Your Sussex Wedding - October/November 2022 (Issue 99)

WIN! £3.55 OCT/NOV 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE The ultimate A-Z guide to wedding dress shopping Rock that frock A honeymoon in Portgual Rustic GEMS Local barn venues Entertainment ideas TAKE IT OR sleeve it Cover up with this top trend WE LOVE TO BOOGIE

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

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 57 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION WIN! A honeymoon in Portugal CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... Brilliant Brighton 21 THE RURAL IDYLL We round up Sussex’s beautiful barn venues FEATURES 47 BURGUNDY BLISS Based on our favourite colour palette this local shoot shows us how its done 50 BEAUTY IN BROKENNESS From the atmospheric ruins of Lewes Priory comes this edgy local fashion shoot 53 WE LOVE TO BOOGIE Our top 20 wedding entertainment ideas 63 ROCK THAT FROCK The ultimate A-Z guide to shopping for the one 88 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey On the cover This issue’s dramatic front cover shot was captured by Discover more of this local fashion shoot from page 50. 21 35 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 75 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 78 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 83 THE MANE EVENT Haircare expert for Milk + Blush Nicole Petty talks us through 2022’s top bridal hair trends and how to achieve them REAL WEDDINGS 30 SOMETHING BLUE Zoe and Harry’s wonderfully personalised big day was styled in blue hues with a nod to their love of travel 35 A MODERN CLASSIC Jen and Mike tied the knot at Pelham House in April 2022 after falling head-over-heels in love with the venue 41 WE DO! Stephanie and Harry said “I do” at The Ravenswood in May, 2022 75 47 92 50 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes 96 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city 30 GROOMS 84 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be 4

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cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and After months, even years, of reading my excited babble about our dear CWM colleague Melissa’s wedding day, you may be relieved to hear that it finally happened, and what a day it was! I’ll leave the storytelling to the bride herself, as you can read all about it from page 90, but I would like to impart a little of my own bridesmaid’s wisdom centred around the morning preparations. These moments were the highlight for me, and it’s a part of the day often overlooked amongst the hubbub of wedding planning, so…  Be as organised as you possibly can in the lead up. This way, you’ll have very little to worry about on the day. Admittedly, Melissa’s abilities in this area are superhuman, but knowing we weren’t allowed into the venue to set up until 10am she’d put together individual boxes containing everything each reception table needed. All we had to do when we arrived was unpack them in the right place. We were done in no time, stress free and ready to be beautified.  When you have your trial, be sure to discuss with your hair and make-up artists the morning’s timings. Understanding whether there’ll be any travel time to the ceremony involved; or restrictions such as when you’re allowed entry to the venue, if you’re getting ready there, will help them work out where they should be up to and when. Melissa’s team had everything running like clockwork in a very tight time frame.  Enjoy every moment. I can’t explain how special these few hours spent with our bride were. Chaotic and gone in a flash, but oh-so precious. I spent a significant proportion of it in tears and I could probably count the number of times I’ve happy cried prior to this on one hand! As we waited for Melissa to be called in to see the registrar, only the four of us remained in the cottage, and a hush descended for the first time that day as the bride centred herself and absorbed the enormity of what was about to happen. I swear I’ll never forget that time, my heart nearly beat right out of my chest with love for my amazing friends. My point is this: devote some of your planning time to the morning preparations and when your photographer offers you the option of capturing them, take them up on it. You won’t regret it, promise. Now, while I leave you and mull over what on Earth I’m going to regale you with now the wedding is over, I hope you enjoy this issue. It’s bursting at the seams with inspiration! We’ve taken a look into the world of wedding entertainment, and put together an indispensable A to Z guide to dress shopping not to be missed. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Best day ever! ISSN 1750-3477 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Cullen | 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 Lorraine Whitehead | 01376 535 607 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. They did it ! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS CHEERS! The UK’s largest specialist wine retailer, Majestic, is opening a new store in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Situated in the heartlands of English sparkling wine production and with domestic vineyard visits on the rise, the new store is expected to see record sales of homegrown fizz sold within its first weekend alone. The area is already home to some of the leading names in English wine including Nytimber and Bolney, both of which will be stocked at the new Majestic store. Interest in visiting English vineyards has boomed over recent years and more and more holidaymakers are choosing to visit as part of their staycations. So much so in fact that AirBnB recently added a vineyard category to its website. Majestic provides all of its new colleagues with WSET qualifications as one of Europe’s largest wine educators, ensuring they have the expertise in wine that sets the brand’s shopping experience apart. So, if you’re looking for advice on the perfect wine for your big day, why not head over there and check it out? You can also find Majestic online at Nearlywed NEW LOOK Holiday Inn Gatwick Worth recently saw the reopening of its wedding and ceremony suites following a huge £9 million refurbishment and extension. The beautiful, neutrally-decorated suites have been transformed and make an ideal location to host any dream day. The team can cater for any size of wedding from intimate to grand. With the largest suite now boasting its own private banqueting kitchen and spaciously accommodating up to 250 guests large scale events are a breeze. With the new suites comes the venue’s new bespoke wedding packages, which include everything you could need for your special day. The team recognises that each couple has their own vision, and that’s why each one can be created bespoke to meet your own requirements. After all, your wedding day should be the occasion you’ve always dreamed of. For a personalised quote or to book a show round, get in touch at or on 01293 884 806 ext 2019. Also, check out WINNING WAYS Marking its 30th anniversary this year, the UK Jewellery Awards is the country’s longest running and most prestigious trade awards event, established in 1992 to recognise the achievements of those working in the jewellery and watch sectors. We're delighted to announce some local interest as Sarah Parham of Sussex-based ring brand SVP Jewellery has been awarded Commercial Jewellery Designer of the Year. With 21 targeted categories, the awards cover every aspect of the industry, from jewellery design and ethical business practice through to customer service and successful retailing. Ruth Faulkner, editor of Retail Jeweller, the event’s organiser, says, “We received a record number of entries for this year’s event and our judging panel had an incredibly difficult task deciding on the eventual winners. Congratulations must go to all of our shorlisted finalists and, of course, our winners. They must be applauded as the leading lights in our sector and really are the very best in the business. For more on SVP Jewellery check out © Phil Weedon LOCAL NEWS 9

