Love Our Wedding - March/April 2023

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Love Our Wedding is published by: Meant To Be Media Ltd loveourweddingmag.com LOVE OUR EDITOR Jade Pepperell jade@meanttobemedia.com ART DIRECTOR Andy Allen andy@meanttobemedia.com SALES MANAGER Martha Cooke martha@meanttobemedia.com @LoveOurWedMag LoveOurWedding loveourwedding LoveOurWedMag MEANT TO BE MEDIA Contents MARCH/APRIL 2023 CONTACT US INSIDE THIS ISSUE 50 WIN YOUR WEDDING LINGERIE & NIGHTWEAR! An amazing competition from Boux Avenue 58 WEDDING WELL-BEING Glow Coach Victoria explains the importance of taking care of yourself throughout the big day build-up 90 WIN TICKETS TO SEE MAGIC MIKE! A chance to get your paws on two tickets to this iconic show ON THE COVER THE LOVELY LAUREN FROM CASABLANCA IS OUR COVER STAR THIS ISSUE... WHAT A BEAUTY! EXCLUSIVE FEATURES 28 LOVE THE COLLECTION: CASABLANCA BRIDAL 34 LOVE THE COLLECTION: RONALD JOYCE 41 FASHION FOCUS: PEN•LIV 46 LOVE THE COLLECTION: SOPHIA TOLLI 52 FASHION FOCUS: VENI INFANTINO 8 ♥ LOVE OUR WEDDING ♥ MARCH/APRIL 2023 VINTAGE VIBES, P64 Use this timeless theme to rock your reception HONEYMOON IDEAS, P96 Where to take your newlywed break SPEAK UP! P93 A guide to giving the best wedding speeches DRESS TO IMPRESS! P17 The 2023 collections you don’t want to miss LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! P86 A bold, beautiful photoshoot SPRING DISHES, P54 Slimming World provide us with some tasty recipes
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Ed’s welcome

Spring is here and that means many things – flowers are in bloom, pastel colours are everywhere, Easter is on the way, the sun is beginning to shine more, and most importantly, wedding season has begun! Now we will see more of you say ‘I do’ and start the new journey of married life. Make sure you send the pics from your big day to me at jade@meanttobemedia.com!

This issue we have packed loads of amazing features for you, including some inspiring real weddings (from page 74), a useful guide to making incredible speeches (page 94) and the best places to take your newlywed break (page 98).

But my favourite feature this issue comes from Glow Coach, Victoria, who talks about the importance of looking after your well-being in the build up to the big day. As exciting and fun as planning can be, it does come with some stresses, so it’s important to make sure you are keeping your body and mind strong throughout. Read more on page 58, and I hope you enjoy the whole issue!

My favourite picks this month!

1. I love this crystal headband from Queen Mee, a steal at £49 2. Slightly obsessed with this off-the-shoulder number from Martin Thornburg, style MT1434 3. Balloon arches look amazing in receptions, and this rose gold one is lovely from Ginger Ray, £24.99

4. These Harrogate earrings from Ivory & Co would definitely sparkle all day long, and great value for £40 5. This personalised box is the perfect place to store your wedding rings, £9.99 from gettingpersonal.co.uk

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JOYCE www.enzoani.com ENZOANI www.sophiatolli.co.uk SOPHIA TOLLI
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PALMER OFF-THESHOULDERS ARE BANG ON TREND AND THIS LITTLE NUMBER IS JUST THE TICKET

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OLIVIA

LIKE THE STAR YOU ARE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL STRAPLESS GOWN WITH A LOW V-NECKLINE

NICOLE

A FLAWLESS EXAMPLE OF CONTEMPORARY STYLING! OUR PICK OF THE COLLECTION

LOVE THE COLLECTION CASABLANCA

Tick every box on your wish list with this stunning collection from Casablanca

SHINE
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DELANEY THERE IS SO MUCH DETAIL ON THIS DRESS, WE CAN’T TAKE OUR EYES OFF IT! JUST LOOK AT THAT TRAIN...

LAUREN

COMBINING THE ILLUSION SLEEVES WITH LOW CUT SIDES AND A LOW V-NECKLINE, THIS INNOVATIVE STYLE IS A MODERN CHOICE

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ASTRID SHOW YOUR CURVES IN THIS GORGEOUS GOWN. WE LOVE THE SPARKLY DETAIL ALL OVER THE SKIRT

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SOPHIA TOLLI AUSTRALI A www.sophiatolli.com
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STYLE 69807

OOH LA LA! THIS OFF-THE-SHOULDER PUFF TULLE SLEEVED DESIGN IS JUST INCREDIBLE!

