Your Sussex Wedding - August/September 2022 (Issue 98)

WIN! £3.55 AUG/SEPT 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Showstopping big-day bakes Cake expectations A two-night stay in the Lake District Go with THE FLOW Waterside and coastal venues Meet the county’s wedding photographers BOHO bliss Luxe lace and flowing fabrics BEHIND THE LENS

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 region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 66 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022 VENUES 14 SPOTLIGHT ON... Crawley and Horsham 18 GO WITH THE FLOW Waterside and coastal wedding venues FEATURES 47 LOVE IS LOVE An all-out celebration of diversity this bridal shoot captures the spirit of inclusivity 51 FLY AWAY WITH ME Tom Cruise eat your heart out – we’ve got our own version of Top Gun and we’re here for it! 55 BEHIND THE LENS Meet the county’s wedding photographers 59 WHERE THE WILDFLOWERS GROW Domestic flower varieties are influencing wedding palettes more than ever and this shoot illustrates how to use these colours to great effect 63 CAKE EXPECTATIONS Showstopping big-day bakes 88 FROM MISS TO MRS County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey On the cover This issue’s cover image was captured by Sussex-based photographer You can find more of this gorgeous nostalgic, yet modern, shoot from page 51. 14 63 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 77 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 82 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 84 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 87 YOU CAUGHT MY EYE! We put together some gorgeous wedding-day eye make-up looks using the newest launches to hit the counters REAL WEDDINGS 26 AUTUMNAL BLISS Charlotte and Ryan tied the knot on 30th October, 2021 and styled their day to complement the date 33 A WALK IN THE WOODS Rachel and Edward married amongst the trees at Two Woods Estate more than fulfilling their dream of an outdoor wedding 39 BELLE OF THE BALL Emma and Ben styled their big day using a pretty palette of pink and blue 71 33 55 94 GROOMS 80 FUN IN THE SUN Honeymoon must-have for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 94 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand 59 39 4

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

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Get your woofer dressed for the occasion with a palette-matching floral collar, lead or bow tie. 8 WIN! A two-night break in the Lake District cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and W-day is imminent! As the County Wedding Magazines editorial crew prepare to see our beloved senior editor Melissa become a Mrs, we can’t help but be niggled by at least a small sense of shock at just how quickly the big day has come around. Something, I’ve no doubt you’re all experiencing too as your own weddings draw closer. Christmas Day 2020 feels like only yesterday, when my fellow bridesmaid, Olivia, and I bombarded Melissa with WhatsApp messages: “Has he done it yet? Has he done it yet?” We knew the proposal was imminent you see, and were more than just a tad excited! Boy, have we had an adventure together since: the tears of joy at being asked to be bridesmaids (“Are you sure you want me?”), the fun of shopping for the dresses, and the hilarity of the hen dos (yes plural, she deserves it). The past year-and-a-half has seen us grow closer as friends, not just Melissa, Olivia and I – the three amigos; but also with our gorgeous fellow bridesmaid Nolwenn and the groom, dear Dave. Weddings have a habit of doing that don’t they? Of course, they’re a celebration of love between the all-important couple, but more than that, they allow a much wider expression of love for friends, family and even furbabies! After all, that’s why we’re all here isn’t it? I know it’s why I spend my days writing about your amazing big days and why I never tire of looking at the resulting photographs. To quote a hero of mine, RuPaul: “Everybody say love.” I hope you enjoy the oodles of inspiration this issue has to offer. We’ve got three gorgeous styled shoots packed with ideas from the region’s finest wedding suppliers, as well as three incredible real weddings. Plus, we introduce you to some of the county’s finest wedding photographers and find out what makes them tick, as well as showcasing some jaw-dropping big-day bakes by Sussex’s talented cake designers. So, dive in! Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor The time has come 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 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 39 59 It’ll be a proud moment for whoever walks down the aisle with you. The love you all share means it’ll be emotional and memorable too. You could even let your furry friends in on the action as real wedding couple Emma and Ben did Meet super-sassy Oscar, resident cat at Cottesmore Hotel, Spa & Golf Club. Find out about his wedding-day antics in Nearlywed News. FUR-BABY FUN EDITOR’S LETTER 7

