Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 93)

£3.55 JUL/AUG 2022 WIN! HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... Venue styling inspiration Dreamy décor A minimoon in the Lake District Dress SENSE Must-have gowns Glorious garden settings In full bloom TIME FOR LOVE Read local weddings

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 77 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 91 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2022 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch 21 IN FULL BLOOM Check out these beautiful venues with glorious gardens On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from the stunning shoot on page 53, which was captured by the talented 48 21 FEATURES 48 TIMELESS ROMANCE Talented suppliers came together to create this enchanting shoot at Chesil House 53 THE LOVE TRAIN The Station Kitchen provided the perfect backdrop to this colourful shoot 61 ALL IN THE DETAIL Talented suppliers share plenty of venue styling inspiration 81 LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH Create a memorable wedding with these top entertainers 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 I LOVE YOU Abbie and George’s wedding had a blush and burgundy colour scheme 35 PUPPY LOVE Emma and Lewis had a pawfect wedding at Balmer Lawn Hotel 41 TRUE LOVE Charlie and Mem created the perfect wedding at The Greyhound on the Test HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 94 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand 96 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance GROOMS 87 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 88 FUN IN THE SUN Honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 67 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 68 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 71 LEADING LADY Mothers-of-the-bride will love these stylish dresses and accessories 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 74 YOU CAUGHT MY EYE! We put together some gorgeous wedding-day eye make-up looks using the newest launches to hit the counters 75 BEAUTY & FASHION Q&A Look your big-day best with help from the experts 68 41 94 72 88 87 4

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

Hollywood styles are still some of my favourite designs that are trending in 2022, so you can imagine my joy when I first saw this showstopping gown. How stunning is this vintage-styled shoot at The Station Kitchen? Hello lovely readers and welcome back to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding. We’ve worked hard this issue to gather some of the most talented suppliers to offer tips and tricks to create memorable weddings. Expect to find plenty of big-day inspiration on each page, from stunning venue styling ideas to different entertainment options and showstopping dresses. Make sure to flick to our real wedding features and read the heartwarming love stories from local couples. Learn what made their day stand out and all the lovely details plus memorable moments. I can’t believe we’re already more than halfway through the year; where has the time gone? Summer weddings are always stunning and allow couples to get creative to bring the outdoor areas to life with beautiful ceremony and reception spaces, snug areas, garden games and al fresco dining options. We all know how unpredictable the weather can be in the UK. So if you’re opting for an al fresco event, make sure you have a wet-weather backup option such as a tipi, marquee or an indoor space available – you can never be too prepared! We’re expecting to see many Bridgerton-inspired weddings this summer after the popular show released season two and the nation fell in love with Kate and Anthony. Expect to see plenty of lace, ruffles, gloves, capes and delicate blues – it’s going to be oh-so glamorous. Neutrals and earthy tones are also trending at the moment, with the main focus on nature with foliage, driftwood and different textures being used. This year, couples are focusing on sustainable weddings and are thinking outside of the box to reduce their impact on the environment, which can be done in multiple ways. Why not opt for repurposed jewellery or conflict-free pieces with sustainable diamonds, use seed paper or recycled paper for stationery, reuse floral arrangements from the ceremony throughout the day and pick seasonal blooms if possible? That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Planning SOS What’s not to love about The Italian Villa? The venue really is the perfect setting for memorable events. 15 53 68 ISSN 2046-8474 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | 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 | 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 @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 6

