Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 98)

£3.55 MAY/JUN 2023 WIN! HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... Discover romantic nuptials Love is all around A luxurious getaway Making A SPLASH Waterside and coastal venues Showstopping cakes Baking memories FASHIONFORWARD Dressing the wedding party

WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR T: +44 (0)1252 555 892 E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS BOOK A SHOW ROUND Located on the Hampshire and Surrey border overlooking the private Farnborough Airport, Aviator is one of Hampshire’s most unique hotels and wedding venues. OUR SPACES Studio Rouge WRIGHT ROOM SKY LOUNGE EARHART CODY Ceremony | up to 95 guests Wedding Breakfast | up to 80 guests Evening Reception | up to 125 guests Ceremony | up to 80 guests Wedding Breakfast | up to 80 guests Evening Reception | up to 110 guests Ceremony | up to 40 guests Wedding Breakfast | up to 40 guests Evening Reception | up to 40 guests Wedding Breakfast | up to 20 guests At Aviator you’re spoilt for choice with four diverse spaces. If you’re looking for a blank canvas where there is opportunity to inject creativity and personality into your special day then this is the venue for you. We celebrate being unique and we have a trusted list of local suppliers that can help your vision come to life with unusual requests being accommodated where possible. ...and enjoy a cokctail with us! Kristian Leven Photography Studio Rouge

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 76 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 89 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTSMAY/JUNE 2023 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Check out these stunning properties in the beautiful New Forest 21 MAKING A SPLASH Fall in love with these waterside and coastal venues On the cover This issue’s cover has been taken from the styled shoot on page 45, which was captured by the talented Katie Rogers Photography ( 49 15 FEATURES 45 ALL IN THE DETAIL This glamorous shoot featured modern touches and luxurious styling 49 CITY CHIC The Duchess of Cornwall Inn provided the perfect backdrop to this stunning shoot 52 SLICE AS NICE Be inspired by seasonal cakes from talented bakers 79 DRESSING THE WEDDING PARTY Fashion advice for your nearest and dearests 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 TRULY TRADITIONAL Dorset was the perfect location for Charlotte and Andrew’s intimate wedding 34 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Kirsty and Scott’s speical day at Parley Manor was one to remember 40 RURAL ROMANCE Katy and Joe had a magical wedding with a dusky pink colour scheme HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Discover the newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 94 THE CITY OF LOVE Melissa Cullen reveals why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 97 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two GROOMS 84 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 85 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 59 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 60 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 63 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 68 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 70 KEEP CALM AND MARRY ON Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness share their stress-beating tips 72 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 75 BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with help from the professionals 34 94 85 90 40 4

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Embrace the colour green with this dashing suit from Next. Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding! I hope you’ve all been keeping well and have been enjoying spring. There’s something so refreshing about this time of year; it’s all about fresh starts and new beginnings. I’m looking forward to the warm weather and longer days as we slowly creep towards summer. There’s nothing I love more than venturing outdoors; I’m talking picnic dates, barbecues with loved ones, forest walks with the dogs and beach days with friends. Summer is a wonderful time to tie the knot, not just because of the glorious sunshine – although that’s a huge perk! Thanks to the longer days, you’ll be able to have a later ceremony with plenty of time for your photographer to capture memorable pictures outdoors, especially those golden-hour shots! Imagine roasting marshmallows with loved ones around fire pits, enjoying outdoor games on the lawns or eating from a food truck. Thanks to the more consistent weather, the opportunities are endless. Planning a wedding is an exciting experience where you can create a dream-worthy day to celebrate your love and commitment to one another. This issue is packed with local suppliers who would be honoured to take part in your magical day; they’ll work with you to offer advice and help bring your visions to life. If you’re stuck with wedding planning and need inspiration, don’t forget to check out our beautiful weddings and styled shoots. I’m talking showstopping venues, gorgeous styling, oh-sobeautiful blooms and wow-factor touches. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Here comes the sun Creative Artists Hair & Makeup created the complete beauty look for this chic-styled shoot. 49 86 ISSN 2046-8474 Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is published six times a year. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 52 This showstopping three-tiered cake by Olivia Bakes is sure to add to add the wow factor to weddings. ADVERTISING Account Manager Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at www. and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611 6

