J'AIME MARCH 2019

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Wedding special:

top tips and ideas for your big day


Welcome to J’AIME

Did your other half pop the question

on Valentine’s Day, or are you already

in the midst of planning your big day?

If so, this issue’s wedding special is sure

to hit the spot. We’ve got real wedding

inspiration with Kelie and Rich’s love

and fun-filled Bond Company bash,

while award-winning photographer

Lisa Carpenter shares her top tips for

finding the right snapper to capture

your wedding in style. With fashion, hair

and beauty all covered, as well as idyllic

honeymoon inspiration courtesy of

Lichfield’s RB Collection, your journey

to wedded bliss starts here!

Away from weddings, we’ve still got

plenty to keep you entertained this

month. We chat to inspirational theatre

director Rachael Savage, of Vamos

Theatre, about her emotional show, A

Brave Face, which comes to the Lichfield

Garrick this month, tackling the issue

of Post-Traumatic Stress in military

veterans in frank and fearless style.

There’s spring style aplenty, with the

most fashionable ideas for your home

and wardrobe. And with Mother’s

Day around the corner, our gift guide

rounds up some great ideas which mums

everywhere are sure to love.

Congratulations are in order for our

latest competition winner; Sarah Shelley,

of Barton-under-Needwood was the

lucky recipient of our Moor Hall Hotel

Valentine’s afternoon tea and spa

experience. We do hope you enjoy!

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CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Vamos Theatre - The Midlands theatre

company telling stories which need to be told

12 Property - Property of the month

14 Interiors - Neo Mint

18 Interiors - Textural healing

22 Interiors - Furniture trends with Tom Winterton

26 Mother’s Day - Gifts for mum

30 Food & drink - Reviewing The Olive Tree,

Lichfield

32 Food & drink - Cocktail of the month from Le

Rêve, Lichfield

34 Food & drink - Mother’s Day wine gifts from

Indulgence

36 What’s On - Our pick of events around our area

this month

38 What’s On - The hottest tickets around

Birmingham

40 Weddings - Honeymooning in Bermuda

44 Weddings - Kelie and Rich’s Bond Company

bash

48 Weddings - The supplier guide

50 Weddings - Hair tips from Anthony John

Salons

52 Weddings - Photography advice from Lisa

Carpenter

56 Weddings - Say ‘yes’ to the dress with Nero e

Bianco

58 Beauty - New season must-haves from Harvey

Nichols Birmingham

60 Fashion - The new neutrals

62 In the news - A boutique move; a TV casting

call; and a revolution in eye care

65 Motors - J’AIME’s expert Martin Plowman

puts Tesla to the test

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FEATURE

Behind the mask

WITH ENGAGING STORYTELLING AND PHYSICAL DEXTERITY, VAMOS THEATRE BRINGS ITS

WORDLESS FULL MASK STYLE TO A STORY WHICH NEEDS TO BE TOLD, WITH SEVERAL MIDLANDS

DATES INCLUDING A SHOW AT THE LICHFIELD GARRICK THIS MONTH. AMY NORBURY CHATS

TO DIRECTOR RACHAEL SAVAGE AHEAD OF THE TOUR

VAMOS THEATRE

TACKLES MILITARY PTS

IN ITS LATEST SHOW

In 2012, more British soldiers and veterans took

their own lives that were lost on the battlefield in

Afghanistan. And since then, suicide rates have

continued to rise.

It’s a damning indictment about the strains of

military life - and particularly the difficulties faced

by ex-military as they adjust to being a civilian once

again.

“And I don’t think the true statistics are really

known,” says Rachael Savage, founder and director

of Vamos Theatre. “When you’re a veteran and

you leave the military, you often don’t want to

be associated with it and so you often don’t give

information that you’re a veteran.

“You’ve also been trained never to surrender, never

to ask for help, to constantly fight and not flight,

and when you leave the military that’s still utterly

engrained.

“Not all soldiers come back mentally scarred. Many

say their military years were the best years of their

lives and enjoy a smooth transition back to civilian

life. I’ve also heard stories of how exciting life in

the military can be. Stories telling of the adventure,

adrenalin rush, optimism, thrill. And yet thousands

have suffered mentally - as so did their forebears

from earlier wars - and continue to battle when they

return back home. They may return physically whole

but often emotionally shattered.

“The military give you the most gruelling training to

become a soldier but they don’t give you any training

to become a civilian again. That’s where I think the

statistics are warped, with the amount of people

coming back with mental health problems which

need support. The true story is probably much more

bleak.”

And it is this issue of Post-Traumatic Stress in

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A BRAVE FACE’S RYAN

military and ex-military personnel which has

provided the inspiration for Vamos Theatre’s latest

show, A Brave Face, which has just started a tour

of the UK and Germany and which comes to the

Lichfield Garrick on March 30, one of several dates

in the Midlands.

A Brave Face tells the story of young soldier Ryan. In

Afghanistan, in 2009, under bright blue skies, a small

girl stands and watches the soldier. She smiles, just

like his sister…

Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a

life. Training is complete, combat is a buzz; he’s part

of a team, and knows his job. But on one particular

hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things

he can’t talk about, to anyone. And then, when he

returns home, the trouble really begins.

Vamos Theatre was set up by Rachael in 2006

as a full mask theatre company, meaning their

shows include no dialogue and the actors’ faces are

completely covered by masks. Based in Worcester, the

company tours all over the world playing at a huge

range of venues, from major theatres to care homes

and hospital wards, depending on the subject matter

of the show at hand.

“We tell stories that need to be told, and we tell

stories about people who often don’t have a voice - so

we give them a voice,” explains Rachael.

“I always have a really close emotional attachment to

the subject matter we make shows about, because it’s

got to be something I care about.”

Other Vamos shows have focused on topics including

dementia and forced adoption in the 1960s, while the

next show tackles end-of-life care. But it is A Brave

Face which is currently the centre of Rachael’s focus.

“This show I went on a real journey with, because

I didn’t think I cared about the military and I

didn’t think I was interested in the military; it’s not

something that us civilians tend to get caught up in,”

explains Rachael.

But, as it turns out, it was a subject matter

that Rachael did care about. Hugely.

“It wasn’t until I started doing the research

that I became more and more involved, and I

thought it was such an important story which

needed to be told,” she explains.

“It started with Danny Fitzsimons, a former

soldier whose parents found him hiding in a

wheelie bin in the early hours of the morning.

That just made me ask questions; why did

he think the safest place for him to be was

in a wheelie bin, and how would that make

parents feel, to find their boy like that?”

Rachael’s research led her to journalist

Matthew Green’s book, Aftershock, which

documents the stories of British military veterans

and their families seeking new ways to heal from

the trauma of war. Over the last two decades, the

UK has sent thousands of people to fight on our

behalf. But what happens when these soldiers come

back home, having lost their friends and killed their

enemies, having seen and done things that have no

place in civilian life?

“The story turned to a young man called Aron Black,

who tragically took his own life after witnessing the

death of his best mate,” says Rachael.

VAMOS THEATRE

FOUNDER AND

DIRECTOR RACHAEL

SAVAGE

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“I had a real transition, going from

thinking I wasn’t interested in making a

show about the military, to being really

passionate about making a show about

the military.”

Created from two years of research

with ex and serving soldiers, families

and health professionals, A Brave Face

explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen

and often unrecognised injury of war,

and the impact it can have on even the

closest of families. With compassion

and fearlessness, Vamos brings its this

important story to life in its trademark,

wordless, full mask style.

“It’s a long and often painful process,” says Rachael.

“The research isn’t easy, but what drives me is my

passion for making sure these stories are told.

“A Brave Face was based on lots of different people’s

stories; the list of military, ex-military, wives and

partners, parents and health professionals who have

contributed to the show is endless.”

One such contributor is army veteran Ray Anderton,

who has acted as a consultant throughout the

development of A Brave Face, even going as far as

to sit in on rehearsals now the start of the tour is

imminent.

“I was lucky enough to meet Ray a couple of years

A BRAVE FACE COMES

TO THE LICHFIELD

GARRICK THIS MONTH

THE SHOW IS ‘A STORY

WHICH NEEDS TO BE

TOLD’ SAYS RACHAEL

ago and he really has guided me every step of the

way; he’s been a real driving force who has helped to

mould the story of Ryan,” says Rachael.

