Your Kent Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 103)

JUL/AUG 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! Theme on A two-night stay in the Lake District Venues blessed with glorious gardens We love TO BOOGIE The ultimate guide to venue styli g Entertainment ideas BOHO BLISS Luxe lace and flowing fabrics The gree g n r , a g s r s ee o n f home

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 73 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON ASHFORD, SWALE AND THE WEALD Tie the knot in a local hotspot 21 THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Local venues blessed with glorious gardens On the cover This issue’s oh-so r mantic cover was captured by Kent-based as part of the glorious styled shoot gracing pages 62-64. 43 49 FEATURES 49 DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE Check out one of Kent’s newest wedding venues, The Boathouse, Yalding in all it’s glory 53 PALETTE PERFECTION Using 2022’s on-trend palette of sage green and blush pink, this local team of wedding professionals created a shoot that encapsulates the natural beauty of a Kentish summer wedding 57 A THEME COME TRUE The ultimate guide to styling your venue 62 SUMMERTIME ROMANCE An infusion of coral and blue was the order of the day at The Oak Barn when this talented team of wedding aficionados rolled into town 67 WE LOVE TO BOOGIE Entertainment ideas to wow the crowds 97 WIN! 3

REAL WEDDINGS 30 LOVE WINS Winners of Kent’s NHS Hero wedding competition Lizi and Jack celebrated their big day on 6th November, 2021 37 GAME, SET, MATCH Becky and Nick made sure their intimate wedding day had an informal and fun vibe... with just a touch of sparkle! 43 HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS Robyn and Sam said “I do” at Chiddingstone Castle, followed by celebrations under canvas at the bride’s family home HONEYMOONS 89 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 94 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand FASHION & BEAUTY 79 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 84 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 86 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 67 30 79 37 57 53 4

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W-day is imminent! As the County Wedding Magazines editorial crew prepare to see our beloved senior editor Melissa become a Mrs, we can’t help but be niggled by at least a small sense of shock at just how quickly the big day has come around. Something, I’ve no doubt you’re all experiencing too as your own weddings draw closer. Christmas Day 2020 feels like only yesterday, when my fellow bridesmaid, Olivia, and I bombarded Melissa with WhatsApp messages: “Has he done it yet? Has he done it yet?” We knew the proposal was imminent you see, and were more than just a tad excited! Boy, have we had an adventure together since: the tears of joy at being asked to be bridesmaids (“Are you sure you want me?”), the fun of shopping for the dresses, and the hilarity of the hen dos (yes plural, she deserves it). The past year-and-a-half has seen us grow closer as friends, not just Melissa, Olivia and I – the three amigos; but also with our gorgeous fellow bridesmaid Nolwenn and the groom, dear Dave. Weddings have a habit of doing that don’t they? Of course, they’re a celebration of love between the all-important couple, but more than that, they allow a much wider expression of love for friends, family and even fur-babies! After all, that’s why we’re all here isn’t it? I know it’s why I spend my days writing about your amazing big days and why I never tire of looking at the resulting photographs. To quote a hero of mine, RuPaul: “Everybody say love.” I hope you enjoy the oodles of inspiration this issue has to offer. We’ve got three breathtaking styled shoots packed with ideas from Kent’s finest wedding suppliers, as well as three incredible real weddings. Plus, there’s plenty of guidance on styling your venue and how to keep your guests entertained dawn to dusk. So, dive in! Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x ISSN 1746-9384 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor, Beauty Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel 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 Julia Owen | 01376 538 495 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Kent 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 Kent Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Kent Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and Kelly Andrews, editor The time has come MEDIA PUBLISHING VENTS UBLISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 30 “Everyone from the venue staff to our photographer and our guests made us feel really special and loved on the day. We enjoyed every second!” – real bride Becky 37 Pre-wedding shoots: are they worth having? Find out in our Hot Topic feature. It’ll be a proud moment for whoever walks you down the aisle. The love you share means it’ll be emotional and memorable too. 73 43 The look of love “My bridesmaids are my best friends and they went above and beyond with personal touches because they know me so well. I can’t thank them enough for all they did for me, our bond is unbreakable.” – real bride, Lizi EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the county A SLICE OF THE ACTION Medway-based Erica Dunn started as a hobby baker 11 years ago after a cake made for her son’s birthday was not at all what she was expecting. “It looked terrible and tasted awful, so I had a go myself and became hooked,” she tells us. Since then she’s made hundreds of celebration cakes, big-day bakes and cupcakes for friends and family, with people regularly exclaiming: “You’re so talented,” and, “Your cakes are fantastic to look at and taste amazing too!” So it was, in October 2021 that she decided to take her hobby to the next level and her registered business EriCakes was born. Her introduction to the wedding industry came as a baptism by fire when friend and fellow baker Chelsea Prior of Chelsea Buns Cake Design asked her to finish, decorate and deliver one of her couples’ cakes when she suddenly went into labour in December 2021. “It was due to be Chelsea’s last cake of 2021 and she’d baked it, ready to decorate and deliver before starting her maternity leave. When she asked me to help I jumped at the chance. I was so nervous, but also extremely happy with the result. I feel like this cake gave me back the excitement and love I have for making wedding cakes, and I can’t wait to make more in the future,” Erica explains. To find out more about EriCakes, head over to or @EriCakesofficial DATE FOR THE DIARY Bromley Court is a hotel steeped in history and has the atmosphere of a wonderful and intimate country house. Years of hospitality experience have gone into fine-tuning its rooms and event spaces to guarantee you a great stay and the team like to keep things simple by making sure everything you could ever need is included as standard. Wedding Showcase Evenings at Bromley Court Hotel are the ideal opportunity for you to experience the venue’s function rooms set up for a wedding breakfast. You’ll have the chance to meet the friendly team, who will be on hand to help you plan your perfect day with plenty of ideas and inspiration. The next event is 28th July from 6pm. To find out more call the Hotel’s wedding coordinators or 020 8461 8608, 8610 or 8614 or check out OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING! The ultimate space for bride-tribe preparations has arrived in Ashford. Based in a beautiful, light and airy oast barn, The Pretty Prep Studios have been thoughtfully and purposefully designed for wedding day mornings with every detail in hand from umbrellas in case it rains, to boxes for belongings to hide any untidiness from photos. There are four beauty stations, so no more fighting over plug sockets or mirrors and there’s plenty of free parking so you can leave your cars if you wish. The kitchen and dining area is the ideal place for some morning snacks and bubbles, where your best gals can chill after they’ve had their turn in the hair and make-up chair. We adore the circular changing oast, a luxurious area with plenty of space for slipping into your wedding dress. What’s more, we all know these things can’t be rushed, so the studio is available as early as you need it and for as long as it takes. The Pretty Prep Studios can accommodate bridal parties large or small – even with 10 or more people, there’s still plenty of space. To find out more, head over to 8

