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7 VENUES Elegant weddings: Claire’s business can make a bride’s big day really special
DRESSES Short and sweet: Stunning mini wedding dresses hit the catwalk
12 ACTIVITIES Sky dive: Brave brides complete skydive to raise £5k
CAKES Slice of luxury: Cupcakes or traditional cake? There’s lots of choice
16 DARING Not the norm: Quirky touches for a day to remember
MOSAIC BRIDES Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire
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WELCOME TO MOSAIC BRIDES the wedding magazine for your area. The latest edition is packed with fresh ideas for your wedding, so whether you are needing inspiration for the venue, entertainment, dress or cake, we have something for you. We can bring you up to speed with trends for the summer wedding season, which is well underway, and also give you ideas on weddings for the upcoming autumn season. And to get brides-to-be hearts racing we also have short wedding dresses, skydiving brides, fast cars plus details about a new craze of bride boot camps.
CARS Touch of class: How to treat grooms on their wedding day
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE WEDDING PLANNING A diary of what’s involved
DIY MAKE-UP Tips on how to create a stunning look
WEDDING COLOURS How to select colours and themes
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WEDDING VENUES 7
Former The Apprentice finalist Claire Young has a motto – ‘Just Do It’ – and that’s exactly what she did to make her dreams of setting up a business in the wedding industry come true. Rachel Parry reports
Why ‘Rottweiler’ Claire is a bride’s best friend...
ost people probably recognise Claire Young, 30, from BBC show The Apprentice, where she earned herself the nickname of ‘The Rottweiler’ and broke a record for being brought back into the boardroom the highest number of times. But it is the same reason that continually brought Claire close to Sir Alan Sugar’s ‘You’re Fired’ finger, that drove her to setting up business venture ‘Elegant Venues’ – a passion and determination to achieve her goals. Born in Johannesburg, Claire moved to Wakefield at the age of four where she attended St Hilda’s Grammar School and Wakefield Girls’ High School before applying to do a medicine degree at Manchester University. A year into the degree, academically strong Claire felt becoming a doctor was not what she really wanted to do, so she made the brave decision to quit her course and take up a degree in equine science at Bristol University. Upon graduating she took another career change into marketing when she was selected from around 5,000 applicants to work for top cosmetic and beauty company L’Oreal. In the following years Claire worked in sales and retail for a number of successful companies, but felt she had progressed too quickly and was ready for a new challenge. Little did she know that shouting at the TV one night would lead her to a challenge that would change her life. “I was getting frustrated watching The Apprentice candidates on TV and I found myself saying I could do that,” said Claire. “I am a big believer in putting your money where your mouth is, so if you say you can do something you should prove it. A matter of weeks later I was walking into The Apprentice house after being selected from 20,000 applicants.” Claire won over viewers with her straight-talking business attitude and made it to the final, but despite being the bookies favourite to win she lost out on first prize to Lee McQueen. “Initially I was really upset not to win the job with Sir Alan Sugar, but looking back I don’t think I would have been happy working for him because I wanted my own business and I think he knew that.” It was at this point that Claire put her second motto into operation – ‘hold your head high and go forth’. “I had a bit of time out deciding what I wanted to do, exploring all the options, but I was really itching to set up my
Ambitious: Former The Apprentice candidate Claire Young.
own business so I began my own consultancy advising retailers and manufacturers, which led me to meet my business partner for Elegant Venues.” Claire’s company specialises in weddings, working with some of the country’s most prestigious private homes to give couples exclusive use of the beautiful properties for their big day. “I love weddings and I’m really passionate about making every bride’s day magical. “At Elegant Venues we understand that weddings are important and expensive so service should be second to none. We can help with everything from the venue to entertainment, budgets and food. “Everything is planned exactly how the couple wants it and they have full control of decisions and the budget.” As the business expands Claire is on the look out for a property in the Yorkshire area to add to Elegant Venues’ growing list of stunning properties. “An ideal venue might be a property that is not being used to its full potential or it could be a second home. We can help the owners make the most of the property and earn themselves some extra money by using their property as a wedding venue. “This makes the property owner happy because they are getting money, the bride and groom happy because they are getting an amazing venue for their wedding and me happy because my business venture is working.” www.elegantvenues.co.uk
8 WEDDING FASHIONS
Fancy something a bit different? Short wedding dresses are hitting the catwalk — Rachel Parry finds out what’s available
Breeze by Claire Pettibone— an option for brides who are not keen on their hips.
Promise by Claire Pettibone — perfect for a slim bride with stunning legs.
Hitch up your hemline
F a big, puffy floor-length wedding gown with a train the length of the church aisle is not what you had in mind for your big day, why not show off your legs in a stunning mini dress instead? Some may think a short wedding dress is an informal option, but more minis are hitting the catwalk and are making a welcome change to traditional gowns. Short dresses can be worn at any time of the year but they are a great choice if you have chosen to have a summer ceremony outdoors, a chic city-centre wedding or if you are getting hitched abroad. The short designs are normally one of three lengths; tea length, which comes to just below the knee, knee
length, and also designs that finish slightly above the knee. These stunning dresses are part of Claire Pettibone’s 2009 Fall collection, showing just how eye-catching a short wedding dress can be no matter what the season. Although the dresses are shorter than traditional wedding gowns, the same amount of detail and hard work has gone into creating these designs, which is clear from the runway shots. Claire Pettibone has four gorgeous minis in her collection; ‘Promise’, ‘Breeze’, ‘Victoriana’ and ‘Lief’. All four sit above the knee and vary in colour, from traditional ivory to crisp white and romantic champagne.
