Your West Midlands Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 84)

FEB/MAR 2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE £3.55 Your day, YOUR WAY WIN! How to style your venue A fairytale escape in Northern Ireland Stunning real weddings and styled shoots The latest trends for the wedding party It was always you Dressed to impress SWEET DREAMS Tie the knot in a luxurious hotel

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23 REGULARS 8 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 11 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the West Midlands 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 55 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2023 FEATURES 51 YOU ARE MY SUPERHERO With the 80s making a comeback, we just had to show you this Stranger Things-inspired styled shoot 59 LOVE BLOOMS Rustic meets boho was the inspiration for this styled shoot at High Grosvenor House 63 YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY The latest venue styling trends 69 GOTHIC ROMANCE Want to create a theatrical vibe with a touch of the rebellious and outrageous? Check out this styled shoot at Ettington Park 81 THE SUPPORT ACT Styling tips for the most important people in your life Cover look This issue’s cover has been sponsored by four-star Coventry-based hotel and wedding venue Ansty Hall ( It was captured by Birmingham’s Blue Jay Photography ( at the wedding of Jade and Daniel Mulvey on the 26th of May, 2022. 59 VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON WOLVERHAMPTON, WALSALL, DUDLEY & STOURBRIDGE Discover some of the best venues in the area 23 SWEET DREAMS Tie the knot in a luxurious hotel 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 IT WAS ALWAYS YOU Sarah and Don celebrated their love for one another in a romantic celebration at St. Bartholomew Church and The Orchard at Munsley 38 NOTHING CAN KEEP US APART Emily and Tom incorporated their love of burgundy into their big-day styling at Weston Hall 45 THERE’S MAGIC BETWEEN US Leah and Sam incorporated their love of Disney into their big day at Ansty Hall FASHION & BEAUTY 72 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 73 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 87 SUSTAINABLE STYLES These designers offer something green as they promote their latest collections created using eco-friendly fabrics 90 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 45 87 HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and must-see honeymoon destinations 94 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 96 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the Coppa Club fabulous collection of hotels and restaurants 38 31 92 4

high grosvenor house claverley, shropshire, wv15 5pg 01746 572055 | AVAILABLE FOR WEDDINGS, PARTIES & HOUSE FOR HIRE High Grosvenor House is a beautiful 15th Century Tudor house nestled in the glorious rolling Shropshire countryside. With its stunning grounds and venue, it sure to make any celebration truly memorable. The house and garden are available for your exclusive use with wonderful far-fetching views.

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Welcome to the first issue of 2023! For those of you who received a ring underneath the Christmas tree or on Valentine’s Day – congratulations! We can’t wait to help you plan your special day. If you’re unsure where to start planning, I found the best thing to do when I got engaged was to make a list of everything that you’d like to include in your day. From the big things like the venue and photographer down to the smaller details such as the cake topper and jewellery, write it all down. Now don’t panic if the list is a couple of pages long, not everything needs to be done right away and you can always change your mind. The list is there so you can see what items are important to you and to help you focus on one thing at a time. For some couples, the photographer may be the most essential supplier and for others, it may be the entertainment, however you envision your day is absolutely fine, just make sure you focus on what’s meaningful to you. Once you have your list, you can begin planning. Always start with your venue, as this will dictate the day and time that you’re getting married. Once you have that set in stone, you can begin researching and booking the rest of your suppliers. To help inspire you, we’ve put together an issue focusing on the latest trends, with advice from local experts, must-have bridal fashion and news from across the West Midlands. If you’re about to tie the knot or have hosted a shoot, you can submit it at or Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Sarah and Don celebrated their love for one another in a romantic celebration at St. Bartholomew Church and The Orchard at Munsley. 31 73 97 Fall in love with these gorgeous dresses with striking silhouettes. Ring-a-ding-ding WIN! 59Rustic meets boho was the inspiration for this styled shoot at High Grosvenor House. A fairytale escape at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland. 8 ISSN 1759-4723 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Cullen | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion 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 Nicola Hawkins | 01376 538 480 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your West Midlands 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 West Midlands Wedding is published six times a year. Visit us online at and DIA SHING NTS SHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines

51 38 92 94 69 45 Emily and Tom incorporated their love of burgundy into their big-day styling at Weston Hall. With the 80s making a comeback, we just had to show you this Stranger Things-inspired styled shoot. Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete. The latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. Want to create a theatrical vibe with a touch of the rebellious and outrageous? Check out this shoot at Ettington Park. Leah and Sam incorporated their love of Disney into their big-day celebration at Ansty Hall. EDITOR’S LETTER 9

Weddings at Bennetts Willow Barn Here at Bennetts Willow Barn we offer our couples the chance to have a fun and relaxed wedding celebration, with as much or as little formality and tradition as you feel suits you. We really are a wedding venue with a difference, and you won’t find another one like us! Celebrate the first day of your new lives together with an epic wedding celebration that you and your guests will remember forever. Eat, drink and be merry in the romantic, rustic charm of our unique and spectacular yurt marquee. Play games and enjoy Pimms and Prosecco in the surrounding grounds, and after dusk toast marshmallows around the fire pit. Then dance the night away in our enchanted fairy light-filled rustic party barn. Manor Farm, Malvern Road, Lower Wick, Worcester WR2 4BS | |

