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How to make your big day the season’s finest
Q. I see so many summery cakes but am totally stuck for winter inspiration. Help!
A. Samantha Tempest says: This is a great opportunity to deviate from the normal summer traditions to serve and create something a bit different. Rich tasting cakes are perfect for the colder months, so why not try something like carrot, toffee or ginger cake? Red velvet also looks incredibly decadent when sliced and can be a lighter tasting option. Chocolate creations are always popular whatever the season, but how about experimenting with the fillings, such as orange or peppermint?
For the decoration, draw inspiration from nature with rich berry colours and green foliage or think of the crispest mornings and opt for a white, sparkly theme, maybe with a touch of metallic silver. The shops will be full of beautiful decorations now, which can often be a great source for ideas and inspiration without having to make everything too festive.
Q. So many of the region's venues really shine in the summertime, but my fiancé and I love December. How could we make a venue look just as stunning at this time of year?
A. Antonio Rosa says: From my own experience, winter weddings are magical, romantic and most importantly budget-friendly. You can reuse your venue's own decorations and swap champagne for mulled wine – the possibilities are endless. With our alpine, Swiss chalet-style architecture, the Coppid Beech Hotel is an example of how a venue can transform into a glistening wonderland. Once you have your venue, there are styles and themes aplenty, but I'd suggest creating a silver, winter-themed fairytale with white lace, pine cones and fir branches, giving a whimsical, icy touch to your tables.
Candles are also great for adding extra twinkle – they bring cosiness, comfort and the feeling of warmth. If you want to heighten the drama, you can also bring the crisp outdoors in with ice carvings on your reception tables and even ask your florist to fill the vases with tall white branches and hanging crystals.
Q. As it's likely to be cold on my big day I want to avoid strapless dresses. Can you suggest any great designs with a little more coverage?
A. Rachel Watmough says: Benjamin Roberts's 2505 is perfect for an autumn/ winter wedding. The beautiful lace detailed sleeves lend themselves to the colder months, yet the scoop back adds a hint of drama. This gown is also available in champagne, which is an ideal hue for Christmas or New Year nuptials.
Capes have proven extremely popular for the fashion-conscious bride this year too, giving the perfect balance of arm coverage while still allowing freedom of movement. If you prefer lace then Iris by Diane Harbridge is a fabulous choice – very Downton Abbey-esque – or try Gavle by Blue by Enzoani for a satin gown.
If you don't want to cover your arms entirely Essense of Australia's D1617 has pretty lace straps that can be worn on or off the shoulder.
Q. Our December wedding is at 2.30pm and it will be getting dark by the time our ceremony ends. How will this affect our photos?
A. David Bostock says: Firstly it's important to arrange to head out with your photographer pretty much straight after the ceremony if you wish to have any couple shots outside, that way you can do the group shots you may want later on inside in the warm. Most professional photographers are comfortable with using 'off-camera flash' to light images in darker conditions, which can create some dramatic photos in the fading light or at night.
Discuss this beforehand with your photographer. If you've chosen a lovely winter-friendly venue, make the most of the inside areas for photographs – staircases, hallways, rooms with big log fires and Christmas trees – all of which lend themselves to images that really capture your venue. If you're going to brave the cold and go outside, make sure you have a wrap or coat to keep warm between shots.
Q. My fiancé is after some suit ideas. What do you think would be a fine fit for the season?
A. Graeme C Healy says: This is a great time for fashion because of all the lovely colours. Brown, red, gold and orange hues can be beautifully blended to give a warm, colourful look that just wouldn't work in spring or summer. Your groom can't go wrong with the traditional black morning coat with cream and dark red accessories, especially at Christmas time. For men who want a more modern or dressed-down look, country and vintage themes are still huge: every guy looks great in a sharp, slim-fitting tweed suit and they can be smartened with any sort of neckwear. I really dig the bow tie option too, but it's worth getting your man to learn how to tie one himself for the big day. As a wildcard, a brown morning coat is a great go-between for those that want the traditional look in country autumnal colours. Think paisley neckwear, a plain cream or gold waistcoat and maybe a pocket watch for the vintage effect.
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Graeme C Healy
This exquisite collage picture made from pieces of fabric including a bride's dress and framed as a memento of the big day.
Artist Barbara Shaw runs Art In Textiles and hand-stitches scraps of fabric into layers to create one-off keepsakes. She's interpreted venues, bouquets and as pictured here, a wedding cake.
Barbara is based in Aylesbury and a piece of her work has been bought for the Oxfordshire County Museum collections. For more information, www.artintextiles.co.uk
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