Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 86) £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE DEC 2021/JAN 2022 WIN! 15 ways to feature flowers at your wedding Floral paradise A mini break for eight in Yorkshire OH, CRUMBS! SPOTLIGHT ON... Bristol Big-day bakes with personality Dress up 2022 bridal wear trends

THE PERFECT BRISTOL VENUE WITH A CHOICE OF OUR STUNNING COUNTRY MANOR OR TRADITIONAL RUSTIC BARN Old Down Manor is nestled in the heart of a 66 acre Country Park in Bristol, it has been beautifully refurbished to the spectacular wedding venue it is today. With panoramic views across the River Severn and beyond, as well as a stunning atrium entrance, there is plenty to make your day even more special. Or why not opt for our rustic barn showcasing original features and landscaped garden. With a choice of two venues available on-site we are sure we can provide the perfect location for your special day. BOOK A VIEWING TODAY Book an individual viewing or join us at our January Wedding Fayre, contact our team of wedding co-ordinators at and reference ‘Bristol & Somerset’ in your enquiry. Photo Credit: Rebecca Faith Photography SUMMER 2022DATES AVAILABLE @OldDownManor @OldDownWeddings

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A very warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 75 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION Win a fun-filled sleepover for eight guests at Whitley Hall, Yorkshire CONTENTS DECEMBER 2021 / JANUARY 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON… Bristol venues 22 IT’S SNOWTIME Our roundup of the region’s cosiest venues On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by renowned Somerset wedding venue, Orchardleigh Estate ( The image was captured by Somerset’s Rebecca Faith Photography (, and showcases Georgina and Luke on their wedding day in front of Orchardleigh Estate’s historic house - quite the backdrop! 67 53 FEATURES 45 JUMP FOR JOY Weddings are back, hip hip hooray! 49 THE PERFECT PLACE New wedding venue Penny Brohn UK in Bristol looks resplendent in this year’s must-have palette of burgundy and blush 53 FLORAL FANTASY 15 ways to feature flowers in your wedding 58 A SLICE OF PARADISE Let the al fresco Mediterranean rustic vibe of this local shoot transport you to sunnier climes this winter 63 LOVE IN LAVENDER The oh-so romantic palette for this local shoot was inspired by its surroundings 67 OH, CRUMBS! How to inject oodles of personality into your big-day bake 72 MEMORABLE MOMENTS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 MODERN SOPHISTICATION Jenny and Jason’s stylish city wedding was styled in a palette of blush, green and gold 33 LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDS When Nopera met Alice he moved his life from New Zealand to Bristol to be with her 39 BEST DAY EVER Ellen and Ashley said “I do” at beautiful Crowcombe Court in Somerset HONEYMOONS 93 HONEYMOON NEWS UK special FASHION & BEAUTY 79 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 81 DRESS UP Trousers, statement sleeves, sleek A-line silhouettes and voluminous skirts are just some of the styles that brides will be wearing in 2022 89 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 90 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 81 33 90 26 58 4

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It dawned on me just recently that I have just six months left until I transform from editor into bridesmaid extraordinaire! Is anyone else freaked out by how quickly time passes en route to W-day? Despite spending my days telling all of you lovely people how to plan, I have very much not practised what I’ve preached and am now panicking about getting into shape. So, it’s a good job indeed that I’m not the bride, who fortunately is literally the most organised person I’ve ever met. That being said, the bride tribe (plus groom) recently decided to hit a wedding show at the venue hosted by our sister company County Wedding Events, looking for finishing touches and bridesmaid dresses. While I’ve attended many a wedding fair in my time with my professional hat on, nothing beats the excitement of experiencing one from the other side of the fence. So, to help you get the most out of your next visit to a wedding fair, I’ve compiled my top three tips. 1. Pre-register. Make sure you sign up on the organisers website. CWE is offering timed entry slots at the moment to keep you all safe and allow you to enjoy your browsing comfortably. 2. Be prepared. Find out who’s exhibiting beforehand and make up a hit list of the suppliers you want to check out. You can usually find this info on the event’s website, but if not there’ll likely be show guide available, so grab one when you arrive and settle down with a cuppa or glass of bubbly before you venture any further. 3. Snap happy. Make sure your smart phone is fully charged and be ready to get as many pics as you can of the things you love. Big events can be a little daunting and the last thing you want is to get home and forget where you saw that incredible cake. And now, without further ado, I bring you the latest issue of Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding. Check out these pages for my issue highlights to ensure you don’t miss a thing – we have a world of wedspiration waiting for you as always. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly Andrews, senior editor It ’s showtime I’m a huge Pooh Bear fan so it was love at first sight when I laid eyes on this bigday bake by Sarah’s Sugarcraft Don’t miss fashion editor Claire’s round up of 2022’s top bridal fashion trends. 67 81 97 Kelly x ISSN 1755-4756 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Contributing Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 | Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Rebecca Cane | 020 4505 9853 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS WIN! A FUN-FILLED SLEEPOVER FOR EIGHT GUESTS AT WHITLEY HALL, YORKSHIRE 6

