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ideas for fabulous fashion and darling details

the bodY issue

dress-focused fitness fixes

the bride’s speech

why should men have all the fun?


big-daY prizes worth


You’re beautiful

it’s tiMe to glow

Eat your way to flawless skin

plus! the most stunning real-life weddings


g n l i i d st d e w 36 fabulous reasons to love being a bride-to-be this season. Your essential big-day shopping guide starts here


You won’t want to part with this beautiful vintage bouquet of handmade faux flowers from Rosie Willett Designs, £495.

LET THERE BE LIGHT Add a pop of colour to an all-white marquee with these round paper lanterns, from £2.49 each, The Hanging Lantern Company.



The pretty pastel embellishment on these Aruna Seth heels (£695) is sure to put a spring in your step and remain a wardrobe staple long after the big day.


FAIRY NICE Breeze down the aisle in a cloud of fresh floral scent with the Féerie Spring Blossom eau de toilette, £54 (50ml), by Van Cleef & Arpels. The bottle would sit pretty on a bridal dresser, too.





SHINE BRIGHT... in this white gold pave diamond necklace, £630, from 77 Diamonds.


Your bridesmaids will look stunning in this sea-green gown, £195, Ghost.


The latest collection from Lela Rose offers all things bright and beautiful for bridesmaids. Party all night in cocktail styles, including this marigold satin dress, £279, at Dessy


Splurge on one of these Theo Fennell sparklers: 18-carat diamond and yellow sapphire ring, and 18-carat pink topaz and diamond ring, both from a selection.


Be bold with a slick of Rouge in Love lipstick in Rose Boudoir, £21, from Lancôme.


IT’S TUTU FABULOUS Embrace one of this season’s prettiest trends with this ballerina-inspired cake, £700 (serves 110), Cakes By Krishanthi.


Set the tone for an opulent occasion with this luxe ivory and gold ‘Modern Metallics’ invitation set, from £8.50, Eagle Eyed Bride. WEDDING


California dreaming Rylie and Jonathan married in a beautiful barn venue with pretty gold and blue touches

RylIe & Jonathan Rylie Tedeschi, 26, a hair stylist, and Jonathan Karp, 30, a hospital technician, married in a ceremony at the Taft Barn, Atascardero, California

The atmosphere... We wanted a relaxed wedding where our guests would remember the finer details. The Taft Ranch was everything we wanted from a venue; we held the reception in a magnificent barn and the ceremony outside underneath an oak tree. I wanted to keep the décor simple yet romantic, so we had a small chandelier and strips of white material hanging from the branches above us during the ceremony. Our 98


colour scheme was white, gold and navy, with accents of blue glass. The look... My dress was perfect for our choice of venue, I felt like a southern belle when I walked in. My florist had free reign to create the arrangements and bouquets she wanted in white, although my bouquet also contained a few blush-coloured blooms. Jon wore a navy-coloured suit, a blue and white striped shirt and a plaid bow tie. My bridesmaids’ navy dresses were originally maxi dresses which we had altered to fit the girls’ individual body shapes. The details... I started collecting items I liked for our tablecentres, without really being sure of how it was all going to come together. I wanted each one to be different, without looking messy. Each table had a square of striped material with a pile of old books,

and the addition of something blue, gold and glass on each. I collected vases and jars in all shapes and sizes which were filled with one or two white flowers. We wanted to keep guests entertained, so we had games and a photobooth for them to enjoy.

“I started collecting items I liked for our tablecentres, without really being sure of how it was all going to come together” My favourite moment... I loved my dad’s toast. He didn’t have any notes but blew us away with a beautiful speech. My tip for brides-to-be... Hire a wedding coordinator to take care of things. That way, you, your friends and family can just relax and enjoy the day. W

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STEAL THEIR STYLE Plenty of pudding: Rylie and Jonathan opted for a dessert table instead of a traditional wedding cake. Guests enjoyed an assortment of brownies, carrot cake, coconut macarons and lemon tart. Have a home brew: For an alternative stag do, which could also help save money on alcohol for the big day, get the groomsmen together for an evening of brewing their own beer. “Jonathan made three types of beer for the wedding,” says Rylie. “He made a keg with four taps to serve to guests.” Choose tasty favours: Jonathan’s mother made homemade plum jam in mason jars for guests to take home.

