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Designer wedding dresses in Huddersfield: The Staite Room, based at Birchencliffe, Huddersfield is an exclusive bridal service and stocks leading bridal ranges including Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce and Mori Lee. We also stock a large range of bridesmaid gowns, accessories and prom gowns. The dresses on the website are just a selection of the dresses we have in stock. Our sizes range from 6 to 30. With over 12 years bridal experience, we pride ourselves on a platinum level of customer service. Take a look at our collections and book an exclusive appointment to benefit from our expert one-on-one help and advice.

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Welcome to Mosaic Brides

Rachel Parry Features editor

Editor Andrew Harrod ah@whpl.net 01226 734205 Page design Jill Lowe Francess Sykes 01226 734203 Reporters Rachel Parry Alison Burkinshaw Kelly Hood Jodie Winn Julia Braime Donna Broughton 01226 734209 Graphics Alan Billingham Barry Spence Claire Carr 01226 734734 Sales Executive Kath Sunderland 01226 734623 Front cover image: S6 Photography

Welcome to the new-look Mosaic Brides magazine which is brimming with beautiful wedding inspiration for the autumn/winter season and beyond. To make sure everyone is looking their best on the big day we speak to the experts about top trends in bridalwear, bridesmaid dresses and groomswear too. Hair and makeup is another priority for brides-to-be and so we reveal the top looks for autumn/winter weddings, with key trends including loose flowing waves, neat up dos, dewy skin and bright lips. To help you source top suppliers for your

In this Issue brides’ dresses Lace designs: A look at popular dress designs for brides

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bridesmaids Splash of colour: Daring colours for bridesmaid dresses

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hair Brush up on glamour: Styles and accessories for brides and maids

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MOSAIC Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire www.mosaicmagazine.co.uk

special day we offer guidance on the rings, entertainment, transport, cake and flowers, plus two wedding bloggers give their thoughts on venues and photographers. Further inspiration comes in the form of Great Gatsby styling ideas for those planning to add a glamorous touch of the 1920s to their big day. Finally we feature two wonderful real weddings; a romantic celebration at Wortley Hall in South Yorkshire and a traditional church ceremony followed by a lavish marquee reception in West Yorkshire.

Get the look: A guide to prepping your skin

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CAKES Rising to fame: Rookie cake maker stirs up a reputation

RINGS Bands of gold: A look at what’s available in wedding rings

entertainment Magic: Conjure up ways to amuse guests

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groom’s gear Made to measure: Different styles to suit the groom

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CARS Arrive in style: Different ways to get to the church on time


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Make a style statement With so many gorgeous gowns to choose from, brides-to-be can become overwhelmed when searching for the perfect dress.To make the choices clearer, we ask two bridal boutiques to identify some top trends in current collections.

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Blooming lovely: Honour dress by Stephanie Allin.

he big royal wedding may have taken place more than two years ago but Kate Middleton-style full lace gowns are continuing to lead the way when it comes to bridal wear. Both Helen Jowett, of The Staite Room, Huddersfield, and Chloe Curry, owner of The White Room, Sheffield, say luxurious lace features in many of the gowns found hanging within their beautiful boutiques. “Ever since Kate Middleton got married many brides have set their hearts on a lace dress, particularly with some sort of sleeve, whether it’s full length or just a capped sleeve,” says Helen. “That said, there are still a lot of strapless gowns being produced, but many with the option of a lace bolero or cape jacket which is an affective way for a bride to include lace in her wedding day look if her budget doesn’t quite stretch to a full lace gown. “There are also lots of gowns which feature elements of lace, such as lace appliqués or a lace skirt overlay, which again provides a more affordable way for brides to achieve the look.” Chloe agrees lace and sleeved gowns are proving popular among style conscious brides. She also tips dresses with pretty back detailing as a key trend. “Lace is staying strong and features in many collections,” says Chloe. “We are also starting to see more sleeved dresses in light, sheer materials such as lace, tulle and organza, to give some coverage. “Delicate back-detail is also popular in many designs, particularly dresses from Claire’s Pettibone’s new collection. “There is a less is more feel to many designs with subtle detailing in elegant embroidery rather than glitzy sparkles.” Helen has also noted plainer dress designs


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Stylish: Mori Lee 1862 dress, left, and Esme dress by Jenny Packham.

coming through in several collections stocked by The Staite Room. "Bridal wear trends are moving away from large princess dresses with sweetheart necklines and lots of sparkle and detail,” says Helen. “Instead very tight, fitted dresses are on trend as well as plain and simple designs, similar to many of the gowns found within the Mori Lee and Ronald Joyce collections. “Those wanting to add detail are doing so with a simple satin belt, perhaps in the colour of their bridesmaid dresses like dusky pink.”

But according to Chloe there are still plenty of options for brides who want to make a style statement on their wedding day. “The Great Gatsby remake has brought with it a sense of Hollywood glamour in the form of 1920s and 1930s style wedding dresses with a modern edge,” says Chloe. “Jenny Packham's new collection, Bella Peak, has some stunning Edwardian and Art Nouveau influences. These dresses look particularly striking when paired with fitting accessories from DC Bouquets or Jenny Packham's latest

collections. “For brides who dare to be different we are also seeing designs going beyond ivory with oyster, cream, platinum and blush pink options.” The White Room stock dresses by Claire Pettibone, Cymbeline, Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford and Stephanie Allin. It is now also a stockist of Maids To Measure bridesmaid dresses. The Staite Room stock dresses by Madeline Gardner, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Ronald Joyce and Victoria Jane.


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Cupid Connections Cupid Connections extends a warm welcome to all. Our spacious showrooms provide a friendly relaxed atmosphere in which to select either the wedding gown, bridesmaid or prom gown of your dreams. We provide a wide choice of modern and traditional menswear for the groom. In addition we have a fantastic range of accessories to make your look complete. Please call in and allow us to help you experience your dream. Opening times: Monday: By appointment only Tuesday: 10am – 5pm Wednesday: 10am – 5pm Late night by appointment Thursday: By appointment only Friday: 10am - 5pm Saturday: 10am – 4pm Sunday: Closed

Upper Floor, Jack Harris Precinct, Wombwell Lane, Barnsley S70 3NX

Tel: 01226 215352

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BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Lace and Beaux Boutique | Millfields House | Thongsbridge | Holmfirth HD9 3JL | 01484 689736 | www.laceandbeaux.co.uk

Regalia Bridal Studio Quaystone House Garden House Lane Tingley • Wakefield West Yorkshire WF3 1NW Telephone: 0113 204 9933 Mobile: 07789 510783 regaliabrides@hotmail.co.uk www.regaliabrides.com OPENING TIMES: Monday, Thursday and Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm Tuesday 12 noon - 8.00pm Friday 10.00am - 3.00pm SATURDAYS AND LATE NIGHTS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Designer dresses from Ellis Bridals, Ronald Joyce & Veromia. Bespoke service available. Bridesmaids by Veromia & Kelsey Rose. Mother of the bride by Dress Code for Veromia. Men’s hire from award winning Cameron Ross.


