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Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis on local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers.

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Hannah and Steve met in a bar in Kavos, Greece back in 2018. Hannah had gone away with her best friend and Steve was on holiday with two of his mates. They got chatting over shots and soon discovered not only that they lived just 10 minutes away from each other, but also that they shared a mutual friend. The two spent the rest of the holiday getting to know each other, then having arrived back in the UK they met up the same evening to go for a meal. They couldn't stop talking, it was the start of something wonderful.

Steve proposed to Hannah on her birthday at Lands End in Cornwall. “I pride myself on my intuition and never thought he'd be able to hide the fact that he was going to propose, but he did!” Hannah shares. In fact, Steve had put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes, finding the perfect ring, asking her parents for permission and sharing his plans with friends. He says, “When we got to Cornwall, everywhere we went I was trying to find the perfect location, but I realised the only place I could do it was Lands End, as I'd go to the ends of the world for her.” Having worked at King Charles Hotel in Gillingham for many years, Hannah was very familiar with its sister hotel, Inn On The Lake and just knew she wanted to get married there. She did however book some appointments to view other venues, not wanting Steve to feel pressured. Happily though, it didn't take him long to agree wholeheartedly that Inn On The Lake was the place for them, having also fallen for the beautiful location, woodland walk and ample guest accommodation. So, the date was set for 24th June, 2023.

Read more about Hannnah and Steve's wedding in the latest issue available now. Read Your Kent Wedding magazine for free!

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Meet one of the UK's finest wedding bands - The Ridgeways! This fabulous four-piece rock and pop group deliver a power-packed show of evening floor-fillers. Read more in the latest issue available to download now for FREE and to book the group, visit www.entertainment-nation.co.uk/the-ridgeways

Nestled in the heart of Christchurch, between castle ruins and the River Avon, The Kings Arms offers a blank canvas setting that makes a beautiful backdrop for year-round weddings. Read all about the venue in our November/December issue, available to download for free now!

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Those with skin sensitivities no longer need to compromise on a luxurious cleansing experience, thanks to the arrival of the new Eco Warrior Sensitive Trio for face, body and hair (£14.50 / 3 x 100g) from The Little Soap Company based in Broadway, bordering Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Read more in the latest issue available to download now for FREE and to shop, visit www.littlesoapcompany.co.uk

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Pstt, Jennie's Cakes & Catering is offer 10 per cent off wedding services! Discover the offer in our October/November issue, available to download for free now.

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Psst, Hartfelt London Events are offering readers 20 per cent off wedding bookings over £500! Discover the offer in our November/December issue of Your London Wedding.

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Nationwide jeweller, Fraser Hart has launched its stunning lab-grown diamond collection into 10 of its stores, including the Plymouth branch. Read all about it on page 82 of the latest issue available to download now for FREE!

How incredible are these images from a shoot coordinated by Tamara Howard from Howards Events? The Rotherham-based wedding and events planner headed to Doncaster's Unique Occasions At Loversall Farm for the perfect venue; teaming up with Kayleigh Stone Photography for some amazing wedding inspo. We're sure you can appreciate their beauty as much as we do!

The shoot is featured in full in our Nov/Dec23 issue. Read your FREE COPY of Your Yorkshire Wedding now

Hidden upstairs at The Cricketers (www.cricketersbrighton.co.uk) is The Greene Room, a stylish and elegant venue for private parties, functions and events providing a whole floor dedicated to decadence. With its own well-stocked bar staffed by the venue's friendly team, sublime gourmet menus, views overlooking the Lanes and a flexible layout across three interlinked rooms, it has everything you need to get the party started.

For more on this and other fab Brighton venues, check out the current issue. The latest issue is available now. Read Your Sussex Wedding magazine for free!

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Aviator is a luxury hotel designed to reflect the sleek and modern aesthetics of aviation. Aviator's exterior is modern and striking with sleek contours inspired by the shape of a propeller. The building is well-maintained and features clean lines from every angle. There's a large lawn and terrace area that get lots of sun on summer days. The lawn provides extraordinary views of the private Farnborough Airport. Watching private jets ascend and descend is spectacular and leaves a lasting impression on guests.

Find out more about this and other Surrey hotel venues in the Oct/Nov23 issue of Your Surrey Wedding, free to download at www.yoursurrey.wedding/free-download

Emily and Owen had a beautiful wedding at the Peak Edge Hotel in Chesterfield. Discover all about the day in our October/November issue, available to download for free now.

Whatever your big-day theme, vibe or vision, there's one thing we can all agree on: weddings are all about love. It might be easy to lose sight of it amid the chaos of planning, but nevertheless its the reason we're all here. Weddings celebrate love in all its forms. Of course, everyone is gathered to celebrate the love between the two of you, but they're there because they, in turn, love you. There's also the pride and adoration on the faces of our couples' parents or guardians that we can't wait to see in our real wedding features. Even capturing a misty-eyed look from, or for, a beloved fur baby warms the heart. Certainly, we could all do with some good cheer so, we decided to ask the region's wedding photographers to share their favourite loving looks.

I love this one by Stacey Oliver Photography (https://staceyoliverphotography.co.uk)!

Check out more of the heartwarming images in the Nov/Dec23 issue of Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding, free to download at www.yourcheshiremerseyside.wedding/free-download

Choosing your big-day photographer can be a tricky business. So, our photography feature in the Oct/Nov23 issue is here to help you navigate the minefield, filled with advice from the region's wedding photographers.

