Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - July/August 2023 (Issue 99)

All in the detail Venue styling inspiration LOVE IS IN THE AIR Read romantic nuptials WIN! A luxurious getaway TIME JUL/AUG 2023 £3.55 LOOKING YOUR BEST It’s party Fashion and beauty advice Music and entertainment

WEDDINGS BY AVIATOR T: +44 (0)1252 555 892 E: WEDDINGS@AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM W: AVIATORHAMPSHIRE.COM/WEDDINGS DENISE WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK A SHOW ROUND 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 and four diverse spaces ready to welcome your style and personality, Aviator provides the perfect venue for everything from your hen or stag do, to your anniversary celebration. Inject creativity into your ceremony and reception with peace of mind that our outstanding reputation in customer service will make celebrating love straightforward. SAY I DO TO ONE VENUE

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 75 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 89 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2023 VENUES 15 GOING LOCAL Fall in love with these stunning properties in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch 19 BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL Exchange vows surrounded by nature in these garden settings On the cover This issue’s cover has been taken from the styled shoot on page 47, which was captured by the talented Alisa Roberts Photography ( and coordinated by Love Is In The Hair by Sabrina ( 51 15 FEATURES 47 TIMELESS ELEGANCE Discover the team behind this luxurious-styled shoot at The Bugle in Southampton 51 ALL IN THE DETAIL Be inspired by these talented venue stylists and the latest wedding trends 79 IT’S PARTY TIME Keep your guests amused with these talented musicians and entertainers 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 LOVE LIGHTS THE WAY Sam and Steve had a beautiful wedding at Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort 34 TRUE LOVE Highcliffe Castle provided a stunning backdrop to Tom and Katherine’s wedding 41 AUTUMNAL DREAM Chris and Netty had a beautiful wedding surrounded by loved ones HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Rachel Westall experienced five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 94 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 97 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks GROOMS 84 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 85 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 86 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film FASHION & BEAUTY 58 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 59 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 64 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 67 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 68 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 70 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 72 BEAUTY Q&A Look your big-day best with help from the professional 34 92 84 59 72 4

Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding! Summer has entered the chat, and I couldn’t be more excited! The time of year is so popular for weddings with more consistent weather, summer nights, various blooms in season and extra daylight for celebrations – plus, you can utilise any outdoor areas. If you’re embracing the outdoors, remember to provide loved ones with some shaded areas so they can take breaks from the sun. Why not supply guests with sun cream for favours and opt for an ice cream truck for some real summer vibes? Avoid direct sunlight at the hottest points of the day if possible and look for breathable attire. If you’re concerned about the heat, talk to your suppliers who can advise accordingly. As the time of year is so popular for weddings, ensure you book companies as soon as possible as they get booked up quickly. Start the planning process with an open mind and ensure you ultimately plan a wedding that symbolises you both. Remember that teamwork makes the dream work! Once you have set a budget, decided on a theme and booked a venue, everything else will fall into place. To help with the process, we’re hand-selected suppliers all around the counties to help bring your vision to life. We’ve got you covered from showstopping venues, styling inspirations, expert advice, the latest wedding news and stunning local weddings. We even have stunning-styled shoot full of local suppliers – the dream team could be a few pages away!. That’s all from me; happy planning! Olivia x Olivia Gibson, Editor Summer lovin’ 89 84 51 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 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 Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand. Stand out from the crowd with this striking suit inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film. I love this beautiful centrepiece designed by Caroline Sián Weddings & Events – it’s perfect for summer! 6

