Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2022 (Issue 90)

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The Angel Hotel is nestled in the picturesque South Downs near the Meon Valley and is definitely one of Hampshire’s best kept secrets when it comes to Hotels. With its 39 Bedrooms and multiple car parking spaces plus a spacious Restaurant, it’s a popular place for those in the know. We have a huge relaunch planned for the weekend of 26th & 27th February 2022 when we will showcase our fabulous new Function Space; The Nicholson Suite. Offering a stunning new Glass Atrium added on to our existing Barn Styled Room, this will certainly make its mark in the Wedding & Event Industry. With a capacity approaching 110 people, its own entrance and a purpose-built bar, this will be sure to provide everything you need for the Big Day. This in addition to a remodelled Bridal Suite and Landscaped Grounds are sure to be a hit with Couples who are in the throes of planning their Wedding. Be sure to register your interest in attending our Wedding Open Weekend when our New Website goes Live at the end of January 2022 at Gosport Road, Privett, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3NN Telephone: 01730 828111 I Email: Website Goes LIVE at the end of January 2022

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A sneak peek of what’s to come 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 81 HOT TOPIC Local experts on what’s hot for 2022 weddings 97 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 VENUES 17 LET IT SNOW Seasonal settings for a cosy winter wedding 23 SPOTLIGHT ON PORTSMOUTH Where to wed in and around this maritime city On the cover This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by Leweston Enterprises ( a historic wedding venue in Sherborne, Dorset. The shot was beautifully captured at the wedding of Leah and Craig by Poole-based Steph Newton Photography ( 47 23 FEATURES 47 ARTY ELEGANCE Be inspired by this stunning photo shoot brimming with creative ideas at new Hampshire wedding venue Palais des Vaches 52 LOOKING YOUR BEST Look and feel big-day beautiful with help from local experts 57 THE FINISHING TOUCH Jewellery and accessories for added bridal glam 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 VA VA VROOM! Lisa and Darren’s alternative wedding was a celebration of their lives and loves 34 RAIN FAILED TO STOP PLAY Not even the Great British weather could dampen the joy at Emily and Nathan’s autumn wedding 41 TIMELESS TRADITION Rhinefield House in the picturesque New Forest provided the perfect backdrop for Abby and John’s big-day celebration HONEYMOONS 89 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 93 BACK-TO-NATURE BOLTHOLE Claire Ridley reports back from Monkey Island Estate, a sanctuary set on a private island on the River Thames offering laid-back luxury 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 62 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 ALL IN THE DETAIL The 2022 wedding dress collections feature figure-hugging styles, timeless trumpet silhouettes, chic tailored jackets and wrap dresses 69 TAKE THE PLUNGE These opulent gowns feature corset-inspired looks, off-the-shoulder styles, timeless square shapes and cut-out illusion necklines 73 BEAUTY Q&A Hot bridal looks for the year ahead 75 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 78 HEAVEN SCENT Team CWM try out the latest bridal fragrance recommendations 63 29 94 4

WEDDINGS AT MACDONALD BOTLEY PARK HOTEL & SPA From a simple celebration to an elegant extravaganza, Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa is the perfect setting for your special day. Our Wedding packages are specially designed to suit all seasons and budgets. Our most popular package “The Whirlwind” is an All-Inclusive package starting from only £5,995 for 50 day guests and up to 75 evening guests. If you are newly engaged and looking for a fabulous venue to celebrate your wedding day, book an appointment with one of our wedding co-ordinators who is just waiting to turn your wedding dreams into a reality. For more information call 01489 778 402 or email WEDDING OFFER Get 5 Guest bedrooms for your wedding party when you book using this advert. (This applies to new bookings only) Valid until End March 2022

