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Suzanne Neville talks exclusively to Buckinghams

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elcome to the third issue of Buckinghams Wedding Magazine. We’ve got some fabulous wedding venues lined up for you this wedding fair season and on into Spring 2017 so make sure you pre-register online to grab one of our VIP Gift Bags when you arrive! We’ve hidden some gorgeous beauty products by NEXT in our VIP Bags so don’t miss getting your hands on one. (Wedding Fair Diary page 80) You’ll find three fabulous real weddings inside this issue, each one packed with the WOW factor. We guarantee you’ll be inspired! Plus check out our beautiful photo shoot ‘The Dream Within’ (pages 47-53) and hop on over to our website to watch the full film at buckinghamsonline.com/dream-within. If you’re thinking wedding photography our recommended photographer Ian Bursill explains all you need to know about ‘documentary’ style wedding photography (page 62) plus our wedding flower experts Zinc Floral Design (page 59) and Flowers by Philippa (page 61) have the answers to your flowery questions. It’s all about what’s trending and grabbing yourself some special offers in the Something New section (pages 72-77) where Helen Alborn Cakes tells you what not to put on your wedding cake! Don’t forget Buckinghams offer all our readers a FREE Supplier Check service so pick up the phone and let us date check suppliers against your wedding date plus you’ll find a wide range of great suppliers in our Wedding Supplier Directory (page 82) - just remember to say ‘Buckinghams’ when you get in touch to claim any exclusive offers they might be running for our readers. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together for you and we look forward to meeting you at Buckinghams wedding fairs! EJ x

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Becky & Colin planned an exotic vibe for their wedding, bursting with colour and wall-to-wall quirkiness at Priory House, Long Bennington.

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e met through work and a shared love of theatre. Colin proposed on the third anniversary of our first date after Becky returned from six months working away. He’d secretly bought a ring in York five months earlier after Becky admired it in passing. The most important thing for us was having a venue that was ours for the day, had something distinctive about it and wasn’t corporate. The price you pay for that is having more responsibility and work. Our ceremony was in the venue conservatory with palm trees! They’d never used that room for the ceremony before but it was great for us because it

looked out onto the garden - it’s always worth asking about a change to routine if you want it! We were played in by our friend Hannah on the organ (Faure’s Pavanne); had readings from Colin’s children and our friend Beth Shouler (Roald Dahl and Phillip Pullman respectively); we wrote our own vows. We picked female friends and our mothers as witnesses to make sure our mothers’ names were on the wedding certificate. Everyone was given confetti and both of us, along with our wedding party, danced out into the garden to Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”. Becky’s dress was a 20’s influenced beaded column gown with a long train by “Art Couture” and the boutique she

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“We were also worried the enormous barrel of real ale we inadvertently ordered wouldn’t get drunk. It was gone by ten!”

bought it from said no one had ever bought that one before. It came in a shorter length but still not short enough to stop Becky having to wear platforms. Ideas of beautiful shoes went out of the window - five inch wedges from River Island saved the day and kept her dancing all night!. If we’d been able to get people out there we would have got married on top of a Riad in Marrakesh. That thought led us to try and suggest the feel of a slightly vintage Foreign Correspondents Club abroad (we’re both journalists). We were hugely helped by the already exotic garden and all the “treasures” the venue owners had brought from travelling. Even better, the house was once owned by a famous Victorian adventurer. There was a 20’s rose motif on the dress which influenced both the flowers and the custom designed ties for the men. Once we had all that, it was easy to choose the meal: Moroccan tagines, couscous and salad which the guests served themselves. Old fashioned Eton Mess and Tarte au Citron for dessert. The venue was unlike anything else we’d seen in our preferred location. It was flexible but also had a unique feel; mannequins with the owner’s dress designs on; dramatic shell mirrors; cabinets full of old fashioned toys and the beautiful garden was a massive selling point. It was competitively priced and we liked being able to bring in our own suppliers. It did mean more to think about but we loved the free rein. We chose suppliers through word of mouth, friends or by poaching them from other venues. Everyone worked hard to get us what we wanted which was great. We were most worried about making things run smoothly on the day because so much was down to us. In the end we decided to hire wedding planner Carly Carpenter as an on-theday manager and she did an amazing job. Well worth her fee. We were also worried the enormous barrel of real ale we inadvertently ordered wouldn’t get drunk. It was gone by ten! The worst thing that happened was the Prosecco being put out for the toasts rather than the Champagne. Bright side: no one complained and we ended up with loads of nice Champagne. Our favourite memories are: the first kiss; stepping away to take a breath before dancing into the garden; having

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CREDITS Venue Priory House, Long Bennington Catering Gail Dandy (Southwell) Photography Geoff Kirby Photography Dress Art Couture, Beau Belles (Borrowash) Groom’s suit Hugo Boss Groom’s shoes Paul Smith Bridesmaid dresses Virgos Lounge from Asos and Monsoon Groomsmen’s ties Jill Ireland, Covent Garden Makeup Carolyn Deacock Flowers The Flower Shop, Bestow Music Romance in Durango (Fizz and Photographs) Maniere des Bohemiens (Reception) DJ Our colleague Kevin Stanley Rings Excel Jewellers, Nottingham Cake Paul Nicholas (Bride’s uncle) .....

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photos in front of the ruined gypsy caravan; dancing with each other, and then all our friends, to our favourite gypsy jazz band. The children actually told us their favourite part was the speeches! We enjoyed writing the vows and choosing the readings and we both made speeches which just felt “right”. Colin’s best friend in Nottingham is a woman so she and one of his brothers shared “Best Man” duties. That really worked too. His other brother was MC. Relatives flew in from the USA and people came from all over the UK which made us feel very special. We put off the “big” honeymoon to Cambodia for a few months. The idea of planning both a major trip and a wedding at the same time seemed crazy to us. Instead we set off for a lazy few days on Lindisfarne and the Northumbria Coast. Highly recommended. Our Top Tips for Brides: Lists. And more lists. And then some more lists! Tasks split in time to make them manageable and a broken-down budget to keep spending in check. Accept offers of help from family and friends. Choose a vibe, not a theme. If you have a feel in mind it’ll make you creative and choices actually become easier. And don’t worry about people judging your choices - if you’re having fun everyone else will too. Ultimately everyone loved the eccentricity of our venue. Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 27

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Rachel & David’s boot-iful wedding, filled with bright bold flowers and styled around a festival theme at The Carriage Hall, Plumtree. “We met at a work conference” revealed Rachel. “We were put into a team to build our own go-kart after which we carried on playing wifi games! Two key elements were involved - fun and alcohol. We then kept meeting at London functions and finally got together six months later. It was a bit of a whirlwind secret work romance. We moved in together, fell pregnant, bought a house, had Harry, got married. We are now a family of 5 with Dave’s two other children Holly and James. 0-5 of us in just 2 years. I was a bit of a party person so I think we’ve surprised a lot of our friends and family. Our engagement was interesting to say the least! We went for a three day break to Sicily and got car jacked! Luckily only a bag was stolen but it was pretty scary.

The following day Dave took me to the top of Mount Etna, once again venturing out in the car, and then on to a cable car pulling a seven month pregnant woman almost to the top of the mountain. He proposed to me in the cold snow. He was really nervous as I was still a bit shaken up from the previous day and the last thing he wanted was an early baby being born on a mountain! I of course said yes and immediately asked “You did ask my Dad didn’t you?” which he in turn answered ‘no!’ so I made him call my Dad there and then. Dad was pretty surprised because he thought we were in London! Once we had decided on our theme, booked the church and booked the venue we found the rest of the planning quite easy. The hardest bit was deciding Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 30


where to get married. In the end we opted with my home town of Nottingham and the village of Keyworth. We were lucky to have so many talented friends who became part of our supplier list. It meant we didn’t really have to worry about sourcing suppliers. We did have bits and pieces planned but really we only started putting everything together in the last three weeks which I think stressed others out more than Dave and I. When we decided to make the wedding local it helped with friends offering to make things like a wedding tree and sourcing babysitting which we could use at my parents’ house. Once we knew the children would be looked after by family and friends it removed any worry out of the day, well, apart from every bride’s worry about the possibility of rain. Both Dave and I love music so we tried for Glastonbury tickets last October. We decided if we were lucky enough to get tickets we’d have to get married. We got tickets! We got married! To ensure Glastonbury was our honeymoon in June we had to get married in May. For Christmas presents, many of my friends got flight tickets to my hen do! Twenty seven of us in Madrid in April! The Carriage Hall was the first venue we looked at and we both loved it. They were able to accommodate everything Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 31

we wanted to make our day special. We also liked the fact it had a chill out area upstairs and plenty of outdoor space. Melanie was very helpful and patient with our relaxed approach of ‘last minute’ planning. I think we only organised the flowers about three weeks before! She was also really on board to help with our theme and we had so many compliments on how unique our venue was; all our guests loved it. We chose Kir Royal for our reception drinks served with a selection of canapes including mini chicken Caesar salads, chorizo & prawn skewer, rosemary & garlic marinade, halloumi fritters with harissa mayonnaise. For our wedding breakfast we served crisp goats cheese ravioli with sweet pepper sauce and fried basil followed by roast loin of pork with duck fat roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing, green beans, cider cream sauce and crackling. For dessert there was white chocolate & raspberry crème brûlée served with a Carriage Hall cookie. We were toasted with Prosecco. The most memorable part of the day for Dave was when I got teary in church whilst saying ‘I do’. Getting married was so amazing! But in truth there were so many memorable moments. Having our own Keyworth connection bus with our names on display; throwing my bouquet;


