Your Sussex Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 97)

WIN! £3.55 JUN/JUL 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Your A-Z guide to wedding catering Come dine with us A two-night stay in the Lake District Check in TO W-DAY Sussex’s hotel venues Planning an outdoor wedding THE FINER DETAILS The latest strappy styles OPEN-AIR “I DOS”

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 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 63 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2022 VENUES 14 SPOTLIGHT ON... Chichester and around 19 CHECK IN TO W-DAY Our roundup of Sussex’s hotel venues FEATURES 47 COME DINE WITH US Get a direct line to your guests’ hearts with our A to Z of wedding catering ideas 50 COUNTRY LUX Demonstrating that a barn venue doesn’t necessarily need to mean rustic styling, this team of Sussex-based professionals created a shoot steeped in luxury 55 A SPRINKLE OF SAGE An oh-so modern palette shows off the new-look Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club to its best advantage 59 OPEN-AIR “I DOS” We discuss how to plan an outdoor wedding, with help from Sussex’s local professionals On the cover This issue’s cover shot of real wedding couple Chloe and Shannon was captured by You can read all about their joyful big day from page 35. 13 28 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 77 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 84 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big day best with help from the professionals 88 BEAUTY BUZZ The latest must-haves for the bride-to-be REAL WEDDINGS 28 SPICE IT UP Becca and Jack were inspired by Mexico when styling their personality-filled wedding day 35 GOING FOR GREEN Chloe and Shannon styled their big day with a palette of emerald green and gold as a nod to Shannon’s heritage 40 A FAMILY AFFAIR Annicke and Chris said “I do” at The Ravenswood in September 2021 77 55 47 40 88 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS New openings and honeymoon essentials 92 ESCAPE TO THE FOREST Discover the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Hideaway 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Discover why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination GROOMS 81 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches for the discerning groom 82 HUE COMPLETE ME​ Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials 4

Chair Cover Chic Chair Cover Chic provides high quality chair covers & sashes and offers an extensive venue decor design and accessory service. Unique & inspiring ideas and an experienced professional service with attention to detail. Contact : Vivienne Brewer Tel: 01342 824180 Chair Cover Chic - 89 Hammerwood Road, Ashurstwood, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3RX Email: Your Sussex Wedding 195mm x 141mm 2022.indd 1 20/01/2022 14:02:57 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 C I S S B U R Y B A R N S Main photo and top right Chris Bird Photography, Bottom right e Unscripted Weddings.

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. |

For a bright and bubbly vibe full of joy, why not opt for something bold and beautiful? Becca and Jack’s celebratory palette allowed their personalities to shine. 35 WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and Finally, the sun is shining! It feels like it’s been a long time coming doesn’t it? As much as I’m very much a winter bunny, I must admit that feeling a warm breeze on my face for a change has cheered me up. My friends and I have decided to compile a bucket list of activities we’d like to enjoy this summer, and plans are well underway for our very own CWM bride’s hen do. If you’re worried about what your best gals might have planned for yours, the best way is to maintain an open line of communication. Make sure you lay down perimeters and make it abundantly clear well in advance if L plates, sashes and the like aren’t your thing. Olivia, Nolwenn and I sat bride Melissa down for a chat first to make sure we didn’t make any faux pas and asked her to provide us with a guest list and options for available dates. No doubt you’ll have been careful about your bridesmaid choices, they love you and know you well, so we’re sure you’re in capable hands. Relax and enjoy the break from planning everything yourself. You’ll find this, our summer issue, brimming with plenty of inspiration and advice as always. We take a look into planning an outdoor wedding. With the new law surrounding saying “I do” al fresco, it’s certainly something many more of you may be considering. We’re also delighted to present to you our A-Z guide to wedding catering, packed with delicous ideas. After all, happy tummies = happy guests! Still hungry for more wedspiration? Don’t forget to check out our social media channels @YourSussexWedding, @cwm_wedding, @countyweddings and of course, the latest member of the family, our YouTube channel (to find it just head over to and search “County Wedding Magazines”). Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Fun times 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. 97 55 28 Our top trend tip when it comes to colour palettes is definitely white and green. Completely timeless and oh-so chic it’s one to look out for. Chloe and Shannon were less influenced by trends when they chose their palette, but more so by Shannon’s heritage. Her family are from the Emerald Isle, so green was a must! PRETTY PALETTES EDITOR’S LETTER 7