VIRTUAL ART Alice and John at The Paint Club have been busy running hen parties over the summer, and are delighted to see everything opening up with people willing and able to meet in person once more following the Covid lockdowns of the past couple of years. Able to run their arty hen parties at any venue of your choice, John tells us, “I’ve seen some amazing AirBnBs around the country recently!” However, if there’s one thing adapting to the pandemic taught them it’s the value of the hybrid event with virtual options still offered for those friends and family who can’t get together. With this latest offering, those who can’t make it are simply sent a painting kit and they can follow along with the live instruction virtually either from one of the artists or as a pre-recorded video in cases where the whole event is virtual. So, even if you wish to invite loved ones on the other side of the world, distance needn’t be a hindrance as these hybrid painting parties still allow you all to get together and have a fab time. The perfect creative activity to add to a hen do, the team at The Paint Club will bring (or send) everything you need to paint a masterpiece, whether its in your AirBnB, home or local pub. Choose your painting or surprise the bride with a custom design and the team will take care of the rest. With your favourite drink in one hand, paint brush in the other, a professional artist will guide you through the artwork step by step. For more information visit or email to book your bespoke events. HEN DO HOT SPOT Getting your nearest and dearest together for a hen party can be challenging and pairing that with a cost-of-living crisis might mean you’re looking to celebrate a little closer to home. So, hen party decoration supplier Ginger Ray has done a little digging to find you the top 19 UK cities to host your pre-wedding girls trip and it may delight you to know that you don’t have far to travel for the very best! Based on an overall ranking of cities providing the most options for a memorable stay, according to Trip Advisor data, considering everything from bottomless brunches and spa treatments to availability of the hugely popular Whispering Angel wine, our beloved Brighton came out in second place just behind Bath. With an impressive 587 group activities on offer there’ll never be a dull moment and given the strong showing in categories such as restaurants with brunch options, accessibility, spots with outdoor heating, vegan options and a good bar scene, everyone in your group should be guaranteed a fun, and above all, comfortable time. Jess Martin, decoration expert at Ginger Ray says, “It’s surprising to see how the different cities ranked, with some unexpected ones such as London and Manchester towards the bottom of the list. While the bride is the main focus of your hen party, so many people are involved in making it special so it’s really important to factor this into your planning, whether it’s dietary needs or accessibility. The index is also a great way to scope out which city suits your group’s vibe, whether it be outdoor activities or bars and restaurants. Making sure the place you visit is the best for those preferences will ensure there’s no disappointment among the group.” So, there you have it. In case there was ever any doubt, here’s the proof: Brighton is the place to be! MEET AND GREET The team at The Old Tollgate in Steyning understand that your wedding day is one of the most special days of your lives. That’s why, dedicated and experienced as they are, they’re above all passionate about providing you both with a personal and focused service. They’ll be out and about this autumn with stands at various wedding shows around the county, so if you can’t make it along to the venue, be sure to catch them for a chat at The West Sussex Wedding Fayre, Horsham on Sunday20th November. From your first point of contact through to the day itself, you’ll be able to rest assured knowing that your very own wedding coordinator will be taking care of every detail, whether you’ve opted for a traditional reception, civil ceremony or partnership. Find out more at 10

