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elcome to the second issue of Buckinghams Wedding Magazine. Well it’s certainly been a soggy summer to say the least. We’re pleased to report back that most of our summer brides escaped the rain and enjoyed some sunshine on their big day. With that in mind check out our savvy ‘Rain’ planning tips to make sure you’re well prepared whatever the weather (page 79). We’re so excited that this issue’s featured designer is the fabulous Ian Stuart. One of our all time faves at BWM he’s been telling us all about his Designer Life (page 44). We’ve got four fabulous Real Weddings to share with you in this issue including a back garden wedding packed with vintage charm and a stunner of a wedding at Kensington Palace, London. (pages 24 to 41) If beauty is your top priority then this issue’s contributors will have you looking gorgeous in no time. Bridal Hair expert Alison Jenner gets you off to a great start for choosing your bridal hair (page 47) and MUA Rochelle O’Brien reveals her ‘Get the Look’ secrets for you to recreate our cover look (page 49) and read all about my recent visit to Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire (page 66). You’ll find plenty of great advice about planning your reception too with our top tips (page 64) and then hop on over to Meet the Wedding Host, Jack Quenby (page 72) plus our resident sax player Paul Martyn shares some valuable advice on what to consider before booking your entertainment (page 76 ). As always many of our members and advertisers offer special offers and little extras if you mention Buckinghams when you contact them so don’t forget to ask if they’re running a Buckinghams offer when you call. So once again make that cuppa, pull up a chair, get comfy and enjoy. EJ x

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Dresses to fall in love with from under £800


Bridal hair expert Alison Jenner offers advice on choosing the perfect style


Review of Leicestershire’s finest spa, Ragdale Hall


Real weddings to inspire you - from vintage charm to Kensington Palace chic



Florist Mrs. Umbels shares her passion for homegrown bouquets


Add some sparkle to your day with our choice of gorgeous bags, shoes and headdresses

Paul Martyn shares his top tips on choosing your wedding entertainment


Buckinghams talks exclusively to the King of Colour

Discover the latest ‘must have’ service for your wedding from Jackstar



Bespoke cake design at Victoria’s Cake Company

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Garden of Love Faye & Matt’s pretty back garden wedding in Leicestershire with the bride’s Mum in charge of styling and catering!

Bride’s bouquet, maids’ flowers & headdresses: Julia Dilworth Florals


he day was amazing!! Having every single person we know and love in one place was incredible! There were 250 guests in total, a live band, DJ and mobile bar so we were in for a good night! A beautiful ceremony followed by an awesome party made for an amazing day! We were looking for a local ‘vintage’ venue but couldn’t find one that we liked. It was so important for our wedding to be informal and fun! We wanted a relaxed, very personal garden party. We definitely did not want a formal wedding. Family friends kindly lent us their garden to put up a 40ft by 80ft marquee! It was a bit nerve wracking checking the weather forecast weeks before! We decorated the whole marquee over two days with many kind friends giving up their time to help. My mum, Jayne Robinson, owns Little Robin’s Cottage; a prop hire company for weddings and events. She was amazing and decorated the whole marquee in antique furniture and props. You could say it was a fabulous opportunity to showcase everything she has available to hire! We created seating areas with hay bales and cushions and we had a huge dance floor. My mum baked all the cakes, macarons, desserts and sweets for the daytime guests. To the delight of everyone we had a Krispy Kreme doughnut wedding cake which went down very well! I found my dress in a vintage shop in Leicester for just

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£175! It was hand made in the 1940s by the original bride. I had alterations at Pretty Maids Bridal Wear in Leicester as the dress needed lengthening. They created a v-neckline and exposed the back so now it’s completely unique to me which makes it even more special. Matt’s outfit started with just a bow tie from Mrs Bowtie. Over time he bought

trousers from Gap, shoes, belt and jackets from M&S and shirts from Debenhams! Eventually it all came together the week of the wedding! I knew Mary Cufflin Photography because she photographed my niece at two weeks old and I really liked her style. All our suppliers were local including the band, our day caterers, our evening

caterers, the marquee company and even the glass hire. We went to Julia Dilworth Flowers for my bouquet, the floral crowns, bridesmaid bouquets and buttonholes. We did the marquee flowers ourselves and bought gypsophila from the flower market and flowers from Aldi which we arranged in jugs, tins and pots.

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My favourite part of the day (other than dancing on the table!) was the speeches. They were hilarious! All the men had been so worried so I wasn’t expecting much but they were fantastic! They stood on the raised flower beds, terrified and surrounded by all our guests. It helped having the speeches before the food so they could all relax. The evening started with our first dance which was Ed Sheeran ‘Thinking Out Loud’. We picked it months ago when the album first came out and loved it but then it became

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the song of the year! I’m glad we stuck with it though. It was playing everywhere when we began our wedding planning and it still plays everywhere now so we’re constantly reminded of our fantastic day. We honeymooned in the Corfu mountains. It was idyllic; quiet, beautiful and we loved our private pool and terrace. It was the perfect way to relax after our crazy wedding.

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A Winter Wedding

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Libby & Tom T Images by Sarah Salotti Photography

A teal & brown December wedding brimming over with personal touches

om is Australian but has lived in Australia, USA and UK all in equal measure. Somehow we both ended up living in the same small village in Nottinghamshire. We actually met at a fish and chip shop! I tend to liken it to the movie ‘Sliding Doors’ As for the proposal, Tom did this very, very well. Tom’s mum and dad live in New York. We went to visit them in May 2012 and Tom decided to arrange a trip to Niagara Falls. There’s a restaurant we wanted to visit called ‘The Silo’ which is a converted water silo right on Niagara river. We went for dinner and afterwards a walk along the river. This is where he proposed. He chose the ring himself and it was perfect. My favourite memory of the day has to be Mum’s speech. My mum

walked me down the aisle; we are incredibly close. We nearly lost her to a brain aneurysm the February before we got married so it was particularly emotional for me. I’m so glad the registrar allowed photos of our ceremony (some don’t and you need to check this beforehand!) because we were both so nervous that neither of us really remember it! We wrote our own vows and I’m really glad we did because they were words that really meant something to us. When it came to selecting our suppliers this was a bit different for us as we work in the wedding industry but we put just as much effort into sourcing the right suppliers as everyone else. The only problem was, every time we went to a wedding fair for Whites Fine Food, I would come back with different ideas.

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I quickly learned you have to choose the direction you want to take and stick to it. In hindsight, and I know its easy to say this afterwards, but I wouldn’t sweat the small stuff. When small details don’t go entirely to plan, the only person that will notice is you. Most of our guests were staying the night before at Centre Parcs and our biggest worry was whether the coach we’d booked would turn up to collect them and take them to the venue. Also, if I was doing it all again I would actually change my dress for the evening party to something still bridal but slightly easier to dance in! As wedding caterers ourselves, when it came to the food it obviously played the most important part of our day. We wanted to go hot and heavy on the canapés as we were getting married at

lunchtime and knew our guests wouldn’t have time to eat lunch. We served mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate followed by a three course meal. We decided to give our guests a choice on the menu and for the evening guests we served all of our favourite nibbles, local cheeses, charcuterie, breads, olives and dips. My top three tips for brides-tobe are choose wedding suppliers you both feel comfortable with; that you click with. This will help immensely with the planning of your day. Whatever happens enjoy your day and get wedding insurance! And finally have a live band. They really get the party going!

OUR MENU Canapés Mini fish and chip cones, mini Yorkshire puddings with creamed horseradish, tempura prawns, smoked chicken croustades with mango salsa and crème fraiche, crostinis with chicken liver pate and red onion marmalade. Starter Duck confit on a potato rosti with parsnip puree and beetroot jus or wild mushroom and mozzarella arancini Main Course Lincolnshire red sirloin served rare with pepperonata or prosciutto wrapped chicken stuffed with lemon and thyme marscapone both served with gratin dauphinoise and seasonal vegetables Dessert Brioche bread and butter pudding with mince meat and brandy cream.

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OUR WEDDING SUPPLIERS Sarah Salotti Photography Venue - Thoresby Riding Hall Caterer - Whites Fine Food Dress - Stewart Parvin Florist - Mrs Umbels Hair - Alison Jenner Make up - Makeup by Jenni Cake - The Red Cake Company Guestbook - On Days Like These Photo Booth - Simply Photobooths Shoes - Custom Converse Accessories - Ryley and Flynn Vintage Bridesmaids dresses - John Lewis

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Romantic Norwood Park As one of the Midlands’ premier stately homes, Norwood Park is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and can host weddings for 50 - 180 guests plus our new Georgian gazebo is registered for Civil Ceremonies meaning you can say ‘I do’ al fresco in our breathtaking grounds.

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at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire

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ark and I attended the same secondary school in Loughborough but didn’t socialise with the same people. Ten years later we bumped into each other on a night out and began dating soon afterwards. (He actually tried to ask one of my bridesmaids for my number a few years before that, but she refused…which may have been mentioned in his speech!) At 7am on the 5th February whilst I was getting ready for work, Mark got down on one knee and produced a ring. I was stunned as it was a school day (we’re both teachers) – and also Mark’s 30th birthday. He chose the date as he knew it was the last thing I would expect. Our wedding ceremony was at St. Winefride’s Church in Shepshed which is my family’s parish church. It was the

most important part of our day. Father Michael celebrated a very personal and special service. Our family members gave the readings and my university friend Jenny played the flute during the register. Caroline Sharpe’s solo performance of Bach’s Ave Maria was a highlight, and the singers ensured the sound of hymns filled the church. My dress was a Pronovias gown from Rococo in Melbourne. As soon as I visited Rococo I knew I would find my dress there – Sarah and Donna create a wonderfully relaxed and friendly environment and there are so many beautiful dresses in there. I only wish I could wear my dress again. My hair and make-up finished off the look; it was so nice to sit back and relax in the morning whilst Kaye and the team at Mewies and Indy did their magic. For our flowers I created a board on Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Issue 2 Page 37

Pinterest for all things wedding and showed Kerry at The Blossom Tree who knew instantly which flowers and colours I was looking for. My bouquet contained beautiful blush pink garden roses, avalanche roses and hydrangeas. On the tables we had bottles filled with the same roses and foliage for a simple but classic feel. My bridesmaids wore ASOS dresses in a nude/blush colour. They were actually called ‘Kate Lace’ which seemed appropriate. Mark bought his Ted Baker three piece navy suit from Moss Bros and hired matching two piece suits for the best man and groomsmen. Our page boys wore navy trousers and waistcoats from F&F and we hired matching pink ties for them like the men. The food at Prestwold was incredible and we do love to eat! We chose haddock fishcakes with garlic aioli, followed by shoulder of lamb with dauphinoise >>

potatoes and finally the most amazing salted caramel tart for pudding. Our evening food was simple but delicious – Lincolnshire sausage and bacon cobs with chunky chips. We looked at a lot of venues in the East Midlands but Prestwold was the one that felt right. It is a stunning venue – especially the dining room - but feels quite cosy and homely inside. MJ and her team were so experienced and professional that we knew we could trust them to help us achieve the reception that we wanted. We also wanted to make sure we didn’t have to rely on the Great British weather for our venue, which was the right decision as it rained all day without an inch of blue sky in sight! The last song of the night, Never Forget, had everyone on the dance floor. Looking around at that point we couldn’t have been happier that our day had been so perfect. TIPS FROM THE BRIDE Plan your wedding as a couple and try not to worry too much about how to please everyone. Don’t try to organise too much happening at once – we had lots of ideas for the evening but then realised that after booking our band, we didn’t need anything else. Our favourite part of a wedding is always having a boogie. On the day – enjoy every minute because it will be over all too soon!

