Your East Midlands Wedding - August/September 2022 (Issue 51)

AUG/SEPT 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A minimoon in the Lake District Must-have gowns and accessories Fashion icon LOVE BIG-DAY CAKES Heartwarming nuptials Behind THE LENS Showstopping photography Discover local bakers Time for

WEDDING FAIR Sunda y 16t h Oc t obe r Hel l idon Lakes is home to a magical waterfal l and eight enchanting lakes dotted amongst 220 acres of breathtaking Northamptonshire countryside, providing you with a stunning backdrop for your special day – come along and see how we can make your big day memorable. Our modern resort hotel is set within the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside with easy access from the M1, M40, and M6, offering the perfect setting for weddings, events and leisure breaks. H E L L I D O N | D A V E N T R Y | N O R T H A M P T O N S H I R E | N N 1 1 6 G G | 0 1 3 2 7 2 6 2 5 5 0 Nestled within the most stunning grounds, Hel l idon Lakes provides a picture perfect location for weddings of al l sizes, with 4 beautiful suites avai lable for ceremonies, dining and parties, 110 onsite bedrooms, a relaxing spa, bowl ing al ley and 27-hole golf course, you real ly can make the most of your wedding celebrations! We have flexible wedding packages avai lable as wel l as a ‘your wedding, your way’ package. Whether it’s a large outdoor wedding or an intimate ceremony, our team wi l l work closely with you to create a tai lor-made experience and turn your unique vision into a real ity.

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 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 73 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 91 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022 On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from the regional shoot on page 42, which was captured by the talented Sarita White Photography ( 37 13 FEATURES 37 OH-SO ELEGANT Be inspired by this Bridgerton-themed shoot at The Kedleston Country House 40 THE WOW FACTOR The Butterwick Marsh created the perfect backdrop to this sustainable bridal shoot 42 BOHO BABE Local suppliers worked together to create this dreamworthy shoot 47 BIG-DAY BAKES Be inspired by professional bakers and the latest cake trends 68 PICTURE-PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHY Discover showstopping images no matter the weather 77 THE BRIDGERTON EFFECT Editorial assistant Gracie Leader looks at how Netflix's biggest show has influenced weddings 80 FROM MISS TO MRS County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey. VENUES 13 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in and around Nottinghamshire 17 PURE RELAXATION Discover some of the best wedding venues with accommodation 3

GROOMS 73 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 74 FUN IN THE SUN Honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-be HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 86 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 88 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand REAL WEDDINGS 20 FLORAL FANTASY Molly and Oli had an autumnal wedding surrounded by loved ones 24 TRUE LOVE Harriet and Darren didn’t let Covid-19 ruin their special day 28 TO DO OR DONUT Katherine and Ben had a beautiful wedding at Stubton Hall 33 DREAMY DAY Grangefields created the perfect setting for Katie and Dom’s wedding 51 33 28 FASHION & BEAUTY 50 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 51 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 54 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 62 YOU CAUGHT MY EYE! We put together some gorgeous wedding-day eye make-up looks using the newest launches to hit the counters 70 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 83 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with expert advice 88 74 4

WEDDINGS AT PEAK EDGE Nestled on the edge of Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District National Park, serenity and sophistication come together to create an elegant setting for your special day at four-star Peak Edge Hotel. Peak Edge offers all you need to make your perfect country wedding a reality, with stunning grounds, far-reaching views, oak beams, vaulted dining rooms and roaring open fires to set the scene. WEDDING SHOWCASE EVENTS Our diary is always open, but we’ve set aside a few special dates that are dedicated to showcasing our superb facilities and trusted partners: • SATURDAY 17 TH & SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2022 • SATURDAY 4TH & SUNDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2023 Appointments are available between 10am – 4pm. To arrange yours, chat to our team of friendly wedding planners via or 01246 566142. ONE OF DERBYSHIRE’S MOST EXCLUSIVE WEDDING VENUES DARLEY ROAD | STONEDGE | CHESTERFI ELD | DERBYSHI RE | S45 0LW TEL : 01246 566142 WWW. PEAKEDGEHOTEL .CO.UK AA

