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

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Deborah and Joe have been friends since they were nine years old. “We went to high school and college together,” says Deborah. “We had lots of mutual friends and started to meet up when we were both at university and enjoyed spending time together.”

Joe proposed at their home seven months after they moved in. “He wanted to take me on a walk, but I was being grumpy and didn't want to go,” shares the bride. “He decided to surprise me by asking me at home instead.”

Photographer's credit: www.twoforjoyphotography.co.uk

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Wedding planner, Deanna Melia from Your Forever After gives us her top tips for planning a carnival-themed wedding.

"This is the first time I've heard of someone having a carnival theme, but I think it's a brilliant idea! To plan the perfect wedding, you need to ensure you have a budget in mind, as this will alter the number of choices available to you. Start by getting your guest numbers set in stone, so you know how much money you will have left for decorations and activities.

"I strongly advise hiring a wedding planner as they can find the most suitable venues and stylists for you so that you don't feel so overwhelmed.

"Hire a caterer who provides carnival-style food such as hot dogs, pretzels, burgers and doughnuts. You could even create a sweet cart and have lots of fairylights everywhere for when the sun goes down."

To find out more about Deanna, visit www.yourforeverafter.co.uk

Read more top tips in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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Eve and Jonny tied the knot in a fun-filled celebration at New House Farm. "Since getting together, Jonny has introduced me to the magic of the Lake District," says Eve. "We wanted to commemorate our union as well as share the beauty of the Lakes with our guests who had never been there before. We loved New House Farm's rustic décor, rich character and furnishings. We never wanted a massive or overly fancy wedding, and it was important for the venue to feel authentic. We were very drawn to Hazel from New House Farm, who welcomed us so warmly and made the possibility of a simple and understated wedding a reality."

Photographer's credit: www.jesseknibbsphotography.co.uk

Read the full real wedding in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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Set in Manchester city centre is the beautifully renovated Stock Exchange Hotel. This chic venue provided the perfect backdrop for this glamorous styled shoot. “The property oozes style and luxury while retaining its original Art Deco and Victorian features, it also incorporates a modern spiral staircase of dreams and a penthouse suite to rival all others,” shares Maria from Detail. “Working with a building where every detail has been considered, the styling needed to be pared back, in an understated yet luxurious way. The roses added a sense of opulence to the table setting with touches of gold through the cutlery, accessories and bridal cape. A mix of marble and black candleholders with tapered candles combined with the black and white stationery by PaperGrace looked gorgeous. To complete the look, we opted for a triptych of stunning cakes provided by Marie Antoinette Cake Design that tied in with the cool modern interior.”

The incredible gold cape was provided by Moon Child Bridal. “It added the right amount of decadence to the shoot while the tulle dress and frilled veil leant a modern Italian feel to the ceremony images,” explains Maria. “Charlotte Mill's bow-fronted peep toe shoes were the perfect accompaniment for a splash of modern and old-world glamour. Amanda Makeup Official used NYX vegan make-up products to create our model's look, keeping a very soft and natural look to start with, gold highlights to complement the gold cape and a stronger lip for the evening look.”

Photographer's credit: www.jobradbury.co.uk

See the full shoot in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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Becky & Josh are a laid-back acoustic duo performing at weddings and events all over England, from Cornwall to Cumbria, putting their own spin on a variety of pop, soul, R&B, dance and rock classics. A blend of acoustic guitar and vocals with additional percussion means you can expect to hear your favourite songs, but not in the way you know them. From walking down the aisle to dancing the night away, their varied repertoire offers something for every part of your wedding day. Whether you're getting married on the beach, in a castle or a rustic barn, their stripped-back arrangements are perfect for bringing a relaxed atmosphere to your day, regardless of the setting!

The duo offers three packages that are designed to suit a variety of different budgets. The Bronze Package covers music for the ceremony and drinks reception, the Silver Package adds the wedding breakfast, and the Gold Package includes the service, meal and 2x45minute sets of dancefloor fillers as well as 10 custom song requests.

To find out more, visit www.beckyandjoshduo.com

Photographer's credit: www.olibo.co.uk

Read the full Music and Entertainment feature in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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Happy Hampers, a company providing wedding favours in Blackpool, has started offering date night hampers for couples who have booked with them. The owner Daniella Moody tells us more: “Happy Hampers was founded in November 2019 as a way of earning some extra more money for myself. When COVID-19 hit the following year, sales began to boom as I offer trusted payment plans that are paid directly via bank; standing order or PayPal. Since then, I have registered officially as a sole trader expanding daily with new ideas and products while also working as a health care assistant. I offer couples a fully understanding service. There is no need to contact me professionally as I believe you get more out of the service and are better able to express your preferences while having a more casual chat. My favourite part of the job is meeting people from different walks of life and meeting their personalised requirements, so don't hesitate to get in touch.”

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/happyhampersblackpool

Photographer's credit: www.facebook.com/photogeephotography and www.adam-tranter.com

Read more news in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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Hannah and Harry have known each other since they were children. “We went to primary school together and met again when we were 19,” says Hannah. “After some persistence from Harry, I agreed to go on a date with him, and we've been inseparable ever since.”

Harry proposed during a holiday to Berlin. “We were on our way to a Liam Gallagher concert in March 2018,” shares the bride. “It was in front of the cathedral and was wonderfully romantic.”

Photographer's credit: www.fish2.co.uk

Read the full real wedding in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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Kelly Kirkby from Sugar Wishes Cakes tells us more about her company.

"I started baking when my daughter was born and didn't intend for it to become anything more than making birthday bakes. However, the orders started coming in, and after three years, I created my first wedding cake. That was back in 2013, and now we design and create lots every year. Couples will receive a light-hearted and friendly approach to their wedding cake. I like to chat over their wedding to gain an understanding of the feel they're going for, so I can make recommendations for their design."

Photographer's credit: www.anthonyivesphoto.com

To find out more about Kelly, visit www.sugarwishescakes.co.uk

Read the full feature in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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Dress designer Roxanne Halenko tells us the latest trends.

"Short wedding dresses are becoming a massive trend. You don't have to wear the traditional tea-length design, you could opt for a high front and low back like Gwen Stefani's Vera Wang gown or something like Lilly Allen's vintage mini Dior dress. If that's not for you, then how about ruffles? It can create extra detailing or you could go big with a ruffle mermaid skirt.

"Off-the-shoulder gowns are super flattering and very popular among most designers. Square necklines have also made a return thanks to Bridgerton setting a new trend."

To find out more about Roxanne, visit www.roxannehalenko.com

Photographer's credit: www.mickcooksonphotography.co.uk

Read the full feature in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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Kat and Tom met at a salsa dancing class. “Tom joined the class in order to meet me,” laughs Kat. “He proposed in Mexico in March 2019. The date was significant as the Chichén Itzá Equinox was taking place, which only happens twice a year, and Tom knew it was my dream to see it.”

Photographer's credit: www.tiffanylsphotography.co.uk

Read the full wedding in our August/September issue - available to download for free now.

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