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Your Beauty questions answered!

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News • Fitness • Venues and much more!

When it Absolutely has to be Amazing...

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Aruna Seth Cerise Ivory Satin Wedge with Swarovski

Hi Girls,


There is nothing quite like an autumn wedding, the rich colours and dusky evening which can create the perfect setting for any big day. We have been extremely unlucky with the weather this summer - hope it didn’t spoil too many weddings. But on a positive note, let’s just hope our autumn will be rain free! This issue brings you amazing real weddings features, bridal gowns that ooze with elegance, stylish accessories, honeymoons - home and away and a fantastic venue styling feature to take inspiration from. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we have enjoyed researching it!

Liberty in Love


Love the team at Brides Etc

P.S If you would like to be included in one of our real weddings, then please feel free to email us on and I am sure we will look to fit you within one of our magazines going forward. The next issue of Brides Etc, will be our winter issue and we will be looking for our perfect Christmas setting. “LIKE” us on Facebook for the latest gossip from the Brides Etc team. Search for us on twitter: Brides_Etc

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For the most exclusive and romantic dream wedding venue, Boys Hall Manor is a must; being one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Kent. Built in 1616 the Hall retains many of its original features. Set in 3 acres of landscaped gardens, the Hall provides a romantic and exclusive setting, providing a backdrop for stunning photography. • Licensed for Civil ceremonies • Civil Partnership ceremonies • Three rooms within the manor licensed for ceremonies • Exclusive use • 5 star Guest accommodation • Caters for up to 80 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast • Gazebo wedding ceremonies available Our professional wedding coordinators are on hand to discuss your requirements and guide you through every step of the way. We pride ourselves on making your day a truly memorable one.



Book your 2012 mid-week wedding with us and receive the discount on our facility hire fee.

Sunday October 14th 2012 10.30am - 3.30pm Free Admission

Not every wedding has to be at the weekend! All the same exclusivity and personal service whilst allowing your budget to accommodate those little items that you thought you couldnt afford. Weddings to take place mid-week from Monday - Thursday only. (Applicable only when booking the ceremony and reception at Boys Hall)

Boys Hall Manor, Boys Hall Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 0LA Tel: 01233 633772 Fax: 01233 631447 E: W:


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The latest goings on in the wedding world

Pg 12 Will you marry me?

Our readers share their engagement stories


Pg 17 Gifts

Find the perfect gifts woth a little help from Brides Etc

Pg 24 Bridal Fashion

See what’s hot for your autumn wedding

Pg 30 Trendy Headwear

Styles to suit every budget

Pg 35 Win the Brides Etc Hamper

Why not have a go at winning our indulgent hamper?

Pg 65 Capture the Moment

Our guide to helping you find the right Photographer

Pg 69 Travel

Dream desinations for your Honeymoon

Pg 72 Photo-fit

See how our Designer, Grant, got on with the USN 12 week body and lifestyle challenge

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NEWS Our team here have been very busy getting together a list of the top apps we think would be most useful to you... We also have been researching all sorts of news that we think would give you the great ideas we know you are looking for so read on and I am sure you will not be disappointed!!


at Bluewater New Autumn Show Join us on an exclusive wedding journey at Bluewater’s Wedding Fair taking place between 21 and 23 September 2012 at the stunning new exhibition centre ‘Glow, Bluewater’.


Wedding couples, family and friends can enjoy a fabulous day out with the chance to enjoy shows, entertainment and meet a variety of wedding industry experts all under one roof.

The bags are personalised to your hair and eye colour and then any name can be added.

Sample champagnes, mouthwatering canapés and delicious cakes and see some of the best musicians, entertainers and performers.

BRIDESMAIDS If you need any more information, please contact me on 07725197111 £21.99


Wedding Dress Look Book

WEDDINGS APPS Available from the App Store. iWedding

Wedding Scan

Meet over 150 exhibitors who will be showcasing all the must book essentials from bridal and menswear, to venues, honeymoons, and photographers. Also source all those extra special details that will make your wedding exquisite – including cakes, flowers, jewellery and décor. New this season is the Essential Bridalwear Collection where you can see and try on all the latest styles then buy your dress on the day - taking advantage of hundreds of amazing show offers. For those who prefer an evening out why not enjoy a glass of bubbly at the exclusive ‘VIP Gala Evening’ which also entitles ticketholders to see extended catwalk shows and additional entertainment. Everyone also receives a goody bag and can take advantage of special Gala Evening offers.

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TIFFANY APP As the premier jeweler for engagement, Tiffany takes its celebrated diamonds directly to the customer with the Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder, the jeweler’s first iPhone® application. In response to a growing customer desire for mobile and interactive shopping, the app offers users the tools for selecting the perfect Tiffany diamond engagement ring, from viewing the range of styles to learning about the superior qualities of Tiffany diamonds. The app includes an accurate Ring Sizer, the first tool of its kind from a jeweler, that lets users determine their size by placing an actual ring directly on the screen and aligning it with the correct circle in the guide. Browsing the collection according to shape, setting, metal or design is equally simple. The rings are shown trueto-size and each style may be viewed with diamonds of six different carat sizes. Users may zoom in on a ring’s exquisite details, pair the rings with wedding bands, and save or share their favorites via e-mail, Facebook® and Twitter®.

Available from the App Store.


GUESTBOOK Impress your guests with this custom puzzle guest book by Bella Puzzles.

A Bella Puzzles is:

• a personalized, luxury guest book alternative • a fun activity for your wedding guests • an heirloom made to last for decades • a piece of art you can frame to enjoy everyday • a puzzle! Choose between a tree-shaped puzzle with your initials, a photo puzzle, a heart puzzle, or the wood puzzle with your names added.

Lara Braithwaite - Bella Puzzles, LLC








The jeweled Bailey Button – I Do! has a genuine Swarovski crystal button adding sparkle and style to that special wedding day. This boot provides luxury bridal comfort as brides and their bridal parties pamper themselves before and after the wedding. A soft, sheepskin-covered insole and light and flexible, molded-EVA outsole lend UGG® comfort to this convertible silhouette.


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Jess Hill Cakes Beautiful Designer Wedding Cakes

Tel: 01372 844526

Bluebell Kitchen Whether for a birthday, wedding, anniversary or just because....our mouth watering creations are here to tempt you. To make your occasion extra special all our cakes are individually designed to your specification. To talk through ideas please contact Bluebell Kitchen

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At Brides Etc we are always talking about the journey from your engagement to your wedding day but forget how special that moment where the ring gets presented to you really is. So to celebrate your engagement we have put together some of our readers special stories of how that moment came about. It is wonderful to hear of the highs and lows some of you went through and to know that “love actually is all around”.

