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When Shona and Dan met online they quickly discovered that they had plenty in common. “Dan tested my knowledge of country music and apparently I passed the test! We went for drinks and dinner for our first date followed by a trip to Skegness the next day and then the day after that Dan took me out on his Harley-Davidson motorbike, and that was that,” recalls Shona.
They set the date for 7th October, 2019 and chose Bassmead Manor Barns in Cambridgeshire as the perfect setting for their country wedding. Shona explains, “It was the first and only venue we looked at. The charm and beauty of the Rickety Barn sold it to us immediately and we booked our date on the first viewing. We loved that we could have the entire day there, from getting ready to going to bed.”
Read more about the rest of their big day in issue 46 which is available to download for free now!
James met Charlotte on a night out at her favourite bar Forge in London. They hit it off and Charlotte gave him her number. “I made sure I entered it on his phone correctly because I could tell I liked him,” she recalls. After 89 calls from James later that evening, Charlotte knew he was keen too. “It only took a couple of dates after that for us both to realise it was the real thing!” They got engaged in May 2018. “It was the same day as Meghan and Harry's royal wedding and James struggled to propose because I was so intent on watching it,” she adds. They set the date for 21st December, 2019 and tied the knot at St Michael's Church, Woolverstone followed by a reception at the historic Woolverstone Hall.
Read issue 46 for Charlotte's account of their big day... which is available to download for free!
Charlotte and James Little White Book
Photography | Justine Ferrari | www.justineferrariphotography.co.uk
Ceremony | St Michael's Church Woolverstone | www.tworiversbenefice.org/st-michael-s-woolverstone
Venue | Woolverstone Hall | www.woolverstonehall.co.uk
Bride's dress and veil | Zara Makes | www.zaramakes.com
Hair | JLR Hair | www.instagram.com/jlr.hair
Make-up | Roberta Amy Owen | www.raomakeup.com
Bridesmaids' dresses | Ghost | www.ghost.co.uk
Groom's suit | Neil & Palmer | www.nealandpalmer.com
Bride's bouquet, venue and cake flowers | Ivy Floral Events | www.ivyfloralevents.co.uk
Table plan, faux topiary and decorative details | Endless story | www.endlessstory.co.uk
Tables | Exquisite Flowers & Decor Hire | www.exquisite-decor-hire-uk.myshopify.com
Quartet | firstname.lastname@example.org (tbc)
Catering | Smugglers Catering | www.smugglerscatering.com
Cake | M&S | www.marksandspencer.com
Disco | Jason Brown Mobile Disco | www.facebook.com/Jasonbrownmobiledisco
Eloise and Tom met during their first term at university in Greenwich, London. Tom was a regular visitor as he was friends with one of Eloise's flatmates. They hit it off and romance blossomed. Five years later, on the anniversary of them getting together, Tom prepared a whole day of activities with riddles as clues including visiting a city farm, lunch at Eloise's favourite restaurant Wagamama, a trip to the theatre to see 42nd Street and ice skating followed by dinner and cocktails. “On the way home Tom proposed in the little park opposite our uni halls where we first kissed,” remembers Eloise. They were married at Norfolk's Waxham Great Barn on 21st September, 2019 and enjoyed a chilled celebration with all their friends and family – even the animals came too!
Read issue 45 of Your East Anglian Wedding which is available to download for free, to find out more about their day.
Photography | Winston Sanders Photography | www.winstonsanders.co.uk
Venue | Waxham Great Barn | www.waxhambarnweddings.com
Videography | Lee Allison | www.leeallisonphotography.co.uk
Bride's dress | Needle & Thread, Harrods | www.harrods.com
Alterations and veil | Antora Dressmakers | www.antora.co.uk
Groom's suit | Slater Menswear | www.slaters.co.uk
Flowers | Cary's Flowers | www.carysflowersnorwich.co.uk
Flower arranging and venue styling | Fran Elliott | www.instagram.com/beckwithandstanley
Glitter Bar | Face 'n' Glitz | www.facenglitz.co.uk
Animals | Scratby Donkeys and Party Pets | www.facebook.com/scratbydonkeys
Catering | Pie Central | www.piecentral.co.uk
Bar | ELM Vintage Bar Hire | www.elmvintagebarhire.co.uk
Singers | The Rooftop Trio | www.rooftoptrio.com
Furniture hire | Gas & Air | www.gasandairstudios.co.uk
I'm a bit of stationery nerd myself and can't resist a beautiful bespoke suite – especially with bee motifs. This Bumblebee Stationery Gift Box collection from Cambridge-based Sleepy Bee Studio is a wonderfully luxurious set, hand-illustrated and complete with tissue paper, gift cards, stickers and bee embossed wax seals. Great as gift or why not treat yourself and make your partner's day with a 'bee-autiful' romantic letter on your wedding morning? Visit www.sleepybeestudio.co.uk
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Our magazine is a great source of advice for those that have had to postpone their 2020 wedding last year!
We're going ahead with our wedding ceremony and would like to do something to mark the occasion, without getting carried away and blowing the budget for our big day next autumn. What would you suggest that's simple but memorable?
Alison says: One of the many reasons couples choose smaller weddings is to break away from tradition and set their own style to reflect their personalities. An intimate relaxed wedding gives you the chance to really interact with your guests, allowing more time for quality conversation. An intimate get together doesn't mean basic, just more personalised. You could even use your own home, a place that's meaningful to both you and your guests. Look at all the space available, not just the tables and how you can turn it into a stunning backdrop.
