Your East Midlands Wedding - April/May 2022 (Issue 49)

APR/MAY 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A honeymoon in St Lucia Be inspired by local weddings Endless love Stunning properties and gardens BUDS SOS Fabulous flower arrangements IN FULL BLOOM Read top expert advice Darling Planning

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

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 65 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 77 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in St Lucia CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2022 On the cover... This issue’s cover is taken from the regional shoot on page 39 and was captured by Amy Elizabeth Photo ( 71 VENUES 13 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in and around Leicester 17 GLORIOUS GARDENS Blooming beautiful venues surrounded by nature 13 FEATURES 39 BOHO BABE The Pigeon Loft Studio was the perfect location for this sleek and romantic shoot 45 PLANNING SOS Local suppliers share tips and tricks to help couples create their dream wedding 71 BLOOMING MARVELLOUS Be inspired by these floral bouquets, accessories and venue styling designs 74 HERE COME THE GIRLS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 3

GROOMS 67 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 68 IN THE PINK Fuchsia, watermelon, flamingo, rouge, salmon, coral, hot pink... the choices are endless when it comes to this oh-so fabulous hue! REAL WEDDINGS 22 DESTINATION LOVE Hazel Gap Barn provided the perfect location for Lauren and Darren’s rustic wedding 29 TRUE LOVE Tutbury Castle created the perfect backdrop for Holly and Alex’s beautiful day 34 THE PERFECT DAY Benjamin and Ruby’s memorable day featured a navy and white colour scheme 78 55 22 HONEYMOONS 78 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 80 GOURMET LOVERS PARADISE IN THE ALGARVE... With 3,000 hours of sunshine and just a threehour flight from the UK, the Algarve offers a delightful year-round destination FASHION & BEAUTY 49 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 50 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 55 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 58 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new-season bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 60 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 62 SKINCARE SUPERHEROES Serums are the skincare essentials of the 20s, especially if you’re on the quest for a radiant big-day complexion 63 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with top expert advice 68 60 4

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It’s time to get excited because we’re giving one lucky pair a chance to win a honeymoon in St Lucia! Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding. As the weather warms up and the daffodils start peeping through, it’s time to welcome spring with open arms. We’re one step closer to summer, and although I’m dreaming of those beach days soaking up the sun, spring is such a special time of year. I love being in nature surrounded by blooming flowers and as a huge animal lover, I’m so excited for adorable animals to be born! The time of year is perfect for exchanging vows, and we can begin utilizing outdoor spaces for the “I dos”, drinks receptions, garden games, chill out areas and more. As we get closer to July, I can’t help but get even more excited for my colleague Melissa to tie the knot to the lovely Dave. As a bridesmaid, I’ve loved supporting my close friend and helping her prepare for such an important day – I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle! I’ve found my perfect attire, a sage green cold-shoulder dress, and all I need now is to find those perfect finishing touches. We’ve worked hard this issue to provide you with plenty of inspiration, top tips, dreamworthy gowns, picture-perfect venues and more. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the start of your wedding journey or looking for those last-minute touches – we’ve got you covered. That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson Editor Plan your special day with confidence and turn to our Planning SOS feature where you’ll discover top advice and tips on how to create a stress free wedding. If you’re looking for a venue with photographic surroundings, then you’re in luck because we’ve gathered properties with blooming beautiful gardens. Here comes the sun Psst, Sarah Carter Photography is currently offering 10 per cent off all bookings! 77 45 17 11 6 cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2054-6726 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | Features 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 Rache Baragwanath | 01376 538 483 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

