Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - March/April 2023 (Issue 97)

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WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR T: +44 (0)1252 555 892 E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS SARAH HOYLE PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK A SHOW ROUND With its sleek contours inspired by the shape of a propeller, Aviator sets the scene for a statement occasion. Located on the Hampshire and Surrey border overlooking the private Farnborough Airport, Aviator is one of Hampshire’s most unique hotels. With 169 contemporary bedrooms and suites, a dedicated events lobby, extensive dining and refreshment options, four diverse spaces ready to welcome your style and personality, and an experienced team ready to guide you through, we’re here for you to make celebrating love straightforward. EXCLUSIVE OFFER Half Price Ceremony Room Hire Valid until 30th April 2023 Minimum spend applies. Terms & conditions apply. Dates subject to availability. Everything was absolutely perfect, the food, the atmosphere and the organisation were all fantastic. We loved the design of the hotel and it was clear that no other venue could compare! Thank you again to Aviator! “ “ ALEX TOZE ALEX TOZE

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 91 COMPETITION Win a four-night break in Tuscany CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2023 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in and around Southampton 22 RUSTIC ROMANCE Beautiful wedding barns and al fresco settings from around the counties On the cover This issue’s cover has been taken from the styled shoot on page 47, which was captured by Hollyhock Photography ( and organised by Nya Rue Events ( 53 22 FEATURES 47 BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL This al fresco shoot is bursting full of inspiration 53 DARK AND DRAMATIC Local suppliers came together to create this stunning shoot 59 FRESHLY PICKED IDEAS Discover blooming marvellous ways to incorporate flowers throughout your wedding 81 FINISHING TOUCHES Create the ultimate wedding look with jewellery and accessories 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 SPELLBOUND Rebecca and Michael had a magical wedding in autumn surrounded by loved ones 35 TAKE TWO After Covid impacted their wedding, Tom and Jemma had a second wedding to celebrate with loved ones 41 TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Balmer Lawn Hotel provided a beautiful setting for Melanie and Martin’s wedding HONEYMOONS 92 FLY AWAY WITH ME We’ve rounded up some of our favourite city escapes 94 A GRAND AFFAIR Experience ultimate luxury combined with traditional Greek appeal at Rhodes-based Ixian Grand & All Suites 97 SANTA NEEDS A SPA DAY The Runnymede on Thames set the scene for a much-needed pre-Christmas break GROOMS 86 IT’S ONLY NATURAL With neutral colour palettes on the rise, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to ensure you look on-trend this season 88 SUITED AND BOOTED Styling advice for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 IN LOVE WITH LACE This timeless fabric never goes out of fashion 68 FRILL SEEKERS This season’s bridal dresses enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 76 BAN THE BLOAT Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness explain how to avoid untimely bloating on your wedding day 77 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with help from the professionals 65 28 94 88 92 35 4

My goal is to create a fun, happy atmosphere in which everyone feels included. “It was an incredible evening and Iggy was exceptional” Nazeer & Louise “If we could do it all again we wouldn’t change a thing” Ronald & Lucy

What’s not to love about this gown with delicate lace and off-the-shoulder sleeves? Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding! Spring is finally here, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! After being cooped up indoors trying to stay warm, I can’t wait to venture outdoors and embrace more sunshine – here I come vitamin D! The time of year is all about getting organised and new beginnings, which is perfect if you’re trying to plan your wedding. Spring nuptials are always a fabulous season to tie the knot with more seasonal produce, fun colour palettes, plenty of natural lighting for photographs and more flowers to pick from. Gardens will be in full bloom, meaning you’ll naturally have dream-worthy backdrops to take advantage of – cherry blossoms are my favourite way to add the wow factor to stunning images. Ensure you have a back-up plan if you’re looking to exchange vows outdoors, as the British weather can be unpredictable. A marquee or indoor space will provide loved ones with cover in case of any April showers. Photographers can capture stunning images no matter the weather, so embrace the rain with a funky pair of wellies and an umbrella for the ultimate photo shoot. For those that have just started planning their spring wedding, keep in mind any national holidays or events such as Mother’s Day or school holidays, as many people will be making plans in advance. Before you go, check out our stunning weddings and shoots that are bursting full of inspiration. Here you’ll find talented companies, stunning images and wow-factor details. We’ve also gathered perfect venues for ceremonies and receptions – your dream location could be a few pages away. We’ve not only focused on properties in and around Southampton but rustic venues too. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Bring on Spring Psst, Robbie Khan Photography is offering a discount on wedding packages! 13 65 ISSN 2046-8474 Your Hampshire & Dorset Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 86 Calling all grooms-to-be! We’ve focused on neutral colour palettes to help you find dream-worthy attire. ADVERTISING Account Manager Ruth Swallow | 01376 538 568 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at www. and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Olivia Gibson | 01376 535 611 6

