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We have three rooms in our beautifully appointed building in which marriages can be solemnised and we can tailor everything to make your day relaxing and enjoyable for all participants. Following the ceremony enjoy the well maintained gardens and backdrops for your wedding photographs. We have a full range of menus to meet your needs together with a well stocked bar. To end your unforgettable day the bridal suite, with its four-poster bed, awaits the happy couple while guests can enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep in one of our 31 en-suite bedrooms which are individually decorated to reflect the character of the building and includes two luxurious four-poster bedrooms. Several of our rooms also have lake views. Just ask and we’ll be happy to send you our Wedding Package brochure containing full details of the range of services we offer.


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6 CEREMONY Young ones: Should children be banned from weddings?

VENUES Frosty reception: The ultimate winter wonderland wedding


12 ACCESSORIES Wrapping up: How to stylishly insulate any wedding outfit

RECEPTION Take your seats: How to get the perfect table plan


18 FASHION Colourful brides: A stunning look to complement the darker months


MOSAIC BRIDES Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

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WELCOME TO MOSAIC BRIDES the new wedding magazine for your area. Whether you’re a bride-to-be, groom-to-be, best man, bridesmaid or guest, we hope it will whet your appetite and fire your imagination in anticipation of the occasion. We’ll showcase fresh ideas, events and trends to inspire, excite and prepare you. In this issue we look at colourful wedding dresses to complement the heavy drama and misty romance of the darker months and examine how to get the perfect table plan.

We feature the ultimate winter wonderland wedding and meet a couple who created the perfect end to a Paris proposal. We tackle the controversial issue of children and why some couples are opting not to invite them. And finally, we report on the newlyweds who spent their honeymoon in the


HEADWEAR Crowning glory: Wear a hat, brim with confidence

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VENUES Laid-back twist to Paris proposal

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The Perfect wedding day at affordable prices

Should children be banned from weddings for fear they might ruin the big day? Mary Ferguson hears the arguments

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hildren are becoming increasingly unwelcome at weddings, according to research by a wedding planning website. In its poll, WeddingChaos found that 13 per cent of couples planning a wedding are refusing to allow children to the event, concerned that they will ruin the big day. Just over two in five brides (42 per cent) said they would accept children, but only those of their immediate family. The research highlighted the two major factors which deter couples from having youngsters at their weddings – the fear of them spoiling things with noisy and disruptive behaviour and the additional cost involved in catering. David Cartlidge, co-director of WeddingChaos, said: “Our advice is to think very carefully about whether you exclude children or not. Many parents may be offended if your invitations exclude the ‘'little ones’, while other parents would welcome the chance of a day out without the children. “If you decide to exclude children it would be better to have a blanket ban rather than having exceptions, as picking and choosing may well end up leaving the parents of the excluded children feeling rather upset. If you want to minimise the number of children, but don't want to cause rifts by excluding them all, try to speak to all the parents before you send out the invites and ask them whether they want their children invited – you may find that you can get the balance right without offending any of your guests. “If you are planning on allowing children of invited guests to your wedding, you might want to consider hiring a children’s entertainer, such as a magician, balloonist, face painter story

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Give yourself that ultimate confidence boost that will stay with you long after the “chink” of champagne glasses has faded.

A beautiful smile by teller or setting up a crèche for younger children.” Leading wedding planner Kathryn Lloyd says children at weddings are like Marmite – you love them or hate them. She says: “Usually our clients have a pretty strong view one way or the other on children being included at a wedding. We are finding a trend for more couples not to include children, however, this is often a result of the type of celebration they are planning; we are finding clients are doing more elegant evening celebrations in formal surroundings. “Kids can be wonderful at weddings as it is, after all, the start of a new family of which children are often a part, but they need proper facilities and care. Offering to arrange a reputable crèche service or baby sitters for your clients can add work in the planning but will make things so much more manageable on the day.”

