Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - September/October 2022 (Issue 94)

£3.55 SEPT/OCT 2022 WIN! HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... Read heartwarming love stories Marriage material A minimoon in Portugal Going LOCAL Winchester and east Hampshire venues Hen and stag inspiration Party time! DRESSED TO IMPRESS Discover the latest fashion trends

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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 75 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 91 COMPETITION Win a minimoon in the Algarve worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in Winchester and east Hampshire 21 OUTSIDE THE BOX Standout venues for weddings with a difference On the cover This cover’s image is taken from the regional shoot on page 49, which was captured by the talented 59 21 FEATURES 45 GO FOR GOLD Be inspired by this modern shoot, which features a spring colour palette and luxurious styling 49 OH-SO ELEGANT The Mansion at Coldeast provided the perfect backdrop to this styled shoot 55 TIMELESS LOVE Talented suppliers came together to create this classic and elegant shoot at the Dorset Museum 59 LOOKING YOUR BEST Be inspired by the latest fashion trends and styles 81 THE A TEAM Your A to Z guide to hen and stag dos 86 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 A DREAMY DAY Elisha and Adam had an Italian wedding with a grey and gold colour scheme 33 COUNTRY GLAMOUR Josh and Sammy’s white and champagne colour scheme was the perfect option for their showstopping wedding at Sopley Mill 39 ENDLESS LOVE Rachael and Charlie tied the knot at Oakley Hall Hotel in Basingstoke HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 94 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 97 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city GROOMS 89 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 65 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 66 HEAD TURNERS Pick a statement headband, hair clip or crown for that finishing touch 68 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 70 THE MANE EVENT Haircare expert for Milk + Blush Nicole Petty talks us through 2022’s top bridal hair trends and how to achieve them 73 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with help from the professionals 65 39 94 68 26 89 4

Perfectly situated in the heart of the New Forest Iconic venue with direct access to the New Forest for stunning photos Intimate Weddings of 2, to big celebrations of 140 Licensed for ceremonies & civil partnerships Indoor & outdoor ceremonies available Saltus Spa for pre-wedding pampering Winter Package from £7,500 for 60 guests Dedicated Wedding Planner Guides for Brides 5* Customer Service Award Winner 'Everything but the Dress Package' including suppliers Dates available for Spring/Summer 2023 To make an appointment & chat to our wedding team call Ruth for more information T: 01590 625779

If you’re searching for the one, check out this stunning dress with a square neckline, exposed bodice boning and a double sculpted caged train. Psst, save 10 per cent off wedding hair and make-up services with Bex Elizabeth. H ello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding. If you’re new here, you’ve come to the right place as we cover everything from bridal boutiques, stunning venues, beauty news, photographers, florists and more! You’ll discover the latest trends, talented experts and plenty of showstopping inspiration. For those at the end of their planning journey, we have top tips and advice to ensure your day runs smoothly and the perfect last-minute touches to create wow-factor events. Weddings are such joyful occasions, and there’s nothing more special than marrying your soulmate. For those that have been reading the last few issues, you’ll know that my best friend tied the knot in July and what an incredible day it was. As a bridesmaid, it has been such a special experience helping a dear friend plan such an important event. Watching everything come together on the day was very emotional. I’ll never forget that moment when I watched the bride make her grand entrance – I had to fight back the tears as I couldn’t ruin my make-up! The ceremony was beautiful, with many heartwarming words shared. Overall, we had a fantastic day with plenty of pampering, memorable moments, excellent food and great entertainment. I spent the entire evening living it up on the dancefloor – you should see the videos! Planning a wedding might seem like a scary or overwhelming experience, but we’re here to guide you through the whole process from the moment you get engaged to the honeymoon. Make sure to flick to our real wedding features and read all about local weddings; here, you’ll find plenty of inspiration. That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Autumnal vibes One lucky couple will win a minimoon to Portugal! 91 13 59 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 Cullen | 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 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 6