Consider lights, plants, flowers, fabrics, and anything else that will create an ambience such as an overhead floral arrangement to coordinate with the setting. Take the inside out, if the weather's fine, with sofas and rugs to create inviting outdoor areas in the garden where your guests can relax and use stunning floral displays to link the areas together. Adding small, memorable touches is much simpler in a more intimate space and using family heirlooms such as vintage china, can all help to make your day extra special.
Alison Mortlock | Floral designer | www.albertroseflowers.co.uk
Credit: Images, www.stevehobartphotography.co.uk; Flowers, www.albertroseflowers.co.uk;
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Suffolk's Helmingham Hall is the stuff that wedding dreams are made of. A magnificent stately home set within a 400-acre deer park, the Grade 1 listed gardens provide an idyllic setting for outdoor weddings. Inspired by the picture-perfect backdrop make-up artist Victoria Bradfield got together a team of local suppliers to create this stunning photo shoot.
She explains, “I'd wanted to do a styled shoot at the venue for such a long time. I knew that we could create several different looks for the day to reflect the versatility of the grounds and the gardens to suit a range of themes.”
The cakes were designed to fit in with the mood of a pretty summer wedding. To view the rest of this gorgeous shoot check out the December/January issue, available now to download for free!
The dream team
Photography, www.ajg-photography.co.uk; Venue, www.helmingham.com; Dresses, www.lilychristinabridal.com; Accessories, www.wishheartdesigns.co.uk; Hair, www.lynnettechasmer.co.uk; Make-up and coordination, www.victoriabradfield.co.uk; Cake, www.sassascakes.com; Flowers, www.kayesouterflowers.co.uk, Stationery, www.pollypickledesign.com; Styling and props, www.endlessstory.co.uk; Videography, www.captureditfilms.com; Models, www.instagram.com/lornamarieevents and www.instagram.com/jadeamy18
Razzle dazzle 'em with a flavour of the golden era of jazz. Think 1920's flapper style, feathers and decadent touches with a cool contemporary edge. This dramatic shoot captures all that and more. Set against the chic backdrop of the Gonville Hotel in Cambridge the aim was to showcase a vintage theme in the modern world.
Roll the credits
Photography, www.jaysamuel.co.uk; Model and coordinator, Rohiny Belani, www.instagram.com/asweetrohmance; Venue and car, www.gonvillehotel.co.uk; Dresses and accessories, www.bowendryden.co.uk; Accessories, www.botiasaccessories.co.uk; Hair, www.makeupbysam.co.uk; Make-up, www.emilychantalmakeup.com; Suits, www.javelinonline.co.uk; Videography, www.jchvideography.com; Male model, Luke Paul, www.instagram.com/look_luke_look
See the rest of this shoot in all of its glory, check out the December/January issue which is available now to download for free!
The history of wedding flowers goes back centuries. They play a major role in the big day styling and can be as simple or extravagant as your budget and wedding theme allows.
Here we showcase just some of the beautiful creations by local florists from around the region.
Florence and Flowers | florenceandflowers.co.uk
The hand-tied look continues to be popular with a variety of different textures and natural elements for added interest.
Our Flowers feature can be read in full in our December/January issue available now to download for free.
The food is one of the most important parts of a wedding – get it right and your guests will remember your big day for all the right reasons. It accounts for a major slice of the budget too, so it pays do your homework.
As the wedding industry gears up for the year ahead, the ripple effects of 2020 will continue to influence the shape of things to come – not least in the catering sector. Key issues, such as the environment, sustainability and the provenance of the food we eat have been brought into even sharper focus, fuelling demand from newlyweds-to-be for vegetarian and vegan options, locally sourced and seasonal produce to help lower the carbon footprint of their day.
Read more from our Catering feature in our December/January issue available to download for free now.
Outdoor weddings are set to be huge this year!
Enjoy a taste of the good life at Jimmy's Farm with bags of rustic charm, panoramic countryside views, free-roaming peacocks and more.
A wonderful mix of contemporary yet natural spaces with an abundance of wildlife throughout the grounds, it's an idyllic setting for you and your guests to reconnect with the great outdoors. Take a stroll in the ancient woodland and admire the views, you can even treat your loved ones to an exclusive out-of-hours tour of the wildlife park; great for original fun photos. What's more there's the added bonus of five-star luxury glamping, so you can retire at the end of the evening under the magical Suffolk night sky.
The Celebration Tent is sure to wow with its festoon lighting, reclaimed tables and benches; great for a bespoke ceremony with up to 200 guests. After tying the knot, during the official signing of the register in the magical hand-built Eco Cobb Roundhouse, your guests can enjoy drinks and canapés in the Herb Garden and Orchard. Afterwards, eat drink and celebrate being married in the 18th-century converted barn restaurant complete with exposed beams, a handmade wooden bar and chill-out area. Alternatively, for a more festival-style vibe you can party the night away in the Celebration Tent. With a strong farm-to-fork ethos, you can look forward to good food and drink joined by up to 120 loved ones for a sit-down meal or 200 for relaxed dining.
We love… that experienced supplier Natalie Solanke Weddings is on hand to help plan your dream day.
Check out www.jimmysfarm.com/weddings
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Read more on venues based in Ipswich in our Oct/Nov issue which is available as a free download now!