FIVE MINUTESWITH... Debbie Vickers from Chopperwhoppers Tell us about yourself I’m Debbie, single mum of three and cabin manager for a well-known airline. I discovered rolled ice cream while on a trip in Thailand back in 2015. I heard a loud chopping noise and saw a gathering of people watching a local lady create ice cream rolls right there in front of us using a cold plate, fresh mango and condensed milk. I was in awe. I’d never seen anything like it in my travels during my flying career. I chose a mango and banana one and watched eagerly as she worked her magic. It was all very theatrical and beautifully presented. The taste was astonishing, so light and fresh, unlike anything I’d had before. I knew then that I had to bring this new creative idea back to the UK. Back home I started researching suppliers of the ice pan machines, created a logo, and then dreamt up the name of my new venture… Chopperwhoppers. Rolled ice cream is new to us! What makes it different to the ice cream we usually get? Rolled ice cream is so different from the usual soft or scoop ice cream, because you actually watch it being made. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. No nasty ice crystals and no deep freezing for months on end. The ice pans freeze the ingredients super-quick. The mixture is then spread out in a thin layer over the pan, which usually is set at around -30. Once it’s set it’s then carefully teased off the pan using the chopping spatula – et voila, the ice cream rolls are made. They’re placed upright into a tub and look like flowers, so pretty. What can you offer couples for their wedding? As rolled ice cream is so unusual it makes a memorable addition to a wedding. It really brings that extra something, that wow factor. Newlyweds can even try their hand at creating it too, providing a great photo opportunity. We offer unlimited flavour combinations, three or four of which are chosen and can be mixed and matched. Flavours vary from delicious local seasonal fruits or your favourite indulgent chocolate, all with unlimited serving options. If you fancy a tipple in your ice cream rolls, we can offer that too. Baileys works really well with smooth white chocolate. Of course, it goes without saying that we can also offer vegan alternatives, which taste amazing too. Our toppings table has been remodelled and now offers lots of goodies to adorn your tubs of ice cream rolls – from mini marshmallows, crushed nuts to creamy fudge pieces. Not forgetting those sprinkles that the children love. There are various packages available for smaller weddings of 40 guests using just one ice pan, right up to 1,000 guests using four ice pans. All come with the same bespoke, quality, personal and professional service. So, if you’re looking for something delicious and different for your big day just get in touch via ECO STYLE Wickerwood Farm has fast become a popular choice for weddings in the South East not only due to its beautiful rural location, but owner/ founder Jude is now offering additional services for your wedding day from styling and planning assistance to on-the-day management, and now boasts an oh-so cool boutique hire collection all under one umbrella. Wickerwood Farm proudly flies the eco flag for hosting sustainable weddings, so by offering these services in-house not only can you feel reassured that everything is offered under one roof, but you also get to see the venue demonstrating its commitment to lowering its carbon footprint and helping the environment. Jude says, “Our new hire collection has proven popular with weddings this summer, with many of our items nodding towards a rustic, boho-luxe feel. It’s really important to me that all of the props I hand-select for my hire collection are preloved, up-cycled and show signs of age. This is what gives each one its charm and character.” She continues, “It’s so important we all work towards diminishing the throw-away mentality that unfortunately still exists within the wedding industry and become aware of alternative ways of styling. By hiring from us you can be sure items will be loved and used time and time again. You certainly won’t find any plastic or disposable items here!” Discover more about Wickerwood Farm, along with details of its new boutique hire collection at LOCAL NEWS 11

