Your Sussex Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 107)

WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 We showcase a selection of venues bursting with character DAINTY DETAILS Gowns with feature embellishments Spend, splash, splurge Jewellery and accessories CENTRE STAGE FEB/MAR 2024 £3.55 Once and FLORAL Meet the county’s wedding florists SUSSEXWEDDING

The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1NP Email: Tel: 01903 446401 Discover... Stunning wedding gardens Outdoor and indoor ceremony options A range of package and venue hire options Dedicated wedding co-ordinators Exclusive sole caterers To find out more or arrange a showround please visit or email Our stunning, national award-winning venue is the perfect setting for your wedding day, whatever the time of year you choose. Our gardens have been purposely designed and built to be beautiful in any season. With a range of package and venue hire options available, we’d love to hear from you and find out how our award-winning team can make your dream wedding a reality.

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the county 12 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 55 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on taking those first wedding-planning steps 83 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Uckfield and around 25 CENTRE STAGE Local wedding venues bursting with character FEATURES 47 MODERN HISTORY We love the elegant, muted colour palette of this local shoot, paired with its soft natural light aesthetic 51 ONCE AND FLORAL Meet the county’s incredible wedding florists 59 SPEND, SPLASH, SPLURGE Jewellery and accessories to suit any budget On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by Hotel du Vin, Brighton (, an elegant sanctuary nestled in the heart of Brighton’s enchanting former fishing village, The Lanes. The boutique hotel is housed in a breathtakingly restored 19th-century edifice, and offers an experience steeped in unique character. On the cover is bride and groom Laura and Phil on their big day, which was captured by Hayley Rose Photography ( 25 59 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 65 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 71 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 76 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 80 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare’s head of education, Adele O’Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare REAL WEDDINGS 30 BEST DAY EVER Lydia and Damien were keen to have as little waste or single-use elements as possible on the day 37 RUSTIC ROMANCE Katie and Kieron opted for a rustic-themed wedding day with a gorgeous dark green palette 42 ROMANCE ON THE ROAD Gemma and Matthew planned a day that was truly them featuring their beloved converted camper 42 30 37 84 HONEYMOONS 84 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava 86 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 88 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light. GROOMS 74 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 75 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be 78 4

55 FUZZY FEELINGS This bake’s hand-painted floral design matching the 3D sugar flowers, in 2024’s colour of the year Peach Fuzz, by Caritas Cake Design takes my breath away! cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS First and foremost let me wish you all a very happy new year (I know that was a while ago, but I haven’t spoken to you since)! For those of you who found an engagement ring beneath the tree, or perhaps presented to you on Valentine’s Day, allow me to offer huge congratulations. No doubt you’re now excitedly organising your venue viewings and scouring Pinterest for the dream outfit, and we can’t wait to be your wedmin BFF. What I can tell you is that you’ve chosen a spectacular part of the world to get married in. From the quirky, oh-so cool nature of Brighton to the sweeping countryside of the South Downs, there’s something for everyone to create a memorable, magical wedding day in Sussex. And it’s not only the venues that are second to none, but also the local wedding suppliers. You’ll get the chance to meet many of them throughout our pages, so do click on their links to find out what they do and how they can help. There’s plenty to look out for to get you started on your journey. Don’t miss our Hot Topic pages this issue, where the county’s experts tell us how to take those first tentative steps into the world of wedding planning. What’s more, where better to turn to for inspiration than to those who’ve been there and done that? So, you won’t want to miss our gorgeous real weddings. Finally, if 2024 marks the point on the calendar where it’s now the year of your big day – eek, we’re excited for you. There’s lots here to grab your eye from must-have jewellery and accessories to our stunning styled shoot, I hope you love this issue. As ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor At the ready 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. 9 HOWL DO I LOVE THEE As is if dogs at weddings didn’t fill me with enough joy, imagine my delight when I received this image of Bond, part of the team at Watermill Wolves, ready to perform ringbearing duties. 83 WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 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 32 GREEN WITH ENVY I’m a big fan of grooms’ attire in more imaginative shades, and the gorgeous hue of Damien’s suit paired with the bridesmaids’ dresses and venue styling brought everything together like an absolute dream on the day. EDITOR’S LETTER 7


Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS WOLFIN’ AROUND Wolves at your wedding is a big secret to keep! But that’s what happened when the Watermill Wolves took part in Don’t Tell The Bride recently. The groom was desperate to have Bond, the local business’ top wolfie star, as ring bearer. But how to pull it off? The team came up with a cunning plan. Head trainer Natalie Lagstrom tells us more: “We met the groom for a sneaky swap; the rings for a silver whistle. When the ceremony began the groom cheekily handed his bride the whistle, much to her surprise. She nevertheless took it from him and sounded the call. Bond immediately answered, running towards her with the rings attached to a neck ribbon, hurtling up the aisle to gasps from assembled guests. As practised, he jumped up, matching the groom’s full height and allowing the ribbon to be undone as the bride laughed, delighted by her wild surprise. Bond, with his huge toothy grin, then left to the crowd’s cheers.” Find out how to have one of Watermill Wolves’ stunning animals be a part of your big day at Nearlywed ROMANTIC GETAWAY Tinwood Estate has announced plans to build five more luxury lodges bringing its total offering to eight. The new lodges will have the same design and layout as the existing ones and will be positioned among the vines for a fully immersed vineyard experience. The existing three lodges at Tinwood Estate have already proven popular and are usually fully booked across the peak summer months. Perfect for couples looking for a romantic retreat in the Sussex countryside, the lodges overlook Tinwood’s vines. Spotting deer and other wildlife is a common occurrence, and what could beat sipping on a glass of sparkling Sussex wine while you sit on your private deck? Plus, Tinwood’s new restaurant, which opened in 2023, is available for you to enjoy, offering high-quality, deliciously seasonal dishes. Check out LASTING MEMORIES As your wedding day grows ever closer have you thought about the next day and how you’ll feel when it’s all over? You spent so long planning it, you won’t want it to end. With the rise of professional content creators, it doesn’t have to! You can wake up the next day to a library containing thousands of pictures and videos allowing you to relive the big day for years to come. New Sussex-based business Han Picked Memories is leading the way in wedding content creation, and will work alongside your photographer and/or videographer capturing all the candid, intimate and natural moments throughout the day, allowing you to be present with one another and your loved ones. More than ever couples are looking to give guests unforgettable experiences, so documenting every moment is crucial, and is where a content creator comes in. Hannah from Han Picked Memories will be your very own behind-thescenes creative, who’ll strive to deliver content that reflects not only your personalities but also all the effort you put into bringing your big day to life. You’ll never need to experience that I-wish-I’d-caught-that-on-camera feeling, as having Hannah there means it’s all taken care of without you even realising it. And the best part? The very next day, waking up as newlyweds, you’ll receive a download link granting you access to an entire library containing a mixture of photos and videos that have all been taken using the latest iPhone. These will be raw, unedited candid moments, plus there’s no having to wait weeks to replay the moment you said “I do.” By no means intended to replace your photographer or videographer, Han Picked Memories is an add-on service working alongside your chosen suppliers. Find out more at LOCAL NEWS 9

