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Pre-nuptial agreements Not just for the rich and famous! What is a pre-nuptial agreement? A pre-nuptial agreement is a document which can be drawn up prior to marriage and can regulate a couple’s financial affairs during the marriage and determine the division of their assets in the event of divorce/dissolution of civil partnership. Do I need a pre-nuptial agreement?

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A pre-nuptial agreement should be considered by anyone who wishes to protect their assets entering into a marriage or civil partnership for the first time, or indeed on a second marriage, particularly if their assets are significantly higher than the assets of the other party. Will a pre-nuptial agreement stand up in Court? The Court can uphold a pre-nuptial agreement and give what is called decisive weight to it provided that it is fair and that certain conditions are met.

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A NOTE THE EDITOR Dalia Courridge DESIGN Annie Redmore EDITORIAL Sophie Stainthorpe FASHION EDITOR Abi Gray CONTRIBUTORS Kelly Surtees Amanda Steed Ruth Lowe Paul Allen Diane Harper Lauren Gregory Kirsty Jones Kerri Parker Ella and Jorge Santos Rob Morton Maria Pendleton Amanda Owen Claire Grint Penny Baldry All information correct at time of print. Norfolk Brides accepts no responsibility for subsequent changes. Please check with suppliers for up to date information. TRUE INSPIRATION BRIDAL FASHION EXPERT ADVICE VENUE STYLING REAL WEDDINGS WEDDING PLANNING

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Last year saw a shift in bridal trends and we can see the new-found love for wild bohemia continuing well into 2017. You can find the full wedding trend report on page 51.

I adore the relaxed feel and laid back approach. Mix and match has never been more popular - you can see how it applies to bridesmaids looks on page 37, and the fantastic shoot by our fashion editor Abi Gray. It reflects the wild bohemian vibe with industrial as well as refined sophisticated touches – making perfect bridal looks. See the full fashion shoot from page 15. To me, the beautiful styling, directional confident look and experimental floristry sum up everything that is brilliant about weddings right now. From cover to cover, this issue celebrates the creativity and great ideas inspired by our fabulous real Norfolk brides and photoshoots styled by some of the most creative wedding folk locally. In my six years of running Norfolk’s favourite wedding directory, I have met some fantastic wedding professionals and asked them to share some of their advice and tips. Find them throughout the magazine. If you need any more inspiration or contacts, be sure to visit us on Grab a cup of something tasty, and enjoy! Love,

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NEWS flash! All the latest news from Norfolk’s wedding suppliers…



OXNEAD overhaul!

IMAGE: Andy Davison Photography

Oxnead Hall is a beautiful and enchanting wedding venue which has recently undergone extensive refurbishment to create purpose-built and designed, flexible wedding ceremony and reception locations. This combined with the stunning gardens and ample onsite accommodation create a wonderful setting for your big day.

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take over!

Under new ownership and exclusively represented by Unique Norfolk Venues, the breath-taking Pentney Abbey with its Medieval barn and historic gatehouse is a perfect location to hold your special day. With picture perfect surroundings and on-site accommodation it’s a tranquil environment to enjoy for your wedding celebrations. Located between King’s Lynn and Swaffham, it’s right in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and brings together a deep sense of history and occasion with the very best in contemporary styling.



Want to know what other couples are planning for their weddings? The Confetti Wedding Report gives a fascinating insight into the minds of today’s couples. See some more of the findings scattered through these pages or visit



Fabulous Flowers


Innovative florist Amber’s Rose will be opening its first shop in January 2017 in one of the barns at White House Farm in Sprowston. From here brides will be able to order their fresh wedding flowers, as well as their exclusive range of freeze dried flowers and petal confetti. The beauty of freeze dried preservation is that the flowers retain their shape and colour intensity, are soft to the touch and, in some cases, still have a scent.

NEW VENUE: The Reading Room This beautifully restored historic building in the heart of the north Norfolk countryside is now taking bookings for 2017 and beyond. The Reading Room is a unique new venue that is believed to date back to the 17th century and stands in the beautiful grounds of the Old Rectory, next to St Ethelberts Church, in the village of Alby.

NEW Wheels Silverline’s newly acquired 1930s-style Beauford open top tourer is the perfect way to arrive at your ceremony in style. This magnificent vehicle is a timeless classic which will look great in your wedding photographs. And with four doors, there’s easy access for even the largest of wedding gowns!



We love The Little Horse Box! This quirky mobile wine bar has been transformed into a thing of beauty, boasting colour-changing LED lights, Moroccan-style flooring in pretty pinks, blues and greys, an upcycled wine barrel sink and traditional hand-painted sign writing.

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GORGEOUS GOWNS and so much more! Imagine going to your dress appointment and receiving advice not only on what styles of gown would suit you best, but on all aspects of your wedding planning. That’s exactly what’s on offer at The Bottom Drawer Bridal Boutique in King’s Lynn. Opened in March 2016, the boutique is the realisation of wedding planner Victoria Arndt’s dream to offer a luxury, exclusive service to brides when choosing their gown. “I have always had a passion for fashion and styling, and after working for so long in the wedding industry I have fallen in love with bridal fashion,” says Victoria, who has been a wedding planner for more than 15 years and helped hundreds of couples create their perfect day. The ethos is to give brides the most perfect experience from the minute they step in the door, until the big day and beyond. When you book an appointment, the boutique is exclusively yours, giving you time to peruse the gowns and accessories, which are all from top UK-based brands – and maybe have a glass of bubbly too!



The Wherry Hotel is an iconic Victorian landmark hotel situated on the bank of Oulton Broad. Full of character and splendour, the Brown Boat Suite function room has recently been fully refurbished, offering new decor, new colour coordinated lighting, air-conditioning and exclusive use of a decked seating area overlooking the beautiful broad. 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 11


Zap the fat! It’s one of the most talked about body treatments in the UK, and 3D-lipo is now available at the Norwich 3D-lipo Clinic on Timberhill. A non-surgical alternative to liposuction, 3D-lipo uses a mix of technologies to reduce fat and cellulite, and tighten skin. It can be used on most skin types and body areas and there is no down time, so you can return to normal activity immediately after the treatment. Celebrities including Amy Childs, Patsy Kensit and Coleen Rooney have revealed their love of the treatment, which can be targeted to stubborn fat areas, post-pregnancy tummy, loose skin, flanks and bingo wings, fine lines and wrinkles and cellulite.

GARDEN delight! Situated in the quaint village of Banham, Applewood Hall has unveiled its plans to open a new wedding garden in 2017. This beautifully landscaped space will feature a custom-built gazebo, contemporary outdoor furniture, lots of lush greenery and cottage garden flowers, grasses and herbs inspired by the British countryside. The perfect backdrop for wedding photos and alfresco arrival drinks in the sunshine!




The new website for Stradsett Hall is as elegant and stylish as the weddings it hosts. This quintessential English country estate is set within two-thousand acres of rolling Norfolk countryside near Downham Market, and what better way to show couples how idyllic it is that with stunning photography complemented by clear and simple design.

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Norfolk Brides fashion editor Abi Gray gathered together a top team of stylists to showcase bridal fashion trends for 2017...

fashion TEAM

Photographer: Esther Wild, Models: Elle Harris, Libby Gray and Alisha Whitworth MUA: Amanda Steed, Hair Stylist: Nicola Playford @ Amanda Steed Makeup Fashion Stylist: Abi Gray, Location: The Wharf Academy, Plants: Event House, Curator: Dalia Courridge, Gold Foil ‘XO’ Balloons: Bubblegum Balloons, Giant Balloons: The Giant Balloon Company, Headpieces: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture, Dresses: La Crème,, Prima Donna Bridal,, Maisie May Bridal, and The Bottom Drawer, 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 15


TREND: Coachella Dress: ‘Vivienne’ by Willowby By Watters available at La Crème £1280

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TREND: Sleeves

Dress: ‘Amelie’ by Willowby By Watters available at La Crème £1440 Headpiece: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture

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TREND: Florals


Dress: ‘Untamed Love’ by Charlotte Balbier from The Bottom Drawer £1650 Denim jacket: Stylist’s own

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TREND: Big Bows

Dress: Daisy by House of Mooshki from The Bottom Drawer £1325 Headpiece: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture

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TREND: Sheer Panelling Dress: ‘Sasha’ by Sweetheart Gowns from Prima Donna Bridal £1100 Faux Fur Jacket: Topshop £79

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TREND: Colours Dress: ‘Alana’ by Willowby By Watters from La Crème £1498 Headpiece: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture Necklace/Earrings: Stylist’s own Bouquet: Libby Ferris

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TREND: Off the shoulder Dress: ‘Alexandra’ by Charlotte Balbier from The Bottom Drawer £1395 Floral crown: Libby Ferris

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TREND: Two Piece

Skirt: David Tutera style 116209 (only skirt seen) at Prima Donna Bridal from £1299 Bodice: Topshop £44 Sunglasses: Attik & Seller Necklace and jacket: Stylist’s own 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 27


TREND: Think Pink Dress: ‘Gracelyn’ by Romantica of Devon from Maisie May £675 Headpiece: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture Shoes: Model’s own

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TREND: Plunging Neckline Dress: Gretchen by Romantica of Devon from Maisie May £695

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SPLURGE vs save

You can easily look a million dollars on your big day... without spending it. Our fashion editor Abi Gray shows you how to create a catwalk look for high street prices...

£ £££ Benjamin Roberts 2702 Prices from £465 - £1200

Debenhams Elaine £220

Missguided silver caged heels £30

Lucy Choi Davy Silver £245

Aurum ‘Georgini’ round stud earrings £50

New Look hair slide £14.99

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FASHION < ASOS Pule Pointed Wedges £45

< Irregular Choice Nick of time from £79.99


Florence Wedding Shoes Kristen from £200

< Lucy Choi London Kidd dark rose gold mirror from £215

> Rachel Simpson Scarlett Ice Blue £199


Strut your stuff down the aisle in these hot heels…

< Emmy London Evelyn £795 < Freya Rose Fefe from £199


> Monsoon Saralace peeptoe platform shoe from £99

Christian Louboutin Marchella from £695


> Florence Wedding Shoes Sarah from £245

> Sophia Webster Wifey for Lifey sandals £350 and bag £750

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FASHION Pearls by Coleman Douglas Pearls ( stocked locally by O&J Jewellers in Beccles.



