Your West Midlands Wedding - February/March (Issue 78)

FEB/MAR 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE £3.55 LOCAL WONDERS WIN! Wolverhampton, Walsall & Dudley £1,500 worth of diamonds Hen and stag ideas Rest and relaxation How to decorate your venue Party the night away Dreamy styling Hotels and spas


71 REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the West Midlands 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 57 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 89 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON WOLVERHAMPTON, WALSALL & DUDLEY Discover some of the best venues in the area 19 REST AND RELAXATION Tie the knot in a hotel or spa venue FEATURES 45 PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY Hen and stag ideas 50 BEAUTIFULLY BOHO Here at CWM HQ we predict hen dos are going to be bigger and better than ever in 2022. Feast your eyes on this beauty for some true, party planning inspiration... 53 RUSTIC ELEGANCE Full of romantic touches, this stunning styled shoot at Blithfield Lakeside Barns is sure to inspire you 61 DREAMY DÉCOR The latest venue styling trends 65 BRIDAL BEAUTY A team of local suppliers worked together to create this timeless set of images at The Pump House Studio 68 LET ME EAT CAKE! County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 71 ONCE UPON A TIME Steeped in romance, this gorgeous set of images taken at Ludlow Castle is like something out of a fairytale Cover look This issue’s cover is taken from the regional shoot on page 65. It was photographed by Mary-Anne Bailie Photography ( at The Pump House Studio. The model’s look was created by Georgia Round Make-up Artist (, Linda Loves Hair ( and Botias Accessories ( 61 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 THE ONE FOR ME Sarah and Liam shared their love in a romantic ceremony at Birmingham Register Office 32 PERFECT DAY Kayleigh and Matt’s autumn nuptials were styled using an elegant palette of blush pink and navy 39 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Emily and Andrew connected right away and years later became husband and wife at Nuthurst Grange Country House Hotel & Restaurant GROOMS 91 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 92 GOING FOR GOLD After James Bond, AKA Daniel Craig, rocked a velvet jacket at the latest 007 premier we knew this look would be here to stay! HONEYMOONS 94 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 96 BACK-TO-NATURE BOLTHOLE Claire Ridley was invited to Monkey Island Estate, a sanctuary set on a private island on the River Thames offering laid-back luxury FASHION & BEAUTY 74 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 75 ALL IN THE DETAIL The 2022 wedding dress collections feature figure-hugging styles, timeless trumpet silhouettes, chic tailored jackets and wrap dresses 80 SOPHISTICATED AND CHIC Choose sumptuous satin gowns for your best girls in shades of sage and emerald green or blush and baby pink 82 TAKE THE PLUNGE These opulent gowns feature corset-inspired looks, off-the-shoulder styles, timeless square shapes and cut-out illusion necklines 84 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 86 TIME OUT Wedding planning can be stressful, so be sure to make time for self-care and focus on your wellbeing 87 HEAVEN SCENT Team CWM try out the latest big-day fragrance recommendations 88 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 82 27 32 4

SAMPLE SALE NOW ON PERFECTIONS BRIDAL STUDIO 46 Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2NA 01905 610482 Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6PR 01543 414822 Set in the heart of historic Lichfield, The George Hotel is a charming 18th century coaching inn which offers a delightful setting for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions of up to 110 guests. Our All Inclusive Wedding Package starts at £3,750 in 2022 and £4,000 in 2023 and includes a welcome drink, a three course meal with a glass of sparkling wine for the toasts, an evening finger buffet, room hire, complimentary overnight stay for the couple and much more! Based on 50 adult day guests and 80 adult evening guests. Sunday 20th February 2022 11am to 2pm | Free Entry

The latest news and offers from local suppliers. Stunning wedding dresses with striking details. 9 89 75 Win £1,500 worth of diamonds! 53 Be inspired by this rustic styled shoot at Blithfield Lakeside Barns. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Welcome to the first issue of 2022. It dawned on me over the festive period that in just a few months time I will become Mrs Cullen – eek! I can’t believe how quickly time passes, we’ve been engaged for more than a year now, and it’s just flown by. I’m very organised, much to my fiancé’s dismay, but the closer we get to the day, the more I feel like I’m forgetting something. We’ve booked all of our suppliers, organised all the outfits, so it’s just the small things left to do, but the nerves are starting to set in. My wonderful bridesmaids have been helping keep me calm, but the idea of walking down the aisle without falling over is giving me nightmares. Talking to some of our readers, I know that many of you felt the same in the run-up to your big day, so it’s really nice knowing that I’m not alone. If you have any tips for controlling nerves on the day, please feel free to get in touch as any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I did writing it. It’s full of tips from local wedding professionals, ideas for styling your venue, fabulous real weddings, styled shoots and an impressive fashion section. If you’ve recently celebrated your day, been involved with a styled shoot or want to share tips from your planning journey, email me at or via Happy planning. Melissa x Melissa Barker, Senior Editor New beginnings 6 ISSN 1759-4723 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Barker| Senior Editor, 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 | 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 Christopher Meer | 01376 538 558 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your West Midlands 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 West Midlands Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £17.60 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your West Midlands Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. Visit us online at and DIA SHING NTS SHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding

Read all about my wedding planning journey. 39 68 Top tips from local fashion and beauty experts. 81 88 Check out this styled shoot at Ludlow Castle. Fall in love with local hotels and spas. 71 19 Looking for something modern? Take a peek at a selection of our favourite dresses with daring necklines. A team of local suppliers worked together to create this timeless set of images at The Pump House Studio. 65 Emily and Andrew had a floral-themed wedding at Nuthurst Grange Country House Hotel & Restaurant. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS All the latest from around the West Midlands MUM’S THE WORD Wedding planning can be stressful for everyone, including your mum, so why not treat her to one of Moddershall Oak’s new Mother’s Day packages? The Morning Package includes a drink on arrival, a selection of breakfast pastries, a hot drink and full use of the indoor and outdoor spa facilities. Alternatively, the Afternoon Package includes an afternoon of drink and sweets, use of the spa and a treatment each. Designed with a contemporary feel in mind, Moddershall Oaks has a state-of-the-art sound system, Swarovski crystal lighting, hand-made Italian glass chandeliers, a glass bar and moveable walls. Situated in the heart of Staffordshire, the venue sits on the water’s edge and is surrounded by acres of stunning countryside. This warm and inviting property has a fresh and neutral décor throughout that’s ideal for a relaxing weekend away. Discover more at DRINK IT ALL IN Multi-award-winning St Maur is a small batch of premium elderflower liqueur handcrafted in Alcester, Warwickshire, using responsibly sourced ingredients, with elderflowers gathered in ancient family-owned woodlands. Ideal for weddings, St Maur is the creation of The Earl and Countess of Yarmouth, William and Kelsey Seymour, who first produced it for their wedding guests three years ago before deciding to turn it into a full-time family business at the start of lockdown. To help expand the business, the company have moved into a new premises. William tells us: “We wanted a drink that would capture the spirit of that lovely day. Drawing on old family recipes handed down to us, we created St Maur, and we named it after our family heritage. We also gave it the colour of love.” For more information, visit Nearlywed HAIR GOALS Warwickshire-based Ola Goldsmith is the owner of a new company called Naked Weave. Offering new hair extension techniques developed through many years within the industry, Ola started the business in 2012 and has built her business from the ground up to what is now a six-figure thriving business, specialising in developing new hair weave techniques. Ola was recently featured on Dragons’ Den, where although funding was not secured, Deborah Meaden gave her wise counsel. Ola says: “Featuring on Dragons’ Den was the single most scary thing I’ve ever done in my life - the lead up to it was long and gruelling, and there was so much I had to learn about my business that I didn’t know before! I was also really eager to see Steven Bartlett during my time on the show and especially excited to hear what he had to say about my product.” Check out for more information. LOCAL NEWS 9

CONGRATULATIONS! Rosie Ginday MBE is the founder of Miss Macaroon, a Birmingham-based business that funds youth work for some of Birmingham’s most marginalised young people. At the end of last year, Rosie won the Gaia Award at the 2021 NatWest Everywoman Awards. This is awarded to an inspirational founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model. Rosie makes and sells macaroons to clients, and all sales fund Rosie’s ‘Macaroons Make a Difference’ scheme, which provides retail and kitchen-based training, employment and work experience for 18–35-year-olds. Miss Macaroon offers bespoke wedding packages for couples who don’t necessarily want a traditional wedding cake. As well as elegant tiered macaroon towers, Miss Macaroon can also provide delicious wedding favours for guests and can even feature monogrammed macaroons entwined with the happy couple’s initials. Julie Baker, the head of enterprise at the NatWest Group, says: “The winners show just a fraction of the wealth of female talent across the UK. We need to ensure women business owners have the same funding, networking and support opportunities as men. Everywoman does a phenomenal job of shining a light on inspirational role models, and I want to congratulate all the winners and runners up.” To find out more about Miss Macaroon, visit REST AND RELAXATION The Arden Hotel, situated in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, is part of the Eden Hotel Collection; an award-winning group of dog-friendly, English country house hotels, that are rich in character and style. Boasting 45 boutique bedrooms, the wedding venue has an unrivalled town centre location, with an all-weather terrace, cosy afternoon tea lounge and award-winning No. 44 Brasserie. The property has recently teamed up with Shakespeare Distillery to offer couples a new experience. Shakespeare Distillery was founded in 2015 and is located only a short distance from The Arden Hotel. Not only will you get the chance to find out how gin is made but you will also get the opportunity to taste a selection of spirits and a refreshing glass of gin and tonic. The experienced guides from Shakespeare Distillery will take you on a fun and informative journey around the working distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon where you will discover how the gin is made, learn about the history of gin and experience all of the different ingredients used to make it! The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, and you will get the chance to come back to The Arden Hotel for a fabulous nights’ stay in one of the boutique bedrooms, including a delicious dinner in No44 Brasserie. Head over to for more information. FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD West Midlands-based catering company Caviar & Chips have been voted the Best Wedding Caterer in the West Midlands by The Wedding Industry Awards for the third year running and are now on their way to the national finals. Caviar & Chips Catering have their production kitchen in Aston, Birmingham, and deliver weddings and events all around the UK. Caviar & Chips were founded by Jonathan Carter-Morris and Marc Hornby in 2017 when they were studying their MBAs at Aston University. Now, five years on they’ve been building their bespoke catering business into a brand that is award-winning and recognised for its tailored approach to creating any menu in any format their clients care to imagine. Marc said: “We’re over the moon to have been awarded Best Wedding Caterer in the region for the third year running. In spite of the pandemic, we’ve been fortunate to grow our business quickly and successful by focussing on our clients’ experience first and foremost.” Visit for more information. BEAUTY QUEEN Claire Harmer, a hair and make-up artist based in Warwickshire, was listed as a finalist for Best Make-up Artist in the West Midlands at The Wedding Industry Awards. We spoke to Claire to find out more about her business: “Make-up has always been a strong passion of mine. I love being creative and bringing out the best of people’s features and making them feel the best possible version of themselves. I have more than 20 years of experience and have worked on many films and had work featured in a variety of magazines. With many years of experience and continually updating and learning new techniques and skills, I aim to give the best possible service to all my brides and clients, enhancing someone’s features and making them look and feel the best they can be is one of the best parts of my job. This is why I especially love doing bridal hair and make-up; I love it when I give the bride a mirror and get to see her reaction.” Especially for Your West Midlands Wedding readers, Claire is offering a half price lash lifting treatment if you mention the magazine when booking. Valid until 8th April, 2022. Find out more at 10

