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WEDDINGS Join the Revolution! 8

The #weddingrevolution

Sugar Town 36 Sweet Sensations

The Secret Barn 38



“The photos were just beautiful and everything we expected and more.” F R A N C E S C A & M AT T

“Our photos are absolutely perfect … there's so much more in her photos than any of the guests captured, a real story of the whole day.” C AT H E R I N E & N I C K




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From the editor...

Welcome to our spring/summer issue! I love spring – the lethargy of Christmas long forgotten, lighter evenings and the promise of summer just around the corner. And, of course, with summer comes lovely outdoor weddings. Boho dresses, barefoot ceremonies, Pimm’s, picnics and hay bales... The smell of BBQs and hog roasts wafting in the breeze, street food style vendors serving your evening food – paella or wood-fire pizza perhaps? And, if you’re having a festival style wedding with a spot of glamping, how about morning coffee and porridge served from an old VW camper van? If that sounds like the kind of wedding you’re planning, I pray the great British weather will be on your side. On page 54 we discuss just that – the weather. Are you brave enough to risk it? Whatever style wedding you’re having – summer or winter – you’ll find some lovely ideas and fantastic suppliers within this magazine. I’m delighted with the colourful styled shoot on page 50. I organised the shoot and had lots of fun on the day. Manoeuvring the giant macaron towers was terrifying but wow, they’re showstoppers (and they’re alcoholic!). I also worked on the ‘Working in Weddingland...’ photo shoot on page 42 in association with The Nostalgic Wedding Fair. We wanted to capture the people behind the products; the suppliers who work so hard to bring together all the elements for your big day. They’re fun, creative, crazy and often sleep deprived... I hope you enjoy this issue and, as always, I love to receive feedback.


Helen Ruff: Editor Twitter: @DoilyDays Facebook: Doily Days

Features & Regulars 7 8 8 9 9 10 12 14 25 26 30 32 36 38 42 56 62 65 66 70

Love Emily Doily Days Loves #weddingrevolution Doily Days Loves Dublé Bublé Doily Days Loves Queen Bees Doily Days Loves Photo Prints on Wood House of Mooshki Choosing the Right Menu 10 Ways to Have an Alternative Wedding Life is Beautiful... Jordanna Marston Hen Parties at Wakehurst Place Blooming Lovely Featured Caterer, Crumble Catering Sugar Town Featured Venue, The Secret Barn Working in Weddingland Wax Lyrical about Wax Flowers The All Important First Dance Personal Shopper Wedding Fair Guide The Beauty Spot

INSPIRE 18 22 28 28 40 46 48 50 54 58

Real Wedding, The Colour of Magic Celebrating Outside with Fiesta Fields Celebrant The Rum Runner Marquee Theming Stags Head for Adventure Shape Up Colour Pop Don’t Rain On My Parade Real Wedding, Whimsical Romance

DIY BRIDE 16 Wedding Cake Bunting 17 Craft Workshop

And to finish 73 Competition 74 Vanilla Meringue Kisses

Front Cover Photo: Design by Joss Wickson: Printed by CM Print:

Artisan and bespoke flavour fat free marshmallows for that special occasion, special person or just that special time when you need a treat



We are passionate about making the finest and most beautiful stationery for your Wedding. We make every item from Save the Date to Thank you cards. Every item is handmade to order in the colours of your choice. We use only the highest quality materials.

The first impression of your special day is the invitation..... website: email: phone: 07551 755272 Find us on Facebook







by Emily Pick

Gone is the woeful wedding breakfast of frozen prawn cocktail followed by chicken breast with texture akin to the sole of your right trainer. Phew! But what now? Well, like everything else in your mounting pile of wedmin, there’s a lot to choose from and consider, but there’s an upside: it’s FOOD so you get to TASTE it all. (Don’t give me any of that wedding diet crap, I don’t wanna hear it.) Now, whilst you’re out there stuffing your faces, there’s a few important things to consider: Dietary requirements (all your guests are bloody difficult). Alcohol consumption vs. food consumption ratio (i.e drunk guests. Have you seen the video of the drunk bridesmaid who dances round the central tent pole resulting in total wedding marquee collapse? It’s funny). Tiny tummies need filling fast (hungry children = angry children). I suggest these points lead to one outcome. You can forget the whole ‘one big sit-down meal’ thing. All your guests want something different, hunger peaks at different times, people are drinking, children are getting hungrier and angrier as we speak. So, let’s break this down, give full tummy control to the guests, get some variety, and spread it out. Picnic – (My friends did this recently, it was perfect.) Big wooden crates, hampers, or baskets on tables filled with little boxes and brown parcels of meat, cheese, fruit, salad, anything at all you want to stuff in there; keep it varied to satisfy those bloody difficult guests of yours. Hearty British grub – Lots of courses of simple, hearty foods; mugs of soup followed by trays of hot or cold pies (savoury then sweet), cheeses on crackers and then grapes. Food vans & buffets – Food vans are uber popular now, and they’re great fun, choose anything from ice creams to fish and chips. Lots of cakes – A desert table or different kinds of wedding cakes on a table is a mouth-watering sight to behold, and inexpensive if you have baking friends. Add a tiered cheesecake, cupcake cake, naked cake with berries and some of your favourite desserts to please everyone. Whatever you choose, make sure you love it, have fun with it, and you keep it coming. Lots of courses mean full, happy tummies and guarantees the fussy eaters will find something they like, even if they skip a couple of courses. Bon appétit!