JEWEL IN THE CROWN The team at Fitzgerald Jewellers in Canterbury are super-excited to have been shortlisted for no less than six prestigious awards this year: Bespoke Jewellery Retailer of the Year, Retailer of the Year (six stores or fewer), and Store Design of the Year all in the Retail Jeweller awards; Best New Store or Store Refurbishment of the Year – Professional Jeweller; Retailer of the Year – NAJ Awards; and Best Jewellery in Kent – Muddy Stilettos Awards. Having moved to new premises at the beginning of December 2021 the business has gone from strength to strength. The new store is more than 2,000sq ft, which has really given it space to grow and be able to showcase its fantastic brands, as well as placing the focus on its own handmade jewellery that the team is so proud of. Everything within this collection is handmade on site in the new open workshop, which allows customers to see the goldsmiths working on their bespoke commissions, including wedding rings, and repairs. The staff, who are passionate about what they do, will give you a warm welcome in store, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the homely feel it exudes with an eclectic mix of vintage and antique furniture, plants and soft lighting. We love the huge conservatory area, which boasts a bright and stunning view of Canterbury Cathedral. Find out more at SAY “I DO” IN 2022 Built around the original Georgian Dower House, Mercure Tunbridge Wells is a charming four-star hotel offering the ideal combination of the traditional and modern for your big day. And if you’re looking for somewhere to tie the knot this year, the hotel has some great offers on late availability for some dates in 2022. The package, priced at £4,500, allows you to invite 50 days guests and 70 evening guests. It includes a wedding planner, ceremony room hire, reception drink, three-course meal, wine with the meal, toast drink, dedicated on-the-day manager to act as toastmaster, table linen and napkins, chair covers and sashes, private function room hire, private staffed bar, hire of the hotel’s cake stand and knife, evening buffet, bedroom for the newlyweds on the wedding night including breakfast, and complimentary wedding menu tasting prior to the big day. That’s not all, as there’s a list of added extras included worth £2,000 all at no extra cost. Six centrepieces and ceremony table décor, ceiling drapes, table plan and place cards, evening finger buffet upgrade, DJ with booth and lights, and bridal suite upgrade. Dates available on this package are: Sunday 28th August, Saturday 3rd September, Friday 9th September, Friday 16th September, Saturday 24th September, Saturday 5th November, Wednesday 28th December, Thursday 29th December. While dates are correct at time of writing, please enquire with the wedding team for up-to-date availability at events@mercuretunbridgewells or 01892 628 298. Check out CONGRATULATIONS! 2022 marks a decade in business for Treats on a Tricycle, an accomplishment of which the team are understandably very proud. Given this wealth of experience and many a wedding behind it, the company has become one of the South East’s most recognised ice cream professionals offering vintage ice cream. Treats on a Tricycle is available to bring a touch of nostalgia and class to your big day providing services from traditional ice cream tricycles and a designated Pimms tricycle, to the rare vintage ice cream van, Little Esther. Ice cream is, of course, where it’s at and this supplier caters for all dietary needs being one of the few fortunate enough to have all of its ice creams, sorbets and vegan alternatives produced in the same place. Made on a farm in nut-free premises, the milk and cream used comes from the farm’s own pastures. All products are gluten-free, egg-free and contain no artificial flavouring or colouring, with local, natural ingredients used wherever possible. From a selection of more than 25 incredible options, you can choose up to six for your guests to enjoy. We hope you’ll join us in wishing owners Rebecca and Cliff a huge congratulations on reaching this milestone, and here’s to many more! Find out more at YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

