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Michelle Clarke at Breadsall Priory – Embracing the great outdoors

Breadslall Priory wedding photographs Autumn Elen Studio Photography

Michelle Clarke is a senior event manager and wedding co-ordinator at one of the Midlands’ most iconic wedding venues, the 13th Century Marriott Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire. With 14 years’ experience in the industry, Michelle and her team have helped hundreds of couples say their ‘I Dos’ in style. Michelle writes exclusively for Vows and Venues and shares her expert hints and tips for the next generation of brides-to-be.

Bringing the inside out A key trend for 2016 is romance. This means delicate bridal make-up, favouring light matt pink lips and gently blushed cheeks to whimsical floral arrangements and simple, elegant pastel colour schemes.

White Gallery London confirms New Talent for 2016

Established on the bridal buying calendar as the go-to destination to discover the frontrunners in the market, White Gallery London is renowned for bringing the very best of British bridal design and international talent together under one roof. This year is no different, with acclaimed designers from around the globe launching their latest collections, together with a whole host of New Talent who will debut at the event for the very first time.

Labels to look out for in 2016 include London-based designers Charlotte Simpson and Poppy Dover, Scottish bridalwear label By Catriona, luxury childrenswear brand Evermore by Amberley London and accessories designers Cherished Vintage and The Season Hats.

Protect yourself against the unexpected with wedding insurance

Protect yourself against the unexpected with wedding insurance

With the average wedding costing £14,500 and frequently taking months and months of planning, it can be devastating to learn your big day cannot go ahead without any sort of compensation.

The last thing you want to worry about when planning a wedding is any unforeseeable mishaps that just may taint what is going to be the best day of your life.

What’s covered? From a ripped wedding dress to loss of the all-important rings, no-one can predict how your day could go,therefore, taking out wedding insurance can be important to cover your wedding financially if your big day is ruined, postponed or cancelled.


The Year of the Vintage Wedding Cake

The Year of the Vintage Wedding Cake

The wedding cake is possibly one of the most established elements of a wedding day. From choosing the cake maker, design and flavour choice, to the ritual of cutting the cake together, it is undoubtedly an essential part of culinary planning. Traditionally, the wedding cake takes the form of a tiered masterpiece covered in thick white fondant icing and perhaps a few fondant roses.

This year however, the vintage inspired wedding cake is set to be huge! Sammi-Jo Gascoyne, established chef and owner of Blushing Cook, gives us her thoughts on what we can expect to see in 2016.


looking for a fragrance

Here at Vows and Venues we were lucky enough to try this fragrance.

If you are looking for a great gift for your bridesmaids or a fragrance for yourself for that special day, then look no further than Jo Malone Peony and Suede Blush.

I put the fragrance on at 11.30am and found I could still smell it at 11.pm which would be fantastic for brides, as there will be no worrying about losing the scent.

I found the fragrance made me feel incredibly feminine, as it is light and floral with a very luxurious feel to it.


Merseyside Wedding of the Year photographer snaps up brand new Birkdale studio

Merseyside Wedding of the Year photographer snaps up brand new Birkdale studio

 

Leading North West wedding photographer Matthew Rycraft has double cause for celebration after opening a brand new photography studio at The Mews Wedding Centre in Birkdale and winning Your Merseyside Wedding Magazine's Wedding of the Year.

North West wedding photographer Matthew Rycraft has made a successful career out of capturing the happy unions of countless satisfied newlyweds. Now it's his turn to celebrate finding his own match made in heaven, as he opens a new photographic studio at The Mews Wedding Centre in Birkdale.

Shout your Love from the Rooftops at Dundas Castle in 2016

Shout your Love from the Rooftops at Dundas Castle in 2016

From an intimate ceremony nestled within a private garden to a rooftop wedding with views across Edinburgh, Dundas Castle is offering couples even more spectacular settings to say ‘I do’ in 2016.

As of January next year, along with the existing ceremony spots, couples can opt for a wedding in the stunning Garden of Peace within the Castle grounds, or on the roof of the medieval Auld Keep – which also celebrates its 600th anniversary in 2016.

Top Vintage Bridal Trends for 2016

Top Vintage Bridal Trends for 2016

There has been an indisputable rise in vintage bridal inspiration, with bridal magazines, websites, blogs and even social media websites such as Pinterest becoming full of stunning vintage gown designs, whimsical and rustic venues and classic flower arrangements.

In collaboration with Bride: The Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse, 12th-13th March 2016, we asked three amazing exhibitors to give us their expert thoughts on upcoming vintage bridal trends that we can expect to see in 2016, as well as what we can look forward to seeing at the show.


Popped the question on Valentine's Day? Top tips for newly engaged couples

Popped the question on Valentine's Day? Top tips for newly engaged couples

As the most romantic day of the year looms, wedding venues nationwide are gearing up for a flurry of enquiries as freshly engaged couples eagerly book their nuptials and look forward to their big day.

It can be easy to caught up in the romance of the moment, so to help those couples who have become engaged after the question was popped on Valentine's Day, Clare Poole, Head Wedding Co-ordinator at The Royal Toby Hotel, part of the Deckers Hospitality Group which owns and operates a number of prestigious wedding venues in the north west of England, offers these top 10 practical tips to ensure a smooth, organised planning period: