Your Kent Wedding - May/June 2022 (Issue 102)

MAY/JUN 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! Cake expectations A two-night stay in the Lake District Wedding jewellery and accessory inspiration aplenty Mind your ANORS Showstopping big-day bakes Kent’s stately venues THE FINER DETAILS The latest strappy styles Time to shine


REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 61 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... Bromley, Bexley and Dartford 21 MIND YOUR MANORS Our roundup of Kent’s stately home and manor house venues On the cover This issue’s gorge us cover has been sponsored by wedding venue Frasers Egerton, an idyllic rural retreat in the heart of the Kent countryside ( The image was taken by Tonbridge-based Florence Berry Photography ( at the wedding of Danielle and Murray. 30 8 FEATURES 49 BACK IN BLACK A wedding styling do or don’t? This shoot shows us that successful use of black is all in the detail 53 CAKE EXPECTATIONS Showstopping big-day bakes 58 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey 67 TIME TO SHINE Wedding jewellery and accessory inspiration 3

REAL WEDDINGS 30 LOVE IN THE WILDERNESS Amy and Ant styled their July wedding day with a boho vibe and a bold natural colour palette to complement the surroundings 37 WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY! Claire and Jo said “I do” at Nurstead Court in Meopham 43 THE PERFECT MATCH Charlotte and Lee exchanged their vows at All Saints Church, Foots Cray, before heading to Rowhill Grange for the celebrations HONEYMOONS 91 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination GROOMS 88 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 72 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 75 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 81 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 84 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 86 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 67 61 94 81 43 37 4

The Royal Oak H O T E L Royal Oak features a restaurant, bar and garden in Kent. The hotel has family rooms. Canterbury is 48 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is London Gatwick Airport, 49 km from Royal Oak. Country Pub with accommodation & function rooms serving amazing food daily. Phone: 01580 755782 E-mail: R Y E R O A D • H I G H S T R E E T • H A W K H U R S T • C R A N B R O O K • T N 1 8 4 E P • Games Room • On Site Restaurant • Pet friendly • Non-Smoking Property • Non-Smoking Rooms • WiFi Internet • Pool Table • Café • Internet Access • Dining Room • Garden • Free Outdoor Parking (not guarded) • Fireplace • Bar/Lounge • TV • Free Breakfast • Cafe bar

WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 Finally, the sun is shining! It feels like it’s been a long time coming doesn’t it? As much as I’m very much a winter bunny, I must admit that feeling a warm breeze on my face for a change has cheered me up. My friends and I have decided to compile a bucket list of activities we’d like to enjoy this summer, and plans are well underway for our very own CWM bride’s hen do. If you’re worried about what your best gals might have planned for yours, the best way is to maintain an open line of communication. Make sure you lay down perimeters and make it abundantly clear well in advance if L plates, sashes and the like aren’t your thing. Olivia, Nolwenn and I sat bride Melissa down for a chat first to make sure we didn’t make any faux pas and asked her to provide us with a guest list and options for available dates. No doubt you’ll have been careful about your bridesmaid choices, they love you and know you well, so we’re sure you’re in capable hands. Relax and enjoy the break from planning everything yourself. You’ll find this, the first of our summer issues, brimming with plenty of inspiration and advice as always. We take a look into the world of wedding cakes and asked the county’s best to show us their most showstopping bakes. Plus, if you’re looking to put the finishing touches to your outfit for the big day, look no further than our jewellery and accessories feature, which has everything from the quirky to the classic. Still hungry for more wedspiration? Don’t forget to check out our social media channels @YourKentWeddingMagazine, @cwm_wedding, @countyweddings and of course, the latest member of the family, our YouTube channel (just head over to and search “County Wedding Magazines”). Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x ISSN 1746-9384 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor, Beauty Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 495 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Kent Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Kent Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Kent Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and Kelly Andrews, editor Fun times MEDIA PUBLISHING VENTS UBLISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 97 All things bride and beautiful... jewellery and accessories to complete your look whatever your vibe. 67 We celebrate the gorgeous Kentish summer with a look back at Amy and Ant’s nuptials. In an English country garden... Claire and Jo tied the knot at beautiful Nurstead Court. 30 37 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the county MINIMOON HEAVEN Nestled just below the North Downs in a secluded setting boasting stunning scenery, you’ll find the new North Downs View Shepherd’s Hut, recently created by owners of the family-run Parsonage Farm in East Brabourne. The two-person hut has been crafted by a local team of experts using traditional designs and materials. It features a fully-fitted kitchenette with a two-hob cooker and fridge, electric log burner, king-size bed, en-suite shower room, double sofa and more. It also boasts a fully-integrated, temperature control system with underfloor heating to keep you comfy during those cooler nights. Outside, a chiminea and dining area offer the perfect setting for a romantic evening under the stars. With idyllic Kentish seaside towns Hythe, Folkestone, Whitstable and Margate on its doorstep, the accommodation is also just a short drive from the historical cathedral city of Canterbury. So, it’s a fantastic base from which to see and explore all that our little corner of England has to offer. What’s more, the area also boasts two incredible country pubs within walking distance, The Five Bells Inn and The Tiger Inn, plus a vineyard in the adjacent field and plenty of local walks. So, if you’re looking for a staycation minimoon with a get-away-from-it-all vibe, check out A NEW LEASE OF LIFE A new sustainable shopping experience is arriving at Ashford Designer Outlet, as it welcomes pre-loved designer apparel store Bond Street to Your Street. The brand offers guests a chance to buy and sell their pre-loved designer clothes and accessories bringing a new breath of life to their wardrobes. Launching in 2009, the brand began by hosting pop-up boutiques in private homes and offices across London, before spending the last five years managing bricks and mortar stores around the country. Bond Street to Your Street has become a trusted name within its market boasting a global following, and stocks designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Gucci all with pieces at a fraction of their original price. The new opening also elevates the centre’s current sustainable initiative: Recycle Your Fashion. Here, you’re invited to donate unwanted clothing items to guest services and as a thank you you’ll receive a 10 per cent discount voucher to use at participating stores. The pre-loved clothes are then either re-used or recycled, assisting in the elimination of two million tonnes of clothes from landfills every year across Europe. Find out more at A FINE VINTAGE Folc, England’s highest ranking still rose, is set to launch its new 2021 vintage just in time for summer. Having launched last year, Tonbridge-based Folc impressed wine critics and accrued numerous awards both nationally and on an international scale. Folc’ 2021 vintage is a blend of six different grape varieties all sourced from family-run vineyards in Kent, East and West Sussex and Suffolk: pinot noir, pinot meunier, chardonnay, pinot gris, bacchus and kerner. The grapes will then make a short trip to Canterbury where they meet Folc’s talented winemakers with a combined 60 years of winemaking experience. The brand also brings issues such as sustainability and inclusion to the fore. The winery is accredited with the WineGB Sustainability Scheme, reducing the environmental impact of wine packaging and levels of greenhouse gas emission as well as the volume of water used and the carbon footprint per bottle. Each cork used to seal the bottles is plant based and carbon negative, and all of the packaging is biodegradable, recycled and recyclable. The company’s mission is to be fully carbon neutral within the next few years. The word, Folc, is the Old English word for people, tribe and family and this is a wine designed to bring people together, best enjoyed chilled with loved ones! Check out Sally Burtt-Jones 8

VENUE NEWNESS New to Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve’s wedding offering this year are two gorgeous on-site locations: The Pergola and The Orangery. Tucked away in Port Lympne mansion’s ancient whispering walled garden is the newly-appointed garden pergola, a super-romantic spot for your “I dos.” Fully-licensed for civil ceremonies, this quiet setting can accommodate up to 120 loved ones for the vows, after which they’ll be able to follow you out into the tiered terraced gardens for a celebratory glass of bubbly. The Orangery meanwhile, is a magical place to dine and dance the night away. The glass structure and terrace offer a creative salute to the theatrical entertainment style of the Gatsby era. Private and available for exclusive-use only, it has a capacity of 160 seated guests, along with a dancefloor, cloakroom, and luxury wash rooms. It also features a fully-incorporated kitchen suited to all fine-dining requirements, as well as the option to add marquees or a food station on the adjoining lawn. Discover more at EDITOR LOVES How special would it be to literally write your love across the sky on your wedding day? Well, now you can with AJ Pyrotechnics’ amazing heart fireworks. The company’s Adrian Walters says, “They each spin out of a firing tube at hundreds of miles per hour and it really is luck that they break the right way around! For the one in the picture, I angled it slightly into the wind and crossed my fingers!” The heart is a specially-bought piece, which comes ready prepared to be loaded and fired. Adrian is finding that more and more couples are asking for them and is currently considering tailoring a dedicated section of the displays to them – “We could fill the sky with several of them joined together,” Adrian says. He continues, “I always strive to get the latest designs from abroad wherever possible, which is something that sets us apart within the industry. So, when I say ‘all shows are different and each delivers the wow factor,’ you know why!” Find out more at MEET AND MINGLE Based in an idyllic spot near Ashford, Frasers Egerton is a wedding venue bursting with charm and elegance. Boasting panoramic views across the surrounding countryside you’re never short of a stunning photographic backdrop and the team, which prides itself on attention to detail, ensures every wedding is both beautiful and relaxing. Since no drinks are allowed to be served in the licensed ceremony area an hour before the “I dos” begin, the venue recognised the need to provide a scenic spot for guests arriving in ample time to sit and relax while they wait for proceedings to start. The new garden area, complete with trendy upcycled bar and five covered pods is just the ticket, offering the perfect place to meet and anticipate the big moment. This beautiful new area is also the ideal place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and tapas ahead of the wedding breakfast. To find out more about weddings at Frasers Egerton, head over to Artist’s impression Artist’s impression YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

