Your Surrey Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 103)

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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 81 HOT TOPIC Our local pros answer your big-day woes 97 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2023 VENUES 19 KEEP IT LOCAL Where to tie the knot in Kingston and Richmond 25 HOTEL HOTSPOTS Venues with overnight options FEATURES 49 FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Local caterers share their top tips 52 WISHING HUE A WONDERFUL WEDDING DAY Check out our wedspirational guide to palette perfection whatever the season 55 DRESS TO IMPRESS Top looks for your bridal party On the cover... This issue’s cover was shot by Rachel Thornhill Photography and taken from one of this issue’s stunning real weddings on page 36 55 19 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT Sophie and Matt’s shared love of music, films and beer was at the heart of their big day 36 SEALED WITH A KISS Fran and Tommy loved being surrounded by their favourite people on their extra special day 43 I COULDN’T COME TO ITALY AND NOT DO THIS… Ayesha and Oscar shared their day with loved ones at Nutfield Priory GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be 88 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 60 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 61 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 62 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 69 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves that will take you from day to dancefloor 73 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal musthave treatment, HydraFacial 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves 76 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance 78 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 62 31 92 74 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 94 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 96 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa 4

If a traditional wedding cake isn’t for you – why not opt for your favourite sweet treat like Sophie and Matt did! If you’re just starting your wedding planning journey and wondering how to execute a theme, look around you right now and take inspiration from the wonders of this time of the year – Halloween, bonfire night, Christmas just around the corner! This is the best time of the year to see how a theme can come together. From pumpkins and autumnal door wreaths to sparklers, fireworks and comforting food – don’t you just love it! Loved ones gather for spooky celebrations or bonfire parties and there’s a happy buzz all over town whenever you venture out to start your Christmas shopping. All of that excitement is so similar to the build-up to your big day, so soak it up and enjoy every minute. If you like to hibernate in winter (like I do), now’s the time to do your wedmin and delve into the world of big-day planning. Your Surrey Wedding’s the perfect place to start and this issue won’t disappoint. We have our pick of gorgeous venues from page 19, the foodies out there will love our catering feature on page 49 and dress your bridal party to impress with a variety of top looks from page 55. For real wedding inspiration, head to pages 31, 36 and 43, all brimming with ideas, beautiful love stories and showcasing Surrey in all its glory. Happy planning! Sarah x Sarah Gallivan, Editor Seasonal vibes 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 If you’re searching for the perfect look for your bridal party head to page 55. This tailored satin gown flatters every figure and the emerald green shade is bold, elegant and on trend. 55 43 31 EDITORIAL Editor Sarah Gallivan | 01376 535 611 Ayesha’s veil was something special! Read more about their day from page 43. 61 Check out what colours are trending for your bridesmaids this season 6

Fran and Tommy opted for Lebanese food for their big-day banquet. Head to page 36 to read all about their day and for more catering top tips, flick to page 49. 36 This was Sophie’s favourite image from their day and I can see why. The venue’s outdoor floral displays looked stunning. 31 43I love Ayesha and Oscar’s styling. Blush, dusky pink and white blooms mixed with olive and eucalyptus foliage looked stunning throughout their venue. Plan the honeymoon of a lifetime with some top advice on page 81. 81 Love the idea of a mini-moon break as a married couple? Check out our giveaway on page 13. 13 25 36For Fran and Tommy, sharing their day with their little boys made it super special. Venues with overnight options make the logistics so much easier for your guests! Check out our selection of settings from page 25. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Our expert event planners and designers offer a hasslefree service to plan that perfect wedding while you still have a 100% say over it. A castle or a back garden of your house, we can make your dreams come true anywhere you ask us to. SERVICES WE PROVIDE: Full planning Partial planning Final weeks or on-the-day coordination Proposal planning Hen-do & Stag-do planning Call: 07438 803908 Email: @letusdoit_uk Blue Bell WEDDING CAR Our beautiful Beauford Open Tourer wedding car is taking bookings now! Contact Oscar on 07925 650063 or email: • Table plans • Table numbers • Place names • Cake toppers • Welcome signs • All other wedding signage @topperthecake Bespoke Wedding Cake Maker 07803 078317 @weddingcakesbylisa

