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Our travel editor Melissa Cullen delves into the popular honeymoon destinations that have recently opened new hotels. For example, the new boutique hotel Silversands Beach House in Grenada boasts sleek interior designs, with 28 rooms ideal for a romantic getaway. Discover the honeymoon essentials in our May/June issue Read your FREE COPY of An Essex Wedding now

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This contemporary wedding event space in Cornwall boasts some of the best sea views in Cornwall from its unique beachfront location. It comes fully equipped with a licensed bar, restaurant, sea-view balcony, children's soft play area and more. Check it out in the latest issue aavailable to download now for FREE! Image courtesy of Thomas Frost Photography

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With the hot summer weather expected to return later this week, I want to be enjoying a drink (or two) at the Whispering Angel at The Mitre nestled along the River Thames with Hampton Court as a regal backdrop. Check it out in the latest issue available to download now for FREE!

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With the hot summer weather expected to return later this week, I want to be out on the river! This is the view from the Cherwell Boathouse in Oxford, where couples and their wedding guests can arrive by punt at this waterside wedding venue located on the banks of the River Cherwell in a scenic spot opposite beautiful meadows. Read all about it in the latest issue available to download now for FREE!

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Natasha Howarth Miller at Howarth Miller Weddings is a chill, slightly quirky Nottingham lass specialising in beautiful candid wedding photography across the Midlands and beyond.

For the past six years, she has been dedicated to the art of wedding photography and videography with her husband, Chris. However, recent developments have led to some exciting changes in the business! Chris has transitioned into a full-time role as a podcast producer, leaving Natasha to embark on a solo journey in the world of wedding photography. 

Read more in the latest issue out now Your Midlands Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 92) (county.wedding)

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With black and white colour schemes becoming all the rage, we've rounded up some of our favourite pieces for grooms-to-be. Discover pieces in our July/August issue, available to download for free now.

Stepping Out In Style
This couple - Tom and Kim - reveals details on their showstopping wedding, and explains how everybody made their day special. The groomsmen are shown in their smart grey suits, full of swagger and style, with a gleaming smile.
Enquire about the photographer now Bedfordshire Wedding, Family & Newborn Photographer (carolineacasterphotography.co.uk) 

Discover the wedding in our June/July issue Read Your Herts & Beds Wedding magazine for free!

Styled with a nod to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s, featuring a sophisticated palette of black and gold, this shoot aims to inspire those looking to create their very own Gatsby style celebration.

The gorgeous bride wears an exquisite fit-and-flare gown with a cascading train edged with scalloped lace that fuses classic elegance with vintage charm. She arrives in style in an elegant Edwardian Laundelette, carrying her statement cascading bouquet. Her low roaring 20s-style bun and red lips combined with bespoke headpiece adorned with delicate crystal and pearl accents, plus feather cape, are reminiscent of the iconic flapper girl look, combining classic elements with contemporary flair. Meanwhile, the dapper groom is dressed in dashing white tie.

The stunning floral arrangements feature plenty of lush trailing dark green foliage and calla lilies, a popular flower with brides of the era. These are styled alongside gold candle holders, decorative gold-rimmed plates and geometric mirrored place names set against a contrasting base of black chiffon and napkins. The tablescape is dramatically elevated by luxurious crystal glassware and silver-plated cutlery. Heavily inspired by the geometric motifs of the Art Deco style, the big-day bake combines bold lines with shapely contours to create a visually striking design, finished with white feathers and intricate sugar floristry.

Download to the latest issue of Your Sussex Wedding for the full shoot and so much more wedspiration!

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Originally hailing from South Africa, Gustav Fouche has become one of London's premier hair stylists and salon owners during the course of the last two decades. Known for his innovative 3D Dry Cut, flawless up-dos and blow-outs, he's also created many a jaw-dropping red-carpet look for the likes of Kate Hudson, Gal Gadot and Leanne Rimes. He's a master collaborator when it comes to editorial shoots and TV commercials, but crucially to us, he's a veteran of hundreds of weddings. His TikTok and Instagram tutorials have amassed a huge following too and he's most recently launched his own haircare line, GF Fabulosity.

I caught up with the charming Gustav at Claridge's earlier this year, to learn more about his newest salon opening and product launches, while seeking out his top tips for our beautiful brides. Read the full interview in the May/Jun24 issue of Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding, free to download now.

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Nic and Phil matched on Tinder, neither truly believing they'd meet anyone this way, let alone it leading to marriage! “Having both been married previously, we'd resigned ourselves to the single life,” Nic says. Their fi rst date was a Sunday lunch at The New Mill in Taunton, and Phil was the perfect gentlemen we're told. “The time fl ew by,” Nic continues. “There was an instant connection, easy conversation, lots of laughter and a common passion for music and gigs.”

Now a couple and holidaying in the Maldives, Phil surprised Nic by dropping to one knee and proposing to her on the beach, beneath the full moon on the island of Eriyadu. He'd made a ring out of tiny twigs and coconut husk from the beach. “It was the perfect location, and so romantic,” Nic remembers.

The couple chose The Castle Hotel to host their big day: a beautiful historical building in the heart of Taunton. “The wisteria that grows across the facade is stunning, as are the gardens,” Nic explains.

