Your Midlands Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 92)

Love is IN THE AIR Heart-warming weddings Dream-worthy attire and accessories WIN! Big-day jewellery worth £1,000 Nature’s PALETTE Glorious garden venues Dressed to impress JUN/JUL 2024 £3.55 LOOKING YOUR BEST Hair and beauty advice MIDLANDS WEDDING

b a r & r e s t a u r a n t The perfect place for your perfect day The Lake at Barston Restaurant, Located between Meriden & Balsall Common. Marsh House Farm Lane, Barston, Solihull B92 0LB Tel: 01675 444 890 Making your Wedding Day dreams come true Weddings The Lake at Barston is the perfect setting for your big day. Nestled in acres of beautiful countryside, landscaped gardens and overlooking the stunning Barston Lake. There are many photo opportunities to perfectly capture your day including the gardens, patios, gazebo and lake backdrop. Our privately owned venue is licensed for civil ceremonies should you wish to hold your ceremony on-site also. You will also have exclusive use of the venue for your whole day. If you have any queries whatosever or would like to meet our team and take a look around please contact us. COMING SUMMER 2024

19 REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 79 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 93 COMPETITION Win a £1,000 jewellery voucher to spend at 77 Diamonds CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2024 FEATURES 47 A TOUCH OF SPARKLE This luxury photoshoot featured a white and silver colour scheme 51 THE POWER OF PASTELS Discover this romantic-styled shoot at the historic Hampton Manor 65 LOOKING YOUR BEST Beauty and fashion experts offer top wedding advice On the cover... This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by Jessica Reeves Hair, a renowned event hairstylist in Doncaster ( The image was captured by Cherished Photography by Claudia ( from a styled shoot created by a host of local suppliers. The Creative Team involved in the shoot: Hair, Photographer, Jewellery, Make-up, Gowns, Florals, Venue, | Model, 47 VENUES 19 GLORIOUS GARDENS Stunning properties surrounded by nature 23 REST YOUR HEAD Stay overnight at these wedding venues with accommodation 28 RURAL ESCAPE We visit England’s smallest county to discover Rutland Hall Hotel 3

REAL WEDDINGS 30 TRUE LOVE These lovebirds had a blush and navy colour scheme for the big day 34 LOVE ON TOP Brett and Emily’s epic wedding was full of memorable moments 41 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Harlaxton Manor provided a stunning backdrop to Lauren and Peter’s wedding FASHION & BEAUTY 44 ALL DRESSED UP These strappy styles will take you from day to dancefloor 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 BEACH READY These hero honeymoon buys are suitcase essentials 61 SHORT AND CHIC These sassy styles are always in fashion 72 COLOUR ME HAPPY Our beauty editor is a new woman thanks to House of Colour’s expert colour analysis 73 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 76 FEELING FABULOUS We caught up with celebrity hair stylist and innovator Gustav Fouche 34 HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 88 SOME LIKE IT HOT Remember to pack your sunscreen for these tropical honeymoon destinations 90 BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Wrap up warm when visiting these chilly honeymoon destinations 92 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes GROOMS 82 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 84 FIT TO PERFECTION London-based tailors Fielding & Nicholson share their top tips for finding a wedding suit 90 30 90 84 4

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 Amy Edwards Photography –

Selecting the right photographer to document your special day can seem like a very daunting task, so we’ve asked Nicholas Rogers Photography for his expert advice. 79 93 One lucky reader can win £1,000 to spend on wedding jewellery! Wedding season is in full swing, and we’re already obsessed with the showstopping events across the Midlands that are already taking place! Couples continue pushing the boundaries to capture their love stories and personalities perfectly. They’re thinking outside the box on ways to create memorable days and ultimate celebrations with loved ones. Summer is a fabulous time to tie the knot for many reasons! Who doesn’t love the warmer weather and don’t get me started on the limitless colour palettes on offer? From neutral shades to pastel fantasies and bold pops of colour, you can’t go wrong! If you’ve just become engaged, we recommend starting to plan early to avoid disappointment. Many suppliers get booked up early during this popular season, some one to two years in advance. Embrace nature with abundant florals, as summer offers unlimited options compared to other seasons. We’re talking roses, gardenias, carnations, sunflowers, hydrangeas, dahlias, peonies, sweet peas and more! It’s important to note that some don’t handle heat well and could wilt quickly, so ensure blooms are kept cool with plenty of water and shade. We all know the Great British weather can’t be trusted! Even if you’re exchanging vows at the peak of summer outside, it’s always essential to have a wet-weather backup plan in case of any summer showers – it’s better to be safe than sorry! Most venues will offer a space indoors as an alternative if the heavens open. Still, those opting for completely al fresco celebrations should consider covering such as a marquee or tipi. These structures are also perfect for heatwaves, providing plenty of shade if the sun beats down. In the late afternoon, utilise outdoor spaces by creating comfy outdoor settings so guests can sit back and relax while catching up. For catering, keep things light, fresh and crisp, as the last thing guests will want is a hearty, heavy meal in the heat before dancing the night away. Some popular options include picnics, hog roasts, BBQs, delicate seafood, afternoon teas and more! Ensure seasonal food is being used to ensure top flavour and taste. Keep everyone cool with a retro ice cream van, an iced coffee truck or frozen cocktails for an added extra. It’s essential that guests are hydrated with cold water, juices or even fresh lemonade throughout the day. This issue is full of wedding inspiration from start to finish, covering all aspects of the planning process, from finding the perfect venue to dream-worthy gowns, the latest offers, beauty advice, venue styling and big-day bakes. It doesn’t stop there, as we also cover top honeymoon destinations worldwide for memorable trips together. So, pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and get reading! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Summer lovin 30 6 ISSN 1759-4723 Your Midlands Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Midlands Wedding is published six times a year. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 ADVERTISING Account Manager Matthew Stageman | 01376 538 567 Stunning bride Zoe picked a Martina Liana fit-and-flare dress with a long train but made it her own during alterations – the result is simply beautiful! EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611

