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• AUGUST 2018

Love at first sight TISSUES AT THE READY FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL REAL WEDDING STORIES

Travel special

FROM MARRYING ABROAD TO IDYLLIC HONEYMOON IDEAS – WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED

Blue by Enzoani WHY WE THINK THIS IS THE BEST COLLECTION YET!

Finding the one OVER 100 GORGEOUS WEDDING GOWNS

Flower power! WHICH BLOOMS WILL WORK BEST IN YOUR BOUQUET?

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ISSUE 38

• AUGUST 2018

Love at first sight

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PLUS SIZE PRETTIES Enchanting gowns that will have you strutting down the aisle with confidence

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FANCY A FAKEAWAY? No need to order in something greasy when you have these healthy recipes to hand!

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TREMENDOUS T-BARS Feel on top of the world in these wonderful shoes

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PERFECT PLANNING Pick a super-looking table plan that’s a match made in heaven with your wedding theme

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A WEDDING ABROAD? Dreaming of jetting off to tie the knot somewhere warm? Ask these questions, first

SALES EXECUTIVE Laura Lismore laura@meanttobemedia.com

Finding the one

TISSUES AT THE READY FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL REAL WEDDING STORIES

OVER 100 GORGEOUS WEDDING GOWNS

Travel special

Flower power!

SALES EXECUTIVE Martha Cooke martha@meanttobemedia.com

WHICH BLOOMS WILL WORK BEST IN YOUR BOUQUET?

FROM MARRYING ABROAD TO IDYLLIC HONEYMOON IDEAS – WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

WIN YOUR , WEDDING RINGS FROM PURELY DIAMONDS! P71

Blue by Enzoani

GOLDEN GIRL ACCESSORIES FIT FOR A QUEEN

WHY WE THINK THIS IS THE BEST COLLECTION YET!

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TOP 40 GOWNS Incredible dresses from some of our favourite designers

CASABLANCA’S ELEGANT ‘VACATION IN VERSAILLES’ COLLECTION IS AMAZING

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MAKE BLUE BY ENZOANI YOUR SOMETHING BLUE

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WIN YOUR WEDDING RINGS FROM PURELY DIAMONDS – WORTH £500!

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PARADISE OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE IDYLLIC SUGAR CANE CLUB HOTEL

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he year is racing by – can you believe we’re into August already? The weather has been nothing short of a heatwave recently, but perhaps you’re not willing to gamble with the British forecast and you’ve got a foreign wedding destination in mind, instead. If so, you’ll want to read our must-ask questions for getting hitched abroad (p93) and our review of the magnificent Sugar Cane Club hotel in Barbados (p96). For those of you not planning a summer wedding, don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. This month we’ve got a brilliant view at what flowers suit which seasons (p88) – not just colours, but their symbolic meanings, too! Of course, we’ve packed the issue full of marvellous dresses, shoes and accessories, as well. We hope you’re enjoying planning your dream day – or tying the knot, itself! Remember, if you want to have your wedding JADE PEPPERELL featured here, drop me a line at Editor jade@meanttobemedia.com.

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My favourite picks this month! 1. This Swallow Hair Pin from

Agnes Walker is such a cute touch. It’s all in the details. Find more golden jewellery on p66 2. I adore the way this mermaid gown by Special Day shows off the figure and then billows out 3. How pretty is this Angel Bracelet from Yarwood-White? 4. This T-bar from Emmy London are perfect for my moves on the dancefloor at weddings this summer! See other T-bars on p65 5. Top marks to this classy ‘Long Island’ table plan from Pingle Pie. For more wonderful wedding stationery, flick to p71

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The Curves Collection by Modeca Look fabulous and celebrate your silhouette in these wonderful gowns for curvy brides

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ere’s another treat from the Dutch bridal house, Modeca. The Curves Collection is designed for the gorgeous bride with a fuller figure and there’s something to suit every taste and theme. You’ll find flattering A-lines, ballgowns and mermaid silhouettes as well

DIDI We’re helpless before a gorgeous sweetheart neckline like this!

DUBAI Floral lace detail for a timeless classic look – thumbs up!

DOLORES We love the cute little shoulder straps on show here

DARLENE You’ll feel comfortable and confident in a Modeca dress

as fashion-forward illusion necklines, all of which come with clever inside design that lets the bride feel secure and comfortable, while enhancing her fabulous curves. Available in sizes 44 (EU) to 62 (EU), these bridal dresses are bang on-trend – perfect for fashion-conscious brides. See more at modeca.com.

DAMORE You’ll look the belle of the ball in this beautiful ballgown

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CASABL ANCA This new range from Casablanca – the Vacation in Versailles Collection – will be all the rage in Paris!

INGRID THIS TAKES INSPIRATION FROM A PREVIOUS BESTSELLING DESIGN FROM CASABLANCA, HERE BOASTING A STRAPLESS MODIFIED SWEETHEART BODICE OF MODERN FLORAL LACE. WHAT A STUNNER!

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VIENNA THE HIGH NECKLINE IS A WONDERFUL CONTRAST TO THE OPEN BACK.YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FOR ‘THE MEGHAN’ LOOK… ESPECIALLY WHEN THIS OFFERS EVERYTHING WE LOVED ABOUT ‘THE PIPPA’!

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LISETTE WOW – THE ILLUSION BATEAU NECK (THAT CARRIES ON INTO THOSE SUPERB SLEEVES) IS SO EYE-CATCHING AND ELEGANT

MARNI A MERMAID GOWN WITH LOTS OF VOLUME – IT FANS OUT INTO A SEMI-CATHEDRALLENGTH TRAIN. AND YES, THOSE ARE SEASHELL PATTERNS YOU CAN SEE IN AMONG THE FLORAL LACE… GOOD SPOT!

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

KATIYA WE LOVE THE DISTINCTIVE LARGE LACE FLOWERS IN THIS STATEMENT GOWN. SPECIAL MENTION GOES TO THE SPARKLY JEWELLED BELT, TOO

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


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ELOISE THIS GOWN’S A VERSAILLES FOR SORE EYES! THERE’S SO MUCH TO LOVE ABOUT THIS A-LINE, FROM THE FABULOUS ILLUSION NECKLINE TO THE PLUNGING DEEP V. IT MIGHT JUST BE OUR FAVOURITE OF THEM ALL

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Blue by Enzoani

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re you looking to discover a wedding dress that is ‘truly captivating’? Look no further than the Blue by Enzoani range. Here you’ll find modern gowns for brides that love intricate detail. We, for one, have fallen head over heels in love with Lyric (bottom-right), with its sublime embroidered lace. The gowns in this collection all begin with L – and we love these luxurious ladies! Still looking for your something blue? Go for something Blue by Enzoani. To see the collection in full, visit enzoani.com/en.

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he Luminescence 2019 Collection, shot in the South African town of Arniston, will make any bride glow! Soft and gentle yet dazzling and alluring, this collection reveals Elbeth’s masterful ability to curate beauty and style. There’s also an adorable separates collections – Arniston Blue – as well as mohair and silk jerseys, and crew or v-neck cardigans (see the latter, below), which are ideal for cooler seasons. See more at elbethgillis.com.

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NORTHERN ENGLAND 3. Because I Love You (Bolton)

7. The Bridal Room (St Helens)

4. Cherish Bridal (Northwich) 5. I Do Wedding Specialists (Gateshead)

WALES 8. Cameo Brides (Llandudno) 9. Celebrations Elizabeth Christie (Milford Haven)

SOUTHERN ENGLAND 10. Future Brides (Bristol)

13. Solitaire Brides (Midsomer Norton)

11. Sugar and Spice Brides (Brackley, Northants)

14. Bustles and Bows (Hasting)

12. Grace and Lace Bridal (Chelmsford)

15. Cathedral Belles (Worcester)

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ENSURE THERE’S NOT A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE!

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WE VIEW THE STUNNING SPRING COLLECTION FROM ALLURE BRIDALS

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Wedding trends 2018 EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR YOUR DREAM DAY

Dress up! Fashion special NEW BRIDAL GOWNS FOR 2018

Last-minute weddings

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DIY WEDDING FLOWERS HOW TO CREATE PRETTY PAPER BLOOMS

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Perfect planning TIPS TO CREATE THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS, FOR LESS!

ELBETH GILLIS HOW ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S BEST DESIGNERS IS SET TO WOW THE UK

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Half a bunch of spring onions, sliced diagonally 1 green pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 2 level tbsp black bean sauce 4 tbsp boiling chicken stock Boiled dried noodles or rice, to serve

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METHOD Put the pork in a bowl with the soy sauce, sherry, cornflour and ginger. Mix together, then cover and leave in a cool place to marinate for 30 minutes. Spray a nonstick wok or deep frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Add the pork and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until cooked and golden. Remove from the wok and drain on kitchen paper. Add the garlic, spring onions and peppers to the wok and stir well. Stir-fry for 1 minute over a high heat, then add the black bean sauce and chicken stock. Stir well and return the pork to the wok. Cover the wok, turn the heat down to medium and cook for 5 minutes, until the liquid has reduced and the pork and vegetables are coated with the sauce. Serve hot with noodles or rice of your choice.


