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Spring 2011 Cover



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02 & 03 Waterton Park Hotel DPS



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The Island of Romance

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Formerly the home of Charles Waterton, famous Victorian traveller and naturalist, steeped in history and such a unique location.



For a fairytale wedding, you really need an island of romance, and Walton Hall fits the bill perfectly. This Grade II Georgian mansion, on an island surrounded by a 26-acre lake and only accessible by a picturesque iron bridge, is a perfectly unique venue for your special day. This elegant and stunning location offers a perfect backdrop for your photographs, with unusual features, like the ancient ‘Watergate, picturesque iron bridge‘ or ‘Boulby’s Sundial’ with rooms of various sizes, which are ideal for the most formal or informal ceremonies and celebrations. Supported throughout by our dedicated wedding coordinators, who will assist in planning the most important day of your life. The hotel is proud of its reputation for award-winning cuisine. Locally sourced produce, a good selection of menus and drinks packages are available, complemented by the excellent service of our dedicated staff. There are 65 individually designed bedrooms, many with four-posters, some with lakeside or golf course views, in both the Hall and the Hotel. Our leisure facilities include – swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym. Just 4 miles from Jct 39 M1, in gorgeous Yorkshire countryside, the perfect venue for your special day. Waterton Park Hotel, Walton Hall, Walton, Wakefield WF2 6PW. The next

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6 PICTURES In focus: Artistic photographs help you stand out from the crowd

JEWELLERY Bespoke rings: Taking a look at handmade rings to slip on your finger


10 RECEPTIONS Wonderland: How couple created their fairy tale theme

FAVOURS Novel touch: Interesting ideas to show your individuality


17 GOWNS Spring season: Budding styles about to float down the aisle


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 bursting with fresh ideas for the warmer wedding season, focusing on trends for spring and offering inspiration for the summer season too. We look at romantic dress designs for the bride as well as the perfect outfit for mothers of the bride/groom. For those wanting to personalise their big day we look at cocktail drink receptions, personalised favours, quirky bridal shoes and an Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding. Staying creative, we discover pop video hen parties and an alternative wedding gift list. Other treats include contemporary wedding photography and bespoke engagement rings.

Rachel Parry, features editor


HEN PARTY Pop videos: How hens are making their dreams come true

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE WEDDING SHOES A new collection’s afoot

BRIDESMAIDS It’s all in the job description

OUTFITS Making mum look good

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Getting a glorious send-off

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Mixing it up: Bucking the bucks fizz in favour of flavour

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

Sales Executive Helen Chadwick 01226 734330




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A focus on the pictures


live by the motto ‘if you want to stand out from the crowd you need to do something different’. These are the words of photographer Jon Dennis, the artist behind the camera of Sheffield based S6 Photography. Having appeared on the wedding scene in 2009, his individual style of contemporary photography has quickly caught the eye of many modern brides as well as industry experts. His passion for capturing weddings in a romantic fashion has put him in high demand to cover ceremonies not just in South Yorkshire or the UK, but also destination weddings in exciting locations such as Ibiza and Gozo. “I have been very arty from a young age and have always taken photographs of people throughout life,” says Jon. “I am not a camera geek instead I use my camera as a tool to put an artist’s perspective on life — in weddings I use a camera to document the story of the day from beginning to end.” His business began when he was asked to photograph a friend’s wedding in Slovakia, the results led to Jon being inundated with requests from other wedding couples who admired his fresh approach. “During the run up to my

Arty shots: Jon’s individual style shines through in his photography.

own wedding I decided to research what wedding photographers in the UK had to offer,” says Jon. “I found many of the styles dated and for me they left a lot to be desired. By contrast I was really impressed by several American photographers, I didn’t copy their style but certainly took inspiration from it which led me to create my own style of photography. “I would describe this as quirky and beautiful, I try to do something different whilst capturing those special moments and the couple exactly as they are. I

don’t airbrush people but do use different effects to take away the ‘digitalness’ of a photograph and make it look more authentic. I do the formal posed shots for mum and dad and portrait shots of the couple but work quickly and I don’t interfere. The rest is captured as it happens. “I’m not to everyone’s taste but those who do choose me want that something different and want me in particular to capture their wedding — that means a lot.”

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Where dreams cost less than you think La Bella Brides in Sheffield provides a fantastic one-to-one service that will put even the most frantic of brides at ease and has been helping bridal parties down the aisle in style for six years. They stock a wide range of options from made to order dresses to "off the peg" ranging from £99 up to £1,499. Dresses can be customised if a bride wants an extra special touch and they have an alteration service to create the perfect fit.They know how to dress all sizes to get the most out of all types of figures from a size 10 or a 30 and they support the brides and their party right up to the wedding day.

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Something old and something new is offered in bespoke ring designs from Mackay & Pearson. Rachel Parry tries them out for size.

