Your Sussex Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 104)

WIN! A honeymoon in Thailand What to expect from your wedding photographer HOT TOPIC The great outdoors Honeymoon HOTSPOTS We explore the Maldives and Northern Ireland PICTURE THIS AUG/SEP 2023 £3.55 OH, GO ON THEN! Wedding cake trends to look out for

Tilgate Park Weddings YOUR VENUE YOUR WAY OUTDOOR OR INDOOR • CEREMONY OPTIONS BEAUTIFUL WEDDING GARDEN • NATURE CENTRE • BEAUTIFUL LAWNS • STUNNING LAKES • ANCIENT WOODLANDS • MAZE • THE WALLED GARDEN Playing host to peaceful formal gardens and ponds, an evergreen hedge maze, events arena and cafe, the Walled Garden is the perfect location for celebrations like yours. Entering the magnificent tall wooden gates of the Walled Garden, it’s like stepping into a secret garden, being greeted by a 40-metre long pergola of beautiful wisteria, roses, clematis and grape vines. The Family Garden within has been transformed into a magical private garden, able to seat up to 100 guests either side of the aisle leading to a wooden arbour where the ceremony can take place. Afterwards, it’s the ideal location to serve your guests with some prereception drinks whilst you take the opportunity to explore the rest of the park with your photographer. For something different, animal lovers may want to visit the Nature Centre to take photos with the fun-loving meerkats or adorable goats. EVENTS ARENA At the other end of the pergola, the Arena is the perfect location to host a wedding breakfast and/or evening reception in our brand new marquee. Our 24m x 12m marquee is fully lined with ivory drapes, has chandeliers, fairy lights, and a hard floor which is carpeted. It also includes an amazing Zone Array speaker system which provides fantastic sound for dancing but also ensures your guests can chat amongst themselves comfortably whilst sitting only a few metres away. Outside the marquee the Arena, which measures more than 1,000 square metres, provides ample room for extra entertainment like giant garden games, a mobile bar or catering and it’s conveniently located next to the evergreen hedge maze where both young and old enjoy finding each other around each twist and turn. Although there’s no guarantee that the sun will shine, we have the advantage of also having The Barn, which is licensed, so you can choose to move indoors if you prefer. TO FIND OUT MORE OR BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR Email: | Visit: TILGATE PARK, TILGATE DRIVE, CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX RH10 5PQ tilgateparkweddings Tilgate Park has long been known as a top visitor destination in the heart of the south. Fans come from far and wide to enjoy more than 200 acres of woodland, gardens, lakes and even a mini zoo. Now this beautiful venue has opened its doors for unique weddings.

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 62 HOT TOPIC: THE GREAT OUTDOORS Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 72 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2023 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Crawley and Horsham 25 AT THE WATER’S EDGE We round up some of our favourite local waterside venues FEATURES 49 LOVE’S YOUNG DREAM Pampas grass is still having a moment thanks to its versatility. Here, it’s showcased alongside pops of opulent burgundy and rust 59 OH, GO ON THEN! Wedding cake trends to look out for 53 PICTURE THIS Find out what to expect from your wedding photographer every step of the way On the cover This issue’s beautiful cover was captured by Alessandro Piolanti Photography ( at Hyde Estate in Haywards Heath. You can enjoy the shoot in its entirety from page 49. 88 59 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 65 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 66 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 73 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 79 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 82 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, selflove and flawless skin REAL WEDDINGS 30 SUMMERTIME DUSKY BLUES Jo and Jonah tied the knot at Gildredge Manor on 28th August, 2022 37 GOTHIC ROMANCE Zoe and Nick celebrated their wedding day with a super-cool and edgy Tim Burton theme 43 A FAMILY AFFAIR Rachael and Mathew opted for a fun, relaxed, garden party vibe for their big day, and made sure their children were involved every step of the way 9 43 37 53 HONEYMOONS 84 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 86 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 88 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland GROOMS 76 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 4