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Maid gowns: bright ideas Bold colour, lace and slinky dress designs are just some of options available for bridesmaids for this season and beyond. Alison Burkinshaw pinpoints the top trends with bridal experts Kathy Peace and Kirsty Horne.

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nowing the latest trends to style your bridesmaids in can be a challenge. Just like the ever changing high street, weddings also have key trends which change throughout the seasons. Kathy Peace, the owner Cupid Connections, and Kirsty Horne, of Lace and Beaux Bridal Boutique, both see bold and vibrant coloured gowns hanging in their boutiques for this season and beyond. “This season, less is definitely more,” says Kathy. “Bridesmaids are wearing quite simple designs, but in very bold or vibrant colours peacock blue and fuchsia pink are particularly popular. Citrus colours such as yellow, orange and green are also top choices for weddings late this year and early 2014.” Kirsty agrees bold colours will be big for bridesmaids this season, she also tips gold as being a favourite. “Rich, bold colours such as red, black, deep purple and navy are going to be the most popular colours this season. “Gold is also another colour which is set to be on the incline with bridesmaids, as are jewel colours.”

Kirsty and Kathy also see the shape of bridesmaid dresses changing. Kathy explained: “There are not as many strapless dresses as there have been previously, instead bridesmaids will be wearing one or two shoulder strap designs. “Fluid, romantic style dresses in chiffon and organza will be a top trend.” Kirsty predicts fitted dresses becoming ever the more popular. “Bridal for 2013 to 2014 is about high glamour, opulence and sophistication,” says Kirsty. “Slinky Oscar award style dresses, the classic little black dress and cocktail dresses, are the shapes which are most on trend with influential women of the 1940s, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn having a heavy influence on bridal fashion.” Kathy however sees modern fashion icons playing a role in the trends of autumn/winter. “Any adaptation of the Pippa Middleton dress is popular, and has been since the royal wedding,” says Kathy. She also notes a number of popular trends

in wedding dress collections that are spilling over into bridesmaid dress designs. “Lace has been very popular for brides and is now becoming a top choice for bridesmaids too,” says Kathy. “Tea length and high neck dress designs that have been proving popular with brides are also moving over into bridesmaid collections.” For those wanting less colourful options, Kathy says muted tones such as coffee, mocha and toffee are ideal options for bridesmaids. Surprisingly some brides are even choosing to dress their maids in white or ivory. Previously seen as taboo, bridesmaids wearing white is becoming more fashionable and mainstream. Breaking-up the neutral hue with a strip of coloured chiffon material is an effective way to make such dresses appear a little less ‘bridey’. Cupid Connections in Barnsley stocks dresses by Amanda Wyatt, Hilary Morgan and Gino Cerruti. Lace and Beaux bridal boutique in Holmfirth stocks dresses by Jim Hjelm,Wtoo and Betsy Couture.


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nce the dress and accessories have been chosen Joanne Sutcliffe, of The Perfect Look, says brides should turn their attention to their hair. While the design of the gown and finishing touches will go someway to helping a bride select a suitable hairstyle, input from a professional is often required to find that dream do. “When going to hair trials it’s important that a bride takes a photograph of her wedding dress and any jewellery and hair accessories that she intends to wear,” says Joanne. “This will help the stylist determine what sort of hair style will suit both the bride and the style of their wedding. I tell brides to book their trial about three months before their wedding and advise them to be open to suggestions by allowing the stylist to try a few different styles to see what suits them best and complements the style of the dress and accessories.” Joanne says current bridal hair trends centre around casual and somewhat ‘messy’ styles that can easily withstand the unpredictable British weather. “Gone are the days of most brides wanting slicked back, structured hairstyles like neat chignons and buns. Casual, messed-up styles are also much more practical when it comes to our mixed-up weather.” JOANNE’S TOP FOUR BRIDAL HAIR TRENDS: MESSY AND RELAXED UP-DOS - As brides move away from neat and tidy up-dos they are favouring more casual styles that are messy and tousled.Think relaxed side dos, messy ballerina buns and loose chignons. KIM’S CURLS - Brides who choose to wear their hair down are asking for Kim Kardashian style waves/curls for a very glamorous yet relaxed look. Some will wear it all down while others prefer a halfup-half-down style to pin up a little hair from around the face. Curled up-dos worn to the side are also popular. PRETTY PLAITS - Braids of any description are high-up on brides’ wish lists. Choose from loose French plaits, romantic fishtail braids or halo plaits across the top of the forehead for a real boho vibe. VINTAGE VIXEN - This is probably the neatest of the trends. Hairstyles are classic and polished with a touch of Hollywood glamour.Think Great Gatsby style Marcel waves and finger curls worn with vintage broach style hair accessories. ACCESSORIES While brides are picking similar styles for their hair dos, Joanne says many are making their overall look unique with the use of eye-catching hair accessories and headpieces. Joanne Sutcliffe is professionally trained make-up artist and hair stylist specialising in bridal styling through her business The Perfect Look.  Visit www.theperfectlook.co.uk

Beautiful brides: Neat vintage-style up dos and loose glamorous curls form two of the top trends in bridal hair this season.


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If you’re walking down the aisle this season, Donna Broughton guides you through prepping your skin for the big day and highlights the latest in autumn/winter bridal make-up trends.

