Your Herts and Beds Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 101)

WIN! A mini-moon to Rhodes Gorgeous gowns and accessories ALL KINDS OF LOVELINESS Sealed with a KISS Be inspired by local couples EXPERT ADVICE DEC 23/JAN 24 £3.55 Planning inspiration HERTS BEDS & WEDDING Stunning VENUES Dreamy wedding settings

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 71 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 89 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS DECEMBER 2023/JANUARY 2024 VENUES 21 KEEP IT LOCAL Exchange vows in and around South Hertfordshire 25 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Tie the knot at these winter wonderland venues O th cover This issue’s cover has been taken from the stunningstyled shoot on page 47, which was captured by the talented, 75 25 FEATURES 47 BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL This boho retro-styled shoot was inspired by the 70s’ 57 A PASSION FOR FASHION Fashion experts share 2024 bridal trends that are sure to turn heads 75 CAPTURING MEMORIES Discover the talented teams behind the photographs 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 TRUE LOVE Pendley Manor was the perfect setting for Dom and Dan’s wedding 35 IN THE COUNTRYSIDE St George’s School provided a stunning backdrop to Nicola and Tom’s wedding 41 LOVE ALL AROUND These lovebirds had a rustic wedding with a champaign gold colour scheme HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 86 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 88 WHAT A TREAT! The stylish Retreat at Elcot Park is country-house comfort at its best FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 60 PARTY PIECES Dazzle at a Christmas or winter wedding in stunning silver and crystal accessories 61 A TOUCH OF COLOUR Winter isn’t about wearing a white wedding dress, pick a fruit-pastel inspired shade or something a little bolder 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 66 BEAUTY QUEEN We chat to Hannah Martin about her new book, Makeup, and all things bridal beauty 68 WELL GROUNDED If wedding planning stress is getting the better of you, take this time-out with Ground Wellbeing’s Peigin Crowley 69 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 55 28 94 64 GROOMS 79 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be 80 MANE ATTRACTION Influencer Eyal Booker and his brother Ariel reveal their top hair care tips for grooms-to-be 81 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 62 4


Winter isn’t about wearing a white wedding dress, pick a fruit-pastel inspired shade or something a little bolder ISSN 1753-0911 Your Herts & Beds Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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 Herts & Beds Wedding is published six times a year. DIA SHING NTS SHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Hello, lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Herts and Beds Wedding! It’s officially the festive season, and you’ll find me playing a winter-inspired playlist with a hot chocolate in hand and a book in the other. Minus scraping the ice off my car in the mornings, winter is my favourite season. There’s something so satisfying about getting cosy, enjoying heart-warming meals, movie nights and Christmas! It’s a magical time with festive cheer, family time, jolly songs, nostalgic films, and plenty of celebrations. For those reading this in January, I hope you’ve all started 2024 with a bang like the fabulous firework displays that lit the sky as Big Ben struck midnight. January is a wonderful time of year! Some may disagree but it signifies new beginnings, which I find rather quite exciting. It’s so freeing to set new goals and ambitions. Just be kind to yourself, don’t add too much pressure and conquer your goals one step at a time. For many, winter will be full of celebrations after many pop the question over the Christmas and New Year period. So, if you’ve just received a shiny new rock, welcome to the world of weddings! We’re so happy you’re here and can’t wait to help you plan the big day. This issue is full of showstopping venues, expert suppliers and plenty of advice – we have it all! We aim to support you from receiving your fabulous engagement ring until you walk down the aisle while keeping it local. It doesn’t stop there, as we share popular honeymoon destinations for unforgettable trips worldwide. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to discover must-have dresses, showstopping accessories, catering inspiration, stunningstyled shoots and local weddings from around the region. Your dream team might only be a few pages away. That’s all from me, happy planning! Olivi Olivia Gibson, Editor Winte wind 61 We’ve teamed up with Be Spoke Petals to share an exclusive offer for nearlyweds! @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at www. and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611 To help provide inspiration, we’ve asked local photographers to showcase their favourite work to help you find a style you love. 75 13 ADVERTISING Account Manager Anita Bridge | 01376 538 565 6