Elegant and simple, pearls are the perfect choice to complement any bridal outfit according to Maria Pennington. Here she tells us about her love of this understated gem... Guest Author

Maria Pennington

Maria is a pearl expert. But it’s more than that – she lives and breathes pearls. To her they are the ultimate jewellery item, with a rich history, a fascinating formation process and a timeless quality that can be enjoyed and afforded by anyone. “I have an absolute passion for pearls,” says Maria. “Their lustre, their glow and the way they make me feel.” So why are pearls such a popular choice with brides? “They’re a symbol of purity and offer an understated elegance,” says Maria. “Often gowns are so embellished that a beautiful, simple pearl will balance the dress. “The current trend for low-back dresses is perfect for a long strand of pearls to be worn down the spine - it’s a truly elegant look.” Versatility is another appeal, with so many options, from strands of pearls, pendants, drop or stud earrings, bracelets and hair accessories. Once you know what style you would like, there’s the decision of what type of pearl: South Sea, Tahitian, Mabe, Akoya or Freshwater. Each has different qualities and the value of a pearl is determined according to their shape, surface skin quality, size, lustre and nacre thickness. Throughout history, pearls have symbolised wealth and power, but thankfully, with the development of commercial cultured pearls in the 1920s, these beautiful gems are now available whatever your budget. Maria has been in the jewellery trade for more than 30 years and writes a blog for the British Pearl Association. She is happy to answer any of your pearly questions, email them to

Pearls of Wisdom Maria has given us some top tips for choosing your bridal pearls... SKIN TONE The lustre of the pearls will enhance your complexion and make it glow! Generally speaking, if you have olive or warmer toned skin a golden pearl will look fabulous. If you have pale or pink tones to your skin then try a rose, white or cream pearl. NECK LINE The length of the pearl is important. Consider the neckline of your gown; a high rounded neck may not warrant a strand but demand a wonderful pair of earrings only. However, if the dress is plain, a long opera length could look stunning! ARMS Consider your arms. Will you be wearing long, short or mid length sleeves? A stunning bracelet can look as wonderful as a necklace with the correct pair of earrings. Single, double or multistrand pearl bracelets will look fantastic on bare arms. HAIR How will you wear your hair? Pearl tiaras and pearls threaded through the hair look elegant and pretty. Statement earrings are always a good option when your hair is up. 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 35


in style BRIDESMAIDS Your girls will look gorgeous in these glamorous gowns, and we love the jumpsuit for a trendy twist.

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1. Colour by Kenneth Winston 5237L available at Prima Donna Bridal 2. ZOE Romantica available at Masie May Bridal

3. Twobirds bridesmaid heather convertible multiway dress grecian twist 4. Private Collection by Kenneth Winston 5242L available at Prima Donna Bridal 5. Dahlia by Maids To Measure available at The Bottom Drawer Bridal 6. Cambridge by Maids to Measure available at The Bottom Drawer Bridal 36 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides




Your bridesmaids will be perfectly mismatched in these stylish combinations…

Image: Dan Oday


Why not have your bridesmaids all in completely different dresses to suit their own tastes and personalities, but tie them together with a matching accessory? Flower crowns, bouquets or pretty clutch bags are an easy way to bring the bridal party’s look together. Images from Pinterest

SAME COLOUR, DIFFERENT DRESS If you have a colour scheme you’re keen to stick to, then why not let your bridesmaids have a say in the style of dress they’d like whilst keeping to your chosen hue? Images instagram @showmeyourmumu

SAME DRESS, DIFFERENT LENGTH Another way to let your bridesmaids have a little more choice is to decide on a style and let them select the length that suits them best.

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DIFFERENT COLOUR Love a certain range of dresses but can’t choose which colour? Why not mix it up with a multicoloured entourage? You could even make your maid of honour stand out in a floral alternative.


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FLORAL fancy

The mother of the bride or groom will rock the frock in these fabulous floral numbers…

Floral embroidered dress, £130 at Laura Ashley Tanice fascinator, £65 at John Lewis Carvela Kimi sandals, £65 at John Lewis


Jacques vert Bali florl print dress, £149 at Jarrold Grace shoe in navy, £79 at Pretty Eccentric Bournie clutch, £55 at Dune

MC185119AB Beige, Prima Donna Bridal Dune Elina clutch, £55 at John Lewis Gold courts, £14.99 at Deichmann UK

Olivia Dress, Ann Balon at The Wedding Shop, Bungay Court shoe, £59 at Debenhams

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The bride has her dress, now it’s time for the groom to look tasty on their special day. We asked Alexandra Wood, bespoke tailor to many a handsome groom, to offer you some of her worldly advice. What trends have been popular this year? Greys and blues will always be a clear favourite; mainly because they’re so versatile. Men tend to make use of their suit and like to be savvy and forward thinking when purchasing. Therefore, choosing a colour that will work for the day and for future occasions is usually at the back of their minds. Do you see a change happening? Absolutely! Men are definitely being inspired by the likes of David Gandy and want to go all out. We’ve just stocked our brand new grey and brown tweed, three-piece suits and they’re literally flying out the door. It’s an ideal choice for the groom who wants something a little different and who will be having more of a casual wedding. The change I’m seeing is that with suits like these, not only can you wear them as full suits for other occasions, but the jacket and waistcoat looks really great with smart trousers or jeans. You can wear the trousers with a smart shirt, or the blazer alone, so it turns into much more of a valuable purchase. How should a groom accessorise? I always start by asking the couple what their colour scheme is and usually suggest that they choose a tie that picks out one of the colours

Guest Author Alexandra Wood

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from their floral arrangements. If the wedding is more of an eclectic style then you can mix and match to your heart’s content. What’s your favourite style for grooms? I know it seems sensible to choose a suit that is useable again and again. However, I do think it’s quite nice to splash out on something really special that can be worn again but not necessarily for work. I really love a three-piece suit, so that when the jacket comes off, the groom still looks the part. I also like a double-breasted suit with a doublebreasted waistcoat, to add that old school glamour. How best to button up? Some men will naturally go to button both or all buttons on a suit. The rules are that if you have one button, close one; if you have two, only close the top button; and if you have three, you only close the middle one. This makes the jacket sit as it should and the jacket is cut so that it looks best this way. You can view Alexandra’s full collection at her new Bishops Stortford store. There you will find bespoke tailoring, hire wear, shoes and accessories, all under one very cosy, relaxing environment. Tailoring appointments in Savile Row are available by appointment only. Please note that hire wear collections are only available at the Hertfordshire store.



THEIR STYLE We asked a couple of our stylish real wedding grooms to tell us a bit more about their outfits…


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I was looking for something memorable and distinctive - people who know me were expecting as much. The shirt was from Paul Smith and was the majority of the budget - I built the outfit around it. It has embroidered strawberries and ants on the cuffs and I liked that it was unconventional. I wore it with a bow tie from H&M. I bought some smart dress trousers from Zara and had them altered to sit in a way I liked, and wore them with a pair of old school braces from Marks & Spencers and my Made In England Dr Martens.

Charles Buyers pocket watch, £55

ONESIX5IVE gold, orange and blue vibrant paisley patterned pocket square, £5

Justin Reece Lugano tan brogue, £59

JOEL GARNER The idea was to create a mismatched rustic look with a strong but relaxed country feel and autumnal colours. We all wore navy blue chinos, light blue shirts, IMAGE: Peach and Jo Photography with tweed waistcoats from a variety of high street stores, with navy textured bow ties, which were from Topman. I also wore a tweed jacket from Slaters.

Guthrie & Valentine silver zig zag patterned square cufflinks, £15

ONESIX5IVE maroon knitted bow tie, £6

All available from Slaters,

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BIGbeauty DAY Guest Author

Amanda Steed

Do... Start thinking about the hairstyle you would ultimately like a year in advance if you can. This will give you growing time if your hair is a little on the short side. Cut down on caffeine and dairy products, these can cause bags under the eyes, skin puffiness and, in some cases, breakouts. If you are deciding to do your own make-up on the day, take time to arrange at least one make-up lesson with a professional make-up artist. Create Pinterest moodboards for hair and make-up inspiration and share them with your stylist before your trial. Do your research on bridal hair and make-up stylists. Choose someone whose work you love. Read their reviews from other brides, but also ask around. Word of mouth is the best way of finding out about the best stylists. Eyebrow shaping is an essential part of the prep for your wedding. There are many different options, from threading to micro blading. Always use a reputable and professional therapist.


IMAGE: Gina Manning Photography

Before you say “I do”, make-up artist Amanda Steed has some “do” and “do not” advice for hair and skincare.

Fake tanning the day before the wedding is not a good idea, unless you are absolutely sure that it is not going to streak or come off on your dress. If you should be unlucky enough to have a large spot appear over night or a few days before the day, DO NOT squeeze it! There are lots of products on the market which will take inflammation down and your make-up artist will then be able to cover it no problem. I love to use lavender oil, it’s an antiinflammatory and a natural antiseptic too. Works a treat! Never use products on the day that you have not tried and tested. With make-up it is really important to get the right colour foundation and formula that will work best with your skin. Don’t do your make-up in artificial light or under fluorescent ceiling lighting. Choose natural day light close to a large window to ensure you can see the colours. If you’re doing your own make-up, don’t rush. A make-up artist would allow a minimum of 45 minutes, so you should allow the same if you are doing it yourself.

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Photographer: Emma Chapman, Location: Represented by East Coast Productions, Owner Tamsyn from the blog Villa on Mount Pleasant, Models: Kayleigh, Talia, and Hannah Represented by Sandra Reynolds Hair: Gemma Holiday and Cara, Make-up: Melissa Abel, Flowers: La Belle Flowers, Hair jewellery: Melissa Morgans, etsy/ Melissa Morgan Designs Dresses: Love Couture 44 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides



To create these â&#x20AC;&#x153;structured yet undoneâ&#x20AC;? hairstyles, Gemma Holiday Hair Artistry used a combination of different sized robe braids and twists.


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Luscious LOCKS Want perfect glossy hair for your wedding day? Kirsty Jones from The Egg Salon tells us how.