I love Rebecca and Michael’s autumnal wedding at Canford School, which featured a Harry Potter theme. Check out these striking blooms by Penny’s Emporium, which matched the dramatic-styled shoot at The Brickworks Museum perfectly. Feeling lucky? Enter for the chance to win a honeymoon to Tuscany! This broken floral arch by Ume is the perfect backdrop to photographs. 28 91 59 This stunning shoot is the perfect example of how to achieve a colourful and playful outdoor wedding. 47 53 35 Tom and Gemma glided into each other’s lives at an ice skating rink and tied the knot 11 years later. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Nearlywed ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Situated on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, Highfield Park is a fairytale hotel that’s providing a new wedding offer for all available wedding dates between April and September this year. The Marry Me in 2023 special offer includes everything needed to celebrate in style with 50 guests for just £5,500. The venue is located on 35 acres of unspoiled parklands and provides the perfect backdrop to weddings. As couples travel down the tree-lined driveway and catch their first glimpse of the elegant 17thcentury mansion, they’ll know they’ve arrived somewhere special. To check availability or to look around and meet with the dedicated wedding team, please contact Discover more about the venue: SAY YES TO THE DRESS Mousetrap Dress Boutique is a Havant-based company that has recently renovated its bridal changing rooms to help provide the perfect setting for those dress shopping. The bridal, prom and evening wear showroom has one of the largest collections of gowns on the South Coast. Home to nearly 200 bridal gowns in a vast range of styles and sizes, the team can’t wait to welcome even more brides-to-be to their intimate, spacious and luxurious space. It’s a one-stop destination for all things bridal, with a vast collection of gowns, jewellery and accessories. Contact the bridal team on 02392 481 425 or visit their website to book a personal shopping appointment. Discover the company: NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY With unique historic venues for an unforgettable big day, The National Museum of the Royal Navy is getting ready to refresh its wedding offer. To launch this offer, a special wedding fair is being held at the Grand Magazine at the Explosion Museum in Gosport. The Grand Magazine itself is a part of Priddy’s Hard, formerly a Naval Armaments depot. The space offers beautiful vaulted ceilings, Georgian wood flooring, and views across Portsmouth Harbour. Best of all prospective couples can come and see it for themselves at the launch event. On the 2nd April 2023 from 12pm to 4pm visit the Grand Magazine and take in the sights, meet suppliers and investigate options for the big day. Local residents may even recognise some of the suppliers, with The Pastry Corner from Southsea, and the Shantymen in attendance. Grab some tasters, a goodie bag, and fizz on arrival, and see what the fuss is all about. Registration is free, as is parking, and extra tickets can be booked. For more information, sign up for the newsletter 9 LOCAL NEWS

