Your Surrey Wedding - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 98)

£3.55 DEC/JAN 2022/2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE A mini-moon worth up to £2,000 WIN! Darling, you look perfect tonight Gorgeous eal weddings and sty ed shoots The latest venue styling trends Bridal beauty Eye-catching wedding dresses Floral fantasy Stunning seasonal blooms STYLE ME PRETTY

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 17 COMPETITION A luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse 67 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions CONTENTS DECEMBER 2022/JANUARY 2023 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 setting FEATURES 55 FLORAL FANTASY Flowers for every season 61 WITH LOVE FROM ITALY Want to capture a fresh continental feel for your wedding? Check out this romantic Italian Riviera-themed shoot 71 STYLE ME PRETTY The latest venue styling trends On the cover... This issue’s cover was taken at Barnett Hill ( It was photographed by Paige Mary Photography and Make-up (, organised by Celebrating Love by Lucia Penman ( and submitted by Helen Noble Celebrant of Surrey ( To see the full shoot and list of supplies, turn to page on page 61. 27 71 3

REAL WEDDINGS 37 ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL Laura and Sam incorporated their love of bold colours into their big day at Gate Street Barn 42 I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Racquel and Jean-Pierre celebrated their Friends-themed wedding at Sacred Heart Wimbledon and Glenmore House 49 ENCHANTED ROMANCE Amanda and Mark tied the knot at Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa with an enchanting forest theme HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 GREECE IS THE WORD Summer in Santorini and Athens 94 IN LOVE WITH THE LAKES A myriad of delights lie in wait in The Lake District for UK honeymooners 96 PURE LUXURY Discover The Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield FASHION & BEAUTY 77 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 78 WHAT’S TRENDING? This is what brides-to-be will be wearing in 2023 86 SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND Dazzle this festive season in gold, pearls, charms and diamonds 87 SKIN FOOD Discover how to achieve that much-desired bridal glow the natural way, through a healthy diet of skin-loving foods 88 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 78 49 90 BC DigiPhot Ltd 37 42 4

Win a mini-moon worth up to £2,000. Amanda and Mark opted for an enchanting forest theme at Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa. 17 42 49 Racquel and Jean-Pierre planned a beautiful Friends-themed celebration at Glenmore House. 37Laura and Sam celebrated their bright and boldthemed wedding surrounded by friends and family at Gate Street Barn. After a very busy year tying the knot to my wonderful partner, travelling to some beautiful places and celebrating several of our friends getting married, it’s finally time to close the door on 2022. It’s been quite a year, with a flurry of weddings from some beautiful couples across Surrey, lots of new companies opening their doors and some getting back to normal post-pandemic. Seeing things open up again has been wonderful and I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings! If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll know that the December/January issue has always been my favourite, and I look forward to writing it every year. It’s packed full of inspiration, adorable products, seasonal weddings and the latest fashion trends. To celebrate the end of 2022, we’ve gone all out with wintry fashion pages, must-see venue styling and the latest flower trends. If you’re dreaming of tying the knot in a fairytale venue, then we’ve got you covered on page 27 or if you’re looking for something in Guildford or Woking head over to page 19. Don’t forget if you’ve recently got married to submit your wedding at or via Here at Your Surrey Wedding, we’re planning to celebrate Christmas with our friends and family and welcome in the new year in style. Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a lovely time and take a well-deserved break. Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Let it snow ISSN 1751-7095 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Cullen| Senior Editor and Grooms and Travel Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers |Stephanie Hodder Vicky O’Connor Artwork & Content Coordinator 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 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. Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines BC DigiPhot Ltd 6

The latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. A myriad of delights lie in wait in The Lake District for UK honeymooners. 90 94 The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches. 77 92 Claire Ridley spent the summer in Santorini and Athens. Want to capture a fresh continental feel for your wedding? Check out this romantic Italian Riviera-themed shoot. 61 Fall in love with these stunning trend-setting dresses. 78 Beautiful flowers for every season. 55 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

1950s VINTAGE BUS — HIRE — Hire one of our classic buses for your special day. Transport your guests in style, and add some nostalgic novelty and a touch of class to the occasion. Choose between two real head turners: 1953 GREEN 39 SEATER 1951 RED 56 SEATER 1950s-Vintage-Bus-Hire-Surrey-West-Sussex A Barn Dance involves everyone HAVE ONE FOR YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION FROM AS LITTLE AS £350 BARN DANCE AGENCY LTD 20, SHIRLEY AVENUE, OLD COULSDON, SURREY CR51QU TEL No. 0208 - 668 5714 WANT YOUR WEDDING TO STAND OUT? HERE’S HOW! Delight your guests with a magician and host who will not only entertain your guests with spectacular close-up magic but will also be on hand throughout your day to: Greet guests and ensure everyone is in the right place at the right time. Provide an amazing entrance for you and your wedding party Introduce speeches Make important announcements For more information please visit: WWW.ROSSMAGICIAN.COM To check availability and pricing feel free to contact me on:

All the latest from around Surrey NEWS Nearlywed DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY First Dance Studios has been providing dance lessons for couples and their wedding parties for more than 20 years and has taught over 2,000 couples at their dance studio in Woking, Surrey. New for 2023, First Dance Studios is launching a Valentine’s Couples Confidence Course. This hour-and-a-half workshop is designed for couples getting married in 2023 or 2024 and will cover concerns such as how to feel comfortable dancing together and a few basic dance steps to help you get used to being the centre of attention. The course is perfect for couples wanting to get confident on the dancefloor, for father and daughter dances and much more. The workshop will be taking place at the Woking dance studio at 2pm on Sunday 12th February, 2023. There is space for 10 couples, so get in touch early to secure your space. Head over to for more information. WEDDING FAIR ALERT! The Talbot, a historic wedding venue in the picturesque village of Ripley, is hosting a wedding fair. Situated between Heathrow and Gatwick, the 500-year-old property is just 30 minutes from Central London and boasts picturesque grounds, on-site parking facilities, 43 modern bedrooms, a restaurant and distinctive period features. It also has a licensed barn to say ‘I do’ in and an impressive archway that leads to a charming courtyard. The wedding coordinator, Krystyna, will be on hand to answer any questions you have and show you around the property. There will also be a selection of preferred suppliers on-site to help you plan your special day. The fair is taking place on 26th February, 2023, between 11am and 3pm. To register your interest, email Krystyna at or call 01483 225 188. Visit for more information. FRESHLY PICKED IDEAS Hannah Martin Flowers, a talented florist based in Walton-on-Thames, is offering a fabulous new moongate frame. Hannah, the owner, tells us more: “As we take a breath after a very busy summer of beautiful weddings, we start to look forward to the forthcoming elegant winter weddings that are booked into our diary. To expand our offering, we now stock a moongate frame that can be hired out to our couples for us to decorate. This adds a special wow-factor to the ceremony and can be used as a top table backdrop. We’ve also launched our new newsletter, The Stem Society, which is a great way to keep up-to-date with all our news and updates. We offer insider tips on how we create our displays and which flowers are our favourites.” For more information and to sign up for the newsletter, visit LOCAL NEWS 9

TO DINE FOR Michelin-star restaurant, Latymer, located within the historic Pennyhill Park in Surrey, has launched a standout lunch menu. Awarded a Michelin star and four AA Rosettes, couples can expect an exquisite dining experience with the new, four-course Discovery Tasting Menu, available at lunchtime on Saturdays and Sundays. The four-course menu includes snacks and can be expanded to include a range of delicious wines. Set over 120 acres of Surrey woodland, Pennyhill Park is a 19th-century country house that’s perfect for weddings and relaxing mini-moons. Offering overnight breaks in luxurious bedrooms or suites, accompanied by an outstanding array of award-winning restaurant options, couples can enjoy a relaxing day or overnight experience at the exclusive spa with five-star treatments to choose from and exceptional facilities. Check out for more information. LOOKING YOUR BEST Dapper & Suave in Dorking create fun and quirky accessories from pocket squares, bow ties and cravats to hair accessories and more. The owners, Rob and Jason, tell us more about their company and its new offerings: “We established our business in 2015, blogging about mixing vintage with high street fashion. Our best friend spotted a photo of us on social media and commented on how dapper and suave we looked, and so our brand name was born. We enjoy helping grooms-to-be find their style and have learned from talking to our customers that there is a scale of confidence from a small quirky accessory to full-on ‘peacocking’. Our only rule is that we don’t do plain designs as colour and pattern are what drive our brand. We have created everything from a bow tie for a newborn baby to peacock feather hair clips inspired by our lapel accessories. “We have added gifting elements to our product range which are great for anyone in the bridal party – young or old! These include candles and skincare, and we are particularly proud of our Style Squad. These animal characters feature on cards, badges, and t-shirts as well as illustrated storybooks.” To find out more, visit A LUXURIOUS STAY Elegantly set beside the 4,800 acres of Windsor’s Great Park with its historical monuments and ancient forests, Fairmont Windsor Park was one of this year’s most anticipated openings. An extensive spa, wellness facility, restaurant and bars make Fairmont Windsor Park a luxury venue for a staycation or for the overseas visitor looking to experience the charms of an elegant modern hotel in an English countryside setting. For a truly royal experience, Fairmont Windsor Park has launched the new impressive Signature Royal Suite, this apartment-style suite has panoramic park views, a large balcony and access to its own VIP spa. Signature Suite guests can expect an array of gifts and personalised treats, from butler service to a drinks station for couples to create their own cocktails. An in-suite checkin service is available for a more private, personal experience and guests will also receive a refreshing fruit bowl, chocolates and a bottle of wine or champagne in their room along with personalised amenities. Discover more at BRIDAL BLISS Dress designer, Felicity Westmacott has moved to a new address. Relocating from Reigate High Street to the high street in Dorking, Felicity creates bespoke gowns for brides-to-be as well as dresses for bridesmaids, children and mother-of-the-brides and grooms. Felicity tells us more: “Twenty years ago, I ran a shop with my dear mum for a year after I left school. We sold handmade clothes and jewellery. Now, after 20 years of working from home, building my skills, brand and reputation, I’m finally back on a high street. As well as prestige, the new space will give me room to expand my team, have a stock of samples to view and help more brides realise their wedding dress dreams.” Find out more at 10

