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ISSUE 25 • JULY 2017

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CONTENTS INSIDE THIS ISSUE

17 MATERIAL GIRL Eye-catching wedding dresses in four popular fabrics 35 ARM CANDY We select our favourite sleeved dresses for brides that want a little more coverage 47 HOT HEMLINES Beautiful bridesmaid dresses from short styles to floor- sweeping stunners

SALES EXECUTIVE Martha Cooke martha@loveourweddingmag.com Mobile: 07877 449122

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ISSUE 25 • JULY 2017

DREAMIEST DETAIL IDEAS • STATIONERY • DECOR • JEWELLERY • SHOES

OVER 100 STUNNING DRESSES!

WIN A DESIGNER WEDDING GOWN WORTH £1,500 FROM ENZOANI!

Real Brides

READ THESE WONDERFUL REAL STORIES FULL OF IDEAS

Strike a pose

20 OF THE UK’S TOP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

GRACE PHILIPS

WHY EVERYONE’S LOVING THIS BRITISH DESIGNER’S NEW STYLES

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52 GIFTS FOR YOUR GIRLS Find some great gift ideas for your bridesmaids here

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58 DANCING SHOES Fabulous footwear to see you through from day to night 70 LOVELY IN LACE Use this classic bridal material as inspiration for your theme

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his issue is extra special – not only because it’s full of pretty wedding ideas and top planning tips, but it also marks our second birthday! 25 issues in and getting stronger every month, we just love sharing all the best bridal buys we’ve discovered. This issue we’ve got a feature dedicated to the best photographers in the UK – a must-read if you haven’t found your wedding snapper yet (page 103). We also reveal the best gifts for your bridesmaids (page 52) and eco-friendly ideas to ensure you reduce your carbon footprint throughout your big day and beyond (page 77). My favourite features this month are the real weddings. Four gorgeous couples, each with very different weddings, share their stories and bring a tear to the eye (from page 80). We absolutely LOVE featuring your weddings, so please do make sure Jade Pepperell you send them to us after the big day to jade@loveourweddingmag.com. Editor

My favourite picks this month! 1. Brighten your tables with this fun Citrus Palm place name design, from £1.50 by Lucy Ledger 2. The new Fall 2017 collection from David Tutera for Mon Cheri is to die for! I LOVE the back of this stunning gown, style 217203 3. This Starburst comb is so intricately detailed by HT Headwear, a steal for only £75 4. If you want to luxe up your look, this Celine clutch by Rachel Simpson is a must for £119 5. The latest Pink by Paradox collection is one to watch for chic shoes

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he stunning new Grace Philips collection has landed, and we’re loving it – so much so, one of the new designs is on our front cover! Made with care using high quality duchess satin and mikado, these dresses ooze glamour. Still in keeping with their signature fishtail and ballgown silhouettes, these dresses offer timeless style. Based in the UK, Grace Philips have an array of stockists here and all over the world! Find your nearest at gracephilips.com.

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They’ve given these traditional lines a modern makeover with on-trend details including low v-necklines, see-through skirts and illusion bodices, appealing to women that want to look like a traditional bride with a fashion edge. See them all now at chloebridals.com.

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his month we’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Enzoani to offer one lucky bride the chance to win an unbelievable prize – a stunning Blue by Enzoani gown worth up to £1,500! Whenever we receive a new collection from Enzoani, we know we’re guaranteed three things – flawless style, incredibly high quality, and attention to detail that’s second-to-none. With so many collections available, we simply don’t know how brides can possibly choose just one of their gorgeous designs for the big day! In the latest Blue by Enzoani collection there are several show stoppers, including Janessa, left, with her shorter tulle overskirt and pretty diamanté belt. Or how about

the breathtaking Juri, bottom left? With a lace nude bodice and a body-skimming skirt, this dress is a hot choice for brides that want a modern feel to their look. And, of course, there’s Jazzy, top left.You may recognise this beauty from one of our recent covers! Top-to-toe elegant. So, to be in with a chance of winning, make sure you read below how to enter through Twitter, and be sure to see the collection in full now at enzoani.com. TO ENTER To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow then tag @_EnzoaniUK on Twitter, use the hashtag #loveourweddingdress then retweet! The winner will then be picked at random. The competition ends 14th July 2017, so get tweeting now!

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Nobody does princess perfection quite like Morilee, and their brand new collection proves why they will always be the go-to brand for super-elegant style. We adore this start-to-finish wow factor collection with everything from full skirts and stripe fabric to nude and champagne hues and sparkling illusion bodices. With every dress as beautiful as the next, brides will have a hard time just choosing one! Try to pick your favourite now at morilee.co.uk.

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to share! With everything you would expect from professional designers at the top of their game (Richard Designs, Gemy Maalouf, Caroline Castigliano, Jenny Yoo to name but a few!), we were equally delighted to see some unexpected new creations, and even surprises, from this year’s cohort. Featuring barelythere nude bodices and body

skimmers; tea-length styles and high-low dresses; beadedillusion panelling; sequins and sparkle, and even weddingday jumpsuits! We’ve sifted through the shimmer and sparkle to bring you our top tips for tomorrow’s trends…

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Show-stopping dresses were aplenty at this year’s show, and we were struck and delighted by our beloved designers’ more daring nature taking centre stage. Peekaboo and plunging necklines; illusion panels and bodices in a sumptuous feast of silk, chiffon and crepe fabrics, all came

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we were also shown a glimpse into the future with dazzling designs focusing specifically on bold new backs! Stunning new creations from Emily Victoria White, Grace Phillips and Eliza Jane Howell showcased how truly spectacular a bride’s gown ought to be from 360 degrees! We fell in love with illusion backs, beaded and embroidered detail, shimmer and sparkle, and that seductive flash of flesh! Perfect also with a show-stopping tiara from Arianna Tiaras!

bowled-over by designers’ universal commitment to lace on their gowns – it truly is an enduring love affair! From delicate details to full-blown head-to-toe, lace is synonymous with sheer elegance, and gowns at the White Gallery spectacularly updated this traditional fabric in exciting and surprising new ways. We loved Anne Barge’s stunning use of lace to create the perfect silhouette, and Elbeth GIllis’ dresses in lace were truly unforgettable.

