Your Sussex Wedding - April/May 2022 (Issue 96)

WIN! £3.55 APR/MAY 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Your guide to wedding transport Love and carriage A honeymoon in St Lucia Past meets FUTURE Historical wedding venues Fabulous finishing touches THE FRILL OF IT Make an impact in ruffles and layers JEWEL IN THE CROWN

Tilgate Park Weddings YOUR VENUE YOUR WAY OUTDOOR OR INDOOR • CEREMONY OPTIONS BEAUTIFULWEDDING GARDEN • NATURE CENTRE • BEAUTIFUL LAWNS • STUNNING LAKES • ANCIENTWOODLANDS • MAZE • THEWALLED GARDEN Playing host to peaceful formal gardens and ponds, an evergreen hedge maze, events arena and cafe, theWalled Garden is the perfect location for celebrations like yours. Entering the magnificent tall wooden gates of theWalled Garden, it’s like stepping into a secret garden, being greeted by a 40-metre long pergola of beautiful wisteria, roses, clematis and grape vines.The Family Garden within has been transformed into a magical private garden, able to seat up to 100 guests either side of the aisle leading to a wooden arbour where the ceremony can take place. Afterwards, it’s the ideal location to serve your guests with some pre-reception drinks whilst you take the opportunity to explore the rest of the park with your photographer. For something different, animal lovers may want to visit the Nature Centre to take photos with the fun-loving meerkats or adorable goats. EVENTS ARENA At the other end of the pergola, the Arena is the perfect location to host a wedding breakfast and/or evening reception in our brand new marquee. Our 24m x 12m marquee is fully lined with ivory drapes, has chandeliers, fairy lights, and a hard floor which is carpeted. It also includes an amazing Zone Array speaker system which provides fantastic sound for dancing but also ensures your guests can chat amongst themselves comfor tably whilst sitting only a few metres away. Outside the marquee the Arena, which measures more than 1,000 square metres, provides ample room for extra enter tainment like giant garden games, a mobile bar or catering and it’s conveniently located next to the evergreen hedge maze where both young and old enjoy finding each other around each twist and turn. Although there’s no guarantee that the sun will shine, we have the advantage of also having The Barn, which is licensed, so you can choose to move indoors if you prefer. TO F I ND OUT MOR E OR BOOK A P R I VAT E TOUR Telephone: 01293 438734 | Mobile: 07385 931071 | Email: | Visit: T I LGAT E PARK , T I LGAT E DR I V E , CRAWL E Y, WE S T S U S S EX RH1 0 5 PQ t i l g a t e p a r k we d d i n g s Tilgate Park has long been known as a top visitor destination in the heart of the south. Fans come from far and wide to enjoy more than 200 acres of woodland, gardens, lakes and even a mini zoo. Now this beautiful venue has opened its doors for unique weddings.

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 66 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 93 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in St Lucia CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2022 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... North Sussex 23 WHERE PAST MEETS FUTURE Our roundup of Sussex’s historical venues FEATURES 47 GOING TO THE CHAPEL Sometimes referred to as Eastbourne’s St Pancras Station, All Saints the Old Chapel provided a grand location for this vibrant shoot 51 TALK OF THE TON Discover how to inject some Regency flair into your wedding styling with this Bridgerton-inspired shoot 55 JEWEL IN THE CROWN Memorable big-day finishing touches 60 WEDDING READY The morning preparations are an exciting time for any nearlywed 63 LOVE AND CARRIAGE Get from A to B in style on your wedding day 68 HERE COME THE GIRLS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey On the cover This issue’s cover shot of beautiful bride Chloe was captured by Turn to page 26 to read all about Chloe and Ray’s big day. 23 51 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 70 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new-season bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 73 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 79 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 82 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 85 SKINCARE SUPERHEROES Serums are the skincare essentials of the 20s, especially if you’re on the quest for a radiant big-day complexion 86 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be REAL WEDDINGS 26 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Chloe and Ray’s wedding styling paid homage to their countryside roots 33 GOING FOR GOLD Charlee and Sam tied the knot on 27th August 2021 38 ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Amy and Ben’s venue styling involved a subtle avian twist GROOMS 88 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 90 IN THE PINK Fuchsia, watermelon, flamingo, rouge, salmon, coral, hot pink... the choices are endless when it comes to this oh-so fabulous hue! 55 63 33 60 86 HONEYMOONS 94 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 96 GOURMET LOVERS PARADISE With 3,000 hours of sunshine and just a threehour flight from the UK, the Algarve offers a delightful year-round destination https 4