Ringing of confidence


n engagement ring is likely to be the item of jewellery you will wear most throughout your life and therefore requires much consideration. Traditionally a man would pick out a ring from a shop window to surprise his girlfriend, but today ladies want more involvement in the selection process. This has led to a increase in demand for bespoke engagement rings which has not gone unnoticed by jewellery makers Fiona Mackay and David Pearson. The talented duo have been designing and hand-making both traditional and contemporary jewellery from their shop Mackay & Pearson in Horbury, near Wakefield, for more than a decade. Today half their wedding jewellery sales are bespoke designs. “It’s becoming more about individuality and personality than just putting a ring on a finger,” says Fiona. “Also for many the sentimental value of a ring outweighs the monetary value. “A bespoke ring doesn’t necessarily mean a new item of jewellery made completely from scratch. Some customers have inherited pieces of jewellery from a relative that they want incorporating into a new design. “It might be the metal from a necklace or a single stone from a ring, the piece of jewellery will sentimentally mean a lot to them but it might not be their taste. Incorporating it in a bespoke design means they have an engagement ring to reflect their style but it still holds history.” Meanwhile for men who are planning a surprise proposal Fiona and David can supply ‘fake rings’. “This gives the man something to present to his girlfriend without running the risk of splashing out on a ring his partner won’t like,” says Fiona. “They can then return to the shop to pick out a ring or we can work on a bespoke design. “Alternatively the man can pick a stone they want including in the engagement ring to propose with and then return to the shop with their partner to come up with the actual ring design.

“If, however a man is set on getting the ring before the proposal we advise they do some homework. Think about your partner’s style and the type of jewellery she wears. Is it traditional or contemporary, does she like white metals or yellow metals, which if any, stones would she like. It’s also helpful if they can bring in a ring their partner wears so we have an idea of size. “We can then advise them on what style of ring to go for or come up with an individual design. “It’s also important that the ring design is practical and will stand the test of time.” “Some couples know Individual exactly style: what they Handmade want while rings from Mackay & others ask me to do Pearson. the whole design which I love because I can be really creative and let my imagination take over.” In addition to one-off designs, Mackay & Pearson makes its own ranges of jewellery but as each is handmade it still has the appeal of being unique.

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Mark and Belinda Ledger had a wedding filled with vintage treasures and tea pots. Rachel Parry took a tumble down a rabbit hole to find out more.

Tea at a wonder wedding


t’s not unusual for men to be put off tying the knot at the thought of a formal and regimented ceremony. This was certainly the case for Mark Ledger, 29, until his partner Belinda, 28, suggested doing things their own way. From a young age Belinda had been a fan of Alice in Wonderland and dreamt of holding her very own Mad Hatter’s tea party, though never had the occasion – until her wedding day that is. “Neither myself or Mark would have felt comfortable having a traditional ceremony so we decided to make the day fun, informal and personal,” says Belinda. “Some of our friends and family weren’t convinced about the Alice in Wonderland theme but we decided to run with it.” The couple chose Sheffield Botanical Gardens for the ceremony as they felt the relaxed, outdoor setting would fit in with their chosen theme. A marquee at nearby Whirlow Hall Farm provided the perfect venue for the reception which was transformed into an Alice-inspired fantasy land. “We began to collect vintage tea pots, cups and saucers, cake stands, clocks, candelabras, hats, glassware – anything that would fit in with the tea party theme really,” says Belinda. “This involved hours searching antiques stores, charity shops and Ebay. “The amount we collected was a little overwhelming. We knew just what we

Fairytale wedding: Alice in Wonderland inspired one couple to trawl the shops for an array of vintage items, and now they’ve set up a specialised online store. Pictures: PH Weddings.

wanted to do with it but obviously we wouldn’t have time on the morning of our wedding to set everything out. “Luckily our photographers Helen and Paul Haigh at PH Weddings put us in touch with Emma and Vincent Willis at The Wedding Daze, who completely understood what we wanted to achieve.” On the day of the wedding – August 26, 2010 – Mark and Belinda took their vows in front of 50 guests at the botanical gardens. Belinda looked stunning in a simple Sharon Bowen gown from Choola bridal boutique in Sheffield and Irregular Choice shoes, both of which complemented the vintage tea party theme. Her three bridesmaids wore

dresses from Very, while Mark felt comfortable and confident in a Ben Sherman suit. Following photographs in the gardens, the group moved on to Whirlow Hall Farm where they indulged in a Mad Hatter’s tea party of delicious cakes, scones and pastries, all handmade by Mark and Belinda the previous day with help from family and friends. Guests were also treated to fancy dress items, a bouncy castle, garden games and an evening barbecue. “Everyone loved the quirky theme, even those that said it wouldn’t work,” says Belinda. “The atmosphere was relaxed and we all had so much fun. “We put a lot of effort into the planning and preparation but it was




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Weird and wonderful: Mark and Belinda Ledger decided on a Mad Hatter’s tea party for their wedding reception.

totally worth it when the day came.” “My advice to anyone wanting to personalise their wedding would be give yourself plenty of time to plan and if you have an idea just go with it. Also to help keep costs down haggle, budget, shop around and call in favours from family and friends.” Following endless compliments about their unusual wedding theme, Mark and

Belinda set up a company specialising in vintage crockery hire. Wonderland Tea Parties offers a collection of vintage goodies from crockery and glassware to bunting, lanterns, candelabras and clocks, for all occasions. “We found it very time consuming collecting all the decorative items for our wedding,” says Mark. “Wonderland Tea Parties saves those

wanting to host a vintage style event searching individual websites and shops as it can all be found on the one website.” In addition Mark and Belinda offer bespoke hand-drawn maps for special events through their online company Map My Wedding.