FUN AND FLIRTY! Many new and exciting dress lengths were revealed at the White Gallery. With wedding dresses needing to work harder these days – having to travel well in fabrics that won’t show the strain, as well as accommodating warmer, more heady climates – we loved the shorter, easy-to-wear styles, perfect for a free-spirited bride.

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halves and season to taste. To make the pesto, put the bread into a food processor and whizz into breadcrumbs. Add the garlic, basil, lemon juice and 90ml of water and whizz to a loose paste, then spoon the pesto into the peppers. 2. Put the peppers into an ovenproof dish (shallow enough to fit under your grill), spray with low calorie cooking spray and roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until tender. Preheat the grill to high. Push the halloumi pieces into the peppers, grind over a little more black pepper and cook under the hot grill for 5-10 minutes to brown the tops nicely. Serve hot with salad.


MAIN COURSE

Sweet chilli chicken and pepper kebabs SERVES 4, READY IN 35 MINUTES, PLUS MARINATING

DESSERT

Summer berry cream

SERVES 6, READY IN 45 MINUTES PLUS COOLING, STANDING AND CHILLING *Pregnant women, the elderly and babies are advised not to eat raw or partially cooked eggs.

INGREDIENTS 300g quark 300g fat-free natural Greek yogurt 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 egg whites* 2 tbsp sweetener Extra berries, to serve

the cream cups. Put the quark, yogurt and vanilla extract into a bowl and stir well until smooth.

INGREDIENTS 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, plus extra to serve 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2.5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated 1 level tsp sweetener 2 tbsp soy sauce Juice of 2 lemons, plus slices to serve 4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks 2 large red peppers, deseeded and cut into bite-size chunks Fresh mint leaves and sprigs, to garnish Lemon slices, to serve Vegetables, to serve 1. Put the chilli, garlic, ginger, sweetener, soy sauce and lemon juice in a large non-reactive bowl (glass, ceramic or plastic)

and mix well. Take out 2 tbsp of the mixture and set aside. Add the chicken to the large bowl and toss well then cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Light the barbecue for direct medium heat. 2. Thread the chicken and pepper chunks on to 4 skewers and barbecue over direct medium heat for 7-8 minutes. Turn the skewers, brush with the reserved marinade and cook for a further 7-8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. (Or cook on a griddle pan over a medium-high heat if the weather isn’t on your side!) 3. Scatter over the mint and extra chilli and serve hot with lemon slices and your favourite vegetables.

2. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until just stiff. Add the sweetener a little at a time while continuing to whisk. Fold the egg For the syrup whites into the quark, spoon into 200g strawberries, halved, plus dessert glasses and chill. Tip the extra to decorate berries and all their juices into 200g raspberries, halved, plus a sieve over a bowl and leave extra to decorate to strain for 10 minutes (don’t 1 tbsp crème de cassis push the berries through, as you 1 tsp sweetener only want the juices). Pour the juice into a pan, discarding the 1. First make the syrup. Put the berries. Add the sweetener and strawberries, raspberries and dissolve over a medium heat, crème de cassis into a heatproof then simmer for 3-4 minutes to bowl. Cover with cling film reduce slightly. Cool and chill. and place over a pan of gently Drizzle the syrup into the cream simmering water for 30 minutes. cups and decorate with extra Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, make berries to serve. J U L Y 2 0 1 7 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ 57


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VENUE The Haiku Mill and upcountry Maui PHOTOGRAPHER Chris J. Evans STYLING & DESIGN Elements by KH and Co. HAIR & MAKE-UP Covet Co. DRESSES Galia Lahav FLOWERS Passion Roots STATIONERY Simply Ink MODEL Terra Granthem, Elite Los Angeles

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THEME YOUR DAY

Candy coral

We love absolutely everything about this shoot! From the coral, peach and pink hues in the flowers, cake and stationery, through to the beautiful Callista bridal gowns. This theme is ideal for summer and is the perfect way to add a pop of colour to your

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celebration without being too bold. We adore the flower wall as the backdrop to the whole shoot – a huge trend right now. Thanks so much to Edith & Winston, supplier of the gorgeous plus-size gowns, for sending it over to us!


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ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDINGS Reduce your carbon footprint and have a beautiful wedding in one hit with these brilliant environmentally friendly ideas...

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owadays it’s increasingly important to be aware of your impact on the environment, and unfortunately weddings can generate a LOT of waste. Luckily, there are loads of little ways you can make your big day more eco-friendly! Here’s how to plan a green wedding day...