the Mexican wave before the speeches and the speeches with xylobands. Plus Tony’s drawings; Dave singing to me impromptu; shots at 4.30; the photo booth; cutting the cake; the first dance with an amazing band; pizza with everything hot on it! In hindsight there are a few things we would do differently. Remembering to get buttonholes for the groom’s parents is one. Luckily we had a local florist and they quickly made some up for us. That could have been a disaster. Also we both wish we had video recorded the

speeches as they were so good, funny and entertaining and everyone used colours in the speeches so we could use the xylobands. We went to Glastonbury for our honeymoon and to Bishopstow Hotel and Spa for one night without mud although we did revceive a free mud treatment! There was no escape which was quite funny. We are planning on getting away later in the year for another break without mud. The funniest moment of the day has to be Dave singing to me and forgetting the words. It wasn’t planned and quite impromptu. That or me being twirled around on the dance floor so much I fell over in the first dance. Luckily the only other thing that went wrong was the bouquet throw. My advice - avoid hitting your friend! My top tips for brides-to-be are try to work to a budget and ask for discount. Pick your bridesmaids wisely so they can help you and keep you calm, especially the day

before. Think about what professions your friends do. Can anyone help you or share advice? We used the ushers to do most of our driving on the day including collecting Holly and bringing her to Mamas Inn where I stayed the night before with my three bridesmaids. I’d also suggest planning pieces of your wedding in small chunks. It’s a good idea to pick a theme and stick to it but don’t go overboard. One of the best things is to get a photographer you feel happy with. We were so lucky to get Chris Snowden.

CREDITS Photographer........Chris Snowden Photography csweddingphotographer.com Venue..............The Carriage Hall, Plumtree, Notts thecarriagehall.co.uk Wedding Dress.....................................................................True Brides Wedding Cake........................................Cobi & Coco Cakes Florist...........................................................Flowers on Main Street Groom’s Wear.........................Ted Baker at Moss Bros. Stationery........................................................Couples own design


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e met on 30th March 2011. My parents bought the company Michael had been working for since he was 16 years old. I rang TMS and was put through to Michael and asked him to come to our office so we could discuss what we needed to work on. As I sat in the office I looked out of the window and saw a man run round the corner and head for the reception which is across the yard. I went downstairs and shouted him over. I was walking around with no shoes on and he was so hot from running - not the most romantic of first meetings! Michael, my mum and I had our meeting in which Michael sweated the whole way through! I can’t say for a moment I ever thought I would eventually marry him! The proposal wasn’t romantic in the slightest either. One of our businesses is a town centre bar and I was working there one Friday night covering for the Manager. I checked my phone and had a message saying ‘shall we get married’? I thought he was joking so didn’t really take much notice. The week after we had arranged to go to Whitby with some friends for the weekend. We walked around Whitby and Michael suggested looking in a jewellers shop. He bought me a vintage engagement ring and said we should make it official. We’d booked the Monday off work but when Monday morning arrived Michael and I went to work and Michael went to see my Dad to ask for his permission. He knew he’d done it the wrong way round but still wanted to make sure it was ok with him! Planning our wedding was very daunting at first. I went to my first wedding fair with my parents as Michael was working away. I was so overwhelmed with everything I panicked. I decided I needed to take my time and think about what we wanted and what suited us best. I wanted to take one thing at a time so my mum advised us to pick a venue first as that may influence other things. Once we’d picked our venue everything else just seemed to follow, with a tremendous amount of help from Belvoir Castle and Jane in particular. My mum was a massive help - she and my Matron of Honor did a great job of organising me!


Choosing Belvoir led us in the direction of a vintage styled wedding. Belvoir Castle was our inspiration. I had never wanted a contemporary style wedding and wasn’t really sure what I wanted until we saw the castle. Then it seemed to fall into place. Even the colours were dictated by the castle as we wanted everything to be in keeping with the decor and surroundings. I’d been adamant I wasn’t having pink but of course I ended up with vintage pinks! I think you have to open up your mind to all possibilities when planning your wedding. You can’t close anything off as it may work in the end. For example with dresses. I tried on forty-six! My mum made me try every style, shape and colour just so I knew for definite what I wanted. Hopefully you should only get married once so why not try them all on! We fell totally in love with Belvoir. The whole castle is so beautiful with its amazing views. For us it was ‘real’ whereas so many of the other venues we looked at seemed to be trying to be something they weren’t. On the evening of our rehearsal, it was the first time the rest of the bridal party had seen the castle. They all said they were completely overwhelmed. My Matron of Honour was in tears as she got out of her car! We also realised how privileged we were to have been able to get married in such a special place. Whenever we drive down the A1 now and see the castle in the distance I look at it in wonder that we actually had our wedding in that amazingly beautiful place. During the drinks reception we served canapés: pressed ham hock, duck liver and pickled carrot, queenie scallops,

celeriac and apple, tea smoked chicken, and njuda crispy onions and soft boiled quail egg, crispy leeks and smoked salt. For the Wedding Breakfast we served chicken liver parfait for our first course with spiced fruit jam and brioche and for the vegetarians we chose assiette of English summer vegetables and soft boiled Quail’s egg. We both love chicken liver parfait and always choose it when it is on the menu. For our main course we served braised beef cheek, pancetta dauphinoise and purple sprouting broccoli, and for the vegetarian option we chose hay baked artichoke, warm beetroot salad and butternut puree. For dessert we chose a trio of desserts with blueberry and white chocolate brulee, plum bakewell and cherry and vanilla parfait. The children had their own table where they could make their own pizza for their main course and for dessert they had knickerbocker glory. To drink we chose Prosecco and for the children and those not drinking alcohol we served Belvoir Pressé. In the evening we had a sharing table which included meat, fish, breads, salads and all the relevant accompaniments plus a large cheese cake with a selection of cheeses from Marks & Spencer. I don’t think we can choose a most memorable part of the day as it was all so great. The weather was perfect; blue skies which looked brilliant against the yellow stone of the castle. For me, getting ready in the King’s Rooms was special. My Matron of Honour stayed with me at my parents’ house the night before and we travelled the forty minutes to Belvoir after breakfast; my brother had picked up the other bridesmaids. I do remember waking up and she was looking at me, a massive smile on her face and excited. Then over breakfast I gave my parents the thank you gifts I’d bought them. My mum, a locket with a message engraved on it and inside a photo of the two of us on my hen night, and my dad, a pocket watch with an engraving. That was quite emotional. I loved the excitement of arriving and heading to the rooms where the dresses were waiting for us. From my vantage point I was able to watch people arriving; sat in the window with a glass of prosecco watching them all was lovely. I had my three best friends and their


daughters as bridesmaids and flower girls along with my husband’s niece, so it was quite a busy morning. I thought I would be so nervous but everything was very calm and organised. Probably a little too laid back! If I was to do anything differently I would probably make sure I was ready earlier. Everything was so relaxed I hadn’t realised the time and Rochelle my make-up artist was saying I should really get into my dress! If I had been ready earlier I could have taken my time savouring being in my dress. It may seem like you have plenty of time but all of a sudden it’s ten past two and you’re ten minutes late! The funniest moment of the day was when we knelt at the altar in the chapel. Michael had stickers made for the soles

of his shoes with our TMS Company logo as there were quite a few of our work colleagues there. Everyone found that amusing. My dad was quite jubilant in saying ‘I do’ when the question was asked ‘who gives this woman’ and one of my husband’s best men was slightly choked at the beginning of his speech which amused us all and was very sweet. Whilst we were saying our vows I became a bit emotional and had to stop for a minute to collect myself. Michael had the tissues ready for me in his pocket! All our friends know I cry a lot so I don’t think it came as a surprise to anyone. In fact I think they were expecting it! In all honesty I can’t think of anything that went wrong. The whole day flowed

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and was so perfect even down to the weather. The day before and day after it was quite cold and rained a little but the wedding day itself was perfect, all blue skies, sun and warm. I think the fact Belvoir Castle are so professional in all their planning stopped anything from going wrong, or if it did, I certainly didn’t know about it. It all went perfectly and they handled everything. Everyone was where they needed to be and Jane liaised with all the suppliers so they did what they were supposed to do at the times they were supposed to do it. I’m sure the castle team were doing a lot of running around behind the scenes making sure the day was exactly as it needed to be for us, our family and our friends.


