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

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