Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding- February / March 2021 (Issue 25)

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We unveil romantic venues offering a slice of history

A five-night luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

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Outfit inspiration for all the bridal party

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Bridal dresses in soft, subtle shades

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Festival-themed shoot blending a fusion of colour LOCAL NEWS, OFFERS, FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, VENUES AND MORE


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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2021

CONTENTS

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REGULARS

6 EDITOR’S LETTER

A warm welcome from Claire

8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions

11 FREEBIES & OFFERS

On the cover

Emily Collett Photography captured this fun, colourful image in our exclusive shoot showcased on page 39. To see more of Emily's work and to book her for your wedding, visit www.emilycollettphotography.com

FEATURES

39 TUTTI FRUTTI

This intimate festival shoot in a tipi filled with festoon lighting blends a fusion of colour. The colour-pop ceremony backdrop created using two glass-panelled doors is decorated with oversized paper fans and opens to reveal the Cotswold countryside beyond

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs

49 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer advice

80 COMPETITION Win a five-night luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

VENUES

13 SPOTLIGHT ON... NORTH WILTSHIRE & SWINDON

46 BLOOMIN' BEAUTIFUL Twyning Park in Gloucestershire was the backdrop for this shoot designed for an autumnal micro wedding featuring sage green, deep red and rusty gold touches to illustrate the true beauty of the season

53 PARTY LIKE IT'S 2021! Ways to entertain at weddings large and small

56 ARRIVE IN STYLE

We reveal where to wed

Choose the perfect transport with our ultimate quiz

17 STEEPED IN HISTORY

59 NEW-SEASON IDEAS

These magical venues tell their own story

Fashion for the bridal party

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REAL WEDDINGS

20 A FINE ROMANCE

Couples planning a winter wedding later this year will love Shaughney and Adam's special day at Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham featuring an elegant silver, white and grey colour theme with frosted seasonal touches

27 AN INTIMATE AFFAIR Rosie and Harrison's micro wedding at Lapstone Barn in Chipping Campden was styled with simple white and green details with splashes of pink

32 SUMMER LOVIN' Lauren and Darren's special day at Stanton Manor enjoyed a rustic theme beautifully styled with dusky blue and blush pink pieces

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FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS

Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches

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GROOMS

81 GROOMS’ NEWS Danielle Harvey shares all the latest best buys and product launches

82 GET THE LOOK Be inspired by this dapper, country chic look for your big day

HONEYMOONS

63 RATHER FITTING From statement sleeves to thigh-high splits, these gorgeous gowns were designed to make a grand entrance

84 HONEYMOON NEWS

69 BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

86 QUINTESSENTIALLY COTSWOLDS

Soft subtle shades make a stylish alternative to white and ivory

73 CROWNING GLORY Brides, mums and maids will love this round-up of stylish headdresses

76 PUCKER UP The CWM team put the latest lip shades to the test

74 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be

79 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems

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UK special! All the latest travel inspiration from the best of Britain

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Full of chocolate-box cottages and pretty hamlets, the Cotswolds is an idyllic minimoon destination


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We love a love story Situated on it's own private lake, De Vere Cotswold Water Park creates an idyllic backdrop for your special day Our seven unique wedding spaces are fully licensed for civil ceremonies with a choice of suites for both grand and more intimate weddings. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows maximize the views of the lake making this a truly unique wedding venue. Delicious wedding breakfasts curated by our Executive Chef, luxury overnight accommodation, and the expertise of our experienced wedding coordinators; we'll ensure every detail is considered to create an unforgettable day.

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ith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is a popular time for proposals! After the uncertainty of 2020, lots of you might be planning to marry this year so this new-season issue is sure to help. Crammed with real-life wedding inspiration, a Jane Austen-inspired photo shoot, beautiful bridal fashion and accessories, big-day beauty and expert advice, there’s something for everyone. If like me, you can’t wait to jet off to sunnier climes then our honeymoon news feature will have you picking your dream destination and packing your sunnies in no time. Wishing you all a very happy new 2021 and I’ll see you next issue!

Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor

I adore this tipi wedding set-up complete with a horse box bar and colourful ceremony backdrop all featured in our Tutti Frutti shoot on page 39 and expertly captured on camera by talented local photographer Emily Collett!

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Gloucestershire’s magical Twyning Park was the backdrop for our Bloomin’ Beautiful shoot featured on page 46 photographed by Rob Tarren.


I love the wedding venue Manor by the Lake located in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and this backdrop of the grounds at Shaughney and Adam’s real wedding revealed on page 20 made me smile. It was all caught on camera by the talented photographer Phil Webb.

EDITOR’S LETTER

The Cotswold Wedding Company worked their magic for Rosie and Harrison’s wedding at Lapstone Barn in Chipping Campden photographed by James Merrick Photography. The talented team suspended two drapes down both walls and across the entire length of the ceiling with twinkling lights running through them which looked incredible. They also added two halos – turn to page 27 to read more!

The look of love here between Lauren and Darren on their wedding day has been beautifully documented in this photograph by Kate at Copper & Blossom Photography. Read all about it on page 32.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of anything pink so when this rose linen bedding set by Gloucestershire-based https://bedfolk.com landed in my inbox, it instantly became my Editor Loves! Turn to page eight to read more.

Turn to page 49 to read expert advice from Wiltshire-based wedding photographer James Donovan in our Hot Topic feature and take advantage with our exclusive offer with him on page 11. 7


New Stroud-based wedding venue

Burleigh Court Restaurant & Hotel will be hosting weddings, vow renewals and elopement packages for the first time this year. The hotel will officially relaunch in February following extensive and ongoing renovations which include the addition of a new bridal suite, a bright and tastefully decorated room featuring two bay windows with a seating area positioned to take in the views of the terraced garden, a four-poster bed and a spa bathtub. Those not marrying at the hotel who wish to spend a night in this suite can do so with rates starting from ÂŁ250 including a bottle of champagne, robes and slippers. Three exciting wedding packages are now available to book: Intimate weddings for up to 16 guests Elopement packages for just two people An exclusive-use classic wedding package for a minimum of 30 guests and a maximum of 50 Turn to page 17 to read more and to book, call 01453 883 804 or visit the website www.burleighcourtcotswolds.co.uk www.instagram.com/burleighcourtcotswolds

d e w y l r a Ne NEWS The latest news from around both counties

EDITOR'S PICK

I love gin so when this Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence landed in my inbox, the latest offering from The Cotswolds Distillery, I was keen to try it. It's a full-strength gin (ABV 46%) designed to reduce the amount of alcohol required in a gin and tonic and gin-based cocktails, whilst at the same time retaining the intensity of the flavour. It's made using ten times the botanical concentration of the company's award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin and is non-chill filtered so the oils from the botanicals are retained, which causes a pearlescent cloud to appear when ice or tonic is added. It's available to buy online at www.cotswoldsdistillery.com and their three Cotswolds-based shops located in Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water and Shipston-on-Stour.

Editor loves This rose linen bedding set by Gloucestershire-based https://bedfolk.com is at the top of my wish-list this spring!

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YOUR ESSENTIALS

In a year that introduced us to lockdown and social distancing and hair professionals proved their weight in gold, the very best of British hairdressing LOOKING FOR WOW-FACTOR talent was celebrated at HJ's British Hairdressing Awards 2020, sponsored by WEDDING STATIONERY? Schwarzkopf Professional. These awards celebrate the stylists producing the Check out the offerings of luxury, bespoke designs very best hairdressing work across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and from Gloucestershire-based Wildflower Illustration Wales and for the first time in its 36-year history, it went virtual. Co, all hand-finished and packaged in-house, Finalists were each given 'tickets' for their very own virtual room where they www.wildflowerillustrationco.com/weddings could watch and celebrate with their teams, friends and family while industry www.facebook.com/wildflowerillustrationco professionals and clients could tune into a live stream of the event which was hosted by television personality Rylan Clark-Neal. Martin Crean from MODE Hair in Gloucestershire was one of two hairdressers welcomed into the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame for having secured three previous wins in the same category. MODE's creative team also gained the top spot for Artistic Team of The Year and the salon's rising star, Kate Drury, was awarded Newcomer of the Year. Julian Crane, Schwarzkopf Professional general manager UK and Ireland tells us that "sponsoring HJ's British Hairdressing Awards is a great privilege. In a record year for entries, showcasing the highest calibre of hair work, we have been extremely impressed at the outstanding application of creative techniques. The awards are a true celebration of our industry and it's an honour to join Hairdressers Journal International in recognising the very best of the UK and International hair talent." Entrants to the prestigious awards submitted a series of images demonstrating their technical hairdressing skills and creative vision. Finalists were then judged by a panel of hairdressing legends and members of the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame. To book MODE located in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, visit the website www.modehair.co.uk.

New studio and intimate cake collection

Pia Cato, the founder of Vanilla Pod Bakery located in Cheltenham, is enjoying her new studio, photographed here with her talented team by Gloucestershire-based real wedding photographer Nikki Kirk, www.nikkikirkphotography.com. Pia has recently unveiled an intimate cake collection perfect for micro weddings consisting of showstopping two-tier designs and also offers delicious tasting boxes. Mouth-watering flavours include Oreo cookie, apple and cinnamon and lemon drizzle curd cake, https://vanillapodbakery.com www.facebook.com/vanillapodbakery

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Court Tithe Barn

ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRYSIDE Central Gloucestershire

For an idyllic and picturesque wedding day, Court Tithe Barn wedding venue is exclusively yours for the weekend so you can create and enjoy the perfect celebration.

privately owned and family run Court Tithe Barn is a complete blank canvas to allow you to create something personal to you both as a couple. If you require advice or inspiration we can also help guide you with any recommendations of suppliers and contacts.

Contact us today on T: 01452 862938 / 864486 E: info@courttithebarn.co.uk W: thecourttithebarn.co.uk Listed as one of Great British Gardens (www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk)


FREEBIES & OFFERS

BEHIND THE LENS

Wedding and portrait photographer James Donovan based in Swindon captures weddings throughout Wiltshire and beyond. He works with a second shooter to bring each celebration to life through beautiful photography, documenting those special shared moments between couples and important finishing touches. He also offers family and individual portraits and prom pictures to document life's special milestones. His competitive wedding packages start from £600. Option one presents all images given in high resolution on a USB stick or a DVD. Option two adds in a stylish wedding album and a canvas print and is priced at £950 while Option three includes two photographers present on the day and a large wedding album and canvas print for £1,250. Coverage starts from the arrival at the ceremony and lasts until the beginning of the reception but James can be there for the bridal preparations (£150 extra) or all day and evening if required (£250 extra). Your Glos & Wilts Wedding has teamed up with James to offer readers a 10% discount when booking any of these wedding photography packages. Call 07811 459 952 or visit www.jdonphotos.com quoting YGWW. www.instagram.com/jdonovan576

Freebies & OFFERS Great giveaways and discount up for grabs

WIN A TWO NIGHT LUXURY SPA BREAK FOR TWO IN BOURNEMOUTH County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with The Connaught Hotel and Spa to give our readers the chance to win a two night luxury spa break for two at the boutique hotel. The lucky winner will receive a voucher which can be redeemed any time in the next 12 months. You’ll get to enjoy a spa treatment of your choice, then spend the afternoon relaxing in the 18m indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. In the evening you’ll be treated to a delicious three-course dinner in its AA Rosette restaurant, then why not spend the rest of the evening in The Connaught Gin Bar where you can sample some of the 60 varieties of gin on offer? After a restful night’s sleep in a Superior or Balcony bedroom, you’ll

enjoy a hearty full English breakfast before you head out for the day to explore the wonderful town of Bournemouth, followed by another night in your cosy room. The Connaught Hotel and Spa is a four-star boutique hotel, located just minutes from Bournemouth beach and pier, and a five minute walk from the town centre. It’s also the perfect location for your wedding, accommodating up to 130 guests and being one of the few venues in Bournemouth that is licensed for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Check out www.theconnaught.co.uk For your chance to win, enter via our website, terms and conditions apply.

