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The East Midlands’ Finest Wedding Magazine



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A stunning ‘at home’ wedding with clear roof marquee and Moroccan chill out lounge


Kedleston Hall is the backdrop for this stylish marquee wedding




Be inspired by this gorgeous styled tipi shoot by a team of incredible East Midlands suppliers


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Find out why 'Elephant Breath' is so important to the history at Kelmarsh Hall


DAVID FIELDEN Roof top botanicals. We talk exclusively to renowned designer David Fielden

Videographer Neil Priestley tells us why he loves his life in film



Three magnificent Joanna Leigh Couture gowns take centre stage for our styled shoot at Hodsock Priory.




Marco Arrichiello shares invaluable advice on choosing your wedding florist. The French Riviera meets old Hollywood glamour for this issue's cover. Take your style to the next level with a couture gown, sharp suit and stunning details. Location:......................................Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire Creative Director: .............................. EJ Wright at Buckinghams Photographer:...........................................................................Dottie Photography Dress:....................................................................................................Joanna Leigh Couture Gloves:...........................................................................................................................Cornelia James Suits:.............................................................................................................Christopher Scotney Make-Up:............................................................................................... Adele Coxon MUA Hair:...............................................................................................................................................Kirby Blythe Flowers:......................................................................................................................Frances & Rose Models:...............................................Sadie Straw & Josh Oxley Adams

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EDITOR EJ Wright DESIGN Brian Wright EJ Wright WEBSITE ADVERTISING TELEPHONE +44 (0)7730 408971 +44 (0)1162 364849 WEDDING FAIRS FACEBOOK


Letter from the Editor

hat a hot, hot, hot summer it’s been! So much so we’ve embraced the great outdoors in this issue and we’re letting the sun shine in. There’s plenty of al fresco inspiration coming your way with a gorgeous styled shoot from the new tipi team at ‘Tepees and Tents’ plus the glorious wedding of Claire and Ben (page 18) in the marquee at Kedleston Hall. And talking of real weddings, don’t miss Amelia & Tom’s stunning wedding with a bang on trend clear roof marquee and Moroccan chill out tent (page 10). When it comes to styled shoots I’m going to toot our own horn this issue - head over to pages 24-29 to see our official shoot at Hodsock Priory with the amazing Dottie Photography featuring bespoke wedding gowns by Joanna Leigh Couture. Come and see this incredible venue at our wedding fair this Autumn (pages 40-41). Our guest designer is David Fielden (pages 36-37). Read his 'Designer Life' interview to find out more about his likes, hates and loves. There's expert advice from florist Marco Arrichiello at Hiden Floral Designs too and a spotlight on wedding videographer Neil Priestley at One Fine Day Productions. We hope you love the ideas and inspiration we’ve put together for you and don’t forget you'll find many of the suppliers featured in our Wedding Collective online. See you soon at our Autumn wedding shows! Happy planning, EJ x


Buckinghams Wedding Magazine is a trading name of Buckinghams Media The Old Rectory, Main Street, Glenfield, Leicestershire. LE3 8DG Buckinghams Wedding Magazine is solely owned, designed and published bi-annually in print and online by Buckinghams Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly forbidden. All prices are correct at time of going to press but subject to change. We cannot guarantee availability of any item, service or offer featured in this issue. Although every effort has been made to ensure the information in this magazine is correct at time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept any responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or editorial content. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Wedding Directory: It is your responsibility to check any supplier or venue is right for you before engaging them. You are strongly advised to make your own checks and Buckinghams Media take no responsibility for any loss or damage, howsoever caused, by any business, individual, website, supplier or venue featured in this magazine or on our website. Buckingham Media cannot be held responsible for the acts, omissions or errors of third parties. Any contract for services or sales is made directly between you and your chosen supplier or venue and Buckinghams Media make no warrant, recommendations or claims regarding, but not limited to, the fitness for purpose, suitability, reliability, availability, quality of product and/or service of any venue or supplier. Offers featured in this magazine may be withdrawn at any time and without notice and Buckingham Media are not responsible for any supplier upholding an offer featured in this magazine or online. All images submitted to us have been received by us in good faith and on the understanding that the sender holds all rights, licenses and permissions for the usage of that image and/or is the copyright holder. Buckinghams Media have made every effort to obtain the credit details of photographers and we cannot be held responsible for any failure by the submitter of the image to provide us with accurate credit information. ISSN: 2059-2361