These lovebirds had a stunning wedding surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Psst, save 10 per cent off accommodation at The Seaview Hotel in the Isle of Wight! 59 34 19 13 47 Discover the team behind this luxurious-styled shoot at The Bugle House in Southampton. Be inspired by the latest bridal trends that are sure to add the wow factor! Oakley Hall Hotel is the perfect location for weddings set deep in the countryside. 41 Bride Netty wore a beautiful headpiece as her something borrowed. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Nearlywed HOME AWAY FROM HOME Hotel du Vin Poole has fully refurbished its guest bedrooms, suites, and bathrooms to refresh the décor with nautical nods that ooze quiet luxury and sophistication. The refurbishment of the 38 rooms found within this impressive Georgian-style building includes the addition of a bold colour scheme that blends statement orange hues with relaxing blue, teal and grey tones that speaks to the seaside location in a modern way. The four-star Hotel was initially built in 1776 as the Mansion House, and the refurbishment blends original features with the signature Hotel du Vin style. The newly updated décor embraces texture and warmth while taking inspiration from Poole’s maritime heritage and its popularity as a seaside holiday resort. Many rooms feature whimsical beach hut print wallpaper, with artwork and accessories featuring seagulls, shellfish and nautical motifs informed by the area’s culture. The rooms feature comfortable hand-sprung mattresses, fine Egyptian linen, deep baths, powerful drench showers, plasma TVs and air-conditioning. Discover more: PAWFECT BREAK AWAY With 50 bedrooms, a two AA Rosette Restaurant and acres of beautiful grounds to explore, Oakley Hall Hotel is the perfect location for pre-wedding getaways in the countryside. The team are delighted to welcome dogs to the property as no trip away is the same without beloved pooches. The Hotel has several dog-designated bedrooms in the beautiful Courtyard, just a short walk from the main Hotel. Located in a quieter area of the property and with direct access to the gardens, what location could be a better place for pups to settle? There will be an additional £35 per dog per stay. Relax and unwind with a refreshing drink or indulge in delicious seasonal dishes from the Garden Terrace all-day menu while taking in the beautiful views of the gardens with four-legged friends. There are plenty of short and long walks to explore with canine companions of the countryside, or guests can explore the beautiful Hotel grounds! The venue also provides the ideal location for memorable weddings, with multiple photographic backdrops to discover. As couples make their way up the property’s winding driveway, the stunning surroundings and Hotel’s grand exterior will take their breath away. Discover the venue here: NEWS Catch up on news from around the counties EXCHANGING VOWS The Dorset Museum has extended its wedding portfolio and can now hold outdoor ceremonies at the Roman Town House in Dorchester. The team are working in partnership with Dorset Council, which owns and holds the licence for the Roman Town House to provide tours, school visits and the ability to hire the space for outside events. Just a short walk from the Museum building, the stunning House is the only example of a fully exposed Roman Town House in the country. Offering the hire of its award-winning venue, Dorset Museum can create the perfect setting tailored directly to lovebirds’ needs. The team can boast a range of fantastic spaces available for different types of weddings and budgets. The addition of the Roman Town House only adds to this already diverse and unique offering. The Museum’s commercial director Roger Maughan says, “My thanks to Dorset Council for offering Dorset Museum to be the operator for wedding ceremonies at the Roman Town House. The award-winning venue fits perfectly within our wedding portfolio here at Dorset Museum and allows our events team to now offer unique settings for weddings and special occasions.” The Museum’s committed events team is highly experienced in managing and holding various celebrations, from small conferences to larger parties. Discover more about Dorset Museum here: www.dorsetmuseum. 9 LOCAL NEWS