I love Rachael and Charlie’s stunning wedding at Oakley Hall Hotel, look at how in love the couple are. How stunning is this minimalistic and elegant shoot at Wintershill Hall, I especially adore the spring colour palette used? Are you searching for your dream wedding venue? Check out this stunning property that’s perfect for ceremonies and receptions. The Dorset Museum created the most memorable backdrop to this styled shoot. The suppliers all came together to bring the modern theme to life. With help from Pinterest, Josh and Sammy created a country glamour wedding with many on-trend touches. 39 15 45 33 55 I’m in love with this black and ivory stationery taken from the showstopping shoot at The Mansion at Coldeast. 49 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Nearlywed A DREAMY SETTING After more than two years of renovations, Abbots Court Rural Retreat & Wedding Venue is now open for weddings. Situated in Blandford Forum, the property has received its civil ceremony license and can now host 30 nuptials per year. The renovations saw the Victorian Stables completely transformed into a magical setting and can now host 80 guests. A new wedding pavilion has been created in the restored Walled Garden, and now creates a romantic atmosphere surrounded by nature. Guests can retreat to the six new glamping pods after celebrations have ended. Each one is fully equipped with electricity, and guests can enjoy the campfire in the evenings. The director at Abbots Court, Simon Brooks, is excited to welcome nearlyweds to the venue. He says, “After two years of renovations, we could not be happier with the final result. We are delighted to be able to accommodate wedding parties of 80 to 120 people to enjoy a private slice of Dorset’s stunning countryside within Abbots’ idyllic and sprawling grounds.” Check out: WEDDING FAIR Situated in Dorchester, Dorset Museum is hosting a wedding fair this autumn, and the team is excited to welcome nearlyweds. The event takes place on Sunday 2nd October 2022 between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, which is perfect timing as the venue is now open for bookings in 2023. Here lovebirds will be able to meet more than 25 talented suppliers from around Hampshire and Dorset for free. From venue stylists, photographers and entertainers to florists, bridal boutiques and caterers, the fair will help lovebirds plan all aspects of their day. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with some fizz and a goody bag full of helpful planning tools. One lucky pair will win 50 per cent off a full-day venue hire in the Museum’s Victorian Hall. The Dorset Museum offers the perfect setting for memorable weddings with a range of function spaces suitable for all types of weddings and budgets. The committed events team is experienced in hosting memorable weddings and is there to help assist lovebirds. Check out: PLANNING SOS Tasha Mae can help coordinate weddings at any venue and is excited to announce she’s the new wedding coordinator for the brand new DIY wedding and events venue, Palais des Vaches in Exbury. When organising DIY wedding, generally speaking, it tends to be in venues without an on-site coordinator, such as art galleries, barns, marquees, village halls or even in gardens. Nevertheless, Tasha Mae Wedding Co-ordinator can step in to help couples coordinate their special day. They won’t have to worry that everyone and everything is in the right place at the right time, meaning they won’t be handing out jobs to friends and family. Along the wedding planning journey, Tasha can help suggest ideas and recommend suppliers. Working together with couples to create their tailored time plan, the award-winning company offers professional and experienced wedding coordination to ensure their big day runs smoothly. From serving drinks and canapés, directing guests, prompting timings, meeting suppliers and even clearing up along the way, nothing is too much trouble for the team. Check out: NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 9 LOCAL NEWS

