Your Surrey Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 106)

WIN! A honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 Explore the county’s sporting venues GAME, SET, LOVE APR/MAY 2024 £3.55 GOOD TIMES! Our top 10 entertainment ideas In LOVE WITH lace Fashion inspiration Our experts tell us how Go GREEN! SURREYWEDDING

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 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 67 HOT TOPIC: SUSTAINABILITY Our experts offer stellar wedmin advice on planning a sustainable wedding 97 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2024 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON… Reigate, Redhill and Tandridge 27 GAME, SET, LOVE Join us as we explore the county’s sporting venues FEATURES 51 A TOUCH OF VINTAGE MAGIC With a slight nod to the romance of a bygone era, this shoot gives us all the feels 55 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Local photographers show us the look of love captured in their favourite shots 61 GOOD TIMES Our top 10 entertainment ideas On the cover... This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by Hampton Court House (, a luxurious 18th-century mansion house steeped in history and set in eight acres of magical gardens. It was captured at the wedding of Prianka and Neel, by Tell Your Story Photography + Film ( 67 21 3

REAL WEDDINGS 32 LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL The fun-filled and relaxed nature of Fay and Daniel’s big day was reflected in their playful colour palette 39 FESTIVAL FUN Lou and Sam tied the knot at Gildings Barns on 19th August 2023 45 DIAGNOSIS LOVE Bethany and Matthew tied the knot on 4th August and styled their day in an elegant palette of neutrals GROOMS 82 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 71 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 72 IN LOVE WITH LACE This delicate fabric is always in fashion 79 RUFFLE UP Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season 84 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 86 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 88 JUST BREATHE Actor turned meditation facilitator Maude Hirst tells us how to handle the stresses of wedding planning 39 45 92 55 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 THE ITALIAN DREAM Live la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the heart of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside 94 PICTURESQUE PARGA Jet to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the north-western coast of Greece 61 51 4

Unique, Unforgettable Weddings at Hampton Court House From the start to the finish we had the best time planning and having our wedding at Hampton Court House. The professionalism is like no other. They want to ensure you have your dream wedding and we did. Absolutely perfect from start to finish. Everything is so well thought out and we couldn’t have wished for a better venue. Thank you guys!!!!!” “ ” Tel: 0208 614 0860 Email: Web: Contact us now for an informal conversation, prices, availability and viewing appointments: Overlooking one of London’s most secluded Royal Parks with its veteran oaks and herds of wild deer, Hampton Court House is a hidden gem. A stunning, private Georgian mansion set within nine acres of enchanting 18th Century gardens. With unique, original architectural features and superbly maintained rooms, this is the perfect venue for civil ceremonies and receptions. Say “I do” in one of our large reception rooms with carved marble fireplaces and chandeliers, or choose an intimate ceremony in the shell grotto. The magnificent Victorian picture gallery, complete with 10m high ceilings, is available for wedding breakfasts. Photographic opportunities include the superb heritage interior rooms, 9-acre garden with many mature trees, palm terrace, rococo shell grotto, romantic heart-shaped pool and views of the house from a secluded corner of Bushy Park. The house provides ample space for a ceremony of up to 150 guests and a large reception / party. Cost includes access to a catering kitchen and parking for up to 40 cars.