Looking for ways to decorate a marquee? Discover ways to incorporate flowers throughout the space for the ultimate wow-factor wedding. What’s not to love about this showstopping shoot full of glamorous and traditional styling with an edgy touch? The HMS Warrior offers an iconic and unforgettable backdrop for wedding celebrations. Discover these blooming beautiful flowers at Katy and Joe’s wedding, which had a wild and relaxed style. 76 21 40 One lucky couple will win a stunning pearl and diamond necklace, enter for your chance to win! 89 45 34 Kirsty and Scott had a stunning wedding surrounded by loved ones at the iconic Parley Manor. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Do you want to arrive in spectacular, vintage style on your wedding day? Freddie will ensure that you do exactly that. What’s included? Freddie, the VW campervan, can seat a driver and 4 passengers. Freddie will be beautifully decorated with your choice of colour for ribbons and bows. He has everything you might need to make your journey comfortable: rugs, cushions and a large, white umbrella available should the weather be a bit tricky. He also carries a bag of tricks in case of any hair or dress emergencies. We only book one wedding a day so you will have plenty of time to get all those wonderful pictures of your wedding party with the campervan. You can rest assured of our best, undevided attention on your wedding day. PLUS so much more! For bookings email: Radiant Retro Rides radiant_retro_rides @Radiant Retro Rides e way of the owers - Story telling through the beauty of owers in Dorset and beyond. For any occasion, we create bespoke arrangements and transformative installations for your special day, walking with you every step of the way. Broadstone, Dorset @ume. oraldesign ume. www.ume Andy Rapkins Photography CEREMONIES TO SUIT YOU BY RICHARD SHEATH We all have milestones to celebrate at some stage in our lives and my role as the Wessex Celebrant is to help you create a ceremony that is meaningful, heartfelt and full of memories for you and your guests. WEDDINGS | COMMITMENT CEREMONIES VOW RENEWALS | NAMING CEREMONIES Personalised – Individual – Creative It’s your day your way! For more information and a no obligation chat about your forthcoming occasion contact Richard on 07355 053178 or email Making memories from your milestones 5% OFF Quote “Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding magazine” On the Day Coordination | Full Planning Package | Bespoke Packaging 07484 216 730 | | salmajikevents Here for your Wedding & Event Planning needs

Nearlywed THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT The team at G.O.S Magic Mirror Photo Booth are excited to announce their new product, The Mirror Air Booth, one of the most advanced and latest magic mirror photo booths on the market. All guests will surely be amazed by the incredible picture quality, superior prints and wonderful wedding animations included in the packages and developed on a spectacular 65-inch mirror. The staff can’t wait to make some magical memories with more newlyweds. They pride themselves in outstanding customer service and only use professional equipment to make those dream memories come true. Discover: CALLING ALL MOVIE LOVERS Based in Hampshire, Daniel Pitts Media is a wedding photographer and videographer now offering a personalised film poster for the ultimate wedding keepsake. Daniel often creates posters and flyers using his background in design, which is where the brilliant idea came from. By incorporating an image from a wedding, he can include personal elements and each couple’s love story to create a special piece to treasure for years to come. The film’s title, reviews, cast and tagline are all replaced by details such as song lyrics, suppliers, wishes from guests, names of loved ones or pets and other unique information that means something special. It’s a great way to display a wedding photo while including many personal details and an element of fun. The company can provide this service for all couples, provided they can supply Daniel with a high-resolution image. Discover more about the company: NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties MEET THE SUPPLIER Here at YHDW HQ, we’ve caught up with videographer Finlay Williams to discover more about the company and what he can offer for weddings. What do you offer nearlyweds? I’m a young, up-and-coming wedding videographer in the South West. I’m currently studying for a film and photography degree at the Art University Bournemouth, where I’m developing my filmmaking skills. What do you offer nearlyweds? I offer full-day coverage for £895, which consists of seven to eight videos with a total viewing time of 90 to 120 minutes. Couples will also receive a four-to-six-minute video of all the compact memories to relive the day and share with loved ones. Why did you start the company? After shooting my first wedding three years ago, I immediately fell in love with the creative process and entered what I believe is one of the most rewarding careers. I’m conscious of being discreet throughout your day, using minimal equipment to blend into the background. Discover more about the company: 9 LOCAL NEWS

