Your East Anglian Wedding - April/May 2022 (Issue 54)

HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, BRIDAL FASHION, EXPERT ADVICE AND MORE A honeymoon in St Lucia WIN! Spring fever Seasonal inspiration galore APRIL/MAY 2022 £3.55 Local love stories True ROMANCE STEP BACK IN TIME Historical venues full of character and charm BEHIND THE LENS Wedding photographers share their top tips TEAM POINTS Dressing the bridal party 01394 460362 Pettistree Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0JF - Asian Weddings - Exclusive Use - Rural Location - Wedding Receptions - Outside Weddings - Civil Ceremonies The Perfect Wedding Venue

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A sneak peek of what’s to come 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 70 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 82 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon to St Lucia CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2022 VENUES 19 BYGONE DAYS Tie the knot in a magical venue full of history and charm 25 SPOTLIGHT ON PETERBOROUGH AND HUNTINGDON Where to wed in and around these Cambridgeshire hotspots FEATURES 45 BEHIND THE LENS Local wedding photographers share their top tips and pics 49 SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW Less is more for timeless big-day style 53 TEAM POINTS Dressing the bridal party 67 IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN Be inspired by Mother Nature for evergreen wedding wow-factor 73 TIME FOR TEA Add a touch of whimsy to your big day with a magical Alice in Wonderland theme On the cover Don’t let the unpredictable British weather cast a shadow over your big day. This issue’s front cover shot, captured by Sally Rawlins Photography at Ella and Hamish’s stylish wedding, shows that despite summer showers love will shine through no matter what. Turn to page 34 to find out more … 73 19 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 Finally! After a rollercoaster-ride of Covid cancellations our lovely CWM social media queen Beth Morton finally got to marry her man 34 A BROLLY GOOD TIME Love shone through the showers on Ella and Hamish’s big day 40 BAREFOOT ON THE SAND Amanda and Frank tied the knot on Norfolk’s Bacton beach HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 88 GOURMET LOVERS PARADISE IN THE ALGARVE Check out this delightful year-round destination FASHION & BEAUTY 56 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 57 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new-season bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 58 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 63 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 80 SKINCARE SUPERHEROES Serums are the skincare essentials of the 20s, especially if you’re on the quest for a radiant big-day complexion 81 GET THE LOOK Bridal make-up inspiration 58 40 86 GROOMS 83 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 84 IN THE PINK So many choices in this oh-so fabulous hue! 4

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Take a peek down the rabbit hole with the whimsical Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired wedding shoot featured from page 73. Personally I love this time of year, although the weather can still be nippy, there’s the promise of sunny days ahead and the spring flowers are coming into bloom. I don’t know about you, but from the moment the clocks go forward, I immediately feel more energised. The days seem longer and it’s great to leave home and return from work in the daylight. Feeling newly energised, I’m preparing to get to grips with all those niggling tasks at home that I’ve mothballed over the winter. So, if like me, you’ve been a bit sluggish with the to-do list over the winter, now is the time to get cracking. This issue is packed with positivity, seasonal inspiration and real weddings to help you. Whether you’re in the ‘postponed from 2020’ camp, the ‘original 2021’ crew or your status is ‘newly engaged’, the wedding planning will be gathering momentum in the coming months – and you’ve come to the right place for inspiration! This issue is crammed with tips and advice on everything from the wedding photography to lovely local venues, plus fabulous photo shoots and more to showcase what’s on offer in the region. And if you’re looking to nail your wedding day bridal style, we’ve got you covered with everything from dressing the whole bridal gang, to hair and beauty, fashion and accessories. Packed with all the regular features, honeymoons and more, we’re excited and hope you are too! Enjoy! Sarah x Sarah Reeve, editor Spring is sprung WIN A HONEYMOON TO ST LUCIA ISSN 2052-0514 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Sarah Reeve | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Rachel Palmer | 01376 538563 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your East Anglian 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 East Anglian 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 East AnglianWedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @YourEastAnglianWedding @CWM_YEAW @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 82 Amanda and Frank braved the showers and tied the knot on Norfolk’s Bacton beach 40 6