97 WIN! A honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 Spring is all about new life with trees blossoming, daffodils flowering and young wildlife coming into the world. So, it’s a fitting time of year for a wedding as two people who’ve found love prepare to begin their own new life together. As we emerge from the long winter months, springtime nuptials make the perfect celebration, bringing everyone out of hiding! Everything about this time of year just feels joyous from the light, fresh flavours in food, to the oh-so beautiful flower varieties that come into bloom plus the lighter nights and warmer weather. When anyone tries to tell me that pastel palettes are out for weddings, I’m afraid I have to stick my fingers in my ears – la, la, la! Wildflower-inspired themes have made their way into my heart over the last couple of years and I for one refuse to see them fall out of fashion! Vibrant hues are all very well and good in any other season, but what could be more complementary in the spring than a glorious garden-inspired palette of pink, Peach Fuzz, lavender, sage and lemon? Be still my beating heart! There’s a myriad of ways to bring these shades bang up to date: just picture an ombre of fresh yellows with zingy citrus, lemon and mustard complete with Mediterranean vibes. Sunny and oh-so stylish. While we’re in the romantic mood, I thought I’d ask the county’s photographers to share with us the look of love in their favourite shots and I hope you’ll agree, they’ve produced some breathtaking, not to mention heart-warming results. Meanwhile, our experts have sustainability sussed out from page 67 and are ready to clue you in on ensuring your wedding doesn’t quite literally cost the earth. So, as ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! A new life ISSN 1751-7095 Your Surrey Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events 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 32 FUR-EVER AFTER Fay and Daniel’s two Bernese Mountain dogs, Raphael and Sully totally captured my heart. Look in on their real wedding feature to find out about their big day duties. 51 VINTAGE ELEGANCE I love the way this issue’s shoot simultaneously captures the romantic rustic nature of its barn surroundings together with its oh-so glam and elegant main couple. I’m here for it! Kelly Andrews, editor Kelly x EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 39 WEDFEST Lou and Sam’s vision was of an al fresco day with a festival vibe. So, they booked Gildings Barns and enjoyed the best... day... ever! Don’t miss their story. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS Nearlywed GUSTAV FOUCHE COMES TO WEYBRIDGE Renowned celebrity hairstylist Gustav Fouche has recently expanded his empire with the opening of his second salon, in Weybridge. Known for his mastery in crafting iconic looks for A-list clientele, brides and the red carpet, Gustav brings his unparalleled expertise from London to this new upscale Surrey location. With over 20 years of industry experience and a passion for creativity, Gustav’s intimate salon promises to be a haven of style and sophistication. Working closely with his clients, he carefully considers factors like face shape, skin tone, and hair type to deliver personalised looks with elegant results. Offering a range of services from his London repertoire, including his signature 3D Dry Cut, expert colour treatments, scalp detoxing, and exquisite bridal styling, Gustav ensures that each client experiences nothing short of perfection under his expert hands. Step into Gustav’s salon in Weybridge and indulge in the luxury of top-tier hairstyling tailored to your unique wedding day. Discover more at PERFECTLY PACKAGED The team at Brooklands Hotel have created a new exclusive package to help you create a magical day at this four-star luxury hotel, all at an incredible price. This is exclusive package is available on selected dates throughout 2024 and is priced at £2,024 based on 40 guests. With plenty of options and little extras available to be added, you’ll find ample opportunity to make your big day even more special. Upgrade to the banqueting menu, add a tasting session or treat your nearest and dearest to a glass of wine with their meal. Or to celebrate your first night together as newlyweds, why not book the Hotel’s Signature Suite, 319, for £289 saving up to £154. Head over to to find out more, or contact the dedicated wedding team on 01932 335 720 and quote “2024.” DATE FOR THE DIARY Step back into history and bring your loved ones along for a tour of Burningfold Manor and its breathtaking grounds during its Wedding Showcase on Sunday 19th May, 11am-3pm. The venue’s highly-recommended suppliers will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding all things weddings. Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and some delicious treats provided by local caterers and cake makers too. Burningfold Manor is a beautiful, privately-owned country wedding venue nestled in the picturesque village of Dunsfold on the Surrey and Sussex border. Steeped in history, it was once one of Henry III’s hunting lodges. The charming 15th-century, grade II listed house is surrounded by stunning walled gardens with extensive views over 300 acres of estate and woodlands. A new and licensed venue, it’s full of romantic, British history and charm, conveniently located within an hour of central London and the coastal cities of Brighton and Chichester. With endless options both indoors and outdoors, Burningfold’s versatility offers a bespoke backdrop allowing you to celebrate in the most memorable way. Find out more at LOCAL NEWS 9