My passion is makeup and to make every Bride look and feel amazing, after all a Wedding Day is one of the most important days of your life and it will probably be captured in hundreds of photos. I use gorgeous skincare products and luxury makeup brands and professionally apply to ensure each of my brides is glowing, confident and ready for her special day. Bridal trials can be held at home or at my new studio in Halesowen and with a variety of Wedding Packages and bespoke ideas I’m sure I have an option for you. | 07870428520 Georgia x West Midlands’ Award Winning Florists 01743 792333 AnneWhysallFlorists AnneWhysallFlorist Photography: @kimshawphotography Bridal wear: @jessicasbridalshrewsbury Menswear: @peterposhsuits Bridesmaid: @perlacocodesigns Florist: @annewhysallflorists Hair: @elegance_hair_design MUA: @emily.mulan.makeupartist 01384 877572 07711 128572 Helen Barley Harp Helen Barley Harpist and Singer

C O N T A C T t: 01905 391 347 e: your special day with us at Lilleshall House & Gardens. Make your wedding dreams come true in our stunning heritage setting. Whether you’re looking for an intimate wedding or a larger celebration, we have a wedding package for you. We have availability for 2022 and 2023 dates, so please get in touch to book a venue tour – we would love to show you around. For more information on celebrating your wedding at Lilleshall House & Gardens, please contact us on 01952 603003 or WedInLilleshall Lilleshallhouseandgardens lilleshall Celebrate © Frances Stephenson

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURWESTMIDLANDS.WEDDING Closing date is 8th April, 2022, unless otherwise stated. DELECTABLE DELIGHTS Birmingham-based Cranberry & Thyme specialise in bespoke grazing tables and platters. Owner Libbi Coldicott tells us more about the company: “A grazing table is essentially a buffet containing cheeses, cured meats, olives and antipasti, crackers, fresh and dried fruit, and dips, chutneys and sweet treats, all designed to look colourful and inviting. We provide bespoke grazing tables to suit your budget, needs and dietary requirements. You can choose what you’d like your table to include and leave the rest to us. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans, halal, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and many more requirements. There are several options and layouts to choose from, including cheeseboards and charcuterie or a combination of the two, vegan/gluten-free options and sweet treats and desserts. “Our goal is to banish beige buffets and create colourful, fresh and inviting food for your wedding, corporate event or celebration. We are fully trained in food hygiene, health and safety and are fully insured and have an outstanding reputation with many high profile and repeat customers. If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch.” Exclusively for Your West Midlands Wedding readers, Cranberry & Thyme is offering an amazing 10% off your booking price. To claim, email and mention the code ‘YWMW’. To find out more, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Weddin at Wt Midland Safi Pk NOW OPEN FOR SHOW ROUNDS! 01299 406460 BOOK NOW 2022/23

