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• DECEMBER 2018

It must be love! OUR GUIDE TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE PLUS THREE LOVELY REAL WEDDINGS

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REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS Three gorgeous weddings filled with happiness

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FESTIVE THEME Get into the spirit of the season with our festive ideas

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It must be love!

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AMAZING NEW BUYS

OUR GUIDE TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE PLUS THREE LOVELY REAL WEDDINGS

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THE UK’S TOP WEDDING VENUES THE OUR PICK OF TO BEST PLACES SAY ‘I DO’ ACROSS BRITAIN, p89

All that glitters

WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE – SUMPTUOUS SILVER OR GORGEOUS GOLD?

INSIDE THIS ISSUE 43

CELEBRATE YOUR CURVES A new selection of fabulous plus-size designs

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FIND YOUR DREAM DRESS Why every bride and her entourage should be using this brilliant website to find the dress of their dreams, for any occasion!

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SLIMMING WORLD RECIPES Guilt-free dishes to keep you warm through this winter

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GOLD VS SILVER Which sumptuous metallic will you choose to accessorise your day?

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THE UK’S BEST VENUES We’ve selected 10 magnificent places to say ‘I do’

Soul sisters

FASHION FORWARD Think outside the box with these incredible bridal designs

FASHION FORWARD STYLES FOR 2019 BREAK TRADITION WITH A COOL BRIDAL LOOK

TREAT YOUR BRIDESMAIDS TO AN EXTRA SPECIAL GOWN

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A BIG NAME FOR YOUR RADAR IN 2019 – MODECA

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WE’RE SWOONING OVER THE STUNNING NEW DESIGNS FROM LONDONBASED RONALD JOYCE

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Editor’s letter T 2 3 My favourite picks this month! 1. If you’re having a winter

wedding, this amazing Arabella headband from Debbie Carlisle would glisten in the light, £185 2. Nile is one of my favourite dresses in the new Enzoani collection. Absolutely stunning! 3. Get into the Christmassy vibe with this wreath design from Lucy Ledger, from £1.50 4. These Deco Dreams earrings from Glitzy Secrets are a bargain for £25. 5. Sparklers are the new confetti shot for the evening, and you can pick plenty of them up and other party pieces at Talking Tables.

he final 2018 issue is here, and I can’t quite believe how fast this year has flown by! Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year, and for all the lovely brides that have sent us their real weddings to feature every month (to submit yours, email jade@meanttobemedia.com). Next year is set to be an absolute blinder, with lots of exciting things in store here at Love HQ. Watch this space! In the meantime, we’ve made sure this issue is jampacked with great ideas and inspiration to steal for your 2019 weddings. I love the top wedding venue feature (page 89), details galore with gold vs silver (page 65) and some really fashion-forward bridal designs to check out too (page 35). But my favourite feature this month is our guide to a happy marriage. After all, that’s what it’s all about! You can spend thousands on the perfect day, but what comes JADE PEPPERELL Editor next is most important. Happy reading, everyone! 5

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STYLE 2367 AUDREE GET THE OFF-THESHOULDER LOOK BUT WITH THE SUPPORT OF STRAPS. SO PRETTY!

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STYLE 2357 AUBREY THIS CLASSIC GOWN IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! GUARANTEED TO LOOK TIMELESS IN YOUR PHOTOS

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STYLE 2364 SYDNEY GLIDE DOWN THE AISLE IN THIS FLOATY DRESS WITH A BREATHTAKING BODICE. DID YOU SPOT THE ILLUSION NECKLINE?

STYLE 2354 LILIANA OPT FOR THIS GORGEOUS A-LINE DRESS COVERED WITH FLORAL EMBELLISHMENTS

STYLE STYLE274 2361C AANABELLE GORGEOUS A-LINE DRESS WITH HIDDEN GOT GORGEOUS POCKETS ANDWANT A CURVES YOU SPARKLING DETAIL TO SHOW OFF? ON NECKLINE GETTHE A BEAUTIFUL SILHOUETTE IN THIS PRINCESS GOWN

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


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STYLE 2372 VIVIAN TAKE A LEAF OUT OF THE ROYALS’ BOOK WITH A REGAL A-LINE DRESS WITH A WOW-FACTOR TRAIN. SWOON!