My first piece of advice for Brides-ToBe is to take in every moment; from start to end. Every moment of your wedding planning right up until the big day will all go towards the memories you have of your wedding. Enjoy and appreciate every step, from your first venue viewing to the last drink on your wedding night. It isn’t just the wedding day itself which makes your memories, it’s food tasting, engagement shoots, listening to bands, dress fittings, days shopping with your bridesmaids. One of my fondest memories is the day before the wedding. Just me and my mum, collecting my dress and taking it to the castle and going for lunch. It was such a special day; I wish I’d known it at the time. It was my mum, the day before my wedding, who gave me this advice. We were dropping my wedding dress off at the castle and were in the King’s Rooms with Jane. Mum stopped me and told me to take it all in, each and every moment as these moments make your memories. She was so right. I remember standing at the altar (a moment caught on our video by Perfect Moment Films), while everyone was singing ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’ and I stopped singing to just listen to the choir. I turned and looked at all our guests who were smiling back at me and I stopped Michael from singing and urged him to do the same. I could hear my mum telling me “take it all in” and that’s just what I wanted to do; just to take a moment and think to myself ‘this is MY wedding’. The day goes so fast and hopefully you’ll never do it again, so you both need to make time to take it all in. Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 38

Meeting Rachael and Ian Connerton our photographers and getting to know them; that was also so important. Get to know your photographer(s). They will be with you for the whole day from start to finish. The more you know each other and are comfortable around each other, they become part of your day rather than people on the sidelines taking pictures. They became friends. I relied a lot on Rachael that day to help me along as she was always with me. The relationship between us must have been quite evident as others were asking Rachael to ask me about things! So many people complimented Rachael and Ian saying how outstanding they were and how they were very much part of the wedding. Through the planning of our wedding I would like to think we made three new friends, Jane from Belvoir Castle who helped us so much with the planning and on the day and Rachael and Ian Connerton, who were just fantastic, we couldn’t have asked for more from them.   After the wedding we spent an afternoon with Rachael and Ian viewing our photos. It was lovely as they provided nibbles and refreshments for us too. It was another memory for us as we were able to relive the day with them and my parents. Then we picked our album cover and the photos we wanted in the album. Rachael even hand delivered the album to our house which is about an hour away from hers - along with some cakes!   If you have the right people around you (which we were so lucky to have), it makes so much difference. We are very lucky to have had some amazing people involved in our wedding, especially my mum and dad who made it all possible and have always supported us. We flew to Barbados for our honeymoon on the Monday morning after the wedding. We weren’t too impressed when we came back to a house decorated in toilet roll and covered in rice!


CREDITS Venue Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire Photographer Rachael Connerton Photography Videographer Perfect Moment Films Harpist Soraya Vermeulen Caterers Stones Events Hair Katherines Creations, Retford Make up Rochelle O’Brien MUA Florist Zinnia, Bingham Wedding Dress Grace Couture, Nottingham Cake...................................Swoon Bakery, Retford Suits CW Waddington Ltd, Worksop Bridesmaid Dresses Celebrations of Bawtry Stationery Whartons Ltd, Retford ......................

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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.

All inclusive 2017 Wedding Reception for an amazing £5,995* For weddings held in January - March and November plus selected dates throughout the year for up to 50 day guests and 50 extra evening guests. Further guests can be catered for at an additional cost and we will be delighted to discuss this with you. *T&Cs apply


Norwood Park, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PF Tel: +44 (0)1636 815 649 events@norwoodpark.co.uk www.norwoodpark.co.uk


THE DESIGNER LIFE:

suzanne neville

Known as one of Europe’s leading designers of bridal and evening wear, award winning British designer Suzanne Neville is celebrating her 25th Anniversary. Her stunning gowns have been worn by Tess Daly and Elle Macpherson to name a few but now, talking exclusively to Buckinghams, ‘Nevsie’ talks about her life, likes, dislikes, penchant for Diet Coke and face-timing with Kate Winslet. It’s all in a days work.


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uzanne, tell us something about your background. How did you get started in the wedding dress business? I began making wedding dresses for friends whilst studying at the London College of Fashion and it just grew from there. I started the business with a Princes Trust grant. It’s what I’d

always wanted to do and it’s hard to believe it’s 25 years ago now. There are never enough hours in the day to get as much done as I would like because it’s always so busy. Creating patterns is my biggest passion and seeing brides on their big day. Does the responsibility of your business ever scare you?  It doesn’t scare me but I am aware of the huge responsibility it holds. It’s a real honour to dress so many brides for the most important day of their lives. How do you start your day? I start my day with a coffee and a bowl of Granola.

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I’m a morning person so I’m often up at 5am and find it hard to stay up past 10pm!! What do you do to unwind?  I don’t really unwind. I’m a bit of a workaholic but I do have the odd glass of fizz. Champagne is my favourite tipple. Favourite meal?  A beautifully cooked lemon sole is my fave. Favourite colour? Black. It’s pretty much all I wear. Favourite mug? My Cath Kidson giant mug. Pet hate?  Things that don’t line up straight - I’m a bit of a perfectionist.


Available in 50ml for ÂŁ55 To order, call the Knightsbridge store on 0207 823 9107 or email info@suzanneneville.com


Are you a dogs or cats person? Cats! I have 4! They’re my favourite animal! Who is your favourite Avenger? Is Iron Man an Avenger? If so him - I love Robert Downey Jr. Do you have a nickname? My business partner calls me Nevsie! Favourite holiday destination? Italy, New York, anywhere I can enjoy a short break.  Favourite biscuit? A bourbon. Favourite shoes? My Valentino’s! Favourite author? I don’t have time to read! Which is your favourite Quality Street?  The green triangle. 

What do you want for Christmas this year? Another diamond encrusted ring (I don’t ask for much!) What is your proudest moment? Having my children. What’s your favourite memory from your wedding? The vows, It was such a romantic moment. I had a winter wedding at Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey, and the setting made the whole experience even

“ ...I can follow a recipe but I’m no Nigella!” Coke or Pepsi? Diet coke; I’m a little obsessed. Do you like Marmite? I love it! Can you cook and if so what’s your speciality? I can follow a recipe but I’m no Nigella. Most famous person you’ve ever met? I’ve met many celebrities but the only time I felt starstruck was when I was on face-time with Kate Winslet during a fitting.  Secret crush? Aiden Turner of course! If you could invite four people to dinner who would they be? Valentino, Joanna Lumley, Graham Norton and Prince Harry.  Favourite room in your house and why? My bedroom because I love sleeping. What colour is your kitchen?   It’s neutral. Favourite household appliance? My Nespresso machine.  Are you a gardener? No but I have a wonderful gardener! I love it because she plants all sorts of beautiful flowers and it’s a lovely surprise when they flower. Can you keep a houseplant alive for more than a month? Nope - that’s why I need a gardener!

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more memorable. If you weren’t doing what you do now what would you be doing? I can’t imagine anything else. It would need to be fashion related. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I would be taller. How would you like to be remembered? For making lots of people happy.

Previous page: Angelico from £3325 Right: Rene from £2595


Suzanne Neville

Portrait Collection 2017

British Bridal Designer Suzanne Neville showcased her 25th Anniversary Portrait Collection with an exclusive event at HM Tower of London. The 2017 Portrait Collection has an eclectic mix of styles, fabrics, and silhouettes, with over forty incredible new bridal gowns in a collection as diverse as it is unique. Soft mikados, taffeta and beaded fabrics, combined with original pattern work, gives each dress its very own individual identity, shown together in a breathtaking collection. Suzanne commented: “Even after 25 years, I have enjoyed designing this collection the most. There really is a dress for every bride, whether a very British classic look or more of an international look which is more revealing and influences the brides to be more adventurous. This has given me a lot more freedom to design and be even more creative this year. Girls are all wanting that something ‘different’ which means it is now very hard to predict which dress will be the most popular. I’ve spent months designing exquisite embroidery and searching for the right lace from the best mills in the world. The Portrait Collection has a strong theme running through the fabrics, with a slightly baroque feel. The stunning damask fabrics fuse into the filigree lines of portrait frames and galleries. This is the biggest collection I have ever created and I could have kept going! Each dress has been carefully thought out and designed specifically to flatter the figure.” View the full collection at suzanneneville.com Top Left: Blue Rembrandt from £6500, Top Right: Camille from £2150 Bottom Right: Matisse from £3375

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A beautiful collaborative film and photo shoot produced by Perfect Moment Films and Buckinghams Wedding Magazine


From top left: Flowers, buttonhole & bouquet by VAAS, Table styling, glass vases & table decor hire by Nerissa Eve Weddings, Groomswear by Christopher Scotney, Dress by Ian Stuart Bride, Hair by Alison Jenner Hair, Make Up by Rochelle O’Brien, Table Plan, Numbers & Menus by Orange Blossom Design, Candles & Votives by Nerissa Eve Weddings, Venue, Prestwold Hall Leicestershire - Wedding Fair Sun 9th October 2016


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Macaron Wedding Favours by Maison des Macarons. Groomswear by Christopher Scotney, Blossom Trees & Blossom Arch by More Weddings

he Dream Within was filmed on location at Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire; a collaborative film and photo shoot featuring suppliers from Buckinghams exclusive supplier list and local wedding businesses from across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The project began in Leicester over a networking dinner at Frankie & Bennie’s between Chris Buckley at Perfect Moment Films and our editor, EJ Wright. Both had creative projects rattling around in their heads and a chance conversation revealed a shared goal. A pen and two paper napkins later and between them they’d worked out the outline to a wedding shoot with a difference; not only photography but videography to tell a fictional story and create a vehicle to bring to the fore the talents of some of the region’s best wedding suppliers. Written, directed and beautifully

filmed by Chris Buckley at Perfect Moment Films with Assistant Camera Operator, Pete Hewes at Cine Collective, the film is the story of a young girl who, like every little girl, dreams the perfect dream of her wedding day. To make the dream a reality Buckinghams co-ordinated an enviable line-up of top class wedding suppliers to work their magic at one of their favourite venues, Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire. With her opulent rooms, winding staircases and endless corridors Prestwold Hall proved to be the perfect playground in which to set a childhood adventure. Filmed over 3 days the filming schedule was divided into two slots - the opening story, featuring child actors Ruby Buckley (no relation!) and Stevie Beau Reece Mee and ‘The Dream Within’ featuring Rachel Bowler and Josh Oxley Adams. “We had a very tight schedule to work to and there was no time for rehearsals” said Chris.