Emily Pick can normally be found chatting on Twitter: @Social_Berry

Photo by Jessie Rose Clifford



Our friends at Chosen Wedding Fair have taken it upon themselves to shake up the wedding industry and showcase what is really ‘now’ and fun. Created in 2012 (by a frustrated bride-to-be) they know how many creative and innovative vendors there are out there. They believe couples shouldn’t have to settle when planning a wedding, they should be satisfied they’re finding suppliers who can help them get their personalities across on their big day. “We don’t mind the traditional,” explains founder Kiki-Sunshine, “but what we do love to see are variations, new ideas and imaginations running wild whether that be in bridal wear, in floristry, accessories, or any other area.” Having trained and worked in

#WEDDINGREVOLUTION the designer/maker community, founder Kiki-Sunshine knew there was an abundance of creative talent in the UK. “The idea of uncovering this talent and bringing together a collection of creative minds who are in agreement with our manifesto fills me with absolute sheer invigorating excitement.” says Kiki. So, whether you’re a supplier or a bride/groom, you can sign up via the website www.chosenwedding. com/weddingrevolution where they will be publishing a list of suppliers. Make sure you check out Chosen’s London event on 29th March 2015 at Islington Assembly Hall.


Caroline Hancox Photography

DUBLÉ BUBLÉ I met singer, Johnny Zero at one of Belle’s Events wedding fairs a few years ago. We both religiously traipse the Sussex wedding fair circuit and we became friends. Johnny has sung at all three Doily Days parties and I’ve supported events he’s organised. I met the enchanting Curtis Skinner, again via Belle’s Events, a couple of years later. He’s a cheeky chappie with the voice of an angel and I always look forward to a bit of flirtatious banter whenever we’re at the same events. Curtis performed at our issue 3 party at the Funfair Club in Brighton. Imagine my excitement when I heard that the boys, two of the finest male swing vocalists in the business, were joining forces



to bring us a double dose of Michael Bublé and the American Songbook. Their performances include amazing duets such as “Me & My Shadow”, “Swings Both Ways”, “Sweet Dreams” and many more... Their performance is easy listening, smooth, rich... and they have a habit of making the ladies blush! They provide full PA system (insured and PAT tested), offer DJ services and of course, bring their unique style of swing, style, humour and sophistication to your event. With a combined 40 years of singing and performing between them, they certainly are a class act... Helen

Remember what it was like being a kid in a sweet shop? All the choice! The pretty colours! Well for Hampshire based Allison of Queen Bees, every day is like being in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. She makes colourful macarons for wedding favours and special events (you can even order a box online to be sent out by post). The company are constantly developing their flavour and colour combinations. Flavours currently include lemon, raspberry, rosewater and pistachio... YUM! If you have ideas for unique sweet/cake based wedding favours, make sure you contact Queen Bees, they love working on bespoke orders (we love their delicate and colourful meringue kisses).

I love photos. Old family snaps and favourite images of friends and family over the years. Memories to cherish for a lifetime and artwork to personalise your home environment. On your wedding day you’re likely to get some of the best photos ever! You’ve got a professional photographer, you’re dressed to the nines, hair and make-up professionally done. So you need some way of displaying your favourite photos of the day. How about turning them into funky wood prints? A photo printed on wood looks really amazing, especially on reclaimed wood. The image blends with the natural background and it

Queen Bees

Queen Bees also make retro sweet cones, sweet trees and edible buttonholes and bouquets (great for child bridesmaids). And, if that’s not enough of a sugar overload for you, they can provide sweet tables (pick ‘n’ mix style and beautifully displayed), a full high tea for your wedding catering and they make homemade cakes for dessert tables/pop-up tearooms.

Photograph by Charlotte Cornelius

Oh and they also hire their beautiful collection of vintage china... Helen

Photograph by Jenny Owens

PHOTO Prints on Wood shows the wood grain, knots and imperfections through the photo.

Antoinette Hoogstrate only uses recycled scaffolding; it gives the photo a rough look but with a subtle vintage feel, like a painting. Your favourite wedding photo will be printed onto the wood with a slight distressed look. The chunky wood is sanded and the edges have a slight round finish. The whole piece is finished with matt clear varnish and delivered ready to hang (although the piece is thick enough to stand on its own).




The ‘Elle‘ dress



House of Mooshki @ Creatiques, Southsea One You, One Day, One Dress... House of Mooshki dresses are fun, flirty and beautifully designed.