47 Welcome to this landmark edition of Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding! We’re 90 issues young and despite all the challenges of the past nearly two years, we’re here raising a glass to our special anniversary and all the weddings to come. It’s been tough for everyone, but throughout the restrictions and uncertainty, one of the many shining lights has been the resilience of the wedding industry and couples patiently waiting for their big day. Many had to cancel their weddings last year, some multiple times, before finally being able to tie the knot once lockdowns eased. Suppliers have rallied to provide support, pulling out all the stops to help people reschedule and adapt their plans. This issue we’re lucky enough to be able share a tiny snapshot of just some of the weddings that have taken place in the region – proof, if proof were needed, that love wins no matter what! With the Christmas and New Year proposal season adding to demand, we’re looking forward to bringing you lots more lovely local weddings to inspire and excite you in the months ahead. For those starting out 2022 with a sparkly new ring on their finger, firstly congratulations from your new best friend! We’ll be here throughout your journey with all the latest wedding trends, bridal fashion and beauty insight, local venues, suppliers and wedding news from your doorstep. And when your day comes, which it surely will, don’t forget to stay in touch for your chance to share the joy with our readers. Just click on the link to get involved Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2022! Sarah x ISSN 2046-8474 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Sarah Reeve | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | 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 Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Hampshire & Dorset 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 Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £17.60 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and Sarah Reeve, editor Happy 90th birthday to us cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS WIN! £1,500 WORTH OF DIAMONDS. 63 97 Get your bridal style and beauty fix from page 51. Check out the 2022 wedding dress collections. Inspiration galore at this new arty Hampshire wedding venue. 6

23 29 Set your compass on Portsmouth for a choice of wonderful wedding venues. Add the finishing touch to your bridal look with the latest jewellery and accessories. 57 Love, laughter, family and friends; Lisa and Darren’s big day had all this and more! 34 Emily and Nathan didn’t let the Great British weather spoil their autumn wedding. Loving the wow-factor flowers at the stunning real wedding at Rhinefield House on page 41. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region NEW VENUE ALERT! If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary for your wedding celebration, check out Palais des Vaches, a new, arty venue set in the heart of the New Forest. Nestled between the Beaulieu River and The Solent, former farm buildings at Lower Exbury have been beautifully renovated to create a unique venue, full of authentic charm. The renovation began in January 2020, when Nick and Caroline de Rothschild started transforming what was once the old milking parlour, fondly known as the ‘Cow Palace’ built a century ago by Nick’s grandfather, along with a derelict Victorian calf shed and run-down concrete yard. Working together with a dedicated team of builders and craftsmen, in July 2021 the Palais des Vaches Gallery and Venue was born. Now a party palace, it provides a chilled relaxed atmosphere in an idyllic rural location with beautiful views and a wealth of opportunities for those allimportant big-day photos. The whole complex is a working art gallery, showing works and sculptures by local Hampshire artists. It can host up to 200 people and boasts a full sound system throughout, a high wooden ceiling and beams in the main gallery, original milking parlour tiles on the walls and ever-changing art on show, depending on the exhibition of the moment. The rest of the buildings surround the large, renovated courtyard, complete with old concrete troughs, brought in from the surrounding fields and repurposed to add to the character and charm. To find out more visit EDITOR LOVES… Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year – a brand new shade of blue called Very Peri that’s perfect for weddings. Described as a warm periwinkle blue with a violet red undertone, it offers a modern upgrade to the something blue tradition for brides. From bridesmaids’ dresses to flowers and decorative details, there’s a whole host of ways to introduce the on-trend hue into your wedding day. PLANET-FRIENDLY HONEYMOONS Personal travel agent Nick Horne is dedicated not only to the business of booking dream honeymoons, but doing his bit for the planet too. In the face of growing concern over climate control Nick of Hampshire-based Not Just Travel has introduced a new Climate Hero initiative. When customers book, Nick has pledged to include a £5-per-passenger donation, with all the money going to support valuable environmental projects. “This isn’t just a tick in the box or ‘greenwashing’ we are striving to do more, with our customers’ help, to make a real difference,” he explains. “Now, when you book your honeymoon with us you’ll be helping Not Just Travel work alongside environmental partner and experts in rewilding Mossy Earth to do amazing things including research to protect sea otters, restoring ponds to help local wildlife and bringing back ancient woodlands.” Visit to find out more. Images Nick de Rothschild Before… After… YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

