Your Surrey Wedding - June/July 2023 (Issue 101)

£3.55 JUN/JUL 2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE a pearl necklace worth £1,100 WIN I do, I do, I do Be inspired by local couples yMou lo a o d k e Get wedding-ready PICK OF THE BUNCH Big-day florists

WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR T: +44 (0)1252 555 892 E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS DENISE WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK A SHOW ROUND Located on the Hampshire and Surrey border overlooking the private Farnborough Airport, Aviator is one of Hampshire’s most unique hotels. With 169 contemporary bedrooms and suites, a dedicated events lobby, extensive dining and refreshment options and four diverse spaces ready to welcome your style and personality, Aviator provides the perfect venue for everything from your hen or stag do, to your anniversary celebration. Inject creativity into your ceremony and reception with peace of mind that our outstanding reputation in customer service will make celebrating love straightforward. SAY I DO TO ONE VENUE

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm hello from editor Danielle Harvey 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 81 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice for intimate weddings 97 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2023 VENUES 19 WHERE TO WED IN... Epsom, Elmbridge, Weybridge and Leatherhead 23 IN FIRST PLACE Will one of these sport-themed venues be your big-day winner? FEATURES 49 PRETTY IN PASTELS This styled shoot showcases all that is beautiful when using pastel tones 53 HAND-PICKED BUNCH Meet a host of talented local florists 71 MADE YOU LOOK Top beauty and styling tips from the professionals for before and on the big day On the cover... This issue’s gorgeous cover comes straight from the wedding of Lydia and Mike at Bingham Riverhouse. Shot by, you can read more about their big day over on page 36. 49 23 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 TO THE MOON AND BACK Abi and Ben’s wedding day had the ultimate al fresco vibe by Spirit Lake, Dorking 36 JUST US TWO Lydia and Mike’s wedding was at a gorgeous riverside setting, Bingham Riverhouse 43 FROM DUBAI, WITH LOVE Lisa and Allan’s wedding was an intimate affair after a whirlwind romance GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 61 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 62 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 68 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 78 KEEP CALM AND MARRY ON Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness share their stress-beating tips 62 31 88 86 HONEYMOONS 88 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 90 THE CITY OF LOVE Discover why Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination 92 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 94 A HIDDEN TREASURE Danielle Harvey enjoys a blissful stay in the Surrey Hills 4

Where will you jet off to on honeymoon? Simply stylish in monochrome, check out Lydia and Mike’s day Pink is going to be on-trend all year! #Barbie Made you look; top fashion and beauty tips As we approach the summer months there’s always a more positive vibe in the air. Although, if you’re anything like me, there’s also panic as we leave the spring behind us... am I summer ready? Toe nails painted? Skin not translucent from the winter months? Hair still dry and ravished by heating? Help! Panic not Your Surrey Wedding readers, as we have a feature this issue to get you looking your big-day best, head over to page 71 now! After all the blooming, flora and fauna we’ve seen over the last few months ‒ thank you mother nature spring has sprung ‒ has your mind turned to your wedding flowers? Page 53 onwards, we meet a hand-picked selection of wedding florists and find out all about their passion for floristry. As always, Your Surrey Wedding is packed to the brim with helpful wedding planning features; we have venues aplenty for you to be able to get that booked and checked off your to-do list; there’s ample real weddings so you can see how your fellow Surrey residents are tying the knot; and our local experts are answering your intimate wedding questions over on page 81. Happy planning Danielle x Danielle Harvey, Managing Editor Bring me sunshine ISSN 1751-7095 Your Surrey Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Surrey Wedding is published six times a year. ADVERTISING Account Manager Anita Bridge | 01376 538 565 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Managing Editor Danielle Harvey | 01376 535 611 EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 71 62 36 88 6

Win a diamond and pearl necklace. Tie the knot in one of these local beauties 97 19 Abi and Ben’s moon-themed day was a sight to behold 31 81 Our experts are here to help Will one of these sporting venues be your winner? 23 Hand-picked; meet your local florists 53 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