All the latest from around the county NEWS Nearlywed READY STEADY COOK! Gather your besties and get your aprons on for a hen or stag do with a difference! Reigate’s Lebnani Restaurant has just launched a series of cookery classes hosted by chef Jad Youssef. Learn and master the art of creating traditional Lebanese dishes, in a fun and intimate atmosphere. During the class, guests will receive a special Lebnani apron to wear and take home as a keepsake. On arrival enjoy a welcome drink and Zeytoun olives, then roll up your sleeves and enjoy a hands on cookery class, followed by a sit-down meal where you can enjoy your prepared dishes, with a glass of Lebanese wine! Whether you’re a kitchen novice or an experienced home cook, looking to expand your repertoire, these classes are tailored to suit all levels and an opportunity to immerse yourself into the vibrant world of Lebanese cuisine! Group classes will take place monthly on the first Sunday of every month, running all year and private classes can also be arranged. Prices start at £85 per person. For more information visit LUXURY WELLNESS RETREAT LAUNCHES AT NUTFIELD PRIORY Hand Picked Hotels, a collection of 21 privately owned, luxury country houses and coastal retreats, is launching a series of holistic wellness retreats. This October, head to Nutfield Priory to broaden your nutritional know-how and feel at one with nature during this day-long retreat, with luxury touches throughout. Taking place on Sunday 8th October from 9.30am to 4pm, the retreat includes a restorative yoga class, nutrition workshop, tree-bathing and meditation session. Guests will also enjoy a healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and smoothies and full use of spa and health club facilities with the opportunity to book additional spa treatments. Hotel rooms can also be booked alongside the retreats for those who want to enjoy a complete experience. To book your retreat and find out more, visit THE CAKE OF YOUR DREAMS The best thing about cake shopping is the tasting and it’s important that you try before you buy to make sure that the flavour you choose hits the spot. Lisa Broughton, owner of Wedding Cakes by Lisa, offers cake tasting boxes to her clients that contain five fresh flavours, packaged in a luxury gift box, and delivered straight to your door using next day delivery service (UK only). The boxes are priced at £25 but the best thing is, if you then order your cake with Lisa, the £25 will be deducted from your final invoice – so you’re eating cake for free! Lisa has lots of experience and this month celebrated 20 years of Wedding Cakes by Lisa. “Making cakes is who I am. I absolutely love what I do. My clients become my friends, and over the years I’ve even made wedding cakes for the children of my previous couples, so I’ve become part of their lives. I’ve seen all the trends come and go and come back around again so no request is too much,” says Lisa. Lisa creates beautiful, elegant, and stylish bespoke wedding cakes and specialises in crafting handmade sugar flowers, so your cake is sure to be a showstopper. Visit to order your cake tasting box, view Lisa’s portfolio and to find out more. LOCAL NEWS 9

TWIXMAS WEDDINGS AT BROOKLANDS HOTEL Looking for a venue to host your big-day celebrations between Christmas and New Year in 2023 or 2024? Look no further than the luxury Brooklands Hotel. Planning for a Twixmas wedding has been made easy for you with a package that includes the key elements to make your day magical and the price starts from just £52 per person. For an additional cost, you can add a variety of options to this package including an upgrade to the banqueting menu, adding a menu tasting or opting for an additional half bottle of house wine on the tables. Couples can also book Signature Suite 319 for the wedding night for £289, saving up to £154. Call the dedicated wedding team on 01932 335710 and quote ‘Twixmas’ to find out more or visit to see what’s on offer for your special day at this stunning venue. YOUR ONE-STOP WEDDING SHOP If you’re looking for a florist or venue stylist for your big day, you’re in luck because you have an award-winning supplier on your doorstep who’ll bring your dream to life. Annabel Grange, owner of Surrey’s Butteflies and Bows has been the proud title holder of Hitched 2023, Florist and Décor/Venue Styling award this year and she is mega proud. “I was nominated by my brides, which made it even more special, and we were up against hundreds of other florists and venue decorators, so it’s something we’re very proud of,” says Annabel. Butterflies and Bows can provide your flowers as well as offering a full styling service and even cakes, catering and disco if required. “We can provide one service to you, or you can use us for all of your big-day requirements, meaning you’ll have one point of contact to make your planning all the more smoother,” she says. Check out to find out more. FIRST DANCE PERFECTION First Dance specialises in fun and informal dance lessons for all couples considering their first dance options, whatever their age, ability or requirements. Owner Emma Brewer and her First Dance teachers have taught more than 2000 first dances since they started 20 years ago so you’ll be in good hands when you put on your dancing feet! All lessons are taught in the private dance studio in Woking. Couples receive a free initial consultation at the studio or on Zoom and can choose to attend a group session, or book one-off lessons or a package of lessons. Book your wedding dance package of three lessons for 2024 before the end of December, and First Dance will honour the 2023 price of £250 rather than the 2024 price of £299. Head to for more information. 15 YEARS OF WEDDING FROX Guildford’s Wedding Frox Bridal Boutique, are celebrating an amazing 15yrs of dressing brides and keeping their collection fresh are excited to become platinum retailers for the stunning new collection of gowns ‘Always & Forever’ by San Patrick, Pronovias. Arriving from the Barcelona-based house of Pronovias, the collection offers all the effortless European stylishness you’d expect, with outstanding fabrics, exquisite detailing and award-winning designs, which are already proving a huge hit with today’s modern bride. If you want to see the collection for yourself, your relaxed one-to-one private bridal appointment with a member of the experienced styling team is where to start. They’ll help and guide you, making sure that you try on many different styles and find the one that is perfect for you. To make your appointment call 01483 276766 or visit 10