Holly at Ambience Venue Styling Bath has some terrific ideas for styling a Christmas wedding. Head over to Hot Topic to find out more. Real bride Alice booked an amazing traditional Maori performance troupe, as a surprise for her groom Nopera, since he wasn’t able to have his family members over from New Zealand for the wedding due to Covid restrictions. Join us as we explore some of the region’s cosiest wedding venues, perfect if you dream of tying the knot at Christmastime. Dilly the Morris Minor took Jenny and Jason across Clifton Suspension bridge as they sat on the parcel shelf! “Jason hates being the centre of attention, but he loved all the cheers as we rode around in Dilly. I found it especially poignant as it brought smiles to people’s faces at a difficult time just after the second lockdown,” Jenny told us. The triumphant return of weddings made us jump for joy too! 75 39 33 22 26 45 I love these incredible paper flowers by Creative Collections for Ellen and Ashley’s wedding. They feature throughout from backdrop to centrepieces. Best of all? They can be treasured forever. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

From Leigh Court up in the North, down to The Old Milking Parlour in the South, Crowcombe Court in the West all the way across to Wick Farm in the East - we have your perfect venue. There's over 110 to choose from in Somerset & North Somerset to fit every budget and guest list. The hardest part is narrowing down the shortlist! Country Houses? We have them. Farms and barns? We have those too. Castles? We have that covered as well. You want something quirky? How about Wookey Hole Caves, The Grand Pier in Weston or Haynes Motor Museum. Whatever kind of wedding venue you are looking for, our directory is the ONLY one to list every single licensed venue in the district so you won't miss out on any hidden gems. Our ceremony team are all trained, professional celebrants who are passionate about making your legal ceremony the most wonderful, memorable, unique event. Wedding jitters and butterflies? Don't worry - you're in safe hands. Make your booking request online via our website and our team will call you back to chat about availability, answer all your burning questions and make sure your registrar is booked for your special day. Simple! You want to know if you can say your vows outdoors, or have your four legged BFF walk you down the aisle? Our website has a whole host of FAQs that should make everything clearer. Costs, ceremony planning forms, and the allimportant link to book your notice of marriage appointment - it's all there at your fingertips. (And the answer to those questions are "quite possibly yes" and "probably, as long as it's not a tiger or something!!") Say I Do In Somerset Leigh Court - Dominika Scheibinger Crowcombe Court - James & Kerrie Wick Farm - Ryan Goold The Old Milking Parlour

DIARY DATE The 15th-century Tithe Barn, known as the hidden heart of Dunster, will once again be throwing open its huge doors for its wedding fair on Sunday 23rd January 2022. A dream location, the spectacular venue is overlooked and surrounded by a wealth of historical gems offering a kaleidoscope of settings for any style of wedding photography. However, it’s not only photographers that you’ll find at the wedding fair. The latest fashions for both bride and groom, jewellers, florists, hair stylists and beauticians will all be exhibiting. A choice of caterers offering a variety of different styles of menu, plus designer wedding cakes and favours will also be on hand to discuss your ideas. If your attention is turned towards the big-day entertainment it’ll also interest you to know that here you can also meet suppliers of discos, casinos, skittles, axe-throwing and more! Check out all styles of wedding-day transport, and get advice and ideas on your honeymoon. The Dunster Tithe Barn can seat up to 120 loved ones for a wedding breakfast and up to 250 guests for the evening do. Here, you’ll find everything a modern wedding could need. Check out IN THE RUNNING Bristol-based décor hire specialist Creative Collections has been announced as a South West Wedding Awards finalist for the New Upcoming Wedding Business accolade. Finalists are selected by a judging panel who assess all applications and decide on the most worthy candidates. They look at how active and serious each company is within the wedding industry as well as their mission statements and links to publishing, social media and how they kept going throughout the pandemic. Owner Alison Hieron says, “When I received the email from the awards congratulating me on having been chosen as a finalist, I was thrilled as only four new business had been selected. Fingers crossed for the award evening, but being a finalist already means so much on its own.” Learn more about Creative Collections at INDUSTRIAL CHIC Court Farm offers the ideal blank canvas and stunning setting for you to create your own special rustic-style country wedding weekend. Anything goes, from a traditional three-course wedding breakfast to a ceilidh and hog roast, the venue is so versatile, the choice is yours. Nestled amongst the grounds is a large barn with exposed brick walls and a high-beamed roof overlooking the apple orchard and duck pond and now the team have added to this offering with a newly converted second barn, the Woolshed. A beautiful industrial-chic space, it works brilliantly as a banqueting space for the modern-minded, and is a great alternative to a marquee. It seats up to 115 and is furnished with trestle tables and benches, which can be arranged to suit your plans, as well as rustic lighting. Find out more at NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around th region YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

