Your Surrey Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 104)

WIN! A minimoon in Rhodes Be inspired by local couples FINDING THE ONE Dream dresses Marriage material DEC 23/JAN 24 £3.55 SURREYWEDDING GOING LOCAL Wed in Guildford and Woking Just the TWO OF US Intimate wedding ideas

BLAKES OF BOOKHAM Specialists in stunning wedding flowers We are a family run florist in the heart of Great Bookham with over 20 years experience in the industry. Weddings are our speciality, we will create the perfect bespoke bouquet for your special day using the finest quality flowers at competitive prices. I know as florists we would say this but we really believe that flowers are the most important part of your day after the venue and dress. We help you use flowers in the right places to enhance your dream wedding venue. Where possible we always try to reuse the flowers during your day with a simple relocation when you are out greeting all your guests before you sit down for the Wedding Breakfast. Having worked with many Surrey Wedding venues, we have experience in decorating with different styles and themes our couples love to make their floral dreams a reality. Call us for your a free consultation where we sit down with you to understand exactly what you need us to create for your special day whilst working to your budget and colour schemes. We are happy to meet you at your venue or welcome you at our shop for a free consultation. 47 High Street, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 4AD 01372 456655 |

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Danielle Harvey delves in to this new 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 Local experts offer stellar advice on 2024 wedding trends 97 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS DECEMBER 2023/JANUARY 2024 VENUES 21 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in Guildford or Woking 27 A WINTER’S TALE Venues perfect for cosy nuptials FEATURES 53 SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED The county’s wedding aficionados offer advice on planning an intimate wedding 71 BOUTIQUE BLISS We chatted to the county’s bridal boutique owners to find out how to dress according to your big day’s vibe On the cover... This issue’s cover was shot by Vero J Photography ( and was taken from Becky and Mikey’s stunning real wedding on page 35. 53 27 3

REAL WEDDINGS 35 A PERFECT MATCH Rebecca and Mike’s big-day was filled with love, laughter and football! 40 A LOVE MATCH Lauren and Rob’s day was a classic affair with a navy and white colour palette 47 BEST.PARTY.EVER Precious and Sean put their styling prowess into their own nuptials – and wow did they create the ultimate wedding day GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 58 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 60 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 65 A TOUCH OF COLOUR Winter isn’t about wearing a white wedding dress, pick a fruit-pastel inspired shade or something a little bolder 68 PARTY PIECES Dazzle at a Christmas or winter wedding in stunning silver and crystal accessories 74 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 WELL GROUNDED If wedding planning stress is getting the better of you, take this time-out with Ground Wellbeing’s Peigin Crowley 65 47 94 76 HONEYMOONS 89 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 94 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 4

Having a great party was a must for Precious and Sean on page 47. Winter weddings are really coming into their own; couples are embracing the autumnal hues, the cosy atmosphere you can create and the delish hearty food options on offer at this time of year! The best thing about a winter wedding for me, is that you know what you’re letting yourself in for when it comes to the weather. I tied the knot in March, and although I kept an eye on the weather apps, I couldn’t be disheartened when the heavens opened and it rained for most of the day. It did not change the day at all, we dashed outside with brollies for some images, and we celebrated the whole day in a gorgeous venue without a care what was happening in the world outside. We were in wedded bliss, whatever the weather, so don’t worry if you too have a wedding in the coming months – I hear rain on the wedding day is lucky too! Here’s what you have to look forward to this issue: we have some cosy winter venues on page 27 perfect for tying the knot at this time of year, and a feature on intimate weddings – be inspired by this latest trends on page 53. If you’re embarking on your wedding dress – or jumpsuit! – search, then check out our bridal boutiques feature on page 71 where local experts help you with this daunting task. Our real wedding couples this issue talk all-things wedding; from pages 35 to 47 there could be some ideas you want to pinch and apply to your own virtual moodboard. If you fancy gracing the pages of Your Surrey Wedding like this edition’s couples then submit your details here: − we can’t wait to hear all about your big day. Happy planning, Danielle x Danielle Harvey, Managing editor Whatever the weather 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 Contributing editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Let’s not forget the gents, check out fashion for grooms on page 86. EDITORIAL Managing editor Danielle Harvey | 01376 535 611 2024 wedding dress trends to adore on page 60. Guestlist under 30? Be inspired by these intimate wedding ideas on page 53. 6