NEW IN Andover-based Test Valley Bridal Services ( has become an authorised agent for BWR London wedding rings. Owner Patricia Ireland reports, “We can now offer brides and grooms a bespoke, personal wedding ring design service and the whole process takes around five to six weeks.” Choose from a range or combination of different metals including yellow, white and rose gold, the rings can also be set with sparkling precious stones and lazer-engraved. “The only limits are your imagination and budget,” adds Patricia. MAKE A SPLASH Push the boat out for your hen party with a weekend aboard a yacht sailing around the Solent. Sound like your idea of fun? Then Lymington-based Raggy&Boo has just the thing. The event management specialists are offering an exciting package full of fun, action and relaxation, on and off the water. With your own private skipper for two days of daytime sailing, you and your best girls or boys will be treated with goodies on arrival while you settle into your sailing boat and spend the first night in Lymington harbour to enjoy the pubs, bars and restaurants of the buzzing Georgian town. The skipper will set sail the following morning so you can sit back and relax, enjoy the views or get involved if you fancy it, before berthing for the second night in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Day sailing packages are also available, for full details visit THE EXTRA TOUCH Epic Photo Booths just got even more epic! The Southampton-based business has added a new selection of backdrops to its offering in a variety of sparkly colours and designs to suit different themes. “Couples can now choose the premium design layout for their photo booth prints from the comfort of their armchair and team it with the perfect backdrop,” says owner Michelle Holding. The backdrops are for use with the company’s vintage retro photo booth consisting of a handmade wooden tripod and also has a matching rustic guest book station. Traditional versions and even an inflatable LED cube photo booth are also available. Visit to find out more. CONGRATULATIONS! A big Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding high five to The Bride’s Wardrobe in Blandford Forum (, named Bridal Boutique of the Year 2021 Dorset in the Southern Enterprise Awards. SAVE THE DATE Hampshire’s Olivia George Bridal ( in association with Spiral Events ( is bringing its Curve Fashion show to the Norton Park Hotel in Winchester on 20th March, 2022. The show will be featuring their new Maggie Sottero Curve range with sizes ranging from 14 to 30. BUSINESS DUO Hampshire’s Romsey Bridal Boutique ( is starting out 2022 with new co-owner Annika Martin joining Tara Reddish behind the helm. Annika started working at the boutique in August 2019 and got stuck in straight away helping with a designer weekend within her first month of starting, a charity event at a local hotel and a menswear photo shoot. “After getting engaged herself and being on the search for her own wedding gown she came to realise that she wanted to not only work in a bridal shop, but eventually have one of her own,” says Tara. “Her dream came true in November when she joined me as co-owner and we’re so excited by the fresh ideas and new eyes she brings to our beautiful boutique.” 10

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Wedding Planning with Vib ancy theweddi ngscene. Venue: Lighthouse, Poole Date: Sunday, 20th March Time: 11:00 - 15:00 Venue: New Forest Showground Date: Sunday, 10th April Time: 11:00 - 15:00 Venue: Westlands Entertainment & Conference Centre Date: Sunday, 6th March Time: 11:00 - 15:00

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 8th April 2022 unless stated otherwise. Terms and conditions apply. WIN! Annie Haak Hearts of Love silver bracelet stack Hampshire-based Annie Haak Designs is the perfect fit for brides looking for that special something new. Great for a meaningful gift for the bridal party too, their versatile range includes stackable bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings, beautifully handcrafted from 925 sterling silver and 18ct gold vermeil (plated sterling silver). ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve’, a motto from one of the charms, is an ethos that founder Annie Haak has stayed true to throughout the continued success of the company. Messages of love and support are at the heart of her designs with symbols or mantras to represent luck, love, protection, strength and wellbeing. Many of the pieces can also be personalised as an extra special keepsake to treasure. What’s more, exclusively for our readers, the company is giving away one of its beautiful silver Hearts of Love bracelet stacks with ‘Love You’ charm, worth £165. For your chance to claim the prize, enter via our website by 25th February, 2022, terms and conditions apply. To view the latest Annie Haak collections go to Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS WORTH £165 SMILE PLEASE A photo booth at your wedding is a treat that keeps on giving. Not only great fun for you and your loved ones on the wedding day, the photos are a lasting memento too. Local suppliers Epic Photo Booths offers a range of different options to suit the style and theme of your wedding. Their rustic photo booth includes a vintage retro style wooden tripod and matching guest book station with an open-air set-up that’s proved to be a big hit during the pandemic. Other styles available include an inflatable LED cube and traditional enclosed booths. Co-owner Michelle Holding says, “We’ve been running since 2015, expanding from one single photo booth to now having a choice of different styles and configurations.” The company also supplies keyrings, personalised with the happy couple’s names and wedding date in organza drawstring bags. Great as favours, guests can pop their own photo booth snap in the keyring to take home with them at the end of the night. To find out more visit We’ve teamed up with Epic Photo Booths to run an exclusive reader offer of either 50 photo-keyring wedding favours (pictured), 100 evening photo-keyrings or their ‘Printper-person’ service, each worth £100, free of charge. To claim simply mention Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding when booking one of their photo booths. Not valid with any other offer, terms and condition apply. 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 FREE WEDDING FAVOURS, WORTH £100 FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at WEMBLEY STADIUM, 20TH FEBRUARY, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 20TH MARCH, 2022 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 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

