Your Surrey Wedding- December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 92)

£3.55 DEC 2021/JAN 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE A break for eight guests at Whitley Hall, Yorkshire WIN! A theme come true How to style your venue Dress up Colourful dresses WE EXPLORE Guildford & Woking

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around Surrey 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 63 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 92 COMPETITION Win a fun-filled sleepover for eight guests at Whitley Hall in Yorkshire CONTENTS DECEMBER/JANUARY 2021/2022 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON GUILDFORD & WOKING Discover some of the best venues in the area 27 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Tie the knot in a magical venue FEATURES 55 DARLING BUDS We interview local florists 66 MEMORABLE MOMENTS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 69 A THEME COME TRUE The latest styling trends Cover look This issue’s cover is from Emily and Matt’s wedding on page 42. It was photographed by Fringe Photography ( at Lythe Hill Hotel ( 69 27 3

REAL WEDDINGS 37 ELEGANT ROMANCE Sarah and Liam tied the knot at Brooklands Hotel 42 FLORAL WONDERS Emily and Matt celebrated their love with a romantic wedding at Lythe Hill Hotel 49 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Holly and Toby tied the knot in 2020 in a small ceremony and celebrated with their friends and family this year HONEYMOONS 96 HONEYMOON NEWS UK special FASHION & BEAUTY 74 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 75 DRESS UP Trousers, statement sleeves, sleek A-line silhouettes and voluminous skirts are just some of the styles that brides will be wearing in 2022 81 NOT ALL WHITE These pastel and champagne gowns prove that you don’t have to wear white 84 PARTY DRESSING We chat to model, television presenter and radio DJ Vogue Williams about her latest venue Vogue X Roco 86 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 88 FROM THE INSIDE OUT We caught up with owner and founder of Simone Thomas Wellness, Simone herself, to discover how taking care of yourself from the inside out is the ultimate path to wedding wellness 90 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 75 37 42 49 GROOMS 93 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest news and product launches 94 CHECK PLEASE! Look dashing in this on trend print 4

Win a fun-filled sleepover for eight guests at Whitley Hall in Yorkshire. We love Emily’s gorgeous Madi Lane Bridal dress. Read all about her wedding to Matt in our real wedding section. 92 75 42 Trends come and go quickly, so to help, we’ve rounded up the latest fashionable dresses. 81 Looking for something different for your big day? Be inspired by these striking wedding dresses. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Can you believe it’s that time of year again? After everything we’ve all been through in the last two years, I think we all deserve to relax and what better time than Christmas/New Year? This festive season feels strange to me as it’s my last as a Miss. I’m getting married in July 2022, and the countdown is officially on. Everything is booked and I’m starting to get excited and nervous about the idea of walking down the aisle. I love writing about your weddings and sharing your stories with our wonderful region, and it’s given me some great ideas for my own big day and is helping keep my nerves in check! The December/January issue has always been my favourite, and we’ve gone all out to create an issue full of inspirational weddings, venue styling ideas, the latest flowers and gorgeous venues. If you’d like to be featured inside the magazine, email me at or get in touch via our website Merry Christmas and happy New Year! Melissa x Melissa Barker, Editor All I want for Christmas is you ISSN 1751-7095 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Barker | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Anita Bridge | 01376 538 565 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Surrey Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Surrey Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding 6

Check out these winter wonderland venues. Find out all about my wedding planning journey. 66 27 We’ve interviewed local florists to find out more about their businesses. The latest hair and make-up ideas. 90 55 Find the perfect wedding venue in Guildford or Woking. I love Holly and Toby’s English garden theme. Read all about their day in our real wedding section. 19 49 EDITOR’S LETTER 7