All the latest from around the county NEWS Nearlywed WEDDING VENUE OPENING Pyrford Lakes, operated by Get Golfing, has just completed a major refurbishment of its clubhouse, and is set to become one of the most exciting new event venues in Surrey. With a complete clubhouse rebuild, Pyrford now offers a fantastic new Lakeview Suite and stunning outdoor patio area, capable of hosting 200 or more guests throughout. In addition, the new west-facing terrace offers picturesque views across the lakes, that give Pyrford its name, and the golf course. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views to accompany the new interior. Pyrford is fully licensed for all types of events including weddings both indoor and outdoor. This includes its new purpose-built pergola, which provides the opportunity to get married outside in front of the stunning lakes. With ample on-site parking, customisable event spaces as well as indoor and outdoor offerings, there really is nowhere more exciting than Pyrford Lakes right now. Visit TO DINE FOR The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland has awarded The Tudor Pass at Great Fosters a coveted star. This is a tremendous achievement as The Tudor Pass only opened in September 2022, it’s highly unusual for the Michelin Guide to award a star so soon after opening, but it reflects head chef Alex Payne and his team’s talent, dedication and passion. Born in Egham and raised less than a mile from the hotel, Alex joined Great Fosters last September to launch The Tudor Pass, an intimate, gastronomic restaurant with only seven tables and open Wednesday to Saturday for both lunch and dinner. Alex and his team explain and serve many of the dishes directly to diners to bring some of the excitement and theatre of the pass into the restaurant giving a truly unique experience for guests. Alex adds, “I’m thrilled for the whole team that Michelin has recognised our small restaurant and look forward to welcoming clients both old and new to The Tudor Pass in the coming months. It’s such an honour to be recognised in this way and this award will definitely spur us on to achieve even greater things.” Visit NEW LAUNCH Coppa Club has launched The Townhouse Guildford, Surrey’s third location for the Coppa Club Group. The Guildford Townhouse has the same club-ethos as the other venues with all-day dining, co-working, drinking and socialising all under one roof. Located on Guildford’s bustling high street, in the iconic and locally loved Burton’s building, its set across three floors with a home away from home layout. Each floor of the townhouse has its own distinct palette and feel, created by award-winning interior designers, Run For The Hills. The interiors are stylish, laid-back and welcoming; a light, fresh and vibrant scheme on the ground floor, the brasserie has soft warm tones, and there are deeper, dynamic shades on the top floor. The interiors are designed to morph seamlessly throughout the day from light mornings to laid-back afternoons and from dusky evenings to atmospheric nights. The ground floor is a café, bar and workspace, with a ‘snug’ lounge area perfect for working from, catching up with friends, or simply relaxing. The middle floor features a brasserie and private dining space, with the brasserie open seven-days a week with all-day dining options, serving everything from brunch and lunch through to late-night dining. Upstairs on the top floor, guests will find a destination cocktail bar with its own carefully-designed cocktail list, curated by Coppa Clubs in-house mixologists. The menu will reflect the seasons, featuring an exciting range of cocktails from unique takes on the classics through to the bar’s own mixes. Check out 8

BEE-AUTIFUL Bee Friends is a small family-run honey bee farm in the Surrey Hills. If you’re considering a more organic and eco-friendly wedding, the company now offer small beeswax candles and honey pots for favors, or tall tapered beeswax candles for your ceremony or reception. All are handmade in small batches, the candles are non-toxic and don’t emit soot and its honey is raw, natural and delicious! Pop over to for more information. PRE-WEDDING TLC If the wedding planning has taken its toll, as exciting as it is, it can be a little overwhelming, where you lose sight of who you are and why you’re getting married! Surrey celebrant Helen Noble and bridal coach Vicci Massey have created the ‘Healthy Wedding Success’ course to see you through the planning, the wedding and beyond – here’s to a happy marriage! Helen adds, “You love them, but life and wedding planning is taking over, and you really want to go back to basics, feel the love again rather than the list, and be romantic for a moment rather than efficient! Well, I’m delighted to tell you that there's a solution. A place where you and your partner can come together outside of the hustle and bustle and the opinions of friends and family. A place where you reconnect about what marriage means to you both and to get all loved up again.” Taking place in the County Club at the top of Guildford’s high street on a Saturday, it provides a safe space of excitement, romance, connection and marriage talk. Find out more: DON’T MISS THIS OFFER Based in Sutton, photographers and videographers irockvisuals has an offer our readers aren’t going to want to miss! For any couples looking for wedding photography or videography for October, November or December 2023 dates, you can receive 30 per cent off irockvisuals’ all-day package prices. Visit now! DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! Nutfield Priory Wedding & Events Showcase Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa, Redhill, Surrey on Sunday 2nd July 2023 between 1pm and 5pm. Visit: LOCAL NEWS 9

