Issue 5 July/August 2010
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THE WEDDING AND EVENTS MAGAZINE FOR THE EAST MIDLANDS
HOT BRIDAL TRENDS FOR 2011
Straight from the catwalk
Exciting Calendar of Events Announced at Shottle Hall INSPIRATIONAL REAL WEDDING
From the shores of the USA www.savet h e d a t e m a ga z i n e . c o . u k
EDITOR’S NOTE Well, a lot has happened since our last edition of the magazine - the country went England crazy with flags and union jack fever before the ‘3 lions’ went out with a whimper, SATC 2 hit the cinemas with groups of women across the country organising ‘cosmo nights’ and the summer has officially begun with BBQ’s, festivals and of course, lots of glorious sunshine. Oh yes, and our editor Lydia has become Mrs Burrows and enjoyed the most fantastic day on 28th May. Next issue, we’ll have a full feature dedicated to Lydia’s big day with lots of pictures and her dream team of suppliers. This issue, we have another ‘real wedding’ from across the pond in the sunny states. Lots of inspiration for you here folks so turn to page 32 for the South Carolina bride’s full interview. Last but not least, have you seen the new website we’ve recently launched? It’s full of our favourite suppliers, with daily blogs, the online magazine, full directory and lots more! Take a look and let us know what you think. Happy summer days and see you in September! Lydia & Abbi
4-5 30-33 Whoopie Pies
Colour Me Pretty
Taking the UK by storm Bright wedding ideas to inspire you
Hot Bridal Trends for 2011
Getting to Know
Fusing natural wedding photography with glamorous vintage boudoir shots Makeney Hall
Inspiration from the USA
PJ & Kelly
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Taking the UK by storm, straight from the shores of the USA are the new and totally scrumptious whoopie pies. Arguably and perhaps quite controversially hailed as becoming the new ‘cupcake’, this revolution in sweet-toothed fancy is gaining more and more momentum and set to become ‘thee’ baked good to be shovelling in your cake hole! OK, so what is a whoopie pie I hear you cry!? Well, it is basically a cake sandwich; two moist, dense domes of cake sandwiched together with cream cheese frosting or buttercream frosting.
Even the large corporate brands are cottoning on to this new craze with Marks and Spencer being the first British supermarket to launch a range of whoopie pies.
Originating from the USA, rumour has it that the name derives from the noise Amish farmers used to make when opening their lunchboxes and upon discovering this cake treat made for them by their wife or daughter; they would shout ‘WHOOPIE’.
So, get there before the crowds arrive because rest assured, those crowds will arrive and they’ll be pretty big …..
Whoopie pies are popping up in bakeries across the country including the Urban Bakery (in our very own East Midlands) who offer three flavours; classic chocolate, vanilla pod and red velvet, all with cream cheese or buttercream frosting in vanilla or chocolate and come in boxes of 10 at £25.
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Bright bridesmaid dresses really do set the trend for your big day
Inject a dash of colour into your stationery it really does make a great difference
Whilst colour coordination looks fabulous at a wedding, it seems more and more brides to be are turning to the colour palette and letting rip, throwing caution to the wind and taking on a whole multitude of colours on their big day. And, why not? Bright, vivacious colours at a wedding give the day more vibrancy, more flair and become a talking point amongst guests. Possibly inspired by the first Sex and the City film with different coloured bridesmaid dresses, colours are the new coordination so here are a few beautifully bright wedding ideas to inspire you.
Colour Me Pretty
Vivacious bouquets really stand out and can be a real show stealer
Vivid and bold, statement bridesmaid dresses - WOW
If youâ€™re opting for a white/ivory dress, why not bring some colour to your tootsies with colourful shoes!
Donâ€™t forget the men!
Add a splash of colour to your table with cute organza bags and vibrant floral decorations
Just add a hint of colour with something subtle such as this gorgeous floral headpiece
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Hot bridal trends for 2011 with Emma at Freya Bridal
Gown by Sassi Holford. Example of the romantic tulle skirt
So, Emma, tell us EVERYTHING you discovered at the Best of Bridal event: The Saatchi Gallery, London was a most opulent setting for the best in Bridal Design to show off their 2011 collections.
Romance is still big in 2011. Designers showed wedding dresses in layer upon layer of enveloping tulle, often paired with lace. A huge trend this season, generous wisps of the ‘light as a feather’ fabric adorned dresses in almost every collection that floated down the catwalk. Keep your eyes peeled for the polka dot tulle. We loved Ellie designed by Sassi Holford. The pick up or ruched skirt is back. Almost all of the designers have some version of the pickup skirt in their collection. Bobbi by Augusta Jones stood out for us. It’s a simple dress that can be individualised easily. Asymmetry is still in, both in the form of the one shoulder gown and wedding dresses with asymmetrical draping on the bodice. When the photographs are released check out Rapture by Suzanne Neville.
Very low waistlines are in abundance, and most bodices have ruched, gathered, or draped bodices which hug the figure (the wrapped fabric does a nice job of smoothing over any figure flaws in these tight bodices).
Those of us lucky enough to experience the Suzanne Neville bodice will know what we mean. Short hems are a cut above for those of us with great legs. Short and sweet is one of the trends for 2011. Our favourite being Smitten by Suzanne Neville. Strapless gowns still feature in 2011, and the one shoulder is still in fashion. A new addition to the necklines for 2011 is the boat neck. Very slim at the top and just barely grazes the edge of the model’s shoulder. A very flattering neckline for many women and a nice alternative to strapless. It is such an exciting time to be a bride! Keep your dress simple and individualise your look by adding your own finishing touches. There are so many choices out there that will allow you to individualise your look based on your own personal style and wedding style. Thanks for your invaluable advice, Emma.
You can get in touch with Emma and the team at Freya Bridal on 0114 2676756 11
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Discover elegant wedding stationery printed in letterpress, or digitally printed on a range of beautiful papers. All of our designs can be adapted to suit your wedding theme, or if you have something different in mind just drop us a line for a bespoke quote. Visit our website for more details and to see our range of exclusively designed stationery.
Vintage Princess specialise in letterpress printed wedding Letterpress is one of the earliest forms of modern printing, Discover elegant wedding stationery stationery and was set up by graphic designer Amber a technique which involves individual letters and patterns printed in letterpress, or digitally Foley after being asked to design several bespoke wedding being forged out of wood or metal, inked one colour at a onwhat a range beautiful papers. invitations for clients who couldnâ€™t printed find exactly they oftime and pressed into sheets of paper to obtain an image were looking for elsewhere. embossed in reverse. All of our designs can be adapted to suit your wedding Amber says, â€˜Couples are increasingly looking for have something Letterpress high quality materials and expert theme, or if you different requires in mind just something different for their wedding stationery, drop usand a line for a craftsmanship, bespoke quote. the result of which is unique and elegant with vintage style weddings becoming a popular trend, tactile stationery. VisitLetterpress our website print for more and to see our range letterpress offers the perfect solution. has details If you want more freedom of choice with design and stationery. been used for wedding stationery in the US of forexclusively a while, designed colours, or are in a hurry, Vintage Princess also offer a and we believe this beautiful print process should be more digital print service, with a range of speciality papers to readily available to the UK wedding market.â€™ choose from.
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Flourishing! Tineke Floral Designs offer a refreshing approach to wedding flowers with innovative ideas and outstanding customer service. Having earned an enviable reputation for their designs and quality of flowers, which are shipped directly to them, they have catered for weddings in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and even as far as Essex and Newquay! Tineke have been privileged to work at venues such as Lakeside, Colwick Hall Hotel, Hodsock Priory, The Redhouse, Kelham Hall, Bolsover Castle, Gosfield Hall, Goosedale and many more. Kerry Wilkinson, owner of the business, has been involved with the floristry industry since 1994, with her interest starting in flowers at aged 11! After working in a flower shop, the idea of an exclusive ‘appointment only’ studio was offered and was an opportunity not to be missed.
This development in Tineke ensured that couples have Kerry’s full attention and can peruse their extensive floral portfolios at their leisure, without any interruptions. With a range of theme and decor enhancements, Tineke can provide everything from the bridal bouquet, to complete venue styling, ensuring the bride and groom have nothing to worry about on the day. So, with an exclusive and luxury shop in the heart of Matlock Green (and part of the elegant Gracie Bleu Bridal store), Kerry now operates her studio in Sutton in Ashfield as well as her gorgeous shop in Matlock and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her clients. To get in touch with Kerry at Tineke, to make an appointment or just chat through your ideas, please call 01623 464 371, 01629 629 371 or 07736 472 994, email email@example.com www.tinekefloraldesigns.co.uk 15
Natural. Emotive. Timeless. The Wedding Photojournalist Association’s “UK Wedding Photographer of the Year 2009”
The Studio Portrait & wedding photography
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Rachel Spivey RACHEL
Having got involved in her first wedding by total coincidence, Rachel caught the bug for beautiful weddings, happy people, amazing opportunities for unique and creative shots and a chance to diversify and add a totally different angle to her photography portfolio. And, she hasnâ€™t looked back since.