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OUR WEDDING SUPPLIERS Venue: Prestwold Hall Photographer: Ed Godden Photography Dress: Rococo Weddings, Melbourne Flowers: The Blossom Tree, Melbourne Make up: Kaye Salmon Hair: Mewies and Indy, Quorn Suits: Moss Bros Band: Nanna Radleys Pianist: Robert Cromwell Choir: Caroline Sharpe Singers

Pure Gold at Kensington Palace


ne of the highlights this summer for wedding planner Tina Smyth is the wedding she organised at one of London’s most impressive venues. “We had just five months planning time to organise this wedding held in the beautiful Orangery at Kensington Palace. The couple wanted a lavish affair incorporating their different heritages and traditions whilst keeping an intimate feel to the day. Warm shades of gold ran throughout and created a luxurious yet welcoming ambience: from the gold-foiled monogrammed message box with matching cards where guests could leave their well wishes to the bar menus presented in beautiful golden antique frames. Long dinner tables instead of the more traditional round tables not only allowed for  a better use of space but created an intimate setting. The tables were dressed with rich textured, soft  wheat coloured linen and crisp white linen napkins embroidered with the couple’s monogram, stunning matt golden charger plates and elegant antique gold cutlery. Beautiful tall glass flutes with floral designs in dreamy pastel colours were set along the tables with small golden globes of flowers, a hundred tea lights and crystal hurricane vases with tall candles. The couple’s sweetheart table was dressed in a luxurious handmade  gold sequin cloth and the candle display made for a beautiful setting for the speeches. The couple’s monogram was displayed in letters of moss behind their table.  One of the most magical moments of the day was the cake cutting. Not only was the bespoke creation by The Abigail Bloom Cake Company a breathtaking display but surprise fireworks created the perfect backdrop! As the couple cut the cake, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ played, the fireworks began and it was time to dance the night away.”

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FEATURED SUPPLIERS Venue The Orangery at Kensington Palace Photography - Liam Collard Wedding Planning - Tina Smyth Wedding Cake The Abigail Bloom Cake Company Flowers - Hayford & Rhodes Stationery - Big Day Designs

The amazing wedding cake was created by Buckinghams ‘BeLoved’ wedding supplier, The Abigail Bloom Cake Company, London. Firstly Abi sketched out the cake by hand drawing each tier and adding in the delicate details of lace and sugar flowers: “The cake was created using 6 full height tiers with two half height tiers adorned with gold leaf, sugar peonies, roses, blossom flowers and hydrangeas. A total of seven 7” diameter cakes created the bottom tier and a ball of beautiful gold sugar hydrangeas was placed on the very top! The top tier was covered in edible sequins and another 3 tiers had gold appliqué lace. The ivory tiers were sprayed with a pearl white shimmer so every inch of the cake had a little something ‘extra’ about it. The bride wanted something glamorous with enormous impact but still elegant and not over the top. She loved the idea of edible gold leaf and edible sequins but wanted to preserve their colours of the day which were a pastel rose/blush, light blue and cream/ivory. In total the cake took approximately 70 hours to create with four flavours: • • • •

Valrhona sponge with Belgian chocolate ganache buttercream and salted caramel buttercream Lemon sponge with lemon drizzle, lemon curd and lemon buttercream Madagascan vanilla bean sponge with white chocolate ganache buttercream and passion fruit curd Red velvet sponge with Madagascan vanilla bean buttercream

Guests were given a portion of cake to take home which we wrapped and boxed up with stunning personalised labels. The Orangery at Kensington Palace obviously has very tight security so timings were a little tight. We only had 20 minutes to construct the cake! The trickiest part was actually the ball of hydrangeas on top.

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IAN STUART He’s one of the world’s favourite bridal designers renowned for his unashamed use of colour and a seemingly unstoppable passion to create dramatic, show-stopping gowns that wow wedding aisles around the world. Ian Stuart speaks exclusively to Buckinghams about giraffes, Dolly Parton and his now not so secret crush! Piano Room is full of memorabilia and kitsch junk so I love to hangout there.”


an tell us a little something about your background. I was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch Indonesian mother and an English father, so I’m fluent in both languages. I originally set out to be a costume designer, as I’d always loved theatre, but at fashion college I realised I could have a more productive career in bridal wear, which is not so far from costume really! I became creatively frustrated working for other bridal wear labels, so in 2002, after 10 years in NYC, I came back to the UK to launch my own label where I could design how I wanted. What do you love least about what you do? Administration, it’s never been my strong point, and there is surprisingly a lot to do with my work. And what do you love most about what you do? Seeing the models dressed backstage just before the fashion show starts; it’s when I really see my work come alive. Does the responsibility of your business ever scare you? Yes, of course it’s scary, but

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I made a decision that this is what I want to do! How do you start your day? I do my stretch exercises first thing, followed by a coffee and a diazepam. What do you eat for breakfast? Coffee and a cigarette. Are you a morning or night person? I’m a night person. What do you do to unwind? White wine, Campari and Real Housewives of Beverley Hills! Favourite meal? Lobster and chips (especially if I’m at Hardcore Lobster in Victoria) Favourite colour? Orange (Hermes shade!) Favourite tipple? Campari Favourite mug? My fake Versace mug, fabulously tacky but I love it! Pet hate? Bad manners Dogs or cats? Dogs Who is your hero? Dolly Parton Do you have a nickname? My brothers and sisters used to call me Porky, as I was a fat child, however, the tables have turned! Favourite holiday destination? Bali, Indonesia

Top: Flower Bomb. Middle: Pracatan (in Pale Lilac). Left: Broadway (in Paeony)

Favourite animal? Giraffes, because they are tall, elegant and have long eyelashes! Favourite biscuit? Jaffa cakes Favourite shoes? Converse sneakers What are you reading at the moment? Collezioni Haute Couture! Which is your favourite Quality Street? Orange crème Coke or Pepsi? Coke Do you like Marmite? Yes I love it! Can you cook and if so what’s your speciality? Indonesian food - my mum’s satay sauce recipe is the best! Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met? Barbara Streisand. She’s friends with my best friend! Your secret crush? The UPS guy! If you could choose 4 people you’d like to have dinner with who would they be? Dolly Parton, Paul Nassif, Janice Dickinson and Liberace (if he was alive!) What is your favourite room in your home? My house is very modern and sparse, but my Piano Room is full of memorabilia and kitsch junk, so I love to hangout there. What colour is your kitchen? Black, white and brick walls. Favourite household appliance? My food waste disposal unit!! Are you a gardener? Yes I love gardening! Can you keep a houseplant alive for more than a month? Yes! For years!! What do you want for Christmas this year? I’d like to be on a beach! What is your proudest moment? My Flower Bomb design being selected for the V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition. What is the absolute ‘must have’ at your wedding? NO children policy. If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing? I’d be an impressionist - it’s my party trick! If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? Oppression. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? My temper… I’m too passionate! If you could relive one moment from your life what would it be? Birth, so I could see what it was like. If you could go back in time to witness a particular event in history what would it be? London in the swinging 1960’s. How would you like to be remembered? Fondly! What can brides expect when they choose an Ian Stuart gown? They will feel as good as they look. Our construction is second to none.

RUNWAY REBEL Ian Stuart Collection 2016


his season, Ian Stuart has focused his energy on designing for different body shapes, ages and personalities. He has created a collection that is diverse and versatile, giving every bride the opportunity to find her own style within the Ian Stuart label. Experimenting with softer fabrics and fluid silhouettes, Ian is bringing his unique flair and couture construction to a different spirit of bride he has not reached before. And as the unprecedented King of colour, he has introduced stunning softer shades of silver, pink and taupe, which he hopes will encourage the next generation of brides to embrace wearing colour on their wedding day. There are four stand out themes this year within the Ian Stuart collection: Ian Stuart Signature Style textured, playful and dramatic Sexy & Statuesque - figure hugging with plunging lines and

dynamic silhouettes Romantic and Regal- fairy tale ball gowns, exquisite laces and glittering touches Fashionista Glamour - modern, unconventional and daring The honour of having ‘Flowerbomb’ included in the V&A Wedding dress exhibition inspired Ian to create a collection that would be fit for a museum. The gowns showcased were almost all exclusively created for royalty, socialites, fashionistas and celebrities, who had access to the finest couturiers and top designers. Having started his career at one of London’s most renowned couture houses, Bellville Sassoon, Ian has revisited vintage sketches from his time there, studied the finer details of true couture, and combined it with his innovative style. Ian hopes to make the essence of real couture available to the modern bride. View the full collection:

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Top Left: Storm (in Ivory) £2380, Top Right: Serpentine £1875 Bottom Right: Chiquita (in Blue) £3080


Where do you start when choosing the best style for your big day? Bridal hair expert Alison Jenner has the answer...

