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20. CHARMED Dazzling frocks for bewitching bridal style

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26. HOT FROCKS New season styles for fashion forward brides

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36. SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY Aromatic inspiration for choosing your bridal fragrance 38. GRAND DESIGNS A platinum ring spells a lustrous touch of luxury

40. SUGAR AND SPICE Pretty dresses for utterly adorable flower girls 50. HERE COMES THE GROOM Style special for the man of the moment

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Four Way Print, Launceston Cover image Dress Maggie Sottero Pirouette www.pirouettethecollection.com Location Kitley House Hotel Model Lauren Gill Photography Andy Green/Harrera Images www.harreraimages.co.uk © wed magazine. All rights reserved. Nothing in this magazine may be published without written permission. While reasonable steps are taken to check the accuracy of the content within this publication, wed magazine cannot take any responsibility for any mistakes or omissions or the views of our contributors

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FEATURES

46. PRETTY WOMAN The low down on boudoir photography

52. THE FIRST DANCE DILEMMA Which song to choose? One man deliberates 54. THE FOOD OF LOVE Aphrodisiac ideas for a mood-inducing menu

62. TEA TIME Let these delicious tea party ideas whet your appetite

66. ONCE UPON A TIME... Historic wedding venues for a party in the past 82. UNDER PRESSURE Ride out the pre-wedding tensions with this expert advice

86. SWEETER FOR LONGER Make that loving feeling last with these top tips

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6. BRIDAL BUZZ What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on

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with Let’s start with the dresses. ‘Amazing Grace’ blends old school elegance while , romance timeless of visions intricate embellishment to create dreamy ‘Charmed’ submerges us in vivid and beguiling visions of bridal beauty.

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90. BEDDING BELLES Gorgeous bed sets inspired by nature

s. This issue, we’re revelling in a world of glamour and sensory pleasure fine From jaw-droppingly beautiful gowns and seductive fragrances to relax back, sit to prepare bites, siac wines and tongue-tingling aphrodi

Devon’s Seeking a nostalgic backdrop for your wedding? Then prepare to fall for not elegant, an makes party tea a as And most enchanting historic venues on p.66. invite we , wedding to mention achingly hip, accompaniment to a vintage inspired you into a world of tea and pretty crockery in ‘Tea Time.’ for Don’t miss our relationship special, which offers some expert guidance to get time it’s ladies, And maintaining pre-wedding and post-wedding harmony. wedding ready for your close-up as we investigate the steamiest trend to hit the and setscene: boudoir photography. It’s fast becoming as standard as a hair trial why. out find we – ions to with the in-laws during the bridal preparat Now grab that nice cup of tea, snuggle into the sofa – and enjoy! Rebecca

74. THE VENUE Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Devon 94. GOT WED Newly weds share a glimpse of their day 106. TROUBLE OR STRIFE? Your wedding dilemmas resolved

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Hotfoot it to Ottery St Mary's new boutique, Maroli Bridal, and prepare

to swoon at the cream of couture draping off every rail. As the exclusive flagship store of international designer, Sarah Houston, the boutique is awash with exquisite and intricate designs.

The to-die-for dresses of the Couture Collection exude a bohemian vintage aesthetic, fusing a timeless romanticism with old world charm and a nod to contemporary style. From flirty and sensuous to classically chic, each distinctive design is a vision of lush satin crepes, silk chiffons and organza that feel heavenly to wear. Maroli Bridal will be one of the only boutiques in the country to have access to Sarah’s special line of limited edition dresses for the first full season of their introduction. Adding the lavish Expectant Collection of comfortable, elegant and luxuriously silken gowns for pregnant brides to the range, there's plenty of individual and exquisite choice, whatever your form. 01404 814262 | www.marolibridal.co.uk

FLORAL FANTASIES Anyone who can boast decorating Elton John's yuletide home is well worth their floral salt. Master Florist Amanda Randell’s

credits extend as far as designing bouquets for the Royal Family

amongst an eclectic mix of other clients and projects. And the even better news? She's based in Tavistock where her expert

advice and flamboyant creations are available for brides-to-be. Amanda's freelance service is both bespoke and focused, modified for every couple and wedding whilst maintaining her renowned creative and

professional edge. “I love meeting brides – each has a unique personality and finding out what appeals to them is a great opportunity for good

design,” she comments. An innate fascination for floristry and all things natural drives her exquisitely unique creations, and with her ability

to compose arrangements for any budget, you can look forward to dramatic contemporary designs without breaking the bank. 01822 833930 | www.randellcox.co.uk

visions of beauty Having created hundreds of individual looks across the country, Charmaine Cox and Sarah Bryant of Harmony Hair and Beauty are expertly at hand to style and beautify for the day of 'I dos'. Using Bare Escentuals mineral make up, the experienced makeup artists and hair stylists specialise in creating a natural and flawless look in order to highlight your best features. They are able to travel to your home or venue or, alternatively, you can escape to the salon for some relaxed all-about-you pampering. Go glam or sweetly subtle with their extensive range of products, tips and trade secrets that all combine to create a swoonsome and stress-free bride. 01752 863528 | www.harmonyhairandbeauty.com

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You might have perfected your bridal look, but don’t forget your mother. If she’s been distracted by your clothing concerns and neglecting the importance of her own wedding attire, it’s time to introduce her to the delights of Prudence Gowns. Stocked with some premier designers including Linea Raffaelli, Sarah Danielle, John Charles, Jaego, Expelt, Montage, Mon Cheri, Cameron Blake and Mashiah, the choice of styles and colours is extensive – and the result? Seriously chic. While your mum’s rifling through the rails, cast your eye (if you haven’t already) over the Plymouth boutique’s stunning selection of bridal gowns from designers such as Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgley and Hollywood Dreams, as well as bridesmaid dresses from the likes of Kelsey Rose, Raylia, Forever Yours and Alexia. 01752 558858 | www.prudencegowns.com

glorious designs From the big smoke to her own self-grown Devonshire garden, Joanna Game has cultivated a classy and conscientious floral business. Bringing with her a range of expertise and experience across private houses, hotels and marquees alongside weddings and corporate events, her ethos is one of original, unique and highly creative designs using scented, colourful and seasonal flowers. Based in Chagford within the Dartmoor National Park, she has dedicated a space in her own garden to cut flowers to contribute to her arrangements, believing that sourcing locally and within the UK whenever possible is of utmost importance. This year, Joanna has expanded her business by adding a purpose built florist’s studio, allowing her to meet and entertain clients, as well as formulate ideas, within an apt and inspired environment. 01647 231657 | www.joannagameflowers.com

PRETTY PERFECT Fresh from their triumph at the 2009 Westcountry Wedding Awards, Sitting Pretty is transforming the interiors of receptions across the region. An implicit eye for detail, combined with a wide portfolio of both corporate and wedding experience, their chair covers are tailored thematically and stylistically with professional flair. The covers are professionally laundered and pressed to ensure perfect presentation, achieving a personalised finishing touch with either a taffeta, silk or organza sash available in no less than 80 colours. With a new range that extends the white and ivory chair covers to chocolate brown, black and fuchsia, their modern take on the details will allow you to enjoy your sumptuous surrounds with utmost ease and style. 07736 945120 | www.sittingprettysouthwest.co.uk

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She’s the only photographer to be named as a finalist in the Westcountry Wedding Awards for the past two years, and now Sorcha Holloway has netted two prestigious awards. Winning both the first and second place of the Master Photographers' Association South West Region Award for the ‘best ten images from a single wedding’ is testament to her consistently high performance. Recognised by her countless satisfied customers whose appraisals can be viewed alongside the winning photography on the website, Sorcha believes in delivering the best individual service possible and creating top photographic products to last a lifetime. Sorcha, who is accompanied by her husband Tim as a second photographer at weddings, also covers destination weddings: she recently covered her first wedding in Italy and regularly shoots weddings in Ireland. With such personalised and dedicated attention, it's the clients that truly reap the rewards of her distinctive work.

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t s i w t a h t i w s t gif If you’re looking for a bespoke and beautiful gift,

whether it’s for a bride, bridesmaid or groom, the quality heirloom collection from Chambers and Beau is a sensational place to start. Based in Ashburton, award-winning designer Amy Elson

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crafts a range of striking sterling silver jewellery, which can be customised with names, dates and messages. Choose a necklace for a personalised and pretty bridal accessory, an ID bracelet for a unique bridesmaid gift and a keyring or cufflinks stamped with the wedding date for the groom. www.chambersandbeau.com

wedding superstition…

It is good luck for a bride to glance in the mirror just before she leaves for the wedding. But it is bad luck to return to look in the mirror after she has begun her journey.

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Imagine looking out to sea, soaking up the atmosphere in the grounds of a country house or sipping your champagne as the sun sets over the Cornish landscape . With a marquee from Truro Marquees, you choose the location. Marquees allow you to create your own space: magical, romantic and exclusively yours.

Truro Marquees and Catering provide a range of all inclusive wedding packages, including midweek and winter wedding discounts. Call us now to discuss your wedding plans on 01872 278593 email on frandagnall@talk21.com

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hot dates

What’s on in wedding world...

Fox and Hounds Hotel wedding fair Eggesford, Chulmleigh 24 January 11am-3pm

A feast of wedding inspiration, from gowns and cakes to entertainment and photography, plus a chance to explore the superb country venue.

WIN JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FRAGRANCES

Ooze style and sex appeal for your nuptials courtesy of French fashion giant, Jean Paul Gaultier’s astronomically popular his and hers scents ‘Le Male’ and ‘The Classique’. The must-have fragrance duo for the chic and sublime smellin’ bride and groom, we have two sets to give away to you, our fabulous readers. To be entered into the draw, simply sign up to the Wed newsletter on www.wedmagazine.co.uk

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Joey the Lips live Kitley House Hotel 29 January 7.30pm till late Popular wedding band perform their repertoire of sensational soul tracks live in the grounds. Tickets £19.95 to include a light supper. Viewings of marquee designs and furnishings from Hatch Marquee Hire available from Thursday 28-Sunday 31 January. Call 01548 550322 to arrange your viewing. 01752 881555 www.kitleyhousehotel.com

Real Brides Show St James High School, Exeter 20-21 February 10am-4pm Spring bridal extravaganza for all your wedding planning needs, including floral design, cakes, transport and photography to bridal fashion shows, talks, demonstrations and delicious catering samples. 0845 345 1624 www.realbrides.co.uk

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Amazing Grace

Bridal fashion falls for scene-stealing glamour, blending gorgeous embellishment and statement accessories Photography Harrera Images

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AMAZING GRACE

Jenny Packham Pirouette Ostrich feather stole Pirouette

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Headpiece and pendant

Sottero and Midgley Pirouette Feather Pirouette

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Location

Kitley House Hotel

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Nathan Plumridge, Energy Hair, Exeter 01392 211817 | www.energyhair.com Model

Lauren Gill Photography

Andy Green/Harrera Images www.harreraimages.co.uk Assisted by Jessica Farmer Dress stockist

Pirouette The Collection

The House That Moved 24 West Street Exeter 01392 432643 | www.pirouettethecollection.com

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C H A RM E D Photography Janine Hall Photography

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Take centre stage in a bewitching vision of dazzling headwear, opulent beading and lavish layers of tulle

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style | BRIDAL FASHION | CHARMED Hair Jamie Sullivan The Hair Priory www.thehairpriory.co.uk Make up Sam Short The Hair Priory www.thehairpriory.co.uk Model Leanne Ward Agency Glenbeigh Model and Promotions Agency www.glenbeigh.co.uk Photography

Janine Hall Photography

01752 841741 | www.janinehallphotography.com Styling

Janine Hall Photography Thanks to Ray of Aladdins Cave in The House That Jack Built on the Barbican, Plymouth Dress stockist

The Ivory Tower

60 Salisbury Road, Plymouth 01752 266532 | www.theivorytower.co.uk

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Feathers BOHEMIAN LIKE YOU

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feature | HOT FROCKS | DRESS SHAPE

hotf Mori Lee, The Ivory Tower www.theivorytower.co.uk

Maggie Sottero, Prudence Gowns www.prudencegowns.com

The new mood in bridal wear revels in chic silhouettes, luxe fabrics and bold details. Your lust list begins here‌

words Hannah May

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DRESS SHAPE Hollywood Dreams, Prudence Gowns www.prudencegowns.com

Feathers of Isca www.feathersofisca.co.uk

Sarah Houston, Maroli Bridal www.marolibridal.co.uk

tfrocks Forget tiptoeing down the aisle and put a fashionista foot forward with a bang on

trend. Wedding wear is as eclectic as it’s ever been so don’t do yourself a disservice

by donning the first dress that fits. Scour the rails and catwalks for an inspired dress

to ensure an individual statement of style. Let our trend showcase get you started …

shape From the generally favoured ball gowns and columns, shape has entered new sculpted territory. Form flaunting and figure hugging numbers are finding their way into boutiques the world over. With sneaky in-built support and clever silhouetting, every body shape can be catered for so long as you maximise your assets.