WEDDING FROX Collections by leading designers; Stella York, Justin Alexander, Madi Lane, Lillian West, San Patrick. Tel: 01483 276766 BRIDAL BOUTIQUE GUILDFORD, SURREY, GU6 8JJ We do! 06.10.2018 Fun & informal dance lessons taught in a professional dance studio Free Initial Consultation Prices start from just £75 First Dance lessons since 2002 FIND YOUR FIRST DANCE WITH US t: 07966 513 981 e: Instagram: first_dancewedding MAKE YOUR FIRST DANCE UNFORGETTABLE We do! 06.10.2018 FIND YOUR FIRST DANCE WITH US t: 07966 513 981 e: Instagram: first_dancewedding MAKE YOUR FIRST DANCE UNFORGETTABLE Fun & informal dance lessons taught in a professional dance studio Free Initial Consultation Prices start from just £75 First ance lessons since 2002 FIND YOUR FIRST DANCE WITH US t: 07966 513 981 e: Instagram: first_dancewedding MAKE YOUR FIRST DANCE When it comes to hosting your special day at Brooklands Hotel, the possibilities are endless. Call our Wedding Team on 01932 335720 to make your dreams a reality *Terms and Conditions apply Book your 2024 wedding for £2,024*

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

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN! A ONE-NIGHT STAY FOR TWO AT WOTTON HOUSE Looking to plan a postwedding minimoon escape? Your Surrey Wedding has the perfect prize up for grabs – a one-night stay for two in a junior suite with a complimentary bottle of wine, dinner, bed and breakfast at the stunning Wotton House - worth £350! Nestled in the Surrey Hills among 13 acres of Grade II listed gardens, Wotton House is a one-of-a-kind blend of British history and contemporary class. The eccentric 16thcentury country estate is filled with beauty, mystery and timeless charm. The grand vaulted ceilings, pillars and centuries-old original fireplaces set a romantic tone for your stay, whilst outdoors, the hotel’s Grade II listed gardens are spectacular, featuring England’s very first Italianate gardens, Italian temples, and magical grottoes. Natural daylight shines in through the stone Gothic windows and history comes to life with Ancient Greek phrases written on the walls. The hotel’s 1877 restaurant offers the perfect blend of British history and contemporary class in a friendly and welcoming dining room with an olive tree at its heart. Dishes are inspired by elements of the Wotton House country estate, with menus paying homage to classic British cuisine with a modern twist. As the day draws to a close, mini-mooning guests can make their way through the mansion house and up the 17th-century staircase to their elegant room, where they’ll end their day amongst the country estate-inspired artwork and textiles. Visit to be in with the chance of winning – and visit for more information on the hotel and its wedding offering. WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, Freebies& OFFERS FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, 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. SUSSEX SUN 22 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR 12PM-4PM

ESSEX SUN 29 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 15 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 15 OCT | THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH 12PM-4PM 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 8 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US KENT SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 12 NOV | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD LONDON

• 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 28TH APRIL 2024 | 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 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 28TH APRIL 2024 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

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 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.

