Your Herts and Beds Wedding - February/March 2022 (Issue 90)

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Stylish, Relaxed and FunWeddings As an experienced wedding planner and stylist, I appreciate the importance of having a wedding day that is bespoke to you. Whether your vision is a chic country farmhouse, a unique yurt in the rural countryside in the UK or you want to travel abroad to an unforgettable cliff-top venue that overlooks the neverending ocean, we’ll work together to bring this dream to life. I offer bespoke services to assist couples with their wedding planning, design and styling and on the day coordination. I will immerse myself in your wedding and provide a tailored package that matches your individual and personal needs, whilst giving you the highest level of service. I believe every couple should not only experience their perfect day but enjoy a stress-free planning journey to take them there. Get in touch today to book your free consultation. 07842829525 | Instagram @lbcweddingsandevents Clare Smith Photography @clare_smith_photography, Anna Ti Creates, Isabelle Elliott Photography

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 73 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 91 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2022 VENUES 19 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in west Hertfordshire 21 HISTORICAL SETTINGS Stunning venues with a story to tell FEATURES 43 WHIMSICAL WOODLANDS Check out this enchanting shoot with a beautiful colour scheme 47 TIMELESS ELEGANCE Be inspired by this showstopping shoot at Toddington Park 51 ALL IN THE DETAIL Experts share popular venue styling trends for 2022 weddings 77 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Discover showstopping dishes and top expert advice 82 LET ME EAT CAKE! County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 88 BEAUTIFULLY BOHO Here at CWM HQ we predict hen dos are going to be bigger and better than ever in 2022. Feast your eyes on this beauty for some true, party planning inspiration.. On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from the styled shoot on page 43, which was captured by the talented Georgia-Beth Photography. Check out the company: 51 21 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE David and Marie-Anthea were surrounded by loved ones on their wedding day 32 TRUE LOVE Sophie and Andrew tied the knot in the Old Palace at Hatfield Park 37 ENDLESS LOVE Lucinda and Sef’s woodland-themed wedding was full of romantic touches GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 86 GOING FOR GOLD After James Bond, AKA Daniel Craig, rocked a velvet jacket at the latest 007 premier we knew this look would be here to stay! FASHION & BEAUTY 57 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 58 TAKE THE PLUNGE These opulent gowns feature corset-inspired looks, off-the-shoulder styles, timeless square shapes and cut-out illusion necklines 61 SOPHISTICATED AND CHIC Choose sumptuous satin gowns for your best girls in shades of sage and emerald green or blush and baby pink 62 ALL IN THE DETAIL The 2022 wedding dress collections feature figure-hugging styles, timeless trumpet silhouettes, chic tailored jackets and wrap dresses 68 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 70 HEAVEN SCENT Team CWM try out the latest bridal fragrance recommendations 71 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Our experts give their advice to help you look your big-day best 72 TIME OUT Wedding planning can be stressful, so be sure to make time for self-care and focus on your wellbeing 58 32 94 HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 94 BACK-TO-NATURE BOLTHOLE Claire Ridley was invited to Monkey Island Estate, a sanctuary set on a private island on the River Thames offering laid-back luxury 4