FIVE MINUTES WITH... Based in Dorset, Clover & Fern offers wedding planning, coordination and styling services. The team specialises in creating stylish, relaxed and sophisticated weddings for wildly in love couples. Here at YHDW HQ, we caught up with owner Phoebe Taylor to discover more about the company. What does the company offer nearlyweds? Phoebe says,“The on-the-day coordination package is perfect for that final month of planning, as that’s when we take over all communications with suppliers to help bring couples’ visions to life and leave them feeling relaxed in the run-up to their wedding. A coordinator doesn’t just oversee the running of your day; they are a friend, an advisor, a sounding board, a problem solver, a candle lighter, a buttonhole fixer and a prosecco pourer – the list goes on! Our packages are tailored to weddings, so a free consultation is offered to help us understand each pair’s vision for their day. When did the company begin? “I started Clover & Fern in 2021 after years of working for venues as a wedding coordinator. I started the company because I wanted to channel my creativity and love for all things weddings! Being a planner and coordinator means I get the chance to be involved with every aspect of a wedding day and I love to see it all come together. What’s your favourite part of the job? “My favourite part of the job would have to be when I see my couples walk down the aisle to be married. It’s such a beautiful moment, and all that matters is that two people are coming together to celebrate their love for each other. It’s so amazing to see, and I’m always grateful to witness it.” Check out: BEST DRESSED GIRLS British designer Dawn Clarke has released a new collection of silk celebration dresses that will make any little girl feel like a princess. Owner Dawn Clarke specialises in UK-made luxury, ethical children’s garments for special occasions. Her first collection with a small Somerset manufacturer is perfect for flowergirls. She says, “These dresses are some of my favourite designs with lots of gathering and layers of petticoats to create a classic shape. The pieces are made with the finest silk and feature some beautiful extra details.” The dresses are available in daffodil yellow, navy blue and natural white. Silk sashes in other colours can be added, and alternative dress shades are available for bespoke orders. Dawn sketches her ideas and creates the pattern draft to technical specifications for manufacturing at her Hampshire studio. She uses British suppliers wherever possible and only manufactures in the UK. A stand-out embellishment is an embroidered privacy panel behind the zip that proudly declares ‘made in England’. The dresses are lined with habotai silk and feature pretty piping, hidden pockets and petticoats trimmed with British lace. Suitable for children aged two to six, the dresses can be dry-cleaned. Check out: TIME TO CELEBRATE Located in Romsey, The Palmerston Rooms B&B are now offering wedding receptions. For those looking for a historic setting, couples can hire the light and airy downstairs dinning area for 20 to 30 people and can use the marquee in the courtyard garden if needed. Guests won’t have to worry about travelling home as the Grade II listed venue has eight individually refurbished bedrooms. Owners Graham and Kay Choules has worked hard to bring the stunning spaces to life. Graham says, “Kay and I really enjoy welcoming groups into the house for a special get together and offering them great hospitality. So far those that have had lunch or dinner here have gone away having had a really special time.” Graham has been in the hospitality industry as a chef for a long time and offers an selection of dishes. He adds, “I enjoy producing food using as many seasonal and local ingredients as possible.” Check out: 10

HOT E L S B U I L T F O R P L E A S U R E Rhinefield House oozes period charm and character features. Its historic Grand Hall, contemporary Hurst Castle and acres of manicured lawns and outdoor space provide plenty of options for the ultimate fairytale wedding with grandeur, elegance and modernity combined. For wedding showcase dates throughout the year with packages and exclusive use options, please visit our website. 01590 622922 The enchanted forest � RHINEFIELD HOUSE HOTEL THE NEW FOREST, HAMPSHIRE F O R M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N C O N T A C T U S T : 0 1 9 2 9 4 8 1 0 6 6 E : E N Q U I R I E S @ K I N G S T O N C O U N T R Y C O U R T Y A R D . C O M F O L L O W U S O N I N S T A G R A M & F A C E B O O K : @ K I N G S T O N C O U N T R Y C O U R T Y A R D Exclusive use venue with onsite accommodation. Our incredible 16th Century Purbeck stone barn can seat 130 with capacity of up to 180 in the evening, or use our stunning grounds for a more intimate setting. Y O U R D A Y , Y O U R W A Y

THE CROWN HOTEL WEDDINGS AT THE CROWN HOTEL WEDDINGS AT COME ALONG TO OUR WEDDING FAIR SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2022 11AM - 3PM FREE ENTRY West Street Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7AJ T 01258 456626 F 01258 451084 E EXCELLENT DEALS ON WEDDINGS BOOKED AT THE EXHIBITION A fun, inspiring venue, just a short stroll from the beach and promenade blending edge with elegance. At Hilton Bournemouth, you’ll have everything to look forward to, and nothing to look after. We take care of every detail. From an initial tour of the venue to menu tasting with our Chef, we’ll help you plan a perfect and personalised wedding. Licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships Outside catering welcome Ideal for bespoke weddings 01202 804775 Terrace Road, Bournemouth Dorset BH2 5EL | BOURNEMOUTH H I LTON BOURNEMOUTH Zaneta Burnett Design Bespoke Bridal-wear Designer and Dressmaker based in Hampshire Original designs, couture techniques and eco-friendly approach tailored to suit your lifestyle and bridal dreams. 07854 606389 |