Georgi Mabee Photography, Ed Godden Photography, Shoot Photography, Holly Booth Photography, Sarah Vivienne Photography


hoosing your hair style should be a fun part to your wedding preparations. You’ve chosen your dress and everything is starting to fall into place. You’ve probably started a Pinterest board too but now you’re finding it filled with every style going and you’re nowhere nearer to choosing your favourite. This is the moment when I suggest to brides that they start to pin what they don’t like. As hairstylists this helps us clearly understand the direction you don’t want to go in! When you begin to think about the styles that might be right for you a good place to start is with your dress. The style you’ve chosen really will dictate what works best. Dresses with lots of intricate back detail or a very high collar best lend themselves to an updo. An updo can range across varying degrees of course but the main idea is to take the hair up and away from the detail of your dress. If your dress is strapless I always think a soft ‘hair down’ style to one side looks very pretty and can give you a little bit of security too if you’re feeling too uncovered. Dresses with just one strap to the side look fabulous with a side updo to the opposite side which balances out the look from both the front and the back. Most importantly this is your special day so take your time. There’s no need to rush. Build a relationship with your stylist and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whichever

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style you choose it should show you at your best and not totally overtake you. You’re getting married at a time when nearly anything is possible. If you have incredibly thin hair for example we can add extra hair for length or to thicken. And don’t be too disheartened if the style you’d set your heart on just isn’t you. It’s a little bit like finding your dress. Sometimes it’s the style you thought you’d never have that actually suits you the most! For me there is nothing nicer than when a bride-to-be and her Mum both cry when they finally see the style come together so be prepared for lots of emotions. It’s a lovely journey......enjoy it and have some fun along the way.

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Cover Story Photography by Sarah Illingworth at Mirror Imaging Winner of Best Wedding Makeup Artist for the East Midlands, 2012, 2013 and 2015, Makeup Artist Rochelle O’Brien shows you how to recreate Sarah’s gorgeous bridal look. SKIN

For a flawless base I prepped the skin using Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer. This smooths out any fine lines and pores. Next I used Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation in shade NC25, followed by a little Mac Studio Finish concealer in areas which needed a bit more coverage. This is a great long lasting base which gives full coverage whilst still looking natural. I set the base using Mac Pro Longwear Powder in Medium and a little light contouring using the Contouring Sticks from Smashbox Cosmetics and contour powders from Anastasia Beverley Hills gave a bit more definition to the face.


A good eye primer is essential to stop your eyeshadow from creasing and I used Benefit ‘Stay Don’t Stray’ to create a smooth canvas for the eye makeup. I used shadows from the new Urban Decay Smokey Eye palette to create a soft brown smokey look for Sarah. Avon Supershock Gel Liner Pencil (my all time favourite gel liner) was used to line the top and bottom waterlines and Ardell lashes in 118 finished off the dramatic eye makeup.


I wanted a natural flushed look for Sarah’s makeup so I used two shades of blush, Mac Sunbasque and Dollymix. To add some subtle highlights to the cheekbones I used Kevyn Aucoin highlighting powder in Starlight (available from Space NK).


I used Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pencil in Pink Venus to outline Sarah’s lips before going over the whole lip area with the same pencil. This creates a base of colour to give the lipstick more depth. I wanted a bright lip colour for this look and I used Mac lipstick in the shade ‘Impassioned’, a vivid fuschia pink. A little clear gloss from Bobbi Brown was added to the centre of the lips to give a full effect.


Finally I set Sarah’s makeup using Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray. This guarantees your makeup will stay put and last through any tears. (Bottom Right) Hugo - Head of Security, props assistant, biscuit monitor and all round cutie pie.

A little bit about us and how we can help you plan the most perfect of weddings registered with the local Environmental Health with a Food Standards Agency score of 4 or 5* are invited to exhibit with us. Many exhibitors tell us we are the only wedding show organiser they know who even ask!


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At Buckinghams we love to be different and that extends to our wedding shows too. Every supplier has been handpicked for their style, service, quality and passion and we encourage our exhibitors to go all out for the wow factor with fabulous stands and mouthwatering samples. But your wedding is not just about the pretty-pretty. All exhibitors must complete our application form which asks about their insurance and references and when it comes to food, only caterers and cake companies legally

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uckinghams is home to the finest wedding suppliers and venues in the East Midlands and beyond. With a passion for what we do, we pour our heart and soul into seeking out top quality people and places who can make your wedding dreams a reality. We’ll put you in touch with a hand-picked selection of the finest suppliers and venues which suit your style and budget. You’ll find everything you need to plan your perfect day in our magazine, at our wedding shows and on our website.

Spring 2016 Wedding Fairs Sunday 28 February 2016 - Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire Sunday 13 March 2016 - Norwood Park, Southwell, Nottinghamshire Sunday 20 March 2016 - Big Day Wedding Show, Leicester Marriott Box Office:

Rosewater Hand Therapy Crabtree & Evelyn £14

Rosie for Autograph Bra & Knicker Set - M&S £37.50

Gold Style Stretchy Pastel Pink Rose Ring What’s About Town £9.95

Aurora Dress Phase Eight £120

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne in Birdcage, 70cl - John Lewis £70


Rose Garland Tiara Glitzy Secrets £98

‘Marilyn’ by Sassi Holford. Sweetheart neckline, rose print organza with a keyhole back and shoulder rose detail - this dress pushes all the right buttons for the utterly romantic bride who demands to break with the norm. RRP Price Tag: £2295

Shay & Blue Amber Rose Natural Fragrance Spray - John Lewis £55

Rose Cushion by Suzy Newton £84

Peony Roses and Yoshino Berries In Vase John Lewis £45

Avery Dress Monsoon £65

Laura Oakes Panelled Boudoir Mirror Debenhams £50

Tanya by Bundle MacLaren Millinery Boticca £134

Travel Gift Set Paperchase £14

Gardman - English Rose Arch Achica £67 Blurred Rose Beaded Across Body Bag Accessorize £35

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Set Of 5 Paisley Paper Lanterns Dotcomgiftshop £8.95

Sarah Pike, wedding florist, flower grower and owner at Mrs Umbels, is passionate about creating natural bouquets grown from her own rural cutting patch in Nottinghamshire

See more of Mrs Umbel’s flowers in Libby & Tom’s Real Wedding on page 28

Inside The Shed images Kathryn Edwards Photography, Cutting Patch images Sarah Pike, Additional images: Ed Godden Photography, Samantha Ward Photography


rowing flowers, picking them and using them for weddings is possibly the most satisfying thing I have ever done. The thrill of the cutting patch in the early morning sunshine, the smells and the quiet yet noisiness of the bees and the hover-flies doing their thing is bliss! The Mrs Umbels patch is slowly but surely expanding every year. This year masses of perennials, roses, salvia and peonies sit beautifully with the foliage herbs such as mint and rosemary. Annuals such as cornflowers provide a riot of colour in blue, pink, white and burgundy and then there is the Mrs Umbels’ staple of Ammi majus, absolutely one of my all time favourite flowers and the reason we use it on some of our logos. Sweetpeas waft their delicious scent every time you walk past and these most delicate short lived flowers are perhaps the ones that I cherish the most, the very smell of summer. The cutting patch is not without its challenges. The patch is at the mercy of the weather which can destroy fragile blooms in one single torrent of rain, but where the weather hinders it also creates happy accidents. The wind and the birds spread the annual seeds throughout the patch so the cornflowers and sunflowers pop up in unusual places; the seasons make blooms earlier or later or sometimes help to prolong the flowering season. The resounding success this summer has been the gorgeous perennial lilac blue Scabious. It flowered for three months since May and we have harvested masses of beautiful, delicate blooms, Although the harvest has slowed the old flower heads now turn into the most amazing seed heads which are perfect for an Autumn wedding. In our own little way we are championing British flowers and hope that one day every single wedding will be created purely from our little patch of floral heaven.

Crowning Glory Styled shoot bursting with pretty floral inspiration fit for a queen

If you can’t wear a crown on your wedding day then when can you and who doesn’t love a crown of flowers? “I have a secret love of flower crowns and I love the fact more and more brides are choosing them.” said Sarah Folega from Sarah Folega Photography. “Crowns can be designed completely bespoke for the bride and reflect her personality which is exactly what most of my couples want these days.” Dresses by KMR Bespoke Bridal were used in the shoot. “We chose four gowns for this shoot, each selected to vary in silhouette, shape and detailing. We wanted to showcase how brides can style various gowns with floral crowns to create individual looks”

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Bridal gowns, belts and veils by KMR Bespoke Bridal PAMELA - ivory floor length lace with three quarter length lace sleeves, deep V-neckline front and back, scallop lace neckline, sleeves and hem, fastened with pearl buttons. RRP £1250 RUBY - ivory duchess satin gown, low V-neck back, large pleated skirt, appliqué shoulder detailing, styled with bridal belt and veil. RRP £1110 MARLENE - a classic silhouette tea length gown, ivory silk taffeta circle skirt, layers of net and tulle, laser cut silk organza bodice, illusion neckline, bound silk taffeta and floral laser cut waistband, delicate rouleau loops and silk covered buttons RRP £1250 VIOLET - ivory floor length circle skirt gown, corded lace V-neck bodice, two layered ivory duchess satin and chiffon skirt with scallop lace edge detailing on the waist, styled with bridal belt and veil. RRP £1150 Featured veils - drop veil and a lace edge cathedral length veil. KMR veils start from £69.99.

SUPPLIERS Photography: Flowers: Bridal: Hair: Make Up: Location: Models:

Folega Photography Paeony Floral Design KMR Bespoke Bridal L.H. Professional Halo by Hazel Wood Lane Countryside Centre Sophie Temple & Aurora O’Mahoney-Browning

Top cake makers and real brides share their flavour favourites “Top flavours for my brides have been Elderflower Sponge with White Chocolate Ganache infused with Lavender and filled with Homemade Lemon Curd and my Apple & Caramel Sponge!” The Cake Story, Newarke

AND THE BRIDE SAID... Brides Club members share their wedding cake flavours “We’re having vanilla, hazelnut praline, chocolate and then fruit cake on top” CLAIRE P

“The bottom layer is carrot cake, the next is lemon with lemon drizzle buttercream, then raspberry and buttercream with white chocolate chip and finally a fruit cake for the top (which we’re freezing for tradition!)”