Chesil House was the perfect backdrop to this enchanting shoot, which featured a neutral colour scheme and elegant styling. This couple is clearly so in love! Abbie and George had the perfect wedding surrounded by loved ones. One lucky couple will win an overnight stay at Norton Park Hotel, Spa & Manor House. The 16th-century venue is full of character and charm. Calling all grooms! Check out this suit that’s perfect for spring and summer weddings. Mem looked stunning in a figure-hugging dress, and I especially love her jewellery and hairpiece. 48 13 28 41 88 For those fashion-forward mothers, check out this stunning look that’s perfect for many different wedding themes. 71 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Nearlywed CALLING ALL ART LOVERS The newly converted Palais des Vaches has been announced a finalist in two categories in The Muddy Stilettos Awards 2022; the team is eagerly awaiting the winners to be announced. Tucked away in Exbury in the New Forest, the venue is a beautifully renovated art gallery that provides the ideal setting for weddings and events. The property is surrounded by unspoiled rolling fields with views over the Beaulieu River and The Solent to the Isle of Wight. Pairs love the tranquil walk down to the riverside for photo opportunities. Couples are spoilt for choice with three large adjoining rooms, a private courtyard and a large lawn area to discover. Inside the venue, the walls are packed full of artwork by local artists, making the venue that extra bit special and so easy to fall in love with. Lovebirds can make this venue their own with any suppliers and get creative to transform this DIY wedding venue. To view Palais des Vaches, get in touch with the team who will love to show pairs around. Check out: WINNER! Amazing Face Bridal Hair and Makeup has won the regional wedding award at The Wedding Industry Awards 2022. The company was awarded Best Bridal Makeup in the South West, and the team couldn’t be prouder. After companies have suffered over the past two years with the pandemic, The Wedding Industry Awards wanted to honour key players and recognise the contribution of business owners within the industry. Amazing Face has continually been recognised for its high-quality service and exceptional bridal make-up and hair services. Check out: THE PERFECT SMILE At Dental Concepts, the team is excited to announce the renovations are nearly complete in their new Southampton site. Dental Concepts Southampton will be joining the group in offering exceptional products and services to keep everyones’ smile beautiful. They’ll be introducing an iTero scanner, which takes a digital impression of peoples’ smile without the need for those horrid impression kits – making makeover treatments seamless. The company is a family-run business owned by Dr Manish and Shilpa Chitnis. Their passion is providing high-quality dental care as well as offering cosmetic and restorative procedures. The team treat many couples before their wedding to make sure their smile is perfect for the special day. Whether they need a small smile enhancement or a smile makeover, the staff will be able to support everyone. The flexible finance options make dental care a lot more affordable and can allow pairs to spread the cost from six to 60 months! Check out: NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 9 LOCAL NEWS

EDITOR LOVES Charlotte Cornelius Jewellery is located in the heart of Southsea and offers handmade jewellery using the ancient skill of goldsmithing. The company has been nominated as one of five finalists for Best Jewellery Store as a result of the team’s talent, hard work and fantastic customer service. The staff specialises in engagement and wedding rings and works with clients to bring their dream designs to life, which is exactly what happened when groom-to-be Robert had a special request. When I first saw this video of him proposing to Sofia, I knew I had to share it with our readers as I’ve never seen anything like it. Owner Charlotte Cornelius says, “The brief was to create a classic engagement ring designed to reflect the colours and movement of the sea. Robert chose the gemstones himself from a selection that we sourced. We then created a bespoke sapphire and diamond platinum wave setting ring, ready for their long-awaited holiday to the Red Sea, where Sofia was going to gain her diving qualifications in Dahab, Egypt. On the last day of Sofia’s course and with the diving instructor’s help, Robert made an astonishing and daring surprise proposal with the engagement ring attached to a piece of string underwater!” Check out: THE WHOLE PACKAGE With the increased pace of life, couples are limited to the time spent on necessary wedmin to plan their day. That’s why Balmer Lawn Hotel is now offering the Everything but the Dress Package, which starts from £11,500 for 60 loved ones. The team aims to take the stress away by giving couples a head start in the planning process by booking their core suppliers at the same time as their venue. The team has hand-picked companies based on the quality provided and how their services complement the beautiful spaces at Balmer Lawn Hotel. The package is perfect for pairs with a budget in mind, and it allows them to relax knowing that these services are included in one cost. The inclusive package consists of a drinks reception with canapés circulated while guests mingle and sip on champagne. Then it’s time for that signature pavilion confetti shot by one of the photographers included in the package before the three-course wedding breakfast is served in the Beaulieu Room. The tables are designed and dressed by the high-end stylist who collaborates with the florist to incorporate flowers on the tables and create bridal bouquets and buttonholes. Brides will be primped and preened by the hair and makeup artist, ready to take to the dancefloor for their first dance with music played by the DJ after cutting their bespoke wedding cake. Couples are welcomed back a year after their special day to celebrate their first anniversary. After recently receiving a Best Large Wedding Venue award, couples can relax knowing everyone will be well looked after! Check out: NEW BEGINNINGS Spiral Events is excited to announce that The Guildhall Winchester is now open for wedding bookings. The team is delighted to be working alongside the venue as they’re true supporters of this grand and historical building built in 1871. Located in the heart of the city centre amongst the bustling high street, the property stands proudly overlooking both Abbey Gardens and Saint Giles Hill. From the truly English gardens next door, to the grand front steps of the gothic building, the venue will make the most beautiful backdrop to all photographs. From exchanging vows in the King Charles Hall, partying the night away in the Bapsy Hall or hosting smaller intimate celebrations in the Courtyard room, couples are sure to wow their loved ones. The venue’s packages start from £7,500 and dates are still available for 2022 and 2023 weddings. For all enquiries, get in touch with the team here: Check out: Scan to view video 10