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Are you ready to fall head over heels for an incredible wedding gown? Well you’re in luck – the Le Papillon by Modeca collection is here, and it’s truly breathtaking! Every single style has us swooning, from the lightweight floaty designs to the super-chic fitted dresses . With gorgeous adornments and details, like delicate lace sleeves, wow-factor capes and barely-there illusion bodices, you’re going to find it pretty hard to narrow down your favourite to only one! See the full collection as well as the amazing new signature collection by Modeca now at modeca.com.

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We can’t get enough of the picture-perfect silhouettes on show, offering a timeless look you’ll always treasure. Our pick of the bunch is Carlotta (above). Just look at that incredible neckline and lace detailing – swoon! See them all now at ronaldjoyce.com.

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GORGEOUS GROOMS GREAT IDEAS FOR YOUR MODERN MAN

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‘I do’ abroad

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

Fashion special THE DESIGNERS AND DRESSES YOU HAVE TO SEE

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Snuggle up by the fire and enjoy these delicious dishes of healthy goodness in the big-day build up!

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METHOD Spray a large non-stick frying Ready in 45 minutes pan with low-calorie cooking SERVES 4 spray. Place over a medium INGREDIENTS heat, add the beef and From the storecupboard brown for about 5 minutes, Low-calorie cooking spray breaking up any lumps with the back of a wooden 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less) spoon. Drain off any fat. If 750g mixed casserole veg or you’re using a casserole veg pack with whole vegetables, casserole veg pack peel and chop the veg. Add 450ml boiling beef stock the casserole veg to the 1kg floury potatoes, peeled and pan along with the stock. roughly chopped Bring to the boil over a high 2 leeks, thinly sliced

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heat, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a saucepan of boiling water over a high heat for 12 minutes or until just tender. Add the leeks and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Drain well, tip back into the saucepan and leave to steam for a few minutes to drive off any excess moisture. Mash well and

season to taste. Uncover the beef, bring to the boil over a high heat and cook for 5 minutes to reduce any liquid to a nice coating consistency. Season to taste. Preheat the grill to hot. Tip the beef mixture into a 1.5-litre ovenproof dish, spoon over the mash to cover completely and smooth with a fork. Spray with low-calorie cooking spray and grill for 3-4 minutes or until golden.


INDIAN-SPICED FISH CURRY with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add SERVES the onions, cover and cook for 4 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. INGREDIENTS Sprinkle the curry powder over the From the storecupboard onions and cook for 1-2 minutes, Low-calorie cooking spray stirring. Stir in the tomatoes, half the coriander and 600ml boiling 2 onions, thinly sliced water, reduce the heat to low and 1-2 tbsp mild curry powder (to taste) simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered. 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes Small pack fresh coriander, roughly chopped Lightly season the fish and tuck the chunks into the tomato sauce. 500g skinless and boneless firm white fish Cover and simmer for 10 minutes fillets, cut into chunks or until the fish is cooked through. Scatter over the remaining METHOD Spray a large, lidded non-stick casserole pan coriander and serve hot. Ready in 35 minutes

SQUASH AND BROCCOLI BAKE Ready in 1 hour INGREDIENTS From the storecupboard Low-calorie cooking spray

SERVES

4

1 small butternut squash, peeled, halved, deseeded and sliced ½ -1 tsp dried chilli flakes 400g long-stem broccoli 6 medium eggs 250ml skimmed milk METHOD Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Put the squash slices in a medium-sized roasting tin (about 30cm x 23cm), spray with a little low-calorie cooking spray and sprinkle with half of the chilli flakes. Season lightly, toss well and roast for 30 minutes or until tender. When the squash is nearly done, blanch the broccoli in a saucepan of boiling water over a high heat for 2 minutes then drain well, shaking off as much excess water as possible. Add the broccoli to the cooked squash in the roasting tin and toss well. Whisk together the eggs and milk, season lightly and pour into the roasting tin, tilting the tin so that the egg mixture gets into all the nooks and crannies. Sprinkle over the rest of the chilli flakes and bake for 20 minutes or until set and golden. Serve hot.

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Festive table plan

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Elena gown

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Winter sparklers

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Snowflake lights VERY.CO.UK Wrap these pretty lights around venue beams for a whimsical look. £19.99

Shoe clips

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Festive

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Wood slice

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Wintry themes are not only on trend, but beautiful, too!