RUMWOOD COURT EVENTS The Walled Garden at Rumwood Court is a new and unique dry hire wedding and event venue available from 2022. The Walled Garden is your own private space with the Manor House providing a stunning backdrop. It is available for exclusive hire for a limited number of weekends between the months of May and October. With exclusive access to the grounds for your event along with help & guidance and food & drink from Invicta Food Design, lots of time for setting up and our list of recommended suppliers to choose from you will have all the ingredients for your perfect wedding day. SUTTON ROAD, LANGLEY, KENT, ME17 3NN | INFO@RUMWOODCOURTEVENTS.COM | RUMWOODCOURTEVENTS.COM Call 01843 830150 or email, today to book your viewing 125 Canterbury Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent CT8 8NL | | A WEDDING AS UNIQUE AS YOU ARE... Your wedding is one of the most exciting and important days of your life – one that you will cherish and remember forever. If you are looking for a dream wedding venue in Kent, St Augustine’s is where dreams come true. At St Augustine’s we believe that every wedding is different. With a wide variety of rooms and spaces from which to choose, St Augustine’s is a truly unique venue and can offer: Weddings perfectly tailored to your needs whether an intimate gathering or 200+ guests • Huge flexibility with many function rooms to choose from for your big day • Elegant outdoor ceremonies in our beautiful gazebo • Deconsecrated chapel for religious, civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts or reception • Spacious banqueting hall with capacity for 215 guests • Late licence until 1.00 am • Stylish bridal dressing room • Fabulous wedding cuisine, sumptuous banquets and deluxe buffets • A dedicated wedding co-ordinator • It’s your day and we promise it will be perfect, right down to the last tiny, exquisite detail. *Registrar fees are not included. FULL OR TWILIGHT WEDDING PACKAGES STARTING FROM AS LITTLE AS £3,250!

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURKENT.WEDDING Closing date 5th August, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. SNAP THIS UP! Kent-based photographer Nicky Tulip of Nicky’s Photography has almost two decades’ of experience when it comes to capturing weddings. She grew up in South East London as part of a creative family who loved nothing more than painting, drawing and making things. So, it was only natural that she should seek an artistic career and went on to graduate from the Kent Institute of Art & Design School of Photography in 2003 with a degree in photography. And now, here she is living her dream. She says, “I’m extremely lucky to have such a wonderful job, helping to create a true representation of what life is really about.” Nicky has covered many beautiful wedding venues throughout the South East including the Kentish gems where she’s a recommended supplier: Cooling Castle Barn, Winters Barns, Old Kent Barn and The Barnyard, to name but a few. We’re delighted to have partnered with Nicky’s Photography to offer Your Kent Wedding readers a free pre-shoot with all 2024 wedding bookings. To claim, get in touch with Nicky on 01622 431 341 or at and quote “Your Kent Wedding.” Also check out Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

AN idyllic Frasers of Egerton is the ultimate luxurious eco-friendly wedding venue Set in the heart of rural Kent, Frasers of Egerton is a dream wedding venue with a very special difference. This idyllic 300-acre estate delivers quality in abundance, that’s for sure – from its award-winning restaurant and exquisite menus that use top quality local and seasonal produce, to its beautifully decorated rooms and spectacular scenery on all sides. GREEN WEDDINGS But what really makes Frasers stand out is the strong sustainable ethos and commitment that underpins everything you see and do at this stunning country eco estate. It already produces 80% of its own energy needs through a ground source heat pump and solar panels, with the aim of being entirely carbon neutral within a few years. It’s no wonder it’s building a great reputation for delivering the perfect eco-wedding, without compromising on style. Oozing luxury and charm, this private eco estate is available for exclusive hire for weddings of all sizes, as well as other celebrations and events. It can host large weddings with up to 200 guests in Fraser’s own marquee, which is located on the lawn surrounded by picturesque rose gardens. In addition, smaller boutique weddings are becoming particularly popular. Proprietor Lisa Fraser says, “We find that many of the couples who choose to get married here at Frasers are looking for a wedding venue that’s a little bit different, something that’s more personal and memorable for them and their guests. While many of our weddings have been larger events, there seems to be a trend now for smaller, more intimate weddings, as well as greater interest in sustainability and eco-weddings, and we certainly tick all the boxes there. In addition, as a family-run business, our personal approach and our ability to be flexible mean that each couple has the freedom to create their own bespoke wedding day.” © Laura Debourde WEDDING HAVEN 12