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Cool couples are discovering the glacial splendour of an Arctic wedding. Ellie Wilson reports

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Eternal vows with frosty reception


OR the ultimate winter wonderland wedding there’s no place like Jukkasjärvi. Nestling amid a frozen wilderness 200km north of the Arctic Circle, this small village is home to Sweden's worldfamous Ice Hotel, which is sculpted anew every winter and melts back down into the mighty Torne River every spring. Within the crystalline complex stands the Ice Chapel, surreal and celestially beautiful, open for weddings, blessings and christenings from late December. Couples choosing to marry at this extreme venue can enjoy a range of arctic activities during their stay,

including snowmobiling, ice driving, dog sledding and moose safaris. Guests are also advised to direct their eyes skywards for a glimpse the magical aurora borealis or Northern Lights, streamers of coloured light dancing across the polar sky. This is a natural phenomenon which occurs when charged particles from space enter the upper atmosphere of earth and collide with atoms and molecules and can be seen nearly every clear night during winter in the region surrounding Jukkasjärvi. The Ice Hotel opens in December and closes around the end of April, when the


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Fancy something a little fruity for the big day?...

Chocolate orange wedding By Hannah Skinner


quick flick through this month’s bridal magazines will have you reeling with images of delicate white and silver themes to give a frosty feel for your big day. So, I shall steer clear of the norm and introduce some styling ideas for a bride in need of a more quirky edge to her day. When I think of winter, I long for open fires, shimmering candles, opulent fabrics in rich, sumptuous colours and unusual trimmings like feathers and fur. So what about exploring the idea of an opulent, theatrical chocolate-orangethemed wedding to give your day a unique designer twist? Here are some ideas: ■ Fill tiny favour boxes with orange rose petals and give to all the ladies to throw as confetti after the ceremony. ■ What about cocktails instead of or as

well as canapés? Ask your venue to create something with a mix of orange vodka or cointreau. ■ Attach a tag to your welcome drinks featuring quirky quotes about chocolate. How about ‘All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt’ (Lucy Van Pelt, Peanuts). ■ Name your tables after different types of chocolate rather than table numbers. ■ For place names, simply have a fresh orange decorated with a paper leaf showing the guests names. Simple and super stylish. ■ Contact a local chocolate company and ask them to create some personalised chocolates to give away as favours – perhaps incorporating your initials. ■ Have a chocolate orange profiterole tower and double your wedding cake as your dessert – they

look fabulous and taste great. ■ Keep everyone quiet for the speeches by giving out orange flavour oldfashioned lollipops with the coffee. ■ Place mini jars of drinking chocolate, topped with marshmallows on your guests pillows for one last treat before bedtime. ■ Instead of traditional thank you notes, send out chocolate orange bars, rewrapped and decorated to match your wedding stationery – guaranteed to be well received.

Sketching the scene  Let your flowers spill onto the table, for a shabby chic feel. Add plenty of tea lights in glass holders for warmth and atmosphere.  Candelabras look stunning with lots of foliage and structural flowers like lillies add a splash of colour. Gypsophilia and soft grasses soften the lines for an opulent feel.  Bay trees dress entrances beautifully and make large spaces more inviting. Fill the base of the pots with foliage and light the leaves with tiny fairy lights.  Floral chairbacks are a real extravagance, but look spectacular. Consider them to highlight the top table, especially if it’s round. Lillies are great for keeping their shape all day, even when out of water.  Consider hiring or making table runners to create a contrast against the white linen and balance the centre piece.  Keep chair covers and bows neutral. Too many strong accent colours can look confusing and distract from the details.  Decorate window sills with lots of foliage from your garden and add focus flowers for colour. It gives even a cold conference room a cosy feeling.

Illustration by Hannah Skinner, a Chesterfield-based wedding stylist and winner of the Yorkshire Brides Wedding Planner of the Year award, 2008.

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I’ve got my muffs to keep me warm While the rosy glow of their love will go so far towards warming the happy couple on their wedding day, the wise winter bride will not want to skimp when it comes to defence against goose pimples. And her bridesmaids will certainly appreciate a little extra wrapping to ward off the shivers as they go about their duties. From gossamer organza to warm velvet and faux-fur wraps, capes, shrugs, throws, stoles, muffs and boleros, there are many ways to stylishly insulate any wedding outfit. The cream of the crop is the gorgeous, full-length snow queenstyle velvet cloak, a popular choice for brides tying the knot in extreme climes. Of course, you won’t want your guests to be feeling the chill either. What could be more effective in ensuring the

comfort of your wedding party than a rustic reception venue where crackling log fires create a deliciously toasty-warm atmosphere? You could also try warming them up from the inside by offering mulled wine, spiced hot chocolate or warm whisky cocktails. And you don't have to be confined to indoors. Outside, you could use patio heaters to turn up the temperature, keeping your guests blissfully cosy while enjoying a breath of fresh air as they celebrate with you. Tempt people outside by transforming the space into a sparkling fairyland with lights and candles and elegant, sparkling decorations, and perhaps even go all out with and organise a fireworks extravaganza. The explosive trails of colour work especially well against the stark backdrop of wintry night skies.