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We’ve been taking a look at the morning preparations in this issue’s shoots. It can be a fun and memorable part of the day spent with your inner circle, or even a time for quiet reflection. So think about devoting some planning time towards it, as well as talking to your photographer about capturing those all-important images. 51 WIN! A HONEYMOON IN ST LUCIA cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and Who else can’t believe it’s springtime already? It’s such a special time of year and in 2022 we all get to appreciate it so much more given the last two we’ve spent locked up! This issue we’ve got the usual blend of wedspiration from real weddings and shoots, to expert advice and ideas including a look into the world of wedding transport. We’ve also got some oh-so chic ideas for fab finishing touches to complete the look of your day. In our own wedding world here at CMW towers, bride Melissa has been turning her attention to her best gals and we’ve now got our dresses, if not in our hands then on order. It was a bumpy ride, but thanks to Melissa’s unending patience, we got there. We’re now looking at the even more fun stuff such as accessories, shoes, hair and make-up, which has led myself, my fellow bridesmaids and the bride herself to ponder the matter of just whose job it is to foot the bill for the glam? This in no small part is due to the fact none of us seem able to get the lovely Melissa to take one single penny from us towards it. So, when Fragrance Direct told me they’d teamed up with wedding planner Hannah Rose to discuss just this matter, I was all ears! Thinking about the glam bill, Fragrance Direct asked Hannah whether it was nearlyweds’ responsibility to pay for everyone or just themselves? She answered unequivocally, “Definitely everyone. If they’ve asked for people to be part of their day, the majority of the time this will fall to the couple to pay. Otherwise, their loved ones may be put off joining the wedding party. Some bridesmaids and groomsmen might be happy to contribute, but it’s always encouraged that the couple plan this into their budget and offer to pay for the basics such as hair and make-up if they want them to have it done. The cost will vary depending on the hair stylist and make-up artist, but I’d advise to allocate a minimum of £150-£200 per person for anyone who isn’t the bride or groom.” So, there we have it. We shall immediately cease arguing with the bride and accept her kindness gracefully. I’ll leave you now to enjoy this issue and don’t forget if you’d like to see your own wedding day gracing the pages of Your Sussex Wedding, get in touch with us via Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Glam it up ISSN 1750-3477 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Kirsty Watt-Roy | 01376 538 492 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Sussex Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Sussex Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Sussex Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. 93 60 33 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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 BACK TO NATURE If wedding planning and the stresses that life brings are getting on top of you, check out Historic Sussex Hotels’ forest bathing reconnection experience. One of you will set off to enjoy a deeply immersive two-hour forest bathing session with guru Helena Skoog, while the other heads up to The Spread Eagle Spa to relax in the indoor heated pool and enjoy a spa treatment. You’ll later reunite over a candle-lit dinner in the restaurant. Inspired by the Japanese art of shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is the practice of slowing down and totally immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the forest. Its goal is to draw on the theraputic powers of nature to reduce stress and leave you with a profound sense of peace. Expert guide Helena will lead you through a series of sensory invitations that allows you to connect in the present moment with yourself and your natural surroundings. The experience costs £155 and sets off from The Spread Eagle at 4.30pm on the following dates: 9th May, 20th June, 4th July, 6th September, 11th October. For further information check out Catch up on the latest from around the county Nearlywed NEWS WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS Southdowns Manor has been announced as regional winner in the hotel venue category at The Wedding Industry Awards. The only regional and national accolades voted for by customers rather than a panel, these prestigious awards were set up to recognise excellence in the wedding industry. All regional winners then go through to the national finals for the next round of awards. From the romantic gardens to the quintessentially English setting, it’s easy to see why its couples put the venue forward for such an award – it’s impossible not to fall in love with Southdowns Manor. Set amongst the breathtaking scenery of the South Downs, this historical exclusive-use venue, is a rural retreat offering a tranquil setting for your big day. Whether you’re dreaming of a lavish, formal wedding or a relaxed and intimate celebration, this venue provides a stylish setting. For further information on tying the knot here, check out the website FAMILY FUN Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens has created a programme of year-round entertainment for visitor groups, families and others planning days out in 2022. With 200 years of history and an extensive campaign to restore the Grade I listed gardens, visitors are assured of plenty to see and do on the 240-acre estate. From 9th to 24th April Leonardslee is hosting an outdoor Easter trail, winding through the beautiful gardens. Children can go on an adventure hunt, and explore while having a good time with friends and family. Other family-friendly events include the Spring Sounds, ten evenings of live music during May, with an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, opera, classical and flamenco. Also, the Floral Fringe Fair on 4th and 5th June is a fun event with a vintage twist, featuring plants and food for sale, street dining, coffee, gin, artists and makers, classic cars, steampunk, singing, vintage stalls and a beer tent. The popular Enchanted Leonardslee is also back for another year from 28th to 31st July and 4th to 7th August. Featuring mermaids, faeries and other mythical creatures, with theatrical performances and spectacular visual and sound installations, it’s a spellbinding tale of magic and wonder experienced throughout the garden trail. Find out more at LOCAL NEWS 9