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Autumn 2018/Spring 2019

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Amelia & Tom "Being at my parent's house made the day even more special..." Two creative hearts style the perfect at-home wedding with a clear roof marquee and Moroccan chill-out lounge


om and I met on Tinder. We both enjoy travelling and hiking! He proposed on my birthday in a Moroccan restaurant in Cambridge. It was very romantic and yes, he went down on one knee! Personally I found the planning of our wedding rather easy. My very organised mum wanted to be very much involved! All our suppliers were easy to work with too. I decided to use local suppliers as much as possible and most of them came through recommendations. I had always wanted to make the most of my parent’s garden so we had a clear roof marquee and a Moroccan chill out area. Being at my parents house made the day even more special and personal. I tried on nearly twenty dresses before

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choosing ‘the one’! I chose a 70’s inspired Sassi Holford dress called ‘Constance’ which was in the new collection at the time. Tom wore a navy Ted Baker suit with a classic green cravat. My bridesmaids wore a similar lace to my dress in a pretty, bright, coral colour with blush shoes. I wanted to keep our style relaxed so I chose the amazing Quintessentially Wild; a local business with a unique style of floristry I’d never seen before. The flowers really made the day incredible. We chose a semi naked cake with dark fruits from the Wistow Cafe. It was so delicious! I designed our stationery of course and paired it up as favours! Little rustic frames with a black and white photo of each guest. It took forever for 171 day guests but they did make for a

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great talking point. My day began with a glass of Buck’s Fizz. I’d recommend anyone to pace themselves on the alcohol front! My maid of honour stayed with me the night before and she was amazing at calming me down. She played the ‘Mama Mia’ soundtrack on repeat! My dad seeing me in my dress was one of the most memorable moments of the day. That and walking down the aisle to meet Tom and of course our Rod Stewart tribute act! For our reception we wanted our food and drink choices to be informal and relaxed. There was lots of Two Birds gin. And I mean lots! The bar staff had to restock halfway through the night. We served plenty of wine too. Tom and I chose mixed paella as our main course with stuffed peppers, breads and salads. The atmosphere was quite informal, just how we wanted it and the funniest part of the whole day was definitely the speeches. Tom and I kicked off the evening, dancing to ‘Shipping Up To Boston’ by Dropkick Murphys. After our wonderful day we left to honeymoon in Antibes.

These bespoke place card favours are available from Amelia’s own collection of wedding stationery at Millie Stone UK. Visit her website for invites, signage & unique style ideas. Amelia & Tom’s Wedding Team Photographer: Tori Hancock Photography | Dress: Sassi Holford | Shoes: Asos | Bridesmaids: boohoo | Grooms Wear: Ted Baker Flowers: Quintessentially Wild | Cake: Wistow Cafe | Hair: Hair by Dempsey | Make-up: Lucy Macdonald MUA | Wedding Stationery: Millie Stone UK | Food: Zest Catering | Marquee & Moroccan Chill Out Lounge: Wings


rom the moment you arrive at Rushton Hall you become part of our history. We pride ourselves in hosting one wedding a day, overseeing every important detail with the utmost care and ensuring you experience a wedding day that is uniquely yours.

16th Century Grade I Listed Four Red Star Hotel - 25 Acres of Beautiful Grounds, 51 Unique Bedrooms, Exclusive Use Available, Civil Ceremonies, Host up to 260 Guests, Stableyard Spa, Wedding Packages from ÂŁ95, Three Rosette Restaurant, Private Bar.

