Your West Midlands Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 87)

WIN! A romantic trip to Thailand Tie the knot in a fairytale venue SPARKLE & SHINE The latest jewellery and accessories trends As pretty as A FLOWER We interview local florists ONCE UPON A TIME AUG/SEP 2023 £3.55 lovinTgencadrere Wellness advice from Sophie Stonehouse


59 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 55 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 93 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2023 FEATURES 43 WHIMSICAL ROMANCE A group of local suppliers worked together to create two different looks at The Pear Tree 47 FLORAL FANTASY We interview local florists 51 A MAGICAL NIGHT Moor Hall Hotel & Spa was the setting for this romantic styled shoot 59 AS PRETTY AS A FLOWER Fall in love with glamorous styled shoot at Bourton Hall 63 JEWEL OF THE AISLE The latest jewellery and accessory trends On the cover... This issue’s cover is sponsored by The Lake at Barston Restaurant at West Midlands Golf Club, It shows real couple Roseanna and Mitchell, who tied the knot at this beautiful Solihull-based venue, which was captured by Kimberley Hill Photography, 43 VENUES 14 SPOTLIGHT ON ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON AND SOUTH BIRMINGHAM Discover some of the best venues in the area 19 ONCE UPON A TIME Tie the knot in a fairytale venue 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 CLASSICALLY ELEGANT Louisa and Sam chose a black and white colour palette for their big-day at Stockton House 32 OVER THE RAINBOW Emily and Nathan opted for a colourful wedding at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens 37 A NEVER-ENDING LOVE Laura and Rich met online and years later tied the knot at The Guildhall FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 67 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 72 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 73 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 84 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 27 HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 88 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 90 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 92 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks GROOMS 80 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 81 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 82 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film 37 67 32 84 4

Whether you’re a regular reader or newly engaged, congratulations and welcome to our August/ September issue! It has been a wonderful year for weddings so far; the Your West Midlands Wedding team have loved seeing your nuptials, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store. Think of us as your new BFF when it comes to wedding planning. We’re here to support you through every aspect of the day and have put together an issue bursting with inspiration. Our fashion section has the latest trends for the whole bridal party; we’ve interviewed local florists and put together a jewellery feature to help you look your big-day best. If you’re still looking for a venue, don’t despair, we’ve rounded up some of the best fairytale venues in the region and options in Royal Leamington Spa, South Birmingham and Stratford-Upon-Avon. If that wasn’t enough, we’ve also asked local experts for their advice on all things weddings to help you plan the day of your dreams. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Emily and Nathan met online and hit it off right away. After years of dating, they got married at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens. 32 51 93 Moor Hall Hotel & Spa was the setting for this romantic styled shoot. Summer loving WIN 43 A group of local suppliers worked together to create two different looks at The Pear Tree. The theme was spring with an editorial twist and the results are stunning. a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand. 6 ISSN 1759-4723 Your West Midlands Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your West Midlands Wedding is published six times a year. DIA SHING NTS SHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Nicola Hawkins | 01376 538 480 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Senior Editor Melissa Cullen | 01376 535 611