WEDDING OPEN DAY Join the team at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club for the venue's Wedding and Events Open Day on Sunday 26th May 2024, 11am-3pm with free entry. Sample the venue's outstanding facilities and meet the staff who trive on exceeding expectations. Royal Mid-Surrey is a premium venue, in a convenient location in West London. There's ample free parking available for your guests and only half a mile away from Richmond Station. The team specialise in hosting a variety of events including weddings and can tailor their packages to suit your requirements. Find out more at FLOWERGIRL FASHION Smock London is the artisan fashion brand on a mission to modernise the beautiful art of smocking for the 21st-century girl. With its ethical approach to craftsmanship, all designs are individually smocked by hand using the finest threads and fabrics. Every order supports the makers through a donation to girls and women in need in their community. New to the collection is the Diana dress offering much more than meets the eye. Hidden within the exquisite hand-smocked design are secret messages and symbols, reminders of the sacred celebrations the dress is destined for. The pattern is framed with two eternity symbols, motifs symbolising longevity and good luck along her journey, next comes rows of delicate smocked hearts and last but not least, each dress features a different flower, which gives it its colour and story. The early spring pink for example, is the inspiration for the rose silk dupion, a symbol of romance, love and beauty, perfect for your flowergirls. Check out WINNING WAYS Butterflies and Bows has been named the winner of a prestigious annual wedding award, crowned as one of the best wedding professionals in the UK. The local business is one of the awards' 2024 winners in its Florist category, making it one of the most recommended professionals by newlyweds on the organiser's website. These awards are based entirely on reviews left by married couples in the past year, making them a true badge of honour. Butterflies and Bows received a total of 58 reviews on their online storefront on the awards organiser's website and a rating of five out of five determined by the couples who planned their weddings with owner Annabel and the team. Winning this award is not only a great accolade for any business, it also demonstrates the excellent service the vendor offers to its couples. Find out more about Butterflies & Bows at FAB FLORALS The Wright Choice is now offering fabulous floral parties and DIY wedding workshops tailored specifically for you. These are perfect for hen party groups of six to 12 guests, but larger groups of up to 20 can be catered for on request. Join owner and floral designer Nicola who will work together with you to create a package specific to your individual requirements. You’ll be provided with all the tools and materials needed to create your own floral masterpiece. Whether you want a flowery fun themed experience or an informal, relaxed space to let your creative juices flow ahead of your big day this is the event for you. These sessions are perfect if you’re looking for a hen party with a difference. Alternatively, if you have your hearts set on creating your own special flowers and would like support and guidance from an experienced florist then a DIY package could be the thing for you. After all, doing your own flowers can be a bit of a minefield. Not knowing where to start or how many flowers you’ll need, what containers to use, logistics and styling can all be extremely overwhelming; so choosing this option can take the stress away knowing you have a florist on hand to support you on your wedding journey. You’ll get the opportunity to share your vision with Nicola right down to the finest details. “Yes! I really do wanna hear all about it,” she says. “I absolutely love learning about your wedding plans and this gives me a real insight into your special day. Your wedding is all about you and if I can help you achieve your dreams then what an opportunity we can have together.” For further information head over to 10

You are invited to the Burningfold Manor Wedding Showcase on Sunday 19th May, 11am-3pm. Step back in history and bring your loved ones along for a tour around Burningfold Manor and its breathtaking grounds, whilst chatting to our highly recommended suppliers along the way who will be able to answer any questions you might have regarding all things “Weddings”! Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles and some yummy treats provided by our lovely Caterers and Cake Makers. Burningfold Manor is a beautiful, privately owned country wedding venue nestled in the picturesque village of Dunsfold on the Surrey & Sussex border. The Manor was once one of Henry IIIʼs hunting lodges. The charming 15th century, grade II listed Manor House is surrounded by stunning rose walled gardens with extensive views over 300 acres of estate and woodlands. Burningfold Manor is a new and licensed venue full of romantic British history and charm, conveniently located within an hour from central London and the coastal cities of Brighton and Chichester. With endless options both indoors and outdoors, Burningfoldʼs versatility offers a unique and bespoke backdrop allowing you to celebrate in the most memorable way. Burningfold Manor, Plaistow Road, Dunsfold, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4PF | 01483 200 722 |

