Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - May/June 2022 (Issue 92)

£3.55 MAY/JUN 2022 WIN! HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... Discover stunning cake designs Big-day bakes A minimoon in the Lake District Endless LOVE Be inspired by local weddings Venues in the New Forest Explore... FASHIONFORWARD Showstopping dresses

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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 81 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 91 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2022 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Discover these stunning properties in the New Forest 21 MAKING A SPLASH Fall in love with these waterside and coastal venues On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from Rose and Ndu’s wedding on page 41, which was captured by the talented 55 21 FEATURES 47 WAVES OF LOVE Check out this stunning shoot inspired by the Amalfi Coast 51 THE PERFECT DAY Discover this luxurious shoot at Chedington Court 55 BIG-DAY BAKES Discover showstopping cakes with traditional, rustic or modern designs 69 #SQUADGOALS Suppliers share top advice for dressing the bridal party 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 TIMELESS ELEGANCE Beth and Joe had a stunning wedding at Canford School 35 A VINTAGE CLASSIC Sophie and Chris’s traditional wedding featured a white, gold and pink colour scheme 41 BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Rose and Ndu’s floral-themed day at Froyle Park was full of memorable moments HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination 96 ESCAPE TO THE FOREST Sarah Gallivan discovers the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Hideaway GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches 86 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials FASHION & BEAUTY 61 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 62 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 78 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product to help you conquer all and we’ve put some of them to the test 79 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 79 35 94 62 86 85 4

The Angel Hotel is nestled in the picturesque South Downs near the Meon Valley and is definitely one of Hampshire’s hidden gems when it comes to Hotels. With its 37 Bedrooms, ease of access and multiple car parking spaces plus a spacious Restaurant, it’s long been a popular place for those in the know. We have a very exciting relaunch weekend planned for the Summer of 2022, which will be announced on our Website & our Instagram. We will at that time be proudly showcasing our fabulous new Function Facility; The Nicholson Suite. This will provide couples with a stunning space to celebrate their Wedding with a new Glass Roofed Atrium added on to our existing Barn Styled Room which will most certainly make its mark on Hampshire’s Wedding & Event Industry. With a capacity approaching 120 people, its own entrance, a purpose-built bar and more, it will be sure to provide everything needed for the Big Day. In addition to a Remodelled Bridal Suite and Beautiful Landscaped Grounds this will prove popular with Couples who are in the throes of planning their Wedding for late 2022 & 2023. We will also be planning to host Marquee Weddings in 2023 in our secluded Rear Garden Area. Be sure to visit our New Website at to register for future updates and view our Wedding Brochure. GOSPORT ROAD, PRIVETT, ALTON, HAMPSHIRE , GU34 3NN Telephone: 01730 828111 | Email: | Website

Read top expert advice to learn how to source eco-friendly jewellery. Check out how stunning this ocean-themed cake is! Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding. You might not recognise me yet, but I’m the new editor of this incredible magazine. There’s so much to love about these beautiful counties from the rural countryside, deeply rooted history, the Jurassic coast and famous landmarks – the areas are perfect for memorable weddings. I have fallen in love with both counties and I can’t wait to work with even more talented suppliers as well as newlyweds. Planning a wedding is such an exciting experience, and if I could share one piece of advice, it would be to get organised from the get-go. Make a list of everything important to you both and highlight any priorities. It’s always good to know what you want on the big day, but I recommend not just focusing on one style and ruling everything else out. Start the planning process with an open mind and make sure that you ultimately plan a wedding that symbolises you both. Remember that teamwork makes the dream work! If you’re on the hunt for local suppliers, you’re in luck because we’ve searched high and low to find trustworthy companies. In this wonderful issue, you’ll find stellar advice, top tips and inspiration to help you plan the perfect day. We’ve got you covered from beauty experts, stunning venues, florists, bakers, and more! That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor New beginnings There’s so much to love about this dream-worthy shoot inspired by the Amalfi Coast. 47 55 81 ISSN 2046-8474 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor, Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Honeymoons 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 cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 6