IN-SEASON WEDDING FLOWERS

To get the most sustainable (and beautiful!) bouquets possible, work with a local

provider to ensure that your flowers are in season and as organic as possible. That means less money spent shipping in out-of-season blooms, and fresher, greener bouquets all round! OH-SO VINTAGE BRIDESMAID DRESSES

It’s an old stereotype that bridesmaid dresses only get worn once before being stored in the back of the wardrobe, but a lot of the time that’s exactly what happens (how many times have you reworn yours?). Instead of buying

expensive new gowns for your girls that they’ll get no use out of, why not let them wear a dress they already own and love? Alternatively, shop around for vintage dresses so you’re re-using the fabrics, or even consider renting dresses instead of buying. CHARITY FAVOURS

Rather than spend your hardearned money on token gifts that are likely to be forgotten or thrown away, why not donate to a charity in lieu of a favour? Pick a charity that’s close to your hearts, or

one that supports the local community – we promise that your guests won’t miss those sugared almonds! BIODEGRADABLE TABLEWARE

If your choice of venue means that you have to opt for disposable tableware over reusable china, cutlery and napkins, then at least ensure that everything is biodegradable and compostable.You can get plenty of natural options these days, including plates, bowls and cutlery made of bamboo, palm leaf or natural wheat fibre.

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search around charity shops and flea markets for your table centres and venue decorations. Keep an eye out for anything that you’ll use again in your home, either practically or for decoration, like vases and china plates. RECYCLE BOTTLES AND CANS

If there’s one thing you’re likely to get through plenty of on the big day, it’s drinks bottles! Discuss the recycling situation with your venue beforehand, and make sure that separate bins are set up so that your guests (or the venue staff) can easily recycle their beer and wine bottles.

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ETHICAL DIAMONDS

When shopping for wedding rings (or engagement rings), be sure that your chosen jeweller uses ethically-sourced diamonds and metals – plenty of the big names do, but it’s always worth checking to ensure you get an environmentally sound design. Alternately, use family heirlooms or antiques.

A RESPONSIBLE HONEYMOON

Carry your eco-friendly theme through past the big day to your honeymoon by looking into eco-tourism and travelling responsibly. This doesn’t mean forgoing your luxury honeymoon in lieu of a staycation – all it means is booking with a company that works with their destinations POTTED PLANTS to ensure that any tourism has There’s no doubt that potted less of a negative environmental plants are a greener option impact, and that travel and than cut flowers when it comes activities are sustainable and to venue decoration and support the local community. centrepieces, and they’re likely to save you some money, too! THRIFTY DECOR The best bit is, you can re-plant Instead of buying brand them in your own garden as a new decorations that will reminder of your big day. Seeds just end up in the bin or sat also make lovely favours, too. gathering dust in your garage,

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worried about wasting perfectly delicious food. GROUP TRANSPORT

If you’re travelling between the ceremony and reception venue, consider putting on a shuttle bus to take your guests from one place to the other. Not only will it mean that you’re cutting down on the carbon emissions from everyone driving over separately, but it also means you’re less likely to have guests get lost on the way! ECO-FRIENDLY DRY CLEANERS

Connoisseurs Dry Cleaners are taking vast steps to become more environmentally friendly, from the collection of your DONATE LEFTOVERS dress in their zero emissions Speak to your catering van, to their revolutionary company (or venue, if the eco-friendly cleaning processes, catering is in-house) about so you can go green when you the possibility of donating any leftover food from the wedding dry clean – and the results are brilliant! You’ll get a better to a local homeless shelter finish with a softer feel, no or charity. This may require a unpleasant chemical odours, little planning and research, as noticeably improved brightness some shelters will need the food to meet certain conditions of the dress. Contact Connoisseurs regarding your before they accept it, but it’s dress now at c-dc.co.uk. worth considering if you’re

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A STUNNING WEDDING IN HAWAII

KRISTA & KY LE What a beautiful wedding, filled with elegance and romance. Krista reveals all...

a mermaid-style dress. At my bridal gown appointment, my best friend saw a dress that I had to try on. It was I turned around he was on strapless, taffeta, and a “It was a complete one knee. He picked out ball gown shape. It was surprise! We were on a the ring before we left and something I would have vacation in Hawaii, taking everything was perfect.” never picked out for a stroll on the beach. He myself. I tried it on and asked someone to take it was perfect! My dress our photograph, and when “I had my heart set on was Wtoo by Watters,

How did Kyle propose?

What dress did you wear?

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purchased from the Bridal Galley in New West Minister near Vancouver.”

And the accessories?

“I wore a veil, belt, Badgley Mischka wedge shoes and a flower hair piece made by my best friend.”

What did Kyle wear?

“Kyle wore a slim-fit grey


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THE DETAILS Wedding Date: October 18, 2017 Venue: Gannon’s in Wailea, Maui Photographer: Chris Evans Krista’s dress: Wtoo by Watters Kyle’s attire: RW & CO Bridesmaid dresses: Eliza J Accessories: Bought from Le Chateau Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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suit from RW & CO, with a silk tie and brown shoes.”

How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?

“I was a bit nervous earlier in the day but as soon as I saw him, the nerves went away. I felt so happy and excited it was very overwhelming.”

Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear? “My maid of honour

was my sister, Lisa, and my bridesmaid was my best friend, Jesilyn. They wore belted chiffon maxi dresses by Eliza J that we purchased from Nordstrom, Seattle. The pale pink and soft flowers gave off the flowy romantic vibe.”

What was your theme?

“My colours were blush and gold. If I had to describe my theme it would be tropical, elegant,

and romantic. I created the special. It was the most theme with my wedding incredible night.” planner Lori Lawrence from Tropical Maui Weddings.” “I wore a necklace and earrings set that I had purchased from Le Chateau in Vancouver, and “The highlight of my I got it for less than $50.” day was near the end of the night. We had all our guests out on the “Incorporate less dancefloor for the last expensive pieces into song, and seeing everyone your look. You don’t have who had travelled to be to spend a lot to look there for us was so beautiful on your day.”

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A TRADITIONAL WEDDING FILLED WITH ROSES

CL A IRE & JA MES This floral wedding had a glamorous edge. Real bride Claire shares her story... How did James propose?