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Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club, Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9AT T: 01293 528256 E: W: Ceremony Room, Reception Rooms, Enclosed Courtyard, Outdoor Ceremony Space, Lakes, Bar & Restaurant, 26 Hotel Rooms, 7 Self-Catering Lodges, Health Club, Swimming Pool, Beauty Salon & 27 Holes of Golf Brand new function rooms and romantic outdoor ceremony space nestled within a tranquil tree lined glade licensed for up to 150 guests Photography by The perfect country wedding venue set within 247 acres of stunning Sussex countryside

49 UNDERNEATH THE ARCHES Pampas grass is oh-so on trend for rustic and boho weddings. I’m obsessed with this amazing wedding breakfast table tunnel. It must have been even more stunning and romantic blowing in the breeze. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS I cannot believe that my dear friends Melissa and Dave have just celebrated their first anniversary! Where on earth did that year go? For those of you who are new to the magazine and, possibly happily for you, missed my endless and excited rambles about preparing to be a bridesmaid for fellow CWM editor Melissa, I hope you’ll indulge me as I reminisce! Not wanting to start out on a negative note, but hands up: I hate the summer. It’s just too hot! Many a time I’ve contemplated taking a summer home in Iceland, but alas the budget doesn’t permit. But in 2022, my season horribilis was made all the merrier by the excitement of a wedding. Sage green and blush pink was the palette of choice, while the vibe was rustic. Still on trend this year, I would hazard to say that it’s a timeless theme. On 22nd July, we’d just about made it through the hottest days of the year, when thank goodness, the temperatures started to cool to a bearable level. An al fresco ceremony, a reception with the venues’ folding doors flung open, and some memorable moments for the newlyweds spent with their photographer in the nearby cornfields during golden hour: It was all a summer wedding should be, and more. I’ll admit to liking one thing about the season though, and it came into play on Melissa and Dave’s big day, as indeed it would at any wonderful summer wedding. First and foremost, it’s the long days. Making the best of the great outdoors is something we can do to the max at this time of year. There are no more hours in the day, of course, but somehow it feels like there are, which is a huge plus when you’re celebrating such a momentous occasion. So, if you’re thinking about hosting your entire day outside, you won’t want to miss the advice of our experts over in Hot Topic from page 62. Or if you want to at least have the option to spill out of your venue and into some glorious surroundings, check out our waterside venues feature from page 25. I hope you find inspiration aplenty among the pages of our summer issue. And, as ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Walking on sunshine ISSN 1750-3477 Your Sussex 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 Sussex Wedding is published six times a year. 37 DO YOUR THING Beetlejuice is a huge childhood favourite of mine, so when I saw Zoe and Nick’s photos from their Tim Burton-themed nuptials, I immediately knew what they were referencing in this one. Love it! 91 WIN! A honeymoon in Koh Samui, Thailand 30 PERFECTLY PLANNED Real bride Jo says, “We went to different venues’ open days and to wedding fairs to meet suppliers, and carefully did our own research before booking the key elements three years in advance to make sure we got exactly what we wanted. We then wrote a list of everything else we needed to think about, and took it all in bite-sized chunks. Even in the last few weeks there was no stress or rush because everything had been carefully planned and taken care of.” ADVERTISING Account Manager Lorraine Whitehead | 01376 535 607 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS IN WITH THE NEW Kane Harman of East Sussex-based Kandid Kane Photography, captures weddings all over the South East. His preferred style of photography is to shoot real, genuine moments of you and your loved ones celebrating your big day. Kane is passionate about taking a candid approach, getting natural shots while avoiding the need to take you away from your guests for too long. He’ll work with you and around your schedule to ensure any posed and formal group shots are as quick and efficient as possible helping your day to move along smoothly. Kane says, “Being a wedding photographer is more than turning up with a camera. It’s noticing the little details you’ve gone to so much effort to create. It’s capturing the moments you’ll never forget but love to look at over and over again. It’s capturing those moments you missed. It’s anticipating guests’ embraces after too long apart. It’s noticing the way your loved one looks at you, as you see each other for the first time.” Now, it’s even easier to find out what Kandid Kane can bring to your wedding day as he’s recently launched a swish new website featuring all of his latest package options including Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Other new offerings include albums, highlight videos and same-day sneak peek photos. Why not check it out? Head over to Nearlywed ONE LIFE AT A TIME Sam Dickinson, a 25-year-old who has recently started working at Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in the kitchen, has a story to tell. He’d been living at Crawley Open House Hostel for the last three months after running out of accommodation options. An initiative set up by the hostel to help residents into work gave Sam the opportunity to participate in a cooking workshop at the Parsons Pig Pub in Crawley, where he impressed so much that he came to the attention of the team at Ashdown Park. Executive chef, Tony Sanders, agreed to give Sam a trial and was immediately impressed, and soon after offered him a live-in commis chef job working alongside him. Sam has been working at the Hotel for four months now and absolutely loves it. Tina Bricknell, sales and marketing manager at Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club says, “Sam has seamlessly integrated into the team here. We’re overjoyed by his progress and sincerely wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours. This is how you help to make a dent in homelessness, one life at a time.” Find out more about the venue at RAISE YOUR GLASS When Lucy Prout-Laing from Uniquely You Ceremonies started life as a celebrant she was surprised by how many people told her they hated speaking in public, and that although they loved the wedding, they were filled with dread when it came to making the speech. “As someone who, once upon a time, would melt into a bucket of nerves at the mere idea of standing up and speaking in front of people I was in a good position to help,” she says. Lucy has recently added the offer of speech writing and coaching to Uniquely You Ceremonies, which also covers ceremonies and inclusive wedding planning. During a free consultation, Lucy will talk through the sticking points of speech writing and what happens when you speak in public. “Keeping services personal and individually focused remains at the heart of every aspect of my business,” she continues. Speech coaching sessions cover everything from writing the speech to the technical side of speech delivery and, importantly, how to deal with those pesky public speaking nerves. To find out more or book a free consultation, head over to LOCAL NEWS 9

