyclable when the time comes to retire it. The stands have hollow bases for cake designers to fill and weigh as needed for each cake design. The Reeded Cake stand joins Prop Options’ range of Reeded Separators, which the brand designed for use between wedding cake tiers to add height and a sophisticated design edge without the need for extra cake. Thanks to the company’s versatile offering, these Reeded Separators have proven a popular choice for cake designers worldwide, and they can also be made-to-order in a wide range of colours, diameters and heights. The Prop Options Pastel Reeded Cake Stands’ RRP starts at £68, and shipping is available in the UK and worldwide. Discover: TO DINE FOR Dorset’s newest culinary gem has opened its doors to celebrate the very best of local produce. With a planet-conscious ethos, it focuses on local, fresh, seasonal food cooked with creativity. Boatfolk is thrilled to unveil its reimagined dining destination on Dorset’s coastline with the upcoming re-launch of Salt at Portland Marina, under the stewardship of its new chef patron, Paul Clarke. Salt promises a culinary journey unmatched in the region, perfect for celebrating special occasions or memorable meals with loved ones. Drawing inspiration from Portland’s reputation as the ultimate ‘Après-Sea’ destination, guests are welcomed into an informal and inviting space featuring eclectic seating arrangements that seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor areas, with a striking boat installation at the centre, ensuring each visit is visually captivating against the picturesque backdrop of Portland Marina. From indulgent dishes to al fresco celebrations, Salt guarantees an unparalleled fusion of exceptional cuisine, breathtaking waterfront views, and an ambience that encapsulates the essence of an unforgettable experience. Discover: FUN AND FIZZ The sell-out Vineyards of Hampshire Fizz Fest is returning for its tenth year, showcasing Hampshire’s world-class still and sparkling wines. This year, the event will be held at The Grange, The Winery at Burges Field Vineyard, on Sunday June 23rd from 12pm to 4.30pm. The Grange’s winery adjoins Burges Field Vineyard, home to 52,000 vines that produce the award-winning range of The Grange wines. This longest-standing English Sparkling Wine festival offers attendees the chance to taste more than 20 world-class Hampshire sparkling and still wines. Winemakers and vineyard owners are on hand to showcase their portfolios, including new vintages. Visitors can also attend a range of masterclasses, tour the vineyard and winery, and enjoy Hampshire Street food and live music. This year, the event will coincide for the first time with English Wine Week, which runs from June 15th to 23rd. This week-long celebration will conclude a range of local celebrations promoting Hampshire wines. Managing partner for The Grange wines, Zam Baring says, “Fizz Fest provides the perfect opportunity to taste all of the best wines to be found in Hampshire. We’re very much looking forward to hosting this showcase event, and we are all proud of it to have reached its 10th year. We opened our state-of-the-art winery here in 2022, a splendid design set into the undulating hills to serve our young vineyard and blend and produce our own wine. This year we are now able to do just that.” Book via Eventbrite and 10

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. WEDDING PRINT AND MORE WWW.FLAIRIFYDESIGNS.CO.UK | HELLO@FLAIRIFYDESIGNS.CO.UK Get in touch! 07397 851 845 Sweets, décor and more! Bringing a bespoke party to you with quality cocktails, lush canapés & a fun team. TINA & SCOTT t: 07754 185 359 e: Presented by Proud Mary (Southampton & South West) ltd I am an independent florist providing bespoke styling for weddings, events & workshops. I cover, Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Berkshire @Maryelizabethflorists maryelizabethflorists Lose up to a STONE every 4 weeks FREE weekly PRIVATE 1:1 support & weigh-ins Tailored plans to fit your lifestyle FREE 1:1 Diet APP with your own personal access code Huge range of tasty meal replacements FREE Delivery of your products Face to Face and Virtual appointments SCAN ME Lose weight for your Wedding with The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan SCAN ME Wherever you are in the UK, we can help you! Karen Doyley Silver Elite Consultant 07896 848949 Sarah Dias Silver Consultant 07816 312580 10% discount with code ‘HDWM’ Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us our own fairytale captured in a wedding dress Designer gowns at affordable prices You and your guests will be welcomed to an unforgettable, private and exclusive appointment in our luxury bridal studio. 10% DISCOUNT FOR BLUE LIGHT CARD HOLDERS We also stock bridesmaid dresses, evening and mother-of-the-bride outfits plus fabulous accessories, jewellery and shoes 07584 131193 01329 289546 51 The Avenue Fareham PO14 1PF Images courtesy of Martin Bell