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ith the winter season upon us, many designers have been showcasing their autumn/winter 2013 bridal collections, with make-up looks playing a huge part in complementing the gowns. For any bride-to-be, make-up for the big day is important but many of us forget that good skin care plays a vital part in achieving a fabulous final look. Flawless skin should be a bride’s number one priority and although a good foundation will help to achieve this, the only way to really get perfect-looking skin is a good beauty regime. Choosing the right products for your skin-type however, can be a daunting task if it’s something you’ve never considered before. This is where a skincare expert is invaluable, either at a beauty counter or at a salon, as they will be able to analyse your skin and prescribe the right cleanser, toner and moisturiser for you, as well as any further products or treatments you may require. During the winter months, exposure to the elements can cause a range of unwelcome skin concerns including dehydration, dryness and flaky patches. Changes in temperature as we move from warm fires and centrally heated buildings to icy outdoors plays havoc with our skin, but choosing the right products and moisturiser should make a difference. Look out for soothing and moisturising products that repair using ingredients such as vitamin E and shea butter – evening primrose as an ingredient will also help with very dry skin. Exfoliation treatments are also beneficial, sloughing away dry skin cells, making way for fresh new ones. Once your new regime is underway, it’s time to start thinking about your makeup.The catwalks at New York Bridal Week A/W13 were awash with the effortless grace of minimal make-up

paired with a bright lips; a perfect look for any fashionsavvy bride-to-be. A twist on the summer months when red lips were all the rage, the A/W look has taken a different direction with a statement pout in shades of fuchsia and peachy corals. However, if red lips are a must, then move away from the bright reds of summer and try a deep, red lip instead, or experiment with a plum or deep purple. If an obvious lip just isn’t you don’t panic, models at the autumn/winter shows were also flaunting 1960s inspired eyes and on-trend bold lashes with heavy eyeliner with an understated lip. Lashes, however, were not unnatural or fake-looking, just big, fluttery and beautiful, which can be achieved with natural-looking strip lashes or with the application of individual lashes by a beauty therapist. For the sophisticated bride-to-be, the winter months lend themselves perfectly to the minimal look, especially when paired with a twisted low chignon. Create dewy skin with a flawless foundation and highlight the cheekbones with a bronzer or a rosy blush for a natural glow.Whichever look you choose, the most important thing is that you pick something that suits you and your style – after all you want your groom to recognise you.


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Joanne at Hairs & Graces has many years of expertise creating stunning bridal and special occasion hair. The styling on the wedding day can be at your home, venue or at the salon. Bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, groom or other members of the bridal party can also enjoy special occasion hair as well the pre-wedding preparations and trial. Please call for free consultation.


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Facebook marriage Surprise sunshine and brilliant suppliers made Mark and Katy Allan’s wedding wishes come true when they tied the knot on May 31. Rachel Parry found out more about their perfect day.

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fter a week of dull weather the sun came out and shone brightly for Mark and Katy Allan’s wedding day at Wortley Hall near Sheffield. The couple originally met in 2010 after Katy and a friend looked up an application called ‘Are You Interested’ via Facebook while enjoying a few glasses of wine. “We were just messing around really then I clicked ‘like’ on Mark’s photo and almost instantly got a ‘like’ back from him – the rest, as they say, is history,” said Katy. The couple, who now live together in Dinnington, South Yorkshire, struck it off from the first date and just over a year later a wedding proposal followed. “We were on holiday in Cornwall and had

been out for a lovely meal,” recalls Katy. “Mark was acting a bit strange but I didn’t expect a proposal.When we left the restaurant he suggested a walk, which was out of character, and then the next thing he was down on one knee with a ring.” Keen to start the planning process, Mark, 31, and Katy, 28, quickly began looking up venues, including Wortley Hall, which had been suggested by Katy’s mum. The couple instantly fell in love with the historic hall favouring its exclusive use, choice of rooms, impressive decor and stunning grounds. When the big day arrived the skies cleared and the sun appeared for the 2pm ceremony. Katy spent the morning getting ready with


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Venue: Wortley Hall Photographer: PH Weddings, www.phweddings.co.uk Videographer: Cherish Media Flowers: Sarah’s Florist Hair: Chris Webster Make-up: Emmalene Beck Dress: Wedding Wishes Suits: Mobile Hire Attire Rings: AR Jewellery Decor: Perfect Day and Ultimate Balloon Company.

her bridesmaids which included best friend Chris Webster styling her hair and Sheffield based make-up artist Emmalene Beck taking care of her make-up. The couple’s 80 guests gathered in The Lounge with views over Wortley’s beautiful gardens for the civil ceremony. Katy walked up the aisle wearing the gorgeous ‘Monet’ gown by Opulence with satin bodice, tulle skirt and delicate embroidery detail, picked from Wedding Wishes in Worksop. She was followed by her sisters Becky and Emma, who wore chocolate brown bridesmaid dresses, and her two flower girls, Lelani and Lilia, who wore cute ivory dresses with brown sashes.The groomsmen meanwhile looked dapper in their chocolate brown and

ivory suits from Mobile Hire Attire. Following the ceremony the guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the gardens while Mark and Katy were whisked off by their photographers, PH Weddings of Sheffield, for some special photos in more scheduled areas of the grounds. Later the wedding party moved into the grand dining room for the speeches and three-course wedding breakfast before the evening celebrations got underway in the Ballroom Suite with an additional 200 guests. Mark and Katy had their first dance to James Morrison ‘You Make It Real’ before Big Al’s DJ got the party started with a disco, getting all the guests on their feet. When the celebrations came to an end, the

couple spent their first night as Mr and Mrs in Wortley Hall’s bridal suite, complete with four-poster bed.They then jetted off on a romantic honeymoon to St Lucia four days later. Reflecting on the day both Mark and Katy agree they wouldn’t change a thing. “The whole day was perfect,” says Katy. “The staff at Wortley Hall couldn’t do enough for us and made everything run smoothly so we could relax and enjoy the day. Our other suppliers were fantastic too including Chris who did my hair, plus our photographers and videographer – we would highly recommend getting a wedding video so you can relive the big day with family and friends as it goes so quickly.”


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One of the most beautiful venues in Yorkshire‌ Standing within peaceful countryside and surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, Wortley Hall provides a beautiful and tranquil setting for a wedding day. In 26 acres of formal gardens and woodland, we provide the perfect venue for wedding receptions, civil ceremonies or civil partnerships, with ceremonies taking place in one of our hospitality suites.