Hale Park: where no two weddings are the same. Civil Ceremony in rooms, woodland or under portico. Freedom to create your own style. Church in the garden – walk to reception Exclusivity in the New Forest Party! 70-120 inside; 200-ish outside Huge garden – Bridal/make-up suite – camping. More! #haleparkweddings

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 YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 31th August, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY WITH SPA TREATMENTS Nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Norton Park Hotel, Spa & Manor House embodies the classic and historic nature of its neighbouring city of Winchester. Lovingly restored to its former glory, this 16th-century manor house offers boutique styling coupled with the charming character of the historic main building. Elegantly placed within 54 acres of lush fields, its original panelling and timber beams complement the surrounding landscape beautifully. The property is made for memorable weddings, offering the chance to choose between the rustic charm of the 17th-century Tythe Barn with natural timber beams and thatched roof, or a more contemporary style inside the manor house itself. There are ample opportunities to make dream weddings a reality with so many impressive spaces to choose from. We’ve teamed up with the venue to offer one lucky couple the chance to win an incredible weekend away with spa treatments. Use the historic hotel as your base as you explore the aweinspiring natural beauty of the New Forest or step back in time to one of the UK’s most ancient sites, Stonehenge. The prize includes a one-night stay with breakfast, a twocourse dinner and a spa treatment for two people. Whether you’re craving solo pampering or want to indulge with your nearest and dearest, you’ll have a haven of rest and relaxation where self-care and indulgence are the only things on your to-do list. From facials that leave your skin glowing to massages and full-body treatments that soothe you from head to toe, the expert treatments will leave you relaxed, refreshed and revitalised. Please note, terms and conditions apply. Please see our website for more details. Discover the venue here: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

The Angel Hotel is nestled in the picturesque South Downs near the Meon Valley and is definitely one of Hampshire’s hidden gems when it comes to Hotels. With its 37 Bedrooms, ease of access and multiple car parking spaces plus a spacious Restaurant, it’s long been a popular place for those in the know. We have a very exciting relaunch weekend planned for the end of September 2022, which will be announced on our Website & our Instagram. We will at that time be proudly showcasing our fabulous new Function Facility; The Nicholson Suite. This will provide couples with a stunning space to celebrate their Wedding with a new Glass Roofed Atrium added on to our existing Barn Styled Room which will most certainly make its mark on Hampshire’s Wedding & Event Industry. With a capacity approaching 120 people, its own entrance, a purpose-built bar and more, it will be sure to provide everything needed for the Big Day. In addition to a Remodelled Bridal Suite and Beautiful Landscaped Grounds this will prove popular with Couples who are in the throes of planning their Wedding for 2023 & 2024. We will also be planning to host Marquee Weddings for 150 plus in 2023 in our secluded Rear Garden Area. Be sure to visit our Website at to register for future updates, view the Walkthrough Videos and Download our Wedding Brochure. GOSPORT ROAD, PRIVETT, ALTON, HAMPSHIRE , GU34 3NN Telephone: 01730 828111 | Email: | Website

