Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis in local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in the West Midlands.
Natasha and Luke tied the knot at Warwick House surrounded by close family and friends.
"We loved everything about Warwick House," says Natasha. "Its sleek and modern look was perfect, and we loved that we had the entire venue exclusively for us and our guests were able to stay over. It was also wonderful that we had the option of being able to have our ceremony outside in their beautiful garden. The team made our day so perfect. In a time of restrictions we were worried we wouldn't have the day we dreamed of, but it exceeded our expectations."
Photographer's credit: www.ellaparkinsonphotography.co.uk
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When these images first landed in our inbox, we just knew our lovely readers would adore them. We spoke to Jenny Morgan from Chocolate Falls to find out more about how this shoot came together: “I've always had a passion for Gothic styling and loved the idea of combining contrasting popular themes to create a slightly alternative but elegant display. A very close friend of mine is a medium and white witch who practices pagan rituals, which I find fascinating, so we merged the two and romanticised it into a wedding setup. I envisaged a shoot where there was a Gothic presence but softened with touches of nature which incorporated the Pagan rituals perfectly. I've built relationships with several suppliers over the years who are all incredibly talented in their particular fields, and each possesses a creative flair which allowed us to showcase our artistic range.”
Photographer's credit: www.catbeardsleyphotography.co.uk
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When it comes to wedding dress shopping, there's a lot of pressure to find the perfect gown. You want something that's going to make you feel like a bride but also complement your figure and personality. To help, local bridal boutique TDR Bridal Birmingham has suggested a dress that's ideal for a summer wedding.
We adore this new gown with a showstopping skirt, the perfect way to get two bridal looks in one.
To find out more about TDR Bridal Birmingham, visit www.tdr-bridal.co.uk
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LMS Weddings have been recognised as Outstanding Wedding Planners at The Wedding Emporium – Wedding Industry Awards in Shropshire. LMS Weddings has continually marked itself by the quality of its work and has helped to improve the wedding industry by offering an exceptional service to its customers. The company offers a bespoke on-the-day coordination service for couples having their weddings in marquees, tipis or other DIY venues.
“We are very pleased that LMS Weddings has been recognised for offering quality service,” says Lynda Smallman, the owner. “It has been a tough 12 months, and we're certainly not out of the woods yet, but to receive this award is fantastic.”
Head over to www.lmsweddings.co.uk for more information.
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Beth and James met at a bar in London. “I was studying at university, and James had recently moved there for a graduate scheme,” says Beth. “We started chatting to each other, exchanged numbers and then met a week later in Covent Garden. That was in 2013, and we've been together ever since!”
James popped the question during a camping trip in May 2018. “We went to the New Forest, and after setting up our tent, we went for a walk in the countryside,” shares the bride. “As we were walking along, James stopped, looked at me and asked me to marry him! It was a really big surprise, but I immediately said yes! It was my perfect proposal – just the two of us, the sun was shining, and the area was beautiful. That evening we went to a pub for dinner and had a glass of prosecco by the campfire. It was such a happy weekend and one we will never forget.”
Photographer's credit: www.pwilletts.com
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Sally Yarnold from Don't Go Baking My Heart Cakes tells us more about her company. "I have always enjoyed baking since I was very young. I can remember making our Christmas cakes every year as a family, all excited to take our turn stirring the mixture and making a wish. As I got older, I started to make family and friends celebration bakes and eventually decided to take it more seriously and started evening classes after work to learn how to decorate. As day-to-day life continued, my cake dreams lingered in the background and were brought to life every now and again for a niece or nephew's birthday. Fast forward several years, one day, while on maternity leave, my oldest daughter told me how much she loved having me at home with her. That was the moment everything changed. I was going to stop dreaming and start a business. I wanted to show my children that it's okay to dream, but if you want your dreams to come true, you have to work hard to make them happen."
To find out more about Sally, visit www.instagram.com/bakinghearts_cakes
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Hair and make-up artist, Laura Timms Mowinski tells us how to create the perfect look even if you don't normally wear make-up.
"We have so many brides that either don't wear make-up or a very small amount day-to-day, so they come to their trial unclear of what they want and all say the same thing 'I still want to look like me.' It's about emphasising your natural beauty and helping you feel comfortable and confident. If you're going for a minimal look, you might want to focus on your skin in the run-up to the wedding. If it's healthy, radiant and glowing, then you may feel as though you need less coverage. I always recommend a trial to all my brides, especially if you're not used to wearing any products.
"Eyes – I'd always recommend a soft, neutral look. If you're not used to wearing black liner, then I'd try out a brown version as black can be quite a harsh hue. With regards to lashes, I tend to point my brides towards cluster lashes just placed on the outer corner of the eye, so it really opens them up without using a strip lash.
"Base – For those of you who don't wear foundation, start with a tinted moisturiser and add to the base until you're happy with the coverage. All artists have a variety of products for different skin tones and required coverage. A light blush can be added to enhance your natural beauty, and when paired with a subtle highlighter looks beautiful."
To find out more about Laura, visit www.facebook.com/lauratimmsmowisnki
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Mazaya and Harry tied the knot at Crumplebury Farm. "I wore a traditional dress with modern touches from Santi Boutique in Indonesia," says Mazaya. "My country has around 1,300 ethnicities in around 30 provinces, and each province has its own traditional wedding dress. The top I wore was called Kebaya, and the colour and pattern of the skirt are called Sido Luhur. It's the hope that the couple will have a noble mind and heart and that they can be useful to others and the environment. It also shows that I'm part of the Java ethnic, particularly from a city called Yogyakarta where my dad comes from."
Photographer's credit: www.zaradavisphotography.com
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Florist, Carole Patilla tells us how to find the perfect florist for your big day.
"Before you begin your search, set a budget and decide are your flowers going to be a major part of your day or a finishing touch? Be realistic about what you want to spend and scale your plans accordingly.
"If you loved your friend's wedding flowers, ask who did them.
"Google local florists and see what images and websites you love. Think of keywords that describe the style you want, such as wildflower wedding, English country and modern wedding flowers.
"Do an image search for florists in your area and explore those which appeal to you most.
"When contacting suppliers, think do they sound friendly, helpful and interested? Remember that weddings have a long lead time, and you may be working together for months/years, so it's important that you get on. Do they understand the style you have in mind? Is it something they do a lot?"
To find out more about Carole, visit www.tuckshopflowers.com
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Charlotte and Dan first met in high school. Charlotte tells us more about their big day: "I bought my dress two years before the wedding from TDR Bridal. I knew I wanted a mermaid style, but I shocked myself when I went for lace. I bought a detailed belt online to give the gown a little something extra. I accessorised with a faux fur shrug to keep me warm, and I also purchased versions for the bridesmaids."
Photographer's credit: www.tbutlerphotography.co.uk
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