Exchange your vows in our 18th century hall steeped in history, with a magical backdrop and stunning landscapes for wedding photographs and welcome drinks. Relax in the knowledge that our expertise and experience, combined with friendly and helpful staff, will help make your wedding dreams a reality. Couples will be lavished with attention, as only one wedding is held per day.

An excellent choice of food and drink menus are available, or alternatively tailor-made requirements can be fulfilled by the hall's highly skilled catering team. Forty-nine comfortable ensuite rooms are available for guests' overnight stay, while newly weds are given complimentary accommodation in the bridal suite with stunning views. Hidden within unspoilt countryside, Wortley Hall is ideally located just minutes from junction 35a/36 of the M1.

Wortley Hall, Wortley, Sheffield S35 7DB Tel: 0114 2882100 E: info@wortleyhall.org.uk Photograph produced by kind permission of Platinum Photography, Tierney Photography and Barnaby Aldrick


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Wedding magic: Organising entertainment for your guests can make your wedding day more memorable and unique. Photograph courtesy of PH Weddings, www.phweddings.co.uk

How to entertain guests Wedding entertainment has progressed from a blast of Come On Eileen from a cheesy DJ Jodie Winn discovers how modern couples are keeping their guests happy.

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nce upon a time organising the entertainment for a wedding involved buying a few disposable cameras for the tables and hiring a cheesy DJ - but this is no longer the case.Today’s brides and grooms are coming up with much more imaginative ideas to make their big day memorable, enjoyable and unique. Entertainment such as photo booths are fast becoming a wedding must have, adding a quirky touch to evening celebrations and providing guests with a fun keepsake of the special day. Hiring a casino for a wedding adds a touch of glamour and is an ideal choice for those wanting a Las Vegas theme. There are also table entertainment options to consider such as magicians and caricaturists to keep your guests amused in-between courses. If one of the above ideas takes your fancy, here is some more information that you may find useful. PHOTO BOOTHS Having a photo booth at your wedding provides great entertainment for all ages of

guests to enjoy. It allows your guests to create photo memories of your wedding day whilst having great fun along the way. Creating a ‘prop box’ is a great idea so guests can adorn themselves with comedy items such as fake moustaches, hats and masks to liven things up. Prices start at around £350 to hire a photo booth for your wedding. If you do choose to hire a photo booth for your wedding make sure you draw your guests' attention to it so it is well used and also be sure to place it in an easy-to-access location. CASINOS To make your wedding reception a night to remember, hiring a casino as entertainment is definitely the way to go. It provides guests with a talking point and encourages them to mingle. It’s also good for those guests who shy away from the dance floor, ensuring all guests are having fun. Hiring a casino usually consists of classic games including a blackjack table and a roulette wheel along with trained croupiers so your guests can quickly learn the rules and

join in. Luckily you don’t need to worry about the gambling getting out of hand as the casinos come equipped with fake money for guilt-free fun. Prices to hire start from around £250 for the basic package, increasing with the amount of games you require. CARICATURISTS AND MAGICIANS To keep your guests entertained whilst they are seated, either before the wedding breakfast or in-between courses, why not consider hiring the services of a magician or a caricaturist. With TV stars such as Dynamo inspiring magicians to up their game, having one at your wedding is no longer seen as cringeworthy or dated. Celebrities such as Tom Fletcher from McFly have chosen magicians as entertainment at their weddings so you would be in very good company. Having a caricaturist entertain your guests by drawing them in cartoon character form, allows them to laugh at each other and lightens the mood - plus it gives them a great souvenir of your wedding day to take home.


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A bride has many keepsakes from her wedding day - but if a groom hires his attire what is he left with? Rachel Parry speaks to menswear expert Michael Hopkins about the rise of made-to-measure wedding suits. Ooh suits you: Suits by Cameron Ross formal hire.

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owadays it’s not just brides who want to make a style statement on their wedding day, grooms are equally eager to dress to impress. As a result many men are looking for an alternative to the standard hire wedding suit and have their sights set on individual designs that can be worn beyond the big day. Demand for such suits has not gone unnoticed by Michael Hopkins who runs Laurie Hopkins Menswear in Huddersfield, along with his dad Laurie and sister Jane Senior. Michael says the majority of grooms that pass through their doors desire made-tomeasure suits that reflect their own personal style and fashions from the catwalks. “Hiring a suit is a great option for some grooms but others find the choice limited,” says Michael. “We are finding more men want something individual for their big day and so are picking made-to-measure suits.This option gives

them a say on the colour, style and cut - they can even add individual touches such as fancy coloured button holes. “Just like the bride wants to keep her dress as a reminder of the big day, the groom wants something to keep too, plus they can actually wear their outfit again after the wedding day.” Michael says made-to-measure suits are proving particularly popular with those having less formal weddings which stray from tradition. “A lot of grooms are picking more fitted three-piece suits in block colours.They are then personalising the look by choosing a lining for the back of the waistcoat that coordinates with the colours the bridesmaids are wearing.This also gives a different look to the suit when the jacket is taken off. “Most tend to chose pure wool suits but we have had several requests for tweed and we also have a ‘Laurie’s Choice’ collection of fabrics which is proving popular.These are

Huddersfield cloths individually sourced by my dad from local mills.” Looking at accessories to complete the look, Michael says the silk knitted tie with a squared off bottom is making a big come back particularly in vibrant colours. Alternatively grooms are making a statement with bold stripy shirts and plain ties so when the tie comes off the style stakes are still high. While made-to-measure is on the rise, Michael is keen to point out that hiring a suit is still a popular choice among grooms. “The silvery shine grey tail coat suit is extremely popular with those who choose to hire. It’s come back around again following the royal wedding where we saw popular young celebrities such as David Beckham and Mike Tindall wearing this style of suit.” Laurie Hopkins Menswear has a wide range of wedding hire and ready to wear suits including highland wear and also offer a full made-tomeasure service for men.


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A traditional church ceremony followed by a lavish marquee reception made the perfect wedding day for Jonathan and Emma Marshall. Rachel Parry listened to the details of their special day.

