Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - March/April 2022 (Issue 91)

£3.55 MAR/APR 2022 WIN! HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, BRIDAL FASHION, EXPERT ADVICE AND MORE Rustic wedding barns and romantic outdoor settings ‘ I do’ al fresco A honeymoon in St Lucia Flower POWER Colour bomb your day with beautiful blooms Local love stories True romance

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 and 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 you wedding day. In its flexible, purpose designed space, it is capable of accommodating small numbers for intimate private fine-dining through to weddings for 180 guests. | 02392385389 | 01489589275

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A sneak peek of what’s to come 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 81 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 95 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon to St Lucia CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2022 VENUES 19 AL FRESCO APPEAL Rustic barns and picturesque outdoor venues 25 SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTHAMPTON Where to wed in and around this vibrant port city On the cover Spring is in the air and this issue’s front cover is just one of the romantic shots captured by Hamsphire-based Leah Marie Photography ( to herald in the new season. Set against the backdrop of historic Stansted Park, flip to page 91 to be inspired. 49 25 FEATURES 49 FESTIVAL FEVER Ramp up the feelgood factor with a cloudburst of rainbow brights 53 FLOWER POWER Colour bomb your day with greenery and beautiful blooms 71 DOME SWEET DOME Celebrate your big day in your own romantic love bubble 85 HOT, HOT, HOT All the latest in wedding catering 91 NEW BEGINNINGS Shake off the winter blues and soak up some fresh spring wedding vibes 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 BY THE WATER’S EDGE Jess and Mike strolled hand in hand across the sand on their big day 36 LADY IN RED Maddie and James’ sequel wedding was a chilled, colourful affair 42 TWO INTO ONE DOES GO! Hampshire’s Old Thorns Hotel provided the perfect setting for this double wedding HONEYMOONS 96 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials FASHION & BEAUTY 59 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 60 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 67 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 78 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 60 36 96 76 67 42 4

Hotel Miramar, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth. BH1 3AL | 01202 556581 Experience the Romance of Bournemouth’s Country House Hotel by the Sea The most perfect venue for your special day. We’re here to help you make memories with an individual, stylish, and elegant celebration. Marry at Miramar

71 Personally I love this time of year, although the weather’s still nippy, there’s the promise of sunny days ahead and the spring flowers are coming into bloom. I don’t know about you, but from the moment the nights start getting lighter, I immediately feel more energised. The days seem longer and it’s great to leave home and return from work in the daylight. With the clocks going forward at the end of March, I’m preparing to get to grips with all those niggling tasks at home that I’ve mothballed over the winter. So, if like me, you’ve been a bit sluggish with the to-do list over the winter, now is the time to get cracking. Whether you’re in the ‘postponed from 2020’ camp, the ‘original 2021’ crew or your status is ‘newly engaged’, the wedding planning will be gathering momentum in the coming months – and you’ve come to the right place for help and inspiration! This issue is crammed with tips and advice on everything from the wedding catering to lovely local venues, real weddings, fabulous photo shoots and more to showcase what’s on offer in the region. And if you’re looking to nail your wedding day bridal style, we’ve got you covered from pages 59 to 78 with everything from hair and beauty, to fashion and accessories. Packed with all the regular features, honeymoons, inspiration and more, we’re excited and hope you are too! Enjoy! Sarah x ISSN 2046-8474 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Sarah Reeve | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor, Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Honeymoons Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 | Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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. Subscription rates are £17.60 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and Sarah Reeve, editor Spring is sprung cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS WIN! A HONEYMOON TO ST LUCIA 95 Twice the joy at this stunning double wedding at Hampshire’s Old Thorns Hotel Be inspired by bright, boho festival vibes from page 49 Micro wedding anyone? 42 6