Chocolatey favour

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Fir tree stamp

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Save the date

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Pastel perfection S

oft colours will add an instantly elegant gloss to any wedding, whatever the season, and this dreamy shoot featuring lots of sorbet shades, is an absolutely

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stunning example. Tying in with the current trend of metallics, twinkling lights and mismatched glassware, this shoot is bang on the money. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, eat your heart out!


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Georgia & Jack A STUNNING SUMMER CORNISH WEDDING

A fun-filled wedding in beautiful blush hues. Real bride Georgia tells us all about her day... How did Jack propose? “We were on a diving holiday, in Cozumel, Mexico. We were coming to the end of our first week, staying in a beautiful beachfront villa.

over the sea. With one of our favourite songs playing in the background he joined me and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I of course said yes, I was so Jack had been insisting we surprised and couldn’t stop watch the sunset one evening crying, it was perfect.” so excitedly told me to lay out the beach blanket and What dress did you wear? drinks as the sunset was at “I wore a Ronald Joyce dress its most picturesque setting called Ella. I bought it from

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Aurora Bride in Cheam. The wedding dress shopping experience was exactly how I had imagined it to be. It was just my mother and I and I must have tried on at least 15 different dresses in different styles. The dress I ended up choosing, I loved the minute I put it on. The detailing on the front, the vintage lace and fit was beautiful.”


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The Details DATE: 18th August 2018 VENUE: Boconnoc House and Country Estate, Lostwithiel, Cornwall PHOTOGRAPHER: Nick Walker Photography GEORGIA’S DRESS: Ronald Joyce JACK’S ATTIRE: King & Allen BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Vera Wang ACCESSORIES: Jimmy Choo

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And the accessories? “I originally didn’t see myself wearing a veil, however the lady helping me in the wedding dress shop suggested I try one on anyway to see what I thought. I tried on a cathedral-length veil with simple scalloped edging and instantly felt like a bride. The veil against the long train of the dress just finished it off perfectly. I wore a delicate diamanté headpiece that sat under the veil and matched

the detailing of the dress. I also wore diamond earrings that my mum lent me, which were a gift from my dad to her when they first met. My ‘something blue’ was a garter, a gift from my nan.” What did Jack wear? “Jack wore a tailor-made navy suit from King & Allen in Surbiton. In contrast he chose a tartan wine and dark blue waistcoat. His love of sharks came through with his shark cufflinks and tie pin!”

How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle? “When I saw Jack standing at the end of the aisle I had never felt so sure about anything in my entire life. I was really nervous before entering the church, but when I got to the aisle and saw him waiting for me, everything felt right. Our ceremony was so magical and personal. Saying our vows to each other and marrying the love of my life was such a special moment.”

Who were your bridesmaids? “My maid of honour was my sister Evie and my three bridesmaids were my best friends from university. We all went on a girls’ shopping trip in Westfield where the girls all fell in love with a soft pink Vera Wang dress. The dresses suited all of the girls beautifully and had some lovely features including a beautiful bow detail on the back. My flowergirl was my little cousin Ruby. She looked adorable in a soft pink

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Monsoon dress with a flower crown and flower basket made with flowers to match the bouquets.” What was your theme? “We chose soft pinks, light grey and greenery with touches of gold, rose gold and copper. As the venue

was so stunning on its own we wanted a palette to complement this. Our florist created a beautiful flower arch outside the church filled with roses and hydrangeas in soft pinks and white. We chose gold beaded charger plates and a selection of vintage brass candles with

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soft pink and grey candle sticks. These were hired from Anthology Vintage Hire and Keeping It Vintage. The colour palette was consistent throughout every aspect of the wedding, from the invitations to the cake with edible gold. We did have a slight shark theme run

throughout the day as our table names were illustrations of the different sharks we have dived with!” What was the highlight of your day? “The highlight of our day has to be the ceremony itself and getting married


in front of all our family and friends. Our reverend made the service so special and personal. The string quartet were fantastic and walking out to Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run as we left the church to get covered in confetti was a real highlight. Our first dance was

pure magic and we felt like the only two people in the room. We chose a song that not many people know, Two Coffins by the punk band Against Me and to be dancing whilst singing this to each other was one of the best moments of our life.� D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ♼ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♼ 77


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Holly & Tom

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Real bride Holly tells us all about her perfect, fun-filled day in the west country... What dress did you wear? “My mum had come up to stay with us in London, so we could go wedding dress shopping. I had three appointments lined up, with

the hope that at the end of the weekend, I would have a dress! Before the appointments, we were doing some mother of bride dress shopping when we