Layers & Graces shares top advice for planning Christmas-inspired cakes from the design to flavours. Heulwen Lewis Bespoke has teamed up with Lisa Lyons Bridal to create stunning bridal buttons that can be transformed into jewellery after the big day. This shoot was created to inspire modern couples looking for a fresh and modern approach to styling their outdoor venue. 9 71 25 47 78 Channel your inner James Bond with these blacktie options for the groom-to-be! For those searching for a dream-worthy setting for their winter wedding, look no further than Ashridge House in Hertfordshire. Dom and Dan’s stunning wedding took place at the iconic Pendley Manor with a white colour scheme and personally touches. 28 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Knebworth House & Barns is set in 250 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire parkland with opportunities for elegant ceremonies in the House, outside receptions & vintage offerings in our rustic Barns. 01438 813825 KNEBWORTH HOUSE & BARNS Book now quoting KHHERTS on your enquiry for the wedding couple to go complimentary Scan me for more maples-flowers-august-2023-herts-beds-wedding-magazine.indd 1 22/07/2023 11:55

A PASSION FOR FASHION The team at Inna Voronova Bridal LTD is excited to announce the new 2024 Sensuelle collection is now available! Designer Inna Voronova operates out of St Albans and offers an extensive range of bridal gowns, eveningwear and flowergirl dresses, all highly desirable at a great value. The team can also produce custom-made and fitted bridesmaid dresses with many design templates and fabrics to work from. The company started running in mid-2021 when the impact of Covid-19 was causing many other highstreet stores to close. Inna took this opportunity to rent a space and get started. Inna says, “As a child, bright colours and fashion were always very high on the social agenda. As the high school proms drew closer every year, I would dream of arriving in a magnificent dress of my creation. As I grew older, my thoughts turned to marriage and the dream of being the centrepiece of my wedding. I used to draw and paint, which eventually turned into occasionwear. Four years of professional training and many positions in European bridalwear stores led me to the inevitable conclusion that I must open my own store.” The new collection will turn heads with stunning silhouettes, various necklines, delicate details and dream-worthy materials. There’s something for all types of brides: for those looking for dramatic styles to romantic looks and everything in between! Discover the collection: CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES Offley Place is an esteemed luxury country house hotel nestled in the enchanting village of Great Offley that has marked a momentous occasion with 20 years of creating lasting memories and hosting weddings that celebrate love. The anniversary celebration was a delightful afternoon tea party where guests were treated to bubbly beverages and delicious cakes, creating an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie. In attendance were not only the current team and management of Offley Place but also dear neighbours, local councillors and past team members who had contributed to the hotel’s journey. However, the most special guests were the couples who had chosen Offley Place for their wedding. The venue’s director Nazlee Sabahipour says, “It was wonderful to catch up with married couples as far back as 2008! We were equally thrilled to celebrate with our Covid lovebirds, now marking their two-year anniversaries. It was heartwarming to meet their children and to witness the beautiful lives they have built together.” The manor house offers a range of enchanting spaces for ceremonies and receptions, each exuding its unique charm. The meticulously maintained parkland provides a picturesque backdrop for outdoor celebrations and photographs, adding to the magic of every wedding held at Offley Place. In addition, the site boasts 16 individually-designed rooms and suites, ensuring that couples and their guests enjoy luxurious stays. Discover more about the property: ACCESSORISE AND SHINE It’s been a busy year for Sarah Heulwen Lewis, the founder and designer of Heulwen Lewis Bespoke. With a brand relaunch, new website and bridal collection, she’s excited to give nearlyweds a teaser of what’s to come! Sarah has designed stunning bridal buttons working in collaboration with Lisa Lyons Bridal that not only complement the dress perfectly but can be transformed into jewellery to be worn for a lifetime and passed on for generations. This can be something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! Both bespoke wedding jewellery and remodelling have also been going from strength to strength, with lots of excited couples getting engaged and walking down the aisle wearing gorgeous jewellery from the company. The team specialises in beautiful custom-made jewellery that captures lovebirds’ sentiments perfectly. Sarah is an award-winning designer with more than 14 years of experience in the industry. She uses the oldest bench skills, the newest technology, and her initiative flair to design and create unique pieces using the finest diamonds, gemstones, and metals. All consultations are by appointment only; this can be done virtually over WhatsApp or in person at the studio in Harpenden. Get in touch with the team to start this exciting wedding journey! Discover more: All the happenings from around the region NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