LIFE’S A BEACH Are you in search of somewhere extraordinary to host your hen party? Look no further than the recently revealed i360 Beach Club, situated on the renowned beachfront in Brighton. If you’ve been dreaming of the vibrant party scenes of Mykonos or Ibiza but can’t quite make it there, this vibrant and trendy establishment offers everything you need for an unforgettable hen party experience, making it the ideal choice for your celebration. The Club offers good music, fun and friendly staff, comfortable seating and plenty of photo opportunities. Its prime location, right on Brighton’s buzzing seafront, allows you to enjoy stunning beach views with the lively atmosphere, while soaking up the sun and party vibes. The i360 Beach Club is open from Thursday to Monday throughout the summer, so gather your gang and get ready for an incredible day or night out. Check out AL FRESCO “I DOS” The latest exciting news to come from The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is that it’s now offering outdoor ceremonies for up to 120 guests. The al fresco ceremony space provides a stunning backdrop for you to exchange your vows in the tranquillity of a garden setting by the sea. Whether you dream of an intimate gathering or a grand affair, the outdoor ceremony area at The Grand can accommodate your vision and ensure a truly unforgettable experience. What’s more, the venue’s team of dedicated wedding coordinators are on hand to help create your perfect nuptials working closely with you to bring it all to life. For further information contact the events team on 01323 412 345 or at Known by locals as The White Palace the five-star Hotel has also recently seen the complete refurbishment of 28 superior bedrooms, as well as a total overhaul of the bathrooms in the luxury suites. The new-look rooms showcase a combination of understated luxury with top- of-the-range amenities and stylish, warm lighting and interiors. Check out Image courtesy of Brighton i360 THINK PINK Surrounded by English vineyards and tucked behind the steep sand dunes of Camber Sands, The Gallivant’s summer terrace is the destination for wine lovers this summer, as it looks to pay homage to the UK’s finest pours of rosé. Home to one of the largest English wine lists in the country and with privileged access to some of the finest local producers, the boutique property has curated a delectable menu of carefully selected rosé wines, all English, for its idyllic summer terrace. The menu boasts an impressive selection, featuring Folc Dry English Rosé, the enticing vegan Simpsons Railway Hill Pinot Noir Rosé with its alluring aromas of watermelon and crushed strawberries, the refreshing and crisp Oxney Organic Rosé, Artelium Pinto Meunier Rosé and Gusbourne English Rosé. Guests can delight in delicate wine with floral expressions to bold and fruity notes. Wine is paired with seasonal seafood such as fresh Atlantic prawns, steamed mussels, Maldon rock oysters, and Dungeness crab cocktail, with vegetarian options also available. Bookings for the terrace are advised, check out for more. EDITOR LOVES Pssst... We recently discovered that Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club has a beautiful new Getting Ready Dressing Room just waiting for its brides and their squad. It’s adorned with no fewer than five seated make-up stations for you and your bridesmaids to use! Check out the sneak peak images we managed to get our hands on! Find out more at 10

