Magazine

Most brides will have flipped (in more ways than one!) the pages of a million magazines, scoured the internet, spoken to florists, caterers, stationery designers, jewellers, stylists, videographers, gown designers, and a host of other wedding event suppliers… and worn out their shoes traipsing around various wedding shows? until, finally, the big day arrives. And in what seems like a blinding flash, it’s suddenly all over… just like that!

But because our brides have learnt a great deal and had a life-changing experience we’d like to offer this advice”Shout, shout, let it all out!” Yes, get it all off your chest by writing or e-mailing us with the all the terrific details of your wedding day celebrations. Whether it’s how you met your man, chose your dress, selected your venue, hired a wedding planner, decorated your tables… whatever. We’d like you to share this with us and all the brides who are about to go through the self-same agony… and ecstasy.

So go on, make it easier for them and share your experiences with us and email: magazine@weddingandlifestyle.co.uk

The launch issue of the new Wedding and Lifestyle Magazine will be ready for distribution on the 3rd of January 2010.

Real Life Wedding – An Enchanting Wedding Day Summer Issue

Entertainment by Jools Holland, a Vera Wang wedding dress and a staircase to heaven were just a few of the highlights that made Nikki and Mark Thompson’s wedding one of the most stylish and lavish of the season. The enchanting ceremony, held at St Marks Church in St John’s Wood, London, was a mass of candles and clusters of beautiful icicle-shaped white flowers, which together with the subdued lighting and the setting sun, created a breathtaking scene.

The demure bride, Nikki, was resplendent in her magnificent Vera Wang wedding dress – a mermaid-shaped tiered skirt and swag with sleeveless, strapless bodice and simple neckline. The lace-covered bodice and skirt tiers were sewn with Swarovski crystals and a double-layered veil, trimmed with lace, provided the finishing touch. Nikki glittered all the way down the aisle to join Mark in their journey of a lifetime. Nikki’s wedding band was platinum with diamonds while Mark’s was a yellow gold band with diamonds.

Staircase Photography

Once at the magnificent reception venue, One Whitehall Place – part of the grade-I listed historic building ‘The Royal Horseguards’ – set on the banks of the Thames, guests were requested to position themselves on the majestic staircase, one of the largest unsupported spiral marble staircases in Europe, for an extraordinary photograph.

“This was one of my most challenging assignments,” said Melissa of Looking Glass Photography. “Unlike many staircases this one has no windows and in order to capture all 120 guests, lighting was absolutely critical. In the end I was very pleased with the result.”

Wedding Cake

There were audible gasps from guests as they entered the dining room that had been transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland with the help of thousands of tiny fairy lights and yards of white chiffon. And the guests were soon enjoying a feast fit for a king and queen with a menu that looked like this: Starters Assiette de Gourmande – Terrine of foie gras with Champagne and peppercorns, bilinis with caviar and creme fraiche, lobster en gelle infused with lemon grass, coriander and ginger. Fish Roulade of Dover sole filled with salmon and spinach mousseline with saffron. Main Confit of duck on celeriac mash with roasted winter vegetables, savoy cabbage with serrano ham and cherry jus. Dessert Creme brulee, sticky toffee pudding with creme Anglaise and mixed berry crumble with clotted cream.

To cap it all the venue throbbed to the sounds of the phenomenal Jools Holland and his Rhythmn and Blues Orchestra and singer Ruby Turner. Sensational!

Jools Holland

“It’s difficult to describe how wonderful our wedding turned out to be, said Nikki. “There was my fabulous Vera Wang designer gown; our florist’s spectacular church arrangements; the mind-blowing winter wonderland theme; the chef who did wonders providing superb restaurant-quality food for 120 guests; Melissa, our brilliant photographer and her assistant, whose pictures beautifully captured our wedding and the magnificent staircase; our Master of Ceremonies who was simply brilliant and the hotel’s event’s manager, Janice Wang, who’s professionalism and energy was truly something to behold. And who will ever forget the incredible Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and Ruby Turner whose performances and foot-stomping music blew everyone away!”

With thanks to Jools Holland Management, Paul Loasby @ Co. One Fifteen, paul@onefifteen.com

Real Life Wedding – Beetles & Bumble Bees Summer Issue

Bumble Bea

“We met Hannah at the Yorkshire Brides Show and simply adored her stand,” said Sarah. “Initially Hannah developed a fully personalised storyboard complete with bespoke stationery samples. She then devised a theme around an orchard with pears and bumble bees, which we just loved. It was so different.”