All brides want the perfect hair to accompany the perfect dress. Olaplex is a liquid gold in-salon system that works to permanently rebuild damaged disulphide bonds that have broken during chemical processes, such as colouring and keratin treatments, and even with the use of heat styling. Olaplex can dramatically restore the strength and integrity of your hair and can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as an additive to colouring services. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a treatment you can take home, Olaplex No3 Hair Perfector, which contains the same active ingredient as the salon system and allows you to rebuild those broken bonds from your own bathroom!

I would also recommend having a good stock of shampoo and conditioner to maintain a healthy moisture balance. One I particularly like is Moroccan Oilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hydrate range, which works to replenish nutrients lost against the elements and heat styling. This, alongside Olaplex, will work to create beautifully soft and glossy hair.

Guest Author Kirsty Jones

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no bigger motivation for getting fit and healthy than the thought of looking your absolute best on your wedding day. But even the hardened gym bunny can find it tough to keep the motivation going when there are tastings to enjoy, decorations to make and everything else to fit in before the big day.


get motivated! Guest Author Kerri Parker

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FITNESS One person who knows a thing or two about motivation is model, personal trainer and nutritional coach Kerri Parker. Here she tells us about her fitness routine and how even brain cancer didn’t keep her down. As a model, you must have to exercise and watch what you eat all the time. How do you manage it? It is really hard, as whilst being a model I’m still a normal girl! I enjoy takeaways and eating out, but I used to have to be really strict before shoots. Then after I’d go straight to KFC and binge, knowing I looked great in the pictures and had “earned” my reward! Now it is more of a lifestyle. I do so much body doubling work that my body has to be on point any day of the week for a casting or job. I’ve had to find something that fits my lifestyle, so I can enjoy treats but look great every day, and that’s why I combine meal replacement shakes, a clean eating plan and working out daily around my naughty meals, which keeps me sane but in shape permanently. Plus there’s no greater motivation than being on set in a bikini knowing you should have tried a little harder! Your brain tumour must have had a massive impact? When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, the fighter in me came out and I used fitness to get my body as strong as I physically could, often running 10-15km a day. It really helped with the stress of the diagnosis, too, and gave me lots of head space from my thoughts and what would happen. I knew the stronger I became the better my chances of survival, so I became 100% healthy. I ate more greens, whatever I could to survive, and after my surgery I continued this and had a fantastic recovery that shocked the doctors. I was back running just a week after brain surgery, despite being told to wait a year. I just knew my body was ready for it.

I suffered with post-cancer depression from hormonal imbalances in my brain, and found making workouts a habit got me through. It was the last thing I felt like doing, but when you form a habit it’s hard to break, no matter your mood. I train daily, even when I don’t feel like it, as my morning run is as routine as cleaning my teeth now and it doesn’t feel right if I don’t do it! Was the formation of KP Fitness & Lifestyle Coaching part of you fighting back? I have always wanted to teach health and fitness, so during my recovery I trained as a Level 3 personal trainer. I really believe in the fact that seven out of 10 visits to the doctor are diet related (according to World Health Organisation) and that we can prevent disease and illness through what we eat. I love helping others understand and achieve this. I was fit and healthy and got unlucky with my illness, but I know with diet and exercise I can prevent much more for myself and others in later life. What has been your biggest hurdle? After my surgery I had an awful sugar addiction. Sugar feeds cancer and I craved it no end. Sugar also mimics hormones in the brain to want more, and when I was depressed I loved the happy feelings eating chocolate gave me. I had to cut it out completely - this tests me often! How do you keep the brides you work with motivated? I have worked with so many brides on meal plans and Norwich bootcamps, and the best thing is they have a goal to stick to. The worst is that they can lose too much and end up having their dresses altered again! Having a goal is the best way to get in shape, and brides have a very specific date to be in shape for, so we can cater plans and monitor them weekly - most of them don’t need reminding how many weeks there are to go!

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Ditch the scales that only show weight. When working out you will gain muscle, so scales may even go up. Use dress sizes, measurements or a body fat % monitor. Muscles are good - you won’t get bulky, you will look toned and burn more calories even when sleeping!

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Enjoy a post workout protein shake for maximum results. My favourite brand that I use and sell is Herbalife it got me the results that led to body doubling a Bond girl!

If exhausted or ill, rest - do not workout! Don’t push yourself too hard and ensure you are eating enough calories, if not your body reaches for muscle before fat, that’s why fasted cardio is a no go! Never train on an empty stomach, something light an hour or two before is perfect. Your body will tell you if you are over training.

9 KERRI’S TOP motivation tips 10 1 2 3 4 If you struggle to get motivated, go to a class or ask a friend to join you. You are 10 times more likely to commit if someone keeps you accountable to workout. Choose something you enjoy. I love running, I hate spinning, so why would I put myself through the pain of hating a class? Exercise should be fun!

Get a great workout track list. I have my running tracks and absolutely love running to a new playlist. For running I prefer a slower beat, as it helps me regulate my stride for long distance without going too fast at the start. I also love cheesy 80s tunes and pop hits to liven up my runs.

Share your results to motivate others and stay motivated yourself, and treat yourself when you hit your goals - not with food! I say to clients: you are not a dog, don’t reward yourself with food. Try a spa day, shopping for new clothes to show off your fab results and something that makes you feel good.

Get addicted to the endorphins, the happy hormones released during exercise - they are the best mood lifter on the planet.

Stay hydrated. Most people don’t drink enough water and you cannot lose weight without it. Drink two litres a day, more if working out. And no tea (except green), and coffee and juice don’t count!



Get some sexy workout clothes, not frumpy old T-shirts. If you look good, you will feel good and you will train harder! I live in sportswear, even high street brands have fashionable gym clothes so there is no excuse not to look good!

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this sweating for the wedding workout vest. £21

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Penny Baldry from Little Lending Co tells us how to get ahead with 2017â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest venue styling looks...

Guest Author Penny Baldry

DARK & interesting IMAGE: DK Photography

2017 sees an exciting movement to darker colour mixes. Blend moody florals into your bouquet of softer blushes and neutrals, or go for darker toned linens in greys or navy. A bolder look teams well with brass or copper to add a little opulence and shine.



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Move over flowers, next year will focus on greenery, letting foliage take centre stage. Drape long tables with green runners dotted with candle lights, or create a lush green focal point at your ceremony. Use festoon lighting with this cool modern trend, along with potted plants dotted around your venue space. Opt for cool signage for statement.


Step outside for your celebrations with wild meadows, tipis and woodlands. This trend is perfect for the bride who dreams of walking barefoot up the aisle to her beau. Style the day with wild and home-grown florals, brass vessels, antlers and old Persian rugs. Mix in some statement wicker peacock chairs for a nod to the original 70s bohemian vibes along with macramĂŠ plant hangers to finish the look.

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DIY weddings Everyone loves a bit of DIY, so we’ve searched for some ideas for three popular wedding themes…

playful PICNIC Baytree Garden willow four bottle wine carrier, £14 at Achica Hopsack Rug £28 each at National Trust Jessica and Grant Meyer’s picnic wedding was held at Mulbarton Infant School and was perfect for alfresco dining and outdoor play. IMAGE: John Harris Photography Add some fizz to your alfresco celebration with Adnams Prosecco, £9.99 a bottle or £19.99 for a magnum at Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Store. Naked cake from Buns of Fun 52 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides

Set of 4 drinking jars with carrier, £14.95, garden party lemonade drinks dispenser, £29.95, both at dotcomgiftshop


festival FEVER Multicoloured paper bunting, £1, tassle garland, £3 at Tiger Stores

Set of 12 carnival time windmill paper straws, £3.95 at dotcomgiftshop

Jo and Callum Waterfield couldn’t have chosen a better venue than Happy Valley Norfolk for their festival themed wedding. The yellow stripe marquee from The Magnificent Marquee Company really adds some festival fun. IMAGE: Rebekah Robert Photography Keep the beer flowing with mini casks and kegs from Adnams, retailing at £15.99. Inflatable helter skelter, from Sunshine Events

urban CHIC Graffiti Red Wallpaper, £12 at Wilko Container containers, £12.95 at RED5 For an uber-cool drinks reception, why not have a gin cocktail such as a martini. Try the brand new Adnams Rising Sun Rye Malt Gin at £28.99 a bottle, or the Copper House Dry Gin £26.99, which is a world’s best gin winner.

For a super trendy evening reception like Leanne and Craig Bradfield’s, try the Crypt at Bedfords Bar.

Harlequin Swedish birch wood tray, £20 at Printer + Tailor

Industrial style illuminated hashtag, £59.99 at My Furniture

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Talking TIPPLES Adnams’ experts have some top advice for getting your party started…

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You can serve up to six standard glasses from a single 70cl bottle. For the wedding breakfast, allow two bottles of white or rose, and two bottles of red per table.


If you’d like to offer spirits, gin is definitely the spirit of the moment. A classy G&T always goes down well, looks great in a quirky glass and is very refreshing on a warm summer’s day.


Craft beer is super-trendy now. For the beer lovers you can offer cask beers or a range of bottled beers or cans. For real ale, there are firkins, containing 72 pints, or poly pins, containing 36 pints.

Adnams at Norwich has a stunning range of quality beers, wine and spirits, and offer a ‘sale and return’ policy so you don’t need to fret about the numbers too much. Just pop in and speak with the team.


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Pondering PLANNERS Do it yourself or do it with help? Ruth Lowe from Ruth Elizabeth Events gives us three very good reasons why using a wedding planner is a good ideaâ&#x20AC;Ś

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COST Most people assume that planning a wedding themselves will cut costs and save money; usually this is because they have concluded that hiring a wedding planner is expensive. However, a wedding planner is more affordable than you think, plus there is more to consider than the initial cost. Wedding planners have often built trusted and lasting relationships with venues and suppliers, so are privy to discounts and special offers that are not always available to the general public. They also have vast experience when it comes to areas where costs can be cut, therefore meaning they can actually save a client money. TIME In the time leading up to a wedding there are many tasks that need to be completed, confirmed or checked, to ensure the wedding runs smoothly and, more importantly, on time. Planning a wedding yourself can be difficult to manage when you are juggling a full-time job and personal commitments. A professional wedding planner will be dedicated to ensuring all tasks are completed on time and within budget. After all, that is their full-time job. LESS STRESS This is most certainly the most important area. A professional wedding planner will take away all the stress and headaches that come with planning a wedding. Meaning you are able to sit back and enjoy your special day. 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 57


STYLIST or planner? So you’ve decided that you need some help to turn the vision in your head into the perfect wedding day. But now there are two options: wedding planners and wedding stylists, so what’s the difference? Stylist Kelly Surtees from La Belle Amour gives us the inside line… A wedding stylist or designer is responsible for the overall look of your wedding day, giving it that wow factor!

planner, although some stylists may offer some on-the-day coordination of other suppliers such as florists.

