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Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis on local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in the West Midlands.
Oakfield Gardens and Events is new wedding venue in the grounds of Worcester-based The River School.
Pete Graham, the business manager at Oakfield Gardens and Events, said: “We're so delighted to have launched this fabulous initiative. The grounds at The River School are so beautiful and will lend themselves to both wedding and corporate events with both inside and outside spaces available.”
Brides and grooms-to-be will benefit from their own wedding co-ordinator and a package – entitled the Honeycomb Package because there are seven on-site beehives – which includes two giant tipis, warm white lighting, bamboo candle lanterns, two flambeaux fires, a dancefloor, tables and chairs, a fully staffed bar and luxury toilets. Extras include personalised honey jars, hay bales and photo booths.
Adrian Parsonage, the headteacher of The River School, said: “Our school grounds have long been cherished and nurtured by our school community. Opening them up to the wider public has always been part of our plans, and we're thrilled that this has come to fruition.”
For more information, visit www.oakfieldgardens.co.uk
Read more news in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Alexandra and Darryl met when they were children. “I was friends with his sister,” says Alexandra. “We then met later at a mutual friend's engagement party. We share a love of Formula 1 and have lots of mutual interests.”
Darryl popped the question on Christmas Day. “He wrote it on a card and woke me up early as he was so impatient,” shares the bride. “He thoughtfully sought the permission of my dad before proposing, and it was wonderful being able to share the day with family. It was definitely a surprise, and I didn't even believe him when I read it!”
Read the full real wedding in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Kate Warland from Hiz Jewellery tells us her top tips for choosing a men's wedding ring.
"We know how important it is for you to choose the right wedding ring, and there are many different requirements and preferences that need to be considered before making a decision. The width and weight are important factors when choosing a wedding ring as they affect the durability and comfort. Depending on the content of precious metal, men's wedding rings can vary in width and weight whether they contain diamonds or not. Our wedding rings come in three basic sizes, 5mm, 6mm and 7mm. There are a few rings available in the collection that are wider such as our showcase dress ring at 9.5mm. The wider the ring is, the tighter the fit on your finger, so you may want to go up a size if you're having a wider wedding ring."
To find out more, visit www.hizjewellery.com
Read the full Looking Your Best feature in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Wedding dress expert Bronagh Power tells us her top tips for finding a dress suitable for a winter wedding. "With winter just around the corner, no doubt brides-to-be are beginning to search for inspiration to create the perfect seasonal look. Most people think you need to go for fluffy fur shawls, velvet textures and bold red colour pallets, however, in line with this year's most popular bridal trend, we think a clean, simplistic gown is perfect for this time of the year. This blank canvas will allow you to have fun with your décor, so go wild with your styling or keep it bare with a woodland-inspired palette. We would style these gowns with a burst of colour in your flowers, bridesmaids' dresses or even a seasonal table."
To find out more about Bronagh, visit www.tdr-bridal.co.uk
Read the full feature in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Laura and Sam first laid eyes on each other at a bar. “I liked how nice he was and that we had lots in common,” says Laura. “I was in university at the time, and Sam would come to see me, and we would watch the rugby in Cardiff. When I moved back home, we moved in together.”
Sam proposed in May 2016. “It was a few months after my dad and brother had passed away,” shares the bride. “We had booked a couple of nights away in Trearddur Bay in Anglesey. We walked to the shop, and I was quite surprised that Sam had bought a bottle of prosecco because he doesn't really drink it. We went for a walk along the coast and sat down in a lovely spot. The sun was shining, and there was nobody else around. Sam started to unload his bag, and he pulled a ring out of a pair of socks and asked me to marry him. I said yes, of course, and was so happy that he had asked. It's nice knowing that someone wants to spend the rest of their life with you. After the trauma of the previous months, it was lovely having something positive to look forward to. Everyone was pleased. I loved the ring because he had designed it himself from Clogau Welsh gold. I was definitely not expecting it on that day. I had been to see a psychic who said he was going to propose in Cornwall during a holiday we had planned. I had told Sam this and it turns out he was going to, but after I told him, he changed his mind.”
Read the full wedding in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Cake expert, Samantha Strecker tells us the latest wedding cake trends.
"Incorporating flowers into your cake is very popular at the moment whether it's real, silk or sugar versions. I've also seen a rise in natural, eco-friendly blooms that are dried or pressed. It's important to talk to your cake designer about what flowers will work in your design as they have to be edible and organic with no pesticides used.
"Good options would be roses, violas, calendulas, cornflowers, abutilons, fern leaves and rose leaves. If dried, non-pressed versions are used, like palm spears or grasses, these should be covered in florist tape or flower picks."
To find out more about Samantha, visit www.cakefantastique.com
Read more top tips in our October/November issue - available to download for free now.
Rachael and Joshua celebrated their love with a beautiful wedding at Park Hall Hotel & Spa. "We had our high school prom at Park Hall Hotel & Spa and have very fond memories of the area," says Rachael. "It's local to us, and the grounds and facilities are lovely, so we knew we wanted to get married there. After a year's delay due to COVID-19, we were so happy to finally get married. It was so special to see all the families together after so long. We were very grateful for the love and support we had from both sets of parents, siblings and our nans."
Read the full real wedding in our October/November issue - available to download for free now.
When this styled shoot first landed in our inbox, we just knew our lovely readers would adore it. Full of flowers and gorgeous styling, this set of images captured by the talented Michelle Williams Photography is sure to inspire your big day. “Rodbaston Hall is a beautiful 19th-century wedding venue, set in the heart of Staffordshire's stunning countryside,” says Rachael from the venue. “With three elegant banqueting suites, a relaxed lounge bar, tranquil gardens and lakeside views – it's the perfect wedding venue whether you decide to be indoors or outside in nature!”
See the full shoot in our October/November issue - available to download for free now.
Choosing your big-day catering can be a difficult task, there's a lot you need to take into consideration – from guests with food allergies to finding a cuisine everyone will like. To help you decide, we've rounded up top tips from head chef, Mike Scott from Caviar & Chips to help you create the perfect seasonal menu.
“The turkey dinner has been done every which way but that doesn't mean it has to be your typical roast," says Mike. "Poached ballotine of breast rolled in prosciutto before being roasted adds a lovely saltiness to the turkey, and poaching means a gentler cooking process so that meat doesn't dry out. You could even taken the leg meat and turned it into a sausage roll."
To find out more about Caviar & Chips, visit www.caviarandchips.co.uk
Read the full Catering feature in our October/November issue - available to download for free now.
Hiz Jewellery has launched a bespoke range of men's wedding rings. “We felt men's rings were somewhat overshadowed and didn't have their own story, so we thought it was time to launch a new range. A collection that not only displays superb quality and exquisite workmanship but also reflects the wants and wishes of today's modern man. We create a stunning, innovative and desirable range of men's wedding and fashion rings. Working closely with skilled craftsmen, we have taken precious metals and expertly aligned them with the more functional metal zirconium to give each ring a contemporary look and feel. We want our customers to be able to choose and wear a ring that meets their expectations and reflects their personalities. We care just as much about the detail on the inside of your wedding ring as the outside. We have designed them with an inlay of contrasting metal that not only adds depth, promotes individuality and oozes class but also creates a 'secret reveal' as the inside is only seen when the ring leaves the owner's finger. We've taken our time considering the arrangement of these metals and played with the colours and finishes to produce an exclusive and stylish range of men's wedding rings that, we hope you'll agree, are in a class of their own.”
To see more products, visit www.hizjewellery.com
Read more news in our October/November issue - available to download for free now.