Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 96)

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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 78 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 89 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in Portsmouth 21 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Magical venues that are perfect for winter weddings On the cover This issue’s cover has been taken from the styled shoot on page 47, which was captured by Emma Winters Photography. Check out: 71 21 FEATURES 47 WAVES OF LOVE The charming coastline provided the perfect backdrop to this rustic and chic shoot 53 DIAMOND OF THE SEASON Check out this Bridgerton-inspired shoot at Merley House 57 LOVE AT FIRST BITE The complete guide to wedding catering 71 LOOKING YOUR BEST Local professionals solve fashion and beauty concerns to get you big-day ready 86 CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS We’ve put together the ultimate guide to pets at weddings to help you create the perfect day 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 RUSTIC ROMANCE Sophie and Steve’s wedding took place at The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House 35 MY PRECIOUS Charlotte and Ben’s rustic-style wedding had a Lord of the Rings theme 41 COUNTRYSIDE CHIC Nicky and Rich’s boho-styled wedding featured festival touches HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 94 THE PERFECT GETAWAY We’ve rounded up some of the best mini-moon destinations in Europe 97 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the Coppa Club collection of hotels and restaurants GROOMS 83 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 84 MIDNIGHT MAGIC With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products FASHION & BEAUTY 63 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 64 BRIGHT AND BOLD Bridesmaids will love the colourful dresses and accessories in store this season 66 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 68 THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR Find your way to wedding wellness by managing that sweet tooth with help from expert nutritionists 64 41 92 84 90 35 4

Wonder House Group, a newly formed collection of one-of-a-kind historical houses, has announced the opening of The Bugle, a landmark building on Southampton’s Bugle Street, renowned as one of the city’s most important addresses. Starting off 2023 with this exciting opening, this is the first of three venues to open over the coming years, with the delightful Dunford House in West Sussex to follow. STEP INSIDE The Bugle is a picturesque townhouse venue overlooking Southampton’s Royal Pier, available as a location for photo shoots and unique homestays as well as events. The building was built and designed in 1846 by local architect Thomas Sandon Hack and initially used as a private members club. The Grade II-listed Italianate features of The Bugle have resulted in it being regarded as the most beautiful Victorian building in the city, retaining many of its original features today. BE OUR GUEST The most unique aspect of The Bugle is the freedom the venue allows its guests. The house is a blank canvas that can be fully customised for any event – from intimate cocktail parties to glorious wedding celebrations and corporate get togethers. When hiring The Bugle, guests are given the keys to the house where they can decorate the venue in their own style, select a caterer that suits them and literally have the run of the house. WEDDINGS, EVENTS AND HOME STAYS, OH MY! The five-storey townhouse accommodates celebrations up to 104 guests seated with further capacity for standing events and provides customers with the use of three event spaces, eight unique bedrooms, a completely equipped kitchen and a fully stocked late-night basement bar. For home stays, the house sleeps 16 guests across the eight rooms, along with access to the whole house with the set up able to be completely unique for every stay, dependent on requirements. Guests can also explore the rest Southampton, or even take a short trip to visit the Isle of Wight. THE FINER DETAILS When hiring this venue prices start from £2,500, which includes: exclusive hire of venue and grounds, 24-hour security, full bar service and glassware, advice on catering and suppliers, trestle tables and chairs to seat 120. Contact: 0333 242 2171 | @thebuglehouse The Bugle – A WONDER OF THE SOLENT Imy O’Connor, @mettuuweddings Imy O’Connor, @mettuuweddings ADVERTORIAL 5