A stylist will help you develop your theme, everything from tablescapes, choosing linens, favours, stationery, props, decor details etc. They will also provide on-the-day styling, so you don’t have anything to worry about on the day.

Some stylists may have their own selection of props for hire, or have a network of suppliers and retailers they use to bring it all together.

They would not typically get involved in the overall planning or organising of other suppliers, such as caterers, band, photographer etc. This is normally the realm of the wedding

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If you are looking for assistance with budgeting or organisation of suppliers, a wedding planner is what you need. If you want your guests to be amazed at your beautifully dressed venue, then a stylist is what you are after!


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BIG IMPACT In a world of social media, fresh ideas matter, and Lauren Gregory from Lullaby Weddings believes it’s the finer details which guests remember most at weddings.

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Lauren Gregory

Today’s brides tend to have Pinterest accounts and access to so many images online that it’s often part of our job to whittle down the possibilities and start work on the ones we think will create impact and become most personal to the client. At Lullaby Inc, we don’t believe in “themes” as such, but always start with one “item”, be it a certain flower, a bird, a motto, a letter, and work outwards from there - it becomes the seed from which the tree grows. Here are some ideas of finishing touches guaranteed to make your wedding day extra special.

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Colour Pops

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Less is often more, but classic creams and ivory can be given instant wow factor when you splash in some specific bold colour pops with decor, dress, food or drinks.

Bespoke Cocktails The modern day wedding guest tends to know their cocktails, but will never have tasted one bespoke to you. We create personalised cocktails for welcome drinks, speeches, or for the wedding bar and they’re a brilliant ice-breaker.

Paper Potential Streamers, paper bags, canapé cartons, confetti - paper can offer the most attractive and cost-effective solution to your big day, so never underestimate its potential. It’s also easy to customise.

Get Interactive Particularly at sit down wedding breakfasts, it’s good to keep your guests busy so the conversation flows. It could be an activity, a message book, a DJ request card. It’s a great way to involve your guests in a way that allows them to play their part in your big day.

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Considering a marquee wedding? Here is Morton’s Event Hire’s quick guide to all you need to know... MODULAR This versatile option allows you to create a bespoke layout for your venue. The six-sided honeycomb structure makes all sorts of combinations possible.

STRETCH These impressive structures are made up of a single span of PVC stretched over a frame. They look incredible, especially when complemented with lighting.

TRADITIONAL A true classic, these marquees are supported by traditional poles giving a timeless elegance to your wedding.




extras ARE YOU BEING SERVED? A staffed bar keeps your guests happy and is one less thing to worry about on the day.

GO OFF GRID From the sweeping grounds of a stately home to the middle of a farmer’s field, whatever your location a quiet generator will keep the lights on and the music going. SILVER LINING Marquee linings are available in a range of colours to complement your theme.


Paper lanterns can be lit with LED bulbs and look perfect strung from the high ceiling of a marquee. Keep your floral palette simple for an elegant pastoral look. Natural hessian ribbon with cues from nature like this honeybee on an oak base add extra interest. Origami cranes bring a splash of colour to your wedding and are so creative. For an Inception-style tent within a tent try some teepees! The kids will love it and it gives them their own space to play.

PULL UP A PEW There are a range of styles in many colours to choose from – from functional plastic to vintage beech to a smart gilded chair with padded seat.

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Check out our selection of Norfolk venues which offer something a bit different…

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Gressenhall has a fascinating history, with its Georgian symmetry and Victorian workhouse past. Ceremonies can be held in the atmospheric Old Chapel, the Boardroom within the main museum building, or the gorgeous Centenary Wood - perfect for a magical woodland wedding. A marquee can also be set up within the main courtyard for receptions. Call 01362 869251

The Tolhouse Gaol Dating back to the 12th century, The Tolhouse Gaol in Great Yarmouth is one of the oldest prisons in the UK. There are two rooms available for ceremonies, while for the more adventurous bride and groom, small weddings can be accommodated in the basement cells, which can also be used as a great back-drop for unusual photo opportunities after the ceremony. Call 01493 743930

The Garden Pavillion at Thursford This north Norfolk venue offers the best of both worlds with a stylish marquee and a vintage gondola and carousel for some added fun. The rides can be enjoyed by wedding guests during arrival drinks and canapés and there is also an ice cream parlour which serves delicious Italian gelato in a range of flavours.

Norwich Puppet Theatre The theatre is set in the converted Grade 1 listed church of St James. You can have your ceremony on the stage, with options for stage lighting, confetti canons and projections, or in the Octagon Studio for a more contemporary, intimate setting. There is also the possibility of having bespoke wedding puppets made of the couple and taking over the large show banners outside to announce the special occasion.

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Make a truly elegant entrance aboard the Edwardian style launch “Gentleman Jim” while your groom and guests wait for you to arrive at the beautiful wedding arbour. The Boathouse is a contemporary space, with light and airy rooms which open out onto a beautifully decked terrace with unspoilt views of the broad. 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 65

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HOP to it! With hundreds of decisions waiting to be made, Claire Grint from Frog & Pencil has created this time-line for your wedding stationery to help make the process a little easier.

Guest Author Claire Grint

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SAVE THE DATES Your save the dates are typically sent 6 to 12 months before the wedding day. Sooner rather than later is optimum, as this ensures your guests have adequate time to plan, especially if you’re having a destination wedding.

ON THE DAY DETAILS Ponder additional stationery details such as the order of service, schedule of the day, table plan, table numbers (remember, they don’t have to be numbers) and name place cards. Allow at least 2 to 3 weeks for these last minute pieces.

WEDDING INVITATION Traditionally these are posted 2 to 3 months before the big day. I’m inclined to deliver them with plenty of time to spare, especially if you’re including accommodation recommendations that need to be booked.

THANK-YOU CARDS After all the excitement of the wedding these can easily be put on the back burner. It’s a kind gesture to thank your guests for attending and for any gifts you may have received. I advise to send these no later than 3 months after your wedding.

RSVP The last thing you want to do in the run up to your wedding is chase RSVPs and scramble together the seating plan. Discuss with your caterer and venue when they require final numbers. I suggest 4 to 6 weeks before the wedding.

FINAL FROGGY THOUGHTS If you decide to commission your stationery, have a good think about the whole package as it may be cheaper to bundle it all together in one order and keep it cohesive. These potentially take up to 6 weeks, be sure to ask about schedules. 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 67

A harmonious combination of rustic charm and contemporary style, Applewood Hall offers an undeniably unique wedding venue for your special day in the heart of Norfolk.

With an ivory marquee lining, ambient lighting, wooden dance floor, licensed bar and luxury glamping pods onsite, Applewood Hall lends itself perfectly to any occasion.

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FAVOUR flavours Romantic, quirky, funny, yummy – there’s a wedding favour to suit. Here are some of our favourites…

Recycled chalkboard with plantable seed paper hearts, £0.99 at Wildflower Favours

Personalised can coolers, £66.30 for 12 plus shipping at Rook Design Co on Etsy

Hangover relief kit (empty for you to fill), £2.05 at Zazzle

Personalised hot chocolate test tubes, £1.50 at Melys Weddings on Etsy

Lace lollipops, £20 for 10 at Not on the Highstreet Vintage kids entertainment wedding activity book, £4.99 at Not on the Highstreet Biscuit pops, starting at £3.75 per biscuit at Biscuiteers

Personalised wooden wedding hearts, £2.99 at Manta Makes Ltd

Personalised coffee favour bags, £2.50 at Perk U Latte on Etsy

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Everyone wants to look amazing on their wedding day, but it’s also worth taking some time to think about your photos and how to ensure they capture the best angles of your day. Ella and Jorge Santos fromTheWedding StoryTellers suggest some things to think about. NATURAL STYLE If you hate having your photo taken, then choose a photographer with a relaxed and natural shooting style. That way the photos will be taken with a more documentary approach, which means you won’t be made to do cheesy awkward poses that will make you look weird in the photos.

GROUP PHOTOS It’s always nice to have a few formal family photos on your wedding day, but keep these to a minimum. We recommend no more that 8-10 shots, this way your photographer can capture more informal natural photos on your day. The best pictures are of people talking, laughing and having fun together!

ENGAGEMENT SHOOT One of the best ways to feel more comfortable about your wedding photos is to book an engagement shoot, that way you will get to know your photographer and learn how they work. You will be surprised how much fun you have and this will definitely put you at ease for your big day. You will also learn what angles and poses you prefer the look of, so will know to do these on your wedding day.

HAPPY THOUGHTS When having your photos taken, your photographer will ask you to snuggle up and flirt with each other; but how to get those really beautiful natural photos of you together? Think about your first/best/sexiest date, when you got engaged, the birth of your child. Think about how much you love each other. If you think about these memories you are sure to have magical expressions on your faces.

MAKE-UP We hear many brides say that they’ve bought top make-up products and will do their make-up themselves. It’s like walking into a designer dress shop and thinking you can select any dress and it will look great on you because it’s Armani. Ladies, it’s just not going to happen! While we are on make-up, let’s not forget the boys! Yes, that’s right guys, a little bit of clear translucent powder on your face will make you look so much better in your wedding photos.

DITCH THE LISTS Keep it simple. Don’t send your photographer a huge list of shots you want or Pinterest photos. If you overload your photographer with ideas and photos you want to recreate they won’t have the opportunity to create beautiful natural imagery of you, and these are the photos that are truly special.

