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Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding

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Hot topic: Summer love

Create a seasonal spectacular with our stellar advice

Blooming boiling

Blooming boiling

Q. Can you advise on the best flowers for summer weddings? I want a seasonal look and blooms that won't wilt in the heat.

A. Nicky Harding says: To ensure that your flowers stay bright and perky throughout the day and night, you'll want to choose flowers that'll last. Roses are often used as the focal flower that takes centre stage and although you wouldn't think it, they do thrive in hot and humid weather. Orchids are a good choice if you're looking for bright blooms and other tropical flowers like anthuriums and birds of paradise can look beautiful from the morning through to the end of the night.

Daisies, sunflowers and dahlias are also some of the most versatile out there. Bright, big and cheerful, they'll bring life to your bouquet.

You can also incorporate succulents and foliages, such as seeded eucalyptus, rosemary, and ivy to provide another dimension. Not forgetting gypsophila – it can be stunning on its own but also can be added to soften the look and style of the theme.

Through the lens

Through the lens

Q. Tying the knot in summer lends itself to endless photo opportunities but we don't want to be away from our guests for too long. In your opinion, what are the must-have shots?

A. Becky Kerr says: The must-have shots are the bride and groom. It'll take you away from your guests but gives you the perfect opportunity to spend a bit of private time together away from the hubbub of your day and allows you to soak it all in.

Think about having your group photos taken near your guests so they feel part of your day. I'd stick to around five formal shots, one of which should be a group photo of all your guests so nobody's left out. A good vantage point for the image such as a balcony or staircase can make the picture that bit more memorable – your photographer will have an eye for this sort of thing though so don't worry

Romantic style

Romantic style

Q. I'm not sure what style of dress to choose for our August nuptials. What styles and fabrics should I consider that'll keep me cool if it's a warm day?

A. Cathy Smyth says: A summer wedding opens up so many options for the perfect dress. Floaty chiffon, lightweight tulle, beautiful lace or a soft A-line gown will keep you cool and comfortable. An open back's ideal but if you want to cover up, a light illusion back with some delicate detail is the answer – it's still sexy but covered. If you're looking for a fitted dress, you can opt for the more relaxed design with a statement soft tulle overskirt. Sleeves can still be on the wish list too in a lightweight fabric or opt for the more boho look with crochet.

Colour pop

Colour pop

Q. I usually opt for natural eye make-up but what brighter shades would you suggest for my bridal look?

A. Jo Saville says: Adding colour can be daunting but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Opt for a shimmer eyeshadow across the lid like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in Bone, and then sweep a rich eyeliner across the upper lashline. You can play it safe with a warming bronze such as ELF Studio Cream eyeliner in copper or if you're feeling more daring, team it up with a purple like Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Kohl liner in Elizabeth Violet.

Use the Urban Decay Palette in Heat to really kick-start your eye make-up, an intense black kohl liner, not forgetting to do the waterline too and finish with lashings of mascara.

Here's a guide for what shades suit different eye colours:

❤ Blue – Navy, copper, champagne, gold, bronze and rust tones
❤ Green – Plum, purple, copper and bronze
❤ Hazel – Emerald, berry tones and metallic pink
❤ Brown – Choose any shade and be adventurous

Sweet treat

Sweet treat

Q. Chocolate cake's my favourite but I'm worried that it'll be too rich for a sunny day. How can I incorporate it into our bake whilst keeping it light?

A. Susan Halil says: Instead of a full-on rich chocolate cake maybe consider a lighter variation such as cookies and cream? This can be lovely made with vanilla sponge and a cookies and cream buttercream. Alternatively, you could switch to white chocolate. Matched with raspberry jam and pistachio this makes a decadent variation of the classic Victoria sponge.

If you're worried about the chocolate melting then speak to your cake maker about ganache. Made with tempered chocolate and cream, it can be used to encase the cake with a firm layer of chocolate underneath sugar icing that really helps in humid conditions. No cakes should be left for long periods in hot conditions. Be sure to discuss this with your pro who'll advise when the showstopper should be delivered and where it can be displayed to keep it in optimum condition.