Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - December 2020/Janaury 2021 (Issue 80)

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WIN! A luxury honeymoon in the Maldives

TRUE ROMANCE Real local weddings


SWEETEST THING Delicious big-day cakes

Winter wonderland venues

DEC 2020/JAN 2021


Get cosy in a festive setting


OLD DOWN ESTATE ‘The home of wedding excellence’

BOOK YOUR PRIVATE VIEWING TODAY Originally built in 1856, Old Down Manor is nestled in the heart of a 66-acre country park and has been beautifully refurbished to become the 5 star wedding venue it is today. With your choice of two stunning venues available on the estate, we are sure we can offer the perfect setting for your special day.


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Get cosy with our winter issue

9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the regions

13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs

89 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer top planning advice

92 COMPETITION Win a luxury five-night honeymoon in the Maldives

On the cover

We can’t stop looking at this utterly romantic shot by Maria Madison Photographer ( Check out the full styled shoot on page 45.


45 ITALY COMES TO SOMERSET This exquisite styled shoot is full of natural tones and textures alongside pretty Italian-inspired touches

49 THE SWEETEST THING Meet the regions’ best cake designers

55 FANTASY FLORALS Beautiful blooms for every celebration

75 BELLE OF THE BALL Glamorous gowns against a backdrop of historic Bath – we’re swooning over this styled shoot!

85 SHINING LIGHTS Showcasing the best of the regions’ new wedding businesses, this shoot is full of springtime vibes


Looking for the perfect menu for your big day? Take our test to see which cuisine best suits you



15 SPOTLIGHT ON… Brilliant Bristol

21 WINTER WONDERLAND Cosy up in a festive setting






Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches

61 GLITTER GIRLS Add a touch of sparkle with these stunning gold and silver accessories

63 DRESS UP These fairytale gowns feature layers of frothy tulle, embellished lace and embroidered organza for a touch of movie-star magic



Classic styling and an exquisite palette made Krishna and Phil’s late-Autumn wedding so special


98 DORSET DELIGHTS Couples are spoilt for choice of holiday hotspots when venturing to the southwest




The lowdown on all things groom from Danielle Harvey

Louise and Harry filled The Longhouse with pops of colour and 50s-inspired styling

94 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE This winter, opt for natural colour palettes reflective of our beautiful countryside at this time of year

Step out in style in a bridal jacket, cape or dress with statement sleeves this winter

72 THE CROWN AND THE GOWN David Emanuel shares his top tips helping you to say “yes” to the dress

78 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be

80 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Top tips from our local professionals



All the latest travel inspiration from Britain to Botswana

Gemma and Alex’s springtime wedding was brimming with pretty rustic touches


We put the latest hair-styling products to the test





Your Perfect Venue Situated in beautiful Somerset and surrounded by the Mendip Hills, this stunning country retreat can be all yours for your special day. Our ultimate desire is for you to enjoy your special day so we have created the perfect setting, with superb cuisine and impeccable service, allowing our devoted staff to provide everything that you need to make your wedding, truly wonderful and unforgettable. Seeing is believing so we would love to invite you to join us for a showaround, allowing you to experience the hotel for yourself. This will also allow you meet with one of our Wedding Coordinators, who will happily discuss your requirements further so please, contact us at any time on or call 01749 342008 to organise a time to suit you.

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t feels like no time since we were celebrating our 70th issue, and now we’re turning the big 8-0. And while celebrations may be a little more subdued this time around (virtual toast, anyone?), we’re still just as excited to have reached this epic milestone! As we move into 2021, I’m so excited for the weddings I have coming up from last year’s postponements. Being a wedding editor, it probably comes as no surprise that weddings absolutely fill me with joy, so seeing friends and family having to put a halt to celebrations last year was hard – but it does mean we get a bumper 2021 season! Whether you’ve had to postpone or you’ve always planned to get married in 2021 or beyond, these pages are jam-packed with inspiration to get your day exactly how you want it. In recent months we’ve all come to realise that celebrations with our loved ones are precious, and it’s with renewed love for life that we look forward to this happening again. With the colder days, it’s time to get snuggled up on the sofa with a cuppa and your favourite wedding magazine (ahem!) and get planning the day of your dreams. We’ve got delicious big-day cakes (page 49), fabulous florals to adorn your venue (page 55) and a round up of the best Bristol and Somerset venues for winter nuptials (page 21). Enjoy!



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All-out bridal glamour – Bath style!


We’re swooning over epic honeymoon destinations… Oh! These two are so in love.


Dreaming of sunny days…


I am living for this flower crown.




We adore these super-cute vintage-style bridesmaids’ dresses.


A dynamic and versatile brass band performing New Orleans style jazz, pop and funk covers in the style of the finest American street bands. Diverse repertoire covering everything from funky New Orleans classics to Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder and Prince. Performances can be mobile and acoustic during the wedding ceremony, during the afternoon drinks reception inside or outside and as part of the evening party entertainment. “Truly brilliant. You really made the day extra special, and completely unforgettable. I wish we could do it all again!”





Begin the story that will last a lifetime here at Berwick Lodge, by marrying the person you love in the romantic seclusion of the South West’s best-kept secret.

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Established since 1947, Kings Plastics Ltd has just branched out into the wedding market with its gorgeous range of flower walls, neon signs and wedding decor. Kings Weddings & Events can provide a range of pretty flower wall backdrops to hire, with bespoke LED flexi neon signs, which is what the company specialises in. “There’s no limit to what we can offer, as the neon signs are made inhouse,” Lauren Hayman tells us. “This customisable aspect means our products are suitable for any theme. We’re Bristol-based and can deliver to venues in the region. The products are low-voltage and just plug in for instant wow factor.” Check out the range on there wesbsite, and see the products in action in our Shining Lights styled shoot!


Get your diaries at the ready, because ABC Wedding Dresses is running an amazing designer week full of discounts and special offers from the 29th December to the 10th January in its Langport boutique. “I’ve been running my business in Somerset for more than 30 years,” owner Caryl Kendall tells us. “We stock a gorgeous range of bridal gowns by Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane, Pure by Romantica, Hilary Morgan and Hermione. We also have a range of off-the-peg designer wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ dresses and evening wear at discounted prices.” The boutique runs on an appointment system, giving each bride plenty of time to find the style she feels great in. Caryl says, “I love using my experience and instinct to find the perfect dress, and we always have great fun.” To find out more, head to



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The team at The Crossways Inn have been hard at work making the hotel and wedding venue near Wells even better than ever. Four new hotel rooms have been launched this year, taking the total number of rooms to 26, which is great for larger wedding parties. Couples and guests will also love the new hair and beauty salon that has opened in the hotel reception area. Available for both hotel guests and nonresidents, it’s the perfect spot for that last-minute wedding prep. After the first lockdown, the hotel reopened with a gorgeous new rooftop terrace to enjoy the sunny weather. After heading into the colder months, the venue launched its Fire & Ice promotion every Friday and Saturday, for guests to enjoy a winter cocktail on the terrace beside a roaring fire pit – the perfect pre-wedding get-together! To find out more, head to



Ruby Hyde Photography has launched an intimate new wedding photography package in response to how the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on couples, as well as for those who would simply prefer a smaller celebration. “I’m a conceptual fine-art photographer with a distinctive style,” Ruby says. “I love bringing a rich storytelling quality to the weddings I photograph.” The new package is designed to ensure that cosier nuptials are provided with just as stunning images as a bigger event, but without the same price tag. Always mindful of how precious the wedding day is, Ruby works discreetly, capturing moments as they naturally unfold throughout the day. The Intimate Weddings Package is for weddings of up to 30 people and costs £895. Including 10 hours of coverage, a minimum of 300 edited images and a password-protected gallery, couples choosing this option can rest assured their day will be treated with the utmost care and attention. For more information, visit



When Mr White and Miss Christmas tied the knot in a last-minute pre-lockdown wedding at the beautifully historic Roman Baths, the pair joined to create the most wonderful surname: Mr and Mrs White-Christmas. The COVID-secure ceremony was performed beside the spectacular Great Bath, followed by a reception for 15 people on the picturesque Roman Baths’ Terrace. “We were due to get married in July at another venue,” Tilly White-Christmas says. “Because of the pandemic we had to move the date. To cheer ourselves up, we decided to look for a venue with real wow factor for our intimate ceremony, and we fell in love with the Roman Baths.” It took a while for the couple to twig that their surnames came together so brilliantly. “I wanted to keep the name Christmas as I’ve always loved it and wanted to keep the name going,” Tilly explains. “It just so happens that the man I married has the perfect name to go with it!” To find out more about tying the knot at Bath’s iconic Roman Baths, visit

To top it off

Not only has Bristol-based Annabel Allen Millinery created a stunning new collection of customisable hats and headpieces for 2021, owner Annabel has also launched a range of luxury face masks. The masks are designed to complement the outfits of the couple, their bridal party and their guests. “They’re made from the same highquality materials and attention to detail as all our products,” Annabel explains. “We have a gorgeous ready-to-wear range available on our website, as well as offering a bespoke service. In addition to the luxury materials used on the outside of the masks, the inside is 100% silk for comfort, protection and breathability.” We’re also loving Annabel’s beautiful new headwear collection, which draws inspiration from oceanic shapes, colours and designs, reimagined to create individual yet wearable pieces. “While we reflect modern trends, our designs are also made to stand the test of time,” Annabel says. “Sustainability is at the heart of our creative process; offering timeless pieces made from the highest quality materials sourced from reputable suppliers. All our hats can be customised to fit the client’s requirements.” Visit

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After working in the wedding and events industry for many years providing a successful photo booth service, brothers Jack and Joseph Eaton spotted an opportunity to create a timeless alternative to the traditional wedding guest book – using the spoken word. The Audio Guest Book is a classic 40s-style Bakelite telephone, which is delivered to your venue so your guests can simply pick up the phone, when they feel inclined to do so, and say, shout, laugh or sing whatever comes to mind! We’ve all experienced that awkward moment when trying to write a witty or personal message in a guestbook; the Audio Guest Book provides a more authentic, spontaneous way of capturing emotion from your loved ones. There’s also an option for guests to call in from abroad or home to leave a message – perfect for those marrying under COVID-related restrictions. The result is a collection of voice messages from your nearest and dearest, delivered on a USB in a glass bottle to be treasured forever. Find out more at



One of only two Grade II listed hotels in Bath, Bailbrook House is a characterful wedding venue which oozes period charm. Set within 20 acres of parkland, the hotel boasts elegant function spaces in the mansion house along with a contemporary self-contained Brunel Suite for up to 130 guests and stunning feature bedrooms, offering space, flexibility and the warmest of welcomes for your fairy tale wedding.

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Nestled amidst 500 acres of private parkland, Orchardleigh is a family owned country estate in stunning Somerset. Exclusively yours for your wedding day, Orchardleigh offers a truly magical place to say ‘I do’. Acclaimed as one of the regions finest wedding venues, the estate boasts a beautiful 19th century stately home, romantic island church, 18 hole golf course and luxurious accommodation for up to 85 guests.

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Looking for an exciting action packed corporate activity day out with colleagues or an exciting Stag and Hen day for friends?