37 90 81 59 27 67 Peace and tranquillity await honeymooners at Galgorm in Northern Ireland. With family and friends by their sides, Laura and Rich exchanged vows at The Guildhall. The inspiration for this shoot came from Bourton Hall where Caroline Stokes from Palm & Peony Flowers fell in love with the contrast between the rich dark wood staircase and the bright chapel façade. The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be. Looking for a wedding dress with barely-there detail? Check out our illusion fashion feature. Louisa and Sam chose a black and white colour palette for their big-day at Stockton House. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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All the latest from around the West Midlands NEW AND IMPROVED Chesford Grange Hotel, a Tudor-style manor house in Warwickshire, has announced a refurbishment is underway. Upgrades to the property will include premium event spaces, newly decorated bedrooms and a refreshed hotel entrance, with a modern and stylish look throughout. The property has also introduced a new sustainability programme demonstrating its commitment to positively impacting the environment. These changes include electric car charging points, reducing the use of paper and single-use plastics and implementing waste reduction and recycling practices. The team has also committed to sewing wild bird seeds and bird boxes and nurturing new beehives on-site. Nick Hughes, the general manager at Chesford Grange Hotel, says: “We’re incredibly excited to launch our newly refurbished facilities in a few months. We’re delighted to offer our clients a new, premium meeting and event offering, with food and service to match the product. We are proud to have clients visit us from all across the UK, and I’m confident they will be impressed with our new, improved offering, due to be completed very soon”. For more information, visit A PASSION FOR FASHION Lindsay Kay Bridal, a family-run boutique in Warwick, has announced several new promotions. Over the past few months, the boutique has seen an influx of new wedding dresses and veils available in a range of styles. Brides-to-be will be able to enjoy tea and cakes throughout the appointment in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by friendly staff. Evening appointments are also available if needed. Bespoke wedding rings are another new addition to the boutique. Provided by BWR London, the jewellers can bring your dream rings to life in six to eight weeks. Lindsay Kay Bridal are also raising funds for a girl from Coventry who needs a million pounds for cancer treatment as her current treatment has stopped working. Owner Alison tells us, “We’ve asked Hallie’s mum to choose a dress from the store, which we’re going to name after her. Every time a bride purchases the Hallie dress, we will donate money to the fund.” Visit or for more info. Nearlywed NEWS PLANNED TO PERFECTION The National Wedding Fayre is back for 2024! With more than 125 exhibitors, a VIP lounge with afternoon tea, fashion shows and a fabulous win your wedding competition, the show has everything you need to plan the wedding of your dreams. If that wasn’t enough, there will be hands-on advice from industry experts, luxury products, services at an affordable price and special promotions from some of the region’s biggest wedding suppliers. Treat yourself to the VIP package, which includes a drink voucher, an upgraded gift bag, reserved seating for the fashion show, access to the VIP lounge and fast track entry – what’s not to love? The show will be taking place on 20th and 21st January 2024 at Coventry Building Society Arena between 10am and 3:30pm. Children under 15 are free of charge. When you purchase a ticket, you’ll also receive free entry for one bride or groom per couple. To get your tickets, visit Getty Images A NEW LOOK The Black Swan, nestled in the heart of Henleyin-Arden, has opened following an extensive refurbishment. Heartwood Inns (formerly The White Brasserie Company) has lovingly restored The Black Swan’s charming Tudorfronted Grade II listed building, ensuring it retains its original features. Its traditional character has been seamlessly blended with a new oak-framed extension, housing a bright, contemporary garden dining area. The Black Swan hopes to become the go-to place for locals and visitors alike, with an abundance of independent boutiques, bookshops and antique shops nearby, providing a charming place for a pre-wedding getaway. Visit for more information. LOCAL NEWS 9

