Elegance at Hatfield House

Experience the splendour of the country, not far from the city, at this historic Hertfordshire venue.

With added inspiration from my make up artist, I drew on my experience of styled shoots to create a classic ‘afternoon tea’ themed wedding at a beautiful Jacobean house in Hertfordshire. Having worked with many wedding suppliers in the past, I hand-picked the team to offer some truly stunning ideas for weddings.


The Details

Bridal Model, Shoot Concept and Planning
Elle E

Groom Model
Tom O’Dea

Perfect Timing Photography

Hatfield House

Creative Spark Films

Lisa Lyons Bridal

Hair and Hair Accessories
Bespoke Bridal Hair by Nicola

The Hair & Makeup Studio

Wedding rings and Jewellery
Maxim Jewellers

Sophie May Floral

Cakes and afternoon tea
Mel’s Cakes and Bakes

The Sparkle Shed

Tiggity Boo Design

Assistance on the day
Your Wedding Friend


Six of the best UK vineyards

Six UK Vineyards perfect for your honeymoon!

With 2021 set to be another stellar year for the staycation and with many newlyweds looking for the perfect honeymoon destination, the UK’s best vineyards have been revealed… how romantic!

Holiday letting company, holidaycottages.co.uk, has scoped vineyards up and down the country to reveal six of the very best. Get ready to celebrate…

Commenting on the best vineyards in the UK, Shannon Keary, Digital PR Manager at holidaycottages.co.uk says: This year is set to be another year for amazing UK trips and for anyone fancying something a little different to do on their honeymoon, a vineyard visit could be a wonderful (and very romantic) activity!”

1. Chapel Down Vineyard, Kent

Located at the edge of The Weald in Tenterden, Chapel Down is the world’s leading English winemaker, but as well as rose, white and sparkling wines, the vineyard also produces gin, vodka beer and cider – lots to choose from. Chapel Down even has the accolade of having the same chalky soil as the famous Champagne region in France, which helps give their wines that distinctive flavour.

2. Nyetimber, West Sussex

Nyetimber has been producing award-winning sparkling wines for over thirty years, with their vineyards spread across Hampshire, Kent, and West Sussex – and plans to extend even more due to such high demand for the product! Why not visit Nyetimber’s beautiful vineyard in West Chiltington on one of their open days and sample the fruits of their labour yourself? You won’t be disappointed.

3. Camel Valley, Cornwall

Situated on Cornwall’s famous Camel Trail, Camel Valley near Bodmin is the only vineyard in the UK to hold a Royal Warrant. The vineyard produces sparkling, rose and white wines, with the sunny Cornish temperature ideal for viticulture. If you’re looking for an unforgettable day out in Cornwall – their wine-tasting sessions may be the perfect ticket!

4. Llanerch Vineyard, Wales

The largest and oldest premier vineyard in Wales, Llanerch Vineyard is set among 20 acres of beautiful Glamorgan countryside. They produce five different varieties of rose, sparkling and white wines in their Cariad wine brand, and offer vineyard tours and tastings for guess. If you’re exploring Wales, make sure to add this to your to-do list.

5. Rathfinny, Sussex

Located in the popular Sussex South Downs, Rathfinny produces a variety of sparkling wines and offers year-round tours of their vineyard to wine enthusiasts! The winery produces wines with the traditional in-bottle fermentation method commonly used by Champagne makers in France, so you’re sure to get a taste of class in every glass!

6. Ryedale Vineyard, York

The UK’s most northern vineyard, Ryedale Vineyard is hidden away at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, just 30 minutes’ drive from York and under an hour’s drive from Scarborough. Ryedale Vineyard offers guided tours and tastings sessions, so be sure to check it out if you’re enjoying a honeymoon in North Yorkshire!

