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WEDDINGS FREE NATIONAL WEDDING MAGAZINE
in Barbados, Bali and Malaysia
Honeymoon Goals Where will you choose?
Ways to WOW Dream dresses just for you
Couples share their real life weddings
Luxury country house hotels to host your special day
Shimmer and Shine Beautiful jewellery to add the finishing touch
Bold & Beautiful
Wedding guest style
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My favourite picks……
What a great time to be planning a wedding, the season ahead is full of so much inspiration.
Including dream dresses from Justin Alexander, Morilee by Madeline Gardner and Rivini (starting from page 9), you really will be spoilt for choice. There’s also tips and inspiration for styling your special day, whether it’s boho chic or elegant luxe, we’re here to help and inspire you (page 31).
All the planning doesn’t just end on the wedding day, there’s a honeymoon or minimoon to organise as well, and that’s where we come in with our vast selection of destinations across the world – Whether it’s an overnight staycation in the UK or a two-week honeymoon in Barbados, we have it all, with most of our destinations being experienced by us, so we can truly promise you paradise. The build-up to a wedding is a special time in a couple’s life, we love to experience this with you, through your emails, pictures and social media posts – please continue to share, and if you’d like your wedding featured in our real-life wedding section please do get in touch. Happy Wedding Planning
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JUMP TO IT
Not keen on a dress? How about making a style statement in a bridal jumpsuit, a definite trend that’s here to stay. We love the delicate flowing fabric on this Francesca Miranda design.
This baked heart-shaped blush from Too Faced contains three individual colour swatches that blend beautifully for multidimensional colour in a gorgeously wearable, universally flattering peachy shade, a definite blushing bride on your wedding day.
These Eva duck egg blue shoes from Emmy London, are inspired from the decadent twenties, when elegance and glamour formed some of the most sensational designs. This graceful vintage court shoe shape and embellished T-bar strap has made this shoe a must for modern brides who wish to add a touch of Gatsby glamour to their wedding day. www.federjewellery.com
All about the Bride
MAP IT OUT
Finish your bridal look with Ted Baker’s delicate Hadriaa tiara (£99). Doubling as a necklace, this pretty piece features heart blossom petals with sparkling Swarovski crystal in the centre of each flower, creating a delicate crown for your special day.
A big style trend this season is travel, with couples tailoring their theme around destinations and using maps aspects different for including their wedding cake, like tihs one from www.couturecakes.co.uk
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Morilee by Madeline Gardner â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Endless Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the theme of the spring 2019 collection from Morilee. Encompassing timeless designs that reflect romance perfectly.
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A full spectrum of silhouettes and a generous mix of fabrics including tulle, crepe, satin and taffeta that express glamour, romance and elegance, with decadent lace and stunning beaded details.
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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Inspired by the comparison of modernity and opulence, this collection illustrates perfectly balanced, diverse styles exquisitely brought to life.
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Clean lines with unexpected asymmetrical draping and subtle transparent details are refreshingly chic and minimalistic; while geometric and lavish deco beading are amplified in the most elegant way, making these gorgeous dresses perfect for the modern bride.
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Rivini by Rita Vinieris The latest spring 2019 collection offers a silhouette of elegance, sophistication and glamour, everything the modern bride wants.
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Effortless glamour and chic silhouettes in rich luxurious fabrics that are complimented by soft tucks and pleats, understated beading, sheer panels of fabric, and a variety of couture techniques and styles create dresses that are pure luxury.
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Fefe Rose Heels, £295, Freya Rose
Diamondd, £130, Dune London
Eden Eve Heels, £2,450, Ralph & Russo
Eleonora, £545, Emmy London
Foot Fefe Pearl Heels, £295, Freya Rose
Memories Heel, £130, Dune London
Add to your bridal look and walk down the aisle in a pair of these fabulous heels.
Iris Heels, £495, Emmy London
Arabella Gold Cherry Heels, £450, Harriet Wilde Tabitha 100 Heels, £235, Freya Rose
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His ‘n Hers
Share more than your love on your wedding day with these romantic and sensual scents from fragrance expert Leighton Denny MBE. The two gorgeous fragrances (£43.50 each) for both men AND women, enhance and complement your own scents to create an intoxicating fragrance you and your partner can share on your special day!
The Fine Line
Flawless Lashes by Loreta have released their new eyeliner (£14.95) which is a must-have for your wedding day makeup bag. A jet-black eyeliner with an ultra-fine fine nib for the smoothest application. It will become your new best friend on your special day and beyond withstanding humidity, high temperatures and even the best man’s speech, and can be easily applied in just one quick swipe.
Bridal beauty The latest beauty products every bride should try
This super long-lasting liquid matte lipstick from Maybelline (£9.99) stays on for up to 16 hours, so is perfect for sealing your love with a kiss or two. With a precise arrow applicator for a smooth matte, secondskin effect in just one stroke. Available from Boots stores nationally.
Smooth as Silk
The new Nude Attitude Eyeshadow Palette (£34) from Laura Geller New York is just perfect for your bridal day make-up. The eyeshadows come in multiple finishes to create a soft-matte natural eye and is free-from Nanos, Fragrance, Parabens, Mineral Oil and Soy.
Enriched with Coral Grass and Green Algae–powerful moisture magnets–this super creamy yet lightweight Skin Nourish Mask (£34) from Bobbi Brown instantly quenches your skin with sustained moisturisation for a smoother, plumper look. Used three times a week, it helps repair skin's natural moisture barrier and reduce the look of fine, dry lines. www.bobbibrown.co.uk
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Effervescence Pearl Earrings, £1,500, Links of London
Aphrodite Rose Earrings, £35, www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk
Extravagant in Pearls Earrings, £29, Glitzy Secrets
It’s all about the finishing touches, and pearl earrings are always going to add that extra bit of glamour when it comes to your bridal look
Timeless EleganceEarrings, £19, Glitzy Secrets
Heirloom Pearl-Earrings, £22, Glitzy Secrets
Pearl Drop Earrings, £55, www.lido-collection.co.uk Glitzy Secrets
Lisbon Earrings, £25, www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk
Regalia Pearl Drop Earrings, £117, Liberty in Love
Kande Pearl Earrings, £97, Liberty in Love
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Vintage meets Modern
Dark metallic tones against clear acrylics, wild loose blooms and foliage against antique furniture, were the inspiration for this vintage with a modern twist styled shoot at the picturesque country house hotel, Barrington Hall.
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She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like too much makeup. The colour pink makes her cringe. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got style, a sexy edge and confidence yet deep down she is a hopeless romantic. She still likes chivalry and pretty things and is drawn towards old places yet craves all things modern.