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yourTRANSPORT wedding Diane Harper of award-winning Silverline Limousines and Wedding cars has some helpful hints when booking your wedding car. Guest Author Diane Harper

TALK TO THE EXPERTS Check if they have been established in the wedding car hire business for many years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are they accredited or have they won awards? Check the company out online through social media - look at the reviews and feedback. Whoever you choose, they must have a good reputation and be recognised and known for their reliability and expertise in the industry. LOOK BEFORE YOU BOOK It is important to view the vehicle prior to making a booking, and you must be confident on how your car will be presented to you on your special day. Be aware that vehicles can differ enormously from photographs. Reputable hire companies will welcome you to view the cars at appointed times. You may also be able to see the relevant cars at various wedding shows. BE AN EARLY BIRD Reputable companies will have diaries open and have bookings for three years in advance, so when you have set the date for your wedding day - book the transport! READ THE CONTRACT When booking, ensure that you have a clear Hire Agreement Contract signed by the company that outlines all details, including the wedding date, pick-up address, journey, hire period, type of car and expectations on the day. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the terms, ask for clarification. Read the contract thoroughly and when you are happy with all the details, sign and return to the company as this is a safe guard for you and the supplier.

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Amanda Owens, head of the family law team at Steeles Law Solicitors, separates the myth from the fact when it comes to pre-nuptial agreements.

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Myth 1

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Pre-nuptial agreements are “an American thing” and not relevant for couples living in the UK.

Pre-nuptial agreements are not legally binding so there’s no point in having one.

Most of us will have heard about “pre-nups” in the context of American films, television programmes and even the odd song! It is certainly true that prenuptial agreements are more commonplace in the US, with an estimated 5-10% of couples entering into them. Whilst there are no comparative figures available for the UK, online research suggests that up to half of British couples believe that pre-nuptial agreements are worthwhile. This was backed up by the Law Commission’s recommendation, in 2014, that pre-nuptial agreements should be legally binding in divorce settlements, after the needs of the separating couple and any children have been taken into account.

It is true to state that pre-nuptial agreements are not automatically legally binding in the UK, but since the 2010 landmark case of heiress Katrin Radmacher, who successfully used a pre-nuptial agreement to protect her £106 million fortune, British courts have the power to recognise pre-nuptial agreements as enforceable under UK divorce law.

So the truth is that pre-nuptial agreements should be considered by couples looking to get married on both sides of the pond.

Myth 2 Pre-nuptial agreements are only worthwhile for celebrities and the super-rich. We’ve all heard the headline grabbing reports of celebrities fighting over their millions – and even their pets – but are pre-nuptial agreements really necessary for us mere mortals? Is there any point in paying for one unless you have millions in the bank to protect? The truth is that in this day and age, many of us are “asset rich”. With increasing property prices and the average age for first time marriages going up, we may well find that we have more to protect financially than we think. More of us are having children before walking down the aisle, so it is not just our own interests we are looking after – can we really expect our spouse to provide for children from a previous relationship if the worst happens? Getting a pre-nuptial agreement drawn up requires time and the financial investment that goes along with this. They will therefore not be for everybody but if, for example, you own more than one property, have business interests, stand to inherit money or property from family, have significantly more assets than the person you are marrying, or are getting married for the second time, it is a worthwhile and sensible consideration.

The courts are increasingly giving decisive weight to pre-nuptial agreements, provided that certain conditions are met and also if the agreement is considered to be fair. This includes the proviso that both parties must have sought independent legal advice before making any agreement. So, in short, the court will uphold pre-nuptial agreements where such criteria have been met.

Myth 4 I’m already married, so it is too late for me to get a pre-nuptial agreement drawn up. Whilst we would generally recommend that prenuptial agreements are considered at least six months before your big day, it is possible to draft a pre-nuptial agreement after the big day – known as a post-nuptial agreement.

Myth 5 A pre-nuptial agreement is unromantic and not something you should bring up when planning a wedding. There are many enjoyable and romantic aspects of planning your wedding and then there are the more practical, yet equally important considerations – for example, wedding insurance and budgeting. We believe that pre-nuptial agreements are an equally important tick box in this practical to do list.

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No-one knows the happy couple more than their friends and family, so whether they follow the latest home style tends or prefer something quirky, our gift guide has something for everyone.


Shepard of Sweden rug, £110 at Jarrold

These carefree spirits may well ask for a charity donation rather than a gift, but there are still plenty of options if you can’t resist…

Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson beaded cushion, £22 at Debenhams

La Selva handmade bubble jug, £18 at John Lewis

Large flared storm lantern by LSA, £46 at The Wedding Shop Personalised boho wedding papercut, £55 at Not on the High Street

Croft Collection copper kettle, £40 at John Lewis

ADVENTURE If the bride and groom love nothing more than planning their next big trip, then these gifts will be right up their jet-setting street…

Habitat knot orange knitted square pouf, £95 at Prezola

Vintage world map block desk calendar, £9.95 at dotcomgiftshop

Bellagio spinner trolley by Brics, £475 at The Wedding Shop Ben De Lisi adventure cushion, £15 at Debenhams

GoPro Hero 4, £289 at John Lewis

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Adventurer travel map featuring over 300 adventures and must-do experiences around the globe which you scratch off as they’re completed, £25 at The Great Gift Company



Scion Snowdrop zigzag throw, £95 at Jarrold

Style is the word and urban is the look. Design-led pieces are sure to be appreciated, but don’t be afraid to have some fun too…

Wild & Wolf 746 1960s copper corded telephone, £64.95 at John Lewis

Ben De Lisi Venice side table £80, tripod lamp £30, mug £6, dog ornament £18, hello sign £18, cityscape bedding £45, cushions from £12, patchwork throw £80 at Debenhams

Large moustache personalised cork pin board, £25 at Not on the High Street

Star by Julien MacDonald cocktail shaker, £18 at Debenhams


Personalised items and heart-shaped gifts will go down a treat with couples who like to show their love for one another… Le Creuset cast iron heart casserole in cerise, £145 at John Lewis

Personalised heart initials cushion, £19.99 at Getting Personal

All you need is love wooden sign, £42 at The Great Gift Company

Porto stoneware heart plate, large £20, small £8 at The White Company

At home with Ashley Thomas red heart eight-cup cafetiere, £18 at Debenhams Black Toast Mr & Mrs two-cup teapot, £44.95 at Emma Bridgewater


Discerning couples are asking their guests to help them invest in a piece of art, so we’ve searched some local galleries to find a range of mediums and styles to pique your interest…

Trees at the Edge of the Sand - oil painting by Ruth Bunnewell, from £200 at The Gallery Norfolk

Deer Listening - oil on linen by Rachel Lockwood, £1,795 at Pinkfoot Gallery

Marshlands X-Winter Sun - oil on paper by Jane Human, £800 framed at Bircham Gallery

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Aimee & James GARNER

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Venue: Godwick Hall and Great Barn Photography: Peach and Jo Photography When James (nicknamed Joel) and Aimee decided to get married, the venue was an easy choice - James owns Godwick Hall! The couple worked hard to put their stamp on the wedding day, with a rustic, country style theme that featured lots of autumnal colours, rosemary and red berries, a trestle banquet, and even a vintage tractor ride to Godwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruins for some romantic pictures.

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“Both Aimee and myself were keen that we would have exactly the same experience as any other couple that gets married at Godwick, from using our wedding planner to staying in the bridal suite at Godwick Hall, where we live. It was important for me to know exactly what it was like to get married at Godwick and where we could do things better in the future. Of course, the actual day flies by and it’s a whirlwind, but I couldn’t fault it.”

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Bonnie & Toby DILLAWAY

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Venue: Piggy Back Barns Photography: Beth Moseley Photography There was plenty of fun to be had at Bonnie and Toby’s picnic wedding. Relaxed and informal was the aim for the day, with a red double decker bus to ferry everyone from the church to the venue, picnic blankets and baskets on the grass, a “most creative pocket square competition” for the groomsmen, and even a sports day!

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“The dress was nothing like I imagined. It was strapless and I hate my arms. It had beautiful lace and diamante detailing, but I didn’t want bling. It had a train, and I hadn’t wanted anything too long. But it was just perfect!”

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We recommendâ&#x20AC;Ś Venue: Piggy Back Barns, Dress: Pure Brides, Jewellery: Aurum, Cake: Buns of Fun, Flowers: La Belle Flowers, Food: Chihuahua Burritos, Entertainment: DJ Craig Hunter, Facebook: DJ Hunter Wedding Singer: Tommy Winn, Photography: Beth Moseley Photography, Hair: Emma Russell at Zany Boutique Hair Salon, Facebook: Zany Boutique Hair Salon Make-up: Claire Kingsmill, Beautician: Serenity by Hannah Bath Transport: Bus & Us,

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Anna & Olly SANDALL

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Venue: The Great Barn, Manor Mews Photography: Darina Stoda Photography Oliver and Anna’s country chic wedding was full of unique and personal touches that were a big hit with their guests. A “Pimp my Prosecco” table invited guests to customise their fizz after the ceremony, while a “Find your face, to find your place” game saw guests searching for their picture to discover their table number. The Mediterranean-inspired menu and a Greek yoghurt and lemon cake served with honey - made by Anna’s mum - was the perfect nod to the couple’s Greek engagement. A sparkler send-off was one of the couple’s favourite moments, and a magical way to mark the end of the night.

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“We had rehearsed a waltz to Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. Whoops of encouragement and lots of tears really made the moment special - Strictly Come Dancing eat your heart out!”

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We recommendâ&#x20AC;Ś Venue: The Great Barn, Manor Mews, Food: The Mobile Pizza Company, Entertainment: Leon Jax, Photography: Darina Stoda Photography, Videography: Re-live it Videography,, and Jack Sharp Media, Facebook: jacksharpmedia Hair: Hair by Ashleigh Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;keffe, Facebook: aohairdressing Make-up: Alicia Jade Make-up, Facebook: aliciajademakeup

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Amy & Matthew KING

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Venue: St Peter’s church, Dunton, followed by The Long Bar at Fakenham Racecourse Photography: AJ Feather Photography It was a rustic racecourse wedding for Matt and Amy, who wanted a laid back feel to their big day. Everyone got stuck in to the DIY approach under Amy’s watchful eye – it may have been relaxed, but it still had to be perfect! Beautiful hedgerow flowers adorned the tables, a hog roast kept everyone going, and the sweet table would do Willy Wonka proud!

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“Me and my mum did all the decorating. We had been buying bits for the last two years, nothing was outrageously expensive, just bits we thought would go picked up in charity shops, ebay and even borrowed.”

