Your East Midlands Wedding - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 47)

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 79 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 93 COMPETITION Win a fun-filled sleepover for eight guests at Whitley Hall, Yorkshire CONTENTS DECEMBER 2021/JANUARY 2022 On the cover... This issue’s cover is taken from Zoe and Tom’s wedding on page 39, which was captured by the talented Emilia Brindisi Photography. Check out: 51 FEATURES 45 MAKING A SPLASH Be inspired by this boho-styled shoot located on the beach 51 FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD Discover the teams behind the delicious dishes 86 MEMORABLE MOMENTS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 89 BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Your A-to-Z guide to wedding entertainment VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Where to say “I do” in and around Derbyshire 21 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Tie the knot in these magical settings no matter the weather 21 3

GROOMS 83 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest news and product launches 84 CHECK PLEASE! Look dashing in this on trend print REAL WEDDINGS 26 ONCE UPON A TIME... Joe and Sophie celebrated their fairytale-themed wedding surrounded by loved ones 33 RUSTIC ROMANCE Lauren and James had the perfect countryside wedding at Grangefields 39 A RURAL ROMANCE Zoe and Tom had an elegant wedding at Dodford Manor with a mauve colour scheme 96 26 58 HONEYMOONS 94 HONEYMOON NEWS UK special 96 ESCAPE TO GREECE Bustling cultural centres or tranquil secluded spots, the choice is yours FASHION & BEAUTY 57 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 58 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 64 SURPRISE, SURPRISE! Whether you're choosing an engagement ring for a Christmas proposal or shopping for your big-day jewellery, sparkle in these pieces from the latest winter collections 65 NOT ALL WHITE These pastel and champagne gowns prove that you don't have to wear white 68 PARTY DRESSING We chat to model, television presenter and radio DJ Vogue Williams about her latest venue Vogue X Roco 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 74 FROM THE INSIDE OUT We caught up with owner and founder of Simone Thomas Wellness, Simone herself, to discover how taking care of yourself from the inside out is the ultimate path to wedding wellness 76 NAILED IT! Team CWM put the latest bridal nail polish shades to the test 77 FASHION BEAUTY Q&A Our experts give their advice to help you look your big-day best 4

DEREK MCALLISTER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY I love to tell stories. I’ve been privileged enough to be at many weddings and the best part, for me, is being able to capture all those moments which are over in a flash, but when put together make the most amazing talewhich you can treasure forever.

Hello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding. We’re well into winter now and something about the season screams romance; maybe it’s the darker nights, the cosy atmosphere, roaring fireplaces or the falling snow. Either way, it’s the perfect time of year for weddings with glamorous, rustic and whimsical themes taking centre stage. Couples can get creative when planning their dream aesthetic with so many fun colour schemes to pick from, including forest green and berry, indigo and orchid or light blue and white. This issue is packed full of wedding inspiration, including top advice from the experts, stunning real weddings, styled shoots and not forgetting our venues feature dedicated to winter wonderland settings – your magical backdrop could be waiting! We’re always on the lookout for weddings to feature in future issues of the magazine; enter online for the chance to have your special day featured in a future issue. Simply visit: Happy planning! Olivia x livia Gibson, Editor Love is in the air Finding your dream wedding gown is such an exciting experience, but can be daunting for some brides-to-be. That’s why we’ve created a 2022 bridal guide to make the experience much more manageable for everyone. Keep your wedding guests entertained all day long with help from the experts. From magicians, singers, musicians and more – we’ve got you covered! Find out how you could win a fun-filled sleepover for eight guests at Whitley Hall in Yorkshire. 93 89 58 6 cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2054-6726 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | Features Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Rachel Palmer | 01376 538 563 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your East Midlands Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your East Midlands 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 MidlandsWedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and

I love everything about Zoe and Tom’s glamorous day, which was full of love, happiness and joy! Psst, check out our freebies and offers page! For all the daring brides-to-be, learn how to achieve a dark make-up look with help from Kiss & Make Up By Rachel Bray. Finding the right backdrop to your wedding day is so important. The setting should match your theme while providing many photographic opportunities. We’ve gathered top venues in and around Derby to make the planning process much easier. When I first saw the images from Joe and Sophie’s fairytale-styled day at the University of Nottingham, I knew they would be perfect for the magazine. Local suppliers came together to create this boho-styled shoot, and the results are simply stunning! 45 13 26 77 15 39 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS All the latest from around the region PICTURE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHY Located in Castle Donington, Daniel Burton Photography is an awardwinning company that offers a relaxed photography style. The business works with clients to create a stress-free experience and has a passion for capturing memorable moments for couples to treasure forever. Owner Daniel Burton’s hard work has paid off as he’s won an international wedding award from Wedaward. He says, “I’m so proud to have been ranked 5th on their UK wedding photographers shortlist. After going from no weddings to a large amount in such a short space of time, it was finally great to create new content and special memories for my couples.” Check out: THE DREAM DAY Situated in Derbyshire, Willow and Rust Weddings offers planning and styling services to help couples create their dream day. The team can transform any venue and specialises in outdoor, sustainable and vintage-style events. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming for some couples, especially if they have no idea where to start. That’s why the business has created a handbook full of ideas, tips, inspiration and a step-by-step guide to venue styling. The first section of the handbook will be about creating a budget for décor and what lovebirds can do with the items after their big day. It will also help make sure weddings don’t harm the planet with helpful ideas for a more sustainable day. There are pages for notes, lists, and sketches throughout the handbook to keep couples on track. Plus, it’s a handy size to allow nearlyweds to slip it into their bag easily. Check out: FASHION ICON Located in Lincoln, Bellamme Bridal is a luxury boutique offering stunning gowns and a memorable experience. The team is delighted to be one of the exclusive stockists of the new Vera Wang Bride collection in collaboration with the popular company, Pronovias. For more than 30 years, Vera Wang has created an aspirational world that alludes to sensuality and youthful sophistication. The designer dresses feature exquisite details and an elegant yet nonchalant sense of style. The first Vera Wang Bride collection fuses high fashion with modern romance using exaggerated volumes, artistic details and crafted accessories to create an extraordinary look. Check out: Nearlywed YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

EDITOR LOVES This issue is packed full of beautiful inspiration, and when I first saw the images from Zoe and Tom’s wedding, I knew it would be perfect for our readers! With help from other talented suppliers, including Emilia Brindisi Photography, the couple created the perfect day with rustic décor and a vintage colour scheme. The day had many emotional moments and the pair was so excited to become husband and wife. There was a few nerves in the morning, but this melted away as soon as the couple saw each other down the aisle and they soon relaxed. The lovebirds had the best day ever, which is evident from the smiles and laughter in every photo. Check out their special day on page 39 and find plenty of wedding inspiration and stunning images. SAY YES TO THE DRESS Nestled in Nottinghamshire, Iconic Bride offers a range of stunning dresses from some of the best-known bridal brands. The hard-working team will help brides-to-be find their dream gown, while ensuring they have the best experience possible. On the 2nd October 2021, the company opened its new bridesmaid store with fizz, cake and goodie bags in hand. The company’s owner Tina Wade says, “By working with local businesses, we were able to provide our memorable service with the support of the quaint village of Edwinstowe. The day was a huge success with customers leaving with their perfect dress in tow.” The store is home to bridesmaids, prom, and occasion wear from Richard Designs and Gino Cerruti. From sparkly to elegance-style gowns, there’s something for everyone! Check out: THE PERFECT LOCATION Located in 42 acres of parkland, Kelham Hall is a beautiful and historic Grade I listed venue that is reopening with a new management team. After restoring the property to its former glory and changing its name to The Renaissance at Kelham Hall, the experienced team is excited to welcome couples to the glamorous spaces in the new year. A Shade Greener Finance Ltd has invested in the property, which went into liquidation at the beginning of 2021 and has made this all possible. The venue’s development manager, Rachel Bill, says, “The new management team, A Shade Greener Finance and I are delighted to be able to breath new life into this beautiful and iconic building. As a local resident myself, I fully appreciate the love and excitement that the community has for the venue. Check out: 10

Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE Telephone: 01858 880058 W E D D I N G S A T K I L W O R T H The most important day of your life deserves a special setting – a location that’s not just out of the ordinary, but extraordinary. That location is Kilworth House Hotel, set amidst 38 acres of rolling parkland, a house of timeless warmth and elegance. R E L A X E D , N A T U R A L , F U N , P H O T O S F O R Y O U , F O R E V E R ! Your wedding day will fly by so fast. My aim is to enable you to relive your favourite memories time after time. From the morning prep to the dancing and evening festivities, and everything in between. L E T ’ S T A L K ! 07793 159 950 | @danielburtonphoto | /danielburtonphotography Wide variety of chairs and tables available, as well as love letters & flower walls. We specialise in rustic, distressed tables, and rustic themed weddings. VINTAGE RUSTIC CONTEMPORARY TRADITIONAL MIX & MATCH For all your furniture hire needs No minimum order & no deposit. Large quantities held. Extremely competitive prices. EVENT HIRE CALL NOW ON 01664 812627

