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UNFORGETTABLE Nestled away in 40 acres of secluded Yorkshire

Alternatively couples can now make their

parkland sits Bagden Hall - an ideal blend of beauty

marriage commitment to each other in the magical

and informality for an unforgettable wedding day.

grounds of Bagden Hall. Tucked away in nearby

Built by a wealthy Victorian mill owner in the

woodland sits The Little Folly on the Lake, a quaint

1860s, the Georgian period country house is

Victorian folly where couples can take their vows,

steeped in character and charm, making it beautiful

while their guests watch from the water’s edge.

both on the inside and out.

A number of complete wedding packages are

The surrounding woodland and old stone bridge

available enabling couples to effortlessly plan their

provides a beautiful backdrop for a couple’s special

special day within budget. Brides and grooms are

day as well as endless photography opportunities

also welcome to tailor make their own package to

for those lasting memories.

fulfil all their wedding wishes.

A perfect location for both large and intimate

Bagden Hall’s experienced and dedicated

ceremonies, Bagden Hall has three stunning suites

wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to guide

licensed to hold civil weddings and partnerships,

couples through the planning process, ensuring

accommodating up to 160 guests for a day

each wedding day is perfect from beginning to

reception and 250 for an evening reception.

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Wakefield Road, Scissett, Denby Dale, Nr Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. HD8 9LE

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A UNIQUE VENUE FOR A DAY TO REMEMBER


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6 STYLING Garden themes: Wedding planner can help you set the scene

SHOES Useful tips: Blogger says choose shoes for comfort and style

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10 LOCATIONS Be different: A wedding ceremony set at the seaside

TEAS Hen do option: Christine creates a stir with her delicious teas

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14 VINTAGE Accessories: Debbie conjures up classic gems for brides

MOSAIC BRIDES

MOSAIC BRIDES Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

Published by Acredula Group 47 Church Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2AS


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WELCOME TO MOSAIC BRIDES This edition is brimming with fresh ideas for all things wedding, so if you need some inspiration for the venue, dress or styling you can find it all right here. For the bride, we have stunning dresses from Justin Alexander’s Spring 2012 Collection and the latest range of bridal accessories from Sheffield designer Debbie Carlisle. There are also top tips on how to pick the right bridal shoes and lingerie. We also have expert advice on how to set a wedding budget and stick to it, plus suggestions on how to style vintage/country garden themed celebrations. Other treats include contemporary wedding cakes, fashionforward bridesmaid dresses, elegant tea parties and a quirky seaside ceremony in Brighton.

Rachel Parry, features editor

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DRESSES Lace gowns: We take a look at designs fit for a princess

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE MODERN MAIDS Pushing design boundaries

HOT LINGERIE Sexy underwear for brides

STATEMENT CAKES Use your imagination

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BUDGETS Talk it over: Kelly offers advice on dealing with the money

Reporters Adam Civico Maureen Middleton Julian Thorpe Kaye Pickles Mark D’Apice 01226 734262

Writers Rachel Parry 01226 734209 Page design Jill Lowe Fran Sykes Ben Robinson

Production Alan Billingham Barry Spence Claire Carr 01226 734734

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6 WEDDING STYLING

Vintage country garden themes are perfect for Spring/Summer weddings. Rachel Parry asks an expert how best to set the scene.

Charming: Inspiration for a country garden style wedding. Pictures: Anna Hardy Photography, www.annahardy.com

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unting, hay bales and gingham tablecloths are the key ingredients for a country garden style celebration according to Sheffield wedding planner Emma Willis. To create the rural look with a twist of vintage charm, she advises couples to use a mix of DIY decor and treasures found in second-hand/antique shops. “Country garden themes are a great way for couples to incorporate personal touches and make sure their family and friends feel part of the big day too. “For example, couples can bake cakes for the reception or collect jars and fill them with home made jam or chutney. Many brides and grooms also like to ask friends and family to help them make decorations.” When it comes to picking a venue, Emma believes old churches, quaint villages halls and country houses are amongst the most fitting. “Venues with an historic past can really help to set in the scene. For those who don’t want a church wedding, local venues such as Chatsworth House or Cusworth Hall are ideal. “Alternatively marquees can be made to suit a country garden themed

wedding with effective decor. Many couples are also now opting for a nonreligious humanist blessing or ceremony, meaning couples can make their marriage legal in a registry office and then have an outdoor, personalised ceremony.” For extra inspiration and expert input, Emma suggests calling upon the services of a wedding planner. “Wedding planners know who to go to for what and have usually built strong relationships with suppliers which can lead to discounts. “A wedding planner can also ensure the theme is represented throughout the whole wedding, from the invitations through to the decor. On the day itself a planner can set up and style the venue – giving the bride and groom one less thing to worry about.” Emma’s top decorations for a vintage country garden theme include bunting, hay bales, rustic tables and chairs, old photographs, lanterns, fairy lights, candy bar/sweet buffets, handmade favours, vintage crockery, jam jars as centre pieces with wild flowers, antique suitcases and vintage books. “Natural creams, pastels and florals suit

the theme as well as quirky retro patterns such as stripes, spots and gingham. “To give the theme continuity try to add little vintage/country touches here and there in the wedding attire, accessories or food choices.” Emma Willis and her husband Vincent offer a full range of wedding planning services through the ‘Wedding Daze’. www.theweddingdaze.com