RELAX AND UNWIND Somerset recently saw the launch of Transformations, a new luxury day spa, based in the idyllic Dillington Estate on the outskirts of Illminster. Making the most of the Covid lockdown break for the beauty industry, owner Kerry Hole-Stuart relocated and rebranded from her previous location in Illminster town, launching the luxurious Transformations and opening its doors to those seeking hair, beauty and aesthetics treatments. Kerry’s goal from the outset of owning her own salon was to provide her clients with a relaxing environment perfectly suited to pure indulgence. Utilising the new location she was able to take this to the next level with the new day spa – somewhere her clients can receive superior treatments and top to toe relaxation for both men and women alike. The boutique day spa has capacity to host up to six guests at one time, meaning it’s the ideal place for celebratory gettogethers, while the boutique style means it’ll never get too overwhelming if you’re in need of some pre-wedding R&R and would rather fly solo. Find out more at EDITOR’S SPOTLIGHT We know there’ll be a lot of you out there, newly engaged over the Christmas period, wondering where to start. A question we often get asked is: what happens once the venue is booked – how do we sort out the legal bit? We turned to the Somerset Registration Service’s marketing officer, Amber Packer-Hughes, for advice. Amber says, “The most important next step is to book your registrar. We take bookings up to two years ahead here in Somerset, though other districts vary. Do be flexible about the exact ceremony time, in case registrars already have a lot of bookings in their diary. We’ll always do our best to fit your plans and normally have space, but there are only so many 2pm slots we can offer! “The other legal step is booking your Notice of Marriage appointment. It needs to happen at least 28 days in advance, but we recommend around three to six months before the big day. This is a face-to-face meeting you both need to attend in the district where you live, even if you’re marrying elsewhere. Once completed, you have up to a year to marry at your chosen venue. This is a handy flexibility in case disaster strikes and you need to postpone (we’re looking at you Covid!). If you change venue you’ll need to give notice again, so make sure your plans are firm first. The registrars will bring your paperwork on the day, so that’s one less thing to add to your to-do list.” For further information head over to NEW VENUE ALERT! Waterside Country Barn is a new venue in Somerset, a one-of-a-kind lakeside gem that’s only available for a limited number of weddings each year. Offering the opportunity for its couples to enjoy full and exclusive use of the wedding barn and the six-acre field it sits in, it also boasts four glamping accommodation units, sleeping up to 10 for the whole weekend. You have the choice of two wedding packages or the chance to completely create your own bespoke version. The owners are working with The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, offering use of the venue free of charge to terminally ill brides and grooms and are keen to keep it local, so are looking to partner with the cream of West Country suppliers. There are plenty of exciting plans afoot for their first year in business, so keep your eyes on to stay up to date. ALL TOGETHER NOW Holly Berkley Jewellery designs and makes exclusive wedding accessories that have been featured in Vogue magazine no less than three times! From wedding crowns and matching jewellery to buttonholes and bridesmaids’ accessories, all pieces are hand-woven from wire and can be designed in any colour or precious metal you choose. You can even add pearls, semi-precious stones or crystals to make it extra special. Now, Holly has put together a new package whereby brides-to-be can design their entire wedding accessory list all in one. What’s more Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding has partnered with this fab local business to offer the first five readers 20 per cent off of this package. Turn to page 13 to find out more. Check out 10

HO L LY B E R K L E Y J EW E L L E RY E S T. 1 9 8 9 Fully wire woven handmade wedding crowns and accessories As seen in Vogue • Brides, bride’s maids, accessories, flower girl, bride’s mother • Specialising in custom designs to suit all budgets 07789 971 396 Court Farm offers extensive grounds and the perfect blank canvas to create your own uniquely styled rustic wedding. A beautiful reception courtyard, The Woolshed for dining, historic Rustic Barn for dancing and stylish boutique onsite accommodation. To contact us about your wedding, please email or 07974739832 COURT FARM, COURT LANE, STANDERWICK, SOMERSET BA11 2PR 07771 61 33 75 | TopikkiStationery | @Topikki1 BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE WEDDING STATIONERY • WEDDING • SPECIAL OCCASION • • BESPOKE • DESIGNER & STUDIO RANGES • DIY Workshops and kits available for couples who want to make their own W W W . F L Y N N G U A R D P H O T O G R A P H Y . C O . U K I N S T A G R A M & F A C E B O O K @ F L Y N N _ G U A R D _ P H O T O G R A P H Y