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A faux-fur wrap keeps this winter bride, top, warm at her wedding in York. Image by Olivia Brabbs; Get the Snow Queen look, left and right, with a velvet cloak and train. Image courtesy of Wonderful Wraps.

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How to turn the tables on Devising a table plan for a wedding can be a trial, especially if there’s a large number of guests. But software has come to the aid of the party, writes Harriet Halkerston


ndy Brice found seating the guests at his wedding such a trial that he was inspired to develop a software package designed to take the headache out of arranging places. Like so many things, he says, doing a seating plans seems as easy as pie – until you actually try it. “Despite the fact that we only had 60 guests and no family politics to worry about at our wedding, it took me ages. “Scraps of paper and Excel just weren’t cutting it. There were always families split up, uneven-sized tables and guests seated on their own. “And if it's tough to seat 60 people who get on, what must it be like to seat 200-plus guests, when the parents have divorced and remarried? “The biggest problem is the sheer number of possible combinations, plus the issue of family politics. “You only have to read any of the online wedding forums to see endless


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discussion about how to seat divorced and remarried parents. My best advice is not to put them on the head table and have each couple host a separate table. “The main things to remember when putting together a seating plan are that everyone should be sitting near at least one other person they know, and that those giving speeches should be seated where everyone can see and hear them. “Elderly guests should be seated where they can hear and be near the toilets but away from the loudspeakers, and disabled guests need general easy access. It is also important that singles are not stranded on a table full of couples.” John Cooke is a professional toastmaster who advises on seating arrangements at weddings. He says: “To me, the most important thing to remember is that the bride should sit next to her father and the top table should run male-female, male-female.

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es on guests “And although including children on the top table looks lovely on paper, in reality it’s not very practical as it will be very overwhelming for them.” John also advises seating potential troublemakers at the ends of tables so that they can be ushered out easily if things become heated. This is especially advisable at occasions where there are likely to be family conflicts. And although most potential problems can be tempered with careful planning, there are some difficulties which just cannot be foreseen. Andy Brice said: “I, a vegetarian, was once seated next to a professional rabbit hunter at a wedding reception. As soon as he found out about my dietary preferences he saw fit to spend a solid hour ‘regaling’ me with stories of bunnies meeting their maker in various ways.”

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Hen do: don’t get bum deal


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drinks on arrival, serving food and drinks, making cocktails, helping out with basic kitchen tasks and generally keeping everyone’s drink topped up.” Bride Lisa Smith, of Wolverhampton, said: “I was very nervous about booking a butler as it was my hen weekend and my fiancé’s sisters were there, but I had nothing to worry about as they loved him. Steve was a real gentleman and was the highlight of the weekend.” Bridesmaid Laura, of Trowbridge, said: “We were really pleased with Nick. He did a great job and he didn’t run a mile when he realised one of the group was a friend of his parents. “The bride was suitably shocked to be greeted at her own home by a semi-naked man, as was her mother. “Nick was also extremely useful as he kept topping up everyone’s drinks and even prepared some of the food for me. He made sure empties were cleared, looked after the buffet table and was generally a pleasure to have around.” The butlers dress in trademark bow tie, collar, cuffs and a bottom-revealing apron, but if that seems a little too risqué for your event they will happily wear something more appropriate, whether that be smart black dinner trousers or themed costume.

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Scarlet fantasy: The Ophelia from Hollywood Dreams, in the label’s trademark ball gown style.

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The Arella by Donna Salado, in silk duchess satin, worn beneath a exquisite beaded tulle jacket with black embroidery and a scalloped hem.