“And to have him in rehearsals is amazing; he makes

sure we get everything just right. It would be too

easy for someone from the military to come to the

show and pick fault with the tiny details which then

takes away from the real value of the piece, so having

Ray on board to make sure the details are spot on is

fantastic.”

A long time advocate of masked theatre, Rachael

believes it is the perfect medium for her hard-hitting

and emotional brand of storytelling.

“Because of the stories I want to tell, the genre of

full mask theatre really suits it,” explains Rachael.

“As an audience member you have to engage so fully

and meet the actor halfway. For me, full mask theatre

is brilliant because it makes people feel. There’s a

much deeper level of empathy, and in making people

feel, you can make them think.

“Working without words creates a personal kind

of communication, in which difficult issues can be

more easily approached. Because the words aren’t

there, each audience member creates their own

story internally and in encourages a real emotional

connection with the characters.”

A Brave Face features renowned mask actor

James Greaves as Ryan, as well as physical theatre

actors João Ricardo Aguiar, Joshua Patel, Sophia

Knox-Miller and Tessa Gaukroger. And the masks

themselves are as much stars of the show as the

actors who wear them.

“I write the story, I write the characters and give

a character outline, and then Russell Dean from

Strange Face Theatre Company makes the masks,”

says Rachael.

“Then when the actors put them on, the masks really

come to life. Sometimes we find some masks don’t

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suit some actors so we have to change them around,

or that Russell’s interpretation has been different to

mine so a mask might sit on the shelf for a bit before

we find a role for it.

“This mask of Ryan had a really tiny role in a

previous show, The Best Thing, but it was a mask

that I loved so much it got the main role in this show.

The masks really can take on a life of their own.”

And while it might seem the lack of both dialogue

and ability to express yourself facially might provide

a challenge for the actors, Rachael says that’s

definitely not the case.

“Actually you have both,” she explains. “When

you’re behind the mask you pull all of the facial

expressions, and often when you perform in a mask,

when you take it off your face hurts because of all of

the expressions you pull.

“There’s also a script so you also have an internal

monologue, or if there are two people on stage an

internal dialogue. We often rehearse without masks

on so we absolutely know the economy of words,

economy of movement, the changes of pace, angles

of the masks, and it’s the actors’ job to make their

internal monologue end up in the audience’s brain.

That’s the incredible link between a masked actor

and the audience.”

Inspiring original music, clever projections and

innovative design with lighting and costumes all help

to add to the fully immersive experience that is a

Vamos Theatre production.

Rachael is hoping A Brave Face will appeal to

civilians and veteran alikes and understands

that, with the subject matter at hand, audience

members who are veterans or living with military

Post-Traumatic Stress might find certain scenes

distressing. With this in mind, the company is

encouraging venues to put on Chilled Performances,

which have slight adjustments made to reduce the

possibility of triggers and provide additional support

for those who could be affected by the show.

“With A Brave Face, I want to raise awareness within

civilian society of something I was so ignorant and

naive and blasé about,” says Rachael. “And now, I

have as much respect for military as I do for doctors,

nurses, firefighters and the police.”

“As civilians, we can never know what military life is

like, and we don’t want to. We just want to sleep well

in our beds at night and we don’t worry about other

people having to follow orders and carry out actions

that they may not agree with, and living with the

guilt and shame and those traumas that are built up,

when they’re just doing their jobs.”

A Brave Face is touring the UK and Germany,

coming to the Lichfield Garrick on March 30. For

more details visit www.vamostheatre.co.uk and

to book tickets call the Garrick box office on 01543

412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com

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thought out and high specification home. The property is of

mellow red brick construction beneath tile roofs and stands

in wonderful gardens with superb views over the surrounding

countryside and in particular the valley to the south-east of

the property.

In addition to the principal house, Birchwood Lodge includes

a very useful studio above the double garage. This room has

a shower room leading off it with separate W.C., basin and

hanging space. Together they present the opportunity to offer

additional accommodation for guests, staff or dependant

relatives, or for use as a private gymnasium or office.

Birchwood Lodge is approached via a driveway in excess

of 500 metres long, leading through the attractive mature

woodland of Birch Wood. Included with the property is about

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flanking the driveway and immediately adjoining Birchwood

Lodge. It is subject to a long lease to the Forestry Commission

but Birchwood Lodge retains rights of access to the woodland

and also the sporting rights. The woodland is of mixed

broadleaf and coniferous species and has been planted at

various periods, as areas have been thinned and felled. It

includes a section of the Pur Brook and has a number of

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INTERIORS

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ultramodern - we thought we would have flying cars

and robots by 2020, and with AI, drones and automatic

cars, we aren’t far off. So it is no surprise this cool-toned

colour has a futuristic, technological and scientific

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oxygenating nature and plant life.

WGSN Colour Director, Jane Monnington Boddy

says that, “Neo Mint is a shade that succinctly aligns

futuristic development with nature,” and this green

is calming and yet holds the promise of something

exciting, optimistic and new.

Neo Mint brings a breath of fresh air into interiors.

Think statement walls, bold geometric designs and

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it as you like - this versatile shade is definitely one to

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I N T E R I O R S

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to cowhide rugs - will not only draw the eye, which is

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Adding texture is all about layering, so have a few

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furnishings until the room feels complete. That way, you

can go as over-the-top or pared back as you feel, and it’s

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Don’t forget that your scheme need never be ‘set

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I N T E R I O R S

Designs on style

WITH MID-CENTURY DESIGN MAKING ITS MARK AS ONE OF THE MOST

PROMINENT FURNITURE TRENDS OF THE PAST DECADE, AMY NORBURY

CHATS TO EXPERT TOM WINTERTON ABOUT ITS APPEAL

You don’t need to be an interiors expert

to be familiar with mid-century modern

design. Its signature clean lines and

minimal details can be spotted from a

mile away, and it’s been the dominant

furniture trend of the past few years.

But with the saturation of mid-century

modern pieces - both original and the

much-mimicked reproduction styles -

reaching fever pitch, is the bubble about

to burst?

Perhaps, says furniture expert Tom

Winterton, although he believes there’s

still plenty of life in the trend before the

next big thing comes our way.

“I think it’s certainly reached a peak,”

says 26-year-old Tom, who oversees

the furniture department at Richard Winterton

Auctioneers in Lichfield. “It’s been such a huge trend

but give it another few years and I think we’ll see it

being taken over by something else.

“Mid-century furniture has been on the rise for the

past decade. Most of us were oblivious to what was

happening back at the start. Some dealers were

ahead of the game and bought these pieces for

A ROBIN DAY FOR HILLE SIDEBOARD

TOM WINTERTON IN

AUCTION ACTION

peanuts compared to what they are fetching now;

you can’t pick up a sideboard at auction for less than

£300 nowadays.

“Definitely 60s and 70s furniture is selling well,

particularly well-known designer names like John and

Sylvia Reid or Hille. And a lot of pieces are being

snapped up by dealers and shipped over to America,

where there’s a huge market for it. Trade in the

States is very hot.”

Since joining the family firm in 2011,

Tom has made furniture his area of

expertise, responsible for cataloguing

and identifying the gems among

the hundreds of pieces which come

through the doors of the auction house

each month. And mid-century design

has become a particular passion.

“Everyone had a sector that they

specialised in; this was a grey area for

me for a couple of years until I saw the

gradual rise of mid-century design,”

says Tom. “I was born outside of the

time when this was the trend, and I can

see why it was so popular. The curves,

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SUSAN CENTRE

edges and exquisite design is just wonderful for the

naked eye.

“After much reading into various designers and the

history, I knew this should be my focus.”

Tom catalogued the auction house’s first specialist

mid-century sale in January last year, which included

designers such as Robin Day for Hille, John and

Sylvia Reid, Ib Kofod-Larsen, Greaves and Thomas

to name a few.

“We knew this would help the overall results as these

were household designers and brands in the 1960s

and 70s and most online searches for mid-century

modern furniture include these kind of names,” says

Tom.

As well as heading up the furniture department, Tom

can often be found following in his father Richard’s

footsteps on the rostrum, where he has developed

into a skilled auctioneer.