Just 20 minutes from the centre of Bristol, we are totally dedicated to making your party a memorable one - all at a great price. Why not give clay pigeon shooting a go? Whether you are a sure shot or couldn’t hit a barn door, you’ll be expertly taught on our 5 shooting stand layouts. Off road Karting with purpose built track with jumps & quad trail also on site. Micro-chip timing now on karts. Established since 1992. Please see our website for more details. CONTACT US

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JEWEL OF THE AISLE Holly Berkley Jewellery has more than 30 years’ experience creating bespoke handmade wedding jewellery and hair decorations using a wonderful wire-weaving technique – they’ve even been featured in Vogue! You can pick from one of the company’s exclusive designs or commission a piece that’s perfect for your style and your day. We’ve teamed up with Holly Berkley Jewellery to offer Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding readers a fantastic 10% discount on new orders – simply mention the magazine when enquiring. Visit for more information.

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BE OUR GUEST Wedding stationery company Topikki is offering our lucky readers a free guest book with every new order that includes wedding invitations. With a choice of white, ivory or Kraft paper covers, there’s a guest book to suit everyone. Topikki specialises in handcrafted wedding stationery including favours, table stationery and seating plans. It can also help those who have had to rearrange their wedding during the pandemic with a range of invitations and change-of-date cards. Find out more at


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WIN A LUXURY BREAK FOR TWO County Wedding Magazine readers have the opportunity to win a two-night stay at either Queens Hotel Cheltenham or Castle Hotel Windsor two MGallery Hotel Collection properties. The winner and a guest will stay in the best available room on the date of their stay. The prize includes breakfast, car parking, and a three-course dinner one evening in the hotel’s restaurant. Situated opposite Windsor Castle, the Castle Hotel is established as one of the Windsor’s finest boutique properties steeped in history dating back to 1528. The 108-room hotel exudes elegant glamour, a striking, spacious conference and events space, as well as a highly regarded Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Equally as opulent for even the most discerning of traveller, Queens Hotel – which first opened in 1838 – has an impressive Castle Hotel

Palladian façade exuding elegance and grandeur from the moment guests walk in. The hotel has 84-luxurious rooms and suites, designed subtly to accommodate the hotel’s history whilst seamlessly integrating cutting-edge technologies and amenities. Guests can choose to dine in newly launched Victoria’s or Duke’s Tea Room, where classic comfort dishes are served with sharing at the heart of the experience. The Gold Cup bar provides an intimate space in which to enjoy one of the over 40 gins available. Boasting the original listed bar, gifted by India to Lord Charles Napier, the intricate wooden design creates a warm, intimate and inviting space in which to sip a signature cocktail or two. Check out Queens Hotel


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THE ORANGERY AT GOLDNEY HOUSE 0117 428 4000 | WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Nestled within romantic walled gardens, the enchanting Orangery at Goldney House is a timelessly elegant venue overlooking the city, providing an oasis of calm away from the everyday buzz of Bristol. With a Georgian folly, a shell grotto and ornate water feature, guests can enjoy the serenity of this beautiful space. The Orangery is a historic wisteria-clad building with original stone floors, high ceilings and wonderfully large windows that let in an abundance of light. It benefits from French-style doors that can be opened up on a warm day to let the outside in. There’s

also an exclusive area for the newlyweds to take a breath and freshen up during the day. LET’S CELEBRATE! Ceremonies are held in several spaces, from the intimate Rotunda (14 guests), to the elegant Georgian Drawing Room and Wills Reception Room (80 guests). Most receptions take place in The Orangery (110 day guests and 150 evening guests), but there’s also smaller settings for groups of between 12 and 50 people. WE LOVE… The historical grotto, which is encrusted in shells and quartz, can be hired during your drinks reception as something different for guests to enjoy.

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ARNOS VALE 0117 971 9117 | WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Found in 45 acres of green space, this idyllic retreat offers a one-of-a-kind setting in the heart of the city. The Victorian Garden Cemetery was designed in the style of an ancient Greek necropolis. Surrounded by abundant trees and plants, it offers a memorable backdrop for photos. Guests can discover a magical woodland wedding spot, the Underwood Centre, which complements its surroundings perfectly. Parties will love getting back to nature surrounded by rustic wooden benches, birdsong and dappled sunshine – furry friends are welcome here too. There’s a collection of wonderful venues here each with its own character, with capacities for up to 90 ceremony guests and 140 reception guests. LET’S CELEBRATE! Designed by Charles Underwood in 1839, The Spielman Centre is a

ASHTON GATE STADIUM 0117 9630 680 | WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Nestled in the heart of South Bristol, Ashton Gate Stadium is a £45million state-of-the-art stadium with a whole host of exciting photo opportunities and memorable pitch-side views. Guests can be welcomed on the large screen by a choice of message or photo as they arrive at the home of Bristol City and Bristol Bears. The venue can even match the stadium lights to the wedding theme. There are various function rooms to accommodate different capacities and styles, whether that’s an intimate ceremony or a lavish affair, there’s a room to match. Each space has its own bar, LED TV screens and some have views of the pitch. 16

fusion of elegant Victorian architecture mixed with the modern glass design of the attached Atrium Café. Benefitting from magnificent leaded windows, natural light and a fabulous pillared entrance, it provides a blank canvas for couples who wish to put their stamp on the venue. The Grade II listed Victorian Anglican Chapel is the centrepiece of the venue and it’s where Church of England ceremonies take place. Loved ones can admire beautifully carved columns and the bell tower before stepping inside the grand hall. Ornate floor tiles, elegant curved windows and marble wall plaques give a classic yet stylish atmosphere. WE LOVE… No two weddings here are the same, and the team prides itself on being as flexible as possible to create the day of couples’ dreams – from a relaxed celebration in the woods to the grandest formal wedding breakfast in a chapel.

LET’S CELEBRATE! Couples can celebrate in a number of spaces including the Director’s Box (50 guests) or a choice of 18 executive boxes running along the length of the Lansdown Stand. Bigger celebrations are held in the Heineken Lounge (200 guests) or the Lansdown Suite (800 guests). The Sports Bar is a modern space at the front of the stadium, with a large private bar and mezzanine level should couples want to spread their guests out. It boasts the largest TV screen in Europe, which shows live sports and gives a nod to the teams that play at Ashton Gate. WE LOVE… Wedding couples receive free one-year anniversary tickets for a home league fixture for either Bristol City or Bristol Bears.

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BERWICK LODGE 0117 958 1590 | LET’S CELEBRATE! There are two options for ceremonies within the Mews, which is a converted stable block. Summeria (50 guests) is a beautifully light room with countryside views, while Mesopotamia (90 guests) is located on the ground floor. Furnished with pillars and large windows, it has access to a patio adjacent to the woodland. Receptions are held in the intimate atmosphere of the Hattusa dining room (150 guests), with its stylish architecture and twinkling chandeliers. WE LOVE… All wedding couples are treated to a complimentary menu and wine tasting evening.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Berwick Lodge offers a grand location for big-day celebrations, with its 18 acres of woodland and views across to Wales. The stunning gardens, managed by former royal gardener Robert Dunster, boast ornate fountains, a marble gazebo, an orchard and a summerhouse. The imposing red-brick Victorian manor is first glimpsed at the end of a tree- and lantern-lined driveway. Guests step inside to find the interior has an east-meets-west feel, with sumptuous oversized sofas, crystal chandeliers and open fires bringing a luxurious touch to this homely venue. Visitors climb the sweeping staircase to find 14 individually designed bedrooms.


WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Set in the city’s historic dockyard, the SS Great Britain cuts a striking image in Bristol’s harbour. Located a short reach from the city centre, couples can arrive by boat for their special day and enjoy stunning views across the city. The ship, which was launched in 1843, has been restored to its former glory, with gold trim and celebratory signal flags depicting the grandeur of her launch. As the world’s first great ocean liner, the interior reflects the luxury of first-class travel. LET’S CELEBRATE! Ceremonies can be held on the Promenade Deck (120 guests), an airy space flooded with natural light, pillars and mirrors,

with couples making their grand entrance down the impressive 30-metre aisle. Alternatively, Rigger’s Yard (50 guests) is a rusticstyle al fresco space for nuptials overlooking the water’s edge, with Bristol’s colourful skyline as the backdrop. Following the vows, couples can choose from two spaces for their reception surrounded by up to 200 loved ones. The First Class Dining Saloon boasts the finest Victorian décor, with marble-effect pillars and banquet-style seating. The Hayward Saloon is a great party space, with a bar and dancing area ready to be decorated to the couple’s liking. WE LOVE… Guests can explore the inner workings of the historic ship, including the engine room, living area and steerage. They can also treat their loved ones to a cruise around the harbour before returning for the evening celebrations. 19

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Situated in beautiful parkland of the Blaise Estate in Bristol, this late eighteenth century mansion was immortalised by being described as ‘the finest place in England’ in Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey. For your ceremony you have the choice between an intimate atmosphere with a grand backdrop of our fine art collections, or you can take your wedding outside and get married in our secret Dairy Garden. For more information and a wedding day to remember contact us at: or go to


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01984 633 633 | WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Spanning more than 100 acres in the rolling Quantock Hills, the St Audries Park estate boasts an elevated position with fabulous coastal views. The deer park and lake are serene settings, and the immaculate grounds feature neatly striped grass and a manicured croquet lawn. The building provides an impressive backdrop for weddings, with towers, turrets, huge stained-glass windows and its Victorianstyle Orangery. Inside, there are endless period features to enjoy in splendid surroundings.


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WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Hidden within ancient ramparts and protected by a moat, 14 acres of tranquil, Grade II listed gardens await visitors. With herbaceous borders, pretty pools and the scent of roses in the air, there are endless photo opportunities against the backdrop of the cathedral. In 2016, the gardens were awarded RHS Partner Garden status. The palace dates back to the 13th-century, and the romantic ruins of The Great Hall complement the majesty of the medieval façade and awe-inspiring setting of the gatehouse and moat. The Bishop’s

LET’S CELEBRATE! All couples have exclusive use of the house and grounds for their special day. Vows are taken in The Orangery (130 guests) before making use of the many grand and elegant reception rooms. The Great Hall’s vaulted ceiling, minstrels’ gallery and roaring log fire make for an impressive welcome. The Drawing Room, with its hand-painted ceiling and wall of windows, is another favourite. For fine dining with a view, couples will love The Banqueting Hall, which overlooks the deer park and rose garden. WE LOVE… Nearlyweds can host an informal gathering the night before the wedding for up to 40 loved ones at Peregrine House. There’s also accommodation for up to 100 people for the wedding night. Private Chapel is renowned for its impressive stone tracery and high stained-glass windows. LET’S CELEBRATE! The adjacent town hall is available for the official “I dos.” Parties then head to the venue to celebrate in a choice of spaces, including the medieval Entrance Hall, the vaulted stone Undercroft, the Terrace and the Long Gallery. Guests can also explore the grounds, which are home to the well pools that give the city its name. On the moat are the famous swans, who ring a bell when they want food! WE LOVE… Couples tying the knot here receive a free food tasting and complimentary membership for a year.