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“Styling the rooms was going to be the biggest challenge from a time point of view, especially as we’d chosen a white carpet for the aisle. The team wore blue plastic shoe covers for most of the day to avoid making muddy footprints and ruining the look! We were really lucky with the weather too. It was perfect for the storyline. Wet and windy for the opening story shoot and bright sunshine for the wedding shoot.” But for any dream wedding their needs to be a dream dress so Buckinghams headed straight to Ian Stuart Bride. “We’re already massive Ian Stuart fans here at Buckinghams” said EJ “and when


we’re looking for a dream wedding dress with plenty of theatre he’s the go-to guy. The shoot team chose ‘Savannah’ in gold and although we don’t have any bridesto-be in the office right now we still got the ‘my wedding dress has arrived!’ moment when the courier knocked on the door. When something that beautiful arrives in the office we can’t help but get excited about a shoot. As soon as we unzipped the dress bag we knew it was the perfect choice. The fabric has incredible movement and the shot of the train sweeping across the floor just before our bride walks down the aisle is still one of my favourite moments in the film”. So with the film side of things well and truly underway the team were ready to organise the photography element of the project. “Chris was responsible for the film shoot” said EJ “whereas I was responsible for the photo shoot. It was the first time we’d both worked together but it turned out we made a pretty good team because we still felt comfortable running ideas past each other knowing each had an individual agenda but the ultimate goal as a whole was united. It was my job to organise the photographer so I invited Samantha Hook Photography onto the shoot. I knew Sam’s work and felt her style would suit the film’s theme and tones. Her images from the shoot were stunning and it was really hard to choose which ones to feature. We also felt it would be a missed opportunity not to capture ‘behind the scenes’ so I invited Ian Bursill who is the king of documentary photography. Working with Ian was a dream. I always say he is one of the nicest most easy going guys in our industry and he really lived up to that on this project.” Chris showreeled his favourite shots from Ian’s ‘behind the scenes’ images at a mini ‘film premiere’ which he organised for the cast and crew. “Ian got some fabulous shots of everyone working to pull the project together” said Chris “it was great fun to relive the project over again.” Over 14 months of preparation went into the project but finally The Dream Within was ready for release in April 2016. In total over twenty amazing businesses came together to show what can be achieved. They created something truly unique and undeniably beautiful.

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WATCH THE FILM buckinghamsonline.com/dream-within

CAST & CREW Written & Directed by Chris Buckley Filmed & Edited by Perfect Moment Films perfectmomentfilms.co.uk Assistant Camera Operator: Pete Hewes at The Cine Collective thecinecollective.co.uk Project Co-ordinator: EJ Wright at Buckinghams buckinghamsonline.com Filmed on location at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire prestwold-hall.com Bride: Rachel Bowler Groom: Josh Oxley Adams Young Girl: Ruby Buckley Young Boy: Stevie Beau Reece Mee Wedding Dress: ‘Savanna’ in Gold kindly supplied by Ian Stuart at Ian Stuart Bride ianstuart-bride.com Styled Shoot: Samantha Hook Photography samanthahook.co.uk Behind the Scenes: Ian Bursill Photography bursill.com Hair: Alison Jenner Hair alisonjennerhair.com Makeup: Rochelle O’Brien MUA rochelleobrien.co.uk Styling, Tableware, Candles, Glassware & Wedding Canopy: Nerissa Eve Weddings nerissaeveweddings.com Bouquet & Floral Arrangements: VAAS vaas.co.uk Blossom Trees, Blossom Arch, Door Drapes & White Carpet: More Weddings moreweddings.co.uk Wedding Cake & Favours: Cherry Blossom Cakes cbcakes.co.uk Macaron Favours: Maison des Macarons maisondesmacarons.com Groomswear: Christopher Scotney Suit Hire christopherscotney.co.uk Bridal Headdress: Noble & Wright Atelier nobleandwright.co.uk Car: VP Princess Wedding Cars vpprincessweddingcars.co.uk Stationery, Menus, Seating Plan & Balloons: Orange Blossom Design orangeblossomdesign.co.uk Chair Covers: Little Miss Hubbard’s Accessories littlemisshubbards.co.uk Chiavari Chairs: BE Event Hire beeventhire.co.uk Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 53


Wedding photography www.abigneonglitter.co.uk

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at Beeston Fields

“Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight...” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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A beautiful styled shoot at The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire photographed by Andrew Acford from ‘A Big Neon Glitter’ with a handpicked selection of superb wedding suppliers.

VENUE INFORMATION Seated maximum..........................................................220 persons Evening reception maximum............250 persons Minimum numbers.........................................not applicable Minimum spend.......................Throughout May and September (Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays) there is a £9000 minimum spend Accommodation...............................................................................................No Bride’s Dressing Room........................................................................Yes Guest Parking.........................................................................................................Yes Gardens & Grounds.................................................................................Yes To book a showround call 0115 9257062


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idden behind a country house on an old English estate in Nottinghamshire is a charming restored Victorian walled garden. Within its secluded walls sits a Georgian marquee upon spacious lawns holding up to 220 guests for weddings and ceremonies both inside and out.

“Civil ceremonies can now be held within the marquee and outside under the Loggia.� At The Walled Garden, we are proud of our wonderful heritage and we are embracing the history of the whole estate in our weddings. We offer our clients and their guests a variety of different catering options that embrace traditional cuisine with a very modern twist. When it comes to our menus we believe in providing the best of British.

We take pride in serving the most delicious homemade dishes and our bespoke menus are designed with thought and attention to detail. Our passionate Chefs cook fresh dishes from the kitchens and gardens using only the best ingredients. Many of our recipes are tailored to use our home grown produce from the Walled Garden and the rest are locally sourced. A graceful combination of history, nature and contemporary design makes The Walled Garden a truly exceptional wedding venue.

PHOTO SHOOT TEAM Venue...The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields www.walledgardennottingham.co.uk Photography.....................................................A Big Neon Glitter Bridal Gowns....................................Shade Bridal Boutique Make Up.....................................................Vanessa Peacock MUA Hair Styling.................................................................Hairven Beeston Flowers.........................................................................Fruits of the Florist Accessories............................................................................Love 2 Sparkle Stationery.......................................................................................Fuchsia Fairy Bunting.......................................................................................Cliffs Cushions Venue Dressing............................................................Fabric Theatre


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any flower varieties are now available throughout the year however they aren’t always good value. Seasonal flowers offer better value and quality and a timely reminder of the time of year you were married. Using fragrant flowers and foliages evokes everlasting memories of your wedding day. If there is a particular flower you love the colour, shape or texture of your florist can advise regarding alternatives. For example, peonies are a popular wedding flower but are only available between April and July. An alternative flower is a garden rose called Pink O’hara; a perfect substitute; pale pink, fragrant and blowsy, with a piped centre. Roses are always a favourite wedding flower for many brides-to-be. Over my fourteen years as a florist there have been many developments in the shape, colour and fragrance of the humble rose; nude pinks, greys and beiges all work perfectly in today’s trendy colour palettes. There are great varieties available too. Mentha roses, a gentle nude pink, earl grey, softest grey/lilac and cappuccino vintage/sepia shade. Choosing an unusual colour rose to compliment your wedding style adds interest and individuality. Roses are thought to symbolise love and beauty. There are over 3000 varieties of roses commercially grown, many available all year round. Peonies and hydrangeas are also always in demand. Ranunculus, one of my personal favourites, is a relative of the buttercup, multi-petaled and available in solid and

bi-colours from the deepest maroon to the palest lemon. Ranunculus make great buttonholes and dress corsages. What was recently considered old fashioned varieties such as carnations and dahlia have made a comeback and fit well for a vintage themed wedding with great new colours too such as plum, deep purple, lilac, pale peach and antique pinks. I’ve always had a passion for foliage. The different shapes, textures, colours and fragrances are fascinating. Over the many consultations I carry out each year I am noticing an increase in requests for rustic, woodland designs, with a ‘just-foraged’ finish. Favourites are olive, trailing vines, eucalyptus, ferns, succulents plus branches, rosemary, mint and sage are also popular. We are also seeing a reduction in the use of jars as table arrangements. Instead brides are keeping with the eclectic vibe but using more glamorous vases and

will set the mood for the day, the era and the season and choose accent colours to bring out the best in the bridesmaid dresses. For example purple dresses with purple flowers could make regrettable photographs. Remember you don’t have to be a flower expert. It’s simply about what you like. When I first meet a couple I always start with developing the bridal bouquet. This often influences other decorations in the church and venue. And don’t compromise on your own bouquet. Always have exactly what you love; if necessary compromise elsewhere after all the happy couple are the most photographed thoughout the day! Visual aids help develop designs. Fabric swatches to help co-ordinate flower varieties. A photograph of your dress will enable your florist to advise on the best bouquet shape and then they can develop a sense of your vision and create a more personalised proposal. Check if the florist knows your venue too. If not, suggest a site visit. Communicate your likes and dislikes; don’t be afraid to express your opinion; remain flexible. As professional florists we can be creative with a range of flowers to style your day. When it comes to your budget don’t spread it too thin. It’s better to have fewer larger impact displays than lots of small bits here and there that lose impact. Check what props and accessories your florist has to to help personalise your wedding day decorations. Be prepared to talk budgets. Florists can advise how best to maximise it.