Maggie Sottero, Pirouette www.pirouettethecollection.com

The hourglass shape is as now as it is classic, and the feminine form has never been so self-indulgent. Curves are embraced with smooth lines and spill-out bustiers, achieved in a stylish yet suggestive way. Flashing a little flesh, whether it’s the décolletage, back or legs, is symptomatic of current dress shapes, which draw on one or two bodily areas as focal points. Boudoir chic via babydolls and lingerie inspired gowns evoke bridal fashion’s ongoing love affair with a soft and romantic female form. Mermaids, Grecian and slinky sheath shapes are particularly en vogue. Fitted frocks can look spectacular, especially with flared floor-length hems, or, for taller frames, trumpeted or bell shape skirts that kick out at calf or knee length. Big skirts spark an image of princess chic and can accentuate curvier figures, allowing you to work your cleavage for an impact look. Modernise the look with tiered skirts or flashes of colour, either in the underskirts or through detailing such as sequins, pleats or patterning. Draped bodices and relaxed fabrics skim the bust and hips to convey clingy coolness, and can be cinched in at the waist if desired. Waistlines tend to be high, sitting just under the bust, or low on the hips. As a part of the original shape or a self-style feature using ribbons or belts, outlining your waist can instantly transform and personalise your outfit.

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style Flit between eras, influences or elements of style, selecting those that best suit your shape, personality and wedding theme. In this way, you may accessorise a simple ‘60s shift with retro ‘70s chunky jewellery or combine a tulip skirt with a vintage lace bodice. Era wear is a great source of inspiration. In particular, the ‘40s and ‘50s are falling on either side of prom queen or flirty kitsch – a more structured, simplistic look versus a flirtier and fussy ensemble – and anything else in between. ‘60s maxi dresses and bohemia are still en vogue, ranging from hippie chic to floral goddess to all-over lace. Empowerment may be another keynote as shoulders Justin Alexander, Vu's Bridal Ian Stuart, The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood www.vusbridal.co.uk www.bridalrooms.co.uk

are definitely on the stand out. Architectural and asymmetric, there’s an Amazonian look to the shoulder area that is at once ‘80s shoulder pad go getting or subtly sweet. A few tiny flowers creeping from bust to back or a single spaghetti or halter neck strap is suggestive of the trend. Otherwise, go hell

Sarah Houston, Maroli Bridal www.marolibridal.co.uk

for leather with over-accented MC Hammer-esque structures. Hems are another statement design feature; from sweeping floor length to calf, knee, above the knee and mini – any length can be worked with sassy style. Certain lengths work better alongside specific styles: for example, minis can smack of Guns ’n’ Roses music video glam or modern daring, whereas tea length has a distinct ‘40s feel.

Mori Lee, The Ivory Tower www.theivorytower.co.uk

Ian Stuart, The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood www.bridalrooms.co.uk

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details Punctuate some chromic detailing into your outfit. If you’re keen for a more classically understated look, a simple dash of black via jewellery or dress detailing reflects the monochrome trend that is still prominently on the scene. Go for patterning and appliqués such as brocade and floral designs in black threads for a gothic-like edge. Black pearls, jet, agates and sapphire can be incorporated into your ensemble in a number of personalised ways for a stand out appearance. For a statement piece, go for a shock of on-trend red. Whether in head-to-toe colour for a passionate, eye-stealing show or sneaky suggestions through bodices, underskirts, straps, sashes or accessories, scarlet is spectacular. Other hues making their mark include aqua and cobalt blues, hot pinks and exotic oranges, yellows and greens. Funk up your frock and add some unique self-styling with details such as pockets, belts, ribbons, corsages and feathers. Trains currently come in a range of shapes and sizes, from sweepingly wide to draped out back flares or multi-layered skirts. On the veil front, mini is the height of chic. Worn as veiled hats or headbands for a debonair look, think demure headwear rather than ground skirting netting. However you juxtapose, rehash, update or invent, it’s the overall image to keep in mind. That way, not only will your

Sarah Houston, Maroli Bridal www.marolibridal.co.uk

look be effortlessly and enviably now, but forever yours.

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feature | HOT FROCKS | DRESS FABRIC Justin Alexander Pure, Vu's Bridal www.vusbridal.co.uk

Mori Lee, The Ivory Tower www.theivorytower.co.uk

Sottero & Midgley, Prudence Gowns www.prudencegowns.com Pirouette www.pirouettethecollection.com

fabric The choice of fabric is largely dependent on style and shape. For example, floaty silks won’t support a big skirt and stiff satin wouldn’t achieve the drape required of a goddess gown. However, certain materials are striking chords within the wedding fashion realms. Charmeuse, chiffon and (taffeta) silk are notables, especially for the slinkier, body conscious shapes. In keeping with a multitude of trends, sheer sheaths make for sexy streamlining. Lace is still a fabulous forerunner. Snippets within the detailing, confined to either the top or base of the dress, or comprising the entire frock, it’s a luxe look that can be as intricate or enveloping as you desire, but will always remain timeless. The use of eco fabrics continues to generate big heat. Organic and peace silks and hemp are environmentally conscientious as well as divinely tactile. In addition, vintage finds and trims – and anything else potentially recyclable – are being reformed and utilised to muster individual and eclectic eco chic.

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Compiled by Rebecca Matthews

Luscious lips

Get your lips into tiptop smooching condition with Kiss Me Tonight lip therapy by Philosophy. Enriched with natural butters and oils, the exfoliating lip scrub is a gentle remedy for dry, flaky skin, leaving you

Bridal beauty tips, trends and top products

with super-smooth, super-kissable lips for the nuptials. www.philosophy.com

Chic treats

Parisian beauty supremos Paul and Joe do it again with their latest limited edition Collection Sparkles. Sweep the colour powder onto your lids for sexy eyes, add the luscious lipstick and hey presto! Instant gorgeousness. And how good would these super chic palettes look in your bridal bag? www.paul-joe-beaute.com

Nice ‘n’ natural

Dreaming of pretty and natural nails for the big day? You can’t go wrong with South Molton Street by Nails Inc. The bridal favourite is an uber flattering and long lasting shade of baby pink that won’t

steal the limelight from your wedding ring. You might even nab one of the cute limited edition London themed charms to mark the 10th birthday of Nails Inc. www.nailsinc.com

Party-proof lip colour

Staying power is a crucial ingredient for your bridal make-up – which makes Revlon’s Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick your new best friend. Available in 20 satiny shades including soft pinks, warm plums and colour pop red, this conditioning, colour-rich marvel will stay put through the smooching and champers through to the twilight chocolate fountain session. www.revlon.com

Pretty in plum

Whether it’s Cheryl Cole’s barnet or the key looks at the hottest fashion shows, plum is all the rage. A medley of nude, bone and velvet plum metallic shades and espresso liner, the Velvet Plum Eye Palette from Bobbi Brown will take you from the ‘I dos’ to the wedding night in beguiling and beautiful style. www.bobbibrown.co.uk

Moisture marvel

Handmade in Cornwall, the Shea Delight Body Bar from Beyond Organic Skincare promises a heavenly pampering experience, and moisturise-rich, silky skin to boot. The rich fusion of shea butter, cocoa butter and olive oil also comes in three heart shaped bars to boost the romance factor. www.beyondskincare.co.uk

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Charmaine Cox and Sarah Bryant

DRESS SHAPE

Harmony hair & beauty

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FEATURE: HAIR ACCESSORIES feature | FRAGRANCE

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words Rebecca Matthews

It might be near the bottom of your mental checklist, down with exfoliating your feet and packing your make-up remover for the wedding night, but we at Wed suggest you give your bridal fragrance a little forethought.

not to Given the intensely personal nature of choosing a signature scent, be careful those cruise your as mother or mate ning fall under the influence of your well-mea

Our sense of smell might be one of the most underrated of our five senses

perfume aisles.

but it is indisputably the most powerful where it comes to stirring memories. One whiff of the fragrance you wear on your wedding day will plunge you into a reverie of sweet reminiscence in years to come: you might see your beloved’s face as you float down the aisle, taste the creamy bubbles of champagne at your lips, or feel his arms around you as you shimmy across the dance floor. Without getting lost in analysing top notes and bases, the fragrance you wear on your wedding day can also speak volumes about your personality. It’s about creating an aura, and whether it’s one of bold sensuality, timeless romance or sassy style is entirely up to you.

Your quest for the perfect bridal fragrance begins here. Let wed stir your senses with some aromatic inspiration

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the scent When sampling a fragrance, ensure you spray it onto your skin and give session. sniffing time to develop before you have a good Choose your fragrance before your bouquet. You can then coordinate it scent of your flowers for extra impact.

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Apply your fragrance in layers. Start with the body wash, slap on the scented moisturiser and finish with the fragrance on your primary pulse points (behind knees and your ears and inner wrist) and your secondary pulse points (behind your in the crook of your elbow). Give your fragrance extra staying power by spraying a fine mist onto your your underwear, the lining of your dress and your veil. That way, you’ll be treating move. you guests to a heavenly waft every time Take a bottle of your chosen fragrance that fits into your handbag for touch throughout the day. Know when to stop. You don’t want your new husband’s nostrils to be so overwhelmed that he doesn’t fully appreciate the glorious sight of you.

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Vanilla and Anise by Jo Malone Vanilla traditionally divides camps. But forget any notions of sickly sweetness – this opulent potion blends the delicacy of the rare vanilla orchid with spicy anise and the velvety warmth of vetiver, amber and clove to create an utterly delicious scent. Oozing a rich exoticism and the vibrancy of the tropics, this sensual fragrance is a luxurious choice for summer brides. www.jomalone.co.uk

for helpless romance… Unconditional Love by Philosophy Cocoon yourself in the warm and soulful embrace of

Let Wed spoil your senses with these heavenly scents…

this passionate perfume on your wedding day. Fusing fruity notes of blackcurrant with floral notes of Bulgarian rose and white lily with warm cashmere vanilla, this love potion is a must for starry-eyed brides. www.philosophy.com

for feminine charm…

Essence by Narciso Rodriguez Pouring the many facets of femininity into one sleek and sophisticated bottle, this is a smooth, sensual fragrance with a contemporary edge. An earthy musk is blended with radiant rose petals, iris and a hint of amber to create a romantic essence for the modern, fashionforward bride. www.essence-narcisorodriguez.com

for dreamy souls…

Sweetheart by GHOST Capturing the heady spirit of the first flush of new love, this glorious concoction is a light, oriental and endlessly romantic fragrance. A zesty rush of lemon and pineapple meets an abundance of fresh florals, including lily of the valley and white rose petals. Topped off with a tasty medley of caramel and vanilla, this is a lingering and lovely choice for free-spirited brides. www.boots.com

for an individual statement…

A Scent by Issey Miyake This is nature in a bottle. The combination of hyacinth, galbanum, verbena and jasmine is like a shot of raw primal energy that is at once fresh and invigorating, yet delicate and ethereal. A suitably sublime scent for outdoorsy brides who like their style – and their fragrance – simple yet chic. www.ascentbyisseymiyake.com

for sexy ladies…

Lola by Marc Jacobs The charms of Marc Jacobs’ latest fragrance extend beyond the rather beautiful bottle. The intoxicating blend of peony, rose, pear, grapefruit and creamy musk makes a flirty and fabulous scent for vivacious brides with an eye for colour-popping style. www.lolamarcjacobs.com

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captivating the eye. , this intricate C. Extending the metaphor of circularity Simply stunning. tiae. minu its by composition is strengthened ost your love on D. Inscriptions are a fresh way to signp then scribe some your body. If tattoos are too extreme, le affirmation of your sweet nothings into your ring for a visib connection.

