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dresses Lucia Silver on the beauty of bespoke

Love at

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THE SCENT OF SUCCESS Focus on flowers

SEX AND THE CITY Exotic Marrakech hen parties

IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE An unusual wedding gift

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Preparing, planning and budgeting for your wedding can be daunting and become stressful. In this special essence supplement we offer ideas, advice and tips to help make it all that little bit easier.

There’s now an increasing trend for personalisation as couples strike out to mark their special day as being uniquely their own. This may involve the help of a wedding planner or be almost completely DIY. One bit of advice, if it’s the latter make sure you have enough hands willing to help. It’s all about the couple, of course, but with a little careful thought family, friends and guests can be given a day they’ll remember and talk about always. When everything is planned you can relax and look forward to it. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: JOHN NASSARI

Don’t forget a good supply of tissues on the big day! The essence team 2 | Bridal gowns, bridesmaids and accessories Lucia Silver of The State of Grace couture explains the benefits of a bespoke dress. 22 | A relaxed occasion Choosing a venue is one of the biggest decisions to make and there’s a huge variety available. 30 | Scent of success Flowers can take a substantial amount out of any budget so it’s really important to consider all possibilities and plan carefully.

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If music be the food of love...

“The Johannes’s piano was a really exciting project for us. Like a fine tailored suit, we spent countless hours meeting with the couple, getting to know their preferences and ensuring it was the perfect fit for them.” Chris Norman

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ell the bard knew it and musicians Venetia and Ben Johannes knew it too. They married last year and the couple was given a rather unusual, but very fitting wedding gift by family and friends. A present on a much grander scale than the typical household accoutrements – a piano to be exact. The Gloucestershire couple visited the Cambridge workshop of world-renown piano restorers 1066 to create a bespoke, playable ‘work of art’. They selected a 1930s’ Blüthner grand piano, for its warmth and transparency of tone – a perfect fit and sound for the living room of their Victorian Gothic Manor.

An heirloom and work of art

This was no ordinary restoration but one that fine-tuned this instrument into a stunning heirloom. Craftsmen used their skill to breathe new life into the Leipzig grand, with extensive, bespoke marquetry that depicted an Art Nouveau image of the couple on the lid, surrounded by a swirling border of intertwined oak and pine leaves to echo the family crest. It was truly music to their ears and a beautiful way to merge family and art into a unique piece to pass onto future generations. Rather than buying a piano ‘off the shelf’, they decided to buy a beautiful, mahogany Blüthner, and decorate it according to their own design. The bespoke elements, which included blank spaces left ready for later images and people in their life, means it’s a truly unique piece that’s personal to them and will change and grow as they do as a family. The couple thought a piano decorated with marquetry would be more unusual and visually arresting than the more traditional painting. Something that could go down in history as really special, yet also remember the friends and guests who contributed to this amazing instrument. More symbolically the two of them may sing different notes from time to time, but together they harmonize. A marriage gift of a piano, rather than a set of towels, symbolises that idea. The piano will contribute to the family home, and to their own history. In the end the instrument is a story in itself, and they will hope to pass it on to posterity.

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1066 was founded by Mr Norman, a physicist who wanted to apply the meticulousness of science to the restoring and building of fine pianos. Today, the Norman family devotes more than 10,000 square feet of workshops to piano restoration. One of only a handful of piano restorers still in existence in the world 1066 has been fastidiously handcrafting pianos and restoring heirloom pieces for more than 40 years, over three generations. Each meticulous, bespoke piano restoration takes up to 300 hours of painstaking work with proven, ancient processes combined with modern technology. 1066 is often asked to make matching music cabinets, stools, pictures and mirror frames and uses its unrivaled skill to restore other precious family heirlooms.

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32 | Food for thought It’s a personal choice whether to opt for a more formal dinner or have a more laissez-faire approach.

40 | If music be the food of love.. Musicians Venetia and Ben Johannes were gifted a fitting wedding present by family and friends.

36 | Sex and the City Morocco is a stylish and exotic way to enjoy exciting quality time with your best girlfriends.

42 | Capture the moment You want the photos to be right, after all it’s a special moment in time.

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Supplement | AUTUMN 2016

Designer

dresses Lucia Silver on the beauty of bespoke

Love at

first site The best venues

THE SCENT OF SUCCESS Focus on flowers

SEX AND THE CITY Exotic Marrakech hen parties

IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE An unusual wedding gift

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“Goddess” dress, belt and accessories by Lucia Silver for The State of Grace. Photography by Parisa Walklett. Styling by Elizabeth Muhmood Kane of Bridal Musings.

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Not everyone considers a bespoke wedding dress, so essence sought advice from Lucia Silver, Creative Design Director of renowned bridal and head-to-toe bespoke couture house, The State of Grace. Lucia shared her thoughts on the reasons for choosing a bespoke dress.

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here’s obviously a budget for any wedding and many things to fit into that. Priorities will vary, some will spend more on the venue, some on flowers, food or entertainment, and it’s a purely personal choice. “For some there’s no more important time to express their true and most authentically beautiful self than on the day when they and their partner look into each another’s eyes and declare eternal love,” Lucia explained. Lucia continued: “Many brides are desperate to be seen as an individual. They cannot find the so-called ‘dream dress’ off the peg that quite expresses their own style and personality. It’s wonderful to see that desperation melt away as we suggest the bespoke dress’s absolutely perfect cut, colour and detailing to show off her particular and unique beauty and femininity. Often, a bride seeking a bespoke design service will know pretty well what she wants but cannot find it or she may need some professional guidance to assist her in identifying what suits and expresses her best.” There are many advantages in having a bride’s dress or entire outfit designed specially, mainly: l Being seen in the same dress as someone else any day of the week isn’t an uplifting feeling, so on this special day, a bride wants to hear drawn breath for all the right reasons – principally for “Lucia is a modern day looking distinctively and uniquely enchanting. alchemist responsible l The shape and fit of the wedding gown is made to measure; the choice of silks and laces are made from for miraculously a selection of the world’s finest fabrics. A bride can transforming women.” choose from a kaleidoscope of colours to ensure the ES Magazine dreamiest complement to her colouring. l Many women simply don’t have endless time to luxuriate over their wedding styling, so a further blessing of a bespoke house is the huge saving in time and possible stress as everything can be produced Siren Dress by Lucia Silver for The State of Grace. seamlessly smoothly under one roof. From £2,495. Back jewels and accessories made to order.