For That Special Occasion CELEBRATING 46 YEARS IN ROYSTON MOTHER OF THE BRIDE SPECIALIST CONDICI JOHN CHARLES ISPIRATO VENI INFANTINO ANN BALON COUTURE CLUB GINA BACCONI LEWIS HENRY DRESSED UP Free Alteration Service Matching Hats and Fascinators Shoes & Bags available Lingerie from Fantasie, Charnos, Lepel, After Eden, Royce, and Triumph Cup sizes AA-H Tel: 01763 244073 John Street, Royston SG8 9BE Sizes 6-26 Posh Plants topiary, interior and blossom trees for hire email: 07703 347014 Find us on A unique and versatile 300 year old venue close to the fine City of Norwich The Octagon, Hospital Road, Little Plumstead, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 5FH 07770 700926 | | Venue Decoration: Sam Race | Decoration: Bellesandbeausweddingstyling | Bar: bestatbars | Florist: nichenorwich Gown: boutiqueofdreamsnorfolk | Model: Sadie Rosembert The Octagon barn is a unique and ancient building. Inviting it’s first guests in 1853, it is still welcoming guests, and making wonderful memories today. We look forward to providing you with a truly wonderful experience, which you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. O C T A GON E V E N T S

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NEWS All the latest from around the region EDITOR LOVES… This quirky cake by Norfolk-based Stacey’s Cakey Bakes ( is just the ticket for an Alice in Wonderland wedding. Just one of the whimsical creations featured in the magical themed shoot featured from page 73 this issue. THE BRIDGERTON EFFECT With the new series of Bridgerton out now, love for Regency-inspired weddings is set to surge this year. The hit show has sparked a wave of bigday trends and influences covering everything from the venue styling to the dress, stationery and decorative details. What’s more, East Anglia has a whole host of fabulous settings to fit the bill. Check out the Bury St Edmunds Guildhall with its elegant Regency banqueting hall featured in our showcase of historic venues from page 19.  Nearlywed HERE COMES SUMMER Now is the time for making the most of the great outdoors. With summer around the corner we’re looking forward to all the dreamy al fresco weddings to come. Cambridgeshirebased The Horsebox UK is heading into the season at full speed and has just announced a line-up of events with lots of weddings in the mix. Their quirky Harriet bar can provide a full drinks service or how about something themed like an Espresso Martini bar for an extra special touch? Their lovingly converted blue horsebox Henry is a major crowd-pleaser serving barista coffees alongside a range of tasty toasties, perfect for a chilled festival-style wedding. To find out more visit YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

SAVE THE DATE The University Arms Cambridge is hosting a spring wedding fair in conjunction with the city’s Burr Bridal boutique on Sunday 15th May from 11am to 3pm. It will be taking place in the luxury hotel’s Ballroom, entry is free and there’s a complimentary drink on arrival, canapés and goodie bags too. A variety of leading wedding suppliers will be there to help and inspire you, covering a whole host of big-day needs from the photography and flowers, to the cake and more. For details visit the website WATCH THIS SPACE It’s exciting times ahead for Lucky Sixpence Bridal. Set on the outskirts of Harleston, Norfolk, in the heart of the Waveney Valley, the bridal room is currently being extended to increase the selling space by around 75 per cent. Owner Vicky Parfitt reveals, “A separate changing room will be added along with a kitchen area so I can provide refreshments for brides and their guests. It also means that I can increase my stock so there will be many more dresses to choose from.” Work is in progress and will hopefully be completed towards the end of year. To find our more visit Psst… Every bride receives a lucky sixpence when they buy their wedding dress as a thank you gift to carry with them on their big day. NEW VENUE ALERT High House Garden Weddings is a newcomer to the local wedding scene offering acres of romance for the wild at heart. Set in Congham, Norfolk, the blank-canvas venue, gives newlyweds-to-be the freedom to style the space their way. Available for exclusive use over three days, there’s a choice of outdoor ceremony spaces, either within the beautiful walled garden or in a romantic woodland clearing. To see for yourself, the venue is hosting a showcase on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May between 11am and 3pm. Be inspired by the marquee and grounds styled for a wedding with suppliers on hand to discuss your big-day plans. Pre-register by email at to receive a High House Garden Weddings goodie bag on the day including tasty treats and exclusive offers. To find out more visit the website and check out the styled shoot on page 67. GET CONNECTED Here at County Wedding Magazines HQ we’re literally never satisfied when it comes to providing you with wedspiration. With this in mind, we’ve created our very own YouTube channel, just for you. Discover everything from venue tours to dream dresses, catch up on beauty reviews and how-tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots. You can even be a fly on the wall at some lovely real weddings! We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? Simply head to YouTube and search County Wedding Magazines. 10

Our attractive rustic style 1960’s Rice Horsebox trailers are ready to impress you & your guests. We create a completely bespoke package & menu to suit your requirements, whether it’s a champagne reception, cocktail bar, or full bar service followed by our infamous posh toasteis & proper barista coffee’s, with bespoke built bars or our two horsebox’s to choose from we are here to add that extra special touch... T // 07796618168 E // Set in the heart of a picturesque country estate, Haughley Park Barn offers an impressive but relaxed setting where you can celebrate your wedding, your way. The lovingly restored Suffolk wedding venue is approached by a long, sweeping driveway through parkland and provides instant charm and atmosphere in a beautiful, private location. HAUGHLEY PARK, STOWMARKET, SUFFOLK, IP14 3JY 01359 240701 |

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA WWW.YOUREASTANGLIAN.WEDDING/GIVEAWAYS Closing date 3rd June 2022. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaway up for grabs Win ANOVERNIGHT STAY Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 5TH MARCH, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

SPRING 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated Pre-register at LONDON 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. SUN 3 APR | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SURREY ESSEX SUN 15 MAY | GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford,, GU4 8SE SUN 10 APR | MARKSHALL ESTATE Coggeshall, CO6 1TG SUSSEX SUN 10 APR | CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing BN13 3UN

AUTUMN 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US ESSEX SUN 16 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 23 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1RT SURREY SUN 4 SEPT | GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford,, GU4 8SE KENT SUN 6 NOV | HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 25 SEPT | RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP 12pm-4pm /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER | 11AM - 3.30PM THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM WEMBLEY STADIUM High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 24 APRIL 2022 | 11AM - 3:30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Sponsored by

Bespoke wedding receptions in a unique and exclusive location in North Norfolk 01263 584175 Image by David Blake t 01394 383555 ext.300 w Yarmouth Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1QW Happy Ever Ufford With spectacular views over 120 acres of historic parkland, and warm, friendly service, we are perfect for intimate or larger weddings. Let us share our wealth of knowledge and passion for weddings with you, making sure your dream day runs smoothly from your initial enquiry through to the big day. Located just off the A12 and offering 90 en-suite bedrooms, we are ideal for those family members travelling from afar. Contact our Wedding Coordinator to make an appointment. 2022 03 Your EA Wedding Weddings.qxp_141mm h x 195mm w 09/03/2022 09:31 Page 1 | | 07580355184

Bygone days Tie the knot in a magical venue full of history and charm HINTLESHAM HALL, IPSWICH 01473 652 334 | Wind your way down the tree-lined drive to discover this historic gem. Surrounded by peaceful mature gardens, the outside of the hall has a Georgian frontage and an elegant Tudor feature at the back. There’s a choice of distinctive rooms where you can tie the knot including the Georgian-style Salon. The impressive chandelier and ornate gold-leaf ceiling add to the period charm and it can host up to 100 guests. For more intimate ceremonies, The Justice on the ground floor overlooking the back lawns has an appeal all of its own and the first-floor Carolean is another stunning ceremony space. There are three beautiful function rooms too including The Salon which, with the adjacent Parlour, is big enough for up to 135 family and friends to celebrate in style. Relax in the venue’s inviting lounges and at the end of the night you and your guests can retire to the luxuriously furnished bedrooms, many with original timber beams and features. WE LOVE… the stunning 17th-century plasterwork ceiling in the Carolean, widely considered to be one of the finest of its kind in the country. HISTORIC VENUES 19

BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL & SPA, NEWMARKET 01638 663 175 | Originally a Georgian hunting lodge built for the 6th Duke of Bedford, this stunning venue is a local landmark. The elegant white stucco building, is surrounded by three acres of manicured gardens in Newmarket, the historic home of horse racing. Flanked by some of the most famous paddocks and horse training stables in the world, the four Red Star luxury hotel oozes character and charm. The ideal blend of old and new, some parts of the venue date back to the 17th century. The grounds offer a wealth of great photo opportunities, with meticulously kept lawns and plants, it’s a riot of colour and fragrance in the summer. You can marry in either the Derby or Oaks Room, with up to 80 loved ones, or the St Leger Rooms with 120 guests. Alternatively host your whole day in the Classics Suite joined by 150 of your nearest and dearest for the ‘I dos’ followed by the wedding breakfast and evening reception. The beautiful gardens provide the ideal backdrop for a chilled drinks reception post-vows. There’s also a separate luxury mews next to the hotel with views over the prestigious horse-training yard next door, three bedrooms and a private dining area – great for guests staying over. WE LOVE… that newlyweds-to-be can enjoy a complimentary, relaxing day at the hotel spa a fortnight before the wedding and a manicure or pedicure the week before the big day. HADLEIGH GUILDHALL 01473 822 544 | If you’re looking for a venue with bags of character, look no further – Hadleigh Guildhall is a national treasure! Set in the heart of the ancient Suffolk market town, flanked by St Mary’s Church and the Deanery Tower, the rich heritage of the site provides a one-of-a-kind big-day backdrop. With both a fine Grade I listed building dating back to Medieval times and a Grade II listed Victorian addition, there’s a choice of magnificent rooms for weddings, three of which are licensed for ceremonies. Whether it’s an intimate space you’re after or an impressive hall, there’s something to suit a whole host of big-day needs. Take your pick from the light and airy Council Chamber with its charming minstrels’ gallery or for a more relaxed, contemporary feel, the Dining Room in the Victorian part of the building is ideal. The Old Town Hall provides a great sense of occasion with its magnificent crown-post roof, timbered floor and leaded windows, while the magnificent high ceiling and sprung floor of the Grand Hall provides the perfect place to dance the night away in style with up to 200 of your family and friends. The ground-floor Guild Room also provides a welcoming space to celebrate and has direct access to the picturesque garden – think sizzling barbecues, street food, fairylights, music and dancing. WE LOVE… the walled garden, bursting with seasonal colour for those all-important just-wed photos. 20

• Free entry • Win a luxury honeymoon • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • Covid-19 secure IN ASSOCIATION WITH Pre-register at Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents Hosted at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0SL MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, SURREY ONE OF THE LARGEST WEDDING SHOWS TO BE HELD IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND Hosted at DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Set along the elegant Ipswich Waterfront, our Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings offer picture-perfect views and photo opportunities all around. T: 01473 284000 [option 2] A Magical Locat ion for Your Wedding Day Isaacs Weddings Advert_Half Page_AW.indd 1 06/12/2021 13:30

Set on the edge of the stunning Ormesby Broad, The Boathouse offers a unique setting for your Wedding Ceremony or Celebration. The beautiful Wedding arbour overlooking the water provides one of the most romantic venues you and your guests will ever experience. THE BOATHOUSE Ormesby Broad, Eels Foot Road, Ormesby St. Michael, Norfolk NR29 3LP Telephone: 01493 730342 Email:

ISAACS ON THE QUAY, IPSWICH 01473 284 000 | Set on the Ipswich waterfront, this historic venue has a story to tell spanning centuries. Once a wool merchant’s home and way of life, The Grade I and Grade II* listed building has been lovingly restored and now provides a unique setting for weddings. Some of the oldest parts are thought to date back to between 1430 and 1550. There’s original features throughout, including exposed beams and vaulted ceilings with equipment used during the building’s industrious past on display. The ceremony room, formally known as the Sale Room, is in a part of the building built between 1530 and 1550. Stone steps lead into the timber-framed space, once used for storing wool cloth for exporting, now a magical place to tie the knot and celebrate afterwards with up to 50 guests. There’s a variety of other options for the wedding breakfast and reception including the Crossways or Barley Room, ideal for intimate weddings. For larger parties, the Top Floor comes complete with its own bar and beautiful views over the marina and room for up to 80 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the reception. During the spring and summer months, the private garden is perfect for a chilled barbecue. WE LOVE… the on-site Merchant House, built in 1636 it’s great for getting ready on the big day and can accommodate up to 14 guests with four double rooms, including a romantic bridal suite. BURY ST EDMUNDS GUILDHALL 01284 247 037 | Discover this Suffolk gem in the heart of Bury St Edmunds alongside the elegant buildings of the cathedral town’s Medieval area. The building stands out with its Georgian frontage, elegant sash windows, ornate Tudor tower entrance and impressive oak door. Boasting 800 years of history, the Guildhall has an array of distinctive features and a range of rooms to suit the size and style of your big day. The light and airy Regency Banqueting Hall provides a spacious, elegant setting with chandeliers and sash windows – great for a Bridgerton-inspired theme. You can hold your ceremony and reception here or in the wood-panelled Courtroom with up to 80 guests. Both have access to the garden for al fresco drinks postvows. For intimate ceremonies with up to 12 guests the Robing Room, with its double-height ceiling and large sash window, is ideal. There are outdoor areas too, including a secluded paved courtyard, walled gardens full of colour and interest all year round. What’s more, with access to the upstairs windows and balconies for stunning panoramic shots, your photographer will be spoilt for choice. WE LOVE… the World War II Observer Corps Ops Room for an alternative-style ceremony. Full of fascinating features, including a plotting board and viewing room, it can host up to 25 people for your ‘I dos’. 23 HISTORIC VENUES