Perfectly situated in the heart of Portsmouth next to the sea, we offer a truly unique venue for your special day. We have a variety of wonderful spaces and packages to cater for your wedding, with newly-refurbished rooms available for the bridal party and guests. Fully-licenced marriage venue | Wonderfully unique setting | Perfect location by the sea Beautifully grand reception rooms for any par ty size | Fabulous bridal suites with newly-refurbished rooms for guests too | Amazing offers on bespoke packages A WEDDING VENUE YOU’LL LOVE SET SAIL ONYOUR LIFE TOGETHER Visit for more information and to book Or contact us now to talk to our team about your bespoke package 023 9282 4231 Queen Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3HS

For more information, please e-mail us or call 01962 857258 Winchester Cathedral is the stunning jewel in the crown of one of the most beautiful cities in England. We offer a choice of venues set within the Cathedral grounds where you can celebrate your marriage in spectacular surroundings. Looking to get married in 2022? Winchester Cathedral still have key dates available. Wedding & Venue Dec ations UNIQUE & BEAUTIFUL DECORATIONS FOR YOUR SPECIAL WEDDING DAY At Balloon A RoomWeddings we can provide balloons, chair covers, sashes, centrepieces, light up letters, draping, post boxes, sweet carts, garden games and flower walls for your wedding or event. Please get in touch today for your free no obligation quote. 3 C U C K L I N G T O N G A R D E N S , B O U R N E M O U T H , B H 9 3 Q R Email: • Mobile: 07799 664421

Nearlywed All the latest from around the region BIGGER AND BETTER David Mellor Family Jewellers has turned the page on a new chapter in its long history. The independent family business has relocated to a new store in the Swan Centre, Eastleigh, three times bigger than its previous one. Great for couples on the hunt for their wedding jewellery, the business has already seen an increase in footfall. With three stores in Hampshire, as well as an on-site jewellery workshop specialising in repairs, design and manufacture, the company has channelled its modern and approachable ethos into the move. Amy Mellor explains, “We took the decision to relocate into larger premises as we had outgrown our previous space and felt a much more prominent location would be the best reflection of the way our business is moving forward. Since we opened at the beginning of February, we are already noticing an increase in customers, many of whom are brand-new faces which is lovely to see after nearly 40 years in the town!” The workshop has also been moved to the new premises. “From first-class customer service, to offering complimentary manicure vouchers with engagement ring purchases, we strive to provide something a little different for our customers,” adds Amy. Visit and flip to page 13 for an exclusive reader offer on their wedding bands, engagement and eternity rings. WEDDINGS A GO, GO Love is in the air at Macdonald Hotels! Events experts from the leading hotel group recorded a 40 per cent increase in wedding enquiries in the first few weeks of 2022. Compared to the same period last year, it signals growing confidence that the wedding sector is once again booming. Katrina Dunlop, weddings marketing manager for Macdonald Hotels, says, “It is wonderful to see more couples starting to once again consider making that life-changing walk down the aisle. Between Christmas and Valentine’s Day has always been a popular time to get engaged, but when compared to the same period last year it is clear that we are moving towards prepandemic levels of enquiries.” Check out Model Jess Robinson of EDITOR LOVES… This beauty gets our vote for an ultra fun and flirty bridal look. Available at Dorset’s exclusive Sarah Jane Bridal boutique, Sadie (Style Y12244) is a wonderfully dreamy tiered ballgown from Sophia Tolli’s latest collection. Made in soft organza and satin, it’s super lightweight, perfect for any time of year. Visit NEWS DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Be inspired by a showcase of hand-picked suppliers and fall in love with Hampshire’s stunning Stansted Park ( The country house venue is hosting a wedding showcase on Sunday, 3rd April from 11am to 3pm, providing a one-stop-shop for everything from the Champagne and canapés, to flowers, photographers and more. The perfect opportunity to view the venue, the house will be dressed for a wedding. The music room will be partly set out for a ceremony and the drawing room styled for a formal wedding breakfast, with musicians playing inside and out to add to the atmosphere so you can picture your day there. with mobile catering units and wedding cars parked outside. Entry is free but to secure your place, tickets need to be booked visit YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

