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The modern bride’s guide to a beautifully bespoke wedding in Devon


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When we planned our bridal fashion story, ‘Love Struck’, at Hotel Endsleigh, we pictured roaming the beautiful grounds, capturing our selection of gowns against the gorgeous nooks of the gardens on the cusp of spring. The light would be perfect, the promise of warmth in the air, the buds about to burst into life. What we didn’t plan for was a storm battering the county with torrential rain and gale-force winds!

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We decided to embrace what the elements threw at us nevertheless – from the gloomy skies across the wooded valley, the strong gusts of wind and the wintery chill that our wonderful model braved. And the results are enchanting – full of drama and steely, windswept beauty.

Photography Barry Jeffery Photography Dress Willowby by Watters, The Bridal Room St Ives Tiaras Jon Richard

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It reminded me that sometimes things don’t go according to plan but, so often, that’s when the magic happens. It’s a thought worth bearing in mind on your wedding day. Now approaching our tenth anniversary issue here in Devon, we’ve had the fortune to cover many beautiful weddings over the years, everything from quirky-cool woodland ceremonies and laid-back seaside nuptials to incredibly elegant country house celebrations at Devon’s most magnificent venues. And, despite careful planning, many of these couples faced things not going quite the way they’d envisaged – from downpours during a beach wedding to a blizzard at a spring celebration. And, rather than let it dampen their spirits, each of these couples embraced whatever the heavens threw at them; they now look back on those moments – whether it was heading out to the shore for windswept photographs while struggling to hold onto their umbrellas or trudging through snow to the church when traffic came to a standstill – as the ones they cherish the most. As Cherie, whose plans for a garden ceremony on the edge of Dartmoor were scuppered by heavy rain, says: “With any luck, your wedding won’t look anything like you imagined – it’ll be better. Just roll with everything…even the weather.” In these pages you’ll find the beauty of the seasons celebrated through inspiration-packed styled shoots, from the heat of summer and its stunning seasonal flowers in ‘Rose in Bloom’ to a Scandi-inspired winter wedding in ‘In the Deep Midwinter.’ And our wonderful real weddings take us from Kate and Will’s magical Christmas wedding at the Deer Park to Katie and John’s sun-drenched celebrations on the shores of Woolacombe. Each wedding is a celebration of the couple – their love, their families and their personalities – and each is filled with a magic you simply can’t plan for. Enjoy! Rebecca

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS The Wedding Company in Plympton is home to an extensive selection of designer dresses, offering a stunning style for brides of all tastes – from free-spirited frocks to full-on fairytale. And the collection is growing thanks to the arrival of some dazzling new designers. Wtoo by Watters, a collection of super-stylish dresses from formfitting lace to princess confections, is amongst the lusted-after labels, while Willowby by Watters is the talk of wedding world thanks to its enchanting brand of airy, natural dresses for the boho bride who desires a little luxe on her wedding day. May sees the arrival of the latest collection by renowned Spanish designer, Pronovias, adding fabulously flattering styles to the rails for brides with fashionforward tastes through to those seeking a classic, romantic design. The arrival of the new Enchanting collection by Mon Cheri is also causing a stir at the Plympton boutique. With every dress retailing at under £1,200, the softly gathered Chantilly lace and spectacular beadwork on this gorgeous collection will have you feeling every inch the beautiful bride. the-wedding-company.co.uk

Is there anything more luxurious for a bride-to-be than a relaxing and indulgent spa afternoon? We’ve teamed up with Exeter Golf & Country Club to give away a spa package for two, including a very special facial and a sumptuous afternoon tea – valued at £190.

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Treat your skin with the Elemis turbo-charged facial, combining five innovative methods for a wedding-ready glow. Following a skin consultation, relax on the heated spa couches in the dual treatment room while your therapist transforms your skin using a combination of ultrasonic, light therapy, O2 infusion, microcurrent and galvanic therapies specifically tailored to your skin type. A deep tissue massage follows to ensure a feeling of Younger Photography

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After an hour of spa indulgence, our lucky winners will enjoy a fizz afternoon tea, served with a choice of Prosecco or a gin and tonic in Wear Park Restaurant alongside idyllic views across the putting green of the golf course. exetergcc.co.uk To enter: Send an email to wed@wedmagazine.co.uk entitled ‘Win a spa afternoon’ and include your name, address and contact number. Competition closes on 31st May 2019. Terms and conditions: Prize is valid Monday to Thursday. Prize must be taken by 31st August 2019. No alternatives will be offered. Winner will be chosen at random and informed by email. Entrants’ email addresses will be added to the wedmagazine.co.uk newsletter, highlighting news, special offers, competitions, events and inspiration. Entrants can unsubscribe at any time.

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16. DARLING BUDS Soft shades and dainty blooms for a wedding that sings of spring

More than a piece of jewellery, choosing a wedding or engagement ring by award-winning artist goldsmith Isabella

18. LOVE STRUCK Dreamily romantic gowns adorned with intricate lace and statement florals

Day is about sharing a piece of your story. “Our secret is simple – I listen,” says Isabella. “Making

30. STAR OF THE SHOW Top-trending gowns guaranteed to steal the spotlight

the perfect ring is about understanding what makes your relationship special, so before I put pencil to paper, I invite

38. WED’S BOUDOIR Bridal beauty tips and trends

you in for a cup of tea and listen. Some couples share a love of long walks or comic books, others remember fondly the place

47. CATCH THE EYE Super-glam bridal beauty inspiration for statement-making brides

they first met. Every relationship is different but they all have something unique.”

52. WORKING THE GROOM Style tips for the man of the moment

And unique is the name of the game for Isabella, who loves to remodel inherited rings into new pieces, and also specialises in

56. ROSE IN BLOOM Draw inspiration from the English rose for a fresh-from-a-fairytale aesthetic 72. SPRING AWAKENING Darling décor and pretty petals for an English country garden wedding

making her own gold alloys, including peach, rose, green and grey gold, from her studio at Cockington Court in Torquay. Perhaps her most unusual – and lusted-after – pieces are her star map rings, which show the stars in the night sky at an exact moment in time. It could be the moment of the

88. IN THE DEEP MIDWINTER Scandinavian inspiration for a magical winter wedding

proposal, a special memory or even from the night you met. With each design being a true one-off, Isabella’s rings make for an extraordinarily beautiful and meaningful piece to treasure.

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40. LOCAL TREASURES Rings inspired by the beauty of the landscape

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42. THE LOOK OF LOVE The beauty experts pick their top bridal hair and make-up trends

See in the new year with the utmost style and celebration, with a fantastic

55. WED’S HIP LIST Fresh, fun and fabulous ways to style your day

New Year’s Eve wedding at Dartington Hall. A particularly magical time of year to tie the knot, the special package includes a welcome roast dinner for you and your guests on 30th December, plus the use of the bridal suite. Then, when your New Year’s Eve wedding day begins on 31st December, you’ll enjoy exclusive use of the medieval courtyard, ceremony room hire, your choice of coloured linen for the Great Hall, and the bridal suite for the night of the wedding. Your guests will be well fed and watered with organic sparkling wine and canapés for the drinks reception, a three-course seasonal wedding breakfast, half a bottle of Dartington cellar wine per person with the meal and organic sparkling wine to toast during speeches. And thanks to complimentary menu tasting, you’ll know that they’re getting the finest and freshest flavours. And that’s not all: there will be an evening ‘Devon Feast’ of local meats, cheeses, and artisan breads, plus, of

61. THE WED A-Z The alphabet of wedding planning basics from A-Z 67. FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE The 10 most common wedding disagreements – and how to navigate them 77. DO ME A FAVOUR Ideas for flavoursome favours with a Devon twist 82. COOL CANVAS Top-trending ideas for a marvellously modern wedding under canvas

course, a glass of organic sparkling wine at midnight to ring in the new year.

93. PUPPY LOVE How to throw a dog-friendly wedding

For £14,950 for 70 adults (with the option of including additional guests

98. SOCIAL SKILLS How to handle social media on your big day

in the package), you’ll also get reduced B&B rates for the use of the 50 courtyard bedrooms. Surrounded by your family and friends, you and your guests will have something truly memorable to look forward to following the excitement and festivities of Christmas! With the very best local, seasonal food, log fires and the incredibly atmospheric medieval Great Hall, the Dartington Hall team will ensure your special day is crafted around you and

102. AGE OF ELEGANCE Romantic wedding venues with an enchanting history 116. A WISE BRIDE ONCE TOLD ME… Newly-weds give the lowdown on what they wish they’d known

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108. THE VENUE Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Devon

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The wearing of veils can be traced back to Greek and Roman times when it was believed to protect brides from evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness.

122. GOT WED Newly-weds share a glimpse of their day 154. NOTES ON A WEDDING Top tips for your planning pleasure

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Blending creative storytelling with a bold sense of fun, Rockrose Photography is a Devon-based wedding photography business headed up by Jules, who has a decade of experience capturing weddings of all sizes and styles. “It’s your day, and we aim to capture the essence, fun and emotion of your wedding without being intrusive,” she says. “You will hardly notice we are there.” Specialising in documentary-style wedding photography and portraiture, Jules’ deep love of landscape photography means she always encourages couples to incorporate the natural beauty of Devon into their wedding. Also experienced in engagement and elopement shoots, Jules knows how to put couples at ease in front of the camera. “You can pick your favourite spot. Maybe a beach, the moors or the spot that means so much to both of you,” she says. “We can spend a couple of hours getting to know you both and breaking the ice – it is a great way to get over the initial ‘I hate having my photo taken’ feeling. You will be pros by the end and ready for your wedding day.” Head over to Jules’ website for a taster of her beautiful work. rockrosephotography.co.uk

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THE PEARL OF THE COUNTY Deep in the secluded Devon countryside and perched on the edge of Dartmoor, many of Hotel Endsleigh’s 18 bedrooms have magnificent views of the gardens, the River Tamar and beyond into Cornwall. A Grade I historic house set in fairytale woodland, follies, grottos and gardens created by renowned landscape designer Humphry Repton, it was the picture-perfect setting for our bridal fashion story ‘Love Struck’ on page 18. Spoilt for choice when it came to backdrops, we explored the 100 acres of scenic grounds, from the formal gardens running down to the river to the picturesque dell and wonderful arboretum. Individually designed bedrooms and the new Stable suites are the epitome of elegance, boasting luxuries such as roll-top bathtubs, wood-burning stoves and oak-panelled original features, ensuring your wedding venue is a show-stopper that retains a sense of tradition. With every ground floor room of the hotel licensed for civil ceremonies – including the Parterre garden and the ever-so-quaint Shell House – Hotel Endsleigh is a unique and magical place to celebrate your marriage. hotelendsleigh.com

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BESPOKE BLOOMS Your wedding flowers should be as individual as you are, something that Emma of Emma Hewlett Floral Design practises as well as preaches. Her luxe florals – which focus on elegant simplicity – are unique, beautiful and will complement rather than overpower your bridal vision, with bespoke bouquets created from the highest quality flowers. With more than 15 years of experience as a boutique florist, not only does Emma promise to be “passionate about creating unique floral designs that reflect you and your personal style, always

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accommodating your budget”, she is also mindful of minimising the use of non-biodegradable floral foam, cellophane and plastics, to be as environmentally friendly as possible. “We believe a flower’s natural beauty speaks for itself,” says Emma. “The art lies in pairing it with complementary foliage and contrasting varieties, so that each luxurious arrangement is designed to maximise

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MAKE THE MOST OF THE COAST A sanctuary by the sea, Woolacombe Bay Hotel is an inviting coastal retreat, which has just undergone the largest renovation in its 40-year history. With the awe-inspiring beauty of the Atlantic Ocean on your doorstep, and a selection of ceremony rooms, it’s an ideal spot to host everything from an elopement for two to a grand wedding affair with up to 150 guests. Now, thanks to the opening of its new Alchemist Spa – complete with a beautiful rasul, giant copper tub, a thermal suite with a heated pool, sauna and steam room, and Natural Spa Factory treatments – it’s a haven of wellbeing, allowing you and your guests to fully embrace some seaside relaxation. Located just yards from the award-winning Woolacombe Beach, nearly all of the 58 bedrooms and all luxury suites offer stunning seascapes – as do the hotel’s restaurants, Doyle’s and The Bay Brasserie. The hotel is also home to 31 beach-chic self-catering apartments just 300 yards from the hotel, allowing you a beach day before returning to relax further at the spa, or unwind in front of a movie at the private 30-seater Neo Cinema, which offers plush lounge-style seats and G&Ts! Or, if you’re after some more action, there’s a gym, Bay Lido with heated pool, firepit, pitch & putt, and tennis courts, ideal for mixing up your activities on a hen party, pre-wedding fitness break, minimoon – or your wedding itself, of course! woolacombe-bay-hotel.co.uk

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MUSIC IS THE FOOD OF LOVE When the vows have been exchanged, the speeches made and the wedding feast devoured, it’s time to party – and the choice of music can make or break the ambience. You want someone who’ll play the tunes you adore, have your guests exclaiming “Ooh, I love this one!” and keep the dance floor filled until the early hours. The sole purpose of Offbeat Entertainment is to deliver exceptional wedding parties for couples seeking something truly memorable and standout. Embracing a ‘start from scratch’ approach to cut loose all the tired clichés of wedding DJs, Sebastian of Offbeat Entertainment promises an endlessly fun experience, with advanced mixing techniques and imaginative switch-ups. Plus, combined with high quality lighting equipment including laser effects, uplights and LED colour washes, he’ll create a show-stopping scene to go with his sound. In Sebastian’s own words: “If you’re looking for someone who enjoys going the extra mile and shattering your expectations of wedding DJing, you’ve come to the right place.” Sounds pretty great to us! offbeatentertainment.co.uk

SUITE DREAMS Couples marrying at Coombe Trenchard have a treat instore thanks to some fabulous additions recently unveiled by owner Sarah and her team at this beautiful country house venue. The bridal accommodation has been extended to offer a stunning suite of three charming and spacious rooms, creating a haven of peace, comfort and tranquility dedicated to couples for their wedding celebration. A new bridal preparation suite at this exclusive hire venue in the west of Devon has perfect privacy, light, space and calm for the wedding morning. Ensuring the bridal bedroom no longer needs to be bursting at the seams with hair, make-up, hangers, hats and heels, couples now have so much more space to play with. A stunning light-filled room for getting ready is adjoined by a relaxing bridal bedroom perfect for luxuriating in and a gorgeous en-suite bathroom with a clawfooted bath tub.  Available for wedding hire during the summer months each year, with a handful of dates remaining for 2019, this venue is full of Edwardian country house charm and unrivalled finishing touches, with glorious gardens and views across Dartmoor that make a most enchanting backdrop for wedding photographs. Turn to page 138 for Aku and John’s gorgeous country house wedding at this very special venue. coombetrenchard.co.uk Photography Venetia Norrington Photography Flowers & styling Sarah at Coombe Trenchard

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An extraordinary new wedding venue has opened its doors in Plymouth – and it’s set to stir the heart strings of couples seeking dramatic historic features, married with luxurious modern styling. Custom House sits in a picture-perfect waterside location along the cobbles of Plymouth’s atmospheric Barbican. All lofty ceilings, striking wooden panelling and ornate detailing, the Grade II listed building bears the graceful hallmarks of Victorian architecture. Now lovingly restored, gorgeous modern touches abound, from the plush furnishings and stylish Cellar Bar to the Sonos music system throughout. It makes for a unique and elegant event space for exclusive weddings with up to 240 guests in attendance, with a choice of seven beautifully styled settings for civil ceremonies and a wow-worthy choice of reception rooms. There’s even accommodation for 16 people in the venue’s harbour-side apartments; each thoughtfully designed space makes for a contemporary and comfortable spot to relax after the celebrations. Imagine the romance of a winter wedding, taking your vows amidst the candlelit drama of the historic setting and toasting your marriage in the cosy Cellar Bar. Then there’s the promise of a summer celebration, enjoying photographs on the sun-kissed waterfront before celebrations in elegant rooms flooded with natural light. Whatever the season, you are assured a positively dreamy day where the service from the highly skilled wedding team meets the enchantment of this exceptional venue. customhouseplymouth.co.uk

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New bridal accessories designer on the block, Jane Elizabeth crafts an intricate range of finishing pieces from her Torbay studio. From glinting crystals and creamy pearls to shells and beads, she specialises in bespoke designs tailored to each bride’s vision, whether it’s a delicate hair vine or comb through to a more statement headdress or tiara. janelizabeth.co.uk Seeking matching sparkle for your maids? Or a splash of statement bling for your W-day look? From subtle to standout, uber-cool jewellery brand Tada & Toy has a must-have finish touch for the modern bridal party. We love the personalised charm earrings, while the star earrings are a fun gift for your superstar bridesmaids! tadaandtoy.com Cast in sand and set with dazzling diamonds, this seriously stunning pendant from jeweller extraordinaire Justin Duance is a unique and covetable piece to treasure forever. justind.co.uk

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Plymouth’s Best Kept Secret Custom House is Plymouth’s newest and most exciting wedding venue. The stunning Grade II* building is set in the heart of the picturesque Barbican Waterfront and offers a truly unique, stylish venue unlike anywhere else in the city. To find out more or to arrange your tour, visit us online today.