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CHARLES DOWNS MAGIC @charlesdownsmagic Why not add a drop of magic to your special day with a close-up magician. I put the magic right under your nose and in your hands. I can keep your guests entertained and amazed so everyone has magical memories allowing you to focus on what matters most, each other. CHARLESDOWNSMAGIC.CO.UK If you are considering a celebrant led ceremony, be it a wedding, vow renewals or a baby naming ceremony. We will work together to bring your story to life. We cover most of the UK and also travel outside of the UK. Beautifully tailor made ceremonies. Y u ream, ou isi n, ou ay, ou ay! We offer a free no obligation consultation to discuss your requirements call: 07947 610483 or email: @blessedcelebrants Exquisite bespoke cakes & sweets tailored to your requirements. 0208 942 8782 07774 483 219 LAKE THOMAS

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURSURREY.WEDDING A MUST-SEE DISCOUNT Rose Event Nannies in Godalming, Surrey, was founded by Ella Dibb in July 2021. Ella has more than seven years of experience with children of all ages and offers seamless childcare solutions for weddings and events. The team provide bespoke mobile creches and childcare services with a wide range of packages to choose from, including a complete creche which comes with a full play set up, toys, equipment, fully-stocked craft tables, games and activities run by a team of nannies and evening babysitters. Rose Event Nannies is made up of experienced, friendly and DBS-checked staff who ensure that the grown-ups can relax and enjoy themselves while their little ones are in safe hands. We’ve teamed up with Rose Event Nannies to offer our readers a fab exclusive discount. Couples who email Ella at and mention Your Surrey Wedding will receive a 10 per cent discount on any of their packages. Offer ends on 15th February, 2023. To find out more, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers STYLE STATEMENT On your wedding day, light up the room in these statement gold ear climber earrings which bedazzle with four intricately cut moonstone gems. The sparkling gemstones, in a staggered line, descend in size and sit in an 18k gold-plated setting. Every detail has been well thought out, from the size of the stones to the slight curve of the earrings, creating the perfect mesmerising bold earring for a bold woman. Founded by Ramona Gohil, an inspirational female entrepreneur passionate about her British Indian heritage and culture Rani & Co is not just any jewellery brand; its crafted unique pieces symbolise how powerful women can be. Check out County Wedding Magazines’ readers have the chance to win a pair of Rani & Co Moonstone Climber Earrings worth £64.99! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 12 MAR | RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 2 APR | THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, SL7 1RG

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 ESSEX LONDON SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA KENT SUN 5 FEB HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA TO BE CONFIRMED PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 8 JAN HEDINGHAM CASTLE Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ SUN 19 FEB MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SAT 1 APR HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 15 JAN BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 14 MAY MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 12 MAR LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023

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GuestHouse is an independent hospitality group renowned for its one-off, wonder-filled hotels. Home to relaxing suites and bedrooms, heavenly spas and never-tried-that-before dishes, the hotels have a few things in common, but always guarantee their own unique charm varied by the cities they’re a part of. Recently awarded Best City Hotel by The Good Hotel Guide, No.15 by GuestHouse in Bath, Somerset, is a boutique property occupying a trio of Grade I listed town houses in a Georgian terrace. Home to eclectic rooms with a touch of whimsy, the 36-bedroom townhouse is located on one of Bath’s grandest streets in one of Britain’s greatest cities. Full of heritage and vibrant creative spirit, the hotel reflects its location in its interior design, art and objects steal and entertain the eye. The bar and restaurant offer something different yet decidedly British, the spa nurtures real relaxation, and the hotel’s hosts making sure every guest feels happy and at home. There’s a record player in every room along with a record library in the hotel – perfect for recreating your first dance on your honeymoon! Heading North of the country, No.1 by GuestHouse is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of the noble city of York just a 10-minute walk from York Minster. Inside, you’ll find lovable bedrooms, a locally inspired restaurant and a seriously soothing spa. The building is a Grade II listed Regency townhouse of stately proportions and headturning façade. It has huge, dreamy sash windows, high ceilings, a sweeping central staircase, and ivy around the door. Its grand-but-friendly face is full of charm. Inside you’ll find pantries stocked full of treats for the taking, great restaurant food throughout the day, delicious drinks from the bar, a spa centered on bespoke therapies and a straight-from-the-heart warm welcome. GuestHouse hotels are perfect not only for couples, but kids and furry friends to boot! Youngest guests have been carefully thought about to keep them entertained and happy with things like in-room tipi hideouts, their very own goodies menu and out-and-about instant cameras to use. Check out THE PRIZE County Wedding Magazines’ readers have the chance to win a twonight stay with breakfast at No.1 York or No.15 Bath including: a bottle of English sparkling wine on arrival, sparkling afternoon tea for two on one day, pre-dinner cocktails and dinner for two with a bottle of wine one evening, and a GuestHouse signature spa treatment for two. To win, answer this following question and head online to enter at Q: Which hotel has recently been awarded Best City Hotel by The Good Hotel Guide. WINA MINI-MOON WORTH UP TO £2,000 A luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse COMPETITION 17