Read a heartwarming tale from Benjamin and Ruby’s wedding and discover all the little details that made their day stand out. I fell in love with this shoot as soon as it entered my inbox. From bohemian décor, romantic touches and showstopping images – it’s bursting full of inspiration. To help with any last-minute problems, flick to our Hot Topic feature and discover top advice to help create the perfect day. 71 65 34 39 Are you searching for the perfect florals? Then check out our flowers feature and be inspired by stunning designs and pieces. Check out showstopping gowns from the latest bridal collections. 50 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the region FLORAL FANTASY Leicestershire based floral designer, Niche Flowers, has been announced English Florist of the Year at The English Wedding Awards 2022. Owner Nisha Mistry says, “It’s gratifying to know that our love of flowers and the passion we put into every wedding merits our bridal couples.” She continues, “Their families taking the time to vote for us in these awards and being recognised in this way is a sure testament to our team.” By working collectively with some fantastic suppliers and friends in the industry, the staff has grown to become the well-known company it is today. The team specialises in planning and creating floral designs for South Asian and multifaith weddings. They’ll work with lovebirds to help them achieve their dream day. Nisha says, “Niche Flowers is not just a job but a way of life for us all. We love creating dynamic, beautifully curated and distinctive hand-crafted designs. It has been our privilege to help bring so much joy to all our couples.” Check out: HOLE IN ONE Situated in Northamptonshire, Whittlebury Park Golf Course has been awarded a championship venue status by England Golf. Nestled in 700 acres of tranquil-ancient parkland, Whittlebury Park is a luxurious 4-star hotel that provides a peaceful and elegant wedding setting. Couples can create the perfect stag dos or hen dos surrounded by loved ones and enjoy the 36-hole course, driving range, simulators, PGA professional coaches, Callaway fitting centre and award-winning Atrium Clubhouse. The course features four loops of nine holes, hundreds of ancient oak trees and a dozen lakes. Leigh Denoven, head of golf at the venue says, “We’re very proud to have achieved this status, which wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible effort of our groundkeepers and golf teams as well as the entire hotel staff. With this accolade, we look forward to welcoming many new players to experience the first-class golf facilities.” The venue was recently announced as an England Golf Awards finalist in the Tournament Venue of the Year category after hosting the England Open for Golfers with a Disability, which was a huge success. Check out: ACCESSORISE AND SHINE With a handful of shops around the UK, including Nottingham, Berry’s Jewellers is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Since 1897, the company has been working with clients to help them find memorable jewellery and watches for special occasions. During this celebration, the business will be launching an exclusive jewellery collection in spring, and will be opening more stores across the country. There will also be special events taking place and new partnerships coming soon. The company’s director Simon Walton says, “We’re very excited to unveil our new collection with limited pieces that our expert team of specialist designers have crafted to herald a fivegeneration family business.” He adds, “We’re planning a full year of celebrations with our employees, stakeholders and clients to mark this significant milestone in our heritage.” Check out: 8

LOOKING YOUR BEST Perfect Silhouette Hairdressing has won the East Midlands Wedding Hairstylist of the Year at The Wedding Industry Awards 2022. Owner Robyn Wood says, “After the busiest wedding season in 2021, to be starting 2022 just as busy with this award is an amazing feeling. Voted for by my brides and judged by a panel of industry experts, this award means the absolute world to me – I’m still on cloud nine after winning.” She adds, “I’m so thankful that all the practicing, long hours and early mornings are paying off, and I cannot wait to continue helping people look and feel amazing on their wedding day.” After being named one of the top hairstylists in the country, the company will be going through to the national stage of the competition. Check out: THE PERFECT SETTING The Renaissance at Kelham Hall has relaunched under new ownership with a management team who will deliver an exciting era for couples. The owners have been working hard to renew this stunning building and grounds back to its former glory and are now welcoming nearlyweds. The hall has several stunning staterooms, perfect for ceremonies and receptions. The gardens provide the ideal location for drinks receptions and outdoor photographs; popular spaces include a tree tunnel, King’s Walk and parterre. The venue is open for wedding and event tours from 9am until 8pm Mondays to Fridays, and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For couples that know someone getting married, introduce them to The Renaissance at Kelham Hall and quote EMB100 to receive a £100 thank you gift if they book their wedding – terms and conditions apply. Flick to our Glorious Gardens feature to discover more about the venue. Check out: MARK YOUR CALENDARS The team at Ivy House Weddings is excited to be hosting another viewing day on Saturday 23rd April 2022 at The Riding School, Calke Abbey. Couples can book appointments from 9:30am, and a member of the team will walk them through the different spaces while discussing details and answering any questions. Set in 600 acres of picturesque parkland, The Riding School is an 18thcentury 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 this estate. The Grade II listed barn is the perfect blank canvas to suit different themes and styles. With many photographic backdrops, lovebirds are spoilt for choice when it comes to capturing memorable images. Make an appointment by emailing Rebecca and Emma at info@ Check out: DON’T MISS OUT! Set amid 38 acres of rolling parkland, Kilworth House Hotel provides the perfect backdrops to weddings all under one roof. The venue is currently offering some fantastic offers for special dates in November 2022. Contact the team on 01858 880 058 to discuss details. Flick to our Local Venues feature to discover more about the property. Check out: 9 LOCAL NEWS