The designs are suitable for range of shapes and sizes. Promise is a figurehugging option — perfect for a slim bride with stunning legs. The dress is finished with ribbon, beading and corded flower straps for a sexy but glamorous look. Straight off the page of a fairytale, ‘Breeze’ is a wise option for brides who are not keen on their hips, as it nips in at the waist and follows an A-line shaped-skirt, skimming gracefully over the hip area and the tops of the legs. But remember if you do dare to go with a mini wedding dress, be sure not to make your ‘something old’ your shoes as they will be on full view for all to see.
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10 WEDDING DIARY
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Planning: The key to success
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LANNING a wedding is one life’s most stressful events and the thought of doing it day-in day-out would be a living nightmare. Not, though, to celebrity wedding planner Kathryn Lloyd. She’s been running her business since 2003, providing a service to fulfil her clients’ every wish. She is known for organising celebrity weddings, with the names of A-listers such as Sophie Ellis Bextor and Rod Stewart gracing her books. Kathryn opens up her diary to reveal what it’s like to be a planner.
FRIDAY MY first call of the day is from the bride for tomorrow’s wedding. They have changed their minds and decided to do the speeches before dinner instead of after. They have also had some table plan changes, so my organised day has been turned on its head. I get table plans reprinted at short notice and the running orders are redone with new timings. These then have to go out to all the suppliers involved in that part of the night, including the caterers, photographer, and DJ. I spend the rest of the day doing a call-around to confirm everyone is all right for the next day and packing our kit, the menus, place cards, table numbers, ribbon, aisle runner – and everything else.
SATURDAY AN early start to try and fit in as much as possible before heading off to the wedding at the Wallace Collection in central London. The couple have married at Marylebone registry office and are having the humanist blessing and reception with guests at the Wallace Collection, the first ceremony to be held there. The setting is fabulous and everything goes perfectly. Bride and groom leave at 1am, so by the time we clear everything we crawl into a cab and are home around 2.15am.
MONDAY Post-wedding administration. Time to sort out the paper trail and put the file
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in order, unpack the kit and arrange collection of the left over wine. Then it’s on to the inevitable pile of admin that awaits after a few frantic prewedding days. Invoices to go out, bills to be paid, schedules to be checked, quotes to be chased and design ideas to be tweaked for presentation. We also have a photographer coming to show us his work. It is important to keep up with what and who is out there so we can offer our clients the very best ideas and suppliers. I arrive home exhausted after the weekend.
TUESDAY AT 8am I have a new business meeting at Claridges, a great way to start the day. I prefer early morning meetings as it keeps the rest of your day free for anything unusual that might pop up. Today we have our MAC support company coming in to upgrade us all to Tiger and to set up the new back-up system which means all our laptops are constantly wirelessly backing up to a main storage drive in the office. This backs up not only all our files, images and email on each laptop but our central supplier and venues files and all our software too. In our business where written confirmations and contracts are essential, you cannot afford to lose all your data. This takes most of the day as they move between laptops and systems — but it is a great
Back to the grind and the new software is great – I’m already discovering some handy features. We’ve come up with some fabulous concepts for a clients stationery so I’m popping down to see Chartula to see what’s possible. We spend over an hour hashing out designs and end up with some wonderful ideas and mock ups for the client. I have a shoot with Mich Turner of The Little Venice Cake Company for her new book tomorrow so I send out the confirmations and directions to the team and reconfirm all the timings with the venue. This afternoon Sim CanettyClarke, one of our top photographers, is coming in to take some new photographs of the team and the results are great. At 6pm we pack up the linen and props for tomorrow’s shoot and finish at 8pm. Time for a glass of wine.
THURSDAY I’m on the road with one of the girls by 7.30am, heading to Wiltshire for The Little Venice Cake Company photo shoot. Mich has kindly asked me to get involved with her latest book – Couture Wedding Cakes – and style some of the shots. We have a fabulous but frantic day shooting nine different cakes. TUFF are there providing us with some gorgeous flowers, I think we brought half of Jones’ linen with us, some gorgeous jewellery from Andrew Prince and props from all over. A full-on day but with some great results. At 6.30pm we are back in the car and heading back to London trying to make an 8pm dinner, then I fall into bed at midnight.
FRIDAY A FABULOUS hamper arrives on my desk with a note of thanks from the bride and groom for a wonderful wedding day last Saturday. What a great end to the week. Kathryn Lloyd runs Kathryn Lloyd Wedding Design.