Cally and Chris My hubby proposed to me at my favourite restaurant - Le Talbooth in Dedham. What I found sweet was that I collect Tiffany charms and over dinner he handed me a tiffany box and said ‘there is something in here for you’ to which I replied ‘Ooooo... I bet it’s that collectors Tiffany charm I’ve been after for a while!’ I then continued to open the box and when I opened it, inside was a Tiffany’s charm that had the words ‘Marry me’ on it. In disbelief, I looked at him as he came to where I was sitting and got down on one knee with my beautiful engagement ring (which is an exact replica of what my Mums engagement ring was the one I had always said I would want if I ever got married!) I immediately said ‘YES!’ and we both started crying!

acted on it until we randomly bumped into each other in a local pub one night. That was it - non stop talking and laughing from there. So some 6 and half years later, we are totally happy. We still laugh like we first used to and I can’t imagine that changing now. My mum moved to Missouri USA a few years ago. I finally decided (after getting over my fear of flying) that I would make the long journey to see her. Burt organised to come and join me for the last 2 weeks I was there, so I flew out with my grandma Paula. Seeing my mum and everyone was amazing, having never been to America it was all new and so exciting, she lives in a beautiful area. After I had been there a week or two, on Friday the 6th April I woke to someone knocking on the cabin door. I was in my PJ’s, I had the bed hair of a lion and wasn’t expecting any guests! As I got up I could see the outline of a tall man, as I got to the door there was another urgent knock. I opened the door and there he was - it was Burt! He was on one knee but I was so surprised to see him I leapt on him, I couldn’t stop hugging him. So there we both were, on the decking of my cabin, both on our knee’s hugging, I could feel him shaking but I was so overwhelmed, I looked over his shoulder and my mum, Pete, grandma and uncle Doug are all there watching. At this point Burt says to me ‘I need you to stand up’ and I said ‘why?’ He replied ‘I need to ask you a question’. It then dawned on me why he was on one knee! As I stood up he said ‘I had it all written down, I’ve forgotten what I wrote but I love you Ellie and I want to ask if you will marry me?’ and I of course said ‘yes!’ He has completely blown me away and it still feels surreal now over a month later! Whatta man!

Ellie and Burt

Sam and Andy

I have been with my partner Burt since September 2005. He has always had a romantic streak, something that I wasn’t used to, and he always went that extra distance in making me feel special. When we met there was an immediate connection but neither of us

We first met aged 16 at college; we all hung around together, as kids do. It took a while for us to get together, in fact Andy moved to Essex in the summer holidays at the end of our first year and I didn’t really think we would keep in touch. But we dated even though there was

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a distance (I was in Sussex, 80 miles away). We continued to date throughout my college years and for much of my university years. But being at Uni in Sheffield meant an even bigger distance so sadly we decided to go our separate ways. Fast forward 15 years… and a whole lot of living and life experience later. In May 2008 I found Andy’s sister on Facebook. I was so curious as to what had happened to him, I plucked up the courage to ask her. The reply came back that he was fine and that he had never got over me and that he was single. We arranged to meet in London and then again at Bluewater, all the while emailing each other the most amazing long emails and getting to know each other all over again. It was a bit odd to start with. We’d both changed, grown up, but both in similar ways and with more in common now than before. One thing led to another and we were properly dating again. By August 2008, just 3 months in, we knew how we felt and that we had to just get on with it. We knew each other already so we felt we could speed up the relationship to the next stage. We booked a holiday to France and stayed in a lovely rural cottage on a farm, off a lane in the middle of nowhere, en-route to nowhere. Andy knew he wanted to propose that week but was trying to find the ‘perfect’ moment. It came one early evening towards the end of the holiday. We were sat on a little mound on the grass in the private garden staring into the distance. He got me to stand up. He went onto one knee and asked “will you marry me?” to which the answer was an immediate “yes”. He didn’t have a ring, but that wasn’t necessary, we were now engaged. It took months to find the prefect ring. I shopped in Hatton Garden, Tiffany’s, and all the high street shops… we eventually found a platinum diamond solitaire in Ernest Jones that ticked all my boxes (modern, straight sides, a bit different) and paid a premium for it. We continued to hurry things along and got married in the January, had a baby 9 months later and now, four years into our secondchance relationship and inspired by the difficulty I had in finding the right engagement ring, we run a successful wedding ring website together.

Sophie and Toby I met Toby when I was 15, in typical Dawson’s Creek fashion he was the boy next door. He became good friends with my brother and was always playing football in our garden. I always thought he was really lovely and was really excited when one day out of the blue he asked me on a date to Pizza Hut and the Cinema! Over the course of the next few years we stayed as close as ever as poor Toby after a long week at work had to endure a 4 hour commute

from Essex to Leicester, where I went to university. After what seemed like a lifetime apart I graduated, got a job and Toby and I moved into our very first house! We loved setting up home and soon our weekends were filled with decorating and visiting DIY shops, we were just so happy to be able to see each other every day.

In November last year Toby surprised me with a weekend away to celebrate our 10 year anniversary – I was so excited as it was the first trip that we had really taken since moving in. I got it in my head that we were going to York so imagine my surprise when we boarded the Eurostar to Paris! When we woke up on the day of our actual anniversary it was really foggy, I kept thinking how strange it was that every 5 minutes Toby kept looking out of the window to see if it had disappeared. Thankfully, the fog soon lifted and we could carry on with our day as planned followed by a night time trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Looking back on everything now it seems funny to think that I hadn’t picked up on all these funny little signs but I was completely surprised and didn’t expect it at all when later that night Toby dropped to one knee over the Parisian lights and asked me to marry him. I was so happy, it was so unexpected but something I knew we both wanted. Toby had then planned a romantic boat cruise along the River Seine where we happily sipped champagne and phoned our excited families. Upon our return back home our parents had arranged a little surprise party for us with just our immediate family and a few close family friends. Everyone was so happy for us and we were totally overwhelmed with all the well wishes everyone sent us, our family and friends had even filled our entire house with decorations, balloons and wedding magazines including my favourite - Brides Etc! Now we are happily planning our wedding and are counting down the days to the 20th April next year where I finally get to marry my not-so-geeky Dawson!

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Crabbs Barn Wedding & Function Venue

Situated on the Outskirts of the quiet village of Kelvedon, Crabbs Barn is a beautiful 15c restored building set in lovely gardens overlooking a picturesque pond. Easily accessed from the A12, with good parking facilities and first class B & B facilities close by. A stunning extension has been added to compliment the Old Barn, together with the new Garden Pavilion, built with a wealth of oak timbers, vaulted ceilings, and oozing character, this truly is a “Special Place”. Quality catering is offered by one of our 4 chosen providers at very realistic prices. We are a fully managed venue, our staff are at your disposal to coordinate the smooth running of your “Day”. If you are looking for a very special Wedding Venue that has an intimate atmosphere, is exclusively yours, and offers every couple a very personal service, then Crabbs Barn is the perfect choice.

New for 2012, Luxury Bridal Suite and Guest Rooms 01376 572643 • Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9AX • •

th , 11-3:30pm Wedding Fayre, Sunday 30 Sep

Vintage Wedding Flowers:

For a simply unforgettable wedding‌. 07515 391925

Your Wedding at The Hertfordshire Packages from only ÂŁ3000 At The Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club we specialise in wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Flowers by Tracey At Flowers By Tracy we know that your wedding is a special occasion. We take time with our customers to show you our unique designs using only the finest and freshest available flowers and foliage from around the world.

We aim to take care of all your requirements, leaving you to relax and enjoy your special day. Call

01992 466666

to contact our Wedding Co-ordinator or email The Hertfordshire Golf Club, Broxbournebury Mansion, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Herts EN10 7PY

01708 372729 7 Grange Road, Harold Hill Romford, Essex, RM3 7DU.

Find the

Hopefully lots of friends and family will get involved in planning your wedding to help you out. Unfortunately this means thank you presents! It’s always good when you get a present you can tell has had some thought behind it so rather than the traditional flowers and chocolates we have sourced a few alternatives. So whether you need a gift for the mother in law, bridesmaids, best men or just want to buy something special for each other to give on the day we have found a variety of gifts to suit everyone on a variety of budgets. Now you just need to decide who gets what!

Perfect Gift

Caroline Gardner Silk Ties from £22.50


This Spa Gift in a Tin is the perfect choice for a mother in law who has become a little stressed with wedding planning. Her problems will just melt away.

Summer Daze, Gift in a Tin £14.99


These silk ties are quite unique and will certainly bright up a dull work suit. If your father in law likes his wine then how about this personalised oak wine holder?