Hang strips of fabric for an affordable yet effective backdrop

 Photographer: Lindsey Gomes Photography ( Florist: The Flower Lady ( Dress: A Heart’s Desire ( Bridesmaid dresses: Jayde Boutique ( Groomswear: Men’s Warehouse ( Dessert table: Panolivo Family Bistro (




French fancies

rose ‘marie antoinette’ tiered cake, from £12 per serving (serves 50), Ladurée



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add a touch of elegance to your dessert table with these dainty gallic delicacies and work-of-art cakes

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Add a touch of sophistication to your dessert table and take inspiration from the splendor of the Regency era with a selection of stylish treats. For an exquisite wedding cake worthy of Marie Antoinette herself, opt for intricate iced details, soft pastel hues and pretty sugared pearls and almonds. Make a grand statement with a tower of sculpted tiers, or keep it classic with a traditional triple-tiered design.

individual petits fours, from ÂŁ1.50 per piece, LadurĂŠe

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Thrifty tips for your

dream wedding

We’ve got the ultimate guide to being a penny-wise bride. author Vicky Edwards shares her budget-busting advice

1 diY invites

3 so eco

5 BeautY steals

don’t panic if this is your first foray into crafting, there are online tutorials with stepby-step guides, most of which can be printed from your home computer. visit websites like for inspiration or, if you’d rather go pro, specialist stationery companies tend to offer more competitive prices.

Keep your carbon footprint squeaky clean by setting up your own wedding website to act as a portal for the entire wedding party; you can include everything from photos to the gift list and also use it to communicate with guests. For extra budget brownie points, try to negotiate discounts with suppliers for buying goods without packaging.

Most department stores have cosmetic counters staffed by sales people who’ll gladly demonstrate their product. You don’t have to buy anything to get the free advice and samples.

2 insurance PolicY Before you wade into wedding-specific contracts, there could be a policy closer to home which already covers you. check your home contents contract; it may cover key aspects of your big day a month before and after the wedding. and don’t forget, if you make payments of more than £100 and less than £30,000 on your credit card, you can claim your money back if there’s a problem with the goods or service. 142


4 Bridal Bling rings made from titanium, palladium and even tungsten are growing in popularity and the difference in price is significant. a platinum ring costing £500 could be replaced with a titanium ring costing just £80. these less traditional metals last just as well as their more precious cousins, leaving more budget left for diamonds!


Citrus style Inexpensive but effective, try glass vases filled with lemons, limes and green foliage for your tablecentres. Vases can be bought cheaply and your local fruit market will net you a bargain with the fruit.


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8 Charity ChiC Organisations such as Oxfam, British red Cross and Barnardo’s all have bridal departments which sell end-of-line dresses donated by shops or designers. they also stock vintage gowns, as well as dresses that have been worn once and then gifted to the charity. Costs do vary but for a new frock you can expect to pay 30% of what you would pay on the high street. Bargain!

9 COmmunity Venue your local parish centre or village hall could provide the perfect blank canvas for your day. many buildings were renovated as part of the diamond Jubilee celebrations. also check out your local masonic hall; many are available for hire and tend to be well-maintained.

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Buy a scrapbook and ask guests to stick postcards alongside their messages. Or go traditional by decorating a hardback book to match your theme. add a bespoke touch by pressing flowers which will appear in your bouquet to decorate the pages.

14 traVel in style ask friends to chauffeur you and your party as a wedding present. if you still long for a horse and carriage, talk to your local stables and see if they can help. however, be aware of personal insurance issues.

15 CheaP FaVOur let love grow! a packet of sunflower seeds presented in a mini terracotta pot is a lovely keepsake for guests. Paint their names on the pots for a personal touch.