Our Woodland Gardens wedding venue is perfect for a simple, but elegant wedding. Walk Down the aisle in front of up to 80 guests. Take your vows in a beautiful log-cabin style building set among beautiful water gardens. Celebrate your commitment to each other in a starlight cave overlooking the sprawling valley countryside. Perfect for a wedding everyone will remember for the rest of their lives. As the only outdoor wedding venue in Derbyshire, we’re proud of the service we can offer in this space. Makeney Road, Milford, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 0RS | 01332 845704 Wedding Fayre Sunday 16th January 2022 12 noon - 4pm Emma DB Photography Weddings and Portraits Natural and Relaxed 07742 246357

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date: 4th February, 2022 unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies&OFFERS CAPTURING MEMORIES Daniel Burton Photography is an award-winning company, which specialises in relaxed and stress-free photography. The business is currently offering couples who book one of its day packages that last 10 hours or more either 50 free prints of their choice from the wedding day, a large framed acrylic or MDF print or £100 off the package! To receive this offer, quote Your East Midlands Wedding before January 31st 2022. The company’s owner Daniel Burton works hard to capture beautiful images to treasure forever. Couples won’t find hidden costs or surprises when they book the photographer, as the company has an upfront and honest work practice. Discover more about the supplier: 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

HARGAT E HA L L Hargate Hall is a family owned and run property in the Peak District. When you book us as your wedding venue it will become your house for the weekend, where you can get married and then celebrate with your friends and family. • DIY BASED WEDDINGS AND PARTIES • • EXCLUSIVE HIRE INCLUDING ACCOMMODATION • • WEDDINGS FOR UP TO 140 GUESTS • • LICENSED FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES • • NO CORKAGE CHARGE BRING YOUR OWN ALCOHOL • • CHOOSE YOUR OWN OUTSIDE CATERER • • SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION FOR UP TO 77 • HARGAT E HA L L WO R M H I L L , B U X T O N S K 1 7 8 TA T: 01298 872591 E: Pictures courtesy of weddings & special events Turn the beautiful Grade II* listed Delapré Abbey into yours for the day. Whether you’re planning an elaborate celebration or something intimate, we can provide a bespoke service from ceremony, wedding breakfast, through to evening reception. We’d love to discuss your ideas for your big day. Get in touch on or 01604 974421. weddingsatdelapre Image: Pixidrome

Going local Where to say “I do” in and around Derbyshire LOSEHILL HOUSE HOTEL & SPA 01433 621 219 | Losehill House Hotel & Spa is situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park in a secluded spot with stunning views overlooking the countryside. The property is set amongst some of the best countryside for walking and outdoor activities in England and is closely situated near the charming villages of Castleton and Edale. Originally an arts and crafts house back in 1914, the venue was redeveloped as a boutique country hotel and spa with beautiful wedding spaces. Inside, guests will find exceptional facilities, including the swimming pool area with sauna and steam rooms, the terrace with a hot tub and luxurious public areas. The venue has many different wedding spaces that can accommodate different sized weddings, including The Orangery, which caters for up to 80 people for ceremonies and receptions, while The Moorgate suite can accommodate 40. Or why not continue the celebrations in the marquee, which is a fantastic choice for wedding breakfasts with 120 guests for a sit-down meal. For intimate weddings, the private dining room is available for up to 10 guests. In the summer months, couples can exchange vows outside on the gazebo if the weather permits. Entertainment is available in The Orangery and lounge area for evening receptions, with both spaces catering for parties between 80 to 120 people. LOCAL VENUES 15

THE RIDING SCHOOL, CALKE ABBEY 01332 501 252 | Set amidst 600 acres of picturesque parkland, The Riding School is an 18th-century manor house that will transport guests to a bygone era of glamour and elegance. The manicured gardens, fragrant flowers and beautiful greenhouses are just some of the scenic highlights on the grounds of this estate. Each location makes an excellent backdrop to wedding photography, not forgetting the fabulous Baroque exterior of the main house. The Grade I listed building is nestled within the Calke Abbey estate on the rural Derbyshire and Leicestershire border. With its bare-brick walls, exposed-oak beams and original windows that provide natural lighting, the venue will suit every couple and their style. Separated by beautiful drapings, lovebirds will say “I do” underneath the stunning windows in the centre of The Riding School surrounded by 160 loved ones. Wedding breakfasts take place overlooking the whole space with 160 people on round or banqueting tables. The property offers flexible packages that vary in price, and the team is on hand throughout the planning process to offer as much help as needed. They’ll coordinate the entire day to allow couples to relax and enjoy the wedding while knowing that everything is taken care of. For those who book their wedding at The Riding School, they’ll be offered a free tasting session and a National Trust membership for one year. HEATHLAND GROVE 03334 330 313 | Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Heathland Grove is a luxurious and charming property that provides the perfect location for private functions, weddings and corporate events. Located close to the A38 towards Burton on Trent, the property is ideal for guests travelling in. The modern and adaptable venue can cater to many different wedding styles, whether that’s intimate nuptials, outdoor ceremonies by the canal for 30 people, or spacious receptions of up to 500 guests. There’s plenty of space for arrival drinks or drinks receptions, thanks to the interconnected foyer. The small yet dedicated team is on hand to assist couples during the planning process to help bring their vision to life. The staff believe that each pair deserves a stress-free experience, which is why they offer tailormade events to suit all needs. Lovebirds can book the venue on a dry-hire service to allow maximum flexibility and personalisation – they can get creative while letting their personalities shine through. 16

set i n the hear t of the Peak District Set in the Heart of the Peak District, The Palace Hotel sets a picturesque background for your special day. From the stunning high ceilings of our High Peak Ballroom to the spectacular cherubs in the Chatsworth, there really is no better venue to host your wedding. Our dedicated team are here to help you through every step of your wedding planning, from show round to saying your vows, no task is overlooked. Contact 01298 22001 (Option 3) | THE PALACE HOTEL

Come and view this hidden jewel: The Barns at Hunsbury Hill Call 01604 702444 Email: HunsburyHillCentre View: Discover Northampton’s Hidden Jewel- e Barns at Hunsbury Hill An idyllic venue in a woodland setting, with its magni cent 18th century building and unrivalled facilities, the Barns at Hunsbury Hill is Northampton’s favourite venue for: Weddings Christenings Wakes Civil Ceremonies Parties Conferences Our venue is only 2 miles from Northampton town centre and the M1, overlooking the picturesque Nene Valley, with converted farm buildings, courtyard and landscaped lawns. And with our in-house caterers, Impressions Caterers, we o er menu and drinks packages to suit all events and budgets.

TISSINGTON HALL 01335 352 200 | Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Peak District National Park, Tissington Hall is truly an unrivalled location with beautiful country views. The historic 17th-century building is a fabulous setting for weddings and can be hired exclusively for each event. Francis FitzHerbert built the Grade II listed building, which features an imposing southern approach via a grand gateway and an avenue of lime trees. Couples will fall in love with the gardens that stretch more than five acres and provides the perfect backdrop to wedding photography. Exchange vows in the Main Hall, which can accommodate 90 people inside and 120 outside on the terrace. This space includes original features such as the elegant ornate Jacobean fireplace. The Church of St. Mary’s is only a short walk away and can host 150 loved ones for religious ceremonies. Guests can enjoy drinks receptions in the stunning Entrance Hall or the Library for those rainy or windy days, while the Terrance and cloisters are perfect for summer weddings. The Arboretum Pavilion marquee offers gorgeous panoramic views across the parkland and has been specifically designed to house fabulous receptions in the gardens. The space has been finished to the highest standard with stunning crystal chandeliers and a starlit ceiling, which produces a romantic atmosphere. Or why not opt for The Pavilion for wedding breakfasts with 150 people and evening receptions with 200? For more intimate wedding breakfasts with 60 people, the stunning 18thcentury Carriage House has been sympathetically restored and retains many of its original features. An additional 20 guests can join the evening receptions and dance the night away. Why leave the beautiful Tissington Estate when the venue can accommodate up to 17 guests within the Tissington village? The bridal suite is a romantic space that’s been tastefully decorated and furnished. It comprises of a large bed, a dressing table, a chaise lounge and a roll-top bath. The village is a stunning area with plenty of space and is popular in the summer months. OSMASTON PARK 01335 350 279 | Situated on a 3,000-acre park on the edge of a quintessentially English village, Osmaston Park is a private wedding venue in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. The space boasts jaw-dropping views over the surrounding lakes, woodland area and parkland. The marquee can be tailored to weddings with 50 to 500 people and features beautiful silk lining, fairylights and chandeliers. Couples have the flexibility to decorate the interior to match whatever style or theme they have in mind. The no corkage property allows them to provide their own alcohol and choose from a range of caterers. Although the venue currently doesn’t have a license for civil ceremonies, couples can have celebrant-led blessings outside, surrounded by stunning scenery. If the weather is an issue, the venue can offer a wet-weather alternative inside. Receptions occur in the marquee, and the property provides tables and chairs, a dancefloor and a bar area. For the summer months, lovebirds can use the lawn for reception drinks, bouncy castles and games. 19 LOCAL VENUES