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Claire H & Ben Kedleston Hall - Derbyshire

Photography by Elen Studio Photography

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ow did you two meet? We met on a night out in Derby town. I was out with my work friends and Ben was out with his friends. How long have you been together? 9 years. How did he pop the question? Ben is very good at surprises. He had my engagement ring for quite a while before he proposed. He’d bought it from ‘Veronicas’, a shop in Kefalonia, Greece. I had seen it whilst we were on holiday there one year and said “wow that’s so beautiful and different”. He agreed and sneakily got it whilst his family and I were having a drink at a bar. He told me he was going to the cash point! In December 2011 he took me to Belgium, to the Christmas Markets, as a surprise and an early Christmas present. That’s where he proposed. What was your favourite moment from the wedding? All of it! We had an amazing day and enjoyed every moment. How would you describe your overall wedding experience? Overwhelming, exciting and amazing. Everything we wanted it to be. What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding? Get everything sorted from the minute you start planning. Don’t leave everything until the last minute and

then you will enjoy it. The closer you get to the day an item on your initial ‘to do’ list will suddenly develop its very own ‘to do’ list; things you haven’t even thought of! Get a book to keep everything together…your lists upon lists! Also Post-it notes with guest names on and A4 paper for individual tables; brilliant when creating your table plan until you’ve got everybody, and every table in just the right place. Tell us about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one? It was the first one I tried on with my mum at Beau Belles in Borrowash, who were brilliant by the way. I actually saw a poster in the shop of what I wanted and they had it in! I wanted an ivory silk dress with no tulle or lace but diamanté detail. I was intrigued as to what Ben would expect me to wear so I asked him to send me a picture of what he thought. It was scary how similar my wedding dress was to what he sent. It made me feel great though and I looked forward to him seeing it. How was your experience with your photographer on your wedding day? I can honestly say Elen Studio Photography were absolutely brilliant. From the minute we met to now, Elena and her husband have been so supportive and lovely throughout the whole wedding process. The photos are amazing and overwhelming. Elena sent us one to look at and I couldn’t believe it was us! The venue was beautiful and the picture she sent was exactly what I wanted and envisaged before we got married. To see it for real with me in my wedding dress and Ben in his suit was quite emotional. I was so happy. Did you have an engagement session? Would you recommend having an engagement photo shoot to other couples? Yes yes yes! We had ours at our wedding venue which gave Elena some good ideas for the day and was so much fun. We got dressed up and had some beautiful photos taken, one of which we used within our guest signing picture frame for the wedding day. We love to hear about suppliers you love. Who did you have in your wedding team? Sophie and Kate from Imagine Invites and Events were amazing and created our invites, dressed our venue and helped conduct the day so everything ran smoothly. They have been brilliant and so supportive and as you can see from the photos the venue dressing looked beautiful and exactly what I wanted. Flowers were by Jo from Jo Beth Floral Design and they were stunning! Again, an amazing job and a lovely lady who did everything exactly how we wanted. Catherine and Hannah from The Red Olive Catering Company were brilliant. The food was outstanding and the service on the day was incredible.

Yolande, Natalie, Fliss, Rebecca and the team at Harvey Luke Hair. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Getting ready at the salon was so much fun. We took breakfast and had a couple of drinks. We were ready at the time I’d requested. I will definitely continue to get my hair and beauty treatments done there. The prices were reasonable and the results were amazing. We booked our transport from Cupid Carriages, who were brilliant. From booking to getting to the venue, it was simple and on time. The drivers were great and made everyone feel relaxed. It was a fun journey. I found my wedding dress at Beau Belles. They stocked exactly what I wanted. The dress fitted beautifully and they helped get everything sorted on time. The women are lovely and made me feel comfortable too. What food did you choose for your reception? We had canapés, BBQ food and a trio of desserts by The Red Olive Company. They also prepared our evening food which was antipasti. What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Adore by Jasmine Thompson. Her voice is beautiful. What advice would you give to other couples? Take a walk with your husband away from everyone and just look at everything. See everyone from a distance enjoying your day. It’s a great feeling and makes it all feel real. Ben and I walked on our own from the ceremony venue to the marquee. It was lovely watching everyone and taking in how beautiful the day was, the venue and our guests.