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There’s nothing I love more than seeing couples incorporate four-legged friends into their wedding – Lucinda and Sef did just that! Add live music to your wedding day with Sammie Hicks, who’s offering readers a special discount. ISSN 1753-0911 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Kirsty Brindley | 01376 538 490 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Herts & Beds 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 Herts & Beds 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 Herts & Beds Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and DIA SHING NTS SHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Herts and Beds Wedding. I hope you’ve started 2022 off with a bang and have already achieved any New Year’s resolutions. For me personally, my goals are to make quality time for loved ones while ensuring I leave enough time for myself – it’s all about finding the perfect balance. This year will be one of the most exciting wedding seasons so far, with many couples tying the knot, including my close friend who has given me the honour of being a bridesmaid at her wedding – how exciting! The countdown is certainly on, and July couldn’t come around quicker. If you’re at the start of your planning journey, then you’ve come to the right place because we cover everything from fashion and beauty advice, wedding cakes, venues and more. Suppliers have been working hard all around the regions to help couples create their dream day. My advice for all nearlyweds would be to start wedding planning early to avoid any disappointment. Book your favourite suppliers first because there’s nothing worse than finding out your dream companies are fully booked. If you’re towards the end of your planning journey, we have the perfect features to help you add the finishing touches and help solve any last minute worries or problems. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Love is all a ound Planning a wedding is an exciting but sometimes overwhelming experience, which is why we’ve gathered top experts from around the regions to share their top tips to make the process much more manageable. Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, and you can enter for the chance to win a pair of diamond earrings worth £1,500 for the perfect something blue. 91 73 13 39 6

Finding the perfect venue for your special day is so important. The property will need to match your wedding theme while fitting into your budget and accommodating your guest list. We’ve gathered stunning venues across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to help you find the perfect backdrop to your day. Be daring with some fun necklines and discover beautiful gowns from simple and elegant styles to corset-inspired looks. Here at Your Herts and Beds Wedding, we’re in love with this shoot at Toddington Park! Get ready to be inspired by the charming spaces full of historical touches and elegant décor. Look at how happy this bride is on her wedding day! David and Marie-Anthea’s wedding at South Farm was gorgeous and featured rustic décor as well as a pink and navy colour scheme. These beautiful blooms created by The Flower Room was the perfect addition to this enchanting shoot at the Barns Hotel in Bedford. 21 47 58 43 26 EDITOR’S LETTER 7 We hand pick those little things FOR THAT ONE SPECIAL DAY FINANCE AVAILABLE

BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Thistle and Moss create gorgeous floral designs using dried flowers, and the team is excited to announce that they’re now offering mini-flower wreaths. The company creates each item by hand using natural-dried flowers in any preferred style. Couples can use the products as place settings and memorable favours for guests to keep as a reminder of the day. The company uses local flower farms and UK businesses, where possible, and doesn’t use unnecessary products such as bleach or dye. Check out: FABULOUS FLORALS Folly Flowers provides the perfect floral-themed bridal showers and is currently offering a complimentary space for brides-to-be for bookings made in February and March 2022. A bridal shower is a wonderful way to bring everyone together and share pre-wedding celebrations with family and friends. A personalised and private flower arranging event can take place either in the comfort of your own home or at a particular venue. The company provides all the chosen flowers to coordinate with selected themes and designs. Flower crowns, hand-tied bouquets or beautiful centrepieces can be created and taken home as a special memento to enjoy or used at weddings for the perfect personal touches. Folly Flowers love to tailor bespoke workshops to be enjoyed by everyone, and the team loves being a part of couples wedding celebrations. Check out: FINISHING TOUCHES At Your Herts and Beds Wedding, we were intrigued by this wood-burning stove featured in our December/January issue. The piece would work perfectly at any rustic or outdoor wedding and is such a fun alternative to firepits. We got in touch with Nicola Adam’s at Morley Stove Company Ltd to learn more about the company and what they offer. Located in Ware, the family-run business first started in the ‘70s. Fast forward to now, the team is excited to announce that they’re the new official retailer of the beautiful cooker branch Lacanche, with some items now on display in the company’s showroom. The team also offers The Big Green Egg Inc. products, DeliVita Ltd Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens, and the Corten Corten Steel RB73 Outdoor Stove. These items are very popular for wedding gifts as families tend to chip in for high-quality items that will last decades. Check out: Check out: Catch up on news from around the regions NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