SPICY MEXICAN BEAN BURGER Ready in 30 minutes, plus chilling INGREDIENTS 2 slices of wholemeal bread from a small 400g loaf 2 x 400g cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed 2 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp ground cumin Large handful of finely chopped fresh coriander leaves Finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lime 1 egg, lightly beaten* Salad, to serve METHOD Put the bread into a food processor and blitz to make breadcrumbs. Add the beans, paprika, cumin, coriander, lime zest and egg, then season and blitz again until you have a rough

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paste. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and divide into eight portions. Using wet hands, shape each portion into a burger and space them apart on a baking sheet. Chill for 6 hours or overnight, if time permits. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C/Gas 4. Bake the burgers for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway, until golden and crisp. Divide the burgers between plates and serve with plenty of salad. * Pregnant women, the elderly, babies and toddlers are advised to choose eggs showing the British Lion stamp if eating raw or partially cooked eggs.

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN Ready in 30 minutes INGREDIENTS Low-calorie cooking spray 8 skinless and boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 large onion, roughly chopped 1 green pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks 435g can pineapple chunks in natural juice, drained, reserving 2 tbsp juice 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 level tbsp cornflour 1 tbsp tomato purée 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp soy sauce Finely sliced spring onions, to garnish Boiled dried rice, to serve

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METHOD Place a non-stick wok or deep frying pan over a high heat and spray with low-calorie cooking spray. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously. Transfer the chicken to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add the onion, pepper and carrots to the wok and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return the chicken to the wok and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile, make the sauce by mixing the reserved pineapple juice with the garlic, cornflour, tomato purée, red wine vinegar, soy sauce and 100ml of water. Stir the sauce into the chicken and vegetables, add the pineapple and cook over a low heat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Scatter over the spring onions and serve hot with rice.

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Bride MariAnne tells all about her big day in a wonderful warm location close to her heart How did Grant propose? “It was at a place very special to us both – Falls of Dochart, in Killin. It was one of the first places Grant took me on my first ever visit to Scotland. It was a beautiful sunny and frosty February day, just us and our daughter. We stopped to look at the water and then the next thing I knew Grant was down on one knee with a ring box!” 74 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ A U G U S T 2 0 1 8


What dress did you wear? “My dress was by Stella York and was purchased from La Belle Boutique in Mansfield, Nottingham. The staff made me feel comfortable and at ease, something I was really worried about beforehand. They were so helpful every step of the way, helping me pick my dream dress.”

And the accessories? “My veil belonged to my chief bridesmaid, from her wedding five years ago (my ‘something borrowed’). My shoes were by Pink Paradox London. My earrings were a gift from my parents and purchased from a jewellery shop in Nerja, Spain, before the wedding.”

What did Grant wear? “Grant wore a traditional Scottish kilt in a not-sotraditional manner. The kilt was custom-made by Howie Nicholsby at 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh. The detailing and styling was amazing – the buttons on his kilt jacket had our wedding date on them.”

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The Details DATE: 12th May 2018 VENUE: Cortijo Maria Luisa, Nerja, Malaga, Spain PHOTOGRAPHER: Matt Sim Photography MARI-ANNE’S DRESS: Stella York GRANT’S ATTIRE: 21st Century Kilts BRIDESMAID DRESSES: ASOS ACCESSORIES: Pink Paradox London FLOWERGIRL DRESSES: RJR John Rocha, Debenhams

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “My my best friend Bec, and my sister-in-law, Emma. Our flower girls were both ours and Bec’s daughters – Hope, Orla, Summer and Pixie. The bridesmaid dresses were both TFNC from ASOS, with

one slightly altered to allow room for a baby bump!” What was your theme? “Nerja is such a beautiful place and we wanted our guests to fall in love with it as much as we have. Therefore we allowed the natural and rustic venue to speak for

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itself, with the addition of lots of light colours and greens. We opted for round tables, garden games and lots of food and drink.” What was the highlight of your day? “For me, it would definitely be seeing all of the guests

all up on the dancefloor for the second dance, with huge smiles all round, everyone enjoying the day. We had guests that had travelled from different countries – many had never met before, so to see them all together and enjoying themselves was definitely our highlight.”


