Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis in local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in the West Midlands.
Emma and Suraj romance started when the couple first met at work after Emma received her nursing qualification and started working at a new hospital. Little did she know one doctor called Suraj would make a huge impact on her life and become her future. The pair instantly clicked and from that moment their love grew and blossomed into a beautiful relationship.
Their wedding reception took place at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens where the couple would often visit whilst dating. Being a summer wedding, they wanted the wedding theme to reflect the bright, loud and energetic vibes of a new start together.
Find out more about Emma and Suraj's wedding day in the latest issue of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now!
Venue, www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk | Photographer, www.natashameekphotography.co.uk
Organised by renowned local photographer, Timothy James Photography, these pictures are the epitome of romance. Timothy says, “This photo shoot is inspired by the rawness and innate beauty of wilderness weddings, in this case celebrating the vast rolling countryside of our region. It touches upon the trend of abandoning typical wedding venues to find locations that are off the beaten track: personal yet intense and wild. With this being a double bride shoot I wanted to approach it in such a way that it would feel bold and impressive whilst capturing the intimacy and fragility of the couple at the heart of the scene."
To see more of these stunning images buy the latest issue of Your West Midlands Wedding, December/January on sale now!
Photographer, www.tjpphotography.co.uk | Dresses, www.indiebridelondon.co.uk | Make-up, www.helenashakespearemua.co.uk | Hair, www.facebook.com/staceybridalhair/ | Cake, www.emiliascakes.co.uk | Flowers, www.pollenfloraljoy.co.uk | Catering/chocolates, www.lefevrechocolate.wordpress.com | Owls, www.wedding-birds-of-prey.co.uk | Archway and décor, www.littleweddingtreasures.co.uk | Fabrics, www.etsy.com/shop/LittleAcornSilks
“We wanted to bring back gingham!” shares shoot coordinators Jo and Ellis of Couture Events. “We love it and it isn't used much in wedding décor, we wanted to bring it back in a modern way so we started with black gingham – black is definitely making an appearance this season – combing it with the new botanical trend. When we started to put these two ideas together we got a Victorian garden-feel which worked; we created a fresh modern look by just using these two elements together ,black, white and greenery."
In the latest issue of Your West Midlands Wedding we have more of this gorgeous shoot. The December/January issue is on sale now!
Stylist, www.coutureevents15.co.uk | Venue, www.lemoremanor.com | Photographer, www.thenaturalphotographycompany.com | Hair and make-up, www.rebelrock.co.uk | Florist, www.issyandbella.co.uk | Dress and suit ASOS, www.asos.com
Tanya of Tanya Flannagan Photography organised this styled shoot at Worcester Glamping which had a boho-festival-wibe. “You don't just have to pick one idea and roll with it!” shares Tanya. “Create your own day, with a mixture of ideas! I see a lot of brides not knowing what theme to go for, and thought maybe having the ideas and concepts from certain themes would work well together!
“As boho is on-trend right now, and with the ever growing market of 'relaxed' weddings, I wanted a slight twist on the idea creating something that was still classy and elegant. Keeping in theme with pretty pinks, gold candles and organic dyed fabrics, with pops of colour, rustic and pretty stationery and a gorgeous bespoke denim jacket – we know that any fun loving girl at heart would totally love the vibe!"
See more of this gorgeous shoot from the December/January issue of Your West Midlands Wedding magazine on sale now!
Photographer, www.tanyaflannagan.com | Venue, www.worcesterglamping.co.uk | Dresses, www.gatehousebrides.co.uk | Accessories, www.julieannbird.co.uk | Hair, www.bellaamorehair.co.uk | Make-up, www.helenashakespearemua.co.uk | Flowers, www.hannahlaurenfloristry.co.uk | Bespoke denim jacket, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SammyLeaSigns
Upon hearing of a new wedding venue opening near Malvern in Worcestershire, photographer Katie Whitburn of Still Light Photography was excited to visit. “I contacted them about holding a collaborative wedding styled shoot there and Lisi, one of the owners, was very excited to host what turned out to be an amazing day,” shares Katie. “We decided to go with a bold, contemporary look – something that had never been done there before and something a little different. I researched current trends and liaised with the other suppliers involved to decide on the style and colours for the shoot.
“I wanted to create images that worked with this, using the contrast between dark and light and between rustic and modern. I kept coming back to the black architecture contrasting with the wood and I just felt that this was such an amazing look.
See more from this gorgeous shoot in the December/January issue of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now!
Venue, www.barnsandyard.co.uk | Photographer, www.stilllightphotography.co.uk | Make-up artist, www.michellegmakeupartist.co.uk | Hair stylist, www.thebighairday.com | Dresses and suit, www.thedressingroomsbridal.co.uk | Bespoke veils, www.adornbyashley.co.uk | Florist, www.floralroundabout.co.uk | Signage, www.timberthings.com | Rings, www.wedstones.co.uk | Horsebox bar, www.chinagrey.co.uk | Cake, www.nuthousebakery.co.uk
Hair and make-up artist Catherine Strong and photographer Timothy James teamed up with bridal house Louise Victoria Couture Bridal to showcase some of the trends set to be making a statement in 2020.