Huntingdon Town Hall The beautifully restored Grade II* Listed Georgian Town Hall is situated on the historic Market Square in Huntingdon. The building boasts two renovated Court Rooms to provide a unique and intimate setting for up to 60 guests. For larger ceremonies and receptions, the Assembly Hall and Council Chamber provide elegant spaces for parties of up to 120. The Town Hall is available for viewing via appointment. Should you wish to visit, please contact Hayley Burns on 01480 410380 or email For more information, visit our website ASCOT RACECOURSE, BERKSHIRE ONE OF THE LARGEST WEDDING SHOWS TO BE HELD IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND SUNDAY 24TH APRIL 2022 | 11AM TO 3.30PM • Free entry • Win a luxury honeymoon • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Bridal fashion shows • Entertainment • Refreshments • Covid-19 secure Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Follow us on /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents Hosted at Ascot Racecourse, High Street Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX IN ASSOCIATION WITH

PETERBOROUGH AND HUNTINGDON Spotlight on... Where to wed in around Cambridgeshire’s cathedral city and historic market town ELTON HALL, PE8 6SH 01832 280 468 | Nestled in unspoilt parkland near Peterborough, Elton Hall is a fairytale setting for a dream wedding. Stunning inside and out, be prepared for plenty of stop-stare moments from the moment you arrive. Surrounded by award-winning landscaped gardens, manicured lawns, topiary and flowerbeds, it’s a hidden gem. Say ‘I do’ in the grand Victorian Billiard Room under the dramatic glass lantern ceiling with your loved ones looking on and celebrate afterwards with a wedding breakfast for up to 50 guests. The period-style green décor provides a classic canvas to set off your choice of flowers and decorations and you can bring your own caterer too. The newly restored Coach House next door is perfect for an evening party afterwards or as a wet-weather option for the drinks reception. Alternatively, take a stroll through the gardens and tie the knot in the Gothic Orangery, set in its own magical spot, it’s ideal for intimate weddings. The picture-perfect grounds are exclusively yours to enjoy for the whole day and for grand celebrations, you can have a marquee reception in the parkland for up to 250 family and friends with the historic hall in the background. Psst… plans are in hand to use the Coach House as an additional licensed ceremony space for 2023 weddings onwards, so watch this space! REGIONAL VENUES 25

PETERBOROUGH MARRIOTT HOTEL 01733 371 111 With modern facilities, 11 acres of lush grounds and a picturesque lake for those all-important photos, this Peterborough wedding hotspot ticks a lot of big-day boxes. Just three miles from the city centre, it’s easily accessible for travelling guests and there’s plenty of accommodation for those planning to stay over. There’s a choice of licensed ceremony spaces to suit the size of your wedding. The Emperor Suite boasts a beautiful domed ceiling and elaborate chandelier and includes use of the Senses Lounge and private bar, adding an extra exclusive feel to your day. For larger parties with up to 180 people, the Sir Henry Royce Suite is ideal. Complete with a stage, perfect for a live band, you can host your whole day here, from the ‘I dos’ to the last dance. It can be transformed to create your dream wedding venue and has its own private terrace for drinks and canapés too. We love… the full-service spa, great for pre-wedding pampering. Hotel guests also have free access to the hotel’s swimming pool and gym. THE HAYCOCK MANOR HOTEL, PE8 6JA 01780 782 223 | Set in the picturesque village of Wansford in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, this 16thcentury coaching inn is a must-see. Steeped in history, the romantic location provides an idyllic setting for a wedding. Surrounded by 12 acres of picturesque grounds and manicured gardens, with the river Nene running through, there’s no shortage of standout photo opportunities. The hotel was recently renovated and combines the best of the old with the new, retaining many original features to reflect its rich past. The Manor Suite provides an atmospheric setting for ceremonies with its feature stone wall, beams and lots of lovely natural daylight pouring through. Celebrate afterwards in the impressive Haycock Ballroom with its traditional fireplace, high ceilings, original oak beams and enchanting garden. With room for as many as 200 guests for the wedding breakfast, the exclusive wedding suite has its own private entrance and bar so you can party in style without being disturbed. We love… the charming Wansford Bridge over the river N ne, a favourite spot for romantic justwed shots. 26