A perfect vintage up do and boho twopiece dress against dark metallic tones set the scene for this shoot - chic and bold yet classic and elegant. All the details are perfectly brought together by vintage gold and bronze touches throughout, twinkly fairy lights give a soft and romantic backdrop as the sun disappears in the horizon. A game of mix and match, old and new. Eccentric influences merge with understated elegance. A game of mix and match that blends the present with the past effortlessly
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Concept & Photography // www.thymelanephotography.co.uk Venue // www.barringtonhall.co.uk Styling & Catering // www.hallandcoeventdesign.co.uk Dress // www.audreyashleycouture.com Bridal accessories // www.bridaladornments.co.uk Suit & Accessories // www.duncanjameswalsall.co.uk Cake // www.onepartlove.co.uk Flowers // www.elyflowers.co.uk Stationary // www.inkandwood.wixsite.com Hair // www.thairapy-freelance.co.uk Make-up // www.alikmua.co.uk Bowtie // www.lillydillys.co.uk Models // Elena Tun @elena.tun.model / Reece George @reecegeorge_
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Romantic and atmospheric with a rich colour palette of navy, berry red and gold was the inspiration for this shoot that took place within the oak panelled rooms of Rothamsted Manor.
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Brought together by Lee Rushby Photography and Venue Styling by Sara, this shoot takes its inspiration from a rich colour palette of bold colours, sophistication and elegance. Romantic, atmospheric and a little moody the navy, berry red and gold, blended perfectly with the oak panelled rooms of Rothamsted Manor.
The main focus of the shoot was The Great Drawing room, where the grand dining table was dressed with luxurious silk flowers from Iris Floral Design with some wonderful flourishes of Red Berry, Navy and Gold. The sea of flowers along with candles, lanterns and geometric shapes were added to all the settings throughout the shoot. Blue and purple lighting from Bluemark Entertainment brought the rooms to life and beautiful stationary from Sarah Ardrey designs tied in the styling and florals effortlessly add to that classic bombonieres from Bomboniere by Maria and the tablescape was finished off perfectly. An elegant cake in deep colours from La belle Cake Company continued the theme.
Against the dark moody backdrop the bride wore a beautiful, delicate lace dress from George James bridal, with hair accessories from Rachel Louise Bridal Accessories. The groom looked dashing in his vintage three piece suit from the Vintage Suit Hire Company. The dark hues in this shoot show that bold colours arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything to be scared of, they ooze luxury and elegance. A very classy and sophisticated choice for elaborate weddings.
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THE DREAM TEAM
Photography// www.leerushby.com Venue Styling// www.venuestylingbysara.com Venue// www.rothamstedmanor.com Filming// www.louiseshrigley.co.uk Cake// www.labellecakecompany.co.uk Flowers// www.irisdesignfloral.com Dress// www.georgejamesbridal.com Suit// www.vintagesuithire.co.uk Hair Accessories//www.etsy.com/shop/rachellouisebridal Hair & Make Up// www.emmamorrismakeupartist.co.uk Stationary// www.sarahardreydesigns.co.uk Lighting// www.bluemarkentertainment.co.uk Bombonieres// www.bombonierebymaria.co.uk
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Angel of Gold Brooch, £38, www.glitzysecrets.com
The midas touch
Earrings, £15, M&S
Titania Crown, £1,295, www.hermioneharbutt.com
We’re in love with the new trend of gold wedding dresses, but if they’re not your thing, you can still add a little gold to your bridal look with these accessories
Freya Rose Courtney, £595, www.freyarose.com
Baroque Teardrop Necklace, £158, www.butlerandwilson.co.uk
Gold Crystal Pearl Hair Comb, £36, www.glitzysecrets.com
Enchanting Dream Tiara, £88, www.glitzysecrets.com
Envelope Clutch, £22, Accessorize
Gold Flats, £35, M&S
Cocktail Ring, £30, www.glitzysecrets.com
Earrings, £12, River Island
Galina Spring 2019 Darsie Shoe, £90, Dune
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Fishtail Maxi, £78, Lipsy
Ombre Feather Cape, £99, Issa London
Green Drop Earrings, POA River Island
Embroidered Maxi Dress, £90, Very
Earrings, £12.50, M&S
Bold and Beautiful L
ook elegant and sophisticated in rich shades of green, red, blue and purple. There’s plenty of choice to suit your style, whether it’s a dress or an accessory, you’ll look a million dollars.
Jasper Conran Dress, £99, Debenhams
Evonia Clutch, £65, Dune London
Necklace POA, Debenhams Pronovias
Red Dress, £2,500, Suzannah
Helena Maxi Dress, £180, Monsoon
Therapy Bag, £30, House of Fraser
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Erabia Bag, £80, Dune London
Jewel Necklace, POA, River Island
Matthew Williamson, £160, Debenhams
Bag, £32, River Island
Collection Dress, £39, Debenhams
Debut Dress, £120, Debenhams
Velvet Wrap Dress, £49, Principles
Lisa Luxe Dress, £1,650, Suzannah
Ashe Heels, £80, Dune London
Marciano Off the Shoulder Dress, POA, Guess
Lace Dress, £62, Little Mistress
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Copper & Roses Cake, www.thekingcake.com
Copperworld Cake, www.delacremestudio.com
Navy and Copper Cake, POA, www.foxtailbakesshop.com
Copper and Marble Cake, www.amaracakeboutique.co.uk
Geometric Copper Cake, www.delacremestudio.com
Sweets by Millie
Copper Confetti Cake, www.sugarlipscakes.com
Metallic copper finishes are one of the wedding cake trends of the moment, it can be paired with any colour palette, dark or light.