Beth looked stunning in an Essense of Australia satin ballgown and cathedral-length veil. If you’re looking for a fashion-forward gown, then you’re in luck because we’ve gathered the latest designs to add the wow factor to your day. I love Rose’s bouquet, which consisted of roses, forget-me-nots, greenery and rosemary. Keep up-to-date with all the latest happenings in the world of grooms. I still can’t get over how breathtaking this space is at Avington Park – just look at that ceiling! 28 41 62 21 85 The Dorset countryside served as the perfect backdrop to Sophie and Chris’s wedding. 35 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Nearlywed PRE-WEDDING CELEBRATIONS Set in the heart of the Test Valley, Michelmersh Manor Farm is launching new self-catering accommodation that’s perfect for prewedding getaways. The family-run company has coverted a 274-year-old barn into two units for guests to enjoy. The first has two en suite bedrooms and a downstairs toilet, while the other has a king-sized bed on the ground floor for those that can’t manage the stairs and a double bedroom upstairs. Both areas have fully equipped kitchens, wood-burners and cosy furniture. To create an even more fun experience, the company has provided puzzles, games, books and a leaflet of local walks available. There’s even a games room on-site with table tennis, snooker, table football and darts. Guests will love the animals on the farm with more than 300 cows, 100 sheep, chickens, guinea fowl, peacocks and horses. The venue’s owner Fran Drake says, “We hope to offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the experience of farm life at its best. The historic barn has been in a state of disrepair for such a long time, and it will be wonderful to see it come alive once more. We look forward to welcoming visitors very soon.” Other on-site accommodation includes the Bluebells, Foxglove, The Manor and two shepherd huts. Check out: BRIDAL BLISS Anya Bridal Couture is celebrating more than a decade of helping brides-to-be find their dream gown. Located in the heart of the beautiful Hampshire countryside, the bridal boutique offers clients a beautiful and private space to search through the racks. With a good variety of gowns available and an expert team who will guide brides throughout the process, the experience will be stress-free and enjoyable After opening the business more than 11 years ago, the team has worked hard to provide exceptional service. Owner Anya says, “Thank you to all our past and future brides for being a part of Anya Bridal Couture’s success over the last 11 magical years! We greatly appreciate your custom and support.” The company will be releasing a range of special offers on dresses and accessories to celebrate the occasion from June 2022. Check out: SETTING THE SCENE Nestled in the picturesque South Downs near the Meon Valley, The Angel Hotel will be relaunching this summer! The venue is one of Hampshire’s hidden gems and will provide couples with the perfect location for weddings. The team will proudly showcase the fabulous new function space, The Nicholson Suite, which can accommodate 110 people. With a new glass-roofed atrium, a private entrance and a purpose-built bar, this space will most certainly make an impression. In addition to a remodelled Bridal Suite and landscaped grounds, the venue will prove popular with couples planning their wedding for late 2022 and 2023. Check out: NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 9 LOCAL NEWS

FASHION-FORWARD Situated in Southampton, Zaneta Burnett Design is now offering dream-worthy separates for only £600. Bridal separates consist of tops with skirts, trousers or shorts, which can be incorporated into future looks, making the option more environmentally friendly. Less fitting sessions are required as there are no extreme structures or tailoring needed – perfect for those on a tight time frame. The style of attire is practical and comfortable as there would be no long trains, elaborate corsets or heavy layers. The offer includes a limited selection of beautiful bridal materials suitable for this aesthetic. The fabrics are easy to look after with no beading or lace and can be hand-washed at home. Check out: WINTER WONDERLAND Nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Sandford Springs Hotel & Golf Club has released a Winter Wedding Package for December nuptials with 70 loved ones from only £4,999. Set between Newbury and Basingstoke, the property offers a peaceful setting for all celebrations. The landscaped grounds and elegant interior provide a winning combination for memorable occasions. Guests will travel down the tree-lined driveway to the magnificent clubhouse and fall in love with the venue. With the option of mulled wine, mince pies and various festive decorations, couples will be walking through a winter wonderland on their special day. The hardworking team will work with pairs to create dream weddings and have multiple optional themed extras on top of the standard package. For more information, check out: WINNER! Located in the New Forest, Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa has taken home an award for the best Large Wedding Venue, and the team couldn’t be happier. The hotel’s wedding coordinator, Ruth Mundy, says, “We pride ourselves on our customer service here at the hotel, especially for weddings. We go above and beyond to ensure all parties are treated to an experience of only the highest standards. Our happy couples can expect respect, quality, and everlasting memories upon their visit to our luxury New Forest escape.” The property has multiple packages on offer to suit all types of weddings, which includes access to its picturesque grounds, a complimentary stay in the honeymoon suite and several dining options. The newest package, Everything But The Dress features a list of preferred suppliers and specific requirements. Check out: SAY “I DO” Located in 35 acres, the team at The Elvetham has announced that they can now hold ceremonies anywhere on the licenced property. With this exciting news, couples are looking to host wedding ceremonies in never done before locations within the grounds. The groundskeepers work hard all year maintaining the gardens, and now their work can be admired by guests even more closely. The venue offers something different for couples; whether they’re dreaming of wide-open spaces full of friends and family, intimate ceremonies under the original Victorian summerhouse or grandiose affairs in formal settings – the choices are limitless. The Victorian Gardens date back to 1880 and features original summerhouses and a sunken water feature. Sip on pimm’s during summer and warm up with mulled wine in the cooler months besides the iconic avenue of yew trees. Check out: 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA WWW.YOURHAMPSHIREDORSET.WEDDING Closing date is 5th August 2022 unless otherwise stated, terms and conditions apply. A PASSION FOR FASHION Most brides have dreamt about finding their wedding gown from a young age and are excited to start searching for the one. The experience should be stress-free and an enjoyable moment with their nearest and dearest. Real Green Dress first opened back in 2012 and has provided clients with vintage-restored dresses and accessories ever since. The ethical and eco-friendly company is based in Hampshire, and owner Erica Arnold creates stunning contemporary pieces. She says, “My clients are some of the nicest people, and I’m so lucky to have a creative job that makes so many brides happy!” We’ve teamed up with Real Green Dress to offer readers 25 per cent off veils when they purchase a dress from the company and quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before July 1st 2022 to receive this discount. Check out: Great giveaways and offers up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

For more information, please e-mail us or call 01962 857258 Winchester Cathedral is the stunning jewel in the crown of one of the most beautiful cities in England. We offer a choice of venues set within the Cathedral grounds where you can celebrate your marriage in spectacular surroundings. Looking to get married in 2022? Winchester Cathedral still have key dates available. WEDDING FLOWERS 07717 454111 From bouquets, boutonnieres and flower crowns to table centre pieces and floral arches, our vision is to turn your ideas into a floral reality! P HO T O G R A P H Y T HAT ’ S A L L A B O U T YO U www. emi l ys andova lphotography. com 07807 462 804 • he l l o@emi l ys andova lphotog raphy. com • KymDavis ANN SUMMERS PARTY AMBASSADOR HEN DO’S | COFFEE MORNINGS | LADIES NIGHTS | AND MORE 07527311415 | KYMDAVIS1997@GMAIL.COM FACEBOOK - FEISTY FOXY - ANN SUMMERS WITH KYM

LOCAL Going Discover these stunning properties in the New Forest HALE PARK 07805 504 087 | Set in the middle of an agricultural estate in a very private corner of the New Forest, couples will approach Hale Park down a long avenue of lime trees. Surrounding the house are the extensive grounds, which feature a small rose garden, topiary, maze, two ponds and many hidden areas to discover. Exchange vows in the grand Georgian Drawing Rooms, which feature high ceilings, showstopping chandeliers and views over Avon Valley. The whole area can host 120 guests or can be split into three smaller areas if desired. Alternatively, the pillared portico entrance to the front of the house is another option for ceremonies with 100 people on the lawn opposite. For religious weddings, St. Mary’s Church can accommodate around 90 people. The setting is only a short walk through the gardens and creates a stunning backdrop to photographs. Around the property, couples will discover picture-perfect spaces for civil ceremonies or celebrant-led weddings with 40 to 100 people – here they can let their imaginations run wild. For festival-style weddings, the enclosed glade through the yew trees is perfect for around 100 loved ones. Continue the celebrations with 40 to 200 people in the Drawing Rooms or marquee where the lawns are suitable for bands, dining and dancing. Behind, there’s room for catering while still leaving enough space for lawn games, bouncy castles and firepits outside. 15 REGIONAL VENUES