How stunning is this elegant cake created by Mon Bel Amour? It worked perfectly in the Bridgerton-inspired shoot at Merley House. Hello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding! As we welcome 2023, there are no January blues here as I’m excited to see what this following year will bring. One thing is for sure, more showstopping nuptials! I can’t wait to see weddings feature Pantone’s colour of the year, viva magenta. The shade will undoubtedly impact the wedding industry thanks to its powerful and empowering hue. Congratulations if you’ve got engaged over the festive period! If I could share one piece of advice for wedding planning, it would be to ensure the day reflects you both and don’t get sidetracked by trying to please others. This should be a fun experience where you find a colour scheme and theme you both love before searching for talented companies who can bring your vision to life. There’s a reason traditional weddings have been popular for decades. The classic styling, grand venues and traditional attire will always create elegant nuptials year-round. But expect to see more couples breaking away from tradition in 2023 and pushing the boundaries to create their dream day. If you don’t know where to start with wedding planning, you’re in luck as we’ve been busy sourcing the very best local suppliers to provide top inspiration. Expect to see talented florists, photographers, bakers, videographers, venue stylists and more. We’ve gathered caterers to help us create the ultimate guide to wedding catering with everything from canapés, traditional wedding breakfasts, barbecues, food trucks and mobile bars – you’ll find something to match your special day and keep loved ones from going hungry. We also have a feature dedicated to helping brides-to-be look and feel their best. Here you’ll find make-up artists, hairstylists, bridal boutiques and jewellers. That’s all from me! I hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as I‘ve loved putting it together. Here’s to another year of fabulous weddings! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Happy New Year! The Georgian Drawing Rooms at Hale Park provide the perfect backdrop to ceremonies and memorable photographs. 21 53 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 Cullen | Senior Editor, Grooms and Honeymoons Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Stephanie Hodder Vicky O’Connor Artwork & Content Coordinator 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 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 28 Bride Sophie wore a beautiful leather jacket on her wedding day to keep warm in the evening. 6

There were smiles all around at Charlotte and Ben’s rustic wedding, which was full of beautiful touches. I love this shot of Nicky and her best girls! The bridesmaids wore stunning multiway dresses, which could be styled to ensure everyone was comfortable and looking their best. Looking to include your four-legged friend on the big day? Our ultimate guide to pets at wedding will make the process straightforward and stress free. Molecular Magic Creative Catering Ltd creates showstopping dishes that are sure to add the wow factor to events. 35 86 57 The Bunch Club did a fantastic job when creating these stunning blooms for a coastal shoot in Dorset. 47 41 13 Psst, save 10 per cent off your wedding hair and makeup with Makeovers by Melinda. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Nearlywed PICTURE-PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHY Located in Gosport, Robbie Khan Photography is currently offering a free behind-the-scenes video compilation for full-day bookings. With more than 10 years of experience, owner Robbie Khan has photographed all around the world from freezing temperatures in Lapland to hot summers in Pakistan and Canada! By working solo or as a duo when requested, the photographer works hard to capture stunning images for couples to treasure for years to come. Robbie says, “What I enjoy most is how all weddings follow the same format but are unique with different venues, faces, activities and photographic opportunities. Each wedding is a way to enhance my skills and allows me to capture some great photos along the way!” Check out: SETTING THE SCENE Join the Royal Bath Hotel Weddings for a glass of bubbles at the venue’s Open Wedding Showcase on Sunday 12th February 2023, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Located in Bournemouth, the venue is the perfect setting for traditional-style weddings and offers showstopping views of the surrounding award-winning beaches. The wedding showcase is the perfect opportunity to see the venue in person and meet the expert team who will answer any questions or concerns. Fall in love with the beautiful Secret Garden, which offers a private setting for weddings behind the trees and shrubs. For those after private consultations, please call the dedicated team on 01202 204 921. Check out: the-royal-bath-hotel-bournemouth NEW VENUE ALERT! The team at The Wonder House Group has opened their first venue, The Bugle. Located overlooking Southampton’s Royal Pier, the stunning venue offers the ideal setting for events and getaways. With breathtaking surroundings, old-world elegance and modern touches, what location could be better for weddings? With space to accommodate 104 loved ones with more capacity for standing guests, the five-storey townhouse has three event spaces, eight bedrooms and a fully stocked late-night basement bar. Venue hire prices start from £2,500 and includes exclusive hire, 24-hour security, a full bar service, flexibility on catering and suppliers as well as trestle tables and chairs. Check out: NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties 9 LOCAL NEWS