GET CONNECTED Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we’re literally never satisfied when it comes to providing you with wedspiration. With this in mind, we’ve created our very own YouTube channel, just for you. Discover everything from venue tours to dream dresses, catch up on beauty reviews and how-tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots. You can even be a fly on the wall at some lovely real weddings! We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? Simply head to YouTube and search County Wedding Magazines. LET THE FUN B-GIN Add a local flavour to the big-day drinks menu with Mermaid Pink Gin. Infused with the fresh flavour of Isle of Wight strawberries, the award-winning tipple creates an aromatic and refreshing drink – great for a gin bar or fabulous cocktail. Try this for a tempting tipple to impress your guests: Mermaid Pink Gin Bitter French 25ml Mermaid Pink Gin | 10ml Campari | 12.5ml lemon juice | 12.5ml sugar syrup | Champagne Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a twist of grapefruit. CONGRATULATIONS! A big Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding high five to Dorsetbased Mobile BBQ & Catering. Specialists in providing a range of top quality food for weddings and events, the company has been recognised in the Corporate Livewire South England Prestige Awards 2021/2022. The awards honour small and medium-sized businesses proven to be the best in their field. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the company, which was founded in 1992. Thrilled owner Sayed Soliman says, “I was nominated by a guest from a function I catered for so I had no idea about the award.” Check out FUN AND GLAMOUR Shopping for your dream dress just got even better! Bournemouth bridal boutique Chameleon Bride has had a makeover and now not only has a chic new coastal look, but a whole lot of other goodies too. The boutique has been completely rebranded and as well as fabulous new luxe appeal, it now has its own bar to add to the experience! Owner Anneliese Ward has been at the helm for the past six years and has transformed the business into a destination hotspot for bridesto-be. First opened as a women’s clothes shop 38 years ago, since Anneliese took over in October 2016, she has introduced a whole raft of improvements and now has three bridal fitting rooms, including a VIP one, and a mother-of-the-bride shop which was launched last April. “We also have a brand new bar for customers, serving gin, bubbly and even refreshing slushies during the warmer months,” adds Anneliese. If that’s not tempting enough, there’s popcorn and sweet treats too with their ‘Bubbles and Bon Bon’ appointments! Visit to find out more. 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA WWW.YOURHAMPSHIREDORSET.WEDDING/GIVEAWAYS Closing date is 3rd June 2022 unless otherwise stated, terms and conditions apply. RING-A-DING-DING If you’re planning to step into spring with a sparkly new ring on your finger, check out Hampshire’s David Mellor Family Jewellers! Whether your significant other is about to pop the question or you’re looking for your wedding rings, the independent family business is a destination hotspot for newlyweds-to-be. With three stores in Hampshire, including brand new, bigger premises at the Swan Centre, Eastleigh, there’s plenty to choose from to suit a wide range of tastes. When it comes to wedding bands, eternity and engagement rings, the independent business has access to a whole host of suppliers within the jewellery industry. “Even if it turns out that we can’t find what you’re looking for, we have our own workshop so we can design it for you and turn your dream into a reality,” says Amy Mellor. From pre-owned vintage jewellery and watches for your something old, to designer silver brands as perfect gifts for the bridal party, there’s something to cater for all big-day needs. Visit to find out more. We’ve teamed up with David Mellor Jewellers to offer readers the chance to claim 10% off engagement or wedding ring purchases. Offer valid for pieces/orders purchased in full during March and April 2022. For full details check out Great giveaways and offers up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 20TH MARCH, 2022 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting 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, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Wintershill is a charming Victorian Hall situated in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. With a variety of locations within the gardens and grounds to choose from for dry hire, our family run venue can provide the perfect spot for any event. Having Southampton airport and train station, as well as Winchester train station, all within a 20 minute drive makes it an easily accessible venue for the south east as well as the rest of the UK. Please do get in touch to discuss your event and we hope to welcome you very soon. • WINTERSHILL HALL