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURBRISTOLSOMERSET.WEDDING. Closing date: 4th February, 2022 unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. THE FINISHING TOUCH Jewellery designer Holly Berkley has a wide range of accessories in a variety of shapes and designs as well as an extensive colour palette to choose from, and prices to suit your budget. With 30 years experience, Holly will help you design your dream hair accessories and jewellery from wedding crowns to buttonholes, everything is covered. Made on the Mendip Hills in Somerset, each piece is lovingly woven by hand from straight wire without the use of formers or machinery. They can take up to 27 hours to complete and sometimes over 100 metres of specialised jewellery wire. We’ve teamed up with Holly Berkley Jewellery to offer five readers of Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding a 20% discount on any commission taken before the end of 2021. You can order a whole matching set from hair accessories and jewellery, to bridesmaids accessories and buttonholes, your 20% will cover it all. To be one of the five, don’t delay – get in touch at or on 07789 971 396 and quote the code “20%OFF.” Check out Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS IN THE COUNTRY Court Farm is a lovingly restored 16th-century farmhouse nestled amongst ten acres of glorious gardens and grounds in the heart of the beautiful Somerset countryside. With exquisite attention to detail the farm buildings have been immaculately refurbished to preserve the authentic characteristics of a Somerset farm, juxtaposed with chic modern touches and interior flair – the height of luxury. The venue offers a range of wedding packages, the most popular of which are its two- and three-night options, which include accommodation for 10 to 14 people in the boutique-style cottages and cow byres, all overlooking the charming private courtyard. The modernised cottage sleeps four to six, as does the Cider Barn & Dairy, and the additional Cow Byre sleeps two. We’ve partnered with this gorgeous local venue to offer readers the three-night package for the price of the two-night version for wedding dates in May and June 2022. To take advantage of this fabulous saving, get in touch at or on 07974 739 832 and quote “Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding.” Head over to for further information. Luxury gifting company is bringing joy to all occasions. Each of its gift hampers is lovingly curated and handpacked in Oxfordshire, with perfectly paired food and drink from carefully selected makers and producers. The team at is giving County Wedding Magazines readers the chance to win a Luxury Food & Wine Basket worth £115. The beautiful wicker basket is packed full of tasty snacks and moreish treats for nearlyweds to share together. The stars of the show are an excellent bottle of Prosecco, and a full-bodied Argentinian Malbec from the Gauchezco Estate, paired with award-winning cheese, hand-baked biscuits, and luxury Belgian chocolates. For your chance to win enter via our website, and for more details about and it’s range of delecatble gifts for the wedding day and beyond visit WIN A LUXURY HAMPER WORTH £115! FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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Spotlight on...BRISTOL Tie the knot in a local hotspot BERWICK LODGE 0117 958 1590 | Berwick Lodge is an imposing red-brick Victorian manor house first glimpsed from the end of a tree- and lantern-lined driveway. Set in 18 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland with views reaching to Wales, it boasts features such as a walkway to Aphrodite’s Dome, ornate fountains, an orchard and a summer house, all of which make wonderful photographic backdrops. The interior has everything you’d expect from a lodge such as open fires and wood panelling, but with an East-meets-West twist on the design. Sumptuous over-sized sofas and crystal chandeliers bring a luxurious feel to the place, while retaining a relaxed and welcoming ambience. A sweeping staircase leads to 14 beautiful bedrooms, all individually designed and named after ancient civilisations of the Anatolian period. Summeria is a beautifully light room upstairs in the converted stable block, The Mews, with skylights and views of the countryside. An original stained-glass doorway leads you to this room in the eaves that can hold up to 50 nearest and dearest for your ceremony. Alternatively, Mesopotamia, also in the Mews, is suitable for larger gatherings, hosting up to 90. It boasts large windows, pillars to decorate and access to a patio area with beautiful views. The dining room, known as Hattusa, can host wedding breakfasts for 20 to 90 guests and up to 150 for the evening bash. The architectural style and elegant crystal chandeliers create a welcoming and intimate atmosphere. Elopement weddings just for the two of you are also available here and are held in the pretty summer house complete with veranda and lined with lavender. You’ll be treated to a complimentary menu and wine tasting evening and most packages include a suite for your wedding night. LOCAL VENUES 15

The historical Avon Gorge Hotel boasts panoramic views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the surrounding area from its iconic terrace. Just a stone’s throw from the boutiques of Clifton Village, the hotel offers all the classic features you’d expect, alongside contemporary touches in a new meeting and events suite located in the former spa pump rooms. The hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years, bringing alive all the original features such as stained-glass windows and mosaic flooring, alongside modern design and state-of-the-art equipment. Plus, guests are able to enjoy the new-look bedrooms, as well as the Lounge Bar and Goram & Vincent Restaurant. Aquam Bibe is a self-contained events space with two adjoining rooms. It has its own external access via a sweeping marble staircase, with sparkling chandeliers and stained-glass windows. It also features its own lobby, breakout area, private bar, restrooms, built-in sound system and access to a private terrace. It can be split into two smaller spaces, which are separated by a partial wall, or opened up into one large space. Hugely versatile, it can accommodate 100 loved ones for the ceremony, between 64 and 144 for the wedding breakfast, and 120 to 300 for the evening do. When you book your wedding at The Avon Gorge Hotel you’ll be given your own dedicated wedding coordinator, you’ll be able to plan your wine list with a sommelier and you can sample your menu. Exclusive-use packages are also available, which includes all 78 bedrooms. Located in the old quarter of the city, close to the waterfront. With 40 bedrooms including several double-height loft suites, an award-winning Bistro, and four event spaces, the hotel offers a sophisticated yet relaxed venue focusing on great food and drink. The hotel features 18th-century architecture combined with chic contemporary loft-living style bedrooms full of eye-catching detail and a warm, inviting ambience. Here, you have the choice of three locations for your vows. Lombard can accommodate 72 loved ones for a ceremony. The room benefits from high-vaulted ceilings, floods of natural daylight and its own private roof terrace. Christie’s Library and Janneau Bar can host up to 36 for the “I dos.” It boasts exposed brickwork and rustic wooden beams, lots of comfortable seating and its own private bar. Finally, there’s space in Le Pin for 24 nearest and dearest to witness your vows. Bursting with character, it’s elaborately hand-painted in the style of Gustav Klimt. The three aforementioned spaces can also host your wedding breakfast with 72, 44 and 40 guests respectively. Christie’s Library and Janneau Bar can also host the evening event for 80 loved ones and when combined the Lombard, Library and Le Pin can host 120. A further option for an intimate post-vow meal is Lanson, which can seat 12. Exclusive use of the hotel is available and gives you full run of the venue, including the Bistro, Sugar Barn and all 40 bedrooms. A complimentary tasting is also offered. AVON GORGE HOTEL BY HOTEL DU VIN 0117 906 4650 | HOTEL DU VIN & BISTRO BRISTOL 0117 925 5577 | 16