WINE AND DINE The Three Horseshoes in Letchmore Heath in Radlett has joined the stable of the award-winning pub company Peach Pubs, taking the number of excellent pubs owned in Hertfordshire by the business to three. Brand operations director at Peach Pubs, Chris Stagg, says, “The Three Horseshoes is a gorgeous pub that occupies a special place in the village and is enjoyed by guests from across the county. The property shares many of our characteristics while naturally fitting our ethos and approach. Recently extensively and sympathetically restored, it has a warm, inviting atmosphere and friendly faces serving excellent quality seasonal food and drink in the bar, eatery and garden. “We change our menus with the seasons and cook with quality ingredients from suppliers more used to supplying Michelin-starred restaurants than village pubs. Expect Aubrey Allen British beef, freerange Jimmy Butler Blythborough pork, Cornish lamb, native fish, seafood, and seasonal British food, which is part of our ethic. Guests will enjoy top quality, fresh, honest food, from classic gastropub favourites to modern healthy dishes, alongside weekend blow-out specials from our head chefs’ kitchens. We’re also serious about Sunday roasts, serving at least three choices on our weekly menus. The Three Horseshoes will continue to serve good food every day with real ales, quality wines and cocktails that are perfect for popping in for a quick drink, a relaxed supper, a leisurely Sunday lunch with loved ones or a celebration dinner in the refined private dining room. Established more than twenty years ago, Peach has 21 other lovely pubs further afield in Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Warwickshire, each with its character and style. Discover more: THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL There are celebrations all around the UK as The Wedding Industry Awards announced the 2024 winners! Established in 2011, the iconic awards highlight some of the very best suppliers voted for by clients before being judged by a panel of industry professionals. There are 27 categories in eight regional areas – all celebrating the wonderful and hardworking local suppliers. Here are the winners from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire… •Regional winner for Caterer East of England The team at Blame Frank believes the food couples eat on their special day should be one of the best meals they’ve eaten and are determined to make the feast memorable for all the right reasons. Check out: •Regional winner for Celebrant East of England Ceremonies by Kelley covers all of life’s essential moments. Kelley loves being part of such momentous occasions and considers it an honour to be entrusted with conducting ceremonies. Check out: •Regional winner for DJ East of England DJ Mike Readings redefines the wedding DJ experience by throwing a party for couples! He’s a pro at ensuring the dancefloor is full while guests have the time of their lives. Check out: •Regional winner for Florist East of England Augusta Florals creates stunning arrangements by drawing inspiration from nature and its changing seasons. Careful attention is paid to every detail to ensure that wedding florals look perfect. Check out: •Regional winner for Videographer East of England Philip London Films captures breathtaking moments that can be relived for years. Philip wants to cause minimal disruption to the wedding day so couples can relax and enjoy these special moments with loved ones. Check out: All Regional Winners will go throught to the National Final, hoping to take home the title in January 2024. Check out: EDITOR LOVES When it comes to dream-worthy summer weddings, this stunning shoot coordinated by Charlie at The Stables Prop Hire comes to mind! The day was flawless with a bold colour palette paired with 70’s retro touches, modern styling and showstopping floral arrangements. The Enchanted Gardens provided the ultimate al fresco backdrop with plenty of space for weddings with the green fields and the intimate woodland gardens. The ice cream van from Ice Baby and the campervan at Lucky Penny Weddings provided picture-perfect backdrops throughout the day. One of my favourite parts was the gorgeous cake designed by Shaw Bakes. The beautiful design featured two tiers to match the colour palette, adorned with florals and perched on top of a wooden log. Taper candles and flowers inside glass jars surrounded the bake, creating a fun focal point inside the marquee. Both models looked fabulous, especially the bride who wore an elegant and classic Love and Loved Bridal gown. The talented Alexander Wedding Belles created a gorgeous half-up, half-down look with textured curls. Sheer Perfection Beauty perfectly applied her make-up to capture the model’s natural beauty. Flick to page 45 to discover more about the shoot and the talented team involved. 10