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darling buds Fill your wedding with soft colours, dainty florals and fresh-from-the-hedgerow touches that sing of spring compiled by Rebecca Matthews

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cornflower and poppy, to attract butterflies and bees. notonthehighstreet.com 5. Not only will this candle from St Eval Candle Company’s Garden of Eden collection scent your wedding with the beautiful and restorative fragrance of geranium, the leaf design will add an elegant touch to your tabletops. stevalcandlecompany.co.uk 1.

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9. Heather is a symbol of luck, protection and the fulfilment of a dream, which makes this dainty heather locket, which features two tiny clusters of stamen that ingeniously pop in and out from their flowers, a perfect piece to wear on W-day. vwjewellery.co.uk 10. Inspired by wild flowers, these textured earrings make a chic accessory for brides and bridesmaids. caroleallenjewellery.co.uk

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PIROUETTE Set in the historic West Quarter, The House That Moved is home to our beautiful collection. We are stockists of Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgley, Rebecca Ingram & Lou Lou Bridal, and offer an private appointment and bespoke alteration service.

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Suzanne Neville, Sam Cox Bridalwear Earrings Lovely

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Sophia Tolli, The Wedding Company Claire Austin Earrings & Fred’s necklaces Halo & Co

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The Bridal Room St Ives

Tiaras

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Lovely, Honiton

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Pirouette, Exeter

Rebecca Matthews assisted by Lucy Higgins Hair

pirouettethecollection.com

The Bridal Room St Ives

Craig Chapman Hair Design

thebridalroomstives.co.uk

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The Wedding Company, Plympton

Flowers

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Gorse & Thorn gorseandthorn.com Models

Claire Austin claireaustinengland.com

Portia Okotcha

Halo & Co

Fred at Craig Chapman Hair Design

Jon Richard

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star of the show From statement silhouettes to dazzling details, here’s our pick of the season’s spotlight-stealing gowns words Hannah May If there’s ever a time to own the limelight ladies, it’s now. Your wedding day provides the ultimate excuse to don a head-turning gown that not only speaks volumes about your own sartorial personality, but showcases modern bridal style to truly eye-catching effect. We’ve canvassed the latest catwalk looks for the most-wanted trends to show you exactly how to dress matrimonially à la mode…

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STAR OF THE SHOW Kenneth Winston, The Bridal Box

LouLou Bridal, Kate Walker Bridal

Jesus Peiro, Lovely

Pronovias, The Wedding Company Ella Rosa, The Bridal Box LouLou Bridal, Kate Walker Bridal Sophia Tolli, The Wedding Company

Catherine Deane, The Ivory Secret

Stephanie Allin Lovely

Jesus Peiro, Lovely

to permeate into bridal fashion. Waterfall skirts are a prime example, with dramatic billowing veils and the must-have accessory, the kaftan, also making waves on the catwalks.

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With today’s trends embracing an air of regal romance, a sense of the theatrical continues

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Drama queen

Anything with extra volume achieves the high drama look, from floaty boho gowns with dynamic layering to sweeping fairytale gowns and bustles – it’s all about putting yourself on a fashion pedestal and making an ultra-memorable entrance. Think shoulder or elbow-length veils with beaded fringes or lace trims, sequin-encrusted kaftans or capes, big ballgowns and tiered skirts for show-stealing flair.

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Sophia Tolli, The Wedding Company

Willowby by Watters, The Ivory Secret

Shady lady

Maggie Sottero, Pirouette

One definite way to hit a six in the style stakes is to opt for colour. Whether it’s a focal splash or head-to-toe tinting, selecting a contemporary shade is the easiest way to ensure a fashion-forward bridal look. Designers are currently enjoying a love affair with blue, particularly of the powder variety, which evokes a Disney-esque aesthetic and makes the ideal double-the-impact pairing with a princess gown. Then there’s blush pastels and pink frocks, with the odd lavender and pale green gown making standout appearances on the catwalks. From subtle ombré effects to coloured skirts, select your own way to sport a shade that individually suits. And what screams ‘look at me’ more than metallics, with everything

Charlie Brear, Lovely

from champagne and rose gold to the hue du jour, silver, causing a stir. Don a diva-like glitter gown or mirror dress to command a spotlight

Willowby by Watters, The Wedding Company

Willowby by Watters, The Wedding Company

that follows your every light-glinting move from day to night.

Willowby by Watters, The Wedding Company

Eliza Jane Howell,

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Pronovias premier stockist Wtoo by Watters Sophia Tolli Enchanting Charlotte balbier Lou Lou bridal Dessy Bridesmaids

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Charlie Brear, Lovely

Enchanting, The Wedding Company

Sexy shapes Silhouettes are form-flauntingly striking, from seductive mermaids to mesmerising mini dresses, while more demure, cover-up styles are enjoying risqué features such as plunge backs and deep V-necklines. Mini dresses are all the rage and are ideal for a flirty ’60s vibe or as an evening gown change for a practical and playful party look. Rock the layered look with a robe dress, or opt for chic coordinates (suits and separates) to personally dress to your shape while making a less traditional yet still standout statement, combining a casual ready-to-wear look with bespoke couture.

Sophia Tolli, The Wedding Company

Jumpsuits are another form de rigueur, where androgynous tailoring is softened with sheer fabrics, feminine cuts and dainty details for en vogue va-va-voom that’s as arresting as it is elegant. Rebecca Ingram, Pirouette

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STAR OF THE SHOW Willowby by Watters, The Ivory Secret

Maggie Sottero, Pirouette

Lusan Mandongus, Lovely

Catherine Deane, The Ivory Secret

Sottero & Midgley, Pirouette

Willowby by Watters, The Ivory Secret

Maggie Sottero, Pirouette

Maggie Sottero, Pirouette

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Jesus Peiro Lovely

Catherine Deane, The Ivory Secret

Ella Rosa, The Bridal Box

Jesus Peiro, Lovely

Ella Rosa, The Bridal Box

Catherine Deane, The Ivory Secret

Stephanie Allin Lovely

From the accessories to personalised features, what so often makes a show-stopping gown is the minutiae. Feathers, pom-poms and florals (think cascading or oversized) are all attention-grabbing embellishments, while statement sleeves (puffy, sheer tulle, lace balloon or flower-embellished) ensure top-trending impact. Whether you wish to literally shine with the addition of sequins, metallic embellishments, tonal beading and crystals, or incorporate some bows and ribbons into your ensemble – anything supersized or in dazzling abundance spells so-now style.

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It’s all in the details

Catherine Deane, The Ivory Secret

Catherine Deane, The Ivory Secret

The Bridal Box thebridalbox.co.uk The Ivory Secret theivorysecret.co.uk Kate Walker Bridal katewalkerbridal.co.uk Lovely lovelybridal.co.uk Pirouette pirouettethecollection.com The Wedding Company the-wedding-company.co.uk

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sensitive soul Prone to sensitive skin but dreaming of a smooth and glowing bridal complexion? Make sure you show your skin some love before the big day; don’t wait until the morning of the wedding to slather it in moisturiser and hope for the best! A face mask that’s perfect to put on when you’re needing a quiet five minutes, the Collagen Firming Hydration Mask by Margrete Gotye is specially designed for dry and sensitive skin types. The fruit fibre paper mask infuses skin-healing hydration to give you renewed radiance, has great breathability and moisture absorption, and the ingredients are antibacterial to help fight allergy and acne, revealing a radiant and hydrated glow. Use the mask a few times in the lead-up to the wedding and you’ll be dazzling, dewy and downright gorgeous! margretegotye.co.uk

eyes on the prize They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, so if there’s one feature you want to accentuate on your big day, it’s your eyes! We’re suckers for a standout W-day look, and these shimmering cream eyeshadows are a sensation. Whether you’re a bride seeking an iridescent glow or a bit of dazzle for the evening, Butter London’s Eye Glosses will bring a shimmer and shine to your make-up look. In party-perfect shades of coppers, pinks and silvers, they smooth on easily and will last all day to help your peepers pop from first kiss to last dance. feelunique.com

bare-faced beauty It’s all well and good having beautiful make-up that won’t shift all day or night long, so you can celebrate in style without having to worry about touch-ups. But what happens at the end of the night, when you just want to fall into bed with nothing on your face but a smile, but without scrubbing your face red raw to remove all that hard-to-shift make-up? Enter Nivea’s Micellair Professional Make-up Remover. Promising absolutely no product residue, it removes even waterproof mascara without the need for harsh rubbing on your eyes, and its skinbreathing technology means you’ll feel fresh-faced in no time. nivea.co.uk

lip service For super-soft lips on your wedding day, this lightly tinted lip balm will be a gorgeous addition to your make-up bag. The moisturising formula is infused with an antioxidant blend to help protect lips as well as giving them a smooth and buttery finish and, with a light texture, it glides on smoothly and gives just a hint of colour and sparkle. In a range of subtle shades, we love ‘Orgasm’, which uses a hint of gold pearl to deliver a flush of peachy radiance to your lips. With a pleasant and light scent, it gives a natural hint of nude, without that waxy finish. narscosmetics.co.uk

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LOCAL TREASURES Be inspired by the sublime landscape of the south-west for your ring design words Hannah May

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Whether it’s a rural romance or seaside

unusual rustic texture; it’s a very natural process and

Exeter-based jeweller Erin Cox also draws inspiration

celebration you’re planning, the county’s sublime

no two rings are the same.”

from her sublime surroundings. Her beguiling collection of individually handcrafted rings presents

landscape can be echoed in your wedding day in everything from the colour scheme and the

From texture to colour, there’s a number of ways

oceanic attributes courtesy of gorgeous aquamarine

floristry to the stationery and – perhaps most

to weave a sense of place into your wedding rings.

and blue sapphire stones, along with her signature

meaningfully – the rings.

“We offer a range of ethically sourced diamonds

“refined, fluid, molten texture” that is reminiscent of

and gemstones in a beautiful variety of colours – our

wave-lashed rock, moorland crag and rugged coastal

With designer-makers using the country and coast as

Montana sapphires particularly remind us of the ocean

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their muse, their collections are becoming increasingly

with their varying tones of blues and greens that

symbolic of not only a couple’s love for each other, but

change in different light,” continues Justin. “The shapes

Pick from pieces such as her gorgeously texturised

the place in which they wed.

and styles of our settings are often reminiscent of the

Otter rings, which give a striking, sea-worn aesthetic,

sea, featuring organic curves and waves.”

or a stunning sand-coloured champagne diamond complete with on-trend geometric cut for statement

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our pieces too,” says the innovative jeweller.

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Between reception must-haves and fashion movements, anyone with an eye on the trends may start to fear that

The beauty of today’s wedding hair and make-up is it can be as individual as you are, bringing a fashion-forward aesthetic while staying true to your own style. Here, the experts share their predictions on the pretty! words Hannah May

they’re starting to follow the crowds, rather than paving their own stylistic way. The true key to trendsetting is to take what’s hot and make it your own: putting an individual stamp on a right-now trend to ensure that you emerge an enhanced, more modernised version of you. Your hair and make-up are no exception. Why spend time and effort on seating plans and signage when you don’t afford as much consideration to your own finishing touches, which can make a huge difference to your final bridal look? We’ve asked industry professionals about the latest trends causing a stir in the wedding hair and make-up world to help you achieve a fresh and fabulous – yet so-you – look on W-day.

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LUSCIOUS LOCKS From messy undone styles to sleek centre partings, fringes, tendrils and even mohawks, bridal hair is having a charismatic wedding world moment. For brides seeking something classic and elegant, there’s scope for an effortlessly striking ’do, thanks to inspiration from Meghan Markle’s wedding hair. “Meghan rocked an undone ‘messy’ bun with a centre parting. This was done in a controlled way, making sure it didn’t become too wild after a few hours,” says Claire from The Pop Up Salon (thepopupsalon.co.uk). “A classically elegant chignon seems to be a huge trend for spring and this has become more popular thanks to Meghan Markle,” agrees Helen from Hello Gorgeous Ashton Jean-Pierre Photography

(hellogorgeoustruro.com). “Her loose chignon was styled with romantic tendrils and this soft dreamy look will inspire the direction of wedding hair for the coming season.” “There are some beautiful variations on this low loose bun, which works so well for our laid-back Devon brides,” says The Pop Up Salon’s Rebekah. “We have been working with these soft low dos for some time now, but for 2019 we are seeing added height and extra texture to them. Still soft but a little more edge – we are going less bridal, more catwalk!”

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There’s more inspiration for brides seeking a more statement mane. “If you’re not into beach waves, then a slightly more styled voluminous wave with an ’80s inspired flick is perfect for a modern and glamorous look,” suggests Helen. And it’s not just the ’80s that’s inspiring bridal hair. “I am also excited by the ’60s looks that have been all over the catwalks, and are filtering through to wedding hair – centre partings, but with lots of teasy texture!” says Rebekah, with Katie from from The Pop Up Salon agreeing. “The subtle ’60s can be done beautifully, with soft messy waves and a small bouffant – think Brigitte Bardot!” she says.

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front with ‘airy’ texture, adding micro braids and accessories for detail.” Roseanne from Ro Hair (rohair.co.uk) echoes the simplistic approach to bridal hair, but with a personalised twist. “All over the catwalk we are seeing low ponytails accessorised with beautiful fabric bows, a simple but huge statement, as well as headbands and flower crowns. Yet still the most simple of pins make the perfect finishing touch,” she observes. Adorn your crown with fresh flowers, a dainty hairband, bespoke headpiece or garden-inspired hair bouquet for spotlight-stealing tresses, with Katie predicting that: “Seasonal blooms delicately entwined to create pretty petal headpieces and oversized crowns of flowers are set to be bigger and better for this year’s wedding season.” And finally, don’t disregard the humble plait! “Braids for me are still big news,” says Katie. “I am working with fanned fishtails, Dutch and classic braids to add texture to almost any hairstyle.”

CAPTIVATING COSMETICS Whether you want to mirror your hair in your bridal make-up, or create a head-turning contrast between the two, experimenting with today’s top trends will help you to define your personal leanings – and leading look. With the catwalks awash with statement make-up including snowflake eyelashes, luminous and rosy complexions, bronzed eyelids, and winged or silver-foil liner, a new fairytale aesthetic has appeared, from unfussy and alluringly feminine to futuristic and attention-grabbing. “Skincare featured heavily backstage on the catwalks, which made my heart sing!” says Claire Bowring, a make-up artist and skin specialist (clairebowring.co.uk). “I am a huge advocate of looking after your skin so you glow from within – and I’m not talking in an overdone fake highlighter kind of way. Get that luminous, healthy glow that looks like you’ve just had a facial.” “Matte is out, all-over glow is in!” agrees Claire from The Pop Up Salon.

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“Meghan Markle embraced her freckles and used only the sheerest of foundation where needed. To create Meghan’s luminous look, replace a pressed powder with a foundation with a dewy finish.” Make-up artist Suzi Winter (suziwinter.co.uk) also predicts luminous skin will be a key request from brides over the coming season. “This year is all about glowy, luminous skin and soft pinky gold highlights. I think we will see a lot of dusty rose cheeks and soft berry lips, which were a favourite at Bridal Fashion Week, along with metallic nails.” Of course, there’s always room for a bold statement lip, and the red lip is having a resurgence, says Claire Bowring. “Keep make-up pared back elsewhere, with all the focus on the lip.” The other news for bridal beauty is that brows and lashes are still very much a key focus, especially beautiful, naturally groomed brows and luscious long lashes. “Look into LVL lashes, a lash treatment that lifts, volumises and lengthens all with your own lashes – a perfect way to enhance what you already have without it all looking too much,” says Claire Bowring. “Graphic eyeliner is still going strong this season too, with the ultimate cat flick being requested. And metallics and glitters are making an appearance this season, try just a little hint of it on the eyes with a soft shimmer or sparkle.” One thing is for sure, the trick of ensuring successful hair and make-up is to merge your own sense of style and natural look with what’s en vogue. After all, as cosmetics legend Bobbi Brown quite rightly asserts: “Beauty isn’t about looking perfect. It’s about celebrating your individuality.”

