Your Sussex Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 109)

WIN! £1,000 to spend on wedding jewellery Plan an al fresco celebration Suite DREAMS HOT TOPIC Intimate wedspiration BLUE SKY THINKING JUN/JULY 2024 £3.55 WHAT'S on the MENU? SUSSEXWEDDING Hotel venues Meet the county’s caterers

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 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 65 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on planning an intimate wedding 97 COMPETITION Win a £1,000 jewellery voucher to spend at 77 Diamonds CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2024 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Chichester to Worthing 22 DEEP IN THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD Editor Kelly Andrews paid a visit to the historical Ashdown Park, in the heart of Winnie-the-Pooh country, to discover what awaits its wedding couples 25 SUITE DREAMS We’ve rounded up some of the county’s finest hotel venues FEATURES 47 GATSBY GLAM There’s wedspiration aplenty for the vintage enthusiast in this local shoot 51 NOW SHOWING We were thrilled to hear The Dome in Worthing has reopened its doors to weddings and adore this styled shoot celebration of the beloved and iconic local cinema 55 BLUE SKY THINKING Plan the ultimate al fresco wedding day with help from the experts 61 WHAT’S ON THE MENU? Meet the county’s wedding caterers On the cover This issue’s cover image was captured by Will Stedman Photography (, and shows one of this issue’s real wedding couples, Sasha and Ted, leaving their ceremony at St Margaret’s Church, Buxted. Turn to page 38 to find out more. 55 51 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 ALL DRESSED UP These strappy styles will take you from day to dancefloor 74 BEACH READY These hero honeymoon buys are suitcase essentials 75 SHORT AND CHIC These sassy styles are always in fashion 84 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 86 FEELING FABULOUS We caught up with celebrity hair stylist and innovator Gustav Fouche 88 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 89 COLOUR ME HAPPY Our beauty editor is a new woman thanks to House of Colour’s expert colour analysis REAL WEDDINGS 28 VIKING HEART For Siobhan and Nick, reflecting their pagan beliefs in their wedding day was the most important aspect 34 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Joanna and Ben’s intimate wedding at The George in Rye was elegantly styled in white 38 FROM SUSSEX WITH LOVE Sasha and Ted’s big-day theme was inspired by a Sussex, countryside garden 43 A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES Alexandra and Oliver’s big day styling was inspired by the magic of Disney as a nod to their proposal story 34 38 28 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 SOME LIKE IT HOT Remember to pack your sunscreen for these tropical honeymoon destinations 94 BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Wrap up warm when visiting these chilly honeymoon destinations 96 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 80 HUE COMPLETE ME We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 82 FIT TO PERFECTION London-based tailors Fielding & Nicholson share their top tips for finding a wedding suit 61 4

CASTLE GORING A venue like no other CG A4 Summer Wedding ad.indd 1 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 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 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

Bespoke wedding cakes for your special occasion @shadowcakes22 HELEN CAWTE PHOTOGRAPHY 01243 641247 SOUTHENDBARNS.CO.UK Contact us to book your viewing A secluded venue with endless possibilities Quarter_Page_95x141.indd 1 02/04/2024 13:00 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