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Hodsock Priory Nottinghamshire

Birdy - A glamorously fitted and semi sheer bustier is artistically decorated with intricate embroidery in magenta, kingfisher and green, all the shades least expected to be found on a bridal gown. Even more captivating is the way the intertwining branches, climbing roses and hummingbirds dance around the hemline of soft draping silk tulle. A couture bridal gown in every sense of the word.

The French Riviera meets the Quintessential English Rose for Buckinghams’ cover shoot at Hodsock Priory, featuring three magnificent gowns by Joanna Leigh Couture.


Written by EJ Wright, Photography by Dottie Photography

first met Joanna Leigh Couture at our wedding show at Belvoir Castle in the Autumn of 2017. Her designs are sensational and I knew we’d definitely want to work with her on a photoshoot. I called her after the show and asked if she would be interested. She said yes and we set about discussing dresses. Jo sent over detail shots of several gowns she was working on. The first was 'Florence' - or 3D Silk as we were affectionately calling her at the

time. After my initial gasp, my mind’s eye wandered instantly to the beautiful gardens at Hodsock Priory. We just had to shoot this dress at that location. 'Little Bow' followed along with immediate inspiration to pair her with a sharp suited Riviera styled groom. Last, but by no means least, 'Birdy'. A breathtaking humming bird gown so beautiful it is beyond words. So who would we ask to go behind the camera? Myself and Mandy Carter

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at Dottie Photography had been chatting for nearly a year about working together on a project and I had a feeling this would be the perfect one. When I showed Mandy the dresses and the venue, she was on board. Our backdrop was Hodsock Priory, the beautiful country house in Blyth, Nottinghamshire, once visited by Henry VIII in 1541. With the impressive Tudor Gatehouse, the Panelled Hall ceremony room, glamorous chandeliers and the

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‘Florence’ embraces lavish textures, exquisite embroidery and the rustle of silk taffeta. A hand pleated silk bodice accentuates the waistline. Chiffon petals and floral detail delicately flutter revealing rich pearl and crystal adornments. The sheer, voluminous sleeves and veiled shoulders create a dramatic sense of romance as the floral embellishments softly trail away from the train.


Venue Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire - Creative Direction & Production - EJ Wright, Buckinghams - Photography - Dottie Photography - Wedding Gowns - Joanna Leigh Couture - Gloves - Cornelia James - Wedding Cakes, Sugar Flowers & Favours - Storeybook Cakes - Stationery - Millie Stone UK - Make Up - Adele Coxon MUA - Hair - Kirby Blythe - Flower Arrangements & Bouquets - Frances & Rose - Groomswear - Christopher Scotney Mens Hire - Chair Sashes, Ceremony Decor & Draping - Nuptia - Cutlery, Glassware, Candle Sticks - Dottie Events & Hire - Gold Chargers & Votives - Nerissa Eve Weddings - Place card holders - Editor’s own Photography Assistant - October Willis Photography - Harpist - Soraya Vermeulen - Female Model - Sadie Straw Male Model - Josh Oxley Adams


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Handmade Old English Sugar Roses by Storeybook Cakes

stunning gardens with its own lake, we were spoilt for photo opportunities. I’d been praying for a dry day and although it was really overcast when we arrived, we took the risk and set up our first scene in the gardens. I’d been speaking to George Buchanan, owner of Hodsock, about what was in bloom and when. I wanted to create an al fresco double depth top table with the front table doubling as a dessert table with cake centrepiece. A waterfall of fabric was to froth onto the grass below it. I invited beautiful harpist, Soraya Vermuelen, to complete our scene. Mandy had recently launched 'Dottie Events & Hire,' her new marquee company. This was a great opportunity to delve into her extensive stock of hire items and she had the very pieces I was