Venues in Kingston and Richmond Keep it local BINGHAM RIVERHOUSE 020 8940 0902 | Bingham Riverhouse is a Grade II listed manor house in Richmond with original masonry and refurbished sash windows. The Georgian Thamesside property was recently refurbished with the interior design done by award-winning, Nicola Harding. The hotel offers a classically-modern feel with a pink pastel-shaded bar and orange Penguin Classic books lining the dining room. The manicured garden, created by award-winning gardener John Tebbs from The Garden Edit, offers uninterrupted views of Richmond Bridge and Petersham Meadows. Located on the river, there are plenty of places to take photographs and guests can even arrive by boat. The hotel can accommodation weddings and civil ceremonies of up to 90 guests or smaller for more intimate affairs. These special occasions generally take place downstairs in the garden rooms, opening onto the riverside terrace and English garden. Alternatively, couples can take over the whole house for the day, which includes 15 bedrooms and the Library or Drawing Room with space for dancing the night away. HARTSFIELD MANOR 01737 845 300 | As the backdrop for your fairy-tale wedding, this 19th-century manor house offers stunning beauty and historic grandeur. Rooms ooze character, with high ceilings, cosy lounges, real log fires and far reaching views across the Surrey Hills. Upon entering Hartsfield Manor you’ll find a stunning setting for your big-day photos. From the grand staircase and archways to the picturesque gardens. This venue was designed with space and flexibility in mind. Enjoy an intimate gathering in the Brockham suite for up to 40 guests or in the warmer months, tie the knot under the outdoor pavilion where you’ll have space for 120 of your closest friends and family. Once everyone is well fed and the speeches are over there’s space for an additional 40 guests to join you for your evening reception. To top it all off you can reserve up to 50 of the hotel’s luxurious rooms and suites, so that everyone can be accommodated with ease and style. Here, the smallest of details make a huge difference. From start to finish the experienced wedding coordinators will be on hand to ensure your day is as individual and memorable as you’ve always dreamed. 19 LOCAL VENUES

HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB 02089 772 423 | 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, civil partnership or vow renewal. 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 partygoers. The fully-dressed marquee with a terrace and outdoor bar included in the hire. The dedicated wedding coordinators have extensive knowledge and experience to ensure the day runs smoothly and everything is perfect. THE MITRE HOTEL HAMPTON COURT 020 8979 9988 | Set amongst a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1600’s and overlooking the River Thames, The Mitre commands panoramic views over the heart of Hampton Court. The backdrop of the River Thames and the surrounding landscape provide beautiful picture perfect moments. The Mitre is quintessentially English, think classic, romantic and elegant with a feel of town meets countryside. Steeped in history, but with stylish interiors and modern finishes, each room is individually designed with a playful use of colour, and antiques lend soulfulness giving each room its own unique character. For vows, The Orangery, for up to 80 people, is a stunningly designed room with floor-to-ceiling natural daylight and a conservatory roof creating a light and airy feel. The Main Terrace (80) is private overlooking the Thames with direct access to boat trips for up to 45 people; while the Bridge Terrace (60) is also private overlooking the Thames but with its own bar. Alternatively, The Boathouse (60) is a vibrant, stylish yet relaxed place with panoramic river views, and finally, the Cardinal Wolsey (30) is a soothing green-coloured room with wood-panelled walls and natural daylight. Post vows the aforementioned, The Orangery, Main Terrace, Bridge Terrace, The Boathouse and Cardinal Wolsey can also cater for receptions respectively: up to 100 people, 60 for a sit-down meal and 100 standing, 60, 60 for a sit-down meal and 100 standing, and the Cardinal Wolsey 30 guests. 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, so you can try the award-winning food before the special day, discounted room rates and a Georgian deluxe room on the night of the wedding. DENBIES WINE ESTATE 01306 734 663 | Built in 1986, Denbies Wine Estate offers 265 acres of vines paired with the breathtaking rolling Surrey Hills. The venue is located at the foot of Box Hill and Leith Hill, offering sweeping views of the North Downs as your wedding day backdrop. Whether you choose the stunning cloistered pavilion, or the atmospheric cellars, there are ample photo opportunities at Denbies including heading outside to capture the beautiful sunset between the vines. Denbies can provide you with a variety of wedding packages which offer various distinctive ceremony rooms. Inside the Winery building, The Garden Room, located on the ground floor, has direct access to the cloistered pavilion and can seat up to 150 guests. The Ranmore Suite, also located on the ground floor boasts natural daylight, and can offer the perfect intimate civil ceremony with up to 50 guests. Located on the first floor, the Denbies Suite is a very grand room for ceremonies of up to 180 guests. Located in the heart of the vineyard, Denbies Vineyard Hotel offers sweeping views of the and can host ceremonies of up to 40 guests indoors, and up to 150 outdoors. The hotel can host intimate dining packages for 20 to 40 guests after the ‘I dos’. Post-vows, The Conservatory can accommodate up to 250 guests for the wedding breakfast. Guests will be welcomed by the flowing central fountain and tropical plants creating a relaxed atmosphere for dining. Combined with The Garden Room, the ground floor area can comfortably accommodate up to 350 guests for larger celebrations. The Garden Room, overlooking The Cloisters Pavilion and adjacent to The Conservatory Atrium can comfortably accommodate up to 70 guests for a sit-down wedding breakfast. The Gallery Restaurant, for a more intimate venue, is situated on the 3rd floor offering stunning panoramic views of the vineyard. Available for parties between 30-60 guests, The Gallery has the benefit of a fully licensed bar. LOCAL VENUES 21

