We invite you to win a wedding at Stoke Park worth £30,000
The perfect wedding could be yours if you take part in this fabulous competition. Or why not enter and win this fantastic once-in-a-lifetime prize for a friend or relative? Britain’s most stylish celebrity magazine has teamed up with the stunning Stoke Park five-star hotel, spa and country club to give our readers the chance to win a luxury wedding, worth a mouth-watering £30,000. Award-winning Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire is renowned for its stunning location, state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled levels of service. Set in 350 acres of glorious countryside, the resort has even featured in major motion pictures such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies. It is simply the perfect place to celebrate your special day. And with a host of extras including a glamorous bridal gown, wedding make-up, a reception for 80 guests, video and photos of the day’s events, plus a stay in the bridal suite, you’re sure to have the wedding of your dreams, leaving you with memories that you will treasure forever.
Celebrate in style and without worry, with the help of an on-site wedding planner. The expert organiser will be on hand to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure everything runs smoothly, leaving you and your guests free to simply enjoy your big day. The prize also includes a full wedding breakfast and evening buffet for 80 guests. Before the wedding day, bride and groom will meet Stoke Park’s head chef to discuss your menu options and also attend a tasting session with the venue’s celebrated executive chef, Chris Wheeler. But that’s not all. Many of Stoke Park’s recommended suppliers will also be there to make your day even more special and memorable. These include a package by Angus Thomas Photography, a wedding video by Wedding Documentary Company, flowers by Emerald Style, and a wedding cake by GC Couture. To find out more about Stoke Park’s suppliers, visit angusthomas.com; weddingdocumentarycompany.com; emeraldstyle.co.uk; and gccouture.co.uk.
Dress to thrill on the big day with a luxurious, made-to-measure bridal gown by celebrated wedding dress designer Ritva Westenius. The prize includes the all important gown itself, as well as three fittings. Renowned for her individual and contemporary styles, Ritva’s designs consist of flattering cuts, skilled construction and luxurious fabrics, all hand-crafted with superb attention to detail in her central London studio. Sophisticated glamour meets cool elegance in Ritva’s latest gowns, which have been inspired by the opulent 1920s and the clean silhouettes of the 1950s. Ritva Westenius was named Best British Bridal Designer 2012 at the prestigious Bridal Buyer Awards. For more information, visit ritvawestenius.com
Look your fabulous best on the big day with the help of the leading mineral make-up brand. bareMinerals is delighted to offer the bride, the mother of the bride and her bridesmaids a “makeunder” on the wedding day by bareMinerals European Make-up Artist Sarah-Jane Froom and her team. The bride will also be invited to try out the make-up before the ceremony at a bareMinerals boutique of her choice. Plus the bride, her mother and bridesmaids will each get a bareMinerals hamper, packed with beauty goodies. To find out more, visit bareminerals.co.uk
The full wedding package includes:
- Three-course meal with ½ bottle of house wine per person, followed by coffee and chocolates, for up to 80 guests (including a tasting session for the bride and groom).
- Champagne for reception drinks and for the toast.
- Room hire of the Fountain Room, Wyatt Room and Ballroom.
- Evening buffet for 80 guests.
- Stoke Park place cards, table plan and menu cards.
- A dedicated wedding planner.
- Bridal Suite for the bride and groom for the evening of the wedding, including a bottle of house champagne and dipped strawberries.
- Mansion or Pavilion bedroom for the bride and a guest on the night before the wedding and to get ready on the big day.
- A custom-made bridal gown, including three fittings, worth up to £3,000, by Ritva Westenius.
- Wedding video by the Wedding Documentary Company.
- Wedding photography provided by Angus Thomas Photography.
- Flowers for the table, bridal bouquet and corsages, provided by Emerald Style.
- A Grace wedding cake provided by GC Couture.
- Wedding make-up for the bride, bridesmaids and the mother of the bride, provided by bareMinerals, including a pre-wedding trial for the bride at their nearest boutique or counter. Plus a bareMinerals hamper for the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride.
For more information about weddings at Stoke Park, visit stokepark.com. To order the latest wedding brochure, call Stoke Park’s in-house wedding planner Michele Connelly on 01753-717188 and quote HELLO!
Meet the team...