COMPLETELY BESPOKE Every wedding at Frasers is specially tailored to the happy couple’s requirements, but some people prefer a little more guidance so Frasers has put together a new package for boutique weddings hosting 20-50 guests. The wedding itself is held in the romantically decorated Frasers Barn, an oak-framed timber Kentish building. Following the ceremony, the wedding guests move to the fabulous Stag’s Barn passive building for drinks and canapés while the newlyweds have their photographs taken, before everyone returns back to the main timbered barn for the wedding celebrations. Mind you, the wedding photos can take some time in a beautiful setting like this! Surrounded by stunning scenery and an abundance of nature, there are a multitude of photo options to choose from, including meadows of wildflowers, rustic rural landscapes and spectacular sunsets. A wedding at Frasers is a truly Kentish country wedding, with all of the food and drink sourced within 30 miles – including Kentish wines, beers and ciders – and much of the produce being fresh from Frasers’ own farm and kitchen garden. Almost everything that is bought in comes from local suppliers and, if the happy couple wishes, Lisa can provide seasonal flower arrangements and source eco wedding favours. For couples who are keen to have some rustic fun with their décor, they’ve been known to use milk churns as vases, cattle troughs as coolers and farm crates as pop-up bars! ADDED EXTRAS On-site accommodation is available, sleeping up to 20 guests in three beautiful period buildings, with nine of the suites situated on ground floor level. Nearby ancillary accommodation on a neighbouring farm can provide another five double rooms. Located between Maidstone and Ashford, just 20 minutes from junction 8 of the M20, Frasers of Egerton really is the perfect Kent wedding venue! Frasers is kindly offering Your Kent Wedding readers the use of the luxurious bridal suite in The Oast free of charge for their wedding evening with any bookings made during June and July 2022 for weddings held at Frasers in 2022/2023. Just mention Your Kent Wedding when you’re booking to benefit from this opportunity. To arrange a visit or for more information, contact: 01233 756 122 | © Jo Howton © Angie and Matt Weddings 13 ADVERTISING FEATURE

Five Wedding Suites Cater for 20-180 guests Civil Marriages Inclusive Packages Bespoke package option Landscaped gardens Free parking DJ or Live Band with Dance floor Air conditioning and natural daylight All weddings welcome Book your 2022/2023/2024 Wedding NOW! We special ise in smal l intimate weddings as wel l as large weddings with up to 250 guests. With several packages to choose from to suit al l tastes and budgets. Or why not let us organise a bespoke wedding especial ly for you. E: T: 02084618610/08/14 Packages starting from just £105pp! Five Wedding Suites Cater for 20-180 guests Civil Marriages Inclusive Packages Bespoke package option Landscaped gardens Free parking DJ or Live Band with Dance floor Air conditioning and natural daylight All weddings welcome Book your 2022/2023/2024 Wedding NOW! We special ise in smal l intimate weddings as wel l as large weddings with up to 250 guests. With several packages to choose from to suit al l tastes and bu gets. Or wh not let us organise a bespoke wedding especial ly for you. E: T: 02084618610/08/14 Packages starting from just £105pp! A stunning venue with a real WOW factor, any couple would feel really special in this impressive setting steeped in history. Bilsington Priory is a beautiful space to marry in, with a dedicated team to look a er you. Unlike other venues, we do not charge corkage, so you are welcome to bring your own post ceremony drinks and table wines - we will chill and serve it to your guests free of charge. BILSINGTON PRIORY Please call us on 01233 720992 or email to make an appointment to view our stunning venue. Bilsington Priory, Priory Road, Bilsington, Nr Ashford Kent TN25 7AU because great couples deserve a great venue contemporary · eco-chic · elegant exclusive · flexible · picturesque “Every single member of staff was outstanding. Thank you for helping us realise our vision of our wedding. The orangery is the perfect blank canvas.” VISIT HAYNEHOUSE.CO.UK Hayne House, Saltwood, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4EH 01303 262 555