A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE The Old Chapel at All Saints has launched an initiative to help spread some love. Built and run by nuns on the ethos of helping those whose life journey had been touched by misfortune, The Chapel was used as a place where love for others was the core value. This message is still at the heart of the Chapel today. Acknowledging that the last two years have been an awful time for many wishing to marry, the team would like to offer one couple complimentary ceremony hire at this beautiful venue. This would include venue hire, worth £2,000 and a prosecco toast each for up to 60 guests, worth £360. This has now been extended to include two further couples who would be given their venue hire at 50 per cent off. The ceremonies must be booked within the next 12 months. You can nominate yourselves or be nominated by others. To be considered for this initiative simply email allsaintsweddingsandevents@ with a short summary of no more than 250 words explaining why you should be considered for this wonderful opportunity. Closing date for applicants is 31st May 2022. Also check out A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Following previous sell-out performances, Singing Salon, under the directorship of mezzo soprano Pippa DamesLongworth, returns to the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, for an evening of Operatic Adventures and Decadent Dining on 6th May and 16th September. The evening will begin with the fun and mayhem of mistaken identities in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte after which, the banqueting room will be filled with the melodies of celebrated composer, Gioachino Rossini, who himself performed at the Royal Pavilion in 1823. The evening will end with the exuberant ensembles of Giuseppe Verdi. These events are a wonderful way to experience the venue out of hours and get a feel for how your wedding day here might feel. Tickets can be purchased from the Royal Pavilion & Museums booking office on 03000 290 900 or online from Tickets are priced at £170 per person. Private tables of 10 are available and smaller groups will be asked to share a table. Discover more about the Royal Pavilion at along with details of wedding hire packages. DRESSED TO IMPRESS Following the huge impact the pandemic has had on community centres, charity projects and local suppliers in the area, Boxgrove Village Hall has announced a one-day wedding fair to showcase Sussex wedding talent. Taking place in the quaint village of Boxgrove, just outside of Chichester on Sunday 15th May 2022 from 12pm-4pm, the event aims to support the thriving wedding community while helping you find local businesses to assist in creating your dream day. Boxgrove Village Hall is a rural community centre, which holds weddings throughout the year. Ideal for those looking for a warm, welcoming, countryside venue to host their special day, its reasonable hire fees allow you to hire it for the entire weekend allowing for plenty of preparation time. The wedding fair offers a fantastic opportunity to see the venue dressed with tables laid out and decorated, and it promises to be an immersive way to visualise your wedding day there. Plus, the events team will be present on the day to answer any questions you may have. The fair is free to attend and highlights include a free glass of prosecco and free entry into a raffle to win some fantastic prizes from the exhibiting suppliers. Hall manager Sally says, "Boxgrove community centre is a fantastic venue: modern and well equipped, and it's in such a quaint little village that some people living in Chichester don't even know it exists! We can't wait to get the hall buzzing with wedding planning and ideas. We have some amazing suppliers dressing the hall to make it an inspiring day out for everyone who visits." Check out 10

