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Meet the expert: Emma Fone of Heart & Sole Keepsake Jewellery

jewelleryMeet…Mrs Emma Fone.


Being made redundant can actually become the most wonderful opportunity to take the plunge and follow your dreams. It happened to me six years ago and I’ve never looked back with my freelance writing business. When faced with the same dilemma, Emma Fone took the leap of faith and launched Heart & Sole Keepsake Jewellery ( Now operating full-time around husband Robbie and three daughters, Emma reveals all about her thriving business which has recently expanded to include a wedding range.


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Meet the expert: Maria Brown of Cherubs Florists

floristMeet…Mrs Maria Brown.
Having set up her floristry business Cherubs Florists ( 25 years ago, the expert has learnt to move with the times and trends. Now, not only does Maria provide flowers for weddings, but she can also supply glassware, bay trees with lights, mirrors, tea lights and many other modern wedding accessories.


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Meet the expert: Shelley Green of Buy Our Honeymoon

Traditional wedding gift lists are seemingly becoming a thing of the past. Like many other couples today, we asked our guests to gift money towards our honeymoon which lightened the load on us financially.


But, we did struggle with knowing how to ask our friends and family, as well as debating whether it was wise to dish out our personal bank details.
Meet…Mrs Shelley Green. She has the answer to the demand for a more modern gift list.


The former secondary school teacher gave up her day job to launch Buy Our Honeymoon ( with husband Andrew. After trying it out successfully for their own wedding in 2005, they decided to launch it as a business for other couples, working around their children Zoe and Ava.


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Meet the Expert: Emma Taylor of Paperless Wedding

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Back in 2008, Emma married Jim, breaking away from tradition to have the very first Paperless Wedding ( They ripped up the traditional rule book and got online to invite and plan their big day. The following year, they launched their own business together, offering the same modern approach to other couples.

Emma, who works around her two-year-old daughter and a growing baby bump, reveals all about their totally different wedding business…
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Competition! Win 2 tickets for The Wedding Fair at ExCel London!

The best of the best in the wedding industry are preparing to show off their wares at The Wedding Fair at ExCel London this month – and YOU could be going along!


ARBG has teamed up with Mercury Events to offer one lucky bride and her guest free entry to the show and access to more than 150 wedding suppliers and experts under one roof.
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Meet The Expert: Sally Brady from Helena Fortley dress shop

Meet….Mrs Sally Brady. The interior designer not only works part-time and takes care of a 19-year-old and nine-year-old, she also runs a beautiful wedding dress shop, Helena Fortley (

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Meet the expert: Illustrator Ruth Joyce

wedding expertMeet…Miss Ruth Joyce. She’s in the first exciting stages of romance, just preparing to move in with her partner. But, she knows as and when she does get married, she wants a mixture of traditional and alternative. She says: “I’m a creative, tattooed lady, bursting with energy and a love for all things quirky, so I would want to be exactly that on my wedding day – my usual self!”
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Meet the expert: Lisa Forde from The Card Gallery

wedding stationeryMeet…Mrs Lisa Forde. When she married husband Brendan 12 years ago, Lisa found wedding stationery to be expensive and a bit of a minefield. So, after years of dreaming of running her own business, she set up The Card Gallery ( and has since helped thousands of other couples to find their perfect wedding day stationery.


Juggling work with looking after her young sons, aged five and two, Lisa also offers stationery for hen parties, anniversaries, bridal showers…and any other occasion in your calendar!
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Trying my hand at DIY styling with Waterbaby Flowers!

You know those stunning floral centre pieces you see at weddings? Well, I can make them! Yes, after just a few hours on a Waterbaby Flowers ( course, I proudly walked away armed with the most pretty arrangement I would be proud to have on my wedding tables.

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Advice: Poppies Designer Flowers gives invaluable guidance on choosing your wedding florist

I met up recently with the rather talented Marion at Poppies Designer Flowers ( who put together my wedding day bouquet. During our chat, she asked why I had picked her out of all of the florists around to do my special order. The answer was simple; I had seen photos of her work and knew she could do exactly what I was after.

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So it got us thinking and talking about how important it is to pick the right florist to work on your big day. Do you know the right questions to ask or what service your wedding florist should be offering? If no, then Marion has lots of advice for you.


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