You think you are sorted, but then you realise you are walking into a room for the first time having had no rehearsal, you haven’t met the registrar, and you don’t know where to stand or what you have to say! Your anxiety is having a field day and you feel sick at the thought. STOP! There is another way. CELEBRANT LED CEREMONY. Feel empowered and inspired that you will own your ceremony, and it will be, like you, one-of-a-kind. You can have total control over what I shall be saying AND you can write what you want to say! I will GIVE you a rehearsal so you know what to do, when and where! I will guide you, steer you away from the failure of a bland forgettable ceremony, and I shall create a ceremony that stays with you and your guests forever - making your ceremony go from a worry to wonderful! Call me or head to my website for a wedding that will last a life time. I’m so excited to meet you, let’s get creating and styling your ceremony - a wedding should be personalised; Lets go above and beyond and make it bespoke! 07787 530720 @celebrantofsurrey SUMMER ‘23 to WINTER ‘26 dates available LET ME TAKE YOU FROM THE WORRY OF THE CEREMONY, TO THE WONDER! I love to capture that natural moment - part of which makes photos and videos so special. I am flexible to my customers’ needs and will discuss any project with you to make sure I achieve your desired specification. I really enjoy being able to record that ‘unique’ shot, turning your moments into cherished memories. Qualified and Insured. Based in Surrey, happy to travel to wherever you need me. 07876 253 562 Irock visuals /eraykayaphotography /irockvisual irock_weddings PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSURREY.WEDDING BEFORE 31ST JULY 2023. WIN: AN OVERNIGHT STAY FOR TWO WORTH £250! Luxurious and romantic, five-star accommodation The Barn Surrey Hills is set in peaceful private gardens just a five-minute drive from Dorking. The two-storey shiplap barn boasts original features, oak beams and cosy country-style interiors. A large oak staircase, leading to the landing, offers breathtaking views and even the bathroom door is from the original house which is more than 300-years-old. The sumptuous double bed with luxury linen and the most comfortable pillows will provide a restful night’s sleep. While a freestanding Slipper bath, made for two, is the main feature of the barn and can be enjoyed with the overhead subdued lighting, with or without the Baroque privacy screen. The barn is very well equipped with individual toiletries for your stay: soft white towels and oversized comfy robes to snuggle up in – there’s a barn-style bell for when Room Service arrives. Visit and head to to book! Your Surrey Wedding has teamed up with The Barn Surrey Hills to offer readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two with breakfast, a bottle of fizz and canapés! Enter via our website. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit our website WORK WITH US SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER BERKS, BUCKS & OXON EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR

ESSEX KENT SUSSEX SUN 8 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 29 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 1 OCT | MULBERRY HOUSE Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, CM5 9NL SUN 22 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 22 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SUN 15 OCT | BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Road, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN 1 OCT | NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL SURREY 12PM-4PM 12PM-4PM

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 29TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Where to wed in Epsom, Elmbridge, Weybridge and Leatherhead Going local PHOENICE FIELDS, LEATHERHEAD Fiesta Fields is an outdoor wedding and events company, representing a variety of beautiful outdoor venues dotted across Surrey and Sussex. Phoenice Fields are set within the beautiful Trust Reserve of Norbury Park, which lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located just outside Leatherhead, it offers the benefit of nearby accommodation and great transport links. The space combines idyllic, expansive views, with a feeling of total seclusion. It’s exceptionally peaceful and offers plenty of space for camping, guest parking, an outdoor blessing and tipi or marquee. Access is via a rural track that quickly transports guests from town to countryside, and couples can take advantage of the long grasses and wildflowers in the field and the pretty woods just outside the tree-lined field for their photos. Celebrant-led ceremonies can take place in whichever part of the field couples choose with a flower arch, ceremony tipi or similar providing a focal point, and guests can be seated on bales or chairs, depending on preference. Receptions are held in the desired structure ie tipis/marquee, this is ‘blank canvas’ wedding in its purest sense! Fiesta Fields offers full flexibility for choice of suppliers so couples can piece together every element of their reception. A tipi or marquee is generally supplied with matting, lighting, tables, chairs, dancefloor, with other finishing touches available, ready for couples to add flowers and décor. The team bring a wealth of event and project management experience, along with creativity, attention to detail and a knowledge of local suppliers; offering full or partial coordination or an essentials package that includes land hire, power, loos, security and on-the-day coordination. Cream canvas tipis are offered through Feista Field’s sister company Canvas & Light ( Contact: www. 19 LOCAL VENUES

PAINSHILL, COBHAM Designed in the 18th century as a living work of art, Painshill landscape garden is ideal for those couples looking for an outdoor venue. The garden boasts areas with beautiful flower beds and manicured lawns, the perfect location for from an elegant marquee or tipi-style covering. Around every corner is a romantic folly, beautiful temple or a stunning view. With more than 150 acres of woodlands, meadows, vineyard and lake to explore; couples tying the knot here will be provided with a golf buggy and driver to ensure you can take advantage of the amazing photography opportunities. Ceremonies are held in the Gothic Temple with up to 75 loved ones, a beautiful white pavilion with stunning views over the lake. The open-sided Temple has a tree-lined aisle leading up to it and perfect arches to frame you while to exchange your vows. A marquee is provided for the comfort of your guests during the ceremony and for a drinks reception afterwards. Receptions at Painshill can take place on the Amphitheatre, an oval lawn near the Temple, or in the Walled Garden ‒ an exclusive enclosed area on the banks of the River Mole. The spaces can hold different sizes and styles of marquee and, with views over the vineyard and lake, the Amphitheatre is a beautiful venue for a wedding breakfast. The Walled Garden has power facilities meaning it’s the perfect choice if you want to stay at Painshill all day and party into the night. Painshill has featured in Married At First Sight and TV dramas such as Netflix’s Bridgerton and ITV’s Vanity Fair. Throughout the grounds there are distinctive and unique features; one of the most beautiful is the Grotto, a sparkling cave full of crystals that shimmer and shine with reflections from the lake. Contact: 01832 868 113 | MANOR HOUSE SCHOOL, BOOKHAM Voted one of the UK’s most beautiful schools, Manor House School is situated on a seventeen-acre site in Surrey’s commuter belt. The photogenic 17th-century manor house sits amidst formal areas around a main front lawn with a natural wildlife area and an orchard. Couples have exclusive-use of its beautiful Grade II listed Queen Anne building and landscaped grounds for weddings or special occasions. The venue’s sunlit south-facing function hall has windows both sides and a sprung ash floor for dancing. There’s a wow-factor entrance hall for your arrival drinks, Georgian fanlight doors that open out onto the pristine lawn and a magnificently grand staircase, and a warming log fire for cosy winter weddings. Although you can’t tie the knot here, wedding breakfasts and receptions take place in Arcot Hall comfortably accommodating up to 100 guests and up to 50 additional evening guests. Larger parties are possible in marques or tipis during school holidays on the front lawn. When hosting your wedding day here, couples can make the most of a quiet room upstairs and will also have access to the balcony for pictureperfect shots. There’s also access to a fully equipped commercial kitchen for professional caterers and there’s no corkage charge! Contact: 01372 457 077 20

BROOKLANDS MUSEUM First opening its doors in 1907, Brooklands Museum has been through two World Wars, the Jet Age and beyond. It’s a place of great endeavour, achievements and has spawned many great pioneers, drivers, aviators and engineers. There are several impressive exhibits for couples and their guests to explore and get an insight into the venue’s wonderful history, with plenty of photograph opportunities, such as under the wings of the Concorde, the oldest remaining British motor racing track or next to remarkable motor racing vehicles. There’s also the opportunity to book a driving experience on part of the old track in an exhilarating vintage car. All of the function spaces at Brooklands Museum are licensed for ceremonies, but the standout space is the Concorde, which is capable of holding 60 friends and family. Alternatively, the Art Deco-style rooms which are flooded with natural light and offer views of either the Motoring Village, Original Finishing Straight or the Aircraft Park, are available. The Vickers Suite can be used with space for 100 guests throughout the day, and The Bluebird Room can hold 80 loved ones for the ceremony and 100 for the evening celebration. The largest space, The Napier Room, can accommodate 180 people for the service and 250 for the reception. The museum holds one wedding a day, ensuring couples have the team’s undivided attention. They’ll also receive a complimentary menu tasting and concessionary rates at some of the local hotels. Contact: 01932 858 005 LOCAL VENUES 21