COURT LEIGH Naomi Kenton Photography 01275 373 393 | | Get in touch to book your private venue tour. COURT LEIGH Naomi Kenton Photography Naomi Kenton Photography Jon Craig Jo Hansford B E S T W E S T E R N Henbury Lodge Hotel B E G I N Y O U R S T O R Y H E R E . . . Henbury Lodge is an attractive Georgian mansion, Grade II listed building with beautiful gardens.The hotel has 22 bedrooms, 12 rooms in the main house and 10 rooms in the coach house. A restaurant, lounge, bar, and a garden room (under construction) which would be the perfect setting for small weddings.We are using a marquee while the garden room is being built. We are a family-run hotel and aim to offer a tailor-made personal service, working with you to ensure that every detail of your special day is catered for. A MarqueeWedding in the garden will also have the exclusive use of the main house and will need to take the 12 bedrooms of the main house for the wedding guests as part of the wedding package.The additional 10 bedrooms of the coach house will be available if needed. For smaller weddings being held in the hotel restaurant, if there is an evening disco, then the package will also need to include the 12 bedrooms in the main house. S T A T I O N R O A D , B R I S T O L , B S 1 0 7 Q Q 0 1 1 7 9 5 0 2 6 1 5 | i n f o @ h e n b u r y h o t e l . c o m W W W . H E N B U R Y H O T E L . C O M

How about this year, you give your loved ones the gift of relaxation? THE NORTH BARN EAGLEWOOD PARK DILLINGTON ESTATE ILMINSTER TA19 9DQ TEL: 01460 52524 Visit: *Offer excludes The Eaglewood Half Day Spa Package Use code YWDec15 for 15% off Spa Day Packages booked in December* Bristol Road, Falfield, South Gloucestershire GL12 8DL 01454 260502 Set in a rural location on the edge of the Cotswolds, The Gables Hotel is a family-owned and run hotel which offers a delightful setting for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions for up to 140 day time and 200 evening guests. Our All Inclusive Wedding Package starts at £3,050 in 2022 and £3,200 in 2023 and includes a welcome drink, a three course meal with a glass of sparkling wine for the toasts, an evening finger buffet, room hire, complimentary overnight stay for the couple and much more! Based on 50 adult day guests and 80 adult evening guests. Sunday 30th January 2022 11am to 2pm | Free Entry Dairyhouse farm is located on the edge of an ancient woodland overlooking the beautiful Somerset levels. Perfect for a relaxed country wedding. w w w . d a i r y h o u s e f a r m s o m e r s e t . c o . u k i n f o @ d a i r y h o u s e f a r m s o m e r s e t . c o . u k Te l : + 4 4 ( 0 ) 7 9 6 9 3 6 2 8 1 2 D a i r y h o u s e f a r m , B e r e , L a n g p o r t , S o m e r s e t TA 1 0 0 Q X Dairyhouse Farm

THORNBURY CASTLE 01454 281 182 | Thornbury Castle, the honeymoon destination of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, is steeped in history inside and out. From the original walls and mounting steps where the former King would have once stood, to the feature oriel windows and 500-year-old chimneys, there’s always something to revel in for the history fan. Every room allows you to step back in time and each bedchamber includes individual Tudor features such as four-poster beds and stone walls. In fact, the venue boasts the largest four-poster bed in an English hotel! The grounds too are beautifully historical and thanks to the hard-working gardening team are some of the best-preserved Tudor gardens in England. There’s an impressive choice of locations when it comes to your ceremony. The most intimate of which is The Library suitable for 14 guests. It features wood-panelled walls and an oriel window. The Lounge is slightly larger and can host 24, and the largest of the indoor spaces is The Tudor Hall, which can accommodate 75 loved ones. It features stone walls, original fireplace, an oriel window plus additional adjacent rooms. If you prefer to tie the knot al fresco, The Summerhouse can hold 14 nearest and dearest and is a charming feature of the rose garden. The Goodly Gardens are suitable for guest lists of up to 75 people and include some of the oldest Tudor gardens in England all surrounded by stone walls. The Barons Sitting Room is suitable for receptions for up to 20 loved ones, with original beams, an ornamental fireplace and one long feature table. The Chancellors Lounge is a private space for guests to enjoy throughout the day with views of the front lawn and inside courtyard. Adjacent rooms, The Tudor Hall and Boyling House can together host 75 day and 120 evening guests. The former acts as the wedding breakfast area, following which you’ll adjourn into the Boyling House with reception room and private bar. The venue offers a complimentary tasting with the Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour packages, as well as a complimentary bed and breakfast stay in one of the deluxe bedchambers for your anniversary. BRUNEL’S SS GREAT BRITAIN 0117 926 0680 | Set in the city’s historic dockyard, the SS Great Britain cuts a striking image in Bristol’s harbour. Ceremonies can be held on the Promenade Deck or al fresco in the rustic Riggers’ Yard, with memorable reception spaces in the First Class Dining Saloon and Hayward Saloon, both steeped in history. THE ORANGERY AT GOLDNEY HOUSE 0117 428 4000 | Nestled within romantic walled gardens, the enchanting Orangery at Goldney House is a timelessly elegant venue overlooking the city, providing an oasis of calm away from the everyday buzz of Bristol. With a Georgian folly, a shell grotto and ornate water feature, guests can enjoy the serenity of this beautiful space. Also check out... 19 LOCAL VENUES