DAZZLING DÉCOR Dooker Entertainment was established a year ago and is now introducing its new prop hire branch to add much more to personal events. The team can now offer sweet carts, post boxes, popcorn machines, cake stands, light-up numbers and much more! They are rapidly growing the number of props available, which are being added to the ever-growing list on their website. Managing director Rosalind Chivers-Dyke has been providing venue décor and balloon displays for a year after falling in love with weddings when she tied the knot. With her partner’s help, they have been working hard to establish their public event, Purify Festival, and other memorable events. Discover more: ARRIVE IN STYLE Exciting things are happening this summer for the team at Radiant Retro Rides, who are exhibiting at wedding fayres across Hampshire this summer. They’ll be on Southsea Common for the annual Beach Dubbin event on 6th August to showcase their iconic VW Campervan, Freddie, in all his wedding finery. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet the team and see the vehicle in person, which is currently having a pamper respray ahead of this year’s wedding season. His colours will remain the same as everyone loves, but Freddie will be ultra-shining from roof to bumpers. With the Campervan looking smarter than ever, the company will continue searching for another vehicle to join Freddie and the team. Discover more: PICTURE THE SCENE Portsmouth-based Funbooth LTD has launched three new décor packages to help create a straightforward and hassle-free service for couples planning their big day. Including chair décor, table décor, signage and post boxes, lovebirds can now choose from The Petite, The Details or The Works package depending on the size of their wedding. Happy couples can choose from the catalogue of hire items to customise each package to suit their theme. Upgrades are also available, and pairs can swap items if needed. The range continuously grows with new faux floral items and a wider range of candles and vases. Every package includes the team delivering, setting up and collecting the pieces to create a stress-free service for nearlyweds. Watch this space as more package options will be available soon! Discover the company: ALL KINDS OF LOVELINESS The talented team at Jeremy France Jewellers in Winchester always listens to clients’ concerns while improving their services along with the extensive wedding ranges. To ensure all nearlyweds are confident with their wedding jewellery, the staff now offer interest-free credit and insurance in-store and online. It can be easy in the wedding rush to forget to insure wedding bands, but the team doesn’t want their couples to feel the devastation when a new ring is lost and can’t be replaced. Having interest-free finance available for wedding bands can also help with budgeting for the big day while ensuring pairs don’t have to compromise on getting exactly what they want. With an ever-growing variety of diamond and gemstone engagement options as well as wedding collections, there’s something for everyone. Discover more about the company: 10

Watch me “We absolutely love our wedding videos. By far the best money that we spent.” “We barely even noticed him during the ceremony & getting ready stages which provided us with genuine & natural images.” “Dan really captured the true essence of our wedding and our love for one another.” “The videos we now have are the perfect way to relive the best day of our lives.” DANIELPITTSWEDDINGS.COM BALLOON ARCHES, HOOPS & GARLANDS SWEET CARTS POPCORN MACHINES CAKE STANDS POST BOXES LIGHT UP NUMBERS We are based in Poole, Dorset and provide services throughout Dorset and Hampshire. Dooker Entertainment are an inclusive event service, providing event prop hire and decor services, including balloon art, event consultation and management. 01202 677056 We offer customised packages for weddings, hen parties, engagements or any other occasion. Covering Dorset and parts of Hampshire we can bespoke our bar to your requirements and theme of your wedding. Call: 07557 503 831 or email: VINTAGE HORSE BOX BAR

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURHAMPSHIREDORSET.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH JUNE 2023. PRE-LOVED DRESSES Dawn Clarke Designs specialises in luxury celebration clothing for little girls, exquisitely designed and handmade with care in the UK. Owner Dawn Clarke is not only showcasing her first collection of pure silk flowergirl dresses this season, but a small selection of girls’ party dresses created from deconstructed sample wedding gowns – perfect for eco-conscious nearlyweds. Dawn knows how important it is to try and reduce the number of fabrics going to landfills. So she uses as much fabric as possible to create the dresses using silk, cotton and organza fabrics as well as netting. Each dress is traditional in style, fully lined with a zip fastening back, feature darts at the back and a net underskirt to finish off the look. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 20 per cent off the party dresses when they use the code 9B5RH7Z4 at checkout by July 1st 2023. View the eco-sustainable dresses that are available here: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