A TOUCH OF CLASS For a pre-wedding date night oozing with sophistication check out Cowdray Estate’s No.3 Gin and Jazz Evening on Friday 15th July. The inaugural event promises to be a stylish evening combining the best live jazz acts with exclusively curated No.3 Gin cocktails and delicious food by The Naked Food Company. Held in the picturesque setting of the Lawns Polo Grounds overlooking the iconic Cowdray Ruins, it’s the perfect opportunity to unwind together and dance into the sunset! The event takes place from 5.30pm to 10.30pm and tickets cost £30 per adult. Head over to to find out about this event and many more. Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS EAST OF EDEN Sustainable Sussex-based stationery company Green Planet Paper has launched its first 100 per cent eco-friendly, plantable wedding stationery collection: Eden. Featuring a magical, floral fantasia design, it’s comprised of save-the-dates, wedding invitations and RSVP cards, all of which are fully customisable. They can be ordered individually or as a suite. Each element is crafted from recycled paper, made in England and crammed full of native wildflower seeds, and the brand is committed to sourcing raw materials locally. Eden’s bold yet delicate watercolour design, containing an array of colourful blooms is perfect for summer nuptials. The best news is that guests can plant their cards after the big day, which with a little love and water will grow into a mini garden – a floral tribute to a wonderful day. With the wedding industry facing scrutiny about the amount of waste it generates (a single wedding of 100 produces around 400-600lbs of waste) strategic sourcing has never been more important when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint. So, it’s good to know that even if we make small changes, collectively these can amount to a significant difference. Discover more at Nearlywed NEW VENUE ALERT! The Great Thatched Barn at new wedding venue Falmer Court dates back to the mid-13th century and is nestled in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Primarily a film and photographic studio, this gorgeous location is now offering limited weddings and civil ceremonies each year and already has only a handful of dates left for 2022. Drenched in romance, the Medieval charm of Falmer Court’s Great Thatched Barn delivers the perfect atmosphere for a wedding and is reputed to be one of the largest structures of its kind in the British Isles. With its soaring timbered roof, cross beamed and vast cathedral-like interior, it really does offer a show-stopping spot to say “I do.” Whether you choose to exchange vows in the barn or outdoors in the grounds, once married you’ll have the opportunity to wander through the landscaped gardens for those allimportant photos. Guests meanwhile, head to the reception hosted in the grounds’ elegant stretch tent with space for 200 of your nearest and dearest. The venue’s team are on hand to design all the details of your day, from the flow of spaces through to your wedding breakfast with sustainably-sourced food and expertly selected wines. To find out more about this exclusive wedding venue email and check out 8

OPERATION HEN Following the turmoil of the past two years, it’s understandable that folk should be keen to make the most of special occasions in 2022 and truly spend quality time with friends, family and loved ones. For those looking to celebrate milestones and of course upcoming weddings, has revealed its top spas and hotels for group spa days and overnight retreats. So, grab Team Hen and check out Crowne Plaza Felbridge, where you and your bride tribe can experience a Pick n Mix Spa Day at the Chakra Spa. With a great central location near to Gatwick airport, this spa retreat is ideal for a group needing to calm away any wedding worries. Two 25-minute soothing treatments are included from a choice of a mini facial; bespoke back, neck and shoulder massage; heavenly head, neck and shoulder massage; quick fix manicure or quick fix pedicure. You can also kick back and use the spa and leisure facilities from 10am-6pm, including the pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. Package prices start from £145 per person. To find out more, head over to TOAST RESPONSIBLY Club Soda is bringing its Mindful Drinking Festival to Brighton this summer, filling The Open Market with more than 40 of the best low and no-alcohol drinks available. The two-day event, set to take place on 9th and 10th July, 10am-5pm, will also feature cocktail masterclasses, beer tasting and drink talks with local experts, as well as inspirational talks and panels by influencers and experts on changing drinking habits and living healthier lifestyles. The free-to-attend Festival is supported by Noughty Alcohol Free Sparkling Wines and is a great opportunity to try the best in this growing market. Why not stock up for the big day and treat the designated drivers among your wedding guests to some delicious craft beers, wines, spirits, lower-sugar sodas, tonics and infusions, all without a drop of alcohol? Club Soda is the UK’s mindful drinking movement, committed to creating a world in which people drink more mindfully and live well. The boom in low and no alcohol drinks has been fuelled by the 25 million people in this country changing their drinking habits, but not satisfied to compromise on taste. Find out more at image courtesy of Club Soda LOCAL NEWS 9