CHEDINGTON WEDDINGS, BEAMINSTER 01308 861 744 | If you’re looking for something far from the madding crowd, check out this hidden gem. Tucked away in a secluded valley, weddings take place at West Axnoller Farm, a sprawling estate in the heart of the Dorset countryside close to the unspoilt beaches of the Jurassic Coast. You can tie the knot and celebrate afterwards in the bright and modern converted barn, a spacious industrial chic setting with large glass doors providing panoramic views of the valleys beyond and room for up to 220 guests. The charming courtyard outside includes an elegant marquee and custom-built pergola surrounded with greenery and delicate white drapes; perfect for romantic ‘I dos’. There’s a wealth of other picture-perfect locations for al fresco ceremonies too, including a beautiful spot between two antique urns looking out over the rolling countryside. The elegant marquee provides a relaxing retreat for postvows drinks and the evening celebration. With accommodation in two stylishly decorated houses available for up to 24 people, it’s an idyllic place to chill out and enjoy a weekend-long experience. We love… the amazing views and privacy. RUSTIC ROMANCE Beautiful wedding barns and al fresco settings from around the region THE VENUE AT FOREST EDGE VINEYARD, HALE 01725 511 780 | Discover this wedding gem in the picturesque New Forest National Park. Set within a one-acre paddock, with its own vineyard, it provides an intimate, peaceful setting and an idyllic backdrop for standout photos. The Dutch barn has been beautifully converted and can seat up to 100 guests or 120 standing. There’s a purpose-built bar and a mezzanine floor, great as a cosy chill-out area or for extra formal seating. On a summer’s day, you can open up the bi-fold doors that back on to the vineyard and soak up the beautiful view. There’s outside seating in the charming courtyard too and the patio doors really help to bring the outside in. There’s a kitchen area and the venue is flexible the catering, so you can celebrate your day, your way. There’s external electrical points too if you’re thinking of having mobile food trucks, great for a chilled festival vibe. We love… that there’s a marquee for larger events that can be attached to the Dutch barn to create one big space. VENUES 19

KIMBRIDGE BARN, KIMBRIDGE 01794 339 444 | The best of homegrown produce awaits in the stylish surroundings of this charming venue. Nestled among the waterways of Hampshire’s River Test, the relaxed café, tearoom, rustic barn and intimate Boot Room cater for a whole range of big-day needs. The beautifully restored barn is set in idyllic countryside and although it’s not licensed for ceremonies, a blessing can be held before the wedding breakfast. Wooden beams and rustic chandeliers add to the charming, relaxed atmosphere and the large windows help create a light and airy feel. With space for 100 guests for a sit-down meal and 150 for the evening reception, there’s a bar, dancefloor and courtyard complete with outside bar, firepit and comfy furniture for your loved ones to relax and unwind. For more intimate weddings, the Boot Room can seat up to 30 people for a warm, cosy get together, or it can be used as extra space for guests to spread out from the main barn. A bit of foodie heaven too, the venue can create flexible packages including local ingredients for the canapés, wedding breakfast and evening buffet. We love… for an alternative-style wedding breakfast, the in-house chefs are happy to cook over the firepit to wow your guests. GORWELL FARM, ABBOTSBURY 01305 871 401 | Create the wedding of your dreams at this versatile venue. Set in a valley on Dorset’s south coast, it ticks all the boxes for a truly bespoke celebration. The light and airy 17th-century stone barn is big enough to seat up to 130 guests, there’s space for dancing, a bar and all the facilities and freedom you need to enjoy your day in perfect peace. With natural beams and stone walls, the barn provides the perfect backdrop to add your own personal touch to suit your big-day style and theme. Licensed for ceremonies, you can tie the knot inside or outside in the pagoda underneath a beautiful beech tree on the outskirts of the woods. The spacious outdoor area provides extra room for guests and is ideal for a marquee or party tent. Surrounded by nature, with an abundance of greenery, trees and flowers, there’s no shortage of wonderful photo opportunities. Hired over three days, you can enjoy a stress-free experience with time to set up, tie the knot and relax afterwards. We love… that there’s accommodation for up to 37 people available on site. 20