“Being located within the furniture department I

would always keep a close eye on the auctions, to

listen and learn,” says Tom.

“My job was to deal with customers, organise

furniture into aisles, deal with house clearances and

so on. After a few years I was getting into my role

so Dad felt the time was right to take my first ever

auction.

“A few days before my 21st birthday Dad had a

plan, which everyone knew about apart from me.

That was, to my complete surprise, to get me up and

conduct the auction. I didn’t know what to do at first,

I had to just do my best.

“I only sold 10 lots, but blimey that was one of

the longest 10 lots I have ever sold. I felt a massive

weight off my shoulders and I knew then that could

press on to be as good as Dad. It’s a great memory

and I will cherish it forever.”

While classic mid-century designs are always

appealing, Tom also has a particular fondness for

those supreme quality pieces which come through

the auction house doors.

“What makes me go ‘wow’ is the fine art furniture;

the work and the detail of the interior, it’s just

wonderful to see,” he says. “There’s always going to

be a good market for the real quality, top end pieces

and it always makes its money.”

So with mid-century bargains at auction a thing of

the past, what is the smart money on as the next

furniture trend to take over?

“I often wonder what is the next big thing,” says

Tom. “Will it be rise of period antique furniture

since its drop in prices? Some dealers think so,

buying now while it is buyable. It is a risk, but it

could pay off.

“It makes sad to see a wonderful Georgian bureau

make only £30 at auction, whereas before the midcentury

rise you couldn’t buy one for less than £500.

“A lot of people are buying antique furniture to paint

it now, tapping into the shabby chic trend - which I

think is criminal! But that means there’ll be less items

around in original condition, which in turn could

end up improving the value of those antique pieces.”

There will be some exciting furniture lots up for

grabs this month at Richard Winterton Auctioneers’

Fine and Decorative Arts Sale on March 20 and 21,

as well as the regular three-day sales on March 5 to 7

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F O O D & D R I N K

All change at The Olive Tree

LONG-STANDING LICHFIELD RESTAURANT THE OLIVE TREE HAS A NEW LEASE OF LIFE, THANKS

TO NEW OWNERS WITH A FRESH TAKE ON DELECTABLE DINING, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS

The name may remain, but that’s where the

similarities end. And it seems that, in this case, a

change - to quote Sheryl Crow - will do you good.

The Olive Tree has long been a stalwart on the

Lichfield dining scene, but this new iteration has

certainly got the city’s foodies excited. And with good

reason. Gone is the Mediterranean flavour, eschewed

in favour of an innovative celebration of seasonal,

good old British produce. The restaurant itself has a

fresh new look, while the friendly team are definitely

on the ball when it comes to service with a smile.

New owners Yvonne and Matt - alongside daughter

Rebecca heading up the front-of-house operation

and son-in-law Adam taking charge in the kitchen

- are passionate about the city’s dining scene. With

years of experience in the hospitality industry behind

them, the family hope their new Olive Tree will

become one of Lichfield’s hottest dining destinations.

And they’re certainly on the right track.

Following the refurbishment at the start of the year,

J’AIME was invited along to see what The Olive

Tree has to offer. And our visit showed that the

restaurant is already making its mark.

With an early booking on a Saturday evening, we

were the first diners to arrive. But it wasn’t long

before the compact eatery started filling up, so

booking ahead is essential.

After a quick chat with Yvonne we were shown to a

cosy table for two, where menus and wine lists were

swift to arrive, along with some delicious freshly

baked bread.

At lunchtime and weekday evenings, diners can

choose from a bargain of a set menu, at £17.50 for

two courses or £20 for three. The à la carte offerings,

too, represent rather good value for money, with

starters between £5 and £6 and main dishes priced

from just £12.

With just six options for each course, the menu is

short and sweet - and to be perfectly honest, I could

have happily tried just about any dish. But decisions

had to be made, and so it was the pressed confit

chicken for me, and the mackerel duo for him.

Now, I wouldn’t normally opt for something as

run-of-the-mill as chicken when eating out. But this

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was no ordinary chicken. Moist, tender and big on

flavour, it was a joyous mouthful. Piled atop a slice of

fruity malt loaf - a genius touch - and crowned with

a salty-sweet bacon jam and a perfectly crisp sliver

of chicken skin, it was a dish I’d order again in a

heartbeat.

My hubby was equally impressed with his mackerel

platter, which boasted a soused fillet and wonderful

smoked pâté, plus a punchy horseradish beignet,

served with caraway rye bread. A smattering of

grapefruit added a nice sharpness to contrast with

the rich pâté.

So far, so delicious.

And the main courses continued to live up to early

expectations. Torn between the sea bass and red

gurnard fillet, I opted for the latter, as well as a side

order of tenderstem broccoli at £3. And what a

choice it was. The fish was perfectly cooked, with a

beautifully crispy skin, but it was the accompanying

beef shin croquette which was the star of the show.

The crisp crumb yielded to reveal a generous mound

of melt-in-the-mouth beef, while charred savoy

cabbage and smoked potatoes added intense flavour

to a dish which packed a serious punch.

Hubby’s option of liquorice spiced pork cutlet was,

he remarked, one of the best pork dishes he’d ever

eaten. Praise indeed. A refined pork belly and

parsnip tart, braised apple, caramelised sprouts and

wonderfully light and airy crackling completed a

most satisfying plate.

Moving onto desserts, we were both taken with the

idea of the baked egg custard tart with

poached rhubarb and clotted cream ice cream and

immediately began setting out a claim to make the

pud our own. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, as the kitchen

was all out of custardy delights. Oh well, maybe next

time.

The choux craquelin - a dessert made famous in

these parts following its outing on an episode of The

Great British Bake Off a couple of seasons ago - was

my next choice. The sizeable profiterole was served

with a hazelnut praline and delicious milk ice cream

and, while the craquelin itself could have been a little

crunchier for my taste, it was a good pud overall.

Hubby’s apple parfait was rather lovely, although he

was less impressed with the other elements of the

dish, finding the gingerbread too tough and the white

chocolate smear a bit sickly.

But it was a small misstep in what had proved to be

an excellent dining experience all round.

With an innovative menu of seasonal British dishes,

elegantly presented and executed with flair, The

Olive Tree has quickly become a serious contender.

Lichfield’s foodie credentials have another rather fine

string to their bow.

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F O O D & D R I N K

Cocktail of the month

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Ingredients

25ml Chambord

Prosecco

3 scoops raspberry sorbet

Fill your shaker with cubed ice,

then add your three scoops

of sorbet and 25ml Chambord

and shake vigorously for 20-

30 seconds. Fill your glass with

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your glass and top up with crisp

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Garnish with a small float of

sorbet and a fresh raspberry.

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Mum’s new favourite wine

ALI MOUNTJOY, MANAGER OF INDULGENCE WINE AND CHOCOLATE SHOP AT BARTON MARINA,

TAKES A LOOK AT SOME TIPPLES WHICH ARE PERFECT FOR MUMS THIS MOTHER’S DAY

Even if it sometimes seems like the ladies in our lives

have everything, at least wine is rarely an unwelcome

gift. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we

wanted to share some fantastic bottles that Mum is

sure to enjoy receiving.

Villa Angela Falerio Pecorino, Marche

The mountainous region of Marche in central Italy

is teaming with sheep and, once upon a time, the

vines would be surrounded by woolly ewes who would

come down from the hills to eat the grapes. Pecorino

very nearly became extinct but, thanks to some

clever pioneering winemakers, it has recently had a

resurgence in popularity, and we’re delighted to have

this bottle as part of our range. It offers a richer and

more rounded style than others we have tried, with

classic mineral and citrus notes, there’s also honey and

hint of nuttiness. Make like the locals and enjoy it with

a creamy and crumbly Pecorino cheese!

Aragosta Rosé 2017, Cantina Santa Maria La

Palma, Sardinia

Near the seaside wine-hub of Alghero in North West

Sardinia, Cantina Santa Maria La Palma have been

well-established winemakers for the past 50 years.

Made with the island’s leading indigenous red grape,

Cannonau, this pretty Rosé not only looks attractive,

but it tastes delicious. Named ‘Aragosta’ (Lobster), it

has distinct aromas of rose and wild red fruits. The

palate is dry but oh-so delicately fruity with refreshing,

‘snappy’ acidity. Delicious to drink alone or paired

with fish or seafood.

on the finish. Ideal with grilled fish, smoked salmon,

pasta or cured meats.

