Your Surrey Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 102)

WIN! A honeymoon in Thailand Gorgeous products from the county’s top creatives KEEP IT LOCAL Where to tie the knot in and around Sutton GLORIOUS GARDENS Venues with a view in Surrey AUG/SEP 2023 £3.55 Homemade LOVE STORIES Real wedding inspiration

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Sarah Gallivan highlights this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 79 HOT TOPIC Our local pros answer your big-day woes 97 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2023 VENUES 19 KEEP IT LOCAL Where to tie the knot in and around Sutton 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS Venues with a view FEATURES 49 PLANNING SOS Your wedmin top tips 55 HANDMADE IN SURREY Gorgeous products from the county’s top creatives On the cover... This issue’s cover was shot by Leanne Ashcroft Photography and is taken from one of our gorgeous real weddings on page 36 55 25 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 TEEING OFF THE PAR-FECT DATE Jade and Dan’s day was full of fun, laughter and confetti galore! 36 ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL With views over the Surrey Hills, Nutfield Priory set the scene for Kerry and Adam’s day 43 AS THE CLOCK STRUCK TWELVE Lauren and Charlie will never forget how special they felt on their magical day GROOMS 83 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 84 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 86 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film FASHION & BEAUTY 59 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 60 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 67 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 70 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves 74 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 76 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 60 36 91 84 HONEYMOONS 89 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 94 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 96 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks 4

This time of the year lends itself to outdoor nuptials. Check out these gorgeous venues with a view. Who doesn’t love cheese? Jade and Dan had a tiered cheese tower as well as serving a cheese afternoon tea! Yum. Dare to be different in a tailored bridal suit that screams girl power! Hello Surrey! I’m so excited to take up the editor reigns for Your Surrey Wedding! Having worked on a few County Wedding titles over the years, I’ve loved creating my first issue for you guys – hearing from local couples, finding out about the gorgeous venues in and around the county and meeting so many helpful big-day suppliers. We’re lucky that Surrey’s brimming with super-creatives, who design, make, and sell gorgeous products right here on your doorstep. If you want to support local businesses to enhance your big day, head to page 55 to read all about them. You might just be starting to make plans, or well on the way and feeling organised. Either way, we’ve got a wealth of wedding planning top tips on page 49 to help you on your journey, as well local pros answering your big-day woes on page 79. As always, this issue’s oozing with inspiration with three stunning real weddings from page 31, we’ve secured some top offers for you on page 13 and head to page 19 onwards for venues galore. We share our favourite hot spots in and around Sutton as well as venues with picturesque surroundings for the ultimate backdrop for your pics. Happy planning! Sarah x Sarah Gallivan, Editor Hello Surrey! 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 EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 67 31 25 EDITORIAL Editor Sarah Gallivan | 01376 535 611 6

You can’t beat a confetti shot and this one doesn’t disappoint! What a stunning array of colours to frame Kerry and Adam’s special moment. Enhance your day with these amazing local products. 36 55 Love the nostalgia of flicking through a photo album? Check out our giveaway on page 13. 13 43 Lauren and Charlie opted for a summer-bright design for their showstopper – love it! Check out the new spa cabanas at Pennyhill Park – perfect for that much needed R&R. 9 You don’t have to go bright for your August blooms. Jade’s neutral bouquet made a statement. 31 79 Create your summer bridal style with this top advice and dreamy designs. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

A Magical Wedding Venue Set within 5 acres of landscaped garden in Twickenham, this gothic masterpiece offers a stunning and tranquil setting for a unique and special day. Enjoy exclusive use of this historic house for an intimate ceremony or a more lavish celebration. HANNAH MARTIN FLOWERS 07768 031183 @hannahmartinflowers WEDDINGS & EVENTS FLORIST JOHN GRIFFITHS MBE The Society Toastmaster Graduate of the Professional Toastmasters Academy Weddings (All Cultures) 07368 945630 | THESOCIETYTOASTMASTER@GMAIL.COM 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