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taste even better, there’s no stopping us! With a veritable treasure trove of flavours, Exeterbased The Marble Kitchen has started taking wedding bookings, and has launched its mini wedding tasting sessions, so you can serve these incredible doughnuts on your big day... and did we mention they’re all vegan?! facebook.com/marblekitchenuk

LOVING CORAL Living Coral is the Pantone colour of the year and, we must say, we’re rather partial to its warming, mood-boosting vibe, reminiscent of sweet summer days and sublime sunsets. What’s more, it’s a perfect colour for pairing with other shades, especially grey, gold and navy; choose from subtle accents to an all-out medley of coral, peach and pink. This stationery suite from Hip Hip Hooray and bodycon dress from Lipsy positively sing of summer, while this cake by Emily Hankins

PICK OF THE BUNCH Balloons are having a moment in wedding world right now – from show-stopping installations to fun props for photos. These Crazy Bunches from Bubblegum Balloons are a fab idea, comprising a selection of specially chosen themed balloons; from colour-pop rainbow and fiesta vibes to chic rose gold and metallic, there’s a bunch for every bride. bubblegumballoons.co.uk

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BRINGING THE GIN TO YOU! This could be one of the coolest concepts we’ve seen for bringing gin to your guests... Introducing south Devon-based ‘Still on the Move’, which comprises a 1973 VW Pickup known as Ginny, lovingly restored and put back to work with an Italian-made copper still. The result? A unique vehicle that can travel anywhere to create your very own bespoke gin, flavoured with your choice of spices and botanicals. Guaranteed to make a fabulous and popular feature at your wedding, you might even gift your guests your personalised tipple as wedding favours. We’ll drink to that! stillonthemove.com

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rose in bloom With dappled sunlight streaming through the trees, this styled shoot celebrates the beauty of the rose in the most enchanting setting photography Toby Lowe Photography styling Amy Gilbert, The Flower Forest words Lucy Higgins

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From the soft shades and dreamily light skirts of the embroidered gown to the statement jewellery and bold lips, this styled shoot blends a delicate, ethereal aesthetic with a distinctly modern twist that lets the wild beauty of RHS Rosemoor in north Devon shine through. “Inspired by the month of June – the month of the rose – this shoot honours the beguiling beauty and scent of the English rose, and also the beauty and qualities of all of our wonderful British-grown cut flowers,” says Amy Gilbert of The Flower Forest, who styled the shoot. “The rose garden at RHS Rosemoor is a true sight to behold during late May and early June. It has to be one of the most beautiful and most scented places to sit and while away a few stolen moments. The roses included in the bouquet are all locally Devon-grown David Austin roses and wonderfully scented pinks, also grown in a specialist nursery in Devon.” The silken petals and hues of the flowers carry through to the name of the bridal gown – ‘Rose of the Forest’ – while the clean whites and soft pinks of the cake echo its delicate beauty. Where the sun lands on the details – glinting on the intricately embellished bodice, shining through the opaque tulle of the skirt, drawing colour to the bohemian braid woven with dainty flowers – it highlights the tender beauty of the fairytale.

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it also gives your besties the chance to reveal any prior

You’ve done it. You’re officially a

commitments or impending bridesmaid-averse issues

couple and on the brink of a lifelong

such as babies on the way or holidaying in Bali just as

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commitment to another person now the question has

you’re saying your vows. And finally, another important

been popped. Congratulations! Whether your magic

B: the bar. Everyone loves a freebie but be prepared

your other half), you’ll want to look and feel fantastic

moment was a tear-jerking bolt from the blue or a pre-

for expense and excess. There’s something about a no-

on the day. Whimsical high-low skirts might be hot on

planned extravaganza, the sentiment remains the same:

limits fridge that means over-indulgence can set in. If

the bridal catwalks right now but if you’d rather show

you’re The One. Now there’s a wedding to plan, so

a free bar is off-limits, a small cash injection behind the

off your sculpted shoulders (thank you, Eugenie) than

read on for our A-Z guide to planning the big day.

bar to start people off is always met with gratitude.

your knobbly knees, then do it. From long sleeves,

start anything else, sit down and work out realistically

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deep pockets and jumpsuits to hot pants and tuxedos,

what you have to spend. Weddings are dreamy once-

include the kind of sugarcraft a one-man effort simply

in-a-lifetime days. And they also have a habit of racking

cannot compete with. A huge amount of work goes

up immense bills. Aim low in your initial estimate and

into a professional cake so don’t forget to budget for

any help from parents will be a welcome surprise.

this and shop around. Who doesn’t love tasting small

Now, another B: the bridal party. The first thing

sugary treats all weekend? Catering is less likely to be a

once your news is out there. But remember, the big

some people think once the ring is on your finger is

homemade effort even if the menu is ‘undone’. Locally

day is still to come, so although you understandably

“when’s the stag or hen do?” and that’s where those

sourced menus and food-from-a-van outfits are all very

want to start the party right now, you might want to

all-important Bs comes into place – the best man and

now and offer a myriad of options, but likewise your

sit down and plan that budget before you spend the

bridesmaids. Get together early, organise your official

venue may have in-house caterers so check with what

next 18 months downing bubbly and saying: “You

party and talk outfits. If you’re going to put them in

they offer and allow.

only do it once!”

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is for catering

there’s a unique look for every single bride. It is your

Undone, homemade cakes might be

moment in the spotlight, so go with whatever your

economical, but formal creations that

heart desires (budget permitting; see B!).

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are always well received, and homemade favours add a lovely touch if you have the time, patience and ability. If not, there are hundreds of unique options available to suit most themes – see page 77 for some of our favourite ideas. And when it comes to another important F – flowers – it’s worth remembering that fresh flowers emit a scent as well as look beautiful, which is worth considering if you’re pondering the idea of faux flowers.

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is for guests Guest lists need to be nailed early. Until you have some idea of numbers, it’s

impossible to set a budget or start viewing venues. Another G – gift lists – come in the form of traditional – letting guests know your choices from a particular store – to more contemporary options of funds towards the honeymoon or suggesting that a cash gift would be well received. Do what feels right for you and your guests.

H

is for holidays Hen parties aren’t compulsory nor need to be raucous drink-fuelled events

(although these are certainly fun!) – our recent favourites include dreamcatcher workshops and chocolate ceremonies. Hen dos can be entirely bespoke so let your besties know your dream 48 hours and see if they can make it happen. Honeymoons can be – for some – more important than the big day itself. If funds are unlimited, then the world is your oyster and so are the kinds of experiences you can enjoy. And it doesn’t just have to be about you; honeymoon volunteering is on the rise, and is an exciting and worthwhile way to spend some time together after the wedding.

I

is for invitations Invitations can go out as early as you like but remember the later you leave it may mean your

guests have other plans. Save the dates are handy and can be sent nine months to a year beforehand, then tradition states the formal invitations go out six to eight weeks before the day.

J

is for just married Post-ceremony or post-party transport is one way to go out in style. The Cambridges and

Sussexes both nailed it with their super-glam exits

K

is for kiss Didn’t Harry and Meghan nail it? So Hollywood! Some say go for it and others

say remain cool with a quick peck. It’s hard to know

in stylish motors with beaming smiles and twinkling

what you look like when locked in a loving embrace so

diamonds. However you want to travel – on foot, by

we say a few practice sessions in front of the mirror (or

bike, cars, boats, trains or even helicopters – there

selfies) should do the trick!

are some serious photo ops in there, so beam with happiness and revel in your newly married status.

L

is for little ones Children look adorable at weddings, but not everyone wants to have to a think about the

logistics of catering for tiddlers on their big day. So if your invitation is strictly adults-only, make it very clear on the invitation and your guests will understand, be able to make alternative childcare arrangements – and enjoy themselves! If children are invited, they will need entertainment. It doesn’t have to be lavish – though there are some seriously creative options out there (think LED robots and animatronic puppetry!) should you want to go big. But a few simple balloon animals, old-fashioned garden games or classic paper and crayons can still keep kids entertained.

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wants some time out. Parties can be overwhelming for young and old, so some space where people can step away from the music and conversation will always be welcome.

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is for mothers It’s nice to make sure mums and mother-in-laws are made to feel special

V

is for venue You may already have a venue in mind but even if you’ve known since you were

five that you’d marry in the traditional 16th century bolthole down the road from your parents’ home,

is for ring

it’s imperative you go for a look around, meet the

Whether you’ve had the link to your

wedding planner (if there is one) and ask questions,

favourite ring bookmarked for years or

questions, questions. Other options include at-home

your partner decides to design their own, it’s a sign of

weddings and by the sea – you may be surprised

your commitment to each other, so choose well and

where wedding licences are held, so if you’re flexible,

treasure it forever.

look around and you may find a lovely little surprise

S

somewhere. is for speeches Tradition states that it’s the bride’s dad, the groom and best man who take to the

stage, but don’t let that stop anyone who wants to get

W

is for wedding planning Try not to get overwhelmed. Yes, there’s a lot to plan when it comes

in the run-up to your day, with a focus on them and

up and say a few words – planned, not spontaneous

to your big day, but by breaking it down into bite-

their outfits. Organise a mums’ day out and have fun

and fuelled by champagne! Recent weddings we’ve

size chunks – and delegating where possible – you’ll

trying on a rainbow of fascinators.

attended have included a bride’s speech, mother-of-

be surprised at how quickly you can get through that

the-bride and the bride’s teenage son.

to-do list.

N

is for name changes Taking your other half’s name? If so, cute touches include slippers or bath robes

with your new name on for the honeymoon. Although passports can be changed up to three months before the wedding, it’s easier to do it on returning home so as not to cause confusion as tickets and any visas required have to be in the same name.

O

is for off-season Out-of-season weddings can often save you thousands on venue costs.

Christmas can obviously be pricey but mid-week and low-season options like January mean you might be able to negotiate a discounted rate or upgrade your venue and package.

P

is for photography Choosing your photographer is important, so spend time looking through websites

and getting a feel for photographers’ work. Meet with your favourite photographer or a chosen few – this is crucial. Weddings portraits are immensely intimate so you need to feel relaxed and confident and not be worrying if the rain clouds overhead are causing lighting issues. However good you are behind an

T U

is for thank you Send them. As soon as you can after the day. Guests go to expense and effort to

get to your day so thank yous go a long way. is for understanding Just a gentle reminder that although your engagement and wedding journey

X

is for x-rated There’s always one (well, two!). A heady mix of love-in-the-air and alcohol can

are quite possibly the most exciting thing you and

mean people get a little over-excited. If anyone does

iPhone, your photographer is the expert – you just

your family have experienced for quite some years,

embarrass themselves, try to play it down at breakfast

need to find the right person to put your trust in to

other people do have lives too. So when planning

and don’t shame them on social media! It was a private

capture your day perfectly.

your big day, go easy on people who may have other

party, after all…

considerations and can’t be as flexible as they might

Y

have liked – such as friends abroad, mums-to-be or recent mums, and those with financial constraints. Everyone would be there if they could but it’s not always feasible so be understanding.

is for yay! You did it! Once you are officially married and you have successfully planned and executed

your celebration your way, it’ll be time to dance the night away or collapse into bed…

Z

is for zzz After all that excitement, it’s time to relax and recharge those batteries as a happily

married couple. Huge congratulations!

Q

is for quiet time Sofas, beanbags, throws, candles and cups of tea. Wherever you’re holding

your celebration, create an area for anyone who

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for better, for worse From bridal party bickering to top table tension, here are 10 of the most common wedding disagreements, and how to navigate them words Abby Driver

Planning a wedding can be great fun – who

YOU HAVE TOTALLY DIFFERENT IDEAS

they can’t abide pastels, but you both like live music

doesn’t want to spend their free time swanning

You want a rustic-yet-elegant barn wedding and they

and good food. And just like that, you’ve found some

about in couture gowns and tasting cakes? But

want a Las Vegas-themed do complete with an Elvis

common ground! Focus on the parts that unite your

there’s also a hefty amount of work involved.

minister. You’re bound to have different ideas when

tastes and let go of any wild ideas that make your

Along the way, you and your partner are bound

it comes to weddings, but you’ll need to find some

spouse-to-be recoil in horror (sorry Elvis).

to have the odd disagreement about certain

common ground as soon as you start to plan your

aspects of your big day. But fear not: we’ve taken

own. To start with, sit down together and think about

YOU HAVE DIFFERENT BUDGETS IN MIND

a look at 10 of the most common disputes, along

the weddings you’ve been to and what you liked and

Ah, the old money conundrum. If one of you wants to

with handy advice on how to resolve them…

disliked. Perhaps you hate any notion of a theme and

spend as little as possible and the other has champagne

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“You need to both take a step back and focus on the bigger picture.” tastes, it’s time to crack out the spreadsheet. Make a list

kind to take other people’s needs into consideration,

party or maybe you can’t stand his immature best

of all the aspects you want at your wedding – including

ultimately, it’s your big day and you need to do what

man. This is a tricky one because it truly depends on

everything from the venue to the favours – and then fill

makes you the happiest.

the specific circumstance. The best way to navigate this disagreement is to have a conversation where

in the costs. This will give you a rough idea of how much you’ll need to save for your dream wedding. If the costs

ONE OF YOU IS DOING MORE WEDMIN

you both discuss your feelings in a kind, but honest,

are far higher than you’re both happy with, you’ll need

Feel like you’re the only one pulling your weight? Sadly,

manner. Perhaps some compromises could be made;

to go through the list together and try and lower costs

this remains a common complaint for many brides. If

for example, his brash best mate could be his best man

or eliminate certain aspects. It’s important that you’re

you find yourself in this situation it’s time to have a chat

but perhaps his much more sensible brother could do

both on the same page with the budget, otherwise it will

with your fiancé. Explain that you feel overburdened

the speech.

put a big strain on the organisation.

with the amount of organising and let them know you’d like them to chip in. Together you can then

ONE OF YOU ISN’T VERY ENTHUSIASTIC

YOU’RE TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE

go through your to-do list and split the tasks more

You have 16 different wedding Pinterest boards, you’ve

While weddings are a wonderful celebration,

evenly. It might make sense to split this into sections

spent the past seven weekends visiting wedding venues

organising them can be quite a minefield, with many

that reflect your individual strengths; for example, you

and you dream of jam jars full of peonies. But your

brides and grooms feeling pulled in different directions

might organise everything to do with entertainment

partner? Not so much. If you feel like you’re the only

trying to please everyone. If you’re worried that your

and they might look after the catering.

one excited about your wedding, talk to your fiancé about it. There could be an underlying reason for their

cousin is upset she can’t have a plus-one and they’re

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YOU DON’T AGREE ON THE BRIDAL PARTY

lack of enthusiasm; perhaps they’re nervous about

vegetarian menu, it’s easy to see how this transpires

This is a really common disagreement, with a new

their speech or worried about the spiralling budget. Or

into arguments. If this happens, you need to both

survey revealing one in four engaged couples argue

maybe they are just less interested in the aspects of the

take a step back and focus on the bigger picture. This

over who to have in their wedding party. Perhaps your

wedding that keep you up at night. By talking to them,

is a celebration of your relationship and while it’s

groom thinks his sister is obligated to be in your bridal

you’ll get to the root cause of their lack of enthusiasm,

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and find out what they are excited about. Maybe they are super-pumped about the live band or perhaps they just can’t wait to begin married life and are less interested in the intricate details of the big day. Find some common enthusiastic ground and revel in it together.

YOU WORRY ABOUT BAD STAG OR HEN DO BEHAVIOUR Stag and hen parties have a reputation for bad

“You’ll both have a better night if you’re not worrying yourself stupid.”

behaviour. If either of you are worried about this, it could cause some friction in the lead-up. Instead of staying quiet (or being passive-aggressive), talk through your concerns together. Agree on some boundaries and let whoever is planning your party know them in advance so they can plan accordingly. You’ll both have a better night if you’re not worrying yourself stupid.

YOU CAN’T AGREE ON WHO TO INVITE Do you and your partner have wildly different opinions on who’s coming to your wedding? Perhaps your side of the family is huge compared with theirs, or they want to invite an entire class of old school friends but you want something more intimate. One of the best ways to plan a guest list is to have a couple of parameters to follow. For example, you might agree that only people you’ve both met will be invited, or perhaps you’ll choose a child-free wedding to keep numbers down.

flower power

YOU WANT DIFFERENT PEOPLE ON THE TOP TABLE

There are only a few places on the top table and

who gets them can be a contentious issue. While it might traditionally be the bride, groom, their respective parents, maid of honour and best

man, it doesn’t always work like that in practice. Discuss who really needs to be at the top table for speeches and so on, and keep your other close friends and family on nearby tables. If the top table is really stressing you both out, why not consider doing away with it completely?

