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Wedding Showcase

Weddings at The Bedford Swan

Set on the banks of the River Ouse, The Bedford Swan is a unique 4 star 18th century hotel, boasting 113 luxury bedrooms and a selection of elegant function rooms, licensed for both intimate ceremonies to larger traditional weddings of up to 250 guests for a reception.

SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2014

Spectacular Fashion Show

THE CORN EXCHANGE St Paul's Square Bedford, MK40 1LE

Doors Open:

11am - 4pm FREE entry, bubbles, canapĂŠs and goodie bag Plus a free copy of Affinity Weddings Magazine for all Brides! Everything you need for the perfect wedding all under one roof

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The Bedford Swan Hotel is an 18th Century Hotel full of character and history with a unique setting overlooking the River Ouse in the heart of this historic market town. Offering a range of highly distinctive, character rooms to hold your civil ceremony and reception, The Bedford Swan Hotel is an ideal location for a truly stunning wedding and a lifetime of happy memories. Our all inclusive wedding packages have been meticulously designed to take the stress out of your special day. From the moment you book your wedding to the day itself, our dedicated team will assist you with your preparations paying attention to even the smallest of details. We also pride ourselves on the ability to cater for individual, tailor-made weddings, so whatever your needs, do get in contact to arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements with us. Our aim is to ensure you have the day you’ve always dreamed of.

To arrange a viewing or for more information call us on 01234 346565 or email weddings@bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

The Bedford Swan Hotel, The Embankment, Bedford MK40 1RW


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Welcome...

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The dress edit Gold rush Get gorgeous Yellow peril

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Brides to be that have got engaged since our last issue – Welcome to a very special time in your life it’s going to be a fun, exciting and emotional rollercoaster ride, one that we will try to help you with every step of the way. With lots of planning and organising your dream wedding, Affinity Weddings is all about making that task a little easier as we guide you through invitations, venues, cakes, flowers, your dream dress, your honeymoon plus loads more as well.

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Not only that, don’t forget to visit us at our Affinity Wedding Showcase on Sunday 23rd March 2014 and on Sunday 2nd November 2014 at The Corn Exchange in Bedford. We will have all the suppliers you need for your special day all under one roof. For more details turn to page 6. So get organising, take your time, try those dresses on, check out those romantic venues and remember to ENJOY, after all you are planning for the biggest day of your life!

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Happy Wedding planning, see you later in the year

Jane x

Cover Look Stella York

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Affinity

Wedding Showcase

SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2014

Spectacular Fashion Show

Open: THE CORN EXCHANGE Doors 11am - 4pm St Paul's Square Bedford, MK40 1LE

FREE entry, bubbles, canapĂŠs and goodie bag Plus a free copy of Affinity Weddings Magazine for all Brides! Everything you need for the perfect wedding all under one roof

www.affinitymag.co.uk

jane@affinitymag.co.uk


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The Millhouse Hotel is the perfect backdrop for your special day with ample space for you and your guests to feel relaxed Our Unique and peaceful location offers the following; · Marquee up to 120 seated guests · Licensed room to hold the ceremony itself · Music, from a solo harpist over dinner through to a dj or live band in the evening · Your choice of wedding menus including breakfast, lunch or dinner (separate choices for kids too) plus your choice of reception drinks and canapé options · 9 Bedrooms available for one or more nights as required all including breakfast · Exclusive booking for the entire hotel

Please contact us for more information or to arrange a personal meeting to discuss your requirements Mill Road, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1NP T: 01234 781678 F:01234 783921 info@millhouse-riverside.co.uk

www.millhouse-riverside.co.uk Millhouse Hotel and Riverside Restaurant @millhouse_hotel


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MOGGERHANGER PARK - SIMPLY UNDISCOVERED -

LATE AVAILABILITY OFFER July 12th 2014 Exclusive Venue Hire only £2,500 incl VAT Create your own unique country house wedding at Moggerhanger Park, a stunning grade 1 Georgian House designed by Sir John Soane and landscaped by Humphry Repton Our Chapel is licensed for Christian ceremonies Ensuite guest accommodation is available in the Main House and Groom’s Annexe www.moggerhangerpark.com danielle@moggerhangerpark.com 01767 642 022


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The Dress Edit


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Art Deco

MoriLee


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Bria Ronald Joyce

Melissa Sweet £895 David's Bridal

Eden Jenny Packham

David's Bridal £595

Florence Jenny Packham

Rosa Ronald Joyce

Olma Pronovias Kitty Alan Hannah


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Fairytale Princess

Rainelda Ronald Joyce


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Lusan Mandongus

MoriLee Stella York

Angelette Sottero and Midgley

Jewel Sottero and Midgley

Chrystele Sottero and Midgley

Ballerina Suzanne Neville Katherine Badgtley Mischka


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Hollywood Glamour Elie by Elie SaabLouisse


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Morilee

Ginger Badgley Mischka

Stella York

Reyes Ronald Joyce

Bette Badgley Mischka

Laissa Pronovias Lester Pronovias

Marilyn Badgley Mischka


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Lace Luxe

Inspiration Lusan Mandongus


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Apolline Suzanne Neville Elie by Elie Saab Cignus

David Fielden

Oleg Cassini ÂŁ1,295 David's Bridal

Veronique Alan Hannah

Silhouette Lusan Mandongus Estelle Alan Hannah

Galina ÂŁ395 David's Bridal


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Tight Fit Ronald Joyce Regina