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Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel | 18-23 Tinsley Lane South | Three Bridges | Crawley | West Sussex | RH10 8XH | 01293-561186 | For the most important day of your life, look no further than Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel. We know that your wedding day is the realisation of your dreams, so let us tailor-make an event so it is as individual as you are. Our beautiful Vancouver Suite is the perfect place to say ‘I do’ with a license to welcome up to 150 special guests to watch you become legally married. We welcome you to the Canadian Suite, our wedding receptions space. Adjoining a private pre-event area including a full bar it’s the perfect place to celebrate your love and dance the night away. Scent My Wedding by Sassy & Lolla Sassy & Lolla specialise in beautiful fragrances for your home & now for your wedding. Whether you are looking for bespoke wedding favours or for your actual wedding day to be scented, we have an incredible range of scents to choose from or we can find a scent just for you. Tel: 07791 807901 Email: VENUE SCENTING HAND POURED, BESPOKE SCENTED WEDDING FAVORS PERSONALISED FRAGRANCE CONSULTATIONS FAVORS, BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS & MORE

CRAWLEY AND HORSHAM Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot BALCOMBE PLACE 01444 811 167 | Tucked away at the end of a private drive, in the heart of the Sussex countryside, surrounded by the greater Balcombe Estate, you’ll find Balcombe Place. With views of the landscaped garden and the farreaching Downs, the house epitomises British country living. Available as an exclusive-use property, Balcombe Place is the perfect house for you to make your home. Whether you’re there for the day, or the weekend, it will only be filled with your guests. It offers flexibility to use it as you wish, allowing you to create the day you’ve always dreamed of. The luxury, elegance and grandeur of Balcombe Place makes it an idyllic backdrop for your celebrations. The location of your ceremony is completely up to you, depending on your requirements and subject to the signing of the register. Choose anywhere from the opulent drawing room to keeping it simple on the lawn accompanied by 120 loved ones. The Library boasts dark wood panelling and an ornate ceiling. It’s an intimate space to say “I do” surrounded by 30 guests. The Music Room is a showstopping space with a tall arched ceiling, wooden panelling, an organ and minstrel gallery. It’s a room like none you’ve seen before and can host 120 nearest and dearest. If you’d prefer a traditional church wedding however, there are a number of local churches nearby. St Mary’s in Balcombe for example is just three minutes down the road. After your vows, enjoy drinks and canapés on the lawn, with the house as your backdrop allowing guests to wander around the house’s five glorious reception rooms. Whether it’s garden games and Pimm’s in the sunshine, or warming fires and mulled wine, Balcombe Place is ready to celebrate whatever the season. The Music Room and Drawing Room can also host receptions for 80 and 40 guests seated respectively. The Billiard Room, connected to the Music Room by two large archways, offers additional seating for another 30 guests at round tables. Finally, you can extend the house with a marquee to seat more guests. You can open the sides to enjoy the garden and views. Here, you can accommodate up to 350 loved ones. LOCAL VENUES 19