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8 WEDDING SHOES

Yorkshire wedding blogger Anna Nicholson reveals how to pick a pair of wedding shoes with both comfort and style. Fit for a princess: Ivory satin Cinderella shoes, Aruna Seth, £2,300.

Gems: Farfalla in coral, £495, Aruna Seth.

Posh pumps: Dessy ballet flats, £18, available in 20 colours.

Peep toes: Coral from Rainbow Club, £79.

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rides often spend a lot less time shopping for wedding shoes than browsing dresses. But – like your accessories – your shoes will be so important to how you feel on the day. So here are some top tips for picking the perfect pair. Comfort is key. You’ll be on your feet from morning until night and you don’t want blisters ruining your day. Match your shoe to your style. If your wedding is glam choose crystals, if vintage is your thing a round toe Mary Jane will be more in keeping. Brighter colours are becoming really popular – a pop of colour looks fabulous on the right girl under the right gown. Choose a colour to match your bridesmaids, or have your shoes as your ‘something blue’. If you’d rather your

shoes match your dress, take a swatch of your dress fabric when you go shopping. There are many different shades of ivory and white. Think about the cost. There are shoes to suit every budget, but we all know wedding costs quickly stack up. If you have a shorter dress you might want to spend a bit more, as they’ll be on show — but perhaps not go as far as splashing out £2,300 for Aruna Seth’s wedges encrusted with 3,000 crystals. Many brides choose shoes they can wear again. Nude courts or peep toes from LK Bennett or, if you fancy pushing the boat out a little further, Christian Louboutin, will make you feel suitably special but you can be sure they won’t languish at the back of your wardrobe. Location, location, location. Consider the time of year and where your

ceremony and reception are taking place. You might want to consider flip flops or ballet pumps for dancing the night away, especially if you’re in foreign climes, or funky wellies if you're occasion is outdoors. And those final little tips — take your shoes to your dress fittings to make sure your gown is altered to just the right length, try on your shoes a few times around the house to make sure they’re comfortable. Did you know? Placing a silver sixpence in the bride’s left shoe is believed to bring the couple wealth, joy and happiness. ● Anna writes for www.angelinthenorth.com, a wedding and lifestyle blog dedicated to Yorkshire brides featuring real weddings, fashion, styling, ideas and inspiration.


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10 REAL LIFE WEDDINGS

Bright beach huts, antique decor and a tuk-tuk provided the perfect ingredients for Toby and Hannah Stubbs’s Brighton wedding. Rachel Parry reports on their seaside ceremony.

Beside the sea: Tony and Hannah posed for pictures on Brighton seafront.


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Holiday atmosphere: Elements of the wedding day included a vintage bus tour and a fairground carousel cake. Pictures: Lisa Devlin Photography, www.devlinphotos.co.uk

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dream proposal on a New Zealand beach marked the beginning of Toby and Hannah's year-long engagement in July 2010. But it wasn’t until six months after Toby slipped a vintage engagement ring onto Hannah’s finger that the Sheffield couple began to plan their big day. Both knew a traditional or countrystyle wedding was not what they desired and soon began exploring more urban options. As venues in their home city failed to tick boxes, the search was taken further afield. “We wanted a venue that was informal yet intimate but couldn’t find anywhere suitable nearby,” said Hannah. “We then thought about Brighton. Toby’s sister lives there so we had visited a lot and knew it would make a great setting by the beach, giving it a real holiday feel.” Toby and Hannah, both 32, set the date for July 29 after deciding on the town hall for the ceremony followed by a fun and relaxed reception at a quirky Brighton bar.

“Finding a suitable reception venue was also a little challenging but then we were recommended the Coach House Bar and Restaurant which we loved — it felt really homely and private plus it had a cute courtyard area outside." When it came to themeing the wedding, Toby and Hannah embraced the seaside setting by incorporating elements of Brighton into the decor, wedding attire, menu choices and the cake. As a graphic designer Toby made the couple’s invites, wedding menus and telegram order of services, while the majority of the decor was taken care of by Hannah’s sister Lauren, including hand-painted table numbers and an imaginative seating plan made using a vintage suitcase and little tags. On the wedding day Hannah looked stunning in a beautiful Pronovias ivory dress with lace and pearl detailing from Blushes Bridal Studio in Sheffield, while her two bridesmaids wore floor-length chiffon gowns, also from Blushes. Toby