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01935 864 211 | LET’S CELEBRATE! Couples wishing to take their vows in the great outdoors can do so in front of a congregation of up to 150 under the majestic wooden pergola. For indoor ceremonies, the barn also holds up to 150 loved ones. In the evening, couples can invite up to 300 of their nearest and dearest to enjoy the whole building and grounds, complete with its large, canopied outdoor area. Venue hire includes exclusive use from the day before the wedding, making setting up a breeze. Packages include bespoke menus – from sharing platters to traditional three-course meals. WE LOVE… Guests will adore staying overnight in the luxury furnished bell tents before enjoying a full English breakfast in the morning.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? With stunning views across the Somerset countryside, The Barn at Cott Farm is nestled in informal grounds that are teeming with cottage-garden blooms in the warmer months. There’s a large lawn for outdoor games, and over a small footbridge is the venue’s camping field. The fire pit and wood-fired pizza oven keep the chill at bay. The cosy heated barn combines rustic charm with style and comfort. The original doors open to reveal modern tri-folding glass doors, making the entrance flexible in all weathers. The wooden beams are strewn with fairylights, and the coir carpet, handmade wooden furniture and apple-crate bar offer a blank canvas for couples. Windows and skylights flood the space with sunshine during the day, while soft lighting provides a cosy ambience at night.


01984 618 752 | WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Set at the foot of the Quantock Hills is Crowcombe Court. With its lake, hydrangea beds, kitchen garden, lawns and wild woodland, the venue provides plenty of stunning backdrops for photographs. The magnificent Grade I listed squire’s mansion was built in English Baroque style in the 1730s from amber-coloured bricks with Bath Stone pilasters and frontispiece. Once inside, visitors find sumptuous interiors and 11 superb rooms with king-size beds, Edwardian furniture and luxurious en suites. LET’S CELEBRATE! Ceremonies take place in the grandeur of The Great Hall (100 22

guests) with its intricate Italian plasterwork and flexible layout. In the warmer months, the bandstand is the perfect outdoor ceremony location, overlooked by the spectacular Quantock Hills. After the formalities, bespoke wedding breakfasts can take place in The Victorian Ballroom (100 guests). Its high ceilings and stunning chandeliers make it a wonderful space for newlyweds to celebrate their first meal as a married couple. After this, the nightclub-style vaulted Undercroft has a stage, dancefloor and bar just waiting for a celebration. WE LOVE… Couples can make use of the new Getting Ready Room. Designed for pre-wedding prep, it features make-up stations, mirrors, an en suite bathroom and plenty of space for champagne and photos!

LUXURY SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION IN SOMERSET THAT SLEEPS 20 This majestic, former Georgian rectory could be yours to enjoy for the perfect relaxed holiday with friends and family, a special celebration, an intimate wedding party or the ideal secluded venue for your corporate escape. The Grange is a luxurious house sleeping up to twenty two people in the heart of rural Somerset and offering a wide range of entertainment to suit all ages

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Make your dreams a reality... Set in beautiful South Somerset within 14 acres, the Great Tithe Barn is just one destination for a grand celebration on your special day. For an outside ceremony the Riverside Belvedere is a stunning location, or for something smaller the Loft and Lakeside Rooms in the Old Mill offer an intimate setting. Call or email to arrange a viewing and find out all that Haselbury Mill has to offer. Call for a wedding brochure and to find out about our special midweek rates Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett, TA18 7NY 01460 77095

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Gants Mill is the perfect romantic venue for your exclusive country wedding, where you can be confident of an enchanting and memorable day. We have a licence to hold civil ceremonies, and as a family concern we are committed to making your day relaxing and enjoyable. There is no corkage charge and you can choose you own caterers. Contact us to make a viewing appointment as we would love to show you romantic Gants Mill. Contact Greg Beedle at: Gants Mill Weddings, Gants Mill & Garden, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0DB Phone: 07854 166624 Email: Website:

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HAMSWELL HOUSE 07710 727 773 | WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? In the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stands the historic Hamswell House and its romantic 18th-century gardens. A fine example of English Renaissance architecture, the stately home is located within its own private estate.

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people inside and more on the lawn, The Orangery features glorious high-arched windows and a Cotswold stone roof. After the formalities, guests are free to enjoy drinks on the terrace and soak up the panoramas before exploring the walled gardens, terraced herb garden and wisteria-clad pergola. Receptions are held in a custom-built marquee (240 guests).

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WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Situated in the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site, the Roman Baths & Pump Room is one of the most distinctive buildings in the country. The award-winning complex is steeped in history, with its origins dating back 2,000 years. Forming part of the museum by day, the Great Bath has been meticulously renovated. It’s here at sunrise and sunset that vows can be exchanged, overlooked by the beautiful Bath Abbey. Although it’s open-air, ceremonies can still take place in adverse weather, as shelter is provided by the terrace above. LET’S CELEBRATE! Perfect for smaller and less formal celebrations, sunrise ceremonies take place at 8.30am and can be followed by a champagne

breakfast for up to 60 guests. Sunset vows (160 guests) are taken at 7.30pm – excluding mid-June to August – followed by a glass of champagne on the 2,000-year-old paving. In colder weather, the steam from the baths, coupled with flickering torchlight, creates a magical atmosphere. The adjoining Pump Room (160 guests) is the ideal party space. Famously frequented by Jane Austen, the elegant room has tall windows, Corinthian columns and a glittering chandelier. Also part of the complex, the Terrace (80 guests) overlooking the Great Bath is an intimate area for events, along with the Reception Hall. New COVID-secure micro weddings are also available. WE LOVE… Exclusive-use packages are available for up to 290 friends and family. Nearlyweds will be treated to a free menu tasting with the venue’s caterer, Searcys ( 25


in the West Country

Classic styling and an exquisite palette of grey and dusky pink made Krishna and Phil’s late-Autumn wedding so special Images courtesy of Helen Lisk Photography




hen Krishna and Phil met on a beach in Croatia, they knew their lives were about to change. “We fell for each other straight away,” Krishna says. Five years into their relationship, they planned an epic trip to Iceland to celebrate their anniversary. “I’ve always wanted to go there,” Krishna says. “On the second day, Phil arranged for us to visit the Blue Lagoon at sunrise. He booked a private spa area, and with no one else around, he got down on one knee after carrying the ring around in his robe!” Back in the UK, the loved-up pair started planning their dream wedding, which they knew would have a classic country vibe, and would be in the West Country where they both grew up. They soon settled on Pennard House as the setting, and booked the date for 28th September, 2019. We caught up with Krishna to get the lowdown…

THE PERFECT SETTING The couple were keen to find a venue where they could host their whole day in one place, as well as somewhere they could bring their own wine from the father-of-the-bride’s wine merchant business. “We wanted our wedding to have a traditional feel, but with the freedom to make it our own,” Krishna explains. “Pennard House offered exactly that. A beautiful former family home in the heart of the Somerset countryside. We looked around on a wet November day and fell in love with the place.” The team at the venue made Krishna and Phil feel so welcome, and the beautiful accommodation and stunning bridal suite sealed the deal.

PUTTING THEIR STAMP ON Their classic country theme and soft palette was reflected throughout the day. “It was important for my flowers to represent the season,” Krishna tells us. “Being the first week of autumn, our florist, Alice at Forage and Blossom, suggested we go for lots of roses and foliage. We chose a range of neutral tones, which were slightly warmer and dusky to fit the time of year.” The florals tied in beautifully with some handmade rose petal paper from India – Krishna’s grandad who sadly passed away was Indian – which the couple used for invitations, menus and table names. “Our mums also spent the year drying out roses for confetti and to be scattered on the tables,” the bride says. “It gave the whole day a romantic feel with roses all around us.” Krishna envisioned a delicious, natural cake with pared-back decoration. “We had the most lovely consultation with Penny at Penny Bakes,” Krishna remembers. “She helped us refine our ideas and we settled on a semi-naked cake with a salted caramel drip. This was then decorated with macarons, roses and blackberries to mirror the season. The first time we saw it, we were over the moon with the result!” For a special touch, they sat the cake on the wooden boxes that their wine and champagne came in. Krishna’s uncle made the place settings using 100 corks that the father-of-the-bride had collected through his wine business. Each table was named after places that the pair had visited together. “Our trips always seem to have a funny story attached,” Krishna laughs. “Phil created cards to go on each table with a picture of the place and a little story of what we did there.” Guests were treated to an array of delicious seasonal jams and chutneys made by Phil’s mum as favours. Hand-tied labels on each jar read ‘Spread the love.’ Continuing the rose petal and wine theme, magnum wine bottles were dotted around the space with tall flickering candles and rose petals scattered around them. “My friend works for Elemis and gave us some candles,” Krishna explains. “The gorgeous scent carried around the venue.” As a nod to the bride’s heritage, they chose Indian food for their wedding breakfast. “Caroline Gent Catering were amazing,” Krishna says. “We had three delicious courses and chose sharing bowls for the main; it was a lovely relaxed way for everyone to eat as much as they wanted. This was followed by a classic English dessert of Eton mess with seasonal fruit. The food was locally sourced, which was important to us as we tried to use South West suppliers wherever we could.” Of course, everything was washed down with wonderful wine and champagne supplied by the bride’s father. 27 


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REAL WEDDINGS AISLE STYLE Originally wanting a strapless dress, as the day drew nearer Krishna realised she wanted something less summery. “In the end, I wore a stunning long-sleeved dress by Suzanne Neville,” she says. “I wanted to look like a bride, but I’m quite petite so didn’t want the dress to swamp me. I fell in love with the neckline of the original design of my dress, but I asked the designer to make a more fitted skirt. They were so accommodating and made suggestions along the way. It was amazing having a dress made from scratch to my exact measurements.” Krishna kept her look simple, to reflect her usual style, teaming her gown with a cathedral-length veil and nude Jimmy Choo stilettos, which she could wear again. “The jeweller who made our rings, Noble Fine Jewellery, also designed some earrings for me using my grandmother’s diamonds,” Krishna says. Phil and his groomsmen wore traditional morning suits, with Phil having his made for the occasion. He chose a cream waistcoat and gold tie to stand out from the groomsmen who wore grey waistcoats and dusky pink accessories. The bridesmaids looked wonderful in multiway dresses. “I had a mixture of family and friends and different ages in my party,” the bride says. “I wanted them to have the option to style the dress how they liked.”

IT’S A CELEBRATION During the ceremony and canapés, there was a harpist from Bristol, Marie France Riboulet, and for the reception a Glastonbury band called Charlie Miller and the Soul Agents performed. “Both were amazing,” Krishna says. “I’ll never forget walking down the aisle to the harp, and the band were a huge hit with the guests and got everyone dancing.” There was also a surprise act in the shape of the groom! “He did a rendition of Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty on sax!” Krishna smiles. “It was a huge surprise for our loved ones!”

MAKING MEMORIES Looking back, what did the newlyweds take away from their big day? “Married friends did warn us, but it goes so fast,” Krishna tells us. “You have to savour every moment. We both feel incredibly lucky and grateful to our family and friends.” When asked about the parts that stood out most, Krishna says, “The ceremony was amazing; it’s nerve-wracking, but coming down the aisle and making that commitment to each other is so special. We were thrilled we booked a videographer as we have been able to go back and relive it all again. For me, getting ready in the morning was a wonderful part of the day, as was walking into the wedding breakfast to applause and seeing all our plans come together – it was such an exciting moment!”

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Krishna’s top tip: “Trust your suppliers – they’re the experts and their guidance is invaluable.”

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Court Farm offers extensive grounds and the perfect blank canvas to create your own uniquely styled rustic wedding. A beautiful reception courtyard, The Woolshed for dining, historic Rustic Barn for dancing and stylish boutique onsite accommodation.