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winter wonderland Tie the knot in these magical settings no matter the weather HODSOCK PRIORY 01909 591 204 | Hodsock Priory was lovingly restored in 1829 and has been the home to the Buchanan family for nine generations. Down the sweeping driveway, couples will approach the impressive archway of Nottinghamshire’s last remaining Grade I listed Tudor Gatehouse. Beautiful gardens surround the property, and guests love using the terrace for drink receptions and taking photos by the lake, which is complete with a rowing boat. Guests will arrive in the oak Panelled Hall after entering the property, a stunning location for traditional, contemporary and informal ceremonies with 100 people. The warm and welcoming room is adorned with family portraits, elegant wallpaper, high windows with framed views and modern touches to accompany the original features. Or why not tie the knot in the Buchanan Hall, which features a neutral colour palette and bay window with views of the historic gatehouse? For those looking to exchange vows outside, the romantic Georgian gazebo is situated in the gardens and will look beautiful in photographs. There’s no better space for small and intimate weddings than the light and airy Ante Room or the traditional Library, which overlooks the gardens and lake. Hodsock Priory has been hosting spectacular parties for centuries, and the Pavilion is the perfect space for wedding breakfasts with 130 people and evening receptions with 240. We love... Having once entertained four English kings, including Henry VIII, the venue epitomises a country house-style with modern touches. WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND 21

CROCKWELL FARM 01327 361 358 | Situated in rural surroundings in the south Northamptonshire countryside, Crockwell Farm is the perfect setting for weddings with many photographic backdrops, including the beautiful gardens. The property features three ceremony spaces, including the original 17th-century stone-vaulted barn, which has a capacity of 86 people and features oak beams and high ceilings. For larger nuptials, the internal starlit marquee can fit 200 loved ones and is a warm location no matter the weather. The outside Orchard Pavilion is a wonderful option for the “I dos” with 200 guests in the warmer months. The newly refurbished rustic bar features a fireplace and cosy areas, making it the perfect backdrop for inside drinks receptions in winter. Receptions occur in either the barn for intimate celebrations or in the marquee, where 200 guests can dance the night away. When couples book the property, they’ll each receive exclusive use of the venue from the afternoon before the wedding until midday the day after. Each pair will be invited to a taster evening around a year before the special event, which is an excellent opportunity to try dishes from the caterers, Ross & Ross Events and the house wines. We love... Lovebirds who book the venue will receive accommodation in the honeymoon suite free of charge for two nights. THE CITY ROOMS 01162 515 337 | Situated in the heart of Leicester City Centre, The City Rooms is a Georgian venue that makes the perfect backdrop to any wedding. Built in 1792 and designed by John Johnson, the Grade I listed building still has many original features, including the Roman Doric columns that support the porch-way entrance. Ceremonies can occur in three locations at the venue. The Ballroom can host 200 people for ceremonies and receptions and features high ceilings, grand chandeliers and large windows. The Dining Room provides plenty of natural daylight for smaller celebrations and is located on the ground floor, conveniently next to a bar. This area is perfect for ceremonies for 80 guests, drinks receptions for 100 and wedding breakfasts for 60. Or why not opt for The Drawing Room, which can fit 60 people for the vows and 35 for wedding breakfasts? We love... hen lovebirds book the venue for their wedding day, they’ll get use of four complimentary boutique bedrooms on the wedding day, which includes a continental breakfast. They’ll also be offered a menu tasting session. 22

You will get the time and space to be ab le to create your day - your way HELL IDON ROAD, CATESBY, DAVENTRY, NORTHAMPTONSHI RE NN1 1 6LW 01327 223 554 / / Long Furlong Farm Wedding & Event Venue is perfectly placed in the heart of beautiful Northamptonshire countryside just outside of Daventry, bordering the Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire counties. With a three day exclusive hire of our blank canvas barn wedding venue our couples can completely bring their dream to life By offering flexibility with supplier choices, we can help you create a bespoke package by carefully handpicking suppliers that compliment your style, ensuring that your celebration is completely personal and unique to you. With an option for the licensed ceremony to take place outdoors overlooking the lake or within our spacious barn, the options are endless.

WINSTANLEY HOUSE 01163 665 642 | Nestled among lush parkland outside Leicester City Centre, Winstanley House is the perfect backdrop to weddings with Georgian and contemporary architecture The Grade II listed building has been lovingly restored to include all the conveniences couples come to expect from a modern venue whilst retaining the charm, class and elegance of a stately home. The space features floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer expansive views of the grounds and lets natural light illuminate the room. Or why not exchange vows in The Orangery with 80 people? For larger affairs, The Grand Ballroom can accommodate 450 guests for the “I dos” and evening celebrations. This area is the ideal fusion of contemporary and Georgian architecture with red brick walls, modern lighting fixtures and plenty of natural daylight. Couples can also opt to exchange vows in the landscaped gardens if the weather permits, and there’s plenty of idyllic photographic opportunities around the grounds. We love... hen couples book the property, they’re offered a complimentary food tasting session and a stay in one of the luxury suites on the wedding night. HEMSWELL COURT 01427 668 508 | Situated in Lincolnshire, Hemswell Court is a Georgian-style building full of character and charm. Surrounded by tranquil gardens and approached through a beautiful tree-lined avenue, the venue features 25 en suite bedrooms, an impressive collection of antique furniture, two large function rooms and a grand entrance hall with a mini-grand piano. The prestigious ex-RAF officer’s mess stands proudly in the superb and spacious grounds with various plants, trees and flowers surrounding the building. The Georgian-sash windows look out onto the turning circle and bandstand with the seasonal wisteria playing host to a grand entrance. The private drawing room is an elegant space that can accommodate 85 people for ceremonies and 32 for receptions. The space features high ceilings, a neutral toned colour scheme and a garden view. When the weather permits, couples can exchange vows outside on the bandstand with 10 to 150 people. For grand affairs, the Primrose Room can host 120 loved ones who can get warm by the fireplace. The Ball Room is a spacious function suite that’s great for evening receptions with 200 people and includes an in-house disco and dancefloor. We love... Coupl s can book a tasting session to try the venue’s delicious dishes. 25 WINTER WONDERLAND