If you need anywhere to stay nearby any of these vineyards, be sure to book your stay with us, and to find out more of the UK’s best vineyards, visit:


Skiathos Honeyoon

The Picture perfect backdrop of Skiathos, Greece

ELIVI SKIATHOS, the most high-end luxury hotel on the island of Skiathos, has launched new experiences for couples looking to plan a heavenly honeymoon or celebrate a special anniversary in 2021.

The hotel has launched a range of new experiences for couples looking to celebrate romance in spectacular surroundings including private dinners on the beach, sunset cruises, private film screenings, and in-suite spa treatments.  

Loved ones looking for an intimate post-pandemic destination with the absence of celebrations last year need look no further than ELIVI SKIATHOS. Perched on a verdant hilltop on a secluded part of the island, the hotel offers a picturesque backdrop nestled amongst pine trees and olive groves with direct access to four sandy beaches.

Sunset Cruise

Couples can set sail on a yacht from Koukounaries cove and take an evening dip in the waters by the romantic remote islands of Tsouggria or Arkos. Whilst out at sea, they will experience the unforgettable Skiathos sunset against the magical backdrop of the azure sea. Couples will be treated to an indulgent four course meal back on board, prepared by the captain for the ultimate fairy tale dinner date.

Private Beach Gazebo 

Couples can enjoy an intimate candlelight dinner on the beautiful beaches of Ambelakia or Big Bannana, two of Skiathos’s most stunning sandy shores under the privacy of their own gazebo. They will enjoy a bespoke menu tailored to their requirements with wine pairing options, and breath-taking views of the sun setting over the Aegean Sea.

In-suite Experiences 

Newlyweds staying in the Nest Suite or the Swan Villa can relax in privacy with a range of in-suite experiences. After a day exploring the hotel’s surrounding nature trails and the hidden gems of Skiathos island, newlyweds can unwind with a choice of in-suite spa treatments using ELEMIS products or spend an evening under the stars with a private film screening set up at the GRACE kiosk upon special request, complete with bubbles and canapés. The two-bedroom Nest Suite offers direct access to Big Banana Beach well-known for being one of the best locations to watch the Skiathos sunset and comes with its own private pool, perfect for soaking up the views whilst taking a refreshing dip.

Spread across 213 acres, ELIVI SKIATHOS is tucked away in an area of natural beauty on the southwest of the island beside a wildlife refuge and with direct access to four of the island’s best beaches. The hotel is separated into three distinct accommodation areas, well spread-out across the vast acreage. ELIVI Xenia Hotel features 32 rooms on a hilltop overlooking lush greenery and the Aegean Sea, 67 Elivi Grace Rooms & Suites sit directly on the beach and 61 Nest Rooms, Villas and Suites lay dotted amongst pine trees and olive groves. The hotel was developed by father and daughter Elias and Vivi Nathanailidi and welcomes young, old, families and couples alike.

Rates for ELIVI SKIATHOS’ staying in The Nest Suite from £1,130. The Sunset Cruise costs approx £1,130 for private hire. The gazebo beach dinner starts from approx £608 for a three-course bespoke dinner with wine pairings at an additional cost. The in-suite experiences are available at an additional cost on request. Spa treatments costs start from approx £96. www.elivihotels.com


Black Panther inspired wedding

Black Panther Inspires Luxe Wedding Shoot on Livingstone Island, Zambia

Mwai Yeboah of Love From Mwai radiates strength and creativity as a proud Zambian woman and multi-awarding winning wedding planner. She recently channelled her immense wells of energy into conceptualising and carrying out a wedding editorial at one of Southern Africa’s most famous natural and cultural heritage sites – Victoria Falls and Livingstone Island, Zambia. It’s here, on what f eels like the top of the world, that Mwai brought to life a celebration worthy of royalty and inspired by the internationally-acclaimed film, Black Panther.

Livingstone Island sits at the heart of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. This waterfall is the largest curtain of falling water in the world, and the combination of power and beauty that makes up any Victoria Falls experience is the reason that it has been named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. What place more perfectly epitomises the bold contrasts of love, and the courage to take the plunge to marry and spend life together?