paid homage to Brighton’s mod scene in a 60s’ style slim-fitting suit in air force blue, from Jump The Gun in Brighton Lanes. After the ceremony Toby and Hannah had organised a surprise for their 65 guests to keep everyone entertained while they posed for photographs on the sea front. "We didn't want guests getting bored so we arranged for a tour of the sea front on a vintage bus,” said Toby. “Meanwhile we went off in a tuk-tuk for photographs.” At the Coach House the wedding party enjoyed mini fish and chips canapés, mojitos cocktails and a three-course meal before dancing the night away. Here the couple’s amazing cake, made by a colleague of Hannah’s, was also revealed — a Brighton fairground carousel. Looking back at their special day the couple say they wouldn't change a thing. ■ For stationery made by Toby email suttyszota@yahoo.co.uk or visit www.bonnyandclyde.co.uk


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Christine Whewell has opened the door of her beautiful home to offer ladies tea parties in an unforgettable setting.

Something different: Christine Whewell.

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he rise of high tea has led to a surge in ladies who lunch. The tradition is not only the perfect time to indulge in dainty sandwiches, sweet treats and petite pastries but it also provides quality time to catch up with the girls. For many the setting in which afternoon tea is served is just as important as what is placed upon the table, adding to the all-round experience. This is certainly true for venue stylist and self confessed lover of afternoon tea, Christine Whewell. In an attempt to deliver delicious afternoon teas in equally delicious surroundings she has married together two of her talents to offer ‘Elegant Vintage Tea Parties’ at Cranford Hall — her Victorian period home in Ardsley, Barnsley. “I feel very lucky to have a lovely home and wanted to share it with others, but needed a reason to invite people in,” says Christine. “I love baking and making things look

Indulge: Elegant Vintage Tea Parties by Christine Whewell provide a perfect hen do activity.

beautiful for people so serving afternoon tea in my dining room with vintage elegant styling seemed the perfect idea.” Christine’s Elegant Vintage Tea Parties are aimed at ladies who want to celebrate a special occasion with friends, family or work colleagues such as a hen do, baby shower or birthday. Catering for groups of up to 12, Christine will serve a selection of dainty sandwiches, little savouries, scones with clotted cream and jam, cakes, pastries and cupcakes all of which are lovingly home-made in her kitchen. Different flavoured teas will be served from pretty china teapots into vintage cups and saucers. Meanwhile the table will be dressed with vintage decor including lace tablecloths, crystal candelabras, antique glassware, cake stands and flowers. “For me it’s as much about dressing the room and table to create a luxurious setting, as it is about making the food both look and taste fabulous,” says Christine. “I want people to come here and feel

like they have been spoilt and really indulged. I hope that by offering the whole package — a lovely setting, specially dressed room and table, well presented and lovely tasting home-made food — the experience will be truly memorable. Better still because it’s in a home setting it feels much more intimate and special than simply having afternoon tea in a hotel or restaurant. “The tea parties make a great hen do daytime activity for ladies who want to do something a little different — plus it’s a great icebreaker. Hens can enjoy chatting about the wedding, catching up and getting to know each other while enjoying beautiful food. It also gives them the perfect opportunity to dress to impress and share a memories about the bride-to-be or play a Mr and Mrs quiz.”

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Delicate: From top left is the Eva headpiece, £95, Olivia, £125, styled with two pieces, and Florence, £160, with Georgia cuff, £80.

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heffield-based designer Debbie Carlisle first made an impression on the bridal scene in 2010 with her unusual vintage jewellery bouquets, but today it’s her enchanting wedding accessories that are grabbing brides’ attention. Following an exclusive launch at the Designer Wedding Show in London, Debbie has released her new 2012 accessories collection, which features a stunning selection of delicate headpieces and captivating cuffs. According to the designer, her collection takes inspiration from the 1920s, 50s, 60s and 70s – with a modern twist. The new designs in organza ribbon bands allow brides to indulge in delicate floral fantasies – from woodland nymph to Regency ballroom, 60s’ ingénue to 70s’ hippy chick.

The bands can be worn as headbands or forehead bands, encouraging brides to mix up their look and wear the headpiece beyond their wedding day. Speaking about the collection, Debbie said: “I wanted to make this collection as versatile as possible. “I wanted to give them maximum choice about their on-the-day look – or looks – and give them the option of wearing their bridal headpiece over and over, long after their wedding day has gone.” Florence is a show-stopping diamante headpiece designed to be worn both as a fashionable forehead chain and a more traditional headband. Sitting on a delicate ivory or white organza ribbon, the versatile piece oozes glamour and romance. The Olivia comb is made up of three delicate leaves, created from glass bugle

beads, and topped with a vintage brooch to complement a bride’s dress or other accessories for a unique centrepiece. Meanwhile Eva features a diamondshaped design consisting of ivory pearl and glass bugle beads which have a warm, delicate sparkle. Eva is available on a satin ribbon-covered headband, in a colour of choice, or on a simple comb which can be combined with a bird cage veil for a truly vintage look. Complementing cuffs add to the vintage charm with pretty pieces featuring diamante, bead and embroidered detail. Debbie’s 2012 collection is available online and a selection of pieces are stocked by The White Room bridal boutique in Sheffield. www.dcbouquets.co.uk


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Illusion and texture are having a dramatic effect this season. Rachel Parry takes a look at gowns inspired by a princess.