THE PERFECT SETTING Pop along to The Casa Hotel’s free Winter Wedding Fayre on Sunday 26th February 2023, and discover the charming venue hidden amongst the trees on Handford Lane in Yateley. The fayre will begin at 11:30 am and finish at 3:00 pm – there’s no need to book an appointment. Enjoy complimentary prosecco and canapés while exploring the property and meet with a selection of Hampshire’s award-winning suppliers. What’s more, couples will also receive special supplier discounts and receive a goodie bag. The Casa Hotel is a 17th-century property offering the dream wedding setting. The brick exterior is covered in climbing plants and the homely interior has been decorated to match different colour schemes. For more information, contact the venue’s wedding specialist Jasmine, via or call on 01252 873 275. Check out the venue: DRESSED TO IMPRESS Real Green Dress is launching a range of take away wedding dresses for brides on a budget in February 2023, and the team are so excited! Priced from £195, these restored vintage and original contemporary dresses are perfect for those looking for eco-friendly options for their big day. The sizes run primarily from a modern 8 to 12, but larger sizes are available occasionally – it’s always worth checking with owner Erica Arnold about the current stock. The ethical bridal retailer opened in 2012 and has provided clients with vintage-restored dresses and accessories ever since. Erica says, “My clients are some of the nicest people, and I’m so lucky to have a creative job that makes so many people happy!” Discover more about the company: FINISHING TOUCHES RNLI College’s new range of charity wedding favours is a meaningful and ethical way for couples to thank guests for the love and support on their special day. Overlooking Holes Bay, the RNLI College is a bright and modern venue with a fabulous waterfront setting on the edge of Poole Harbour. The venue is perfect for weddings, with licensed spaces for ceremonies and stunning reception areas. With the charity wedding favours, couples will not only give guests a memento of their day, but those the venue rescue the chance to say “I do” one day. Shop on the venue’s website to find some ideas for wedding favours and gifts that goes towards helping save lives at sea and keep families together. From pins, keyrings, sweets and stationery – there’s something for all weddings. Check out: THE ULTIMATE MAKEOVER The Anchorage, part of the Metropolitan Pub Company, has opened its doors to offer the ideal setting for guests to indulge in seafood favourites and British classics after a full refurbishment. Situated in Poole, the former Loch Fyne site has been given a complete makeover inside and out to create the perfect setting for visitors. The new site looks fantastic with a floor dining area, terrace seating and six hotel rooms. Ideally located just a short distance from the seafront and with an extensive menu full of tasty dishes created using the finest British produce, the venue offers the perfect pre-wedding getaway destination. Check out: 10

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R PA L E T T E A I N N E U T R A L S E CON D A R Y P R I MA R Y L OGO P L U S TAG R K S O L I D S U B MA R K H E A R T B R A N D I CON B R E A K S A 9 C 4 # B 9 C 9 C 3 # F C F 6 FA E U C A LY P T U S A C WA R M WH I T E “Everyone loved my hair and make-up. I’ve never had so many compliments in my life! I felt like a million dollars thanks to you!” Melinda’s speciality is natural or naturally glammake-up and soft romantic hairstyles to suit each unique Bride. Melinda uses her 22 years of experience to help you feel confident and beautiful inside and out on your wedding day so your radiance also shines through in your photos which will provide lasting memories of your wedding day. Melinda offers Free Consultations at her home based Makeover Studio in Hedge End or via zoom and travels within Hampshire to your venue on the day to help get you ready. Melinda also offers select Beauty Treatments to help you prepare for the ‘big day’ and has a Wellbeing side to her business too, teaching ladies how to use essential oils for better sleep, emotional support and anxious feelings and many other issues. Tel: 07769 658395 Email: Makeovers by Melinda Bespoke Cakes for all Occasions Wedding Cakes - Birthday Cakes - Christening Cakes Cupcakes - Afternoon Tea’s - Cake Hampers Follow me on Naked Wedding Cakes School Road, Fawley, Southampton, SO45 1EA Hampshire and Dorset’s largest stockist of Mother of the Bride and Groom. We are an award winning Boutique who was also chosen by Gok Wan as his make over partner for Hampshire. With over 1000 dresses in store to take away with you on the day and not forgetting co-coordinating hats and fascinators. SALE NOW ON! To make way for new summer stock we are having a huge sale with many outfits only £99 throughout the month of January only. Please contact us for your 1-1 appointment with one of our friendly knowledgeable style experts. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 10-3pm Closed Wed & Sun Please email or phone 02380 894500 Mother of the Bride & Groom at A great dress doesn’t happen by accident, It happens with an appointment at Charisma