LOCAL Going Fall in love with these stunning properties in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch THE ITALIAN VILLA 01202 030 727 | By marrying at The Italian Villa, couples can be sure of a wealth of fabulous opportunities. Set within the renowned Compton Acres, pairs can enjoy free access to 10 acres of manicured gardens on their big day. The multi-award winning venue provides a picture-perfect backdrop, beautifully designed over three floors, and the balcony overlooking the breathtaking Italian Gardens is perfect for that Romeo and Juliet moment! Say “I do” with up to 180 guests in the sophisticated Verona Suite or for larger events, the magnificent Medici Suite can easily accommodate 180 loved ones. Leading directly out to the Italian Gardens, lovebirds can host al fresco drinks receptions while the tables are being set for elegant wedding breakfasts. In the summer months, they can also have their ceremony outside looking out across the ornamental pond to the sound of birds and the water fountain. For evening celebrations, the Siena Suite provides the perfect place to party. Set up like an exclusive private members’ club, it has a stage big enough for live bands or DJs, a dancefloor and a comfy lounge area for chilling out. We love… that the beautiful Japanese Garden, complete with a traditional-style tea house, is perfect for standout couple shots post vows. 15 REGIONAL VENUES

RNLI COLLEGE 01202 663 471 | Overlooking Holes Bay, the RNLI College is a bright and modern venue with a fabulous waterfront setting on the edge of Poole Harbour. Licensed for ceremonies, couples have a choice of attractive rooms with bay views for the vows. The ground-floor Waterfront Suite has direct access to the sea terrace right by the water’s edge – it’s a great space for post-vows drinks. With the RNLI lifeboats moored on the pontoons, it’s the perfect backdrop for standout photos. The suite can accommodate up to 150 peoples for wedding breakfasts and an extra 50 in the evenings. For more intimate events, the Harbour View Suite provides a romantic setting for celebrations. Those who book the venue for their speical day will be offered a complimentary wedding-night stay in a harbour view bedroom. We love… that every £1 spent here goes towards saving lives at sea. THE KINGS ARMS 01202 588 933 | Set in the heart of Christchurch, this cosy Georgian boutique hotel boasts a wealth of charm. The perfect coastal Dorset retreat enjoys fabulous views of Christchurch Castle, the town’s priory and the River Avon. Blending traditional character with contemporary designs, it has 20 luxury rooms and is home to foodie heaven The Kings Arms Restaurant. Opposite the main hotel building, the venue has its own traditional bowling green and a picture-perfect pavilion, which has been lovingly restored and transformed into a beautiful New England-style wedding space. The area is bright and airy, thanks to the French doors that open on to a private veranda allowing the sunlight to flood in as couples exchange vows surrounded by up to 96 people. Afterwards, couples can stroll across the lawns for relaxed drinks receptions and enjoy some outdoor garden games. For private celebrations, the Kings Priory Suite is ideal. Complete with a bar and dancefloor, there’s plenty of room for evening celebrations with as many as 120 loved ones. We love… that the venue hire also includes use of the private dining room for post-wedding breakfasts for those that want to linger longer. 16

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THE CONNAUGHT HOTEL AND SPA For those looking for toes-in-the-sand just-wed shots, this seaside venue is only a five-minute walk from the beach. Located on Bournemouth’s West Cliff, the four-star luxury boutique hotel is ideal for couples planning a weekend-long celebration with everything needed right on the doorstep. Check out: LORD BUTE Framed under a canopy of trees, the Lord Bute is set within the original grounds of Highcliffe Castle. In keeping with the venue’s history, the majestic 18th-century entrance lodges now form part of the venue’s grand exterior and provides impressive bridal suites. Imposing white pillars and archways add to a great first impression. Check out: CHRISTCHURCH HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA This idyllic boutique hotel is nestled right on the water’s edge of the picturesque Christchurch harbour. Just minutes from the beach, it’s perfect for couples looking to kick off their shoes for a romantic stroll by the sea post-vows. Check out: KINGSTON COUNTRY COURTYARD For those picturing their day in a stunning 16th-century Purbeck stone barn with a canopy of twinkly lights, this stunning venue is sure to tick the box. Set across two courtyards, Kingston Country Courtyard offers a wealth of charms and is licensed for weddings indoors and out – it’s a year-round winner. Check out: 19 REGIONAL VENUES