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REGIONAL VENUES

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NORTH WILTSHIRE & SWINDON We reveal where to wed

WELLINGTON BARN, CALNE Nestled at the bottom of the Wellington Down valley at the end of a private track in a tranquil spot sits Wellington Barn marrying old with new. It’s a historic 400-year-old red-brick and wooden-clad structure with a tall oak-beam vaulted ceiling that can cater for up to 100 guests (when restrictions lift). It’s adjoined to The New Barn that can hold up to 200 guests and boasts spectacular views from its panoramic windows and far-reaching vistas of the rolling Wiltshire Downs from the large south-facing patio. Both luxurious spaces are licensed for ceremonies and offer versatility for the wedding breakfast and reception. Three luxury en-suite Shepherd Huts provide first-night accommodation and a new eco-house situated half a mile from the venue in a private setting overlooking a lake sleeping between eight to 10 guests is due to be completed this autumn.

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the pretty three-acre wildflower meadow in bloom from May to August.

Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01249 400 014, www.wellingtonbarn.co.uk www.instagram.com/wellington_barn

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Purton House is a charming Georgian manor house with views of the gently sloping lawn, lake, farmland and mature trees set in a wildflower meadow. The sweeping drive leads to the main entrance of the house, which features an impressive portico, and surrounding the property is a walled garden with an orchard, a secret fairy garden, rose temple and rose walk, water garden and a croquet lawn. Ceremonies take place in the drawing room for up to 50 loved ones when restrictions lift. It’s an elegant room with a stunning bay window overlooking the lawn and lake. The dining room can seat up to 60 guests for a ceremony and enjoys windows on both sides, providing a bright, spacious area with two fireplaces and decorative French antiques. Those wanting a religious ceremony can walk to Purton Church which can be accessed along the private church path. The versatile property can be arranged in different ways because all rooms are inter-connected. For small micro weddings, the drawing room and hall can be used for a drinks reception. When restrictions lift, the wedding breakfast can be served in the dining room for up to 50 guests seated at round tables, or 38 gathered on one long one. For the evening reception, a small band can be set up here also, and a marquee can be hired and erected in the space in the grounds for a larger party of up to 120 people.

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love… that exclusive-use is available as well as on-

site accommodation. The bridal suite that’s complimentary for the newlyweds includes a private bathroom and a large sitting room with a balcony and bedroom, providing the ideal place to get ready on the morning of the wedding. An additional two guest rooms sleep four in total.

Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01249 400 014, 07762 263 890, www.purtonhouse.co.uk, www.facebook.com/PurtonHouse

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Another option... THE SALLY PUSSEY INN, WOOTTON BASSETT

This historic pub – part of the Arkell’s Family Brewers chain – stands close to the main road to Swindon. Whilst it doesn’t have a ceremony licence, couples can enjoy relaxed dining in modern, contemporary surroundings following a local register office wedding. The restaurant is ideal for a small gathering of loved ones who want to enjoy good-quality, classic pub dishes

Contact: 01793 852430, www.arkells.com/pub/the-sallypussey-inn-wooton-bassett.htm www.instagram.com/arkellsbrewery

Photography of Purton House courtesy of www.philippa-sian.co.uk

PURTON HOUSE, SWINDON


REGIONAL VENUES

SUDBURY HOUSE HOTEL & RESTAURANT, FARINGDON Situated just across the border of North Wiltshire with Oxfordshire, nestled on the edge of the Cotswolds, sits this Grade 11 listed, four-star hotel that marries contemporary features in the spacious bar, lounge area and Magnolia restaurant with traditional ones in the neighbouring Old House. Nestled in nine acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and surrounded by woodland, this was formerly a Georgian family house that has been restored to its former glory adorned with antique furnishings, sculptures and artwork. When restrictions lift, outdoor ceremonies take place for up to 160 guests on the Garden Lounge Terrace located in front of the house with the pretty gardens as the backdrop. Inside, there’s a choice of ceremony rooms including Restaurant 56, an oakpanelled room with a feature fireplace hosting up to 70 guests, and the Terrace Suite, a contemporary space with an outdoor balcony overlooking the picturesque gardens for up to 40 loved ones. There’s also the Regency Room for intimate parties of up to 20 guests to enjoy, perfect for micro weddings. Receptions take place in The Magnolia function room seating up to 140 guests for the wedding breakfast and 200 partygoers during the evening. It features views of the landscaped gardens, ideal for an al fresco drinks reception, and has an area for a dancefloor, band or a DJ. There’s also the Garden Lounge, originally the Drawing Room, with a private terrace.

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love… that couples are offered a complimentary

menu tasting before their wedding which is a great way to sample the dishes, plus a stay in the bridal suite on the night of their wedding courtesy of the hotel.

Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01367 241 272, www.sudburyhouse.co.uk www.facebook.com/sudburyhotel

Another option... THE WHITE HORSE COUNTRY PARK,WESTBURY

The White Horse Country Park in Westbury with a fishing lake, a bowls club and a nine-hole golf course situated in the grounds, is home to a clubhouse offering excellent facilities for weddings for up to 250 guests when restrictions lift. Full catering is provided and the function room includes a licensed bar Contact: 01373 822 323, https://whitehorsecountrypark.co.uk www.instagram.com/whitehorsecountrypark

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Professional, natural documentary style photography to capture those special moments on your big day. Call: 01453 297528 or 07720 230977 Email: info@daniellamarinosphotography.com

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Gray Manor Hotel

Late availability and intimate wedding, special offer packages available

Gray Manor Hotel is a unique boutique wedding venue and hotel set in the heart of the countryside on the Hampshire/ Wiltshire border.

Set in five acres of beautiful countryside, with our unique “Secret Garden” and a children’s play area to keep the little ones amused, this is a truly special place to host your wedding.

You’ll have exclusive use of the venue, so with 25 bedrooms including our spectacular luxury bridal suite, ample free parking, our own Wedding Ceremony licence, a private bar, banqueting room for up to 150 seated guests, and evening room, Gray Manor has everything under one roof for a stress-free and perfect day. We believe every wedding should be unique to YOU and can help you design a bespoke day, to make it a truly one-off occasion, one that you and all your guests will remember forever.

Email: info@graymanorhotel.co.uk Telephone: 01980 629542 www.facebook.com/graymanorhotel/


THEMED VENUES

STEEPED IN HISTORY These magical venues tell their own story

TEWKESBURY PARK, GLOUCESTERSHIRE This country house hotel set in 164 acres is surrounded by panoramic views of the countryside and the historic town of Tewkesbury, and home to a relaxing spa and renowned golf course. The luxurious property is decorated in relaxing hues of blue, teal and gold inviting guests to chill out. The new Rose Garden, set to open this summer, provides the ideal setting for an al fresco drinks reception. When restrictions lift, the glassed-fronted wedding suite wows guests with views while the Berkeley Bar terrace with its glass railings and heaters Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01684 272 300, www.tewkesburypark.co.uk www.instagram.com/tewkesburypark

Another option... HATTON

is perfect for late-night drinks and pizzas cooked live by the talented chefs in the wood-fired oven. The property is suited to micro wedding ceremonies of up to 20 guests in the Duke of Gloucester Suite, and an intimate gathering of up to 30 loved ones in the Broadway, Burford and Bibury Suites. Larger ceremonies are held in the Cotswold Suite with its statement chandeliers and colour-change LED lighting which is also where receptions take place. It can be divided into three smaller spaces if required.

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that the hotel offers complimentary menu tasting and an opulent suite for the couple on their wedding night.

COURT THE COTSWOLDS, UPTON ST LEONARDS

Hatton Court The Cotswolds located in Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire is a historic country house hotel situated in the heart of the Cotswolds between the Cathedral city of Gloucester and Regency Cheltenham. It’s home to 45 stylish bedrooms and suites featuring four-poster beds and spa baths and the award-winning Tara Restaurant & Bar serving freshly prepared dishes using local produce. When restrictions lift, ceremonies take place in a choice of three stunning locations, including the Cotswold Room, located in the main house. This suite offers direct access to the bar and decking area and boasts stunning views. The heated and self-contained Garden Marquee is a versatile space for the wedding breakfast benefitting from its own kitchen, toilets, dancefloor and bar. It offers exclusivity, a private garden and decked area, plus disabled facilities.

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that the hotel also makes a great choice for couples wishing to enjoy a minimoon in the region.

Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01452 617 412, www.hatton-court.co.uk www.facebook.com/hattoncourthotelgloucester

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CLEARWELL CASTLE, ROYAL FOREST OF DEAN, GLOUCESTERSHIRE under the tall ceilings adorned with glittering chandeliers. The reception is held in a choice of elegant rooms that include the Main Hall, an inviting space with a feature fireplace and comfortable sofas, and the Drawing Room with its baby grand piano and doors leading onto the Cocktail Terrace. There’s also the option of the vaulted Cellars Bar which boasts an LED-lit dancefloor.

Another option... CHARLTON Charlton Park Estate located in the Wiltshire countryside in Malmesbury is nestled in nature, offering the opportunity to be married in its new country wedding marquee giving couples the freedom to create a tailor-made wedding day.

love…

There’s a 100-year-old blessing tree to centre a non-legally binding ceremony around with the spectacular estate providing a wonderful photogenic background. With glamping provided onsite, guests are welcome to stay over.

that couples can get creative with the luxury of space and limited restrictions, for example hiring an airstream bar, pictured, to keep your guests entertained.

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how colourful the grounds look in spring.

PARK ESTATE, WILTSHIRE

Ceremony licence? No, but blessings can be conducted on the grounds. Contact: 01666 822 146, https://charltonparkestate.com/rural-wedding-venue www.instagram.com/charltonparkestate

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Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01594 832 320, www.clearwell-castle.co.uk www.instagram.com/clearwellcastle

Photography of Clearwell Castle courtesy of www.nickmurrayphotography.co.uk

This magnificent castle is an award-winning, exclusive-use wedding venue set in 20 acres of picturesque grounds accessed via a sweeping driveway. It’s home to a historic Portcullis, the perfect photographic backdrop, and a secluded lake. When restrictions lift, ceremonies take place in the Ballroom, a grand, church-like setting featuring a 75-foot long aisle. The wedding breakfast also takes place here,


THEMED VENUES

BURLEIGH COURT RESTAURANT & HOTEL, STROUD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Burleigh Court Hotel is a family-run, 200-year-old boutique country house hotel set within a Grade II listed manor in the Cotswolds. It blends quintessential country charm with a splash of luxury served by a warm and welcoming team. Set within three acres of lush gardens boasting panoramic views across Gloucestershire’s Golden Valley, the rooms are individually designed and include some that are dog-friendly. Boasting a two-AA rosette restaurant, the talented chefs have introduced a menu using ingredients sourced from within a 30-mile radius and also from the hotel’s kitchen garden. Guests can choose to dine

in the historic oak-panelled restaurant or enjoy al fresco dining on the outdoor front terrace boasting spectacular rural valley views. The hotel is an idyllic place for couples looking to enjoy a minimoon in the region with weekday bed and breakfast stays priced at just £109 per night in a standard room. It’s located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with picture-postcard villages and unique market and spa towns on the doorstep. Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities and attractions all within easy reach of the hotel including the Westonbirt Arboretum, Cheltenham Racecourse and

wine tasting at Woodchester Vineyard. A micro wedding of up to 16 loved ones, elopements and larger parties enjoying exclusive use of the hotel for a house party can all be hosted, tailor-made for each couple. The Terrace Room allowing access to the back terrace and Mediterranean garden is filled with natural light and boasts period features, ideal for intimate ceremonies, while outdoor vows can be exchanged in the magical secret garden. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01453 883 804, www.burleighcourtcotswolds.co.uk www.instagram.com/ burleighcourtcotswolds

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love…

the chic Burleigh Court Bridal Suite, perfect for newlyweds on their wedding night.