AL FRESCO NUPTIALS Nestled in the heart of Winchester, Chesil House is a must-see hidden gem now offering al fresco nuptials! Set on the banks of the River Itchen, the stunning 19thcentury venue provides an idyllic setting for magical weddings. The head gardener works hard to maintain the stunning gardens, which can now offer a colourful and beautiful backdrop to memorable ceremonies. A major feature of the space is the tributary flowing throughout the venue, creating an incredibly natural look and feel. Rustic handmade garden benches allow loved ones to witness the “I dos” in this wonderful environment. The team will be on hand to guide couples through the experience and will work closely with the Hampshire Ceremonies team to help pairs create their dream day. For those after ceremonies with a difference, they can recommend some wonderful celebrants. The “I dos” can also take place on the decking area with views of Winchester and the River Itchen. If the weather should take a turn for the worst, the property has plenty of appropriate indoor spaces for celebrations to continue in style. Discover more about the venue: PURE RELAXATION For those looking for the ultimate pre-wedding getaway, the Four Seasons Hampshire has launched a new wellness experience. Nestled on 500 acres of stunning countryside, the team at the Hook-based venue has worked hard to create the two-night Reset Retreat program to help guests refocus their mind and body. The program starts from £1,250 per person and includes daily breakfast at Wild Carrot, daily yoga sessions, a one-hour deep tissue massage, a one-hour deep mind massage with the resident hypnotherapist, a daily one-hour personal training session and a one-hour tennis lesson. Discover the package here: LOVE AT FIRST BITE Based in Eastleigh, Wild Garlic Catering is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Gavin and Jo Frampton started the company in 2013 after working many years in the hospitality and event industry. The company offers a flexible and friendly service with tailored menu options, whether couples plan a traditional sit-down meal, a casual barbecue or a buffet. Lovebirds can expect a reliable service for an excellent value and delicious food. Customers can often find the Wild Garlic Catering team serving delicious street food at local outdoor events such as the Romsey Show, Dogstival and Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market – why not meet the team and try some delicious dishes? Discover more about the company here: SHOWSTOPPING BACKDROPS Looking for the perfect wedding venue? The stunning Winchester College has a few remaining dates for 2023, and the team can’t wait to help more couples create their dream day. Set in the heart of Winchester and steeped in Medieval history, the property offers completely bespoke wedding packages to provide couples with an unforgettable experience in one of the most stunning and distinguished venues in the South of England. Choose from a selection of the College’s elegant and traditional Grade I listed buildings or enjoy an outdoor reception in the venue’s beautiful 250-acre grounds with a range of facilities available to suit intimate weddings as well as larger celebrations with up to 350 people. The venue’s caterers will work with pairs to create a customised menu, providing a personalised experience with delicious food and an outstanding service. The tranquil setting on the edge of the South Downs National Park makes it the perfect venue for summer weddings. With just a few Saturday dates remaining for July and August 2023, get in touch with the dedicated team to discuss ideas and start wedding planning. Discover the venue here: 10

GRAZING TABLES Starting from £320 100+ 5 star reviews FIND US ON /The-Perfect-Party-Portsmouth theperfectpartyportsmouth WEDDING DRESSES · PROM DRESSES · ACCESSORIES mousetrapbridalboutique 18/20 North Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1PR · T: 02392 481425 Mousetrap Dress Boutique is a luxurious Bridal, Prom, and Eveningwear showroom with one of the largest collections of gowns on the South Coast, based in Havant, Hampshire. Home to nearly 200 Bridal Gowns in a huge range of styles and sizes, ready for you to try on at your convenience. Mousetrap Dress Boutique is your one stop destination boutique for all things Bridal. With our vast collection we can dress you and your bridal party from the veil on the top of your head, to the sparkly shoes on your toes! We have recently made huge renovations to our Bridal changing rooms, and we are so excited to welcome you to our intimate, spacious and luxurious bridal suite. We have created an extremely special and welcoming place for you and your bridal party to relax and enjoy your ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ experience. Contact our Bridal team on 02392 481425 or visit our website to book your personal Wedding Dress shopping appointment today! ‘Marry Me in 2023’ at HIGHFIELD PARK HAMPSHIRE Say ‘I Do’ for just £5500 for 50 people on available dates throughout 2023 Contact the team to find out more about this amazing offer or to arrange a showround on 01189 326369 or email

WIN YOUR WEDDING Hen or Stag! At our wedding fayre! Fill in a competition form at a SPIRAL EVENTS wedding fayre 26th March - Mercure Wessex Winchester 16th April - Hilton Hotel BOURNEMOUTH 23rd April - Holiday Inn EASTLEIGH WWW.MAGICALLYCRAFTEDCAKES.COM | 07472 538053 FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM @MAGICALLYCRAFTEDCAKES Magically crafted cakes is a small family run business from our home studio on the beautiful isle of Portland in Dorset We create beautifully unique and individually designed wedding cakes which will not only look amazing but will taste fantastic too! We put our all into every order and are characterised by our attention to detail. We love to be part of making your memories on your most precious day and will work with you from the initial consultation right to your wedding day. We have a substantial flavour menu which we are adding to regularly. Whether your preference is traditional fruit, a trendy flavour sponge or a daring alcoholic delight we can accommodate. We can also create most of our flavours in a vegan range! I love to create unique designs and often step outside the box of tradition. We offer customised packages for weddings, hen parties, engagements or any other occasion. Covering Dorset and parts of Hampshire we can bespoke our bar to your requirements and theme of your wedding. Call: 07557 503 831 or email: VINTAGE HORSE BOX BAR