AFFAIRS OF THE ART Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens and the Surrey Sculpture Society have launched a new collaboration for 2024, showcasing local artists. The Society has designed and curated a new Art Walk featuring over 100 sculptures. The exhibition will run year-round in the Grade I Listed gardens, with admission included in the entrance price to Leonardslee. The design of the Art Walk and the artful location of each sculpture take advantage of the setting with its diverse range of trees and shrubs, often rare and threatened in the wild. The trail winds down to the estate’s seven lakes and conveniently ends with a return shuttle service. Visitors are treated to an extensive exhibition of affordable sculptures, starting from just £175, in a range of styles and sizes, suitable for almost any garden or home. Something to add to your wedding list or treat each other to perhaps? The works are by both established and emerging artists and are made in a wide range of materials including bronze, resin, glass, metal, wood, stone, ceramic and found objects. As well as an outdoor trail, there is a new indoor sculpture exhibition situated within Leonardslee House. Find out more at LET YOUR LOVE GROW The team at The Paint Club Studio in Lewes are pleased to announce their new plant pot sculpting workshops, which are perfect for hen parties and private events. Where do we sign up? In this twohour session you’re shown how to create your very own plant pot using air dry clay. Get creative with your own design or use some of the Studio’s designs as inspiration. Each person gets a plant to take away with them, plus some sealant to finish the pot once it’s dry. Sculpting with clay is known to have therapeutic qualities, making this event relaxing as well as fun. The Paint Club Studio is also running prosecco bottle painting workshops from April 2024. These are ideal to use as wedding décor or as gifts for your hens to take away. For more, check out INTO THE WOODS Country house spa hotel South Lodge in West Sussex, heralds another series of one-day wellness retreats that embrace the evolving energy of the seasons. Here, you’re invited to switch off from the everyday and engage your senses, as you recharge and reconnect in the Sussex countryside with forest-bathing expert Helena Skoog. The one-day Nature Immersion Spa Experiences harness the power of Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese awareness meditation of forest bathing, thought to be an antidote to anxiety, depression, fear and tension. It sounds to us like the perfect remedy to wedding-planning stress! Led by Helena, who has lived off-grid for five years among ancient forestry, you’ll embark on a simple nature walk, where you’ll experience the forest's languages of renewal, growth and change. You’ll also take part in a wellbeing session of Qigong and breath work, to balance parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, calming the mind and reducing the stress of everyday life. Dates for 2024 include 16th March, 15th June, and 19th October. Find out more at Graeme Lougher - In Haste and Prowling Wolves RING-A-DING-BLING R.L. Austen is a traditional, family-run independent jewellers, one of the oldest independent businesses in Chichester having been part of the High Street’s landscape since 1794. Its long-standing reputation and exceptional service has built a loyal client base, often spanning multiple generations. To inspire future clients the store has recently created a destination bridal boutique in brand collaboration with Brown & Newirth. Located on the first floor is the stunning R.L. Austen bridal lounge. Furnished in blush and champagne, this dedicated space will effortlessly make you feel relaxed and comfortable. It’s designed to offer you the space and privacy to browse the selection of engagement and wedding rings in real luxury. Brown & Newirth’s workshops proudly boast over 400 years of combined jewellery-making experience under one roof. Their artisans hand craft every piece to order, delivering a quality that’s second to none. Every ring comes with complimentary engraving for a personal touch and its team of designers and craftspeople can create unique, bespoke designs to meet your exact requirements. Brown & Newirth is a proud patron of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council. Find out more at 10

07702 470591 RELAXED, CREATIVE, DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY AIMED AT COUPLES WHO WANT TO BE THEMSELVES AND ENJOY THE TIME TOGETHER @edenslidelweddings WWW.EDENSLIDEL.CO.UK | We can provide all you may require including a wedding planner/co-ordinator for the day. 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 FROM TEA SPOON TO MARQUEE - ALL VIA ONE SUPPLIER Peelings-Manor-Barns peelingsmanorbarns A perfect blank canvas for your special event A charming, rustic, spacious, DIY venue. The site features the stunning, Grade II listed, traditional Sussex flint barn, and enclosed outdoor spaces front and back. Contact Sarah Blessington on 07933 092102 or email: Available for hire between 1st April and 31st December 1 Peelings Farm Cottages, Hankham Road, Hankham, Pevesnsey, East Sussex, BN24 5AP Sarah Lacey Drycleaning Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri 9.00 to 5.00 - Thurs, Sat 9.00 to 1.00 If you care about your clothes let Sarah and her team take care of the cleaning. Specialist in the care and heirlooming of Wedding Dresses, Evening gowns, Christening Gowns etc. 1 College Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1QN Telephone: 01444 416644 /sarahlaceydrycleaning

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WITH THIS RING... R.L. Austen boasts an extensive selection of wedding and engagement rings that showcase a blend of timeless classics and contemporary designs, ensuring you find a piece to resonate with your personal style. Whether you want a traditional wedding band, or something with a touch more sparkle, its experts will endeavour to match you with the perfect wedding ring. After all, these will stand the test of time as the only declaration of your love that’s with you forever and always. R.L. Austen is treating readers of Your Sussex Wedding to an exclusive offer, valid until 30th April 2024. Get 10% off your wedding rings when bought as a pair, as well as a fabulous afternoon tea for two at the Ivy Brasserie. You’ll have the choice of location and up to 12 months to use your voucher. Simply quote “IVY2” or print out and show a copy of this page in store. See R.L. Austen website for terms and conditions. Book an appointment and go along to see one of R.L. Austen’s friendly and professional wedding ring advisors. Call on 01243 782 135 or book via the website at Alternatively, pop into store. JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS 12

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. 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. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, 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. Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 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 HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE

ESSEX SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP 12pm-4pm 12pm-4pm

SUFFOLK SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ KENT SUN, 21 APR 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LUTON HOO Estate Office, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ

• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges Pre-register at Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3:00PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

A magical venue set inside an 18th Century Coaching Inn & Grounds with a theme of India running throughout our decor and marquees. We have some availability for 2024 and 2025! Join us for our open day on Saturday 22nd June Weddings Craig Payne Photography Jacqui MacSweeney Sidey Clark Photography 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.

UCKFIELD & AROUND Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot THE CEDAR ROOF BARN The Cedar Roof Barn is a rustic wedding venue tucked away among rolling fields just outside the picturesque town of Lewes near Uckfield, East Sussex. Built with love in 2018, this beautiful barn facility sits on acres of green land in the heart of the countryside. Chickens, sheep and horses graze on the flourishing pastures, creating an authentic farmland atmosphere. If you’ve always wanted to celebrate your big day in the country, you’ll adore this charming venue. Here, you can mark your milestone occasion with up to 120 loved ones. The custom-built oak and cedar barn is available for exclusive use, allowing you and your guests to relax in peace. With large windows and timber beams, this indoor space is made for both dining and dancing. While outdoors you’ll find plenty of lovely spots to take photos, chat with your nearest and dearest, and inhale the clean country air. You can also make the most of the space by playing outdoor games such as table tennis and giant Jenga. If you want to go all out, you can even use hay bales as an alternative to traditional seating. The venue doesn’t currently hold a civil ceremony licence, but blessings can take plan on the lawn outside the barn, or inside it if the weather isn’t favourable. Various services are available at The Cedar Roof Barn, including sound and lighting equipment, tables and chairs, delivery and set up, and much more. As a DIY venue, you’re free to choose your caterers and suppliers for the day without corkage fees or any other tie-ins. Should you need help finding suppliers, the staff here will be happy to share a list of approved businesses from the local area. Overnight accommodation can be found nearby and parking facilities are also available if you want to stay over. LOCAL VENUES 19

HENDALL MANOR BARNS 01825 732 561 | Hendall Manor Barns is discreetly positioned in the heart of the East Sussex countryside with far-reaching views of the Sussex Downs. Within the grounds there’s a picturesque pond complete with its own walkway, an orchard, fields, private lawns, and gardens. The main house has a striking arched loggia and a stone gazebo within the garden; an idyllic backdrop for photos. The venue consists of three interconnecting buildings surrounding a large central courtyard with a lawn and raised terrace. These historical and beautiful structures sit below Hendall Manor and its adjacent 17thcentury sandstone barns where you’ll find accommodation for up to eight guests along with a newly converted wedding suite. Ceremonies for up to 150 guests are held in the Stone Barn. An impressive building, it’s almost 100ft in length and is arranged on two distinct levels. The upper half provides a large reception area in addition to the entrance and access to the raised south-facing terrace and lawn. The lower level has in-filled mullion windows and doorways set into its lovely rough sandstone walls, a tall, vaulted roof and oak flooring. All weddings have exclusive use of the buildings, terrace, and lawn for the duration of the day. The venue offers complete privacy and the opportunity to create your own special day, and you’re encouraged to make imaginative use of the spaces available. There have been an extraordinary variety of reception layouts, flowers, and themes here. So, whether you’re looking for a relaxed yet sophisticated barbecue, vintage-style tea party or formal seated wedding breakfast, the spaces can be easily adapted and decorated to bring your vision to life. HORSTED PLACE 01825 750 581 | Horsted Place Hotel is located two miles south of Uckfield and is as well a connected destination as you could wish for when loved ones are travelling from all over to be with you. Steeped in history, with a stunning Victorian Gothic backdrop, it offers an idyllic setting throughout the seasons. Step beyond the redbrick facade and you enter a world of giltframed paintings and roaring fires. Converted into a hotel in the 1980s it still bears the hallmarks of its auspicious past, yet has one foot firmly in the future. It’s available for the exclusive use of your wedding party, which means you get your own fully-staffed country house and garden for the day, including the bedrooms. Built in 1850 for Francis Barchard, Horsted Place is one of the finest examples of Gothic revivalist architecture you’ll find in Britain today, thanks to its architect Samuel Daukes, a keen follower of the movement. In structure it remains little changed to this day. Indeed, if Mr Barchard were able to see it now, he’d surely be able to instantly recognise his beautiful home. Take your pick from three areas licensed for ceremonies: the intimate Library, the larger, newly refurbished Garden Room with French doors leading out onto the formal gardens and the Victorian-style summerhouse, in front of which the “I dos” can take place outside on the lawn. The team love to offer you flexibility to create the wedding of your dreams and appreciate that a large celebration isn’t for everyone. Therefore, they’re careful to cater for guest numbers from 80 to 120. For a private, more intimate wedding, the gorgeous, wood-panelled library is the perfect place. Or on a glorious summer’s day, why not consider the croquet lawn for al fresco celebrations? 20