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A GORGEOUS WEDDING IN SHEFFIELD

Bride Lisa shares the details of her spring celebration with beautiful bridesmaids in berry blue How did James propose? “It was Christmas Eve 2016. As a tradition we always head to our local village pub to enjoy the festivities, so there was nothing out of the ordinary on the day. As we left the pub, James suggested we could walk the long route home over the hilltops, much to my dislike as it was cold, but I agreed. As we reached the top of 78 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ A U G U S T 2 0 1 8


the hill, James commented from Limelight Occasions on the views, and as I turned – a gorgeous boutique in around he was on one knee.” West Yorkshire. Limelight Occasions is every bride’s What dress did you wear? dream bridal shop because “I wore an elegant Essense it not only houses bridal of Australia dress, which I dresses, but everything absolutely fell in love with from men’s formal wear, as soon as I tried it on. The bridesmaid dresses to back of the dress was just mother of the bride outfits stunning. It was purchased and a fabulous collection of

headwear. The team looked after me and my bridal party from the moment we walked in, to the day I collected my dress. They provided the ultimate bridal experience that all girls dream of.” And the accessories? “I wore a pair of shoes by Charlotte Mills, and my hair

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The Details DATE: 4th May 2018 VENUE: The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church in Ecclesfield, followed by a reception at Whitley Hall, Sheffield PHOTOGRAPHER: SKL Photography LISA’S DRESS: Essense of Australia JAMES’S ATTIRE: Peter Posh BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Romantica of Devon ACCESSORIES: Jon Richard & Charlotte Mills

vine, earrings and bracelet were from Jon Richard.” What did the groom wear? “The groom wore a navy blue Peter Posh morning suit with a grey double-breasted waistcoat, ivory tie and top hat, which was hired from Limelight Occasions.”

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “I had four adult bridesmaids: my cousin, my two best friends and my eldest niece. They all looked beautiful in their dusty blue berry dresses by Romantica of Devon,

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which where purchased from Alison Jane Bridal Boutique in West Yorkshire. I also had two flowergirls who were my nieces. They wore a plain ivory dress from Monsoon.” What was the highlight of your day? “Apart from marrying my

soulmate and sharing the day with family and friends, the speeches would have to be one of the highlights of the day. They were beautiful, hilarious, embarrassing, moving and surprising all wrapped into one. The best man drew a rapturous reception from our guests!”


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Adelle & Adam

A WEDDING WITH VIE WS OVERLOOK ING THE STUNNING PE AK DISTRICT

Real bride Adelle tells us how she worked with a gold colour scheme in a beautiful location How did Adam propose? “We were on holiday in Crete with Adam’s family when he appeared on the balcony holding a ring box. I managed to squeeze out a ‘yes’ – I couldn’t wait to share our amazing news with our friends and family! ” What dress did you wear? “It was the first dress I tried on at Bridal Affairs – a 82 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ A U G U S T 2 0 1 8


mermaid ivory Morilee gown by Madeline Gardner. It was full at the bottom with organza ruffles, and it had a sweetheart neckline and crystal and beaded straps. I felt a million dollars in it!”

how our photographer used it to create some fabulous shots! My favourite accessory was wearing my Nannan’s engagement ring (over 60 years old). I have many happy memories spent with my grandparents; unfortunately And the accessories? they were unable to attend “I chose a cathedral veil, also due to illness, so it was very from Bridal Affairs. I loved special for me to wear it.”

What did Adam wear? “We hired Adam’s (and the groomsmen’s) suits from Bridal Affairs, too. They were modern, royal blue lounge suits from the Westbury collection by Peter Posh. They looked very smart with their tan shoes. Adam wore an ivory tie and matching pocket square.”

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The Details DATE: 12th August 2017 VENUE: The Maynard Hotel, Grindleford, Derbyshire PHOTOGRAPHER: Mikael Lamber Photography ADELLE’S DRESS: Morilee ADAM’S ATTIRE: Peter Posh ACCESSORIES: Cathedral veil, Bridal Affairs

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from? “My three best friends; Hayley, Maria and another Hayley! They put so much time and effort into arranging the best hen weekend for me! Their dresses were sparkly, gold, fitted dresses,

on each table, on gold sequin table runners and we lined the room with ivory What was your theme? and gold pillar candles. We “We chose a gold theme to had gold and glass vases of match The Maynard’s unique, gypsophila spread around grand Chatsworth Suite that the room. These matched overlooked the gardens. our beautiful bouquets and We chose tall, elegant glass buttonholes from Millie’s candelabras as centrepieces Floral Boutique.” bought online. The girls looked absolutely stunning.”