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inter is gaining on summer as the hottest time of year for weddings, and not just because venues and catering are so much cheaper than in the traditional high season. It’s all about the heavy drama and misty romance of the darker months, gathering family and friends for a cosy, colourful celebration when the world outside is frosty, pale and stark. And while conventional ivory looks beautiful whatever the season, many winter brides opt for full-on technicolour instead, for contrast with the washed-out shades of winter. Rich jewel tones like emerald and ruby are fabulous for a warmly festive feel while love-heart red has been making its way steadily up the bridal colour charts. Nothing stands out more dramatically against a bleak backdrop and it’s a firm favourite for Valentine’s Day nuptials. Pastel or metallic shades are perfect for a more ethereal, shimmery look. Something blue, perhaps? For dazzling, mesmerising detail, choose a crystal-encrusted corset and skirt, evoking the sparkling beauty of snowflakes and icicles – it will perfectly complement any winter wonderland wedding scheme. And to get a look which is bang on trend for this year, try eye-catching monochrome – black and ivory designs have been all over the catwalks this season.

The Bella by Fiorisimo, a black satin duchesse dress, enhanced with Swarovski crystals across the bust line and feather details on the skirt. With silk, sequinned black and white over the corset.

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Wings of love: Katie and Jamie release a pair of doves to symbolise their love. The doves are homing birds, trained to find their way back to their lofts.

Perfect end to Paris proposal


E was working as a waiter in a cocktail bar when she met him.

It was Katie Beaver’s birthday and barman Jamie Portman was assigned the duty of dragging her up on the stage and serving her a saucy cocktail. The pair, then both students at Bolton University, tied the knot this year in a traditional church ceremony at Holy Trinity Church in Wentworth. Jamie, now working in the far more sober profession of secondary school teacher, popped the question in Paris. Katie, a marketing manager, said: “I had an inkling that he was going to propose because I’ve always wanted to go to Paris but it wasn’t somewhere Jamie had ever particularly wanted to visit. So when he said ‘let’s got to Paris,’ I was a bit suspicious. “We were in a really beautiful, tiny,

I said something like: ‘It’s been the most perfect day,’ and Jamie said, ‘well, I wonder if I can make it any more perfect? candlelit Parisian restaurant, and I said something like: ‘It’s been the most perfect day,’ and Jamie said, ‘well, I wonder if I can make it any more perfect?’ and then he pushed the ring across the table. It was a big daft pink thing, so that we could pick a ring I liked later.” As there was no suitable reception venue available for the day of their wedding in Wentworth village itself, the couple chose Wentworth Castle in Stainborough, both for its fitting name

and the spectacular backdrop of its historic, award-winning gardens. Katie said: “We wanted the day to be really relaxed, with the tradition of a church ceremony but with a laid-back twist, so that everybody would feel at ease.” The couple dispensed with conventions such as the top table and receiving line and had a barbecue rather than a formal sit-down meal. The occasion was full of unique, personal touches, such as a home-made cake composed of tiers of fairy buns, invitations by a graphic designer friend, bridesmaids’ dresses made by Katie’s step-mum, and an iPod disco playlist loaded with the guests’ favourite tunes. The couple, who live in Wombwell, began their honeymoon with an actionpacked six-day trip to New York before heading for the south of France to relax.

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y back to their lofts. Picture: Jane Smith Photography

Laughter in church: ‘Two down, two to go!’ jokes Katie’s dad, Terry, as he prepares to give away the second of his four daughters. Picture: Jane Smith Photography




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Live music can make make a wedding party fizz. So what should you look for? Dean Mark, the award-winning musical director of The Reel Deal, explains

Dean Mark, left, the musical director of function band The Reel Deal, inset.

Fine reception for the band


here was a time when ‘live band’ meant a crusty group of bad musicians in ill-fitting suits playing unknown songs from a bygone era. Times have changed. There is nothing better than the atmosphere of raw energy and emotion when a band plays live. So it’s not surprising that choosing the right band is a crucial decision. To create a memorable evening you must focus on selecting a high-calibre band which not only suits your taste but which can create that party atmosphere immediately and ensure the dance floor stays busy all evening. It has to be unforgettable and this can sometimes come out at a slightly higher price. Entertainment is 80 per

cent or more of the success factor in any event but, amazingly, as little as five per cent of the budget is spent on it. In comparison, brides are paying a lot more for other services such as photographers. Bands that are working full-time and have years of experience playing highlevel shows project talent and professionalism within the function band industry. Moreover, they place the emphasis on giving a fantastic show rather just playing the songs on the required set list. The music should suit all tastes and cover a variety of musical genres to cater for all ages. A good band will also ask if you have favourite songs that they can play at the party too.