EVERLASTING LOVE A Kent-based small business has sown the seed for a stunning new method of wedding flower preservation. Owned and managed by Yasmin Balcombe, Bespoke Botanicals offers resin wedding flower preservation across a range of styles and designs. With traditional bouquet framing now falling out of fashion, this new take has proven to be a hit with stylish couples everywhere! Flowers can be set into resin in an assortment of different ways, from a photo frame containing the florals from your special day, to a set of botanical coasters or resin display blocks featuring everlasting blooms. Preserved wedding flowers can make a great gift to add to your wish list, while smaller designs work beautifully as favours on the day. Other designs include free-standing floral letters, ornaments of various shapes and sizes, framed dates and letters, keyrings, jewellery, ring holders and even a side table. If you’re thinking about having your bouquet preserved, be sure to reserve your date online in advance to ensure availability. Most flowers can be preserved, whether freshly cut, kept safe after the big day or already dried. Blooms are sent directly to the studio, where they’ll be carefully dried and arranged to maintain their natural shape and beauty. This process takes anywhere from three days to three weeks depending on flower variety. Once dried, they’ll be arranged in the mould and you’ll be given the option to collaborate on the ideal layout. As soon as it’s been approved, it will be cast in crystal clear resin becoming an everlasting heirloom. The entire process takes several weeks, with resin poured gradually in layers and left to cure, maintaining the natural vigour of each and every petal. Dates are filling up fast, so head over to now to find out more. PERFECTLY AUSTEN Once a regular haunt of much-loved novelist Jane Austen, Goodnestone Park has announced a new state-of-the-art orangery – the ultimate space for weddings. A vast, privately-owned estate in the heart of the Kent countryside Goodnestone Park boasts a grand house, built in 1704. One of Jane Austen’s favourite retreats the property was home to her brother, Edward, who settled there shortly after he married Elizabeth Bridges. In fact, in 1796, Jane decided to use the estate as a writing retreat, penning her most famous novel, Pride & Prejudice there. Literary scholars believe Goodnestone Park inspired some of the houses in her works since she frequently wrote about it in her letters. The next stage in the stately home’s history sees it launching a custom-made luxury timber-framed marquee, which will be the first orangery to be built on the site, situated next to the House, overlooking jaw-dropping parkland. In partnership with marquee specialists LPM Bohemia, The Orangery will play host to weddings and other events. The design has been carefully considered, reflecting 17th- to 19th-century gardening trends and will be hand-crafted in the heart of Kent using locally-sourced natural materials and sustainably sourced timber. John Preston, director and co-owner of LPM Bohemia explains, “When conceptualising The Orangery’s design, we aimed to seamlessly fuse the historical setting of Goodnestone with a modern sensibility, while honouring the timeless gardens via the marquee’s botanical-themed lining.” You’ll be able to book the marquee for an all-encompassing Goodnestone experience, with private hire encapsulating the surrounding 15 acres of greenery, Serpentine Walk, additional guest accommodation at Bonnington Cottage and the option of an evening tipple and bite at the local Fitzwalter Arms village pub, owned by the estate. Expanding on its current wedding offering the venue has teamed up with The Wedding Dolls, a Kent-based wedding-planning service, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2022. To find out more, check out 10