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Gemma and Alex’s springtime wedding was brimming with pretty rustic touches Images courtesy of Shutter Bliss Photography


emma and Alex would often see each other while walking home from work, but it wasn’t until they stumbled across each other on a dating website that they got chatting. “On our first date I was on crutches after a knee operation,” Gemma says. “Safe to say, I couldn’t run away!” Luckily she couldn’t, as six years later Alex was planning how to pop the question. “The original plan was to do it at Longleat,” Gemma says. “But after I refused to go (we had been a few weeks before!) he decided instead to wrap the ring up and tuck it under the Christmas tree on 27th December.” After Gemma got over the surprise, they started planning their dream day for 13th April, 2019, with a church service at St Andrews in Banwell, followed by a reception at Batch Country House. Gemma continues the story…

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We chose the church in Banwell as it’s where Alex grew up and his grandad was the church warden ther e. Batch Country House has great significance to me as its where my parents got married 17 years ago.

Instead of a traditional cake, we opted for an amazing cheese tower from Cobbs of Cheddar.

We went for a mink palette with hessian and tweed accents for a country feel. Alex’s company is Worle Glass and Joinery; he made the centrepieces from copper pipe and our brilliant table plan from an old window! 34


Alex made wooden letters that spelled out G&A and lit them up with vintage lightbulbs.

I love prosecco, so the place settings were made out of corks! The tables were named after different types of wood, which was inspired by Alex’s joinery work. As it was just before Easter, we treated our guests to mini eggs as favours.

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a fabulous old Austin from Triggols’ Vintage Wedding Cars. It made a great photo opportu nity.

The men looked handsome in blue suits with tweed waistcoats. Alex chose an ivory tie to stand out from his groomsmen who were in pink accessories to coordinate with the bridesmaids. My girls looked amazing in long floaty dresses.

My beautiful gown came from So Gorgeous Bridal. I loved the tight corset top and skirt that flowed out to the floor. For a personal touch, I accessorised it with my late-nanna’s necklace.

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The party got started with our amazing wedding band, The Collective. They got every single one of our guests on the dancefloor!

I felt very nervous in the mo rning, but as soon as I saw Alex at the end of the aisle I just cou ldn’t wait to get to him.

to the care perfect. A special mention goes Everyone involved made the day aphers, the wonderful team at the and professionalism of our photogr ily. reception venue and all of our fam

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Louise and Harry filled The Longhouse with pops of colour and 50s-inspired styling Images courtesy of Bright Sight Photography


eing on the same course at university, Louise and Harry had heard of each other through mutual friends, but it wasn’t until their final year that they met. After first bonding over obscure comedy references, when they should have been listening to lectures, they were soon swapping albums and films. “It wasn’t long before we were going for walks by the canal and spending whole afternoons in coffee shops,” Louise smiles. “The rest, as they say, is history.” It may have taken three proposals, but the pair did finally get

engaged. “The first proposal was when we’d been going out for two weeks,” Louise laughs. “It was a lovely idea, but I said I wouldn’t hold him to it! He proposed again nine months later after a long weekend in Prague wandering picturesque streets and eating delicious food, and he proposed once more when we were back home tucked up in bed with the lights off. I said ‘yes’ that time!” The pair set the date for 15th June, 2019, and chose The Longhouse as the setting. Louise fills us in on all the details… 39 

We fell for The Longhouse straight away; it’s got lots of space but it never feels like you’re away from the action. We loved that we could gauge the weather on the day and decide on an indoor or outdoor ceremony. It was also important to us to have affordable accommodation on site, as we had a lot of guests travelling in, and being able to have breakfast together the morning after was a wonderful way to round off the whole event.

For the flowers, we went for a very natural, relaxed feel accenting our colour scheme with plenty of greenery. We wanted a vintage country-garden vibe – and we certainly got it with sweet peas, peonies, herbs, roses, and gypsophila. The room smelled gorgeous! We wanted to keep the tables quite open to encourage conversation, so we didn’t have a big centrepiece. Instead, we dotted several vases of flowers along each table interspersed with multi-coloured tea lights for the evening.

I love the 1950s style, so we wanted nods to this without straying into kitsch. We used a palette of pinks, blues and purples throughout the styling, including the yards of bunting that Harry’s mum made to add to the colour and vintage vibe of the day.

We had a three-tier naked cake in three delicious flavours – lemon, salted caramel and carrot cake – all decorated in pretty blooms. Many thanks to our caterer for making sure both of us got a slice! I grew up in Norway, so we also had a traditional Norwegian kransekake – or crown cake – which was covered in Norwegian flags for that ‘subtle’ look! 40

I purchased floral images from LollyLanesShoppe on Etsy and used them to design our own stationery. We also bought table numbers from Ginger Ray, which looked like vintage film. For favours, we treated our guests to a packet of British wildflower seeds, a bubble wand, a drinks ticket and a pin badge for Macmillan Cancer Care. This was in memory of my grandad who we sadly lost not long before the wedding.


We enjoyed canapés after the ceremony; this got people mingling, which was just the atmosphere we wanted. For our sit-down meal we had sociable sharing bowls, again to keep conversation going. Bacon and sausage rolls in the evening recharged the batteries!

I knew from the start that I wanted a tea-length dress. I still tried on a number of different styles (when else do you get the chance to try on lots of glamorous dresses?) but I knew that Polly by Brighton Belle was the one as soon as I put it on. Who knew wedding dresses could be so comfortable? I accessorised it with a hip-length veil and satin peep-toe shoes. The garden games were a big hit with young and old alike. We also hired a MySelfie booth, which you operate yourself – that was a definite win! We would recommend picking up some of your own props too; it added a real sense of individuality to the pictures. In the evening, DJ Cordell was fantastic. He read the crowd and inserted songs we’d requested at just the right moment – we danced pretty much all night.

Harry and his best man wore grey three-piece suits from Jeff Banks, while the other groomsmen rocked their own suits. They all had pink accessories so they looked very much like a cohesive group. My bridesmaids wore dresses from the wonderful Heart and Found on Etsy. They were able to pick their style, have it custom made and choose fabrics that matched the colour scheme. 41 

We can’t praise the venue’s wedding coordinator, Danica, enough. She was everywhere, knew everything and was generally fabulous! Our humanist celebrant, Beth, was also wonderful; she helped set the tone for the day, and the ceremony she created really encapsulated us. Shar from SJP Bridal was so kind when my grandad was ill, taking photos of me in the sample dress so he could see how I would look on the day. That thoughtfulness at such a difficult time, in the months before he passed away, had a big impact on him and us.

I had a very emotional evening the night before. We had spent most of the day setting up surrounded by our favourite people, and by the end of it all I was quite overwhelmed. Come the morning, I was calm as anything! It was a wonderful feeling walking down the aisle with my dad, I was beaming at everyone I could catch eyes with. We spent most of the day laughing!


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Full of natural tones and textures alongside pretty Italian-inspired touches, this exquisite styled shoot is perfect for those hosting intimate celebrations Images courtesy of Maria Madison Photography


s the wedding industry adapts to new restrictions, couples need guidance and inspiration for their wedding day. Even with just a small number of guests, you can enjoy beautiful moments and still feel like royalty. “This shoot was designed as inspiration for a small Italian-themed garden wedding, which keeps to the social distancing rule,” says photographer and shoot coordinator Maria Madison. The styling followed a natural theme, with colours and textures chosen to sit perfectly alongside the green grass, trees and stone of the setting. “All details were carefully used to create a light and relaxed atmosphere; an invitation to have a good time and create sweet memories for life,” Maria explains.

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We meet the regions’ best wedding cake designers


hile cakes have always been a staple at weddings, they’re coming into their own recently with showstopping, theatrical creations becoming the centrepiece of the day – whether you’re holding out for a grand affair or hosting an intimate celebration. We wanted to introduce you to some of Bristol and Somerset’s best bakers – the people who can bring a sweet delight to your big day…

Meet Alison Hieron of Creative Collections

Where did your journey into cake creation begin? My journey began after my second daughter turned one – mainly to start making lovely birthday and christening cakes! I took an accredited course in cake decorating and design, and it all took off from there. What’s your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry? I love to bring my couples’ visions to life and see their reactions when they see the final design. It gives me so much joy to see their enthusiasm and to be involved in their special day. What sweet treat do you turn to for comfort? I absolutely love cupcakes; they’re my go-to sweet treat.

Meet Sam Hunter-Wandzel of Cakecakecake

Where did your journey into cake creation begin? I was already making birthday cakes for family and friends, so when it came to my big day I decided to make my own cake. This was the point when I decided that I wanted to make more; I love the delicate aspects of wedding designs.

How can couples adapt their cake design for a smaller wedding? Couples don’t have to sacrifice the look of a bigger cake for a smaller wedding. Layers of iced polystyrene tiers can add to the look without wasting cake – and no one would know it’s not real. Visit

What’s your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry? I enjoy everything about being in the wedding industry, starting with meeting excited couples and discussing their vision, and of course, tasting! I love setting up at the venue and seeing the buzz of all the other trades setting up and perfecting their own part of the day.

How can couples adapt their cake design for a smaller wedding? During this hard time when guest numbers have been restricted, the weddings that have gone ahead have had to adapt. If the couple still want the visual effect of a three or four-tier creation, we have used dummy tiers and only one or two tiers of actual cake.

What sweet treat do you turn to for comfort? For me, the best cake is a rich fruit, well matured in brandy with marzipan, and the biggest must for me is royal icing! If not a fruitcake, I will turn to shortbread for a sweet fix.

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Meet Penelope Grundon of Penny Bakes

Where did your journey into cake creation begin? It all began for me about seven years ago, when my neighbour asked me to make her daughter’s wedding cake – an Australian-themed design with handmade koalas on it. I was hooked!

What’s your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry? I love going through the whole process with my couples, from discussing their initial ideas and supplying tasters in my studio to drawing the design, choosing flavours and delivering on the day. What sweet treat do you turn to for comfort? Although I make cakes, I don’t have a sweet tooth! However, I do always enjoy a hot cross bun. How can couples adapt their cake design for a smaller wedding? I would suggest a two-tier cake to cater for an intimate wedding of 15 people, but keep the original flowers and style of cake they have chosen. Try adding some macarons as extra sweet treats for guests. Visit

Meet Tanya Smith of The Cuppa Cakery

Where did your journey into cake creation begin? During my time working in an office, my colleagues and friends would often ask me to make cakes for them. When I went on maternity leave I used the time to explore this business a little further. When it came to returning to work, everyone encouraged me to follow my dream of making wedding cakes instead. What’s your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry? I love the people in our industry. The amazing couples I get to create wonderful cakes for and the incredible local suppliers – there’s a huge amount of talent out there. What sweet treat do you turn to for comfort? I’m a complete chocoholic; there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t eat chocolate! How can couples adapt their cake design for a smaller wedding? I believe any cake design can be made into a single tier or fewer tiers. There are also lots of sweet alternatives to a traditional cake, such as macaron towers, brownie stacks, cupcakes and sugar cookies. Visit 50


Meet Jules Moule of Wakey Cakey Kitchen

Where did your journey into cake creation begin? I’d been creating birthday cakes and selling cupcakes at local food fairs for just over a year when my sister surprised me with tickets to an international cake show. I walked through the doors and saw the most jaw-dropping cakes; I knew then I wanted to design the most magnificent cakes I could think of. Fast forward seven years and I’m now the proud winner of nine international awards from that very show. What’s your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry? I have so many favourites. From meeting couples for the first time and starting our journey together to designing from paper to cake. I absolutely love the wedding day – when all the magic comes together beautifully. My heart does a little dance every time! What sweet treat do you turn to for comfort? I’m not very rock and roll – tea and biscuits make me happy! How can couples adapt their cake design for a smaller wedding? A lot of our couples are opting for an elegant one-tier cake with matching individually boxed cupcakes for any guests that are unable to attend. Couples are then keeping their main cake until they can celebrate with all of their loved ones. Visit

Meet Ann Pickard of The Icing Centre

Where did your journey into cake creation begin? My wedding cake story began when I worked as a Saturday girl at a bakery in Westbury-on-Trym when I was 14 years old. I then went on to study in Cheltenham to hone my skills. What’s your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry? For me, the two best things are being able to work from my lovely studio at home and the fact that I only ever see customers who are happy and excited! What sweet treat do you turn to for comfort? My favourites have got to be either coffee cake or white chocolate blondies. How can couples adapt their cake design for a smaller wedding? If the couple feel a three- or four-tier creation is too large in the current situation, then I’d suggest a two tier with a very tall top tier to give stature. Additional height can be added with flowers and a personalised cake topper. Visit 51


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Looking for the perfect menu for your big day? Take our test to see which cuisine best suits you


ood is an important part of any wedding. It can be used to incorporate your theme, the time of year or your personalities, but keep in mind finding a dish that everyone will like can be tricky. To help, we’ve created the ultimate quiz. Simply tick the boxes that apply and add up your scores to see the results!

































