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How I kept 'pretty and shy' Diana's wedding dress secrets: Royal dress designer David Emanuel reveals all in the jungle

by emma 28. November 2013 11:11

He is thousands of miles away in the Australian jungle but designer David Emanuel's thoughts are never far from Princess Diana.

He famously designed the Princesss wedding dress along with his then-wife Elizabeth, for her wedding in 1981 to Prince Charles.

And while talking to fellow I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! contestant, ex-Westlife singer Kian Egan, David revealed all about his first meeting with the Princess and how it changed his life forever.
A chance meeting with an editor at Vogue magazine led to him and Elizabeth making several dresses for Diana, who was emerging as a public figure after her relationship with Prince Charles became known.

'She was a very nicely brought up, pretty girl, quite shy,' he said of their first meeting. 'She said: 'I'm looking for a pretty dress.'
caused a sensation at the time and afterwards Diana asked David to design her wedding gown.

'I picked up a call in the studio and she said: "It's me", said David. 'She never said 'Lady Diana.' I always used to say "Hello, me." '

'She said, "I'm just wondering, would you do the honour of designing my wedding gown?" I thought, Christ, perhaps it's a hoax call.'

'All this press that she's getting married and nobody knows anything and then she rang up and I said, "Yeah!" '
'When she came in I said "Did you call me?" 'Yes," she said and started laughing. Immediately it was announced, we got surrounded by the press, the world.'

Princess Dianas dress—seen by over 700 million people worldwide—was made of ivory silk, pure taffeta and antique lace, with 10,000 pearls and sequins, and had a 25ft train.

The dress is described in Fashion Encyclopedia as: Creations by artists from Botticelli to Renoir and Degas were used as influences, as were photographs of some of the more romantic women in history. The garments seen on Greta Garbo in Camille, Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind, and Marlene Dietrich in The Scarlet Empress were all recreated to some degree.
Welsh-born designer David's life changed dramatically after designing Diana's wedding dress, becoming an internationally-known name and television presenter and producer as well as continuing to design dresses for the Princess.

He and Elizabeth,who have two children together, divorced in 1990.

Now David is enduring life in the jungle, last night comforting Alfonso Ribiero when the American actor had a tearful moment. However he might not but there for much longer, as he is currently the bookmaker's favourite to be booted out at the first public eviction on Wednesday night.

Tardis is centrepiece of couple’s fantastic Doctor Who wedding

by emma 26. November 2013 11:03

TWO huge Time Lord fans tied the knot at a Doctor Who themed wedding – and spent their honeymoon at a conference marking the cult sci-fi show’s 50th anniversary.



Josh and Abi Douglas and 90 guests dressed up as characters from the long-running BBC show on Saturday and even set up a Tardis on deck of HMS Warrior for the unusual ceremony.

The couple, of Francis Avenue, Southsea, said it was the wedding of their dreams.

Mrs Douglas, a civil servant, wore an exact replica of the outfit worn by the character Idris, the physical embodiment of the spirit of the Tardis.

The 44-year-old said: ‘It was absolutely fantastic, it went really well.

‘Everybody really dressed up and there were some stunning outfits. Even those who aren’t Doctor Who fans made a huge effort.

‘The Tardis was set up on the deck and it totally blew my mind.

‘I can’t tell you how happy I was to marry my own Doctor.’

Mr Douglas, who works in IT, went for the David Tennant era Doctor in a blue suit, brown mac and red Converse trainers.

He said: ‘We are both huge fans of the show and went straight from the wedding to London for the Doctor Who expo on Sunday.

‘We are huge fans so this has been a dream weekend.’

The happy couple, who met on virtual reality site Second Life, walked down the aisle to Mad Man in a Blue Box – a piece by Portsmouth composer Murray Gold, which featured in the show.