Weddings at YORK HOUSE We are licensed for ceremonies and can provide rooms for drinks and/or evening receptions. Unlike most other venues, we currently allow external caterers to cater for your day. This unique combination allows you to truly personalise your wedding and can help create the perfect setting for a memorable occasion. With a variety of rooms available, you can hold a ceremony and/or your reception here at York House. We would be thrilled to speak with you and advise on how we could help with your special day. Contact our team for details York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA - Telephone: 020 8831 6108 - York House is a picturesque 17th century building, with a fascinating history, set in beautiful public grounds on the banks of the River Thames. We provide a truly unique wedding venue for your special day, offering couples something old and something new.

PERFECT year-round wedding venue in the heart of the Surrey Hills your 01306 734663 FARNHAMBUSH.COM | 01252 715237 | @FARNHAM_BUSH_HOTEL Photography credits: Alix James Photography, Megan Donati Photography and Stewart Grant Photography EAT, DRINK & BE MARRIED From pre-wedding dinners to post-wedding brunches and everything in between, we do it all! JOIN US AT OUR WEDDING FAYRE Sunday 8th October from 11am - 3pm Come and view our newly refurbished event space, the Redgrave Rooms at our Wedding Fayre.

WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR T: +44 (0)1252 555 892 E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS SARAH HOYLE PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK A SHOW ROUND Everything was absolutely perfect, the food, the atmosphere and the organisation were all fantastic. We loved the design of the hotel and it was clear that no other venue could compare! Thank you again to Aviator! “ “ With its sleek contours inspired by the shape of a propeller, Aviator sets the scene for a statement occasion. Located on the Hampshire and Surrey border overlooking the private Farnborough Airport, Aviator is one of Hampshire’s most unique hotels. When it comes to planning your special day, you’re in control with flexible agendas to suit you and your guests. The venue boasts 169 contemporary bedrooms and suites, a dedicated events lobby, extensive dining and refreshment options, four diverse spaces ready to welcome your style and personality, and an experienced team to make celebrating love straightforward. All that is left to do is enjoy the moments with your nearest and dearest. ALL BECAUSE TWO PEOPLE FELL IN LOVE Alex Toze Wedding Photographer