Beaded lace: Design ‘8595’ from Justin Alexander.


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llusion necklines and extreme texture form two of the biggest trends in wedding dress collections for 2012. This year we can expect to see designs varying from one extreme to the other, with both delicate, slim-line dresses and dramatic gowns appearing on the catwalk. In a nod to Kate Middleton, many designers have taken inspiration from Sarah Burton’s design for Alexander McQueen, using lace to create graceful, timeless dresses, some of which feature

full length sleeves, so brides can look just like the princess. Another big look, particularly in lace, is the ‘illusion neckline’ created by a sheer layer of fabric that covers a section of the skin that would otherwise be exposed if the dress were strapless. The sheer panel is delicate and in most cases embellished with jewels, beading, embroidery or lace, making it fitting for brides opting for the vintage look. Other vintage influences can be found in detailed bodices with the use of


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antique pearls, beading and lace appliqués. Gown designs with extreme texture offer a more dramatic look for brides to desire stand-out style. Tulle, lace, ruffles, layers, feathers and large flower corsages are used to create elaborate skirts which sit below structured corseted tops. More ‘Little White Dress’ designs are beginning to crop-up, perfect for the warmer months and destination weddings, but most designs for 2012 are either floor-sweeping or tea length.

Silhouettes vary however, with ball gown, A-line, slim-fit and mermaid skirts all making an appearance. These designs from Justin Alexander’s Spring 2012 Collection reflect the trends perfectly. Cute, chic and perfect for fans of 1950s’ styles, design 8590 is a playful tea-length dress. The strapless sweetheart is layered with pleated organza fans accented by a silk waist sash and full A-line skirt. By contrast design 8594 is a floor-

grazing gown with sweep length train. The strapless A-line dress is heavily beaded with a grosgrain ribbon and bow at the empire waist creating an elegant design that is simple yet striking. For those wanting to be a vintage vision in lace, designs 8595, 8605 and 8596 provide perfect options. Design 8595 is sleeveless with a beaded lace Queen Anne neckline, featuring beading at the empire line, a trumpet skirt, keyhole back and buttons down a chapel length train.


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Design 8605 comes with a long sleeve lace bolero jacket to cover the arms. The dress is a romantic dream in lace with a sweetheart neckline and dimensional beaded lace appliquĂŠs on a trumpet skirt. Design 8596 features the ‘illusion neckline’ in sheer Venice lace. More dramatic offerings can be found in designs 8602, 8613 and 8614. Delicately detailed with asymmetrical pleating, beaded motifs and laser cut petals on a taffeta layered mermaid skirt, design 8602 is flirty, fairytale dress. With a light tulle inset and fluttery petals, brides will float up the aisle. Capitalising on the texture trend, designs 8613 and 8614 are big, bold and beautiful. Soft and sweet, 8613 is accented with textured organza roses on bust line that tumble effortlessly below its taffeta waist sash and onto its full tulle skirt. Meanwhile 8614 takes texture to the extreme with a gown made up of lively layers of tulle and organza ruffles. www.justinalexanderbridal.com

Design 8614, with 8594 above.


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A Sheffield bridal boutique is offering bespoke dresses for fashion forward bridesmaids. Rachel Parry talks to the designer behind the collection.

Flirty and fun: Evangeline and Marilyn dresses. Pictures: India Hobson Photography, www.indiahobsonphotography.co.uk

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tylish, flirty and fun may not be the first words that spring to mind when describing a bridesmaid dress but the White Room Maid collection by Kate Harrod dares to push design boundaries. Chloe Curry, owner of The White Room bridal boutique, snapped up Kate as an in house designer after she was crowned Student Bridal Designer of the Year at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2011. Together they came up with a capsule collection of bridesmaid dresses for spring/summer aimed at modern maids who crave individuality. “We wanted to offer the bride and her maids a much more special shopping experience than simply picking a dress from a rail,” said Kate. “Not only is the White Room Maid a collection of very individual designs, each can be tailored to create a totally bespoke look. Better still each dress is made-to-measure ensuring that maids both look and feel gorgeous.” Kate’s debut collection is made up of four show stopping designs in chiffon and silk with leather belts and tulle skirts. Each has its own style and influence. ‘Gwen’ is modelled on style icon Gwen Stefani. The result is a glamorous gown with rock and roll edge. The floor-length design features a bold belt and a fishtail