You scored...6-10 You love the idea of sharing food rather than a formal dinner. Opt for canapés, sharing platters and a dessert table so your guests can help themselves throughout the day.

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You scored...16-20 You’re a traditional bride or groom-to-be and would prefer a sit-down meal. Ask your friends and family if they have any food allergies or preferences and ask your caterer to change the menu accordingly.

You scored...21-24 Why not opt for a food truck? It’s an up-and-coming trend across the UK and means your nearest and dearest can choose what they want to eat. Whether it be pizza, burgers, curry or waffles, there’s something out there to suit everyone. 53

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s a wedding even a wedding without flowers? Beautiful blooms have adorned nuptials since ancient Greek times, but with the range of florals, styles and installations ever-growing, as well as huge changes to the way we get married over the last year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the choice. We chose three types of wedding and asked some of Bristol and Somerset’s best florists how they would turn them into the ultimate floral fantasy…

A small, intimate celebration

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“For a smaller wedding, delicate and exquisite blooms like orchids would be fabulous; the detail of these beautiful flowers would be really appreciated in this setting. They’re also not the go-to wedding flower at the moment, making them even more special.” – Jacalyn Dobson, Cottage Flowers

“When it’s up close and personal, I love to include dainty flowers such as wax flower, delicate gypsophila and pretty paper-like anemones – at a smaller wedding you can really appreciate the tiny details that have so much meaning to them. I also love using quirky vintage vases for a personal feel.” – Beth Litaunieks, The Midnight Garden

“An intimate wedding is the perfect opportunity to explore conceptual ideas with your florist to really showcase your personalities and ensure your photos look amazing for sharing with your family and friends who couldn’t attend. A colourful floral arch could be used for the ceremony and then kept in place as a backdrop for the reception. If you’re only having one table for the wedding breakfast, then consider a decadent table piece such as a tall stand dripping with your favourite flowers.” – Jennifer Owen, Goldfinch Floral Studio 55  | Elizabeth Armitage Photography

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“What could be more beautiful for a garden party than having your tables filled with the perfume of fragrant roses, stocks and garden herbs, teamed with fluffy delphiniums and peonies?” – Jacalyn Dobson, Cottage Flowers


“With garden-style weddings and marquee settings, it makes sense to be inspired by your surroundings – think abundant foliage and bud vases full of seasonal meadow or garden flowers. Keep your table decorations low and simple, while bringing height and interest with foliage chandeliers and suspended canopies of greenery.” – Jennifer Owen, Goldfinch Floral Studio “Whenever I think of a garden-style wedding, I imagine a real celebration where the flowers are organic and natural. I like to use vibrant colours and statement flowers such as big blousy peonies and café au lait dahlias to really take your breath away. Big arrangements exploding with foliage is always a favourite style of mine, and can flow beautifully outdoors to bring a real focal point to the space.” – Beth Litauniek, The Midnight Garden





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“To me, a modern wedding is all about being chic and elegant. Clean lines and a minimal colour palette will let the flowers do the talking. Picture grand, tall blooms such as delphiniums and veronicas, which are a real statement on their own, or pair with hydrangeas for a very contrasting look. You don’t always need a lot of flowers to provide impact.” – Beth Litaunieks, The Midnight Garden |

A contemporary-chic wedding

“There’s a trend for dried and dyed flowers being used, either instead of or mixed in with fresh blooms. If you have a specific colour in mind, then ask your florist to look into these options for a unique look. We’ve seen amazing candypink gypsophila or jetblack pampas grass.” – Jennifer Owen, Goldfinch Floral Studio

“For something completely unexpected and wow-worthy, ask your florist to explore what backdrops can be hired for an installation. I love this crescent moon arch by Floral Fabrications; it makes a statement for your ceremony and photos. There are more and more shapes coming on to the market, so if you have a theme such as geometric, celestial, etc., then smaller centrepieces can also be made to reflect these ideas.” – Jennifer Owen, Goldfinch Floral Studio

“Go big or go home! If you’re having a contemporary theme, then the flowers need to be bold. Not necessarily in colour, but in style. Try grouping florals togethers with little fuss or fluff to keep the overall look minimal and chic. How about architectural blooms such as anthuriums in peach or chocolate brown or the king protea?” – Jacalyn Dobson, Cottage Flowers CONTACT OUR EXPERTS: Jacalyn Dobson | Cottage Flowers | Jennifer Owen | Goldfinch Floral Studio | Beth Litaunieks | The Midnight Garden | Rachel Ruddle | Flower Preservation Workshop | 59


Australian bridal brand Grace Loves Lace, known for their dreamy dresses created from the finest European silk and lace materials, has unveiled three new bridal gowns named Vita, Anais and Luca. These three new additions have been designed based on feedback from 80,000 brides worldwide aged between 18 and 60, all with vastly different body shapes and bust sizes. This research showed that stretch lace is a very popular fabric, high necklines and sleeves are soughtafter and fuller skirts are a much-loved silhouette. To find out more and to shop, visit

Something old

One of the latest additions to the Charlotte Mills bridal shoe collection is this pretty Ida Pearl style, £260. Topped with a tulle bow, they feature block heels and Charlotte’s signature detail – an original silver sixpence designed to be the bride’s something old. To shop, visit

FASHION Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals the latest bridal news, buys and launches

All the trimmings

Bridal designer Claire Pettibone has launched Heirloom Embellishments, an exclusive collection of the world’s finest trimmings. From French vintage lace and ribbon to silk flowers and handmade appliqué, they can be added to bridal dresses and accessories. To shop, visit

Something blue

Fine jewellery and watch favourites Swarovski is celebrating 125 years in business with the recently launched 125th Anniversary Collection. It features a selection of timeless jewellery staples inspired by the elegance of spirals, embellished with blue and white crystals in a rhodium-plated setting. The collection celebrates the brand by honouring its iconic blue shade that it has become wellknown for, and the pieces are the perfect pick for brides searching for their something blue. To shop, visit


Kahmune is a luxury footwear label designed to match the skin tones of all women. Styles are available in 10 colours ranging from the fairest of tones to the darkest of brown, and their colour palette is inspired by the diverse regions of the world. Each pair is ethically and sustainably handmade using premium Italian leather and this style (pictured), perfect for bridesmaids, is priced at £235 per pair. The brand portrays a clear message – representation matters, diversity matters and inclusion matters. To shop, visit

Editor’s favourite

Ruffles? Tick! Pastels? Tick! This rainbow-coloured, mid-length ballerina dress called Petra, £415, is at the top of my wish list this season! To shop, visit


British luxury womenswear label House of CB has revealed its very first bridal collection of sleek and contemporary styles made from luxurious satin. There’s a corset-inspired gown, dresses featuring elegant draping and wow-factor designs boasting low backs. Shorter styles also form part of the collection and there are pastel-coloured gowns available in the same fabric for bridesmaids. To shop, visit 60



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ashion designer and broadcaster David Emanuel is a much-loved household name, regarded as the don of bridal fashion since creating that iconic wedding dress for Lady Diana Spencer 40 years ago. CWM’s Kelly Andrews caught up with him at the launch of Bromley Brides’ new Wonder Room to find out about his plans for celebrating this career milestone.

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What advice would you give to a bride-to-be setting foot inside a bridal boutique for the very first time? Try to keep an open mind and be objective. Think about what you’ve got at home. You might have an evening dress and you love the shape. So, why don’t you think about that same shape for your wedding dress? A lot of brides get completely wound up, particularly the ones who’ve over-shopped. When they tell me they’ve tried on 200 dresses, there’s clearly something wrong there. Equally, they might come in with a set idea – “I want skin tight, I want sexy.” It’s interesting, as it changes. I’ll say to them, “Put it on and look in the mirror. On your wedding day, are you going to be comfortable?” Then of course, you’ve got to take the time of year into account, where it’s happening, where the party’s going to be and all of that.


What do you need to consider before you start shopping? It’s all to do with the personality and character of the bride. If she’s a showy girl, that’s lovely, put her in a showy frock, but if she’s quiet, put her in something more modest. I go back mostly to Say Yes To The Dress, when the first question I ask is: “Do you have a budget?” She might say £3,000 and we can stretch to various styles with that. Then she’ll say, “I want more,” at which point the mother pipes up saying she’ll throw in another thousand. If they’d just said that in the beginning it would have been an

FASHION INTERVIEW easier task. I tell you, that show kept me on my toes!

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What are the common pitfalls that brides should avoid when dress shopping? Invariably, brides will go on the internet and they’ll see these very glamourous models wearing these fabulous dresses, and they’ll rip pages out of magazines, but are they being realistic? Look in the mirror and be honest with yourself, try to be objective. I know it’s difficult, but look at yourself and think: what do I really want? You’ll go through various stages; you’re not going to get the first dress. I’ll suggest something, and the bride might say she couldn’t possibly, but I’ll insist she slip into it. Once she realises how great she looks, we go down a different path. So, keep an open mind, and let the girls at the boutique do their job, which is to make you look wonderful. You’ve got to trust them. Don’t forget: they’ve dressed hundreds of brides.

Do you think the Covid-19 pandemic has had an effect on the way brides think? I think, if anything, it’s got to completely focus the brides, because they’re under pressure. They might have booked, then have to unbook, and they’ve got to replan. It’s changing by the day – guest numbers are limited, but you know what? That’s not a bad thing actually. Let’s think about it: you don’t have to worry about auntie Flossie and uncle Albert who you only see once every two years! All that pressure is gone. You really should want just the people who love you to be there. Then, if you want to have a bigger party next year, or whenever, the heat is taken off. It should be a joyous time, enjoy it.

Based on your experience on Say Yes To The Dress UK, what’s your take on the ever expanding bridal entourage? Too much! You might have six people, with six points of view, six different tastes. No, we’re concerned with the bride. Sometimes, even the bride’s mum can’t get it, so you’ve got to rely on the very good stylists at your boutique, who are there to help you.

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What are your tips for creating the ultimate timeless look? You want to keep it relatively simple, but dramatic. You see, an iconic wedding gown has to have something about it – Diana’s was a 25ft train. Well, it needed drama, this was St Pauls, it was enormous, you couldn’t do a simple, quiet little dress. Or like Meghan’s gown – the story on that dress was the embroidered flowers from the Commonwealth. Big veil, but that was her message, and that was a simple dress.

Tell us about your involvement with Bromley Brides. When I found out (owner) Becky Griggs had been planning to expand and was still going ahead, I thought that was really courageous. I was blown away by the store the first time I came here, it looks great. I like people who take risks, good for her! The Wonder Room is camp and mad, great for a party. Get the dress, then celebrate it! It’s the 40th anniversary of Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress next year. Do you have any plans to mark the occasion? I never thought I’d be sitting here talking about 40 years! I don’t know where the time’s gone, it’s like a dream. A lot has happened in my life, and this is a very exciting time. We’ve been bombarded by people wanting to do interviews and documentaries, so we’ve got to sit down, let the dust settle and go through everything. When I travel the world, designing Diana’s wardrobe is my calling card – everyone knows who I am because of it. Everywhere I go, people talk very highly of her, and it’s exciting that people still want to do something for her. What was it like to work with Princess Diana? She was the sweetest girl, as divine as you saw

her, no different. It wasn’t all done for the TV and press, she really was lovely. One time we were doing a fitting at Buckingham Palace and we didn’t have our van with us that day, so she asked us how we were getting back. We were planning to call a black cab, but she insisted on taking us herself. She had this little Ford, so we climbed in - Diana driving, me in the front and Elizabeth in the back. It was hysterical, when we stopped at traffic lights, people were aghast. There she was, giggling, it was so much fun. That’s what I remember about her, the fun. I was very fortunate, very honoured and lucky to design several foreign tours for her, and there were a lot of clothes to be done. She’d ring on a Monday and say, “Hi, it’s me.” She’d go on to say that she’d got something special and had nothing to wear, so I quickly had to think. We’d turn up the next day with sketches and some fabrics, and by Friday it was all wrapped and sent for her to wear that evening. We had to turn it around fast, and do you know, without fail she’d always say, “Thank you so much, I know you worked so hard.” It was touching. If you’re lucky along this road, you’ll meet one or two special people and she was one of them. You’ve dressed plenty of famous bodies over the years, who was your most memorable? I was in Paris, as Elizabeth Taylor couldn’t come to London for a fitting. She was at the George V Hotel in a huge suite, and I put her in a chocolate brown Chantilly lace cocktail dress. She looked fabulous and I didn’t have to put one pin in it. She threw open the double doors, and burst through them crying, “Franco, Franco, what do you think?” There he was, Franco Zeffirelli, the film director! All I could think was: “OK David, keep calm.” He loved the dress, but, she said, there was just one little problem. She would be wearing it to the White House and might have to dance with the President, but wasn’t sure she could. With that I grabbed her and spun her around the whole suite. “I think I can dance in this dress,” she said when we stopped waltzing. Listen, when those eyes fixed on you it was all over. She was special, she was real. It’s magic, private moments like that, which make your career, they’re precious. As I’m saying it, I could be back there, it seems like yesterday. Yet, I can’t believe… 40 years!

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fter the first lockdown, Ruby Hyde Photography and model Scarlett Luxe were desperate to get their creative juices flowing. “We wanted to get out and showcase not only some beautiful bridal dresses, but also the gorgeous city of Bath, which we’re so lucky to live near,” Ruby tells us. They spent the day wandering around various locations in the city, including the idyllic gardens of the American Museum, with many shots taken among crowds of tourists and shoppers. “There were several delighted small children who thought Scarlett was a princess,” Ruby smiles. “The shoot offered a real moment of connection and empowerment; only the two of us were present to ensure it was as safe as possible, which meant we had to work as a strong team to create something magical.” 75



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A real glow-getter

From mio skincare’s new and improved range for 2020 comes the AHA-resurfacing Sleeping Smoothie Overnight Serum. A unique antioxidant complex and illuminating minerals work to revitalise and re-energise your skin as you sleep, resurfacing cells for a noticeably fresh glow. I didn’t take long to be converted – as soon as I’d pumped the product out I was swept away by the beautiful scent of citrus and orange blossom, which put a spring back in my step. It disappeared into my skin instantly and left it feeling touchably soft and smooth even before I’d left it overnight. Priced at £34, it’s available at



Inspired by the ancient Hanging Gardens, Jo Malone’s Lost in Wonder Collection sees two new permanent additions to the brand’s ever-popular line of fragrances. Together, the Fig & Lotus Flower and Cypress & Grapevine scents capture the essence of a majestic scene, the perfect complement to a romantic wedding day. Find out more at lost-in-wonder


Beauty editor Kelly Andrews shares her latest beauty must-haves for the bride to be

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Jurlique’s Biodynamic Farming method embodies a holistic approach to agriculture, enhancing nature’s energy in order to produce the best quality products, full of life and vitality. Plus, with organic farms having around 50 per cent more bees, butterflies and other pollinators, the resulting ingredients not only nourish your skin but also the planet. Check out the brand’s Rosewater Balancing Mist, which contains rose, marshmallow root and aloe vera leaf extracts. It’s a lightweight mist that instantly refreshes and restores the skin’s natural radiance, as well as protecting against environmental aggressors. Priced at £32, it’s available at


Part of a wider range of organic-certified face care made using gentle hydrolates, often called floral or fragrant water, the new SOS Soothing Night Face Mask from cult beauty brand Natura Siberica is a real saviour for thirsty skin. It intensively moisturises, soothes and nourishes tired skin, alleviating any feeling of tightness. Available online at and Holland & Barrett it’s priced at £10.49 78

Gone are the days when the strong scent of alcohol from your hand sanitiser made your eyes water. Now, you can get hold of this handbag essential that protects against 99 per cent of bacteria while smelling dreamy. So…? SNS Hand Sanitisers contain 60 per cent ethanol and infusions of vanilla, coconut, floral jasmine and watermelon, meaning you’ll be simultaneously protected and beautifully fragrant. Priced at £1.75, the four scents are available at



The Tom Ford Soleil Neige 2020 collection celebrates the incandescence of winter – think light dancing through frost. The new range offers even more ways to achieve beautifully glowing skin this season with light-diffusing shades, and colourcorrecting radiance. I love Balm Frost (£44) for high-performance lip nourishment, and the Eye Color Quad (£68) containing four versatile, multidimensional shades – perfect for a glowing and dramatic winter-bride look. Discover more of the collection at


Hot on the heels of its sell-out Nettle Venom Anti-Ageing Cream, Heaven Skincare has unveiled its Nettle Venom Eyes. This latest addition to the range is 100 per cent plant-based and contains founder Deborah Mitchell’s patented Nettatoxin, which works in the same way as bee venom, but uses only vegan-friendly ingredients. It’s designed to ease puffiness and dark circles around the eyes while relaxing fine lines and wrinkles. When you apply the nettle venom around the delicate eye area, the body’s natural defence kicks in. Of course, there’s no damage, but the skin is tricked into thinking there has been and starts healing, leaving behind tight skin that feels renewed. Priced at £55, it’s available at

Hydrating heroes

Ameliorate knows that facial skin is typically more prone to sensitivity than the rest of the body, so its scientists have channeled their expertise into a collection of facial solutions that reveal the skin’s natural radiance, helping to liberate your self confidence. The supremely moisturising formulations are charged with the brand’s LaH6 complex and include the Transformative Facial Serum (£33), Resurfacing Facial Cleanser (£20), Replenishing Facial Cream (£22), and Restorative Facial Mask. Discover more at

Sweet dreams

Wedding stress keeping you awake at night? We all know how effective lavender is when it comes to sleep and relaxation, but what happens if you simply don’t like the smell? Jo Kellett, essential oil expert for Tisserand Aromatherapy gave us three alternatives that have sedative properties for mind and body, offering a helping hand in the snooze department. Check out Roman Chamomile (£37.50, 9ml), Bergamot (£8.54, 9ml) and Marjoram French (£13.80, 9ml) Essential Oils. You could even make a blend of all three for a quality slumber. All are available at


Illamasqua’s new vitamin E-enriched Beyond Foundation offers a sheer lightreflecting finish across 25 shades, and I’m obsessed with this impressive vegan and cruelty-free formula. It melts into my skin to produce a blurring effect, as well as leaving it moisturised with a luminous glow that’s been the envy of all. Plus, the super-simple colour match system made finding my perfect fit the easiest I’ve ever encountered. Illmasqua Beyond Foundation is my new make-up bag must have! Head over to the Beauty News section of to see my demo and find further details. Priced at £33, it’s available at

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As you may already know, to achieve many of those stunning up dos you see on Pinterest you’ll need some sort of hair extension thanks to the sheer amount of volume required. But don’t be put off by the idea of cost and hours in the salon – step up PLS London. Founded by British mother and daughter trio, the brand provides excellent quality wigs, weaves, ponies and extensions in all forms and shades at 50 per cent lower than the average price. For added volume opt for Premium Fibre Flip Hair, priced at just £19, your bridal stylist will be able to add this to your own locks in seconds. Alternatively, find our beauty news story at, complete with tutorial videos, and have a go yourself. For something lasting into the honeymoon, Remy tape hair extensions are the way to go, lasting for up to six weeks. Discover more at 79

Meet Jane Dare of Eye Do Makeup What’s your favourite beauty look for winter weddings? I love creating these looks, when colours are bold and glamorous against a winter backdrop. Rich shades last longer and look fantastic in indoor shots. Opt for lip colours such as deep maroon, berry, wine and crimson. Afraid of a bold lip? Instead, accentuate the eyes with smoky greys or gold with a bold liner and full lashes. A subtle warm peach tone for the cheeks and lips will finish this style perfectly. How can you keep skin looking its best in winter? Start with a fantastic skincare regime to create the perfect canvas. Use an exfoliating scrub weekly, moisturise regularly and drink plenty of water. Prep lips with a scrub or soft toothbrush and plenty of lip balm to stop those bold lip colours looking uneven on the day. When it comes to your base, opt for a cream product rather than a powder, unless your skin is really oily. Add some glow with a radiant highlighter on the upper cheek bone, nose, cupid’s bow and temples, but use powder highlighters sparingly to avoid flash back from the camera. What product is on your Christmas wish-list? Definitely the Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette from Urban Decay. The vegan-formula palette is packed with eight creamy shimmers and four grounded mattes – it’s ideal for winter weddings and party season. Visit 80



We ask two of the regions’ top beauty experts for their tips and must-have products this winter Meet Magda Denenfeld of Magda Denenfeld Make Up What’s your favourite beauty look for winter weddings? My favourite look for winter weddings is fresh, healthy and glowing skin. Although I love natural make-up, I believe that a subtle smokey eye or a classic red lip would look particularly beautiful against a white dress and snowy setting. How can you keep skin looking its best in winter? As soon as winter comes, skin becomes thirstier than any other season, which is why it’s so important to take care of your skin when it’s cold outside. To look gorgeous on your big day, you want to make your skin as plump and moisturised as possible; it will make a big difference when creating a flawless look. It is not only up to the make-up artist to create gorgeous make-up, but also the bride to prepare skin prior to the day. What products can’t you live without in winter? My must-haves for winter are a great moisturiser as well as liquid and cream formula products. As skin becomes drier at this time of year, it’s the perfect way to provide moisture and coverage at the same time. Also, cold air and emotional moments call for waterproof mascaras and liners! Visit

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R+Co Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion £25,

Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Volumising Mousse £12.50,

“The amount of styling product I go through is staggering. Not because I use a lot, but because I can’t find anything that does what it says on the tin, without making my fine hair greasy, and weighing it down. So, ‘here we go again,’ I thought as I tried this, the next on my quest. But, as soon as I squeezed Waterfall from the tube, I knew it would be different, feeling somehow light in texture. Plus, the fragrance was divine! Designed for fine to medium locks, my hair drank the lotion in, and by the time I blow-dried it, it was super-shiny, light and manageable, with no oily residue to be found. For me, it’s the holy grail of styling products!” – Kelly Andrews

“I’m a bit of a mousse novice, so I’m surprised that the first one I tried I love! It definitely gave my normally fine hair volume. I could feel the difference straight away, from the first use and blowdry. It left my hair soft and silky with no residue left behind – you wouldn’t even know I’d used any product! This is perfect for those brides wanting a naturally voluminous look and feel.” – Danielle Harvey

Philip Kingsley Elasti-Styler 5-in-1 Treatment, £34, “This new product from Philip Kingsley promises to strengthen, tame and add shine, even to hair that’s hard to manage. My short locks tend to stick out in every direction, but with a small amount of the treatment, I found it very easy to style. I tend to use when my hair’s wet, but it’s also great for styling and taming frizz on dry tresses. My hair smelled great, and I even received a few compliments. I’d highly recommend it.” – Melissa Barker

GREAT HAIR DAYS SheaMoisture Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Miracle Styler £14.99, “Call me a cynic but I’m always a bit dubious of anything billed as a miracle product. However, this leave-in conditioning treatment does exactly what it claims to. Made with a blend of natural botanicals it does it all – detangles, nourishes, softens, adds shine and the list goes on. I put it to the test when I was in dire need of a trim and it worked like magic taming my unruly hair, making it easy to style, frizz-free and fragrant. I didn’t even have to use my heated tongs to tweak it into shape – hallelujah!” – Sarah Reeve 82

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Fudge Professional Salt Spray £11.50, “There’s nothing better than achieving natural beach waves from the salt, sun and wind from a day spent at the seaside. However, since we can’t just pop to the ocean every day to achieve this desired look, Fudge Professional Salt Spray does the same job. My hair is on the fine side, and I love adding texture and waves to add volume and movement. The lightweight texture offered me medium hold, without turning crunchy and drying out my locks. It’s so easy to use, simply spray onto towel-dried hair, give a slight scrunch with your hands and leave to air dry. My top tip would be to plait your hair after use to create more defined waves.” – Olivia Gibson

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Showcasing the best of the regions’ new wedding businesses, this styled shoot is full of gorgeous springtime vibes Images courtesy of Jess Bright Photography


ven in the hardest times, we love how the Bristol and Somerset wedding industry has joined forces to support each other and the wonderful couples in our region whose wedding plans have been changed in the last year. Photographer and shoot organiser Jess Bright says, “With most weddings being postponed or even cancelled during the pandemic, I saw many talented small businesses not getting the start they deserved, and I was inspired by their determination.” Jess got together with videographer Jake Bufton and a team of incredible new Bristol and Somerset suppliers at Hamswell House to create a beautifully intimate shoot filled with soft colours and light. “The shoot represents both what the industry has to offer, and the bright light starting to shine at the end of the tunnel,” Jess tells us. Enjoy! 85 



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HOT TOPIC Our experts solve your wedding dilemmas

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Q: I’d love to book a luxury wedding car as a surprise for my partner. What should I consider before booking? It’s really important to establish the style of car your partner would prefer before starting your search. Would a vintage or classic car be best? Or perhaps they’d prefer a modern style such as a Mercedes or a sports car. If looking for a bride, think about how she’ll get in and out of the car, or if you’re looking for a groom, then leg room and head height is always a consideration. Once you’ve shortlisted suppliers, check their online reviews and look at their Facebook page to establish if they’re actively posting recent wedding images. Next, call the company to get a feel for the level of service you would be receiving – and don’t forget to ask about any extras such as ribbons, flowers and refreshments. We recommend getting a confirmation of cost and what’s included in the package to avoid any grey areas on the day. Finally, and most importantly, go to view the car and meet the proprietor. Only book them if you’re confident that it’s a professional and reliable business, which will provide the very best service on your big day. Jayne Hobbs | Englands Finest Wedding Cars |


Q: I’d love a showstopping headpiece for my wedding, but I’ve never worn anything like it before. Can you give me some tips on how to find the right style for me? Your wedding day is the ultimate opportunity to unlock your true style potential without letting day-to-day practicalities get in your way – so follow your heart! Decide if the headpiece is going to be the main event of your outfit or if you would like it to complement the look as a whole. If the latter, then you should consider the design inspirations behind your outfit, for instance the era, colours or motifs, and reflect these in your headwear. This will allow them to work together rather than compete for attention. If your outfit is simple, then you can really use your headpiece to reflect your personality, whether that’s bold and elaborate or sleek and sassy. Sometimes the choice online can be overwhelming and it’s easy to lose sight of your own style, so if you’re unsure, I’d advise choosing a piece from a company that you can speak to or visit. This way you’ll find a design that works specifically for you. Annabel Allen | Annabel Allen Millinery |

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Capturing memories

Q: We still want a photo booth, even though our wedding will be much smaller than originally planned because of COVID-19 restrictions. How do we make sure it’s safe and fun? Here are some points for you to consider… ❤ Check with your provider what safety measures it has introduced and if it works with your plans. Is your venue able to facilitate any additional space requirements? Will your deposit be lost if lockdown measures affect your day? Will there be a limit on the number of people using the space? ❤ Find out how many events your provider has attended under new restrictions. As with anything, practice makes perfect, and a reputable company with experience working in this way will ensure a smooth and professional service. ❤ Many companies will be removing reusable props from their packages, so why not get creative and incorporate your personalities with hats, scarves masks and novelty sunnies? This will add a fun element to the day and give you incredible photos! ❤ ’Tis the season for a discount! The events industry has taken a massive hit, resulting in 95% of our bookings being cancelled or postponed. We understand that for 15 or 30 people it will be difficult to justify the usual expense, so many events have gone ahead without a photo booth. A better option would be to ask for a discount based on your current needs. For example, you could ask for a shorter time period and not to have a guestbook. ❤ We would recommend one of our open photo booths to make sure groups of people are not having to crowd into an enclosed space.


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Q: I’m nervous about wedding dress shopping. What can I expect? At Rookery Bridal, we aim to make you feel as relaxed as possible. We understand that you’ll be nervous, but you are in safe hands with our experts. Appointments are usually set for an hour and a half to two hours. You and your party will receive a warm welcome before being shown to our gown area – we have a lot of gowns! To help you settle in, you’ll receive a short introduction to what’s in the store and you’ll be asked a few questions so we can ascertain your preferences, if you have any. You don’t need to know what you want, we will guide you and ensure you try on lots of shapes and styles so you begin to form a picture of your perfect dress. Just bring yourself, there’s no need to have particular underwear or shoes, we just want you to feel as comfortable as possible. You will be helped into the gowns in the privacy of our changing rooms. Whenever you have any questions – just ask! Sarah Hackett | Rookery Bridal |


Q: How do I convince my partner to have live music at our wedding rather than just a playlist? The best comparison I can draw is Glastonbury Festival. You could stay at home and watch it on TV for free, or you could be at the festival. Yes, you can hear the music from home, but actually being there in a muddy field with your friends soaking up the atmosphere and sharing in the moment surrounded by other revellers makes a huge difference to your experience. The same goes for live wedding music. You may be able to put together a playlist of your favourite songs, but inevitably there will be gaps between tracks and technology can’t create that feeling of electricity in the air that live music can achieve. A professional musician is a great focal point that can keep the flow of songs smooth, tune in to your guests and deliver a performance that will be remembered long after the day. I’ve never heard people reminiscing about a playlist! Lucy Harvey | Lucy Harvey – Vocalist & Saxophonist |

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beach or the endless turquoise expanse of the Indian Ocean; wander out of your villa onto the beach or walk directly down into the water below from your private decking. Transport your taste buds and indulge your palate with lti Maafushivaru’s choice of restaurants and bars, all of which are included in the exceptional Dine Around All Inclusive meal plan. lti Maafushivaru’s transformation has been fundamentally linked to its stunning surrounds and the conservation and protection of these have been at the forefront of the development throughout. Join the resident marine biologist on a snorkelling trip around the house reef, or out to spot whale sharks in the open ocean. For those looking to seriously relax the Océane Spa at lti Maafushivaru is the place to be. A haven of tranquillity over the sparkling water, with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean the spa offers a range of treatments to relax, invigorate and indulge the mind and body.

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NEXT is excited to announce the second Marvin Humes Edit which comprises 10 standout looks including this elegant tonal check suit which is perfect for formal events and special occasions. It can be teamed with the matching trousers, a pressed white shirt and to top it off, the matching waitscoat! The jacket has a two-button fastening at the front and features a notched lapel, flap pocket details and a centre-back vent for ease of movement – essential for wedding days! The suit jacket and trousers are priced at £129, waiscoat £45, from

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Whether you’re minimooning in the UK or daring to venture abroad before or after your nuptials, this fashionable bracelet is your new secret weapon! Fast and secure, it offers touch-free payment wherever you see the contactless symbol. It never needs charging or batteries and with the same fraud protection as most contactless cards, all transactions are automatically protected by Pingit Mobile Banking Guarantee – and you can track all of your spending on the go via the free Pingit app! It’s priced £75,

Grooms’ NEWS Danielle Harvey shares all the latest launches and buys for guys

The face has it


Modern nuptials, and rightly so, see many a man rock a beard on the big day; however, like with everything else for your groom’s look, your facial hair should be in tip top condition. British brand Percy Nobleman exemplifies quality and flair and boasts top of the range products from beard balms, oils and waxes to washes, combs and shaving creams all at great value for money. New for 2020, the Beard Survival Kit (£20) features Percy’s bestselling products in new on-the-go travel sizes - perfect for the stag do and honeymoon! From everyday essentials to luxury gift sets, check out

It’s not just the ladies who think diamonds are forever and what better occasion than your big day to wear an extraordinary watch like this! This season GUESS takes it to the next level with bold combinations of overstated elements and crystal details. The GUESS signature style is constructed in a multi-function movement, dressed up in a smooth black strap with a standout gold case and an astonishing 314 stones. Comfortable for all day wear yet a stylish big-day look! The watch is available to buy at for £269.

Ahoy matey! New for 2020, the latest men’s fragrance by Jean Paul Gaultier, Le Male Le Parfum, is an intense eau de parfum with a woody oriental trail. Drawing on the potency of cardamom in its top notes and the freshness of lavender and iris at its heart, this intense eau de parfum is wonderfully addictive and prominent due to its vanilla base note. Dressed head-to-toe in black, wearing an officer’s uniform trimmed with gold, the new design commands respect in matte and shiny sailor stripes. 75Ml is priced £56 from 93

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With UK staycations on the rise, it’s great to flag up properties perfect for couples who want pure luxury – and little travel time – right here in the UK. Hertfordshire-based Sopwell House is now offering the ultimate in luxury ‘bubble holidays’ with exclusive-use of the hotel’s Mews Suites – set across from the main hotel and accessed through secure gates (and with a private car park), 16 suites await set within beautifully landscaped gardens, each with their own courtyard and a shared communal garden with Hydro Pool. Originally a series of stable blocks separate to the main farmhouse, each of the 16 suites exudes glamorous countryside chic with an array of individually designed rooms and cottages with some including feature fireplaces, four-poster beds, in-room baths, private terraces, self-sufficient kitchenettes and private hot tubs. Guests can relax and unwind in the exclusive communal garden and soak away in the Hydro Pool – the perfect spot for an evening cocktail or glass of fizz. For those looking for further relaxation, Mews Suite guests have complimentary access to The Club at Cottonmill, the new three-storey, state-of-the-art spa which launched last summer. The Club features an indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool leading to the Spa Garden (also designed by Ann-Marie Powell), outdoor hot tubs with adjacent firepit, a choice of four steam and sauna rooms including the Panoramic Sauna with views across the gardens and the Botanical Steam Room, a Whisper Room to catch a quiet moment with a book, the Deep Relaxation Room – and more! Guests in the Mews Suites have full use of the hotel’s restaurants and bars including The Brasserie for a hearty breakfast, The Pantry – great for a light lunch in a fluffy spa robe or The Cocktail Bar for an evening tipple, before finishing the day with a delicious gourmet dinner in The Restaurant. Alternatively, for those looking for further privacy, Sopwell House can arrange a private terrace barbecue within the Mews, for Mews guests only. For more information or to book, please visit

HONEYMOON All the latest travel inspiration from Britain to Botswana


With travel rules and regulations constantly changing, newlyweds and nearlyweds will be looking to the UK to celebrate post-vows, and minimooners will be spoilt for choice when sticking to destinations closer to home; here’s two to whet your appetite: Situated deep in the Scottish Highlands, 57 Nord occupies a dramatic position between three ancient sea lochs surrounded by the majestic Kintail Mountains. With floor to ceiling windows that frame the panoramic views stays here are largely elemental, particularly in the autumn and winter months when the weather is ever more startling. Cosy up by the fire and watch the weather roll in with a dram of specially selected whiskey from the honesty bar and tuck into the hamper of artisan goodies. There are ample wet weather activities for epicureans: from the neighbourhood Fairy Tale Distillery to the internationally acclaimed Talisker; fine dining at Kinloch Lodge or fresh crayfish cooked at home from Duncan, the neighbourhood fisherman. At night watch the famous Eilean Donan castle light up from the cottage and spend the evening on a tour of the night’s sky with the help of the in-house guide – how romantic! Check out 96


Just over 30 minutes from the famous Yorkshire Dales, Middleton Lodge Estate is perfectly located to explore the rolling hills and quaint villages of the north of England. The limestone gorges of Nidderdale provide boundless hiking and cycling routes that showcase the natural charm of the region, punctuated by traditional market towns and cosy pubs. With 200 acres of parkland on the doorstep, Middleton Lodge Estate has plenty to explore even when the weather is not so kind. The lovingly restored Georgian Estate has roaring fires in every corner and plenty of snug spots to nurse a cup of Yorkshire’s finest, or something stronger, while looking out over the frosty landscape outside. Each room has its own identity inspired by the building’s original function, though almost every room has its own wood burner and roll top bath – the Dairy Cottage comprises a six-foot round bathtub and hot tub on the terrace. Dining is hearty and seasonal, showcasing the abundant harvest from the estate’s two-acre kitchen gardens and the in-house spa offers a range of naturally derived treatments from local and international brands such as Voya, REN and Kiss the Moon. Checkout



The travel industry has always had ’trends’ with go-to destinations and excursions proving popular some years more than others. With this year’s world-wide pandemic, we’re likely to see people wanting new ways to travel and experience holidays. One of these new trends is a desire to book places where guests can enjoy time devoid of crowds – places that offer stillness, isolation and privacy. Wilderness Safaris camps, situated in remote and pristine wilderness areas are ideal for travellers seeking wide open spaces and an intimate safari experience and here’s its top 4: 1.LITTLE DUMA TAU, BOTSWANA A Premier camp with the new DumaTau (currently undergoing a rebuild) comprises four suites, ideal for privacy and small groups. Little DumaTau and DumaTau are located on the banks of Osprey Lagoon within the Linyanti Wildlife Reseve and each suite has a lounge, private plunge pool and also shares a new wellness centre and gym with DumaTau. 2.JAO VILLAS, BOSTWANA Awarding-winning Jao Camp has two exclusive villas and five suites. The villas have their own main area and access to an exclusive vehicle, guide, chef and butler. All suites also have a private plunge pool, en suite bathrooms, a lounge and dining area. Situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Jao brings guests up close to many wonders and offers multiple excursions. 3.LITTLE MOMBO, BOTSWANA Mombo and its sister camp, Little Mombo, situated on the northern tip of Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta, are considered to be set in one of the best areas for game viewing in Africa. Connected by a raised boardwalk, Mombo is a bigger camp with eight guest tents while Little Mombo has just four suites each includes a dining and bar area, lounge and plunge pool. 4.LITTLE VUMBURA, BOTSWANA Comprising six tented suites, one of which is a family room, Little Vumbura is a fantastic location with well-appointed tents comprising en suite facilities, decking with incredible vistas, plunge pool and a reading area overlooks the floodplains. Surrounded completely by water, the camp epitomises all the attractions of a Delta experience. To find out more visit To find out more about all of the camps (there’s 8 featured in total) check our website for our extended feature


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▲ Understated and elegant, this Samantha Holmes shawl is silky soft, hypoallergenic and versatile for all occasions. It’s ideal on long flights and on holiday as it’s weightlessly warm - the bolster bag protects it when you’re not wearing it! Priced £109.95 from

▲ For pure wellbeing and therapy for both body and mind, Silky Mist Luxury Mini Travel Set with pure essentials oils is the perfect size for your hand luggage. Packaged in a natural white bag made of 100% cotton it contains a mini size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and body wash made with pure essentials oils in a clean citrus and fresh blossom scent. It’s priced at £25, from

Perfect for carrying small jewellery or even different currencies when you’re travelling, this Ted Baker set of different-sized pouches is in keeping with the brand’s trademark style in black, pink and silver – handy to keep all of your bits and bobs organised while you’re on the go. They are priced at £24.99 from 97

DORSET From the Jurassic Coast boasting Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, to the tourist towns of Bournemouth and Poole couples are spoilt for choice of holiday hotspots when venturing to the southwest



Small and perfectly formed, Swallow Cottage is a charming single-storey cottage that retains a number of its original features. The accommodation is simple and comfortable, with an en suite double bedroom, enclosed garden, an open-plan living and dining area, with a digital television and DVD player – it comes fully equipped with a selection of DVDs, books and board games, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained at the end of a long and enjoyable day. There are excellent walks through the East Devon countryside right from the door of your cottage, and within an easy drive are the popular resorts of Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Guests can also use the heated swimming pool and hot tub while staying at Swallow Cottage (private slots bookable) – perfect for a rejuvenating dip after a long walk. Book it! 3 nights at Swallow Cottage, Lyme Regis (sleeps 2) from £306.

On the ground floor of Garden Cottage there’s a well-appointed sitting room and a light-filled dining/ conservatory with picturesque views across the valley. The kitchen is small but very well equipped, there’s also a wet room with shower and WC. Upstairs in the cosy eaves is a low-level double bed (plus en suite cloakroom), or if you prefer not to climb stairs (which are steep and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility), there’s a comfortable double sofa bed downstairs. The private terrace is the perfect place for romantic al fresco meals as newlyweds whilst enjoying the wonderful valley views. There are excellent walks and cycle paths from the door of the cottage, and the South Dorset Ridgeway Path runs across the ridge a mile above the cottage. Book it! 7 nights at Garden Cottage, Weymouth (sleeps 2) from £415, travelling March 2021.

The Retreat, with its stylish interior, elegant fireplace and mezzanine master bedroom, is the perfect retreat for couples looking to enjoy a relaxing minimoon break. Ilminster is a very attractive town with a good variety of shops, a market square and a popular theatre and arts centre, and there is plenty to see and do in all directions from this special holiday cottage. Guests can relax and eat in a courtyard or the attractive terraced gardens, from where there are views of the beautiful countryside surrounding the town. Nearby are several National Trust properties including Barrington Court, Montacute House and Tintinhull with its pretty garden – The Retreat is ideally situated just over the border of North Dorset. Book it! 3 nights at The Retreat, Ilminster (sleeps 3) from £339.


HONEYMOONS DORSET Palomino Cottage, is a luxurious gem on the Isle of Wight. Sympathetically renovated to an exceptionally high standard it consists of an open-plan living area, with sitting room, dining area and well-equipped kitchen. It boasts original oak beams and retains a cosy feel oozing period charm with modern touches throughout. The large contemporary bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and french doors leading out on to an intimate patio which is perfect for enjoying a lazy lunch and a champagne toast! The contemporary bathroom offers a luxurious bath and separate ultra-modern invigorating shower. An abundance of tea rooms, country pubs, quality restaurants and beachside cafes are nearby for those wishing to sample the island’s culinary delights. Book it! 3 nights at Palomino Cottage, Isle of Wight (sleeps 2) from £392.


Beauvoir Court Stables stands within the grounds of Beauvoir Court. There’s an open-plan sitting room, dining area and a modern, well equipped kitchen. The stylish bedroom has a comfortable king-size bed and a smart bathroom with separate shower enclosure. The private terrace is the perfect place for an al fresco meal whilst enjoying the wonderful valley views. There are excellent walks and cycle paths right from the front door along the river and in to the centre of this quaint and pretty village, and the surrounding valley, hills and fields offer beautiful countryside and outstanding views and are well worth exploring. Book it! 3 nights at Beauvoir Court Stables, Dorchester (sleeps 2) from £477.

Cleverly converted from an ancient cart shed/log barn and mid-century milking parlour, Hoods provides bright, contemporary, light-filled accommodation with an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, utility room, cloakroom, family bathroom and two bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room. Sitting within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Kingsland Farm, there is plenty of wildlife to experience and enjoy when relaxing on the large decked terrace, be it the tawny owls, pheasants, roe deer, badgers or numerous other local species. Book it! 3 nights at Hoods, Bridport (sleeps 4) from £521.

7 The Courtyard is an attractive two-bedroom cottage on the Clyffe House Estate with a dual aspect kitchen with dining area and a spacious sitting room. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a family shower room. Within the extensive shared gardens there are places to unwind and numerous walks through the 30-acre private-managed woodland above the cottage. The popular Sculpture by the Lakes is just a mile away as are other local attractions. Within a 10 mile radius of the cottage you can also visit Lulworth and the world famous Jurassic Coast, Monkey World, The Bovington Tank Museum and the county Town of Dorchester. Book it! 5 nights at 7 The Courtyard, Dorchester (sleeps 4) from £508.

Lanes End Cottage comprises a spacious sitting room with a large inglenook fireplace and open fire which is the perfect space for relaxing. The impressive triple aspect kitchen has a cosy dining area, grand Aga sitting centre stage and separate double ovens. There are two comfortable en suite bedrooms, one boasts a stunning copper bath in the master en suite. The pretty lawned garden has a quiet stream trickling alongside and guests have an opportunity to enjoy the fabulous hot tub which sits next to the garden terrace in its own landscaped area. The surrounding countryside offers an abundance of lovely walking and cycling opportunities with many quaint Dorset villages within easy travelling distance. Book it! 3 nights at Lanes End Cottage, Cattistock (sleeps 4) from £775.

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