All the latest from around the West Midlands AWARD-WINNING VENUE Ansty Hall, a 17th-century Georgian house in Warwickshire, is a finalist at The English Wedding Awards 2023 in the ‘Romantic Wedding Venue of the Year’ category. Situated within eight acres of private grounds, Ansty Hall boasts magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and has original staircases, high ceilings, open fireplaces and 62 bedrooms. The property can be hired on an exclusive-use basis, and there’s even space to arrive via a helicopter for those looking to make a grand entrance. Visit to find out more. SEARCHING FOR THE ONE Wedding Belles of Four Oaks has won ‘Best Bridal Retailer in the West Midlands’ at The Wedding Industry Awards. The company was born from a passion and love for all things girly and bridal in 2007. The owners tell us: “We feel very proud of how our shop has grown and become one of the leading “go-to” wedding dress boutiques in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond. Your wedding dress appointment with us in our Sutton Coldfield boutique is a special and exciting time, and we feel privileged to be a part of it. You will feel in safe hands as we know how important your wedding dress is, and with more than 35 years of combined experience in bridal styling, you really are in the best place.” Check out for more information. Nearlywed NE S JUST THE TWO OF US Crumplebury, an award-winning wedding venue in Herefordshire, has launched an exclusive new package called The Crumplebury Takeover. Couples will be able to take over the whole site for three days, which includes 1,500 acres of private grounds, 11 spoiling suites, the Hen House, indoor spaces from the Grand Hall to the Art Gallery and a stunning outdoor ceremony area nestled in a secret woodland glade. “When it comes to weddings here, the sky really is the limit,” says Crumplebury founder and creative director Keeley Evans. “Every wedding is wonderful, but The Crumplebury Takeover gives couples the chance to curate something truly memorable and personal to them. We’re incredibly lucky to have 1,500 acres of rolling Herefordshire countryside for couples to call their own, beautiful wedding spaces and unique experiences which will live with them forever. We’re perfectly secluded at the end of a mile-and-a-half-long private track, and we know our couples value the privacy and beauty of this landscape as they celebrate with us.” Head over to for more information. LOCAL NEWS 11

GLORIOUS GARDENS The Dorothy Clive Garden is a charitable garden trust in Shropshire. Set up by Colonel Harry Clive as a place of rest and continued horticultural education for the public, the property is located in acres of glorious countryside and is ideal for both formal and informal celebrations. In late 2022 the garden opened a new ceremony point within its gardens. Located in the most private and secluded area of the property, the ceremony space is ideal for couples who want to keep their service intimate. There are also four other areas within the gardens that also available for wedding ceremonies. For more information, email, check out their Instagram or visit REST AND RELAXATION Staffordshire’s luxury country spa retreat, Moddershall Oaks has unveiled its new sunken vitality pool, available to guests staying overnight at the award-winning spa. Loved for its exclusive and private feel with only 10 boutique bedrooms on-site, overnight spa breakers will have exclusive access to this beautiful new pool for a private time slot during their stay. Previously a standalone hot tub, the new vitality pool is sunken into the ground and offers uninterrupted views of the beautiful Staffordshire countryside and rolling hills. As well as access to this new exclusive spa experience, overnight spa breakers can access the award-winning facilities throughout their stay, which include experience showers, a 10m indoor swimming pool, a Kelo sauna, a hydrotherapy pool, heated loungers, a sleep lounge, a steam room and reflexology footbaths. The larger outdoor heated vitality pool is the crowning jewel of the spa, offering a warm solace for guests to immerse themselves. Overnight spa breaks at Moddershall Oaks include a welcome drink on arrival, full use of the facilities on the day of your arrival and departure and a fluffy robe and towel. Also included is a two-course dinner in The Oak House restaurant, a freshly cooked breakfast, and complimentary use of the on-site gym with discounted fitness classes. For more information, visit MUSIC TO MY EARS Dayton Grey, owner of Dayton Music UK recently won ‘Best Musical Act’ in the West Midlands at The Wedding Industry Awards for the third consecutive year! Dayton first started singing in 2013, when he was 32. “I was very shy, hence the late start,” says Dayton. “I initially performed as part of a duo named ‘Domino’ with my close friend Helen Hale. Considering my shy nature, I was surprised to find myself so at home on stage, and I soon gained confidence! In 2014, I performed my first wedding as a soloist. The feeling was like no other! Eager to explore my place in the industry, I took part in several wedding fairs.” Things took off quickly for Dayton, with all subsequent bookings coming from recommendations, guests from previous weddings, social media, or TV shows that he has appeared on. “My wife and I become emotionally invested in each couple’s special day,” adds Dayton. “Being chosen to perform the soundtrack to the beginning of their marriage is such an honour and one we never take for granted. Throughout the process, we build great relationships with couples, we want them to feel that they are speaking to a trusted friend rather than a service provider. I believe being able to create that personal rapport with our clients is so important in our industry.” Discover more at ALL KINDS OF LOVELINESS British casting specialist and fine jewellery manufacturer, Hockley Mint have recently appointed Helen Moreton to the role of director chair of the Employee Ownership Trust Board. Established in 1953 in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the team value great design and are advocates for responsible mining and manufacturing. Hockley Mint create classic, elegant wedding and engagement rings, and provide an efficient and fast, friendly service. They work in collaboration with organisations such as Fair Trade, to create a fully transparent supply chain, which ensures fair and safe conditions for all workers. Helen says: “I am delighted to be appointed by Hockley Mint as the director chair of its newly formed Employee Ownership Trust. Working with organisations that genuinely care about their purpose and people is deeply important to me. It has been great to join the team right at the start of its Employee Ownership journey and to have been there on announcement day to witness the fantastic news being shared. I am excited to work with the new co-owners and leadership and to support them in shaping and developing their governance structures and ownership culture.” To find out more, visit Philip Butler The Wedding Industry Awards 12