SUSSEX’S FINEST Fine-dining restaurant, The Pass at South Lodge has appointed a new chef to take the helm at the intimate 28-seat eatery. Head chef Ben Wilkinson will join the hotel in August 2022 bringing with him a wealth of experience following his success at The Cottage in the Wood, a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in the Lake District. Ben will be joining the team with his partner, Monika Zurawska, who will be leading the front house team. Both are thrilled to be joining The Pass and bringing something new to the Sussex community. Ben’s menu at The Pass will bring seasonal and local produce to diners’ plates, very much an ode to the county, highlights will include Sussex Downs venison with fennel, caper, smoke and rye; and wild sea trout with cucumber, oysters and roe. Desserts include Three Sheep’s cheese and strawberry ewe’s curd with vanilla and elderflowers. Thanks to The Pass’ design, guests will be able to enjoy a truly immersive chef’s table-style dining experience focused on seasonality, clever cooking and thoughtful tasting menus. David Connell, general manager of South Lodge says, “The past two years have seen us working with some fabulous chefs for short-term residencies, however, we now feel the time is right to bring in a more permanent team to take the restaurant on to new levels. Having held a Michelin Star at The Cottage in the Wood in Keswick, along with it being listed at number 24 in the UK Top 100 Restaurants list in 2021, Ben demonstrates the quality of menu he can bring to South Lodge. The Lake District has fabulous local produce, but we know that Sussex has too, so we’re very excited by what he can bring to the table.” Find out about hosting your wedding day at South Lodge at Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS POTS OF JOY Here at Your Sussex Wedding, we’ve been obsessed with the idea of giving succulents as wedding favours for a while now, so when we heard about The Little Botanical’s plans, we did a little jump for joy! This summer, the Sussexbased business is adding a special touch to its beautiful range of succulents with a new personalisation service. The plants on offer combine horticultural expertise with a passion for design and interiors and now you can add a bespoke message to their super-cute ceramic-dipped pots for wedding favours or thankyou gifts your guests will adore. The Little Botanical was launched by husband-and-wife team Greg and Morag, who are fourth-generation plant growers based on the south coast. Your chosen plants are delivered straight to your door and are pre-styled in perfectly fitting beautiful pots for effortless, green-filled gifting. The personalisation service is available now on selected ranges exclusively at and priced at £6 for up to 16 characters. Nearlywed OFF TO THE RACES Fontwell Park Racecourse, just outside of Arundel, has announced that it will be honouring its 2022 prices for any weddings to take place at the venue in 2023. What’s more, a new wedding brochure has just been issued giving details about capacities and facilities, while boasting plenty of new imagery of this picturesque site including the historical Fontwell House, which was built during the roaring 20s. Set within 65 acres of beautiful countryside, Fontwell Park is a charming venue standing proudly in glorious grounds and offering a tranquil location in which to celebrate your big day. There’s a choice of wedding spaces catering for any style or taste from the historical and traditional in the shape of Fontwell House, to the contemporary and stylish thanks to The Premier Suite, and romantic al fresco with the Paddock Marquee. Find out more and download the new brochure at 8