YOU DISAGREE ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA AT YOUR WEDDING In this day and age, you need to think about the role social media is going to play on your big day. Some people would rather do away with it and have an ‘unplugged wedding’, whereas others think the more photos posted online, the better. If you are at either ends of the spectrum, you need to find a middle ground; for example, by asking friends and family to wait until you’ve posted some pictures before they do. Turn to page 98 for our ‘Social Skills’ feature that will help you with these decisions. Don’t worry too much about wedding disagreements – planning a wedding is a huge task and you’re bound to butt heads from time to time. Instead of staying silent or getting into a screaming match though, learn to navigate any disagreements productively and with respect. It’ll be great McKenzie Brown Photography

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Usher your guests into an English country garden idyll, where rustic finds meet spring flowers and vintage bridal wear adds a charming twist photography Mimosa Photography styling The Prop Factory words Lucy Higgins

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Celebrating the beauty and abundance of spring, this styled shoot takes us from a ceremony abloom with a carnival of flowers and foliage to a romantic tablescape adorned with pastel shades, wooden textures and seasonal blooms. The backdrop of exposed brick and whitewashed finishes enhance the rustic mood. A Victorian-inspired vintage gown fits the aesthetic perfectly, the serene bride an English rose in every sense, her plaits dotted with petals. Tin watering cans, baskets of flowers and a cake woven with ivy and ferns add to the timeless charm of a country garden wedding that’s pleasing on the eye and oh-so pretty in its detail.

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feature | FAVOURS | DO ME A FAVOUR

DO ME A FAVOUR Gifting your guests a little treat just got a whole lot easier with these fun and flavoursome favours words Lucy Higgins

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THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES Devon-based cake designer Jen of Edible Essence is renowned for her spectacular designs and sumptuous flavours. An award-winning cake maker, her gorgeous creations really do taste as good as they look, which is one of the reasons we adore these pressed edible flower sugar cookies. As your guests take a bite into the Insta-worthy biscuits, the delicate flavour and melt-in-the-mouth texture will have them dreaming of floral fancies, long after the speeches are over. edibleessencecakeart.com

SAY IT WITH CAKE A foodie favour always goes down a treat, and these delicious cupcakes from Claire’s Sweet Temptations are no exception! With a studio in the village of Clovelly, she’s perfectly placed to make cakes wherever you are in the county, and her sumptuous choice of flavours mean your guests will be licking their lips as they indulge in such a tasty treat. As well as classics such as vanilla, chocolate and sticky toffee, she offers the luscious likes of lemon and elderflower or coconut and lime. And when it comes to fillings and icing, the only limit is your imagination, with top picks including dark chocolate ganache, salted caramel, or even the very wedding-appropriate Prosecco! clairessweettemptations.com

FRENCH FANCY Bespoke macarons are a sweet way to thank your guests while bringing a touch of Parisian class to your tabletops, and Frandie Macarons are a top choice for award-winning flavour and craftsmanship. Choose your shades and flavours to match your theme or style. Perhaps you’ll opt for double chocolate, with a cocoa shell and a smooth Belgian chocolate ganache, lemon meringue, a zesty yellow shell with a white chocolate ganache – or our favourite, salted caramel, with a beige shell filled with luxury caramel and a hint of Cornish sea salt. Handmade in the Devon countryside using free-range egg whites, fair trade sugars and natural flavourings, you can have your macarons personalised with your initials, a wedding logo or gilting, so they truly sing your style. And the best bit? They’re larger than the average macaron, so you get more macaron to enjoy for your money! frandiemacaron.co.uk

CHOC-TASTIC CHOICE Deliciously creamy and oh-so smooth, you won’t believe that these luxurious chocolates from PLAYin CHOC contain only three ingredients. Natural and organic, the award-winning treats are made from fairly traded and gently roasted Peruvian cacao beans, combined with Madagascan Bourbon vanilla and a Ugandan vitamin-rich coconut. As a result, these dairy, soy, gluten and refined sugar-free chocolates are suitable for every guest – and taste totally dreamy. The Smooth + Creamy box contains five treat-sized chocolates stamped with a cute heart print. Perfect as an after-dinner delight, or to take home and relive the loveliness of your wedding, it’s a sure-fire way to bring the sweetness to your celebrations. playinchoc.com

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SNUFFLE A TRUFFLE We can’t go past a truffle (or six!), especially these ones from Willie’s Cacao. Made using specially sourced cacao sourced directly from farmers in Columbia, Venezuela, Peru, Madagascar, Indonesia and Cuba, they are roasted in antique ball roasters in Devon, then made into chocolate using just raw cane sugar and natural cocoa butter. Choose from decadent praline with a pinch of Cornish sea salt; luxurious Marc de Champagne or creamy raspberry with a luscious liquid centre. Bursting with natural ingredients and sumptuous flavour, your guests are promised a truly indulgent and beautifully packaged treat! williescacao.com

THE FINEST FUDGE Quite simply the crumbliest, creamiest and loveliest fudge you’ll find, Roly’s Fudge is a super-sweet gift for your guests. Originating from a farmhouse cottage kitchen in Devon more than 30 years ago, the first batch was created thanks to an old family recipe passed down over generations, using a large copper cauldron obtained from a Devon antique shop. Still made using traditional methods and natural ingredients whenever possible, choose from 15 flavours, with additions from maple syrup and whole crunchy walnuts to real dark rum and juicy raisins. The original vanilla clotted cream flavour, using lashings of Devon butter, is a top pick to gift to your loved ones. There’s even a new dairy-free fudge range, made using organic ingredients including fine cashew butter and soya milk. What’s not to love? rolysfudge.co.uk

Special offer! Salcombe Gin is offering a discount on its Start Point miniatures. Available to purchase in sets of 12, get a 10% discount on packs of four or more (giving you 48 miniatures) with code 10MINIATURES2019, or 15% discount on packs of eight or more (96 miniatures) with code 15MINIATURES2019.

SAY CHEERS! Miniature spirits are a sure-fire hit at weddings, but it can be a tricky ask to find something truly original that everyone will enjoy – especially when you try to add ‘Made in Devon’ to the mix! Luckily the geniuses behind Salcombe Gin have created something that looks good, tastes amazing and comes in miniature bottles – just perfect to gift as wedding favours! Handcrafted and distilled using a traditional approach – which the distillery describes as ‘London dry with Devon sunshine’ – its blend of citrus peels and 10 botanicals are complemented by pure, soft water sourced from high up in the wilds of Dartmoor. The result? Start Point, a smooth and refreshing gin, just lovely for a refreshing summer tipple. salcombegin.com

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COOL CANVAS Marquee weddings are big news in wedding world right now, so once you’ve ticked ‘tent’ off your list, here are the latest trends to ensure you nail your dream wedding under canvas

Rebecca Faith Photography rebeccafaithphoto.com

words Hannah May

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COOL CANVAS

The word ‘tent’ might recall nightmarish visions of childhood camping holidays in flimsy nylon structures, but for anyone having been to a wedding under canvas, the experience conjures up an altogether more magical set of memories. “We will never tire of seeing a couple walk into a tipi for the first time gazing up into the twinkling canopy high above their head; the sense of childlike wonder, of magic, of excitement is palpable and absolutely priceless,” says Anna from Wild Tipi (wildtipi.co.uk). From shape to style, couples are using canvas in a number of personality-packed ways, so we’ve asked the industry experts – from tent suppliers to wedding stylists – for the scoop on the latest trends and their top tips on how to achieve them…

Versatile style A wedding under canvas opens up a world of personalisation possibility, as Anna explains. “Whether you have 50 guests or 700, wish to include a separate chill-out area or a quiet section for children to play in, it’s all possible to bring to life in a tipi. From a cliff-top wedding to a hidden woodland hideaway, its versatility means that every detail imagined can be made real. They can be put up virtually anywhere, in varying configurations, with minimal disruption to the environment and can be packed away quickly, leaving no trace,” she says. “Plus, a tipi is durable, provides warmth and comfort in winter and remains cool in the heat of the summer – and happily, they stay dry during heavy rains too.” They’re also easier to personalise and take inspiration from the great outdoors, says Anna, who remembers one wedding that took its colour palette from the panoramic cliff-top view of the venue. “Purple foxgloves from the headland formed the basis for the wedding flowers and cake, whilst the sea played heavily in the internal décor with oars draped in floaty white organza, evocative of the boats and waves playing in the sea below,” she says. “The tipi is the very reflection of nature and we love seeing how couples bring touches of the surrounding countryside into their weddings.”

Outside in The pared-back look isn’t going anywhere soon, and it’s not difficult to see why: incorporating the region’s breath-taking landscape into your celebration space affords extra wow factor and seamlessly blends a marquee’s interior and exterior to enchanting effect. “We are seeing lots of brides wanting the traditional canvas marquees with the sides being taken off, bringing the outside inside,” observes Tonya of Absolute Canvas (absolutecanvas.co.uk). “There are also lots of fairy lights over the marquee, open fires (done safely!), hay bales, and flowers being suspended from hula hoops – and the floral archway is working its way back.”

Eco and earthy World Inspired Tents

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conscience and aesthetics to plan a day that minimises environmental impact while maximising style. “Wild Tipi’s poles come from a sustainable forest management plan and are approved by the Forest Stewardship Council, making them even more environmentally sound,” notes Anna. “Sustainable décor is also a popular choice. We love palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery; each one is completely unique and completely compostable, meaning that there is no waste (or washing up) after the feasting is over. Wood pallets prove a popular item to upcycle, serving as centrepieces for the table plans, signs and furniture.”

Floral fiesta Wedding flowers are also stealing the limelight in a number of innovative and abstract ways, from accentuating the theme of the day to increasing the sense of sustainability.

Absolute Canvas

“Low-level flowers are going to be big this year,”

Baya Hire

predicts Rebecca from The Unique Cornish Event

Wild Tipi

Company (theuniquecornishevent.co.uk). “I love wild flowers and foliage to create a more natural flow to a table. Also, think about single stem flowers in bottles; a clustered collection can create a bohemian and beautifully simple tablescape.” Grant Lampard Photography

“Sustainable floral décor is a definite trend,” says Elle from The Artful Event Company (theartfuleventco. com). “I am seeing more of my clients make the move towards potted plants and trees for wedding décor. Not only is this green and sustainable, but you can give the plants away as gifts to your guests! Think succulents, ferns, or olive, bay or fig trees – or how about potted cactus for a fun tropical feel?” she suggests. “I’m also seeing a move towards more minimal table décor, with impressive suspended arrangements above the tables. Putting effort and budget into large floral décor rather than lots of smaller arrangements can create real wow factor and is also a great practical solution if you are serving sharing platters for your wedding breakfast, or using narrower tables,” she adds. “If you are using hanging installations, it’s always a good idea to speak to your marquee provider about the right type of marquee to use, and always go for the tallest wall height available.” Baya Hire

Food glorious food With canapés making way for grazing tables, and

World Inspired Tents

Absolute Canvas

banquet-style receptions growing in popularity, food is a central component to a canvas wedding, where everything from catering logistics to layout must be considered for a successful feasting set-up.

it’s the only way the guest numbers will fit without going bigger with the marquee,” says Tonya. “We have seen a few festival-like weddings with stages outside, while street food and shared platters are popular choices.”

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Agreeing that many couples are opting to move away from the traditional wedding breakfast to a more

World Inspired Tents

relaxed sharing style of eating, Anna shows how it can work well when it comes to wedding catering. “Huge platters of steaks, chunky potato wedges and glistening heirloom tomatoes at one wedding saw guests rolling up their sleeves and diving in to feast. At another, puddings were self-assembled, encouraging conversation, laughter and a sense of coming together,” she observes. Merging culinary movements with eco-friendly concerns, Rebecca notes the rise of “vegan and vegetarian foods, or if it’s too extreme then take a more considered approach with healthier, organic options”, she suggests. “Food is for sharing, and platters as starters make great ice-breakers. Or for an alternative take, self-served food creates a feast down the centre of the table.” She also believes food should be as well presented as Yeti Photography

its surrounds for optimal sensory impact. “Dessert tables or rooms should always be dressed beautifully,” she says. “Use crates for rustic charm to add varying heights, or use an alternative piece of furniture for a table such as a rustic cart.”

BRIGHT IDEAS

World Inspired Tents

The final word from our professionals on how to help make your marquee wedding a unique affair…

New shapes Sarah Lauren Photography

Sperry Tents and Mughal-style tents are getting very popular; the benefits of these are not only the aesthetics, but also they tend to be taller and feel spacious due to the window design and wall height, allowing for super-creative décor. Elle

Chill-out areas Dedicate one of your tipis to create a chill-out area for your guests. Think Chesterfield sofas draped in sheepskins, pouffes and rustic furniture for guests to enjoy. The indoor firepit always makes a sensational centrepiece and a wonderful talking point, and you can even make ‘smore of this feature with marshmallow toasting as the evening draws in. Anna

Fabulous flooring Naked floors aren’t always an option in the UK because of the weather, but if you are lucky enough to have a lovely dry, perfectly flat lawned or patio area for your marquee, it’s becoming more popular to follow the trend of US weddings and not bother with a carpet. Verity Westcott Photography

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However, it’s not always practical, and in these cases I suggest naked rustic floorboards instead. If you are opting for carpet, why not use a colour rather than the standard cream or beige? It may cost a little more, but it can truly transform your marquee look and feel. Elle

Inside out Our tipis are a perfect way to bring the outdoors in, but also a great way to take the indoors out… We can help to create additional areas outside of the tipis using smaller midi tipis, hay bales or bell tents as outdoor ‘zones’ for wedding guests. Some fantastic ideas include a video tent, a cloakroom, a games zone, a quiet zone for little ones, an outdoor games arena and the all-important outdoor bar and firepit. They’re wonderful places to be as the sun sets and guests come together to share stories under the twinkling festoon lights. Anna

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Humanist ceremonies The more people choosing to have humanist ceremonies, the more interesting the venues get. This is my passion – finding a place that means something to the couple and making it work for them and their day. We’ve had outdoor lidos, warehouses, barns, galleries and boats. Think about a place that’s special to you and then see if it can work… There’s always a solution. Rebecca

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IN THE DEEP MIDWINTER Forest greens, flickering candlelight and snow-white confections bring a Scandinavianinspired winter wedding to life photography Verity Westcott Photography styling Bridget Scott, Blue Fizz Events words Lucy Higgins

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Inspired by the enchantment and charm of a Nordic winter, this styled shoot captures the snug sense of romance a tipi wedding offers in the cooler months, enhanced with roaring fires, fur pelts and fondue tables. “I teamed natural elements alongside some minimal clean textures to add a modern twist to this traditional theme,” says Bridget from Blue Fizz Events who styled the shoot. “The beautiful entrance teems with lush dark green foliage and delicate blooms. It is always a good idea to make an impact on entrance as it is something your guests will remember and sets the scene for the rest of the event.” The bridal bouquet bears the same foliage and flowers of the entrance display, while the tables are dressed simply with forest greens. Echoing the wintery mood, the icewhite cakes sit on a traditional sledge, the black painted boards making for a simple yet striking backdrop to show off the textures and details of the snowinspired confections. Embracing the minimal elements of the shoot, the opaque backgrounds of the stationery bring a barely-there feel along with a soft grey text juxtaposed against dark green foliage. “The midwinter vibe is carried through the shoot with added styling elements including reindeer pelts, blackened wooden boards for signage, and flickering candlelit lanterns,” says Bridget. For the bridal look, the delicate detailing and full skirt of the gown are married with a tousled bob and frosted yet dewy make-up, a full red lip adding to the wintery glamour, complementing the floral accents and the groom’s velvet jacket. As a snow-white horse approaches, the wintery moorland sprawling beyond, the Ice Maiden bride retreats inside the tipi, warmed from within, to continue the celebrations.