Appassionatamente Rosso Veneto 2016, Cielo e

Terra, Veneto

Staying in Veneto, this unique wine is produced

by fourth generation family winery, Cielo e Terra

(Heaven and Earth), a title which goes beyond the

family name. It also represents the family’s close tie

to their long-established roots to the region which

began when the estate was founded by Giovanni

Cielo in 1908, who planted the very first vines in the

gardens surrounding the house. The appassimento

method involves drying out harvested grapes on

straw mats for a few weeks or even several months;

a process which concentrates sugars and flavours as

well as adding complexity, finesse and balance to the

wines. This Corvina blend is warm and inviting, with

deep, concentrated dark fruit flavours with hints of

chocolate and vanilla spice. A perfect accompaniment

to a roast dinner, game and duck, rich ragu dishes or

even dark chocolate.

All wines are available from italsardo.com as well as

Indulgence Wine & Chocolate Shop on Barton

Marina.

Bardolino Chiaretto 2017, Cantina Menegotti,

Veneto

If Mum prefers a Rosé that’s not too dry, this vibrant,

deep pink is bound to go down a treat. Produced

along the border of the beautiful Lake Garda, Rosé

wine is known as Chiaretto, meaning ‘little light one,’

in reference to the fact that the wines are much lighter

in body and colour when compared to the more

well-known reds of the region such as Amarone and

Valpolicella. From three generations of winemakers,

this Chiaretto offers deep cherry and raspberry

flavours with a fresh hint of mint and a delicate spice

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and catchy melodies - it’s all just

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WHAT: LICHFIELD LITERATURE

WHERE: LICHFIELD CITY CENTRE

WHEN: MARCH 7 TO 10

Lichfield Literature 2019 is packed

full of engaging and exciting

literature activities and events,

with something for everyone. This

year’s theme of Frontiers, Borders

and Barriers is explored in terms

of geography, world travel, science

fiction, astrology and stories passed

on through generations with

acclaimed authors and journalists

including Alex Hibbert, Alison Weir

and Barbara Erskine. The festival

has opportunities to participate in

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readings, Q&As and more.

All tickets for Lichfield Literature

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COLDFIELD

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Friday April 5 from 11am to 3pm.

It’s time to gather your girlfriends

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The event comprises of bubbles,

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lunch and live entertainment all in

the name of a great cause. What’s

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fashion and beauty stands before

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grabs.

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like the Birmingham Ladies

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WHAT: KINKY BOOTS

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hosting the Birmingham Wine

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RB COLLECTION’S KIRSTY TAYLOR TAKES A LOOK AT AN IDYLLIC

YEAR-ROUND HONEYMOON DESTINATION - BERMUDA

BERMUDA IS FAMED

FOR ITS PINK BEACHES

Before my first visit to Bermuda, I had no idea

what to expect from the tiny little island dotted in

the Atlantic. Was it part of the Caribbean? Was it

American? What I discovered was that it was neither

of these.

Located around 1000 miles away from the

Caribbean, and only a seven-hour flight away from

the UK, Bermuda is a British overseas territory

which very often gets mistaken for being a Caribbean

island. Made up of 138 islands, of which the eight

largest are connected by bridges and causeways,

Bermuda is very small being only 22 miles long and

around one mile wide, so wherever you are, you are

never far away from the sea.

For those considering a truly special honeymoon

destination, and for somewhere a little different to

the norm, Bermuda is the perfect choice. As a lot

of couples choose to get married in the UK in the

summer months, destinations such as the Caribbean

don’t make great honeymoon choices as the weather

is so unpredictable. However, this time of year is

perfect in Bermuda with wonderful warm days and

nights, and hours of glorious sunshine.

Being a Bermuda specialist and knowing all about

the destination on paper, I was eager to get my first

glimpse of the island I had learnt so much about.

Upon landing, the sight of the pretty pastel coloured

houses with their white limestone roofs, made me

instantly fell in love.

I had previously visited a number of Caribbean

islands, and I recognised straight away that Bermuda

was very different indeed. It had an air of exclusivity

and elegance, and its British heritage was very much

in prominence. Red letter boxes and telephone boxes

added to the charm of the island, and the familiarity

of driving on the left hand side of the road, and

even having roundabouts like in the UK, made me

feel very much at home albeit in a much more exotic

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manner. One of the first things I noticed was how

immaculate and pristine Bermuda was – no gaudy

billboard advertisements or graffiti, and all of the

houses that I saw looked loved and very well looked

after. I was told by a local gentleman that once

you have visited Bermuda, you will more or less be

guaranteed to return.

And return I did a few years later with my family

to celebrate a special birthday for my father. It was

amazing to see my parents and daughter fall in love

with Bermuda in exactly the same way I had some

years previous.

As Bermuda is such a small island, it is very easy to

navigate. Although cars can’t be hired (only one car

per household is allowed), the bus and ferry systems

operate like clockwork and are a great way to get

around and meet some lovely locals while doing

so. I particularly enjoyed travelling around by ferry

as getting to see all of the

little islands with their hidden

properties was wonderful, and

made me feel very envious of

whoever was living on their

own private island in such a

glorious location! I was very

dubious of my very first bus

ride in Bermuda, and as I was

travelling at school finishing

time I had no idea what to

expect. However, I needn’t

have worried as my experience

was like nothing I had ever

witnessed in the UK – teenage

school children standing up for

myself and other adults and

BRITISH HERITAGE IS VERY MUCH EVIDENT

- LIKE THESE RED PHONE BOXES

courteously offering their seats.

GROTTO SPA I was amazed! At that moment

I fell in love with Bermuda even

more.

Bermuda is a year-round

destination, with its weather

pattern being very similar to ours.

The main summer months are

from May to October where the

temperatures can reach up to 30

degrees celsius – perfect for sun

worshippers and beach lovers. For

sightseeing and sporting activities,

October to April is a great time

to visit as the temperatures

are lower, usually between 18

and 23 degrees, making for a

more comfortable experience.

Bermuda does get rain all year

round, however the showers are

usually short and sweet, and are

very much needed by the islanders for their water

sources and for keeping everywhere looking lush and

beautiful.

Famed for its pink sand, the beaches in Bermuda

really are a sight to behold, with the best ones being

located in the South Shore area. It is no surprise

that many hotels are located here, and waking up to

a view of a beautiful pink sandy beach with waves

gently lapping over the coral reefs is an image that

will stay with me for a lifetime. Horseshoe Bay is

probably the most famous beach on Bermuda and

has been voted as the best beach in the Caribbean

(even though Bermuda isn’t in the Caribbean!) on

several occasions. Here you will find everything you

need for a fun day at the beach – food and drink

outlets, water sports galore and even caving; literally

something for all the family.

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Bermuda is an absolute dream

for golfers and boasts six world

class courses. I am not a golfer

myself, but even I can see the

attraction of playing in such a

wonderful location with ocean

views to die for. Many worldfamous

tournaments are held

in Bermuda every year, with

its mild climate making for

the perfect conditions all year

round. The rugby World Classic

tournament is held in Bermuda

every November, where fans are

not only able to enjoy watching

fantastic matches, they also have

the opportunity to mingle with

players at one of the various concerts and parties

which are held during this period. Water sports are

also very popular in Bermuda, and the America’s

Cup was held on the island in 2017.

Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda, and is the

perfect base for those who like to get out and about

and explore, and also have lots of facilities and

amenities on their doorstep. There is an abundance

of restaurants and shops in Hamilton suiting all

tastes and budgets - you will even find an M&S!

Hamilton really comes alive on Wednesday evenings

during May through to August, when Harbour

Nights takes place. Here you will be greeted with a

host of local craft and food stalls, accompanied by

a variety of live performances and entertainment;

a true taste of Bermuda which no visitor will ever

forget.