PAMPER TIME! THE NICI Spa opens its doors in Dorset this month, which is the perfect way to unwind from wedding planning! The world-class spa is a vibrant yet tranquil space, featuring a bespoke menu of Oskia treatments alongside an 18m heated indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room, aromatherapy sauna and crystal energy loungers to help the body to restore its natural equilibrium. The Oskia Facial is an opulent treatment combining traditional techniques such as acupressure, specialist face sculpt-and-tone massage, reflexology, lymph drainage, gentle enzyme and AHA peeling. The facial will leave clients with beautifully healthy and glowing complexions. Using the renowned OSKIA professional skincare range and result-driven technology, highly skilled therapists will tailor the treatment to meet any needs. The Oskia Massage is a restorative treatment to release stress and tension. Infused heated towels and nurturing OSKIA oils immediately induce relaxation, while Eastern-inspired techniques reduce muscular aches and pains. The therapists will create a bespoke massage for customers in response to their body’s needs. Book the spa here: LOCKS OF LOVE Andrew Smith, Owner of Andrew Smith Salons in Gosport, has been announced as a winner in The Cut Hair Awards 2023. The event is organised by consumer hairdressing publication Hair Magazine and highlights the brightest stars of the hair world through differnet categories. Andrew was thrilled to be announced as the winner of The Colour Expert category, which recognises hair colourist fanatics that love conjuring up beautiful hues to make their clients look and feel incredible. To enter the category, Andrew had to submit a written entry detailing five reasons why he’s genuinely a brilliant colourist, alongside photographic examples of his work and client testimonials. Andrew was then announced as a finalist alongside a large list of established industry professionals before being announced as the category winner. He comments, “I’m ecstatic as I’m so passionate about my work and always strive to create the best colour for my clients. The award means a great deal to me and will help elevate my colour career further and show off my hair colour skills.” Learn more about the supplier: RAISE A TOAST Hampshire winery Hattingley Valley has released three new wedding packages tailored for intimate affairs to large all-out celebrations. The Modest Bash, Not So Modest Bash and Bloody Big Bash packages cover celebrations of varied sizes and budgets, each including an intimate tasting ahead of the big day to help pairs identify their perfect pour. Opt for the Modest Bash wedding package for smaller affairs filled with loved ones, which includes 24 bottles for approximately 144 glasses, while the Not So Modest Bash package provides 60 bottles for 360 drinks. In addition to a wine tasting for two, the Not So Modest Bash package also features a personalised, engraved magnum for the perfect souvenir for nearlyweds. For bigger celebrations, the Bloody Big Bash package includes 120 bottles for 720 glasses to ensure weddings have a true Hattingley ever after. Each Bloody Big Bash package is accompanied by a personalised engraved magnum and a more extensive wine tasting for up to four people. Why not bring the best man and maid-of-honour or the parents. There’s a range of wines to choose from, including the Classic Reserve NV and Blanc de Blancs that are both perfect for toasts while whites and rosés accompany the wedding breakfast ideally. The full range can be found at 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURHAMPSHIREDORSET.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023. EXCHANGING VOWS For those looking to add the wow factor to their special day, why not opt for a celebrant-led wedding? A celebrant is an individual who is trained in providing custom-made services designed to celebrate milestones in a personal way. The Wessex Celebrant works with lovebirds to create ceremonies that contain many elements that guests would traditionally expect to see but also can include many ideas or suggestions that make their day unique. Owner Richard Sheath says, “I offer support and inspiration to ensure the day is delivered your way. I’ll promise to make your ceremony as heartfelt and relaxed as possible while aiming to ensure unforgettable memories are created.” We’ve teamed up with The Wessex Celebrant to offer a 10 per cent discount on secured bookings. Contact Richard and quote Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding before September 1st 2023 to receive the discount. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs PRE-WEDDING GETAWAY Located on the Isle of Wight, The Seaview Hotel offers the ideal spot for getaways! There are 24 well-appointed rooms and suites, as well as several dogfriendly rooms. Service and style go hand in hand with classic yet contemporary surroundings. In the centre of the Hotel, visitors will find the traditional Pump Bar and the Bistro serving well-kept local ales and a menu that features bar classics – it’s now officially licenced for weddings too! Alternatively, have a bite to eat at The Aquitania Restaurant, which has won a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for exceptional food at affordable prices for six consecutive years and holds two AA Rosettes. We’ve teamed up with the company to offer readers 10 per cent off accommodation, excluding August and bank holidays, when they quote MERMAID10 before September 1st 2023. Discover more about the venue here: WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 your 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

local Where to tie the knot in Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE 01202 093 377 | www.highcliff Perched by the sea overlooking The Solent, Highcliffe Castle is a dreamy wedding setting thanks to its prime clifftop location, beach access, surrounding woodland area, showstopping views and characterful features. First inspired by the work of Capability Brown, the grounds and estate have seen many changes through the centuries but still retain some of his original touches. Today it makes an excellent location for woodland walks, outstanding viewpoints and picnics. From the moment guests arrive at the impressive driveway to the portecochère, the remarkable architecture with historical and Gothic revival features will wow guests. Ceremonies take place in The Winter Garden with 110 people. The conservatory-style building is flooded with natural lighting, offering views over the castle grounds and a romantic setting for the vows. The room’s design creates fabulous music acoustics, whether for baby grand pianos, media centres or string quartets. Why not dine in the majestic Great Hall after the “I dos”, which can host 110 people and creates a spectacular backdrop for wedding breakfasts? With its carved stonework, exposed brick and 30-foot-high stained glass Jesse window, guests will be in awe of the special ambience this room creates. For a more intimate setting, the Dining Room offers a romantic and elegant backdrop to celebrations with whimsical exposed brickwork and impressive views over the lawns to the sea for up to 80 guests. Dance into the night in the atmospheric Drawing Room with a band or DJ. Its blank canvas allows couples to add fairylights, a disco ball, drapes, illuminated letters and a dancefloor. The Castle Bar links the dining and dancing areas of the castle to create a lively hub for all celebrations. We love… that the dedicated wedding team will ensure that all plans run smoothly. A rehearsal will be booked before each wedding to ensure the wedding party and couple will unwind on their special day, knowing everything is under control. KEEP IT 15 LOCAL VENUES

