Your Sussex Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 108)

WIN! A honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 We explore Sussex’s breathtaking historical venues Go GREEN WEDDING WHEELS Transport booking tips AS TIME GOES BY APR/MAY 2024 £3.55 IN love with LACE SUSSEXWEDDING Our experts tell us how Fashion inspiration

Weddings at the oldest pub in Brighton Available for exclusive hire, late license and is perfect for Weddings, Engagement parties and other celebrations. The Greene Room @ The Cricketers 15 Black Lion Street, Brighton, BN1 1ND 01273 329472 Three stylish interlinked rooms hold up to 70 people with buffet or canapes, or 45 people for a sit down meal. Private Bar Sound System & TV Bespoke Food & Drink Options Visit our website now to enquire or drop us an email Intimate wedding venue set in the heart of 'The Lanes' Just a stones throw away from Brighton Town Hall and the famous Brighton Bandstand we're the perfect venue for your intimate wedding reception. holds up to 120 guests sit down & buffet options own bar & facilities large car park The Ladies Mile FUNCTION HALL Located on the outskirts of Brighton in Patcham Wedding Receptions at the ladies mile, mackie avenue, patcham 01273 554647 Paul, Gayle and the amazing team at the mile are at hand to make sure your day is as special as can be! TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR ON OUR WEBSITE

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 61 HOT TOPIC: SUSTAINABILITY Local experts offer stellar advice on planning a sustainable wedding 93 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2024 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON… North Sussex 27 TALE AS OLD AS TIME From stately homes to barns, explore the county’s historical venues FEATURES 49 TRÈS CHIC This oh-so elegant shoot was inspired by Vogue’s iconic spreads 53 CROWNING GLORY Add the pièce de resistance to your wedding day with these fab finishing touch ideas 57 YOUR CARRIAGE AWAITS The experts’ guide to booking your big-day transport On the cover This issue’s cover was captured by Divine Photography Eastbourne ( at Brickwall House ( Check out the full shoot from page 49. 27 53 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 IN LOVE WITH LACE This delicate fabric is always in fashion 70 THE ULTIMATE EDIT Add instant glam to your big-day look with these latest jewellery launches 71 RUFFLE UP Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season 79 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 82 JUST BREATHE Actor turned meditation facilitator Maude Hirst tells us how to handle the stresses of wedding planning REAL WEDDINGS 30 COME FLY WITH ME Returning from their new home in Canada to tie the knot surrounded by loved ones, Natasha and Cameron’s big day was a celebration of all things British 37 OUT OF THE BLUE Jess and Jonny styled their stunning big day with a whimsical romantic vibe and nod to Bridgerton 43 ROMANCE AT THE MANOR Megan and Harry said “I do” in Highley Manor’s beautiful al fresco ceremony area 13 30 65 61 HONEYMOONS 84 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 86 THE ITALIAN DREAM Live la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the heart of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside 88 PICTURESQUE PARGA Jet to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the north-western coast of Greece 90 A ROOM WITH A VIEW Get away from it all at Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort GROOMS 74 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 75 LUSCIOUS LOCKS TikTok star Matt Newman reveals his haircare tips for grooms-to-be 76 FEELING PEACHY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year, Peach Fuzz 57 4

The Wedding Guy | 07720 843073 Guy Stockton 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. CASTLE GORING A venue like no other 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 Castle Hire Up to 200 people from £1,950 Award-Winning Catering Wedding Breakfast from £56.50pp Relaxed BBQs from £44.50 pp Bistros from £45.50pp Subject to VAT

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! ‘MY BIG GAY WEDDING’ AS SEEN ON Join us for our open day on Saturday 22nd June Weddings Craig Payne Photography Craig Payne Photography Jacqui MacSweeney Sidey Clark Photography Wedding Photography by ICPhotographics From the pre ceremony preparations and the exciting first look down the aisle, to your groups, portraits and into the night for your evening celebrations. We cover all the details throughout the day in a relaxed and fun way to really tell the story of your day.

30 LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION You won’t want to miss Natasha and Cameron’s engagement story. It was definitely one of a kind! Spring is all about new life with trees blossoming, daffodils flowering and young wildlife coming into the world. So, it’s a fitting time of year for a wedding as two people who’ve found love prepare to begin their own new life together. As we emerge from the long winter months, springtime nuptials make the perfect celebration, bringing everyone out of hiding! Everything about this time of year just feels joyous from the light, fresh flavours in food, to the oh-so beautiful flower varieties that come into bloom plus the lighter nights and warmer weather. When anyone tries to tell me that pastel palettes are out for weddings, I’m afraid I have to stick my fingers in my ears – la, la, la! Wildflower-inspired themes have made their way into my heart over the last couple of years and I for one refuse to see them fall out of fashion! Vibrant hues are all very well and good in any other season, but what could be more complementary in the spring than a glorious garden-inspired palette of pink, Peach Fuzz, lavender, sage and lemon? Be still my beating heart! There’s a myriad of ways to bring these shades bang up to date: just picture an ombre of fresh yellows with zingy citrus, lemon and mustard complete with Mediterranean vibes. Sunny and oh-so stylish. Your wedding’s fun finishing touches are a great way to show off your perfect palette even further, and that’s just what we’re discussing this issue from page 53. Think colourful delicate macaron favours or cake table décor. Meanwhile, our experts have sustainability sussed out from page 61 and are ready to clue you in on ensuring your wedding doesn’t quite literally cost the earth. So, as ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor A new life ISSN 1750-3477 Your Sussex Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events 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. 49 BEST OF BRITISH This romantic bridal bouquet perfectly proves my point about pastel palettes! 93 WIN! A honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 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 37 LOVE LETTERS Jess and Jonny met overseas while he was in the military and she was on a diplomatic posting, so to tell their story they used a diplomatic mail bag as their post box, since they’d used one to send letters and care packages to one another when separated by distance. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

07966 614225|| Welcome to your perfectly rustic East Sussex countryside wedding venue in our old Sussex Barn in the heart of the Sussex countryside. The Sussex Barn is a beautiful grade 2 listed barn on our working farm in the parish of Hellingly making it an ideal rural East Sussex wedding venue. We can offer our couples the flexibility to offer a bespoke service and will work with our couples to create a wedding day unique to them. The perfect wedding and events venue, full of history and character! The Sussex Barn is one of the most picturesque small wedding venues in Sussex. Our barn is based in the beautiful Sussex countryside, making it one of the most beautiful small wedding venues in Sussex. The Sussex Barn, Park Farm, New Road, Hellingly, BN27 4EW Sunday 19th May11am-3pm Wedding FAYRE Spring Free Entry Free Parking All Welcome

Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS HIGHLY COMMENDED Hand Picked Hotels is proud to announce that Buxted Park Hotel in Uckfield has achieved resounding success at the 2024 Wedding Industry Awards. Established in 2011, these accolades are the only in the UK wedding industry to be voted for by regional and national clients, as well as being expert judged. This year Buxted Park Hotel attained the highly-commended award in the national category for best venue after scooping the title of best regional hotel wedding venue in the South East last November. Buxted Park Hotel is the ultimate wedding venue, offering guests a beautiful 18th-century Palladian mansion house with a magnificent Victorian orangery and romantic period room. Set in 312 acres of lush East Sussex parkland, Buxted Park was hand-picked as the ideal location for couples to make long-lasting, happy memories. Whether it’s under open skies surrounded by sweeping greenery or beneath ornate chandeliers, the idyllic venue caters for both large ceremonies and intimate weddings. Find out more at Nearlywed REGAL ELEGANCE The Royal Pavilion in Brighton has announced the launch of its exquisite bespoke gift and homeware ranges, inviting visitors to take home a piece of Brighton’s illustrious history and elegance. Renowned for its Chinoiserie interiors, The Royal Pavilion has worked with sustainable manufacturers to create a collection of unique items inspired by the grandeur of its regal past and the vibrant spirit of Brighton. From luxurious textiles to ornate ornaments, each piece encapsulates the essence of this iconic landmark. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, the bespoke gift range features an array of treasures, including fine silk scarves, elegant stationery, and vibrant socks inspired by the Pavilion’s enchanting interiors. These all make for beautiful locallyinspired wedding party gifts, particularly if you’re tying the knot at the venue! In addition to the captivating gift collection, the Royal Pavilion unveils a stunning range of homeware essentials, perfect for infusing your marital home with a touch of regal splendour. From fine bone china mugs adorned with 24K gold motifs to exquisite tableware embellished with ornate hand painted patterns, these pieces seamlessly blend historic charm with contemporary elegance, elevating tablescapes with a touch of Regency glamour. Shop the collection at FIT FOR A PRINCESS Lady Colin Campbell, owner of Castle Goring in West Sussex, believes that every bride should feel like a princess on their wedding day and is offering those tying the knot at venue the unique opportunity to wear its bridal tiara on the big day. The Castle Goring Bridal Tiara consists of 16 carats of diamonds and is set in gold and silver. The Grade I listed Castle, said to be the most romantic in the land by the great poet Lord Byron has two fronts, thought to be unique. The Gothic north front resembles close-by Arundel Castle, while the Greco Roman-style south front is believed to be based on the Villa Lante near Rome. The Castle was built for the famous English poet, Percy Shelley, whose wife, Mary Shelley is famous for writing Frankenstein. Here, you can celebrate your wedding day in a memorable location like no other. Find out more at LOCAL NEWS 9

COSY COMFORT Independent, family-owned hotel collection Historic Sussex Hotels has recently welcomed a new venue into the fold with the opening of The Black Horse, a Grade II listed pub with rooms in Climping, West Sussex. As part of the careful and considered renovation, the existing downstairs bar area has been stripped back and the parquet wooden floor restored to its former glory. The Ryebank, a stunning oak frame extension filled with light and height with views over the fields has also been added. Completing the offering is a gloriously pink private room, perfect for cosy celebrations, a fun family lunch or a noisy dinner party. Upstairs are seven charming bedrooms. Each room features locallysourced antique furniture and wallpapers created by friend and neighbour Fiona Howard, who was inspired by the nature and coastline of Sussex. Extremely comfortable mattresses, hand-stitched headboards and fresh cotton bed linen ensure a fantastic night’s sleep for your guests after a night of celebrating your nuptials at a nearby venue. Head to for further information. GOING FOR GREEN Restaurant Interlude at historical Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens has been awarded a Michelin Green Star, the first restaurant in West Sussex to receive this accolade. It recognises Interlude’s outstanding sustainable practices and ethically-sourced seasonal cuisine crafted by executive chef Jean Delport. The Michelin Star award organisers commented, “It’s quite an achievement to hold both a Michelin Star and a Michelin Green Star, but that’s exactly what the team at Interlude have managed thanks to their continued efforts towards sustainable gastronomy. “The restaurant sits within the 240-acre Leonardslee Gardens, from which a sizeable chunk of the kitchen’s produce is sourced – including honey from their seven beehives and sap from their birch trees. These ingredients are crafted into creative dishes on a singular, regularly changing menu, designed to reflect the estate and the seasons, as well as to reduce food waste. Vines have been planted too and an orchard is on the way next.” To find out more about hosting your wedding at Interlude and having your wedding breakfast catered by the Michelin-award-winning team, check out A WELCOME RETURN Here at Your Sussex Wedding, we’re delighted to report that The Dome in Worthing has now reopened its doors and is taking wedding bookings for its event space upstairs! The venue is a 1911 Edwardian south-facing cinema, boasting two function spaces both with running bars and incredible sea views. Maintaining the original decor throughout, a building this eyecatching should be visited at least once in your lifetime! The venue is licensed to hold weddings in both rooms and is available to be booked for a whole range of events. Featured on both film and television on Netflix, BBC’s Ultimate Wedding Planner, and cinematic classic Wish You Were Here, The Dome has built up a great reputation that can be enjoyed by ongoing generations and across the Sussex coast. Find out more at CHEERS! Tottington Manor in West Sussex has had its fabulous Champagne Tent upgraded to become the perfect area for pre- and postwedding drinks receptions. With an uninterrupted view of the South Downs, the addition of comfortable rattan furniture, plus feature bar and decking makes it a wonderful place to relax and enjoy your big day. Having been awarded bronze in the Wedding Venue of the Year category by Visit England Tourism South East, the Tottington team are committed to continual investment and make guest comfort and service their top priority. This four-star, award-winning boutique hotel is licensed for wedding ceremonies in its newly refurbished Downs Suite and also among the extensive gardens with the perfect Sussex countryside as its backdrop. For more details or to arrange a viewing contact the team via 10

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. UK Winner - International Wedding Awards Best Emotive Wedding Photographer London & Home Counties - Global Wedding Awards UK Wedding Photography Company of the Year - Prestige Business Awards ANDY KERR PHOTOGRAPHY AT BRIDAL & FINE JEWELLERY R.L Austen Ltd 2-3 East Street, West Sussex, PO19 1HE Phone: 01243957282

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs SKY HIGH ROMANCE Are you and your fiancé ready to embark on an unforgettable journey that will elevate your love story? Brighton i360 has introduced an exciting addition to its existing Walk Experience, allowing guests to head out onto the glass pod’s roof as it ascends to its full height of 450ft. This is no ordinary stroll! As you and your beloved step onto the pod roof, brace yourselves for a heart-pounding experience. Feast your eyes on the breathtaking panoramic views that unfold before you, spanning Brighton’s picturesque city and coastline as you ascend to new heights. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or simply looking to infuse a dose of excitement into date days, Walk 360 is the ideal experience for you. The thrill of walking out onto the pod’s roof as it travels to dizzying heights adds another layer of excitement to what is already a unique adventure. So, are you ready to transform your regular romantic stroll into a heart-pounding adventure? Your Sussex Wedding has partnered with Brighton i360 to offer you the chance to win one of these unforgettable experiences. Simply enter online via by 31st May 2024. To find out more, check out LILY CHARMED IS GIVING READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN £150 TO SPEND ONLINE Crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold-plated recycled sterling silver, Lily Charmed ( brings you a seamless canvas for effortless jewellery curation, ensuring that each piece offers a lifetime investment for authentic self-expression. Collect and curate your very own jewellery box of keepsakes with Lily Charmed’s unique range of consciously crafted charms. Bringing joy through jewellery, each piece is designed to showcase your memories and magical life journey with a modern edge. From engraved talismans, romantic hearts and keys, pretty florals, colourful motifs cast in resin, and whimsical bees and biscuits, to lustrous pearls, chic lockets and personalised birthstones adorning charm bracelets, charm collectors, chains and hoops, Lily Charmed offers a pick ‘n’ mix of playful designs. Layer, stack, mix and match, play with chain and bracelet styles, add charms, add colour − the choice is endless! Infinity symbols represent ever-lasting love, whilst alphabet charms and custom engraving make the perfect personalised touch for weddings. Elsewhere its hug rings, friendship charm bracelets and retro Mixtape, Cowboy Boot and Puzzle Pieces make effortlessly thoughtful bridesmaids gifts. Enter online an Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 KENT SUN, 21 APR 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD ESSEX SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT 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 SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW As part of Ellis Media and EventsLtd, 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 SUFFOLK SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA SURREY SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2024 SUN, 8 SEP 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, Kent, ME13 9AJ SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 10 NOV 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DG SUN, 15 SEP 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUSSEX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SURREY SUN, 10 NOV 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL

SUN, 1 SEP 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 29 SEP 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP ESSEX SUN, 22 SEP 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9EE SUN, 1 SEP 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 15 SEP 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS SUN, 27 OCT 2024 LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US SUN, 17 NOV 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, Essex, CM4 9DP SUFFOLK SUN, 6 OCT 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA SUN, 27 OCT 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2PU

SUN, 3 NOV 2024 SANDON MANOR Sandon Bury Farm, Buntingford, SG9 0QY HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 6 OCT 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 29 SEP 2024 LUTON HOO Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BEDFORDSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 22 SEP 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP SUN, 1 SEP 2024 CHENIES MANOR Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 17 NOV 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 27 OCT 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR HAMPSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2J NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SUN, 3 NOV 2024 LATIMER ESTATE Chesham, HP5 1UG SUN, 29 SEP 2024 BURNHAM BEECHES Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP

• 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 the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 28TH APRIL | 11AM - 3:00PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 27TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3.00PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples recently engaged. 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 the how to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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 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 CAT BURGLAR DOUGH CO. Cat Burglar Dough Co wedding doughnuts are here to delight your guests and help you celebrate your wedding in a way that will leave everyone talking. From mini doughnuts, to full size tiered doughnut wedding cakes, we take pride in every product we make. We know you’ll love them as much as we do! Our fresh, delicious treats are handmade in our bakery in West Sussex and delivered to your venue by our trusted drivers to leave you with some much needed peace of mind on your special day. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help make your day to remember even more memorable. Cat-Burglar-Dough-Co catburglardoughco

NORTH SUSSEX Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot COTTESMORE HOTEL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 01293 528 256 | This West Sussex-based, countryside wedding venue offers stylish wedding function rooms, a farmhouse-style restaurant, health club, swimming pool and beauty salon. The venue is set in 247 acres of tree lined Sussex countryside and is home to 27 holes of golf, two lakes, a 26-bedroom hotel and seven self-catering lodges. The existing club house and Hotel are part of the original charm and character of the 1884 farm buildings. The new sections have been carefully constructed to match the original brickwork, while dark grey window frames and panoramic views over the course add to that contemporary look, much sought after in modern buildings. Cottesmore can host civil ceremonies both indoors in the oak-beamed Barn Room, and al fresco on the immaculate wedding ceremony lawn. Nestled in an idyllic location it offers you and your guests peace, tranquillity and romance. Both options have a capacity of 150. The Challis Suite, Buchan Suite and Barn Room can all host up to 150 loved ones for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 for the evening do. Their connected, flexible and multi-functional layout allows for a more personal and bespoke celebration. Ambient, colour-themed lighting along with Bose and SONOS sound systems ensure maximum impact. Full of natural daylight, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the French-style courtyard with its ornate fountain, pretty pots and planters. Meanwhile, charming antler chandeliers adorn the exposed beams, and the marble-topped bar offers an impressive feature. Not only that, it’s fully-stocked with the latest draught beers, wines and spirits. The venue offers a complimentary honeymoon room for the wedding night and a free menu tasting. © Daniel Thomas Wedding Photography © Daniel Thomas Wedding Photography LOCAL VENUES 21

BRIAR HOUSE BARNS 01892 853 155 | Briar House Barns is an exclusive venue hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. Set in 40 acres of glorious grounds, it provides a flexible space in an exquisitely beautiful setting. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty the venue overlooks some of the best natural views Sussex has to offer. There’s also adequate car parking available for guests as well as a large golden gravelled area for guests to congregate in front of the Great Barn’s extensive terrace. Ceremonies are hosted in the Stone Barn with room for 100 guests. It has stylish windows all around, along with its own piano, kitchenette and toilet facilities. It can also accommodate your celebrations with 50 nearest and dearest. The timber clad Great Barn can host 150 to 1,000 for the “I dos,” Its huge windows overlook the extensive terrace, while internally black ceilings are hung with gold voile lit by spotlights, and the walls are clad with off-white drapes. For the same guest numbers you can also hold your reception here. A choice of al fresco locations is also available for the vows for numbers up to 1,000 with chairs available for 300. For example, there’s the paddock overlooking the lake, the entrance lawns, or gravelled area to the front of the venue. External catering is also possible subject to the weather. The venue offers a free black and white dancefloor, churns for flowers, a high cake table, and settees where loved ones can relax and catch up. COWDRAY ESTATE 01730 814 522 | The Cowdray Walled Garden is a beautiful, country-garden wedding venue in Midhurst, West Sussex licensed for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. This stunning venue is easily adaptable and is the perfect place to host anywhere from 10 nearest and dearest up to 100. The garden boasts a glorious formal border brimming with flowers and shrubs. The lawn in the centre meanwhile is ideal for ceremony seating as 100 guests look on to the pagoda as you say “I do.” Alternatively, The Courtyard Room, which can also seat 100, can be set up for ceremonies and configured in different ways depending on the size of your congregation. Receptions for your 100 loved ones can be hosted in The Castle Room, a stunning space looking out onto the ruins. If you prefer to remain al fresco however, a stretch tent can be put up in the garden for your celebrations, again with 100 guests. Outdoor cooking can be set up with bars and so on, all within the confines of the garden. The venue is currently offering 20 per cent off all remaining 2024 dates, so don’t hesitate to get in touch! On select dates complimentary use of the stretch tent is available and a complimentary first cocktail is offered to you and your guests. 22

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

Stanhill Court is a magni cent country manor house, built in 1881 and surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland. A stunning venue with idyllic views overlooking the Surrey Hills creating a romantic and picturesque setting. 01293 862 166 GET IN TOUCH AND BOOK YOUR SHOWAROUND TODAY Andy Holdsworth Jordan Mansfield Jordan Mansfield

FOREST GARDEN SHOVELSTRODE 07956 815 458 | Forest Garden Shovelstrode in a Sussex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an eco-retreat offering luxury yurt and log cabin accommodation within a magical woodland setting. This versatile woodland site and its facilities can be hired as the backdrop for your big day. For a blessing or hand-fasting ceremony you can choose from several beautiful woodland glades, the forest garden or the apple orchard. The wedding reception for 20 to 60 nearest and dearest can then be held at the Forest Garden café or in a marquee, tipi or lotus tent beside the picturesque wildlife pond. After a day of celebrations, you and 30 of your loved ones can wake up to the sights, sounds and smells of the flora and fauna here while enjoying the real health benefits of being completely immersed in nature. And while you’re here, why not treat your guests to a massage, therapeutic sauna or Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) in the regenerating woodland? ALEXANDER HOUSE HOTEL & UTOPIA SPA 01342 714 914 | A renovated Jacobean mansion, Alexander House is a luxury wedding venue set in 120 acres of glorious West Sussex countryside. With a distinctly personal feel, the Hotel specialises in designing bespoke wedding days with flair, making the most of its glamorous interiors and pretty grounds. There are ample photo opportunities throughout starting as you approach the pillared entrance via the gravel drive. The gardens too are particularly photogenic with sprawling lawns, and mature tress and shrubs providing contrast and colour. Alexander House has four ceremony and reception suites; from the intimate to the spacious, light and neutral, along with grounds and a wedding gazebo for al fresco “I dos.” The Shelley Suite is the largest on the ground floor with its own private entrance and wedding garden with gazebo for the ceremony. In both spaces you can host 80 nearest and dearest. The Churchill Suite boasts high ceilings and views across the lawn. It’s perfect for an intimate ceremony or wedding breakfast for 16. The Asquith Suite meanwhile can accommodate up to 10 loved ones around a beautiful table also with views across the South Lawn. The Wakehurst Suite adjacent to the Shelley is ideal for a ceremony with 20 guests looking on during the day. Then, in the evening, it’s transformed into the bar area and coupled with the Shelley Suite to host 120 for the revelries. The Hotel offers its couples a complimentary menu tasting three to six months prior to the big day. LOCAL VENUES 25

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 Nestled in the beauty of Shropshire’s rolling countryside, the Apley Estate proudly presents Stockton House, our stunning 18th century grade II listed venue. STOCKTON HOUSE, NORTON, SHIFNAL, SHROPSHIRE, TF11 9EF With it’s stylish Georgian design, walled garden dining room, elegant bar and spacious terrace, it has been lovingly restored with guest comfort in mind. WHAT’S INCLUDED • Exclusive use of the whole house and grounds including seven luxurious bedrooms • Pretty on-site 11th century Church • Civil ceremony facilities for both indoor and outdoor weddings • Full use of our walled garden dining room • A complimentary menu tasting with your own personal chef • Breakfast the next day for the happy couple • Tables, chairs and linen laid to your chosen wedding breakfast floor plan • Crockery, cutlery, table wear and glasswear • A dedicated wedding planner 01952 730894 @stockton_house

GOODWOOD ESTATE 01243 520 102 | Home to the Dukes of Richmond for more than three hundred years, this spectacular 11,000-acre West Sussex estate remains a magical part of England. With an authentic heritage in hospitality, its experienced inhouse butlers and chefs form part of a team passionate about what they do. From the magnificence of Goodwood House to the classical style of The Kennels and the contemporary luxury of the Hotel, there’s a unique range of wedding venues here for your ceremony and celebration. At Goodwood House the Yellow Drawing Room (150 ceremony, 80 wedding breakfast, 225 reception guests) with its sheer breathtaking beauty and elegance offers a stunning setting for your ceremony. Walk down the aisle surrounded by your friends and family in the ornate splendour of this glorious room. The Ballroom (245 ceremony, 180 wedding breakfast, 350 drinks reception guests) executed in the French style of Louis XV boasts a charming minstrel’s gallery to one end and is hung with portraits of royalty and nobility. The Ballroom combines romance with opulence and offers a memorable backdrop. Meanwhile, over at Goodwood Hotel, the Cedar Suite (120 ceremony, 120 wedding breakfast, 150 drinks reception guests) offers the ideal blank canvas for you to stamp your personality on. This self-contained suite enjoys its own reception area, patio and lawn, private bar and cloakroom facilities. The Lennox Suite (30 ceremony, wedding breakfast and drinks reception guests), perfect for an intimate wedding is warm and inviting. It’s a lovely choice for those wishing to enjoy a meal with close friends and loved ones without the desire for a large party. Finally, at The Kennels you have the choice of the Music Room (32 ceremony, 26 wedding breakfast guests), Library (14 ceremony guests), Terrace Dining Room (40 wedding breakfast guests) or the Terrace and Main Dining Room (72 wedding breakfast guests). Tale as old as time From stately homes to barns, explore the county’s historical venues HISTORICAL VENUES 27

MICHELHAM PRIORY HOUSE & GARDENS 07788 446 621 | Enter Michelham Priory through the Medieval Gatehouse with its ancient bridge over the longest medieval moat in the UK and find yourself on the seven-acre island of formal and informal grounds. You can choose to have photos and drinks receptions in a variety of spaces depending on the style of your wedding including the Physics Garden, Kitchen Garden, Medieval Herb Garden, the formal lawns in front of the Priory or within the orchard. Whatever the season, the grounds at Michelham are glorious, often a riot of colour and rich in biodiversity. Michelham Priory’s Grade I listed Elizabethan Barn boasts a breathtaking vaulted ceiling with original oak beams swagged with fairylights. Here, you can say “I do” in front of 130 loved ones and celebrate in style with a seated wedding breakfast for the same number. The venue provides round tables, French cross back chairs and a bar; and is ready for you to personalise with your own personal touches. To one side of the Barn lies a private courtyard and to the other a private walled garden, which is overlooked by the Old Forge, and complete with festoon lighting and outside seating. It also has a private lawn behind it, which is the perfect spot for lawn games and early evening drinks as the sun sets over the moat. For more intimate ceremonies accompanied by 60 nearest and dearest, you can choose to exchange your vows in the Prior’s Chamber, an original Tudor room in the Priory itself. This wood-panelled space features an impressive, mantled fireplace plus original artworks and historical features. Being a licensed wedding venue, Michelham Priory can also host al fresco “I dos” and receptions in several glorious locations around the grounds including on the formal lawns, on the barn’s private lawns or in the romantic orchard. New for 2024 is a team of experience wedding planners and stylist for those of you looking for extra support. What’s more, an annual membership for the two of you to the Sussex Archaeological Society offers the opportunity to return to your venue and the Society’s five other properties as often as you wish after the big day. BIGNOR PARK 07798 807 043 | The 1,100-acre, privately-owned Bignor Park Estate is situated in stunning surroundings at the foot of the magnificent South Downs. Weddings here are family-run and limited to 14 couples per year, so the team will go the extra mile to make sure your planning and day run smoothly, while you and your guests are relaxed and excited to have a great time. What’s more, you’ll have access to the venue two days before your wedding, so everything can be just how you want and there’s no rush to get things ready. The venue is licensed to hold ceremonies and partnerships outside in the romantic Greek Loggia. This is a roofed, stone porch beneath which you can exchange your vows. Your 150 guests will be seated on the lawn in front surrounded by the beautiful gardens. Alternatively, the Coach Store of the Stables provides the ideal setting for those choosing an indoor ceremony, with space for 60 nearest and dearest. Bignor Park has several options available for hosting receptions. The South Lawn provides a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos and reception drinks, with unrivalled views of quintessential West Sussex countryside and the South Downs. The spacious lawn delivers a relaxed and welcome change of pace to your day post-ceremony or on arrival from church. The Stables are a charming, rustic complex of rooms dating from the late 18th century that have been lovingly restored to their original condition. The five rooms are situated around a large, cobbled courtyard on one side, and on the opposite side the Coach Store opens out through French doors onto the Quadrangle – a secluded walled garden providing an indoor/outdoor space for dining, drinks or evening relaxation. The Croquet Lawn is deceptively large, so if you’re planning a tipi tent or marquee wedding reception this is the hidden gem you need. It can accommodate up to 250 guests under canvas from one of the venue’s trusted marquee suppliers. 28

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 barn where you’ll find accommodation for the couple and their guests, including a separate wedding suite. Ceremonies for up to 150 guests are held in the Stone Barn. An impressive building, 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 half 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, vintagestyle tea party or formal seated wedding breakfast, the spaces can be easily adapted and decorated bring your vision to life. BRICKWALL HOUSE 07864 794 409 | Brickwall House is a stylish exclusive-use wedding venue in Northiam, East Sussex, on the border with Kent. The Grade I listed Jacobean manor house, rich in charming period features boasts 17th- and 18th-century interiors. Dating back to 1617, it was the family home of the Frewen family for over 300 years. Conveniently located in the beautiful Wealden countryside Brickwall House is close to Hastings, Ashford and Tunbridge Wells as well as the smaller historical towns of Rye, Battle and Tenterden. The gardens are a real treasure. The site features the oldest walled gardens in Sussex and includes an arboretum and the Lady Frewen bluebell walk. To the rear of the house are formal gardens where the beds are planted with over a hundred varieties of plant species, providing an array of colour throughout the year. Here, 300-year-old magnolia trees and 400-yearold mulberry trees can be found alongside passion flowers, lavender and roses. The venue gives you complete privacy as it’s wrapped in a walled garden and is licensed for ceremonies in three areas, both inside and out. The grand and stylish Drawing Room fills with sunlight and looks out onto the gardens. Outdoors, you can tie the knot on the spacious south lawns lined with lollipop trees or in the secret Topiary Chess Garden, which gives a hint of Alice in Wonderland or Bridgerton vibes. The Drawing Room with its opulent chandelier and golden-framed historical paintings and the newly added and fully refurbished connected function space The Great Parlour Room, also facing the gardens, are ideal for perfectly small-sized celebrations and can seat up to 70 for the wedding breakfast. For a larger event, the Garden Marquee is available and can host 100 day guests. Both options enable additional evening guests to join. A modern space, its panoramic windows fill it with light, and allows you to literally sit within the gardens to enjoy. 29 HISTORICAL VENUES

Returning from their new home in Canada to tie the knot surrounded by loved ones, Natasha and Cameron’s big day was a celebration of all things British Images courtesy of Sarah Williams Photography Come fly with me 30

Natasha and Cameron met on the number 12 Arriva bus to school when they were just 12 years old. Cameron sat behind Natasha but was too scared to speak to her as she was in the year above him. He’d go home and tell his mum all about this beautiful long-haired red head from the bus though, and eventually, thanks to his mum’s advice, he did pluck up the courage to sit next to her and ask her out. They remained extremely close throughout their teenage years, even living together at university. After graduation, Natasha moved to Canada and Cameron relocated to Germany but they kept their relationship going long-distance for five years until the pandemic hit in 2020. A week before lockdown, Cameron joined Natasha in Canada full time. Going from long-distance to being in each other’s pockets 24/7 could have been a challenge for many, but their relationship thrived, and Cameron proposed in Cancun, Mexico in 2021. The story doesn’t end there though, as there’s much more to this proposal that meets the eye! The two had been asked to take part in a short documentary focusing on people who’d been separated from their families due to Covid – at this point Natasha hadn’t seen her mum for two-and-ahalf years. The twist in the tale, was that the crew were actually filming a Christmas miracles promo for Canadian airline WestJet, and surprised our couple with an all-expenses paid trip to Cancun! Cameron wisely saw the opportunity here and quickly started plotting his proposal with the film crew. Indeed, WestJet had even more surprises in store, with the production crew following them on the trip, and Natasha was joyfully reunited with her mum on the rooftop terrace of their accommodation. Cameron was able to make good use of the distraction to put the finishing touches to his plan with the crew, and having later rejoined the family to film a dinner scene on the roof, the director gave Cameron his cue: “Ok, we’re done with main filming. Enjoy your dinner.” With that, the groom-to-be got up from the table and popped the question. Of course, Natasha was blown away and accepted immediately. With family back home in Sussex, it was important to the couple to return to the UK where they met and fell in love to tie the knot and celebrate with loved ones. “We wanted to create a real English country garden feel for our guests from overseas, so we focused on venues that could deliver this vision,” Natasha explains. When they found Wadhurst Castle it ticked all the boxes – after all what could be more quintessentially British than a castle? Natasha continues, “What really attracted us was the staff, they were so friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming, and played an enormous role in our planning.” If the proposal is anything to go by, we couldn’t wait to find out more about the big day… LOOKING THE PART The beautiful bride wore Blisse by Milla Nova, which she customised by having off-the-shoulder sleeves added. “It was simple, elegant, hopefully timeless, and most importantly had pockets!” she says. “I was looking for something to fit the venue and theme, but the dress I chose wasn’t at all what I thought I wanted!” An understated gown meant Natasha could really elevate it with her accessories and truly make it her own. She opted for a white porcelain headband made with trillium flowers, which not only reflected the theme but also her home, since trillium are native to Ontario. Natasha’s birthstone is pearl, so she completed her look with a pearl bracelet and pearl drop earrings. Finally, to help her keep warm on that chilly autumn day she wore a stole in the Ferguson tartan. Cameron went for a traditional Scottish look with the full kilt and argyle jacket. While his kilt bore the modern Ferguson pattern, his grandpa’s featured the ancient tartan version. Natasha had gifted him cufflinks on the Scan to view video Pssst… We absolutely loved watching the resulting WestJet promo knowing what went on behind the scenes! You can enjoy it too by clicking the play button or scanning the QR code. 31 REAL WEDDING