Creatiques bridal boutique in Southsea are proud to be the exclusive retailer for House of Mooshki in the south. Contact Creatiques to book an appointment to exclusively browse the collection. Prices start from £1400. 02392 826 622 151 Albert Road, Southsea, Hants, PO4 0JW

The ‘Daisy‘ dress

The ‘Charlotte‘ dress

The ‘Poppy‘ dress

The ‘Sophia‘ dress

The ‘Sarah‘ dress



CHOOSING THE RIGHT MENU... When it comes to your wedding day, Red Anywhere Catering help you choose the menu that is right for you. All our couples receive a complimentary tasting, which is something we feel is important. At the session, we discuss flavours, presentation and serving options. You also get to see and taste the food that has been chosen, tour our impressive kitchens, meet the team and utilise our events manager. All our couples love this part and for us, we get to know the couple and identify any influences or flavours they love, to create a truly unique menu. After the taster session, the couple receive photographs of the food with notes allowing them to make any adjustments they would like. We can also recommend wine pairings



that can either stand alone or with food. We also provide an exciting range of cocktails, and are at present putting together our Gin Menu to embrace local producers. Our desserts are second-to-none. Our sister company, Sussex Ice Cream, produces artisan handmade ice cream and sorbets, popular with older and younger guests alike! We catered for over 80 weddings last year, and not one couple had the same menu. We love creating something special, knowing that couples and guests will talk about it for a long time after. We are privileged to be part of their day and Red strives to ensure that we deliver on every aspect. To find out more please visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

By Dan Clarke

@tara_deighton 07825 585051



10 WAYS TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE WEDDING An alternative wedding doesn’t have to be wacky or crazy. It just means you don’t want to do what everyone else does. So if you want to plan an alternative wedding but don’t know where to start, try these ideas on for size…

1. Guests Forget family politics. Only invite people you REALLY want to be there. If that’s nobody, then nobody it is! 2. Venue Think about what you really love and what represents you as a couple. If you want to get married in a treehouse, tie the knot in a shark aquarium or say your vows during a freefall skydive then why the hell not? No one says you must get married in a church and have the party in a nearby hotel. 3. Clothes and shoes Bridal shops will charge you several thousands of pounds for a heavy diamante-covered monstrosity you’ll only wear once. Why not check out Topshop or any other high street shop? They have dresses



perfect for a relaxed, informal wedding, will be a fraction of the price and will probably make you look super hot instead of like a big meringue. As for shoes, your first port of call could be Irregular Choice (I love that shop). If that doesn’t float your boat, buy a pair of shoes you like the shape of, paint them and pimp them with anything from buttons to sweets to Lego men. 4. Theme Theme your wedding around something you really love. It could be anything from your favourite book or movie, a location, an era, a holiday such as Halloween, or even a hobby, like sailing or knitting. Consider asking your guests to dress to the theme. Having a theme gives you a really good starting point when it comes to organising the details of the day.

5. Flowers Instead of flowers, make a bouquet out of your favourite book, comic or music sheets. The paper bouquet featured here is made from Doctor Who comics with a Sonic Screwdriver handle! 6. Food If sit-down dinners and table plans bring you out in a cold sweat, why not throw some blankets down on the grass (in summer!) and have a picnic or a BBQ? Or have one long table where your guests choose where to sit. Other ideas include hay bales, a serve-yourself platter on the tables and hog roasts. 7. Details Pinterest has a lot to answer for when it comes to driving you crazy with ideas for details. So why not assign your wedding party the task of making or

collecting things to decorate the venue with, and ask other guests to bring a small dessert. That’s decorations and cake sorted out without lifting a finger! As for personal details, why not create a photo line – it’s conversation fodder for your guests and you can hang it up at home after the wedding. 8. Transport If your venue is within walking distance of the ceremony location, put on some flat shoes and lead a convoy on foot! If it’s a bit further, how about a beer bike, tuk tuk or motorbike? If you want to save on your transport, try looking up local vintage car enthusiasts and see if anyone wants to show off their car by driving you to your wedding. 9. Guestbook Alternative ideas include a video guestbook, a dictionary that your

guests use by looking up a word they think describes you and writing a message next to it, or a Polaroid guestbook; put out some props and a Polaroid camera so your guests can take instant snaps of each other, stick it in the book and write a message next to it. 10. Timings You don’t have to follow the conventions of ceremony at 2pm, followed by canapés, hanging about making small talk, dinner at 5pm, cut cake at 6.30pm, band sets up at 7pm and party till midnight. If you’re a morning person, drag your mates out of bed for a morning wedding and spend the afternoon doing a fun activity such as surfing or paintballing; if you’re a night owl, have a sunset ceremony – the Roman Baths in Bath do both sunrise and sunset ceremonies – I’m shooting a sunset wedding there next year, so watch this space!

Remember the ultimate key to holding an alternative wedding: if you don’t like it or don’t know why people do it, then don’t do it! Things like cutting the cake, first dance, throwing the bouquet. They’re all fine but if you don’t feel like doing them, listen to your heart and spend more time chatting, laughing and larking about. To chat about booking me as your photographer for your alternative wedding email me at anna@annapumerphotography. com or give me a ring on 07598445182.