Fairy-Tale Winter Wedding at Blenheim Palace

by Katie 21. November 2013 11:55

Blenheim Palace is offering a fabulous Fairy-Tale winter wedding for 80 guests in this stunning world heritage location including a Civil Ceremony in the Marlborough Room and Wedding Breakfast in The Orangery. Hold your special day at Britain’s Greatest Palace. 

Special offer valid for selected dates in January-March 2014 

£9700 including VAT. 

(Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply). 

This offer is applicable to new enquiries and bookings only. Additional guests will be charged £135.00 per person inclusive of VAT.

The Special offer includes: 

The Orangery for your wedding breakfast and evening reception 

The Marlborough Room for your civil wedding ceremony (if applicable) 

The Colonnades for drinks reception 

A cocktail or a soft drink for your guests during the reception 

Three course set wedding breakfast with coffee 

A half of bottle of House Wine per guest with the wedding breakfast 

Use of the Blenheim Palace silver wedding cake stand and knife 

Continued support from our hospitality team during the planning stages of your wedding day 

A Master of Ceremonies on hand to make sure the day runs smoothly 

A Feature Suite at The Bear Hotel in Woodstock on a B&B basis 


Selected Dates in 2014 

Monday to Thursday from 6th January until 27th March 2014 and the following selected dates: 

Friday 10th January 

Saturday 18th January 

Saturday 25th January 

Friday 31st January 

Friday 7th February 

Saturday 22nd February 

Saturday 1st March 

Saturday 15th March 

Saturday 29th March 


Cher Lloyd and fiancé Craig Monk marry in secret ceremony

by emma 21. November 2013 10:16

Ah, we do love a good celebrity wedding so it's just as well one has gone and happened in the world of the rich and famous.


Cher Lloyd surprised her fans on Wednesday evening by posting a picture of herself and her boyfriend of two years Craig Monk on her Instagram page.


But this wasn't just any ordinary picture - in the image Cher looks radiant in a white wedding dress while her hairdresser beau looks smart in a suit with a single rose on the lapel.


Posting a link to the picture on Twitter, Cher wrote: "18/11/2013."

And it wasn't long before Cher was inundated with messages of congratulations from fans.

Thanking her devotees, the singer wrote: "Thank you for all your lovely messages!! I'm so happy!!"


Former X Factor contestant Cher and Craig got engaged in 2011 and the singer had a heart tattooed onto her wedding finger in addition to wearing a beautiful diamond ring.

Cher has made no secret of her love for Craig and previously spoke of her excitement ahead of her wedding day after getting engaged.

Speaking to the Mirror last year, she said: "I'm engaged and want to get married as soon as possible. I can't wait.

"I love Craig and he makes me happy. I know I am going to spend the rest of my life with him."

Congratulations, guys!


Simon Cowell wants acts to sing at his wedding

by emma 20. November 2013 12:22

Simon Cowell hinted that he is ready to tie the knot with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman by suggesting he would want his music acts to perform at his wedding.


The 54-year-old music mogul hinted he is ready to tie the knot with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman - who is pregnant with his first child - by suggesting he would have stars from his record label and talent shows 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' take to the stage at his nuptials.


The couple wouldn't be short of international superstars to serenade them as One Direction, Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd and Susan Boyle are just a few of the names from his roster who could perform.


Simon told the Daily Star newspaper: "All my artists would have to sing. I couldn't just choose one. It would be a long wedding."


The pair are tipped to head down the aisle early next year following the birth of their baby boy - which is due on February 28 - as Simon is reportedly eager for his 87-year-old mother Julie to see him marry Lauren.


The brunette beauty is said to have agreed to wed in a traditional church ceremony near her future mother-in-law's home in Sussex, South East England, and it is likely to be an intimate affair.


According to reports by The Sun, Simon's close pals Louis Walsh, Topshop mogul Sir Philip Green, hypnotist Paul McKenna, and his ex-girlfriend Sinitta are the only celebrities to have made the guest list.


Lauren will also be joined by friends and family for a "blessing" in her native US.


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Daredevil 'bride' hangs 3,000 feet in air for wedding photo

by emma 19. November 2013 10:14

Many brides are familiar to pre-wedding jitters, but this daredevil 'bride' can certainly be forgiven for getting cold feet.

The image, which was taken as part of a photoshoot for an extreme wedding travel-adventure company, shows a woman dressed in full bridal attire dangling from a thin rope, 3,000 feet in the air.

The model bride hangs between two peaks at the top of Lost Arrow Spire in California's Yosemite National Park, one of America's toughest rock-climbing peaks.
Talented photographer Ben Horton captured the shot, and it was his late friend Gil Weiss who founded the extreme wedding company.

"I've shot a lot of adventure and climbing photography, and Gil's optimistic personality was infectious, so he managed to convince me to shoot this wedding for him," Ben told The New York Post.

"Even though I've been shooting climbing for a long time, the thrill you get hanging from a rope 3,000 feet in the air never really quite goes away. It wasn't actually that hard to convince me. Climbing with Gil had put me in some of the most amazing places I've been in my life.

"The iconic photographs I got serve as a great reminder that life should be lived, and to pursue my dreams while I still can."

Before the shoot, Gil and his friend Brad went around the Yosemite campsite asking female climbers to try on the wedding gown, and whether they would be willing to pose atop the Lost Arrow Spire.

"We shot over the next two days and managed to get some amazing photos that we were all quite excited about," said Ben.

The model bride in this photo may break the traditional wedding venue mould, but she certainly isn't the exception. Other couples who have been photographed in extreme conditions include one bride and groom in Miami who abseiled down 19 floors in full wedding attire, while another pair exchanged vows at the top of Mount Everest.



Have you considered a winter wedding?

by emma 14. November 2013 10:36

Embrace the sunshine at your wedding this winter!

Marry Abroad.co.uk have just revealed the top places to get married abroad this winter which are Thailand, Istanbul, Turkey, France, Budapest, Hungary and India.  We talk to con Founder Steph Bishop about why winter weddings are now in vogue!


Why are winter weddings popular?


“Winter weddings are vastly becoming more popular for many reasons. You will find that they often tend to be a bit cheaper than a summer Wedding, and therefore offer greater value for those couples who are watching their pennies. Winter is often considered a more romantic time to get married, where the newlywed couple and guests can celebrate by a warm, roaring fire, sipping mulled wine, under twinkling lights. There is also the tendency to have less competition for winter season dates, so couples are much more likely to get their ideal Wedding date. This may consequently mean an earlier wedding date than imagined, without couples having to wait a full year for their preferred date to become available.”


What are your top tips for having a winter wedding?


“Firstly, make certain that you check out the weather where you wish to marry, prior to committing to having your wedding ceremony there. Particular countries may have hurricanes or monsoon seasons during winter and therefore you need to take care that the weather is stable enough before you travel over! Whilst you’re checking this, take a look to make sure your preferred venue is open during the winter season – some venues may close during this time for refurbishment. Often you will find both the ceremony and reception costs are cheaper than what would be charged in the summer, so it is advised to shop around and do comparisons on summer dates with winter dates, to see exactly the savings you will be making. However do think hard about choosing your wedding date in the Christmas week – not all of your guests may be able to make it.”


How responsive are family and friends to attending a wedding at this particularly busy and expensive time of year?


“This all depends on when in particular during winter you wish to marry. For instance, if you wish for your wedding to take place during the Christmas and New Year period, it may not be easy for guests to travel over. However, on the contrary your guests may already have the time booked off work during this period and would be happy to combine your wedding with their festive celebrations. Months such as November, January and February may be easier for your guests, and the wedding may give them a celebration to focus on during a quiet time of the year, which often tends to be rather uneventful. You may even brighten up their winter!”


 Why did these destinations make the top five over others?


“The main reason that these particular destinations made the top five, is that we wanted to give couples a much wider choice of winter locales that cover all tastes. Thailand and India are both popular holiday destinations from the UK and have a great selection of locations for the ideal wedding. They’re also both ideal for couples who want their wedding to take place in a hot weather location, to escape the cold weather back home. Countries such as Hungary, France and Turkey, although closer to home, all offer amazing wedding locations, such as palaces and chateaux. These may be ideal for couples wanting a romantic ceremony in a unique venue, with a reception that is full of warmth. These countries also may not have been seen before as typical winter wedding destinations by couples, so for this reason have been highlighted as countries with great ceremony choices available.”


How can couples budget for Christmas expenditure and wedding costs?


 “It usually tends to be the case that couples have been saving for their wedding for quite some time, so a winter wedding should not impact the cost of Christmas unduly. Also, due to weddings abroad tending to cost a lot less in the winter period, couples may find that they might not have to save for as long as they had expected, to get the ceremony they desire. It is also an idea to book the wedding during the summer, so that costs can be spread out across the year - as the deposit will have to be paid first to confirm a venue.”

For more information visit www.marryabroad.co.uk.



by Lucy Walton for www.femalefirst.co.uk
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Get back to nature on your wedding day!

by emma 13. November 2013 10:26

Bride and groom at Leighton Moss

Forget a hotel or beach Wedding, we talk to Jacqui Fereday from RSPB on why nature reserves are becoming popular places to host wedding ceremonies!


People often overlook outside wedding venues because of temperamental weather conditions, so why should couples not rule it out for their wedding?


There is just a short walk to the hide where the ceremony takes place. The weddings on the reserve attract people who are keen on the outdoors and are looking for a special area that is different and is close to their hearts. They tend to be interested in nature and love the natural surroundings. Because of this they are not put off by the weather.  For the first civil service we held  guests came in weddington boots. Cream with bows on them.



How can getting married outside enhance the atmosphere of a wedding?


The hide that is licensed has the most amazing view. There is a bay window from which you can see a large body of water edged in golden reeds. There is always something to see, from Majestic red deer to many different types of birds. If lucky you will have the view of a passing otter family while saying your vows! The sound of nature as the party walk down to the hide is fantastic and very unusual. There are not many places where you can hear a red stag roaring in the Autumn or have a robin at your side down the tree lined path.


The sensory garden area at the rear of the visitor centre is perfect for photographs and the outdoor class room with its wooden frame and open sides is frequently used for Champaign receptions.


Please tell us about some of the weddings that have been hosted there.


The weddings have been slightly varied in the numbers (we can take up to 40) and attire. We have had the Bride and groom in traditional wedding outfits to smart casual. All work well with the reserve. All the weddings have been very relaxed and mainly low key. The hide has been decorated with greenery and candles with fairy lights around the doors and windows. One wedding covered inside the hide with cloth.


The paths to the hide have been decorated with handmade hearts  and candles lining the paths. The brides tend to have natural flowers or simple bouquets.


What is the appeal of The Leighton Moss Reserve as a wedding venue?


I believe it’s because of the natural surroundings and the relaxed atmosphere. We can offer pond dipping and guided walks if the party wish. The whole experience is different. There is also the bonus of catering on site so we can offer tea and scones to a full blown feast.


How can people who are not wildlife experts appreciate the setting?


The setting speaks for itself; there is no need to be an expert in wildlife to enjoy the walks on the reserve. The garden has an abundance of bees, butterflies and dragon flies in the summer, as well as a great area to sit and enjoy the sounds and scents.


How do photographers respond to such organic surroundings at the weddings?


The weddings we have had up to now have all been very complimentary about the setting. It lends itself to some great photographs. There is the pond dipping area which winds into the centre of the reeds this is a popular place for photos.


Please tell us about a typical wedding day at Leighton Moss reserve.


The couple usually drop off any decorations we need to put up for them in the morning, or the day before. The first partner or Groom arrives and is guided into a separate room for consultation with the registrar, followed by the second partner or the bride.


The guests are gathered in our education room which can be decorated. They are then ushered down to the hide for the ceremony. When the party are gathered the ceremony begins. This can be between 20 mins or half an hour depending on the service. We have had a registry wedding followed by a blessing. The party then have their photographs taken, in and around the reserve and garden. This can be followed by the champagne reception then back to the centre for a buffet.


We pride ourselves in having the experience of 1,000s of visitors coming to enjoy the nature reserve. We feel we can offer something a bit special for those people wanting a low key wedding in lovely surroundings. We are really flexible to their needs. They are getting married in a bird hide on a nature reserve and it’s a fantastic experience offering a different sort of day.

Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale , Carnforth, Lancashire. LA5 0SW 
Tel 01524703010, 
Mobile 07801834481 

Read more: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/weddings/jacqui-fereday-369695.html#ixzz2kWIrPvxf

Fabulous feedback from Bride & Grooms at Langshott Manor!

by Katie 12. November 2013 11:26

Find to follow some really lovely feedback from brides and grooms recently married at the beautiful Langshott Manor:

Hi Helen,

Thank you so much for everything you did in organising our big day. 

Everything went to plan, the hotel is such a lovely venue and you have such lovely staff. Please pass on our thanks particularly to Doug and Erin who made our day very special. They were lovely, friendly but professional and very attentive to both us and our guests.


The food was lovely and the room looked great, we would not have changed anything. 


We are now in Croatia having a lovely honeymoon.


Thanks again to all involved,we had a fantastic time.

Best wishes

Nicola and Stephen


Hi Helen


We are back from our honeymoon now and wanted to thank you and your team again for making our wedding so very special. We loved literally every minute of the day and that was in no small part due to the work that you and all your team put in to making sure that everything went smoothly, all of the rooms looked beautiful, the food was absolutely delicious and the drinks were flowing - I know that all of our guests thought so too and so many of them said what a great venue Langshott Manor is. 


I just wanted to let you know that our wedding is on the Rock my Wedding blog today and of course we mentioned how wonderful Langshott is and there is a link to your website: http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/


Thanks again for your part in making our wedding day so special




Dear Helen,


Thanks very much! We had the most amazing day and just wish we could do it all again. Our ceremony was wonderful, so moving, and the rest of the day was super, such a great place to share our wedding with all our friends and family. We were lucky later in the day as had some nice light for photos of Henry, me and George, and we even managed a game of croquet on the front lawn! Our first dance was great fun and people enjoyed chatting together late into the evening. Everyone loved the venue, we had lots of comments about how intimate and beautiful it was. We're so glad that we went with our first choice.


Thank you for all your help over the last few months, you have been absolutely great and everything went so smoothly on the day. Thanks very much to Travis and the rest of the team as well. During the wedding breakfast we were impressed with the professionalism...great timing when the courses and wine came out-I caught a glimpse into the kitchen at one point and the team were very much in synch! 


The Friday night was really good too-a great chance for our families to get together before the actual day and they really enjoyed it.


We are waiting for our photographer to send photos and will send a few on soon if you would like to see them.


Hope to see you again. We'll have to come and stay again one day!


With very best wishes,


Juliet & Henry 


Hi Helen


We had a truly wonderful day at Langshott, thank you so much for everything. You were incredible!! We have the most wonderful memories of such a perfect day and we would not hesitate to recommend you to my friends, family or clients. 


My only really negative comment would be that it is such a shame that you cannot be super human and have been there all the time!! 


Many thanks



Horse Mad Bride

by Katie 12. November 2013 11:25


The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel in Devon hosted a wedding for a bride who was so horse mad that her pony made an entrance at her wedding reception.

A retreat to the beautiful North Devon Countryside on the River Taw with walking, fishing, shooting and riding on your doorstep kick off your wellies and relax!

Best Wedding Venue in Devon 2009, 2011 and 2012


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