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Cornish Winter 2013

With Love From Cornish Brides It never fails to amaze us how quickly the time

year, visiting these businesses to ensure we

flies and to think we are now only two months

can keep you fully up-to-date with everything

away from Christmas and the end of another

that is available to you closer to home as well.

year is unbelievable. Our year is measured by the issues of Cornish Brides we produce and, of course, our Cornish Brides Shows. No sooner have we put one issue to bed, than we are starting on the next. No sooner are we waving goodbye to one set of exhibitors at the end of a successful show than we are welcoming another set to the next show and so the year goes.

In this our Winter 2013 issue, we are introducing a couple of new features that will grow and develop over the coming year. ‘Brides Retreat’ is an intimate place where you can lose yourself in all things ‘beauty-ful’ to ensure you look and feel your best on your wedding day. We also thought it was about time the guys got involved, so here for the very first time, we present ‘Grooming ‘Andsome’ - an 8

It is a fun way to spend your time, though, and

page feature designed specifically with your

it helps because we are all passionate about

man in mind so he can stay in touch with all the

weddings and about helping our brides to have

latest groom trends.

the most perfect wedding day. A lot of our time is spent scouring the globe to bring you all the very latest news, information and trends from the world of weddings. We have an extensive contact list of wedding suppliers all over the world and we make sure we know exactly what they’re all up to all of the time.

You will also find a massive amount of information on the very best bridal businesses in the county, as well as the latest designs from the catwalk and just about everything else you want to turn your wedding day dreams into a reality.

We also work closely with lots of lovely people

So, for all the inspiration you need for your

in the wedding industry right here in Cornwall

special day, sit back and enjoy!

and we are out and about right through the

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Beautiful Bride - news and trends from the world of weddings


Bridal Gossip - all the latest wedding news


Social Media Pages - Neill Mabbott gives us an update on social networking news


Brides Retreat - ensuring you look and feel your best on your wedding day


Table Decorations - inspiration for stunning table settings


Bridal Gossip - more wedding news


Love Apples - a Cornish Brides photo-shoot


Take the Plunge - a Cornish Brides Special Feature


Bridal Gossip - and yet more wedding news


Food, Glorious Food - what will you be serving your wedding guests?


Show Time - a look at our Cornish Brides Shows


Somewhere Over the Rainbow - a Cornish Brides ‘Wizard of Oz’ inspired photo-shoot


Latest Bridal Buzz - a quick round-up of the latest news


Pretty Maids - Carley Wetting gives her advice on choosing the right bridesmaids for the job


Grooming ‘Andsome - a not-to-be-missed feature for all the grooms out there


Make Hay While the Sun Shines - A Cornish Brides photo-shoot


A Taste of the Orient - honeymoon hotspots from our resident travel expert


22 pages of


designer dresses

FRONT COVER : LOVE APPLES Photography: Victoria Studios Head-Dress: Jessicouture

Hair and Make-up: Amy Skinner

Shoes: Bliss Bridal

Dress: Mooshki Bridal from the Bridal House of Cornwall

Bouquets: Flowers from Bruallen

Model: Katie Chown

Location: St. Mawes Retreats

Publisher & Head of Sales Colin Robinson Advertising Sales Manager Julie Hayden

Editor-in-Chief Janice Robinson

Communications Manager Neill Mabbott

Illustrations by Lisa Grenfell

Administrator Kirsty Forbes

Additional Contributions from Carol Dowsett

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All the very latest news, trends and

e d i r b l u f i t u bea gossip from the world of weddings to ensure you’re a

If you’re serious about looking your best on your wedding day, then you need to come along to a Cornish Brides Show

at Kingsley Village. Our wedding shows have been designed with you in mind and we always have the very best bridal boutiques in attendance showcasing the latest in bridal design. You will also find fabulous hair stylists and make-up artists who will be able to offer you help, advice and

Charlotte Balbier Launches Brand New Website

One of the UK’s top bridal designers, Charlotte Balbier has launched a new sophisticated website for brides to visit and fall in love with their future bridal gown. Brides can view Charlotte’s latest collections, a Decade of Style and Hall of Fame which are a celebration of her 10 year anniversary in the bridal industry. The website also includes a section dedicated to ‘Charlotte’s Brides’ showing real life brides in their Charlotte Balbier gown on their wedding day. Brides-to-be can also find out about their nearest stockists and keep up-to-date with exclusive events to meet Charlotte.


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guidance to ensure you look absolutely beautiful.

BRIDAL BUZZ ... BRIDAL BUZZ ... Lavender Rose Bridal, The Bridal Studio and Bride! have all recently moved into lovely new premises. In Penryn, Ellen Morgan of Lavender Rose finally managed to secure premises at 40 Lower Market Street that she’d had her eye on for many years. In Helston, Chris Woods of The Bridal Studio is now happily settled in a new shop at 11 Wendron Street and down in Penzance, Linda Foster recently celebrated the 6 year anniversary of Bride! by moving into gorgeous new premises at 30 Cornwall Terrace.

It’s been a great time for new bridal boutiques opening in Cornwall. Over the last few months, four fabulous new shops have opened their doors. The Bridal House of Cornwall in Truro, the White Room in Liskeard, Budeiful Brides in Bude and Lowen Bridal in Launceston.

Bliss Bridal Gowns are now stocking the beautiful Davinci bridal range as well as the sumptuous Sonsie by Vermonia (plus size) collection. They also have bridesmaids’ dresses by Ronald Joyce in store and are currently offering a 20% discount off this range when you buy your wedding dress from Bliss.

County Cream are expanding their range by introducing Flower Girl dresses from Busy B's Bridal to the boutique. These cute dresses are available instore now to try on from age 12 months to 10 years.

New for 2014 : Launching early in the new year, the Wedding Company in Bodmin will be offering Cameron Ross Men’s Suit Hire with modern, shorter-style jackets and matching waistcoats in a new slimmer fit. Available in black and grey with three-piece hire charges from just £64. As a special introductory offer, the Wedding Company will offer free hire on a fifth suit when you hire four suits from them.

Also available from The Wedding Company in Bodmin is the fabulous range from White Rose Bridal. Did you know White Rose offer a complete design change so you can make your dress bespoke and just the way you want it! You can change the fabric and the neckline; you can add buttons or change a zip to a lace-up back fastening (or vice versa). You can add straps and even the shape of the dress. White Rose will also produce a made to measure dress with matching jackets, boleros and veils.

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BEAUTIFUL BRIDES COME IN ALL SIZES! There is a bit of dilemma facing bridal boutiques and designers when it comes to creating and stocking bridalwear in larger sizes. In particular, it seems, there is some discrepancy as to when a dress becomes a ‘larger’ size. With the average woman in the UK now a size 16, is it reasonable, therefore, to class anything above this size as ‘large’ or ‘plus size’. And then there is the added problem of what exactly to call the collection without causing offence. At a recent Cornish Brides Show, one of our bridal boutique exhibitors was talking to a lovely looking bride who was there with her Mum and, in complete innocence, the boutique owner mentioned that they had an extensive range of ‘plus size’ dresses in the shop at which point, Mum nearly exploded and demanded to know whether that was an intimation that her daughter was fat! Of course, it wasn’t and therein lies the rub, because if a bride doesn’t come right out and say, I love that dress, but I need it in a larger size, then boutique owners are trying to walk on eggshells. They know by looking at her that the bride is a larger size, but they also recognise the need for tact. Now, as a ‘plus size’ woman myself - as well as being the Editor of Cornish Brides, I feel perfectly well positioned and qualified to comment. The problem is that very few of us want to acknowledge that we are ‘plus size’ because in this day and age, there is such a stigma attached to not being thin. And yet, there is absolutely no reason why every single bride, regardless of her size or shape, should not look beautiful on her wedding day. Many designers do now produce their collections in sizes up to 30 and some have designed collections specifically with the larger bride in mind and they are to be applauded. So whether they describe their collections as ‘plus size’ or ‘for the curvy bride’ or ‘gorgeous with curves’ it doesn’t really matter. During the course of my work, I come across bridal designers and bridal boutiques who simply don’t or won’t cater for larger brides and my advice to any bride who comes across such a business is to treat them with the same levels of disdain, wipe them from your mind and go instead to one of the many lovely bridal boutiques in Cornwall who will welcome you with open arms and do everything in their power to find you the dress of your dreams, regardless of whether it comes in a size 16 or a size 30. At the end of the day, your dress will be beautiful and you will look divine. Embrace your curves and remember that your soon-to-be husband loves you just the way you are.

If you’re looking for a beautiful wedding dress in a larger size, The Wedding Company in Bodmin stock Venus Woman and White Rose Plus dresses, which are designed for the 18+ size bride. They also stock bridesmaids’ dresses in larger sizes so you can try on instore. Bliss Bridal stock the Sonsie Collection by Veromia and Little Anne-Maids stock D’Zage Bridal who supply dresses from size 6-30. Brides-To-Be of Falmouth also stock a range of larger dresses and new bridal boutique, Lowen Bridal in Launceston stock the Gorgeous with Curves collection from Benjamin Roberts.

The mutli-award winning Sonsie Collection by Veromia Bridal demonstates beyond any doubt that bridalwear is beautiful whatever size it comes in.

Sonsie by Veromia : The Designer Jason Jennings has been designing gorgeous bridal, bridesmaid and evening gowns for many years. After graduating from The London School of Fashion in 1995, he went on to gain his BA Honours at Central St Martins in 1997 before starting work with the amazing David Fielden where he stayed for 8 years, honing his talent for designing immaculate gowns. Jason then went on to create his own label, but in 2008, he was enticed to join Veromia as their In-House Designer. With an undisputed passion for design, Jason has come to understand how a woman should look and how she wants to look and he uses this knowledge and experience in his designs, creating a well fitting, sexy yet feminine look for all the labels he designs for. Jason is responsible for creating Veromia’s four times award winning Sonsie Collection with ultimate fit for the curvy, confident bride. Jason felt that most dresses for curvy girls were uninspiring and he determined to create a collection with a great fit and amazing corsetry whilst losing none of the magic of Veromia to flatter the curvier bride, giving a sleeker silhouette and added support.

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. We love this gorgeous gown from White Rose Plus.

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Shell Belle Couture

bridal buzz ... bridal buzz ... bridal buzz ... bridal buzz ... bridal buzz ... for the beautifully undressed We love it when we come across talented designers, but it is even more gratifying when those designers are based right here in Cornwall. Internationally acclaimed, multi-talented designer, Michelle Blenkinsopp, has designed for many global lingerie brands. She is renowned for her attention to detail and nostalgic approach to design. Combining this with her extensive knowledge, vast experience and devotion to all things lingerie, Michelle has created her own luxury brand, Shell Belle Couture. Her journey began with Voyage, a precious collection of vintage lingerie and slip dresses, inspired by the feminine, timeless and breathtakingly beautiful era that was the 1920s and 30s and of which the brand is now synonymous. Paying homage to this particular era, Shell Belle Couture combines delicate touches and feminine details that have long been forgotten in modern lingerie, with heirloom intricacy from highly skilled machinists creating styles from the finest silks and French Leavers laces. For brides, Michelle has created ‘Wedding Belle’, a gorgeous collection of pieces for ultimate glamour that are perfect for the wedding night and the honeymoon. If you love vintage style and elegance, you’ll love Shell Belle Couture.

bespoke for brides Another talented Cornish-based designer we love is Maya Ullman Mason of Papillon Rouge who designs and creates exquisite handmade jewellery for your special occasion using the finest quality pearls, gemstones and silver. Her jewellery has a timeless quality and vintage feel, matched only by the care and attention to detail she puts into every piece. Maya is always delighted to create bespoke jewellery and provides an outstanding service, working in partnership with her customer to share ideas and produce beautiful jewellery to be enjoyed and cherished for years to come. A finalist in the 2012-13 Cornish Brides Awards, Maya invites you to Papillon Rouge’s studio and gallery at Jubilee Wharf, Penryn where you can see first-hand the beauty and quality of her designs.

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Bridal Insider Here at Cornish Brides, we come into contact with lots of lovely people who work within the bridal industry, but sometimes it’s nice to delve a little deeper and find out what makes them tick. Little Anne Maids have long been one of our favourite bridal boutiques, but we thought it was about time we got owners, Alan and Anne to ‘spill the beans’ on their business. Here is their story ....