HUNTINGDON TOWN HALL, PE29 3PJ 01480 411 883 | Built in 1745, the beautifully restored Grade II* listed Georgian Town Hall is situated in the heart of Huntingdon on the historic Market Square. The building features authentic Georgian sash windows, and a first floor balcony surrounded with floral displays in the summer. As a former courthouse, the building is full of character and original features. It boasts four licensed spaces for ceremonies, including two renovated courtrooms, great for intimate ‘I dos’ with up to 60 guests. For larger affairs, the Assembly Hall on the second floor is a grand ballroom with space for up to 120 family and friends. Complete with three crystal chandeliers and portraits on the walls, it oozes elegance and style. The Council Chamber can host a maximum of 75 loved ones and receptions with up to 150 guests can be catered for across both the two larger rooms while the courtrooms are also available for more intimate parties. We love… the courtrooms, a unique setting for couples looking for something a little different for their ceremony. BRAMPTON PARK GOLF CLUB, PE28 4NF 01480 434 700 | You can be sure of wonderful views at this modern reception venue. Set in the village of Brampton, the spacious clubhouse has a light and airy event space on the first floor overlooking the lush golf course. Wedding parties have exclusive use of the whole of the first floor including a large balcony, bar and all amenities. The flexible space can be made smaller or opened up to seat around 110 people with room for a band or disco. There’s plenty of parking
and a wealth of great photo opportunities too. We love… that you and your photographer can take a golf buggy out on th 18-hole course to capture some wonderful wedding photos. 27 REGIONAL VENUES

HEACHAM MANOR HOTEL, HUNSTANTON ROAD, HEACHAM, NORFOLK PE31 7JX T&C’s apply: Must book and pay a £500 deposit by 31st Dec ’21 or 28th Feb ’22 or 31st Mar ’22 (Remember, the sooner you book the more you save!). Minimum numbers apply, depending on day of week/month. Minimum pre-order spend of £50 pp on food & beverage. Subject to available dates and standard Hotel and Wedding Terms & Conditions Apply. Magical Offer for 2022Weddings at Heacham Manor IF YOU WANT TO SAY ‘I DO’ IN 2022 Heacham Manor has good availability in the brand new wedding venue… PLUS UP TO £1000 OFF EXCLUSIVE VENUE HIRE AND a FREE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE IN THE MANOR SUITE for the night of your wedding THE SOONER YOU BOOK THE MORE YOU SAVE! More info on To arrange a chat or a viewing call Kirsty on 07429 165 616 or email

Finally! After four cancellations due to Covid, our social media queen Beth Morton and partner Drew Whittock tied the knot at Norfolk’s beautiful Bressingham Hall and High Barn Images courtesy of Light of Grace Photography When Drew proposed to Beth in December 2018 little did they know then how long their journey down the aisle was going to take. He popped the question in Barcelona, where Beth had enjoyed an unforgettable trip during her university day. “I’d spent the previous two years raving about it and the city’s La Sagrada Familia Basilica, so he decided it as the perfect place to pop the question,” Beth explains. However, his plan was almost scuppered on the way in. “Despite previously describing the building in great detail to him, he was completely unaware of the airportstyle security as you go in and was scrabbling about, shoving me through first so I didn’t see the ring box which he had to take out of his pocket to pass through the scanning machine!” Despite the unexpected hitch, she said ‘yes’, of course. Organising the wedding didn’t turn out quite as they’d hoped though after Covid struck and put pay to their original date. They ended up having to postpone four times before eventually tying the knot on 8th November last year. Read on for Beth’s account of their autumnal boho-themed day… REAL WEDDINGS 29

My maid-of-honour Chelsea wore a navy, floor-length dress with sequins and my man-of-honour Kehn wore a brown suit with a tie to match Drew’s. Drew wore a Next suit and didn’t have a t raditional grooms party. I bought him a personalised Skagen watch as a wedding-day gift with the inscription ‘FINALLY 08.11.21’. After growing out of two pandemic wedding gown buys, I ended up getting my dress from a lovely lady who had fallen pregnant before being able to even take the tags off. I couldn’t believe my luck! It was a design I’d had my eye on from before Drew even proposed but it was sold out everywhere. We loved Bressingham Hall and the fact that it had accommodation on site. With some family and friends travelling more than 200 miles to be there, we needed to be able to put them up close by. I decided from the very beginning to do the floristry myself. It’s certainly much harder than it looks and I had three trial runs over the course of two years to get the designs I actually used on the day. 30