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Favours: inject some fun


ICKING wedding favours can be a tricky task with couples unsure whether to blow the budget on special keepsakes or take the cheaper novelty route. Either way, as weddings become more about individuality than tradition, many brides and grooms are picking favours that reflect elements of their personalities. Here are some personalised ideas that are proving popular:  Something to eat — Perfect for food lovers this is a simple idea that can be as thrifty or indulgent as couples like. Moving on from the sugar coated almonds, couples are picking their favourite food to give to their guests as a treat. Popular choices include chocolates, cupcakes and cookies. Some couples are choosing to bag up their favourite childhood sweets, an idea that fits in well with retro style weddings. As an alternative some couples are giving jars of jam, marmalade or honey, decorated to fit in with the chosen colour theme.

Mints served in personalised tins puts an individual twist on a classic idea while movie lovers can opt for popcorn served in bespoke containers featuring the date of their wedding.  Something to drink — This can be a way of buying your guests a drink without having to offer a free bar. Brides pick miniature bottles of their favourite drinks to give to the ladies while grooms choose their top tipple to give to the men. Popular choices include mini bottles of wine or spirits such as Baileys and Jack Daniels. Mini bottles of champagne or cava offer more luxurious options. Miniature bottles of alcohol can also double up as name places by tying a simple name tag around the bottle neck with decorative ribbon. For those who would prefer a nonalcoholic option fruit teas fit in well with organic and country style weddings. Those with a sweet tooth may prefer to give cocoa or hot chocolate mix.  Something to grow — An ideal option for eco-friendly brides and

grooms who want to give their guests a lasting reminder of their big day. Top choices include pretty packets of wildflower seeds or tree saplings for guests to take away and plant in their gardens. An alternative for foodies is to give locally grown herbs planted in recyclable glass jars dressed up with a ribbon.  Something to break the ice — Some couples like to mix up their guests on different tables encouraging them to get to know one another, in which case icebreaker favours are perfect. This type of favour is also ideal for couples who don’t take life too seriously and want to inject some humour into their special day. Options include oldschool paper fortune tellers, table trivia and quirky wedding badges with statements such as ‘I love the groom’, ‘I’m next’ and ‘The bouquet is mine’. Couples choosing to have a fun photograph booth at their wedding may want to give favours in the form of masks or fancy dress items which double up as great props for the booth.

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Weddings with Style & Sophistication Chair Covers Transform your wedding with our gorgeous chair covers. We offer white, ivory and black covers with an array of striking satin sashes as standard. With a choice of sash ties and a range of flowers, buckles and feathers‌ we can transform you chairs into chic seats!

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Wedding Stationery & Wedding Invitations Our stunning wedding invitations create the perfect beginning to your special day. Choose from Firefly Weddings' wonderful collection of invitation and stationery designs, lovingly created to your chosen colour theme. Alternatively tell us what you have in mind, whether it is a theme or a picture you have found and allow us to create the wedding stationery ideas of your dreams.

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PASSION AND EXPERIENCE Firefly Weddings have the passion and experience to make planning your special day as memorable as the wedding itself. Created by David Briggs and Nicola Wright, Firefly offer an array of professional services to help couples achieve the wedding of their dreams. With a combined experience of almost 40 years in the event and catering industry, David and Nicola have arranged, operated and catered for hundreds of events in Sheffield and across the UK. It is this expert knowledge that ensures every Firefly event is flawless from beginning to end. Operating both online and from their unique boutique on Chapel Walk in Sheffield, David and Nicola assist couples with as little or as much of the planning process as they desire. With an understanding that the day belongs solely to the bride and groom, Firefly do not ‘take over’ but instead work closely with couples to develop their wedding visions into reality. “A wedding is quite simply the biggest day of your life and we understand the importance in ensuring it is perfect,” says Nicola. “For many couples a wedding will be the first major event they have organised, which can be a very daunting thought. Often they know what they want but not how to achieve it, which is where we come in.” Having initially set up the business online, David and Nicola felt it was important to have a city centre base where brides and grooms can visit with their friends and family to discuss requirements and budgets whilst viewing

samples, products and portfolios of previous events. This personal element is further enhanced by David and Nicola’s rare male/female planning partnership, which enables them to relate to both brides’ and grooms’ wishes. “We understand that a wedding is a couple’s special day,” says Nicola. “It should be just what they want down to the smallest detail, whilst reflecting elements of their personalities, likes and passions. “For this reason we offer couples a free consultation so we can learn more about what they want and they can view endless samples of our work while enjoying a drink on us. “Visiting the boutique also gives clients the opportunity to view and touch the products we offer to buy/hire such as chair covers, sashes, stationery and decorations. In addition we sell materials for those wanting to make stationery and decorations themselves.” While some couples require Firefly to assist with just one aspect of the wedding, such as bespoke stationery, expert venue styling or sourcing suppliers, others are tasking David and Nicola to organise the entire event. “We are happy to help couples in any way we can, making the planning process a more relaxed and enjoyable experience,” says Nicola. “Many couples find our service hugely convenient because we can deal with everything under one roof, working with our carefully selected local suppliers to find options within budget. “It’s of paramount importance to us that the bride and groom can enjoy every minute of their special day, safe in the knowledge that everything will come together and run smoothly.”