“Our most popular flavours at the moment are Chocolate Caramel and Lemon with Raspberry although many couples are requesting fruit cakes again after a lull over the last few years.” Cherry Blossom Cakes, Doncaster


“Hazelnut praline, lemon and raspberry & amaretto” TONI B

“We’ve not made a final decision yet but I love chocolate orange and white chocolate raspberry” SOPHIE C

“Chocolate for the bottom and lemon on top plus chocolate orange and vanilla cupcakes!” SARAH O

“Coconut & lime is a new favourite, vanilla & raspberry with white chocolate buttercream and of course, my famous chocolate orange is still very popular” Clare’s Cakes, Leicester

Join our Brides Club on Facebook for friendly chat, help & advice

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“For me this year the favourites have been the naked cake, peach and gold, ruffles and the rustic look. Not new but still huge is the woodland theme which is being incorporated into cakes and wedding styling generally. I’m working lots of greenery and wild flowers into my new collection. Victoria’s Cake Company, Market Harborough



of Perfection

Michael S Feather Photography


hen it comes to cake we’re a fussy bunch here at Buckinghams HQ so when we’re on the hunt to find fab cake suppliers it takes more than a pretty cupcake to get our stamp of approval. The first thing we check before we even taste any cake is that the supplier is registered with the Environmental Health as they are legally obliged to do. If they aren’t registered that ends the conversation. Furthermore we’re only interested in suppliers rated 4 or 5 by the Food Standards Agency. Any rating below that doesn’t get our thumbs up. So when we spotted some rather super looking cakes by Victoria’s Cake Company in Market Harborough, Leicestershire we were delighted to discover they are fully registered and received the top mark of 5 by the F.S.A. Having sailed through that stage next up was the ‘it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it’ task of tasting the cake and seeing it up close and personal. We’re pleased to report that Victoria’s cakes taste just as good as they look! “Taste is of course every bit as important as the look and we work closely with our clients to include their favourite flavours and fillings. Whether classic or contemporary, we have a flavour to suit most tastes. We only ever use the finest ingredients and pride ourselves on the excellent customer feedback we receive” says Victoria, owner and namesake of the company. “We understand every aspect of a

pleasure of baking for. From the classic couple’s wedding day has to be perfect tiered cake with beautiful sugar roses, so we believe it’s the intricate details and naked sponge cakes adorned with fresh personal touches we bring to our cakes flowers, intricate hand painted lace that set us apart. We can copy the lace patterns or luxurious gold leaf details from the wedding gown for instance or we offer a wide choice of styles. We even a detail from the stationery and also offer cupcakes, biscuits, favours use it as inspiration to create a truly and miniature cakes. Our diverse style unique design. We can means we can adapt our designs to suit even replicate the bride’s the couple’s individuality and we love bouquet in stunning the challenge of creating something sugar flowers. We treat new and different. We also work our cakes as works of tirelessly to ensure the order process art and consider every is enjoyable and stress free from start little detail when putting to finish. We provide couples with together designs and ideas detailed sketches and quotes to ensure with our clients. Taking they are completely happy with their into account the couple’s cake prior to booking and once they do personalities, wedding book we liaise with their venue, florist theme, colours and venue and caterers. To complete the process we believe the cake should we deliver and set up on the day and complement and enhance we also provide cake stands and dessert all the other details of the wedding. We tables should the couple require it.” want the wedding cake to be something After meeting Victoria and both the couple and their guests always experiencing her cakes we were remember.” delighted to award her our BeLoved Upon meeting Victoria and visiting Wedding Supplier status. her kitchen showroom But as they say the proof is it’s clear to see she is “We can copy in the pudding so if you’d definitely a perfectionist. You’ll be hard pushed to the lace from the like to find out more about find a flaw on any of her wedding gown... Victoria’s Cake Company should visit her cakes - I know because I to create a truly you website to see more from was near as damn it nose unique design” her beautiful portfolio or to rose checking out her book a consultation to sugar craft skills which I sample some of the delicious cakes for have to say are impeccable. She admits yourself. You can also visit her stand at to having a little O.C.D. when it comes a selection of Buckinghams Spring & to her work and insists on no less than Autumn wedding shows. a perfect presentation. “Our work is executed to a very high Prices start from £140 for standard and we ensure nothing short a 2 tier naked or plain iced of perfection ever leaves the kitchen. sponge cake. We have one aim really and that’s to make exquisite, bespoke cakes that are 07885 522681 perfect for each couple we have the

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The Wedding Cake

Cake maker Helen Alborn shares 12 important questions to ask your cake supplier 1. Is my wedding date available?

Small wedding cake suppliers book up fast especially for summer months so once you’ve confirmed your venue it’s time to book in your cake. This isn’t a confirmed booking until a deposit is paid and the final design and flavours can be discussed during a consultation.

2. Can you help if I have a fixed budget? It’s best to explain your budget right from the start before sending a photograph of a cake extravaganza you’d love. Remember it’s the intricacy of the design and time it takes that effects the overall cost. Some decorators will say prices start at £x and others will work out a solution which fits your budget and theme. 3. Do you offer cake tastings?

It’s usual to be invited for a cake tasting and a consultation at a convenient time to discuss design ideas. You will be asked what flavours you’d like to try. Some bakers may charge for this service but this is usually deducted from the price should you proceed to order a cake.

4. Do you bake your own cakes? This may seem an odd question but it’s fair to know exactly what you’re paying for. Professionals bake cakes from scratch using fresh ingredients and offer an extensive range of flavours and fillings including for those with dietary requirements. Others may only use cake mixes perhaps adding fresh milk and eggs and some simply decorate ready-made cakes.

5. Are you registered with the council and what is your

food hygiene rating? All cake suppliers should have no problem with you seeing their kitchen and showing you their business addressed star rating issued by the Environmental Health Department of their local council. This provides peace of mind that your cake baker reaches the high standards you’d expect for hygiene, but remember this is no guarantee of food quality.

6. Can I see a portfolio of recent cakes?

Every cake supplier should happily show you photographs and reviews of actual wedding cakes they’ve made recently for clients and this will give you a good idea about their skills, quality, consistency and versatility. Social media has made this easy for you to research in advance using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just make sure it’s their work you’re seeing!

7. How will you display our cake?

Many venues have cake stands that you can use and cake suppliers may also have a selection of stands to hire for a small charge. These may require a deposit, refunded on the safe return of the stand. Your supplier may also liaise with your florist if you’d like to use fresh flower arrangements.

8. Do you deliver?

Most cake suppliers will insist on delivering and setting up your wedding cake to guarantee it arrives in perfect condition. Local delivery is often included in the price.

9. Are you insured? All cake suppliers should have full public liability insurance. If in doubt ask to see their Certificate of Insurance. 10. How long will my cake last and can I freeze leftovers?

Provided your cake hasn’t been frozen prior to it being decorated there should be no problem freezing it. Your supplier will normally provide boxes and instructions on how best to store your cake.

11. When do we pay you? After a cake tasting and consultation, a quote will be put together and sent to you itemising everything that was discussed including the venue, set up time, cake flavours, design, stand hire, delivery, terms and conditions etc. A non refundable deposit is usually paid to confirm the booking and your supplier will indicate when the final payment is due. 12. What happens on the delivery day?

Your cake should be delivered and assembled at your venue at the time and place arranged. An Allergy Advice Sheet will be given to the venue indicating any common allergens which may be present in the cake should any guests need to know, along with details of inedible content and storage boxes for leftovers and decorations. Helen Alborn Cakes, Anstey, Leicestershire 07506344376

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Food For Thought

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Wedding caterers Whites Fine Food explain where to start when choosing your wedding menu

f great food is one of your wedding ‘must haves’ then you might consider a privately catered wedding. Marquee and tipi weddings plus a selection of venues across the region offer you the freedom to choose your own caterers. But where do you start when choosing the food? We asked Whites Fine Food how couples narrow down the options. “It’s important for us to understand the couple’s vision for their food” said Libby Fielding, co-owner of Whites with husband-chef Tom Porock. “Before their appointment, we discuss their ideas and encourage them to reveal their favourite flavours and ingredients. They may also have a special meal of sentimental value which we can incorporate into their wedding breakfast. Once we get an understanding of what they would like we create a sample menu for them. On ‘tasting day’ we prepare the chosen dishes and often come up with a selection of extra dishes that work beautifully with the overall menu.

Couples try the food, see what works for couples can choose from a diverse range of food depending on what they want them and narrow down their options. Another benefit of a tasting is couples for their day. From seared BBQ steaks get to know us and see the quality with zingy salsa verde to duck confit, we of our food. We believe it’s the little also help couples manage their budget. extra touches that make their wedding For instance if they want to offer guests breakfast truly special such as our a choice for their main course but signature chocolate block for every don’t want to push costs up, we offer our ‘family style’ dining table to enjoy with coffee. This is the attention to detail Our family style bowls and boards of various served to the tables couples can expect from us. roast dinners dishes for guests to pass around. Everything is made from are also really Think tapas but with any scratch so we adapt dishes to style food they want! Our suit personal tastes.” popular family style roast dinners are But it’s not just the food also really popular and great you choose that matters. The style of dining will create a certain fun. Boards of perfectly roasted meats are served to the table and the couple atmosphere too. “There are many different styles of nominate one guest from each table to wedding breakfast to choose from” said carve for the other guests! This is a really Head Chef Tom. “Couples are no longer interactive way to get guests talking and forced to choose from a small list of is a great ice breaker for tables that don’t cookie-cutter style mains and desserts. know each other before the day.” We love to prepare something different To find out more about Whites Fine Food for couples and as an Australian myself call 01636 610502 or visit their website. one of our specialities is BBQs! Our Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Issue 2 Page 65


Spare a thought for drivers, expectant mums and teetotallers who don’t want boozy tipples but might fancy something more interesting than lemonade or coke. Mix up these super glamorous flavour packed alcohol-free mocktail ideas from the region’s craziest team of mobile cocktail makers, Mambo Mobile Bars, and get all your wedding guests in the party mood. NOT SO COSMO

In a shaker: 25 ml Cranberry juice 25 ml fresh orange juice 25 ml fresh lime juice Shake and strain in a cocktail glass. Looks as fashionable as a Cosmo in a cocktail glass.


In a shaker muddle 1 slice of Cantaloupe melon ¼ red chilli Then add: 20 ml lime juice 1 tsp agave syrup 150 ml still water Shake and pour through a tea strainer in a high-ball with ice, a slice of Cantaloupe melon and red chilli “rings”.