Having started her photography career in the commercial world 12 years AGO 2ACHELS PROFESSIONAL experience stood her in GOOD STEAD FOR VENTURING INTO THE WORLD OF WEDDINGS AND OF COURSE THE HARSHEST CRITICS OF ALL BRIDES
Following her first couple of weddings four years ago, word of mouth spread and Rachel very quickly began receiving bookings and therefore decided to invest her time and full attention into the wonderful world of weddings. Adopting a mixture of styles including relaxed and reportage, Rachel produces fabulous, natural images and captures moments that would usually go unnoticed. From a brief pause by the bride before she enters
the church to the children playing in the lawns and the bridesmaids having a giggle, Rachel goes above and beyond to ensure each element of the big day is documented. Rachelâ€™s unique photographs are then assembled in one of two albums; the Loxley Bellisimo albums (top quality art and graphics) or the Circa (superb leather albums). With both options being beautifully created and designed, you can be assured of an album you can cherish for many years to come. And what is all this about vintage boudoir portraits? Read the next page to find out what else Rachel offers you lucky brides to be out there â€Ś
Fusing natural wedding photography with breathtakingly glamorous vintage boudoir shots To get in touch with Rachel Spivey to discuss wedding photography, boudoir or both, please call 07920 091155 or email email@example.com
Ever fancied being treated like a film star and feeling like a million dollars? Well, you’re in luck because not only does Rachel Spivey offer beautiful wedding photography, she also creates stunning boudoir images, giving you the opportunity to dress up, be pampered and strike a pose!
Using vintage lighting, a fantastically talented vintage hairdresser and make up artist, you will be preened to perfection and have the choice of either posing in your wedding underwear or selecting an item from the ‘dressing up box’. Lots of fun and a chance to show off those curves! Many brides tend to present their framed portrait to their new husband following the wedding so that in years to come, he can look back on his beautiful bride. As from 1st July, Rachel is moving to her brand new studio within a gorgeous regency building in the heart of Leamington Spa. Here, she will also be offering hen night packages whereby you and your four hens arrive and each enjoy your very own boudoir portrait
session. Drinks and canapés are served whilst each of your fellow hens have their photographs taken. A great keepsake from your hen weekend and what a lovely, unique way to get the girls together. So girls, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Rachel and discover a new you!
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Honeysuckle & Castle Having begun their venture, initially as a hobby, taking care of friends and families weddings, Helen and Sally soon realised that they could make a business out of their hobby and began Honeysuckle and Castle two years ago. They now offer brides to be a whole variety of packages to suit their requirements and can customise packages according to their clients’ wishes.
Meet Helen and Sally at Honeysuckle and Castle. Sisters who love weddings and love putting a smile on their brides faces, taking the stresses and strains away from their brides to be, leaving them to enjoy all the loveliness of being involved in the preparations of their big day.
Packages such as ‘In full bloom’ which involves the team setting up the venue on the day, making sure everything is perfect for the bride and groom’s arrival, to ‘The Bespoke Bluebell’ whereby they offer unlimited contact from 12 months before the big day, full event design, regular meetings, supplier liaison, budget management, theme and décor and full event schedule. They have packages and options to suit all requirements and all budgets. One of the weddings which Honeysuckle and Castle are currently involved with is totally different
and very unique and they are very excited to see it come together. It is the marriage of Holly Nixon and Ricky Willis on 9th July at Tutbury Church with the evening reception taking place at Tutbury Village Hall. Having initially tried to secure their reception at Tutbury Castle, the venue was unfortunately booked and it was back to the drawing board … Tutbury Village Hall was available and although not seemingly a lavish option, it offered a blank canvas to really go to town and, having saved money on the venue hire, it was time to pull out the stops with the décor and entertainment. From roaming peacocks, a string quartet and 3ft centerpieces to fantastic catering and stylish ‘token trees’, this wedding has unique written all over it … so don’t forget to look out for the next issue of Save the Date magazine where Honeysuckle and Castle will be bringing you lots of inspiration from the big day itself. I can hardly wait!