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Coxleigh Barton coxleigh.com Tipi

World Inspired Tents worldinspiredtents.co.uk Styling, direction & accessories

Blue Fizz Events bluefizzevents.co.uk Photography

Verity Westcott Photography veritywestcottphotography.com Dress

Christine Trewinnard Couture christinetrewinnard.co.uk Groom’s outfit

Samuel Daw & Co

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Brompton Buds bromptonbuds.com Cake

Edible Essence

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Alphabet Meadow

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Keeping It Vintage keepingitvintage.co.uk Hair

The Updo Girl theupdogirl.com Make-up

Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry isabellegracemakeup.com

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PUPPY LOVE

As more and more couples are choosing to include their family pet in their wedding day, here’s how to make it pooch-perfect photography Kate Fierek Photography & Film

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They’ve been by your side through thick and thin. You adventure together during the day, and cuddle together at night. Their love for you is strong and unwavering, and they will be next to you on the biggest day of your life. No, we’re not talking about your fiancé... but your dog. It’s been a growing trend in recent years, and having your dog present on your wedding day is set to become even more popular. They are a part of your family, after all, so why shouldn’t they be there to join in with the celebrations and be immortalised in your wedding photographs forever?

A VENUE’S BEST FRIEND? When deciding whether you want to include your fur baby, the first thing to do is check with your venue. There’s a wide range of dog-friendly wedding venues, and the number seems to be growing. “If your venue won’t allow dogs at the ceremony, ask if they’re OK with a quick drop-in visit to a pre-arranged outside area for photographs,” says Kate from Kate Fierek Photography + Film (katefierekphotography. co.uk), a dog-lover who has captured more than 30 weddings with canine guests. “A smile, some assurances, and a big ‘pretty please’ often work wonders.” Do try to visit the venue with your dog in advance, too, so that they can get used to the layout and smells, and will be calmer on the day. And what about if there’s a strict ‘no dogs’ policy? “There are still lots of elements of a big day that can be made personal, such as including photographs of your furry friend on table names,” says Kate. “Or if you’re keen to get your dog in on the photo action, then consider a pre-wedding engagement shoot in the run up to the big day.”

ROLES FOR ROVER The next thing to consider is your dog’s personality! If they’re good on a lead, and they’re not too vocal in exciting situations, then consider having your dog attend your wedding ceremony as a guest. No doubt you’ll have plenty of volunteers to hold the lead and make sure that they’re well looked after. However, if they’re wild at heart, think a bit more carefully. “If your dog is well-known for jumping up then invest in some dog classes and training before the wedding,” says Kate. “Your guests will be in their best clothes, so won’t appreciate muddy claws tearing away at their glad rags.” If you don’t think they’re likely to sit still at the ceremony, consider asking a friend or family member to aid with a visit during the photographs, rather than them being present for the whole ceremony. The last thing you want is them barking, jumping up at your dress, and running around during the vows. “Consider letting well-behaved, calm-natured dogs play a larger part in the wedding day,” says Kate. “Walking

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down the aisle with the flower girl or bridesmaids can work well, or tying the rings securely to the collar and having them act as ring bearer could add a sweet moment to a ceremony (not to mention a cracking photo opportunity!).”

WHAT TO WEAR Wedding attire for dogs can look super-cute, but don’t put them in it for the first time on the day of the wedding. Make sure that they’re used to it well in advance of the big day, and that it doesn’t annoy or bother them. “It may be best to dress them up just before the photographs,” says Kate. “I’ve never seen dog wedding attire that’s stayed looking fresh for more than an hour! Simple items such as dog bow ties usually work best.” If they’re really bothered then it’s best to forgo the idea. A happy dog is always best, and will make for a more enjoyable day for you as well as them.

A HELPING HAND If you’re worried about your friends or family members missing out whilst they tend to your dog, then there are some fantastic wedding dog services that can help. Based in Plymouth, A Pad 4 Paws (padforpaws.co.uk) offers a comprehensive dog care wedding service. “They will look after your dog for the day, give them a wash and groom, bring them to the wedding at a time of your choice, then take them back to their home for the night. Knowing that your pooch is safe and being looked after can take a real weight off your mind. This is quite often the only option for a lot of people, as all of your usual go-to ‘dog sitters’ will probably be stood beside you sipping champagne,” says Kate.

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during your big day, make sure that they are comfortable with commanding a dog. Choose the guest according to how well your dog knows them and, very importantly, how well the guest can control your dog.” A wedding day can be incredibly exciting for a dog (so many people and so many smells!), so brief the carer to look out for signs they’ve had enough, and make sure that there’s a comfy space your dog can retire to for some peace and quiet. It’s wonderful if your canine friends can play a part in your wedding, but do consider whether it’s going to be worth it – and remember, you will need to keep a sense of humour about the situation as it may not all go to plan! “If it’s going to be stressful at all then maybe leave them at home, and give them an extra big cuddle when you return as newly-weds,” says Kate. “The good thing is they won’t have a clue what’s going on, so if their invitation gets ‘lost in the post’, there will be zero offence taken.”

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• Warn your guests. Some people may be dog-phobic or have allergies, so it’s always safer to pop a note in with your invitation information. • Give your dog a good walk on the morning of the wedding (or ask someone else to). • Ensure that there are no poisonous flowers or plants being used in your decorations that could be harmful to your dog. • Come armed with a little bag of treats – these may be useful for the designated dog carer, and will almost certainly come in handy during the photographs.

DON’T • Give your dog any food they haven’t tried before or wash them in a new shampoo on the day, in case they have a bad reaction. • Neglect to give them a water bowl, and keep it topped it up. You probably won’t have time to keep an eye on this so task someone with this job in advance. • Keep them out in the sunshine for too long if it’s a hot day; instead move them to a shaded area and ensure that they’re kept well hydrated. • Forget the poo bags!

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SOCIAL SKILLS With weddings being the visually amazing events that they are, your guests are likely to want to share snaps from the day – so from ‘unplugged weddings’ to hashtag happiness, here’s how to handle social media at your wedding words Lucy Higgins

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Leafing through my parents’ wedding album recently, I was struck by the perfect simplicity of their photographs. Ten pictures, showing them standing, smiling, cutting their cake, and with their guests. They have one copy of each photo, which are in an album that only someone visiting the house could see. I compared it with photographs from my own wedding – hundreds of which are in an album on Facebook! In the past few decades, the way we share pictures and memories from our weddings has changed dramatically. Today, we have the opportunity to capture thousands of images of special parts of the day. From a tender glance as you exchange rings to a rip-roaring mid-speech laugh, the rise of digital technology and smartphones means we don’t miss a minute, while the growth of social media allows us to share these images instantly. It’s something many planning a wedding never had to consider, but for today’s nearly-weds, it pays to think about how you’re going to handle social media on your big day...

YOU DO YOU First of all, it’s important to decide what you’re comfortable with. There’s no need to fully embrace social media at your wedding if you don’t want to; and similarly, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with encouraging your guests to take photos and share them – you’ll end up with lots of different perspectives and get a well-rounded idea of just what a fantastic day your loved ones had. The main message is: it’s up to you. “Social media can be like Marmite – it is entirely a personal choice,” says Tracy from Blue Fizz Events (bluefizzevents.co.uk). “If you wish to have your profile in the public domain then social media is the way forward, but if you are looking for more privacy, then couples are entitled to have a ‘social media ban’, particularly during the wedding ceremony, which is the most intimate and private part of the wedding.”

“It doesn’t look good if the professional photograher’s taking pictures of guests taking pictures!”

It’s also worth thinking about the impact it could have on your professional photographs. “Couples go to a lot of expense hiring photographers and videographers. I think asking guests not to take photographs or film the wedding itself is reasonable,” says wedding planner, Lester Gethings (lestergethings.com), who raises the point: “It also doesn’t look good if the professionals are taking pictures of guests taking pictures!” For guests too, it’s much nicer to see the celebrations unfold with their own eyes, rather than through a phone. This is an increasingly common approach – to ‘ban’ phones and photos during the ceremony, then let your guests have free rein during the reception. After all, once the bubbly starts flowing, it will be much harder to keep an eye on – and who wants to spend their wedding day policing rogue Facebookers instead of enjoying themselves?!

SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS There’s a lot to be said for embracing social media as part of your big day, and there’s no reason to avoid it if you don’t want to. There will be more memories captured, different styles and perspectives of photos, and less ‘policing’ to do or worrying about who’s posting what. “I’m all for social media in some ways – the ability for your guests to quickly and easily share images with you from your big day is immense, and means that you’ll have lots of extra treasured memories recorded forever,” says Elle of The Artful Event Company (theartfuleventco.com). If you do decide to go down the ‘social media is welcome’ route, take heed of some advice, to ensure you can actually take advantage of all the lovely snapshots and silliness captured by your friends. “Using a wedding hashtag keeps all the wedding images in the social media domain and easily accessible,” says Tracy – but don’t forget to tell your guests what it is! “Use a wedding website or convey the hashtag and social media preference via ‘prewedding info’,” says Tracy. “Chalkboard signage on the day will help highlight this.” “Include your social media preferences on your invitations or other wedding stationery such as the order of service,” adds Lester. “You can also enlist the help of the ushers to tell guests as they arrive for the ceremony.” As well as sharing the hashtag, give your guests a method for posting images to one

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place to be shared with everyone, be it Instagram, Facebook or an image-sharing app such as WedPic. “This way all of the images are stored in one place and easy for you and your guests to see,” says Elle. There are other ways to embrace and encourage social technology, including arranging a live stream video for guests who can’t attend the wedding, or working with photo booth companies to help share your images so you don’t have to. “Some photo booth companies offer direct social media uploads to Facebook, Twitter, email and mobile phones,” says Lester. “They’ll brand the photos and add the hashtags for you.”

KEEP IT QUIET An ‘unplugged wedding’ is one where your guests (and you!) unplug yourselves from the world of phones, social media and the internet. While mobiles, tablets and cameras aren’t necessarily ‘banned’ per se, your guests will be asked not to take any photos, and definitely not upload any to social media. This could be for the ceremony, a certain part of the wedding, or for the entire day and evening, if you wish. So, what’s the reason for this? As well as helping your guests to experience the emotions of your wedding, it’s also much nicer for you and your new spouse to look out at a host of smiling faces rather than a wall of iPhones. “I have planned and styled some weddings where I just wanted to scream at the guests: ‘Put your phones down!’” says Elle. “I have seen photographers struggling to get great professional shots as they fight for space amongst guests and their iPhones, and I’ve also seen exhausted brides and grooms having had a raft of professional photographs taken, having to have ‘just one more’ as their friends duplicate the photographs on their own phones.” Don’t feel awkward about letting guests know you’re having an unplugged wedding – they’re increasingly common, and it will help your friends and family to be more present and enjoy each little moment your special day brings. “I think it’s perfectly reasonable to ask guests to put their phones away for a few hours,” says Lester. However, if you don’t want them on their phones at your wedding, you’ll have to tell them. “If you decide to unhook for your wedding, make it clear to your guests – make a polite request in your invitation, and explain that you wish for them to see the day through their eyes rather than through the screen of the phone,” says Elle. “A sign at the entrance to the ceremony and a statement from the registrar will help,” adds Tracy. “If you are feeling particularly brave, you could even ask guests to ‘check in’ their phones, similar to a cloakroom facility.” One of the many wonderful things about planning a wedding these days is the beauty of choice. You want thousands of pictures to remind you of each charming detail of such a mind-blowingly brilliant day? No problem. You’d prefer to switch off, and have one perfect image summing up your celebration? That’s cool too. Whatever you choose, your guests will fully embrace it – and remember, times, trends and the way we share memories will change again. So perhaps, one day, your children will be clicking through your wedding album on Facebook, marvelling at how ‘vintage’ it seems, perfect in its simplicity!

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CELEBRATE YOUR BIG DAY WITHIN THE HISTORICAL GROUNDS OF ROYAL WILLIAM YARD Originally part of a victualling yard, Ocean Studios offers incredible, quirky and unconventional wedding spaces steeped in history; a unique and stylish backdrop for your special day, as well as offering perfect photo opportunities. The venue itself has retained much of the raw industrial nineteenth-century architecture, from cast iron beams and exposed brick walls to wooden floors and open window skylights. Original oversized doors open to reveal impressive views of the marina and the remainder of Royal William Yard, which stands today as the largest collection of Grade-I listed naval buildings in Europe.

We offer a range of packages to suit your requirements including either ceremony, reception or both! We have three licensed spaces for you to choose from, holding up to 120 guests. Each space can be transformed to make your vision of the perfect party celebration a reality. “Ocean Studios was the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony, we can’t imagine a more beautiful and stylish place by the sea in Plymouth. We stayed for the weekend at Royal William Yard with our friends and family and everyone commented not only on the unique spot we had chosen for our wedding day but how awesome the staff were! We would 100% recommend Ocean Studios for your wedding celebration.” Abigail and Ben

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AGE OF ELEGANCE From heritage hotels to majestic manor houses, a historic venue brings charm and wonder to a wedding words Lucy Higgins There’s something enchanting about marrying in a venue rich in the atmosphere of the past. Whether you picture feasting in a dramatic medieval hall or dancing the night away in a Victorian ballroom, Devon’s time-honoured venues provide a spine-tingling backdrop for you to live out your very own love story. We’ve explored some favourites.

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HOLNE PARK HOUSE Under the dappled shade of a sprawling oak tree, the sun glinting through the branches and across the lush lawns, it’s easy to get lost in the romance of the dreamily picturesque parkland surrounding Holne Park House. Beyond the lawns sits the manor house itself, its elegant frontage completing a scene worthy of a romantic novel. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, ‘Holne Manor’, as it was then, dates back to before the 11th century, and its highceilinged rooms and impressive furnishings are rich in historic elegance. Situated within the River Dart Country Park, Holne Park House sits in the epicentre of 90 acres of picturesque grounds on the southern slopes of Dartmoor. The easily accessible venue will be a breeze for your guests to travel to, the rather spectacular arrival along the grand driveway towards the manor house setting the tone for a wedding filled with grandeur married with individual character. Inside, there’s a grand total of five reception rooms, allowing your wedding to be as intimate or magnificent as you wish, accommodating up to 90 guests. The Dawson Room is a breathtaking space, with ornate detailing and huge windows flooding the room with natural light, while The Ballroom’s original wood panelling and oak sprung dance floor make it a veritable treat for an evening reception. Outdoor options include the scenic Garden Pavilion and The Terrace, an idyllic spot for enjoying welcome drinks and canapés in the sunshine. With an air of romance that carries throughout the seasons, the prospect of cosy celebrations amidst roaring fires in winter is equally as tempting as garden party merriment as the sun sets over the grounds in the summer. Whenever you choose to wed, your plans will be embraced by the dedicated wedding coordination team, including the talented chefs who are on hand to conjure up a lip-smackingly luscious feast. All dishes – from home-baked bread to lovingly created desserts – are made fresh on-site, and ingredients are sourced locally, ensuring a dining experience rich in Devon‘s finest flavours. Accommodation comes in the form of a bridal suite replete with an empress-sized four-poster bed, and sublime views over the lawn and grounds, while your guests can take advantage of a range of bedrooms, suites and dormitories in the main house and The Coach House. And for those keen to sleep under canvas, the River Dart Country Park campsite is situated within the estate, yet discreetly tucked away. Familyfriendly and offering a fun-filled option for those wanting to take advantage of the great outdoors, there’s a swimming lake, zip-wire and adventure playgrounds aplenty. Not only an ideal spot from which to explore Dartmoor and its wildly beautiful surrounds, Holne Park House is a treasure of a venue – a glorious backdrop for your oncein-a-lifetime wedding day. Holne Park House, Ashburton holnepark.co.uk Photography GRW Photography, Holly Collings Photography, Matt Spracklen Photography, Maxi Photography, Nick Williams Photography, Will Reddaway Photography