All the latest from around the county NEWS Nearlywed AND THE WINNER IS… If you’re still searching for the perfect big-day accessories, you’re in luck, because we have an award-winning jeweller on our doorstep! Mary Anderson-Ford, owner of The Silver Sprite was recently voted ‘Best Jeweller in Surrey’ by Muddy Stilettos. All the jewellery that Mary creates is sustainably crafted in recycled sterling silver and is inspired by nature, with most designs featuring flowers, leaves, and butterflies. Whether you’re looking for a coordinating pearl set, or something twinkly to catch the light, there’s a beautiful range to choose from. We spoke to Mary about her award win: “I’m so delighted that my customers voted for me to win this award, it means so much,” she says. “My regulars always tell me how they prefer to come to The Silver Sprite for their gifts. They enjoy hearing how I designed the piece and for me, that’s what the essence of shopping with a small business is all about.” View Mary’s range of jewellery, accessories and gifts by visiting IT’S OFFICIAL! Following a successful year of trialling Clandon Wood as a location for ceremonies, the team have just announced its official launch as a venue for marriage or civil partnership ceremonies with a license for up to 120 guests. As a 31-acre nature reserve, Clandon Wood offers something different for your ceremony. Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills it offers a beautiful and peaceful natural setting comprising traditional lowland meadow, woodland, ponds and wetland, which supports many diverse ecosystems and seasonal habitats for local flora and fauna. The stunning contemporary glass pavilion provides an uplifting and natural environment for ceremonies and to provide maximum flexibility Clandon Wood only hosts one booking per day. The on-site team are available seven days a week to help with organising your special day. Contact the team on 01483 479614 and to find out more visit RELAX IN STYLE Located amongst 120 acres of Surrey woodland, Pennyhill Park is a luxurious spa and hotel retreat, that’s just launched four new private spa cabanas – perfect for a pre-wedding de-stress with your best girls or a post-wedding relax as newlyweds. Designed like a luxury hotel room brought into the great outdoors, guests can spend the day relaxing in the comfort of their own personal haven, whilst soaking up the sun and enjoying all the spa facilities. The Spa at Pennyhill Park’s award-winning relaxation facilities, which already boast a state-of-the-art fitness suite and a variety of thermal and sensory spa experiences, are expanding with the addition of their new cabanas. Named after different herbs: Bergamot, Lemon Thyme, Peppermint, and Sorrel, the corresponding namesake herb will be planted around each respective cabana for use when making signature infused water, tisanes, and cocktails for guests. A tablet’s provided so guests can order food and drinks to be delivered directly to them, making it all the more relaxing. The Cabana Spa Day packages include full-day access to the spa for two guests, £40 allowance for food and drink in Themis restaurant or The Pool View Bar per person and a 60-minute treatment each. The Cabana Spa Break includes full access to the spa for two guests, an overnight stay in a room of their choice and a hearty breakfast at the hyper-local Hillfield Restaurant before retreating to their private spa cabana for a day of tranquillity. Each cabana is equipped with a copper bathtub with spa jets, two spa loungers with a table, an upholstered bench, a coffee machine, a fridge with stocked soft drinks, and lockable storage for personal belongings. Spa cabanas are available to book for hotel residents, guests on spa day packages, and those who hold membership at the spa. Cabana Spa Breaks start from £720 in a Cosy Room based on two people sharing, on a bed and breakfast basis, and Cabana Spa Days start from £760. For more information, visit LOCAL NEWS 9