time... Once upon a Joe and Sophie celebrated their fairytale-themed wedding surrounded by loved ones Images courtesy of Kathryn Edwards Photography 26

Joe and Sophie love story started at university, where they met through mutual friends. After a night out, the pair spent hours walking around campus together in the cold. They ended up sitting on a bench and speaking about their shared interests. Sophie says, “As cheesy as it sounds, we both knew from the start that we were a perfect match.” Joe proposed to Sophie at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, right in front of Hogwarts. The location was very appropriate as they’re both huge Harry Potter fans. She says, “It was such a surprise, even though we had spoken about getting married before.” SETTING THE SCENE The pair set the wedding date for the 7th August 2021 and set off to find the perfect wedding venue. After looked at many gorgeous venues throughout the Midlands, none of them compared to the Trent Building at the University of Nottingham. Sophie says, “For years, we’d spoken about getting married at the venue as we both studied at the university. Plus, it’s right by the lake where we first got together – so it held a lot of significance!” The couple settled on a tartan colour scheme, which featured blue, dark green and burgundy hues. These bold colours complimented each other perfectly and gold accents tied everything together perfectly. The couple spent a lot of time searching for centrepieces as it was important that each one was eye-catching and represented their day. The bride says, “We decided to have a small stack of vintage books that matched our colour scheme on each table with a few tall candles in gold brass candlesticks. To bring a more fairytale element, we included a few touches of greenery.” The table numbers featured different quotes from books and the pair’s venue stylist created the perfect finishing touches such as the chalkboard-style table plan. To keep a lasting memento of the day, the lovebirds opted to have artificial flowers at their wedding. The bride selected a bouquet from their florist’s website as well as two matching table pieces for the top table and buttonholes for the groomsmen and the couple’s dads. Strawberry Cupcakes created the three-tiered cake, which featured raspberry and white chocolate flavours. Sophie says, “We originally looked at a selection of small desserts like cupcakes or doughnuts, but eventually we decided a traditional wedding cake would be best. We didn’t have our hearts set on a particular design and ended up choosing one with a beautiful-marbled effect.” The venue provided all the catering throughout the day, and the couple had the option of a set meal with table service or a carvery-style buffet. The pair opted for the second option to ensure guests received food they enjoyed, which went down a treat. LOOKING THE PART When it came to finding the perfect gown, Sophie didn’t get as many opportunities to try on dresses as she would have liked because of Covid-19 restrictions. From the start of the planning process, she knew a ballgown-styled dress with off-the-shoulder sleeves and gold detailing would be the perfect option. She says, “I never expected to find the exact dress I pictured in the first shop I went to – I knew I had found the one as soon as I saw it.” The bride added a fingertip-length veil to add a hint of shimmer and a tiara, drop earrings and a gold tennis bracelet to finish off her look. The groom wore a three-piece suit and a tie to match the colour scheme, while the groomsmen each picked a two-piece navy suit – so there was a little variation in cut and colour. Joe stood out from the others with a waistcoat and a larger buttonhole. Each bridesmaid could pick their own dress, as long as it was floor-length and dark green – different tones and styles were encouraged. The bride says, “It was important that they picked a style they’d be most comfortable in; they’ve all got great taste and looked incredible on the day!” REAL WEDDINGS 27