We recommend… Venue: St Peters Church, Dunton and The Long Bar at Fakenham Racecourse, Dress: Bridal Boutique King’s Lynn, Flowers: Bridget’s, Photography: AJ Feather Photography, Groomswear: Next,

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Whitney & Daniel CROW

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REAL WEDDINGS Venue: The Norfolk Mead Photography: Bigphatphotos

Whitney and Daniel wanted a regal, dreamy feel to their day, which they worked into every element, from Whitney’s white organza fairytale ruffle dress and the groomsmen’s tuxedos, to the beautiful avalanche and mentha roses and classic car. The photographer also managed to capture the feel, with romantic soft photography. Whitney’s top tip is to take time to understand your partner’s wishes and incorporate both ideas as much as possible.

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“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day. Our aim was for ourselves and our guests to be ‘drunk in love’ and we all were just that! So many smiles, laughter and happy tears.”

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We recommendâ&#x20AC;Ś Venue: The Norfolk Mead, Dress: Heart Brides, Jewellery: H Samuel, Cake: Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakes, Flowers: La Belle Flowers, Entertainment: pianist Alive Network, alivenetwork. com, evening The Collective, Photography: Bigphatphotos, Videography: Vision Videography, Hair: Carly Leveridge, Groomswear: Debenhams, Favours: Broadland Engraving, Transport: Anglian Wedding Cars, Eastons,

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Venue: King’s Lynn Registry Office Photography: Esther Wild Photography

It doesn’t get more intimate that Kim and Dean’s perfect day. With life getting in the way, they had been engaged for five years before finally starting the ball rolling just seven weeks before the big day. The result was a truly special and memorable occasion, celebrated with their two children, six-year-old bridesmaid Kendra and 11-year-old best man Billy, plus four of their closest friends as witnesses. They celebrated with their close group in several bars along the Riverside in King’s Lynn and enjoyed the annual Festival Too outside concert. Gabrielle was the headline act and the photographer secretly arranged for Gabrielle to sign a wedding card!

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our favourite part was the build up to the day, the planning was stress free and our two children were literally counting the seconds. We decided to all get ready together, this was so nice to do this as a family and our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faces will never be forgotten, they were so excited. We went home as a family and had our first dance in the living room with our two children - it was magic.â&#x20AC;?

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We recommend… Venue: King’s Lynn Registry Office Dress: Jarlo London, Flowers: Bridget’s, Food: Bank House Hotel, Photography: Esther Wild Photography, Hair: Bella Bea, Make-up: Charlene at Images, Groomswear: Zara Man,

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Shani & Craig MOYSES

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Venue: Hush Venues Photography: Megan Duffield Photograhy

The perfect woodland setting was enough to make Shani and Craig book their wedding in Norfolk, miles from their home in Hertfordshire. This was a true DIY wedding, with the couple taking their blank canvas and filling it with a light and airy marquee, bunting made by their own hands, picnic blankets, vintage espresso cups full of lemocello and selfcatered hamper boxes containing a number of exciting things from a local artisan bakers. A word of hind-sight wisdom from the couple: buy your bunting, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it!

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“The thing we enjoyed most was when we walked down the short path through the grass, the ferns, the foxgloves and the mighty pine trees to the field. The music started, the sun was shining and everyone was really enjoying themselves. We thought, today is gonna be a great day.”

We recommend… Venue: Hush Venues, Dress: Glory Days Vintage, Food: Pye Baker, Entertainment: Jamie Parr, Facebook: Teen Scene Club Photography: Megan Duffield Photography, Flowers: Tracy’s Flowers, Facebook: Tracys Flowers

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Kelly & Ben SOFTLEY

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Venue: Somerleyton Hall Photography: Tatum Reid Photography Kelly and Ben’s wedding was truly elegant. Somerleyton Hall provided the perfect backdrop as guests were welcomed by the bride and groom through the wisteria archway, followed by Prosecco and canapés on the lawn. Their grey and mustard yellow colour theme added a classic feel to the day but with bright splashes – check out the groom’s cheeky yellow bow tie. A slightly blustery drive to the reception, speeches that had everyone in fits of laughter and a sparkler surprise added some fun to the day.

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“I had always wanted to use my dad’s Morgan sports car to travel to and from the wedding, but once I chose my dress we had the predicament of whether I would actually fit in it with my dress on. So two days before the wedding we banished the men from the house so I could see if I could fit in the car. Needless to say, it was a tight squeeze, but we did it!”

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We recommendâ&#x20AC;Ś Venue: Somerleyton Hall, Dress: Mia Sposa, Brides shoes: Russell & Bromley, Cake: Amandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cake Corner, Flowers: New Beginnings Florist, Entertainment: Jimmy Lee Entertainment, Photography: Tatum Reid Photography, Videography: Loved Up Films, Hair: The Egg Salon, Make-up: Beauty by Laura, Lavenham Groomswear: Next, Favours: Etsy, and Aldi,

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Nadine & Andrew BUNN

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Venue: Waxham Barn Photography: JMA Photography

Nadine and Andrew had a double whammy of organising, as just two weeks after they got engaged they also discovered that Nadine was pregnant! Once the initial shock had worn off, they decided to stick with the original plan to get married, with a baby who would be just under a year old. Luckily, Andrew runs an event hire company, so once theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d found their blank canvas at Waxham Great Barn he was able to go to town. The couple worked their love of travel into the theme, with tables named after countries they have visited and wedding favours consisting of a small jar with a drink in it relevant to that country - South Africa had a shot of Sambuca, which apparently may have had something to do with the arrival of their wonderful son!

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got planning straight away and aimed to get everything booked in before the baby arrived. I started a Pinterest board where my bridesmaids and friends could also post ideas and we could share inspiration. I really loved this part of the planning and getting my friends involved got me excited and made it more personal.â&#x20AC;?

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Packages starting from


The Barn and

Knights Hill Hotel & Spa Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lynn

Tel: 01553 675566 Email:

We recommendâ&#x20AC;Ś Venue: Waxham Great Barn, Dress: La Crème, Rings: W.R Bullen, Cake: Dust with Cocoa, Flowers: Swaffham and Fakenham Florist, Food: Tony Hall, Champagne and Wine: Lee & Sandeman, Catering equipment & furniture hire: The Banqueting Hire Service, Entertainment: Midnight Soul Band, Staging, marquees, power and sound equipment: Ideal Event Services, Illuminated signs, dancefloor, bar, festoon & uplighting: Vintage Wedding Hire, Decorations: Vintage Wedding Hire, and The Little Lending Co, Photography: JMA Photography, Videography: Capture Media, Photobooth: Junk in Love, Facebook: junk-in-love Hair: Laura Hughes, Make-up: Robyn Lowe, Groomswear: Hugo Boss at Hatters, Wedding stationery: Wonderful Wonky Weddings, Facebook: Wonderful Wonky Weddings Transport: Station Campers, Facebook: Station Campers

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Megan & Carl PARTRIDGE

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Venue: Fishley Hall Photography: Tim Stephenson Photography

Brought up in the countryside, Megan knew that she wanted to bring that into the day, with lots of flowers, trees (her stepfather cut down his best tree for the wedding arch) and handmade elements. From that starting point and considering the beautiful location at Fishley Hall, Megan and Carl began a mood board on Pinterest and it grew organically from there. The day was exactly how they planned â&#x20AC;&#x201C; laid back and relaxed, filled with smiles and laughter.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wore a beautifully embellished backless dress by the British brand Needle and Thread. I wanted a dress that had movement and that I would be comfortable enough to dance the night away in. The embellishment is just stunning and the skirt is made of floaty tulle, which is soft and romantic. I felt the dress was made for me and I will treasure it forever.â&#x20AC;?

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Venue: Fishley Hall, Dress: Needle and Thread, Groomswear: Paul Smith, Photography: Tim Stephenson Photography, Flowers: Sweet Briar Wholesaler Flowers, Food: The Humble Pie Company, and Banqueting Hire Service,

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Laura & Eric MARTIN

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Venue: Norwich Castle Registry Office Photography: Katherine Mager Photography

Laura and Eric’s secret wedding was a perfect reflection of their minimalist style. It was a very small affair, attended by just their three-year old daughter Nina and Laura’s mum and stepdad. Married at Norwich Castle, the couple then went on a historic walk through the Norwich streets with their photographer to get some fantastic shots to send to Eric’s family in Mexico. Lunch was at Benedicts Restaurant, before changing and heading out in the evening on their own for a ‘date night’ pizza at Brick and a trip to the cinema!

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“I wanted to wear a skirt and top. The jumper was knitted by my mum using beautifully soft merino wool and the skirt is dupion silk and was made by Love Couture in Norwich. The clothes were the most beautiful things I have ever worn. It was a sunny day in April when we got married, but really quite chilly – but I was kept lovely and snug in my wedding knitwear!”

We recommend… Venue: Norwich Castle Register Office Accommodation: 3 Princes, Skirt: Love Couture, Food: Benedicts Restaurant, Photography: Katherine Mager Photography,

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Heather & Walter DAGRACA

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REAL WEDDINGS Venue: Cley Windmill followed by Back to the Garden Photography: Chris Taylor Photography

An intimate windmill ceremony, a romantic walk on the beach, a delicious three-course seasonal meal and a barn dance to finish the day off with a bit of fun – sounds perfect! Heather loved planning hers and Walter’s big day, from designing the invites to decorating jam jars to fit with the rustic country theme. Walter’s favourite moment? The Porsche Panamera of course!

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“I mentioned to a friend that we wanted a small wedding and she suggested that we have a look at Cley Windmill. It sounded perfect and we fell in love with it straight away. It was so much fun; my mum came with us to view it and she was climbing up all the stairs and ladders having a good look around.”

We recommend… Venue: Cley Windmill, and Back to the Garden, Dress: Pure Brides, Jewellery: Simply Pearls, Flowers: Pick-a-Lily, Entertainment: The Hosepipe Band, Decorations: bunting hired from Me and Mr Jones, Photography: Chris Taylor Photography, Hair: Hair by Laura Hughes, Make-up: Love Moi Makeup, Groomswear: Slaters, Transport: AMT Vehicle Rental,

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Venue: Timbers Photography: Elizabeth Young Photography

A pink and white palette set off Michelle and Stuart’s country themed wedding perfectly – nothing too fancy, just classy and elegant. It was a great excuse for Michelle to do lots of shopping, and everything turned out exactly how she planned. She does have one piece of advice however don’t get ready with your child!