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pretty woman It’s the ultimate celebration of your womanhood, not to mention a sizzling gift for your groom. wed takes a peek at the hottest photographic trend to hit the wedding scene words Hannah May

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The Hollywood Picture Company Specialising in boudoir and vintage pin-up photography, The Hollywood Picture Company offers an array of options for those wishing to get snap happy. Shot for women, by women, they aim to flatter and make fabulous any shape with utmost ease. With body sculpting, posing and styling advice, combined with superb lighting, they will create a quality portfolio of shots to celebrate your individual female form. A softly lit studio provides the setting for the shoot, and with a minimum of three outfit changes, the retouched images will show a series of your sides and styles in order to fully flaunt your sultry self for this tailored experience. With packages ranging from a one hour Hollywood Test Shot to a three hour Hollywood Gift Set and images and products from prints and canvas to photo books, you’ll emerge a bone fide poster girl. 01579 351559 www.hollywoodpicco.webeden.co.uk

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You may well have successfully snagged your spouse-to-be with your best dance floor shakings, be it a humble two-step or snake hipped shenanigans. But whether you fall into the Ricky Martin or Ricky Gervais style of body popping, your loved one will always be mindful of the way you move. Some will even testify that how you work it on the dance floor is a signpost of your bedroom abilities, with rhythm and bodily coordination being at the forefront of physical union. Fair enough. So why the preamble? There is one particular movement that is storming the wedding scene. Though it focuses on the way you look, it originates from and surrounds a phenomenon that sits heavily on the way you move – seduction. Tracking back to what attracted you to your sweetheart may reveal a penchant for a posterior, spine tingling smile, soul piercing stare or alluring laugh. Why not evoke these attributes with some seductive styling and personal posing with a boudoir photo shoot? Think about it. Capturing your character in a lavish setting and exposing your sexily best side will make a fabulously unique surprise for your love and will provide a lifelong memento of a sweetly treasured time. With the inevitable procession of age, artify your assets and make timeless the more youthful and freshly in-love you. Reflecting the recent wave of New Burlesque style that is at the height of the fashion and filmic worlds, the art of the tease – reinvented by stripper-turnedposeur extraordinaire, Dita Von Teese – is a tantalising trend. Inspired by the old school glamour of 1940s’ cinema and film goddesses of an achingly nostalgic age, it’s about personifying romance in an individual way. Rather than tacky, bare-all centre folds, boudoir photography is a highly suggestive aesthetic that draws from your inner sensuality to create images that convey not only your unique beauty, but deepest fantasy. Drawing from a mixture of influences from pole dancing and fetish to dance and couture, corporeality is at the core. By boldly baring your body to the lens your self-esteem will be in overdrive, your man will melt with pride – and you don’t need to flaunt all your flesh for a sultry look. Lay down any mood and look according to your individual influences. Whether you fancy vintage Victorian, Moulin Rouge mimicry or something a little more understated, by teaming whatever elements of the art of seduction that move you most – be it corseting, eyelash batting, bustier break-outs or unabashed nudity – the stunning result will no doubt raise more than a mere eyebrow…

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The Beau Bella Studios Mixing professional photography with the region’s leading independent hairdresser and stylists, The Beau Bella Studios will transform you into a glamour puss to boot. Harrera Images and Exeter’s Energy Hair have teamed up to offer the opportunity for a full hair and make up session prior to some pampered photographic portraiture. Low-lit natural shots in a studio above the salon ensures privacy and provides every professional touch required to make you feel comfortable and confident enough to unleash your secret model. The result is a collection of images of subtlety and beauty that could sit as easily in the pages of a fashion magazine as on your bedroom wall. With shots for couples and hen nights additionally available, the all-inclusive service caters for your every whim, offering several different packages that you can revel in long after the wedding day. 01392 211817 www.energyhair.com info@harreraimages.co.uk www.harreraimages.co.uk

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Style tips for the man of the moment

smooth operator It might be a classic, but velvet is definitely at the cutting edge of style right now. A range of velvet jackets is available in a spectrum of shades for grooms who want to look as stylish as they are strokeably soft. This M&S jacket looks preppy cool with a bow tie, black trousers and white shirt. Team with Oxford lace-ups for a debonair twist on black tie. www.marksandspencer.com

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GROOM'S FASHION Simon Carter

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married to the mod Channel some retro cool attitude on your wedding day with a skinny tie. Choose a shade or print which either coordinates with the wedding colour scheme or reflects your personality; team it with a slim fit suit and lace-up shoes and you’ve got yourself one smokin’ hot grooms wear combo. These styles hit the pulse, or you could even hunt around for a vintage skinny in a statement design. Paul Smith & Simon Carter, available from House of Fraser | www.houseoffraser.co.uk

undress to impress Gents, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: don’t neglect your underwear on your wedding day. You’ll be expecting your new Missus to be sporting a jaw-droppingly sexy combo so make a little effort by dressing your package in similarly pulse-racing style. These hip pants from Marc Wallace are a good place to start: smooth, supportive and floral – she’ll love ‘em!

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bang–on barnet Textured, bed-head hair is the hottest hairstyle of the moment thanks to one Robert Pattinson. While you may want to avoid the sheer height of Pattinson’s ‘do, a toned down version makes a roguishly sexy look for your wedding day. Work a small amount of Punk Out Moulding Gunk from Tigi’s Rockaholic range through your mane for a matte hold that will last till the wedding night. www.tigihaircare.com

posh suits Get set to smoulder in a smart get-up from Peter Posh. From formal tailcoats to classic dinner suits and contemporary designs, whatever your stylistic fancy, there will be a look and a vast choice of colour combinations to suit, plus a comprehensive range of boys wear. Browse the latest selection at Prudence Gowns in Plymouth. www.prudencegowns.com

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It could turn out to be the most defining and hotly debated piece of music you’ll ever listen to. One man deliberates… words Nathan Midgley

THE FIRST DANCE DILEMMA to see The crowd don’t care much about the first song – they just want best you smooch. So unless you have taste of Birdie-Song awfulness, you’re may be advised to please yourselves. Easy, right? You wish. The audience nt. stateme mission ship relation a g indifferent, but you know you’re choosin feel you how and This is a chance to tell everyone what you think about love, is which about your partner – and a chance to do so by playing pop songs, how men communicate best. yet You want something edgy yet accessible, sentimental yet subtle, famous says Lou surprising. You suggest Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’, which sounds ideal; she At least the Reed is weird, and points out that it’s actually about hard drugs anyway. begin you board, drawing the to ‘Birdie Song’ is straight with you. As you return a pin stick simply to envy couples with no interest in music whatsoever, who can and the in Classic Love Songs Vol. 46 and get on with weighing up the panna cotta chocolate fondant. your If it helps, imagine a graph plotting the compatibility of your taste (x) against up in the respective enthusiasm for music (y). Similar taste and similar enthusiasm,

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songs top right hand corner, is a cakewalk – grab two bottles of wine, argue about final the make to for six hours and go head-to-head on Rock Band or SingStar decision. It’ll be like an ordinary Friday night.

taste. Down in the bottom right corner? Equally strong passion, totally different Dolly the for hers by That’s a wild card. If your enthusiasm for Bach is matched like table Rockers, you might be best off forgetting it and arranging something else, tennis or snake-charming. by Talking But you might also surprise one another. I want ‘This Must Be The Place’ I left her Heads, and expected to be writing about how my girlfriend disagrees. But arms around listening to it while I made breakfast, and she came downstairs, put her music neither that show to goes Which me as I fried an egg, and said, “I loved it!” simple be can song first a nor women must ever be second-guessed, and that picking after all. Now I just have to convince her to let me dance like David Byrne.

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Oysters. Asparagus. Chocolate. Over the centuries, a number of foodstuffs have been hailed as the gastronomic equivalent to candlelight, silky pants and a Barrie White soundtrack for getting us in the mood for some loving. The history of human desire is littered with fruity fruit, naughty nibbles and saucy seafood. While the Ancient Greeks celebrated the humble fig for its potent libido-boosting properties, the Romans were fuelling up on oysters and strawberries before tearing off their togas for marathon lovemaking sessions. Even Casanova had a secret weapon, ahem, where it came to his legendary bedroom exertions. Legend has it that the lothario consumed 50 oysters for breakfast each morning before hitting the cocoa beans to give him extra oomph when bedding his countless conquests. There are several types of aphrodisiac. The likes of eggs, nuts and caviar are representative of seeds and therefore key ingredients in the recipe for carnal pleasure; a second group of potent pleasure potions, which includes oysters and chocolate, are thought to have a physical effect on the body, whether it’s increasing sperm production or releasing a cocktail of pleasure in the brain. The sexual power of some foods, however, is attributed to their appearance: asparagus and bananas, for example, are lauded as love tools for their phallic shape. As the joining of two lives (and bodies, as long as the wedding night goes according to plan), a wedding comprises the ultimate opportunity to gorge on the food of love. A selection of aphrodisiacs makes a delicious theme for the canapés or a tapas style wedding breakfast. You might even tuck into a sensual meal for two the evening before or after the wedding. So forget the Horny Goat Weed, and get in the mood with this luscious selection

Sexy Aphrodisiac Style Tapas Menu Carpaccio Surf and Turf Cracked black pepper, Cornish sea salt and sesame seed crusted fillet steak Crushed cumin, coriander and pomegranate crusted venison Lime, poppy seed and ginger crusted monkfish Crushed chilli flake crusted tuna Served with soy sauce, wasabi and a fresh ginger, coriander sweet chilli dipping sauce Cornish Smoked Salmon With a fresh lemon, dill and caper mayonnaise Parma Ham Wrapped Asparagus Spears Served with a tarragon hollandaise Mini Lady and the Tramp Lamb Meat Balls and Spaghetti Thyme Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Flash Fried Crispy Wild Mushrooms With a fresh basil olive oil Fresh Falmouth Bay Oysters Served with warm shallot vinaigrette, fresh bloody Mary sauce, Cointreau and orange and pickled chilli and chives Marinated Fennel With black mustard seeds, olive oil and lemon Crispy Duck Pancakes With plum sauce, celery, cucumber, onion and red pepper Slow Cooked Beef Chilli and Sticky Coconut Rice Tartlets Finished with grated Venezuelan dark chocolate Brûlée Glazed Figs Banana Fritter Slices With a brandied toffee sauce White and Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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feature | WEDDING DRINKS

Stuck between your Sancerre and your champers? Get clued up on your booze-up with wed’s guide to sourcing the drinks for your wedding words Rebecca Matthews

TOP TIPPLES Wine. Champagne. Cocktails. You know you like drinking them. But where

it comes to sourcing the liquid lovelies for your wedding, you haven’t got the faintest idea where to start. Perhaps you’re umming and ahhing over a booze cruise to France – after all, it means dodging the British duty on alcohol. However, fun as a fleeting mission to Roscoff might be, you won’t be able to sample exactly what you’re buying so matching your wine to your wedding breakfast will be a case of hit or miss. Maybe you’re planning to cruise the supermarket aisles and wheel home enough

discounted booze to sink a battleship. Problem is, you don’t know whether the tipples on promotion will a) complement your wedding breakfast or b) actually work out good value for money. Alternatively, you could source your drinks from an independent wine merchant. Although the cost may work out a few pence more per bottle, a good merchant will offer flexibility and expert advice on sourcing the highest quality drinks for each stage of your day and will work within your budget to ensure an affordable menu of lipsmacking beverages. Your cost-cutting and palate-pleasing party begins here…

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The wedding breakfast Where it comes to finding the perfect accompaniment to your meal, remember one basic rule: keep it simple. A complicated order of varying numbers of reds and whites leads to wastage. Don’t get too caught up in agonising over the percentages of red and white devotees amongst your guests, as most merchants offer a sale-or-return policy. Avoid mainstream and easily recognisable brands of wine. “Look for alternatives that taste just as good but offer better value for money.” Nigel also recommends a tasting session. “Organise a social, perhaps with a select group of family or friends, and taste the wines alongside the dishes you’ve chosen for your wedding breakfast.” Make the evening a fun part of the wedding experience and obtain feedback concerning whether the wines complement your chosen dishes. “Wine tastes different depending on your mood and the food in question,” Nigel comments, “for

The drinks reception So the emotional climax has been and gone, the ‘I dos’ have been uttered and the confetti has been scattered. There will be a few thoughts on your guests’ minds: perhaps the stirring of hunger, maybe they’re contemplating capturing their preened composure on camera before the celebrations take their toll. But there’s one thought that will be overriding this stream of mental chatter: drink. While you and your new spouse pose for photographs, your guests will be chomping at the bit for some liquid refreshment, particularly if it’s sunny. Save the luscious champers you’ve got your eye on for later – now’s the time to serve up a budget-savvy and thirst-quenching drink. “Go for long refreshing drinks,” advises Nigel Ede of Experience Wine in Truro, “Pimms and Prosecco, for example, make good welcoming drinks.” If you choose Prosecco, consider adding a twist, “Combine Prosecco with peach juice to make the classic Italian Bellini or perhaps mix in some Framboise or Cassis,” he suggests. For a beautiful and colourful effect, place a wild hibiscus flower into each glass and pour the bubbly on top; the bubbles will unfurl the edible flower and infuse the drink with a faint raspberry flavour. Cocktails also make a chic and vibrant, not to mention delicious, option for kick starting the celebrations. The Blush Lounge in Plymouth now operates a mobile cocktail service; couples can opt for the Blush Lounge menus which encompass a wide variety of cocktails to suit an array of tastes or, alternatively, opt for specially designed menus to tie in with your wedding theme or colour scheme.

example, a fresh dry wine will taste drier with spicy food.” Then comes another crucial question: how much? “I would recommend that you’re generous with your order, allowing a bottle per head over dinner,” advises Nigel. After all, it’s better to return a few bottles under your sale-or-return agreement rather than run out before the roast beef has been served. “Alternatively, keep a couple of cases of a more quaffable wine which you can switch to as a back-up plan”, he adds. Which leads us to another issue: how much should you spend? If you’re on a tight budget, don’t blow your budget on expensive wines when only your aunt Freda will truly appreciate its notes of full-bodied oakiness. Opt for cheaper alternatives that will satisfy your guests’ palates without obliterating your remaining coffers. “There’s a lot of good wines in the £5-£7 price range”, assures Nigel. “Perhaps serve a £7-£8 bottle of wine with your main course and swap to a £5-£6 bottle afterwards.” If you’re looking for a local wine to complement your wedding breakfast, Pebblebed Vineyards is a good place to start. “Our still Rosé is an ideal wedding breakfast wine,’ says Geoff Bowen of Pebblebed. “Dry, light and zesty, it is a good match for fish and seafood dishes or on its own as an aperitive wine.” Savvy shoppers should sniff out potential deals. Ask your trader about the wines they stock specifically for weddings and whether they offer any discounts or deals for wedding orders. Finally, make sure it’s you and your fiancé who choose the wine. It’s your wedding and the beverages should be tailored to your tastes – not your well meaning but Lambrini-loving Mother-in-Law.