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURHAMPSHIREDORSET.WEDDING BIG-DAY BEAUTIFUL From sophisticated and subtle looks to full bridal glam, Jordan Makeup Artist has been helping brides look and feel their big-day best. Owner Jordan Pond has worked hard over the years to perfect the popular natural bridal look, which can be challenging to achieve. From selecting the best products to using new techniques and listening to clients’ needs, she’ll bring dream looks to life. Jordan is always happy to add the wow factor for those looking for glamorous make-up looks. No matter the style, her work will appear fantastic both on camera and in person. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer 10 per cent off wedding make-up when readers get in touch with Jordan and quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before May 1st 2023. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs LOVE THROUGH A LENS Situated in Gosport, Robbie Khan Photography has been capturing weddings for more than 10 years. With a natural and documentary style, the company has been snapping memorable moments worldwide, from freezing temperatures in Lapland to hot summers in Pakistan and Canada. Owner Robbie Khan works hard to take stunning images for couples to treasure for years to come. He works with couples to create their dream day with a range of packages to suit all types of needs – there’s even the possibility to tailor a package upon request. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer 10 per cent off wedding packages when readers get in touch with Robbie and quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before May 1st 2023. Get in touch as soon as possible to secure dates! Check out: WIN A PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BRIDAL SHOES The hunt for the perfect bridal shoe ends here with the chance to win the ultimate pair for your special day from Steve Madden. The shimmering Bridal Collection is not only amazing for brides but bridesmaids too, ensuring a picture-perfect look on the big day. For everyone who loves to shine you can choose from rose gold, silver, nude and white with finishes that include satin, rhinestone, leather and clear materials. If the shoe fits… be your own Cinderella! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a pair of bridal shoes to the value of £150 from For your chance to win enter online via our website Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDINGS AT MACDONALD BOTLEY PARK HOTEL & SPA Your special day made by us! 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 £6,495 for 50 day guests and 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 are waiting to turn your wedding dreams into reality. If you would like to view the venue, call us now to book an appointment.We will be hosting several open weekends throughout the year, call now to book your viewing.. Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa,Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Botley, Hampshire S032 2UA T: 01489 778 402 E: WEDDING OFFER We will give you 5 Guest bedrooms for the night of your wedding when you book your wedding using this advert. (This applies to newly booked weddings only) Offer valid until 31st July 2023

local Fall in love with these stunning properties in and around Southampton GOING BRICKYARD EVENTS AT THE BRICKWORKS MUSEUM 02380 667 683 | Situated in Bursledon, Brickyard Events at The Brickworks Museum offers a completely flexible wedding location. The alternative venue is perfect for those with a steampunk flair who want to let their creativity run wild. The blank canvas space with a chic and industrial feel creates the perfect backdrop for photographs. Wedding breakfasts occur in the Museum with 150 loved ones before getting transformed to host evening receptions. The team will be on-hand to ensure events run smoothly and work with couples to help them create their dream day. Couples can bring in preferred caterers to help bring their vision to life. 15 LOCAL VENUES

BOTLEY PARK HOTEL & SPA 0344 879 9034 | Botley Park Hotel & Spa offers the ideal setting for all types of weddings, with unrivalled elegance at every turn. The venue offers seven different locations for ceremonies, which can accommodate between 40 to 350 loved ones. The Hawthorne Suite is popular for intimate nuptials with 60 people for the vows and wedding breakfast. For larger events, the Fair Oak Suite can host up to 280 for the “I dos” and 300 in the evenings. Couples can book to visit the on-site spa before their big day, which offers multiple ELEMIS treatments to calm those last-minute nervous and pamper nearlyweds – it’s the ideal location to relax and unwind. The dedicated wedding coordinators will work with pairs while ensuring everything runs smoothly. They can arrange a personalised firework display to end the night with a bang for the ultimate wow factor. With 130 on-site bedrooms, guests can rest their heads after dancing the night away. THE HOLIDAY INN SOUTHAMPTON 02380 388 120 | Couples seeking a full-service wedding venue near the coast of Hampshire have struck gold with Holiday Inn Southampton. The team welcomes couples to celebrate milestones in this gorgeous Hotel. Situated at the very mouth of River Itchen, the property has everything needed for magical events. With its waterside location and views of the docks, lovebirds can watch the ships go by and take their pick from a host of scenic photo opportunities. The Hotel offers a range of wedding spaces, including the spacious Hampshire Suite with modern décor, its own private bar and patio area. It can accommodate 100 guests for wedding breakfasts and a further 50 for evening dos. For more intimate affairs, there’s also the Avon and Hamble Suites. 16