Bromley, Bexley and Dartford SPOTLIGHT ON... Tie the knot in a local hotspot BROMLEY COURT HOTEL 020 8461 8600 | Bromley Court is a hotel steeped in history and has the atmosphere of a wonderful and intimate country house. Years of hospitality experience have gone into fine-tuning its rooms and event spaces to guarantee you a great stay and the team like to keep things simple by making sure everything you could ever need is included as standard. The gardens are bursting with both beauty and 200 years of history. The Italianate gardens are a particular highlight with urns, terracing and a myriad of colourful flowers blooming all year round. The Wellington Suite is the Hotel’s most popular wedding space. Situated on the ground floor it consists of two rooms with connecting doors, its own bar and large windows offering fabulous views of the gardens. From here, you’ll have access to an external patio area and the gardens beyond. The space can accommodate 150 for the ceremony, 90 for the wedding breakfast and 150 for a standing buffet. The Garden Restaurant is elegant and bright with views over the landscaped garden and patio area, to which there is direct access. There’s an adjoining bar and lounge area, complete with ornate fireplace and chandeliers. Plus, the Garden Suite has its own dancefloor with fitted disco and lighting, available if the venue’s DJ is booked. It can accommodate 180 for the ceremony, 180 for the wedding breakfast and 250 for a standing buffet. There’s also a choice of more intimate spaces: The Darwin Room (60 ceremony, 60 dining, 65 buffet guests), The Amelia’s Room (40 ceremony and 40 dining guests), and Leona’s Room (20 ceremony and 20 dining guests). Some of the wedding packages include a menu-tasting and some also include an anniversary meal. WE LOVE The main staircase stands out for nearlyweds making their descent to their wedding ceremony. It offers the perfect photo opportunity in bad weather. LOCAL VENUES 15

CHISLEHURST GOLF CLUB 020 8467 2782 | Camden Place, home of Chislehurst Golf Club, offers a selection of rooms, each with its own story to tell. High ceilings, period fireplaces and architectural details represent the building’s fine Georgian heritage, combine to give you a sense of grandeur deserving of such a special occasion. Plus, the magnificent hallway with sweeping staircase and picturesque grounds offer stunning photographic opportunities aplenty. The mansion stands on 70 acres of grounds, which exude peace and tranquillity and the side terrace and main lawn are great spots for drinks in the summer evenings. The Imperial Lounge can host 80 loved ones for the ceremony. Part of the original house, built in 1717, this room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and offers uninterrupted views of the grounds. The décor includes restored wall paintings and one of the venue’s three bars is located here. It can also host celebrations with the Oval for 150 standing guests. The latter dates back to 1780 and was originally the main entrance to the house. A series of floor-to-ceiling wall paintings in the Dutch style depict a lavish lifestyle and, combined with French doors, which open onto the grounds, give it a spacious yet friendly feel. It can be opened up into the Imperial Lounge for larger events or closed off to accommodate smaller receptions and celebrations. The Eugenie Room, also known as the dining room, is a visually stunning space. The grandest and most spacious of the venue’s wedding rooms, able to accommodate 90 of your nearest and dearest for the “I dos,” 74 seated at round tables for the wedding breakfast or 98 at straight tables, banqueting style. WE LOVE The Eugenie Room is enhanced by 18th-century oak-panelling rescued from Chateau de Bercy, a former hunting lodge of Louis XIII. HALL PLACE & GARDENS 01322 526 574 | Set amongst beautiful walled gardens on the banks of the River Cray, surrounded by the glorious Kent countryside, this Tudor house offers a memorable wedding venue. Each room has it’s own individual character and style, with original features such as stone fireplaces, wood panelling and mullioned windows. Wedding parties can utilise the North Courtyard and pretty private garden for drinks receptions or barbecues on warm summer evenings. These areas can also be used to capture those allimportant photos, while you enjoy your day in complete privacy. There are four spaces licensed for ceremonies accommodating guest lists from 40 up to 100. The Parlour is an intimate wood-panelled room with a cosy feel reflecting the history of the house. It can host 40 for the “I dos.” The Great Chamber is a bright and airy space with views of the topiary lawns. Going up in capacity, the Tudor Kitchen can host 100. Another light space, It boasts stone walls and beamed ceiling. Finally, the Great Hall – a magnificent space it’s complete with chandeliers, a minstrels’ gallery and an abundance of natural daylight. As well as ceremonies witnessed by 100 loved ones, in can also accommodate wedding breakfasts for the same numbers, with space for 140 in the evening. WE LOVE Hall Place’s beautiful grounds feature rose gardens, a topiary lawn and charming courtyard . Plus the historical building provides an impressive backdrop for your big day. 16

Unique character, original features and old style grandeur to host your dream day Exclusive use of our wedding spaces to enjoy your celebrations in complete privacy Fully licenced for civil ceremonies and an exclusive catering company to create dishes to wow your guests From large and lavish to small and intimate, we welcome all weddings with a personable and professional service | | 01322 526 574 Bourme Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1PQ