Wine Holder £60


This spiral bangle is pretty and quirky and a great gift to thank a bridesmaid.

Best Man

Classic Collection £40

If you have memories of film nights watching classic movies and stuffing yourselves full of sweets then this retro hamper is a great present.

Deluxe Mens Retro Gift Hamper £44.99


This unusual keepsake is pretty and romantic so you can’t go wrong.

It Started with a Kiss Initials £195

The Groom

Or these dainty hand painted hearts are cute too. Could make great favours!


We love these products from Bluebeards Revenge, they offer something different to the usual shaving brands so make a great gift. This deluxe shaving gift set contains a tub of their beard reducing shaving cream, post shave balm, luxury pre-shave oil, a travel-sized shaving brush and a can of silver technology anti-perspirant deodorant.


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Beautiful Hire Items For Your Special Day

Brides name: Louise Bucknell Grooms name: Tom Robson Home town: Chelmsford Ceremony venue: Blackmore Church Reception venue: Marquee at Fingrith Hall (Bride’s family home) Wedding date: 2nd July 2011

is where the

heart is

A lot in Common…

Tom and I both met at 6th form when we were both 18, like most teenagers we would just have the odd chat in the common room in passing, I didn’t know him that well, when one day out of the blue he asked me on a date! We continued dating all throughout 6th form and even continued to see each other while we were at different universities. Tom was studying medicine in London and I was based at Nottingham University studying languages. The distance was hard and we were both kept busy with our degrees, but we always made time to see each other. During my third year I moved to France for part of my degree, so we had to work a little harder to see each other, but it just made the time that we did spend together even better. Plus we had the gorgeous French countryside to explore! After I finished my degree I then followed Tom to Australia where he was lucky enough to be offered a work placement, after his placement ended we then travelled around Australia for 6 weeks before Tom had to return to sit his final exams.

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He proposed…eventually!

We had been living together for about 4 years when Tom asked my parents for my hand in marriage. I however, didn’t get asked for another 6 months. It was actually a bit of a running joke in my family– every time Tom decided to book a weekend away my mum would get excited thinking that this would be the time and nothing would materialise. It took Tom six attempts to ask me, apparently every time he went to ask me something would get in the way and spoil his attempt. I was always unsuspecting and enjoyed all the weekends away I was being treated to! Eventually Tom popped the question on a weekend away to Cambridge alongside the beautiful canal.

Country bumpkin at Heart!

We wanted a summer, country wedding. Having the wedding at home meant we could do everything our own way and it was more personal. I also wanted to spend the morning of the wedding getting ready at my family home. Plus the more local we stayed the more hands we could enrol to help us with the planning. It’s a good job we have such a talented bunch of friends! They helped us with everything from the flower arranging, invitations, bridesmaid dress-making and making our fantastic cake!

The Night Before

The night before the wedding I stayed at my parents’ house and Tom stayed at our home in Chelmsford with his best man. Tom and the ushers all went out for a meal and drinks the night before while the bridesmaids stayed over with me for bubbly and last minute jobs! I was so excited and knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep a wink.

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The big day….

The big day finally arrived and we couldn’t have asked for a better day – it was fantastic. The weather was perfect - dry and sunny which was lucky, being a marquee in the garden! Everything went to plan and we both really enjoyed celebrating with all our friends and family. I don’t think I could pick one special moment as the whole day was really special. The most important thing to us was that everyone important was able to share the day with us! They were with us from the beginning and all worked really hard to ensure that everything went to plan and even managed to arrange a few surprises for us such as champagne stowed in our vintage car for us to have on the journey from the church to the reception.


Tom and Louise’s

W e d d i n g

Photography Cake Dress Caterer Make up Hair Jewellery Favours

From bride to bride….

Relax and enjoy the day – and try to remember every second as it goes so quickly. Fortunately we have lots of photos to remember every part of the day – which is essential as you can’t take it all in at the time!

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Del Tailors is a family business established for over 30 years. Providing Formal Wear Hire for gents and boys to match. Our Bridal department includes a selection of Bridal gowns from Romance Bridal, Dzage and for the fuller figure bride the specialised range Sonsie by Veromia. Our flower girl and bridesmaid range by Veromia. We are able to offer an alteration service by our inhouse team all on the premises. Order Formal Wear Hire, Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid dresses and receive a 10% discount off the whole order.

Bridal boutique on a private country estate in Brentwood, Essex (Junction 28 M25) Sample and ready-to-wear wedding dresses from top designers


Up to 70% off RRP


Designers include Ritva Westenius, Johanna Hehir, David Fielden, Jenny Packham, Sarah Houston, Sassi Holford, and many more Sizes 8-14

We also stock accessories and veils


By Appointment Only

07803 842590

01268 793233 / 793603 30/32 Essex Way, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1LT


Opening hours: Tues-Fri 9.00–5.30pm (closed for lunch 1.00– 1.30) Sat 9.00- 5.00pm


The Wedding Shop



75 Chapel St, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk. CB8 7HB

Tel: 01638 577401

Christine of Shenfield Established 1979

144 Hutton Road Shenfield Essex CM15 8NL Beautiful clothes for all occasions. Stunning outfits and co-ordinating accessories for the mother of the bride, groom and wedding guests. We stock a large range of sizes from Carla Ruiz, Mireia, Gina Bacconi, Jaego, Libra, Thana, Ispirato, Frank Lyman, Lucia, Faber, Gelco, Sahara and FDJ Jeans. Hats by Nigel Rayment & Calla Rosa Designs. Co-ordinating shoes and bags by Mary G & Cheshire Style. Expert alteration service available to ensure your purchase is the perfect fit.

01277 210626


ELEGANCE Every woman dreams of being an elegant bride so be the belle of the ball this season in one these stunning gowns; whether you are contemplating a sophisticated style or consider yourself an English rose. With unique dresses by contemporary designers such as Ronald Joyce and Sarah Janks we’ve filled our pages with a variety of cuts and styles to suit all‌

Ronald Joyce

Ronald Joyce

Olivier by Stephanie Allin

Ronald Joyce

Ronald Joyce

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Sarah Janks

Sarah Janks

Sarah Janks

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth Lyn Ashworth

Sarah Janks

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Brides by Solo newmarket

Ronald Joyce Romantica Victoria Jane Opulence Art Couture

Est 1982

Maggie Sottero Ronald Joyce Benjamin Roberts Gorgeous With Curves Mark Lesley Romantica of Devon Forever YoursA lexia Designs White Rose Plus 5 Bridesmaid labels Plus Size Collection


New Labels Autumn 2012 Donna Salado, Phil Collins, & True Bride

Complete privacy for every bride

Closed Mondays Tues - Sat: 10am - 5pm Weds: 12.30pm - 8pm Open one Sunday a month - check website for details

Brides by Solo newmarket

Est 1982

Serena Bridal of Wickford

Stockists of


1 Kingsview Court, Wickford, SS11 8YF

01268 762775

Cameron Ross

Mens Formal Hire

115 Exning Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0EL T: 01638 661648 E:

Martine by Stephanie Allin

Ronald Joyce

Sarah Janks

Sarah Janks

Sarah Janks

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Beautiful hair

Tina Crossley

Hair by Zoe

Professional Hairstylist

Specialist Hair Design for Weddings and Occasions

ĘťLook and feel fantastic

on your special day’ telephone :- 01279

814037 mobile :- 07840 995848


07771 987285

07958 927588

Top Tips Hair:

Hair that sits perfectly without being done by a professional does not exist nor does never experiencing a bad hair day! We all ask the same questions on our hair. Hair Up? Hair Down? Tina from Beautiful Hair has the answers…

What hair styles suit round, oval, square and heart shaped faces? When choosing how to wear your hair for your wedding it is important to consider what will flatter your face shape. Round Face:- You need to elongate so avoid too much width at the sides create some height at the crown and keep the front soft either in a side fringe or hair swept to the side across your forehead this will narrow the face. Oval Face:- If you have an oval face shape you are lucky as most styles will suit you. Keep the width and height balanced Square Face:- Avoid styles where your hair is pulled straight back, you need to cut the corners so a side fringe or the front hair brought across will hide an angular hairline. A square jawline can be softened with hair around your face so a half up style would work well or if you want to go all up, keep some tendrils of hair to soften the jawline. Heart Shaped Face:- Keep the hair narrow at the temples, a little height works well here to draw the eye up. If your jawline is narrow, some width behind your ears will be more flattering.