To get in touch with Honeysuckle and Castle, you can call 07789 886947 or visit www.honeysuckleandcastle.co.uk
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Makeney Hall Bringing peaceful serenity to your special day 22
GETTING TO KNOW
Makeney Hall is a stunning Victorian country house hotel set in the heart of Derbyshire. Located within six acres of landscaped gardens offering breathtaking views over the Amber Valley, Makeney Hall is the ideal venue for your special day and a perfect setting for your treasured photographs. With a proven track record in successfully helping couples celebrate the most memorable day of their lives, the team at Makeney Hall know how to deliver. With the option to cater for both the traditional weddings of 50 to 140 guests to a smaller and more intimate affair, Makeney Hall strives to cater for all needs, requirements and more importantly budgets. With the licence to hold civil ceremonies as well as civil partnership ceremonies, there are several options available to couples, depending on their needs and requirements. The property also boasts 46 beautifully appointed bedrooms and bridal suites, with all wedding guests
receiving a preferential discounted rate should they wish to stay at the hotel. Kerri Chalk, wedding co-ordinator at Makeney Hall says, “A great way to describe Makeney is ‘intimate’. Whilst we are close to local villages and transport links, it feels as if you are a million miles away in the quaint peaceful hotel with our beautifully landscaped and picturesque gardens. The staff are warm and friendly and it is a joy to work with couples and be involved in the planning of their special days. We treat all couples individually and ensure they feel special and looked after. We are even including into our new Winter Package for couples to plant a tree in the grounds so they are then part of Makeney forever.” To see for yourself how magnificent Makeney Hall could be for your wedding, why not join them for one of their regular Wedding Open Evenings?
The evenings are to give couples that have not yet found a wedding venue an insight of how Makeney Hall can be transformed for your perfect day. You can see an example of one of the function rooms set for a wedding, liaise with local wedding suppliers and also speak with the wedding co-ordinator and the team. The next wedding open evenings are Thursday 29th July 6-8pm and Thursday 26th August 6-8pm. The hotel also hosts several wedding fayres a year giving you the opportunity to meet more of the hotel team and local suppliers. The next fayre is set to be the best ever, with the launch of the new marquee and takes place on Sunday 3rd October from 11am-4pm. For further information please call 01332 842 999 or email email@example.com )#12343+1!!!"$00'#)*&)+'(4"%)565$0'*'.&$(( 23
MOJITO Discotheques Your party our expertise We offer a quality mix of sound and lighting to transform your venue into a fabulous party zone for you and your guests to enjoy all evening. For the end of your special day allow yourself the reassurance of knowing that your guests will leave the party with happy feet!
Please visit our website to discover more at www.mojitodisco.com Contact Guy Morris on Tel: 07860 895498 / 023 9287 5527 Or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHIE MUIR As you know, we at Save the Date magazine love finding fabulous talent within the East Midlands. So, when the lovely Richie Muir came to our attention, we were more than a little excited. We initially stumbled upon Richie when trying to find a talented soloist for our wedding fayre at Shottle Hall, to provide some light, background entertainment. Richie came along to the day and provided a professional and seamlessly delivered acoustic performance and had many of our brides to be asking all about him for their big days. So, having seen Richie playing solo, we decided to go and see him in Nottingham with his full band (any excuse for a night out!) and boy, what a night it was. Richie, along with his fellow musicians certainly know how to get a crowd on their feet! The energy was incredible and the songs being performed, from Kings of Leon to Elton John (even mixed with a bit of Glee!) were contemporary and perfectly performed. So, after seeing two sides to Richie; the laid back vibe and the ‘no room on the dancefloor’ side, we felt it was time to let all our lovely readers know just how great Richie is – now, over to the man himself:
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It all depends on the venue and the budget. I love playing in whatever guise it may be. Playing solo is very versatile and is perfect for all venues including the very small ones. If the budget can stretch then the band is an awesome thing to have at your wedding. The musicians I use on Drums and Bass are fantastic professionals and have all the skills required to keep volumes at a perfect level for all to enjoy, no matter the venue. OK, so how would you best DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC
My music is anything from chilled unplugged acoustic to upbeat versions of popular songs. Most people tend to think I have a voice like Neil Diamond.... Hard for me to comment on that but I’ll take their word for it! What do you enjoy most about playing at weddings?