47 MAKE A RUN FOR IT When celebrating at a stately home or country house venue a mantelpiece feature runner is a must! Summer has officially arrived in full bloom, which has got me ruminating on my favourite topic – wedding flowers. I must confess, I adore fresh flowers, none more so than our British spring and summer varieties, so I do hope you’ll indulge me for a short while as I wax lyrical! The perfect wedding blooms effortlessly fill an empty venue with romance, fragrance and colour, creating the ultimate ambience; and with the right florist on your side, they can speak volumes about the two of you and the vision for your big day. What’s more, they’re efficient! Pedestals, aisle meadow arrangements, ceremony arches and much more can all be moved into your reception space after the “I dos” and seamlessly transform into centrepieces and top table backdrop. You get the most from your budget, your theme carries through and you keep waste to a minimum. Your wedding day is all about the two of you, so why not have a think about how you can tailor your flowers to further tell your love story? The language of flowers combines tradition with sentimentality and conveys a meaning that maybe only the two of you will understand, but as you’re the two most important that’s all that matters. For example, gypsophila is a wedding staple but perhaps its meaning, everlasting love, has been lost over the years. Some of my other favourites are: cornflowers symbolising prosperity and friendship; hydrangeas meaning gratitude and understanding; peonies speaking of romance, prosperity, good luck and a happy life; and roses, in particular pink, which symbolise admiration. So, you see, you can write an entire love letter to your new spouse through your bouquet – how romantic. I do hope some of this has whet your appetite for more wedspiration; if so, don’t miss our al fresco weddings feature, where flowers have a part to play. Plus, this issue’s Hot Topic experts are discussing intimate weddings. So, as ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor In full bloom 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. 51 FLORALLY FABULOUS The gents are getting more creative with their personal florals. I love flower pocket inserts, and can we get a “wow” for this showstopping floral lapel? Simply stunning. 97 WIN! £1,000 to spend on your wedding day jewellery. ADVERTISING Account Manager Ellie Williams | 01376 535 617 @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 34 ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT Joanna’s dreamy, modern cascading bouquet featured orchids, roses and more all in the day’s white palette. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS STAY IN STYLE You’ve got to follow that dream wherever it may lead, and for Jo and her husband Toby it was to West Sussex. They had a vision, which would include weddings, hospitality and guest experiences. The Vale House & Stables, an imposing Victorian double-fronted property was snapped up as a blank canvas, and as luck would have it is located in the midst of West Sussex’s well-regarded wedding venues, vineries and other well-known landmarks. The former stables, set within a walled courtyard of The Vale House have been beautifully developed into five boutique lodges, sleeping up to 12 guests on a two-night minimum stay, offering wedding couples and their guests versatile accommodation while retaining the delightful vaulted ceilings and character of the former stable blocks. “I’m absolutely over the moon with what we’ve been able to bring to the lovely village of Findon,” Jo says. “We’re also bowled over with the support from local businesses, public houses, restaurants, florists, make-up artists, hairdressers and many more.” The Vale House Lodges enjoy a wonderful relationship with local venues Cissbury Barns, Findon Place, Long Furlong Barn and Field Place Manor. They’re also surrounded by numerous other quality venues including Highden Estate, Castle Goring and Southlands Barn. “It’s always been my dream to be involved in a couple’s wedding preparations and to deliver this Sussex-based business where we can make such a positive contribution is an absolute dream come true,” Jo finishes. Learn more at Nearlywed SPRING INTO ACTION! The team at Bailiffscourt were delighted to find themselves in this year’s Muddy Stilettos finals for Best Hotel in Sussex. These awards are entirely based on guest feedback, so they immediately sprung into action to thank their guests for putting them forward. As well as being a wonderful wedding venue with much to offer its couples, which you can find out about by turning to our Spotlight on… Chichester to Worthing feature this issue, there’s plenty for you and your guests to do here during your stay. Perhaps you fancy a spot of afternoon tea? Perfect for celebrating with your bridesmaids ahead of W-day, or just because you deserve a treat, enjoy the sundrenched courtyard or curl up by the fire and indulge. Additionally, it might be time to pay a visit to one of the most beautiful spas in the south of England. The spa here takes its inspiration from nature, built in the style of a Sussex barn it offers tranquillity and indulgence. Take time to gaze at the sky from the heated outdoor infinity pool, or float in the stunning outdoor pool. Keep your eyes on future issues to learn how Bailiffscourt gets on in the awards, and find out more about the venue at IT’S PAMPER TIME If you can’t justify an indulgent spa break in the run up to your big day, when can you? Spabreaks recently revealed East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa as Sussex’s most booked spa following insights from its 2023 consumer data. It totalled 31 per cent of all bookings made in Sussex that year. Coming in in second place is Chakra Spa at Crowne Plaza Felbridge, Gatwick, closely flowed by Alexander House Hotel Utopia Spa, and Ockenden Manor. With the fifth most bookings in and around Sussex being for Ashdown Park. founder Abi Selby says, “It’s always insightful to look back across the past year and see where and how customers are using the spa. At we know that everyone uses them in different ways, whether it’s for a rejuvenating weekend break or just a quick visit of an evening. We make sure our offerings suit everyone, and that the spa is a place accessible to all.” Book your next Sussex spa break at 8