16 PhOtO Fun

Put together your own playlist, hire a few speakers and some lights and get one of your friends to act as your frontman. Otherwise an iPod stuffed with all your favourite tunes is all you need to get this party started.

Collect a box of comedy props for each table; think fake moustaches, eye patches, daft glasses and feather boas. then leave a note asking guests to use the props for their own table’s photo shoot. this can be a great icebreaker for people who are seated together.

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17 Child’s Play

hiring a fish and chip van is a fun and kitsch way to feed the masses. hog roasts are filling and delicious, while homemade broths with generous wedges of crusty bread can warm up a winter do.


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Fine furnishings If you need tables and chairs for your marquee, ask local colleges if they have a hire agreement in place. You might be able to secure all you need for a one-off fee.

hiring entertainment for your younger guests could blow your budget, but children will get bored with nothing to do. if there is a secure adjoining room, set up a dVd player. Perhaps organise some crayons and pictures printed off the internet for a colouring-in competition, or set up a library of books to suit all ages.

18 Fake yOur Cake naughty, but most definitely thrifty, have a theatrical prop cake on display. knife poised, be photographed with the imposter cake, then whip it away out of sight. Present your guests with slices of a less-expensive cake which has been pre-cut. sweet.

19 tOast time unless you are a connoisseur, you’d be hardpushed to tell sparkling wine apart from champagne. if cider and beer are on your menu, ask a local independent brewery about purchasing direct from them. they might offer you a discounted price for a full barrel. W Fifty Thrifty Tips For Your Dream Wedding by Vicky Edwards is out now (£8.99, Summersdale)

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Bring the pub to you Planning on a free bar? Ask your local if they can do a deal to supply the drinks and have a member of staff to run the bar.

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Diary of a

boudoir bride

Alison Jackson boosted her body confidence when she surprised her husband-tobe by having a sexy pre-wedding photo shoot


had been feeling pretty smug. Amazingly I’d ticked off most of my wedding to-do list with four weeks still to go. I just had one more thing left to do and it was turning into my toughest task yet: I needed to buy a meaningful present for my future husband. When a friend suggested a boudoir photo shoot I laughed the suggestion off, but the more I thought about it the more it seemed like the ideal gift. As I approach the big 3-0, I’m finally learning to appreciate my body. It’s by no means perfect but, in the same way I wish I’d taken advantage of being a slender teenager by wearing