Coach Hire for your Wedding You’ve booked the venue, invited the guests and now you need to get them there! Johnsons Quality Coach Travel offers the perfect travel solution for your wedding! Call 01564 510 173 for a free no obligation quote! Why choose Johnsons? 9 Ideally located in the heart of the Midlands 9 We can meet all your transport needs for your wedding day, hen do or stag do! 9 Our large fleet offers a choice of 7 to 89 seats, including wheelchair accessible coaches! 9 Smart, friendly & professional drivers 9 Friends and family won’t need to worry about finding a parking space! 9 Preview of your coach before your wedding day 9 You’re welcome to decorate your wedding coach to add your personal touch! Whatever your wedding group size, contact Johnsons! georginamaiphotography 07912 112777 I like to have some fun when it comes to couple and group shots to help capture natural smiles and so you can enjoy the moment.

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURWESTMIDLANDS.WEDDING WIN A LUXURIOUS HAMPERWORTH £150 The team behind internationally-award-winning St Maur Elderflower Liqueur are offering Your West Midlands Wedding readers the chance to win a luxury cocktails hamper worth £150! St Maur is a hand-crafted premium elderflower liqueur from the Heart of England. The versatile drink is perfect for both sipping and mixing. A beautiful aperitif on its own and sublime in brunch and pre-dinner cocktails, any time of the year. Inspired by romance, St Maur was first created exclusively by William and Kelsey Seymour, Earl and Countess of Yarmouth, for their wedding guests at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Today, the proud producers have four prestigious industry awards to their name, including Best English Floral in the World Liqueur Awards and Gold at the Las Vegas Global Spirits Awards. One lucky winner will receive a luxury hamper containing the main ingredients needed to make some favourite St Maur cocktails. Specially selected items in the hamper include: a 70cl celebration bottle of St Maur, sparkling English wine, champagne, soda water, ginger beer, lemons and limes, and recipe instructions. Plus, a further 20cl bottle of St Maur for the winner to pass on as a gift to a friend or family member. Equipment includes a Parisian cocktail shaker and Hawthorn sieve, a Mexican elbow lemon/lime squeezer, cocktail glasses, and a jigger spirit measure. The competition closes on 30th March, 2023. To enter, please visit our website. For more information about St Maur and to see cocktail recipes, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers 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 15


Spotlight on... BANTOCK HOUSE MUSEUM AND PARK, WV3 9LQ 01902 556 245 | Bantock House Museum and Park is an Edwardian house situated within 43 acres of parkland and formal gardens and is just 10 minutes from the centre of Wolverhampton. Designed and built by the former owners, this historic property includes three gardens, original features, carved oak-panelled rooms, decorative glass tiles and period furnishings inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, with plenty of locally-made enamels, japanned ware, jewellery, and toys. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Drawing Room is available for small celebrations of up to 25 guests. Situated within the manor house, this Edwardian space has oak-panelled walls, period furnishings, and afternoon tea is available to book in the adjacent Dining Room. Perfect for couples looking to personalise their big day, The Coach House is located in the large, historic outbuildings and can accommodate 100 friends and family throughout the day. WE LOVE... The venue offers free on-site parking and catering options. WOLVERHAMPTON, WALSALL, DUDLEY AND STOURBRIDGE 17 LOCAL VENUES