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THE DUKE OF CORNWALL HOTEL Built in 1863, Plymouth’s first luxury hotel – once described by Sir John Betjeman as “one of the nation’s best examples of Victorian architecture” – is steeped in history. Its elegant architectural features echo the glamour of a bygone age, with ornate plasterwork, Corinthian-style columns alongside wood-panelled walls, an impressive stone fireplace and a majestic staircase. As well as being grand and impressive, it’s ever so comfortable to boot; the Lounge, with its plush leather chesterfields dotted around a roaring fireplace, is the perfect spot to relax with a drink, while the remarkable Ballroom evokes memories of balls and dances from years gone by. From low-key to lavish, the hotel offers a chic setting and creative wedding package to suit each couple’s requirements. Up to 300 guests can join you in celebrating, with four packages – Drake, Mayflower, Grand Duke and Civil Ceremony – offering a host of options. From a red carpet arrival, canapés and a Prosecco toast, to a four-course wedding breakfast and a pianist playing you down the aisle, you’ll be guaranteed a personal and beautiful big day. Civil ceremonies may take place in the stately Ballroom, beneath the domed ceiling and exquisite chandelier of the Dining Room, or in the more intimate climes of the Millbay Suite. A Master of Ceremonies will be on hand to guide you through every step of your ceremony, while the hotel’s experienced wedding planners will ensure your day runs smoothly and is curated just the way you want it. Thanks to a team of expert local partners, everything from creative cakes and floral masterpieces to photography, videography and on-the-day transport can be supplied should you choose.  When it comes to relaxing in comfort at the end of your wedding day, your guests will relish the veritable luxury of the 72 individually decorated bedrooms. Embracing the spacious feel of the hotel, they each blend comfort, elegance and modern conveniences, with some rooms boasting an ornately carved four-poster bed and separate lounge area – ideal for pre-wedding preparations or post-wedding relaxation. The hotel’s location is also sure to impress. Just a short stroll from Plymouth Hoe and the water’s edge, the venue sits within driving distance of some of Devon and Cornwall’s most stunning scenery, making the perfect base for a wedding-focused holiday. Indeed, the Duke’s tower offers a sublime vantage point to take in 360-degree views across the surrounding city, ocean and countryside. Thanks to its unique setting, award-winning wedding team and historical romance, it’s not hard to see why generations of couples have chosen The Duke of Cornwall as the iconic spot to utter their beloved vows. The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth Photography Jay Stone Photography, Martyn Norsworthy Photography, Toby Lowe Photography, UpArt Photography

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For medieval grandeur…

DARTINGTON HALL Original oak doors welcome you to 14th century Dartington Hall. Stepping through those lofty doors and taking in the view across the manicured courtyard, framed by fragrant floral beds, and towards the grand entrance of the Great Hall is nothing short of breathtaking. At every turn, there’s a story to tell, the rich history and culture of this extraordinary place enhancing the air of romance. Set in 1,200 acres of private grounds, the idyllic gardens and woodland surrounding the Grade I listed manor house boast a host of features lifted straight from a medieval tale. Whether your photographs are captured beneath the 1,500-year-old yew tree, or befit a more modern perspective aside the Henry Moore sculpture, there are opportunities aplenty for picturesque backdrops and serene moments. When it comes to those all-important vows, there’s an extensive choice of licensed settings, whether you envision a small or grand-scale affair. Choose from the Great Hall, with its lofty ceilings, original leaded windows and oak hammer beams, the Upper Gatehouse with its generous capacity for 110, or the beautifully intimate Duke’s Room in the West Wing, where up to 40 of your loved ones can witness your ceremony in a light-filled setting. Dartington Hall also offers a beautiful outdoor location for an al fresco ceremony. The Private Garden is licensed for up to 120 of your guests, and affords enchanting views across the Grade II* listed formal gardens and picturesque South Devon countryside beyond. It really is a picture-perfect spot, with scenery befitting the magic of your wedding day. To continue the celebrations, your choice of reception venue includes the Great Hall: a fresh-from-a-fairytale setting for a feast with 50 to 150 of your family and friends in attendance. Then there’s The Solar, an oak panelled private dining room, as well as a choice of further private and elegant dining spaces. Atmosphere is in abundance here and will provide a cosy and intimate setting for your wedding breakfast. Making the most of local suppliers, Dartington endeavours to source local, fair trade and organic ingredients, promising you a flavoursome feast of the highest quality. What’s more, with a complimentary Bridal Suite as well as 49 well-appointed fourstar bedrooms with courtyard and garden views, you may choose to savour the history and romance of this extraordinary setting a while longer. Dartington Hall, Totnes dartingtonhall.com

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EAST DEVON Bicton Park Botanical Gardens East Budleigh bictongardens.co.uk

Buckerell Lodge Hotel Exeter buckerelllodgehotel.venue-guide.com

Lakeview Manor Dunkeswell lakeviewmanor.co.uk

Burnicombe Farm Bridford burnicombefarm.co.uk

Lympstone Manor Exmouth lympstonemanor.co.uk

County Hall Exeter devon.gov.uk/county_hall.htm

Lympstone Manor Hotel Exmouth lympstonemanor.co.uk

Exeter Castle Exeter exetercastle.co.uk Exeter Court Hotel Kennford exetercourthotel.co.uk

Bishops Court Clyst St Mary, Exeter bishops-court.co.uk

Lympstone Village Hall Exmouth lympstonevillagehall.co.uk

Exeter Guildhall Exeter exeter.gov.uk

Boveys Down Farm Honiton boveysdownfarm.co.uk

Ocean Blue Exmouth oceanexmouth.co.uk/weddings

Exeter Register Office Exeter new.devon.gov.uk/ registrationservice/registrationoffices

Brasserie 16 brasserie16.co.uk

Ridgeway Country Hotel Axminster ridgewayinn.co.uk

Cadhay Ottery St Mary cadhay.org.uk

River Cottage Axminster rivercottage.net

Cranberries Hideaway Kilmington cranberrieshideaway.com

Royal Beacon Hotel Exmouth royalbeacon.co.uk

Deer Park Country House Set in 80 acres of grounds with extensive lawns and gardens and wonderful views of the River Otter across the valley, the Deer Park is the ideal setting for your special day. From small, intimate wedding parties through to groups of 210 in the stunning Georgian Orangery, the Deer Park provides the perfect start for a life together. Licensed for civil marriages, you can choose from one of our wedding packages or we can create a tailor-made day just for you. deerpark.co.uk Escot House Ottery St Mary escot-devon.co.uk

Sidmouth Harbour Hotel With an exceptional location and spectacular bay views, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel is set to become the region’s most desirable waterfront wedding venue following the hotel’s major refurbishment. Take your vows in our beautiful new wedding suite, sip champagne on the private wedding terrace and enjoy breathtaking photos against the dramatic Jurassic coastline. Whether you are looking for an awe-inspiring venue for an intimate coastal wedding, or a superb backdrop for a grander affair, the versatility of the venue allows you to really make the day your own. sidmouth-harbour-hotel.co.uk

Exmouth Country Lodge Exmouth prattshayes.co.uk

The Belmont Hotel Sidmouth belmont-hotel.co.uk

Exmouth Town Hall Exmouth exmouth.gov.uk

The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

Froginwell Vineyard Woodbury Salterton froginwellvineyard.co.uk Imperial Hotel Exmouth coastandcountryhotels.com Hillside House Hotel Sidmouth hillsidehousehotel.com

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Woodbury Park Woodbury woodburypark.co.uk

EXETER Brickhouse Vineyard Exeter brickhousevineyard.co.uk

Exeter Golf and Country Club Breathe in the romance of the most elegant of settings… As the region’s finest country club, Exeter Golf and Country Club is renowned for the exquisitely landscaped golf course and estate that surround the majestic Georgian manor house, recognised as one of the region’s most stunning historical buildings. Today it is home to the perfect ceremony suite, combining serenity, tradition and grandeur with contemporary elegance. Along with creative wedding menus, homecooked seasonal food and a choice of rooms for both your ceremony and celebration, the venue ticks all the wedding day boxes. exetergcc.co.uk

Powderham Castle Exeter powderham.co.uk

Pynes House Exeter pyneshouse.co.uk Queen’s Court Hotel Exeter queenscourt-hotel.co.uk Reed Hall Exeter exeter.ac.uk/reedhall

Rockbeare Manor This exquisite Grade I listed Regency country house is set in over 100 acres of beautiful Devon parkland, just six miles from the centre of Exeter. Formerly a cherished family home, Rockbeare has opened its gates as an outstanding, exclusive use wedding venue. The Rockbeare experience is all about going the extra mile and delivering the highest possible level of service. Get in touch to arrange an appointment and discover the gem that is Rockbeare Manor. rockbearemanor.co.uk Sandy Park Conference & Banqueting Centre Exeter sandy-park.co.uk Southernhay House Exeter southernhayhouse.com Southernhay United Reformed Church Exeter southernhaychurch.org/weddings

Gipsy Hill Hotel Exeter gipsyhillhotel.co.uk

Southgate Hotel Exeter mercure.com

Great Fulford Dunsford greatfulford.co.uk

St Nicholas Priory Exeter exeter.gov.uk

Haldon Belvedere Dunchideock haldonbelvedere.co.uk Higher Eggbeer Farm Exeter higher-eggbeer.co.uk Hotel Du Vin Exeter hotelduvin.com Larkbeare House Exeter devon.gov.uk/larkbeare-house.htm Lord Haldon Country Hotel Exeter lordhaldonhotel.co.uk/weddings

St Olaves Hotel Exeter olaves.co.uk The Bridge Inn Topsham cheffers.co.uk The Devon Hotel Exeter devonhotel.co.uk The Great Barn Ashton, nr Exeter thegreatbarndevon.co.uk The Oak Barn Hittisleigh Barton theoakbarn.co.uk

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Tiverton Town Hall Tiverton tivertontowncouncil.gov.uk/services/ wedding-venue

Lynton Town Hall Lynton lyntonandlynmouth.org.uk

Thistle Hotel Exeter thistle.com

Deer’s Leap Retreat South Molton 01398 341407 deersleapretreat.co.uk Duvale Priory Bampton duvalepriory.com Fox & Hounds Country Hotel Chumleigh foxandhoundshotel.co.uk Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton hartnollhotel.co.uk Hayne Crediton haynedevon.co.uk Hillersdon House Cullompton hillersdon.com Huntsham Court Tiverton huntshamcourt.co.uk Loyton Lodge Morebath, Tiverton loytonlodge.com Mid Devon Registration Office Tiverton new.devon.gov.uk/ registrationservice/registrationoffices Middle Coombe Farm Uplowman coombefarmwoods.co.uk Muddifords Court Willand muddifordscourtcountryhouse.co.uk Padbrook Park Cullompton padbrookpark.co.uk Paschoe House Crediton paschoehouse.co.uk The Corn Barn Cullompton thecornbarn.com The Fisherman’s Cot Bickleigh, Tiverton fishermanscotpub.co.uk The Jubilee Inn South Molton thejubileeinn.co.uk The Manor, Clyst Hydon Cullompton manorhallweddings.com The Waie Inn Crediton waieinn.co.uk Tiverton Hotel Tiverton bw-tivertonhotel.co.uk

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The Woolacombe Bay Hotel Woolacombe woolacombe-bay-hotel.co.uk

Marwood Hill Garden Barnstaple marwoodhillgarden.co.uk

Bickleigh Castle Tiverton bickleighcastle.com Bridwell Park Cullompton bridwell.co.uk

Laston House Ilfracombe lastonhouse.co.uk

Upton Barn & Walled Garden Cullompton This stunning venue is set within 160 acres of Devon countryside with breathtaking views over the Blackdown Hills. Licensed for civil ceremonies, you can choose to say ‘I do’ in the lovingly restored 17th-century barn or under the oak arbour in the secluded walled garden. Perfect for couples searching for a stylish and contemporary blank canvas venue that is exclusively yours for your wedding, create a truly unique day that you and your guests will remember forever. uptonbarn.com Waterbridge Golf Course Crediton waterbridgegc.co.uk

NORTH DEVON Ash Barton Nr Braunton ashbarton.com Ashridge Court Okehampton ashridge-court.co.uk Barnstaple Guildhall Barnstaple barnstapletowncouncil.co.uk

Northcote Manor Umberleigh northcotemanor.co.uk Ocean Kave Bideford oceankave.co.uk

The Venue at Sandy Cove Ilfracombe Sandy Cove Hotel is situated on the stunning north Devon coast and its unique location makes the whole day unforgettable. Your ceremony may be held outside in a gazebo overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the hills of Exmoor, while the incredible new exclusive use, purpose-built Venue at Sandy Cove is the setting for your celebrations. Complete with a glass-wrapped platform that juts out metres from the cliffs, it is a truly stunning backdrop for a memorable wedding day, with the option of affordable exclusive use of the hotel. sandycove-hotel.co.uk Saunton Sands Hotel Braunton sauntonsands.co.uk

Tree Top Escape High Bickington, Umberleigh This intimate and exclusive wedding venue offers beautiful weddings up in the clouds for up to 14 guests. Linked to the Tree House by a romantic wooden walkway, The Nest appears to float above the countryside. A verdant vista in spring and summer, autumn brings golden leaves and an atmospheric vibe whilst winter offers frosty fields and the promise of snow. The Tree House is the perfect romantic hideaway for before and after your wedding in the Nest. Sleeping up to four, this large and luxurious property offers amazing views over the treetops as well as top tech and the utmost comfort and luxury. treetopescape.co.uk Trimstone Manor Country House Hotel nr Woolacombe trimstone.co.uk Tunnels Beaches Ilfracombe tunnelsbeaches.co.uk Watersmeet Hotel Mortehoe, Woolacombe watersmeethotel.co.uk Westcott Barton Barnstaple westcottbarton.co.uk

Barton Court Bideford barton-court.co.uk

St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre Barnstaple barnstapletowncouncil.co.uk

Beaconside Country House Bideford beaconsidehouse.co.uk

Tapeley Park Bideford tapeleygardens.com

Broomhill Art Hotel Muddiford, Barnstaple broomhillart.co.uk

The Barnstaple Hotel Barnstaple     barnstaplehotel.co.uk

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The Cedars Inn Barnstaple cedarsinn-barnstaple.com

Ash Tree Farm Dartmouth ashrescuecentre.com

The Elmfield Ilfracombe theelmfield.com

Buckland Tout-Saints Kingsbridge tout-saints.co.uk

Castle Hill Filleigh castlehilldevon.co.uk Country Ways Umberleigh country-ways.net Croyde Bay Holiday Resort nr Braunton croydeunison.co.uk

The Hunters Inn Ilfracombe thehuntersinnexmoor.co.uk The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple brend-imperial.co.uk

Highbullen Hotel Chittlehamholt highbullen.co.uk

The Old Barn Bideford northdevonwedding.com

Kentisbury Grange Barnstaple kentisburygrange.com

The Park Hotel Barnstaple parkhotel.co.uk/

Whitemoor Farm Barnstaple whitemoorcamping.co.uk Woolhanger Manor Parracombe woolhanger.com

Burgh Island Hotel Bigbury on Sea burghisland.com Cliff House Salcombe cliffhousesalcombe.com Dainton Park Golf Club & Restaurant Newton Abbot daintonparkgolf.co.uk

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Dartington Hall Dartington Steeped in history and culture, a pair of original oak doors welcome you to medieval 14th century Dartington Hall. As well offering stunning outdoor ceremonies in the gardens, there are five licensed ceremony rooms which can accommodate between 30 and 150 guests for a beautifully individual wedding. The picturesque Private Garden is the perfect location for a drinks reception with views across the Grade II listed formal gardens, while the magnificent Great Hall provides the perfect backdrop for a wedding breakfast for 50-150 guests. With flexible packages and 50 well-appointed bedrooms, you’re promised a memorable and beautifully unique day at this award-winning venue. dartington.org/weddings

Quay House Kingsbridge kingsbridge.gov.uk

Cliffden Hotel Teignmouth visionhotels.co.uk/cliffden-hotel

Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa Salcombe salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk

Colehayes Park Bovey Tracey colehayes.co.uk

Langdon Court Hotel Wembury langdoncourt.com

Dartmoor Lodge Ashburton dartmoorlodge.co.uk

Clovelly Estate Clovelly clovelly.co.uk

Sharpham House Totnes sharphamtrust.org

Devon Register Office Newton Abbot new.devon.gov.uk/registrationservice/ venues/registration-offices/teignbridge

Durrant House Hotel Bideford durranthousehotel.com

Shilstone Manor Modbury shilstonedevon.co.uk Soar Mill Cove Hotel Salcombe soarmillcove.co.uk South Sands Hotel Bolt Head southsands.com

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club Totnes dgcc.co.uk

The Kingston Estate Staverton kingston-estate.co.uk

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The Royal Castle Hotel Dartmouth royalcastle.co.uk The Royal Seven Stars Hotel Totnes royalsevenstars.co.uk The Smithaleigh Hotel Smithaleigh smithaleighhotel.co.uk Thornham Bridge Ermington susanblackmore.co.uk/weddings Thurlestone Hotel Thurlestone thurlestone.co.uk Totnes Guildhall Totnes totnestowncouncil.gov.uk

Kitley House Hotel Four-star Kitley House Hotel is an unforgettable backdrop for your special day – exclusively yours for you and your guests to enjoy in privacy. Inside and outside both offer a variety of romantic settings for you to take your vows, and celebrate with family and friends. The historic Grade One listed former manor house is part of a family-run, rural estate, set in hundreds of acres of quintessentially English countryside on the tranquil banks of the Yealm estuary in Devon’s beautiful South Hams. The rolling hills, landscaped terraces, extensive woodlands, and lake provide the perfect scenery for your wedding photos. kitleyhousehotel.com