The Pretty Prep Studios is the ideal space for bridal parties to get ready for their big day. It is situated in a beautifully converted Oast Barn just outside of Ashford, Kent. Every aspect of the studio has been thoughtfully designed with wedding day mornings in mind. No more fighting over plug sockets, mirrors or car parking! There is room for everyone at The Pretty Prep Studios. @theprettyprepstudios Celebrate your special day at our stunning 4-star hotel in the idyllic Kent countryside! Hold your perfect wedding with us and enjoy: – All-inclusive wedding packages for up to 150 guests, including BBQ or afternoon tea options – Scenic outdoor spaces for your wedding photography – Comfortable hotel rooms and on-site parking At Mercure Tunbridge Wells +44 (0)1892 628 298 Contact us To start planning your dream wedding, contact our friendly team! Your happy ever af ter is waiting…

Unique character, original features and old style grandeur to host your dream day Exclusive use of our wedding spaces to enjoy your celebrations in complete privacy Fully licenced for civil ceremonies and an exclusive catering company to create dishes to wow your guests From large and lavish to small and intimate, we welcome all weddings with a personable and professional service | | 01322 526 574 Bourme Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1PQ

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURKENT.WEDDING Closing date 31st August 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. FEEL GORGEOUS, FEMININE AND EMPOWERED Catherine Price is the woman behind the camera at Love Lane Photography in Rochester. She specialises in beautiful, natural family photography, capturing all those special, mesmerising and funny moments that you’ll want to treasure for a lifetime. Along with maternity, baby, cake smash and family shoots, she also offers boudoir photography at her body-positive all-female studio. A boudoir shoot is a way to capture a moment in your life and preserve it forever. And when better than as you prepare for your wedding day? “Our shoots are artistic and contemporary, offering an experience you’ll never forget,” Catherine says. Your day will start with hair and make-up followed by guidance on posing and expression. Before you begin, you’ll also have the opportunity to discuss exactly how you wish to be photographed and ask any questions you may have. Now’s your chance to shine like the stars as Love Lane Photography is offering a free boudoir photoshoot session, usually £175. This includes professional hair and make-up, two to three hour complimentary boudoir photoshoot with the all-female team, and an empowering reveal and order session where you’ll get to review and choose your images. What’s more, we’ve partnered with the studio to offer Your Kent Wedding readers the opportunity to win a framed print of your favourite photo following your shoot. To claim your free session head over to and for a chance to win a free framed print enter via Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE 13

Weddings at The Alexander Centre, Faversham Why not say ‘I Do’ at the Alex?We’re a dab hand at putting on a great wedding and we have space to accommodate ceremonies and receptions - both can be indvidually decorated too, to create your own unique wedding look and feel! Our elegant ceremony room is a beautiful, light-filled space for you and up to 50 guests. For your reception The GatefieldHall comfortably accommodates 150 guests for a sit-downmeal and has plenty of space for partying! Our pretty walled garden, a great space for a BBQ, can be dressed with bunting, and fairy lights and even accommodate a bouncy castle to entertain the young or young at heart. All our wedding parties have access to a fully licensed bar as well as a full-size catering kitchen so you can bring in your own preferred caterer, or let us organise this for you. For more information 01795 591691 because great couples deserve a great venue contemporary · eco-chic · elegant exclusive · flexible · picturesque “Every single member of staff was outstanding. Thank you for helping us realise our vision of our wedding. The orangery is the perfect blank canvas.” VISIT HAYNEHOUSE.CO.UK Hayne House, Saltwood, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4EH 01303 262 555 £70 per person

Ashford, Swale and The Weald SPOTLIGHT ON... Tie the knot in a local hotspot THE WEALD OF KENT The Weald of Kent is a beautifully maintained 18-hole parkland golf course and hotel. Set amongst the rolling Kent countryside, it boasts far-reaching views and lies just a short drive from Maidstone and Ashford as well as the surrounding villages of Sutton Valence, Headcorn, Staplehurst and Tenterden. The recently-decorated wedding suites now boast the addition of luxurious carpets in a neutral hue, together with freshly-painted walls throughout, and are ready to welcome you on your big day. With the immaculatelymanicured golf course and beautiful lakes as your backdrop, you can also relax and enjoy the exclusive wedding patio for drinks and mingling. The wedding rooms can host both your ceremony and celebrations. The Lakeside Room has capacity for 100 while in the more intimate Waterside Room there’s space for 50. They’re available separately or joined together to accommodate larger numbers. The venue also offers exclusive hotel booking, a complimentary suite for the wedding night and professional wedding planning from booking to the big day. IN THE KNOW 01622 891 671 TN27 9PT Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 150 Wedding breakfast capacity: 150 Evening do capacity: 200 LOCAL VENUES 15