51 The incredibly talented Ben The Cake Man created two wedding cakes for this stunning shoot. This stunning lilac floating meadow cake was surrounded by a bed of flowers framed by floral columns. 34 Emily and Brett had the best day; they felt amazing and didn’t want the wedding to end! Their album is full of fantastic moments, like this fun shot surrounded by the wedding party. For those searching for the perfect gown, this strappy style will take you from day to dancefloor! 56 47 41 19 These lovebirds ensured their wedding was not influenced by anyone while staying true to themselves and keeping suppliers local. 84 Calling all grooms-to-be! This Taylor & Wright suit is perfect for weddings! EDITOR’S LETTER 7 We love this contemporary and modern styled shoot at The Elm Tree, Hundleby. The model Charlotte wore a stunning Bellamme Bridal gown covered in sparkles, while the groom looked dapper in a black velvet dinner jacket from Fallen Hero. Set in 25 acres of idyllic Northamptonshire countryside, this 16th-century Grade I listed hotel promises to wow guests from the moment they arrive. Loved ones will be captivated by the splendour of the picturesque surroundings where dreams turn into reality and memories are created.

All the latest from around the Midlands THE PERFECT SETTING A significant £80 million expansion and renovation initiative is underway at The Belfry Hotel & Resort, a renowned establishment with multiple awards. The ambitious project is scheduled for completion by Autumn 2025. It will introduce a state-of-the-art 852 sqm event space known as The Masters Suite, designed to accommodate up to 648 guests for banquets with a maximum capacity of 920. The interior aesthetic of The Masters Suite is inspired by the Resort’s lush green surroundings, featuring soft green hues complemented by elegant gold accents and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Furthermore, the space can be partitioned into smaller sections to provide flexibility and versatility. It also includes a spacious pre-function area, a mezzanine level and an outdoor terrace. The expansion project encompasses the construction of 149 spacious bedrooms and the renovation of several other areas within the Resort. A new Leisure Club will also be introduced, featuring a large pool, a family-friendly slide, a swim lane, and hot tubs. It will offer an extensive gym space, four studios, and a sizable multipurpose sports area. Several enhancements to the Resort have already been completed as part of the comprehensive redevelopment project. These include refurbishing existing bedrooms, establishing two new outdoor event spaces, and stylishly redesigning the Brabazon Bar and Lobby. For more information, please visit: EXCHANGING VOWS Lamport Hall is an idyllic venue in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. It’s available for exclusive use at weddings to ensure special, intimate, and private events. The team has recently expanded their wedding licensing, meaning lovebirds can now have legal ceremonies in the Walled Garden or the Edwardian Carriage House as well as the more traditional country house weddings. To celebrate, they have launched wedding packages for the first time, including elopement and micro-wedding packages, plus options for larger weddings. These are designed to make planning as easy as possible and can all be adapted to create bespoke and unique events to remember. Prices start from just £3,495 and include award-winning catering, a night’s stay in the holiday cottage and drinks packages. Couples can contact to get a quote and discuss requirements or arrange a showround. Discover: Nearlywed NEWS DISCOVER THE SUPPLIER Johnsons Coach Travel offers a convenient wedding travel solution through private coach hire. This means couples can unwind, confident their guests will be at the right place and time. With the company’s service, loved ones can fully enjoy events without the hassle of parking or navigating to venues. The professional drivers will warmly welcome and transport them in style. Johnsons Coach Travel offers a versatile solution with a wide range of coaches. Whether for intimate gatherings or grand events, the fleet can cater to any group size. From compact seven-seat minibuses to spacious 63-seat coaches, the team is the perfect fit for all events. Based in the heart of the Midlands, Johnsons Coach Travel is ideally located to provide coach hire for weddings in the Birmingham or Midlands areas. The smartly dressed, friendly drivers will ensure transport runs smoothly and guests arrive safely on time for events. If wedding guests arrive overseas, Johnsons Coach Travel can provide airport transfers or collection from railway stations. They can meet all transport needs and run a shuttle service to hotels to ensure guests arrive safely during evenings. The team has more than 100 years of experience offering coaches, a testament to their commitment to quality service. They’re proud of their reputation for reliability, friendliness and quality service. If lovebirds would like to visit their yard and view the coach they’ll be hiring, they’re very welcome. For guests needing wheelchair access, Johnsons Coach Travel now have two wheelchairaccessible coaches. Each can seat two wheelchairs, with the wheelchair lift at the rear, ensuring a safe and smooth boarding point. The cost of hire depends on the size of the coach, timings, the day of the week and even the time of year. So, contact the team to get a quote! Discover: 8

