Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis in local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers.
As a gin lover myself, I was excited to learn of Pinkster Gin's latest launch. Their new Hedgepig Gin Liqueurs are not only a great addition to the big-day bar, they're helping to preserve our prickly friends too.
Made by Cambridgeshire-based Pinkster using fruit from local orchards or foraged from the region's hedgerows, 50 pence is being donated to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society for every bottle sold.
Available in four deliciously fruity flavours they can be served with cheese, desserts or topped up with prosecco as a wedding cocktail.
Award-winning Wellington Barn in Calne, Wiltshire, has won Wedding Venue of the Year three years consecutively at The English Wedding Awards.
It's located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering a variety of versatile spaces in which to marry, www.wellingtonbarn.co.uk
Middle Coombe Farm in Tiverton, Devon, offers couples a woodland ceremony site with the option of a picnic in the woods or meadow. The farmhouse sleeps up to 15 people and features a private hot tub, www.coombefarmwoods.co.uk
Make-up artist, Donna Ashcroft reveals her top tips for not overdoing your make-up.
"You can still look and feel glamorous on your big day without overdoing it. If you're used to a more natural look, then don't feel the need to change that. Prep your skin and use a quality primer. This will help to minimise pores and keep your make-up in place throughout the day. A good foundation is key. There are lots of versions available that offer decent coverage without being too heavy. My particular favourites are Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. If you would like an extra glow, try mixing in an illuminator. To contour, use a powder that is two or three shades darker than your natural skin tone. Purchase a small round fluffy brush, and tap off any excess before applying it to the hollow of your cheeks and forehead. Apply a liquid or powder blusher to the apples of your cheeks, and brush a highlighter across your cheekbones. To avoid any unwanted shine, use a translucent fixing powder on your T-zone and any areas you feel are too shiny. Finish with a smoky or natural eye and false lashes."
To find out more about Donna, visit www.donnaashcroft.co.uk
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Make-up artist, Amy Lacy reveals her top tips for making your make-up last all day.
"A good base is key to ensuring your look lasts all day. Cleanse, moisturise and prime your skin every morning to ensure it's nice and smooth. Primers are essential. Not only do they seal in your skincare, but also create a barrier for prolonged wear. Remember less is more. Purchase a beauty blender, and lightly dampen and squeeze out any excess water. Use a HD powder to set your make-up. Keep a compact with you to touch up your T-zone during the day – especially if you're prone to shiny areas. Opt for a waterproof mascara and kohl eyeliner pencil to ensure it doesn't smudge. Finally, use a setting spray. It seals all your work and is quite refreshing."
To find out more about Amy, visit www.amylacey.co.uk
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We love this shot of the driveway up to Danesfield House Hotel & Spa - a storybook beginning if ever we saw one. Apparently the straight lines of the yew hedges at the venue are the result of the local muntjac and fallow deer nibbling as high as they can reach. To see more fairytale venues, buy a copy of our Oct/Nov 2019 issue by clicking here.
I cannot get enough of the new bridal collection by Bristol's Mishi May. This dress is so dramatic - a true showstopper! Visit www.mishimay.com
I love this image of Belvoir Castle, its like a scene from a fairy tale movie with it's enchanted and historic features. Hello... Princess Aurora, are you home?
Turn to page 15 in August/September issue of Your East Midlands Wedding magazine to find out more.
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Danielle and Sarah decide to go against tradition and had three different wedding venues.
Danielle says: "We were planning to have our ceremony at a register office, but when we visited West Usk Lighthouse on a whim, we fell in love. The setting was so beautiful, and it felt small and intimate. For the wedding breakfast, we booked our favourite pub, The Bell Inn. It's a dog-friendly property, and the food there is amazing. The pub pulled out all the stops for us, and we now consider the staff good friends. I liked the idea of having our evening celebration at Portland House, having been to various functions there over the years. When Sarah saw it, she fell in love, and they even allowed us to bring our best man: our dog!”
To see more turn to page 42.
Photographer's credit: www.nickallsopweddingphotography.com
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I was obsessed with the opulent jewel tones used in this shoot as soon as it landed on my desk. Rich pinks, reds and purples are a hot trend this season. See the full shoot over on page 74 of the current issue.
Image courtesy of www.michaelnewingtongray.com
Styling by www.chicweds.co.uk
Stationery by www.byblossomweddingstationery.co.uk
When I tied the knot, one thing that stood out the most was how much I had face-ache from smiling all day - we did not stop! When I saw this image, I thought "I bet that couple had the BEST day!"
Captured by Paul and Suzi, Twig's Branch Photography, they add, "This image from David and Michelle's day has to be one of our favourites, not only 2019, but of all time. These two totally got on board with our vision and style which is all about pushing the boundaries of traditional wedding photography and creating something fun, relaxed and a little bit quirky.”
For more inspirational photography, check out issue 63 of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now.
We love the idea of creating a signature cocktail for your big day and, indeed, with a bar like this one at the charming www.stjameshotelandclub.com, it would be rude not to! To see more of this Mayfair styling session, masterminded by Davina Marques (www.dkmevents.com) flick through your copy of the September / October issue now. Image courtesy of www.joanasenkutephotography.com
How emotional is this shot of Charlotte looking at her new husband Jake? Their real wedding at the stunning www.melkshamcourt.com is featured on page 43 of our latest issue and was photographed by the talented www.daniellamarinosphotography.com
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When it's time for you look for local businesses to help you with your wedding, take a look at our advertisements below. Most will have links to their own websites. These advertisements are updated regularly so please revisit often and mention County Wedding Magazines when making any enquiries.