A fairytale ending Experience all that Orchardleigh’s Three Day Wedding package has to offer Taken straight from a fairytale, Orchardleigh’s grand 19th-century Victorian stately home and surrounding 500 acres of stunning grounds provide a truly enchanting setting for your wedding day. The venue’s fabulous Three Day Wedding experience is what makes Orchardleigh really stand out from the crowd. Not only does it include everything you need for a truly spectacular day, it also offers the wonderful opportunity to extend your celebrations across three days – with accommodation on the estate for up to 18 guests the night before and a romantic stay at the estates Palladium Boathouse on the night after your wedding day. DAY ONE: THE NIGHT BEFORE Arriving from 4pm, you will be given your keys to two luxury lodges at either ends of the estate, with plenty of space between you should you choose to stay apart the night before your wedding. Orchardleigh Castle: Have you ever dreamt of waking up in your own private castle? Sleeping up to 12 guests, Orchardleigh Castle offers the perfect place to stay the night before your big day. Relax and unwind in the beautiful surroundings and soak up the tranquil and picturesque scenery from the luxury hot tub within your own private garden. On the morning of your wedding, there’s no better place to get ready than the large, bright and airy kitchen and dining area. Orchardleigh Castle offers beautiful grounds for those special photographs before you leave to say ‘I do. Murtry Lodge: Located at the opposite end of the estate to Orchardleigh Castle, the lodge offers two bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms, sleeping up to six guests. The lodge has is own private garden, fully fitted kitchen and comfortable lounge so you have all you need to unwind the evening before your wedding day. Whether you choose to begin the celebrations separately or together on the day before your wedding, there are so many options at Orchardleigh – from a round of Golf of the estate’s 18 hole premier golf course, to a delicious meal with all of your friends and family at The Peacock Restaurant or perhaps a night of pampering in your private lodge and unwinding in the hot tub! 20

DAY 2: YOUR WEDDING DAY Waking in your private accommodation on the estate, you can spend the morning getting ready at your leisure and capturing those all important morning preparation photographs. When its time to leave to say ‘I do’, you can travel in one of Orchardleigh’s fleet of wedding transportation – from the Bentley Continental GTC to the Longranger Helicopter. You can choose a church wedding at one of the three churches in the Parish or a ceremony in one of the venue’s inside or outside spaces. Following your nuptials, reception drinks and canapés will be served outside on the terrace or inside in The Great Hall; giving you the chance to enjoy time together with your families and friends. Your wedding breakfast will be served in the elegant Ballroom boasting far-reaching views across the estate and Somerset countryside. Orchardleigh’s selection of six menus will ensure a delicious meal that everyone will love and that will complement your day perfectly. Celebrate into the night however you choose – perhaps a band or a disco, fireworks and a casino. You are free to use and enjoy Orchardleigh House as if it were your own home. What’s more, the lovely folk at Orchardleigh will keep your party going until you say stop! With 41 of bedrooms to offer, there will be plenty of room for you and your guests to stay in the main house and additional accommodation available should it be required. DAY 3: THE NIGHT AFTER Spend the evening after your wedding relaxing together in the estate’s luxury palladium boathouse. Offering complete seclusion on the edge of a 35-acre lake, you can be truly alone to enjoy your first day of married life! Complete with its own private terrace and hot tub, there is no finer place to reflect on your special day with a glass of bubbles or two! For more information on Orchardleigh Estate, Frome: 01373 472 550 | | 21 ADVERTORIAL

wonderland Our roundup of the region’s cosiest venues MAUNSEL HOUSE 01278 661 076 | Situated amongst 100 acres of stunning gardens, orchards and lakes you’ll find Maunsel House. As you reach the end of the chestnut treelined driveway you’ll discover the main entrance, draped in wisteria and climbing roses. The House has a lovely feeling of eccentricity along with an eclectic mix of interiors and memorabilia. It features 13 luxurious bedrooms, many of which have four poster beds. The King’s Room, often used as the wedding suite, is one of the largest and offers the biggest four poster bed as well as a free-standing copper bath. Outside in the gardens where resident peacocks roam, along with doves, geese, ducks and Shetland ponies, you’ll find the bandstand, pergola and Victorian kitchen and herb garden. Ceremonies take place in the Regency Ballroom, which is ornately draped in gold curtains and features gilded mirrors. There is space for 102 seated – 180 with the extension. The dining room is also available and can seat 35. It’s beautifully decorated in an elegant sage green with a 16th-century Tuscan solid walnut table. St. Michael’s Church too is nearby and can seat 50. Alternatively, if you prefer to say “I do” al fresco, the pergola, which can seat 180, is just the spot. Situated at the back of the house it’s complete with a covered walkway, that leads into the walled garden. For the celebrations, you’ll adjourn into the Regency Ballroom. It can accommodate 90 nearest and dearest for a seated wedding breakfast, or with the marquee extension, 180. You can also enjoy open-air dining in the pergola area for the same numbers. The bar area within the house is a wonderful focal point offering a traditional pub-like atmosphere full of antiques. WINTER 22