In first place... Will one of these sports-themed venues be your big-day winner? BROOKLANDS HOTEL 01932 335 720 | Brooklands Hotel is an elegant, design-led, four-star property located in the heart of Surrey on the site of the iconic Brooklands race track. Predominantly glass, the hotel is the ultimate combination of contemporary design and vibrant history. Due to its location, the contour of the world’s most historic motor racing track runs through the hotel’s reception which features a sunning Charlie Whinney sculpture. Conceived as an integral part of the building, rather than a stand-alone piece, the sculpture is suspended in the lobby as a centrepiece. The course of the track is mapped out in plaster on the ceiling of the atrium and beneath hangs more than 100m of steam-bent oak which twists and leaps around the space, illustrating the route of the racing cars. Within the perimeter and adjacent to the hotel is Mercedes-Benz World, a multi-purpose centre for one of the world’s most famous brands, offering driving experiences for adults and children alike. Taking inspiration from its historic location, Brooklands Hotel has a 1920s Art Deco-inspired interior. The hotel features 131 bedrooms and suites, some of which are the largest of any UK hotel. Every bedroom boasts an abundance of natural light and many benefit from their own private outside space with panoramic views over the neighbouring track. The hotel is also home to 1907, a two AA Rosette-winning restaurant, and BSpa which boasts wellness and spa facilities and a fitness area. For vows, couples have a number of options; The Brooklands Suite is the largest space available for weddings and can cater for up to 174 guests and 132 for a sit-down meal. Styled to perfection, the Brooklands Suite is adjacent to the dedicated banqueting kitchen where the team ensures seamless delivery and focus on all your guests’ culinary needs. The Napier Suite, the second largest suite, and can cater for up to 64 guests. With the option to open up through to the Railton Suite to create a combined space for up to 130 guests, the unique event space has Art Deco details and is perfectly suited to a wide variety of wedding styles. The Solomon Suite has a captivating backdrop of the MercedesBenz race track and can hold up to 50 guests. This elegant room’s contemporary design provides a stylish setting. The panoramic Railton Suite (55) is a space perfect for intimate weddings. The floor-to-ceiling windows make the room bright and spacious and it has elegant Art Deco décor. Receptions take place in the following with designated capacities: Brooklands Suite 220, Napier Suite 60, Solomon Suite 50 and Railton Suite 80. When booking one of Brooklands Hotel’s wedding packages couples will automatically stay in the renowned Suite 319 on their wedding night. In addition, Brooklands Hotel will contribute up to £1,750 towards the happy couple’s honeymoon when they book and hold their 2023 wedding with the hotel (terms and conditions apply). 23 SPORTING VENUES

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL 01372 460 460 EMAIL ENQUIRIES@JOCKEYCLUBVENUES.CO.UK VISIT THEJOCKEYCLUB.CO.UK/VENUES Epsom Downs Kempton Park Sandown Park With panoramic views across Surrey and beyond, the picturesque grounds of our racecourses provide the perfect backdrop for your special day and offer endless photo opportunities. From the Parade Ring and Winners enclosure to the magnificent balcony views, you will end up with an impressive array of memories to cherish for years to come. With a range of beautiful, licensed suites to accommodate parties of every size, from small and intimate ceremonies to the grandest of celebrations, our wedding specialists will help to transform your dreams into a reality to treasure forever. We are proud to offer a special selection of bespoke wedding menus and drinks packages which our award-winning catering team can tailor to your specific requirements. YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER BEGINS with The Jockey Club Venues

EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE 01372 464 348 | Steeped in history, Epsom Downs is a unique one-of-a-kind location set in beautiful leafy Surrey. One of the UK’s most historical racecourses, and the home of the greatest flat race in the world, The Derby, it’s often frequented by the Royal Family; imagine saying ‘I do’ in the very room the Queen would cheer on her horses! Blessed with acres of outdoor space, the venue boasts numerous terraces, patios and balconies all with magnificent views across the racecourse and the Surrey Downs. In addition, the Parade Ring and racetrack will be at your disposal, to ensure you make memories that will last a lifetime. When tying the knot here, couples have numerous bright, modern and airy suites to choose from accommodating parties of all sizes; many with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing stunning views of the racecourse. Sweeping staircases, outside terraces and a plethora of racing memorabilia make it a picture-perfect venue, along with the impressive architecture of the imposing Duchess Stand and infamous Queen’s Stand. Ceremonies take place in the following spaces, Blue Ribband Room for up to 150 loved ones, Royal Box (90), Derby Suite (250), Downs View Suite (120). Post-vows, the wedding breakfast and reception can be hosted in Diomed for up to 300 guests and the space works well coupled with the Lammtarra for your drinks reception; alternatively The Blue Riband Room holds 250, The Jockey Club Room 200 and Oaks Hall 500 to 700. ROYAL MID-SURREY GOLF CLUB 0208 940 1894 | Set in the heart of Richmond-Upon-Thames on the south bank of the River and adjacent to Kew Gardens, Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club is a romantic location with a small private sunken garden providing the perfect setting for big-day gatherings and photos. Although you can’t tie the knot here, the Viscount Room is ideal for your wedding breakfast. It boasts full-length windows and a balcony overlooking the picturesque golf course and beautiful surroundings. It can host 180 seated guests and 200 standing loved ones. 25 SPORTING VENUES

PYRFORD LAKES GOLF CLUB 01483 723 555 | Situated in the historic village of Pyrford, the venue is set in a peaceful location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Surrey countryside. The perfectly landscaped golf course winds its way around ancient woodlands and 23 lakes, you’ll be spoilt for choice in capturing your dream wedding day photos. The new entrance leads visitors into the venue’s newly refurbished exclusive-use venue. Inside the décor is simple, elegant and contemporary with large windows and bifold doors allowing the natural light to illuminate the space, framing the outstanding views of one of its many lakes. It’s a beautiful yet blank canvas allowing you to personalise the space. The Lake View and Alliss Suite are both licensed for ceremonies seating up to 150 loved ones, and offer views across the water. Transition from your ceremony to your reception seamlessly, the Alliss Suite can hold 150 guests for the wedding breakfast and more than 250 for the evening. With an in-house catering team offering mouth-watering canapés, a traditional three-course wedding breakfast, or more relaxed options like barbecues and hog roasts, couples can rest assured their wedding catering is in safe hands. What’s more, when booking this big-day venue couples can enjoy a complimentary wedding tasting for two, and use of a golf buggy to capture the perfect photos on the day. BURHILL GOLF CLUB 01932 227 345 | Tucked away in acres of woodlands, Burhill’s Georgian mansion has ample picture-perfect spots such as a bridge over the River Mole and a terraced area with stunning views over picturesque grounds. For the big day the Barnes Wallis Suite, situated on the first floor, has an elegant archway entrance and two magnificent bay windows overlooking the golf course. It can accommodate up to 120 guests for a ceremony and 100 for a wedding breakfast. Steeped in history and located on the ground floor, Iveagh Lounge is an impressive room featuring an open fireplace, French doors revealing a sweeping terrace and picturesque views. Accommodating up to 150 loved ones, it’s a great space for an evening reception. When tying the knot here, couples benefit from a menu tasting prior to the wedding. 26

Set in the heart of Richmond-Upon-Thames, on the south bank of the River Thames and adjacent to Kew Gardens, the Club is a romantic location, ideal for your wedding breakfast. The Viscount Room with full-length windows and surrounding balcony, overlooks the picturesque golf courses and beautiful surroundings. You will nd no shortage of back drops for those memorable wedding pictures. At Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club, we take care of all details, whether it be a small, intimate gathering or a large celebration. We will ensure your day is everything that you have always dreamed of. For further information contact Emma Dickinson on 020 8940 1894 or email: OLD DEER PARK, TWICKENHAM ROAD, RICHMOND TW9 2SB | Surrey's Most Unique Wedding Venue Warren Lane, Pyrford, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8XR 01483 723 555 |

LYTHE HILL | PETWORTH ROAD | HASLEMERE | SURREY | GU27 3BQ 01428 744 815 | WWW.LYTHEHILL.CO.UK | SB@LYTHEHILL.COM Weddings are one of life’s most treasured milestones. Here at voco® Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa, we are licensed to hold civil ceremonies, civil partnerships and wedding receptions so you can say ‘I do’ in the beautiful and romatinc surroundings. Make the most of our idylic countryside location with an outdoor ceremony at our Lakeview Gazebo or pick from a variety of breathtaking backdrops for your ceremony and wedding celebrations. Last minute wedding packages available on selected 2023 dates.