DRESSED TO IMPRESS Acre & Row is an independent men’s tailoring company that has opened a new showroom in Bedford. Dav Sehra created the company and is an established pattern cutter with more than 10 years of experience in the fashion industry. He decided to create his own business to provide heritage fabrics from English and Italian mills. The company, which specialises in made-to-measure suits, offers a laid-back atmosphere and calming space for grooms to search for the perfect attire. The team works with each client to discuss styling, fabric and cut options while considering their budget – they know how important it is to find the perfect look. A made-to-measure two-piece wedding suit starts from £900, and a tuxedo starts from £975. Check out: NEW ACCOMMODATION Situated in Bedfordshire, the Gardens at Polehanger has launched new on-site accommodation for guests to enjoy. The meadows at Polehanger Farms provide luxury cabins suitable for couples and loved ones. With countryside views, the spaces are perfect for lovebirds getting ready on their special day and offers the ideal area to retreat to after dancing the night away. Beautifully decorated and well equipped for relaxing stays, the cabins provide fluffy towels, comfy beds, tranquil settings and some even have hot tubs! The property is open all year round, and the on-site farmhouse also provides accommodation for the wedding party. Check out: EDITOR LOVES This issue is packed full of beautiful inspiration for all types of weddings, from venue styling, catering inspiration, showstopping cakes, picture-perfect images and more. I love reading all about local weddings to discover how the couples met, when they popped the question and all about their big day. Sophie and Andrew’s wedding at the Old Palace in Hatfield Park was stunning and featured a neutral colour palette and plenty of foliage. The bride’s dress by Essense of Australia really stood out to me; I love the intricate detailing and off-the-shoulder style. Sophie says, “I thought I would go for a mermaid-style dress, but the gowns didn’t give me the feeling I expected to have once I tried them on.” She adds, “Against the odds, I tried on a huge sparkly dress and instantly knew it was the gown I wanted – nothing else seemed to compete.” The bride didn’t want to take any attention away from the dress and opted for some dainty drop earrings from Swarovski. Read all about Sophie and Andrew’s special day and view more showstopping images on page 33. 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 8th April 2022. Terms and conditions apply. THE RHYTHM OF LOVE A wedding is full of beautiful moments to treasure, but why not enhance the experience even more with the addition of live music? With the amazing ability to bring people together, music can create an emotional atmosphere while capturing the crowd and highlighting those special moments. Situated in Hertfordshire, live singer Sammie Hicks works with couples to help create their dream wedding. Sammie started singing professionally 10 years ago and first found her passion for music aged 11. She says, “I began taking singing lessons where my love for singing grew, and it’s how I’ve always coped with emotions and difficult times.” The company can perform during ceremonies, throughout drinks receptions to keep guests entertained and for first dances. Sammie comments, “My favourite part of the job is seeing people smile and how their faces light up when I play a certain song. It makes me so happy when I see people enjoying the music, singing along and dancing away.” Sammie Hicks is currently offering 10 per cent off all new wedding bookings when couples quote Your Herts and Beds Wedding before March 31st 2022. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 20TH MARCH, 2022 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

SPRING 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated Pre-register at BERKS, BUCKS & OXON LONDON ESSEX 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. RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 13 MARCH MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 3 APRIL MARKSHALL ESTATE Cogeshall, CO6 1TG SUN 10 APRIL /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents

/CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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 SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA KENT GUILDFORD MANOR HOTEL & SPA Newlands Corner, Guildford, GU4 8SE SUN 15 MAY SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SUN 13 MARCH BRESSINGHAM HALL & HIGH BARN, Norfolk, IP22 2AA SUN 6 MARCH WEST HEATH Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1SR SUN 13 MARCH CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 10 APRIL CAMBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB Toft Road, Bourn, CB23 2TT SUN 3 APRIL HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 6 MARCH

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The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Redcoats Green, Nr. Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7JR | 01438 729 500 | | @farmhouseatredcoats 2AA rosette restaurant | 4AA rosette accomodation The Farmhouse at Redcoats is a grade II listed Wedding Barn that boasts 27 chic bedrooms, 140 seated capacity, quirky features, stylish design, award-winning food and landscaped gardens. Eames Photography Photography 34 COMMERCIAL & WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN BEDFORDSHIRE Capture every moment Natural wedding photography. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and Bucks. Capture each moment. 07977932113 | |