Find where to wed in Guildford and Woking on page 21. Check out these winter venues on page 27. Check out The Bush Hotel Farnham’s new refurb on page 10. New venue alert! Read page 9 now! Rebecca and Mikey had a magical day at The Barn at Botley, read more on35. Find out how to dress for your wedding’s theme from one of these local boutiques on page 71. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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 | RT_Photography_half_page_195x141_AW.pdf 1 05/04/2023 23:32

All the latest from around the county NEWS Nearlywed HONEYMOON PLANNING SORTED AT KUONI, DORKING Worldwide holiday company Kuoni has opened a new travel shop within its headquarters based in the heart of Dorking. Kuoni has a longstanding connection with Dorking, it’s been the home of the company’s business operations for almost 50 years! Staff, including store manager Sue Eaton and assistant manager Justine Poutney have been recruited to help customers in the Surrey Hills and surrounding areas plan their holidays around the world. From Africa to the Maldives, Italy to Thailand, Kuoni has become synonymous with premium travel experiences all over the world and the friendly team are able to create personalised itineraries to suit different budgets. The new store is located on the ground floor of the modern, dynamic offices, overlooking a bright courtyard. Customers will be able to book an appointment and discuss their travel plans with an expert over a complimentary drink from its bar menu. To make an appointment call 01306 637 144 or visit SOMERSBURY BARN - NEW VENUE ALERT! Tucked away in the picturesque Surrey countryside of Ewhurst, Somersbury Barn is a new barn wedding venue epitomising English heritage and quirky charm. Combining a lovingly restored ancient barn and Victorian glasshouse, it’s the perfect location for your special celebration set against the backdrop of mature orchards, wildflower meadows and beautiful 16th-century manor. Whether you’re looking for a place bursting with boho-chic to host your wedding reception or a captivating setting for a smaller gathering, the venue has something for everyone. The ancient oak barn has open beams, a high vaulted ceiling, a handmade clay roof and huge timber-framed windows looking out onto the meadow of wildflowers. For those wanting a more intimate evening, look no further than the beautiful Victorian, Foster & Pearson glasshouse which can seat 24 for a special celebration. Check out TIME TO GET ORGANISED Need help keeping on top of the wedding planning admin? Making Meadows is an eco-conscious gift and stationery shop offering beautiful writing paper, greeting cards, wrapping paper and unique stationery items. Designed and made in the UK in small batches from its Surrey studio, it all began from an original painting, inspired by the British countryside. From personalised notebooks, to printed to-do list pads and planners, bookmarks and ball point pens, the items are pretty and perfect whether it’s a gift for yourself or a loved one. Check out LOCAL NEWS 9