skirt for that extra kick. ‘Lottie’ is the most playful of the creations. Its soft, floaty chiffon skirt, which sits above the knee, works in perfect harmony with the more structured top-half of the dress where a deep V is created though pleated detail. ‘Marilyn’ takes its name from pin-up Miss Monroe and just like the lady herself the design is sexy, flirty and fun. Taking inspiration from the 50s, the dress is midi-length with a full feminine skirt. Sexiness is created with a low V back. ‘Evangeline’ is pure elegance with both vintage and Grecian influences. The fluid maxi-length gown features a 20s’ style bat wing sleeve that can be worn in three different ways. “I’m very fashion minded so wanted to

inject some of what is currently on trend into the designs,” says Kate. “All the dresses in the first collection have a bit of rock attitude but also 50s feminine influences.” “I was keen to deliver what people are looking for in a bridesmaid dress but bring a little fun to it and think outside the box. Choice and individuality were also important. I hope that because the designs aren’t your classic bridesmaid dresses, ladies will want to wear them to other occasions beyond the wedding day.” Kate reveals the collection is built around four different skirt and top designs that can be mixed and matched to give maids more choice. In addition ladies can have a say over the fabric and colour palette, plus there is a collection of striking accessories by Debbie Carlisle to complement Kate’s designs. Bridal parties are welcome to pick a dress straight from the collection or alternatively designs can be customised through a one-to-one consultation, design, selection and fitting process with creator Kate. The White Room has bee nominated as a finalist for ‘Best New Bridal Retailer’ and ‘Best Retail Website’ in The Bridal Buyer Awards 2012. www.whiteroombridal.co.uk


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onfidence and comfort are key for a bride on her big day, so once the dream gown is picked it’s time to give some serious thought as to what will be worn underneath. Bridal lingerie is not a purchase purely to impress the groom but to support and enhance a bride’s silhouette for her moment in the limelight. With so many different styles and designs to choose from it’s a good idea to seek the opinion of a professional. Ask your seamstress what type of underwear will best work with the style of the dress, and most important of all, ask a shop assistant for a personalised bra fitting to ensure you pick the right size and style for your figure. Corsets and basques are popular with brides wanting to slim down their figures and create curves in the right places, meanwhile push up bras are a top choice with brides looking to boost their bust. Another factor is whether to go for straps. A bra with straps can provide extra support but the neckline of your dress may determine otherwise. Strapless dresses obviously require a strapless bra, while multi-way bras can provide hidden support for one-shoulder and halter-neck designs. If the dress is

Lingerie from Charnos: The ‘Belle’ basque is embroidered with sequins on stretch satin, with bead droplets and bows. The Belle strapless multi-way bra can be worn with any style of dress and straps can be added. The ‘Eve’ set, left and below, includes a basque, full cup bra, a thong and French brief with floral detailing.

low in the back a stick-on or translucentbacked bra may be required. When it comes to the lower part of the body brides are given more freedom — but remember knicker lines must be invisible, whether you opt for hold-in knickers, a French brief or slinky thong. Body slips can help create smooth lines and avoid dresses gripping to the wrong areas. Once you have chosen your wedding lingerie, be sure to take it with you to your dress fittings to ensure the best fit when alterations are made. Finally, if you don’t feel your daytime lingerie has enough va-va-voom to wow your husband come the wedding night you can always invest in a second set

and make a quick change in the bathroom, or add suspenders and stockings, which should have the desired effect. www.charnos.co.uk


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After the dress, the cake is taking centre stage at a wedding according to designer Victoria Watkin Jones.

Three of the best: S6 Photography, www.s6photography.co.uk

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odern, elegant and imaginative are just some of the words used to describe Victoria Watkin Jones’s impressive wedding cake collection. Having set up her Sheffield-based business — Victoria Made — in May of last year, Victoria’s eye-catching designs have already attracted couples from as far as London and she’s even baked a batch of her irresistible cupcakes for Made in Chelsea star Rosie Fortescue. Reflecting on how the business came to fruition Victoria says she was simply looking for a new challenge. “I had become bored in my day job as a gym manager and was looking for something different to do,” says Victoria. “At the time a friend was looking to set up a cupcake business so I decided to look into making bigger cakes, in particular wedding cakes. “I learned to cook with my nan and

had worked in catering before so it wasn’t such a random choice, though I had no training in making cakes. “My first large wedding cake was displayed in a Sheffield bridal shop window which sparked the interest I needed to take things further.” From that point Victoria spent hours in front of the computer learning intricate techniques from the internet and experimenting in the kitchen to create her innovative designs. “I really like the creative side of my job, coming up with the designs and styling the cakes,” says Victoria. “It can be very time consuming but the results are worth it. I particularly enjoy making very modern, sculptural pieces and tend to steer away from tradition.” Victoria describes her designs as contemporary yet simple but says she creates impact with different textures, making her cakes a popular choice with those who desire a stand-out piece.