EDITOR LOVES Surface designer Lisa Ibbetson runs two-hour mindful marbling workshops from her home studio in central Brighton, where she teaches students the ancient meditative, creative art of suminagashi – Japanese ink marbling. Popular among hen parties visiting the Sussex seaside, the workshops take place in a peaceful, supportive environment where you and your best gals can let go of inhibitions and flow with your own creativity using this artistic technique. Originally intended as a process for connecting human creativity to the flowing nature of water, suminagashi has its roots in Shintoism and uses various methods to apply inks to the water’s surface. The inks then evolve in soft, elegant forms before a mono-print can be made at a chosen point by transferring the pattern onto paper or card. Maximum capacity at the studio is seven at £40 per head, but larger hen parties can be accommodated at the local Hanover Community Centre or at a venue of your choice. You can get in touch with Lisa at to find out more and check out GIFTING WITH KINDNESS Ethical and sustainable jewellery brand Vurchoo, has launched its gorgeous Studs of Hope collection of earrings with the aim of supporting a charity that helps children worldwide into education. The collection is now being stocked in Silverado, located on Brighton’s Bond Street. Store manager Emma says, “Here at Silverado we’re committed to supporting environmental and ethical issues. It’s important to us, as a company to champion designers who handcraft their jewellery with this in mind and we endeavour to showcase only those who do.” Individually designed and affordable, the earrings offer an accessible way to help those in need, while being effortlessly chic and fashionable. Bringing ethical jewellery to everyone for only £40 per pair, they prove that anybody can help to make a difference and make wonderful bridesmaids’ gifts, full of heart. For every pair sold, Vurchoo gives 10 to 25 per cent of profits to charities in the UK and overseas, via its UK partner registered charity, Teach a Man to Fish. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethicallysourced gemstones, each design ranging from the colourful Not So Evil Eye of Guatemala to the simple Lapis Lazuli of Honduras and Golden Clover of Uganda, comes mounted on a card showing the region you’re supporting and tells the story behind it. Pop along to Silverado to shop the collection or check it out online at A MARVELLOUS MILESTONE Chichester-based venue Southend Barns is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The wedding hotspot plans to mark its milestone with a series of celebratory events including a party for past couples where a sculpture created by local artist Kate Viner will be unveiled. Commissioned in honour of the anniversary, this stunning artwork has been designed to represent the bonds of love that a wedding day embodies. Crafted in bronze, it will be located in the gardens of the venue to to be enjoyed by couples and their guests for years to come. Originally a collection of working farm buildings, Southend Barns was transformed in 2012 and has continued to evolve thanks to the innovative and dynamic approach of its owners, Mariella and William Fleming. From its sensitive renovation using environmentally sustainable materials, which saw the venue receive a Sussex Heritage Trust Award, to more recent additions of a stylish outdoor ceremony area, allotment for the kitchen team and luxury Shepherd's hut accommodation. The team has worked hard to keep Southend Barns as one of the leading wedding venues in the area. Long may it continue we say, and cheers to the team! Find out more at 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUR-SUSSEX.WEDDING Closing date 5th August 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. BEAUTIFUL BOLTHOLE The Muse Witterings holiday let in Bracklesham Bay, Chichester, is located just a few minutes walk from the beach popular with families, watersports enthusiasts and fossil hunters, and a mere five-minute drive to the sandy West Wittering beach and sand dunes of East Head, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Able to sleep eight this beautiful and vibrant property, bursting with character, has three bedrooms along with an outside cabin complete with double bed and wet room. The colourful garden even has an outside shower and is the ideal spot for relaxing on the decking with ample seating. The Muse’s interior has been designed to inspire and many of the furnishings and fixtures have been handmade by various local artists from artwork to lights and units. You’ll also find a log burner for cosy evenings in and a kitchen containing all the home essentials. As well as enjoying an enviable location close to the beach, the let is also conveniently located just a short distance from East Wittering village, a charming seaside spot with all the usual amenities including independent coffee shops, supermarkets, surf shops, pubs and restaurants, and several takeaway food outlets. What’s more, the cathedral town of Chichester and The Goodwood Estate are just 15-20 minutes away via car should you fancy a spot of tourism. Indeed, it’s the dream spot for a bride-tribe getaway or family-moon! We’re delighted to have partnered with The Muse Witterings to offer you the chance to win a fabulous one-night stay for up to eight people worth £590. Enter via our website at and for more on The Muse Witterings, check out as well as Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS WIN! Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

