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Local destination wedding and elopement photographer Jessica Apps and a dream team of regional suppliers collaborated on this stunning bridal look which has to be one of my all-time favourites!

To book Jessica for your wedding, visit https://www.jessicaappsphotography.co.uk

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Kelly Craven-Salvatelli is the owner of award-winning Sienna Taye Hairdressing, a salon based in the heart of Salisbury named after her daughter. Awards include Stylist of the Year 2019, Best Local Hair Salon (Southwest) 2019 and Best Hair Salon Overall Winner of the Year 2019 at the English Hair & Beauty Awards. Find out more at www.siennataye.co.uk

I love this look created for a local styled shoot photographed by https://atlasphotography.co.uk

For more big-day ideas, download our new issue here for FREE!

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I love this little sequinned number by Reading-based designer Marie Chandler, it's definitely what I'd pick for the evening party if I were to get married again!

Looking for fun and flirty dress inspo? Then check out our new issue available to download now for FREE.

Photography by @emilyrosehamilton

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Carolyne and Ollie's day was brimming with bright blooms! This bouquet screams summer vibes to me, it's gorgeous.

Their day is featured in our May/June issue - available to read online for FREE.

Jess and Jake met aged 13 while undertaking the Ten Tors challenge with their local guide and scout groups. However, being from different schools and indeed, towns, they didn't keep in touch afterwards and it wasn't until the age of 17 that they met again at a scout jamboree. This time, they discovered lots in common and spent more time together. In 2007 they started dating and have been together ever since.

No doubt Jess assumed there'd be no saving her 30th birthday celebrations, which had to be cancelled when the first lockdown was announced the week prior. Deciding to get some fresh air on the day itself, the couple set out for a walk with the dog. Pausing along the way, Jake pulled a beautiful engagement ring from his pocket and turned to Jess: “This wasn't really supposed to be for your birthday, but today feels like the right time. Will you marry me?” It was a complete surprise for her and made what was bound to be a much quieter birthday than planned, the best one yet!

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourbristolsomerset.wedding/free-download

"We met through a mutual friend who thought: 'I know, two girls, both gay – it must work!'” Chloe tells us. It's a theory that so infrequently pans out, but on this occasion, it did! Chloe fell in love with Shannon's craziness and sense of fun, as well as the laughter they shared from the moment they met. “I used to say Shannon had the loudest laugh in Burgess Hill, it's such a cackle,” she jokes.

One evening in 2019, Chloe returned home from work to discover Shannon nowhere to be found. Instead there was a huge bouquet of flowers with a note that read: “Dress code: smart. Your carriage awaits at 7pm. Don't be late!” Chloe dutifully got ready and her chauffeur was there on the dot. She was driven around Brighton as she read a poem Shannon had written and left in the car for her to find. Her suspicions that they were heading for the bandstand, a meaningful place for the couple, were correct and Shannon was there to meet her as she pulled up. The pair walked up the candlelit path to the bandstand where they stood in front of an ivy and rose heart and Shannon popped the question. Chloe, of course, said “Yes!”

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.your-sussex.wedding/free-download

Fabulous flowers are a crucial aspect of any wedding's styling, and we have to say, one of our highlights. Floral displays can speak volumes about you and tie your theme together, as well as being breathtakingly beautiful of course. In the current issue, with the help of the region's experts, we delve into the latest trends in ceremony, reception and bridal party blooms offering you inspiration aplenty.

Bouquet created by Country Flowers Florist

Download your free copy at www.yourcheshiremerseyside.wedding/free-download

The wedding cake: sweet treat, reception dessert or showstopping centrepiece? Who's to say it can't be all three? Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, the big-day bake has been an enduring tradition and wedding stalwart since couples first said “I do.” Its origins are thought to date back to Ancient Rome when a cake of wheat or barley was broken over the bride's head to signify good fortune. Thankfully, you won't be forced to wear the delicacy today, so it's something that's well worth thinking about. The modern cake maker is now more versatile than ever and can whip you up a sweet showstopper big enough to take the place of your wedding breakfast dessert, or be served at your evening reception. Handing round the slices is also a lovely way of making sure you get round to see all of your guests. Alternatively, there's the option cake makers. Bold as brass to have a spectacular tower made up of cupcakes or macarons, even doughnuts if you prefer. And don't forget, a cheese stack is a great choice if you fancy something savoury.