THE BARNYARD (KENT) LTD Surrounded by 150 acres of stunning landscape in the heart of the Kentish countryside, you’ll find The BarnYard. Home to a beautiful barn conversion and a luxurious permanent grand marquee, it’s both tranquil and charming in equal measure. The beautiful lawn is a wonderful location for a glass of bubbly following the ceremony. There are also some terrific photo opportunities on the romantic wooden bridge. Built over a cobbled garden it’s set among some stunning landscaping with a view of the orchards, woodland and rolling fields beyond. You have a choice of two wonderful outside areas to say “I do.” The Topiary Garden Gazebo is surrounded by the beautiful gardens and the Orchard Garden Gazebo can be found among the orchards and natural woodland. Both of these spaces are backed up by an indoor area if the weather takes a turn for the worse. The venue also offers twilight ceremonies, which are held in the newly-converted Apple Barn, with the option to use a gazebo for an outdoor ceremony in the pretty courtyard. Vows are at 5.30pm followed by the evening celebrations. What’s more, here you can enjoy a fine-dining experience with a menu created from fresh and locally-sourced ingredients for traditional threecourse wedding breakfasts through to barbecues and hog roasts. THE ALEXANDER CENTRE The Alexander Centre is an attractive Victorian building in the heart of Faversham, a picturesque Medieval market town. The structure’s impressive facade makes a real statement within the town’s architecture and features a grand portico, which makes for gorgeous photographs. Its convenient location ensures it’s easy to get to and there are numerous facilities nearby including hotels and B&Bs to accommodate your guests. Ceremonies take place in the Jubilee Room – a light and airy heritage room with large windows, high ceilings, detailed cornicing and parquet flooring. The Gatefield Hall is the largest hall in the area making it ideal for weddings with substantial guest lists. It boasts a high, vaulted ceiling and can be dressed with drapes providing a blank canvas, which can be decorated to suit. It opens out onto a private, secluded garden, which can accommodate gazebos for guests or even a bouncy castle for the children. Alongside the Hall is a separate bar and lounge area, also included in the wedding hire. For more intimate gatherings there are several smaller interconnecting heritage rooms available. The venue prides itself on being flexible ensuring its happy couples can have the day they want. It also offers a space for you to get ready before the ceremony along with access on the evening before the big day. You can also come in the next day to collect your belongings, so you don’t have to worry about removing everything the moment celebrations draw to a close. IN THE KNOW 01634 235 059 ME9 7EZ Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 200 Wedding breakfast capacity: 250 Evening do capacity: 250 IN THE KNOW 01795 591 691 ME13 8NZ Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 150 Wedding breakfast capacity: 150 Evening do capacity: 250 16

01634 235059 - - The BarnYard, Oak Lane, Upchurch, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 7EZ • Rustic barn, with fairylit oak rafters • Licensed for civil ceremonies • Choice of Apple Barn or courtyard gazebo to be married in • Capacity up to 200 evening guests • ‘Twilight’ wedding available • A stunning new dressing room • State of the art DJ with lighting • Flexible, experienced & friendly wedding team • Inclusive wedding package available • Exquisite fine dining menus • Stunning photo opportunities • Beautiful fairylit grounds A brand new rustic wedding area within the grounds of The BarnYard. With its own CourtYard, it is simply gorgeous - it will be love at first sight! The Apple Barn Welcome to our new wedding area...