REST AND RELAX The largest Yoga business in the UK is preparing to open a new studio in the heart of Birmingham! Situated in the Colmore district of Birmingham City Centre, the studio can be found in the penthouse suite (3rd floor) of 37A Waterloo Street, under the ownership of Liberty and Kelly. They emphasise that their yoga class is unlike any other, urging guests to let go of preconceived notions. Regardless of their skill level, everyone is welcome to join the class as it is accessible. The studio is heated, ensuring clients will work up a sweat. Inside their pods, there is no judgment or mirrors, just a down-to-earth approach that creates a warm and inviting space for everyone to feel their absolute best, whatever that may be! Hotpod Yoga Birmingham is the newest addition to the Hotpod Yoga family. Established in 2013, this company has become the largest yoga business in the UK, boasting more than 50 studios nationwide and with plans for further expansion. The company has collaborated with renowned inflatable experts, top architects, and heating consultants to design patented pods that are housed within their permanent studios. These pods create an immersive yoga environment maintained at a temperature of 37 degrees, intensifying the benefits of a typical yoga class. To learn more about Hotpod Yoga Birmingham or book a class, contact Liberty and Kelly at NEW BEGINNINGS Natasha HowarthMiller at HowarthMiller Weddings is a chill, slightly quirky Nottingham lass specialising in beautiful candid wedding photography across the Midlands and beyond. For the past six years, she has been dedicated to the art of wedding photography and videography with her husband, Chris. However, recent developments have led to some exciting changes in the business! Chris has transitioned into a full-time role as a podcast producer, leaving Natasha to embark on a solo journey in the world of wedding photography. With this transition comes a revamped brand, a fresh website, a renewed focus on authenticity in her work, a boom in bookings and a drive to deliver an exceptional service to couples UK-wide. Plus, she can now officially join the ranks of women-owned businesses! Natasha comments, “The past year has been full of opportunities and growth! I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with esteemed brands, being featured in publications, working with some awesome businesses in Nottingham and expanding my offerings. I’ve opened my schedule to accommodate candid family shoots in response to popular demand. Candid, laughterfilled sessions that capture the true essence of families.” To commemorate these changes and express her gratitude, Natasha is offering a £200 discount on her most popular package (package #1 on the website) for the remaining 2024 dates. Furthermore, her calendar is now open for bookings into 2025 and 2026. We’ve teamed up with the company to extend this discount to readers for 2025 bookings when they quote Your Midlands Wedding. Discover: FINISHING TOUCHES Birds Bakery, a beloved establishment deeply rooted in the East Midlands, has recently undergone a modern rebranding unveiled at the brand-new Ashbyde-la-Zouch store in Leicestershire and the refreshed Park Farm location in Derby. This revitalised identity introduces a captivating shade of spring green, a colour that was originally used when the bakery first opened over a century ago. The refurbishment will eventually be implemented across all 61 stores in the East Midlands. When it comes to weddings, creating unforgettable moments, whether they’re intimate or grand, is of utmost importance. Birds Bakery is the ideal choice for catering, with a team of skilled bakers, chocolatiers and butchers dedicated to crafting edible gifts for guests, ensuring delightful experiences. From sandwiches and savoury treats to cream cakes and party platters, the team offers a wide range of options to suit every budget. Each platter is expertly baked, iced, and filled in-house, guaranteeing the highest quality. Orders can be conveniently placed at any local branch with a minimum notice of 48 hours, ready on the chosen day, making wedding planning a breeze. For those seeking a personal touch, Birds also offers bespoke cupcakes and wedding favours to add a layer of charm to celebrations. Couples have the opportunity to personalise wedding favours, from the type of chocolate to selecting the shape, flavour, box or bag, colour of ribbon, and even adding a bespoke sticker to the packaging. Discover: LOCAL NEWS 9