12 WEDDING STUNT
Brides plane brave in skydive
OW do you set a bride’s heart fluttering — buy her an expensive wedding day gift, sweep her off for the honeymoon of her dreams...or get her to jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet? Sheffield bridal studio owner, Anouska Semp, went for the third option in May when she encouraged past brides and grooms to take part in a charity skydive. As the lady in charge of the gorgeous Avorio bridal studio on Cavendish Street, Anouska, 33, from Thurlstone, came up the wedding-themed charity event to raise funds for The MS Society. Anouska’s younger sister Sapphire Wheeler, 28, from Pogmoor, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis six years ago and both sisters have been keen to raise as much money and awareness for the charity ever since. The girls latest fund-raiser was not for the faint hearted — as they hopped on a plane, climbed up to 15,000 feet and hurtled to the ground at speeds of around 120mph.
Keen to rope in as many people as possible Anouska and Sapphire got their mum Katherine Semp, from Silkstone, to take the plunge as well. Although Anouska could not persuade any brides-to-be to take part in the skydive — scared they might end up in plaster on their big day — she did entice several past customers to sign-up, with the promise of an excuse to wear a gorgeous wedding gown prior to the jump. On May 9 — the day of the jump — Anouska had managed to recruit seven skydivers — five brides and two grooms. Stood posing for photographs on an airfield in Brigg, Lincolnshire, the women felt a million dollars in their stunning wedding gowns while the men were looking dapper in suits courtesy of Barnsley-based Greene and Clark Bespoke Tailors. But the fun part was soon over and the daredevil skydivers swapped their wedding attire for safety gear and a parachute ready for the jump.
Despite last-minute jitters all eight completed tandem skydives with Target Skysports and landed safely back on solid ground. Anouska said: “I was really proud of everyone who took part, and so pleased that everyone had such an amazing experience. “There were a couple of worried faces and a few trips to the loo prior to the jump. “The wedding theme added some fun to the day and took people’s minds off the fact that they were going to be freefalling two miles in around 45 seconds. “The skydive raised more than £5,000 which we were over the moon with.” The other skydivers who took part were, owners of Greene and Clark Bespoke Tailors, Fiona Greene and Tim Clark from Worsbrough Dale, Linda Forhergill and Sharron Crapper from Sheffield and Paul Stoker from Morley, Leeds.
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14 WEDDING CAKES
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t has long been a tradition for newlyweds to cut into a tall tiered cake after they tie the knot, as guests take photographs and applaud the couple on their joint slicing skills. But this classic wedding snap shot could soon be a thing of the past, as more brides and grooms are catching on to a new craze of wedding cupcakes. Caterers have been quick to act on this growing trend and now offer a wide selection of celebration cupcakes that can be individually designed to fit in with any theme. It is thought couples are favouring cute cupcakes over traditional tiered cakes because they are less formal and more versatile. Rather than worrying if there is enough cake to go round after waiters struggle to accurately cut and serve the tiers to guests, couples can hand out individually, gift-wrapped cupcakes to their friends and family. Not only is this easier, but it can also be a way of saving money by doubling up the cupcakes as wedding favours. Another pro is the huge choice of flavours and designs on offer. Although tiered cakes are now available in more choices than just fruit cake, couples take pleasure in picking out a selection of different cupcakes with various flavours, icings and frostings. And the choice of cupcake decorations is endless – from sugar flowers and butterflies to birds, plants, love-hearts and even miniature brides and grooms. Cupcakes can be classy and sophisticated, but for some couples’ wedding they are an excuse to release their inner child and go for something bright, fun, simple and most importantly tasty. When it comes to displaying cupcakes they can look equally, if not more, eye-catching than a traditional cake. They can be arranged in tiers, placed around a spiral cake tower or simply stacked on top of one another in beautifully designed boxes. And newlyweds don’t have to miss out altogether on that knife-plunging moment – cupcakes can be arranged on a circular tower leading up to a top tier cutting cake decorated to complement the tiny individual cakes that surround it. It would appear couples not wanting traditional choices can have their cupcakes and eat them!
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Rising to the challenge: Baker Karen Kelly and the novelty cake she designed for newlyweds Jason and Susan Hirst.
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Top table cake is a novel idea
ome wedding cakes could be described as plain, or even boring, but the cake Jason and Susan Hirst requested for their big day was far from stale. Having been together for 20 years before they decided to get married, the Barnsley couple said they wanted to add some quirky, personal touches to their wedding day that would be remembered for years to come. These ‘quirky touches’ included hiring a London red double-decker bus as their wedding transport, Susan skipping merrily down the aisle to The Sound of Music’s ‘How to Solve a Problem Like Maria’ and cutting into a novelty cake. Jason, 42, and Susan, 45, came up with the idea of having a top table cake featuring 15 iced figures based on real guests, who would be attending their wedding on June 12 at Wortley Hall. The couple placed the heavy challenge of creating such a cake on the
experienced shoulders of Barnsley baker Karen Kelly. “We wanted something really different and memorable, so we thought a top table cake with replicas of ourselves and our guests sat at it would be perfect,” said Jason. “For Karen to get the iced models as accurate as possible we took in photographs of the guests, described what they would be wearing and told Karen a little bit of information about each person. From this Karen made the models and added little extras to reflect their personalities, so our son had his iPod on and the chief bridesmaid had a bottle of champagne behind her back.” The finished 18x30-inch cake included miniature models of Jason and Susan, the best men, the couples son Alex, 17, their ten-year-old daughter Sally, Susan’s parents, the bridesmaids and even the family cats Norman, Daisy and Sophie.