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STYLE 69804

CARESS YOUR HOURGLASS FIGURE IN THIS GORGEOUS HALTERNECK FISHTAIL GOWN, COMPLETE WITH A BUCKLED WAIST

LOVE THE COLLECTION

RONALD JOYCE

We are speechless! This groundbreaking, edgy new Kensington collection from Ronald Joyce is guaranteed to make your jaw drop!

YES
STYLE 69801 A LACY SUPER-HIGH NECK TEAMED WITH A SUPER-LOW V-NECKLINE?
PLEASE!
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STYLE 69828

A TRADITIONAL SWEETHEART STRAPLESS DRESS WITH A FLOATY SKIRT, GIVEN A MODERN EDGE WITH THE CHIC LONG GLOVES

STYLE 69820

WHERE DO WE EVEN START WITH THIS BEAUTY?! THE EMBROIDERED PLAYSUIT? THE HIGH CUFF NECK? OR THE AMAZING SPLIT HIGH WAISTED SKIRT?! JUST WOW!

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STYLE 69829

A POWERFUL LOOK FOR A POWERFUL WOMAN. THIS JUMPSUIT WITH A BOLD A-LINE OVERSKIRT IS SURE TO TURN HEADS, FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS

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LOVE THE COLLECTION

PURE

STYLE PB209

THIS FLOATY FROCK IS PERFECT FOR WARMER MONTHS. WE ADORE THE LIGHTWEIGHT SLEEVES

STYLE PB221

THE MODERN PRINCESS LOOK, IN A NUTSHELL! WE LOVE HOW THE WAISTLINE IS BROKEN UP INTO A BRODERIE ANGLAISE BAND

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AISHA WHO DOESN’T LOVE A SWEETHEART STRAPLESS DESIGN?! THIS SUPER SWEET STYLE WITH FLORAL EMBELLISHMENTS IS A REAL TREAT
your wedding look a modern, boho gloss in a beautiful Pure Bridal gown. This luscious 2023 collection from Romantica is their best yet! Here are some top picks... STYLE PB202 A SIMPLY STUNNING STYLE THAT PROVES SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE! THE CLASSIC OFF-THESHOULDER OOZES SOPHISTICATION STYLE PB212 A LOW V-NECKLINE TEAMED WITH LOW-V SIDES IS A GENIUS WAY TO ADD A BIT OF SULTRY TO A CLASSIC LOOK MARCH/APRIL 2023 ♥ LOVE OUR WEDDING ♥ 39 LOVE THE LABEL
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FASHION FOCUS

PEN•LIV

This breathtaking new collection is going to blow you away... How can you choose just one?!

We are super excited to introduce you to this stunning new bridal collection for 2023, PEN·LIV. This wow-factor label offers a new collection for brides looking for modern, couture gowns with a contemporary edge and youthful, sexy vibe. With an emphasis placed on craftmanship, fit, and affordability, this new collection will tick every single box on your wish list! Turn over to see some of our highlights...

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ABBEY DEMAND THE ATTENTION OF EVERYONE IN THE ROOM WITH THIS HEAD-TURNING DRESS. TOP-TO-TOE DRAMA AND WE LOVE IT!

ANGELINA LOOKING FOR AN ELEGANT SILHOUETTE WITH FEMININE DETAILS ADORNING THE WHOLE GOWN? THIS COULD BE THE ONE FOR YOU

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AUSTIN THIS GOWN OFFERS THE PERFECT BALANCE OF FUN AND SOPHISTICATION. WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE TULLE SLEEVES AND FULL PRINCESS SKIRT

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AVERIE AS IF TAKEN STRAIGHT OUT OF A FAIRYTALE BOOK, YOU CAN BE THE STAR OF YOUR OWN SHOW IN THIS INCREDIBLE A-LINE

ARLEIGH DO YOU DARE TO WEAR THIS SULTRY DESIGN? OOZING SEX APPEAL BUT KEEPING IT CLASSY, THIS IS DEFINITELY ONE FOR A CONFIDENT BRIDE

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STYLE Y3104

THIS DREAMY DRESS WITH A FIT AND FLARE MERMAID SKIRT AND OFF-THESHOULDER SWEETHEART NECKLINE HAS OUR HEARTS AFLUTTER

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STYLE Y3101 ELEGANT SPAGHETTI STRAPS AND A LOW V-NECKLINE COMPLETE THIS PRETTY DESIGN STYLE Y3112 TAKING A TRADITIONAL A-LINE STYLE INTO 2023 WITH DELICATE FLORAL EMBELLISHMENTS LOVE THE LABEL MARCH/APRIL 2023 ♥ LOVE OUR WEDDING ♥ 47
Catering for every shape and style, Sophia Tolli have really hit the mark with this oh-so-pretty collection for 2023 LOVE THE COLLECTION SOPHIA TOLLI

STYLE Y3116

MAKE A STATEMENT IN THIS CHAMPAGNE COLOURED DRESS WITH WOW-FACTOR DETACHABLE LACE SLEEVES

STYLE Y3102

A DRESS FIT FOR THE SILVER SCREEN! LET OUT YOUR INNER SIREN IN THIS STUNNING STYLE

STYLE Y3117 SHE SHALL GO TO THE BALL! A GORGEOUS A-LINE FOR A FAIRYTALE DAY

LANEY CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE DETACHED SLEEVES WITH DRESS. GLIDE DOWN THE AISLE THE GODDESS ARE!

LANEY WE CAN’T ENOUGH OF COOL DETACHED SLEEVES WITH THIS DRESS. GLIDE DOWN THE LIKE THE GODDESS YOU

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WE CAN’T ENOUGH COOL SLEEVES THIS DRESS. DOWN LIKE THE

LANEY CAN’T GET OF THE DETACHED WITH GLIDE AISLE GODDESS YOU ARE!

STYLE Y3108

IF YOU WALK INTO THE ROOM WEARING THIS DRESS, WE GUARANTEE THERE WON’T BE A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE!

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Win your lingerie from Boux Avenue

This issue we’ve teamed up with the UK’s most luxurious lingerie label, Boux Avenue, to offer one lucky reader one full set of bridal lingerie! The amazing prize includes a bra and knicker set, silky cami PJ set and matching robe. Boux Avenue is renowned for their exquisite and delicate details, due to the collections being designed in-house in London. This bridal bundle will ensure you feel empowered, sexy and confident on your wedding night!

TO ENTER

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is follow @bouxavenue and @loveourwedding on Instagram and comment why you think you should win, whilst tagging a friend or two!

Competition closes 5th April 2023. Be in it to win it...

T&CS 1. The prize is a lingerie set (bra and matching knickers) and 1 pieces of nightwear with matching robe from the Boux Avenue 2. This prize is strictly subject to availability & cannot be resold 3. The prize is non-transferable & there is no cash alternative 4. If the winner’s sizes are not available, it is at Boux Avenue’s discretion to see if they have an alternative option, but not guaranteed. 5. Employees & their families are not allowed to enter.
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FASHION FOCUS

Veni Infantino

Mum’s the word, and the breathtaking new collection from Veni Infantino will make her the happiest, most stylish woman in the room (after you, of course!). Filled with fashion-forward styles that bring the mother of the bride into the modern age, you can say goodbye to dowdy, heavy gowns and hello to fun prints, bold colours and beautiful embellishments. Our favourite is this little number, Style 992037, available in ivory or blush! See more at www.veni-infantino.com.

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your step! Spring in

All recipes are taken from Slimming World’s collection. Recipes are based on Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan and the liberating concept of Free Food – food that is naturally lower in energy density (calories per gram) and most satiating, so you stay fuller for longer. To find out more about Slimming World and how to join, visit slimmingworld. co.uk or slimmingworld.ie, or call 0344 897 8000 or 01 656 9696.

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CHICKEN AND SPRING VEGETABLE BAKE

Ready in 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Low-calorie cooking spray

SERVES 4

8 skinless and boneless chicken thighs, all visible fat removed

300g long-stem broccoli florets

300g sugar snap peas

8 thick spring onions or salad onions, halved lengthways

4 garlic cloves, unpeeled

4 large tomatoes, halved

4 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

450ml boiling chicken stock

Lemon wedges, to serve

METHOD

Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7.

Spray a non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat. Make a few deep slashes in the chicken thighs, add them to the pan and fry for a couple of minutes on each side or until lightly browned (in batches if necessary).

Put the broccoli, sugar snaps, spring or salad onions and garlic cloves in a nonstick roasting tin and season lightly. Add

the tomatoes, cut-side up, and most of the tarragon. Sit the chicken thighs on top, pour over the stock and cover with foil. Cook for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

You can serve the garlic cloves whole or squeeze out the garlic flesh and toss it through the vegetables. Scatter over the remaining tarragon and serve hot with lemon wedges to squeeze over.

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PRAWN RISOTTO

Ready in 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

Low-calorie cooking spray

1 onion, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

350g dried risotto rice

1.2 litres hot chicken stock, made with 2 stock cubes

2 courgettes, coarsely grated

300g raw peeled king prawns

200g spring greens, shredded

Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon, plus a squeeze of juice

SERVES 4

METHOD

Spray a large, deep, non-stick frying pan with cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Fry the onion for 10 minutes, adding a splash of water if it starts to stick to the pan. Add the garlic and fry for 2 minutes.

Add the rice and fry for 1-2 minutes, stirring. Gradually add the stock a ladle at a time, stirring continuously, until the rice is almost tender but you have some stock left. (This should take around 30 minutes and the risotto should bubble

gently all the time – you may need to add some hot water if you run out of stock.)