LOOKING YOUR BEST At Meon Face, the team are dedicated to working with brides on their journey to feeling their most confident and best selves. Clients come to them with concerns and desires before the talented experts work closely to create bespoke treatment plans. The company has more than 10 years’ experience within the industry with a mission to create an environment where clients feel comfortable and welcome while leaving feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and a million dollars. The team offer a comprehensive range of aesthetic and beauty treatments. The aestheticians, beauticians and therapists are fully trained in treatments and have delivered phenomenal results for all clients, giving them the confidence to receive the highest quality care and service at Meon Face. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer brides and their loved ones free consultations and 25 percent off treatments when they quote ‘Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding’ upon booking before 1st July, 2024. Contact the team to discuss details. Discover the extensive list of treatments and book here: MADE WITH LOVE Win £150 to spend on handmade and personalised jewellery at Posh Totty Designs! Award-winning UK jewellery brand, Posh Totty Designs is giving away a £150 voucher to spend on beautiful handmade and personalised pieces from its stunning Wedding Collection. Posh Totty Designs is a female-led business with boutique stores in both London and the brand’s hometown Brighton. Every piece is crafted with love by a team of professional jewellers in its coastal workshop, using high-quality recycled sterling silver and gold, and ethically sourced gemstones. The workshop team can personalise your jewellery to create something completely unique and meaningful to you, whether it be bridesmaids’ necklaces inset with their birthstones, or cufflinks for the groomsmen hand-stamped with initials and the wedding date. Blending timeless style with emotion and sentiment, choose the perfect piece for your perfect day. Visit to view the full collection. For your chance to win, enter via the website by 31st July. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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Pre-register for all of our events at BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 13TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples recently engaged. 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

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 AUTUMN 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 KENT SUN, 8 SEP 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, Kent, ME13 9AJ SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 10 NOV 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DG SUN, 15 SEP 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUSSEX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SURREY SUN, 10 NOV 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL

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Step inside Forest Park Hotel and discover tranquillity with 40 luxurious rooms. Our Acorn room, guarantees an unforgettable wedding day for those who wish to be close to nature whilst celebrating your big day. For more information, please contact us at FORESTPARK-HOTEL.CO.UK 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 - We have been dressing weddings and events in and around Dorset for nine years and totally love what we do! Get in touch today to discuss how we can help dress your dream wedd i ng ! 07432 623818 Novia Events