In a shaker muddle 4 basil leaves 2 tsp marmalade Then add: 100 ml white grape juice Shake and pour in a large wine glass filled with ice cubes, garnish with basil and black pepper.


In a high-ball glass: 2 mint sprig 20 ml lime juice 15 ml sugar syrup Muddle the ingredients just bruising the mint (do not break it), add crushed ice right to the top and top up with cloudy apple juice.


Tell your groom to turn and look at you as you walk down the aisle. You didn’t go to all that trouble to look gorgeous for your big entrance just for the most important person in your life to miss it. And don’t listen if someone (even the vicar or registrar) says he’s not supposed to turn around. That is nonsense. You’ll no doubt both be nervous so eye contact with each other is a wonderful thing. It’s a special moment so savour it.

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If the budget doesn’t stretch to real Champagne for your guests to make their toast but you fancy a glass or two on your big day there’s no reason why you can’t have a bottle of the real thing just on the Top Table. The same goes for anything else you want to spoil yourselves with. From favours to more elaborate centre pieces it’s your day so treat yourselves to the things you want.

Although most family members will bury the hatchet for your wedding, many couples often have the difficulty of positioning guests who simply don’t get on. In an ideal world you’d place them as far away from each other as possible but if etiquette calls for them to be on key tables at the same end of the room then do the next best thing and position them outside of each others eye-line. Seat them with their backs to each other to lower tensions... at least during the meal! Use any pillars in the room to your advantage. If you’re seriously worried about problems occurring talk to both parties and explain your concerns. If they don’t feel they can behave themselves for your sake then maybe they should reconsider attending. It’s your day and you need to be conf ident it’ll go your way.

Joanne Withers Photography, Ed Godden Photography, Sarah Salotti Photography

“WHICH ONE’S THE GROOM?” Would you wear the same dress as your bridesmaids? Of course not. So why should your Groom look identical to his best man and ushers? Not everyone at your wedding will know who is who so make sure he stands out. Matching suits are fine but kit him out in a different waistcoat or tie. Give a pop of colour to his guys by choosing the lead colour from your wedding palette and put your man in white, gold, silver or neutral tones to complement your dress. If you’re wearing red, do all that in reverse!


1. Place families with pushchairs and young children on chairs nearest the walls ideally near

the exit. This gives more room for bags and greater ease of covert escape for an unexpected nappy change! 2. You probably already know which friends will create the noisy table! Put their table right to the back of the reception room. The atmosphere will carry forward to your other guests and liven up your room. 3. High chairs should ideally go against a wall. It’s safer for babies not to be placed in the main thoroughfare of waiters carrying hot liquids. Plus food tends to go airborne from high chairs and no-one wants granddad slipping on a piece of stray banana!

WAISTCOATS RIDING HIGH The purpose of a waistcoat is to hide the bottom shirt buttons and the trouser belt. There’s nothing worse than seeing a smart waistcoat with a white shirt billowing out from beneath it. This is wrong and looks awful on your photographs. Whether buying or hiring a suit make sure the waistcoat sits just below the lowest part of the belt buckle to keep things looking neat and tidy. It’s important the guys remove mobile phones and wallets from their pockets when having their photos taken and of course - always check that fly is up!


Our big no-no right now is benches. Think seriously about these. They may look great on a blog post you saw but they’re simply not suitable for all guests. Here’s why... 1. Anyone with a bad back, elderly or pregnant will not appreciate sitting for two hours or more on a bench and some guests with serious back issues may flatly refuse to go through the agony. If you insist on benches have chairs in place for those needing some extra back support. 2. Manoeuvring oneself backwards off a bench without kneeing a tightly packed neighbour in the head as you struggle to get your leg over is no mean feat. Add a short tight skirt to the mix and that’s one interesting struggle not to show your knickers to the entire room. Guests will need to get cosy to leave their seat mid-meal and be adept at getting their leg over. 3. Don’t forget wheelchairs, hi-chairs and parents who want to manoeuvre buggies and bouncers between seats. A chair is simply easier.

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Here the Bride

Planning a wedding is hard work. Discover some rest and relaxation to restore your mind, body and soul at Leicestershire’s finest spa, Ragdale Hall. BY EJ WRIGHT


y the time we turned into the drive leading up to Ragdale Hall we were ready for her to fold us into her arms and say ‘there, there, we’ll make it all better’. Work had taken it out of us. We were battered and bruised, stressed with shoulders up above our ears and ready to hide ourselves away from the world albeit for just one night. We’d booked the ‘Overnight Reviver Break’ and I for one was hoping Ragdale would live up to all she promised. Could she perform a sweet miracle and help me unwind and put aside the responsibilities that awaited me beyond the gate way down

there at the end of the drive? Would it be possible for me to relax for the first time in over twelve months? Could I of all people breath out a deep sigh of ‘aaaahh’? Twenty four hours would tell. I’d taken along my husband who at first put up a fight saying spas are for ladies and it’s not quite ‘his thing’. His first priority upon arrival in the beautiful panelled reception hall was to check out the menu framed neatly outside the dining room door. Needless to say he was delighted to discover that Ragdale served ‘real food.. and there’s pudding!’ Safe in the knowledge he could maintain a salad free existence for the next two days we checked in. We were invited to make our way to Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Issue 2 Page 68

the Garden Room where we would be greeted and offered an introductory tour of all the facilities. I recommend you do this as the spa offers a wide range of activities and there’s a reason you’re given a map! Our guide was very knowledgeable and showed us everything from the boutique, Thermal Spa, The Retreat (with hammocks and beanbags for the ultimate nap), shops and dining room. We were booked in for a treatment that afternoon so it was helpful to know where to go and what to do. We decided to visit our room before lunch and drop off the bags. We were booked into a Superior Double with en-suite bathroom and a small balcony

overlooking the front of the property. We like lots of fresh air so this was a real treat but do check when you book as not all rooms have this little extra. Because of my hotel background I’m very fussy about hotel rooms. If something’s amiss I’ll usually spot it so it was lovely to walk in to a clean, bright, beautifully furnished bedroom decorated in fresh lime and raspberry colours. The bathroom was a good size and well appointed with a large mirror and excellent lighting. There was plenty of wardrobe space, tea and coffee making facilities (tick two for the husband) and a flat screen TV (tick three!). We unpacked, freshened up and headed downstairs for lunch.

We love our food, hence the love handles, and Ragdale does not disappoint. The panelled dining room is bright and airy. We were shown to a window table for two which is such a treat for us as we love to dine out but don’t get the chance very often. Crisp white linen and silverware made for a formal setting but the atmosphere was light and relaxed, mainly because most diners were wearing bathrobes and slippers. What new joy was this to dine out on super food whilst virtually in your PJs! We were still in our ‘real world’ clothing at this point but we didn’t feel left out. Indeed robed and be-slippered guests mixed happily with lycra clad gym addicts and there were Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Issue 2 Page 69

convivial ‘hello, how are you’s’ between the tables. Our waiter was smart, attentive and helpful. The service was very good and the staff were friendly without being intrusive. We had three courses for lunch served from a fabulous buffet. Plenty of fresh salads, meats, fish and seafood and a good selection of hot food including pasta and rice dishes. There was a choice of desserts too so those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed. It’s rather comforting to know the chefs have already counted the calories for you and prepared wholesome yet hearty food to tuck into and enjoy! After our lazy lunch we were starting

to unwind and returned to our room to change into our robes. I was beginning to feel well on my way to a stress free break ensconced in this hideaway from the pressures and strains of the real world. Little did I know that my husband was about to crash through my fragile window of peace and serenity. “I’ve forgotten my trunks” For the love of.... were we never to be allowed to float across these scented corridors and find some tranquillity? The beauty of Ragdale is you don’t have to pack much in the first place and yet of all the things you do need to bring, swimwear is at the top of the list. First stop then - the shop. Wall to wall items of ladies swimwear, bags, shoes and clothing and I thought all hope was lost and I would have to reclothe myself in my real world clothing and drive home to collect his wretched trunks but just like a gentle mother with calm assurance a voice said ‘we sell gentleman’s swimwear too’. I could have kissed that boutique consultant. Albeit a small selection there was indeed a corner of the boutique stocked for those gentleman who had forgotten their knicks and knacks. Ragdale had thought of everything. Whatever you’ve forgotten from your togs to your toothbrush you can purchase it here. Once kitted out in his new swim shorts we were off. It does feel a bit odd at first wandering around in your slippers but as everyone else is virtually doing the same thing the feeling soon passes. Remembering the childhood rule of ‘don’t swim after a meal’ we decided some exploring would be a good way to ease ourselves into Ragdale life. There’s a super gift shop with some really lovely gifts, jewellery and keepsakes plus the perfumery is a treat and stocks the high end brands you would expect. We visited the Retreat once more for a swing in the hammock before heading off for some serious sensory therapy. I’d been looking forward to trying out the Thermal Spa. I’m more of a spa than a spin girl so the idea of languishing in the candle pool and chilling out in the sauna was my dream come true. This area of Ragdale really is the highlight of your stay if you crave relaxation and some time out, and rightly so Ragdale are very proud of it. There are fourteen key areas of the Thermal Spa designed around your senses; heat, cold, steam,

