Celebrity Secrets: Weddings (Olivia & Alex Bowen)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding had the entire world gripped on Saturday 19th May. The whole day was a fairy tale from start to finish, especially when we spotted the Duchess of Sussex, leaving for her evening reception, with Princess Diana’s Asprey emerald-cut aquamarine cocktail ring on her finger. What better tribute is there to Harry’s late mother than such an incredible gift of ‘something blue’? With talk of their big day set to continue, now’s the perfect time to reveal our second wedding issue of the year. Our cover stars are none other than Love Island’s Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland, who are set to wed in style this September. Alex wears suit from nooseandmonkey.com Sitting down with the duo for Olivia wears dress an exclusive chat, we find out from houseofcb.com and earrings from when they came to realise their ottomanhands.com romance was for keeps (p8). We’re also jam-packed with bridal style and advice, so turn to p20 for the ultimate wedding guide to organising your own big day. All this plus bridal gowns to swoon over (p43) and exclusive interviews with Vicky Pattison, Izzy Judd, Dawn Ward, Michelle Heaton, Nicola McLean and even Jamie Oliver’s best mate Jimmy Doherty, who fill us in on what they loved the most about their own wedding day. Enjoy the issue,

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& Olivia Buc lland Celebrity Secrets caught up with the reality stars to find out about their wedding plans Interview: Claire Muffett-Reece THE MOMENT THE Celebrity Secrets team meet up with Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland, it’s clear to see they’re besotted with each other. Their spark is as fresh as it was when they fell in love, on camera, on ITV2 reality series Love Island back in 2016. Since coming off the show as runners-up, they’ve got engaged, got a dog – Reggie, who wins everyone over on our shoot at Essex wedding venue, Braxted Park – bought their forever home and are now busy organising their wedding. How are they feeling about it all? We sat them down for an exclusive chat…

Alex and Olivia, you’re tying the knot this September at an Essex country manor house. How are you feeling? Alex ‘I’m really excited. I’ve had my stag party, Liv has her hen do soon, then all of a sudden the wedding will be here.’ Olivia ‘We’re on a countdown now. I’m just nervous because we haven’t sent out the invites yet!’ Alex ‘We did save the dates though, didn’t we?’ Olivia ‘They were only for the day guests, so the people we want to invite to the evening have no idea!’



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Tell us about the day itself… O ‘We chose September because every year when growing up I went to our town carnival, and it was always really nice weather. But last year on the date we’ve chosen it rained!’ A ‘We’ve got to keep positive for sunshine.’ O ‘The venue grounds are beautiful so we want to get some great shots outside. The bridal suite is also incredible and was one of the reasons we chose to get married there.’


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Why Essex rather than Alex’s home town of Birmingham – or even overseas? A ‘Overseas is out of the question for Olivia, because she’s already talking about our vow renewal! Liv’s family is much bigger, and mine’s quite separated, so it makes sense to marry in Essex.’ O ‘It’s going to be a big wedding, and asking everyone to travel overseas would never work.’ Let’s go back to the very beginning. Did you think you’d found ‘the one’ when you met on Love Island? A ‘We spoke about this yesterday. Someone put a clip on Twitter showing Liv on the show saying ‘I’m never going to get married’. I retweeted it saying, ‘Well, you are now!’’ O ‘We tried to keep things casual because we didn’t want to put pressure on ourselves, but every day we just got closer. It happened really naturally, just in a really unnatural place.’ A ‘I think that’s why we worked out. If you force something you end up just wrecking it.’ What did you think of each other at first? O ‘I thought he was going to be a player! He’s good-looking and has an amazing body, so I thought he’d be full of himself.’ A ‘Never judge a book, Liv…’ O ‘I had a bad image of men at the time. I thought he was fit – but would be an arsehole!’ A ‘I went on the show late and didn’t watch it before I went in. The day I got there I had to watch some episodes to catch up, and I liked Liv straight away.’ Was it weird leaving the show and dating, knowing you’d been intimate already? O ‘Not at all. Alex went back to Birmingham, but within two hours we realised we couldn’t be apart. He moved to Essex the next day and we’ve lived together ever since.’ Who said ‘I love you’ first? A ‘I’ve never told anyone this before now! It was the live final and Olivia was nervous, so I put my arm around her and said, ‘You’ll be alright, Liv… I love you.’ And she didn’t hear me! It was another few months before I let on I’d actually said it first.’

O ‘Before then I thought I’d said it first! We’d gone out for dinner with Cara [De La Hoyde] and Nathan [Massey], and I’d had a couple of strawberry daiquiris and was feeling brave… I whispered, ‘Can I tell you something?’ And he went, ‘Yeah’ so I said, ‘I love you. ’ I’m glad he said it back!’ on


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Tell us about your 2016 engagement in New York… A ‘I’d bought Olivia’s engagement ring three months after we came out of Love Island. I wanted a Rolex, so Liv said, ‘If I buy you a Rolex, you’ve got to buy me an engagement ring’ as a joke. A few days later I was shopping in Lakeside and spotted a ring in the style she liked. I bought it, then kept it at my mum’s before we went to New York.’