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs HERE COMES THE HOUND The Bow-Wow Co, based in the beautiful Surrey Hills, is a wedding dog chaperone company offering a bespoke, flexible and professional service with a range of packages available to suit all budgets and requirements. Importantly, owner Emma and her team are fully insured, DBS checked, and first aid certified, so your four-legged friend will be safe and sound. Your beloved fur babies are part of the family, so why wouldn’t you want them with you on your special day? Thanks to this local lovely, they can be by your side without any need to worry about them and what they’re up to, or burdening a member of your wedding party with their care. Your wedding woofer will be in great hands with The Bow-Wow Co! We’ve partnered with The Bow-Wow Co this issue to offer readers of Your Surrey Wedding an exclusive 10% discount on all confirmed bookings, subject to availability (terms & conditions apply). To claim simply contact The Bow-Wow Co via and quote “Your Surrey Wedding” before 31st May. For further information, check out and weddingdaydogs LILY CHARMED IS GIVING READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN £150 TO SPEND ONLINE Crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold-plated recycled sterling silver, Lily Charmed ( brings you a seamless canvas for effortless jewellery curation, ensuring that each piece offers a lifetime investment for authentic self-expression. Collect and curate your very own jewellery box of keepsakes with Lily Charmed’s unique range of consciously crafted charms. Bringing joy through jewellery, each piece is designed to showcase your memories and magical life journey with a modern edge. From engraved talismans, romantic hearts and keys, pretty florals, colourful motifs cast in resin, and whimsical bees and biscuits, to lustrous pearls, chic lockets and personalised birthstones adorning charm bracelets, charm collectors, chains and hoops, Lily Charmed offers a pick ‘n’ mix of playful designs. Layer, stack, mix and match, play with chain and bracelet styles, add charms, add colour − the choice is endless! Infinity symbols represent ever-lasting love, whilst alphabet charms and custom engraving make the perfect personalised touch for weddings. Elsewhere its hug rings, friendship charm bracelets and retro Mixtape, Cowboy Boot and Puzzle Pieces make effortlessly thoughtful bridesmaids gifts. Enter online an Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS © Jennifer Kalenberg FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 KENT SUN, 21 APR 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD ESSEX SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT 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 SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW As part of Ellis Media and EventsLtd, 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

KENT SUFFOLK SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA SURREY SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2024 SUN, 8 SEP 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, Kent, ME13 9AJ SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 10 NOV 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DG SUN, 15 SEP 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUSSEX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SURREY SUN, 10 NOV 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL

SUN, 1 SEP 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 29 SEP 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP ESSEX SUN, 22 SEP 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9EE SUN, 1 SEP 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 15 SEP 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS SUN, 27 OCT 2024 LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US SUN, 17 NOV 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, Essex, CM4 9DP SUFFOLK SUN, 6 OCT 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA SUN, 27 OCT 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 2PU

SUN, 3 NOV 2024 SANDON MANOR Sandon Bury Farm, Buntingford, SG9 0QY HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 6 OCT 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 29 SEP 2024 LUTON HOO Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BEDFORDSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 22 SEP 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP SUN, 1 SEP 2024 CHENIES MANOR Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 17 NOV 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 27 OCT 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR HAMPSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2J NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SUN, 3 NOV 2024 LATIMER ESTATE Chesham, HP5 1UG SUN, 29 SEP 2024 BURNHAM BEECHES Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP

• 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 SUNDAY 28TH APRIL | 11AM - 3:00PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 27TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3.00PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples recently engaged. 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 the how to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

FARNHAMBUSH.COM | 01252 715237 | @FARNHAM_BUSH_HOTEL Photography credits: Alix James Photography, Megan Donati Photography, Stewart Grant Photography & Minah Wilson Photography EAT, DRINK & BE MARRIED From pre-wedding dinners to post-wedding brunches and everything in between, we do it all! 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... 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 Byron 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 is 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. REDHILL, REIGATE AND TANDRIDGE 21 LOCAL VENUES