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The toast Ah, the toast. After a feast of dewy-eyed sentiment and tales of rib-tickling hilarity, it’s time to raise those glasses and take a swig of something refreshing, bubbly and suitably celebratory. Now’s the time to whip out the statement sparkler – so make sure it’s something a little bit special. Produced in Devon, Pebblebed’s Sparkling Rosé Brut is a delight for the senses. A dry rosé with good fruit notes and a long finish, the bubbly has won a number of awards and was recently tipped in The Sunday Times. Furthermore, the acclaimed tipple will give your wedding that extra stamp of local identity; as Geoff Bowen comments, “It’s a match for any champagne, and it’s produced and made in Devon.” If you’ve got your heart set on champagne, Nigel suggests avoiding the well-known brands, “Go for a small producer and unrecognisable brand, which will offer you better value for money.”

The evening reception

Photo Kim Mellon

As dusk falls and the party steps up a gear, the drinks are sure to be flowing as your guests oil up those limbs for some serious shape-pulling on the dance floor. “Choose different wines for the evening,” suggests Nigel. “Obviously you can eliminate the issue of complementing the food and go for more quaffable wines.” Cocktails always prove a hit for an evening celebration. Again, the mobile service operated by The Blush Lounge is a great option. Mark Smalley of the Blush Lounge comments, “We have one of the most exciting selection of spirits in the South West so we can bring an endless array of spirits to suit any budget.” If you’re having a marquee wedding, serve up a selection of Devon’s flavoursome ales straight from the barrel. A local cider also makes a refreshing party drink: try the selection from Devon Cider Company. And there you have it: the recipe to a tonguetitillating yet budget-savvy bash.

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TEA PARTY

Ahh, tea. I love the stuff. For me, a cup of tea is time out from a hectic world, the taste of comfort, the thread of daily routine we still share with previous generations. There’s something about the immortal words, “let’s have a nice cup of tea” that warms the cockles of my heart, safe in the knowledge that a cherished moment – whether it’s one of calm, conversation, creativity or reflection – is about to cocoon me. Now tea is an achingly hip feature of the coolest weddings – and it’s not difficult to see why. For a start, a tea party is oh so pretty. As trends continue to revel in nostalgia and cherry pick from the gorgeous style of days gone by, the tea party has emerged as the ultimate vintage-inspired social occasion. Just as we’ve rediscovered a passion for 1940s’ tea-length dresses and 1950s’ birdcage veils, we’re lapping up classic crockery, dainty teacups and this unashamedly British custom of yesteryear. And why not? After all, gorging on fancy cakes draped in pearls sounds like rather good fun to me.

There’s also a purely practical reason for the tea party’s growing popularity: it’s a perfect way to please members of all generations, from grannies to trendy teens. Perhaps you’re thinking of throwing a tea party for your hen do – after all, name me a gaggle of girls who wouldn’t appreciate a good gossip over tea and cake. Maybe you’re considering a pre-wedding social gathering: not only will a get-together over a cream tea encourage a little guest bonding, it makes a fitting greeting for those who are visiting the county. You might even go all the way with a high tea wedding reception. Typifying elegance from every delicate sugar rose and glistening sugar cube, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a vintage-style gown. And if you’re part of the rapidly growing school of thought that one day just isn’t enough, then why not hold a tea party the day after the wedding? It’s a laidback and fun way to spend quality time with your guests before they head home. However you choose to take your tea, let this tasty inspiration convince you…

The drinks Give your tea party a local touch by serving a cuppa made in Devon. Devon-based Tea’s Me produces a selection of organic herbal teas and infusions made from fine organically grown herbs and green tea. Choose from Mintea, green tea with spearmint, Rosietea, green tea with rose petals, and an array of ingeniously named infusions such as Tranquilitea, Tottea and Teaheehee for a refreshing and tasty cuppa minus the additives. Perhaps give your guests their fabulous heart shaped tea infusers as wedding favours. www.teasmetea.co.uk Choi Time’s selection of luxury teas will make a perfumed and charming touch to your tea party. The damask rose buds make a light and fragrant beverage, while the flowering tea bulbs actually unfurl in the water creating a delicate and delicious brew. www.choitime.com You’re going to need an alternative to tea on the drinks menu. Produced at a small holding situated above the River Taw in North Devon, Hayes Meadow’s selection of fruit juices and country cordials makes a tasty and locally sourced choice, perfect for child guests. www.hayes-meadow.com

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without indulging your guests in the quintessential West Country treat – a cream tea. But prior to the pièce de résistance, serve up a selection of dainty sandwiches, sausage rolls and local cheeses. Then comes the sweet stuff. Opt for a menu of classic indulgence, such as Victoria sponge, cupcakes, meringues and, of course, the cream tea itself. Think golden scones oozing with clotted cream and crowned with a dollop of strawberry jam. Not only tapping into the zeitgeist, by sourcing your produce locally, you’ll

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be utilising a top quality selection of ingredients produced in Devon. From delicious cheeses and rich clotted cream

manor house.

Choose a pretty palette of muted pinks, greens and creams. Go to town with oodles of seasonal flowers and eclectic accessories: think roses and hydrangeas spilling from vintage boxes, antique bottles, treacle cans and jam jars. Lay the tables with mismatched vintage crockery, cake stands and cut glass vintage candelabras. Deck the space out with hand crafted bunting such as the ‘Vintage Tea Party’ and ‘Shelley’ designs from The Big Beautiful Bunting Company. The finishing touches Arrange classic games such as croquet and bowls, and set up a coconut shy. Choose a nostalgic soundtrack of Rat Pack favourites and jazz and blues.

to fresh fish and meat from traditional Devon breeds, the county has a wealth of delectable essentials for a palate-pleasing tea party.

MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY The venue So the wildly surreal realms of Wonderland strike a chord? Make your escape from the

time for The tea set

Serve your tea in traditional and

effortlessly chic style with a set of bone china crockery. Based on Dartmoor,

The English Tea Party hires out a simply

stunning range of vintage teacups, teapots,

About Taste

plates, glassware, cutlery and table linen, as well as styling details such as bunting,

candelabras, baskets, picnic rugs and storm lanterns.

www.theenglishteaparty.co.uk

Add a flourish of lustrous colour to your tea party with the coolly contemporary Painted Lady teapots from Tea’s Me. With saucers made from recycled wood collected on rubber plantations, the Moulin Rouge teacups continue the vibrant theme and tick the eco box to boot. Lay them on crisp white linen for a stylish and striking tabletop. www.teasmetea.co.uk

Poppy Treffry The English Tea Party

real world and celebrate your marriage

Handcrafted in Cornwall, Poppy Treffry’s gorgeous range of tea cosies and bone china teapots, teacups and mugs will bring a beautifully quirky touch to your party.

in a setting straight out of Lewis Carroll’s classic book. Decorate a yurt, tipi or

marquee in beautifully bizarre style against the enchanting backdrop of a wooded valley.

The styling

Let your imagination run riot. Go crazy with colour and revel in inventive and eccentric flourishes, such as hanging

antique mirrors from the trees. Adorn

the walls with playing cards and motifs of flamingos and Cheshire cats. Decorate

your tables with giant teacups and teapots spilling with white roses; some roses could even be painted red. Stick ‘eat me’ labels into miniature cakes and tie ‘drink me’ tags to the bottles. Place tea lights inside a series of teacups on each table to cast a magical glow at dusk. The finishing touches Include a tea bag in each of your invitations. Serve wine from teapots and arrange a game of croquet. Encourage your guests to write messages on luggage tags and hang them from the foliage.

www.poppytreffry.co.uk

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. . . e m i t a n o p once u Choose an historic wedding venue for the ultimate party in the past. wed explores Devon’s finest words Rebecca Matthews

There’s a certain mystique about tying the knot in a setting with a story. And it’s not just about coordinating your 1920s-inspired dress and mismatched vintage china with your surroundings. It’s in the touch of grandeur, the stirring atmosphere, and, of course, the timeless sense of romance. Whether you’re seeking Tudor majesty, Georgian splendour or a subtle twist of classic elegance, you’ll find a multitude of venues with a long and fascinating history tucked away in the most glorious corners of Devon’s countryside. We’ve nosed around a few.

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POWDERHAM CASTLE

Photo Duncan Kerridge

Powderham Castle crowns a sublime stretch of landscape on the banks of the Exe Estuary. A beautiful Deer Park nestles ancient woodland and a series of lakes, making a fitting backdrop to the sheer majesty of the castle. Built in 1392, the home of the Earl and Countess of Devon is steeped in history and atmosphere, its colourful story echoing through the magnificent portraits which cloak the walls and the hallmarks of its medieval, Georgian and Victorian influences. A truly breathtaking setting for a wedding reception, a series of rooms are available to hire in a choice of combinations to suit individual requirements; blending magnificent plasterwork ceilings, artwork dating back to the early 16th century and decadent furnishings, each is rich in its own distinctive character. Originally designed for lavish entertaining and to leave an impression of beauty and splendour on its guests, the attention to detail and sheer drama of the interiors is sure to initiate the same response from wedding guests today. The Dining Room is a warm and ambient space with a spectacular fireplace, wooden panelling and a minstrel’s gallery from which musicians may perform. The Music Room is a sumptuous setting with a beautiful domed ceiling, elaborate chandelier and superb acoustics. For smaller wedding receptions, the libraries make equally elegant venues. Celebrations may spill out into the Victorian Rose Garden, with its neat flowerbeds and manicured hedges, where your party may sip champagne on the terrace while drinking in views of fallow deer grazing the park and the estuary beyond. Needless to say, a bewildering choice of stunning photographic backdrops is in no short supply. Up to 170 guests can be accommodated for a reception inside the castle; should your guest list exceed this number, there is a choice of idyllic marquee sites in the grounds. An enchanting setting to feast on fine food, revel in the romance of the occasion and dance the night away, if you close your eyes and imagine the ultimate fairytale wedding venue, it probably looks something like Powderham. Powderham Castle | Kenton, Exeter | 01626 890243 | www.powderham.co.uk

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STOODLEIGH COURT

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As you wind your path down the leafy drive of Stoodleigh Court, the hub-bub of modern life recedes to barely a whisper. Hidden amidst mature woodland, the elegant Victorian house offers a seductive blend of tranquillity and rural escapism, overlooking picturesque gardens and miles of undulating valleys and lush fields beyond. In celebration of this sublime setting, the country house offers a quintessentially English wedding, the influence of its Devon surrounds a recurring theme, as is a rich and timeless sense of romance. With its lofty vaulted ceilings, vast fireplace, wooden panelling and intricate carvings, the immaculately restored Great Hall is an achingly romantic setting for a civil ceremony, which can accommodate up to 120 guests. A grand staircase offers a breathtaking arrival for the bridal party, while music from a harpist, string quartet or vocalist will make a suitably stirring accompaniment. The adjoining Red Room is a perfect setting for the wedding breakfast, a palette of rich reds and golds, luxurious drapes and magnificent chandeliers typifying a classic romantic backdrop. And the superb quality of the cuisine befits these fine surrounds. A passion for fresh, simple and fine quality food is central to the ethos of the venue’s owners, Susan and Ivor Norman. And this passion is wholly shared by Mark Leman, who heads the kitchen, sourcing the finest in locally grown produce from the Exe Valley and surrounding area to ensure delicious cuisine with a rich Devonshire flavour. Furthermore, as you tuck into your wedding breakfast, you can be assured that everything is prepared from scratch in the venue’s own kitchens. Despite its dramatic appearance and sense of grandeur, there is nothing austere about this award-winning Victorian building – the fine surroundings, food and service come with a warm, intimate and relaxed ambience. These charms are equally seductive from season to season: imagine sipping champagne and playing croquet while the notes of a string quartet drift across the lawns during summer. Or savour the utter romance of a winter wedding in the Great Hall, complete with candlelight, a roaring fire and a medieval-inspired feast. If you’re dreaming of a secluded country wedding infused with a stirring sense of place, escape to Stoodleigh Court. Stoodleigh Court | Stoodleigh, Tiverton | 01398 351556 | www.stoodleighcourt.co.uk