What is the most popular bridal hair looks at present? Although I’m still seeing a lot of brides who want to wear a tiara and their hair in loose curls around their shoulders, vintage looks are also very popular right now. Low nape buns with soft pinned in curls and soft waves or twists at the sides, or a bit more structured 40’s style look incorporating ‘victory rolls’ or quiffs, this looks great with a birdcage veil. For Bridesmaids it’s got to be the side bun relaxed and not too perfect, this is so versatile because the front of the hair can be styled however it suits each girl and that keeps everyone happy!

What tips would you give to ensure hair styles last throughout the big day? The answer is to make sure it is prepared properly before styling either up or down. I always use a good quality gel spray such as Indola 4+4 and prepare the hair with either heated rollers, tongs or straighteners. The hair should then be allowed to cool before styling. Plenty of hair spray is also a must I love to use ‘w8less’ by Rusk because it give really good hold without feeling like cardboard!If you really want you hair to look good all day and into the evening, the safer option is to wear it up! Girl’s often tell me their hair is ‘too heavy’ to stay up but if it has been properly prepared and professionally pinned up, it will not fall down. If you want to wear your hair down in curls but it’s fine or limp, the addition of clip in hair extensions will help to support it so that the curls last longer.

Would you recommend hair extensions, if hair is too short to complete an up do style? I am often contacted by brides who wish their hair was longer or thicker, they imagine they don’t have as much choice for their wedding hair as girls with long thick hair. Not true..... There is so much that can be done not only to maximise a brides own hair but by adding some discreet little hair pieces which have been perfectly colour matched it is possible to have the hair you dream of for your wedding day. Your wedding hairstylist should be able to advise you and either tell you what.

How should brides prepare their hair ready for the wedding? In the months running up to the wedding, try to keep you hair in the best condition you can, always use the best quality products you can afford – I always recommend products from the Redken range. If you want to grow your hair, have a little trim every few weeks to prevent it splitting, but make sure the hairdresser knows you are growing it for your wedding. If you have colour or highlights have them done professionally just before the wedding but to be on the safe side, don’t go for anything new or different. It is a myth that hair needs to be ‘dirty’ to make it stay up! I always advise my brides to shampoo and condition their hair as usual either the night before or if they prefer, the morning of the wedding. Hair is usually less slippery if washed the night before, however, many girls want to wash their hair on the day, if you are having it professionally styled, the stylist will just want the hair to be clean and dry with no styling products.

Contact Tina Crossley Tel: 01279 814037 • Mobile: 07840 995848 email:

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Heavenly HAIR

We imagine this would look great if you had your hair down and just wanted to keep your hair out of your eyes and sweep it to the side. Johny loves Rosie Pearl Hair Comb - £30


Whether you are a red head or a blonde, have short or long hair, curly or straight locks you will need to find the perfect accessory to complete your wedding day look. Whatever your style we are sure you can find something here, from stunning side tiaras to intricate birdcage veils there is the perfect finishing touch for everyone. We have found delicate delights in all price ranges so you can choose a hair accessory which will tie in with your budget.



Silver Pearls and Crystals Headband - £20

These would be perfect for little bridesmaids whether they have their hair up or down. Posy and Pearl Hair Pins - £15.99



This would work well if you are going for the classic look, think Audrey Hepburn! Kandy - £95

Pearl and Crystal Floral Tiara - £95 Pearls of Grace Headpiece - £69.50

This is the perfect piece for this hair style, match it with pearl ear studs to complete the look. Exquisitely Precious Side Tiara - £78

We love the variety of materials used on this piece. This would work well teamed with a Grecian style dress; we can just picture you walking on the beach to say your vows. Bouquet of Enchantment Tiara - £98

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This style is very popular this year and works well with a festival style wedding. Beloved Forehead Band - £155

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Small Glastonbury Headband - £155

I love the vintage look of this headpiece and think it looks stunning against dark hair. For me it would be something special to keep and pass on. Duchess Headband - £185

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If you really want to push the boat out then this tiara is for you. Whether you decide to have your hair up or down this will sit well and will certainly stand out. Deco Deluxe Tiara - £335

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Your makeup is one of the most important and eagerley anticipated part of your wedding day morning. Francine Spurr gives us her tips for looking your best! How should we prepare skin for wedding day make up? Ideally you want to be carrying out a simple skin care routine of cleanse, tone & moisturise. However, I always recommend that Brides are realistic with what they have time for and if they are short of time it’s always worth cutting a few corners rather than doing nothing. For instance if you know that after a night out or a hard day at work you will not feel like using a traditional cleanser, toner and moisturiser, cheat and use make-up remover wipes for these occasions and then apply your moisturiser. Far better to do this than go to bed in your make-up! If you are close to the wedding day, don’t suddenly undertake a whole new skin care routine. Stick to a range of products that you know will not irritate your skin as the last thing you need in the lead-up to your big day is an allergic reaction. Whilst a premium brand in a department store is extremely alluring; if it’s outside of your budget you will not be able to maintain it and are more likely to skip one of the essential stages. Supermarkets stock a great range of affordable skin care products and go for one that has a cleanser, toner and moisturiser for day use (ideally with SPF) and a night cream too. If over the age of 25, consider an eye cream. Your skin type will dictate what products you should go for. Although generally, if you have normal/dry skin go for a cream /fluid cleanser, and if your skin is oily and/or prone to spots go for a facial wash instead (the Tea Tree ones are great for this skin type). A day cream will have a much lighter consistency and is more suited for applying make-up over. A night cream has restorative properties and is therefore of a thicker consistency. The skin around your eyes is completely different to the rest of your face hence the need for a separate eye cream. Lastly, ensure you drink plenty of water to keep your skin fully hydrated.

Is there anything you recommend brides to do the weeks running up to the day to prevent spots? Drink plenty of water (as mentioned above) and maintain your skin care routine. If you are having your make-up professionally applied your Make-Up Artist will not be fazed by a spot. However, if you are applying your own make-up ensure you have the right type of concealer to cover sufficiently and apply powder over the top (this can be repeated several times if necessary) and then lastly apply your foundation. Avoid a light fluid concealer which is ideally suited to cover under the eye area but well worth having in your make-up kit too. Although relaxing; avoid having a facial too close to the wedding day as you may find you end up with a few spots several days later. Tea Tree oil is a great product to have to hand should you end up with a spot if not, toothpaste (which has a drying effect on the spot).

Would you ever recommend brides to wear bold colours on their wedding day? Yes, if that is your style or your dress suits a bold colour. However, if you are unsure, have a trial run (even if you are applying your own make-up) and get a friend to take photos

of you to check you like the final effect. Bold lipstick colours will always require more ‘maintaining’ on the day, however, if it’s the right colour for you then, one or two extra lipstick applications will be worth it! The thing to remember with bridal make-up is that your wedding day photos will be a constant reminder of how you looked on your special day and you want to love the results whenever you look back at them. Personally, I would recommend going for a classical bridal make-up look that will not date your photos.