Set high on the South Downs and completely shielded by woodland you will find the stunning Cissbury Barns. A unique and stylish exclusive wedding venue with the wow factor. Cissbury Barns offers you a truly magical setting for your Wedding Day. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies for up to 120 day guests and up to 200 evening guests. Tel: 01903 899638 CISSBURY BARNS Credit: Beunveiled Wedding Photography Credit: Jacques Lloyd Photography Credit: Jamie Williams Photography Credit: Jacques Lloyd Photography

VISUAL STORYTELLERS FOR THE WILDLY IN LOVE Ellis Gray Weddings are a wedding videography team based in Surrey whose style is candid and romantic, with a touch of cinematic flair. Experienced in intimate weddings, destination weddings and elopements. Pop that bottle of champagne, get cosy and watch back every moment from your special day with your very own Ellis Gray Weddings film. Email: Web: 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. We are opening our doors on the 3rd March 2024 for our Balcombe Place Wedding Showcase 11am-4pm, please contact us to reserve your space. | | 01444 811167 photo credit: hayley savage photo credit: voyteck photography The Cedar Roof Barn | Image Credit: If you would like to discuss your ideas for your event please send us an email below. Nestled in the heart of the East Sussex countryside this family-run farm is the perfect wedding reception venue and events venue. Built by hand, The Cedar Roof Barn near Isfield is only 15 minutes from the historic town of Lewes and close to Uckfield, and is the ideal home for your one-of-a-kind wedding or special event.

OCKENDEN MANOR HOTEL & SPA 01444 416 111 | This 15th-century Hotel is set in the pretty village of Cuckfield, only 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport. Nestled among eight acres of peaceful gardens and parkland, it boasts views across the West Sussex countryside to the South Downs. The Spa was purpose-built inside a 19th-century walled garden and offers a host of luxury facilities including an indoor pool with swimthrough to an outdoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub and eight treatment rooms. Ockenden Manor is a charming and tranquil Elizabethan manor house. It’s full of history and character with an elegant sitting room warmed by a roaring log fire, cosy, wood-panelled bar, and oak-panelled private dining room with painted ceiling and stained-glass windows. The Hotel has 28 distinctive bedrooms and suites, some with four-poster beds, all individually furnished and each named after a member of one of the two families who’ve owned the building since 1520. Ceremonies can take place in either one of the venue’s two licensed spaces. The Drawing Room is a bright and sunny spot featuring antique furniture, open fire and views of the garden. It can host up to 50 loved ones for the “I dos.” The Ockenden Suite has the wow factor in spades with spectacular views over the terrace, gardens and South Downs beyond. It can host 96. Or for those looking to marry in the open-air, the delightful Burrell Garden, shaded by tall leafy trees and colourful flowerbeds, is licensed for ceremonies, hosting up to 50 guests. The Ockenden Suite can also be used for wedding receptions, again for up to 96 guests. For more intimate celebrations, the Burrell Suite is a beautiful oak-panelled room with a door leading out to the garden. It can host up to 40 nearest and dearest for an intimate wedding breakfast. The venue can accommodate 100 guests for the evening do. Ockendon Manor can be hired exclusively (an additional marquee can be used when booking on these terms) and the restaurant serves some of the finest food in Sussex using only the best locally-sourced ingredients. BLUEBELL RAILWAY 01825 720 800 | The Bluebell Railway is the perfect place if you’re looking for vintage in the truest sense of the word. It’s a hugely atmospheric setting, allowing you and your guests to step back in time amid the magic of steam. Favoured by film companies for the detail of decoration and character, it’s a photographer’s dream. The line’s Horsted Keynes Station gained fame when it featured in the beloved TV series, Downtown Abbey. You can even enhance your wedding day with a steam journey through the beautiful Sussex countryside, and the stations are surrounded by tranquil meadows fringed by woodland, offering flexible outdoor spaces for your reception as well as those all-important photos. Horsted Keynes Wedding Room has been restored to the 1930s’ Southern Railway period and is decorated in the style and elegance of this bygone era, with dark floors and cream wood panelling adorned with period railway advertising. It makes for an impressive and charming backdrop for your ceremony holding 40 people including the two of you and two registrars. Alternatively, the Birch Grove Suite at Sheffield Park Station is ideal for a larger ceremony with a capacity of 60 people. The room is located above the platform restaurant. If you’re looking to bring a touch of nostalgia to your celebrations why not board your own chartered steam train, or enjoy a warm and friendly evening in the restaurant? The venue’s wedding coordinator will work closely with you to ensure you find your perfect spot. Add more to your day with the chance for you and your guests to explore the accredited museum and SteamWorks! Interactive exhibition. If there’s still time, there’s also a couple of areas for the children to play. LOCAL VENUES 23