GOING LOCAL Where to say “I do” in west Hertfordshire MANOR OF GROVES HOTEL 01279 600 777 | Within 150 acres of stunning parkland, Manor of Groves Hotel is a Georgian manor house with an 18-hole golf course. The original neoclassical building features many traditional touches, including pillars and tall-glass windows overlooking the stunning gardens. The magnificent Oriental Garden is complete with a flowing waterfall, oriental-timber bridge, pergola and gazebo – it’s the perfect location for photographs! The Manor Suite is a stunning setting for grand weddings and can cater to 400 loved ones, while The Colonnade Suite can host 100. Alternatively, The Library Suite or Drawing Room is ideal for more intimate nuptials. After exchanging vows, wedding breakfasts and receptions can take place in any of the suites. There are various wedding packages available for couples, which include a menu tasting session before the day and a complimentary stay for couples on their wedding night. An additional wing has been added to the original house to host many bedrooms with traditional-style spaces to match the property – perfect for guests to retreat to after dancing the night away. LOCAL VENUES 19

MICKLEFIELD HALL 01923 778 898 | Located in 350-acres, Micklefield Hall creates the perfect backdrop to luxurious and high-end weddings. Thanks to the helpful staff, the property is maintained to a high standard and provides many Instagramable spaces. Popular spots include the ancient 450-year-old oak tree, circular pond and the grand stone staircase. The property has many beautiful outdoor spaces, such as the secluded walkways to nature’s very own aisle lined with herbaceous borders that lead up to the romantic temple. The location provides a dreamy space for couples to tie the knot surrounded by 200 guests when the British weather allows it. Or lovebirds can exchange vows in the stunning Great Barn in front of the striking wall of flowers, which create a photographic backdrop. The barn’s exterior is sleek with dark-wood cladding, grandglazed entrances, cherry trees and a newly restored patio area. Next to the French fountain, the Garden Room can accommodate 80 guests for intimate weddings. Drinks receptions can occur in a few locations, including the rolling lawns in front of the Georgian manor house, the terrace outside the potting shed, or the heated marquee with chandeliers and cream drapes. There are various reception spaces at the property. The Great Barn can comfortably fit up to 200 guests and features smart technology to illuminate the room. With a fully serviced bar, luxurious toiletries in the bathrooms and air-conditioning, lovebirds can relax knowing that friends and family will enjoy this space. Couples are offered a free tasting evening usually hosted in the Great Bar with the venue’s exclusive catering partners to try some tasty dishes. A free annual open day also introduces couples to the fantastic suppliers and showcases every area of Micklefield Hall. HUNTON PARK HOTEL 01923 277 708 | Set within 22 acres of Hertfordshire parkland, Hunton Park is a stunning mansion that provides the perfect setting for wedding celebrations. The dedicated team is on hand to ensure that every detail on the day will be just right. As they approach the impressive building up the sweeping driveway, guests will fall in love with the property’s Georgian features and tall-white columns. Couples can tie the knot outside the Manor House, which creates the ideal backdrop to wedding photography and can host 110 guests. For those looking to host their day in one space, Hunton Park Hotel can accommodate 175 people for the “I dos” and 200 for receptions. For smaller celebrations, the Orangery can cater for up to 65 people for ceremonies and 30 for evening celebrations. Other reception areas include the Apsley for 40 guests, the Terrace Marquee for 150 loved ones or the Garden Marquee, the latest addition to the property. The marquee is complete with a spacious foyer area with a curved structure and ivory lining on the walls highlighted by an LED star cloth ceiling canopy. When the big day comes to an end, the delightful annexe offers 62 bedrooms for guests to relax in. Couples booking the venue will receive a free menu-tasting session, complimentary cream tea when viewing the property at the first initial show round and first anniversary stay offers. 20