NEW VENUE ALERT Luxor Events Venue is a newly-renovated wedding venue in Sandwell. Owners Sandip and Dalveer Gillar have spent thousands transforming The Regis on Reddal Hill Road into the new Luxor Events Venue. “We can accommodate up to 300 guests in our larger room and have a private car park,” says Sandip. “This building has been open since the 1950s, and the locals have had some great times in the past, but it was time for a revamp and modernisation of the space. We are mainly booking private and corporate events, including weddings, birthdays and parties. Our versatile venue has everything you need to make your event truly unforgettable.” Check out for more information. LET THE PLANNING COMMENCE! Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life, and what better way to celebrate than a day out with your partner or wedding party? The National Wedding Show returns to Birmingham (NEC) between 22nd and 24th September, and to London (ExCeL) 14th and 15th October, for two weekends of unbridled wedding inspiration. Chat to hundreds of local and national suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some unique discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps. Treat yourself to VIP tickets and receive special benefits on the day, including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary drink and a goody bag filled with beauty treats. Plus, reserved seating at the Catwalk, because who doesn’t want the be on the FROW for once? What’s more, you can enjoy 10 per cent off website prices (and up to 35 per cent off door prices) on both VIP and standard tickets. Simply use the ticket code ‘CountyWedding10’ at checkout and you’ll get standard tickets for £16.50 or VIP tickets for just £32. Find out more at Buy tickets here: A LUXURIOUS STAY PoB Hotels has announced that The Elms Hotel in Worcestershire has joined its collection. Recently completing an extensive refurbishment, The Elms embraces the PoB Hotels ethos by incorporating community into every aspect of the guest experience. Comprising of 23 rooms and suites, all designed by Darron Woore, no two suites are the same, and interiors include historic stained glass windows, tartan fabrics, luxurious marble and hushed grey tones. The hotel also features a state-of-theart botanical-inspired spa, which offers an array of exciting facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, an indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, a sauna, two steam rooms and an experience shower. Mark Bevan, the MD of The Elms, comments: “We are thrilled to be joining PoB Hotels. PoB Hotels is a smart collection of beautiful hotels, for which I feel The Elms is a perfect fit. We’re looking forward to welcoming PoB Hotels guests to experience all we have to offer in our boutique manor in Worcestershire and the surrounding area.” For more information, visit FASHION FORWARD The Bridal Outlet by Wedding Belles of Four Oaks is a new bridal boutique in Sutton Coldfield. Owners Melanie and Claire have an impressive 35+ years of combined experience in bridal styling, and are owners of the award-winning flagship store, Wedding Belles of Four Oaks, which recently celebrated its sweet16 milestone. Melanie and Claire tell us: “At The Bridal Outlet, we firmly believe that every bride deserves to feel like the most beautiful version of herself on her special day without breaking the bank or compromising on style. We are here to redefine the concept of off-the-peg dresses entirely. For too long, off-the-peg dresses have been associated with compromises in quality and luxury. However, we aim to change that perception. The Bridal Outlet offers a carefully selected collection of designer sample dresses that showcase the finest craftsmanship and timeless elegance. Each dress in our collection has been meticulously chosen to ensure an exceptional fit, exquisite construction, and the use of high-quality fabrics. We understand that every bride is unique, and our diverse collection caters to a range of styles, silhouettes, fabrics, and sizes. By offering off-the-peg dresses, we provide brides with immediate gratification and convenience. There are no extended delivery times or anxiously waiting for custom-made gowns, meaning you can find your dream dress and take it home the very same day. The Bridal Outlet is also home to a range of accessories to complete your bridal look. From delicate veils and sparkling tiaras to statement earrings, we have everything you need to add those perfect finishing touches.” For more information, visit 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURWESTMIDLANDS.WEDDING/GIVEAWAYS Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers MOMENTS THAT MATTER Georgina Ford offers a range of services, such as engagement shoots, full day wedding coverage and family portraits. Georgina tells us: “I have always loved photography for as long as I can remember. I have memories of carrying my grandad’s huge camera around with me as a child taking pictures of anything and everything. Learning photography started as a hobby for me whilst I focussed on my career until one day I realised, why don’t I make my passion my career? So here I am. My style is very much about capturing emotions, from the moment you walk in and see each other to laughing with your friends on the dancefloor. I put everything I have into creating beautiful, personalised images which are a snapshot of your unique story. I will ensure we spend some time together beforehand so I can learn all about your world and what is most important to you, so all you need to do on the day is relax and smile.” We’ve teamed up with Georgina to offer our readers a free photo book worth £250 when you book Georgina for your wedding. To claim, email Georgina at and mention Your West Midlands Wedding. Offer ends 30th September, 2023. Find out more at WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS WIN TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life and what better way to celebrate than a day out with your partner or wedding party? The National Wedding Show returns to Birmingham (NEC) between 22nd and 24th September, and to London (ExCeL) 14th and 15th October, for two full weekends of unbridled wedding inspiration. Chat to hundreds of local and national suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some unique discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps. Treat yourself to VIP tickets (£45) and receive special benefits on the day, including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary drink and a goody bag filled with beauty treats. Plus, reserved seating at the catwalk, because who doesn’t want the be on the FROW for once? Find out more at County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with The National Wedding show to giveaway 10 pairs of VIP tickets to our readers. Enter at for a chance to win. FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