SETTING THE SCENE Storyboard at Shepperton is the ideal venue when looking for something contemporary with a natural twist. Set in seven beautiful acres of landscaped gardens, this time of the year lends itself to outdoor nuptials here – ceremonies on The Terrace overlook the picturesque surroundings and the natural meadow is in full bloom, creating a stunning backdrop for your photos. Head to the Wedding Showcase on 17th September 2023, between 12pm and 4pm to see this setting for yourself and meet the wedding planners who’ll show you how they’ll set the scene indoors and outdoors for your perfect day. Storyboard also offers a private entrance, exclusive bar and stylish banqueting space as well as a dedicated kitchen, offering a ‘Set & Service hire only’ option for weddings, to give couples the flexibility to bring in specialist outside caterers. Head to to find out more about the Wedding Showcase and what’s on offer for your day. A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Strawberry Hill House and Garden has been described as a ‘magical wedding venue’ and with good reason. It was created in the 18th century by the famous writer and collector, Horace Walpole, and today, his stunning white villa is not only Grade I-listed but is internationally recognised as Britain’s finest example of domestic Georgian Gothic revival architecture. With the Thames nearby, Strawberry Hill benefits from extensive grounds, complete with five acres of Grade II* listed gardens, making it ideal for those all-important photographs. To give couples a vision of what their celebrations could look like, couples are invited to the Wedding Open House on Saturday 7th October 2023, between 11am and 3pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to help you realise your vision for your special day, with the house dressed and presented to showcase a range of styles. You’ll have the chance to view the big-day spaces, meet the wedding team, who’ll be able to answer all your questions and discuss your ideal food and drink choices for your day – choosing whether to have canapes and cocktails to begin the celebrations or something more playful, such as patisserie cabinets, bagel walls or even pizza vans. From intimate gatherings to grand affairs of more than 200 guests, Strawberry Hill House was built as a special place to entertain, dazzle and inspire romance. The Wedding Open House is an ideal way to see how you can create your fairytale day in a gorgeous white castle. For more information visit MAGICAL MAKEOVER Epsom Downs Racecourse has undergone a refurbishment and the team want to shout about it from the rooftops! Renowned for its picturesque landscapes and rich history, the big-day experience has now been elevated with a refurbishment of its most sought-after wedding suites. The revamped suites ooze elegance and charm, blending modern sophistication with timeless grandeur. Every detail has been crafted to create an enchanting ambiance, from the opulent lighting and luxurious furnishings to the bespoke décor and stylish colour palettes. With a keen focus on comfort and versatility, the renovated suites will offer flexible seating arrangements and state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. The spacious dancefloors and refined bar areas will provide the perfect backdrop for joyful moments and memorable toasts. When booking here, the expert team of wedding planners will work with you to tailor every aspect of your day, allowing you to relax and enjoy each and every moment. With its captivating beauty and now enhanced wedding suites, Epsom Downs is poised to become the ultimate destination for couples seeking a truly magical and unforgettable experience. Contact the team on 01372 460460 or visit venues to find out more. Kilian O'Sullivan THAT FRIDAY FEELING Those planning to tie the knot on a Friday in 2024, will be pleased to hear that Wotton House is currently running an offer that’ll be just perfect for you. Book a Friday wedding by the end of October, 2023 and receive 10% off 2024 rates. Since the 16th century the luxuriously eccentric Wotton House estate has been a cornerstone of the beautiful Surrey Hills tapestry. The grand vaulted ceilings, pillars and centuries-old original fireplaces set a romantic tone for an indoor ceremony and outdoors the hotel’s grade II listed gardens are spectacular, featuring England’s very first Italianate gardens, Italian temples, and magical grottoes. Celebrate the joys of nature by opting for an outdoor wedding ceremony underneath one of two majestic temples. With panoramic views of the gardens, say your vows amongst the spectacular greenery that makes Wotton so extraordinary. The grand vaulted ceilings, pillars and centuries-old original marble fireplaces set a romantic tone for an indoor ceremony in The Old Library. A whimsical, show-stopping setting with natural daylight shining through the stone Gothic windows. Enjoy your evening reception in the Evelyn Suite, with doors leading out onto the Italian Gardens, artwork inspired by the local area and wooden panelling. This space provides you with a modern and elegant neutral palette for you to make your own. Imagine hosting your special day here – at a reduced rate! Check out to find out more. 10

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

Why choose Janet Shell Ceremonies? We are so happy we chose the lovely Janet Shell to do our ceremony. Janet has the most beautiful calming voice and lovely smile. Our guests shed a tear as well as laughed with some comical moments. She put us at ease throughout the whole experience and made us look forward to the ceremony rather than panic. 07730 409648 | Wedding catering the way you want and deserve! WWW.KEELEYSKITCHEN.CO.UK EMAIL PHONE 01252 710030 Mob: 07776 235206 Let's make "your day" just that, yours! All of our menus are completely custom made. We love food and we want you to love the food too. Because we prepare all of our food from scratch we can work with you to customise the menu to suit any dietary needs, likes and dislikes. Keeley's Kitchen From family style sharing menu to plated fine dining, get in contact and we will put together the wedding menu you've dreamed of. RT_Photography_half_page_195x141_AW.pdf 1 05/04/2023 23:32