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essence | WEDDING Versailles Lace Coat by Lucia Silver for The State of Grace. From £4,995. By working with one creative vision, the end result is harmonious. “As creative design director, I will conceive the ensemble (head to toe outfit) and then work with a team of skilled craftsmen and women to produce each piece individually. By way of example, this means that the pearls and crystals that have been intricately hand sewn onto her dress can be used to create the exquisite matching embellishments on her shrug and head piece; her shoes can be made from the same silk roll as her dress and her jewellery or back jewels crafted to make just the right breath-taking statement,” Lucia told us. With bespoke more than anything, Lucia believes it’s the magical client experience that is the bedrock of what makes the design journey so special. This in itself is a kind of marriage, where together a designer and a bride transform a dream to a unique creation. Costs are not as prohibitive as one may think. Many top tier designer dresses bought off the peg can be more than a bespoke dress. The State of Grace by Lucia Silver starts at £3,500–£4,000. Such irresistible temptation and something well worth considering. l

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About The State of Grace One of the UK’s only head-to-toe bespoke couture house for bridal and special occasion wear, offering a comprehensive red carpet design and styling service creating all Ming’s Empress garments and accessories especially for Dress by Lucia Silver each unique bride and client. Under the for The State of Grace. creative design direction of founder, Lucia From £5,495. Silver, The State of Grace designs and makes every aspect of its clients’ dress and ensemble especially for her, from bespoke jewellery, hats, veils and headdresses, shrugs, capes, boleros and coats, to belts, bags and shoes, bustles, trains, bouquets and all manner of adornments – even full hair and beauty expertise. The service also extends to creating bespoke fabrics, laces, prints and embroideries, and The State of Grace also has an extraordinary collection of one-off vintage jewels to ensure a totally unique look.

About Lucia Silver, Founder and Creative Director Lucia Silver is an acknowledged expert in the bespoke field and is regularly asked to offer expert opinion in the field of weddings, wedding dresses, styling and bespoke design. She has broadcast on national radio and television and is engaged to present, lead workshops and participate on expert panels at leading bridal events and for luxury publications. Lucia was asked by The Daily Telegraph to provide commentary on Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress and styling throughout the Royal Wedding. The Times, The Sunday Times and Style magazine regularly seek her wedding, bespoke and style commentary. As a matter of course, that expertise is available for every The State of Grace bride.

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DESIGNS ON YOU

Here are some of the best Surrey suppliers to help select a perfect dress for you from the bewildering choice available. From soft touches of dusty rose to frosty glamorous grey, essence highlights some personal favourites.

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Main image: Oringo by Pronovias. Available from The Bridal Room: 01737 222522; www.bridalroom.co.uk. Inset: Enzoani Karolina. Available at Brides Visited: 01372 272300; www.bridesvisited.co.uk.

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MAIDS IN HEAVEN

This page, clockwise from above: Wedding Frox; Stella York; Kelsey Rose.

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o matter how ‘white’ a wedding is it does help to add little pops or accents of colour. Bridesmaids’ dresses are a case and point, if dressed in colour with the bride in white, then the bride can appear to be highlighted and more distinct while the bridesmaids form a separate point of attention. When selecting a colour for the bridesmaids’ dresses, bear in mind the skin tone and hair colour of the girls. Generally, acceptance is brighter colours suit most complexions and pastel hues suit fairer complexions. If your bridesmaids have an array of skin tones then select tones that suit them and the wedding design. Green is a good complement to shades of white, and other more muted pastel palettes can also enliven an underlying colour scheme without providing too stark a contrast. Don’t rule out metallic hues – think rose, yellow or gold, or a rich copper, which will add a dash of opulence to proceedings. Bridesmaids are an important part of any wedding so don’t forget to style them up with chic accessories and shoes. Consider personalised hotel robes for the hen weekend and preparing on the day to add a touch of fun, or a gift of some earrings or bracelets they will treasure and always wear.

Consider personalised hotel robes for the hen weekend and preparing on the day to add a touch of fun.

Top tip If one of your friends is pregnant,

there’s no reason she can’t be a bridesmaid. Take her dress-hunting first, because she’ll be the hardest to find something for. Go for softer, flowing materials to accommodate an expanding tummy and, remember, no stilettos.

Top: Sequin dresses bought on ebay. Singular rose stems worked beautifully for alternative bridesmaids’ bouquets complementing a stunning trail bouquet by Focal Point Designs. Left and above: Kelsey Rose. Inset: Marie Marry Me: A Bohemian Picnic Over the Rainbow shoot, dresses by www.otaduy.co

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he time of the service, venue and chosen theme will help determine whether men wear morning, lounge or dinner suits. If the wedding is black tie, best man and ushers should rent the same tuxe as the groom. Even if casual, it’s helpful to give guidelines. Maybe you have a preferred suit you would like them wear for the day? The easiest way to co-ordinate is color. For a well groomed look, book a trip to the barbers for that perfect close shave or designer beard. Perhaps even a spa day for the best man and ushers for all their hard work. Quirky groom’s keepsake to his best man and ushers could be personalised cufflinks, or simple ‘groom’ and ‘usher’ ones are fun, perhaps a hipflask to calm the speech nerves, or treat them to some new aftershave.

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Men’s formal wear: Room Ten Telephone: 01252 725009 Website: www.roomten.co.uk Dapper Telephone: 01306 640641 Website: www.dapper.co.uk Hire 5 Telephone: 01483 808 600 Website: www.hire5ive.co.uk The Bluebeards Revenge: Website: www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

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Bridal beauty tips

Brides to be, with all the other wedding preparations going on your skin may be way down the list of priorities. Here are essential beauty tips to make sure you are looking flawless for the big day. Jacqui Casey of Epsom Skin Clinics explains how to prepare.

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ook your consultation and make a plan. The first step is getting yourself in with a therapist who will plan a step-by-step guide on what your concerns are and how to treat them. Make sure you do this with plenty of time to spare as some treatments have a longer process than you think and include everything from stubborn areas of fat and dry, flaky elbows to pigment lurking on the back of your hands! Just before the big day you can re-energise and boost radiance with exfoliating facial treatments such as microdermabrasion or even a light Vitamin C skin peel. This will minimise dull uneven skin tone and there will be very little flaking and maximise on a healthy, youthful glow by encouraging nutrients to the surface. These can be combined with Dermalux, a combination LED light therapy used to treat various skin concerns such as rejuvenation, Rosacea and acne, to name a few. Get your eyebrows in shape! Whether it be tinting and waxing or semi permanent make up, your eyebrows are vital for framing

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Our pick of products from the natural look to red hot.

Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Enamel in Rose Lounge £5.99

Bobbie Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder £39 St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion 200ml, Medium £14.50

Bare Minerals Modern Pop READY® Eyeshadow £20 your face and making your eyes stand out. Semi permanent make up has a variety of techniques used to give you very fine hair strokes that appear natural. You can choose to make a bold statement or have a softer finish. We don’t want your hands to pull attention away from the all important wedding rings so why not take care of them as well. For pesky age spots try laser for pigment, it will target the pigment and cause it to disperse. However, this can take a few treatments, so be prepared. To plump out bony or more mature hands, Radiesse is a dermal filler specifically made to smooth and even out the skin. For all over skin and body health, try Skinade. This drink contains all your daily vitamins, plus hydrolysed collagen, to help with fine lines wrinkles and all over skin health. It will also make you feel more alert during the days and sleep better at night. All you have to do is have one drink a day, five days a week and you will feel healthier on the inside and look it too. With tattoos ‘Think before you ink’ is a sentence that can come back to haunt from time to time, but there is another option! Laser tattoo removal, although uncomfortable, could reduce and fade unwanted ink before the big day. For all over skin Your make up is a huge part of your day and and body health, try selecting the right brand, style and colour is obviously highly important. Shop around and see Skinade. This drink what is out there, get online and search different contains all your looks and then take to an artist and see what they daily vitamins plus can create. We use Jane Iredale which, unlike hydrolysed collagen other mineral make ups, is 97–99% mineral and to help with fine lines kind and caring to the skin. There are a wide wrinkles and all over range of colours that are vibrant and long lasting. So all you brides to be out there, book skin health. a consultation with Epsom Skin Clinics at the earliest opportunity to ensure there’s plenty of time to treat any Clinique concerns, prepare a flawless make-up ready look and be skin radiant. Pop Lip Let us take one thing off your mind. Colour and essence INFO Primer £16 Epsom Skin Clinics Website: www.epsomskinclinics.com Telephone: 01372 737280 (Epsom) or 020 8399 5996 (Surbiton)

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our daughter is going to look beautiful, that’s taken as read, so don’t forget to think about yourself. Consider what your style is and begin shopping at least six months in advance to get exactly what you want. This is an important event, and you don’t want to have to settle for something that isn’t quite right. Don’t forget to pick a dress you’ll be happy to wear again. After the last picture has been taken and the last handful of confetti thrown, you’ll still have the dress. Make the right choice and you’ll have a great style that will work for cocktail parties, other weddings or even a nice dinner. Something simple, like a suit or a gown with a jacket, can be worn more than once. If you’re aiming for re-wearability and won’t be attending the Oscars or a black-tie fundraiser ball, keep it simple and versatile. Be very price conscious as you can always alter a long suit or gown to wear again. Left: Condici cream and platinum ruched striped silk dress and jacket, also available in cream/rosebud £989. Hatinator on band available with this outfit £185. Below: Condici hat £217. Below left: Ispirato tweed coat and lace, short sleeve crossover dress in rose caress £699.95.

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Richard Brendon Diamond 1 Litre Decanter £200

Jonathan Adler 1948 dinner plate £96 a pair

Times change and have become less traditional and changing social attitudes mean more couples are opting for a variety of wedding presents, such as a contribution towards some special item for their property or the honeymoon. For others the traditional wedding gift is still a favourite and here are some ideas, one (if money is no object) from renowned jewellers Scavia of Milan.

Le Creuset Retangular Dishes in Coastal Blue from £26 Le Creuset Traditional Cast Iron Oval Cocotte in Coastal Blue £180

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A relaxed occasion

From the Millennium Wheel, London Zoo to Warwick Castle you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding on where to hold the important day.

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Visit the venue at the time of day the wedding will be. Saturday is a popular day for couples to go out and visit and most couples still get married on a Saturday. Go back for a second visit at the time of day the wedding will be held. Is the venue full service or not? A full service venue offers everything from table and chair rentals, to linens and catering supplies, while a non-full service venue usually only offers the space and it’s up to you for the rest. That means booking all of the suppliers for the day. Some venues have preferred suppliers they want you to use, so something to consider. Working with venue A full service venue recommended suppliers doesn’t provide the option of offers everything “shopping” around something to consider in budgeting. from table and chair Decide on your wedding style A romantic vineyard, industrial loft, or elegant barn. All of these rentals to linens and spaces sound appealing when planning. But just like it’s catering supplies, not easy to fit a square peg into a round hole, it is not non-full service easy to plan a style-specific wedding at all venues. usually only offer the Make sure and ask and ask again Making a space and it’s up to list and asking questions about any venue is important, you for the rest. but not as important as asking that same question to all the people associated with that venue. Depending on whom you deal with and what their role is you may receive different answers, so make sure you ask your questions to everyone — from the catering manager, to the business manager and wedding co-ordinator. Important questions are, how many weddings are held here in a day? Who will be here helping on the actual day? Is there any construction planned that may affect the wedding? Do you anticipate any changes to the venue beforehand?”