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

Have a creative hen with a paint and sip party We help you create the perfect event. A shared activity to bring everyone together, chat with friends, have a laugh and leave with your very own masterpiece! We provide all the equipment and can host anywhere, be it a restaurant, private residence or in a field. Your favourite drink in one hand, paint brush in the other. It’s like an art class, but probably not like one you’ve been to before. | Stunning Barn Venue Sullington Tithe Barn has been lovingly restored and this beautiful, grade II listed barn venue comes with exclusive use of a sheltered rose garden, lawn, surrounded by twinkling lights in the evening, and cottages. The barn retains its warm atmosphere and authenticity and we are happy for you to decorate in your own personal style. Wedding parties are invited to extend their celebrations over the weekend with a relaxed lunch for close friends and family on the Sunday. The West Sussex Wedding Barn is suitable for parties of 90 – 150 guests. The barn venue is available for five days with accommodation for up to 20 people for two nights. Use of all facilities including barbeques, swimming pool, tennis court etc included. Get in touch to check availability and plan a visit. 01903 745754 Sullington Lane, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4AE Arabella FLORAL DESIGN Photo: Laura Shaw Photography BESPOKE FLORAL STYLING FORWEDDINGS AND EVENTS | 07870 271212 Based in the heart of West Sussex, Caritas Cake Design offers a bespoke design service for your wedding cake, to make it unmistakably perfect for your big day. Our focus is quality, and attention to detail. Your cake will be delivered on the day, fresh and delicious, to beautifully compliment your style. WWW.CARITASCAKEDESIGN.CO.UK 07793 678187 | | @caritascakedesign

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUR-SUSSEX.WEDDING Closing date 3rd June 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. TEA BY THE SEA The original palace by the sea, The Grand Brighton boasts Victorian splendour, stunning architecture and sea views combining sumptuous renaissance-style décor with statement furniture and glossy Art Deco-inspired accents. This historical hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the beach, taking centre stage on Brighton’s famous seafront. The hotel’s fully-licensed private event rooms can accommodate any size of wedding from intimate gatherings to banquets for 500 guests. We’ve partnered with this gorgeous venue to offer you the chance to win a delicious afternoon tea for two including a hot drink. Having been voted Brighton’s Best Afternoon Tea in the Brighton Restaurant Awards 2020 this is a treat not to be missed! Served every day in the opulent Victoria Terrace & Lounge, the menus are designed by the hotel’s team of chefs and elegantly reflect the setting. Indulge in freshly-made sandwiches, pastries, scones and cakes as well as special delicious treats that characterise The Grand’s afternoon teas. Enter via where you can also find terms and conditions. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS WIN! WIN! Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY SKY HIGH The British Airways i360 Viewing Tower on Brighton seafront features a glass viewing pod ten times the size of a London Eye capsule and travels from ground to 450ft, offering uninterrupted 360-degree views of the city, the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coastline. So, for a date-night experience like no other, this is definitely one not to miss. Along with its suite of function rooms at ground level, The British Airways i360 pod also offers an unforgettable location for your nuptials, accommodating up to 175 people standing or 60 seated theatre-style. After a ceremony in the sky, inspire your guests further with the venue’s event rooms, which boast stunning views of the sea and the West Pier from their private terraces. We’ve partnered with the i360 to give you the chance to win two tickets to a Sparkling Wine Experience, where you can enjoy either a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee or Rose as you take in the views from the on-board Nyetimber Sky Bar, the South Coast’s highest bar. Enter via Also, check out FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 5TH MARCH, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

SPRING 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated Pre-register at LONDON 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. SUN 3 APR | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SURREY ESSEX SUN 15 MAY | GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford,, GU4 8SE SUN 10 APR | MARKSHALL ESTATE Coggeshall, CO6 1TG SUSSEX SUN 10 APR | CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing BN13 3UN

AUTUMN 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US ESSEX SUN 16 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 23 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1RT SURREY SUN 4 SEPT | GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford,, GU4 8SE KENT SUN 6 NOV | HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 25 SEPT | RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP 12pm-4pm /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER | 11AM - 3.30PM THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM WEMBLEY STADIUM High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 24 APRIL 2022 | 11AM - 3:30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Sponsored by