Hollywood styles are still some of my favourite designs that are trending in 2022, so you can imagine my joy when I first saw this showstopping gown. Calling all grooms! Check out this stunning suit that’s perfect for spring and summer weddings. Hello lovely readers and welcome back to another issue of Your East Midlands Wedding. We’ve worked hard this issue to gather some of the most talented suppliers to offer tips and tricks to create memorable weddings. Expect to find plenty of big-day inspiration on each page, from stunning venue styling ideas to different entertainment options and showstopping dresses. Make sure to flick to our real wedding features and read the heartwarming love stories from local couples. Learn what made their day stand out and all the lovely details plus memorable moments. I can’t believe we’re already more than halfway through the year; where has the time gone? Summer weddings are always stunning and allow couples to get creative to bring the outdoor areas to life with beautiful ceremony and reception spaces, snug areas, garden games and al fresco dining options. We all know how unpredictable the weather can be in the UK. So if you’re opting for an al fresco event, make sure you have a wetweather backup option such as a tipi, marquee or an indoor space available – you can never be too prepared! We’re expecting to see many Bridgerton-inspired weddings this summer after the popular show released season two and the nation fell in love with Kate and Anthony. Expect to see plenty of lace, ruffles, gloves, capes and delicate blues – it’s going to be ohso glamorous. Neutrals and earthy tones are also trending at the moment, with the main focus on nature with foliage, driftwood and different textures being used. This year, couples are focusing on sustainable weddings and are thinking outside of the box to reduce their impact on the environment, which can be done in multiple ways. Why not opt for repurposed jewellery or conflict-free pieces with sustainable diamonds? Or use seed paper or recycled paper for stationery and reuse floral arrangements using seasonal blooms throughout the day. That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Planning SOS 40 74 51 Check out this sustainable shoot, which features an alternative style. 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 |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 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 @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and

Looking for the perfect wedding cake? Check out this showstopping design from Julia Florence Cake Design. 47 For those fashion-forward mothers, discover this stunning look that’s perfect for all different wedding themes. How beautiful does this bride look on her special day? Katie picked a Oleg Cassini dress and accessorised her look with her late grandma’s pearl necklace and some pearl earrings. If you’re on the hunt for a dream wedding setting, then check out Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa. The venue is the perfect backdrop to photographs and offers couples a choice of showstopping ceremony and reception areas. There are so many things I love about this Bridgerton-themed shoot at The Kedleston Country House, especially this beautiful top table! 17 33 38 20 I adore Molly and Oli’s wedding at The Riding School, Calke Abbey – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a couple smile so much! EDITOR’S LETTER 7 Contact our wedding planner, Carolyn, to book an exclusive tour of our lovely hotel. Quote ‘EastMidMag’ when you get in touch and enjoy two glasses of prosecco after you’ve fallen in love with our venue. Manor Estate, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6PY | 01526 352588 Up to 120 people for a Seated Wedding Breakfast 180 for your Evening Reception Exclusivity option available 21 light and spacious bedrooms THE PERFECT VENUE FOR YOUR PERECT WEDDING DAY Stunning, licensed ceremony venues perfect for an intimate occasion or a larger celebration Y O U R B E A U T I F U L C O U N T R Y H O U S E W E D D I N G WEDDING OPEN DAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 11AM - 3PM

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on news from around the region PURE RELAXATION A new spa has opened in Derbyshire, which offers the perfect setting for all to enjoy – especially those looking for a pre-wedding getaway. The Spa at Breedon Priory is complete with tranquil gardens that feature a large vitality pool, an infinity relaxation pool and an outdoor terrace with loungers and cost fit pits. The Wellbeing Suite offers six thermal experiences with showers, an ice fountain and cabins that offer different temperatures. For those who like their privacy, The Hideaway is an intimate space that allows pairs or groups up to four to enjoy exclusive treatments, a private lounge area, a shower area, mini bar and an enclosed terrace with a hot tub, fire pit and lounger. The venue’s owners, Elaine and Graham Blunt, took inspiration from the countryside when designing the relaxing spa to mirror its calming surroundings. The property has been built with the environment in mind and has its own water source. The Pure Relaxation room offers the perfect location to disconnect from the world and just focus on each other. To keep guests from going hungry, The Terrace Restaurant offers delicious food created from local ingredients. After a few hours of relaxing, why not enjoy a treatment in one of the seven state-of-the-art treatment rooms? For those looking for the ultimate retreat, The Spa at Breedon Priory teamed up with the award-winning Breedon Hall Country House B&B, which is only a short drive away. Couples can book an overnight stay for the perfect getaway. Check out: THE PERFECT SETTING The Dower House Hotel is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Nestled in the trees opposite The Bracken Course at the Woodhall Spa Golf Club, the hotel offers a private and tranquil setting for beautiful weddings. Currently undergoing refurbishment, the venue is getting a complete makeover. The Function Suite was first on the list and is now an elegant space with cool grey tones and neutral fabrics. The public areas are nearly complete retaining the country house charm but with a more modern flair. With the addition of the beautiful Wedding Dressing Room last year, the property has everything needed for memorable events. The hotel has won many awards in 2022, including the Lincolnshire Wedding Venue & Hotel of the Year in the Midlands Enterprise Awards. The venue has a wedding open day planned for Sunday 18th September 2022; definitely one for the diary. Check out: WEDDING FAIR The Old Vicarage at Elkesley is hosting a wedding fair on September 11th 2022, between 2 pm and 6 pm. The fair is an excellent opportunity to see the venue and envision how to bring the spaces to life. The property is the ideal place to tie the knot, thanks to its photographic backdrops, beautiful wedding spaces, impressive driveway and on-site accommodation. Many talented suppliers will be at the event, and are excited to meet couples to discuss their wedding – there will even be live entertainment. With free parking and entry plus goodie bags for the first 50 people, make sure not to miss out! Check out: LOCAL NEWS 9