SANDMAN SIGNATURE LONDON GATWICK HOTEL 01293 561 186 | Near to Gatwick Airport, close to vibrant Brighton and a leisurely hours’ drive from the beautiful South Downs, you’ll find this super-stylish hotel. With so much to see and do nearby, your guests won’t be short of a spot of sightseeing if they’re staying over after your big day. Nymans Gardens, Hever Castle, Wakehurst Place, Tilgate Park and Bluebell Steam Railway are all only a short drive away. The wedding team here is fully aware that your wedding day is the realisation of your dreams, and offers a selection of flexible wedding options. Alternatively, tailor-make an event that’s as individual as you are. These dedicated folks will be on hand to ensure your day goes off without a hitch leaving you to relax and make memories. They’re ready and waiting to talk to you about your ideas and share some new ones; after all, your wish is their command! The Hotel’s dedicated events floor includes the Vancouver Suite. Flooded with natural daylight, it holds a licence to welcome up to 150 loved ones. If you’d prefer a more intimate ceremony however, the team are more than happy to assist in your planning. The Canadian Suite is the place to be for wedding receptions. Adjoining a private pre-event area including a full bar, it’s the perfect place to celebrate your big-day and dance the night away. With space for up to 150 guests, this suite provides an ideal bright, blank canvas to create your own backdrop. The team can introduce you to their trusted suppliers, and with private facilities you’ll feel happily enclosed in your own bubble. Here, you can make the most of your celebrations and invite your guests to stay overnight and benefit from special accommodation rates. Each of the Hotel’s 151 bedrooms has air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, flat screen LCD TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. LEONARDSLEE LAKES & GARDENS 01403 220 345 | The beautiful 19th-century Italianate-style mansion house offers the perfect setting for a stylish wedding ceremony and reception, with additional space in the bespoke marquee alongside the house. The rooms are spacious, with high ceilings and views across the magnificent grounds. The classic style of the mansion with its beautiful new fountain, offers a romantic setting for your arrival. The imposing front of the house features impressive trees and shrubs, collected from around the world, all welltended and nurtured. One of the finest woodland gardens in England, the Grade I listed grounds here offer outstanding displays of rhododendrons, azaelas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells. Plus, the 240-acre estate features lakes, woodlands and parkland, a Pulham rock garden built in 1890 and a dolls’ house museum and vineyard. Ceremonies witnessed by 90 nearest and dearest take place in the main room of the mansion house. While receptions are hosted in the 200-guest capacity marquee alongside it. The venue runs a series of wedding fairs throughout the year with free entry, so do keep an eye on its website and social media for updates. 20

01903 815757 | | Tottington Manor Hotel, Edburton Road, Hen�ield, West Sussex, BN5 9LJ Photography: Jordan Mans�ield Photography, Allium Design 4* Boutique Hotel in the heart of the South Downs. Call us to arrange your Wedding Viewing at Tottington Manor. Discover a stunning Sussex countryside venue with an enchanting twist of India EXCLUSIVE HIRE Now booking for 2024 & beyond Celebrate by day in our gorgeous grounds & Indian marquees then move inside to our historic house for your evening reception. Email to nd out more. TRADING BOUNDARIES, SHEFFIELD GREEN, EAST SUSSEX TN22 3RB | WWW.TRADINGBOUNDARIES.COM

Hardings are a family run bespoke catering business based in Sussex who specialise in weddings, private and corporate events. We pride ourselves on our exceptional service and strive to help our clients to create bespoke packages to suit all requirements, tastes, and budgets which will ensure that your event runs with seamless precision. 01903 212 869 Balcombe Place is a shining example of a large country house set within stunning grounds with far-reaching views of the Sussex Downs. Balcombe Place is a property to be envied and desired and available for your exclusive use. | | 01444 811 167 Make our house your home and experience the luxury.