RNLI COLLEGE 01202 663 471 | Overlooking Holes Bay, the RNLI College is a bright and modern venue with a fabulous waterfront setting on the edge of Poole Harbour. Licensed for ceremonies, couples can choose from 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-vow drinks. The RNLI lifeboats moored on the pontoons make it the perfect backdrop for standout photos. The suite can accommodate up to 150 people 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 special 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. THE KINGS ARMS 01202 588 933 | Nestled next to the River Avon with Christchurch Castle as a backdrop, The Kings Arms offers a blank canvas setting that makes a beautiful backdrop for year-round weddings. The idyllic Dorset wedding venue comprises The Kings Pavilion, The Bowling Green and the split-level Kings Priory Suite, decorated in a New England style. All locations boast classic untouched elegance while matching any colour scheme or theme. Ceremonies and receptions can occur in the Kings Pavilion with 96 people. The beautiful restored pavilion opens onto a tranquil bowling green with highly maintained landscapes – perfect for garden games and entertainment. The space offers an outside airstream bar and an inside bar for drink receptions. While guests enjoy the grounds, Christchurch Quay and The Norman House are just a short stroll away, which makes for stunning and unique wedding photographs. The Pavilion and Bowling Green are available until 8 pm for barbecues or outdoor dining rather than traditional wedding breakfasts. Alternatively, the Upper Priory Suite is located in the upstairs suite of the Kings Priory, with the River Avon and the bowling green as a backdrop through the vast windows as pairs exchange vows. Continue the celebrations in the Kings Priory Suite with 120. The split-level space offers a downstairs bar and dancefloor for drink receptions and evening celebrations, while upstairs can seat up to 96 guests for wedding breakfasts. Set in the main house, The Private Dining Room is the perfect space for more intimate ceremonies with 48 nearest and dearests. With glass doors over the main hotel entrance, dried floral bouquets on the ceiling, unique art pieces and colourful soft furnishings – it’s also ideal for small receptions with 36 loved ones. We love… that most wedding packages include a complimentary menu-tasting session and a stay in the bridal suite. 16

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 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

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 designed to suit all seasons and budgets. Our favourite package, the Whirlwind, is an all-Inclusive package and starts 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 team who are waiting to turn your wedding dreams into reality. We host several open weekends throughout the year, where you can view our venue which will be fully dressed for a wedding. If you would like to discuss your wedding dreams with us, call now to book an appointment where we can talk wedding plans over a chilled glass of prosecco. Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa, Winchester Road, Boorley Green, Botley, Hampshire S032 2UA T: 01489 778 402 E: WEDDING OFFER Book your wedding using this advert and we will give you complimentary canapes for your arrival reception and 5 Guest bedrooms for the night of your wedding. (This offer applies to newly booked weddings only) Offer valid until 31st August 2023

bloom Check out these stunning venues with glorious gardens IN FULL HIGHFIELD PARK 01189 326 369 | Set in 35 acres of rolling parkland, Highfield Park is the perfect backdrop for special events. As guests travel down the tree-lined driveway and catch their first glimpse of the elegant 17th-century mansion house, they’ll know they’ve arrived somewhere special. The house offers commanding views over beautiful grounds; these breathtaking vistas can be enjoyed anytime from the covered terrace. Whether couples are after outdoor ceremonies or indoor receptions, the team believes no two weddings should be the same. They can provide plenty of suggestions and help bring dream weddings to life. Within the grounds, lovebirds will find a historic folly and a pretty pavilion licensed for ceremonies with 140 people. There’s also the historic St Michaels parish church set within the grounds. For grand celebrations, the Chamberlain is a spacious room with commanding views over the grounds, with space for 160 people for ceremonies and 140 for receptions. For up to 180 for the vows and 160 for the party, the Rotherwick is a modern space with endless options for romantic settings. Alternatively, The Wellington is a traditional room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace and chandeliers, which can host 86 people for the day and 45 for the evening. For more intimate weddings, The Stratfield offers traditional features and doors that lead to the patio. Exchange vows in front of 30 people and celebrate with 22. 19 GLORIOUS GARDENS