ETTINGTON PARK HOTEL, CV37 8BU 01789 450 123 | Set within 40 acres of parkland in a verdant valley with the River Stour meandering through is the grand Ettington Park Hotel. Inside, couples will find historic architecture, wondrous ceilings, ornate chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows, which present breathtaking views of the grounds. There are also several bedrooms for your guests to choose from, extravagant lounges and inspiring suites. Outside, there are plenty of places to explore and take photographs, including the impressive turrets, neo-Gothic brickwork, classic arched windows and on-site Norman Church and Orangery. Celebrate in style The Hathaway Suite has large sash windows overlooking the manicured gardens and Normal Chapel. The wood-panelled ceiling is illuminated by gold chandeliers and the Duke of Essex stone fireplace makes this room feel grand and luxurious. It can accommodate 90 friends and family for the ceremony and 60 for the evening celebration. For outdoor ceremonies, choose from The Orangery, with its intricately carved arches and Victorian gardens, or The Bell Tower, where the magnificent Norman Chapel will frame your ceremony perfectly. Both outdoor venues have the capacity for 90 guests. The Library has 18th-century features, oak-wood bookcases filled with an array of colourful literature and space for 60 loved ones. Receptions take place in either the Great Drawing Room or the Private Dining space. Here, guests can dance under spectacular chandeliers, gaze at the stained-glass windows and enjoy magnificent views. We love... The venue offers a complimentary menu tasting and a deluxe room on the night of the wedding. Spotlight on... ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON & SOUTH BIRMINGHAM ALCOTT WEDDINGS, B48 7EH 07725 882 097 | Set within 60 acres of stunning Worcestershire countryside is the grand Alcott Weddings. There are plenty of places to take those all-important photographs throughout the venue, including the gardens, the lakes, the Equestrian yard, the stables and with the gorgeous horses. Celebrate in style There is a range of quirky and traditional structures available for weddings that can hold up to 450 loved ones. The most cost-effective option is The Capris Marquee. It has clear panels, so your guests can admire the views, and if more space is needed, another marquee can be added. Alternatively, the Clear Span Marquee can be hired, these link together to can create different shapes to suit your needs. Tipis are also available; these come in hats and can be linked together to create a bigger space with panel weather-proofing kits and wooden flooring. Those of you looking for something a bit different can hire an extravagant yurt. It has high-curved rafters, a domed roof and plenty of space to dance the night away. We love... Alcott Weddings offer a complimentary bridal suite in the impressive barn conversion. 14

MALLORY COURT HOTEL AND SPA, CV33 9QB 01926 330 214 | Mallory Court Hotel and Spa in Leamington Spa is a member of Relais & Châteaux. A magnificent country house hotel surrounded by 10 acres of landscaped gardens and set amidst picturesque countryside, with 42 blissful bedrooms and a three AA Rosette restaurant. The house creates a beautiful backdrop for your celebration, be it basking in the summer sunshine or relaxing by a roaring fire. The events team will guide you through the best possible options to suit the theme of your special day. From the moment you arrive, to your wedding breakfast, to your first dance, Mallory Court can make your wedding dreams a reality. Celebrate in style The grand Lutyens-style main house Dining Room and Private Dining Room are lovely spaces for a more intimate wedding from two to 56 of your loved ones. You can hold your ceremony in either of these charming spaces, depending on the number of guests. The venue can accommodate everything from an intimate ceremony for two to a lavish ceremony for 120 or a bespoke outdoor ceremony on the great lawn. Mallory Court Hotel and Spa’s elegant Knights Suite is perfect for a grand wedding. Beautifully decorated, the glass-roofed atrium is a striking setting for up to 150 guests, with a stylish private bar, grand piano and plenty of open space for dancing. We love... As one of the finest luxury hotels in Warwickshire, the award-winning team is always on hand to support you when planning your special day. THE LAKE AT BARSTON, B92 0LB 01675 444 890 | Nestled within acres of countryside, The Lake at Barston is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Solihull, Coventry and Birmingham. Boasting impressive views over the lawns, flower beds and large Barston Lake, The Lake at Barston can cater for weddings of up to 200 loved ones. As well as offering a picturesque setting for your big day, you can also take full advantage of the newly refurbished Restaurant available exclusively for you and your guests. Celebrate in style The Restaurant is the venue’s largest space and can seat 180 friends and family. Featuring panoramic views of Barston Lake, there is a dancefloor big enough for 60 guests at a time, a stage for bands and a hot and cold food area for buffets, carverys or hog roasts. The room has the benefit of an adjacent annex, which is semi-private and can seat 40 guests or be used as a break-out area for additional seating, a photo booth, a sweet cart or a gift table. The Hampton Boardroom and The Ryton End Suite can be used for civil ceremonies. The Boardroom features a large table that can seat 24 of your nearest and dearest. The Ryton End Suite can be set up in many ways: theatre style can hold up to 60 loved ones, and long or round tables can be used for up to 40 people for private dining. We love... The venue’s grounds and lake views, which look stunning in photographs. 15 LOCAL VENUES