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Wedding Cakes - Birthday Cakes - Christening Cakes Afternoon Tea's - Cake Hampers - Cup Cakes Bespoke Cakes for all Occasions Visit my website at Follow me on Instagram on NakedWeddingCakes Email: Located by the coast, e Dotti Cake Company covers Hampshire and Dorset for all your wedding cake needs, as well as wedding favours and dessert tables. We only use organic ingredients - or the very best we can source - which is re ected in the quality of your wedding cake, made to your speci cation, exclusively for you! WE ARE CURRENTLY TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2022 AND 2023 Find us on For a truly unique wedding why not experience our beautiful and contemporary waterfront setting. A wedding celebration at the home of the RNLI will make your special day even more memorable. As every pound spent goes towards saving lives at sea. For more information contact our Wedding Coordinator on: 01202 663489 Email The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland. (20003326) and the Bailwick of Jersey (14) TIE THE KNOT AT THE RNLI

AVINGTON PARK, NR.WINCHESTER 01962 779 260 | If you’re looking for a historic backdrop for your big day, Avington Park is a must-see. Dating back to the 10th century, be prepared for plenty of stop-stare moments from the moment you arrive through the wrought iron gateway, down the long avenue of lime trees to catch your first glimpse of the house. With two conservatories flanking a pillared orangery, the family home has all the grace and elegance of a wonderful country mansion. Set in peaceful secluded grounds, with lawns bordering the River Itchen, it provides a picturesque scene all year round. Magical in winter with a dusting of snow, there are a host of impressive rooms inside. The beautifully decorated main hall with its marbled pillars and grand fireplace leads into the library, a warm and inviting space with leatherbound books, a log fire, grand piano and views on to the south lawn. The opulent ballroom, on the first floor boasts a magnificently painted ceiling and gold plasterwork, huge mirrors and stunning views across the park. Full of grandeur it provides a romantic backdrop for ceremonies with up to 100 guests and during December there’s a magical Christmas tree decked with twinkling lights to add to the atmosphere. All three rooms are licensed for ceremonies, as well as the conservatory, a glass house full of exotic plants. Fully heated it’s ideal for intimate ‘I dos’ with up to 25 loved ones. The versatile space can be used in a number of ways, including providing extra room for the reception, the evening bar, for the top table or displaying the wedding cake. Combined with the adjoining library, you can host a reception for 100 seated guests and the room can be turned around later for the evening celebration with entertainment and a band. Larger wedding parties can be hosted in a marquee adjoining the Library. We love… the magnificent staircase leading up to the ballroom; perfect for b autiful bridal photos. LET IT SNOW ’Tis the season for magical winter weddings WINTER VENUES 17

