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ISSUE 31

• JANUARY 2018

Real-life weddings 18 PAGES OF IDEAS AND INSPIRATION MINI MAIDS ADORABLE PICKS FOR YOUR FLOWER GIRLS

WIN A N HONEYMOEO IN CRET R WORTH OVE £2,500 VENUE SPECIAL PICK THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR BIG DAY

Enzoani HOT 2018 STYLES FOR EVERY BRIDE

Wedding dress how-to FIND THE DRESS OF YOUR DREAMS WITH OUR BRIDAL GUIDE

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TASTY CAKES Inspirational cake ideas and trends for 2018 from a Great British Bake Off expert!

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EDITOR (MATERNITY LEAVE) Jade Pepperell jade@meanttobemedia.com ACTING EDITOR Izzy Hicks izzy@meanttobemedia.com

REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS Four brides tell all about how they planned their day!

PRODUCTION EDITOR Tom Harrod tom@meanttobemedia.com

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Contents J A N UA RY 2 0 1 8

ISSUE 31

• JANUARY 2018

Real-life weddings

FIND THE DRESS OF YOUR DREAMS WITH OUR BRIDAL GUIDE

MINI MAIDS ADORABLE PICKS FOR YOUR FLOWERGIRLS

You said

yes!

WIN A HONEYMOON IN CRETE WORTH OVER £2,500

INSIDE THIS ISSUE 50

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TOUCH OF COLOUR Decided on the colour scheme for your bridesmaids yet? Will you go bright, bold or pastel?

SALES EXECUTIVE Laura Lismore laura@meanttobemedia.com

OUR PLANNING TIPS FOR NEWLYENGAGED BRIDES

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VENUE SPECIAL FIND THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR BIG DAY

READY, SET, CAKE! WEDDING CAKE TRENDS FROM A GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF PRO

Enzoani HOT 2018 STYLES FOR EVERY BRIDE

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HOW TO PICK YOUR DRESS The factors you need to consider

SALES EXECUTIVE Natalie Pilgrim natalie@meanttobemedia.com

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WINTER FLOWER GIRLS Adorable seasonal dresses for the youngest member of your bridal party

61 WHITE OR BRIGHT? White shoes vs colourful ones: can you pick a favourite? 67

ART DIRECTOR Andy Allen andy@meanttobemedia.com

Wedding dress how-to

18 PAGES OF IDEAS AND INSPIRATION

HONEYMOON COMPETITION Win a trip to idyllic Crete – worth £2,600

ONLINE EDITOR Carrie Marsden carrie@loveourweddingmag.com CONTRIBUTORS Donna Berridge, Martha Cooke

RUSTIC STATIONERY Go for the country look with these cute suggestions

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JUST ENGAGED Congratulations! Here is what to plan first

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WHERE TO SAY “I DO” We explore some of the UK’s most glamorous venues

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THE IRRESISTIBLE NEW COLLECTION FROM ROMANTICA OF DEVON

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CALLISTA’S COLLECTION FOR BRIDES WITH CURVES

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A SUMPTUOUS SHOOT AT THE TITANIC HOTEL, LIVERPOOL

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SLIMMING WORLD Start your 2018 diet the right way with these healthy recipes!

109 RUSHTON HALL: A GRADE I SPLENDID VENUE AND A RELAXING RETREAT

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My favourite picks this month! 1. For gorgeous rose gold at a

purse-friendly price, this Alan Hannah hairpiece is just £40! 2. This ’50s-inspired Jackie gown from Wendy Makin would be perfect for an elegant city wedding or a destination bride 3. A classic style from Rachel Simpson, the Iona clutch looks particularly beautiful in mint 4. I’m loving the new Pearls and Diamonds collection from Aruna Seth, and the Amethyst style in satin might just be my favourite of them all! 5. How pretty is this rustic stationery suite from Paper Tree Design?

Editor’s letter W

elcome to our beautiful January issue, and the start of a whole new wedding planning year! Whether you’re tying the knot in 2018 like a certain Harry and Meghan (congratulations, you guys!), or you’re newly engaged and just starting your wedding planning journey, we have plenty of advice and inspiration for you. This issue we’ve picked out some of some of the best wedding venues throughout the UK for you (page 98), as well as sharing some inspiring styled shoots and reviews. Ladies who have just started to plan will love our newly engaged bride guide (page 88) and our top tips for finding the perfect wedding dress (page 16), while brides putting the finishing touches on their day should check out our top picks for shoes (page 61), jewellery (page 64) and gifts (page 110). Oh, and don’t forget to flick to our Greek honeymoon competition on page IZZY HICKS 106 – it’s worth nearly £3,000! You can Acting Editor enter at loveourweddingmag.com… 5

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H OW TO C H O O S E YO U R

WEDDING DRESS Factors to take into account when picking your gown ELBETH GILLIS LISA DONETTI

SHEATH

GRACE PHILIPS

Silhouette

Picking the right silhouette or shape is one of the most important things you should consider! A-line fits at the hips and flares outwards gradually, while sheath falls close to the body. Ballgowns give that classic fairytale look, while mermaids are great for showing off your curves.

SOPHIA TOLLI

BALLGOWN

BADGLEY MISCHKA

ART COUTURE

ETERNITY BRIDE

CHLOE BRIDALS

MARTINA LIANA

A-LINE

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BADGLEY MISCHKA WILDERLY BRIDE WENDY MAKIN ELBETH GILLIS

BEACH

Venue

Try to have your wedding venue chosen before picking your dress. Churches may ask brides to keep their shoulders covered, while beach brides will want a light dress that won’t get weighed down in the sand. We love pretty lace gowns for rustic barn weddings, and sleek red carpet styles for city venues.

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CATHERINE PARRY RONALD JOYCE

WHITE ROSE BRIDAL

SPRING

Season

Don’t forget the season you’re marrying in! If you’re a summer bride, flowing fabrics with a boho feel are perfect, while blush tones and romantic off-the-shoulder necklines are great for spring. Warm golden shades and short sleeves work for autumn, while winter brides can rock sparkles and long sleeves.

CHLOE BRIDALS

AUTUMN

OPULENCE MODECA

PURE BRIDAL

LILLIAN WEST

GRACE PHILIPS JASMINE BRIDAL

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WHITE

Colour

JASMINE BRIDAL

You may think that all wedding dresses are white, but there are plenty of shades to choose from! Bright white looks amazing on darker or tanned skin tones, while champagne shades are flattering on paler skin. Classic ivory and ontrend blush pink suit everyone!

BLUSH

KENNETH WINSTON

IVORY & CO

RICHARD DESIGNS SOPHIA TOLLI DIANE LEGRAND

IVORY

ALEXIA DESIGNS

CHAMPAGNE

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Fabric

LE PAPILLON BY MODECA

CREPE

BELOVED BY CASABLANCA

ALEXIA DESIGNS

Your wedding dress fabric will depend on your theme and your wedding season. If you’re marrying in the summer, then a lightweight crepe is perfect, whereas satin is ideal for cooler or more formal weddings. Lace works for every season, and tulle gives a romantic feel.