Exchange vows in the New Forest LOCAL FOREST PARK HOTEL 01590 622 844 | Forest Park Hotel is part of the Coaching Inn Group of historic hotels, one of the brand’s finest Signature settings. It’s located in the New Forest National Park at the southern centre of England and hugs the Hampshire coastline with an abundance of wildlife. Originally built in 1893 as a grand private house, in 1905 the premises were expanded and converted into a luxury hotel. This well-appointed, picturesque, and historical country setting has been visited by monarchs, heads of state, and major government figures, including King George V, Queen Mary, and The President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. The Forest Park Hotel is the perfect setting for country house experiences, where the team offers exclusive weddings with private use to ensure the best ambience and that couples have amazing lifetime memories. The Acorn Room restaurant guarantees an unforgettable experience for those who wish to be close to nature. It’s the main and biggest room that can be used for private celebrations. Here, the team can host up to 60 guests for ceremonies and 100 in the evenings. With panoramic views of the garden, couples can expect to be wowed by the true elegance that this room offers. Situated in well-appointed private spaces, The Meerut room allows stunning natural light with views of the garden, hosting 10 to 20 guests for the vows. The use of the private terrace is included with the room hire. The Garden and Twisted Branch are perfect for al fresco celebrations with up to 60-day guests and 100 in the evening. The tranquil rose-lined garden located at the rear of the hotel is the ideal space to relax and enjoy wedding ceremonies. The chef has also created a bespoke Classic Wedding Menu and Garden Table Midnight Delight Buffet for wedding breakfasts, or couples can upgrade to the Premium Menu & Midnight Delight Buffets and Platters. At Forest Park Hotel, the team offers two types of weddings: Exclusive Hire or Intimate. If couples prefer cosy, intimate wedding celebrations, then let the professional team plan and execute this with their input. They can provide white table linen, the Forest Park copper cake stand, a knife, and expertise from the event coordinator. The Exclusive Hire of Forest Park Hotel is from 11am to 11am the following day. The staff has carefully crafted inclusive wedding and event packages with quality and individuality in mind, offering bespoke options for food and beverages. The exclusive hire includes the use of 40 luxury rooms, all public areas and the beautiful garden. The package includes a wedding ceremony, top table flower arrangement from its local supplier Corbin’s of Brockenhurst and a three-course complimentary one night stay on the couple’s first wedding anniversary. The package is based on up to 60 daytime guests and a total of 100 evening guests. If pairs would like a personal quote for different numbers or options, then the team are happy to provide this. Going 21 LOCAL VENUES

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 oak-beamed Sylvan Pavilion. Or, why not opt for the Beaulieu Suite 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 three-day 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! RHINEFIELD HOUSE HOTEL 01590 622 922 | Rhinefield House is a luxury hotel deep within the New Forest National Park. With 40 acres of landscaped gardens, the historic grounds were once home to Queen Victoria. With beautiful surroundings and a blend of Tudor and Gothic architecture, the property is a beautiful country location for weddings. Couples will find the Forest Garden Doric Temple in a private area of the gardens with the magnificent Rhinefield House in the background – ceremonies will feel magical surrounded by 130 people. The Grand Hall, a replica of London’s Westminster Hall, has as much grandeur. Intricate carvings and oak panelling complement the gold chandeliers and the impressive original windows offering views over the grounds. What’s more, the Minstrels Gallery provides the perfect position for bird’s-eye view photographs. After the ‘I dos’, the team can transform the space for receptions. The Hurst Castle is ideal for 100 loved ones, with several layouts available. The contemporary area has a separate entrance and terrace, which overlooks the topiary orchard. The neutral décor is ideal for all types of themes, and there’s plenty of natural lighting from the floor-to-ceiling windows. For more intimate weddings with 35 people, The Keepers Room has a lovely and relaxed atmosphere. The ornamental fireplace and delicate chandelier are standout features, while the large bay window makes for a beautiful backdrop to vows. The location is perfect for evening receptions too. The team offers a complimentary menu tasting session five months before weddings for those booking the venue for their special day. They’ll also offer the bridal experience package which includes a night’s stay prior to the wedding in the suite for up to six guests, a bottle of prosecco, use of the leisure facilities and a room-service breakfast. The Grooms Room Package occurs from 8am to 2pm with bacon rolls, beer and space for friends to gather. The hotel has 50 bedrooms on-site for loved ones staying over, which includes three feature suites. 22

Nestled in the enchanting New Forest, Rhinefield House is a stunning 19th-century manor that blends Tudor and Gothic architecture, offering an unforgettable setting for your dream wedding. Explore this exclusive Hampshire venue and discover elegant event spaces, exquisite cuisine, and accommodation for you and your guests. Start planning your magical day with Hand Picked Hotels. 01590 622922 Photography - Martin Bell YOUR FAIRYTALE WEDDING AWAITS RHINEFIELD HOUSE HOTEL THE NEW FOREST, HAMPSHIRE HOTELS BUILT FOR PLEASURE Our expert chefs will prepare the paella on-site, using only the freshest ingredients and traditional techniques. Your guests will be amazed by the sights, sounds, and smells of the cooking process, and they'll love the rich and flavourful dish that results. Want something different? Get in touch to hear about all that we have to offer. Are you looking for a unique and delicious way to impress your guests at your next event? Look no further! Events Kitchen specialises in Paella, a traditional Spanish dish that is cooked in a large, shallow pan over an open flame. Adding Flavours to Your Event 07984 624472 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.

