Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis in local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in the West Midlands.
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
Surrounded by the rolling Shropshire countryside Walcot Hall is in a truly magical spot that covers more than 30 acres and includes one of the finest arboretums in Britain. A true Georgian gem with character in abundance, grand without being imposing, Walcot Hall has two large spaces, the Main Hall and the Ballroom. The Main Hall holds up to 120 guests and boasts marble columns, ornate ceiling and sweeping staircase which is sure to get guests talking – it's also a great place for drinks receptions.
The beautiful turquoise Ballroom can hold wedding ceremonies as well as sit-down meals and evening receptions. This large, bright room has 30ft chandeliers, an open fire, gilt mirrors and tall sash windows for up to 150 guests for a wedding ceremony. The room gets turned around for the evening, taking the furniture away and making space for the evening's entertainment plus the all-important dancefloor.
Read more about this venue and other venues in Kidderminster, Worcester & Shropshire, in the current issue of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now!
For winter weddings these festive favours also work wonderfully for place name settings as suggested by Abbie Hancock of Timber Things (www.timberthings.com) in our Hot Topic feature in the current issue of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now!
Cut in the shape of a star and featuring a little holly motif, they're perfect for a festive wedding with each individually designed and laser engraved for every guest. Use a ribbon to match wedding colours and tie together cutlery around your napkins or fasten around your wine glass stems to complete stylish festive table décor.
The floral arch has been a huge trend in 2019, thankfully - because I love it so - it's set to be even bigger in 2020.
This images showcases perfectly why it's been so popular with couples styling their day this year; it was supplied by Judith McCormack (www.pollenfloraljoy.co.uk) to illustrate her flower Q&A in issue 63 of Your West Midlands Wedding this issue - on sale now!
Image captured by: www.tjpphotography.co.uk
The talent of cake designers truly amazes me; they look far too good to eat!
This beauty is from Farm House Cakes, based in Worcestershire, and is one of many tempting creations from this talented baker.
Check out www.farmhouse-cakes.com
Head of over to our news pages, to read a Q&A with Farm House Cakes' designer Charlotte.