COTTESMORE HOTEL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 01293 528 256 | This stunning West Sussex countryside wedding venue offers stylish wedding function rooms, a farmhouse-styled restaurant, health club, swimming pool and beauty salon. The beautiful Getting Ready Dressing Room is adorned with five seated make-up stations for you and your bridesmaids to use. Plus, the welcoming hotel reception hosts a log burner and bespoke furnishings to welcome your guests. The existing club house and hotel is part of the original charm and character of the 1884 farm buildings. The new parts have been carefully constructed to match the original brickwork, while dark drey window frames and panoramic views over the courses add to that contemporary look that’s sought after in buildings today. The venue is set within 247 acres of beautiful tree-lined Sussex countryside, hosting 27 holes of golf, two lakes, a 26 bedroom hotel and seven self-catering lodges. The French-styled courtyard complete with ornate fountain, pretty pots and planters, offers a wonderful outdoor location for your drinks reception, canapés and photos. Plus, the decked area is ideal for live music, while your guests are sipping Pimm’s or prosecco. Cottesmore can host civil ceremonies both indoors in the oak-beamed Barn Room, and al fresco on the immaculate ceremony lawn, nestled within a tree-lined glade offering you and your guests, peace, tranquillity, and romance. Both options have space for up to 150 loved ones. The Challis Suite, Buchan Suite and Barn Room host up to 150 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 for an evening do. Their connected, flexible and multi-functional layout allows for a more personal and bespoke reception. Ambient, colour-themed lighting, plus Bose and SONOS sound systems ensure maximum impact. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with natural daylight, while charming antler chandeliers adorn the exposed beams. The marbletopped bar too is an impressive feature, as well as being fully-stocked with the latest draught beers, wines and spirits. MANNINGS HEATH GOLF & WINE ESTATE 01403 220 345 | Set amongst more than 500 acres of exceptional natural beauty you’ll find Mannings Heath Estate. Paired with Benguela Cove Wine Estate in South Africa, it’s the UK’s first and only combined golf and wine venue. Nestled deep in the heart of the Sussex countryside it includes a beautiful clubhouse and two terraces overlooking the magnificent Waterfall golf course. The beamed interiors date back to the 17th century and exude rustic charm. The large reception room can accommodate 150 loved ones seated, and offers breathtaking views of the landscaped golf course and estate. There are also three additional rooms, two of which are licensed for civil ceremonies. The main function rooms here are beautifully decorated for wedding breakfasts and ceremonies. In The Vineyard Kitchen, the venue’s recently-renovated restaurant, the art of gourmet dining harmonises with glorious views, creating an experience to delight your tastebuds and your senses. In the Wine Lounge you can immerse yourself in an unparalleled experience, sure to leave a lasting impression. With its elegant ambience and exquisite selection of wines, it’s the perfect venue for an intimate wedding reception. The venue can offer your party wine estate tastings and vineyard tours. There’s also a four-bedroom cottage on-site, which can be rented as a whole. LOCAL VENUES 23

FROM TEA SPOON TO MARQUEE - ALL VIA ONE SUPPLIER We can provide everything including a vintage chauffeured car. Find out more about what we do and how we do it on our website, call us on 07890 183 293 or email Adding a touch of rustic charm to your event NEW OAK & IVY BAR WEDDINGS At DoubleTree by Hilton Brighton Metropole All event spaces have been fully refurbished ready for your perfect day. With a variety of event rooms to pick from, this venue is the perfect mix of Brighton's colourful culture and the hotel's Victorian charm. FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO BOOK EMAIL: 10% off Ceremony Room Hire until the end of 2023 @dthilton.b.metropole @dthiltonbrightonmet 10 UP TO OFF % Celebrations under the stars, amongst our historic telescope domes. Offering a unique experience with total flexibility. The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, East Sussex BN27 1RN | | 01323 832731 Weddings at The Observatory Photo by Fizzy Robot Photography

THE OBSERVATORY 01323 832 731 | The Observatory is a one-of-a-kind spot in the heart of the East Sussex countryside. Previously home to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, it now operates as an attraction with extensive science exhibits and charitable status promoting science for all. The six iconic telescope domes provide an unforgettable setting if you’re looking for something totally different for added entertainment, while the permanent marquees offer complete flexibility to create a reception style as unique as the two of you. Located in the picturesque village of Herstmonceux, the grounds provide the wow factor in spades! Driving up to The Observatory you can’t help but be intrigued by the other-worldly green domes emerging from the local countryside. Ceremonies take place in Telescope Dome E, which is licensed for 60 guests. It features an incredible historical telescope in the centre of the room. For larger gatherings, the permanent geodesic marquee can be used for the “I dos,” accompanied by 100 loved ones. This boasts an unusual shape offering opportunities for decoration with ultimate flexibility. You can also opt to host your reception in the Geodesic Dome for 100 or more guests. Alternatively, choose The Big Space (the main marquee). It’s practical and spacious, light and airy, with a large decking area. It’s perfect for a sit-down wedding breakfast for 104 guests seated, or something more casual for 150 guests dining buffet style. It can host upwards of 150 too for the evening do. Go with We round up some of the county’s finest waterside venues THE FLOW WATERSIDE VENUES 25