TULLE

BLUE BY ENZOANI

OPULENCE

ALLURE BRIDAL

CATHERINE PARRY ANGEL BRIDE

LACE

BADGLEY MISCHKA

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SATIN


MODECA GRACE PHILIPS ENCHANTING BY MON CHERI

BATEAU

Neckline

AMARÉ COUTURE

The neckline of your gown can make a big difference to look and fit! Sweetheart (so-called because it looks like the top of a heart) is flattering for all shapes and sizes, and V-neck is a glamorous classic. Bateau or off-the-shoulder gives a vintage feel, and chic high-neck styles are ontrend right now.

HIGH

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WHITE ROSE BRIDAL MARTIN THORNBURG A MON CHERI COLLECTION

V-NECK

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SWEETHEART

CHLOE BRIDALS ALEXIA DESIGNS

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ROMANTICA It’s easy to see why so many brides fall head over heels in love with these irresistible gowns

COLEEN THIS STATEMENT LACE AND TULLE STYLE FEATURES A SHEER ILLUSION BACK

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KATRINA SUMMER BRIDES WILL LOVE HOW LIGHTWEIGHT THIS CHIC DRESS FEELS


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CLARA WE LOVE THE ELEGANT ELBOWLENGTH SLEEVES ON THIS CLASSIC LACE FIT-AND-FLARE

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SHARON LOOK SOPHISTICATED IN SATIN! WE LOVE THE CLEAN LINES OF THIS VINTAGE-INSPIRED DESIGN

EVANGELINE THE PERFECT MIX OF MODERN AND BOHO, THIS DRESS WOULD BE PERFECT FOR SUMMER WEDDINGS

STYLE 274 A GORGEOUS A-LINE DRESS WITH HIDDEN POCKETS AND A SPARKLING DETAIL ON THE NECKLINE

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MAGDA: CHANNEL SOME OF THAT OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR IN THIS FLATTERING SATIN A-LINE


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SOLANGE BLUSH? CHECK. RUFFLES? CHECK. SHEER LACE? CHECK. THIS BALLGOWN HAS ALL THE TRENDS DOWN

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Exclusive interview with... TELL US ABOUT ENZOANI We launched in 2005 and now have three bridal lines: Enzoani, Blue by Enzoani and Beautiful. Our goal is always to be innovative and cutting edge, and provide the highest quality designs for our brides. WHAT MAKES ENZOANI GOWNS SO UNIQUE? When a bride tries on an Enzoani gown, she can tell there’s a difference in quality. A lot of hard work, time and thought goes into creating our gowns so that the quality and fit are superior. The inside construction is very important – even though the gown looks light and our bride feels comfortable, there’s a lot of work going on inside the gown to make that happen. TELL US ABOUT YOUR LEAD DESIGNER… Kang Chun ‘KC’ Lin, a London College of Fashion

Enzoani

We chat to Enzoani about their dedication to quality design and their exquisite 2018 collection graduate, is the creative mastermind behind the design and development of the brand name Enzoani. Through his fantastic vision, the label has gained attention for its use of luxurious fabrics, exquisite beadwork, and unmatched construction techniques.

the Beautiful collection. What makes them really appealing is not just the quality detail in everything from the beading to the lacework and embroidery, but also that they are what modern brides are looking for – a mix of romantic, sexy, chic and versatile.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST POPULAR GOWNS THIS SEASON AND WHY? There are a lot of standout styles in the 2018 collections – McKinley and Marnie from the Enzoani collection, Katalina from Blue by Enzoani and BT18-02 from

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OUR BRIDES STARTING THEIR SEARCH? We would tell them to look for whatever they feel most happy, pretty, comfortable and confident in. There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a bride smile because

she is so happy and feels her absolute best. To see the Enzoani collection in full, visit enzoani.com.

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White Rose STYLE R1099

Breathtaking dresses as romantic as their floral name suggests

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e here at Love Our Wedding were seriously impressed when we caught sight of the 2018 collection from White Rose. These new gowns deliver grace and elegance with

aplomb, allowing you to waltz down the aisle feeling like a million dollars. We fell in love with the offthe-shoulder lace in Style R1099, with its intricate, beautiful half-sleeve patterns. See more of the stunning White Rose range at whiterosebridal.com.

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C A L L I S TA Vintage, floral, princess and more – you’re spoiled for choice with Callista’s fantastic new range!

AUSTIN FEEL LIKE A GREEK GODDESS IN THIS FLATTERING COLUMN GOWN. WE LOVE THE BEADED BELT!

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LOS ANGELES A TRUE PRINCESS GOWN! THE STYLE IS ALSO AVAILABLE WITHOUT THE LACE SLEEVES, MAKING IT IDEAL FOR BRIDES WHO WANT TO CUSTOMISE THEIR LOOK


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UTAH THIS COLLECTION IS FILLED WITH FABULOUS TEALENGTH GOWNS, AND THIS STYLE’S ROMANTIC OFFTHE-SHOULDER NECKLINE MAKES IT ONE OF OUR FAVOURITES

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HOUSTON THE DELICATE FLUTTER SLEEVES ON THIS A-LINE STYLE GIVE IT A VINTAGE FEEL

KEY WEST THE NIPPED-IN WAIST, OFFTHE-SHOULDER NECKLINE AND FULL SKIRT MAKE THIS BALLGOWN A WINNER IN OUR BOOKS

STYLE 274 A GORGEOUS A-LINE DRESS WITH HIDDEN POCKETS AND A SPARKLING DETAIL ON THE NECKLINE

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SEDONA AUSTIN WE THINK THIS FEEL LIKE CHIFFON A GREEK DREAMY GODDESS IN NUMBER WOULD THIS LOOK FLATTERING RIGHT COLUMN GOWN. AT HOME AT A WE WEDDING LOVE THE BEACH BEADED BELT!


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ROSEVILLE THE FASHIONFORWARD FLORAL PRINTS IN THIS COLLECTION ARE THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN FAIRYTALE AND BOHO

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Fashion Focus... Victoria Kay

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ictoria Kay are starting the new year with a bang – by introducing us all to The White Collection 2018. These dresses are every bride-to-be’s dream, with details that will blow you away! There’s so much to be excited about with these gowns – whether you’re looking for intricate boho sleeve details, or sweeping fit and flare silhouettes, you’ll find it all here. To discover more about the Victoria Kay range, visit victoriakaygowns.co.uk.

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These plus-size gowns make for a fabulous fit for all the curvy brides-to-be out there

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A TOUCH OF COLOUR DESSY

Decided on the colour scheme for your bridesmaid dresses yet? Our handy guide will help!

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SPECIAL DAY LINZI JAY PRONOVIAS PHIL COLLINS

Brights!