CB Event group was incorporated in 2017 as a disco and event company establishing relationships with hotels and late-night economy venues. With highly experienced DJ’s our team are on hand to make your event special and run smoothly getting your guests to fill the dancefloor and feel like VIP’s. We treat your big day as if it was our own by doing this we offer free consultations to our couples to talk about your big day to take the stress away of your entertainment needs. We also offer other services for your big day including: LED LOVE LETTERS • PHOTOBOOTHS • SWEET CARTS WEDDING POST BOX • LED DANCEFLOOR • CONFETTI CANNONS SPECIAL FX INCLUDING SNOW AND LOW HAZE CONTACT OUR TEAM TODAY 0333 577 1282 • • cbeventgroup Use promo code CBPARTY to receive 10% OFF your package price

GUILDFORD AND WOKING Spotlight on... BARNETT HILL, GU5 0RF 01483 893 361 | Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Barnett Hill is surrounded by 26 acres of peaceful manicured gardens and woodland. Built by Frank Cook, the grandson of the travel agent Thomas Cook in 1905, the hotel enjoys wonderful views across the Surrey Hills and has plenty of bedrooms for guests to stay over with a full recovery breakfast the following morning included. Celebrate in style Barnett Hill is perfect for an exclusive-use wedding of up to 80 guests. The Mansion House is blessed with several elegant entertaining spaces meaning couples can choose from a ceremony in the panelled Drawing Room or Oak Room and a reception in the Garden Suite. We love... The hotel offers a menu tasting and is dog friendly, so pooches are welcome to join in the celebrations too. 19 GUILDFORD & WOKING VENUES

THE TALBOT, GU23 6BB 01483 225 188 | The Talbot is a 500-year-old property situated between Heathrow and Gatwick. Located just 30 minutes from Central London, the venue has on-site parking facilities, 43 modern bedrooms, a restaurant, a cosy bar, distinctive period features, a river close by and an impressive archway that leads to a charming starlit courtyard. Celebrate in style Intimate celebrations take place in The Garden Room or the Victory Suite. The versatile Wisley Suite is also available. This self-contained area has high ceilings, chandeliers and space for 80 nearest and dearest for a sit-down meal. Boasting original beams and heaps of character, the 15th-century Surrey Barns is licensed for ceremonies with up to 80 guests and can be used separately or in conjunction with the Wisley Suite for up to 150 friends and family. The barn also has a wooden bar with poser tables and a separate dining area. We love... Couples will receive a complimentary bridal suite on the night of the wedding, a room for their first anniversary and a menu tasting. GORSE HILL, GU22 0QF 01483 747 444 | Gorse Hill is an Edwardian mansion house in Hook Heath that’s surrounded by 17 acres of glorious countryside. Retaining much of its original Edwardian design, the property boasts a modern décor with traditional elements throughout that look stunning in those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style The hotel has four civil ceremony rooms that celebrate both the period features of the building and its modern furnishings. Accommodating up to 150 guests, each has access to the bar, restaurant and over 60 en suite bedrooms. We love... The happy couple will have use of the honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding and a menu-tasting session before the big day. 20

