Your Surrey Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 105)

WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 Check out some of the county’s favourite historical venues Tale as OLD AS TIME FEB/MAR 2024 £3.55 SURREYWEDDING HOT TOPIC Take your first steps into wedding planning Oh, go on then! Wedding cake trends to look out for Palettes to prop hire Theme on!

On arrival at Farnham House Hotel, a treelined driveway leads up to the venue, which is a unique and romantic country house set in beautifully landscaped gardens. With a contemporary interior and welcoming feel, Farnham House Hotel is the perfect country venue for your memorable wedding day. At Farnham House Hotel our experienced wedding co-ordinators will take care of you from your first showround to the moment you walk down the aisle and right through your special day. Call us on (01252) 716908 to arrange a showround and to meet with our team. Farnham House Hotel Alton (A31) Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 5ER Special Offer: Book your 2024/2025 wedding before 30th June this year and we’ll provide complimentary welcome canapes on your special day. QUOTE: FARNHAM

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 63 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on making those first tentative steps into wedding planning 97 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Waverley and Mole Valley 27 TALE AS OLD AS TIME We’ve rounded up some of our favourite local historical venues FEATURES 51 WHAT THEMES ARE MADE OF Our A-Z of venue styling 57 OH, GO ON THEN! Wedding cake trends to look out for On the cover... This issue’s cover has been sponsored by Epsom Downs Racecourse ( 57 27 3

REAL WEDDINGS 32 TEENS TO TINDER The universe wasn’t giving up when it came to Annalisse and Greg’s union, they were meant to be! 39 THINK PINK Amber and Jack’s beautifully elegant big day was styled in a blush pink palette 45 WORTH THE WAIT Horace might have made Sherene wait for her proposal but the wedding day was everything she’d dreamed of GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 89 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 67 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 68 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 75 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 78 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 81 WEDDING WELLNESS Wedding planning can be a stressful business, so we’ve gathered together our top wellness picks to help you start 2024 on the right foot 84 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare’s head of education, Adele O’Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare 39 45 90 75 HONEYMOONS 90 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava 92 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 94 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light. 32 4

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL 01372 460 460 EMAIL ENQUIRIES@JOCKEYCLUBVENUES.CO.UK VISIT THEJOCKEYCLUB.CO.UK/VENUES/WHAT-WE-DO/WEDDINGS/ 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 The Jockey Club Venues YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER BEGINS.