Weddings are great fun as they are such happy occasions. I feel privileged to perform at weddings and to add to the happiest day of the couples’ lives. It’s a great feeling when, at the end of the night, all the family and friends are on the dance floor in a circle and the bride and groom are in the middle singing
and dancing. It’s a special moment and one you can only really get with live musicians providing the entertainment. It’s also the moment they and their family and friends will remember most from the day. Do you have any songs you REALLY LOVE TO PERFORM
I have my own personal favourites, for example, “Mr Brightside”, “Can’t take my eyes off of you”, “Chasing Cars”, “With Or Without You” but I love all the songs I play if people are enjoying them too. I play wholeheartedly for my audience and will play all the songs required to keep them dancing. What is your advice to any couples out there currently planning their wedding entertainment?
Live music is an amazing thing to have at your wedding. It can be personalised to the couple and the evening entertainment should never be underestimated. A good part of the wedding budget should always be set aside for your live entertainment. There are many ways to cut costs at weddings and are not noticed but evening entertainment is one that will show and well worth getting right. To get in touch with Richie, please call 07966 363930
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For the fashion forward bride, The Dressing Room is a vibrant, new boutique bringing you wedding dresses from the cream of British designers, in a relaxed, contemporary environment. They stock fabulous collections from Ritva Westenius, Sarah Arnett, Sharon Bowen and Charlotte Balbier. For brides with a double celebration, they have the largest selection of Madeline Isaac James Maternity Bridal gowns in the Midlands. This year they introduced the Gala Collection by Amanda Wyatt with a stunning array of dresses for bridesmaids and prom wear. Whilst the classic bridal silhouettes form the mainstay of their collections, proprietors Justine and Elaina are proud to cater for the bride that wants a more individual look for their wedding day. 28
So, it was with sadness that they received the news that talented designer Sarah Arnett has decided to hang up her tape measure and retire from bridal design. However, their loss could be your gain as there is still an opportunity to own one of Sarah’s gowns as The Dressing Room launches its fabulous end of season sample sale. With Sarah’s gowns and other selected samples at less than half price, this really is a chance to find your dream wedding dress at a dream price. For more information contact Justine or Elaina on 01332 873320 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gowns shown above, clockwise from left: Delphine WAS £2,100 NOW £850 Sofie WAS £1,600 NOW £630 Valerie WAS £1,850 NOW £625
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Real Wedding Inspiration from the USA
To give you something special and rather different, our real wedding this issue comes from across the pond and well, letâ€™s face it, America are in the driving seat when it comes to throwing a wedding. So, prepare to be inspired and take a read through our interview with the lovely and totally loved up Kristy and Kirk from South Carolina, USA. Over to the newlyweds ... 31
So then, first things first, whereabouts and when did you get married? We were married on May 22, 2010 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Murrells Inlet is known for the beautiful “Marsh Walk”, with dozens of delicious restaurants located perfectly on the water, where you can watch the fishing boats come and go. The church we were married in was a quaint white church, seated right on the inlet! The front doors opened to beautiful, old Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss, with a gorgeous view of the water. What attracted you to the venue you decided upon? Well, we both always wanted somewhere that had the great “Southern” feel. Sitting on rocking chairs on Kirk’s front porch before we were even engaged, he proposed the idea of getting married at the beach. I’m much of a home body and traditionalist, but the idea of a Southern beach wedding sounded quite appealing! My family grew up going to Garden City Beach, just ten minutes away from Murrells Inlet and often visited the quaint town of Murrells Inlet, known for the best seafood. You can’t drive through M.I. without passing and noticing a precious white church on the water. So, when Kirk mentioned the beach, I immediately thought of that white church I always admired... Once we decided on Murrells Inlet, my mom, Kirk and I spent a weekend there visiting many different venues. We all FELL IN LOVE with the reception venue as soon as we got there. The gorgeous place that we celebrated our new marriage with friends and family is “Wachesaw Club Plantation”. It sits right on the Waccamaw River and is surrounded by the most gorgeous Live Oaks draped in Spanish Moss I’ve ever seen.