GRAND STATION, WV10 0BF 01902 454 550 | The Grand Station originally opened in 1854 as a Grade II listed building formerly known as the Lower Level Train Station. In 2012, after the building was derelict for almost 30 years, it was transformed into a popular venue for weddings, events and conferences. Situated in the heart of the city, the Grand Station is just a short walk from Wolverhampton’s train station and town centre. Boasting a large outdoor space, the exterior was designed by engineer Sir John Fowler, with the rack work by Mr Henry Robertson and the roof and layout by Mr Isambard Kingdom Brunel. As Wolverhampton’s former train station, the space has retained its historical feel, but has transformed the former train platforms into modern venue spaces. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Civil ceremonies take place in the stunning Old Ticketing Hall, which can hold up to 150 guests. This space has Italian Renaissance ceilings, and classic sash windows finished with a grand chandelier that looks great in photographs. There are two main venue spaces: the Grand Hall and the Brunel Suite. The Grand Hall can hold up to 700 guests and is fitted with luxurious décor and benefits from mobile staging that can be arranged to meet different requirements. Alternatively, the Brunel Suite can hold up to 120 friends and family and is ideal for intimate weddings. The space is beautifully finished and adorned with ornate golden mirrors. Both suites have private entrances, bar areas, kitchens and washroom facilities. WE LOVE... The happy couple will have access to the bride and groom suites on the big day. WOLVERHAMPTON ART GALLERY, WV1 1SH 01902 556 245 | Situated in the heart of the city centre, Wolverhampton Art Gallery was built in 1884 to house the city’s art collection. This Grade II* listed building combines classic 19th-century architecture with modern, contemporary design to provide an exclusive and cultural venue. The property is located opposite St Peter’s Gardens where couples can go and take beautiful photographs. Inside is a grand piano, a space for drinks and canapés after the ceremony, 18th-century paintings, and a grand décor. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Georgian Gallery, located on the first floor, is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies. It’s a light and spacious room with a magnificent glass ceiling and an impressive collection of the city’s 18th-century paintings. WE LOVE... The venue has a rich history and contemporary design throughout. 18

The Perfect Venue For Your Dream Wedding... 66 BEDROOMS FOR YOUR GUESTS FLEXIBLE SPACES FOR UP TO 450 GUESTS INDOOR & OUTDOOR CEREMONIES PICTURE-PERFECT COUNTRYSIDE LOCATION STUNNING PENTHOUSE BRIDAL SUITE LUXURY HEALTH CLUB & SPA Bank House Hotel, Spa & Golf Club, Bransford, Worcester T: 01886 833551 | E: Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Malvern Hills in the idyllic Worcestershire countryside, the Bank House is the perfect setting for your special day. 3D TOUR VISIT WEBSITE FRIENDLY & KNOWLEDGABLE WEDDING TEAM The Perfect Venue For Your Dream Wedding... 66 BEDROOMS FOR YOUR GUESTS FLEXIBLE SPACES FOR UP TO 450 GUESTS INDOOR & OUTDOOR CEREMONIES PICTURE-PERFECT COUNTRYSIDE LOCATION STUNNING PENTHOUSE BRIDAL SUITE LUXURY HEALTH CLUB & SPA Bank House Hotel, Spa & Golf Club, Bransford, Worcester T: 01886 833551 | E: Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Malvern Hills in the idyllic Worcestershire countryside, the Bank House is the perfect setting for your special day. 3D TOUR VISIT WEBSITE FRIENDLY & KNOWLEDGABLE WEDDING TEAM The P rfect Venue For r ream Wedding... 66 BEDROOMS FOR YOUR GUESTS FLEXIBLE SPACES FOR UP TO 450 GUESTS INDOOR & OUTDOOR CEREMONIES PICTURE-PERFECT COUNTRYSIDE LOCATION STUNNING PENTHOUSE BRIDAL SUITE LUXURY HEALTH CLUB & SPA Bank House Hotel, Spa & Golf Club, Bransford, Worcester T: 01886 833551 | E: Set against the picturesque backdrop of t lvern Hills in the idyllic Worcestershir countryside, the Bank House is t rfect setting for your special day. 3D TOUR VISIT WEBSITE FRIENDLY & KNOWLEDGABLE WEDDING TEAM

Visit Website The perfect fairytale castle for the most memorable day of your life Eastnor Castle is an exclusive hire venue with 12 stunning bedrooms, situated on a 5000-acre country estate. Available for civil ceremonies, outdoor ceremonies and receptions for up to 150 guests. Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL +44 1531 633160 | | eastnorcastleweddings

VILLAGE HOTEL WALSALL, WS2 8TJ 01922 669 850 | Located just off junction 10 of the M6, Village Hotel Walsall is the ideal location to explore the Midlands, with Walsall Train Station just over a mile away. The stylish hotel has a buzzing pub and grill, a state-of-the-art health and wellness club with an indoor heated pool, a co-working space, a Starbucks, live sports on huge screens and much more. CELEBRATE IN STYLE From special dietary requirements to incorporating a chosen theme, the team have everything covered. There are several flexible wedding spaces with menus for the meal and evening celebration and helpful packages available with everything needed to create the perfect day. WE LOVE... Village Hotel Walsall is perfect for hen and stag dos with an on-site pub and grill, live entertainment, dancing and Starbucks for the morning after. CITY ARCHIVES, WV1 1SF 01902 556 245 | Formally the Molineux Hotel, the City Archives has recently been restored to its former glory and boasts a prime location overlooking the Molineux Stadium. This historic Grade II* listed Georgian building has a city centre location and fantastic facilities available, including free parking, ornate formal gardens and areas for drinks and canapés after the ceremony. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Rococo Room is a beautiful example of Georgian interior design and can accommodate 45 friends and family. WE LOVE... The venue has a gorgeous interior and lots of photograph opportunities. LOCAL VENUES 21