Season, then add the courgettes, prawns and spring greens with a couple more ladles of stock. Cook for 5 minutes until the prawns are pink and cooked through, and the greens are wilted.

Remove from the heat. Cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Ladle into 4 bowls and top with the lemon zest and juice.

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SPANAKOPITA PIES

Ready in 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

1.25kg frozen spinach

2 medium red onions, chopped 500g chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbsp chopped fresh sage

3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

100g reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled Grated zest of 1 small unwaxed lemon

3 level tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese

4 medium eggs, beaten

2 x 39g filo pastry sheets, halved widthways

Low-calorie cooking spray

Mixed salad, to serve

METHOD

Cook the spinach according to the pack instructions, then tip into a colander and press out every drop of liquid that you can. Transfer to a chopping board, roughly chop and set aside.

Meanwhile, place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and 3 tbsp water, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes or until the onions are soft, then uncover, increase the heat to high and cook until all the liquid has gone and the onions are beginning to brown.

Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Add the mushrooms, garlic and sage to the onions and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft. Tip the mixture into a large mixing bowl and leave to cool slightly. Stir in the spinach, parsley, feta, lemon zest, Parmesan, eggs and a little seasoning, and spoon the mixture into 4 individual pie dishes, or a medium-size ovenproof dish.

Lay 1 piece of pastry out on a work surface and spray with low-calorie cooking spray. Carefully ruffle it and lay it on top of 1 of the pies, then repeat to cover the remaining pies. Bake them all on a baking sheet for 25 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and brown and the filling has set slightly. Serve with the salad.

SERVES
4
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Why Investing In Your Well-Being, As Well As Your Wedding Day Is Important

If you’re frantically planning your wedding right now, I know what an exciting time it can be but also that there is a less glamorous side that is rarely talked about....the stress, the disappointments, the dramas, the pressure to look a certain way and the emotional effects that all of this has on you as a Bride and perhaps even on you both as a couple.

At what is arguably the most important time of your life, I believe from my personal experience of a post-wedding burnout, that it’s a good idea to be thinking about investing in your holistic health, physically, mentally & emotionally, and not just how you would like to look on your big day but also how you want to feel, long into happily ever after.

Too many Brides and clients tell me that despite looking stunning, they didn’t feel it inside, they were lacking confidence, feeling nervous, anxious

and worried how the day would turn out. I want you to know that this is all normal and there are simple steps you can take to prepare yourself and ensure you’re glowing from within, hair and make-up will just be the icing on the cake!!

Set boundaries

Set aside time that is just for you and your self-care, prioritise the things that make you feel good, this might be as simple as reading a book, cooking your favourite healthy weekly recipes, booking a yoga class, going for a daily walk in nature, or spending longer on your night-time skincare rituals. Plan an occasional date night where you and your partner talk about things other than your wedding - it can become all-consuming and overwhelming to talk about it 24/7 and it’s good to check-in with each other and remember that this is all

about the bond between the two of you and your exciting future together. As far as possible, try to put yourself and your partner first when making choices and decisions about your health, the wedding day etc You might have to get comfortable with saying No if you find that others try to make decisions for you, or try to take over.

Downtime & beauty sleep

Sleep is the best natural beauty booster there is, so prioritise at least 8 hours if you can, if you’re not a good sleeper, or find yourself not sleeping so great as it gets closer to your wedding....there are lots of things you can do to improve sleep hygiene - ensure your bedroom is nice and cool (18 deg is ideal), turn off devices at least an hour before bedtime and dim the lights to support melatonin production (the body’s

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natural sleep hormone), try a short breathing exercise for a minute or two which will put your body in a calm state, activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the opposite of fight or flight mode, the stress response) Don’t underestimate the power of some time out just ‘doing nothing’ our minds need a break to recharge! Rest and tune in regularly to how your body and mind are feeling.

Handling stress or anxiousness

Stress raises our Cortisol levels (the body’s stress hormone) which is normal for short periods of time but left activated over longer periods, this can be extremely detrimental to our health & well-being.

There are many different ways you can lower your stress levels and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another, so try some of these out and see what feels good to you.

Stress is an emotion and emotions are energy in motion, therefore often we need to move to gently ease the stress out of the body - this might look like going for a run or to the gym for you, or a gentle bit of stretching or walking will also work well.

At other times, finding stillness can really help, just take a few minutes to stop what you’re doing and tune into those feelings, breathing deeply - where do you feel them in your body, can you describe them? More often than not, just recognising and acknowledging them will help and in a few minutes they should pass. If meditation feels good to you, or a gentle yoga class, then this will work wonders for your mind and emotional state.

Another activity that can be hugely helpful for some is journalling, write out how you feel about a stressful situation, maybe talk it through with a friend or supportive family member and see if you can start to see it differently and in a more positive light - there is often a lesson, or silver lining.