All the latest from around Surrey NEWS Nearlywed CALM AND COLLECTED Local jewellers, The Silver Sprite has launched a new collection of healing crystals. From clusters of citrines to large labradorites, there is a crystal to suit every need, mood and budget. The tumbled stones start at £3 and would make wonderful favours for wedding guests or as gifts for that special someone who have gone above and beyond. The Silver Sprite also offer a range of earrings, necklaces, wristwear, pendants and rings that are perfect for the big day. Check out to see more. WEDDING SHOWCASE ALERT! Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa in Haslemere is hosting a wedding showcase on 27th February, 2022. The 16th-century Tudor house will have a variety of supplies exhibiting from across Surrey. You will be able to get a first-hand taste of all the wedding spaces and meet the dedicated team who will help you plan your perfect day. There will be food and wine tastings, and the first 50 entrants will receive a goody bag. The show is taking place between 11am and 4pm. This award-winning property is a hidden gem resting on the borders of Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex that perfectly combines old-world charm with modern elegance to create an idyllic setting to tie the knot. Head over to for more information.  A SPECIAL DISCOUNT Dorking-based wedding venue, Denbies Wine Estate Limited is offering two special packages on all remaining dates between January and June 2022. The Standard Package is £80 per person for a minimum of 70 guests, and the Gallery Package is £95pp for between 30 and 60 loved ones. Both packages include sparkling wine on arrival, a three-course meal, half-a-bottle of wine per person and use of the venue. Terms and conditions apply. Denbies Wine Estate Limited is home to 17 en-suite bedrooms, a must-see restaurant and a magnificent pavilion centrepiece that provides a striking backdrop for photographs and musical entertainment. Perfectly situated within 265 acres of vineyards with breathtaking views of the Surrey Hills, the property is ideal for rustic-themed weddings. To find out more, visit YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

NEW WEDDING VENUE Set in tranquil and well-maintained grounds, the recently launched Storyboard at Shepperton provides plenty of photo opportunities within the wedding suites and meadows. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a grand extravaganza, with a theme that’s vibrant or more traditional, the flexible spaces, catering from 12 to 250 guests, can be tailored to your needs. With a private entrance to the reception, a wedding bar and access to a scenic terrace, Storyboard is a gorgeous property. Choose one of its packages or build your own. The experienced team will ensure that every detail is taken care of, leaving you free to cherish every moment. Get a good night’s sleep in a contemporary room at the coupled hotel, Holiday Inn London Shepperton. Couples will receive a complimentary executive bedroom and preferential rates for guests, access to the pool and a hearty breakfast in the morning. The spa treatment rooms offer a range of relaxing experiences and are available as an extra addition. Visit for more information. PICTURE PERFECT Eray Kaya from irockvisuals, a photographer based in Sutton, is offering 20 per cent of his services if you book by 31st January, 2022. Available for micro-weddings, large celebrations and portfolio sessions, Eray can tailor packages to suit your big day. From full-day packages covering bridal preparation until the first dance to partial day coverage for those with small celebrations, irockvisuals has something to suit everyone. Eray also offers one-hour engagement shoots at a location of your choice, so you can get to know him before the big day and capture some beautiful photographs. “I’ve shot in some stunning places, documenting all sorts of people at different occasions,” says Eray. “I’ll travel to wherever you want me to go, and I’m happy to discuss all your specific photo requests with you. I will always tailor a package to suit your needs.” For more information, visit A SPECIAL DAY Elegantly set beside the 4,800 acres of Windsor’s Great Park, Fairmont Windsor Park is a new countryside wedding venue designed to reflect the site’s heritage. The grand opening will be on 1st January, 2022, offering UK staycationers access to a new destination for the season ahead. This elegant countryside retreat boasts more than 200 stylish rooms and lavish suites, a state-of-the-art spa with 18 treatment rooms, a six-person hammam, a cryotherapy chamber, a 20m indoor pool, a Himalayan salt room, a courtyard hydrotherapy vitality pool and a Japanese Ashiyu foot ritual bath. “We wanted to create a sanctuary for those who wish to escape the stresses of modern-day life and provide an intimate space for families, friends and couples alike to reconnect after another challenging year,” says Surinder Arora, the founder and chairman of the Arora Group. “We can’t wait to welcome guests both from the UK and overseas who are looking forward to travelling again and enjoying luxury hospitality.” Visit for more details. CONGRATULATIONS! Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, part of the Exclusive Collection, is the first hotel group in the UK to have been awarded certification as a B Corp ( The certification addresses the entirety of a venue’s operations and covers five key areas of governance, workers, community, environment and customers. Pennyhill Park is now part of a community of 4,000 businesses globally that have been certified as B Corps. Danny Pecorelli, the managing director of Exclusive Collection, tells us: “It’s been a long but rewarding process to achieve B Corp certification, and we’ve learned so much and have so much still to do. We are now embarking on a new chapter for the Collection where we will build on the good that we’ve been doing for the last 40 years and look at how we can do better. B Corp is a community that we’re very proud to be associated with, and we too will play our part in helping to educate and spread the word that success in business is as much about people and the planet as it is about profit.” Discover more at 10