The original capital of Bermuda, St George’s,

is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. British

Colonial history and architecture is in abundance

here, and strolling along the narrow cobbled lanes

is a wonderful way to explore the area. Maybe the

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most prominent area of St George’s is Kings Square

where you will find the oldest bank in Bermuda

dating back to 1776. Here you will also find a replica

stocks and pillory which were used in the British

Colonial days of the 1800s to punish locals for petty

crimes they had committed. A big attraction of St

George’s which I witnessed is the ducking stool,

which in days gone by was used to duck nagging or

gossiping women into the water! You can see this

event re-enacted in a humorous way overseen by

the Town Crier in his traditional costume on certain

days throughout the year – it is well worth a visit! St

George’s was one of my favourite areas of Bermuda

which I felt, like the majority of the island, has been

unspoilt over the years.

Another favourite area of mine was the Botanical

Gardens. I had only a brief visit here but I would

have loved to have spent a peaceful day enjoying

the beautiful surroundings, colours and aromas.

Founded in 1898, the gardens are well loved by

both locals and visitors alike. I am a huge fan of

The Beatles, and I was happy to discover that John

Lennon, accompanied by his

son Sean, spent two months in

Bermuda to escape the hustle and

bustle of New York. The Botanical

Gardens were a wonderful

relaxing space for Lennon to

create fantastic hits such as

Woman and (Just Like) Starting

Over, and it was here that he saw

a beautiful freesia called Double

Fantasy, which he later named his

last album after. Local Bermudian

artist Graham Foster has created

a sculpture in John Lennon’s

honour which can be found at

the Masterworks Museum of

Bermuda Art.

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For any UK National Trust members visiting

Bermuda, don’t forget to take your membership

card with you when you travel, as all National Trust

attractions on the island, including 82 properties,

can be visited for free. There are various events and

activities organised by the National Trust taking place

throughout the year, so be sure to check their calendar

before your trip.

As Bermuda is located so close to the east coast of

America, it makes for a great two-centre holiday

twinned with a visit to New York. A short flight of just

over two hours will allow you to experience a complete

contrast in two very different locations. Whether you

choose to have a whirlwind trip to New York and then

retreat to the tranquillity of Bermuda, or conserve

your energy with a stay in Bermuda prior to visiting

the bright lights and big city of New York, the choice

is yours. One thing to bear in mind is that if you are

visiting the US after your stay in Bermuda, then US

customs are cleared in Bermuda, which will save time

upon your arrival in the US.

Bermuda boasts an array of varying properties to

spend your holiday at, ranging from traditional bed

and breakfasts where afternoon tea is served on a daily

basis, through to large well known luxury hotels with

numerous restaurants and facilities. Personally, I prefer

to stay in smaller properties on Bermuda, as I have

found that the local Bermudian charm and hospitality

really shines through, and you are made to feel more

like family than a guest.

Several properties have undergone renovations since

my last visit, with fresh new modern looks but still

retaining the traditional Bermudian charm for which

they were originally loved. Grotto Bay Beach Resort

has taken advantage of their fantastic setting, and

transformed one of their beautiful caves (or grottos)

into the most wonderful spa location. Cambridge

Beaches Resort and Spa is an adults-only traditional

cottage colony which has an extremely high number

of repeat guests, who return year after year to enjoy

the peaceful location and excellent service. Cambridge

Beaches is the only property on the whole of Bermuda

which offers a private pool room - perfect for

honeymooners or couples to create memories to last a

lifetime.

In my opinion, Bermuda has something to offer

visitors of all ages. Whether you are a newlywed

couple looking for a romantic honeymoon destination,

or a family wanting a great beach holiday with water

sports and lots of exciting activities for the kids. Or

maybe a keen sporting enthusiast with a passion for

golf in beautiful surroundings, or a sightseer with a

keen interest in architecture and history – Bermuda

has it all and I hope to visit this wonderful island again

someday.

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Time difference:

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Language:

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W E D D I N G S

A day to remember

KELIE AND RICH GARRATT, FROM WALSALL, TIED THE KNOT IN A FUN-FILLED DAY AT THE BOND

COMPANY IN DIGBETH, AND THEIR CELEBRATION IS PACKED WITH WEDDING DAY INSPIRATION

After nearly 20 years and two children together,

Kelie and Rich’s wedding last autumn was a truly

joyous affair, captured perfectly by award-winning

photographer Lisa Carpenter. Here, Kelie tells us

about their wedding journey...

Kelie says: “Our engagement was a long one; we got

engaged in 2002 and have been together since 1999;

we met through mutual friends who Rich was in a

band with at the time. Another friend of mine had

joined the band and I’d gone to see him play his first

gig with them at JBs in Dudley and after the gig, I

was dancing and Rich sent up a friend to ask me if

he could dance with me. I said yes and that’s where it

all began...

“In 2000 we bought our house together and in 2001

we had our son Jack and then in November 2002

after a night out when we’d been to see my favourite

band Suede play a gig in Birmingham, Rich

proposed and I said yes!”

“We always said we would go away to get married

as we didnt want a huge wedding and there was no

where local to us that we really liked. We would look

for venue ideas but nothing we saw really appealed

to us, and everything was so expensive. The years

went on and then, in 2006, we had our daughter,

Isabel. Time flies when you have children and we

were so busy bringing up our family the wedding was

no longer a priority and instead we saved our money

to go on family holidays and camping trips in our

camper van.

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“Then in 2017, with our children a good

few years older and more time and money

to think about planning a wedding, we

decided to start looking properly again.

I’d started reading a couple of wedding

blogs and one day I saw an article about

a weddings in the Midlands and The

Bond caught my attention straight away.

I showed it to Rich and he liked it too; it

was completely different to any wedding

we had ever seen or been to and it looked

so unique and quirky. The photos of the

wedding at The Bond caught our eye too;

they were relaxed and fun but also very

beautiful and that’s how we found our

wedding photographer Lisa Carpenter.

That was it, we had found the perfect

venue and the perfect photographer at

the same time; we never looked at any

alternative, we knew they were the ones!

“We are both massive music fans so music

played a big part in our day. We had our

favourite bands’ names instead of the

traditional table numbers and Rich made

a seating plan from old vinyl records we

had got from charity shops.

“Our daughter Isabel suffers with really

bad hayfever so I decided to keep flowers

to a minimum and only have a flower

bouquet for myself and no flowers on the

tables. Me and my mom love to craft so

we made wool pom poms and stuck them

onto wooden skewers, popped them into glass jars

and had them as our table centrepieces. As Isabel

was my only bridesmaid, we made her a pom pom

bouquet too.

“Our cake was made by a family friend who makes

amazing cakes, it was white butter icing with a

rainbow coloured sponge inside. It was decorated

with a sprinkling of hundreds and thousands and our

cake topper was a simple ‘K & R’ with a heart in the

middle, and was made

by our daughter from

Hama Beads.

“My bouquet and the

button holes were from

Admire in Oldbury

which is a florist near

to where I work. I

wanted a mix of flowers

in bright colours and

I wanted them to be

hand tied together with

a selection of different

coloured ribbons I had

already bought. I loved

what the florist, Rosine,

created; my bouquet

was beautiful and it

lasted for weeks after the

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wedding too.

“On the day my Dad gave me away, Rich’s best

friend Steve was his best man, my brother Alex was

an usher and one of our witnesses and our son Jack

was also an usher. Because Jack was over 16 he could

be our other witness; this made our day even more

special, having our boy sign our marriage certificate.

“One of my main memories of the day was walking

into the ceremony feeling the most nervous I have

ever felt and it completely disappearing once I saw

Rich. Our ceremony wasn’t very long but that was

our choice; my cousin Claire did a short reading

for us, we kept our vows to a minimum, we chose

three songs for the signings and we had music played

before the ceremony. Rich chose the song for me to

walk in to and I chose the song we walked out to,

which was Getting Better by Shed Seven because I

always say to Rich our life together just keeps getting

better!

“After the ceremony our photographer Lisa took us

off up to the Custard Factory to take some photos.

There was a festival on and it was amazing; some of

my favourite photos were taken there.

“Our reception was wonderful, from the food, to the

toasts and the brilliant speeches made by my Dad,

Rich and our best man Steve who had everyone in

stitches. Another favourite moment was our first

dance; we had chosen our song pretty early on and

we had kept it a surprise too. We had been practicing

dancing to it in our kitchen leading up to the

wedding and Rich decided he wanted to add in a few

moves so I let him take the lead as we danced to Neil

Young’s Harvest Moon. As he twirled me around, it

was perfect. And then the DJ started and we danced

the night away… which is exactly what I said to Rich

I wanted us to do. It was like a great party with all

our favourite people, and our DJ was brilliant. The

music was so good I missed the buffet!