MOMENTS FROZEN IN TIME Located in Derbyshire, Pippa Collins Photography now offers beautiful bespoke wedding albums and owner Pippa Collins couldn’t be more excited. She says, “The albums can be made from more than 60 stunning colour and fabric options. Clients will be able to display and preserve your photographs to look back on for years to come.” The company creates beautiful and natural images, while capturing the raw emotions at each event. With a passion for candids photos with lots of laughter and a love for detail, Pippa works with lovebirds to highlight memorable and intimate moments. The company’s wedding packages can be adapted to fit different needs and styles. Couples can opt for ceremony-only sessions, half-day coverage or all-inclusive options. Pippa creates personal online galleries with all packages. She has also added the opportunity to have sneak peek previews up to 48 hours after events so that lovebirds can relive their day almost immediately. Check out: OUTDOOR WEDDINGS StemGem Events is a family-run business that specialises in bespoke outdoor events with a twist. During Summer 2022, the team will be offering some amazing offers to help couples create their dream wedding. The company’s canvas pole tents are handmade locally and can transform any outdoor space while providing the perfect shelter for either daytime or evening occasions. The team can turn any location into an ideal venue for weddings, parties or corporate events. The company not only offers tents, but an outdoor dancefloor, stage rigging, tables, chairs and lights. As well as this, the team works alongside other companies to offer food, entertainment and DJ services to provided the complete package for all occasions. Check out: PRE-WEDDING GETAWAY Guests at Sawcliffe Manor can now take some much-needed pampering time and feel like royalty, thanks to the addition of a Milk Bath Treatment in the Natural Spa. A giant copper tub filled with cow’s milk and calendula offers a wonderful experience that will soothe and moisturise skin. The proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and lactic acid in the milk soaks into the skin while exfoliating dead skin cells. For those with skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, this treatment is known for relieving any irritation. The addition of the flowers isn’t just to look pretty but to provide anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antimicrobial properties to calm redness and ease skin discomfort. The copper bath also has therapeutic effects and reduces inflammation associated with rheumatism, arthritis, osteoporosis, tendonitis and sports injuries, while also improving circulation. Sawcliffe Manor is a historic country house and farm located on the site of a Medieval village and a gateway to a 400-acre nature reserve in Lincolnshire. It’s the perfect location for pre-wedding getaways, weddings or minimoons. Discover more about the spa and manor on page 15. Check out: 10

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 30th September, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. SHOES GLORIOUS SHOES Based in Leicester, ShoesbyHaze provides bespoke shoes that add the wow factor to weddings. The company digitally prints designs onto waterproof adhesive film, which gets applied to shoes before a protective coating of high-shine gloss is added. Each pair are completely weatherproof in all conditions – perfect for the unpredictable UK weather. Clients can create their dream shoes to match their wedding theme. Or they can produce fun designs with photos of family members or pictures to highlight their favourite hobbies, movies, TV shows or celebrities. After designs are printed, the shoes can be customised further by adding Swarovski crystals, text or red soles. Owner Hazel Orton offers a free phone consultation, where she can advise on options to bring dream visions to life. With a wide range of heels available, clients will have different height options to choose from. For those who’ve already found the perfect shoes, the company can also print designs at a reduced cost – perfect for those on a tight budget! Orders take three to four weeks to complete, and Hazel will send photos at each stage of the process so changes can always be made to ensure all shoes are perfect for clients. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 10 per cent off orders when they add the code YEMW10 at checkout online before October 15st 2022. To place an order, check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