Ritva Westenius are renowned for their individual and contemporary approach to design. Their gowns are known for the skilled construction, flattering cut, luxurious fabrics and the inimitable craftsmanship. Each made to measure wedding gown is hand crafted in their central London studio with maximum attention to detail. This year, sophisticated glamour and cool elegance are brought together in beautifully cut gowns inspired by clean silhouette and 50’s classics and opulent decadence of the 1920’s. Ritva has been in the forefront of bridal design for 35 years in which time she has grown to iconic status in the industry. Ritva focuses on timeless elegant style which is about exquisite fabrics and beautiful cut. She has won countless awards across her career, including most recent "Best British Designer 2012" at Bridal Buyer Awards. when Ritva received a standing ovation by the industry. ritvawestenius.com
What MAKES bareMinerals so special? This trusted makeup brand uses only the finest quality ingredients in all its products to give everything you want without anything your skin doesn't need. The proprietary bareMinerals formula represents the ideal mix of makeup and skincare; problem-solving cosmetics that perfect and pamper the complexion. It's makeup so pure you can sleep in it. Having won numerous awards and being a favourite amongst Beauty Editors, it’s no wonder this revolutionary makeup brand has changed the lives of so many. bareminerals.co.uk
Sarah-Jane Froom, the European Make-Up Artist for Bare Escentuals, and her artistry team could be the designated wedding day make-up artists. (Subject to availability)
Wedding Photographer- Angus Thomas Photography
Angus Thomas is an award winning portrait photographer with a wide range of experience in corporate, social and wedding photography. His ability to capture decisive and intimate moments with discretion has earned him the respect and trust of both sitters, booking agents and media buyers. Angus is one of the UK’s leading specialist location photographers using small flash. The majority of his work is lit which has enabled him to work under any conditions and in any weather. Angus started his photography career as a family portrait and wedding photographer and now specializes in wedding and corporate photography, shooting major names throughout the UK. Angus’s style is contemporary with an eye to the traditional. His collaborative approach produces leading edge images whether reportage or portraiture. Each wedding assignment is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the client and Angus revels in the privilege of being an integral part of each couples experience. firstname.lastname@example.org angusthomas.com T:07831 673945
Wedding Cake – GC Couture by Genuine Cakes
Introducing GC Couture, a luxury wedding cake supplier (gccouture.co.uk)
Now every bride can feel like a princess or part of Hollywood royalty by ordering a luxury wedding cake from GC Couture. GC Couture offer exquisite wedding cakes that offer a culinary cake sensation rich in both flavour and design. The GC Couture 2012 Collection has been individually and creatively designed around the style and genre of the Princesses of our time. Each cake will attract brides looking for something different; whether art deco, classic or vintage, the collection has something to catch every bride’s eye. Immerse your taste buds as GC Couture teases and tantalizes with over 35 flavours that have been uniquely developed including popular favourites; Chocolate & Orange, Coconut & Lime, Fruitcake Without The Bits (FWB) and Pina Colada. Based in Hatch End, Middlesex GC Couture don't just offer luxury cakes they provide an unforgettable experience for their customers. First-class customer service, an interactive design consultation process, bespoke creations and unrivalled results. For more information please visit. gccouture.co.uk
GC Couture officially launched at the Luxury Wedding Show in October, and unveiled the new GC Couture website, new logo, branding, new packaging – the works!
Marie Sinclair, founder of GC Couture, said: "The GC Couture 2012 Collection has been individually and creatively designed around the style and genre of the Princesses of our time. "Each cake will attract brides looking for something different; whether art deco, classic or vintage, our collection has something to catch every bride’s eye."
Based in Hertfordshire, GC Couture bake and decorate homemade cakes for all occasions, including weddings, christenings, birthdays and anniversaries. A regular exhibitor at wedding shows across the country. gccouture.co.uk
Floral Designers – Emerald Style
Emerald Style, the brand new luxury floral design company based in the heart of London on Beauchamp Street, brings together a wealth of skill and experience in creating floral designs that will not only amaze, but showcase a unique, contemporary vision of beauty and design. Emerald Style will work closely with the winner to make their dream a reality and transform a space through floral design. Each creation is a bespoke masterpiece that will not fail to give the wow factor. Formed this year by acclaimed Floral stylists James Pitman, and Creative Stylist, Sam Pemberton, Emerald Style look forward to working with the happy couple! email@example.com emeraldstyle.co.uk 07867 803 958
Executive Chef - Chris Wheeler
A member of Craft Guilds of Chefs, Chris joined Stoke Park in 2003. His impressive culinary background includes the role of Group Head Chef and right-hand man to charismatic French chef Jean Christophe Novelli. With Novelli , Chris has worked in various Michelin-star winning restaurants and in 2005, Novelli invited Chris back to appear with him on TV’s Hell’s Kitchen 2. Chris pays close attention to only using quality ingredients that are local, fresh and seasonal and has been delighting hotel guests, members and now the public with his innovative take on modern British cuisine with European influences. Due to this and the fact that our Dining Room offers a high standard of food and service, has aided in Stoke Park's achievement of gaining two AA Rosettes in April 2010 and regular plaudits from the press, including having his recipe’s recently featuring in Hello!
Wedding Planner – Michele Connelly
Michele has been working at Stoke Park for 10 years, 7 of those as our Wedding Planner.
Michele is the warm and friendly face couples see right from their first visit to Stoke Park all the way through to the wedding day. She takes care of every last detail of the day at Stoke Park and is there to assist where needed on the day.
Wedding Video – The Wedding Documentary Company
The Wedding Documentary Company is the only wedding video company recommended by Stoke Park. It was set up by TV producer/director Alan Howard to provide a whole new level of affordable but entertaining wedding videos that tell the story of your big day as it really happened, acting as both a great wedding video and a small snippet of your family's history that will live on for generations on DVD or BluRay. Their totally unique style of video has been described as warm, funny, intelligent and a cross between a Richard Curtis movie and The Apprentice. With 20 years experience making TV programmes and documentaries for the likes of ITV, channel 4, channel 5 and MTV there's very little Alan doesn't know about making people feel comfortable in front of the camera and his unique style of light hearted, feel good, observational documentary has made him a firm favourite with Broadcasters and Brides alike. weddingdocumentarycompany.com 07710 611 368 / firstname.lastname@example.org