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 3rd June 2022. Terms and conditions apply. MOMENTS FROZEN IN TIME Located in Lincolnshire, Sarah Carter Photography has captured weddings for the last six years. With a relaxed approach to wedding photography, the company blends into the background to capture stunning images full of emotion. Owner Sarah Carter received her first camera aged seven and fell in love with photography. More than 30 years later, she can be still be found behind the lens snapping away. She says, “I’m all about authentic love and I like to photograph weddings as they happen – no one wants to be shouted at or directed all day. I love couples that ignore me and enjoy their wedding; that’s when I get the best photos.” She continues, “My favourite part of the job is when lovebirds walk out of their ceremony hand in hand and just give each other a certain look, which is a cross between relief and happiness.” Here at Your East Midlands Wedding, we’ve teamed up with Sarah Carter Photography to offer our readers a 10 % discount on wedding photography. Simply get in touch with the company and quote the magazine before the end of May, 2022 to receive the offer. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS 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! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 11 TELEPHONE: 01536 761527 or 07971434463 MicroWeddings Elopements Full SizeWeddings CAPTURE MOMENTS BETWEEN THE MOMENTS W E D D I N G P H OTO G R A P H Y ( W I T H O U T T H E F U S S A N D F A F F ! ) The Belmont Hotel, DeMontfort Street, Leicester, LE1 7GR WONDERFUL WEDDINGS IN THE HEART OF LEICESTER Whether you’re looking for an elegant grand reception, or a serene civil ceremony, here at The Belmont Hotel we’ve got everything to ensure that your day is a resounding success. Please contact our wedding co-ordinator to discuss your requirements and for more information. 0116 254 4773

Going local Where to say “I do” in and around Leicester KEYTHORPE MANOR 01162 598 100 | Set in the rolling countryside, Keythorpe Manor is an idyllic venue that offers couples the perfect location to tie the knot. The property provides picture-perfect spaces for photographs with the English countryside serving as an elegant backdrop. Couples can make the most of the open spaces by making a grand entrance in style with either a horse-drawn carriage or a helicopter to wow guests – the options are endless. Ceremonies and receptions occur in the conservatory-style marquee. Thanks to its blank canvas, couples can personalise the location to match different themes and colour schemes. French doors open onto the surrounding veranda, which is the perfect space for drinks receptions with an outdoor bar or hog roasts. Here loved ones can enjoy the countryside views while relaxing in the tranquil setting. For intimate weddings, the historical Oak Barn is an ideal space with a wooden gambrel ceiling adorned with uplights and a large iron chandelier. The tapestries add a touch of softness to the barn, while the natural elements of rich wood and exposed brick provide a rustic yet chic opulence. WE LOVE... Couples can stay overnight in the Bridal Cottage when they book the venue for their special day. LOCAL VENUES 13

LEICESTER MARRIOTT HOTEL 01162 820 100 | Leicester Marriott Hotel is a contemporary 4-star venue that offers a oneof-a-kind backdrop to weddings. Conveniently located just minutes from the M1 and with easy access to Leicester train station as well as nearby airports, the property is perfect for guests travelling in. Around the local area is an array of celebrated local attractions, including Leicester city center. Lovebirds can choose from a selection of beautifully designed wedding spaces that are ideal for multicultural weddings, civil ceremonies and receptions. The spacious Grove Suite is the most extensive and flexible event space that features a private bar, foyer and outdoor patio area for 400 people. Ideal for larger celebrations, this 4,227-square-foot area works perfectly for multicultural weddings with up to 300 guests. For more intimate gatherings, the elegant Anstey Suite is perfect and can cater for 40 to 100 guests. Or why not pick the Kirby Suite for 50 loved ones, which features neutral tones and high ceilings? Friends and family can unwind in the hotel’s sleek and stylish rooms after dancing the night away. They’ll be able to use the gym and dine on globally-inspired cuisine at the Market Kitchen Restaurant. The talented team works with pairs to bring their concepts to life and offers an array of services from private pre-reception areas as well as a carefully curated list of suppliers. Thanks to their expert help, weddings are always unforgettable. WE LOVE... The property offers a menu tasting session and overnight accommodation for couples when they book either the Extra Special or Icing On the Cake wedding package. SHEARSBY BATH 01162 478 202 | Set in the heart of south Leicestershire’s idyllic countryside, Shearsby Bath is a stone’s throw away from the historical and well-loved village of Shearsby. With more than five acres of landscaped gardens, the dazzling grounds create the perfect backdrop to wedding photography with plenty of picture-perfect areas to discover. The family-run venue provides a beautiful wedding setting with exceptional cuisine, elegant décor, the finest hospitality and attention to detail. The Old Spa Room creates a stunning location for ceremonies with 141 people and features an elegant atmosphere, original oak beams and panelling. Or why not exchange vows in the stunning Veil Bandstand, which is situated in the heart of the Secret Garden and has no restrictions on guest numbers. Receptions can occur in The Orangery for 70-day guests and 120 in the evenings; this is the ideal location for drinks receptions, wedding breakfasts or intimate discos. Alternatively, the marquee can accommodate 350 for a sit-down meal and is an entirely self-contained space that’s available all year round. Over the years, the Houston family has witnessed many couples trying to coordinate all their essential wedding elements and have seen firsthand how stressful and difficult this can be for them. With their wealth of contacts and creative experience, the team has orchestrated an impressive range of inclusive wedding experiences to make the process far more enjoyable. WE LOVE... When couples book the venue, they’ll receive a complimentary tasting session and help from the wedding coordinator. 14