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Let Pennine Jazz add a musical sound track to your wedding day When guests are arriving and during the drinks reception, a small jazz or swing trio or quartet is popular. This offers informal background music that won’t stop guests chatting and provides a comfortable ambience to maintain that “special day� atmosphere. If the event is outdoors or in a marquee, then the Dixieland quartet could fit the bill, they are able to move about the venue, greeting the wedding party on arrival and entertaining guests in the open air, particularly in the summer months. If music is required for the formal ceremony and the signing of the register,

a popular choice is a small group playing softly to accompany the formalities, maybe a solo piano or duo. Music for the wedding breakfast is a nice touch but needs to provide a gentle background as guests will want to chat. The evening is the time to liven up the day with the bigger Jazz & Swing band, you can even choose that special tune for the first dance. A live band will give your wedding day that unique atmosphere and combined with a DJ, will provide the right mix of live entertainment and disco to keep the evening on a high right up to the last dance.

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Light, flowing and delicate – this season’s wedding gowns ooze romance and femininity. Rachel Parry studies the spring and summer trends.

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Timeless glamour: Christabel dress and Serena jacket.

looms, buds and blossoms are all strongly associated with the spring and summer season and can be found in abundance in current wedding dress trends. From delicate petals to huge floral corsages, flowers form a strong element of the romantic, fairytale theme running through bridal wear in the first half of 2011. Fabrics are pretty and almost weightless with brides floating down the aisle in enchanting designs made of tulle, chiffon, extra-light taffeta and organza. Layered skirts in these light fabrics create movement and volume in the lower part of many dresses while the upper part is a figure-hugging bodice, often featuring elegant detail in pearls, crystal embellishments and precious stones. Lace is remaining popular drawing inspiration from the ongoing vintage trend in weddings which is further enhanced by a boost in the popularity of cute tea-length dresses. These finish just below the knee and often follow a full A-line skirt design. Other popular styles include simple slimline designs and fuller princess dresses. Classic notions of romance can be found in captivating floor-length designs whilst an increasing number of modern brides are opting for the mini, complete with girly detail in bows and feathers. Choice is not only offered to brides in the length of the dress but the neckline too. Strapless is a firm favourite but there is a rise in the retro offshoulder dress, perfect for showing-off




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True romance: Aurelia and inset the short and sweet Evie. All dresses by Lyn Ashworth.

necklines and stunning jewellery. Sweetheart, V neck, one-shoulder and halter-neck also feature on the catwalk. The colours of the dresses are mainly soft and chic in classic cream, traditional ivory and vintage champagne. Crisp white continues to be strong and influences of the fresh and playful season come through in blush tones of peach and pale pink. These designs from talented designer

Lyn Ashworth reflect the spring/summer trends perfectly. Evie is a stunning example of shorter length wedding dress in champagne satin and re-embroidered ivory lace, complete with an ivory flower. Brides wanting a simple floor-sweeping gown will be torn between the timeless glamour of Christabel – a slimline dress with lace edged skirt – and the vintage charm of Scarlett – a simple satin bodice

and organza skirt set off by antique-style diamante straps and sash. Meanwhile those wanting to go all out with a romantic princess-style dress will fall head over heels for the fairytale appearance of Aurelia. The dress is the epitome of romance with dropped waist, pretty bow, and big silk organza skirt. The bodice is in French re-embroidered lace. Oh là là.

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A new hen party craze has arrived in Leeds. Rachel Parry takes the spotlight to find out more.

Once you pop: Hen party videos give girls a chance to live the dream.

Girls on film


ost girls have stood in front of the mirror with a hairbrush miming along to their favourite song. The dream of being a pop star never really dies and now one hen party experience is giving brides-to-be and their friends the opportunity to make it happen. Forget tacky ‘L’ plates and tequila shots, a Go-experience hen party is all about creating a memorable event that can be relived time and time again. At its centres throughout the country the firm offers a range of activities including cheerleading and dance parties, but one experience in particular is proving popular with hens at its Leeds centre – hen party pop videos. Exactly as it sounds, this experience gives wannabe pop stars the chance to steal the spotlight, working with industry professionals in a film studio to shoot a video and lip sync along to their

favourite song. Each hen group picks a song to perform before the big day and lyric sheets are sent out so hens can learn the words. Part of the fun for the group is getting their outfits together beforehand whether it be full on Beyonce leotards or outrageous Lady Gaga crowns. On the day itself the hens can enjoy being pampered while they have their make-up done by professionals. Then, after a few glasses of bubbly to loosen up, it’s straight into rehearsals as they’re put through their paces on the dance floor ready for lights, camera, action. “We love it when groups really go to town and have fun with their theme,” says company director Hannah Lee Weller, who set up Go-experience with Richard O’Brian four years ago. “We’ve filmed some amazing pop

videos to songs as diverse as Lady Marmalade, Thriller and Livin’ On A Prayer. “Even those with two left feet aren’t left out as our professional choreographers make everyone look and feel amazing. “It’s the perfect daytime activity and really gets the hen party started. Not only do our groups have a laugh on the day they also get an edited DVD delivered to their door. “Some brides play their pop video with pride at the wedding or it’s the perfect excuse to have a girls’ night in.” And according to Hannah it’s not just the ladies being attracted to the experience. “We have ever increasing numbers of stag groups stepping through our studio doors from some boy band classics to a heavy metal rock out.”