Who knew you were going to ask Olivia to marry you? A ‘I asked her mum and dad for permission – and they both said yes straight away because they love me! Plus, at Liv’s clothing launch for Quiz, I got all her friends together to tell them.’ Tell us how it panned out… A ‘It was the day before New Year’s Eve and I hired a rooftop overlooking the One World Trade Center. I was so nervous that I was really off with Liv, so we had a bit of a squabble.’ O ‘You were so quiet all day and I couldn’t understand why you weren’t talking to me!’ A ‘The ring was in my pocket, so when she cuddled me I shrugged her off! Finally we got to the rooftop, where I got down on one knee and proposed.’ O ‘I went, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’ I was so shocked though that I didn’t cry! A couple of hours later we were in the bar and I burst into tears, because I realised what had just happened.’ celebritysecrets.com

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We love how you didn’t rush, waiting just under two years to get married… A ‘It’s a great thing to call someone your fiancée. After that it’s just husband and wife for the rest of your life.’ O ‘We wanted to enjoy being engaged, plus we hadn’t been together long. It was also about security, because I struggled with trust issues before I met Alex. Being engaged has made me feel so secure.’ Who’s been doing most of the planning? O ‘Alex doesn’t really get involved with any of the organising!’ A ‘I’ve done my suits, and Liv’s sorted the main things with the wedding. Now she’s done the hard bit I can get involved!’ What can you tell us about the dress? O ‘I’ve actually only just chosen it! I found one then realised I didn’t really like it, so I ended up choosing another – but still wasn’t completely sure. Then when I did find ‘the one’ I loved the newer version of it!’ Was there a set style you wanted? O ‘I’ve tried on every dress possible – probably over 40! I cried at a lot of them and thought I’d found ‘the one’, when in fact I was just overexcited by it all.’ A ‘She cries at everything.’ O ‘There’s so many stunning dresses out there, but there will be one that feels like you when you wear it, and that’s the reason I finally chose mine.’ Alex, tell us about your suit… A ‘Moss Bros are making it from scratch. I’ve got 11 groomsmen and everyone’s getting their suit tailored, whereas I’ve had mine custom-made. I’ve picked all the buttons and the lining on the inside, and there’s even some words in there.’ O ‘It says ‘Alex and Olivia’ along with our wedding date.’ Is everything sorted with your bridesmaids? O ‘I’ve got seven. My little sister, who’ll be three, will be my flower girl. I’m having four friends from school and I’ve also got Cara and Tina [Stinnes], who are my best mates from Love Island.’

Alex, reports state you’ve got three best men… A ‘I’ve got two best men, and the rest of the party are ushers. Even my granddad’s one!’ Will your dog, Reggie, be your ring bearer? O ‘We’re going to try and train him.’ A ‘He loves cheese, so if we put some in my pocket he might sniff it out!’ How many guests are invited? O ‘For the day it’s around 100, and in the evening it will go up to 250. I’ve fallen out with people over the guest list – but it’s impossible to invite everyone.’ s Alex wears jacket from moss.co.uk and trouser from frenchconnection.com Olivia wears jumpsuit from mishacollection.uk and shoes from freyarose.com

What celebrities will be there? A ‘Iain Stirling’s coming, who’s the voice of Love Island. We’re asking him to be our toastmaster as he’s a really good friend.’

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Is there anybody you’re not inviting? O We’ve lost touch with most of the people from Love Island so a lot of them aren’t coming.’ Alex, are you turning up in a supercar? A ‘I need to get my transport sorted! I want six Bentleys for the groomsmen and I want to arrive in something cool, like a Lamborghini.’ What about entertainment? A ‘We’re getting a magician for the evening, and we’ve also got fireworks at the end of the night.’ O ‘My cousin sings and plays the guitar, so he’s performing. We’ve also got a special guest in mind, which I’m really hoping will happen.’ Any plans for flowers? O ‘When I told Alex the cost of the flowers he nearly had a heart attack!’

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A ‘How can something that grows out of the ground be so expensive?’ O ‘I’ve even made sure that the bathroom has lots of flowers in it! I want all our guests to be sitting on the loo while looking at a really nice flower arrangement!’ What are you doing for food? O ‘We’ve got a sit-down meal, then in the evening we’re having a hog roast and BBQ. And of course there’s a free bar…’ A ‘We’ve got to have a free bar. I want all my friends and family to have the best time ever and really enjoy themselves.’ What can you tell us about your cake? O ‘It’s huge! We’ve gone for 10 tiers and we’ve got five different flavours, one of which is red velvet and one that’s Champagne.’ celebritysecrets.com


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Moving on to your hen and stag parties. Alex, what was yours like? A ‘I went to Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago. It was mental – there were over 20 of us for five days! I need to sort a UK one next, probably in Birmingham.’ O ‘I’ve got two hens planned. I’m going to Mykonos with my girlfriends, and then there’s a calmer one in the UK, where we’re going to do stuff like clay pigeon shooting.’ What are you planning for your honeymoon? O ‘We’re going to Sri Lanka for a week first, because Alex needs to be constantly active!’ A ‘There’s no way I could lie on a sun lounger for two weeks.’

O ‘Sri Lanka’s our travelling holiday, then after that we’re off to the Maldives once Alex has worn himself out.’