“We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day, and

we are so glad we waited until now to get married.

Our kids got to see us get married and share the

day with us, it was like a big celebration of our life

together and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

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W E D D I N G S

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The journey begins with a consultation were we can

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W E D D I N G S

A stylish ‘do

LAUREN PERKINS, FROM ANTHONY JOHN SALONS AT HEART OF

THE COUNTRY, SWINFEN, TAKES A LOOK AT BRIDAL HAIR STYLE

Most of us girls have had a vision of our wedding

day since we knew what weddings were. This also

goes for our hair. Every woman dreams of having

that amazing bridal look with their hair just how

they imagined, but there are a few things to take into

consideration.

Firstly, finding a salon and a hairdresser you are

comfortable and happy with is a must. Secure your

date and book your trial as soon as you can; this

relieves a bit of planning stress! Having a discussion

on what your vision is and what is achievable with

your hair is so important. Meeting with your chosen

stylist can help decide what will make the most of

your hair and what will suit well with any themes,

dress types and what is realistic.

During your trial decide whether you want any

flattering face-framing pieces or some softer pieces

gripped up. Also, this may clear up if you prefer a

slicker style all pulled back. Bridal hair goes through

a lot during the day so make sure whatever you

choose will last the whole day. Having your hair

done professionally makes sure it remains secure

– something no bride wants to worry about! Some

brides prefer their hair mostly down so communicate

to your stylist how you like your hair when it is down

and how you normally wear it.

During your trial and consultation let your stylist

know how many will be in your bridal party and

what they require, for example, any blow dries for

mothers or family. Timing can be crucial on the day;

we always ask what time your ceremony is and aim

to leave around an hour before for photos and time

to get into your dress. Your stylist will let you know

what time they will arrive and leave so this can be

communicated to makeup artists and photographers.

As for current trends... the ponytail is all on the

bridal runway and throughout social media, so if

your hair is long and thick enough, give this classy

elegant style a try! Soft, textured takes on the bun

are also very popular and are a timeless style that

goes with a lot of dress styles, veils and any other

hair accessories. Plaits and twists give detailing and

softness to a style, so will create that feminine class.

I think the main thing to think about - and what I

always say to my brides - is it’s all about you feeling

like the very best version of yourself. The style you

choose must represent you and your image, that way

you will feel super confident and comfortable as well

as stunning. Remember to make the most of your

stylist and, more importantly, enjoy every second of

your day!

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W E D D I N G S

Captured in style

SUTTON COLDFIELD WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER LISA CARPENTER SHARES HER

TOP TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT SNAPPER TO CAPTURE YOUR BIG DAY

Things your wedding

photographer

needs to know:

What is your wedding

style?

Are you having a vintage affair?

A cool, modern vibe? Classic

and chic? Traditional? Elegant?

Steampunk?

You’ll need to find the right

photographer for your day;

you don’t want a traditional

photographer for your post

apocalyptic themed wedding

or someone who specialises in

alternative, punk weddings for

your elegant soiree.

Editing styles vary from photographer to

photographer; my advice is to choose someone

whose photos you’ll love in 30 years time.

Coverage

What sort of coverage do you want? If you want

photography all day from bridal preparations

through to the first dance, make sure the

photographer offers this in their package.

If your wedding is small and intimate, would your

photographer be happy to offer shorter coverage?

Some won’t do this on a prime summer date when

they can book a full day with another couple.

You want the full kit and caboodle? ‘Til the best man

breaks out the caterpillar on the dance floor? Make

sure that they offer extra hours’ coverage for the late

night shenanigans!

What are you like as a couple?

Are you touchy feely, do you love to laugh, are you

fashionable, cool, moody? Are you shy, reserved and

hate having your photo taken? All of these are things

your photographer needs to know. We don’t want to

ask you to do something on your portrait shoot that

you’re completely uncomfortable with.

Do you have chemistry?

I’m hoping that’s a given with your other half! But

with your photographer? We’re hoping for this as

much as you are! You’re going to be spending as

much time with us as you are with the person you're

marrying, so getting on with each other is imperative.

The best way to find this out is to meet up for a

cuppa.

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Timings

As a rule, try to plan for a good one-and-a-half

to two hours post-ceremony before going into the

wedding breakfast. That won’t all be spent on

group photos standing in a line, but it will give your

photographer the chance to do those along with

confetti, details, candids, portraits and everything else

we photograph that you won’t know about until you

receive your photos and get a lovely surprise!

Those photos with the beautiful light, that’s golden

hour and it’s about half an hour before the sun sets.

If your photographer starts jumping up and down,

waving at you frantically in the middle of your

dinner, that’s probably because the light is doing

amazing things outside and they want to shoot you in

all its glory!

Do us a favour and put your spoons down. I know

the pudding tastes amazing but you’ll be so glad you

let it go cold when you see the photos. Better still,

plan that ten minute golden hour shoot into your

timeline.

Things your wedding photographer wishes

you knew:

Engagement Shoots!

A brilliant way to get to know each other a little

better; I love an engagement shoot and it makes

your portrait sessions so much easier on the day.

Most photographers offer them as add-ons and

occasionally as part of a package, I’ve never had a

couple regret it, all have said it’s been a massive help

to make them more comfortable on the day and you

get photos together at this really exciting time in your

lives.

Makeup and hair

Go for the pros! Your photographer will happily

recommend the best in the business and you’ll look

stunning from morning ‘til night. You may be a

whizz with a blusher brush but the professionals use

the best products and if you choose the best people,

your makeup won’t move through the tears, the

cuddles or the dance floor sweat!

We don’t mind you asking to see examples of

our work

This is important! A photographer that takes

beautiful golden hour portraits isn’t necessarily the

best photographer for your winter wedding with a

4pm ceremony. You need someone that can show

you examples of a wedding that is seasonally similar

to yours.

Don’t book a friend with a good camera!

If my friends get married, they ask me first, would

I prefer to be a photographer or a guest. I always

choose guest! It’s hard to do both and while it’s a

wonderful thing to be able to do, photographing

a friend or family member’s wedding, I guarantee

they’d prefer to enjoy it as a guest.

If they don’t do this for a living, don’t risk ruining

your friendship for the sake of a few bucks. Go with

the pro.

Which leads us to... the biggie...

Budget

I get it. Weddings are bloody expensive and

photography can top that list after the venue’s

been booked and the foods been ordered. It’s been

said before by a thousand and one amazingly wise

photographers though, once the cake’s been eaten

and the dress has been worn, once the hangovers

wear off and the wedding bubble pops, you’re left

with just one thing from your day.

Photos.

Don’t scrimp on the one thing that can last a lifetime.

Wedding photographers charge anywhere from

£500 to £5,000. Have a good look around and take

into consideration their experience, their

equipment and, of course, the quality of

their photos.

It’ll all be reflected in their price and

you get what you pay for. You might get

lucky at the lower end, but if you don’t,

it’s too late for regrets.

We get booked up pretty early too so

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your date and make sure you don’t miss

out on your perfect snapper! And if you

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Now, pop that fizz and celebrate, it’s

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W E D D I N G S

Say ‘yes’ to the dress

JILL HARTLEY, CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF NERO E BIANCO EXCLUSIVE FASHION AND BRIDAL

BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, GIVES US A RUNDOWN ON 2019’S HOTTEST WEDDING STYLES

This year is an exciting year for Nero e Bianco as our mother of the bride or groom and bridal ranges are bigger

than ever. With that being said, we thought it was time to launch something extra special for our lovely customers

- online bookings. At neroebiancobridal.co.uk, as a bride or mother of the bride or groom you can book your

free appointment with us to allow us to find you an outfit you’re sure to love on such an important day.

We wanted to show you a couple of our stunning wedding dresses and mother of the bride or groom looks so

you can get an idea of the styles we offer, although more can be viewed on our website, or feel free to pop into

store before booking an appointment to browse the extensive collections.

Mum’s the word

Being a mother of the bride or groom isn’t an easy job.