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Vicky and Chris were married on 18th May 2018 at Knowsley Hall in Prescot, Merseyside
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How did you meet? We actually met in 2007 whilst working at Channel M, which was a local TV station for Manchester back in the days before anyone knew local TV even existed. I was given Chris’ number by a colleague when I was in need of a freelance cameraman to film some boxing, and the first time I called him he was actually on holiday in New York outside the McDonalds in Time Square. We had such a lovely chat even before we had met each other, and then when Chris got home we became really close friends over the course of a year. The day we got together, Chris had text me to see if I wanted his spare ticket to go and see the Verve play at Manchester Central on the 20th December 2007. I took a while to get back to him, by which point he had actually given his spare ticket to someone else. He felt bad so came into town early to find a tout, and swapped his two tickets for the next night for one for me to go with him and his friend. I’m not sure what happened that night to change our relationship, but we were always quite cuddly and for some reason when he put his arms around me during the gig it all just felt right. How did the proposal happen? Chris had been to France while working on the Euros, and decided he wanted to take me back to Paris to show me round, however he planned it last minute right on top of Christmas (which I was so stressed trying to get organised for) that it never crossed my mind something romantic was on the cards. We had a lovely time in Paris, with one of the things being dinner at the top of the Eifel Tower. Security is understandably quite tight as you enter the Eifel Tower, and all guests are required to empty their pockets. Thankfully for Chris I’m generally in my own world, so I was completely oblivious to the exchange between him and the security guards as he pulled out a ring box - It seems they are not only trained in security, but also in how to recognise the look of fear on a man’s face when trying to hide an engagement ring! We went for dinner, and between courses Chris pushed a small box across the table to me. This particular box was an Eifel Tower Pandora charm,
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which while beautiful wasn’t quite what I was expecting! After dinner we went to the very top of the Eifel Tower, and it’s here the proposal took place in front of a plaque explaining that the Eifel Tower had once been the tallest radio tower in the world (rather apt as both our jobs are in broadcasting). He got down on one knee, and asked me to help turn a dream into a plan and would I marry him. This time he definitely wasn’t ready for my reaction. Among me asking ‘are you serious’ and ‘have you asked my dad’, a very nice English speaking onlooker reminded me that I needed to say yes. The rest, as they say, is history. Where did the wedding take place? St Mary’s Church in Knowsley Village, before going on to our reception at Knowsley Hall. What did you wear (bride)? An Enzoani gown, which I customised to my style by cutting away the mesh and introducing a peep hole. I also added extra beading to the shoulders to pull everything together. What did the rest of the Bridal party wear? The bridesmaids wore dusky blue dresses, and the men all wore blue suits with ties and pocket squares to match the bridesmaid dresses.
What was your theme? Our theme was contemporary regal elegance, which we felt pulled our tastes and the theme of the venue together nicely. Something Blue? My shoes! They were beautiful blue lace Jimmy Choo’s, which I still like to take out of the box to stroke every once in a while. What were the highlights? The absolute highlight has to be the first dance which was to Lucky Man by the Verve. Chris walked in from the other room playing our song on the guitar, while the band performed with a string trio on stage. It was absolutely amazing in every way and a moment I will never forget.
Your best buy? I actually think both the venue and the band Soul Revolver were phenomenal value for money. The venue was just stunning with such amazing access for what you pay compared to other stately homes, not to mention how brilliant and attentive the staff are at Knowsley too.
How did it end? We had breakfast the next morning with our close friends and family, and once everyone else had gone the venue very kindly let myself and Chris have a wonder around the gardens together. Thankfully the weather was still beautiful, so while everyone else settled in to watch the royal wedding, we took our first proper moment together whilst wandering in the stunning grounds of Knowsley Hall to reflect on a royal wedding of our own. Where did you go on honeymoon? We went to Atmosphere Kanifushi in the Maldives. The resort was beautiful, and the staff just couldn’t do enough for us. We even saw a shooting star while having our candlelit honeymoon meal on the beach.
Photography: James Stack (www.stackphotography.co.uk) Dress: Enzoani Venue: Knowsley Hall
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Andi and Andrew were married on 11th August 2018 at Thanda Safari Game Reserve in South Africa.
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How did you meet? We met in Cannes, France at a work conference, spotting each other like two giraffes over the crowds. I had just come from Kenya and it was my first time in France while Andrew was starting a new venture in Rome. I had been in Rome the week before and met a friend of Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s which we discovered with great excitement. Andrew took a photo of me to send to his friend for confirmation and still has that picture 7 years later. Little did we know that our meeting would change our lives as I moved from South Africa to Rome to be with Andrew. How did the proposal happen? Andrew surprised me at the front door while I was visiting family in the Cotswolds. He proposed as I opened the door and we spent the weekend celebrating with family. It was perfect.
Where did the wedding take place? On Andiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite game reserve, Thanda Safari in KZN, South Africa
What did the bride wear? A beautiful Miss Hayley Paige dress. I tried on so many gorgeous gowns and was going for something more traditional with lace, but
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when I tried this dress on I knew it was the one. The beading in the dress reminded me so much of Africa and the tribal necklaces I am so inspired by.
What did the rest of the bridal party wear? I am lucky enough to have had a bridesmaid who is a fashion designer. None of my bridesmaids saw my dress until the day but Jess understood my vision and designed beautiful dresses for our safari chic wedding. They also wore beaded neck pieces and earrings with tribal shoes. What was your theme? Safari chic.
Describe your cake? Andrew and I were very relaxed with catering, we had been to Thanda before and knew their level was so high! John, the executive Chef, and his lovely wife surprised us with the most delicious carrot cake, we absolutely loved.
What were the highlights? Oh, this is an impossible question as the whole day was an absolute fairytale. The traditional Zulu Mammas that lead me down the aisle is certainly a moment I will never forget. Goosebumps! Your best buy? We bought a little polaroid camera that was passed around and the natural snaps taken by everyone over the weekend are really special.
How did it end? After the DJ played Andrea Bocelli, “Time to say goodbye” we were escorted though the bush to our honeymoon tent which had been beautifully set up for us. Is there anything you wish you’d done differently? Not get stressed about little things, everything was perfect on the day.
Where did you go on honeymoon? We stayed at Thanda Safari for 2 extra nights after the wedding and then went on to an island in Mozambique.
Photography: Dean Maber (www.deanmaber.com) Dress: Miss Hayley Paige Venue: Thanda Safari in KZN, South Africa (www.thandasafari.co.za)
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Romance on the River Paula and Gareth were married on 20th May 2017 at Phyllis Court, Henley on Thames.
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How did you meet? After several years of searching for love and despite neither of us wanting to resort to the internet to find love - Gareth and I met online. I knew from our first date that Gareth was different from any other guy I had met and we saw each other three times in the first week of meeting. Personally, I think Gareth got a bargain because he only paid for a 1 month subscription before he found me, where as I paid for 6 months before I found him! He was worth every penny though!
How did the proposal happen? We bought our first house together and spent a lot of time making the house the way we wanted it. Gareth was obsessed with doing a lot of work in the garden and one Saturday afternoon (5th June), Gareth called me on his way back from golf and asked if I could ring our local garden centre to see if they had a delivery of turf. With the garden centre due to close within the next half an hour, I reluctantly gave them a call. Unfortunately for me, they had a delivery and the next thing I know, I am racing to the garden centre and then loading up my car with 10 rolls of fresh turf! Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty heavy and pretty muddy!! I was a little bit bemused to say the least as to why Gareth was so keen to get this turf, and to then also get it laid the same evening!! Little did I know back then that he was doing all of this because the next afternoon when I returned home from work, he would get down on one knee, in our beautiful garden and ask me to marry him. I was in complete shock and totally blown away.