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSURREY.WEDDING SPECIAL CEREMONY Janet Shell is a qualified celebrant, based in North Surrey, who loves to help couples create a memorable day. Exchanging vows is often the most nervewracking moment of your celebration, but her warm smile, friendly personality and sense of humour will instantly put you at ease. “There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing I’ve helped you speak the words you wanted in a moment where you thought emotion might get the better of you,” says Janet. Celebrant ceremonies give you the freedom to create a bespoke, individual service and Janet will work with you to create something meaningful for you and your loved ones – from words through to music choice and readings, Janet has it covered. Janet’s fee for 2024 is £750, however all couples booking their 2024 ceremony by the end of this year, will be offered a reduced rate of £699 when quoting Your Surrey Wedding. To find out more about what Janet can offer for your day head to Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs TELLING YOUR STORY Your big day is one of the most magical days of your life and you’ll want to rest assured that it’ll be documented perfectly. That’s where Rachel Thornhill Photography comes in! Rachel loves to capture the story of your day as it unfolds, including your guests, their reactions and all the emotions for you to relive in years to come. And to help those memories live on, Rachel offers a bespoke deluxe storybook album included in your collection, designed to your exact requirements. These beautiful legacy albums are leather bound and handmade in Italy, and all images selected for your album will be given to you as digital files too. We’ve teamed up with Rachel Thornhill Photography to offer the first five couples to book by the end of September 2023, a parent book (a smaller copy of their storybook album), worth £250! Just quote Your Surrey Wedding, when booking to receive this offer. To find out more visit WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 KENT SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 10 SEP | CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth, Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 15 OCT | BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Road, East Malling, ME19 6DZ BERKS, BUCKS & OXON

ESSEX SUSSEX SUN 8 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US 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 15 OCT | THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN 22 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR 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 Autumn 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer 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

LYTHE HILL | PETWORTH ROAD | HASLEMERE | SURREY | GU27 3BQ 01428 744 815 | WWW.LYTHEHILL.CO.UK | SB@LYTHEHILL.COM WEDDING PACKAGE OFFER QUOTE SURRY10 FOR 10% OFF 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. Please contact us for more information and book your showaround. 10% DISCOUNT

Venues in and around Sutton Keep it local MORDEN HALL 020 8102 0553 | Perfectly situated beside the River Wandle in 125 acres of National Trust parkland, with beautifully landscaped gardens and lawns, Morden Hall is a picturesque and tranquil setting. Built in 1770s and lovingly restored in 2015, this venue’s been brought into the present day without losing the heart of its elegant history. This 18th-century house exudes elegance, charm and sophistication with a real sense of character. There’s a collection of stunning spaces to use in the morning whilst you’re preparing for your big day and ceremonies take place inside the venue and outside on the lawns. At the very heart of Morden Hall is the light-filled Willow room, seating up to 120 for your ceremony, with views over the lawn and the River Wandle. The Mulberry Suite with its high vaulted ceiling, seats up to 150 guests for a wedding breakfast, and it accommodates larger ceremonies too. Outside, the lawns are a fantastic location for ceremonies and can easily be adapted for large or intimate party sizes. A beautiful backdrop to accompany your vows. Once you’ve said ‘I do’ your reception can then be started on the lawns immediately outside the doors of the Willow Suite, followed by a wedding breakfast in the Mulberry Suite. During the wedding breakfast, the Willow Suite will be transformed to an evening reception space, complete with DJ or live entertainment. 19 LOCAL VENUES

HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB 020 8977 2423 | Tucked away within 600 acres of glorious gardens is the charming Hampton Court Golf Club. This hidden gem offers a romantic setting for an unforgettable celebration. With just one wedding each day, couples can exchange or renew vows in the fully-licenced Long Water Suite, which was named after the beautiful water feature in the Royal Park that was created by King Charles II in a spectacular show of affection for his bride-to-be. The Long Water Suite, with its vaulted ceiling and views across the park, can host 120 loved ones for a sit-down meal. The grounds can accommodate marquee weddings for up to 350 guests. The fully-dressed marquee boasts a terrace and outdoor bar included in the hire. What’s more, the dedicated wedding coordinators have extensive knowledge and experience to ensure the day runs smoothly and everything is perfect. LONDON CROYDON AERODROME HOTEL 020 8633 8924 | The London Croydon Aerodrome Hotel was the first hotel to service Croydon airport and dates back to the 1900s. Boasting a modern dé cor throughout, the property has oversized windows and high ceilings that create a dramatic backdrop for your day. There are three suites available for hire, each with its own bar and the largest benefits from an outdoor area where guests can relax. The Amy Johnson Suite is a private suite full of natural light with doors that open up onto a patio area leading to a garden and feature planter that look fabulous in photos. This space can seat 130 guests. Alternatively, the Dakota Suite featuring full-length windows, a patio deck and a bar can accommodate 100 loved ones. One of the most popular spaces is the Flight Deck Suite, which boasts gorgeous dé cor, large windows and room for 60 loved ones. Every couple will have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator who’ll guide and support you along the way, and you’ll also receive a free menu tasting and bedroom on the night of the wedding with breakfast included. 20

