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he days are longer, the sun is shining and wedding season is in full swing - that’s right, it’s summer time! The year is already half way complete, I hope you’re enjoying every last free minute of it!


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Especially for this issue, the lovely and talented photographer Louise Vissen has captured some amazing fashion shots to inspire you for your special day. Instead of playing it safe, we went for bold make-up and funky hair to add a ‘different and unique’ element to the wedding look. Congratulations to our lucky competition winner from issue 2. Once again we have another exciting prize up for grabs, the wonderful duo at Precious Pops are offering the hire of their brand new, vintage ice cream trike. Wouldn’t it be lovely, to provide your guests with a refreshing, tasty treat? You have to be in it to win it so turn to page 21 now! I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all our readers for your lovely feedback and support! We hope you enjoy this issue. Until next time...

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ne of the best things about planning a wedding is putting your stamp on the day, and that includes your flowers. But with shops bursting with seasonal blooms and a seemingly endless choice of combinations and scents, from sweet lily of the valley to spicy chrysanthemum, where do you start? It’s easy to drown in a sea of choices. Essential flowers to consider are the bride’s bouquet (the most spectacular of the day!) groom’s and groomsmens’ buttonholes (lily of the valley is a good choice), bridesmaids’ posies (traditionally a smaller version of the bride’s flowers), corsages for mother-of-the-bride, mother-of-the-groom and other special relatives


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(roses, orchids, camellias and gardenias in white or cream are popular), table centerpieces, thank-you bouquets, ceremony and reception decoration. If you’re marrying in church, flowers secured to pew ends, on the altar, steps and windowsills ooze creative flair, and archway garlands look fabulously feminine. For flower girls, consider flower or petal filled baskets sprayed white or pastel, a piece of ribbon tied around the flower girl’s wrist with a spray of flowers attached, or a floral bracelet.

You could ask your flower girl or youngest bridesmaid to scatter petals down the aisle, providing it’s okay with the venue. A carpet of fresh petals provides a romantic touch for an outdoor wedding too. Cut pictures from magazines and books of flowers that you like, to show your florist. Borrow gardening books from the library and note the names of flowers that catch your eye. Take a trip to your garden centre or botanical garden to get a feel for how flowers appear in reality. Learning the meanings of flowers may help you decide too. Google ‘flower meanings’ on the Internet for inspiration. If modern is your thing, most florists rent out glassware for table arrangements, freestanding trees and floral structures coordinated to your theme. Consider an eyecatching bouquet made of steel grass with flowers wired and glued on, or one or two luxury orchids or calla lilies for your focal point, mixed with seasonal flowers, sourced locally for quality. 

Consider your height and dress style. As a rule, if the bodice is detailed, keep your bouquet simple and hand-tied to avoid it overshadowing your dress. Opt for a clustered posy or a trailing bouquet carried over one arm. A long train worn by a tall bride looks lovely with a trailing shower bouquet. For smaller brides, an elegant teardrop bouquet will add height. Large flowers such as roses or peonies can be loosely arranged with foliage and tied with ribbon. Dartmoor Flowers

You don’t need many lilies to make a ‘wow’ statement. An elegant line bouquet or a small posy, hand-tied with ribbon, is a pretty choice to coordinate with a slim-fitting gown. Gerberas are fun and contemporary too, available in a variety of colours.

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White is traditionally a popular colour for bridal bouquets, but pastels and rich, vibrant colours work too. Choose snow-white flowers (rose, sweet pea, camellia, narcissus, gardenia, orchid, lily of the valley, jasmine and gypsophila to name a few) with a dusting of sparkle and diamante detail for dazzling effect. Wide, satin ribbon provides a rich, luxurious finishing touch.  13

Flowers Shades of blue are a sophisticated summer choice. Hydrangeas, freesias and roses in creamy whites and pale blues make delightful bouquets, posies and hair bands for flower girls. For sheer prettiness, indulge in a palette of pastels, with muted shades of pink, blue, cream and peach, or a rose-tinted, lemon, lavender or pale green and white bouquet. Sweet peas, carnations, tulips, lavender, lilac, iris, delphinium and hydrangea are pretty choices.

Red is incredibly passionate, don’t you think? From deep red to raspberry and blush pink, it’s the colour of romance, renowned for bringing luck in some countries. Personalise your bouquet by adding a piece of jewellery such as a string of pearls or a crystal brooch, butterflies or diamanté initials, especially poignant if the jewellery has sentimental value. Organza ribbon can be used to create bows and streamers. For a special touch, include a single flower that reminds you of your childhood.

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The ceremony is over, the reception is in full swing and now it’s time for the eagerly anticipated speeches.



raditionally it’s the father of the bride, the best man and the groom that make speeches. Nowadays however it’s not uncommon for the chief bridesmaid or even the bride herself to say some words. The idea of public speaking is something that strikes fear into many people, so with a room full of guests and the happy couple looking on, where do you begin? Here are some top tips for speech writing to make sure that your speech is as brilliantly delivered as it is memorable. 18

Draft and draft again. It may seem obvious, but the best place to start is to write your speech down. Decide what kind of speech you want to create. Short and sweet, touching, or filled with humorous anecdotes about the couple, this will give you a goal and make the speech a little easier to write. It will never be perfect and wedding ready the very first time, but writing it down in advance of the wedding will allow you to refine it. Find someone to read it who will give you their honest opinion and give some suggestions. If it’s written in plenty of time you will have time to redraft and make it absolutely prefect. Redrafting will also allow you to learn the speech to some extent. While you don’t want to sound scripted, it’s best to know the speech well so that it sounds effortless on the day.

Funny anecdotes can be a fantastic, but do remember this is one of the biggest days in the couples lives so don’t include anything overly embarrassing or humiliating. If you’re the best man steer clear of any tales of the grooms past relationships, you may find it hilarious but the bride most likely won’t appreciate it! Try to speak about the couple as a couple. it would be easy, especially if you are the grooms best friend, to end up spending the entire speech waxing lyrical about your friendship rather than reflecting on the relationship between the groom and his new wife. The wedding day is primarily about the couple cementing their relationship, keep this in mind. Be original. Speech writing is a hugely personal thing. It’s much better to speak from the heart, with true emotion than to regurgitate passages found on the internet.You are delivering the speech to a room full of people, many of whom you will probably know. It’s natural to be nervous but you are among friends and family, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Consider the length of your speech. Short, sweet and meaningful can be fabulous and it’s always good to leave the room wanting more, however, keep in mind that a very lengthy speech can leave people checking their watches and wondering where the bar might be. Try to keep it below ten minutes maximum, remember that it’s a speech, not a presentation. Consider photos or small props, this will make the speech a little more visually interesting and make it memorable. Finally, remember that there is no solid rules for speech writing. It’s a personal thing and there really is no right or wrong, only guidance and advice. Be yourself, celebrate the relationship of the couple, and try and enjoy your little moment in the limelight!

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FUNNIEST MOMENT They still have a little giggle about the brilliant magician (David Andrews Magic) playing a trick on their best man in front of all of the guests. FIRST DANCE The couple’s first dance was ‘Amazed’ by Lonestar, then straight after so all of their guests could get up and dance they had Ronan Keating ‘When you say nothing at all’. HONEYMOON Soon after their special day, the newly weds stayed at a fantastic little place called Rudge near Bath. They stayed in a beautiful, converted, country barn, which was a lovely, romantic, relaxing retreat.


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Maidin Heaven Words by Sophie Belcher

The nuptials are months away, the wedding still in its planning stages and you’ve been asked to be part of one of the biggest days of the bride’s life, as her bridesmaid. Here are some top tips to help your maidly duties to run smoothly...


on’t be afraid to share your opinion. The bride has chosen you out of everybody she knows to be her bridesmaid because it’s your opinion that she values. While ultimately the bride’s vision is paramount, you should be able to offer your own advice and support to the proceedings. Answering her queries with ‘what do you want us to have?’ are helpful at times but don’t forget that if she is asking the question it’s probably because she’s genuinely undecided. For example, the colour of the dresses may be chosen in line with her colour scheme, but she may not be entirely set upon a certain style or design. Go in with some ideas of your own, things that will suit you and the other bridesmaids equally, it’s always better to have options! Be flexible. Being a bridesmaid is fun but it can also be time consuming and expensive. Try to be as flexible as possible, but at the same time, don’t commit to anything that you may not be able to deliver. If the dresses are too expensive for your budget, don’t be afraid to tell the bride, it’s better to be honest than to be left out of pocket with a dress you’ll most likely never wear again. Suggest similar but cheaper options, the other bridesmaids will probably thank you for it.

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Bridesmaids Be creative with your hen party ideas. As a bridesmaid, the task often falls to you to plan the hen party. L plates and novelty straws are the norm but this isn’t for everyone. Consider the bride’s personality and plan accordingly. Consider maybe a themed dance class followed by cocktails and a meal. For brides with a sense of adventure consider paintballing or quad biking or maybe for those not so interested in adrenaline fuelled excursions consider group spa treatments or a weekend away. It needs to be something that will be a fun and memorable send off from the single life but keep in mind that it also needs to be something that a variety of hen party guests will enjoy. Consider making a ‘Wedding Emergency Kit’. This can either be a lovely gift for the bride or just a handy little kit to take to the wedding yourself. You never know what could occur. Consider a printed tote bag with the brides married name on it. These can be purchased for minimal cost online. Fill the bag with handy items such as hairgrips for unruly up-dos, safety pins for any last minute dress emergencies and maybe even a miniature bottle of your bride’s favourite tipple for that last minute bit of Dutch courage. There is an abundance of quirky bridal gifts online that could be added for that personal touch. A dress hanger with the brides married name on it for example could be a special and handy keepsake.

Finally, the biggest tip of all? Just enjoy it! It’s not every day that you get to be pampered and have a beautiful dress waiting in the wings! Being a Bridesmaid is an honour and you will end up having very special memories to treasure for years to come!


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Children welcome! Children can be a LOT of fun at weddings (especially busting their cute little moves on the dancefloor!) but long periods of sitting still and being quiet can be very difficult for young children with short attention spans. Boredom kicks in, they may become restless, hungry and overtired which can lead to tantrums, tears and frazzled parents.


here is no doubt that children can take the focus away from the bride - so many of us missed “The Kiss” at William and Kate’s royal wedding as we were so transfixed by the grumpy looking bridesmaid on the balcony with them. If you are having a lot of young children at your wedding, you might want to consider hiring crèche facilities run by qualified nannies who can supervise throughout the whole or specific parts of the day.


How do crèches work? Venues are very sympathetic to the plight of brides who feel obliged to invite young children but don’t want them to be running around during the meal, chatting through the speeches or getting over-tired in the evening. They are usually very happy to supply a room close to the main festivities which can be set up as a ‘chill out zone’. Depending on the age of the children creche staff will be quipped with anything from soft toys, books and beanbags to computer consoles and DVDs. All creche staff should be CRB checked and the creche company should be fully insured. For peace of mind and happy children, contact Dartmoor Childcare on 07870 306987.

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Naomi Thomas, founder of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, chats to Editor Lynsey Mackie at Always & Forever about the inspirational organisation helping to give people with terminal illnesses and life limiting conditions, the wedding day of their dreams...