MACDONALD ELMERS COURT HOTEL 01590 676 011 | Located on 23 acres of spectacular grounds, Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel is a magnificent 19th-century manor house that has kept much of its original charm and character. Whether lovebirds are planning to say “I do” in stunning stately rooms or outdoors, the team offers a fantastic selection of romantic and elegant settings for ceremonies. For intimate weddings with 60 people, The Glenville is a charming space with plenty of natural lighting, while The Waterford is the perfect option for larger ceremonies with 100 loved ones. For those wanting outdoor celebrations, The Veranda is a beautiful setting with sea views for 100 guests. The venue is ideal for weddings all year round. The Queen Mary Lawn provides the perfect spot for drinks receptions in the summer months, while the Tudor-style Music Bar is cosy in the winter. The Ballroom is the spectacular centrepiece of the venue. It offers couples the most magnificent setting for sumptuous wedding breakfasts for 100 people, followed by evening celebrations with 200 nearest and dearest. The original fireplace takes centre stage, and the adjoining Music Bar provides extra seating in the evenings. We love… When couples book the venue for their special day, they’ll receive a menu tasting session to try some tasty dishes, a complimentary stay in the Honeymoon Suite on the big day, help from the dedicated wedding coordinator throughout the planning experience and a list of recommended suppliers. BALMER LAWN HOTEL & SPA 01590 625 779 | For couples looking for a romantic postcard setting, Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa is a must see space. Set back behind a cricket pitch, the venue is the perfect mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. With sun-drenched terraces and beautiful gardens, lovebirds will be spoilt for when it comes to stunning backdrops to pick from. Looking out over the lawn, the impressive building boasts a fascinating past and has been used as everything from a hunting lodge and a field hospital to an army staff college and coaching inn. As a destination hotspot for weddings, pairs can exchange vows in the garden’s oak-beamed Sylvan Pavilion. Or, why not opt for the Beaulieu Suit with 140 loved ones? Set back from the main hotel with its own entrance and facilities, the suite includes the refurbished Beaulieu Room, the Hamble with a bar and dancefloor and the Avon for extra seating. There’s access to three outdoor terrace areas as well, including the hotel gardens. In the evenings, newlyweds can party the night away with up to 220 family and friends. We love… the picturesque wedding pavilion is surrounded by forest and is the p rfect location for couples to exchange vows! 16

Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire S021 1DB 01962 779260 | | - MAGN I F ICENT HAMPSH I RE AVENUE - A beautiful riverside setting sat on the banks of the Itchen. This luxury venue, set in 150 acres of historic parkland, only offers exclusive use for your ceremony and reception, to make your day truly memorable. SAY ‘I DO’ AT MACDONALD ELMERS COURT HOTEL & RESORT Set within 23 acres of beautiful grounds, the 19th century Manor House has retained all of its original character and features. Understated elegance and a picture perfect background ensure a truly magical wedding day. For further information, contact our wedding team on 0344 879 9060 or email www. novote l . com NOVOTEL Sou t hampton 1 Wes t Quay Road Sou t hampton SO1 5 1RA t : 02380 233 1 1 3 e : h1073 - sb@acco r . com Together we’ll plan your ideal wedding web: email: @palaisdesvaches @palaisdesvachesevents PALAIS des VACHES VENUE EXBURY, NEW FOREST UN IQUE , PR I VATE , ROMANT I C, RURAL , FUN, BEAUT I FUL… THE PALA I S des VACHES I S THE VENUE THAT HAS I T ALL Hosts up to 200 inside or out; the three generous rooms flow seamlessly to offer just the right vibe for your event, whether formal or boho. The Tuscan style courtyard, fields of wild flowers and unbroken views of the Beaulieu River to the Isle of Wight offer limitless photo opportunities.

