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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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Local cake expert, Suzanne Thorp from The Frostery reveals how you can create a Christmas-themed wedding cake.

"For a glamorous option, you could opt for a spectacular all-white cake with oversized snowflakes and snowballs. A dusting of edible glitter will add some sparkle in the candlelight. A white bake will also provide a stunning backdrop for a more traditional Christmas theme and can be decorated with deep red sugar roses, green garlands of holly and ivy and red berries.

"If cool chic is more your style, then a Nordic theme with stag heads, hand-painted reindeer, prints and a green, red, cream and grey colour scheme could be the way forward.

"In terms of décor, you can definitely get away with more at Christmas, so shaped and carved designs with a romantic, yuletide theme will only add to the fun."

To find out more, visit www.thefrostery.co.uk

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

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Laura and Samuel first met while working at Preston Hospital. “We were introduced in passing but never really spoke,” says Laura. “Years later, I was working as a nurse at Blackburn Hospital, and Sam sent me a Facebook message asking what it was like to work there as he was thinking of applying for a position. He told me later that he made it all up and never had any intention of working there but wanted a reason to speak to me. We talked for a while and met up for a coffee, which went really well, so we continued seeing each other.”

Samuel popped the question in April 2019. “We were supposed to be going to the Lake District for a day out,” shares the bride. “He made me get up super early, and I couldn't understand what the massive rush to get here was, but I went along with it. We arrived at Elterwater nice and early and set off on a walk. There was a bench overlooking the water, and Sam told me to go sit down so he could take a photo. He then told me to close my eyes and that he had a surprise to which I responded 'is it food?' When I opened my eyes, Sam was down on one knee holding a box with the most beautiful white gold engagement ring in it. I, of course, said 'yes' and I've never been more surprised in my life. How he kept it a secret I will never know. He had even asked my parents for their permission and planned a meal with my family later in the day where there was a beautiful engagement cake waiting for us.”

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

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We adore these gorgeous images taken at Roanhead Beach. To find out more, we spoke to the photographer, Clare Gelderd: “Bohemian styled weddings are a hit right now because they're relaxed, fun and create a blank canvas. Imagine embracing the sand between your toes as you walk down the aisle with the sea breeze and sun on your face, the experience alone is priceless. I wanted to showcase my refreshing approach to photography, and with the help of some amazing suppliers, we created a gorgeous backdrop. We worked hand-in-hand to create the perfect picnic plater, a traditional gypsy cob, decorative features and stunning bridalwear.”

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

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Scott Wigglesworth from Blackfell Photography shows us one of his favourite images: "I was talking with the bride, Heather, after we'd taken some portraits around her family home. Her father, eager and proud, entered the room and just happened to be in the right position for me to shoot through the mirror and capture the moment he saw his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.”

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

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Victoria Baths in Manchester has won an award for Best Wedding Venue at the 2020 UK Heritage Awards. The ceremony is designed to honour the very best historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites in the UK.

The property houses five unusual spaces for weddings that include the option to get married in the deep end of one of the empty pools or against the stained glass backdrop of the Turkish Rest Room. Each couple has exclusive use of the entire building during the service and reception and has the day before to set up and the day afterwards to take everything down.

Kat Mulhall, the events manager, said: “We're absolutely thrilled to win this prestigious national award, and for Victoria Baths to take its place amongst some of the finest heritage organisations in the country. The wedding experiences that we help to create and the couples we meet are very close to our hearts, and it's wonderful to have been recognised by the UK Heritage Awards.”

To find out more, visit www.victoriabaths.org.uk

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Real wedding couple, Rhiannon and Mark tell us about their big day: “As we're both musicians, entertainment was the most important thing to us,” shares Rhiannon. “To start we had a ten-piece brass ensemble called Brasskompaniet join us for the day. Along with a couple of friends, they played all our pre-ceremony and ceremony music. For our recession, Mark composed a melody of songs that are significant in our relationship. It was the best wedding present, he could have given me, and I still treasure the sheet music to this day. For the drinks reception and dinner, we painstakingly put together a playlist of tunes from 1939 to the present day. Finally, for the evening entertainment, we hired Ban'Boogie. This function band is run by our musical director, without whom we never would have met. After far too much wine, we joined the band for the second set and people seemed to enjoy the novelty of that.”

Photographer's credit: www.andyboylephotography.com

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Florist, Kate Harvey from Fabulous Flowers and Events tells us more about her company.

“I've been in the wedding industry for 15 years and have a favourite flower for every season. I love dahlias in the autumn, peonies in the summer, big-headed red roses in the winter and tulips and sweet peas in the spring.

"I love making someone's day, whether it be a birthday surprise, sending flowers off to a loved one or sharing a clients wedding day. The bouquet I have liked making the most has to be for my own wedding. I got to choose my flowers and do them my way. I adored them so much that I've had them preserved and mounted into a frame.

"The best tip I have for choosing your wedding flowers is to look
for options suited to the season as certain versions aren't available all year round."

To find out more, visit www.fabulousflowersandevents.co.uk

Photographer's credit: www.paulswiftphotography.com

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Dress designer and seamstress, Roxanne Halenko reveals you can add a touch of colour to your wedding dress.

"There are several ways you could add a touch of colour to your bridal gown without going overboard. If you're planning to wear a veil, you could find a seamstress who will add red lace to the hem. Alternatively, you could opt for a headpiece that ties in with the time of year.

"Try adding a ribbon or sash around the waist of your gown or looking for striking earrings, bracelets or necklaces.

"My best advice would be to purchase a shawl or over-the-shoulder faux fur in an autumnal shade. This would look amazing and be practical as the weather starts to turn a little cooler.

"You could also add a red petticoat underneath your dress, so when your photographer takes photos you can show a splash of colour when you twirl or lift your dress. Lastly, don't forget your shoes! They don't have to be white or ivory and are a fun way of incorporating your theme."

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

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Real wedding couple, Natalie and Tom tied the knot in a romantic celebration at St Mary's Brownedge and Mitton Hall.

Natalie tells us: "We met at work and instantly hit it off. I was attracted to his eyes and dry sense of humour. After a couple of months, Tom asked me to go on our first date to Cartmel Racecourse, and the rest is history.”

Tom proposed on New Year's Eve in front of Lytham Windmill. “He almost lost his nerve when a coach party arrived just as he was about to pop the question,” shares the bride. “Luckily, the crowds dispersed, and he was able to ask me to marry him. We celebrated with friends, fizz and fireworks that night and started wedding planning the next day. We got married a year and a day after Tom proposed.”

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

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Kate and Matthew met through a mutual friend in 2011. “She gave Matthew my number as I was a travel agent at the time and he wanted to book a holiday,” says Kate. “The same day I booked his holiday we coincidently bumped into each other. We hit it off straight away, and the conversation flowed really well. We continued to talk and a couple of weeks later we went on our first date to Egypt and haven't been apart since.”

Matthew popped the question on Kate's birthday. “I was opening my cards and gifts from my eldest son, who was four at the time,” shares the bride. “One of the gifts was a ring box, and as I opened it he said 'mummy will you marry daddy?' Matthew then got down on one knee and took over. It was a beautiful and intimate moment with my nearest and dearest.”

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

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