Discover the story of their big day in the Jun/Jul24 issue of Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding, free to download at www.yourbristolsomerset.wedding/free-download

We love flowers here at Your East Anglian Wedding, but with so many gorgeous blooms to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming. To give you some inspiration, we've asked Bracken and Twine Flowers to share one of their favourite on-trend images.

Head over to our Flowers feature in the current issue to see more. Download your free copy at www.youreastanglian.wedding/free-download

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Toms Table is an award-winning bistro in the heart of the Ribble Valley. Chef Tom hails from Bashall Eaves, just outside of Clitheroe, and comes from a local farming family.

The team explains: “Our wedding and events menus are born from Tom’s experience in banqueting in the French Alps, tailoring menus to guests’ tastes from all over the world. We offer bespoke catering with a personalised approach and work closely with clients to create tailored menus and experiences that suit their specific needs and preferences. We are passionate about using locally sourced ingredients. Prioritising working with local farmers, growers, and producers to obtain the freshest and highest-quality ingredients available in Lancashire. This commitment to local sourcing ensures that the food is not only delicious but also supports the local economy and promotes sustainability. Tom pays meticulous attention to every aspect of the catering experience. He focuses highly on presentation, ensuring that dishes are beautifully arranged and visually appealing, and is dedicated to delivering exceptional service and exceeding client expectations.

“Every celebration is different and our menus reflect just that. No matter what you envisage for your event, we will help you create a menu that’s perfect for you and just for you.”

See more from our Catering and Drinks feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yournorthwest.wedding/free-download

Heidi and Michael first crossed paths as children at church. “I attended with my family and Michael was an altar boy along with my brother,” says Heidi. “Years later, I caught Michael’s eye on social media, but he did not recognise me at first. He messaged me asking why I had numerous photos with celebrities; my brother was manager at a nightclub at the time. I read the message, recognised him immediately, and shocked him with my response, ‘Didn’t you used to be an altar boy?’ We arranged to meet and quickly became friends, which soon developed into a relationship.”

Michael popped the question in January 2022. “It came as a complete surprise,” shares the bride. “Michael, out of the blue, asked if I wanted to go for a walk, which was completely out of character as it usually takes a lot of persuasion to get him to come out for a walk. As we were about to leave the house, Michael suddenly disappeared to look for a selfie stick, again completely out of character. We drove to a favourite walking spot of mine and he suddenly got down on one knee and pulled the ring out of his pocket. It took me a few moments to register what was happening, but I enthusiastically accepted. We celebrated after the walk with a pub lunch.”

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

Rachael and Sam met through social media. “Sam had not been in New Zealand long and we instantly struck up a friendship,” says Rachael. “We chatted for a few months before we finally organised a date. It was truly love at first sight. All though our connection was instant, our relationship was a slow burn, as I have two daughters who were six and ten at the time. I had to make sure Sam was a keeper before he met Ava and Amelia, but he had me at hello, and his morals, ethics and loyalty would last me a lifetime.”

Sam proposed in a seaside village called Akaroa in New Zealand. “It was my birthday, so Sam had booked an apartment for the weekend right on the waterfront,” shares the bride. “On the Saturday morning, he was bouncing around wanting to go watch the sun rise at the lighthouse, while I wanted coffee in bed! Finally, I gave in, and I must admit, looking out across the water was a beautiful start to the day. I turned around and there he was down on one knee, pale as a ghost. While I contemplated in shock that he was proposing, I noticed his face. Apparently, I was taking too long and the poor guy actually thought I was going to turn him down, which of course I did not. That night friends and family turned up and my birthday dinner turned into an impromptu engagement party.”

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

When Katie saw Somerley on a sleepless night at 3 am on Instagram, she knew it was perfect for her big day! Discover the wedding in our May/June issue, available to download for free now.

Having close friends and family gathered for their special day was everything for these lovebirds. Discover the special day in our May/June issue, available to download for free now.

Stunning bride Zoe picked a Martina Liana fit-and-flare dress with a long train but made it her own during alterations – the result is simply beautiful! Discover the special day in our June/July issue, available to download for free now.

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There's never a better time that summer to host a marquee wedding. Hatch Marquee Hire is a leading supplier of frame (clear span) marquees with experience in creating elegant and stylish celebrations, tailor-made to suit each couple's requirements. Based in Devon, the team supplies the marquee hire service to some of the most beautiful locations throughout the South West including Plymouth and Exeter. Read all about the company in the latest issue available to download now for FREE!

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With summer finally here, check out the Mercure Thame Lambert Hotel in Oxfordshire for staycations, ceremonies and more. The venue provides the perfect spot to share vows with loved ones in romantic surroundings, Read all about it in the latst issue available to download now for FREE!

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With summer in full swing, check out the beautiful Walled Garden at Burningfold Manor in Dunsfold. It's set within a stunning rose garden with wisteria-clad walls and seats up to 120 guests for an al fresco ceremony. There's also a bespoke marquee set between the stable bar and lined barn with a seating capacity of 180 people. Read more in the latest edition available to download now for FREE!