There is a white porch that surrounds the whole building, lined in little white lights. We had many family members traveling from the north and we knew that it was the perfect mix of “Southern Elegance”, with a cozy feel! Ok Kristy, the dress – how did you set about finding the ‘one’? Anyone that knows me knows that I am the WORST at making decisions and often analyze them to death! I am also very bad at wanting to please everyone, so having too many different opinions is not good for me! I set out dress shopping with my mom and sister, having a picture in my mind of what I wanted- a strapless dress, drop waist, with big “bell” feel at the bottom. I also knew I wanted lace on my veil. At the second store we went to, Poinsett Bride in Greenville, SC, my mom saw a dress in the window and wanted me to try it on. The owner told us it was a brand new dress from the designer Paloma Blanca from Canada. I honestly did not like it that much off but decided to try it on anyways... and then we fell in love! The strapless, sweetheart cut bodice was covered in beautiful lace and at the drop waist, there was scalloped lace. The silk sash was something I loved and the beautiful broach from my grandmother (my something old) added the perfect touch. When I put it on and felt the silk, I didn’t want to take it off. That day, I fell in love with two dresses and had a friend, who I dearly love and trust with me (who also is one of our photographers). She took pictures of me in both dresses and just told me that when I got the pictures, I would “just know”. As soon as I saw the pictures of the dress with the lace, I knew it was the perfect dress. I went back two days later, and we bought it. I can honestly say I truly felt like princess, or a “Southern Belle” when I put that dress on!
Talk us through the style of the venue with your décor: Like I have mentioned, we wanted the “feel” of the venue to be very “Southern Elegance”, yet we wanted our guests to leave feeling like they were able to kick back and relax, while enjoying a great party. The two main colors of our wedding were light Apple green, and “Caribbean blue”. The bridesmaid dresses, by Lula Kate were made of silk shantung and were Caribbean blue. Their sashes were apple green. I gave my girls the choice of two different styles of dresses and we ended up with 6 of one style and 6 of the other. They were all the same color and hit right above the knee and they even had pockets like mine! I had 12 bridesmaids, 1 junior bridesmaid and a flower girl. The groomsmen wore khaki suits, which they were able to purchase for the same cost of renting a tux, white pinpoint shirts and Caribbean blue ties- except for Kirk, who wore a “bone” colored tie. At the reception all of the tables had white floor length table cloths, with apple green table toppers. All of the tables on the porch that surrounded the country club had white table cloths, with Caribbean blue table toppers. My bouquet was one of my favourite parts! It was beautiful! Tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, lilies, orchids and roses- all ivory, light green and pink. Our florist even mimicked the broach on my dress and made a gorgeous broach on the front of my bouquet! Another favorite thing that our florist did was the large wooden “H’s” covered in green Kermits and hung with green ribbon. The best part is that we got to keep them and I plan to cover them with moss and hang them on our front doors to our house!!
Did you throw anything quirky and off the wall into the mix? If so, what!? My electric blue high heels- they were my “something blue” and a little surprise to the normal white wedding shoes. I changed into wedding flip-flops that I made for the reception. We also had a candy table- this is becoming quite popular here. An array of pretty glass containers, labelled with all the different types of candy. Guests could fill bags, which had our logo on stickers as one of their “party favors”. Another guest favour was foam drink, Koozies. They were Caribbean blue, with our wedding logo in white on one side and on the other was our saying “Happily Ever After Starts Here... Murrells Inlet, SC”. Another creative touch was our wedding arrows which Kirk made and my sister painted blue. White paint on each arrow spelt a word from “Happily Ever After Starts Here”, they then had white ribbon tied around and led guests back to the reception site. We also had “H” cookies, which were another favour for our guests. Cookies made into H’s, sugared and frosted with our colours and packaged in adorable white bags, with wedding color tissue and fake wedding bands tied to the handle. The Southern Wedding is also different in that we don’t have a sit down dinner- there are food stations set up and guests can go to each station and find different foods. There are not place cards, so everyone can sit where they want. The band played softer music while everyone ate and then the real party started... we had an amazing day which we will remember forever. Huge thanks to Kristy and Kirk, such a lovely couple and what sounds and looks like an amazing wedding day. We hope this has inspired you, our lovely readers. 33
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Lips & Lashes Mobile Make-up Artists Specialists in Wedding Make-up we offer a relaxed, professional serviceÂ leaving you looking and feeling fabulousÂ on your special day. t: 07715 463559 / 07910211950 e: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie Sansom 0ROFESSIONAL -AKE 5P !RTIST t: 07983 305175 e: email@example.com
BRIDAL Angela Vickers
Jackie Thompson Couture Jackie Thompson Couture are wedding dress designers with a difference offering beautiful handmade bodices, corsets and skirts in sumptuous silks. t: 01332 874969 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jackiethompsoncouture.co.uk 7 Burlington Close, Breaston, Derby DE72 3UB
Kula Tsurdiu Kula Tsurdiu is the ultimate in vintage bridal couture. Based in Nottinghamâ€™s Lace Market, her bridal designs are unique, romantic and ever-so pretty! T s E INFO KULATSURDIUCOUK www.kulatsurdiu.co.uk 35 Warser Gate, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1NU
Angela Vickers is a wonderland of bridal delight. Specialising in bespoke bridal wear, with over 130 beautiful sample gowns. T s WWWANGELA VICKERSCOUK e: email@example.com 69-73 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 3BB
Freya Bridal Designer Gowns Freya Bridal houses an inspired collection of bridal gowns from Sassi Holford, Suzanne Neville, Johanna Hehir and Augusta Jones. T s E )NFO FREYABRIDALCOUK www.freyabridal.co.uk The Old Bakery, 27 - 29 Rustlings Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S11 7AA
CAKES Our stylish cupcake towers and favours are a fantastic way to personalise your special day, contact us for a free consultation. t: 0115 841 4327 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bluebellbakery.co.uk
Cakey Wakey With over 15 years experience, our aim is to produce a wedding cake as individual as you are. t: 0115 9611277 m: 07737 137944 e: email@example.com www.cakey-wakey.co.uk
Cameo Cupcakes Fresh and tasty handmade cupcakes delivered to your door - for events, gifts and wholesale. Reliable service with a high attention to detail.