The perfect wedding Photographer: Magic Moments, www.magicmomentsphotoandvideo.co.uk Bride’s dress and bridesmaid dresses: The Bridal House, Leeds Transport: Executive Cars, Harrogate Entertainment: Rick Guard Menswear: Owen Scott, Huddersfield Cake: Linda Hoffmann, Wakefield Sweet Cart: Truly Scrumptious, Dewsbury Marquee: James Dabbs, Dewsbury Flowers: Blooming Fantastic, Wakefield

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eenage sweethearts Jonathan and Emma Marshall first met when they were sixth form students at Silcoates School in Wakefield. The relationship blossomed and five years down the line an incredibly romantic wedding proposal followed on Christmas Eve, 2011. Emma was whisked out of the family home for last-minute food shopping with her mum Jackie while Jonathan set everything up ready for her return. “When we pulled onto the drive I saw candles leading to the door of one of the barns,” recalls Emma. “I went through the door to see rose petals everywhere then ‘will you marry me’ spelt out in tea lights. “He’d had an engagement ring specially made and got all our family together at the house.

“It was lovely being able to celebrate with everyone over the festive season, plus we had a fabulous engagement party at Oulton Hall in Leeds.” Jonathan and Emma, both 26, knew they wanted a traditional service at St Mary’s Church in Woodkirk but needed to find a suitable venue for their reception. “We looked at a few places but they weren’t quite right,” says Emma. “I liked the idea of a marquee because I would be able to style it myself to fit in with our theme of cream, diamond and pearl with a touch of lavender. “Mum suggested having a marquee at the Three Acres in Emley which was perfect.We often eat there so we knew the food would be amazing and the countryside setting is stunning.” The couple set the date for September 1, 2012 giving them just nine months to


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organise the big day, but as a bridalwear model, Emma already had a few ideas in place.There was one area of the planning however, that Emma did find challenging — dress shopping. “Given my job I’d tried on lots of wedding dresses previously and never thought this is the one so I didn’t know what I wanted for my wedding,” said Emma. “Weirdly my mum and sister Katie had both Googled wedding dresses separately and said they had found one to suit me — it turned out to be exactly the same dress. “Then one day when I was dress shopping in The Bridal House in Leeds I happened to pick out the very same dress they’d shown me. It was perfect.” When the wedding day arrived Emma spent the morning getting ready at her

parents’ house with her family and bridesmaids before the weddings cars arrived to take them to St Mary’s Church in Woodkirk for the 12.30pm ceremony. Emma made a beautiful bride in Ronald Joyce’s ‘Dea’ dress with fitted bodice, delicate detailing and romantic tulle skirt. Her six bridesmaids wore lavender and cream dresses, which were also from The Bridal House, while the groomsmen wore black suits with cream waistcoats, from Owen Scott in Huddersfield. Following the ceremony the newlyweds and their 120 guests travelled to The Three Acres for the reception. The impressive marquee had been decorated to match the theme and featured carpet, sofas and chandeliers. Guests enjoyed a champagne and canapés reception before

the main area of the marquee was revealed for the speeches and the wedding breakfast. Later a further 50 guests arrived for the evening reception which featured music performed by Rick Guard and his band — including the first dance song to Take That’s ‘Rule The World’ — a disco, mini fish and chips and fireworks. The Three Acres’ 15 rooms had been booked for the newlyweds along with close friends and family. Following the wedding Jonathan and Emma enjoyed a mini-honeymoon in Marbella before jetting off to Mexico in April for their main honeymoon. Looking back on the day Emma’s advice to brides-to-be is simple: “Don’t sweat the small stuff — just let go and enjoy as it all goes far too fast.”


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20 Wedding flowers

Traditionally wedding couples have matched their flowers to the season but many now favour oneof-a-kind statement arrangements that reflect their individual style. Rachel Parry finds out more.

Matt and Lucy Brailsford tasked The Flower Shop with creating bright arrangements for their wedding at Oulton Hall, Leeds. Pictures: John Hope Photography, www.johnhopephotography.com

Originality blossoms

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t one point a bride and groom’s flower choices were dictated by the season in which they planned to tie the knot, but that’s no longer the case. Many florists now have the option to import flowers from overseas making certain types available all year round and enabling the experts to push design boundaries. Mother and daughter team Helen and Steffi Brook, owners of The Flower Shop in Lindley, near Huddersfield, have noticed the rise in demand for originality - a challenge which they relish. “There are lots of different elements of a wedding that couples might take into account when picking their wedding flowers such as the venue, theme, bridesmaid dresses and the season,” says Helen. “However these areas are becoming less of a concern as many couples tend to want something totally unique that reflects their individual style and taste. “So, for example, instead of picking traditional deep reds and burgundy for winter, they want striking alternatives such as

white and silver designs.We also recently had a bride who wanted to match her flower choices to the bright shades of Converse that the groomsmen would be wearing - it’s all about being different.” For those who crave individuality Helen and Steffi say it’s important the florist is on the same wavelength as the couple in order to execute their unique floral vision. “It’s about keeping it fresh, remaining ahead of the trends and taking into account the style of the couple - so are they traditional, cutting edge, earthy or sophisticated?” says Steffi. “We really enjoy doing something different rather than churning out the same flowers but it’s also important to listen to a couple’s ideas and then help them to develop it into something really special and unique to them. “We tend to look out for unusual flowers when buying and our knowledge means we can come up with different suggestions for couples using flowers they might not have even heard of.” Helen and Steffi predict succulents will be a

popular choice among forward-thinking couples for the year ahead.The quirky green plants make stunning table decorations or mini types can be used for unusual button holes. The duo are also noticing couples taking a keen interest in the origin of the flowers, whether they be home-grown English blooms or Fairtrade imports. Sleek romantic flower designs in ice-cream colours and quintessentially English style blooms that offer beautiful scent and colour in ‘just-picked’ arrangements, are among some of the designs Helen and Steffi are currently working on. To really stand out from the crowd they encourage couples to be imaginative with their wedding flowers and perhaps incorporate them in ways people wouldn’t expect, such as a fresh flower wedding cake or a striking floral wedding crown. “Wedding flowers are ever-changing - the aim is to be diverse with our designs to really capture people’s imagination,” said Steffi.


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Rookie cake-maker rises to fame With the help of the Prince’s Trust, Rebecca Marsh went from not being able to walk to running her own company in Sheffield. Rachel Parry finds out more.

