Forget fine wine pairings, the best bridal and wellness bloggers in the UK came together at the Haymarket Hotel's Shooting Gallery in London to devour a three course meal, with each dish matched to a bespoke cocktail by JJ Whitley - what else? Invited guests were greeted with a summery French 75 concoction, but it was the Chilli and Watermelon Rocks that paired the main course which fired up the palettes for exciting discussions about all things bridal. Melissa Hemsley - one half of Hemsley + Hemsley - was spotted sharing her starter with BRIDES editor Jade Beer, whilst Clean Eating Alice Liveing gave a mini masterclass to her neighbours on how to take the perfect Instagrammable food snap. If it was up to us, we would have stayed there all night, but at 11pm it was time for the bloggers to bid farewell, toting a Heidi Klein goody bag overflowing with treats from Daylesford, Jo Malone London, Wedding Presents Direct and JJ Whitley.
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FIND YOUR DRESS With an incredible 248 dresses in this issue, including our special photoshoot with the best of British bridal designers, you're guaranteed to find 'the one'.
WEDDING CAKES YOU WON'T BELIEVE From a unicorn carousel to two loved-up flamingos (and even a cake that flies!), check out 2016's most modern bakes.
REAL BRIDES' SPEECHES Stuck on speeches? Steal the funniest bits from brides who've been there and done it.
HERE COMES BRIDES THE SHOW! Nearly £17,000 of prizes, our stunning catwalk, VIP guests, workshops and presentations, plus a first glipse at our goodie bag, worth £135+!
THE PERFECT NUMBER OF MAIDS? From 0-20, our brides decide on their magic number
BIG DAY LOOKBOOK Rich berry colours, an exquisite flower canopy and dreamy watercolour calligraphy make for an elegant autumnal celebration.
PLUS, win the Maldives honeymoon of your dreams worth £12,000, find out everything you need to know about Brides The Show 2016, and win £10,718 worth of big day goodies - including a dress!
On the cover: Photographer: Ed Miles. Fashion Director: Bryony Toogood. Tulle dress, £8,500, mirazwillinger.com. 0.36ct diamond and white gold earrings, £1,350, and 1.5ct diamond, rose gold and rose quartz ring, £995, beaverbrooks.co.uk. Bouquet (peonies, roses and mixed foliage), from £100, maryjanevaughan.co.uk. Hair: Laurence Close at Carol Hayes Management using Schwarzkopf Got2Be. Makeup: Salina Thind using Alpha H Skincare and Urban Decay cosmetics. Nails: Gintare Lisauskiene at Blossom & Jasmine using Chanel Le Vernis in Ballerina and Body Excellence Hand Cream. Model: Noor at Dune Agency. Photographer's assistants: Nick Martin and Liam Bundy. Fashion assistant: Lucinda Turner.
Brides magazine September/October 2016 issue on sale now, priced £4.99