Talented Karen, of the family-run Kelly’s Bakery, said she has made many novelty cakes in the past, but not one quite as complex as Jason and Susan’s. “It’s always nice to do something a little bit out of the ordinary,” said Karen. “This one was very detailed, taking a full week’s work to complete and it was a big challenge to make the figures look like the real guests. “That said, I really enjoyed making the cake and helping to make Jason and Susan’s day even more memorable.” And it wasn’t just Karen who was pleased with the finished article. “We were over the moon with the cake,” said Jason. “Our guests thought it was brilliant and some even had tears in their eyes when it was revealed. “We have since eaten the cake, which was absolutely delicious, and we have given the individual models to the guests they were based on as a reminder of the day.”
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18 WEDDING MAKE-UP
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Step-by-step guide to DIY brides
ith the average cost of a wedding in the region being £20,000, beauty therapist and make-up artist Nicola Scarfe recognises that not all brides can afford to shell out large amounts on their make-up. She offers an easy step-by-step guide for DIY brides wanting to create a natural, flawless look for their big day.
Step 1: Base Before applying base make-up ensure skin is clean, cleansed, toned and moisturised. To start, use a make-up primer/base, to ensure the make-up is long lasting. Use a concealer the same colour as your skin tone or slightly lighter to cover up any imperfections such as blemishes and cover dark circles under the eyes using a light reflective concealer. Always use a foundation that is the same colour as your skin to avoid obvious make-up lines across the jaw and neck. Foundation should be applied using small amounts on a brush and perfected using fingertips. Those with dry skin should use a cream foundation while oily complexions favour mouse/matte foundations. Confident brides with clear skin can use a tinted moisturiser if preferred.
Step 2: Powder and Blush Apply loose/pressed powder all over the face, particularly the T-zone, to create a long-lasting effect, which will prevent shine on photographs. Summer brides should use cream blush to create a dewy look while powder blush will look better in the winter. Apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend upwards softly, using a little at a time. To define cheekbones use a bronzer/shader or for a little ‘shimmer’ use a highlighter.
Step 3: Eyes and Brows Thicker eyebrows are in fashion so create a full shape that is not overplucked. Those who have gone a little
tweeze-mad can add depth to the eyebrows by shading them using a brown eyeshadow. Use a neutral eyeshadow to create a base for the colour. Select colours you know will suit you and don’t go over the top. Apply the colour using a brush ‘tickling’ the eyelids to build up layers. Eye pencil in the outer corners of the eyes will have a widening effect. Individual false eyelashes can also be used to widen the eyes and make lashes fuller. To apply put a little glue on the root of the false lash and place it to the root of your lashes in the outer corners of your eyes, rub slightly to attach. Just a few will have the desired effect without looking overthe-top. Use dark brown mascara to add length and volume` rather than black, which can be harsh. Waterproof mascara is a must for emotional brides.
Step 4: Lips Apply a lip salve, which will act as a primer and cover up dry lips. Applying a lip liner will define the shape of your lips and prevent lipstick bleeding. Again select a lip colour that you know will suit you. Apply the lipstick using a brush – blot than reapply to create long lasting layers. Finally for a dewy summer look sweep a gloss over the top of the lips.
The Finished Look The finished look should be perfectlypolished. The aim is to look flawless by creating a natural, even skin tone adding soft colours to the cheeks, eyes and lips to highlight areas of natural beauty. This should stay in place all day and look stunning on the wedding photographs. Brides wanting to do their own makeup should remember that practice makes perfect. Make-up trials in the run up to the wedding are a must in order to perfect the desired look in time for the big day. Nicola’s beauty tips on preparing for the wedding day and honeymoon:
Spray Tans: She advises against spray tans in case the colour develops too orange and looks unnatural. But for those who do choose to brave the booths, it is vital to exfoliate and moisturise the whole body concentrating on knees, elbows, ankles and any areas of dry skin at least 24hours before the spray tan. Waxing: Whether you are waxing your eyebrows, legs or bikini line make sure you do it at least three days before the wedding day and honeymoon in case redness occurs. First-time waxers should leave seven days. Face: To create the perfect base for your wedding make-up, start a skin care regime up to three months before the wedding day. Nicola advises brides to visit the salon every four weeks to give the treatments time to work and make a visible difference. Brides should cleanse, tone and moisturise daily as well as exfoliating and applying a face mask once or twice a week. Those with skin sensitivity should seek professional advice from a skin care specialist. Hands/Feet: Nicola recommends brides keep finger nails in good condition by regularly filing. Always file in one direction to avoid splitting. Cuticles should be soaked in warm water and gently eased back with a cuticle pusher using cuticle cream – beware not to press on too hard. Confident brides can use cuticle clippers. Toe nails should be clipped straight and cuticles eased back. To avoid dry skin exfoliate and moisturise feet regularly. If you are painting your own nails for your wedding day or honeymoon Nicola says to start off by cleaning under the nails and moisturising hands and feet. Before applying nail polish remove surface oils and dirt from nails by wiping them with nail polish remover. Apply even coats of polish and always use base and top coat to prevent nail staining and to help the polish last longer.