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Barbara Ronald Joyce

Morilee

Vera Wang £675

Galina Signature £1595

Chelsey Sottero and Midgley

Laura Sassi Holford

Blossom Ronald Joyce Stella York


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Gold Rush Acacia Earrings £25 Vintage Styler

Bracelet £25 Martine Wester

Carmella Alice Band £17 Accessorize

Bracelet POA Foli Follie

Box Cutch £45 Monsoon

Jenny Packham £26 Debenhams

Hair Comb £47 Vintage Styler

Tiara £98 Glitzy Secrets Earrings £97 K onplott1

Hair Pin £28 Glitzy Secrets

!ct Diamond Solitaire Ring £1699 Gemporia

Shoes £24.95 Spylovebuy Ring £39.99 Shimla Jewellery Lucia Clutch £49 Phase Eight Headband £155 Flo and Percy

Headband £65 Vintage Styler

Necklace £10 Debenhams Necklace £90 Martine Wester

Faith £69 Debenhams

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Triple Ball Pendant £34.99 Shimla Jewellery


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Get Gorgeous Clinique Chubby Stick Woppin Watermelon £17 Debenhams

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Bobbi Brown Classic Lip Gloss Trio £29 John Lewis

Bathina Body Oil £26.50 Benefit

Nude Beach Polish £11 bobbibrown.co.uk Bare Minerals Blusher True Romantic £19 Debenhams

Nars Nail Polish £22 Selfridges


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Clinique Superprimer Colour Correct £20 Debenhams

La Dame Aux Camelias £95

Marc Jacobs Daisy £50 Debenhams Red Roses Bath Oil £52 jomalone

Ombre Essentielle £23 Chanel Guerlain Brush £23 House of Fraser

Aerin Hand & Body Cream £36 Harrods

Get Bridal Beauty Heaven with this Season’s pastel colour palettes, sweet scented perfumes and silky smooth body lotions

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine £24 Debenhams


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Alexis Dolly Bar Shoe £79.50 Step2wo

Alice Band £6 Monsoon

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Bluezoo Waistcoat £24 Debenhams

Watch whilst your little one steals the show with any of these outfits

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Champagne Rose Petal Dress £58 Angels Face

Girls Ballet Pump £15 River Island Pageboy Set BHS

monsoon Rosie Dress £50 Monsoon Primrose Tulle Dress £56 Angels Face

Jacket £45 Monsoon

Spring Kisses Dress POA Mischka Aoki

Silver Cloud Hair Bow £8 Angels Face

Sunshine Alice Band £9 Angels Face Lord Beige & White Shoe £59.50 Step2wo

Ted Baker Jacket £57 Debenhams

Stars Over Versailles Dress POA Mischka Aoki


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Snow King Queen and

How did you meet? Rob was living in Soldeu & I was there on holiday. `We were introduced by friends in Soldeu on 7th April 2006. We kept bumping into each other at various social gatherings in the UK the following summer….others tell us that the attraction was obvious ….we finally got together on Christmas Eve 2006.

blessing in English – luckily we were put in touch with Rev Bob, a lovely man who would be visiting Andorra from Ibiza at the time of our wedding and agreed to conduct our blessing. On the day, when I arrived at the top of the mountain a group of about 50 skiers were waiting and calling my name and singing ‘Here comes the Bride’ in Catalan!! After the ceremony on the mountain our guests had an hour to change and were treated to a champagne and canapé reception in the hotel at the foot of the mountain. This was followed by a three course wedding breakfast with the usual speeches. In the evening we had a casual après ski party in a pub/ restaurant in the village. Time for everyone to let their hair down and dance the night away. We had a caricaturist for a couple of hours and danced our first dance to Daniel Powter singing ‘Cupid’

How did the proposal happen? Well we had spoken about getting married for a long time but there always seemed to be something going on in our crazy lives. Our daughter was born quite dramatically on 5th June 2011 – I was quite unwell and Rob and our baby spent 3 hours waiting for me to come out of recovery, evidently they had a long chat and decided that it was important for us to get married. He proposed in our kitchen the day we came home from hospital, lots of happy hormonal tears!!!!

What did the bridal party wear? We wore traditional bridal attire the men in frock coats with claret red cravat’s and my adult bridesmaids were in black dresses with cream fur trimmed capes – little bridesmaids were in cream dresses with claret fur trimmed capes and snow boots!!! I wore a gorgeous Sophia Tolli dress with fur trimmed bolero and heels!! Our guests were advised to dress warmly – we had an eclectic mix of furs, ski wear and the brave that came in strappy dresses!!

Where did the wedding take place? Wedding one - this was the official bit in a registry office followed by lunch at the Oxo Tower. My son and two of his oldest friends were our witnesses, doubling up as bridesmaids and photographer!!

Wedding two - We had this crazy idea that it would be amazing to get married in Soldeu. We met there and have spent many happy holidays there since…..not that my skiing ability is testament to that!! In June 2012 we went over to see if we could make it happen. The manager at the main hotel in the resort listened as we tried to explain our vision, after a few moments he said “well it is a bit crazy but I think we can” This was followed by a number of coordinated visits to the section of the resort where we would have our blessing. All of our guests would be transported to the mountain terrace by cable car and snow mobiles would transport those that couldn’t manage the short walk on the snow. Eeek this really was becoming a reality! Soldeu is a Catholic country and it was proving difficult to find someone to carry out the

What was your wedding day style? Traditional with a twist!!