COLTSFORD MILL WEDDING VENUE 01883 716 354 | From the gated entrance, guests arriving at Coltsford Mill will be greeted by an elegant venue next to a beautiful lake in 12 acres of countryside. The contemporary classic barn is set within the established gardens with feature ponds, manicured lawns, watermill and two lakes – ample photo opportunities here! The elegant and stylish barn building has plenty of windows to enable the outside-in feel when hosting an event here. Finished to a high standard with natural colours complementing any theme wedding, you have the choice of two rooms available for ceremonies and receptions. The Mill Room has the original 17th-century mill workings illuminated behind glass, to create a truly striking backdrop as you exchange vows. It’s licensed for up to 95 guests. Alternatively, for larger wedding parties of up to 150 people (200 evening do), the contemporary Watermill Barn is bathed in natural light. What’s more, there’s an all-weather covered patio, with heaters and plenty of tables and chairs for al fresco celebrations. When booking this big-day venue, not only are you blessed with a picture-perfect location, but you can enjoy a free food tasting too. Plus, you’ll have use of a beautiful on-site cottage that’s included in packages for pre-wedding preparations and the chance to stay the night of the wedding (there’s an additional double room available to rent too). LANGSHOTT MANOR 01293 786 680 | Langshott Manor is nestled among picture-perfect gardens with a drive leading to the oak front door and traditional Tudor porch. More a private house than a hotel, this fairytale Elizabethan manor has a historical roofline, mullioned windows and an original bell rung for each couple on their wedding day to truly feel like Lords and/or Ladies of the manor for the day! Its charming interior, intimately sized and perfect for an exclusive-use wedding, has glorious original features rambling lounges, open fires and wood panelling. The Tudor manor boasts a chocolate-box selection of 22 unique rooms and suites, Royal Lodge and two mews buildings – there’s even a moat with picturesque stone bridge. For weddings, The Mulberry makes the perfect backdrop for a ceremony and wedding breakfast with plenty of natural light and views across the gardens, it can host 70 loved ones. For al fresco nuptials, the Pavilion in the garden is surrounded by tall hedges and provides an intimate space in which to be married in front of 70 guests. When choosing this beautiful wedding venue, you’ll benefit from a menu tasting with the head chef, and Langshott Manor’s experienced wedding planners are always on hand. 22

Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4EL 01737 824400 | | CREATING MAGICAL MEMORIES Nutfield Priory is a spectacular Victorian country house hotel in the heart of Surrey, offering striking architecture, original period design and spectacular views of rolling countryside. Amaze your guests from the moment they step through the doors into the historic Grand Hall, with impressive stained glass windows and a galleried landing. Your wedding meal will be hosted in your choice of elegant function rooms, adorned with chandeliers and feature fireplaces. Quote Your Surrey Wedding when making your enquiry and enjoy a complimentary cream tea for two at your venue viewing. For wedding showcase dates throughout the year along with packages and exclusive use options, please visit our website. County Wedding Events Wedding Show Sunday 12th May, 11am – 3pm Wedding & Events Showcase Sunday 29th September, 1pm – 4pm County Wedding Events Wedding Show Sunday 10th November, 11am – 3pm NUTFIELD PRIORY HOTEL & SPA NUTFIELD, SURREY HOTELS BUILT FOR PLEASURE

PERFECT year-round wedding venue in the heart of the Surrey Hills your 01306 734663 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 GET IN TOUCH AND BOOK YOUR SHOWAROUND TODAY Andy Holdsworth Jordan Mansfield Jordan Mansfield