THE RAVENSWOOD 01342 810 216 | TILGATE PARK 01293 438 437 | SOUTHLANDS BARN 01798 306 550 | FOUR OAKS WEDDINGS 01273 891446 | FRICKLEY LAKE 07976 704 632 | SLAUGHAM PLACE 01444 702 458 | MICHELHAM PRIORY HOUSE & GARDENS 01323 844224 | YOGHURT ROOMS 01342 323 238 | BUXTED PARK 01825 733 333 | BROOKFIELD BARN 01403 900 606 | FIESTA FIELDS, MAPLEHURST FARM 07539 880 031 | Fiesta Fields is an outdoor wedding and events company, representing a range of gorgeous outdoor venues including Maplehurst Farm near Horsham. It offers a beautiful and peaceful waterside setting on a working deer farm. The farm creates a relaxed and tranquil vibe, perfect for celebrating your wedding surrounded by idyllic countryside. The venue offers an idyllic blank canvas if you’re looking to celebrate in a way that’s unique to you. The team at Fiesta Fields brings a wealth of event and project management experience, along with creativity, attention to detail and a knowledge of local suppliers. You’re offered full or partial coordination, or an essentials package that includes land hire, power, loos, security and on-the-day coordination. Check out You have full flexibility with your choice of suppliers and the blank canvas of a field means you can have input on every last detail, giving you a day that’s personal to you. Situated in the quiet village of Nuthurst, just 15 minutes from Horsham, Maplehurst Farm, the site offers the essentials you need for an al fresco wedding including secure parking and mains water. Best of all, you can host your ceremony wherever you wish among the grounds. There’s also overnight camping or glamping on site. You’re welcome to invite up to 180 guests to your wedding breakfast, and the same number to the big evening bash. THE RAVENSWOOD TILGATE PARK ROMANTIC REFLECTIONS 26

grandeastbourne grandhoteleastbourne grandhoteleastbourne Sunday 10th September 2023 11.00am - 3.00pm To book your complimentary tickets please scan the QR code Photos of Mrs Gabriella and Mr Floyd Hunter, taken by Sarah Carmody Photography Grand Wedding Showcase To enquire, please call the Events Department on 01323 412345 or email

WEALD & DOWNLAND LIVING MUSEUM 01243 811 032 | Located among the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, Weald & Downland Living Museum is a venue like no other. The Museum’s picturesque 40-acre site offers an atmosphere of quiet tranquillity and is peppered with fascinating historical buildings, woodland areas, grazing farm animals and a beautiful mill pond. This authentic setting combined with limited availability makes for a characterful and exclusive wedding venue, ideal if you’re looking for that little something different. The Museum currently has three spaces licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. The Downland Gridshell offers an exquisite setting for both civil ceremonies and receptions accompanied by up to 120 guests. Each year a limited number of dates are released for couples who want to use this exceptional space for their big day. Crawley Hall situated at the heart of the Museum’s Medieval market square, surrounded by cobbled paths and historical buildings. This charming timber-framed barn can host civil ceremonies and receptions of up to 50 guests followed by an informal buffet reception or picnic. If you decide to tie the knot here, you can take up the offer of the West Sussex Package. Celebrating the best the county has to offer, it includes use the Hall followed by a delivery of grazing hampers featuring plenty of locally-sourced food and drink to be enjoyed in one of the venue’s many picture-perfect picnic spots overlooking the South Downs National Park. Greenways Field is a completely blank canvas for those looking for a marquee-style wedding for 250 guests. Nestled among the Museum’s sublime countryside, it offers an idyllic and tranquil setting for your ceremony and celebrations, and offers access to scenic areas ideal for stunning photo opportunities. THE RELAIS COODEN BEACH 01424 842 281 | THE GALLIVANT 01797 225 057 | THE GRAND EASTBOURNE 01323 412 345 | MERCURE BRIGHTON SEAFRONT HOTEL 01273 351 012 | DOUBLETREE BY HILTON BRIGHTON METROPOLE 01273 720 710 | ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL HASTINGS 01424 445 544 | THE VIEW HOTEL EASTBOURNE 01323 433 900 | THE BURLINGTON HOTEL, WORTHING 01903 211 222 | BAILIFFSCOURT HOTEL & SPA 01903 723511 | BRIGHTON HAROUR HOTEL 0127323 221 | DE LA WARR PAVILION 01424 229 117 | LANSDOWNE HOTEL 01323 745 485 | THE VIEW FROM THE GALLIVANT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON BRIGHTON METROPOLE LIFE’S A BEACH! 29 WATERSIDE VENUES