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURHAMPSHIREDORSET.WEDDING LOOKINGYOUR BEST Based in Southampton, Makeovers by Melinda has been helping brides-to-be feel confident and beautiful on their special day for more than 22 years. Owner Melinda Hollis has been working hard to provide an outstanding service to make all her clients feel amazing. She loves to create romantic hairstyles, and beautiful make-up looks that highlight each person’s natural features. Free bridal consultations take place in Melinda’s home-based studio in Hedge End or via zoom. She’ll talk clients through the experience and answer any questions or concerns. We’ve teamed up with the supplier to offer readers 10 per cent off the company’s services for weddings in 2023, when brides quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before February 28th 2023. Melinda has a wellbeing side to her business where she teaches clients how to use essential oils for better sleep, less stress and to calm anxious feelings. She will also be offering a free wellbeing consultation with every booking. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

We are here to help create the Wedding of your dreams. We offer two unique and exceptionally distinct venues that are available exclusively. Our venues are filled with character and striking surroundings proposing some of the finest views in Portsmouth. Our kitchen brigade has developed bespoke menus and delicious cuisine that is locally sourced and elegantly presented. Our Boathouse 4 Restaurant is situated on the South Coast complete with stunning harbour views and boasting an historical focal point and backdrop of HMS Warrior. Our venue offers its own private bar and lounge area which can be enjoyed as part of your Wedding celebration. Our Boathouse 7 venue is a restored historic boathouse. Your guests will love the experience of celebrating on dry land as the water of the harbour laps beneath. Whitewashed walls and triple height exposed timber ceilings bring a rustic edge to this exceptional events space. Boathouse 7 is perfect for large receptions and weddings. at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Weddings done beautifully dockyard_venues To enquire about hosting your Wedding celebration with us please contact our Events Manager with your initial enquiry: e: t: 02392 731552 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard | Victory Gate | HM Naval Base | Portsmouth | PO1 3LJ

Going local Fall in love with these stunning properties in and around Portsmouth THE ALVERBANK HOTEL 02392 510 005 | Nestled amongst the beautiful fauna of Stanley Park, The Alverbank Hotel is a seaside boutique venue with views across to the Isle of Wight. Built in 1842, the Grade II listed venue has seen its fair share of happy moments and has a rich history. The stunning views all year round provide a sense of serenity and creates the perfect backdrop to images. The venue’s interior provides warmth and a calming atmosphere, especially during the winter months thanks to the log fires. With beautiful spaces on offer, couples are sure to have dream-worthy weddings to cherish for years to come. Exchange vows in the Banqueting Hall or Seaview Garden with theatre-style seating for 120 people. For more intimate gatherings, the Seaview Dining Room can host up to 35 loved ones for both the vows and receptions. Alternatively, continue the celebrations in the Banqueting Hall with 120 seated guests and 200 in the evenings. The large space has an extra bar area and offers the ideal location to dance the night away. Lastly, The Scullery is used as a private dining room for up to 20 guests. With seven bedrooms exclusively available to couples and their guests, including a stunning bridal suite with a roll-top bath overlooking the sea, pairs can rest their heads after a full day of celebrations We love… that the experienced events team will be on hand to ensure all weddings are memorable with plenty of special touches. 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE ROYAL MARITIME HOTEL 02392 982 182 | 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 pool for relaxing. 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 16

The Alverbank Hotel is a stunning seaside boutique hotel with views across to the Isle of Wight and nestled amongst the beautiful fauna of Stanley Park. Built in 1842 it has seen its fair share of happy moments and has a rich & royal history. The Grade II* listed, licensed building lends itself to celebrating special occasions. The sea views all year round, provide a beautiful sense of serenity & the interior of the hotel gives a feeling of warmth & happiness, especially during winter with log-fires throughout. The Alverbank Hotel Stokes Bay Road Alverstoke Hampshire PO12 2QT 02392 510005

