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03/03/2016

Countdown to Pembrokeshire County Wedding Fair

Sophie and Laura Strutt have been together for three years. They got engaged in August 2014 and were married on September 5, 2015. Here Sophie (nee Bosley) tells us their wedding story.

The ceremony

We got married at Slebech Park. We spent a weekend checking out venues all over Pembrokeshire, but knew we had found the perfect place for us as soon as we arrived at Slebech Park.

Planning

We started to plan the wedding as soon as we got engaged, as we decided to set the date for a year ahead. We attended Pembrokeshire Wedding Fair to find local businesses. As we live in Derbyshire, it was great for us to have all the local wedding-related businesses together in one place.

Music and hymns

We both had music as we walked down the aisle. Laura had ‘How long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding and I had ‘I Need You’ by M83.

Rings

Laura had a Clogau Gold ring with an ivy design and I had a white gold ring in a leaf design with a white sapphire.

Wedding party

In the wedding party were two bridesmaids, Roxy (my best friend) and Angharad (my sister), best man was Andy (Laura’s close friend), page boy was Cameron (son) and flower girl was Hallie (my god-daughter).

Wedding attire

Laura wore grey trousers, a white shirt with grey trim and a grey waistcoat, while I wore an ivory dress with lace design from Gracie Bleu Bridal (Matlock).

Hair and make-up

Laura’s hair was done by Casie Paxton at Janina Louise, Tenby, while I and the bridesmaids had our hair done by Nicola Harris at Wedding and Occasion Hair Design and make-up by Sophie Doyle.

Bridesmaids dresses

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Flowers

Our flowers were done by Deborah Wilcocks Floral Design. I had a bouquet, while Laura and some others in the wedding party had buttonholes. Deborah also made our table decorations for the reception. We had calla lilies as the only flowers throughout the wedding.

Reception

The reception was also at Slebech Park. We had approximately 60 guests for a sit-down meal. After this, we had a disco with a photobooth and chocolate fountain, provided by Welsh Chocolate Fountains and Strike A Pose Photobooth.

Favours

As we were having a photobooth later in the evening, we decided to give photobooth props as wedding favours.

First dance

We decided against a traditional first dance, but later on in the evening there was a spontaneous first dance to Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon.

Photographer

Photography was done by Pembrokeshire Wedding Photography, who captured the day perfectly.

Cake

We had a cheese and crackers wedding cake made by my parents and a wedding cake (half cupcakes, half chocolate cake) made by T’isie Teisen.

Transport

My brother Dan (who walked me down the aisle) and I arrived in a VW Beetle.

Honeymoon

As we got married just before the start of the school year, we had a belated honeymoon at the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey in December.

Favourite moment of the big day?

It was fantastic to see all our friends and family in the same place enjoying our big day together. As our families live in two different countries, it was fantastic to spend a day with everyone together.

Top tips for couples getting married?

Go to a wedding fair and take your time finding the right providers. There were many times we could have jumped at the first offer we had, but we waited until we found the perfect venue, dress, florist etc. and that is what made our day perfect.

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01/03/2016

Linda Chung and wealthy hubby hold lavish wedding banquet in Vancouver

Linda Chung and her chiropractor husband, Jeremy Leung held their wedding banquet on Feb 27 in Vancouver, Canada.

The lavish wedding banquet had many star-studded guests including TVB news presenter, Eunice Ho, Leanne Li, Grace Wong, Christine Kuo and more.

When asked about how her husband proposed to her, Linda laughed and said: "Too many details and my husband does not like me to talk about it. Overall, it was very sweet."

Linda Chung and wealthy hubby hold lavish wedding banquet in Vancouver

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But she admitted that he popped the big question in Vancouver. She added that he knelt down and it was "full of comedy effects."

When asked about the diamond ring on her hand, Linda said: "More than one carat, the most beautiful and my favourite design too."

She was then asked about her plans for her honeymoon.

Linda responded: "I will cook and look after the house temporarily. I will see the situation after the leave (from work) and either return to Hong Kong or apply for leave again. No idea right now."

The media was also curious about Linda's tummy as there were speculations that she might be pregnant.

According to a report in Asian E-News Portal, the way Linda expressed her tummy made people assume she was pregnant.

Linda commented on the topic and said: "Cannot reveal it based on traditional customs and I will announce when the timing is right."

She admitted her husband was introduced by her elder sister and she quickly felt he was her Mr Right.

She added: "He also quickly felt (like) I (could be) his wife."

When asked about withdrawing from TVB, Linda promised she will not withdraw: "I still have a contract with TVB and will release (from it) this year."