Husband and wife team, Alan and Anne Walker, established Little Anne Maids in April 1995, but in the early days, the company was a bespoke, handmade children's clothing business, a real little cottage industry, designing and making beautiful dresses for little girls, hence the somewhat unusual trading name. Alan and Anne manufactured all the clothes themselves with Anne, a talented seamstress and dressmaker, responsible for the creation of the clothes although Alan played a important role, being fairly nifty on a sewing machine himself - although not, by his own admission, quite up to Anne’s standards - his main role was pattern cutting. A significant part of their range were flower girl and bridesmaids’ dresses and as their designs became more in demand, they started to receive requests to make outfits for adult bridesmaids to match the little ones. Before long, this side of the business grew and Alan and Anne made the decision to concentrate more on this and over a relatively short period of time, they evolved into a bridal shop! The most natural progression with the shop was to fill it full of beautiful bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses and glittering accessories and by 1999, Little Anne Maids Bridal was born. Following their move into lovely new premises in Tuckingmill last year, Little Anne Maids now have a vast collection of 150 bridal gowns from designers such as Annais Bridal, Mia Solano, D'Zage, Hilary Morgan with a new collection, Bellice by Veromia, being added in 2014. The company also pride themselves on a superb collection of stunning plus size gowns with dresses up to size 30 available on the rails for brides to try on. Bridesmaids and Flower Girl dresses by Dessy, Veromia, D'Zage, Linzi Jay and Hilary Morgan are also in stock. The one small regret Alan and Anne have is that unfortunately they just don’t have the time to create any of their own designs anymore, but with Anne’s seamstress skills, every bride is assured of the perfect fit on her day.

In the last couple of years, Little Anne Maids have added a Men's Formal Hire side to the business - so grooms, don’t let the company name fool you; you are very well catered for as well and, in fact, the company now has one of the largest ranges of Men's Formal Hire in Cornwall with a vast and varied range of suits, waistcoats and accessories in stock and in 2014, there are plans to add a bespoke Men's Suit Department. Over the years, Alan and Anne have dressed hundreds of delighted brides and grooms - and they pride themselves on offering a very personal service to all their customers. As Alan told Cornish Brides: ‘What makes the job so interesting is that every single bride is different. They all have their own ideas as to the theme and colour scheme for their big day, so for us, it’s a real mix of individual tastes, passions and personalities. The sheer joy we feel when we see our brides dressed for the day makes it all so worthwhile and what is even more lovely is when our brides send us photographs and thank you cards after the wedding; that can be quite overwhelming sometimes, but so very gratifying and we love it.’ It is clear that for Alan and Anne, Little Anne Maids is not just a business, it's a way of life and they put a lot of themselves into it. Maybe this effort and passion has paid off, because this year Little Anne Maids reached the finals of the Cornish Brides Awards and with such exciting plans in the pipeline for 2014, the future for Little Anne Maids Bridal is looking very bright indeed.

Vintage Bridal in Bude Good news for brides-to-be in the Bude area with the recent opening of Budeiful Brides, a stunning, vintage style bridal boutique, in the town. Owner, Emily Rouse, is understandably excited about her new boutique which is stocking a range of exquisite gowns from Mia Solano, Pheonix Gowns and Alexia Designs. With bridesmaids’ dresses from Alexia, gorgeous Flower Girl outfits and a selection of high quality accessories, Budeiful Brides should definitely be on every brides ‘must visit’ list this winter.

Phoenix Gowns Designer Weekend : January 25-26, 2014

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E L S I A ST YLE Vicky Woods is the owner of The Wedding Company, a classy, family-run bridal boutique in Bodmin. We got the chance to chat with Vicky recently and we asked her for her thoughts on the bridal industry ....

What are brides really looking for? Quite simply, the dress of their dreams, but more often than not, it isn’t the dress they think it will be. What they really want is a shop with good service, great dresses at affordable prices and helpful, knowledgeable staff. They want a relaxed environment, but definitely no hard sell! How have trends changed over the years? There are many subtle trend changes every year, but basic dress shapes are the same. To be honest, no-one is going to reinvent the wedding dress any time soon. How informed are brides? Many brides have no idea how bridal shopping works. For example, we don't have every dress in every size available and it’s highly likely we will need to order the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses in the correct size. This is why we would recommend brides place their order no later than six months before the wedding date or even earlier, if possible, to allow for alterations. I would encourage a bride to start looking for her dress about a year in advance.

people with you when choosing your dress because too many opinions can get very confusing. Don't expect to find your dress immediately and never visit more than two bridal boutiques in one day. Definitely leave the children behind and don't make a snap decision on a dress; always go away and think about it first! Who is your favourite bridal designer? Our favourite designer is White Rose. They have fantastic dresses and allow the bride to alter the style of the dress, making each gown completely unique. What do you love most about your job? I love having fun with our brides helping them to find their dress, especially if they had no idea where to start the whole process. How does Cornwall compare to the rest of the UK bridal industry? I think we have some excellent bridal boutiques in Cornwall offering great choice to their brides, but what sets Cornwall apart is the huge diversity of businesses working within the bridal industry that you might not always find elsewhere in the country.

How much assistance do you feel brides require? Every bride is different, but we try to give whatever assistance is required. We always try to encourage our brides to try a variety of styles, making sure they have tried different fabrics, necklines and dress shapes. Sometimes we will suggest a particular dress, especially if it is a style that has been overlooked by the bride.

What do you think makes Cornwall such a special place to get married? Cornwall is a truly fantastic place to get married, the scenery is simply amazing and we have many wonderful and unique companies in the Cornish wedding industry. Anyone getting married down here is extremely lucky and they should take advantage of all the amazing opportunities available to them.

What is the average age of your brides and most popular dress size? Our brides’ ages range from very young and upwards. Our collections are not just aimed at the young bride getting married in church; we also have dresses for destination weddings, register office and civil ceremonies and everything in-between. Sizes vary from zero up to 30 and we have a dedicated plus range in-store for our brides to try on.

Have publications such as Cornish Brides helped your business? Cornish Brides is a fantastic platform to get my business noticed with a great magazine and the best wedding shows in the county. The confirmed bookings and positive leads we receive following each show is phenomenal.

How do budgets vary? Budgets have been hit recently and brides are definitely being a little more cautious about what they spend. We carry a range of dresses starting from £295 up to £1,200. I would say the average wedding dress spend is between £700-£900. What are your top tips for brides? I would tell a bride to be open-minded and be prepared to try on dresses that you perhaps didn't consider. Also, don't bring too many

Do you have any plans for the future you can share with Cornish Brides? The future for The Wedding Company is to continue doing what we do best; which is finding brides their dream dress.

The Wedding Company • Town End • Bodmin PL31 1LN 01208 75544

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On Your Toes Midi heels are right on trend at the moment - which is bad news for anyone who loves towering stilettos, but great news for the rest of us. Bridal shoes are stepping out with comfort and style in mind if the latest collections are anything to go by. So, plenty of lowish heels, vintage detailing and sharp new shapes that mould to the foot, whilst retaining a fashionable edge. Here’s a quick round-up from some of the top bridal footwear designers. Rachel Simpson has launched her first men’s range of stylish handmade shoes. Classic designs with a unique modern twist which are synonymous of the Rachel Simpson label, make an exciting addition to this rapidly expanding brand.

Freya Rose launches into the luxury occasion market with the Hanami collection for 2014. Inspired by Japanese parties held to celebrate the Cherry Blossom season, it is the brand’s most opulent collection to date.

The 2014 collection from Diane Hassall for Rainbow Club has been inspired by blush suede rose, rustic flowers and pretty lace. Each shoe is lovingly hand-crafted and available in limited numbers.

ead h A p A Ste Luxury wedding shoe brand, Merle & Morris, opened its online retail site at the end of October with a debut hand-crafted collection that combines the elegance of a bygone era with a unique twist on contemporary design. Each shoe in the collection encompasses a variety of elements from the softest pearlescent leathers to lustrous silks and gleaming gemstones to ensure sophistication, style and elegance with just a hint of whimsical magic.

One shoe fits all Who doesn’t hate packing and let’s face it, when you’re off on honeymoon, the last thing you need is to spend days trying to remember everything you have to pack. That’s why we love these fabulous inter-changeable sandals, from Slinks. These clever sandals are made up of a base that is available in a choice of colours, styles and finishes which can then be combined with a variety of uppers. They have just launched a bridal range which means you really can cut back on the packing for your honeymoon. One sandal, multiple looks ... what’s not to like?

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your dream wedding starts here ...

For friendly service, fabulous wedding gowns, superb bridesmaids’ dresses and a large range of gorgeous accessories, a visit to Bride! is a must. To arrange an appointment at our lovely new boutique, just call 01736 364500 or go to our website where you can email us as well as subscribe to our newsletter. Find us on Facebook at Bride Penzance and even download our new app onto your phone!

30 Cornwall Terrace, Penzance TR18 4HL 01736 364500

The Showroom • Goonhavern • Truro

Extensive collection of beautiful Wedding Gowns in sizes 8 - 28 Stunning gowns in a variety of styles and fabrics Bridal Bridesmaid Mother-of-the-Bride Accessories


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A luxurious and elegant bridal boutique with a unique collection of exquisite, high quality bridal gowns.

5 Market Street Liskeard Cornwall PL14 3JH

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Photography by Victoria Studios

Cornish Brides commissioned Jessicouture to design three bespoke head-pieces for a recent photo-shoot.


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R U O M GLA New Jewellery

New Designer Today’s brides not only want to look beautiful, they want to look glamorous as well. They also want to express their individuality and many now commission bespoke items, designed and created especially for them. Here at CBHQ, we hear a lot about talented bridal designers from all over the world, but it is so refreshing when we come across a designer who is not only hugely talented, but is actually ‘home-grown’ right here in Cornwall.

Loving this new range of jewellery from talented designer, Stephanie Stevens. Steph was born in St. Ives and has lived there all her life, describing her home town as a truly magical place to live and work. Drawing inspiration from the diverse landscapes and golden beaches, Steph works predominantly in silver, gold and freshwater pearls to create beautiful jewellery that would be perfect for a bride on her wedding day.

Jessica Bissell is one such designer. Having studied Art & Design for more than six years, Jess obtained a degree in Theatrical Costume & Make-up in 2009 following which, she worked as a bridal seamstress. In December 2010, she decided to start her own label - Jessicouture creating bridal accessories, millinery and masquerade ball masks. Her work embodies contemporary textiles with historical pattern cutting and whilst remaining conscious of sustainable fashion, she strives to push innovative ideas, breaking boundaries of design, construction and conceptual thinking. Everything Jess creates is entirely crafted by hand, including every flower embellishment and jewellery piece, ensuring meticulous attention to detail which creates scope for bespoke and couture pieces. Jess told Cornish Brides: ‘I believe fashion is one of the ways we identify ourselves as unique individuals in the world. My work allows women and, in particular brides-to-be, the opportunity to live out their fashion dreams and ideals, creating and choosing their own unique styles for their special day or event. My core specialism is corsetry and dress making and it is my intention to grow and expand my business into full bridal gowns.’

New Boutique Nestled in the quaint market town of Liskeard is the luxurious and elegant bridal boutique, The White Room. Featuring an eclectic mix of classic bridal gowns with a modern twist and cosmopolitan flair crafted of the finest silks, satins and laces; hand picked specifically for the chic and fashion conscious bride. World renowned luxury bridalwear designer, Elizabeth Stuart, chose this jewel in the crown of Cornish bridal fashion to be the home for her eponymous label; renowned for its exceptional fit and couture detailing. After the launch of her collection in 2011, Elizabeth Stuart has gone on to become one of Britain's leading bridalwear designers, known for her use of only the softest silks and intricately detailed French laces, Elizabeth's gowns are even lined with a luxurious silk lining so her brides will feel as beautiful as they look on their most special day. These gorgeous gowns are priced from £2,200 and brides are sure to find their dream dress within the Elizabeth Stuart line.