Fall in love with these waterside and coastal venues A SPLASH HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE 01202 093 377 | Perched by the sea overlooking The Solent, Highcliffe Castle is a dreamy wedding setting thanks to its prime clifftop location, beach access, surrounding woodland area, showstopping views and characterful features. First inspired by the work of Capability Brown, the grounds and estate at Highcliffe Castle have seen many changes through the centuries but still retain some of his original touches. Today, it’s an excellent location for woodland walks, outstanding viewpoints, and picnics. From the moment guests arrive at the impressive driveway to the porte-cochère, the impressive architecture with historic and Gothic revival features will wow guests. Ceremonies take place in The Winter Garden with 110 people. The conservatory-style building is flooded with natural lighting, offering views over the castle grounds and a romantic setting for the vows. The room’s design creates fabulous acoustics for music, whether that’s a baby grand piano, media centre or a string quartet – songs will sound even more special in this beautiful location. Why not dine in the majestic Great Hall after the ‘I dos’? It can host 110 people and create a spectacular backdrop for wedding breakfasts. With its carved stonework, exposed brick and 30-foot-high stained-glass Jesse window, guests will be in awe of the special ambience this room creates. For more of an intimate setting, the Dining Room offers a romantic and elegant backdrop to celebrations with whimsical exposed brickwork and impressive views over the lawns to the sea for up to 80 guests. Dance into the night in the atmospheric Drawing Room with a band or DJ. It’s blank canvas allows couples to add fairylights, a disco ball, drapes, illuminated letters and a dancefloor. The Castle Bar links the dining and dancing areas of the castle as a lively hub for all celebrations. The dedicated wedding team will ensure that all plans run smoothly so couples can relax. A rehearsal will be booked ahead of weddings to ensure everyone will unwind on the special day, knowing everything is under control. Making 24

YOUR Big Day IN THE SKY Say ‘I do’ with breathtaking views at Spinnaker Tower. Elevate your love story overlooking the Solent. From intimate ceremonies to grand receptions, our dedicated team ensures your special day is unforgettable. Contact us now to begin planning your dream wedding. ‘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 Fair Sunday 29th September 11am – 3pm

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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 adventures 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 offers an exciting opportunity for couples to work with their dream suppliers to accomplish their goals. The venue makes a stunning backdrop to bespoke indoor and outdoor weddings. Al fresco ceremonies occur at the Wedding Gazebo on the West Lawn with 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. 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, couples 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 with 100 loved ones in the evenings. COASTAL AND WATERSIDE VENUES 27

FORT NELSON – PORTSMOUTH 01329 233 734 | commercial/venue-hire Fort Nelson is a superbly restored Victorian fort that offers a range of spaces to hire for events. With world-class museum collections and a scenic position above the Solent combined, the distinctive venue provides the perfect backdrop with atmospheric rooms, private courtyards, panoramic views and unique photo locations. Fort Nelson hosts wedding ceremonies in the former Officers Mess. The suite of rooms can be configured to suit different requirements, with the option of holding drinks receptions in the delightful courtyard. The team offers a range of catering options, from buffets and afternoon teas to a more formal dining experience. All food and drink packages can be tailored to suit different tastes and budgets. Fort Nelson is a unique and quirky venue for all manner of celebrations, and the passionate team will be on hand to help couples create their perfect wedding. 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 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 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. With two AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand for a quality, affordable menu, the standard of food in the hotel restaurant is very high. 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