What would you say is the most natural eye lash look, strip, individual or lash extensions? Both options can provide a ‘natural’ look providing you select fine lashes that are not too obvious and are correctly applied. Strip offer a quick, easy and affordable option and most importantly do not damage your own eyelashes. The down side is they need to be removed at the end of the wedding day. Individual lash extensions are a great option if you have the time and budget for them. They will need to be maintained and I recommend professional removal otherwise you will be inclined to pick them off thus damaging your own eyelashes. If you are honeymooning straight after the wedding day the advantage is you have the same effect for a further few weeks. All eyelash extensions can be trimmed to give you a natural look.

Are there any products that brides can use to hold there make up in place? Yes there many products that can hold make-up in place. Firstly there are primers, which go over your moisturiser but under your foundation. They help prepare the skin, smoothing out any fine lines, open pores and some can help combat oily breakthroughs. My favourite for a normal skin is Estee Lauders ‘Matte Perfecting Primer’. For an oily skin or enlarged pores I always use Benefits ‘Porefessional’ which has more of a balm consistency and is perfect for this skin type. A good powder will help to set your foundation, helping it to stay in place too. On most skin types I use Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder. Lastly, there are Make-Up Sprays which go on at the very end to help hold the make-up in place and prevent any smudging. In my professional make-up kit I always have Urban Decay’s ‘All Nighter” which is their long lasting make-up setting spray. To use, you simply hold it several inches away from your face and spritz it over the entire face, wait several seconds for it to dry and repeat several times.

And finally what should brides carry in there make up bags for wedding day touch ups? If you are having your make-up professionally applied, all that should be required is your lip product for touching up whether that be lipgloss or lipstick. I always use long lasting products and generally this would not be required until after you have eaten your wedding breakfast (ie just before your evening guests arrive). If you are applying your own make-up, it addition to the lip product, it may be useful to have your powder compact with you or blotting papers to absorb any shine through the T-Zone.

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Years ago weddings were such a simple affair, married in the local church followed by knees up at the local pub or village hall, back then brides would have been lucky to see a cotton table cloth and their cake was probably the handy work of Auntie Sue. Nowadays, the modern bride is spoilt for choice, lost in a world of themes, favours, and centre pieces that even the most organised of brides-to-be can be seen running from a wedding show in a panicked sweat! Well fear not! The team at Brides Etc have been busy researching the most popular wedding themes of the last few years and have navigated through the maze wedding props and ideas to bring you the very best of Classic Elegance, Monochrome, Exotic Fantasy and of course Vintage Chic!

Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic has undoubtedly been one of the most popular themes of the last few years with brides getting creative with bunting, tipis and birdcages. It is also one of the most versatile trends that we are seeing. Brides can go all out with bunting and homemade jam to create that happy-go-lucky country bumpkin feel or those just looking to add a twist of girly flair to the day can do so by adding a few delicate accessories and key vintage staples until they get the desired result they are happy with. Vintage hire specialist Stephanie Quilliam of Serendipity Street adds “With inspirational blogs and home spun weddings, couples are thinking more creatively. This is where vintage really takes off. Weather the theme is from a certain era or just the essence of an English country fair. To have a few key elements like apple crates filled with lavender, tin baths for your beer and picnic hampers filled with apples. Maybe an old writing desk to display your guest book, along with a few vintage frames and chandeliers hanging from trees. We have a photo booth which has a screen, couple of chairs and a trunkful of props, this is something I’d suggest you try and put together for your own vintage wedding.

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Classic Elegance

Think Breakfast at Tiffany’s, diamonds and crisp white table cloths. This is one theme that will never date and one that is sure to sparkle through the decades. During the summer try using fresh peonies and neutral greens to create that fresh earthly atmosphere and in the winter add a touch of romance with glinting fairy lights and glimmering candles. Venue stylists Mediterranean occasions believe that the secret to creating this look is to keep it simple with of key accessories and not over dress the venue. “Use high polished cutlery as this will catch the light and look sharp against the table linen. The use of crystals and candelabras will also help reflect simplicity and elegance and create that true Hollywood glamour look. When we first speak to a couple we will ask them to give us a vague idea on what they are looking for. We then take their ideas and invite them along to our showroom where we have dressed a table and the room based on the guidelines they have given us. Together we then build on that look and experiment with different props until we have created their desired look.”

Exotic Fantasy

Play with a carnival of colours and sensuous fabrics to take you deep into the Arabian night. Forget the favours and add flavour to your wedding with heady incense and an aromatic selection of meze dishes. Keep things fun and frivolous with low cushioned seating and daring candlelight and your guests will be likening your wedding to a night in the Sahara desert. Top local company Exotic Marquees can assist you in finding the perfect marquee for your wedding “we offer couples beautiful hand blocked Indian interior linings to our natural canvas Indian marquees that have the traditional scalloping and tassels that move in the breeze. Alternatively we can offer the stunning vibrant colours of Moroccan marquees, complete with the authentic glass or pierced lamps. Any of our marquees can come complete with low seating for the couples daring to be different, or for the more practically minded we offer lovely lime washed chairs with round or oblong tables. To make a fabulous impression as guests arrive for the reception we have some beautiful small pagodas for serving the champagne on the lawn, also for later why not have a chill out area so your guests can relax and soak up the atmosphere after the meal?


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Daring yet classy, the monochrome theme will give your wedding day the edgy contemporary twist that you’ve been craving. Keep it simple with black chair cover sashes and dainty table accessories or step it up with dramatic candelabras and sweeping ceiling drapes. James Robibson of The Wedding Creative comment’s that the key to keeping this look striking is “to stay focused. It’s very easy to get side tracked with ideas and items that don’t fit the colours of the scheme, but the overall look will be much greater if you can resist. If needed you can always add small hints of a colour but make sure it’s only one colour.”

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After a successful Spring/Summer show season Wedding Shows & Brides Etc are proud to announce our Autumn/Winter 2012 show dates. Below is a little snapshot of some of the venues we are working with this season. Each venue has been carefully selected by our team, so we are confident that whatever your taste you will find the venue of your dreams behind our show doors. Of course no wedding show would be complete without the crème de la crème of wedding suppliers and be rest assured you will find plenty of inspiration from our hundreds of exhibitors this season!

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Built in 1860 and set within beautiful landscaped gardens, Warren House is a magnificent Victorian private house which offers the perfect venue for weddings, civil partnerships and receptions. Located in Kingston upon Thames, next to Richmond Park, Warren House provides both the convenience of a London location as well as the peace and quiet of a beautiful country house.

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Want to add your own flair to proceedings? Valentines Mansion allows couples to select their own caterers and suppliers allowing brides to put their individual stamp on their wedding day. Elegant but with a contemporary twist in style, Valentines Mansion should be at the top of every Bride-to-be’s viewing list.


Built over 300 years ago, the historic Valentines Mansion nestled in the picturesque Valentines Park is the perfect choice for your wedding. Intimate and exclusive, this venue offers elegant period rooms, grand staircases and enchanting walled gardens. With a variety of rooms to select for your wedding banquet or civil ceremony including the drawing room, the gallery and the Holcombe room, couples will be spoilt for choice.

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Capacity: Up to 80 for a sit down wedding breakfast Bedrooms: 46 luxury bedrooms Ceremony licence: Yes • Outside Catering: No

This idyllic location offers the exclusive use of ground floor rooms for weddings, including the lavish ballroom for the ceremony. Choose from a number of reception rooms all over-looking the picturesque gardens for your wedding breakfast before moving your guests into The London Room for the evening entertainment. This idyllic venue also offers a complimentary menu sampling and wine tasting session to give you the opportunity to have your say on every last detail leading up to your big day.