Another option... INGLESIDE Ingleside House & Gardens is a wedding, events and conference centre based in historic Cirencester lovingly known as the Capital of the Cotswolds. This Grade 11 listed stately home has maintained its original features and charm and is home to a private courtyard, stylish function rooms and its new events pavilion. Ingleside House works alongside

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Couples planning a winter wedding later this year will love Shaughney and Adam's special day at Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham featuring an elegant silver, white and grey colour theme with frosted seasonal touches. Images courtesy of Phil Webb Photography

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Shaughney Louise Loveridge, 26, and Adam Mark Loveridge, 28, married at St Bartholomew’s Church, Gloucester, with a reception at Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham on 4th November 2019.


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haughney and Adam met at work when they were both teenagers. “Adam has a fantastic sense of humour and I loved his jokes,” Shaughney tells us. “We added each other on social media, swapped numbers and arranged to meet up outside of work and have been together ever since.” The couple became engaged during a holiday to New York for Shaughney's birthday. “It was our first full day in the city and we were both jet-lagged so decided to explore Central Park,” Shaughney tells us. “Adam had always planned to pop the question next to the fountain featured in the Home Alone movie but he got stage fright because there were so many people around! His second idea was to rent a rowing boat for a trip on the lake in Central Park. He would not let me have control of the oars and ended up rowing us into a hedge! He then started searching through his bag and said ’I can't get down on one knee but...‘ at which point I interrupted him. Because he is a joker and had been winding me up for years pretending to get down on one knee in a restaurant and other places, I said ’oh don't think about doing this again!‘ At that exact moment, he had the ring box in his hand and was gobsmacked at my response! We both started laughing and then Adam asked me to marry him.” During his proposal preparations, Adam had confided in some of Shaughney's closest friends regarding the engagement ring choice. “My best friend, who became my maid-of-honour, accidentally revealed that Adam was planning on proposing but didn't tell me when, where or how! So it was a lovely surprise,” Shaughney says

SETTING THE SCENE “Adam's father and stepmother got married at St Bartholomew's Church and Adam is very close to his father so we wanted to have our ceremony there too,” Shaughney tells us. “Adam grew up in Churchdown where the church is located and I always wanted a church wedding and walk down a long aisle so we couldn't have chosen a better option. The idyllic setting on top of Chosen Hill is simply magical.” When looking for a reception venue, the couple wanted a large function room with a simplistic white interior and stunning grounds where they could capture glorious photographs of their special day. “The lake at wedding venue Manor by the Lake proved to be a big attraction for us,” Shaughney reveals. “We also liked the games den where Adam and his groomsmen could grab a drink, listen to music and play pool. We didn’t want the rooms to feel like those in a hotel and this romantic venue didn't disappoint! We only viewed two other places which didn't compare so we both knew then that it was the one for us.” The couple arrived at their wedding in style. “We always wanted an old-fashioned, convertible car so we hired a diamond white Beauford Convertible lovingly named Barnaby which featured black running boards and beading. It had an immaculate cream interior with faux-fur rugs and a black mohair soft top and was styled with silver ribbons. Our bridesmaids’ car was a dark blue BMW 7 Series with a silver ribbon running down the bonnet.” The couple's silver, white and grey colour theme with winter wonderland touches included large white circular hoops as centrepieces styled with white roses to tie in with Shaughney's bouquet and hanging tea lights suspended from the centre of each one creating mood lighting. Lanterns were placed at either side of the top table filled with fairylights and ivory rose petals and their table names were after landmarks in New York where they became engaged. “The table plan itself was presented on a large silver ornate mirror with silver calligraphy writing and our order of the day was a smaller version of this,” Shaughney describes. “Our elegant place names matched our invitations and other stationery presented on pearlised card with a silver glitter border and tied with dove-grey ribbon. Each place name was displayed in a clear bauble holder which also held pretty silver mirrored confetti. I had also created our menu cards to tie in with our theme in a shimmery dove-grey shade 21


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with the food choices printed on ivory card.” The couple decided to donate to Cancer Research and give their guests badges as favours because Adam’s mum and Shaughney's grandmother have both battled with the disease. “We paired these with personalised Love Hearts sweets in grey organza bags with silver wooden name tags attached,” Shaughney explains. The couple fed their guests a variety of mouth-watering options prepared by the team at the venue including pan-roasted chicken supreme and a black bean, sunflower and flax seed burger served with crushed pea guacamole and sweet potato fries as main courses. “The delicious desserts included a trio of lemon tart, chocolate trifle and dark chocolate terrine. We also had our showstopping grey and white four-tier wedding cake with sticky toffee pudding, chocolate orange and prosecco and raspberry layers. During the evening, we opted for a Mexican feast of chicken fajitas followed by chocolate-dipped strawberries and a popcorn machine and candy cart,” Shaughney says. The cake stood centre stage on a silver sequin tablecloth surrounded by tea light votives and scatter crystals, as did the pimp your prosecco and guest book. They also had a large white twig arch framing the entrance to the ballroom, and fairylights cascading from the ceiling. “Adam and I added bunting to the twig arch printed with Mr & Mrs Loveridge and chose dove-grey organza chair drapes featuring a crystal buckle that complemented the organza table runners. I also decorated the staircase with 30 vases containing LED candles which looked so romantic.” The couple wanted plenty of flowers incorporated into their special day. “We hired a 6-foot floral hoop to use as a photo backdrop and the wonderful team at the venue provided large foliage and floral hoops draped from the ceiling,” Shaughney describes. “My ivory bouquet and my bridesmaids’ posies were very similar, the only difference being that mine included diamante sprays and was much

larger. They all featured avalanche roses, freesia and gypsophila while the groomsmen each wore a single white spray rose and fern buttonhole tied with a silver ribbon. The corsages were a single white spray rose teamed with white freesia and gypsophila, and bundles of gypsophila were hung from the pew ends in the church. There was also a long floral arrangement placed on the top table and foliage wrapped around the staircase in the manor house.”

LOOKING THE PART Shaughney chose the dress style no 1751 by Kenneth Winston. “I had already tried on more than 40 gowns before this one but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one,” Shaughney tells us. “It was a tight-fitting style with a sweetheart neckline, long train, an illusion back and it was decorated with crystals. I accessorised it with a cathedral-length veil trimmed with lace embroidery, diamond teardrop earrings, a delicate hairpiece and ivory sheer heels decorated with jewels. My mother-in-law gifted me a blue and silver bracelet as my something blue.” Adam and his groomsmen wore navy suits with grey and white check waistcoats. “Our groomsmen wore navy ties and grey pocket squares whereas Adam wore a silver satin tie with a matching pocket square,” Shaughney explains. “Our beautiful bridesmaids wore silver satin multiway dresses with silver shoes and matching clutch bags.”

TIME TO CELEBRATE During the ceremony and the drinks reception, Shaughney and Adam hired a pianist to perform instrumental versions of their favourite songs. “We also hired a DJ and a dancefloor because we both love to dance and thought this would be the best way to get our guests up and mingling! They loved the varied selection of music and we also hired a photobooth which was a massive hit!”

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THE DREAM TEAM Ceremony venue | St Bartholomew’s church, Gloucester | 01452 712 154 | https://new.standrewschurchdown.org.uk Reception venue | Manor by the Lake | 01242 245 071 | www.manorbythelake.co.uk Catering | Manor by the Lake | 01242 245 071 | www.manorbythelake.co.uk Photographer | Phil Webb Photography | 07580 946 515 | www.philwebbphotography.com Bride’s dress | The Cotswold Frock Shop | 01451 832 309 | www.thecotswoldfrockshop.co.uk Hair | Chloe Britton at The Cotswold Bridal and Colour Specialist | 01242 680 921 | www.facebook.com/cotswoldbridalandcolour Bride’s make-up | Holly Power make up artistry and microblading | 01242 511 101 | www.facebook.com/hollypowermua Bridesmaids’ make-up | Beauty by Emma Luisa | https://beautybyemmaluisa.com Groom’s suit | Regency Groom | 01242 677 755 | www.groomswear.co.uk Wedding cake | The Cheltenham Cakery | 07766 346 788 | https://thecheltenhamcakery.co.uk Flowers | Simply Flowers by Jo Hiorns | 07887 696 350 | www.simplyflowers-florist.co.uk Transport (bride and groom) | Satin & Lace Event Hire & Services | 01594 726 649 | www.satinandlaceweddings.co.uk Transport (bridesmaids) | SW Chauffeuring | 07785 297 686 | http://swchauffeuring.co.uk Stationery | Todaisy’s Wedding Stationery | 07891 336 885 | http://todaisysweddingstationery.co.uk DJ, dancefloor, floral hoop and photo booth | Generation Events Gloucestershire Ltd | 01452 379 125 | http://generationeventsglos.co.uk Pianist | Craig Morgan at Live Piano | https://livepiano.co.uk Venue stylist | Decorative Details | 07532 250 247 | www.decorativedetails.co.uk Wedding signs | Bespoke Chick | www.facebook.com/bespokechick Bridal PJs | Jean Alice Robes & Design | www.jeanalice.com 24


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Rosie and Harrison’s micro wedding at Lapstone Barn in Chipping Campden was styled with simple white and green touches with splashes of pink Images courtesy of James Merrick Photography

Rosie Chanel Atkins married Harrison James Atkins on 4th November 2020 at Lapstone Barn in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

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osie and Harrison met on a dating website. “My friends know that I’m a big Harry Potter fan so I had written in my bio on my profile that it was a must that a potential date also likes it!” Rosie tells us. “I received a message from Harrison saying ‘how about this for a chat-up line, I was in the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. At that point, I jokingly said to my friend that I was going to marry him! We enjoyed the first date and instantly felt a connection. We liked the same movies, had a similar sense of humour and both want a secure family life.” The couple became engaged during a trip to Florida. “I had begged Harrison for three years to agree to a holiday in Walt Disney World, Orlando and he finally gave in, knowing that it was my favourite place in the world!” Rosie tells us. “On our third night there, we had tickets to Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park where only a limited number of tickets are sold so that guests can enjoy the park

when it closes with no queues. Just as it was beginning to close, we queued to have our photograph taken in front of the Tree of Life. When it was our turn, I could feel Harrison’s hands shaking as he suggested that we have a photograph taken facing each other (which I thought was odd because he isn’t usually into posing for photos!) He then got down on one knee and popped the question! I don’t think I said ‘yes’ for the first minute of him being on his knee because I couldn’t stop crying! When I finally composed myself, and we embraced, a roar of cheers and clapping followed, and it was only then that I remembered we were in front of lots of people! For those few minutes, it felt like it was just Harrison and myself and that he had created the magical moment just for us.” Here, Rosie tells us all about their micro wedding with 13 loved ones at Lapstone Barn that was decorated with chic green and white touches dotted with pops of dusky pink. 27 


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Summer Lovin' Lauren and Darren's special day at Stanton Manor enjoyed a rustic theme with dusky blue and blush pink touches Images courtesy of Copper & Blossom Photography

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auren and Darren met in a nightclub in Bath. “The bad dancing must've attracted us to one another at first!” Lauren says. “When we met up again, we just clicked straight away, had plenty to talk about, lots in common and we got on really well so we haven’t looked back since!” The couple became engaged during a holiday in Riviera Maya, Mexico. “Darren proposed to me on 8th May 2017 one evening after dinner,” Lauren tells us. “We were on a jetty on the beach! It was a total surprise and I didn’t have a clue that he was going to do it. He had the ring inside a box in his sock! I didn’t notice because the dress code for dinner for men was smart trousers! The date wasn’t meant to be significant in any way (with neither of us taking notice of the date whilst on holiday) but we seem to have a thing for the number eight because we got together on the 8th, engaged on the 8th and married on the 8th.”