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Speaking of wearing yourself out… Alex, you said you wanted to get Olivia pregnant on your wedding night… A ‘I did say that, I don’t know if we’re ready – but then again who is ever really ready? Liv’s got her show and I’ve got my clothing brand, so it’s not necessarily the right time.’ O ‘We’ve both got really cool things coming up with our careers, so we’ll see!’ You’ve got a TV crew following you around today. What’s that about? O ‘They’re filming a special about our wedding, called Alex and Olivia Said Yes, which is being aired on TLC in September. We were worried at first it might be too invasive, but I respect the channel and the crew are a great bunch.’ A ‘Plus it’s something we can look back on in years to come.’ Have they filmed you arguing? O ‘No – as we get on really well! If we bicker it’s because I have to say something about 20 times.’ A ‘And then it’s over in five minutes.’ O ‘I once read something that said it’s not you versus him, it’s you two against the problem. So that’s how we look at life – it’s never us against each other, it’s us against anything else.’

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What makes you realise you’ve found your soul mate? O ‘I know what relationships shouldn’t be like, because I’ve been in them. Then I met Alex. It’s the way he treats me, the way we get along, and the way we laugh together. He’s my best friend and I can’t wait to become Mrs Bowen.’ A ‘Before I met Liv I used to love my own company. Now I always want her by my side, even if we’re just watching TV. We were meant to be together.’

It sounds like you rarely sit still with all your business ventures… A ‘I’m rebranding my clothes line. It’s not even out yet and there’s stores that already want it.’ O ‘Next year I’m going to start the women’s side of the brand. I’ve also got my show, Second Chance Dresses, on TLC. I’m so happy as I’ve always wanted to be a presenter.’ Will we see you on any more reality TV? A ‘Liv would be great on Strictly…’ O ‘I danced for 15 years when I was young, so it would be lots of fun. We also want to do I’m A Celebrity but we’d be rubbish at the tasks. Alex would do a Gemma Collins!’ A ‘I couldn’t cope with the rations, I’m a real grump when I’m hungry. I need to eat over 4,000 calories a day or I lose weight!’ What about presenting Love Island? A ‘I always thought we should host the challenges, but Liv’s the better presenter.’ O ‘It would be interesting to be on the other side of the show though…’ A ‘There’s loads of happy stuff that they don’t put in as it would be boring to watch. It’s a great gig – you just sunbathe, talk and do naughty things with each other!’ What would you say to this year’s contestants? A ‘Enjoy yourself and don’t think about anything else.’ O ‘People try to act a certain way because they want to come across right, but the real you will always come out in the end. Just remember to be yourself and try to forget that the cameras are even there.’ CS Celebrity Secrets would like to thank the following people for this shoot: Photography Alan Strutt alanstrutt.pixelrights.com Location Braxted Park braxtedparkweddings.co.uk Art direction Claire Muffett Reece and Jennifer Harland, assisted by Amelia Glean Hair Chris Long instagram.com/chris88hair Make-Up Laura Louise instagram.com/lauralouisemua Styling Joanna Femi-Ola joannafemi-ola.com Videography Patrick Magill

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Looking back on your big day, what did you love the most? ‘Our service, as we had lots of music including McFly playing Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys. Harry proposed with this in the background, so it was great to hear it again at our wedding.’ Is there anything you would have done differently? ‘The only tiny regret I had was not recording the music from the service, as we would have loved to listen back to it.’ What flowers did you have? ‘Our wedding was on the 21st December, so we had pink roses in my bouquet and Christmas trees in pink and silver.’

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What are the current trends? ‘Floral work – succulents, dahlias and hellebores, alongside hollyhocks and peonies are popular. Creams, sage greens, pinks and lilacs are also popular for forthcoming events.’ What was it like working with the Judds? ‘They were lovely. We got to enjoy many conversations with them, full of love stories, family, achievements and fun. The cake was also displayed on one of Harry’s drums instead of a traditional cake stand. It was very biographical and very personal to them both.’ celebritysecrets.com

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Is your service always so personalised? ‘Always. Sometimes people know exactly what they want and it’s very straightforward, but sometimes a story unfolds and a cake comes from that.’ Have you worked with other celebrities? ‘Many. We always promise the utmost discretion and privacy. It’s not up to us to use our customers as advertising. However, if our customers choose to show off their cake, we are delighted!’ choccywoccydoodah.com

What was your cake like? ‘It had a violin and drumsticks on it, as well as the lyrics from McFly’s Back In Wonderland Like It Was Yesterday. Harry and I met on McFly’s Wonderland tour so it meant a lot.’ Where did you honeymoon? ‘Harry proposed in St Lucia, so we stayed in the UK to celebrate Christmas with our families. We went to the Cotswolds afterwards for a spa break and country walks.’ Izzy’s book, Dare To Dream, is available to buy now Read more from Izzy online at celebritysecrets.com

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The singer tells us all about her big day back in 2010 You’re celebrating your eight-year anniversary this July. What’s the secret? ‘For me it’s all about give and take and allowing each other to grow as individuals as well as a couple. Plus, we have time for just the two of us – date nights are important!’