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Sweet dreams Tie the knot in a luxurious hotel SWINFEN HALL HOTEL, WS14 9RE 01543 481 494 | Swinfen Hall Hotel is an elegant Georgian manor house with a mixture of old and new styles. Set at the end of a sweeping drive, the property stands proudly amongst 100 acres of gardens and parklands and boasts a private deer park, ornamental ponds, a Victorian walled garden, a courtyard garden complete with a bar and a luxury marquee. In the middle of the deer park sits an impressive red tree which is an artistic impression of the venue’s commitment to fighting climate change. It was created by local artist MC Vincent and is a constant reminder to be as ethical and environmentally responsible as possible. Inside, is ornate oak panelling, high ceilings, stained glass windows and 17 guest bedrooms and suites. The newest addition to the property is the Games Room. This wonderful space has a full-size pool table, darts board, table tennis and a golf simulator. The Games Room and Boathouse are included the night before the wedding and the morning of. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Benjamin Wyatt Room is licensed for 30 people and is flooded with light and striking artwork. The Four Seasons, a traditional oak-panelled ceremony room with a high ceiling, chandeliers and open fires, is licensed for weddings of up to 85 guests. Just off the main entrance foyer is The Cocktail Lounge, a bright and welcoming space licensed for up to 60 loved ones. Boasting a seven-metre-high ceiling and ornate oak panelling, The Edwardian Ballroom is licensed for 120 friends and family. WE LOVE... Swinfen Hall Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel and has a stunning honeymoon suite available. HOTELS AND ACCOMMODATION 23

THE WROXETER HOTEL, SY5 6PH 01743 761 256 | Situated in the heart of Shropshire yet easily accessible from major roads, The Wroxeter Hotel boasts fabulous grounds and views, with several outdoor seating areas and points of interest that look great in photographs. This Georgian county house has many original features along with some modern twists and fabulous wedding spaces. The Wroxeter Hotel is an ideal venue for exclusive use and affords a real house party feel. Able to accommodate 40 or more guests overnight, exclusive use gives couples the run of the whole venue from midday on the day of the wedding. CELEBRATE IN STYLE There are an array of well-planned function spaces available. From traditional and functional to quirky and rustic, the spaces are purposely designed for events and groups. The Eyton Suite, the largest room with space for up to 200 guests, comes complete with a dancefloor, private entrance and a bar. Alternatively, couples can book a tipi which can accommodate up to 200 loved ones and has a seating area and bar. Part of the original Georgian house, the Roman can be accessed directly from the foyer and boasts stunning views for up to 30 people. The light and airy Conservatory has its own bar and exit to an outdoor seating area and can hold 100 friends and family. The space can be adjoined with the Roman for discos and evening celebrations. Another quirky function space, the Yurt, has a 10-metre diameter and in the warmer months, the sides can be removed, affording a wonderful covered outdoor area with room for 30 nearest and dearest. The small conservatory, The Wrekin, near the main entrance has amazing views across the fields to the landmark Wrekin and can hold 15 guests. WE LOVE... The happy couple will adore the wedding spaces and striking views. BARNUTOPIA, SY10 9BS 01691 791 624 | Barnutopia first opened as a glamping site with three Mongolian yurts in 2015. Two years later, the owners expanded as a wedding and events venue and have continued to add to the space to create a charming setting to say ‘I do’. Approaching through the main gates, couples will be greeted by a red brick stable block that dates back to 1892. The Events Barn opens directly onto the Yurt Field with spectacular views of the surrounding Shropshire countryside. All parts of the site are easily accessible, including the nine luxury glamping units, two fully-equipped kitchens and bathroom blocks with unlimited hot water. All units are fully furnished with beds, power, heating and free Wi-Fi. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Yurt Field is a charming space to tie the knot with the impressive Gyrn Moelfre as the backdrop. The Dell offers an alternative outside setting next to a stream, which is on the England and Wales border. Alternatively, the Events Barn is now licensed for ceremonies and can be decorated to suit any theme with up to 120 guests. Small celebrations are held in the Farmhouse Dining Room, a licensed space that can hold eight loved ones. Receptions usually take place in the Events Barn, but informal catering can be held under the Dutch Barn or in the Yurt Field. WE LOVE... The horse, donkeys, pigs, dogs and cats complete the farmyard experience and provide great photograph opportunities. 24