SETTING THE SCENE “We had visited Stanton Manor on a couple of occasions including a wedding fair when we were still in the early stages of planning our wedding and we thought the location was great, the grounds were beautiful and we liked the fact that it was a hotel which was key for us because our family members would be travelling from all over the place,” Lauren explains. “Other deciding factors were that it had a marquee, and that along with the luxury of it being a manor house, it was rustic-looking in places to fit in with our theme.” The couple seated their guests at eight round numbered tables and guests' names were presented on a table plan displayed on an easel. “We decorated this with a flower garland which looked really pretty,” Lauren tells us. “Other flower arrangements that we had were a large one for the front table in the ceremony room which was then transferred to our top table for our wedding breakfast. Each of our five bridesmaids carried a posy of pink roses and gypsophila while my bouquet consisted of peonies, roses, blue delphiniums, gypsophila and foliage,” Lauren describes. “Both of our fathers, our best man, usher and page boys all wore buttonholes that matched the bridesmaids' bouquets.” The couple's centrepieces were displayed in fishbowl vases stood on mirrored plates. Each one held a tall candle tied with blue ribbon and inside were some artificial pink and white roses mixed with crystals. “We also added a hessian table runner to complement our rustic theme and scattered wooden hearts on the tables,” Lauren tells us. The couple chose to give their guests chocolate truffles as favours packaged in laser-cut boxes. They made activity boxes for the children containing wedding-related activity books and pens, sweets and bubbles. “We gave the younger ones some white chocolate buttons, cuddly toys and finger puppets to keep them occupied during the speeches!” Lauren tells us. “The talented team at Stanton Manor provided our delicious catering,” Lauren explains. “We had tasting days at the venue ahead of our special day when we 33



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got to pick our choices from the menus on offer. We decided on a traditional set meal (with an option for our vegetarian guests) followed by an evening buffet. We also had canapés and prosecco just after the ceremony and finished the evening with our mouth-watering layered buttercream cake complete with a 'Mr & Mrs' cat cake topper (we have two cats who we love to bits!) The flavours of each sponge layer were strawberry and white chocolate, jam and cream sponge and salted caramel. My top tip is to have some cake straight after you've cut it because I didn't get a chance to have any more after that! Our florist kindly liaised with our cake designer and added fresh flowers on the top and each layer." The couple chose plenty of other décor to style their day with. "I loved our pink, blue and white lanterns suspended from the ceiling in the marquee and the bunting strung around the edges of it," Lauren describes. "We displayed jars of flowers decorated with hessian and twine and made our postbox for our cards. We upcycled a vintage mirror by removing the glass and

creating a picture board decorated with photographs of us. We also had a large photo frame displaying the words 'Lauren & Darren's Wedding' with a selection of props beside it so that our guests could have their picture taken. There was also a welcome sign, a recycled pallet listing the timings for our day, topiary trees on either side of the marquee as guests walked in and fairylights which looked romantic."

LOOKING THE PART “I chose a full-length gown called Palmer by Sottero & Midgley,” Lauren tells us. “I fell in love with it straight away because I adored the Swarovski crystal detailing on the back and the train. There was the option of lifting and attaching it underneath the back of the dress which was very handy for the evening. I teamed it with a pair of Swarovski crystal earrings (to match the detail on the dress) and a necklace that I borrowed from my mum (which also added my something blue). I wore a simple, mid-length veil to not conceal the back of my dress, an elegant hair clip and some embellished shoes."

The couple chose slim-fit, light-grey suits for Darren and the groomsmen which they teamed with dusky blue ties and tan shoes. “Darren didn’t stand out too much from the others, he just wore a different buttonhole,” Lauren says. The couple had five bridesmaids. “The two younger ones aged 10 and 12 wore blush pink dresses while the three older ones were in dusky blue styles which were all similar with detailed bodices and chiffon floor-length skirts,” Lauren tells us. “They all wore silver shoes and had their hair styled in a relaxed half-up, half-down look decorated with flowers and pretty accessories.”

TIME TO CELEBRATE The couple hired a violinist which Darren organised. “Although it was a windy day and the sheet music kept blowing away, she was excellent and it created such a lovely atmosphere,” Darren tells us. “Lots of our guests said that it was a wonderful touch and I also selected the songs for her to play.” 35


“I strongly recommend to all couples to book a videographer, especially to capture the speeches.” – Lauren

THE DREAM TEAM Venue | Stanton Manor | 01666 837 552 | www.stantonmanor.com Photographer | Copper & Blossom Photography | www.copperandblossom.co.uk Videography | ALS Videography | 07972 727 719 | www.alsvideography.co.uk Bride’s dress | Special Day & Appletons | 01179 860 303 | www.radisol.co.uk/special-day-appletons Hair | Lauren Gosling Bridal Specialist | 07736 805 803 | www.laurengoslinghair.com Make-up | Hair and Make-up by Emily David | 07794 049 436 | www.facebook.com/emilydavid2016 Bridesmaids’ dresses | JJ’s House | www.jjshouse.co.uk and Quiz | www.quizclothing.co.uk Groom’s suit | ASOS | asos.com Wedding cake | Cakes by Mrs F | 07789 493 178 |www.cakesbymrsf.co.uk Flowers | Blooming Chic | 01249 248 317 | www.bloomingchic.co.uk Transport | J2 Luxury Transport | 01249 247 285 |www.j2luxurytransport.co.uk Stationery | S K Wedding Stationery | www.skweddingstationery.co.uk Entertainment | Black Diamond Weddings | 07469 003 594 | https://blackdiamondweddings.co.uk Decorative Love letters | Burnt Orange | 07984 510 605 | www.burntorange.co.uk Violinist | Tamilla Gasimova 36


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A marquee will be positioned in the beautiful garden (your choice of style) and we can accommodate up to 150 guests. For smaller numbers a reduced sized marquee is available.

The Wardrobe is a secret hideaway located to the rear of the Rifleman’s Museum. It is situated in the tranquil setting of the cathedral close and the wonderful garden leads down to the banks of the river Avon. With the rolling countryside beyond, it is difficult to imagine a better location within the Salisbury city limits for any outdoor event, be it a wedding reception, celebration or garden party.

The on-site caterer is the award-winning Vanilla Catering & Events. Vanilla’s key ethics are attention to customer service and the use of top quality local ingredients. These result in bright, modern food styles presented with attention to detail in an unfussy yet friendly manner. A bespoke menu is created for each client and a complimentary wedding planner is provided to run your special day. An interesting fact: did you know why we are we called The Wardrobe? The original building on the site was constructed in 1254. It was rebuilt in the 15th century and was used to store the robes of the Bishop of Salisbury; hence it was known as the “Bishop’s Wardrobe” or “The Wardrobe”!

The walled garden is totally enclosed and private covering over half an acre. It also has numerous specimen trees including one of the finest copper beach trees in Wiltshire. The walled garden can be privately hired for your wedding, party or event.

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This intimate festival shoot in a cosy tipi filled with festoon lighting blends a fusion of colour. The table dĂŠcor mixes citrus fruits, candles, pom poms, embossed glassware, brightly coloured blooms and handmade stationary. The grazing canapĂŠs and statement cake offer a new way to cater for micro weddings and outside, a stylish horse box bar is designed to entertain guests complete with floor cushions, blankets, lanterns and a firepit. The colour-pop ceremony backdrop made using two glass-panelled doors is decorated with oversized paper fans and opens to reveal the Cotswold countryside beyond Images courtesy of Emily Collett Photography

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At Allium we pride ourselves on providing exceptional beautiful seasonal blooms and, whenever available, we will source from UK growers. Tracking the ever changing beauty of the stunning Cotswold countryside. Whatever the occasion starting with a new born arrival followed by birthday’s, weddings, anniversaries and the range of celebrations between and beyond. Our friendly staff have a wealth of knowledge on providing the most gorgeous, lush arrangements at your chosen Cotswold venue or more intimate home celebrations, small dinner parties to grand marquees. We are able to offer professional advice that will make the occasion run seamlessly! We hope you enjoy the images of this recent photo shoot detailing the excellent and creative local talent that is available here in the Cotswolds!

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BEAUTIFUL Twyning Park in Gloucestershire was the backdrop for this shoot designed for an autumnal micro wedding featuring sage green, deep red and rusty gold touches to illustrate the true beauty of the season. Details included pink roses and white and gold pumpkins plus a small three-tier cake finished with sugar flowers, red berries and foliage Images courtesy of Rob Tarren Photography

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REGIONAL INSPIRATION

THE DREAM TEAM Photographer | Rob Tarren Photography | 07590 529 883 | www.robtarren.co.uk Venue | Twyning Park | 01684 273 321 | www.twyningpark.com Stationary | Bellapeach Creative | www.bellapeach.co.uk Stylist | The Cotswold Wedding Company | 01242 374 303 | www.cotswoldweddingco.com Cake | Donna Louise Cake Design | 07733 125 920 www.donnalouisecakedesign.co.uk Bridal dress and accessories | Posy & Pearl Bridal Boutique | 01285 656 994 | www.posyandpearl.co.uk Hair | Cotswold Hair | https://cotswoldhair.com Make-up | Makeup by Natasha Louise | 07528 038 703 | https://makeupbynatashalouise.co.uk Florist | Blooms by Charlotte | 07774 816 517 | www.bloomsbycharlotte.co.uk Table and Chairs | West Country Marquees | 01242 300 054 | www.westcountrymarquees.co.uk Canoe | Live Life Adventure | www.livelifeadventure.co.uk 47


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EXPERT ADVICE

HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions

VINTAGE VIBES

I want to arrive at my wedding with my bridesmaids in something that’s going to wow our guests – can you help? Meet the expert: Hannah Arnold is the owner of Doris, a 1964 split screen VW Camper van with a cream and white curved interior seating up to six passengers – perfect for weddings! She is based near Salisbury and travels across Wiltshire and some of Hampshire and Dorset. Hannah says: At Doris Days Out, we ensure that every wedding is extra-special. From ribbons in a colour of the couple’s choice to a bottle of bubbly on ice, we can tailor-make celebrations to suit each

couple’s requirements. Doris makes a great backdrop for Instaworthy photos with her two-tone white and champagne colouring. She was born from a vintage relic and has since been lovingly restored into a cool, retro form of wedding transportation. The chauffeur can willingly stop at a special spot along the route for photographs and the team are happy to stay on longer at each wedding reception to enable further pictures to be taken and give guests who might have missed the arrival the chance to meet Doris. Doris Days Out | 07989 580 033 | www.dorisdaysout.co.uk www.facebook.com/Doris-Days-Out-262215663976443