Rownhams House, Rownhams, Hampshire SO16 8LS e. t. 07973 742 245 w. HAMPSHIRE’S MOST ROMANTIC WEDDING VENUE © Nisha Haq Photography The ring is just the start Wherever you marry in Hampshire and however informal or lavish an event it is, you can count on our friendly and experienced Registrars to create a day that’s truly special. All of our weddings are unique, just like you. When you’re ready to book, we’ll work with you to make sure your ceremony is everything you imagined and more. For further information visit: or telephone: 0300 555 1392

bloom Check out these stunning venues with glorious gardens ROWNHAMS HOUSE & GARDENS 02380 733 298/07973 742 245 | Rownhams House was built by Sir Isaac Newton’s nephew in 1762 for his new and beautiful bride Catherine Barton, a lady of some fame and fortune. The Georgian house and the Medieval Coach House are situated in 12 acres, home to manicured lawns, woodland areas, a picturesque lake and an ice house. The trees, flower borders, wild meadow and mature plants offer the perfect setting for a wealth of stunning photo opportunities. The large and flat top lawn is well placed for drinks receptions and games such as croquet. It can also be used as a seating area for outdoor wedding ceremonies under the clock tower arch. Weddings for up to 120 people can take place in the Grand Library with its attractive plasterwork walls and ceiling, in the dabbled shade of the woods or by the shimmering lake. Wedding receptions can take place in the Grand Library with 108 people, in a hired marquee or in the Coach House for smaller weddings. The calming and comfortable Billiard Room and Morning Room offer the perfect spaces for indoor drinks receptions and photographic backdrops should the rain come tumbling down. These areas can also be used for smaller more intimate weddings for up to 60 people. The Coach House, built in 1600 by the Knights of St John, comprises a number of large rooms that are perfect for evening receptions. The Harvest Room has seating and eating areas, while the Sofa Room is great for relaxing and the hall is where the food and cake is served. There’s also a dedicated room for live music, DJs, bands and a bar. What’s more, the staff want brides to be at their best on their speical day and offers a private Brides Room. To help ensure the day runs without a hitch, the team offers pre-wedding planning meetings and allows the bridal party and approved caterers access to the house the day before weddings to set up, and the day after to collect and clear everything away. IN FULL 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS

LEWESTON SCHOOL 01963 211 011 | For al fresco ceremonies, the Belevedere at Leweston School is a dreamy setting that’s hard to beat. The magical 200-metre walkway is flanked by trees leading to the picture-perfect spot to say “I do”. Great for the views alone, the venue is the most romantic backdrop for fairytale weddings 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 and beyond. The historic gardens boast statues, ponds and orchards that look breathtaking throughout the year. There’s a variety of individual rooms, each with splashes of Art Deco-inspired details, offering a range of options for ceremonies and receptions. As well the romantic Belevedere, couples can marry in the light and airy Lecture Room with views of the 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 session and overnight accommodation, depending on availability. WINTERSHILL HALL 07849 231 190 | Couples can celebrate their 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 wedding breakfasts and receptions, the only problem is which space to choose. The quintessentially English setting is 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 guests. The classic English garden looks beautiful in all seasons and as well as having a great list of suppliers, couples are free to bring their own companies to create the vision they have in mind. 22

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

ROMSEY GOLF CLUB Weddings at Romsey Golf Club We are more than just a golf club. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly welcoming environment for your special day. Stunning views, unique location Personally designed quotes for your special day. Your vision, your style, your day. We make it happen. ROMSEY ROAD, NURSLING, SOUTHAMPTON, HAMPSHIRE, SO16 0XW | 02380 734637 | Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. We are here to help make your day special. Choose from an indoor or outdoor ceremony on the terraces and enjoy your first meal as a married couple upstairs in our beautiful function room. We work with you to plan every detail – from the decorations to the menu for the wedding breakfast. We understand each wedding is unique and we cater to suit your needs. Choose BOSC for the perfect wedding venue in Hampshire BOSC, Bolley Avenue, Whitehill & Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 9HG 01420 558 086 BOSC, the perfect wedding venue in Hampshire 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 www. novote l . com NOVOTEL Sou t hampton 1 Wes t Quay Road Sou t hampton SO1 5 1RA t : 02380 233 1 1 3 e : h1073 - sb@acco r . com Together we’ll plan your ideal wedding