Perfectly situated in the heart of the New Forest Iconic venue with direct access to the New Forest for stunning photos Intimate Weddings of 2, to big celebrations of 140 Licensed for ceremonies & civil partnerships Indoor & outdoor ceremonies available Saltus Spa for pre-wedding pampering Winter Package from £7,500 for 60 guests Dedicated Wedding Planner Guides for Brides 5* Customer Service Award Winner 'Everything but the Dress Package' including suppliers Dates available for Spring/Summer 2023 To make an appointment & chat to our wedding team call Ruth for more information T: 01590 625779

PALAIS DES VACHES 02380 243 102 | Situated deep in the countryside, Palais des Vaches is a renovated art gallery that provides the ideal setting for weddings and events. The property is surrounded by rolling fields with views over Beaulieu River and the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Inside the venue, the walls are packed full of artwork by local artists, making the property that extra bit special and so easy to fall in love with. The carefully designed venue has three large interconnecting interior rooms, which surround an enchanting Tuscan-style courtyard and large open garden. Even though the venue doesn’t have a ceremony license, there are plenty of spaces for blessings with couples using indoor and outdoor areas as they please. The Cow Palace can accommodate approximately 120 people and features high ceilings, 100-year-old beams and magnificent artwork. Alternatively, the Goat Pen has been lovingly restored to create the perfect space for around 50 loved ones. With a window overlooking the beautiful landscape and doors leading out onto the private courtyard guarded by two grand lions, what’s not to love about this space? For smaller celebrations, The Monkey Room is perfect with comfortable sofas and chairs to allow guests to relax. The courtyard is a statement in itself with gorgeous trees, handmade tables, carved-wooden gates, parasols and beautiful sculptures dotted around the area – there’s even space to accommodate food vans and mobile bars. The north facing lawn is ideal for marquee or outdoor ceremonies with approximately 120 people. It also provides the perfect location for outdoor games or play areas. Or why not opt for the Butterfly Meadow, a picture-perfect spot with breathtaking views? Please note, no structures or dining are allowed in this area and access is limited in the evenings. We love… Palais des Vaches is offered exclusively to couples over a four-day hir – couples can relax knowing they’ll have a stress-free time on their special day. THE MORTIMER ARMS 02380 814 379 | For those searching for a chilled setting with an authentic country feel for receptions, check out The Mortimer Arms. The former Edwardian dowager house has been beautifully converted into a chic boutique hotel, while retaining a wealth of charm. Set on the edge of the New Forest, the décor is sympathetic to the rural area with pictures and paraphernalia to reflect the local countryside. The building’s original high ceilings, large sash windows and patios add character to the space and gives the interior a bright and airy feel. The outside spaces include a large lawn, front patio and garden with hanging baskets and flower beds. There’s also a stunning private courtyard with seating, trellising and a central olive tree – perfect for al fresco dining. The country-style function room can host wedding breakfasts for up to 80 guests and a further 40 for receptions with space for a dancefloor, band or DJ. The patio doors lead out to the courtyard, which is the perfect place to celebrate. We love… that couples get the best room in the house for their wedding night complete with a complimentary bottle of fizz. 19 REGIONAL VENUES

The Port House , Marina Keep , Port Solent PO6 4TH has just finished a major refurbishment which has seen the venue transformed into a beautiful waterside venue with contemporary furnishing and delicious bespoke Hampshire food and produce , the on site caterers are vanilla catering and Events. Vanilla’s key ethics are attention to customer service and the use of top quality local ingredients. These result in bright, modern, food styles, presented with attention to detail in an unfussy yet friendly manner. They are members of county food group Hampshire Fare and are thus committed to using as much locally sourced produce for their menus as possible. On booking your wedding at the Port House you are appointed with a wedding planner who will advise on everything from timings to table plans. This is a complimentary service supplied to all couples There is a fully licensed bar on site which has been manufactured from reclaimed railway sleepers making it a wonderful focal point at the venue. Parking is complimentary and plentiful. The Port House is licensed for civil ceremonies and can be hired for exclusive use for you wedding day. In its flexible, purpose designed space, it is capable of accommodating small numbers for intimate private fine-dining through to weddings for 180 guests. | 02392385389 | 01489589275