Based in the heart of West Sussex, Caritas Cake Design offers a bespoke design service for your wedding cake, to make it unmistakably perfect for your big day. Our focus is quality, and attention to detail. Your cake will be delivered on the day, fresh and delicious, to beautifully compliment your style. WWW.CARITASCAKEDES IGN.CO.UK 07793 678187 | | @caritascakedesign BESPOKE ART WORKSHOPS FOR TEAMS, HEN PARTIES & PRIVATE GROUPS WWW.THEPAINTCLUB.CO.UK

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSUSSEX.WEDDING Closing date 30th November 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. GET ARTY! The Paint Club in Lewes runs arty hen parties as well as regular classes and events from amazing venues in Sussex and beyond. Directors Alice and John pride themselves on offering a fun, relaxed, creative and sociable atmosphere, so grab a drink, chat with friends, have a laugh and leave with your very own masterpiece to hang on your wall. In fact, it’s proven that being creative releases endorphins and is great for improving mental wellbeing so, for a hen do with the feel-good factor look no further! Regular events run in venues around Sussex and include those for hen groups looking to let their creative side shine through. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve painted before, so everyone can join in and create something special to remember the day. The sessions allow you and your guests to be artists. All online and in-person classes are taught by a professional artist who will guide you through the painting step-by-step from blank canvas to work of art. The Paint Club can work with any venue, pub, restaurant, village hall or private home as long as there’s a table big enough for the group. If you have a theme in mind, the team will even be happy to work with you to put together something bespoke. We’ve teamed up with The Paint Club to offer readers a free glass of prosecco for all attendees. To claim simply quote Your Sussex Wedding at time of booking. Find out more at Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS Scan to view video FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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BRIGHTON Spotlight on... We think Brighton is a blooming marvellous place to tie the knot, so check out our whys and wheres One of Sussex’s most iconic gems, Brighton is a living, breathing juxtaposition of historical and modern, traditional and quirky. Its inherent character, diversity and joie de vivre make it a must-see spot, so it’s no wonder more than nine-and-a-half million visitors descend each and every year. Even George IV was well aware of its charms having fallen in love with the place and had his holiday home built there in the 18th century – The Royal Pavilion. We’re lucky to have this seaside jewel on our doorstep, and whether you have traditional or alternative nuptials in mind, Brighton has plenty to offer. THINGS TO DO If you have guests visiting from all over, there won’t be a dull moment for them if they choose to stay in town beyond your big day.  Spend a day shopping in The Lanes  Soak in some history at The Royal Pavilion  Hit the arcades on the Palace Pier  Enjoy the views from the British Airways i360  Head out of town to the South Downs National Park PICTURE-PERFECT HOTSPOTS Once you’ve said “I do” head out with your photographer and take advantage of Brighton’s showstopping backdrops for your couple portraits.  The Grade I listed West Pier ruins  Brighton Bandstand  Seafront graffiti  On the beach  The seafront from the Palace Pier  Upside Down House BENEFITS OF A BRIGHTON WEDDING  You can head out to the beach to watch the romantic sunset as newlyweds before you hit the dancefloor  Accommodation for your guests won’t be a problem. According to Brighton & Hove boasts 62 hotels and nine hotel chains citywide.  Less than an hour’s journey from London, it’s a breeze for guests to reach.  You can bring your fur-baby. In a study conducted by Brighton ranked third in a list of top dog-friendly staycation spots. STYLE IT  Stick of rock favours  Serve a fish & chips wedding breakfast  Host a Brighton Gin drinks reception  Collect shells, sea glass, pebbles or driftwood from the beach to use as place names  Name your tables after the city’s top attractions or famous citizens  Work with your caterer to devise a seafood-filled menu featuring locally-caught fish complemented by Sussex-produced wine.  Leave a Brighton-themed icebreaker quiz on your reception tables – there are plenty of fun facts to test guests on. For example, did you know that Brighton was the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest the year ABBA swept the board with Waterloo? Turn over to find out where to wed... LOCAL VENUES 15