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Capacity: 100 for exclusive use Bedrooms: No Ceremony Licence: Yes • Outside Catering: Yes

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Grasshopper Inn Dating back to the 13th century, The Grasshopper Inn has recently been refurbished into a stunning wedding venue. Full of original character and finished with modern touches, this venue is an eclectic mix of old and new. Upon entering the Tudor Suite most couples will be struck by medieval feel, partly due to the romantic wrought iron chandeliers which hang gloriously from the beamed ceilings as well as the stunning sweeping staircase from which brides will appear before they descend down the aisle. Why not enjoy a Robin Hood themed banquet with goblets and court jesters? Whether simple and elegant or bold and adventurous is your thing, the Tudor Suite offers a great canvas to get creative.

During the summer months take advantage of the beautiful terraced garden which is tiered like a wedding cake (for want of a better way to describe it) the outdoor setting offers couples daring to be different the opportunity to have an outside wedding from start to finish. Seat your top table on the highest tier and overlook your day from the top of your very own castle. Shrouded in trees and twinkling fairly lights, the outdoor space offers guests the opportunity to eat, drink and dance under the stars. After the evenings celebrations are over why not have your nearest and dearest stay in one of the exquisitely furnished nine boutique hotel rooms and have your gest fight over who will be lucky enough to bathe in the ÂŁ25,000 chrome bath tub!

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Capacity: 170 for sit down wedding breakfast Bedrooms: 9 Boutique rooms Ceremony Licence: Yes • Outside Catering: No

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Greenwoods Hotel, Spa & Retreat is a beautiful 17th Century, Grade II listed manor house situated in the rural village of Stock in Essex.

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Sunday 14th of October Greenwoods offer a sumptuous venue for both intimate and larger weddings and the beautifully landscaped gardens provide an idyllic back drop for timeless wedding photographs. • Marquee now available for up to 160 seated guests • Manor house available for 15 to 70 seated guests • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies • Garden Gazebo • Evening Receptions • 39 Stunning Bedrooms • Bridal Hair & Make-up • Hen Spa Packages

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Set in magnificent gardens 4 miles from the centre of Cambridge, this elegant country house built in the 16th century offers an atmospheric, elegant setting for your wedding which will leave a unique impression. Host your wedding breakfast in the beautiful panelled Dining Hall with its grand open fireplace, or the equally stunning Saloon. Surrounded by 7 acres of spectacular gardens and grounds, the wedding package at Madingley includes ample free car parking, personalised menu cards and a changing room for the bride and groom; to ensure that you are ready and relaxed on your big day. There are 62 tasteful en-suite bedrooms available all with stunning views over the gardens so you and your guests can stay the night in the comfort of this beautiful venue and continue the celebrations the morning after with a sumptuous full English breakfast.

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Located in Ashford, Kent Boys Hall was originally built in 1616 and was home to the Boys family for many years until it was made into one of the most stunning venues in Kent.


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Capacity: 100 for sit down wedding breakfast Bedrooms: 62 tasteful rooms Ceremony Licence: Yes • Outside Catering: No

Stately yet homely, Boys Hall provides a great number of wedding packages to suit and boast the ability to cater to any palate. Your choice of wedding package includes the option of a bronze, silver, gold or diamond. Want something a bit more informal? Not a problem, as there is also a choice of 4 buffets to give you as many options on your big day as possible. With luxury 5 star accommodation and with each room being individually styled from contemporary to traditional there will be something for all your guests to enjoy after spending the day at such a peaceful and secluded venue.

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Steeped in original features, Boys Hall provides a beautiful backdrop to any wedding or civil partnership. Use one of the beautiful traditionally styled rooms for your civil ceremony or if the sun is shining why not take advantage of this peaceful location and host your ceremony on the spacious manicured lawn.

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Capacity: 80 for sit down wedding breakfast Bedrooms: 4 Traditional Rooms Ceremony Licence: Yes • Outside Catering: No

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Ashwells Sports & Country Club

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Ashwells is located in the beautiful countryside of Brentwood with truly spectacular grounds and hundreds of years of history. The perfect venue for hosting weddings, family occasions and corporate events. Weekday Weddings 50 daytime guests 100 evening guests Packages available from


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Bride’s name: Hettie Long (was Wright) Grooms name: Toby Long Home town: Colchester Ceremony venue: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Yaxley Reception venue: Yaxley Hall Wedding date: 25th May 2012

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How did you meet?

Toby and I met in 2004 when I was 15 and he was 17. At the time he was the base player in a band and I went to a gig he was doing. I remember saying ‘he is gorgeous’ to my sister as he walked across the room!

Tell us about the wedding planning.

How did he/she propose?

Toby asked me to meet him at the park after work. I arrived to find my baby boy Charley sitting on a rug, a picnic hamper of goodies, bubbles on ice, bunting reading ‘MARRY ME’ and Toby on one knee with my engagement ring. It was very special!

What were your initial ideas on what you wanted for the wedding day? (For example, time of year, theme, colours etc)

We decided on a spring/summer wedding. I did some research on wedding blogs and looked through magazines for inspiration. My initial ideas involved very light pinks and creams, with a romantic vintage theme. I made mood boards and as I was flicking through magazines I cut bits out and stuck them on the mood board.

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Toby was responsible for the photographer, videographer and band. I left it totally to him and he did a fantastic job! We searched for venues first and when we saw Yaxley Hall we knew it was the one! It was a beautiful country venue that had a lovely homely feel to it. As the planning progressed I saw some tutu skirts for my flower girls, I imagined them wearing them. When they arrived they were a blush colour, described as ‘vintage pink which set the colour scheme! I added personal touches to the day by decorating wooden freestanding table numbers with a distressed look. For name places I used brown parcel tags and attached a handmade corsage to them. We attached shabby chic white hearts to the chairs in the marquee and used white picture frames for the table plan. Continuing the vintage theme we scattered birdcages around the marquee which were draped in ivy and cream roses and we had cream vintage suitcases for our cards and gifts.

What did you both do the night before the wedding?

Toby stayed at our home in Colchester with his 2 best men. They ate fish and chips and had an early night!!!! I was with my parents and rest of my family at a gorgeous barn we rented close to Yaxley Hall. There were 20 of us staying at the barn including my little boy.


Tell us about the wedding day.

I met my Dad, my 2 best men, and usher for a full English breakfast!!! We then travelled to the venue we had booked for our Wedding night, a beautiful converted barn with a balcony overlooking an orchard. I gave them their thank you gifts – engraved hip flasks reading ‘best man for a day, best friend for a lifetime’ and ‘I get by with a little help from my friends. After getting ready we left for the church and waited outside in the sunshine greeting our guests. I felt nervous but also excited about the arrival of my bride.