It means that you’re important and need a beautiful look

that shows you off more than the wedding guests, but less

than the bride herself.

Nero e Bianco are experts in all things mother of the

bride or groom, with years of specialist experience in

the field. One of our favourite looks for the upcoming

wedding season is this exquisitely styled outfit; a simple

dress featuring lace embroidery, paired with a long-line

jacket. This look is delicate yet empowering and will

make you feel confident and beautiful when you watch

your loved ones tie the knot.

Short and sweet

This dress just exudes beauty with its floral bodice

and netted skirt. An enchanting dress that is

extremely detailed with its intricate design and yet

looks minimalistic in style. It’s a simple, but classy

and sophisticated dress for your big day. This shorter

style is popular among brides-to-be this season!

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Sheer perfection

This is another delicately

embroidered floral dress for

you brides-to-be, however this

time it features a sheer halter

neck that we just love. This style

makes it easy to transition from

day to evening so you can dance

the night away with your new

husband. It’s a modern look that

looks gorgeous from every angle

as you walk down the aisle.

Modern mum

Finally, we have this stunning mother

of the bride or groom dress that is

simply divine. Incorporating a floral

pattern, a dip hem, cinched waist,

square neckline and open back, this

dress has absolutely everything you

could ever want. It’s particularly

perfect for weddings abroad or in the

height of summer here in the UK.

It’s a fantastic dress as it can make

ladies of all shapes and sizes feel

utterly beautiful and confident. Again,

this dress is great to see you through

the whole wedding day, from day to

evening. You need a comfortable dress

where you don’t have to compromise

on style, and this is it.

You can take a look at customer pictures and testimonials on our website, and don’t

forget that you can now use our new online booking system to find a date and time

that suits you for a try-on appointment at neroebiancobridal.co.uk

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B E AU T Y

New season lust-list

KEEPING YOUR FINGER ON THE BEAUTY PULSE JUST GOT EASIER THANKS TO THESE NEWEST

ARRIVALS AT HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM. FROM LIMITED EDITION LUXURIES AND SOON-TO-

BE STAPLES, LISA PIDDINGTON REVEALS HER EDIT OF THE LATEST BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

For coverage that lasts for up to 24-hours,

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover

Foundation Concentrate, £37, blends

instantly to cover pores and blemishes.

It also boasts patented

golden mica pigments for

a radiant, naturallooking

glow.

Stila's Eyes Are The Window

Eye Shadow Palette, £33,

has been specially curated by

the brand’s talented Director of

Creative Artistry Sarah Lucero.

It features 12 versatile matte and

metallic eye shadows that are perfect

for both daytime and evening looks.

Gucci's The Alchemist’s Garden is a

stunning collection of seven eau de parfums,

four oils and three acque profumates which

takes its inspiration from the science of

alchemy. Our favourite? The ultra feminine

Song for the Rose EDP (100ml), £240, with

its heady blend of rose, sweet musk and strong

woods notes. And the bottle is just as beautiful.

A multi-functional musthave,

Heaven Skincare’s

Willowbee Mask &

Cleanse, £55, not only

detoxes your skin, but heals

imperfection and targets

signs of ageing. It contains

bark from the willow tree,

a natural and organic

alternative to aspirin, and

its anti-inflammatory and

healing properties mean is

ideal for all skin types.

The long-awaited

Instant Retouch

Concealer from

Fenty Beauty Pro

Filt'r, £19, is creamy,

long-wear and creaseproof.

It’s designed

to deliver light-asair,

medium to full

coverage in a groundbreaking

range of 50

matte shades. Could

we love a concealer

more!

ALL PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE AVAILABLE FROM BEAUTY HALL AT

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Our beautiful country house setting is full of character

and our sweeping lawns, sunken garden and newly refurbished

banqueting suite make a great backdrop for your photos.

All Inclusive Wedding Offer

From just £4,750 in 2019 and from £5,000 in 2020

Includes room hire, 4 course wedding breakfast, drinks, evening finger

buffet, Bridal Suite on the night of the wedding and much more!

Wedding Open Day

Sunday 7th April 2019

See just how lovely your wedding day could be!

From 12pm to 4pm. Free Entry

Please call for a copy our Weddings brochure or for a show round

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FA S H I O N

The new neutral

MOVE OVER BLACK, GREY AND NAVY, THERE’S A HOT NEW

NEUTRAL ON THE BLOCK FOR SS19, SAYS AMY NORBURY

IF the SS19 catwalks were dominated by any single

shade, it was brown. On paper it might sound like just

about the least sexy hue imaginable, but wait a moment;

50 shades of chocolate, coffee and caramel made for a

delicious neutral palette across a plethora of designers’

shows.

From perennially chic at Burberry - as expected, given

the fashion house’s adoration of all things beige - to pale

as the milkiest latte at Jil Sander and in spicier hues at

Alberta Ferretti, it appeared in abundance and made

for painfully sophisticated impact. No longer rooted in

the '70s, brown is now a quintessentially modern hue -

and head to toe is how the internationally sleek will be

wearing it this season.

Richer and more textured that the flat tones of everfashionable

black, brown shades are eminently wearable,

super flattering and easy to incorporate into your

wardrobe for just about any occasion. So if your attire is

stuck in neutral, make sure brown’s where it’s at.

The prominence of brown shades also taps into the

season’s trend for all things utilitarian; the theme

marched through the collections to a resounding

approval from the fashion press. From patch-pocket

trousers at Givenchy to utility shirts at Burberry and

Fendi’s combat pants, functional fashion is here to stay

with shades of oatmeal, stone and toffee adding a 2019

twist.

Look out for sharp tailoring, crisp lines and tied-waist

belt details, as well as sizeable pockets in jackets, skirts

and trousers - practical and stylish.

And while its reputation might be on the bland and

boring side, that doesn’t mean brown can’t be seriously

sexy; form-fitting pencil skirts in the buttery-softest

chocolate leather, camis in wisps of deep espresso silk

and lace, and skyscraper barely-there heels in mahogany

hues add that requisite touch of spice.

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I N T H E N E W S

Casting call for medical TV show

A Birmingham-based TV production company

is looking for candidates to take part in a new

show aimed at treating people with extreme skin

conditions, which starts filming this month.

Full Fat TV, the company behind Channel 4’s

Body Coach with Joe Wicks, are making the series

for Quest Red, which is part of the global TV

broadcaster Discovery Network.

The programme is inspired by the massive popularity

of Dr Pimple Popper, an American dermatologist

from California who has her own series on TLC.

The show will feature a world class, award-winning

dermatologist who works mostly for the NHS but

also has a private clinic in Harley Street. She will

be treating people with all types of extreme skin

conditions.

In the age of social media, there’s never been a

worse time to have an uncontrollable, unsightly skin

condition but there’s a whole host of people living

with angry rashes or eruptions, debilitating acne,

large lipomas, growths, cysts, crusty, flaky, scarred

skin or other extreme undiagnosed conditions on

the face or body. In many cases their confidence is

shattered, their personal or professional lives are on

hold and some have even been forced into isolation.

Series producer Donna McLaughlin said: “Despite

this, the NHS doesn’t offer treatment for skin

conditions considered to be cosmetic and those they

do treat often have long waiting lists. For example,

current waiting lists for the Midlands area are up

to 24 weeks so this is a brilliant opportunity for

someone who might otherwise not be treated, can’t

afford to go private or doesn’t want to wait that

long to get the help they need pretty quickly and if

selected, their consultation, procedure and travel cost

would be covered.

“Filming is scheduled to start in early March and

although it’s a serious medical programme, there will

be a transformational element as we will be helping

people not just with the way they look but also giving

them back the confidence they may have lost due to

their condition and with it, a new lease of life.

“Our expert treats many skin conditions but are

we particularly keen to hear from people with

large lumps that need surgically removing - big

cysts, lipomas and growths. We also want to feature

more unusual or rare conditions that are visually

shocking to look at and are targeting specific

diseases like folliculitis, hirsutism, hyperhydrosis,

neurofibromatosis, rhinophyma, hidradenitis

suppurativa, erythromelagia, hyper keratotsis,

seborreic keratosis and intertriginous dermatitis.”

Anyone interested in taking part can contact the

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I N T H E N E W S

Boutique on the move

It’s all change for independent ladieswear shop Boutique

Eleven, following a move to new premises.