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Wedding Flowers

Zoe Richmond-Dixon at Zinc Floral Design guides you through the options table settings such as silver mercury, vintage golds, coppers and antique mismatched glassware. Gold and copper is increasingly popular and works well for every season. Mix pale pinks with peach in gold bowls for a warm summer wedding or crisp white, silver and muted greys with silver mercury glassware for a cool winter wedding. Try woodland themes, bark vases, wood slices and potted plants as favours. Your wedding flowers will be featured heavily throughout your photographs. Be aware that all flowers are not the same; like anything else, they are graded so always choose a florist who will use the best quality flowers, especially for your bridal bouquet. Using good quality flowers will ensure they last well throughout the day. Have a general idea about the look and mood you want to create for your day be it simple, classic, lavish, romantic or natural and relaxed. Have a colour scheme in mind, often influenced by your bridesmaid dresses or the interior of your venue. A colour theme Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 59

To book a consultation with Zoe call 0115 958 5775 zincfloraldesign.co.uk Showcasing at Norwood Park, Brooksby Hall and Belvoir Castle Wedding Fairs 2016


FOUR SUPER-SMART QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING FLORIST

by top East Midlands florist, Philippa Wells at Flowers by Philippa based in Seagrave, Leicestershire.

1 Perfect Flowers for Every Occasion 07754007122 www.juliasflowers.co.uk

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Showcasing at Shearsby Bath, Prestwold Hall, Brooksby Hall and Belvoir Castle Wedding Fairs.

Are artificial flowers any cheaper than real flowers?

No, not all the time. You can buy some fabulous artificial flowers which look very similar to the real McCoy but they are often a similar price. The obvious bonus to artificial flowers is that they last much longer than fresh flowers although you don’t get the fabulous scent. They’re a great substitute though if you want to keep your bouquet after your big day! It’s also a

great option if you’re getting married abroad and don’t want the hassle of sourcing an overseas florist!

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Can I do my own church and reception flowers?

Absolutely! My advice is let your florist know so they can order extra flowers in just for you as you’ll want the colour scheme to match throughout. However as flowers are perishables please take these notes into


account. Firstly think about the weather. If you have to leave them in a marquee which is hot and humid or anywhere that frost can get at them it will not do the flowers any good and all your hard work will go to ruin! Flowers obviously can’t be arranged a week before so think how busy you will be on the run up to your wedding and will you have the time? If you haven’t any experience or worked with flowers before it won’t be a quick process.

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Are David Austin roses worth the extra money?

It depends mostly on your budget as they are pricey blooms! They do however look fabulous and the scent and petal formation is divine. It’s always best to chat this over with your florist and see if you can squeeze a few in with your budget. If you can’t have them everywhere

why not just use them in the bridal work and use a lovely rose for the table centres and church. There are always options and coordinating colours is usually ok!

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Do you have a price list?

I personally don’t simply b e c a u s e throughout the year the price of flowers changes, espcially around Valentines Day when

just about anything red sky rockets in price! Also every bride is different and likes a personal selection for their wedding design so keeping prices the same would be quite difficult as every wedding is different. Instead I offer a complimentary consultation after which I put a quote together for the bride to consider. She can then come back to me and we’ll go through the finer details of what she wants. flowersbyphilippa.co.uk


Reality Check

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with documentary wedding photographer Ian Bursill

efore I started shooting weddings ten years ago, every wedding I’d been to as a guest had one thing in common - lots of standing around after the ceremony watching some poor wedding photographer herd guests into place. Worse was seeing the results maybe the very first time you’ve seen it, the Reservoir Dogs groomsmen photo looked pretty cool but it very quickly went the way of the horizontally held bride. But it doesn’t have to be like this. There are fantastic photographers who will spend quite a bit of time setting up amazing group pictures and portraits. They’ll have lights and assistants, and the pictures wouldn’t look out of place in a glossy lifestyle magazine. This approach,

and the results, might be right for some couples, but there’s also a growing number of people who prefer the majority of their wedding photography to be natural and unposed, but who also want a small number of portraits and some family group pictures. I find that five to eight group pictures is usually enough to capture both families and the bridal party. If those involved are prepared and gathered right after the ceremony or at some point halfway through the drinks reception, this needn’t take more than ten or fifteen minutes. Somewhere with a plain background and good even light is an ideal location. Then, later in the day, sometimes around sunset, another ten minutes can produce a good variety of lovely portraits. But I’m a documentary photographer

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and I’m going to add some story telling elements to your portraits and groups. With portraits I often like to include some of the environment. Like the portrait of Nadine & Rob at the Ladywood Estate near Oakham (bottom left). I wanted to take them into the beautiful gardens at Ladywood and luckily that day the light was amazing. But it’s the un-contrived image they love (bottom right), even though it looks posed. It was taken just after their ten minute portrait session whilst they stood chatting outside the pavilion, patiently waiting while guests were taking their seats for the meal. I stood inside the pavilion anticipating that something romantic might happen - and it did. The same can also work with groups. A photographer who thinks about the content of a picture rather than just


seeing pretty shapes and colours, will use the knowledge they’ve gleaned about the couple to find and include relevance. Here is a fairly straightforward picture of a bride and her bridesmaids (top left). It’s in shade due to harsh sunlight out in the open, but the hall behind was important to the couple as that’s where they studied, lodged and met while at university in Oxford so that dictated the

location for the groups. But the picture they love (top right) and have chosen for a full page in their album has all the same people, and a few others, but there’s an amazing moment happening and a group dynamic, as well as being a great story-telling image. I hope these four images have illustrated that by commissioning a documentary photographer you can

still get great group shots that satisfy your parents need for a framed picture on the mantelpiece but you needn’t sacrifice the story telling ability of your photographer, or spend hours and hours away from your guests on an extended BURSILL.COM photoshoot. Showcasing at Prestwold Hall, Norwood Park and Belvoir Castle Wedding Fairs.


Hart’s Nottingham - Winners of the ‘Best Fine Dining Restaurant’ and the ‘Best Overall’ accolade at the Nottingham Post Food and Drink Awards 2016 Summer 2017 Offer! - Book your wedding at Hart’s for August 2017 and receive complimentary Prosecco for the speeches & toasts for you and your guests and a hotel room for the night of your wedding!

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uckinghams are delighted to include the award winning Hart’s Nottingham, Hotel and Restaurant, to our portfolio of fabulous East Midlands wedding venues. Based in Nottingham city centre, Hart’s boasts a contemporary style with a unique outdoor space, namely a private lawned garden with fantastic views out across the city; a rare find for city centre hotels. Couple that with private parking, fabulous award winning food, licensed for civil ceremonies and 30 bedrooms plus 2 stylish suites to accommodate your guests this is one hotel that has it all for the perfect city-chic wedding. “Hart’s Restaurant opened in 1997 and aims to provide a thoroughly professional blend of skilled service and modern British cooking. Hart’s was built in 2002, to an award winning design by architect Julian Marsh, on the former ramparts of Nottingham’s medieval castle which is a short stroll

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from the bustling city centre. Hart’s has become synonymous in the East Midlands for excellent food, wine and service. Every wedding is special; our team and dedicated wedding planner will help take care of the arrangements to make the whole event as seamless as possible. Our bespoke minimum spend offer allows couples to remain completely in control of their day. Aternatively they can choose one of our new wedding packages. When the big day finally arrives our wedding couples can relax knowing that everything is taken care of and safe in the hands of the Hart’s team. We have the resources and experience to deliver the welcome, the food, the service and the Hart’s style that the happy couple and their guests have been looking forward to.” To book your private viewing please call Sally on 0115 9881900 Harts Nottingham, NG1 6GN hartsnottingham.co.uk


Bridal Designer Chantal Mallett talks about her recent Hepburn-inspired photoshoot and the supporting cast of incredible wedding stylists that made this styled shoot sing.


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ur shoot was initially inspired by the pink My Fair Lady-esque gown I had recently created and the ethereal location. Each piece captures the themes that repeat throughout my work: colour, romance, drama and a mix of period inspirations: Elizabethan, Edwardian and French Revolution. The pink dress is romantic froth with dramatic silhouette whilst the opera cape was inspired by a creation I had made previously for a client who wanted a ‘Shakespeare in Love’ theme. We paired the cape with a lace gown by Katya Katya Shehurina.   The design process behind my pink ‘Eliza’ gown is quite unusual. It was originally made for another shoot. I knew the photographer’s taste and the model’s look and with reference to the chosen setting, much like designing for a client, I designed the dress to a particular brief; on this occasion one I had set for myself. With consideration to the style and essence of Emily Soto’s photography I knew the very gamine, delicate, red headed model, Alexa Taylor, would look fabulous in pink and I had a desire to make her curvaceous. And Alexa reminded me so much of Audrey Hepburn. I have always loved Audrey in the black & white race dress in My Fair Lady rocking an hourglass

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silhouette against her usual body type. Further influenced by the romantic pink confection Eliza wears when she visits Mrs Higgins for tea I made the decision to create this great silhouette in tulle in case it rained, which it did, so unlike silk, the dress would be fine. Herein the practicalities of shooting al fresco in the garden during an English Summer! I also created the pink hat and umbrella and one of my handmade tiaras was teamed with the opera cape to complete the look. chantalmallett.com

Photographer: sanshinephotography.com Pink Wedding Dress, Opera Cape, Hat, Parasol & Tiara: Chantal Mallett Bridal Couture www.chantalmallett.com Lace Wedding Dress: Katya Katya Shehurina shehurina.com Stylist: charlottemunro.co.uk Hair & Makeup: hbeauty.co Flowers: miriamfaith.com Cake & Macarons: Judit Hellebrandt Cakes Stationery: cutture.com Glass & Tableware: couvert.co.uk. Model: Alexa Taylor facebook.com/ AlexaTaylorModel


Life after ‘Yes!’

