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BHS £100 suit Ivory Viola bodice £20, Cressida A-line skirt £50, Kiera shoes £30

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BHS Wedding Alicia Dress £120, Sophia Dress from £65

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DEBENHAMS Ivory lace fiord bandeau bridal dress ÂŁ250.00

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DEBENHAMS BDL by De Lisi Lace and fiord bandeau dress £250. Lace cover up £100

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WALKING THE WALK Your search for the perfect pair of bridal shoes ends here. Just Weddings collection includes the latest styles of bridal shoes.

RAINBOW COLLETION Hattie ivorysilk satin bridal shoes ÂŁ75.00 stockists nationwide and available for hand dying. Sizes 3-8 inc half sizes

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shoes RAINBOW COLLETION Heather silk satin bridal shoe in lavender from the Round toe Mary Jane with pleating and oval crystal buckle £65.00 Stockist line 01392 207 040

DAPHNE Silk satin bridal shoe in gold from the Rainbow collection Ankle strap with crystal beading £70

HEATHER SILK SATIN bridal shoe in lavender from the Rainbow colletion Round toe Mary Jane with pleating and oval crystal buckle £65.00

CARLU SILK SATIN bridal shoe in wine red from the Rainbow Couture Collection A two piece shoe with vintage style trim £105.00.

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DEBENHAMS Embellished all over star dress from ÂŁ55

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DEBENHAMS Plackett detail cardigan from £16, Butterfly bag £8, Butterfly dress from £28, Strappy dress from £45 Jewelled t-bar shoe £22, Beaded clasp bag £12

DEBENHAMS Gold waistcoat, cravat and shirt set from £20, Black formal trouser from £15

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Paradise Almond Resorts is the premier all-inclusive resort of the Caribbean for groups, destination weddings, couples, families and singles


lmond Resorts has introduced its new ‘Weddings in Paradise’ package across all five properties on Barbados and St Lucia for 2009. The ‘Weddings in Paradise’ offers clients a FREE wedding package, inclusive of all Government and Registrar fees for bookings of seven nights stays in a deluxe room grade. This complimentary package includes flowers for the bride and groom, a decorated garden at a historical landmark or Oceanside wedding site, the wedding cake and champagne. Almond Resorts’ free ‘Wedding in Heaven’ package is still available for bookings of 10 night stays or higher in a deluxe or higher category room. The ‘Wedding in Heaven’ package includes the wedding cake, champagne, decorated wedding site, a special celebration dinner for two, manicures for the bride and groom, flowers for the bride and groom, a wedding morning breakfast in bed, as well as payment of government fees. Guests wanting to upgrade and personalise their free wedding package can do so by booking some extra touches at an added cost which can be

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pre-booked together with the wedding package. These include a gospel choir, a steel pan band, a private beach barbeque for friends and family, an exclusive romantic dinner for two on the beach to celebrate their special day or even spa packages. Couples celebrating their honeymoon receive a room upgrade, massage, manicure or pedicure, a bottle of champagne, a celebration dinner and many other added extras.

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The ‘Wedding in Heaven’ package includes the wedding cake, champagne, decorated wedding site, a special celebration dinner for two, manicures for the bride and groom, flowers for the bride and groom, Almond Resorts offers free packages to couples wanting to get married, renew their vows or spend their honeymoon at the hotels, for couples who spend at least seven or ten nights in a deluxe room. Otherwise a £399 wedding package fee applies.

New Honeymoon Package at Almond Resorts

Almond Resorts has just introduced its Enchanted Honeymoon package for newlyweds across its five properties in Barbados and St Lucia. For guests staying a minimum of seven nights, this complimentary package includes champagne, welcome fruit and flower baskets, a room upgrade, celebration dinner for two, scented candles and a couples massage treatment at the on-site spas. Couples can have these romantic treatments in the privacy of their own treatment room within the hotels’ spas or alternatively receive them outside in the Caribbean heat under the hotels’ outdoor gazebos which are located just back from the beach overlooking the sea at several of the resorts.

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TRIUMPH "Eternal Feelings" Bra £26, G-string £15, Suspender £24, Garter £5 Stockists Tel: 01451 820538




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fashion WICKED TICKLES Black Leather Corset with Straps £299.99. Available online at www.wickedtickles.co.uk

VALISERE "Notte Venetian Bra £59 G-string £29 Suspender £39 WICKED TICKLES Vintage Style Satin Corset £359. Available online at www.wickedtickles.co.uk TRIUMPH " Bra £29, Suspenders £22, G-string £11

MARKS & SPENCER Animal print brown satin gown £9.50, Bra £18

Brocade Overbust Corset £125. Available online at www.wickedtickles.co.uk PRIMARK Aqua seersucker bra £5.00 worn with matching thong £2.50

PRIMARK Peach chiffon frill bra £5.00 with matching thong £2.50 suspenders £3.00

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Surrounded by beautifully manicured grounds, in the heart of the Kent countryside, sits the elegant country house hotel, Eastwell Manor. Being situated just outside Canterbury en route to Ashford, the 132 Just Weddings

hotel is easily accessible with excellent connections both to London and the coast. The Manor is the perfect venue for those who want to spend their special day in elegant and stunning surroundings. Just Weddings 133

The hotel has several private dining rooms and there is also the award winning Manor Restaurant which is a beautiful wood-panelled room. As the venue is registered for civil ceremonies, it is possible to have both the ceremony and reception in the same place. The dedicated and professional wedding co-ordinators are on hand to arrange your day, ensuring it runs smoothly. The Manor offers a choice of bridal and guest accommodation with 23 tastefully decorated en suite bedrooms and suites, many with four poster beds, in the main hotel. The luxury one, two or

which was constructed primarily for the use of

three bedroom Mews Cottages have been converted from the original Victorian stables and

hotel guests. The Pavilion Spa provides some of the finest spa facilities in the country which

are ideal for groups of family and friends. For

include a 20 metre indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and large hydrotherapy pool. For those in need of pampering before or after the event, ‘Dreams’ Beauty Salon offers a full

wedding parties with guests exceeding 120, the hotel can arrange for a marquee to be erected in the wonderful grounds. For those who wish to extend their wedding celebrations, Eastwell Manor also has The Pavilion Spa and the ‘Eastwell 9’ Golf Course. The golf course is a 2132 yard par 32 course

range of beauty treatments and therapies. All these facilities provide the guest with the opportunity to relax and unwind either before or after the big event.

For further details visit www.eastwellmanor.co.uk or call 01233 213000

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EASTWELL MANOR Hotel and Spa – Kent’s Hotel of the Year AA

A Special Day – A Special Place Eastwell Manor is the perfect venue to host the perfect Wedding Day. Enjoy both the ceremony and the reception in one stunning setting. An English country house wedding is impossible to beat and impossible to forget. Licensed for Civil Marriage ceremonies within three of our beautiful oak panelled rooms and in our secret garden gazebo. For further information on Weddings, please contact our Special Events Manager, Oriel Stratford on 01233 213025 or events@eastwellmanor.co.uk Eastwell Manor, Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR Tel: 01233 213000 Fax: 01233 635530 www.eastwellmanor.co.uk email: enquiries@eastwellmanor.co.uk Pavilion Leisure Spa: 01233 213100 ‘Dreams’ Beauty Salon: 01233 213111

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Nicola and Barry sat down and decided that with the New Year, they wanted to take the next logical step and get married. And so they did, with all the homely comforts of Nicola’s childhood home. She wore‌ Nicola wore an empire line dress by Ian Stuart which gathered in at the waist, and had a huge drape of fabric at the front. Nicola was accompanied by four adult bridesmaids who chose to match in pairs with dresses of deep emerald green. The two flower girls were dressed in pretty girl dresses.

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T ip s fo r e B r id e s - T o - B

All photography © Dave Cosens, Photogenic images 2009

Nicola recommends that to truly enjoy your day, you need to delegate the load of organisation to others and refrain from trying to do it all yourself. Nicola’s mum helped a great deal with arranging the day and Nicola was able to focus on the photographer and the dresses.

He wore…

Barry’s suit was of a monumental flocked velvet frock coat in black, whilst the other men wore black tails. His two nephews aged two and four were page boys.

The Ceremony…

The couple decided that they wanted to have a homely back-garden wedding and so licensed

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Nicola’s parents’ garden for the day. “We had the ceremony under a gazebo and the reception in a marquee, so the celebration was very relaxed in the home that I grew up in.”