Em and Woz (https://emwoz.co) say, “When it's time to chat with your potentials, note whether they're listening to your requirements – do you gel and are you both reading off the same page? Wedding photographers aren't there to dominate you or your day, they're there to document it as it unfolds without causing stress or being obtrusive. So, meetings are an ideal way to get a feel for whether you're going to get along. Also, find out what you're getting for your money. Do they include an engagement shoot or is there any extra cost? Is travel included? How many photographers do they provide? How long will it take for your photos to be processed?”

Find out more in the Oct/Nov23 issue of Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding, free to download at www.yourbristolsomerset.wedding/free-download

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KirstyBowks Bespokes sketches live during the wedding celebrations, documenting the big emotions as well as the day's quiet, intimate moments. These beautiful illustrations add something unique and lovely to the record of each client's milestone day. Kirstybowks Bespokes has three illustration packages that feature between two and a half hours and eight hours of coverage. Kirsty usually draws during the drinks reception, capturing some of the fun and spark of the day in her trademark playful style. Once the celebrations have come to a close, newlyweds can send Kirsty a copy of their favourite wedding photo. The artist will transform the snapshot into a beautiful illustration of their love. You can get in touch via email: 07913 128 730 or call: KirstyBowks@outlook.com The latest issue is available now. Read An Essex Wedding magazine for free!

Hair stylist Ruth Moore tells us why a ponytail is a popular trend for 2023.

" A low, loose ponytail can actually be the most glamorous of all and is also a big trend for late 2023 brides. Look at Pinterest and make a moodboard of different ponytails you like. This is a good way to show your stylist what you want and is great for sharing your vision with your mam. Too many people think of a ponytail as being hair shoved up for the gym or for keeping cool. Sure, that’s sometimes the case, but for weddings, it’s a classic, sleek style that looks incredible."

See more top tips in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yournortheast.wedding/free-download

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Ben Roberts, the managing director of Clogau, tells us what wedding jewellery will help you create a timeless look.

"The choice of what a bride wears down the aisle is one that's deeply personal and unique. However, it's always a safe bet to go for a timeless, versatile look that is guaranteed to look stunning in 30 years' time.

"Pearls are the epitome of elegance and sophistication, making them a perfect choice for a bride looking to elevate her look. The creamy white hues of pearls make them a versatile stone that will fit perfectly into any colour scheme and add a premium snow-like quality to any winter bride's outfit."

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

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Woodhall Manor is hidden in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, it's the perfect get-away for your hen or stag do. Its Elizabethan architecture and peacefully landscaped gardens will make your get-away special. Access to the surrounding locations could not be better with Sutton Hoo on the door step, head to the seaside town of Aldeburgh, get the Bawdsey ferry to Felixstowe, or relax in Seckford Hall's spa.

With 12 luxury bedrooms and suites and a cottage on-site, whatever you're up to is so easy. The Manor Bar is a great setting to have a cocktail or beer before heading to the pool table for some fun and games. With acres of grounds, why not book some activities? Archery and clay shooting are very popular, or why not arrange a cocktail masterclass or dance class and end the evening with a boogie with your very own juke box?

The venue can also help with food, from afternoon teas to pizza, curry, or something more themed; just speak to the team about your ideas.

To see more hen and stag ideas, head over to our hen and stag feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.youreastanglian.wedding/free-download

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Fallbarrow Hall, one of the largest exclusive hire mansions in the Lake District, is now fully licensed for civil ceremonies. Situated within Fallbarrow Holiday Park in Bowness-on-Windermere, the luxurious venue has also just celebrated its first anniversary since being managed solely by Parkdean Resorts.

Suitable for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests, with accommodation for 36, the Grade II-listed Victorian mansion boasts stunning views overlooking Lake Windermere. Couples are offered exclusive use of the hall, the period Dining Room or the spacious lawn. With full jetty access, there's also the option to hold an unforgettable drinks reception on a boat out on the lake.

Shauna Foy, the general manager at Fallbarrow Hall, said: “Offering couples the chance to get married in this stunning location is really exciting for us at Fallbarrow Hall, and it's a privilege to help create so many special memories. We have fantastic facilities and offer real flexibility in terms of how much help and guidance couples want, so each wedding is tailored to their exact needs. We're extremely excited to now be fully licensed for civil ceremonies and can't wait to welcome more guests to our extraordinary venue.”

Read more local news in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yournorthwest.wedding/free-download

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Kara Owen from Kara-Mia Venue Styling worked with a team of local suppliers to create this beautiful styled shoot. “We were inspired by cool black-tie weddings and the champagne tower trend,” says Kara. “Black and white with touches of champagne and purple made for a striking colour palette. We wanted this shoot to be fun and it really was!”

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

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This luxurious and imposing Grade I listed building was constructed in 1706 by the rather splendidly named Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovel, whose coat of arms can be found above the High Street entrance. It has enjoyed a varied history as a butchers market, a courtroom, a concert hall and a cinema. For the past 100 years it has functioned as Rochester's premier venue for parties, events and weddings offering you the flexibility to enjoy the day of your dreams in a historical setting.

Located just off the beautifully preserved Victorian High Street, famous for its connections with Charles Dickens, the venue is close to the cobbled Boley Hill that links the High Street through an ancient gateway to the moat of Rochester Castle and Gardens on your right, and to the left Rochester Cathedral.

01634 338 112 | www.therochestercornexchange.co.uk

Read more about this venue in the latest issue available now. Read Your Kent Wedding magazine for free!