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Beaconside Country House Bideford beaconsidehouse.co.uk/weddings

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The Guildhall Dartmouth dartmouthtowncouncil.org

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Canonteign Falls Teign Valley canonteignweddings.co.uk

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Elfordleigh Hotel Plymouth elfordleigh.co.uk

Bovey Castle Moretonhampstead boveycastle.com

Venues Café, Blackpool Sands Dartmouth lovingthebeach.co.uk Whitehouse Chillington whitehousedevon.com

Fingle Bridge Inn Drewsteignton finglebridgeinn.com Gidleigh Park Chagford gidleigh.co.uk Hannah’s at Seale Hayne Newton Abbot hannahssealehayne.com Holne Park House Ashburton holnepark.co.uk Ilsington Hotel Ilslington, Newton Abbot ilsington.co.uk Langstone Cliff Hotel Dawlish langstone-hotel.co.uk Lavender House Hotel Ashburton lavenderhousehotel.com Mill End Hotel Chagford millendhotel.com Old Forde House Newton Abbot teignbridge.gov.uk Passage House Hotel Newton Abbot passagehousehotel.co.uk The Edgemoor Hotel Bovey Tracey edgemoor.co.uk

Worden House Dartmouth wordenhouse.co.uk

The White Hart Hotel Moretonhampstead whitehartdartmoor.co.uk

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Yarner House Bovey Tracey yarner.com Yurtcamp Liverton yurtcamp.co.uk

Bideford Conservative Club Bideford bidefordconservativeclub.co.uk Buckland House Buckland Filleigh bucklandhouse.co.uk

Hallsannery House Bideford hallsannery.co.uk Hartland Abbey nr Bideford hartlandabbey.com Parnacott House Holsworthy parnacotthouse.co.uk RHS Garden Rosemoor Great Torrington rhs.org.uk The Pier House Westward Ho! thepier-house.co.uk The Royal Hotel Bideford royalbideford.co.uk Torridge Registration Office Bideford new.devon.gov.uk/registrationservice/ venues/registration-offices/torridge Yeoldon House Hotel Northam yeoldonhousehotel.co.uk

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Imperial Hotel Torquay barcelo-hotels.co.uk Custom House The Parade Boasting a picturesque location on Plymouth’s Barbican waterfront, Custom House is an elegant exclusive hire wedding venue that marries dramatic historic features with luxe modern styling. The lovingly restored Grade II listed building makes for a unique event space for weddings with up to 240 guests in attendance, with a choice of seven beautifully styled settings for civil ceremonies and a choice of reception rooms. The experienced wedding planners will pay attention to your every need, ensuring that your bespoke wedding package is tailored to every exacting requirement. customhouseplymouth.co.uk

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Plymouth Registry Office Lockyer Street plymouth.gov.uk

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Ocean Studios Royal William Yard The beautiful Grade I listed building provides the perfect pared-back venue for a wedding with a unique and historic difference, giving a gorgeously light and airy space for all types of event. Situated in the Plymouth’s bustling Royal William Yard, the team can help create a brilliantly bespoke event tailored to your individual tastes and preferences. The largest space seats up to 120 guests and presents pretty harbourside views, while the on-site artisan Bakehouse Café can cater for your every dietary whim, ensuring a top-tasting experience combines with atmospheric surrounds for a memorable celebration. oceanstudios.org.uk

Duke of Cornwall Hotel Millbay Road Marry in an iconic treasure in the heart of Plymouth. Blending elegant architecture, stunning function rooms and far-reaching views, the historic Duke of Cornwall Hotel offers grandeur and romance in abundance. From intimate weddings to large-scale celebrations, this Grade II listed hotel offers the most beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable day. thedukeofcornwall.co.uk 3 Elliot Terrace The Hoe plymouth.gov.uk/elliotterrace The Future Inn William Prance Road Mountbatten Tower Mountbatten castlesforbattles.co.uk/south_west/ mount_batten_tower

Royal Plymouth Corinthians Yacht Club The Hoe rpcyc.com

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Riviera International Centre Torquay rivieracentre.co.uk/meetingsevents/weddings

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New Barton Barns Wembury newbartonbarns.co.uk

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New Continental Hotel Millbay Road newcontinental.co.uk

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Grosvenor Hotel Torquay grosvenorhoteltorquay.co.uk

The Elephant Torquay elephantrestaurant.co.uk The Paignton Club Paignton thepaigntonclub.co.uk Toorak Hotel Torquay tlh.co.uk Torbay Leisure Hotels Torquay tlh.co.uk Torbay Register Office Paignton torbay.gov.uk Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens Torquay torre-abbey.org.uk Victoria Hotel Torquay tlh.co.uk

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A WISE BRIDE ONCE TOLD ME... Take the advice of recent newly-weds, who share what they would and wouldn’t do again when it came to the biggest day of their lives words Elizabeth Chester

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Ever wished a few just-marrieds would give you a quick lowdown on what they would do differently when it comes to planning a wedding? Your wish is our command! We’ve rounded up a selection of newly-weds to give you all the advice on the essential and not-so essential parts of their days that, in hindsight, they wish they’d known…

Wise weather words Recent bride Stephanie has cleared up the weather conundrum for us. “Our late March bash had me in a muddle about the weather,” she says of her nuptials. “I had planned an Easter theme, so daffodil yellow highlights ran into the accessories, including Easter-themed throws for when it got cool in the evening and beautiful spotty umbrellas just in case it rained. I had decided, 18 months earlier, it was going to be warm and breezy on the day, so we planned the entire day with that in mind.” But umbrellas weren’t needed – snow ploughs were! “We woke

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up to eight inches of snow,” she laughs. “Snowsuits would have been better than throws!” Looking back, Stephanie wouldn’t try to second-guess the weather

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because, ultimately, you never know until the day and, whatever the weather, she has learnt that everyone copes. Despite 100 pairs of feet and not one snow boot, nobody complained. “In fact, everyone was enjoying the snow so much, I don’t think anybody really noticed they were cold and wet!”

Make it easy for yourself Lorna has advice about catering. “I meticulously checked everybody’s dietary requirements, asking people to specify exactly what they did or didn’t want, as I thought the detail would help the caterers,” she says. But unfortunately it caused immense confusion. As she was so meticulous and thorough in asking for people’s preferences, she found herself with extremely detailed responses and, ultimately, her caterers couldn’t cope with the minutiae. “Despite 15 bespoke meals, the caterers couldn’t find the recipients. Some of the guests had even forgotten their own requirements!” says Lorna. “Eventually, we managed to track them down.” But the wheat-free meals nearly got muddled with the vegan meals. “Looking back, there is such a thing as too much detail, and I should have offered specific options that incorporated dietary variations, rather than letting the guests dictate their own meals down to the last chickpea.”

Find ‘The One’ Zara has some sartorial tips for brides-to-be looking to relish the opportunity to showcase their fashion credentials. “I’m an art student, so I felt an immense pressure to go for something out-there and unusual,” she explains. The result? “I went for a pant-suit, which I adored and should have stayed in all day.” But Zara was so busy planning her next costume change (four in total!), she missed the opportunity to enjoy wearing her beautiful all-in-one and instead spent most of the time in her bridal suite getting changed. “Less is definitely more when it comes to the dress,” she says. “I was desperately trying to showcase as many beautiful outfits as I could because I had fallen in love with so many, but in hindsight I should have just stuck with The One.”

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Décor dilemmas

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Planning the decoration for your day is an allencompassing love affair of a journey, and one that Helena found herself overwhelmed by. “I love, love, loved planning the details of my day,” she says, having spent months sourcing swatches and ideas from different corners of the globe during the run-up to W-day. “I had the look of our reception in my head for years before my fiancé even proposed,” she laughs. And on the day, Helena’s dreams were realised when she walked into her reception and saw jaw-dropping displays, awe-inspiring flower and balloon arches, and imaginative and creative backdrops. “It looked awesome,” she says. “But it did strike me it was a bit of a mishmash of ideas and colours and needed refining slightly!” Looking back, Helena would have dressed the room a day or two before – booking the venue for an extra day if needs be – and Enchanted Brides

studied the room in more detail. “It still wowed our guests beyond their wildest dreams though,” she says. “And the Moet champagne luge meant most guests saw the décor through a bit of a blur anyway!”

Your own style Eliza and Andy eloped and tied the knot in a small city hotel in a shift dress and a charity shop suit. “Even though we had no frills, I still wanted to feel like a bride, so the day before I hastily ordered a bouquet,” says Eliza. And as she had always wanted to wear a veil, she treated herself to a birdcage veil, which added a 1950s feel to her simple shift. “Although I loved the added bridal-ness of my accessories, they didn’t go with the feel of our day and actually made me momentarily wish we had guests… especially when it came to throwing the bouquet, as I had no one to throw it to!” Eliza rectified things by throwing a low-key garden party once they’d tied the Grant Lampard Photography

knot where the dried bouquet was admired – and caught! – by the couple’s guests.

Easy entertaining Groom Dominic has some practical and budgetary advice. “We planned lots of extras for late into the evening – magicians, conjurors and human statues, and we even hired a comedian to do some stand-up in a tent on our festival-style site.” Even though the entertainment during the day went down a storm, by the evening, and after the banquet, toasts and a free bar, Dominic quickly realised his crowd were not as engaged as they had been. “Basically, everyone was drunk,” he remembers, “Which had been the plan, but we would have saved ourselves a lot of money if we had just assumed everyone would dance and chat and generally sit around the fire enjoying themselves late into the evening without the need for entertainment, as that’s what they did anyway – including the comic!”

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Two meaningful ceremonies, handmade touches and a relaxed atmosphere were the highlights of Kasha and Nathan’s wedding, which poignantly paid homage to their long-held love for each other – and their families Teenage sweethearts Kasha and Nathan first met at 18 through mutual friends. “We spent four years together before we split up, going our separate ways and losing contact,” explains Kasha. “In 2016, Nathan got back in touch with me to ask if he could give me a call. The rest is history.” The couple soon moved into their first house and Nathan promptly popped the question. Excited to kick-start the planning process, Kasha and Nathan were enchanted by the historic setting of Bickleigh Castle, and bowled over by what it could offer. “Weekend use of the castle, clay pigeon shooting, fireworks and so much more!” she exclaims. With shades of mint and rustic touches carrying through the details, Kasha joined forces with friends and family to create the day’s handmade look. “I made our favours, which we called ‘the wedding recipe’: a hessian bag that included a Celtic knot, wooden heart, Lego brick, highlighter, little toy and spoon, which all meant different things,” she says. Flanked by bridesmaids in mint maxi dresses, Kasha wore a simple and chic gown by Rebecca Ingram with delicate back detailing. “The best part of the day for me was not only marrying my best friend and the love of my life – and sharing it with everyone – but my mum walking me down the aisle,” says Kasha. “We walked down the aisle to ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ from the first ‘Mamma Mia!’ movie and it just told the story for me.” After the legal ceremony, a humanist blessing took place in the historic and atmospheric chapel, after which the celebrations started with a traditional fun fair, including games such as buzz wire, hook a duck, ball in a bucket, coconut shy and tin can alley. Dolly the Vintage Caravan also made an appearance, which doubled as a photo booth and came complete with a sweet cart, candyfloss machine and guest book. “It was a hit with the guests and was lovely to look through the photos and messages the next day,” comments Kasha. A barbecue allowed guests to informally mingle while tucking into an array of dishes, while the cake, lovingly made by Kasha’s sister, provided the perfect centrepiece: a three-tiered castle-themed confection in rustic colours with layers of red velvet, chocolate and strawberries and champagne. A fireworks display over the valley made for a spectacular endnote to the day. Succinct with her wedding advice, Kasha’s tips focus on an organised approach to the planning process: “Don’t leave anything until last minute, do things the way you want them done, and try not to be a Bridezilla!”

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A rustic backdrop with floral details set the scene for Katie and Matt’s al fresco and eclectic wedding Katie and Matt first met at Leeds University during a night out with their respective hockey teams. Years later, they were enjoying a trip to Canada when Matt surprised Katie by popping the question. “Matt persuaded his close friends to pretend that they had bought him a scenic flight for two as a surprise 30th birthday present for him,” reveals Katie. “We flew to the north of Vancouver Island over stunning scenery to a remote lake, where Matt got down on one knee.” Selecting Anran as the venue for their wild flowerinspired wedding, the day took a beautiful country chic look featuring shades of lavender and green. “A little bit rustic-charm-meets-A-Midsummer Night’s-Dream,” describes Katie. Her bridal look perfectly complemented the scene, a bohemian empire line gown featuring lace and a beautiful open back. Meanwhile, the groom and his groomsmen caused their own sartorial stir by donning dapper blue tweed lounge suits with Liberty print pastel wild flower ties. In keeping with the wild aesthetic, the ceremony was staged outside, which formed one of the couple’s most poignant memories from the day. Poems, words and songs chosen by Katie and Matt as well as family and friends ensured a personal and incredibly poignant experience. “Our outdoor ceremony in the bright sunshine amidst the gorgeous Devon landscape was a very special moment,” says Katie. “The glasshouse was a beautiful and special space in which to have the breakfast: full of light and plants. We also liked the secret parts of the venue, which made it an interesting social space and were proud of all the handmade touches that gave it a personal feel.” The paintings and table plans were made by Katie and her maid of honour as well as the groom’s father, Rod, while many of the other touches were arranged by Katie’s mum, Claire. Reception drinks and canapés were served in the courtyard before a sit-down wedding breakfast comprising burrata with heritage tomatoes, slow roast lamb with a delicious range of side dishes, and mini chocolate cheesecakes and lemon possets. An evening of dancing to the upbeat soundtrack provided by the brilliant Blue Lion Band was finished with sparklers and carriages at midnight, leaving the newly-weds to reflect upon their day and select an important piece of advice to pass on to other couples.

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Taking Christmas as the inspiration for their wintry wedding, Kate and Will created a spellbinding seasonal scene complete with show-stopping entertainment College sweethearts Kate and Will were at their favourite place when Will proposed. “We were at Glastonbury Festival where we have made many happy memories together. The proposal was without question one of the most magical moments of my life, and was followed with celebrations involving cider and falafels,” reminisces Kate. “We chose to get married at the Deer Park Country House where I work as the wedding coordinator,” she says. “Some think it was a bit strange that Will and I chose to get married where I work but for us it is the perfect venue. From the cosy relaxed feel of the house, the beautiful botanical orangery that is flooded with natural light, and stunning features like the sweeping staircase, the house provides the perfect canvas. Combine that with the friendly service and dedication of the team, it really does tick all of the boxes.”   Choosing Kate Walker Bridal to purchase her dress was another easy decision. “Kate is amazing! I went in with a set idea of what I wanted but when Kate put me in ‘the’ dress, it was not what I expected at all, but was without question ‘the one’. It made me feel both happy and confident.” A palette of forest green, soft copper and grey complemented the festive features of glitter baubles, handcrafted wreaths and Christmas trees, while an abundance of greenery dotted with white flowers and stylish stationery incorporating forest green and copper calligraphy completed the dazzling scene. As well as focusing on the look, Kate and Will also planned a day packed with entertainment to ensure each stage presented something different, from the pianist during the ceremony and drinks reception to Charlotte Atkinson’s watercolour portraits and magician Dan Brazier. Later, live music from Mammoth kick-started the party with a set list of pop, funk and soul covers. “With Dan and Charlotte mingling with our guests, it was the perfect moment for Will and I to step back and watch how happy our guests were and realise just how perfect the day was,” comments Kate.   Ensuring all their guests’ senses were spoilt, the menu provided a further talking point, with confit duck and duck Scotch egg followed by roasted chicken supreme and a delicious trio of desserts: white chocolate and raspberry crème brulee, lemon meringue cheesecake and chocolate brownie. The lip-smacking treats continued with a spectacular two-tier wedding cake.   “It’s true what they say – the day flies by,” she adds to encourage other couples to stop during the day and take grateful stock. “Besides our ceremony, our most memorable moment was after the wedding breakfast when we planned a retreat to the lounge. With the open fire roaring and a hot beverage in hand, it provided the perfect backdrop.” She adds: “It’s so important to have complete trust in your suppliers; choosing the right ones will see your vision come to life. Do not stress over the small stuff – it’s all about friends, family and your love on the day.”