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ou’re engaged and there’s an exciting time yet to come! As a wedding planner I love listening to my couples’ engagement stories and the story is often as unique as the couple. In whatever way he, or perhaps you, asked the big question, this is the beginning of your story together and a new chapter in your lives! Engagement traditions have changed dramatically over recent years. Strict engagement etiquette in place many years ago is far more relaxed today and even the most traditional engagements offer plenty of opportunity for couples to integrate their own style and personality. There are however a few things that will never change no matter

how and when you get engaged. Naturally, you’ll begin scouring the latest bridal magazines, sampling cakes,

“...it’s time to get your engagement ring appraised and insured”.

lusting over wedding band displays at Tiffany’s and eyeing up those Jimmy Choos. I know because I’ve been there! Planning your day is fun. I do it professionally and wouldn’t change it for the world but there are practicalities

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you should keep in mind when starting out on your wedding planning journey Let’s start at the top. Who do you tell first and how? Before you start announcing the big news on social media tell your nearest and dearest. Make it special. Consider hosting an informal, relaxed engagement party and celebrate with your family and friends. This is the perfect time for both families to come together and share the special moment. There’ll be many occasions coming up that call for a celebration but your engagement time is special and just as important and worth cherishing as the big day itself. Whilst we’re talking about that ring, a jewellery piece that is so dear to you, it’s time to get your engagement ring appraised and insured. The same should

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In the first of our professional wedding planning series, London wedding planner Tina Smyth guides you through the very first steps of wedding planning and answers the question every bride asks: ‘Where do I begin?’


apply for your wedding band. When selecting your wedding band it is sensible to check it fits nicely with your engagement ring if you’re planning on wearing both together. Once you’ve officially announced your engagement, everyone will want to know the wedding date. Setting the date can be challenging but you may find it easier with the help of these decision making factors. Is there a specific date that means something to you? Your first date or your engagement day? A date with significance will not only make it more special but help with remembering it in years to come for those anniversary celebrations! A more practical approach to choosing your date is to consider your finances. Many venues and suppliers offer a reduction in their fees for weddings taking place outside the ‘high season’ which is traditionally weekends between June-September. The month of December is an exception and considered a prime wedding month due to the holiday celebrations. Fridays are also now in high demand as couples make a weekend of celebrations. The weekday you choose may also be influenced by where your ‘out of town’ guests will be travelling from. If you have overseas guests a Saturday would be well received giving guests the chance to settle in and relax after travels on Friday. Sunday celebrations may also work if the following Monday is a bank holiday for example. Religious reasons may also influence your choice of day and date. Once you’ve set the date, let everyone know. Get started on your guest list and send out an engagement announcement either informally by email, the traditional way by post or get creative and create your very own website where you’ll keep your guests upto-date with all the events going on for your big day. Add maps, details on transport and accommodation and tips for sightseeing for your overseas guests. After the wedding, invite your guests to share their photos of the day on your site which will become a lovely keepsake for everyone to cherish together with you. In all the excitement there is one thing not to be forgotten - your other half! I know this may be obvious but it’s so easy to loose track of what’s really important. Make your wedding planning a project you work on together and more importantly don’t let your together time be ‘all about the wedding’. Take time off from wedding planning and make those days just about the two of you! In the next issue: “Gathering Your Wedding Team. Which suppliers to choose, when and why?” Tina Smyth is owner at Tina Smyth Wedding Design, London and offers a personal approach to bespoke wedding planning; a service uniquely tailored to each couple. Operating in London, the Home Counties and across the UK upon request. TSWEDDINGDESIGN.COM

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Mum’s the Word

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You’ve found your dress now help Mum get wedding ready too. James Cordin from John Lewis, Nottingham, shares his stylist secrets on finding the ideal outfit to see her from ceremony to celebration. JOHNLEWIS.COM LEICESTER & NOTTINGHAM

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aking an appointment with a personal stylist may sound extravagant but our ‘Express’ and ‘Experience’ services are both complimentary. Our Personal Styling team are here to take on any fashion challenge you have. Your stylist will edit the collections both in store or online to suit your particuiar budget and requirements leaving you feeling relaxed and confident. Balancing comfort and style does not have to be a compromise as the celebrations take you from day to night. We understand memories of the special event will last a lifetime so our service is designed with individual styling needs in mind; from skin tone to body

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proportions your appointment will leave you looking stylish for seasons to come. Our range of services are the perfect way to shop when you are not sure where to begin. Visit your nearest John Lewis Store or book online at johnlewis.com/ our-services. Whether your style is classic or contemporary find a fit to flatter with our tips. TIP 1: Highlight your best parts. Adrianna Papell’s Sheath Dress (top middle) will accentuate natural curves. Play around with a scooped neckline to draw attention to the small of your waist. To give the illusion of height opt for a fascinator to give you a little extra lift. A heel makes every woman feel good so Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 70

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ensure yours is the right fit. Weddings can be a long day! TIP 2: Coast’s ‘Alessia’ will really set you apart this season. The dress is the best of both worlds giving the illusion of a sleek top and A-line skirt combination. You do not always have to opt for a jacket - a textured shrug creates a playful yet stylish silhouette. Empire lines are a great option to flatter the tummy. If you lack curves opt for a more structured fabric for a more proportioned figure. And remember, detailed outfits call for simple accessories. JOHNLEWIS.COM


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Something New

Modern Tastes

Watercolour paints, wafer flowers, metallics, edible petals and chocolate work - these are just some of the techniques that we are using on our cakes at Cottonwood Bakery this season. We are following the truly inspirational trends coming from Australia and the United States which are so exciting! This means we are able to offer a more unique design to couples who want a stand-out wedding cake. We love adding elements of these ideas to a more traditional creation. In all, we really hope to give brides something totally different to consider when choosing their cake. We’re not just concentrating on the outside of the cake either - although that is often the most fun stage of the cake creating process! We’ve always prided ourselves on flavour and quality so we have a keen eye on new recipe trends too. It seems that any cake-combos go at the moment which is fantastic because we love baking and tasting recipes in our kitchen. Some of the most recent flavours we’ve been working on include ‘London Fog’, ‘Strawberries & Champagne’ and ‘Cinnamon Lemon’.

Bradgate Flowers is located in the picturesque village of Newtown Linford and covers mainly Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire but is happy to travel further afield should it be requested. Our lastest styles have been very mixed from shabby chic to more luxury show stopping designs, but brides shouldn’t just choose a florist based on what they’ve seen from photos on Facebook. Always ask your florist if they are flexible in style as an experienced florist should be able to adapt to the style a bride is asking for. Silk flowers just lately have been frequently asked for, and good quality silks will produce an equally beautiful bridal bouquet as well as incorporating silk with fresh to enable the use of flowers that would be out of season. Showcasing at Shearbsy Bath, Brooksby Hall & Belvoir Castle Wedding Fairs It’s an exciting time for wedding cakes and Cottonwood Bakery can hopefully offer at least some of these contemporary ideas to future brides and grooms. Showcasing at Prestwold Hall & Belvoir Castle Fairs - 07917 450126

Sweet Favour Kisses

It’s been a busy twelve months at Maison Des Macarons since our inception with demand increasing month on month to what now sees a very busy order book! Our range of flavours for our macarons has extended from an initial eight to over 25 and we’ve introduced a couple of new delights to our stable. The yummy “meringue kisses” were initially introduced for our clients who had guests with nut allergies but they are now proving to be very popular as Wedding Favours in their own right. Sandwiched together with our chocolate ganache filling they are drizzled with fresh fruit purée. We have also introduced a stunning square macaron tower which we brought in from France. Our macaron towers, square or round, can also be offered with gorgeous cake bases supplied by Victoria’s Cake Company. These towers can hold from 70 to over 200 macarons of mixed flavours and can, of course, be colourthemed to your wedding. Don’t forget, our macarons be they for towers or wedding favours are made from only the very finest ingredients including our home-made fruit purees. Why not pop in and see us for a private tasting!