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props and outfits; she has a treasure-chest filled with stockings, suspenders, feathers, hotpants, I don’t want to look back in 30 years basques, riding whips and feather boas. As and regret not celebrating my shape now. So, tempting as it was to after a quick google of local photographers I start dressing up, I came across Karen Clifford and before I knew had planned to give it I’d taken the plunge and made the call... my husband a peek of what to expect on COLD FEET our wedding night so Less than two weeks before the shoot I I’d brought along my had a little wobble, emotionally-speaking. bridal underwear, shoes I hadn’t lost the 10 pounds I’d planned to and jewellery to wear. and, despite numerous trips to the gym, my The look I wanted muscle tone was still pretty non-existent. I’d to create was quite also started looking at pictures of underwear innocent – sexy, but not models which didn’t help my confidence too intimidating. When levels. I became so nervous at the thought of I looked in the mirror I the shoot, I considered backing out. When The final photo: “The didn’t recognise myself; I admitted my fears to Karen she was so whole experience has made me feel proud I had never felt so reassuring, helping me see that this was the of my body.” glamorous! best excuse to do something like this I was By now it was midday ever going to get. but I couldn’t eat a thing for lunch, I felt far too nervous. Karen showed PRE-BOUDOIR PREP THE BIG REVEAL me her studio which is set up as a bedroom I have to admit my appetite was somewhat A few days later I got to see my pictures. with lots of natural light and a large bed with suppressed in the lead up to the shoot and I I went from telling myself I would buy just crisp, white sheets and a chaise lounge. I have may have squeezed in some last-minute gym a couple of prints without showing a soul to admit, I felt pretty silly sessions. I also spent a to buying 12 in a photo book and showing posing in my underwear, but them to my closest girl friends. My husband fair amount of time in “The look I wanted I think my first mistake was opened his gift on the morning of our the bathroom shaving my legs, fake tanning and to create was quite trying to look sexy. Not only wedding and later told me it made him feel moisturising. I went along extra proud to be marrying me. While I innocent – sexy, but did I feel uncomfortable, but when Karen and I with the mantra of ‘every won’t be displaying the pictures over the not too intimidating. looked at the pictures on little helps’. mantelpiece, I love that my husband now has her camera we agreed my his own private album. W I had never felt so ‘pout’ looked a little fake. I B-DAY glamorous!” For more details on boudoir photography, settled for smiling sweetly I arrived at Karen’s contact Karen Clifford (www.karen and giving a bit of what studio with no idea of I hoped was a smoulder. Although some what to expect, feeling a mix of nerves and excitement. I started to relax as soon as we looked through her portfolio and discussed the poses I felt comfortable with. Then Julie (hair) and Michelle (make-up) arrived. They are specialists in creating glamorous burlesque and vintage looks. I told them I love the babydoll style and wanted to look like Brigitte Bardot with big hair, rosy cheeks and dark, smoky eyes. Michelle used airbrush foundation which meant the make-up would last all day and a lightening product around my lips to make them look fuller, before filling in my eyebrows so they looked thicker and more defined than I had ever seen them. Next, Karen showed me her selection of

women have stripped off entirely for their shoots I didn’t feel comfortable going that far. Still, I soon relaxed so much I found myself delving into Karen’s props and posing with furs and feathers, as well as trying on a sexy teddy outfit and some stockings. Towards the end of the shoot I even started to worry I hadn’t taken full advantage of the opportunity and got a little more daring, showing my bottom! By the end of the day I felt both exhilarated and exhausted. I had done something I never imagined I would do and I knew not only would my fiancé get the shock of his life when he saw the photos, but the whole experience had made me feel proud of my body.

THE SEXY BRIDE GUIDE • Research your photographer. Choosing one you trust is key. • Be inspired by magazine snaps and think about your style. • Buy some sexy new underwear he’s never seen before. • Practice your poses at home. • Smile! Because sultry’s a hard look to pull off... • Pamper yourself to boost your body confidence. WEDDING 155

holiday romance choose full and frothy shapes for classic audrey hepburninspired style. young love never looked so good PhotograPhy: Constantinos tsiliaCos Styling: lizanne harris

Ivory shirt dress, £895, Lou Lou Bridal. Diamanté floral headband, £92, Glitzy Secrets. Diamanté stud earrings, £15, and cuff bracelet, £120, both Jon Richard. Groom Grey suit, £199, Moss Bros. White shirt, £79, Marc Wallace. Tie, £7.60, Marks & Spencer


Beautiful Hollywood glamour for scene-stealing brides


This striking Reem Juan gown gets a modern makeover with the addition of a cape and overskirt scattered with chiffon appliqué Full-length cape dress, £4,000, Reem Juan. Swarovski crystal headband, £137, Stephanie Browne at Liberty in Love. White gold cubic zirconia drop earrings, £225, Beaverbrooks

The detachable asymmetric ruffle and full tiered skirt give added drama to this show-stopping Ian Stuart dress. Just remove for a strapless style at the evening reception Full-length striped dress, £2,625, Ian Stuart. Beaded belt, £75, Lily Bella. Swarovski crystal and glass pearl earrings, £85, Peter Lang at Liberty in Love. Three-diamond engagement ring, £3,400, Tiffany & Co



FOUND unning “As we flew over the st s, we took land archipelago of coral is eathtaking in one of the most br seen” aerial views we’d ever




Sofie and Jack dived head-first into married life, with an action-packed honeymoon in the Maldives