Does the band offer different band size set-ups? Depending on the size of your party venue, you may only want to hire a small six-piece band or you may want a 12 piece, which may contain a live brass section, backing vocalists and percussion, giving you much more choice and flexibility. Word of mouth is the best recommendation when booking a band. Seeing a band live can be difficult as they mostly work at private events, so ask them to send you a DVD show reel or demo CD of their performance. Music can make or break the mood. With careful investment in live music, you can add that extra special magic that transforms an event into a truly memorable celebration.

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Simply stunning: One of Lucy’s favourite creations: “I love big and dramatic,” she says. “This hat is a hyacinth and moss-green sinamay with a turned-down brim and finished with a mossgreen feather boa.”

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Crowning glory: The first hat Lucy Houghton made, in chocolate and natural sinamay, with a sassy, graduated crown and large downturned trim, finished with chocolate petersham edging and a simple chocolate sinamay swirl.

Wear a hat, brim with confidence


T THE tender age of 21, Lucy Houghton was saved by a hat after a bad salon experience. “I had the worst hair cut in the world,” said Lucy, of Hoylandswaine. “I asked for layers and they practically scalped me! I ended up attending my friend’s 21st wearing a black trilby.” These days she doesn’t feel quite dressed without a hat, and even has a natty veiled vintage number specifically for wearing to night clubs. “I’ve always been interested in millinery — every time I went shopping with my mum as a girl we would always try on hats,” she says. “I love hats — they can really set off an outfit. You can go for something neat and petite or you can go all out with a big, dramatic design. “One style on trend at the moment is small vintage hats. Burlesque dancers wear them, and every time you open a

magazine models are wearing them.” Few of us have the drive to turn a passion into a profession but this year, after a tiring career working punishing hours in banking and recruitment, Lucy took a course at Wombourne School of Millinery in Staffordshire and set up Houghton’s Hats and Accessories, offering bespoke and off-the-peg designs to hire or buy. “For mother of the bride, many mothers want to wear a headpiece that will be remembered for a long time,” she said. “Upturns are best because they can’t be flicked off by zealous guests wanting to say thank you with a kiss. With a down-turned brim, your hat could fling off every time! “Purchase your outfit first, then the hat can be matched to it. Don’t fall in love with a hat because you love the colour of it, because you might not find your

perfect outfit, and don’t go wider than your shoulders. “If you don’t know the shape for you, try on a few different styles. “I have various hat styles, all in ivory, so that people can choose the hat shape that suits them without being distracted by a colour they have fallen in love with.” Among Lucy’s role models is Barbara Beaumont, a milliner from Clayton West. “I remember walking into her shop and being in awe of the beautiful hats that she had made, and I still feel like that now. We talk about new designs and she is always there to give me hints and tips,” Lucy said. “I hope that when people see my hats, they feel how I did, mesmerised and excited, and I hope that if I haven’t got the perfect hat for them, then I can make one for them.”

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Recession spells wedding boom


RITAIN is poised for a flurry of weddings in 2009 – and apparently it’s all down to the credit crunch. National marriage rates increase significantly during periods of recession, as couples seek increased security during times of financial uncertainty, data from the Office for National Statistics suggests. The biggest surge in the marriage rate during the last century came in 1940 and was triggered by the start of the Second World War and the Great Depression – the most serious global recession encountered in the modern world. In 1940, there were 470,549 marriages recorded – almost double the modern annual rate. And there’s another reason why the economic downturn is expected to bring on a rash of proposals, according to Star Jewellers of Hatton Garden, London’s traditional diamond trading district. The gemstone specialist, which has just conducted a survey into women’s expectations of the engagement experience, believes that the economic downturn is bringing couples closer as they tighten their belts by going out less and consequently spend more time together at home. One respondent said: “As a couple we’re just being more careful with our money at present. I’ve been doing more cooking and fewer big girls’ nights out, and as a result we’ve had some really good quality time together and our relationship has moved up a level somehow.”

2009: Year of the proposal.