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BURY MANOR BARN 01798 831 791 | An impressive Tudor barn, this venue is set in the picturesque, rural village of Bury, near Pulborough in the heart of the South Downs National Park. In addition to its stunning riverside setting and amazing views, the Bury Manor Barn site includes several distinct areas including, an amphitheatre with lighting for extending the time guests can spend outside, a walled garden, a fabulous covered terrace area, a woodland area with a wonderful avenue of beech trees, and a pond and jetty with weeping willow. The barn and its idyllic surroundings are located in the grounds of Dorset House School, one of the oldest prep schools in the country. Steeped in history, records of the Manor date back to the Domesday Book. Civil ceremonies, accompanied by 130 loved ones, take place in the beautiful inner barn or outside at the amphitheatre with stunning views across the Wildbrooks and River Arun to Amberley Castle and the South Downs beyond. Receptions are hosted in either the Outer or Inner Barn. The Outer Barn can seat 140 nearest and dearest around trestle tables, or 120 seated at banquet rounds. The Inner Barn can seat 108 loved ones at banquet rounds if it’s not being used for the “I dos.” The 16th-century barn structure is divided by a glazed wall and you have the freedom to decorate according to your chosen theme whether it be traditional, rustic or a day bursting with colour. The building has retained its original wooden beams, which you’re free to dress adding to the overall aesthetic. There’s also a superb state-of-the-art LED lighting system in place for you to utilise. During your day you’ll have exclusive use of the barn, lower lawns, covered terrace, walled garden and woodland area. There’s a generous amount of time allocated for setting up and collection the following day, plus you’re offered a complimentary wine tasting with Digby Fine English. Centre stage We round up some of the county’s most characterful venues CHARACTERFUL VENUES 25

AMBERLEY CASTLE 01798 831 992 | Amberley Castle is a luxury hotel located in the picturesque village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs. This magnificent 900-yearold castle is enclosed by a 60-foot-high curtain wall and portcullis that remains open, behind which you’ll find the enchanting hotel offering the highest standards of food and service, and all the luxurious facilities you’d expect. Every part of the building and grounds is steeped in history. Enjoy discovering the tennis courts, 18-hole putting green and croquet lawn, and even the resident peacock roaming the grounds. For those seeking tranquillity and relaxation, there are many quiet corners under the shade of a tree or by the fireside. There are several licensed spaces here to enjoy for your ceremony and reception. The King Charles Room can hold up to 12 guests and boasts views of the church yard. Nestled away on the second floor, behind the Queens Room restaurant it’s bursting with character thanks to its full-length oak-panelled walls and original furnishings. The Green Room, which can host 12 loved ones, offers a medieval backdrop with views of the castle grounds and rolling Sussex countryside. The Great Room is the largest private dining area in the castle and can accommodate 40 of your nearest and dearest. Located on the ground floor with access to the main courtyard, the room is complete with a large fireplace, oil paintings and antique weapons. The grounds include multiple beauty spots suitable for a wide variety of wedding sizes, whether it be the intimate isle inside the castle wall or in front of the castle overlooking the lake. When taken as an exclusive venue, Amberley Castle can accommodate a marquee in the idyllic gardens. Maximum capacities at the venue are 170 for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening do. You’ll also be offered a complimentary anniversary dinner. 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 offers flexibility to use as you wish, allowing you to create the day you’ve always dreamed of. 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. Pssst... Balcombe Place’s Wedding Showcase will be taking place Sunday 3rd March 2024, 11am-4pm. Just email to secure a time. 26