See more from our cake feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

Danii and Andrzej met at their local pub. “I was working there at the time,” says Danii. “Andrzej often came in with his friends and we connected through that. He was going to travel around Canada soon after, so we thought there wouldn't be a future, but we ended up speaking every day while he was abroad. He came back from travelling early, and the rest is history.”

Andrzej proposed during a trip to a Christmas market in Bath. “We were on a walk when he asked, and it was perfect,” shares the bride. “We booked our wedding for May 2020, but due to one of the many lockdowns, it couldn't go ahead. I decided I couldn't just let the day pass by sitting inside moping around, so I organised a socially-distanced street gathering. The rules stated we couldn't party, but we could be in our front gardens, so we decorated the street with bunting and invited our neighbours to set up chairs in their front gardens and join in the celebration. Our neighbour, Ian, is in a band and kindly offered to sing for us with his guitar and sound system. We had live music, a first dance in the middle of the road and many smiling faces to help us celebrate our love.”

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourwestmidlands.wedding/free-download

Katie and Terry met at work. “I had just come back from travelling and applied for a temporary role in Sutton,” says Katie. “Terry was the manager recruiting for the role and at the interview, he offered me the job there and then! Although the role was meant to be temporary, I was fortunate enough to become a permanent member of the team. Terry and I got to know each other and realised how similar we are. As time went on, we got closer, and after a couple of years of working together we were both invited to a colleague's wedding. We got on so well and had such a fantastic time that everyone naturally assumed we were a couple rather than work colleagues! Following the wedding, we carried on chatting outside of work hours, and eventually Terry asked me if I wanted to spend the afternoon with him in Burgess Hill and go for a nice country walk. This was the first date of many, and our relationship blossomed from there.”

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursurrey.wedding/free-download

Two decades after first meeting, Hayley and Scott made their way back to each other. “We met more than 20 years ago through friends,” says Hayley. “We felt instantly attracted to one another, but the timing was not right back then. We found each other again in June 2020 through social media and instantly became inseparable. We knew that we were meant to be together.”

Scott proposed four months after reuniting. “I knew it was coming as I'd caught him looking at engagement rings, however the actual night was a surprise,” shares the bride. “We went out for a meal in the Lake District, looking back now he seemed a little nervous but excited at the same time. We stopped off at Lake Windermere on the way home as Scott said it would be nice for us to go for a walk; that's where he got down on one knee with the most beautiful engagement ring and asked if I would marry him.”

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yournorthwest.wedding/free-download

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Set in 1,400 acres of beautiful countryside, weddings at The Coniston are truly magical. From panoramic views of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales to the private grounds, woodland and even lake complete with candlelit jetty, the venue offers a picture-perfect setting to capture those memorable moments.

The rustic jetty by the 24-acre lake makes for a magical setting to say I do.

The venue is featured in full in our May/June issue - available to read, free of charge online

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Voco St. David's, Cardiff, has scooped two awards at The Welsh Wedding Awards 2022. The hotel picked up 'Wedding Venue of the Year Cardiff' before being named 'Wedding Venue of the Year Overall Winner'.

The general manager, Mark Gallagher, tells us: “We are truly delighted to have won at the fourth Welsh Wedding Awards. Just to be finalists alongside such esteemed venues was a fantastic achievement, but to have won both the regional and national award is a testament to the continued hard work and dedication of every single member of the team at voco St. David's, Cardiff. Working closely with perspective couples, our experienced wedding team is on hand to make sure every detail of their special day is taken care of. This allows the happy couple to celebrate and enjoy their wedding, surrounded by their closest friends and family in a truly idyllic, romantic setting.”