splash Fall in love with these waterside and coastal venues CHESIL HOUSE 01962 820 088 | Nestled in the heart of Winchester, Chesil House is a must-see hidden gem. Set on the banks of the River Itchen, the stunning 19th-century venue provides an idyllic setting for magical weddings. With secluded gardens, stunning riverside views and beautiful rooms, it offers a wealth of enchanting spaces for special events. Enjoy exclusive use of the intimate venue, which is licensed for both ceremonies and receptions with family and friends. Memorable views of the river and garden from every window offer a stunning backdrop throughout the day and with bi-fold doors leading to a spacious decking area, lovebirds can enjoy wedding breakfasts with an al fresco feel. The walled garden, with its sweeping lawns, colourful landscaped borders and private bridge, provides a host of standout photo opportunities and a great location for drinks receptions. With bespoke packages tailored specifically to suit different couples, the award-winning resident caterers can create a little bit of foodie heaven too. We love… the stunning views from the deck overlooking the fastflowing tributary and private walled garden. MAKING A CALBOURNE WATER MILL 01983 531 227 | Located on 30 acres of peaceful grounds, Calbourne Water Mill is the perfect wedding setting with a woodland area, undulating grass, orchards, a river and streams. Ducks plus peacocks roam freely around the property and carp can be found in the river, which runs throughout the site to the ancient water mill and wheel. The historic mill continues to work, milling flour and rolling oats for porridge and muesli sold on-site. Even though the property doesn’t have a ceremony license, the venue has three locations for wedding receptions. Surrounded by windows overlooking the picturesque grounds, the rustic barn is an old 1700s cattle barn with varnished beams, a large stone fire place and pillars. The space can match any colour scheme or theme thanks to the wooden-varnished ceiling and white stone walls. The barn can accommodate 75 loved ones, and guests will fall in love with the rustic touches. Couples can hire a marquee alongside the river or on the festival field and campsite with sea views for larger weddings. Eco houses and cottages right by the stream are perfect for on-site accommodation, with a stone Mill House nearby that’s usually reserved for wedding couples. A campsite near the plum orchard and hazelnut trees can provide additional accommodation, with on-site bell tents available for glamping. We love… that the venue is offering readers 50 per cent off accommodation for lovebirds on their special day when they quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before the end of June. 21 COASTAL AND WATERSIDE VENUES

THE ROYAL MARITIME HOTEL & CLUB 02392 824 231 | Tie the knot at this one-of-a-kind venue and immerse in the atmosphere of the maritime city. Situated in Old Portsmouth, close to the historic dockyard and Gunwharf Quays, The Royal Maritime Hotel is steeped in history and provides an original setting for weddings with a difference. With naval artefacts and memorabilia around every corner, each function room is individually decorated to reflect the club’s history. Ceremonies and receptions can occur at this venue 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, pairs can exchange vows in the Trafalgar Ballroom, the property’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 and traditional setting, while the contemporary Below Decks is the perfect place to party in the evenings with up to 100 loved ones. We love… the leisure facilities, including a swimming pool with a sauna and spa pool for relaxing. RNLI COLLEGE 01202 663 471 | Overlooking Holes Bay, the RNLI College is a bright modern venue with a fabulous waterfront setting on the edge of Poole Harbour. Licensed for ceremonies, there’s a choice of attractive rooms with bay views. The ground-floor Waterfront Suite has direct access to the sea terrace right by the water’s edge – great for post-vows drinks. With the RNLI lifeboats moored on the pontoons, it’s the perfect backdrop for standout photos. The suite can accommodate up to 150 for wedding breakfasts and an extra 50 in the evenings. For more intimate affairs, the Harbour View Suite provides a romantic setting for celebrations. Those who book the venue for their speical day will be offered a complimentary wedding-night stay in a harbour view bedroom. We love… that every £1 spent here goes towards saving lives at sea. 22