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

SOLENT HOTEL & SPA Close to Hampshire’s cities, coast and countryside; this four-star Hotel near Portsmouth offers something to suit a whole host of needs. With modern facilities, a choice of spaces for weddings and outdoor grounds, it’s the perfect base for couples planning an extended celebration. There’s an elegant reception room complete with a gallery and open fire places as well as contemporary suites, an al fresco terrace and bar area. Check out: HOLIDAY INN PORTSMOUTH This modern Hotel offers a variety of versatile spaces to create dream nuptials, from intimate affairs to grand and lavish weddings with exclusive use of the property. Conveniently located on the outskirts of the town centre, close to picturesque Old Portsmouth, the surrounding area provides a host of great photo opportunities. Check out: HMS WARRIOR For weddings to remember, HMS Warrior stands out from the crowd. Steeped in history, the magnificent ship is sure to wow loved ones with its original charm, character and Victorian workmanship. As Britain’s first iron-hulled battleship, it offers an array of fascinating wedding spaces and standout photo opportunities. Guests can walk the decks at their leisure while soaking up the atmosphere. Check out: Also check out... SPINNAKER TOWER Located in Portsmouth, Spinnaker Tower is the perfect setting for exquisite ceremonies and exclusive receptions. The stunning views of the south coast create an idyllic backdrop for romantic weddings and photographs. Located at 105 metres, View Deck 2 offers breathtaking panoramic views stretching up to 23 miles. Check out: LOCAL VENUES 19

'The Most Iconic Venue in the Forest' Luxury 4* Country House with direct access to the New Forest for stunning photos Intimate Weddings of 2, to big celebrations of 140 Indoor & outdoor ceremonies available Saltus Spa for pre-wedding pampering Packages from £8,500 for 60 guests Dedicated Wedding Planner Guides for Brides 5* Customer Service Award Winner 'Everything but the Dress Package' including local suppliers Dates available for Spring/Summer 2023 To make an appointment & chat to our wedding team call Ruth for more information T: 01590 625779 E:

BABY IT’S cold outside Magical venues that are perfect for winter weddings WARBROOK HOUSE 01189 732 174 | As couples reach the end of the tree-lined driveway, they’ll fall in love with Warbrook House and its stunning surroundings. The magnificent Grade I listed mansion is set on 121 acres of Grade II listed gardens, complete with a Versailles-style canal that provides the perfect backdrop to photographs. Licensed for indoor and outdoor ceremonies with the option to hire the venue exclusively, couples are sure to create their dream day. Exchange vows alongside 120 people in The Stapleton James Suite, which boasts neutral décor to suit all colour schemes and themes. The beautiful chandeliers add a touch of glamour, while the white chiffon ceiling drapes and fairylights create a magical atmosphere. Or why not opt for The Drawing Room, which can host up to 60 loved ones? The area’s perfect for celebrations with an inviting environment, lots of natural daylight, views of the canal and direct access to the outside garden. For more intimate ceremonies, The Canal View offers a stunning setting for 50 people. Located outside of the beautiful mansion, The Summer Pavilion has a capacity of 120 people and provides the ideal space to say “I do” surrounded by stunning gardens and historic trees. Wedding breakfasts with 120 people are held in The Stapleton James, which offers flexible floor plan options due to its generous size. The room is fully air-conditioned to help guests remain comfortable and is closely situated to the main bar. Continue the celebrations in The Lounge with 150 guests. The well-situated space can accommodate entertainment to help keep guests in one place. After dancing the night away, loved ones can retreat to the 70 on-site bedrooms instead of worrying about travelling home. Couples who book the venue for their wedding will be offered a complimentary menu-tasting session and a night’s stay in the honeymoon suit. 21 WINTER WONDERLAND

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 spaces 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 to create their dream day. For festivalstyle 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 fire pits outside. 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. The stunning views from the deck overlooking the fast-flowing tributary and private garden will wow guests. 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 loved ones. 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 landscape 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. 22

For more information or a tour, please call 01962 820088 Chesil House, 4 Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 0HU | Nestled in the heart of Winchester, Chesil House offers exclusive use, panoramic views of the secluded gardens and stunning river scene. With the perfect blend of historic and modern features Chesil House is an enchanting setting for both your ceremony and wedding reception. The River View Room with its bi-fold doors leading to a spacious deck offers uninterrupted river views, and an alfresco feel for your wedding.