CHICHESTER AND AROUND Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot LORDINGTON LAVENDER 07793 499 327 | With a whole field of vibrant, fragrant lavender at your disposal, Lordington Lavender provides a magnificent setting. Guests can enjoy spectacular views, wander through rows upon rows of gorgeous purple blooms and enjoy all the charm of a rural wedding with a twist. Located on a family farm, Lordington is the only lavender field in West Sussex. The picturesque lavender field blooms in rows of magnificent purple throughout July and offers an idyllic backdrop for your celebrations and photos. With no public access or sight lines, you’re completely enveloped in the natural beauty of the South Downs and free to enjoy the glorious views at your leisure. Ceremonies can be held anywhere in the field – among the lavender or in the grassy areas bordered by wild flowers. Let your imagination run wild as you choose the spot that’s perfect for you. A large, traditional pole marquee provides ample space for dining and dancing and the grass spaces that surround it offer additional room and flexibility. You can also say “I do” here, under canvas. While the team is on hand to make recommendations and offer assistance, you have free reign to design the exclusive wedding experience you’re looking for. Starter packages include a marquee that will seat 170, but there’s potential for more. In fact, capacity is unlimited, budget permitting. Think canapés and fizz amongst the fragrant rows, guests snapping selfies against vivid purple backdrops and partying under canvas and bunting long after the busy butterflies have flown to bed! 14

AVISFORD PARK 01243 558 308 | Situated in 89 acres of Sussex parkland, Avisford Park makes quite the first impression as you approach. This Georgian manor house with beautiful original features including an ornate staircase leading from the main entrance to the first floor, also boasts a stunning ballroom with pillars, sparkling chandeliers and an ornately decorated ceiling. Outside, the front and rear lawns are ideal backdrops for photographs and drinks receptions, as well as relaxing and spending time with your guests or playing garden games. In addition, there’s a seasonal outdoor pool, tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. The separate Garden Lodge features the Grand Hall, ideal for large events. It can be self-contained as there are 27 bedrooms, a bar, outdoor patio area and dedicated parking. It can host 250 for the ceremony and 180 for the wedding breakfast. The venue’s maximum capacity for the evening reception is 300. The Terrace Room in the main hotel, formerly the manor’s library, is ideal for smaller celebrations and offers access to the terrace overlooking the rear lawns. It can accommodate 70 for the “I dos” and 60 for seated dining. Also in the main hotel is the Henty Suite, which has recently been refurbished with subtle modern décor. It has its own private barn and access to the front lawns. Here, there’s space for 85 for both the vows and wedding breakfast. The Ballroom with its ornate ceiling, feature fireplaces and sparkling chandeliers can host 60 for the wedding breakfast. And finally, if al fresco “I dos” are your preference, the gazebo on the link-way lawns has space for six beneath it. 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 rose-clad 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 and 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, as you walk 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. LOCAL VENUES 15