Accessorise with... DESIGNED TO SPARKLE

FLORENCE

RAINBOW CLUB

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LITTLE EGLATINE

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AVENIR 35 LIGHT

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An array of enchanting dresses, perfect for winter princesses

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HOW TO ACCESSORISE YOUR WEDDING LOOK

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MUST-READ SHOPPING TIPS YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUYING ‘THE ONE’

138 DREAMY DETAIL IDEAS PLUS HOW TO GIVE YOUR DAY THE WOW FACTOR

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HAIR & BEAUTY TRICKS TO CREATE REAL BRIDAL LOOKS

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TOTALLY ADORABLE DRESSES FOR YOUR LITTLE BRIDESMAIDS

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SEE OUR PICK OF THE BEST DESIGNS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE GIRLS, P35

REAL STORIES

FOUR BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS

05/01/2016 10:20

REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS FOUR INSPIRING BIG-DAY STORIES, TOLD BY THE BRIDE

TOP HAIR & MAKE-UP TIPS YOU MUST READ!

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Chic shape SUPER-STYLISH GOWNS FOR FULLER FIGURES

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SEASONAL STATIONERY INVITES THROUGH TO THANK YOUS FOR EVERY TIME OF YEAR

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HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT AT YOUR SUMMER WEDDING

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‘I’m engaged!’ WE FOLLOW A REAL BRIDE-TO-BE ON HER WEDDING JOURNEY

BRIDESMAID HANDBOOK EVERYTHING YOUR GIRLS NEED TO KNOW!

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FROM DECOR IDEAS TO CUTTING THE GUEST LIST

WIN YOUR WEDDING SHOES & ACCESSORIES

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ROASTED ROOT WEDGES WITH A SWEET PAPRIKA DIP Ready in 50 minutes

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INGREDIENTS 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into wedges 3 large parsnips, peeled and cut into wedges 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges Juice of 2 limes 2 tbsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed 1 tsp ground cinnamon 6 tbsp fat-free vinaigrette Salt and freshly ground black pepper Small handful of finely chopped fresh parsley, to garnish

For the sweet paprika dip 4 garlic cloves, crushed 250g fat-free natural fromage frais Juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika METHOD Preheat the oven to 220C/Fan 200C/ Gas 7. Put the carrots and parsnips in a saucepan and pour in just enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat slightly and cook for 2 minutes. Drain, tip into a large non-stick

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roasting tin and add the sweet potato. Mix together the lime juice, coriander seeds, cinnamon and vinaigrette. Season to taste, pour over the vegetables and toss to coat evenly. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the veg are tender and browned in places, turning them once or twice. Meanwhile, make the dip. Mix the garlic, fromage frais, lemon juice and most of the paprika in a bowl. Sprinkle over the remaining paprika and chill until you’re ready to eat. Scatter the parsley over the wedges and dip to serve.


SKYSCRAPER BURGER WITH ONION RINGS

Ready in 40 minutes

paprika mixture in a shallow bowl and mix in the cornflour and mixed herbs. Spray the onion rings with low-calorie cooking spray and toss in the cornflour mixture to coat evenly. Lightly whisk the egg white in another bowl and put the breadcrumbs in a third bowl. Dip the onion rings first into the egg and then the breadcrumbs to coat sparingly. Arrange the rings on the prepared baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Meanwhile, mix the beef with the remaining paprika mixture, divide the mixture into eight portions and For the sauce shape into burgers using wet 3 tbsp fat-free natural fromage frais hands. Put the mushrooms on 2 small gherkins, finely chopped a baking tray sprayed with low-calorie 2 radishes, shredded cooking spray and put in the oven when A few basil leaves, shredded the rings have 10 minutes to go. Preheat the grill to high. Place two large non-stick METHOD Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 frying pans (or one very large pan) over and line a large baking tray with non-stick a high heat and fry the burgers for 2-3 minutes on each side. While the burgers baking paper. Mix the paprika, garlic are frying, grill the bacon for 3-4 minutes salt and chilli powder in a small bowl. To or until crispy and browned. Turn and make the onion rings, put half of your INGREDIENTS SERVES 4 1 tbsp paprika 1 tsp garlic salt 1 tsp mild chilli powder 1 level tbsp cornflour 1 tsp dried mixed herbs 1 large onion, sliced, separated into rings Low-calorie cooking spray 1 egg white* 50g dried wholemeal bread, crumbed 750g lean beef mince (5% fat or less) 8 large portobello mushrooms 8 back bacon rashers, visible fat removed Lettuce leaves, to serve Tomato slices, to serve Salad, to serve

cook for another 1-2 minutes. Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and spread a little over each cooked burger. Fill each mushroom ‘roll’ with lettuce, tomatoes, a burger, two bacon rashers and another burger. Pin each burger tower together with a wooden skewer if necessary and ‘hoopla’ the onion rings over the top! Serve with a salad.

TOFFEE APPLE RICE PUDDING Ready in 35 minutes

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INGREDIENTS 150g dried pudding rice 850ml skimmed milk 175g fat-free toffee yogurt 2 level tbsp sweetener 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced Ground cinnamon, to dust (optional) METHOD Put the rice and milk in a saucepan over a high heat, bring to the boil then

reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, stir in the yogurt and sweetener and divide between dessert glasses or bowls (heatproof, if you’re serving them hot). Poke the apple slices into the top like shards, dust with the cinnamon (if you decide to use any), and serve hot or cold – they’re fantastic either way. * Pregnant women, the elderly, babies and toddlers are advised to choose eggs showing the British Lion stamp if eating raw or partially cooked eggs

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Bianca & Paul

A RUSTIC WEDDING WITH POPS OF BRIGHT COLOUR

Saving tips, a wedding dress surprise and Converse trainers… Real bride Bianca explains all How did Paul propose? “He had surprised me with a trip to Paris for my birthday. We saw so many proposals near the Eiffel Tower that day and I kept

had planned a romantic walk along the Seine after dinner. I learned later on that Plan A was to pop the question by the river, but he was so nervous he couldn’t saying what a cliché it was wait, so he asked me during to propose in Paris… Of dinner instead! We were course, I cringe now when talking about how much I think about it, because all we’ve changed since we’ve the while, Paul was planning been together and he to propose that night! He asked me to close my eyes

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and picture my life without him. When I opened them the ring was in front of me and he told me I would never live a day without him if I said yes. And of course, I said yes!” What dress did you wear and where did you buy it? “I wore Melody from Pronovias, which I


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The Details DATE: 2nd July 2016 VENUE: Caswell House, Oxfordshire PHOTOGRAPHER: Squib Photography BIANCA’S DRESS: Pronovias PAUL’S ATTIRE: Ted Baker BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal ACCESSORIES: Pronovias, Ivory & Co

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purchased at The Wedding Dress Shop in Wimbledon. The assistant insisted that I try on five dresses, considering it was my first ever shop in the big search. On an initial first glance, I was only able to find three dresses that I liked the look of (I think it was because I wasn’t really sure of the style that I wanted, at this early stage). So I just grabbed two dresses that were near the fitting rooms (without even looking

at them!) to bulk up the numbers to five. And what happened? My dress was one of those two – it was meant to be!” And the accessories? “I wore a pearl hair vine and earrings, both from Ivory & Co, while my belt was also from Pronovias, matching my dress. I also had a secret brooch that I had pinned to the inside of my dress, which belonged to my grandmother.”