Wedding Shows in Surrey Join us at some of the best wedding shows in Surrey. Find local wedding suppliers to help you plan your special day! For more information or to register your attendance visit our website Epsom Downs Racecourse Sunday 16th January Kempton Park Racecourse Sunday 23rd January JANUARY 2022 SHOWS OPEN 11AM - 4PM • FREE ENTRANCE • FREE PARKING YES, YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR CEREMONY, your words and your vows! Having a Celebrant led wedding with Helen Noble, Celebrant of Surrey gives you the freedom in how you say ‘I DO!’. Get in contact today and together we will tailor-make your ceremony. I’ll be with you all the way from concept to ‘I DO’. Feel empowered and inspired that you will own your ceremony, and it will be, like you, one of a kind. Call me or head to my website, I’m so excited to meet you, let’s get creating and styling your ceremony. www. he l en-nobl e . co. uk 07787 530720 @celebrantofsurrey OPEN for booking 2023 2022 filling up fast 2021 November only

THE FRESHEST SHOW BAND ON THE SCENE Combining some of the UK’s best musical talent with high energy performances and unique guest interaction. The Rockets know how to put on a party! From acoustic duos to our 12 piece party band we’ll make sure your wedding is the party of the year! Instagram @therocketscollective | YouTube @therocketscollective

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSURREY.WEDDING Closing date is 4th February, 2022, unless otherwise stated. DANCE TOTHE MUSIC TheRocketsCollective, a band in Surrey, is offering our readers an exclusive offer. Brides and grooms who book the five-piece band (or larger) will receive a free jazz duo for your reception. The band combine some of the UK’s best musical talent with high energy performances to create a must-see show. Whether it’s twisting and jiving to a 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll classic or moving to a current chart hit, there will be something for everyone. “Our only concern is that you and your guests have a night to remember,” says director Tom Wyman. “Producing some of the best music you’ll hear is second nature to us, but it’s the high energy performance and guest interaction that sets us apart from other show bands. We offer bespoke entertainment packages - commended for their flexibility - which allow us to tailor what we do to your event. Our events co-ordinator will work with you to devise a set list tailored to your requirements from our extensive repertoire. The members of TheRocketsCollective have a wealth of experience across a wide range of areas in the music industry including party/show bands, orchestra and theatre work, session work, cruise ships, original music and more.” To claim this fab offer, email the team at and quote Your Surrey Wedding. Valid on bookings made in 2022. For more information about TheRocketsCollective, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies &OFFERS Luxury gifting company is bringing joy to all occasions. Each of its gift hampers is lovingly curated and handpacked in Oxfordshire, with perfectly paired food and drink from carefully selected makers and producers. The team at is giving County Wedding Magazines readers the chance to win a Luxury Food & Wine Basket worth £115. The beautiful wicker basket is packed full of tasty snacks and moreish treats for nearlyweds to share together. The stars of the show are an excellent bottle of Prosecco, and a full-bodied Argentinian Malbec from the Gauchezco Estate, paired with award-winning cheese, hand-baked biscuits, and luxury Belgian chocolates. For your chance to win enter via our website, and for more details about and it’s range of delecatble gifts for the wedding day and beyond visit WIN A LUXURY HAMPER WORTH £115! FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

SPRING 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated Pre-register at ESSEX LONDON MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 3 APRIL BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 16 JANUARY BERKS, BUCKS & OXON RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 13 MARCH 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.

/CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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 KENT WEST HEATH Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1SR SUN 13 MARCH SUSSEX SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SUN 13 MARCH CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 10 APRIL HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 6 MARCH

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Kingswood Golf & Country Club • Sandy Lane | Kingswood | Tadworth | Surrey | KT20 6NE 01737 832188 • • As you enter through the impressive Kingswood Estate you arrive at Kingswood Golf & Country Club. Stunning grounds & beautiful interiors nestled in the Surrey Hills with world class food & exceptional service. Kingswood Golf & Country Club C E L E B R AT E YO U R D AY AT Photography by:

OATLANDS PARK HOTEL, WEYBRIDGE A ROYAL JEWEL IN THE HEART OF SURREY’S CROWN A MARRIAGE OF STYLE AND HISTORY www.oat landsparkhotel .com OATLANDS DRIVE, WEYBRIDGE, SURREY KT13 9HB 01932 847242 | A stunning 144 bedroom country house hotel in Surrey, located on the site of the historic Oatlands Palace - one of King Henry VIII’s favourite homes and the scene of his marriage to Catherine Howard. Follow in the footsteps of Kings and Queens as this pictureperfect venue for a fairytale wedding amidst colourful gardens and beautiful views of the Broadwater lake.