FRASERS OF EGERTON Set in the heart of rural Kent, Frasers of Egerton sits within a 300-acre estate. Oozing luxury and charm, this private eco estate is available for exclusive hire for weddings of all sizes, as well as other celebrations and events. Surrounded by stunning scenery and an abundance of nature, there are a multitude of photo opportunities to choose from including meadows of wildflowers, rustic rural landscapes and spectacular sunsets. Ceremonies are hosted in the romantically-decorated Frasers Barn, a Kentish oak-framed timber building. After the “I dos” your guests will move through to the Stag’s Barn for drinks and canapés, while you and your new spouse head off to have your photos taken. Later on, you’ll all adjourn back to the main timbered barn for the celebrations. Large weddings can be hosted in Frasers’ own marquee, which is located on the lawn surrounded by picturesque rose gardens. In addition, smaller boutique weddings are also welcomed. A wedding here is a truly Kentish affair with all of the food and drink served sourced within 30 miles and much of the produce being fresh from Frasers’ own farm and kitchen garden. On-site accommodation is available, sleeping up to 20 guests in three beautiful period buildings with nine of the suites located on ground-floor level. Further accommodation on a neighbouring farm can provide another five double rooms. HOLIDAY INN ASHFORD NORTH A20 Holiday Inn Ashford North A20 offers a variety of event spaces, both indoor and outdoor. It’s also licensed for civil ceremonies, meaning you can host your entire day here. You have a choice of spaces in which to say “I do,” including an outdoor option in the shape of a charming pergola. Here, you can exchange your vows against a beautifully verdant backdrop before enjoying a relaxed drinks reception as you take advantage of the many surrounding scenic spots. Inside, the Cambridge Suite can host the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening bash. It has its own bar and the windows surrounding the room make it light and airy. Large patio doors leading out onto a small terrace along with gazebo can be utilised for the ceremony, or just as a lovely outdoor space to use throughout the day. The Oxford Suite is ideal for intimate weddings. Also blessed with large windows it’s flooded with light and can be found on the ground floor. The venue can arrange a tasting evening for you both and also includes overnight accommodation for you as part of all the wedding packages offered. IN THE KNOW 01233 713 333 TN26 1AR Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 75 Wedding breakfast capacity: 75 Evening do capacity: 120 IN THE KNOW 01233 756 122 TN27 9DD Ceremony licence: Yes Ceremony capacity: 120 Wedding breakfast capacity: 120 Evening do capacity: 200 LOCAL VENUES 19 . . 01732 304268 A unique and beautiful venue for your special day Weddings at Tonbridge School With beautiful grounds and incredible architecture, Tonbridge School is the perfect backdrop for your wedding Your Kent Wedding half page ad. v2.indd 1 20/06/2022 17:25:02 © Nick Parker, Parkershots The Perfect Countryside Venue Book a Private Viewing or Download Our Brochure Located in the beautiful village of Penshurst, just outside of Tonbridge, Kent. TN11 8DG 01892 870 307

The green, green grass of home Local venues blessed with glorious gardens LEEDS CASTLE 01622 767 877 | Leeds Castle rises majestically from the water in the glorious Kent countryside in Maidstone. It has a riveting history from serving six of England's Medieval queens, to its elaborate transformation into an elegant 20th-century retreat by Anglo-American heiress, Lady Baillie. Here, your wedding party is welcomed by architectural and interior excellence throughout the Castle, Maiden's Tower and Battel Hall, including 16th-century period design to original 1930s masterpieces. Ceremonies and celebrations can be held in the Castle with 100 guests for the “I dos” and wedding breakfast and 120 for the reception (or even up to 200 in the Fairfax Hall). Your banquet-style wedding breakfast will be served in the largest room, the Salon. This room was historically used by Lady Baillie, her esteemed guests of the silver screen, society's finest and leading influencers, as they partied the night away at lavish weekend soirees in the 1930s. Maiden's Tower can accommodate 80 for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, with space for 100 at the evening bash. A 16th-century stone building, this is a glamorous self-contained venue consisting of two function rooms with French doors leading onto a charming private garden and boasts five en-suite guest rooms. Built in the early 14th-century as a Medieval manor, Battel Hall is a fine and rare example of local Kentish architecture. Say “I do” in the beautiful ceremony room featuring rich wood panelling, before you move into the drawing room or library, both wonderfully traditional rooms for entertaining guests. An intimate venue, it can host 14 loved ones throughout the day. Upstairs, five luxurious en-suite guest bedrooms offer stunning views of the gardens, the far North Downs and glimpses of the Castle. The adjacent Grade II listed Battel Hall Oast offers a further bathroom and two bedrooms. If you wish to invite more guests in the evening, The Fairfax Barn offers more space if you're getting married in the Castle or Maiden's Tower. Here, there's room for 200 loved ones. It leads on to a large terrace where your guests can mingle on a fine evening. For weddings larger still, look towards the marquee option. Here you can invite more than 200 guests to celebrate with you on the Cedar Lawn with impressive views of the estate and Caste nestled amid the Moat. STEP BACK IN TIME Leeds Castle's mesmerising historical gardens and architectural landscapes are filled with beauty whatever the season. The Princess Alexandra Gardens are a mass of azaelas, while tall bamboo lends atmosphere to the Oriental Gardens. The Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terraces are reminiscent of sun-drenched Europe. Particularly restful, it offers benches to view the Great Water and acres of parkland beyond. Finally, the fragrant Culpeper Gardens are filled with florals, hedges and herbaceous beds bringing a sense of tranquillity and often visited by local wildlife. GLORIOUS GARDENS 21