Remember that as Women, our hormones naturally fluctuate and so

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we’re prone to feeling more stressed, or to have more negative thought patterns at certain times of the month, they do pass as our hormone levels rise again.

Establishing a morning wellness routine is a good way to build resilience, this doesn’t have to be complicated and if you’re short on time this could just look like a few minutes of journaling, stretching, meditation / breathwork, writing in a gratitude diary, or just applying a nourishing face-mask whilst taking a few deep breaths into your belly.

Consider seeing a health expert or Bridal Wellness Coach

There is so much confusing and

conflicting wellness information out there, so together with a holistic Health Coach you can devise a personal wellness plan that’s bespoke to you, your goals & lifestyle but also to ensure you’re supported and guided throughout and that you have an accountability partner to keep you feeling empowered and motivated. From expert nutrition support, to working out a regular self-care plan, to boosting your emotional health, there are many reasons why you might want to seek professional support and invest in your health & well-being for the long-term, so you glow for that special day as a beautiful, confident, radiant Bride and long after!

Victoria, The GLOW Coach, is an online Bridal Wellness coach on a mission to put health & wellness at the heart of the bridal experience. From her post-wedding burnout, to the long wellness journey that followed, including a 10-year career in the skin-health & wellness industry, to qualifying as a Women’s Health Coach, she is uniquely positioned to empower, support and guide brides on their journey to glowing from within. Follow Victoria @theglowcoach or email her at victoria@theglow.coach for more info and inspiration.

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VICTORIA KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO PLAN A WEDDING, BUT ALSO VALUES THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF IN THE PROCESS
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Heart stud earrings, £18

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Harrogate teardrop earrings, £40

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Moonstruck earrings, £35

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Freshwater pearl earrings, £60

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Pearl effect earrings, £8.50

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Crystal and pearl earrings, £125

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Silver circle stud earrings, £30

♥ THE BEST BRIDAL ♥

Earrings

Dazzle your partner with a pair of pretty dangles or studs

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Ariana drop hoops, £45

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Tap into this classic style for guaranteed sophistication that will never date in your photos

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Glass cake stand, £6.99 www.contessinalondon.com Ariadne cuff bracelet, £320 www.topdrawer.co.uk Mixed

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Cleo earrings, £180

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Ribbed white candle, £20

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Personalised metal sign, £12.99

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Rose gold balloon arch, £24.99

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Paper birdcage, £12.99

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Vintage lace & rose cake, £POA

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Strawberry disks, £4.99

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Idole bridal dress, £POA

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Winter Wonderland THEME YOUR DAY

There’s something truly magical about wintertime, especially if we’re lucky enough to get days of glistening snow.

Snowy weddings can of course come with some transport issues, but, all

being well, a frosty, winter wonderland wedding can be the most beautiful wedding of all. This photoshoot captures the magic of the season, using wintry details and colours throughout, but with a contemporary

twist. Aside from the abundance of breathtaking blooms, including a wow factor arch and pretty flower crown, we have to say the gorgeous gown is just the perfect choice for this whimsical, bohemian style.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Photographers/planning & Concept: www.candcimagery. co.uk insta @candc_imagery

Venue: www.tonbridge-events. co.uk @tonbridge_events

Table Styling/floral displays/ Signage: www.atouchofkent. com @atouchofkent

Flower Crown: @ petalheadflowers

Rings: www.london-victorianring.com @london_victorian_ ring_co

Wedding dress for main theme: www.velvetbirdcage. co.uk @velvet_birdcage_

bespoke_bridal

Stationery/signage: @ by.letterly

Cake: www.caritascakedesign. co.uk @caritascakedesign

HMUA: www.idobridalservices. co.uk @idomakeupandhair_

Vintage jewellery/

Headpieces: www. vintageadornments.co.uk @ vintageadornments

Videographer: @ molehillmedia

Real Couple: @emilieking101 @george_lee_

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Jess & David

Tell us about the proposal...

I did it! DJ had always jokingly said we would get engaged when I asked him, and apparently he waited by the phone on the leap year when I was living in Venice and he was living at home with my mum. But that call didn’t come. A year or so later I decided I would do it and I hatched a plan. DJ was also planning to do it but I got in there 3 weeks before him. I arranged for all our closest mates to be at the top of Ditchling Beacon, near to Brighton. I arranged for them all to gather hidden just over the hill with “DJ will you marry me?” in coloured bold marker pens written across their bare bottoms! As DJ and I went over the hill, to what he thought was a walking club meet up, he saw the question spelled out one letter at a time on each of our mates’ bare bottoms! Why bare bottoms? On a holiday to Cornwall we visited a nudist beach (it was the only one that allowed dogs), but once we had a customary skinny dip we had a picture

taken looking out to sea, and it’s a firm favourite (it became our wedding invites). It started the tradition of getting a ‘bum picture’ on all of our holidays and we always rope our mates in, too.