RHINEFIELD HOUSE HOTEL, BROCKENHURST 01590 622 922 | Set in the heart of the New Forest Rhinefield House ticks all the boxes for a romantic winter wedding. Surrounded by 40 acres of private grounds, the grand 19th-century house, is striking both inside and out with its long driveway, Tudor and Gothic architecture, steeply pitched roof, red brick chimneys and leaded windows The magnificent Grand Hall, a replica of London’s Westminster Hall, provides an impressive big-day backdrop with its intricate carvings and oak panelling. You can tie the knot here and celebrate afterwards with a wedding breakfast for 130 seated guests and up to 200 for the evening reception. Alternatively Hurst Castle is an exclusive modern event suite with its own separate entrance and a terrace overlooking the topiary orchard. Fully self-contained and licensed for ceremonies, you can host your whole day here without fear of being disturbed. The hotel has 50 bedrooms including three feature suites so you won’t have far to go at the end of the night. What’s more there’s complimentary bridal suite for the happy couple on the wedding night. We love… the Keepers Room with its ornamental fireplace; perfect for cosy intimate weddings. THE ELVETHAM HOTEL, HOOK 01252 847 293 | Set in 35 acres of Hampshire countryside, the grounds of this historic gem are magical in winter with a dusting of snow. The striking building oozes history and charm; a stunning example of Victorian architecture it boasts a wealth of inviting indoor wedding spaces and standout features. Think wood-panelled walls, a spectacular staircase, fireplaces and oak floors – the stuff that winter wedding dreams are made of! Arrive at the tower over the main entrance, step inside and be prepared for plenty of stop-stare moments. The grandeur of the Oak Room provides an elegant setting for indoor ceremonies. The large windows allow the light to flood in and there’s a statement fireplace at the spot where you say ‘I do’. Celebrate afterwards with a reception for up to 100 guests in the magnificent Library. The largest room in the house there’s an ornate stone fireplace, original bookcases and plenty of natural light. What’s more, at the end of the night you can retreat to one of the venue’s elegant bedrooms and wake up feeling refreshed and revived, ready to relive the big day with your friends and family over breakfast. We love… the signature gardens and avenue of Irish yew trees; perfect for those all-important wedding photos. 18

At SO41 Catering we can offer refined high end dining for your wedding breakfast, awesome street food from our food truck for the evening and the bar from our converted horse box ‘The Fizz Tin’. Based in the New Forest, we use the best locally sourced produce available to us paired with great customer service to ensure your big day goes without a hitch. 07759 390687 | | MAKING YOUR BIG DAY EASIER

Belle-Beau BR I DAL ALTERAT I ONS Ca l l : 074 9 6 37 8 8 7 2 o r ema i l : da n i e l l e k i r by 1 9 88@ou t l oo k . com 8 HEARNE GARDENS | HOSP I TAL ROAD | SH I RRE L L HEATH | SO3 2 2NR Belle-Beau Bridal Alterations ensure your alterations journey is an enjoyable, relaxing experience at our welcoming boutique. As a family run business with over 50 years experience you can rest assured you are in the safe hands of an established, trusted seamstress specialist. To ensure you receive the excellent service we pride ourselves on, all consultations are by appointment only. We will discuss your requirements at the first fitting and provide you with options to achieve the desired result. To see howwe can help you, contact us today to book an appointment. F EE L incredible ON YOUR special DAY Historic grade II listed building, set in 43 acres of park and woodland ACCOMMODAT I ON , I NDOOR WEDD I NG S , OU T DOOR WEDD I NG S , CHAP E L WEDD I NG S Marquee space, indoor reception rooms, intimate weddings, large space available WWW . NORMANCOUR T EDC EN T R E . COM • 01980 322321 In The New Forest Weddings in theWood | 07976394663

LEWESTON, SHERBORNE 01963 211 011 | Steeped in history, Leweston Manor oozes character and style with Art Deco interiors and a wealth of wow-factor wedding spaces. A yearround winner, the versatile venue can cater for weddings large or small with a choice of stunning rooms, each with their own unique charm, which can be adapted to suit your big day. The elegant Georgian styled building is sure to impress and with 46 acres of sweeping grounds, including the Nuns walkway, Italian garden and the secret Belvedere, there’s no shortage of great photo opportunities. A treasure-trove of beautiful outdoor spaces for al fresco ceremonies, including the Belvedere, an idyllic setting flanked by woodlands, there’s also plenty of cosy and inviting indoor options too. The Lecture Room in the manor house is the largest; overlooking the Italian garden you can marry here and host a reception afterwards with 80 seated guests. For more intimate affairs the Eleanor Library is ideal. With a wooden floor and high ceiling, the walls are lined with books and the room has bags of atmosphere. For more lavish celebrations 200 or more family and friends, a wedding marquee can be put up in the grounds and dressed to suit your style. We love… the Belvedere, the jewel in the venue’s crown it boasts an impressive walkway of more than 200 metres flanked by trees to get to it. OSBORNE, ISLE OF WIGHT 01983 203 055 | Follow in the footsteps of a royal romance and marry at this romantic hotspot. Built as a family home by the sea for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the palatial venue was designed in the Italianate style to complement the island’s mild climate and panoramic views over the Solent which reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. The venue echoes with the enduring love story of the royal couple and provides the perfect backdrop for a big-day with a difference. Catering for everything from intimate weddings to grand lavish celebrations, the possibilities are almost endless! Marry at Osborne and raise a toast surrounded by priceless exquisite artwork. You can tie the knot in one of the opulent and lavishly decorated rooms – the largest being the Indian-themed Durbar room which can host up to 100 guests. Truly fit for a queen, it was built for state functions and decorated in an elaborate intricate style. The grounds and setting are equally impressive with spectacular terraces, ornate Victorian fountains, a stunning walled garden and even its own secluded private beach; providing a wealth of opportunities for weddings of all sizes indoors and out. We love…. the Queen’s Alcove, nestled by her much-loved beach, it’s a unique setting for a wedding ceremony with up to 80 loved ones. WINTER VENUES 21