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. We are here to help make your day special. Choose from an indoor or outdoor ceremony on the terraces and enjoy your first meal as a married couple upstairs in our beautiful function room. We work with you to plan every detail – from the decorations to the menu for the wedding breakfast. We understand each wedding is unique and we cater to suit your needs. Choose BOSC for the perfect wedding venue in Hampshire BOSC, Bolley Avenue, Whitehill & Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 9HG 01420 558 086 BOSC, the perfect wedding venue in Hampshire CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL DAY AT THE UNIQUE AND PEACEFUL WATER MILL The beautiful romantic 30 acre site, nestled along the peaceful water way with an abundance of nature. Rolling green lawns, woodland and orchard, provide a relaxed atmosphere with a wealth of photo opportunities. Stream side cottages, eco houses, campsite and the main Mill House give a variety of charming accommodation. WWW.CALBOURNEWATERMILL.CO.UK Newport Road, Calbourne, Isle of Wight, PO30 4JN 01983 531 227 | Follow us @watermillweddings Special Magazine Offer 50% OFF BRIDE & GROOM ACCOMMODATION 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 71

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

THE PORT HOUSE 02392 385 389 | For couples looking for a stunning waterside location for their 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 even outside seating to allow pairs to make the most of the setting. The waterfront terrace and patio is perfect for drinks receptions or barbecues in the warmer months. 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 the “I dos” followed by sit-down meals. For larger receptions with up to 300 guests, a marquee can be attached to the side of the property. We love… that the on-site caterers, award-winning Vanilla Catering, produce bespoke meals using local Hampshire produce. All couples enjoy a complimentary pre-tasting session. AVINGTON PARK 01962 779 260 | Couples can wend their way through the wrought iron gateway, down the long avenue of lime trees to discover the historic Avington Park. Beautiful inside and out with two conservatories flanking a pillared orangery, the venue dates back to the 10th-century and has a wonderfully grand feel to the interior. Lovebirds will be spoilt for choice with the number of photographic backdrops to explore. Surrounded by 150 acres of parkland, the beautifully kept grounds include two resident peacocks and lush lawns bordering the River Itchen, providing a picturesque scene all year round. Inside the property is a wealth of wow-factor rooms. Couples can exchange vows in The Versailles Ballroom, a stunning space full of grandeur with a magnificently painted ceiling, gold plasterwork and huge mirrors. The space provides a romantic backdrop for ceremonies with up to 110 guests and has an amazing outlook across the park. Or, why not say “I do” anywhere on the stunning grounds? In the summer months, lovebirds can have drinks receptions on the front lawn overlooking the lake and the river, while the King Charles Hall is ideal for the cooler months. Continue the celebrations in The Orangery, the perfect location for wedding breakfasts with 200 people. Guests can dance the night away in The Library and create unforgettable memories. We love… the living walls in the orangery, which brings the outside in with fragrant jasmine vines, lemon and orange trees. 25 COASTAL AND WATERSIDE VENUES

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elegance Beth and Joe had an stunning wedding at Canford School Images court sy of Liza Edgington Photography TIMELESS 28

