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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.

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Here at Your West Midlands Wedding, we see trends come and go in the wonderful world of weddings, so to help you look amazing on your big day, we asked the team at June Peony Bridal Couture to send in some of their favourite products.

We adore this two-tier horsehair braid veil and beautiful necklace. To see more their products, visit www.junepeonybridal.co.uk

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Daimon Barber has announced the opening of its new flagship hair retreat located in Old Town Stratford-Upon-Avon. The Daimon Barber Hair Retreat is a three-story townhouse transformed into a charming four-seater Barber Cutting Studio celebrating creative cutting and styling. The dedicated two-seater Blow-Dry Salon is paired with a luxury beauty and grooming retail space, a retreat room for drinks and conversations and a tranquil garden to rest and relax.

Louis Hayes-Davies, the owner, tells us: “We're delighted to share the next stage in our brand's journey, a dedicated space where Daimon Barber can take care of all grooming and styling needs effortlessly.”

Check out www.daimonbarber.com for more information.

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Kathryn and Mike met online in 2015. “Mike was genuine and kind, and he liked that I was intelligent and funny,” says Kathryn. “He proposed on Christmas morning in 2019. We were at home and had come downstairs to open presents with our daughter. They both disappeared upstairs and came back with a small wrapped gift. I opened it and saw a sparkling diamond ring! Mike said: 'well, will you?' and I told him: 'only if you get down on one knee.' He did, and I said yes. Our daughter was ecstatic!”

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Caroline from Flowerology tells us her trend predictions for 2023 flowers.

"The all-dried flower trend is halting now, and I'm finding that if dried materials are requested, it's now in conjunction with fresh flowers. We're seeing a mixture of these two styles, particularly in a warm, peachy colour scheme. The colour lilac/mauve is also creeping into couples' arrangements.

"Brides are also requesting lush, all-flower bouquets with no foliage, and are loving very big blousy blooms, particularly roses."

To find out more about Flowerology, visit www.flowerology.co.uk

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Rebecca Baddeley from TDR Bridal gives her top tips for same sex couples looking for the perfect dresses.

"We recommend having your appointments at the same time. We have two beautiful suites adjacent to each other where the same party of guests can view both brides without them seeing each other. We usually have two stylists who work together to ensure that the dresses don't clash but work together to create an overall showstopping look.

"It's important to try and avoid gowns that will compete for the limelight and that each dress represents the brides' personalities and styles too. For instance, one dress might be a princess ballgown whilst the other could be a sexy, low back number – this will look great as long as the fabrics work together."

To find out more about TDR Bridal, visit www.tdr-bridal.co.uk

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Aimee and George met at work. “We were instantly attracted to each other,” says Aimee. “George was on secondment for a year, and when he returned, he plucked up the courage to ask me on a date. I couldn't say 'yes' quick enough, and the rest is history.”

George arranged a surprise trip to Hawaii for Aimee's 30th birthday. “He had everything planned for some time but decided to pop the question a day into the trip as he couldn't stand to wait,” shares the bride. “We rushed down to the beach before the sun set, and George revealed a customised deck of Top Trumps with our friends and family on them. After a minute or so, I turned over a card which said 'will you marry me?' and George got down on one knee.”

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Kristie McCullough from Sorella Florist & Event Stylist tells us what flowers and colours are popular at summer weddings.

"We're all happier in the summer when the sun is shining and the evenings are lighter, it's when our gardens bounce to life with colour and interest, so why shouldn't your wedding be the same? Bright vivid hues are easy to achieve with a beautiful mix of summer flowers. Why not be brave and mix a vibrant purple with a hot pink and yellow?

"Flowers such as dahlias are available in lots of shades and can be a good substitute for a rose if you prefer to step away from the more traditional look. Astilbe adds interest and texture, while wax flowers, asters or lavender create a more wild look. Iris or delphinium can work well if you need to create height in your arrangements whilst still injecting interest."

To find out more about Sorella Florist & Event Stylist, visit www.sorelladecor.co.uk

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Huw asked Rebecca to be his wife during a trip to Swansea. “Huw asked if I fancied going away to York for a romantic weekend away,” shares the bride. “Annoyingly for Huw, who had a whole plan in his head about where we would go and how it would happen, I said that I didn't feel like going to York and that I wanted to go to the beach. Huw then whisked me away to the Gower in Swansea – a special place for the two of us as it was where Huw's family spent a lot of their time and where we had spent a weekend away five years prior. I thought that it was strange that Huw suggested taking badminton rackets and a rucksack down to the beach, which was unheard of as I'm the designated activity planner and bag- carrier in the relationship. I was non-the-wiser and counted my lucky stars that I could wander freely across the beach while Huw hid the ring inside the rucksack. It was there on the beach that Huw got down on one knee and asked the all-important question. After a lot of crying, I said yes!”

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“After many months or even years of planning, your wedding day is likely to go by in a flash,” says the wedding team at Bank House Hotel, Spa and Golf Club. “Which is why having a good photographer capturing the magical memories of your day is an absolute must. But, while you know you must capture the beautiful ceremony, the emotional speeches and the evening celebrations, there's one element of the day you must not forget – the pre-wedding photos. It can be a really special time for the couple and their family and friends. We teamed up with some of our favourite wedding suppliers in our Penthouse Suite to recreate some of the must-have pre-wedding photos for you and your photographer to capture. If your wedding is at the Bank House Hotel, Spa and Golf Club, you have the option of also using our Penthouse Suite the night before.”

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You may already have an idea of the type of dress you're looking for, but it's worth keeping an open mind as you may end up falling in love with a wildcard. To help inspire you, we've asked Ava May Bridal to send in one of their favourite on-trend gowns.

Aurora from Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Collection has an understated silhouette paired with exposed boning and floral appliqués across the strapless bodice.

To find out more, visit www.avamaybridal.com

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