A DECADE OF FLOWERS, FOOD AND FABULOUS WEDDINGS Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2024, Petal & Feast has grown organically over the decade to form a focus on wholesome, nourishing celebratory feasts; all-natural, wild floral arragements for weddings, and more; all from the all-female team's charming Secret Barn wedding venue nestled at the foot of the South Downs near Storrington in West Sussex. Surrounded by the glorious Sussex countryside, they can boast an everexpanding flower field where they grow their own British blooms, and workshops for Sussex residents to enjoy creative time making their own floral arrangements in a relaxed, picturesque setting. Founder Hannah Best tells us more: “Nearly all our flowers are grown on site by us. We love putting them together in big installations to bring the beauty of the outside into celebrations. Using seasonal flowers is so important to us; not just for environmental reasons, but because fragrant, beautiful locally grown blooms add further romance to a couple’s story. I love how you can almost date a bouquet to the week depending on the components – roses with the first of the dahlias is a particularly delicious moment. “Our feasts are also a very big part of what we do. We all love our food and aim to create celebratory dinners that are relaxed and delicious. Our menus have grown over the years, but plentiful, seasonal salads have always been a mainstay.” For 2024, the Petal & Feast team have expanded their flower field to grow some of their own vegetables, and even more flowers due to popular demand. Hannah adds, “Over the last few years, we’ve had a lot of demand from couples wanting to collect our freshly picked flower buckets so they can DIY their wedding flowers.” Discover more at LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION Kane Harman, otherwise known as Kandid Kane Photography, based in East Sussex, specialises in beautiful documentary-style photography. While he covers the whole of the South East, he most regularly shoots weddings on his home turf of East Sussex and nearby Kent. Kane is very excited to enter the world of videography, having recognised a demand from couples for a short video to enjoy alongside their photos. “That’s why I’m learning the ropes and, while I’m still in the learning phase, am offering this service free with all full-day packages,” he tells us. “The videos so far have been a huge success and have been thoroughly enjoyed by my happy couples. I love making them and creating different versions with copyright-free audio that they can share, or a cherished song from the wedding day.” You can find out more at STARS OF THE SMALL SCREEN If you’ve watched BBC’s My Big Gay Wedding recently you may have recognised the venue chosen by Adam Johnson and Dan Mackay for their big day as Trading Boundaries, East Sussex. The Brighton-based couple celebrated their 10th anniversary of meeting at the time the BBC was looking for participants for its documentary commemorating 10 years of same-sex marriage being legalised. So, the two were the perfect choice for the show, hosted by comedian and TV presenter Tom Allen. When the couple discovered Trading Boundaries they instantly fell in love with it. “Beautifully quirky and not the generic venue, it was equipped with everything we’d need,” Adam explains. “Across the lawn stood a beautiful handmade fabric Indian marquee that somehow gave a wonderful nod to Brighton Pavilion. Then we met the in-house wedding coordinator, Jenny, who was just lovely and exactly what we needed.” On the wedding day, Saturday 7th October, host of the show Tom Allen was on hand to assist the couple, as well as acting as ring bearer alongside the couple’s pug, Egg. Meanwhile, celebrant Chloe Green led the service on the lawn, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor performed al fresco for Adam and Dan’s first dance. Afterwards, they made their way into the bespoke Indian marquees for the wedding breakfast with entertainment from Dolly Rocket. As dusk fell, the fairylights came on around the venue and the festivities moved into the main building for more dancing with Brighton DJ Boogaloo Stu spinning the tunes. Trading Boundaries is an enchanting setting in the heart of the Sussex countryside offering couples exclusive use of the recently refurbished 18th-century coaching inn and grounds. The venue offers a blend of elegant English style with unique twists of rustic India, perfect for escaping the everyday! Discover Trading Boundaries at, or pop along to the venue’s next Open Day on Saturday 22nd June, from 10am-3pm. Scan to view video Image and video courtesy of LOCAL NEWS 9

Wedding Singer based in East Sussex and surrounding areas. vanessasergeant_vocals 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. 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