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We’re planning a Wiltshire-based wedding and would love a photographer to capture it all on camera in a natural, relaxed way - can you help? Meet the expert: James Donovan is a Swindon-based wedding and portrait photographer with more than 20 years’ experience. James works with a second shooter and the most up-to-date equipment to achieve top-quality photos. James says: When choosing a photographer, it’s important to remember that they’ll be telling the story of your special day through amazing images that will be treasured for a lifetime. Once the day has been and gone, it’s the images that you’ll be looking back on. From the very first contact, I build a story of the wedding day by getting to know the couple and their venue, chosen theme, colours and plans. I enquire who the bridal party and family members are in preparation to capture wonderful images. It’s important to consider which package you’d like. You may want your images on a USB stick or presented in a beautiful wedding album, most of which are storybook-style albums. Top tip: When viewing samples of photographer’s wedding albums, ask to see a full one and not just their best shots from different weddings. Discuss what style of photography you want, for example, formal or relaxed, candid or a bit of both. I prefer to capture a

wedding in an unobtrusive, relaxed way whilst including some lovely bridal party shots and group images. Top tip: Ask whether there’ll be one or two photographers on the day because having a second shooter provides you with full coverage of the getting-ready session and final preparations, and adds a different perspective to your wedding story. Let your photographer know how long you require them for, for example from the preparation through to the first dance and evening party. You can decide to book them until after the speeches or cutting of the cake but make sure that this is agreed in writing before the day. Top tip: Determine whether the final images provided will be in high resolution for quality purposes. You may want copies in a lower resolution for social media. James Donovan Photography | 07811 459 952 www.jdonphotos.com | www.instagram.com/jdonovan576 49


BOHO BRIDE

We’re getting married this summer in an intimate outdoor ceremony and I would love some ideas for my bridal dress? Meet the expert: Donna McCahill is the owner of Gloucestershire-based bridal boutique Posy & Pearl stocking designer bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, occasion wear and flowergirl designs, plus a collection of bespoke bridal headpieces and jewellery that are handmade on-site. Donna says: For an intimate outdoor wedding, something informal would work perfectly like a boho-style dress with simple spaghetti straps or a soft, floaty A-line gown with a short train. Consider a design with a pastel undertone, for example, rose or blush, topped with a soft layering of delicate ivory lace. With the uncertainty of the great British weather, you could opt for an overlay that can be removed like a lace bolero that’s still delicate and informal but adds an extra layer for warmth. Posy and Pearl Bridal Boutique 01285 656 994 | www.posyandpearl.co.uk www.instagram.com/posyandpearl www.facebook.com/PosyandPearl

ICING ON THE CAKE

We’re having a micro wedding this summer yet still want a fabulous wedding cake! It will only need to feed 15 guests so what do you suggest?

Anna says: For a micro wedding this summer, I would suggest ordering a delicious semi-naked or sponge cake fully covered with buttercream. There are so many delicious flavours to choose from and the beauty of hosting a micro wedding is that a seven-inch cake will be plenty for 15 guests with some to spare. Alternatively, you could have a two-tier cake with one five-inch and one seven- inch layer. The seven-inch tier could be eaten at the wedding and the smaller one could be frozen to enjoy at a later date with family and friends. Summer berries are in abundance during this season and look fabulous decorating a cake. Fresh flowers also look beautiful and can be coordinated with the bouquets and table decorations. You can either keep it simple or mix the two - the combination of flowers and berries looks sensational. Even though your cake will be smaller than usual, it should still be the centrepiece at your reception. Using a decorative cake stand or a log slice to present it on will provide the finishing touch and height can be added by the addition of a striking topper available in all shapes and sizes. Ribbons and bows and all manner of decorations are also available and I offer a personalised service in which all of these details are discussed ahead of the day to ensure that you have your dream cake. Anna Baker Cakes | 07805 808 474 www.annabakercakes.co.uk www.instagram.com/annabakercakes 50

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Meet the expert: Anna Baker is a creative cake designer offering bespoke baking in the Cotswolds. From afternoon tea to showstopping wedding cakes, each treat is created using the finest ingredients.


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Party LIKE IT'S Ways to entertain at weddings large and small

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Adam Denton is the owner and managing director of Silverbird Entertainment based in Oxfordshire providing tribute acts, live bands and DJ hire throughout Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the UK. He tells us, “when working with clients planning their big-day entertainment, I like to get to know them and the type of wedding they are planning so I ask them a few questions to start. Why have they chosen their particular wedding theme? Do they want their guests to be dressed in the chosen style and how many guests are they expecting? The trend for micro weddings at the moment doesn't mean that entertainment has to be on a small scale – we offer everything from solo singers to a full seven-piece band. It's important not to forget about the music and entertainment during the ceremony and drinks reception as well as the wedding breakfast and evening event. A solo singer performing the Bridal Chorus in a 1950s theme or a vintage trio like The Candy Girls all dressed up can make a wonderful choice for during the ceremony.

Stroud-based Bees Knees Barn Dance Band have plenty of experience playing at weddings. Accordion player Norma tells us that this type of wedding entertainment can be enjoyed by all ages making celebrations a truly memorable experience. She says, "I can provide solo background music on the accordion at any moment during the event and for small gatherings, we can perform with just two (married) people playing the accordion and guitar. In between dances we play a selection of traditional and well-known tunes."

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DRESSING THE BRIDAL PARTY

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We catch up with fashion experts across both regions about how to dress your bridal party

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

Jeff Lippman is the owner of Cheltenham-based jewellers Metal and Stone specialising in creating one-off bespoke pieces within each customer's budget. Jeff tells us that he is often asked ‘what’s the most beautiful piece of jewellery you have ever created’ and one of them is his Nova wedding and engagement ring set. The symmetry, balance and beauty of these pieces, in which the two rings interlock to form, in effect, a single one, is an example of Jeff’s harmonious perfection of design. He tells us that, “the centre stone usually ranges between three-quarter carat and one-carat in size, and can either be a diamond, as shown here or almost any other gemstone according to the couple’s budget. I can make this in gold or platinum and the centre engagement ring is available to be ordered either separately or with the matching wedding ring. It can even be worn on the right hand as a dress ring and for customers who already have their engagement ring, we can create a compatible wedding band in this style. This design is exclusive to me and is not available elsewhere from other jewellers.” To make an appointment with Jeff at Metal and Stone, call 01242 570 570, visit www.metalandstone.co or send him a message at www.facebook.com/bespoke.goldsmith

Family-run jewellers Beards, founded in 1804, has a store on Cheltenham's Promenade offering a wide selection of luxury jewellery items including cufflinks and watches perfect for the groom and a great selection of bridal necklaces, earrings and bracelets. The expert team also runs a bespoke jewellery design service, 01242 516 238, www.beards.co.uk www.facebook.com/BeardsTheJewellers

Thank your best girls with these 18-carat gold baroque pearl hoop earrings from Wiltshire-based Six Stories, www.sixstories.co.uk, www.facebook.com/sixstoriesofficial

Brides will love the array of accessories on offer at Bradford-onAvon-based Britten, a treasure chest of luxurious hand-crafted bridal accessories and veils made in Wiltshire, 01225 864 106, www.brittenweddings.com www.facebook.com/brittenweddings

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SUITED AND BOOTED

Richard Wratten is the owner of Gloucester-based Tuxedo Junction. He tells us that with many different options now available to grooms and their groomsmen, choosing the perfect suit can be rather difficult! Richard says, “we have seen an increase in requests for tweed and check suits while at the same time, navy styles have remained a trend. Tradition hasn't disappeared and the tailcoat is also a staple with its sharp, sleek elegance with our modern lightweight versions suiting all body shapes.” Tuxedo Junction offers adult and children's suits to hire and buy in a wide range of sizes. “Different shirt and suit combinations provide comfort which allows us to deliver a fantastic selection and offers plenty of ideas for grooms and their groomsmen looking to coordinate with the bridal party,” Richard says. “All of which allows for a perfect finish, a must for such a special and memorable day.” Richard tells us that becoming popular for weddings during 2021 and beyond is a combination of purchasing and hiring suits with many grooms deciding to buy theirs and hiring the rest. “Our fantastic mix-and-match options teamed with a variety of waistcoat and neckwear choices can make subtle changes allowing the groom and their best men and ushers to stand out.” Tuxedo Junction, Gloucester: 01452 380 066; Cirencester: 01285 644 055, www.tuxedo-junction.co.uk www.instagram.com/tuxedo_junction_gloucester

“Hitting the heights of fashion is this dapper 100% wool sky-blue tweed suit offering the wow-factor! – Richard Wratten

“A perfect option for the modern gentleman is this 100% wool lightweight suit that looks classy and on-trend for the fashion-conscious groom and groomsmen.” –- Richard Wratten "The ever-popular navy and royal blue lounge and tailcoat combination are stylish, modern and traditional. Lightweight mohair suits are a must for any wedding occasion." – Richard Wratten

Country Master British Heritage Tailoring & Barbershops in the Cotswolds offers the full grooming package, visit www.countrymaster.co.uk to find out more. www.facebook.com/ CountryMasterGentlemensOutfitters

ANOTHER OPTION Jane Fishwick is the owner of Wedding Days of Cheltenham located in Gloucestershire, a two-floor store stocking designer wedding dresses, bridesmaids' gowns and men's suits, 01242 224 965, www.weddingdaysofcheltenham.co.uk www.facebook.com/weddingdays 60

4 the Wedding located in Gloucester is a formal menswear specialist offering a range of traditional and contemporary suit hire packages and coordinates. They also stock bridal accessories, jackets and veils, www.4thewedding.co.uk www.facebook.com/4thewedding

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The Cotswold Tailor is an award-winning business based in the heart of the Cotswolds taking traditional British cloths and tailoring them with a contemporary twist, 01993 358 284, www.thecotswoldtailor.com www.facebook.com/TheCotswoldTailor


DRESSING THE BRIDAL PARTY

For bridesmaids dresses in 64 different colourways and a variety of fabrics, head to Victoria Marie Bridal based in Cricklade, Wiltshire. Call 07739 008 240 or visit www.victoriamariebridal.co.uk/bridesmaids.html www.facebook.com/diamondweddingdressescricklade

Wiltshire brides will love Swindon-based Sarah Belle Bridal for their vast array of designer bridal gowns and beautiful bridesmaids’ dresses – there are mini-me versions for the little ones, too. 01793 528 030, www.sarahbelle.co.uk www.facebook.com/SarahBelleBridal

Christine Kilsby owns The Cotswold Frock Shop located in Stow-on-the-wold, Gloucestershire. They stock a wide range of designer dresses for both the bride and bridesmaids, 01451 832 309, www.thecotswoldfrockshop.co.uk www.facebook.com/CotswoldFrockShop and www.facebook.com/SarahBelleBridal

Another Swindon-based boutique is Trousseaux Bridal offering a colourful collection of occasion wear perfect for bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-bride and guests. My favourites are the fun feather, tulle and metallic gowns by Christian Koehlert, 01793 724 578, www.trousseaux.co.uk www.facebook.com/swindon.co.uk

Don't forget about your four-legged guests! Pets at weddings are trending on Insta and they, too, deserve a hashtag-worthy outfit! Check out www.etsy.com/uk/market/dog_wedding_attire

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A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN

The Dress Tribe has launched featuring diverse and top-quality bridal designs from around the world. This revolutionary site introduces brides to 52 designers including Bo & Luca, Suzanne Neville and Berta and the retailers that stock them. From romantic, ethereal gowns to fun party pieces, these fashion-forward styles offer something for every bride. There are sculpted silhouettes, short hemlines, statement sleeves and plenty more. To shop, visit www.thedresstribe.com www.instagram.com/thedresstribe

ONCE UPON A TIME

Check out the Disney Fairytale Weddings bridal gown collection from Allure Bridals, designed with happily ever after in mind. The dream dresses named after characters including Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana are available at selected retailers nationwide. https://allurebridals.com www.instagram.com/allurebridals

GREAT GIFT IDEA

This Love Always bracelet, £50, is from the new Scream Pretty x Hannah Martin collection, a collaboration between the British indie jewellery brand and celebrity make-up artist Hannah Martin. To shop, visit https://screampretty.com www.instagram.com/screamprettystyle

FASHION Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals the latest bridal news, buys and launches

Pearls of wisdom

Sarah Vuong Bridal Jewellery has launched, selling a selection of exquisite jewellery and hair accessories hand-finished with freshwater pearls and crystals. There’s also a style advice service available where brides can upload ideas and photographs to an online hub and in return, receive a personalised list of pieces to choose from. To shop, visit www.sarahvuongbridaljewellery.com www.instagram.com/svbridaljewellery

Editor’s favourite This 18-carat gold-plated sterling silver and diamond bunting necklace, £325, www.lolarose.co.uk/gb would be on my big-day wish list! www.instagram.com/lolarose

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Accessible fashion rental service Hirestreet has launched a bridal collection starting from just £10. Brands including Lavish Alice and Keepsake The Label which offers dresses ideal for small weddings and elopements, as well as being a great sustainable choice. To shop, visit www.hirestreetuk.com/category/bridal www.instagram.com/hirestreetuk

Pint-sized pieces

Australian bridal brand Grace Loves Lace has just unveiled GRACE Mini, their first children’s collection of eight flowergirl gowns and 13 accessories created ethically and sustainably from bridal gown offcuts. The occasion dresses are designed for comfort made with stretchy materials and no zips, buttons or tight seams for girls aged two to seven years. To celebrate the launch, Grace Loves Lace has launched a children’s book called Tess and Her Dress which follows a young girls’ journey of learning where her dress came from and a copy will be gifted with every purchase. To shop, visit https://graceloveslace.com www.instagram.com/grace_loves_lace

CANDY GIRL

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Ties and tassels

Tie-front detail finished with tassels helps to complement curves.