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BROCKENCOTE HALL HOTEL, DY10 4PY 01562 777 876 | Brockencote Hall Hotel is a Victorian country manor house hotel set within 70 acres of stunning Worcestershire parkland. With a scenic lake and restored dovecote, it is an idyllic setting for weddings. The house, with its grand sweeping drive, French-inspired architecture and beautiful features, has 21 bedrooms in the main manor house, all of which are elegantly decorated with luxurious furnishings and plush fabrics, representing the country estate splendour of the hotel. It also includes the three-bedroom Brockencote Lodge underpinned by an elegant design, which is proving popular with bridal parties. The grand staircase is one of the many period features of the Victorian house, offering a striking centrepiece upon arrival, while the Grade II listed restored dovecote, lake and garden terrace provide the perfect backdrop outside. CELEBRATE IN STYLE There are several options for a ceremony at Brockencote Hall Hotel, starting with the smaller spaces, which are ideal for more intimate weddings: the Heron and Swan rooms. For larger services, the Chaddesley room is licensed for up to 100 guests. The Colonial Bar and Conservatory can also be utilised for additional space. WE LOVE... Dedicated wedding co-ordinator, Staci Marshall, helps to create intimate and bespoke weddings tailored to each couple. Complimentary menu tasting is also included, with couples guided to create their own menu to suit their special day. MOOR HALL HOTEL & SPA, B75 6LN 01213 083 751 | Moor Hall Hotel & Spa is situated at the end of a long tree-lined drive and boasts a sunken garden with a double-stone staircase, fountain feature, Victorian grotto and sweeping lawns. The happy couple will love the modern and relaxing spa, which has an indoor pool with a bath, sauna and steam room, a refurbished gym and four rooms that can be used for pre-wedding treatments. ANSTY HALL, CV7 9HZ 02476 612 222 | Ansty Hall is an award-winning 17th-century Georgian house situated within eight acres of private grounds. Featuring magnificent views of the surrounding Warwickshire countryside, the house has original features, including high ceilings, open fireplaces and 62 bedrooms. The function rooms feature stunning views of the landscaped gardens, and St James Church, that’s set behind the hotel, is within easy walking distance. NAILCOTE HALL HOTEL, CV7 7DE 02476 466 174 | Set among 13 acres of Warwickshire countryside, Nailcote Hall Hotel boasts a par three championship golf course, green fields, picturesque lakes and waterfalls. The house has lots of character and charm, including a 17th-century black and white façade, original décor and luxurious bedrooms. What’s more, couples will receive a free menu tasting, anniversary dinner and stay, three months leisure membership and a complimentary stay on the night of the wedding. DOUBLETREE BY HILTON STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, CV37 6QQ 01789 271 000 | Set in enclosed private gardens, DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-upon- Avon is located conveniently within the town centre. The four-star hotel reflects Stratford’s historic character retaining the old clock tower from the original building whilst accommodating modern elements that represent the Hilton brand. DOVECLIFF HALL HOTEL, DE13 0DJ 01283 531 818 | The Dovecliff Hall Hotel is a Grade II listed property in Staffordshire. Defined by its eye-catching Georgian architecture, scenic gardens and plush guest rooms, this manor house is ideal for soon-to-be newlyweds who adore a classic style. Guests are bound to fall in love with its old English charm, complete with 15 recently refurbished bedrooms, all of which have king-size beds and luxury bed linen. MODDERSHALL OAKS, ST15 8TG 01782 399 000 | Moddershall Oaks sits on the water’s edge and is surrounded by acres of Staffordshire countryside. This warm and inviting property has a fresh and neutral décor throughout and was designed with a contemporary feel in mind. Boasting a state-of-the-art sound system, Swarovski crystal lighting, hand-made Italian glass chandeliers, a glass bar and moveable walls, this property has everything needed to create the perfect wedding. Also check out… 27 HOTELS AND ACCOMMODATION | 07968401320 madewithloveaccessories | madewithloveandsparkles | madewithlove144

It was always you Sarah and Don celebrated their love in a romantic celebration at St. Bartholomew Church and The Orchard at Munsley Images courtesy of David Liebst Photography Sarah and Don met through mutual friends. “We hit it off right away and haven’t looked back since,” says Sarah. “Years later, Don proposed in Rhodes, Greece. He took me to see the sunset at Kritinia Castle, and as I turned round after taking a picture, he was down on one knee.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 31

Don and I stumbled across The Orchard at Munsley during an open day. From the moment we arrived, we knew it was everything we wanted and more. We loved it so much that we booked it the same day. For the centrepieces, we chose hessian runners, jam jars filled with flowers and terracotta fabric napkins. We named our tables after important landmarks or aspects from our time together. Our wonderfully talented friend, Anna, decorated the church and tipi using a combination of shop-bought and home-grown foliage and flowers sourced from friends and family. We used rustic items to decorate the venue, including wheelbarrows, whiskey kegs and apple crates. To complete the look, we hired giant letters and a post-box from Generation Events Gloucestershire Ltd. Our favours were corked bottles of Wilce’s cider. The apples at The Orchard at Munsley are used to make the cider, so we thought it was the perfect choice for our guests. 32