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VENUE FACTFILE Brooklands Museum Make your own history at Brooklands Museum, the perfect backdrop for a truly memorable day; enjoy reception drinks surrounded by motoring and aviation history; followed by your wedding breakfast in one of our Art Deco inspired function suites. First class friendly service every step of the way with exclusive use of the venue, superb quality catering and great attention to detail. Brooklands Museum Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN Telephone: 01932 858005 Email: sales@brooklandsmuseumhospitality.com Website: www.brooklandsmuseumhospitality.com

Russets Country House Russets Country House combines stunning contemporary design, an unbeatable country location on the Surrey/Sussex border, outstanding views, warm personal service and an intimate atmosphere all of its own. Russets Country House Petworth Road, Chiddingfold GU8 4SL Telephone: 01428 683668 Email: info@ russetsweddingvenue.co.uk Website: www.russetsweddingvenue.co.uk

Oatlands Park Hotel

Oatlands Park Hotel

The function rooms feature the ultimate in luxury along with stunning views over the beautiful hotel grounds, providing the most romantic of wedding venues. The stunning architecture and luxurious accommodation views make this hotel a magical wedding setting. Oatlands Park Hotel Telephone: 01932 847 242 Email: info@oatlandsparkhotel.com Website: www.oatlandsparkhotel.com

Beaumont Estate Set in 40 acres of landscaped grounds and boasts the unique chapel, elegant wedding suites, delicious food and attention to detail. Choose from three great value packages. Luxury wedding packages from ÂŁ95 per guest, and a number of exclusive offers for selected dates including late availability dates. Beaumont Esate Burfield Road, Berkshire, Old Windsor SL4 2JJ Telephone: 01753 6400651 Email: helen.mcminn@principal-hayley.com Website: www.beaumont-estate-windsor.co.uk

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Wedding Venue of the Year 2015 As voted for by Wedding & Services Magazine The beautiful Chapel is the ideal venue for your wedding that will really 'wow' your guests. Our grand White House is surrounded by picture perfect grounds to enjoy champagne, canapés and sharing your special day with friends and family. Book your wedding to take place by 31st December 2016 and you will be entered into our prize draw to win a £10,000 nest egg*. Whether you choose to recoup the cost of your wedding, put it towards a dream honeymoon or just start married life in style, there’s never been a better time to say ‘I do’. Why not come and visit us on one of our wedding showcase events throughout the year? Our next showcase event will be held on Sunday 23rd October from 11am – 3pm. Visit our website or call our special events team for more information.

*Full terms and conditions apply. To enter you must make a wedding booking that takes place in a Principal Hayley property by 31st December 2016. Visit www.ph-hotels.com/nestegg for full details.

Telephone: 01753 640 651 Email: helen.mcminn@principal-hayley.com Web: www.beaumont-estate-windsor.co.uk Burfield Road, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JJ

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Outside of Surrey HMS Warrior Situated in the heart of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, HMS Warrior 1860 commands a prime position in the harbour. The ship is one of the most unusual attractions on the south coast and visited by in excess of 350,000 people a year. Romantic, atmospheric and entirely unique she provides a superb historical maritime setting for wedding ceremonies and evening receptions for the modern couple! Licensed for ceremonies for up to 100, able to accommodate from 20 to 288 for exclusive formal receptions, and 600 cocktail style, the ship offers flexible surroundings for wedding parties of any size. Warrior Preservation Trust is a self-funded charity unsupported by government grants or funding. Warrior relies solely on daily visitors, donations, private hire, weddings, and fundraising events. By choosing HMS Warrior not only will you be giving guests the opportunity to attend a wedding like no other, you’ll also be directly helping to fund and preserve the ship for this and future generations. For a full brochure please contact the Events Department on the number below. HMS Warrior Victory Gate, HM Naval Base Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3QX Telephone: 02392 778604 or 02392 778610 Email: specialevents@hmswarrior.org Website: www.hmswarrior.org

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Venues | AUTUMN 2016 Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens

VENUE FACTFILE The Grove

Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens Seeing dappled sunlight filtering through an avenue of trees as you approach, being surrounded by manicured historic gardens with blooms all year, hearing musicians playing in the minstrel’s gallery as your guests raise their glasses to the bride and groom, these are just some of the magical moments which make Tylney Hall the most romantic country house wedding venue in Hampshire. With 112 exquisitely furnished bedrooms, a terrace overlooking the longest uninterrupted view of Hampshire and an award winning restaurant, it is a perfect choice for weddings. Rest and relaxation is never far away at Tylney Hall, with the luxurious health suite offering the latest treatments in tranquil surroundings, gymnasium, saunas plus indoor and outdoor pools. There is also an 18-hole golf course. So much goes into making your wedding day perfect – the service, ambience, décor and wedding breakfast should be magnificent and memorable in equal measure. Tylney Hall offers the services of a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to provide expertise and guidance throughout the planning process. There are a range of packages from intimate gatherings in the Mansion’s Private Dining rooms to large celebrations in the stunning Hampshire and Chestnut Suites. Fully inclusive, or alternatively, our team can create a bespoke experience for you. Tylney Hall’s storybook setting is at odds with its convenient location, close to the M25, 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport and with good links into London. Join us on Sunday 16 October for our Luxury Wedding Show, bringing together a selection of the finest wedding suppliers and brides-to-be. Our Wedding Co-ordinators will be on hand to answer any of your questions or take you for a tour of the hotel. Tylney Hall Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9AZ Telephone: 01256 764881 Email: weddings@tylneyhall.com Website: www.tylneyhall.co.uk

The Grove is more than just a luxury five star hotel, it is set in 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside only 18 miles from central London. It is the most unique venue for weddings. Turning into the entrance of The Grove is like driving on to the set of a period drama. The impressive driveway leads to a stunning country estate which stands proud, surrounding itself with 300 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside. This five-star hotel and award-winning spa is the perfect setting for a country wedding and is most definitely the place to be seen. The property fuses contemporary design and original period architecture with exceptionally caring and professional service to revolutionise the English country-house experience. The Grove has an atmosphere that is informal, unstuffy and relaxed. Visitors sink into gorgeous, ‘groovy grand’ interiors, stuffed with antique and modern furniture and art. The Mansion Lounges offer four elegant drawing rooms for hotel guests leading onto private terraces, as well as an outstanding choice of 23 flexible rooms, perfect for weddings. The Grove’s grounds are where guests can escape into the romantic formal gardens designed by the Chelsea Gold Medallist and judge, Michael Balston. The Grove Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire WD3 4TG Telephone: +44 (0)1923 807807 Email: events@thegrove.co.uk Website: www.thegrove.co.uk