SAFE HANDS Avisford Park Hotel had undergone a change of ownership and is now managed by Bespoke Hotels, whose team is dedicated to ensuring every wedding is as bespoke as the couple celebrating. This grand Georgian manor house is set amongst 89 acres of stunning Sussex countryside, located close to Arundel, between historical Chichester and buzzing Brighton. With several spaces to host your special day, the hotel can cater for up to 250 guests for a traditional wedding breakfast, and as many as 350 for an evening reception, so no matter the size of your guest list, the team will work with you to accommodate your nearest and dearest. The hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in a variety of beautiful locations both inside and out. Choose from The Grand Hall, Henty Suite, Terrace Room or Gazebo on the Linkway Lawns. There’s even space for a marquee within the grounds. What’s more the experienced Bespoke team are dedicated to making your wedding dreams come true, so you can trust them to create a magical occasion for you and your partner. Owls to deliver your rings, a dog as the best man, or a rehearsal dinner next to the outdoor pool (post dinner dip optional) – the hotel’s team are skilled at making your ideas a reality. With such versatile spaces on offer, they love the challenge of making the unusual happen. With so much to offer, Avisford Park isn’t just about the wedding day itself though, as there’s plenty to do throughout your stay helping you to make memories together. Unwind in the Leisure Club with fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and steam room; or relax with a spa treatment or soothe any nerves with a game of croquet or a round of golf. To find out more head over to PICNICKING PERFECTION Set in the heart of the South Downs National Park, the Weald & Downland Living Museum has launched a new wedding package that celebrates the best of West Sussex. Tailored towards those planning a relaxed and informal wedding day, the package includes use of the venue’s enchanting timber-framed Crawley Hall, which is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships. Guests can then enjoy carefully curated grazing hampers from local caterers Fig & Lemon featuring plenty of original regional flavours and produce. Set in the Museum’s Medieval market square and surrounded by cobbled paths and historical buildings, Crawley Hall offers a one-of-a-kind setting for those looking for an intimate wedding with up to 40 guests. Mouth-watering hampers will be delivered following the ceremony for nearest and dearest to enjoy in the barn or outside in one of the many picturesque picnic spots that overlook the Mill Pond and surrounding grounds. The hampers include a luxury afternoon tea featuring delicacies such as locally-produced sparkling wine, Sussex cheese, homemade scones and jam, fresh fruit and cured meat, all sourced nearby. As part of the package, you and your loved ones can also enjoy access to the Museum’s historical buildings and tranquil grounds, which make an ideal backdrop for your wedding photos. You’ll also be gifted a one-year joint adult membership allowing you to revisit and relive the memories from your magical wedding day throughout the year. The Weald & Downland Living Museum’s West Sussex Wedding Package is £70 per person for parties of up to 40 people, which includes all-day use of Crawley Barn (9am-5pm), hampers and Museum access. For more information contact the Museum’s venue hire manager, Georgia Hockey, at Also check out LOCAL NEWS 9