Words By Anna Pumer Weddings


DIY Brides

Wedding Cake Bunting

A quick tutorial by Make, Do & Trend

You will need: a small piece of fabric for bunting, complimenting twine, fabric scissors, 2x lollipop sticks, fabric glue, ruler



Step 1 – Cut your fabric into diamond shapes with a 4cm middle, you will need five flags in total. Step 2 – Tie some twine to the top of one of the lollipop sticks.



Step 3 – Place a small amount of fabric glue on the bottom triangle of your first flag, trapping the twine, before folding the top triangle to meet the bottom. Step 4 – Repeat step 3 until you have attached all of your flags, making sure to leave a small equal gap between each one.


Step 5 – Attach the end of the twine to the top of the other lollipop stick and trim the ends. Step 6 – Your cake bunting is finished and ready to place on top of your wedding cake!




Craft Workshops

Make, Do & Trend offer contemporary craft workshops locally from their base in Horsham. After creator, Kirsty, struggled to find DIY inspiration when planning her own wedding, she started running craft classes personalised for brides. She wanted to offer handmade wedding workshops for other brides to learn how to make their own decorations and add DIY personal touches to their special day. In these workshops, brides come along and learn how to make decorations and share ideas with other brides whilst spending girly-time with friends or family. You can pop along to one of their upcoming craft workshops which can be tailored to your own wedding, or they can organise a private workshop for you to invite a group of friends or family.

Make, Do & Trend also offer unique craft hen party packages, they collaborate alongside other local suppliers to make your hen party one to remember. The South East coast and surrounding areas offer the perfect hen party destinations, whether you are looking to be close to the nightlife and beach in Brighton or for something more low-key in the picturesque city of Chichester or village in Steyning. Workshops are held at many handpicked venues and they can find a venue to suit your requirements or even come to you. Kirsty and her team will make sure you have a brilliant time at the hen party and leave with something special and unique as a memento of your day and precious time spent with friends and family. Any of their current craft workshops can be adapted

for your hen party or they have a selection of packages including making a quilt to pass onto the bride, pretty paper decorations and rustic Kilner jars which your hens can take home or you can use as decorations at the wedding. If you’re looking for something unusual at your wedding, Make, Do & Trend can also run one of their pop-up craft workshops on the day to keep your guests entertained. To book a workshop, view our other wedding services and further information, please visit the website.

Contact Kirsty via:





The Colour of

Magic Scarlet & Matthew from the South Coast spent three years searching for a wedding venue before discovering The Meeting House at Sussex University. Designed by Sir Basil Spence in 1966, the striking coloured windows of the circular chapel inspired the theme for their special day.



Colourful rosettes, complete with love song lyrics, were attached to an oak tree outside for our guests to choose from.

I designed the feather cape and a friend made it for me.

We made a mix CD and gave one to every guest. It lasted exactly 1 hour,11 minutes and 1 second signifying that we were now “as one�. Twenty-three songs of faith, hope and love in celebration of our marriage.



We sang “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys and “Fantasy” by Earth Wind & Fire in place of hymns.

Photography: Bride’s gown: Bride’s feather cape: Jayne Winstanley at Cape and Crown Bride’s crown: Vanessa Roe Flowers: Groom’s suit: Venue: The University of Sussex Meeting House Catering: Lighting: Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow




WITH FIESTA FIELDS Planning your big day is your chance to get creative and do things a bit differently, something totally suited to your style. Outdoor weddings and weekend-long celebrations have seen a boost in popularity and new and innovative suppliers continue to appear on the scene to meet this demand. Now Fiesta Fields can offer the ultimate blank canvas and we can’t wait to help make your al fresco dreams come true. Our fields combine secluded and beautiful outdoor spaces, overlooking the Surrey Hills, with excellent transport links



and proximity to great inns and hotels in nearby Godalming/ Guildford (just in case you and your guests don’t fancy glamping, although we highly recommend you do). The options for an outdoor wedding are limitless. You can choose every detail, no compromises and no obligation to use preferred suppliers. A casual tipi wedding with gourmet barbecue or woodfired pizzas and BYO drinks; a vintage pole tent with afternoon tea, vintage bar box and ice cream van; an opulent pavilion yurt with 3-course meal and

separate chill-out tent – we could go on and on... Yes, planning a wedding like this requires a bit more effort but we can help as little or as much as you like. Tailor one of our allinclusive packages to suit your needs, start from scratch with a totally bespoke package or if you’d like to go it alone, just choose land hire only. Feeling inspired? We’d love to chat!

Unique Prop Hire Mismatched Wooden Chairs Rustic Wooden Trestle Tables Whisky Barrels Alternative Lighting

Vintage Crockery Event Flowers 07966 170279

Email: CREATIVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, #alternative and artistic wedding photogarphy

Phone: 07790 732232 sharoncooperphotography






Life is Beautiful...