HISTORICAL settings Magical venues with a story to tell KNEBWORTH HOUSE AND BARNS 01438 813 825 | Set in 250 acres of parkland, Knebworth House and Barns is a spectacular historic house that’s home to grazing herds of deer. The gardens are delightful throughout each season and feature a stunning sunken lawn, colourful borders and trees that create the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. The estate dates back to the 1600s and is ideal for couples seeking a sophisticated and classic setting for their special day. The striking exterior features authentic turrets, gargoyles, and domes, while the interior features Victorian and Jacobean décor that creates an elegant and decadent setting. During the summer months, lovebirds can tie the knot in the formal gardens by the Garden Gazebo surrounded by 150 loved ones. For those looking to host their whole wedding in one location, the Banqueting Hall in the Knebworth House can accommodate 100 people for the “I dos”, 60 for wedding breakfasts and 180 for receptions. Or, why not opt for the Manor & Lodge Barn accompanied by 150 loved ones for the vows plus wedding breakfasts and 250 in the evenings? The 16th-century Manor barn is perfect for rusticthemed weddings with beautiful exposed beams and plenty of charm. Alternatively, the Cobbold Barn & Gardens can host 150 for the vows, 120 for wedding breakfasts, and 250 for receptions. Lastly, the Sunken lawn is perfect for receptions with 180 nearest and dearest. The dedicated event team at Knebworth House & Barns is on hand to help couples turn their dream weddings into a reality. They offer several all-inclusive packages to match different styles and preferences. When couples book the venue, the team offers a menu tasting session to try some dishes. The wedding coordinator will work with pairs to ensure every detail is tailored to their liking, while the in-house executive chef can help fine-tune dining options. On their wedding day, they’ll also receive sparkling wine or Prosecco for the toasts, white table linens, and Chiavari chairs. HISTORIC VENUES 21

SHENDISH MANOR HOTEL & GOLF COURSE 01442 232 220 | Nestled in Hemel Hempstead, Shendish Manor Hotel is a beautiful wedding space set in 160 acres of parklands. Inside, couples can explore the many elegant and modern spaces that boast high-ceilings complete with chandeliers and antique fireplaces. The property is easily accessible, with excellent transportation links nearby. As guests travel up the driveway, they’ll find beautifully manicured Dutch gardens with fountains and a miniature maze. Couples are spoilt for choice, with multiple locations available for ceremonies and receptions. The contemporary Apsley Suite features beautiful chandeliers and direct access to the private gardens. The room can accommodate 400 people for the “I dos” and 280 for sit down meals – the space can be slit into a smaller area for 100 guests if needed. Another option is the Orangery Restaurant is a great location to exchange vows surrounded by 120 guests. The glass-panelled walls allow visitors to view the beautiful gardens and provide plenty of natural lighting. Alternatively, The Longman Suite features beautiful views of the manicured gardens and can host 90 loved ones, while the Dickinson Suite can fit 96 – both areas feature chandeliers and fireplaces. Why not wed in the Manor Gazebo with 96 people or the Apsley Gazebo with 400 loved ones for those looking for an outdoor wedding? These areas are located in the gardens and provide a photographic backdrop to wedding photography. For those after a traditional setting, The Manor house can host 96-day guests for wedding breakfasts and 160 in the evenings. When couples book the venue, they’ll receive a complimentary menu tasting session included in the Classic Package and the Elegance Package, as well as a night’s stay in the bridal suite on the wedding day. THE GROVE 01923 807 807 | Steeped in history, The Grove offers 300 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside ready for guests to explore. The hotel’s exterior is nothing short of grand, and the Formal Gardens are complete with an ornamental canal, bright flowers and views over the golf course. Each ceremony space at the venue stands out for different reasons. The Amber Suite is the largest wedding area that can cater for 450 people. With direct access to the formal gardens, guests can pop outside for exclusive drink receptions on the terrace. Boasting natural daylight and direct access to formal gardens, The Ivory Suite is ideal for 120 loved ones, while the contemporary Cinnamon Room is perfect for 100 people. Located in the contemporary West Wing, the Ochre Suite can host 48 guests and is ideal for intimate celebrations with plenty of natural daylight. Designed by luxury interior guru Martin Hulbert, the Cedar Suite offers a 180-degree view over the stunning formal gardens and features a private entrance and three spacious meeting rooms. This suite has been named after the 200-year-old trees on the grounds and can accommodate 160 loved ones. Alternatively, say “I do” in The Potting Shed, located in the stunning Victorian Walled Garden for 50 to 70 people. Lovebirds can add a marquee if they want some extra space. Lastly, the Garden room is a great option for 120 people, whilst the Sunken Garden is great for al fresco weddings with 250 loved ones. In the evening, receptions occur in either the Amber Foyer for 450 people, Cedar Foyer with 160 or the Ivory Foyer with 120. When couples book one of the venue’s wedding packages, they get to participate in a tasting session to sample the menu. They will also be offered a night stay on their wedding day in the Mansion Room. 22