What did the groom wear? “Paul wore a three-piece lounge suit from Ted Baker, and so did all of the groomsmen. His tie and pocket square, however, were in a different colour.” How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle? “I had been super chilled all morning, but just before the doors opened I got overwhelmed and started shaking. As soon as our eyes met though, I felt like

I was walking home. Paul is truly my best friend and home is wherever he is.” Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “My maid of honour was my best friend Michelle, and my bridesmaids were Roxzan and Carmen. They wore asymmetric dresses – they were all in the same style, but each one had a different colour. I loved that the girls were in different

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colours because they are all so different and unique from each other, and I love them for it.”

easy choice because the venue was quite rustic, so the colours helped make it come alive.“

What was your wedding theme and how did you create it? “We went for a rustic theme with colour pops. It was an

What was the highlight of your day? “Being able to have my sister here to walk me down What was your best buy? the aisle. Being from South “I had ‘his and hers’

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Africa, but getting married here in the UK meant that many family members could not make it. We have always been close and it would not have been the same without her there.”

Converse trainers made – mine with ‘Mrs Burbidge’ and his of course being ‘Mr Burbidge’. My feet were aching by the evening so these meant I could dance all night (plus, I thought they were super cute). We still wear them and it’s a nice reminder of the day.”


What’s your saving tip? “I used Kilner jars and bud vases with single flowers to fill spaces with colour rather than going for big bouquets or arrangements, which also come with big price tags. With regards to the vases and plant pots, I went direct to the warehouse to buy

these in bulk – I saved loads by using a forestry supplier. I also spoke to my suppliers, most of whom were happy to tweak the packages so they were tailor-made for me. I was able to save money by not having to buy extras and still got what I wanted.” J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ 75


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Samantha & Samuel

ENGAGING GREENS IN RUR AL LEICESTERSHIRE

Bride Samantha tells us how she made sure the small details became the main focus for her big day How did Samuel propose? “We were on holiday in Egypt and Sam suggested a sunset walk on the beach. We reached a jetty that Sam had arranged to be lined

What dress did you wear? “I’ve always been obsessed with Stella York, so I went to stockist Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room in Hinckley. I always thought I wanted a with candles and a table form-fitting, long-sleeved set for two at the end. I was lace gown. However, when I hoping it was going to be the tried on my dress, a beaded moment, but nothing could lace A-line, I knew it was the prepare me for his face when one. It’s the one day you can he got down on one knee!” be a princess, so why not?”

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And the accessories? “Sam had bought me some gorgeous pearl and diamond earrings and a matching necklace for my wedding present from Ernest Jones, and a Thomas Sabo bracelet. I found an incredible brow band from Richard Designs, too. I also wore a matching fingertip length veil with rose gold and blush flowers.


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The Details DATE: 26th August 2017 VENUE: Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth PHOTOGRAPHER: Love Photography 13 SAMANTHA’S DRESS: Stella York SAMUEL’S ATTIRE: Christopher Scotney BRIDESMAID DRESSES: ASOS ACCESSORIES: Ernest Jones, Thomas Sabo, Richard Designs

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My seamstress, Leigh from Pink Confetti, also made me a custom belt out of flowers from my veil.” What did the groom wear? “Sam wore a grey slim-fit suit with tails and an ivory waistcoat. The groomsmen wore matching grey (with Paul Smith socks), while they all wore sage cravats to match the bridesmaids. All of the suits were hired from Christopher Scotney in Leicester. We also bought all

the groomsmen personalised a sage green bow tie. They pocket watches as gifts.” all looked amazing.” Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “I had seven bridesmaids in total, including my sister, Sam’s sister and five of my closest friends. They all wore backless chiffon sage green dresses from ASOS, with a bow detail at the back. My sister wore grey slim-fit trousers, a white shirt and grey waistcoat. She also had

What was your theme? “We didn’t have a theme – more of a colour palette. Both mine and Sam’s tastes are very muted, rural, and we prefer pastel colours. We wanted a lot of extra details – I think it’s those little touches that really make a wedding. Whether it was the personalised M&M’s, the handmade amenities baskets in the toilets, the homemade

sloe gin for favours or the personalised sparklers, we tried to make the small details a main focus.“ What was the highlight of your day? “Aside from becoming Mrs Carnall? My highlight was probably our Secret Servers from Undercover Artists. They blew us all away with opera during our wedding breakfast, and managed to get me and my bridesmaids up dancing – it was brilliant!”

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Beth & Dan A SUBLIME SET TING I N S O R R E N T O , I TA LY

A traditional Italian wedding, with Mount Vesuvius in the background. How did Beth get on? How did Dan propose? “We were travelling in Europe around Christmas. After a three-course meal in a seafood restaurant in Cannes, France, Dan suggested a walk to the harbour and that’s where he proposed. It was perfect – I always wanted a private proposal and the harbour was completely secluded with only the two of us there.” 80 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8


What dress did you wear? “I wore a strapless, fitted lace dress by Anna Sorrano. I found it during my first time browsing for wedding dresses, but as soon as I tried it on I knew it was perfect.”

My pearl earrings were from Pandora, a gift on the wedding day from my parents. After considering heels, I wore a pair of satin wedges, which were perfect for the Sorrento cobbles.”

And the accessories? “I wore a matching belt and hair comb with my dress.

What did Dan wear? “He wore a navy blue chequered two-piece suit

from Next, with a lemon tie. Since we were getting married in Italy in summer, a full suit probably would have ended up as a disaster. At first Dan had his heart set on wearing shorts, but his mother and I managed to talk him out of it! So in the end the groomsmen all wore trousers, instead.”

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The Details DATE: 7th August 2017 VENUE: Ceremony at San Francesco Cloister, Sorrento, Italy Reception at Grand Hotel Capodimonte, Sorrento, Italy PHOTOGRAPHER: Ray Ashmore Photography BETH’S DRESS: Anna Sorrano DAN’S ATTIRE: Next BRIDESMAID DRESSES: In One Clothing ACCESSORIES: Pandora

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “My bridesmaids were my younger sister, two of my best friends and our two nieces. They wore gorgeous lemon multiway dresses from In One Clothing. I loved having each of them

cloisters had a white carpet and a beautiful garden. Our reception hotel overlooked the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, which acted as What was your theme? a perfect backdrop. The “Given our location, it was tables had small flower traditional Italian. Our venue arrangements and photos of was so lovely and we didn’t our loved ones who could want to over-decorate it – the not share our day with us.” wearing the same dress but in different styles – and, importantly, they worked well in the heat.”

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What was the highlight of your day? “We loved every minute, from saying “I do” in the beautiful cloisters to toasting our marriage with friends and family. We ended the night dancing and drinking on the hotel terrace to fireworks in the harbour. Fantastic!”