97 WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 Well, hello to all you lovely couples of this fine county, and welcome to my very first issue as editor of Your Surrey Wedding. I’m super-excited to bring you the absolute best this area has to offer you and your big day, so let’s dive straight in. First and foremost let me wish you all a very happy new year (I know that was a while ago, but this is my first opportunity to speak to you since then)! So, I hope all of your Christmases were merry and bright. For those of you who found an engagement ring beneath the tree, allow me to offer huge congratulations. No doubt you’re now excitedly organising your venue viewings and scouring Pinterest for the dream outfit, and we can’t wait to be your wedmin BFF. What I can tell you is that you’ve chosen a gorgeous part of the world to get married in. Within Surrey’s borders, there’s something for everyone to create a memorable, magical wedding day. And it’s not only the venues that are second to none, but also the local wedding suppliers. You’ll get the chance to meet many of them throughout our pages, so do click on their links to find out what they do and how they can help. There’s plenty to look out for to get you started on your journey. Don’t miss our Hot Topic pages this issue, where the county’s experts tell us how to take those first tentative steps into the world of wedding planning. Also, if you’re at the early stages of settling on a palette and theme, you won’t want to miss our venue styling feature where Surrey’s stylists offer heaps of inspiration. Finally, if 2024 marks the point on the calendar where it’s now the year of your big day – eek, we’re excited for you. There’s plenty here to grab your eye from beauty advice to real weddings, I hope you love this issue. As ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! At the ready 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 57 BLOOMING BAKES Our experts predict that for wedding cakes in 2024 it’s all about super-stunning florals. 39 YOUNG HEARTS Cuteness overload courtesy of Amber and Jack’s flowergirl and pageboy! Kelly Andrews, editor Kelly x EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 45 HERE COMES THE GROOM I’m loving Horace’s dapper velvet bow tie and pocket square; this and the subtle contrast in suit shade really make him stand out from his groomsmen as man of the moment. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS Nearlywed A STYLISH NEW LOOK Elegant country house hotel Pennyhill Park in Bagshot has announced the launch of a stunning new dedicated wedding venue space for the summer season. Set within a 120-acre estate in the heart of Surrey's countryside, Pennyhill Park provides a classically romantic backdrop with its charming ivy-clad mansion house defined by its traditional 19th-century architecture, garden terraces and manicured lawns. Couples can now enjoy exclusive use of the hotel's private terrace wing in its entirety. Drinks receptions can be hosted in the artfully refurbished Water Lily Suite, or on the Lily Pond Terrace overlooking the grounds when the weather is fine. Wedding receptions for up to 120 guests can be hosted in the newly renovated Parkview Suite complete with a full bar for evening celebrations. The private terrace wing is also home to five stunningly refurbished rooms and suites for members of the wedding party to stay in on the wedding night, or indeed longer. You can expect a dedicated wedding team throughout your journey to create a bespoke package for your big day, from intimate affairs to stylish receptions and lavish ceremonies for up to 120 guests. Those staying can also make use of the hotel's award-winning 45,000sq ft spa and a choice of dining options including Michelin-starred Latymer. Find out more at VINTAGE VIBES LanRetro is a small Surrey-based company specialising in handmade hair scarves, customised accessories and gifts, ideal for thanking your bride tribe for being part of your day. What’s more, the brand is passionate about creating beautiful accessories that are also good for the planet. Made to order, the super-stylish cotton hair scarves are available in a variety of colours and patterns, and where possible, produced from recycled fabrics. You can also choose a gift from the range of vibrant lifestyle accessories including clutch bags, phone cases and holders. LanRetro is committed to reducing its environmental impact, by using recycled packaging and shipping products in carbon-neutral packaging. Find out more at WEDDING-READY WORKOUT New boutique Pilates studio Bondi Rise, situated moments from Hampton Court Station, is inspired by the active lifestyle of Australia’s Bondi Beach. Pioneers of the celeb-favourite reformer workout offers approachable workout programmes to empower the body and inspire the mind. Epitomising the exceptional energy of the Bondi lifestyle, the studio offers small group reformer Pilates, mat Pilates, barre and yoga classes, which is all complemented by the online platform allowing you to work out any time, anywhere. Plus, we think you’ll love the Bondi Rise Wedding Workout, a four-week online programme including recipes, workouts and accountability trackers. Having lived on Bondi Beach, British founder Lottie Anderson was inspired to establish a Pilates brand inviting her community to switch off and connect within. For those beginning their Pilates journey to seasoned practitioners, Lottie is passionate about ensuring each person gets the most out of every session. Alongside classes for all levels, there are five state-of-the-art balance body reformer machines to increase strength, flexibility and overall alignment. Meanwhile, the signature Pilates sculpt class provides a whole-body transformative workout to tone, lengthen and sculpt muscles while focusing on the core and relieving physical tension. Find out more at 8