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Wedding fayre dates to remember MOSAIC BRIDES

Whirlowbrook Hall Wedding Fair Sunday 13th March 2011 11am - 4pm • Free car parking • Free entry Whirlowbrook Hall,Whirlowbrook Park, Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield S11 9QD Contact: Hannah Martin - Wedding Planner Telephone: 0114 221 3003

Hosting a variety of wedding experts and inspirational features that will provide you with plenty of ideas to plan your perfect day and also give you the opportunity to view these unique venues FREE ADMISSION

Sunday 27th March 2011 11am - 4pm • Free car parking • Free entry

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The Maynard, Main Road, Grindleford, Derbyshire S32 3HE Contact: Kate Lloyd - Wedding Planner Telephone: 01433 630321

Contact: Wakefield Town Hall 01924 305830

The Maynards Wedding Fair

Ecclesall Road South • Sheffield • South Yorkshire • S11 9QD Telephone 0114 221 3003




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Many brides and grooms want something more exciting than Bucks Fizz to serve to their guests. Rachel Parry looks to an expert for zesty alternatives.

Modern alternative: Wedding couples are replacing sparkling wine with personal cocktails at drink receptions.

Cocktails: mix it up


ocktails are becoming the new sparkling wine at weddings. But with so many cocktail recipes to choose from brides and grooms may not know where to begin. Cocktail expert Kristieanne Travers, who owns The Hepworth bar and restaurant, has the following advice and recipes to give drink receptions that extra sparkle. “The first thing to consider with cocktails is the occasion, so for a celebration like a wedding the drinks should be light, fresh, possibly exotic and of course include a little champagne. “Other things to take into account when picking the right cocktails are of course your likes and dislikes, the theme of your wedding and your chosen colour palette. “While some brides and grooms will pick cocktails to match their characters or remind them of a favourite holiday destination, others want the drinks to fit in with the entire theme of the day and therefore pick a cocktail purely for its

ingredients, finishing touches or due to its colour. “It’s also worth thinking about which fruits are in season so you get the best possible flavours to impress your guests. Top fruits for spring/summer are apricots, cherries, rhubarb, blueberries, strawberries, plums and elder flower.” Here are three of Kristieanne's top cocktails for spring/summer weddings: Strawberry Daiquiri  1/2 oz Strawberry schnapps  1 oz light rum  1 oz lime juice  1 tsp powdered sugar  1 oz strawberries Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve. Simple. Cherry Blossom  1 cherry brandy  1/4 curacao  1/2 lemon juice  1/4 sugar syrup  1 teaspoon grenadine Shaken, not stirred — put all ingredients in a shaker along with some ice and shake.

Spring Berry Champagne Cocktail  1/2 cup brandy  4 1/2 tablespoons sugar  3 tablespoons framboise eau-de-vie (clear raspberry brandy)  15 strawberries, hulled  1 750-ml bottle chilled brut Champagne Stir brandy, sugar, and framboise in medium bowl. Slice nine strawberries; add to brandy mixture. Let stand one hour at room temperature, then strain. (Can be prepared one day ahead. Cover; chill brandy mixture and remaining six strawberries separately.) Divide brandy mixture among six champagne glasses. Add one strawberry to each glass. Fill with Champagne; serve. The Hepworth bar and restaurant is set in the rolling countryside of the Holme Valley. It is licensed to host civil ceremonies and can cater for wedding receptions. With a champagne booth, cocktail menu and fine food.




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Fabulous footwear is a must for brides. Rachel Parry reveals a new bridal collection to arrive on the high street.

Shoe sensation: Clockwise from top left — Cortesan floral bar, £74.99; Sweety Bird, £89; Flick Flack, £79.95; Rosepea, £75. All from Irregular Choice bridal collection.

Step out in fab heels


bride’s shoe choice has become a point of interest, often photographed on the morning of the wedding and flashed at guests throughout the day. Rather than picking a pair that will simply suit the dress, many ladies lust after shoe designs that will reflect their personality. Irregular Choice shoes have become extremely popular with modern brides in search of something as individual as themselves. The brand states that it is not on an academic mission to fit with trends – more to break with convention. The aim of founder and designer, Danny Sullivan, is to make you look twice — just the

reaction a bride wants. Established in 1999, Irregular Choice opened its first store on New York’s Lafayette Street in December 2007, followed by its London store on Carnaby Street in October 2008 and Brighton boutique in 2010. Informed by Danny’s travelling experiences, the brand kicked off its first season with its own take on the traditional Japanese split-toe look, which still makes an appearance in every collection. Up until now brides have picked their shoes from seasonal ranges, but for spring/summer 2011 Irregular Choice have launched a specific bridal collection. The main collections often feature busy, vibrant and innovative

designs with large detail such as bows, corsages and rosettes. The bridal collection still encompasses these key characteristics of the fearless brand but in a softer fashion. The colour palette is fitting to the wedding scene in romantic gold, silver, cream, ivory and pure white. Patterns are extravagant yet dreamy and detail is pretty but powerful. A firm favourite for spring weddings has to be Sweety Bird. In true Irregular Choice style a simple cream suede platform has been transformed into a shoe sensation with the addition of a flamboyant corsage made up of cute, chintzy fabrics on the heel.