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he wedding date appears a long way off but it’s never too early to start planning as there’s a lot to think of. There are companies that can ease the burden and make it a pleasure rather than the time consuming chore it can become. Focal Point Designs is one, run by Katie Wood, Managing Director. Focal Point Designs create memorable experiences for luxury events and special occasions. The company excels at themed decor styling, high-end floral arrangements and accessories. Catering for private parties, functions and corporate events, they also offer a full professional wedding service with a personal touch. The aim is to allocate as much time and offer the flexibility required to accomplish a couple’s ideas on décor. This is, after all, the focus at any wedding, providing the romantic ambiance and a wow factor. Once described by a couple as the ‘fairy godmother of weddings’, Katie started the company with the intention to offer more than just the floral requirements for any size of wedding. “Having just one point of contact takes the stress off the couple from start to finish, we can project manage bespoke ceremony decor, lighting, sashes and runners, garlands, vase hire and other accessory hire, like a wedding post box. Even a themed sweet table can be planned,” says Katie. Katie likes to be challenged, and if this involves designing and making a 4,000 rose arch, bespoke love hearts from wicker and rattan filled with lights, bespoke garlands for inside and out, or decorated hanging lanterns for marquees, then she will make their wish come true. One of Focal Point Designs most popular floral designs is one metre LSA vases for entrances, filled with green cane, and a voluptuous display of white hydrangeas and exotic foliage (colours can be changed to suit the theme). It’s also about the finer details from accessories, handmade bride and groom names for the back of a chair, bespoke flower girl baskets and head garlands and other touches around the reception. Focal Point Designs works with many corporate companies and private homes, designing and making faux flower arrangements. This has now become one of the company’s big success stories. Katie says: “One of the things most couples say to me is how much there is to plan and how they are so pleased to find a company like Focal Point Designs which helps take a large amount of their ‘to do’ list into hand.”

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BROOKLANDS MUSEUM MAKE YOUR OWN HISTORY

With the perfect back drop for a truly memorable day

Three Art Deco inspired function suites licensed for civil ceremonies First class friendly service every step of the way with superb quality catering and great attention to detail For more information please contact: 01932 858005 or email: sales@brooklandsmuseumhospitality.com www.brooklandsmuseumhospitality.com

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All Marie Marry Me flower arrangements by The Fine Flowers Company UK Ltd

SWEET SCENT OF SUCCESS Flowers can take a substantial amount out of any budget so it’s important to consider all the possibilities and plan carefully.

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hen deciding on floral arrangements, focus on key pieces rather than spreading flowers too thinly to produce an inane display no one really notices. This is where a planner and some DIY can work: the planner producing the central pieces, the couple finding cost effective and eye-catching decorations. This year has seen brides wishing to stand out as individuals and has led to more innovation in the market place, creativity being more important than other considerations. For ideas look through magazines and online (especially Pinterest) for styles, designs, “There is no rule in colour co-ordination and texture. the arrangement Once the church and venue have been decided, look at the surroundings such as entrance, gardens and of a bouquet. The focal points leading into rooms. Church displays can most important rule be moved to the reception afterwards, so plan what can in floral art is that be transferred. Don’t let flowers go to waste, tell your there are no rules.” guests to take the flowers at the end of the evening. Nicolas Barelier No handbook will tell you what the cost will be. It’s only when you have given an initial list to your florist or planner, with sizes, styles and places to be decorated, you’ll be able to get an idea of cost. Look at faux flower options too, for weddings abroad and if you have certain arches or stairways to be decorated. A company with a wide portfolio of services can offer more choice and adapt what they might have to suit. Discuss variations with your florist and event planner, ask to see images of previous work and use your Pinterest images to confirm your ideal setting. One month before, go through everything agreed with your original images and any new images you may have. You have time before a florist orders (one week) to change a few things from that originally decided. Be aware, your favourite flower might not always be in season. Spring flowers such as tulips, daffodils and lily of the valley are here a short period of time, daisies throughout the year. Most roses (the typical wedding rose being the avalanche) are available all year, as are orchids, lisianthus, gypsophila (known to brides as baby’s breath), sweet peas, gerberas, calla and oriental lilies. You can do your own research online but more often, with a few hints, your florist will make your day astounding with an array of different varieties in your chosen colour. Don’t be fooled that adding foliage is going to make your arrangement cheaper. Using eucalyptus gives class, silvery colour and style to your arrangement, along with soft and hard ruscus, and many other varieties. With plenty of preparation you can be sure of a truly beautiful result and if you are lucky enough to have a large budget, flowers can certainly provide that distinctive wow-factor.

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t’s already been a long day and after the wedding service, greetings and drinks, people will be in need of some sustenance. There are numerous options and of course it’s always a personal choice whether to opt for a formal dinner or have a more laissez-faire approach. This year has seen the following trends: l Rustic and less formal dining with people still opting for a sit down meal but with sharing platters and family-style dining in place of individual mains, starters and desserts. l Food vans either throughout the reception or instead of a formal wedding breakfast, or for later in the evening. l Locally sourced organic, fresh and artisan food. l Comfort food such as pizza, burgers, hot dogs and fish and chips. All popular but they have to be attractively presented. l Brunch. Weddings aren’t just for the afternoon now with an increasing number being held in the morning. l Drinks stations, be they staffed or diy, or perhaps a Prosecco bar of cocktails. l Street and ethnic food seems to just about everywhere at the moment. This popular trend from restaurants and pop ups is now filtering down into the wedding world. l Late night snacks. After the dancing has taken its toll, people need to recharge. Snacks are a great way to keep things on the move or satisfy end-of-evening hunger pangs. Organise food stations with a small buffet of mini hot dogs, burgers, sushi, or perhaps for the sweeter tooth, a sundae bar. l The following day. The wedding may be over but it’s great to continue the celebration with a hog roast in a relaxed, informal atmosphere where guests can recount the day and say goodbyes.

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Four Gables Events are an exciting events company based in a leafy Surrey village who understand that it’s all about ‘setting the scene’. The Wedding Breakfast from £35 per person, is a three course set menu. Choose from delicious options such as: Pressed Four Gables pork belly with fennel and orange salad or grilled vegetable terrine with balsamic reduction to start, before enjoying either roasted breast of chicken, fondant potato, wilted spinach and celeriac puree with sauce supreme or you may prefer, oven roasted fillet of salmon, crushed new potatoes and marinated courgette sauce maltaise. Desserts could consist of either Eton mess with mint syrup or perhaps a passionfruit posset with cardamom espuma. If you have a clear vision of the cuisine for your wedding, perfect! However, if you are struggling to discover what you love, the Four Gables Events team do not like boring and is bursting with ideas to make your day last in everyone’s fondest memories. Why not let Four Gables Events bring their Classic VW Cocktail Campervan to add an extra bit of vintage retro to your day? It is a real head turner and creates a great focal point. Masters at creating a couple’s vision, Four Gables Events will ensure a unique wedding which is everything you want it to be.