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 50 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 180 nearest and dearest. The original fireplace takes centre stage, and the adjoining Music Bar provides extra seating in the evenings. 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. ROWNHAMS HOUSE & GARDENS 02380 733 298/07973 742 245 | Rownhams House was built by Sir Isaac Newton’s nephew in 1762 for his new and beautiful bride Catherine Barton, a lady of some fame and fortune. The Georgian house and the Medieval Coach House are situated on 12 acres, home to manicured lawns, woodland areas, a picturesque lake and an ice house. The trees, flower borders, wild meadow and mature plants offer the perfect setting for many stunning photo opportunities. The large and flat top lawn is well placed for drinks receptions and games such as croquet. It can also be used as a seating area for outdoor wedding ceremonies under the clock tower arch. Weddings for up to 120 people can occur in the Grand Library with its attractive plasterwork walls and ceiling, in the dabbled shade of the woods or by the shimmering lake. Wedding receptions can occur in the Grand Library with 110 people, in a hired marquee or in the Coach House for smaller weddings. The calming and comfortable Billiard Room and Morning Room offer the perfect spaces for indoor drinks receptions and photographic backdrops should the rain come tumbling down. Couples can use these areas for smaller, more intimate weddings for up to 60 people. The Coach House, built in 1600 by the Knights of St John, comprises several large rooms perfect for evening receptions. The Harvest Room has seating and eating areas, the Sofa Room is great for relaxing, and the hall serves food and cake. There’s also a dedicated room for live music, DJs, bands and a bar. What’s more, the owners want brides to be at their best on their special day and offers a private Brides Room. To help ensure the day runs without a hitch, the team offers prewedding planning meetings and allows the bridal party and approved caterers access to the house the day before weddings to set up and the day after for collection. 20

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 ROMSEY GOLF CLUB Weddings at Romsey Golf Club We are more than just a golf club. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly welcoming environment for your special day. Stunning views, unique location Personally designed quotes for your special day. Your vision, your style, your day. We make it happen. ROMSEY ROAD, NURSLING, SOUTHAMPTON, HAMPSHIRE, SO16 0XW | 02380 734637 | AT OLD THORNS Weddings If you’re looking for the perfect venue for your marriage celebrations, Old Thorns has it all Space for 5 – 500 guests Indoor and outdoor areas for your celebrations Purpose built chapel for civil ceremonies Uniquely styled large and small function spaces Delicious catering options Hotel rooms, apartments and penthouse suites available Our 4 star Hotel & Resort is set in a quiet village in Hampshire, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. We have small intimate rooms through to large ballrooms, giving you more options than other venues. Contact us today and book a show round with our wedding experts - they’ll help to coordinate the best day of your lives. OLD THORNS HOTEL & RESORT, GRIGGS GREEN, LIPHOOK, HAMPSHIRE. GU30 7PE WWW.OLDTHORNS.COM/WEDDINGS

Rownhams House, Rownhams, Hampshire SO16 8LS e. t. 07973 742 245 w. HAMPSHIRE’S MOST ROMANTIC WEDDING VENUE © Nisha Haq Photography ‘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

KINGSTON MAURWARD 01305 215 054 | The Kingston Maurward Estate is an idyllic location for weddings in the heart of the Dorset countryside. With its parkland approach and elegant sweeping drive, the 18th-century Georgian house and ornate rooms set the scene for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and receptions. The 750-acre estate comprises many beautiful spaces, including formal gardens laid out in the style of Capability Brow, a beautiful walled garden, a red garden, terraces and many more. The rolling lawns and beautiful lake are perfect for memorable photos. The Pengelly Room is the largest of the staterooms, which features Italian hand-painted wallpaper from the 19th-century and can host 96 loved ones for ceremonies. Or, why not opt for the Whatmoor Room? The airy space with large original windows and an original wooden floor can host 58 people. Alternatively, the Old Library is the ideal option with wooden panels, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and rich tasselled curtains. For those after al fresco events, outdoor ceremonies can occur in the Red Garden and The Terrace overlooking the lake. Receptions take place in the Maurward Hall with up to 212 people. The purpose-built conferencing and wedding centre with an original parquet floor provides the ideal setting to dance the night away. Or couples can opt to celebrate in any of the ceremony spaces, which the team can transform after the “I dos”. 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 dé cor 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 wellsituated 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. GLORIOUS GARDENS 23

