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

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Sara and Luke met in 2012 on Twitter. “Following our online friendship, we started writing letters to each other, and one day, we decided to meet up,” says Sara. “We didn't live near each other, so we never thought anything of our relationship other than a friendship. However, once we met, we were inseparable, and Luke asked me to be his girlfriend. From 2012 until 2018, we had a long- distance relationship whilst we completed our studies. We would travel by train to see each other, spending our weekends and school holidays together. Once we started our careers, we moved in with my parents while we saved for our house, which we bought in 2019. Over the years, we have grown together as a couple and become a team. A lot has changed in the past 10 years, but our friendship and love for each other has been consistent and grown stronger.”

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Victoria Rawlins from Blossom & Bows tells us her top tips for styling a small wedding.

"My main piece of advice would be to focus on the smaller details. The great thing about having an intimate wedding is it allows you to be more creative. Choose a theme and keep it consistent. For example, once you have chosen your flowers, use them throughout the day. Incorporate them within your welcome drinks, table settings and on the back of your chair sashes. As you don't have as many people to cater for, you really can go the extra mile with your décor.

"When it comes to your tables, think of charger plates with mixed linen. Napkins can be expensive when you have to cater for the higher end of guest numbers, however, if your wedding is more intimate, it's a great way to give your table the wow factor. Personalised menus and favours will also give your wedding a personalised touch."

To find out more about Victoria, visit www.instagram.com/blossomandbowseventhire

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Hair and make-up artist, Samina Mahmood tells us the latest hair trends

"Two hair trends are popular at the moment: Hollywood waves and half up dos. The Hollywood wave is the perfect style for those who want gorgeous volume and sophistication. This look is now being incorporated into other designs, such as ponytails.

"Another trend is the half up do. It's a classic and timeless style that gives you the best of both worlds, as you can wear your hair down and keep it away from your face. It's also incredibly versatile, as you can change so many elements to give the look a personal twist. It can be dressed up with intricate braids or worn in a more relaxed style with soft curls. It's been in demand with bridal parties because it's easy to adapt to different hair types."

To find out more about Samina, visit www.glambysam.co.uk

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Sonja and Robbie met at a mutual friend's birthday party. “We ended up sitting together and talked the whole time,” says Sonja. “Robbie popped the question on top of Summerhouse Hill. This was the first walk we did together when we started dating. I had no idea he was going to propose and was so shocked that I didn't say 'yes' straight away.”

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"This summer-inspired shoot at The Tipis at Riley Green was put together by Tiffany Skinner from Tiffany LS Photography. “Throughout the planning, directing, and editing process, I had an outdoor wedding at the forefront of my mind using beautiful ivories and greens,” says Tiffany. “I knew that tipi and al fresco weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and I wanted to tie that in with a timeless, elegant feel. The Tipis at Riley Green was the perfect venue for our shoot, and I was fortunate enough to shoot alongside Photos by Issy, who helped me capture the day. When organising the shoot, I shared my vision and moodboards with our wonderfully talented suppliers. I wanted them to have the flexibility to bring their own ideas to the table.

“Andrea from Hudson & Thompson Flowers included stunning ivory and green blooms throughout, and Add A Little Sparkle provided a stunning ceremony set up and décor. Laura of Heavenly Teepees & Parties provided a tipi and an outdoor seating setup."

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

Clare and Daniel met at college. “We were both studying IT,” says Clare. “Our relationship ended as Daniel moved away to university. A little over six years later, Daniel found a picture from the good old days which sent us down a rabbit hole, and the rest is history.”

Daniel popped the question while the couple were on holiday in Florida. “I'm a big Harry Potter fan, so he got down on one knee in front of Hogwarts at Universal Studios,” shares the bride. “Daniel looked so nervous that I said yes before he even finished asking the question. We then called my parents, and my dad congratulated us, but my mum thought it was a joke because Daniel is always winding her up.”

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

This striking shoot was put together by the team at Sparth House. Katie Urban, the wedding and marketing coordinator, tells us more: “We wanted to create something that not only looked amazing but would also inspire our couples and give them ideas to use within their own wedding style. Romance, elegance and autumnal vibes were at the forefront of this styled shoot. Putting together the moodboard allowed our suppliers to use their own creative ideas whilst still enabling us all to work together cohesively. Being able to work with some of our favourite local suppliers, some old faces and some new ones, meant the shoot came together effortlessly.”

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

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Kate from Florence & Vera Events tells us her trend predictions for 2022. "The tick-box exercise of including everything is a thing of the past. Couples are keeping their guest lists lean, and why not? Restrictions during the pandemic have meant that numbers had to be kept smaller, but the trend for this continues, keeping things more personal and lower- key than ever before. The introduction of elements to the tablescape is definitely on the up! Charger plates, mixed linen and napkins, gold cutlery and glassware are all huge parts of the detailed styling couples are choosing to have. The finer details are becoming much more important."

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

Read the full Venue Styling feature in our February/March issue - available to download for free now.

To celebrate 2022 with a bang, THE VENUE, a new wedding space in Kendal, is offering one lucky couple the chance to win use of the venue, three barrels of beers and 10 bottles of Prosecco! Decorated in a quirky industrial style, the property is part of a working brewery and can accommodate up to 100 seated guests. With a fully-equipped stage for live bands and a bar that will never run dry, THE VENUE is ideal for couples looking for a unique setting to celebrate their big day and dance the night away.

The competition closes on Sunday 27th March, 2022, and the winner will be contacted within 14 days of the closing date.

For full terms and conditions and to enter the competition, please visit www.bownessbaybrewing.co.uk/wedding-competition

Read more news in our February/March issue - available to download for free now.

Lisa and Paul met through a mutual friend. “I was 16 and Paul was 19,” says Lisa. “We got on really well and have done ever since. We've been together for 17 years and have two beautiful children together.”

Paul popped the question after 16 years together. “It was a complete surprise,” shares the bride. “He asked me at my 30th birthday party in front of all our friends and family. He put the ring in a gorgeous balloon, and I had to pop it and find it beneath rose gold feathers.”

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

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