HILTON BRIGHTON METROPOLE Kings Road, BN1 2FU 01273 775 432 | This hotel is situated in the heart of one of the UK’s most iconic seaside towns, which coupled with its classic Victorian elegance makes it a wonderfully romantic setting for one of the biggest days of your life. Found right on the seafront it offers you an iconic backdrop from ceremony to celebrations. The venue also offers its couples a menu tasting for two as well as a complimentary bedroom on the night of the wedding. The hotel is licensed for ceremonies and offers three function suites suitable for your whole day. The Clarence Suite has space for up to 180 guests. Impressive and recently refurbished, it was originally built in 1819 as a chapel in the grounds of the hotel. It boasts a high vaulted-barrel ceiling with three grand central chandeliers. The Regency Suite can accommodate 250 guests. A spacious room it offers the ideal setting for larger weddings. Conveniently located off the main foyer, it also has an adjoining suite, which is the ideal spot for postvow reception drinks. Finally, the Ambassador Suite, which can play host to 100 nearest and dearest. Also recently refurbished, it can be found off the main foyer and boasts an arched ceiling incorporating a central dome feature. It too has an adjoining room, ideal for use as a guest reception area. Check out more hotel hotspots Brighton Harbour Hotel BLANCH HOUSE 17 Atlingworth Street, BN2 1PL 01273 603 504 | BRIGHTON HARBOUR HOTEL 64 Kings Road, BN1 1NA 01273 323 221 | HOTEL DU VIN & BISTRO 2 Ship Street, BN1 1AD 01273 855 221 | MALMAISON BRIGHTON The Waterfront, Brighton Marina, BN2 5WA 01273 041 482 | MERCURE BRIGHTON SEAFRONT HOTEL 149 Kings Road, BN1 2PP 01273 351 012 | THE OLD SHIP HOTEL 32-38 Kings Road, BN1 1NR 01273 329 001 | Hotel Du Vin & Bistro 16

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FRESH, FAULTLESS FLOWERS WITH A p s al TOUCH The Box Tree Company approaches your special day with meticulous care and attention to detail no matter the size of your budget. We are one of few companies outside of London who buy from the New Covent Garden Market, allowing us to provide you with fresh, faultless flowers and foliage. So, If you’re planning something special, we’d love to hear from you! Whilst wedding flowers are our specialty, we can also turn a highly trained hand to other personal celebrations and corporate events. t: 01892 662 489 m: 07900 620 157 e:

