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Cover image provided by Aaron Collett, www.aaroncollettphotography.co.uk
December/January 2014/2015
15 skills... To delegate
Time to hand out those tasks: you can't do it all yourself

Love in a cold climate
Capture the romance of winter with these big-day cover-ups

Impress your guests and wow your man with a fabulous bridal fragrance

Beauty Q&A
Our local pros answer your hair and make-up woes

Hot off the press
All the latest news and products for men

The last word
Hair legends Fish Soho London advise grooms on big-day styling

Food for thought
Hot ideas for your wedding catering

Snow stoppers
Magical settings for winter weddings

Honeymoon news
Our selection of the best new resorts and experiences around the world

Snow globe
Cosy up to your loved one on one of these cool winter breaks

Regular features, news, events, Q&A special - and much more
Next Issue Out
23rd January, 2015
Q&A: Hair & beauty
Weatherproof your style

Q I need a bridal hairstyle that will suit my long, fine locks and stay in place whatever the winter weather throws at me. What would you suggest?

A Hair stylist Tina Howarth says:
This natural looking up do can work beautifully for winter brides with fine hair. Soft curls can be backcombed to add volume and clipped loosely into a low, soft side bun for a fuller look. A wide plait over the forehead adds a pretty touch.

For ultra-fine hair, a clip-in real hair extension can be blended into the bun for extra wow factor. Leaving soft, tumbling curls loose to frame the face gives a feminine finish and looks great in the photographs even after being outside in the winter breeze.

Products such as volumising mousse, fine mist hairspray and Moroccan oil also help to reduce frizzy, flyaway ends for long-lasting results.

Food for thought
Food for thought
The latest trends and hot ideas for your wedding catering

With the popularity of celebrity chefs, TV cookery programmes and the revival of traditional home baking, today’s newlyweds-to-be have never been more food savvy. Couples want choice and plenty of it, and increasingly are looking to put their own stamp on the menu, opting for personal favourites and regionally sourced produce to flag up their local area.

We speak to experts from around the region to find out what’s set to be hot in wedding catering for 2015, turn to page 47 of the current issue for all the details.

Traditional with a modern twist

If you’re tying the knot in a historic venue and are opting for a traditional sit-down meal there’s plenty of scope to give your menu a fresh and contemporary edge.

Samantha Dimblebee, Head chef of The Dimblebee Catering Company says:

“With the rise in popularity of television dramas such as Downton Abbey there’s been a marked resurgence in couples using the East Midlands’ treasure trove of historic buildings for their big day.

“The new wave of Edwardian chic is a modern take on formal dining and requires a stylish and unpretentious menu to suit the era and current tastes. Offering a more contemporary sharing style removes a lot of the formality.”

Samantha suggests:
  • Stylish elegant canapés
  • Sharing platters as a starter
  • Handmade main courses
  • Splendid desserts
  • An abundance of polished silver and sparkling glassware
  • Polished cutlery and crockery
  • High quality, fresh pressed linen and thick, crisp napkins

Sample menu courtesy of www.dimblebeecatering.co.uk

Smoked salmon & dill roulade, avruga caviar on mini blini Tuna tartare, wasabi mayonnaise Smoked mackerel pâté on melba toast Rare beef fillet and horseradish crème fraîche, red onion chutney

Crayfish and smoked salmon salad Terrine of ham hock

Individual beef fillet wellingtons Roast duck breast with seared asparagus Locally sourced roast rack of lamb

Mini trio of tarte au citron with a mixed berry compote, white chocolate mousse, summer fruit pudding
Forthcoming Events
Please note: All dates are subject to changes, contact organisers for more information before making arrangements.
To view more events, please visit the events page on our website.
Ricoh Arena Wedding Fayre
Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE
Web: www.perfectbrides.co.uk/shows.html
Dates: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 - Sun, 18 Jan 2015
Time: 10am - 4pm
MK Wedding Show
Central Hall, Milton Keynes, MK11 1AT
Web: www.centralexhibitions.co.uk
Dates: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 - Sun, 1 Feb 2015
Time: 10am - 5pm
Let it snow
There's something for all seasons, including magical venues from around the region which are perfect for a snowy wedding – think roaring log fires, romantic candlelight and hot mulled wine. While on page 83 our experts share their top beauty tips for winter wedding wow factor. Whatever time of year you're tying the knot, this issue is bursting with ideas and advice, as well as local news and updates.

Whether you've just got engaged or are looking for that finishing touch to your big-day décor, there's plenty to delight.

If that's not enough, don't forget to check out our Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/countyweddings for inspiration aplenty.

Happy planning!

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Win a VIP spa day worth £990
Win a VIP spa day worth £990
Enter now for your chance to win a luxury top-to-toe pampering day for you and five of your best girls at Derbyshire's Devonshire Spa

Bliss out at the Devonshire Spa in Buxton – the perfect surroundings for you and your best girls to relax and unwind before the big day.

You can indulge in a whole day of pampering and enjoy full use of the fabulous spa facilities which include a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and more. De-stress in the tranquil treatment rooms and enjoy a delicious lunch, with a glass of fizz to wash it all down.

At the end of the day, the feel-good factor continues as your whole party will each receive a special gift of a full-size Antioxidant Marine Face Cream from exclusive spa brand ishga. Derived from the Gaelic word for water, ishga blends the natural resources of the Hebrides to create its hydrating and nourishing spa products.

The luxury spa is located at the Devonshire Dome, a magnificent wedding venue which dominates the Buxton skyline providing a breathtaking big-day setting.

To find out more, call 01928 338408 or visit the website www.devonshiredome.co.uk

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Rose of the Shires
Rose of the Shires
Where to wed in picturesque Northamptonshire

The Guildhall Northampton
01604 838 400


History buffs are sure to be impressed by this magnificent building. Situated in the heart of Northampton, the exterior is adorned with statues and friezes of past monarchs and saints associated with the town. While inside, the striking decorations and furniture have been restored to their original Victorian splendour.

Steeped in period features it’s a stop-stare big-day backdrop, complete with courtyard and cloisters – perfect for drinks receptions and those all-important big-day photos. There are a number of elegant spaces where couples can tie the knot, from the beautiful Holding Room, ideal for small intimate weddings, to the Great Hall, which can host up to 220 of your nearest and dearest for the ceremony and reception. With its decorative shields, kaleidoscopic glass windows adorning the ceiling and colourful murals lining the archways, the hall provides a wow-factor setting for a grand affair.

Did you know? The Guildhall was built during the height of the Gothic revival in 1864 and is renowned as one of the finest examples of Victorian municipal architecture in Northamptonshire.

For more big-day venues turn to page 17 of the current issue.
Roll up, roll up
Roll up, roll up
Image provided by Lucabella Photography
Lucy and Gav were married on 30th May, 2014 and celebrated their big day in style under a big top tent

Lucy and Gav met while working together catching great crested newts. “Gav’s an ecologist,” explains Lucy. From unconventional beginnings, love blossomed.

Gav proposed on a mountain top in Switzerland after Lucy won a holiday there in a competition on the back of a cereal packet. “The mountain featured in scenes from the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service so we chose one of the theme songs, We Have All the Time in the World, for our first dance,” adds Lucy.

They tied the knot in the picturesque surroundings of their home village in Nottinghamshire. “We were delighted that we could not only marry in the local church, but also one of our neighbours let us use their fields – normally full of grazing sheep – for our reception,” says Lucy. Adding a personal touch to the ceremony, her friend Abi, a professional musician, played God Only Knows by the Beach Boys on the organ, and another of their hits Wouldn't It Be Nice, as they left the church.

Read all about their big-day on page 35 of the current issue.

Losehill House Hotel & Spa
Hart's Nottingham
Black magic
Black magic
Embrace your darker side and style your wedding with classic, chic charcoal

Pure Lux Traditional Wine Goblet in Black Gurasu Crystal, £38.00 each, www.prezola.com

See more of the colour palette on page 61 of the current issue.
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