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A stunning real wedding in Cornwall

Oh we are missing summer weddings already! If you feel the same then take a look at this stunning Cornwall wedding, shot by Hannah at Photography by HR.

The couple, Hannah and Luke, live in Liskeard Cornwall, having only moved there in early 2017 from the West Midlands. They are loving their Cornwall life. The day was beautifully relaxed, with a theme of Cornwall itself and all of Hannah and Luke’s favourite places.

Venue – The Green

The Dress: Essence of Australia from Georgina Scott Bridal

Flowers: Vanessa at the Flower Mill near Liskeard
Bowties: Trend Him 
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What actually is Farmhouse Chic?

If you’re looking for a Cotswold hotel for either a wedding venue, a romantic break with your other half, or a spa break hen do, then Dormy House is hard to beat.

And if you ever wondered what Farmhouse Chic actually looks like, then Dormy House probably invented the phrase. Think stone floors, a relaxed but rustic atmosphere, stylish decor, along with stunning country surroundings, and you’re pretty much there.

Dorm House offers a hotel and spa, with not only a formal restaurant but also a gastro pub to choose from when it comes to food. And the cocktails are pretty good too.

The spa boasts a gorgeous swimming pool and the outdoor vitality pool is super relaxing. Although quite small, the spa still offers a tranquil space and plenty of facilities.

During our recent stay we found the hotel, the spa and most importantly the service, to be first class.

Top tip – to grab a bargain, look out for Hot Dates when you can save almost £100 on the usual price for selected last minute bookings.

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Turn your wedding shoes into a work of art

This week’s blog is dedicated to the very talented Lou Gibson who runs Inanna Bespoke Shoes.

 

Lou creates stunning hand painted wedding shoes which add an instant wow factor to any bride.

 

Lou explains:

 

“At Inanna I create beutiful pieces of wearable art, hand-painting leather shoes with bespoke and unique designs.

 

“Inanna was birthed through my life-long love of painting along with my friends’ requests of painting unique designs on all manner of items. This is when I stumbled across the perfect paint for leather and created many pairs of fantastical Dr Martens which featured all manner of things such as lions and superheros.

 

“I have this year introduced myself into the bridal market, composing bespoke designs to lovely brides ideas and wedding themes. The response has been amazing and I am revelling in the wide range of stunning designs I am working on from pastel pretty flowers featuring the couple’s names and wedding date to bold Disney princesses. I look forward to creating many more perfect shoes for all those perfect days.”

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The best hen party suite you’ll find

We all know that brides-to-be are looking for new ways to celebrate their hen party.  The traditional night on the tiles just doesn’t do it for everyone.  However we also know that sometimes things can get a bit out of hand and before you know it your hen party ends up as a week abroad with a myriad of activities that in the end, no one can afford.

My advice is take the stress out of the whole process and consider a spa break.

I recently visited Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire and in my opinion it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed hen do.  Mainly because they offer a choice of suites which are absolutely perfect. Not only did our suite have a lounge area, a fridge and an actual bar, but it also have a private hot tub on the terrace.

You can also get some great deals either via their website or via Secret Escapes. And of course you can take your own alcohol to drink in your suite which helps with costs.

The spa features two pools, aqua detox, plunge pool, sensory showers, Nordic suite, relaxation rooms and a gym among many other features.  The hotel itself is stunning with a gorgeous refurbished bar.  The whole building is under going a transformation with most public areas now complete. Bedrooms are next.

You can book just a day, or an overnight break. Over night breaks begin at 3pm, giving you a free afternoon, they include dinner on the night and breakfast the next morning. And you can stay until 6pm on the night so you also get your lunch.

A spa break at Hoar Cross combines a relaxing break, plenty of quality time with your friends, a great meal and a chance to recharge your batteries ahead of the most exciting time of your life.

 

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Steal Pippa’s style with a floral marquee wedding

It’s safe to say that Pippa Middleton’s wedding has been the wedding of the year so far, with everyone agreeing she got most things right.

 

If she’s inspired you to go for a floral marquee style wedding then take a look at this beautiful themed shoot organised by Boutique Marquees, with photography by Lee Bishop Photography.