“We were away on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Vincent for our three -year anniversary. A week into the holiday, I was surprised with a romantic meal on the beach, just the two of us. There were flowers decorating the table, flames surrounding us and a view over the bay to die for. After the meal, James got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.” 84 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ J U L Y 2 0 1 7


What dress did you wear? And the accessories? “I wore a dress by Maggie Sottero from Morgan Davies Bridal in Hitchin. It was the first dress I tried on and the only one that made my mum cry. I tried every shape and style there was but nothing compared to this dress. It was the one!”

“James gave me my gorgeous drop earrings on the morning of our wedding. My side tiara and earrings were both from Vintage Styler and my bracelet was from Swarovski. My sparkly gold shoes were by Sarah Jessica Parker.”

What did James wear?

“James wore a grey tailed suit by Wilvorst with an ivory and gold patterned waistcoat and a gold cravat to match my bridesmaids. He had a single red rose as a buttonhole, which matched my bouquet. The suit was from HRH Holmes and Son in Hitchin.”

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THE DETAILS Date: 9th September 2016 Venue: Offley Place, Hertfordshire Photographer: Belle Momenti Photography Claire’s dress: Maggie Sottero James’ attire: Wilvorst Bridesmaid dresses: Sorella Vita Accessories: Vintage Styler & Swarovski Shoes: Sarah Jessica Parker

How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?

and I couldn’t wait to stand held everything together next to him and marry him.” for me. They wore “It was the best feeling in beautiful gold sequin the world! I was bursting dresses by Sorella Vita with happiness and pride. and looked absolutely My dad was on my arm and stunning. I couldn’t stop James was waiting for me “My bridesmaids were looking at them!” at the end of the aisle. I was my two best friends, so excited I could have ran! Becca and Jo. They are He looked so handsome my lifelong friends and “Our theme was based

Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?

What was your theme?

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around red roses. My nana and my mum had these as their wedding flowers, so it was really important to me to have them as well. With our wedding stylist Lauradana, we created a mixture of vintage and classic styles to create our theme.”


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A BEAUTIFUL BLACK TIE CELEBRATION

L AUREN & A DA M With a sophisticated, classic theme, this November day was super glam! Lauren tells all... How did Adam propose?

“Adam signed up to do the Paris Marathon in April 2015 and we decided to make a long weekend of it. I waited for Adam at the finish line, but as I was stood there, a guy who had just completed the marathon came running up to his girlfriend in front of me and proposed! As Adam crossed the line, I congratulated him and then told him that I had just witnessed ‘the worst 88 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ J U L Y 2 0 1 7


proposal I had ever seen!’ Little did I know, he had my engagement ring in his pocket the whole time! After a couple more days, Adam eventually found a beautiful park in Paris where he arranged for us to have a champagne picnic and he got down on one knee!”

What dress did you wear?

“I booked my appointment at Brides of Winchester during the Chanticleer Designer Weekend. With the help of my mum and the lovely ladies at BOW, I managed to narrow it down to two dresses. I was torn! I was very lucky to meet the Chanticleer

designer, Tracy. She started sketching a design combining the bits I loved from both dresses. She cleverly pinned the dress in several places with additional bits of lace to give me an idea of how the final dress would look. I put on a veil and cried. It was perfect!”

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THE DETAILS Date: 5th November 2016 Venue: Colwick Hall, Nottingham Photographer: Darren Wingham from Real People Photography Lauren’s dress: Chanticleer Adam’s attire: Charles Tyrwhitt Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal

What did Adam wear?

“We eventually found Adam a perfect slim-fit black tuxedo in Charles Tyrwhitt, London.”

rush of happiness. All my nerves disappeared and I could feel myself beaming from ear to ear.”

Who were your bridesmaids and what How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle? dresses did they wear? “When I first saw Adam up the aisle, I just felt a

“I had five bridesmaids; my two sisters, Holly

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and Lydia, and my three closest friends from school, Laura, Lottie and Leanne. They wore black satin A-line dress David’s Bridal, London.”

What was your theme?

“With the bridesmaids and groomsmen in black,

it just happened naturally that the wedding would have a very classic feel with a modern twist. Our wedding was 5th November, so we bought lots of Halloween props for the photobooth and made personalised Bonfire Night honeycomb as favours.”


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AN AMAZING AUTUMNAL THEME

L AUR A & LEE Music and magical autumn details made this day extra special. Laura shares her story... How did Lee propose?

“At home I’d just gone back to the house to pick something up as I was actually off to wrap his Christmas presents! He came down the stairs with

the iPad in his hands with a picture of a ring on it and asked me to marry him! Obviously I said yes!”

What dress did you wear? “I wore the beautiful

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Saffron by Modeca and I bought it from Icon Bridal in Kettering. I was so pleased I found my dress with them as it’s a truly wonderful shop.”

And the accessories?

“I had a Halo & Co hairband, which my sister and friend bought me for my hen do, but it was

perfect for my big day, too! I wore pearl earrings that were my mum’s and a pearl bracelet that two of my bridesmaids bought for me. My shoes were from Gina.”

What did Lee wear?

“A three-piece navy blue suit, which was hired from Warwicks, and a red tie


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THE DETAILS Date: 8th October 2016 Venue: Ceremony at Wadenhoe Church followed by the reception at Wadenhoe Village Hall Photographer: Emilia Brindisi Laura’s dress: Modeca Lee’s attire: Hired from Warwicks Bridesmaid dresses: Maids to Measure Flowergirl dress: TK Maxx Accessories: Halo & Co Shoes: Gina

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and handkerchief. He also had Star Wars cufflinks – not my idea!”

How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle? “Literally the happiest I have ever felt. I couldn’t wait to marry him, I didn’t feel even a bit nervous.”

Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?

“I had my sister Amy, sister-in-law Lauren, and

my closest friends Sarah, Cara and Nikki. I also had a flowergirl – my beautiful niece, Holly. The adult bridesmaid dresses were Maids to Measure, which I bought from Icon Bridal. The flowergirl dress was from TK Maxx, and it was only £20!”

What was your theme?

“Autumnal and musicals. I had autumnal colours throughout with the bridesmaid dresses and

the decorations in the church and hall. Musicals were our table names with our joint favourite, Jersey Boys, being the top table. We then had props on every table for each musical. We also had all of the programmes of the shows we had been to around the room.”

my future husband. I will never forget how I felt. But also having our day our way, we really tried to put ourselves first.”

What was your best buy?

“My dress! It was beautiful and I felt amazing in it. It’s the one thing I didn’t want to worry about budget on as my view was you only get to do it once, so you might as well go for it and “I would say walking down feel like a million dollars, the aisle with my dad to which I absolutely did.”

What was the highlight of your day?

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UNDER BUDGET! Get your dream wedding for less with these purse-savvy ideas

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hether you’re making small changes in your daily life to save money or looking at different decoration options to keep funds in check, there’s plenty you can do to ensure you get the wedding you always wanted without having to get in debt. Here’s how... Use a credit card Using a credit card may seem like a strange option but it’s actually very sensible. Not only will it make large payments for the venue, dress etc more secure, it can also save you money.You can earn interest on your spending, which as long as you keep on top of paying it off, can add up to some very good savings.

Pay for daily purchases in cash Unlike the wedding buys on card, consider using cash to get your regular day-to-day buys including your coffee at lunch, food shop and hair appointment. If you have a set amount of cash in your hand, it will stop you overspending and also make you realise just how much you have been cashing out for things you may not really need. Use discount codes There are hundreds of discount code websites now that can save you a bundle. Make sure you do your research and also investigate wedding magazines/website reader offers to see if you can take advantage. Some mobile

companies offer priority discounts and freebies to their customers too, which can save you money on your regular shopping. And don’t forget to use those clubcard points wherever possible!

venue, then do it. Ensure that you get this year’s rates rather than the year you are going to wed and you could save a substantial amount of money.

Wow factor for less The things you may have Take advantage thought are out of your budget of the sales needn’t be. Adding plenty of Black Friday, January sales, light and sparkle to your day end of summer sales... These will add instant glamour, and money-saving opportunities doesn’t have to cost the earth. pop up year-round, so make One of the biggest trends right sure you take advantage. now is flower crowns, making January is particularly good as you look fashion-forward, and you can snap up some great they’re often cheaper than Christmas decorations that can regular bridal hair accessories. be used around your venue. Take advantage Book in advance of the season Every year interest rates go Many couples forget that the up, so if you can afford to buy season offers some of the the big things early, such as the best decorations, for free!

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In winter, many venues will be decorated with fairylights already, so you don’t need to buy any. Getting married in autumn? Fir cones, conkers and handpicked seasonal fruits and will give your wedding a really festive feel. For more popular spring and summer weddings, the in-season flowers are stunning. Look for alternatives You may assume that you know exactly what you want for the big day but have you looked at alternatives? For example, you imagine big floral bouquets full of roses. Take out a handful of stems and pad out with pretty gypsophila and you’ve saved hundreds of pounds!

Make it yourself Although not necessarily a money-saving option, often if you’re willing to put your own skills (or those of your friends and family) to the test, you could save a bundle. Making your own details will also make your day more personal to you, too. Just make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Set your priorities It can be really easy to just go in head first after you get engaged and buy

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Check corkage fees In many cases, corkage fees can be extremely expensive and barely worth doing, but this isn’t always the case. Some venues will offer low rates that allow you to provide your own favourite tipples that are more reasonably priced than their house wines. Before you rule it out, make sure you check. You could always raid the supermarkets after Christmas and take full advantage of all the offers!

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everything wedding related! But this really isn’t sensible, as most of what you buy early on won’t actually be suitable for the day as your theme and styling evolves throughout the planning process. Instead, sit down together and prioritise what’s most important to you (venue, dress, photographer etc) and set a budget to each supplier individually.

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When you then have these in place, you can start looking at the finer details. This should prevent you from spending a little here and there on all the unnecessary bits, which really do add up! Buy a terramundi pot These ceramic pots are such a great idea for couples trying to save. Whether you go for £1, £2 coins or just any loose change, pop it into your wedding pot whenever you can, as these can only be opened by smashing

them, therefore making you resist dipping in and out of them. Then, when your pot is full or you’re near final payment deadlines, you smash it open and use the cash. There will be a lot more saved than you think!

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Ask your girls for help Your bridesmaids are there to support you on your big day. Don’t feel embarrassed or bad about asking them to contribute towards their outfits, for example. Give