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for that personal touch EVER since the age of seven when Nicola Scarfe first sat her mum down on a kitchen stool to perform a makeover, the talented beauty therapist/make-up artist has had a passion for making people look beautiful. Far from the Hollywood make-up artists that pile so much make-up on their clients they are unrecognisable, Nicola listens carefully to her clients and selects products that will complement their complexion and highlight natural beauty. Since completing an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Beauty Therapy at Barnsley College, 28-yearold Nicola has gained a wealth of experience working in a number of salons and is now passing on her knowledge to teenage girls at Kirklees College in Huddersfield. Most recently Nicola has completed a course in fashion and photography, learning about all elements of the fashion world. Now launching herself as a professional make-up artist, Nicola is combining all her experience and skills to make women look stunning and feel confident at all occasions, especially weddings.
“I have been doing make-up at weddings of family and friends for years and I have now taken it to a professional level," says Nicola. “A wedding day is quite possibly the most important day of a woman's life, so I fully understand a bride will want to look beautiful both on and off camera. This is why I take time with my clients to find out exactly what they want and go through a variety of products and looks with them.” Nicola's main focus is on making a bride feel confident in her own skin, emphasising areas of natural beauty so she really shines on the day. “Brides should not be covered in layers of make-up that will make them feel uncomfortable and hide their best features,” says Nicola. “I concentrate on using make-up that will make brides look flawless, natural and beautiful so that the wedding photos will reflect the real person getting married. “It is important to me to offer a service that makes the bride feel really relaxed and special on her big day.”
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A touch of class: A chauffeur service with the Aston Martin DB7 delivers style on arrival.
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Groom groom... A
groom can often feel forgotten about when it comes to planning a wedding as the focus turns to what the bride wants to make her dream a reality. On the morning of the big day, the bride normally has someone to help her get dressed and do her hair and make-up before a classy chauffeur-driven car delivers her to the venue. Meanwhile, the groom is left to making sure he gets himself and the best man to the wedding on time – even if that means getting the bus to the ceremony. But there is an executive chauffeur company that offers a special service guaranteed to get the groom to the church on time, in style and with a massive smile on his face. An Executive Affair provides a chauffeur service in the South Yorkshire area using a fleet of high-quality vehicles. In addition to offering a wedding car hire service, the company also offers ‘gifts for the groom’ – giving brides-to-be the chance to arrange for their man to be whisked off in a high performance sports car prior to the ceremony. Steve Wright, owner of An Executive Affair, says the gift always goes down well with grooms. “We get a lot of brides booking the sports cars as a surprise for the groom on the wedding day,” said Steve. “The groom has no idea until we arrive to collect him. From there we take
the groom for a one-hour spin in the car so he can feel its power, hear the engine and generally enjoy travelling in style before we drop him off at the wedding venue. “As grooms are normally left to making their own way to the wedding this is a great gift for the bride to give because it makes the groom feel special on the big day and it’s something he will never forget.” The company’s head-turning Aston Martin DB9 and DB7 are the top choices for brides wanting to surprise their man. The DB9 Coupe, known for its agility, smoothness and beautiful design has a top speed of 186mph and goes from 0 to 60 in just 4.7 seconds. New for 2009 the DB7 has a 5.9 litre V12 engine with top speeds of 185mph. The timeless car is tungsten grey with classic cream interior and carries a J10 BND registration, securing its licence to thrill. And for those brides who don’t want to miss out on the action, the 007-style cars can be booked to deliver the bride and groom to the airport ready for their honeymoon. A bottle of bubbly will be popped en route for the newlyweds, who will be encouraged to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride – ensuring they arrive at their destination neither shaken or stirred.
22 Wedding Fair Dates
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Ideas for inspiring people
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Cosy and comforting: Warm colours can make for a sumptuous ceremony.
If you’re looking to widen your palette, why not swap summer shades for autumnal hues of rust and copper? asks Tilly Spencer
Fall for a golden wedding A
utumn has quickly become a top season to tie the knot as couples begin to favour cosy indoor ceremonies to outdoor summer weddings that rely heavily on the British weather. Weddings in September, October and November offer the opportunity for a luxurious ceremony filled with warm, rich colours such as shimmering golds, sage greens and burgundy reds. If you are planning an autumn wedding look for a venue that will reflect the season’s beauty, perhaps a large country house where the grounds are full of crisp leaves, which will complement your colour palette and look great in wedding photographs. Brides getting married at this time of year tend to go for a cream or ivory dress finished with gold embroidery detail. To inject warmth and glamour you can add a faux fur wrap, soft shawl or sequinned bolero. Grooms should be encouraged to try a tan or beige suit as it will fit in better with the colour palette than traditional black or grey. When it comes to choosing the dresses for your bridesmaids
there are plenty of options that will complement your theme such as rust, marigold and champagne, but sumptuous golden gowns are often a top choice for the Autumn season. One of the best things about having an Autumn wedding has to be the menu. There is no need to faff around with light, elegant canapés in the depths of October, instead draw up a mouth-watering menu full of hearty comfort food. Posh bangers and mash is an ideal main course while apple crumble and piping-hot custard makes a satisfying dessert. As for drinks, guests arriving at your reception venue will be grateful for a glass of warm mulled wine or apple cider to greet them in from the cold. To keep your Autumn theme prominent use garlands of fruits and dried flowers for table and room decorations. Pumpkins, berries, roses, leaves and ribbons are also key elements of Autumn-themed decorations, which should be incorporated into the design of the wedding cake. Marzipan leaves, acorns and roses are perfect for adding detail to a traditional three-tiered wedding cake but those wanting to stick to the comfort food on their big day may prefer to indulge in a not-so-traditional profiterole tower.