My little boy woke as at 6.30am. We got dressed and went downstairs for breakfast. Our hairdresser arrived at the barn at 7.30am. Make up was also started (one of my bridesmaids is a makeup artist!) We then made our way to Yaxley Hall where there was a champagne brunch waiting for us. I gave my bridesmaids and maid of honour their thank you gifts. I then had my make up done before getting dressed. The videographer and photographer were there the whole time and were fantastic. It was lovely to know all these special moments were being recorded. Once we were all ready we went downstairs to find the vintage cream Morris minor convertible waiting. The bridesmaids went to the church and I had a few moments with my wonderful Dad before it returned for us. I didn’t feel nervous, just excited! We asked our sisters to do our readings – one of my sisters and one of Toby’s. The service was amazing and I walked out of the church elated that I was Toby’s wife. Toby and I went back to Yaxley Hall in the Wedding car, greeted by champagne, pimms and our wedding Butler Richard, who was so attentive throughout the day. Our guests enjoyed playing croquet in Yaxley Hall grounds whilst sipping on champagne and eating delicious canapés. We kept our professional photos to the minimum as we wanted the photography to reflect a more reportage style, which allowed more time for us to also enjoy the drinks reception with our guests! At the Wedding Breakfast Toby was keen to have speeches first so he could relax during supper. Toby surprised everyone with a wonderful speech – he made a film that had the whole marquee in tears, including me! The weather was fantastic, the sun shone all day. Our guests took full advantage of the beautiful grounds of Yaxley Hall and the vintage ice cream cart, which arrived after the main course. At 8pm our evening guests arrived and we had first dip of our white chocolate fountain before cutting our fabulous cupcake wedding cake. Our cake toppers were 3 very sweet wooden birds – one for Toby wearing a bowtie, a pink one for me wearing a veil and a tiny one for our little boy. He was very much part of our special day. Our first dance was to a cover by Natasha Bedingfield of Snow Patrol Chasing Cars. During the evening we decided on serving a cheese board, which was delicious. At the end of the night our Wedding Butler and Best Men arranged our guests into an arch and lit sparklers, Toby and I walked through the arch leading to our car to take us to our hotel!

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What was your favourite moment of the whole day?

We loved the ceremony - the vows that we said to each other were so deep and meaningful, we cherish the moment we said ‘I will’. Driving back from the church to the venue meant Toby and I had a few moments alone, we were so elated at what had just happened! I loved the speech that Toby did – it meant so much to me.

Were there any surprises on the day?

Toby and I bought each other little gifts and cards for the wedding morning – we had a £30 budget but both blew it!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went to a honeymoon cottage in Devon with our son. We had a lovely break enjoying fish and chips on the beach and champagne in the hot tub!

Any plans for the future?

For now we want to enjoy married life bringing up our little boy, but eventually would like to buy a bigger house and expand our family.

Do you have any advice for other couples?

When it comes to the actual day relax and enjoy – try to think that everything has been done that can be done, Cherish every moment you have of just the 2 of you on the wedding day!



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We want to ensure you jet away into the sunset without any last minute disasters, so with this in mind we have a compiled a few things that you must not forget! However along the way we did get a little distracted by some gorgeous accessories that we think are a must for a stylish honeymoon. So as well as looking stunning you will also feel great with the help of some must have beauty products and accessories.


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Packing for your honeymoon can be quite exciting. Amongst all the excitement we don’t want you to forget those travel essentials. We have compiled a short list so you don’t leave the important paperwork and useful bits and bobs at home!

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Wow!! What a summer so far, not had the best of weathers! At least the sports world has kept us busy though first the climax of Barclays Premiership, then the champions league final, finished with everyday coverage of the European Championships and that was just the football! We then followed on with Wimbledon, Tour De France and of course the Olympics where we sure made our nation proud! “If Carlsberg did summers”. It is on this theme that we continue with all your budding Olympians working hard to shape up for the big day! Read on for the results of the body and lifestyle 12 week challenge brought to you by USN, PLUS the competition to win one of four starter packs. For those of you who perhaps don’t have the time for this challenge but do like a workout, don’t miss us at the Heart FM Wedding Show at Brentwood Centre on 8th/9th September where (if the Mrs. permits) you could kill two birds with one stone, and have a swim or workout before strolling around the show. However those of you who are not in the sporting mind be sure not to miss us at the Bluewater Wedding Show on 21st-23rd September where you can see the show but then also have a shop or dine at one of the many restaurants available. Finally in this edition of Grooms Etc check out the gorgeous islands of Mauritius and Sardinia for perfect places to relax on your honeymoon.

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Booking the right Photographer for your Big Day will ensure that your Wedding will be captured just the way you want to remember it. Dominic Whiten answers some of your questions and gives advice on how you can have the best you can afford without hiring a “FAUXtographer”.

£800 and under

This will usually be a part-timer and can be a bit hit and miss. If your budget will allows, spend a little more.

£800 - £1200

Mid-range, likely to be a new professional. Shop around.

£1200 - £2000

The realm of the seasoned, experienced professional.


You can rest assured you’ll be booking one of the best.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT of thousands of pounds in the best quality kit, but built up experience over many years and be skilled at working in different environments and conditions. There’s only one chance to get your wedding pictures right, so it’s worth investing.

What are the tell-tale signs of a bad photographer and how can I spot them?

Avoid photographers who cherry pick the images they show you. Everyone can get the odd great photo, but to deliver consistent results in a range of conditions is what separates the part-timer from an experienced pro. Your photographer should be able to show you a variety of shots demonstrating their ability to capture the magic of your day in all scenarios.

How many times should you meet with your photographer before the big day?

I find two meetings essential. The first is an opportunity to learn about a couple, their likes, dislikes , what makes them smile and ultimately what’s important to them. This is followed by a pre wedding shoot which offers a fantastic chance for a couple to get used to what if feels like to be photographed together in an informal manner. We also have ongoing email communication and a I arrange to phone a few days before the wedding to discuss final arrangements.

How much should a good photographer cost?

In reality, there’s no simple answer to this. However, as a guide I always recommend spending as much as you can sensibly afford. After all, individual and personal details such as beautiful flowers, hand-made wedding favours or bespoke stationery may take months of preparation but can easily be overlooked by a photographer who has neglected to build a relationship with their client. A realistic budget would be between 10-15% of your overall budget.

Why are photographers so expensive?

The old maxim of ‘you get what you pay for’, really does apply here. A good wedding photographer will be a full-time professional and has invested not only tens

Does pricing usually include the photo retouching, albums/books as standard?

This will vary from one photographer to another. At the cheaper end of the market the photographer may simply send you a copy of everything they’ve shot, both good and bad, without any corrections. At the very least you should choose a photographer who will spend some time correcting colour balance and ensuring the shots are neither too bright or dark. I will always go through my shots and retouch spots, blemishes and anything which obviously detracts from an image (fire exit signs are a good example!). Albums are usually priced separately and can range in price from a few hundred to thousands of pounds.

Would you recommend buying the copyright to my photo’s?

There’s an awful lot of confusion concerning copyright amongst both

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photographers and clients. Unless you intend to use them commercially, then no. However, check with your photographer and ask what basis they supply images on. Also ask if the images they supply are watermarked (imprinted with their logo), and if they are of a high enough resolution to print from.

How will my photographer co-ordinate things on the day, will I have to enrol an usher to help them with the photo calls?

Again, this depends on your plans for the day and the style of photography you prefer. If you only have a few group shots then the photographer will usually organise these themselves. At larger weddings it makes sense to enlist the help of an usher to gather and organise guests. The key element here is communication. Ensure you tell your photographer what groups you’d like and who should be in them. It also helps to let these guests know in advance that they will be needed for a group shot. Remember, your photographer doesn’t know your guests

A friend of mine booked a photographer and on the day he sent a student out to take her snaps, how can I stop this happening to me?

Ask questions and ensure you have a written agreement which clearly states who will be taking the photos along with what happens if the photographer can’t make it due to illness/emergency.

Tips for choosing your wedding photographer By Julia Boggio

1) Make a short list of photographers whose style you like. Then narrow it down to your top 3. 2) Email your top 3 to find out if they are available on your wedding day. If free, follow up with a phone call and book an appointment to meet in person 3) Find out exactly what the photographer is offering in his/her packages. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. 4) Ask to see albums from a few complete weddings. You want to see that he/she can deliver consistently good images over the length of the whole day. 5) Choose someone you like. This person will be with you one of the biggest days of your life and for quite a while after as you finalise the album.