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came across a bridal shop. We popped in to get some inspiration, and within half an hour I had tried on a dress and fallen in love. Feeling like perhaps this was ‘first dress lust’ and aware of the three appointments I had lined up, we carried on as planned. Nothing compared and the Berketex dress did not leave my thoughts. We went back

the very next day to order the dress. When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be!” And the accessories? “I wore peep toe satin shoes from Rainbow Club, simple drop pearl earrings and a crystal and pearl hair piece. I wanted understated accessories – I was aiming for a classical look – and I


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The Details DATE: 31st May 2014 VENUE: Taunton School Chapel followed by a reception in the Old Library, Taunton, Somerset PHOTOGRAPHER: Simon Biffen HOLLY’S DRESS: Berketex TOM’S ATTIRE: Moss Bros ACCESSORIES: Rainbow Club

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wanted it to be all about the dress!” What did Tom wear? “Tom wore a three-piece grey suit from Moss Bros. Tom likes to wear a pocket square with his suits, so went for a polka dot pattern to contrast the navy ones the groomsmen wore.”

sniffled my way up the aisle! The chapel has the most beautiful walkway down the aisle, but my eyes only focused on Tom. I had flutters of excitement and nerves, but as soon as I reached him, I felt at ease and calm.“

What was your theme? “Our aim for our wedding was for it to be fun and How did you feel when you relaxed. There was no strong saw him up the aisle? theme, but we used travel to “I have to say, I was filled tie together the table plan with emotion. I pretty much and names. The table names

were countries we had visited together and included a photo of us in that place. Our table plan was a world map, which had guest lists for each table pinpointed to all the locations we had travelled to as a couple. Our wedding favours were miniature parcels that contained Lindt chocolate truffles.” What was the highlight of your day? “Our favourite part of the day was the evening. We

could finally let our hair down and celebrate with our friends and family. We had a live band, Soulstar, for the evening who really got the dancing going. From 7pm onwards we pretty much spent all our time on the dancefloor! There is no better feeling knowing that all your friends and family have come together to help you celebrate. When I hear songs from our wedding I relive the burst of happiness all over again!”

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This wedding has such a lovely story to it, from start to finish! Bride Victoria tells all... How did Stephen propose? “Stephen proposed to me in La Gomera, an island in the Canaries. He took me out for a surprise dinner, in a cave! The cave was part of a restaurant but separate and secluded. Stephen had pre-ordered the food and each course was winched up from below on a mechanism so you weren’t disturbed by any waiters. As 82 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8


soon as we were alone, he got down one knee. It was a complete surprise and one of the best moments of my life.”

Angela with some initial sketches and my Pinterest board, and a month later she had knocked up a mock of my dream dress.”

What dress did you wear? “My dress was handmade by a family friend, Angela Gladwin, who has known me all my life. I went to

And the accessories? “My Emmy shoes were expensive but so comfortable. My diamond earrings were a wedding

present from Stephen, and my necklace was given to me by my grandparents when I was christened.” What did Stephen wear? “Stephen and his ushers all wore morning suits from Vow Bridal in Wansford. He wanted a suit different from one he would wear

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The Details DATE: 28th July 2018 VENUE: The ceremony at St Kyneburgha church in Castor, Peterborough, followed by the reception at Prebendal Manor, Nassington PHOTOGRAPHER: Ben Davis Photography VICTORIA’S DRESS: Angela Gladwin BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Angela Gladwin ACCESSORIES: Emmy London

every day and morning suits but as soon as I turned the were the perfect fit with our corner and saw him, I had traditional theme.” a huge smile on my face. I thought this is it, we’re How did you feel when getting married!” you saw him up the aisle? “Walking down the aisle Who were your is such a surreal moment. bridesmaids and what Standing at the church with dresses did they wear? my dad I felt so nervous, “My chief bridesmaid 84 ♥ L OV E O U R W E D D I N G ♥ D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8

was my sister Alice, then Stephen’s sister Amy and my two university friends, Elizabeth and Ruth. Their dresses were handmade by Angela Gladwin.” What was the highlight of your day? “It would have to be the

journey to our reception with my new husband in a vintage Rolls Royce. During the drive, Stephen gave me a card. It was so heartfelt and his words made me cry! He had written down exactly why he loved me and why he was marrying me. I still tear up if I look at it now.”