t: 07883 107788 www.cameocupcakes.co.uk e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delicious Designs The Dressing Room Bridal With four stunning collections, we offer the cream of British bridal design for the fashion forward bride. Ideally situated between Nottingham and Derby. T s 3TATION 2OAD Draycott, Derbyshire DE72 3QB e: email@example.com www.thedressingroombridal.co.uk
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Traditional, contemporary and modern designs. Choose from stunning handmade sugar flowers or novelty figures and designs. t: 01773 826993 / 07739 010317 www.deliciousdesigns.co.uk
Green & Stock Green & Stock are home to a fresh style of wedding cakes and a new generation of bespoke toppers. t: 0115 9401093 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.greenandstock.co.uk
WHO, WHAT, WHERE
MOJITO Discotheques Quirky Cookies & Cakes
Bespoke cookies, cupcakes and celebration cakes for all occasions.Â Â Homemade and hand decorated using the finest ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible.
Mojito are quality suppliers of discotheque entertainment to prestige event agencies and private venues in both London and the midlands.
t: 01332 610997 e: email@example.com www.quirkycookiesandcakes.co.uk
Vintage & Cake Beautiful vintage china hire for tea parties, weddings and events, and scrumptious cakes for all occasions. T s E VINTAGEANDCAKE MECOM www.vintageandcake.co.uk
CATERING The Fiona Herbert Catering Company Ltd t: 01636 812434 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fionaherbertcatering.co.uk
Sensations Sensations are experts at creating the ultimate chocolate experience, weddings are our speciality, member of the wedding professionals network. T s M www.sensationschocolatefountains.co.uk e: email@example.com
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FLORIST Lavish Wedding and Event Flower Coordinator Contemporary, natural or modern,Â LavishÂ cater for every look. Attention to detail and unique style. Clients receive a one to one personalised service focusing on individual requirements. t: 07812648497 e: email@example.com www.lavishweddingandeventflowers.com
Tom Wardle Live music from Nottinghamâ€™s finest. Playing essential classic pop from the last 50 years. Solo acoustic, duo, full band. t: 07725 819693 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tomwardle.co.uk
Spirits High Entertainments Full-time Professional DJ where you and your guests choose the disco music you want and donâ€™t want via the interactive website! t:01246 866475 www.spiritshigh.org.uk
White Room Boutique White Room boutique is a unisex salon offering, cuts, colours, blowdrys, extensions and wedding hair, either salon or home visits. T s 'EORGE 3TREET Hockley, Nottingham NG1 3BH www.whiteroomboutique.co.uk
PHOTOGRAPHERS Field Photographic t: 01773 769900 e: email@example.com www.fieldphotographic.com
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Intense Events Beautiful floral art and prop hire including vases, storm lanterns, mirrors, candelabras, trees and lighting. t: 01332 898828 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.intenseevents.com
Natural. Emotive. Timeless. Documentary Wedding Photography byÂ Ian Bursill,Â the WPJAâ€™s UK Wedding Photojournalist of the Year 2009. t: 07881 438911 e: email@example.com www.bursill.com
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Ian Daisley Photography A friendly & personal approach from one of Derbyshireâ€™s leading photographers. Beautifully created images that provide wonderful memories of your wedding day. T s M e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.iandaisleyphotography.com
Combining both candid moments with beautifully lit portraits ensures that your special day will last a lifetime. T s E STUART STUART WOODCOM www.stuartwoodweddings.com
The Studio Mickleover t: 01332 523523 e: email@example.com www.thestudio-mickleover.co.uk
M A RC U S H O LD S WO RT H P H O T O G R A P H ER Marcus Holdsworth Photography By capturing modern, spontaneous moments as well as poised, intimate images, Marcus ensures your wedding pictures tell the story of your wedding day as perfectly as you remember it. T s M e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.marcusholdsworth.co.uk
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Rachael Connerton Photography A natural, contemporary approach to photography. Breathtaking images, keeping memories as vivid and fresh as the day you made them. t: 0115 9844885 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rachaelconnertonphotography.co.uk
t: 0115 9550129 e: email@example.com www.dennissonclassics.co.uk
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Rachel Spivey Photographer
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Paula Blake Weddings & Events
East Bridgford Hill, Kirk Hill, East Bridgford NG13 8PE
Using the finest quality products and always with a second to none service, Paula Blake specialises in bespoke invitations and full wedding and event styling. t: 07807 819464 e: email@example.com www.paulablakeweddings.co.uk
Rachelâ€™s informal PHOTOGRAPHER photography is a hit with couples who want stylish contemporary images that really capture the warmth and happiness of their day.