ROCK THOSE LOCKS Award-winning salon group RUSH Hair & Beauty is thrilled to share news of its new salon, opening in Walton-on-Thames. The new salon, located on the High Street, is the place to go in Surrey if you’re looking to update your look! The RUSH Walton team are on hand to deliver your hair goals, whether you’re looking to have a blow-dry or hair-up, a total revamp or a fresh new colour. It also offers a range of treatments including keratin smoothing and Olaplex. There’s even a dedicated extension specialist for those looking to achieve thicker, fuller-looking locks. The look of the new salon is sleek and contemporary, featuring minimalistic interiors in monochrome hues. To find out more and book an appointment check out LOTS OF LOVE FROM... Guest books are a tradition that dates back centuries. While the book itself has evolved, the purpose has remained the same: to provide a wonderful record of loved ones who’ve attended the wedding and for them to share happy messages of love and congratulations. One such modern alternative is a wedding guest signature canvas. Soon-to-be-marrieds are often looking for unique experiences to give their guests on W-day, something filled with surprises and delight. Enter, new Surreybased business The Signature Canvas. Known as an alternative guest book, the signature canvas is an original entertainment that brings huge joy to any wedding, allowing you to embrace a time-honoured tradition with a modern twist while gaining a treasured keepsake. Business owner Penny says, “Most couples who choose a simple guest book find that it doesn’t reflect their personalities or style and often find that it doesn’t even get written in! In other words, couples buy these because they feel they have no other option.” No more so with The Signature Canvas though! This allows you to own an original artwork created by your nearest and dearest on the big day. The process is simple. “You choose your theme, and I’ll create the personalised background before the day,” Penny explains. “Then, at the wedding, usually during the reception, all guests are invited to add their touch of paint to the canvas. It’s usually done with a paintbrush but some like to do thumb prints. The entire work of art is created over the course of a couple of hours. I then take it back to my studio to bring everyone’s touches together to create the finished bespoke piece.” It’s then delivered a few weeks after your special day. Some couples even take photos of it and use this as the image on their ‘thank you’ cards. So, what gave Penny the idea for her new venture? “I’ve always been passionate about using art to bring people together,” she shares. “Having taken part in community events and seeing the joy it gave to so many creating as a group, I decided to develop The Signature Canvas for special events such as weddings. The memories live forever through canvas.” Find out more at TEA FOR TWO If you’ve recently embarked on your wedding planning journey, why not pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at Nutfield Priory, Redhill, Surrey, for inspiration aplenty on Sunday 12th May, 2024? Sister company to County Wedding Magazines, the event puts you in touch with local professionals who’re on hand to help plan your big day. From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you’re sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending! Dating back to 1872, Nutfield Priory is full of lovingly preserved features from the past making it a romantic venue for you wedding. Step inside and you’ll find original stainedglass windows and rich wood panelling. What’s more, you’ll be treated to views of the Surrey Hills that stretch as far as the eye can see. When your wedding celebrations draw to a close, you and your guests can retire to one of the beautiful bedrooms for an incredible stay. Indeed, every part of Nutfield Priory promises an unforgettable wedding experience. The fair will be open from 11pm to 3pm. It’s free entry and you’ll receive a goodie bag, plus the opportunity to win your dream honeymoon. And that’s not all as the venue is also running a fabulous offer, whereby anyone attending the showcase can get two-for-one on cream teas in the Cloisters Restaurant, making it just £16.75 for the two of you. Pre-booking will be required, so don’t forget to email to secure your spot. For more information and to pre-register for the fair, pop along to LOCAL NEWS 9

WEYBOURNE HOUSE St Catherine’s The best kept secret in Guildford Exclusive use for your wedding Unique riverrside access Temple for Civil Ceremonies Packages available for 40 - 120 guests from £5,000 Call our main line: 01483 568 768 Email: or visit our website: Wedding guest books are a tradition that dates back centuries. Keep the memories living forever. Your guests create a canvas for you! Wedding guest books are a tradition that dates back centuries. Whilst the guest book itself has evolved, we want to introduce a new alternative guest book, The Signature Canvas. A unique wedding experience for your guests to create an alternative wedding guest book for your wall. Get in Touch! 07497 347556 | |

Gorgeous giveaways and discounts up for grabs PICK OF THE BUNCH Carrie House is the face behind Camberleybased Surrey Bouqcakes. Having received regular compliments on her children’s birthday cakes for the past 17 years, she felt encouraged to turn it into a business; but it was only after discovering the wonders of floral piping in 2022 that she actually took the plunge. As a keen gardener it felt even more serendipitous that she was able to combine this love with her passion for baking. Carrie creates stunning floral cupcakes to match your big-day bouquets and floral arrangements. They can take pride of place as your wedding cake or sit alongside it. You can also give your guests the gift of cake with Surrey Bouqcakes’ individually boxed favours, beautifully packaged with ribbon and gift tag. Alternatively, if you dream of a showstopping bake with floral decoration or cutting cake, just contact Carrie to discuss your requirements. We’re thrilled to partner with this wonderful local lovely this issue and bring to you a 10% discount off wedding cake orders booked before 30th June for 2024 dates. To claim, get in touch via and quote “Your Surrey Wedding.” JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS 10% OFF FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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 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 HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE

ESSEX SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US 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 SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP 12pm-4pm 12pm-4pm

SUFFOLK SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ KENT SUN, 21 APR 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ 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, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ

• 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 our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges Pre-register at Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2024 | 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. Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Felix Lane, Shepperton Middlesex TW1 7 8NP Please call 01932 899988 or email to arrange a showaround. SET YOUR SCENE - SAY I DO AT STORYBOARD Set in tranquil and meticulously maintained grounds, our delightful setting provides many photo opportunities in our wildlife meadow and natural woodlands. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or a grand extravaganza, with a theme that’s vibrant or more traditional, our flexible spaces, catering from 12 guests to 250 guests, can be tailored to your needs. CHOOSE ONE OF OUR SHOW-STOPPING PACKAGES Or build your own story from a blank canvas; you can even bring your own caterers. Our highly experienced team are specialists in delivering magical and memorable weddings, ensuring that every detail is taken care of, leaving you free to cherish every moment. LET'S MAKE IT A NIGHT After a perfect day, enjoy a good night’s sleep in the contemporary rooms our coupled hotel, Holiday Inn London-Shepperton. A complimentary executive bedroom for the happy couple and preferential rates for all of your guests, access to the pool and a hearty breakfast in the morning await as part of the celebrations. Our spa treatment rooms offer a range of relaxing experiences and are available as an extra special addition. YOUR STAGE AWAITS Image Credit: Studio at No. 9 Image Credit: Studio at No. 9

CREATING MAGICAL MEMORIES Spectacular architecture and gorgeous grounds, coupled with over 20 years of experience hosting one-of-a-kind weddings. This is why many happy couples choose to celebrate their special day with us at Woodlands Park Hotel. HOTELS BUILT FOR PLEASURE WOODLANDS PARK HOTEL COBHAM, SURREY 01372 843933 The perfect Guildford wedding venue. This modern, 4-star hotel in the city centre, renowned for its first-class facilities, hosts wedding ceremonies and breakfasts of up to 200 guests and wedding receptions of up to 250 guests. | | 01483 792300 Harbour Hotel Guildford, 3 Alexandra Terrace High Street, Guildford, GU1 3DA Our dedicated wedding coordinator will make planning your special day a sea breeze. Start with a standard package that’s perfect for expanding out as needed, with flexible menus that marry the freshest, locally sourced ingredients with the most indulgent of flavours.

Tie the knot in a local hotspot Spotlight on... VOCO LYTHE HILL HOTEL & SPA 01428 651 251 | voco Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa is a historical estate with a 14th-century listed Tudor house. Set in 22 acres of picturesque countryside in Haselmere it also boasts 60 newly refurbished bedrooms looking out over miles of the breathtaking Surrey Hills. Here, distinctive contemporary décor, delicious modern cuisine and first-rate service come together to make the ideal location to celebrate a wedding day. Ceremonies can be held in The Lake View Gazebo with sweeping views of the South Downs with space for 80 loved ones. Alternatively, indoors you can choose from The Cedar Suite (60 guests) and The Hazel Suite (150 guests). The Hazel Suite can also host your reception (180 wedding breakfast and 250 evening guests); located at the heart of the Hotel it’s light, bright and modern in design. It’s fully self-contained with a private cloakroom, bar and access to the terrace. Plus, the floor-to-ceiling windows allow the space to flood with an abundance of natural light. The Cedar Suite (50 wedding breakfast and 60 evening guests) with exposed brick, wooden flooring and an intimate ceremony space is the ideal setting for an intimate celebration. It’s a wonderful example of Lythe Hill’s rich history fused with a modern contemporary design. The Oak Room (30 wedding breakfast and evening guests) is nestled in the 14th-century Tudor house, where the historical grandeur of the venue comes into its own. Full of character, original features including the impressive oak panelling and feature fireplace. WAVERLEY AND MOLE VALLEY Videos courtesy of Scan to view video Scan to view video 19 LOCAL VENUES