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Bridesmaid duties: 

Organising the hen do

Advice on the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses

Attend dress fittings

Help plan the wedding and give honest opinion

Help to make stationery, seating plans, table decorations

Support bride and keep her calm in the run-up to the wedding

Help the bride with her dress, hair and make-up on the wedding day

Act as a witness

Do a reading

Help organise and introduce guests

Maids in waiting or a child, the role of a bridesmaid consists of wearing a pretty dress and smiling at guests, but for an adult the position requires much more. From the moment an adult accepts the role of a bridesmaid the job begins: helping to plan the day, advising on dresses and ensuring all runs smoothly. A bride needs to decide how many bridesmaids she is going to have, but there are other key factors to be taken into account.


party of who will pay for what. While some will pay for the bridesmaids’ full attire others may fund the dress but ask each to buy their own accessories. The rest rely solely on the bridesmaids to pay for the outfit, which in some cases can be a big ask. If you are buying the dresses for your bridesmaids think about the amount you planned to spend on each dress and how many you can afford out of the overall budget, this should help you decide on numbers.

NUMBERS: How many bridesmaids? The basic rule is that large ceremonies require a larger wedding party and many suggest one bridesmaid to 50 guests. Obviously an intimate ceremony only requires a small wedding party, perhaps just one or two bridesmaids to tally with the best man and an usher.

WHO: Some brides feel under pressure to ask their oldest friend even though they are no longer close. Others think they need to repay the compliment so if they were a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding they should ask that friend to be theirs too. But this should not be the case, each wedding is different and the choice should be made on who you want with you on your wedding day and who will do the best job. Think about who you are closest to – friends, sisters, cousins and then consider if they have the time to fulfil

BUDGET: The budget for your bridesmaids’ attire needs to be considered when deciding on numbers. A couple will normally come to a decision with their wedding

the role and if they will be happy to take on the responsibility. CHIEF: Choosing your chief bridesmaid should come down to the one person who knows you best, someone who you trust and who will take your wishes into account when organising any surprises such as the hen do. The chief bridesmaid usually takes on the bigger duties and oversees the other bridesmaids so organisational skills are definitely a bonus. OTHERS: It’s important you know where to draw the line when selecting your wedding party but this does not mean that others close to you have to miss out. Asking friends and family to help out will make them feel included and can save you money, especially if they have a special skill. Jobs could include making your wedding cake, singing or playing an instrument at the ceremony or reception, acting as chauffeur or asking people to sign the guest book.

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Snowflakes and vintage sparkle make a perfect day L uck must have been on the side of Mike and Laura Hudson when snowflakes fell from a white sky on November 28, completing their perfect winter wedding.

The couple, from Clifton, first met as teenagers through mutual friends but did not begin dating until a few years later when Laura was 18 and Mike 21. After nine happy years Mike seized the opportunity for a romantic wedding proposal, at his 30th birthday party in 2009, which came as a complete surprise to Laura.

“I had always said I wouldn’t want a proposal in front of lots of people,” recalls Laura, “so it was the last thing I was expecting when Mike got down on one knee, produced a ring and popped the question. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the place, I was in shock but said yes straight away.” Mike, 31, and Laura, 28, agreed they wanted to get married the following year and set about finding a venue for their dream wedding. “We were struggling to find a venue available on the date we wanted, then a friend suggested Walton Hall,” says Laura.

“As we came down the driveway the instant wow factor of the venue was a huge attraction - the grandeur of the building and the lake with swans swimming on it. “We also liked that we could have the ceremony in Waterton Park Hotel on one side of the lake and have the reception in Walton Hall on the island. Plus we booked the venue exclusively so we wouldn’t have to share our day with other wedding parties.” Mike and Laura booked the hotel’s Exclusive Winter Wedding and decided on a theme to match. “I wanted a twinkling, vintage winter wedding so we themed our stationery and cake around snowflakes and kept decorations simple in white flowers, candles, rustic twigs and glittering decorations. “The colour palette for the main wedding party was black, white and petroleum and we asked all our guests to wear black and white too.” On the morning of the wedding the grounds of Waterton Park were covered in a layer of freshly fallen snow - the finishing touch to the day that Mike and Laura were hoping for. Contrary to bridal tradition, Laura arrived 15 minutes early at the venue in a vintage car booked as a special treat from her parents. When 1pm struck, Laura walked down the aisle to One Day Like This by Elbow.


