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Rachael and Andrew were high school sweethearts. “We were friends for a little while and eventually got together when we were 15,” says Rachael. “It was all very high school; a kiss at a house party, a mutual friend asking if I would say yes if he asked me to be his girlfriend!”

After eight years together, Andrew whisked Rachael away to York for the night. “We stayed in a room at the Principal York,” shares the bride. “After a delicious meal at The Rattle Owl, we walked back through the hotel’s gardens and Andrew told me that he had another surprise for me. When I turned around, he was down on one knee with the most beautiful engagement ring. There were fairylights in the trees and it started to rain a little. It was all very romantic. Of course I burst into tears and he had to wait for me to calm down to say yes! He had designed the ring himself with the help of our family friend, who is a goldsmith.”

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L&A Elements Ltd specialises in creating unforgettable moments for your special occasions. “As a wedding and events company, we take pride in providing top-notch entertainment and production elements that cater to all your celebration needs,” says the team at L&A Elements Ltd. “We bring you the ease and joy of combining all your entertainment needs under one roof, coordinating your event seamlessly without the hassle of dealing with various vendors. Our extensive offerings cover various platforms, designed to enhance both daytime and evening events, giving you the advantage of a one-stop solution.

“From surprise singers and videography to choreography and an array of live music, we’ve got it all covered. Planning your special day has never been this easy! Our offerings give you the choice to have one or multiple elements included in your day."

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The team at Deephad Hair, Beauty and Fashion share the latest hair trends.

"Braids are one of the most common and popular hairstyles for brides-to-be. These look great on most hair types and can be styled in endlessly beautiful ways. They are perfect for spring, summer, fall, and winter weddings and are an extremely versatile, classy and stylish hairstyle that will add an element of sophistication, charm and romance to any wedding look.

"The best thing about braids is that they can be styled in a variety of ways while adding a wow factor to your look. You can transform your braids by adding curls, styling and securing them as desired, and adorning them with flowers, tiaras, or other glamorous accessories."

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Julianne and Shaun met on a dating website. “After talking for a week or two, we arranged our first date,” says Julianne. “We played bowling and had dinner, and Shaun still mocks my poor bowling performance to this day!”

Shaun proposed in front of Edinburgh Castle on their fourth anniversary. “Edinburgh is a city we visit often as a couple, as we find it so magical,” shares the bride. “We ate tapas at a restaurant and Shaun asked if we could walk to the castle to take some pictures, as we had never been there at night. He told me to take a photo of the front door of the castle and little did I know, he was down on one knee behind me. I still have the picture now.”

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Brendan Middleton from Dash Photography gives us his top tips for booking a photographer that you've found online.

"It’s understandable to have reservations about booking suppliers online without meeting; from my experience, it is fine 99 per cent of the time. However, I do recommend the following before making a decision: Do they have an established website and social media presence? This will give you an indication and, hopefully, an insight into their work and personality. Check for reviews on social media or wedding websites and directories; are they recent? Lastly, can you view real weddings on their website and social media pages? A reputable and reliable photographer should have no problem meeting all of these criteria. I pride myself on being active on social media and providing real insight into my work as a full-time photographer."

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Charlotte and Matthew met on a spontaneous night out in Newcastle. “I spotted Matthew across the dancefloor and made an unsuspecting approach, wing-womaned by a friend,” says Charlotte. “We hit it off and the rest is history.”

Matthew proposed to Charlotte on their five-year anniversary in Tynemouth, where they had their first date. “Matthew intended to propose at the end of the pier next to the priory, but when we got to the end, three fishermen drinking cans of beer killed the moment somewhat,” shares the bride. “On our way back, Matthew spotted a quiet space on the pier and surprised me. An even bigger surprise was when we returned to Matthew’s parent’s house to celebrate and my parents were also there, having secretly travelled up from Cheshire.”

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A team of local suppliers worked together to create this styled shoot at Michelangelo’s.

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We Interviewed Claire Hunt From Claire’s Classy Cake Shop to find out more about her business.

Q – Tell us about your background – how did you become a cake maker? I used to make birthday cakes for my children and I went on to make them for family and friends. I wasn’t happy with the job I was doing, so I decided to set up a business and I have never looked back.

Q – What should couples expect when booking your services? Couples should expect a top-quality cake from me, excellent customer service that provides advice, all the information they need and the peace of mind that they can get in touch at any time to discuss their cake and if any changes need to be made, this can be done.

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The Exchange 1856 has completed its seven-figure refurbishment programme. The Victorian building, which is located on Howard Street in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, is one of North Tyneside’s most stunning architectural landmarks.

Every area of The Exchange 1856 has been updated and improved to create a spectacular and glamorous interior. Original architectural features such as fireplaces, ornate architraves and stained-glass windows have been restored to their former glory and complemented with high-quality fixtures and fittings, new flooring and panelling in soft heritage colours, in keeping with the overall character of the building.

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Ashleigh and Joe met by chance. “It all started with an encounter in Yates, Hartlepool, after I had been out in Newcastle for the day for my friend’s birthday,” says Ashleigh. “Joe had been out with his dad and they decided to have a cheeky stop in town before heading home. When one of the best mixes came on over the speakers, a dance off broke out with boys vs girls. Joe saw his chance to take the centre of the circle, but little did he know that I would break out into dance and steal the show. A few weeks after our chance encounter, we crossed paths again on Tinder, and as we recognised each other, we started talking and eventually organised our first date.”

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