HAT’S THAT Jodie Shemmans established As A Matter Of Hats linking the theatrical and cultural experiences from her global travels in her earlier career. “I’ve always felt hats and headwear make a statement about one’s personality and cultural allegiance, and often symbolise a special moment in time,” she explains. “It’s often the hat or headwear that’s noticed first and remembered longest. They create that wow factor.” As an entertainer, Jodie creates an emotional connection with her audience, and likes to bring the same philosophy to her hats, fascinators and headwear designing stylish, beautiful, emotional and standout pieces. Each headpiece is handmade by Jodie, and each design is unique, so you can feel happy in the knowledge that you own a one-of-a-kind statement piece when you invest in one of her creations. Jodie’s passion is to put you centre stage, so whether your mother-of-the-bride or -groom is looking for that special something to finish off her outfit, or you’d like your own personalised wedding hair vine or headpiece, check out to find out more. We’ve partnered with local lovely, As A Matter Of Hats this issue to offer Your Sussex Wedding readers a 10% discount on any orders. To claim, simply get in touch via or by phone on 07771 360 557 and quote “Your Sussex Wedding.” Offer ends 31st July 2024. MADE WITH LOVE Win £150 to spend on handmade and personalised jewellery at Posh Totty Designs! Award-winning UK jewellery brand, Posh Totty Designs is giving away a £150 voucher to spend on beautiful handmade and personalised pieces from its stunning Wedding Collection. Posh Totty Designs is a female-led business with boutique stores in both London and the brand’s hometown Brighton. Every piece is crafted with love by a team of professional jewellers in its coastal workshop, using high-quality recycled sterling silver and gold, and ethically sourced gemstones. The workshop team can personalise your jewellery to create something completely unique and meaningful to you, whether it be bridesmaids’ necklaces inset with their birthstones, or cufflinks for the groomsmen hand-stamped with initials and the wedding date. Blending timeless style with emotion and sentiment, choose the perfect piece for your perfect day. Visit to view the full collection. For your chance to win, enter via the website by 31st July. Terms and conditions apply. Great discounts and giveaways up for grabs Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

Pre-register for all of our events at BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 13TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to the next 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 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 AUTUMN 2024 As part of Ellis Media and Events Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US KENT 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

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 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, 3 NOV 2024 LATIMER ESTATE Chesham, HP5 1UG SUN, 29 SEP 2024 BURNHAM BEECHES Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP 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 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2EF LEICESTERSHIRE 12PM-4PM

SUN, 15 SEP 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 29 SEP 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP 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 /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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

• 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 London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 6TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM BLUEWATER Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 13TH OCT | 11AM - 3PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 27TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Sound & Lighting | Evening DJ | Background Music Ceremony Music | Uplighting Wedding & Events DJs in Sussex and Surrey | 0800 970 5577 | Plan the music for your wedding day with your free PDF of Mark Parker’s book ‘Wedding Music, Getting It Right’ 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 Contact us now for your next dream purchase! @gembank1973 Gembank1973 Fine vintage and antique jewellery and watches. Sustainable and affordable with friendly and flexible payment plans available.

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

CHICHESTER TO WORTHING Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot BAILIFFSCOURT HOTEL & SPA 01903 723 511 | Sumptuous, timeless and inspiring, Bailiffscourt offers a romantic setting with an elegant ambience. Narrow passageways with flagstone floors lead you through intimate lounges and sitting rooms, and Gothic mullioned windows frame picture-perfect views of the gardens and roseclad courtyard. Mere steps away from the Hotel is the luxurious and contemporary spa with facilities that include an indoor pool, outdoor heated infinity pool, hot tub, fitness suite, relaxation lounge and six treatment rooms. What’s more, there are 39 bedrooms and suites, some with open fireplaces and four-poster beds scattered throughout the house. The gardens even boast an original and very pretty 13th-century Norman chapel, as well as a helipad for an indulgent arrival or departure. With all the appearance of a Medieval house, Bailiffscourt’s best-kept secret is that until 1927 it didn’t exist! Designed for Lord Moyne, then Walter Guinness of the brewing family using original stone, woodwork, windows and fireplaces. Walking in, it’s like stepping back in time. The Music Room is a characterful room hung with tapestries and has a fireplace ideal for a roaring log fire during a winter wedding. It can accommodate 40 guests seated or 65 standing for the ceremony, and 40 guests for a seated wedding breakfast. The Chapel is available for romantic blessings for up to 40 seated or 60 standing. Filled with candles and flowers, it’s the perfect setting. The Tapestry Restaurant is an elegant space complete with Medievalstyle architecture, mullioned windows and tapestry-hung walls. It can seat up to 80 loved ones. HAM MANOR 01903 783 288 | The beautiful, 18th-century, Grade II listed manor house at Ham Manor Golf Club and its surroundings offer a classic backdrop for a wedding day. The Manor offers an ideal canvas on which to create a special day you’ll remember forever. Your dream, vision and style: one beautiful setting. Ham Manor is surrounded by a glorious golf course. There’s also a lake and walled garden to the rear, so you’ll not be short of a picture-perfect spot for those all-important snaps. What’s more the venue is located just five minutes from the stunning Arun coast should you wish to take photos en route or pop out for a location shoot. The licensed ceremony room offers golf course views and can accommodate up to 50 of your nearest and dearest. The main reception room meanwhile can host up to 100 for the wedding breakfast. Whether you opt for a grand or intimate celebration, the team at Ham Manor will be flexible in catering to your every need. The venue’s head chef can prepare multiple different options for your day including a three-course wedding breakfast, buffets, canapés and nibbles. All ingredients are locally-sourced where possible. There are a variety of money-saving packages available offering you options to cover all the décor your space needs. LOCAL VENUES 19