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What was the highlight of your day? “Before our first dance, my Dad and I danced a routine to I Loved Her First, which we had been practising at Linda Brookes’ School of Dancing for months prior to our wedding. It was a lovely, special touch.”


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CAPACITY CLEARWELL CASTLE 150 DAY/CEREMONY 250 FOR THE EVENING/RECEPTION

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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)

• 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

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SEASONAL FLOWERS Unsure which flowers are in bloom when you wed? Here’s your hand-picked guide to all things floral from Surrey-based florist, Rhubarb & Bramley

SPRING Give a natural and relaxed English country garden feel to your bouquet by opting for gorgeous spring flowers. Nothing says spring as much as the vibrancy of yellow. Consider cheerful choices such as daffodils and tulips, as well as fragrant freesias and hyacinths. We love the fact that pink tulips symbolise happiness, good wishes and an attachment to someone. Gypsophila, which is commonly known as Baby’s Breath, is enjoying a huge wedding comeback at the moment. There are so many adorable ways for you to work with this versatile little flower within your floral details.

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SUMMER Summer brides have the largest variety of flowers from which to choose. Scented garden roses, hydrangea, lavender, succulents, gerberas, stocks and sweet peas are all popular summer blooms that would provide a fragrant mix for an English garden-inspired bouquet. There are fantastic bouquet combinations to suit every bride and venue. Brides are loving big puffs of peonies, available during early summer (they are said to represent happiness and good health). They also produce wonderfully large and extremely fragrant flowers, too! Another firm favourite is the hydrangea. But don’t just stick to pinks and creams – have you considered using this flower for your ‘something blue’?

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yourself extra to plan nything is time possible Destination weddings are and everything more goes challenging to plan than when you local weddings, so it’s a good plan a destination idea That’s to givewhy yourself some wedding. so many extra time to bags actually couples pack their andnail all of the details. While jet offdown to far-flung, sun-kissed may beofable to plan a placesyou in search the world’s wedding in sixwhere months, most local beautiful locations consider they can tie thegiving knot. yourself at least a full year in oran more to If getting hitched a destination wedding. exoticplan location sounds like your perfect day, staying organised will streamline the planning process. While yes, destination weddings can be hard work, with a lot of planning and determination 2 0 1 8 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ 89 you too can have the day of


AUTUMN Autumnal bridal bouquets and centrepieces are often adorned with muted foliage and decorations, such as oak leaves, acorns and crab apples. These all contrast well with the vibrant colours of the actual flowers. Rich reds, fiery oranges and beautiful yellows mixed with brown, gold, green, amber and hues of russet really catch the eye. You can always encompass this with berries, and even feathers, too! Seasonal flowers include the likes of anemone, carnation, dahlia, delphinium, roses, and our favourite, calla lily.

WINTER Winter wonderland weddings are particularly striking because of their sheer bright starkness. Opt for flowers in soft cream and ivory should you wish to soften this effect, and incorporate elegant silver and white arrangements with grey textured leaves such as senecio. Inject some greenery into the base of the bouquet (mistletoe is a wonderful thematic option for a Christmas bride) to give it some definition against your dress. Or you can go the other way and carry a bouquet of blood-red roses! Others in season include amaryllis, camellias and poinsettias.

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GETTING MARRIED A B ROA D Fabio Passalacqua, Director of jetcost.co.uk, answers the questions you need to consider when it comes to tying the knot overseas

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etting married is never a simple process, no matter where you decide to tie the knot. The decision to get married abroad is just the first of many; here are a number of questions you’ll be faced with and some advice on how to find your answers! What time of year are you planning to get married? The time of year when you’re getting married will determine what countries are best to get married in, depending on what type of weather you’re hoping to have while out there. If you’re wanting something cooler, many countries are cooler during spring or

ceremony back home. Be sure to thoroughly research the marriage laws surrounding the country/countries you’re considering holding your wedding in – look into exactly what’s required and where it stands in the eyes of the UK Will your marriage be legal? legal system. Wherever you get married, How easy is it to plan a Research the local order of you should be given a wedding in the country of proceedings for weddings marriage certificate. In most your choice? Local customs and traditions instances of people getting Firstly, are you able to may mean that a wedding married abroad this is fine, prepare and plan for the abroad is very different but you may need to get it majority of your wedding to what we’ve all come to translated back in the UK at home, or can your travel operator assist with this, using afterwards to ensure you have expect of a wedding in their own staff positioned out a relevant English document. the UK. Some destinations choose to have siestas, or a In some instances, having there? Most resorts will have set day where local business a marriage certificate from planners – and even whole are shut, so you may not be another country doesn’t teams – on hand in order to able to have your wedding always make your wedding assist, which will make life on a day or time of your legal in the UK, and you a whole lot easier for you, choosing. Alternatively, will need to have another because you can keep your autumn, and often cheaper and quieter than during peak summer. If you plan to get married towards the end of the year (but you’re still after some serious sunshine), be prepared to set your sights a little further afield.

involved but not have to worry about the details. If anything, these planners and their help can make it easier to plan a wedding abroad than it would usually be for a home bride.

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to have to pay for their flights, accommodation and spending money for the entire break – not just a day. All of these increase when there are children involved, too. Maybe offer What are the costs for How hot do you like it? a few different hotel options your guests? Even if you’re a fan of warm to those you want to attend, While this is your wedding weather, bear in mind that and money may be no object, allowing them to choose you might be wearing more according to their budget you need to consider the formal clothing than your – and therefore not feeling usual bikini and sarong! While costs for your loved ones pressured into spending more to travel to attend your big you might want a nice tan, than they can afford. you don’t want to run the risk day. They’re not only going to have to fork of getting burnt, sweating out for an outfit in your dress or suit and Remember that guests looking like a tomato in your to wear and a gift wedding photos. You’re likely for you, (which is will have to pay for flights likely all they’d to standing outside for the and accommodation and need if you were photos – it can get toasty getting married even if you choose light this increases when there in the UK), but clothing. That being said, a they’re also going cooler holiday might be just are children involved, too weddings start later in the day in some countries, going on later into the night. A little research can make your planning far easier.

what you’re after. Maybe a city break is up your street, or a ski resort in the Alps. At least if it’s cooler, you’re not expecting perfect weather.

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Will you and your guests like the local cuisine? While the majority of locations, hotels and resorts cater to all (or many), there are some that have limited menu options or don’t cater to all dietary requirements and therefore aren’t ideal. It’s worth looking into, especially if you know there are some with coeliac disease or nut allergies among your wedding party. Our thanks to jetcost.co.uk for these brilliant tips! If you’re getting married overseas, be sure to drop us a line with your top tips, and maybe your wedding will be featured, too! Email jade@meanttobemedia.com


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The island of adventure!

Barbados Andy Allen found paradise in this gorgeous Carribbean island, and also a bountiful collection of amazing new experiences!

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hen it comes to choosing one of the most special holidays of your life, it’s important to think about what memories you are going to create and share on your honeymoon. There are plenty of farflung destinations that can offer you paradise beaches and warm turquoise waters, but Barbados can offer you so much more. The world-renowned hospitality of the Bajan people make a holiday here so unforgettable. Every local that you encounter takes pride in making sure that you have an amazing time. They are eager for you to return again and again. The tropical beaches, lined with palm trees and cool blue

waters are everything you could wish for. Not only did I get to enjoy those chilled moments, but I jumped at the opportunity to experience what the locals call a ‘soft adventure’. So what fantastic activities are on offer in Barbados?

FEEDING THE TURTLES There are two types of turtles in Barbados, the Hawksbill and Leatherback

BARBADOS NINJA THROWDOWN This is like TV show, Ninja Warrior, but with a Bajan twist! It was great to see the athletes competing in this gruelling course at close hand. Various ages participated; the oldest contestant being 65 years old – ensured the temperature was they got a huge cheer! not too hot for a cycle ride barbadosninjathrowdown.net through the sugar plantations of the St. Lucy area. Our guide, Monique, was friendly MOUNTAIN BIKE and informative as she TRAIL RIDE pointed out various points A bright and early start

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of interest. You can choose how far you would like to travel with various routes and options, catering for all fitness levels. My bike ride lasted an hour. This was a beautiful way to start the day. (This activity


CLOCKWISE: ACTIVITIES Horse riding; fly boarding; cycling through the sugar canes; Segway polo match