RICHMOND HILL HOTEL 020 8940 2247 | Richmond Hill Hotel was built in 1726 and is made up of a row of Georgian townhouses that were once resided in by local dignitaries. The venue overlooks the historic Richmond Park, which was once the hunting ground of King Henry VIII and his predecessors and offers impressive views of the Thames Valley. Although the property doesn’t have its own grounds, it’s located at the top of Richmond Hill and is just steps away from the National Natural Reserve with free-roaming deer and plantations and as an independent hotel they have the flexibility to make your vision come to life. Small weddings take place in the Queens Room, located on the ground floor, this charming space has lots of character and can hold up to 40 loved ones. Situated in the heart of the hotel, The Richmond Room is a modern space with a raised private bar area, sun terrace and space for 110 guests. This room offers the perfect blend of 18th-century charm, contemporary touches and stylish elegance. Decorated in a Georgian style, the Ballroom is ideal for weddings of up to 180 guests and boasts high ceilings, lots of natural light and sash windows. When booking your day here, you’ll receive a complimentary menu tasting, discounted room rates and a Georgian deluxe room on the night of the wedding. LOCAL VENUES 23

For more information 020 894 1894 Royal Mid-Surrey is a charming and convenient venue for events and celebrations, with exceptional service and a great ambience and setting. 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 find no shortage of back drops for those memorable wedding pictures. Stanhill Court is a magni cent country manor house, built in 1881 and surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland. A stunning venue with idyllic views overlooking the Surrey Hills creating a romantic and picturesque setting. 01293 862 166 BOOK YOUR SHOWAROUND TODAY Andy Holdsworth Jordan Mansfield Paul Placitelli

Glorious Gardens Venues with a view HARTSFIELD MANOR 01737 845 300 | Boasting impressive views of the Surrey Hills, Hartsfield Manor is a striking wedding venue situated within 16 acres of manicured grounds and rich countryside. This luxury property has heaps of Victorian character and charm, including a historic arched door, a staircase, a feature fireplace and chandeliers. Couples looking for an intimate setting to tie the knot will love The Brockham Suite, which has a fireplace, a private terrace and space for 40 guests. Large celebrations take place in The Lounge. Boasting high ceilings, a piano, an abundance of natural daylight coming in through the grand bay windows and room for 90 people, this area is transformed for the evening reception to create space for 180 loved ones. There’s also the option for a buffet to be served in the adjoining small lounge to give friends and family an area to chat away from the dancefloor. RHS GARDEN WISLEY 01483 212349 | If you’re looking for a venue surrounded by nature, then RHS Garden Wisley is the perfect setting for your day. With 240 acres of landscaped gardens there are plenty of secret hideaways for your wedding pics. Wisley is the historic home of the RHS and houses one of the largest plant collections in the world. The gardens delight through every season and with a choice of rooms in which to host your day, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. For your ceremony, The Waterlily Pavilion at the far end of the Jellicoe canal hosts 100 guests or opt for the Chinese-style Butterfly Lovers’ Pavilion, which is positioned by the lake, surrounded by mature trees and seats 150. Tie the knot among exotic plants in The Glasshouse, which seats 140 loved ones for your ceremony and 180 for the evening reception. The special feature about this space is the real waterfall that sets the scene. The largest option is the RHS Hilltop Garden Room. This room is a bright, modern space that you can make your own. With three beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding the building and plenty of space for your guests, this venue accommodates 200 guests. More intimate celebrations of up to 100 guests can take place in the Tulip Tree Room, which boasts conservatory-style doors that open out towards the grassed area known as Seven Acres and the Terrace Restaurant caters for up to 120. The restaurant has it’ own patio area with comfy chairs and giant parasols so you can enjoy the stunning views over the lawns of Seven Acres as the sun sets. 25 THEMED VENUES