Lux Life Wedding Florist of the Year - Northamptonshire 2023 07867 920958 | | TEMPLAR ROAD, BARTON SEAGRAVE, KETTERING, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NN15 5BX Iamges by Sarah Vivienne Photography

LOVE ON PAPER Nestled in the heart of Lincolnshire, Quirky Fonts is owned and passionately operated by Becky Brown, who is dedicated to infusing creativity and sustainability into every project. The company specialises in eco-friendly signage and offers unique wedding stationery and a décor setup service tailored for DIY couples. Becky’s expertise ensures that every detail is impeccably arranged, allowing couples to relax and savour the excitement of their wedding day without the stress of last-minute preparations. Quirky Fonts stands out not only for its artistic flair but also for its commitment to environmental responsibility. Becky helps couples celebrate their love while honouring the planet by choosing sustainable materials. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers a 10 per cent discount on all wedding bookings until the end of December 2024, when couples use the code CWM24. Becky transforms visions into reality with style, sustainability in mind, and a touch of whimsical charm. Discover: MADE WITH LOVE Win £150 to spend on handmade and personalised jewellery at Posh Totty Designs! Award-winning UK jewellery brand, Posh Totty Designs is giving away a £150 voucher to spend on beautiful handmade and personalised pieces from its stunning Wedding Collection. Posh Totty Designs is a female-led business with boutique stores in both London and the brand’s hometown Brighton. Every piece is crafted with love by a team of professional jewellers in its coastal workshop, using high-quality recycled sterling silver and gold, and ethically sourced gemstones. The workshop team can personalise your jewellery to create something completely unique and meaningful to you, whether it be bridesmaids’ necklaces inset with their birthstones, or cufflinks for the groomsmen hand-stamped with initials and the wedding date. Blending timeless style with emotion and sentiment, choose the perfect piece for your perfect day. Visit to view the full collection. For your chance to win, enter via the website by 31st July. Terms and conditions apply. Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2024 As part of Ellis Media and Events Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US KENT SUN, 8 SEP 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, Kent, ME13 9AJ SUN, 20 OCT 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 10 NOV 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DG SUN, 15 SEP 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUSSEX SUN, 20 OCT 2024 SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SURREY SUN, 10 NOV 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL

HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 6 OCT 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 29 SEP 2024 LUTON HOO Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP SUN, 1 SEP 2024 CHENIES MANOR Rickmansworth, WD3 6ER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 17 NOV 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 3 NOV 2024 LATIMER ESTATE Chesham, HP5 1UG SUN, 29 SEP 2024 BURNHAM BEECHES Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP SUN, 27 OCT 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR HAMPSHIRE SUN, 22 SEP 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2J NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SUN, 3 NOV 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2EF LEICESTERSHIRE 12PM-4PM

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

• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 6TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM BLUEWATER Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 13TH OCT | 11AM - 3PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 27TH OCT 2024 | 11AM - 3PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

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Pre-register for all of our events at BLUEWATER, 6TH OCTOBER 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 13TH OCTOBER 2024 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 27TH OCTOBER 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to the next wedding show season – perfect for all those couples recently engaged. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

IN THE HEART OF LINCOLN Memories are made 01522 565180 Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln, LN1 1YW Hold your wedding celebrations under one roof at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln. Overlooking the picturesque Brayford Marina, with Lincoln Cathedral as a backdrop, our modern setting makes for a unique location for your special day. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR BROCHURE 01675 446 080 @hamptonmanorweddings Exclusive use weddings on our foodie estate Wedding menus by MasterChef Professional Champion Stuart Deeley The most important day of your life... ...deserves a special setting – a location that’s not just out of the ordinary, but extraordinary. That location is Kilworth House Hotel. Kilworth House stands apart from the everyday world – a place of timeless warmth, elegance and gracious living set amid 38 acres of rolling parkland. Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE Telephone: 01858 880058 Scan to visit wedding information on our website

RUSHTON HALL HOTEL AND SPA 01536 713 001 | Set in 25 acres of idyllic Northamptonshire countryside, this 16th-century Grade I listed Hotel promises to wow guests from the moment they arrive. Loved ones will be captivated by the splendour of the picturesque surroundings where dreams turn into reality and memories are created. The historical gardens are the perfect backdrop for year-round wedding photographs and romantic strolls. The magnificent Orangery features an imposing stone façade, gorgeous interiors and overlooks the stunning grounds. Guests will love the intricate ceilings, high windows, crystal chandeliers and stunning stone floors. The space can accommodate 60 to 250 guests, making it ideal for intimate weddings and more extravagant celebrations. After the vows, lovebirds can enter the spectacular Grand Hall, where the attentive team will ensure glasses are charged for congratulations. Fizzing Champagne accompanied by hand-crafted canapés means the wedding celebration has truly begun. The chefs create the ultimate culinary experience for wedding breakfasts. As the day turns to night, guests will join lovebirds in revelling in the ambience created by Rushton Hall and the stunning chandeliers. Family and friends are sure to take to the dancefloor. With a sumptuous selection of 51 individually-styled bedrooms, the elegant Hotel has room to fulfil every need. The venue offers two luxury lodges, which can each sleep up to six guests in three double bedrooms. The Stableyard Spa offers many treatments and high-spec facilities in a beautifully calm and relaxed setting. Why not extend stays to take advantage of the spa and relieve those pre-wedding nerves? In full bloom Discover beautiful venues with showstopping gardens 19 GLORIOUS GARDENS