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Did you have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? ‘Yes… but that would be telling. The thing I can say was that my something new was the dress – and the old was my underwear!’ What advice would you give to anyone getting married abroad? ‘We wanted to get married somewhere that we could look back on and appreciate how beautiful it was. It’s also no hassle – plus you’re already on your honeymoon!’ Michelle Heaton Hot Flush: Motherhood, the Menopause and Me is published by Michael O’Mara Books (hardback, £18.99)

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What was the best thing about your big day? ‘No drama, no pressure, and no one to worry about.’


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The model on what she loved about her wedding

What was your wedding dress like? ‘It was by an Israeli brand called My Lady and cost a whopping £10,000, but it was honestly worth every penny. It was strapless with a tight corset covered in Swarovski crystals. The skirt was huge with layers of organza silk – it was very Disney princess.’ What favours did you give to guests? ‘Crystal Champagne bottle stoppers with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. I love fizz so it was a natural choice for me!’

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Tell us about your honeymoon… ‘My husband [footballer Tom Williams] packed my cases and planned it all – I had no idea where we were going! We went to the Maldives, and, without going in to too much detail, did what people usually do on their honeymoons – as there isn’t much else to do when you’re there!’


Kim and Kanye wanted to keep their wedding day private, so asked their guests to leave their phones at home. Instead, a photobooth was hired, so guests Christina Aguilera could still mark the happy occasion. Other celebs have hired some of the world’s best photographers to snap the occasion. Step


Did you have an elaborate wedding cake? ‘Yes, it wasn’t huge but it was covered in flowers with crystal centres. I don’t think I even ate any as my corset was tied so tightly!’



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forward LA-based Joe Buissink, commissioned to shoot the weddings of Jessica Simpson, J-Lo and Christina Aguilera. ‘Pick someone who’s 100% passionate about photography,’ he says. ‘For me it’s all about story telling and specific moments. Every wedding is different, so why should everything be posed? When revisiting your wedding album 20 years from now, you should be able to remember what you were feeling in the images that were captured.’

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The reality queen on her upcoming wedding plans

Did watching the royal wedding make you excited about your own big day? ‘Definitely! Meghan is gorgeous and I’m so happy that Prince Harry has found someone to settle down with – it’s the absolute best feeling when you find it!’ You first dated John when you were 21. What drew you back together? ‘We bumped into each other on a train about two years ago, got texting and soon started dating. It was fate – he was always the right person, but the first try was the wrong time.’


also my cousin and a couple of other friends, and my sister’s my maid of honour.’

John proposed on a dog walk – were you expecting it? ‘No – I actually thought he was finishing with me! While we were out I kept trying to hug him, but he was being really evasive. Little did I know the ring was in his pocket and he was worried I’d feel it!’ Have you chosen your bridesmaids? ‘I’ve asked one of my best friends from home, as well as Ferne McCann – I love that girl! There’s



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You and John postponed your wedding. Why? ‘There wasn’t enough time to plan and we didn’t think about practicalities. Planning the engagement party made me realise how time-consuming it was going to be. We decided to get the house sorted first, have a couple of holidays and have the wedding later. There are no problems – and no pregnancy!’

Can you reveal anything about the wedding venue? ‘We have a venue that we absolutely love. It accommodates 160-180 for the day and then 200 people for the reception. We want something manageable and intimate and we want people at our wedding who’ve been present throughout both of our journeys and have supported us. The wedding will be traditional and romantic. Expect the whole nine yards, but in a classic way!’ CS Our invite to the big day must have been mislaid in the post


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Always consult a financial professional before embarking on prenups. The content in this publication acts as a guide only.

Can a prenup be romantic? It can be difficult, but agreeing to a prenup can display mutual respect and understanding between couples... Briefly, there were rumours of a royal prenup between Harry and Meghan. More recently, the reports from the Palace are that they have followed in William and Kate’s shoes and there will be no prenuptial agreement between the English prince and his American bride. Meghan must be surprised. In America, prenups are commonplace, with couples freely entering terms before they are married, dealing with everything from who keeps the cat to penalty clauses for gaining weight. Not so in England, where prenups are often still considered unromantic and even offensive. There is also continuing uncertainty about whether they are enforceable. There is no law in England which says that if you and your partner sign an agreement about what happens at the end of the relationship, that agreement will be automatically upheld and enforced. However, where an agreement has been freely entered into and is fair, the court should give effect to the terms you agreed.

Broaching the subject and negotiating the terms is frightening and can expose difficulties in relationships. That doesn’t mean they should be avoided. Almost every couple will need to make

Couples will need to make financial decisions together, so the ability to communicate about money is vital serious financial decisions together during their relationship so the ability to communicate about money is vital. If the terms of a prenup cannot be agreed, it raises questions about mutual respect and understanding. All of these are issues which need to be worked through sensitively. This isn’t easy when almost everything else you are dealing with in the run up to a wedding if filled with joy and excitement.