AWARD WIN FOR LATYMER AT PENNYHILL PARK Latymer, a fine dining Michelin-starred restaurant set within Surrey’s Pennyhill Park, has been was awarded AA’s top hospitality award of five AA Rosettes for its culinary excellence at the AA Hospitality Awards – just one of two new restaurants to be awarded with this prestigious recognition in 2023. Led by head chef Steve Smith, its inventive menus have intrigued his guests’ palates for years, and the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2021. On the back of the news and award, it makes Latymer the perfect pre-wedding date night location or post-wedding celebration venue choice with your partner and loved ones to experience it first-hand. Steve added, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this amazing recognition. It’s always fabulous for the team to be rewarded for their hard work and dedication. As always, we will continue to improve and develop what we do to improve our product.” Renowned for his modern British cooking, using the finest seasonal ingredients available to drive flavour and texture, Smith is widely regarded as one of the most inventive and talented chefs of his generation. Visit NEW REFURBISHMENT AT BUSH HOTEL FARNHAM Bush Hotel Farnham has been welcoming guests through its door since 1618. Situated in the heart of historical Farnham and surrounded by the beautiful Surrey Hills, the property boasts many original features, however, with more modern and opulent design features throughout it’s the perfect blend of old and new. The hotel has just completed a refurbishment of its main event space, the Redgrave Rooms – which can accommodate up to 120 guests for a ceremony and seated meal and then 150 in the evening! “We are super proud of this new space which has been decorated to a high standard,” shares the team. There are 94 bedrooms and the Bush Suite is complimentary to the happy couple on the night of the wedding, there’s also a tranquil garden enjoying views of the ivy-clad hotel and the sun terrace. Check out ORLEANS HOUSE GALLERY TOPS THE LIST Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham is the UK’s most popular registry office according to new analysis by engagement and wedding ring experts Queensmith ( Followed by Cheltenham Town Hall, Gloucestershire, Chelsea Old Town Hall, The Old Marylebone Town Hall and Hackney Town Hall, (all London-based) respectively. Orleans House Gallery is located on Twickenham riverside, a short stroll away from quaint pubs, beautiful landmarks and open spaces. Surrounded by wild woods and flower-filled grounds, this contemporary art gallery is also less than a five-minute walk from the nearest pier, making boats one of the easiest ways to arrive/depart! Ceremonies with up to 60 loved ones take place in the stunning Octagon Room, built for entertaining in 1720. A Grade I listed Baroque room, the combination of contemporary art, heritage and nature create the feeling of a hidden gem, a world away from London, but within easy reach of it. Call 020 8831 6000 or visit THE WORLD'S YOUR OYSTER After many years travelling the world as an IT Consultant, Sally Bosman had a total career change in 2020, becoming a personal travel consultant just before the world shut down! “I made good use of my lockdown start,” she says, “advising people about refunds, traffic-light lists, travel requirements and so on, until the world began to open up again.” Unlikely though it may have seemed at the time, Covid gave her a head start to offering great customer service with a personal touch and most of her first clients still book their holidays with her today. In fact, nearly all of Sally's business now comes from recommendations, especially honeymoons. Testament to Sally's superior customer service skills, honed during this difficult time, is the fact that she has recently been nominated for the Reigate and Banstead Business Customer Service award and has just heard that she's one of the three finalists. “This means the world to me and, even if I don’t win, together with my five-start Trustpilot reviews, being a finalist is a huge accolade, moving forward.” Find out more about how Sally can help you with your dream honeymoon, check out 10

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Frensham Pond Hotel & Spa is Farnham’s only four-star hotel and is situated in a scenic spot on the edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Looking out over Frensham Great Pond, each room has its own distinctive English charm rooted in the historical character of this 15th-century country house. Weddings take place in the Garden Suite and George Lloyd Suite; both overlooking the pond with plenty of space to accommodate your nearest and dearest. The latter boasts a wonderful upper terrace and features a private bar. We’ve partnered with this lovely local venue to offer our readers an exclusive wedding package offer for just £6,995. The offer includes: private room hire, plus private bar and terrace; three-course wedding breakfast with tea and coffee for 60 adults; drinks package with a refreshing glass of Bucks Fizz, two glasses of wine with the wedding breakfast, and a glass of prosecco for toasting; four item finger buffet for 80 guests; elegant Chivari chairs with organza sash; a complimentary superior room for the two of you including breakfast; and the resident DJ until midnight. To claim, get in touch with the wedding team at and quote Your Surrey Wedding. Check out to find out more about the venue. Offer closes 31st January, 2024. WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ 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. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 KENT SUN, 4 FEB 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD

SUN, 14 JAN 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS ESSEX SUN, 7 JAN 2024 HEDINGHAM CASTLE Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ SUN, 21 JAN 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, CO5 9EE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 11 FEB 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, CM4 9DP SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show

ESSEX SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY SUN, 18 FEB 2024 DENBIES WINE ESTATE London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP SUN, 4 FEB 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, IP5 2PU SUFFOLK SUN, 7 JAN 2024 HINTLESHAM HALL Hintlesham, Ipswich, IP8 3NS SUN, 25 FEB 2024 FYNN VALLEY Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA 12pm-4pm CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE

SUN, 21 JAN 2024 SANDON MANOR Sandon Bury Farm, Buntingford, SG9 0QY HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 14 JAN 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LUTON HOO Estate Office, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 18 FEB 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR LEICESTERSHIRE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, LE14 2EF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 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 WORK WITH US

• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • 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 Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL DATE TO BE CONFIRMED | 11AM - 3:00PM 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 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 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

Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents HOSTED AT One of the largest wedding shows to be held in the South of England. A huge number of wedding specialists on hand to inspire and advise on how to bring your wedding dreams to life. PLUS! Special offers on the day • The chance to win a luxury honeymoon • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • and more... For your FREE tickets and the chance to win a £250 voucher courtesy of pre-register at: Sunday 7th April 2024 11am to 3:30pm FREE ENTRY High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX IN ASSOCIATION WITH 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

Where to wed in Guilford and Woking Going local BARNETT HILL 01483 893 361 | Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Barnett Hill is surrounded by 26 acres of peaceful manicured gardens and woodland. Built by Frank Cook, the grandson of the travel agent Thomas Cook, in 1905, the hotel enjoys wonderful views across the Surrey Hills. Barnett Hill is little short of a fairytale and makes for a most beautiful exclusive-use wedding venue. Described by The Telegraph as ‘a magnificent gingerbread-brick palace, crowned with green copper domes’, the Queen Anne-style mansion reveals itself at the end of winding, tree-lined drive. Inside this graceful building, ceremonies take place in the panelled Drawing Room overlooking the terrace and lawn beyond. With a tall bay window and high chandeliered ceiling, it’s an elegant room in which to say your vows with up to 80 guests. Post-vows, the Garden Suite is decorated in a neutral grey palette and comes complete with a large fireplace – it’s a great blank canvas for each couple to make their mark. With large windows along two sides, it’s a light, airy space, which can accommodate up to 80 guests seated on round tables, 120 can celebrate with you for the evening festivities. The grand staircase and tiled hallway at Barnett Hill are iconic and make a wonderful backdrop for wedding photographs with endless opportunities for photos outside too! Should the weather be inclement there are plenty of spots for shots in the Library, Bar and the intimate spaces dotted throughout the hotel. When tying the knot here, couples benefit from a wedding tasting for the couple and all bedrooms with breakfast the following morning included in the exclusive-use fee. The hotel’s 56 bedrooms are spread across the Mansion, Courtyard and Gardener’s Cottage; a room for the bride and her party is included from 8am on the day of the wedding too. The venue’s experienced wedding team, led by Gemma, are available at every step of the way to support and guide couples during their wedding planning. 21 LOCAL VENUES

CLANDON WOOD 01483 479 614 | Clandon Wood comprises a 31-acre nature reserve, which is managed to complement the farmland and woodlands around it to the benefit of local wildlife. Most of the site is meadowland with planted trees blending the woodlands and grasslands of the neighbourhood together. The main part of the nature reserve comprises a wildflower meadow rich in nectar, seed sources and a rich patchwork of habitats for wildlife ranging from the smallest mining bees to voles, deer and badgers as well as many birds. There are also two wildlife ponds where waterbirds nest and dragonflies thrive amongst the plethora of pond life. Through careful and considered management, Clandon Wood aim to conserve a valuable mix of habitats sustainably to provide a place of natural beauty that is also a protected haven for a multitude of local flora and fauna. When looking to tie the knot here, ceremonies of up to 120 guests take place in the contemporary, designed-led glass pavilion. It provides flexible seating options and boasts AV, sound facilities and live webcam steaming. It’s also fully heated for winter nuptials, and in the summer the large sliding side and front entrance doors can be opened. GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA 01483 222 624 | Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Surrey Hills in Guildford, set within almost 10 acres of countryside, Guildford Manor has pictureperfect views. When looking to tie the knot here, couples can opt for al fresco nuptials with up to 120 guests outside at the Pavilion. Surrounded by natural beauty in the garden, it’s also adorned with fairylights along the walkway for evening festivities. Inside, couples can wed in The Bloomsbury Suite with up to 120 loved ones, a lovely bright room overlooking the gardens, followed by hosting the wedding breakfast (120) and reception (200) in The Lytton Suite. It has feature fairylights hanging from the ceiling, and in between the two function rooms, there’s also a lounge with a private bar used for the drinks reception. If booking this big-day venue, couples benefit from a free wedding taster, and use of a room for the night before the wedding and on the night of the wedding. 22

WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR T: +44 (0)1252 555 892 E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS 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 Lawes Photography

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. At Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club, we take care of all details, whether it be a small, intimate gathering or a large celebration. We will ensure your day is everything that you have always dreamed of. For further information contact Emma Dickinson on 020 8940 1894 or email: OLD DEER PARK, TWICKENHAM ROAD, RICHMOND TW9 2SB | Capacities: 80 day guests and 150 evening guests • DEDICATED WEDDING CO ORDINATOR AND HOTEL STAFF ON DUTY ON THE DAY • RED OR CREAM AISLE CARPET • CHAIR COVERINGS • WHITE TABLE LINEN AND NAPKINS • EVENING DANCE FLOOR • PICTURESQUE GARDENS AND TERRACE RECEPTION DRINKS • ROUND OR SQUARE CAKE STAND • EASEL FOR TABLE PLAN • COMPLIMENTARY WEDDING TASTING FOR 2 • BRIDAL SUITE FOR THE NIGHT OF YOUR WEDDING OR NEXT BEST AVAILABLE ROOM • SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION RATES FOR YOUR GUESTS, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY • A COMPLIMENTARY CLASSIC DOUBLE BEDROOM FOR 1 NIGHT FOR YOUR 1ST ANNIVERSARY STAY • 3 COURSE MENU • EVENING BUFFET 4 ITEMS • DRINKS PACKAGE • ROOM HIRE VINTAGE PACKAGE £98.75 PER PERSON AS ABOVE WITH CHOICE OF MENU FROM THE VINTAGE MENU AND DRINKS PACKAGE CRYSTAL PACKAGE £108.75 PER PERSON AS ABOVE WITH CHOICE OF MENU FROM THE CRYSTAL MENU AND DRINKS PACKAGE DIAMOND PACKAGE £118.75 PER PERSON AS ABOVE WITH CHOICE OF MENU FROM THE DIAMOND MENU AND DRINKS PACKAGE The Talbot, High Street, Ripley, GU23 6BB /TalbotRipley @TalbotRipley T: 01483 225 188 E: W: Book your 2024 Wedding for 50 guests for £4000 with everything included!

DE VERE HORSELY ESTATE 01483 286 599 | A historical mansion complete with turrets, Horsley Estate’s venue boasts a selection of rooms in various styles ready and waiting to host your big day. The terrace with ample seating is an ideal place to spend long summer afternoons relaxing and mingling with your guests, while the croquet lawn is beautifully manicured and a stunning setting surrounded by trees. The lake too is incredibly private, and a picture-perfect spot. The onsite chapel and cloisters were both built in 1805. The latter is resplendent in an unusual colour scheme, which makes for stunning modern wedding photos, while the chapel too offers a memorable backdrop to romantic shots. The Great Hall is a traditional space with dark wooden panelling with family crests dotted around the room. A large organ has been fully refurbished and is now ready to be played. The Hall can seat up to 120 for your ceremony and 110 for you reception. The Sopworth is a beautiful bright and airy room. Spacious with a long aisle for your grand entrance it can seat up to 120 for the “I dos” and reception. The 1820 has a much more intimate feel with a big arched window behind the registrar’s table. It can host 50 nearest and dearest for the vows and 35 for the ensuing celebrations. The venue offers a free menu tasting for the two of you, free bed and breakfast the night before your wedding, and free bed and breakfast with the honeymoon suite on the wedding night. You’re also gifted a complimentary dinner and stay for your one-year anniversary. AVIATOR 01252 555 892 | A luxury hotel designed to reflect the 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, featuring clean lines from every angle and 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 floor-to-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. LOCAL VENUES 25