TIME TO CELEBRATE The couple hired a selection of lawn games to keep guests entertained, which allowed them to mingle and catch up. Sophie says, “The biggest hit was the giant Jenga, which created some fantastic photos!” A talented string quartet played during the ceremony, which helped create the perfect moment when Sophie walked down the aisle. The company also played throughout the drinks reception and made the atmosphere even more romantic. A DJ played in the evening to get the party started and guests loved the magic mirror photo booth, which provided the perfect souvenirs for guests. Sophie comments, “Our DJ was great and we asked guests to provide song requests on the invitations. The man running the photo booth was fun and charismatic; he brought plenty of props that made for great photos!” MEMORABLE MOMENTS A wedding is always full of lovely moments to look back on and remember – a huge reason why wedding photography is so important. Joe and Sophie couldn’t have been happier on the day, despite being a little bit nervous in the morning, and everything went so smoothly. Being around family and friends they hadn’t seen for so long because of Covid-19 restrictions made the day even more special. Jo from My Perfect Ceremony created the perfect ceremony that will always stand out to the pair. Some of the bride’s younger cousins made great friends with one of the wedding planners and helped coordinate the day by escorting guests to their tables for the meal – they did a great job! Sophie says, “One of the best parts about the wedding was not having to worry about anything because Hannah, the main wedding planner from Black Pearl Weddings & Events, did a fantastic job. We don’t know how we would have coordinated all the suppliers arriving in the morning without her.” HONEYMOON After a busy few months planning their wedding, the couple deserved some relaxation time to reminisce their day. The pair’s original plan was to go to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but they decided to wait another year due to the lingering restrictions in Scotland at the time. Instead, the lovebirds decided to go to Anglesey in Wales. “Our advice for other couples would be to get someone to help plan and coordinate all of the suppliers on the day. Also, use a wedding website to streamline RSVPs and collate all the information for the day.” – Sophie 28

Fancy getting married in your very own field and creating a festival style celebration? The grounds of Warren Farmhouse offer the perfect blank canvas option for hosting your marquee wedding set amongst rolling hills of farmland and on the doorstep of Sherwood Forest. Warren Farmhouse itself dates back to the 15th Century and provides an attractive back drop for your ceremony to take place on the well kept lawns. Get in touch with the friendly team to discuss how they could help you create your dream wedding. 01623 365 996 BIG DAY Movies Turning your favourite day ever....into your favourite movie...ever. With the latest film industry compact 4k movie cameras. drones and mobile rigs, we don’t shoot videos...we make beautiful movies. We also know this is YOUR big day...not ours. We always strive to keep a low profile, and we never attempt to direct the action. We simply capture your day as it unfolds. The result is a beautifully shot movie. It’s stars are the Bride and groom; The supporting cast, their family and friends. Finished movies vary in length according to the scale of your event, but on average, our wedding movies are between 45 minutes, and 90 minutes in length, and feature all the best bits, set to a mix of original and selected licenced music. No scary pricing structure either. We offer just 2 packages. Both packages can feature drone footage when weather and venue rules allow it. You can book us via text, or email from our website. £150 fully refundable deposit will secure your date. Balance is not due until your movie is ready to view. Package 1: All day coverage: beginning to end including bridal party having hair & makeup, and extended coverage of the reception: £1200 Package 2: Starts with the guests arriving and covers all the best bits up until the first dance and cake cutting: £850 Call or text:07412 847 589 or send us a message:

WWW.GRANARY-WEDDINGS.COM | 01327 361730 | INFO@GRANARY-WEDDINGS.COM THE GRANARY AT FAWSLEY - WEDDING VENUE The Granary at Fawsley, a stunning exclusive use barn wedding venue for 20-150 guests. Beautiful countryside location offering unrivalled photo opportunities. Fully licensed for ceremonies including outdoors. Onsite accommodation for up to 20 guests. Open events held monthly, check our website for dates or contact us for a private show round. THE CITY ROOMS IS AN EXCLUSIVE-USE VENUE SITUATED IN THE HEART OF LEICESTER CITY CENTRE. Built in 1792 and boasting a Grade I listed status, The City Rooms is steeped in Georgian history, which is apparent from your very first steps inside. High ceilings, vast windows and grand chandeliers provide the perfect backdrop for your special occasion, with a magnificent Ballroom spanning the entirety of the first floor and accommodating up to 200 guests. Combine these elegant surroundings with our professional and experienced team and we can guarantee your wedding day will be filled with memories to last a lifetime. Exclusive-use venue | Three function suites | Four boutique bedrooms | Stunning bar onsite | Expert wedding coordinators | Civil ceremonies Contact us to book a private showround. Call: 0116 251 5337 Email: Visit:

JOE AND SOPHIE’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, Bride’s dress, | Hair and make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, ASOS, JJ’s House, John Lewis & Partners | Groom’s suit, Marks & Spencer | Cake, | Flowers, Stationery, | Entertainment, | Wedding planner, | Venue stylist, | Videographer, | Magic mirror, | String quartet, Alterations, | Celebrant, REAL WEDDINGS 31

Interactive Dancing Fountain Aqua Rhythm brings a spectacular visual and interactive display to your celebrations. Our mobile fountains have 47 independent nozzles shooting up to 5 meters into the air. We choreograph the fountains to your favourite music or let your guests take control; the fountains will dance to the movement of two handheld controllers. With the swipe of a finger the fountains come alive with full colour lights that can be infinitely adjusted with a touch pad. 07941052034 @aqua_rhythm