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

GOINGlocal Tie the knot in and around Nottinghamshire WARREN FARMHOUSE WEDDINGS & EVENTS 07973 541 366 | Set in two acres, Warren Farmhouse Weddings & Events is an outdoor venue located on the grounds of Warren Farm. The property features many photographic opportunities, such as the picturesque pond and the ancient oak tree that houses the famous double rope swing. The venue doesn’t have a ceremony licence, but the in-house celebrant can host outdoor blessings on the maintained lawns, with the stunning 600-year-old farmhouse as a backdrop. It’s also the perfect space for reception drinks and wedding receptions with 150 people. Alternatively, couples can tie the knot in front of the pond, the oak tree or the marquee. Lovebirds can continue the celebrations inside the marquee, which features exposed-wooden poles, a reclaimed-wooden bar, hessian flooring and a dancefloor. Thousands of fairylights line the roof alongside the three chandeliers that add a touch of glamour to the space. Couples can choose whether they want limewash banqueting chairs with round tables or long rustic-styled tables with matching benches – they can even pick both to keep all generations happy. There’s plenty of room around the marquee for oversized games, bouncy castles or seating areas using bales of hay. Couples also have the option for their wedding party to stay overnight in the luxury bell tents. When nearlyweds book the venue, a wedding planner is provided at no extra charge to help pairs throughout their planning journey. The experienced team has worked with a wide range of trusted suppliers and can help recommend companies if needed. 13 LOCAL VENUES

SWANCAR FARM COUNTRY HOUSE 01159 306 528 | Set within acres of beautiful countryside, Swancar Farm Country House is a stunning venue that boasts a mixture of rustic charm and elegance spaces. From the moment couples make their way along the sweeping driveway, they’ll fall in love with the the private grounds that are entirely exclusive to couples on their special day. The picturesque grounds provide the perfect setting for wedding photography and couples can enjoy the beautiful lawns and rural surroundings with a glass of fizz, while their photographer captures magical moments. Exchange vows surrounded by chandeliers, exposed beams and fragrant flowers in The Gallery with 100 people, or The Glass Barn for 100 guests with an additional 20 people standing. This light and airy space is the latest addition to the venue and can be easily transformed for drinks receptions after the “I dos”. Continue the celebrations into The Oak Hall, which has a fully-stocked bar, oak beams, brick-feature walls and a large fireplace for 140 seated guests. The talented chefs use only the freshest ingredients and serve the finest cuisine, while the event team will deliver a seamless service and transform the space for evening receptions. For all the pizza lovers out there, situated in the courtyard is a woodfired pizza oven where guests can watch their food being created and indulge in a taste of Italy while relaxing on comfortable, chunky oak furniture. PORTLAND FUNCTIONS 01623 499 105 | Set in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Portland Functions is a beautiful woodland venue that caters for indoor and outdoor weddings. Ceremonies and receptions are held on the stunning Portland Charity 32 acre woodland campus. All funds raised through weddings go directly back into the charity, which provides fulfilling futures for people with disabilities. The venue provides the most spectacular backdrop for stunning images; photographers will be spoilt for choice when picking backdrops. Indoor weddings can take place in either the Linden, Hawthorn or Eastwood Suites – all are wheelchair accessible. Or the team can open up partition walls to create more space for larger events. The Pagoda is the perfect setting for those who prefer outdoor weddings with 20 to 100 people and sits alongside the Donkey Paddock where guests can meet the animals. On-site is a fully stocked bar to enjoy, and the catering team will work with pairs to create delicious menus to suit all needs. 14