Talbot Wedding Package • DED ICAT ED WEDD I NG CO ORD I NATOR AND HOT E L S TAF F ON DUTY ON THE DAY • RED OR CREAM A I S L E CARPE T • CHA I R COVER I NGS • WH I T E TABL E L I NEN AND NAPK I NS • EVEN I NG DANCE F LOOR • P ICTURESQUE GARDENS AND T ERRACE RECEP T ION DR I NKS • ROUND OR SQUARE CAKE S TAND • EASE L FOR TABL E PL AN • COMPL IMENTARY WEDD I NG TAS T I NG FOR 2 • BR I DAL SU I T E FOR THE N IGHT OF YOUR WEDD I NG OR NEX T BES T AVA I L ABL E ROOM • SPECI AL ACCOMMODAT ION RAT ES FOR YOUR GUES T S , SUBJECT TO AVA I L AB I L I TY • A COMPL IMENTARY CL AS S IC DOUBL E BEDROOM FOR 1 N IGHT FOR YOUR 1S T ANN I VERSARY S TAY • 3 COURSE MENU • EVEN I NG BUF FE T 4 I T EMS DR I NKS PACKAGE • ROOM H I RE V I NTAGE PACKAGE £97 . 75 PER PERSON AS ABOVE WI TH CHOICE OF MENU FROM THE V I NTAGE MENU AND DR I NKS PACKAGE CRYS TAL PACKAGE £107 . 75 PER PERSON AS ABOVE WI TH CHOICE OF MENU FROM THE CRYS TAL MENU AND DR I NKS PACKAGE D I AMOND PACKAGE £117 . 75 PER PERSON AS ABOVE WI TH CHOICE OF MENU FROM THE D I AMOND MENU AND DR I NKS PACKAGE WEDDING FAIR Sunday 26th Februar y 2023 | 11am - 3pm The Talbot , High Street , Ripley, GU23 6BB /TalbotRipley @TalbotRipley T: 01483 225 188 E: W: www. EAT, DRINK & BE MARRIED From pre-wedding dinners to post-wedding brunches and everything in between, we do it all! Contact us for details of our mid-week offer where you can book a wedding for £3,500.00 based on 50 guests (normally £4,300.00). This offer is running from 1st January 2023 until 1st December 2023, subject to availability. FARNHAMBUSH.COM | 01252 715237 | @FARNHAM_BUSH_HOTEL Photography credi ts : Hannah Templer Photography and Stewar t Grant Photography

RAVENS AIT, PORTSMOUTH ROAD, KINGSTON UPON THAMES , SURREY, KT6 4HN 0 2 0 8 3 3 9 6 9 6 0 | w w w . r a v e n s a i t . c o . u k Your Dream Island Wedding

GUILDFORD HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA, GU1 3DA 01483 792 300 | Located in the heart of Guildford, just 30 minutes from central London is the four-star Guildford Harbour Hotel & Spa. Boasting 183 beautifully-decorated bedrooms and two excellent dining options, the hotel also has a spa featuring seven treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a plunge pool, a stone oven sauna, an aromatic crystal steam room and a state-of-the-art gym. Guildford Harbour Hotel & Spa is an excellent base for exploring the sights of London whilst escaping its hustle and bustle. The town has many of its own historical landmarks, hosts a year-round program of festivals, and was voted the best luxury shopping destination outside London. Celebrate in style The property has multiple rooms and flexible configurations to meet all wedding needs. The largest room, complete with a private entrance, stage and private bar, can seat up to 200 guests for dinner and 250 for the reception. We love... Before and after the special event, the team offer discounted room rates for those wishing to stay and a selection of locally-themed activities and experiences. THE MANDOLAY HOTEL, GU1 2AE 01483 303 030 | Situated in the heart of Guildford, The Mandolay Hotel is the only AA four-silver-star hotel in Guildford. This boutique-style property features 78 bedrooms, all of which are individually styled by Osborne & Little with attention to luxury details. Comfortable bars and lounges offer everything from an all-day coffee shop service to an impressive range of wines and spirits. Celebrate in style With several wedding spaces to choose from, The Mandolay Hotel offers a wealth of choices. The newest and most striking indoor space, The Mandolay Suite, is pillar-free and capable of hosting a wedding breakfast for 300 guests and an evening reception for 500. Loved ones will be wowed by the dramatic entrance to the suite, the stunning chandelier and the oak and glass double doors. The Gazebo Lawn is a blank canvas set amidst manicured lawns and is gently shaded by mature trees. The area is a natural sun trap, delivering a quintessential English wedding in the heart of town. We love... The Signature Honeymoon Suite will be available the day before the wedding for all those last-minute details, and the couple will enjoy a full English breakfast ahead of the big day. GUILDFORD & WOKING VENUES 23

Stanhill Court is a magnificent country manor house surrounded by acres of ancient woodland. A stunning venue with idyllic views overlooking the Surrey Hills, creating a romantic and picturesque setting. Choose from a variety of ceremony rooms, all with their own unique style. From traditional country manor house weddings to Tipi weddings in the grounds, our packages are designed to suit all budgets and requirements. CONTACT OUR WEDDING COORDINATORS TODAY 01293 862166 Megan Donati Photography Paul Placitelli Photography Paul Placitelli Photography

PERFECT year-round wedding venue in the heart of the Surrey Hills your 01306 734663 When it comes to hosting your special day at Brooklands Hotel, the possibilities are endless. Call our Wedding Team on 01932 335720 to make your dreams a reality *Terms and Conditions apply Book your 2023 wedding for £2,023* or Enjoy £1750 off* your honeymoon in 2023