Rustic romance Lauren and James had the perfect countryside wedding at Grangefields Images courtesy of Chris Snowden Photo When Lauren moved to Derbyshire, she decided to join her friends for personal training sessions with an instructor called James. She and James happened to both be in a relationship at the time, until a year later when they became single. The pair started to talk more and develop a stronger connection, leading them to move in together. The communication between the two was so effortless, thanks to their shared sense of humour and interests. James proposed on a trip away to Cape Verde for Lauren’s 30th birthday. She says, “We had visited the year before on our first holiday, so it holds a special meaning to us. James got down on one knee in the privacy of our balcony with a bottle of champagne at the ready – of course I said yes!” Here Lauren shares details about their special day… REAL WEDDINGS 33

We had disposable cameras so our guests could take snaps shots throughout the day. Our centrepieces included rose/beige table runners, glass candlestick holders and vases full of flowers. I had a relaxed-style bouquet with muted-toned ro ses to match our desert colour scheme. Our florist created smaller versions for my bridesmaids, while the junior bridesmaids and flowergirls had gold floral hoops. We used a wave design and an illustration we cre ated of Grangefields throughout our stationery. Our main wedding goal was to create an atmosphere that reflected our romantic theme. Cripps and Co announced a new venue called Gra ngefields being renovated in Derbyshire – the same county that James was bor n in! When we first looked around the property, it was a mud site with derelic t buildings and cow sheds. But we loved the company’s vision and trusted their sty le – it was amazing to see the transformation over time. 34

The groom and groomsmen all wore three-pieced suits, but James wore a different coloured jacket to stand out. The older bridesmaids wore ivory dresses with embellishments to tie in with the junior bridesmaids’ gowns. The flowergirls wore blush dresses to tie in with the colour scheme. After trying several dresses on, I picked a Suzanne Neville dress called Alicia and had the sleeves removed – I felt like a bride when I saw myself ! My lovely bridesmaids bought me a necklace from CARAT* LONDON for the day, which matched my wedding ring. I also borrowed a bracelet from my mum, which she had worn on her special day. We opted for a two-tiered lemon and Victoria spon ge cake, which was decorated in buttercream with gold leaves and dried flowers/gr asses. The venue provided all the catering on the day and the staff served the food in the middle of the tables for a more relaxed-styled meal. REAL WEDDINGS 35

We had a singer and acoustic guitarist who played during the drinks reception and they played a livelier set in the evening. LAUREN AND JAMES’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue and catering, | Photographer, Bride’s dress, | Bride’s accessories, | Hair and make-up, Bridesmaids’ dresses, | Groom’s suit, Reiss | Cake, Flowers, and | Transport, Stationery, | Entertainment, and Venue stylist, The ceremony was a beautiful experience and something we’ll never forget. James’s niece Milly is 12-years-old and she wowed everyone with a Winnie the Pooh reading – she was so composed! James’s speech made the day extra special; he fears public speaking but it was incredible with such heartfelt words. It confirmed exactly the reason why I chose to marry him. 36

• CH I NA H I RE • DECOR • GAMES • CART H I RE • HAMPER • AF TERNOON TEA • CHEESE TOWER CAKES • AND MORE . . . Individual item hire or complete package hire. With the collaboration of other amazing suppliers, we can provide a total package, ensuring your event is perfect and tailored to your requirements. www. abs o l u t e l y - v i n t age . com enqu i r i e s@abs o l u t e l y - v i n t age . com 07887 763 439 We know you want to look your very best on the most important day of your life! Here at Sassy we’ve helped hundreds of brides feel and look their best. Natalie Lyons is a wedding hair and make-up expert who has been trained in London to ensure brides individual needs are accounted for to create their perfect look. We can offer a complete wedding hair & beauty service for all of the wedding party, before and on the special day. We use the best airbrush make-up to ensure your look lasts all through the day & night. All of our services can take place in our Allestree salon or at your chosen venue. Mob: 07970171911 | Salon: 01332554111 Facebook: sassy hair & beauty | Instagram: sassyhairandbeauty 347-351 Duffield Rd, Derby, DE22 2DG | 01332 554 111

Set in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, Shearsby Bath is a unique venue offering superior cuisine, elegant décor, relaxing ambience and a hospitality that only a family run establishment can extend. For more information call 0116 247 8202 or email SHEARSBY BATH Now offering showrounds! The perfect flowers for you the happy couple on one of the most special days of your lives. We will work with you and create beautiful bespoke designs tailored for your wedding day dreams and expectations. 114a Watling Street East, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6BT 01604 814700 & 01327 358899