Where did the wedding take place? With both Gareth and I not getting any younger, we knew that we wanted to get married fairly quickly. As a child I used to have our end of year school assemblies at All Saints Church in Marlow and I used to dream about getting married there. Thankfully we were able to hold our ceremony there and my dream was realised. With regards to reception venues we knew that we wanted somewhere relaxed and informal and after seeing six potential venues, Phyllis Court in Henley-onThames was the clear winner for us. It was our dream venue, the perfect setting on the River Thames where our guests could relax and celebrate with us. It was somewhere informal yet fun, exclusive and elegant. We had our wedding breakfast in the Riverside Pavilion which is a stunning location looking out on to the river and in the evening we danced the night away in the magnificent Ballroom. What did the bride wear? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always dreamed of a ball gown, after all when else in your life would you get to wear something so extravagant! I had waited 38 years to take my Mum wedding dress shopping and it was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life. After visiting maybe five bridal shops and a few emotional tears later I settled on a Ronald Joyce gown called Audrey, which I purchased from the Bridal House in High Wycombe.
What did the rest of the bridal party wear? I knew that I wanted my bridesmaids to be in navy blue, but to be honest that was all I knew. With six bridesmaids living in different parts of the country it was tricky to coordinate a time when everyone was free, but we managed to get everyone together with my bridesmaids choosing from either a two shoulder or one shoulder navy blue dress. The top of the dress was lace to compliment the lace on the top of my dress with
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the skirt being chiffon. My flower girl wore a beautiful white chiffon dress from Debenhams. The men wore matching dark grey suits from Moss Bros with a navy-blue cravat and a cream waistcoat and our page boy had the same as the men, but just in a mini version! What was your theme? We both have a love for South Africa and going on safari, so despite our colour theme being navy blue, there was also a strong South African theme. Our tables were named after safari animals with our top table being named after our favourite game reserve in South Africa called Ulusaba. Our ladies’ favours were beaded candle holders that were made by the local community that is adjacent to Ulusaba so our favours went some way to supporting local projects, back in what we like to call our second home. Gareth has a military background and it is custom at formal military dinners to drink port to toast The Queen. Despite not using them to toast The Queen the gents’ favours were small bottles of port and a lottery scratch card. Describe your cake Continuing the South African theme our cake was fairly simple, but with silhouettes of Africa. The silhouettes were navy blue to match the bridesmaids and the cake was 4 tiers with 4 different flavours. Lemon, chocolate, carrot cake and traditional fruit cake on the bottom. Something blue? My shoes were my something blue. Roland Cartier, sparkly blue with a mid-heel.
What were the highlights? They were so many highlights, but a couple of things really stand out. With a love of ice cream (Mr Whippy in particular!) I had always dreamt of having an ice cream van at our wedding, but as the expense of the wedding mounted, I decided that as much as I’d love an ice cream van, it would be an unnecessary expense. My Dad however thought otherwise and I was totally blown away when he told me that he had secretly arranged an ice cream van for our special day. It was absolutely brilliant and Gareth and I even got to serve our guests with ice cream! After our ceremony at All Saints Church in Marlow, we arrived at Phyllis Court by boat and all of our guests were waiting on the balcony when we arrived, which made us feel like royalty. We had the most wonderful reception as we stepped off the boat and we were immediately given a glass of champagne it truly was perfect. Our final highlight would be how wonderful and attentive the staff at Phyllis Court were on the day. Everything ran like clockwork and the staff couldn’t have done any more for us and our guests. The whole
day was absolutely seamless.
Your Best Buy? It has to be the ice cream van.
How did it end? Our special day ended with sparklers by the river and then back inside for the last dance of the evening - Take That’s Never Forget!!
Is there anything you wish you’d done differently? Having never organised a wedding before it’s hard to know what to do for the best. My only regret is not staying at Phyllis Court the night before our wedding. As a little girl I always wanted to go to the church from my family home, but in hindsight with Mum, Dad, six bridesmaids, one flower girl, a photographer, a videographer, two hairdressers and a make-up artist it was a bit tight for time and space. Where did you go on honeymoon? Gareth and I love a sense of adventure so as much as two weeks on the beach after all the planning and preparation sounded appealing we knew that it wouldn’t be for us. We also wanted to go somewhere that we were never likely to go to again. So we were lucky enough to combine relaxation with adventure and we headed to Borneo. We had three nights of relaxation on the beach before heading into the jungle where we stayed on the Kinabatangan River, where we saw Oranguntuns in the wild, as well as Pygmy elephants and other wildlife native to Malaysia. It was without a doubt a once in a lifetime experience.
Photography: Gemma Morgan Photography (www.gemmamorganphotography.com) Dress: Ronald Joyce Venue: Phyllis Court, Henley on Thames (www.phylliscourt.co.uk)
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Printed Blazer, £89, Marks & Spencer
Gold velvet Jacket, £85, River Island
Velvet Bow Tie, £12.50, Marks & Spencer
Georg Jensen Sphere Cufflinks, POA, www.cwsellors.co.uk
Blue Velvet Tuxedo Jacket, £75, Burton Menswear
Velvet Tie, £17.50, Marks & Spencer
Hammond & Co Bow Tie, £16.99, Debenhams
Velvet Crush The classic velvet tux will always look sauve and sophisticated, choose one in a deep berry colour and it’s perfect for a country house winter wedding, just add accessories.
Purple Tuxedo Jacket, £90, Burton Menswear
Hugo Boss Navigator Watch, £290, www.watchshop.com
Black Shoes, £130, Dune Men
Velvet Red Blazer, £90, Next
Blue Scarf, POA, Debenhams
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Jewel and Ron were married on 8th December 2017 at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London.
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How did you meet? We met online. We messaged each other for about a month. During those messages I told him once that I was going to New York for a wedding and the day I arrived in NY, he messaged that he hoped I enjoyed time with my family and the wedding. He remembered! I knew then that I had to make plans for a first date when I came back in town.
How did the proposal happen? It was just a couple weeks before leaving on vacation to London and I came home from work after a long day. He sat on the couch next to me and told me he had something to tell me with a concerned look. He waited for my worry to settle in and with the words “I don’t think I can take this on the plane” he presented the ring box opened with my engagement ring. It was a moment just for us. Where did the wedding take place? Royal Horseguards Hotel in London. Many ask me why London since we live in the States and that’s not a “normal” wedding destination and to that I say “Give me a good reason why not?” What the bride wear? The wedding designer is Lazaro and it was the first dress I picked out. I tried on others but the first one is where I landed. What did the rest of the Bridal party wear? Long gold sequin dresses with low backs.