Picture your dream wedding at Wotton House where vintage glamour infuses with modern luxury. F I N D O U T MO R E 0 1 3 0 6 7 3 0 0 0 0 | WE D D I N G S @WO T T O N H O U S E H O T E L . C O . U K WO T T O N H O U S E . C O . U K | G U I L D F O R D R O A D , D O R K I N G R H 5 6 H S

Once upon a time Tie the knot in a romantic setting that’s perfect for a winter wedding HARTSFIELD MANOR, RH3 7AA 01737 845 300 | Situated within 16 acres of manicured grounds and rich countryside is the charming Hartsfield Manor. Boasting impressive views of the Surrey Hills, this luxury property has heaps of Victorian character and charm, including a historic arched door, a staircase, a feature fireplace and chandeliers. Celebrate in style Couples looking for an intimate setting to tie the knot will love The Brockham Suite, which has a fireplace, a private terrace and space for 40 friends and family. Large celebrations take place in The Lounge. Boasting high ceilings, a piano, an abundance of natural daylight coming in through the grand bay windows and room for 90 guests, this area is transformed for the evening reception to create space for 180 loved ones. There’s also the option for a buffet to be served in the adjoining small lounge to give friends and family an area to chat away from the dancefloor. We love... Hartsfield Manor provides couples with a complimentary menu tasting, use of the bridal suite and a changing room for the morning of the wedding. 27 WINTER WONDERLAND

BROOKLANDS MUSEUM, KT13 0QN 01932 858 005 Brooklands Museum opened in 1907 and has been through two World Wars, the Jet Age and beyond. It’s a place of great endeavour, achievements and has spawned many great pioneers, drivers, aviators and engineers. The happy couple and their guests will be able to browse the exhibits and get an insight into the venue’s wonderful history. There are plenty of photograph opportunities, such as under the wings of the Concorde, the oldest remaining British motor racing track or next to remarkable motor racing vehicles. There is also the opportunity to book a driving experience on part of the old track in an exhilarating vintage car. Celebrate in style All function spaces are licensed for ceremonies, but the standout space is the Concorde, which is capable of holding 60 nearest and dearest. The Art Deco Rooms are flooded with natural light and offer views of either the Motoring Village, Original Finishing Straight or the Aircraft Park. Alternatively, the Vickers Suite can be used with space for 100 loved ones throughout the day, and The Bluebird Room can hold 80 friends and family for the ceremony and 100 for the evening celebration. The largest space, The Napier Room, can accommodate 180 guests for the service and 250 for the reception. We love... The museum holds one wedding a day, ensuring couples have the team’s undivided attention. They’ll also receive a complimentary menu tasting and concessionary rates at some of the local hotels. PAINSHILL, KT11 1JE 01932 868 113 | Painshill was created as a living work of art in the 18th century and boasts a 14-acre serpentine lake, ornate bridges, romantic ruins, picturesque vistas, and dramatically placed follies that provide impressive views of the surrounding countryside. Celebrate in style Overlooking Painshill Lake is The Gothic Temple, where couples can exchange their vows under the arches while their guests sit under the aisle of trees that lead up to it. Following the service, the Amphitheatre Lawn, which leads up to the Temple, can be used exclusively for photos and drinks. A marquee will also be provided to ensure everyone is comfortable. Painshill works with trusted suppliers to provide catering and a marquee for receptions, or they have packages available with other local venues. We love... Guests will fall in love with the the grotto, which has a ceiling covered in sparkling crystals, and the bridge where the Netflix series Bridgerton was filmed. 28

@carrielaversphotography @ejlewis HOME OF BR I T I SH MOTORSPORT, AV I AT I ON AND CONCORDE Historic Brooklands Museum is a wedding venue unlike any other, inviting guests to enjoy the spirit of Brooklands, bask in its history and create everlasting memories. FIND OUT MORE 01932 858 005 | | W E Y B R I D G E S U R R E Y K T 1 3 0 S L