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ooking through a collection of Rebecca Marsh’s stunning wedding cake designs, it’s hard to believe she’s fairly new to the industry. Up until three years ago the 24-year-old was living an active lifestyle, working as a personal trainer whilst studying a degree in bio-mechanics, when she was suddenly struck down with swine flu. The prolonged illness led to Rebecca later being diagnosed with ME, an illness that causes chronic fatigue, muscular aches and pains and depression. The condition zapped Rebecca of all her energy, leaving her house bound for a year and making trivial tasks such as walking, getting dressed and blow drying her hair almost impossible. Determined to overcome the illness and focus her mind on something positive, Rebecca started to bake for family and friends, reigning her love for baking and art. “Everyone said how good the cakes were and I was stuck in the house with nothing to do, so I made some more,” said Rebecca. “As I started to feel physically better I had more energy to experiment with my cakes and read up on different baking and decorating techniques. “Then, towards the end of 2010 my mum told me about the Prince's Trust enterprise scheme and suggested I apply for it to make a business out of my cakes.” And so with the backing of a Prince’s Trust mentor and a £250 grant Rebecca’s business - The English Rose Cake Company – was born. As Rebecca’s health has improved and her confidence has grown she has become known throughout Sheffield and beyond for her daring novelty cakes and beautifully detailed wedding cakes. “I don’t like to think someone has paid for a cake which is just put in a corner,” says Rebecca. “I aim to create something different that makes people want to get up and look at it, so my designs are quite detailed and striking. “I love a challenge so I don’t have a structured brochure of cakes, instead I provide a personal consultation service so I can meet the couple and build up a rapport

At work: Rebecca Marsh working on one of her detailed designs. Dresses by www.kate-beaumont.co.uk, photography by amieparsonsphotography.com, flowers by www.boutiquepaeony.co.uk

with them. I get a feeling for them and their wedding day, discussing what they want and their inspiration then I come up with designs that are unique to them.” Rebecca’s talents include creating lifelike sugar-crafted flowers, intricate detailing with royal icing and she’s also just mastered handpainted designs. “I’m as flexible with design as I am with flavours which have included chocolate brownie, banana, carrot, toffee and champagne and strawberry. “Last year I did a lot of cupcakes and macaroon towers for weddings but this year I’m noticing a return to traditional and classic cakes with elegant detailing such as cascading flowers, sugar roses and hand-painted designs. “The cakes are more minimalistic and there is a growing trend for naked cakes where the sponges and filling are on show.” As a young ambassador of the Prince’s Trust, Rebecca dedicates time to giving motivational talks and promoting the trust when she’s not busy baking. “They changed my life so much when I was going through a really bad time so it’’s nice to be able to give something back.” www.theenglishrosecakecompany.com

Angel cake: Rebecca enjoys creating cakes with intricate detailing.


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Bands of gold Time and consideration are needed when shopping for wedding rings. Rachel Parry looks at the options.

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our wedding ring is probably the item of jewellery you will wear most throughout your lifetime so it’s important to choose the right one. The choice stretches well beyond the traditional plain, gold band with numerous off-the-shelf rings as well as the option to design your own one-off piece. It’s important to shop as a couple for your wedding bands as one of the first questions to consider is if you would like matching rings or different designs to suit your individual tastes and styles. Before visiting jewellers it’s a good idea to look through magazines and on websites to get an idea of what you might like - and to set a realistic budget. A wedding ring will be worn for many years and therefore needs to stand the test of time so be careful not to be swayed by current trends and take comfort and durability into account. Deciding on what metal you would like is one of the first steps. The main options are yellow gold, white gold and platinum. Yellow gold is a popular choice with those who like to stick to tradition. When picking the carat it’s important to remember that the higher the carat the more gold but the weaker the metal. White gold is a top choice due to its ability to complement both gold and silver jewellery and is a cheaper option that Platinum. It’s highly likely those who do pick white gold will need to get their ring re-plated at some point though as its shine will fade unlike platinum designs which are said to last a lifetime. The shape of a wedding band is particularly important to the bride-to-be as she will want to ensure the design sits right with her engagement ring. Next up — the style. Do you want a totally plain band, hammered metal, brushed metal, engraving, more than one metal — the options go on.

Ladies might also desire jewels, in particular diamonds, so the four C’s will need to be considered — carat, colour, cut and clarity. For those who have precious jewellery handed down through the family, certain jewellers will melt down the items to create a unique wedding ring with great sentimental value. Designing your own wedding bands is also

a great solution for those unable to find the right designs within the jewellers’ cabinets. Whatever you choose, remember to select your rings at least eight weeks before the wedding to ensure they’re ready in time and it’s also a good idea to insure your rings - it’s surprising the amount that are lost within the first year of marriage alone.


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Traditional or quirky, the list of wedding venues is pretty much endless. Kelly Hood looks at what’s on offer.

Founder of Boho Weddings Kelly Hood, picture courtesy of Assassynation, www.assassynation.co.uk; country house, picture courtesy of Nicola Thompson Photography, www.nicolathompsonphotography.co.uk; marquee, picture courtesy of S6 Photography www.s6photography.co.uk.

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hoosing your wedding venue is probably the most important aspect of your wedding planning, as getting the venue right will ensure a wedding that is personal to you and lets your personalities shine through. Deciding early on what kind of wedding you want will dictate the sort of venue you look for, as well as the budget you have to work with. You will also need to decide if you want to hold your ceremony and reception in the same place, or if you are happy to look at two different locations? In terms of the ceremony do you want a church ceremony, civil ceremony, humanist ceremony or a nonreligious wedding blessing? If you are a traditional bride then you may want to be looking at a church wedding, followed by a traditional country house reception, historic building or hotel. If you’re not religious then many country houses will hold wedding licenses so you can hold the whole thing in one place, ceremony and reception, with the same for some hotels as well as castles. Other such buildings will hold the ceremony in the main house while the reception is held in a marquee on the grounds.These sorts of places will normally be set up for all-weather weddings, so the time of year you choose won’t be too

important. Be aware that these sorts of places sometimes come with a preferred supplier list, where they dictate which suppliers you can use in their building, so make sure you ask first in your viewing. If you are looking for something more alternative, then the world really is your oyster.There is so much choice these days as many more buildings are gaining wedding licenses: restaurants, bars, barns, old time cinemas, boats, disused vintage swimming pools, art galleries, old dance halls, warehouses, beaches and farms - the list is endless.You can still have your church wedding, but then look for something a bit more quirky for the reception, or hold both the ceremony and the reception all in one place. Add in themes to your day and really experiment with the venue and let it play a much bigger part in your day. If you are looking for a venue that lets you do whatever you want, then a marquee is perfect and these days there are so many options. Clear span marquees, traditional marquees, tipis, yurts - you can find any sort of portable structure to suit you and your budget. Remember though, some of these work better in the different seasons than others.The big plastic marquee is more likely to have a solid floor than your average tipi

