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Hot topic: Love is all around

Keep it classically romantic with our stellar advice.

Believe in fairytales

Believe in fairytales

Q. I'd love a floaty whimsical dress. Which designers and collections would be best for me to consider?

A. Sam Newby-Ricci says: For this look, Heritage Brides really is the boutique for you. With designers such as Willowby by Watters, Ti Adora and Wilderly Bride on the rails, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Willowby's led the way with its alternative style – mostly unstructured dresses with bold statement laces and an array of tones including rainbow shades in the latest collection. Ti Adora has a more dainty approach with lighter laces and more subtle differences such as choppy soft skirts on appliqued bodices and capes. Wilderly Bride is the new kid on the block and is from bridal giants Allure. With cotton crochets, rope and tassel ties in soft colours and a range of low backs, this is a great option for a fashionforward bride.

Every picture tells a story

Every picture tells a story

Q. In your opinion what are the top three must-have romantic shots that I need to capture on camera?

A. Rafe Abrook says: The key to any romantic image is capturing them in a way that the ensures the photographer's presence isn't obvious. The three moments I prize the highest during the day are…

The first look – I work with a second photographer so they position themselves at the back of the room to capture the groom's reaction, whilst I capture the bride. Some grooms don't turn around early, which means I get both reactions in the same frame.

Couple portraits – This is the first time the bride and groom are on their own so it can be incredibly relaxing. This helps them to forget that a photographer's there resulting in laid-back, romantic, un-staged smiles.

The speeches – It's a chance for the groom and sometimes the bride to say how much their partner means to them in front of everyone. My second shooter focuses on the guests while I get low in front of the top table and focus on the key players! The groom will always say something heartfelt to his bride and her reaction to this is a must-have image.

With this rose

With this rose

Q. We're planning a Valentine's Day wedding but I don't want the obvious when it comes to our flowers. What can we choose other than roses that still symbolises love?

A. Shane Maple says: I love the vanda orchid. It's a large headed flower that comes in lots of colours. It's quite expensive but looks gorgeous and it's your big day after all! I'd then use darker foliage to make the colour of the orchid pop such as ruscus hard and soft and bear grass to give it a free flowing feel as it's quite a structural flower.

Another option is to have roses but rather than the typical red you could opt for a different colour. David Austin garden roses in pink or white look gorgeous. They're much softer than the standard version, very romantic and have a lovely scent.

Beautiful bake

Beautiful bake

Q. We're creating a dreamy look for our big-day styling – lots of lace, flowers, twinkly lights and hearts. How can we incorporate this look into our cake design?

A. Sue Creaser says: I just love creating romantic sparkly cakes. I'd recommend using firefly lights on very thin wires that are entwined between sugar flowers to add a gorgeous glow. Edible lace could be used on any of the tiers in the colour of your choice. A soft dreamy lustre applied to the fondant gives a wonderful sheen and makes the lace really stand out. If you'd like hearts they could either be incorporated into your cake topper or put on the fondant as an appliqué. Sugar flowers can be made in any colour and variety to match your theme and ribbons give a soft finishing touch.

Setting the scene

Setting the scene

Q. I can't wait for our first dance and really want to make it feel special. What can we do to create the perfect atmosphere?

A. Gary Huggan says: To make a feature of your first dance you don't have to perform a routine. Many couples opt for our feature package, this includes real dry ice to allow you to dance on a cloud effect that hugs the dancefloor and creates a magical white mist that doesn't rise above knee height. Also in the package is mood lighting to create the perfect ambience and a spotlight that follows the bride and groom. Then for the finale our colour-themed confetti blast silently discharged through professional cannons at the climax of your dance. All of this coupled with an impressive DJ and you won't be disappointed.

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