My name is Mandi and I would like to tell you what you can expect from me… A unique, bespoke, personalised telling of your love story. No rules, restrictions, or time constraints. Your choice of locations or venue … yes, totally where you would like. A one of a kind, never seen before and never to be repeated ceremony. Ultimately, ‘Your Love Story’ told ‘Your Way’. If I have captured your interest, please take the time to visit my website. 07738 620879 mandimurfittcelebrant Together, we can create ‘Your Special Day’ and make your dream come true! With over 15 years of oristry experience, Blossom Boutique provide the nest quality owers to make your dream wedding even more special. Our wedding owers are designed and prepared with passion and love to your requirements. For more information or to book a consultation please call: 02392 831333 or email: WWW.BLOSSOMBOUTIQUEFLOWERS.CO.UK /blossomboutique owers 99 PALMERSTON ROAD, PORTSMOUTH PO5 3PS

local Exchange vows in the stunning New Forest RHINEFIELD HOUSE HOTEL 01590 622 922 | Rhinefield House is a luxury Hotel deep within the New Forest National Park. With 40 acres of landscaped gardens, the historic grounds were once home to Queen Victoria. With beautiful surroundings and a blend of Tudor and Gothic architecture, the property is a beautiful country location for weddings. Couples will find the Forest Garden Doric Temple in a private area of the gardens with the magnificent Rhinefield House in the background – ceremonies will feel magical surrounded by 130 people. Or The Grand Hall, a replica of London’s Westminster Hall, has as much grandeur. Intricate carvings and oak panelling complement the gold chandeliers and the impressive original windows offering views over the grounds. What’s more, the Minstrels Gallery provides the perfect position for bird’s-eye view photographs. After the “I dos”, the team can transform the space for receptions. The Hurst Castle is ideal for 100 loved ones, with several layouts available. The contemporary area has a separate entrance and terrace, which overlooks the topiary orchard. The neutral décor is ideal for all types of themes, and there’s plenty of natural lighting from the floor-toceiling windows. For more intimate weddings with 35 people, The Keepers Room has a lovely and relaxed atmosphere. The ornamental fire place and delicate chandelier are vital features, while the large bay window makes for a beautiful backdrop to the vows. The location is perfect for evening receptions too. The team offers a complimentary menu tasting session five months before weddings for those booking the venue for their special day. They’ll also offer the bridal experience package, which includes a night’s stay prior weddings in the suite for up to six guests, a bottle of prosecco, use of the leisure facilities and a room service breakfast. The Grooms Room Package occurs from 8 am to 2 pm with bacon rolls, beer and space for friends to gather. The Hotel has 50 bedrooms on-site for loved ones staying over, which includes three feature suites. GOING 15 LOCAL VENUES

BALMER LAWN HOTEL & SPA 01590 625 779 | Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa is a must-see for couples looking for a romantic postcard setting. Set behind a cricket pitch, the iconic venue has the perfect mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. With sun-drenched terraces and beautiful gardens, lovebirds will be spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning backdrops. Looking out over the lawn, the impressive building boasts a fascinating past and has been used as everything from a hunting lodge and a field hospital to an army staff college and coaching inn. As an award-winning destination for weddings, pairs can exchange vows in the garden’s oak-beamed Sylvan Pavilion. Or, why not opt for the Beaulieu Suit with 140 loved ones? Set back from the main Hotel with its own entrance and facilities, the suite includes the refurbished Beaulieu Room, the Hamble space with a bar and dancefloor as well as the Avon area for extra seating. There’s access to three outdoor terrace areas, including the Hotel gardens. In the evenings, newlyweds can party the night away with up to 220 loved ones. What’s not to love about the beautiful high-ceilinged Savernake Room? The light and airy space with a private decked terrace is ideal for intimate weddings or post-vows drinks. HALE PARK 07973 727 757 | Set in the middle of an agricultural estate in a private corner of the New Forest, couples will approach Hale Park down a long avenue of lime trees. Surrounding the house are the extensive grounds, which feature a small rose garden, a topiary, a maze, two ponds and many hidden areas to discover. Exchange vows in St. Mary’s Church, a short walk through the stunning gardens, or around the grounds where couples will find grand and intimate spaces to host civil ceremonies or celebrant-led weddings. The woodland glade in the far gardens is a great setting! The Drawing Room is another showstopping space with high ceilings, chandeliers and views over Avon Valley – perfect for 112 guests. The team can also transform the space for wedding breakfasts with 120 loved ones, or the celebrations can continue in the gardens with a marquee. Here pairs can add fun touches such as gin trolleys, fish and chip vans, pizza trucks or NipponEuro fusion takeaway pop-ups. There’s space for bouncy castles, crazy golf, cricket, buckin’ broncos, live music and DJs – plus fireworks can be arranged in the evenings. 16

WEDDINGS IN THE WOOD Where could be more magical to host a woodland wedding than hidden amongst the trees of a private estate within the New Forst National Park. Our venue is fabulously private and secluded, and available for your exclusive use, to enjoy your uniquely memorable occasion. Our team will be on hand to ensure your special day is one to remember for all the right reasons. | | 07976 394663 ROCK MY WEDDING SEEN IN:

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 Coast Ceremonies … because your ceremony should be as unique as you are. T: 07775 513825 E: Coast Ceremonies Lymington, Hants. Contact Karen for a no-obligation chat. We do destination weddings as well as local weddings. “You certainly do have the best job in the world, and you are great at it. I love the way you have put this together - it’s beautiful”. A & A “We have enjoyed working with you on our wedding ceremony. You have been professional, personable and nice”. K&S “Thank you for delivering our daughter’s beautiful wedding ceremony with grace, sentiment and personality, ”. R “We’re so excited to have you as our Celebrant for our forthcoming wedding”. S&D ‘Marry Me in 2023’ at HIGHFIELD PARK HAMPSHIRE Say ‘I Do’ for just £5500 for 50 people on available dates throughout 2023 Contact the team to find out more about this amazing offer or to arrange a showround on 01189 326369 or email

WEDDINGS IN THE WOOD 07976 394 663 | What location could be more magical to host woodland weddings than hidden amongst the trees of a private woodland estate within the New Forest National Park? Weddings In The Wood is a fabulously exclusiveuse setting with green lawns and woodland areas to explore. The licensed woodland bar is where the party begins and ends with a selection of ales, larger and ciders. With a constantly changing wide range of artisan gins and spirits, lovebirds can always sample something different. The venue offers four drink allowances to avoid corkage charges, allowing pairs to supply drinks after the ceremony, wine for the meal and beverages for the speeches. The Carpenters Barn is an ideal place to tie the knot with 120 people and dance the night away. The large slow-burning wooden stove with a brick chimney is a central feature. Oak beams span the roof, and the interior decoration is neutral to create the perfect canvas to decorate. When the sun’s shining, meander up through the hidden pathway to a tranquil woodland location amongst pine trees of the North Woods with more than 120 guests. Or head down into the South Woods, following the path to a circular clearing within a canopy of native trees. Alternatively, walk up a grass-lined aisle to a beautiful open space within the heart of the venue and exchange vows on the lawns with 120 loved ones. For a more intimate setting where couples can have small legal ceremonies while guests are waiting in the woods or being entertained on the lawns, the Bridal Shepherd Hut can host six people. The marquee is the perfect location for 125 to150 people for wedding breakfasts. Draped in neutral colours, it allows any theme to make an impact. The team can open the wall panels to let the outside in during the summer, and guests will be immersed in the magical woodland surroundings. The lawns and Fire Circle is another option to host receptions with more than 120 nearest and dearest. For unpredictable weather, a large indoor space can fit up to 150 guests during the day and more in the evening if needed. MACDONALD ELMERS COURT HOTEL Located on 23 acres of spectacular grounds, Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel is a magnificent 19th-century manor house that has kept much of its original charm and character. Whether lovebirds plan to say “I do” in stunning stately rooms or outdoors, the team offers a fantastic selection of romantic and elegant ceremony settings. Check out: THE MORTIMER ARMS For those searching for a chilled setting with an authentic country feel for receptions, check out The Mortimer Arms. The former Edwardian dowager house has been beautifully converted into a chic boutique Hotel while retaining a wealth of charm. Set on the edge of the New Forest, the décor is sympathetic to the rural area. Check out: THE TREEHOUSES, BEAULIEU Nestled in the heart of the woodland, couples can tie the knot among the treetops at the Countryside Education Trust’s magical venue near Beaulieu. A quirky rope bridge connects the two large treehouses, both licensed for ceremonies with exclusively use for the whole day. Check out: THE TRUSTY SERVANT INN, MINSTEAD This quintessential country pub is nestled in the heart of the New Forest in picturesque Minstead, one of the oldest villages in the national park. With the famous local ponies and donkeys ambling past, it’s a picture-perfect location for a wedding celebration to remember. Check out: Also check out... Scan to view video LOCAL VENUES 19