Hotel hotspots Venues with overnight options AVIATOR 01252 555 892 | Aviator is a luxury hotel designed to reflect the sleek and modern aesthetics of aviation. Aviator’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 that get lots of sun on summer days. The lawn provides extraordinary views of the private Farnborough Airport. Watching private jets ascend and descend is spectacular and leaves a lasting impression on guests. Interiors are opulent yet understated and all bedrooms include highquality furnishings and modern amenities. Inside the main entrance, you’re met with the impressive central rotunda and sweeping staircase, 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 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 seats 95 guests and has floorto-ceiling glass offering unrivalled views of Farnborough Airport runway and direct access to the terrace and lawn. Located on the ground floor, Earhart caters for 40 and provides a medium-sized space that’s perfect for an 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. Kevin Ahronson Photography Sarah Hoyle BROOKLANDS HOTEL 01932 335 720 | Brooklands Hotel is an elegant property located in the heart of Surrey, on the site of the iconic Brooklands racetrack. Taking inspiration from its historic location, Brooklands Hotel has a 1920s, Art Deco-inspired interior. The hotel features 131 bedrooms and suites, and every bedroom boasts an abundance natural light and many benefit from their own private outside space with panoramic views over the neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World track. The hotel is also home to ‘1907’ a two AA Rosettes winning restaurant, bar and grill offering a chic dining experience, ‘BSpa’ wellness and spa treatment facilities and a fitness area. For ceremonies, The Brooklands Suite is the largest space and caters for up to 174 theatre style, 132 for a sit down meal or 220 reception. The Napier Suite is the second largest suite accommodating 64 guests. There’s the option to open up through to the Railton Suite to create a combined space for up to 130 guests. The Solomon Suite provides a captivating backdrop of the Mercedes-Benz race track, and can hold up to 50 guests, both theatre style and reception. The panoramic Railton Suite seats 55 and its floor-to-ceiling windows make the room bright and spacious. Receptions take place in the following with designated capacities: Brooklands Suite, 220, Napier Suite, 60, Solomon Suite, 50, and Railton Suite, 80. The contour of the world’s most historic motor racing track runs through the hotel’s reception, which features a stunning Charlie Whinney sculpture 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. When booking one of Brooklands Hotel’s wedding packages couples will automatically stay in Suite 319 on their wedding night. 25 HOTEL VENUES

THE BUSH HOTEL 01252 715 237 | The Bush Hotel has been welcoming guests through its door since 1618. Situated in the heart of historic Farnham and surrounded by the beautiful Surrey Hills, the property boasts many original features, including paintings, fireplaces, historical panelling and timber beams. However, with more modern and opulent design features throughout, The Bush Hotel feels like the perfect blend of old and new. After guests arrive, they will walk through the tranquil garden and enjoy views of the ivy-clad hotel and the sun terrace. At the front of the venue, the hotel has a private cobbled courtyard which still has some of the original coaching inn features. In the heart of the hotel on the ground floor, the Oak Lounge is a historic, panelled room dating back to the 15th century which can hold up to 50 guests for the ceremony and 30 for a seated meal. With original features, two log fires and doors leading out to the terrace and gardens, it’s a perfect location for a more intimate celebration and is great in any season. Alternatively, The Garden Restaurant is a bright, spacious, and flexible space that has views of the hotel’s garden and a large open log fire. Located on the ground floor with easy access to the garden terrace, reception and the bar, it can accommodate up to 90 loved ones throughout the day. The largest space, which can hold up to 120 people, is the recently refurbished Redgrave Suite. This venue is separate but adjacent to the main hotel and accessed via the garden. The Bush Suite is complimentary to the happy couple on the night of the wedding, and they will also receive a complimentary menu tasting. There are 94 bedrooms on-site, and friends and family will receive a discounted rate for the night of the wedding. LYTHE HILL HOTEL & SPA 01428 744 815 | Combining old-world charm with modern elegance, Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa is a stunning Tudor house situated on the Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex border. This 16th-century award-winning venue is nestled within 22 acres of rural countryside with a charming lake close by and an on-site gym with health club facilities. Intimate nuptials of up to 30 guests are held in The Oak Room, which has panelled walls and a decorative fireplace. Alternatively, The Cedar Suite has high ceilings, exposed bricks, a neutral décor throughout and space for 80 loved ones. The Hazel Suite can accommodate 150 friends and family for the meal and 250 in the evening and boasts an impressive sky-view lantern roof and exposed beams. The happy couple can book relaxing spa treatments at the newlyrefurbished The Spa at Lythe Hill in the lead up to the big day. 26

voco Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa, Petworth Road, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 3BQ 01428 651 251 | Say I Do Weddings are one of life’s most treasued 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 romantic surroundings. Photo Credit - Bright Sight Photography