Your lawyer can help you work through all of this. The key to choosing a lawyer is to find one who you like and to talk to them about your fears. Ask them how they work and what they do to avoid making a difficult situation worse. You don’t want to check your phone while choosing flowers and find an email from your lawyer saying your partner is being pig headed. It will ruin an experience which you cannot retrieve. You should hear strategies and ideas which will limit communication and uncertainty, while exercising judgement to help you reach an agreement the court will uphold. To discuss a prenuptial agreement, contact divorce lawyer and financial negotiation specialist Zoe: zoe.bloom@keystonelaw.co.uk 020 3319 3700 Twitter: @ZoefBloom

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Celebrity wedding venues that you can get hitched in, too

IF YOU’RE LOOKING for venue inspiration, why not turn to your favourite celebrity couple? From Posh and Becks to Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright, these star-studded affairs were hosted at some of the most incredible wedding venues across the country. You’re welcome.

Mark and Michelle chose Hengrave Hall

SUSSEX Hengrave Hall Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright tied the knot at St Mary’s Church in Bury St Edmunds, before moving to Hengrave Hall in Suffolk for their reception. The beautiful Tudor mansion is considered one of the best wedding venues in the area, with space for up to 140 guests in the Long Gallery, along with picturesque gardens that offer a perfect backdrop for those all-important photographs. Offering church ceremonies, civil ceremonies and receptions, Hengrave Hall has it all. hengravehall.com

Llangoed Hall An extremely warm welcome awaits both you and your guests at Llangoed Hall, with a relaxed country home atmosphere, nestled in the Wye Valley. Whether you are planning a lavish party for hundreds or an intimate wedding for close friends, it is hard to imagine a more perfect place for your very special day.



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LONDON Pembroke Lodge Owned by the royal family, this Grade II listed Georgian mansion is the perfect spot for a wedding. Set within Richmond Park, originally Charles I’s royal hunting ground, it’s surrounded by gorgeous South Westerly views. Whether you’re looking for an intimate wedding or larger gathering, the mansion can accommodate 140 guests for the ceremony, and 200 for the evening reception. pembroke-lodge.co.uk Historic Royal Palaces Follow in the footsteps of kings, queens and courtiers and celebrate your special day at one of Historic Royal Palaces’ magnificent and truly unique wedding venues.


ESSEX Braxted Park Rylan Clark and husband Dan Neal chose to hold their nuptials here, which is also the location for our gorgeous magazine shoot with coverstars Alex and Olivia. Set in acres of stunning grounds, Braxted Park is one of the finest wedding venues in Essex, complete with top quality wedding caterers and picturesque surroundings. braxtedparkweddings.co.uk

GET THE VENUE WINDSOR St George’s Chapel Newlyweds, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said ‘I do’ in the grounds of Windsor Castle, after receiving special permission from the Queen to marry there. While you don’t have to be a royal to get married at the chapel, there is still a very limited list of people who can wed there. Only knights, residents of Windsor Castle and residents of the College of St George are able to hold their nuptials in the grounds. stgeorges-windsor.org


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EASTBOURNE All Saints Chapel Why not get married in All Saints Chapel and have almost the same experience as Meghan and Harry? Grade II listed and with soaring Gothic arches, we defy you not to feel just a little bit like a royal for the day! allsaintschapel.co.uk


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JIMMY DOHERTY The TV presenter on his big day back in 2009 What did you love about your wedding? ‘We had the ceremony in church and the school choir sang. I hired a pink tractor as a surprise to tow us from the church to the farm, and remember every bump of that ride!’

WEST SUSSEX Amberley Castle This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby and TV producer Dan Baldwin hosted their wedding ceremony at Amberley Castle in 2007. The idyllic venue is set among 12 acres of landscaped gardens and boasts beautiful architecture everywhere you look. If it’s a unique wedding setting you’re after, this is the perfect choice for you. amberleymuseum.co.uk Hatfield Place Hatfield Place is an exquisite Georgian country manor house set in 15 acres of undulated rural parkland. Adjoining the River Ter, it’s exclusively yours for the day and the perfect setting for your celebration.


Jimmy’s Farm is now a licenced wedding venue. Why get married there? ‘You can host the entire day here, from ceremony to reception. With the restored 17th century barn as a background, guests can make full use of the farm – you can even get married in the butterfly house.’ What was your own wedding day food like? ‘We had a rare breed pig for the hog roast and loads of local produce, including a big selection of farmhouse cheeses, followed by sausage and bacon rolls in the evening.’

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What was Jamie Oliver like as an usher? ‘He was great at making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. He also got some fantastic pictures of the day.’ Tell us about your honeymoon… ‘We had two! The first was in Ireland, where we rented a tiny shack on the edge of a cliff, with no TV or phones. We followed that with a week relaxing in the Maldives.’ Jimmy’s Farm is one of Conde Nast’s Top 100 wedding venues in the world for 2018. Visit jimmysfarm.com for more info

DEVON Bovey Castle It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black chose Bovey Castle in Devon for their big day. The five-star venue offers exclusive use of the castle and its grounds for weddings. Set within ancient moorland, with high ceilings and feature fireplaces throughout, Bovey Castle is the ideal venue to tie the knot. boveycastle.com CS