WOLVERHAMPTON, WALSALL & DUDLEY Spotlight on... PARK HALL HOTEL AND SPA, WV4 5AJ 01902 349 510 | Park Hall Hotel and Spa is a contemporary and stylish Grade II listed hotel with breathtaking views of the Staffordshire countryside. The former manor house still has many of its original features and boasts a Rococo style fountain in the forefront and a split-level Orangery with a glassvaulted ceiling. The landscaped gardens are the perfect area to relax in with plenty of outdoor seating, interlinked pathways, mature planting and an array of pavilions along with a small children’s play area. The 74 bedrooms are split over three levels, and there’s also a self-contained health club and spa. Celebrate in style The largest room available is The Ballroom with space for 250 nearest and dearest during the day and 550 seated in the evening. This selfcontained wing has a grand entrance, marbled floors, statement chandeliers, high ceilings, mirrored columns and floor-to-ceiling Georgian-style windows. Alternatively, The Orangery, a split-level room with floor-to-ceiling doors and direct access to the gardens, is available with space for 150 loved ones for the service and 180 for the reception. Licensed for up to 200 friends and family is The Wedding Pavilion. Situated in the mature gardens with views of the surrounding countryside, it’s the perfect location to get married in the great outdoors. Large celebrations can take place in the Marquee, located within the grounds, it’s a self-contained heated venue with private toilets, a bar area and a maximum capacity for 450 people. We love... Couples will receive a bedroom on the night of the wedding, a menu tasting, reduced accommodation rates for guests and free car parking. REGIONAL VENUES 15

GRAND STATION, WV10 0BF 01902 454 550 | The Grand Station originally opened in 1854 as a Grade II listed building formerly known as the Lower Level Train Station. In 2012, after the building was derelict for almost 30 years, it was transformed into a popular venue for weddings, events and conferences. Situated just a short walk from Wolverhampton’s train station and town centre, the Grand Station is situated in the heart of the city. The property has a large outdoor space and the exterior was designed by engineer Sir John Fowler, with the rack work by Mr Henry Robertson and the roof and layout by Mr Isambard Kingdom Brunel. As Wolverhampton’s former train station, the space has retained its historical feel, but has transformed the former train platforms into modern venue spaces as well as the former ticket area, which is now used for ceremonies. Celebrate in style Civil ceremonies take place in the stunning Old Ticketing Hall, which can hold up to 150 guests. This space has Italian Renaissance ceilings, and classic sash windows finished with a grand chandelier that looks great in photographs. There are two main venue spaces: the Grand Hall and the Brunel Suite. The Grand Hall can hold up to 700 guests and is fitted with luxurious décor and benefits from mobile staging that can be arranged to meet different requirements. Alternatively, the Brunel Suite can hold up to 120 friends and family and is ideal for intimate weddings. The space is beautifully finished and adorned with ornate golden mirrors. Both suites have private entrances, bar areas, kitchens and washroom facilities. We love... The happy couple will have access to the bride and groom suites. BANTOCK HOUSE MUSEUM AND PARK, WV3 9LQ 01902 556 245 | Located just 10 minutes from the centre of Wolverhampton, Bantock House Museum and Park is situated within 43 acres of parkland and formal gardens. This historic property includes a Dutch garden, designed and built by the former owners, a rock garden and a rose garden, all of which make wonderful backdrops for photographs. WOLVERHAMPTON CITY ARCHIVES, WV1 1SF 01902 556 245 | Formally the Molineux Hotel, the Wolverhampton City Archives has recently been restored to its former glory and boasts a prime location overlooking the Molineux Stadium. This historic Grade II* listed Georgian building has a city centre location and fantastic facilities available, including free parking, ornate formal gardens and areas for drinks and canapés after the ceremony. BILSTON TOWN HALL, WV14 0AP 01902 552 035 | Bilston Town Hall is an iconic Grade II listed venue dating back to 1872. It’s ideally located between Wolverhampton and Walsall in the very heart of the market town of Bilston. This restored Victorian building offers a choice of two rooms with charming original features. WOLVERHAMPTON ART GALLERY, WV1 1SH 01902 556 245 | Situated in the heart of the city centre, Wolverhampton Art Gallery was built in 1884 to house the city’s art collection. This Grade II* listed building combines classic 19th-century architecture with modern, contemporary design to provide an exclusive and cultural venue. The property is located opposite St Peter’s Gardens where couples can go and take photographs. WOLVERHAMPTON RACECOURSE, WV6 0PE 01902 390 000 | Wolverhampton Racecourse is situated within 22 acres of private parkland in the city centre. This full licensed venue offers the best of both worlds, with a grand private setting with easy access. The backdrop of the racecourse provides stunning views and is ideal for taking photos. HILTON HALL, WV11 2BQ 01902 249 247 | Hilton Hall is a 17th-century country house on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. This impressive and romantic Grade I listed building is situated within 25 acres of unspoilt parkland and woodland and is available on an exclusive use basis. Also check out... 16

Twigg Floral Design Beautiful and natural W E D D I N G F L O W E R S Inspired by the seasons using British-grown, sustainable flowers and foliage. W W W . T W I G G F L O W E R S . C O . U K 07807366146 0 7 9 5 1 4 1 6 6 9 5 WWW. C H O O S E Y O U R BA R . C O . U K


