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All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in Devon or Cornwall, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

Wedding News: Mole Valley Farmers store in Cirencester and Penzance enjoys major refurbishment

Mole Valley Farmers store in Cirencester and Penzance enjoys major refurbishment

Mole Valley Farmers, with newly refurbished stores in Cirencester as well as Penzance, Cornwall has linked up with UK barbecue expert, food influencer and cookery book author Marcus Bawdon to promote their fresh food and drink expansion. Marcus is internationally renowned for his barbecue expertise and he runs the UK BBQ School near his home in Cullompton, Devon. He tells us, "I'm a big fan of Mole Valley Farmers and I was impressed by the food offered at my local store. There are some top-quality meat and dairy products and they stock everything you need for a decent barbecue."

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Wedding News: 2022 table trends from Viners

2022 table trends from Viners

As the trend for table scaping grows - a trend we love here at CWM HQ - your wedding day is the perfect time to create stunning table displays for dining in style! Whichever trend your wedding table décor follows, iconic British cutlery brand, Viners®, has cutlery in an array of styles, shapes and finishes to complete your look. Steeped in British heritage, the much-loved brand's elegant and durable cutlery is made from the finest materials, with a guarantee of excellence across all products.

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Wedding News: Devon-based wine merchant Wickhams announce autumn events

Devon-based wine merchant Wickhams announce autumn events

October is Rioja Wine Month. To celebrate it, the Devon-based independent online wine and spirit merchant Wickham's tasting team will explore the range of varieties from this renowned and fascinating Spanish winemaking region. Join them to taste a variety of wines from Joven to Gran Reserva. Learn about the sub-regions (Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Oriental and Rioja Alta) and Vino de Puebla's newest classification. If you think Rioja is all about heavy, oaky red wines, think again!

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Wedding News: Host a green wedding with Social Impact Caterers - Social Pantry

Host a green wedding with Social Impact Caterers - Social Pantry

The positive impact wedding has emerged as a significant matrimonial trend of 2022 and Social Pantry, the female-led, London-based sustainable catering firm (a business working to become the first zero-waste catering company) is quietly revolutionising how weddings are planned and celebrated by putting sustainability at the heart of how wedding food is selected and prepared. Alex Head, CEO & Founder, Social Pantry – who herself is getting married in October – and Sarah Turner, Head Chef, Social Pantry have all the tips on how to plan a sustainable wedding menu regardless of budget. Please see below for top tips and if you're interested, we'd love to give you the opportunity to cover Alex's wedding as a case study.

At a time when climate change and monetary inflation are impacting weddings, sustainability has never been more relevant for couples wanting to be environmentally and socially responsible.

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Wedding News: Top UK wedding photographer discusses the beauty of intimate weddings

Top UK wedding photographer discusses the beauty of intimate weddings

Since falling in love with wedding photography six years ago after photographing a friend's wedding, Rebecca Searle, has gone on to photograph around 30 weddings every year. She has accumulated over 12,200 followers on her Instagram, and her talent has also been recognised by Professional Photo Magazine, naming her as one of the Top 50 British Wedding Photographers of 2022. Every wedding is beautiful, no matter big or small, but having planned her own wedding on the Amalfi Coast 8 years ago, intimate weddings hold a particularly special place in Rebecca's heart. Whether it's a huge wedding with 200 family and friends, or a super cool intimate ceremony with a handful of people, both have their own beauty and benefits".

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Wedding News: Book a feel-good Cornish mini-moon that benefits a charity

Book a feel-good Cornish mini-moon that benefits a charity

With more people than ever looking to make ethical purchasing decisions, Pitchup.com has come up with a great selection of outdoor holidays which have the added benefit of helping a good cause. From propping up a community pub to aiding former seafarers, giving the guides a helping hand and boosting a football club's youth section, they've sought out the budget holidays that offer the feel-good factor. Mousehole Camping is located in the grounds of a friendly and progressive non-league football club in the Cornish village of Paul, near Penzance. All of the camping fees go back into Mousehole AFC, including support to more than 150 youngsters in the youth development section.

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Wedding News: These are the UK areas with the happiest couples

These are the UK areas with the happiest couples

There are always misconceptions about a north vs south divide, but apparently when it comes to love there is! A study by confused.com analysed government data to reveal the UK areas with the most marriages. When looking at where in the UK has the most weddings per person, one place stands out, which is Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, with 2,770 weddings per 100,000 people. Dumfries and Galloway are close to Gretna Green, which is traditionally identified with couples eloping from England, which is likely to be why many couples choose to tie the knot here. Another Scottish area comes in second, with Argyll and Bute hosting 1,165 weddings per 100,000 people each year. Located on the west coast of Scotland, Argyll and Bute is a unique area to get married. Here you can be wed on the beach, in a historic church or castle, or on the famous Mull of Kintyre. The most common wedding destination outside of Scotland is Kensington and Chelsea, in London with a marriage rate of 1077 per 100,000.