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Couples seeking a full-service wedding venue near the coast of Hampshire have struck gold with Holiday Inn Southampton. The team welcomes you to celebrate your milestone in this gorgeous hotel. Situated at the very mouth of River Itchen, this south coast wedding venue has everything you need for one of the most magical days of your life. Book your 2023 wedding today for just £2000! Contact our wedding coordinator today on or call: 02380 388 120 Holiday Inn - Southampton Herbert Walker Avenue Southampton, SO15 1HJ 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 01202 663471

WESTGATE HALL 02380 915 327 | For those with a classic, historic and vintage style on their wedding wish list, this waterfront treasure is sure to fit the bill. With vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the recently restored Westgate Hall is a ceremony venue with a difference. Tucked away within the Medieval walls of Southampton, the 15th-century timber-framed building has a magical atmosphere. Dressed with roses tumbling from the beams, the first-floor ceremony room can accommodate up to 74 seated guests for the “I do”. Post-vows, the ancient walls overlooking the water are a popular spot for standout photos. Did you know? Westgate Hall was once situated in St Michael’s Square when it was the town’s fish market and cloth hall. We love... that dismantled in 1634, the timbers were used to construct the beautiful building that stands today. THE MAYOR’S PARLOUR 02380 915 327 | Tie the knot in the heart of the city in one of Southampton’s most iconic buildings. Located in the Civic Centre, this local landmark is sure to impress with its large clock tower, tall ceilings, polished wood floors and historic artefacts. A truly spectacular setting for weddings, the room’s theatre-style layout boasts a long aisle and tall windows that flood the room with light. A sweeping staircase leads up to the ceremony room and the Mayor’s Balcony; perfect for those all-important photos. Ceremonies take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays and can seat up to 50 guests. We love... that there’s a wealth of great restaurants and hotels nearby for the celebrations post-vows. LOCAL VENUES 19

GOD’S HOUSE TOWER 07733 092 291 | God’s House Tower is a stunning multi-purpose venue at the southeastern entrance to Southampton’s historic and beautifully preserved Old Town. After an extensive and sensitive refurbishment, the tower is now thriving in its present-day incarnation as a cutting-edge arts, heritage and events venue. The iconic 700-year-old Grade I listed monument houses numerous intimate and grand spaces for weddings. The areas are available to hire individually or together to create bespoke and truly special occasions in memorable surroundings. The Crawford Room is a self-contained and flexible space that proivdes the perfect location for celebrant-led ceremonies and drinks receptions. The room is the oldest corner of the building and features an ancient wooden beamed roof and dramatic views overlooking the Old Town. For larger events, the Main Gallery is the biggest wedding space and is ideally suited for receptions. Or why not opt for The Tower Roof, which provides panoramic views across the Port of Southampton? Alternatively, The Cafe & Bar is a flexible space perfect for drinks receptions and parties. With its blend of historic and modern architectural design, it comes with a fully stocked bar. Lastly, the courtyard is a shaded outside space available to hire in combination with any other part of the building. Tucked away on Lower Canal walk, it comes with or without outdoor tables and chairs with options for a pop-up bar to serve drinks directly from the courtyard. We love... after dark, the structure is lit to create an awe-inspiring presence – creating the perfect backdrop for photographs. 20 NEW PLACE HOTEL This stunning venue is sure to impress from the moment couples arrive to catch their first glimpse of the Grade l listed manor house. Surrounded by 32 acres of glorious gardens, it combines the best of the old with the new. There’s a host of wonderful wedding spaces to choose from including a variety of stunning rooms for the “I dos”. Check out: THE AGEAS BOWL Whether couples a cricket fan or not, be prepared to be bowled over by the surroundings, amazing views and luxurious facilities at this landmark venue. Surrounded by the Boundary Golf Lakes Course, it has a chilled countryside feel and the cricket stadium provides a great sense of space. At the stadium there’s a choice of ground-floor suites inside the Pavilion suitable for ceremonies large or small and space upstairs to celebrate afterwards. Check out: NOVOTEL SOUTHAMPTON Overlooking the historic port in the heart of Southampton the four-star Novotel Southampton is easily accessible and provides the ideal base to explore all the city has to offer. The modern, contemporary style hotel offers a choice of versatile wedding spaces to discover. Check out: ROWNHAMS HOUSE & GARDENS Rownhams House is one of Hampshire’s hidden gems providing an exclusive setting for romantic weddings. The beautiful Georgian building is set in 12 acres of gardens and woodland – perfect for photographs. The house oozes atmosphere and elegance with its striking architectural design and Regency drama; perfect for Bridgerton-inspired weddings. Check out: SOUTHAMPTON HARBOUR HOTEL Set on a small private marina, the stunning Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa reflects the city’s marine heritage and culture with its striking superyacht style design. The must-see Hotel is perfect for couples looking for a wedding venue with a difference, no matter if they’re after intimate weddings or grand events. Check out: THE CROMWELL ARMS Couples can host celebrations to remember at this country location. Set in the picturesque town of Romsey, The Cromwell Arms boasts a fabulous marquee perfect for chilled summer receptions with loved ones. There’s ample space to dance the night away and create memorable moments to treasure. Check out: Also check out…