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What accessories did you have? Not many actually – My adult bridesmaids wore diamante hair clips and I had diamante pins in my hair but forgot to put my tiara in!!! My best luxury item was bringing Chelsey Southam from the Hair Shop over to do our hair – I don’t think that she will mind being called an accessory!!!


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Brides Name: Debbie Sayer

Grooms Name: Robert Gordon

Date of Wedding: 27/2/14 - Chelsea & Kensington Registry Office, London 09/3/14 - Soldeu, Andorra Describe your wedding rings? We bought our wedding rings from a shop called Cool Diamonds in Hatton Garden, London. My wedding band is shaped to fit my engagement ring. We both chose white gold in the end.

What were the highlights? There were so many…..being able to carry off our dream was amazing. The fact that so many family and friends travelled to share it with us, seeing our parents and elderly relatives thoroughly enjoying the whole thing. Walking down the aisle (red snow lined carpet) surrounded by snowy mountains under a blue sky. Walking back down the aisle to Zip a Dee Doo Dah by Louis Armstrong, our two year old daughter doing her own thing during the ceremony, my 22 year old son giving me away with my father, Robs face when he saw me…….. How did it end? Late!!! We left our friends partying the night away and met up with everyone for brunch the next morning; sitting outside on a sunny terrace overlooking the slopes. Is there anything you now wish you’d done differently? Not really we had such a perfect day – my only advice would be to think about who you would like in your photos and ask your ushers to help coordinate this. We knew we didn’t want lots of formal group shots so just said take lots of pictures…..we have over a thousand wonderful shots but don’t have many of us with our parents etc

Where did you go on honeymoon? We stayed on for a week’s skiing – we enjoyed time with friends that live over there and some of our guests also stayed on so it was a great opportunity to spend time skiing with friends. What plans do you have for your future together? Lots of adventures – you know it’s never going to be dull!!!


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Cake Crumbs Sand Castle cake www.patacakepatacake.com/

Pink Peony Cake POA rosalindmillercakes.com

bellascakepantry.co.uk

George Alexander Cake £435 weddingcakesbyangel.co.uk

Vintage Pin Wheel Cake POA thecakeparlour.com

Sunset Lovebirds Wedding Cake POA thecakeparlour.com

Love Cake £695 choccywoccydoodah


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Snowy Angels £435 weddingcakesbyangel

Divine Love £250 weddingcakesbyangel.co.uk

White Chocolate and Pink Flowers Waitrose

Midsummer Nights Dream Cake £975 cakesbykrishanthi.co.uk

Colour Pop Cake £650 cakesbykrishanthi


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BOOTH BARMY Booth Barmy photo booths create memories for you and your guests to treasure forever

Let laughter fill your reception as guests queue to enjoy the photobooth receiving a copy of the pictures as a timeless memento of your special day while you look forward to relaxing later with your own copy of all the pictures in your guest book.

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Earrings £20 Debenhams

Nails Inc. , Trafalgar Crescent Nail Polish £12 John Lewis Lace Metallic Clutch £25 Accessorize

Dress £55 Marks & Spencer Maxi Dress £230 Vera Mont

Dress £185 Vera Mont

Lainie Dress £179 Monsoon

Silver Siren

Dress £230 Vera Mont

Betty Jackson £15 Debenhams

Flower Necklace £10 Next

Platinum Dress £2450 Katja Nuutinen Couture

Stephanie Dress £120 Phase Eight

Sandals £65 Lipsy

Fascinator £35 Monsoon

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Rupa £109 Monsoon


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Dress £1450 Katja Nuutinen Couture Dress £40 Jane Norman

Dress £55 Lipsy

Brightening Finishing Powder £35 Bobbii Brown

Floral Jacquered Dress £49 M&Co

Earrings £16 Accessorize

Yellow Peril Dress £59.99 Quiz

Norma Dress £360 Forever Unique Dress Izabel London

Dress £55 Very

Marc Jacobs £40 Debenhams Faith £45 Debenhams

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French Connection Dress £119.95 Thackerrys Midsummer Place, MK


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Necklace £55 Lipsy

Dress £55 Lipsy 50's Dress £25 F&F

Linea Dress £150 House of Fraser Dress £115 Betty Barclay

Debut £95 Debenhams

Kira Ring £12 Monsoon

Earrings £7.99 Quiz-Clothing

Pink Blush Dress £175 VeranMont Ocean Bloom Nail Polish £7.99 Jessica

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Dress £230 VeraMont Adora Clutch £249 Katia

Frilla Dress £750 Katja Nuutinen Couture

Ankle Strap Sandal F&F

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Dress £381 Eley Kishimoto

Floral and Feather Headband £22.95 Rosie Fox


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Fete Fantastic

How did you meet? In 1999, I was running my own travel writing company and Martin worked for the Government advising on exporting. He managed to help me win a UK Export Award.

How did the proposal happen? We have been married twice to each other! (long story). The first time Martin proposed on a romantic break in Bath and the second time I proposed to him on a cruise ship in the Med. Where did the wedding take place? On the green in our village; Pavenham in Bedfordshire.

What did the bridal party wear? Due to the informal nature of the wedding, I opted for an ivory ensemble styled on Pippa Middleton’s dress at Kate’s wedding. I’ve been told my derriere is my best feature, so the dress with a row of buttons down the back suited me perfectly. When the wedding was over, my dress was covered in grass stains and mud from the games and zip wire – but what a lot of fun I had. The bridesmaids wore Sapphire for the ceremony and soon changed into their casual gear for the games. Martin, wore a black stylish Italian suit, with a tie to match the colour of the bridesmaids dresses.

What was your wedding day style? Very relaxed, festival/fete style. We played games (rounders and football) and there was a bucking bronco and fair type activities. There were hay bales, a hog roast, a marquee, beautiful Italian style cakes, a rat pack singer, presentations (mini-Oscars theme); the list goes on and on! What accessories did you have? Simple diamond earrings, bracelet, necklace and hair slide. Also white trainers for the games! Describe your wedding rings? A simple gold band for Martin and an engraved gold band for me. The same rings we had first time around.

Brides Name: Julie Minter

Grooms Name: Martin Copland

Date of Wedding: 22nd June 2013

What were the highlights? The games were definitely the highlight. Everyone told Jules they wouldn’t work and that no one would want to play the games in their finery. In actual fact people actually turned up at the church with their trainers in sports bags! We created a buzz on Facebook prior to the wedding and the guests were very competitive. There’s a lovely image of our friend Kate, in a beautiful wedding suit and posh hat, going down a zip wire. How did it end? In a tired heap and with us having to clean up the field and village hall the next day. There’s a nice image of me cleaning out the oven. Very different to our new business venture, Celebration Fetes Limited where we take care of everything.

Is there anything you now wish you’d done differently? Yes, we would have got someone else in to organise our wedding. We found it incredibly difficult to plan our own wedding on top of the day job and we would have loved to have someone organising every final detail from a welcome drink to the thank you cards. Where did you go on honeymoon? The Cyclades in the Greek Islands, we had been island hopping to Greece ten years ago and could not think of a better more relaxing place to go to after all the stress of organising the wedding. I looked so glamorous with a heavy rucksack on my back! What plans do you have for your future together? We spent the honeymoon planning to set up Celebration Fetes and using all of our experience in the corporate events world and the network of contacts and suppliers we have built up, to make other people’s special day as memorable and unique as our own. Celebration Fetes Limited will be open for business at www.celebrationfetes.co.uk at the end of March and will specialise in organising unique festival-style weddings in Pavenham, Stevington, Rushden and Ware.

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Floral Romance

Hydrangea, Hypericum, Lisianthus and Rose Boquet

Vintage Bouquet with Memory Lane Roses Purple Bouquet Cori Cook Floral Design

Ocean Song and Memory Lane Roses Boquet

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Pink & Blue Luxe

Tie and Pocket Square BHS

Best of British Shirt £99 Marks & Spencer

NEW Cheval by Ulysse Nardin £31.000

Austen Oxford Shirt £125 Ede & Ravenscroft

Gentlemen Only Fragrance Givenchy £41.50 Debenhams

Marks & Spencer Bravao £89 Dune

Belt £25 Marks & Spencer


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Pink Cufflinks £150 Timothy Everest

BHS KonTiki Date £1,200

Hammond & Co Jacket £120 Debenhams

Jeff Banks Tie £20 Debenhams

Chancellor's Court Ceramic Cufflinks £40 retrotogo.com

Joop Homme £26 Debenhams

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Tucano Shoes £109.95 Anatomicshoes.com


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1 You’re Invited You’ll be spoilt for choice with our pick of some fabulous invitations, suited for all styles and budgets

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Blue Hydrangea Vintage Wedding Invitation £5.50 Claryce Design Black And Gold Foil Wedding Stationery £4.40 Notonthehighstreet Chalkboard & Arrow Wedding Stationery English Rose Lace Wedding Invitation Vintage Style Wedding Stationery £2 Doodlelove Wedding Invitations in Brown Kraft - Vintage Affair Hollywood Glamour Wedding Stationery Range from £1.50 PaperGrace 'Homespun' Wedding Invitation £1.50 Lucy Ledger Designs Pencil Us In £2.95 Philn Rao Studio Two Stag 'The Hunt Is Over' £1.05 Chandler Invitations Wordie Wallet Wedding Invitation £4.75 Notonthehighstreet Fairytale Castle Invitation £2.85 Bedcrumb Vinyl Record Music Themed Wedding Invitation £2.50 Magik Moments

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Bride's Name: Serena Atkins

Groom's Name: Christian Bibow

Date of Wedding: 22nd June 2013

Back to College

How did you meet? Serena was going to a poetry and food evening with a friend who developed an upset stomach, so Christian stood in for him. The friend never got another look in…

the satin was dyed duck egg, into a stunningly chic bolero, basque and pencil skirt. What was your wedding day style? Our emphasis was on bringing together our families and friends, who will support us as we learn to love each other. The afternoon was mostly very traditionally English. Serena’s father preached the sermon; the Bible readings were given by Christian’s sister (in Norwegian); Serena’s Jewish cousin Fleur (in Hebrew) and Anne (in English); finally Serena’s grandfather David (in Greek then English). Rosie played the harp. Serena’s brothers Alex and Ben gave a side-splittingly funny giving away speech, written by Bink. Christian’s speech was impromptu which is more Norwegian, and very moving. The evening was more relaxed, with several Norwegian elements such as speeches and songs, and gravadlax made by Christian himself.

How did the proposal happen? In the usual way. He asked. She said yes…. And then no… And then yes again. Christian is a very patient man.

Where did the wedding take place? In Trinity College, Cambridge, Serena’s college. They couldn’t have been kinder and more wonderful. The service was in the Chapel, and then guests spilled out into the afternoon sunshine and had the most delicious tea in the next courtyard. We were able to invite everyone we wanted, as there was no restriction on space, and guests could mill about and meet anyone they wanted. Afterwards, close family and those who had travelled from afar (Christian is Norwegian) stayed on for the evening, and we punted to a lovely field upriver leant to us by a generous landowner, where we ate supper by candlelight and danced on the grass.

What did the bridal party wear? Serena’s mother Anne found the superb Wedding Workshop in Ampthill, which has got to be the best find ever. Melanie is amazing. Serena had very definite ideas and Melanie designed everything round them. For the bride, layer upon layer of exquisite pure silk lace, which took months to source (from Northern Italy) – almost the only silk lace in the world. Every stitch in the dresses was silk, even Serena’s net petticoats, which gave her gown the most ethereal, dreamlike quality. The two bridesmaids were Serena’s sisters: for the older, Bink (in her 20s) Melanie made a bias cut gown, devastatingly simple, from the same heavy satin that was under Serena’s lace; for the younger, Rosie (10) also the same ivory satin in a bodice and long skirt, with chiffon floating over it. And for Anne,

The family member who did the most was Ben, who had just finished his Cambridge music degree and organised the music for the whole day. For the service: choral hymns with organist, gospel choir, trumpeter and Irish band. For the afternoon: string quartet and saxophone trio. And in the evening: ceilidh band, his own jazz band and close harmony group and finally his brilliant rock band, The Orphans of the Beefy Incident. We recommend him for any wedding, whatever musical style you want. facebook.com/orphansofthebeefyincident

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What accessories did you have? We very much wanted to include Serena’s grandmother, Mary. She was the loveliest person who ever lived, and she died before Christian could meet her. So Serena wore her long silk veil and pearl necklace, both of which Anne had worn on her wedding day. To hold the veil Anne found a fresh water pearl tiara (on Ebay!) Serena also wore a beautiful traditional Shetland lace knitted wedding shawl, made by Sheila Fowlie www.shetlandlaceshawls,co.uk


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Describe your wedding rings? When we got engaged, David most generously gave Christian Mary’s wedding and engagement rings, which Serena now wears.

What were the highlights? We were thrilled that so many guests told us the service was the highlight of the day. Serena will never forget walking into the Chapel and seeing so many friends, who had crossed seas and given up so much to be with us and pray and celebrate with us. It meant everything to us. And many people said how moved they were during the signing of the register, when Serena’s family sang unaccompanied her favourite hymn, It Is Well with my Soul, arranged by Ben. David, Rosie and Ben all sang solos. It will always be a very treasured moment.

How did it end? With fireworks! That’s when we left, anyway. Ben’s band went on playing for a couple of hours and guests stayed on to sleep in the marquee. Then we surprised Serena’s family by turning up for lunch on Sunday.

Is there anything you now wish you’d done differently? There was chaos over the punt embarkation because of a misunderstanding between the Council and the punt company, so guests were wandering through nettles along the river bank for about an hour. But they all said it was a great way of getting to know each other and made the day even more memorable…

Where did you go on honeymoon? Christian organised a cruise around the Baltic in a tall ship www.starclipperscruises.co.uk which Serena knew nothing about until she stepped on board and was handed a glass of champagne.

Is there anyone else you want to mention? Steven Brooks, our photographer, , was quite wonderful and has become a really good friend. Serena worked as a photographer herself so knew exactly what she wanted, and Anne nearly despaired as Serena rejected one photographer after another. She had seen Steven’s work the year before and nobody else would do. Suddenly, she remembered his name… and miraculously he was still free! stevenbrooksphotographer.co.uk What plans do you have for your future together? We're taking each day as it comes!


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Bride Beautiful at

Brampton Grange

Northampton's Hidden Gem

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Whilst Brampton Grange can cater for your every need for your wedding day, they go one step further offering accommodation for up to 15 people to stay in the main house across 8 bedrooms. There are also 3 lovely converted stable cottages a short walk from the main house. These can also be hired with the house or on an individual basis. Guests staying in the cottages will be able to eat breakfast in the main house with the other guests, with access to tennis courts and a swimming pool in your own private garden. The celebrations don't have to stop there, why not your invite your friends and family back to the house for a BBQ in the garden before ending your wedding weekend.

r ampton Grange is a stunning 18th Century elegant and romantic English Country House, set within 25 acres of lavish countryside and paired with three stunning converted barns making it the perfect setting for your dream wedding. The lavish converted barns give you the option to have a civil ceremony on site, alongside your wedding reception Your wedding reception can be held in any of the three barns with the Verona room offering a more intimate setting seating up to 60 guests. The Venice barn can cater for 94 guests, with a further option of being able to seat 116 guests in the Florence barn. The new interlinking barns mean you can dance the night away in the Venice barn with the Florence overlooking the partying from the glass balcony in a seated area, and can cater for up to 280 guests for your evening reception, which eases the need to cut down your ever expanding guest list. With a highly recommended chef, exceptional cuisine and menus tailored to your own requirements you will be guaranteed the perfect wedding breakfast!

Brampton Grange is everything you need to make your dream wedding a reality

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The Millhouse Hotel Riverside Restaurant

The Mansion House

f you are looking for a magnificent venue that is truly I unique and will ensure your event is always remembered, then look no further than The Mansion House, Old Warden Park.

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he Millhouse Hotel in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire is the perfect backdrop for your special day, set on the banks of the Great River Ouse it provides you with the perfect setting for you and your guests to feel relaxed, with endless photo opportunities in this tranquil location we strive to create something unique around which to build one of the most important celebrations of your life.

Over 130 years of age and located in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, The Mansion House, is the perfect setting for your wedding. The Mansion House has something for every taste and budget with six licensed settings for you to choose from. Choose from four beautiful and unique settings – The Mansion House, The Summer House, The Garden Marquee, and The Kenneth Russell Function Hall

Your event will be personally co-ordinated by one person who will ensure your day runs smoothly, they will be on hand throughout the planning stages to answer any questions you may have. The conservatories and dining room are licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 60 people and with a choice of the hotel or the large marquee which can accommodate up to 120 people The Millhouse has everything you need for that ‘perfect wedding’.

01234 781678 www.millhouse-riverside.co.uk

With an award-winning catering team with an excellent reputation for providing exceptional cuisine. All dining preferences and dietary requirements can be catered for, including themed menus. pride ourselves on putting you at the heart of everything we do to ensure that we provide a truly amazing experience for your special occasion. 01767 626200 www.themansionhouse.org


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The Auction House

The Park Inn by Radisson

he Auction House is an elegant and contemporary Tvenue; the décor exudes glamour, style and

sophistication based around a series of simple yet defining concepts. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies and offering reception space for 70 – 700 guests. Cleverly designed the Main Suite can be partitioned into two more intimate areas. The Sun Suite and The Amber Room, creating a beautiful atmosphere and enchanting location for your wedding ceremony and the wedding reception afterward magnificent River Ouse in Bedford, The Park S Innet bybytheRadiisson provides an ideal location for your wedding

With the help of experienced wedding coordinators, your day will be planned down to the last detail, with the capacity to host up to 360 guests in the newly refurbished County Suite and an all-inclusive wedding package that has been designed to take care of all the basics to make sure every dream wedding comes true and goes off without a hitch

The Auction House is committed to providing bespoke, unrivalled service. Everything can be tailor made to your individual needs and desires, so that you and your guests can dine in relaxation amongst the magnificent surroundings. The Auction House has been custom-designed to host your unique event. And we’ve thought of everything, from a bride’s room with salon facilities to the latest lighting that will perfectly match your flowers or wedding theme. 01582 732655 www.theauctionhouse.uk.com

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Favourite Favors 1 Favors come in all shapes and sizes, and in a range to suit everyone’s budget and style. The key is to Thank your guests with something that reflects you and your day.

1 Candle in a gift box 2 Heart Cookie Cutter Favours (pack 20) £75 Notonthehighstreet 3 Glittery Silver & Gold Mini Wedding Cracker £2.50 Froufrou & Thomas 4 Let's Celebrate' Champagne Bucket Timer £5.95 Hope and Willow 5 Little Bag of Happiness £5 Leelu 6 Marshmallow And Candy Cupcake Lollies £2.90 Cocoapod Chocolates 7 Antique Style Key Bottle Opener £3.75 Hope and Willow 8 Movie Themed Favors £1.75 loadsagift.com 9 Set of 24 Map favour Boxes £29.75 Hope and Willow 10 Personalised Favour Tins - Baroque Vine £27 Notonthehighstreet 11 Sweetie Favour Bags £1.85 notonthehighstreet 12 Glittery Silver & Gold Mini Wedding Cracker £2.50 Froufrou & Thomas 13 Personalised Matchbox Favour £4.95 Marvling Bros Ltd 14 Personalised Wedding Favour £3.99 Fingerprints Gifts 15 Print Design Personalised Wildflower Seed Packet

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Caribbean Calling Vibrant, colourful and fantastically diverse, the Caribbean provides the ideal setting for a tropical honeymoon. All of the islands extend the same warm welcome, a big Caribbean smile is par for the course everywhere you go, and although each island has its own individual character with a style to suit everyone all are welcoming and energising.

Barbados

Coral Reef Club

Barbados offers a unique blend of Caribbean cool and British tradition with a large ex-pat community, making it one of the most English Caribbean islands. It is also one of the most beautiful, with wonderful sandy beaches, a friendly Bajan culture , it has beautiful scenery and exudes pure Caribbean charm The Coral Reef Club, is a classic resort in landscaped gardens Suites and rooms are elegant with either a terrace or a balcony where you can enjoy a cocktail or two, whilst watching the sun set before enjoying some al fresco dining Seven nights in a Garden Room from ÂŁ1869pp for seven nights inc breakfast, transfers and flights


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Antigua The Inn at English Harbour

Antigua is a picture-perfect paradise of beautiful beaches and colourful Caribbean character. An idyllic location for tropical relaxation, the island boasts over 365 perfectly white powder soft beaches - one for each day of the year! The Inn at English Harbour, a beachside property on a stunning wooded headland. Suites have a terrace or balcony leading to the tropical gardens and after a leisurely breakfast it’s only a few minutes to historic sights like Nelson’s dockyard, where you can enjoy a cold beer in one of the pavement cafes overlooking the yachts of the rich and famous Seven Nights in a Junior Suite from £1890pp incl breakfast and dinner, private transfers and flights.

Biras Creek Resort

British Virgin Islands www.Turquoiseholidays.co.uk

Biras Creek offers 31 gorgeous suites set amongst 140 beautiful acres on seductive Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Only reachable by boat or helicopter from the BVI’s capital island of Tortola, Biras Creek is blissfully secluded on a narrow strip of land between two hills on a peninsula with views of three distinct bodies of water - the tranquil protected lagoon of the North Sound, the open Atlantic Ocean and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, making it the perfect location for your tranquil Caribbean break! It provides a paradise for swimming, sailing, and snorkelling at the edge of the Resort's private white sand beach and is an ideal romantic haven for honeymooners and couples. Some of the 31 suites are tucked away in lush grounds, others overlook the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, but all are serene Seven Nights in Garden Suite from £2475pp inc all inclusive meals, boat transfers, all flights, a private sunset cruise with champagne and canapés and two 30 minute massages


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Tranquil Thailand

The Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach

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The hotel has three of its own restaurants, serving a mix of Mediterranean and International cuisine, as well as bars, serving drinks whilst you laze by the pool overlooking a stretch of Naithon Beach.

huket, one of Thailand's bigger islands, is perhaps best known for its glamorous resorts and lively vibe – a destination that offers the peace and beauty of a tropical island with all the luxuries and amenities of Western life.

The more active guests can try some snorkelling, diving, or one of the many spectacular beach walks.

The hustle and bustle is fine, but the main appeal of Thailand is its peace and serenity, so the newly opened (August 2013) Pullman Phuket Arcaidia Naithon on the island's west coast might just be the place to find it. Perched on the headland overlooking the crystal water of the Andaman Sea, the hotel offers guests a tranquil and relaxing getaway with direct access to the beach making it an ideal romantic destination.

Beyond the resort as well as the island's Big Buddha landmark and Phang Nga Bay - a crop of limestone cliffs peeking out from the pristine blue sea, the location for The Man with the Golden Gun and now known as 'James Bond Island' - are all close by, you can explore the underwater beauty by snorkelling above or scuba diving below the crystal blue waters of this area.

The open-walled lobby lounge, is surrounded by reflection pools all designed to cool the interior naturally as sea breezes ripple across the surface of the water, and cascades from the cliff top down to the sea.

Located 10 minutes from the resort you can play one of the 8 world class golf courses in Phuket with panoramic views and having been graced by the best player in the world this is a golf lover’s paradise.

There are 277 rooms, all decorated in soft, pale shades; but for pure indulgence it's the Pool Villas (seven in total) that are the ones to grab; each is open plan, with a deep bathtub overlooking a private infinity-edged plunge pool where complimentary spa therapies are brought straight to you.

An ideal destination to whisk each other away to for that perfect honeymoon Holidays can be booked through Eagle Travel, Bedford www.eagletravel.co.uk

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Congratulations you ‘re getting married Not sure where to start, don’t worry we’re here to help you with your essential wedding planning guide TWELVE MONTHS TO GO... • Start to discuss the budget with your other half and parents. • Decide whether you’re going to have a civil ceremony or church wedding (then book a date with the registrar or

priest) • Visit and book a reception venue as soon as possible • Check your passport will still be valid in a years time for your honeymoon, if not get it renewed

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• Book your photographer and videographer (check the venue / church allows photos and videos) • Send out Save the Date Cards • Start to organise the music and entertainment you want • Think about what sort of catering you want and book, unless included in the venue

TEN MONTHS TO GO...

NINE MONTHS TO GO... • Start thinking about your honeymoon, it’s always good to book early • Choose your bridesmaids, pageboys, ushers and best man

• Choose and order your bridesmaid dresses • Find a florist and discuss bouquets, displays and buttonholes

EIGHT MONTHS TO GO... • If you’re getting married in a church discuss readings with the vicar/priest and music with the musicians • If it’s a civil ceremony find out what readings and music are allowed • Order invitations (not forgetting envelopes), place cards and menus

SEVEN MONTHS TO GO... • Choose and order your wedding cake, and wedding favours • Book transport for you, your parents and your attendants

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FIVE MONTHS TO GO...

SIX MONTHS TO GO...

• Book hair and make up trials to make sure you achieve the exact look you want on your wedding day

• Remind your fiancé to get his and the ushers outfits sorted • Choose gifts for your mums, the wedding party and helpers • Start looking and choose your wedding rings • Confirm your order of service with your priest or registrar, then have booklets designed and printed for your guests

FOUR MONTHS TO GO... • Get any inoculations, visas etc. that you will need for your honeymoon • Discuss hen and stag night plans with your friends

THREE MONTHS TO GO... • Choose a company for your gift list and compile it • Start to discuss and decide on the song for your first dance (this can take a while) • Send out invitations and keep an up to date list of RSVP’s • Have a final gown fitting to allow any last minute adjustments

TWO MONTHS TO GO...

• Check your groom has sorted the rings, his wedding clothes, and your wedding night hotel • Book any extra beauty treatments (fake tan, false nails etc) • Try on your whole outfit – have you forgotten anything (jewellery, headpiece, bag, shoes etc)

• Confirm final numbers with caterers/reception, arrange seating plan and write place cards • Discuss special requests with your band or DJ • Order holiday money • Enjoy your hen and stag night • Hold a rehearsal with your wedding party

ONE MONTH TO GO...

ONE WEEK TO GO... • • • • • •

Have a final hair and make up trial Pack for your honeymoon Pick up your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses Arrange for your cake to be delivered to your reception venue Reconfirm final numbers with your caterer Wear in your wedding shoes around the house

HAPPY WEDDING DAY!


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The Sharnbrook Hotel

W ith one of the most special days of your life in mind,

The Varsity Hotel and Spa

the magnificent Amalfi Suite at The Sharnbrook Hotel has been designed and built to provide the perfect wedding venue with a classical contemporary setting for you and your guests.

T he perfect location for your special day.

With its striking architecture and beautiful scenery, Cambridge is one of the most romantic places in Britain, ideal for weddings and civil partnerships.

From the moment you enquire about holding a Wedding Celebration at The Sharnbrook Hotel, we will liaise with you and create a bespoke wedding breakfast/package that suits your tastes and requirements. We can give you as much assistance as you require while also providing you with ideas to individualise your Wedding Day. With exclusive use of The Amalfi Suite's Bar, Amalfi patio area and dance floor, the Amalfi Suite can comfortably accommodate 290 guests on round tables for a wedding breakfast. A moveable wall system, allows us to adapt the Amalfi Suite to provide a more intimate environment for those smaller occasions giving us the ability to cater for a minimum 30 guest wedding breakfast.

The Varsity Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of the centre of this historic city .The perfect place to host this very special of occasions. The hotel has several elegant rooms suitable for wedding and civil partnership receptions. We have a history of hosting banquets and receptions, so you can be can assured that their special day will only ever be handled by someone in one of our experienced events team.

With direct access to the beautiful landscaped garden area, fountains and woodlands, we are quietly confident that we can fulfil your wedding day dreams. One of the hotel's unique features is the spectacular roof top garden. With breathtaking views across the whole city taking in some of the city's renowned colleges, it provides the perfect setting for drink and canapĂŠ receptions.

01234 783142 www.thesharnbrookhotel.com

The Varsity Hotel also offers seven treatment rooms perfect for relaxing prior to your special day, from manicures to pedicures, make up to massage, all are at your disposal. Our hair stylist can also assist with any special requests. 01223 30 60 30 www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk


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Chicheley Hall

The Embankment

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et within 80 acres of beautifully kept grounds, De Vere Venues Chicheley Hall provides a stunning, historic setting for your special day. The Grade I listed building is complemented by the extensive gardens which can accommodate marquees. Licensed for civil ceremonies, the main house with its bar, sitting room and dining room provides the ideal venue for intimate and exclusive wedding receptions.

is an impressive Mock Tudor Building TinhetheEmbankment heart of Bedford, with a beautiful setting overlooking the River Ouse. It currently features in Alastair Sawday’s “Special Places – Pubs & Inns Guide”.

The caterers offer sumptuous dining and will work to ensure your meal is remembered, whether it’s Champagne and canapés or a quintessentially English afternoon tea to end the day, your guests will be talking about the food for weeks to come.

Whether it’s your reception, your ceremony or both, Chicheley Hall will make sure your day is as individual, exciting and memorable as you have always imagined.

01234 868650 www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/chicheley-hall

Their private dining room is the perfect setting for a small intimate wedding breakfast with seating for up to 24 people or for a larger wedding party the private dining room can be combined with the eatery and reserved solely for use by you for your wedding, seating up to 80, or 150 for cocktails & canapes, The Embankment is the ideal place for your wedding. It also boasts 20 en suite bedrooms, including doubles with king-size beds, twins & family rooms. Four of the rooms have spectacular views over the Embankment and the River Great Ouse and will just make your wedding even more perfect.

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A Unique Backdrop Wild Rose Tents

If you're looking for something a little different for your dream wedding then look no further than Wild Rose Tents Company, a local Bedfordshire based marquee company who provide unique Raj style tents complete with authentic furnishings and optional styling services. Beautiful inside and out These beautiful, exotic tents are supplied fully lined with decorative handmade block printed inners from India adorning the ceiling and sides and creating a beautiful overall feel both inside and out. Look more closely and you discover a range of lovely detailing; scalloped edging complete with gold tassels runs around the tent, square shaped eastern style eaves create perfect structural lines, fine wooden ‘finials’ crown each corner and Arabic style doors complete the entrance. They come complete with beautiful furnishings and accessories inspired by nomadic traditions from around the world. With low level seating and tables, dark wooden framed sofas, vintage divider screens, authentic rugs, rustic table lanterns and side lamps all create an exotic and sumptuous setting for you and your guests to relax, chat and take in the magical atmosphere. Wild Rose Tents Company work with trusted suppliers to provide a full range of optional extras; dining chairs and tables, dance floors, bespoke bars, pretty bunting and fairy lights, tree and festoon lighting and AV equipment as well as other more bespoke services to suit your needs. Versatile Their tents accommodate up to 100 people for a seated meal and 200 people standing and can be configured in a number of different ways to suit your event. The sides can be easily closed, swagged, opened or removed completely which gives excellent flexibility.

The framework style of their tents means there are no obtrusive structural elements, so it’s perfect for maximising the use of space inside and there are no annoying ropes and poles for your guests to have to navigate outside, just nice clean lines giving the perfect finish. The freestanding structure also means we can offer the flexibility of positioning our tents outside on grass or hard standing but also inside, for example in a large barn, sports hall or large function room. Creating a perfect magical backdrop for your big day Paula – the woman behind Wild Rose Tent Company is a talented designer with a passion for creating beautiful inspiring environments. Her wealth of knowledge, experience and a fascination of applying simple yet innovative ideas to transform spaces into magical settings has led her into discovering the beauty that unusual tents offer, as a wonderful alternative setting for that special day.

Paula prides herself in providing a personal service with attention to detail being foremost, offering an open upfront pricing policy with no hidden extras so you can budget with confidence from the start. Using her beautiful tents as the backdrop, layers of optional styling and her flair for design, she can perfectly create the mood and atmosphere to transport you and your guests to a perfect, magical place for your event. www.wildrosetents.co.uk


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Set on the banks of the River Ouse, The Bedford Swan is a unique 4 star 18th century hotel, boasting 113 luxury bedrooms and a selection of elegant function rooms, licensed for both intimate ceremonies to larger traditional weddings of up to 250 guests for a reception.

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