GUILDFORD & WOKING Spotlight on... THE TALBOT, GU23 6BB 01483 225 188 | Located just 30 minutes from Central London, The Talbot is a 500-yearold property conveniently located between Heathrow and Gatwick. The venue has on-site parking facilities, 43 modern bedrooms, a restaurant, a cosy bar, distinctive period features and an impressive archway that leads to a courtyard. Celebrate in style Intimate nuptials take place in Emma’s Room, The Garden Room or the Victory Suite. Alternatively, the versatile Wisley Suite is a self-contained area with high ceilings, chandeliers and space for 100 day guests and 80 for a sit-down meal. The 15th-century Surrey Barns is also available. Boasting original beams, heaps of character and a romantic atmosphere, the room can be used separately or in conjunction with the Wisley Suite for up to 150 nearest and dearest. The barn has a new wooden bar with poser tables and a separate dining area. We love... The happy couple will receive a complimentary bridal suite on the night of the wedding, a room for their first anniversary and a menu tasting. REGIONAL VENUES 19

BARNETT HILL, GU5 0RF 01483 893 361 | Barnett Hill is a refurbished Grade II listed mansion surrounded by 26 acres of peaceful countryside and landscaped gardens. This historic building was built in 1905 by Frank Cook, the grandson of the travel agent Thomas Cook. Celebrate in style There are several areas where couples can say ‘I do’. The spacious Drawing Room has wood-panelling, an original fireplace, direct access to the terrace and space for 70 friends and family for the ceremony. The Oak Room boasts contemporary chandeliers and a gorgeous décor throughout, with room for 80 loved ones for the service. Receptions take place in the Garden Suite. This newly refurbished space has lots of natural light, a feature fireplace and can accommodate 80 nearest and dearest for the wedding breakfast and 120 for the evening celebration. We love... The venue offers a menu tasting and preferential accommodation rates for the night of the wedding. GORSE HILL, GU22 0QF 01483 747 444 | Gorse Hill is an Edwardian mansion house situated in Hook Heath. Surrounded by 17 acres of glorious countryside, with a garden suite and stone terrace, there are plenty of places to explore and take photographs. Retaining much of its original Edwardian design, the property has a neutral colour scheme throughout and a modern décor with traditional elements. There’s also a range of wedding spaces available, a comfortable bar, an intimate restaurant and 67 en-suite bedrooms. Celebrate in style There are four civil ceremony rooms available, each beautifully decorated with plenty of space to entertain. The Boardroom, stylish Restaurant, classic Lounge and Hook Heath Suite are all available with capacities from two to 150 guests. Receptions are held in the Restaurant, which has enough space to seat 90 loved ones or in the Hook Heath Suite with up to 150 friends and family. We love... Lovebirds will have complimentary use of the honeymoon suite and a menu tasting session. 20

Midweek Wedding Package • L ICENSED FOR CEREMON I ES UP TO 100 • EVEN I NG RECEP T ION UP TO 150 • 43 BEDROOMS • PR I VAT E GARDEN FOR 50 GUES T S £3450 The Talbot , High Street , Ripley, GU23 6BB /TalbotRipley @TalbotRipley T: 01483 225 188 E: W: www. 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:

The Kings Arms Hotel Whether you are looking to book rooms for your guests to stay at for your wedding or the bridal party wants to get ready and stay with us on such a memorable occasion. We can also book areas within the food and beverage areas for you to celebrate a wedding breakfast, drinks party prior to the wedding or a small intimate dinner for you and your guests. We will create a menu and drinks offer to suit your requirements and make it a wonderful wedding for you. Make an Enquiry 2 Lion Gate, Hampton Ct Rd, Molesey, East Molesey, KT8 9DD t: +44 (0)20 8016 630 e: w:

WEYBOURNE HOUSE, GU2 4DR 01483 568 768 | Weybourne House is located at St Catherines, a quiet corner of Guildford, and boasts panoramic views over the Water Meadow and the River Wey. Guildford town centre and the mainline train station is just a short walk away, perfect for couples wanting to explore the area. Constructed in 2005, the property has landscaped gardens, a riverside setting, a restaurant, wheelchair access and a large car park. Celebrate in style With the river close by, newlyweds can arrive in style by embarking at Guildford Boat House and slowly meandering up the river, enjoying a glass of wine before arriving at Weybourne House. From the moment they step on dry land, the team will treat them like a VIP with a red carpet and every detail planned to perfection. We love... The wow-factor transport options available. WOODHAVEN SPACE, GU21 4HY 07802 256 523 | Woodhaven Space, a new wedding venue in Horsell, was designed and developed as an eco-friendly home as a blueprint for 21st-century living. Founder Nicky Yates and her family have several allergies which was a driving influence for making Woodhaven a ‘healthy building’. As well as being the home for Nicky’s family, the space is also used for wellbeing events, hen parties and weddings. The property is an exclusive use, peaceful and private space. Based in the heart of Surrey, just 25 minutes from London, it’s perfectly located to capture idyllic photographs. Celebrate in style There are several packages available to make the day as memorable as possible, but the team can create a bespoke package if needed. Couples will have exclusive use of the seven rooms available, three on the subterranean level and four on the ground floor, including the dining/ board room and the drawing room, which can be combined into one space for large celebrations. There is a 4K screen and ceiling audio which can be used to incorporate guests who are unable to attend in person. Each room also has a TV that can be used to display images or messages to guests. We love... The property is ideal for hen and stag parties as well as pre-wedding getaways. 23 REGIONAL VENUES

W E D D I N G S | E V E N T S | M E D I A L O C A T I O N M a r q u e e w e d d i n g s s e t i n s t u n n i n g I t a l i a n a t e i n s p i r e d g a r d e n s W e h e l p y o u p u t o n u n f o r g e t t a b l e e v e n t s i n o n e o f E n g l a n d ’ s g r a n d h i s t o r i c e s t a t e s 2 0 2 2 S o l d O u t – 2 0 2 3 / 2 4 S p a c e s A v a i l a b l e i n f o @ o l d r e c t o r y e s t a t e . c o m 0 1 8 8 3 7 4 3 3 8 8 – 0 7 7 7 0 8 3 3 9 0 2 o l d r e c t o r y e s t a t e . c o m 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


PERFECT year-round wedding venue in the heart of the Surrey Hills your 01306 734663 Stanhill Court is a magnificent 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. W E D D I N G S H O W C A S E 2 3 R D J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 2 01293 862 166 W E D D I N G S H O W C A S E S U N D A Y 2 3 J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 2 R E G I S T E R F O R F R E E O N O U R W E B S I T E

winter wonderland Tie the knot in a magical venue LYTHE HILL HOTEL & SPA, GU27 3BQ 01428 744 815 | Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa was originally a 16th-century Tudor house that perfectly combines old-world charm with modern elegance. The awardwinning property has plenty of places for couples to explore and take photographs, including the 22 acres of rural countryside. This hidden gem rests on the borders of Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex and is easily accessible from main roads. Celebrate in style There are several wedding spaces available at Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa. The largest is the Ivory Suite, a grand space with an impressive sky-view lantern roof, exposed beams and room for 150 friends and family for the meal and 250 in the evening. Alternatively, the Hampton Suite boasts high ceilings, exposed bricks, a neutral décor and space for 80 loved ones. The Old Room is ideal for intimate nuptials, with oak-panelled walls, a decorative fireplace and room for 30 nearest and dearest. Outdoor weddings are held in the gazebo or in the beautiful meadow. We love... When booking, couples will be enrolled in the venue’s Tie The Knot membership, which provides them with access to the spa and health club in the lead up to the big day. There are also passes for friends along with discounts for Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa’s restaurant. The venue is also offering a range of winter wedding packages, available from November to March, that are purposely built for the colder months. WALKING IN A DENBIES WINE ESTATE LIMITED, RH5 6AA 01306 734 663 | Denbies Wine Estate Limited is home to 17 en-suite bedrooms, a must-see restaurant and a magnificent pavilion centrepiece that provides a striking backdrop for photographs and musical entertainment. Perfectly situated within 265 acres of vineyards with breathtaking views of the Surrey Hills, the property is ideal for rustic-themed weddings. Celebrate in style The largest room, the Denbies Suite, can accommodate 180 friends and family. Alternatively, intimate nuptials of up to 50 loved ones can take place in the Ranmore Suite. The Garden Room, which overlooks the Cloisters Courtyard, can hold 150 nearest and dearest, and the Vineyard Hotel can accommodate 30 guests and outdoor services for 150. Evening celebrations take place in either the Conservatory, Gallery Restaurant or Vineyard Restaurant. We love... Lovebirds will be offered a complimentary menu tasting and an overnight stay at Denbies Vineyard Hotel. THEMED VENUES 27