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fter watching the Great British Bake Off we may all think we can do it but cakes can be true works of art and are an important part of the décor at the reception. Not only should it taste delicious, but look beautiful too. Tall cakes create a dramatic impact, ideal for reception venues with high ceilings, and for brides who want to leave a lasting impression. Add visual interest by choosing different shapes for a white or ivory cake, striking a balance between traditional and modern. You could choose a different shape for each tier, making your top tier a unique focal point. Non-traditional shaped tiers, like hexagons and ovals, make the cake even more out of the ordinary as do vibrant colours. A simple monogram plaque is an easy and inexpensive way to put your own stamp on a wedding cake. If a couple is particularly design led, they may even have a specially made set of initials, crest or other symbol that represents them. Other options to add glamour are little jewels to adorn your wedding cake; metallic coloured sequins in silver, gold or bronze are popular. If fruit cake is not for you, fresh fruit and chocolate can look magnificent and double as dessert. Finally, think about bringing together other aspects of your décor and colour palette by incorporating fresh flowers. Flowers can also be a creative cake divider, to give the wedding cake a light, gravity-defying look.

Designer Cakes by Elle Beautifully elegant, ultra delicious wedding cakes, personally designed for you. Eleanor Gerrish, 99 Acre Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 6ES

Please contact Elle on 07866 807276 or cakes@designercakesbyelle.co.uk

Cakes by Krishanthi

Abigail Bloom Georgie design (pictured left), priced at £995 to feed 100. Beatrice design (above, right) £795 to feed 80. Booking time ideally 5–6 months in advance for weddings over 100 people, 3–4 months for less. Minimum booking 40 portions.

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The Abigail Bloom Cake Company Telephone: 020 7278 0835 Mobile: 07906 829405 Website: www.theabigailbloomcakecompany.com

A beautiful cake is the centre point of a special occasion and remembered for years to come. Cakes by Krishanthi offers bespoke cakes for formal celebrations throughout London and the South-East, individually baked and personally designed to suit the occasion. From traditional and elegant tiered cakes to quirky miniature creations, every cake is distinctive in design and truly delicious in taste. Cakes by Krishanthi has earned a reputation for excellence in cake design and is a recommended supplier to The Connaught Hotel, The Dorchester Collection, Syon House, Chandos House, The Bingham, Nonsuch Mansion and Clivedon House. Cakes by Krishanthi offers a delivery and installation service included in the cost of the cake for deliveries within a 10-mile radius. A selection of cake stands is also available for hire.

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alta? Magaluf? Benidorm? Barcelona? Hmm…Bit obvious for a hen weekend. Bit old hat actually. So no thanks. Instead there’s a far more stylish and exotic way to enjoy exciting quality time with your best girlfriends. “It’s on a ‘Dar Jaguar Sex and the City (SATC) hen weekend’ in Marrakech. And it’s little more than three hours flight away,” Lucia Silver, owner of the Dar Jaguar boutique hotel, explains this very special girl’s getaway. A worse-for-wear future bride totters into a bar, she asks: “Was I here last night? I don’t remember a thing, except I had £200 cash in my purse and now it’s gone”. The barman replies: “You sure were here. You and your friends drank yourselves into oblivion.” The woman says: “Oh, thank God, I thought I’d lost it”. That oft-recounted story emphasises one of the ordinary and unimaginative ways to celebrate pre-nups these days. If you want something really different and utterly unforgettable then this luxurious mini break could be what you are looking for. “What originally attracted me to the idea was my own experience of a romantic escape to Marrakech”, says Lucia. “Entranced by the city’s mystery, beauty and exoticism, I knew I couldn’t leave without holding on to a piece of this magic world. I’m not alone. Inspiring individuals like Yves Saint Laurent and Churchill loved it, as does Sarah Jessica-Parker and the Rolling Stones. I spent many weeks exploring riads (traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden


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or courtyard) until I found the perfect one. It’s a picture-perfect example of what Moroccans call ‘blind architecture’: jewels hidden behind unassuming facades. My desire to create Dar Jaguar as one of the most romantic riads in Marrakech, was born of a deep longing to escape, explore and discover. “I thought to myself, why ensure a weekend at an “We had the time of often expensive country B&B and ensure intemperate our lives. Everything weather, when you can touch down in Marrakech and enjoy virtually guaranteed sunshine and was organised glorious and animated exoticism for so much less? beautifully for us and In Marrakech you can experience a banquet overlooking was a perfect mixture jaw-dropping views of palm trees in front of snow of indulgence, capped mountains; magical belly dancers; fire-eaters relaxation, culture, and snake charmers; camel rides in the desert; henna adventure and fun.” tattooing; sensual massage; fresh seasonal food cooked to your specification and endlessly irresistible shopping in the souk.” Some brides who have experienced Dar Jaguar hen weekends liken it to Carrie and the girls’ weekend escape in the second SATC film, which is set in Marrakech. But you don’t need a Hollywood income afford it. The cost to have this beautiful riad all to yourself is only £65 per person per night (based on ten), including breakfast on an enthralling rooftop terrace, waited on by four English-trained staff including a talented chef.

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Dar Jaguar is located five minutes away from the world-renowned Place Jemaa El Fna Square with its storytellers, snake charmers, spritely musicians, plus a stylish offering of the most hip bars, clubs and nightlife found anywhere in the world. You can also choose to visit the surrounding desert, the wonderful seaside or the spectacular Atlas Mountains.   The city’s French-based cuisine is superb, as is the wonderful selection of Arabian dishes served in the Medina’s friendly, animated outdoor emporiums.  So here’s an ideal way to lose your mind and come to your senses. What are you waiting for?