Jordanna Marston is a Midlands based photographer who travels all over the UK and abroad photographing weddings for people who like to do things ‘their way’. “Little things that make my life beautiful... My three year old son Rocco is my spirited little sidekick who keeps me on my toes; my husband Dave who is so supportive and tolerant; being with my family as much as possible; food (all

the food!); walking on sunny wintery days; high days and holidays; my couples just married and that look of ‘Oh my goodness we have finally done it!’; being able to live a creative life; making people happy through the work we create together; renovating my Victorian house; my Italian heritage and getting lost in art – be it a book, a gallery, an interior design magazine or a film.”



Hen parties at Wakehurst Place Last year I was invited along to a photo shoot organised by Ingrid Watts who runs Fine to Fabulous. I jumped at the chance! Ingrid has done vintage style hair and make-up for me

before, for industry parties and events. I just love getting into character and having fun... and having photos you can keep forever is very special. It was an amazing day (with Velvet

Storm as the photographers), I would highly recommend the Wakehurst Vintage Experience for a hen party to remember.


Our Editor looking classy!

If you book the ‘Wakehurst

make-up (choose from ‘Great Gatsby 20s/30s’ or ‘Pinup 40s/50s’)

Coach travel from Haywards Heath station

Time to relax and chat over a vintage afternoon tea (served on vintage china and including a glass of bubbly)

Vintage Experience’ for a hen party you get:

Exclusive use of the magnificent Wakehurst Mansion set in beautiful National Trust gardens in the Sussex countryside Transformed into vintage vixens with hairstyling and



A choice of activities from pole-dancing, hula hoop, burlesque, Lindy Hop or Charleston dance lessons A professional photo shoot

(with 20-50 edited pictures as a keepsake) A cocktail making session to end the day From £185 per person (discounts for groups of 15 or more) Please contact Fine to Fabulous for more detailed information 01273 597009 or 07901946529 or




Celebrating the milestones of life are times when we gather friends and loved ones to create treasured memories. Hilary Channing is a wedding celebrant, she designs and conducts bespoke ceremonies that reflect your ideas, lifestyle and personalities. For a civil wedding/partnership to be recognised in law, the legal part can be short and basic. It must take place in front of two witnesses and a registrar at an approved venue. It can be done before the day of your ceremony and the rest of the service can be celebrated at any location. You may choose to have the ceremony outside in a natural location, you can write you own intimate vows and choose readings and songs that are meaningful for you. Hilary can help you incorporate different cultures and beliefs, and include symbolic elements such as hand fasting, rose and candle ceremonies. Ensure you have the ceremony you want... however quaint or quirky that may be.

The Rum Runner

The Rum Runner is a mobile bar company specialising in bespoke cocktails. They supply everything from the staff and the bar to the alcohol, mixers, glassware and ice. Much as they love mojitos and margaritas, their passion lies in introducing new drinks and flavours. Examples of their cocktails include: Damascan Rose (pictured in advert) Cardamom-infused Vodka shaken with Fresh Lemon, Apple, Lychee and Rose Port Royal 7yr-Aged Rum with Fresh Lime Juice, Blood Orange and a Spiced Port Reduction Grape Expectations Star Anise-infused Bourbon shaken with Fresh Lemon, Peach, Ginger and White Grapes They ask for your favourite ingredients, whether that’s fruits, herbs, teas, wines... and they work them into bespoke and original drinks. Where possible, their juices are freshly squeezed. You get a complimentary tasting to tweak each drink to your taste. They have run their bar at the Banksy Exhibition at Sotherby’s, the Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Opera House (to name but a few).



Photo Douglas Fry

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Crumble Catering The sort of food grandma used to make...

Interview with Adam Gill

Hello Adam! We love Crumble Catering. Can you give us some information regarding your background and experience?

menus coming up this year?

My passion for food started when I worked in my local Farm Shop in Milford, Surrey. They grew a lot of their own produce and I took an interest in the farming side too. Alongside the shop, I worked for a catering company in Godalming, first of all front-of-house and then I began to work in the kitchen, helping to prepare and cook the food. When was Crumble Catering born? I decided to follow my dreams and start my own business so I launched Crumble in 2012. It took ages to decide on the name, I wanted to produce decent, home-cooked food, the sort grandma used to make. ‘Crumble’ felt perfect. What kind of menus do you provide? Anything from afternoon teas to formal sit-down meals. I



provide quite a lot of ‘sharing’ menus. For me, there is nothing better than a huge pot of beef bourguignon or a chicken tagine to dive into. Food is very sociable and I love seeing guests tuck into their meals, sharing around the table. I’m very much in to Moroccan and Middle Eastern food at the moment, so this features heavily in my menu suggestions. What’s the best/most memorable menu you’ve worked on? We have provided ‘carve at the table’ lamb to a beautiful couple and their guests in London, a 6-course wedding breakfast in Portsmouth – smoked chicken and mango salad followed by shots of mushroom and marsala soup, then chilli prawns on a shirazi salad, then blood orange sorbet followed by roast sirloin of beef and apple crumble with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream. We’ve also worked on some wonderful picnic menus. Do you have any exciting events/