which normally just comes with an under layer of plastic covered with matting, so think about the cold and the rain. Also be aware that as a complete empty space you will be responsible for hiring in everything, from electricity to furniture. If you’re on a budget then what about your local village hall? These can be a wonderful option for those with less to spend.They can also give you a huge amount of freedom in terms of what you can do and what suppliers you can use. Most won’t hold a wedding licence so you would need to get married in your local church or register office first. There are so many options when it comes to your venue, so before you decide on one, really think about what sort of wedding you want, and how much you want to be involved. Look at your options and what your budget will allow.Think outside the box and you could be surprised at what you will find. Kelly Hood is the founder of Boho Weddings, providing a full range of wedding planning services; www.boho weddingsandevents.com, she also writes a wedding blog; www.boho-weddings.com


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Get me to the church in style

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very part of a wedding day should feel special and that includes arriving at your chosen venue in style. Whether you require transport to get to the church on time, to take you between venues or to deliver you to the airport for your honeymoon, its worth taking time to consider the options available. For most brides and grooms the transport is picked to fit in with the theme of the wedding - so those planning a vintage or traditional style wedding may well choose a classic car while those having a modern ceremony might prefer a more contemporary option like a Chrysler or Rolls Royce. Other ways for couples to stand out include hiring a cute soft top, a powerful sports car or perhaps a stretch limo or hummer. Beyond the style of the transport, there are other things to consider. How far away is the venue and will there be time for a single driver to transport everyone or will you require two vehicles? Prior to the ceremony do you just require transport for the bride and her maids or do you want transport for parents and the groomsmen too? Following the ceremony do you want something romantic just for the bride and groom or do you want something large enough to fit all your bridesmaids and groomsmen in too? You might even require transport for your whole wedding party, in which case the solution is often a vintage or London-style double-decker bus. One person who knows just how important it is to hire the right transport for the big day is Dick Cartwright of Cartwright’s Cars, Huddersfield. Established in 1990, Dick prides the business on providing a superior chauffeurdriven service for all occasions. His fleet of 17 cars comprises of 12 vintage style wedding cars, Chrysler 300C, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, 1968 Pink Cadillac, stretch 4x4 limo and Ferrari F430 Spider, offering something for all tastes and themes. Dick advises couples find out exactly what's included in their transport package before signing on the dotted line. He said: “Couples want both impressive and reliable transport when it comes to their wedding day. It's therefore important to find a company you can trust and to fully understand what is included for the price you pay.

Top transport: Cartwright Cars has a stunning choice of vehicles for all occasions.

“We pride ourselves on providing a tailored service that is designed in full consultation with each customer so they know every detail relating to the transport will be attended to. “As well as the larger details, couples might also like to ask about those all important little touches such as bows and ribbons, flowers, champagne and photo opportunities. “All of our cars are in immaculate condition and are beautifully presented with co-ordinating ribbons and flowers for weddings.They have been carefully selected to ensure easy access, even for the fullest of

dresses.To ensure everyone gets to the destination on time we always do a ‘dummy run’ for weddings so we know exactly where we are going. After the ceremony we offer couples the option of a short drive with their chauffeur which is very popular as it’s often the only time during the day's proceedings that the bride and groom have a little intimate time together. “The most important thing to remember is to book early.To ensure you choose the car of your dreams, it’s advisable to make your booking at least one year prior to the wedding.”


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30 Wedding photography

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Photograph by Jonny Draper Photography, photograph left by Bluelights Photography.

Julia Braime, the editor of www.bridesupnorth.co.uk wants you to love your wedding photographs.

fter he’s up off one knee, you’ve bought your first bridal magazine, subscribed to a half-dozen wedding blogs and thought about setting a date, what’s next? The dress? A honeymoon somewhere exotic? Or how about 200 hand-knitted heart favours that your guests are sure to treasure forever? Stop right there. Every wedding will have a budget and whether large or small, it’s up to you to spend it wisely. After a venue, a pretty frock and something good to eat, I’d say that a quality photographer should be right at the top of your shopping list. As a professional wedding blogger, I receive a lot of real wedding submissions and believe me, there is a big difference between a justok photographer and a really good one. A bad photographer? Let’s not even go there. But why are good wedding photographs so important anyway? Aren’t your memories of the big day enough? The reality is, wedding photographs are your memories. Crack open your album and your big day will all come flooding back. If done right, they’re also memories that you can share with future children, grandchildren, family and friends.You want your images to be as beautiful as the celebration itself. So, that friend who’s just keen with a camera? Ask him to take some fun shots of the party instead and book the best professional that your budget will allow.You’ll be so glad that you did. Now that’s clicked, where to start?

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Start early It’s simple: the best get booked, and fast. If there’s a photographer whose work you already know that you love, you want to be securing their services as soon as the date is saved. If you do miss out, then ask them to recommend a trusted industry colleague with a similar style. Narrow your options If you’ve no idea where to begin, wedding blogs like www.bridesupnorth.co.uk and personal recommendations are your best bet. Decide what look you like, then search out the photographers who deliver consistently within that style. Ask online and across social media platforms for reviews and honest commentary. Do your homework Once you think you’ve found your man (or woman), request to see a variety of examples of their work. Rather than a load of great photos from lots of different days, you should be looking for a few excellently captured complete weddings. It’s relatively easy to get one lucky shot, but a whole day’s worth takes

real skill.While you're there, check out your options for aftercare and albums and that you like your photographer’s editing style and presentation choices. Budget for the best It’s a big ballpark, and very dependant on location, coverage and experience, but a photographer at the top of their game usually costs between £1,000 and £2,500.When discussing prices, check what the total figure covers to avoid any nasty surprises. How long will the photographer be there on the day? Does the price include an album? What about digital images and who will own the copyright to the photographs? What sort of time scales does the photographer work to and how soon after the wedding will you see your proofs? Practice makes perfect I’d recommend an engagement shoot to everyone. Even if you’re already a pro in front of the camera, you can practice your make up, get to know your photographer better and check that you get on. If you’re a little more hesitant in front of a lens, a warm up shoot can really help to relieve pre-wedding nerves and instil confidence. Smile for the birdie Once the big day arrives, remember to relax.You’ve done your research and paid a fair price.Trust that your photographer will do a good job and let them get on with it. Strike a pose. I Brides Up North is one of the top bridal blogs in the UK and will be hosting a season luxury wedding exhibitions in Yorkshire this autumn.Visit www.bridesupnorth.co.uk