SMALLFIELD PLACE 07989 337 119 | A splendid Jacobean manor house set within beautifully kept formal gardens, Smallfield Place is available for hire on an exclusive-use basis. This country house offers a truly gorgeous setting with complete privacy and luxury overnight accommodation for you and your guests. Set in the quaint village of Smallfield, a mere 15-minute drive from Gatwick Airport, it’s easily accessible from London and the South East, as well as to international visitors. Ceremonies are held in either the Crullings Room or The Gardens, weather permitting, as 60 of your nearest and dearest look on. The licensed Crullings Room, with its stunning fireplace and large leaded windows, provides a memorable space for such an important moment. Alternatively, if you’ve already taken care of the legal bit elsewhere, blessings are welcome at Smallfield Place, which can take place among the glorious gardens. Once the “I dos” have been exchanged and you’re wed, you and your 60 loved ones can enjoy exclusive use of the entire house and garden for the rest of the day. The venue has partnered with a range of excellent caterers who between them provide a range of options from outdoor barbecues to fine dining – the choice is yours. You’re encouraged to bring your own drinks and you won’t be charged corkage. Your guests will have plenty of opportunity to discover the glorious gardens and soak up the historical atmosphere as they sip on their bubbly. When the sun sets and the party really begins, you can invite an extra 20 guests to join you since maximum evening do capacity is 80. The venue’s team will be happy to hire a dancefloor on your behalf and can put you in touch with local DJs and bands if you wish. WOLDINGHAM GOLF CLUB 01883 653 501 | With the stunning newly refurbished Woldingham Suite, it’s the perfect time to check out Woldingham Golf Club for your special day! The stylish but classic décor here provides the perfect blank canvas for any colour scheme, and with floor-to-ceiling natural light flooding in through the classic French doors, you’ll be enticed onto the grand white stoned balcony with its jaw-dropping views of the stunning Hallilloo Valley. So, if country manor chic with amazing views is just what you’re after, this could be the venue for you. The Woldingham Suite can hold 100 guests for both ceremony and wedding breakfast, with space for 250 for the evening bash. Classic and tastefully decorated, it’s the perfect setting for your event with a private lounge and bar areas for your exclusive use. All weddings here are managed by the experienced in-house catering and events team. You’ll be assigned a dedicated events manager and operations manager who’ll look after all the finer details, leaving you and your guests free to sit back and enjoy the day. There are a variety of packages to choose from such as the new all-inclusive option, which includes a DJ and decor. The venue offers a complimentary menu tasting to its couples as well as a complimentary round of golf. LOCAL VENUES 25

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 | 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 Tucked away in acres of woodlands with stunning views over picturesque grounds, Burhill’s Georgian Mansion is one of Surrey’s most enchanting locations for your big day, We have a range of beautiful suites available to host your special day, from small and intimate weddings to large celebrations for up to 100 guests. As a licensed wedding venue, you can also choose to hold your civil ceremony or civil partnership with us too. Get in touch to build your bespoke package today. BURHILLGOLF-CLUB.CO.UK 01932 227 345

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. Game, set, love Our roundup of the county’s sporting venues 27 SPORTING VENUES

EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE 01372 464 348 | Steeped in history, Epsom Downs is a one-of-a-kind location set in beautiful leafy Surrey. One of the UK’s most historical racecourses, and the home of the greatest flat race in the world, The Derby, it’s often frequented by the Royal Family; imagine saying “I do” in the very room where the Queen would have cheered on her horses! Blessed with acres of outdoor space, the venue boasts numerous terraces, patios and balconies all with magnificent views across the racecourse and the Surrey Downs. In addition, the Parade Ring and racetrack will be at your disposal, to ensure you make memories that will last a lifetime. When tying the knot here, couples have numerous bright, modern and airy suites to choose from, accommodating parties of all sizes; many with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing stunning views of the racecourse. Sweeping staircases, outside terraces and a plethora of racing memorabilia make it a picture-perfect venue, along with the impressive architecture of the imposing Duchess Stand and famous Queen’s Stand. Ceremonies take place in the following spaces: Blue Ribband Room for up to 150 loved ones, Royal Box (90), Derby Suite (250), or Downs View Suite (120). Post-vows, the wedding breakfast and reception can be hosted in Diomed for up to 300 guests and the space works well coupled with the Lammtarra for your drinks reception; alternatively The Blue Riband Room holds 250, The Jockey Club Room 200 and Oaks Hall 500 to 700. ROYAL MID-SURREY GOLF CLUB 0208 940 1894 | Set in the heart of Richmond-Upon-Thames on the south bank of the River and adjacent to Kew Gardens, Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club is a romantic location with a small private sunken garden providing the perfect setting for big-day gatherings and photos. Although you can’t tie the knot here, the Viscount Room is ideal for your wedding breakfast. It boasts full-length windows and a balcony overlooking the picturesque golf course and beautiful surroundings. It can host 180 seated guests and 200 standing loved ones. 28

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.