Getting the right ring size FOR men planning to pop the question this year here are some solutions to getting the right ring size, courtesy of the Diamond Information Centre, a website for consumers, sponsored by the world’s leading diamond company De Beers.  If she’s in the habit of leaving any of her rings lying about, make an impression of one. A bar of soap or even a piece of bread can be used to

take a reliable measurement.  You could even trace the inside of the ring on a piece of paper which the jeweller can then use to determine an accurate measurement.  Simpler still, just put one of her rings on your own fingers. Push it down as far as it will go and then mark the spot with a pen. Then just show the marking to your jeweller, who can measure it for you.

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Old and bold: The splendid antique four-poster bed in the Peacock Room.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE Whitley Hall Is an elegant manor-house hotel with 31 bedrooms and a romantic atmosphere. It is set amid beautifully landscaped grounds planted with fine oaks and other mature trees. Peacocks, geese, mallards and squirrels roam freely around the gardens. This secluded and engagingly intimate country manor hotel is located near Grenoside, and it is hard to believe the outskirts of Sheffield are only ten minutes away. Whitley Hall captures the heart of many couples who visit on their quest for the perfect wedding venue. Nicki Philpot, who married Simon at Whitley Hall, says they fell in love with the venue the first time they visited. She said: “It is a lovely mansion tucked away down a long country path with beautiful gardens. “We wanted our wedding to have a cosy intimate feel and Whitley Hall was the perfect size. We booked all the rooms in the hotel for close family and friends and although we didn’t book the venue on an exclusive basis it felt as if we had. The rooms were all lovely and sharing breakfast together with our guests in the restaurant the next morning was the perfect end to the wedding. “We visited a number of other venues but we found that they tended to a set wedding ‘formula’ whereas Whitley Hall were much more flexible, which allowed us to make our wedding day very personal. We had eaten Sunday lunch in the restaurant and it was delicious, which was another factor that led us to book, and many guests commented on how delicious the food was on the day.” Whitley Hall is beautifully appointed, blending the charm of its historical features with the comfort of modern luxury. Newly weds can spend their wedding night in a 500-year-old fourposter bed while all the rooms in the original Whitley Suite have been recently refurbished. The new Parker Wing, named after one of the hall’s former owners, brings the total number of rooms at the hotel to 31, and includes four de-luxe bedrooms with lake views. Whitley Hall was the first venue in the area to be approved for civil ceremonies following the 1994 Marriage Act. It has a choice of three charming rooms which are licensed for civil ceremonies. The Parker Room, dating back to 1584, provides a traditional and elegant setting for a daytime reception with up to 60 guests, and up to 100 in the evening. The Whitley Suite has access to the garden and can accommodate up to a maximum of 100 guests for both the daytime and evening reception. The Picture Room is ideal for a small reception of up to 12 people. The hotel is full of character with wood panelling and original features from the 16th century.

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ecluded and intimate, Whitley Hall captures the hearts of many couples who visit it on their quest for a wedding venue. The ivy-clad 16th century mansion is set back off the beaten track in a sheltered hollow, shielded by the lie of the land from nearby civilisation, giving it an air of remoteness which belies its easy accessibility. In reality, the hotel is less than two miles from the motorway, near Grenoside in Sheffield. The grounds, planted with fine oaks and other mature trees, rise up around the picturesque house, and peacocks, geese, mallards and squirrels roam freely around the gardens. Nicki Philpot, of Leeds, who married her husband Simon at Whitley Hall, says they fell in love with the venue the first time they visited. She said: “It is a lovely mansion tucked away down a long country path with beautiful gardens. “We wanted our wedding to have a cosy intimate feel and Whitley Hall was the perfect size. We booked all the rooms in the hotel for close family and friends and although we didn’t book the venue on an exclusive basis, it felt as if we had. “The rooms were all lovely and sharing breakfast together with our guests in the restaurant the next morning was the perfect end to the wedding. “We visited a number of other venues but we found that they tended to a set wedding ‘formula’ whereas Whitley Hall were much more flexible, which allowed us to make our wedding day very personal. “We had eaten Sunday lunch in the restaurant and it was delicious, which was another factor that led us to book, and many guests commented on how delicious the food was on the day.” Whitley Hall is beautifully appointed, blending the charm of its historical features with the comfort of modern luxury. Newlyweds can spend their wedding night in a 500-year-old four-poster while all the rooms in the original Whitley Suite have been recently refurbished. The new Parker Wing, named after one of the hall’s former owners, brings the total number of rooms at the hotel to 31, and includes four deluxe bedrooms with lake views. Whitley Hall was one of the first venues in the area to be approved for civil ceremonies following the 1994 Marriage Act. It has a choice of three rooms which are licensed for civil ceremonies. The Parker Room, dating back to 1584, provides a traditional and elegant setting for a daytime reception with up to 60 guests, and up to 100 in the evening. The Whitley Suite has access to the garden and can accommodate up to a maximum of 100 guests for both the daytime and evening reception. The Picture Room is ideal for a small reception of up to 12 people. It is full of character with wood panelling, and an oil painting and an original ceiling reputedly commissioned by Mary, Queen of Scots.