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Claire & Kyle

A WINTER WEDDING WITH A SPRINKLE OF MAGIC

This Christmas wedding had plenty of heart-warming cheer. Bride Claire tells us everything How did Kyle propose? “We were on holiday in Florida, staying in the Disney hotel and visiting the parks. Kyle had booked an evening meal in the Beauty and the

What dress did you wear? “I wore a tulle ballgown with a sweetheart neckline, which I had customised with a sparkly diamanté belt and buttons added to the back Beast restaurant – the setting for some additional detail.” was magical with projected snow falling and beautiful And the accessories? décor. In between courses, “I wore a diamanté bracelet Kyle got down on one knee, from Accessorize that best and produced a lit ring box!” matched the belt. I found

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some pretty, dainty earrings and a necklace online that fitted in with our theme – a silver snowflake design. With it being a winter wedding, I kept warm with a mohair shrug from Monsoon.” What did the groom wear? “Kyle, his groomsmen and my father all wore navy blue tuxedos with red bow ties


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The Details DATE: 3rd December 2016 VENUE: Watermill Hotel, Bourne End, Hertfordshire PHOTOGRAPHER: Unwerth Photography CLAIRE’S DRESS: David’s Bridal KYLE’S ATTIRE: Suits You ACCESSORIES: Accessorize, Monsoon

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and cummerbunds from Suits You. They also wore red reindeer socks to match the theme. Our son and nephews wore matching blue tuxedos from Monsoon and they looked super cute!”

were from an online clothing store. We found the perfect shade of red with a sparkly top that complemented my dress. My talented sister also made cream shrugs for the bridesmaids to wear, too.”

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “My beautiful bridesmaids were my friends Charlotte and Cheryl, my younger sister Julia, and Sam, one of Kyle’s friends. Their dresses

What was your wedding theme and how did you create it? “We both love all things Christmassy and thought that a Christmas-themed wedding would be magical. We had real Christmas trees with

simple white LED lights, and white lights in the marquee roof. We also created table decorations with baubles and fairy lights. The place names were made by my parents using pinecones, with names printed on them.“ What was the highlight of your day? “Saying ‘I do’ was so special and what the day was all about. Our first dance was a really happy moment – we were a bit unchoreographed

during it, talking and singing to each other throughout! And we also had a friend host a game of Mr & Mrs, which was absolutely hilarious!” What’s your saving tip? “We was fortunate enough to be able acquire the talents of friends and family to help us make accessories and decorations. This saved us money, of course, but perhaps more importantly created an irreplaceable, personal touch.”

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have a longer engagement to give you more time to save, or a wedding in six months to take advantage of late availability deals. You also need to discuss any financial contributions that your family may be willing to make – it’s important to have an idea of your finances pre-planning. Discuss how much you can reasonably save, and take into account formal or casual, traditional the average wedding costs or quirky? Country manor venue or a cool urban rooftop by researching online. Once you have a figure, enter your location? Having this chat means that you’re likely to be approximate costs into a on the same page for the rest spreadsheet and keep it up to date as you plan. of the wedding planning.

What’s next?

For any new bride-to-be, wedding planning can seem daunting, but never fear! Here’s where to start with our stress-free guide START TO PLAN THE FEEL OF YOUR WEDDING Congratulations! You’re engaged! Once you’ve recovered from the initial excitement, the first thing you should do is sit down with

your new fiancé(!) and actually discuss what kind of wedding you both want. Will it be an intimate wedding with just your nearest and dearest, or a massive celebration with a huge guest list? Will it be

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SET A BUDGET It’s the big one. Setting the budget is one of the most important steps of wedding planning because it will affect every decision about the occasion, including your timeline. You may decide to

WRITE YOUR GUEST LIST The guest list will make a real difference to your budget and venue search, so get it sorted early. Start by both writing a full list of everyone you might want to invite to your wedding.


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Speak to your family too, to ensure that you’re not leaving anyone off the list. If you crunch the numbers and can afford to invite everyone, great! However, it’s likely that you may have to keep your numbers within budget. Create a minimum number of everyone that you couldn’t imagine getting married without. Then you can either extend evening invitations to the rest of the list, or make cuts elsewhere to invite more.

They also tend to get booked up early (especially if you’re looking to get married in the summer or on a Saturday). With this in mind, it’s a good place to start your planning! Finding your dream venue can help you decide on other elements of your wedding, such as season, theme, décor and even your wedding dress style.

GO DRESS SHOPPING PICK A VENUE Your venue is likely to be your We recommend giving yourself a year largest wedding expense.

PUT OFF THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU With some couples planning their day two years in advance (and beyond!), it’s important to work out what your priorities are and to get those sorted early. If you’re dreaming about a certain photographer or band, then don’t feel silly for making enquiries early on. The same goes for your dream church ceremony or meaningful wedding date – you’ll rest easier knowing that the important things are sorted before moving on to details.

PICK YOUR BRIDAL PARTY TOO EARLY It can be tempting to pop the question to your future bridesmaids the minute you get engaged, but it pays to to shop for your wedding delay choosing the bridal dress, if possible. Dress party a little. You should orders can take a minimum take your budget into of six months to complete, account before asking your and you want to give yourself bridesmaids and groomsmen, plenty of time to shop around because it’s likely you’ll have and fit in alterations once to foot the bill for dresses, you’ve found your dream suits, bouquets and gifts gown. If time is short, try to for both groups. You may keep an eye out for sample also find that due to life sales where you can buy circumstances, friendships dresses off the peg and ready can change a lot over a to take home. year or two, and you may

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end up regretting who you’ve asked, or wishing that you had included someone else! Waiting a little while and not being so quick to jump the gun can help save lots of hurt feelings and awkward conversations later on down the line. FORGET TO BUY INSURANCE It’s likely that your engagement ring is one of the most expensive pieces of jewellery you own, so make sure that it’s covered on your insurance (either personal or home) to avoid any heartbreak if it’s lost, damaged or stolen. Once you’ve started to plan, then wedding insurance is also a wise move – it’ll protect you from losing money if, due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue cancels, suppliers go bust or if your photos or videos don’t turn up. It’s reassurance as well as insurance!

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inding a dream wedding venue should be high on your wedding to-do list – after sharing the wonderful news of your engagement, of course! Whether you and your partner plan to wed within the next six months or decide to wait a year or two, ensuring that you book a great date at your dream venue is important. However, before you start your venue search, you should consider the following… Style Decide between you whether you’re looking for an exclusive hire venue or a hotel, a country house with fabulous gardens, a location where you bring everything in yourself, a coastal venue, a historic venue… The list goes on! The style of venue you decide on should be a great starting point. Budget Wedding venues (and what’s included) can vary greatly in terms of cost. Chat about your overall wedding budget and estimate that approximately 50-60% should be spent on your venue and catering. Call or email your shortlist of favourite venues to discuss a quote before you book a visit, so you don’t encounter any unexpected surprises. Location The location of your chosen wedding venue itself is an important factor that you need to consider. Is it near a church? Can guests park with ease? Is there public transport close by? Capacity Whether you’re planning a small, medium or large wedding, the size of your chosen wedding venue should be able to host your guest numbers comfortably. Don’t make the mistake of inviting more guests than your venue can hold in the hopes of getting enough RSVP declines! Accommodation If overnight accommodation is high on your priority list, be sure to search for wedding venues with accommodation on the grounds, or at the very least, in the close proximity. Bijou Wedding Venues have a wealth of experience when it comes to throwing amazing weddings at their exclusive use venues, all located within 30-90 minutes of London. Visit bijouweddingvenues.co.uk or call 0345 130 9966 to book your perfect day with Bijou!