WEALD & DOWNLAND LIVING MUSEUM 01243 811 032 | The Weald & Downland Living Museum is a hidden gem, located among 40 acres of glorious countryside in the Lavant Valley at the centre of the South Downs National Park. With the character of the museum as your backdrop and limited dates available each year, you’ll be assured a day that few couples get to share. Completed in 2002, the Download Gridshell was the first building of its kind built in the UK. Built from solid oak laths, bent into a double curvature, it takes its name from the shell-like shape that results. Today it hosts ceremonies and receptions for up to 180 people. Additionally, the Upper Hall is licensed too and can seat 50. Crawley Hall is situated in the heart of the venue’s Medieval market square. Surrounded by historical buildings and cobbled paths, this charming timber-framed barn is an ideal choice for intimate “I dos” and celebrations with up to 50 guests. After the ceremony you can enjoy the museum grounds and facilities followed by a rustic picnic buffet next to the tranquil millpond. The Greenways Field is a blank canvas offering an idyllic setting and photo opportunities aplenty. Here, it’s possible to pitch a marquee for up to 500 loved ones. SOUTHEND BARNS 01243 641247 | Set on a working farm in the beautiful West Sussex countryside and surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens and peaceful courtyards, Southend Barns has been lovingly restored with rustic charm and romantic touches. There’s ample outdoor space with a picturesque courtyard that lies at the heart of the venue. It’s a space for children and the ideal spot for reception drinks and garden games. As evening falls, the gardens are lit with romantic up-lights that show off the flint and log walls of the wedding barns. Here, guests can gather around the Collecting Yard with its sumptuous sofas, firepit an al fresco bar. The simple yet romantic Dairy Barn is fully-licensed for all civil ceremonies and partnerships. With a wonderful sweeping 22-metre aisle, exposed wooden beams and benches it holds up to 120 guests and can also be used after the “I dos” for a drinks reception or transformed into an entertainment room for children. There’s also an outdoor ceremony garden nestled in a tranquil spot between the resident alpaca’s field and the Dairy Barn. Using natural elements that complement the rest of the barn, The Secret Garden is a hidden gem that features a 50-foot aisle set amidst peaceful scenery and seats up to 100. The Threshing Barn can seat 120 diners and 200 loved ones can attend the evening reception. The 200-year-old barn radiates rustic charm and has plenty of space for dancing and entertaining. There’s also a Milking Parlour, which can be used as the groom’s quarters or for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready before the vows. 16

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 A L L S A I N T S T H E O L D C HA P E L AWA R D W I N N I N G V E N U E New landscaped gardens, adding to the beauty of this enchanting venue. A L L S A I N T S C HA P E L E A S T B O U R N E . O R G Instagram & Facebook allsaintstheoldchapel Call or text for more information 07885 548227 0794 119 1194 National Highly Commended Wedding DJ of the year 2019 Winner, Wedding DJ of the year 2019, South East region Winner, Wedding DJ of the year 2018, South East region The Wedding Industry Awards weddingdjbrianmole topweddingdj TopWeddingDJ djbrianmole

The Roebuck Inn New Wedding Venue The Roebuck Inn Laughton Sussex Please see website Lewes Road, Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BG 01323 811244 We can offer... A sit-down Wedding function for 75/100 people with separate bar A marquee coming from patio doors into private garden, with an outdoor bar in the Summer 4 high quality accommodation rooms with separate entrances from the Inn A range of menus from Hog Roast to a full 5 course sit-down meal from our team of top chefs

CHECK IN TO w-day Our roundup of Sussex’s hotel venues LANSDOWNE HOTEL 01323 745 485 | The Lansdowne Hotel is located on Eastbourne’s seafront, opposite the West Lawns and benefits from far-reaching sea views. The beach is easily accessible from the front of the hotel and offers some great photographic opportunities that your photographer will be able to make the most of. This family-owned hotel has 102 bedrooms, so there’s plenty of space for you and your loved ones to rest your heads at the end of the fun-filled day. THE “I DOS” The Martello Room is a contemporary space licensed for civil ceremonies witnessed by 70 of your nearest and dearest. It boasts original features and is decorated in elegant muted tones. Its large windows offer wonderful sea views and it has its own staircase allowing for a grand bridal entrance down from the first floor. THE CELEBRATIONS The Lawns Room is ideal for the wedding breakfast and it too can host up to 70. The large bay windows allow daylight to flood in and guests can enjoy the sea views as they dine. Decorated in a similar neutral palette to the Martello Room, it’s easy for you to decorate according to your big day’s theme. The Jevington Room, located on the lower ground floor, is the place to be for your evening revelries. Featuring a private bar, large dancefloor and buffet area, it has everything you and your 100 guests could need. THERE’S MORE You’ll be allocated a complimentary sea view Superior or Executive bedroom for your wedding night, and the hotel can hold a number of rooms for your wedding party. You’ll also be offered a menu and wine tasting as part of your wedding package. The venue has some dates remaining for 2022, so get in touch to find out more. HOTELS 19