Make magical memories at Lincolnshire's enchanting Hall IRNHAM HALL, set in the beautiful rural country side of South Lincolnshire bordering Rutland and Nottinghamshire, provides a relaxed setting for beautiful photographs and lovely memories. Irnham Hall is 20 minutes from Grantham, Stamford and Oakham and within easy reach of the A1(M). Trains from London also take just one hour to Grantham station. Enjoy the exclusive use of Irnham Hall's summer house and stunning walled garden for a reception celebration meal following a religious or civil marriage for up to 120 people or for smaller intimate celebrations. The sensitively covered summer house, with a high timber beamed ceiling adorned in thousands of fairy lights, has large windows letting in plenty of light and offers a romantic yet modern space for your reception. The enchanted walled garden is also somewhere for your guests to enjoy privacy and tranquillity, while croquet on the lawn and garden games in the setting sun make for relaxed happy ever after. The Honeymoon suite in the Hall is available from 2018 and fabulous Luxury


Cottages sleeping from two to 10 people are ever popular with families and guests. A family run business, the team are full of enthusiasm and advice to make your day perfect and memorable. You can tailor your day as you wish from catering to décor. Enquiries to Leila Benton-Jones at Irnham Hall weddings, irnhamhallevents.co.uk or call on 01476 550 244.

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Art Deco grandeur in the heart of Mayfair A celebrity favourite for over two centuries, the Lansdowne Club is a versatile venue for your big day

Situated just off Berkeley Square, the Lansdowne Club is one of London’s most exclusive private members' clubs. Commissioned as a private home in the 1760s, the original ‘Lansdowne House’ was enjoyed by the families of six generations of the Marquess of Lansdowne, as well as by Harry Gordon Selfridge who rented it in the Roaring Twenties. Officially opening as a Club in 1935, it has been popular ever since as an exclusive wedding venue for dignitaries, socialites and celebrities. Licensed for civil ceremonies, the rooms accommodate smaller intimate gatherings as


well as more lavish occasions, allowing you to hold your whole day of celebrations under one roof. The elegant 18th-century Grade II listed Ballroom features spectacular 24-carat gold leaf vaulted ceilings and minstrels galleries at each end. Make a grand entrance on the balcony before sweeping down the stairs to greet your guests. Accommodating up to 150 for dinner and dancing, many couples opt to have both ceremony and wedding breakfast in this stunning space. For a more intimate event, the beautiful Adam Room seats up to 80 for a ceremony. Designed by renowned neo-classical architect Robert Adam as a drawing room for the original house, this grand room features intricate 18thcentury plasterwork, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic ceremony or wedding breakfast. Adjacent to the Ballroom and Adam Room, the outdoor courtyard is a picturesque setting for those allimportant wedding photographs or a champagne reception.

A retractable roof means the area can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Executive Chef Neil Ramsey heads an expert catering team, producing seasonal menus to showcase the freshest produce. Whether your preference is for a seated dinner, a buffet or a reception, a wide selection is offered and can be tailored to fit your personal taste. When the party is over, complete your special day by relaxing in your complimentary suite. Should your guests wish to stay, the Club has 73 luxurious ensuite bedrooms providing excellent value and convenience. Overnight guests can enjoy the Club’s 25-yard heated art deco swimming pool and state-of-the art gym. Their dedicated team of friendly and professional staff is ready to help you with every detail to ensure you have a wonderful, memorable day, however you choose to design your wedding at the unique Lansdowne Club. lansdowneclub.com 020 7629 7200

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Spotlight on the ’UK’s top wedding venue’ With an enchanting ballroom, escape the ordinary at the magical Achnagairn Castle...

The prestigious five-star Achnagairn Castle in the Highlands of Scotland was named the top wedding venue in the UK by Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 2017. We went to find out what’s so special about this Scottish Highland castle. Well, let’s start with the best. The ballroom is clearly the jewel in Achnagairn’s crown. Imagine the Hogwarts Great Hall, but add a level of magic that even Harry Potter doesn’t have. Gillian Lacey-Solymar, the owner of the castle, told us: “I love showing couples around. Only last week, one bride-to-be walked into the ballroom and burst into tears. She said it was everything she’d dreamed of for her wedding”. The castle is always rented exclusively says Gillian. “Our motto here is 'escape the ordinary' and we really want to make our guests’ stays extraordinary. With complete privacy, you can celebrate all night, and everyone can stay on the estate.”

It’s true: the estate sleeps 135 people, with 24 castle bedrooms, and seven Mini-Manors (each with five to six bedrooms) in the grounds. All accommodation is five-star exclusive use, and the bedrooms are all uniquely designed. Many are vast (some quite literally the size of my flat…) and have four-poster beds, fireplaces, amazing views, and bathrooms you will want to put straight on Instagram. The food and the staff are yet another of the highlights. The young chefs have just been given two AA Rosettes for “culinary excellence,” and that’s no surprise. We found the food amazing. And the staff are attentive but never intrusive. And pricing? You’d think it would cost a pretty penny, given the celebs that have tied the knot there (can’t reveal who, sorry), but frankly it is excellent value for money. Prices start at £5,900 for a wedding for 70 (assuming guests pay for their own accommodation) but at other times weddings have reached six figures for couples who really splash out. Achnagairn prides itself on having something for everyone: from surprisingly affordable celebrations, through to limitless luxury.