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A leading specialist in this much sought after experience, Lucia Silver is also one of London’s premier couture bridal and special occasion wear designers. Lucia and her team can also organise weddings, honeymoons, birthday celebrations and other unforgettable breaks at Dar Jaguar. Website: www.darjaguar.com  Email: info@darjaguar.com Telephone: 020 7183 2729

Marrakech The gateway between Europe and North Africa, Morocco has always walked the tightrope between these two continents. Its Islamic heritage and imperial medinas give it a distinctly non-European flavor. The French colonialism influence, coupled with a cosmopolitan city culture and a progressive king, means that European visitors will feel at home here. The city of Marrakech has stood for almost a thousand years and is one of the most evocative places in the world, just the name conjures up images of this cultural melting pot – sandstone buildings, dusty streets and towering minarets against deep blue skies. Known as The Red City due to its old city walls, Marrakech has been a popular tourist destination since the 1960s, attracting everyone from The Beatles to Churchill. It’s a place to engage the senses, especially in the famous souks. These vibrant markets are a whirlwind of colour and noise, where throngs of people weave between tightly packed stalls exhibiting pyramids of brightly coloured spices, richly woven rugs and a thousand other exotic goods. Enticing smells waft around you, the clamour of voices haggling and the cries of vendors competing for customers provide a magical backing track to this wonderful city.

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Win a romantic weekend or three night mid-week stay at the State of Grace Royal Suite, Dar Jaguar boutique hotel, Marrakech. Dar Jaguar is located right in the centre of Marrakech, a stone’s throw from the world famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square, and next door to the colourful spice market and fabulous restaurants and cafés. To win you just need to: 1) like and comment on Dar Jaguar’s Facebook page “I’ve entered @EssenceMagazine’s Competition!” 2) answer this simple, following question: What is the name of the Royal Suite at Dar Jaguar? The State of Grace The State of the Nation The State of the Union To enter, simply visit www.essence-magazine.co.uk with the answer, your full name, email address, contact number, wedding date and a preferred prize date. Closing date: 31 December 2016. See essence website for details: www.essence-magazine.co.uk

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ell the bard knew it and musicians Venetia and Ben Johannes knew it too. They married last year and the couple was given a rather unusual, but very fitting wedding gift by family and friends. A present on a much grander scale than the typical household accoutrements – a piano to be exact. The Gloucestershire couple visited the Cambridge workshop of world-renown piano restorers 1066 to create a bespoke, playable ‘work of art’. They selected a 1930s’ Blüthner grand piano, for its warmth and transparency of tone – a perfect fit and sound for the living room of their Victorian Gothic Manor.

An heirloom and work of art

This was no ordinary restoration but one that fine-tuned this instrument into a stunning heirloom. Craftsmen used their skill to breathe new life into the Leipzig grand, with extensive, bespoke marquetry that depicted an Art Nouveau image of the couple on the lid, surrounded by a swirling border of intertwined oak and pine leaves to echo the family crest. It was truly music to their ears and a beautiful way to merge family and art into a unique piece to pass onto future generations. Rather than buying a piano ‘off the shelf’, they decided to buy a beautiful, mahogany Blüthner, and decorate it according to their own design. The bespoke elements, which included blank spaces left ready for later images and people in their life, means it’s a truly unique piece that’s personal to them and will change and grow as they do as a family. The couple thought a piano decorated with marquetry would be more unusual and visually arresting than the more traditional painting. Something that could go down in history as really special, yet also remember the friends and guests who contributed to this amazing instrument. More symbolically the two of them may sing different notes from time to time, but together they harmonize. A marriage gift of a piano, rather than a set of towels, symbolises that idea. The piano will contribute to the family home, and to their own history. In the end the instrument is a story in itself, and they will hope to pass it on to posterity.

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“The Johannes’s piano was a really exciting project for us. Like a fine tailored suit, we spent countless hours meeting with the couple, getting to know their preferences and ensuring it was the perfect fit for them.” Chris Norman

Chris Norman 1066

1066 was founded by Mr Norman, a physicist who wanted to apply the meticulousness of science to the restoring and building of fine pianos. Today, the Norman family devotes more than 10,000 square feet of workshops to piano restoration. One of only a handful of piano restorers still in existence in the world 1066 has been fastidiously handcrafting pianos and restoring heirloom pieces for more than 40 years, over three generations. Each meticulous, bespoke piano restoration takes up to 300 hours of painstaking work with proven, ancient processes combined with modern technology. 1066 is often asked to make matching music cabinets, stools, pictures and mirror frames and uses its unrivaled skill to restore other precious family heirlooms.

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Capture the moment Y

ou want the photography to be right, to capture this special moment it time. You also don’t want to be running around organising people on the day. There really isn’t the time and there’s a good chance it’ll ruin it all for you. Attending wedding fairs allows you to meet a variety of photographers. Hire one for the engagement party as this provides an opportunity to see their work. There’s been a growing demand this year for better and better photography, so we asked for some expert advice from the professionals. Once you’ve decided on the kind of shots you want, and planned them in advance, remember the guests want some fun too. A few selfie sticks, or a photo booth strategically placed, may just capture that fun, off-guard moment to add to the more formal shots in the collection.

John Nassari The group shot: The pros and cons There is no correct answer as to whether or not you should include group shots in your big day schedule. Some may think of it as essential that they have at least one photo with one person in particular, or a group of people,

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while others may be happier to forgo staged shots in favour of more natural, reportage photography, leaving them more time to enjoy the day itself. Whatever you choose, here are a few tips for making the most of your decision.

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If you don’t want group shots If you’re happy to give group shots a miss, then it’s essential to book a reportage photographer with extensive experience of capturing the best of wedding guests in unguarded moments. Ask prospective photographers if you can see a full spread of wedding photographs, not just the headline portfolio picks, and pay close attention to how they have approached friends and family. Once you have chosen a photographer, it is helpful to give them a list of VIPs, with photographs, so that they can familiarise themselves with PHOTO COPYRIGHT: J.BARTH PHOTOGRAPHY the friends and family that would have otherwise been included in any group shots. While a great photographer will endeavour to get some fantastic snaps of all your guests, it doesn’t hurt for them to know who absolutely must not be missed out. If you do want group shots If you’d like to include staged group shots in your schedule, then there are a few ways to ensure that they are executed with as little disruption to the day as possible – and that you get incredible pictures. Talk to your photographer in advance, as some reportage photographers may not offer staged shots as part of their service, and provide them with a list of essential shots and groupings so that they can factor it in to the timing of the day. On the day itself, make sure you have two friends or Ask prospective family members who know most people in the wedding photographers if party available to run and round up the necessary people you can see a full for each shot. Planning a logical sequence of pictures in spread of wedding advance is really helpful. For example, if an aunt is needed photographs, not for several different combinations of shots, try to group just the headline those shots as close together as possible and make sure that nobody wanders off until they’re done. With the portfolio picks. task of gathering the relevant parties taken care of, your photographer can focus on creating beautiful images to be treasured for a lifetime. PHOTO COPYRIGHT: J.BARTH PHOTOGRAPHY