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Holmewood Hall Why you must check out this new addition to the Country House Weddings portfolio

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he UK’s oldest on your must-visit list now at exclusive use holmewood-hall.co.uk. wedding venue group, Country House Weddings, is expanding its portfolio with • Sit-down dining facilities for over 70 guests the purchase of Holmewood • A selection of evening reception spaces for Hall in Cambridgeshire. This up to 150 evening guests in total stunning Tudor-gothic style country mansion will • *16 luxury bedrooms exclusively for the night of the wedding (subjecting to planning approval) be opening its doors for viewing appointments from January 2019 and the first weddings are set to be held from June 2019. Much like the other four beautiful venues that Country House Weddings offer, Holmewood Hall is nothing less than spectacular, inside and out, offering photo opportunities aplenty. There are incredible facilities on-site allowing you to cater for large or small celebrations, plus 16 wow-factor bedrooms to keep your guests comfortable during their stay*. Put this venue

Quick facts for Holmewood Hall... • 10 acres of sweeping lawns, manicured gardens and woodland. • Amazing photo opportunities including an impressive staircase, original ornate fireplaces, hand painted stained glass windows, and last but certainly not least, an 18 carat gold leaf ceiling.

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Wedding venues For the hottest ticket in town look no further than our top 10 tempting wedding venues...

For the dreamiest backdrop… Castles don’t come any more grand and sweeping than The Castle Hotel in Taunton. Welcoming guests since the 12th Century, the newly refurbished Penthouse makes this the perfect setting for lovebirds in search of a chic and modern celebration, combined with a sense of the historic. We love the gorgeous roof terrace with its distinctly modern twist on the Britishcolonial style; plantation shutters and rattan planters, all to the backdrop of a discreet Farrow & Ball palette… pure perfection! Stand-out style: the chamfered arches and stunning lilac creepers make the castle’s facade your photographs’ dream backdrop. the-castle-hotel.com

For effortlessly country chic… Nothing says bohemian-cool like a venue nestled deep in the countryside. For those inspired by the wondrous beauty of nature, look no further than Primrose Hill Farm, combining the splendours of an Oxfordshire setting with a contemporary barn conversion, alongside a Grade II listed farmhouse to boot. Exclusively yours for the entire wedding event, we love the privacy this venue offers as well as its unsurpassable attention to detail (the barn’s technicolour lighting sets the scene for a memorable night!). Stand-out style: a home-from-home intimate and tailor-made experience including an eclectic ‘food from the barn’ and highcuisine mix. primrose-hill-farm.com

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For the artistic types… This World Heritage Site affords truly outof-the-world wedding venues. A wedding in beautiful Bath will not disappoint; from torch-lit ceremonies at the Roman baths to the Georgian splendour of the sumptuous Assembly and Pump Rooms, choosing Bath’s Historic Venues for your wedding day is the smart move for couples looking to say I do with panache. Stand-out style: a wedding at the Victoria Art Gallery amidst paintings by Gainsborough, Sickert, Nash and Klee would be an unforgettably quirky choice! bathvenues.co.uk

For the fairytale bride… A magical castle in the Forest of Dean makes fairytale brides’ dreams come true! The castle’s sensational facade is instantly transportive and speaks only of Prince Charming and his one true love. Despite its elegance and glamour, Clearwell Castle is truly warm and inviting; an additional twenty bedrooms of the Clear Well building, as well as the fifteen bedrooms in the Castle, means guests can let themselves get swept away by a ‘let’s make a few days of this’ mentality. Standout style: statement brides get ready… the venue boasts a 75-foot aisle! clearwell-castle.co.uk

For the animal lovers… The picture-perfect Victorian Orangery at St Audries Park in Somerset is a dazzling-bright way to become man and wife. Featuring sensational views over the Quantock Hills, this venue’s ephemeral, all-year round natural light will capture your heart and imagination – there’s so much scope to work with the expertise of the wedding team on hand to make this venue your own. Stand-out style: only one wedding venue we know is also home to a 100-acre deer park… the photo opportunities here are staggering! audries-park.co.uk

