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July/August 2014
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July/August 2014
Dramatic licence
Make sure all eyes are on you with a statement gown

In a material world
We get a master class in bridal fabrics from Coby Bull of Joel & Son Fabrics

Wedding of the year
Meet last issue's winners – plus four more couples competing for the title

15 skills... Every bride-to-be will acquire
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Jewel in the crown
A treasure trove of gems awaits on Croatia's unspoilt Istrian peninsula, finds Sarah Reeve

Planet of the grapes
Lauren Dowey discovers a haven for oenophiles in the West Berkshire countryside

A vine romance
Georgina Cassels cosies up for a gourmet weekend in the world wine capital

The bonnie, bonnie banks
Escape to a luxurious Scottish hotel where it's not just the scenery that's stunning, says Jo Fletcher-Cross

The last word
Renowned fashion designer Paul Costelloe shares his inspiration

Grooms' news
All the latest news and products for men

Regular features, news, events, Q&A special - and much more
Next Issue Out
29th August 2014
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Something old, something brewed
Something old, something brewed
Beer-loving brides and grooms will love The Wedding Beer Company; a brand new Walthamstow-based business that creates bespoke brews for your big day. Using a patented test to expertly match flavour to personality, the company then produces a specially brewed beer in collaboration with selected master-brewers from all over the UK. It also designs a name, logo and personal brand allowing each beer to tell the story of the couple’s romance.

The Wedding Beer Company has three packages to choose from with prices starting at £995.

To find out more, visit www.weddingbeercompany.com
A royal romance
A royal romance
Where to wed in Kensington and Chelsea

The roof gardens
99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA

Feel on top of the world on your big day with a wedding at Kensington’s spectacular Roof Gardens. Designed as an escape from the busy streets below, the venue is located 100-feet above Kensington High Street and comprises three themed gardens spanning 1.5 acres. Boasting oak and fruit trees, a fl owing fish-stocked stream and resident flamingos, it’s safe to say The Roof Gardens is a world apart from any other venue in London. On the sixth floor you’ll find The Clubhouse, which is licensed for ceremonies with up to 150 guests. Post-vows enjoy your reception in any of the three gardens: Spanish, Tudor or English Woodland. There’s ample space for up to 200 seated diners and 500 standing guests to party the night away under the stars.

Ceremony licence: Yes
Find out more: 020 7368 3971
Girl power
While we know it will all be worth it, there's an array of enticing features for you this issue to keep your stress levels low and happiness factor high. If you're yearning for some cake-fuelled inspiration, turn to page 33 where London's best bakers reveal the hottest wedding cake trends around. Are you still on the hunt for your bridesmaids' outfits? Stop the search as we've got a feature dedicated to styling your best girls starting on page 83.

Last but not least, don't forget to check out our brand new Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/countyweddings for inspiration aplenty!

Happy planning!

Lauren Dowey, Editor
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Win an overnight stay and dinner at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons worth £1,045
Win an overnight stay and dinner at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons worth £1,045
Enter now for your chance to savour the cuisine at Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred restaurant and first-class retreat

Make your way to leafy Oxfordshire and you're in for a delicious surprise. Preceded by pathways lined with fragrant lavender, stands the 32-bedroomed Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. The epitome of English country elegance, it's also home to one of Britain's best culinary experiences.

Opened by French super chef Raymond Blanc OBE in 1984, the hotel became a two Michelin-starred haunt – and still retains its stars today. Indeed, a stay here will send food-loving couples into seventh heaven: the luxurious hotel not only sports flora-filled grounds, a croquet lawn and romantic water gardens, but fruit-laden orchards, a mushroom valley and a two-acre kitchen garden of vegetables and herbs. If food really is the route to your hearts, the on-site Raymond Blanc Cookery School is the place to put you through your paces. And as if all of that wasn't enough to inspire and delight your senses, there's the option of in-room spa treatments, before readying yourselves for an evening meal of Michelin proportions. Bon appétit!

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The bold and the beautiful
The bold and the beautiful
Image provided by Lucy Williams at My Heart Skipped
Zesty orange and deep purple hues, tropical blooms and a historic setting made Sophia and Oskar’s wedding a day to remember

Sophia knew Oskar was the one after their first date at the OXO Tower restaurant on the South Bank back in 2011. “The evening went so well, and I was very happy to find a man who was taller than me, even when I was wearing heels!” she recalls.

Fast-forward a couple of years and the pair were holidaying at Oskar’s mother’s house in Spain when he popped the question. Sophia, of course, said ‘yes’ and they set about planning their dream day in their local area of Dulwich.

“It didn't take very long to plan the wedding,” says Sophia. But the bride can’t take all the credit for that, “I had the most amazing wedding planner, Andri Benson from Always Andri Wedding Design. She recommended all the suppliers, briefed them on the look and design of the day, and saved me so much stress and money. She was there for everything.”

On page 53 of the current issue, Sophia explains more about how their bright purple and orange wedding day came together. www.myheartskipped.co.uk
Marriage mixtape
Marriage mixtape
What kind of music should play on your day?
Take our quiz on page 59 of the current issue to find out!

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Hot topic: Colour coordination
Hot topic: Colour coordination
Pink lady

Q Our wedding day is going to be a riot of pink, from the stationery and flowers to the chair sashes and centrepieces. Though I’m wearing a white dress, I want pink to feature in my jewellery – what would you suggest?

A Jeweller Sophie Harley says:
Use beautiful stones such as pink sapphire, pink tourmaline and pale pink quartz as the focal point, and then mix it with pearls to soften the look and bring out the vibrant colour of the stones. It will contrast really well with white, cream and even grey freshwater pearls, all encased in rose gold or 18-carat yellow gold. If your preferred metal is silver, I’d suggest an oxidised finish, which will take a little of the shine out of the metal and enhance the stone’s colour as the main feature of the piece.

The style of your gown will also determine the sort of jewellery you’ll want to wear. A high choker with lots of multi-chain drops featuring pink stones and pearls would look stunning with a classy strapless number. For a dress with straps or sleeves, go for an elegant yet simple pendant or perhaps small hoop earrings with gemstone drops to produce the desired effect.

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The Wedding Fair at ExCel London
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Dates: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 - Sun, 21 Sep 2014
Time: 10am - 5pm
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Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014
Time: 11am - 4pm
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