t: 01725 511780 at Forest Edge Vineyard Make an appointment Situated in the New Forest National Park, our stunning, unique location has a 1 acre paddock, vineyard and a peaceful setting for your perfect day. Bongo_4243 KB Hampshire & Dorset Weddings Advert.indd 1 21/02/2022 10 Historic grade II listed building, set in 43 acres of park and woodland ACCOMMODAT I ON , I NDOOR WEDD I NG S , OU T DOOR WEDD I NG S , CHAP E L WEDD I NG S Marquee space, indoor reception rooms, intimate weddings, large space available WWW . NORMANCOUR T EDC EN T R E . COM • 01980 322321 A beautiful 17th Century stone barn, licensed for marriage ceremonies is situated in a pretty valley near Abbotsbury and the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Large enough to seat up to 130 guests, The Barn has underfloor heating, toilets, a managed licensed bar and kitchen giving you the opportunity to plan and hold your wedding or event in your own style. The spacious grounds are perfect for a reception area or a marquee and the pagoda in the pretty wooded area gives you the opportunity for an outdoor wedding with a difference. Gorwell Farm offer a range of accommodation on site with comfortable well equipped cottages and a glamping site for those who prefer to camp onsite.You can create a truly unique event guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your guests. 01305 871 401 | | GORWELL FARM | ABBOTSBURY | WEYMOUTH | DORSET | DT3 4JX 2022 BESPOKE MID-WEEK WEDDING PACKAGES enquire direct for more details

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LEWESTON SCHOOL, SHERBORNE 01963 211 011 | For al fresco ceremonies, the Belevedere at Leweston is a dreamy setting that’s hard to beat. The magical 200-metre walkway is flanked by trees leading to the picture-perfect spot, where you say ‘I do’. Great for the views alone, it’s the most romantic backdrop for a fairytale wedding and that’s not all, there’s a host of other wonderful album-worthy features. A long drive leads up to the imposing historic manor house, set within 46 acres of parkland flanked by Italian gardens with commanding views of the Dorset countryside beyond. The historic gardens boast statues, ponds and orchards and look breathtaking throughout the seasons. There’s a variety of individual, characterful rooms, each with splashes of Art Deco-inspired details, offering a range of options for the ceremony and reception. As well the romantic Belevedere, couples can marry in the light and airy Lecture Room with views of the Italian garden. Receptions for up to 80 guests are held in the manor house or in a bespoke marquee in the grounds for up to 250 loved ones. We love… that couples can enjoy a complimentary food tasting and overnight accommodation, depending on availability. WINTERSHILL HALL, DURLEY 07849 231 190 | Celebrate your wedding without fear of being disturbed in the magnificent grounds of Wintershill Hall. There’s a choice of wonderful outdoor spaces for a marquee for up to 200 family and friends for the wedding breakfast and reception, the only problem is which one to choose. A quintessentially English setting, it’s ideal for couples wanting to make the most of the great outdoors on their big day. With the charming Victorian Hall in the background, manicured lawns, flowerbeds and views across the Hampshire countryside, it’s sure to impress your guests. The classic English garden looks beautiful in all seasons and couples are free to take full control of planning their whole day. We love… that the venue’s team is on hand for guidance and advice to make the whole experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. VENUES 23

T: 023 8091 5327 E: Tudor House & Garden Southampton City Art Gallery Westgate Hall Find your perfect wedding ceremony venue in Southampton Westgate Hall (seats up to 74) A magical ceremony venue steeped in history, nestled among the medieval town walls. Recently restored and now beautifully decorated it’s a picture perfect location for your special day. The Mayor’s Parlour (seats up to 50) A grand and spectacular setting for your special day. Marvel at the magnificent high ceilings and picture yourselves enjoying photographs on the stunning marble staircase. Golden Jubilee Room (seats up to 50) This beautiful ceremony room is located in the Register Office in Bugle Street. The building is part of the Medieval ‘French Quarter’ of the city and boasts a stunning stained glass window. Southampton City Art Gallery (seats up to 120) One of the most stunning venues for ceremonies in the city. Paintings and sculptures provide a beautiful backdrop for couples seeking somewhere unique, with ample space for guests to enjoy this harmonious setting. Magnolia Room (seats up to 8) This is a smaller, pretty room in the Register Office, where you can invite up to 8 guests. It is a perfect choice for couples who are looking to keep their ceremony a little more private. Tudor House & Garden (seats up to 35) Located in Southampton’s Old Town, Tudor House offers couples a unique and beautiful setting. From the 16th century Banqueting Hall, to the lovely Georgian Room overlooking the Tudor knot garden, the house and gardens provide the perfect setting.