water, dry heat, candle light and now one of my treasured spaces and one aromatherapy are all available within the to which I hope to return again soon. As soft curved walls which lead you onward for my husband? Well if I hadn’t gone to to the next luxury experience. Fountains look for him he would still be there now, and the gentle sound of the Wishing floating his cares away in the Candle Stream calm your senses and the scent of Pool. Such was his change of heart that aromatic herbs envelop you. This haven spas are not just for ladies! of rooms is true bliss. We had late afternoon appointments We descended the steps into the for facials and back massages. Floating candlelit cavern of the Candle Pool. This our way to the hushed corridors of the is a silent zone so you can float your treatment rooms we were greeted by cares away and let your mind slowly our therapists and whisked away to be unwind as you stare up at the starlit pampered. There is a wonderful aroma ceiling. Several nooks are dotted about wherever you go at Ragdale. The mix for quiet contemplation in the flickering of herbs and spices fill the air and give candlelight. a warm calming feeling that all is well In contrast the Volcanic Salt Bath is with the world. Aromatherapy at its kept at a constant temperature of 40-42 best. But it’s difficult to switch off when degrees and 100% humidity. The walls you’re trying to remember everything are black granite with a floor of black to write it all up later. Your mind wants slate. A soft blue hue is the only light and to drift off but your conscience is telling menthol is spritzed into the air together you to stay alert and take it all in. My with a 20% salt infusion to aid deeper therapist Rosie won this battle of wills. I breathing. was soon relaxed and thinking of barely The Scented Room however is anything at all as she proceeded to treat maintained at 60 degrees and quite me to a Decleor facial followed by a mesmerising as you watch the feature back massage. My only thought was how unfold. In order to ‘cleanse, detoxify, lucky we were that Ragdale was a mere purify and improve your immune and fifteen minutes from our front door; circulatory systems’, water is doused we’re virtually neighbours this idyllic onto fresh aromatic herbs that sit above a perfect place of paradise and I. And as stove. The air is thus filled with the scent I lay there being smothered in potions of lavender and jasmine. This was one of and lotions I thought I shall never be my favourite rooms and one where I felt stressed again because I can always come I could really drift off. here and they’ll make it After all this quietness, “...float your go away. After that I don’t nothing prepares you for remember much. I don’t cares away and think I nodded off but I the Cave Shower which was actually quite scary. let your mind was pretty well near it. I We walked in to the loudest slowly unwind could finally sigh ‘aaaahh’. crack of thunder as rain Our evening began as you stare up with a glass of bubbly pours down from the rocks above. Great fun but so before dinner in the at the starlit realistic you’re half terrified Garden Room. And why ceiling” you’ll be struck by lightning. not? We’d had a busy day, You must, must, must try it! hubby and me. Although Our afternoon gently passed us by we’d been told you can if you wish wear spent enjoying the Waterfall Pool, Rose your robe to dinner we decided we’d like Sauna and Colour Flow Cave. I have to get dressed and in the main so did to admit to giving the Ice Fountain most of the other guests. Once again a miss. Ice, in my world, goes into a we were seated at a table for two by our G&T. It was not meant to be rubbed all waiter. We both chose fish for our main over me. But such is the mix of sensory course - tuna for hubby and salmon environments it would be a shame for me. Both meals were delicious and to ruin your anticipation of them by served with ample vegetables. We both reducing the glorious indulgence of opted for cheese after our main meal them to mere words - there simply are and we shared a bottle of wine. Once no words really when only experience of again our waiters were very friendly and them will do for you to understand the attentive with a good understanding of sheer calming luxury of this oasis. Just the menu and swift service. The staff at to say the Thermal Spa at Ragdale Hall is Ragdale across all departments are very

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helpful and their disposition went a long way to making our stay as special as it was. After dinner we sat and people watched for an hour or so in the Garden Room. There’s a lovely atmosphere at Ragdale in the evening. Members pass you by pumped up and ready to hit the gym after the rigours of their working day whilst overnight guests float about in a more relaxed state; some heading for a late treatment, others for dinner and no doubt many for an early night. It’s hard work all this lazing about so it wasn’t long before we too decided it was time to tread the wooden hill. Tucked up in our comfy bed I fell asleep reading up on the many packages and offers available and planning our next visit. Breakfast is served in bed as though Ragdale hasn’t spoiled you enough by this point. You make your choice the day before and hand your slip in to reception. Promptly at your chosen time there’s a tap on the door and breakfast is served. I chose an orange, mango and banana smoothie and the popular Atholl Brose - toasted oats, honey, yogurt and raspberries. My other half, who was topping up on some overdue TV time, had the bacon tomato and Emmental wrap. Breakfast, although tasty, was tinged with disappointment because today was going home day. We toyed with booking in for another night but work commitments wouldn’t allow. Wishing not to waste a second of my

remaining time at Ragdale I booked in for a Hair and Scalp mini treatment in the Beauty Express which offers mini treatments at what I thought were very reasonable prices allowing you to indulge a little without breaking the bank. We considered visiting the gym but decided we needed to leave something for next time so another leisurely day was spent in the Thermal Spa. By early afternoon it was time to head for home. Ragdale Hall had indeed fulfilled all her promises to me and more and I felt refreshed and ready to take on life’s challenges once again. For those of you burned out from juggling wedding planning and work life or if you fancy a special break with your mum or a prewedding getaway with your groom then pop Ragdale Hall on your list of options. And if you want a weekend away with your closest maids then a visit to Ragdale could tick the boxes although this is not party central and there’s no dancing on the tables until dawn. But if you’re seeking some sensory indulgent ‘me’ time in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with great service and super food then Ragdale Hall could offer just the break you need. For us our break was over but thank you Ragdale Hall for our two day hug. We love you too. Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire LE14 3PB 01664 434831

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The Road To Love

Professional wedding chauffeurs Dennisson Classic Cars reveal your essential check list for a glitch free journey towards ‘I do’.

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hoosing your wedding transport requires much more than liking the colour and counting four wheels. There are many considerations to ensure your wedding gets off to a perfect start. What should I consider first? What day of the week and time are you getting married? Will you hit the school run or rush hour? Are there future road works or closures planned for your route? How many cars do we need? Twenty minutes to get bridesmaids to the venue, added time for them to get out of the car and twenty minutes to get back. That’s nearly an hour for the car to return to collect the bride. We’d recommend a maximum ten minute journey one way if you’re looking to book one car to do two journeys. If the distance is further we’d recommend hiring two cars to avoid bridesmaids waiting an hour or more for the bride’s arrival. If your budget won’t stretch to two cars then ask a friend with a saloon car that can be valeted and dressed in ribbons. How do the seating arrangements work? Ask your provider how many passengers the car will seat comfortably. Our Classic Cars seat four passengers but for the most comfort we recommend the bride travel in

the car with only one escort. Also, consider the room required for your gown – you don’t want to arrive a crumpled mess. For bridesmaids and other guests we can seat three in the rear of the car and one in the front next to our chauffeur. Is the boot big enough for all our luggage? Check the boot space if you’re planning to take extra luggage to the venue. You may need to make alternative arrangements.

‘Not all classic cars are legally allowed to transport Flower Girls and Page Boys’ Is the car suitable for Flower Girls and Page Boys? Children under a certain age are required to sit in the rear of the car with a seat belt or booster seat. It’s the law. Not all classic weddings cars are fitted with seat belts so it’s important to check before the big day! What if it rains? At Dennissons we provide enormous ivory umbrellas and ground cover to ensure the dress stays clean

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and we’re experts at helping people into and out of our cars. Ask your transport provider how what their plans are in case of rain. What about time-scales on the day? Ask your transport provider what research and planning they’ll do for your journey. We research the proposed journey and six weeks before the wedding send our couples a detailed travel plan. This is vital for Civil marriage ceremonies because Registrars can be very strict about timing. It is equally important for Church services but Vicars and Priests are a tad more lenient! Having a travel plan also helps suppliers and your bridal party know their deadlines. Should we inspect the cars before the big day? Being prepared for every eventuality is why we would advise couples to meet their wedding transport providers to ask any ‘what if ’ questions and find out exactly what the car can and cannot do. Getting to the wedding ceremony on time and in comfort is paramount so we always arrange pre-wedding meetings with our couples. It’s an opportunity to meet with us so we can all make sure we are all totally prepared. It’s one of the most important journeys you’ll ever make. Do it in style.

meet the

Jack Quenby of Jackstar Weddings, describes the latest ‘must have’ service that’s taking weddings by storm.


ello I’m Jack. I’m a Wedding Host & DJ at Jackstar Weddings. I’ve been DJing for over twelve years and worked at my first wedding almost ten years ago. Thankfully the wedding was for a family friend as although I had a pretty good idea about what music to play to fill the dance floor, I was clueless when it came to wedding traditions, etiquette and spotlight moments! Needless to say, the happy couple were thrilled by my performance but I knew deep down I could do better. Since that day all those years ago, I’ve been continually learning and developing my role as a Wedding Host. I’ve attended numerous seminars, courses and training workshops in order to refine my skills as a DJ and improve my understanding of weddings - all with the sole purpose of sharing my knowledge and experience to give the best service possible to the brides and grooms who entrust me with the most important day of their lives. If the words ‘Wedding Host’ meant nothing to you until now then you

probably didn’t know people like me existed let alone what we do. That’s because the role of Wedding Host is a relatively new addition to wedding world. In short, a Wedding Host combines the services of a DJ and Master of Ceremonies and acts as an on-the-day spokesperson for the bride and groom in a way that is less formal than a traditional toastmaster. We help you both coordinate and present your day from the ceremony right through to the end of the party. The number of DJ’s offering this service is growing, but before now options were limited. If you didn’t opt for the traditional toastmaster in a red jacket, many on-the-day duties would often be left to the best man or ushers or in some cases the venue or catering manager. No doubt you’ve been to a wedding and witnessed someone tap a glass or bang on the table and shout some kind of introduction. In the case of a venue manager, MCing is likely to be just one of the “hats” they have to wear for the day and possibly

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one of their lowest priorities. This can lead to impersonal and sometimes ineffective announcements. Similarly, although the best man or ushers are able to offer a more personal touch, unless they’re comfortable with public speaking they may lack the effective professionalism of a wedding host. Quite simply our role is to make sure you get those all important and often overlooked details right to ensure your guests have a great time. If the enjoyment of your family and friends is one of your top priorities let me give you an insight into my world. Regardless of whether you’ve thought about a DJ or Host for your big day I want you to think for a moment about

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Meet the Wedding Host - DJ, MC, Planner and Toastmaster rolled into one.

your wedding day entertainment and all the key moments that will happen throughout the day such as cutting the cake and throwing your bouquet. The decisions you make will affect how your family and friends feel from the moment your guests arrive until your guests depart. Will they laugh? Will they cry? What will they remember the most? As an example let’s consider how you’ll plan and stage your grand entrance into your wedding breakfast. This example may not be to your taste, which is fine - there’s no right or wrong way to do it and the options available to you are endless - my job is to create the mood, feeling and style that perfectly

suits your personalities. We’ll start by selecting a piece of music to which you’ll enter the room. Your choice can be anything you like. In my experience something with a good build up and lots of energy works best. Together we’ll look at the logistics leaving nothing to chance. Which entrance will you use? Are there any obstacles in your path? Next we’ll discuss the different ways and words to introduce you to your guests and finally we’ll put the timings in place. Between an assistant

and myself we’ll make sure you’re in the right place at the right time on the day as well as co-ordinating with your photographer, videographer and anyone else who needs to be involved in your big moment. Picture this key moment. You’re just outside the reception room behind the closed door. You can hear your chosen piece of music as the wedding host explains to your guests what’s about to happen and what they need to do. The track continues to build and as it reaches the crescendo the >>