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Expert’s Tip: Are Your Cake Flowers Poisonous? Buckinghams Recommended Cake Maker, Helen Alborn Cakes, Explains How Using The Wrong Flowers On Your Wedding Cake Could Poison Your Guests! Fresh flowers are the centrepiece of many weddings; they add vibrancy to a room and are essential for traditions like the bridal bouquet. However, these beautiful blossoms may not be suitable for all aspects of your big day. As flowers and weddings go hand-inhand it is unsurprising that wedding cakes regularly incorporate them into their designs. Floral decorations may come in the form of sugar, silk or fresh cuttings. Each can be beautiful but often one important point is overlooked - are they actually safe to put on a cake? An abundance of dummy cakes can be found adorned with a whole host of real floral embellishments. These displays may be food for the eyes but would not sit so well on the stomach. Many flowers and leaves contain compounds that are in fact toxic and a risk if in contact with edible items. Often these plants needn’t be consumed to cause harm, their sap or hairs alone can produce negative effects and in severe cases just touching them can be an irritant. Here are some examples of flowers to avoid on your cake: Peonies, Hydrangeas, Calla Lilies, Lily of the Valley, Chrysanthemum, Ivy, Bluebells, Daffodil, Foxglove, Iris. You can check for more harmful plants by visiting the rhs.org.uk website and searching their advice section. Even if some flowers are edible, the majority are not produced with food hygiene in mind. Flowers are regularly treated with herbicides and pesticides to ensure they look their very best but these chemicals are not fit for consumption. But don’t be put off. Any fresh flowers, herbs or petal confetti obtained from the right sources can be a fabulous contemporary alternative to expensive sugar work and really bring a cake to life. There are over thirty types of edible flowers that are both harmless and visually stunning. Organic, food-safe suppliers are the ideal but non-toxic floristry flowers are just as good if they do not rest directly on your cake. Your florist and cake designers, both experts in their individual trades, are always there to advise you. By keeping this information in mind you have the foundations for a truly beautiful creation that would brighten any celebration. Showcasing at Shearsby Bath, Prestwold Hall, Brooksby Hall and Belvoir Castle Wedding Fairs

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Light Up Your Wedding With Giant L.O.V.E. Letters by JMC Production JMC production UK are a Leicestershire based firm who specialise in magnificent giant illuminated letters. The letters create both wonderful mood lighting and fantastic photographic opportunities for your guests whilst providing a stunning backdrop for your first dance. Our letters are designed and built by JMC and fitted with warm vintage bulbs that create a beautiful starburst of light, enhancing that magical atmosphere. Being battery powered too means they are safe and can be set up anywhere you desire. jmcproductionuk.com PRICE GUIDE - LOVE £150 - INITIALS £130 MR & MRS £200 - I DO £130 - ARROWS / HEARTS £40 FULL NAMES/SURNAME P.O.A. Please note a small delivery charge may apply.

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plated from £16 per pair for the romantic bride or the ‘Coin Barefoot Sandal’ multi layered and silver plated for the carefree bohemian bride from £15 per pair. Alternatively choose the multi layer Gold Plated Sandal for a more glamorous look. All the barefoot sandals are hand made, one size fits all and they arrive in a silk organza bag. lovelockjewels.co.uk

Beautiful Barefoot Wedding Sandals By ‘Lovelock Jewels’ ‘Lovelock Jewels’ is a beautiful range of bohemian jewellery for the wild and free! The ‘barefoot sandals’ are free spirited, effortlessly beautiful and adventurously cool - perfect for the carefree romantic bride! Looking for something unique and exotic for your wedding, honeymoon or holiday? Whether you are the bride, bridesmaid or maid of honour these are truly one of a kind. Feel the sand in between your toes as you stroll along the beach. They are easy to wear whilst being special enough for your big day. Choose between the ‘Shell Barefoot Sandal’ with natural shells and silver

Gift Vouchers From Ragdale Hall Make The Perfect Thank You Gift

Starting from only £25, a Gift Voucher for the UK's leading spa, Ragdale Hall, is the perfect gift to say thank you to loved ones, bridesmaids, friends or family, and something they can enjoy anytime throughout the year ahead. All vouchers come beautifully packaged

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in a presentation pack with a voucher wallet - and a full brochure to get the lucky recipient in the mood for their visit to this multi-award winning spa in Leicestershire. Vouchers are available for spa day packages, spa breaks or in monetary values - and with such a wide range to choose from, you'll find something for everyone. Monetary Vouchers starting from just £25 can be used towards a spa day or spa break, or even to pay for additional goods and treatments purchased whilst at Ragdale as a resident or day guest. Spa Day Package Vouchers are available for each of Ragdale’s day packages priced from £59 to £225 Spa Break Vouchers are available for any of the packages, with a choice of six different room types. Prices are from £138 per person per night and include unlimited use of all facilities, threecourse lunch and dinner, (and breakfast in bed), plus an inclusive treatment varied according to the specific package booked. Order online or in one quick call to 01664 433030 or visit the website for more details. ragdalehall.co.uk


All That Glitters Fran Berry, stylist at Modern Heritage Styling Tells You How To Stay On Trend & Sparkle As a venue stylist I am very lucky to meet with lots of lovely brides and grooms and discuss all of their wonderful styling ideas and requirements. Better still I get the opportunity to actually dress many of these beautiful weddings which is very exciting and a huge privilege! Over the last few years there have been lots of trends that have come and gone but a select few have been running for a while now and are not showing any sign of departing. These trends are not only super gorgeous but they are inspiring and let me unleash my inner magpie! Sequin table linen – this has to be the hottest trend around right now, whether you want to add a bit of 1920’s glamour, full on sparkle or just an element of texture to the tables. Sequin linen ticks all of the boxes and more. The way the light catches the folds is just mesmerising and when teamed with multiple candles they scream romance and sophistication. Metallics – Move over silver you’ve got competition! Copper and gold are massive at the moment in all interior design sectors and have leapt into the wedding industry with force. They are warm, colourful and a little bit different. Teamed with the sequins you just can’t go wrong. Lace – the more things change, the more they remain the same. Lace has been bang on trend for as long as I can remember and it is most definitely here to stay. It’s classy, sophisticated, detailed and neutral. It goes with anything and everything and could not be more romantic. Add only a few pearls and diamantes and it will forever remain a timeless classic. Less popular, but all the same exciting trends I have worked with lately include Steam Punk, Boho, Industrial Chic and Geometrics. It’s a very exciting time to be working in venue styling. modernheritagestyling.co.uk 07985 297572 Showcasing at Norwood Park & Belvoir Castle Wedding Fairs 2016


Ashby de la Zouch Florist Holywell Petals Joins Buckinghams Wedding Supplier Directory

The Harpist With A Harp Of Gold, Soraya Vermeulen is playing at Buckinghams Wedding Fairs this Autumn found working their way around the country serenading brides and grooms on their special day. “My new harp has a much richer, warmer and more resonant sound” said Soraya “and the most popular song of the moment is definitely “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.” Prices to book Soraya start from £275. Please call 07732 385834 or visit sorayavermeulen.co.uk Meet Soraya and hear her play at all of Buckinghams Autumn Wedding Fairs

Lisa Jayne Creative Invites You To Get Gorgeous

but things are changing and a new look is becoming very hot very fast. We’re talking about big attention grabbing blooms, with strong colours and more of an updated urban edge. Add botanical elements and lush greenery like vines, olive branches, ferns and succulents and you have the recipe for the perfect vintage or woodland vibe. Sticking with the natural theme blending a little bit of glam with a little boho, raw gems and rocks such as gilt agate, marble and geodes are popping up in stylish invites across the globe.

As one of the most important elements for setting the basic tone for your big day, wedding invitations have never

been more gorgeous! From bold botanical and marble prints to geometric detailing and gold foil, we’ll see detailed designs on better papers and unusual materials, turning each invitation into a work of art in 2016 and well into 2017. Floral inspired wedding stationery has been super popular for the last few years,

Set to stick around for some time is the foil invite. Elegant, modern wedding invitations with a hint of delicate, gold and rose gold foil stamped detailing are the perfect choice for couples who want a modern updated version of the glam wedding invite. Finally, couples are going mad for the envelope liner adding a little je ne sais quoi to the wedding stationery suite. From glitter and stripes to floral and watercolour, many stationery designers now offer this fun addition to their invitations. lisajaynecreative.com Showcasing at Norwood Park, Prestwold Hall & Belvoir Castle Wedding Fairs 2016

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Images for Holywell Petals by Mirror Imaging Photography

One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet is Buckinghams’ recommended harpist, Soraya Vermeulen. Recently Soraya acquired a magnificent new gilded harp which sounds amazing and looks simply fabulous! The Italian rosewood and 22 carat gold Minerva harp made its concert debut at the Royal Albert Hall where Soraya performed in front of Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family. As well as in concert halls and recording studios, Soraya and her golden harp can be

We are delighted Kate Betts from Holywell Petals, Ashby-de-la-Zouch is joining our wedding directory. Kate has been a regular at some of our wedding fairs and featured her stunning bouquets on our catwalk on several occasions. Visit her website for more flowery ideas. holywellpetals.co.uk


Oehlers Photography Are Back for Another Season of Wedding Fairs with Buckinghams this Autumn The amazing Oehlers joined Buckinghams Supplier Directory just over a year ago (where has the time gone!) and has been a regular exhibitor at our wedding fairs ever since. We are delighted to confirm Oehlers will be showcasing with Buckinghams once again this Autumn season. With a stylish and inspiring array of photography on display Oehlers always create a beautiful stand. Come and meet Cathy, view her stunning portfolio and discover her unique style. Showcasing at Shearsby Bath, Norwood Park, Brooksby Hall & Belvoir Castle Wedding Fairs 2016 07817 657 041

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Rebecca Couture Millinery - A Stunning Collection of Hats for Mothers Of The Bride & Guests We first met Rebecca McGeough at one of our networking lunches and by the time dessert was over we had fallen in love with her collection of beautiful hats. Even viewing it on an iPhone with limited signal we knew this was one talented lady. After launching her first collection in 2015 Rebecca has already seen her creations snapped up by John Lewis. You can view a wide range of styles on her website and choose from either off-the-peg designs or something bespoke which Rebecca will design just for you. REBECCACOUTUREMILLINERY.CO.UK