THE OLD VICARAGE BOUTIQUE WEDDING VENUE 07970 734 923 | Nestled on the edge of the peaceful Elkesley village, The Old Vicarage is conveniently located with direct access to the A1 – perfect for guests travelling in. The venue is set within five acres of wooded grounds, divided by the shallow River Poulter, and is the perfect space for photographic opportunities. Couples get access to the property from Friday to decorate the wedding spaces to make their day extra special. Upon entering the venue, couples are blown away by the beautiful oak hallway and doors bearing the trademark of Mousey Thompson, the famous Yorkshire wood carver. With its magnificent marble fire place, deep cornices and oak touches, the Osbourne Suite offers all the delights of a Bygone age and can cater to 60 seated guests. The French doors provide an entrance to the extended patio, down to the river’s edge and beyond. Or opt for The Pergola, which can accommodate 250 people. Designed by Holly Nook Designs, the wood for the bespoke natural-oak structure has been handchosen from deep in the forest to hold the shingle timbered roof. Inlayed with natural Yorkshire stone slabs, this space can be lit with candles, lanterns or lamps. For intimate events, The Snug offers a truly private space for eight people to enjoy. The on-site log cabin can sleep up to six guests, while the Coach House can sleep up to four. There’s even the option for loved ones to camp, which is perfect for the adventurous kind. THE RENAISSANCE AT KELHAM HALL 01636 390 500 | Set in 42 acres of picturesque gardens and manicured lawns, The Renaissance at Kelham Hall offers a balance of elegance and grandeur at every turn. The building is a stunning 19th-century mansion that provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and photographs. A golf buggy is available for lovebirds to explore the grounds during photo sessions. Some popular spaces are the gardens created by the famous Victorian gardener WA Nesfield, who also worked at Regents Park in London. A knowledgeable and dedicated team of event professionals will leave nothing to chance and guide pairs through every planning milestone, from a professional wedding planner assisting lovebirds to the catering team providing meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Everything from canapés and plated wedding breakfasts to casual buffets and hog roasts can be catered for. For those with a preferred caterer in mind, the venue provides private event hire access for other companies to use the kitchens. The Renaissance at Kelham Hall is fully licensed for wedding ceremonies with scope for outdoor weddings, or pairs can say “I do” at St Wilfrid’s Church on the grounds. For those after non-religious ceremonies with a church feel, The Lady Chapel is where the Manners-Sutton family worshipped and provides fantastic acoustics for 70 guests to enjoy. Or why not opt for The Music Room, which can accommodate 100 people and features beautiful-high ceilings with a central fire place – it’s the perfect backdrop for the vows. Plus, the hand-painted ceiling artwork is sure to catch everyone’s eye. With stunning high ceilings and original archways, the Carriage Court is the perfect State Room for whimsically romantic services with 200 loved ones. For larger events, The Great Hall is the second largest dome in England, which was built by Anglican Monks and provides a real wow factor for 650 nearest and dearest. Magnificent stained-glass windows and archways adds real character to this space. Receptions can take place in the Dining Room with 70 guests who will love the beautiful views over the parterre, the original fire place and hand-painted arched ceilings – the room provides the perfect setting for a stately home feel. For outdoor weddings, the newly renovated courtyard marquee can act as a stunning backdrop for 460 people to enjoy. Or celebrations can continue in the Carriage Court or The Great Hall with 150 and 500 people respectively. After the celebrations, guests can retreat to the private lodge on-site. 15 LOCAL VENUES

The most important day of your life... ...deserves a special setting – a location that’s not just out of the ordinary, but extraordinary. That location is Kilworth House Hotel. Kilworth House stands apart from the everyday world – a place of timeless warmth, elegance and gracious living set amid 38 acres of rolling parkland. Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE Telephone: 01858 880058 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

Pure relaxation Discover some of the best wedding venues with accommodation RUSHTON HALL HOTEL AND SPA 01536 713 001 | Rushton Hall is a Grade I listed building conveniently located in Northamptonshire between the M1 and the A14 – perfect for guests travelling in. Upon arriving at the hotel’s entrance, guests will be greeted by the manicured lawns. The incredible gardening team preserve and condition the grounds throughout all seasons; so couples are sure to have a stunning backdrop to weddings all year round. The lake provides a refreshing break in the countryside and offers many photographic opportunities. The venue has a traditional style with a contemporary twist. Each wedding space is located within The Orangery, which allows guests to enjoy the day uninterrupted and offers views of the stunning gardens. With a breathtaking stone façade, the Orangery is in keeping with the rest of the historical building. Inside, the property boasts exquisite interiors, intricate ceilings, beautiful windows, crystal chandeliers and stunning stone floors. With original features from the 15th-century as well as magnificent decor, wooden floors and roaring log fires, the hall will wow all guests. Rushton Hall features 51 individually styled bedrooms with a selection of double, twin and family rooms that are all equipped with en suite bathrooms or shower rooms. There are also two newly refurbished luxury lodges. The experienced restaurant team strives to deliver an unforgettable dining experience – be it for fine dining in the restaurant, afternoon tea in the Great Hall or one of the stunning State Rooms. The beautiful Stable Yard Spa offers a wide range of treatments and facilities – perfect for pre or post-wedding treatments. The Picture Gallery is the perfect space for ceremonies with 180 people. The Minstrel Balcony is ideal for a string quartet to create memorable atmospheres and grand entrances. Or exchange vows in the Ballroom with 250 loved ones. The elegant space cannot fail to impress with high ornate ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Receptions with up to 500 people can take place in the Grand Hall, which features a bar area alongside a magnificent fire place and stone flooring. Or The Ballroom, The Picture Gallery and The State Room can be opened up to create space for 300 loved ones. Rushton Hall offers couples a complimentary first-anniversary stay on the night of their wedding. We love... Leading up to their special day, pairs will receive a food tasting session to try some dishes. HOTEL VENUES 17