Tonbridge School . Tonbridge . Kent . TN9 1JP . . 01732 304268 A unique and beautiful venue for your special day Weddings at Tonbridge School Your Kent Wedding half page advert mar.april ed. Created Feb 2022.indd 1 28/02/2022 15:34:56

THE BEAVERWOOD 020 8300 1385 | Nestled amongst sprawling grounds in the Chislehurst Conservation Area, The Beaverwood offers a large versatile space. The grounds are surrounded by fields and ancient woodland, yet the venue is conveniently located just off the A20, with the M2 just 10 minutes away. From the lovely wedding pagoda, which sits against a backdrop of Himalayan birch tress, to the function room itself with starlight ceiling, you can personalise your wedding day and share your dream with family and friends. The grounds offer the perfect space for playing games, mingling or simply relaxing. There are tables with parasols and chairs, as well as a seating area on the terrace complete with outside heater should the evening turn nippy. There’s also a wildflower garden behind the pagoda and wedding parties are welcome to make full use of the outdoor space, whether it’s for an outside band with drinks, a vintage camper van or a teepee reception. The Beaverwood can seat up to 150 guests for a delicious sit-down meal and can accommodate drinks and canapés for up to 330 loved ones. Resembling a marquee with its draped ceiling, this room is airconditioned and heated, keeping you comfortable whatever the season, and features two well-stocked bars, one at each end of the room, plus a dancefloor with disco lights. The venue works with a number of professional caterers who have been selected for their excellent service and quality of food. They cover all cuisines and catering styles, and can create endless menu options for any wedding. The venue’s ceremony license is currently on hold due to building work but blessings are currently available, so get in touch to find out more. WE LOVE The entrance lobby offers an ideal space for an inside drinks reception and photo booth, which is available to hire in-house. CHAPTER ONE 01689 854 848 | Chapter One is an award-winning restaurant with three AA rosettes based in Orpington. Under the direction of acclaimed chef Andrew McLeish, modern European cooking is served in the restaurant in the form of sophisticated and refined dishes with a seasonally-inspired seven-course tasting menu and an a la carte option. In the more informal Brasserie, a selection of favourites are also cooked to perfection with the finest ingredients. Plus, the diverse drinks offering features an AA Notable Wine List, premium spirits and signature, as well as classic, cocktails. Wedding receptions for 50 loved ones can be hosted in the private dining room with a choice of impeccable menus to suit your budget. Situated on the first floor, its fully air-conditioned with its own cloakroom and bar. The stylish ambience is ideal for an intimate celebration with a choice of layouts. What’s more, the restaurant’s warm and friendly staff are on hand to ensure your big day is a memorable one. Chef patron Andrew has created a delicious choice of perfectly balanced menus from canapés to three-course dining to suit. WE LOVE The attractive all-weather terrace with banquet seating and fresh foliage arrangements. LOCAL VENUES 19 Mind your manors Our roundup of Kent’s stately home and manor house venues KNOWLE COUNTRY HOUSE 01474 822 262 | As you sweep along the venue’s driveway, it’s easy to be captivated by the charm and elegance of this fine Victorian mansion, set in one of the most beautiful and historically interesting spots in Kent. Having recently undergone extensive renovation work, the venue now boasts a gorgeous conservatory with a bar, and the lovely gazebo with surrounding patio used for outdoor ceremonies has been given a new lease of life. The wonderful location never fails to impress visitors. Set in 14 acres of gardens and orchards, with a wildlife area, the grounds burst with colour whatever the season and offer views of the distant River Thames. Located less than an hour’s drive from London with excellent rail links, The Knowle can accommodate weddings with up to 90 daytime guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, with space for an additional 80 in the evening. Receptions can be celebrated in the main restaurant with 90 loved ones or for more intimate gatherings, in the Octagonal Room (The Charles Dickens Room) for 10 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, the Garden Room can accommodate 40 guests and leads into the Victorian conservatory, an extended lounge area for everyone to enjoy. Irrespective of the numbers there’ll only be one wedding on any day, offering total privacy and sole use of the premises, with no hiring or hidden charges. Located in the centre of the House is the venue’s new getting-ready room, perfect for all your preparations. A large room bathed in natural light, it features full-length mirrors, plush furnishings, Bluetooth stereo and a privacy screen. COUNTRY HOUSE VENUES 21