We’re providing a French themed picnic on the Isle of Wight and we’re getting involved with the Amazing Thailand Festival in Milford. How do you present your food? I try to be imaginative when I serve canapés – I’ve got old books, clock faces, mirrors and slates. Presentation is important with food. I use smart white crockery for the main meals, and the afternoon teas I serve on vintage china. What food do you see being popular this year? The ‘carve at the table’ idea is popular and a lot of clients are asking for Ottolenghi inspired menus – big salads, spicy and aromatic meat – the Middle Eastern theme! Crumble Catering have some fantastic testimonials on their website:

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You can email Adam: Or call him: 01730 815 401 / 07415 435 490



Weddings | Functions | Corporate Events

Beautifully renovated, Long Furlong Barn is set in the picturesque South Downs National Park just outside Worthing and within easy access of London, Brighton and Southampton. It is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and offers you stunning architecture, modern facilities and first class food. All will combine to ensure your special day is a truly memorable occasion.



Call us: 01903 790 259 Email us: Visit us: Clapham | Worthing | West sussex | Bn13 3xn



Brighton Bakes

Macaron Madam

sugar town

Sylvia’s Kitchen





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‘Jessica’s creations are delectably inventive and deliciously tasty.’ – OK Magazine From the traditional 3-course meal to a vintage afternoon tea, let me create a bespoke, affordable day for you that makes you happy, and leaves you free to enjoy your guests – and each other!

07966 867257



SHHHh... The Secret Barn Here at Petal & Feast we are super pleased to release our newest project into the wild! The Secret Barn is a ‘proper barn’, on a proper farm, nestled down a quiet country lane in West Sussex. With views of The Downs and lovely countryside, this barn is the quintessential rural idle, complete with a paddock for camping (up to 50 happy campers), an orchard – perfect for a Darling-Buds-of-MayStyle, Humanist, or hippy-handfasting type ceremony, and lawn for canapé-ing on or toasting marshmallows over the fire pit. There is use of The Secret Barn itself (seats up to 90/stands up to 180), with beams crying out for fairy lights and floor boards begging to be danced on! Think trestle tables, festoon lights, hay bales, star-gazing, wild flowers and festivally fun. The Secret Barn is an authentically rustic hideaway, it has lots of old woody beams and original flooring, it is not a ‘done-up wedding barn’, and we love it



all the more for its cracks and creaks – hopefully you will too. It is by no means a wedding factory and we will only be booking a very limited number of weddings there between about May and September, we have no intention of turning this little slice of Sussex into a wedding conveyor belt, and we want every couple that books to be able to relax and enjoy it, without the feeling that they have to be out and cleared up for the next wedding in line. We have parking and Portaloos, nicely hidden away in an outbuilding. If you are looking for a wedding-y wedding venue then The Secret Barn is probably not it. If, however, you are looking for something more relaxed and properly rustic we have that in spades! You would be able to come and set everything up beforehand, enjoy your day, and come back to clear up and pack up your bits. As we are only booking a few weddings a year we can give you more time to set up

and pack away; there’s more time to get creative and you can do the clear up in a fairly relaxed way too. If you have been disheartened by chair covers, saddened by sugared almonds or disillusioned by the formality of it all, then we might be just the antidote you are looking for. Our website, www. should give you a good idea of who we are, what we are like and what we do, from feasts to flowers, barns to ice-cream bikes, we are here to save you and help you get the day you actually want! We are now taking bookings for 2016, for our food, flowers and The Secret Barn and would love to hear from you. Give us a buzz on 07909 608 311 or drop me an email to hannah@ Looking forward to hearing from you, Hannah & The Gang

Featured Venue

Words by Hannah Best All photography: Decor & Stying: The Bride!



Marquee Theming Vintage/Festival/Bohemian/ English Country Garden… all popular themes last year. This year, Blank Canvas Marquees and their styling partners, Distinctly Styled, tell us about the hottest trends and themes for 2015 and beyond... Ever since the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, clients and party planners have been going mad for the glamorous swinging 20s style. Set the tone with some lively jazz music, dress the tables with silky fabrics and add finishing touches – mirrors, sparkle and geometric art deco shapes. Accompany with decadent food served on gold charger plates and sparkling crystal champagne flutes. Being based on the South Coast,



Blank Canvas Marquees have the beach in their hearts and sand between their toes. Put your feet up in an old fashioned deckchair whilst nibbling on a fish & chip canapé and sipping a tequila sunrise. Create the mood at the dinner table with candlelit storm lanterns and driftwood centre pieces. For dessert you can choose from a selection of locally produced Sussex ice cream. A scoop, or three, of salted caramel anyone? Blank Canvas Marquees aim to link food and beverages with your desired theme to create the full package. The catering team at Red Anywhere (see page 12) will work with the brief and create bespoke, fun canapés, a luxurious themed dinner & stylish cocktails.