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A picture is worth a thousand words

icture Perfect Photography loves preserving the beauty of weddings because to put it simply, they find it really rewarding. They enjoy the relationship that is built from the very first meeting with a couple, right through to designing and presenting them with their handmade album. The friendly team is headed up by Collette Hobson who has 11 years’ photography experience, specialising in professional wedding and portrait photography, guaranteeing perfect fairytale pictures from start to finish. Since setting up the business in 2012, Collette has built up an enthusiastic team of photographers, qualified to a high standard, who utilise their combined experience to bring out the best in their subject. “Starting my own business has been the best journey I could ever of asked for,” said Collette. “It’s reinforced what I always knew and I love taking photos, especially of people, I enjoy being creative and capturing true moments.” To help couples relax in front of the lens, all wedding packages include a prewedding shoot and the team continue to build a relationship with the couple in

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the run up to the big day.They work closely with their clients to achieve the end result they require, almost anything is possible. Photography is a great medium for capturing moments in time, that day to be remembered that will define who we are.That’s why Picture Perfect Photography feel honoured every time they get to share those moments of a wedding day with their clients. More often than not two Picture Perfect photographers will attend a wedding to ensure an ideal balance of posed photos requested by couples, in addition to relaxed, candid images. Collette said: “Myself and key assistant Dean got on so well that we decided he would assist me photographing weddings. It made sense, he has been a photographer for over 25 years so I knew I could fully rely on him to help create some great images for my clients as a second photographer.” Collette enjoys pushing the boundaries and being creative, resulting in those exciting key shots that a bride and groom will want to show off for years to come. Recognising that one package doesn’t suit all, couples are invited for a personal

consultation, where Collette finds out more about their wedding plans and photography requirements for the big day. She then creates a bespoke package to ensure she delivers a couple’s dream wedding photography package. Professional and efficient coverage ranges from five to 13 hours to capture the preparations right through to the first dance, and all those special moments inbetween. Both disc only and album packages are available. For more information on wedding photography packages and to book a consultation, get in touch with Collette on 07590 840 532, or email collette@ picture-perfect-photo.co.uk The images shown here are of Aaron and Emma Langstaff ’s wedding day covered by Picture Perfect Photography. Commenting on her wedding images Emma said: “Collette, you did an amazing job putting up with me and Aaron on the day! We are both so picky with photos of ourselves but I can honestly say there are some gorgeous pics. Good work and thank you.” More examples of their wedding images can be viewed at www.picture-perfect-photo.co.uk


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The Lollipop Tree is a magical little sweet shop situated in Almondbury near Huddersfield which is brimming with traditional sweets, retro sweets, luxury chocolates and tempting treats. Jars full of brightly coloured sweets will bring back fond childhood memories while chocoholics will fall head over heels for its luxury English and Belgian chocolates, with over forty flavours to choose from. The Lollipop Tree is particularly popular with wedding couples who are wanting to present their guests with wonderful sweet treats on the big day. The talented team can create fabulous favours to suit various themes, tastes and budgets, with a huge choice of sweets, chocolates and specialist confectionery on offer.

Better yet, much of the shop’s packaging is designed and made in-house so they can produce gorgeous wedding and celebration favours in personalised, bespoke packaging. For those planning an on-trend ‘candy buffet’, The Lollipop Tree is the perfect place to source classic, retro and unusual sweets, with discounts available on bulk purchases. There’s also lots of treats to keep children happy such as lollipops, love hearts and flying saucers, while the shop’s luxurious Belgian chocolates make perfect thank yous for mother and father of the bride/groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Why not pop into the shop to discuss your requirements and share ideas… We’re sure you’ll find something to delight and inspire you.


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he release of Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby has brought with it a surge of inspiration for those planning 1920s-style weddings. Previously shabby-chic and DIY vintage themes dominated the wedding scene, but the on-screen glamour of Gatsby has seen a return to elegance with weddings that draw upon the high style and sophistication of the roaring 1920s. While some will choose to fully embrace the theme others may wish to incorporate subtle touches, such as hair and makeup choices. When choosing fitting attire for a 1920s wedding, brides should look for luxurious slim-fitting gowns with lace and/or art deco detailing particularly in diamante, pearl or metallic beading. Jenny Packham’s ‘Ruby’ gown is a stunning example of simple yet striking Gatsby style. Other options include heavily beaded, fluid, floor-length designs as well as short, flirty, flapper-style dresses. Faux fur cover-ups or ostrich feather capes are a great addition for winter brides. Further accessories come in the form of vintage broach bouquets, beaded clutch bags, strings of pearls and high-glamour headpieces. The ‘Lottie’ forehead band from DC Bouquet’s ‘Divine Deco’ collection is a

perfect choice for brides who want to make a stylish statement.The delicate, high-shine piece features a droplet brooch element that can be positioned to the side or centre of the forehead. A Gatsby bride will also require the perfect pair of dancing shoes to complete her look. Rachel Simpson boasts numerous designs inspired by fashions of the 1920s in pale and metallic hues with art-deco detailing. To keep the old school glamour theme consistent throughout the celebrations, decor choices will need to be well thought out. The look is less busy than previous vintage themes, focusing heavily on elegance and sparkle. Beyond ivory, colour palettes include shimmering golds, gleaming champagnes and soft creams. Decorative props such as gramophones, antique suitcases, crystal decanters and champagne saucers enhance the look.The lavish crystal tea light holder from Not On The High Street makes an ideal centre piece for tables scattered with metallic sequins while the gold striped paper bags are perfect for those planning a regal sweetie table. But nothing quite says decadence at a wedding like an impressive cake. Victoria Made’s tiered design above suits the Gatsby theme perfectly with elegant sugar detailing in ruffles and blossoms, all finished off with a luxurious touch of gold lace.


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