RELAXATION Rest and Tie the knot in a hotel or spa venue MODDERSHALL OAKS, ST15 8TG 01782 399 000 Situated in the heart of Staffordshire, Moddershall Oaks sits on the water’s edge and is surrounded by acres of countryside. This warm and inviting property has a fresh and neutral décor throughout and was designed with a contemporary feel in mind. The venue has a state-of-the-art sound system, Swarovski crystal lighting, handmade Italian glass chandeliers, a glass bar and moveable walls. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Weddings can take place outside by the water’s edge under the handmade gazebo or indoors. The courtyard, adjacent to the venue, is often used in the evening as a lovely break out space for guests to retreat to should they need to rest their dancing feet. It features a wishing well, a fish pond with a waterfall, seating, umbrellas and heaters. WE LOVE... Included in all wedding packages is a luxurious spa retreat on the night of the wedding. The happy couple will enjoy a bottle of champagne after a delicious cooked breakfast while relaxing in the heated outdoor vitality pool or the shared private hot tub (available exclusively to overnight guests only). THEMED VENUES 19

LILLESHALL HOUSE AND GARDENS, TF10 9AT 01952 603 003 | Originally the home and hunting lodge of the Duke of Sutherland, Lilleshall House and Gardens is a grand wedding venue in the Shropshire countryside. Built in 1831, the property overlooks the Grade II listed Capability Brown-inspired gardens and offers plenty of places to take photographs, including the Golden Gates, which are the exact replicas of those adorning Buckingham Palace. This stately heritage site boasts historical features with oak-panelled walls in the reception area, original fireplaces and decorative ceilings in the 29 newlyrefurbished bedrooms. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Formerly the dining room of the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland, The Duke of Sutherland Room is a traditional oak-panelled space with a feature fireplace, bay windows and room for 60 guests. After the ceremony, receptions are held in Chapters, the Duke of Sutherland’s former library, which boasts oak-panelled walls and a fireplace. WE LOVE... The happy couple will receive a complimentary bridal suite on the night of the wedding, and friends and family can relax in one of the newly-renovated bedrooms. DOVECLIFF HALL HOTEL, DE13 0DJ 01283 531 818 | The Dovecliff Hall Hotel is a Grade II listed property in Staffordshire. Defined by its eye-catching Georgian architecture, scenic gardens and plush guest rooms, this manor house is ideal for soon-to-be newlyweds who adore a classic style. Guests are bound to fall in love with its old English charm, complete with 15 recently refurbished bedrooms, all of which have king-size beds and luxury bed linen. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The hotel can accommodate 90 seated guests, with formal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions available. Couples can exchange their vows before posing for photographs beside the fountain and cedar tree with picturesque surroundings. Indoor ceremonies can be hosted in the sun-soaked Orangery overlooking the gardens or the Drawing Room, an intimate setting brimming with romance and refinement. Replete with elegant décor, the Charrington Suite can also be used for the vows as well as wedding breakfasts and receptions. Following the festivities, guests can explore the charming countryside and gardens which make up the seven acres of grounds of the property. WE LOVE... The many photograph opportunities and the venue’s grand exterior. Scan to view video 20

Wedding Venue Cover 300x230 AW.indd 1 17/09/2014 16:36 Our Grade II listed Georgian hotel is one of the most elegant wedding venues in the West Midlands. Set in five acres of landscaped gardens, with distant views of the Staffordshire countryside, you can be sure of the perfect venue for your wedding day. • GRADE II LISTED GEORGIAN HOTEL • CAPACITY FOR UP TO 550 GUESTS • INDOOR AND OUTDOOR WEDDING LICENCE • HEALTH CLUB & SPA • 73 BEDROOMS FOR GUEST ACCOMMODATION • FREE PARKING Tel: +44 (0) 1902 349510 Email: P A R K D R I V E , G O LD T HO R N P A R K WO LV E RHAMP T ON WV 4 5 A J Your Special Day at Park Hall Hotel & Spa...

Moor Hall Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B75 6LN 0121 308 3751 Moor Hall Hotel & Spa is a 4* country house hotel, full of character and set in beautiful grounds. Our family-owned venue is the perfect venue for your civil ceremony, outdoor wedding and wedding reception for up to 180 guests. Our Silver Wedding Package starts at £114 per person in 2022 and £125 per person in 2023 and includes a welcome drink, a four course meal with half a bottle of wine per person, a glass of sparkling wine for the toasts, an evening finger buffet, room hire, complimentary overnight stay for the couple and much more! Sunday 27th February 2022 Free Entry | Fashion Show at 1pm From 11am until 3pm you’ll be able to meet the experts from a wide range of businesses all under one roof and all ready to inspire you with ideas for flowers, photographs, wedding dresses, menswear, wedding cars, mother of the bride outfits, jewellery, toastmaster, chair covers, cakes, musicians, entertainment and more. Every wedding is so different and such a personal thing. Here at Secret Garden we get to know each couple and design a bespoke wedding package to ensure we turn your floral dreams into reality. With designs ranging from beautiful, elegant and traditional pieces right through to funky and modern creations, we cater for a variety of tastes. We will design your flowers to your specifications, capturing your personality within them, creating a unique design just for you. 01543 418 710

