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Abbey House Hotel and Gardens in Cumbria are guaranteeing the sky will turn white at all weddings taking place in November and December 2020. The team have invested in the latest snow cannon technology to ensure a magical scene greets wedding parties as they sweep into the hotel's fairy-lit entrance. The Winter Wonderland guarantee comes on the back of feedback from brides and grooms, who said snow at their wedding would have been the icing on the cake.

Brian Conroy, the operations director, said: “The hotel looks truly stunning when it's decorated for the winter period, and while we are heavily booked for the coming November and December, we do have some availability. The only thing which we can never rely upon is the weather, and snow is a rarity around this time of year despite it being something that many people wish for. So we have decided that whatever the whim of Mother Nature, there will be snow at every winter wedding if that's the wish of the happy couple.”

To find out more, turn to page 8 of the current issue.

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Local cake maker, Suzanne Thorp from The Frostery reveals how you can incorporate strong flavours into your big-day cake.

"For something unexpected, woody herbs such as rosemary, thyme and lavender would work well when teamed with more familiar citrus flavours. If you're having a tiered wedding cake, you have the opportunity to mix and match. You could opt for a one or two-tier design in a classic flavour and team it with something unusual. The season in which you're getting married may inspire you; think pears, pomegranates, maple syrup, figs and ginger for an autumn-inspired bake or strawberries, basil, rhubarb and lemon thyme for spring creations. One of our favourite combinations is an orange sponge cake with spiced cinnamon and cloves with a creamy and nutty tahini buttercream – yum!"

To see more great advice, turn to page 42 of the current issue.

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We spoke to Laura Duggleby from Laura Duggleby Photography. and asked her to send in one of her favourite images.

"“In this image, you can see just how much Hannah and George love each other. They never took their eyes off each other all day. I think the sun setting just behind them really adds to the emotion of how happy and in love they are.”

Turn to page 45 of the current issue to see more from our photography feature.

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Hair stylist, Gemma Louise Smith reveals her top tips for styling long, straight hair.

"Preparation is key. Heated rollers will add volume and bounce to your tresses. It will also make it easier to create a romantic up do, or if you'd prefer it down, you could add romantic waves.
"If you want an up do, but your hair is thick and straight, I would purchase bobby pins that are stronghold. These are more expensive and can be bought from most wholesale hairdressing stores. They hold your locks like scaffolding rather than bending and slipping like shop-bought ones. Once you're used to rollers, you'll find it much easier to get creative.
"For a more boho style, opt for a simple plait with flowers. These look great in long hair or a more formal ponytail. I'd always recommend having a few trial attempts either with your stylist or just having a play around with ideas at home before the day."

To find out more about Gemma, visit www.hairforawedding.com

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Real wedding couple, Hollie and Jack fell in love with their wedding venue, Ashfield House.

Hollie tells us: "We fell in love with Ashfield House as soon as we walked in. It felt grand, traditional and very homely. I loved the décor and thought it would look beautiful with lots of roses and candles. The staff were great, especially Josh, who made us feel really calm and ensured everything ran smoothly."

To see more turn to page 32.

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

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I love Abbie and Simone's love story.

Simone says: "We got talking, and things went from there. We dated for a few months before I finally plucked up the courage to ask her to be my girlfriend. Last Christmas Eve we'd been together for seven years, and they've been the happiest years of our lives.
"Abbie popped the question during a magical trip to America. She'd asked my parents for their permission to marry me before we went on holiday to celebrate my 30th birthday. She asked her grandma if she could borrow a ring to propose with and was stressed that she'd lose it. While we were in San Francisco, we went on a bicycle ride and just before we reached the Golden Gate Bridge, there was a secluded spot at the side of the river with beautiful views. We laid down our bikes, and she got down on one knee and proposed! For the rest of the trip, we couldn't stop smiling.”

To see more turn to page 47.

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

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Rachel Smith from Shikamo told us how this wonderful shoot came to be: “Celebrant SJ and I decided to create a styled shoot that showcased how things could be done a little differently when it comes to your wedding day, and what better way to do that than getting married at a bowling alley? We wanted to show that flowers work in any environment, so we got in touch with Ken Fraser Florist who created a stunning centrepiece incorporating a bowling pin which allowed our theme to flow throughout the décor.”
Love Lace Bridal Boutique and Suit Direct provided the dress and suit. “The team created smart but modern outfits,” says Rachel. “The leather jackets were supplied by Rock Paper Nib. It was a real showstopper and demonstrated that you don't have to necessarily stick with what's considered normal. Other trinkets like the eco-friendly favours, doughnut wall, bespoke invitations and personalised embroidered hankies really enhanced the shoot. The whole day was full of energy and the photographer, Dave Thompson, captured the fun perfectly.”

To see more images, turn to page 75 in the current issue.

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

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We spoke to local florist Jo Campbell from Harrison's Flowers and asked for her top tips on styling a country house.

"Add some tea light holders for low ambient lighting and to complement the décor. Incorporate silver or gold to bring the whole room together for a classic and stunning look without blowing the budget."

To see more, turn to page 65 of the current issue.

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Tweedies Bar & Lodge has unveiled a new retreat for March 2020 to celebrate 250 years since the birth of renowned poet William Wordsworth. The three-night break will enable participants to open themselves up to the power of poetry, as well as the positive impact yoga can have on the body. A vegan menu will be on o er throughout the weekend, specially prepared by head chef, James Goodall, who trained under the renowned Raymond Blanc. All bookings include three-nights accommodation, breakfast, brunch, afternoon snacks and activities.

To find out more, turn to page 9 of the current issue.

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Local florist, Joanne Campbell from Harrison's Flowers reveals how you can incorporate the season spring into your big-day blooms.

"Your flowers should reflect a little bit of your personality and sense of style. Luckily spring is a fabulous time with an abundance of gorgeous blooms to choose from, including sherbet pastels, classic whites, creams, verdant greens and blues.
"Peonies, roses and ranunculi ooze romance, while British-grown tulips, narcissi, freesia and muscari have a fresh, timeless and simple elegance. Tulips have a natural, wild path of their own and look stunning when allowed to flow naturally.
"The style of your gown is a key factor in choosing the design of your bouquet.
"Choose centrepieces that will complement your venue, whether it's rustic, country, classical or boho, you'll find that spring flowers and colours work beautifully with them all."

To see more great advice, turn to page 72 of the current issue.

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