 

Clare from Boutique Marquees explains:

“We planned a greenery and gold themed photo shoot to show case what Boutique Marquees can offer. The photo shoot features our rustic chic decor theme consisting of gorgeous, rustic wooden tables and cross back chairs, chunky brass candlesticks, faux greenery garlands and of course plenty of twinkling lights!

“Flowers were kept simple to reflect the relaxed nature of this decor style. Tables were decorated with the faux garlands and featured white and gold china, along with vintage glassware.

“We worked with suppliers who complemented and shared our take on laid back luxe and we had a blast!”

 

Suppliers:

Marquee and fresh flowers – Boutique Marquees

Photographer – Lee Bishop Photography

Furniture, candlesticks and lighting – Wedhead

Garlands – Friend of Faux

Stationery – Amy Bailey Design

Desserts – The Grazing Table Company

Cake – Deliciously Devine Cake Design

Bow ties – English Gentleman

Tableware – Vintage Gold China

Venue – YHA, Stratford upon Avon

 

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A delightful Devon honeymoon retreat

I have to admit, if there is one wedding term that annoys me a little, it’s mini-moon. I think that wherever you choose to go on your hols for the first time as husband and wife then it’s your honeymoon and people shouldn’t feel the need to play it down and call it a mini-moon just because it’s in the UK or it’s just for a few days.

UK honeymoons have so many advantages; cost, time, no airports and of course all that the amazing British countryside, coast or cities have to offer.

If you’re thinking of Devon or Cornwall for your honeymoon then Little Derricott is the perfect choice. The cottage, along with its array of finishing touches, is designed specifically for couples. There’s a fabulous hot tub, large comfy lounge, outside dining area, large bedroom, cute kitchen and a roll top bath.

 

Located in north Devon it’s close to Bude as well as not too far from Padstow, Bodmin and endless stunning coastlines.

 

Closer to the cottage there is a great pub in the pretty village of Pyworthy just a 30 minute walk up the road, and there’s a supermarket in the town of Holsworthy just a 5 minute drive away.

 

There are also endless walks close to the cottage including the Cornish Way cycling and walking route.

 

This is a beautiful cottage with so many lovely extras added by the owner such as a welcome pack, Mr and Mrs bunting and robes, that it’s a real home from home (with a little bit of extra romance thrown in).
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Real wedding – A last look at winter

We may have officially left winter this week and leaped into spring, but I’m still going to take this very last chance to share a wonderful winter wedding from Suzanne Fells with you before it really is too late.

I love winter weddings, there’s always something magical about enjoying such a special day near Christmas, and the fact that they are not the obvious choice makes them appealing to me.

And while the temperature at this wedding went down to minus 42 (!!!), even if you are choosing slightly warner climes you can still incorporate some of the stunning ideas, many of which can be used to create a Hygge wedding in any season. Think candles, a relaxed setting, rustic decor and natural materials.

If you are going for a really cool wedding in the literal sense then make sure your photographer is used to working in extreme temperatures.  For this wedding Suzanne needed 3 cameras, an assistant and bags with cameras at different temperatures to make sure nothing froze or warmed up which would cause condensation on the lens.

Enjoy the photos while sipping a tasty hot chocolate x

www.suzannefellsphotography.com

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When is a hotel not a hotel?

When is hotel not a hotel? When it’s a private house hotel of course!

 

This new concept in accommodation is perfect for a hen party because you can take over the whole building an enjoy an exclusive stay.

 

Last week I lucky enough to enjoy a stay at the new private house hotel in Stratford upon Avon, Arden House Hotel.  This beautiful boutique hotel is the little sister of the nearby Arden Hotel, but there is nothing inferior about this amazing place.

 

Billing itself as a home from home, the idea is that you can treat the place as your own abode, even if you have only booked a room and haven’t taken every bedroom.  You can help yourself to free afternoon tea, free gin o clock and a night cap.  The hosts will happily serve you in the lounge or dining room, or you can take anything up to your room. Breakfast is included (avocado and poached eggs on rye bread, wow)

 

I have to say I love the whole idea.  It’s small so you don’t feel like just another number and it was super relaxing, not to mention beautifully decorated. There’s no restaurant but in the middle of Stratford who needs one?

 

Take a look at our video to see why we loved it so much.

 

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Buy a designer dress and help end child marriage

Getting married should be the happiest time of your life but young girls across the world are still forced into child marriage.  Now, thanks to bridal e-tailer and social enterprise Brides Do Good, you can help end child marriage and get your hands on a wedding dress from names such as Alexander McQueen at a knock down price.  It really sounds too good to be true, but it’s not and that’s why we felt that we had to let you know all about it.

 

Brides Do Good has launched their first ever pop-up boutique at Bicester Village.

 

To celebrate the launch, guests were invited to an intimate breakfast and exclusive preview of the new bridal boutique. Hosted by TV presenter Louise Roe and BBC journalist Jane Corbin, the morning featured a Q&A discussion surrounding the global challenges of ending child marriage, a mission supported by Brides Do Good, with panellists including industry expert and founder of Browns Bride Caroline Burstein, Chantal Khoueiry the founder of Brides Do Good, bridal designer Ian Stewart, Caterina Occhio the founder of SeeMe, Christina Piaia Director of Projects and Legal Counsel, and Tanya Barron CEO of Plan International [pictured in the attached].

 

Guests were then treated to a first look at the boutique, where Louise Roe offered styling tips surrounding the season’s bridal trends.

 

A completely unique concept, Brides Do Good offers a sustainable alternative for the modern bride, showcasing beautiful pre-owned gowns donated by selfless and pioneering brides. The new boutique houses a range of bespoke pre-loved and sample dresses from an eclectic mix of international designers including Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab and Vivienne Westwood to name a few.

 

Whatever the budget, ‘brides to be’ have the opportunity to purchase a designer dress for a limited time only at the Brides Do Good Pop Up at Bicester Village, whilst donating to a worthy cause, with proceeds going to charities Plan International and Too Young To Wed.

 

Louise Roe, has also donated her gorgeous bridal gown to Brides Do Good, with 100% of the sale to be given to charities Plan International and Too Young to Wed. The stunning couture

 

Pronovias gown, which took 850 hours+ to create, will be on sale for £4,500 (less than 50% off the original price) in the pop up for the next ten days.

 

The new Brides Do Good boutique will be open 9th- 19th February.

For more information visit the website www.bridesdogood.com

BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Nayar, Louise Roe, Chantal Khoueiry, Christina Paiaia and Tanya Barron OBE attend the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village) *** Local Caption *** Kim Nayar; Louise Roe; Chantal Khoueiry; Christina Paiaia; Tanya Barron
BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Nayar, Louise Roe, Chantal Khoueiry, Christina Paiaia and Tanya Barron OBE attend the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village)

 

BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Nayar, Louise Roe and Chantal Khoueiry attend the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village) *** Local Caption *** Kim Nayar; Louise Roe; Chantal Khoueiry
BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Kim Nayar, Louise Roe and Chantal Khoueiry attend the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village)

 

BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Models Tabitha Hall and Kim Nayar at the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village) *** Local Caption *** Tabitha Hall; Kim Nayar
BICESTER VILLAGE, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Models Tabitha Hall and Kim Nayar at the Brides do Good first pop-up boutique launch, which runs from 9th-19th February at Bicester Village on February 8, 2017 in Bicester Village, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Bicester Village)
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Dapper grooms

The wedding dress is not the only important outfit at a wedding, the groom’s clothing should be just as special.

But as Louise from English Gentleman found out when planning her wedding, boys don’t always get the same treatment as the girls.

She explains:

“Traditionally grooms and their groomsmen have worn morning suits on their wedding day and it’s still a tradition that many follow today. But what if you fancy a little something different?

“My groom tried on a hired morning suit and it just wasn’t for him. He didn’t do the little skip and a hop I did when I finally found “the dress”. That made me feel a little sad for him, everyone should feel special on their big day.  It made me appreciate that things have moved on and if you want to express style and fashion as a groom today, you can. The right suit was easy to find but we really struggled to find the right accessories and settled for an average tie. Five years later I decided it was my calling in life to make sure grooms look dapper and the English Gentleman was born.

“Bow ties were first worn back as early as the 17th century. In recent years, they have made a major comeback along more traditional men’s accessories such as braces, cravats and pockets. Here at English Gentleman we aim to provide our customers all of  these accessories to showcase their individual style.”

 

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