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Reimagining Glastonbury for their festival-themed wedding ensured every element was a glitter-filled and personality-packed reflection of Jen and Ross’ relationship Glastonbury Festival was the setting for Jen and Ross’ first encounter. “It was such a fun weekend and a really special place to meet,” remembers Jen. “We were out until sunrise most nights as we were having such a good time together!” Ross popped the question during a walk along the coast while the couple were camping in Porthcothan. “There was no one else around, which is exactly what I wanted – it was perfect,” reveals Jen. “Afterwards we had a barbecue and watched the sun set drinking Prosecco; there were even some shooting stars that night!” Having met at a festival, it was natural for their wedding to take a similarly free-spirited vibe, and The Barn at South Milton proved the ideal venue for their extended celebrations, with its sea views and onsite camping. “We had it for three days so we were able to do a day at the beach and then a barbecue on the Friday night, which meant we got the most out of the weekend.” Hay bales, festival flags and bell tents helped create a festival feel, with wild British garden flowers in purple and pink completing the colourful picture. “One of our friends illustrated the wedding invitations for us featuring a scene of Ross and me in fancy dress at Glastonbury. It was really nice to have a personalised invitation that captured the festival theme,” adds Jen. The seminal moment of the day, though, was the ceremony itself, which featured emotional readings and a personalised soundtrack. “Ross’ cousin Jack is a pianist and he played songs before the ceremony and also played the song that I walked down the aisle to. It was really special to have someone from the family involved in that way,” explains Jen. “The absolute best part was when we did the warming of the rings as Jack played the piano and singer Rich Cottell sang John Legend’s ‘All of Me’. Our wedding rings were tied together with lace and were passed around by the guests who silently made a wish when holding them. It was such an emotional part of the ceremony… with the music playing and the festival flags waving in the breeze, it brought me to tears.” Prosecco and Pimm’s then flowed ahead of a sharing platter menu comprising gammon and beef joints alongside salads and roasted new potatoes followed by chocolate brownies and banoffee pie. The evening treated guests to wood-fired pizzas and Krispy Kreme doughnuts alongside a live set by The Vinyl Beats and a glitter station! “Everyone had a good time glittering up and it really made it feel like we were at a festival,” says Jen. “Don’t leave it all until the end as it makes for a stressful couple of months!” she says as a word of warning to other couples in the throes of planning. “Also, use friends and family to help you as much as you can – it will ease some of your stresses and they will love being able to feel involved in the planning and lead-up. Enjoy every minute as you will wish you could do it all over again once it’s ended.”

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Aku and John unleashed their creativity with a lovingly handmade wedding that was full of love and laughter from start to finish “We chatted on match.com for about a month before John plucked up the courage to ask for a date,” reveals Aku. “We then met for a drink in a little pub in Plymouth – our date was interrupted a few times by a lady who had taken a shine to John, but thankfully he kept his focus on me and the evening was a success!” A birthday trip to Paris culminated in the couple’s engagement under the former Love Lock Bridge on the River Seine, where they found themselves alone in the garden beneath. “I was busy trying to see the Eiffel Tower and when I turned around John said he had a question for me,” recalls Aku. “After saying ‘veux-tu m’épouser’ I asked for a translation and promptly cried for a long while after ‘will you…’ was said! We then went to a nearby café for champagne.” Coombe Trenchard was the only venue they viewed. “As soon as we saw the site and met Sarah and Emily, we knew it was the place for us. It was grand but had a ‘homely’ feel, which was important to us both,” explains John. Designing a day that reflected both Aku’s Ghanaian heritage and John’s Yorkshire roots, the church ceremony was the perfect mode of expression, with both mothers giving special readings. “John’s mum read the lyrics to a beautiful song by Steven Curtis Chapman called ‘I Will Be Here’ and had everyone in tears. My mother read a passage from the Bible – first in our Ghanaian mother tongue (Ewe) and then in English. The service was filled with a lot of laughter!” The outfits also perfectly reflected their cultures, with Aku donning a lace gown for the day followed by traditional Ghanaian attire for the evening, while John wore tweed. Drawing on Aku’s organisational skills and John’s creative flair, the couple undertook the planning and styling of the day. “John designed the save the date cards, invitations, orders of service and thank you cards. He also hand-painted the pallet signs used on the wedding day as well as our handmade photo booth!” says Aku. “Some of the decorative items, such as the pom-poms for the marquee, were made by our matron of honour, Gilly. We were so grateful for her help,” she adds, whose own imaginative input was beautifully demonstrated by the table design and cake, while a series of hired props completed the scene, including a flower wall, beer barrel cake stand and milk churns filled with gypsophila crowns.  “We wanted a rustic dining experience with good food and plenty of it,” says Aku, who named tables after the houses from ‘Games of Thrones’ and chose sharing platters brimming with the likes of pork sausages, jerk marinated chicken thighs and Devon cheddar, spring onion and herb cakes alongside salads and breads, completed by a trio of desserts. “The end of the evening back in our room after saying goodbye to all guests and vendors was our main time to speak to each other and reflect on what an incredible day it had been,” reflects John. “We were exhausted, but beyond happy.”

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Live music, sharing platters and a plethora of handcrafted features turned Ellie and Joe’s wedding ‘at home’ into a wonderful community affair “We had our first date in Birmingham after swiping right on Tinder!” reveals Ellie of her and Joe’s romantic beginnings. “Joe proposed on a family weekend away at Longleat Center Parcs. It was sunset down by the lake; he didn’t quite make it down on one knee but it was perfect with just the two of us there when he revealed a ring and asked me to marry him.” Determined to have the wedding in Devon where she grew up, the couple struggled to find a venue for the laid-back event they envisioned. “We couldn’t quite find anything as relaxed as we would like and when my parents offered the field that they owned next to our family home, it felt like the most obvious choice for the type of wedding we wanted,” explains Ellie. Having legally tied the knot at Plymouth Registry Office two days previously, their wedding day was the culmination of a huge collaborative effort by family and friends. “We held the ceremony on hay bales under a driftwood arch that my dad and I put together, with my mum’s beautiful home-grown flowers to decorate it,” says Ellie, who also organised for the mobile bar to be serving drinks before the vows. “Having a G&T or a cold beer to drink during the ceremony was a big hit with our guests and added to the laid-back feel of the day!” Following a home-grown and handmade theme with blue as the principle colour, the day featured an array of personal touches such as using Ellie and Joe’s “big white fluffy cloud” dog’s fur that had fallen out to make wool for the hand-fasting rope used during the ceremony. Ellie’s mum grew and arranged all the flowers with help from her friends, from hanging bicycle wheels in the marquee to the buttonholes, corsages and jars of flowers on the tables, while touches such as Ellie’s late grandfather’s sail flags added to the poignant décor. “As much as it was a lot of work, the save the date cards, cake and lollipop favours that I made went down so well with the guests it felt like it was all worth it,” reflects Ellie. Live music, garden games, cocktails and canapés were served after the ceremony, while hot sharing barbecue-style dishes of beef steak, spicy king prawns, Cajun chicken and vegetable and halloumi kebabs with a smattering of sides were finished with a delicious trio of puddings. With an energetic set of live music, as well as fireworks, sparklers, fabulous tractor wheel firepits and freshly baked pizza, the evening proved a party to remember. “I loved that we made some time for just the two of us to watch how happy all our family and friends were, and also to take in the day,” says Ellie when asked to reveal her highlight. “Our advice to other couples is make sure the day is what you want – if you love it, so will your friends and family,” she adds. “Both Joe and myself spent a lot of time worrying about stuff that we thought mattered – and when it came down to it, we had a day that was better than we both could ever have imagined, because we both stuck to our guns and picked what we liked”

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Steph and Nick’s sunny country celebration was filled with lawn games, personality-packed props and a carnival of blooms Steph and Nick first met whilst studying medicine at university, but didn’t begin dating until their third year. “We got to know each other following a bit of matchmaking by mutual friends who we still see regularly – so thanks guys!” laughs Nick. “I proposed on a very blustery evening in September in north Devon,” he reveals. “Baggy Point was one of the highlights of my first visit to meet Steph’s parents seven years previously. The headland point is stunning, regardless of the time of year – which is good as when I proposed the weather was so bad that other walkers (and most of the sheep) turned back, which meant we had the whole place to ourselves!” Opting for an extended, three-day celebration at Bridwell Park, the couple hosted a relaxed wedding while enjoying precious time with their nearest and dearest. “Whilst a spectacular example of a country house, its owner Lord Ivar Mountbatten and the Bridwell team were incredibly flexible and laid-back, which made it truly feel like a homefrom-home for the entire weekend,” says Nick. Their rustic celebration incorporated a number of personal props such as Steph’s old ponies tack and the yard gate. “This made the day even more special,” says Steph. The flowers proved a particular talking point: a combination of floristry by Rozi’s Posies and green-fingered family and friends allowed the venue to be beautifully bedecked with blooms. “Everywhere from the entrance gates to every surface possible had colour and life!” says Steph. “It would not have been possible without our industrious family and friends who were also up for the fun and work needed to bring our vision to life.” Following the ceremony, everyone tucked into fizz and canapés in the sunshine before settling in the Orangery for a two-course ‘rustic table’. The menu was specially crafted to reflect both local cuisine and guests’ tastes, featuring lemon and sage roasted chicken, slow-roast pork belly and a selection of savoury tarts. “The sharing element worked well and was really sociable, with guests getting stuck in and electing people on each table to carve and serve the dishes. It also meant we didn’t have the added challenge of taking meal requests as guests could help themselves to what they fancied on the day,” explains Nick. Lawn games including tug-o-war and an egg and spoon relay, as well as an apple press, provided oodles of fun ahead of an evening filled with dancing courtesy of the “incredible” Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers. “Get the big stuff booked up early – venue, catering, photographer. This means you can then relax and take your time organising the smaller, fun bits,” announces Nick as his number one planning tip. “If someone recommends a good band, take their advice and go for it. We did this and it was one of the best decisions we made!” he adds. “Take pictures of the little bits of prep, of the silly dresses and the failed calligraphy during the build-up to the wedding,” advises Steph. “The wedding day itself is incredible but the fun and memories you’ll make with loved ones during the run-up are invaluable too. We wish we could do it every year!”

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Dessy from Timeless Elegance timelesselegancebridal.co.uk

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Moss Bros moss.co.uk

Hair

Laura Bukin Hair laurabukinhair.epageuk.com

Make-up

Genevieve Satha Makeup genevievesatha.co.uk

Flowers

Rozi’s Posies Wedding and Events Florist rozisposies.wixsite.com/weddingflorist

Catering

Posh Nosh posh-nosh.co.uk

Wine & beer

Majestic Wines majestic.co.uk

Cake

The Cupcakery facebook.com/thecupcakerybarnstaple

Entertainment

Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers bdsmusic.uk

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LOVE THROUGH THE AGES

Katie and John transformed her grandparents’ hotel into an impressive new wedding venue to pay homage to her ancestry, while breathtaking blooms and a beautiful blue gown echoed the relaxed seaside mood From their first encounter in a local pub to a low-key proposal at home where John enlisted Katie’s children to help him pop the question, Katie and John’s romance paved the way for an extraordinary wedding day as well as a new business venture. “The whole of the wedding was inspired by my grandparents’ hotel,” explains Katie. “Sadly, we lost my granddad, and my grandma is currently in a home, but they own the most magical property on the Woolacombe coast. They ran it as a hotel for 30 years but for the past eight of them, it has been somewhat neglected. As a family we decided we wanted to bring it back to life, and it would be like my grandparents were there to share our special day.” Deciding the whole wedding would be inspired by the coast, the combination of Katie’s creative side and her parents’ lifetime of experience in hospitality meant they did not require a wedding planner! Florist Katie set about designing the day in earnest, with the blooms key to achieving their desired look, while also infusing new life into the venue. “Two days before the wedding, it was all hands on deck to get the flowers just right. I wanted a wild and natural theme with blue delphiniums and king proteas,” she says. Despite the attention to detail, the day took a casual and laid-back vibe, with a dress code to suit. “It was frocks and flip-flops for the ladies and dickie bows and chinos for the gents. We had around 100 guests and wanted to keep it very informal and intimate,” says Katie, who wore a gorgeous Chantel Lauren dress with a blue silk skirt to perfectly reflect the relaxed coastal vibe. Surrounded by loved ones, but missing her father who passed away 18 months before the wedding, Katie’s favourite moment was a poignant merging of past and present when her eldest son, Harry, walked her down the aisle. “My dad was looking down on me – I know that for sure,” she reflects. Guests then enjoyed canapés, live music, a free bar and sunshine, before a feast of Scotch eggs, homemade pie and mash, and a trio of puddings were served – with fish and chips keeping revellers’ hunger at bay during the evening. Rolling Keys provided the perfect party soundtrack, keeping the dance floor filled all night. “I had only seen them online but knew as soon as I heard Sarah’s unique voice that was who I wanted! They were simply incredible and kept the party alive until 2am,” says Katie, who reveals that a very exciting venture came from their big day. “Following our wedding, we have decided to open the castle as a wedding venue, as we were told by so many people that it was the best venue they had ever been to!” says Katie. And her advice? “Don’t stress out – just enjoy every moment! I would love to relive the whole day again.”

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“The whole day was just amazing and watching the sun go down with your nearest and dearest is such a great memory.”

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Photography

Clare Kinchin Photography clarekinchinphotography.co.uk

Venue

Castle Hotel Woolacombe

facebook.com/castlehotelwoolacombe Dress

Chantel Lauren from Rock the Frock

rockthefrockbridal.co.uk

Bridesmaids’ dresses

TH&TH thandth.com

Hair

Colourful Consultant colourfulconsultant.com

Rebecca T Hairdressing

facebook.com/RebeccaTHairdressing

Flowers

Cooke & Thomas cookeandthomas.co.uk

Catering

Sausage & Pear sausageandpear.co.uk

Cake

Georgina Jones instagram.com/ginnypinny1

Bar

The Dolphin Shrewsbury thedolphinshrewsbury.com

Entertainment

Rolling Keys rollingkeysmusic.com

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Plan a so-you celebration with help from the wedding gurus. This issue, we look at budget-savvy tips

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your top three priorities when you start wedding planning, allocate your budget for these things, and anything else is ‘nice

for guests. Rebecca

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Forget Pinterest. Focus on you and

your budget. Rebecca

your wedding, not how other people have done it before. Social media can

Timing is everything. Getting

leave you feeling overwhelmed by ideas, so stick to what you need and not what everyone else has. Elle

The numbers game. Reduce your

married later in the day means you can significantly reduce your food and drink requirements. The 5pm ceremony is growing increasingly popular – not only does it give you lots of time to get ready,

guest list – smaller weddings allow you to focus your budget on fewer guests,

you may be able to skip the canapés by sitting down for dinner sooner or forget

often saving lots of money whilst being able to afford the things that are really important to you. Elle

Classy glass. If you’re a DIY fan and

Light fantastic. Candlelight is an effective and inexpensive way to create a romantic atmosphere for your ceremony or reception. Collect glass

about the evening buffet. Elle

already hoarding those jam jars, get some stained glass paint to turn them into beautifully colourful vases in keeping with your colour scheme. Rebecca

jars, remove the labels and polish them up, then place tea lights inside to add an elegant glow to the room. Jenny

Do me a favour. Make your own

Double up. Use elements for more

wedding. It was time-consuming, but saved a lot of money! Jenny

wedding favours: we once made heartshaped birdseed favours for the men and bath bombs for the ladies at a

Festival food. If you’re going for an

or a table plan that becomes a photo wall or photo booth backdrop. Elle

informal vibe, street food is a fun option – guests can choose their own food and the cost tends to be more budget-

Be realistic. Once you have set a

friendly. Sharing picnics are also great for those lazy summer’s days. Rebecca

budget, give yourself a 10% contingency on top. Couples do tend to go over their original budgets, but if you have a little contingency set aside, it doesn’t feel so bad. Rebecca  

Blooms on the move. Choose flower

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more rustic, bohemian vibe, foliage is an effective and inexpensive option. Combine it with single stem flowers in an eclectic mix of bottles and, with tea lights and candles, you can create a beautiful tablescape without breaking

than one job – such as favours that also work as place names, table centrepieces that are part of the wedding breakfast,

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Set the scene. If you’re going for the

booked up. Rebecca

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Emma Knots Hewlett & KissesFloral Design

for starters is one of my favourite ideas; they also work as a great icebreaker

arrangements that can be moved and reused at different parts of the day. A garland around your ceremony arbour, for example, could be moved to the top table and bridesmaid bouquets could be put into vases for centrepieces. Jenny

Elle Winsor Grime, The Artful Event Company

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jennywrenweddingsandevents.co.uk Rebecca Green, The Unique Cornish Event Company

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