A beautiful backdrop and home to an impressive walled garden, fields and a forest school. Each venue offers something a little different meaning you will be able to select a location that best reflects the theme of your event. HIGHDEN HOUSE, HIGHDEN ESTATE, WASHINGTON, PULBOROUGH, RH20 4BA 01903 877718 OPEN DAY 29TH MAY Midweek 2022 availability for £2995 3-day weekend hire in 2023 for £5495 A B E AU T I F U L 1 7T H C E N T U RY B A R N V E N U E I N W E S T C H I LT I N G T O N I N F O @ S O U T H L A N D S B A R N . C O . U K I N S TA G R A M @ S O U T H L A N D S B A R N MENT ION THI S AD FOR A FREE BOTTLLE OF LOCAL SPARKL ING WINE for couples who book a viewing! 2022 weekends are fully booked Picture yourself and your guests sipping champagne with an unrivalled view of Eastbourne’s coastline... that’s exactly what you’ll get from The View Hotel Eastbourne. Our Horizon Suite can accommodate up to 120 guests for a wedding breakfast and is fully contained with its own bar and dance floor. The suite offers an exclusive area in the hotel for you and your guests to celebrate your special day and we have other rooms for the more intimate celebrations. YOUR WEDDING WITH THE VIEW For more information and to view the full Terms and Conditions of the upgrade offer head to UPGRADE YOUR WEDDING NOW... No two couples are alike, so why would weddings be? If your dream date is before 22nd December 2022, why not book now and unlock your chance to secure one of our Wedding Upgrades to make your day that extra bit special... £250 bar credit Two complimentary bedrooms Wedding breakfast wine upgrade Drinks reception upgrade Add on a sorbet course Canapes at your reception Two additional buffet items Bucket of six beers per table

NORTH SUSSEX Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot TILGATE PARK 01293 438 374 | If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, Tilgate Park could be the wedding venue for you. Available all year round, this rural bliss boasts more than 200 acres of natural backdrop for your big day. The Peace Garden bridge, pinetum, ancient woodlands and lakes are all there to be enjoyed and utilised in those all important photographs. THE “I DOS” The Walled Garden lies at the heart of the park where generations of visitors have enjoyed the formally-planted gardens displaying an array of colour and fragrance. As you step inside, the aisle leads you into what feels like a secret garden, where you’ll be surrounded by shrubs and flower beds, luscious green lawns and a wooden arbour. The Wedding Garden can host 100 loved ones for your “I dos.” If weather conditions are less favourable the spacious and versatile barn is a great alternative. It can accommodate 80 seated or 100 standing. THE CELEBRATIONS A 40-metre-long pergola adorned in wisteria, roses, clematis and grape vines leads you through to the Arena, which is home to wedding breakfasts and receptions with its large marquee. Fully-lined with ivory drapes, the marquee also boasts chandeliers and hundreds of fairylights and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Outside the Arena provides ample room for entertainment such as garden games, a mobile bar or caterer. Alternatively, The Barn can seat 80 for the wedding breakfast with a capacity of 150 standing for the evening with an additional enclosed garden. It sits alongside the Wedding Garden and maze. PLUS... There’s also a golf course on site, while adrenaline seekers can enjoy treetop adventures and forest segways provided by Go Ape. Animal lovers can even book an experience at the Nature Centre with meerkats and goats. LOCAL VENUES 19

THE SPREAD EAGLE HOTEL & SPA 01730 816 911 | Located in the pretty market town of Midhurst and dating back to 1430, this charming black and white Tudor timber-framed inn retains its heritage while providing every contemporary comfort. The original coach house and stables, now joined to the hotel, have become the magnificent Jacobean Hall with natural stone walls, heraldic banners and minstrel gallery. While, the contemporary space alongside it offers a haven to relax with indoor pool, treatment rooms and relaxation room. THE “I DOS” Located in the oldest part of the building, the King Edward VII Suite boasts beamed walls and ceiling as well as an open fireplace. It can accommodate 30 loved ones to witness your vows. Meanwhile, the Jacobean Hall can host up to 100 for the ceremony. THE CELEBRATIONS The Jacobean Hall is home to wedding receptions and has its own bar plus double doors leading out onto the Jacobean Garden. There’s space here for 80 seated guests for the wedding breakfast and up to 100 nearest and dearest for the evening bash. PLUS... The venue can be booked for exclusive use and the catering team specialise in delicious and locally-sourced cuisine. You’ll be offered a free tasting, as well as a complimentary one-night stay on your first anniversary. ALEXANDER HOUSE 01342 714 914 | A renovated Jacobean mansion, Alexander House is a luxurious countryside retreat set in 120 acres of West Sussex countryside, just outside East Grinstead. The gorgeous grounds feature terraces, lawns and woodland with plenty of pretty spots for photographs. THE “I DOS” The Shelley and Wakehurst Suite is located on the ground floor with direct access to a private terrace, garden and gazebo and can accommodate 90 of your nearest and dearest. With the same capacity, the private garden and gazebo can also host your “I dos,” if you prefer to be in the open air. The Churchill Suite, located in the main building with views over the South Lawn is perfect for an intimate ceremony with 16 guests. Meanwhile, The Asquith Suite is ideal for a small ceremony with 10 guests, and boasts a fireplace, high ceilings and views over the South Lawn. THE CELEBRATIONS The same spaces are also available for receptions. The Shelley and Wakehurst Suite can be divided with the former accommodating 90 and the latter accommodating 30. For the evening the suites can host up to 200 guests. The more intimate spaces, The Churchill and Asquith can still seat the same numbers (16 and 10 respectively). PLUS... The venue offers a complimentary menu tasting for two and free parking for you both while you’re off on honeymoon. 20