OCKENDON MANOR HOTEL & SPA 01444 416 111 | Ockenden Manor is a charming and tranquil 15th-century Elizabethan manor house set in the pretty village of Cuckfield. Surrounded by nine acres of peaceful gardens and parkland it offers views across the West Sussex countryside to the South Downs. Full of history and character, it boasts an elegant sitting room warmed by a roaring log fire, a cosy bar, an oak-panelled private dining room complete with painted ceiling and stained-glass windows, and a beautiful dining room offering sweeping views of the gorgeous gardens. The hotel has 28 distinctive bedrooms and suite (some with four-poster beds), all individually furnished and each named after a member of one of the two families have owned the building since 1520. There are six luxury spa suites, each with a spacious open-plan bedroom and lounge, plus a roof terrace with exceptional views over Cuckfield Park. THE “I DOS” You can say “I do” either in the Drawing Room or the Ockenden Suite. The former is a bright, sunny room with antique furniture, open fire and views of the glorious garden. It can host up to 50 guests. The latter certainly has the wow factor thanks to its spectacular views of the terraces, gardens and South Downs beyond. It can accommodate 90 of your nearest and dearest. THE CELEBRATIONS These two spaces can also play host to your wedding breakfast for the same guests numbers, as well as further celebrations for up to 100. Additionally, the Burrell Suite, an oak-panelled room with a door opening out onto the the garden can also host a wedding breakfast for 40 loved ones. THERE’S MORE The venue can be hired exclusively and offers award-winning cuisine, which utilises locally-sourced ingredients. What’s more, Ockenden Manor Spa was purpose-built inside a 19th-century walled garden. The contemporary spa offers a host of luxury facilities including an indoor pool with swim-through to an outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub and eight treatment rooms. BRIGHTON HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA 01273 323 221 | Located on the seafront, taking pride of place on Brighton’s worldfamous promenade, the hotel features a Victorian exterior and a host of vibrant, contemporary interiors. There are 79 rooms and suites brimming with nautical, seaside charm, all featuring Art Deco-style nods, seaside prints, striped bedding and soft furnishing. What’s more, the front-facing accommodation boasts incredible sea views. THE “I DOS” You can exchange your vows in The Marine Room as 110 or your nearest and dearest look on. Features include period stained-glass windows and a simple, yet sophisticated white décor palette. The Snug on the other hand is ideal for more intimate “I dos.” Small but perfectly formed, it’s ever so chic and when the temperature drops you can turn up the heat with the open fire. THE CELEBRATIONS Your celebrations can also be held in The Marine Room or Snug. The former has its own private bar and can host up to 130 for a seated wedding breakfast and 180 for the evening bash. THERE’S MORE One of Brighton’s best kept secrets, there’s also a subterranean spa hidden beneath the city, in the old smugglers tunnels, complete with Scandinavian hot tubs, a large pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms – perfect for a pre-wedding pamper. 20


Bury Manor Barn, The Manor, Church Lane, Bury, West Sussex, RH20 1PB 01798 831791 | |

BLANCH HOUSE 01273 603 504 | Blanch House boutique hotel is housed in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse on a quiet side street in the quirky, vibrant Kemp Town area of Brighton. A mere stone’s throw from the Regency seafront it’s an ideal spot for an intimate wedding and boasts a stylish champagne and cocktail lounge, and 12 individually-designed guest bedrooms. THE “I DOS” Ceremonies are held in the elegant and intimate Belle Epoque Suite, which can host 15 to 35 of your loved ones. THE CELEBRATIONS Following the vows, the wedding party are invited to the Champagne and Cocktail Lounge to enjoy a drinks reception or you’re welcome to take a wander down to the nearby seafront for photos. Meanwhile, the Blanch House team will prepare the Belle Epoque Suite to welcome you for your reception. Tables and seating for up to 35 nearest and dearest can be arranged in various ways to comfortably accommodate everyone. THERE’S MORE Exclusive-use packages are also available, so don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more. Others include the Chic Boutique and Luxury Boutique Packages, as well as a ceremony only package. THE GRAND BRIGHTON 01273 224 355 | The Grand Brighton is the original palace by the sea, built as a retreat for the London set. Bursting with Victorian splendour, stunning architecture and sea views, it offers a seamless blend of sumptuous renaissance-style decor with statement furniture and glossy Art Deco-inspired accents. This historical hotel is centred around a magnificent sweeping spiral stairase and sits just a stone’s throw from Brighton beach. THE “I DOS” The Regent Room is a traditional wood-panelled room ideal for smaller ceremonies of up to 50 nearest and dearest and lies on the ground floor beneath the famous staircase. The Consort Room can accommodate ceremonies of up to 75. Its classic design and neutral tones provide the ideal backdrop for chic “I dos.” The Albert Suite meanwhile, is a beautifully appointed room and can seat between 50 and 100 for the vows. Its striking navy blue decor with white detailing highlighs the architecture of this, the hotel’s original ballroom. Finally, the Empress Suite is extremely flexible and can be used as one open space for 500 or divided into four interflowing suites for 150 plus. It’s also available to dry hire including the kitchen space. THE CELEBRATIONS All of the aforementioned spaces double up as reception spaces. The Regent Room, Consort Room and Albert Suite can all host 60 loved ones for a wedding breakfast, while The Empress Suite can hold 800 guests who can dine before heading in to the adjoining sea-facing Pavilion Suite. THERE’S MORE The hotel offers you, the newlyweds, a complimentary stay in a deluxe sea-view bedroom inclusive of breakfast and valet parking as part of your wedding package, as well as a menu tasting for two when booking for 50 plus guests. 23 HOTELS

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 18TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 9TH OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 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

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2022 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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. ESSEX SUN 23 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 25 SEPT PONTLANDS PARK West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, CM2 8HR SUN 30 OCT LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 16 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN 12PM-4PM

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 KENT SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 6 NOV HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 4 SEPT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 18 SEPT CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 23 OCT SMEETHAM HALL BARN Smeetham Hall, Sudbury, CO10 7EU SUN 25 SEPT RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 6 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 4 SEPT HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 11 SEPT WARREN HOUSE Warren Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7HY SUN 30 OCT SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM

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Spice it up Becca and Jack were inspired by Mexico when styling their personalityfilled wedding day Images courtesy of Hayley Rose Photography 28

Following an unsuccessful date in London a disheartened Becca wiled away the journey home by scrolling through Tinder. Some might argue that this was destiny, as if she’d waited until she was at home she wouldn’t have been in the same location radius as Jack and they might never have been matched. They got in touch and spent days chatting over WhatsApp before exchanging phone calls. “We knew at this point we had lots in common and the biggest tick of all was that we made each other laugh,” Becca remembers. They met in Crawley for their first date where, having bonded over their Nandos order, they moved on to bowling and shots at the pub – the rest, as they say, is history. Jack proposed in 2019, while in Dublin on a city break. As they walked through Iveagh Gardens, they stopped by a waterfall to take photos and Jack went down on one knee. Despite getting the ring box stuck in his pocket, he eventually managed to produce it and pop the question. “We spent the rest of the three-day trip with the biggest smiles on our faces,” Becca says. Read on as the newlyweds tells us more about their big day... LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Two weeks after becoming engaged, super-organised Becca was determined to secure a venue and date for a summer 2021 wedding. With her being a teacher, their dates were limited. Armed with a list of venue must-haves they started to look at locations and found the Yoghurt Rooms. “We knew it was the one for us, its relaxed vibe was exactly what we were searching for. It offered accommodation for around 30 guests, which we could have for two nights and there was unlimited capacity for the rest of the wedding party,” Becca explains. What’s more, the Yoghurt Rooms had just been granted planning permission for a bandstand to be built to hold licensed ceremonies, which was completed in 2020 and was where the couple said “I do.” SETTING THE SCENE With a bright Mexican-inspired palette the venue styling was bold and joyful. Favours were packets of chilli seeds, which doubled as place names and tied in thematically with the Mexican wedding breakfast of tacos. The couple’s vision was for an informal wedding, so the DIY nature of the feast really worked to bring everyone together. Chicken nuggets, sausage rolls and mozzarella dippers were served as canapés – the most Becca-and-Jack thing ever, we’re told! Centrepieces featured gin bottles containing fairylights and tall taper candles in bright colours. Fairylights were also woven through the centre of the tables and coloured napkins completed the look. Flowers were arranged in coloured jam jars, with florist Bella of Arabella Floral hitting the bright and Mexican-style brief perfectly. Bright florals also decorated the big-day bake, which was also designed to complement the vibrant theme. Further bold and beautiful décor included colourful pom poms, dreamcatchers, macramé, and Mexican die-cut paper bunting. We particularly love the flower- and ribbon-adorned backdrop with ‘The Teagues’ neon sign. LOOKING THE PART Gorgeous Becca wore Charlene by Maggie Sottero. She saw the dress online and found a stockist in Tunbridge Wells, which she visited with her mum to try it on. It was the one! “As a slightly curvier REAL WEDDINGS 29