SOUTHAMPTON Spotlight on Where t wed in and around this port city NEW PLACE HOTEL, SO32 2JY 01329 833 543 | This stunning venue is sure to impress from the moment you arrive to catch your first glimpse of the Grade l listed manor house. Surrounded by 32 acres of glorious landscaped gardens, it combines the best of the old with the new. There’s a host of wonderful wedding spaces to choose from including a variety of stunning rooms for your ‘I dos’. The magnificent Bristol Room is perfect for a traditional ceremony with its wood-panelled walls and opulent fireplace, or for a more contemporary feel, the Dining Room provides an elegant light and airy space. You can also tie the knot in the Arden Suite, an exclusive-use, standalone venue next to the manor house, with its own private entrance foyer, lounge bar, catering facilities and a lovely outside terrace. It can host up to 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the evening celebration. The tasteful, neutral design makes it ideal for a wide range of different themes and colour schemes. Whether it’s simple and elegant, quirky and unusual, or elaborate and stylish, their expert team will be on hand to help you realise your vision. WE LOVE… that there’s a wedding night stay in the venue’s superior room for the happy couple and for their first-anniversary too, complete with three-course dinner. 25 REGIONAL VENUES

THE AGEAS BOWL, SO30 3XH 02382 027 096 | Whether you’re a cricket fan or not, be prepared to be bowled over by the surroundings, amazing views and luxurious facilities at this landmark venue. Surrounded by the Boundary Golf Lakes Course, it has a chilled countryside feel and the cricket stadium provides a great sense of space. At the stadium there’s a choice of ground-floor suites inside the Pavilion suitable for ceremonies large or small and space upstairs to celebrate afterwards. The Ageas Suite on the second floor of the Shane Warne stand also has its own dancefloor and private bar and can host up to 160 reception guests. Next to the Ageas Bowl there’s a wealth of wedding facilities at the Hilton, a modern hotel with a great sense of glamour and style. The neutral colours complement a range of different themes and the chandeliers in the ballroom add extra wow factor. There’s a private area for guests to gather as they arrive and room for up to 150 loved ones to watch you say ‘I do’. The perfect place to celebrate, the spacious ballroom has a dancefloor and can host up to 450 friends and family for a party to remember. The Media Centre on the second floor is licensed for ceremonies for up to 100 loved ones and has floor-to-ceiling windows with great views overlooking the grounds. There’s also Lakeview on the upper ground floor, an intimate wedding space complete with its own private outside terrace overlooking Boundary Lakes, ideal for the drinks reception followed by the wedding breakfast inside. WE LOVE… that you can pose for pictures with the cricket pitch as your backdrop. NOVOTEL SOUTHAMPTON, SO15 1RA 02380 233 113 | Overlooking the historic port in the heart of Southampton the four-star Novotel Southampton is easily accessible and provides the ideal base to explore all the city has to offer. The modern, contemporary style hotel offers a choice of versatile wedding spaces and can accommodate as many as 320 guests or up to 50 loved ones for more intimate affairs. With three wedding packages to choose from, there’s something to suit a variety of big-day themes and budgets. As a city-centre venue, outdoor space is limited but there’s a decked area with arbour seating for romantic photos, great in spring and summer when the flowers are in bloom. Licensed for ceremonies you can celebrate your whole day here and stay before or after the celebrations. The hotel boasts a range of facilities including a swimming pool, fitness room and sauna, perfect for pre- or post-wedding R&R. WE LOVE… that wedding guests can take advantage of preferential room rates. 26