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Paul Jagger made his name in Series 6 of The Great British Bake Off, but his main art lies in wedding cake design. We asked him for his top cake trends of 2018…

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TRENDY ’20S Some formal weddings are now high-end and sumptuous, with huge cakes and Swarovski crystals everywhere. Think The Great Gatsby with sharp suits and beaded headdresses, highly-decorated cakes with monograms, metallic and

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BOHO GREENERY Foodie couples are increasingly opting for that personalised element of their wedding cake, and really putting their own stamp on the food. Isomalt sugar monograms, naked drippy cakes or the bride and

groom’s favourite pies and tarts all add to the individual touches of the modern wedding. I also see outdoor boho weddings bringing the greenery inside onto the tables – dashes of bronze metallic, feathers and gold giving it that rustic but chic look. Rosemary garland cakes with lemon and rosemary buttercreams add to the natural feeling, too.

1920s Art Deco design. I particularly love the creative brushstroke trend cakes with complimentary colours, where you can be as creative as you want from a design point of view. Cakes with water-colour brushstroke buttercreams are still in vogue, and high-end galaxy shine patisserie cakes add real glamour, stacked on cakes stands of varying heights. And finally, of course, the smaller cakes… Stacking them on tall multi-cake stands still adds to the look of the dessert table (plus they’re easier to distribute). They don’t need be cupcakes, though – delicate pastries, choux creations or madeleines dipped in chocolate all work just as fine!

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FRENCH GLAMOUR Unusual, however, doesn’t have to mean casual. If you’re looking for glamour, why not add some French patisserie chic with a beautiful macaroon tower, with colours displayed in chevrons. I love the dessert table trend because this is where everyone with a sweet tooth with go and flock, but it’s also where you can show your personality and theme.

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ith a move towards the creative and more informal, wedding cakes have become much more laid-back, without losing any of their fun. This less-traditional food trend now means that couples are just as likely to ask for three tiers of cheeses with homemade pickles and chutneys as their centrepiece as they are a cake! Instead of a classic three-tier wedding cake, couples in 2018 will want layers of crêpes stacked and dripped with maple syrup, or doughnut towers iced in the wedding colours, with unusual flavours such as peanut butter and jam, or lemon meringue.

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Grand venues restored We joined Hannah from The Distinctly Hospitable Group for the lowdown on launching and operating two of the UK’s most breathtaking wedding venues stripped everything out and started from scratch. The “We have Weston Hall refurbishment took seven in Staffordshire and months, during which time now Hawkstone Hall in we were showing couples Shropshire. Weston Hall is around in hard hats! We a majestic Grade II listed had over 30 couples book building surrounded to hold their wedding with by 20 acres of stunning us during that time though, countryside, with a capacity because they had so much of 110 guests. Hawkstone faith in us.” Hall is one of the few Grade I properties in Shropshire, WHAT WILL BE YOUR MAJOR CHANGES AT and will have a capacity HAWKSTONE HALL? of 260 guests (even more with a marquee!) once “The main hall is already renovations are completed jaw-dropping, so the in summer 2018.” works we’re planning to carry out in those areas are YOUR TEAM COMPLETELY purely aesthetic. The major TRANSFORMED WESTON structural works will be HALL WHEN YOU TOOK IT taking place in the 1960s ON IN 2012, DIDN’T YOU? wing of the building, in “Yes, Weston was in order to create 40 luxury desperate need of some suites and bedrooms by the tender loving care so we end of summer 2018.” WHICH VENUES FALL UNDER YOUR GROUP?

landmark building back to its former glory is very humbling, indeed.” For further information or to arrange your viewing at either Weston Hall or Hawkstone Hall, contact Hannah or her team on 01889 271082 or email enquiries@weston-hall.co.uk.

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“It’s unbelievably exciting! Hawkstone Hall is an absolute beauty of a building already – the gardens and acreage that it offers are unlike anything I have ever come across – our expert team have been uncovering secret gardens and lily ponds that haven’t been exposed for years, which is amazing. To be a part of bringing such a

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Titanic Hotel

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charm and glamour associated with famous liners. The stunning gowns from Opulence Bridalwear mirror the impeccable floral arrangements, and we challenge you not to feel all a flutter with that staircase shot…


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15 FA B U LO U S V E N U E S

Where to say ”I do“ We’ve rounded up some of the best venues in the country – where will you tie the knot?

CLEARWELL CASTLE If you’re a princess bride dreaming of your own castle, then you’ll love this award-winning venue in the Forest of Dean! Clearwell Castle is a Grade II listed venue with all the impressive features you’d expect of a castle, including the magnificent Ballroom with its 75ft aisle. The Ballroom can seat up to 150 guests for the wedding reception, and thanks to new accommodation built in 2017, there are now 39 convenient bedrooms in the castle and grounds for your guests. Visit clearwell-castle.co.uk

ST AUDRIES PARK One of Somerset’s most sought-after wedding venues, St Audries Park is a must-see for any bride who loves a country house venue. Set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland, this fairytale manor can be hired on an exclusive use basis for an entire weekend celebration. The Victorian Orangery is the perfect location for a wedding ceremony, and the banqueting hall can seat up to 130 guests for your wedding breakfast. Visit audries-park.co.uk

CAIN MANOR For true rustic beauty, Cain Manor has to be one of our top picks for UK venues. Set on the Surrey-Hampshire border, this secluded venue is the perfect blend of barn and country manor, and can host up to 123 wedding guests for a wedding reception and up to 170 later on in the evening. There are also 14 luxurious bedrooms for your bridal party to use on the night of the wedding, including an incredible bridal suite for the newlyweds. Visit bijouweddingvenues.co.uk

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GOSFIELD HALL For the royal treatment, brides will love Gosfield Hall in the Essex countryside. Formerly a Royal residence, this Georgian manor house is a truly elegant wedding venue that can accommodate up to 250 guests for your evening reception. Tie the knot in the stunning Queen’s Gallery with its 120ft aisle before enjoying a wedding breakfast with up to 116 guests in the ornate Ballroom. Gosfield also features one of the most jaw-dropping bridal suites we’ve ever seen! Visit gosfield-hall.co.uk

THE ITALIAN VILLA For a touch of European glamour in the sunny south of England, The Italian Villa is an award-winning option for brides near Poole and Bournemouth. This gorgeous setting is renowned for its unique style and stunning landscaped gardens, and because the venue is managed by multiaward-winning caterers Beales Gourmet, you can expect excellent food, as well! Larger weddings can be accommodated with ease, with the three suites fitting 120, 180 and 250 guests respectively. Visit the-italian-villa.co.uk