STANHILL COURT 01293 862 166 | Surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland, Stanhill Court boasts idyllic views overlooking the Surrey Hills creating a romantic and picturesque setting for weddings. A magnificent, Victorian, country manor house and quintessentially English wedding venue, the new owner’s enthusiasm and passion for this historic building has led to a completely refreshed venue with a modern, contemporary feel that also respects and retains the character and features of the existing house. The interior is traditional yet contemporary with an elegant twist, featuring a sweeping staircase, a stunning Orangery and original fireplaces dating back to 1881. Every bedroom exudes style with modern décor and fittings throughout. Autograph bedrooms include lovingly restored traditional four-poster beds with luxury bedding, linen and amenities and far-reaching views across the Surrey countryside. For the all-important ‘I dos’, couples have the following options; The Orangery, for 180 guests, has been given a new lease of life with modern décor and furniture, leading to the terrace and gardens, complemented by beautiful views. The Charlwood Suite seats 250 and offers the perfect space for a grand wedding. Situated in the heart of the hotel, the rooms are ideal for a lavish affair offering space and versatility with moving partitions. Nestled in the grounds stands The Amphitheatre and Wedding Gazebo, ideal for outside ceremonies. Fully licensed, they have the capacity for 88 guests seated to watch the ceremony taking place inside the Wedding Gazebo. The existing Amphitheatre remains in the grounds and has been restored to its former glory. Post-vows, all the ceremony rooms can be used as spaces for the reception. When choosing Stanhill Court as your wedding venue, couples can enjoy a first-year anniversary stay, and have the opportunity to plant a tree in the beautiful grounds in honour of the wedding day with a plaque made especially. THE TALBOT 01483 225 188 | Located just 30 minutes from Central London, The Talbot is a 500-yearold property situated in the quaint village of Ripley. Boasting on-site parking facilities, 43 modern bedrooms, a restaurant, a cosy bar, distinctive period features, beautiful photo opportunities and an impressive archway that leads to a charming starlit courtyard. Ceremonies can take place in the stunning Surrey Barns which is licensed for up to 80 guests and features original beams and heaps of character. Following the ceremony, enjoy your own private garden and The Garden Room for photos and arrival drinks. Receptions can be hosted for up to 150 guests between the self-contained Wisley Suite with high ceilings and chandeliers and Surrey Barns with its own private bar. The packages are completely customisable so you can ensure you have a truly bespoke experience. The Talbot offers couples a complimentary honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding, a room for their first anniversary and a menu tasting. 29 HOTEL VENUES

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need a bigger boat! Sophie and Matt’s shared love of music, films and beer was at the heart of their big day Images courtesy of Foto Fly Photography YOU’RE GONNA Matt and Sophie have a shared love of music and had been going to the same concerts for most of their adolescent years without meeting. “When we were both in our twenties a mutual friend introduced us, and we’ve been inseparable since!” says Sophie. “We both have lots of things in common, our love of music, craft beer and films. On our first date we both realised we had a passion for the movie Jaws!” she says. The duo had always talked about getting married, but it was on Sophie’s birthday that Matt popped the question. “I’d asked for a jewellery box for my birthday that I’d had my eye on, which Matt gave me. I opened it, said thank you and moved on to the next gift to unwrap,” Sophie explains. “Matt then told me to open the jewellery box and he’d placed my Tiffany engagement ring inside with a little post it note saying ‘To Do: Marry Matt?’,” she says. “We celebrated by meeting our best friend in Kingston (and subsequent best man and creative director), and went to O’Neill’s to drink Guinness and eat pizza!” When it came to choosing a venue, Sophie and Matt wanted a relaxed pub-vibe. “We’d been to a wedding a few years prior at a pub in North London and loved the energy,” says Sophie. “We were keen for our guests to be relaxed but also feel the formality of a wedding and we achieved just that.” Here Sophie tells us more about their day… REAL WEDDINGS 31

Matt and his groomsmen wore navy suits with a navy waistcoat, and they accessorised with brown shoes and peach ties. My bridesmaids wore grey dresses that came in a variety of styles. I wanted them to choose the style that they felt most comfortable in. They also chose their shoes and my sister, my maid of honour, wore trainers like me. We bought fancy ones from Kate Spade. One of our guests brews his own beer, so I went with my bridesmaid to brew our wedding beer. We gave a bottle to each of our guests as favours and named it ‘Third Time Lucky’, as this was the number of times that we’d tried to get married due to Covid! I was determined to wear trainers with my dress. I reached a compromise with my mum that I’d wear heels for the service and white Vans trainers for the reception. I accessorised by wearing flowers in my hair, a pearl necklace, and a pearl bracelet that my dad gave to my mum on the day that I was born, so it felt really special. The Dog and Fox had just begun building their venue, The Coach House, when I visited with my mum. I fell in love with it instantly. I loved that we could get married and host our reception in the same setting. I’m quite short and was sceptical I could find a dress that’d work but I did! It was the back detailing and the train that did it for me, I loved it so much. 32