BREATHTAKING BEACHES Barbados has some of the finest beaches in the world – this is Gibbs Beach in St. Peter Parish

was organised by the same company as those that did the Ninja Throw Down.) bikecaribbeantours.com HARRISON’S CAVE An underground limestone labyrinth of breathtaking views and deep pools, this is one of the most popular attractions on the island. There are many different tours available here, ranging from a tram tour that allows you to sit down and leisurely explore all of the sights, or there is an ‘eco tour’, which involves tracing the original cave entrance that early explorers would have used back in the 1700s. Some parts of the tours involve wading through deep pool and crawling on hands and knees through a narrow gully of stalagmites

and stalactites. Don’t worry – guides are on hand! Helmets, elbow- and knee-pads are all provided. This is an amazing experience for those with a strong sense of adventure! harrisonscave.com HORSEBACK RIDING Jah Works Riding Stables provided the horses and tour guide for a wonderful, relaxing experience. I’d never ridden a horse before, but Empress, our guide, explained the basics to me then we took a slow, relaxed walk over the hills of St. Andrews and down onto the beach below. As the horses trotted along the seashore, waves lapped against their

hooves – this made for an extremely enjoyable experience.

jahworks@caribsurf.com SEGWAY POLO I knew of Segways, but I never thought I’d have the pleasure of riding one, let alone playing polo on one! Barbados had some of the best Segway polo players in the world, and some of them

hour after grasping how the Segway moves, turns and brakes, we split into teams for a fun, friendly game of polo. It was superb to mix with some local sportsmen for an amusing afternoon. segwaypoloclubbarbados.org

WATERSPORTS As an island, Barbados is surrounded by water and people really enjoy all the activities on offer in the warm Caribbean Sea. I headed to Pirate’s Cove at St. Michaels to try out a selection of equipment. Jetskiing, paddle boarding and fly boarding were on offer. Riding the jet ski and paddle boarding were great, were on hand at their training but fly boarding was a totally new experience for me and ground at the University of something that I genuinely The West Indies to teach loved. Allow me to explain: it’s the basics to us. Half an

An amazing experience for those with a strong sense of adventure

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PARTY ON! A beautiful way to travel back to Bridge Town after snorkelling with the turtles

Quick facts Flights Around eight hours travel time from the UK. Virgin Atlantic flies daily from London Gatwick to Barbados, and twice a week from Manchester to Barbados. Return economy fares start from £453 per person. For further information and to book please visit virginatlantic.com. Capital Bridgetown Language English Population 277,821 Currency Barbadian Dollar and US dollars. Current exchange rate is £1 = $2.63 BBD Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. visitbarbados.org Temperature Averages of 21C-31C

LET RIP! Adrenaline junkies with love the buzz of these off-road buggies

when the water expelled from a jetski is funnelled through two tubes that are attached to boots on your feet. Once the you are in position in the water the jetski instructor powers up its motor and (probably with a few failed attempts!) you will soon get your balance and be shooting out of the air like a super hero! It’s a tremendous thrill when you finally learn how to balance, rising steady out of the water. At one point, when I was in the air I looked down and happened to see a sea turtle swimming below me. www.spyswatersports.com

taking a break half-way around the circuit for a driver change. offroadfurybarbados@hotmail.com

OFF ROAD BUGGIES This was such a brilliant activity, with fun galore to be had in these buggies with your partner/co-pilot! We blasted along the sugar cane plantations over rough terrain,

ACCOMMODATION I stayed at the wonderful Sugar Cane Club, which is in St. Peter in the north-west of the island. It had fabulous staff, gorgeous food and spotless facilities. The playful green monkeys that

CATAMARAN TOUR AND TURTLE FEED The catamaran tour was the perfect mixture of partying, eating, drinking rum cocktails alongside snorkelling over coral reefs, shipwrecks and finally swimming with (and feeding) the sea turtles. The catamaran on the way back had a superb party atmosphere with everyone dancing away in the sun to the tunes! coolrunningsbarbados.com

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SUGAR CANE CLUB Return here to chill after an exciting day of adventures

enjoy eating from the mango trees added even more charm and character to the place. sugarcaneclub.com FOOD An abundance of amazing seafood is on offer. The

HARRISON’S CAVE Getting up close and personal with the impresive stalagmites and stalactites

national dish is flying fish (see the pictures, above). I found the food both healthy and delicious, all washed down with a couple of rums – Mount Gay being the most popular brand on the island. Ahh, life in the Caribbean is a delight!