She disclosed her husband will return to Hong Kong often so as to see each other often. Linda described living in different countries with Jeremy was very difficult and (getting) married quickly was a good solution.

She admitted (both) their parents loved their partners and when asked about having a shotgun marriage, she said: "(We've known) each other for 10 months and (so it's) not considered a shotgun marriage."

Another news outlet, ON.CC also captured an intimate moment between the newlyweds.

According to the reporters, a couple suspected to be Linda and Jeremy were spotted kissing each other passionately behind the curtains.

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25/02/2016

How to manage your drink on your wedding day

You’ve been planning for months — or potentially even years — and of course, you want to remember all the details of your wedding day. A fuzzy recollection, tequila-induced memory loss, and embarrassing photos are perhaps not ideal wedding mementos, much less spending the first day of your married life nursing a hangover.

While you can’t control the weather or keep the best man’s dance moves in check, what you can manage is pacing yourself when it comes to alcohol, and ensuring that the beloved tipple doesn’t have an overwhelmingly negative effect on your big day. In short, here are our easiest-ever tips and tricks to follow.

How to manage your drink on your wedding day

Eating isn’t cheating

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Your mum always told you not to skip breakfast, and this happens to be a rule you should remember on your wedding day. Even if you’re experiencing a dramatic case of butterflies or you’re thinking about fitting into your dress, if you’re going to drink, then you need to eat a proper meal. Otherwise, you could face getting drunk unusually quickly or becoming ill once you begin drinking. Breakfast should include protein, like a poached egg, and fruit and juice, while a salad with grilled fish or chicken is ideal for lunch. You don’t need a big meal, but you need to choose clean food that nourishes the body.

The Good: salmon, chicken, turkey, tofu, avocado, seeds, olives, fruit, almonds, honey, hummus, eggs, olive oil, cheese, fruit, wholemeal bread and all the veggies you can think of.

The Bad: salty confections like chips and salted nuts will dehydrate you. Foods with a high GI (Glycemic Index) and high sugar content will make your hunger and energy levels spike and fall (and will probably take your mood along for the ride).

Don’t forget to eat at the reception. The meal slows down the absorption of alcohol and it gives you the chance to actually taste the food you’ve so carefully planned.

Stay hydrated

Start your day with a multivitamin and plenty of water, even if you’re wondering how you’ll deal with a full bladder when you’re in your wedding dress. It’s important to rehydrate while you’re sipping Shiraz, so have one glass of water, or another non-alcoholic drink, for every alcoholic one. Replace expended electrolytes by having a sports drink during the evening.

The sky isn’t the limit

Drinking in moderation is the key to avoiding that nasty hangover in the morning. Whether you share a glass of champagne with your bridesmaids while you get dressed or wait until the toasts, whatever limit you set, make sure you stick to it.

Pick your type

Because you’re limiting your drinks, make them count. Decide on something special like the cocktail from your first date or the wine from your engagement. Make sure it’s good quality and enjoy it. When you’ve chosen what you want, stick with the same type of drink for the whole night as mixing drinks can lead to being sick and a raging hangover the next day.

Avoid carbonated mixers as they increase the rate of alcohol absorption.

Choose clear rather than dark alcohol. Dark alcohol contains more congeners, which are toxic chemicals that are created in the fermentation process (meaning that you’ll have a worse hangover to deal with).

Add ice to dilute your drink.

Take your time

Don’t drink for the effect — do it because you enjoy the taste. Sip slowly and have one drink per hour, as this is roughly how long it takes your body to process the alcohol. Hit the dance floor and spend time socializing with your guests because if you’re dancing or talking, you’ll be having fun with a focus on socializing, rather than drinking.

Avoid shooters

Remember the point of shooters: to get drunk quickly (i.e. the opposite of what you want on your wedding day). This isn’t your bachelorettes and you’d probably like some semblance of decorum and order, so stay away from party shots and drinking games. It might seem like a fun idea at the time but that Jägerbomb will come back to haunt you.

Sneaky tactics

If you want it to look like you’re drinking alcohol when you’re not, then you can also of course fake it. You’ve chosen your bridesmaids for a reason, so ask them to bring you ginger ale in a champagne flute or coke without the rum. They’re there to help you stick to your drinking plan, so you can enjoy your evening without any regrets.

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It’s okay to say ‘no’

The easiest way to stay sober is to avoid alcohol completely. While drinking is often seen as an indispensable part of many celebrations, you don’t have to drink to have a good time and you don’t want to miss your own wedding because you’ve overindulged.

Weddings are emotional enough on their own without adding the fuel of alcohol. Whether you’re a teetotaller for the night or you’ve mastered self-control, all your friends and family are at this one event and you’ll want to remember every special moment.

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