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“Events are like a box of chocolates, you never know what exhibitor you’re going to get.” Alex,

“I love that my job is playing with flowers and always feel honoured to be a part of a family’s special day.” Annie,

“My mum and dad love vintage vehicles. When there’s a wedding they dress me up and parade me around.” Ozzie,

On a cold winter’s day in January a group of wedding suppliers braved the elements to take part in a photo shoot at a very frosty Duncton Mill Fishery in Petworth. The shoot

was organised by Helen (Doily Days editor) and Alex who runs The Nostalgic Wedding Fair. The suppliers who took part are exhibitors at The Nostalgic Wedding Fair’s event at Stansted

House on March 8th. An opportunity to see the creative people who work their magic to bring you a beautiful wedding day (and a chance for them to have a little fun too).

“I hated needlework when I was at school. Probably because we had to make dull things such as oven gloves... Now I make much more glamorous items and it’s my absolute passion!” Gail,

“We are most certainly all beautiful inside and out, but isn’t it amazing the power make-up has to enhance that beauty further still?” Caroline,



“There are three things a girl needs: a pretty dress to be twirled in, a MASSIVE scoop of Caravanilla ice cream & a flamingo.” Charlie,

“Ironer of shirts, supplier of safety pins, a smiling face and a hug when it’s all getting too much.” Caroline,

“I love to make, I need to make; I make unique, bespoke, exquisite, ethereal, glamorous bridal accessories.” Claire, “Looking how you have always imagined... fresh, polished and beautiful, yet unmistakably you.” Toni,

“I love collaborating with couples, and to photograph brides and grooms who like to do things a little differently.” Ash ,



“Our best advice – enjoy the journey. Let us take care of the rest.” Karen, “Good morning, Naomi Sautter Weddings and Events… Oh, Prince Harry!” Naomi,

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Head for adventure words by Helen Ruff

1930s Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea

Bushcraft/Survival Weekend

The stag party began as a refined ‘gentleman’s dinner’ during which male friends and relatives joined the groom in the drawing room for an evening of drinking, eating, smoking cigars and toasting the bride’s health. Metrodeco Tea Salon in Brighton aim to recreate this genteel tradition with their Gentleman’s Tea Party:

A stag do in the woods of East Devon... on the edge of Dartmoor. Could there be anything more primal? You’ll start in the afternoon by getting the camp set up before splitting into two groups and getting the fires going (by friction). Let the competition commence! Then you’ll cook dinner over the fire. Options include fish with foraged salad or a stew of game sourced from the local marksman. After dinner it’s time for a game in the woods and late night fire-side activities include storytelling (your leader Chris Holland has some great tales to share), drumming, didgeridoo, etc. The next morning, after a fry up, you can choose your activity... a wild food walk perhaps (forage for wild edibles and medicinal plants)? Or create some woodland bling (for wives, girlfriends and the bride to be!). Other options (to be arranged prior to the trip) include archery and a balance beam martial arts contest.

Celebrate in style with a Crysler Sting or a Bourbon Slush, feast on a fabulous selection of savouries (such as sandwiches, scotch eggs and pork pies) followed by scones and cakes... All washed down with a glass of real ale or a fine whiskey. Your party will be seated in a private area of the vintage tea salon where board games, in keeping with the occasion, will be available. £26 per person Metrodeco also organise alternative packages for stags in Brighton, such as: gentleman’s grooming, private dining, burlesque shows and whiskey tasting.



One night: £100 per person Two nights: £150 per person

If paintball/go karts, shots, blow-up dolls and lap dance clubs are your idea of a good stag do, turn the page now. Here we share some of our stag party ideas for the more discerning gentleman (as editor, Helen, previously worked in the hen and stag industry, this is a real area of expertise!).

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Don’t Rain On My Parade Cast your mind back to the summers we had in the 80s. If you booked a party for August it wouldn’t cross your mind that it would be anything less than glorious sunshine. Al fresco dining was a given. There simply were no wet weather plans. But oh how times have changed! And do you want to risk it on your wedding day? I’ve seen some complete wash-outs. Receptions totally geared up to sunshine – bales of hay, hog roasts, tea on the lawn – only for the heavens to open, guests to be huddled in too-small tipis, having to wade through the mud in high heels to get to the Portaloos. I’ve seen brides who’ve refused to believe it could possibly rain on their wedding day only to be mortified when the sky turns black. Of course, rain is a great

excuse for colourful brollies and wellies to match your theme and as long as your guests are warm, cosy and dry it’s fine. As long as there IS a plan. Here at Doily Days we love Crystal Rain Mac www. They produce tailored, elegant, seamless and totally transparent rain macs so there’s no need for the beautiful dress you’ve spent thousands of pounds on to be covered up with your mum’s old Primark poncho. Take the weather in your stride, that’s what we say! I also think the weather these days has spread out the wedding season. Why have your wedding during the peak summer season (May-September) when prices are at a premium? Chances are

you’ll have a lovely sunny, warm day in March or October. And if you opt for a winter wedding you’ll be able to get some great deals and think all things cosy – furs, mulled wine, roaring fires. Then there’s no need to worry (unless you end up with a freak heatwave in December). Talking of cosy, we’re loving They provide reindeer hides and open fireplaces in their tipis. If the weather’s good, open up the sides, the fire pits are still great for the evening and the reindeer hides make the benches soft and comfy. If the weather’s bad, batten down the hatches and get cosy. Best of both worlds.