HEAVEN SCENT Zephorium is a range of crystal infused aromatherapy skincare, bath and body, and fragrance collection, based on energy attraction and positive thinking, containing only the finest natural and organic ingredients. Best of all it’s all lovingly made locally. Couples are going beyond simply scenting a wedding with fragrance and are using aromatherapy to energise their wedding party, and the new Love & Surrender range is the perfect tool. Containing a powerful combination of pure rose oil and potentised rose quartz crystal it’s perfect to scent a wedding reception or ceremony. The candle in particular is designed to enhance the heart energy and the ability to receive unconditional love. Likewise, the Love & Surrender Chakra Aura Spray is beautiful when spritzed throughout your venue. Infused with rose quartz crystal and blended with rose oil and sweet orange oil, it smells divine and gives an instant lift. We also adore the Love & Surrender Heart Shaped Pampering Candle Melts made from natural beeswax, pure aromatherapy and completely toxin free. If you’ve scented the rest of your wedding these will make lovely little favours for guests to take home and forever remember your day fondly whenever they smell the fragrance. Also, new to the collection is the Rose Quartz Gua Sha Facial Set. Gua Sha is trending all over social media at the moment, so if you’re working hard to get your skin wedding ready, there are many who would recommend the technique. Said to move energy and lift wrinkles, which in turn improves circulation and increases lymphatic drainage, it also reduces puffiness. Plus, rosehip is the oil for skin repair, helping to heal and smooth out damaged, scarred or irritated skin, it’s combined here with apricot and hemp oil to further promote repair. You can shop the collection at TALES FROM A SUSSEX WEDDING VENUE We love nothing more than hearing all about your big days, but you’re not the only ones with a story to tell as sometimes we get to hear about things from the perspective of the venue. With the Cottesmore Hotel, Spa & Golf Club having suffered a fire a few years back, its team has seen its fair share of adversity. So, when partner Louisa Porter and Julie Foote from the weddings and events team told me some heart-warming tales (or should I say tails) from their recent weddings, I knew I had to share... The bride of a recent wedding at the venue was desperate to say her “I dos” al fresco. The weather had been looking very uncertain all morning, but despite this the team set up the ceremony on the lawn. Twenty minutes before it was due to start, the heavens opened. So, out into the elements the team rushed gathering flowers, lanterns and more, transferring it all into the Barn Room. Everything was beautifully in place indoors, with 60 guests comfortably seated when the sun came out! The bride text from her room that she wanted to go back outside, so the team dutifully leaped into action to reverse everything they’d just done, which included drying off all the chairs. The wedding was only 10 minutes late and with perfect weather for the vows. Julie remembers, “Many of the guests were Scottish and some were farmers, they’d all insisted that the weather would be fine for the ceremony. I should have listened to them!” It just goes to show though that the team at Cottesmore will go to any length to make sure their couples are happy. At another wedding, resident furry friend, cat Oscar, decided he’d make a guest appearance and walked across the aisle on the lawn during the couple’s vows, later joining them on the dancefloor. Louisa says, “He ends up in a lot of our reviews. I think he genuinely believes he’s human!” Find out more about tying the knot at Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club at Editor loves 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUR-SUSSEX.WEDDING Closing date 30th September 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. THE PERFECT SHADE Due to its popularity RUSH Brighton has relocated to a new larger site on Duke Street, marking a new chapter in its journey. The salon boasts a super-pretty pink colour scheme, completely different to anything the brand has used before. The team were keen to try something new and evolve ahead of the modern day. The pink is a positive and inviting colour, and dare we say, a little bit bridal! It reflects the fun, bright and creative colours you see on every street corner of today’s Brighton. In fact, the iconic Brighton rock was just the start of the inspiration. The salon is housed across two levels with the basement floor featuring an exposed colour bar, where you can interact with your stylist to see and feel your colour choice on a whole new level. And in the reception area, we love the soft, blush velvet armchair that welcomes you while you enjoy a fresh ground cappuccino, pink prosecco or hot mug of English tea. Another oh-so cool feature is the BOSE music system with XO Music Management installed, whereby each day the salon has a customised playlist adapted to the weather and vibe. It can be tailored to busy Saturdays, relaxed afternoons or a real mix – they even have Throwback Thursdays! Each styling station also has a Magsafe smart phone charge point for you to wirelessly charge your phone. RUSH is known for its expertise in colour and we’ve teamed up with the Brighton salon to offer Your Sussex Wedding readers the chance to win a colour service of your choice and blow-dry. Enter via before 30th September. Also, check out Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE WIN! FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

CRAWLEY & HORSHAM Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot COTTESMORE HOTEL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 01293 528 256 | This welcoming venue is set within 247 acres of stunning West Sussex countryside, and is home to 36 holes of golf, two lakes, a 26-bedroom hotel and seven self-catering lodges. The club house and hotel are 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” Civil ceremonies can be held either indoors in the oak-beamed Barn Room or al fresco on the immaculate wedding lawn. Nestled in a treelined glade it offers you and your loved ones peace, tranquillity and romance. Both options have space for up to 150 of your nearest and dearest. THE CELEBRATIONS The Challis Suite, Buchan Suite and Barn Room can host up to 150 for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 for an evening reception. Their connected, flexible and multi-functional layout allows for a more personal and bespoke celebration. Meanwhile, ambient, colour-themed lighting plus Bose and SONOS sound systems ensure maximum impact. Full of natural daylight, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Frenchstyled courtyard, which is complete with ornate fountain, pretty pots and planters, and the perfect place for a drinks reception. Charming antler chandeliers adorn the exposed beams and the marble-topped bar creates an impressive feature, as well as being fully stocked with the latest draught beers, wines and spirits. PLUS... The venue offers a complimentary honeymoon room for the wedding night and a free menu tasting. 14

CROWNE PLAZA LONDON – GATWICK AIRPORT 01293 608 608 | Conveniently located in the heart of Crawley, just a short drive from Gatwick Airport, this modern hotel offers everything from an intimate dinner to formal wedding reception for up to 200 guests. With 13 versatile function rooms, you’re bound to find the perfect fit. The venue offers a great selection of inclusive packages or can create something bespoke. For those wishing to stay overnight, your loved ones can retreat to one of the hotel’s 294 bedrooms to relax after a long day of celebrating. THE CELEBRATIONS The Arundel Suite is the largest of the function rooms here and can accommodate up to 200 loved ones for a banqueting dinner and reception. It boasts its own entrance, a private bar and foyer area, which is ideal for welcoming guests and kick-starting your celebrations. It’s also divisible into two sections, perfect for smaller parties of up to 60. The Windsor Suite is an intimate space, able to accommodate up to 60 guests for a private dinner. Located on the ground floor it offers step-free access and plenty of natural daylight. The Langley Suite is one of the venue’s recently refurbished function spaces, conveniently located on the ground floor next to Bar92, it has access to the Bar’s heated terrace. With floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the room with daylight, this space is ideal for intimate celebrations of up to 40 nearest and dearest. What’s more, once the sun has set, mood lighting will ensure the party vibe continues into the night. PLUS… Once you’ve booked your date, you’ll be invited to a complimentary menu tasting, where you can offer feedback and suggestions allowing the team to tailor it to your tastes. On the night of your wedding, you’ll also be invited to enjoy a complimentary stay in one of the luxury Club Rooms, including champagne and full English breakfast. 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. LOCAL VENUES 15

HOLIDAY INN GATWICK WORTH 01293 884 806 | Nestled among 60 acres of Crabbet Park, Holiday Inn Gatwick Worth is a four-star, AA-accredited hotel located in close proximity to two local churches. The venue has recently undergone a £9 million extension and refurbishment, updating and transforming almost all areas of the hotel including its five ceremony and wedding suites. Here, you’ll also find 158 stylishly decorated bedrooms and the popular Meadow Kitchen | Bar | Terrace. THE “I DOS” The Byron Suite is elegantly decorated with a neutral colour scheme. Designed with space in mind, four skylights overlook the area creating an airy space with an element of natural daylight. It can host 220 guests. The Park Suite is a more intimate space with room for 70 nearest and dearest. Also beautifully decorated in a neutral colour palette, it features wood panelling and French doors leading on to the spacious courtyard, ideal for photographs and drinks receptions. THE CELEBRATIONS The Sussex Suite is the venue’s largest, accommodating up to 300 loved ones. Elegantly decorated it has eight skylights and features a private bar and its very own banqueting kitchen. Should you choose to use outside caterers, they will have full access to it directly from the suite. The Lyttons Suite can host up to 150 and also boasts a private bar. A similarly light and airy space it too is illuminated by skylights. PLUS… The venue’s new bespoke packages can be finely tailored to meet your requirements and suit your style down to the last detail. They start from £49 per person and include a menu tasting for two. You’ll also be offered a complimentary overnight stay and breakfast in an Executive Room or Junior Suite, depending on your package. ROFFEY PARK INSTITUE 01293 851 644 | Set in 400 acres of stunning grounds and meadow at the edge of St Leonard’s Forest, Horsham, you’ll find Roffey Park Institute. Its beautifully maintained grounds feature an array of tree species and gorgeous planting providing that picture-perfect backdrop to your all-important photos. The views reach across into the woodland and there’s plenty of space to wander, relax and explore. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some wild deer, rabbits and skylarks. With 60 bedrooms, fully-equipped gym and swimming pool, there’s plenty here to make you and your guests feel comfortable and the best way to get some pre- or post-wedding R&R is by popping into the jacuzzi and steam room. “THE I DOS” Ceremonies can take place in the Rob Hudson Suite, which can seat up to 110 loved ones. It’s an impressive glass-fronted space that’s spacious and airy. THE CELEBRATIONS Your reception can be hosted in one of the venue’s two restaurants – The Sieff or Orangery, which can seat 100 for the wedding breakfast. While the bar and lounge area offers the perfect place to dance the night away with 150 of your nearest and dearest. The team at Roffey Park takes immense pride in its kitchen staff and restaurant. Producing some of the finest menus using fresh ingredients from the venue’s organic kitchen garden. Indeed, it has built an impressive reputation for its catering services. 16