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For elegance in the country…

NORTHCOTE MANOR Set amidst a sanctuary of beautiful gardens and lush orchards with views across the rolling hills of the North Devon countryside, Northcote Manor is rich in timeless elegance and rural charm. Couples fantasising of being Lord and Lady of the manor may take advantage of the venue’s exclusive use package and savour the privacy, flexibility and sheer romance of this hidden, wisteria-clad manor house that dates back to 1716. With a host of country pursuits on the doorstep, the groom’s party might wile away the morning of the wedding with a round of golf, a hawk walk, horse riding, fishing or clay pigeon shooting while the bride makes her preparations. There is a choice of three civil ceremony settings. In the classic surrounds of the Oak Room, couples may exchange vows in the bay window, an old oak tree and patchwork of fields the beautiful backdrop. For larger parties, there is the Conservatory, which is licensed to hold up to 100 guests; flooded with natural light, the airy space overlooks the sun terrace, the walled garden and surrounding countryside. ‘The Sanctuary at Northcote Manor’ is a new addition to the grounds. Sitting on a lawn hugged by rhododendrons and hydrangeas, with mature woodland beyond, the Victorian style summerhouse is a tranquil and endlessly romantic setting for an outdoor civil ceremony. After the ceremony, the celebrations may spill on to the lawn, where guests can enjoy bubbly and wander the grounds while the newly weds have some photographs taken in a choice of picture book settings, such as the apple orchard and the Japanese water garden. The fascinating history of Northcote Manor is depicted in a series of colourful murals on the walls of the restaurant – the ambient setting for a delectable wedding breakfast full of fine quality, locally sourced produce. After the feasting and frolicking, retire to a chic and comfortable suite for a romantic wedding night, and wake to the whisper of nature and glorious views. Bliss. Northcote Manor Country House Hotel | Burrington, North Devon | 01769 560501 | www.northcotemanor.co.uk

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BICKLEIGH CASTLE

Tucked away in a secluded valley amidst acres of countryside lies one of Devon’s most historic listed properties. Gardens and mature trees surround the 14th century Bickleigh Castle, pretty thatched cottages encircle a courtyard and ducks swim on the moat. With little more than the sound of the River Exe weaving its path through the grounds and the breeze rustling the leaves of the surrounding woodland, arriving at this fairytale setting is like stepping into a hamlet lost in time. From the ornate Italian gates to the suits of armour and vast portraits which abound inside, each wonderful and curious feature of the castle echoes a rich sense of history and the romance of chivalry. The 13th century Great Hall – all dark wooden panelling, arched doorways and antique tapestries – makes a magnificent setting for a civil ceremony for up to 120 guests; couples wishing to heighten the romance factor might opt for a string quartet to perform from the minstrel’s gallery. With a mass of flickering candles and a fire crackling from the aged stone fireplace, this is the perfect backdrop for a winter wedding or medieval feast. After the ceremony, the newly weds may lead a procession from the castle, over the bridge and into the 11th century chapel. A blessing service may be conducted in this extraordinary little building which, bathed in candlelight, promises to be an intimate and ambient moment in the proceedings. With its exposed beams and whitewashed walls, the Banqueting Room can be decorated according to your colour scheme for a bespoke backdrop to a fine tailor made feast. Should the wedding party exceed 120 guests, the reception may take place in a marquee on the lawn. As dusk falls and the evening celebrations kick off, a series of lanterns cast a magical glow around the courtyard. Couples wishing to round up an evening of festivity with a firework display will be oohing and ahhing as the explosion of colours are reflected in the glassy surface of the River Exe. Up to 34 guests may be accommodated in the thatched cottages while the newly weds retire to the Tudor bridal suite – an elegant and atmospheric bolthole with a four-poster bed – and relish every moment of being the only inhabitants of this enchanting building. Bickleigh Castle | Bickleigh, near Tiverton | 01884 855363 www.bickleighcastle.com

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The Venue EAST DEVON Avenues Restaurant Exmouth 01395 272277

Belmont Hotel Sidmouth 01395 512555 www.brend-hotels.co.uk/TheBelmont

Bicton College East Budleigh 01395 562311 www.bicton.ac.uk

Tidwell Manor

Southgate Hotel

Tiverton Hotel

Knowle 01395 442444 www.devon-online.com/Tidwell

Exeter 01392 412812

Tiverton 01884 256120 www.bw-tivertonhotel.co.uk

Tumbling Weir Hotel

Thistle Hotel

Waie Inn

Ottery St. Mary 01404 812752 www.tumblingweir-hotel.co.uk

Exeter 01392 254982 www.thistle.com

Crediton 01363 82348 www.waieinn.co.uk

Westcliff Hotel

MID DEVON

NORTH DEVON

Tiverton

Arlington, nr Barnstaple 01271 851102 nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-arlingtoncourt

Sidmouth 01395 513252 www.westcliffhotel.co.uk

Woodbury Park Bicton Park Botanical Gardens East Budleigh 01395 568465

Woodbury 01395 233382 www.woodburypark.co.uk

www.bictongardens.co.uk

Woodlands Hotel Bishops Court Clyst St Mary, Exeter

Sidmouth 01395 513120 www.woodlands-hotel.com

01392 875330 www.bishops-court.co.uk

Ottery St Mary 01404 813511 www.cadhay.org.uk

Combe House Hotel and Restaurant Honiton

Bickleigh Castle

01884 855363 www.bickleighcastle.com

Fisherman’s Cot Bickleigh, Tiverton 01884 855237 www.marstonsinns.co.uk/fishermans-cot

Fox & Hounds Country Hotel Chumleigh 01769 580345 www.foxandhoundshotel.co.uk

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Bridge Inn

Topsham 01392 873862 www.cheffers.co.uk

Buckerell Lodge Hotel

Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton 01884 252777 www.hartnollhotel.co.uk

Hatswell Meadows

Barnstaple Guildhall Barnstaple 01271 373311 www.thelocalchannel. co.uk/barnstapletowncouncil

Barnstaple Hotel Barnstaple      01271 376221 www.brend-hotels.co.uk/ TheBarnstaple

Broomhill Art Hotel Muddiford, Barnstaple 01271 850262 www.broomhillart.co.uk

Exeter 01392 252451 www.buckerelllodge.co.uk

Lower Washfield

Crealy Great Adventure Park

Huntsham Court

Exeter 01395 233200 www.crealy.co.uk

Tiverton 01884 855635

www.deerparkcountryhotel.co.uk

www.huntshamcourt.co.uk

Dower House Hotel

Exeter Golf and Country Club

Loyton Lodge, Morebath

Exeter 01392 873328 www.exetergcc.co.uk

Tiverton

01297 21047 www.dhhotel.com

Chambercombe Manor

01398 331051 www.loytonlodge.com

Ilfracombe 01271 862624 www.chambercombemanor.org.uk

East Devon Registration Office

Gipsy Hill Hotel

Langford Court South

Honiton 0845 155 1002

Cullompton

Croyde Bay Holiday Village

www.devon.gov.uk/east_devon

Exeter 01392 465252 www.gipsyhillhotel.co.uk

01884 277434 www.langfordcourt.biz

nr Braunton 01271 890890 www.croydeunison.co.uk

Escot House

Larkbeare House

Mid Devon Registration Office

Ottery St Mary

Exeter 01392 384230

Tiverton

Heddon Hall

0845 155 1002 www.middevon.gov.uk

Parracombe,nr Barnstaple 01598 763541 www.heddonhall.co.uk

01404 540400 www.thishotel.com

Deer Park Hotel Honiton 01404 41266

Rousdon, nr Lyme Regis

01404 822188 www.escot-devon.co.uk

01237 441476

Queen’s Court Hotel Exmouth Town Hall Exmouth 0845 155 1002 www.exmouth.gov.uk

Kennaway House Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk

Lakeview Manor Dunkeswell 01404 891358 www.lakeviewmanor.co.uk

Nutwell Court Lympstone, nr Exmouth

Exeter 01392 272709 www.queenscourt-hotel.co.uk

Reed Hall Exeter 01392 215566 www.exeter.ac.uk/reedhall

Royal Clarence Hotel Exeter 01392 319955 www.royalclarencehotel.co.uk

St Olaves Hotel Exeter 01392 217736 www.olaves.co.uk

01392 873230

Sandy Park Conference & Banqueting Centre

Royal Beacon Hotel

Exeter 01392 890890

Exmouth 01395 264886

www.sandy-park.co.uk

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Castle Hill Filleigh 01598 760421 www.castlehilldevon.co.uk

Cedars Lodge Barnstaple 01271 371784 www.cedarsinn-barnstaple.com

Middle Coombe Farm Uplowman 01884 821176

Hewitt’s Villa Spaldi

www.coombefarmwoods.co.uk

Lynton 01598 752293 www.hewittshotel.co.uk

Muddifords Court Willand 01884 829019 www.muddifordscourt.co.uk

Padbrook Park Cullompton 01884 836100 www.padbrookpark.co.uk

Stoodleigh Court Tiverton 01398 351556 www.stoodleighcourt.co.uk

The Old Rectory Chulmleigh 01769 580123 www.theoldrectorychulmleigh.co.uk

Highbullen Hotel Chittlehamholt 01769 540561 www.highbullen.co.uk

Hunters Inn Heddon Valley, Parracombe 01598 763230 www.thehuntersinn.net

Kittiwell House Hotel Croyde 01271 890247 www.relaxincroyde.co.uk

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Burgh Island Hotel

Lynton 01598 752384

Bigbury on Sea 01548 810514 www.burghisland.com

Edgemoor Hotel

Woolacombe 01271 870418

Burton Farmhouse

Northcote Manor

Galmpton, nr Kingsbridge 01548 561210 www.burtonfarmhouse.co.uk

Umberleigh 01769 560501 www.northcotemanor.co.uk

Cliff House

long tree-lined drive, Kitley House Hotel makes an endlessly elegant setting for a wedding. The 500-year-old grade one listed country house is one of the South West’s oldest and most atmospheric wedding venues. Up to 120 guests may enjoy a luxurious tailor made reception in the house, or, for larger weddings, celebrate in a marquee in the grounds with views across rolling hills and lakes.