To find out more about the venue, visit https://stdavids.vocohotels.com

See more news in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yoursouthwales.wedding/free-download

When I saw this reader wedding I instantly fell in love with the photography, with it clearly proving your big-day shots can be dramatic in style.

"Our photographer excelled our expectations, as we wanted artistic rather than anything too 'lovey dovey'," said the bride and groom Gemma and Andrew.

Visit Matt Heath Photography to find out more.

Set in the middle of an agricultural estate in a very private corner of the New Forest, couples will approach Hale Park down a long avenue of lime trees. Surrounding the house are the extensive grounds, which feature a small rose garden, topiary, maze, two ponds and many hidden areas to discover. Discover more about the venue in our May/June issue - available to download for free now.

Check out: www.haleparkweddings.co.uk

What's not to love about this vibrant shoot, which took inspiration from the iconic James Bond and Grace Kelly? Shoot coordinator Amy Murphy Photography brought together a talented group of suppliers to capture her vision, and the results are beautiful. She says, “Everything about the day was perfect; I'm so grateful for everyone's contribution and support.”

Discover the shoot in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.

The dream team
Venue, www.alswick.co.uk | Photographer, www.amymurphyphotography.co.uk | On the day coordination and wedding planner, https://yourweddingfriend.co.uk | Dresses, www.burrbridal.co.uk | Tuxedo, www.chimneymenswear.co.uk | Flowers, www.instagram.com/bloom_in_gorgeous | Hair, www.instagram.com/sjsbridalandbeauty | Make-up, www.instagram.com/fabulookbeauty.uk | Venue stylist, www.delaroseevents.com | Cake, www.instagram.com/joannerosecakes | Celebrant, www.kellyhcelebrant.co.uk | Toastmaster, www.ashmele.co.uk | Transport, www.goldweddingcars.co.uk | Musician, www.instagram.com/roxy_searle | Jewellery, https://hcjewellers.co.uk | Second shooter, Aaron Wilkins | Caterers, www.facebook.com/Birchs-coffee-shop-cafe-102146808270662 | Stationery, www.instagram.com/wedding.calligraphy.by.rachel | Models, www.instagram.com/katieralphx, www.instagram.com/emilytomlinx and www.instagram.com/thetobeweds

Overgrown Acres provided the perfect setting for this boho-styled shoot, which is perfect for al fresco celebrations. Florist Rebecca Ashton at Ashton Flowers organised this local shoot, which was full of quirky and funky touches. Check out the shoot in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.

ROLL CREDITS
Venue, www.overgrownacresweddings.com | Photographer, www.zoeharrisphotography.co.uk | Dresses, www.nobleandwright.co.uk | Dress designer, www.29atelier.co.uk | Hair accessories and jewellery, www.bunnylovesevie.com | Hair stylist, Gemma Harris Hair Design 07866 357 513 | Videographer, www.ninaemily.com | Make-up artist, www.derbyshirebride.com | Cake, www.shirleyrae.co.uk Concept, planning and flowers, www.ashtonflowersflorist.com | Concept and stylist, www.foxgloveandblack.co.uk | Photo booth, www.busography.co.uk | Model and wedding shoes, www.thenewglassslipper.co.uk | Stationery, Wedding Calligraphy 07933 318 152 Macramé, www.go-for-macrame-wall.square.site | Lollipops, www.emilyslollies.com | Biodegradable confetti, www.shropshirepetals.com

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I love this exclusive-use, 12th-century period wedding venue that has been lovingly transformed with a contemporary feel. The main house boasts exquisite architectural details including unique stained-glass windows and a decorative staircase.

Read all about it in our new issue available to download now for FREE and to book, visit https://missendenabbey.co.uk

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The magical tipis available to hire from Fireflower Tipis in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire provide a rustic charm and blank canvas for any summer wedding theme.

Download our latest issue now for FREE to read all about them and to book, visit https://fireflowertipis.com

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I love the luxury marquees and furniture available for hire from Barny Lee Marquees that are perfect for a summery celebration. Read all about them in our latest issue available to download now for FREE!

To find out more and to book, visit https://barnyleemarquees.co.uk