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“Me and mum don’t agree on anything, but I wanted her there when I chose my dress. She saw this dress in a book at the shop, but I thought it was too plain and I didn’t like the satin material. Then, after trying 20 more dresses on, the lady in the shop said I should try it as it would suit my figure. So I did, in a mood, but as soon as I put it on I absolutely loved everything about it. For once, me and mum agreed.”

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We recommendâ&#x20AC;Ś Venue: Timbers, Dress: Fancy Frox, Jewellery: Ernest Jones, Cake: Tracy Harrison, Flowers: Corinne Turner Floristry, Photography: Elizabeth Young Photography, Videography: Walpole and Howson, Hair and make-up: The Cutting & Beauty Rooms, Facebook: The Cutting & Beauty Rooms Groomswear: Debonair Hire, Wedding stationery: Cherished Lace, Transport: Classic Wedding Cars, 136 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides


Louise & Robert LONG

Venue: Elms Barn Photography: Katherine Ashdown Photography

Louise’s vision was of an English country garden wedding with a rustic and romantic feel. The venue suited everything she wanted - the gardens, the outdoor ceremony, the flowers all fitted perfectly with her chalkboard signs, shepherd’s crooks and ladder decorations. The couple managed to sneak off for some romantic golden hour photos in the field – made all the more entertaining by the groom being a bit tipsy and the bride’s heels sinking in the mud. The result is some fantastic photos capturing their laughter as well as their love.

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“I was 25 minutes late for the ceremony (oops), but time really does go quick, you don’t realise if you are running behind schedule! When I got out of the car my daughter Ivy shouted ‘mummy’ and ran to give me a cuddle. This was one of my favourite moments of the day.”

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We recommendâ&#x20AC;Ś Venue: Elms Barn, Photographer: Katherine Ashdown Photography, Videographer: Browns Films, Selfie booth: Your Selfie, Hair: Tanya Woollacott, Facebook: Tanya Woollacot Hair Stylist Bridesmaid dresses: Elioseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret Closet, Food: Smallfry, Singer: Laurence Brooks, Harpist: UK Harpists, Decorations: La Belle Amour, and The Little Lending Co,

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Venue: Narborough Hall Photography: Matt Keal Photography

Jade and Will wanted a stress-free wedding, and achieved it by putting much of their big day in the hands of the wedding planner at Narborough Hall and creative styling by La Belle Amour. The venue dictated the rustic and shabby chic theme and the couple knew it was the right place as soon as they saw it. Their ceremony took place down by the river and despite a forecast of thunderstorms and rain, the sun came out for an hour during the ceremony before the heavens opened.

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“It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s just amazing having all your favourite people in one place to celebrate together. As the years go on life seems to get busier and busier, especially having two kids, so getting friends together is always tricky and usually requires an Excel spreadsheet! Seeing everyone have a great time at our wedding was brilliant. ”

We recommend… Venue: Narborough Hall, Dress: Pure Brides, Jewellery: Winsor Bishop, Cake: Gourmet Donuts, Flowers: Narborough Hall and Elizabeths the Florist, Decorations: La Belle Amour, Photography: Matt Keal, Videography: Vintage Video, Make-up: Paris Cressey, Christian Dior in Jarrold, Groomswear: Burberry London, Favours: Christian Dior, and Moet, Wedding stationery: Pointer Design, 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 143


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Fayrouze & JEPPS Richard

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Venue: Holkham Hall Photography: James Rouse Photography

Fayrouze admits sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much of a delegator and loved planning hers and Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big day. A lot of effort was taken to find those little details, trawling Etsy for the soap wedding favours and invites. There was no theme as such, just a collection of mismatched things that Fayrouze loved and worked into the day, from a geometric wall hanging with copper pipes, a tie-dye table cloth on the drinks station, gold brush table numbers and glass jars of flowers.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favourite part of the planning was choosing the flowers. I had a long appointment with Jo from Constance Rose in her kitchen where we drank tea and looked at how all of the flowers would work together.â&#x20AC;?

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We recommend… Venue: Holkham Hall, Dress: Catrinas Bridalwear, Jewellery: SilverJewellery on Etsy Cake: Kitty’s Cakes, Flowers: Constance Rose, Food: Purple Plum Catering, Entertainment: Jay Marsh, Decorations: Lou Lou Loves, and The Tack Room, Photography: James Rouse Photography, Hair: Elly’s Booty Bootique, Groomswear: Moss, Favours: RusticJoySoap on Etsy Wedding stationery: AllyVaughanDesign on Etsy

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Andréa & Jonathan BIRD

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Venue: College Farm Photography: Gina Manning Photography Andrea and Jonathan wanted their wedding to have a relaxed and bohemian vibe that celebrated their joint love of the outdoors. The duo ceremony option at College Farm in Thompson was ideal. The ceremony took place outside, with guests sitting on straw bales under a massive tree and a grass aisle between two pingos - shallow ponds formed during the last ice age. Everything had the personal touch, from the 1,000 paper swans made from left over wrapping paper and card, a stationery illustration drawn by Andréa’s mum and wine from French vineyards that use to be owned by Andrea’s family. There were also three cakes to represent England as well as Andrea’s Norwegian and French roots! 150 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides

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REAL WEDDINGS “We decided to grow all the flowers ourselves on our allotment. Despite planting the flowers in succession we were quite worried when a month before the wedding we still only had 50sqm of green stalks. Luckily, they all decided to bloom the week of our wedding and we had beautiful cornflowers and wild country flowers everywhere – so many in fact that we had to give loads away.”

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We recommend… Venue: College Farm, Dress: The Tailor’s Cat, Groom’s suit: John Lewis, Usher suits: Topman, Wedding rings: Ernest Jones, Food: The Proper Pizza Company, China and glasswear: Norfolk China Hire, Decorations: paper lanterns – IKEA, and tipi ribbons Flying Tiger, Photography: Gina Manning Photography, Hair: Reeds, Make-up: Clarin’s Skin Spa, Cambridge, Tipi and bell tent: Magical Camping, 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 153


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butterflies Taking inspiration from the stunning wedding venue, Voewood in North Norfolk, this inspirational wedding shoot perfectly complements the surrounds of the unique location. Designed by Edward Schroeder Prior, the house is configured in the shape of a butterfly, filled with all manner of curiosities and paintings within. The delicate nature of butterflies inspired the materials used, with transparency forming a key detail across both the stylings of the shoot and the photographic approach. A pretty palette of dusty pink, pistachio and old rose mixed with vintage peach, grey scales and black to add an edge to the overall tone.

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Dress Malene Oddershede Bach Shoes ASOS, Ear Jacket Earring Ring Bracelet

Photography: Marion Heurteboust, Venue: Voewood, Concept, Production and Styling: Knot & Pop, Flowers: Jo Flowers, Hair & Make-up: Gemma Sutton, Female model: Sigita Nedzvecka Caterer: Purple Plum, Stationery: Lamplighter London, Cake: Nevie Cake Pie, Cookies: Wildflower Cakes, Florist Ribbon: Film: Film Developed by Carmencita Film Lab, 158 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides

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Unique Norfolk Venues

A selection of privately owned luxury venues in Norfolk 01485 500292 - -


MIDNIGHT luxe Dark, moody and full of casual opulence. Go for a rich palette of grey, aubergine, deep red and black. Brass and copper were used on the tabletop and within the hanging geometric backdrop and brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessories to add a little shine. The cake and stationery beautifully used watercolor effects to keep things looking luxe. A mix of flowers from burgundy hydrangea to black barracca roses, dusky pink orchids and white anemone set the tone with large statement designs.

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MIDNIGHT luxe team

Photography: DK Photography, Venue: Unique Norfolk Venues, Sedgedford Hall, Styling and Props: The Little Lending Co, Florists: Swaffham and Fakenham Florists, Make-up: Paula Daynes, Hair: Chloe Khalil Male model: Laurence Kite Female model: Anna Konstantynowicz Cake: Amelieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, Stationery: Natasha Linskill Design Studio Crockery, cutlery and linen: CMA Hire, Macaroons: Nelsons Cottage Bakery, Bridal Dresses: Treasures the Bridal Shop, Bridal Accessories: Tilly Thomas Lux, Male suit: Goddards, Silk ribbon: Belle Bois 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 163


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DAISY daisy Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage, I can’t afford a carriage. But you’ll look sweet, Upon the seat, Of a bicycle made for two. Taking inspiration (but with a twist) from the words of this classic nursery rhyme, we wanted to show that you can have a “stylish marriage” on a shoe string. We mixed high street and vintage clothing with incredible flowers, props and location to create a free, easy and creative vibe without needing a dowry!

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Him: dusty pink suit and white shirt by Topman; white bow tie from Lulu Vintage Clothing

Her: Victoriana white seersucker dress by Laura Ashley and waxed flower head piece, both from Lulu Vintage Clothing

Silk flower head piece, shell purse, chunky heel sandals and diamantĂŠ bracelet all from Lulu Vintage Clothing; peach jacket and high-waisted, widelegged cream trousers by H&M; layer detail flower top by Topshop

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Silk and lace dress by Ghost; waxed flower head piece from Lulu Vintage Clothing


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Grey suit jacket, black and white tie, round collar white shirt and black jeans all by Topman; pork pie hat stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own

Set just outside Ipswich in the heart of Constable country. This 77 bedroom property has the lovely Wolsey Suite with its beautiful glass surround overlooking the idyllic Victorian walled garden. We can accommodate a party from 20 to 400 guests and we are licensed for civil ceremonies.

We offer fixed and bespoke packages. For more details please email our Events team

Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich, IP8 3JD 01493 209988

Planning your wedding drinks? Enjoy a fun and interesting tasting to help you make the perfect choice... With an extensive range of beers, spirits and wines, the Adnams team can help you find the exact celebratory drinks you are looking for. All drink can be bought on a ‘sale or return’ basis, and we’ll deliver it for you too. Pop in and meet the team at...


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Book Our Stunning New Function Room The Wherry Hotel is an iconic landmark hotel built in the Victorian era. Full of character and splendor on the bank of Oulton Broad, our venue will make your special day perfect and all your wedding dreams come true.