Rather fitting

From statement sleeves to thigh-high splits, these gorgeous gowns were designed to make a grand entrance

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Laser-cut appliqué

All of a flutter

Tiers of joy

Make a statement in a fitted column skirt decorated with laser-cut details.

Feathers are so on-trend, decorating everything from sleeves to skirts.

Tiered detail isn’t just for cakes – choose a dress with multiple layers.

https://sassiholford.com

www.airebarcelona.com/en

www.temperleylondon.com

Shimmering sequins

Beautiful beadwork

These circles of sparkle add glamour to any gown.

Embellished beads and crystals help add a touch of big-day glamour.

www.amymaircouture.co.uk

www.boandluca.com

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Totally tulle

FASHION

This ballerina-inspired fabric never goes out of style.

https://www.pronovias.com

www.airebarcelona.com/en

https://ladybird.nl/en

Lihi Hod Bridal available at www.brownsbride.com

www.boandluca.com

https://leannemarshall.com

Sassy crop tops These midriff-baring numbers are making a comeback.

www.bowendryden.co.uk

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Sultry and slinky

Button up

Barely there

Not for the faint-hearted, slimline trouser two-pieces make a great bridal dress alternative.

Even the smallest details make an impact, like elegant buttons adorning the back of a dress.

Expose your shoulders in an off-the-shoulder design or a style with spaghetti straps.

https://carmenllaguno.com

www.elbethgillis.com

https://graceloveslace.com

Thigh-high splits

Scalloped edges

This sexy style looks great on an otherwise plain dress.

This soft and subtle shape elegantly trims a neckline, sleeves or split of a wedding gown.

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www.hirestreetuk.com/category/bridal

https://leannemarshall.com


Statement sleeves

FASHION

From balloon sleeves to ruffle ones, they are surprisingly easy to wear.

https://elizabethfillmorebridal.com

INSERT PORTRAIT MOVIE

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https://jennypackham.com

https://sassiholford.com

Corset story This trusted garment will sculpt your shape.

Lihi Hod Bridal available at www.brownsbride.com

www.annageorgina.co.za

https://www.elbethgillis.com

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FASHION

Bright and beautiful Soft subtle shades make a stylish alternative to white and ivory

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Charm by https://jennypackham.com


FASHION

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Paris Original by www.amymaircouture.co.uk

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Pearl and crystal hair pins, £25 each, www.sarahvuongbridaljewellery.com

Ribbon hairband, £69, www.glitzysecrets.com

ACCESSORIES

Cream beaded headband, £32, www.sixstories.co.uk Bridal hat, from a selection, https://janetaylorlondon.com

Beaded headband, £165, www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk Beaded hair vine, £90, www.alabasterdream.co.uk

Beaded wedding hat, £340, https://maggiemowbraymillinery.co.uk

Rhinestone, opal and crystal hair pin, £35, www.victoriamillesime.co.uk

Crowning glory

Dress in main image courtesy of www.bellanude.co.uk Alabaster Dream hair vine photographed by www.vanitaslife.com

Bridal crown with semi-precious stones and crystals, £253, www.boandluca.com

Brides, mums and maids will love this round-up of stylish headdresses

Beautiful bridesmaids Little lovelies

These pastel pieces will look oh-so pretty!

Creole pink headpiece, £750, and blue and cream floral headpiece, £785, https://mervebayindir.com

Flowergirls will adore these cute accessories.

Floral headband, £10, and diamante butterfly hairband, £12, www.monsoon.co.uk

Thanks mum!

Your mum will make a statement in fabulous feathers and flowers.

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GO WITH THE FLOW

New from Italian fragrance house Jusbox is Night Flow, the perfect scent for a music-loving wedding party. It opens its groove with spicy hints of saffron and pink pepper, with top notes of raspberry. Everything in the world of Jusbox is inspired by music, even the elegant 78ml bottle, which pays homage to the first phonographic discs that played at 78 rpm. Check out www.jusboxperfumes.com where this fine fragrance is available for £160.

Well, naturally… SIMPLY THE BEST

If you haven’t heard about Eve Lom’s iconic cleanser yet, allow me the pleasure. A coveted cult classic, this multi-tasking favourite revolutionised the beauty industry when it was created 29 years ago. A pioneering balm formula, it contains a blend of four aromatic oils to cleanse, decongest, tone, exfoliate and remove every trace of make-up including waterproof mascara. It deep cleanses without drying or stripping the skin and the gentle exfoliation process enables skin cells to regenerate quickly, leaving you with a beautiful base for your follow-up products. For sure, a beauty must-have. Head to Space NK where it’s priced at £55 (100ml). Also, check out www.evelom.com

Sun-kissed

Farm Girl’s CBD Facial Oil is 100 per cent natural, cruelty free, vegan and highly nourishing. Every ingredient brings something to the table to fight free radical damage and deliver intense hydration without clogging pores. It lists amongst its problem-solving abilities: moisture retention, elimination of dry skin patches, and relief from inflammatory conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. So, if you’re facing any of these woes in the run-up to W-day, this could see you fighting fit. Priced at £46, check out www.farmgirlbysarahjane.co.uk

Beauty

BUZZ

Beauty editor Kelly Andrews shares her latest beauty must-haves for the bride to be

If the winter months and lockdown 2.0 have left you feeling a bit pale and sun-deprived you’ll love Pestle & Mortar’s latest launch: Glow Drops (£35). These customisable face-tanning drops leave skin with a dewy tan, as light or as intense as you wish. Enriched with hyaluronic acid they’ll bestow a natural sun-kissed glow without drying. Easy as pie to use, simply add to your regular moisturiser or night oil. Head over to www.pestleandmortar.com

SPLISH SPLASH

It’s said that nothing feels as luxurious on the skin as silk, but these new oil Bath & Body Splashes from Jane Scrivner Skincare (£33) get pretty close. Blending carefully chosen essential oils with Jane’s unparalleled scent sense and knowledge of the world’s best sources, this collection feeds and nourishes the skin while leaving it subtly scented, hydrated and glowing – just the ticket after a few months of winter. Simply splash all over or add a few drops to a warm bath. Find out more at www.janescrivner.com 74


BEAUTY NEWS

EYE, EYE!

Eyeko’s waterproof formula is infused with matcha green tea extract and blended with botanical fruit extracts including strawberry, blueberry and vitamin E for an antioxidant boost – just like a smoothie for your lashes. Find it at www.eyeko.co.uk, priced at £19

BODY, MIND AND SOUL

Driven by the simple belief that nutritional and emotional balance is they key to a healthy, fulfilling life, anatomé’s founder, Brendan Murdock has been working hard throughout the pandemic developing new products to support people’s sleep, as well as their mental and physical health. One such product is the new Relax + Sleep Bath Salts. Regular bathing in a salt solution significantly improves the skin’s barrier function, hydration, elasticity and health. This particular beauty is enriched with organic sage, chamomile, lavender and blue cornflower petals, so it’s ideal for relaxing the body and mind. What’s more, frankincense, peppermint and lavender all help to encourage deep, restorative sleep. Check out www.anatome.co

Who? Moi?

Let’s get one thing straight: Miss Piggy is an absolute icon. So, embracing her all around fabulousness, cult beauty powerhouse Ciaté London has launched a collection like no other – a cosmetics range all about vous. I’m particularly obsessed with the Who? Moi? Mirror (£18), which will be accidentally making it’s way into my online shopping basket at some point, and The Pig-ment Palette (£35) boasts some eyeshadow shades that need to be seen to be believed. The fabulous range is available at www.ciatelondon.com and www.asos.com. Go on, check it out – we all need some fun in our lives right now!

Keep calm and carry on Part of ESPA’s new Restful range, this Pulse Point Oil is the perfect handbag companion that you can take anywhere with you, creating a sense of calm of he go. Ideal when you need to take a break from the stresses of wedding planning to find moment of tranquility. Keep it with you during the morning bridal preparations should the big-day jitters creep up on you. It’s available at www.espaskincare.com, priced at £21.

HYDRATING HERO

I love this hair mask, concentrated with pure aloe vera gel. It offers a real boost of natural hydration to treat even the most parched hair. Priced at £27 it’s available at www.christopherobin.co.uk

A helping hand Peacci S.K.I.N (soft, kind, innovative and nourishing) is a new range of vegan and cruelty-free mani-pedi products. These professional-quality formulas combine luxury, innovation and carefully selected ingredients designed to tide you over between trips to the salon. The brand’s founder and CEO, Daisy Kalnina, says, “Our hands are exposed to so much more than other parts of our body, especially with the constant washing and sanitising at the moment, which can strip skin of nutrients. So, it’s important to look after them using products and ingredients that support, repair and nourish us.” Discover more about the range at www.peacci.com/skin 75


W7 Velvet Luxe Lipstick, www.w7makeup.co.uk, £4

Milani Bold Colour Statement Matte Lipstick, www.milanimakeup.co.uk, £10

“With a creamy matte texture this lippy is comfortable to wear and doesn’t transfer. Long-lasting it stays in place through coffees and snacks, but could probably do with a little top up after lunch. Plus, She’s a Lady is a super-feminine girly pink, lovely for a rosy bride look. Incredible value for money, it’s a great staple for your make-up bag. Why not try all the colours?” – Kelly Andrews

“This handbag must-have goes on like a dream and certainly lived up to its name. The wonderfully lush creamy formula glides on smoothly and stays on without flaking, making me feel fabulous all day! It left my lips feeling soft and smooth too – win, win!” – Sarah Reeve

: SHADE S ’ E SH A LADY

SHADE : I AM FABULO US

PUCKER UP SHADE: LADYBIRD

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The CWM team put the latest lip shades to the test

Dear Dahlia Paradise Dream Velvet Lip Mousse, www.feelunique.com, £25

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick, www.toofaced.co.uk, £20

“After using a tint for the first time I’m a convert! This colour was divine, and what I like is that you can layer it up and build the tone to your desired effect; soft subtle pink by day and a deep red by night. It lasted all day after drinking and eating, and even stayed on when I applied a balm over the top. A must-have for your make-up bag.” – Danielle Harvey