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs SAY IT WITH FLOWERS Located in Welwyn Garden City, owner Laura Hall at Be Spoke Petals offers stunning floral designs from bouquets, thank-you gifts, buttonholes and more, all made from paper! Couples can incorporate their favourite book or a map of special destinations for that extra special touch before Laura creates pieces to match any colour schemes. She can even use second-hand pieces to be more sustainable and add plenty of character with the original pages. Paper florals are a lovely way to remember loved ones who may be missing from weddings, with a rose incorporated especially for them or a single bloom on display during the day. Laura can work with the baker to create paper flowers for a cake topper that matches your bouquets. Unlike fresh blooms, these beautiful flowers last long after weddings, and pairs won’t have to worry about preserving the pieces. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers one complimentary buttonhole for every bouquet ordered when they quote Your Herts and Beds Wedding before February 1st, 2024. For more information, email Laura to discuss the offer: Check out: WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS SpinKreative Photography SpinKreative Photography SpinKreative Photography FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 KENT SUN, 4 FEB 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD

SUN, 14 JAN 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS ESSEX SUN, 7 JAN 2024 HEDINGHAM CASTLE Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ SUN, 21 JAN 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, CO5 9EE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 11 FEB 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, CM4 9DP SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show

ESSEX SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY SUN, 18 FEB 2024 DENBIES WINE ESTATE London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP SUN, 4 FEB 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, IP5 2PU SUFFOLK SUN, 7 JAN 2024 HINTLESHAM HALL Hintlesham, Ipswich, IP8 3NS SUN, 25 FEB 2024 FYNN VALLEY Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA 12pm-4pm CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE

SUN, 21 JAN 2024 SANDON MANOR Sandon Bury Farm, Buntingford, SG9 0QY HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 14 JAN 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LUTON HOO Estate Office, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 18 FEB 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR LEICESTERSHIRE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, LE14 2EF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US

• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL DATE TO BE CONFIRMED | 11AM - 3:00PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

t: 01920 830256 e: w: @alternative_stretch_tents Stunning tents for stunning weddings! Step away from the traditional marquee with Alternative Stretch Tents. Based in Hertfordshire providing Stretch Tents up and down the country. WE LOVE STRETCH TENTS! Years of experience, passion and enthusiasm to get what you want from your event. The Conservatory has been designed with flexibility in mind. Suitable for dining up to 250 guests with a separate reception area, stage, and dancefloor. We are a dry hire-based venue that works with a selection of preferred caterers; however, we do allow external caterers for no extra cost. Our team are on hand every step of the way, making sure that when your day comes around you can relax and enjoy every minute. | 01582 459216

Going local Tie the knot in South Hertfordshire BROOK FARM 01707 872 450 | Brook Farm is an idyllic outdoor wedding venue outside London in the gorgeous Hertfordshire countryside. Celebrations are held adjacent to a beautiful lake with a walkway over to an island, giving the wow factor that everyone secretly wants on their big day. The surrounding grounds feature woodland and arable farmland, so guests can enjoy the tranquil views and soak up the beauty of having receptions in the great outdoors. Couples will have exclusively use the stunning location with a tipi, marquee or yurt of their choice. Blessings can take place next to the lake at the Pine Tree Aisle, which offers a very natural but spectacular setting, or on the island for wow factor events. The local Parish Church, St Thomas a Becket in Northaw, is beautiful for those thinking about having church ceremonies. Couples without an existing connection with the Parish are welcome to marry here if certain criteria is met. The venue’s package includes all of the basic infrastructure needed. The pairs choose their structure, caterer and decorations while the team organise the boring but essential bits like the luxury portable bathrooms, a reliable source of electricity that will meet power requirements, industrial rubbish bins, two security guards, a sound system, parking and coordination. The team will liaise with lovebirds before weddings to understand all plans and offer a ‘two weeks to go’ meeting to review details. Access is granted two days before celebrations, which leaves the day before for setting up internally and externally. As long as what’s planned won’t damage the lovely countryside, feel free to get busy! Get the bunting out, string some hammocks, choose table decorations, and have fun. Pairs must clear up decorations and fixings, so please consider this during the planning process. 21 LOCAL VENUES