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURHAMPSHIRE.WEDDING Closing date 30th November, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. LOOKINGYOUR BEST Based in Dorset, Bex Elizabeth provides bespoke bridal hair and make-up services across the south coast. Owner Rebecca Lewis offers relaxed and memorable mornings for brides while creating the most beautiful looks. Rebecca loves to achieve romantic, textured styles and glowing skin by enhancing natural features to ensure clients look and feel beautiful. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 10 per cent off all wedding services when they quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before the 1st of November 2022. Please note, this offer doesn’t include travel costs. Rebecca loves building friendships with all her brides from their initial enquiry through to their wedding day. She says. “I’m fortunate to meet such lovely people. It’s the best feeling when my clients are all ready and I get to see their smiley, sometimes nervous faces before they walk out the door.” Visit or email for more information. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

For more information or a tour, please call 01962 820088 Chesil House, 4 Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 0HU | Nestled in the heart of Winchester, Chesil House offers exclusive use, panoramic views of the secluded gardens and stunning river scene. With the perfect blend of historic and modern features Chesil House is an enchanting setting for both your ceremony and wedding reception. The River View Room with its bi-fold doors leading to a spacious deck offers uninterrupted river views, and an alfresco feel for your wedding.

GOINGlocal Fall in love with these stunning properties in Winchester and east Hampshire CHAWTON HOUSE 01420 541 010 | For those on the hunt for a romantic wedding setting, this historic venue ticks all the boxes. The grand Elizabethan manor house is set in an idyllic location with uninterrupted and spectacular parkland views. Once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight, Chawton House boasts a wealth of standout features, including panelled rooms, elegant staircases, fabulous aspects, and stunning grounds. Couples can host intimate and romantic ceremonies in the Oak Room or for grander weddings, say “I do” in the Great Hall with up to 70 loved ones before enjoying drinks receptions in the Old Kitchen and Courtyard. Situated in the parkland surrounding Chawton House, the 18th-century Dyers Barn can accommodate 100 people and provides a beautiful rustic setting for both ceremonies and receptions. We love… With 275 acres of grounds, beautiful terraces and a Walled Garden, there’s a wealth of fabulous photo opportunities both inside and out. 15 LOCAL VENUES

CHESIL HOUSE 01962 820 088 | Nestled in the heart of Winchester, Chesil House is a must-see hidden gem. Set on the banks of the River Itchen, the stunning 19th-century venue provides an idyllic setting for magical weddings. With secluded gardens, stunning riverside views and beautiful rooms, it offers a wealth of enchanting spaces for special events. Enjoy exclusive use of the intimate venue, which is licensed for both ceremonies and receptions with family and friends. Memorable views of the river and garden from every window offer a stunning backdrop throughout the day and with bi-fold doors leading to a spacious decking area, lovebirds can enjoy wedding breakfasts with an al fresco feel. The Walled Garden, with its sweeping lawns, colourful landscape borders and private bridge, provides a host of standout photo opportunities and a great location for drinks receptions. With bespoke packages tailored specifically to suit different couples, the award-winning resident caterers can create a little bit of foodie heaven. We love… The stunning views from the deck overlooking the fast-flowing tributary and private garden. THE ANGEL HOTEL 01730 828111 | Nestled in the picturesque South Downs near the Meon Valley, The Angel Hotel is definitely one of Hampshire’s rediscovered gems when it comes to hotels. The landscaped Oak Garden offers the ideal photographic setting with different backdrops to discover. The helpful team will be on hand to ensure couples have memorable events, especially the wedding coordinator who has plenty of experience. The venue has a weekend planned to celebrate the relaunch of the property with a wedding showcase on the 24th and 25th of September 2022. Here the team will proudly showcase The Nicholson Suite, an air-conditioned space that will accommodate weddings of up to 120 people. With a private entrance, bespoke bar and feature glass atrium – the space has everything needed. Added to the existing barn-style room, the suite will most certainly make its mark on the Hampshire’s wedding and event industry. Looking forward to next year and 2024, the team are planning to host marquee weddings with up to 150 people in the secluded Rear Oak Garden. We love… With 36 high-quality bedrooms and a luxurious bridal suite, guests can rest their heads after dancing the night away. 16