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Wedding News: Grassroots surf event moves along smoothly in Godrevy, Cornwall

Grassroots surf event moves along smoothly in Godrevy, Cornwall

The alternative surf competition Smooth Movers 2022 recently took place at Godrevy, Cornwall, and featured all sorts of fun competitions including men's and women's longboard sessions, a twin fin board session and an 'expression' session. Smooth Movers, presented by Sharp's Offshore Pilsner and supported by Down the Line surf shop, provides local surfers with a different approach to a surf competition – a more community-oriented, laid-back style of competition compared to others. However, the contest still has the competitive edge which inspired some top-quality performances from those competing in this year's edition. The weekend's festivities kicked off on Friday at The Red River, Gwithian, with exhibitions, surf film screenings and some live music for everyone to enjoy and prepare for the next day of eclectic surfing and music. The morning featured the heats for the men's and women's longboard sessions, the 'Battered Fish' twin fin surf session, before lunch and then the 'Send it for Summer' expression session. The sun was shining down on the windswept beach with nice, peaky 2ft surf for the competitors which held up until the finals later in the day.

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Wedding News: Wedding Album of the Year winner

Wedding Album of the Year winner

Professional photographer Rebecca Carpenter won the inaugural Wedding Album of the Year competition with a stunning set of images in a book printed and produced by Henley Albums. The new award was set up by The Photography Show to celebrate the talent and craft of professional wedding photographers and album makers, and championing the power of print, with the finalists being displayed at this year's show at the NEC. Rachel Carpenter, who describes herself as a destination wedding and elopement photographer, shot her winning album for her clients Helena & Mark, who got married in Las Vegas.

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Wedding News: The Good Hotel Guide announces its 12 César winners for 2023

The Good Hotel Guide announces its 12 César winners for 2023

The Good Hotel Guide has revealed its annual list of 12 César winners for 2023. This year, award winners include a hotel run by aristocracy with a focus on wellbeing, a former motorway service station on the M6, a Grade I listed townhouse where the in-room coffee maker can be found in a doll's house, a revamped 11th-century Cotswold stone inn, a 1950s Scottish youth hostel with loch views that is now a stunning hotel, and Michelin-starred properties in the heart of the British countryside with bird-watching and red squirrel spotting opportunities on the doorstep.

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Wedding News: Newquay shopfronts set to be decorated for Halloween

Newquay shopfronts set to be decorated for Halloween

In collaboration with Visit Newquay, Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) is calling out for its member businesses to get involved in the 2022 Halloween window dress-up competition, for which a number of prizes will be available (all sourced from local BID member businesses). The team is also asking businesses to get involved in the upcoming ghoulish Halloween Town Trail which will be taking place from October 22nd until October 30th 2022 by hosting clues in their windows or shops. Open to anyone within the town centre of Newquay, this is an opportunity for front-facing businesses to demonstrate their creepy creativity and to just have a bit of fun as we head into the winter season. The team has further petrifying plans for Halloween in Newquay this year with a curdling crescendo to take place on Saturday, October 29th. Further details for this particular event will be released in due course.

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Wedding News: Newquay Zombie Crawl set to take place on Saturday 29th October 2022

Newquay Zombie Crawl set to take place on Saturday 29th October 2022

Preparations are underway for the return of the ever-popular, family-friendly Newquay Zombie Crawl that's set to happen on Saturday 29th October 2022. Thrill-seekers can expect the streets of the coastal location to be transformed into an otherworldly spooktacular experience this Halloween as hundreds of participants flood into the town to witness the most frightening but fun event of the year! Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) will be organising this year's edition of the Zombie Crawl, and they will be ensuring it's one to remember seeing as it is the first time it has happened since 2019. Newquay BID and its team of organisers will be reviving the terrifying tradition for a fresh start in 2022. The spooky Newquay experience will begin with multiple rolling workshops for families to enjoy, happening throughout the town from 12 pm-3 pm. Blystra Arts will be running pumpkin carving sessions at the Royal British Legion, while there will be scary storytelling at Newquay Library and dance group Bounce will be running a Thriller dance lesson with group dances happening every hour on Newquay Piazza, next to the cinema.

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Wedding News: Enjoy autumn at a Finest Retreats property in Cornwall and the Cotswolds

Enjoy autumn at a Finest Retreats property in Cornwall and the Cotswolds

With nature displaying its spectacular colours, the weather cooling and half-term approaching, autumn is an ideal time to seek out somewhere to cosy up with family or friends, with options to enjoy the great outdoors before the clocks go back. Finest Retreats and Canvas & Cabins by Finest Retreats have a selection of properties across the UK to tempt travellers to do just that including ARC Painswick located in the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that sleeps up to 24 guests and Trevoya Cabin in Cornwall. This is a new property with Finest Retreats and sleeps up to two guests.