ST JULIANS 01732 458261 | St Julians is an elegant Georgian country house set in charming surroundings just outside Sevenoaks and has been a secluded private club since the early 1950s. It has been licensed for weddings for more than 15 years and the professional team of experienced wedding planners will work with you to arrange your wedding your way. The Lounge is the original drawing room of the house, with long bay windows that open onto the flagstone terrace outside. It has a beautiful marble fireplace and Steinway grand piano, which is available for you to use during your big day. Double doors lead to the Victorian conservatory, which boasts a wonderful canopy of wisteria blooming fragrantly up to four times a year. The Gallery is a great place to sit and enjoy the views and the bay window is the perfect spot for an intimate wedding ceremony. St Julians has space for 60 guests for the “I dos” and wedding breakfast, with up to 80 loved ones able to join you for a standing evening party. You’re also welcome to use the stunning grounds and gardens for your reception drinks and photographs. You’ll be able to plan your bespoke menu with the help of the venue’s team of experienced chefs and a complimentary menu tasting for you both is also included along with a wine tasting from the list of house wines. Finally, when you host your big day here, you’ll both be treated to social membership of the club for one year. THE OLD KENT BARN 01303 844 270 | The Old Kent Barn is a 200-year-old oak-famed tythe barn bursting with character and is home to the venue’s accommodation complete with stylish newlywed suite and two additional double ensuite rooms. The New Barn is used for ceremonies and receptions, and is simultaneously opulent and neutral to coordinate with any colour palette or theme. Oak-framed and open plan, with large windows and a light tiled floor, it also features a wooden dancefloor. The space is romantically softened with ivory drapes and fairylights, while the starlit ceiling guides you onto the dancefloor for your first dance. Ceremonies take place in the gazebo, which sits in the gorgeous grounds with a covered paved area for your guests to sit in comfort beneath glass pergolas. In the winter, you’ll marry instead beneath the starlit ceiling in the New Barn. The venue’s maximum ceremony capacity is 150 guests. There’s also seating for 150 in the New Barn, where receptions are held. Then, in the evening you’re welcome to invite a further 100 loved ones taking the total up to 250 for the big-day bash. You’ll be offered a complimentary tasting evening, dressing services and support in the onsite dressing rooms and a stay in the newlyweds’ suite in the on-site five-star bed and breakfast in the Old Barn. BREATHTAKING VIEWS Located in a show-stopping setting with breathtaking views across the rolling Weald of Kent countryside, the venue’s surroundings feature 70 acres of woodland and landscaped gardens, all of which create an exceptional backdrop for those all-important photos. BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL The grounds that surround the barns are professionally landscaped and feature formal parterres with romantic roses and seasonal blooms, sweeping curved hedges and an informal water garden with a fountain all set against a backdrop of mature trees and countryside. The gardens are lit up in the evening with picture-perfect fairylit areas for a little touch of magic. 22

A stunning venue with a real WOW factor, any couple would feel really special in this impressive setting steeped in history. Bilsington Priory is a beautiful space to marry in, with a dedicated team to look a er you. Unlike other venues, we do not charge corkage, so you are welcome to bring your own post ceremony drinks and table wines - we will chill and serve it to your guests free of charge. BILSINGTON PRIORY Please call us on 01233 720992 or email to make an appointment to view our stunning venue. Bilsington Priory, Priory Road, Bilsington, Nr Ashford Kent TN25 7AU