WOTTON HOUSE, RH5 6HS 01306 730 000 | Wotton House dates back to the 16th century when it was sold by Henry Owen to the Evelyn family. John Evelyn was inspired by what he had discovered on his travels and constructed an Italian garden and temple, designed by his cousin, Captain George Evelyn, which was soon joined by a parterre garden complete with an Italian fountain. Since then, the estate has been passed through the Evelyn family, who have all been passionate about preserving John’s legacy, whilst adding their own touches to the estate. There are 13 acres of gardens to explore, which have been deemed worthy of protection and individually Grade II listed. Flowing peacefully through the estate is The River Tillingbourne, which had its own mill at one time, and has since become awash with aquatic plants and wildlife, including a family of ducks who come and go as they please. Inside the hotel are several luxurious bedrooms and junior suites, a restaurant, leisure facilities and a range of wedding spaces. Celebrate in style The Grade II listed Italian gardens are fully licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 140 guests. The happy couple will say ‘I do’ underneath one of the two majestic temples, with panoramic views of the gardens. The grand vaulted ceilings, pillars and centuries-old original marble fireplaces set a romantic tone for an indoor ceremony in The Old Library. This showstopping space is full of natural daylight shining through the Gothic windows and has Ancient Greek phrases written on the walls. We love... The dedicated wedding team at Wotton House will be on hand to help every step of the way to make sure the day is worry-free and full of lasting memories. COLTSFORD MILL WEDDING VENUE, RH8 9DG 01883 716 354 | Coltsford Mill Wedding Venue is a classic country barn with an elegant finish that’s bathed in natural light and offers panoramic views over 12 acres of beautiful countryside. Boasting two lakes, romantic bridges and flowing cascades fed by the river Eden, the property retains many of its original features, including a mill wheel and water pump, along with many wonderful photo opportunities. Celebrate in style Nuptials of up to 95 guests take place in the Mill Room, which has original mill workings illuminated behind glass. Alternatively, The Watermill Barn is a contemporary oak-framed barn overlooking tranquil gardens and ornamental ponds and can accommodate up to 150 loved ones for the service and wedding breakfast. The drinks reception can take place on the terrace, which offers marvellous views over the grounds, cascades and ornamental gardens, with wicker tables, chairs, patio heaters and large, canvas umbrellas. We love... Couples will receive a complimentary menu tasting and use of the en suite bridal cottage, lounge and kitchen on the night of the wedding. 31 WINTER WONDERLAND

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON 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, 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... GREATEXPECTATIONS

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A hairstylist for the modern bride, Emma Louise Bridal Hair offers a personalised and professional service, from creating your dream bridal style to offering wedding planning tips and tricks. WWW. E MM A L O U I S E B R I D A L H A I R . C O . U K @emmalouisebridalhair Bespoke artisan wedding doughnut towers. Our doughnut towers are made bespoke to you and your day. We can match your colour scheme and also flavour the Belgian chocolate glaze if required. Sugar and sugar glaze doughnuts are also available. Decorated with fresh or artificial flowers to match your bouquet. Also available are doughnut walls and a vintage doughnut trailer to hire, where we cook your guests hot sugar and cinamon doughnuts drizzled with sauces and toppings. 07855 276 920 Sassys Sugar Doughnuts WOODHAVEN EVERY WEDDING IS BESPOKE AND UNIQUE A PURPOSE-BUILT ECOSMART VENUE SET IN THE HEART OF SURREY 07802 256523 Woodhaven Horsell Woking GU21 4HY BOUTIQUE WEDDING, HEN AND CELEBRATION VENUE EXCLUSIVE USE JUST FOR YOUR PARTY, FOR THE DAY!

All things bright AND BEAUTIFUL Laura and Sam incorporated their love of bold colours into their big day at Gate Street Barn Images courtesy of Gemma Randall Photography Laura and Sam first laid eyes on each other at work. “We were great friends at first, but things started to change when we went to a gig together,” says Laura. “Years later, Sam proposed while we were away in Studland Bay, Dorset. It was the perfect beach setting and was a big surprise.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... 37 REAL WEDDINGS

We wanted a venue that was relatively close to our home with beautiful grounds and Gate Street Barn was perfect! It had accommodation on-site, rooms to get ready in and a stunning backdrop. It was truly the perfect setting. Tandem Catering provided food during the day and we had pizzas from StoneRose Pizza Co in the evening. Hannah Martin Flowers was great and made sure that there were pops of colour in all of the floral decorations. Our tables were named after Soho Street signs, which added a personal touch as it’s where we first met. For our favours, we gave the ladies Jo Malone candles and the men different scents. Brooke B Bakes created our white three-tiered cake. 38

The bridesmaids wore pleated maxi gowns from Little Mistress. My dress was called Marlowe by Enzoani from Surrey Brides. I wanted something in ivory that was romantic with a hint of glitz and glam. It was a full-length, A-line gown with 3D floral lace. I accessorised with a small hairpiece from Dareth Colburn Designs and a veil from Surrey Brides. Sam chose a three-piece dark green tweed suit from Abitto Ltd and a dark orange knitted tie from Moss Bros. We were so happy and excited to have all our favourite people in one place. We were overwhelmed with love and had the most perfect day. My top tip to any couple is to make sure you enjoy every moment and don’t stress about the small things that are out of your control. Our entertainers were incredible. We hired a three-piece covers band called Three Mile Hill, Sylar the magician and DJ Jack The Lad. The wedding fell on the same day as the June train strikes, so we were extra grateful that people made the effort to come. Some of our friends and family travelled from abroad, and having everyone go that extra mile was amazing. 39 REAL WEDDINGS

