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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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Lux Bay Duo is a Lancashire-based acoustic duo specialising in weddings and private functions. The owners, Becci and Mick, tell us more: “We have years of experience playing at ceremonies, wedding breakfasts, drinks receptions and other corporate and private events. We love playing both our laid-back 'live lounge' style sets and our upbeat sing-along sets of songs from across the decades and genres.

“One of our favourite things about being part of Lux Bay Duo, in addition to playing live, is being able to share our knowledge with couples planning their weddings. We have a free downloadable guide on our website which has proved to be very popular."

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

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Allure Venue Styling, an event styling company in Cumbria, is collaborating with a new business called The Creative Cup. This creative café provides a variety of workshops for the community, and Allure Venue Styling will soon be providing wedding workshops to help couples plan their special days.

Dai Watson, the owner, said: “I have had a lot happen since the relaunch of the business in October last year. The company has suddenly exploded, and I've gone from working out of my own home to having a dedicated office and enough work that I've reluctantly had to turn events down. The new premises in Cleator Moor, from which Allure Venue Styling and The Creative Cup will be based, gives me the opportunity to run bridal workshops and small hen parties. This is still very much in its infancy, with the hope to open in September this year and for the bridal workshops to begin shortly afterwards. These workshops will cover everything from how to budget for your wedding, plan your day and how to create DIY décor.”

To find out more, visit www.allurevenuestyling.co.uk and www.thecreativecupcumbria.org

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Wendy and Andy met at a tribute night. “I had a run of personal losses, including my best friend, partner and dad,” says Wendy. “I had left nursing and wanted to focus on taking over my own bridal shop when I went on a Blondie tribute night. It turned out Andy and I had mutual friends and we hit it off immediately. He was so understanding and compassionate, and I have never felt more cherished. After only a matter of weeks, he never went home. When you know, you know!”

Andy popped the question during a surprise weekend away. “We went to Manchester for the night and then got the train to York the following day,” shares the bride. “My mum had been admitted to a home with her rapidly developing Alzheimer's, and so once Andy proposed, we booked our wedding within six months to try and ensure she could make it and still know who we were.”

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Nowadays, a cake is more than just something sweet to eat, it's a work of art that can tie the whole day together. To help narrow down your choice, we chatted to Rachael Spence from Lone Wolf Bakery and asked for her 2023 trend predictions:

"For 2023, I think we will see a continuation of people craving more natural elements, which bodes well for the type of rustic and minimal cakes that I make. I think we will see more raw textures and unfinished edges, like the texture of a sponge left slightly naked to showcase it's natural beauty, or rough textured buttercream, mimicking that of bare plaster, which has become increased popular throughout interiors."

To find out more about Lone Wolf Bakery, visit www.lonewolfbakery.co.uk

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Natalie Mayer from Maya Deluxe tells us what style of bridesmaids' dresses are on-trend for winter weddings.

"Jewel tones are on-trend for autumn/winter 2022 and are ideal for pairing with silver or gold to add a touch of luxe to the day. Embrace the beauty of nature with emerald green and pair it with organic shapes and textures.

"If you like pinkish hues, berry is a great colour to create a warm, festive vibe without going too bold. This colour is perfect for all skin tones, and adding a touch of sparkle can take the look to the next level.

"Think about long-sleeves in a maxi length, or why not accessorise short sleeves with chic and winter-appropriate coats? Faux-fur coats are the perfect statement piece to go alongside a delicate dress."

To find out more about Maya Deluxe, visit www.mayadeluxe.com

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Amber and Steve met through work. “We worked together for roughly a year before Steve asked me to go on a date to our local pub,” says Amber. “Ever since then, we haven't spent a day apart.”

Steve popped the question on Christmas day. “He was so nervous in the morning, and I had no idea it was coming,” shares the bride. “It was the best day ever! We told our families right away and began celebrating.

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Kathryn Berry tells us her top tips for choosing a videographer.

"The amount of videographers available can seem a little overwhelming, but the beauty of a lot of choice is that there is a supplier out there to suit everyone – you just need to find them! A good place to start is by nailing down the style of video that you like. Maybe you prefer a fun, relaxed look that captures your day exactly as it happens, or perhaps you want something a little more romantic? Watching wedding videos that catch your eye and noting down aspects that you and your partner do and don't like will help narrow down your search and lead you to a videographer that ticks all your boxes.

"Another great place to start is by asking for recommendations from married friends and other suppliers you have already booked. The wedding world is a close network, and if you find people that love working together and complement each other, there can only be a great outcome."

To find out more about Kathryn, visit www.kathrynberryfilms.com

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Lucy and Chris met in a bar in Manchester. “Chris was out with his friends celebrating his 30th birthday, and I was with my friend,” says Lucy. “His friend approached me and asked if they could come and sit with us. Chris and I hit it off straight away and realised we had the same sense of humour and love of films.”

Chris proposed at home. “He wanted to catch me off guard, so he asked the question on a Saturday night during a three-course meal he had cooked for me,” shares the bride. “I was very surprised and obviously overjoyed! Afterwards, we got dolled up and went out to our favourite pub for a bottle of champagne to celebrate.”

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Tiffany Skinner from Tiffany LS Photography teamed up with local suppliers to create this styled shoot. She tells us: “I wanted to capture bright white tones that reflected a timeless bridal look. Ridgmont House worked perfectly and provided plenty of natural light that highlighted our models beautifully. Lottie's Bridal Boutique selected stunning wedding dresses, and Andrea of Hudson & Thompson Flowers created gorgeous bouquets and headpieces that tied in with our fresh and understated theme."

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Emma McGee from The Bridal Barn Boutique Limited tells us her trend predictions for 2022.

"Here at The Bridal Barn Boutique Limited, we are seeing brides-to-be choose dresses that are sleek and modern. Nearlyweds are focusing less on lace and more on clean lines and luxe fabrics such as Mikado satin or cloqué.

"We predict the next big trend will be square necklines thanks to the beautiful costumes seen on Bridgerton and most recently Nicola Peltz's wedding dress. There's also been an increase in brides-to-be wearing pearls on everything from belts to veils and headdresses!"

To find out more about The Bridal Barn Boutique Limited, visit www.thebridalbarnboutique.co.uk

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