EVENTS Steeple Court Manor Events Church Lane, Botley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO30 2EQ 023 9400 5181 Set in the Hampshire countryside by the upper reaches of the river Hamble, Steeple Court offers a unique ambience. While some old Manor houses present an austere quality, Steeple Court’s aura of friendly warmth manifests itself to all visitors as soon as they set foot within the attractive grounds. The Marquee is available for Wedding Receptions, and Marriage Ceremonies from May to October. Steeple Court Events Management team offer present day visitors a warm welcome. All wedding reception arrangements will be supervised and managed by the team to assure that all runs smoothly and effortlessly, leaving “The Day” truly memorable. E XC LU S I V E LY YOU R S FOR T H E P E R F EC T DAY STEEPLE COURT MANOR EVENTS MARQUEE www. novote l . com NOVOTEL Sou t hampton 1 Wes t Quay Road Sou t hampton SO1 5 1RA t : 02380 233 1 33 e : h1073 - sb@acco r . com Together we’ll plan your ideal wedding The iconic setting of the Ageas Bowl provides the perfect backdrop to your wedding day, whether you’re looking to host an intimate wedding reception or a large, lavish celebration. Receive exceptional service, bespoke fine dining options courtesy of our Executive Head Chef and your very own wedding planner, we’ll ensure your wedding day becomes the perfect day you want it to be. T: +44 (0) 238202 9076 | E: The Ageas Stadium |Botley Road| Southampton | Hampshire | SO30 3XH Wedding Packages available from £50 per person Accommodating up to 450 guests The ic nic se ting of the Age s Bowl provides the perfect backdrop to y ur wedding day, whether you’re looking to host an intimate wedding reception or a large, lavish cel bration. Receive xceptional service, bespok fine dining options courtesy of our Executive H ad Chef and r veryown wedding planner, we’ll ensure your wedding day becomes the perfect day you want it to be. T: +44 (0) 238202 9076 | E: The Ageas Stadium |Botley Road| Southampton | Hampshire | SO30 3XH Wedding Packages available from £50 per person Accommodating up to 450 guests The iconic setting of the Ageas Bowl provides the p rf ct backdrop to y ur wedding day, whether you’re looking to ost an intimate wedding reception or a large, lavish celebratio . Receive xc ptional service, b spoke fine dini options court sy of our Executive H a Chef and y r ry own weddi g plann r, we’ll ensure your wedding day becomes th perfect day y u want it to b . T: +44 (0) 238202 9076 | E: The Ageas Stadium |Botley Road| Southampton | Hampshire | SO30 3XH Wedding Packages available from £50 per person Accommodating up to 450 guests

WEDDINGS AT MACDONALD BOTLEY PARK HOTEL & SPA From a simple celebration to an elegant extravaganza, Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa is the perfect setting for your special day. Our Wedding packages are specially designed to suit all seasons and budgets. Our most popular package “The Whirlwind” is an All-Inclusive package starting from only £5,995 for 50 day guests and up to 75 evening guests. If you are newly engaged and looking for a fabulous venue to celebrate your wedding day, book an appointment with one of our wedding co-ordinators who is just waiting to turn your wedding dreams into a reality. For more information call 01489 778 402 or email WEDDING OFFER Get 5 Guest bedrooms for your wedding party when you book using this advert. (This applies to new bookings only) Valid until End April 2022

ROWNHAMS HOUSE & GARDENS, SO16 8LS 02380 733 298 | Rownhams House is one of Hampshire’s hidden gems providing an exclusive setting for a romantic wedding. The beautiful Georgian building is set in 12 acres of gardens and woodland, complete with its own lake. The gardens offer a wealth of great photo opportunities and the lawn is the perfect place for mixing and mingling post-vows. Licensed for ceremonies with up to 120 guests, you can marry under the Medieval Coach House arch, in the woods or by the side of the lake surrounded by trees. The Coach House with its impressive arches and tall clock tower provides a stunning backdrop for photos and for outdoor dining during the summer months there are two large marquees available on the lower lawn with stunning views of the lake. The house oozes atmosphere and elegance with its striking architectural design and Regency drama; perfect for a Bridgerton-inspired wedding. You can tie the knot in the Grand Library and celebrate afterwards with a wedding breakfast for up to 100 loved ones. The adjoining Billiard and Morning Rooms are ideal for intimate ceremonies or the drinks reception when the weather’s bad. There’s a spacious main entrance hall for the evening food, reception room for relaxing, a separate dancefloor area for the DJ or band and a quirky dedicated bar in the adjoining Knights Hall. WE LOVE… that brides have their own private room to get ready on the day. THE MAYOR’S PARLOUR, SO14 7LT 02380 915 327 | The Mayor’s Parlour is right in the heart of Southampton in the Civic Centre. With good transport links and parking, it’s not only great for travelling guests, the beauty of the building is sure to impress too. With its high ceilings, polished wooden floors and historic artefacts, the ceremony-only venue is ideal for romantic ‘I dos’. The magnificent high window floods the room with light making it a perfect setting for your special moment. Afterwards, you can enjoy posing for photographs on the sweeping staircase. The Mayor’s Parlour seats 50 guests and the theatre-style layout creates a beautiful long aisle, great for making an impact as you gracefully walk down with your loved ones looking on. The Mayor’s Parlour is just one of Southampton City Council’s stunning ceremony venues, check out their website to view more. WE LOVE… the balcony, a wonderfully regal backdrop for just-wed photos. 29 REGIONAL VENUES

Wedding Planning with Vib ancy theweddi ngscene. Venue: Lighthouse, Poole Date: Sunday, 20th March Time: 11:00 - 15:00 Venue: New Forest Showground Date: Sunday, 10th April Time: 11:00 - 15:00 Venue: Westlands Entertainment & Conference Centre Date: Sunday, 6th March Time: 11:00 - 15:00

By the water’s edge Jess and Mike strolled hand in hand across the sand on their big day Images courtesy of Megan Daisy Photography REAL WEDDINGS 31

The aisle was lined with pink petals and we had a beautiful long flower arrangement for the ceremony table. I chose a Stella York A-line dress with a satin skir t and pockets as I wanted something that was both modern and elegant. The boutique was amazing and made me feel really at ease and not rushed at all. As soon as we saw the views across the water from the hotel, we were sold! Thank goodness for older brothers! Luckily for Jess hers had a best mate who turned out to be the one. “I went to a party with my brother, knowing I was interested in Mike! I was 18 and he was 24 so there was always the joke between their friends about me being the little sister! Mike asked my brother if he minded us getting to know each other, he said okay and we hit it off straight away. We just seemed to click and make each other laugh, it felt really easy and we knew quite quickly that we were meant for each other,” reveals Jess. Mike popped the question in August 2019 on a trip to the New Forest where they had their first date. She said ‘yes’ and they tied the knot on 28th August 2021 at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel by the water’s edge, just minutes from the beach.“We both have an amazing relationship with my brother and he was Mike’s best man at our wedding,” adds Jess. Read on for her account of their day… 32

Our photographer took us to the beach for some sunset shots. It was a great way to spend time together and really good fun! Mike wore a navy suit with double-breasted waistcoat and my great grandfather’s pocket watch and chain which made him stand out from the other groomsmen. REAL WEDDINGS 33

We kept the tableplan very natural with floral illu strations in the corners. The DJ was amazing and everyone was dancing all night long. We gave our guests shot glasses with mi ni bottles of raspberry vodka as favours. Photography, Megan Daisy Photography, | Venue, Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, | Bride’s dress, Tilly Mint Weddings, | Hair and make-up, Olivia Mills Hair & Makeup, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Lá Closet Dé Chánel, | Suits, Slater Menswear, | Cake, Honey & Blue, | Flowers, Flowers by Design, | Chair sashes, Beautifully Seated, | Pianist, Simon Woodley, | DJ, Party Dexx, Videography, Affinity Wedding Films, The flower arrangements for the centrep ieces were beautiful and we had tea lights around t hem. THE ROLL CALL Instead of a traditional cake we had tiers of doug hnuts with a plain buttercream cake on top. 34

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