THE CLUB AT MILL GREEN 01707 276 900 | Nestled in more than 200 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, The Club at Mill Green is a modern and spacious venue providing the perfect wedding setting. With beautiful views over the picturesque golf course and lake, the property offers the ideal backdrop for photographs. Exchange vows in The Salisbury Suite surrounded by 150 loved ones; this light and elegant space is ideal for creating cherished moments with loved ones. Continue the celebrations with 160 seated guests or 220 standing in the Lake View and Salisbury Suite. With modern and understated décor, the area allows couples to transform the room to match any colour scheme. The private terrace alongside the space has recently been renovated to match the interior and to give guests the ideal space to enjoy drinks receptions. Couples can use the area regardless of temperature or daylight quality, thanks to its heating and lighting. Included in the venue’s packages is a complimentary menu tasting session for couples with the option to bring along friends and family to encompass what the venue truly offers. The team invites entertainers, their wine supplier and recommended companies to help couples to plan their day. Pairs will also receive an invitation for a complimentary lunch on their first anniversary or a tee time for golf with three guests. The staff try to include as much as possible within the packages, so lovebirds have less to think about during the planning process – they’ve got the chair sashes, an easel, a cake stand and a cake knife covered. ST MICHAEL’S MANOR HOTEL 01727 864 444 | St Michael’s Manor Hotel is one of Hertfordshire’s premier event venues thanks to its luxurious setting and timeless elegance. Set in five acres of private English country gardens, located close to the city centre of St Albans and near the famous Abbey Cathedral, the old manor house is steeped in heritage and history. The team pride themselves on executing a wonderful experience with some of the best views in Hertfordshire. They provide bespoke wedding packages to suit all needs to ensure weddings are remembered for all the right reasons. The venue offers three stunning rooms and an outdoor space licensed for the vows, all beautifully decorated to provide an elegant setting. Ceremonies and wedding breakfasts usually occur in the same location; the staff will ensure a smooth, easy transition and set up. The Orangery hosts 140 for the vows and wedding breakfasts while catering for 160 in the evenings. This elegant space features high ceilings as well as stunning views over the gardens and lake. The Ceder Suit is ideal for more intimate celebrations with 30 loved ones while Oak Lounge is the smallest space that can host 14 people. The cosy wood-panelled room has high ceilings that provide a picture-perfect backdrop. The Pergola can host 30 for wedding breakfasts and evening functions. The elegant setting includes high ceilings and windows overlooking the stunning grounds. Fpr outdoor weddings, The Summerhouse can accommodate 30 people who will love the peaceful location. For wedding breakfast, menus are created in-house using fresh ingredients! The chefs have high standards, so the hotel has an excellent reputation for food. 22

MOOR PARK GOLF CLUB LTD 01923 721 653 | From Lords to Dukes and even Kings, Moor Park has always been a home for the most spectacular celebrations over the last 300 years. The magnificent Grade I listed mansion is set on 300 acres of stunning parkland. With stunning 17th-century architecture, bespoke menus, and various room sizes, the setting offers a one-of-a-kind venue, creating a magical setting to get married in style. The team of event coordinators will be with pairs from start to finish, making the experience seamless and stress-free. On the day, the dedicated house managers will be on hand to help with any last-minute changes. The experienced toastmaster can ensure weddings move on schedule so pairs don’t have to worry. The Manor Suite provides an exclusive suite with perfect lighting and ample space for the bridal party to relax and get ready in the hours leading up to the big event. A private dressing room with an array of mirrors allows the dress to be viewed from all angles. The venue’s suppliers can cater for wedding breakfasts with 132 people and 150 evening guests. The recently refurbished Main Dining Room feels stunningly regal and was designed by Robert Adam in a neo-classical style for wedding breakfasts with 104 guests on round tables or 132 on long tables. The ceiling art was the work of Giovanni Battista Cipriani during the 18th-century and provided a wondrous sight as the room stretched across the full depth of the house. The Main Hall provides a spectacular venue for drinks, receptions and dancing for 120 people. Bespoke paintings cover the walls and ceilings alongside the most intricate sculptures usually seen in museums worldwide. The inbuilt dancefloor and easy access to the event bar make the perfect place to celebrate the new marriage as the sun sets. With its tube stop, mainline train station just a minute’s drive away and a new local hotel built within walking distance, Moor Park is the perfect venue for all guests, no matter their starting point. BHAKTIVEDANTA MANOR 01923 851 000 | The Haveli in Sanskrit means a place of gathering. Two grand halls are connected by an internal foyer that houses a small bakery that produces freshly homemade vegetarian cakes and snacks. The beauty of the halls is the unique ability to create magical events, whether large or small. On a larger scale, the venue can accommodate up to 350 people or partition the halls for intimate offerings with up to 50 guests. The main space (Kirtan Hall) has a stage ready to be transformed into dream weddings like a palace with state-of-the-art audio and visual technology. The large windows allows for plenty of natural light and stunning views of the grounds. The wedding hall is painted a soft cream with a single delicate gold flower motif on the walls around the stage. On either side of the stage are couples’ dressing rooms. Both are fully furnished with a fulllength mirror, storage cupboards, a plush velvet sofa, chairs and a kettle to allow the lovebirds to relax and be ready for their special moment. Situated in front of the mock Tudor property purchased by George Harrison, a beloved Beatles group member, the building contrasts old and new with oak beams as an integral part of the design. The venue has a meditation garden at the front of the building, an outdoor central courtyard with trees, seasonal planting and hanging lights. A tree-lined walkway leads to the large sliding doors that open into the foyer, creating a grand entrance. The picturesque gardens have beautiful features perfect for taking those all-important photos, like a rose-covered pagoda, a Gothic-style fountain, a large still lake and a boathouse. The manicured and flowerfilled grounds are tranquil. A family of geese who call the lake home wander around peacefully. Surrounding the property is a cow protection working oxen farm, and Hindu temple housed within George Harrison’s old manor home. 23 LOCAL VENUES