CASTLE GORING A venue like no other Set in the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Worthing, this stunning Grade I listed Castle was described as “The most romantic Castle in the Land,” by the Great Romantic poet, Lord Byron. The Castle has many magnificent areas that can be used to stage your fairy tale day, including the grand State Rooms and State Dining Room with the table formerly used at Buckingham Palace. The Castle’s famous horseshoe staircase, installed by Queen Victoria’s Equerry, is one of the most popular settings for wedding party photographs. We offer two stunning locations to hold your Ceremony, the beautiful Ceremonial Hall with its double height ceiling, or on the South Lawns with the fabled Greco- Roman façade as your backdrop or alter. Combined with our award-winning catering, Castle Goring provides one of the most breathtaking wedding venues anywhere. Two unique ceremony locations... of the UK’s best-kept secret Wedding Venues Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3UN For a brochure or to arrange a tour contact: • Telephone: 07791 673070 CASTLE GORING A venue like no other CG A4 Summer Wedding ad.indd 1 AWARD-WINNING CATERING Wedding Breakfast from £59pp Sole use of this unique and historic Grade I listed Castle and its magnificent State Rooms from only £2340 WEDDINGS HIGH ST, FINDON, WORTHING BN14 T: 01903 872733 E: HOTEL@FINDONMANOR.COM WWW.FINDONMANOR.COM Celebrate YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH US AT FINDON MANOR Findon Manor is set within 2 acres of beautiful gardens on the outskirts of Worthing. Offering multiple options for your wedding day we will be sure to accommodate your needs. From intimate celebrations to a marquee which holds up to 300 people we have something for everyone. Please contact us to arrange a visit and discuss all your wedding needs. AVAILABLE PACKAGES START FROM £99PP EXCLUSIVE & NON-EXCLUSIVE PACKAGES Wedding_ADVERT_ findon.indd 1 29/01/2024 09:38

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TRADING BOUNDARIES 01825 790 200 | Established 27 years ago, Trading Boundaries is one of the UK’s leading importers of Indian furniture, an award-winning live music venue, a fullylicensed cafe-bar and the world’s first fine art gallery dedicated to the work of iconic album design artist Roger Dean. This luxuriously refurbished Grade II listed Georgian coaching inn is situated in stylish surroundings with vistas of fields and woodlands set against landscaped grounds providing a stunning heritage location for your countryside wedding. The venue is fully licensed for ceremonies, but can also offer celebrantled ceremonies in the bespoke Indian Marquees, Indian Temple Trellis or out under the canopy of 200-year-old oaks on the landscaped lawns. For indoor “I dos” the venue is able to offer use of the charming, atmospheric restaurant that can accommodate up to 180 of your loved ones. It features elegant Indian decoration, fairylit archways and glorious Georgian details. If you prefer a church wedding however, Trading Boundaries is located within four short miles of seven popular local churches. Designed by the venue’s team and handcrafted in India, the two marquees offer enchanting spaces for mingling with guests and enjoying the wedding breakfast. They feature gold block-print ceiling linings and an abundance of voile curtains, Jodhpur tassels, carved wooden finials and charming decorative hand-printed patterns. The marquees can be decorated individually and divided with panels for extra atmosphere or left open to create a single event space. Depending on the weather, you can leave the sides to float in a gentle breeze or have them open. Both are weatherproof and well-lit in the evenings. Each marquee offers comfortable seating for up to 90 loved ones and together host up to 180 including the top top table. The newly renovated restaurant is sprinkled with fairylights and beautifully decorated Indian archways, providing intimate and enchanting surroundings for your evening reception for up to 180 guests. With dedicated bars run by friendly and knowledgeable staff, a sunken fairylit dancefloor, and a stage area with theatre-quality sound and lighting, you’ll want for nothing on the night. There are eight boutique hotel rooms on site for you and your guests to stay in over the course of your wedding. Set in the grounds each room is en-suite and delightfully decorated in fusion Indian style. WINGROVE HOUSE 01323 870 276 | Wingrove House is a 19th-century colonial-style country property, nestled in the picturesque village of Alfriston, East Sussex. Offering exclusive-use weddings, it provides you with an intimate venue where you and your guests can relax and enjoy the serenity of your very own country house. Wingrove House overlooks the beautiful Parish Church, also known as the Cathedral of the Downs. Accompanied by stunning views of the South Downs National Park, surround yourself in lush greenery and have this idyllic backdrop for those all-important photographs. The venue offers total exclusivity from 1pm through to 11am the following morning. The bright and spacious restaurant will be set up for a three-course wedding breakfast, and will later be transformed into a space where you can dance the night away with your loved ones. The beautifully-furnished lounge area complete with open fire during the winter months, is perfect for welcome drinks and canapés. Plus, there’s a gorgeous outdoor terrace for al fresco drinks and socialising. In-house catering is provided by the venue’s talented team of chefs, who pride themselves on creating spectacular dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. What’s more, all 16 bedrooms are available for you and your guests on the night of the wedding, allowing you to make a weekend of it. Indeed, there’s one very special room at Wingrove House, reserved exclusively for the two of you on your wedding night – The Churchill Room. © Oli Clifford 29 CHARACTERFUL VENUES