Say “I do” to a Foxhills fairytale Celebrate your special day at Foxhills Club & Resort. Nestled within 400 acres of picturesque Surrey countryside, Foxhills has nearly 50 years’ experience in making dreams come true. Exchange vows in the stately 19th-century Manor House or stunning outdoor gazebo in the summer, before joining your nearest and dearest for a memorable evening reception in the opulent orangery or contemporary clubhouse. From Foxhills to forever. Stonehill Road, Ottershaw, Surrey, KT16 0EL

BROOKLANDS HOTEL 01932 335 720 | Brooklands Hotel is an elegant property located in the heart of Surrey, on the site of the iconic Brooklands racetrack. Taking inspiration from its historic location, Brooklands Hotel has a 1920s, Art Deco-inspired interior. The hotel features 131 bedrooms and suites, and every bedroom boasts an abundance natural light and many benefit from their own private outside space with panoramic views over the neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World track. The hotel is also home to 1907, a two AA-Rosette-winning restaurant, bar and grill offering a chic dining experience; and BSpa wellness and spa treatment facilities with fitness area. For ceremonies, The Brooklands Suite is the largest space and caters for up to 174 theatre style, 132 for a sit down meal or 220 reception. The Napier Suite is the second largest suite accommodating 64 guests. There’s also the option to open up through to the Railton Suite to create a combined space for up to 130 guests. The panoramic Railton Suite on its own seats 55 and its floor-to-ceiling windows make the room bright and spacious. The Solomon Suite provides a captivating backdrop of the Mercedes-Benz race track, and can hold up to 50 guests, both theatre style and reception. Receptions take place in the following: Brooklands Suite (220), Napier Suite (60), Solomon Suite (50), and Railton Suite (80). The contour of the world’s most historic motor racing track runs through the hotel’s reception, which features a stunning Charlie Whinney sculpture as a centrepiece. The course of the track is mapped out in plaster on the ceiling of the atrium and beneath hangs more than 100 metres of steambent oak, which twists and leaps around the space, illustrating the route of the racing cars. When booking one of Brooklands Hotel’s wedding packages you’ll automatically stay in the fabulous Suite 319 on your wedding night. SILVERMERE INN ON THE LAKE 01932 584 316 | Silvermere is one of Surrey’s premier waterside locations, ideal for weddings in any season. Each of the venue’s event spaces can be booked out solely for your big day. The Rydal Suite is your first port of call for the day. This ceremony space can accommodate up to 100 loved ones for the “I dos” complete with a stunning view of the lake. Following the ceremony, you’ll head down to The Island terrace for reception drinks and those all-important photos. The venue is now licensed for al fresco ceremonies, so do get in touch with the team for further information on this option. Finally, you and your nearest and dearest will make your way to the Lake Suite for your wedding breakfast and reception. The space accommodates up to 120 enjoying a three-course, sit-down meal, and 200 guests celebrating an evening reception. The venue’s dedicated events team will be on hand to help you plan your big day with ease. Each package is tailored to suit your vision. 31 SPORTING VENUES

The fun-filled and relaxed nature of Fay and Daniel’s big day was reflected in their playful colour palette Images courtesy of Voytek Photography TIMES ROLL Let the good 32

Dan was Fay’s personal trainer at her local gym, which is how the two met. They got on like the proverbial house on fire with Fay often listening to his tales of recent girlfriend trouble. The two officially started dating once the aforementioned troublesome girlfriends were off the scene and began meeting socially outside of the gym. Eventually, a few beers at a rugby match led to their first kiss! We fast forward to the couple’s first holiday post Covid, which they took to celebrate Dan’s 30th birthday. A few days into their trip to Mexico, Dan suggested they take a walk along the beach before dinner and that’s where he romantically got down on one knee to pop the question. “I was so surprised, and the ring is just beautiful,” Fay says. What made celebrations even more special was Dan’s friends flying out the following day to join them for his birthday. When attention turned to venue hunting, Fay and Dan found The Talbot and loved the look and feel of it. “We wanted a fun, relaxed day celebrating with friends and family and that’s exactly the vibe we got when we visited,” Fay explains. “A massive bonus for us was that we were able to include our dogs as part of the day.” It was the first and only venue they looked at and booked it right away for 2nd September 2023. Join us as we hear all about it from the bride herself… SETTING THE SCENE The couple kept their venue styling simple but impactful with bursts of fuchsia. The floral arrangements featured hot pink gerberas including the bouquets, buttonholes, top table setting and moon arch. The gorgeous centrepieces featured a mixture of low-level glasses with floating candles and gerbera daisies, while on other tables stood tall Martini glasses, also with candles and daisies. Place names cut from gold acrylic were attached to the top of the wine glasses and doubled up as favours for guests to take home. Loved ones were also treated to a shot of tequila each. “At the end of the speeches, we made everyone do a shot with us,” Fay tells us. The big-day bake featured three tiers: one blue, one pink and one gold. The catering was designed to reflect the newlyweds too. The wedding breakfast was a barbecue and hog roast feast, with all the sides. “We love hosting barbecues at our house, so this was almost the only option for us,” Fay explains. To finish, instead of a traditional dessert they opted for a doughnut wall. This was all followed by pizzas served during the evening. Everything served reflected the relaxed vibe they were looking for. LOOKING THE PART Fay’s A-line gown was the first she tried – it was love at first sight. Sensibly, she tried on a few others afterwards, but this was the one that she was excited to put back on. She tells us: “I had no idea what sort of dress I wanted so I went into the shop completely open-minded. I felt so comfortable in my dress and realised that was my priority: to feel incredible, but comfortable REAL WEDDINGS 33

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and I knew that a lower-cut or a strapless style would only result in me pulling it about all day, feeling self- conscious.” Finally, the beautiful bride added a pretty diamante belt to complete the look along with a dramatic veil. Dan’s suit was blue with pink lining, which he wore with a gold waistcoat. He accessorised with tan leather shoes for the ceremony and changed into a bright gold pair for the evening do. The best man wore the same style suit as Dan, without the gold waistcoat, meanwhile both fathers had ties to match the man-of-the-moment and his best man. The bridesmaids were all dressed in one-shoulder floor-length royal blue chiffon gowns, and each wore their hair in messy, curly buns to one side. All the ladies, including the bride, accessorised with matching pearl-drop earrings. CELEBRATE IN STYLE “We didn’t want typical wedding music,” Fay shares. “So, we gave our DJ some ideas of what we had in mind, and he absolutely nailed it!” The floor-filling set list mainly included drum and bass, garage and some big party tunes from Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas. MEMORABLE MOMENTS “We felt absolutely on top of the world all day,” Fay remembers. “My face hurt from smiling so much! We both said we couldn’t have asked for a better day, it was flawless. “Having our two Bernese Mountain Dogs with us on the day was amazing. The eldest, Raphael, carried the ring box down the aisle and handed it over to the groom. The other, Sully, was only a few months old but he absolutely loved all the attention! Fay was thrilled with the work of her wedding dream team. She says, “Our photographer was amazing; his shots are nothing short of perfection and we felt so at ease having them taken. Samantha, who did our hair and make-up was impeccable too; she was so calm throughout the whole morning, even when timings didn’t quite go to plan. We had so much fun getting ready. “Krystyna from The Talbot was nothing short of fantastic! Throughout the planning process she answered queries quickly and nothing was too much effort. She’d thought of most things before we even asked anyway! On the day, she was cool and calm making sure everything went to plan and that we had the most perfect day.” REAL WEDDINGS 35