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 a seriously stylish celebration, Bishops Cottage is available for exclusive hire. Book a private party with us and the house and grounds will be yours to enjoy at your leisure. This is the perfect location you can tailor your package for a truly unique experience. We are just over 2 hours by train from London Waterloo, and once you’re here there is very little reason to leave this magical setting. 01929 400 552 • bishopscottagelulworth WWW.BISHOPSCOTTAGE.COM CHRIS WEST DISCO For all occasions LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR EVENT – LOOK NO FURTHER! Weddings | Engagements | Birthdays Functions | Christmas Parties 07958 344666

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SPINNAKER TOWER 02392 857 534 | Located in Portsmouth, Spinnaker Tower is the perfect setting for exquisite ceremonies and exclusive receptions. The stunning views of the south coast create an idyllic backdrop for romantic weddings and photographs. Located at 105 metres, View Deck 2 offers breathtaking panoramic views stretching up to 23 miles. The unique space can hold up to 60 guests for intimate ceremonies at 5.15pm, where happy couples can exchange vows in front of the most stunning views. Wedding breakfasts take place on View Deck 1, which features a glass floor where 100 guests can indulge in the luxury of dining 100 metres in the sky, surrounded by sparkling night-time views or spectacular sunsets. The caterers are happy to devise a bespoke menu in consultation with the head chef tailored to specific requirements. Evening guests are invited to join couples in the Spinnaker Kitchen & Bar from 9.30pm where they can enjoy music and dancing. They too can share the whole Spinnaker Tower experience as the View Decks stay open until 11pm. The space can accommodate 200 people, who will love the wide areas, outside terrace and bar space. BISHOPS COTTAGE 01929 400 552 | Nestled into the cliff directly above Lulworth Cove, Bishops Cottage feels like a secret world amidst the hustle and bustle. Its mature gardens, pool and hidden sun terraces make it the perfect place to host events. Even the swimming pool overlooks the world heritage site of Lulworth Cove. Bishops Cottage was originally three cottages dating back to the 1650s. The building is one of the oldest in the village of West Lulworth. It was once the home of Bishop Wordsworth of Salisbury. Now a guest house with seven rooms to accommodate 25 people, open beams, and two wood-burning stoves, in spring/summer the property is buzzing with flowers and wildlife. In the courtyard are many olive trees, one more than 400-years-old. The venue is the closest to Lulworth Cove Beach, meaning the rooms are the only property with uninterrupted sea views. It’s a mere 30-minute walk from the famous Durdle Door and a one-minute walk to Lulworth Cove beach. The property has been hosting weddings since 2000. Large celebrations occur in a marquee on the clifftop overlooking the Cove, while intimate weddings occur inside the main building. The Sun Room is a small space for up to 10 people with sea views and garden access. Alternatively, the Dining Room & Bar can host the vows; located on the ground floor overlooking the porch, this beautiful space features open beams and wood-burning stoves – it’s especially romantic for winter weddings. It can an host a maximum of 25 for wedding breakfasts. The garden and grounds can host up to 120 people, a marquee will be necessary to protect events from the elements, but this will not block the gorgeous views. The marquee goes at the end of the garden, and everyone enters the bar after the vows while the marquee gets turned into the reception area. All the above areas can host evening receptions and couples will have exclusive hire of the property for three days. 31 COASTAL AND WATERSIDE VENUES