Contact our Wedding & Function Coordinator on or 01502 516845

t: 07713436174 e: w: For all your decoration needs, we will ensure to transform your venue for your big day. From chair covers and centrepieces to candy ďŹ&#x201A;oss and bouncy castles we will ensure your dream wedding comes true.

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DAISY daisy team

Her: silk and lace dress by Ghost; waxed flower head piece from Lulu Vintage Clothing

Flowers: Bramble and Berry Florist, Make-up: Melissa Abel, Hair: Tracey Ward, Models: Sandra Reynolds Agency, Location: Keeper and the Dell, Stylist: Susie Lloyd @ Sandra Reynolds, Stylist assistant: Emma Blake Photography: Emma Chapman Photography,

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Steve Cox and Antonella Medgett from local independent travel company Premier Travel, take us around the world with their top honeymoon destination picks…

Guest Authors

Steve Cox and Antonella Medgett

FAR EAST: Thailand When it comes to couples looking for a long haul honeymoon, there is nowhere better than Thailand. It is one of our most popular honeymoon destinations, as people can combine lifelong experiences with a stay at a secluded romantic retreat. Thailand has something for everyone; ornate temples, stunning mountain scenery, buzzing nightlife and glorious beaches. WHEN TO GO: The climate varies throughout the country and from coast to coast, so Thailand is a yearround destination. However, the best time is the cool, dry season between November and early April. THINGS TO DO: Phuket and Koh Samui are idyllic islands with white sands and turquoise waters. Visiting Thailand in November is particularly magical because it’s when Loy Krathong – one of the country’s most important holidays – takes place. This festival of lights 172 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides

involves any large body of water being illuminated with thousands of lights. WHERE TO STAY: A memorable experience for honeymooners includes Elephant Hills, a luxury tented camp on the edge of Khao Sok National Park where guests can prepare and feed the elephants, before scrubbing them clean and watching them play. The experience also includes a stay at the stunning overwater camp at Cheow Lam Lake.


EUROPE: Sicily Head to Sicily for a honeymoon that combines beautiful beaches to the north of the island with historical architecture to the south. WHEN TO GO: July and August in Sicily is hot; visiting from April to early June, and September to October, the temperatures remain warm but are more pleasant. However, some attractions are closed in April and October. THINGS TO DO: Highlights include Taormina, with its sleepy side streets offering a range of small shops and independent stalls selling jewellery made from Mount Etna’s volcanic rock. Valley of the Temples is an archaeological site now protected by UNESCO and worth spending a day. And, of course, the iconic Mount Etna is one of Sicily’s most popular attractions and accessible on tours and excursions.

WHERE TO STAY: San Domenico Palace Hotel is incredibly romantic. It is Renaissance inspired, oozes elegance, and is just 1km from the ancient theatre of Taormina. Facilities include an outdoor pool, beauty salon and spa – there’s nothing better than a bit of pampering on your honeymoon!

AUSTRALIA: Queensland One of the most romantic areas of Australia is Queensland, in particular the Whitsunday and Queensland Islands. Encompassing clear blue water, white powdery beaches and coral reefs, these islands are some of the most idyllic in the world. And its proximity to the famous Great Barrier Reef is another highlight. WHEN TO GO: Although a year-round destination, the ideal time to visit this part of Australia is the dry season, between June and October. THINGS TO DO: There are many activities on offer in this area. Honeymooners should consider a Whitehaven Beach Cruise, a Camira sailing day trip from Airlie Beach where visitors travel on one of the world’s fastest sailing catamarans to Whitehaven Beach and secluded

bays. Couples will also enjoy the Great Barrier Reef adventure, including lunch and travel to the reef, with the opportunity to snorkel. WHERE TO STAY: The Qualia on Hamilton Island is ideal for honeymooners. This stunning luxury escape lies in a secluded location surrounded by the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef. Couples can lounge in the sunshine on their own private sun deck, plunge into the infinityedged swimming pools or recharge themselves with a pampering treatment at the spa. 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides 173

CARIBBEAN: St Lucia The islands of the Caribbean are magnificent with their own personalities, but for a truly romantic getaway full of natural wonders, head to St Lucia.

To book a honeymoon to any of these destinations, visit the Premier Travel branches in Norwich’s Bedford Street and Reepham Road, Swaffham, Dereham or Wymondham, or

WHEN TO GO: The best time to go to St Lucia is mid-December to May, when the weather is drier and less humid, although with its tropical climate it is a year-round destination. THINGS TO DO: Couples should explore the exotic markets of bustling Castries, the hidden coves to the north of the island and the majestic Piton Mountains in the south. St Lucia has plenty of attractive beaches and the island’s volcanic nature means some are darker in colour than the classic Caribbean white sands. Ideal activities include snorkelling and diving in the reefs of Anse Cochon and Anse Chastanet, while beyond the beach there are two golf courses, cycle trails and zipwire rides in the rainforest – who says a honeymoon has to be relaxing? WHERE TO STAY: For honeymooners seeking a great value all-inclusive Caribbean getaway, the St James Club Morgan Bay resort is hidden away on its own sandy cove in the north west of the island.

Premier Travel also offers a honeymoon gift service where guests can contribute towards your dream wedding.

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directory Sprowston Manor Mariott Hotel & Country Club Tel: 01603 410871 Adnams Norwich Tel: 01603 613243 109 Unthank Rd, Norwich NR2 2PE

The Bottom Drawer Bridal Tel: 01553 773667 3 High St, King’s Lynn PE30 1BX Tim Stephenson Photography Tel: 01603 389388

AG Boutique

Dust With Cocoa

J’s Cars

Amanda Steed Make-up

Easton’s Vintage Coach

Jaycee Brown Classical Musician

Ambers Rose

Edible Elegance

Jessica Elisze Photography

Applewood Hall

Elms Barn

Joshua Patrick Photography

Best Western Brome Grange Hotel

Esther Wild Photography

Katherine Mager Photography


Fairytale Gowns

Katieanne Photography

Bounce Back Castles

Fakenham Racecourse

Kevin Dixon Photography

Catrina’s Bridalwear

Finishing Touches

La Crème Brides

Christope’s Crepes

Fishley Hall

Liz Bishop Photography

Claridge’s Wedding Cars

Frog & Pencil

Lock and Corson Photography

Constance Rose

Gentleman Photographer

Lou Lou Loves Vintage Hire

D&H Entertainment

Hannah Norman - Mezzo Soprano

Maisie May Bridal

Dazed Photography

Harp & Harmony

Mark Ewels Photography

Devine Designs by Natasha

Hengrave Hall

Me and Mr Jones

DJ Paul Allen

Holkham Hall

Mount Amelia

Don’t Tell The Groom FB: Don’t Tell The Groom

Ipswich Hotel

Narborough Hall

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DIRECTORY Natalie Miller Photography

Select Cakes

The Jewellery Room

Norfolk Toastmaster John Driscoll

Silverline Limousines

The Little Horse Box

Norwich Wedding Videos

Somerleyton Hall

The Reading Room

Oliver & J

Special Delivery Accessories

The Red Barn

Oxnead Hall

St Giles House

The Wedding Party Shop

Piggyback Barns

Steeles Law

The Wedding Story Tellers

Prestige Events & Weddings FB: Prestige Events and Weddings

Stradsett Hall

Tim Stephenson Photography

Prima Donna Bridal

Sweeties Candy Buffet

Timbers Country Lodge

Priory Hotel

The Banqueting Hire Service

Timeless Florals

Reeverberate String Quartet

The Bayfield Estate


RLA Wedding Designs

The Bottom Drawer Bridal

Ruth Elizabeth Events

The Farmer and the Florist

Wensum Valley Hotel, Golf & Country Club

Sassa’s Cakes

The Fox & Goose Catering

Sedgeford Hall

The Great Barn at Hales Hall

Sedgeford Hall

The Great Barn at Manor Mews

Registration OFFICES

Should you choose to get married in one of the Registration offices in Norfolk, here you will find the details Alternatively, please visit for details and registration. To call any of the following offices, the number is 0344 800 8020.

Dereham Registration Office Breckland Business Centre, St Withburga Lane, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1FD Diss Registration Office Council Offices, Market Hill, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ Downham Market Registration Office 15 Paradise Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9HS Earlham Library Registration Office Earlham Library, Colman Road Norwich, NR4 7HG Fakenham Registration Office Fakenham Connect, Oak Street, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9SR

Wherry Hotel Xenia Horne Harpist

Great Yarmouth Registration Office The Library, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2SH King’s Lynn Registration Office The Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ North Walsham Registration Office 18 King’s Arms Street, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9JX Norwich Registration Office Norwich Castle, Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU Thetford Registration Office King’s House, King Street, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2AP Registration office data gathered from norfolk. and correct at the time of printing.

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IMAGE: James Rouse Photography


ultimate PLAYLIST


James A rthur Say You Won't Let Go

Music plays a massive part in all weddings. DJ Paul Allen has some ideas to keep the party grooving…

Guest Author Paul Allen

TOP 10 SONGS GUARANTEED TO GET YOUR GUESTS DANCING 1 Pharell Williams – Happy 2 Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk 3 The Killers – Mr Brightside 4 Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire 5 Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody 6 Bon Jovi – Living On A Prayer 7 Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling 8 Bryan Adams – Summer Of ‘69 9 Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ 10 Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now 178 2016/17 | Norfolk Brides

FIRST DANCE This is perhaps the hardest one to choose. Pick a track that means something to you as a couple. It doesn’t have to be slow, a slightly faster track can still have the same impact. Also think outside of the box. I recently played a music video that was made to replace their first dance; it showed very different journeys through life right up until their wedding day, and it was one of the most touching moments I have ever witnessed. It is your first dance as a married couple and it’s your choice! MUSIC TO CUT YOUR CAKE TO Why do this in silence when a carefully selected piece of music can add a whole new dimension to the proceedings. THE LAST TRACK OF THE NIGHT Slow or fast, pick something that gives not only you but your guests that magical feeling as the night draws to a close. I have played everything this year, from “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, to Pendulum’s “Propane Nightmares”. Maybe choose a track that didn’t quite reach first dance status, or even the first track you heard as a couple - the options are endless. TOP 5 FIRST DANCE SONGS

1 Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud 2 John Legend – All Of Me 3 Mary J Blige – The One 4 Christina Perri – A Thousand Years 5 Etta James – At Last

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