RICHMOND HILL HOTEL, TW10 6RW 02089 402 247 | Richmond Hill Hotel is made up of a row of Georgian townhouses that were built in 1726 and resided in by local dignitaries. The venue would make a gorgeous backdrop for any wedding with surrounding views of Richmond Park and the Thames Valley. Although the property doesn’t have its own grounds, it’s located on top of Richmond Hill and is just steps away from the National Natural Reserve with free-roaming deer and plantations. This historical park was once the hunting ground of King Henry VIII and his predecessors. Celebrate in style The Richmond Room is a modern space in the heart of the hotel with a raised private bar area, sun terrace and room for 110 loved ones. This space offers the perfect blend of 18th-century charm, contemporary touches and stylish elegance. Decorated in a Georgian style, the Ballroom is ideal for large weddings of up to 180 guests and boasts high ceilings, lots of natural light and large dash windows. Located on the ground floor, the Queens Room has a charming décor with lots of character and can accommodate 40 friends and family. We love... Lovebirds who book their wedding at the Richmond Hill Hotel will receive a complimentary menu tasting, a Georgian deluxe room and discounted rates for guests. HARTSFIELD MANOR, RH3 7AA 01737 845 300 | Boasting far-reaching views of the Surrey Hills is luxury wedding venue, Hartsfield Manor. Perfectly situated within 16 acres of grounds and countryside, the property has heaps of Victorian character and charm, including a historic arched door, a staircase, chandeliers and a feature fireplace. Celebrate in style Couples planning a small celebration will love the Brockham Suite, which comes complete with a fireplace, a private terrace, stunning views and space for 40 friends and family. Hartsfield Manor’s Lounge is ideal for large weddings. Offering an abundance of natural daylight through the grand bay windows, the space has high ceilings, a piano and room for 90 loved ones during the day. This space is then transformed for the evening reception to hold up to 180 guests. There’s also the option for a buffet to be served in the adjoining small lounge to give nearest and dearest an area to chat away from the dancefloor. We love... The happy couple will receive a complimentary menu tasting, a bridal suite and changing room. 28

Contact us by phone or email to book your personalised show round and come and experience it all now. Quote ‘Your Surrey Wedding’ and you’ll enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles in the bar to toast your engagement. Or, visit to explore more. THE RICHMOND HILL EXPERIENCE E: T: 020 8940 2247 WWW.RICHMONDHILL.CO.UK • ESTABLISHED IN 1726 • GEORGIAN CHARM WITH MODERN COMFORTS • HOME TO 144 ON THE HILL RESTAURANT AND BAR Wedding photography: Sarah Ann Wright | 020 8939 1066 | Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UZ YOUR PERFECT INTIMATE WEDDING. Overlooking the River Thames, The Petersham is the perfect setting for an intimate wedding. Experience Victorian splendour, fantastic food and exceptional service, leaving you to enjoy the most magical of days.