What was your theme? We didn’t really have a theme per se. It was more of a feeling we wanted our guests to have. London and the wedding venue gave it an old world feel. It was very winter classic. Describe your cake Classy and understated.
Something Blue? The groom and groomsmen wore blue tuxes and I had a blue stone in the bottom of each of my wedding shoes.
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What were the highlights? The whole night was magical. All equally a highlight. Your best buy? The wedding welcome party
How did it end? Our wedding DJ is a member of one of my favourite bands and was flown in from the States. He eventually needed a break after playing hours of music for the reception. The party ended with me, my maid of honour and bridesmaid DJing till the end of the night. We’re huge music fans. We loved every minute of it.
Is there anything you wish you’d done differently? No. I don’t watch any more wedding shows which helps us not question our decisions and experiences. Ha Ha! Where did you go on honeymoon? We left the very next day on a train to Amsterdam where we spent a couple of days at the extremely beautiful Pulitzer Hotel, enjoying shopping and the sights, including the Royal Palace, Ann Frank House and Van Gogh’s House. It snowed enough to close stores early and shut the trains down which made it so much more special and romantic considering how infrequently it snows in Amsterdam.
Photography: Lee Rushby (www.leerushby.com) Dress: : Lazaro Venue: The Royal Horseguards (www.guoman.com)
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Gold Luxe All that glitters is gold with Papierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new collection of Gold Foiled Wedding Stationery that includes peacock feathers within its 11 designs that have been re-imagined with beautiful gold detailing. Available to order from www.Papier.com
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Milaidhoo Island Maldives
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Ultimate Luxury in Mustique X Marks the Spot or the ultimate in luxurious honeymoons, private travel designers Niquesa offer a unique experience, starting by interviewing the bride and groom before they travel to discover information including where they first met, favourite song and meal, as well as speaking with select wedding guests and family members.
Once this information is sourced, the couple fly to Mustique and stay in a beautiful suite at The Cotton House for three nights. The first few days are for relaxing, pampering and reflecting on their special day. On day four, over a romantic private beach stroll the newlyweds discover a washed up ‘message in a bottle’. This message is a personal invitation to board a luxury yacht that afternoon to embark upon the most romantic treasure hunt imaginable. The yacht is crewed and sails from Mustique to Tobago Cays. The sailing part is
two days and one night on board and allows them to explore some of the most beautiful uninhabited islands, cays and corals. The happy couple can enjoy a private lobster BBQ lunch and champagne on a private sand cay, left there for the afternoon to relax and be completely alone. The yacht returns at sunset for an on-board dinner under the stars serenaded by music chosen from their wedding.
The next morning they wake up on board and after a Champagne breakfast the treasure hunt commences following clues on deserted islands until bride and groom find the buried gifts that they have chosen for each other. The yacht sales onwards to Canouan where the couple then enjoy three nights at The Mandarin Oriental’s newly opened private villas. There is a guideline price of £40K per couple. For further information or to book, please visit www.niquesatravel.com
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From Pool to Piste
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uente Romano, Marbella a chic Andalusian resort set within tranquil subtropical gardens. Low-rise, whitewashed buildings line cobbled streets at the yearround resort, inspired by the traditional Andalusian villages which dot the southern Mediterranean coastline. Avoiding the crowds of high season, winter still offers long days of sunshine and mild temperatures, perfect for exploring all the local region has to offer. Situated between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the sea, the resort is the perfect launchpad for all manner of outdoor pursuits, from hiking the vertiginous slopes of La Concha to kayaking the sea caves at Nerja and surfing at La Tarifa.
Snow bunnies can even combine their luxury poolside break in Marbella with an indulgent ski break in the Sierra Nevada, staying at luxury boutique sister property El Lodge. The second-highest mountain range in Western Europe, the Sierra Nevada is also UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and National Park, boasting exceptional biodiversity and natural beauty. This gem is still littleknown amongst UK travellers, and offers 106km of ski area
comprised of 124 pistes (9 green, 41 blue, 50 red and 7 black), catering for skiers of all levels and abilities – plus a special snow park for tubing and sledging. El Lodge offers luxurious ski-in, skiout accommodation, with direct access to the Maribel piste into the main station via the spacious sun deck – the perfect spot to relax with a gin and tonic in hand after a day on the slopes. Perfect for a honeymoon, the Pool to Piste package includes two nights in a junior suite at Puente Romano Marbella and two nights in a deluxe double at El Lodge, plus transfers between the resorts and complimentary green fee for the Marbella Club Golf Resort. BOOK IT
The Pool to Piste package starts from €1,570 per couple for four nights on a B&B basis, including two nights at Puente Romano Marbella and two nights at El Lodge in the Sierra Nevada. www.puenteromano.com
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The Perfect Minimoon 24 Hours in New York popular destination for smitten newlyweds, the city that never sleeps has a wide array of romantic options for honeymooners that stretch far beyond the usual tourist traps. LOCALIKE New York has put together their recommendations for 24 hours in the Big Apple, perfect for a minimoon or those stopping off in the city on their way to the next destination.
The personalised travel service, allows visitors to experience New York like a local. Travellers complete an online travel profile, highlighting their preferences and interests during their time in the city. LOCALIKEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local experts will create a personalised itinerary which includes bespoke advice on the most up-to-date and off the beaten path sights, events and restaurants.
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Overnight Stay: The Williamsburg Hotel The essence of an entire neighbourhood was distilled into this hotel. The Williamsburg Hotel is in equal parts hip, high-end and historical. The industrial past of its surrounding is merged with the drive of its present as a creative hub. The boutique hotel’s cosy design and private atmosphere make it perfect for a lovers’ getaway.
Breakfast: Buvette From its affectionately designed furnishings to the fanciful getup of its servers, this charming restaurant is a close-toperfect representation of a romantic café of bygone days. Its only weakness is its small capacity (there are around 15 tables). The small size, however, creates an intimate ambiance for any couple’s brunch or breakfast. We particularly recommend the hidden courtyard. Morning Activity: Tribecca Sailing The feeling of the fresh breeze joins breath-taking skyline views onboard a Tribeca Sailing private cruise. Make new memories together, while sailing the waters around the island of Manhattan and enjoying unforgettable moments on their historical yacht.