Online dating has become extremely popular over the last few years, and happened to be where Beth and Joe first met. On their first date, the pair headed to a gin bar to get to know each other more. Beth comments, “We both felt so relaxed in each other’s company – we just clicked! We would do and say certain things simultaneously; we really are the male and female version of each other.” The lovebirds were on holiday in Dubai when Joe proposed. While enjoying cocktails at Burj Al Arab, which held many sentimental memories for Beth, she ordered a Genie in a Bottle cocktail which came with three wishes. She says, “The waitress brought over a treasure chest, which I thought was snacks, until she slowly opened it. Inside was the ring, and Joe dropped to one knee.” The whole thing was captured on camera to show their friends and family back home. SETTING THE SCENE Beth had been dreaming about her wedding for years and already had an idea of what she wanted, luckily Joe was on board with most of it. Canford School was the first venue the couple visited and, although they’d looked at others, the pair knew it was the one. Beth comments, “We fell in love with the grounds, dramatic staircase, high ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and a fairytale fell.” To match the grandness of the venue, the couple wanted a formal meal. After a tasting session, they settled on truffle parsnip soup to start, mignon of beef fillet or a mushroom shallot with leek and chestnut strudel for main and a trio of miniature desserts. They also had canapés with sausage and mash tarts, burgers and bruschetta. Wood-fired pizzas were served in the evening to keep guests from going hungry, which was a big hit with loved ones. The couple had a three-tiered cake with pink champagne, lemon and elderflower and cookies and cream flavours. Beth says, “A company let us down last minute, and Victoria Carroll Custom Cakes really came to our rescue. The team created a classic design with white roses and green leaves to match my bouquet. We finished it off with our gold mirrored Mr & Mrs Rolfe cake topper. Favours on the day consisted of personalised cookies with a mini black ribbon to fit in with the black-tie theme. Each table had wooden place names to help guests find their seats. In the centre of each table was a large martini glass vase filled with gypsophila to match the bridesmaids’ flowers. There was also ornate gold frames for the table numbers, which matched the table plan, order-of-the-day and welcome sign. As the venue was full of character, the pair didn’t want to take away from the beautiful spaces and kept the décor simple. There was a pretty flower wall with a neon sign, which provided the perfect backdrop for photos while keeping with the day’s overall theme. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

LOOKING THE PART Every bride dreams about finding the perfect wedding dress, and Beth always knew she wanted a timeless gown. She picked an Essense of Australia classic satin ballgown with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a cathedral-length veil. She says, “I felt like a princess and knew I wouldn’t get a chance to wear anything like it again. Plus, I don’t think anyone expected me to wear something like it!” For her something old, Beth had a wedding bells charm that belonged to her nan sewn into a blue garter to add a special touch. Beth adds, “My mum helped me get into my dress as I wanted a first reveal photo with my bridesmaids, they hadn’t seen the gown in person due to Covid-19 regulations. Seeing their reactions was really special and made me so excited for Joe’s!” The groom and groomsmen all wore tuxedos, but Joe had a waistcoat while the others had cummerbunds to allow him to stand out. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in black multiway dresses to match the colour scheme. Beth comments, “We loved the contrast of the black with their white bouquets.” TIME TO CELEBRATE To keep guests entertained, the couple hired a string quartet to play during the day, including as guests arrived and throughout the ceremony. The couple received many comments about how incredible the company was. Beth says, “The songs were so romantic! I always find that live music is so powerful and makes events even more emotional.” Throughout the drinks reception, a magician kept guests occupied and it was definitely a crowd pleaser. To get the party going in the evening, the couple had a DJ and a saxophonist to keep the atmosphere flowing and get guests on the dancefloor. MEMORABLE MOMENTS The whole day was full of many emotions for the couple, but seeing each other for the first time was a moment that will always stand out to them both. The bride says, “I wasn’t sure whether I would get emotional when I walked down the aisle. My brother, who was giving me away, almost made me lose it when I saw his chin going before the ceremony.” She continues, “As soon as those doors opened, me and Joe were both beaming.” Joe he had a lump in his throat when the music started, but he physically relaxed as soon as he saw his bride and couldn’t stop smiling. Another memorable moment on the day was the speeches. The mother-ofthe-bride, best man and the groom all did fantastic jobs and had everyone laughing and crying. The weather on the day had gone from blue skies to heavy wind and rain, but that didn’t stop the pair’s photographer from capturing stunning photos. Beth adds, “The images turned out so stunning; it’s a beautiful venue and one of the reasons we chose it was because it would work for both sun and rain.” The couple’s wedding coordinator at Canford School, was amazing. Beth says, “We couldn’t have done it without Olivia; she went above and beyond on the day and make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.” She continues, “I must say that all of our suppliers were fantastic, and we’re so grateful for their expertise and guidance in the whole wedding process. Credit to our photographer and videographers for doing everything they could to get the best shots in the worst weather conditions!” HONEYMOON Unfortunately, a day before the pair were due to go on their dream honeymoon to the Maldives, Beth tested positive for Covid-19. She says, “That was a tough pill to swallow, but just a few weeks later we got the shock of our lives when we found out we were pregnant and had baby on the way!” 30

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