EVENTS Steeple Court Manor Events Church Lane, Botley, Southampton, Hampshire, SO30 2EQ 023 9400 5181 Set in the Hampshire countryside by the upper reaches of the river Hamble, Steeple Court offers a unique ambience. While some old Manor houses present an austere quality, Steeple Court’s aura of friendly warmth manifests itself to all visitors as soon as they set foot within the attractive grounds. The Marquee is available for Wedding Receptions, and Marriage Ceremonies from May to October. Steeple Court Events Management team offer present day visitors a warm welcome. All wedding reception arrangements will be supervised and managed by the team to assure that all runs smoothly and effortlessly, leaving “The Day” truly memorable. E XC LU S I V E LY YOU R S FOR T H E P E R F EC T DAY STEEPLE COURT MANOR EVENTS MARQUEE Spitfire Shoot, Houghton Down Farm, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6JR 01264 810312 | | The award-winning Spitfire Shoot is one of the only purpose-landscaped shoots in the South of England. Set in the beautiful Hampshire countryside we can accommodate all levels of gun from the first timer to the experienced shot looking for pre-season practice. With a wide choice of excellent pubs and restaurants on the doorstep we’ll tailor a day to your individual needs including team building or corporate entertainment, stag and hen parties or just a simple morning or afternoon in the fresh air with friends. The ground offers a wide variety of English Sporting targets across 11 different stands. Our qualified instructors are here to ensure your safety and have you all hitting clays by the end of the day! R O R C C O W E S C L U B H O U S E , T H E P A R A D E , C O W E S , I S L E O F W I G H T P O 3 1 7 Q U An iconic wedding venue in the heart of Cowes, Isle of Wight. Celebrate your marriage with regal style in the historic settings of the Royal Ocean Racing Club Clubhouse. t: 01983 293581 e:

PORTSMOUTH Spotlight on Where to wed in and around this istoric maritime city THE PORT HOUSE, PO6 4TH 02392 385 389 | If you’re looking for a stunning waterside location for your big day, this versatile venue ticks all the boxes. Overlooking the Port Solent Marina, with views of the yachts, it’s a picture-perfect spot! There’s outside seating too so you can make the most of the setting. The waterfront terrace and patio is perfect for reception drinks or a barbecue when the weather’s fine. Inside the bright and airy space, the contemporary furnishing includes a bespoke bar made from reclaimed railway sleepers and a feature ceiling. Ceremonies are held in the Regatta Room or the larger Ocean Suite which can host up to 120 family and friends for your ‘I dos’ followed by a sit-down meal. For larger receptions with up to 300 guests, a marquee can be attached to the side. WE LOVE… that the on-site caterers award-winning Vanilla Catering produce bespoke meals using local Hampshire produce and all couples enjoy a complimentary pre-wedding tasting. 23 REGIONAL VENUES