Cheylesmore Manor House, Coventry Coventry is an historic city with a rich and diverse history, situated in the heart of the country. It is known for its medieval Coventry Cathedral which was left in ruins after WWII bombing and home to an unfortified Manor House, previously the only unfortified royal palace outside of London, Cheylesmore Manor is now used as a stunning ceremony venue. The remnants of a medieval royal palace, the gatehouse of Cheylesmore Manor, is at the heart of the city on New Union Street. The magnificent timber building is a key piece of Coventry’s rich and important heritage. The manor is believed to have been built for the Earl of Arundel in 1237. By 1320 it had passed to Queen Isabella, wife of Edward II, along with the lavish Cheylesmore Park that surrounded it. Her grandson Edward, the Black Prince, took possession of it after her. The building we know today is, in fact, only the gatehouse and parts of two cross wings to the original manor house. The Manor House houses three beautiful ceremony rooms: The Queen Isabella Room, The Black Prince Room and the Library Room. With bespoke ceremony co-ordinators on hand to guide you through every step of the way, helpful Register Office teams and even easy to manage personalised stationery packages, Coventry can’t wait to welcome you for your ceremony, from weddings to naming days, commitment celebrations and civil partnerships - we can host it all. Images courtesy of

Once upon a time Tie the knot in a fairytale setting BOURTON HALL, CV23 9QZ 01926 940 900 | Bourton Hall is part of Country House Weddings Ltd, a family-owned and run wedding venue group that has collectively held over 10,000 weddings across its six venues and has more than 30 years of experience creating dream weddings. A beautiful Italian Renaissance-style mansion, Bourton Hall offers exclusive use of its house and grounds to couples on the day of their wedding, with the picturesque gardens and idyllic Warwickshire countryside providing an unrivalled backdrop for your special day. This 18th-century country mansion exudes style and charm, with gorgeous period features such as a grand staircase and ornate ceilings throughout. Setting the scene for an unforgettable wedding, you and your guests can enjoy a ceremony in the breathtaking former Catholic Chapel, dine in the Banqueting Hall, enjoy croquet on the lawn, and relax in one of the fully stocked bars or cosy reception rooms before retiring to the luxurious on-site accommodation. This popular wedding venue has 21 luxurious bedroom suites, including a honeymoon suite and dressing room. As Bourton Hall is not a hotel, accommodation is reserved exclusively for the couple, so you have complete control over who stays and in which rooms. The Gatekeepers Cottage, a space for members of the wedding party to stay the night before your big day, is also available. Check-in from 5pm and enjoy the delights of this tucked away retreat, with a six-seater hot tub, cosy living room, modern kitchenette and stylish bathroom, perfect for a carefree and restful night. Celebrate in style The on-site Italianate former Catholic chapel provides an idyllic backdrop for your civil ceremony, complete with an ornate carved wood and gold leaf ceiling and seating for up to 120 guests. The Minstrel’s Gallery is ideal for musicians to play as you make your entrance from the Italianate gallery and begin your walk down the aisle. Alternatively, choose to wed in the Italian Room, complete with a crystal chandelier, ornate ceiling and double-height sash windows – the perfect choice for a more intimate affair. On sunnier days, The Portico, which adjoins the Italian Room, provides the perfect outdoor ceremony setting for you to exchange your vows. For the wedding reception, the Banqueting Hall is the perfect setting to dine your guests in style, with extensive views across rolling countryside to the Draycote Water beyond. Seating up to 120 guests in traditional banqueting style and with the option of a top table putting you centre stage. For the evening reception, you can enjoy a cocktail in the Chandelier Bar, relax in the Lounge or dance the night away in the Draycote Bar & Disco, which has a dancefloor, a fully stocked bar and a DJ booth. We love... Select from an array of gastronomic dishes or, for a personal touch, create your own menu with your personal wedding manager, who will guide you through every aspect of your day. Bourton Hall sources its produce locally and ethically and can cater for any dietary requirements and kids too. FAIRYTALE SETTINGS 19