She wore a simple yet stunning Augusta Jones gown from Swanky Brides, complete with beautiful detail in delicate petal corsages. Her four bridesmaids wore matching dresses in petroleum from Bravissimo. White flower petals were scattered around the aisle which was lined by candle lanterns and a string quartet played softly in the background. Westend Florists provided the flower decorations which included an impressive floral arch. Following the ceremony the wedding party of 80 guests crossed over to Walton Hall for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast. In the evening an additional 40 guests arrived for the evening reception in the Squires Bar which included a disco and live band Susie and Groove, who performed a special acoustic version of Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine for Mike and Laura’s first dance.

Looking back on the day the couple agree it could not have gone more to plan. “We were so pleased it snowed, though we were freezing having photographs taken outside they were well worth it,” says Mike. “The day went really smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing - the staff were faultless and made us feel completely at ease.” After a two night stay in the bridal suite at Waterton Park Hotel, Mike and Laura swapped snow for sunshine when they jetted off for a two week honeymoon in Cuba. All photographs supplied by Chris Chambers Wedding Photography

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here surely can be no finer setting for your wedding day than a romantic Georgian mansion nestling on its own private island. The Waterton Park Hotel and Walton Hall offer several reception rooms to accommodate from four to 140 guests.

The Hall’s head chef has created a variety of menus for a wedding day. The menus can be tailored to suit individual tastes. The hotel has a civil ceremony licence and can cater for every aspect of a wedding day, whether it be the ceremony itself, fine cuisine for guests, splendid settings for photographs or a luxurious four-poster bridal suite at the end of a very memorable day. Fine Dining The Bridgewalk Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant with inspiring views over the lake, golf course and surrounding countryside.

Open to residents and non-residents for dinner and Sunday lunches, it prides itself on its quality of food. Guests can choose from seasonal, locally sourced a la carte menu or, for larger parties, a table d'hôte menu is available. The restaurant manager and his team will ensure that you receive only the highest level of service.

Alternatively, guests may like to sample our more informal menus and atmosphere in the surroundings of Charlie’s Bar which overlooks the lake with its stunning views of the rolling countryside. In the summer months, diners are able to take advantage of this glorious scenery with the option of al fresco dining on the patio.

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Private dining rooms are available for special occasions or corporate events. Throughout March, Monday to Saturday, guests can take advantage of a special Spring Break stay for just ÂŁ82.50 per person. The offer includes dinner, bed and breakfast with two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine on check in and a Spring flower gift in your room upon arrival, in a four poster suite. Subject to availability. Meetings and Events The Waterton Park Hotel and Walton Hall are established venues for conferences

and meetings. There are seven meeting rooms available, from the library (accommodating up to 12 people), to the County Suite (capable of seating 150). The hotel has Wi-Fi internet access throughout, ample free parking and a helipad. The extensive grounds, leisure facilities and unique setting make Waterton Park Hotel an excellent choice for team building activities. Every conference is treated individually so that we can arrange our facilities to suit your exact requirements.

Leisure Club Guests can take a leisurely swim in the lake-level pool, relax the day away in the sunken jacuzzi, sauna or steam room. For the more energetic there is always the gymnasium which is fitted out with the latest techno gym equipment. And for fly fishing enthusiasts the 26acre lake is regularly stocked with trout and boats are available to take out. All photographs supplied by Chris Chambers Wedding Photography





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Mothers of the bride and groom are a main focus at a wedding. Rachel Parry asks wedding studio owner Haley Guest for her advice.

How mothers can look really glam


Looking good in the limelight: Above, outfit by Jaego, right, Linea Raffaelli and far right, John Charles.

omfort, confidence and glamour are the main boxes for mothers of the bride/groom to tick when picking their outfit for the big day, says Haley Guest of Limelight Occasions. As a main figure in the wedding party it’s important for the mother of the bride/groom to look and feel her best, but some find buying an outfit for such a special occasion a daunting task. As a starting point Haley would always advise ladies to have an open mind and try several different styles to see what suits best. “Sometimes ladies do come to us with a definite idea of what they want but it’s often better if they are open to suggestions. “We would initially have a chat with them about the style of the wedding, if there is a particular colour palette or theme and what styles suit them. From there we let them browse and pick out outfits to try on, along the way we will help, advise and suggest alternatives. “The aim is to find an outfit they feel both comfortable and confident in. More often than not the chosen outfit is something they never

would have picked up.” Focusing on the spring/summer wedding season, Haley says the dress is the choice of most mothers of the bride/groom. When it comes to accessorising, comfort is again a top priority with Haley a firm believer that sometimes less is more. “Many mothers think as part of their outfit they should wear a hat which can look fantastic but if they don’t feel comfortable they won’t carry it off. At Limelight, Vivienne Sherrif can custom make hats and fascinators to client specification and Rainbow will dye shoes to match.” Lepton-based Limelight Occasions has an extensive stock of occasion wear by designers including John Charles, Jaego and Linea Raffaelli. The family run business aim to provide a personalised and enjoyable bridal retail experience in a relaxed, luxurious and exclusive setting. Limelight Occasions has been announced as finalists in the Bridal Buyer Awards 2011 for ‘Best New Retailer’ and ‘Best Website’.

