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Photographer, Leigh McPake from Making Memories Photography tells us about her inspiration for this shoot: “I recently started my own photography company so I wanted to get some practice in. My new business partner, Margi Dalgliesh, and I worked with some local companies to create this wonderful set of images.

“Margi and I each have two businesses within the wedding industry and realised we could create budget friendly wedding packages for couples by combining our two businesses, All That Glitters Weddings & Events and Finesse Weddings and Events,” continues Leigh. “We launched a new company together called Amore Signature Events which combines our years of experience.”

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Lynda and Richard met on a dating app. “We went to a board game café for our first date,” says Lynda. “We spent several hours playing various games and walking around Avenham Park. I loved how at ease I felt around him and I knew I could be myself with him. I enjoyed his company so much and knew I wanted to see him again. Thankfully he felt the same and I was able to see him two days later when he asked me to be his girlfriend.”

Richard took Lynda away for a surprise trip for her birthday. “I wanted to propose somewhere that had a bit of a geeky twist to it,” shares Richard. “As it was our second anniversary coming up, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity. I surprised Lynda with a trip to Alnwick Castle, which is the main Hogwarts set in the Harry Potter films, which was an initial bonding point for us. Before the trip, I had got a golden snitch box 3D printed, and when researching what ring to get, I paraded Lynda around the gemstone section of the Natural History Museum to get an idea of what type of style and stone to go for. On the day, when we were in a secluded part of the castle overlooking the countryside, I got down on one knee and asked the question.”

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Sadler & Bailey offers a handcrafted range of exquisite confectionery. Made using traditional methods, with only the finest ingredients, Sadler & Bailey is bringing back the art of fine confectionery. Their chocolates and fudges are combined with quality gift cases and silk ribbons that are ideal for corporate or personal gifts.

There are a range of boxes to choose from, including Luxury Gift Boxes, Duo Gift Boxes, Luxury Gift Tubes and Deluxe Hampers.

Ideal as wedding favours or as a gift for the happy couple, these are sure to be tasted, shared and remembered.

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Ponderosa Weddings is a new family-run business situated between Broughton and Broughton Moor in Cumbria. The owner, Beth Faulder, tells us more: “We offer a 300-acre farm which started up during the pandemic when I had time to start a new venture alongside my photography business. Ponderosa is perfect for holding tipis, marquees, and tents and overlooks the Lake District with a stunning pond and woodland, ideal for taking those all-important photographs. I wanted to hire out this beautiful piece of land and diversify into weddings as we feel it's the perfect place to celebrate your big day. We're planning to host 10 to 15 weddings a year and have just got our premises licence."

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Lauren and Alberto met through mutual friends in 2014. “Alberto had recently moved to the UK from Buenos Aires, and he showed up at my shared house to meet up with one of his friends,” says Lauren. “He turned up with a carton of chocolate milk and some chocolate brioche. Needless to say, it was a good start! Alberto has the biggest smile, the kindest eyes, and rock-and-roll hair. He is so friendly and easygoing, and I was attracted to him immediately.”

Alberto proposed in 2019 during a holiday to Mexico. “He took me for a long walk along the beach,” shares the bride. “I don't think he knew exactly where we were going. We were walking for quite some time until we reached a beautiful point overlooking the ocean. He then got down on one knee and popped the question, which was a complete surprise!”

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You said 'yes', the ring's on your finger, so what's next? The dress, of course! For many brides-to-be it's one of the most exciting parts of the wedding journey and it's tempting to rush out to the shops straight away and start trying on gorgeous gowns. After all, it's not every day you get the chance, right? Not wanting to sound like a killjoy, but taking the time to do your homework first can help you avoid costly mistakes. There are many factors to take into account to make sure your dress is not only the right fit for you, but that it ties in with the style and feel of your day. The time of year, type of ceremony and the venue are all key considerations, as well as the kind of entertainment you're planning. To help inspire you, we've asked Lula Ella Brides to send in one of their favourite dresses.

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Donna Moon from DM Bridal Accessories tells us which bridal accessories are popular at the moment.

"This is a difficult question to answer since bridal accessories are very personal and can vary dependant on the hair style that you've chosen. We've found that hair vines are the most versatile accessory at the moment, as they can be easily manipulated to suit different hair styles and are available in a variety of designs. These can be wrapped around a bun, intricately twisted or simply worn as a headband. If you're unsure of what hairstyle you would like, then a hair vine is definitely the perfect accessory."

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Christmas is our favourite holiday here at Your North West Wedding, so when this festive-styled shoot landed in our inbox, we knew our lovely readers would adore it. The shoot coordinator, Deanna Melia from Your Forever After, tells us how the shoot came together: “I have previously created a summer-inspired shoot and wanted to organise a set of images focusing on Christmas. I kept the colour scheme festive while still being classy and elegant. It all came together tremendously. We created a group chat so that all vendors could communicate together, and I was overwhelmed with the amount of support I got from everyone; they were all marvellous.”

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Naomi and Dan have known each other since they were 16. “We reconnected when we were 21 and had both finished university,” says Naomi. “There was an instant spark, and we haven't been apart since.”

Dan asked Naomi to marry him at the top of Malham Cove in Yorkshire while they were on a walk with some friends. “It's one of my favourite places with great views,” shares the bride. “We were in the middle of lockdown when lots of indoor activities were restricted, so it was completely unexpected. Despite being with a group of friends, they somehow managed to miss the proposal completely!”

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Leeann Swarbrick from Bridge Row Flowers and a team of talented suppliers worked together to create these pastel-inspired images at Eden Barn. Leeann tells us more: “With a full wedding season ahead, I wanted to create light, delicate tones in a rustic and charming venue which offers flexibility so couples can create their perfect wedding. It was amazing working with suppliers that truly care for each couple and work extremely hard to make sure dreams come true.”

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