KILWORTH HOUSE 01858 880 058 | Set in 38 acres of rolling parkland, Kilworth House is an elegant venue located in the heart of rural Leicestershire. With breathtaking views, expansive grounds, fine dining, luxurious accommodations and an outdoor theatre, what’s not to love about this property? The hotel is at the end of an inviting tree-lined approach, leading guests through the tranquil grounds to the well-maintained lawns and south-facing façade. Guests will love exploring the parklands and woodland areas, which create gorgeous backdrops for images. Exchange vows with 130 guests in the fully restored Victorian Orangery, which features glorious rural views and vibrant natural lighting. After the vows, couples can enjoy drinks receptions on the terrace before returning to the Orangery for wedding breakfasts. Alternatively, The Wordsworth Room features a domed ceiling with glittering chandeliers and can accommodate 40 people for the vows. Next door, pairs can use the Library Restaurant for showstopping wedding breakfasts. With a cosy setting, views over the Knot Garden, fairytale bookcases and a Victorian fire place, what location could be better? For more intimate weddings, the Shakespeare Room is perfect for celebrations with 20 loved ones and features ornate décor. After dancing the night away, loved ones can retreat to the stunning bedrooms for a good night’s rest. They can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings in peace as exclusive hire is available from 3.00 pm on day of arrival to 9.00 am the following morning. Couples will receive a complimentary menu-tasting session when they book the venue. HAMPTON MANOR 01675 446 080 | Hampton Manor combines the timelessness of a country manor house with interiors that blend contemporary design with historic beauty. The arts and crafts manor is weaved with William Morris’ nature-inspired patterns alongside modern craftsmanship to create a luxury sense of home. Fortyfive acres of gardens and woodland surround the manor. A clocktower terrace, lawns, woodland, bluebell drifts, a daffodil dell during spring and a walled garden provide beautiful backdrops for wedding photos. Hampton Manor sits in a sleepy village with a Medieval church and chocolate-box cottages. It is very close to major links such as Birmingham International and M6/M42 for easy access for your guests. There are 15 individually designed bedrooms, and MasterChef: The Professionals champion Stuart Deeley curates the wedding menus. He is also the head chef at Smoke, one of the two restaurants. The other restaurant, Grace & Savour, holds a Michelin star and Hampton Manor has threeday wedding packages that include a Michelin-starred meal for goodbye lunches. The Birches is a ceremony barn nestled among the birch trees at the edge of the woodland. Alternatively, the 800-year-old village church borders onto the estate, seating up to 132. It has its own private path to the church, so guests can walk to ceremonies. The Courtyard is a fresh setting for wedding meals. Set in a historic stone wall with a view of the clocktower, the glass roof means no matter the weather outside, wedding meals will always be light-filled. The Courtyard has its own private bar, a private outdoor terrace with firepits and can seat up to 132 guests. When booking weddings at Hampton Manor, couples will receive a free tasting night and the help of a wedding coordinator. ©Chris Haley Photography 20

STOCKTON HOUSE 01952 730 894 | Stockton House is a beautiful Grade II listed building nestled in 8,500 acres of Shropshire countryside on the Apley Estate. Stockton has been newly renovated, transforming what once was a family home into a boutique wedding venue. The 18th-century building is full of history and during the renovation, the team wanted to preserve the original features and architecture the house has to offer and pay homage to the history and heritage this amazing house has. St. Chad’s Church is an 11th-century church just a short walk from Stockton House. With stunning architecture and historic features, St. Chads is perfect for religious ceremonies or blessings. The Walled Garden Dining Room is a purpose-built 100-seater secret dining space. This incredible open-plan room is licensed for civil ceremonies and can host wedding breakfasts and evening parties. The building has four-and-a-half-metre-high walls and, to guests, looks like a secret garden. When couples open the grand, double doors, they will be transported into a large open space with a double curved ceiling, chandeliers, and open windows to the gardens and grounds at the back of the house. Exchange vows outside underneath the tree canopy in The Victorian Turning House. Guests will take their seats on the lawn and watch lovebirds say their vows, surrounded by striking views. Couples can stay at the property for as many days as desired. The team has no fixed arrival times, and pairs can leave at their leisure. Every night they stay, newlyweds can enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast alongside staying guests. THE BARN AT DROVERS 07748 146 862 | Nestled at the foothills of the Black Mountains on the border of Wales & Herefordshire, The Barn at Drovers is located just outside the famous book-town of Hay on Wye. The 16th-century venue situated on a working organic farm where food is sourced directly from the fields and foraged from the hedgerows. There are stunning courtyards and gardens with 150 acres to explore, perfect for photographic opportunities. The venue is made up of two barns. The Rustic Barn has a wagon wheel and wooden ladders suspended by steel beams, old potato box slats for walls and plenty of straw bales. While the Industrial Chic Barn has wooden beams, a corrugated ceiling and wonderful old olive buckets as lights suspended from the beams. Al fresco celebrations are held in the field or charming woodland. All the venue’s food is cooked on open fires and there are lots of outdoor spaces for summer weddings. GLORIOUS GARDENS 21