ORCHARDLEIGH ESTATE 01373 472 550 | Nestled amidst 500 acres of stunning Somerset parkland is family-owned estate Orchardleigh. The estate boasts a beautiful 19th-century stately home, romantic island church, 18-hole golf course and plenty of luxurious accommodation. Exclusively yours on you big day, with expansive gardens and views across the estate and lake, Orchardleigh House provides unlimited stunning backdrops for the all-important photographs. The House offers a selection of elegant indoor spaces and cosy log fires, making it ideal for winter weddings. The grand Ballroom provides a beautiful space for the wedding breakfast and because Orchardleigh is a private house, residents and guests can celebrate until dawn. The House can sleep up to 85 guests within 41 opulent bedrooms, with further accommodation available in the estate cottages if required. What’s more, the Grade II listed Palladium boathouse on the lake has been recently renovated and is available exclusively for the happy couple as a luxurious retreat the night after the wedding. You have a choice of five wonderful spots to say “I do.” The Ballroom can host up to 100 loved ones, in The Great Hall there’s room for up to 144, The Belvedere is the new outdoor ceremony space and can also host 144, and The Pergola has space for unlimited numbers. The estate’s island church is an incredibly romantic place to exchange your vows. Lit purely by candlelight due to it’s location, St Mary’s can be found on an island at the heart of the estate. Reception drinks can be hosted on The Terrace and in the breathtaking surroundings of the gardens. Alternatively, if it’s too chilly outside you can move inside to The Great Hall and vestibule, which boasts glorious open fires lit for the winter months. The Ballroom as a capacity of 165 guests for the reception. It has high ceilings and stunning feature windows making it an elegant space to host your wedding breakfast. QUANTOCK LAKES 07879 812 516 | Quantock Lakes is an exclusive-use Somerset barn wedding venue offering accommodation for two nights from wedding eve. It boasts three barns for you to enjoy, all sharing breathtaking views across the lakes and the famous Quantock Hills and brought to life by the family owners. Plus, new for 2021 is the fabulous Farmhouse with incredible bridal prep space complete with hot tub, sauna and handcrafted bar. The glorious grounds offer you the opportunity to stroll around the meadows and beautifully-kept gardens, and follow the path to the ancient oak tree with romantic rope swing. Watch the sunset across the lakes as you toast marshmallows around the firepit, or relax on the lake pontoon as you enjoy the outside feature lighting once the night draws in. Ceremonies are most popularly held in the Rustic Barn with its original features and cosy low beams. There’s space here for 100 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, the Quantock Barn boasts tall ceilings, an inglenook fireplace and fabulous views. Suitable for larger gatherings, it can accommodate 250. For outside “I dos” the lake pontoon is licensed also with a capacity of 250. The Meadow Barn is an elegant space for your wedding breakfast and speeches. With bifold doors, giant chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling drapes and panoramic views is can host 250. Quantock Barn is your party barn for the evening as well as the central hub for the day. It has standing capacity for 400. 23 WINTER VENUES

Maunsel House The Most Magnificent 13th Century Manor House exclusively yours for weddings & events Maunsel House he Most Magnificent 13th Century Manor House exclusively yours for weddings & events Maunsel House The Most Magnificent 13th Century Manor House exc usively you s for weddings & events Maunsel House The Most Magnificent 13th Century Manor House Exclusively yours for weddings & events 01278 661076 NORTH NEWTON, SOMERSET, TA7 0BU CLOSED FOR THE WINTER Batch Country House, Lympsham, Nr. Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS24 0EX Tel: 01934 750371 Email: The Ideal Venue for Wedding Receptions The Batch Country House specialises in weddings due to its beautiful location. The landscaped gardens offer the perfect backdrop to your photographs. WEDDING SHOW SUNDAY 16TH JANUARY, 11.30AM - 3.30PM LUXURY SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION IN SOMERSET THAT SLEEPS 20 This majestic, former Georgian rectory could be yours to enjoy for the perfect relaxed holiday with friends and family, a special celebration, an intimate wedding party or the ideal secluded venue for your corporate escape. The Grange is a luxurious house sleeping up to twenty two people in the heart of rural Somerset and offering a wide range of entertainment to suit all ages W W W . T H E G R A N G E S O M E R S E T . C O M 07921 064 398

THE GRANGE 07932 165 718 | Set in its own parkland and gardens, The Grange is not only impressive but welcoming, feeling more like a home where receiving your guests will feel personal and just a little bit grand. The driveway sweeps towards the front of the house for the perfect start to any reception party. The House sleeps 22 in luxury double bedrooms with mainly en suite bathrooms. The grounds of this magnificent Georgian rectory give a sense of peace, privacy and seclusion, while offering sweeping lawns and ordered flower borders. What’s more, the terrace and walled gardens offer plenty of beautiful areas for those special timeless photographs. There’s also a vegetable garden and greenhouse full to the brim with organic fruit and veg, available for any chef to use. The Orangery seats 50 for the ceremony and many more for a drinks reception. It can also host the same number for a seated wedding breakfast and can open up onto the garden or a marquee for a less formal celebration with up to 150 guests. There are other reception rooms available too for more intimate gatherings, the dining room for example would seat 20 for dinner. Once you’ve tied the knot, why not stay on for a mini-moon? The House is an ideal holiday location with pool, tennis court, sauna and horses, plus many local attractions are on the doorstep, with the heavenly local countryside to explore. HAMSWELL HOUSE 07710 727 773 | Hamswell House is a beautiful historical venue with the main facade a fine example of the English Renaissance. Whereas the garden-facing exterior on the other hand, with its stone arch and French window is early 18th century. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the romantic gardens make for the ultimate backdrop and from the terrace, perfect for drinks, there are stunning rural views. You and your guests are free to explore the pergola with its wonderful old wisteria, the walled gardens and the terraced herb garden, which all make idyllic photography locations. Exchange your vows in the romantic 18th-century orangery, which boasts high arched windows and a Costwold stone room. It can seat 40 inside and during the summer, more guests can watch and listen from outside on the lawn. Receptions are held in an elegant marquee, which is custom-built and decorated to your requirements. This can seat up to 240 for a wedding breakfast. 25 WINTER VENUES