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founded in 2007, dumpster design specialises in the design and creation of commissioned couture pieces,

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made entirely from recycled materials. inspired to tackle today’s throw-away mentality, dumpster design takes an eco-friendly approach to fashion resulting in unconventional and eye-catching bespoke pieces. each garment is hand crafted and brings new life and beauty to items that might otherwise be thrown away. producing one off commissions for special occasions, dumpster design has been featured in vogue and marie claire and has been named as 'the one to watch' at the international radical designer awards held in monte carlo. the company has now launched its first bridal collection for eclectic brides who dare to be different!

bridal buzz ... bridal buzz ... bridal buzz ... bridal buzz ... bridal buzz ... Bespoke Bridal Accessories If you’re lucky enough to live in Cornwall, you will already know how many talented crafts people there are here in the county creating wonderful pieces, which give you the chance to have a truly unique wedding. Well, allow us to introduce you to Enys Bridal, the latest accessories company to join the fold. Based in Helston, Enys Bridal create unique headpieces and sashes and have just launched their first two collections - both of which are vintage inspired. The 'Rococo' collection offers brides delicate and feminine pieces, featuring layers of lace, natural pearls and crystal beadwork. The 'Pageant of Jewels' collection features rhinestones and strong designs, reminiscent of 1920s decadence. With more brides choosing accessories that will not only complete their dream look, but also create family heirlooms of the future, Enys Bridal offer bespoke pieces that truly are one-of-akind, giving brides the opportunity to wear a design that they alone will own, making it all the more special.

Elegant Bridal and Occasionwear are offering a 20% discount to brides-to-be who order their wedding dress before Christmas 2013. Owner, Lydia Rollings, runs her business from her home in Lanreath, near Looe where she can help you find the dress of your dreams or she can work with you to design something beautifully bespoke.

Happiness is ... Lowen Bridal

PUT A RING ON IT! How utterly fabulous are these gorgeous engagement rings from award-winning designer, Andrew Geoghegan? Just launched, the new Cannelé collection of rings features brilliant diamonds, rubies and pink sapphires, chocolate diamonds and exquisite sapphires. Surely every fashionista-bride’s dream.

It has long been a dream of Sam McCleery to open her own bridal boutique and now she has achieved that dream with the opening of Lowen Bridal in Launceston this Autumn. Sam has made a conscious decision to only deal with British based designers, so she is stocking Romantica of Devon, the Tia range from Benjamin Roberts, including the Gorgeous with Curves collection and Crystal Breeze. For shoes and veils, Sam has chosen Rainbow Club and she’s source a selection of tiaras and necklaces from various suppliers. All the stocked ranges are from the designers most current collections and Sam has tried to select styles that suit sizes 8 to 18. She has also tried to keep the prices sensible too, with only a few gowns over £1,000 and most with a £750 or less price tag! Lowen is the Cornish word for ‘happiness’, which is why Sam chose it as her trading name and as she told Cornish Brides: ‘The name reflects my Cornish heritage and getting married is such a happy time for a bride. But I have to confess, it’s also a bit to do with the happiness this shop is bringing me that I hope will pass on to many others over the coming years’.

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NEW from Crystabelle! We absolutely love this fabulous lace tiara in shades of gold and champagne embellished with Swarovski pearls and diamantĂŠs. Set on a simple cream satin Alice Band for easy wear.

Also loving this double strand of Swarovski pearls and feature flower completed with discreet Swarovski crystals at the back and a dainty extension chain for a perfect fit. And these new lace combs with diamantĂŠ and pearl detail.


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Loving these fabulous images of The Bridal House of Cornwall. What a stunning building and what a gorgeous, elegant and stylish interior owner, Kelly Scoble, has managed to create. If you haven’t paid a visit to Truro’s newest bridal boutique yet, we suggest you put it on your ‘to do’ list right now!

BRIDAL SHOP CLOSURE A Cornish Brides Exclusive: Word has just reached us that From This Day Forward bridal boutique in Par will be closing in January. Owner, Laura Parfitt told Cornish Brides it was with a heavy heart that she had taken the difficult decision to close her business due to extreme personal circumstances. “I have had the shop now for three years and have worked with so many lovely brides, but after a lot of thought and soul searching, I have decided that I will not be renewing the lease on the shop when it comes up in February.” Laura has written to her current customers to assure them that all outstanding orders will be honoured and would like to thank them for their kindness, support and understanding. She is now in the process of organising a clearance sale with all dresses being reduced to under £500 (sizes 12-24 in stock). Pink shoes are on sale at £29.99 and there is 30% off all jewellery and accessories. For enquiries, please call Laura on 01726 812114.

Winter brides need to keep warm, whilst looking stunningly beautiful and elegant. Alan Hannah shows how it’s done with this gorgeous satin bridal coat, teamed with fur cossack-style hat and muff and this lovely fur shoulder wrap. Adorable.

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ridal ossip what’s new on the bridal scene in Cornwall and beyond

cake challenge Mrs M's Cakes is launching a new range of wedding cakes with this amazing creation. To help develop the range, Mrs M is looking for a bride and groom who want a wedding cake that is unusual and different, something that really has that ‘wow’ factor and stands out from the crowd as well as being a challenge to create. So, if you can offer Mrs M a cake-challenge that would fit into her new range, she will offer you 40% off the cost of the cake.

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Loving these great picnic hampers from Kerra’s Catering. Make the most of a Cornish wedding by providing your guests with these pre-filled hampers to share. They’re fun, they’re funking and they’re proving really popular for 2014. Pack your hampers with a tasty selection of home-made goodies and Cornish favourites from pâtés, cheeses, antipasti, salads, freshly baked breads and giant heart shaped Cornish pasties. You can add a dessert or drinks package or bring your own. Hampers are served with chunky wooden chopping boards, wooden plates and cutlery all ready for your guests to just tuck in! Kerra’s Catering can either set everything up and provide staff to look after you or just leave you and your guests to open your hampers and enjoy.

rings in the sand Justin Duance has a new range of handmade wedding rings that are cast in sand using recycled metals. These can be made using their metal or cast utilising inherited or old gold, silver, palladium or platinum. Because of the way they are cast, the texture of the sand and the age of the metal dictate the finish. Rings can be made in any width size or profile.


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vintage styling Cornwall Vintage Crockery Hire do a lot more than hire crockery! They also offer lots of finishing touches from Champagne saucers and Babycham glasses to make your party really sparkle, vintage suitcase to receive cards and presents and a retro stall to serve sweets, cocktails or Champagne. They can also supply lace tablecloths, vintage napkins, wooden signs and bunting to make your party a truly unique vintage occasion. In fact, their bespoke styling will transform any venue and the best news of all is that you will get a 10% discount when you mention Cornish Brides.

woodland weddings Have you heard there’s a new venue where you can personalise your wedding reception in a secluded and unique location? Well, it’s true. The new Kingfisher Venue is set within a beautiful woodland valley at Penrose Water Gardens just outside Truro. This tranquil location provides the perfect setting for your reception and a friendly team of dedicated professionals is on hand to help you create a totally unique and personal venue to enchant your guests. Amazing menus can be tailored to your requirements and all food is cooked on site using fresh, local ingredients and, where possible, homegrown salads, fruits and vegetables. Check it out for yourselves.

the Pen-Downton experience There is little doubt that the Downton phenomenon has taken the country by storm and brides are being swept along on the elegance and romanticism of the era. The Penventon Park Hotel has a certain ‘Downtonesque’ feel about it and, not surprisingly, this is being picked up by brides who are looking for a venue to reflect all the charm and sophistication of the 1920’s. With an experienced team in place to guarantee that everything runs like clockwork and packages to suit every taste and budget, you can be assured of a day to remember, for all the right reasons. It is not difficult to be wowed by the grandeur and opulence of the Penventon Park and if you are looking to recreate your own Downton-style wedding, the Penventon Park could be the perfect venue for such a happy occasion and who knows, it may even make Lady Mary crack a smile!

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tired of them. Then Tegen Jackson, a self-taught photographer from Penzance got in touch and we just couldn’t resist! These images show the fun Tegen and her sister, Teona, had trashing the dress of younger sister, Kerra on Mousehole beach one busy afternoon last summer. Kerra, it seems, was more than happy for her dressed to be trashed and, we’re very happy to report, that sisterly love prevailed long after the paint was dry!

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Social Media Pages Join Cornish Brides’ Communications Manager, Neill Mabbott, for all the latest Social Media news




CONTACT NEILL MABBOTT Get in touch with me with all your news, views and pictures. email:

What’s Happening on Facebook? If you’re fans of Cornish Brides on Facebook, then you’ll be aware that we recently converted our Personal Profile to a Business Page, bringing together all our ‘friends’ and ‘likes’ under one page. You can find this new page at: On the Cornish Brides Page, you’ll be able to stay informed with everything you need to know about Cornish Brides - our magazine publication dates, details and dates of our fabulous Cornish Brides Shows, breaking news from the Cornish Brides Awards as well as all other Cornish Brides news and events. To make sure you don't miss out on our Facebook updates, follow these two simple steps: 1. Visit our Facebook Page and ’Like’ the page by using the main Like button that appears next to our page name; 2. After you have Liked the Page, hover the mouse over the ‘Liked’ button until a menu appears. Make sure that ’Show in News Feed’ is ticked on that menu and you'll never miss any of our updates!

Popular Facebook Posts Cornish Brides and Annalise Harvey generated a thoughtful and passionate FB conversation following a Swedish Department Store’s decision to introduce ‘normal’ sized mannequins instead of size 00. The conversation was seen by more than 1,000 people, many of whom felt compelled to take part. Following our hugely successful Cornish Brides Show in September, we created an album to showcase our fantastic exhibitors and delighted visitors that we think really captures the super atmosphere of the day. We’ll be creating new albums for all our future shows, so if you’re exhibiting or planning to attend, make sure you visit our Facebook Page after the show to view the pictures - you might even be featured!


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Are you Pinning Yet? Did you know that Pinterest is the #3 most used social media site after Facebook and Twitter? And yet amazingly, a lot of people have yet to discover the wonders of Pinterest, so we would like to urge all you non-pinners out there to check it out right now. Our Pinterest Boards - - are a fabulous place to search for inspiration for your wedding, whether you’re looking for your dream dress, venue decorations, hairstyles, flowers, groomswear or honeymoon destinations. And you can create your own boards which you can use like a scrapbook - just find images you love and re-pin them onto your boards. We’re adding to our boards all the time, so be sure to check them on a regular basis, but for now, let us share these gorgeous images from our Winter Wedding Inspiration Board.

Twitter Trends @TregennaCastle Congratulations to all those shortlilsted in the @cornishbrides awards! Great awards filled with some very tough competition ... # Good Luck All! @HazelAParsons Had a great day today @cornishbrides #weddingshow, I met some great #venue and #suppliers @sallylouise85 Today’s the day!! My journey 2 finding my perfect wedding dress starts here!! Any tips @cornishbrides? @ArohaFilms @cornishbrides love the online #cornishbridesshow magazine! Love my advert in it, looks great! @modelloj The new @cornishbrides edition with stunning bridalwear, jewellery and locations. @ianstuartbride @cornishbrides - Loving Vivaldi and Rene in the current issue! @5DollarWeddings Cornish Brides Show - Showcasing the very best in all things bridal. @chocolatlovers Thank you @cornishbrides for the lovely editorial this month with the pic of our wedding favour x @Penventon Park Hotel Proud to announce that we are a finalist for the @cornishbrides awards. Thanks everyone who took the time to vote for us :)

We have a very exciting time coming up with the Finals of this year’s Cornish Brides Awards taking place on November 21, so I think I can say with some confidence that our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages are going to be fairly busy. We will, of course, be keeping you all up to date with how the awards are going and we’ll be posting full details of our winners - live from the Awards Ceremony - as they are announced! There will also be loads of photos and we’ll have interviews and comments from our winners and finalists. So, stay tuned to find out which bridal businesses will be crowned Cornish Brides Awards Winners 2013-14. And please don’t forget, we'd also like to hear from YOU! If you have something you would like to shout about, then Cornish Brides Facebook Page is the place for you. We'd love to share your news and photographs with our 5000+ fans, so what are you waiting for? Talk to us at:

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La Scala Function Suite The stunningly restored former prison chapel Complete privacy is ensured in this beautiful setting; restored for special occasions, complete with its own bar, brasserie-style kitchen and all modern facilities. This bespoke venue can accommodate 140 for a traditionally themed sit-down wedding and reception and up to 250 for more informal gatherings. Set wedding packages with tailored features are available depending on budgets and tastes - please come in and discuss your requirements with our wedding co-ordinator. With our Civil Ceremony Licence, why not choose from one of our seven onsite locations to make those special commitments? We look forward to planning your special day with us!

