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Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis on local Kent wedding businesses, shops and suppliers.

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Rebeca and Gary have known each other since childhood. They went to the same schools and were even part of the same friendship groups and growing up their parents' houses were only one street apart.

Gary proposed the day before Valentine's Day while the couple were on holiday travelling around New Zealand. He chose the most romantic of spots on a hillside overlooking Lake Taupo at sunset, one of their favourite places.

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Robyn and Sam met on a night out, which in itself wasn't unusual as they would often bump into each other while out with their respective friends. But following this one particular time they decided to meet up again properly, perhaps realising there might a reason their paths kept crossing.

We fast forward and, now a couple, Robyn and Sam had booked a long weekend away in the Cotswolds. One evening, while they were there, before heading to the pub for dinner, Sam popped the question. “I had no idea, but it was perfect for me, as it was just the two of us,” Robyn remembers.

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Having recently received their wedding license, the team at The Boathouse, Yalding – Megan Robb and Laura Spencer, decided it was time to show off their venue as well as the work of its talented approved suppliers. The gorgeous resulting images illustrate just how this Shepherd Neame-managed house can be transformed into a stunning wedding venue full of natural light, making the most of it's rustic timber beams and beautiful riverside location.

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Folkestone-based AJ Pyrotechnics was born from a love of fireworks, so the team who create the displays are naturally a passionate bunch. The business offers individually designed firework displays for weddings around your own requirements, featuring fantastic effects and innovative elements including coordinating colour schemes, low noise, hearts and bespoke firework signs.

Wedding packages give you and your guests a high impact display using only the best professional materials. The bronze, silver and gold options last for a maximum of 10 minutes and have been put together to suit most budgets.

For further information, head over to www.ajpyrotechnics.co.uk

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The ultimate space for bride-tribe preparations has arrived in Ashford. Based in a beautiful, light and airy oast barn, The Pretty Prep Studios have been thoughtfully and purposefully designed for wedding day mornings with every detail in hand from umbrellas in case it rains, to boxes for belongings to hide any untidiness from photos. There are four beauty stations, so no more fighting over plug sockets or mirrors and there's plenty of free parking so you can leave your cars if you wish.

The kitchen and dining area is the ideal place for some morning snacks and bubbles, where your best gals can chill after they've had their turn in the hair and make-up chair. We adore the circular changing oast, a luxurious area with plenty of space for slipping into your wedding dress. What's more, we all know these things can't be rushed, so the studio is available as early as you need it and for as long as it takes.

The Pretty Prep Studios can accommodate bridal parties large or small – even with 10 or more people, there's still plenty of space. To find out more, head over to www.theprettyprepstudios.co.uk

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Lizi and Jack met during their third year of university, at one of the first social nights after the Christmas break. Lizi says, “I didn't take to him immediately, but he won me over when I realised we were both as socially awkward as each other! His Geordie accent was, and still is, a winner for me.”

While on holiday in Thailand in January 2020, they'd make it a routine to watch the sunset from their hotel's private beach with a couple of beers. One day following a boat trip, Jack suggested they head back to enjoy the sunset as usual, so he grabbed the beers from the hotel room while Lizi made her way to the beach. When he joined her 10 minutes later, he pulled out an engagement ring and said, “You know you've been wanting a new ring... what about this one?” He'd had it hidden in the camera case the whole time – “I had wondered why we didn't take many photos!” Lizi says.

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Settling on a theme can be a tricky business, so the best way forward might be to consider your personalities and common ground. Laurie Edwards at Chic Weddings & Events says, “Whether it's travel, cocktails, or Disney this is the time to bring your interests into your wedding. Little accents like naming your tables after your favourite football teams or holiday destinations works wonders, and if you love being out in the country, bring the outside in by incorporating trees, wood, bark and moss into your styling.” Mercedes Gale at 4YaParty Weddings & Events agrees: “Is your partner a big gamer or into Marvel? Try to incorporate each other's loves into your theme and your day will truly be all about the two of you.”

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Hair and make-up artist, Ruth Ashcroft tells us how to treat dry skin.

"Skincare isn't a short-term fix. To achieve the results you want, a daily routine is essential for any skin type, in your case – combination skin (dry and oily). Look for products that are suitable for your specific needs and check for any ingredients you may be allergic to. Then follow these simple steps:

"Cleanse. If you're wearing make-up and SPF, I'd do a double cleanse first with micellar water then with an oil or cleansing balm.

"Exfoliate. Use either a chemical (salicylic acid or fruit enzyme) or physical product such as a face scrub once or twice a week.

"Moisturise. Opt for a hydrating moisturiser such as Weleda Skin Food for dry and rough skin. Hyaluronic acid is particularly good for dehydrated skin as it holds a 1,000 times its own weight in water, which helps hydrate the skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines."

To find out more, visit www.instagram.com/ra.mua

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Becky met tennis coach Nick through a mutual enjoyment of the sport. One evening, during a post- tennis pub session, someone had the bright idea of taking part in a charity run for Sport Relief and Nick decided he'd watch the film Run Fat Boy Run to motivate him, which in turn sparked a conversation between the two about the many, many other films Becky had never seen! And so it was their epic Friday movie and pizza nights began. Through these evenings Becky and Nick grew close and 12 years later they're still going strong! Incidentally, the couple did go on to compete in that Sport Relief run in 2010, dressed as red chilli peppers, because as Becky says, “Why not?”

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Using black in your wedding's venue-styling palette may never have crossed your mind, but this team of local wedding suppliers got together to prove that it can in fact be used to great effect. Shoot photographer Petrina says, “If styled correctly black is super-sexy, adding an air of sophistication and elegance.” Sprinkle with a touch of glitter and glam using disco balls and wedding favourite gypsophila, and you have an ultra- chic a setting that dreams are made of!

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