sophistication Jenny and Jason’s stylish city wedding was styled in a palette of blush, green and gold Images courtesy of Becky Weir Photography MODERN 26

According to Jason, it was love at first sight when he met Jenny online. The pair went for a meal together in Weston-super-Mare and Jenny soon fell for Jason’s sense of humour, “He makes me laugh every day,” she tells us. When a friend got ill and couldn’t go to see the Stereophonics with Jenny, Jason stepped in. The couple stayed in a hotel that night and on the way back to Bristol stopped at Porthcawl. As they walked on the beach, Jason paused to write, “will you marry me?” in the sand. It was a total surprise for Jenny, but of course she said “yes.” The Square Club in Berkley Square, Clifton, was the first wedding venue the two visited and quickly knew it was the one, booking it straight away. “We loved the intimacy of it, as well as its cocktail-bar style, which suited us really well,” Jenny explains. Read on as the bride gives us the lowdown on their big day, 10th July 2021... SETTING THE SCENE Jenny and Jason’s venue styling centred around a supermodern palette of blush pink, ivory, green and gold. Centrepieces featured gold candelabras, foliage and small gold vases filled with flowers. There wasn’t a formal table plan as such, since the guest list was halved to 30 due to Covid restrictions, so everyone was encouraged to mix and mingle. They were each given a tequila glass as wedding favours, engraved with the newlyweds’ names and wedding date. All assembled were asked to drink a shot from it, which no doubt helped to create a lively atmosphere. The couple also treated their loved ones to some chocolates and wax melts to take home. The Square Club served a three course meal for the wedding breakfast, followed by a barbecue later in the evening. The semi-naked two-tier cake was part lemon drizzle and part Victoria sponge, decorated with gold ribbon and fresh flowers. We love Dilly the Morris Minor who drove Jenny and Jason across Clifton Suspension bridge and back as they sat on the parcel shelf! “Honking the cute horn as we drove was definitely one of the stand-out moments,” Jenny remembers. “Jason hates being the centre of attention, but he loved all the cheers as we rode around in Dilly. I found it especially poignant as it brought smiles to people’s faces at a difficult time just after the second lockdown,” she continues. Once the festivities drew to a close bang on the Covid curfew at 10pm, the newlyweds were persuaded to head to Browns Bar, where they were met with a standing ovation and a chorus of Cliff Richard’s Eurovision hit, Congratulations, from the patrons. REAL WEDDINGS 27

Mi l bury Morr i s Minor s Looking for vintage chic, glamour and style? The Morris Minor brings smiles at every turn, great photo opportunities, romantic and fun. Perfect for your English Country or City wedding in The Cotswolds, Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Milbury Morris Minors is a family business, we are passionate about these beautiful vintage cars, who have been part of our family for many years. We offer a friendly, professional wedding service, sharing our love of these fun cars with you on your special day. Headed up by Isabella who has been in the childcare industry for 10 years, Pitch Up and Play wedding childcare allows you, your guests and your min VIPs to have a super fun day! You might like a pop up wedding creche service in our beautiful bell tent, a few hours of childcare or simply just evening babysitting whilst you celebrate until late! Whatever you need, we can provide it for you to help make your day stress-free and relaxing. An i dea t ha t wi l l make a l l you r f r i end s s ay , “Why d i dn ’ t we t h i nk o f t ha t ? ! ” Isabella Passafaro, Pitch Up and Play www. p i t chupandp l ay. co . uk AT THE HEART OF ALL CEREMONY IS THE HONOURING OF A TRANSITION IN YOUR LIFE, TO SUPPORT YOUWITH STEPPING FULLY INTO THE NEXT CHAPTER. A wedding ceremony is an opportunity to gather support from your community as they witness your commitment to one another as you cross the threshold into marriage, encircling you with all their warmth, good wishes and hopes for your lasting happiness. Choosing to create a bespoke wedding ceremony enables you to include your individual and collective dreams, inspiration and spiritual beliefs in a way that is relevant and authentic for you. I am a celebrant and wedding officiant devoted to creating meaningful and memorable ceremonies that celebrate who you are and what you hope to become together. With Soulmaking Ceremonies you are encouraged to reimagine the traditional wedding ceremony and create something truly unique. Designing and holding a wedding ceremony that is personal, inclusive and infused with love is my speciality, as well as incorporating ritual and elements of the natural world to celebrate your connection with what you hold sacred. I welcome all faiths, genders and beliefs, holding an inclusive space for you and your guests to come together and share a profound experience of love that will infuse the rest of your day and future together. ISLAMACLEOD.COM | INSTAGRAM@ISLAJMACLEOD