CHESIL BEACH MANOR HOUSE HOTEL Overlooking the beautiful, historic Jurassic coast lies The Manor House Hotel. With panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside, The Manor is in an Idyllic location to celebrate your wedding day, holding a full Wedding and music license, we will be able to host the entire day from the ceremony, to reception, catering and accomodation. | 01308 897660 BEACH ROAD, DORCHESTER, DORSET DT2 9DF FIND YOUR SPECIAL PLACE Create memories of a lifetime in our unique, bespoke and friendly venues in stunning locations. Your wedding will make a real difference, as profits from our venues support people with learning disabilities. Nadine Loretta Photography MJ Photography e Brickworks Museum, Bursledon Hanger Farm Arts Centre, New Forest Furzey Gardens, New Forest Charity number: 1053319 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US T: 01929481066 E: ENQUIRIES@KINGSTONCOUNTRYCOURTYARD.COM FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK: @KINGSTONCOUNTRYCOURTYARD Exclusive use venue with onsite accommodation. Our incredible 16th Century Purbeck stone barn can seat 130 with capacity of up to 180 in the evening, or use our stunning grounds for a more intimate setting. YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY

romance Beautiful wedding barns and al fresco settings from around the counties HANGER FARM ARTS CENTRE 02380 667 683 Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton is a popular venue with exposed wooden beams throughout and large windows in The Gallery and foyer area – making it a stunning location for memorable wedding receptions. The main function room has wooden flooring and more exposed beams, giving the room a warm and elegant feel. Couples will have the whole building solely for their wedding, enabling them to enjoy time with loved ones at their leisure. The theatre within Hanger Farm is the main function space and can accommodate 140 people for sit-down meals before being transformed for evening receptions. Couples can dance the night away to the music of their choice. The Gallery space is ideal for serving buffets, and the main foyer has a fully licensed bar. In addition, the team enables lovebirds to choose caterers for sit-down meals, hot or cold buffets or informal approaches such as hog roasts. RUSTIC 22

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 iconic venue has the perfect mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. With sun-drenched terraces and beautiful gardens, lovebirds will be spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning backdrops. 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 an award-winning destination 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 space with a bar and dancefloor as well as the Avon area 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 beautiful high-ceilinged Savernake Room, the light and airy space with a private decked terrace is ideal for intimate weddings or post-vows drinks. FURZEY GARDENS 02380 667 683 | Nestled in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Furzey Gardens is a picturesque and tranquil English country garden venue that hosts ceremonies between May and September. During spring and summer, the property is bursting with colour, which provides a dazzling backdrop to photographs. Couples will be surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers. Exchange vows with 20 people in the gardens either on the pontoon looking out over the lake or celebrate under one of the beautiful wooden structures – there’s an array of locations to host memorable ceremonies. We love… that the helpful team will be on-hand to help couples create the perfect day as they exchange vows surrounded by loved ones. They’re there to help ensure weddings run smoothly while taking away any added worry or stress. RUSTIC VENUES 23

WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. ESSEX BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 2 APR THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, SL7 1RG EAST ANGLIA SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA LONDON SUN 14 MAY MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUSSEX SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 14 MAY BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SAT 1 APR HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM

As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US ESSEX EAST ANGLIA SUN 3 SEP HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 10 SEP CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 24 SEP RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SURREY KENT EAST MIDLANDS SUN 1 OCT NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL SUN 12 NOV PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 15 OCT RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR SUN 22 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 29 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 10 SEP MARKSHALL ESTATE Coggeshall, CO6 1TG WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 16TH APRIL, 2023 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. 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. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Managing 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

Spellbound Rebecca and Michael had a magical wedding in autumn surrounded by loved ones Images courtesy of Jackie Tran Photography 28

Rebecca and Michael met in Canada at Ottawa Jail Hostel, which was once a jail and still has many historical features. One morning, a mutual friend persuaded Rebecca and Michael to take part in a tour around the Hostel. Rebecca comments, “Michael turned up late to the tour, and I remember being very unimpressed. Somehow, we ended up on a bench in a park chatting for hours until sunset. I remember him being very kind and easy to talk to as we had a lot in common – it felt like I’d known him for ages.” The couple went to Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte on their first date before seeing the new Harry Potter movie at the cinema. After three days together in Ottawa, they parted ways on their Canadian travels but kept in touch. They talked on the phone almost daily before Rebecca flew to Australia to see Michael – the rest is history. Michael popped the question in 2019 at sunset in Clayton Bay, South Australia. The pair had gone away for a long weekend, and Rebecca said “yes” immediately. SETTING THE SCENE Rebecca grew up near Canford School and had always dreamt of tying the knot there – it was the first venue the couple contacted after their engagement. They were disappointed to find out the venue was booked out during autumn and had to look elsewhere for their autumnal-themed wedding. The bride still managed to book a tour of Canford School and knew it was the perfect venue as soon as she walked into the property. She fell in love with the beautiful library with stunning chandeliers, the Great Hall that looks like a cathedral and the fantastic stone archway entrance that fits a princess. The stars must have aligned as the property had a cancellation and could accommodate their October wedding – everything was falling into place! The couple wanted their autumnal theme to be highlighted throughout the venue, so they incorporated seasonal colours and scents. The blooms featured burnt orange sunflowers, orange roses and mango calla lilies. The pair also had many pumpkins as well as brown and orange oak leaves sprinkled throughout the venue. The bride’s bouquet had a red-brown kangaroo paw for Michael and orange freesias for her late nan. The lovebird’s had to include their love for Harry Potter, so the bridesmaids’ bouquets were wrapped in ribbon representing the house colours, and they had a hidden hand-carved wand inside. The boys had mango calla lilies as buttonholes, and Michael’s was wrapped in a page of the Harry Potter books – precisely the page that says “Always”. The flowergirl dropped petals from Rebecca’s late nan’s roses, which they had collected for more than three years. There were four long tables for the wedding breakfast to highlight the house tables from Harry Potter, each dressed in a coloured chiffon runner, manzanita trees sprouting orange orchids and hanging candle lanterns. The top table even featured ‘flying’ keys! The pair gave guests macaron favours themed Bertie Botts Every Flavour Macarons, and loved ones had to guess what flavour they had. Everyone was placed onto their house tables in a sorting ceremony using a wax-sealed envelope that they had to open at the entrance of the Great Hall. The four-tiered cake matched the couple’s Harry Potter and autumnal theme. A hand-carved pumpkin made up the top tier, finished with gold leaf detailing. There was a gold stag and a gold doe on the cake, looking at each other from different levels to represent the love stories in Harry Potter. The pair even hid two tiny gold leaf footprints on the cake to represent the 29 REAL WEDDINGS