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 In central Winchester, just two minutes walk from the Registry Office, The Gurkha Museum is available for pre and post wedding drinks and sit-down lunches and dinners. Find out more on our website. THE MCDONALD GALLERY Intimate wedding reception within the grand backdrop of the Peninsula Barracks. CONTACT OUR TEAM ON 01962 842832 OR ADMIN@THEGURKHAMUSEUM.CO.UK - Weddings at - Just a stone’s throw from Winchester Register Office, the Westgate, with its charm, character and intimate, cosy atmosphere, is the perfect setting in which to celebrate your special day. Our devoted events team will be on hand to attend to your every need, from helping you select from our exquisite menus to liaising with suppliers and organising table plans and decorations. Whatever type of celebration you have in mind, we will create a day you will remember Email or call 01962 820 222 to discuss your requirements WWW.WESTGATEWINCHESTER.COM 2 R O M S E Y R O A D W I N C H E S T E R S O 2 3 8 T P

The Angel Hotel is nestled in the picturesque South Downs near the Meon Valley and is definitely one of Hampshire’s rediscovered gems when it comes to Hotels. With its 36 Quality Bedrooms and a Luxury Bridal Suite, ease of access and multiple car parking spaces plus a spacious Restaurant, it’s long been a popular place locally for those who are in the know. We have a very exciting relaunch weekend planned with a Wedding Showcase taking place on the 24th & 25th September 2022, which will be advertised extensively on our Website & Social Media. We will at that time be proudly showcasing our fabulous new Function Facility; The Nicholson Suite. An Air Conditioned Venue Space that will accommodate Weddings of up to 120 people with its own private entrance, bespoke bar and feature glass atrium. Added on to our existing Barn Styled Room this will most certainly make its mark on Hampshire’s Wedding & Event Industry. Our landscaped Oak Garden offers you the ideal photo opportunity and finally as your Wedding draws to a close, then our sumptuous Luxury Bridal Suite will be available for you to complete your day. We are also be planning to host Marquee Weddings for 150 plus in 2023 & 2024 in our secluded Rear Oak Garden. Be sure to visit our website at to register for future updates, express your interest in attending the Wedding Showcase, view the Walkthrough Videos and Download our Wedding Brochure. GOSPORT ROAD, PRIVETT, ALTON, HAMPSHIRE , GU34 3NN Telephone: 01730 828111 | Email: | Website

STANSTED PARK Set in more than 1,000 acres in the South Downs National Park, with far-reaching views across open countryside and ancient woodland, this former home of the Earls of Bessborough is ideal for those wanting a distinctive backdrop for their big day. Check out: AVINGTON PARK Through the wrought iron gateway and down the long avenue of lime trees, couples will discover the historic Avington Park. Beautiful inside and out, with two conservatories flanking a pillared orangery, the venue dates back to the 10th-century and has a wonderfully grand feel to the interior. Check out: OLD THORNS Originally a farmhouse, this versatile venue has been transformed over the last two decades into one of the region’s wedding hotspots. We’re talking ten different spaces licensed for ceremonies, panoramic countryside views, a spa, health club, bars and restaurants, bags of accommodation and not to mention an 18-hole championship golf course! Check out: WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL Set in the heart of the historic city, Winchester Cathedral is renowned as one of the finest Medieval cathedrals in Europe. A jewel in the city’s crown, countless couples have posed for just-wed shots in front of the famous landmark. Check out: Also check out... 19 LOCAL VENUES

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

THE BOX Outside Standout venues for a big day with a difference PALAIS DES VACHES 02380 243 102 | Situated deep in the countryside, Palais des Vaches is a renovated art gallery that provides the ideal setting for weddings and events. The property is surrounded by rolling fields with views over Beaulieu River and the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Couples can have blessings and memorable receptions surrounded by loved ones. The Cow Palace can accommodate around 120 people and features high ceilings, 100-year-old beams and magnificent artwork. Alternatively, the Goat Pen has been lovingly restored to create the perfect space for around 50 loved ones and overlooks the beautiful landscape. For smaller celebrations, The Monkey Room is perfect with comfortable sofas and chairs. For outdoor weddings, the courtyard is a statement in itself with gorgeous trees, handmade tables, carved-wooden gates, parasols and sculptures – there’s even space to accommodate food vans and mobile bars in the evenings. Or why not opt for the north facing lawn, which is ideal for marquee or outdoor ceremonies? It provides the perfect location for outdoor games or play areas to keep guests entertained. Lastly, the Butterfly Meadow is a picture-perfect spot with breathtaking views. Please note, no structures or food are allowed in this area and access is limited in the evenings. Palais des Vaches is offered exclusively to couples over a four-day day hire, which means couples can relax knowing they’ll have a stress-free wedding. 21 UNUSUAL VENUES