‘Where it all began’


t thirty years old Naomi is a happily married, mum of one and settled in the beautiful Somerset town of Wellington, with her new husband, Graham. However, one thing you wouldn’t know about Naomi if you saw her in the street is that she is living with Secondary Breast Cancer, a disease which has transformed her life and the lives of others, in so many ways. In 2005 Naomi began working as a self employed Wedding Planner across the county of Devon. Life was going swimmingly, it seemed. But after only four years pursuing her dream career and only three months with her fiancé Graham, Naomi’s world was turned upside down as she was given the devastating news that she had Breast Cancer. She was only 26. Naomi admitted it was a diagnosis that she never thought she would hear. ‘It was terrifying,” she says. “Your world just falls apart, especially thinking of my loved ones.’ Detailing her involvement with Bosom Buddies UK, an organisation which educates and advises on all aspects of breast health in schools, Naomi describes how it is essential that younger women (and men) check their breasts at least once a month. ‘Young people need to be taught from an early age, the importance of knowing what


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is ‘normal’ for their breasts, knowing what to look and feel for, and actually checking for lumps and changes. If they do discover anything they must report any changes to their GP’s without delay’ says Naomi. ‘The cancer rollercoaster’ After a gruelling series of treatments including an operation, chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy, Naomi had hoped she had beaten the disease and looked to the future with Graham. In 2010, Naomi discovered she was pregnant. She explained how she felt very lucky to be carrying a baby, especially knowing chemotherapy can more often than not affect fertility in women. Unfortunately, this excitement soon turned to devastation as only six days after her newborn son, Devon, came into the world Naomi was rushed back into hospital with a serious MRSA infection. It was during this time that doctors delivered that the cancer had spread and that her back had broken in three places due to her bones being eaten away by cancer. Despite everything, Naomi soon had come to terms with the fact she had incurable Secondary Breast Cancer. Defiantly, Naomi bravely endured further treatment, only for surgeons to decide against operating on the tumour on her spine for various reasons.

Worthy Causes Having had to cancel their wedding day due to the financial impact cancer has on people going through it, Naomi decided to arrange a charity event in the town she grew up in, Sidmouth, Devon to lift her spirits. Naomi’s extraordinary story soon caught the attention of local Wedding Planner Sam Williams. Unknown to Naomi, this event was to signal the first step towards her becoming the beaming Mrs Thomas, as she is today. Through the enormous generosity of Sam, the local community and from complete strangers, a dream wedding was arranged with donations from wedding suppliers on 6th June 2012, Naomi and Graham eventually tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at St Audries Park, Somerset. Naomi admits, ‘It was a stunning day; one to cherish for ever. I loved feeling special for the day and getting the chance to marry the man who has supported me through so much. As I have always proclaimed, I am eternally grateful to everyone who made the day possible; it really was a real group effort.’ Determined to put her experiences to positive use, Naomi set about ways to help others enjoy the wedding day of their dreams. So, in early 2012, with this passion and determination, The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation was born. However, as with any new venture, there are always challenges, as Naomi has found out: ‘One major challenge has been receiving the applications and the dealing with the range of emotions it stirs up. It is exciting to think we can help people have a fantastic wedding day but at the same time, it is difficult to think about the limited time couples will enjoy as husband and wife.’ ‘Behind this upset, however,’ says Naomi ‘lays a desire to focus on the positive side of things in life.

If The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation is able to help, in any way, make the couple feel complete, just as Graham and I did on our wedding day, I will be one happy lady!’ ‘Looking forward to the future’ Although Naomi now has to consume a concoction of hormonal drugs to force her into premature menopause and prolong her life as long as possible, she explains that her plans for the future of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation are simple. Naomi said she wants ‘to spread the word about the project, continue raising funds and awareness, in turn helping more and more people in the same position as me’. How can you help this worthy cause? If you are a supplier, individual or business and can offer your services for free or at a reduced rate, The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation would love to hear from you. Whatever your niche or specialism, with your help you will be supporting this inspirational organisation. Any wedding products, services or support are always welcome and the foundation continually searches for enthusiastic people to generate vital funds too; through donation, sponsorship or fundraising. When such fabulous projects support people and their loved ones through some of the most challenging of times in their lives, there is nothing more rewarding than giving something back and putting a smile on everyone’s faces. For more information contact Dee Halifax. Please email: Or call: 07532 443 269


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