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A colourful DIY wedding, photographed by Rebecca Wedding Photography…

Bride and groom holding hands in road

© Rebecca Wedding Photography – A colourful DIY wedding

 

A St James’s Church, Clerkenwell wedding, photographed by Voyteck Photography…

Bride and groom on steps of wedding venue

© Voyteck Photography – A St James’s Church, Clerkenwell wedding

 

A Penn Castle wedding, photographed by Linus Moran Photography…

Bride and groom running

© Linus Moran Photography – A Penn Castle wedding

 

A garden tipi wedding in Suffolk, photographed by Charlie Campey Photography…

Wedding tipi lit up at night

© Charlie Campey Photography – A garden tipi wedding in Suffolk

 

A Woodhill Hall wedding, photographed by Jamie Penfold Photography…

Bride and groom walking across field

© Jamie Penfold Photography – A Woodhill Hall wedding

 

A Hartwell House wedding, photographed by David Bostock Photography…

Bride and bridesmaids turning heads to camera

© David Bostock Photography – A Hartwell House wedding

 

A Keythorpe Manor wedding, photographed by Georgi Mabee Photography…

Wedding first dance

© Georgi Mabee Photography – A Keythorpe Manor wedding

 

A Lake Yard wedding, photographed by Lemontree Photography…

Bride and groom smiling at each other

© Lemontree Photography – A Lake Yard wedding

 

A Manchester Town Hall wedding, photographed by Lee Brown Photography…

Bride with groom in background

© Lee Brown Photography – A Manchester Town Hall wedding

 

A Tower Hill Barn wedding, photographed by DSB Creative…

Bride and groom kissing in front of wedding car

© DSB Creative – A Tower Hill Barn wedding

 

A Brympton House wedding, photographed by Anneli Marinovich Photography…

Bride and groom holding hands in Brympton House

© Anneli Marinovich Photography – A Brympton House wedding

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Genuine Cakes Cake and Prosecco Bar

Watford shoppers looking for a decadent treat are truly in luck. Hatch End-based Genuine Cakes is opening a brand new Cake and Prosecco Bar at the intu shopping centre in Watford. The bar will open with a glamorous and cake-filled launch tomorrow, Saturday 1st of November at 10am, where there will be prizes and goodies on offer for sweet-toothed customers who find themselves first in line at the opening.

The Cake and Prosecco Bar is the latest in a long list of exciting ventures for the company, which boasts a booming Hatch End studio and shop, a glittering high-end cake clientele and an exclusive consumer line at Harrods.

Marie Sinclair, Director at Genuine Cakes says: “This is a really exciting new development for us. We want people to really treat themselves. The bar will be a great place for shoppers to meet up with their friends, relax, have a glass of bubbly, a piece of cake and a catch up.”

The bar which seats twelve people will serve cupcakes, baby cupcakes, macarons, cake pops, cookies, buttercream cakes and cake slices, alongside Champagne, Prosecco, milkshakes and hot and cold drinks. All of the cakes and cupcakes will be available for a range of dietary requirements in Genuine Cakes’ 51 signature flavours. Who could say no to an Oreo cupcake or a slice of Fruitcake Without The Bits, with a sip of sparkles on the side? Customers will also be able to place orders for celebration cakes, whether it be for a birthday, a christening or a seasonal holiday, and wedding cakes will also be on display with customers able to book one-to-one consultations with a Genuine Cakes Wedding Designer.

Open daily from 9am to 6pm, aside from Saturdays (9am to 7pm), Sundays (9am to 5pm), and will open late on Thursdays until 9pm.

For more information about the launch of the new Cake and Prosecco Bar please visit www.genuinecakes.co.uk where updates of the forthcoming opening will be available.

Bride and groom next to window - Picture by We Heart Pictures

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Website: www.weheartpictures.com

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Bride and groom under umbrella in wedding ceremony

Have you ever seen a wedding with the bride and groom having a ‘candy shower ceremony’? No, well you are about to, and it’s such a cool idea!

Jenny and Nick wanted to create a ‘Love is Weird’ theme for their wedding using an eclectic mix of things they love as their wedding decor. They created a light-hearted wedding which really focused on their love for each other and the things they love.

‘We are all a little bite weird and life is odd, so when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness, and call it love, true love.’

“My biggest inspiration for the day was less about how I wanted everything to look, more about the mood I wanted to create. I viewed the day as a time of immense joy and happiness and wanted to set the tone to fun, light-hearted, but still a little sentimental. That’s the compass I used for all of my judgement, “will this make my guests feel good inside?” From our music choices and our made up umbrella candy shower ceremony, to our pulp fiction inspired first dance, we wanted to keep it fun and a little weird.