AVONCROFT MUSEUM OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS, B60 4JR 01527 831 363 | Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, with its character-filled grounds, historic buildings and views over the picturesque Worcestershire countryside, is a truly romantic setting for weddings. Celebrate in style New Guesten Hall, located near the museum’s entrance, boasts a 14th-century roof that was originally part of Worcester Cathedral’s reception hall. Containing beautifully detailed Medieval carpentry, it’s a large and flexible space, which can accommodate up to 120 guests for the civil ceremony and wedding breakfast and can be expanded to cater for an extra 60 loved ones for the evening reception. Surrounding New Guesten Hall is a manicured lawn lined with trees and historical buildings, which is the ideal area for couples wanting to mingle and entertain their guests. The 19 acres of grounds provide a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs, with the Windmill, Threshing barn and Telephone Kiosk collection being favourites with couples. We love... The Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers Railway is available to hire, which creates an unforgettable experience. HAWKSTONE HALL & GARDENS, SY4 5UZ 01630 685 242 | Hawkstone Hall & Gardens is a Grade I listed 18th-century mansion that’s a vision of Georgian elegance. The venue encompasses 88 acres of countryside, rolling hills and ancient trees. At the front of the property are views of the Shropshire countryside, and to the rear are gardens featuring a lily pond, rose garden, apple orchard, trees and a stew pond with waterfalls. Inside is a collection of historic features, beautifully complemented by modern touches, such as gilded gold ceilings and original artwork, all with an Art Deco twist. Couples can enjoy a private film screening in the cave, which boasts a flat-screen TV, PlayStation 4, pool table, football table and its own lounge area. Celebrate in style There are several spaces available for your ceremony. The Chapel, a grand room, can accommodate 170 guests, while The Ballroom can hold 150. The Tapestry has a period marble arch and breathtaking views with room for 100 loved ones, and The Saloon has gold gilded ceilings, original artworks and space for 150 people. Receptions can be held in The Refectory. Boasting a glittering dancefloor, personalised lighting and a private bar, it can accommodate 200 nearest and dearest. We love... The Bronte Bridal Suite is complimentary the night before the wedding, with individual make-up stations, 11 large sash windows and beds for up to six people. Couples will also receive a menu tasting and exclusive use of the venue. 20

BRANSTON GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, BURTON ROAD, BRANSTON, BURTON UPON TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE, DE14 3DP 01283 528 336 k m K Hidden away in the heart of England, with a harmonious balance of Country House grandeur and modern twists, Alrewas Hayes is the idyllic setting to say ‘I do’. Complete with festoon lighting, wisteria trees and chandeliers, The Lakeside sets a perfect scene for your Wedding Breakfast, before transforming into a star-lit space ready to party the night away. Burton-on-Trent DE13 7DL 01283 791625 Images: Monkeymole Photography, georginamaiphotography 07912 112777 I like to have some fun when it comes to couple and group shots to help capture natural smiles and so you can enjoy the moment. YOUR perfect VENUE IS WAITING JUST for you Considered Worcestershire’s best kept secret is our 18th century Palladian mansion, set in 350 acres of spectacular landscaped parkland, in which we are an exclusive and luxurious wedding venue. We would be honoured to host your upcoming ceremony, reception and party and work with you to bring your inspiration to life at Hagley Hall. Our highly experienced and dedicated team would love to meet and discuss your special day. We can host any size of occasion either within our opulent State Rooms or outdoors in our beautiful grounds, within a marquee or tipi structure. To book an appointment to view or to receive a copy of our wedding brochure: T: 01562 887290 | E: | | NEC, Birmingham 22-24 September We hope you have a great time at the show, to celebrate we are offering... SPECIAL SHOW OFFERS for remaining dates in 2023, 2024 and 2025 T&C’s apply.

GRAND STATION, WV10 0BF 01902 454 550 | The Grand Station originally opened in 1854 as a Grade II listed property 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 in the heart of the city, the Grand Station is just a short walk from Wolverhampton’s train station. Boasting a large outdoor space, 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. The space has retained its historical feel, but the former train platforms have been transformed into modern venue spaces. Celebrate in style Civil ceremonies take place in the 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 stunning 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 of your 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... Couples will have access to the bride and groom suites on the big day. WALCOT HALL, SY7 8AZ 01588 680 570 | Walcot Hall is a private rural estate set within 30 acres of grounds with picturesque views of the Shropshire Hills. Boasting one of Britain’s finest and most eclectic arboretums, the venue has plenty of accommodation to choose from, including 15 self-catering holiday cottages, 10 glamping pods, yurts, shepherds’ huts, the Dipping Shed and Wheelwright’s Shop. Walcot also has an on-site pub, The Powis Arms, right by the front gates that champions seasonal menus and local suppliers. Celebrate in style Choose between three indoor spaces and an additional outdoor option, which are all licensed for civil ceremonies. The Main Hall features marble columns, an ornate ceiling and a floating staircase sweeping into the entrance hall. This room is included in the venue hire for up to three hours and will seat up to 120 loved ones. The Ballroom and Anteroom are separated from the Main Hall by a private courtyard. The Anteroom is perfect for an intimate ceremony of less than 50 guests, and the Ballroom, which dates back to 1800, has room for 120 friends and family. The Ballroom can be hired for 48 hours, along with accommodation for up to 110 guests, meaning Walcot Hall can be transformed into your own wedding village to make the most of the time spent with your close friends and family. Ceremonies can be conducted anywhere on the grounds, and there is a licensed Summer House available on the private lawn. We love... The Bridal Suite offers a romantic hideaway for newlyweds and is available to use throughout the day. 23 FAIRYTALE SETTINGS