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 photographs. Exchange vows with 130 guests in the fully-restored Victorian Orangery, which features glorious rural views and vibrant natural lighting. After the vows, couples can enjoy drinks receptions on the terrace before returning to the Orangery for wedding breakfasts. Alternatively, The Wordsworth Room features a domed ceiling with glittering chandeliers and can accommodate 40 people for the vows. Next door, pairs can use the Library Restaurant for showstopping wedding breakfasts. With a cosy setting, views over the Knot Garden, fairytale bookcases and a Victorian fire place, what location could be better? For more intimate weddings, the Shakespeare Room is perfect for celebrations with 20 loved ones and features ornate décor. 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. Lovebirds can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings in peace as exclusive hire is available from 3.00 pm on the day of arrival to 9.00 am the following morning. We love... hen couples book the venue, they’ll receive a complimentary menu tasting session. 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 three course 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... ith 74 stylish bedrooms, guests can enjoy four-star accommodation at special discounted rates. © Chris Haley Photography © Chris Haley Photography 18

What’s not to love about Sawcliffe Manor, a property that offers the perfect location for hen dos, pre-wedding getaways, weddings and minimoons? Built on the site of a Medieval village in north Lincolnshire, the property is bursting full of character and historical features. The Elwes family has been restoring the site for many years to bring the spaces back to life, so I was over the moon when the opportunity to see the property in person arose. Upon arrival, the lovely Jana greeted us with a warm welcome, prosecco and some delicious cake before giving us a tour of the property. We viewed all the stunning spaces, including The Manor, Party Yurt and the stunning Dovecot Chapel, which is perfect for wedding ceremonies. Each area is charming with its own character and eye-catching features. The team has added so many thoughtful touches and personal details – it’s clear how much they love the venue. PURE RELAXATION The property offers three different cottages on a self-catering basis; each one offers something truly unique and special. My partner and I were lucky enough to say in the beautiful Rose Cottage, one of the oldest parts of the site. Sitting in the living room felt like I’d stepped back in time as the space showcased many Tudor features, especially the inglenook fire place that’s perfect for those winter nights. The luxurious bathroom was my favourite part of the cottage; it features a gorgeous freestanding bath and a freefalling shower. The large navy kitchen with an AGA cooker had all the pots, pans and utensils needed to cook a feast. For those who would prefer to enjoy a nice meal out, the venue recommends The Hope & Anchor nearby. Upstairs are two cosy bedrooms with plenty of space to relax and get ready. We decided to try out the nook room, which features a large bed that provided the perfect escape from everyday life, thanks to the curtains that created an almost den-like feel. Here we had the perfect night’s rest and woke up feeling refreshed for the day ahead. Honestly, I was out like a light as soon as my head hit that pillow. THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY After the perfect night’s rest, what better way to start the day than a full English breakfast? The team at Sawcliffe Manor provided us with a basket full of everything needed to create the perfect meal. We enjoyed fresh orange juice, milk, eggs, locally cured bacon, Lincolnshire sausages, a fresh granary loaf, tasty pastries, cake, honey, homemade jam and granola with different toppings. I usually grab breakfast on the go with how busy everyday life can be, so it was so lovely to take time together to cook a lovely meal. PAMPERING SESSIONS Sawcliffe Manor is home to a natural, off-grid spa that provides a private space to relax and pamper yourself for three hours. Its stunning surroundings create the perfect backdrop to disconnect from the world and enjoy quality time with loved ones. The spa takes the team seven hours to prepare, so we felt privileged to be able to try it out. We started with a dip in the wooden hot tub made from spruce and larch wood. No chemicals or electricity are used, so it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin. Our favourite part of the experience was the copper milk bath, which left our skin smooth and hydrated. We soaked in the tub for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Unlike my partner, I was brave enough to face the Swedish ice bucket, which was definitely ice cold! To warm up, I used the freshly picked herbs to create some tea while my feet were soaking in the salt foot bath. We then scrubbed our body with Beldi soap and an exfoliation mitt to remove all our dry skin – I felt a million dollars afterwards. What better way to finish our relaxation session than a good old clay mask? TIME TO EXPLORE We love a good competition and couldn’t wait to participate in an archery session, an activity we had done before and really enjoyed! Our instructor Reg was fantastic. His passion for the sport was evident, and he shared plenty of knowledge with us. After shooting a few arrows in the 17th-century dairy, we got the hang of it and had the best time. After a fun morning session, it was time to explore the nearby nature reserve to try and find the wild Exmoor ponies. The herd of 32 ponies roam free on 400 acres to help keep the grass levels down and support the ecosystem. After a short walk, we turned a corner to find the magnificent creates almost waiting for us. We watched them from afar amongst nature and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere. In the countryside Olivia Gibson discovers what Sawcliffe Manor Country House has to offer THE FINAL VERDICT We had such a fantastic stay at Sawcliffe Manor! The team couldn’t have been more welcoming, and it felt like a home away from home. The venue provided the perfect location for us to relax and unwind together in dreamworthy surroundings. We created so many lovely memories, and I can’t wait to go back in the future. Discover more about the property here: 19 HOTEL VENUES