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Rest your head Stay overnight at these wedding venues with accommodation NEW HALL HOTEL & SPA 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. When guests enter The Great Chamber, they’ll 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 outdoor ceremonies in the elegant walled Rose Garden; this beautiful green space can accommodate up to 200 loved ones for blessings or nonreligious ceremonies and 75 for civil ceremonies. The Sir Alfred Owen room is perfect for more intimate vows, with only 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. The spa offers an oasis of relaxing treatments, while The Bridge Restaurant has two AA Rosettes and a reputation for satisfying tastes. 23 HOTEL VENUES

TALTON LODGE AND TALTON HOUSE 01789 459 244 | Talton Lodge and Talton House combine a 10-bedroom Queen Anne manor house, brimming with history but by no means old-fashioned, with a walled Victorian kitchen garden where there is a festival-style marquee and fun accommodation. Celebrations normally start at Talton House with ceremonies on the lawn overlooking the lily pond, followed by canapés and drinks on the surrounding lawns with mature flower beds, a tennis court and a croquet lawn, followed by parties in the giant hat marquees in the walled kitchen garden. In the house, there are numerous reception rooms, including a large hall, drawing room, movie room, bar, dining room, games room and a new kitchen. The Victorian-walled Kitchen Garden once fed those living across the road in the 18th-century manor of Talton House. Now it presents a micro-festival site in surprising contrast to the formal lawns and flowerbeds of Talton House. In the Kitchen Garden, there are two linked giant hat tipi marquees decked out with matting, fairylights, a pavilion with a fully stocked bar and local beers on tap. Guests can sleep in the house bedrooms or in accommodations such as the Tree-Boat House or Orchard Waggon in the walled garden, or just outside the walls is a converted barn with a reception room and a kitchen. Talton House Barn and Kitchen Garden are surrounded by mature trees, woods, wildflower meadows, an orchard and flowing water. There’s even a natural swimming pool at the top of the orchard where guests who cannot fit into the varied accommodations can camp or park a camper van for the night. Ceremonies take place on the lawn in a traditional marquee or between the 300-year-old acacia trees on the lawn. For celebrations of 60 or so, lovebirds can have services in the hall. Receptions start in the Talton House rooms and the lawns in front of the house, accessed via the garden room bar, from where drinks and canapés are served. Wedding breakfasts will take place in the giant hat tipis in the walled garden with up to 100 guests. Couples often choose to come to the Spring Feast or Christmas Feasts, where the venue opens as a pop-up restaurant so everyone can try a Talton feast and enjoy cocktails and music. WINSTANLEY HOUSE 01163 665 642 | Nestled amongst lush parkland and comprising the most delightful combination of Georgian and contemporary architecture, Winstanley House creates beautiful backdrops for events. The venue is steeped in history with a Grade I listed status, gorgeous ballrooms, orangery and 10 boutique bedrooms. The building was originally commissioned for the Winstanley family, who made it their home in the 18th- to 19th-centuries. It served as a school from 1932 until 1996 before being renovated and reopened as a venue in late 2017. Since then, the house has become a showstopping setting for many beautiful weddings and special events. The welcoming team works with couples to help create dream-worthy weddings as well as excellent local suppliers to ensure every celebration is carried out to the highest standard. The property doesn’t offer civil ceremonies, but lovebirds can hold celebrant-led weddings or blessings conducted by loved ones. Outside blessings occur in the landscaped gardens, surrounded by lush parkland. After the vows, photographers will have abundant idyllic photo opportunities to capture with Winstanley House’s unique fusion of contemporary and Georgian architecture. One of the most exciting aspects of choosing Winstanley House is the range of beautiful function rooms available. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 550 guests, the Pavilion Ballroom can accommodate 200, and The Orangery is perfect for intimate weddings with 80 guests. The picturesque wedding Gazebo must be booked in conjunction with one of the stunning wedding suites as a wet-weather alternative. Every wedding booked includes a complimentary tasting for future newlyweds held every month and is subject to availability. Winstanley House is home to 19 luxurious rooms and suites, which blend contemporary luxury with characterful period features and are pleasingly spacious. Set over the main Georgian House and the newly converted Coach Houses, each bedroom provides the perfect setting for all aspects of weddings, from getting ready with the bridal party to resting feet after dancing the night away. The national award-winning Winstanley Suite perfectly blends Georgian elegance and contemporary beauty. Extraordinary in every way – with a roll-top gold bath, sweeping views over luscious parkland, opulent chandeliers and a super king-size bed – it’s both luxurious and comfortable. Hotel rates can be easily arranged for guests as the team works with the nearby Hilton and can offer guaranteed rates. 24