“After the dress, a cake is becoming the main focal point of the wedding, a talking point for guests and a chance for the bride and groom to show off. Statement cakes are a big trend in America, especially following the rise of cake makers such as Maggie Austin, and couples here are now following suit. “A lot of couples come to me because they like my unique style and want a design straight from my collection, rather than me theming a cake for them. I’m not to everyone’s taste but I always aim to offer something different.” Each Victoria Made cake is hand-made by Victoria in her kitchen where she also creates favours, cupcakes and elaborative desserts. In order to keep her designs fresh and interesting, Victoria says she will be working on a new collection in 2012 which she hopes will include some hand- painted designs. Watch this space! www.victoriamade.com


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att and Jenny Kingswood fell head over heels for Bagden Hall when searching for their perfect wedding venue.

The couple, from Leeds, first met seven years ago but didn’t begin dating until some time later when their friendship developed into a romance. Matt, 34, planned a special proposal for Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2010 when he whisked Jenny, 27, off for a romantic break in London. “We had been out to see ‘The Lion King’ at the theatre,” recalls Jenny. "When we got back to the hotel room he proposed. “We had discussed getting engaged and I had looked at rings so he had an idea of what I liked. It turned out he had got the ring specially made in London - it was perfect.” Six months later Matt and Jenny began planning the big day, setting the date for September 2, 2011. Having always wanted a church wedding the couple agreed on St Mary’s Church at Mirfield for the ceremony while a chance day out at a wedding fair led to their dream setting for the reception. “We went to Bagden Hall for a wedding fair when we first started planning,” says Jenny.

“As soon as we saw it we fell in love with it. We thought the grounds and the building were so beautiful that we booked the venue there and then.” On the morning of the wedding rain clouds had cleared to leave a perfect blue sky for Matt and Jenny’s special day. A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud from Prestige Wedding Car Hire, Halifax, delivered Jenny to the church for the 1pm ceremony in front of 60 guests.

She wore a stunning Paloma Blanca ivory dress from Limelight Occasions, Lepton, with beautiful pearl, diamante and lace detailing, topped with an elegant headpiece from Crystal Bridal Accessories’ website. Her bouquet was made up of dusky pink roses with pearl detail from Stems Design at Kirkheaton. Jenny’s best friend Rachael made a beautiful bridesmaid in a floor-length pink chiffon gown from Angel Brides at Horsforth, Leeds.


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The groomsmen wore matching grey suits from the Peter Posh range at Limelight Occasions. After saying their vows and exchanging wedding bands from Kristian Wilson, Huddersfield, the couple enjoyed sipping champagne in the back of the Rolls Royce while their driver took the scenic route to Bagden Hall for the reception. “As soon as we arrived at Bagden Hall, staff welcomed us with champagne,” says Jenny.

“We did the group photographs first so the guests could go inside the venue while Matt and I had more photos in the grounds - we really wanted to make the most of the setting. Our photographer, Gav Harrison from White Room Photography & Imaging in Pontefract, was brilliant. We met him at the Bagden Hall wedding fair and felt really comfortable with him straight away.” The wedding party enjoyed a three course sit-down meal in the The Orchard Suite before Matt and Jenny posed for another photo - the cutting of the cake. Linda Hofmann, based in Wakefield, made the four-tiered creation accompanied by several small individual cakes decorated in their chosen colour theme of dusky pink, silver and cream. An additional 40 guests joined the wedding party for the evening reception which included a disco, starting with Matt and Jenny’s first dance to ‘Halo’ by Beyonce. At the end of the celebrations the newly weds enjoyed an overnight stay in Bagden Hall’s bridal suite. They later honeymooned in the Maldives. Looking back at the day, Matt and Jenny say everything went perfectly.

“The day went smoothly from the beginning to the end,” says Jenny. “The staff at Bagden Hall were very helpful and took care of everything so we could relax. “We got loads of compliments from guests on what a lovely day it was and they said Bagden Hall was the perfect setting, they also commented on the delicious food. “I would happily recommend all our suppliers to other wedding couples.” Photographs courtesy of White Room Photography & Imaging, Pontefract www.whiteroomphotography.com 01977 705945/07733 075501


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estled away in 40 acres of secluded Yorkshire parkland, sits Bagden Hall - an ideal blend of beauty and informality for an unforgettable wedding day.

Built by a wealthy Victorian mill owner in the 1860s, the Georgian period country house is steeped in character and charm, making it beautiful both on the inside and out. The surrounding woodland and old stone bridge provides a beautiful backdrop for a couple’s special day as well as endless photography opportunities for those lasting memories. Inside the hall there is a choice of three stunning suites licensed to hold civil weddings and partnerships. For large ceremonies The Orchard Suite, complete with lounge and bar area, is a magnificent setting.