STANHILL COURT 01293 862 166 | Stanhill Court is a magnificent Victorian quintessentially English country manor house that’s been completely refreshed with a modern, contemporary feel that respects and retains the character and features of the existing house. Surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, this venue boasts idyllic views overlooking the Surrey Hills. The interior is traditional yet contemporary with an elegant twist. The hotel features a sweeping staircase, a stunning Orangery and original fireplaces dating back to 1881. The existing Amphitheatre remains in the grounds and has been fully restored with capacity for 88 guests seated to watch the ceremony taking place inside the Wedding Gazebo, which seats 10. The Orangery accommodates 180 guests and has been given a new lease of life with modern décor and furniture. It leads to the terrace and gardens and is complimented by beautiful views. The Charlwood Suite is the largest option, catering for 250 guests. This space is in the heart of the hotel and the rooms offer space and versatility with moving partitions. Every bedroom exudes style and autograph bedrooms include lovingly restored traditional four poster beds with luxury bedding, linen and amenities and far-reaching views across the Surrey countryside. Couples are offered a first year anniversary stay and the opportunity to plant a tree in the beautiful grounds in honour of your day with a plaque made especially for you. THE BARN SURREY HILLS 07974 421047 | Nestled in the Surrey Hills across six acres of private land The Barn offers a peaceful oasis that’s just five minutes from Dorking. The private garden to the Barn overlooks the spectacular sunrise and there are sections of the picturesque grounds that lend themselves to a festival-vibe celebration. Partnering with tipi and marquee companies, this setting can host outdoor celebrations for up to 500 guests for the main event. The private Secret Garden overlooking the three-acre paddock can be turned into a cocktail bar alongside a tipi or marquee for larger weddings or it can be the centre of the event for more intimate nuptials of 35-40 guests and the potting shed is the ideal location for the beer bar or snack shack. When tying the knot here, couples have complimentary use of The Barn for the wedding night accommodation. The luxurious romantic 5-star barn boasts original features, oak beams and cosy country style interiors, including a full-size sheepskin rug from the neighbouring farm. Even the bathroom door is from the original house, which is over 300 years old. A freestanding slipper bath made for two is the main feature of the barn and can be enjoyed with the overhead subdued lighting and there’s a barnstyle bell for when room service arrives. The sister company The Ruby Supper Club runs the food and beverage for your event and there’s ample private parking for your guests. 26

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THE TALBOT 01483 225188 | The Talbot is a landmark building in the picturesque village of Ripley with its ivy clad walls and distinctive period features. The archway that leads to the courtyard still retains the original gates and makes for a grand entrance and the cobbled courtyard is lit up at night by hundreds of fairy lights. The terrace and garden area are The Talbot’s secret gem. South facing with plenty of seating, it’s a place to enjoy reception drinks, afternoon tea or a barbeque. The woodland area that surrounds the back of The Talbot is also enjoyed by couples for engagement shoots as are the fields directly opposite. The Surrey Barns Bar accommodates up to 70 guests for your ceremony and boasts original beams and brickwork along with beautiful chandeliers. The Wisley Suite seats 100 guests for your nuptials and is a large bright room with high ceilings. For the evening celebrations, The Wisley Suite is the largest option and can hold up to 150 guests when combined with the Surrey Barns bar. This room has a dancefloor so your DJ can play for your guests until midnight. Guests can stay in one of the 43 bedrooms and couples are offered a menu tasting session, the honeymoon suite of the night of the wedding and a first anniversary stay with breakfast. WOTTON HOUSE 01306 730 000 | Since the 16th century, this luxuriously eccentric estate has been a cornerstone of the beautiful Surrey Hills tapestry. The grand vaulted ceilings, pillars and centuries-old original fireplaces set a romantic tone for your day and outdoors, the hotel’s Grade II listed gardens are spectacular, featuring England’s very first Italianate gardens, Italian temples, and magical grottoes. Outdoor ceremonies can take place under one of two majestic temples in the Italian Gardens with panoramic views of the surroundings. The Old Library with its grand vaulted ceilings, pillars and original marble fireplaces sets a romantic backdrop for an indoor ceremony. Natural daylight shines in through the stone Gothic windows and history comes to life with Ancient Greek phrases written on the walls. With daylight flooding into the space, four double doors leading out onto the hotel’s Italian Gardens, artwork inspired by the local area and wooden panelling, the Evelyn Suite is a modern and elegant backdrop for your wedding breakfast that accommodates 140 guests. The neutral palette within the room lends itself to your chosen colour scheme and decor. Whether you’re imagining a room full of candlelight, an abundance of flowers or an unusual twist, this classic space provides you with endless possibilities. As the wedding night draws in, guests can make their way through the mansion house and up the 17th-century staircase to the elegant guestrooms, where they’ll end their day amongst the country estateinspired artwork and textiles. 29 THEMED VENUES