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hoping for - gold cutlery, cut crystal and lots of candle sticks! We borrowed gold edged chargers and votives from our friends at Nerissa Eve Weddings in Market Harborough. Millie Stone UK designed our beautiful name cards for the table and the lovely ladies from Nuptia, set about adding sashes to our ceremony chairs and draping the backdrop, kindly assisted by Anna Straw. For cakes and favours I went straight to Lorien Storey from Storeybook Cakes. I haven’t known Lorien for long but she’s already in my little black book of go-to cake designers. Her attention to detail is epic and I was confident she’d totally smash it, and she did. Leading up to the shoot, Lorien sent me teaser shots of the cakes and favours she was working on. From the first photo I knew she'd taken what was in my head and turned it into sweet reality. When Marianne Slater at Frances & Rose checked her schedule and said she was available, we knew we were on to something special. Marianne’s combination of home grown ‘just foraged’ flowers were perfect for the table setting and bouquets. With Adele Coxon MUA and Kirby Blythe Hair on beauty, the stage was set. Our models, Sadie Straw and Josh Oxley Adams made the perfect couple. We styled Josh in a selection of suits from Christopher Scotney Mens Hire in Leicester. For gloves, there’s really only once place to go if you’re looking for the best. I approached the fabulous Cornelia James. I always love the moment their little packet of gloves arrives at my office.

‘Little Bow’ was designed especially for the Hodsock Priory shoot and inspired by a single pair of silk retro styled gloves which represent elegance in its simplest form. Appropriately named, it displays a delicate bow positioned in the centre of a clean cut and sensual bust line without interrupting the sophisticated décolletage.

Little Bow

Little Bow When creating timeless pieces Joanna introduces delicate, silk covered button and loops to fasten her gowns and nothing would be more complementary to a deep and contoured back as this gown. Light in weight and fitted to perfection to celebrate the feminine figure, created in luxurious, pure silk fading jacquard paying tribute to the glamorous and iconic years of Hollywood’s silver screen.

After several hours, scene one was set. The gardens burst into petal and bloom right on cue and the rain swept over us very briefly and promptly disappeared. Thank you to everyone involved in this project, especially to Hodsock Priory for looking after us. To Florence, Birdy and Little Bow - we love you.


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Great Outdoors


ive a girl a canvas and she’ll paint you something beautiful. That’s just what happens when Leicestershire wedding and event stylist extraordinaire, Nadine McGrath, pitches her tent, or to be more precise, her brand new tipi, in the grounds of Pipewell Hall, Northamptonshire. ‘Teepees and Tents’ combines the

Photography by Sarah Vivienne Photography

magic of a tipi with Nadine, and husband Magi’s, creative styling company, Nerissa Eve Weddings. And it’s a match made in heaven. Calling together her creative industry friends, team tipi created a beautiful outdoor wedding space overlooking the lake. Nestled amongst the trees, with the gentle moo of a passing cow or two

and the sweet chorus of bird song (who needs Ed Sheeran anyway!) ‘Teepees and Tents’ give rustic loving outdoor types the chance to hold a stylish wedding with the most unique backdrop. This stylish shoot from a team of incredible wedding folk will hopefully inspire you to kick off your Choos, embrace the great outdoors and party under the stars.

Tepees & Tents Shoot Team

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Nerissa Eve Weddings PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah Vivienne Photography VENUE

Pipewell Hall Northamptonshire 01536 762 202


Courtyard Bridal HAIR PIECES

Vivi Embellish FLOWERS



Victoria’s Cake Company MAKE-UP

Liza Smith MUA HAIR

Love Laura Hair Design MACARONS

Maison Des Macarons DRINKS CARAVAN

The Little Big Ale Company ICE CREAM TRICYCLE

We Are Honey Bees MODEL

Anna Buchanan FEATURING

The Adorable Pina

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The Wedding Collective

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The visionary genius creating ethereal gowns that dance with your very soul.

David Fielden began his creative life as a choreographer so it’s no surprise his designs are pure theatre. Each gown tells her own story and one could be forgiven for believing his gowns choose the woman, rather than the other way around. Such is the intimacy between a bride and her David Fielden dress. But stepping away from the leading ladies for a moment, we go backstage to discover the personal life of their creator. Likes, hates and the colour of Elephant's Breath.

t’s taken more than two years for us to get this interview. “He hates being interviewed” we were told. But when you admire legendary designer David Fielden as much as we do, we weren’t going to give up that easily. We’re incredibly grateful to dear Walter who helped us nag him, and of course to the man himself. It gives us great pleasure to include David in our ‘Designer Life’ series, where he talks exclusively to Buckinghams about his private life and the man behind the incredible label that bears his name.

What do you love least about running your business? Making the financial side balance with the creative. What do you love most? Working with young creative people. What’s the dream for your business? That it can continue as a creative force If you could go back to day one of your business what, if anything, would you do differently? Nothing Does the responsibility of your business ever scare you? Yes! How do you start your day? Press-ups What do you eat for breakfast? Nutty muesli with extra almonds Are you a morning or night person? Morning What do you do to unwind? I go to the theatre and I like to listen to new exciting music.

The Designer Life:



David Fielden sketches in his London based studio. Image © David Fielden

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Thank you to Andrea Pinacci Photography Styling: Model: Giulia Ponzo

What is your favourite meal? Anything vegetarian. I love a fresh salad. Your favourite tipple? Sipsmith gin and tonic. Dogs or cats? Dogs. A Staffordshire bull terrier. Favourite holiday destination? Havana. Favourite biscuit? Shortbread. Favourite shoes? I mostly wear trainers depending on the season and collection. Favourite author? Alan Hollinghurst but I'm reading ‘Balancing Acts’ by Nicholas Hytner at the moment. Coke or Pepsi? I hate both. Do you like Marmite? No. Most famous person you’ve ever met? Elizabeth Taylor. Secret crush? Nobody at the moment. Favourite room in the house and why? My living room. I have a large open fire to sit close to in winter. What colour is your kitchen? Elephant's Breath. Are you a gardener? Yes Can you keep a house plant alive for more than a month? Yes What do you want for Christmas this year? Tonnerre Perfume by Beaufort What is your scariest moment? Just before my fashion show starts! What is your proudest moment? When I first won an international competition in Paris for my choreography. If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing? Choreographing. If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? Racism If you could go back in time to witness a particular event in history what would it be? When Obama became President. How would you like to be remembered? Someone who was fair, honest and considerate. What can brides expect from you if they choose your business for their wedding? Having a selection of over 200 dresses so that they can truly have the opportunity to wear something different. What advice do you have for brides? When you find the perfect dress, stop looking!

All enquiries to 241 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HY

Blooming Good Advice by Marco Arrichiello, Hiden Floral Design, Rutland

in their abilities to create your dream decorations. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Are they familiar with your reception and ceremony venue? Have they worked there before? Can you make changes to your order if you have another idea later on? What’s the cut-off date for changes? Bring pictures of flowers and arrangements that you like; magazine clippings, swatches, photos or website links. Try to have a good idea of the style, shape and types of flowers that will look perfect with your gown and bridesmaids' dresses and add to the style of your day. Have a list of all the flowers and decorations you’d like for the ceremony and at the reception venue. A good Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 38

florist will help you obtain your dream flowers within your budget. There are great designs to suit all budgets, as long as you remember to be realistic. And always remember to enjoy the design process. Your wedding is the one day in your life when you can carry a beautiful bouquet, adorn your hair with flowers and decorate practically every area around you with beautiful blooms. So make the most of it!

Hiden Floral Design 07595 926450

Chair decor image: Dottie Photography | Bottom right: Additional styling by Nerissa Eve Weddings


ne of the most crucial decisions you’ll make when planning your big day is your choice of florist. It’s essential to feel confident your florist completely understands your vision. But how to choose the right florist? Where on earth do you start? Everybody likes flowers but maybe have little idea on varieties, seasons and names. Start looking for florists as soon as you’ve decided on your venue. Good florists get booked up very quickly. At your first visit with a florist it’s essential you ask to see a portfolio of their previous wedding work. It should be up to date and you should love it. Most importantly you should feel confident

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Buckinghams Autumn 2018 Wedding Fairs

Rushton Hall

The Carriage Hall

Belvoir Castle

Sunday 16th September 12pm - 3pm

Sunday 23rd September 12pm - 3pm

Sunday 30th September 11am - 2pm

Rushton Hall Desborough Rd, Rushton Kettering NN14 1RR

The Carriage Hall Station Road, Plumtree Nottinghamshire NG12 5NA

Belvoir Castle Grantham Leicestershire NG32 1PE

Hodsock Priory

Prestwold Hall

Norwood Park

Sunday 7th October 11am - 2pm

Sunday 14th October 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Sunday 21st October 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Hodsock Priory Blyth, Worksop Nottinghamshire S81 0TY

Prestwold Hall Prestwold, Loughborough Leicestershire LE12 5SQ

Norwood Park Southwell Nottinghamshire NG25 0PF

Autumn 2018 Wedding Fair

Autumn 2018 Wedding Fair

Kelmarsh Hall Autumn 2018 Wedding Fair

Sunday 4th November 11am - 2pm Kelmarsh Hall Kelmarsh Northamptonshire NN6 9LY

Autumn 2018 Wedding Fair

Autumn 2018 Wedding Fair

Autumn 2018 Wedding Fair

Autumn 2018 Wedding Fair

Wedding Collective Create Your Dream Team

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Buckinghams Spring 2019 Wedding Fairs

Belvoir Castle

Rushton Hall

Hodsock Priory

Sunday 24th February 11am - 2pm

Sunday 3rd March 12pm - 3pm

Sunday 10th March 11am - 2pm

Belvoir Castle Grantham Leicestershire NG32 1PE

Rushton Hall Desborough Rd, Rushton Kettering NN14 1RR

Hodsock Priory Blyth, Worksop Nottinghamshire S81 0TY

Kelmarsh Hall

Norwood Park

Prestwold Hall

Sunday 17th March 11am - 2pm

Sunday 24th March 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Sunday 7th April 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Kelmarsh Hall Kelmarsh Northamptonshire NN6 9LY

Norwood Park Southwell Nottinghamshire NG25 0PF

Prestwold Hall Prestwold, Loughborough Leicestershire LE12 5SQ

Spring 2019 Wedding Fair

Spring 2019 Wedding Fair

Spring 2019 Wedding Fair

Spring 2019 Wedding Fair

Spring 2019 Wedding Fair

Spring 2019 Wedding Fair

Autumn 2018/Spring 2019 Fairs Subscribers can book FREE TICKETS to all our wedding fairs. Simply visit our website and sign up for your promo code. The first 100 pre-booked brides through the door will receive a special gift bag. (T&Cs apply)

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Everything’s fancy with


“Paint it the colour of elephant’s breath”.

Nancy Lancaster, a name synonymous with elegant decor and the classic English country house style that is Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens.

Photograph of Nancy Lancaster by renowned photographer, Cecil Beaton


ancy Lancaster (nee Perkins) was born into a wealthy American family on September 10th, 1897. During her lifetime she was married three times. It was her second marriage to Ronald Tree that first brought her to Kelmarsh Hall in 1928. The couple rented the fine Georgian mansion until 1933 during which time she made her mark. The story goes that the hand-painted wallpaper in the Chinese room was originally hung in a house many miles away but when Nancy saw it, she wanted it, purchased it and had it delivered to Kelmarsh. Set amongst 3000 acres of Northamptonshire pasture and woodland and close to the border of Leicestershire, Nancy created the perfect home for entertaining, both inside and out. A reputable gardener she also designed the stunning gardens including

the sunken garden where she hosted fine cocktail parties. Nancy’s inimitable style gave her the reputation of ‘having the finest taste of almost anyone in the world’. Indeed as notable style-maker of her time it was Nancy who set the bar for creating the perfect English country house style. In 1933 Nancy and Robert moved to Ditchley Park but the marriage ended in divorce in 1947. A year later in 1948 Nancy returned to Kelmarsh Hall having married its owner, Lieutenant Colonel Lancaster. Once again Nancy was back at her beloved Kelmarsh Hall and by now was partner in the revered interior design company, Colefax & Fowler. Noted for her instruction to a decorator to ‘paint it the colour of elephant’s breath’, Nancy Lancaster is the stylish hand behind the design at Kelmarsh Hall as seen today. It is with thanks to her that Kelmarsh can offer a wonderful Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Page 43

backdrop for weddings, whatever the season. “Kelmarsh Hall offers a romance and grace that will colour every aspect of your wedding day. The tranquil seclusion and exclusive use policy guarantees wedding parties the freedom to enjoy Kelmarsh Hall as if it were their own.” Guests are treated to a magnificent welcome in the Great Hall. With coral toned walls, a breathtaking gilt lantern and the entire space flooded with natural light, this double height room offers the grandest, yet somehow, most intimate, of welcomes to your wedding guests. Whether you opt for roaring fires in the winter or drinks on the lawn in the summer this ‘heart of the home’ room guarantees a ‘wow’ your guests will not easily forget. The Yellow Room is a haven away from the hustle and bustle. A chance

to reflect on the day and take stock. Prepare for your walk down the aisle in this room with comfy sofa, dressing table and mirror. Catch your breath for a moment’s private time away from your guests or simply enjoy the views whilst you step into your bridal gown. Saying ‘I Do’ in the Saloon means stepping into the grandeur of yesteryear. The high Georgian ceiling, striking cornicing and stunning view that stretches out across the garden and grounds to the lake below, via the floor to ceiling windows, promises to make the most important moment of your big day extra special. The Ballroom was designed for partying and to this day it is still holding true to its original purpose. Ladies of the house would host stunning parties and soirées in this room. It is only fitting then that families of today who choose Kelmarsh Hall for their special occasions are keeping the party atmosphere alive. Dine on fine food and toast your health, wealth and happiness in this stunning panelled room. After dinner the room is transformed into the perfect place for dancing the night away. The gardens at Kelmarsh Hall offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs and a delightful location to entertain your guests. Host an elegant cocktail party al fresco or choose to lead your guests through the walled garden. You’ll find the outside space at Kelmarsh Hall as wonderful as the indoors. With their famous white cows and fine view overlooking the church, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve somehow been transported straight into a painting by Constable. ‘Idyllic’ is a word that easily comes to mind when you visit Kelmarsh and it’s one of the reasons we are proud to add this truly fabulous venue to our portfolio. We have fallen in love with everything

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this venue has to offer today’s bride and groom and we just know, when you visit, you’ll love Kelmarsh too. Book a private viewing of this superb venue and meet the wedding team who love the house as much as the family who have lived here for generations. Make Kelmarsh Hall your home for the day. We’re fairly certain Nancy would raise a glass to that. To book your private viewing call the Estate Office and speak to the wedding team on 01604 686543 or email

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In Focus:

Neil Priestley at One Fine Day Productions

Neil Priestley, owner of One Fine Day Productions, specialises in producing contemporary wedding films.


’ve always been a huge movie fan. I grew up in the 80’s loving films such as ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Star Wars’. My interest in how films were made meant it wasn’t long before I was making films of my own. Soon friends and family would ask if I could film their wedding day. At first I found filming a live event quite stressful, (you only have one take to get it right) but I loved capturing and retelling the day and found I was quite good at it. I got a real buzz from hearing how everyone

loved my films. I went on to study Media Production at Lincoln University. I loved every second of it and, well, here I am. I firmly believe there is nothing like reliving your wedding day in film long after you’re back from your honeymoon. There’s so much you miss when you’re getting ready and chatting with friends. A video captures not only the moving images but the sounds of your day and in some instances, the voices of loved ones. It’s often the sound of that one voice, seeing how they moved and those

unique gestures, that we miss long after they’re gone. Video captures so much and it’s something to keep for generations to come. I truly believe having a wedding video is essential and social media makes sharing your film with friends and family so easy. This truly is the era of video. People often ask what is unique about my work. I guess the simple answer is, me. If two videographers shoot the exact same wedding, the videos would be completely different in terms of the shots, use of slow motion, colour grading, music and the all important edit. My style is modern, cinematic, discreet and ‘fly-on-the-wall’. I offer a natural re-telling of your wedding day story, capturing those unposed, candid shots in an unobtrusive manner. If you’re looking for peace of mind and the discreet and highly professional service with creative flare that I have become known for, then do give me a call and let’s talk about your special day. One Fine Day Productions 07814 710 336

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