We booked a guitarist for the ceremony and drinks reception and he really held the fort before the service. I was 20 minutes late down the aisle as Drew hadn’t realised he was supposed to have a pre-wedding chat with the registrars. He was too busy socialising and they couldn’t find him! I got pretty creative with the table décor and spent months at car boot sales hunting out brass candlesticks. I also coloured some basic flower vases myself to fit in better with our jewel-tone colour scheme. We decorated the tables with brass candlesticks, dried flowers with pampas grass and table runners. Surprisingly we both felt completely calm on the day. I wasn’t nervous at all and it was so wonderful to just look into Drew’s eyes and know that he was there with me sharing the special experience. REAL WEDDINGS 31

We had two tiers of lemon cake and one of sticky toffee pudding. We provided sparklers for some Bonfire Night themed fun in the evening. BETH AND DREW’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Light of Grace Photography, | Venue, Bressingham Hall & High Barn, | Bride’s hair, Lisa Marie Bridal Hair, | Make-up, Eleanor Harnden Makeup Artistry, | Suits, Next | Cake, Claire’s Custom Cakes, Band, Archives, | Guitarist, Ritchie Lewis, Photo booth, Capture Lounge, | Accommodation, Mulberry Cottages, Bressingham Hall, I used all dried flowers with lots of pampas grass which I’d cut from a friend’s garden years before and saved specifically for the wedding. “I was really grateful to those who made the journey to be at the wedding. Having postponed it four times, it made everyone’s attendance feel like a gift.” 32

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A brolly good time! Love shone through the summer showers at Ella and Hamish’s stylish wedding Images courtesy of Sally Rawlins Photography Ella and Hamish tied the knot at Cambridgeshire’s picture-perfect Chippenham Park on 21st August, 2021. 34

Although Ella and Hamish both grew up in Haverhill and knew each other through mutual friends and parties, it wasn’t until after Ella moved away to university in Wolverhampton that they actually began talking. “It started with a text from Hamish wishing me a happy New Year,” remembers Ella. Romance blossomed and after a year working away, on and off, Hamish booked a sunshine holiday in the Maldives for the two of them. “Despite many of my friends saying that he must be planning to propose, I was in complete denial,” says Ella. So, as they headed out for dinner one evening, when Hamish stopped to take a sunset photo and got down on one knee to ask her to marry him, it came as a complete surprise. “We spent the rest of the evening FaceTiming, calling and messaging our friends and family before sitting down and writing out our guest list!” THE TIME AND PLACE When it came to the venue hunt, they visited a number of different locations before finally finding the perfect setting. “We knew we wanted a traditional house and to get married outside in the summer and when we saw Chippenham Park, it ticked all the boxes,” enthuses Ella. “The gardens were absolutely stunning and we couldn’t fault the venue in any way. The entrance, marquee, lake and the historic building itself were all beautiful!” LOOKING THE PART After shopping around for her dream dress at a couple of bridal shops, Ella had a good idea of what she wanted, but couldn’t quite find the one. Until arriving at Adella Bridal, just outside Norwich, that is! What’s more, the gown she fell in love with was designed by the owner of the shop. “This meant I was able to tweak or change anything I wanted, so I had a square back without the mesh and a slightly lower V-neck. I completed the look with pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet that Hamish bought me as a wedding present,” explains Ella. Hamish wore a smart black suit with contrasting grey check waistcoat, sky blue tie and ivory pocket square. The groomsmen had the same but with darker waistcoats so Hamish stood out from the crowd. REAL WEDDING 35

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SUNSHINE AND SHOWERS Despite all the careful planning and organisation, the weather was the one thing that was out of everyone’s control on the big day. However, although it was raining slightly all morning, the wedding party, family and friends styled it out with white Chippenham Park umbrellas and the al fresco ceremony went ahead regardless. “Walking down the aisle just felt so surreal. We had been advised to make time to take it all in and we did, but the whole day still seemed to fly by,” recalls Ella. Later in the day, the rain stopped and after the speeches they were able to go outside for some fresh air and to enjoy the glorious gardens. THE PERSONAL TOUCHES The wedding marquee was decked out for the reception with beautiful white and green flowers and foliage, including tall and low-level arrangements for the centrepieces, and simple table numbers in frames. The table plan was designed to match their save-the-date cards and invitations. Ella says, “Sam, our florist, was amazing and really listened to my ideas (which were rather vague) and created a masterpiece. The bouquets were stunning, they were used to decorate our top table too and matched the beautiful reception displays perfectly.” Instead of a traditional wedding cake they went for a stack of their favourite brownies. Ella explains, “We weren’t too fussed about having cakecutting photos, so we started looking at alternatives and discovered our local brownie company catered for weddings and thought it would be much better to have something we both love.” TIME TO CELEBRATE Family and friends were kept entertained by a magician followed by a live band in the evening. “Our guests loved both and still talk about the magician now. He was a big hit with the kids too and they followed him around all day!” adds Ella. REAL WEDDING 37