Floral Molly and Oli had an autumnal wedding surrounded by loved ones Images courtesy of Daniel Hughes Photography FANTASY 20

Molly and Oli first met on Tinder back in 2015. After messaging back and forth, Oli planned dinner at his and the pair cooked a delicious meal together. “We ate food, listened to our favourite music, played a game and chatted until the sun came up – we couldn’t believe how quickly time flew by”, says Molly. She was attracted to Oli’s smile and personality, which was so kind and thoughtful. Molly adds, “From the word go, we were on the same wavelength. We had such different lives but so much to talk about; our stomachs hurt from laughing – thankfully not from the dinner!” Five years later, Oli knew it was the perfect moment to pop the question during a three-week holiday. Molly says, “We were on a small island called Bohol, and Oli had planned for us to watch the Sea of Clouds at sunrise. We trekked up the biggest hill and watched the sunrise as the clouds below us wisped by – it was gorgeous.” She continues, “I thought Oli was grabbing breakfast snacks from his bag, only to find him with a ring asking me to marry him – it was a complete surprise!” Here Molly shares details about their special day… SETTING THE SCENE The wedding took place on October 2nd 2021, and the couple created a day that perfectly represented them both. Molly says, “We both love autumn and wanted to highlight this in our theme. Originally, our first wedding was supposed to take place in September 2020, which was the venue’s only date available around that time. Our silver lining to the pandemic was getting to move our wedding date to October 2021, so our dream autumnal wedding was more realistic.” Molly grew up spending most of her childhood at Calke Abbey having picnics, walking her dogs, spending summer evenings with friends and dates with Oli. The couple was so excited to find out the estate had a wedding venue and booked a viewing at The Riding School. They fell in love with the blank canvas space, which allowed the pair to make the venue even more personal while matching their colour scheme. The Ivy House Weddings team were so welcoming and accommodating compared to other venues the lovebirds viewed. The couple hired in a wedding stylist, Sass Weddings, to help create a warm and cosy feel to the large reception room. To match the autumnal colour scheme, deep reds and rustic orange tones were used. There was foliage around the venue and warm lighting to mimic candles as no open flames were allowed in the Grade II listed building. The pair wanted to give their guests something they would enjoy for favours and gave loved ones tiny bottles filled with different tipples. Each one had a tag attached saying, ‘We’ve tied the knot, so take the shot.’ To make the wedding breakfast seem like a big family meal, the pair used four rows of banquet tables leading off of the top table. That way, everyone could see and talk to each other. The Black Peppermint Food Company, which works alongside Ivy House Weddings, created banquet-style sharing platters to encourage people to mingle and it worked! Due to the table layout and sharing platters, the pair opted for simple centrepieces with natural linen table runners and small vases full of fresh and dried flowers. For table names, each table had a number presented in a frame with pressed flowers. The Fabric Theatre provided lighting to the venue with warm festoon lighting and lanterns all over the dancefloor. The bride wanted an oversized bouquet and foliage flower crown to represent her love of florals. She says, “We wanted to be surrounded by blooms! For the venue, I’d been inspired by greenery draped over bare brick walls and felt this would be perfect for the property. Our florist and Ivy House Weddings exceeded our expectations by covering one section of our wall, draping the balcony and the windows in a fountain of fresh foliage – we were left speechless!” REAL WEDDINGS 21

Based in the bride’s hometown, Cakes by Mad Cake Maker created a three-tiered naked-style cake for the pair decorated in foliage and fresh berries. The lovebirds picked carrot cake with orange buttercream and raspberry Bakewell cake with vanilla frosting for the flavours. Oli had always wanted to drive him and Molly away in a classic car rather than being chauffeured. By postponing the wedding by 13 months due to Covid, the pair had a little more time to save and bought a Yellow MG Midget. Molly comments, “This was one of our wildest decisions, which we’re so glad we made! It was lovely having a 20-minute drive to our reception, just the two of us.” LOOKING THE PART When it came to finding the one, the bride found the perfect dress at Alice Rose Bridal called Sofia by Ellis Bridal. She accessorised her look with a diamond necklace gifted by her mum and a gorgeous pair of shoes from Charlotte Mills. Molly says, “I didn’t see myself in a full-length mirror until arriving at our reception – I felt so beautiful.” Oli, his groomsmen, the bride’s two brothers and their dads wore three-piece heritage blue tweed suits with Liberty Print floral ties that matched the peachy colours in the bouquets perfectly. Oli chose a bow tie to stood out from the others. The bridesmaids wore floor-length multiway dresses. Molly didn’t want them to look identical, so the dresses were all styled differently while ensuring everyone felt comfortable and gorgeous. TIME TO CELEBRATE To keep guests entertained, the couple had a fantastic band called The Distance at their reception. The band played a relaxed acoustic set during the drinks reception, which was beautiful – they even played one of the couple’s favourite songs at Oli’s request. The bride says, “They went above and beyond to contribute to our unforgettable day. In the evening, they turned up the volume and got everyone on the dancefloor with some classic songs.” The pair also hired a vintage-style photo booth for the evening, utilising The Riding School’s bare brick walls as their backdrop. MEMORABLE MOMENTS On the day, Molly woke up with so much excitement and joy – it was such a happy morning. She says, “I was excited to see Oli standing at the bottom of the aisle, and for the day’s celebrations to commence. I momentarily felt a little sick to my stomach with nerves when it was time to leave for the church, but that quickly disappeared once we were arrived.” She continues, “I wish I could walk down the aisle again! I specifically remember my dad having to slow me down, I always joked with Oli that he’d see me sprinting down the aisle and it almost came true.” Oli woke up feeling a little nervous but excited; he constantly had butterflies in his stomach. He comments, “I wished Molly was there in the morning to help calm my nerves, but they quickly left once I started getting ready.” He continues, “Luckily for me, Molly arrived over half an hour late for the ceremony and all the nerves left my body by that time.” Molly’s mum is currently training to become a vicar, so they had the privilege of her reading out the wedding vows. Molly comments, “It was so lovely having her be the one to marry us, and it’s something I know we’ll always treasure.” A lovely moment was when Giz, one of the groomsmen, did a truly exquisite reading of The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. After studying 22

MOLLY AND OLI’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress, Bride’s accessories, | Hair, | Make-up, | Groom’s suit, | Cake, | Flowers, | Stationery, Entertainment, | Catering, | Venue lighting and drapes, Photo booth, | Videography, drama since high school, he made sure to put all his passion into the reading which made for some great entertainment. Another fun moment was when the pair had a blast performing their first dance to Higher and Higher. The couple had taken up a few dance lessons, which really paid off. “We thought we’d be nervous dancing in front of everyone, but in the moment we forget there was a room full of people watching,” says the bride. Ivy house Weddings were an absolute dream for the couple. Molly says, “I can’t say how incredible and supportive they had been in the lead-up to our wedding and on the day itself. Without them, I don’t know how our day would have been as perfect as it was. The venue exceeded all our expectations; everything was amazing.” HONEYMOON After the perfect wedding, the couple went to Thailand for three weeks after planning their perfect trip together. Molly says, “We spent time dotting around Thailand, enjoying the gorgeous beaches, exploring Bangkok and Chiang Mai, heading inland to a national park for a deep jungle/forests experience and spending a day at an elephant sanctuary. We had the best time and didn’t want to come home.” She continues, “The food was the highlight of our trip, everything was just so delicious and I don’t think we ever ate an average meal there.” 23 REAL WEDDINGS

True love Harriet and Darren didn’t let Covid-19 ruin their special day Images courtesy of Pure Photography Studio Harriet and Darren first met at university during freshers week on the dancefloor, and bumped into each other again a few weeks later in the laundry room. After chatting back and forth, the pair went on their first date and became official a month later – the rest is history! During a trip to Majorca, the lovebirds went for a walk after a lovely meal together. Harriet recalls, “We were just chatting and looking out at the bay when Darren pretended to roll his ankle but actually got down on one knee to pop the question!” She adds, “We got someone passing by to take a photo before heading up to our room where Darren had organised for champagne.” Here Harriet shares details about their special day... 24

We had a three-tiered fruit cake with white and purple icing, diamanté trims and two hearts on top. Our pavilion was decorated beautifully by Cover in Style. We had two large floral arrangements and lanterns with pillar candles inside We gave guests hand sanitisers and shots of vario us flavoured liqueurs for favours. I had purple flowers in my bouquet while the bridesmaids had white and green florals. The flowergirls had a mixture of purple and white posy of sweet peas. We had visited Ye Olde Bell Hotel in Retford before for meals and special occasions. The venue’s manager was so fantastic; we just knew we’d have a great wedding day there. As we had a small wedding with only a few guests, everyone sat around one table under the pavilion. We had glass cylinders with floating candles and vases with foliage and white flowers in for the centrepiece. REAL WEDDINGS 25