FIESTA FIELDS (SPIRIT LAKE) 07539 880 031 Fiesta Fields is an outdoor wedding and events company representing a variety of beautiful outdoor venues dotted across Surrey and Sussex. Locally, in Dorking, you’ll find Spirit Lake. This 30-acre site consists of two pristine lakes, natural woodland, open spaces and a walled garden, where deer, rabbits, geese and ducks are regular visitors. Access is via a pretty fairy-lit woodland walk or take the more direct route from the parking area. This venue offers great flexibility and distinct areas to utilise for each part of your day. Celebrant-led ceremonies can take place in whichever part of the grounds you choose, from the walled garden to the secluded woodland or by the lake. Here you can decide on your preferred structure for the day’s celebrations from tipis, sailcloth tent or traditional pole tent. Also available is the stunning cream canvas tipis via sister company Canvas & Light ( The site offers secure parking, mains power, shower, mains water and two bed apartment accommodation. Overnight camping or glamping is also an option. The Fiesta Fields team brings a wealth of event and project management experience, along with creativity, attention to detail and a knowledge of local suppliers. They offer full or partial coordination or an essentials package that includes land hire, power, loos, security and on-the-day coordination. What’s more, you have total freedom to create your vision. There are no restrictive supplier lists so you benefit from full flexibility when it comes to choosing your own W-day team, and the blank canvas of the field means you can have an input on every detail giving you a day that’ll be totally personal to you. Spirit Lake can accommodate 300 guests for the wedding breakfast and reception. SOMERSBURY BARN 07702 977 303 | Somersbury Barn is a quintessential English countryside venue with a relaxed quirky charm surrounded by wildflower meadows, a pond and orchards. Only hosting a maximum of 10 weddings per year, every effort is made here to make your day the best it can be. As you drive up the tree-lined drive with ancient oaks and meadows either side of you, you can’t help but fall in love with the place. The Barn garden is lovingly tended and the Victorian Glasshouse gives you another area to wow your guests. Ceremonies take place in the barn itself with 120 guests looking on from either bench seating or cross-back chairs as you choose. Later dine and dance the night away in this impressive oak-framed structure. You can also opt to say “I do” from the large porch area in front of the Barn for an inside/outside vibe, perfectly framing you with your 120 guests seated on benches on the grass. Alternatively, you could choose to set up a tipi in one of the meadows with easy access to the Barn, via mowed paths through the long grass. Again, it’s possible to host 120 loved ones here. As well as the Barn you also have the choice of celebrating your nuptials in the garden with your 120 nearest and dearest. These gorgeous landscaped grounds outside the Barn have paved areas for mingling and offer a fabulously pretty area to sip champagne. Finally, the venue’s fabulous Indian Tent with golden stars on its ceiling and rustic bar pallet setup boasts wonderful surroundings and a spot to remember. It can host 80 guests. Accommodation for the happy couple is included in the hire cost. 20

VOCO LYTHE HILL HOTEL & SPA | PETWORTH ROAD | HASLEMERE | SURREY | GU27 3BQ 01428 651 251 | WWW.LYTHEHILL.CO.UK | SB@LYTHEHILL.COM Weddings are one of life’s most treasured milestones. Here at voco® Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa, we are licensed to hold civil ceremonies, civil partnerships and wedding receptions so you can say ‘I do’ in the beautiful and romatinc surroundings. Each location is elegant and charming, and the outside wedding pavilion has been licenced, so you may pick from a variety of breathtaking backdrops for your ceremony or wedding celebration. Intimate Packages from £139 per person

PERFECT year-round wedding venue in the heart of the Surrey Hills your 01306 734663 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 FAIR SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY FROM 11AM - 3PM Come and view the Bush Hotel and our newly refurbished Redgrave Rooms set for a wedding! Meet the team and our key suppliers to discuss your wedding plans. FARNHAMBUSH.COM | 01252 715237 | @FARNHAM_BUSH_HOTEL Photography credits: Alix James Photography, Megan Donati Photography, Stewart Grant Photography & Minah Wilson Photography

WOTTON HOUSE 01306 730 000 | Wotton House is nestled in 13 acres of stunning Grade II listed Italian gardens and surrounded by the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The estate dates back to the 16th century and lies just three miles outside of Dorking. With 127 bedrooms and an array of event spaces both indoors and out, Wooton House is ready to welcome you and your guests on your big day. The grand vaulted ceilings, pillars and centuries-old original fireplaces set a romantic tone for an indoor wedding ceremony in The Old Library (90 guests), while the stunning Italian gardens offer a very special setting in which to say “I do” al fresco (140 plus guests). The gardens’ Italian Temple, built by George Evelyn in 1649 is now included in the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. With arched niches and rusticated decoration, the central one contains a classical Venus statue and fountain basin. Formerly the Evelyn family’s tortoise house and built in the late 19th century, the Secret Garden offers a temple structure with ionic columns supporting an architrave frieze. A rectangular sunken water feature is located at the centre of the enclosure to the north. Here, you can host 200 loved ones for the ceremony. Finally, and back inside, the Evelyn Suite (140 guests) is south facing, and light and airy. Positioned on the ground floor, guests have easy access to the beautiful gardens to the rear. The space comes equipped with air conditioning, projector and screen, and room to accommodate bespoke staging and projection units. FARNHAM HOUSE HOTEL 01252 716 908 | On arrival at Farnham House Hotel, a tree-lined driveway leads you up to the charming 24-bedroomed country property set in over five acres of beautiful, landscaped grounds. In a peaceful, yet convenient location, it can be found just five minutes from the picturesque Farnham town centre and there’s easy access to the A31 and A3. The Hotel gardens are glorious during the summer months, with rolling lawns and beautiful flowers, there are a wealth of photographic opportunities at every turn, as well as ample space for guests to enjoy. Ceremonies take place in The Oak Room (80 guests). With plenty of natural light, it’s also decorated neutrally to a high standard to tie in easily with any theme. The Cedar Room is your main wedding reception space (80 wedding breakfast and 130 evening reception guests), and like The Oak Room is finished to a high standard. Whether you decide on a traditional sit-down meal or something a little different like an afternoon tea or barbecue, the room can be set up accordingly. It’s also perfect for evening dos with entertainment from a DJ or band. You’ll be allocated a dedicated wedding planner who’ll be there for you from day one through to the big day itself. You’ll also be invited to a menu tasting with the venue’s award-winning caterers where you can sample the delights on offer. Plus, on the wedding night, you’ll be able to enjoy a complementary stay in the four-poster honeymoon suite. Scan to view video LOCAL VENUES 23