PORT LYMPNE HOTEL & RESERVE 01303 234 111 | Port Lympne Hotel is a multi-award-winning wedding venue set within Kent’s largest wild animal park, home to more than 900 endangered animals. It provides an idyllic setting with sensational views from a variety of beautiful locations around the estate. Once the opulent country estate of Sir Philip Sassoon, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve boasts 600 acres of private parkland. Built in the early 20th century, the mansion is resplendent with delightful mural-painted rooms by famous English artists such as Rex Whistler, Spencer Roberts and Martin Jordan. With a number of opulent spaces at your disposal, the mansion can adapt to meet your requirements. The venue offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations for your ceremony. The newly-appointed garden pergola is set among 14 acres of manicured gardens and can seat 120. Also, new and exciting for 2022 is the orangery and terrace. A creative salute to the theatrical entertainment style of the Gatsby era it can seat 160 for the “I dos” and reception. There’s also the intimate Moroccan courtyard with a capacity of 25 for ceremony and wedding breakfast. It includes original details from the 1920s and has been decorated with items from Marrakesh. Finally for the al fresco spaces is the Iceberg Terrace, which can host 100 loved ones allowing them to enjoy views of the Lime Tree Avenue and Trojan Steps. Moving inside the mansion, the Spencer Roberts Room can host 50 for the ceremony and 30 for a wedding breakfast. This stunning space boasts hand-painted murals of animals, some of which can be found in the park. The Long Room can accommodate 100 for the vows and 50 for a seated meal and offers wonderful views over the Southern Terrace and 600-acre reserve. HAVENFIELD HALL 01634 699 758 | Hidden away from public roads, Havenfield Hall sits at the end of a long drive that opens up to reveal the building’s grand scale. Its interiors have been restored to bring them into keeping with the original structure’s character and charm, with just a few modern touches added for comfort and each of the seven bedrooms has its own decorative style. As you walk past the front of the house and around to the back where it opens onto the gardens, you’ll find the external games room, complete with full-sized snooker table and bar billiards table. Further on, there’s the Old School House, Cart Shed and bar, which hug a central courtyard, providing the perfect space for live bands, DJs and entertainment. The Old School House is your indoor ceremony option (80 guests), it features high ceilings and exposed timber beams, large windows and French doors, allowing natural light to flood in. For al fresco vows the Cart Shed and Courtyard (100 guests) are available, this open-faced oak-framed structure opens out onto the paved courtyard providing a lovely option that can be dressed according to your theme. Finally, for the ceremony, The Bandstand also offers a charming outdoor location for 120 loved ones. Welcome drinks can be served in the courtyard or on the lawned area, making use of the gardens and grounds. The three buildings that surround the central courtyard can all be utilised for the reception. Artist’s impression 22

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Set amidst acres of private secluded grounds surrounded by delightful countryside views, Haven eld Hall is the perfect venue for bespoke ceremonies or receptions. e grounds and buildings are exclusively yours for the day. With 3 separate approved locations for ceremonies including an outdoor gazebo, vaulted barn and cart shed. With extensive lawns able to accommodate marquees if required. We pride ourselves on working with you to provide a truly bespoke and unique package like no other. haven • 01634 669758 www.haven Located in the Alkham Valley, Folkestone Havenfield Hall Weddings at The Alexander Centre, Faversham Why not say ‘I Do’ at the Alex?We’re a dab hand at putting on a great wedding and we have space to accommodate ceremonies and receptions - both can be indvidually decorated too, to create your own unique wedding look and feel! Our elegant ceremony room is a beautiful, light-filled space for you and up to 50 guests. For your reception The GatefieldHall comfortably accommodates 150 guests for a sit-downmeal and has plenty of space for partying! Our pretty walled garden, a great space for a BBQ, can be dressed with bunting, and fairy lights and even accommodate a bouncy castle to entertain the young or young at heart. All our wedding parties have access to a fully licensed bar as well as a full-size catering kitchen so you can bring in your own preferred caterer, or let us organise this for you. For more information 01795 591691