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Our top honeymoon tips:


The pool water villas were still being built while we were there, but when we return we’d love to spend at least three or four nights in one of these incredible apartments. Plan a few meals at The Cayanne in Baros. It offers a wide selection of cuisine including a teppanyaki table, fresh sushi and both a wood-fired and tandoori oven. Likewise, request a table above a spotlight at the Lighthouse Restaurant where you’ll be sure to see the fish darting around at night as you enjoy your dinner. Even if you don’t want to spend your trip getting your PADI licence, it’s certainly worth trying the introductory dive. Even if you’ve never dived before, you’ll be able to enjoy the lagoon and house reef.




rom the outset we wanted rest and relaxation, the chance to try out new activities, and a healthy dose of luxury and romance. With quite a lot on our criteria, it seemed only the Maldives could pose the perfect answer for our honeymoon. Our hotel was an even easier choice, we'd been recommended the resort by friends and were impressed by the online reviews.



ROMANTIC RETREAT Baros is a small, sandy coral island surrounded by a blue lagoon. Our room was a deluxe beach villa with private decking and a stretch of white sand with views of the sea and water villas – a string of private apartments on stilts which stretch out into the sea and look particularly stunning by night. We stayed on the west of

the island, which proved a great location as it captured the late afternoon sun. Our room had the most beautiful bathroom within a tropical courtyard, complete with outside bath and shower. Heaven!

DIVE DEEP Baros is one of the only islands with its own in-house reef and, just a mere 15m from the beach, it allows for brilliant snorkelling opportunities. Guests can take full advantage of the incredible marine life, from turtles to reef sharks. Within seconds of putting on our masks, Jack and I decided this was where we had to learn to dive and get our PADI certificate. So the next day, after a doze in the morning sun and delicious dim sum lunch on our private deck, we enrolled for our first induction dive with the in-house instructor and resident marine biologist. Before we knew it, we were 10ft below the surface amongst the marine life. We had private lessons every other day, which left us with the most fantastic memories. Baros is the first EcoDive Centre in the Maldives, making it one of the best destinations for a beach and dive holiday.

FISHERMAN’S FRIEND Our activities didn't end there because this was our trip of a lifetime, we wanted to experience as much as possible. Jack is a keen fisherman and wanted to take the opportunity to try out deep-sea fishing. We didn't

land any sizeable fish but we did see pods of dolphins and even caught a few bonito fish which were later served to us as sashimi. For a small island there was plenty of choice when it came to dining, with three restaurants and two bars. We enjoyed a nightly aperitif at the Lighthouse Lounge, sampling fresh tuna tartar and beef spring rolls, followed by a scrumptious dinner in one of the restaurants. Our most memorable meal had to be our private sand bank dinner. Climbing out of our speedboat taxi, we found ourselves on our own little island sipping champagne as the sun set, followed by an extravagant candlelit dinner of barbecued lobster and steak.

A BLISSFUL BREAK We had everything we could ever have wished for at Baros and have taken away some incredible memories. Jack and I will definitely be returning, I have a feeling all other holidays will be forever incomparable until we do. W

BOOK IT! Baros Maldives offers deluxe villas from £382 per night, including breakfast. For further information and reservations call +960 664 26 72 or visit


Our British Airways flight departed from London the day after our wedding and landed on the island of Malé 10 hours later. We'd planned ahead for post-nuptial exhaustion and treated ourselves to business-class seats, which meant we enjoyed a smooth, queue-free checkin and comfy seats; the perfect way to start our break. As we flew over the stunning archipelago of coral islands which make up the Maldives, we took in one of the most breathtaking aerial views we'd ever seen, and started to get really excited. Upon landing we were collected by speedboat and a short 20-minute transfer later we arrived at beautiful Baros.

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Wedding June/July 2013 issue  

Take a sneak peek at the latest issue of Wedding magazine.

Wedding June/July 2013 issue  

Take a sneak peek at the latest issue of Wedding magazine.