Ware Priory High Street, Ware Hertfordshire, SG12 9AL Tel 01920 460316 CELEBRATE AT BE THE ONES TO SAY ‘I DO’ Facebook warepriory Instagram: @ware_priory Tuesday 27th February 2024 6pm until 9pm WEDDING FAIR at the Forest Centre The Forest of Marston Vale Trust is a registered charity and Community Forest. Every wedding held with us helps grow and care for our Community Woodlands. The Forest Centre • Millennium Country Park • Marston Moretaine • MK43 0PR Come and chat to our wedding team, explore the Forest Centre venue and meet local suppliers ahead of your special day. Our wedding fair is FREE to attend. Register below and you will be greeted with a free glass of fizz on arrival and receive a free goodie bag. There will also be a prize draw on the night, where one lucky couple will win free venue hire. Register today: Weddings In the heart of rural Bedfordshire Ceremonies & Evening Receptions Inclusive Wedding Package Spacious Wedding Suite Wedding Garden for Outdoor Photographs Wedding & Civil Ceremony Licence Dedicated Wedding Team Free Parking for Guests The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AH Tel: 01525 631905 Email: Treat our space like a blank canvas and make it your own

Baby it’s cold outside Check out these snowstopping winter venues WARE PRIORY 01920 460 316 | Situated on seven acres of picturesque gardens, Ware Priory is a traditional Grade I listed building with contemporary touches and architecture dating back to Medieval times. The main Ware Priory building has much character and historical features, whereas Fletcher’s Lea offers a more contemporary feel. The riverside grounds provide the perfect backdrop to weddings and photography. Here, couples will find river life of narrowboats, swans, geese and ducks. The back lawns are well-kept and great for drinks receptions, and team-building games, while the wisteria archway offers a beautiful space for those iconic confetti pictures. Situated in what were the cloisters of the original Friary, the Priory Hall can accommodate ceremonies with 100 loved ones. With stained glass windows and a series of French windows that open onto the riverside gardens, the space is the perfect destination for the “I dos” and receptions with 80 people. Alternatively, The Conservatory offers a bright and spacious interior with room to accommodate 100 people for the vows. The area was completely rebuilt during extensive renovations in the mid-1990s and is ideal for wedding breakfasts with 120 people or receptions with 140. The Hadsley Room, part of the Lady Suite, dates from the 15th-century and boasts a superb example of a crown post roof. The large refectory table used by the registrar to conduct ceremonies dates back to the 14th-century and is believed to be from the original Friary. The room is named after Robert Hadsley, who purchased the Priory in 1685, and his family owned the estate for the best of 200 years. The location is now popular for intimate weddings with 40 guests for ceremonies and receptions. Or why not exchange vows in the Riverside Suite with 200 nearest and dearest? Within Fletcher’s Lea, the larger suite can host wedding receptions with up to 160 guests for dining and 220 for buffet settings. The standalone building has all the catering and bar facilities needed. 25 WINTER WONDERLAND VENUES