Established for more than 10 years, Boutique Eleven

has recently relocated to the beautiful surroundings of

Coppice Lifestyle and Garden Centre in Middleton,

which is home to the Fig and Olive restaurant and other

individual independent businesses.

Their selection of brands includes sought-after Masai

Clothing, Sandwich, Mama b and Grizas to name but a

few, with new brands being added each season. Stay in

touch about new arrivals and special offers at Boutique

Eleven by liking them on Facebook or following their

Instagram feed.

Boutique Eleven’s collections for spring are now available

in-store or online at www.boutiqueeleven.co.uk

Spectacular results as lens operation does away with need for glasses

When she realised she had a pair of reading glasses in

most of her coat pockets, former school teacher, Pat

Gardiner decided she had to do something about her

eyesight.

She didn’t want to continually wear glasses, didn’t

fancy contact lenses and was too old for laser surgery

so Pat, one-time Head of English at Fairfax School in

Sutton Coldfield, started to research other options. “By

coincidence one of my gym buddies told me about lens

replacement - she had had the procedure done and was

delighted with the results,” she said.

Along with her husband Max, Pat attended an

information event at Spire Eye Centre and discussed

the various ways of correcting her vision with

consultant ophthalmic surgeon Mr Daniel Calladine.

He explained: “The natural lens becomes less flexible

with age, and less able to change shape to focus on

reading for example. The distance vision can also

become blurred if the patient’s glasses prescription

keeps changing. In Mrs Gardiner’s case I was able to

use an ‘extended range vision’ lens, that allowed her to

see both distance, middle and near vision for reading

without the need for glasses afterwards.

“As well as correcting long and short sightedness, the

lens is also able to correct astigmatism and problems

with reading vision.”

Now working as an association visitor for the Motor

Neurone Disease Association, Pat said: “To be honest, I

was uncomfortable for a day or two as my eye felt a bit

gritty and my vision was occasionally blurred. However,

when the second eye was done my sight was clear and

focussed from the moment I removed my eye patch and

I was home in time for lunch!”

Keen skier Pat is now looking forward to her next trip

to the slopes, knowing she won’t have to make the

dreaded ‘glasses or goggles’ choice. She has already sent

almost 20 old pairs of glasses to Oxfam and is certain

she will be sending many more as they continue to turn

up in ‘the strangest of places’.

“Based on my experience, I wouldn’t hesitate to

recommend Mr Calladine and the Spire Eye Centre for

this procedure. I can honestly say the results have been

spectacular.”

Daniel Calladine is hosting a free information evening

on clear lens exchange surgery, at Spire Eye Centre,

Spire Hospital, Little Aston, on Wednesday, March

27, from 6pm. To book your complimentary place call

0121 514 7034.

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M OTO R S

Life in the fast lane

J’AIME’S MOTORING EXPERT AND RESIDENT RACING DRIVER MARTIN PLOWMAN

DRIVES A TESLA MODEL S COURTESY OF TESLA MOTORS IN DIGBETH TO SEE IF HE

CAN BE SWAYED INTO BECOMING AN ELECTRIC CAR CONVERT

As a petrol head, going electric is a bit like being a

steak lover trying to go vegetarian. It just doesn’t

sound very appealing! But electric cars are slowly

but surely becoming mainstream, and their eventual

takeover is inevitable. Elon Musk, the eccentric

American entrepreneur and visionary has been a

leading pioneer of the electric car revolution, as the

owner and co-founder of Tesla Motors.

What's it like to drive?

The whole experience of starting the car is a little

surreal at first. You put your foot on the brake, pull

down on the right lever to select Drive and... nothing

happens. There's no noise, no rev of the engine

as it roars into life. Then as you gently press the

accelerator the car starts to creep forward smoothly.

Your brain can't connect the movement of the car

with the lack of noise, but you find yourself start

to become more aware of your surroundings and

external sounds that usually get drowned out by the

engine. I found it quite refreshing.

I took the car for a spin around the busy streets near

Birmingham’s Bullring. It was the perfect place to

test the car in stop-start traffic and see first hand the

amazing autopilot technology that is on tap with all

Tesla models. It has 12 Ultrasonic sensors capable of

detecting roads, other cars and potential hazards as

well as a 360-degree camera, all of which is claimed

is ready for fully autonomous driving, as soon as the

software and legislation catch up to the available

technology. I engaged the assisted autopilot feature in

the heavy traffic and, although I was hesitant to trust

it at first, it worked remarkably well. The car kept in

its lane, kept a safe distance to the vehicle in front,

slowed down when needed and even recognised

a dangerous corner thanks to Tesla's self-learning

capabilities. Theoretically, you could take your hands

off the wheel if you wanted to and let the car do its

thing (disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to keep

your hands on the wheel at all times to override the

car as it is not yet fully autonomous!).

The car has a very firm but smooth ride. Its rigid

chassis gives direct feedback. It has a tremendous

amount of grip mainly thanks to its very low centre

of gravity, and it's All-Wheel-Drive drivetrain. All of

the battery packs are located on the floor of the car

which, combined with high-performance tyres and

state-of-the-art traction control, means that it is very

hard to wheelspin or lose control.

The Tesla is a car that feels great just cruising around

on your daily commute, but I, of course, wanted to

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get a taste for what it could do if

you pressed the 'not-so-loud' pedal.

The standard 70D configuration

puts out an equivalent of 330BHP

and 387lb/ft of torque, while the

P100 spec puts out a staggering

450kW, approximately 600bhp! The

acceleration is just unreal, there is

no lag or power curve that you get

from a combustion engine. Power

is instant and constant. It sucks you

into the back of your seat, not giving

you a second to catch your breath.

Its 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds will

out-drag even the most exotic of

supercars and that alone justifies its

starting price.

In my opinion the Tesla is an extremely underrated

high-performance car because its looks don't exude

aggressive supercar styling. But as the old saying

goes, ‘never judge a book by its cover’; trust me when

I say that this thing can shift faster than any sports

car in the same class that I have ever driven.

The product is second to none in my opinion,

and just 20 minutes of driving around rush hour

Birmingham was enough to make me go home and

google how much money I could sell my kidney for

on the black market to see if I could afford one!

Safety is another huge selling point for Tesla.

Because a Tesla doesn't have a heaping lump of

metal at the front powering the car, it has ample

loads of space for extra energy-absorbing crumple

zones for head-on collisions. The low centre of

gravity I mentioned earlier also makes the car very

resistant to rolling over in a side impact and the

autopilot technology? That helps to prevent you from

clumsy accidents by distracted drivers.

Now for the reality check. What is holding back the

electric car market?

There are two significant hurdles that the electric

car market, in general, has to overcome if they are

to engage the mainstream car buyer. The first is,

naturally, cost to purchase. Most electric cars have

quite a substantial up-front cost to buy the car - the

base Model S starts around £65,000 before extras

- which is mostly down to the fact that Lithium

batteries and energy recovery technology are still

costly to manufacture. Once car makers figure out

a way to produce batteries cheaply than the vehicle

costs will drop.

The second and most important hurdle to overcome

is the limited infrastructure of vehicle charging

stations compared to the vast network and volume

of petrol stations. The latter is something that Tesla

has grappled with both hands and may just be the

key to Tesla’s long-term success. With more than

12,000 charging stations strategically located around

the world, they are continually investing in their

infrastructure. This gives an awful lot of freedom

to Tesla owners and makes cross-continent trips

possible, whereas other brands have to struggle their

way from charging point to charging point.

Back in 2012, I took part in a cross-America sixperson

team drive for Men’s Health magazine

driving a Ford Focus Electric in an attempt to

make the fastest drive from New York to

California in an all-electric vehicle. Back

then the Ford Focus only had a tiny 90-

mile range and would require a three-hour

charge. They were 90 hard-fought miles

using extreme eco-driving with a few

slightly illegal drafting tactics to get the

job done! Fast forward eight years and the

Tesla Model S boasts a range of 335 miles

of ‘normal’ driving, while Tesla’s Super

Charger will give you 170 miles in just a

30-minute charge.

Electric cars are taking over - and fast.

Don't be scared, petrol-heads, they're a

good thing! I promise.

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