THE BELMONT HOTEL 01162 544 773 | Situated in the heart of the city centre, The Belmont Hotel is a Victorian building that dates back to the 19th-century. The family-owned property has a homely feel, and all the function spaces are individually designed in a neutral décor to match any colour scheme. The Rose Room is a versatile area that can accommodate 110 loved ones for the “I dos” and wedding breakfasts, as well as 200 for evening celebrations. Alternatively, The Rowan Room is the ideal location for relaxed events with ample room for up to 40 guests for the vows and reception meals, while The May Room works great for more intimate nuptials. The hotel’s terrace area makes an excellent spot for drinks receptions and informal pictures in the summer months. Other photographic spaces include The Oval for capturing group photos, while the steps from the original house are great for couple portraits. Lovebirds who book the venue for their wedding as well as a threecourse wedding breakfast will receive a complimentary tasting session, a night’s stay on their special day and a dinner voucher for their first anniversary stay. WE LOVE... With 74 stylish bedrooms, guests can enjoy four-star accommodation at special discounted rates. KILWORTH HOUSE HOTEL 01858 880 058 | Set in 38 acres of rolling parkland, Kilworth House is an elegant venue located in the heart of rural Leicestershire. With breathtaking views, expansive grounds, fine dining, luxurious accommodation and an outdoor theatre, what’s not to love about this property? The hotel lies at the end of an inviting tree-lined approach that leads guests through the tranquil grounds to the well-maintained lawns and south-facing façade. Guests will love exploring the parklands and woodland areas, which create gorgeous backdrops to images. Exchange vows with 130 guests in the fully-restored Victorian Orangery, which features glorious rural views and vibrant natural lighting. After the vows, couples can enjoy drinks receptions on the terrace before returning to the Orangery for wedding breakfasts. Alternatively, The Wordsworth Room features a domed ceiling with glittering chandeliers and can accommodate 40 people for the vows. Next door, pairs can use the Library Restaurant for showstopping wedding breakfasts. With a cosy setting, views over the Knot Garden, fairytale bookcases and a Victorian fireplace, what location could be better? For more intimate weddings, the Shakespeare Room is perfect for celebrations with 20 loved ones and features ornate décor. The space brings intimacy and grandeur to both wedding ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. After dancing the night away, loved ones can retreat to the stunning bedrooms for a good night’s rest. Lovebirds can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings in peace as exclusive hire is available from 3.00pm on the day of arrival to 9.00am the following morning. WE LOVE... When couples book the venue, they’ll receive a complimentary menu tasting session. 15 LOCAL VENUES

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 BESPOKE 5* SERVICE YEAR ANNIVERSARY BESPOKE 5* SERVICE YEAR ANNIVERSARY Wedding Wheels Ltd We are proud to offer a choice of 12 chauffeured vehicles including vintage themed, classic, retro and modern options to brides and grooms across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and beyond. Viewing by Appointment at PleasleyVale Business Park, Mansfield, NG19 8FB Telephone: 01623 612470 Mobile: 07813 760 626 or 07540 665 432 Email: RS R OVER 30YEARS IN BUSINESS

GARDENS Glorious Blooming beautiful venues surrounded by nature 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 Grade I listed Tudor Gatehouse and find beautiful gardens surrounding the property. Having once entertained four English kings, including Henry VIII, the venue epitomises a country house-style with modern touches. The Panelled Hall is ideal for traditional, contemporary and informal ceremonies with 100 people and guests will love the family portraits, elegant wallpaper, high windows and modern touches. Or why not tie the knot in the Buchanan Hall, which features a neutral colour palette and bay window with views overlooking 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. For more intimate days, the light and airy Ante Room or the traditional Library are both perfect options. Hodsock Priory has been hosting spectacular parties for centuries, and the Pavilion is the perfect setting for wedding breakfasts with 130 people and evening receptions with 240. We love... Guests love using the terrace for drink receptions and taking photos by the lake, which is complete with a rowing boat. GLORIOUS GARDENS 17

RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA 01246 280 077 | Nestled in Chesterfield, Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa is an impressive Georgian manor house set within 19th-century formal gardens. Everything has been lovingly restored to its former glory, from a rolling parkland to a secret woodland area and kitchen garden. The venue’s charming interior features elegant touches, high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and period features. The Portland Suite has large multipaned windows, which provide plenty of light for ceremonies and receptions with 80 people. Another option is the Chatsworth Suite with views over the sweeping lawns. Lovebirds can exchange vows surrounded by 85 people, 50 for wedding breakfasts and 80 in the evenings. Alternatively, The Hollingwood Suite can accommodate 60 loved ones for the vows and 40 for receptions. For larger weddings, the Ringwood Suite can hold 250 loved ones for the “I dos”, 130 for wedding breakfasts and 250 for evening celebrations. For more intimate days, The Cavendish suite is great and features excellent views over the gardens. Situated on the rolling lawns, the Garden Pavilion is a picture-perfect space for outdoor ceremonies, while the Italian Gardens feature a beautiful pergola in tranquil settings. The grounds are ideal for receptions with 180 guests during the day and 350 in the evenings. We love... hen couples tie the knot at this venue, they’ll receive a complimentary night’s stay in the honeymoon suite on their special day. HEMSWELL COURT 01427 668 508 | Nestled in Lincoln, Hemswell Court is a private Georgian-styled venue that offers landscaped gardens, shaded woodland areas and beautiful walkways. Beneath the beautiful willow tree hangs a handcrafted swing, where many memorable photographs have been taken. There are also tables and chairs around the gardens for guests to use while enjoying the outdoor spaces. There are various elegant function rooms tastefully furnished and decorated. The Private Drawing Room can host 95 people for ceremonies and 32 for receptions. The room features a large open fireplace, which can be lit during the colder months, two solid oak tables and antique furniture. For grand weddings, couples can exchange vows in the Primrose Room with 200 loved ones and continue the celebrations in the evenings with 120 people. The light and airy room overlooks the landscaped gardens with high ceilings, traditional bookcases, wooden floors and a fireplace. For those wanting outdoor ceremonies, The Band Stand is set amid beautifully landscaped gardens. Here pairs can have an unlimited amount of guests. Ideal for reception drinks, the Grand Entrance Hall can fit 40 people. Continue the celebrations in The Ballroom, which can host 150 people for evening celebrations and features a large spacious bar, dancefloor and seating area. We love... After dancing the night away, guests can rest in the AA 5-star rated 25 en suite bedrooms. 18

Exclusive use country house wedding venue set in award winning gardens, with gorgeous views of the surrounding Northamptonshire countryside, perfect for any season! • • • • 01604686543 • @kelmarshhallweddings • Photo Credit: Terri & Lori Fine Art Photography & Film & Sarah Vivienne Photography Kelmarsh Hall Winter Weddings 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

Mapperley Farm Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue A highly sought after outdoor Wedding & Event Venue for hire in Derbyshire Welcome to Mapperley Farm Events Venue. We are nestled in the tranquil village of Mapperley between Derby & Nottingham within 160 acres of picturesque grassland & woodlands. MAP P ER L EY FARM , MA I N S TR E ET, MAP P ER L EY, I LK E S TON, DERBY SH I R E , DE 7 6 BY 07807 812938 - - Book online at for your exclusive visit

SHERWOOD GLADE 07929 209 358 | Situated on 25 acres of private woodland, Sherwood Glade creates the ideal location for weddings. Located in Sherwood Forest, famously associated with the legend of Robin Hood, the woods are home to incredible wildlife and ancient oak trees. There are many trails for romantic strolls under the tree canopies and picture-perfect spaces to capture showstopping images. Whether couples are looking for relaxed or informal weddings with barbecues, glamorous events or something a bit different – the venue is the perfect option. The property doesn’t have a ceremony licence, but couples can have celebrant-led weddings or blessings in the stunning woodlands surrounded by nature and 120 people. Continue the celebrations under two giant hat tipis with fairylights illuminating the space. We love... The team gi es lovebirds freedom to organise their wedding while helping assist every step of the way. RENAISSANCE AT KELHAM HALL 01636 390 500 | Set in 42 acres of picturesque gardens and manicured lawns, The Renaissance at Kelham Hall offers an elegant backdrop to weddings. The grade I listed building has just relaunched with new owners and a management team who has restored the building to its former glory. The highly skilled staff have decades of experience in launching brands and opening high value, established venues. From the most lavish of celebrations to more intimate events, the 19th-century mansion offers endless opportunities for all types of events. Say “I do” in The Lady Chapel with 70 loved ones. The space is simply stunning, with stained-glass windows and arched ceilings that provide fantastic acoustics. The location is where the Manners-Sutton family used to worship, and it offers a church-like setting for non-religious ceremonies. Or why not opt for the Music Hall with 100 nearest and dearest? Beautiful high ceilings with a central fireplace will create the perfect backdrop for the vows, and the hand-painted ceiling artwork is sure to wow guests. Alternatively, the Carriage Court can host 200 guests for whimsically services and features stunning high ceilings plus original archways. The Great Hall is perfect for larger weddings and can accommodate 650 people. The hall is the second largest dome in England, built by Anglican monks and provides a real wow factor. Continue the celebrations in the Dinning room with 70 people or The Great Hall with 500 for receptions. Another option is the Carriage Court for 150 guests who will love the high-vaulted ceilings, original windows and stone archways. Lastly, the newly-renovated courtyard marquee can accommodate 450 loved ones and provides a stunning neutral backdrop to receptions. Guests can book the private lodge on-site to stay the night after the celebrations. A knowledgeable and dedicated team of event professionals will leave nothing to chance and guide couples through every planning milestone to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. Couples will be sure to have memorable weddings with help from the professional wedding planner and catering team, who offer delicious meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The team can accommodate various tastes, from canapés and wedding breakfasts to casual buffets and hog roasts. If lovebirds have a preferred caterer in mind, the staff can provide private event hire with access for the catering team to use the kitchens. We love... Coupl s can explore the grounds on a golf buggy to find picture-perfect spots. 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS

love Hazel Gap Barn provided the perfect location for Lauren and Darren’s rustic wedding Images courtesy of Martin Cheung Photography DESTINATION 22

Lauren and Darren’s adventure started thousands of feet in the air on a flight to Reykjavík. The pair were both cabin crew at the time and started chatting before Lauren suggested heading for coffee when they landed. She says, “We still laugh about that moment as it’s something I’ve never normally been brave enough to do before – I must have known we were destined to be together.” While on a stroll in The Bahamas back in 2020, Darren proposed on a beautiful beach. Lauren comments, “We’ve always talked about getting married, but it was a complete surprise on the day. My maid of honour, Keli-Ann, was with us at the time and acted fast to capture the whole thing on camera.” SETTING THE SCENE The couple was excited to bring their friends and family together to celebrate such an important day. The bride says, “We had a few hurdles during the run up to the wedding with Covid-19 regulations. We were torn whether to postpone the day or not in such uncertain times. We decided to stick to our original date, which became an intimate affair with 28 guests.” She adds, “The day exceeded all our expectations! We’re believers that everything happens for a reason, so maybe our wedding was destined to be this way.” Nestled in Nottinghamshire, Hazel Gap Barn is a familyrun business with picture-perfect spaces. Lauren says, “We fell in love with the spectacular venue on our first visit and could envision our guests enjoying the courtyard space during our summer wedding.” The bride loved the idea of arriving at the property in a vintage car, and it was the perfect way to travel after staying in beautiful cottages the night before. The couple sat at the top table with their parents for the wedding breakfast and had four additional round tables where loved ones sat. The pair opted for seeded paper with an aeroplane on for favours to represent their first moments together. Each one said, ‘Plant this plane and watch it bloom, just like the love of the bride and groom’, which was a lovely touch. Vases of flowers on top of wooden logs made up the centrepieces and matched the colour scheme perfectly. Hazel Gap Barn created some delicious dishes on the day. The bride says. “We had the most tasty food, which everyone still talks about. We had canapés in the courtyard followed by the main meal served on large sharing plates.” She adds, “We liked the idea of the more relaxed family-style dining, which worked so well. We sat around the firepits in the early evening enjoying music, cheese and biscuits.” The two-tired Victoria sponge cake was a big hit with guests, and featured a rose gold world map and beautiful blooms. REAL WEDDINGS 23

LOOKING THE PART When it came to finding the perfect dress, Lauren fell in love with an ivory Art Couture gown. She says, “I loved the strapless design and the back featured buttons that went all the way down the train. I paired the gown with a cathedral-length veil with lace motifs to complement the simplicity of the dress, and I added a fitted lace bolero in the evening.” She continues, “A real highlight in the morning was getting ready with my bridal party and having our hair and make-up done. When I put my dress on, I was completely overwhelmed with happiness.” Darren wore a checked three-piece suit with an ivory tie and handkerchief, while the groomsmen and page boys wore two-piece suits but with pale lilac ties. The bridesmaids wore beautiful multiway-bandeau dresses in pale lilac, while the flowergirls wore ivory dresses. TIME TO CELEBRATE The couple had unforgettable music throughout the day, from the fantastic CoCo and the Butterfields. The bride says, “As lifelong friends, having them perform at our wedding made it extra special.” She adds, “My dear and oldest friends Tom and Dulcima sang as my dad walked me down the aisle. I wanted the song to be a surprise and was taken aback when they sang an acoustic version of Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship – my mum and dad’s wedding song.” The whole band then played in the courtyard after the ceremony before playing again later in the evening. A surprise rendition of Air Hostess by Busted dedicated to the pair was a real crowd-pleaser. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Lauren and Darren both felt a little nervous in the morning but excited for the day ahead. The bride comments, “Everyone who couldn’t come were so supportive and understanding. Knowing they were there with us in spirit and raising a glass from one end of the country to the other was really special.” The lovebirds brilliant photographer Martin and videographer Daiga captured the day perfectly. Their amazing work allows the pair to relive the wedding over again. Lauren says, “All our suppliers went above and beyond; I’d recommend every single one.” The couple had a sparkler train in the evening, which created a magical moment and amazing photographic opportunity for the pair. HONEYMOON After the perfect wedding, the couple explored the beautiful island of Santorini for five days. The bride says, “It’s somewhere we’ve always wanted to go together and planned it long before the wedding. We enjoyed all the local food and drink; a real highlight was watching the famous sunset over the caldera.” 24

7 Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Notts, NG21 9NL Jayne Clarke 01623 824946 www. theflowerroom theflowerroom .edwinstowe 264 HUTHWAITE ROAD SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD NG17 2HF 01623 554476 A luxury bridal boutique located in Nottinghamshire. We are proud to stock designers such as Mori Lee, Stella York, Sophia Tolli, Ivory and co, Rainbow club and many more. We have an incredible 5 private bridal suites for yourself and your loved ones to enjoy. ● Unlimited tea and coffee ● Afternoon tea available at an additional cost ● Free goody bag upon purchase for the bride to be Our bridal dresses range from a UK8 - UK28. We also stock bridesmaid gowns from the lovely Sorrella Vita range. Oakhill is a 14 bedroom hotel set in the Derwent Valley world heritage site. e licensed Bar & Restaurant serves both lunches and dinners with an emphasis on using locally sourced quality ingredients complimented by a reasonably priced comprehensive wine list. We are the perfect venue for Parties, Christenings and all Celebrations. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Weddings. | | oakhill hotel O A K H I L L | I N T A K E L A N E | C R O M F O R D | D E R B Y S H I R E | D E 4 3 R H | T E L : 0 1 6 2 9 8 2 2 2 1 1 A GEORGIAN STYLE HOUSE BUI LT BY THE ARKWRIGHT FAMI LY AND SI TUATED IN THE DERWENT VALLEY

Osmaston Park Give your wedding the Wow Factor Tailor your wedding in our fully equipped marquee surrounded by rural Derbyshire at its finest Please call to discuss your requirements or book an appointment to come and take a look • • 01335 350 279 Images supplied by Sally Rawlins Photography, Steven Bradshaw Photography and HBA Photography Totally private Incredible views Freedom to create Exclusive use No corkage Relaxed and friendly atmosphere

LAUREN AND DARREN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue and catering, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress, | Bride’s accessories, | Hair, | Make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Next | Groom’s suit, Moss Bros. | Cake, Dawns Cakes 07970 626 352 Flowers, | Transport, | Stationery, | Entertainment, | Videographer, 27 REAL WEDDINGS

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!

True love Tutbury Castle created the perfect backdrop for Holly and Alex’s beautiful day Images courtesy of Nathan O’Brien Photography Holly and Alex’s love story began online, where they discovered their shared interests and were instantly attracted to each other. Their relationship blossomed from that moment, and the pair created many happy memories together. Alex proposed on Tower Bridge in London, which was a massive surprise for Holly, and the pair couldn’t wait to create a magical wedding for everyone to enjoy. Here Holly shares details about their special day... REAL WEDDINGS 29

Alex wore a grey suit with a pink tie, handkerchief and buttonhole. Our dog Maggie was our bridesmaid and wore a pink tutu. We kept the table decorations very rustic, which we loved. I wore a dress called Marsha from Romantica of Devon and felt so happy when I looked in the mirror. Tutbury Castle’s historical features and beautiful location made our day extra special. The venue’s outside spaces are lovely with some fantastic views. 30

Alex’s grandfather, Pastor Rev Leo Reck, did an excellent sermon on the day. My dad’s speech was so funny and got everyone in volved. We both felt incredibly emotional, happy and nervous on the day. The ceremony stood out to us the most. We had a short historical speech provided by the castle’s knight. REAL WEDDINGS 31

HOLLY AND ALEX’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, entertainment and catering, | Photographer, Bride’s dress and accessories, | Hair, Make-up, | Groom’s suit, | Cake, Flowers, Jue Drops Florist | Videographer, Our photographer and videographer were very help ful and professional. We will be touring Paris, Italy and Switzerland this year for our honeymoon. The castle’s team was very accommodating and super helpful throughout the day. Our advice for other couples is to stay calm as the day will be amazing no matter what. 32

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THE DAY perfect Benjamin and Ruby’s memorable day featured a navy and white colour scheme Images courtesy of Derek McAllister Photography Benjamin and Ruby’s adventure started after meeting through a mutual friend. A few dates later, the pair started to form a strong bond and discovered they had a lot in common – the rest is history. After becoming engaged, the couple wanted to create a fun day for all their loved ones to enjoy. They set the date for September 4th 2021, and worked hard to plan their dream wedding. Here Ruby shares details about their special day... 34

The gardens at West Bridgford Registration Office created the perfect backdrop to our photographs. For favours, each guest was given a candle holder to remind them of the day. The wedding party travelled in a Volkswagen Campervan. Our reception took place in a pub called The Embankment, and we hired a London bus to transport guests from one venue to another. Ben wore a navy three-piece suit with a tie and tan brogue shoes. REAL WEDDINGS 35

I wore a comfortable lace jumpsuit with matching white heels, and was so excited when I first saw my finished look. The groomsmen wore the same attire as Ben. We had a piper at our day, which is quite unusual for an English wedding. The bridesmaids wore navy dresses and carried white gypsophila and purple heather bouquets. Walking down the aisle and the speeches really stood out to us. 36

BENJAMIN AND RUBY’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, and | Photographer, Bride’s dress, | Flowers, | Transport, and Entertainment, | Balloons, We had a lovely time at Edinburgh Castle for our honeymoon. We both felt nervous on the day but also very happy and excited. 37 REAL WEDDINGS


babe Boho The Pigeon Loft Studio was the perfect location for this sleek and romantic shoot Images courtesy of Amy Elizabeth Photo Shoot coordinator Grace Nelson Cake Artistry and a team of talented suppliers worked together to create this bohemian-styled shoot. The experts brought the blank-canvas space at The Pigeon Loft Studio to life, and photographer Amy Williams captured the day perfectly. Amy says, “Our aim was to create an area where suppliers could display their artistry and demonstrate how to strip back the bohemian style to achieve a more contemporary and editorial look.” 39 REGIONAL SHOOT



THE DREAM TEAM Venue, | Photographer, | Shoot coordinator and cake, | Styling, | Flowers, | Dresses and accessories, | Stationery, | Place names and signage, | Hair and make-up, | Model, Phoebe James 42