SLINDON HOUSE 07855 928 776 | Slindon House, a striking Georgian style manor house, is a wedding venue set within the stunning South Downs National Park. The House is sited on a high shelf of the South Downs with a fine view over parkland to the south where the ground drops steadily to the coast. With uninterrupted views to the sea, the 14-acre setting offers a beautiful atmosphere for weddings. The grounds are extensive here, with a sensory garden featuring an arbour, secret paths meandering through woodland and the Lower Garden. You’re spoilt for choice of scenic spots to pitch a luxury marquee, ideal for large parties of up to 200. Civil ceremonies can be held in the Great Hall (120 guests) or the Blue Room (60 guests). A large double-height room with ornate ceiling plasterwork, it has a large Georginan fireplace and oak flooring. There are also a number of large floor-to-ceiling mullioned windows making it fabulously light and airy. The space can also host 130 for your reception. The Blue Room and Green Room are further options. The former, decorated in Wedgewood blue, is available for the “I dos” (60 guests) and reception (55 guests); while the latter adorned in heritage green, is available for post-ceremony celebrations only (55 guests). Both feature Georgian marble fireplaces, detail framed walls and French doors leading onto the patio area and lawn beyond. The large Georginan-glazed, wood-framed Orangery meanwhile, can accommodate 70 standing and is perfect for arrival drinks and canapés. Whether you choose to host your reception within the rooms of the House, or set up a marquee among the grounds, Slindon House will be exclusively yours for the day and you’ll have plenty of time the day before to dress it according to your vision, subject to availability. 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. 20

SOUTHEND BARNS 01243 641 247 | Set on a working farm in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, Southend Barns is surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens and ample outdoor space with a picturesque courtyard that lies at the heart of the venue – safe for children and the perfect spot for reception drinks and garden games. As evening falls, the gardens are lit with romantic up-lights that highlight the fantastic flint and log walls of the wedding barns. Here, guests can gather in the relaxing and sheltered Collecting Yard with its sumptuous sofas, firepit and al fresco bar to enjoy a truly magical evening setting. The Dairy Barn has been lovingly restored with rustic charm and romantic touches and can host 120 loved ones for a ceremony. With a wonderful sweeping 22-metre aisle, exposed wooden beams and benches made of sweet chestnut, it’s an idyllic setting to tie the knot. Southend Barns also has a fully licensed outdoor ceremony area known as The Secret Garden, which can accommodate up to 100 guests. This enchanting garden is nestled in a tranquil spot between the resident alpacas’ field and the flint walls of the Dairy Barn. Post-vows, dine and dance the night away in the magnificent 220-year-old Threshing Barn, which is full of warmth and character with its authentic wooden beams and wrought iron chandeliers. Large windows provide spectacular views of the landscaped gardens and sunsets over the surrounding countryside. The Threshing Barn can seat 120 diners, and 200 guests can attend the evening reception. When tying the knot here, there’s also on-site accommodation with a luxurious shepherd’s hut, large bridal suite that comes with everything you could need and six beautiful new bell tents, set in a picturesque meadow. Southend Barns has its own in-house catering team known as Roots. Offering mouth-watering and innovative menus using seasonal and fresh produce, sourced from local suppliers or grown on-site in the venue’s kitchen garden, Roots runs special menu tasting events for couples. 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. LOCAL VENUES 21

Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, made famous by A.A.Milne as Hundred Acre Wood, is home to the glorious Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club. The house itself is a spectacular Grade II listed, neoGothic mansion complete with period rooms and 186 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Whether you’re planning a grand affair or an intimate celebration, the venue offers the perfect space for your day. Your Sussex Wedding editor, Kelly Andrews, went along to find out more. GOING TO THE CHAPEL When the impressive and imposing Ashdown Park mansion house came into view at the end of the long driveway, I knew I was about to experience a very special stay indeed. Nowhere was this more evident than arriving on the mezzanine level of the soaring converted chapel, The Richard Towneley Suite – my breath was immediately taken away. This was thanks not only to the chapel’s innate beauty, but also to the wedding showcase event in full swing at the time. It was beautifully decorated for a wedding by some of Sussex’s finest – including Zara Flora, Chair Cover Chic and Highgate Florist – giving visitors a real taste of just how incredible the space could be for their wedding day. The chapel truly is a fairytale setting with its impressive 19th-century stained glass windows, designed by renowned Irish glass artist Harry Clarke, that cause a rainbow of light to dance around the room. It’s certainly an unforgettable spot for ceremonies, receptions and dining for 80 to 150 guests. On the ground floor is the John Hayward Room. Licensed to host the same number of loved ones. You can say “I do” here before moving upstairs for your wedding breakfast, making the chapel a self-contained wedding venue. GLORIOUS GARDENS My favourite spot, a dream for al fresco “I dos,” has to be the oh-so romantic Summer House, nestled alongside the lake on the manicured lawns. My top tip would be to tie the knot in the spring when the fabulously vibrant rhododendron is in full bloom acting as your backdrop. Here, you can seat 100 loved ones on the grass as you exchange your vows in the shade of the Summer House itself. You have the option to hold your ceremony here before heading over to The Richard Towneley Suite for the celebrations. There’s no shortage of stunning backdrops for your photographs among the glorious grounds. As you’ve already gathered, I’d recommend stealing a shot in front of that jaw-dropping rhododendron, but there’s also a beautiful Secret Garden you can sneak off to with your photographer for some memorable couple shots celebrating the best of the East Sussex countryside. AN INTIMATE AFFAIR Also dressed in their finest for the wedding showcase were the venue’s smaller spaces. Located off the East Wing corridor, the Lady Brassey is elegantly decorated in keeping with the history of the mansion. On the day I popped my head in it was fragrantly adorned in spring florals, the picture of a quintessential English wedding. It can host wedding breakfasts for 40 to 70 nearest and dearest, who can later move through to the Henry Smart room, with its own private terrace, for the evening do. If you’re planning an even more intimate day, then the Jacob Henniker room is the ideal choice for your vows. It’s conveniently located off the Hotel’s grand lobby and is suitable for 10 to 40 guests. Plus, the smallest of the venue’s spaces, Richard de Wych is available for wedding breakfasts for 10 to 16 nearest and dearest with views of the gorgeous grounds and lake. “There’s an impressive array of options here, whatever your plans and vision.” TIME FOR BED With 106 bedrooms and suites here, each named after a tree species found on the grounds, there’s plenty of options for you and your loved ones to stay overnight. As the newlyweds, you’ll have the enviable choice of several opulent honeymoon suites to retire to complete with indulgent touches including chilled Champagne, chocolates and flowers on arrival. My home for the night was Cherry, a vast and grand suite located in the East Wing with luxurious king size bed and an array of period features including wood panelling and leaded windows. Turner’s Fighting Temeraire even adorned the wall... although I assume not the original! Don’t miss out on a visit to The Country Club and Spa during your stay. Just a short stroll from the main house it offers the highest standards of pampering. I picked the perfect moment and was able to enjoy the tranquil 12.5 metre pool and Jacuzzi all to myself. It’s well worth checking out the extensive menu of treatments to relieve the stress or last-minute anxiety ahead of the big day too. Deep in the HUNDRED ACRE WOOD Editor Kelly Andrews paid a visit to the historical Ashdown Park, in the heart of Winnie-the-Pooh, country to discover what awaits its wedding couples FIND OUT MORE Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JR 01342 824 988 Scan to view video 22 07733255274 crystalamorevents1 crystalamorevents Alisonwonderland photography Annetournel-photography John Schofield Award winning Bridal and Special Occasion hair stylist with over 10 years in the industry. “I believe every bride & nearly-wed deserves to look and feel their very best on their big day!” WWW.EMMAHERITAGEHAIR.CO.UK E: T: 07453 339487 AT BRIDAL & FINE JEWELLERY R.L Austen Ltd 2-3 East Street, West Sussex, PO19 1HE Phone: 01243957282