“Get ready for glamorous gowns, with dazzling layers, detailed embroidery and 3D embellishments. It's not just fuller skirts and longer trains that we will be seeing, designers have also turned their attention to sleeves and given them a voluminous makeover. Giving a once traditional look a modern day twist,” shares Catherine. “Statement veils and jewel encrusted hairpieces are set to make a big impact. Whether it's a cathedral-length, pearl-scattered veil or 3D floral embellishments 2020 brides will have a wide variety of choice when it comes to making a lasting impression.
“Loose romantic waves and relaxed up dos will continue to be a requested hairstyle but to balance out those statement headpieces 2020 will see an increase in smoother, chic hairstyles with centre parts and full ponytails. And as for make-up, blush toned lids and defined pouts are a trend we look forward to seeing.” Enjoy the whole shoot this issue in Your West Midlands Wedding magazine on sale now.
Photographer, www.tjpphotography.co.uk | Dresses and accessories, www.louisevictoriabridal.com | Hair and make-up, www.strongbrides.co.uk
Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected and can take you completely by surprise, that's what happened when Paul confessed his love to Faye. The pair had known of each other through friends and on a night out, Paul let his feeling known. Faye says, “We both felt there was chemistry between us. We realised we have a lot in common and fell in love.”
Fast forward to a holiday in Jamaica, Paul had a very important question to ask. He knew he wanted to propose on Faye's birthday but panicked over where or when. Luckily, he trusted his instinct and went with what felt right. Faye says, “Just before midnight on a stroll around the beautiful hotel grounds we stopped on a lovely gazebo overlooking a lake where he proposed!”
To read more about Faye and Paul's big-day plans following his proposal buy the latest copy of Your West Midlands Wedding, the December/January issue on sale now!
Faye and Paul's little white book: Venue, www.chateauimpney.com | Photographer, www.benfonesphotography.co.uk | Videographer, www.carefullycraftedmedia.co.uk | Dress, www.lisarosebridal.com | Shoes, www.rachelsimpson.co.uk | Accessories, www.glitzysecrets.com | Makeup, www.amylaney.com | Bridesmaid dress, www.rzdressworld.com | Suits, www.moss.co.uk | Cake, www.shopaticingworld.co.uk | Flowers, www.facebook.com/crumpsflorist/ | Stationery, www.secret-gardenweddingservices.co.uk | Table plan and flower wall, www.weddingwishbox.co.uk | Entertainment, www.thedistractionsband.co.uk
Imogen and Chris met at university and, with friendship as a great foundation, romance blossomed - and you can clearly see these two are still very much in love.
Chris proposed in Criccieth, North Wales, a few days after the anniversary of them getting together. Which came as a complete surprise to Imogen despite her parents knowing. North Wales is a special place to Imogen as she spent a lot of time there as she grew up and it's where her grandparents live, who she is particularly close to, meaning they could see them after.
“The original plan was to romantically propose on the beach at sunset...slightly ruined by the tropical storm deciding to turn up!” shares Chris. “Instead I set up blankets and candles on the hotel room floor while she was in the shower. She burst into tears when she saw I was on one knee, and ran back into the bathroom hysterical.” Eventually coming out to give him a hug, kiss and the answer he wanted and was expecting. The next day the happy pair climbed up Snowdon in the tropical storm, and remarkably Imogen got down with the ring still attached, despite clinging onto a rock for dear life at points.
The wedding date was set, 1st June, 2019, with St Gregory's Church, Tredington proving the ceremony setting and Tredington Manor, Imogen's parents' house, hosting the reception. Their British Countryside Wedding-theme was complemented by a blush pink, rose gold and cream colour palette find out more about their wedding in the current issue of Your West Midlands Wedding, on sale now!
www.robsmithphotographer.co.uk | Bride's dress www.thedressingroomsbridal.co.uk | Bride's accessories, www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk | Hair, www.clairebachemakeup.com | Make-up, www.makeupbydesign.co.uk | Groom's suit, www.theweddingbarn.co.uk
I adore this stationery suite from I Love and Love, oh-so pretty it's a timeless design.
Featured in Nearlywed News this issue the company is excited to announce it will be launching a new and easier way to order wedding stationery - with everything couples need for the big day. Find out more at www.iloveandlove.co.uk and in the current issue of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now!
Image credit: www.joannabphotography.co.uk
We're well and truly immersed in winter now and what better time to get advice from local experts about how to keep the chill at bay on your festive big day.
Stephanie Kyles of Stephanie Kyles Bridal (www.stephaniekylesbridal.com) in our Looking Your Best feature this issue suggests: "There are so many different options to choose from when it comes to keeping warm for outside photos. If you're having a bespoke dress consider heavier and thicker fabrics, even if you want a light chiffon look it can be lined with a thicker fabric. Long-sleeved dresses are a current strong trend and if you have a sleeveless dress already, consider redesigning it with a seamstress. Another option is a lace bolero, or a dramatic cape using faux fur and feathers or opt for a denim, suede or leather jacket to give an edgy look."
"When I'm working with a bride, whether it's a bespoke dress or re-design alterations we look at all options to suit her personality, venue, and theme. Other small options could be adding a petticoat to give an extra layer and don't be too scared to finish your look off with a gorgeous hat."
To read more top tips on looking your big-day best buy the current issue of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now!
Image credit: www.dearestlove.co.uk