Overlooking the grounds with doors leading out onto a beautiful patio terrace, the spacious suite can cater for up to 160 wedding guests and up to 250 for evening receptions. Meanwhile for more intimate ceremonies there is The Thomas Norton Suite, suitable for up to 90 evening guests. The hotel also boasts The Blue and Green Lounge, an elegant room with French windows overlooking the grounds, which is ideal for up to 30 guests for a sit down meal. For the wedding breakfast the hotel’s stylish Glendale Restaurant is also available for up to 60 guests. Alternatively couples can now make their marriage commitment to each other in the magical grounds of Bagden Hall. Tucked away in nearby woodland sits The Little Folly on the Lake, a quaint Victorian folly where couples can take their vows, while their guests watch from the water’s edge. The happy couple can then walk together across the hotel’s lawns to their wedding reception that awaits.

To ease the pressure on brides and grooms, Bagden Hall offers a number of complete wedding packages allowing couples to effortlessly plan their special day within budget. These range from pearl to diamond and bronze to gold, taking everything into account from the welcome drinks to fireworks. Alternatively couples can tailor a wedding to individual requirements with the assistance of the hotel’s dedicated coordinator who will guide couples through the planning process step by step. On the big day itself a member of the management team will act as Master of Ceremonies and ensure the day runs smoothly, leaving the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their special moment. Well known for its exquisite food, Bagden Hall boasts a varied selection of wedding menus. Brides and grooms can choose from informal options such as barbecues and quaint afternoon teas, to sit down three- and four-course meals. When it comes to the evening, the hotel’s disco is a great way for couples to celebrate with guests, but for those wanting to add an extra special touch, exciting entertainment such as firework displays and casinos can also be arranged. As the night draws to a close Bagden Hall’s 36 en suite rooms offer style and comfort to guests, while the bridal suite provides a luxurious setting for the bride and groom to spend their first night as Mr and Mrs.


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Making Work a Pleasure Bagden Hall is an ideal location to recharge the batteries and encourage new and fresh ideas. Far from the distractions of the office, the country house hotel provides a beautiful, friendly and informal setting for meetings, conferences, training and team building days. Bagden Hall has four meeting rooms for between two and 200 delegates, and a banqueting suite for up to 200 guests. A host of standard and executive packages are available to suit a range of budgets. The entire hotel has complimentary WiFi throughout plus a full range of projection equipment, office and secretarial services are available. At the end of a productive day delegates can enjoy fine food in the Glendale Restaurant before retiring to one of the hotel’s en suite bedrooms to rest and prepare for the following day. Special Celebrations The beauty of Bagden Hall provides a truly wonderful setting to celebrate a special occasion with family, friends or work colleagues. The hotel has four rooms available for events including birthdays, christenings, anniversaries and work parties, which can cater for up to 200 guests. A range of menus is offered to suit all celebration budgets, or alternatively the catering team can tailor make menus to individual requirements.

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Arranging a Hen Do? Look no further than Bagden Hall’s Manhattan Ladies Night - a stylish evening of cocktails and killer heels, entertainment and delicious food. The event, on April 20, will include cocktails and canapés, topless male waiters, a delicious Americaninfluenced buffet, dancing till after midnight and entertainment from male dancers ‘The Dreamboys’. Tickets cost £27.50 per person, strictly over 18s only. The Hen’s ticket is free of charge and parties will receive a free bottle of bubbly for every ten tickets purchased. Dine in Style Bagden Hall offers diners the choice of two stylish settings to enjoy its delicious dishes. The Glendale offers fine table d’hôte overlooking the hotel’s beautiful gardens, while the Bar and Lounge has a relaxed

and informal atmosphere, making it ideal for families. Both restaurants offer the very best of local Yorkshire produce whenever possible, with the kitchen team seasonally-changing menus to include a mix of classic British dishes and cuisine from around the world. A Restful Retreat With all the glorious proportions of a period country house, Bagden Hall is the perfect choice for a relaxing mini break. Many of the beautiful en suite rooms feature large windows overlooking the 40 acres of stunning gardens and grounds. The hotel’s fine food and historic atmosphere are ideal for couples seeking a romantic stay, while the superbly manicured nine-hole golf course is a winner with those looking to brush up on their putting skills. Photographs courtesy of White Room Photography & Imaging, Pontefract www.whiteroomphotography.com 01977 705945/07733 075501


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It may not be the most exciting part of the wedding but it’s certainly the most important. Sheffield wedding planner Kelly Hood talks budgets.