What dress did you wear and where did you buy it?

The dress was called India by Madi Lane. It was from Flora in Robertsbridge. I absolutely loved it.

What did the groom wear?

He wore white chinos and a light blue tweed jacket with bow tie and waistcoat to match with brown brogues. The best man, Tom and groomsmen (our brothers and DJ’s Dad) all wore the same.

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

Pwoooaaar! And a huge bout of excitement. Our little niece, Lily-Mae, and Nephew, Jesse, had sprinkled petals on the

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floor before me and they did a very diligent job, one petal at a time.

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?

I had seven bridesmaids. There was a mix of dresses all with a dusty pink colour. I gave the bridesmaids the options to choose their own style so they came from a range of shops.

What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?

Boho/Rattan. I made over 100 macrame chair backs in the year leading up to the big day, I had some help from some bridesmaids and DJ did a lot of string cutting. We ordered in a large macrame centerpiece, and decorated the tables’ macrame runners with brass candle sticks and small bottles of beautiful flowers.

What was the highlight of your day?

This is really hard to pick, but I think it was seeing so many happy faces all day. Everyone was there because of us, but they made the day really special for us!

What was your best buy?

There were so many lovely things that added to the feel of the day. Most of all we wanted our wedding to be about

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VENDORS

Wedding date - 14th August 2021

Venue - Beaconside House, Bideford

Photographer - Paige Grace

Dress: Madi Lane

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our friends and family enjoying as much time as possible with us, and so the best buy was having Beaconside House and all the grounds for a long weekend and spreading the fun across BBQs, pool parties, hot tub time and garden games, all playing out to the theme tune of popping prosecco.

What’s your saving tip?

We had three aims when we were finding a venue:

1. As much accommodation as possible to keep our friends with us a long as we could.

2. No curfew so we could party with our friends as long as possible.

3. No corkage, so we could bring as much prosecco as best man Tom could find in a van. This last one was a great saver! Turns out it’s over 300 bottles, and it all went!

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Jade & Luke

A wow factor white wedding filled with lights and florals. The bride tells all...

How did he propose?

Luke had booked a romantic weekend away in Stellenbosch and treated us to a relaxing full day at Lanzerac SPA on Saturday 27.11.2021. We were told that we would be treated to lunch, so after our treatments I was privately driven by the friendly staff to a beautiful room in the venue, which I assumed was the restaurant. As I walked in my heart stopped and the tears started – the room was perfect for the beautiful rainy day, there was a fire place burning, a picnic basket set up in front of the fire place with Champagne on ice and flowers scattered around the room. Then he got down on one knee, my heart melted, and I said I do!

What dress did you wear and where did you buy it?

Looking for my dream dress was not an easy task, however once I found Elbeth Gillis Couture everything fell into place. She was simply amazing and so professional.

My experience was one that I will always remember. The dress that I chose was the Tina & Alice dress. To this day people are still complimenting me on the elegant dress that made me feel so confident and poised.

What accessories did you wear and where were they from?

My custom made veil by Elbeth Gillis was my main feature, so I kept accessories to the minimum. I wore pearl dropped earrings that I was gifted by my very special Grandmother, Verity.

What did the groom wear?

Luke wore a custom suit from Italy by Spaghetti Mafia. The suit was deep black with a slight sheer.

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

As I stepped out and saw Luke standing at the magnificent chapel, my heart stopped

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and I was overwhelmed with the feeling of love and gratitude. Everything felt so perfect and it truly was the happiest I have ever felt in my lifetime. I married the man of my dreams and was surrounded by all our loved ones; in that moment I knew this was my life plan.

Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?

My bridesmaids were my beautiful sister Kelsey and my two best friends that I could not get through life without; Amy and Lauren. I wanted my bridesmaids to feel confident and elegant, and therefore I wanted to find a dress that would suit all three body shapes (not always an easy task). I came across a local designer in Cape Town who owns the brand Rosey and Vittori, and she kindly agreed to make my bridesmaids’ dresses. We went with the colour Emerald Green, the material fell perfectly and my bridesmaids looked just amazing.

What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?

I did not have a specific theme but when I thought of my day, I wanted to bring a sense of nature into it and the feeling of closeness. Therefore the venue was perfect as it had the beautiful garden, the glass house and a room that I could fill to bring the day to life. I went with the theme of glass, white and sage green, with lots of greenery, white

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VENDORS

Venue - Ivy Chapel, SA

Photographer - Coba Photography

Dress: Elbeth Gillis

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flowers and lots of lights and candles scattered across the table and room. The theme worked out perfectly and the venue looked extremely modern, classy, and elegant.

What was the highlight of your day?