From the moment I arrived at Lainston House, I was captivated by the picturesque setting and the charming 17th-century country house surrounded by Hampshire countryside. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many different properties around England, but something about this venue has truly made an impression. Perhaps it’s the passionate team dedicated to ensuring guests receive exceptional service, or potentially the range of opportunities on offer to bring guests together for an overall sense of community. Whatever the reason, I experienced a memorable stay alongside my partner to treasure for years to come. SETTING THE SCENE Situated close to the iconic city of Winchester, just over an hour away from London by train, the location offers ease and accessibility for guests. As we journeyed down the driveway, lush parkland either side, the impressive heritage-bricked house came into view. After soaking up the spectacular scenery, heading inside to meet the team we were welcomed by smiley faces who swiftly checked us in before escorting us to our room. On first impressions, the refined interior was stunning with historical features paired seamlessly with contemporary touches for the best of both worlds. As we took in the quaint space, the team shared some anecdotes about the venue’s rich history. With 50 individually designed bedrooms on-site, we were fortunate enough to spend the night in the Sycamore Junior Suite, complete with a hand-carved four-poster king bed for the perfect night’s rest and a seating area with a comfortable sofa. The sash windows provided plenty of natural light filling the spacious open-plan room; with feature panelling, lush wallpaper, grand furniture and rustic chandeliers, the ornate features felt like we’d taken a step back in time. The team provided us with a lovely selection of truffles, small bottles of Hillfield Gun from Surrey and Ridgeview’s Bloomsbury sparkling wine from Sussex, which were much appreciated and went down a treat! Our suite included a large feature bathroom with stained-glass windows, double sinks, a waterfall shower, Molten Brown amenities and a roll-top bath set in front of a TV. Here, I made the most of unwinding with a glass of wine while watching my favourite shows. THE DINE FOR The five-star hotel offers a wealth of dining experiences, including The Avenue restaurant, which is set in an elegant dining room overlooking the magnificent mile-long avenue of lime trees (hence the name!). An intimate setting with wood panelling, paintings and a marble fireplace, all combine to create an elegant setting for fine dining. Inspired by seasonality, the à la carte menu is tempting to all palates and tastes. Discreetly sheltered in the grounds of the elegant 17th-century mansion lies a secret walled kitchen garden that has recently been restored beyond its former glory to supply the hotel’s award-winning restaurant with fresh herbs and vegetables. The talented chefs provided a delicious meal with an abundance of flavours and ingredients, all beautifully presented. We started with an amuse bouche followed by airy sesame milk bread paired with creamy butter. I then opted for a pan-seared scallop with a harmonious combination of smoked eel, almond and a creamy apple sauce for my starter. The flavourful briny tang fish was light, fine and tender − it almost melted in my mouth. Delicate cod loin offered a sweet but subtle flavour paired with cauliflower, maitake and sake beurre for the main. I finished off the meal with a light and airy passion fruit souffle with crème fraîche ice cream − a delicious combination I wished I’d tried sooner in life! Our professional waitress had extensive knowledge of each dish and was on hand to ensure an immaculate service from start to finish. The classic setting also provided the ideal location for breakfast the following morning, with goodies from the buffet and hot food from the kitchen. I enjoyed some cereal followed by fresh fruit and handcrafted bread toasted with fresh jam − yum! The main event was fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and crispy bacon before I tried some fresh pastries, straight from the oven, washed down with some rich hot chocolate. It’s safe to say I was stuffed after all that delicious food − in a good way! EXCHANGING VOWS Lainston House is ready to make wedding dreams come true! With an impressive façade, a 12th-century chapel and stunning gardens, there are countless romantic backdrops to discover. The Dawley Barn is a listed building converted into a private space that makes lasting impressions and can host up to 120 vows. The roaring original fireplace, rustic beams and brickwork are dream-worthy. After the vows, celebrate with a drinks reception in the gardens or Drawing Room, while the team transform the barn for receptions which has space for 200 people. Al fresco ceremonies take place under the outdoor pavilion, which can host 120 loved ones, perfect for those sunny days. THE FINAL VERDICT Overall, we had the most magical stay at this gorgeous property. The team provided a home away from home atmosphere, where nothing was too much trouble. Next time, we will definitely be taking part in the Season Cookery School, where guests get to learn from the professionals. Options include woodfired cooking, a barbecue masterclass, skill lessons, and learning to cook favourite cuisines. The beautiful surroundings, comfortable accommodation and excellent cuisine create a memorable stay that we couldn’t recommend more. It really is the perfect setting for pre-wedding getaways, weddings and minimoons – we can’t wait to return in the future. COSY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE Olivia Gibson reviews Lainston House in Winchester BOOK IT: Scan to view video 32