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 THE WALLED GARDEN COWDRAY Tel: 01730 814522 Riverground Stables, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9AL The Walled Garden at Cowdray is a country garden wedding venue like no other. Nestled in the grounds of one of England’s finest former country houses in the West Sussex countryside, The Walled Garden is an enchanting and stunning wedding venue to say ‘I do.’

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... Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents HOSTED AT Sunday 7th April 2024 11am to 3:30pm FREE ENTRY High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Nestled in the beauty of Shropshire’s rolling countryside, the Apley Estate proudly presents Stockton House, our stunning 18th century grade II listed venue. STOCKTON HOUSE, NORTON, SHIFNAL, SHROPSHIRE, TF11 9EF With it’s stylish Georgian design, walled garden dining room, elegant bar and spacious terrace, it has been lovingly restored with guest comfort in mind. WHAT’S INCLUDED • Exclusive use of the whole house and grounds including seven luxurious bedrooms • Pretty on-site 11th century Church • Civil ceremony facilities for both indoor and outdoor weddings • Full use of our walled garden dining room • A complimentary menu tasting with your own personal chef • Breakfast the next day for the happy couple • Tables, chairs and linen laid to your chosen wedding breakfast floor plan • Crockery, cutlery, table wear and glasswear • A dedicated wedding planner 01952 730894 @stockton_house 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 |

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 historical 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 stand 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. Tale as old as time We round up some of the county’s favourite historical venues 27 HISTORICAL VENUES

FOXHILLS COUNTRY CLUB & RESORT 01932 872 050 | A stunning 400-acre estate nestled in the heart of the Surrey countryside, Foxhills is a 19th-century manor house providing a picture-perfect backdrop. With its quintessentially English design, the historical building has been beautifully maintained to provide a luxurious and elegant setting. The house radiates an abundance of character and charm, while guests have the opportunity to savour the serenity of the gardens and take in the breathtaking views of the countryside. The venue features spacious and beautifully decorated event rooms that can accommodate large or intimate ceremonies and receptions. The décor is sophisticated yet inviting, with soft lighting and tasteful floral arrangements that create a romantic ambience. For vows, the Orangery is simply stunning, a bright, elegant, romantic space with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for intimate “I dos” and wedding breakfasts with up to 45 guests. It has direct access to the lawns, The Fox dining rooms and the manor Lounge bar. The Library, a contemporary space for up to 66 guests for the reception and 100 for the ceremony, is one of the venue’s most flexible event spaces while the largest is The Clubhouse. Holding up to 180 guests for the ceremony and reception, it has an exclusive bar, built-in dancefloor and large, private terrace. If you’re looking to say “I do” al fresco you can do so in the charming gazebo on the tranquil Manor Lawns. Catering for up to 150 guests, the 19th-century manor provides a spectacular backdrop with views across the estate. When tying the knot here, you’ll benefit from a dedicated toastmaster for the formal proceedings, the opportunity for a menu tasting and a red-carpet welcome. What’s more, you’ll be treated to two nights in a romantic and elegant two-floor Deluxe Suite the night before and day of your wedding. BOTLEYS MANSION 0345 130 9966 Botleys Mansion is an exquisite exclusive-use venue located in Chertsey. A stunning Georgian property, it offers a blend of historical charm and modern luxury. As you approach, you’ll be greeted by its picturesque surroundings, including beautifully landscaped gardens and scenic views. The Mansion itself boasts grand architecture with intricate detailing, impressive columns, and a facade that exudes opulence. The venue is wonderfully versatile and adaptable. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate gathering or a lavish celebration, it offers a selection of rooms that can accommodate various wedding styles and sizes. What’s more, with 12 rooms in the house for your nearest and dearest to stay in, the celebration doesn’t have to end when the day does. Gather again in the morning for breakfast together and relive the previous day’s highlights. Ceremonies can be held in the Green Room (131 guests). A charming room decorated in pastel colours, it boasts a centrepiece chandelier, carved ceiling and fireplace. For larger guest lists, The Atrium (288 guests) is a contemporary airy space with plenty of light and a staircase made for grand entrances. Alternatively, the garden is ideal for ceremonies in the sunshine. After the “I dos,” enjoy a glass of bubbly across the Mansion’s various rooms before moving to the Atrium for your wedding banquet. As newlyweds, you’re welcome to stay for free on your wedding night in the spacious Botleys Suite. You’ll also be treated to a tasting event where you can sample food and wine allowing you to compose your ideal menu. 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.