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 your 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

a splash Fall in love with these waterside and coastal venues MAKING CHESIL HOUSE 01962 820 088 | Chesil House is a must-see hidden gem in the heart of Winchester. Set on the banks of the River Itchen, the stunning 19th-century venue provides an idyllic setting for magical weddings. The stunning views from the deck overlooking the fast-flowing tributary and private garden will wow guests. 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, licensed for ceremonies and receptions with loved ones. Memorable views of the river and garden from every window offer a stunning backdrop throughout the day. With bi-fold doors leading to a spacious decking area, lovebirds can enjoy wedding breakfasts with an al fresco feel. With its sweeping lawns, colourful landscape borders and private bridge, the Walled Garden provides many standout photo opportunities and an excellent location for drinks receptions. We love… With bespoke packages tailored specifically to suit different couples, the award-winning resident caterers can create a little bit of foodie heaven. 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 can choose from attractive rooms with bay views. The ground-floor Waterfront Suite has direct access to the sea terrace right by the water’s edge – great for post-vow drinks. The RNLI lifeboats moored on the pontoons make it the perfect backdrop for standout photos. The suite can accommodate up to 150 people for wedding breakfasts and an extra 50 in the evenings. For more intimate affairs, the Harbour View Suite provides a romantic setting for celebrations. Those who book the venue for their special day will be offered a complimentary wedding-night stay in a harbour-view bedroom. We love… Every £1 spent here goes towards saving lives at sea. COASTAL AND WATERSIDE VENUES 21

THE PORT HOUSE 02392 385 389 | This versatile venue ticks all the boxes for couples looking for a stunning waterside location for their big day. Overlooking the Port Solent Marina, with views of the yachts, it’s a picture-perfect spot! Even outside seating allows pairs to make the most of the setting. The waterfront terrace and patio are perfect for drinks receptions or barbecues in the warmer months. The contemporary furnishing inside the bright and airy space includes a bespoke bar made from reclaimed railway sleepers and a feature ceiling. Ceremonies are held in the Regatta Room or the larger Ocean Suite, which can host up to 120 family and friends for the “I dos” followed by sit-down meals. For larger receptions with up to 300 guests, a marquee can be attached to the side of the property. BOATHOUSE 4 RESTAURANT 02392 731 552 | Situated on the South Coast, the Boathouse 4 Restaurant is the ideal setting for memorable weddings with 100 to 200 people. Complete with stunning harbour views and boasting a historical focal point with the HMS Warrior as a backdrop, it’s no wonder why this exclusively-use property is such a popular destination. The private bar and lounge can be enjoyed as part of wedding celebrations, while the mezzanine level is the ideal setting to enjoy drinks receptions with champagne, canapés and an oyster bar. With some of Portsmouth’s finest views, guests will surely fall in love with the space as soon as they arrive, especially when they try the bespoke menus with delicious cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients by the finest chefs. We love… The on-site caterers, award-winning Vanilla Catering, produce bespoke meals using local Hampshire produce. All couples will enjoy a complimentary pre-tasting session. BOATHOUSE 7 02392 731 552 | Located in Portsmouth, Boathouse 7 is a charming venue providing the ideal setting for large weddings with 350 to 450 loved ones. The restored historic boathouse can host wedding breakfasts and receptions to help couples celebrate in style. The kitchen brigade has developed menus with locally sourced and elegantly presented cuisine. Guests will love the experience of celebrating on dry land as the water of the harbour laps beneath. Whitewashed walls and triple-height exposed timber ceilings bring a rustic edge to this exceptional events space. Photographers will love taking advantage of the setting and stunning view. We love… The fabulous team has a list of recommended suppliers they work closely with, and they’ll work with couples to ensure they achieve their dream wedding. We love… Available exclusively, couples will have their perfect wedding surrounded by loved ones. © liavitone © liavitone 22

EVENT PERFECTION SPECIALIST IN EVENT DRESSING Tel: 01794368624 Mob: 07514930961 PERFECTION CHESIL BEACH MANOR HOUSE HOTEL Overlooking the beautiful, historic Jurassic coast lies The Manor House Hotel. With panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside, The Manor is in an Idyllic location to celebrate your wedding day, holding a full Wedding and music license, we will be able to host the entire day from the ceremony, to reception, catering and accomodation. | 01308 897660 BEACH ROAD, DORCHESTER, DORSET DT2 9DF For a truly unique wedding why not experience our beautiful and contemporary waterfront setting. A wedding celebration at the home of the RNLI will make your special day even more memorable. As every pound spent goes towards saving lives at sea. For more information contact our Wedding Coordinator on: 01202 663489 Email The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland. (20003326) and the Bailwick of Jersey (14) TIE THE KNOT AT THE RNLI 01202 663471

THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR WEDDING Share your special day with up to 200 guests at the 4-star Holiday Inn Winchester. • Lawn and terrace are perfect for reception drinks and photographs • Bespoke wedding packages available • Experienced wedding coordinators • Fully licensed for civil ceremonies Call 01962 670700 (option 4) to book your showround or email and speak to a member of the team. Winter Wedding packages start from £2,500 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US T: 01929481066 E: ENQUIRIES@KINGSTONCOUNTRYCOURTYARD.COM FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK: @KINGSTONCOUNTRYCOURTYARD Exclusive use venue with onsite accommodation. Our incredible 16th Century Purbeck stone barn can seat 130 with capacity of up to 180 in the evening, or use our stunning grounds for a more intimate setting. YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY

THE SEAVIEW HOTEL 01983 612 711 | Located on the Isle of Wight in the picturesque sailing village of Seaview, The Seaview Hotel is a classic British venue that has expanded and grown over the years. The charming little village has a nostalgic feel, as only a little has changed since the 50s. The Solent teems with various charming and delightful boats during the summer, including the historic Seaview Mermaids – some are more than 100 years old and still sail today! Out of season, the place has an appealing and unspoiled charm. The standard of food in the Hotel restaurant is very high, with 2 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand for a quality, affordable menu. The Aquitania is located at the front of the Hotel and pays homage to The RMS Aquitania, known as the ship beautiful, and features a camouflage feature wall alongside images of the jetset. It provides the ideal location for ceremonies with 25 people and 28 in the evenings. The intimate restaurant is located at the front of the venue and combines good food with modern service. For larger weddings, The Bistro can host up to 50 people and showcases the Navy dazzle camouflage used in World War Two, while the sunny streetside terrace is the place to enjoy drinks with loved ones. KEY WEST BAR AND GRILL 01202 237 915 | Located on the Bournemouth Pier, Key West Bar & Grill offers the perfect backdrop to weddings with magnificent 270-degree views of the bay and large panoramic windows that provide photographic opportunities. Licensed for civil ceremonies, the team can host weddings from the words “I do” until couples have danced the night away. Pairs will have memorable weddings with tailored packages to suit all types of budgets and requirements. Tie the knot surrounded by up to 120 loved ones before continuing the celebrations with 216. For the wedding breakfast, tables surround a big dancefloor to make the room symmetrical and guests can enjoy the bar on-site. We love… The venue’s stunning terrace is a popular spot with views overlooking the Isle of Wight, Poole, Bournemouth and Studland. With a mixture of benches, tables and umbrellas, it’s perfect for guests to relax and take in the English sun. We love… The venue’s narrow 1901 façade will make an impression on guests, as will the nautical memorabilia at every turn. 25 COASTAL AND WATERSIDE VENUES

HMS WARRIOR, PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD 02392 891370 The pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet, HMS Warrior, offers an iconic and unforgettable backdrop for wedding celebrations. Launched in 1860, its timber frame tells more than 150 years of history and is awaiting future nearlyweds to become part of its story. Make an entrance by walking down the aisle on the ship’s beautifully restored deck, and say “I do” in Victorian splendour. Located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, take guests to the upper deck for their first glass of celebratory drink and capture the moment with spectacular views of Portsmouth’s famous harbour in the background. Ceremonies can take place on the Officers Half Deck with 100 loved ones, and couples can exclusively use the main deck for drink receptions and photographs. The space can then be transformed for wedding breakfasts with 240 people, who will have access to the gun deck and exclusive use of the whole ship from 16.00 for evening receptions with 240 people. The Captains Cabin is perfect for more intimate and bespoke ceremonies with 20 loved ones. Lovebirds can use the space for receptions, or pairs can pick The Wardroom for a fine dining experience. The venue offers virtual appointments and viewings as well as evening and weekend on-site appointments. The caterers will offer complimentary tastings to allow pairs to try delicious dishes and the team offers discounted accommodation rates with some of their partners in the Portsmouth and the Gosport area. THE GRAND MAGAZINE, PRIDDY’S HARD GOSPORT 02392 891370 Tucked away within a short drive or a few minutes boat journey from Portsmouth harbour, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower is nestled inside an 18th-century armament depot with fantastic views across the Solent and the naval dockyard. The stunning Grand Magazine, a gunpowder store originating from 1771, boasts a vaulted ceiling and beautiful Georgian wood floors – perfect for wow-factor weddings! Overlooking Portsmouth Harbour, Priddy’s Hard has spectacular vistas of the harbour and the camber. Options include using the camber basin and the inner sanctum, which offers the ideal spot for reception drinks, lawn games and picturesque photographs to treasure. The space is perfect for ceremonies with 150 loved ones, standing receptions with 180 and dinner plus dancing for 150. Couples will receive exclusive use of the versatile space to let their imagination fly to create their dream wedding. It’s also equipped with lighting and sound systems for unforgettable parties. The team can divide this flexible space so pairs can move seamlessly from their ceremony to the reception. Nearlyweds can arrange virtual or in-person viewings, and the team also offer a complimentary tasting session for couples try the delicious food. The staff will also share their recommended supplier list to help lovebirds plan their perfect day. We love… Nearlyweds get access to the venue’s bespoke list of preferred suppliers. 26