COTTESMORE HOTEL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 01293 528 256 | Cottesmore is set within 247 acres of Sussex countryside, home to 36 holes of golf, two lakes, a 26 bedroom hotel and seven self-catering lodges. The club house and hotel is part of the original charm and character of the 1884 farm buildings and the new parts have been carefully constructed to match the original brickwork. THE “I DOS” The new outdoor wedding ceremony lawn is nestled within a tree-lined glade and offers peace and tranquillity in a romantic setting. Alternatively, you can choose to exchange your vows in the oak-beamed Barn Room, with vaulted ceiling and elegant lighting. Both options have capacity of up to 150 guests. THE CELEBRATIONS The Challis Suite has been designed with a contemporary feel in mind, adorned with mirrors, beams and antler chandelier lighting it’s the place to be for wedding breakfasts and receptions. The marble-topped bar completes the space and floor-to-ceiling windows bring in natural light along with views of the French-styled courtyard with its ornate fountain. It has a capacity of 150 day guests and 200 evening guests. PLUS... The venue offers a complimentary honeymoon room for the wedding night. MANNINGS HEATH GOLF & WINE ESTATE 01403 220 345 | Set in more than 500 acres of natural beauty, Mannings Heath is paired with Benguela Cove Wine Estate in South Africa and is the UK’s first and only combined golf and wine venue. The beamed Clubhouse dating back to the 17th century exudes rustic charm and boasts views of the landscaped golf course. The venue also offers two terraces, which overlook the magnificent Waterfall golf course. THE “I DOS” Mannings Heath is licensed for up to 100 guests for a civil ceremony in the Latilla Campbell Suite. Alternatively, The Goldings Room is licensed for 40 guests. THE CELEBRATIONS These two spaces, the Latilla Campbell Suite and The Goldings Room, can also host wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. The former can seat 100 to join you for your first meal together as newlyweds, with space for 150 for a standing evening celebration. The latter can seat 28 guests. The venue can also accommodate up to 150 seated loved ones on the upper and lower terraces for an outside reception. PLUS... Here, you can enjoy wine estate tastings and vineyard tours. What’s more, the four-bedroom cottage is available to be rented as a whole. 21 LOCAL VENUES

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WHERE PAST meets future Our roundup of Sussex’s historical venues ROYAL PAVILION, BRIGHTON 03000 290 905 | This breathtaking former royal Regency palace offers a unique venue in the heart of Brighton and Hove’s cultural quarter. Today it can be enjoyed in its original 1823 splendour, with Indian architecture contrasting with exotic interiors inspired by China. One of the most exotically beautiful buildings in Britain it was designed to entice, enrapture and enchant the great, good and grand of George IV’s court. The Royal Pavilion’s garden is one of the few fully-restored Regency examples in the country. Flowers emulate jewels against the flourishing evergreens that frame striking views of the palace, creating a pictureperfect backdrop for your wedding photography. The Red Drawing Room can host up to 44 for the ceremony. Retaining much of George IV’s 1820s decorative scheme including dragon wallpaper and palm tree pillars, it’s located on the ground floor and not open to the general public. The Music Room, available for evening hire only, can host 90 for the “I dos” and is one of the most spectacular rooms in the palace. The King William IV Room is home to receptions here. Situated on the first floor above the Red Drawing Room, it offers an elegant setting for both day and evening receptions. With exquisite hand-painted Chinesestyle wallpaper and hanging lanterns, it also benefits from a private entrance, its own lobby and a caterers kitchen. The space can host 80 for a drinks reception, 70 for a standing buffet and 60 for a seated wedding breakfast. HISTORICAL VENUES 23