WESTON HALL A magnificent Grade II listed building set in 20 acres of lush Staffordshire countryside, Weston Hall was restored to its former glory back in 2012, while still retaining plenty of period charm. Now it hosts weddings of all sizes, from intimate gatherings in The Conservatory to ceremonies and receptions of up to 110 guests in The Westminster room. There are eight luxury bedrooms too, which are perfect lodgings for your close friends and family. Visit weston-hall.co.uk

BOTLEYS MANSION This magnificent country house set in 56 acres of Surrey parkland is the perfect choice for city brides craving a peaceful countryside wedding – considering it’s only 30 minutes away from London. Palladian in style, Botleys Mansion can cater for wedding breakfasts of between 60 and 250 guests, or even a massive 500 people for an evening reception. You’ll have exclusive use of the venue for your big day, making it the perfect haven for your wedding guests. Visit bijouweddingvenues.co.uk

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LEEZ PRIORY A 16th century mansion in the heart of rural Essex, Leez Priory lends stunning Tudor charm to any wedding day. The venue boasts 40 acres of picturesque grounds, including lakes, lawns and a sweeping driveway, as well as an amazing seven licensed settings for your wedding ceremony. The spectacular Great Hall can seat up to 74 guests for your wedding breakfast, and the newly converted Coach House can seat up to 100 guests. Visit leez-priory.co.uk

ALNWICK CASTLE For a venue with a little extra magic, what could be better than a filming location for the Harry Potter movies? Better known as Hogwarts from the first two films, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is a stunning 700-year-old venue that makes the perfect backdrop to a fairytale wedding. As well as the castle itself, you could also choose from the atmospheric Hulne Abbey, the elegant country house Friars Well or a fairy-lit wedding in Alnwick Garden. You’ll be spoilt for choice! Visit alnwickgarden.com

SILCHESTER HOUSE For over twenty years this elegant country house on the Hampshire-Berkshire border has been hosting wedding celebrations for couples hailing from all over the UK – so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands with this venue! Silchester House, nestled in the heart of sleepy Silchester, combines historical features with a modern, airy finish, for a venue that works with any wedding theme. Up to 92 guests can attend your wedding ceremony, with up to 180 guests able to celebrate with you at the evening reception. Visit bijouweddingvenues.co.uk

HAMPTON COURT PALACE For true majesty, the famous Hampton Court Palace in Surrey is hard to beat! Having played host to English monarchs (from Henry VIII to William III and Mary II later in the 17th century), Hampton Court Palace is the perfect venue for couples looking for real grandeur. Host up to 220 guests in the medieval Great Hall or The Orangery and Privy Garden, or opt for a more intimate gathering of up to 50 guests in The Little Banqueting House. Whichever you choose, your guests are sure to be blown away! Visit hrp.org.uk

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NOTLEY ABBEY A medieval abbey built in the 12th century, this breathtaking venue on the Buckinghamshire-Oxfordshire border has incredible features both inside and out. From the tree-lined driveway to the historical cloisters, and not forgetting the Walled Garden to the oak-beamed Abbot’s Hall, this setting makes for a truly magical wedding day. Notley Abbey can host up to 190 guests for a ceremony and reception, and benefits from a late license so that you can dance the night away. Visit bijouweddingvenues.co.uk

RUDDING PARK With its Grade I listed Regency house, 19th century chapel, landscaped gardens and lush woodland, Rudding Park has to be one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Yorkshire. As well as these historical features, Rudding Park also boasts an incredible rooftop spa, which is perfect for relaxing before or after the big day. Weddings of all sizes can be catered for here, from intimate gatherings of just eight guests all the way up to 200 guests and beyond. Visit ruddingpark.co.uk

BANQUETING HOUSE One of the most dazzling wedding venues in London, Banqueting House has been holding feasts and celebrations since it was built in 1622. No wonder then that it can accommodate large wedding parties – The Main Hall with its incredible painted ceiling can seat up to 400 people for a civil ceremony and 300 for a reception, while the vaulted Undercroft is licensed for up to 150 guests for the ceremony and 380 for a drinks reception. For an unforgettable setting, it has to be one of our top picks. Visit hrp.org.uk

THE BELSFIELD You can always count on Laura Ashley hotels to feel special, and The Belsfield in the Lake District is no exception. Set on the shores of the iconic Lake Windermere, The Belsfield Hotel is surrounded by natural beauty – and it’s ideal for jaw-dropping wedding photos. A unique combination of Victorian Italianate architecture and all-glass modernity, The Belsfield features 62 exquisitely decorated bedrooms, sumptuous dining and space for up to 125 guests to celebrate with you. Visit lauraashleyhotels.com

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We take a look at four stunning places to say ‘I do’ and the packages on offer, courtesy of countryhouseweddings.co.uk CAPACITY ST AUDRIES PARK 130 DAY/CEREMONY 250 FOR THE EVENING/RECEPTION

ST AUDRIES PARK QUICK FACTS • 100 ACRE DEER PARK • COASTAL VIEWS OVER THE BRISTOL CHANNEL • THE ORANGERY • ACCOMMODATION FOR OVER 100 GUESTS CALL 01984 633633 EMAIL INFO@AUDRIES-PARK.CO.UK WEBSITE AUDRIES-PARK.CO.UK

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CAPACITY GOSFIELD HALL 116 DAY/CEREMONY 250 FOR THE EVENING/RECEPTION

GOSFIELD HALL QUICK FACTS • FORMER PALACE • 120 FOOT LONG AISLE • THE ROCOCCO • ACCOMMODATION FOR 67 GUESTS • COTTAGE FOR NIGHT BEFORE

LEEZ PRIORY QUICK FACTS • SEVEN LICENSED CEREMONY OPTIONS • HISTORICAL TOWER • ACCOMMODATION FOR 34 GUESTS • COTTAGE FOR NIGHT BEFORE • 40 ACRES OF GROUNDS

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CAPACITY LEEZ PRIORY 100 DAY/CEREMONY 250 FOR THE EVENING/RECEPTION

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CLEARWELL CASTLE QUICK FACTS • IT’S A CASTLE! • BALLROOM WITH LEADED WINDOWS AND RAISED DAIS FOR CEREMONY • BRAND NEW CELLAR BAR FOR THE EVENING RECEPTION • ACCOMMODATION FOR 88 GUESTS CALL 01594 832320 EMAIL INFO@CLEARWELL-CASTLE.CO.UK WEBSITE CLEARWELL-CASTLE.CO.UK

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, or Chiavari chairs • All venues include house wine to accompany your meal (30 bottles) • Exquisite sparkling wine for the speeches (60 glasses)

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• 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 and decorations • All venues have a DJ and disco playing until midnight • Your own dedicated Personal Wedding Manager to help you plan and oversee your special day


BLUE SKIES AND TURQUOISE SEA Bask on your own balcony or take a dip in your private infinity pool – all while drinking in views of the Aegean Sea