THE GRAND BRIGHTON 97-99 Kings Road, BN1 2FW 01273 224 355 | The original palace by the sea, The Grand Brighton was built as a retreat for the London set. Boasting Victorian splendour, stunning architecture and sea views, it mixes sumptuous renaissance-style décor with statement furniture and glossy Art Deco-inspired accents. An iconic Victorian property, the hotel takes centre stage on Brighton’s famous seafront, mere minutes from the pier. Its sea-facing facade has undergone restoration within recent years and now stands proud with new windows, restored balconies, new balcony furniture and rendering, further stamping its mark as a renowned local landmark. When booking for 50 or more guests on the hotel’s wedding package, a complimentary stay in a deluxe sea view bedroom inclusive of breakfast and valet parking on the wedding day is included, as well as a menu tasting. The fully-licensed private event rooms can accommodate anything from intimate gatherings to banquets for 500 guests. The traditional, wood-panelled Regent Room is ideal for smaller ceremonies of around 50 nearest and dearest, and is situated on the ground floor beneath the showstopping Victorian staircase. This room is also ideal for a wedding breakfast for up to 60 or post-ceremony drinks. The Consort Room, also to be found on the ground floor, is ideal for ceremonies witnessed by 50 guests and can also be hired for a small wedding breakfast for up to 60 nearest and dearest. The space is also licensed for intimate evening celebrations with a DJ until midnight. The Albert Suite is a beautifully appointed room suitable for ceremonies of between 50 and 100 guests. Its striking navy décor with white detailing highlights the architecture of this, the hotel’s original ballroom. Classicmeets-contemporary with the backdrop of the sea making a wonderful setting for the wedding breakfast for anywhere between 50 to 120 guests. Finally, the Empress Suite is extremely flexible and can be used as one open space for up to 500 or divided into four separate interflowing suites for weddings of 120+. The classic design here helps to complement a wide range of themes and palettes. The area is also available as a dryhire venue to include use of kitchen space. Think outside the box with these local treasures British Airways i360 HE ROYAL PAVILION 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, BN1 1EE 03000 290 905 | BRIGHTON RACECOURSE Freshfield Road, BN2 9XZ 01273 603 580 | BRITISH AIRWAYS I360 VIEWING TOWER Lower Kings Road, BN1 2LN 03337 720 360 | THE SPIRE St Mark’s Chapel, BN2 5JN 01273 699 223 | THE SALT ROOM 106 Kings Road, BN1 2U 01273 929 488 | OHSO SOCIAL BEACH BAR + RESTAURANT 250a Kings Road, BN1 1NB 01273 746 067 | The Royal Pavilion 19 LOCAL VENUES

BEAUTIFUL BLANK CANVASVENUEWITH STUNNINGVIEWS TOTHE SOUTH DOWNS, PERFECT FORYOUTO STYLE INYOUR OWN UNIQUEWAY! CALL KIM ON 07899 664070 TOARRANGE AVIEWING YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY! 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 BOUTIQUE HIRE COLLECTION A Sussex style-led wedding venue now o ering boutique furniture and prop hire across the South East. To nd out more visit our website he l l o@wi cke rwoodf arm. com | 07901 734 258 | @wi cke rwoodf arm | wi cke rwoodf arm

PEELINGS MANOR BARNS 07933 092 102 | Peelings Manor Barns is located in the pretty hamlet of Hankham between the South Downs and Pevensey Levels. The manor of Peelings is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but there’s been a settlement on the site since Anglo-Saxon times and probably long before that. The manor and farm buildings are Grade II listed, with the earliest surviving part of the house dating back to the late 15th century. THE “I DOS” Although the venue isn’t licensed for ceremonies, many opt to have a blessing during their reception. These can take place anywhere on site with space for 100 in the Flint Barn or 200 maximum capacity across the whole venue. THE CELEBRATIONS A totally DIY venue, Peelings Manor Barns offers the ideal blank canvas for wedding receptions. The space includes the stunning Grade II listed traditional Sussex flint barn with its cartwheel chandeliers and enclosed outdoor spaces to the front and back along with plenty of cover. You hire the space only and everything else is up to you with complete freedom of choice. You have the option to hire all or part of the space. The same capacities of 100 inside the barn and 200 site-wide apply. GEMS Rustic Our roundup of Sussex’s barn venues BARN VENUES 21