Lunch: Pearl Oyster Bar “New England Style” seafood restaurants have become an incremental part of New York’s restaurant scene. The small and fun placePearl Oyster Bar serves one of the best lobster rolls in town. Also known as the coastal burger, this is lobster tossed in a homemade mayo sauce and served on a toasted bun. Combine it with their other delicious seafood dishes to create your own tasting menu of sorts. Afternoon Activity: Bakery Workshop Ideally, you had already known each other inside and out before you tied the knot but learning a new skill is a unique
way to get to know each other even better. The traditional bakery Mille Feuille offers private classes for two by a Parisian chef who introduces the fine-honed skills of pastry baking. Pick your favourite French pastry and take a box home: macarons, croissants, eclairs or chouxs.
Dinner: 4 Charles Prime Rib The steakhouse 4 Charles Prime Rib gives the first impression of an old and established New York restaurant with lots of dark wood and leather, old paintings and dim lighting. Actually, it has been a rather recent addition to the city’s restaurant landscape, combining the energy of a new place with NY’s old-school restaurant charm. You will not be able to shake the feeling you somehow stumbled onto the set of The Godfather.
Entertainment: Band’s Visit One of the most beautiful love stories currently on Broadway is the tale of how laughter and music connect us all. An Egyptian police Colonel and an Israeli restaurant owner meet by chance in a little town and their joint love for music brings them together. Exceptionally talented onstage musicians sweep the audience away with lively rhythms. The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, one of which is the 2018 Tony Award for the Best Musical. Bar: Press Lounge The bar on the roof of the Ink48 Hotel offers an utterly spectacular view over Midtown. Especially during sunset, when the light from over the Hudson River shines directly onto the building facades, it’s a picture-perfect vision. Enjoy this unique sundown as the ideal end to a truly romantic day in the city. For more information on LOCALIKE New York, visit www.localike-newyork.com
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A Tuscan Haven at
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orgo Pignano is an elegant historical country estate in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, just a short drive from the historic, hilltop towns of Volterra and San Gimignano and within easy reach of the medieval cities of Florence and Siena and the vineyards of Chianti.
The romantic atmosphere flows throughout the grand 18th century villa, immaculate gardens and estate with beauty and tranquillity wherever your turn.
Sitting in the centre of a much cherished 750-acre organic estate and featuring a magnificent 18th century villa and an Etruscan hamlet. Today, this sensitively restored and privately owned Borgo, offers warm and gracious hospitality in a tranquil setting about 500 meters above sea level, with some of the most commanding views in all of Tuscany. Pignano offers a heart-stopping location for weddings, elopements and honeymoons and attracts couples from all over the world.
The villa boasts an elegant drawing room with open fire, a finedining restaurant, private dining room and traditional Tuscan kitchen, all of which share a sense of laid back elegance. The central courtyard provides the perfect setting for wedding breakfasts and celebratory drinks. Pignano’s charming character captures the essence of country house chic, with luxurious rooms, spacious suites, private maisonettes and country cottages offering beautifully furnished accommodation.
The natural beauty of Tuscany’s enchanting landscape makes it the no.1 destination for couples looking for a truly magical honeymoon destination.
Spa treatments, wine-tasting, cooking lessons, yoga classes and horse riding can all be arranged adding to that unmistakable country house experience. The atmosphere at Borgo Pignano is one of understated sophistication, an elusive combination of luxurious elegance and unforgettable Tuscan chic. At Borgo Pignano, couples can enjoy total seclusion surrounded by acres of stunning countryside, a truly Tuscan Romance.
Prices start from €500 (£450) daily including breakfast in a one bedroom maisonette with views in low season to €750 (£673) per night including breakfast in a one bedroom maisonette with views in high season. For more information or to book visit www.borgopignano.com
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The Epitome and Glamour at
Mulia Bali ith its breath-taking scenery, combined with the warm Balinese culture, getting married in Bali is the penultimate dream of couples looking for a destination wedding.
For those seeking pure elegance and luxury, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas - Nusa Dua, Bali lends itself to the perfect setting of glamour and romance. A myriad of spectacular venues all create an idyllic backdrop for both outdoor and indoor weddings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from three stunning wedding chapels and two elegant ballrooms, to the eight dining venues. A dedicated team will personalise every detail, whether it be creating elegant floral arrangements or preparing a custom wedding cake. You can choose from a variety of special wedding packages or customize your own to make your dream wedding come true. Couples can choose from three glamourous wedding chapels: Eternity Chapel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A floating glass chapel sitting in the middle of the azure waters of Mulia lake and set underneath a hand-crafted chandelier symbolizing eternal love.
Unity Garden Chapel - A 2,000 square metre oasis garden featuring endless views of the Indian Ocean and the iconic Balinese Geger Temple perched on the cliff. Perfect for wedding receptions under the stars. Harmony Chapel - Sitting higher on a hilltop boasting sweeping views of the azure waters, this small and intimate venue serves as a dramatic backdrop for exchanging vows. A private beach with a picture-perfect backdrop and two stunning ballrooms complete the impeccable backdrops for you to create the destination wedding of your dreams. For more information visit www.themulia.com/bali-weddings
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A Tropical Paradise in
verlooking the Andaman Sea and surrounded by a 10-millionyear-old rainforest, The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi combines natural beauty, culture and luxury. The five-star resort blends contemporary style with traditional touches and was designed to offer the utmost privacy and access to nature. After passing through the Walkway of Wishes, where a calligrapher writes each guestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wish on a stone to be placed in the water for it to come true.
The hotel has the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only overwater spa with views from every treatment room, locally inspired services and a hammam.
When it comes to orchestrating luxury beach or tropical weddings, The RitzCarlton, Langkawi assures that the memories of your special day will be as enduring as your love for each other. Take delight in a time-honored approach to personal service, the culinary mastery of an expert catering team, and the intuitive expertise of wedding advisors who focus solely on you to make your wedding truly unique. From bridal showers and spa pampering to island excursions for your invited guests, we offer comprehensive wedding services, dedicated planners and stunning venues that include a pillar-free Grand Ballroom that can host up to 150 to 300 guests and a VIP salon that can accommodate 40 guests Destined to exceed your expectations and wishes and create your unique, dream wedding. For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/malay sia/langkawi
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Relish the Romance with The Crane’s Platinum Wedding Package hilst there are countless wedding-worthy resorts across the Caribbean, it’s hard to beat the blissfully secluded Crane Resort in Barbados. Nestled on a clifftop overlooking the pink-hued sands of Crane Beach, the historic hotel not only offers a dramatic ocean backdrop for a picture-perfect ceremony, but goes beyond the typical wedding offering to create unforgettable memories.