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doors open and you enter to a standing ovation from your guests - the new Mr & Mrs! You may if you wish take this moment a step further and use this opportunity to introduce your entire bridal party. This is a great way of telling your guests who everyone is and what their relationship is to you. We can clip a different track for each person or include a fun fact – the possibilities are endless! This is just one of the day’s moments that we plan to ensure the key moment runs perfectly. Most importantly, no two weddings are the same. I’m continually learning and doing things in different and

exciting ways and I always look forward to hearing the ideas brides and grooms already have and helping them to make their day special and memorable. In addition to Wedding Hosts and DJs, Jackstar Weddings also offer a number of related services including starlit dance floors, backdrops, photo booths and giant L.O.V.E. letters. For your free PDF copy of “Wedding Day Secrets – facts the industry would prefer you didn’t know” email The information will help you understand how a Wedding Host can enrich your wedding day. For our full list of services please visit our website

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Live music for your wedding? DJ Paul Martyn explains why your checklist shouldn’t just be a set list.

ooking the music for your wedding can be tricky. Leaving aside the wide choice of musical styles to choose from you’d do well to think about the questions many brides and grooms never consider; will the act we’ve booked turn up? Will they be appropriately dressed? Will they have the right equipment? Will they listen to my requests and see my vision? The musician or DJ you choose shouldn’t just be a great performer. They have to be someone you can trust, rely on and a true professional. Do your homework and make the effort to check out their testimonials. How easy were they to work with; were they well presented, punctual and did

they listen to what the couple wanted? As for choosing your preferred musical style, where do you start? The music at a wedding is there to entertain you and your guests be it subtle ambiance during the pre-dinner drinks or the wedding breakfast or something to dance to during the evening. Your first consideration should be ‘who is attending?’. Most weddings have a wide range of guests from elderly relatives to very young children, so musical diversity is important if they’re all going to feel included. A professional DJ, singer or band will already have a good idea about what works and will know how to entertain most crowds effectively. Balance their experience against your own input of favourite

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tunes and your family and friends will be in for a great night. One more consideration you can’t afford to ignore is whether the venue has any restrictions. Often space and set up times are limited so be sure to check the act you book can comfortably fit in the ‘stage’ area and can be set up in reasonable time, whether it’s a DJ, solo performer or band. Most importantly be aware of sound limiters and the effect they can have on a party. Over the past few years it’s become common practice for venues to monitor sound levels or install limiters and these can be especially difficult to work with for louder acts such as bands. There is nothing worse for the energy and flow of a party than the music constantly

cutting out, so check with the venue before booking any music. If the venue has a limiter, the chances are you’re better off looking at a DJ or solo performer. If your heart is set on a live band then choose a venue without a limiter to be sure you get the best from your evening entertainment. Always talk through your ideas with any potential musician or DJ and use your gut instincts as to whether you feel they’re right for you. A good musician will guide you in the right direction while keeping your ideas in mind. Honest advice from a seasoned experienced professional is invaluable. It’s one thing to imagine how it might work and quite another once you have the perspective of someone who’s performed at hundreds of weddings. The music you choose is the soundtrack to your wedding. Your choice will hugely impact your guests’ experience if delivered with sensitivity and a real understanding of

“If your heart is set on a live band then choose a venue without a limiter” the moment. It’s essential the musician or DJ you choose cares about what they do and understands it’s all about you and tailoring the music to fit your day. Last but not least, the old adage is never more true than when it pertains to wedding entertainers . . . you get what you pay for. Be very careful. No one wants that dreaded cancellation call two days before the wedding. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t set yourself up for a fall.

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2 FLOODING Ask all, but especially waterside venues about their flooding history. Has the land ever flooded? This may sound extreme but the field out of my office window quickly transforms into a lake when it rains heavily. If the venue’s land is prone to serious flooding ask them what their Plan B is. 3 PARKING How far is the walk from the car park to the marquee? Your friends might embrace the rainy festival spirit but it’s unfair to expect elderly guests to walk long distances in the rain. No one needs granny getting pneumonia because of your poor planning! Also consider whether the car park is a hard surface or grass? Guests don’t

want to be pushing their cars out of the mud at one in the morning wearing their best outfit! Check for hard standing parking where possible. You really don’t want a mud bath to end your celebrations. 4 FLOORING If you’re having a tipi or marquee check with your provider about the type of flooring they provide. Squishing around on soggy matting is no fun. Details like this often make the difference between quotes so before you rush off to book the cheapest, compare the quote like for like. 5 BROLLIES AND WELLIES Dennisson Classic Cars pack large brollies in the boot of their cars and large ground cover mats to protect your dress when you get into or exit the car. Check with your transport provider what they provide in case of rain. Popping your wellies in the boot wouldn’t go amiss either in case of serious downpours. 6 TLC FOR GUESTS Provide large brollies for your ushers to shelter guests from the church or venue to avoid them getting drenched and sitting in wet clothes all day.  If the forecast is really bad consider buying festival ponchos for

your ushers to keep them dry if they don’t have a suitable raincoat and have some on standby too for your guests just in case. They are cheap to buy and won’t break the bank. 7 COAT RAILS Hire or buy a few coat rails and hangers to avoid dripping coats being placed over your beautiful chair covers. Ikea sell a range of affordable coat  rails although some are sturdier than others so check the reviews! A good hostess should allocate a suitable place for coats whatever the weather so  check with your venue/tent providers to see if they provide this as standard. If not, get on it and make it happen. 8 PHOTO OOOOPS If you’re booking a venue because of outdoor photo opportunities you’d do well to check inside the venue too for suitable photo spots if you can’t get outside. Speak with your photographer too and if the inside doesn’t float your boat decide if you want to risk it. 9 TOWELS For DIY outdoor weddings take spare towels to dry off garden benches and chairs when the rain stops. 10 LITTLE ONES Don’t just plan for outdoor games. Organise an indoor games table piled with board games, puzzles, crayons and toys  to keep them occupied and position it far away from the cake table - you don’t need a smashed cake to add to your rainy day! You can’t control the weather but you can plan for it so make your Plan B as much fun as your Plan A. Simply embrace the weather whatever the day throws at you. Smile, chin up and have a beautiful day. EJ x NEED ADVICE ABOUT PLANNING YOUR WEDDING? SEND US YOUR QUESTION

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1 INSURANCE You should always consider getting insurance but especially if you’re planning an outdoors wedding. If there’s a hurricane (unlikely but it has happened) your tent providers must put Health & Safety first and may not  be able to erect the structure at all! With that unlikely but all the same possible scenario in mind put insurance at the top of your list and check the small print to ensure the policy covers your needs.


with in-store Personal Stylists Gail & Tina

Kaliko £129

Gina Bacconi £250

Adrianna Papell £220


ersonal stylists can help you achieve a flattering, elegant look and a perfectly polished ensemble so you look your best on the big day. Whatever your shape the experienced in-store Personal Stylists at John Lewis Leicester, Gail and Tina, are highly trained to advise you on the best cut for your shape and colours for

“Choose colours that suit your skin tone rather than what’s in fashion. Co-ordinate elegant accessories and jewellery with smooth satin finishes and sparkling embellishments. To look your best wear styles that suit your body shape - be glamorous but stay comfortable. Colours for Spring are blues, pinks and greens with an array of floral patterns. Nautical features will appear in early Spring then we’ll move to Summer with hot colours of reds, blues and purples.”

your skin tone. Choose from three styling services depending on your needs. Style Express (60 minutes) and Style Experience (2 hours) are both complimentary. Alternatively Style Profile (£125 and redeemable against purchases of £500 or more) is a 60 minute consultation to discover your style personality. Your stylist will

discuss your lifestyle, likes and dislikes before moving on to your body shape, lines, height and proportions. A colour analysis is included and you’ll leave with your own personal style files. Stylists are also trained bra fitters and lingerie experts. To book visit or call the Personal Stylists direct on 0116 2427185.

Home Sweet Home

Debbie Eaton from John Lewis Leicester explains how the free Gift List service works for couples tying the knot When couples come in to John Lewis to register their Gift List via either booking an appointment or simply visiting us on the 3rd floor, we welcome them with a glass of bubbly or orange juice. We want all our couples to feel special so we talk them through the type of gift list they might prefer. For instance some couples choose to select items and vouchers whereas other couples prefer only vouchers if they are perhaps adding their honeymoon to the list with Kuoni. The John Lewis Gift List works as follows: Its a free service for couples and

their guests. There are no delivery charges for them or their guests. The list is open for a total of 8 weeks - 6 weeks before their wedding date and 2 weeks after. Couples have over 350,000 products to choose from plus the add on services like personal stylist, beauty houses that offer fee bridal make up workshops, wedding insurance, Waitrose cakes and entertaining. Couples can add to their list either in-store with the scanner or at home via the web site. Full details are available in store or on the John Lewis web site.

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GIFT LIST Tweedmill - Pure New Wool Picnic Blanket (Natural Check) - Amara £98 Piccolino Portable BBQ Turquoise Wilkinson £40

HOUSEPROUD Waterford Mixology Mad Men Edition Circon Decanter with Gold Band - Houseology £270

Ferm Living - Hexagon Bottle Opener - Amara £26

Boutique Hotel Wine Glass John Lewis £6.00

Tribeca Cutlery Set 16 Piece M&S £19.50

Kilner Glass Drinks Dispenser BHS £30

Large pineapple lantern by Abigail Ahern/Edition - Debenhams £28

L.O.V.E. Frame with LED Lights The Great Gift Company £70

Bloomingville - Hanging Flowerpot Brass - Amara £38

Gloster Bells Table - Aqua Houseology £408 Glass jug vase House of Fraser £25

Guaxs Glam Hurricane - Indigo/ Smoke Grey - Amara £225

Pineapple Ice Bucket John Lewis £25

Brown Leather Hanging Clock Homesense £9.99

Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Debemhams £22

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Pineapple Salad Servers Oliver Bonas £24

NOTTS ABOUT COUTURE Nottinghamshire designers VEA Designs, Elizabeth Malcolm Bridal and Boo Boo Kitty Couture put couture style within reach for Brides, Mother of the Bride and wedding guests this season. Bespoke designs make it a dream come true to find the made to measure fit and it’s never been easier to match a hat to your dress. Fascinators from £45, hats from £55, Occasion Wear from £150.