BIRTSMORTON COURT, WR13 6JS 01684 833 888 | Birtsmorton Court is a picturesque wedding venue in Worcestershire. This 12th-century Medieval moated manor house is rich in history and surrounded by idyllic gardens and grounds. The charming and romantic White Garden provides you and your guests with an intimate sheltered space for ceremonies and receptions. The enchanting formal gardens, top lawn and lower lawn offer many gorgeous spots for your important wedding photography all year round, and the impressive house is surrounded by an extensive moat that boasts a terrace which overlooks the water. Celebrate in style If you have always hoped for a church service, you’ll love the parish church situated within the estate boasting historic beauty and the best location for that all-important confetti throw. Alternatively, the Medieval Great Hall is perfect for a civil ceremony along with several outdoor locations, all seating from 40 to 180 loved ones. The dining space, The Linney, and magically-lit barn can host your afternoon and evening festivities, meaning you can dance the night away in style. We love... Spend your first night as newlyweds in Malvern Chase, a luxurious shepherd’s hut with private decking, a hot tub, and spectacular views across the rolling Malvern Hills. Choose this option, or pick The Georgian Wing – a sumptuous suite in the main moated manor with a four-poster bed presenting views of the moat and formal gardens. The team at Birtsmorton Court have rooms for up to 48 of your guests the night of the wedding across the four self-catered cottages and two additional shepherds’ huts with hot tubs. You can get ready in the Hideaway Cottage in front of the Hollywood-style mirrors and in the Grooms Lounge, which has a mini bar. Birtsmorton Court has every aspect covered so you can enjoy your wedding day in style and comfort. NEW HALL HOTEL & SPA, B76 1QX 01213 782 442 | A fine example of late Medieval architecture, New Hall Hotel & Spa in Sutton Coldfield began life as a manor house, built by the Earl of Warwick as a hunting lodge in the 13th century, but today it stands proudly as one of England’s oldest listed moated houses. At 800 years old, this luxurious property is regarded as one of Birmingham’s finest hotels, boasting 60 elegant bedrooms and 26 acres of luscious pastures. Celebrate in style When your guests enter The Great Chamber, they will be blown away by the craftsmanship that gives this room such character. The oak-panelled walls, intricately painted ceiling, and pretty leaded windows showcase every bit of this venue’s period history, with space for 75 guests. Hold an outdoor ceremony in the elegant walled Rose Garden. This beautiful green space can accommodate up to 200 loved ones for a blessing or non-religious ceremony and 75 for a civil ceremony. The Sir Alfred Owen room is perfect for a more intimate ceremony, with only your nearest and dearest as witnesses. Lovely large windows fill the room with plenty of natural light, and soft chandelier lighting gives a touch of grandeur. We love... The spa offers an oasis of relaxing treatments, while The Bridge Restaurant has two AA Rosettes and a reputation for satisfying tastes. 24

Let us set the scene for your wedding at Ettington Park, a magnificent Neo-Gothic mansion surrounded by 40 acres of stunning parkland, with the River Stour meandering its way through the estate. Blend this with our unique contemporary style, modern British food and impeccable service, and you have the ultimate venue for your special day. Whether you are planning a classic wedding or something a little different, we will help tailor a unique wedding day that celebrates you. For wedding showcase dates throughout the year along with packages and exclusive use options, please visit our website. 01789 450123 YOUR SPECIAL DAY ETTINGTON PARK HOTEL STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, WARWICKSHIRE Image: Stu Ganderton Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, B60 4JR T: 01527 831 363 E: Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings with its 19 acres of grounds, historic buildings and views over the Worcestershire countryside, is truly a beautiful, unique and romantic setting for your wedding. Say ‘I do’ in the majestic New Guesten Hall with its beautifully detailed medieval roof which was originally part of Worcester Cathedral.

