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The wedding cake: sweet treat, reception dessert or showstopping centrepiece? Who's to say it can't be all three? Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, the big-day bake has been an enduring tradition and wedding stalwart since couples first said “I do.” Its origins are thought to date back to Ancient Rome when a cake of wheat or barley was broken over the bride's head to signify good fortune. Thankfully, you won't be forced to wear the delicacy today, so it's something that's well worth thinking about. The modern cake maker is now more versatile than ever and can whip you up a sweet showstopper big enough to take the place of your wedding breakfast dessert, or be served at your evening reception. Handing round the slices is also a lovely way of making sure you get round to see all of your guests. Alternatively, there's the option cake makers. Bold as brass to have a spectacular tower made up of cupcakes or macarons, even doughnuts if you prefer. And don't forget, a cheese stack is a great choice if you fancy something savoury.

See more from our cake feature in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

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Hair and make-up artist, Laetitia Rix tells us the latest boho trends.

"The boho style is still a popular trend. With a cool, laid back and informal vibe, it works well with a festival theme, so a natural and sun-kissed make-up will suit.

"Go for glowing skin that captures the light. Apply radiance primers such as Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter underneath your foundation to achieve lit-from-within skin. Dial up the glow with a shimmering powder highlighter applied to the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and on the cupid's bow. Delilah's Pure Light Illuminating Powder is one of my favourites."

To find out more, visit www.makeupangel.co.uk

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Claire met Jo when she interviewed her for a job at their local supermarket back in 2005. Finding they both had a similar sense of humour, their chemistry grew and before long love blossomed. Twelve years later, after having kept their relationship a secret for all that time, they finally decided to tell everyone. “It was the best decision we ever made,” Claire says. She proposed to Jo on their 13th anniversary, presenting her with a photo album of their journey together and a poem that ended, “Will you be my bride?”

The couple knew they wanted to get married somewhere local and found Nurstead Court. It wasn't somewhere they were previously familiar with, but as soon as they arrived for a visit they fell in love and straight away knew it was the one.

See more from their wedding in the current issue. Download your free copy at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

With a love of the Caribbean and all things tropical, Becky at Waves Weddings and Events, www.wavesweddingsandevents.com, specialises in beautiful coastal weddings in stunning locations. So, we asked her: Just how do we bring a touch of the tropics to Kent? Discover her top tips in our handmade in kent feature in the Mar/Apr22 issue of Your Kent Wedding, free to download at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

We asked Linsey at Stag Cottage Flowers, www.facebook.com/stagcottageflowersbylinsey, for ideas on out-of-the-box bridesmaid bouquets. She said, "These stylish wedding-day clutch bags are a fabulous alternative to a traditional bouquet for the modern bridesmaid. Covered in organic, textured moss they're adorned with the prettiest scented fresh flowers in your colour choice, as well as foliage. A beautiful alternative with endless possibilities."

For more stellar wedmin advice turn to the Hot Topic pages in the Mar/Apr22 issue of Your Kent Wedding, free to download at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

I love the idea of an afternoon tea wedding breakfast. It's quintessentially British and elegant, plus who doesn't love sandwiches, scones and cake - a real crowd pleaser.

Shoot coordinator Emma Edenden of White Petal Cakes, www.whitepetalcakes.co.uk, tells us, “Growing up I loved watching The Secret Garden and even today it's a film I'm still passionate about. So, when deciding on a theme for the shoot, it was an easy decision.” She came across the Secret Garden in Mersham Le Hatch, Ashford when looking for a wedding-venue location and everything naturally fell into place. Beneath the delightful little wooden pagoda, surrounded by a slew of wild flowers, Emma's vision for an intimate wedding came to life. She chose tones of pink and blue for the palette, along with romantic soft pastels to accentuate it.

Find more of these beautiful images in the Mar/Apr22 issue of Your Kent Wedding, free to download at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

I'm in love with this showstopping shot of Paige and Ben captured in the fun fair at their wedding venue, www.marleybrookhouse.co.uk. The vibrant colours alone definitely make it one for the album.

Read all about their big day in the Mar/Apr22 issue, free to download at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

Let's be honest, Kent is a super-cool place to get married and well just generally to be! And where better than somewhere along the county's incredible coastline? Check out waterside and coastal venues feature in the Mar/Apr 22 issue, which includes Beach Hut Weddings in Herne Bay, www.beachhutweddings.co.uk

Find more local waterside venues in the Mar/Apr22 issue of Your Kent Wedding, free to download at www.yourkent.wedding/free-download

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Issue one – if it were human it'd nearly be old enough to drink and I'd be saving to send it to university!

Check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4GmltEE5ss&list=PL8nDkfm4T9BO33xaadbuQt6-lgC8u0fk9&index=11

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