The celebrations…

The wedding party enjoyed a hog roast for the main course accompanied with salad and potatoes and had for dessert a chocolate fountain. During dinner, a harpist played gently in the background. Later on, the festivities continued with a disco and some good wholesome entertainment with an Elvis impersonator. Then the celebrations proceeded with a BBQ and the party advanced well into the early hours.

Personal touches…

Accompanying the familial setting was a host of personal features to Nicola and Barry’s wedding, which aided greatly in making the day extra special. Nicola’s Auntie made all of the

table decorations which consisted of hurricane candles sitting on a mirror, adorned with sparkles. The favours were made by a friend as a wedding gift, and the wedding cake was baked by a friends’ mother.

The Honeymoon…

As Nicola was pregnant at the time of their marriage, they decided to take a postponed honeymoon to Egypt for two weeks, a year later, with their new son.

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In Perfect


Words Colette Lilford Photography Dave Burlison

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Tips fo r e B rid es-to-b

All Photography by Dave Burlison, © BURLISON Photography 2009

How it all began… After being together for almost 13 years, Jon and Nicki were holidaying on the river Nile, when over a breakfast served by Jon, he produced a beautiful platinum ring and proposed. The Wedding… Both the ceremony and reception were held at

Nicki recommends that it is essential to stick to your guns because if you get too many opinions in the mix, it won’t be your own. You have to be adamant what you want and be selfish because it is your day.

Highclere Castle in Berkshire. Jon wanted to get married in a castle, and the explorers who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb used to reside at the estate, so there was a close link with Egypt. As a backdrop to the wedding they had an amazing saloon with a minstrel’s gallery. “Music was a big part of the ceremony, so I walked up the aisle to The Final Countdown played by a solo trumpeter, which was greeted by much laughter from the congregation.” The Dress… Nicki’s dress was fitted and of a very light, ivory chiffon material. It had off the shoulder sleeves,

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Irresistible Melt-in-the-mouth cakes for the sweetest of memories

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Costs ÂŁ495 to serve 70 from Fancy Nancy Tel: 01702 471311 www.fancynancy.info

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Tea Rose

Min order 6, cost ÂŁ30.00 each from Peggy Porschen Tel: 0 20 7738 1339 www.peggyporschen.com

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FRENCH CONNECTION Grey Suit Jacket £135, Grey Suit Trousers £65, Stripe Shirt £50, Grey Tie £20, Red Wayfarer Sunglasses £39, Black lace up Shoes £130

AUSTIN REED The Oriinal City Suit - Jacket £280, Trousers £120, Shirt £50, Tie £35

HOUSE OF FRASER Grey 'Sharkskin' suit jacket £200 Charcoal v-neck jumper £55, Blue and white stripe shirt £65, Blue diagonal stripe tie £35, Grey 'Sharkskin' suit trousers £100

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CROMBIE Suit Jacket £395, Trouser £170, Waistcoat £130, Candy Stripe shirt £69.95, Silk Tie £69.95, Silk Handkerchief £19.95

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ACCESSORIES MOSS BROS, Slim Fit Tuxedo £229, Savoy Tailors Guild, Shirt £55, Tie £25

MOSS French Connection, Light Grey Suit £249, Shirt £49. Ben Sherman, Tie £25

NEXT Blue Semi Precious Cufflinks £15

GIEVES AND HAWKES Round mother of peal cufflinks with crosshatch detail and lever link £135

ROTARY stainless steel chronograph sports strap watch with black dial and black divers bezel. £135. Waterproof. Stockist enquiries 0207 434 7546 rotarywatches.com

GIEVES AND HAWKES Black Square silver/black tie pin and dress sutds Tie Pin £75 Cufflinks £125

FRENCH CONNECTION Silver multi function watch £160

FRENCH CONNECTION Leather strap watch £80 HOUSE OF FRASER Navy 'Oxford' city stripe suit jacket £200, Green silk handkerchief £15, Yellow 'Eton' v-neck jumper £60, Green 'Henley' check shirt £70, Green and white polka dot tie £35

HOUSE OF FRASER Navy and red logo belt £55 Ralph Lauren

HOUSE OF FRASER Brown leather logo belt £80 Diesel

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