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WARE PRIORY 01920 460 316 | Situated in seven acres of picturesque gardens, Ware Priory is a beautiful, traditional Grade I listed building with contemporary touches and architecture dating back to Medieval times. The main building is stunning, with a whitewashed frontage and a stonewalled exterior surrounded by flower beds and distinctive windows. Multiple spaces at the property provide the perfect settings for weddings. The team restored The Priory Hall in the 1990s, where Medieval graffiti was uncovered and Victorian murals restored. This area can accommodate 100 guests for the “I dos”, 80 for wedding breakfasts and 100 for evening receptions. Or why not exchange vows in The Conservatory, which has a bright and spacious interior with easy access to the riverside gardens for 100 people? The space can accommodate wedding breakfasts for 120 guests and receptions for 150. Another option is The Hadsley Room, which can host 40 guests and boasts a crown-post roof and vaulted ceiling? After the ceremony, the staff can transform the space for wedding breakfasts with 30 people and evening receptions with 40. The large refectory table in this room dates back to the 14th-century and is believed to be from the original Friary. The Fletcher’s Lea is a modern addition to the estate and features a decking area, which overlooks the beautiful River Lea. Guests can make a memorable and dramatic entrance thanks to the narrowboat provided. The space can host up to 200 guests for ceremonies, 160 for wedding breakfasts and 200 for evening celebrations. The standalone building includes all catering and bar facilities, allowing couples to have exclusive use of the space on the special day. The Riverside Suite is perfect for larger weddings and can host wedding receptions with 160 guests for formal dining and 220 for buffet-style meals. A space that stands out at the venue is The Island, which is located in the middle of the river and provides the ideal space for musical events. Guests can access this space by two small bridges that cross an inlet of water that was once used to bring supplies to the monks. The venue’s currently running a special offer for couples who book the venue for their wedding. Lovebirds will receive accommodation on the wedding night at Hanbury Manor, a £100 discount with Ware Priory’s dressing partner Victoria’s Events and complimentary bacon rolls for the evening buffet. Also check out... ASHRIDGE HOUSE 01442 841 027 | With 700 years of fascinating history, there’s a sense of royal heritage at the heart of Ashridge House. Originally a monastery, the venue became a royal residence for both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, then later a private home to Bridgewater’s dukes and earls before becoming a military hospital during both World Wars. DYRHAM PARK COUNTRY CLUB 02084 403 361 | Set in 200 acres of a magnificent estate with an 18-hole parkland golf course, Dyrham Park Country Club boasts outstanding views across the Hertfordshire countryside and is ranked among some the oldest and most beautiful of Hertfordshire wedding venues. The lawns, beautiful flowers, lakes and magnificent trees turn dream wedding photos into a reality. GADDESDEN ESTATE 01442 252 421 | Located in Hertfordshire, Gaddesden Estate is an outdoor venue that offers exclusive access to the grounds around the Golden Parsonage. The venue opened the gardens for weddings in 2020, and guests can explore the fields, woodlands, water meadows and farm tracks. MICKLEFIELD HALL 01923 778 898 | Micklefield Hall provides several Instagrammable and manicured outdoor spaces with cloistered walkways to nature’s very own aisle lined with herbaceous borders. The barn’s exterior is sleek with dark-stained wooden cladding, grand glazed entrances, cherry trees and a newly restored patio area – perfect for drinks receptions. 25 HISTORIC VENUES