We Love  The magical ballroom  The 62 uniquely designed bedrooms  The freedom to do it your way  The two AA rosette food  The value for money (genuine affordable luxury)  Away from it all, but only half an hour away from Iverness airport (daily flights from London)

So what’s our verdict? The Achnagairn motto 'escape the ordinary' may sound cheesy, but the place is stunning and the guestbook overflows with praise. If you can find a spot in the calendar, grab it fast! perfect-manors.com 01463 831 878

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TO VEIL OR NOT TO VEIL ‘The only time a woman wears a bridal veil is on her wedding day, so I say veil, veil, veil! From this JULES BRIDAL5 birdcage, to a floral stream from RIME ARODAKY6, veils add drama and glamour.’

ACCESSORISE ‘Hair accessories such as clips and tiaras are a beautiful way of accessorising without detracting from your dress.’


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SEXY BACK ‘The back detail is all important. Lace and bead detailed dresses by JUSTIN ALEXANDER1, and low backs showing off skin by VERONICA BY MAGGIE SOTTERO2 give a super alluring look from every angle.’

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MEGHAN MARVELS The Duchess of Sussex chose Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy Couture to design her minimal and elegant silk cady wedding dress.

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Your bridal hair back up Even the best hairdressers’ most secure up-do is going to struggle on a wedding day. The elements, passionate cuddles and exuberant dancing can all conspire to drop curls, loosen pins and deflate your full and glorious hair. The trick is to be prepared. A few key Denman tools in your chief bridesmaid’s handbag can really help save the day. D91 Dressing Out Brush This neat little brush with its tapered tail and firm bristles is perfect for tucking in ends, back-brushing for volume or tidying up wayward locks.

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LUXURY HONEYMOONS From Greek sun to a Caribbean cruise, your first holiday as a married couple awaits

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THE MALDIVES Oblu Select at Sangeli Celeb spot: Blake Lively and Tamara Ecclestone have holidayed in The Maldives Opening on 1 July 2018, Oblu Select is a deluxe resort, located on the desirable Sangeli Island. Home to one of the best diving and snorkeling locations in the entire Male Atoll, we’re smitten with its exclusive overwater Honeymoon Pool Suites – located in a separate sand bank, with the option of a private pool. Activities are varied and include music and DJ nights, sunset fishing, gym and non-motorised watersports, including kayaking, paddle boarding, pedalos and, of course, snorkeling. Visit oblu-sangeli.com for more info Hassle-free beaches amidst one of the most beautiful Maldivian islands

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SEYCHELLES JA Enchanted Island Seychelles Celeb spot: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and George Clooney visited the Seychelles Looking for luxury? You’ve come to the right place. Located on a private island just off Mahe Island, the JA Enchanted Resort offers villas with private infinity pools and views of the ocean. Accommodation includes butler service – who’ll arrange activities for you including snorkelling and kayaking – while you can also enjoy the Serene Spa, and yoga pavilion, as well as the Creole-inspired cuisine at the amazing restaurant. Visit booking.com for more info

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THAILAND The Nai Harn Celeb spot: Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Jay-Z love Thailand With exceptional views across what’s been voted Thailand’s best beach, Phuket’s The Nai Harn is a lush hillside property. We’re the most excited about its additional 16 new Ocean View Suites, each large enough for their very own mini putting green, dedicated BBQ Butler, glamorous day bed and handy ‘press for Champagne’ button. The perfect blend of romance and indulgence, each ultra-stylish 40 square metre hideaway means guests never need to leave the privacy of their terrace. Sounds good to us… Visit thenaiharn.com for more info


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CRETE Amirandes Celeb spot: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga and Gemma Atkinson have been to Crete Mixing timeless luxury with modern comforts, Amirandes features an exclusive collection of 212 luxurious guest rooms, CELEB SPOT bungalows, suites, villas and residences – many with private pools, gazebos and their own sunbathing terraces. Treat your tastebuds to a choice of nine exceptional restaurants and bars at the Elixir Alchemy Spa for a signature treatment using organic extracts from Crete’s rare aromatic herbs. Or, get your heart rate racing with a spot of tennis, watersports or volleyball. LADY GAGA Visit amirandes.com for more info

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HAWAII The Kahala Hotel & Resort Celeb spot: Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon and Megan Fox have been spotted in Hawaii Set on secluded white sands, this resort’s guest list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood royalty – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Barack Obama and Stevie Wonder are just some of the names who’ve stayed here. An ideal escape, the grounds include a private beach and tropical gardens, complete with their own waterfall and lagoon. Beach butlers are on-hand by the pool to attend to your every need, there’s kayaks, snorkels and boogie boards available to hire, while dining experiences range from afternoon tea and Italian to Hawaiian, Asian and Mediterranean. We highly recommend the Mango Mojito and Lava Flow cocktails at the open-air Plumeria Beach House. Visit kuoni.co.uk for more info CS

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Seychelles : Love is in the air Home to World Heritage sites and blissful beaches, these island gems offer the perfect getaway...