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By day: Keith and Colette Beverley enjoy a colourful autumnal ceremony at Whitley Hall, in Grenoside, Sheffield.

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y day, they were an ordinary couple, plighting their troth in a beautiful autumn-themed ceremony.

By night, they turned deathly pale, donned Gothic costume and sprouted fangs to become Dracula and his bride. Keith Beverley and Colette Pursley didn’t deliberately choose to tie the knot on Hallowe’en — but when October 31 turned out to be the only suitable date available at their dream venue, Whitley Hall, they threw themselves into the spirit of the occasion with a full-blown fancy dress evening event. For the ceremony the couple capitalised on the season’s vivid beauty with a tasteful palette of amber, ochre, russet and gold. The invitations were embellished with tiny autumn leaves, the bridesmaid wore russet, and the table centrepieces were hollowed-out pumpkins set in harvest festival wreaths. Colette even managed to find an autumnal garter — complete with an ornamental acorn. But as twilight gathered, the couple and their day guests transformed the elegant Whitley Suite into a tongue-in-cheek chamber of horrors, with rats, spiders, flashing pumpkins and other spooky merchandise — including a life-sized, animated butler, with moving eyes, rasping breath and a chiming, chilling laugh to rival Dr Evil’s. Keith was barely recognisable as the befanged count and Colette was resplendent as his vampire bride. The delicate, amber-coloured jewellery she had worn during the day was gone, replaced by silver-plated bats at her ears and throat and a black-and-red tiara, specially designed to match her new

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to wedding day outfit. Tiny black bats roosted in her veil. Among the guests were the Grim Reaper, Hannibal Lecter, Van Helsing and Chucky, the scar-faced killer doll from Child’s Play, and in between the band’s sets, Thriller, Ghostbusters and other supernatural anthems rang out from an iPod. The couple, of Worsbrough Bridge, Barnsley, met at the Hepworth site in Crow Edge, Sheffield, where they both then worked as mechanical engineers — although it was 11 years before they actually became a couple. “Keith was a grotty 16-year-old when he started there, while I was nearly 20, and that’s quite a gap at that age!" said Colette. In June, four months before the wedding, keen motorcyclist Keith came off his Yamaha at a track day at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, smashing up his right leg. Four operations later, it was encased in a complex mesh of metalwork, presenting a rather unusual challenge to the outfitter, Frank Bird of Barnsley. Colette said: “Frank Bird was great — they put an extra seam in so that the trousers would go over the frame. Then, a few days before the wedding, the frame came off! We didn't know originally whether it would be off by then or not; it all depended on how well Keith's leg healed. “We didn’t have time to take the trousers back to Frank Bird’s but, fortunately, Keith’s mum used to be a seamstress so she was able to remove the extra seam.” The Beverleys, who share a passion for motorbikes, honeymooned on the Isle of Man, home of the legendary TT road race festival.

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Belle of Weatherfield: Vicky Binns as Molly Compton on her wedding day.

orkshire fashion designer James Steward is the proud creator of a showpiece wedding dress for Coronation Street’s New Year nuptials. The soap’s head of wardrobe headhunted James for the job after admiring a gown he made for actress Vicky Binns at a TV awards ceremony last year. Vicky plays corner shop assistant, Molly Compton, who was due to wed her onscreen fiancé Tyrone Dobbs on January 12. The challenge was to find a dress which would suit the style of Vicky’s character, flatter the actress’s petite frame and also be comfortable during the long period of time it took to film the scene. It was also important for James, who is based in Leeds, that the design was representative of his trademark style. He said: “With so many millions of viewers watching, it’s a huge advert for me – so I didn’t want people thinking I make dresses like Jordan’s.”