There is no specific moment of the day that was my highlight, the day was everything I dreamed of and more. When I was planning my wedding, everyone told me, the day goes so fast and after the wedding you may feel a bit lost and down coming off such an exciting time, however I felt the complete opposite. I Have never felt so present in the moments throughout the day, from getting ready, to the emotional reveal to my parents, to seeing the man of my dreams, saying I do in front of my loved ones, to the heart felt speeches and then dancing the night away and finding myself watching everyone and being reminded how lucky I am to be living in my dream moment, overwhelmed with gratitude.

What was your best buy?

My best buy was my dress. Your dress is what is going to

make you feel like a princess on your day. Ensuring you choose a designer that makes you feel good, confident and gives you personalised service is so important, as so many people have sleepless nights over the dress. I had a seamless experience with Elbeth and honestly it was the best value for money.

What’s your saving tip?

My first step would be deciding on what you want for your day, what are the three most important things that you want to remember, and you want your guests to remember, once you have that get your quotes and make those three your biggest budgets. Weddings cost a good lump sum and certainly can be a big stretch for some, so my tip would be to focus on one or two things per month that you want to cover, so that you are paying deposits over various months and not all at once. The last month is where it really hits, as you must often pay the remaining amounts, so ensure that you are putting money away each month for each vendor.

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Bright & beautiful THEME YOUR DAY

Let your wedding be the perfect opportunity to show the beauty of your relationship and love, through an abundance of colours. This shoot is stunning, evoking pure happiness looking at all the pretty

colours of the rainbow, combined to make a bold reception. Photographed at the stunning Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House, we love how the suppliers incorporated the milk churns, using them as everything from floral

vases to table legs! A fantastic display of rustic ideas that combine perfectly for a memorable wedding theme. Our favourite element has to be the hanging floral chandelier – what a simple but effective idea!

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CONTRIBUTORS

Venue: The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House www.oldmilkingparlour.co.uk

@oldmilk1

Photography: TP Photography www.thurtlepower.com

@tpphotography

Model: Emily Hemmings

@hemmings662

Accessories and applique denim jacket: Tessa’s Tiaras /www.tessastiaras.co.uk

@tessastiaras

Hair styling: Bath Bridal Hair www.bathbridalhair.com

@bathbridalhair

Make up: Lisa Galvani Makeup & beauty www.lisagalvani-makeup.co.uk

@lisagalvanimakeup

Dress: Exclusively Yours Bridal Boutique www.exclusivelyyours bridalboutique.co.uk

@exclusively_yours_bridal_

boutique

Flowers: Old Chapel Flowers www.oldchapelflowers.co.uk

@oldchapelflowers

Food: Dorset Delights Catering www.dorsetdelightscatering.co.uk

@dorsetdelightscatering

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♥ COMPETITION TIME ♥

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From the bespoke entrance off London’s Leicester Square, to the specially curated lounge and bar experience, to the cast of world-class performers, MAGIC MIKE

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MAGIC MIKE LIVE opened in London in 2018 and has been blowing-away audiences since. The show is based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, and the third and final film, Magic Mike’s Last Dance, which has

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just released in cinemas with a story inspired by the live show itself. It’s also playing live in Las Vegas and on tour across the US, having also had productions in Germany and Australia. It’s wowed over 500,000 people in London alone, and over 1,250,000 worldwide.

This first-class live experience features some of the world’s hottest, most talented guys, some who feature in the current movie, performing heart-racing routines in front of, above and all around you. Equal parts empowering and exhilarating, it’s punctuated by the unexpected, and temperature-raising acts from a thrilling range of acrobatic and musical talent. In other words, it’s basically got everything.

Before of after the show food and drinks are served at Permission, a truly stylish and atmospheric bar situated a few steps from the theatre itself. Cocktails named Magic, Attractive, Charismatic, wines, beers and spirits, and delicious accompanying dishes including sliders, cheeseboards, and salads, complete an unforgettable experience.

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♥ TOP WEDDING TIPS ♥

A guide to the perfect speech

It used to be the bride’s father, the groom and the best man who got mic-time at weddings, but in 2023, the speech line-up has been well and truly shaken up...

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Heidi Ellert-McDermott, founder of the bespoke speechwriting service, Speechy, and the author of The Modern Couple’s Guide to Wedding Speeches, tells us who’s taking their place.

The ‘no rules’ rules

‘Firstly, we better clarify, that, of course, nearlyweds can still opt for the traditional three,’ says Heidi. ‘Sometimes it’s the right choice, but couples and family shouldn’t automatically assume that those three fellas get to have their say on the day.’

For a start, there’s women to consider. And children maybe. And, with family dynamics so diverse these days, mothers of the groom, uncles of the bride and, well, anyone on the core guestlist really.