All you need is love David and Marie-Anthea were surrounded by loved ones on their wedding day Images courtesy of Rafe Abrook Photography 26

David and Marie-Anthea first met online and decided to meet in person on London Bridge – the perfect location for a north and south Londoner to come together. Marie-Anthea says, “Dave almost cancelled because the Northern Line was down, but thankfully he persevered.” She adds, “We realised we shared a lot in common, including a love for the gym, ballet, good steak, red wine and goodquality peanut butter.” Early in their relationship, the couple had realised that they’d found the one. Marie-Anthea comments, “Dave offered to come to my office at lunchtime on a Monday to bring me a brownie because I was hungover, and that’s when I realised he was a keeper.” David proposed on the couple’s second anniversary, which was a complete surprise for Marie-Anthea. He says, “We were having a drink in the bar at The Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden at the time, and I led into the proposal with a picture book I’d created. Inside, the images told our love story and the tale of our first two years together.” Marie-Anthea was in tears at the lovely gesture and ignored the small envelope, which had the ring inside that David had designed. After opening the envelope, she was completely shocked and, of course, said yes! SETTING THE SCENE With the number of beautiful venues around Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, picking a wedding venue can be difficult. David and Marie-Anthea searched around to find a location to match their rusticstyled wedding and came across South Farm in Royston. Surrounded by expansive gardens, the venue is a family-run property nestled in 20 acres of beautiful countryside. The bride says, “South Farm is the most beautiful venue, which provides a relaxed and unpretentious setting. The team’s sustainable ethos appealed to us, as they grow lots of produce on-site, and the accommodation, summer house and grounds were also a real selling point!” The couple wanted a relaxed wedding surrounded by friends and family – this became even more important as the day took place shortly after Covid-19 restrictions lifted. The lovebirds opted for rustic stationery to keep their theme consistent throughout the day and had an order-of-the-day design on an old pallet. The centrepieces consisted of rustic milk jars, faux flowers, wooden table names and gold photo frames with images of the couple. At each setting was a laser-cut place name to help guests find their seats, which doubled up as favours. The bride’s bouquet, designed by Verdila Flowers, looked beautiful on the day and included roses and lilies. She says, “We only confirmed the wedding was going ahead a couple of weeks before the big day, and the florist was so was brilliant at accommodating us!” The pair were very fortunate to have some flowers created by Honeysuckle Flowers left from a previous wedding, making the ceremony area even more beautiful. FOOD FOR THOUGHT For the wedding breakfast, the venue served a three-course meal with salmon cheesecake for starter, a rump of lamb for main and a chocolate delice for dessert. The couple had a hog roast in the evening to keep anyone from going hungry. Guests loved the three-tiered cheese board with assorted crackers, grapes and chutney on the side. The bride says, “We’re really passionate about cheese like most people and used different types from a local company.” She adds. “We assembled and decorated it ourselves with burlap ribbon, edible white roses and a custom made cake topper – we loved the results!” REAL WEDDING 27