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WEDDINGS AT MACDONALD BOTLEY PARK HOTEL & SPA Your special day made by us! From a simple celebration to an elegant extravaganza, Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa is the perfect setting for your special day. Our Wedding packages are designed to suit all seasons and budgets. Our favourite package, the Whirlwind, is an all-Inclusive package and starts from only £6,495 for 50 day guests and 75 evening guests. If you are newly engaged and looking for a fabulous venue to celebrate your wedding day, book an appointment with one of our wedding team who are waiting to turn your wedding dreams into reality. We host several open weekends throughout the year, where you can view our venue which will be fully dressed for a wedding. If you would like to discuss your wedding dreams with us, call now to book an appointment where we can talk wedding plans over a chilled glass of prosecco. Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa, Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Botley, Hampshire S032 2UA T: 01489 778 402 E: WEDDING OFFER Book your wedding using this advert and we will give you complimentary canapes for your arrival reception and 5 Guest bedrooms for the night of your wedding. (This offer applies to newly booked weddings only) Offer valid until 31st August 2023

Truly Dorset was the perfect location for Charlotte and Andrew’s intimate wedding Images courtesy of Emma Frances Photography Charlotte and Andrew first met while working in Austria during the ski season. They fell in love with the mountains and, of course, with each other while creating the most amazing memories. Andrew proposed at the pair’s favourite waterfall in Scotland called The Hermitage. He was taking photos using a tripod and managed to capture the moment he popped the question. The lovebirds set the wedding for July 2022 and created a fun day surrounded by loved ones. Here Charlotte shares details about their special day… TRADITIONAL 29 REAL WEDDINGS

Edwards Flowers created the beautiful bouquets using roses, avalanches, eucalyptus and thistles as a homage to Andrews’s Scottish heritage. A gold Baroque-style easel designed by Winterborne Hire & Styling made up our table plan. The company also created the vintage copper-crafted Mr & Mrs Spence sign above the centre table. Our reception occurred at my aunt and uncle’s house, which holds many happy childhood memories. The day was perfect, and we wouldn’t have changed anything. We picked All Saints Church in Poole for our ceremony as it’s where I used to attend growing up. The marquee had a jasmin arch, a heart-shaped privet and olive trees by Whitestem. 30

Andrew wore an ivory silk cravat, navy knee-high socks, a sporran, a handmade sgian dubh and black brogues. Jess Robinson at Model Makeovers by Jess created beautiful looks for my bridal party and me. I felt memorised when I finished getting ready! My Sophia Tolli dress combined classic and modern styles with off-theshoulder sleeves and pockets! A full-length veil with an embroidered floral trim and jewels finished my look. We had personalised wooden napkin rings for our place names with ‘Lotty & Andrew 23/07/2022’ on the back. Mon Bel Amour Cake Craft beautifully decorated the cake baked by the groom. 31 REAL WEDDINGS

CHARLOTTE AND ANDREW’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Church, | Reception venue, | Marquee, Photographer, | Videographer, | Bride’s dress and accessories, | Make-up, | Hair, Headlines 07816 480 775 | Bridesmaids’ dresses, | Kilts, | Cake, | Flowers, Stationery, | Entertainment, | Catering, | Trees and jasmine arches, | Bespoke props and accessories, | Crockery, glasses, tables, chairs, linen and oven, We went to Mallorca for two weeks for our honeymoon and enjoyed drinking cocktails in our favourite bar at the bottom of the beautiful Calvari Steps in Pollensa. My uncle shared an iconic speech during the reception, which was particularly special as he also gave me away. We had a live band for the evening entertainment, which was a real hit with our guests with music for all generations – Andrew even got to do a solo on his electric guitar! The bridesmaids wore multiway dresses with nude open toes heels. An aerobatic air display took place during the drink’s reception, and pilot Patrick drew a beautiful heart in the sky! The groom wore a Gunn tartan kilt, a navy-blue tweed jacket, a matching waistcoat and a white double-cuffed shirt. 32