Blue Bell WEDDING CAR Our beautiful Beauford Open Tourer wedding car is taking bookings now! Contact Oscar on 07925 650063 or email: The Boleyn Hotel opposite the River Thames dates back to the 16th century and is the perfect venue for your magical day. The hotel’s flexible and spacious facilities enable us to host weddings and parties catering up to 250 guests in our newly refurbished Pearl Suite. One of our experienced event managers will work together with you to ensure that your wedding day is planned to perfection, stress-free and unforgettable. Our newly refurbished executive rooms are individually designed with a unique combination of colours and materials. Rooms are fully air conditioned, have comfortable large beds for a great nights sleep, flat screen TV’s and grohe power showers. 01784 455930 | | The Boleyn Hotel, 29 The Hythe, Staines, Middx, TW18 3JD

par-fect date Jade and Dan’s day was full of fun, laughter and confetti galore! Images courtesy of We Are Found Photography TEEING OFF THE Jade and Dan have their friends to thank for their introduction. “We got chatting at a small gathering and contacted each other as soon as we got home,” Jade recalls. “We both instantly knew we liked each other, and it was something we wanted to pursue.” A few days later the duo arranged to have a round of mini golf followed by lunch, which then extended to dinner that night. “We just didn’t want the date to end. We met up almost every day after that. It was instant for us,” she says. “The mini golf was the only time he’s ever let me win. We still have the score card and you can see the total scores are added up wrong at the end by him to give me the win!” As a nod to their first date, Jade played mini golf with her best friends during her hen party. “I did actually win that time,” she says. Dan proposed on Christmas Eve, insisting that Jade opened a couple of presents before family arrived the next day. “I opened a small box; it was a ring – not just any ring, a ring he had given me on our first Christmas together when we first met,” says Jade. “He said this was a perfect placeholder until we could go shopping together and choose a ring we both loved. The next week we went ring shopping and found ‘the one’.” Here Jade tells us more about their day… REAL WEDDINGS 31

I got ready with my mum, sister, family friend and sister-in-laws, which was really special. Although they weren’t bridesmaids, I wanted them to have a treat, so I gave them a personalised clutch bag. My sister was maid of honour; but we invited guests to match our colour scheme to feel like a bridesmaid. Match the colours, wear a beautiful dress, why not – it was super fun. The invites, table plans and menus all matched. I was really pleased with how it all came together. We had guest bouquets, which was fun! We could see them being passed around for photos and it created that ‘everyone is top table’ feel. The boys wore a lovely suit from Next and accessorised with buttonholes matching the bouquets and pocket watches that we gifted to them on the day. The grounds at Barnett Hill are stunning. We loved the idea of booking the whole place and having rooms for our guests to stay. We were all about our guests and ensuring they had the best time. I wore a dress from Wed2Be called ‘James’ and accessorised with a simple veil. 32

For both sit down meals we put questions on the tables to get guests talking… tell us how you know the bride/groom, then for cheese they were more cheese based, such as tell the table a cheesey joke. They really elevated the atmosphere at the tables. For the afternoon tea, guests were seated at about 5pm, golden hour. Tables were winding through the hedges with the centrepieces moved from the wedding breakfast. It was magical. I’d designed the stationery. My favourite was the hotel door hanger, that the venue popped on guest doors before the party was over. A little finishing touch, with a thank you from us both and a note to join us for breakfast in the morning. The venue recommended our florist. They gave me ideas and just ran with it. They were so easy to work with. We stepped foot in Barnett Hill and said yes on the spot. We could just picture everything there, and we loved the support the team would bring. We had two table plans; one for the main meal – two courses by the wonderful chef at Barnett Hill, and one for the cheese afternoon tea. Both meals were spectacular. We created stickers for the confetti pots and candles and placenames with ‘Mr and Mrs Onions’ that matched our theme to tie everything together. I said I wanted neutral colours for the bouquets and our florist excelled. We had a cheese explainer menu which explained the cheeses and why we personally love them. It was just nice to express to the guests that we chose Bath Soft cheese as long-time fans. 33 REAL WEDDINGS

As soon as it was dark, we couldn’t resist doing a sparkler tunnel. I don’t think Dan’s ever done as many sparklers in his life until he met my family! We love a sparkler. Barnett Hill allowed us to choose and create our own Mr and Mrs cocktails. Dan’s was a long island iced tea (but with a very whiskey twist) and I had a Pornstar (Passionfruit) Martini. It was a fun addition to the day. Wedding tip – you can never have too much confetti! It was thrown as we left the ceremony, during the first dance and in the group family photos. Who doesn’t love a confetti pic? JADE AND DAN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, Barnett Hill House, | Photographer, We Are Found, | Cake, BabyCakes, | Venue styling, Flowers by Rosemary, | Cake toppers, Boho Blooms, | Bouquets and buttonholes, Petal and Palm, | Cheese course, The Bath Soft Cheese Co, We were both so excited on the day as we knew we had some fun things organised with our loved ones. We’d also planned everything as best we could, which meant that we could relax. It was perfect. Our first dance was outside in the grounds to Sunday Morning by Maroon5. I was nervous but our photographers grabbed the spare confetti and dished it out to guests, which put me at ease. I wanted a simple cake design. We came up with a white textured cake and our cake supplier found the perfect dried flower cake hoop for the topper. We were whisked away into the beautiful grounds and thought we’d try our hand at smoke bombs. My two new brother-in-laws zoomed around us with smoke flares as the photographers snapped away. We love the results! The cheese afternoon tea included tiers of meat, fruit, bread, cheese and cake – it looked stunning. I always knew I wanted a cheese tiered cake from Bath Soft Cheese as well as a cake. 34

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With views over the Surrey Hills, Nutfield Priory set the scene for Kerry and Adam’s day Images courtesy of Leanne Ashcroft Photography One ring to RULE THEM ALL 36

Kerry and Adam went to the same college, so they knew of each other but met and started talking in the gym. “Adam used the pick-up technique of teaching me how to use the gym equipment,” says Kerry. “We hit it off quite quickly. We talked for hours and found we had a lot in common.” Eight happy years later Adam proposed. “We were on holiday in Lanzarote. He knows I’m shy, so he had the room transformed with petals and candles and proposed in private, just the way I liked it,” she recalls. When it came to finding a venue, Nutfield took their breath away. “It was the first venue we visited, and it was just stunning,” Kerry says. “The tall stained-glass windows and large fireplaces gave off a luxurious but homely feeling. We were also attracted to the exclusive-use option, which would mean we could use the endless space on offer, including the beautiful terrace with views over the Surrey Hills.” WHIMSICAL VIBES Kerry wore the beautiful Kassia design by Morilee. “I’d visited around five bridal boutiques and initially chose an A-line, whimsical dress. My sister told me to try one more shop to help me be 100% sure I’d picked the right one, so I went with my mum, and it was the last dress I tried on. The lady in the store hadn’t shown it to me because it was a tad out of my budget,” says Kerry. “I tried it on and said, ‘oh dear’ knowing that I had fallen in love with something a little over my budget, but it was worth it because it made me feel amazing, and made my mum shed a little tear!” Adam opted for a three-piece checked suit that he accessorised with a dusky pink tie and his groomsmen all complemented his style in navy suits. “In classic groom style, Adam purchased his suit only a few weeks before the day, but he still managed to find something perfect,” says Kerry. Their bridesmaids wore elegant floor-length dresses in dusky pink that suited the look of the day. “For our styling, we wanted to go for a whimsical, laid-back vibe,” says Kerry. “Our florist created the beautiful centrepieces using eucalyptus, blush roses and pampas grass. They weren’t too high, which meant that our guests could see and talk to each other easily.” The rest of the blooms were matching in neutral tones mixed with dusky pink, eucalyptus, pampas grass, blush roses and gypsophila and their bridesmaids and flower girls accessorised with gypsophila in their hair. “One of our highlights was the blossom tree arch that we said our vows under. It was just magical and really transformed the room. We also had a white starlight dancefloor which was beautiful in the evening,” says Kerry. TALES OF MIDDLE-EARTH Kerry and Adam had to postpone their big day numerous times due to the pandemic, and when it eventually came around, luckily for them, there were no more rules in place. “We were so relieved and wanted to include anything and everything!” says Kerry. “We’re massive Lord of the Rings fans, so we used Middle-Earth locations as table names and made the table plan following the same theme,” Kerry explains. The place names were made using tiny glass bottles that were hand-filled with REAL WEDDINGS 37