FOXHILLS COUNTRY CLUB & RESORT 01932 872 050 | A stunning 400-acre estate nestled in the heart of the Surrey countryside, Foxhills is a 19th-century manor house providing a picture-perfect backdrop. With its quintessentially English design, the historic building has been beautifully maintained to provide a luxurious and elegant setting. The house radiates an abundance of character and charm, while guests have the opportunity to savour the serenity of the gardens and take in the breathtaking views of the countryside. The venue features spacious and beautifully decorated event rooms that can accommodate large or intimate ceremonies and receptions. The décor is sophisticated yet inviting, with soft lighting and tasteful floral arrangements that create a romantic ambience. For vows, the Orangery is simply stunning, a bright, elegant, romantic space with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for intimate ‘I dos’ and wedding breakfasts with up to 45 guests. It has direct access to the lawns, The Fox dining rooms and the manor Lounge bar. The Library, a contemporary space for up to 66 guests for the reception and 100 for the ceremony, is one of the venue’s most flexible event spaces while the largest is The Clubhouse. Holding up to 180 guests for the ceremony and reception, it has an exclusive bar, built-in dancefloor and large, private terrace. Couples looking to say ‘I do’ al fresco can do so in the charming gazebo on the tranquil Manor Lawns. Catering for up to 150 guests, the 19th-century manor provides a spectacular backdrop with views across the estate. When tying the knot here, couples benefit from a dedicated toastmaster for the formal proceedings, the opportunity for a menu tasting and a red-carpet welcome. What’s more, couples can use a twin bedroom the night before the wedding and a romantic and elegant Junior Suite for the wedding night. AVIATOR 01252 555 892 | Aviator is a luxury hotel designed to reflect the sleek and modern aesthetics of aviation. The hotel’s exterior is modern and striking with sleek contours inspired by the shape of a propeller. The building is well-maintained and features clean lines from every angle. There’s a large lawn and terrace area with extraordinary views of the private Farnborough Airport. Interiors are opulent yet understated and all bedrooms include highquality furnishings and modern amenities. Inside the main entrance, you are met with the impressive central rotunda and sweeping staircase, perfect for photos, and the four wedding spaces are neutral and bright, leaving the opportunity to inject creativity and personality. Ceremonies take place in the Sky Lounge for up to 80 guests. The space is 50ft from ground level and is designed to leave a lasting impression. It boasts a private bar, private bathrooms and the option to expand into the fourth-floor atrium, giving you and your guests an impressive view down the central rotunda. The Wright Room (95 guests) has floor-to-ceiling glass offering unrivalled views of Farnborough Airport runway and direct access to the terrace and lawn. Earhart (40) is located on the ground floor adjacent to the events lobby and provides a medium-sized space perfect for a more intimate celebration. All ceremony spaces are also available for receptions for 110, 125 and 40 guests respectively. When tying the knot here couples benefit from a complimentary menu tasting, the Sky Suite (a top tier bedroom) for the wedding night, two complimentary bedrooms for the wedding party (Deluxe package only) and an anniversary stay for the couple. Sarah Hoyle Kevin Ahronson Photography 29 SPORTING VENUES

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moon and back Abi and Ben’s wedding day had the ultimate al fresco vibe Images courtesy of Kirsty Mackenzie Photography TO THE Abi and Ben’s big day was on 2nd July, 2022, with Fiesta Field’s Spirit Lake, Dorking, setting the scene. Spirit Lake is a beautiful 30-acre space that includes manicured gardens, two lakes, a walled garden and surrounding woodland. “Our wedding day at Spirit Lake was absolutely perfect. The first decision we made while planning was to have an outdoor venue, so that we had total flexibility with vendors and other elements of the day,” shares Abi. “We loved that we were able to customise every aspect of the day and we are so grateful to all our vendors and family/ friends who worked to make it happen! It was also important to us to provide a range of easy accommodation options for our guests, so Spirit Lake was perfect with nearby hotels, on-site glamping and free camping!” The wedding styling was both classic and modern, with white florals paired with accents of gold, pink and neon. Abi adds, “The ‘to the moon and back’ phrase set the theme for the day, as we often say it to each other, and have written it in many celebration cards over the years.” Here, we find out more about their day.. REAL WEDDINGS 31