The wedding ceremony was a gorgeous curation of luxe outfits for the bride and groom, vibrant shweshwe, skins and feathers for wedding guests, and offerings of local botanicals, fruits and vegetables. It all took place on the edge of a cliff that drops into the Batoka Gorge, against a backdrop of luscious greenery, rocky outcrops, and the spray and rushing sounds of the Falls. The festivities highlighted the nuances of Zambian culture and nature, while also pulling through strong elements of Wakanda, the fictional sub-Saharan African country in Black Panther.

Mwai has travelled the world, designing highly bespoke weddings for couples in diverse locations, but her heart remains firmly in Zambia and the people that call it home. She put together this extraordinary set with the teams of Tongabezi Lodge and Sindabezi Island Camp, which are both found a few kilometres upstream of Victoria Falls on the Zambezi Riverbanks.

Tongabezi then threw a Wakanda-inspired feast at their main lodge for Mwai and her wedding team, complete with fruit and vegetables from their own organic garden, and the day ended with a female empowerment shoot on the river decks overlooking the Zambezi.

Eva Tarnok Photography www.evatarnok.com
Stepan Vrzala Photography www.stepanvrzala.com
WanderGlider www.wanderglider.com

Mwai Yeboah Wedding Planner www.lovefrommwai.co.uk
Tongabezi Lodge www.greensafaris.com/tongabezi
Sindabezi Island www.greensafaris.com/sindabezi
Livingstone Island www.greensafaris.com/livingstone-island
Models Lonah Shawa & Leon Mukhola

Relaxing honeymoon in Italy

Once a Palazzo Rosso, the newly opened and lovingly restored Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa is a unique addition to Puglia’s White City, being the only hotel in Ostuni to offer a swimming pool and garden along with an intimate spa and wellness area located in the hotel’s ancient water chamber.

Nestled seven meters underground, the palace’s former water chamber has been transformed into an elegant bijou spa, home to a Turkish bath, Himalayan salt wall, multi-sensory shower and a natural whirlpool dug deep into the ground. Here, guests can indulge in a range of luxurious treatments to sooth and revitalise the body and mind. From the Aromatherapy Rebalancing Massage to help aid sleep and stress, to the Shirodara Massage derived from the ancient Indian Ayurveda medicine, which uses warm, energy-infused oil poured slowly onto the forehead to calm the mind and alleviate muscle tension.

The unique spa offering also includes a two-and-a-half-hour immune system enhancing Salt Ritual treatment. This begins with a Turkish Bath to eliminate toxins and stimulate cell renewal, followed by a Himalayan salt scrub and spa shower, ending with a deeply relaxing body massage to relieve tired joints and regenerate the skin. Couples booking the two mezzanine-level treatment rooms can essentially enjoy their very own private wellness sanctuary with exclusive access to the spa for three and a half hours.

With a rare and tranquil outdoor space in the heart of the city, guests staying at Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa also have the opportunity to book personalised yoga or Pilates classes in the hotel’s outdoor open-air lounge or in a secluded corner of the verdant garden. After a morning exploring Ostuni’s main square, just a short stroll away, guests can enjoy a cooling dip in the swimming pool before lounging in the sun below the fragrant citrus trees in this serene oasis.

Brand new for 2020, Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa is a quintessentially Puglian property that has been lovingly transformed to boast 11 individually curated rooms and suites. Steeped in history but with a vibrant, cosmopolitan soul the hotel also offers exquisite cuisine by head chef Giovanni Cerroni, apprentice of Francesco Bracali, Terry Giacomello, Italo Bassi and with a significant experience at Mugaritz under Andoni Luis Aduriz. Just a 30-minute scenic drive from Brindisi Airport, Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa offers an effortless and elegant escape with outstanding design and service coupled with unrivalled experiences.

Mystical, Autumnal, Whimsical wedding

When a venue offers 110 acres of private ancient parkland upon the unspoilt shores of Lake Windermere, and the whimsical autumnal leaves start to fall, embracing an atmospheric, mystical wedding is essential!