For those in search of the very latest… New on the scene for couples tying the knot in June 2019, Holmewood Hall in Cambridgeshire, a stunning Tudor-gothic style country mansion, ticks all the boxes. Sixteen luxury bedrooms are currently being loving restored, along with a sensationally sweeping staircase, original ornate fireplaces and handpainted stained glass windows. Don’t miss the opportunity of viewing the venue in all its glory from January 2019! Stand-out style: the 18-carat gold-leaf ceiling! holmewood-hall.co.uk

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For the lovers of party time… Steeped in the language of love and true connoisseurs of all matters of the heart, let Stoke Park cater for your every possible wedding venue need. From the moment you drive into its beautifully landscaped grounds (think stepping into a Narnian world and you’re halfway there), the palpable feel is that you’re in safe hands. The decor is opulent but accessible – for here, there is a real sense that you’re destined to have some fun! We love their beautifully beamed barn – an incredibly versatile space and dressed in streams of twinkling fairy lights. Stand-out style: the magnificent ballroom, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, also doubles as a beautiful chapel setting for the marriage ceremony itself! stokeplace.co.uk

For a quintessentially British feel… Calling all you ‘To the Manor Born’-themed weddingistas… Gosfield Park has your name written all over it. A former palace in the heart of Essex (we always knew you were a princess…) for those of us who want the entire fairy tale, this gorgeously Georgian estate can host a whopping 250 people! Make a true occasion of it and hire out the venue’s 23 luxurious suites for guests who just can’t say goodbye at the end of the evening (and who could blame them?). Stand-out style: the Lady’s Chambers Cottage is available to the bride and bridesmaids the night before the wedding for an extra slice of pampering heaven. gosfield-hall.co.uk

For the old-school romantic… Italian sweep-you-off-your-feet romance is a lot closer than you think. Gloriously stately with a touch of effortless European chic, this Dorset-based wedding venue is a real gem and a true one-of-a-kind. Grade II listed garden and grounds? Check. Luxury, on-site gourmet caterers? Check. Magical suites that can accommodate up to 250 (with killer sound systems to boot)? But of course! The Italian Villa is the bellisima of the wedding ball! Stand-out style: don’t miss the distinctive 360-degree tour at the-italian-villa.co.uk

For out-and-out drama… In decadent Tudor-style, Leez Priory in Essex remains one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the country. Wedding ceremonies can be performed in any of the venue’s seven licensed settings, including the breathtaking historic Tower, or beneath the carriageway for a truly romantic setting on warmer, sun-kissed days. We love the Great Hall for its exposed beams and feature fireplaces… perfect for a winter-wonderland theme! Stand-out style: Leez Priory’s perfectly manicured lawns and lakes make for intimate wedding portraiture of the bride and groom. leez-priory.co.uk

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WHAT MAKES A HAPPY MARRIAGE? Because it’s not ALL about the wedding, what comes next is much more important. Read our guide to a happy marriage

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here is something deeply out of kilter with spending upwards of 18 months planning for 24 hours. There isn’t a bride alive who isn’t, or didn’t, devote an eyewateringly disproportionate amount of their life to the pursuit of the finer details of this one day. But how many of us spend time preparing for the main bit to come – the marriage? Carrie Marsden discusses the importance of preparing for a marriage – the highs, lows and everything in between... Things will change You love it when he cracks his knuckles, right? It’s just so him! It’s adorable the way he drops his clothes on the floor! And that snoring

thing? Utterly divine. And you know it’s reciprocated: he loves that you have 48 cushions on the bed with your eye on the 49th! You’re made for each other, it’s love, and these things will never

quite likely to leave the house if he dares do it even one more time. Similarly, you will be unable to hide the hurt in your voice when you ask him what’s wrong with all the cushions? Didn’t he say

The ability to keep surprising one another is one of the cornerstones of a thriving marriage change. Except, they will. And that is entirely inevitable and absolutely as it should be. He will one day look at you perplexed and a little crestfallen when you show no enthusiasm whatsoever for his knuckle-cracks. In fact, you will go on to share with him the thought that you’re

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he liked them? Managing change in yourself and then your partner’s expectations of who and what you are will be a constant in your marriage. There is such an opportunity here if this fact is embraced rather than feared. Although this is a huge potential flashpoint between

you, it also opens the door to exciting new shared ventures. Plus, the ability to keep surprising one another is one of the cornerstones of a thriving marriage. On separation Building on the above idea, every successful marriage is based on an awful lot of separation – and this is a good thing. The exquisite pain of believing you will literally cease to be once he steps out of the room, is how you know he is your home and you are his. But that feeling has to evolve for the good of the relationship; you will (and should) both see each other less as the marriage gets into its stride. Because you will change and need your own space to