BURY MANOR BARN 01798 831 791 | Set in the in picturesque village of Bury, near Pulborough in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Bury Manor Barn is a Tudor structure with idyllic surroundings. It is 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. In 1066 it was owned by Countess Goda, sister of Edward the Confessor. In 1085, the Normans handed it over to the monks of Fécamp, who farmed the land for centuries. From there it was turned into a traditional manor house, which later became a popular Edwardian house-party retreat. Ceremonies are held in the Inner Barn, which can accommodate 120 guests. It offers views across the Wildbrooks and River Arun to Amberley Castle and the South Downs beyond. Once the “I dos” have been exchanged, the room can be transformed into the perfect party space with room for a band and dancefloor. Wedding breakfasts are hosted in the Outer Barn, where 140 can sit at trestle tables, or 120 at banquet rounds. The 16th-century barn is divided into two distinct areas by a glazed wall. There’s freedom to decorate as you wish and there’s a superb state-of-the-art LED lighting system in place for you to use too. The Inner Barn can also host receptions for 108 seated at banquet rounds if it’s not being used for the ceremony. The Inner and Outer Barns combined can accommodate 228 diners and evening guests. As one of the venue’s couples you’d also be offered a complimentary wine-tasting with Digby Fine English at their wine-tasting room in Arundel. THE OLD SHIP HOTEL 01273 329 001 | The Old Ship Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the vibrant city of Brighton, with Grade II function rooms and parts of the building dating back to 1559. Standing proudly on the seafront with panoramic sea views from many of its 154 bedrooms, the hotel is perfectly placed to put its guests in the heart of the action being just a five-minute walk from Brighton Palace Pier and The Lanes historical shopping district. Ceremonies take place in either the Fecamp Lounge (70 guests), the Gresham Suite (80 guests) or the Regency Suite (120 guests). These elegant spaces, part of Brighton’s original Assembly Rooms, are also available for the reception seating 35 to 60 of your nearest and dearest. The hotel also boasts the restored 400-year-old wine cellars, which can host an intimate dining experience like no other for 30 loved ones; and the grand Paganini Ballroom, capable of accommodating 150 guests (200 for the evening). The venue offers a choice of set-price packages to suit 50 guests, menu tastings, accommodation for you both on your wedding night, discounted accommodation for your guests and a 20 per cent discount in the restaurant for dinner the night before the big day. 24

PEELINGS MANOR BARNS 07933 092 102 | Peelings Manor Barns offers a charming, rustic, spacious DIY venue. The manor of Peelings is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but there has been a settlement on the site since Anglo-Saxon times and probably long before that. Peelings Manor and its farm buildings are Grade II listed, with the earliest surviving part of the manor house dating from the late 15th century and the farm buildings from the 1850s. Offering the ideal blank canvas for you to dress and set up as you please the space includes the Grade II listed, traditional Sussex Flint Barn, and enclosed outdoor spaces to the front and back. You hire the venue only and aren’t tied to any suppliers or services, this way you’re able to organise your big day as you wish with the freedom and choice to make it personal. The Flint Barn can accommodate 100 loved ones, and the venue as a whole has space for 200 in total. AMBERLEY CASTLE 01798 831 992 | Amberley Hotel 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 of 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 14 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. 25 HISTORICAL VENUES

Escape Chloe and Ray’s wedding styling paid homage to their countryside roots Images courtesy of Philip Bedford Wedding Photography TO THE COUNTRY 26