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YORK HOUSE 020 8832 6108 | York House is a fine 17th-century building with a fascinating history. Within, there are several beautiful rooms, each with their own characterful features, including a glass chandelier in the Salon, the original marble floor in the Winter Garden, and lovely wall pillars in the Terrace Room. Set in beautiful public grounds on the banks of the River Thames, the venue also boasts a breathtaking exterior with lovely iron gates and a sweeping drive separating it from the hubbub of Twickenham. The Salon (70 ceremony, 60 wedding breakfast, 80 evening guests), is an ornate room at the front of the house with a beautiful chandelier. Alternatively, The Terrace Room (40 seated and 10 standing ceremony guests, or 70 standing reception guests) is a traditional space at the back of the house, overlooking the gardens and offering direct access to them plus the terrace. You may also opt for The Winter Garden (60 ceremony, 40 wedding breakfast and 70 evening guests), a beautiful Victorian conservatory featuring a black and white marble tiled floor and a variety of plants. Also offering direct access to the gardens and terrace. For the most intimate of “I dos,” The Terrace Parlour is a traditional room at the back of the house, which overlooks the gardens and is licensed for eight seated and four standing. For larger guest lists, Hyde Room (70 ceremony, 60 wedding breakfast and 80 evening guests) next to the Clarendon Hall and offers ample space with its high ceiling and neutral colour palette. It’s licensed for up to 70 seated. The aforementioned Clarendon Hall (250 ceremony, 150 wedding breakfast guests with a top table of 10) is the largest of all the venue’s licensed rooms. It boasts a stage, dressing rooms and a grand piano. A PA system and stage lighting are also available for hire. Comfy and cosy are we We round up the county’s cosiest venues, each one a dream for a winter wonderland wedding © Marc Harwood 27 WINTER VENUES

DENBIES WINE ESTATE 01306 734 663 | Built in 1986, Denbies Wine Estate 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, can seat up to 150 guests and has direct access to the Cloistered Pavilion. The Ranmore Suite, also on the ground floor, boasts natural daylight, and can offer the perfect intimate civil ceremony with up to 50 guests. Situated on the first floor, the Denbies Suite is a grand room for ceremonies of up to 180 guests. Found in the heart of the vineyard, Denbies Vineyard Hotel offers sweeping views of the estate 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, creating a relaxed atmosphere for dining. Combined with The Garden Room, the ground floor area can comfortably accommodate up to 350 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, a more intimate venue, is situated on the third floor offering stunning panoramic views of the vineyard. Available for parties between 30 to 60 guests, The Gallery has the benefit of a fullylicensed bar. For your larger celebrations, dine and dance facing the vines with Denbies Vineyard Hotel Marquee Package, located in the heart of the vineyard on the hotel’s open landscaped garden. STORYBOARD AT SHEPPERTON 01932 899 988 | Storyboard at Shepperton is a wonderful place to set the scene for your special day. The venue is designed for both grand and intimate occasions, stunning weddings and eclectic celebrations. Set in seven beautiful acres of landscaped gardens, Storyboard offers the ideal setting for welcome drinks, canapés, garden games and photographs while the terrace provides a delightful spot for the wedding party to enjoy the scenery. There’s also a beautiful natural meadow with a small path running through the middle that makes for a gorgeous backdrop for some memorable pictures. When you’re on location at Storyboard, The Set is your main stage. A contemporary space for your ceremony and reception, it offers a private bar and access to the terrace with the ability to host up to 250 guests. You also have the option to divide it into three separate rooms according to your preference. The Green Room and The Fourth Wall are smaller spaces for intimate celebrations of up to 16 guests. Looking onto the tranquil grounds, these private rooms feel calm, special and private. Food and drink are at the heart of events here, and the head chef has designed a wide selection of personalised menus to suit all tastes. Indeed, if you do have a particular cuisine style in mind, the custom-designed events kitchen means you can bring your own caterers and design your own food and drinks menu, with the Set & Service Hire Only option. The choice really is yours! Effortlessly transition from a wonderful day to a good night’s sleep and stay in a contemporary room at the coupled hotel. With 184 bedrooms and preferential-rate group booking available, you and your guests can rest easy. 28

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.