Marauder’s Map. Guests loved the hot chocolate station, made to look like a potions cabinet with jars of ingredients, including wormwood, lavender, ladies’ mantle, dandelion roots, valerian and more. There were also pumpkin marshmallows, sprinkles, syrups and cookies to enjoy. The transport was a white V-Dub named Lillie for the wedding party and a white carriage with two horses for the bride and her dad. The carriage had sunflower details, and people were hanging out of windows waving to the bride as she drove by. LOOKING THE PART Rebecca wanted a classic and romantic fairytale ball gown with sparkle for her special day and opted for a special edition dress by Nicole Spose that was handmade in Milan. After trying on more than 40 dresses, the bride had almost given up when by chance, she found the perfect dress while shopping with her sister. Red ruby slippers, a chapel-length veil with Swarovski crystals and a tiara finished the princess look off perfectly. Rebecca says, “I remember seeing myself on the big day and feeling emotional. I never believed anyone could make me look so beautiful, and I couldn’t wait to see what Michael thought.” The groom wore a traditional top hat, a black tailcoat suit, an ivory waistcoat, a ruche tie and red socks to matched the bride’s shoes. The groomsmen wore burnt orange ruche ties to allow Michael to stand out. The bridesmaids wore romantic dresses with lace straps and keyhole backs, which complemented Rebecca’s dress perfectly. The flowergirl wore a beautiful velvet dress with a burnt orange tulle skirt. TIME TO CELEBRATE A string quartet played as guests arrived for the ceremony. The team composed a list of the couple’s favourite Harry Potter music, which added a romantic atmosphere to the day. During the vows, a barn owl named Billie was the ring bearer and surprised all the guests. Everyone loved being able to hold him after the vows. The bride’s dad built a set of hoops, and the guests played quidditch on broomsticks during the drinks reception for some added fun. The bride says, “The game was a great idea because it gave loved ones something to watch and participate in while photos took place. Some guests got quite competitive, and some photos look like they are flying!” Later in the evening, a ukulele band and a DJ kept everyone on the dancefloor. The last song they played was Reach by S Club 7, and it brought the roof down! MEMORABLE MOMENTS The bride woke up very emotional on the big day. She says, “I had been planning this day for 30 years, and a part of me believed it would never happen due to Covid. I had the best people around me and felt the happiest I’ve ever felt!” She was full of emotions when walking down the aisle with her dad, and it’s a moment she will always treasure. Michael woke up nervous but very excited. He says, “I knew the day would be perfect because I was marrying my best friend, so I had nothing to worry about. Rebecca wrote me a beautiful note to open before I started to get ready.” He adds, “To see all our friends and family together to celebrate us was so beautiful – I wouldn’t change a thing from our special day!” Watching the horse and carriage pull up outside her house was a fairytale moment for the bride, something she had dreamed of since a little girl. She says, “This was the moment it all became real, and I realised I’d achieved everything the four-year-old me wanted for all those years – a perfect wedding.” A funny moment during the wedding breakfast was when the best man Andy ran into the Great Hall screaming the ‘Troll in the dungeon; there’s a troll in the dungeon - thought you ought to know’ line from 30 01935 812927 • Blending modern luxurious fabrics with timeless designs, results in a sophisticated style with a glamorous feel. Every woman should feel elegant no matter what the occasion. Everything for the Mother-of-the-Bride & Guests Bespoke & Ready-to-Wear HATS, SHOES, BAGS & JEWELLERY DESIGNED TO MATCH DES IGNER EVENT PERFECTION SPECIALIST IN EVENT DRESSING Tel: 01794368624 Mob: 07514930961 PERFECTION

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REBECCA AND MICHAEL’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue and catering, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress, Bridesmaids’ dresses and Tiara, | Necklace, | Hair, | Make-up, | Groom’s suit, | Cake, Flowers, | Transport, and | Stationery, Entertainment, and | Videographer, | Owl ring bearer, | Toastmaster, Robert McCarthy Toastmaster | Favours, Harry Potter before pretending to faint. The wedding couldn’t have happened without the bride’s mum, dad and sister, who spent three years helping Rebecca prepare for the big day. Floral sculptor Owen Lavin created a beautiful autumnal woodland inside the venue. He believed in the pair’s vision throughout the wedding planning process. HONEYMOON After their magical day, the couple flew to Hawaii for three weeks and travelled around three islands. The bride says, “It’s hard to pick a highlight from three weeks in paradise, but swimming with sea turtles and huge manta rays was incredible. Hawaii is beautiful, and I hope we can return someday!” 33 REAL WEDDINGS

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