So how do you decide who you invite to give a speech? Heidi and the

Speechy team have noticed a formula that works. Let’s start with the crucial component…

You two

Of course, you need someone on the speech line-up who represents you as a couple but Heidi says she’s still surprised by how little some couples think about this.

‘In heterosexual couples, more often than not, the groom speaks on behalf of the newlyweds. Sometimes this isn’t even discussed,’ says Heidi. ‘I suspect this is because a lot of brides are reluctant to add another ‘to do’ to their list but as someone who gave a speech, I know how much joy it added to my day. If brides really want to divide up the ‘to dos’ better, I’d suggest allocating the transport to your partner instead!’

There are a three basic ways a couple can present themselves on the

day. It could be one of you delivering a speech (though, remember, your partner can claim to have an equal dislike of public speaking!), both of you delivering individual speeches, or a joint speech – something that’s becoming much more common.

‘A joint speech really says ‘we’re a team’. It’s modern, fun and it always goes down a storm,’ says Heidi.

Someone to pay tribute to you

There’s plenty of reasons why your dad might not be the best choice. Sometimes family circumstances dictate this but it could just be that you know your mum would enjoy it more and have plenty she’d like to say!

And it doesn’t actually need to be a parent paying tribute to you; it could be another relative you adore, or maybe even a close friend. The questions to ask yourself is simply 1)

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HEIDI IS AN EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING GREAT SPEECHES, AND BELIEVES THAT TRADITIONAL RULES SHOULD NO LONGER APPLY

who knows you best and 2) who can articulate what you mean to them in a way that’s both meaningful and entertaining.

Someone to pay tribute to your partner

The same applies for your partner as it does you.

Whether or not your other half is a groom or a bride, it’s up to them who they’d like to invite up to the mic. Do they know their parents would love to say a few words, or do they want a traditional roasting from a friend?

‘Times have changed. There’s actually no right or wrong when it comes to the wedding speech line-up

so I’d encourage all nearlyweds to really think about it,’ says Heidi. ‘The mix of speakers should ideally offer an insight into your relationship, some tear-jerking moments and crucially, lots of joyous laughter! That mix guarantees you’ll kick-start the party!’

LINKS

• Speechy - www.speechy.com/

• Book -

www.amazon.co.uk/ModernCouples-Guide-Wedding-Speeches/ dp/1472147561/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1IT

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ECO TRAVEL

Sustainable honeymoon specialists, Purpose Travel, highlight their top five eco-friendly destinations

Indonesia

Indonesia offers a dazzling array of experiences to offer a honeymoon with a difference. Between temples and rice paddies in the glittering countryside to the white sand beaches of the islands and watersports, you can have both a relaxing and adventurous honeymoon.

There are many eco resorts and flight free travel cross country itineraries to choose from, making this a Purpose Travel favourite for romantic getaways. From £4,000 per couple for 10 nights in a luxury eco resort.

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New Zealand

Couples looking for a bucket list destination which is off-grid but also offers luxurious resorts, New Zealand is a great choice. The stunning scenery and seclusion makes this country naturally sustainable and with lots of eco-accommodation available, there is plenty to choose from.

New Zealand is also very much catered to those couples wanting adventure too. Honeymooners can go zip lining, horseback riding, take part in watersports and much more to really experience the trip of a lifetime.

From £6,000 per couple for 10 nights in a luxury eco resort.

Costa Rica

Translating to ‘rich coast’, Costa Rica certainly lives up to its name. This Central American country has more than 300 idyllic beaches between its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Not only that, but this unique destination has an astounding variety of wildlife, national parks, and conservation areas.

As if that wasn’t enough, Costa Rica was one of the first countries to promote responsible ecotourism so you can relax, safe in the knowledge you are honeymooning with purpose.

From £4,000 per couple for 10 nights in a luxury eco resort.

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Botswana

Botswana is the most eco friendly country in Africa with almost 40% of its land officially protected for its incredible wildlife including the Big Five. Honeymoons here are all about luxury safari lodges and travelling through secluded national parks and game reserves.

Couples can even combine the stunning Botswana landscapes with Zambia to see the famous Victoria Falls for a true itinerary of a lifetime.

From £7,000 per couple for 10 nights in a luxury safari lodge.

Slovenia

Slovenia is the go-to destination in Europe at the moment, and for good reason. This small country has been declared a Green Destination of the World and offers enough beautiful landscapes and diverse attractions for a stunning honeymoon.

You can easily hop between magical lakes and mountains and the bustling cities. Slovenia’s location between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia makes it ideal for tasting different food and wine too. Why not travel by rail and relax as you take in the surroundings as you go, or pair it with a trip to Venice for a twin centre honeymoon?

From £3,000 per couple for 10 nights in a luxury eco resort.

Visit www.purposetravel.co.uk/ to find out more

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