WESTON HALL, ST18 0HS 01889 271 082 | Positioned high on a hill, Weston Hall is a Grade II listed property surrounded by 20 acres of breathtaking Staffordshire countryside. The venue stands out with four large pitched roofs and a grand exterior that will wow guests. The main hall retains many of its Elizabethan features, including open stone fireplaces and oak beams. The space is ideal for private, corporate or wedding events with charming original features combined with a custom design and elegant décor. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Outdoor celebrations can take place on the grounds, with Weston Hall making a beautiful backdrop. Both The Shrewsbury and The Westminster can accommodate 110 friends and family. The Shrewsbury is used for ceremonies and has mullioned windows and an original stone fireplace, while The Westminster encompasses two stone fireplaces and has oak beams throughout. WE LOVE... Weston Hall offers couples a complimentary menu tasting. MOOR HALL HOTEL & SPA, B75 6LN 0121 308 3751 | Moor Hall Hotel & Spa is a country house hotel set at the end of a long tree-lined drive. Outside is a sunken garden with a double-stone staircase, fountain feature, Victorian grottos, sweeping lawns, natural woodlands and gardens. Inside is a modern and relaxing spa with an indoor pool with a spa bath, a sauna and steam room, a refurbished gym and four rooms that can be used for pre-wedding treatments. The venue has a new wedding preparation suite that’s ideal as a base for the bride or groom as they prepare for their big day. The room has a double bed and sofa bed, large mirrors with lots of lighting and plenty of dressing table space for a make-up artist. There’s also a connection room so the bridesmaids can sleep over too. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The elegant and spacious Charter Suite is situated on the ground floor and has a direct entrance from the car park, a separate bar and views of the gardens. It can cater for up to 180 loved ones for the service and breakfast and 250 for the evening reception. Alternatively, The Bracebridge Room and Longmoor Room are located on the first floor and can each hold up to 60 friends and family. Evening celebrations are held in either The Charter Suite or The Oak Room Restaurant, both offer sweeping views over the surrounding parkland and can accommodate 60 guests. WE LOVE... The property offers brides and grooms an overnight stay on the night of the wedding and a menu tasting. THEMED VENUES 23

MACDONALD ANSTY HALL, CV7 9HZ 02476 612 222 | Situated within eight acres of private grounds, featuring magnificent views of the surrounding Warwickshire countryside, is Macdonald Ansty Hall. This 17th-century Georgian house has original features, including a staircase, high ceilings, open fireplaces and 62 bedrooms. The function rooms feature stunning views of the landscaped gardens, and St James Church, that’s set behind the hotel, is within easy walking distance. The property can be hired on an exclusive use basis, firework displays can be organised, and the couple can even arrive via helicopter. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Ceremonies take place in the Library that overlooks the gardens and can hold up to 30 guests for the vows and 15 for the reception. The Drawing Room, which offers views of the Warwickshire countryside, can accommodate 50 friends and family for the service and 30 for the meal. Alternatively, The Rose Room has space for 100 loved ones during the day and 60 in the evening. Lastly, The Orangery Suite, a secluded room separate from the hotel, has space for 150 nearest and dearest for the ceremony and evening celebration. WE LOVE... Newlyweds will receive a complimentary menu tasting before the wedding and a bridal suite on the night of the wedding with breakfast. SWINFEN HALL HOTEL, WS14 9RE 01543 481 494 | Swinfen Hall Hotel is an elegant Georgian Manor House with a mixture of old and new styles. Set at the end of a sweeping drive, the property stands proudly amongst 100 acres of gardens and parklands and boasts a private deer park, ornamental ponds, a Victorian walled garden, a courtyard garden complete with a bar and a luxury marquee. In the middle of the deer park sits an impressive red tree which is an artistic impression of the venue’s commitment to fighting climate change. It was created by local artist MC Vincent and is a constant reminder to be as ethical and environmentally responsible as possible. Inside, is ornate oak panelling, high ceilings, stained glass windows and 17 guest bedrooms and suites. The newest addition to the property is in the Games Room. This wonderful space has a full-size pool table, darts board, table tennis and a golf simulator. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Benjamin Wyatt Room is licensed for 30 people and is flooded with light and striking artwork. The Four Seasons is a traditional oak-panelled ceremony room, licensed for weddings of up to 85 guests, it has a high ceiling, chandeliers and open fires. Just off the main entrance foyer is The Cocktail Lounge, a bright and welcoming space licensed for up to 60 loved ones. Boasting a seven-metre high ceiling and ornate oak panelling is The Edwardian Ballroom, which is licensed for weddings of up to 160 friends and family. WE LOVE... Swinfen Hall Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel and has a stunning honeymoon suite available. 24