North Devon Registration Office

Salcombe 01548 844704 www.cliffhousesalcombe.com

Kingston House

Place Barton, Ashton 01647 252552 www.thegreatbarndevon.co.uk

Barnstaple 0845 155 1002 www.northdevon.gov.uk

Dart Marina Hotel

Totnes 01803 762235 www.kingston-estate.co.uk

Haldon Belvedere

The Park Hotel

Dartmouth 01803 832580 www.dartmarinahotel.com

Langdon Court Hotel

Dunchideock, nr Exeter 01392 833668 www.haldonbelvedere.co.uk

Barnstaple 01271 372166 www.brend-hotels.co.uk/ThePark

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club

Plymouth 01752 862358 www.langdoncourt.com

Holne Chase Hotel

Pickwell Manor

Totnes 01803 712686 www.dgcc.co.uk

Quay House

Ashburton 01364 631471 www.holne-chase.co.uk

Georgeham, nr Braunton 01271 891073 www.pickwellmanor.co.uk

Elfordleigh Hotel

Kingsbridge 0845 155 1002 www.kingsbridge.gov.uk

Holne Park House

Sandy Cove Hotel

Plymouth 01752 336428 www.elfordleigh.co.uk

Rill Estate

Ashburton 01364 655918 www.holnepark.co.uk

Ilfracombe 01271 882243 www.sandycove-hotel.co.uk

Buckfastleigh 01364 643065 www.rillestate.co.uk

The Flavel Centre

Langstone Cliff Hotel

River Yealm Hotel

Dawlish 01626 865155 www.langstone-hotel.co.uk

Saunton Sands Hotel

Dartmouth 01803 839530 www.theflavel.org.uk

Braunton 01271 890212 www.brend-hotels.co.uk/TheSauntonSands

Follaton House

Royal Castle

Tapeley Park

Totnes 0845 155 1002 www.southhams.gov.uk

Instow 0845 180 0277 www.tapeley-park.com

Glazebrook House

The Stag Hunters Hotel

South Brent 01364 73322 www.glazebrookhouse.com

Narracott Hotel

Brendon 01598 741222 www.staghunters.com

The Guildhall

Tors Hotel

Dartmouth 0845 155 1002

Lynmouth 01598 753236 www.torslynmouth.co.uk

Hazelwood House

Travellers Rest Old Church

Kingsbridge 01548 821232 www.hazelwoodhouse.com

Tunnels Beaches

Kingsbridge 01548 561294 www.hopeandanchor.co.uk

Ilfracombe 01271 879123 www.tunnelsbeaches.co.uk

Ivybridge Town Hall

Watersmeet Hotel

Ivybridge 0845 155 1002

Woolacombe 01271 870388 www.woolacombe-bay-hotel.co.uk

Kitley House Hotel Yealmpton 01752 881555 www.kitleyweddings.co.uk

Totnes 01803 862125 www.royalsevenstars.co.uk

Soar Mill Cove Hotel Salcombe 01548 561566 www.soarmillcove.co.uk

Totnes 0845 155 1002 www.southhams.gov.uk

Chillington 01548 580505 www.whitehousedevon.com

Nestled amidst 600 acres of pasture and woodland, and located down a mile

Exeter Court Hotel Kennford 01392 832121 www.exetercourthotel.co.uk

The Great Barn

Lavender House Hotel Ashburton 01364 652697 www.lavenderhousehotel.com

Lord Haldon Country Hotel Nr Exeter 01392 832483 www.lordhaldonhotel.co.uk

Old Forde House Newton Abbot 01626 361101 www.teignbridge.gov.uk

Passage House Hotel Newton Abbot 01626 355515 www.passagehousehotel.co.uk

Teignbridge Registration Office

Thurlestone Hotel Thurlestone 01548 560382 www.thurlestone.co.uk

White Hart Hotel Moretonhampstead 01647 441340 www.whitehartdartmoor.co.uk

Bitton House

Yarner

Teignmouth 01626 775030 www.southhams.gov.uk

Bovey Tracey 01364 661503 www.yarner.com

Moretonhampstead 01647 445005 www.boveycastle.com

Kingsbridge 01548 853055 www.tout-saints.co.uk

Bovey Tracey 01626 832466 www.edgemoor.co.uk

Newton Abbot 0845 155 1002 www.teignbridge.gov.uk

Bovey Castle

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Dartmouth 01803 833033 www.royalcastle.co.uk

The White House Hope and Anchor Inn

Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Newton Ferrers 01752 872419

South Hams Registration Office

Cobbaton, Umberleigh 01769 540831 www.travellersrestoldchurchdevon.co.uk

Mortehoe, Woolacombe 01271 870333 www.watersmeethotel.co.uk

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TORRIDGE Beaford House Hotel

Colehayes Park

Winkleigh 01805 603305 www.beafordhousehotel.co.uk

Bovey Tracey 01626 833033 www.colehayes.co.uk

Buckland House

Devon Hotel

Buckland Filleigh 01409 281645 www.bucklandhouse.co.uk

Exeter 01392 259268 www.brend-hotels.co.uk/TheDevon

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Durrant House Hotel

Browns Hotel

Boringdon Hall

Smeaton’s Tower

Bideford 01237 472361 www.durranthousehotel.com

Tavistock 01822 618686 www.brownsdevon.co.uk

Plympton 01752 344455 www.boringdonhall.co.uk

Hoe Road 01752 304386 www.plymouth.gov.uk

Hartland Abbey

Collaven Manor Hotel

The Copthorne Hotel

The Staddy

nr Bideford 01288 331188 www.hartlandabbey.com

Okehampton 01837 861522 www.collavenmanor.co.uk

Armada Way 01752 224161 www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/ copthorneplymouth

Plymstock 01752 401144 www.thestaddy.com

Kathleen and May

Fingle Bridge Inn

Bideford 01237 473862 www.kathleenandmay.co.uk

Drewsteignton 01647 281287 www.finglebridgeinn.com

Market Hall

Gidleigh Park Hotel

Holsworthy 0845 155 1002 www.torridge.gov.uk

Chagford 01647 432367 www.gidleigh.com

Merry Harriers

The Horn of Plenty

Bideford 01237 431611 www.merryharriers.org.uk

Tavistock 01822 832528 www.thehornofplenty.co.uk

New Inn

Hotel Endsleigh

Clovelly 01237 431303 www.clovelly.co.uk

Tavistock 01822 870000 www.hotelendsleigh.com

Old Rectory

Lewtrenchard Manor

Pyworthy 01409 253594

Okehampton 01566 783256 www.lewtrenchard.co.uk

Red Lion Hotel

Moorland Links Hotel

Clovelly 01288 331188 www.clovelly.co.uk

Yelverton 01822 852245 www.moorlandlinkshotel.co.uk

Crownhill Fort Crownhill Fort Road 01752 793754 www.crownhillfort.co.uk

Torbay

Babbacombe Cliff Railway Babbacombe 01803 328750 friendsofbabbacombecliffrailway.org.uk

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel Millbay Road 01752 275850 www.thedukeofcornwall.co.uk

Bancourt Hotel Torquay 01803 295077 www.bancourthotel.co.uk

The Elizabethan House The Barbican 01752 304774 www.plymouth.gov.uk

Berry Head Hotel Brixham 01803 853225 www.berryheadhotel.com

The Fursdon Thornbury 01752 771711 www.fursdon.com

The Bishop’s Court Hotel Torquay 01803 294649 www.bishopscourtresort.co.uk

The Guildhall Royal Parade 01752 307963 www.plymouth.gov.uk

The Cary Arms

The Holiday Inn

Babbacombe 01803 327110 www.caryarms.co.uk

Armada Way 01752 639988 www.holidayinn.co.uk

Lakeside

Mount Tavy Cottage

Broadwoodwidger 01566 784859 www.swlakestrust.org.uk

Tavistock 01822 614253 www.mounttavy.co.uk

Royal Hotel

Okehampton Town Hall

Bideford 01237 472005 www.brend-hotels.co.uk/TheRoyal

Okehampton 0845 155 1002 www.okehampton.gov.uk

The Rydon Inn

Tavistock Town Hall

Holsworthy 01409 259444 www.rydon-inn.com

Tavistock 0845 155 1002 www.tavistocktownhall.co.uk

Torridge Registration Office

The Drewe Arms

Northam, Bideford 0845 155 1002 www.torridge.gov.uk

Drewsteignton 01647 281224 www.thedrewearms.co.uk

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Yeoldon House Hotel

Three Crowns Hotel

Drake Circus 01752 304774 www.plymouthmuseum.gov.uk

Northam 01237 474400 www.yeoldonhousehotel.co.uk

Chagford 01647 433444 www.chagford-accom.co.uk

Plymouth Gin

RHS Garden Rosemoor

Two Bridges Hotel

Black Friars Distillery 01752 828951 www.plymouthgin.com

Boasting one of the Westcountry’s most sublime locations, this boutique inn is a veritable seaside stunner, blending luxurious accommodation, delicious gastro-pub cuisine and charm in abundance. Wildly romantic in winter and reminiscent of the Mediterranean in summer, The Cary Arms specialises in intimate weddings for up to 35 guests. Tie the knot in the timeless elegance of The Saloon or the distinctive glass ‘Pod’ on the terrace before breathtaking sea views. Plus, there’s a heavenly spa for pre and post wedding pampering.

Great Torrington 01805 626800 www.rhs.org.uk

Princetown 01822 890581 www.twobridges.co.uk

Plymouth Register Office

Churston Court Hotel

Yeo Farm

Lockyer Street 01752 268331

Brixham 01803 842186 www.churstoncourt.co.uk

Arundell Arms

The Quality Hotel

Cockington Court

Lifton 01566 784666 www.arundellarms.com

Plymouth

The Hoe 0870 4009064 www.quality-hotel-plymouth.com

Torquay 01803 606035 www.cockingtoncourt.info

The Hoe 01752 225511 www.astorhotel.co.uk

Royal Plymouth Corinthians Yacht Club The Hoe

Dart Valley Railway

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Manadon House 31 Conqueror Drive 01752 786929 www.manadonhouse.com

The New Continental Hotel Millbay Road 01752 220782 www.newcontinental.co.uk

Plymouth Albion Rugby Club Madden Road 0870 3500402 www.plymouthalbion.com

Chagford 01647 432663

Astor Hotel Bedford Hotel Tavistock 01822 613221 www.bedford-hotel.co.uk

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Paignton 01803 553760 www.dartmouthweddings.co.uk

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Bickleigh Castle, Bickleigh, Nr Tiverton Devon EX16 8RP, 01884 855 363 info@bickleighcastle.com www.bickleighcastle.com

Sparkle at Northcote Manor “Be Lord and Lady of the Manor�

Northcote Manor, Burrington, Umberleigh, Devon EX37 9LZ 01769 560501 rest@northcotemanor.co.uk www.northcotemanor.co.uk

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The Venue Grand Hotel

Orestone Manor Hotel

Torquay 01803 296677 www.grandtorquay.co.uk

Maidencombe 01803 328098 www.orestonemanor.com

Grosvenor Hotel

Palace Hotel

Torquay 01803 294373 www.grosvenorhoteltorquay.co.uk

Paignton 01803 555121 www.palacepaignton.com

Headland Hotel

Princess Theatre

Torquay 01803 295666 www.headlandtorquay.com

Torquay 01803 290288

Imperial Hotel

Redcliffe Hotel

Torquay 01803 294301 www.barcelo-hotels.co.uk

Paignton 01803 526397 www.redcliffehotel.co.uk

Kents Cavern

Toorak Hotel

Torquay 01803 219242 www.kents-cavern.co.uk

Torquay 01803 400400 www.tlh.co.uk

Living Coasts

Torbay Register Office

Torquay 01803 202499 www.livingcoasts.org.uk

Paignton 01803 207130 www.torbay.gov.uk

Osborne Hotel

Torre Abbey

Torquay 01803 213311 www.osborne-torquay.co.uk

Torquay 01803 293593 www.torre-abbey.org.uk

Castle or country club? Historic home or hotel ? The choice of approved premises in Devon is vast. Here’s a run down.

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From ordering the flowers, preparing the food, organising the champagne, right down to the red carpet at the door and spare hair grips for the bridesmaids. Whatever your budget, we’ve got it covered. What’s more, we’ve got the location to die for to add a real wow factor to what will be the best day of your life.

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UNDER PRESSURE

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You’ve probably heard the story before. A couple meet, get engaged and…call the wedding off. Though the Runaway Bride may be classed as glossy fiction, a recent survey has revealed that 10 to 15% of weddings are cancelled annually. A hard fact it may be, but it’s revealing of how potentially tempestuous the period before a wedding can be. More than a standard dose of the jitters, cold feet can be an overwhelming phenomenon, culminating to the point of a couple’s demise. So common is premarital divorce that websites such as www.theregoesthebride.com have sprung up, dedicated to share its contributors’ woeful tales of bridal break-ups. But don’t fret just yet. Any number of reasons can contribute to a cancellation scenario such as health, finances and circumstantial issues, which don’t always result in the relationship’s end. However, the threat is very real. Scrutinising your relationship needn’t be either a cause for undue concern or an inevitable breakup. Just as you may regularly consider career breaks, diet changes and wardrobe clear-outs, a relationship refurb can pacify whatever concerns may arise during the engagement period. It’s all a matter of perspective. Not only is the marital run-up a time of planning and organising that will probably amount to more disputes, questioning and soulsearching than usual, it is also a time of reflection, analysis and discovery. Take the time to get to know yourself and each other better, to tease out and pre-empt problems and to strengthen your links and love. As testing as the time may be, bailing really needn’t be the solution. Relationship counsellor Denise Knowles offers some expert advice on how to maintain your successful coupledom. “This is your wedding”, she affirms, which is a blindingly obvious fact that many couples fail to realise. By enlisting the aid of others in the preparatory period – not to mention the ubiquitous interferences that occur – the event’s management and your powers can rapidly be usurped. Decisions rely on pleasing others, rather than yourselves, often leading to embitterment and arguments. “You need to be in control – be in the driving seat. The two of you need to be able to talk about and design your own wedding.” Welcome the support and encouragement of your family and friends but don’t be afraid to assert, delegate and, if necessary, outright dictate, albeit as diplomatically as possible. Once you’ve established – together – what you want, then allow suggestions and assistance from others, as they will ease your workload and worry levels. Next, Denise suggests that you “work within your resources. Fantasy is one thing, but reality is something else. You need to consider your budget, time and facilities. If you work outside of them, you can build resentment.” She suggests that you “modify

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Ride out the tense times together with these conflict-busting solutions words Hannah May

fantastical ideas and source in a realistic manner” so that you prevent stretching yourselves financially, materially and emotionally – or to the brink of break-up. It is unlikely that you won’t encounter familial rifts of some kind. Although other peoples’ behaviour is beyond your control, damage limitation and your reaction to trouble is. Don’t allow problems to gain momentum by not tackling them directly. Deal with the source and assert yourselves as the agents of your own selfdetermined destiny, which is at the core of the institution of marriage and a merit in everyday life. Maintaining neutrality may be irksome, but “remember – you are marrying one another, not each others’ families.” Of course you want to be wholly accepted by your loved one’s relatives, but people pleasing is not the best method. Honesty – on the other hand – is. By openly discussing your thoughts and feelings predominantly with each other – and sharing with whoever else you believe needs to hear them – keeps the channels of communication open, portraying a confidence that will, at the very least, garner respect and, hopefully, mutual support. Reasoning and explaining, promptly followed by firm decision-making whilst considering others’ requests, amounts to one of the central aspects for not only the wedding day but also marital success: negotiation. Absolutism never reigns supreme in the realms of any relationship, as Denise explains: “Start with ideas and work into the middle from there. It’s about you both having an input and working towards achievable goals. Be aware that emotions are

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running high and you want things to be just right, but you’re more sensitive than usual. If the temperature does run high, then talk to a counsellor.” A number of issues and notions may be brought to the fore prior to marriage. Extended families, finances, children and parenting, health and lifestyle, family histories, religion and domestic arrangements are but a few. Clashes can occur

You may feel a terrifying loss of your independence by the binding nature of your forthcoming marriage, or dread the pressure of co-dependency.

when you make newfound discoveries, ushering in fresh waves of insecurity. The very differences that first attracted you to one another may now become a seemingly unworkable bane. You may feel a terrifying loss of your independence by the binding nature of your forthcoming marriage, or dread the pressure of codependency. Whatever your concerns, it is important to keep in mind that you are still individuals, and knowing and expressing yourself above all else – and to one another – is at the hub of marital triumph. Discerning the difference between hypersensitivity/sleep deprivation and actual pre-marital meltdowns may be tricky. But if you’re in any doubt about the state of your relations or simply wish to engage a third party to ease or add to your interactions, then a counsellor can be a great asset. Many people perceive relationship counselling as a doomsday signifier of an inherent weakness, whereas, in fact, the opposite is often true. It displays a willingness to communicate, an

Whatever the minutiae of the day, always keep in mind that “the wedding is

openness of bond and an ability to identify potential issues that you wish to

not your marriage, but the gate to married life.” There is a reason for the food,

deconstruct and eradicate – all of which highlight the hallmarks of a successful

flowers and party: it is a celebratory start of a lifelong union. And once the vows

marriage.

have been made, that is really all that matters.

In talking, your commitment is in full force, and whether you utilise it to address

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Denise Knowles is a relationship counsellor for a private practice and for Relate.

relationship is actually beyond repair), the result can only be beneficial in the long term.

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We don’t promise to make you smile throughout your wedding day. We guarantee it. For more information please call: 01647 445 006 or visit www.boveycastle.com/weddings

The perfect day at

On The Beach

weddings on the beach? The Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay is the perfect venue for your perfect day. We can take care of every last detail, leaving you to enjoy the day, being spoilt and pampered as you deserve. Our honeymoon suite not only offers sea views and a four poster bed, Perched onofthe edge of it is decorated with rose petals for that added touch romance.

Fistral Beach, a wedding at Fistral Blu captures the essence of that chilled out surf vibe alongside fine food and slick service. And, with a choice of three different suites for the The Grosvenor Hotel has the advantage of holding a Civil Wedding Licence, celebration, there will be a setting to suit whatever your waterside whim. and with its beautiful gardens it offers the perfect setting for your indoor or outdoor wedding. After meeting our wedding co-ordinator you will feel confident in placing your trust in us. With many years of experience, your day will be special.

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‘To the Newlyweds, With Love, The trulyweds’

r e g n o L r o f Sweeter On a mission to extend the matrimonial madness of those first few weeks as husband and wife? If you long for the heady hungers of newly wedded bliss, let our wonderful Wed readers give you their ­­ top tips on how to bring a little honeymoon happiness into everyday married life… words Charity Wilson Illustrations Cally Gibson | 07909 530404 | www.callygibson.co.uk

The honeymoon period: those first few days, weeks or months as husband and wife, often cherished as the happiest time by couples of all ages. But why does it have to end? Simply put: reality sets in. After the brief delirium of knowing the wedding preparations are over, the service complete and all the delights of absolute coupled privacy are to be enjoyed, the proverbial ‘bump’ of returning to a routine lifestyle can put a dampener on wedded passions. However, this sorry state can be avoided. We at Wed hate to think of our readers suffering the post-honeymoon blues as they begin the laborious task of writing thank you cards, simultaneously wondering why their respective spouses did not wake them with the same romantic fervour they had become accustomed to during their brief spell in paradise. So fret not: help is at hand.

Breakfast in bed with a single flower picked from our garden on a lazy Sunday morning always brings a smile to my face. Steve, married 34 years When did flowers, chocolates and breakfast in bed become too clichéd for consideration? Sometimes, even the most simple gesture can mean the difference between an okay start to the day and a fantastic one. We might think that our partners know exactly how we feel about them, but in this fast-paced, fickle society, it never hurts to take the trouble to remind them. Nothing is too corny if your intention is purely romantic.

According to relationship expert Ben Renshaw, in his Relate-recommended book 'Together But Something Missing', there are... a number of key principles for a past, remembering the spirit zone and sexual healing. We called upon the wisdom

Write nice messages, like funny love notes, and leave them in each other’s lunchboxes.

of our regular readers to supply us with practical advice to help the newlywed

Rweena, married 6 years

successful relationship: these include talking more, fearing less, letting go of the

uphold these principles. Needless to say, our readers, men and women alike, have done us proud and we are happy to share their nuggets of genius with you…

Show you have been looking forward to seeing each other every day by spending time preparing and eating food together. While you cook you can chat about your day. Yvonne, married 34 years Feelings of resentment about doing the chores, such as food preparation, can lead

Try to recapture those early days, when every waking moment was devoted to daydreaming about your new beau. Love notes can be as silly, funny or naughty as you’d care to make them (provided they remain private – scribing your kinkiest desire in marker pen on the roof of his car may be a little too public). Not only will your loved-one get a cheeky reminder of you, you won’t be able to stop wondering about their reaction; this, in turn, leads to plenty of anticipat ion about your reunion at the end of the day…

just getting food on the table faster: it means you’d rather talk than sink into the

Don’t live in each other’s pockets. Hang on to your independence, but keep one night a week especially for your partner.

couch, TV blaring, and wait, like a princess, to be summoned.

Sue, married 24 years

to big disputes later on. Sharing the load could be the answer. Even if you’re not the most skilled chopper/peeler, showing a willingness to pitch in means more than

Much as we hate to contradict the mantra of the Spice Girls, two do not become one. Two, in fact, remain two. Compromise is certainly a quality

to be admired in relationships, but should it be at the expense of having a fulfilling

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s? So life as an individual, setting your own goals and enjoying personal successe of many couples fall into the trap of morphing into a his/hers hybrid, incapable Sunday of reams ingesting and shirts polo matching disagreeing publicly, wearing how broadsheets just to have something to discuss. This, of course, cannot be r. unfamilia and they started. We fall in love with a distinct person, imperfect even if Keeping one night sacrosanct sounds great – it’s like the dating never ends, it’s just hiring a movie and gorging on comfort food.

Never go to bed on an argument. Kath, married 30 years but There are two schools of thought on this one (which is a definite oldie, goodie). Firstly, if you know each other well enough to recognise a brewing unlikely grudge, then trying to sleep with this particular elephant in the room is d describe is ication commun Good to lead to a restful night or happy morning. talk, to place right by Relate’s official guidance as ‘a dance’: it’s about finding the be sensing the rhythm and taking it in turns. Even if you know the issue cannot means it discuss to place and time a agreeing dealt with at one sitting, simply thought you can retire to bed without the fear of the hump. The other school of on your not is sleep recommends going straight to bed on an argument, provided agenda.

A relationship is always a work in progress. Work on your relationship and never take each other for granted. John, married 30 years Life is work, work, work. Nobody wants to come home and work some more, but our readers have imparted two golden rules to keep ‘operation relationship’ running smoothly: Firstly, work together; secondly, make it fun. How you make your fun together is up to you.

Your partner is your best friend, don’t forget that. Polly, married 28 years hips that These days, there are lots of pressures on familial and romantic relations almost deemed don’t impact always on friendships – these relationships are often It too precious to burden with unrealistically high expectations or bad tempers. next is therefore ironic that the one person we choose as our closest friend and staying is: Love s. moment peevish of kin has to bear the brunt of our worst, most

Always take time to say, “I love you” every day. Jules, married 1 year Our favourite tip so far. We’ve all heard critics to this kind of affection, exclaiming that, said too often, these three little words lose their meaning. For hundreds if not thousands of years they have been the most potent words in civilisation; using them every day cannot diminish them – as long as you mean it.

friendly.

If you would like more information on common relationship problems or specific advice, you can visit the Relate website: www.relate.org.uk and Ben Renshaw’s book, ‘Together But Missing Something’ is available from www.amazon.co.uk

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Drape your bed in floral prints and natural motifs for a sanctuary which echoes the beauty of nature

Teal floral quilted blanket From Uneeka’s emporium of Fair Trade crafts and furnishings, this handstitched patchwork quilted blanket will add an eclectic and ethical flourish to your boudoir. Fusing floral and paisley prints, this double-sided beauty is as versatile as it is luxurious. www.uneeka.com

words Rebecca Matthews

Vintage linen butterfly cushion

Crown your bed with this pretty cushion handmade from vintage French linens. Adorned with a floral butterfly motif, this is recycle-chic at its comfy best. www.angel-lifestyle.com

Turquoise leaf blanket Combining a chic shade of turquoise, soft merino wool and a glorious design fusing foliage, leaves and birds, this beautiful blanket is a joy to wrap up in on a cold winter’s day or a chilly night. www.atlanticblankets.com

Rose and spot reversible eiderdow

Nostalgia nuts will love these pretty

n and pillowcase

Cath Kidston numbers. A glorious med ley of supremely soft cotton and classic flora l prints, bed down like it’s 1952 – and enjoy every snugglicious second. www.cath kidston.co.uk

Turquoise velvet bed quilt Velvet. What’s not to love? It’s soft, warm, cuddly – and ultra hip to boot. This brilliant turquoise quilt combines velvet, cotton and a poly silk border with a vibrant floral print. Prepare to bid your bland bedroom goodbye. www.uneeka.com

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Rose photo bed set Slip between the sheets and into the mood for some serious lovin’ courtesy of this sumptuous collection from M&S. Blend the classic symbol of romance with heavenly layers of pure cotton, and you have yourself one swoon-worthy combo. Be still my beating heart! www.marksandspencer.com

Ash bed set Fusing a palette of smooth, mellow tones and a beautiful tree

design, this stylish set from House of Fraser offers a contemporary

take on the theme. www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Feather patch bed set Feathers are having a fashion moment – so why not snuggle up at night in them? This cool and contemporary set from M&S will make a chic statement in a modern bedroom. www.marksandspencer.com

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the whirlwind wedding Naresh and Shamira words Jessica Mayne After just a few months together, Shamira upped sticks and moved to London to be with Naresh; just over a year later, Naresh popped the question in the magical foothills of the Japanese Alps. Naresh and Shamira discovered The Big House Company, popular with couples who envision a ‘wedding weekend’ and nabbed the location of their dreams: Widcombe Grange, a 19th century marvel set amidst 22 acres of woodland on the Blackdown Hills. Overcome with excitement, Naresh and Shamira moved their wedding almost a year forward than originally planned – with just two months to go, the heat was on! The Big House Company arranged for Thai chefs to prepare a candle-lit meal at the property the night before the wedding for 25 guests who stayed for the whole weekend. The ceremony took place at St George’s Roman Catholic Church and the couple decided on traditional green and white flowers, berries and foliage for decoration. They booked local choir Taunton Camerata to lead the hymns and sing some of the couple’s choice pieces of music while violinist Mandhira de Saram played the elegant ‘Salut d'amour’ by Elgar to accompany the bride’s entrance. The wedding meal came in the form of sumptuous platters of barbecued food, salads and breads followed by a mouthwatering dessert buffet. Served on long tables in a beautifully rustic tent decorated with fairy lights, ivy and sunflowers, “it was rather like an old medieval banquet,” says Shamira. They say people work better under pressure and, despite their short planning time, the couple sprinkled their weekend with a range of novelty ideas: bubbles instead of confetti, Gaelic céilidh dancing around tipis, badminton and croquet for the guests’ recreational needs, personalised candles at the altar and the opportunity for guests to write limericks about the couple – Naresh and Shamira even chose a winner! The wedding cake was crowned with figurines of the couple complete with luggage tags to reveal their honeymoon destination: The Maldives. This truly unique wedding continued to surprise everyone: as ‘thank you’ gestures, Naresh and Shamira chose a charity that was relevant to some aspect of each guest’s life and made a small donation on their behalf. The creative couple also took a personalised approach to the table plan by using photos of each guest positioned around small pieces of wood. After a truly wonderful weekend, Shamira claims “Widcombe Grange had begun to feel like home to us.”

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the monochrome marriage Dan and Marina words Jessica Mayne When Dan became the new store manager at the Dartmouth branch of Boots in late 2006, he didn’t bargain on meeting his future wife there. But love blossomed and within two years he and Marina were engaged. The wedding theme was black and white: the bridesmaids wore black gowns with white shawls, Marina’s Maggie Sottero dress was diamond white and the flowers were a mix of white lilies, roses and orchids. The theme continued with the favours, the wedding cake, which was made by Marina’s mum, and the black and cream Rolls Royce. Marina began the day in Torquay at the couple’s house, while Dan had an early start at his family home in North Devon and a two-hour journey to The Combe House Hotel in a 1940s’ AEC coach. Marina travelled with her Dad in the 1937 Rolls Royce limousine; with people beeping and cheering, she was the centre of attention on the road!  After the ceremony, 35 guests were treated to a meal of smoked haddock and avocado tart, corn fed chicken breast with a truffle pomme purée and sticky toffee pudding. Marina, Dan and party then hopped onto the coach for a journey to Welcombe in North Devon for the evening reception. Dan wasn’t bothered by the two-hour coach trip, commenting, “It was good to have a break during the day, just relax on the back seat and soak up all the attention. That would be our tip for other couples: take time out to relax on the day. It can all go too fast.” Guests gathered at The Old Smithy Inn, the local pub in Welcombe where Dan grew up. There wasn't any entertainment as such, but its absence encouraged more conversation and most of the village residents – past and present – turned up. An array of sweets was on offer at the pub, including pavlova, summer pudding, trifle and chocolate mousse made by Dan’s mother and a family friend. The final stop for the couple was The Falcon Hotel in Bude where they spent their first marital night. After all that travelling, they must have been ready to hit the hay!

The venue Combe House Hotel, Honiton 01404 540400 | www.thishotel.com The dress Maggie Sottero from Brides at Waterfields, Torquay 01803 294411 | www.bridesatwaterfields.co.uk The flowers Nicola Wright Designs 01392 467301 | www.nicolawright.co.uk Photography Photomagic 01404 47287 | www.photomagic.org.uk

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a family affair Charlie and Francesca words Jessica Mayne Though they had no theme as such, pink roses made a recurring appearance at Charlie and Francesca’s wedding, who got together after their mutual friends dabbled in some weekend matchmaking. This relaxed family wedding was planned to suit children as the couple had their niece and two young children as the flower girls and pageboy. The couple decided it would be more personal to design their own wedding stationery; it also meant that they were able to splash out on a top photographer, which Francesca highlights as a main priority, reasoning, “when you put so much time and energy into the planning of one day you want to be able to look back on that day and remember every part of it.” Francesca was relieved she left enough time to get into her gown, with the countless fiddly buttons to tackle, not to mention getting the three children groomed and polished. While the males had a single pale pink rose for buttonholes, Francesca held a bouquet of pink and cream avalanche roses. The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church in Appledore; the church choir offered their voices and it ended with traditional wedding bells. The Royal Hotel in Bideford was the setting for the wedding reception, and the wedding breakfast came in the form of a jazzed up Sunday family roast, with roast silverside of beef accompanied by minted new potatoes, peas flamande and cauliflower mornay. In order to suit a wide range of people and ages, the three tier wedding cake was split into chocolate, plain sponge and fruitcake – all covered in roses. The wedding entertainment added to the family-feel, with Francesca’s cousins Kate and Sophie taking to the mic to perform Des’ree’s ‘Kissing You’ for the couple’s first dance. Charlie’s sister also contributed to the emotive atmosphere, singing in church during the signing of the register. Clearly an emotional day for all ages, when asked why she was crying after the couple had finished their vows, three-year-old flower girl Evalyn replied, “I just love happy endings!” It was no ending for the happy couple, however, who had oodles more to look forward to on their honeymoon in Kenya, which included a four-day safari and a snorkeling trip to Wasini Island.

The venue The Royal Hotel, Bideford 01237 472005 | www.brend-hotels.co.uk/TheRoyal The dress Marisa from College Green Bridal, Bristol 0117 3169132 | www.collegegreenbridal.co.uk The flowers Blooms of Bideford 01237 472339 | www.gonetsite.co.uk/blooms Photography Lucy Shergold 01237 420828 | www.lucyshergoldphotography.co.uk

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the sunny celebration Jennifer and Trevor Jennifer and Trevor met in unusual circumstances: he interviewed her for a job at Dingles (now House of Fraser) in Plymouth back in 2001! The morning of their wedding dawned with glorious sunshine and Jennifer woke at 5.30am in excitement; champagne flowed as the bridal party busied themselves making their preparations. The beautiful service took place in the picturesque setting of St Werburgh’s Church, “There were a few tears, many smiles and a wonderful cheer once we were pronounced man and wife”, says Jennifer. The couple hired Langdon Court on an exclusive use basis. A string quartet heralded their arrival at the venue, and guests supped on Prosecco accompanied by a selection of canapés. The wedding breakfast included leek and potato soup followed by traditional roast chicken with game chips and white chocolate cheesecake with iced raspberries for dessert. The two best men, Andrew and Matt, prepared something very special for the speech. “Robbie Scotcher, who was the lead in the Blood Brothers tour at the time, pretended to be a waiter for the duration of the meal. As Andrew and Matt started the speech, Robbie interrupted and proceeded to sing a song written about Trevor to the tune of ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ by Oasis. The chorus was written on pieces of card so the guests could join in, which they did with gusto!” In homage to their engagement in Jamaica, Jennifer and Trevor chose ‘Is This Love?’ by Bob Marley for their first dance. This kick started a lively evening of dancing and laughter; the music came courtesy of a DJ and band provided by local record label fiftypointfour, while a table magician added to the entertainment and a hog roast satisfied peckish guests. The couple shortly departed on an exotic honeymoon: four days in Hong Kong followed by ten days in Bali. “Take a few special moments throughout the course of the day for a short period together, just to reflect, look around and take on board the incredible occasion,” Jennifer advises other couples. “Your wedding does not end at the end of the night,” she adds, “The day will be in your heart and those of your friends and family for many years to come and will always raise a smile and good feeling.”

The venue St Werburgh Church followed by Langdon Court Hotel, Plymouth 01752 862358 | www.langdoncourt.com The flowers Rachael Quick, Averton Gifford, Kingsbridge 01548 550642 The dress Eddy K from Perfections, Plymouth 01752 262121 | www.perfectionbridalandmenswear.co.uk Photography Melanie Barnfield Photography 07878 919561 | www.melaniebarnfieldphotography.com

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the pride of devon wedding Emily and Nick words Jessica Mayne Having become friends while working for the same company, Nick and Emily’s love for sport brought them together; he spent years teaching her tennis and windsurfing before they finally became a couple. Whilst visiting Emily’s family in Vancouver, Nick proposed. Unlike most brides, Emily saw the dress of her dreams straight away. Despite the extravagant layers of tulle which made the base of the David Fielden dress quite big, she insisted that it was so comfortable she “didn’t want to ever take it off!” Quickly ruling out London, they decided on Devon as a location because Nick grew up in the county and Emily’s parents honeymooned there. They chose the first venue they visited, The Great Barn in Ashton. Surrounded by rolling hills and typical Devonshire cottages, the immaculate barn had been restored to its 15th century glory to create a stunning wedding venue. Complete with a walled garden for the drinks reception, it ticked all the boxes for the couple. Nick and Emily opted for a Devon themed wedding and the ceremony took place in the 15th century local church lit by original candelabras. Emily’s friends from The Royal Opera House sang hymns during the service, which heightened the ambience. Bringing the countryside of Devon indoors, the church flowers consisted of gorgeous blue hydrangeas, cornflowers and lavender. Florist Joanna Game also created the table and wall flower arrangements, and napkins were wrapped in fresh herb bundles, lending an elegant yet rustic country feel. Dartmoor Kitchens helped Nick and Emily create a Devon-stamped menu, which included a board selection of cured Devon meats and pickles to start, Devon rump of lamb or Devon salmon and 'Devon mess' for dessert. Each guest received a miniature bottle of local cider as favours. Tapping into the expertise of their suppliers, the couple asked the caterers, venue owners, florist and even stylists – most of whom lived in Devon – to come up with creative ideas themselves. The only element from outside the county was the six-piece London band, Central Groove who certainly didn’t disappoint and managed to get everyone on the dance floor. Emily’s top tip for brides is simple, “let your groom organise the honeymoon. It’s such a great surprise and they love the responsibility!” The honeymoon setting in question was Costa Rica, which Emily describes as “paradise.”

The venue The Great Barn, Ashton 01647 252552 | www.thegreatbarndevon.co.uk The dress David Fielden from Teokath 020 8971 2000 | www.teokath.co.uk The flowers Joanna Game Flowers 01647 231657 | www.joannagameflowers.com Photography Rebecca Roundhill 07855 576687 | www.rebeccaroundhill.co.uk

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the country celebration Jodie and Andy  The exotic climes of the Bahamas was the backdrop for a fortuitous meeting between pilot Andy and Jodie, who works for the same airline as a member of the cabin crew. Settling on a country style wedding theme, the couple chose the elegant venue of Langdon Court and set the tone with a gorgeous selection of contemporary country flowers with hanging orchids. The Bucks Fizz was flowing as Jodie spent the morning of the wedding with her family getting ready. Despite planning to use Andy’s dad’s Jaguar as the wedding car, there was a hitch when their driver accidentally locked the keys in the boot and there were no spares! “I arrived at the church in an estate taxi,” says Jodie, “but I didn’t care as all I wanted was to get to the church and everyone had a good laugh about it. Luckily, after the service, as Andy and I were waiting on the church steps, the Jaguar appeared around the corner and we left the church in style with a bottle of champagne.” The party made their way to Langdon Court where they tucked into canapés and mini Devon cream teas with Kir Royale in the gardens. The wedding breakfast was a sumptuous selection of mozzarella and tomato with basil and a pesto dressing, roast chicken with game chips, vegetables and bread sauce, followed by a choice of lemon tart and chocolate kahlua tart with clotted cream. After many tears flowed during the speeches, a gorgeous and emotional day gave way to a relaxed evening of chatting and dancing, “it really was just perfect,” says Jodie. The perfect day was the prelude to a heavenly honeymoon, comprising 12 nights in the Seychelles: six nights on Denis Island and six nights on Praslin. Jodie advises a calm approach, “Try not to get too stressed out; things will happen on the day which were not planned but it all works out.” She adds, “On the day, try and take ten minutes to the two of you, take a step back and watch everyone enjoying themselves and absorb the atmosphere. Enjoy every minute as it is the most amazing day.”

The venue Ugborough Church followed by Langdon Court Hotel, Plymouth 01752 862358 | www.langdoncourt.com The dress Benjamin Roberts from Aphrodite Brides, Ivybridge 01752 895353 | www.aphroditebrides.co.uk The flowers Jo Moore Photography Andrew Coulter Photography 056017 11335 www.acoulter-photography.co.uk

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were informed that we had to use the inhouse caterers, which we didn’t want to do. We have now been told that we can have our own caterers but we must hire in all our own equipment. Can they do this and what

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arrive, during the signing of the register and when everyone is leaving. We can’t afford very much. Do you have any ideas?

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of your own music? Most vicars will be happy to do this, although you may have to give them a list of

songs you wish to play and provide the equipment to play them on. Make sure that you have enough music to last at least an hour and have a rehearsal to check for sound and quality. Then ask an usher or friend to press play/stop at the right times. If you would rather have a live performance, check out the entertainment directory on www. wedmagazine.co.uk where you’ll find a range of acts, including string quartets and singers who perform gospel, jazz and love songs.

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