A magni cent Grade I listed Mansion set in 121 acres of Grade II listed gardens and beautiful woodland, complete with its very own Versailles style canal – a perfect and unique photo oppourtunity! We o er private hire of our Mansion House which features the original 1724 staircase and our selection of banquet rooms set the perfect romantic tone for your day. We can also o er accommodation for the night of your wedding, with up to 70 on-site bedrooms. Seating 120 guests for a Civil Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast, with exibility to invite additional guests for your evening reception. For further details on how we can bring your dream wedding to life, please contact us by emailing, or by calling 01889 732 174 Weddings at... 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 HIGHFIELD PARK HAMPSHIRE Let us help create your Happy Ever After Join us for our Wedding Open Day on Sunday 22nd January 2023 or visit our Wedding Fayre on Sunday 5th March 2023 Contact the team to talk all things LOVE on 01189 326369 or email

SANDFORD SPRINGS HOTEL & GOLF CLUB 01635 296 800 | Set among the beautiful rolling hills of Watership Down in Hampshire, Sandford Springs offers the perfect setting for weddings with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The scene is set from the moment couples drive down the treelined driveway to the magnificent clubhouse. Its elegant interior and landscaped grounds provide a winning combination and a romantic setting for memorable occasions. Ceremonies can take place in The Clockhouse Suite with 100 people. The space offers plenty of natural lighting, views of the 27-hole golf course and boasts traditional oak beams. Continue the celebrations in The Sandford Lounge & Garden suite with 140 loved ones. The setting ensures all guests have wow-factor evenings thanks to the stunning views, bespoke dancefloor and private bar. When couples book the venue’s package, they’ll be offered a menu-tasting session to sample the whole menu and view how the chefs present the dishes. They’ll also enjoy their first night as newlyweds in the luxury suite HIGHFIELD PARK 01189 326 369 | Highfield Park is located on 35 acres of Hampshire’s unspoilt parklands and provides the perfect backdrop to weddings. As couples travel down the tree-lined driveway and catch their first glimpse of the elegant 17th-century mansion, they’ll know they’ve arrived somewhere special. For intimate weddings, exchange vows in the Stratfield surrounded by 22 loved ones. The room has traditional period features that create the perfect setting for cosy celebrations. Or ceremonies can occur in the Wellington with 86 loved ones, a traditional space rich in period features with an ornate fire place and chandelier. The room is filled with natural lighting thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grounds. Alternatively, the Rotherwick is an elegant room with a sky lantern and contemporary features for 140 people to enjoy. For outdoor weddings, say “I do” in the Folly under the beautiful ornate structure made of stone, or the Pavilion is a picture-perfect location – both areas are located in the landscaped gardens and can host an unlimited amount of guests. Lastly, the Chamberlain boasts natural daylight and French doors that lead directly onto the terrace. Couples can utilise the space for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts with 140 guests or 250 in the evenings. WINTER WONDERLAND 25

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After Sophie moved to North Dorset in 2015, her friend introduced her to Steve on a night out. After messaging via social media for a few months, they finally had their first date on Christmas Eve. Sophie thought Steve was charming, generous and patient – it was no surprise when they started dating. Steve proposed in front of the Christmas tree at home three years later, which was perfect timing as Sophie loves the festive season and it was their third anniversary! SETTING THE SCENE From day one of planning the wedding, the couple fell in love with the rustic spaces at The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House. The team allowed the couple to decorate the spaces as they pleased, and make the most of the lawn area with games. The woodland provided an incredible backdrop to couple shots, and the wooden door in the heart of the woods is something out of a fairytale! A Campervan called Lily transported Sophie and her two bridesmaids on the wedding day. The couple has used the Campervan twice; the first time was when they legally tied the knot at their local church in 2021. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the couple only had 15 guests and decided to plan another wedding with all their loved ones the following year. The couple were lucky enough to win their wedding favours in a competition hosted by BLOOM Gin, which was dedicated to couples whose wedding plans were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Each guest received a miniature bottle of the company’s gin. To highlight their love of gin even more, the pair also used a wooden ladder to display gin bottles for their table plan. The bride used parcel labels and vellum around the neck of the bottles to show where each guest was sitting. There were also bottles in the windows to represent loved ones no longer here; Harrison gin was dedicated to Sophie’s late Grandpa. For the centrepieces, the couple used gin bottles on mirror plates with fairylights inside and flowers in recycled jars decorated with twine, hessian, wooden hearts and ribbon to emphasise the rustic theme. The bride says, “It was satisfying to see all the little details coming together on the day, from the menus to the unplugged ceremony chalkboard – all our efforts paid off in the end.” Outside, the bride wrapped twine around the trees and hung photos of the couple over the years using wooden pegs. Dried flowers were featured throughout the day with pampas grass, poppy heads and bunny tails. A stunning garland made by Pamplemousse Dorset was draped on top of the welcoming sign, and there was also a garland for the top table made by Olive and the Bumblebee while the bride’s bouquet came from MUD Urban Flowers. The couple’s two-tiered cake was made by a friend called Mike who has a lifelong love for baking. The bottom tier was chocolate Guinness flavoured, while the top tier was lemon and elderflower. The bake was covered in cream cheese frosting and was decorated with dried flowers. There were two small cat figurines dedicated to the pair’s furry friends, Benji and Luci, which sat on either side of the cake on the cake swing provided by the venue. The couple chose Victoria O’Brien for their catering needs; she provided a gorgeous roast chicken supreme with all the trimmings. Her cauliflower cheese was a huge hit as were the pigs in blankets! Victoria’s famous and incredible Biscoff cheesecake followed for dessert. For the evening, Victoria 29 REAL WEDDINGS