The glamour model’s famous creation was a colossal pink affair with a crystalencrusted bodice and record-breaking train. Molly Compton’s dress, in traditional ivory, has an altogether more sophisticated silhouette. Said James: “To create the illusion of height, it was a case of making Vicky’s body look longer by using the style lines of the corset. So I brought the front of the corset to a point below the hip line and then I laid the cream silk strappy pieces out over the top in a lattice pattern that created a longer silhouette, and made the overall design look rather mediaeval and like a traditional whale-boned corset. “With the dress being needed for two weeks’ solid filming, I couldn’t use the traditional technique of whale boning, because it would have been so uncomfortable to sit down, eat or possibly even breathe in. “So it was a more commercial polyester boning that I used, but at the


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Coronation Street wedding: Molly and Tyrone exchange vows.

front, instead of continuing the boning for the full length of the corset, I stopped it just above the waist line so that there wouldn’t be a risk of ‘lumping’ at the front – where the boning becomes creased and bent out of its intended shape after the wearer sits down. “The skirt of the dress was made to be fitted at the front, giving a leaner silhouette and making Vicky’s legs look longer, while at the back we wanted a real liquid effect with lots of fabric falling in folds behind her.” James was given just over a fortnight to create the dress, a deadline made all the more demanding by the fact that he was simultaneously working hard to complete another important commission – his sister’s wedding dress.


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Longitude 131: Luxurious pitched tents within view of Ayers Rock, a possible honeymoon destination in the Australian outback.

Honeymoon kicks in the jungle


hen former outdoor pursuits instructor Jill Dennison wed premiership footballer Carlo Nash there was no danger that their honeymoon would be two weeks on the beach in a tried-and-tested resort. They went on an action-packed roundthe-world odyssey which took the best part of a year to plan – almost as long as it took to arrange the wedding itself. With their shared passion for independent globetrotting, they wanted a honeymoon which allowed them to indulge their passion for unusual destinations and gave them the freedom to explore like backpackers. ‘Honeymoons in Style’ is their newly published guide aimed at couples seeking a similar experience, packed with ideas for a trip of a lifetime supplying adrenaline and indulgence in equal measure. It’s the second in a series of guides the couple plan to publish through their new company, Luxury Backpackers. Carlo, a goalkeeper for Everton, spends his time off season travelling with Jill to research and photograph destinations – although his job means he has to leave any dangerous activities to her. Jill said: “Carlo had nearly broken his back carrying lots of lovely coffee table books in his backpack, as well as country guides and adventure guides and we couldn’t find one guidebook that

encompassed everything we needed – the backpacking adventures twinned with staying in luxury. So that’s why we published our own. “We also felt that other guidebooks weren’t 100 per cent impartial and often felt a bit impersonal. We have been to all the destinations in our books, eaten in all the restaurants and stayed in the hotels, so recommendations are personal and we’ve never accepted a payment deal from a hotel or airline.” Honeymoons in Style focuses on eight France, Italy, Morocco, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, the South Pacific and Brazil, and each destination is divided into three sub-sections, for example: action, spa and culture and art. Featured accommodation ranges from 16th century palazzos in Rome to luxury tree-houses in the jungles of the Amazon. The guide is peppered with tips from Jill and Carlo based on their experiences, including this: “After a hard day’s adventure, book a sexy spa session for two. I’ll never forget watching my partner being showered down after a Lulur scrub by a delicate Balinese therapist who then guided him to a flower-filled bath where I was similarly pampered and waiting.” A word of warning: It’s possible to be too open to new experiences on your honeymoon. Jill said: “On arrival in Brazil we spent the first night eating at a

Jill and Carlo Nash on their wedding day. Image courtesy of Joanne Dunn.

churrascaria, and Carlo decided to be adventurous and eat ‘chicken hearts’. “Needless to say they didn’t agree with him and he spent the next ten days in bed ill. Not what you need the first week of married life.”

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