OATLANDS PARK HOTEL 01932 847 242 | Overlooking the Broadwater Lake with far-reaching views over the Surrey countryside, Oatlands Park Hotel stands within 10 acres of parkland. Steeped in royal history, it was quite literally built for a king and queen! The magnificent grounds were originally the site of a grand Tudor palace built for King Henry VIII in 1538. Other monarchs, including Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I also resided at Oatlands during their reigns. Over the centuries, the house and grounds have been rebuilt and remodelled several times and in different styles, by a string of wealthy tenants. Oatlands Park opened as a hotel for the first time in 1856. Now a four-star country house hotel and popular wedding venue its stunning view offers plenty of photo opportunities and the glorious gardens offer further space for celebrations. There are four rooms here licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships. With spectacular views overlooking Broadwater Lake and the landscaped gardens, the Mulberry offers a beautiful setting for up to 150 ceremony guests and up to 120 for wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. It also includes a private bar and offers exclusive-use of the whole suite. The York Suite is the largest space here and boasts its own private bar and kitchen to cater only for you and your loved ones. It will also lend itself to any palette you pick for the day. The room benefits from subtle, flexible dividers, allowing it to host smaller ceremonies and evening receptions when closed, and has a capacity of 300 guests when open. La Terazza offers natural daylight in abundance, bringing the outside in all year round. As well as floor-to-ceiling windows to frame the picturesque lawn, there’s a retractable roof and glass bi-folding doors. An inbuilt barbecue also awaits to fuel your guests with delicious treats. You’ll have direct access to the gardens too for extra space. It can seat 160 theatre-style, 108 banqueting and 250 for a reception. Further, more intimate options are available in the shape of the Cromwell Suite, Garden Room and Drawing Room able to accommodate between 35 and 75 nearest and dearest for the ceremony and 40 to 70 for the evening do. Individually styled and furnished to the highest standard, the hotel’s 120 bedrooms boast a range of modern conveniences for your guests’ comfort. Whether you need somewhere to stay before and after your big day or a place to get your bridesmaids and groomsmen ready, start and end the day in style at Oatlands Park Hotel. STRAWBERRY HILL HOUSE 020 8744 1241 | Strawberry Hill House & Garden offers a magical setting for both ceremonies and receptions. This fairytale Gothic castle was built in the 18th century by writer and collector, Horace Walpole. Grade II listed, it’s internationally renowned as Britain’s finest example of domestic Georgian Gothic revival architecture. An oasis of calm and tranquillity close to the river in Twickenham, Strawberry Hill House boasts extensive grounds and a Grade II listed garden. The House also benefits from good transport links and easy access to London and surrounding areas. Say “I do” in The Gallery (84 guests). This magnificent historical backdrop boasts a fan-vaulted ceiling and golden canopies, which inspired Horace Walpole to make his famous admission: “I begin to be ashamed of my own magnificence.” The Waldegrave Suite (120 dining, 250 evening guests) is home to wedding receptions here. Lady Waldegrave’s suite of historical rooms was originally designed for entertaining guests. Dine beneath the opulent chandeliers of the Waldegrave Dining Room, followed by drinks and dancing in the adjoining rooms. You and your loved ones can also enjoy drinks and canapés among the historical lime grove and drifts of wildflowers on the lawns. 31 HISTORICAL VENUES