In our frantic, modern world, relaxation techniques invite us to close our eyes and dream of a place where tired spirits can be refreshed. But why dream when Seychelles is only hours away? Creation has blessed these friendly islands with perpetual summer, the space to breathe the purest air and room to unwind on the powder-soft sand of endless beaches. Against the romantic backdrop of these diverse islands, scattered like pearls upon the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean, your yearning for the ultimate in beauty and tranquility will become reality. Seychelles, made up of 115 pristine, tropical islands, is a magnificent archipelago, containing the only mid-ocean granitic islands on the planet. In an ecologically compromised world, the islands offer sanctuaries for endemic species of flora and fauna that are amongst the rarest on earth. The islands are also home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Vallée


de Mai, upon whose ancient palms grows the wondrous Coco-de-Mer, and fabled Aldabra, largest raised atoll in the world. Throughout the islands are to be found unparalleled opportunities for sailing on bareboat or skippered yacht, world-class deep-sea and fly fishing, as well as a broad diversity of dive experiences for the novice and experienced diver alike. From Mahé, principal island of the Seychelles, the nation’s islands extend 100 km north and 1000 km in a glittering arc towards the east coast of Africa. Between 15 minutes and an hour's flight time from Mahé, several of our select island getaways offer accommodation in well-appointed lodges and resorts, ranging from sumptuous five-star luxury to beachfront cottages with a natural and homely elegance. The islands enjoy a rich variety of hotels and guesthouses, each with their own charms and rhythms of an island lifestyle that are refreshingly authentic and with sights, sounds and flavours that are typically Creole. Sensual Seychelles has long been dubbed ‘the islands of love’. Home to the unique Vallée de Mai, purported by many to be the site of the original Garden of Eden, it is little wonder that lovers are inspired to wed in this gentle and romantic atmosphere. Marriage and honeymoon packages are offered by several leading travel agencies to ensure your wedding day or honeymoon is blissfully romantic and unique,

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DAWN WARD The Real Housewives of Cheshire star on what it takes to make a marriage last Words: Claire Muffett-Reece

Dawn, ’fess up – what’s the secret to your 23-year marriage? ‘We have a laugh together. We also never sulk or go to bed after an argument. We scream and we shout at each other, but we get it off our chests – and then we get on with things.’ You hosted your friends’ vow renewals at your mansion last year… Any plans for your own? ‘That would be my biggest dream – but it was hard enough getting Ashley down the aisle the first time! I’m not holding out for the second… But I’m still trying!’ What is it about Ashley that makes him your partner for life? ‘He’s my best friend, a fantastic dad and the most amazing husband you could ever wish for. He’s supportive, strong and very intelligent – not to mention easy on the eye!’

What do you get up to when the cameras stop rolling? ‘Our favourite thing to do, at least five or six days a week, is sit on the sofa together with popcorn and a hot mug of Vimto, which has always been our family drink. We watch box sets while the girls cartwheel around our lounge.’ Take us back to your wedding in 1995… Was it a massive affair? ‘It was a beautiful day. We got married in Middleton, Ashley’s home town, and the reception was for 500 guests – I think my dad’s still paying it off today! It was a wedding like no other. We had a three-foot cake with massive flowers decorating it, and a 20-foot Champagne waterfall made out of balloons. We really went all out!’ What do you remember most about the day? ‘Feeling happy that all my family were together in one room. Ashley’s speech really came from the heart as well. He spoke beautifully about his parents, me, my family and our relationship.’

‘Ashley’s amazing – he’s   supportive, strong   and intelligent, not   to mention easy on   the eye!’

Is there anything you’d change if you could go back and do it all again? ‘No. For me it was a perfect day – apart from maybe the hairstyle!’

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What’s the best celebrity wedding you’ve been lucky enough to attend? ‘I was invited to Elliott and Sadie Wright’s big day last year, which was absolutely beautiful. It was all about family, friends and love. Everyone that attended was so genuine and I was honoured to be invited. It reminded me of my own family.’

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Are you looking forward to your own children tying the knot? ‘I can’t wait – but not just yet. I want them all to have the wedding of their dreams like I did, then hopefully they can all move in with us and we can stay as one big happy family!’ Is your life really as glam as what’s shown on The Real Housewives of Cheshire? ‘I go out more when filming, which is fun, whereas when we’re not I spend more time at work. Hopefully the show will be a good platform for my girls, as that’s why I joined. However, I can’t go out without make-up on anymore. It also affects my businesses, as filming takes up a lot of time.’ How ‘celeb’ are you really? We bet you’ve a ton of designer bags and shoes… ‘I’ve never counted, but I’ve been collecting for a long time. My vintage Chanel bag is my favourite, because it was the first one I bought. I also adore my Givenchy heels, but I keep leaving them in hotels! They always make their way back though, so it’s a good omen.’ And how many bottles of Champagne are in your fridge right now? ‘Erm… 20!’ CS Dawn is the owner of Skulpt Medical Distribution – contact info@skulptmedicaldistribution.com or 01565 745 680 for the latest non-surgical technology in the industry.

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE The Real Housewives of Cheshire, ITVBe’s hit show that highlights the lives of some of its richest and most polished residents? Right at the heart of it you’ll find Dawn, an original cast member and happily married to retired footballer Ashley Ward for 23 years. What’s the secret to her longlasting union – and is she really as glam as the cameras portray? We caught up with the star and businesswoman for a quick chat…



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