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become a different version of you – as will he. Your life is still yours and, however much in love and together, you’ll still be forging a life for yourself. So don’t forget about you. The best sort of husbands will be behind you all the way, cheering you on. On gestures Anniversaries are important and should be celebrated. I believe in cards. Or if not cards, then gestures. Marriage should be gesturefilled. Inexpensive or overblown, it’s the fact you’ve thought about the other person that counts. A happy marriage requires more maintenance and upkeep, time and commitment, than anything else in your life. It’s not ‘work’ as such, but it

does need working on – and remembering to spoil your partner is one surefire way to keep celebrating them. On getting angry A lot has been made recently of women, in particular, feeling ill at ease with venting and getting angry. It’s as natural a human emotion as love and laughter, and we need to give it full voice. Because ladies, he will make you angry, and passive-aggression will only exhaust you and confuse him. I think it only right to play the way you feel and get angry. Communicating anger constructively is another way of sharing how you’re feeling and this allows you to move on. If you can (eventually) see the funny

side of both of your anger, this makes for a lot of giggles together, too.

my bum look big in this? – always a no!). However, when it comes

Never let the sun go down on an argument, and always say ‘I love you’ before you part ways On honesty Honesty is always the best policy, right? In some situations, perhaps not. Over the years with your partner, you’ll learn about what makes them tick, what winds them up, and what insecurities they have. There is no harm in telling a few white lies to make your partner feel better about themselves, or more comfortable in any given situation (for example, does

to the big stuff, honesty is absolutely key. Be mindful of how you say whatever is on your mind, but make sure you speak it regardless. Bottling things up is the most unhealthy part of any relationship, on both sides. Never letting the sun go down on an argument is also the best advice we can give, and always say I love you before you part ways for the day, or before bed.

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edding photography is a key part of any wedding, but it’s even more important if you wed overseas, because not everyone will be able to attend. Planet Weddings make time to ensure that all requests for key suppliers are not only of the highest quality, but also easily booked and co-ordinated for you, to take the stress out of your big-day planning. With Planet Weddings, you will be able to pre-book your wedding extras in the UK, so you have control of your budget. Once these are all in place, any changes or final touches can be arranged when you are in the resort with your Planet Wedding Coordinator. Find out more at planetweddings.co.uk.

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An Italian adventure...

Le Marche & Tuscany Andy Allen expored two of the most beautiful areas in Italy. One relatively new on the tourism radar and the other is a classic

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t’s easy to see why Italy remains one of the most popular destinations for both weddings and honeymoons. I find it the perfect combination of breathtaking views, wonderful warm sunshine, mouthwatering cuisine and some of the finest wines in the world. These elements all make it a paradise for lovers of quality food and drink. The country’s relatively close proximity to the UK ensures that travelling there is easy. From most UK airports you can reach anywhere in Italy in around the 2 hour mark. I began my journey flying from Stanstead to Ancona with Ryan Air. I then rented a car, a cute Fiat 500, and set off armed with Google Maps for an Italian adventure...

LE MARCHE I must confess, I hadn’t heard of the area known as Le Marche. It’s on the right hand side of Italy, at a similar height to Tuscany and it borders the Adriatic sea. As I was travelling from Ancona airport, I noticed the gorgeous rolling hills that are similar to the images that spring to mind of Tuscany. MONTELPARO Situated 45 miles south of the airport this hilltop village has commanding views across the sweeping vineyards and olive trees out towards the Adriatic Sea. I stayed at Hotel Leone here. It is a charming boutique hotel that sits discreetly at the end of the village. The original building dates back to the

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SIENA The main square in front of the tower of Torre del Mangia is part of the site for the Palio horse race

1500s and the current owners have lovingly renovated the property in an Art Deco style. The rooms are both stunning and luxurious and all have been decorated with individual style to match the gorgeous countryside views.