ASHRIDGE HOUSE 01442 841 027 | With stately architecture and a magnificent landscape, Ashridge House is an award-winning venue steeped in history. The team understand that no two weddings are the same, so they have developed an extremely flexible approach to wedding coordination. All wedding packages can be tailored to suit each couple’s needs and preferences. The venue hosts up to 180 guests for ceremonies and dining across beautiful heritage function spaces. Each of the nine wedding spaces offer something different from palatial Italianate style to art deco areas and impressive neo-Gothic locations. Every room has its distinct personality, from the palatial marble fire places and opulent gold leafadorned ceilings of the Lady Marian Alford Room to the original Austrian wood panelling of the Wyatt Room. All function spaces interconnect so guests can move easily between, creating a natural flow to celebrations. The team’s passion for fine dining has earned them an unrivalled reputation for using the finest produce to create innovative and sumptuous wedding menus. Local farms have supplied the Ashridge kitchens with seasonal produce for centuries, and they take care to source all our ingredients from sustainable suppliers. The highly experienced wedding coordinators will look after all requirements and will be with pairs every step of the way to ensure dream weddings become reality. They’ll be there on the day to ensure everything runs like clockwork so lovebirds can relax and enjoy their wedding. With 190 bedrooms on-site, the venue can host everyone! Have a rehearsal dinner for special guests the night before the wedding and save travel time by staying on-site, all while spending a couple of nights nestled among beautiful countryside views. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, jogging trail, cycle paths and play tennis. SANDON MANOR 01763 284 067 | Tastefully traditional or dazzlingly different, Sandon Manor is a magical canvas to create dream weddings! Especially as the team offers exclusive use of all the accommodation and grounds for special events. The stunning setting offers flexibility for bespoke events in the Medieval Barn, East Wing Ceremony Hall and Hay Barn. The fully equipped commercial kitchen is all set around the historic courtyard. Exquisite weddings for up to 150 guests occur at this iconic property, with the Medieval Barn as the centrepiece. Built out of English Oak in 1266 and sensitively converted by a RIBA award-winning architect for exquisite weddings, the barn has a cocktail bar, dancefloor and a bespoke sound and light system. For those who prefer a more intimate setting, 18 guests can dine at Sandon Manor in the 16th-century dining room. Exchange vows in front of the beautiful winding staircase, then open the front doors and treat guests to bubbles on the lawn, followed by celebration feasts in the dining room with seasonal local produce sourced from outstanding suppliers. Exchange vows under The Courtyard Summerhouse for outdoor celebrations, followed by drinks in the Hay Barn. If British weather intervenes, pairs will be covered by the Ceremony Hall. Wild ceremony locations are also available around Sandon Estate! The team works closely with a selection of outstanding local caterers inspired by local produce and seasonal menus. Dining can be provided outside or inside depending on preferences and the weather. Stay with 18 closest friends and family in stunning Sandon Manor and the Dovecote throughout the celebrations. Immerse in 1000 acres of nature in the re-wilded reserves on Sandon Manor Estate. Roam through the kaleidoscope of habitats home to birds, bees, butterflies and insects. Let the team host during stays with their experiences in secluded areas on the estate like the woodlands, orchards and wildflower meadows. These areas provide a backdrop to residents’ activities, including floral design, wild dining, art, baking, and wellness activities. 26