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his photoshoot by Emily Olivia Photography at the wonderful Secret Seaview Chapel in Robin Hood’s Bay oozes with charm and romance. It’s all about the details that hint at a coastal

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location, whether it’s the Gray Starling Designs classical stationery that sit alongside the favours by Savon Claire, or the fantastic silvers and blues on the cake from Where The Ribbon Ends. We ‘sea’ what they’ve done there!


VENUE Secret Seaview Chapel CAKE & DESSERT TABLE Where the Ribbon Ends STATIONERY Gray Starling Designs DRESS HANGER Akito Avalanche Wedding Hangers DRESS The Aisle FLOWERS Wild Flowers UK HAIR VINE Bobby Pin UK PHOTOGRAPHY Emily Olivia Photography MODEL Anita Cannon HAIR AND MAKEUP Jen Eachus FAVOURS Savon Claire NAPKINS Extra Special Touch CROCHETED WOOL BLANKET Caking Eye Crochet WELCOME BOARD Bramble Sky BOUQUET RIBBON Pom Pom Blossom PLANNING & STYLING Your Fabulous Wedding

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Planet Weddings Make that dreamy wedding abroad a reality, by tying the knot in sunny Cyprus

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he definition of romance is getting married facing the sea! Cyprus has been a top wedding destination for decades, and while many tour operators and wedding planners offer their services to couples to do just that, when it comes experts, there is no one quite like Mathilde Robert, managing director of Planet Weddings, and her team here in the UK and in resorts overseas. WHY BESIDES THE SEA?

When asked to imagine the most soothing, relaxing place, chances are the sea is somewhere in your idea of personal heaven. The sea is naturally uplifting and releases serotonin, the

happiness hormone. It was certainly the case for couple Sarah Jane and Alex from Oldbury, West Midlands, when they contacted Planet Weddings and chose a package that ensured they would have a relaxed beach wedding with 30 guests, plus plenty of local flavour. “We’d like to say a massive thank you to the team at Planet Weddings for organising our amazing wedding,” they said. “Sally, your wedding co-ordinator in Paphos, was friendly, polite and really easy to talk to. The venue you recommended was the most incredible venue for the wedding we had in mind. Andros and his team at Atlantida were lovely and helpful – we couldn’t

have wished for a better day and all our family and guests thoroughly enjoyed the food and the entertainment. I loved my flowers, cake, and the set-up facing the sea!” WHY HERE?

friends with drinks at sunset, followed by an al fresco dinner that has plenty of flavour, including the local catch of the day (the owner of Atlantida, Andros is a keen fisherman).

Experience the delight of having the sandy shore at your fingertips by Cyprus’ western coastline, in the pretty city of Paphos.

WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE?

WHAT’S THE CAPACITY?

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The Atlantida Tavern can be booked for any number of guests, albeit with a minimum of 20 people. THE CEREMONY

Take your vows outdoors facing the sea. Then you can relax with family and

Guests will be delighted with fresh seafood, meat and vegetarian options, not least with a beach barbecue menu.

Packages start from £650 up to £4,289 for 30 people, including flowers photos, decorations, cake, entertainment, food and much more. To book your dream wedding, visit planetweddings.co.uk.

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

August 2018 BRIDEFAYRE 19TH AUGUST Holiday Inn DerbyNottingham, Sandiacre, NG10 5NJ bridefayre.com

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PMN WEDDING FAYRES 9TH SEPTEMBER Solent Hotel, Rookery Avenue, Whiteley, Fareham

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CAPTIVATING EVENTS 9TH SEPTEMBER The Coppid Beech Berkshire Wedding Show, Coppid Beech Hotel,

PMN WEDDING FAYRES 2ND SEPTEMBER Audley’s Wood Hotel, Alton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2JT pmnweddingfayres.co.uk

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CAPTIVATING EVENTS 2ND SEPTEMBER The Strawberry Hill House Wedding Show, Twickenham, Middlesex

CAPTIVATING EVENTS 30TH SEPTEMBER The Fulham Palace Wedding Show, Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham, London, SW6 6EA captivatingevents.co.uk

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Hants, PO15 7AJ pmnweddingfayres.co.uk PMN WEDDING FAYRES 16TH SEPTEMBER Fontwell Park, Fontwell Avenue, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0NS pmnweddingfayres.co.uk

THE WEDDING AFFAIR 16TH SEPTEMBER The Orangery, Setterington Estate, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NP theweddingaffair.co.uk


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MY DREAMS

ROMANTICA OF DEVON

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