Canvas & Light provided three, giant hat, cream canvas tipis with a smaller nimbus tipi to offer a shaded chill-out area. Victoria Lily had set up a curve of bell tents around the main lake for guest accommodation. The ceremony was conducted by their dearest friend Marcus, who has known both Abi and Ben since they met. Readings were given by parents and a bespoke, dinosaur-inspired reading was given by their friend and flying trapeze instructor James. Abi and Ben had legally married a few days before at Leatherhead Registry Office. On their wedding celebration day, they had a lakeside-ceremony at Spirit Lake, followed by reception drinks in a walled garden. The six bridesmaids wore strapless blush pink dresses, ruched at the hip with a high leg split. They carried bouquets of white roses and dahlias. Abi’s bouquet had large white roses, mini orchids, dahlias and stocks. Ben and his groomsmen wore black two-piece suits from Moss Bros with black velvet bow ties. His sister, Pippa, was his best woman. Abi wore a gown from Made With Love, teamed with a veil and silver glitter Jimmy Choos! “I’d seen the dress on Instagram before we were even engaged, so when the proposal happened I knew that Made With Love would be a stop on the wedding dress hunt. In person, the dress was even more beautiful than online, covered in beaded vines that were perfectly suited to an outdoor wedding, with just the right amount of sparkle! I wasn’t expecting to wear a nontraditional dress but when I tried it on I knew immediately that it was the one”. 32

Tables were named after the flying trapeze rigs around the world that Abi and Ben had flown together, with the top table ‘High Fly Trapeze’ their current and favourite training rig. A beautiful ceremony arch had been covered in foliage, large white roses, orchids and dahlias by Zuzanna of Bloomantic. The table names, seating plan and order of the day were super-stylish; white with letter-pressed gold foil from Ink & Paper London. On the tables were gold beaded charger plates, gold cutlery, white napkins and white tapered candles. The tipis, which had been set up in a triangle formation, were decorated with white paper lanterns. The dancefloor and stage were in the back tipi, and dining stretched across the two front tipis, with space for the bar and indoor fireplace in one end. A string quartet played as guests arrived via the woodland path. Abi and Ben added so many personal touches to their day with the moon being a key theme incorporated in the cake, bespoke neon sign and large wooden crescent moon. Ben surprised Abi with the large wooden moon they had on the day. She’d seen it online early in the wedding planning journey and fallen in love; unfortunately, their budget didn’t allow for it. Ben contacted The Little Wedding Warehouse and they were happy to work with Ben to keep it a secret, even going so far as to distract Abi on set-upday so the moon could be wheeled into place! 33 REAL WEDDINGS

The evening finished with a silent disco and guests partied on until the early hours. The bespoke neon signs, ‘Till death do us party’ and ‘To the moon and back’ came into their own in the lower light. ABI AND BEN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photographer, Kirsty Mackenzie Photography, | Venue and on-the-day coordination, Fiesta Fields, | Tipis, Canvas & Light, | Catering and bar, Gastro Catering, | Band, Jack Entertainment, | String quartet, Surrey String Ensemble, | Cake, Claire Owen Cakes, | Flowers, Bloomantic, | Bell Tents, Victoria Lily Events, Hair & make up, Lucia, Storme Makeup & Hair, | Bride’s dress, Made With Love, | Groom and groomsmen’s suits, Moss Bros | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Asos | Props, The Little Wedding Warehouse, | On-the-day stationery, The band kept everyone dancing with a short break to capture beautiful sparkler images. In the evening, Abi changed into a tea-length dress and comfier dancing shoes. Their first dance was to Lucky by Jason Mraz. Two photo walls near the dancefloor captured the couple’s history and a table was set out with photos dedicated to those who sadly could not be part of the day. At the wedding breakfast Abi and Ben gave a joint speech, and there was a father-of-the-bride and best-woman speech from Ben’s sister Pippa. Gastro provided a bespoke, delicious, fully vegetarian menu so that Abi and Ben could eat everything on their wedding day. Evening food was wood fired pizzas served from Gastro’s vintage horse trailer. 34

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