DORSET MUSEUM 01305 262735 | The Dorset Museum is an iconic wedding venue located in the heart of Dorchester’s town centre. The original building was designed in 1883 by G. R. Crickmay and showcases many Victorian features. Home of 250 million years of Dorset’s history, couples can get married in one of the unique spaces. Offering exclusive hire of the wonderful areas and facilities, the team can create the perfect setting tailored directly to any needs. Exchange vows in The Dorset Story Space with 24 guests who will love the classic wooden panelling from Tyneham House. Or hold intimate ceremonies in the stunning library surrounded by more than 30,000 books on Dorset’s history. With its Victorian oriel window, the bright space creates the perfect setting for 10 people. At the heart of the museum is the magnificent Victorian Hall, which can accommodate 120 loved ones and was designed in 1884 – it’s perfect for larger ceremonies and receptions. The Roman mosaic flooring and stained-glass rose windows plus neo-Gothic architecture will help make all weddings memorable. THE GURKHA MUSEUM 01962 842 832 | Located in the historic Peninsula Barracks in the heart of Winchester, The Gallery is a magnificent function room within The Gurkha Museum. The building was chosen more than 400 years ago by King Charles II as the site of a palace, designed in the manner of Versailles to overlook Winchester Cathedral. Modelled originally on an Indian Army Mess, The Gallery can host 60 seated or 100 standing guests for intimate receptions. The space houses valuable picture, silver, medal and badge collections, which is an integral part of the display area. The function room is furnished to the highest standards and includes a private bar area, main dining sapce and kitchen where the property’s exclusive caterer provides sumptuous and authentic Nepalese curry buffets. To keep guests occupied, loved ones are free to roam the museum during the day. 22

TAKE YOUR Wedding Day TO NEW HEIGHTS To arrange a viewing or for further information about weddings at this iconic landmark, please contact: or call 02392 857524 SPINNAKERTOWER.CO.UK LICENSED FOR CEREMONIES FULL WEDDINGS RECEPTIONS Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TT web: email: @palaisdesvaches @palaisdesvachesevents PALAIS des VACHES VENUE EXBURY, NEW FOREST UN IQUE , PR I VATE , ROMANT I C, RURAL , FUN, BEAUT I FUL… THE PALA I S des VACHES I S THE VENUE THAT HAS I T ALL Hosts up to 200 inside or out; the three generous rooms flow seamlessly to offer just the right vibe for your event, whether formal or boho. The Tuscan style courtyard, fields of wild flowers and unbroken views of the Beaulieu River to the Isle of Wight offer limitless photo opportunities.

God’s House Tower (GHT) is a stunning multi-purpose arts and heritage venue in the heart of Southampton’s historic and beautifully-preserved Old Town. We have a number of unique spaces housed in this iconic 700-year-old Grade 1 Listed Monument, which are ideal for intimate wedding receptions and larger parties, and available to hire individually or in combination to create a bespoke and truly special occasion in memorable surroundings. With panoramic views across Southampton Water, iconic exterior and fascinating interior that seamlessly blends the ancient and the modern, an occasion at GHT is unlike any other. God’s House Tower, Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY 07733 092 291

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 70 guests for intimate ceremonies at 5.15 pm, 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 70 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 their head chef tailored to specific requirements. Evening guests are invited to join couples in the Spinnaker Kitchen & Bar from 9.30 pm where they can enjoy music and dancing. They too can share the whole Spinnaker Tower experience as the View Decks stay open until 11 pm. The space can accommodate 200 people, who will love the wide areas, outside terrace and bar space. For those not having a sit-down meal, View Deck 1 is another option for receptions. GOD’S HOUSE TOWER 07733 092 291 | God’s House Tower is a stunning multi-purpose venue at the southeastern entrance to Southampton’s historic and beautifully preserved Old Town. After an extensive and sensitive refurbishment, the tower is now thriving in its present-day incarnation as a cutting-edge arts, heritage and events venue. The iconic 700-year-old Grade I listed monument houses numerous intimate and grand spaces for weddings. The areas are available to hire individually or in combination to create bespoke and truly special occasions in memorable surroundings. A self-contained and flexible space, the Crawford Room is the perfect location for celebrant-led ceremonies and drinks receptions. The room is the oldest corner of the building and features an ancient wooden beamed roof, and dramatic views overlooking the Old Town. For larger events, the Main Gallery is the biggest wedding space and is ideally suited for receptions. Or why not opt for The Tower Roof, which provides panoramic views across the Port of Southampton? Alternatively, The Cafe & Bar is a flexible space perfect for drinks receptions and parties. With its blend of historic and modern architectural design, it comes with a fully stocked bar. Lastly, the courtyard is a shaded outside space available to hire in combination with any other part of the building. Tucked away on Lower Canal walk, it comes with or without outdoor tables and chairs with options for a pop-up bar to serve drinks directly from the courtyard. After dark, the structure is lit to create an awe-inspiring presence – creating the perfect backdrop for photographs. 25 UNUSUAL VENUES