CISSBURY BARNS 01903 899 638 | Cissbury Barns can be found nestled on the Cissbury Estate in a beautifully secluded setting that’s part of the venue’s charm. Providing an abundance of fabulous photo opportunities at every turn, the Estate is beautiful whatever the time of year. Brick and flint walled gardens surround the barns and your guests are welcomed either through the secret garden with its living handmade rustic doorway or from the top entrance into the large imposing courtyard complete with its own petanque court. What’s more, the enclosed ceremonial and patio walled gardens offer attractive and relaxing space for friends and family to mingle and enjoy the tranquillity of being hidden away in the South Downs. THE “I DOS” Ceremonies take place in either the East Barn or the wooded area known as The Glade, both with capacity of 120. The former offers flowing white voile drapes, elegant lime-wash chairs and bespoke rustic wooden furniture, which all combine to make it a naturally romantic place to say “I do.” Meanwhile the venue’s newest addition, The Glade, offers a magical outdoor ceremony experience overlooking the Estate. THE CELEBRATIONS The West Barn has the wow factor in spades with its gorgeous oak beams and high pitch roof. The beautiful fairylight canopy and crystal or rustic chandelier await you and your 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and will be ready for you to enjoy. Large double doors either side of the central barn allow oodles of light to flood in. The fabulous bar, which was once the lambing pens, is reached through the main barn offering an additional spot for relaxing throughout the day and evening alongside the gorgeous festoon-decorated stretch tent. The venue can play host to 200 evening guests. THE GREAT THATCHED BARN AT FLAMER COURT 07799 510 976 | The team at Falmer Court are proud to be custodians of The Great Thatched Barn. A new, exclusive venue it will only be hosting a limited number of weddings per year. The Barn is the largest Medieval thatched barn in the country and is a staggering 900 years old. The grounds here are immaculately maintained with a beautiful formal garden where you’ll be welcome to take pictures to remember your special day. There’s also a fabulous stretch tent on the lawn, which offers the ideal spot for reception drinks and canapés. THE “I DOS” How and where you exchange your vows here is your choice. The barn offers a memorable inside space and can seat 130 loved ones. Alternatively, if the open air calls to you, the grounds are also available to you and can host your ceremony. THE CELEBRATIONS With its soaring timbered roof, flint walls and oak beams giving it a cathedral-like feel, the historical Barn really does deliver an incredible atmosphere for a magical wedding. Also, incredibly versatile it can be arranged to suit your preferred layout and can seat 200 for your wedding breakfast. It can also accommodate the same number for the evening revelries. 22

Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club, Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9AT T: 01293 528256 E: W: Ceremony Room, Reception Rooms, Enclosed Courtyard, Outdoor Ceremony Space, Lakes, Bar & Restaurant, 26 Hotel Rooms, 7 Self-Catering Lodges, Health Club, Swimming Pool, Beauty Salon & 27 Holes of Golf Brand new function rooms and romantic outdoor ceremony space nestled within a tranquil tree lined glade licensed for up to 150 guests Photography by The perfect country wedding venue set within 247 acres of stunning Sussex countryside

FIELD PLACE MANOR HOUSE & BARNS 01903 446 401 | A fine example of an 18th-century English country house, Field Place can be found nestled in eight acres of Green Flag award-winning grounds. The manor house contains many of its original features that have been fully restored to their finer glory. The grounds offer spacious greens and gorgeous wedding gardens for beautiful photo opportunities a plenty, as well as a playpark to entertain the children while the adults chat and mingle. THE “I DOS” The beautiful wedding gardens offer a spectacular outside ceremony space, set among white planting. This area allows for up to 150 guests, with contingencies in place to utilise the Pavilion Barn in case of inclement weather. Set inside the manor house, the Oak Room is steeped in history. With Jacobean oak-panelled walls dating back to 1624, it creates an intimate space for up to 25 loved ones. The Chichester Room, boasts its original Georgian facade. Lit by elegant French chandeliers and finished with mink white and damask wallpaper, it can accommodate 95 nearest and dearest. Finally, the Pavilion Barn features exposed beams and a long sweeping aisle. This delightfully spacious setting allows for ceremonies of up to 150 guests. Situated east-west with a north side of flint and a pan-tiled roof it provides a covered terrace overlooking the wedding gardens. THE CELEBRATIONS After the “I dos” you’ll be welcomed to your reception with drinks and canapés on the parterre, surrounded by gorgeous gardens with plenty of space to sit and relax. Dine and dance the night away in the fully-converted Sussex Barn, which radiates warmth and delight with its original oak-beamed high ceilings, fairylight canopy and soft furnishings. Boasting views of the gardens the Sussex Barn also includes a licensed bar. It has double-door glass alcoves on each side, making it a light and airy space with capacity to sit up to 120 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and more for the evening bash. It also has a working stage where your entertainment can set up. The Pavilion Barn is also licensed with a bar and has a private courtyard garden to make the most of including seating and a firepit. BLACKSTOCK ESTATE 01323 848 006 | Set among 85 acres of glorious Sussex country, Blackstock Estate boasts two converted and restored wedding barns. With a picturesque lake and plenty of intimate areas around the grounds, there’s ample opportunity for five minutes of precious escapism as newlyweds. Here, you can wander as well as encountering a myriad of photographic options for your couple shots. THE “I DOS” The Tudor Barn is a fabulous 500-year-old restored Sussex barn, retaining many of its older features. It’s licensed for ceremonies and can play host to 120 loved ones. During the summer months you may choose instead to be wed in the grounds of the Estate. Here, it’s possible to invite 150. THE CELEBRATIONS The Granary is a stunning restored barn with a magical atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting breathtaking views. It can accommodate 150 of your nearest and dearest. 25 BARN VENUES