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THE FLOW Go with From lakeside lovelies to seaside stunners, we round up Sussex’s waterside and coastal venues BRITISH AIRWARYS I360 VIEWING TOWER 03337 720 360 | The British Airways i360 Viewing Tower, along with its spacious beachside event rooms, offers a wonderful backdrop for your vows and photographs. The glass viewing pod is ten times the size of a London Eye capsule and travels from ground to 450ft, offering uninterrupted 360-degree views of Brighton, the South Downs and the beautiful Sussex coastline. The South Coast’s highest bar, The Nyetimber Sky Bar, is one of the most exclusive venues in the city and offers an unforgettable location for your guests to toast your union with a glass of this award-winning local sparkling wine in hand. The pod can accommodate 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: Attenborough, Birch and Constable. The flexible spaces are open to private beachfront terraces offering stunning views of the sea and the West Pier. All rooms have natural daylight, audio-visual facilities and views of the sea, the beach and the historical West Pier. They can hold between 100 to 480 loved ones. Alternatively, you can host an intimate reception in the reconstructed 1866 West Pier toll booth, which also has a private sea-facing terrace for 20 wedding breakfast and 40 evening guests. And, whether you’re looking for a formal banquet or a sumptuous beach barbecue, the venue’s chefs will create your menu according to your personal taste using the finest seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from the South Downs region. Image courtesy of British Airways i360 © Kevin Meredith © Kevin Meredith Spectacular sea views 18

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 celebrations. With exquisite hand-painted Chinese-style wallpaper and hanging lanterns, it also benefits from a private entrance, its own lobby and a caterer’s kitchen. The space can host 80 for a drinks reception, 70 for a standing buffet and 60 for a seated wedding breakfast. DE LA WARR PAVILION 01424 229 117 | The Pavilion is a Grade I listed 1930s Modernist building by the sea in Bexhill, East Sussex. With sparkling white walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, a glamorous spiral staircase, balconies and a rooftop reception area overlooking the sea, this fresh, airy venue offers spaces inside and out, for a stylish, modern wedding. Standing just above the promenade of Bexhill’s beach, the Pavilion looks directly on to a vast, quiet sea, with Beachy Head and the famous Sovereign Lighthouse in the distance. Ceremonies take place in the De La Warr Pavilion’s vintage auditorium with room for 200 loved ones, where the production design team can bring your ideas to life. Its unusual dimpled ceiling and walnut veneer interior make it stand out with character and can be romantically lit as you say “I do.” Reception drinks are served at the top of the venue’s famous spiral staircase, where your 100 guests can enjoy a glass of fizz and take in the vast skies and sea views from the roof-top terrace. It’s also the ideal spot to capture some stunning wedding shots. At sunset the Pavilion is entirely yours, to enjoy a wedding breakfast with up to 100 of your nearest and dearest on the first floor. The head chef will create a feast of fresh and bold flavours using the finest local ingredients, including freshly-caught fish from neighbouring fishing town, Hastings. As night falls, the celebrations continue on the first floor with its long bar, balcony and dancefloor with ample space for a DJ or band. Up to 200 evening guests are welcome to join the revelries, so you have the opportunity to extend your guest list if you wish. The building’s stunning architecture is illuminated by night and comes to life, giving you a spectacularly stylish setting to turn the music up and let your hair down. Modernist style by the sea Royal seaside retreat WATERSIDE VENUES 19