ELLA AND HAMISH’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Sally Rawlins Photography, | Venue, Chippenham Park, Bride’s dress, Adella Bridal, | Shoes, Lace & Favour, | Hair and make-up, Botias, | Suits, Tailor Made London, | Cake, Ronnie’s Country Bakery, Flowers, Wild Poppies, | Invitations, Silk & Ink Designs, | Other Stationery, Lilac & White, | Catering, Crown Catering Cambridge, | Magician, Lee Hathaway, | Band, Blue Lion Band, 38

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Barefoot ON THE BEACH Amanda and Frank enjoyed a chilled ‘toes-in-the-sand’ wedding ceremony on Norfolk’s Bacton beach Images courtesy of Woodrow & Cook Photography When Amanda met Frank she was attending a driver awareness course with her friend Felicity, who introduced them both. “She knew him as a family friend and he worked at the centre as the driver training manager,” explains Amanda. They hit it off and the rest, as they say, is history! After three-and-a-half years together, Frank popped the question in front of a crowd at a Motown weekend at Gunton Hall in Lowestoft. “We were there with friends and during the evening he arranged with one of the performers to serenade me on stage while he snuck round the back. Then, as the song finished and I turned around, he got down on one knee and proposed in front of everyone,” reveals Amanda. “The whole audience cheered when I said ‘yes’. It was very emotional and totally unexpected!” They tied the knot on Bacton Beach followed by a reception at the waterside Liberty Restaurant in Wroxham on 3rd July, 2021. Read on for Amanda’s account of their fun-filled day… 40

Frank and his son Brett, who was best man, are both in the fire service so they wore traditional fire service ‘undress’ uniform loaned from the Norfolk Fire Service Museum. The ceremony moon gate included an assortment o f beautiful blooms, foliage and grasses in colours to contrast with receding shades of the sea. I chose my ’50s-style T-length wedding gown because we both love to dance to modern jive music. “Frank and family friend Brian spent hours before my arrival raking the sand flat, putting up the wedding moon gate, chairs and scattering rose petals.” We got married on the beach due to Covid restrictions and it turned out to be the best decision ever. REAL WEDDINGS 41

The informal setting of the riverside restaurant appealed to us plus it has an excellent reputation for great food. Paddling in the sea afterwards was magical. We gave our guests succulent plants in moss and terracotta pots as favours including wooden tags with their names and menu choice on the back in rustic-style writing. The bridesmaids had long navy blue dresses to match Frank’s uniform. “I had such a beautiful day and couldn’t stop smiling. Frank made it possible for me and it was perfect. I should have thought of the beach wedding in the first place as the seaside has always been my happy, go-to place.” “We originally planned to have our whole day at the Liberty with al fresco dancing to a live band in the evening but Covid put pay to that.” We had a few spots of rain near the end of the ceremony but this brought out all the colourful brollies, which made for some great photos. 42

Although we had to cancel our evening party, we still had the caricaturist and the venue played background music, which actually worked out brilliantly. Everyone had a great time chatting and catching up with each other. THE LOVE LIST Photography, Woodrow & Cook Photography, | Reception venue, catering and wedding cake, Liberty Restaurant, | Bride’s dress, The Frock Spot | Hair, Lilly’s Hair & Beauty, Make-up, Kristianne Professional Make-up Artist, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Dorothy Perkins | Flowers and favours, The Florist Workshop, | Limousine, 1st Choice Private Hire, | Caricaturist, Magical Memories, | Celebrant, Sew Dewing, | Accommodation, Holiday Inn Norwich North, Frank made rustic wooden troughs and boxes for the centrepieces which we filled with beautiful, seasonal flowers Our three-tier cake was put together on site by the restaurant’s pastry chef and decorated with fresh fruit and mint. “Covid restrictions meant we had to change the table plan three times.The venue worked extremely hard making changes the night before the wedding due to a bad weather warning adding to the problems.” “I decided on the flower designs and colours and my florist friends all helped to put what I’d mocked up into fruition.” 43 REAL WEDDINGS