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

THE GRAND HOTEL, EASTBOURNE 01323 412 345 | Affectionately known as The White Palace, The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne exudes five-star luxury and 19th-century elegance throughout its 152 bedrooms and array of celebration spaces. The Hotel is located a mere pebble’s throw away from Eastbourne’s beach and boasts splendid views out to sea and along the coast. The Princes Lawn in the hotel grounds is the ideal spot for an al fresco drinks reception. Built in 1875, a time when the upper classes ruled the land and took their holidays by the sea, the Hotel has welcomed a galaxy of the great and good including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Arthur Conan Doyle and King Constantine of Greece. The largest of the ceremony spaces here is the Princes Room, which can seat 120. The high ceilings and twinkling chandeliers create a true sense of romance, while the delicate palette of golds and creams means it will suit any theme. The Dukes room can host 80 loved ones. Originally the hotel library it offers a real sense of sophistication. Meanwhile, the Arundel Room can seat 60 nearest and dearest and offers the perfect spot for intimate ceremonies or elopements. It boasts wall-to-wall windows, a neutral colour scheme and stunning chandeliers. For al fresco “I dos,” the Hotel can now host ceremonies on the Princes Lawn for up to 120 guests. There’s a myriad of reception spaces here at The Grand. Ranging in capacities from 16 in the Gallery Suite to 192 in the Compton Ballroom for the wedding breakfast. Boasting ornate plaster work, vast ceilings and a sprung dancefloor, The Compton Ballroom is the ultimate setting for a wow-factor wedding. It can accommodate 250 for the evening. A further highlight is the Arlington Room, which can host 55 for the wedding breakfast and 70 for the evening. This fairy tale of a room with wrought iron moulded fireplaces dominating each end is arguably one of the most romantic rooms in the Hotel. To find out more about the wealth of other spaces available to you, be sure to check out the venue’s website. Suite dreams We’ve rounded up some of the county’s finest hotel venues HOTEL VENUES 25

THE BANNATYNE SPA HOTEL HASTINGS 01424 851 222 | Deep in the heart of 1066 Country between the historic towns of Battle and Hastings and set in 38 acres of formal landscaped gardens and woodland, you’ll find Bannatyne Spa Hotel. The venue is steeped in local history. You’ll fall in love with its unique character and style; a modern boutique hotel, with many original features. Points of interest include a large collection of rare and unusual trees collected by General Sir James Murray in the late 1700s and by Lady Brassey in the 1800s. Set in 38 acres of formal gardens and woodland, Bannatyne Hotel Hastings can cater for up to 150 guests for civil ceremonies or wedding receptions up to 260 guests. This stunning Georgian country house can be exclusively yours for the big day, as you’re guaranteed that your wedding will be the only one taking place. A friendly welcome greets you from the moment you step through the front door. From initial enquiry to the wedding day itself, the professional and attentive team here will be on hand to support you throughout each and every step of your planning process. Their ultimate wish is for you to enjoy your special day, so they’ve created the perfect setting, with superb cuisine and impeccable service, providing everything you need to make your wedding unforgettable. BUXTED PARK HOTEL 01825 733 333 | This impressive Grade II Georgian country house boasts a whole host of period features lending the most picturesque of backdrops to your special photographs. The Hotel is nestled amongst stunning Ashdown Forest parkland and is reached by a long tree-lined drive. Built in 1722, it has a wealth of history, having once welcomed William Wordsworth, Winston Churchill and Marlon Brando as guests. There are several ceremony spots available, and undoubtedly the cosiest is The Coat of Arms. Found at the heart of the hotel, the lounge features a grand 18th century working fireplace and can host 120. Nearby and similarly ideal for a winter ceremony is The Library, with room for 50 loved ones. When the weather is warmer, The Coat of Arms Lawn and The Orangery are fine alternatives. In fact, the venue is licensed to host al fresco ceremonies in no fewer than three different locations. There’s even a chapel within the estate’s grounds offering another dimension to your big day. Receptions take place either in The Ballroom for 120, or The Orangery, for 70. The former is the state wedding room and features no fewer than five Empire chandeliers, complementing the five full-length Georgian sash windows. It also features two ornate fireplaces and access to the balcony. There are six gorgeous spacious master suites here and use of the bridal suite is included in your wedding package. 26