We started the day with a mixture of canapés, followed by pie, mash and seasonal veg for the main and a trio of desserts from Your Plate Or Mine. In the evening, we had pizzas provided from Cotswold Pizza Co. The groomsmen chose brown brogues, skinny navy chinos, white shirts, tan braces and navy dickie bow ties, while Don wore a Marc Darcy blazer to make him stand out. My dress was made by Molteno Couture and purchased from Hill Bridal. I chose that particular style as it fit perfectly with the overall theme of the wedding. I accessorised with a flower crown and veil, and pearl earrings and a necklace that Don gifted me. Jacqueline Louise Bridal Ltd provided the bridesmaids’ dresses. They were terracotta multiway designs that they wore across the shoulder with a twist at the back. Row Of Cakes provided our three-tiered cake. A lot of our guests stayed locally at Woodside Country Park, so we arranged for a bus from Nick Maddy Coaches to collect them at the end of the night. REAL WEDDINGS 33

SARAH AND DON’S CONTACTS Ceremony venue, St. Bartholomew Church | Reception venue, The Orchard at Munsley, | Tipi, GianTipi, | Photographer, David Liebst Photography, | Videographer, Digital Hippo Media, | Bride’s dress, Hill Bridal, | Bride’s accessories, HELLO Floral Design Studio, | Dress alterations, Cheryl Hughes, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Jacqueline Louise Bridal Ltd, | Hair stylist, Kirsty Thomas Hair Design, | Make-up artist, Painted By Pop, | Cake, Row Of Cakes, Day catering, Your Plate Or Mine, | Evening catering, Cotswold Pizza Co, Giant letters, postbox, popcorn machine and vendor, Generation Events Gloucestershire Ltd, | Transport home, Nick Maddy Coaches, | Stationery, Campbella, | Entertainment, The Rogues, | Photo booth, Betsy the Caravan Photobooth, | Shepherd hut toilets, The Convenience Company, | Accommodation, Woodside Country Park, For our honeymoon, we went to Barbados for 10 nights. It was an incredible experience, and swimming with the turtles was definitely a highlight. We had a live band called The Rogues perform, which got everyone on the dancefloor. The best man also organised a surprise presentation about us. All of our suppliers were amazing and made our day as perfect as it could be. Seeing each other for the first time at the altar was my favourite moment. On the morning of the wedding, we felt nervous, excited and relieved as the day had been postponed twice previously due to the pandemic. Don and I hired a photo booth from Betsy the Caravan Photobooth which was a hit with our guests. It was a converted caravan which fitted with the overall rustic theme of our wedding. 34

West Midlands based singer Dayton, is passionate about working with you to create the perfect soundtrack to which you will begin married life, whilst keeping the process as smooth and stress free as possible. Every couple is unique - and your wedding entertainment should be tailored to embrace that! From the personalised elements of your ceremony, to the ambience of your pre-drinks reception and/or wedding breakfast... to your fun filled evening reception, Dayton ensures the atmosphere reflects who you are as a couple, leaving you & your guests with a lifetime of precious memories! The optional DJ service Dayton offers facilitates seamless entertainment, ensuring your wedding flows flawlessly! Having won ‘Regional Wedding Musical Act Of The Year’ for 2 consecutive years by The Wedding Industry Awards, you can feel confident that you are in safe hands, should you choose to book! On the most magical day of your life... Add panache to your occasion… with the Soulful Sounds of Dayton Pre Ceremony Civil Ceremony Church Ceremony Drinks Reception Wedding Breakfast Evening Reception DJ Service Luxury toilets from the company that cares We hire out luxury portable toilets and showers for prestige events Weddings • Private Parties • Corporate Events Hospitality • Major Sporting Events We can provide someting a little different - give us a call We provide... Well-designed Units • Meticulous Hygiene Advanced Planning • Attention to Detail Care and consideration in delivery, installation and removal. E: T: 01981 500 753 | 2023 2023 The blossom will be out, the tipis will be dressed and the music will be playing. Meet local suppliers for ideas and inspo, while soaking up the atmosphere and chatting through all your options for your big day. Scan the QR code for more details or drop Jayne an email at: Limited availability on 5th May so get in contact today. Come and enjoy a glass of fizz and a canape or two, whilst wandering around the orchard and checking out our brand new tipis in all their glory... Thinking of a tipi wedding? We’d love you to join us at our TIPI LAUNCHWEEKEND on 5th & 6th May 2023 SCAN ME! For details and tickets T H E O R C H A R D A T M U N S L E Y H E R E F O R D S H I R E H R 8 2 S Q