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J.Barth Photography

Photographers will have ideas and poses to suggest but go with what you want, and it is important the photographer is inconspicuous throughout the day. Write a list of your wishes in advance of the wedding date and have it agreed. You don’t want to find after the event that they didn’t take any photos before the wedding of the ceremony décor, for example. Try to negotiate with them to stay a little longer than the first dance to get some fun shots of guests dancing. It’s an advantage to have an assistant photographer taking photos in other areas at the same time. When the official photos are taken, remember to keep the bridesmaids’ and your bouquet tilted, so you achieve a full affect from the flowers.

essence INFO John Nassari Website: www.johnnassari.co.uk John Nassari is an Olympus Visionary. As Featured in Grace Ormonde.

J.Barth Photography Website: www.jbarthphotography.com Email: j.barthphotography@gmail.com Telephone: 07557 209341

Finalist of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2000, 2006, 2013. Featured in the Top 13 Wedding Photographers in London, Evening Standard 2016.

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Hot tips on venues

These are some of Surrey’s finest to consider:

Brooklands Hotel – Beautiful suites, indulge in their spa and fine dining. Set around Mercedes Benz World. Website: www.brooklandshotelsurrey.com

Pennyhill Park

Brooklands Museum Hospitality – Perhaps you might want to consider a ceremony on Concorde? Website: www.brooklandsmuseumhospitality.com Oatlands Park Hotel – The function rooms and accommodation feature the ultimate in luxury providing the most romantic of wedding venues. The stunning architecture and views make the hotel a magical wedding setting. Website: www.oatlandsparkhotel.com

Pennyhill Park Website: www.exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park Beaumont Estate – Set in 40 acres of landscaped grounds and boasts the unique chapel. One of Conde Nast’s top 100 venues. Website: www.beaumont-estate-windsor.co.uk

Russets Country House – Family run, renovated venue combining exquisite contemporary design and unbeatable country location. Website: www.russetsweddingvenue.co.uk

Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa Website: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk

Nonsuch Mansion – Georgian gem set in beautiful parkland. Website: www.nonsuchmansion.com Warren House Website: www.warrenhouse.com

Foxhills Club & Resort Beautiful surroundings, indulgent spa and large capacity for guests. Website: www.foxhills.co.uk

Gate Street Barn – If it’s a barn styled wedding you are looking for, it offers great space and atmosphere set in the Surrey Hills. Website: www.gatestreetbarn.com

Great Fosters – A Grade I listed building set amongst 50 acres of gardens and parkland in Egham. This romantic hotel provides the perfect setting with infinite opportunities for stunning photographs. Website: www.greatfosters.co.uk

Loseley Park – Historic house set in parkland. Website: www.loseleypark.co.uk

DeVere Venues Website: www.deverevenues.co.uk

Fetcham Park

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Wotton House – One of the most exclusive venues showcasing its 17th century architecture. Website: www.wottonhousedorkingsurrey.co.uk Ham Polo Club – Quintessentially English, offering a classically romantic wedding setting situated only eight miles from Hyde Park Corner. Website: www.hampoloclub.org.uk The Conservatory at Painshill – Complete with its own walled garden, the luxury marquee is an idea venue for wedding receptions, from 80 to 400 guests. Website: www.painshill.co.uk

Fetcham Park – A Grade II* listed house, full of character and history in Leatherhead. Website: www.fetchampark.co.uk Aviator Hotel – Set in one of the most striking design hotels, Aviator Weddings can cater for celebrations from 10 to 200 guests. Website: www.avaitorbytag.com

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Farnham Castle – An ancient castle and exceptional setting. Website: www.farnhamcastle.com Botleys Mansion – The elegant 18th century grade II palladian mansion has been recently refurbished, one of four exclusive locations. Website: www.bijouweddingvenues.co.uk

Venues outside of Surrey HMS Warrior – www.hmswarrior.org Broyle Place – www.broyleplace.com The George in Rye – www.thegeorgeinrye.com Tynley Hall Hotel & Spa – www.tylneyhall.co.uk The Grove Hotel & Spa – www.thegrove.co.uk Oakley Hall Hotel – www.oakleyhall-park.com


Focal Point Design Interior design and floral arrangements for all occasions Telephone Katie on 07971 937162 • email: katie@focalpointdesigns.co.uk

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WEDDING FAIR DIARY

Wedding fairs offer a way to meet suppliers, speak face to face and see their work. They are free to attend. Here are some essence recommends: Luxury wedding fairs Aviator Hotel, Hampshire – Sunday 11 September 2016

Bath Assembly Rooms, Somerset – Sunday 18 September 2016 Sopwell House, Hertforshire – Sunday 9 October 2016

Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens, Hampshire – Sunday 16 October 2016 Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor – Sunday 23 October 2016 Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens

Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey – Wednesday 21 September and Sunday 6 November 2016

MacDonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa Wedding Fair, Surrey – Sunday 25 September 2016 Loseley Park Wedding Fair, Surrey – Sunday 2 October 2016

Wotton House Wedding Open Day, Surrey – Sunday 16 October 2016 Gorse Hill Wedding Open Day, Surrey – Sunday 16 October 2016 Cobham Hilton Wedding Fair, Surrey – Sunday 16 October 2016 De Vere Venues Horsley Park Wedding Fair, Surrey – Sunday 23 October 2016

Brooklands Museum, Surrey – 27 November 2016 and 29 January 2017 Kempton Park Racecourse Wedding Show, Middlesex – Sunday 22 January 2017

Pine Ridge Golf Club Wedding Fair, Surrey – Sunday 19 February 2017

Excel London Wedding Fair, London – 17–18 September 2016 Epsom Downs Racecourse Wedding Show, Surrey – Sunday 18 September 2016 and 15 January 2017

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