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Stained Glass Brooch - Pink Rose £23.50 GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART

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Glass Knot £4.99 HOMESENSE

Nordal Diamond White Wine Glass Dark Green £5 AMARA

Gold Dipped Glass Vase £14 MARQUIS & DAWE

Decanter Gold Confetti £19.50 OLIVER BONAS

City Bar Lager Glass & Walnut Coaster (Set of 2) £45.00 AMARA

Flecks Glass Lamp £80 DEBENHAMS

Cavos Gold and Glass Side Table £325 HOUSING UNITS

Diamond Glasses £19.95 RED5

Table Lamp Bolla Pink £75 OLIVER BONAS Amber Moon Vase £45 KELLY HOPPEN Copper Lantern with Black Glass Small £40 NATIONAL TRUST Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 78

Amelia Art Turquoise and White Glass with Glitter Table Lamp £79 HOUSING UNITS


Brooksby Hall Wedding Fair - Sunday 30th October 2016 - come and experience a simply beautiful wedding fair at this stunning Leicestershire wedding venue

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uckinghams are delighted to have been invited to organise a wedding fair at this fabulous Leicestershire wedding venue on Sunday 30th October 2016. Doors open at 10am until 2pm giving couples plenty of time to tour both the venue’s superb reception rooms and the stunning gardens that make Brooksby Hall so very special. One of our very favourite features is St. Michael & All Angels Church nestled in the peaceful grounds just a stones throw away from the venue making Brooksby Hall that extra special by offering couples everything they could possibly need for a stress free day - church service or civil ceremony, excellent food, personal service and flexible reception space all set within idyllic grounds for those allimportant wedding photos. Plus there’s plenty of free parking for guests and accommodation for up to twelve people in Church House, popular with brides wanting a quiet, private space to prepare.

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Brooksby Hall offers ‘exclusive use packages’ with ceremony space for up to 170 guests and evening receptions for up to 400 guests. Exclusive use hire starts from just £950* which includes, among other things, use of the hall and grounds, a red carpet welcome, toastmaster services, a cake stand and knife.

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“Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life so couples will enjoy exclusive use of one of Leicestershire’s most beautiful wedding venues and when we say exclusive, we mean exclusive. From intimate wedding breakfasts to the grandest receptions, our dedicated team ensure your wedding is the perfect start to your married life. We want to make sure couples remember their day, not just for the beautiful surroundings or the fantastic food and service, but also for the absolute dedication provided by our team.” Buckinghams wedding fair will showcase over 25 fabulous handpicked wedding suppliers offering unique ideas and inspiration for flowers, cakes, entertainment, groomswear, venue styling, bridalwear and more. It’s an unmissable event whether couples have already booked or are still hunting for their perfect wedding venue. Brooksby Hall, nr Melton Mowbray LE14 2LJ - 01664 855262


AUTUMN FAIRS 2016 Sunday 25 September 2016

Shearsby Bath

South Leicestershire Doors open 11am - 3pm

Sunday 02 October 2016

Norwood Park

Southwell, Notts. Doors open 12pm - 3pm

Sunday 09 October 2016

Prestwold Hall

nr. Loughborough, Leics. Doors open 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Sunday 30 October 2016

Brooksby Hall

nr. Melton Mowbray, Leics. Doors open 10am - 2pm

Sunday 27 November 2016

Belvoir Castle

nr. Grantham, Leics. Doors open 11am - 3pm

Sunday 04 December 2016 Christmas Fair & Wedding Showcase

Norwood Park

Southwell, Notts. Doors open 12pm - 4pm Our Pre-Registered Brides Gift Bags are sponsored by NEXT! What will you find in yours...?!!! BOOK ONLINE NOW


SPRING FAIRS 2017 Sunday 26 February 2017

Prestwold Hall

nr. Loughborough, Leics Doors open 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Sunday 12 March 2017

The Carriage Hall

Plumtree, Notts. Doors open 11am - 3pm

Sunday 19 March 2017

Norwood Park

Southwell, Notts. Doors open 12pm - 3pm

Sunday 30 April 2017

The Walled Garden Nottingham Beeston, Notts. Doors open 11am - 3pm

MORE 2017 DATES COMING SOON! Check the diary on our website for more 2017 wedding fair dates at fabulous venues

“The best local wedding fair I have been to.... and I’ve been to practically all of them over the last 18 months!” Kim E

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SUPPLIER DIRECTORY BRIDAL Baroque Couture baroquecouture.co.uk 07801 694934 RS Bridal Collection rscollection.co.uk 01664 668076

Royal Flush Casino royalflushcasino.co.uk 01162 364481

Blushing Orchid Makeup Artist blushingorchid.co.uk 07738 161978

Shearsby Bath shearsbybath.co.uk 01162 478202

Soraya Vermeulen, harpist sorayavermeulen.co.uk 07732 385834

PHOTOBOOTHS

The Carriage Hall thecarriagehall.co.uk 01159 375300

FAVOURS

Shade Bridal shadebridal.co.uk 01159 822820

Elite Candy Cart Company elitecandycartcompany.co.uk 01159 789760

CAKES

Maison Des Macarons www.maisondesmacarons.com 07855 417931

Pure Photography Booths purephotographybooths.co.uk 01777 701555 PHOTOGRAPHY A Big Neon Glitter abigneonglitter.co.uk 07977 065256

FLORISTS

Chris Snowden csweddingphotographer.com 07914 432110

Gardner Cakes gardnercakes.co.uk 07854 814059

Bradgate Flowers bradgateflowers.co.uk 01530 245411

Geoff Kirby Photography geoffkirbynottingham.co.uk 07793 110297

Helen Alborn Cakes helenalborncakes.co.uk 07506 344376

Flowers by Philippa flowersbyphilippa.co.uk 07868 317724

Hector Photography hector-photo.co.uk 07949 915577

The Abigail Bloom Cake Company theabigailbloomcakecompany.com 0207 278 0835

Holywell Petals holywellpetals.co.uk 01530 411443

Ian Bursill Photography bursill.com 07881 438911

Victoria’s Cake Company victoriascakecompany.com 07885 522681

Julia Dilworth Florals juliasflowers.co.uk 07754 007122

Martin Neeves Photography martinneeves.co.uk 01455 271849

CATERERS & MOBILE BARS

Mrs Umbels mrs-umbels.co.uk 07789 986558

Oehlers Photography oehlersphotography.co.uk 01159 73 6598

Zinc Floral Design zincfloraldesign.co.uk 01159 585775

Steve Walton Photography stevewaltonphotography.com 01162 99 4901

Cottonwood Bakery cottonwoodbakery.co.uk 07917 450126

Little Robin’s Cottage littlerobinscottage.co.uk 07739 074654 Mambo Mobile Bars mambomobilebars.co.uk 0845 056 3953 The Dimblebee Catering Company dimblebeecatering.co.uk 07811 232801

GIFT LIST John Lewis Department Stores johnlewis.com Leicester 01162 425777 nottingham 01159 418282

CELEBRANTS GROOMS WEAR Cariad Personal Ceremonies cariad-personalceremonies.co.uk 07961 668996

Christopher Scotney christopherscotney.co.uk 01162 543957

CONFETTI HAIR Real Flower Petal Confetti Co. confettidirect.co.uk 01386 555045

Alison Jenner Bridal Hair alisonjennerhair.com 07775 662941

Mojito Discotheques mysoundguy.co.uk 07860 895498 Paul Martyn - Sax & DJ paulmartyn.co.uk 0845 226 0080

Lisa Jayne Creative lisajaynecreative.com 07788 646349 TOASTMASTER

Jmc Production Love Letters jmcproductionuk.com 07770 659515 Little Robin’s Cottage littlerobinscottage.co.uk 07739 074654 Modern Heritage Styling modernheritagestyling.co.uk 07985 297572 More Weddings moreweddings.co.uk 01455 615746 Nerissa Eve Weddings nerissaeveweddings.com 01858 419544 VIDEOGRAPHY Jmc Production jmcproductionuk.com 07770 659515 Perfect Moment Films perfectmomentfilms.co.uk 07817 238059 WEDDING FAIRS Buckinghams buckinghamsonline.com 01530 242860

VENUES Belvoir Castle belvoircastle.com 01476 871001

HEALTH & WELL BEING Ragdale Hall Health Hydro ragdalehall.co.uk 01664 434831

Hart’s Nottingham hartsnottingham.co.uk 01159 881900

MAKEUP ARTISTS

Norwood Park norwoodpark.co.uk 01636 815649

Adele Coxon MUA adelecoxon.co.uk 07855 955910

VENUE STYLING/ PROP HIRE

Geoff Harris classinacoat.co.uk 01664 434565

Brooksby Hall brooksbyhall.co.uk 01664 855262

ENTERTAINMENT & DJs Elite Wedding DJs eliteweddingdjs.co.uk 01159 789760

STATIONERY

The Walled Garden Beeston Fields walledgardennottingham.co.uk 01159 257062

Prestwold Hall prestwold-hall.com 01509 880236

For details on joining Buckinghams Wedding Supplier Directory please call 01530 242860 or email enquiries@buckinghamsonline.com

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.


Prestwold Hall Leicestershire

PRESTWOLD HALL

01509 880236

PRESTWOLD

Weddings & Special Occasions

LOUGHBOROUGH

enquiries@prestwold-hall.com

LEICESTERSHIRE

LE12 5SQ

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