The Crane’s dedicated event co-ordinator offers a truly bespoke service. Whether it’s preparing our beautiful world famous beach or one of our cliff top gardens to the couple’s preferred theme, coordinating a live steel drum band to play the couple’s favourite song or arranging snow-cones to provide refreshment for the congregation, the team can make it happen!
Couples can opt for the Platinum Wedding Package which includes a clifftop ceremony replete with tropical floral arrangements; and a lavish dinner reception at one of the resort’s breathtaking venues coupled with award-winning Caribbean cuisine. Bride and groom can be safe in the knowledge that all logistical aspects are in hand, from the arrangement of a local religious minister to licencing fees and marriage certificates.
Newlyweds can recuperate after the celebrations with a complimentary his-and-hers massage at the Serenity Spa, and put an exclusive $200 USD concierge credit towards a host of Bajan experiences, from a lively Harbour Lights dinner show to a sunset catamaran cruise. The package includes: • Welcome Amenity for Bride & Groom • Transportation to Licensing Office • Government License Fees • Marriage License • Wedding Certificate • Services of a Licensed Religious Minister • Services of an Event Coordinator • Decorated Wedding Arch • Tropical Flower Bridal Bouquet • Groom’s Boutonniere • Signing Table • Witnesses (if required) • Couples Massage at Serenity Spa • Wedding Day Treats for Bride & Groom • US $200 Concierge Credit for On-Island Experiences
The Platinum Wedding Package is priced at $1,750 USD and is valid for bookings until 31stDecember 2018 for weddings January 5th – December 21st, 2019. For further information or to book, visit www.thecrane.com
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Berry Ring Swimsuit, £42, Lipsy Beach Dress, £38, Figleaves
Monochrome Beach Bag, £45, www.Swimwear365.co.uk
Ted Baker Bulldog Beach Towel, £40, www.tedbaker.com
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Embroidered Shirt, £29, Accessorize
Stripe Espadrille, £35, Simply Be
Lascana Playsuit, £35, www.Swimwear365.co.uk
Luxury Sleep Mask, £50, www.mastersofmayfair.com
Tassel Hoop Earrings, £8, Accessorize
Khaki Bikini Top, £30, Bottoms, £20, Lipsy
Blue Stripe Dress, £45, www.Swimwear365.co.uk
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Do Not Disturb
ith all the manicness that goes with planning a wedding, it’s a good idea to take a deep breath and take yourself away for an overnight pre-moon with your fiancé to just relax, recharge your batteries and remind yourself why you fell in love in the first place.
Stoke Place is perfect for this, a beautiful 17th century Queen Anne Mansion house that was built by royal chef Patrick Lamb in 1690 after hosting his legendary coronation feast for King James II. After being extensively refurbished, this charming country house now effortlessly combines modern luxury with classical style, creating a truly elegant and unique hideaway. Stepping into the lobby it immediately has a soothing effect, with its grey and stone colour palette, soft music and a real fire to greet you, you can already feel the stresses slowly drift from your body, leaving you ready to embrace a couple of days of just the two of you.
Our room The Alexandra Suite was just lush, perfect for a little romance, a free-standing bath took centre stage in front of the large windows that looked out over the stunning grounds, just add bubbles of both varieties and your pre-moon can begin. A King-size four poster bed, with luxury bedding, neutral tones of greys, greens and stone, along with the floor to ceiling windows gives this already spacious room a light airy feel, bringing the outside in without us having to even step outside – and as for the bathroom, double sinks – what a treat! There are 39 rooms, plus a small annex of garden cottages in total, all completely different with their own individual style and personality. After relaxing (well unpacking really, I always bring far too many
clothes!) we headed down to the Butterfly Bar where we decided to try out the signature cocktail ‘Howard’s Muddle’ named after Field Marshall, Sir George Howard, whose family owned the Stoke Place estate for 200 years. A muddle of Brokers Gin, elderflower, lime juice, mint leaves and soda, a light refreshing cocktail that we liked so much we had to have another! Wandering back to our suite it’s easy to get lost, the house is like a maize, with corridors and staircases leading to charming rooms you didn’t know were there, including a large lounge that is good enough for Royalty dotted with regal sofas and chairs, a large chestnut chesterfield, original wooden floor and of course a large feature fireplace, the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea, a good book or just the peace and quiet. Dinner is served in the hotel’s King & Lamb Restaurant, named after legendary royal chef Patrick Lamb who cooked for the likes of Queen Anne and King James II. The restaurant is a real treat with lavish fabrics, stunning handcrafted lighting and antique ornaments that combine seamlessly with hardwood floors and modern fixtures to create an eclectic and ambient setting that offers simple and traditional British cuisine with French flavours and cooking methods.
After perusing the menu over a glass of champagne we enjoyed starters of salmon soufflé with horseradish mayonnaise and charred cucumber, this was delicious and literally melted in the mouth. Hoisin duck breast with mango and sesame compote was literally the tenderest duck I’d ever tasted, the mango compote gave a fruity tang to the strong meaty flavours.
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Mains for both of us was the traditional 28-day dry aged Hereford beef, served with hand-cut chips and roasted vine tomatoes, the meat was so tender and flavoursome, and the vine tomatoes so sweet and juicy, definitely the right choice.
Predictably after two delicious courses I was full, but I was gently persuaded by our fabulous waiter Mark to just refresh my mouth with a serving of mint ice cream. It was divine, just like eating freshly picked mint leaves, which incidentally the mint leaves to make this ARE picked fresh from the garden. Hubby had no such qualms of being full and he chose banana sticky toffee pudding with a hazelnut praline ice cream, a delightful mixture of texture and taste that just got better with each mouthful. Each item on the menu has been carefully thought about, prepared and then cooked to perfection to give the utmost quality and experience to your dining experience.