“Straight away, I loved the sturdy packaging and precise applicator. The lightweight formula has fantastic pigmentation and the product has a matte finish. There’s no cracking or bleeding because of the avocado oil, vitamin E, and hyaluronic filling spheres, which I’m very thankful for as there’s nothing I hate more than dry lips! The beautiful shade lasted hours on my lips and I got compliments all day when I wore it!” – Olivia Gibson

SHADE: POPPIN’ CORKS


TRIED AND TESTED Kevyn Aucoin Unforgettable Lip Definer (£18), with Unforgettable Lipstick (£24), www.spacenk.com

MU LAC Velvet Ink, www.mulaccosmetics.com, £13.34

“The Lip Definer was easy to use, and I loved the way it looked. I put it on first thing, and by the time I went to bed it was still firmly in place, looking fabulous, even though I’d been in the rain most of the day. I had fun playing with the dual-ended pencil and brush creating a look that suited me and paired it with Unforgettable Lipstick in Legendary, but as it’s a natural shade it would work well with most colours.” – Melissa Barker

SHADE: UNDRESSED WITH LEGENDARY

“Historically, matte lipsticks have been my worst enemy – being a notorious lip-biter they show up all my flaws. But it’s safe to say that this product has changed my mindset. The finish, although definitely matte, is somehow silky and smooth. The best thing about this particular shade is that it’s bold enough to look like you’ve made an effort without being OTT – the perfect lazy-girl hack! It also has incredible staying power, but that does mean you need to be careful to apply correctly the first time as it doesn’t budge!” – Beth Morton

SHADE: NICE TO MEET YA

Illamasqua Beyond Lipstick, www.illamasqua.com, £20 “Upon application you could definitely tell this was a luxe cream lipstick as it has a balm consistency and left my lips feeling nourished with a noticeable shimmer. Plus, I didn’t have the typical drying of the lips, which I find some products cause. This lipstick is one to keep on you and reapply throughout the day for longevity.” – Danielle Harvey

SHADE: DAZZLE VID: Please leave a rectangle in the corner for our video

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EXPERT ADVICE

Q&A Our experts answer your questions BROW BEAUTY Help! I want perfect brows in time for my wedding – do you have any tips?

Main image courtesy of www.gettyimages.co.uk and image from Katy Pheiffer courtesy of www.weddingsbynicolaandglen.com

Meet the expert: Heather Card is a fully insured, professional make-up artist specialising in airbrush make-up covering weddings across the South West. Heather says: I tend to recommend natural refined and defined brows for my brides. They always need attention as part of the make-up application because some may only require a tidy up and a bit of powder to define them while others may be sparse, narrow or too thin. There are many good-quality products on the market. I like to use Brow Blade in taupe by Urban Decay which is a pencil and ink that are both waterproof. I also work with Brow Zings by Benefit which is a gel and powder. I recommend using a brow powder because it’s easy to apply and you’re less likely to make a mistake. Now it’s time to choose your brow shape. They may just need brushing through with some powder to even out any sparse areas. Use upwards strokes when applying brow powder, gel and pencil so that you don’t flatten them. You need to accentuate the arch shape so using a thin-angled brush to apply powders or gels, remove any excess product. Start from the ends of each brow, working towards the middle, so the darkest point is at the end faded towards the centre of the face near the bridge of the nose.

HAIR HELP I’m researching a hairstyle to suit both me and my two bridesmaids for my late-spring wedding. I have afro-textured hair, one of my bridesmaids has shoulder-length blonde hair and the other has long Asian hair. What do you suggest? Meet the expert: Maya Jasinska is a UK and destination hairdresser and make-up artist covering weddings throughout both regions. Maya says: Being a hair stylist with 10 years’ experience, I understand how difficult it can be finding a style that will work on hair with different textures, lengths and density. Some stylists specialise in caucasian hair, some with Asian hair and others with afro hair. I have experience in working with all of these types and I love them all. The ideal look that I would suggest for all three of you would be a timeless low chignon which is very versatile and looks great worn with every hair type. By adding fresh flower pins or a comb, you can finish the look with a spring touch.

FRESH-FACED Please can you give me some fresh ideas for my spring-themed micro wedding make-up? Meet the expert: Katy Pheiffer is a multi-award-winning international make-up artist based in Wiltshire. Katy says: Spring is all about new beginnings when the weather is warming up and the days are getting longer, meaning that your big-day make-up needs to be suitable for the daytime and hopefully some sunny weather! I always recommend a dewy, light coverage for a spring wedding to achieve glowing, healthy-looking skin. I use Light Wonder foundation by Charlotte Tilbury mixed with the Super Radiant Booster by NARS to add luminosity. I set the skin with Sublime Perfection Blurring Under-Eye Powder by Pat McGrath which adds to the glow without mattifying it. For gorgeous glowing cheeks, I use Cheek to Chic Love Glow blusher by Charlotte Tilbury and the Glow Face Palette by Dior Backstage to highlight the cheekbones, inner corner of the eyes and the cupid’s bow. I keep eye make-up subtle by working with the Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette by Too Faced, combined with a Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Cheat pencil by Charlotte Tilbury applied in the waterline to make the eyes pop. Finally, your lipstick needs to complement your understated eye make-up so the Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour, 91 Séduisante by Chanel is perfect for a spring wedding.

CONTACT OUR EXPERTS Heather Card | Heather Card Makeup Artistry | www.heathercard-makeup.co.uk www.instagram.com/heathercardmakeupartistry | www.facebook.com/HeatherCardMakeup Katy Pheiffer | 07773 581 178 | www.katypheiffer.co.uk www.instagram.com/katypheiffermakeupartist | www.facebook.com/katypheiffermakeup Maya Jasinska | Loxus Hair & Make-up | 07886 970 296 | www.loxushairandmakeup.com www.instagram.com/loxushairandmakeup | www.facebook.com/LOXUSHairandMakeup

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WIN!

A FIVE-NIGHT LUXURY HONEYMOON TO THE SEYCHELLES WORTH +£3,500

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ocated on a mile-long stretch of picture-perfect beach, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa brings together all the elements of a dream honeymoon. It offers relaxation, pristine beaches, modern villas, a first-class spa and fine dining, along with activities, including hiking through one of the largest national parks in the Seychelles and exploring life below the waves in the surrounding National Marine Park. At the heart of the resort, by the beautiful landscaped infinity pool, our lucky winners will be able to choose from a variety of bars and dining venues. From modern Mediterranean Portobello restaurant to the beautiful beachfront Four Degrees serving fresh local seafood, expertly cooked in front of you on the grill. One place you must dine while at Labriz is Grann Kaz. Renovated to its former glory, this former Seychellois plantation house is the resort’s traditional Creole restaurant, serving delicious local cuisine on the terrace and in the gardens. If you fancy some post-wedding pampering, Eforea Spa at Labriz

is one of the most stunning spas in the world, with spacious couple’s therapy suites and unrivalled views of the jungle-clad slopes of Mount Dauban and the sparkling Indian Ocean. Or if leaving your villa seems like too much work, the spa also offers in-villa massages, so you can truly relax together. For even deeper tranquillity, why not take part in a yoga session on the beach, or opt for a private class with the resort's own yoga teacher? You can while away your days wandering through lush vegetation and see some of the island’s wildlife – and spectacular sights – on guided mountain walks through the equatorial forest with the resident naturalist, or take in the view under the sea with a Crystal Kayak around the shores of Silhouette. Cap off your day in paradise with a romantic sunset cruise, watching the sun go down over the Indian Ocean, followed by dinner with your feet in the sand, under the stars at the 4th Degree Restaurant. Or, of course, you could simply pull up a sun lounger on the beach or by the pool and relax.

PRIZE FROM LABRIZ:

HOW TO ENTER

❤ Five-night accommodation in a Beachfront Villa ❤ Half Board for two people ❤ Transfers for two people (land and boat) ❤ Honeymoon benefits ❤ Romantic Bath Experience ❤ In-room setup with sparkling wine upon arrival ❤ A Sunset Cruise for two people

For your chance to win, simply answer the following question: What is the name of the Spa at Labriz? Enter online at yourgloswilts.wedding The closing date is 2nd April, 2021. Terms and conditions apply. Please see our website for details.

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GROOMS’ NEWS

FANCY FEET

Havaianas has released its autumn/winter sock collection and here at CWM HQ we think it’s a great way to show off your quirky style – and they’ll also come in handy on the honeymoon too! Ultra-comfortable and developed with each toe encased separately (like a glove), the groom can have a colour pop on the big day and then wear with flip flops on honeymoon. Priced at £8.95 and available in a range of colours, visit www.havaianas-store.com

Scent-appeal

British lifestyle brand Tayroc launches its first-ever unisex fragrance comprising six intoxicating scents: Elegance, Expedition, Style, Journey, Poise and Quest. Each has its own unique notes that capture the essence of nature encompassing fruity, floral, spicy and woody undertones. The 100ml scents, priced at £98, will be available online at www.tayroc.com

Grooms’ NEWS Danielle Harvey shares all the latest best buys and product launches

Sporting heroes

Female Savile Row designer and tailor for men Alexandra Wood has created a new, exclusive accessories range of scarves, socks and pocket squares which are ideal for the sports-mad groom. These hand-sketched and designed in-house accessories are perfect for showing your love of sport on your wedding day, and the collection has been brought to life with vibrant tones that will add a piece of art to any big-day look. The new range consists of five designs inspired by tennis, rugby, yachting, cycling and cars. Check out https://alexandrawoodbespoke.co.uk

Nature’s wonders

The London Botanists, independent producers of premium CBD products, has launched a 100% natural and gender neutral skincare collection, handmade in Britain from sustainable sources. The first two products in the collection are the CBD and Arnica Muscle Oil, and CBD and Rosehip Sensitive Skin Balm – perfect additions to winter prewedding skincare routines. The London Botanists CBD and Arnica Muscle Oil (£20) contains 100% natural ingredients including healing arnica, rosemary, tea tree and comfrey oils with anti-inflammatory properties and works to reduce muscle soreness, perfect as a post-workout treat or to use at the end of a long day. Also 100% natural, the CBD and Rosehip Sensitive Skin Balm (£20) is nutrient-rich perfect for all skin types this winter; it contains unbleached, unrefined shea butter and no artificial colouring, fragrance or essential oils. Applied directly to the skin it has soothing properties helping minimise signs of ageing and issues related to skin sensitivity, including redness. For more details visit https://thelondonbotanists.com

A LOVABLE BROGUE

British men’s shoes and accessories brand, Billy Ruffian, has something for everyone when it comes to the groom or the groomsmen searching for bigday accessories. Billy Ruffian shoes are designed with the perfect mix of fashion and function completing any outfit with a stylish finish; these versatile hand-crafted brogues remain a classic shoe for the final touch to a formal outfit. Available in a number of different styles, in suede or leather, they’re priced from £150. Check out www.billyruffianshoes.co.uk

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Superb Stripe Blazer £95, Winning Waistcoat £45, Triple The Style Shirt £35, Gentlemen’s Silk Paisley Tie £25, Luxury Peacock Feather Pin £9, all available from www.joebrowns.co.uk

GET THE LOOK Be inspired by this dapper, country chic look for your big day

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GROOMS’ FASHION

£12.95, www.claire-Louise.co.uk

£35, https://foxandchave.com

£110, www.wovenartjewellery.co.uk

£99.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

£24.99, www.tkmaxx.com/uk/en

£14, www.goodthingsgifts.co.uk

£1,690, www.mauricelacroix.com/eu_en

£69, www.office.co.uk

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BEAUTIFUL BERKSHIRE

On a stunning 4,000-acre estate in Reading, one of the UK’s top exclusive-use wedding venues Wasing Park, is for the first time, welcoming guests for weekend staycations. Stay in one of Wasing’s stunning Grade II listed Old Estate Rooms: The Granary sat atop staddle stones, The Smithy, a former blacksmith’s shop now a large beautiful boutique bedroom, or The Dovecote, a very unique, cylindrical two-story building featuring a free-standing copper bath. Visitors to are invited to get out into the fresh air to enjoy walking trails (or take your bike) through the woods and around the lakes before relaxing by the fireside in the Stables Bar ahead of enjoying a delicious à la carte dinner. And if you have room between the hearty breakfast and dinner, why not try your hand at cooking your own woodfired pizza or firepit-flamed venison burger under the guidance of executive chef, Stuart Tyler, at Wasing’s unique Woodlands venue at lunchtime – plus, complimentary tea and homemade cake will be served at 4pm! As well as endless wonderous walks across the estate, wellness is high on the agenda at Wasing and the estate is the perfect location to really unwind both your mind and body. There is a yoga studio on-site and the estate’s own wellness coach also offers Forest Bathing and other mindful activities. Anglers can take their equipment and enjoy fishing on one of the woodland lakes, while the adventurous can have a go at canoeing on the nearby River Thames. Prices start at £195 per room, per night, bed and breakfast and breaks are offered on a minimum two-night basis. For further information visit www.wasing.co.uk

HONEYMOON All the latest travel inspiration from the best of Britain

LOVE THE LAKES

NewsUK SPECIAL!