SOLENT HOTEL & SPA, PO15 7AJ 01489 880 000 | Close to Hampshire’s cities, coast and countryside, this four-star hotel near Portsmouth offers something to suit a whole host of big-day needs. With modern facilities, a choice of spaces for weddings large or small, outdoor grounds and more, it’s the perfect base for couples planning an extended celebration. There’s an elegant reception complete with gallery, open fireplaces as well as contemporary suites, an al fresco terrace and bar for a chilled drinks reception, and woodland providing the perfect backdrop for photos. The venue’s largest room The Hambledon can host up to 150 people for the ceremony and reception. With its own dancefloor, an outdoor terrace, private entrance and bar, you can celebrate your whole day here and party the night away in style. The bright and airy Carisbrooke Suite has a lovely open feel and can accommodate up to 100 family and friends for the ‘I dos’ and reception, while for more intimate affairs, the Terrace private dining room is ideal. WE LOVE… the stunning spa with outdoor hot tub, great for relaxing pre- or post wedding. THE ROYAL MARITIME HOTEL & CLUB, PO1 3HS 02392 824 231 | Tie the knot at this one-of-a-kind venue and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the maritime city. Situated in Old Portsmouth, close to the historic dockyard and Gunwharf Quays, the venue is steeped in history and provides an original setting for a wedding with a difference. With naval artefacts and memorabilia around every corner, each function room is individually decorated to reflect the history of the club. You can host your whole day here and, with 90 comfy en-suite bedrooms for the wedding party to stay in, why not make a weekend of it and explore the city the next day? Fully licensed for weddings, you can marry in the Trafalgar Ballroom, the venue’s largest function space, and celebrate in style afterwards. Complete with full banqueting facilities, a galleried balcony, dancefloor and stage, it can accommodate up to 300 people. The smaller Nelson Lounge offers a more intimate, traditional setting while the contemporary Below Decks is the perfect place to party in the evening with up to 100 loved ones. WE LOVE… the leisure facilities, including swimming pool with sauna and spa pool for relaxing pre- or post-wedding. 24

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Perfectly situated in the heart of Portsmouth next to the sea, we offer a truly unique venue for your special day. We have a variety of wonderful spaces and packages to cater for your wedding, with newly-refurbished rooms available for the bridal party and guests. Fully-licenced marriage venue | Wonderfully unique setting | Perfect location by the sea Beautifully grand reception rooms for any par ty size | Fabulous bridal suites with newly-refurbished rooms for guests too | Amazing offers on bespoke packages A WEDDING VENUE YOU’LL LOVE SET SAIL ONYOUR LIFE TOGETHER Visit for more information and to book Or contact us now to talk to our team about your bespoke package 023 9282 4231 Queen Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3HS

ROYAL NAVAL CLUB & ROYAL ALBERT YACHT CLUB, PO1 2NT 02392 825 931 | With views across Portsmouth’s Governor’s Green and the Garrison Church to the Solent and Isle of Wight, this prestigious venue has a unique historic setting and provides a tailored service for a big day to remember. With six function rooms it can cater for everything from an intimate gathering for half a dozen loved ones to a formal dinner for more than 100 guests. The club prides itself on providing great food and offers a bespoke service, so if there’s a special dish you want on the big-day menu, you only have to ask. Licensed for civil ceremonies in the Trafalgar or Albert Rooms, you can host your whole day here or there’s an evening-only party package available including sole use of the Spinnaker Bar, Osborne Ballroom and Trafalgar Dining Room for a private celebration. The spacious ground-floor Osborne Ballroom can host a wedding breakfast for 70 to 110 guests and up to 180 for the evening party. With a central dancefloor it comes with sole use of the Spinnaker Bar and there’s a courtyard garden for your guests to enjoy when the weather’s fine. The beautifully restored formal Trafalgar Dining Room is a great option for a stylish wedding breakfast, bedecked with historic paintings, it can seat between 30 to 73 guests. WE LOVE… the elegant first-floor Albert Room with its grand piano and stunning views; perfect for drinks and canapés post-vows. HOLIDAY INN PORTSMOUTH, PO1 2TA 03333 209 345 | This modern hotel offers a variety of versatile spaces to create your perfect day, from intimate affairs to grand, lavish weddings with exclusive use of the hotel. Conveniently located on the outskirts of the town centre, close to picturesque Old Portsmouth the surrounding area provides a host of great photo opportunities with the Hot Walls and Southsea seafront just a few minutes away. You can marry in the bright and airy first-floor Solent Suite joined by up to 80 guests. The room has large windows down one side allowing the daylight to flood in or for larger gatherings, the Normandy Suite is ideal. Conveniently located on the ground floor, it’s a blank canvas for you to decorate to suit your personal style and wedding theme. You can have a red-carpet entrance, exchange vows and celebrate afterwards with a wedding breakfast for 130 guests. With its own private bar, the room can also host an evening reception for 200 loved ones. WE LOVE… that there’s a dedicated coordinator on hand to help and guide you throughout your wedding journey. 27 REGIONAL VENUES