After dinner, we retreated to our room, where after a blissful night’s sleep we returned to the restaurant for breakfast. As well as a breakfast buffet there were hot dishes to order from the menu, and just like the food the night before the full English breakfast and Eggs Royale we chose were both faultless. After breakfast there’s still time to explore, so why not grab one of the hotel’s bikes and cycle round the lake, enjoy a romantic walk
exploring the stunning parkland, or just sit by one of the windows looking out over the vast scenery before you get in your car and head back to the real world. Stoke Place really is the ideal place to escape to. A traditional, tranquil country house hotel in a beautiful setting, perfect for a premoon, mini-moon or even your actual wedding! BOOK IT
A date night package for two people staying in a junior suite, starts from *£231 per night and includes an overnight stay, 3 course dinner, breakfast and wine and chocolates on arrival. *Prices may vary from those quoted. For more information or to book please visit www.thecairncollection.co.uk/hotels/stoke-place
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Country Chic Say ‘I do’ in one of these country house hotels and feel like Lord & Lady of the Manor on your special day
CAER RHUN, NORTH WALES
The most important day of your life deserves the most magical and enchanting venue, and Caer Rhun Hall is just that. Located in the most beautiful idyll just minutes from Conwy in North Wales, Caer Rhun Hall is a stunning destination for your special day. This grade II listed stately home is steeped in history and is yours whether you want a large affair or small intimate gathering. www.whisperhotelscollection.com
ALBRIGHTON HALL, SHREWSBURY
An idyllic wedding location in rural Shropshire, the 18th century Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall is near to the quaint town of Shrewsbury. The beautiful hotel provides all wedding requirements with imagination and flair, from a ceremony in the grounds next to the ornamental lake, to a variety of suites which specially cater for each couple. There’s even the option to choose a vintage afternoon tea wedding for a more relaxed day, or a champagne package to really impress guests! www.mercureshrewsbury.co.uk
STOKE PLACE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire is a luxury country house hotel which hosts weddings yearround. Dating back to 1668, the stunning manor house is part of The Cairn Collection. It’s popular for its stunning architecture and 26 acres of surrounding parkland including gardens designed by Capability Brown. The gardens present the perfect backdrop for wedding photography, comprising greenery, woodland pathways and a scenic lake. www.cairnhotelgroup.com
Ballyfin has been a byword for grace and luxury since the eighteenth century and it’s here that romance is very much part of the scenery and the house and demesne act as a spectacular backdrop for a wedding. Ballyfin is an exclusive five-star wedding venue where there are no interruptions or distractions. The beautiful and relaxing surroundings, the privacy, the luxuriously comfortable accommodation, and the fine food and wine provided by the hotel’s superb chefs and sommelier, make Ballyfin the perfect place for your wedding day. www.ballyfin.com
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PALE HALL, NORTH WALES
Grade II listed Palé Hall is one of the finest country house hotels in Wales, and the only AA Five Star hotel in North Wales. This historic house has been loving restored to create a luxurious, peaceful retreat on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Welsh valleys, incredible woodlands and wild flowers including daffodils, magnolias and blossoms, along with stunning views across the rural Welsh landscape, makes Palé Hall the perfect location to host your dream day.
BURLEY MANOR, NEW FOREST
Burley Manor have designed a space that meets luxury and elegance with a traditional countryside feel, The Barn – offering quirky yet simple, with an inspiring rustic feel, perfect for weddings. Hosting up to 80 guests for a seated meal, with space for 120 in the evening, the barn offers a stunning beamed and vaulted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling traditional brick chimneys, roaring log fires create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the winter. www.burleymanor.com
TEWKESBURY PARK, COTSWOLDS
Romantically set in 163 acres of undulating parkland, Tewkesbury Park is a stunning setting for a wedding. Located in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside, with its superb views of the Cotswolds and beyond. Recently completing an extensive four-year renovation costing £9million with the addition of nine individuallydesigned historic suites, two new spa rooms, two events rooms, an Orangery and a Cocktail Lounge, the hotel is an ideal venue for small-to-large size weddings. Commanding an enviable position overlooking the famous site of the AD1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, this is a truly stunning venue. www.tewkesburypark.co.uk
HALES HALL, NORFOLK
Hales Hall & the Great Barn is a majestic venue that is perfect for your dream wedding. Whether you wish to entertain 300 guests plus or you’d prefer to have a more intimate affair, either are possible. Situated in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, surrounded by lavender-filled gardens and topiary hedges on one side and hundreds of acres of meadows, fields and woodland on the other, Hales Hall & The Great Barn will take your breath away. www.haleshall.com
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Flower Fairies, a Unicorn and a Wizard Suite Set the Scene at Hunton Park Hotel’s Secret Garden Party
unton Park Hotel in Watford recently hosted a Secret Garden Party, to celebrate the launch of their new Garden Marquee, one of the largest event spaces within 20 miles of Central London.
Guests were invited to attend the event to view the marquee which can accommodate up to 500 guests for a seated banquet and 700 guests theatre style. The marquee was decorated for the event by Dress It Yourself, and different themes were created, including Christmas, Meetings, Weddings and Teambuilding.
Guests enjoyed canapes provided by recommended caterer, Premier Banqueting and themed food bites by Hunton Park’s own team of chefs. In the Christmas area guests indulged in traditional Christmas dinner bites with brussel leaf and cranberries, and mini fish and chips, sushi, crab, avocado & gazpacho and scallops with black pudding in the other themed areas. Guests also enjoyed themed cocktails including Rose in the Clouds, Aviator, Baby Bellini and Elderflower Fizz. Tours were provided of the Hazelwood Suite event space which is currently being refurbished and the exciting latest addition to their bedroom collection – a family suite with a famous wizard theme – Hunton Park is located just 5 minutes from Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour. A real highlight of the event was the entertainment which really embraced the secret garden party theme. There was a unicorn on arrival, woodland creatures including two flower fairies, a tree stilt walker and a faun, as well as the Hedgemen who were a huge hit with guests. Guests were also kept entertained by magicians Lee Smith and Luke Clough, by Zing Events who
provided garden games and by young, modern musical duet, Acoustik.
Stewart Graham, General Manager said, “The launch of our brand-new Garden Marquee was a huge success, and I want to thank everyone who took their time to attend our Secret Garden themed party. I was incredibly proud of my team and I was really pleased to hear so many positive comments of Hunton Park Hotel after its journey over the past year. We received fantastic feedback from each of the guests regarding the new space, and we were able to unveil the exciting addition of our new family suite. We will be updating guests and clients soon on the extension to our Hazelwood Suite, which will be completed next month.”
Mercure London North Watford Hunton Park Hotel is part of the Accor Hotels Mercure brand portfolio and is managed by Countrywide Hotels. The hotel is in Kings Langley, near Watford, 15 minutes by train from Central London and just off the M1 and M25. It has 61 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, 18-hole pitch and putt course, croquet lawn and 22 events spaces including the beautiful Orangery, Terrace Marquee and new Garden Marquee. The grand Garden Marquee has a spacious entrance hall and a unique curved structure, one of only five of its kind in Europe. It is beautifully decorated with a suspended hardwood floor, elegant pleated ivory lining on the walls, an ivory LED star cloth ceiling canopy and 14 twinkling chandeliers. For further information on Hunton Park Hotel please visit www.huntonparkhotel.com
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