OLD THORNS HOTEL & RESORT 01428 738 510 | Old Thorns Hotel and Resort is located in the beautiful Hampshire countryside in the village of Liphook. The venue includes a golf course, spa, health club, several bars and restaurants. With so much going on, the team are proud to put couples’ satisfaction first and are experts in managing celebrations, however big or small. Set in rolling countryside, pairs will always be close to nature with woods, ponds, wildflowers and a range of wildlife a few short steps away. Being nestled in such a beautiful space will make wedding photographs extra special. As the largest Hotel and Resort in the Hampshire area, several different wedding spaces are available, perfect for all celebrations. No matter the vision, the team will work with lovebirds to deliver their dream day with five to 500 guests. Couples can have civil ceremonies on-site in the designated chapel or outdoors among the flourishing blooms of the Walled Garden in the summer months. There are several interior spaces, including the Hampshire Suite, Gatsby Ballroom and Grand Ballroom – all adaptable to cater for dining, dancing and celebrations. Each wedding space has a terrace with patio furniture or a private balcony overlooking the grounds. Alternatively, The Atrium Champagne Bar is a glamorous and spacious location perfect for drink receptions. DURLSTON CASTLE AND COUNTRY PARK 01929 424 443 | Set on the top of an impressive headland jutting out into the sea, surrounded on three sides by high cliffs and bordered by mature woodland on the other, Durlston Castle is set within Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve. The clifftop paradise boasts stunning views, wildlife and wildflowers. The Victorian Castle is a unique building with stone turrets, a terracotta balustrade around the copper-roofed Belvedere room and exclusive terraces. The building has a long stone wall running along its spine, upon which are numerous stone inscriptions and carved maps, all built in the 1880s. The glass-sided Belvedere room with stunning views of Old Harry Rocks, Isle of Wight and the English Channel sits on the top of the recently renovated Victorian Castle. The exquisite location for intimate weddings of 50 people is perfect for the vows followed by drinks receptions on the exclusive roof terrace. For larger celebrations with 120, the Gallery has a stunning glass front overlooking the sea, a rear stone wall and wooden flooring. It’s perfect for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts surrounded by loved ones. For those after al fresco celebrations, the Amphitheatre is a grassy outdoor space with seating looking out across the sea. Adjacent to the Castle is the Great Globe, an extraordinary feature that provides a beautiful backdrop for wedding pictures. 24

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THE LIGHTS Love way Sam and Steve had a beautiful wedding at Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort Images courtesy of Robbie Khan Photography These lovebirds met in 2018 through Plenty of Fish, where they immediately hit it off and never looked back! Steve proposed on Christmas day three years later in front of the kids and the bride’s mum. They had talked about getting married over the years, but it was still a complete shock to Sam who was over the moon. Here the bride shares details about their special day… 27 REAL WEDDINGS

Our welcome sign, table plan and table numbers all tied in with our theme. Our centrepieces were large glass vases that were so pretty. We just added some dusky rose flowers to match our wedding theme. We brought personalised mini-wooden noughts and crosses as well as ring toss for the tables, which were such cute keepsakes. I’m not the most confident person and felt self-conscious about walking down the aisle. As soon as I saw Steve, my worries melted away. We visited Elmers Court Hotel a few years ago for a spa night, and booked the property immediately after revisiting. The team were so helpful and offered great packages! We aimed to enjoy every second of the day when planning the wedding. 28

Our magician Colin Phillips was terrific! He had everyone laughing and floored by his tricks. Blake Entertainment provided a DJ and photo booth; both were big hits with guests. My bridesmaids wore floor-length dresses in dusky pink. I wore a designer dress from Avenue 51 Bridal, which I adored! Steve and my son Jacob wore ivory waistcoats, while the groomsmen wore grey and pink ties. We dotted around smaller vases full of flowers, along with fairylights and balloons to bring everything together. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

We bought a new caravan last year as we love going away to the New Forest, so this seemed the most fitting thing to do for our honeymoon. We just spent a long weekend at our favourite campsite eating fantastic food from the butchers, walking the dog and relaxing! My son Jacob was emotional due to being so happy and was in tears after the ceremony. He had been so excited leading up to the day that Steve would become his legal stepdad. Seeing each other down the aisle was the most special part of the day! Having all our loved ones there on the day was just amazing. Steve was very nervous about the speech, but he relaxed once that was out of the way. I was so happy throughout the wedding; I was on cloud nine and didn’t want the day to end! SAM AND STEVE’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, | Bride’s dress, Bride’s accessories, | Hair and make-up, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, | Groom’s suit, | Entertainment, Magician, 30

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