Stay Picture Perfect


our makeup needs to last longer than usual so use a primer to create a smooth base to apply foundation. Urban Decay Primer Potion for eyes prevents shadow from creasing and keeps liner in place. For the rest of the face I recommend Smash Box Primer. The wide range allows you to buy one that suits your skin type. You want to create a youthful finish. A less is more approach gives the appearance of fresh skin and avoids foundation sinking into wrinkles or looking “caked on”. I recommend Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation. Its low SPF means it won’t flash back on photos. For covering any under eye darkness try Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Concealer. Use a cream blusher to make cheeks look plump and full of moisture. Soft pinks and mauves give a pop of colour without being too bright. I recommend Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Cheeks and Lips. If you prefer powder blush try Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush for a similar effect. For eyeshadow choose a colour that compliments your eye colour teamed with a pencil liner to define your eyes

Whether Mother of the Bride or wedding guest, Professional Make Up Artist Amy L Wilkinson reveals her top tips to ensure your makeup survives the length and emotion of the big day.

as its much softer than a gel liner. I recommend eyeshadows from Urban Decay for long lasting, high pigmented shadows and MAC for eyeliners (their ‘Coffee’ liner is the best brown around). Finally open up those eyes by softly brushing a matching brow powder through your eye brows. I recommend MUA Eye Brow Kit. You know you’re going to cry so avoid panda eyes by wearing false lashes and avoid mascara. I recommend Eylure Lashes. These best selling lashes last all day and offer a wide choice to suit you. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing false lashes then add a waterproof top coat to your usual mascara. I recommend Bare Minerals Locked Waterproof Top Coat. The right lipstick makes your complexion sing. Matching your

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lipstick to your blusher is a great starting point and stick to matt or satin finishes as they tend to last longer. I recommend Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy - its long lasting and releases moisture to keep lips hydrated. Finally set your makeup in place. Use a loose powder down the centre of your face to reduce shine and spray your face with a makeup setting spray to keep makeup in place and hydrated. I recommend Bobbi Brown Loose powder and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. Photographed by Luna Photography Hats & fascinators - VEA Designs Occasion Wear - Boo Boo Kitty Couture Make Up - Amy L Wilkinson MUA Hair - Kay Rhodes Bridal Hair

Something New Personalised Wedding Venue Portraits by Su Thompson Designs

John Lewis Leicester is No.1 For Gift List Services Create a wedding day keepsake with these hand drawn images with a modern twist. Framed in either an oak or white frame they feature your church, wedding venue and even your honeymoon location plus your names and wedding date. Choose your combination of images or incorporate a theme from your day. Drawings can be completed in advance of your wedding making them the perfect present for either yourselves or someone special. Choose from a selection of design options with prices ranging from £50 to £80.

Pink Confetti wins 5* Customer Service Award Image: Joanne Withers Photography

John Lewis Leicester have been named number one branch for Gift List registrations across the division. Debbie Eaton is the Gift List Champion at the Leicester store and works closely with a great team in the Customer Services department. The success of the service is a team effort and the amazing results speak volumes. The team are dedicated to delivering excellent service, expert knowledge and personal interaction and work closely with couples to support the creation of their list. Success is also due to the Gift List being supported throughout the store by Gift List Ambassadors. The award is a true reflection of the team’s hard work and dedication. John Lewis Gift List Teams regularly attend Wedding Fairs and work closely with organizers, suppliers and representatives building good relationships with all parties involved. Attending the wedding fairs is an excellent way for customers to be introduced to the Gift List and learn more about our brands, products and services. Pop in to John Lewis Leicester and speak to our Customer Services team on the 3rd floor for more information, or call 0116 2425777 to book an appointment.

Bubbly On Tap - It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This! Good news for Prosecco lovers. Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire now have Prosecco on tap - yes you heard correctly. The new set up is now installed (personally we think we should trial it out for them) so if you love your fizz you better add this venue to your ‘must see’ list.

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Broughton Astley Bridal Boutique, Pink Confetti, continue to add to their ever increasing accolades by being awarded the 5* Customer Service Award for the Midlands region by Guides for Brides. “It’s amazing our little boutique has received this fantastic award” said owner Leigh Yates, “especially when up against all wedding suppliers across the whole of the Midlands! We’re truly delighted, as offering great customer service was our main aim when we opened almost 5 years ago!”

NEW Rose Garden at Norwood Park now licensed for Civil Ceremonies Norwood Park is delighted to announce the opening of a stunning outdoor Georgian Gazebo, which is now registered for Civil Ceremonies in the beautiful gardens. Couples wanting to tie the knot outdoors will enjoy sweeping views across the lawns down to the lake. For details call Norwood Park on 01636 815649 or visit the website SPRING WEDDING FAIR SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2016

Unique Styling & Prop Hire by Nerissa Eve Weddings If you’re searching for unique ideas for your wedding then a visit to the website of Nerissa Eve Weddings is a must. You’ll discover a world of beautiful bespoke props, decorations, furniture and favour ideas to either purchase or hire, many of which can be personalised just for you. Whatever your theme, you’ll be spoiled by the range of ideas available and if you don’t see the exact thing you’re looking for you’ll be pleased to know they make and create items to order! 07732 315011

Willowby by Watters Arriving Soon At Dress Me Pretty Bridal, Hinckley

Extra Special Fresh Locally Grown Wedding Confetti After 2 years searching for the perfect collections, Stella York and Justin Alexander were added to Dress Me Pretty bridal boutique in January this year. Hot on their heels comes the announcement that DMP will also be stocking Willowby by Watters. “I’m so excited every time I see these labels, I just knew they were what we were searching for” said owner Amy Mann. Our collections are truly stunning and start from £599 up to £1800. We are really proud when customers tell us how lovely and welcoming the boutique is. Most customers come from recommendations and we couldn’t ask for more than that!!” 01455 610013

If you want to be showered in something truly special after you’ve said ‘I do’ {and why wouldn’t you?} choose instead the most beautiful locally grown, fresh confetti, harvested with love from the 23 acre farm in North Warwickshire that our latest recommended supplier calls home. Lillian Sykes, owner of Confetti Petals, lives life among the delphiniums. There are no cows on her farm. Just shades of pink, blue and lilac and patches of wild flowers which she picks to create a palette of colours to match your theme. Hand picked and dried naturally in the confetti barn, this is 100% biodegradable and 100% awesomely pretty confetti which can be ordered on its own or with a choice of cones, bags or boxes to suit your preference.

D’Zage Bridal Collection Comes To Brides Of Ashby

A new collection is due to hit the rails at Brides of Ashby boutique, Ashby De La Zouch. D’Zage Bridal is the newest label to arrive. ‘We’re very excited about the new collection” said owner Nicola Hunt. “We know it will be a fabulous addition to our already popular collections”



Call Lillian on 01827 875902 and QUOTE BUCKINGHAMS when you book to get a FREE LITRE OF CONFETTI when you spend £100 or more.

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Brides of Ashby 01530 417516

Dancefloors, DJs & Events 0116 348 0146

Alison Jenner Bridal Hair 07775 662941

On Days Like These 0116 239 2948

Cicily Bridal 01530 587336

Jackstar Weddings 01509 502349



Dress Me Pretty Bridal 01455 610013

Paul Martyn 0845 226 0080

Amy L Wilkinson MUA 07854 247416

Geoff Harris 07753 638427 TRANSPORT

Noble & Wright Atelier 0116 270 8668


Blushing Orchid MakeUp Artist 07738 161978

Paul Martyn 0845 226 0080

Rochelle O’Brien MUA 07590 545267

Royal Flush Casino 0116 236 4481

Sharon Oldham Skinsense 07920 795330

Leicester Marriott 0116 282 0100

Soraya Vermeulen, harpist 07732 385834


Norwood Park 01636 815649

Pink Confetti 01455 283311 RS Bridal Collection 01664 668076 CAKES Clare’s Cakes 07534 411929 Helen Alborn Cakes 07506 344376

FAVOURS Maison Des Macarons 07855 417931

Jackstar Weddings 07810 894840 PHOTOGRAPHY


Folega Photography 07791 675246

The Abigail Bloom Cake Company 0207 278 0835

Flowers by Philippa 07868 317724

Hector Photography 07949 915577

The Cake Story 01636 636021

Julia Dilworth Florals 07754 007122

Geoff Kirby Photography weddingphotographernottingham. 07793 110297

Victoria’s Cake Company 07885 522681

Mrs Umbels 07789 986558


Zinc Floral Design 0115 958 5775

Dimblebee Catering Company 07811 232801 Little Robin’s Cottage 07739 074654

Ian Bursill Photography 07881 438911

GIFT LIST John Lewis Department Stores Leicester 0116 242 5777 nottingham 0115 941 8282

Mambo Mobile Bars 0845 056 3953


Whites Fine Food 01636 610502

Christopher Scotney 0116 254 3957

Oehlers Photography 0115 973 6598 Samantha Hook Photography 01636 673800


Prestwold Hall 01509 880236 VENUE STYLING/ PROP HIRE Honeybees Vintage Teas 07743 067647 Little Robin’s Cottage 07739 074654 Nerissa Eve Weddings 01858 419544 VIDEOGRAPHY Perfect Moment Films 07817 238059 WEDDING CONSULTANTS, SUPPLIER & VENUE SEARCH SERVICES Buckinghams Wedding Magazine 0116 236 4849

Sarah Brooks Photography 07427 199711


Sarah Salotti Photography 07505 114372

On Days Like These 0116 239 2948

Steve Walton Photography 0116 299 4901

CONFETTI Confetti Petals 01827 875902

Mirror Imaging Photography 07968 159465

Dennisson Classic Cars 01159 550129

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Although great care is taken to check all businesses in our directory you are strongly advised to obtain references and make your own checks as to the suitability of suppliers and venues. Buckinghams are not liable for any loss or damage howsoever caused by your engagement of a supplier(s) or venue(s) found in our magazine, at our wedding shows or on our website.

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