THE TITHE BARN 01234 270 044 | Combining historic charm with rustic elegance, The Tithe Barn is an 800-year-old venue that will embrace lovebirds and their guests. Full of period features and with manicured gardens, pairs will struggle to find a better wedding venue for their special day. The dedicated wedding team prides itself on delivering a experience that couples will never forget. The barn can accommodate up to 85 guests for ceremonies and 90 for wedding breakfasts. The 13th-century tithe barn is filled to the brim with historic charm. Oak beams and traditional features create an elegant rustic backdrop to evening receptions with 120 or 150 when combined with the marquee. Those who book the venue will receive a complimentary tasting of the wedding breakfast menu. OFFLEY PLACE 01462 768 787 | Weddings are some of the most important days of a couple’s life, and the beautiful Offley Place is the perfect setting for memorable events. With many years of experience planning and running weddings, the specialised team will ensure that dream events become realities. Whether lovebirds decide on intimate services or grand events, the team has the perfect package. The 27-acre parkland estate is ideal for celebrations throughout the seasons, with various indoor and outdoor spaces licensed for civil ceremonies. The staff are always on hand to ensure that even the smallest details are never overlooked. What is a more perfect getting-ready space than the Rose View Suite? With stunning views across the Rose Garden and ample dressing and make-up space, this location has everything needed for brides to relax, sip on bubbles and slip into the dress alongside their best girls! The Hester Ballroom is the largest event space, accommodating up to 250 people. It features numerous glittering chandeliers, stage space for entertainment vendors and a bar. The space is perfect for the largest weddings, providing ample dancing space. The Conservatory accommodates up to 120 guests in a stunning, rustic orangery. Perfect for ceremonies (or even intimate receptions), the exposed brick walls create a lovely, homely vibe, and the sage green accents perfectly complement many colour schemes. The Salusbury Lounge is set in a warm mahogany colour, with cosy furniture and a fire place for those chilly winter days. The bright Hughes lounge is all shades of summer and excellent for when guests need a little rest from all the dancing! A truly unique space that makes for the most romantic of moments is the Rose Garden, in bloom all year with varying-coloured flowers. Come rain or shine; this space makes the best photo backdrop. The venue’s Exclusive Package offers private use of the manor house and the entirety of the parkland of Offley Place. Curate weddings across the Manor House and Hester Ballroom, offering a transition between ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. With all 16 luxurious bedrooms allocated, guests truly take over this historic manor for the day. 27 WINTER WONDERLAND VENUES

TRUE LOVE Pendley Manor was the perfect setting for Dom and Dan’s wedding Images courtesy of Emma Hurley Photography 28

REAL WEDDINGS 29 These lovebirds first met around 10 years ago but lost contact over time. It wasn’t until Dom moved back from London in 2018 that he messaged Dan to meet for a drink – it all restarted from there! “Sense of humour is what initially attracted us to one another and as our relationship grew, it was obvious that we had so many similarities”, says Dom. He popped the question a few years later during a beach walk with their dog. He says, “There was little romance to it; I asked Dan if he fancied having a wedding and when he said ‘yes’, I replied, 'Oh that's good because I have a ring’. It was a surprise to Dan but nobody else. I roped in one of his best friends and her husband to find out his ring size, keeping quiet is not one of my strengths!” Here Dom shares details about their special day… SETTING THE SCENE The couple’s main goal was to have a wedding that they would enjoy and remember, as well as guests too! Dom comments, “To us, this meant breaking down all traditions. Everyone told us we’d look back on our day and think of things we would do differently; we didn’t want to be in the situation. Luckily, looking back, we can say we achieved it!” Putting aside how beautiful the venue is, the amazing grounds and the peacocks attracted the lovebirds to Pendley Manor. They had the freedom to have whatever they wanted, how they wanted it. The goal was to create a wedding that seemed like a holiday to guests – the venue’s hotel and spa meant they could do that. Not only did the venue accommodate their needs, but the wedding planner was beyond patient with the pair and helped guide them through the unknowns of planning a wedding. The food and wine options were amazing, a no-brainer for the special day! Guests could choose from various food options, and everyone commented how excellent the dishes were. The pair thought they had over-ordered the wine, but not one bottle was left! Flowers are Dom’s favourite thing, and this is where they spent a large amount of the budget – for good reason! They went mainly with white roses and peonies accompanied by minimal green foliage. The ballroom at Pendley Manor is huge, and the pair were concerned about filling the space until their florist came to the rescue with large balls of white roses and peonies about 2ft off the table. This meant that everyone could still talk across the table and helped to balance the room with the ornate wallpaper and chandeliers. Single peonies and candles accompanied the stunning arrangements, while the top table had a 20-foot runner of roses. While the flower displays were large and impressive, the bridesmaids' flowers were simple, with each member holding bouquets of long-stem white roses. With the venue being so ornate and the number of flowers used, the couple kept other decorations to a minimum. One of the hardest parts of the planning process for Dom and Dan was the table plan not because they needed to keep people apart but mainly because all their friends knew each other – it was hard to split people up. The newlyweds used Rose Signage Co to produce all the signage and they helped to produce some lovely orders-of-theday, seating plans and name places in keeping with the white colour scheme with gold accents. Tables were named after their favourite music artists and the table plan had “Find your diva…” as the header. The couple had a logo designed for the wedding, which was a theme through a lot of the finishing touches. All the guests love to drink, so the grooms gifted each person a miniature bottle of