HAYNE HOUSE 01303 262 555 | Set near the historical village of Saltwood and the Hythe Coast, Hayne House is an elegant wedding venue nestled within the serene and tranquil setting of an immaculately landscaped private family estate. The combination of traditional country-house charm paired with the modern sophistication of the Orangery make this venue a one-of-a-kind. Surrounded by beautiful landscaped English country gardens and fronted by uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling French doors, The Orangery also boasts stunning overhead roof lanterns flooding it with natural light. It provides a natural link to the gardens and every angle of the building is wonderfully photogenic. Built from sustainable materials you can host a wedding here any time of the year in a setting that’s simultaneously flexible, contemporary, stylish and eco-chic. Say “I do” al fresco under cover of the Garden Pavilion or elsewhere in the gardens, with up to 120 loved ones. Alternatively, during the cooler months, you can opt to exchange vows inside The Orangery, which also has space for 120. Later on, you can dine in style with a seated wedding breakfast in The Orangery accompanied by your 120 nearest and dearest, and invite an additional 30 to join you for the evening revelries bring the total guest list up to 150. There are hand-crafted bi-folding doors to separate the dining and ceremony areas if required. Next to The Orangery is Hayne House, the former hunting lodge of Edward VIII, which has been lovingly restored. Within the house are are five en-suite bedrooms, plus the sumptuous honeymoon suite. There’s also another bed and breakfast on site with five further bedrooms, which can accommodate up to 22 guests. HOATH HOUSE 01732 617 270 | This magnificent Victorian mansion is located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, overlooking the border between Kent and Sussex. As well as breathtaking views from its high position, it also boasts accommodation for 80 guests, an outdoor heated swimming pool and luxury glamping domes. Plus, conveniently situated, it’s a mere 10-minute drive to most local train stations. The gardens, which burst with colour throughout the seasons, showcase 100 different varieties of plants across its six acres. They’re a hive of wildlife activity and offer distant views of the Kent-Sussex border. The “I dos” can be held al fresco beneath a Victorian ceremonial arch with 200 loved ones looking on surrounded by the beautiful gardens. Alternatively, the main house can accommodate 80 for the ceremony, set in a large 18th-century room packed with character and history. Meanwhile, the marquee, which is designed and fully-equipped for any style of ceremony can play host to 300 to witness your vows. Receptions also take place in the marquee for 300 whatever your theme or vibe, and for smaller guests lists, the House can welcome 80 for the celebrations. 25

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, 2ND OCTOBER, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 9TH OCTOBER, 2022 WEMBLEY STADIUM, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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WILDERNESS Love in the Amy and Ant styled their July wedding day with a boho vibe and a bold natural colour palette to complement the surroundings Images courtesy of Jennifer Jane Photography 30

Ant proposed to Amy in front of the tree that first Christmas morning in their new home. Once the season and their incredible news had been celebrated and decorations were packed away, thoughts turned to wedding venues. They discovered Wilderness Weddings at Preston Court and were instantly attracted by the peacefulness and natural beauty of its outdoor setting. Ant says, “We love how relaxed it made us feel. The ceremony area really sold it for us, with the water in the background. We also loved how there was a clear flow through the venue and could easily picture how our day there would be. During our first visit Amy cried as she loved it so much, so it had to be done!” Keen to know more, we got the lowdown on W-day from groom, Ant... SETTING THE SCENE The location lent itself perfectly to a bohemian woodland wedding vibe and the couple settled on a palette of burnt orange, olive and cream. All of the floral displays distributed throughout the ceremony and reception space were designed to reflect the theme with pampas grass, bunny tails and other dried flowers. The gorgeous terracotta hue was continued through the table plan, which was displayed in photo frames and surrounded by more dried flowers. Each centrepiece featured a glass vase filled with various varieties of dried flowers and the couple made and dyed the table runners and napkins themselves. The tables were also decorated with the wedding favours, which doubled up as place names. Guests were gifted a succulent, growing inside a small terracotta pot, labelled with their name. “My mum grew them all for us, all 100 plus,” Ant tells us. The couple hired additional furniture to make the most of the beautiful outdoor setting. “Everything was boho themed from the wicker seats to the fur rugs. We’d highly recommend The Little Wedding Warehouse, Roxanne was brilliant and so accommodating,” Ant shares. “We love food!” the groom confides. So, naturally the menu was one of the most important considerations for them. “We chose Will Burnett Chef to be our caterer as his food really suited our outdoor summer wedding vibe. Will and his wife, Becca, are young, enthusiastic and genuinely really nice people to work with,” he continues. All assembled were treated to a delicious selection of canapés, one of which was created especially for them due to the couple’s love of Thai food. They later sat down to a three-course wedding breakfast and enjoyed tacos and churros in the evening. The simple and elegant big-day bake continued the decorative theme with pressed-flower embellishments. The bridal party arrived at the venue in yellow and blue vintage VW Campers. The pair also kindly arranged transport for all of their guests who were staying off site, both to and from their accommodation. LOOKING THE PART Amy looked gorgeous in a white Rosa Clara gown with lace back. She accesorised with Freya Rose pearl heels – Martina and diamond earrings, a 10-year anniversary gift from Ant. The groom wore a two piece suit in light stone, with an olive bow tie, brown shoes and brown braces. His buttonhole featured a white flower, while the groomsmen’s were burnt orange to match the bridesmaids’ silk dresses. The other gents wore the same as Ant, apart from the father-of-the-bride and father-of-the-groom who wore three-piece suits with ties rather than bow ties. REAL WEDDING 31