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Over the past ten years Melanie’s business has expanded significantly and now offers an endless choice of delicious cakes for all occasions and a wide selection of handmade Belgium chocolates. As news of Melanie’s mouth-watering cakes has spread, the talented baker has been asked to compete in national and regional competitions, including the Great British Village Show, which she won the regional heats of in 2006. Melanie was even asked to make a cake for a wedding on ITV drama Fat Friends in 2005. Five years ago Melanie’s partner Jim Wroe followed suit by leaving his job as a miner at Selby pit to become a real life Willy Wonka, handling the chocolate side of the business. Most days the couple can be found at their shop on Barnsley Road in Cudworth working on cake orders for weddings as far in advance as 2011 or trying out new combinations of chocolate recipes. Melanie’s cakes are made entirely by hand using the finest quality ingredients. They range from
contemporary and traditional cakes to novelty designs. Bespoke cakes can be baked to order, which will reflect the bride and groom’s personalities, with past designs by Melanie including castles, churches, soldiers and even mice. The cakes are available in a delicious range of flavours including lemon, chocolate, carrot and traditional fruit. Self-confessed chocoholics Melanie and Jim specialise in Belgium chocolate wedding cakes using their own hand made chocolate to cover and decorate the cakes. Melanie’s gorgeous chocolate selection make perfect wedding favours, offering everything from gift-wrapped lollipops to individual continental chocolates and even chocolate name places. In addition, Melanie’s Cakes can also provide chocolate fountains, cascading with a choice of their Belgium chocolate in plain, milk, white or even pink.
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Melanie’s Cakes was first established in 1998 after Melanie Leonard quit her day job as a secretary to indulge full-time in her passion of making cakes.
“Jim and I are very passionate about what we do and thoroughly enjoy or jobs,” says Melanie. “Some cakes can be very detailed and a lot of hard work but it's all well worth it when you see the finished article and how special the cake is to the bride and groom.”
Rachel Parry considers what’s hot and what’s not for the weddings of summer 2009
In season: Citrus fruit wedding cake, £995, Maisie Fantaisie.
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Don’t stress over the dress
he wedding season is in full swing but are the brides of 2009 wearing the must-have dress down the aisle. Are they serving their guests the top canapés and is their theme bang on trend? Weddingpath.co.uk – a website for brides-to-be – has been researching these questions to find out what’s hot and what’s not for the weddings of summer 2009. The list starts with the most important item – the dress. It would appear that summer brides are having their wedding gown as their ‘something old’ with vintage styles flying off the rails. Top choices reflect the glamour days in Hollywood’s golden years; cap sleeves, halter necklines, strapless gowns, plunging necklines, antique lace, satin ribbons for straps, ruffles and tea-length dresses. Strapless gowns are perennial favourites, but this year has brought back the one-shoulder dress for brides who want an ethereal, goddess feel to their look. Popular colours in wedding dresses continue to be champagne, pink and platinum. When it comes to wedding hair styles, the word on the street is that brides are wearing the soft, romantic look, with hair down, plenty of ringlets and curls, with a minimum of accessories. The emphasis is a more natural look, with most updos having some hair loose at the sides or the back for that softer look. Roses will continue to be the most popular and elegant wedding bouquet flower, while lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids are the trendier choices. The latest wedding bouquet style has a just-picked and looser, casual look as opposed to the tightly-bound shapes of previous seasons. This year's top wedding themes are ‘beach’, ‘garden’, ‘vintage glamour’, ‘woodland/rustic’, ‘Tiffany blue’ and
‘sparkling diamonds’. But a growing theme is a traditional Victorian wedding, complete with horse and carriage rides for guests and intricately-detailed wedding cakes. Going green is the trend in almost every area of life and is spilling over into the wedding scene as well. Many couples are choosing organic fabrics, flowers, food and invitations. Ecofriendly favours are bigger than ever, particularly if the couple are taking advantage of natural beauty and marrying outdoors. Guests are being given locally grown herbs planted in recyclable glass jars or tin cans, dressed up with ribbon or paper. When it comes to food, couples are opting for upscale picnicstyle fare, which is low maintenance and high style. Guests at summer wedding appreciate something cold and frosty if the sun is shining, but margaritas and daiquiris can be extremely alcoholic so instead wine smoothies are becoming a top tipple. A wine smoothie consists of a fruity wine blended with ice and fruits, garnished with a couple of berries or fruit slices. And finally the cake. White wedding cakes are popular for every season, and of course, chocolate always reigns for groom’s cakes. But with cake-makers offering so many delectable flavours and fillings, a lot of couples are going with a seasonal selection. Popular summertime choices include fresh strawberries and cream for a strawberry shortcake-style wedding cake, or a citrus-infused filling such as Key lime, lemon, or orange vanilla buttercream. Couples are choosing cakes that fit with the location, theme and season of their wedding so flowers, sculptures, and large monogrammed letters are giving the traditional bride and groom cake top the push.