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 WEDDING SHOWCASE | SUN 25TH FEB 2024 | REGISTER YOUR FREE PLACE ON OUR WEBSITE Andy Holdsworth Jordan Mansfield Jordan Mansfield EAT, DRINK & BE MARRIED From pre-wedding dinners to post-wedding brunches and everything in between, we do it all! FARNHAMBUSH.COM | 01252 715237 | @FARNHAM_BUSH_HOTEL Photography credits: Alix James Photography, Megan Donati Photography, Stewart Grant Photography & Minah Wilson Photography

THE BUSH HOTEL 01252 715 237 | The Bush Hotel has been welcoming guests through its doors since 1618. Situated in the heart of historical Farnham and surrounded by the beautiful Surrey Hills, the property boasts many original features, including paintings, fireplaces, 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’ll walk through the tranquil garden and enjoy views of the ivy-clad Hotel and the sun terrace. At the front of the venue, there’s a private cobbled courtyard, which still has some of the coaching inn’s original features. In the heart of the Hotel on the ground floor, the Oak Lounge is a historical, 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 an ideal location for a more intimate celebration, great in any season. Alternatively, The Garden Restaurant is a bright, spacious, and flexible space with 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 two of you on the night of your wedding, and you’ll also receive a free menu tasting. There are 94 bedrooms on-site, and friends and family will receive a discounted rate for the night of the wedding. NUTFIELD PRIORY HOTEL & SPA 01737 824 400 | Perched upon Nutfield Ridge, the venue boasts panoramic views of the Surrey countryside. The stylish interior of Nutfield Priory is adorned with fine paintings and many original features. With elegant décor, spacious bedrooms, a relaxing spa and endless amenities, this house is an oasis of tranquillity. It also has 15 feature bedrooms, and for that extra indulgence, The Bryon Suite located in the tower is spread over three floors and makes a wonderful choice for a honeymoon suite. Inspired by the Neo-Gothic splendour of the Palace of Westminster, this is a one-of-a-kind Victorian mansion, dating back to 1872 and full of character and charm. It also boasts a castle turret – the ideal accompaniment to a fairytale wedding. Each of the rooms inside Nutfield Priory are full of character. Originally the Morning Room, the Worth Room is ideal if you’re looking to hold your wedding ceremony surrounded only by your nearest and dearest (20 guests). Small enough to feel cosy, but with a high ceiling and original fireplace it has a special feel. The Gibson Room (80 ceremony, 60 wedding breakfast guests) with its warm and elegant feel is a popular choice for ceremonies, and its ornate ceiling and wood panelling give it an undeniable sense of grandeur. You’ll have a fantastic view over the grounds too. Plus, gold chandeliers and original pier mirrors provide glamour and sparkle. The Fielden Suite (100 ceremony, 100 wedding breakfast, 140 evening guests) offers you a long aisle ending at the feature bay window. There’s plenty of natural light and the neutral décor is perfectly suited for any palette. With a private bar, cloakroom and outdoor terrace it’s ideal for larger weddings. The Leigh Room, the old housekeeper’s pantry is ideal for small wedding breakfasts from eight to 20 of your closest friends and family. It’s at its best with everyone seated around a social oval table. Exclusive-use weddings can also utilise The Grand Hall (70 wedding breakfast, 200 evening guests), with rich wood panelling, stained-glass windows, carved marble fireplace and original antique organ. The venue offers a wedding coordinator, wedding handbook, an invitation to up to four wedding events annually (including two County Wedding Events fairs), a menu tasting with wines, a personal wedding manager to guide you through the day and a stay in a suite on the wedding night. 31 WINTER VENUES