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Set in beautiful flower filled gardens and acres of parkland with spacious reception rooms and high quality guest accommodation Exclusive Use Available

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The Wedding you’ve always dreamed of…

Photograph: Rob Frost Photography

The Hannafore Point Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge and boasts outstanding panoramic sea views across Looe Bay and St Georges Island, giving you a truly unforgettable setting. We realise that your wedding day is one of the most important and exciting days of your lives, so our dedicated wedding co-ordinator is on hand, offering guidance where needed and our senior mangement team will be in attendance throughout the day to ensure everything runs smoothly. For an informal chat over a cup of coffee, call our Wedding Co-ordinator so you can see for yourself the wonderful facilities on offer.

You can choose from a variety of Wedding Packages, all of which include: Exclusive use of the Headland Restaurant for your wedding breakfast and a private room for your evening celebrations. The services of a dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator to help you plan your big day. A Master of Ceremonies to run the day. A wide selection of menus and drinks packages which can be tailored to your individual requirements. Complimentary sea view double bedded room for the Bride and Groom (when guest numbers exceed 50 people). Discounted room rates for your wedding guests.

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The Old Vicarage at Treleigh an exclusive wedding venue The historic Old Vicarage at Treleigh was built in 1864 and is a beautiful example of the ecclesiastical architecture of the period. The house has retained many of its original features and is a hidden gem within two acres of well-manicured grounds, surrounded by trees. A focal point of the gardens is the koi fish pond with an octagonal Victorian gazebo featuring a green oak and slate roof over its cast iron columns. The gazebo is one of the areas on the property licensed for wedding ceremonies and is accessed over a granite and glass bridge, making it a stunning and unique setting for your marriage to take place. Another exceptional location for your ceremony or your wedding breakfast is the hand crafted oak lantern roofed conservatory with its granite faced walls and travertine floor, making it a truly unique location. Care and attention to detail has gone into creating this stunning wedding venue and the sumptuous bridal suite complete with impressive oak four poster bed and antique furnishings along with beautiful fabrics, make a stay at The Old Vicarage luxurious and comfortable. The rest of the house, which sleeps up to 11, is also decorated and furnished to a similarly high standard in period style having large spacious rooms and a stunning kitchen, just perfect for a pre-wedding get-together around the large kitchen table by the Aga with a coffee.

This exclusive and very private venue offers couples the opportunity to make their wedding unique and exactly the way they want it to be. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of the house and grounds for the duration of your stay and if guests are travelling to share your special day, the accommodation available enables them to stay at the house with you. Preparations can be made the day before your wedding followed by dinner or a BBQ with your invited house guests before the big day. The celebrations can continue, albeit at a slower and more relaxed pace, the day following your wedding, allowing you to make the most of your time together. The Old Vicarage can accommodate smaller weddings of up to 30 people in the house for a ceremony and formal sit down wedding breakfast or up to 80 for a less formal buffet style affair. With the addition of a bespoke wedding marquee, that attaches to the conservatory, the venue is able to accommodate up to 100 for a wedding ceremony and reception. For larger gatherings of up to 250, the option for a marquee on the lawns can be arranged. With a range of bespoke packages, friendly service and attention to detail from your hosts Sue and Phil, you can relax and enjoy your special day at truly unique venue, ensuring a celebration to treasure.


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Step inside the Brides Retreat, our brand new ‘salon-style’ feature, designed to inspire, excite and thrill. Join us for an intimate look inside the world of fashion, hair, beauty and fitness as we unlock secrets, set trends and show you how to ensure you look your beautiful best on your wedding day.


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it’s all a load of hot air! Keeping your younger wedding guests entertained during the day can sometimes be a problem, but not if you invite Mr Partini along! Partini Balloons already offer a fabulous venue decorating service and now, Mr Partini can help entertain and entrall your young guests with his amazing ‘ballooninantics’. The award-winning company are also soon launching a traditional puppet show to run alongside the balloon modelling, which means even more fun for everyone!

to bake a cake Today’s wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes, so if you’re looking for something a little bit quirky and different, we suggest you check out Maureen Webber’s Cake Emporium. Maureen’s been baking since she was a little girl and she absolutely loves to creates cakes that not only look amazing, but also taste amazing.

the best things in life are free In this age of gadgets and widgets, it’s easy to forget the fun we used to have before the dawn of technology. At Kirsty and Adam’s recent wedding at The Old Vicarage in Treleigh, it was great to see guests of all ages embrace some old fashioned fun and join in the organised garden games. With a vintage theme to the wedding, the games went down a storm, from the sack race - which even the bride’s mum, the vicar and one of the bridesmaid had a go at - to stilts, a coconut shy, and croquet. Take a look at Kirsty and Adam’s album and share the fun of the games.


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preserve your memories Some brides like to have their bouquets dried or preserved, which is a lovely idea. But a better idea is to have the leaves or petals from your bouquet made into a stunning piece of jewellery that you really can keep forever. At Silver Memories, they just love to create beautiful jewellery and can turn any element of your wedding bouquet into something you can treasure. Each leaf or petal is coated in up to 25 individual layers of pure silver with each layer drying completely before the next is applied. The piece is then kiln fired and polished and the result is an exact pure silver version of the original leaf or petal which can be made into a necklace, earrings, charm, brooches etc. We think this is a fabulous idea.

cute corsages How adorable are these corsages? When Joanne Lewis made the corsages for her own wedding in January 2012, they were a big hit with her guests. She then made some for her sister’s wedding this year and now hopes to turn her hobby into a business. Joanne loves thinking up different themes and uses a variety of items to make the corsages, so they can be tailored to suit any wedding theme or colour scheme. Love them!

and the star of the show is you! Wave goodbye to the photos and banish the video as the latest wedding phenomenon is about to sweep you off your feet. A Marryoke Music Video is fast becoming a ‘must have’ for brides and grooms and I Do Film Weddings, based right here in Cornwall, already have a packed diary for 2014. Rich Jones of IDFW will work with a bride and groom to produce a video that involves all their guests enjoying themselves with clever choreography and bespoke music to make each video completely unique.

scented centre-pieces Liking these scented floral creations that would make great centre-pieces for your wedding or celebration. Each arrangement is made to order and artfully crafted with high quality botanical elements.

LOVE APPLES In ancient Greek mythology, apples were seen as a sign of fertility and were often scattered around a bride on her wedding day, as well as being eaten by the ‘happy couple’ on their wedding night. In some instances, they were thrown at a woman to make her lust after the man who threw them - although surely that would depend on how hard he threw the apple and where, exactly, it hit her!

There are also many old wives’ tales concerning apples. For instance, if you want to determine who you will marry, recite the names of your suitors whilst twisting the stem of an apple. Whoever’s name is on your lips when the stem breaks off is destined to be your true love.

Photography: Victoria Studios

Hair and Make-up: Amy Skinner (using products by Bobbi Brown) Head-Dresses: Jessicouture

Bouquets: Flowers from Bruallen

Dresses: The Bridal House of Cornwall

Shoes: Bliss Bridal

Model: Katie Chown

Location: St. Mawes Retreats

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PLUNGE! Cornish Brides Editor-in-Chief, Janice Robinson, looks back at how things have changed in the bridal industry since the magazine was first established and, more importantly, she looks forward to all the exciting things to come in the year ahead.

There comes a point in all our lives when we have to make some pretty tough decisions and sometimes these decisions can alter the course of our lives. That’s a pretty daunting thought. Deciding to get married is one such decision, you’ve made it and hopefully, the difficult part is now over and you can move on to all the lovely, exciting things to do with the planning of your wedding day and spending the rest of your lives together. Here at Cornish Brides, we’ve made some tough decisions of our own lately, but we are confident that the decisions we’ve made are right for us and, at the same time, are right for you. Cornish Brides is all about the bride (in case you didn’t realise). We are passionate about weddings and we love helping brides-to-be achieve the absolute perfect wedding day. We are about to celebrate our 14 year anniversary and we’ve come a very long way since the magazine was established back in 2000. It seems like a lifetime away and when I look back at those early issues, it really is like taking a walk down memory lane. Sadly, a lot of the businesses we featured in those early days are no more and we’ve lost one or two good friends along the way. But the bridal industry moves at a rapid pace and as one business closes, four more open. We’ve also seen huge changes in the way brides plan their wedding and what they look for from suppliers. Weddings are far more extravagant and the amount of time, energy and money a couple is prepared to spend on their ‘big day’ has increased significantly. We have noticed that brides take on far more responsibility these days with Mum and Dad being more in the background; there to offer help and advice when needed - and, in some cases, financial assistance - but today’s brides really know their own minds, they know what they want and they know where to get it. Wedding Shows, for example, have become big business and here at Cornish Brides, we are incredibly proud - and incredibly pleased - that our own Cornish Brides Shows are widely recognised as the biggest and best bridal events in the county. That didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen without a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. We hosted our first show back in 2006 and since then, we have organised and hosted more than 50 bridal shows in Cornwall. We’ve made mistakes along the way and we couldn’t, in all honesty, say that every

single one has been utterly fabulous, but the important thing is that we have learned from our mistakes; we’ve listened to our exhibitors and we’ve listened to you - the brides - and now we can say with absolute certainty and conviction that Cornish Brides Shows are truly amazing. Nowhere else in Cornwall will you find a bridal event that is so well organised, promoted and attended. An event that brings together more than 60 awesome bridal businesses in one place on one day giving brides-to-be the best choices, the best value and the best ideas. And then there is the magazine itself, yes the one you are reading right now. It has grown from a small handbag sized, 32 page publication into a glossy, A4, 132 page magazine that stands proudly against any other bridal magazine on the market today. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that Cornish Brides has an unblemished reputation for quality, originality and creativity. We are known throughout the bridal world - and I do mean world - for being a superior bridal magazine. International designers love to have their collections featured in Cornish Brides and it never fails to amaze us when a designer or bridal business on the other side of the world gets in touch to say they would like to be featured in Cornish Brides. I cannot adequately describe the feeling I get every time that happens. Of course, social media has played a massive part in growing our reputation beyond Cornwall and the UK and you only have to look at the Cornish Brides Facebook Page with its 5,136 ‘likes’ (I did check that number before I wrote it, but it may well have gone up by the time you are reading this) to see that when we post anything on our Facebook Page, it is seen and read by a massive worldwide audience. But predominantly, Cornish Brides is about just that - brides who are from or getting married right here in Cornwall. It’s just that we recognise with social media and today’s technology, the world is a far smaller place and as we’ve already established, brides today are more knowing and demanding. For that reason, we will always scour the globe to bring you ideas and inspiration and whether you go out into the world to get what you want or whether you take the seed of an idea that we have sown and then adapt it to fit with your Cornish dream, that is your choice and we will never limit your choices or restrict your imagination.

So, what about these big decisions we’ve made of late. Well, let me enlighten you. Earlier this year, we moved into new offices - lovely offices on the Truro Business Park. We had simply outgrown our old premises and we knew that things were changing for Cornish Brides for the better, I hasten to add - and we wanted to be ready and able to meet the new challenges head-on. We love our new home, it’s bright, it’s airy and spacious and it fits really well with everything that we are doing now and intend to do in the future. We then decided to expand our team, so we created the position of Communications Manager and Neill Mabbott stepped aptly into the role in April - you may have already read his regular Social Media feature on pages 50-51. Neill is responsible for raising the awareness of Cornish Brides and everything we do and he’s doing it very well. So then we looked at our wedding fairs and decided that it must be really confusing for brides-to-be and bridal businesses to know which fairs were the best to attend or exhibit at - there were (and still are) just so many taking place throughout the year. We thought we should make it simple for everyone concerned, so we re-branded our fairs as Cornish Brides Shows and made Kingsley Village our permanent home so now there is no confusion. Everyone knows that if there is one bridal event worth attending, then it is a Cornish Brides Show - simple - job done? Not quite, because then we decided to take a look at the magazine as well. Many of you will already know that at the end of 2010, we made the decision to increase the size of Cornish Brides to A4 and to increase the number of issues from 2 to 3 per year. We have enjoyed three hugely successful years since we made those changes, but we thought it was perhaps time to move up another gear and so we present the new, improved Cornish Brides. We’ve stripped the magazine back to basics, given it a fresh new look, improved the quality of the paper, added another 16 pages and introduced a whole range of new features, which will grow and develop over the next 12 months. Oh yes, and did I mention that we have also now gone up to FOUR issues a year? Yep, that’s right, in the space of just three short years, Cornish Brides has leapt from a twice-a-year A5 publication to a quarterly A4 magazine with 4 times as many pages! And the best news of all for brides-to-be is that everything we produce for you is absolutely free of charge. You will never be asked to pay a penny for Cornish Brides magazine; you will never be asked to cough up an admission fee to enter a Cornish Brides Show and because of that, we can truly say that everything we do, we do it for you (OK, that was a bit cheesy, but what more can you expect from a Bryan Adams’ fan). No seriously, our commitment to brides is unparalleled and that

is mainly because we don’t derive any revenue from you personally. We don’t have to try and ‘woo’ you with promises that are easily broken, we don’t need to soft-soap you with jargon in order to get money out of you. We are just here for you, doing our best for you and we trust you to recognise that. It really is that simple. Being the Editor-in-Chief of Cornish Brides is a fabulous job and I wouldn’t swap it for the world. Every day is completely different and I really have no idea when I arrive at the office each morning what the day will bring. All I know is that it will be interesting, exciting and fun and that is fine by me. Over the years, we have been privileged to meet some lovely people and I think it’s fair to say that most people who work in the bridal industry are really nice. It is such a happy industry and there is very little point being involved in it if you don’t like people and love weddings. We really enjoy finding out about the businesses who work within the industry and we really like featuring them in the magazine or having them join us at a Cornish Brides Show and you can be assured that we will continue to work closely with all these businesses and share everything we can with you. So, here we are almost at the end of another year - which is scary enough in itself - do you know where the time goes these days? We are about to embark on a busy, but hugely exciting year and we just can’t wait. The Cornish Brides Show season kicks off on February 2 with another amazing show and the Spring issue of Cornish Brides will be out the previous week, so you can get your complimentary copy at the show. In April, we will be at White Gallery London where, as Media Partners, we will be bringing you the very latest news of the designer collections straight off the catwalk and our Summer issue will follow at the end of April; a ‘bumper’ issue covering all the news and trends from the London shows and that’s just for starters. It’s going to be hectic, it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but it’s going to be so much fun and we would love for you to come along and enjoy the ride with us. If you’re going to be heavily involved in wedding planning in 2014, then make sure that Cornish Brides is right there with you very step of the way with ideas and inspiration from around the world. It’s your wedding and here at Cornish Brides, we understand and recognise that it really is ‘all about the bride’.

If you would like more information about Cornish Brides or would like to chat with Janice or a member of the team, just get in touch by ‘phone : 01872 270169 or email :

Elegance, charm and character abound at Trenython Manor. Located in rolling countryside close to picturesque Fowey, this premier spot on the Cornish Riviera is a unique and wonderful location for your wedding and reception. The historic Manor House Hotel and 37 luxury selfcatering lodges, lie in 24 acres of cultivated gardens and ancient woodlands, ensuring your special day has a stylish sense of occasion along with welcoming and professional services. Built in 1872, and once owned by the third Bishop of Truro, the Manor, which offers 23 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, has been lovingly restored and sympathetically converted. Many of its historic features, including intricately carved oak panelling, a sweeping staircase, decorative ceilings and marble columns, have been carefully preserved. While only 5 minutes’ drive from the ancient fishing town of Fowey, Trenython’s unrivalled view looks out over the treetops of Pinnock Woods to the sandy bay of Par. From the wedding ceremony through to room service breakfast the following morning, Trenython ensures good care of you and all your guests, allowing everyone to have a well deserved break, extended if they wish to enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer. Trenython’s own leisure facilities include a heated pool, gym and spa treatments. There are three licensed areas where you can say ‘I Do’, ranging from an intimate ceremony for 30 people through to larger scale weddings for 100 guests. Afterwards, you can enjoy a delicious sit-down meal in the chandeliered and oak panelled restaurant, before letting your hair down in The Strand Function Room, with space for up to 130 guests, to enjoy your evening celebrations.


ridal ossip what’s new on the bridal scene in Cornwall and beyond

with love from cornwall Due to popular demand, Cornish skincare brand, Organic Trevarno, have created a range of beautiful miniature sized products for their new Wedding Favour collection. All hand-made in Cornwall with entirely natural and organic ingredients, you can choose from cute miniature versions of their handmade soaps, flower and herb infused bath salts, dinky tubs of olive and almond hand cream or their luxurious selection of bath and body oils. Simple and stylish, these chemical free British-made bath treats will delight and pamper your guests whilst being kind to the planet. Wedding favours can be customised to your choice of colour theme by selecting from the range of brightly coloured glass bottles available and adding matching ribbon and personalised tags.

more than chair covers Not only does One & All Chair Covers offer a large range of chair covers and chair sashes for hire, they also have a huge assortment of glassware available for table centrepieces, including oversized cocktail vases, assorted fishbowls and lily vases. They also have mirrored plates in various sizes and shapes, with a free set available when you hire any glassware. So from chair covers to table décor, sweet carts and more, One & All Chair Covers can help with your big day.

all the fun of the fair This fairground attraction Ferris Wheel from Choc’n’Candy (the new sister company of It’s a Wrap) will make an amazing centrepiece at your wedding and really wow your guests. For even more sweet treats, why not enhance your reception with a Candy Buffet, crammed with a selection of your favourite sweets and candy or love hearts with personalised wrappers?


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weddings in the city If you’re looking for somewhere cool, chic and very classy to hold a stunning wedding breakfast in the heart of Truro, why not consider the Falmouth Bay Seafood Café. This cosmopolitan café can cater for weddings and private functions and offers a range of delicious menus to delight your guests. They also have a mobile Oyster Bar available to hire for your wedding reception!

snap happy If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding, we have some insider knowledge about a few good deals that are currently available: Rosie Windsor Photography is running a special Winter and New Year Offer across all photography packages for weddings between now and March 2014 with 15% off your booking - Sasha at Blue Skyes Photography is offering 10% off all her photography packages for Cornish Brides readers

Kelly Thorne Media has a 10% offer on all wedding packages, including photography, videography, bridal hair and make-up -

heart-stirring We think these heart shaped spoons from Just Slate would make a lovely wedding or anniversary gift; pretty and practical.

finding favour If sentiment is important to you, then you might be thinking of presenting your wedding guests with sugared almond favours. Traditionally, five sugared almonds - representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and eternity - are wrapped in lace and tied with a ribbon for each guest. But now Lusso, a Cornish-based business making wedding and celebration favours, has come up with a new and innovative way to present your favours ... traditional with a modern twist. The sweets are handsewn into flower creations and can be presented as floral centrepieces to create an elegant display for your special occasion or as individual gifts for your guests to take home at the end of the day as a keepsake.

Food, Glorious Food The food you serve your guests at your wedding is more important than you perhaps think because your guests will remember it and if it’s not good, they will remember it for all the wrong reasons. We’ve seen a definite trend this year towards buffet-style wedding breakfasts and finger food, so we thought we’d take a look at the kind of dishes that are making it onto wedding menus.

WHO ATE ALL THE CANA-PIES? We love this range of mini pies recently introduced by London-based restaurant, Square Pie. Dubbed Cana-pies these three-bite pies come in a choice of fillings including Chicken & Mushroom, Steak & Guinness and Spinach, Sweet Potato & Goats Cheese. Fabulous as part of a buffet table or as reception snacks.

Who could fail to resist this mouth-watering selection of canapies from Miss Tea Catering and Kerra’s Catering


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A Georgian House set in woodlands in West Cornwall. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies for up to 150 guests. Spa and pre-Wedding Beauty. Fantastic Food Reputation.

A Wealth of Wedding Experience ‘Large bay windows, tapestries, antiques and gilded paintings adorn the building ~ quite simply, a truly spectacular setting to get married’

Penventon Park Hotel T: 01209 203000


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The One-Stop Wedding Shop in St. Ives

CHAIR COVER HIRE • STAR CLOTH HIRE TABLE DÉCOR CENTREPIECES • TABLE LINEN HIRE Please call us for more information: Rachel - 07715 687 662 • Gail - 07557 877 001


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One of the biggest thrills for any bride-to-be is the organisation and planning of her big day and most love the excitement of attending a wedding show; even if groom-to-be is less than

overjoyed at the prospect of being dragged out on a Sunday afternoon! Now about to embark on their eighth year, Cornish Brides Shows are regionally recognised as the premier bridal events in the south west as well as being the most illustrious shows for bridal

businesses to showcase themselves. Every year, five Cornish Brides Shows take place at Kinglsey Village Exhibition Hall, a venue that lends itself perfectly to these events, with easy road access, ample parking facilities, onsite catering and shopping and, most importantly, the space to bring together more than 60 exhibitors in one place at one time!

Cornish Brides Shows have been created and designed with the bride and groom in mind. They bring together an eclectic mix of the very best bridal business in the region, so you can come along and meet the people who can turn your wedding day dreams into reality. But that’s not all, Cornish Brides Shows always have free entry for everyone, so you can attend as a couple or you can bring parents and friends along with you.

A Cornish Brides Show is all about you; it’s about inspiring you to use your imagination in order to achieve everything you want for your special day and more ...

Every bride-to-be receives a quality Cornish Brides Gift Bag on arrival with a copy of the current issue of Cornish Brides and a selection of useful information and gifts - with our compliments. You don’t pay a penny, you don’t pre-register, you don’t have to commit to anything - you just turn up on the day and enjoy yourself! At a Cornish Brides Show, you will always find the very finest in bridal design brought to you by the best bridal boutiques in the county, showcasing the latest collections from the most talented and acclaimed designers. You can browse through the largest collection of bridalwear and try dresses on as changing facilities are always available. You’ll find bridesmaids’ dresses and flower girl dresses, as well as outfits for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom, pageboys and, of course, the groom himself. Accessories are also in plentiful supply with hats and veils, shoes, tiaras and fascinators. Only the very best bridal businesses exhibit at a Cornish Brides Show, so you can be confident of meeting the companies who can offer you everything you are looking for to make your wedding day perfect. 86

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If you’re planning your wedding, then make sure you find the time to visit a Cornish Brides Show. There are five every year; in February, May, July, September and November, so there’s never long to wait for the next one to come around. Cornish Brides Shows always take place on a Sunday and are open from 11am until 4pm, giving you plenty of time to browse, chat to more than 60 exhibitors and identify those all important suppliers who you want to work with for your wedding. It doesn’t matter what stage of planning you’re at - you may only just have got engaged, in which case the chances are you haven’t organised anything. That’s fine because a Cornish Brides Show will give you a fantastic idea of what you can expect, so it’s a great place to start your planning without feeling pushed or pressurised into anything. You will get to meet representatives of some of Cornwall’s top hotels and civil venues, so you can make the most important decision of all - when and where the wedding will take place. You’ll then need to book your photographer and there will be plenty to chat to and you’ll be able to choose someone you like and feel comfortable with. Ideally, your dress should be chosen 9-12 months before the wedding, so come and take a look at the huge and diverse range of dresses on display. If you’ve already made all these ‘big’ choices, then a Cornish Brides Show is a ‘must visit’ place to get all the smaller, but no less important, products and services booked; your cars, flowers, cake, entertainment and venue decor and if your wedding is only a matter of months away, then a visit to a Cornish Brides Show is still a good idea for last minute inspiration and ideas and, dare we say it, any little things that you may have overlooked. There’s always a good reason to visit a Cornish Brides Show.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the iconic Hollywood fantasy musical, The Wizard of Oz. To celebrate, we commissioned our own ‘Dorothy’ photo-shoot with a modern-day twist to re-capture the magic of the Yellow Brick Road.

Photography: Tick Tock Photos Models: Tegan Powell and Bramble Hair & Make-up: Bridgette Caple Dresses & Accessories: The Wedding Company, Bodmin


All engraved with the unique wording and design of your choice Special Gifts for Special People Pannier Market, Lemon Quay, Truro TR1 2LL 01872 223757 92

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We love the adorable range of wedding jewellery from Lily Charmed. These lovely charms, earrings, necklaces and bracelets are perfect for the bride and make fabulous gifts for bridesmaids.

It’s all getting very exciting here at CBHQ as this year’s Cornish Brides Awards draw to a close. We can’t wait to find out which bridal businesses have won these coveted awards this year and all will be revealed at a glittering Awards Ceremony on November 21. We will bring you full details of the night and all the winners and finalists in the Spring 2014 issue of Cornish Brides.

We are a nation of dog-lovers, but is it taking it too far to include your pampered pet in your wedding proceedings? Not if Poochie Plumes are anything to by! These feather fur extensions for dogs have just been launched by Bella Feathers. Natural and handmade, the feather arrangements are easily and inexpensively applied to add style to your dog’s coat and come in a selection of colours, patterns and sizes to fit your pet’s personality - or your wedding theme! So if you want your dog at your wedding, then a Poochie Plume will ensure that he/she is the best dressed canine on the day!

We seriously contemplated exercising ‘squatters rights’ when we undertook our latest photo-shoot over in St. Mawes. Not only was it a fabulously glorious day, we were also lucky enough to have been given access to the properties owned by St. Mawes Retreats. Moonrakers, Stargazers, Dreamcatchers and Shellseekers are four amazing properties available to rent for romantic retreats and family get-togethers or you could hold your wedding breakfast and reception at one of these spacious, contemporary houses. All have sea views and are equipped with everything you could possibly want for a heavenly stay. Imagine waking up here on the morning of your wedding; enjoying a leisurely breakfast on the terrace before getting ready for your ceremony at a nearby civil venue or church. Return later with your guests to find a sumptuous wedding breakfast has been prepared and is waiting for you. Photos on the terrace, Champagne on the lawn and the rest of the day stretching out before you to enjoy with your new husband, close family and friends. A perfectly wonderful intimate wedding ... yours to enjoy with St. Mawes Retreats. The only problem is ... like us, you just won’t want to leave!


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PRETTY MAIDS all in a row!

Choosing who you will ask to be your bridesmaids isn’t as easy as it sounds and you could find yourself facing something of a dilemma that will test friendships, tear apart families and jeopardise your sanity. Cornish Brides ‘best friend’, Carley Wetting, takes a lighthearted look at this potentially volatile issue.

You’ve set the date, the church is booked and you’re pretty damn sure that you’ve found the dress of your dreams. So far, so good! The next little nut to crack is who you are going to ask to be your bridesmaids. Easy? Maybe, but then perhaps you just haven’t thought this through yet; afterall, this is a whole new territory. This could be a good time to sit yourself down with a notepad and pen (a glass of wine may also be in order) and make a list of possible contenders. Now if you’re an only child or if your siblings are all male, then the whole sister thing is a non-starter. If you’re a bit of a loaner or a billy-nomates, then again, your choices could be limited, but for the purpose of this article (I mean, why else am I bothering?) let’s assume that you are from a big family with a plethora of sisters, cousins and nieces and you really are Miss Popularity herself when it comes to the whole mates and lifelong friends thing. Some of your friends and relatives will assume that you will ask them; they just will and there’s no getting away from it. One or two may even have gone so far as to announce it to their family and friends and there’s every likelihood that at least one will have gone out looking at dresses - OMG, she may even have chosen her dress! Then there will be those who are privately expecting to be asked, but are playing it down, just in case - and finally, there will be the group who haven’t even dared to dream that you will ask them or who simply don’t want to be asked. Your task, then, is to negotiate your way around this minefield. So have you got that pen and paper ready? Right, the first thing is to write down the names of the people you think are ‘possibles’. Then, cross off any straightaway who, although ‘possibles’, are entirely ‘unsuitables’. Assuming there is anyone left on your list, the next thing to do is look at the relationship you have with each one. How close are you? How well do you know each other? Do you get along? This should help bring the list down further and, with any luck, you should now have the beginnings of a reasonable list of candidates. So, the next question is how many bridesmaids do you actually want? That is 96

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quite a significant question because once you have made that decision, you can start to be more methodical about your selection process. Of course, there is that little thing called ‘etiquette’ that might raise its ugly head now and then. For example, should you ask anyone from your bridegroom’s side of the family, a sister or a niece possibly? This is a difficult dilemma and much depends on how well you get on with his family. Some of you will be keen (note I said keen, not desperate) to integrate your two families but that is easier said than done. Bringing two entirely separate families together does not always work and, in many cases, is not even a good idea to start with. Just because you two are in love, does not mean that the rest of his/your family are going to feel the same way about each other and in my experience, most families come together for the duration of the wedding planning and the wedding itself, of course, but once the last dance is over, they go their separate ways and never the ‘twain shall meet (again) despite all the promises to stay in touch. Different people have different ways of doing things and it may be that you have decided that you will choose your bridesmaids from your own family and friends and he will choose his best man and ushers from his family and friends - sounds simple enough to me. But even simplicity has a way of becoming complicated and actually, this reminds me

of a situation a couple of years ago - and I apologise for the slight

who will be low maintenance and definitely do not need to be micro-

digression here as my story is about a christening, not a wedding but

managed every step of the way. Another little pearl of wisdom I feel I

it’s sort of the same thing. When the parents of the child who was

should share with you is to not confuse your bridesmaids with your

being christened were trying to decide on who the god-parents would

hens, although there may well be a degree of cross-over between

be, they made the choice that the mother would choose the female

them. Do not, under any circumstances choose your bridesmaids

god-parents and the father would choose the male god-parents. Now

based on (a) the amount of alcohol they can consume before they

maybe to them, that seemed like a pretty good idea and with the

disappear under the table; (b) the number of guys they can cop-off

exception of the odd friend (and I mean that in a non-peculiar sense

with in a single night or (c) their ability to get you to consume copious

of the word) they both opted for their own siblings, which was all very

amounts of alcohol and start copping-off with men you’ve never set

well and good as the father had two brothers who were chuffed to bits

eyes on before. Those are the girls you invite to your Hen Party!

to be asked to be god-fathers to their niece and the mother had two

Your bridesmaids should be sensible, reliable, trustworthy, honest and,

sisters, who were equally delighted. What both parents had failed to

dare I say it, normal. It is not wise to pick someone who is so shy and

take into consideration was that the mother also had a brother and

timid that she is going hide behind her bouquet every time the camera

because she was only selecting the female god-parents, he was not

points at her. It is completely ridiculous to ask someone who is a

asked to act as god-parent to her daughter, the only one of five

drama queen at the best of times because she is going to milk your

siblings who was left out in the cold, so to speak!

wedding for every last drop.

Anyway, back to your dilemma (although hopefully you will see my

Ditch the idea of asking your prim and proper cousin who has never

point about making your choices). The basic question you have to ask

been kissed and had a sense of humour and personality bypass at the

yourself is what do you really want your bridesmaids to do on the day

age of 4. Don’t even think about asking your friend who is just drop-

and in the weeks leading up to the wedding? What I mean is, will

dead gorgeous and doesn’t-she-know-it and please, please, think

your bridesmaids have a specific purpose or are they just there to

twice before you ask your friend who still talks about her own

make up the numbers and look pretty on the day (although not

wedding last year and knows beyond any doubt that no-one else’s

prettier than you, of course). If you feel they have a duty to perform,

wedding is ever going to match it, let alone better it.

then you really do need to choose carefully. If one or all of them need to be able to support you and guide you through the obstacle course that is wedding planning, then they need to have shed-loads of commonsense, bucket-fulls of tact and be completely and utterly unflappable. The last thing you need is to be the one offering the support and guidance and dishing out the words of wisdom and assurances that ‘everything will be alright’. You need bridesmaids

The best advice I can give if you really insist on having bridesmaids is to choose them wisely, choose them for all the right reasons and choose them because you want them there beside you on the day. Above all else, choose bridesmaids who want to be your bridesmaids, because they love you and because they want your wedding day to be the best day of your life.

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Photography: Emma Griffin ( Models: Emily Faulkner, Stuart Woodman, Ruth Littlejohns, Ashlyn Coyne Dresses: Annalise Harvey Bridalwear Hair: Keeleigh Jacqueline Remnant

Make-up: Neila Dawes

Flowers and Location: The Garden Gate Flower Company, Fowey




Most brides take months, even years to research and plan their wedding day to ensure everything is just as they want it. A peek behind the scenes at the elegant Merchants Manor, one of the county’s finest wedding venues, discloses that award-winning head chef, Dale McIntosh, is as particular as any bride when it comes to preparing and selecting the food for a wedding.

Passionate about researching and sourcing the best produce Cornwall can offer his discerning brides, Dale McIntosh has over a decade of experience and a plethora of awards to his name as well as being a Cornwall Catering Challenge winner and runner-up in the Food Magazine South West - Best Local Chef of the Year. Having moved to Cornwall 12 years ago, the quality of the local produce available in the county has helped to make his job easier and with an eye for simple, honest food, Dale has built strong relationships with first-class suppliers. Sourcing beef from Phillip Warrens’ grass fed cows, pork from pig breeders Sally and Bill at Primrose Herd and game from the Tregothnan Estate, all his food is locally sourced and prepared in-house with a focus on exceptional quality and big flavours.

Beef has been slowly cooked the night before on a 16 hour roast, to ensure it is deliciously medium rare throughout.

When it comes to choosing the food you will serve your guests, the best way to get a feel for what is available at Merchants Manor, is to visit Dale and taste his wedding menu creations. Choosing the right food is almost as important as choosing the right dress and it’s important to have someone you can trust to guide you. Just as your mum or best friend can be relied upon to give you their honest opinion at this crucial time, Dale knows what makes a wedding meal special and how to keep guests contented.

The bride may have her something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new, but Dale leaves nothing to chance. “It’s all down to preparation. Your wedding day is special and we are here to ensure that it goes according to your wishes. Nothing is impossible, so we make sure we know what you want and we deliver it on the day.”

So to the day itself. As every brides knows, the morning of a wedding is a special time; it’s when the dream starts to become a reality and in the hotel’s Bridal Suite, the bride sips on a flute of champagne while everyone fusses around her making sure that her hair and makeup is just right before slipping into the perfect dress. Downstairs in the Merchants Manor kitchen, the food undergoes a similar magical transformation with the same degree of attention.

As the day progresses, the bride’s immaculate planning comes together and her guests soak up all the love and energy she has put into creating the perfect day. As the wedding party moves from ceremony to reception, Dale and his team are calm, confident and ready. A huge amount of care goes into the preparation and imaginative presentation of every wedding menu and each meal is personally checked by Dale before it reaches the waiting guests; “I manage the pass; so nothing leaves the kitchen without me seeing it first. All the effort we put in is reflected in the dishes that are served to your guests.”

For Dale and the team at the beautifully restored Merchants Manor, weddings are all about the bride and groom and for anyone who has not yet visited the hotel, Dale describes it as though you are being welcomed into the personal home of owners Nick Rudlin and Sioned Parry-Rudlin. “The level of personal care and attention bestowed upon our guests is second to none and we have impressed every bride we have looked after. We look forward to welcoming many more.”

To book a wedding consultation at Merchants Manor, call 01326 312734 or visit for more information.

Personal Travel Adviser, Suzanne Asbury, treats us to

A Taste of the Orient Choosing your honeymoon destination can be difficult as the choice is so vast and varied. Whenever I attend a Cornish Brides Show, I am asked for my recommendations and for me, the Far East is an idyllic honeymoon heaven with an amazing choice of destinations that will surely please any couple as they make their first trip as husband and wife. It is a fusion of climates, cultures and experiences that combine to offer an exotic and unforgetable honeymoon that will live on in your memory forever. Let me share three of the many beautiful countries you could include in your Far East honeymoon itinerary.

Thailand Thailand is a country of contrasts. It is a place you simply have to visit for yourself to experience all the wonders it has to offer. From breathtaking beaches to buzzing cities and peaceful villages, you will discover floating markets and patchwork landscapes of rice paddies, glistening temples and exotic nightlife. The best way to enjoy a Thai honeymoon is to combine a city, such as vibrant Bangkok with one of a fabulous array of islands and resorts, so you get the best of both worlds. Let’s start in Bangkok. Without a doubt, Bangkok is one of the most exciting cities in the world; a cultural phenomenon, shopping paradise and tourist hot-spot. It is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities and home to more than 10 million people. In Bangkok you will find dazzling temples, eclectic markets, glossy malls and famous nightlife. At the heart of Bangkok is the Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782 and still a working palace today and a visit to Bangkok would not be complete without a visit to this beautiful place. There are many ways to see Bangkok, by public transport, by boat or by way of a frenzied Tuk Tuk ride around the city - just be sure to hold on tight! Bangkok is a 24 hour city and if you haven’t done enough shopping during the day, a trip to a night market is always an option. Patpong Market in the Bang Rak district of the city is popular with tourists; it is vibrant, colourful and loud and it is flanked by nightclubs and bars, it is still a fun place to barter for a bargain, as long as you remember this is a market in Bangkok and not everything you see for sale on the stalls will be the ‘genuine’ article. Bangkok has a fabulous selection of good hotels and getting around the city is easy. It’s a fun place to start your honeymoon, but after a few days, you might well be ready for something a little more sedate and relaxing! So, a few days on a sun-soaked beach might now be in order and Thailand has an amazing selection to choose from. In the clear waters of the Andaman Sea, you will find the jungle-covered hills, rubber plantations and paddy fields of Phuket. Here you will also find spectacular scenery, tropical sunsets and magnificent long white beaches. Whilst the resort of Khao Lak boasts stunning waterfalls, crystal blue waters and a calm relaxing atmosphere that epitomises the beauty and tranquility that southern Thailand is famous for. Over on the east coast, Koh Samui has developed from a popular backpacker’s resort to a trendy up-market destination yet it has retained its laid back atmosphere. There are a number of beautiful crescent shaped dazzling white sandy beaches, aquamarine waters, coconut plantations, tiny fishing villages and ornate Buddhist shrines to explore. About an hour’s flight from Bangkok, you will arrive in Krabi, which offers some of the finest beaches in the whole of Asia with its trademark magnificent limestone rock formations towering about them. It’s a great choice for watersports enthusiasts and also boasts two national parks, waterfalls, mangrove forests and caves. A ferry ride from either Phuket or Krabi will take you to Phi Phi, a stunningly beautiful hideaway, offering dazzling white beaches and amazing underwater coral formations. Breathtaking rock formations and enticing turquoise waters make Krabi a utopia for beach lovers and watersport enthusiasts and the perfect place to wind-down at the end of an amazing honeymoon.


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Vietnam may not be the first country that springs to mind when thinking about your honeymoon, but it is stunningly beautiful and has such a lot to offer. Vietnam is a colourful and diverse land where rugged mountains meet lush forests, dense jungles combine with unspoilt beaches and frenetic bicycle-thronged cities merge with peaceful, rustic villages.

Known as ‘The Isle of Gods’, Bali is the best known of all the Indonesian islands and is the perfect destination for couples seeking a truly relaxing and intimate honeymoon. Bali is a sun-kissed, stylish island, blessed with shimmering, palm-fringed sandy beaches; a seamless blend of welcoming culture, intriguing architecture and stunning natural beauty combining to offer the ultimate in tranquility and pleasure. Luxurious hotels offer exceptional service and great cuisine that will ensure the escape of a lifetime. By contrast from the coastal resorts, in the middle of the island you will find rice fields, like giant steps reaching up to the hilltops, Hindu temples and palaces, winding rivers, tropical rainforests and spectacular volcanic mountain ranges.

The capital, Hanoi, is a fascinating city with the fusion of the oriental east and the colonial west. Its famous Old Quarter - with its 36 street - is the reason why Hanoi attracts such attention. Dating back to the 11th century, the area is rich in history, renowned for its stunning architecture and despite the ravishes of the Vietnam War, the Old Quarter has retained much of its original traits and beauty. Visit the markets for souvenirs and watch artisans at work; enjoy the lakes, parks, wide-tree lined bicycle filled boulevards, elegant French colonial mansions and relax at pavement cafés. A cruise along Halong Bay, one of the world’s natural wonders, is a must whilst in Hanoi. This is arguably the most beautiful tourist destination in Vietnam and the bay features more than a thousand limestone karsts (rock formations) and islands of various sizes and shapes dotted along the 120 km coastline of Bai Chay Beach. You could rent a bicycle and explore the tranquil village life in Vietnam or enjoy a leisurely Sampan cruise through rice fields and karsts before heading up to the Perfume Pagoda, where you will find a vast complex of Buddhist shrines and temples built into the limestone hillsides. The central coast and beaches, which are some of the best in the world, overlook magnificent offshore islands and fascinating coral reefs of the South China Sea.

For the ultimate in honeymoon luxury, choose one of the many the Balinese resorts that offer individual villas with a walled garden, private pool and personal chef to prepare romantic moonlight suppers to enjoy together under the stars. Most resort hotels boast superb spas where you can indulge and pamper yourselve or you can just laze on the white sandy beaches and swim at your leisure in the crystal clear waters.

Vietnam also boasts four UNESCO World Heritage sites - all within driving distance of each other. There is the former Imperial City of Hue, the ancient ‘Silk Road’ trading port of Hoi An, the spiritual centre of the Champa Civilisation, My Son and the mystical Phong Nha Caves in Quang Binh Province. Further down the coast you will come to Nha Trang, the coastal capital of Khanh Hoa where you will find pristine, soft white sandy beaches surrounded by warm turquoise waters filled with an abundance of sea life and the best climate in Vietnam with an estimated 250 days of sunshine a year. From Nha Trang, you can sail, enjoy excellent fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving or explore the surrounding countryside with its lush green paddy fields. Vietnam’s largest metropolis and undisputed commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City, is in the south. Still widely known as Saigon, it is a city of contrasts where elegant hotels, exclusive restaurants and trendy bars mix with roadside noodle stalls, local markets, pagodas and an endless stream of bicycles and motorbikes. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels - a sprawling network of underground tunnels stretching over 200km from Ho Chi Minh City all the way to the Cambodian border. Take a trip to Cholon, the city’s Chinatown district and discover its eclectic markets and shops and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Round off your trip to Vietnam with a visit to the Mekong Delta where you will experience authentic Vietnamese life amongst lush green rice paddies and waterways. A honeymoon in Vietnam will not disappoint. For more information on the Far East or to book your worldwide honeymoon, contact Suzanne Asbury, Personal Travel Adviser at Designer Travel

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Most parties need a bit of a kick start while you wait for your guests to have a few drinks and start to loosen up. But now, you can speed up the process with a unique three-in-one video, photo and karaoke kiosk; a fantastically fun and funky addition to your wedding.

The free-standing kiosk is yours for 24 hours, so it can be set up before the wedding gets underway and will be available to use from the moment your guests arrive until the last one leaves. The screen can be personalised to match your wedding theme and once installed at your venue, the kiosk operates without the need of staff. Guests simply touch the screen to start recording and then touch it again to stop. They can leave you messages of congratulations, they can have their photograph taken and they can even sing to you.

The kiosk will be delivered and set-up at your venue and collected after the wedding when you’ll be provided with an online gallery to view all the video clips which will be edited and supplied to you in DVD format. You can even customise the kiosk if you prefer to simply have it as a video booth or you can add on the photo and karaoke applications. Whatever you choose, you will end up with a fun momento of your special day, although be warned as that party hots up and your guests lose their inhibitions, you just never know what they might say or sing. They just need to remember that after editing, all clips will be uploaded onto your own online gallery for you to share!!


Cornish Brides : Winter 2013

So, you know you’re definitely getting married, but have you decided where you want to say ‘I Do’ yet? If you have your heart set on a civil venue - as opposed to a church or register office - then Cornwall has a number of amazing licensed venues for your civil wedding or partnership.

civil venues The Alverton

There is an ever-growing list of hotels, castles, manor houses and stately homes which are now licensed to perform civil ceremonies. Many have stunning views across lush countryside or dramatic seascape vistas providing the perfect romantic backdrop for your big day and all are more than capable of helping you arrange the wedding of your dreams.

Atlantic Hotel

A stunning location with glorious views. Our The Alverton in the heart of Truro is an historic, stylish and enchanting venue for

superb service, excellent food and attention to detail will ensure that your wedding day is a day you will remember all your life and

Carlyon Bay Hotel

Perched high on the cliffs overlooking picturesque St Austell Bay, the Carlyon Bay Hotel is a truly idyllic

your wedding where nothing is too much

for all the right reasons. Come and see for

place to celebrate your special day.

trouble and all that matters is your

yourself what we have to offer - you won’t

And with over 25 years experience, we are

happiness and complete satisfaction.

be disappointed because we know how to

experts at making your dreams come true.

turn dreams into realities.

Tregolls Road Truro 01872 276633

Dane Road • Newquay Tel: 01637 872244

The Carlyon Bay Hotel St.Austell 01726 812304

Carnglaze Caverns

Carn Marth

Edgcumbe Arms

A completely unique venue offering a choice of four licensed locations including the Rum Store which is licensed for up to 400 guests and has one of the longest aisles in Cornwall (almost 80m). For smaller weddings, our Underground Lake, Enchanted Dell and Vine Conservatory are ideal. Weddings haven’t gone out of style, they’ve just gone underground!

A cool and contemporary family-run hotel

St. Neot, Liskeard Tel: 01579 320251

offering panoramic views, a south-facing

An outstanding 15th century pub with views across the River Tamar. Also known as ‘The

terrace, excellent service and a laid-back

Inn in the Park and the ‘Ancient Gateway to

vibe with super sleek style and service.

Cornwall’, we are located within the Estate of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, set amongst

Catering for up to 200 guests

800 acres of coastal walks and beautiful unspoilt countryside.

Headland Road • Fistral Beach Newquay Tel: 01637 872519

Cremyll Torpoint Cornwall 01752 822294

Falmouth Hotel

Fowey Hotel

Fowey Hall Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

As one of the Cornwall’s oldest and grandest hotels, there really is no better place to hold your civil ceremony and reception. Our beautiful landscaped gardens are fabulous for photographs and our views across Falmouth Bay are simply unbeatable! Combine this with our excellent food and first class service and you have the perfect venue for your wedding.

A romantic and stylish venue for weddings of up to 70 guests. If you are planning an intimate occasion, our Piano Lounge is ideal for up to 24 people seated or 30 for an informal buffet and our lovely gardens are perfect for welcome drinks and canapés. Feel free to call in anytime or contact our

Cornwall is one of the most magical places to be married and Fowey Hall is a truly beautiful venue in a superb location with glorious views. Whether you’re looking for an intimate celebration for close friends and family or an exclusive setting to host a house party, Fowey Hall is the perfect place for your special day.

Wedding Co-ordinator.

Castle Beach, Falmouth 01326 312671

Telephone: 01726 832551

Tel: 01726 833866

Greenbank Hotel

Hannafore Point Hotel

Hotel Victoria

Situated on the seafront at West Looe, the Hannafore Point Hotel enjoys breathtaking views across Looe Bay from its elegant public rooms. The hotel has a licence for civil ceremonies and facilities for receptions for up to 160 guests.

By choosing the Hotel Victoria - one of Newquay's best wedding venues - you are assured of a friendly but professional service and we will promise to do everything in our power to make your special day a memorable one.

We offer a professional yet friendly service, a superb location and a warm welcome.

Call now for a viewing and a friendly, informal meeting with our Wedding Planner.

Harbourside, Falmouth Tel: 01326 312440

Marine Drive, West Looe Tel: 01503 263273

East Street, Newquay Tel: 08451 664 280

Merchants Manor

Metropole Hotel

National Maritime Museum

Something Unique. Something Romantic. Something Boutique. Something Beautiful. Nestled into the harbourside overlooking Falmouth, the Greenbank combines centuries of tradition with contemporary styling for a timeless elegant feel. With sunlit waters and stunning vistas at every turn, it’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting for your special occasion. We have spaces to suit every need whether you’re having a civil ceremony, civil partnership or wedding reception.

A stylish and recently refurbished country house hotel within minutes of the sea. We have beautiful landscaped gardens for perfect photographs and can tailor a wedding package to meet all your requirements.

You can now exchange your vows in one of the most beautiful locations in Cornwall and we can offer a truly bespoke event to ensure your every expectation is exceeded. Our truly professional service guarantees

Ideal for intimate ceremonies and extravagant receptions.

you the Wedding Day of your Dreams.

Western Terrace, Falmouth Tel: 01326 312734

The Metropole - Padstow

Tel: 01841 532486

If you’re holding out for that perfect setting for your wedding, then look no further. Our unique and imaginative venue may be exactly what you’re looking for ... and then some! Whatever your requirements, we’re happy to discuss ideas with you and we’ll pull out all the stops to achieve the perfect day!

Dayna Pope, Conference Manager Telephone: 01326 214557

Penmorvah Manor

Penventon Park Hotel

Rosewarne Manor

A family-run venue set in delightful countryside location offering a very personal service and truly superb food. Our beautiful function facilities and landscaped gardens will provide the perfect location for your special day. Our friendly staff will tailor every aspect to your requirements.

With over 25 years experience in hosting

A beautiful Georgian House set in

weddings, the Victorian Penmorvah Manor

woodlands in West Cornwall.

House, set in 6 acres of private woodland

Licensed for Civil Ceremonies for up

and mature gardens with views across the

to 150 guests.

valley leading to the sea, creates the

Spa and pre-Wedding Beauty.

perfect backdrop for your special day.

Fantastic reputation for excellent food.

Budock Water Falmouth 01326 250277

West End Redruth Tel: 01209 203000

Rosewarne Manor Connor Downs, Hayle Tel: 01209 610414

St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa

The Cardinalls Hatt

The Old Vicarage

A highly stylish and recently refurbished family run hotel set in the beautiful Cornish countryside. Two luxurious A wedding in Cornwall doesn’t get much better than this. Exchange your vows against a backdrop of golden sands, open skies and clear blue seas. Join your guests for Champagne in

function suites

For a truly enchanting wedding, the

can seat up to 60

Old Vicarage is hard to beat. This beautiful

people and 140 for

secluded house set within extensive

a more informal

landscaped gardens is available


for exclusive use and is perfect for intimate weddings or grander celebrations. We offer

our lovely private gardens before heading down to the beach for magical photographs.

To see what we can offer you for your big day, drop in or call our wedding co-ordinator.

bespoke packages to ensure your wedding is

The Terrace • St. Ives 01736 795221

Hatt, Saltash 01752 845888

Treleigh Redruth 01209 891615

completely unique and special.

Tregenna Castle

Trereife Park

Civil Wedding Venues

Tregenna Castle Hotel is located in a

Nestled in rolling hills just outside Penzance, this centuries old, beautiful Queen Anne period house exudes peace and tranquillity and is exclusively yours for your special day. Exchange your vows in the bright drawing room, enjoy drinks on the lovely terraced lawns or in the walled garden and then amble down to the tennis lawn or the open field below the ‘ha ha’ for your marquee reception. Catering for weddings of all sizes.

For more details on Civil Wedding Venues in Cornwall, visit the Cornish Brides website:

magnificent 72 acre estate with stunning views over St Ives. We are licensed for weddings and civil partnerships with a choice of ceremony rooms, including our beautiful outdoor Pavilion - a truly unique venue.

Tregenna Castle • St. Ives Tel: 01736 795254

Penzance 01736 362750

If you would like to promote your Civil Venue on these pages, call us now on

01872 270169 It’s the only way to ensure that brides-to-be know about your venue!

e d i u G ’s e _ _ d i _ r _ B _ _ e _ h _ T _______ A quick and easy page reference guide to find your favourite suppliers


A Day To Remember


I Do Film Weddings


Amy Skinner Hair & Beauty




Andrew Hawker Photography


James Alice Vehicle Hire


Atlantic Hotel


Jardis Films


Be Beautiful


John Richard Bridal Jewellery


Bliss Bridal Gowns


Justin Duance Jewellery


Blue Skyes Photography


Kerra’s Catering


Bodmin Jail


Lisa Gee Designs


Bridal House of Cornwall


Little Anne Maids Bridal


Bridal Studio


Manor Fashions




Maureen Webber’s Cake Emporium




Merchants Manor


Cameron Ross Wedding Hire


Metropole Hotel


Carbis Bay Hotel


Miss Tea Catering


Cardinalls Hatt


Mount Edgcumbe House


Carlyon Bay Hotel


Mrs M’s Cakes


Carn Marth Hotel


National Maritime Museum Cornwall


Carnglaze Caverns


Occasions Covered


Cars With Style


Old Vicarage


Celebration Pyrotechnics


One and All Chair Covers


Children’s Hospice South West




Claire Hosken Photography


Penmorvah Manor


Cornovi Cornish Tartan


Penventon Park Hotel


Cornwall Wedding Photography


Petals & Pearls


Distinctive Wedding Cars


Ron Bushell Photography


Divine Weddings


Rosewarne Manor


DJ in Cornwall


Ross Talling Photography


Dove Films


Scorrier House


Dubble Jointed Woodcraft


St. Ives Harbour Hotel


Edgcumbe Arms


St. Mawes Retreats


Emilie’s Professional Hair


Stephanie Stevens Jewellery


English Rose Wedding Stationery


The Alverton


Escential Blooms


The Guest Factor


Falcon Hotel


Tick Tock Photos


Falmouth Bay Seafood Café


Tina’s Bridall Hair Accessories


Falmouth Hotel


Tregenna Castle


Farmhouse Studio


Trereife Park


Flowers from Bruallen


Trenython Manor


Fowey Hotel


Treverbyn Cars


Fowey Hall Hotel


Truffles Catering


Gowns-2-Rave About


Victoria Studios


Grant Lampard Photography


Vintage by You


Greenbank Hotel


Wedding Company


Hannafore Point Hotel


White Room Bridal




Hotel Victoria

Cornish Brides 01872 270169


B R I DI R E C T 0R Y A L Organising your wedding can be a stressful and worrying

time, but stay calm and relaxed with our comprehensive Bridal Directory. You’ll find details of lots of fabulous bridal businesses who can help you plan and organise the wedding you’ve always dreamed about.

for even more bridal suppliers, visit


Make your day extra special with handmade, bespoke hairpieces for all your wedding party. Brides, bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride corsages made in matching sets or with subtle differences to make them truly unique. Choose the colours and styles you like, and let us do the rest.

Beautiful and exclusively designed hair fascinators, corsage, bag and shoe accessories. Each item is hand-created to colour co-ordinate and complement your special outfit. Tel:

01209 211578

Tel: 07866 586070

Manor Fashions

Gowns-2-Rave About

The outfit experts situated near Helston

We stock a large range of designer outfits for Mother of the Bride as well as a massive selection of accessories, including shoes, bags and jewellery.

Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom outfits, hats, fascinators, shoes and bags Ring Ann for your appointment 01326 561455

at Streetwise

Mother of the Bride Outfits

Sizes 8-30

Also, Prom and Evening Wear Gowns-2-Rave About at Streetwise 5 Pike Street Liskeard PL14 3JE 01579 348304


Cornish Brides : Winter 2013

Be Beautiful

Call into our lovely bridal boutique in Falmouth for beautiful bridalwear ~ including a stunning plus-size range ~

bridesmaids’ dresses and bridal accessories Also, suit hire for the groom.

Beautiful Bridal Hair and Make-up Be Beautiful Hair & Make-up by Bridgette Caple

Excellent customer service. Visit our website:

01822 611096

Tel: 01326 316000

Using Bobbi Brown products

Beautiful home-made cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. Specialising in contemporary and vintage wedding cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, wedding favours and hen cupcake parties. Mrs M's Cakes 07545 335 284

Kerra’s Catering A Caterer for all Occasions

Trewint Cottage Newtown St Martin Helston TR12 6DW 01326 231245 0785 577 0331 Cornish Brides : Winter 2013


TREVERBYN CARS Our beautiful Beauford 1930’s style open-top tourer will ensure the most elegant and sophisticated arrival on your big day.

We also have a great 1973 3L GXL Ford Capri - perfect for the groom!

Tel: 01872 540457


Distinctive Wedding Cars for your special occasion

01288 341371

Fabulous Cars Competitive Rates Contact Les on 07799 666209 or 01208 841859 email:

JAMES ALICE Prestige Motor Vehicle Hire

This rare top of the range Italian Maserati Gran Cabrio Sport Convertible ensures a memorable treat your wedding. The spacious comfortable four-seat capacity interior would afford a luxurious carriage for the bride and her escort to the wedding venue and would be equally ideal for the groom and his best man.

Tel: 01736 798621 (weekdays 9am-5pm)

Mobile: 07402 898 941

Bold, traditional & individual T: 01209 860702 email: 124

Cornish Brides : Winter 2013

Simon Burt Photography

Fabulous Cornish kilts by Cornovi

Beautiful and inspirational flowers to complement and make your day that extra bit special. Appointments at home or at the wedding venue can be arranged Please call Elaine or Emma 01840 212555

PETALS & PEARLS inspirational wedding flowers


vintage Crockery Hire & Accessories Cornwall by Susan Atkinson

01726 822946 or 0750 086 8163

07808 241 013


One and All Chair Covers

Party Planning For Weddings, Parties, Anniversaries and Christenings Chocolate Fountain from £150-£395 Fresh fruit palm tree from £99 Sweetie Buffet from £1 per head Profiterole Towers from £125 Chair Covering specialist Venue Styling at great rates

Specialists in Chair Cover Hire and Venue Décor covering Cornwall and the South West ‘Turning Ordinary Chairs into Stylish Seats’

For a no obligation quote call Emma Andrews on 07718 253 949

07525 070419 / 07889 364169

DUBble Jointed Woodcraft To make your special day even more perfect, why not hire our beautifully hand-made Candy Cart, Wishing Well or Post Box? All can be personalised with your names and tailored to match your colour-scheme or theme.

For enquiries and bookings, please call: 07511 748 906 or 07951 515 442

Cornish Brides : Winter 2013


Justin Duance handmade bespoke wedding rings Creating beautiful jewellery for beautiful brides

07817 239 895

English Rose Wedding Stationery

01736 368395

Justin Duance Jewellery 52 The Strand, Newlyn Cornwall TR18 5HW


‘The attention to detail makes all the difference ...’ Illustrator for Cornish Brides magazine

Award winning English Rose Wedding Stationery specialise in creating hand-made, quality wedding stationery with a simple, yet distinctive, elegance. Take a look at the website and see the stunning ranges available.

Tel: 01208 813033


Cornish Brides : Winter 2013

Unique, hand-drawn designs for personalising your wedding stationery or creating the perfect gift. Wedding Venues Portraits Cartoons Animals ALL MEDIUMS





Lisa Grenfell tel: 01736 368709 email:

Cornish Brides : Winter 2013


and finally ...

In the last issue of Cornish Brides, we published a poem, ‘Balloon’ by Graeme King. A lot of you, it seems, loved the poem and many of you asked us to publish more in future issues. We thought it would be a nice way to round off this issue - and 2013 - to do just that, so here are two love inspired poems just for you - with love from us xx

TOUCHED BY LOVE Anon I knew that I had been touched by love the very first time I saw you and I felt your warmth and heard your laughter I knew that I had been touched by love when I was hurting deep inside and you came along and made the hurt go away I knew that I had been touched by love when I stopped making plans with my friends and started dreaming dreams with you I knew that I had been touched by love when I suddenly stopped thinking in terms of me and started thinking in terms of we

I never really like writing the last page of Cornish Brides because it means the issue is finished and it always feels a bit like the last day of a holiday; you know you’ve got to go home, but you’ve had such a lovely time that you just don’t want it to be over. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end and on a positive note, there is another issue to start work on within the next week, so onwards and upwards! The next couple of weeks here at CBHQ will be taken up with the Cornish Brides Awards, so it’s going to be a very busy time, culminating in our Grand Awards Ceremony on November 21. It’s a bit like the Oscars, but on a slightly smaller scale and there’s a lot of work to be done to ensure the night is another great success. The Cornish Brides team will be playing host to 120 guests from the bridal industry, including our 48 finalists and invited guests and we are really looking forward to it. We’ll be bringing you a full report in the Spring issue of Cornish Brides, so you won’t miss a thing; it’ll be like you were there with us on the night. And, of course, we’ve got the Christmas and New Year festivities to come as well, with lots of parties to host and attend and before we know it, we’ll be in 2014! Of course, throughout this time, you will be busy with your wedding planning, unless your wedding is coming up before the end of the year, in which case, we send you our very best wishes and hope that you have a simply perfect day. So until next time, we’ll be thinking of you and trust your wedding planning goes well over the next few months. Have a truly magical Christmas and we’ll see you again at the end of January.

I knew that I had been touched by love when I could no longer make decisions by myself and I had a strong desire to share everything with you I knew that I had been touched by love when we first spent time alone together and I wanted to stay with you forever Because I had never felt this touched by love

WHY MARRIAGE? Mari Nichols Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body ... Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me Who won’t hold them against me Who loves me when I am unlikeable Who sees the child in me, and Who looks for the divine potential of me ... Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night With someone who thanks God for me With someone I feel blessed to hold Because marriage means opportunity To grow in love and friendship ... Because marriage is a discipline To be added to a list of achievements Because marriages do not fail, people fail When they enter into marriage Expecting another to make them whole ... Because knowing this I promise to take full responsibility For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness I create me, I take half the responsibility for my marriage Together we create our marriage ... Because with this understanding The possibilities are limitless


Cornish Brides : Winter 2013

Cornish Brides - Winter 2013  

Enjoy the Winter 2013 edition of Cornish Brides. In this edition, there is no shortage of inspiration for both brides and grooms, this is o...

Cornish Brides - Winter 2013  

Enjoy the Winter 2013 edition of Cornish Brides. In this edition, there is no shortage of inspiration for both brides and grooms, this is o...