OAKLEY HALL HOTEL 01256 783 350 | With 50 bedrooms, a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant and acres of beautiful grounds to explore, Oakley Hall Hotel is the perfect location for weddings set deep in the countryside. Immaculately kept gardens and lawns can be found directly at the back of the hotel, creating the perfect backdrop for wedding photos on the Garden Terrace. Areas of woodlands surrounding the property and gardens including a wide variety of large, arching trees – perfect for more dramatic photoshoots. As couples make their way up the property’s winding driveway, the stunning surroundings and hotel’s grand exterior will take their breath away. Inside, the venue features an original Georgian interior, but with some modern touches throughout. With one of the largest event spaces in Hampshire, the Garden Pavilion, it’s easy to see why the hotel is so popular and loved. The venue offers the perfect wedding packages for all sorts of couples and themes. The Woodland Pavilion can accommodate 160 people as well as the Garden Suite, which combines contemporary elegance with 18th-century grandeur. Patio doors that lead straight onto the Garden Terrace creates the perfect setting for confetti throwing pictures. Located on the first floor, the Steventon Room has three large southfacing windows that provide plenty of natural lighting for ceremonies with 100 people. For smaller weddings, The Winchester can host 80 loved ones and allows everyone to enjoy all of the benefits of the beautiful interior but in a more intimate setting. With its beautiful Georgian fire place, ornate chandeliers, and mahogany bookshelves that house romantic novels written by literary greats including former guest Jane Austen, pairs couldn’t ask for a more enchanting setting to tie the knot than the library for 84 people. Or opt for the Garden Room, which is the perfect space that can be partitioned to create a smaller location – the Garden Room. Wedding breakfasts at the venue take place in the Garden Pavilion with 350 people, a truly jaw dropping space with a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting and its very own bar, kitchen and terrace. Or pick the Garden Suite with 120 guests, the Library with 40, the Garden Room or the Winchester with 60. Also check out... CHEDINGTON WEDDINGS For couples looking for something far from the madding crowd, check out this hidden gem. Tucked away in a secluded valley, weddings can take place at West Axnoller Farm, a sprawling estate in the heart of the countryside close to the unspoilt beaches of the Jurassic Coast. Check out: GORWELL FARM Create dream weddings at this versatile venue. Set in a valley on Dorset’s south coast, it ticks all the boxes for truly bespoke celebrations. The light and airy 17th-century stone barn is big enough to seat up to 130 guests, and there’s space for dancing, a bar and all the facilities and freedom needed to enjoy weddings in peace. Check out: THE ELVETHAM This country house hotel is sure to impress from the moment couples arrive down the tree-lined driveway. Nestled in the middle of 35 acres of lovingly tended gardens and grounds, the impressive 19th-century red brick building boasts a central tower over the main entrance providing the perfect backdrop for standout photos. Check out: AVINGTON PARK Wend through the wrought iron gateway, down the long avenue of lime trees to discover this historic venue. Beautiful inside and out, with two conservatories flanking a pillared orangery, Avington Park dates back to the 10th-century and has a wonderfully grand feel to the interior. Pairs will be spoilt for choice for where to pose for stunning photos. Check out: 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS

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Abbie and George first met online before going on a date in London, where they got to know each other better. There was a spark straight away and the pair headed for a romantic walk around Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Abbie loved how kind and friendly George was; he always managed to make her laugh. He says, “I first saw Abbie reading a book while she waited for me at the station as I was running late. It made me chuckle to see her innocently stood there reading amongst the chaos.” He adds, “Once we got chatting, I knew she was someone that was going to be in my life forever.” George proposed on March 23rd 2019 at Swanage Beach, a very special location for Abbie, who would visit the beach with her grandparents and dad. She says, “It was just the two of us and I was paddling in the sea when I turned around and saw George on one knee – it was a beautiful moment.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple set the date for March 19th 2022, and created a wedding that represented them both. Abbie says, “We had to delay our wedding three times because of Covid-19, and in that time we changed our venue after realising it didn’t fit our vision. We decided to stop worrying about what everybody else would think and go for everything we wanted for our day.” Swanage Town Hall was the perfect location for the pair’s ceremony; the building is beautiful and created the perfect backdrop to photographs. The pair used faux flowers for the buttonholes and bouquets with pink, lilac and burgundy shades. A neon sign saying ‘The Gormans’ became the reception’s centrepiece and was made from wine corks. Dorset Pedaling Pizza Co was in charge of catering and created woodfired pizzas that everyone loved! Abbie says, “It was the best pizza we’ve ever tasted, even for George who’s a fussy eater!” After the pizzas, guests could tuck into the cake, which was surrounded by cookies and cake bites. LOOKING THE PART When it came to finding her dream gown, Abbie fell in love with the fourth dress she tried by Phoenix Gowns. She comments, “I was surprised I liked the dusky peach colour instead of the traditional white and I felt really comfortable – it was still dreamy without being too much.” To finish off the look, the bride wore her nan’s pearl necklace, a pair of earrings from George and her mum’s bracelet to match the beading on the dress. Abbie’s shoes were hand-painted converse with lots of the couple’s favourite things, including buildings made from bike wheels, pizzas and books. She says, “I was a bit surprised when I saw myself properly on the day as I’m not the most confident person, but Bex Elizabeth had done an amazing job with my hair and make-up – I was so happy with how I looked.” The groom wore a three-piece suit from Hawes & Curtis and looked dashing. Abbie comments, “He worried me before the day after telling me the suit was baggy, so I pictured a dodgy ‘80s get up, but he looked amazing and the only man there in charcoal. MEMORABLE MOMENTS The couple both felt very relaxed in the morning. Abbie took some time alone to have a bath and then relaxed for 30 minutes away from the buzz of everyone else getting ready to try and stay as calm as possible. She says, “I started feeling nervous once I had my dress on and again when we drove to the town hall, but I completely calmed down as soon as I saw George.” The groom spent the morning with his best man in a cottage before 29 REAL WEDDINGS

heading to a local pub for a good luck whiskey, where he was congratulated and warned ‘it’s not too late’, which didn’t help with the nerves! He says, “I was amazed when I saw Abbie walk up the aisle, all my worries about speaking in front of everyone disappeared.” The ceremony was beautiful and very personal. Abbie says, “It really felt like it was just me, George and the registrar. After the vows, we all stood on the steps outside the hall for a photo and cars were honking their horns – it was amazing.” She adds, “We went with our photographer to get photos by the sea, and we were congratulated and kissed by so many people walking past; it felt very special that they were happy we’d got married in their town.” NEAREST AND DEAREST A funny moment from the day was when the pair’s dog Jeff, who was there during the ceremony, saw the bride and wanted to get to her – he was whimpering at the back of the ceremony. Once the pair walked out of the room, they were taken into a side room dead opposite him, and the couple’s friend had no choice but to loosen the lead. Jeff came bounding over, wrapping Abbie up with the lead – everyone found it hilarious and very typical Jeff! The best man, Onur, got very drunk and was so funny. Abbie says, “He went from shy and quiet to Greek dancing in the middle of everyone dancing! He also turned our first dance off as he was playing the song on his phone and wanted to film us dancing, silly fool! Luckily we love him and found it all hilarious – he really added an element to our day. “Our best friends (husband and wife) Andy and Sarah were also amazing on the day. They had everything organised with the extra food and drinks we had prepared, making sure everything was going to plan and ensuring we were all having a good time – they’re our best friends for a reason!” The couple’s photographer, Holly Stead, went above and beyond on the day to make the pair feel at ease. The bride says, “We’ve never been around a photographer who was so bubbly and excited about their job. Some guests assumed she was a family friend because of how warm she was with us, which shows she did an amazing job.” HONEYMOON After the big day, the pair stayed in Swanage for a week with Jeff and spent time relaxing and going for walks on the beach. Abbie says, “We stayed in a lovely little cottage in the town called The Nook with a log burner and low ceilings. We went our favourite spots and stopped at The Greyhound Pub for lunch, which had amazing views of Corfe Castle. The highlight was being on Shell Bay paddling in the sea and watching our dog running around – he’s a rescue and it’s always a joy to see him happy. We then had a week at home doing some DIY and relaxing.” The couple has a trip to New York booked for next year, where they’ll have their main honeymoon. 30

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