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

Classically ELEGANT Louisa and Sam chose a black and white colour palette for their big-day at Stockton House Images courtesy of Winnington + Coe Louisa and Sam met in their college’s library. “I was obsessed from the moment I saw him, and he loved my curly, ginger hair,” says Louisa. “Our relationship blossomed, and on our seventh anniversary, Sam proposed at The Roseate Villa in Bath. It was the first city we visited as a couple, and the proposal was the most beautiful surprise. Sam used a photo book of all our memories over the seven years we had spent together to ask the question. It was so personal, and the photo album is something we often get out to look back at our wonderful memories together.” The happy couple booked Stockton House for their big day. “We visited when it was a shell and in the first stages of renovation,” shares the bride. “We had to wear highvisibility clothing and hard hats, so not the usual wedding venue viewing! The incredible vision of the team and the location of the venue are what really attracted us. The key feature was the fact we got to have the house the day before and after, so we could enjoy the incredible grounds along with our family for the whole weekend, which felt like a mini holiday. The ability to come and go on the Friday and have our suppliers set up made the wedding far less stressful and meant that the excitement could start right from our arrival at Stockton House. Once the house was finished and we visited for the first time for our wedding breakfast menu tasting, we got to see the beautifully furnished bedrooms and how they had restored the house to its former glory with the perfect balance of new and old. Amy, Tom and Ellie were incredible hosts, and the attention to detail assured us that we had made the right decision.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 27

We had flowers everywhere, which made the venue even more magical and brought all the features of the house to life. The milk churn arrangements that were used at the entrance of the church and then brought to the venue afterward were a particular favourite! On our tables, we had gold-edged charger plates, black napkins and personalised menu settings styled by White Fern Weddings. We filled the house and dining room with candles to create an amazing ambience. We had a balloon arch as a photo booth backdrop and photographs of our grandparents and parents on their wedding days. We chose tall and short flower arrangements for our centrepieces with ivory and blush roses, gypsophila, eucalyptus, and other greenery to fill the room with an amazing scent. We also incorporated as many candles as possible to create a lovely atmosphere. My mum made the cake, which was decorated with flowers. For our favours, we chose Biscoff brownies sealed with black and white stickers. 28

Stockton House provided our catering. We enjoyed six incredible canapés, a wonderful three-course wedding breakfast and evening food to finish off the day! We loved absolutely everything, but our favourites were the rump of beef and matchstick fries, monkfish and pork belly starter and dauphinoise and carbonara-loaded fries. It’s difficult to put into words the happiness and love we felt that day. We said that the moment we saw each other, the nerves disappeared, and we were just elated to be getting married and to celebrate with the people we love the most! I don’t think either of us has ever smiled or laughed so much, and it was truly magical from start to finish. I chose a satin fishtail dress from TDR Bridal Birmingham. It was designed by Élysée Bridal and fit me like a glove! It was the second dress I tried on and it had the simplicity I wanted but was so beautiful that I knew it was the one. The material and the buttons that went all the way down the train made me fall in love with it. I had a long veil with satin edging that I was able to get personalised with our initials and wedding date. I wore a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings that belonged to Sam’s nan and a gold and pearl bracelet from Etsy. My shoes were crystal-covered stiletto sandals from Jimmy Choo, which sparkled in the sunlight and were incredible! Apollo Gold performed in the evening and they were incredible. From the first minute to the last, the dancefloor was completely full, and the atmosphere was amazing. Everybody has said how much they loved the band and wished they didn’t have to stop! They also provided a DJ and sax to keep the party going late into the evening. Every part of the day was perfect; it’s hard to put my finger on just one special moment! The vows, hearing the church bells, laughing in the field and walking into the secret walled dining room to cheering and napkins flying were all some of our favourites. Gieves & Hawkes provided Sam’s midnight blue three-piece tuxedo and velvet jacket, which stood out from the groomsmen’s black tuxedos. He finished the look with Christian Louboutin shoes and a white rose lining on his jacket to match the wedding flowers. REAL WEDDINGS 29