dusky blues Jo and Jonah tied the knot at Gildredge Manor on 28th August, 2022 Images courtesy of DB Photography Sussex SUMMERTIME 30

Jo and Jonah met in the workplace where their desks were near one another. “Jonah is six years younger than me, and I always used to say: ‘If only he were older!’” Jo says. “I guess after a while it just didn’t seem as important.” She asked him if he’d like to go for a walk on the beach with her and he agreed. Jonah says, “We didn’t really have anything in common, but always had so much to talk about. Although we had different interests, it was clear from the beginning that we both had similar morals and outlook on life.” The couple headed to the Isle of Wight for a long weekend to celebrate their five-year anniversary, and were having drinks in the hotel gardens when Jonah produced an engagement ring. He didn’t even get a chance to pop the question, as Jo had said, “Yes,” straight away. “We both cried happy tears for ages,” she remembers. It was important to the pair that their guests should feel comfortable and have fun on their big day, and they chose Gildredge Manor, which felt perfect. “It had lots of different spaces so people could dance if they wanted to, or chat at the bar,” Jo explains. “There was a room with a pool table and foosball table, as well as a lounge away from the noise of the party.” With the venue’s gorgeous Georgian elegance and light, airy nature, it was easy to see that this was the one. So, the date was set for 28th August, 2022... Read on as the couple tell us more about their beautiful big day... SETTING THE SCENE For the ceremony, white chiffon sashes were tied around each chair, and standing at the altar was a big white blossom cherry tree, which the couple stood beneath as they said their vows. Their florist had also dotted vases of flowers here and here, and after the “I dos” the bridesmaids’ flowers and bridal bouquet were added to vases too. “The venue was gorgeous, so we didn’t feel we needed to add anything else,” Jo says. Jo and Jonah picked a beautifully contrasting palette of dusky blue, burgundy and cream for their styling. Jonah’s suit was burgundy, while Jo’s dress was blush and the bridesmaids were dressed in blue, so the flowers would need to pull everything together. They briefed their florist that they didn’t want the florals to be too perfectly neat – no precise, round ball bouquets or centrepieces for them. Instead, Jo wanted to go for something big yet natural. They were also keen to include jasmine flowers as a way of incorporating their daughter, Jasmine. Jonah wanted white cherry blossom trees, while Jo had her heart set on flower arrangements to match the bridal party for the centrepieces. “Everyone tells you marriage is about compromise,” Jo tells us. “So, we did half and half, and I think it worked really well!” The couple were keen to gift their guests wedding favours, but they’d read that they should approach with caution as anything disposable often gets left behind. With that in mind, they decided instead to donate the money they’d set aside for favours to a few different charities close to their hearts (RSPCA, East Sussex Air Ambulance, and Cancer Research UK). They also bought pin badges from each charity, which came on little cards to inform them of the donation made in their name. “This way, guests could have the pin badge if they wanted, but if they got left behind, at least we knew the money hadn’t gone to waste,” Jo says. The couple wrote everyone’s menu choice on little cards that matched the ones the pins were attached to, and tied the two REAL WEDDINGS 31