STANHILL COURT, RH6 0EP 01293 862 166 | Located within 35 acres of glorious gardens and woodland is Stanhill Court. Originally a Victorian country manor house, the property is now a quintessentially English hotel that’s perfect for weddings. The new owner’s enthusiasm and passion for this historic building have led to a complete refurbishment with plenty of outdoor space, including an Amphitheatre and room to land a helicopter. The traditional yet contemporary interior, cabin-style bar, bright Orangery and bedrooms would make the perfect backdrop for any wedding. Celebrate in style Weddings for 240 people take place outside in the Amphitheatre. Situated in the heart of the venue, the Charlwood Suite can hold 240 guests and has moving partitions that can make the space smaller if needed. Following the refurbishment, the Orangery has been given a new lease of life with a modern décor and can now accommodate 180 loved ones. Overlooking the stunning gardens and terrace, The Lloyds Room has a traditional décor with contemporary twists, wood panelling, an original fireplace and space for 50 nearest and dearest. We love... W-day couples will receive a complimentary bridal suite with a group breakfast the following morning, a menu tasting and a firstanniversary stay. THE PETERSHAM HOTEL, TW10 6UZ 02089 391 066 | Boasting Victorian splendour, a romantic restaurant and impressive views of the River Thames is The Petersham Hotel. Couples who book the venue will receive the help of the dedicated wedding team, who will ensure every detail is planned to perfection. Celebrate in style The River Room boasts beautiful views of the River Thames and Petersham Meadows, a private terrace and space for 30 friends and family. The wedding breakfast will take place in the light and airy Terrace Room with up to 30 nearest and dearest. Extend the celebrations into the evening and dance the night away with up to 55 loved ones in the working wine cellars, which are transformed into a disco with lights, a dancefloor and a bar. We love... The happy couple will receive a free menu tasting and an overnight stay. 31 THEMED VENUES

Pre-register for all of our events at WEMBLEY STADIUM, 20TH FEBRUARY, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 20TH MARCH, 2022 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting 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, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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ROMANCE Elegant Sarah and Liam tied the knot at Brooklands Hotel Images courtesy of Copland-Cale Photography Sarah and Liam met at work. “We work with children with special needs and challenging behaviours,” says Sarah. “I loved Liam’s humour and his ability to make me laugh. I always wanted a relationship built on laughter with someone who can see the funny side of life.” Liam proposed at a ball. “I thought he was joking as I was a bit drunk,” laughs the bride. “We then fell pregnant with our son, Tyler, so all wedding talk was put on hold. Then on Christmas Day in 2018, Liam surprised me by proposing again with a new ring in our home with our son.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 37

Liam booked us a spa night at Brooklands Hotel for my 30th birthday, and I fell in love with the hotel. It’s a beautiful place that offers luxury and comfort. The staff were so friendly and went above and beyond for us. Due to COVID-19, this was our third wedding attempt, so we had longer to plan the little details. I didn’t want the day to be over the top, as it’s not who we are, but to still have a bit of sparkle. I don’t have any family, so my closest friends stepped in to support me and help where needed with the little touches. Our flowers were from Florals Forever, which we found on Etsy. Our close friend Jessica made our big-day cake. Brooklands Hotel provided our table plan, place names and catering. We hired Loving Moments Events to create our centrepieces. 38

I had my best friend Laurence as my man-of-honour, and he dressed to match the groomsmen. My three bridesmaids chose rose gold mid-length dresses which had sequinned bodices and chiffon skirts from Next. I felt panicked on the morning of the wedding. I was so scared to walk down the aisle, but my nine-year-old son stepped in and dragged me through the doors. Liam was so calm until he saw us walking down the aisle, and then he became emotional. We hired a DJ from Kool Kats Entertainment who we had used for my 30th birthday. They were amazing and really know how to get everyone up and dancing. They took requests and always made sure our guests were having a good time. Liam wore a navy three-piece suit with a rose gold tie and pocket square from Moss Bros. Saying ‘I do’ after such a long time felt like such a big achievement. Finding my dress was the most daunting part of the wedding. Two of my close friends booked me into a store in Morden, and they made me feel amazing. The dress wasn’t something I originally would have chosen as I’m self-conscious of my arms, however, I tried it on, and well after a lot of tears, I had my dress. REAL WEDDINGS 39

SARAH AND LIAM’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Brooklands Hotel, | Photographer, Copland-Cale Photography, Bride’s dress and accessories, Bridal 88, | Groom’s suit, Moss Bros, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Next, | Make-up artist, Charlene Hilden Makeup, | Flowers, Florals Forever, | Stationery, Zazzle, | Wedding planner, Loving Moments Events, | Entertainment, Kool Kats Entertainment, Nicole from the events team at Brooklands Hotel was phenomenal at her job! She took the stress away and always went the extra mile. The best men, James and Ben, think they’re a comedy duo, and when they asked everyone to toast us, they actually got people to wait and pulled toast out of their pockets! They looked so serious, and it made our guests chuckle. I struggled in the run up to the wedding as my dad is no longer around. However, my two best friends, Laurence and Lizzie, made sure I would have him there in some sense. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and work, we haven’t been able to have our honeymoon yet, but we’re planning to go to Bali in April. 40