Julia Boggio


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Add a splash of colour to your summer wardrobe with a statement suit paired with some trendy cufflinks or be bold with a pair of brightly coloured sunglasses to give you the edge this summer! The team at grooms etc have selected some essential accessories to brighten up your look this season.

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It is truly amazing just how much a small island like Mauritius has for its visitors. Located just east of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the country has been ruled by both the French and the British over the course of its history, before becoming an independent nation in 1968. The Grand Bay area was the first to experience a tourist boom. Visitors fell in love with the gorgeous Pereybere beach and its array of shopping, restaurants and pubs, then started to venture farther to discover the other attractions of the island.


Culturally, a Mauritius holiday can uncover a curious mix of Hindu, Creole, French, and Chinese. Though English is the official language, you’ll find evidence of all these cultures. At the Triolet Shivala, its Hindu roots on display at the Maheswarnath, a temple that was built in 1818 to honour the important Hindu gods. In the south east, evidence from the days when the Dutch occupied the island can be spotted at Vieux Grand Port, an old Dutch fortification. The cuisine sampled during a holiday in Mauritius also demonstrates its international flare with rich curries, Indian breads, and sweet gateaux (or cakes) as the locals call them. To accompany a meal, sip locally made rum and Phoenix, the island-made beer.

• Its colonial history makes Mauritius unique with grand plantation houses, sugar mills and small-batch rum production.

Fantastic wildlife is another reason to make a Mauritius holiday your first choice. The island is well known and respected for its efforts to protect its native species. One of the world’s rarest birds, the kestrel, is found here, along with deer, tortoises, dolphins, geckos, crocodiles, monkeys and boars. In this tropical environment, you’ll discover countless ways to make your holiday a true adventure.

• The market in Flacq is the best in the region. It is charming and chaotic at the same time with a mix of locals and tourists buying everything from souvenirs to spices. • Take a glass bottom boat ride in Blue Bay, where the water is a brilliant blue and the beaches have the whitest sand you’ve ever seen.

THE FACTS Price: POA Location: Mauritius Flight Time: Approx. 12 hours When to go: All year round For more information and expert advice about your honeymoon plans please visit: to find your local Travel Counsellor.


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If you fancy somewhere a little closer to home or are on a tighter budget you can find some breath-taking beaches without the long-haul flight. Some of the best beaches in Europe can be found in Sardinia, which is often dubbed the short haul version of the Maldives. Located just off Italy’s central west coast, Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and it has fantastic sandy beaches, translucent sea and isolated coves. The Costa Smeralda in the north is Sardinia’s most exclusive and expensive coastal area and an ideal place to enjoy wedded bliss. Cala Gonone, 50 miles away on the east coast, also has beautiful and undeveloped beaches, and is also a great area for walking and water sports. A perfect alternative to long-haul luxury!

REASONS TO LOVE SARDINIA • Simple yet stylish beach holidays • Shore and coastal cruising • Historic cities • Family holidays with small children

The experts at Travel Counsellors have also put a list together to guide you when planning where to go.


City escape – Venice Beach & relaxation – Seychelles Something different – Las Vegas


THE FACTS Price: POA Location: Sardinia Flight Time: Approx. 2.5 hours When to go: Spring For more information and expert advice about your honeymoon plans please visit: to find your local Travel Counsellor.

City escape - Paris Beach & relaxation – Bali Something different – Kenya


City escape – New York Beach & relaxation – Barbados Something different – Alaska


City escape – Vienna Beach & relaxation – Thailand Something different - Lapland


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12 Week Challenge

Last issue we saw our designer Grant take on the challenge of trying to lose weight, improve his lifestyle and get “photo fit” ready for his upcoming big day in september. We were also fortunate enough to receive expert help from Mr. International 2010, Ryan Terry.

A bit about the challenge

The challenge is designed to optimise your body transformation goals as well as helping you to change your lifestyle including breaking bad habits of a lifetime and creating a new fitter, healthier path. You will be supported by USN experts who will offer advice where they can. To find out more and to enter the challenge go to

The Journey

This was never going to be easy, but at the same time it felt like I really needed an opportunity to push myself. The challenge for me really made me look at the way I eat and what I eat along with the way in which I prioritise my health. Training had never really been a problem for me, I always loved my time at the gym and regularly enjoyed going out in the evenings or at weekends to play a bit of sport, it was more the diet that I have always struggled with. Taking on this challenge really made me focus on my diet and helped me to get into my head the foods to avoid and the best times to eat certain foods, essentially thats one of the biggest lessons I have learned throughout this challenge, learning the best times to eat certain foods and the best times to avoid certain foods along with the importance of a regular protein intake. Before embarking on this journey, my routines were pretty good, I was able to keep a good balance of my day to day structure and plan my gym sessions around work and visiting my (then) girlfriend, who lives in Wales. However my life changed in many ways as soon as I started on this programme. My workload increased heavily which meant that fitting in a structured and consistent training schedule became very tough. As my hours increased, the spare time available continued to decrease, however I always trained when my time allowed and did the best that I could with the available sessions. Also during this time, my girlfriend Natalie... became my fiancé! This meant that my life was then also taken up with heavy wedding planning. Sadly, throughout this time, we also lost some family members in death, which meant that we had a lot of things to sort and help out with combined with lots of travelling between Wales and Essex. So over the entire 12 week challenge, life changed in many ways which meant that I really had to work hard to stick to the plan and keep going. I was very fortunate to receive help and advice direct from USN to help me get the most out of the training time I had available along with great nutritional tips and advice. One thing I noticed, was how good I felt inside! Due to eating better, I was feeling better, sleeping better and most importantly, looking better! Early on into the challenge, my weight just fell off and I could see myself getting leaner every time I looked into the mirror. Natalie and I are getting married this month, and my preperation to get “photo-fit” has really paid off. It has really helped me to see the importance of eating well, staying active and providing my body with the correct nutrition.


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The Results

Overall, I was really happy with my results. I lost 2 inches off of my waist which put me down to a 33” waistline which I hadnt been since I was a teenager. My bodyfat dropped by 3% which was great and my overall weight dropped from 14st 9lbs to 13st 4lbs. The only down side to this was that I had to buy a lot of new clothes!! I was really chuffed with the dramatic weight loss, it just felt so great to be at my lowest ever healthy weight and have people complimenting me on how well I had done. I didn’t undertake this challenge to please others... but getting commendation from them all definately made this worthwhile! I have also learnt some very valuable lessons though. By maintaining a regular protein intake, you really dont feel the need to keep blowing out on junk food. Due to the regular intake of food, you are never hungry and you never feel as though you are missing out. Having a cheat meal once a week also gave me the strength to keep sticking to the plan for the remainder of the week. It really makes you take a look at how you eat and the benefits that come along with maintaining a healthy diet, it really isn’t about fads or starvation, but instead about providing your body with the best nutrition to be able to perform at its optimum level. You really can’t lose by making dietry improvements, your body will thank you for it! USN’s supplements really provided me with the boost I needed to take part in this. My particular favourites were the CLA1000 and Protein Dessert. The protein dessert really is the best way to get something sweet into your diet that isn’t going to be bad for you! Try the chocolate flavour, it will be something that you go back to again and again. The CLA1000 really helped me to lean out and I loved how with continued use, these helped me really FEEL like I was leaning out.

The Future

My aim now, after having a short break since concluding this challenge, is to start fresh and get ready for my honeymoon. As our wedding plans are virtually sorted, I can make the time to train well and prepare in advance for my dietry intake, leading up to the holiday of a lifetime!



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John Lewis Glitter Bow Tie, Black £16.00

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