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e’re all guilty of falling in love with extravagant wedding ideas that pop up on our Pinterest, but often, these details can quickly overstretch your budget.Venue hire push will likely take up a large proportion, but there are tricks to the cost of this down, allowing you to afford special details. Marry midweek from The savings you could make simply by switching your wedding will be a Saturday to a Thursday can be unbelievable. Remember, you day of receiving exactly the same service, food and drink as any other the week, but for a far lower price. Wed in winter falls in The same savings are true for different seasons. Low season and winter, allowing you to forget about gambling with the weather . wedding winter magical a creating on instead focus Push back your date If you absolutely must book your wedding on a Saturday in high by season, you can still make your budget work for you, simply allow postponing your wedding for an extra year – or two. This will to make you to save for the wedding you really want, without having take compromises. Alternatively, bring your date forward to perhaps offer. ity availabil late a advantage of Stick to the menu t Make sure you choose a venue where their menu offers excellen paying yourself find soon will you ise, Otherw . choices as standard tions. supplements just to be served dishes that meet your expecta Reduce your guest list Reducing your guest list doesn’t have to fill you with guilt. Always try consider if work colleagues really need to bring a plus-one and separating your list into day and evening guests, as long as you’re aware of any minimum number requirements. it Bijou Wedding Venues have a wealth of experience when e comes to throwing amazing weddings at their own exclusiv use venues, all located within 30-90 minutes of London. Visit your bijouweddingvenues.co.uk or call 0345 130 9966 to book perfect day with Bijou!

them a colour you want them to wear and let them choose their own dresses – not only will this look really quirky, it will also make asking them to pay less awkward as you know they’ve chosen something they are happy to wear and will wear again after the wedding. Make life swaps Rather than scrimping on things you want for the wedding, instead look at your spending in ordinary living. Do you really need those meal deals and takeaways? Are you using that gym membership? If you are wasting money day-to-day, cut it out and you’ll save in no time, not to mention breaking bad habits! Be creative! Think about how you can get what you want

for free. Instead of hiring a videographer if they’re just too expensive, why not ask guests to record messages on someone’s phone and then compile them after the big day? Or if you can’t afford a photobooth, just use some props from home and find a space with a nice backdrop in your venue to make your own photobooth using a digital camera. If you put your mind to it you could have exactly what you want, for nothing! Marry abroad Saying ‘I do’ overseas is actually a great way to save for a number of reasons. Only limited people will make the effort to attend (usually those you really want to be there!), which will keep costs per head down. With limited space on the plane you’ll be less tempted to buy lots of little details, too. And, of course, the pound is getting stronger, so package rates could be much lower than booking a UK wedding. To get more moneysaving ideas, planning tips and general wedding advice, visit our website, loveourweddingmag.com.

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Not booked the all-important photographer yet? Don’t worry, this list has some of the best the UK has to offer

SANSHINE PHOTOGRAPHY San Shawe of Sanshine Photography is famous for capturing light, emotion and beauty. Her unparalleled ability to freeze frame perfect memories in combination with her experience and unique approach to light has earned her multiple awards and consistent recommendations by the top wedding suppliers and venues, making her one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the UK and internationally. San’s favourite photo is... “I chose this photo as it represents what Sanshine Photography stands for – a moment in time showing the intensity of love between two people, and that magical light that I am known for always chasing.” Website: sanshinephotography.com Email: san@sanshinephotography.com

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CUMMINS PHOTOGRAPHY Charlene Cummins has been a self employed photographer for the past six years, working mainly in the beautiful counties of Somerset & Dorset. Her mixture of traditional group shots, documentary style and portraiture images will mean that you get to capture all the detail and those ‘little moments’ that occur at every wedding. Charlene will be with you all the way, from bridal preparation right up to your first dance and will capture all those special moments by standing back and letting you enjoy your celebration as much as possible. Charlene’s favourite photo is... “This is one of my favourite photographs to date as I think that it shows that love has no age limit.” Website: cumminsphotography.co.uk

BELLE MOMENTI PHOTOGRAPHY Belle Momenti are a multi-award winning husband and wife team of professional destination wedding photographers who are passionate about capturing couples’ special day in every detail. Focusing on the natural, unobtrusive moments from two different perspectives, allows them to tell the entire story of the day. Based in Hertfordshire, they cover the UK, France, Italy, Cyprus & Malta. Andre’s favourite photo is... “We just adore this image as it captures the love of two people, their love of Gozo and our love of destination weddings.” Website: bellemomenti.com Email: andre@bellemomenti.com

SAM & LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY website: samandlouise.co.uk

KATHERINE ASHDOWN website: katherineashdown.co.uk

ENCHANTING WOOD website: enchantingwood.co.uk

LARA FROST PHOTOGRAPHY website: larafrostphotography.com

SIMON BIFFEN website: simonbiffenphotography.co.uk

CRAIG & EVA SANDERS website: craigevasanders.co.uk

SARAH LEGGE PHOTOGRAPHY website: sarahleggephotography.co.uk

MIKE GARRARD website: mikegarrard.co.uk

LIBERTY PEARL PHOTOGRAPHY website: libertypearlphotography.com

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CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY Beautiful, natural wedding photography isn’t enough.Your photographs should also tell the story of your day; from the excitement walking down the aisle, to the celebration of your marriage. Using a documentary style, Charlotte Elizabeth Photography captures your day as it unfolds in breathtaking detail. Charlotte Elizabeth Photography are based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and cover Northern England. Charlotte’s favourite photo is... “Deni and Sam’s happiness is infectious, and every time I see this image it makes me smile.” Website: charlotteelizabethphotography.com Email: Charlotte@Charlotte-Elizabeth.com

LYTHGOE PHOTOS Lythgoe Photos is a family-run business, founded on the basis of providing quality and affordable photography and videography for most budgets. Established in 2011, based in the Midlands but covering all of the UK, Lythgoe Photos have worked over 100 weddings with an extensive portfolio, showcasing a range of styles from artistic to traditional photography. They offer a completely unhurried and fun service, while also ensuring they do not intrude too much on your special occasion. This husband and wife team believe that everyone should be able to afford to capture those special moments they never want to forget. Debbie’s favourite photo is... “I love this photo as it really shows the happiness and love of this lovely couple. The smiles on their faces are of natural happiness, the way he holds her shows the love and protectiveness he has for his new bride.” Website: lythgoephotos.co.uk Email: enquires@lythgoephotos.co.uk