displayed a beautiful grazing table packed with meats, cheeses and other delicious snacks. LOOKING THE PART With a fondness for Disney, Sophie picked a gown with Cinderella vibes and added tulle sleeves for the perfect finishing touch. She wore a cathedral-length veil embroidered with Roman numerals by Tessa’s Tiaras. The pair’s original wedding date, the legal ceremony date and the long-awaited big day was added at the bottom of the veil. Steve wore a Ted Baker navy suit with a swordfishes lining. He stood out from the groomsmen, who wore dark navy suits, by wearing an ivory tie and a large buttonhole. The bridesmaids looked beautiful in pale pink dresses that matched the colour scheme perfectly. TIME TO CELEBRATE To keep guests entertained, the couple hired Big Brass SKA. Sophie says, “Everyone was up on their feet dancing the night away to hits by Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners and so much more. The venue’s team said it was the most packed dancefloor they’d ever had.” A big hit with loved ones was the photo booth provided by Pikabooth, which came with high-quality props and provided great fun for all ages. The adult bouncy castle created many photographic opportunities and allowed guests to let their hair down and have extra fun. MEMORABLE MOMENTS The pair couldn’t have been more grateful to finally celebrate with loved ones after postponing their day. The bride says, “With Covid-19 restrictions, it felt like we were never going to get the big day we deserved. We both felt a huge sense of relief that the day finally came, we appreciated every moment even more after waiting so long.” With help from Olivia Coleman Celebrant, the couple created a tailor-made ceremony full of personal touches. They’ll always treasure the moment they shared their vows, which were full of meaningful and heart-warming words. A reading from Winnie-the-Pooh was read by a loved one and had the bride in tears – it was such a special moment. The best man’s speech was 20 minutes long and was hysterical; some said it was the best speech they’d ever heard. Another funny moment was when Steve brought a bib for the wedding breakfast because he knew Sophie would spill food down herself! HONEYMOON The lovebirds went to Cancún in Mexico for 14 nights, which was pure bliss! Sophie says, “We did some amazing excursions such as Xcaret Park and visited one of the new seven wonders of the world – Chichen Itza. We relaxed by the pool, drank cocktails and enjoyed plenty of food as our resort had several speciality restaurants. 30

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PRECIOUS My Charlotte and Ben’s rustic-styled wedding had a Lord of the Rings theme Images courtesy of Emma Moore Photography Charlotte and Ben met on a dating app, and their sense of humour first attracted them to each other. The bride’s strapline was ‘looking for a gladiator’, and Ben’s opening line was ‘will a spartan do?’ It’s safe to say they were the perfect match and ended up dating. In 2019, Ben proposed during a weekend away to Ilfracombe with their dog Max. On the last night of the trip, they had a lovely shellfish dinner before taking a stroll along the pier during a gorgeous sunset. Charlotte says, “It’s funny because I thought this would be a perfect time for Ben to propose, but there’s no way he’d be that organised.” She continues, “But then Ben set his camera on the floor to take a video, which I thought was strange as I normally take the pictures. He started to look at me and gigged, by which point I knew what was coming.” Ben recited a few lines from the Lord of the Rings, Charlotte’s favourite film, and proposed with a replica of the Evenstar necklace as a placeholder ring until they picked one together. Here Charlotte shares details about their special day… 35 REAL WEDDINGS