28 WEDDING VENUE
Here comes the bride: The Bluebell Conference and Banqueting Suite set up for a civil ceremony.
Bluebell: A blooming top venue THE Bluebell Inn is a modern hotel with a spacious conference and banqueting suite perfect for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. It has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and its experienced staff provide first-class service to make every wedding flawless. Set within attractive lawned gardens and a large decked patio area, it’s hard to believe the hotel is just a short drive from junction 37 of the M1, located on the A628 in Dodworth. The hotel holds a civil ceremony licence enabling it to take care of every aspect of civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships. Its purpose-built banqueting suite can cater for all sizes of wedding parties. The attractive suite includes modern lighting, a bar, dance floor and charming outdoor garden areas perfect for wedding photographs. The Bluebell’s experienced wedding coordinator will help couples put together a tailor-made, non-religious service with personal touches from the bride and groom including music tracks and reading choices. To make the planning process as stressfree as possible, the wedding coordinator will also help couples select
their menu and organise a table plan, ensuring that guests are comfortably seated for the wedding meal and the speeches. A number of varied food and drink packages have been carefully put together by the Bluebell allowing brides and grooms to pick their main wedding meal of up to four courses, and an evening buffet to cater for all tastes, including the hotel’s ever-popular barbecue buffet. If preferred, the happy couple can choose their wedding meal from a menu selector, to create a personal menu choice. At the end of the special day wedding guests can rest their heads in one of the hotel’s 40 modern en-suite rooms, while the bride and groom celebrate their first night of married life in the stunning bridal suite complete with a luxurious four-poster bed and Jacuzzi.
Business Meetings, Conferences and Training The Bluebell Conference and Banqueting Suite is a popular venue for all types of exhibitions, conferences, presentations, meetings and training. Accommodating up to 200 delegates, the light and airy suite has state-of-the
art facilities including wireless internet access, the latest IT equipment, a modern PA system and air conditioning. Other facilities include TV screen with DVD, OHP projector and screen, A1 flip charts, PA system/microphones, Power Point presentation, a raised stage — ideal for presentations, and ample free parking. It also offers a range of affordable food and refreshment packages to keep guests on top form during their time at the hotel. The Bluebell Inn’s ideal location, welcoming surroundings and helpful staff make the hotel a great venue for events and team building days, which are tailored to individual requirements. The Bluebell offers very competitively priced day delegate packages as well as 24-hour delegate packages.
Great Quality Food From breakfast to brunch and from lunch to dinner The Bluebell Inn’s welcoming restaurant has something to suit all tastes. Diners can choose to enjoy a meal in the contemporary main restaurant, or relax with a drink in the bright bar/conservatory area with French doors leading out onto a patio area, perfect for alfresco dining. The Bluebell prides itself
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on its excellent reputation of providing good-quality food, at good value prices, offering extensive menus for both adults and children. Every dish is made using the freshest ingredients, from local suppliers with all food being prepared on site. In the morning the restaurant serves delicious English and Continental breakfasts while an extensive menu during the afternoon includes a selection of jacket potatoes, sandwiches and wraps. The main menu features a broad choice of English and global dishes including many fish, steak and vegetarian options. A delicious carvery is also on the menu six days of the week, offering diners a choice of hand-carved British joints with all the trimmings.
Kids’ Inn Little ones will be kept entertained for hours playing in The Bluebell Inn’s play barn. Tucked away in one corner of the
An ideal venue for all your family: Bluebell restaurant and bar.