Chloe and Ray met, covered in neon paint, following their university’s freshers week foam party. And from celebratory beginnings came a festive proposal. While putting up the decorations at Christmas in 2019 Ray produced several tree baubles he’d made featuring photos of the two of them. When they were finished they stepped back to admire the tree, Michael Buble’s Christmas songs playing in the background – “I remember thinking what a lovely moment it was,” Chloe says. But it was about to get even better, as Ray announced he had one more decoration to add. He handed her a handmade box, which contained a hand-painted ceramic disc with a Christmas tree on one side and on the other, as she turned it over to discover, were the words, “Will you marry me?” As she looked up she found Ray on one knee holding out her engagement ring, and somewhere amongst the happy tears Chloe managed to say, “Yes.” The couple looked at a number of venues before they settled on Blackstock Country Estate. “It was by far the best and the most comfortable. It was warm and cosy, but also beautiful. We both grew up in the country and knew we wanted a countryside wedding, so it had everything we wanted,” Chloe explains. Join us as the bride gives us the lowdown on the big day, 18th October 2021... LOOKING THE PART “The style of my dress wasn’t one I’d even considered until I tried it on, but it just looked right and I fell in love with it.” Chloe remembers. She accessorised with a rhinestone belt, silver sparkly shoes and a foliage and white flower crown. It was also important to her to wear her nan’s butterfly brooch – “She passed away recently but would have been a very special guest at our wedding,” the bride explains. While each member of Chloe’s bride tribe wore a different style, the gowns were all sage green and floaty. “My bridesmaids picked the look they wanted, so they all felt comfortable and individual,” she shares. Ray wore a navy suit, which looked super-smart accessorised with a sage green tie to complement the bridesmaids’ dresses. In order to stand out, the groom’s buttonhole was that little bit more special than the groomsmen’s, who all wore matching suits. SETTING THE SCENE Having embraced a countryside theme with a palette of sage green and pastels, the bride chose wild flowers for her bouquet and the bridesmaids’. The latter then featured at the wedding breakfast as centrepieces. The posies were popped into glass jars, which also held the table numbers and sat on top of a large log slice at the centre of each table. Two smaller jars decorated with hessian and lace surrounded them, accompanied by tea lights, wooden-heart confetti and eco-friendly pastel paper confetti. Cute little hessian bag wedding favours also adorned the tables. These were labelled “Chloe & Ray were meant to bee,” and filled with a flower bomb and wild flower seeds. A little wooden bee sat on the front of each bag and the whole thing was eco-friendly, which was important to the couple. The place names, which also fit the theme beautifully, featured a sprig of sage green foliage and slotted into rustic wooden holders. The big-day bake boasted three tiers of lemon and poppyseed, carrot cake and cream and jam. It was all covered with a thick layer of buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers to complement the bride’s bouquet. Chloe assures us it tasted incredible! REAL WEDDINGS 27

Sussex Wedding Photographer A REPORTAGE STYLE CAPTURING CANDID MOMENTS EMAIL : PHILIP@PBWEDDINGPHOTOGRAPHY.COM TELEPHONE: 07984349058 WEBSITE: WWW.PBWEDDINGPHOTOGRAPHY.COM Enjoy a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, in our 400 year old barn, nestled among stunning farmland, in the heart of the South Downs, West Sussex. A Traditional Country Wedding Venue Fitzleroi Barn Call and book a viewing or visit our website. Tel: 01798 865 128 Photo credits: Laura Ellen Photography Danni Beach Photography Bridge Cottage, High Street,Uckfield, EastSussex, TN22 1AZ

The ceremony featured a nod to the season with clusters of pumpkins at either end of the aisle and autumn leaves, which the bride collected the day before, scattered along the runner on either side. The venue’s restaurant took care of the wedding breakfast. Chloe tells us, “The options were fantastic and catered for all dietary needs. Guests commented that it was the best wedding food they’d ever eaten.” CELEBRATE IN STYLE When time came for the speeches, Chloe’s mum and dad formed a double act showing photos of their daughter on a big screen. They were followed by best man Dan who hilariously hosted a game show he’d created, where all guests could take part by holding up cards and guessing the mischief the groom had gotten up to over the years. “It was brilliant and filled the wedding breakfast with roars of laughter,” the bride remembers. The newlyweds shared their first dance to Michael Buble’s Everything. The dancefloor provided one of Chloe’s highlights as she enjoyed so much dancing with her mum, bridesmaids and flowergirl while seeing their evening guests arrive. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Chloe tells us, “Receiving an unexpected card from Ray while I was getting ready, then seeing him for the first time at the end of the aisle were very special moments, as was calling him my husband for the first time. “The whole day was so relaxed. The venue did a fantastic job in making everything flow smoothly. The food was absolutely incredible and the staff were attentive and helpful too.” “Weirdly, the rain helped to make our day special. I was dreading it, but it made our photos look incredible!” – Chloe REAL WEDDINGS 29