For an exclusive offer for YourWM readers visit:

Shama’s banqueting and conference suite is one of the most exquisite banqueting suites in Birmingham. Shama’s banqueting is well equipped with screens, lighting, speakers, stages and furniture. This banqueting facility is close to Birmingham city centre, making it the ideal location to hold a large scale wedding, banquet, or reception in the very centre and heart of Birmingham. 11 WALFORD RD, SPARKBROOK, BIRMINGHAM, B11 1NP 07595458062

THE ONE for me Sarah and Liam shared their love in a romantic ceremony at Birmingham Register Office Images courtesy of UK Inspired Photography Sarah and Liam met years ago. “I was too shy to talk, and we didn’t see each other again for quite some time,” says Sarah. “One day when I was at work, I looked up, and Liam was there smiling at me, and it was like no time had passed at all.” Liam popped the question in June 2020. “We went for a quiet walk through the park,” shares the bride. “People were walking by when out of nowhere Liam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I remember standing there in shock with tears rolling down my face. I pulled him up and said yes.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 27

We decided to get married at Birmingham Register Office as it was where our daughter’s birth was registered, and my parents were married there. Liam and I gave our guests sweets as favours. I made our wedding cake with supplies from the DIY Icing Centre. It was white with purple roses. Our reception was at The Crown Shard End in Birmingham. We decorated the space with white table cloths, love letters, a balloon arch and banners. Our flowers were a mixture of purple and white blooms. To transport us, we hired a car from Forever Vintage Wedding Cars. 28

The bridesmaids opted for beautiful dresses. Liam chose a navy blue embroidered suit with a purple tie from Next. We rushed out of the house and were 15 minutes late for the ceremony, and if we’d been five minutes later, we wouldn’t have been able to get married. My dress was from Lula Ann Bridal. It stood out to me, and I knew it was the one. I accessorised with a hairpiece and sparkling shoes. My favourite moment of the day was when we exchanged rings. Everything was perfect. We felt amazing, loved, special and nervous. REAL WEDDINGS 29

SARAH AND LIAM’S CONTACTS Ceremony venue, Birmingham Register Office, | Reception venue, The Crown Shard End, | Photographer, UK Inspired Photography, | Bride’s dress and alterations, Lula Ann Bridal, | Bride’s accessories, New Look | Groom’s suit, Next | Hair and make-up artist, Barassi Beautique, | Cake supplies, DIY Icing Centre, Flowers, The Range | Transport, Forever Vintage Wedding Cars, | Catering, Jodie Lowe 30

MAKE HER DAY SUITS FOR EVERY OCCASION CAVANI.CO.UK EXPLORE THE COLLECTION | 0759865201 Natural, relaxed wedding photography, with a timeless aesthetic

day Perfect Kayleigh and Matt’s autumn nuptials were styled using an elegant palette of blush pink and navy Images courtesy of Will Fuller Photography 32

Kayleigh and Matt met through mutual friends when they were teenagers. “Our friendship later flourished into a relationship,” says Kayleigh. “Matt was very confident back then and always thought we’d end up together. What attracted me to him was his ability to always make me smile.” Matt proposed after seven years together. “We were on holiday together in Fuerteventura,” shares the bride. “He woke me up at 5am to drag me to the beach to watch the sunrise. We were on a cliff’s edge looking at amazing views of the sea when he got down on one knee and popped the question! I was in shock, and he was a nervous wreck at the idea I’d say no. Obviously, it was always going to be a yes.” SETTING THE SCENE “Originally, we hadn’t considered Weston Hall,” explains Kayleigh. “However they had an open day, so we decided to go and have a look at what the property had to offer. From that day, we both knew it was absolutely perfect. We booked our date the very same day! The building is grand and beautiful, and the surrounding grounds were picture perfect. I was attracted to the top terrace and could picture our guests having their welcome drinks and canapés there. The team at Weston Hall provided the catering, and we had a vast menu to choose from. The food was phenomenal, and all the guests said how amazing it was.” For their favours, the couple gave their guests a key, which doubled up as a bottle opener and keyring. Each one had a card attached that read: ’the key to happiness is love and the ability to open a bottle.’ “Our table plan was very simple,” recalls the bride. “We grouped our families together, but we mixed the other tables in the hope our guests would mingle and socialise with one another. It worked just as hoped, and everyone spoke, danced and laughed together. We named our tables after the years we’d been together, with each one featuring a picture of us from that particular year.” The happy couple chose a mixture of white and blush roses for their flowers from Nadia Di Tullio Flowers. “We dressed the tables with white tablecloths, blush runners, candles and gin bottles,” adds Kayleigh. “We also had a sign situated at the bottom of the main staircase welcoming everyone. We had crates going up the staircase with candles and foliage and a moon gate set up in the ceremony room. There was also an area that had our guest book and pictures of our loved ones who unfortunately are no longer with us.” Kayleigh and Matt’s big-day bake was made by Forrester Cakes. “It was a three-tier design presented on a log to tie in with our rustic theme,” remembers the bride. “It was dressed with foliage and roses to match the bouquets and topped with a Mr and Mrs cake topper. The flavours were Victoria sponge, cherry bakewell and lemon.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS “I was lucky enough to win a competition hosted by The Bridal Rooms where friends and family nominated key worked throughout the first lockdown to win £2,500 towards any dress in the store,” says Kayleigh. “Eventually after trying on several gorgeous designs, I chose Athénaïs by Élysée. I fell in love with the way it hugged my curves, the beautiful lace and the blush undertone. I accessorised with simple earrings and a necklace.” Matt and the groomsmen chose rich blue suits from Suit Direct. Matt’s waistcoat was different to help him stand out. “The bridesmaids oped for multiway dresses that were made-to-order via Jacqueline Louise Bridal on Etsy,” shares the bride. “They were stunning and suited the girls so well.” TIME TO CELEBRATE “We had a band in the evening called The Cave who are an indie/rock group REAL WEDDINGS 33