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t really is going to be the best day of your life, but when you start planning your wedding it can all seem pretty daunting. Where do you start? What do you need to do first? As boring as it may be, setting your budget and doing this realistically is the first and probably the most important thing you need to do. Money may not be the thing you want to discuss, but doing it sooner rather than later will save heartache and arguments further down the line. So how do you set a wedding budget? I know so many couples who simply pick a figure out of the sky as that is what they think, or are told, a wedding should cost. But I say a wedding will cost what you can afford and you really shouldn’t go over this. First of all do some research — find out how much things like venues, marquees, catering and photography costs, ring up suppliers, ask friends, but don’t guess. Once you have an idea of prices sit down as a couple, or a family, and figure out who is bringing in what to the wedding budget — will you be paying for it all as a couple? Will parents and/or family be contributing? Don’t be afraid to ask and don’t presume that your parents will have some money in a pot for you; you need to know this before you start the planning process. Be realistic about how much money you have and what you can save and do not take out a wedding loan. No one wants to start married life in debt, still paying for their wedding day years later. Once you have your budget set and you know how much you have and what things actually cost get yourself a spread sheet or budget planner, or just write down a list of everything that you think you will need for the wedding.

Good advice: Wedding planner — Kelly Hood. Nicola Thompson Photography www.nicolathompsonphotography.co.uk

Now go through that list and both of you rank from one to five how important each thing is to you. For example, one of you may think that photography is very important and worth investing money in, while the other may think that wedding cars are something you can do without. Once you have this sorted, cross reference them and then you will know the most important areas you wish to place your budget. Now you should have a realistic

budget set and a good idea of the most important things that budget needs to go on. In the next edition of Mosaic Brides I will reveal the most and least expensive areas of a wedding and ways in which you can save money. ● Kelly Hood is the founder of Boho Weddings, providing a full range of wedding planning services; www.bohoweddingsandevents.com, she also writes a wedding blog; www.bohoweddings.com


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34 WEDDING SERVICES

A new online wedding directory is helping brides-to-be search for suppliers with ease.

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earching for a dream wedding venue and suppliers for the big day is no easy task — but now there is a handy online tool to assist baffled brides-tobe. Introducing the Mosaic Brides’ wedding directory, featuring some of the finest wedding suppliers and venues in and around Yorkshire. Accessed via the new look Mosaic Brides website, the easy-to-use bridal directory offers essential information on numerous wedding suppliers at the click of a button. Bridal wear and accessories, flowers, styling, cakes, jewellery, photography, hair and make-up, venues and entertainment are just some of the many areas covered. The helpful directory aims to reduce the stress a bride can experience when planning her big day by making the search for local suppliers quicker and easier. Looking up businesses on the directory can be done in two ways; using the interactive map to locate businesses in a certain area, or simply by scrolling through the full list of featured suppliers, exploring all options in all areas. Whichever way brides choose to search they can gain access to suppliers’ online profiles which are brimming with useful information. Each of the profiles include a description of the business and the services it offers, its exact location and contact details plus links to the business’

Stress less: The Mosaic Brides’ wedding directory offers numerous suppliers at the click of a button.

website for further information. In addition brides can view images from the business, including examples of their work, and read testimonials from previous customers. Some profiles even include video footage as well as links to relevant social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter pages where regular updates from suppliers can be found. When visiting the Mosaic Brides’ website brides-to-be will also find an abundance of wonderful wedding inspiration and news on exciting bridal events. Current and past editions of Mosaic Brides’ magazine can be read online

which include features on local and national suppliers, tips on wedding planning, current trends and real life weddings, offering ideas on everything from the dress to the honeymoon. There are also links to Mosaic Brides’ Facebook and Twitter pages, where brides can enjoy regular updates on the directory, news of upcoming wedding events and sneak previews of what’s to come in the next edition of the magazine. Any wedding suppliers interested in becoming part of the Mosaic Brides’ directory should contact Helen Chadwick on 01226 734330. www.mosaicmagazine.co.uk/brides


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The perfect location for both the ceremony and the reception

Surrounded by picturesque countryside, Jason Neilson’s 315 Bar and Restaurant provides an elegant and tranquil setting for the perfect wedding day. Its Ingram Suite function room is nothing short of stunning, projecting an image of timeless romance with white table linen, ornate candelabras and beautiful flower arrangements.

catering for up to 100 seated guests and 150 evening guests. Meanwhile for more intimate ceremonies the conservatory is available, boasting equally stunning views and stylish decor.

Light pours into the spacious room through large windows offering breathtaking views while French doors provide access to a private patio area.

For receptions the Ingram Suite includes its own bar, dance floor and private access. Couples will be guided through the planning process by 315’s dedicated wedding co-ordinator Emma Fish, offering assistance with everything from seating

The Ingram Suite is licensed for civil ceremonies,

plans and venue styling, right through to creating a bespoke menu with the help of the talented catering team. Upstairs there are eight boutique-style ensuite bedrooms, including a luxurious bridal suite. Each room is named after a nearby area and has its own unique colour scheme achieved through bold patterned wallpaper and plush bedding.

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