Imagine, the sharp crunch of crisp burnt leaves under your feet as the calming waves lap upon the shore; the mist drifts, only amplifying a naturally warm canvas in which you are stood! The blunt fresh breaths of fresh Lake District air, between warming beverages and delicious desserts, ensures a calming and enchanting experience for all.

Autumnal weddings, of any size, spark opportunity for warmth, mood and texture, which all suppliers evolve and enhance. There is something refreshing about being at one with the surroundings during a spectacular seasonal wedding.

Goes without saying, it couldn’t be completed without these amazing suppliers…

Town Head Estate

07951 763 590

Clare Gelderd Photography


Mike Roberts Films

01925 292406 / 07816 919969

A Family Affair

01539 722033

Lucie’s Cake Co.


Free Range Floristry


Lydia’s Hair Studio


The Olde Mill Bardsea
(Premier Outside Catering)

01229 869262

Nicole Gilmour


Northern Evergreen Design


EJL Stud & Livery


Silver Lake Jewellery

07876 732467

Celebration Disco

07708629236 / 01229836480

AnnaKate Pearson Harpist


Emma Jane Events

07787 122647

Lash Ladies


Tony McGowan Brothers
Livestock services

Phoenix Parthenaise

Parthenaise bull


Eleanor Lancaster, Jason Lancaster,
Lilly Lancaster, Peggie Lancaster,
Billy Lancaster

Run Away Wedding

Run away to get married

#Bohemian #elopement styled weddings are a hit right now because they are relaxed, and fun, whilst allowing for a blank canvas for any couple or supplier to enhance.

Imagine, embracing the sand between those bare toes, upon that beach aisle walk, with the sea breeze and warmth of the sun on your face… The experience alone is priceless! The collaboration of suppliers worked hand in hand, from a traditional gypsy cob through to the perfect picnic platter, not forgetting all the decorative personalised features and stunning bridal wear. For this #outdoor affair we collaborated to applause #mothernature and all it has to offer, ensuring the #romance and #freedom
could be enjoyed by all. Huge thanks to all those involved.


Clare Gelderd Photography

07967 918 197

Mike Roberts Films


The Dunes


Sitting Pretty


Emma Jane Events


Bridal Hair – Sasha Edmondson


Free Range Floristry


Robert Maddock Humanist Wedding


Floral and Hardy


Family Affair


EJL Stud and Livery


The Olde Mill Bardsea
(Premier Outside Catering)


Lucies Cake Co.


The Silver Bubble


Jill Ware



UK Destination Weddings

Benefits for UK Weddings With Little Emperors

Little Emperors, the private members luxury hotel club has announced its most popular wedding destinations in the UK all of which offer incredible dedicated benefits. Experience wide open spaces in Hampshire or a unique Treehouse wedding at Chewton Glen. Following Covid-19 and with weddings having to limit guest numbers, it is proving to be a popular choice for brides and grooms to choose fabulous manor houses for a more intimate ceremony in a beautiful, quintessentially British setting. Little Emperors shares its top UK luxury hotels for a summer wedding, all complete with dedicated benefits. Little Emperors promises to deliver value in luxury and will offer members a wedding or honeymoon of their dreams at exceptional rates. The company has an impressive portfolio of properties, from 5-star luxury hotels to boutique hotels.


Four Seasons Hampshire

Following Covid-19 the Four Seasons Hampshire offers the perfect location for an intimate reception. Boasting exemplary facilities and fantastic service the hotel offers Georgian charm, a relaxed ambiance of true English sophistication. Wedding guests extending their stay will also have the opportunity to enjoy cycling, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and wandering around the beautiful lush gardens. Ideally located an hour from central London and only 35 minutes from Heathrow Airport, this hotel is perfect for a quintessential British wedding. Nightly rates at Four Seasons Hampshire Start from £410. Little Emperors members will receive preferential rates and dedicated benefits including a room upgrade subject to availability.


Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison

Experience an unforgettable Provencal -style wedding celebration in the heart of the English countryside at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.  One of the country’s most cherished manor house hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites, the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton and offers wedding guests Michelin-starred menus, sumptuous interiors, expansive walled gardens and an alfresco reception making it a midsummer night’s dream. Nightly rates at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons start from £570. When booking through Little Emperors guests will receive dedicated benefits including hotel credit, complimentary breakfast and check in/check out flexibility.


The Balmoral

Head further North to experience a wedding at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, one of the World’s most stunning cities. Whether looking for a red carpet arrival or an intimate gathering, The Balmoral’s Wedding Planner is on hand to curate the wedding to suit your every needs. The bride and groom will also have the opportunity to take photos on the private rooftop with the Edinburgh skyline providing a fantastic backdrop. Nightly rates at The Balmoral from £360. Little Emperors members will receive preferential rates dedicated benefits including hotel credit, 20% of spa treatments and room upgrade subject to availability.


Little Emperors annual membership fees starts from £250. Tel + 44 203 178 4984 or email info@littleemperors.com.


James Bond Style Villas

James Bond Style Villas with Tuscany Now & More

With much of No Time to Die filmed and set in Italy, guests can feel they are on holiday on the glamourous movie set. Boasting awe-inspiring panoramas, secret hideouts from Bond villains and steamy saunas, these villas allow guests to experience the glamorous life of 007.


Bellaria – 7 Bedroom villa sleeps up to 12 people

Tomorrow Never Dies in this villa, with incredible views of the Italian riviera. Bellaria is a stunning coastal villa with a private pool, heated spa pool, sauna, hot tub and Turkish steam room, creating the backdrop for every guest to feel like they are in the middle of a glamourous action movie. Just a short drive from upmarket Portofino and the plethora of beaches along the coast, this seven-bedroom villa creates the true James Bond experience. Tuscany Now & More’s exclusive concierge team can arrange unique experiences for aspiring secret agents to live out the glamorous James Bond lifestyle, including wine tours and private chefs in the villa’s incredibly designed kitchen. The layout of the villa and immaculately-kept garden is designed so guests are always in full view of the coastline and the magical panorama in the evening. The Riviera lights sparkle and shine on the waterfront, and the sunsets from the pool terrace of this villa are For Your Eyes Only from this unique and exclusive villa.

Tuscany Now & More offers Bellaria from £8,901 a week.

Podere Nuccioli – 6 Bedroom villa sleeps up to 12 people

The ultimate luxurious hideout set on a hillside surrounded by olive groves, Podere Nuccioli is perfect for guests who want to live out the 007 lifestyle. Located just 15 minutes from Florence, but with incredible views of Fiesole and the fields below, the villa is the ideal viewpoint to spot Bond villains.  From the moment guests arrive at the property, they will be certain that their holiday will have a licence to thrill. Gates lead up to the beautiful villa and immaculately-kept garden, as well as a superb heated swimming pool that overlooks the hillside, truly disagreeing with the suggestion that The World is Not Enough. Podere Nuccioli’s spa room and gym help every secret agent to prepare for and relax after their secret agent mission. The villa amalgamates typical Tuscan charm with contemporary art and design, helping guests to feel immersed within a glamorous Bond lifestyle, just like they’re on the film set for No Time To Die.

Tuscany Now & More offers Podere Nuccioli from £ 5,566 a week.


Ciclopica – 7 Bedroom villa sleeps up to 12 people

With A View to Kill, Cicopica is one of the most sophisticated villas available to rent on the Tuscan Coast. Overlooking the coastline, the villa sits directly above the port of Cala Galera, creating a prime spot for guests to marvel at the glamour of the luxury yachts or the famous white sand beach of La Feniglia below. Within just a short drive in their Aston Martin or an alternative mode of transport, guests will arrive at two charming towns, Orbetello and Porto Ercole, which offer sophisticated shops, bars and restaurants. The villa boasts a private swimming pool, gym, sauna and billiard room, creating the perfect location for guests to unwind after a mission. The villa additionally offers a large barbeque and lawns with a working vineyard and vegetable garden. A truly magical property that makes every guest feel there certainly is No Time to Die.

Tuscany Now & More offers Ciclopica from £8,040 a week.

For more information visit www.tuscanynowandmore.com or call 020 7684 8884

Introducing Jolie.

Introducing Jolie. New collection from BERTA fashion house.

From the BERTA fashion house, introducing a new bridal line that is set to completely disrupt the bridal industry as we know it.

No longer will the distinction between high end bridal couture dresses and mid-level dresses be as clear cut as it used to be. With the use of new special craftsmanship techniques, unique materials & fabrics, we were able to create a bridal line that is the perfect golden path between the two. High quality and fine materials, with a price tag that will surprise even the most veterans of the bridal industry. We call it jolie. bridal.
With a brilliant and effortless design style, which varies from sophisticated boho to dramatic glam, this new line has it all. Bringing a new and refreshing take to bridal design, in a novel approach to what a bride is and what her boundaries are when choosing a dress for her big day. If there are any.

The jolie. color palette is on the ivory range – from very light ivory, through champagne tones and all the way to different shades of nude. Each creation has its own color within this range, that in many ways gives it its personality. The colors chosen for each creation weren’t random and they are meant to elevate each design in its own way.

The first introduction of jolie. comes now in this new S/S 2021 debut collection. The images best represent the spirit of jolie. – chic, effortless and confident. The collection will arrive in stores starting July 2020. Bridal, but make it fashion.

Arabian Nights to Remember

Arabian Nights to Remember with Kempinski Hotel Muscat

The Kempinski Hotel Muscat in Oman is an up and coming honeymoon destination. Whilst staying at this mesmerizing Muscat hotel, couples and loved up impresarios will enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf of Oman, sensational service and experience the ultimate romantic Arabian escape. The Kempinski Hotel Muscat is delighted to introduce the Ultimate Romantic Escape, a special package for couples and honeymooners to celebrate a special occasion or time together.

Muscat, the elegant capital of Oman, provides a rich culture to explore by visiting sites such as the Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House or exploring the Mutrah Souq.
The Kempinski Hotel Muscat is perfectly located on the beachfront allowing couples to experience a little bit of everything in Muscat. With 6km of beautiful beach on your doorstep, couples will enjoy long romantic walks and cooling dips in the ocean while soaking in the sensational scenery. Enjoy an enchanting atmosphere with your loved one dining under the stars at Zale Lounge, the most exclusive beach-front venue in town.

Oman truly is the perfect destination for a tranquil escape, and the staff at Kempinski Hotel Muscat will be waiting on you hand and foot to ensure you have the most heavenly honeymoon. For couples looking for a little more privacy, there is an adults-only pool as well as the main hotel pool and children’s pool.

Kempinski Hotel Muscat is offering a package for the Ultimate Romantic Escape, designed for honeymooners to celebrate their love in the magical surroundings. The offer is available until 31st December 2020.

Nightly rates start from GBP 170 ++

For more information please visit www.kempinski.com/en/muscat/kempinski-hotel-muscat

Ultimate Romantic Escape package includes:

  • 20% off best available rate
  • Sumptuous breakfast buffet
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Complimentary bed of roses setup
  • A 30 minutes Couple Massage at Kempinski The Spa one time per stay
  • One Candlelit dinner experience at Zale

Cream of the crop

A stunning showcase of what Scotland’s finest suppliers have to offer.


Yester Estate

Jacqueline Anne Photography

Hair and Makeup
Rosie Fraser of That Rosie Glow

Feather Grass Florals

Rachel Jackson

Model Team Scotland

Littys Larder

Calligraphy & Paper Goods
Scribble and Script and Paper Chain, Nova Scotia

Pan Pan Bridal for Caroline Castigliano and Jenny Packham Bridal

Damsel in a dress

The Lake District’s Coniston Mountain Rescue help create our most epic shoot yet…

When thinking about creating a styled shoot, we always want to make it something different, something spectacular.
So after driving past this venue numerous times, we contacted the fabulous Amy and Yew Tree Farm was the location of choice, as they have just started in their Wedding Venue journey. Not that it was a hard decision! Surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Lake District fells and with the breathtaking rustic beauty of the venue itself, it was perfect for something which some people would think was a bit crazy, but for us was just our imaginations running into overdrive.

This is when the ‘Damsel in a Dress’ idea became a reality, and with the help of Amy and Jo at Yew Tree, we created a wonderland of scenes encompassing the theme. With gorgeous models to work with, a team from the amazing Coniston Mountain rescue, plus a horse, this shoot was simply epic!

The Damsels in dresses worked their way around the once home of Beatrix Potter and embraced everything that we threw at them including, horses, sheep, chickens, cats and dogs! We then had the added assistance of the amazing Coniston Mountain Rescue team, who gave us some of their valuable time to truly create a Damsel in a Dress scene, with smoke flares and stretchers included.

Being in such a stunning location enabled all suppliers involved to really experiment and go a bit wild with our ideas, and the teamwork shown throughout made this styled shoot a success in every way.



Yew Tree Farm, Coniston


Brackens of Bowness

MakeUp by Polly Winder

Claire’s Hair Lounge
(Claire Donald)

Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms

Cakes by Alison Fawkes

Lakes Letters

Daisy @daisyfinniganx,
Perry @perryduggan
Katrina @Katrinaaduggan
& Laura @lauracadilla

Hemswell Court – A whole lot of history

Recently we were part of an incredible photo shoot that took place at Hemswell Court, a venue imbued with the rich heritage of Lincolnshire’s relationship with the RAF. Hemswell Court is situated in Hemswell Cliff an area first used as an airfield for military flying as far back as 1916 as part of the expansion of the Royal Flying Corps. The landing ground was developed into a proper training airfield but returned to agricultural use after the end of the First World War until the RAF expansion in the 1930’s saw RAF Hemswell established.

Known as Hemswell Court today, this building began life as the Officers Mess and during the 2nd World War was an integral part of RAF Hemswell which was home to numerous squadrons including Avro Lancaster, Avro Lincoln & Mosquito de Havilland. The site was also home to many airmen and women from across Europe. Following the end of the II World War the site continued to operate as an RAF airfield with the grounds being used in the 1955 film ‘The Dam Busters’. In 1974 the site was de-commissioned and sold privately in the early 1980’s undergoing many different uses including the now well known Hemswell Cliff Antiques Centre.
Across the road the Officers Mess underwent its own transformation opening first as a hotel, then as a private home for a short period of time then back to a hotel lovingly managed by MD Shaun Lees who is also the head chef and wedding coordinator. This incredible venue achieved listed building status as Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest: it has a fine neo-Georgian composition with carefully judged proportions and good quality building materials;
Interior: the interior treatment displays the spatial quality and understated refinement typical of the neo-Georgian idiom;
Degree of survival: the layout, fixtures and fittings of the reception rooms in the central range survive with a high degree of intactness, and overall the external composition and configuration remains close to its original form;
Historic interest: it is a well-preserved example of its type, that encapsulates the aims of the post-1934 Expansion Period in the lead up to World War II. It was home to two of the squadrons that were involved in the earliest action of the war, and featured prominently in the acclaimed 1954 film The Dam Busters;
Context: it retains its immediate contemporary setting, character and relationship to other buildings, including the carefully designed layout of the tree-lined approach road and the green around which the Officers’ housing is arranged.

What more could you want from your wedding venue than stunning surroundings combined with such a rich heritage?

‘The idea for the photo shoot really came about because I wanted to recognise the journey this venue has been on during its life adapting to changes and to celebrate and pay homage to the people involved in ensuring this incredible place continues to thrive. The ethos of Bridal Reloved Caistor is all about reuse, recycle, upcycle and supporting brides and grooms to achieve their wedding vision without compromising on quality, choice or style. This shoot seemed like a great way to celebrate some of the incredible heritage we have in Lincolnshire and how Hemswell Court has not only survived but thrived and become a much loved and much sought after venue in the county now recognised as Lincolnshire’s premier 5 star wedding, banqueting and conference venue.

The first step was to seek out a photographer who could capture the essence of what we were trying to do and tell the story of this unique wedding venue. I was immediately taken with Gary’s style and was totally convinced he ‘got it’ not just because of his enthusiasm for the shoot and what we wanted to achieve, but also he is such a nice guy with a fabulous ‘person centred care’ approach to everyone he meets. I knew we were in safe hands as soon as we met.
It was then time to bring in a wedding and event planner, I know how valuable this can be to organise and coordinate the shoot and keep us all on track, so Jayne joined our fledgling crew.
An initial meeting with Shaun went well, although by his own admission Hemswell does very well with weddings so he was intrigued as to what we could bring that was different. With Shaun convinced we were keen to respect his much loved venue, and create something that would reflect its character the search was on for likeminded and passionate suppliers and volunteers to bring a vision to life that reflects the heritage and unique character of this incredible venue and I think these guys really pulled it out of the bag.

We were very blessed to have Laura in charge of venue décor, dressing the rooms and large fireplaces in breath taking style and just wait until you see the swing. Natalie kept the makeup subtle, fresh and natural for each bride perfectly complementing the theme, with Jess creating hairstyles for both ladies that suited the exquisite hair pieces lovingly created by Katy. Rich silk flower bouquets were provided by Sarah, a perfect choice for the venue and looked so good with the dresses. The amazing cake was provided by Carol, and it was so hard not to tuck into it on the day.

Our very polished groom Lee was dressed beautifully from head to toe by Darren and Rachel, and Reuben was just amazing on his first photo shoot and so polished for just 6 years old. And our absolutely gorgeous ladies Amy and Tiana graced their gorgeous designer gowns with style and elegance on their first photo shoot.

The day of the shoot presented some small challenges such as absolutely torrential rain of biblical proportions scuppering our chances of exploring the glorious gardens and our Makeover Fairy having to escape from the bathroom through a window when the door lock decided not to cooperate, shame we didn’t get that one on camera. But, as all good collaborations do we soldiered on through it, after all you don’t cancel your wedding because it’s raining. As the dusk fell, we did make it outside for Gary’s swing shots, he had been wanting to capture this all day so we braved the softly falling rain and sheltered under the magnificent Weeping Willow for what I think are some spectacular shots to end the day.

These days are always amazing to be a part of and to see these incredible Lincolnshire wedding suppliers bring their creativity to create something so special in this place that has such heritage for our county is truly humbling and I am eternally grateful for what they did on this day’.


Shaun Lees www.hemswellcourt.co.uk

Wedding dresses & veils
Gill Austin www.bridalreloved.co.uk
Bridal Reloved Caistor

Wedding & Event Planning
Jayne Thomas www.amouroccasions.co.uk

Gary Anderson www.gjaphotography.com

Make up Artist
Natalie George www.themakeoverfairy.co.uk

Hair Stylist
Jess Tatum www.short-curlys.co.uk

Hair Accessories
Katy Moxon www.evierosebridalvines.co.uk

Rebeca & Darren Comerford www.fallenhero.com

Sarah Clay www.indigoblooms.co.uk

Venue decor
Laura Bellamy www.blushvenuedecor.com

Carol Dixon www.celebrationcakesbycarol.co.uk

Amy Pickering, Tiana Birkett,
Lee Barnard, Reuben Comerford