MARRY | EAT | SLEEP | RETREAT Hawkstone Hall & Gardens offers the perfect combination of character, charm, natural beauty & heritage. The 37 bedroom, 18th Century, country mansion enjoys far stretching views across the Shropshire countyside and onwards to the Welsh valleys. WEDDINGS At Hawkstone Hall your wedding will be a truly magical experience, we offer a breathtaking bridal preparation wing with personal butler, on-site chapel; available for Civil Ceremonies & religious blessings, 37 luxurious suites & bedrooms, 88 acres of gardens with option of an outdoor ceremony available. BEDROOMS All 37 of our bedrooms offer spectacular views of the rolling Shropshire hills to the front, or the glorious Hawkstone Estate to the rear, with all the luxurious finishing touches you would expect in such a setting. DINING Our saloon restaurant offers a spectacular dining experience like no other. Our ‘A La Carte’ evening menu is served Monday to Saturday 6pm - 9.30pm. Fantastic Afternoon Teas are available Monday to Saturday 12pm - 4.30pm and Sunday lunches 12pm - 6pm. Our 2 or 3 course set lunch menu is available Monday to Saturday 12pm - 2:30pm HH HAWKSTONE HALL & GARDENS 01630 685242 | HAWKSTONEHALL .CO.UK HAWKSTONE HALL & GARDENS @HAWKSTONE_HALL

With the building’s stunning features and the surrounding glorious Staffordshire countryside, Weston Hall provides the perfect setting to celebrate in style. Weston Hall has an array of elegant rooms varying in size, character and charm. Whether it’s drinks on the terrace followed by a wedding breakfast in the Westminster, or a civil ceremony in the conservatory and evening reception in the Shrewsbury, the choice is yours. Weston Hall offers 20 acres of breath taking scenery, magnificent original Elizabethan features and 8 lavish bedrooms. Your wedding at Weston Hall starts from just £4250. WH 01889 271082 | WESTON-HALL .CO.UK WESTON1234 @WESTONHALL1 WESTON HALL

Nothing can keep us apart Emily and Tom incorporated their love of burgundy into their big-day styling at Weston Hall Images courtesy of DJSPhotography 38

Emily and Tom met while studying for their PhDs at university. “We were friends for several months before we finally got together in the summer of 2016,” says Emily. “We connected over our similar backgrounds and interests. We completed our studies in the same lab and saw each other everyday. We supported one another, and outside of university, we bonded over our love of cinema.” Tom left the UK after finishing his studies in 2017 and spent the next three years working in France. “We kept our relationship going long distance which became especially difficult during the pandemic,” shares the bride. “Everything worked out and Tom proposed when he returned to the UK in 2021. He took me away for the weekend in Buxton for my birthday, and on a beautiful August evening, he presented me with a ring and asked me to marry him. It was supposed to be a surprise, but I suspected he might propose. We went back to Staffordshire the next day to share the news with our parents, who all suspected what was going on.” SETTING THE SCENE “We chose the Rising Brook Baptist Church for the ceremony because it was where Tom went to church when he was growing up, so we felt a special connection to it,” explains Emily. “Tom’s mum and her friends decorated the church for us. They put ivory tulle and burgundy ribbons on the chairs with bunting in the café for tea and coffee after the service. They also put up pictures of us as children in a heart-shaped frame. “For our reception, we booked Weston Hall as the staff were so friendly and helpful,” adds Emily. “The dining room/reception room and bar area were wonderful and didn’t need much decorating. We adored the lovely terrace that we could use for our drinks reception and the fact that our wedding party could stay over.” Tom’s dad made the table plan. He drew cartoons of the giant microbes that the couple had chosen for their centrepieces which represented their jobs. Their flowers were provided by Walkers Farm Shop and Florist. “We had bouquets of burgundy and white flowers to match our colour scheme,” recalls the bride. “Kerry and the team did a fantastic job, and the blooms looked stunning. “My aunt made our cake,” continues Emily. “It was a three-tiered chocolate cake decorated with white icing, handmade roses and a waterfall-like feature flowing down the side. It was amazing!” Emily’s uncle transported Emily and her father in his Rolls Royce while her mum arrived in a Jaguar. “Weston Hall provided the catering,” remembers Emily. “We had a tasting evening before the wedding where we were able to sample various options from the extensive menu, including canapés. We had no problems choosing food that suited us and our guests.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS Emily wore an Allure Bridals dress from J & J Designs. “I must have tried on nearly every dress in the shop before finally settling on the one,” reveals Emily. “Judy and the staff at J & J Designs were very patient and added extra lace motifs to the gown. I chose it because it was flattering and made a statement without being too over the top.” Tom sported a tailored navy suit from Moss Bros with a burgundy tie to match the bridesmaids’ beautiful maxi dresses. Joanne Parsons and Marie Carter styled the bridal party’s hair. “Joanne has been doing my hair since I was 12 years old, so I loved that she was able to do it on my big day,” adds the bride. MEMORABLE MOMENTS “To keep our guests entertained, we hired a DJ from Blaze Entertainment,” says Emily. “They were recommended by Weston Hall and provided music following the wedding breakfast. We finished the evening by taking photos on the terrace with sparklers. REAL WEDDINGS 39