“I decided on a ‘Love is Weird’ theme, not only because it suited our relationship, but also because I knew it would justify me basically throwing together things I liked for the decor. Nick and I met at the School of Filmmaking at North Carolina School of the Arts, and a lot of the items we used for the decor were actually set dressing I have left over from films I’ve art directed or designed.”

Bride having make-up done

Bride having make-up done

Woman's legs sitting on chair

Wedding dress hanging on door

Colourful bridal shoes on steps

Vintage bus

Man walking past bus

People in front of vintage bus

Colourful flowers in bottles

Bride walking down aisle

Back of bride

Outdoor wedding ceremony

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Love sign in light bulbs next to bride and groom - Picture by Theilen Photography

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Ian of Ian MacMichael Photography holding umbrella over bride

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Interview With: Ian MacMichael

Company Name: Ian MacMichael Photography

Website: www.ianmacmichael.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Liverpool, North West UK, National

How did the business get started and who works at Ian MacMichael Photography?

Like most photographers I guess, a camera has always been part of my life for as long as I can remember; from the days when my mum and dad gave me a Kodak all plastic Brownie with a big yellow button and 110 film!

I shot my mate’s weddings about 20 odd years ago and that was a good laugh, and I was then asked by a friend of my wife’s dad if I would shoot their wedding, and they would pay me! I was excited but then a bit nervous as the groom to be gave me 6 rolls of 36 exposure Ektar 100 which I then just handed back to him at the end of the day! I never heard anything for weeks and was fearing the worst, but then got a lovely letter saying the photographs were great and they were delighted with them – phew! I think I got £50 or something, and it was a lot of money then!

I was now at university reading applied chemistry, and photography was still around but not a big part of my life. I completed my degree and was accepted to do a PhD project for the Ministry of Defence. I completed this and began a career as a science teacher, and throughout this time I was always a keen amateur photographer, sold some prints and did a few favours here and there.

Bride with horses - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

My teaching was going well when a colleague asked me if I would consider photographing her best friend’s wedding where she was a bridesmaid. I wanted to pursue photography but I certainly wasn’t keen about doing weddings with all the stress, responsibility and hassle. However, the offer of a good payment (£700 I think) persuaded me and I agreed. Well, I really enjoyed the day, the images were good and the couple were delighted… in fact, we went on to shoot a further three weddings for the same family.

The rest, as they say, is history. Here I am now, shooting weddings with my wife Hazel, and very proud to be invited members of some of the world’s most exclusive wedding associations.

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

No, I always wanted to be a footballer

Bride - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

Probably around eight years old when I got that Brownie, and I shot the whole roll of film in our garden on Christmas day!

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We mainly shoot weddings around Liverpool and the North West of the UK, but we have shot weddings in Ireland and Carlisle, and we are getting more enquiries now from around the UK.

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Bride and groom pretending to eat wedding cake - Picture by Paola De Paola Photography

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Website: http://paoladepaolaweddings.com

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Couple kissing behind paper note saying 'I love you'

Couple: Ellen and Andrew

Photographer: Twirly Girl Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 19/10/2014

Location of Shoot: Quakers Walk, Devizes

Wedding Date: 27/03/2014

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

We had the engagement shoot as it’s nice to have the photos to look back on in years to come, and to create lovely and wonderful memories of our engagement.

Couple walking in woods at Quakers Walk, Devizes

Couple walking in woods at Quakers Walk, Devizes

Couple holding pumpkin Couple holding pumpkin about to kiss

Couple holding pumpkin and kissing

Couple sitting with dog in woods at Quakers Walk, Devizes Couple sitting and kissing in woods at Quakers Walk, Devizes

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Bride and groom in car with sparks coming off the wheels - Picture by Alex Beckett Photography

Image © Alex Beckett Photography

Website: www.alexbeckett.co.uk

Blog: www.alexbeckett.co.uk/adventures

It’s that time of year again; when the clocks go back, the nights get longer and the Halloween festivities take place. We have previously shared our Halloween Wedding Ideas and our Pumpkin Wedding Ideas, but this year we have glammed up our Halloween themes and have found some beautiful ideas for gold and white pumpkin wedding decor.

Gold and White Pumpkin Wedding Decor Ideas Mood Board

White and Gold Geometric Pumpkins – Lovely Indeed

White Pumpkins with Feather Garland – Simply Styling

White Pumpkin with Lights – Via Pinterest

Pumpkin Place Setting – Cupcakes and Cashmere

White and Gold Glitter Pumpkins – Yesterday’s Sweetheart

White Pumpkins on Rustic Chair – Via Pinterest

Gold Pumpkin Escort Card Holders – Miller and Miller

White Pumpkins with String Bow – Via Debbie Doo’s