Book your 2022 wedding for £2,022* When it comes to hosting your special day at Brooklands Hotel, the possibilities are endless. Call our Wedding Team on 01932 335720 to make your dreams a reality *Terms and Conditions apply or Enjoy £1,750 off* your honeymoon in 2022 Creating lasting memories is at the heart of Loving Moments Events. We not only plan and execute the décor for your special event, we also work closely with you to create a theme whilst incorporating your style, wants and needs for your day. Your wedding or event should reflect you and your loved one perfectly. We take the time to get to really know you and to help you with your ideas. 07985594036 | Loving Moments

wonders Floral Emily and Matt celebrated their love with a romantic wedding at Lythe Hill Hotel Images courtesy of Fringe Photography 42

Emily and Matt met at university. “The first time we spoke was in the library,” says Emily. “We were introduced by mutual friends and chatted a little. When I got home, he sent me a Facebook message telling me he thought I was really beautiful. Turns out, he didn’t think I’d respond, but we started dating and have been together ever since.” Matt proposed to Emily in August 2019. “Matt had wanted to propose the year before when we were travelling, but the timing just wasn’t right,” shares the bride. “My friend and I were out with our horses in the Surrey countryside when Matt walked onto the track and led me over to a picnic rug and popped the question. Although we had been talking about getting engaged, it was a huge surprise.” SETTING THE SCENE “I really wanted an outdoor wedding, and the space at Lythe Hill Hotel was exactly what we were looking for,” explains Emily. “In terms of the indoor space, we loved the reception room, particularly the glass ceiling. We also liked the fact it was a hotel so we could have our guests stay there with us.” For their favours, the couple gave their guests personalised love hearts with rustic labels. “In the centre of each table was a log slice, tea lights, mini-easels with our table names on and vases filled with the bridesmaids’ flowers,” the bride adds. “The bridal party made the posies the night before the wedding using gypsophila. Fuchsia Blooms Florist & Cake Atalier provided my bouquet, and it was exactly what I dreamed of with lots of eucalyptus mixed with white flowers and thistles. On the morning of the wedding, we had to decide whether we wanted the outdoor gazebo decorated for an outdoor ceremony or a moon gate for an indoor ceremony. We were desperate for an outdoor service, but the weather was unpredictable, so we settled on having an indoor service. However, after deciding this, my mum actually paid for the outdoor decorations to be done as well. It provided stunning photo opportunities, and we’re so grateful to our florist for doing both for us.” Emily and Matt hired Just As Delicious to create their big-day bake. “We wanted a vegan wedding, and this extended to the cake, which was supposed to be a semi-naked design with three different tiers,” recalls Emily. “Unfortunately, when transporting our cake on the morning of the wedding, our cake maker had a car accident! Luckily she was fine, but the bottom tier was too damaged to be used! The other two tiers were still absolutely delicious, as commented on by so many guests, and we even took the damaged tier home to eat. Our cake topper was amazing too. As our surname is Lamb, we ordered a bride and groom pair of sheep from Etsy.” “We named our tables after different locations we’d visited together,” says the bride. “For the rest of the décor, we kept it quite simple. I created a mirror sign and an order-of-the-day palette with photos of us on.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS “My dress was called Elora by Madi Lane Bridal,” shares Emily. “I had seen the dress years ago on Pinterest and fell in love. I loved the offthe-shoulder sleeves, the fact that the straps were detachable, the floral pattern and the low back. Madi Lane Bridal is an Australian designer, and there aren’t a huge number of stores that stock them here in the UK, but luckily I found The Farnham Boutique, which was close by. I tried on a few other gowns, but my heart was set on Elora, and I knew it was the one. I accessorised with statement earrings and a white floral hairpiece from Victoria Harper Bridal Accessories.” Matt and the groomsmen chose navy suits with brown shoes from Moss Bros. “The groomsmen had dark green ties, but Matt went for a lighter shade to stand out,” adds the bride. “The bridesmaids wore an assortment of green dresses from Chobham Bride. I asked the girls to choose the style they wanted, so we had a variety of different looks and colours.” REAL WEDDINGS 43