WESTON-HALL .CO.UK | 01889 271082 | ENQUIRIES@WESTON-HALL .CO.UK LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE 20 ACRES OF BREATHTAKING SCENERY • ORIGINAL ELIZABETHAN FEATURES • 8 LAVISH BEDROOMS • STUNNING INDOOR AND OUTDOOR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION SPACES START YOUR JOURNEY WITH US @CHARLOTTEASHLEYPHOTOGRAPHY Wedding Packages from £4000.00 And so the adventure begins.... | 01684 574546 | Situated within an area of natural beauty, Bell Heath is the perfect location for a private country wedding that you can truly make your own.

from Manchester,” explains Kayleigh. “They were better than we could have imagined and catered for all ages. Our dancefloor remained packed from start to finish which was exactly what we wanted.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “On the morning of the wedding, we couldn’t stop smiling,” recalls the bride. “Our hearts were so full, and it was honestly the best day of our lives. The moment that stood out the most for me was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Matt grinning. I wasn’t nervous, surprisingly, just super excited to start our lives together as Mr and Mrs.” Kayleigh’s sister, Lauren, planned a surprise after the wedding breakfast. “We were completely unaware of what was going on,” adds Kayleigh. “She appeared with her guitar and began playing Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. Not only that, but she had arranged for a guest on every table to stand up and sing parts of the song. They had all their lines printed, and it was thoroughly thought out, which made me cry a lot! At the end of the song, the whole room was up and singing, which was utterly amazing.” “During the wedding breakfast, one of Matt’s friends mentioned to the best man that there should be something about Matt’s love for quiche in his speech,” remembers the bride. “It’s a running joke that before we lived together, Matt lived off quiche. My dad overheard this conversation, so during his speech, he managed to slip a joke in which got all of the men laughing.” HONEYMOON “We went to York for a mini-moon for four nights the day after the wedding,” says Kayleigh. “We planned it together as a short break away with the idea of going on a more luxurious honeymoon once travel restrictions were lifted. York is a beautiful city, and we were blessed with lovely weather during our time there.” REAL WEDDINGS 35

KAYLEIGH AND MATT’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Weston Hall, | Photographer, Will Fuller Photography, | Bride’s dress and accessories, The Bridal Rooms, | Groom’s suit, Suit Direct, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Jacqueline Louise Bridal, | Hair stylist, Lisa Walby Hair, | Make-up artist, Alice Olivia Make Up, | Cake, Forrester Cakes, | Flowers, Nadia Di Tullio Flowers, | Stationery and wedding stylist, Bramble Lane, | Entertainment, The Cave, 36

WWW.DAVIDGJONES.COM | INFO@DAVIDGJONES.COM Instagram & Facebook @davidgjonesphotography N A T U R A L , R E L A X E D W E D D I N G P H O T O G R A P H Y D M C C L A N E . C O M I N S T A G R A M M C C L A N E D A N I E L E M A I L D A N _ M C C L A N E @ H O T M A I L . C O M Elegant Handmade Adornments ‘Unique without compromise’ Individually designed, luxury accessories from preloved & repurposed vintage silks, lace and jewellery. Vintage, Classic & Boho Chic Sustainable heirlooms to inspire & delight on your special day creating a real ‘forever’ story. 07841430162 Free Consultations

Purple Swan Photography T: 07813 130888 (Lynette) E: W: Capriccio4tet Capriccioqu4 Capriccioquartet Designer hat and accessory hire to make you look and feel fabulous! Top your outfit with affordable luxury for a special occasion or important formal event. Choose from over 450 beautiful hats, fascinators and matching handbags in socially distanced, comfortable surroundings. Bring your outfit along to your personal appointment and we look forward to matching your unique character and style. To book your personal appointment in Sedgley, West Midlands: Contact: Rachel: 07450 893335 or Jayne: 07450 829683 Or email: