Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis on local Essex wedding businesses, shops and suppliers.
Want to win one of two £100 vouchers to spend at Braintree's The Treatment Rooms?
I for one can vouch for the talent of owner Emma – she's been keeping my beauty needs in check for years now! Specialising in laser hair removal, waxing, facials, skin boosters, micro needling, mesotherapy and more, head over to www.anessex.wedding/giveaways to enter – and visit The Treatment Rooms website at https://thetreatmentroomsessex.com to see their wide range of services.
If, like my husband, you're not a fan of having your picture taken, then why not consider a pre-engagement shoot?
"Engagement shoots are the perfect opportunity to be photographed by your chosen photographer without the inevitable pressure of the wedding day," says Rayleigh's John Payton Film & Photography.
Head to www.johnpaytonphotography.com to find out more.
More and more people want their fur babies at their wedding – and I for one love looking at the photos of it! Want a sitter to help care of your dog(s) at your big day?
Drop Rebecca Cater from Sible Hedingham's Woofs & Weddings a message and see how she can help you! www.woofsandweddings.co.uk
As soon as I saw this regional shoot, I knew it had to be included!
Shot at Captain's Wood, a restored barn in acres of woodland, it's romantic, natural – and altogether magical!
Be sure to watch out for the November/December issue; coming soon to download for FREE over at www.anessex.wedding/free-download – to see the shoot in all its glory.
Want a nice tan for your big day?
Head to Colchester's e.m.skin clinic & beauty for the best sun-kissed look. "We've worked with Vita Liberata for many years; well-known for being an organic tanning brand that leaves you with a beautiful, golden glow," says owner Emily Farrell.
Visit www.emskinclinicandbeauty.co.uk to find out more.
Lauren met Russ on dating app Bumble. “We had our first date on the 1st October, 2016 – and had already booked two holidays together six weeks later!” laughs the bride. “I loved how Russ made me laugh without even meaning to. He's kind and thoughtful, and we have similar ambitions. Life just feels exciting being with him. Russ says he fell for my kindness, positive attitude towards life, and the way I can light up any room I'm in with my personality.”
See their gorgeous wedding in all its glory in our latest issue, which you can read here: www.anessex.wedding/free-download
This week I'm loving Rayleigh illustrator Kirstybowks Bespokes, who sketches in real-time to create unique keepsakes that will forever capture the magic of your special day.
Choose her Intimate Wedding Package, £350, which includes live drawing for two and a half hours during drinks or your evening reception, plus an additional A4 illustration of you as newlyweds after the event. Alternatively, there's her Wedding Bell Package, £450, again offering an illustration of the pair of you – but with four hours of live drawing for your guests to enjoy!
Visit www.instagram.com/kirstybowks_bespokes to find out how to book.
Bridesmaids stressing over what to wear? "Try not to worry – this is something we have seen many times before! Start by arranging an appointment at your bridal boutique together, where you can envisage how you'd ideally like your bridal party to look. Often ideas evolve during the appointment once the girls have tried on a selection of dresses, and any reputable boutique will be on hand every step of the way to guide and advise, ensuring your vision is met."
Claire Longman and Claire Bird, Amara Bridal www.amarabridalandprom.co.uk
One bride asks us: My mum is going on about us getting a chimney sweep to attend our wedding as she's adamant it's tradition. What's she going on about?
Want to know the answer or why they are lucky? We'll give you a clue... it involves a King, a runaway horse – and a sweep who grabbed the reins!
Find out the answer from Dave Coxell of www.ashesandsmoke.com in our latest issue!
To help you find inspiration for your big day, take a look at what's caught the eye of our editors.
There are literally hundreds of ideas, products and services from wedding suppliers across the UK along with links to their web sites as pointed out by our ever resourceful team.
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