Things to do Anyone that enjoys wine will love a trip to Le Canà. This family-run, organic vineyard is just a short distance away. The grapes were ready for harvesting in late September when I visited. They tasted


STUNNING SCENERY Fall in love with the rolling hills of Tuscany

delicious straight from the vine, naturally the wines the family produced from their crop was equally fantastic. One of the more quirky things I enjoyed in Montelparo was the local bicycle museum. It might sound unusual, but the bikes on display were vintage tradesman’s modes of transport. Virtually mobile workshops, complete with necessary tools. For example there was a cobbler’s, doctor’s, teacher’s, and a photographer’s, amongst others. Food is obviously such a huge part of the Italian lifestyle and the local produce is exceptional. If you love antipasto, the cheeses, cold meats and olives at the charming Biodynamic farm are a must. It’s clearly a well-

TUSCANY Feeling slightly more comfortable driving my Fiat 500 on the wrong side of the road (thankfully the right side for Italy), I set off on the journey to Tuscany. It doesn’t feel like a daunting task, ANTI PASTO Some of the delicious offerings more of an excuse to drink in at Biodynamic Farm Shop some more of the incredible landscape as I made my way loved farm shop as the locals to Castello di Vicarello. were queuing to pick up their This exciting boutique goods. They also supply to all hotel has 8 suites and is the best local restaurants. an award winning gourmet Ever fancied making your destination. It sits with own pizza in a traditional superb views. I stayed in wood fire oven? No problem! the Vacario Suite, this was The chef at Hotel Leone once the private residence gives cookery classes. for the priest of the court. It It’s the perfect place to certainly oozed charm and learn everything from the had a spacious decadent ingredients through to using feel, complete with day bed. the paddle to scoop your Making an extremely luxurious pizza out of the oven. and romantic setting.

PISA This superb city is well worth a visit. There is much more to see besides the famous leaning tower. The quaint back streets, superb shopping and gorgeous views are split as the city straddles the river Arno. I love street art and was really pleased to see the last public art mural by Keith Haring, the huge Tuttomondo. There is also an airport here, perfect if you just wanted to see Tuscany. FLORENCE The capital city of the Tuscan region needs no introduction. It was one of the wealthiest cities in Europe during the middle ages with many incredible building remaining as they would have looked

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Quick facts Flights We flew to Ancona from Stanstead aiport. The flight time was around 2 hours. ryanair.com TIMELESS FLORENCE Marvel at its beauty with the panaromic view from Piazzale Michelangelo THE LEANING TOWER Weak foundations during contruction caused the tilt of this iconic building

THE TUSCAN DREAM The rolling hills and rows of well kept vineyard make for the perfect view

back then. A must see for anyone visiting this area. SIENA This beautiful walled, medieval city is one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions. Its famous for its horse race (Palio di Siena) through the winding back streets twice a year in the summer. I stayed nearby at Borgo Scopeto, which offered incredible views of the hilltop city. The food at the hotel was superb. A sommelier was on hand to serve the perfect wines for each course of the tasting menu. VOLTERRA This town dates back to Roman times with an impressive amphitheatre rediscovered in the 1950s.

Fans of the Twilight series of books will know the name Volterra as this is where Follonico the Borgo Scopeto ruling vampire family Volturi Borgo Pignano Castello di Vicarello are from. I am very happy Hotel Leone to report that I saw no such activity whilst I was there! I stayed at the stunning Borgo Pignano whilst in the area. This beautiful hotel is situated in landscaped gardens and beyond that is extended farmland which is used to produce much of the hotels needs for food. MONTEPULCIANO This famous hill town is known for its ‘pici’ pasta and fine red wines made from the Montepulciano grape. I stayed nearby by at the delightful Follonico farmhouse. This rustic B&B gave the perfect Tuscan countryside experience. It

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DELIZIOSO! Some of the mouth-watering dishes served at Borgo Scopeto

Pisa Florence Siena Borgo Scopeto Borgo Pignano

Car Hire The cost of hiring the Fiat 500 was approximately £9 per day from Autovia autovia.it Hotels Hotel Leone hotelleonemarche.com Castello di Vicarello castellodivicarello.com Borgo Scopeto borgoscepetorelais.it Borgo Pignano borgopignano.com Follonico follonico.com Temperature Averages of 21C-31C

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was dark when I arrived, but I woke up to jawdropping views and a scrumptious big breakfast. Sadly, my Italian adventure ended here, but I would highly recommend Italy to anyone as the perfect honeymoon destination with

something for everyone. It’s a part of the world you will want to return to again and again. Many of the venues I stayed at are also able to offer complete wedding packages. Please visit the above web links for more details, prices and availability.


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