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Lydia and Damien met at university and quickly became great friends, bonding over laughter, silliness and a shared love of festivals and animals. It wasn’t until six years later though that their loyal friendship turned into something more and they began dating. Damien proposed in Zakopane, Poland, the couple’s favourite place. He spent hours looking at maps to find the exact magical woodland path that had stunned Lydia so much the first time they’d visited in order to pop the question there. The pair started looking for wedding venues and both fell in love with the views of the South Downs and abundant green space that Slindon House offered. “We were blown away by the Great Hall with its high ceilings, beautiful décor and the amount of natural light,” Lydia explains. “We were also delighted to meet the resident donkeys and alpacas!” So, the date was set for 29th July, 2023. Read on to discover more about it from the bride herself... SETTING THE SCENE Lydia and Damien were both keen to have as little waste or single-use elements as possible on the day, which fed into most of their planning decisions, including décor and flowers. Also keen to let the beauty of the Great Hall shine through, they dressed it simply with greens, cream and gold. The fireplace’s mantelpiece was dressed with eucalyptus joined by the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets after the ceremony. The couple hired a moongate too, adorned in foliage and faux florals. This offered a grand focal point for the ceremony as well as for the rest of the day. As a further accent, they hired a super-cool neon sign reading: “Together is a beautiful place to be.” “This really summarised the feeling of the whole day,” Lydia says. The duo opted for banqueting tables for their wedding breakfast layout as they wanted it to feel like a party with their loved ones nearby. These were dressed elegantly with green and cream napkins, gold cutlery and green glassware. Lydia’s best friend’s mother, Diana, made 20 beautiful wreath centrepieces with foliage from her garden, along with roses, chrysanthemums and lisianthus with a pillar candle in the centre. She also created the posies that were tied to the ceremony aisle ends, in keeping with the couple’s palette. “These looked gorgeous on the chairs during the reception too,” Lydia remembers. The bride made the place names herself in the months leading up to the big day using a eucalyptus design card and gold ink to stamp guests’ names onto it. The table plan and welcome sign were designed to reflect the greenery and roses in the centrepieces. In the interests of avoiding single-use elements, the couple sourced silk bouquets from a talented local florist for the bride and bridesmaids. “It’s so special to have my bouquet in our living room in all its glory still and the bridesmaids loved keeping theirs too,” Lydia tells us. They chose buttonholes for the groomsmen and fathers to match the bouquets, which also made special keepsakes for the gentlemen. “Focus on each other and why you’re doing this at all times.” FOOD FOR THOUGHT Lydia and Damien are big foodies and get immense joy from cooking and eating together. So, they knew that food would be an important element of their day. The bride shares: “We really enjoyed meeting with Susan from Quinn’s Events to decide on our menu, and loved the stylish presentation of the canapés for the drinks reception. Susan’s passion for food and using Scan to view video 31 REAL WEDDING