TILGATE PARK WEDDINGS 01293 438 374 or 07385 931 071 | What makes Tilgate Park special is its 200 acres of rural bliss that acts as a spectacular backdrop of natural décor and landscape for your big day. The changing seasons all have something to offer here, from vibrant azaleas in spring to gardens in full bloom in the summer. A natural bed of confetti from fallen autumn leaves and sparkling frost forming on the trees in the winter, all means you’re blessed with stunning scenery whatever the time of year. There’s even a golf course on site, while adrenaline seekers can enjoy tree-top adventures and forest segways provided by Go Ape. Plus, can you image saying “I do” with a nature centre and maze on your doorstep? Who else can boast meerkats in their wedding photographs? Ceremonies take place in the Wedding Garden with space for 100 loved ones. As you step into this walled garden, the aisle leads you into what feels like a secret space, where you’re surrounded by shrubs and flower beds, luscious green lawns and a characterful wooden arbour. The Barn offers space for 80 seated and 100 standing guests to witness you say your vows. It’s a versatile space and the perfect solution if the weather is less favourable. It can also play host to your celebrations with 80 seated and 150 standing with the additional enclosed garden. It’s equipped with tables, chairs, a kitchenette and its own toilet facilities. A 40-metre long pergola adorned in wisteria, roses, clematis and grape vines leads you through to the Arena for your wedding breakfast and evening reception, where you can be joined by 150-200 loved ones. Here, you’ll find the venue’s large marquee, fully-lined with ivory drapes and lit by chandeliers and hundreds of fairylights. The area around it measures more than 1,000 square metres, so there’s ample room for even more entertainment like giant garden games and a mobile bar or caterer. When it comes to dining, you can book a spit roast from The Walled Garden Café, an American-themed meal from Smith and Western restaurant or an all-vegan menu from the new Lakeside Café. That being said, you’re still welcome to bring your own caterer in if you prefer. YOGHURT ROOMS 07375 889 317 | At the heart of the Yoghurt Rooms is a beautiful oak-framed barn clad in green oak featherboard with a roof of reclaimed red clay tiles. Designed by the farmer, it was built by his son ready for his own wedding. This huge structure houses a stage, unstocked bar area and a grand central fireplace. It also has rustic tables and benches included in the cost of hire. The barn sits at the centre of an organic farm and is surrounded by the rolling Sussex countryside including Ashdown Forest, and is close to the historical town of East Grinstead. The farm also boasts a lovely large duckpond along with stunning views of nearby Weir Wood Reservoir. The licensed barn has a capacity of 150 for the ceremony. Plus, there’s a new bandstand standing in the main field (also constructed by the farmer’s very talented son). It has power for a PA and is available for your al fresco vows. Receptions can be hosted on the farm, in the event field, inside the marquee, in the main barn and even in the after-hours Rave Room for the real party animals. The venue can accommodate 150 for your wedding breakfast. You can welcome 42 of your nearest and dearest to stay with you on site across the studio and granary apartments or three original Mongolian yurts. The venue also has links with Prestige Bell Tents, who offer the opportunity for rentals over the wedding weekend alongside the other onsite accommodation, for a fab festival vibe. There are unlimited spots for camping and campervans. Lakeside lovely Picturesque pond 20