RUMWOOD COURT EVENTS The Walled Garden at Rumwood Court is a new and unique dry hire wedding and event venue available from 2022. The Walled Garden is your own private space with the Manor House providing a stunning backdrop. It is available for exclusive hire for a limited number of weekends between the months of May and October. With exclusive access to the grounds for your event along with help & guidance and food & drink from Invicta Food Design, lots of time for setting up and our list of recommended suppliers to choose from you will have all the ingredients for your perfect wedding day. SUTTON ROAD, LANGLEY, KENT, ME17 3NN | INFO@RUMWOODCOURTEVENTS.COM | RUMWOODCOURTEVENTS.COM Call 01843 830150 or email, today to book your viewing 125 Canterbury Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent CT8 8NL | | A WEDDING AS UNIQUE AS YOU ARE... Your wedding is one of the most exciting and important days of your life – one that you will cherish and remember forever. If you are looking for a dream wedding venue in Kent, St Augustine’s is where dreams come true. At St Augustine’s we believe that every wedding is different. With a wide variety of rooms and spaces from which to choose, St Augustine’s is a truly unique venue and can offer: Weddings perfectly tailored to your needs whether an intimate gathering or 200+ guests • Huge flexibility with many function rooms to choose from for your big day • Elegant outdoor ceremonies in our beautiful gazebo • Deconsecrated chapel for religious, civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts or reception • Spacious banqueting hall with capacity for 215 guests • Late licence until 1.00 am • Stylish bridal dressing room • Fabulous wedding cuisine, sumptuous banquets and deluxe buffets • A dedicated wedding co-ordinator • It’s your day and we promise it will be perfect, right down to the last tiny, exquisite detail. *Registrar fees are not included. FULL OR TWILIGHT WEDDING PACKAGES STARTING FROM AS LITTLE AS £3,250!

ST AUGUSTINE’S 01843 830 150 | St Augustine’s is a Grade II listed building set in beautiful grounds in the heart of Westgate-On-Sea. Formally a Catholic boarding school, it has more than meets the eye with its stunning chapel and array of function rooms. The Chapel is the venue’s hidden gem. Primarily used for wedding ceremonies and Christenings, it can seat 218 for the vows. The Drawing Room too is licensed for the “I dos,” as is The Oak Room, which can host 85 for this part of the day. The latter is a beautiful room with vaulted ceiling, and comes into its own for couples opting for the venue’s Twilight Wedding package, which allows you to say “I do” in the evening and benefit from a fab discount. The Ruby Hall boasts an array of chandeliers and views of the gardens. It’s one of the largest function rooms here, ideal for wedding breakfasts and receptions. It can accommodate 220 for formal dining, 180 in a dinner dance setting and 500 for the evening. Alternatively, The Drawing Room is a popular spot for dining and can seat 80 for your wedding breakfast with 150 for the evening bash, whereas The Oak Room offers space for 70 diners. The gorgeous Chapel too can be transformed into your reception space. It even has its own bar. Finally, there’s the Lounge Bar. This can host 120 in an informal buffet setting and is super-versatile, often being used for guest arrivals. WELL TENDED The gardens here are meticulously maintained, offering a gorgeous backdrop for those all-important photos. With a relaxing patio area, along with a vast lawn complete with a swing, they make an idyllic setting for any big day. TONBRIDGE SCHOOL 01732 304 268 Tonbridge School offers a fabulous selection of locations, many with original historical features including leaded and stained-glass feature windows set in its Grade II listed rooms. In fact, the main buildings boast original architecture dating back to 1553 and reaching into the present day. These elements are complemented well by modern artwork and regular refurbishment to provide the ideal space for both formal wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. There are no fewer than six wonderful locations to choose from to host your “I dos,” ranging from the traditional Headmasters Library through to the quirky cricket pavilion. Moving on to the celebrations, you’re equally spoilt for choice. The Lowry Room has a traditional feel with vaulted ceiling, minstrel’s gallery and large feature window. There’s space here to seat 80 nearest and dearest for a wedding breakfast, and invite 120 for the evening. The OBS Gallery is an art gallery with a modern feel, offering a light and airy space for 120 wedding breakfast guests and 150 evening guests. Big School meanwhile is a wood-panelled school hall with a stage and stained-glass windows. It can accommodate seated buffet menus of 150 loved ones and up to 300 guests for the evening revelries. Finally, The Orchard Centre is a modern dining room overlooking the central school grounds. It offers seated dining for up to 150 and space for 300 in the evening. The venue offers a free tasting menu for two, an event planner, a wedding post box and a selection of table decoration options. SPACE TO SPARE Set in 150 acres, the site has a selection of beautiful gardens, sculptures and locations with traditional features, while also benefitting from close proximity to the local town. The venue even offers garden games allowing you to make the most of their glorious grounds. 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 9TH OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2022 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. ESSEX SUN 23 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 25 SEPT PONTLANDS PARK West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, CM2 8HR SUN 30 OCT LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 16 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN 12PM-4PM

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US KENT SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 6 NOV HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 4 SEPT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 18 SEPT CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 23 OCT SMEETHAM HALL BARN Smeetham Hall, Sudbury, CO10 7EU SUN 25 SEPT RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 6 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 4 SEPT HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 11 SEPT WARREN HOUSE Warren Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7HY SUN 30 OCT SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2022 | 11AM - 3.30PM THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE Sponsored by London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Sponsored by