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Real couple, Romilly and James tell us about their wedding venue, Pendrell Hall.

“We wanted an exclusive use venue with on-site accommodation and no corkage,” explains Romilly. “We preferred the Birmingham area as it's close to where we live so on paper Pendrell Hall was perfect. When we saw it in person, we fell in love with it and knew it was where we wanted to get married.”

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

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Katie Whitburn from Still Light Photography tells us about one of her favourite images. "Getting creative at weddings is what I'm all about," says Katie. "I love this image showing the bride getting ready with her best friends. This is actually taken while I was on standing on a table, shooting through the glass beads of a chandelier. I love the depth it creates and how it tells the story of the morning.”

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Local jeweller, Cheryl from The Jewellery Stop tells us how you can choose the perfect piece of jewellery for your mum.

"The beauty of gifting jewellery to your mother is that you truly know your her and what styles and colours she likes. Jewellery, whether it be precious, costume, statement or dainty, is personal and an outward reflection of the wedding.

"Start with the neckline first. Look for a subtle statement piece that tones with her outfit to create a sophisticated look. If you want a piece to stand out, opt for a more subtle shade to keep it looking elegant. Colour is at the core of what we do from a single tone to multi-tone in an array of styles. Alternatively, a sentimental piece that represents your relationship together would be well received, either a significant design or an engraving to help symbolise your special bond."

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Kayleigh and Liam first laid eyes on each other at a nightclub in Coventry. “We met on the dancefloor, and I showed him my crazy dance moves,” says Kayleigh. “There was definitely an attraction. He was so good looking that I didn't expect him to be so funny! I thought we would just have one drink, but we spent hours chatting the night away.”

Liam popped the question in 2017 at Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions. “It sounds hilarious, but it was actually really romantic and a complete surprise,” shares the bride. “We went away with Liam's family for his nan's 80th birthday and stayed in some lovely lodges overlooking the Mendip Hills. After a day consisting of cave tours, arcades and miniature golf, we were ready to go to the birthday party and went to get changed. When I walked in the room, he told me he needed to talk to me and then proceeded to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him. I burst into tears and couldn't stop shaking because I was so happy. I remembered to say 'yes' after about 10 minutes. After we had calmed down, we met everyone and told them the great news. Everyone was so excited, and we partied the night away.”

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

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Jodie and Richard met playing poker. “We hit it off straight away and found it easy to talk to each other,” says Jodie. “We have a similar sense of humour and always make each other laugh.”

Richard popped the question twice! “We first got engaged on Christmas day in 2015 but had no real plans of getting married,” shares the bride. “Then in January 2018, Rich proposed again which was a massive surprise. We decided that we would tie the knot this time around, and thought what better day than our 10th anniversary? Unfortunately, it landed on a Tuesday which isn't an ideal day for a wedding, so we moved it to the Saturday not realising it's a leap year! The date made our day even more special.”

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

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Classic elegance is a popular theme that lends itself perfectly to weddings. To find out more about this set of images, we spoke to the photographer, Katie Whitburn. She tells us: “We chose a neutral colour scheme and incorporated it into the flowers. Lydia from Floral Roundabout provided a beautiful bouquet and stunning centrepieces featuring white roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, succulents and eucalyptus. The styling was heavily based around the blooms as we wanted to create a consistent look and feel. Wendy from Secret Garden Wedding & Event Services also did a fantastic job with a beautiful sage green and ivory colour palette which she incorporated into the chair sashes, charger plates, candelabra, moon arch and centrepieces.

“The dresses and suit were borrowed from the award-winning The Dressing Rooms Bridal. Ana's dress had an embroidered lace backless bodice with a plunging neckline and lace detail on the train, while Lauren had a simple off-the-shoulder satin gown with a diamanté belt.”

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

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Jason Oneil from The Black Tie Coventry Ltd tells us how men can wear pink with confidence.

“When it comes to incorporating pink into the groom's look, remember less is more. By far the most popular way to introduce the colour is through neckwear or a handkerchief. We do hire some pretty jazzy waistcoats if you'd prefer something brighter.

"Pink goes well with most suit colours, but I find you can't go wrong with matching it with midnight blue.

"Although we hire and sell lots of different suit and waistcoat combinations, we've found that tweed suits are the most popular option."

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The Dressing Room Bridal in Halesowen has re-opened and taken measures to ensure all their clients have a safe and enjoyable visit. The staff are taking temperatures on arrival, allowing only one guest per bride, providing hand sanitizer and have made Facebook and WhatsApp available on iPads in every suite so virtual guests can attend the appointment.

All suites and dresses are also being fogged with Ramsol Sanitiser Spray at the end of the appointment to ensure there's no risk of contamination. The team are still providing more than 400 beautiful dresses in store from just £750!

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Local cake maker, Jackie Diamond from Jackie Damond Cakes reveals how you can get a wow-factor cake.

"Be inspired by colour. Warmer tones are on-trend, and blues are being used in sugar floral arrangements as well as a base colour.

"If you're unsure of using colour, then focus on textures and fabrics like folds in sugar paste. Designs inspired by the details on your dress can also provide the wow factor.

"The use of clear acrylic tiers will add height and drama to your design. Leave these clear to create a sense of the tier above floating, or fill it with flowers, rose petals or crystals to create an eye-catching effect.

"Flavours are becoming more adventurous as is our need for something different. Pink champagne, lime and pistachio are beautiful delicate flavours, these add a lovely pastel shade to a simple sponge, which looks stunning when served.

"Although these flavours are becoming more on-trend, I find that a majority of my couples still opt for a traditional vanilla bean or rich chocolate cake. Having the option of a different flavour per tier saves them from having the difficult decision of choosing just one flavour."

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Florist, Lesley Clarke from Hello Petal gives her top tips.

“Try creating a table plan with a difference. Hire a vintage hamper and fill it with soft pink avalanche roses, lisianthus, hypericum, sea holly, freesias, eucalyptus and trailing ivy. Champagne corks with a slit attached to wooden skewers would look great as place cards.”

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