Your Sussex Wedding 195mm x 141mm 2022.indd 1 20/01/2022 14:02:57 THEOLD TOLLGATE HOTEL &RESTAURANT The Street, Bramber, Steyning - BN44 3WE T: +44 (0) 1903 879494 W: WEDDINGPACKAGEOFFER FROM £4,200 Wedding Ceremony Room Reception drink per person Wedding breakfast for up to 40 guests Complimentary pre-event tasting 1 glass of Prosecco for toasting Cake table & use of our silver cake stand & knife A dedicated wedding concierge Evening buffet for up to 60 guests Complimentary 1-night stay in our Bridal Suite Lying quietly in the small sleepy village of Bramber in the shadows of the grand Bramber Castle is The Old Tollgate Hotel, one of West Sussex’s most popular and perfect wedding reception venues. At our venue, we understand that your wedding day is one of the most special days of your lives, which is why our dedicated and experienced team are passionate about providing you both with a personal and focussed service. For wedding enquiries or more information, please do get in touch with us at or call us at 01903 879494. Weddings AT THE OLD TOLLGATE HOTEL

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... GREATEXPECTATIONS

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Autumnal bliss Charlotte and Ryan tied the knot on 30th October, 2021 and styled their day to complement the date Images courtesy of RB Photographic 26

Charlotte and Ryan met at university and soon became inseparable. “Despite being very different people with many different interests, it just worked,” Charlotte says, “Being at uni could be stressful and Ryan was always there, being a calming influence, which I definitely needed as I was the opposite. He never failed to make me laugh and became, not only my boyfriend, but my best friend.” The couple decided to move in together during their last year of studying and have lived together ever since. Ryan proposed while the pair were on holiday together in Snowdonia. In the gardens of the glamping pod site where they were staying was a hill with a bench at the top overlooking the sea. Ryan arranged with the owners to have the area decorated with fairylights, and they also left a blanket and bottle of bubbly up there for them. Ryan took Charlotte to this beautiful spot and got down on one knee, with a ring he’d designed himself. “Just the two of us, overlooking the sea, surrounded by fairylights at sunset... it was a complete surprise and just the most perfect, romantic moment. I very tearfully said ‘yes,’” Charlotte remembers. Charlotte sings in the choir at their village church, St Margaret’s in Warnham, so this was the perfect venue for the ceremony. However, when it came to choosing a reception space, the couple were less sure. “We looked at different types of venues from old manor hotels and barns to modern spa hotels. But when we visited The Ravenswood, we instantly knew this was the one for us. Not only is it stunning with amazing grounds, it also offered exclusive-use, which included three huge reception rooms,” the bride explains. Join us now as we learn more about the big day from Charlotte... IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE... The church service was an incredibly personal time for the couple, with music playing a crucial role, not least because Charlotte is a classical soprano. She walked up the aisle to I Giorni by Ludovici Einaudi played on the piano, and the ceremony featured three hymns of their choice: Come Let Us Sing, That Human Life Might Richer Be and Father Hear The Prayer We Offer. During the signing of the register, the church choir sung I Give To You A New Commandment by Nardone and Perfect Love by Kimberley Hill/ arr. Stacey Nordmeyer, before the newlyweds exited to ABBA’s I Do played on the organ. “The church service was so special for me, standing in front of all my friends and family marrying my best friend will always stay with me,” Charlotte remembers. The only slight challenge the couple needed to tackle was the 35-45 minutes it would take to get to The Ravenswood from the church. But Brookland Wedding Cars overcame that in a heartbeat, supplying two cars. One was for the bride and her father, later for the newlyweds, and the other as a VW Campervan for the bridesmaids. SETTING THE SCENE With an autumnal vision for the reception venue styling Mulberry Events set about making their dream come true. “The end result on the day was better than I’d imagined,” Charlotte recalls. There were orange bows on the back of the chairs and gold-rimmed chargers with a candle in a bowl surrounded by a flower wreath on each table. The top table was adorned in a string of autumn leaves, while the windows were draped with matching orange bows and fairylights. The table plan was created using a mirror decorated in a string of faux orange roses. The table names were all of places that mean REAL WEDDINGS 27