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Va Va Vroom! Lisa and Darren’s alternative wedding was a celebration of their lives and loves Images courtesy of Lotus Photography Lisa and Darren’s wedding was no ordinary affair and their first meeting was pretty unusual too. “We met several years ago when Darren took part in a naked charity calendar I was photographing for Cancer Research,” recalls Lisa. “We gradually got to know each other over our love for motorbikes and as our friendship grew, so did our feelings.” As the relationship blossomed, thoughts turned to marriage and Darren popped the question at the Dabbling Duck Pub in Great Massingham, Norfolk on Christmas Eve 2019. “We’d already discussed the idea, so it wasn’t really a surprise as such, but that didn’t make it any less magical,” recalls Lisa. They tied the knot on 21st August, 2021 at Radipole Manor in Dorset and opted for a striking black and gold theme. Read on for Lisa’s account of their big day… 29 REAL WEDDINGS

My gorgeous teardrop bouquet included gold foliage and rare black orchids as my florist Jay knows I’m an avid houseplant collector! As most of the planning and organising was done throughout lockdown, I ordered a beautifully embroidered, champagne coloured dress by Kenneth Winston from America. With the help of my mother I customised it with a corset back and added crystal epaulettes, which changed the look dramatically! I’d bought some Ruby Shoo shoes to wear, but opt ed for Doc Martens instead as I haven’t worn heels for years! “It was an extremely emotional day, as my grandmother had been looking forward to it since we announced we were getting married, but sadly she passed away just weeks before.” We chose Radipole Manor as it’s such a hidden gem and it was local for family living in Weymouth. The beautiful old manor house has been lovingly restored to its former glory and it suited the look we were going for perfectly. A local friend and petrolhead Jonny Munden lent us his beautiful black hot rod called Frankendiesel for our wedding transport. 30

My cousin Sorrell was chief bridesmaid and my two-year-old daughter Betsy was a flowergirl. My five-year-old son Harry was our ring bearer, complete with tuxedo, security pass, sunglasses and briefcase with the rings in! I think he stole the show somewhat! My grandfather walked me down the aisle, which was really moving as ever since I was a little girl I’d always said it would be him giving me away because I have always been his princess and I certainly felt like one on the day. “I wore a beautiful peach coloured pendant necklace containing some of my grandmother’s ashes.” Darren chose his own outfit and he didn’t disappoint! He picked a black morning coat with gold embroidery and a black shirt and gold cravat to complete the look. His groomsman Halo had a matching jacket and cravat. I was very close to my grandmother so I dried the petals from her funeral flowers to use as confetti. It made me feel close to her on the day, like being showered with love. We had a gold sequin photo booth, a sweet cart, gin bar and outdoor games for our guests to enjoy. REAL WEDDINGS 31

Photography, Lotus Photography, | Second shooter, Von C Photography | Venue, Radipole Manor, | Bride’s dress, Stillwhite, | Necklace, Heartfelt Urns, | Make-up, Model Makeovers, | Cake, Mon Bel Amour Cake Craft, | Flowers, Floral Couture by Jay, | Hog roast, The Fantastic Sausage Factory, | Ice cream cart, Rossi’s Ice Cream, Weymouth, | Bouncy castle, Seashells Soft Play, | Musician, Matt Lock Music, Our beautiful four-tier cake had a heart -shape cut out in the middle and was scrumptio us. The different flavours included gin and tonic, carrot cake, salted caramel and plain sponge. We had a hog roast and an ice cream cart, which were both from local businesses well known in Weymou th, so everyone was excited about the food which was nic e! The black and gold feather centrepieces provided by Perfect Day Wedding Servic es were a real showstopper. “For the evening I changed into a crystal-embellished ivory fishtail dress and tulle cape, which was much easier to dance in! I also wore my comfy old slippers, as nobody could see them under the dress.” LISA AND DARREN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK “Local musician Matt Lock played live during the afternoon, which was lovely and chilled.” The evening disco included a mix of pop with some heavier music for all our biker friends later on! We managed to get our hands on a black embroide red jacket worn by Jimmi Hendrix, courtesy of Halo, which had to be showcased during the first dance! The white bouncy castle went down a storm with the kids and grown-ups too. 32

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