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BarnBrooks BAR & GRILL

Offering a welcome environment to enjoy traditional home cooked food All food is freshly prepared on the premises using quality, local produce


Barnbrooks Bar and Grill is a small, privately owned, traditional, quality restaurant and bar. Since our change of ownership in November 2010, Barnbrooks Bar and Grill offers to be a fine dining experience.

WEDDINGS Small weddings and family gatherings are catered for here at Barnbrooks Bar. We have a function suite which seats approximately 50 guests and our restaurant seats approximately 60 guests. Both rooms are very elegantly decorated to set the mood for an unforgettable celebration. We offer Master of Ceremonies for the day, to ensure your day is just perfect. The Barnbrooks Bar and Grill is known for the friendly staff and complete dedication to ensure your day is truly yours by tailoring to your requirements. We are situated in a large, private garden area together with a patio seating area. We have a large car parking facility and we are accessible from surrounding areas of Barnsley. Our wedding menus have been personally designed by our chef, using fresh, high quality and local produce. We can cater for any dietary requirements on request.

Why not arrange an informal viewing with a member of our team? See our suites, garden area and ask any questions you may have.

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Modern newlyweds have no desire for gravy boats, dinner sets and blenders. Rachel Parry discovers the new wedding gift list...

The start of an incredible journey


ith the average cost of a wedding topping £15,000 in the UK, couples are looking to their guests to assist with their dream wedding. This usually includes a luxurious honeymoon – a chance to relax and enjoy married life together after months of tiresome planning. The problem many couples face however is the price of the honeymoon on top of costs for the big day itself. The solution – invite your guests to make contributions to your honeymoon in place of a traditional gift. This is an easy process which is helping couples have both the wedding and honeymoon of their dreams during challenging financial times. One travel company that has seen a surge in the number of brides and grooms taking this route is Travel Counsellors. The company, which has more than 700 home-based travel agents throughout the UK, offers an online honeymoon service which allows guests to make contributions towards a couple’s honeymoon with ease. For £25 the happy couple can register with Travel Counsellors’ dedicated Honeymoon Gift Registry. A travel counsellor, who in most cases will live locally to the couple, will look after every element of the holiday from tailor-making an itinerary, to special extras that will make the trip an unfor-

Ticking the boxes: Travel Counsellors will plan your dream honeymoon and set up a service for guests to contribute, and you’ll get a keepsake box to remember it all.

gettable experience. York-based travel counsellor and honeymoon specialist, Rachel Gulliford, reveals why the service has become so popular. “Many couples now already live together prior to getting married and therefore have all of the traditional gifts they would receive. “The one thing the couple wish for more than anything in my experience, is a dream honeymoon, that not all of them can afford without the help of their guests’ contributions. It really makes a huge difference to what they can afford and it is very well received by their guests too as they know they are helping them achieve what they really want.” But Rachel says the main attraction is the simplicity of the service, leaving the happy couple with just one difficult decision to make – where to go.

“Couples complete a simple form which includes writing the welcome message they wish their guests to see on their webpage as well as a thank you message for when they have contributed, a photograph of the happy couple, and the date they wish the account to close. “Upon signing up each couple receives a honeymoon keepsake box which contains sample guest cards explaining the service which can be put inside wedding invitations, sample thank you cards, envelopes and a keepsake book. “Each couple is given their own unique reference number which their guests can then use to make a contribution via credit/debit card, online or by telephone. The couple can use the reference number to see their total amount as well as congratulations messages from their guests. Simple.”

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Since opening their doors in July 2008, weddingwear specialist Choolà has gone from strength to strength – and with good reason. riven by a genuine enthusiasm for, not only bridal fashion, but also exceptional customer service, the Sheffield boutique is shopping at its most chic; and – thanks to dedicated founders Ivan and Francesca – a ‘stunning space, where brides can choose their dream dress and accessories’. Since opening, Choolà has already expanded twice, adding a lower floor devoted purely to bridesmaids, and an upper floor dedicated to occasion wear for those all important mothers of the bride and groom. Owners Ivan and Francesca were delighted to reach the UK finals of Perfect Wedding Magazine’s Bridal Retailer of the Year Awards 2010 – an achievement that spoke volumes for their passion and expertise. “It was such an honour, not to mention


Sicily by Charlotte Balbier. Photo courtesy of Annie Parsons Photography.

Listed as one of the UKs top fifty hottest boutiques by Perfect Wedding Magazine 2011 

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a surprise, to be nominated. We didn’t think we would get very far, but Francesca and I were so touched when our brides voted us all the way to the finals,” said Ivan. “We have to thank all those brides who voted for us, not forgetting our dedicated team, who put their heart and soul into our business, and without whom we would never have received as many votes as we did.” So, if you’re looking to stop the show on your big day, why not book a styling appointment with Choola? The renowned boutiquewill make you into an unforgettable bride too! For more information contact: Choola, 778-730, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield. tel: 0114 2671303, email: or visit: PERLA by PRESEN

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Mosaic Brides Spring 2011  

This edition is bursting with fresh ideas for the warmer wedding season, focusing on trends for spring and offering inspiration for the summ...

Mosaic Brides Spring 2011  

This edition is bursting with fresh ideas for the warmer wedding season, focusing on trends for spring and offering inspiration for the summ...