PEPPERMINT LOVE website: peppermintlovephotography.com

JAKE MORLEY PHOTOGRAPHY website: jakemorley.co.uk

JIM POYNER PHOTOGRAPHY website: jimpoyner.co.uk

LUKE HOLROYD PHOTOGRAPHY website: lukeholroyd.com

LIFE PHOTOGRAPHIC website: lifephotographic.com

D&A PHOTOGRAPHY website: da-photo.co.uk

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LILYBEAN PHOTOGRAPHY Lilybean Photography is a husband and wife duo based in Hampshire. They’re experts at working with the beauty of natural light with the aim to capture images that are unique and full of atmosphere. Blending into the background unobtrusively portraying the natural emotion and spontaneity of the day. They cover the South and South East. Lisa & Ady’s favourite photo is... “We love this photo, we were in a beautiful corn field and our couple were simply just enjoying a quiet moment together.” Website: lilybeanphotography.co.uk Email: enquiries@lilybeanphotography.co.uk

FIELD PHOTOGRAPHIC Established in 1989, Matt Field of Field Photographic is one of the most experienced wedding photography studios in the East Midlands, having covered over 2,500 weddings in the last 28 years. Matt loves to mix candid documentary style photography, stylised poses, and the ‘official’ shots, in order to provide a unique story of the wedding day, captured from every possible angle. Field Photographic cover Derby & Nottingham, and the East Midlands. Also nationwide and international by individual quotation. Matt’s favourite photo is... “I love the perspective, angle, super-stylish bride, dramatic sky, amazing church doorway, given a cool blue-ish hue during the edit for something a bit different.”

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We take a look at two stunning places to say ‘I do’ and the packages on offer, courtesy of countryhouseweddings.co.uk

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Both venues offer the following: • Exclusive use • Exclusively weddings • In-house chefs

WHAT’S INCLUDED WITHIN THE PRICE • A choice of cocktails and classic welcome drinks (60 glasses) • Delicious canapes to accompany your welcome drinks • Delectable three-course wedding breakfast with tea, coffee and handmade petit fours • Chair covers with your choice of sash for ceremony and wedding breakfast • Clearwell Castle/St Audries Park house wine to accompany your meal (30 bottles) • Exquisite sparkling wine for the speeches (60 glasses)

• Late evening buffet served during your evening reception • Full exclusive use of your very own country house from midday • House floral decorations throughout the venue • Full bar facilities including staff • All non-consumables including furnishings, linen & decorations • Clearwell Castle/St Audries Park DJ and disco playing until midnight • Your own dedicated Personal Wedding Manager to help you plan and oversee your special day

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The Italian Villa Want a Tuscan-style wedding right here in the UK? This venue is a must for you...

Year at the National Wedding Industry Awards 2016, is run by award-winning caterers, Beales Gourmet, headed by hospitality & catering aficionado, Tony Beales. WHAT DO THE PRICES START FROM?

HOW MANY GUESTS CAN THE ITALIAN VILLA CATER FOR?

The Italian Villa can cater for weddings from 65 guests with up to 180 seated for the wedding breakfast and up to 200 evening guests.

wooden dancefloor, excellent AV system and two full service bars in the Medici Suite and Siena Bar.

Prices from just £4,000 all inclusive (for 65 guests). Prices are seasonal and minimum numbers in the peak season are 75 for Fridays and 80 for Saturdays.

date of booking until after the wedding. Modern, elegant and utterly delicious cuisine. A selection of carefully selected wines to choose from around the world. And, of course, the stunning gardens for the ultimate wedding photoshoot. The Italian Villa has a friendly, caring team dedicated to giving you the wedding day that you’ve always wanted!

To consider booking The Italian Villa for your special day, visit their website today at WHAT MAKES THE the-italian-villa.co.uk and get WHAT CAN COUPLES VENUE UNIQUE? EXPECT WHEN BOOKING in touch! Spaces fill up fast for This multi award-winning venue, THE ITALIAN VILLA? this in-demand venue, so you’d including Wedding Venue of the Faultless service from the better be quick!

WHERE IS THE ITALIAN VILLA SITUATED AND WHAT IS THE INTERIOR/ GARDENS LIKE?

Nestled between Poole & Bournemouth in the leafy Canford Cliffs, just 2 minutes from the award-winning beaches at Sandbanks. The venue is set within 10 acres of manicured, themed gardens at the famous Compton Acres. The beautiful gardens include The Italian Garden, Japanese Garden, Heather Garden, Rock Garden, Wooded Valley among others. The Italian Villa is the only Tuscan-style villa in the UK. And it’s just as stunning inside, too! Interiors include incredible wood & ceramic floors,

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enowned for its luxury and style, Marbella simply oozes with charm and sophistication. Long popular as a destination for the ultimate in pre-wedding partying with its amazing beach clubs and bars, Marbella has something for everyone. Collette Walsh headed over to the stunning resort on the Costa del Sol to find out why it’s enjoying a renaissance

as the hottest location for a European destination wedding. Here are Love Our Wedding’s top picks for those who want to celebrate their big day, Marbs style! VINCCI ESTRELLA DEL MAR HOTEL – 5 STARS This charming and stylish hotel offers the best of both worlds – a stunning, high-end hotel location for wedding groups big and small, plus a beach club