t: 07920 091155 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Marcus Holdsworth is a professional photographer based in www.rachelspiveyweddings.co.uk
t:01298 871138 e: email@example.com www.whesthill.co.uk
Nottingham, England specialising in documentary, wedding and portrait photography. Marcus Holdsworth is available for commissions in the east midlands, nationally & internationally.
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Hodsock Priory A beautiful family home set in stunning grounds. Exclusive hire for weddings and events gives you this peaceful, secluded corner of England all to yourselves. T s WWWHODSOCKPRIORYCOM e: firstname.lastname@example.org Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nr Worksop, Nottinghamshire S81 0TY
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Makeney Hall Hotel A stunning Victorian country house property with fantastic views and lawns. Exclusivity available. The perfect setting for your perfect day. t: 01332 842 999 e: email@example.com www.akkeronhotels.com/makeneyhall Makeney Hall Hotel, Makeney, Milford, Derbyshire, DE56 0RS
The Nottingham Belfry Perfect for intimate wedding gatherings or for larger events up to 500 people. T s WWWQHOTELSCOUK e: nottinghambelfryevents@QHotels.co.uk Mellorâ€™s Way, Off Woodhouse Way, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG8 6PY
Quenby Hall T s WWWQUENBYHALLCOUK e: firstname.lastname@example.org Hungarton, Leicestershire LE7 9JF
A stylish, boutique property, ideally situated in the magnificent grounds of Chatsworth Estate. Complete with Coach House Marquee, it is the ideal venue for any wedding. T s 3HOTTLE (ALL (OTEL White Lane, Shottle, Derbyshire DE56 2EB e: email@example.com www.shottlehall.co.uk
t: 07590 818045 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thrumptonhall.com Thrumpton, Nottinghamshire NG11 0AX
VIDEOGRAPHERS Midway Media Wedding & Event Videographers Professionally accredited videographers capturing your special day unobtrusively in a creative and cinematic style. Outstanding quality at an affordable price!
The Finesse Collection Four unique wedding venues in the East Midlands each offering the perfect setting to celebrate a special occasion. Lace Market Hotel, Nottingham, Cathedral Quarter Hotel, Derby Donington Manor Hotel, Castle Donington The Lion Hotel, Belper www.thefinessecollection.com
t: 01332 344261 8 Irongate, Derby, DE1 3AL e: email@example.com www.bennettsirongate.co.uk/wedding-gift-list/
Thrumpton Hall A magnificent hall combined with the Lakeside Pavilion marquee, all weddings at Thrumpton Hall are exclusive, bespoke and unforgettable.
Established in 1734, Bennetts offer a unique selection of everyday accessories & luxury gifts for you and your new home. Register in-store or online for your personal Wedding Gift List Service and create and manage your Wedding Gift List from the comfort of your own home.
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Honeysuckle & Castle We aim to guide you through the planning process and can guarantee to help you achieve your dreams with a professional and cost effective venue styling and planning service. t: 07789 886947 e: email@example.com www.honeysuckleandcastle.co.uk
The Wedding Genie T s M e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.theweddinggenie.co.uk
Tillyboo Events specialise in wedding planning and venue styling, covering the East Midlands. Offering an array of services we promise we can cater for your every requirement.
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