Located in Ullswater, within the heart of Cumbria’s Lake District National Park, the Quiet Site has won several prestigious awards over the past few months including AA North West Campsite of the Year in March, the Queens Award for Enterprise in April and Visit England Award for Excellence in the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable category in August. During the period when the site closed during the national lockdown earlier in the year, the team were busy working on a number of new developments re-landscaping, refurbishments in the holiday cottages and re-wilding much of the park! Occupying a magnificent position overlooking Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District, the site is a great choice any time of year. This award-winning eco holiday park, comprises two selfcatering holiday cottages, six luxury glamping cabins, 14 timber camping pods and 15 underground Hobbit Holes. In addition, it offers 70 pitches including all-weather tent pitches and hard standing pitches for caravans and motorhomes. Check out https://thequietsite.co.uk

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A MUST-VISIT IN MANCHESTER

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, renowned for signature heartfelt service and distinctive design across the globe, opened three new boutique luxury hotels this autumn including: Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester. A magnificent terracotta Grade II listed building with a history dating back to 1890, the grand clock tower at the centre of its striking Victorian architecture is an unmistakable landmark on Manchester’s skyline. All 270 loft-style bedrooms, including 11 suites, were designed to make the most of the stunning original features, double and tripleheight ceilings. Guest rooms offer an homage to Manchester’s iconic music scene, with vinyl records of the city’s most iconic bands – from the Stone Roses and Oasis to Elbow and Take That – available to play on record players in each room. Each room borrows design inspiration from the spirited and renowned Manchester party and music scene with vibrant, bespoke textiles designed by Timorous Beasties, which incorporate the iconic Manchester worker bee and bold contemporary graphic prints adorning the walls. Complimentary tuck boxes of treats in all rooms, as well as fresh milk and mineral water in the fridge enrich the in-room experience and provides the perfect environment for honeymoons with plenty to do in the city right on your doorstep. Check out www.kimptonclocktowerhotel.com


SERENE SUFFOLK

HONEYMOON NEWS

Travel company Fish&Pips, founded by best friends Holly Chandler (the ‘Fish’) and Philippa Hartley (the ‘Pips’) ten years ago, welcomes new property The Tabernacle, Suffolk – perfect for honeymoon staycationers! This beautiful waterside one-bedroom cabin is situated on its own little island, with access by rope bridge, and is located within five-thousand acres of pristine parkland. This is the perfect place to spend cosy winter nights, hunkered down next to the log fire or soaking in the outdoor hot tub. Reconnect with nature, put your wellies on and stomp through the Suffolk countryside and nearby Heritage coast. Or stay put, and enjoy all the facilities on your doorstep from tennis courts, clay pigeon shooting and Pashley bikes – the Tabernacle has everything thing you need for the perfect winter weekend. Available through Fish&Pips from £235 per night. Visit www.fishandpips.co.uk

HEAD TO THE EAST

Wilderness Reserve has launched its second country estate, Chapel Barn, just in time for the staycation boom whether you want to head away pre- or post-vows. The Chapel Barn (once a 15th-century farmstead) has all the charm of its heritage intact and yet comes with a host of luxury facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, cinema, gym and spa set over 5,000 magnificent acres of carefully maintained Suffolk countryside. Accommodation options range from the one-bed electricity-free Hovel, set by the lake, through to Chapel Barn itself, which comes with 18 en suite bedrooms. All seven properties may be rented individually and each building has been sensitively restored, employing the traditional methods of local artisans. Other highlights include Moat Cottage, painted in fetching Suffolk pink. It’s found atop its own hill, surrounded by water full of wildlife. Its hot tub and rowboat are both wonderful spots to take in 360° views of the Suffolk countryside and there’s space on its lawns for fun group activities. Chapel Barn channels the landscaping principles of Capability Brown: cattle and sheep graze the valley sides around the estate’s expansive lake and woodland, wild flower meadows inject colour in spring, while a traditional Suffolk apple orchard flourishes every autumn. Check out https://wildernessreserve.com

THE UK’S CROWNING GLORY

Following the fourth season of The Crown airing on Netflix in November, Oliver’s Travels has shared some of its grandest British castles and properties that would be sure to live up to Queen Elizabeth II’s standards.

▲ Gothic Castle Estate, County Galway. This 18th-century castle has hosted Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and sleeps up to 16 guests across eight luxurious bedrooms and features spacious drawing rooms perfect for socialising. It boasts 600 acres of private woodland and Europe’s largest privately owned 1,000acre lake. From £12,744 for a two-night stay.

▲ Lothian Castle, Edinburgh. The 600-year-old castle is one of the largest and best-preserved Medieval Scottish fortifications. Steeped in history, it sleeps up to 24 guests in its 12 bedrooms, the castle is fit for a king or queen with its grand reception rooms, breathtaking views, elegant fireplaces and colourful tapestries. From £12,094 for a two-night stay.

▲ Timeless Castle, Scottish Borders. For the ultimate royal experience, guests can book a private dinner in the vaulted cellars or the magnificent state dining room. A range of experiences include an exclusive guided tour, whisky or wine tastings, and spa treatments. The castle sleeps up to 16 guests across five apartments. From £3,980 for a three-night stay.

To book call 0800 133 799 or visit www.oliverstravels.com To read more about all of these properties head to www.county.wedding/honeymoon-news-headlines 85


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Cotswolds

Full of chocolate-box cottages and pretty hamlets, the Cotswolds is an idyllic minimoon destination for couples – and families – looking for picture-perfect properties complete with open fires and woodburners making them so lovely and cosy for winter months…

Romantic cottages for two

Harrowby End is a beautiful Grade II listed stone property which is utterly charming with its thatched roof and many historic features, set within the picturesque Cotswolds village of Ebrington. As soon as you arrive at the cottage, you will be greeted by a cosy, welcoming atmosphere with many luxurious and thoughtful finishings throughout. On the ground floor is a bright and spacious living area comprising of a spacious sitting room and dining area with wood burning stove and exposed beams throughout. The fullyequipped kitchen looks out onto the delightful cottage garden. Bay Tree Cottage is the perfect romantic bolthole. Tucked away in an elevated position on the edge of a very pretty village with a choice of excellent pubs and restaurants within easy strolling distance, it manages to combine an ‘away from it all’ feeling with a location that makes it an ideal base for exploring with or without a car. Packed with period features; flagstone floors, original beams and a generous stone fireplace complete with wood burning stove, it’s obvious that Bay Tree Cottage has been restored with love. Four-legged friends are welcome too and when it comes to walking routes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 3 nights from £338 travelling Jan 2021.

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The cottage is located in a peaceful village setting within a conservation area and a real bonus is the award-winning pub, The Ebrington Arms, located just a few minutes’ walk away. Staying at Harrowby End gives you access to a wealth of quaint English villages, wonderful gardens, fascinating historic houses and excellent pubs and restaurants all within easy driving distance. There are also many beautiful walks through rolling countryside just waiting to be discovered. 3 nights from £461 travelling Jan 2021.


Dog-friendly cottages

Chapel House, a unique architect-designed converted chapel, is believed to have been constructed around 1778 in Cotswold stone. It retains many original features and has been finished to a high standard with a thoughtful mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. The double height living area features four original stained-glass arched windows and a glass balustrade staircase to the first floor, creating a open-plan space. Situated in the picturesque village of Bampton, close to the Cotswolds and River Thames. Fans of Downton Abbey will recognise parts of Bampton, most notably St. Mary’s Church and the library, which was used for filming outdoor scenes for the popular ITV television series. The many delights of the Cotswolds are within a short drive including Burford, Bibury, Woodstock and magnificent Blenheim Place, to name but a few. Sleeps 4, 3 nights from £476 travelling January 2021.

Perfect for walking St Michael’s Cottage, a stunning home away from home, has been painstakingly restored by the present owners to provide boutique-style accommodation in an historic setting. Character features blend seamlessly with stylish interiors to create a luxury finish, perfect for those looking for some seriously indulgent time away. The mature and well-stocked gardens provide a country living backdrop whilst its location, strolling distance from the centre of Broadway and its choice of pubs, shops and restaurants, guarantees a perfect Cotswolds break. Sleeps 6, 3 nights from £1,147 travelling May 2021.

MINIMOONS

Claytons Cottage, not completely remote from its neighbours but surrounded by a spectacular rural landscape, offers a blissful escape. With two en suite bedrooms, one twin and one with a king-size bed, the cottage accommodates four adults with ease and also offers the possibility of accommodating up to four children using a delightful loft bedroom accessed from the master bedroom. On the ground floor the cottage has a large sitting room with impressive inglenook fireplace and spacious family kitchen as well as a cloakroom and boot room leading to the rear patio. Lower Oddington is one of the most sought-after villages in the Cotswolds with an award-winning pub, The Fox, within walking distance of the cottage as well as a further half dozen or so gourmet pubs within five miles. The cottage is well located for accessing local walking routes and it’s just a half mile easy romp across the fields to Daylesford Organic where guests can indulge in some tasty holiday treats. Sleeps 4, 3 nights from £538 travelling January 2021.

Garsons Cottage is a one-bedroom Cotswold stone cottage with oak beams and oak flooring offering a cosy, relaxing retreat. With exposed Cotswold stone walls and a wood burning stove, the property has been expertly refurbished to the highest standard. Set in the delightful village of Idbury, near Stow-on-the-Wold with views across the Windrush Valley, footpaths can be found in all directions from the front door for a romantic stroll. The quintessential villages of Burford, Chipping Norton and Bourtonon-the-Water are all within a four-mile radius. There you’ll find famous cheese shops, delis, bakeries, restaurants, tea and antique shops – Daylesford Organic Farm Shop is well worth a visit! You are spoilt for choice with many award-winning gastro pubs nearby, offering local ales and superb food – the Feathered Nest has cosy log fires and stunning views across the Evenlode Valley. The Plough and Wild Rabbit, both with Michelin Stars, are in nearby Kingham. The Kings Head pub is an all-time favourite and a short walk down the hill on the village green in Bledington. Other local towns to visit are Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden and Broadway if you wanted to venture a few miles further. Sleeps 2, 3 nights from £429 travelling January 2021.

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