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Couple get a day to remember
ince being a little girl Stacey Hepple had dreamed of a big church wedding followed by a reception that her friends and family would remember for years to come. And that is exactly what she got when she tied the knot on June 20. Mum-of-three Stacey, 27, met her partner Andrew Holling, 42, on a night out in Barnsley town centre nine years ago. Like many couples Stacey and Andrew say they have had their ups and downs but in October 2008 Stacey accepted Andrew’s marriage proposal over a romantic meal and quickly began planning her big day. “I had the childhood dream of walking down the church aisle, wearing the perfect dress with all eyes on me,” says Stacey. “I have a big family, who I am close to, so it was important to me to involve them in the wedding and to put on a do that they would all remember. “I chose The Bluebell Inn for the reception because I had heard really good reviews about it and I wanted a venue that was close to home and plenty big enough for all our guests.” The bride arrived at St John’s Church in Dodworth for the wedding ceremony in a chauffeur-driven Bentley, while the groom polished up his Russian Ural motorbike and sidecar for
himself, the best man and the couple’s three-year-old son Fynnley to ride in. Stacey had her moment in the limelight walking down the aisle in front of 89 guests wearing a beautiful wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero from Casamiento. “I had an idea of what I wanted when I went to get a dress, but the one I chose turned out to be the complete opposite. It was the first one I tried on and I instantly fell in love with it.” Keeping it in the family, Stacey’s seven bridesmaids were made up of the couple’s two daughters Lois, seven, and Summer, four, as well as Stacey’s sister, cousin, nieces and her best friend. The pageboys were Fynnley and Stacey’s nephew. “I wanted to keep the theme simple by having the bridesmaids all in the same colour and style of dress. I kept the colours for the flowers, tables and chair covers light and summery by picking white and ivory.” After the ceremony the wedding party travelled to The Bluebell Inn where they enjoyed a delicious four-course meal before the speeches. In the evening 130 guests enjoyed a barbecue buffet, music from well-known group, The Manhattans and a disco provided
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by the hotel’s resident DJ. Keen to make sure everyone had fun at the wedding, Stacey also hired a bouncy castle for the little children and a bucking bronco for the ‘big children’ at the evening reception. “I think some weddings can be a bit boring so I booked the bouncy castle and bucking bronco to make sure mine was fun. “The entire day was absolutely brilliant and it turned out even better than I expected. “Everyone had a great time at the evening do and the staff at the Bluebell could not do enough for everyone – they were fantastic and helped to make it really memorable.” After spending the night in the Bluebell’s luxurious bridal suite, complete with a four-poster bed and Jacuzzi bath, the newlyweds jetted off on a five-day Spanish honeymoon. William & Julia Shaw - rings Melanie’s Cakes - cake Sparkle - Balloons Casamiento - Dress, bridesmaids’ dresses and menswear Pictures: scottbairstowphotography.co.uk
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32 WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT
How to make your big day magic
ODAY’S wedding entertainment usually only consists of an evening disco or occasionally a live band, but there are plenty of other options out there to make a big day really magic. Keeping guests entertained throughout a wedding day can be hard work, especially while photographs are being taken or guests are waiting to be seated for the meal. But there is a fantastic solution that will keep guests of all ages thoroughly amused during slower points of the day — a magician. This does not mean a Paul Daniels want-to-be rolling up to the wedding to pull rabbits out of his hat or coins from behind guests’ ears. Instead an array of talented magicians are available to hire from organisations throughout the country that will perform variety of acts. James Freedman, pickpocket/magician and chief executive officer of Magicians.co.uk, says booking a magician for a wedding is a great way to
break the ice between guests. “Hiring a professional magician at a wedding is a very flexible and unobtrusive way to create the right atmosphere and entertain people who might not know anyone else and may be waiting to meet other guests. “A good wedding magician adapts and entertains everyone from the three-yearold bridesmaids to the groom’s grandma. “Magical entertainment is a wonderful catalyst for wedding celebrations and provides something fun and interactive that goes with the flow and allows guests to carry on their conversations. “Of course, a wedding day is primarily about the bride and bridegroom, so I always perform a special magic effect for the happy couple that leaves them with a magical reminder of the day and their guests. I know they keep those forever.” But with so many acts including magicians, mind readers, pickpockets and illusionists to choose from, which is
best for a wedding? A close-up magician is perfect to mingle in with guests and perform tricks right under their noses while they wait to be seated. This type of magician can also flit between tables during the meal and entertain little ones while the speeches are read. For after dinner entertainment there is the option of a mind reader, who can reveal the thoughts and dreams of guests and the happy couple using magic, suggestion, observation and mind games. Or if the bride and groom are big magic fans, why not go all out and hire an illusionist to put on a mesmerising show before the evening party gets underway. Nothing is impossible for an illusionist, who before audiences very eyes can cut a person into six, make a car appear out of thin air or even levitate the bride on her big day!
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A magician can help keep guests entertained during the wedding meal.
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34 WEDDING FITNESS
Most brides vow to lose weight before their wedding and a military-style boot camp aims to help them do it. Mary Ferguson dusted down her trainers and paid a visit
Move it: Iain, left, trains the boot camp campers.
Put ‘em up: Activities included boxing.
The way to drop a dress size
’M told that by attending Prestige Boot Camp I can expect to lose a dress size in seven days, but that it will be hard work. Based in Devon, women attend the female-only camp from all over the country to be put through their paces by physical trainers from the British Military. Activities include running and circuit training to canoeing, rock climbing and boxing. Set up by Iain Reitze, who has 20 years’ experience in the army, Prestige aims to help campers leave with a better body, clearer mind and raised selfesteem – but it doesn’t come cheap, with prices starting from £945. An on-site chef prepares three meals and two snacks a day and although portions are small – and I like my food – I wasn’t as hungry as I feared. The menu was varied but a typical day may include home-made granola for breakfast, tuna salad for lunch and chicken and vegetables for dinner. We
munched on fruit or home-made flapjack for snacks and on three occasions – when the going got tough – we were even given a fairly generous portion of dark chocolate. The delight this caused among a group of tired, hungry and hormonal women was immeasurable. Accommodation is in a cluster of converted barns and according to Ian, this makes the week perfect for a bride and her bridesmaids to come away and shape up for the big day together. He said: “It’s a perfect way to drop a dress size but is also a really great bonding experience. “I believe one of the biggest things women take away from Prestige is belief. “Belief in their ability to achieve whatever they want to, belief that they are much fitter and mentally stronger than perhaps they first thought and a great feeling of well-being.” I emerged form the week half-a-stone lighter, with clearer skin, more energy
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Published on Jul 17, 2009
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