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onderfully designed, yet discreet in their setting, the Youphoria Sea View Villas sit on an ancient hillside, cascading down towards the Aegean Sea. Each luxurious villa conveys the unique Greek island lifestyle and ethos, offering a tranquil location to relax in as you admire

the views across Kissamos Bay. Surrounded by olive trees with the scent of lavender on the gentle breeze, the contemporary villas deliver intimacy and privacy combined with luxury and style. They are run by the Gialamarakis family, who have been successful hoteliers for more than a quarter of a century. All of these factors make the

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Youphoria Villas the perfect honeymoon hideaway, where newlyweds can enjoy each other’s company and relax amid the superb furnishings and facilities. SUBLIME COMFORT The eight Sea View Villas are sisters to three new and larger Beach Front Villas on the shoreline, named after aspects of the Cretan elements: Votsalo (pebble); Ammos (sand); and the more intimate Meltemi (warm breeze). Each property has a private

infinity pool, a secluded terrace and balconies. This is coupled with a lounge, fully-equipped kitchen, fabulous bathrooms (often with their own panoramas) and discreet bedrooms. You’ll be offered sublime levels of comfort and décor, with the highest quality furnishings throughout. IDYLLIC SETTING The villas also make for an ideal base to explore this part of Greece’s largest island. The backdrop to the south is the rugged White


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Mountains, while the view over the turquoise Aegean is blissful perfection. The impressive golden sands and warm waters of Phalasarna beach (voted one of the top five beaches in Greece) are a mere fiveminute drive away, with a nearby archaeological site to explore, too. There are numerous other sandy beaches within easy reach of the villas – the closest being Viglia (1.5km), while a little further away is the magical Elafonisi beach, reflecting a wondrous pink hue from the sand coloured by tiny shells. The nearby town of Kissamos has a wide variety of shops, cafes and tavernas, while Kolymvari has fabulous seafront restaurants. The Venetian harbour town of Chania (a 20-minute drive away) is a gem of the Mediterranean with its

restaurants and markets, small shops and intriguing streets and alleyways. You can also take a boat trip to the uninhabited pirate island of Gramvousa where you can snorkel, explore the ruins of the Venetian Fortress or head on to Balos Bay for its warm, shallow waters. For the more adventurous guests, there’s also the opportunity to walk the famous Samaria Gorge which, at 16km, is the longest in Europe. CRETAN CUISINE Villa owner Vassilis Gialamarakis has a lifelong local knowledge of the island. “We can offer the best advice on where to go and what to see,” he said, “and we’ll let you in on a few secret locations we know you’ll love, too.” Wherever you chose to

roam or relax, the Sea View Villas are an idyllic setting to return to. The properties won a silver award for architecture in the 2016 Greek Tourism Awards. Vassilis went on to add, “While the villas will be a honeymoon holiday base, we also see simply being in the villa as an integral part of your experience – relaxing in the infinity pool, enjoying the natural stone façades, a barbecue in the outdoor dining area and the ambience and aromas from the landscaped gardens.” In addition, the concierge is always within easy reach to help add those special touches to a memorable vacation. “With our concierge-led service,” Vassilis said, “we can make a dinner reservation for you at one of the excellent restaurants nearby, so you can experience traditional

Cretan cuisine.” This includes locally-caught fresh fish and seafood, and sample dishes from the world-famous healthy Mediterranean diet, as well as an excellent range of wines. All this – combined with the wonderful comfort and spectacular setting of the Youphoria Villas – makes western Crete the perfect location to enjoy a magical start to married life. TO ENTER

Book your dream holiday with Youphoria Villas on youphoriavillascrete.com or by phone (00306973 772 161). To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, visit loveourweddingmag.com and answer our simple question. Competition closes 18th January 2018. T&Cs apply. Good luck!

Terms & Conditions: Prize amounts to one weeks’ accommodation in a two-bedroom Sea View Villa in April/May or October 2018 • Flights are not included • Prize is non-transferable • Full terms and conditions available on loveourweddingmag.com.

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Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa This grand county manor is perfect for fairytale weddings or minimoons WHAT IS RUSHTON HALL?

Rushton Hall is a stunning Grade I listed country house set in the Northampton countryside. Built in the 15th century, Rushton Hall boasts original features and magnificent décor throughout, making it the perfect luxury getaway.

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If you’re staying at Rushton, you must pay a visit to their renowned Stableyard Spa. With a pool, a state-of-the-art fitness suite and fabulous treatment menu, it’s the perfect way to unwind before or after the big day. WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE?

with the historic façade of the main hotel. The intricate ceilings, full-height windows overlooking the gardens and incredible crystal chandeliers give the Orangery a true sense of grandeur. Plus, the rooms are designed to work for ceremonies and receptions of all sizes, from 80 to 280 guests.

There’s a real sense of occasion to dining at Rushton Rushton boasts 51 spacious Hall, from having your order Book your getaway at Rushton bedrooms, all individually taken over drinks in The Hall at rushtonhall.com or by decorated. We recommend Great Hall to the exquisitely phone on 01536 713001. the sumptuous four-poster presented four-course dinner rooms for a minimoon or at the 3 AA rosette restaurant. wedding night – we stayed We can safely say the food is in The Dukes Room and were absolutely delicious, too! blown away by the suite’s space and grandeur. The CAN YOU GET luxurious bathroom featuring MARRIED THERE? a free-standing roll top bath Rushton Hall has just opened and Penhaligon’s toiletries their brand new Orangery, a was a definite plus! purpose-built wedding venue WHAT ARE THE BEDROOMS LIKE?

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Wedding Shows Make sure you get tickets to these fabulous fairs and events!

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THE WEDDING AFFAIR 21ST JANUARY York Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York.

14TH JANUARY The Middlesex and Bucks Wedding Show, The Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross.

27TH JANUARY Ripon Cathedral, Minster Road, North Yorkshire. theweddingaffair.co.uk

21ST JANUARY The Macdonald Berystede Ascot Wedding Show, Ascot, Berkshire. 28TH JANUARY The Donnington Grove Newbury Wedding Show, Newbury, Berkshire.

BRIDE FAYRE 7TH JANUARY Holiday Inn, Derby/ Nottingham M1, Jct. 25, Bostocks Lane, Sandiacre.

28TH JANUARY Burton Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton Upon Trent, East Staffordshire. bridefayre.com

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14TH JANUARY Alfreton Hall, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire. BRIDE FAYRE 28TH JANUARY 4TH FEBRUARY The Pinewood Hotel, 21ST JANUARY The Grange Banqueting Wexham Park Lane, George New Bath Hotel, New Suite, 457 Burton Road, Green, Buckinghamshire. Bath Road, Matlock Bath, Littleover, Derbyshire. captivatingevents.co.uk Derbyshire. bridefayre.com

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ELEGANT EVENTS 18TH FEBRUARY Best Weston Hotel, Smokies Park, Oldham, 0L8 3HX bit.ly/elegant-events THE WEDDING AFFAIR 25TH FEBRUARY Goldsborough Hall, Church Street, Goldsborough, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. theweddingaffair.co.uk

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CAPTIVATING EVENTS 7TH JANUARY The Coppid Beech Hotel Bracknell Wedding Show, Bracknell, Berkshire.


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