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Wedding News: Supergroup Claire Richards & Duncan James surprise couple on their wedding day

Supergroup Claire Richards & Duncan James surprise couple on their wedding day

Pop royalty, Claire Richards and Duncan James, joined forces on Saturday 17th September, as the ultimate wedding band - Simply Wed - to surprise one lucky couple with a performance of poptastic floor-filling songs on their wedding day. Anna Novelli and Samuel Hold from Bournemouth were delighted when the power duo 'crashed the wedding' at the Larmer Street in Wiltshire, to surprise guests and the lucky couple with the performance of a lifetime. The couple - both Steps and Blue superfans - were overwhelmed with joy to have the newly minted wedding supergroup perform, having known all the routines to Claire and Duncan's biggest hits since childhood!

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Wedding News: Sharp's Brewery releases new mango-infused brew for Cask Ale Week

Sharp's Brewery releases new mango-infused brew for Cask Ale Week

To celebrate the upcoming Cask Ale Week, which runs from 22nd September to 2nd October 2022, an innovative team from Cornwall-based Sharp's Brewery has created Coaster Alfonso. This limited-edition brew is a contemporary reimagining of one of the first-ever of Sharp's brews, Coaster, with a refreshing mango twist. Sharp's constantly encourages development and creativity, and a fun in-house competition between the brewing teams helped to drive a new take on the classic Coaster recipe, resulting in a 4.1% pale ale that combines the latest brewing trends with a more traditional recipe in one glass. Coaster Alphonso represents the collaboration of six minds from one of the Sharp's Brewery teams: Stuart Blow, Mark Young, Warren Jackson, Imogen Tointon, Martin Shiers and Paddy Carter, who collectively make up Team Coaster (Sharp's have four brewing teams, each named after historic or existing Sharp's beers). The competition for Cask Ale Week reflects Sharp's commitment to honouring traditional cask ale production, with a contemporary mindset.

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Wedding News: Top tips on how to save money on a hen-do

Top tips on how to save money on a hen-do

Hen-dos provide a great opportunity to bring together your nearest and dearest for pre-wedding celebration and excitement. However, with many brides now opting for more exotic or expensive locations for their celebrations, the cost of a hen-do can quickly add up. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to make savings on your upcoming hen-party: Take advantage of drinks packages – Nightclubs are synonymous with hen-dos, however entry and drinks can get pretty pricey. Venues will often offer discounts on pre-purchased drinks packages so it's worth checking what deals you can strike before getting there.

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Wedding News: How to wear pink when attending weddings

How to wear pink when attending weddings

With Breast Cancer Awareness month approaching, Cliff Bashforth, managing director of Colour Me Beautiful, shares his top tips on how to wear pink!

"The key to wearing pink is to ensure that it doesn't wear you, says Cliff, "Cooler skin tones look amazing in cerise or hot pinks, indeed most shades from dusty rose to bright fuchsia, whilst warmer skin tones will always look their best in coral or salmon pinks. Dark hair and bright eyes - opt for the boldest, brightest hues you can find. Hot pink (cool), mango (warm). If your eyes are dark choose a deeper shade such as fuchsia (cool) or salmon pink (warm).

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Wedding News: New visual arts festival in Falmouth set to take place on 30th September

New visual arts festival in Falmouth set to take place on 30th September

2022 marks the inaugural year of Form, a new annual visual arts festival in Falmouth, Cornwall from the 30th of September until the 2nd of October 2022, which celebrates the visual arts heritage and vibrant creative culture of the area. Form will run numerous exciting visual arts events across the town which will revolve around a free-to-visit three-day art fair at the landmark Princess Pavilion. The events, with something for all ages and many of which are free, include exhibitions; workshops featuring pottery, printing and crocheting; demonstrations, such as wood turning and Raku pottery firing; film screenings; life drawing classes; as well as an art trail of local school children's work - the future artists of Cornwall - in shop windows across Falmouth.

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Wedding News: The Photography Show & The Video Show is open today!

The Photography Show & The Video Show is open today!

Multi award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela, marine biologist and explorer Cristina Mittermeier and renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior are among the compelling line-up of global speakers at The Photography Show & The Video Show. They will be joined by Jack Harries, Christina Ebenezer, Kaylee Greer and Chase Jarvis among others, who all will share their expertise during this unmissable four-day event showcasing photography, taking place 17th to 20th September 2022 at Birmingham's NEC venue.

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Wedding News: The best ways to save money as a wedding guest

The best ways to save money as a wedding guest

Attending a wedding can be one of the most joyous times of the year but it can also be one of the most expensive too, from things such as gifts to drinks. The frugal team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have explored special ways for wedding guests to enjoy the festivities without the worry of overspending. Taking on group initiatives such as splitting the taxi costs and getting a group gift can cut wedding expenses in half. Rebecca Bobbington, online consumer expert from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: "We wanted to give those attending a wedding some useful tricks to make the big day less of a financial burden....

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