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, 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: | | The Orangery at Hagley Hall New for Summer 2024 and 2025 Panoramic views for up to 450 guests

THE PRIEST HOUSE HOTEL 01332 810 649 | Set in a tranquil and stunning location on the banks of the River Trent, The Priest House Hotel has a rich history that can be traced back almost 1,000 years. Combined with its own Grade II listed water wheel, opulent surroundings and contemporary style that complements the charm and romance of the English countryside, the venue is perfect for weddings. Set in more than 60 acres of woodland, gardens and meadows with breathtaking views of the rolling countryside and the River Trent, the grounds are something out of a fairytale. Watching the sunset over the river with the gardens lit up makes for magical evening transformations. The Garden Suite is a spacious room with original exposed wooden beams and fairylights to add that extra sparkle to events. The space boasts fabulous French doors opening onto a private patio and an exclusive garden area for outdoor games, barbecues or hog roasts. The beautiful suite is ideal for intimate celebrations with 100 people and larger wedding parties with 150 using the Terrace Room. Alternatively, The Riverside Suite is a spacious room with high-beamed ceilings and magnificent views of the River Trent, forming a memorable backdrop for ceremonies for up to 120 people and wedding breakfasts for 200. With its private bar and dancefloor, this beautiful space is guaranteed to wow guests with its character and charm. The dedicated wedding team guides couples to create their perfect wedding, from the big elements to the little touches. YE OLDE BELL HOTEL & SPA 01777 705 121 | Dating back to the 17th-century, Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Spa combines the traditional with the contemporary to offer a romantic, quintessentially English wedding venue, whatever the season. Set against the backdrop of the English countryside, the beautiful extensive gardens and terraces feature the fairytale Oak Pavilion, complete with romantic twinkling lights, and the Mediterranean-style Garden Terrace Bar offers a spectacular setting for al fresco drinks. The hotel combines the traditional with the contemporary. In a nod to the property’s history, interior features include plush fabrics, deep red carpets, elegant wallpapers and moulded Lincrusta wall coverings, all complemented by modern touches. Numerous spaces for weddings and events are available, as well as 59 rooms, suites, and luxury lodges for accommodation. Two dining venues, the 1650 Restaurant & Bar and St Leger Bistro, offer all-day dining from breakfast to lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. The multimillion-pound spa features extensive spa experiences, an indoor-outdoor vitality pool, Herb Garden Brasserie, and outdoor relaxation areas with alpine lodges. Ye Olde Bell can host ceremonies in a wide range of suites, from inYe Olde Bell is a haven for ceremonies, offering a diverse range of suites. From intimate weddings for two to grand events for 250, the spaces are designed to cater to event needs. The Oak Pavilion, with its unique box hedge aisle, provides a romantic spot for vows for up to 30 people, while the gardens are perfect for al fresco events with up to 120. The Bradgate & Wiseton Suites can accommodate 180. The grand setting with ornate moulded ceilings, original oak panelling, leaded windows, fifteen stunning chandeliers, and direct access through the contemporary ‘Inside/Outside’ bar to the gardens and terrace is the perfect space for weddings. Two stone fire places with roaring log fires also add a special ambience to winter celebrations. The Nielsen & Levack Suites can accommodate 120 people. It’s an elegant location with an impressive private bar and dancefloor. Here, guests will find panelling, opulent gold silk furnishings, gleaming chandeliers and direct access to the terrace. The Restaurant Bar 1650 is a stylish and elegant setting for more intimate ceremonies and receptions. Its plush black and gold fabrics, rich carpets and crystal chandeliers complement the bespoke art deco bar. The Victoria Suite is the smallest setting, hosting up to 14 people. The space is named after the young Queen who visited during her reign. The room features a traditional sitting room with a fire place and a large bay window with views over the gardens. The bedroom, described as Victorian Versace, includes opulent black and gold stripes. Couples who book the wedding venue will receive a complimentary wedding night stay with a full English breakfast and preferential accommodation rates for guests. HOTEL VENUES 27