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Saracen brides made an enchanting impression on the Crusaders who brought orange blossom back home to England for their sweethearts. Symbolising chastity and innocence to the ancient Chinese, it also came to symbolise fertility as the flowers and fruit can appear on the plant at the same time. Queen Victoria wore it on her wedding day; it was in her hair, pinned all over her dress and given to her guests as favours tied with silk ribbon. She also made popular the inclusion of myrtle, symbolic of luck and fidelity, at her daughter’s wedding. So, the 19th century girl without an orangery to call her own needed an alternative. Enter the wax flower. The blossoms and buds



were made from paper or textile coated with beeswax. Sprigs and trails of flowers, attached to gowns, shoes and headdresses were made up in a loose natural style. As fashions changed the headdresses became much more stylised and took on the form more of tiara with regimented lines of buds and blossoms in up to three rows at a time. Feathers, beads and wired diamantes were added too. Once creamy white in colour, the 19th century flowers develop a honey tone with age. Towards the end of the century, paraffin wax was used and tends to remain much whiter. Pearl paint developed to make artificial pearls was adapted by the wax flower makers and by the 1930s other types of flowers had appeared, lilies

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Anna Sin and her pop-up band are a skiffle act who spend their time vagabonding around the UK and stalking Brighton’s watering holes with residencies around the city. They’ve played in venues from churches, beautiful weddings to club nights, festivals, corporate parties, diners and dives. The band pride themselves on their shape-shifting ability; they’re able to scrub up for a wedding, scrub down for a club night and put their specs on for a self-run workshop with the elderly.



The first dance is the most important song to feature in your wedding soundtrack; not necessarily because of its tradition but because in all honesty, it can be the only tender moment a newlywed couple have together until the end of the night. Providing the music for the first intimate and private moment between a newlywed couple is a privilege I am overjoyed to experience. When people ask me what I’d suggest as a first dance, I always say the same thing, “this is the first song you will hear, the first song you will dance to and the first song

you’ll always remember as a twosome; make this a song that means something to you.” With that in mind I have compiled a list of songs that would mean something to me or have done to many happily married friends of mine, in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.

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Make-up is more advanced than ever before and, with HD cameras, make-up artists are more aware of their application methods. HD can show every line from a brush or sponge, if not blended well. When I started working with make-up, I researched the possibilities and found all makeup is only as good or bad as the artist applying it. It’s not the make-up product that will make or break the look, it’s the artist’s methods.

silicone, paraben free and not tested on animals. Foundation colours can be mixed and, being such a fine mist, your true skin tone shows through making it look more natural. Most are water-resistant, although do not wipe away tears or sweat, instead just ‘blot’ to ensure 18 hours of wear. It is often used to camouflage tattoos and any unwanted skin discolouration as it does not come off with slight rubbing or brushing.

Airbrush make-up is liquid applied via a small airgun in a super fine mist that gives a thin layer on the skin creating undetectable coverage. Some formulas are with or without

Mineral make-up is fine powder made from oxidizing processed crushed minerals. It creates an even porosity on the skin’s surface for a smoother, matte finish. Its natural composition

includes reflective properties, creating an almost pearly finish. And as lovely as it is, light will reflect off the minerals, creating a distinctly brighter, lighter face thus making it unsuitable for photography. Traditional make-up is the most versatile and can be applied in many different ways. Your skin type will determine the best formula suited to you. A good, high quality product can look awful if applied incorrectly. It is incredibly flexible and can be fixed within seconds, so allow for occasional touch-ups. Make-up with SPF will make your face whiter in pictures. Ultimately, it all depends on your personal preference. I always recommend a trial to see the full effect and how it looks on your skin. My team and I prefer using airbrush make-up because of the speed, ease and flawless results every time. Ingrid Watts and her team at Fine to Fabulous are trained to use Dinair Airbrush Make-up. For more information Salon: 01273 597009 Mobile: 07901 946529



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Vanilla Meringue Kisses These sweet little vanilla scented meringue kisses can be coloured to match your theme – here I’ve used pretty pastels. Put them in big glass bowls on your dessert or dining tables for guests to share, or place small handfuls in ribbontied cello-bags for delicious home-baked wedding favours. Ingredients: 100g free range egg white Pinch of salt 150g caster sugar 50g icing sugar, sifted 1 tsp good quality vanilla extract Gel food colours Method: Preheat the oven to 80c, gas mark ¼ and line a couple of baking trays with parchment paper. Photo by



Place the egg whites and salt in a large clean bowl and begin

whisking on a high speed. As the whites are stiffening, gradually add the caster sugar. When the whites reach the ‘stiff peak’ stage stop whisking and carefully fold in the vanilla extract and icing sugar. Divide the meringue mixture equally according to the number of colours you are using and add gel colour to each bowl to achieve your desired shades. Be careful when adding the colour as it is very concentrated! Spoon each coloured mix into a disposable piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe your kisses onto the parchment lined baking trays. Bake for 2-3 hours until completely dry and crisp. Store in an airtight container until needed.

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