LOOKING THE PART Every bride wants to look extra special on their wedding day, and finding that dream dress is the foundation of every bridal look. Marie-Anthea found an off-the-rack dress, which fitted perfectly and needed hardly any alterations. She accessorised her look with nude high heels, a hairpin, pearl earrings and a pearl necklace that featured their daughter’s initials. The groom looked dapper in a navy suit with a floral shirt, a pink tie and pocket square, which matched the couple’s light pink and navy blue colour scheme. The bride says, “It ended up being such a small wedding with so many guests not being able to attend, so we decided not to have groomsmen.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS The bride’s closest friends organised a surprise hen night, which brought some enjoyment back into the planning process − something that had been lost due to all the uncertainties caused by the pandemic. After postponing the day twice, David and Marie-Anthea were so relieved to finally get married after worrying that the day might not go ahead. She says, “We were thrilled and grateful to be able to celebrate the way we’d planned.” A pianist played some beautiful music throughout the wedding breakfast, which created such a great atmosphere that added to the emotion on the day. The musician was a big hit with guests who asked for song requests. A part that stood out the most to David was walking down the aisle with their daughter Emilia and seeing his bride-to-be make her grand entrance. Marie-Anthea comments, “Seeing our guests waiting for us when I entered was so special, especially when Emilia shouted ‘Mama’ and ran up to give me a big hug.” A funny moment was when the couple’s daughter upstaged the groom’s speech by stealing my microphone and babbling into it, which made everyone laugh. The bride says, “Our parents made the day even more special by helping to look after Emilia as it gave us both space to enjoy the day.” HONEYMOON After their dream wedding ended, the couple travelled to Lefkada in Greece for a week to relax and look back at the day. The bride says, “It was a well-earned rest and gave us a great opportunity to teach Emilia to swim!” 28

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Tr l u ov e e Sophie and Andrew tied the knot in the Old Palace at Hatfield Park Images courtesy of Fairytale Wedding Photos Sophie and Andrew were studying at The University of Sheffield when they first met at a nearby nightclub and clicked straight away. They didn’t exchange numbers until after they bumped into each other again, and the rest is history! Andrew proposed on the 16th of July 2019, which was a total shock and surprise to Sophie. She says, “We both have busy jobs, and often one of us is working late into the evenings. I assumed that Andrew was working late on that particular day and decided to open a bottle of wine while watching Sex and the City.” She adds, “Andrew came home from work a few hours later and was keen that I stood up to hug him. The next thing I knew, he was on his knee asking me to marry him!” Here Sophie shares details about their special day... 32

The venue’s food was excellent and the team tailored the dishes around Andrew’s food allergies. We wanted a straightforward design for the place names and opted for slightly bigger cards so people could frame them after the day. Eucalyptus and scattered pink roses decorated the tables. The bouquets featured white roses with lots of greenery. We had a black and white table plan and loved the modern fonts. We had long banquet-style tables just like the Gre at Hall in Harry Potter. REAL WEDDINGS 33

We had a piper play the bagpipes as guests arrive d and when I walked down the aisle. I wanted all seven of my bridesmaids to feel comfortable on the day, and we managed to find a brand that offers a range of styles for them to pick from. We knew live music had to be a part of our day, so we hired a great band called Embassy to play in the evening. The team accommodated our song requests and learnt a few new pieces. Andrew looked amazing in a kilt and stood out ag ainst the groomsmen who wore trews – everything went together so well. I originally wanted a super tight or mermaid-style dress, but I tried on a big sparkly gown by Essense of Australia and kne w it was the one. 34

Our loved ones enjoyed the Jewish dancing and still talk about it to this day! We loved seeing all our favourite people so happy and looking glam; we were so grateful that they could share our day with us. SOPHIE AND ANDREW’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, Bride’s dress, | Hair, Make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, ASOS Flowers, | Stationery, Entertainment, | Accomadation, Bagpipes, | Videography, The speeches were amazing and full of such fun a nd happy memories. The day was so overwhelming but in the best poss ible way – we couldn’t stop smiling! 35 REAL WEDDINGS

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