Rutland was a place I had been eager to explore, so I eagerly accepted the chance to visit this well-known estate with views of Rutland Water. I was excited to finally see it in person alongside my partner, and I can confidently say that it lived up to our expectations! SETTING THE SCENE Despite being the smallest county in England, Rutland offers a wealth of history and charm that appeals to all. After a peaceful morning exploring the local market towns, we arrived at Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa, surrounded by its picturesque rolling countryside and captivating views, especially of the tranquil waters. Spanning across 70 acres, this property holds a fascinating history that dates back to the 19th-century when it was originally built as a hunting lodge. Over time, the site fell into disrepair under different owners. However, in 2020, the Patel family intervened and breathed new life into the space. In 2021, the site was renamed from Barnsdale Hall Hotel to Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa. Today, the property stands proudly, radiating charm and character while fostering a strong sense of community. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by the friendly and attentive staff. After dropping off our bags, we enjoyed a romantic stroll hand-inhand around the grounds. There are numerous activities available, such as crazy golf, pitch and putt, a bowls green and treatment rooms to enhance stays. Additionally, the property features a 22m indoor swimming pool and a gym for fitness enthusiasts. REST YOUR HEAD The Hotel offers a variety of accommodation options to cater to different budgets, ranging from rooms to suites as well as self-catering lodges. We had the privilege of staying in a superior double room, which provided a guaranteed view of Rutland Water that could be enjoyed from the comfort of the bed or the balcony. The modern room was impeccably maintained and featured a soothing blue color scheme that complemented the waterfront setting, promoting a sense of complete relaxation. It boasted a cosy sofa, a seating area, elegant wooden paneling, captivating artwork, a desk, a flatscreen TV and floor-to-ceiling windows that enhanced the picturesque water views. The layout of the room was thoughtfully designed to provide ample space without feeling empty or overwhelming, creating a cozy ambiance. The generously sized bed was luxuriously soft, ensuring a seamless and restful sleep, leaving us refreshed the next morning. The bathroom was equipped with a spacious bathtub and an overhead shower, offering the best of both worlds. TO DINE FOR After a day of exploring, our hunger grew immensely. We were eagerly anticipating a delectable three-course meal, especially after hearing rave reviews about the on-site restaurant Blossoms. Situated at the heart of the lakeside Hotel, it offers the perfect ambiance for creating cherished memories over a delightful meal. We settled comfortably in a booth and faced the difficult task of choosing from the diverse menu options. The new seasonal menu, thoughtfully crafted by the passionate executive head chef Sumit Chakrabarty, aimed to celebrate flavors without unnecessary complexity. For my starter, I indulged in truffled wild mushroom arancini accompanied by a homemade tomato compôte, melted buffalo mozzarella, pesto, and parmesan wafer. It was an absolute delight! This was followed by a perfectly cooked pan-fried wild stone bass served with baked celeriac, grilled artichokes, and ratatouille. To conclude the meal, what could be better than a blackberry cheesecake accompanied by a blackberry parfait and marinated blackberries? Each dish was beautifully presented, showcasing the chefs’ skill in utilising fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, which was evident in every mouthwatering bite. The next morning, we were treated to an exceptional buffet breakfast where the food was impeccable. The spread included a variety of hot dishes such as fried and scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, baked beans, hash browns, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Naturally, I couldn’t resist trying a bit of everything, followed by some freshly baked pastries and refreshing fruit juice. I then indulged in an assortment of fruits before savoring some fluffy pancakes drizzled with maple syrup. Needless to say, I was completely satisfied after such a delightful breakfast. EXCHANGING VOWS The picturesque setting provides a stunning backdrop for weddings, offering numerous opportunities for beautiful photos! The Lakeview Terrace boasts a magnificent ceremony backdrop, showcasing panoramic views of the grounds and Rutland Water. Couples can also opt for indoor ceremonies in the Lakeview Lounge, which features a modern, bright, and airy ambiance. The neutral décor and abundance of natural light allow for customisation. For larger wedding parties, the new Pavilion Suite is an ideal choice, accommodating up to 500 guests for events such as Asian weddings. The spacious venue provides ample room for a Mandap or ceremony backdrop tailored to match any theme. Alternatively, the Lakeview Suite boasts high ceilings and luxurious furnishings, creating a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere for receptions. THE FINAL VERDICT Our experience at Rutland Hall was truly delightful, thanks to the exceptional team, cosy rooms, delicious food and breathtaking views. It’s the perfect spot for pre-wedding festivities, romantic getaways, and relaxing mini-moons. We’re already looking forward to our next visit! ESCAPE Rural Editor Olivia Gibson visits England’s smallest county to discover Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa Book it: Scan to view video 28