A dreamy day Elisha and Adam had an Italian wedding with a grey and gold colour scheme Images courtesy of Jack Aldridge Photography 26

Elisha and Adam met through mutual friends at school and have been a couple ever since. No matter how much time they spent together, they always managed to make each other laugh and have made so many amazing memories over the years. Adam proposed on Christmas day after hiding a ring in a cracker to surprise Elisha – of course she said ‘yes’. The pair set the wedding for July 25th 2021, and created a memorable day surrounded by loved ones. SETTING THE SCENE When it came to finding the perfect setting for their special day, the couple fell in love with The Italian Villa in Poole. It was the beautiful gardens that first caught their attention and the venue’s stunning décor, especially in the Medici Suite where ceremonies take place. With beautiful arches, pillars and floorlength windows overlooking the gardens, the pair knew it was perfect location for their vows. To decorate the fabulous spaces, the couple hired The House of Styling and the team captured the pair’s vision perfectly. A stunning foliage arch was placed at the top of the aisle, which created a beautiful backdrop for the “I dos”. Candles, terrariums, trees and hanging tea lights added a magical atmosphere to the ceremony space and set the tone for the rest of the day. The reception space was already decorated with fairylights, so the couple added hanging wisteria and lanterns above the dancefloor. The trestle tables were decorated with foliage, white flowers in small pots, candles, tea lights, terrariums, floating candles, gold pineapples and grey napkins. The groom wanted to incorporate some of his favourite films into the table plan, so each table had a Marvel symbol paired with a movie quote. For favours, each guest was given a mini bottle with spirit inside, which doubled up as place names. To add some extra fun, everyone also had a scratch card. The pair wanted rustic and natural looking blooms, so they opted for wildflowers, green foliage, olive vines and peonies – the bridesmaids had smaller versions. As the wedding took place during the end of the pandemic, the bride created personalised tissues and hand sanitisers that could clip onto bags – this was very popular with loved ones. The pair served beer and prosecco during the drinks reception – their favourite beverages. As the venue was set within botanical gardens, guests had access to look around the beautiful spaces during this time. To keep guests from going hungry, a barbecue was served with five different meat and vegetarian options. For dessert, loved ones enjoyed beautifully presented white chocolate, raspberry and honeycomb domes. There was a snack buffet in the evening with mini fish and chip cones, burgers, bacon rolls and cheese toasties. A huge hit with guests was the snack bar with pick ‘n’ mix sweets, personalised cookies, crisps, pretzels, popcorn and the wedding cake which featured raspberry, white chocolate, butterscotch and lemon flavours. 27 REAL WEDDINGS

LOOKING THE PART While searching for the perfect gown, the bride fell in love with a mermaid-style dress by Justin Alexander. To finish off her look, she wore a matching pearl cathedral-length veil and a custommade flower crown. She says, “I felt so excited once I was all ready as I look exactly how I’d envisioned” Adam wanted to stand out from the groomsmen and wore a custom blue pinstripe suit with a grey checked waistcoat and brown shoes from Moss Bros. The others wore navy blue three-piece suits. The bridesmaids wore grey multiway dresses while the flowergirl wore a white dress with flower petals to match the bride’s gown. MEMORABLE MOMENTS The pair hired a DJ and steel drum combo to keep guests entertained in the evening, which was a huge hit with their loved ones. Guests said they’d never experienced anything like it before, they thought it was really different! People were on the dancefloor all night having such a lovely time together. The day was such a whirlwind for the couple, but they mainly just felt so happy to be getting married surrounded by loved ones after Covid restrictions stopped people from seeing each other. “The day was more than we’d hoped and imagined – the ceremony really stood out to us the most”, says the bride. She adds, “A funny moment from the day was when one of the groomsmen split his trousers from front to back on the dancefloor.” Adam thought that before the ceremony, him and Elisha were doing a first look. She says, “I convinced him that our photographer Jack wanted to try something different, and we dressed the best man in a dress and veil – we got some great photos and videos! Another memorable moment from the day was when the groom’s brother did the most incredible speech that was so lovely and funny. The couple’s suppliers really did make their day extra special and one to remember, especially Kirsty and Laura at The House of Styling. The bride says, “Not only did they completely nail our dream day, but they were so incredible throughout the planning process. They would check in during the lockdowns, were so good when we had to change our date and nothing was ever too much trouble.” She adds, “Our photographer was also amazing and made us both feel comfortable. It felt as though he was one of our friends, which we felt was important when we booked him as we would be spending nearly the whole day together.” The venue’s wedding coordinator was just the best and made sure everything ran smoothly on the day, Drew was so helpful and friendly to everyone. HONEYMOON As Covid restrictions had only just started to relax, the couple decided to go on a minimoon to Bath in a lovely boutique hotel. They have booked a tour of Italy for their honeymoon, which will start off in Sorrento and Capri, before travelling to Florence and Rome for two weeks. 28

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

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GLAMOUR Country Josh and Sammy’s white and champagne colour scheme was the perfect option for their showstopping wedding at Sopley Mill Images courtesy of Aurelia Allen Photography Josh and Sammy both lived in the same block of flats when they first met. After getting to know each other better, they discovered their shared sense of humour and similar personalities. After months of being good friends, the pair slowly fell in love and started dating. During a family camping trip to Cornwall back in 2019, Josh proposed to Sammy after asking her daughter’s permission weeks before. Sammy comments, “We were down by the river on rowing boats in the most beautiful setting. With my family around me, who were all in on it, he got down on one knee and popped the question.” She adds, “I was completely shocked and took a long time to say ‘yes’ because I had to keep pinching myself.” Here Sammy shares details about their special day... 33 REAL WEDDINGS

We wanted our theme to be country glamour, so we had many brass accessories, gold lanterns and huge pampas centrepieces. I kept the place names and menus simple with calligraphy writing and gold wax melts. My brother flew over from Australia and sang during the ceremony, which was so special as the pandemic meant he would have missed our original wedding date due to travel restrictions at the time. I wanted to use as many white and beige tones as possible, so I asked my stylist to use pampas grass, white candles and a floral archway. Josh picked Sopley Mill for our venue, and I loved how we could style the spaces to match our theme and colour scheme. Seeing Josh cry so much when our daught er walked down the aisle and again for me was a moment that stood out – I’ve never seen so many tears! I was super relaxed in the morning and ex cited once I arrived at the ceremony. 34

We had a barbecue for our wedding breakfast as we wanted something light and delicious – everyone said the food was fantastic. We had a beautiful wedding cake, which looked stunning. We had lemon, elderflower, white chocolate, raspberry and salted caramel flavours. My venue stylist added a gold sequin backdrop with a neon sign to add a touch of glamour to our photos. I picked orchid flowers for my bouquet because I wanted something messy yet glamorous – I loved how simple yet showstopping they looked. We used old acrylic stands for our table numbers, and the seating plan was on a huge antique mirror. I wore a stunning sheer and lace bodice dress that was perfect for my figure. I paired the gown with a cathedral-length veil and a stunning hairpiece. 35 REAL WEDDINGS

SAMMY AND JOSH’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress, | Hair, | Make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Oasis | Groom’s suit, Moss Bros. | Cake, | Flowers, | Entertainment, | Catering, | Venue styling, | Hampshire registrars, | Singer, | Videographer, We visited the Dominican Republic for ou r honeymoon. We both planned the twoweek trip and absolutely love it – especiall y snorkelling, the unlimited cocktails and th e private swimming pool. We thoroughly planned the evening playlist with our DJ, so everyone would be up dancing all night. I felt a million dollars on the day! My vision came to life and I just felt so beautiful – I did a little cry too! Josh wore a beige suit, brown waistcoat, a bow tie and a gold bumble bee pin given to him by his mum the night before the wedding to symbolise family. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in champagne off-the-shoulder dresses, which matched the red carpet vibe I was l ooking for. 36