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome 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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Something blue Zoe and Harry’s wonderfully personalised big day was styled in blue hues with a nod to their love of travel Images courtesy of Will Fuller Photography 30

Having moved with his family down to Sussex from London, Harry joined the local sixth form, which Zoe already attended. He was soon cajoled into a night out by his new friend Duncan, and that’s where he met Zoe. “One thing lead to another and now, 10 years later, we’re married,” she says. “We’ve always just enjoyed each other’s company and we often say to each other that we just love doing life together.” Harry proposed by the lake in the grounds of Villa Melzi, a botanical garden in Bellagio, Lake Como. The couple share a mutual love of the song September by Earth, Wind and Fire, which they routinely played at university parties, and if you’re familiar with the lyrics, you’ll immediately know the date Harry chose to pop the question! Although they’re terrible at managing to pull off surprises for each other, unbeknownst to Zoe, Harry had managed to fly out his step dad and wedding photographer, James, to capture the moment. Zoe is a home girl, so getting married in her beloved East Sussex was important to her. Wadhurst Castle was hosting a wedding fair shortly after the pair became engaged, so they popped in to look around and practically booked it on the spot! “We met Susan, our venue coordinator that day and knew this was the place for us. We didn’t need to see any others. It overlooks the East Sussex countryside where we spend so much time taking long walks together.” So, the date was set for their 10th anniversary, 26th May 2022. Join us as the newlyweds tell us more... LOOKING THE PART The beautiful bride wore India by Madi Lane, a beautiful figurehugging boho-style gown. “I could move and cuddle all my favourite people in it without feeling restricted,” she remembers. It wasn’t a style she’d imagined herself going for, but knew it was the one when she tried it on and felt incredible. “I was so worried Harry wouldn’t like it as it was very lacy, but I thought he was going to fall over when he saw me,” Zoe continues. Harry wore a blue three-piece suit with a tie colour-matched to the bridesmaids’ dresses. “Who knew how difficult that was going to be to find?!” Zoe remembers. The groomsmen were dressed to match, while bridesmaids wore blue dresses. The flowergirl looked super-cute in a cardigan bearing her nickname, Squidge, paired with a blue tutu. SETTING THE SCENE Zoe and Harry settled on a clever something blue theme and set about designing their big day to reflect this. The styling also featured a nod to their favourite pastime, travel, so they chose aeroplaneshaped bottle openers in mini suitcases as wedding favours, which they placed on the entrance table. The table plan, welcome signs, order of the day and a sign illustrating their love story were all designed to match with their names and wedding date on the bottom. They chose a bold black font that would stand out against the colourful flowers and used the same one throughout the remaining décor. Since there were only 28 guests, the duo decided on one long banquet-style table. But, Zoe remembers, “Arranging the seating plan took more thought than we’d imagined.” The place names were carved from wood and painted black. They sat on top of personalised menus that the couple had made to remind guests of their meal choices. Zoe adores flowers and had a vision of beautiful blooms lining REAL WEDDINGS 31