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option for those who aspire to have a seaside experience. Impressive but not pretentious is a great way to describe this venue with its traditional style décor and Arab influences. It has delightful courtyards (shaded for those very hot days) and lots of privacy for guests and groups alike. The hotel is home to the Estrella del Mar Beach Club, a versatile setting that can host wedding ceremonies overlooking the sea. Local seafood, regional culinary delights and wines can then be enjoyed into the early hours. After all the celebrating, treat yourself to a fabulous treatment at its top-class spa

and beauty centre. More info here en.vincciestrelladelmar.com. MARBELLA CLUB RESORT AND SPA One of the most luxurious venues in Marbella – be sure to bring your designer shades! A truly sensational location in the exclusive Puente Romano area, the Marbella Club events team offer tailor made weddings that will leave you and your guests with incredible memories. How about an intimate gala dinner by the sea or a grand soiree in the majestic Villa del Mar (where royalty and rock stars often stay). This awardwinning venue offers


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Great beaches: For many Brits Marbella is a lush

playground of decadence with an enviable reputation for upscale hen and stag holidays. But the resort is so much more than that – it has over 17 miles of fantastic beaches and some of the best coastline in southern Spain. The marina is also world class and a great place to watch the world go by. Convenient: It’s also possibly one of the very best places

for UK couples looking for an overseas wedding location too. Plenty of affordable flight options and a short 2.5 hour journey from most UK airports. Charm: Unlike other Spanish resorts, very strict planning

LA CABANE LOS MONTEROS This stunning beach club, which is part of the impressive Los Monteros Hotel and Gold Resort, really is something special. It has everything – from breathtaking views out on to one of the prettiest shore lines in Marbella, through to an exceptional indoor or outdoor restaurant which serves possibly some of the best seafood you will find in the whole of the area. It is truly is a beautiful venue – every detail has been thought about, from the designer lighting to the elegant crockery and floral arrangements. For the wow factor, La Cabane will have your guests spellbound by its magical atmosphere and sophistication. No need for taxis home… book your guests into the neighbouring hotel. Rooms are brilliantly designed and very modern – most are duplexes, adding to the wonderful sense of space and opulence. For more information visit monteros.com.

laws mean Marbella is not littered with high rise, bland hotels and apartment blocks. Instead, it has invested in its beautiful Andalusian heritage and created some world-class hotel, spa and golf resorts, as well as affordable selfcatering and ‘package’ holiday options. History and hospitality: Marbella has a fantastic

reputation for friendliness, sensational cuisine for all budgets and great wines. Away from the beaches, it is home to one of the most charming, untouched shopping locations in its ‘Old Town’ and many beautiful churches. The wedding capital of Spain: Thanks to a major

drive this year (2017) by its tourist board and local businesses, anyone considering getting married here is in for a delightful experience. The paperwork required will be easier than ever from this summer and Marbella will also be hosting the first of a series of Expo Bodas wedding shows. For more information go to: turismo.marbella.es.

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LA SALA BANUS AND LA SALA BY THE SEA La Sala by the Sea is one of the world’s finest beach clubs and getting married here is the stuff of dreams… The décor is elegant, contemporary and chic. The vibe is exclusive yet charming – very friendly. As part of the famous La Sala Group, with its fantastic reputation for luxurious restaurants, bars and clubs, it comes as no surprise that a beachfront wedding here or at its sister restaurant La Sala Banus is sure to make you feel like superstars on your big day. Many British couples love the ambience of the restaurant venue as it offers so much variety. The beautiful interior with its pale cream and stone palette is breathtaking and for those who want to dance under the stars, how about any of the three terraces? Wondering how to celebrate with friends and family pre or post wedding? Club

Mahiki, a name synonymous with celebrities and royals alike, has recently opened this under the Sala Group management. Let’s pop open the champagne! More info lasalabythesea.com and lasalabanus.com.

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the extravagance, attention and expertise on a grand scale. If you are looking for a pre or post-wedding pampering session (perhaps with your hens), then you won’t be disappointed with the onsite spa – heavenly! More information here: marbellaclub.com.

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The Club Hotel & Spa Enjoy a getaway that’s close to home in this gorgeous Jersey hotel and spa...

WHAT IS THE CLUB HOTEL & SPA LIKE?

The Club Hotel & Spa is a sight for sore eyes! The decor is immaculate, bright and totally in keeping with the high class service the hotel offers. From the moment you walk through the door, you are looked after, and made to feel extra special. The rooms all have comfy beds that are so big you barely know your partner is there! In our suite we had a massive bathroom with a jet bath, a sofa and seating area with a TV to relax after a day enjoying the sights of Jersey, or indeed, the hotel’s amazing spa. WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE?

The Michelin Star 4 AA Bohemia Restaurant in the hotel offers an impeccable service and food you could only dream of. We had the taster menus, which meant we each had 8-12 courses to enjoy throughout the evening, with a

sommelier on hand to provide delicious wines to accompany each dish. Beautifully presented and completely indulgent, we felt utterly spoilt here. The following day we returned to the restaurant for afternoon tea. The sandwiches were filling enough, but you simply had to make room for the incredible mini desserts, and of course the cream tea. The ultimate way to indulge with your partner on a special break together. IS THERE A SPA?

Yes there is, and what a fine spa it is, too. Indoors there are several treatment rooms where you can have single or couples’ massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and much more.You can then retreat to the indoor heated pool, the quiet sanctuary of the side rooms, or make your way outside to enjoy the outdoor pool. It was a little cold

for us this time, but definitely a must for a summer visit. CAN YOU GET MARRIED THERE?

The hotel doesn’t have a wedding license but could however cater for wedding receptions, and with cuisine and service this good, you’d be mad not to check it out, whether you’re a Jersey local or looking to wed a stone’s throw from home. To book The Club Hotel & Spa for your break, visit theclubjersey.com or call 01534 876500.

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