LAURA AND SAM’S CONTACTS Venue, Gate Street Barn, | Photographer, Gemma Randall Photography, Bride’s dress and alterations, Surrey Brides, | Bride’s hairpiece, Dareth Colburn Designs, | Groom’s suit, Abitto Ltd, | Groom’s tie, Moss Bros, Bridesmaids’ dresses, Little Mistress, | Mother-of-the-bride’s and groom’s dress, Melita Boutique, | Hair stylist, Emma Louise Bridal Hair, | Make-up artist, Laura Carroll Makeup Artistry, | Cake, Brooke B Bakes, | Flowers, Hannah Martin Flowers, | Stationery, P.S. Calligraphy, | Day catering, Tandem Catering, | Evening catering, StoneRose Pizza Co, | Band, Three Mile Hill, Magican, Sylar, | DJ, DJ Jack The Lad, 40

HANNAH MARTIN FLOWERS 07768 031183 @hannahmartinflowers ‘ e ONE STOP SHOP for the Mother’s of the Bride or Groom’ 57 High Street, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AF | 01276 856308 | Mon-Sat 9.30-5.00 e shop is renowned in Surrey and beyond for carrying the largest selection of occasion wear, hats, shoes and bags from the leading designers in occasion wear. Along with friendly, expert advice, a varied price range and sizes from 8-20. Book your appointment now to view 2023 collections

Racquel and Jean-Pierre celebrated their Friends-themed wedding at Sacred Heart Wimbledon and Glenmore House Images courtesy of Stonelock Photography I ’ ll be there FOR YOU 42

Racquel and Jean-Pierre met in secondary school. “We were in the same class,” says Jean-Pierre. “We were just friends and stayed in contact when we went to different colleges. In 1999, we were out one day, and something felt different between us. It was an attraction that we hadn’t felt before. We started dating and became inseparable. Sadly, time passed and in 2004 we went our separate ways. Racquel went on to have two children, and when she became single in 2010, we met up to try and rekindle our friendship. Two years later, I had the realisation that I loved Racquel, so I asked her to meet me and told her how I felt. We started seeing each other again, and in 2013 we became pregnant with our son. We moved to Surrey to be nearer to my parents and have been incredibly happy ever since.” Jean-Pierre proposed in April 2019 during a holiday to California. “We were vising my brother, and while we were there, I arranged a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon for the two of us,” shares the groom. “When we arrived, I asked one of the other tourists to take a picture of us, and while we were posing I got down on one knee and asked her to be my wife.” SETTING THE SCENE “Originally Racquel wanted to get married in Westminster Cathedral where she had been baptised and had her first holy communion and confirmation,” recalls Jean-Pierre. “However, logistically this was not suitable for where we wanted to have the reception. My mother said to have a look at Sacred Heart Wimbledon, which is not far from where she lives. We went to visit and were blown away by how beautiful it was. When looking for a reception venue, we found Glenmore House in Surbiton. We went to visit and immediately fell in love. It had an Elizabethan suite with a large portrait of the late queen, which is a style that Racquel loves as she is a big fan of Pride & Prejudice. What sealed the deal was how wonderful Faye, the deputy manager, was. We booked our date for September 2020, however, as with many weddings booked for 2020, this was postponed to September 2021 due to the pandemic. Then in 2021, we decided to postpone again until September 2022 as we were unsure if my brother and his family could come over from San Diego, and we did not want our guests to worry about being at a large gathering with masks being worn.” Jean-Pierre created the order-of-service programmes and welcome board using floral images designed by ReiaColours. “I also designed the menus and reception programmes to be in keeping with our Friends theme,” explains Jean-Pierre. “Both programmes were ordered and printed by “We decided to have a Friends theme because we watched the show when it first aired and are big fans,” adds the groom. “It seemed like the perfect theme as it’s a timeless series where not only people of our age know it, but even the younger people do, including Racquel’s daughter, who fell in love with the series during the first lockdown.” For the ladies, Racquel made favours using Yankee Candle votives, which were decorated with a lobster sticker wrapped in cellophane and tied with a personalised ribbon. For the men, Jean-Pierre bought bottle openers in the style of an ace of spades and added heart-shaped stickers personalised with their surname and the date of their wedding. “Our table plan tied in with our theme,” reveals Jean-Pierre. “This was sourced from a supplier on Etsy. Each table was named after a stage of our relationship in the style of a Friends’ episode or quote. During the wedding breakfast, this was replaced with the same table plan but with collage pictures instead. “The centrepieces were tall silver candelabras decorated with flowers similar to the bouquets with a single sunflower in each,” continues the groom. “These were standing on mirror plates with tea lights around them. Each table had a Friends-style yellow photo frame with a collage of pictures featuring all of the guests on that table with us.” The happy couple sourced their cake two weeks before the wedding. “Due to certain circumstances, we needed to find a supplier and Holly Dolly Cakes was able to make an amazing cake from Racquel’s description in a single video call,” remembers Jean-Pierre. “It was three tiers and the flavours were chosen by everyone in our household. Our custom topper was ordered online and was REAL WEDDINGS 43