Middle Eastern Beauty – Azara Beautique

Homeopath and botanist, Dr Samira Zaidan is an expert on the health and beauty benefits of natural organic ingredients, with over 25 years of experience treating ailments.  Samira and her daughter Mona are Founders of the London-based start-up Azara Beautique, where through their links to the Middle East, they collect rare ingredients such as frankincense, zamzam and camel’s milk to use in their unique soap range. Regarded as offering the purest cosmetic range, blended with the refined jewels of the Arab world, Azara Beautique have exclusively featured a range of exotic soaps and have shared with us some of these traditions and beauty secrets here on Bride Icon!

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For thousands of years Arabian mothers and female relatives have prepared their young brides for their wedding day by making remedies and cosmetic treatments for them from natural ingredients that are found locally. These remedies and treatments have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations and are considered to be wealthy beauty secrets.

  1. Sidr Honey: Pure and organic Yemeni sidr honey is one of the best treatments for your skin and hair, as it is full of anti-bacterial, healing and hydrating properties. Apply it to your hair as a conditioner before rinsing it out with warm water for soft and healthy hair and/or apply it to your skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne and other skin infections.
  2. Coffee: The caffeine in Arabic coffee is known to rejuvenate and stimulate the blood circulation and it can break through clogged pores giving the skin a deep and exfoliating cleanse. It is also a great treatment for cellulite, as it encourages blood flow if you massage it well into the affected areas, resulting in firmer looking skin.
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  3. Neem: Neem has been used in the Middle East and India for thousands of years and is used extensively in many natural medicines for its disease fighting properties. Neem leaves are rich with vitamin E, oleic acid and anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties that are extremely beneficial in healing scars and treating various infections, such as eczema and psoriasis.
  4. Moringa: Moringa leaves are considered to be miracle leaves by the Indians and ancient Egyptians, due to their extremely high vitamin A, C, E and mineral content. Moringa helps to heal wounds and fights parasites, such as ring worm.
  5. Blackseeds: These seeds are obtained from the nigella sativa flowers and have been known as “the blessed seeds” for their healing properties for thousands of years by the Arabs. The Ancient Egyptians believed that this seed is the cure to all diseases, when eaten or ground and applied as a mask to the face, as they are rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which helps the skin to heal from deep within.
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  6. Arabic gum: This resin from Sudan supports and stimulates the skin’s reproduction of collagen and elastin, rebuilding and repairing the skin and reducing the appearance of scars and damage caused by infections and irritation.
  7. Henna: This plant has been used across the Middle East, North Africa and India for generations to nourish the skin and scalp and give dull hair a gorgeous healthy shine and a rich deep brown/red colour. Henna has also been traditionally mixed with water and oils to form a paste that is applied to the hands and feet of brides by henna artists. The henna stains the skin to reveal beautifully decorated hands and feet.
  8. Frankincense: Green Hojari Omani frankincense is the finest grade of frankincense available. The transforming effects of frankincense on the skin are immediately visible, as it regenerates and promotes the production of new cells, and as a powerful astringent it tightens and firms the skin giving an immediate youthful lift.
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  9. Saffron: As an age-old staple of the Middle-Eastern royals’ beauty regime, it has earned its title of ‘red gold’. Saffron deeply nourishes, cleanses and shrink the appearance of pores, whilst its astringent properties tighten and lift the skin smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles to give a beautiful youthful glow to the skin.
  10. Camel milk: Considered a superfood, camel milk is rich in vitamin C, B1, B2, B12 and carotene, which is not only beneficial when drunk but when applied to the skin. Camel milk can be used in soaps and face masks to deeply nourish, smoothen and hydrate dry skin.
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Each soap is priced £22, available from Azarabeautique.com

Insider Tricks To Creating A Great Wedding Video

If you have been hired to create a video of someone’s wedding and reception, it can be a really fun job. Not only is there a lot of joy, laughing and fun moments during a wedding celebration but it is really gratifying to know that the video you are creating will be part of family celebrations of these people for decades to come.

Naturally, you want to do a good job. But whether you are just getting started or have been shooting video for years, you know things can sneak up on you and make your job more difficult. So there are some “insider tricks” that you should keep in mind especially on the big day so the wedding goes off like clockwork and you get that great video without disturbing the joy and fun of the family.

 

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The first few precautions actually happen long before you drive up to the church and that is a thorough equipment check. Check and double check your equipment and then check it again. It can’t hurt to be a bit compulsive about this. Also, check that all of your supplies are new, in good shape and that you have back ups of batteries, bulbs, tapes or whatever recording media you are using. If you know your equipment is in good shape, you can walk in there like the professional you are.

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Next, be everywhere early and well prepared. In fact, it can’t hurt to scope out the church and reception hall the day before to check the lighting and do some planning on where you might plan to get your best video from. If Martin Scorsese can preplan all of his shoots, so can you.

Now be sure everybody knows who you are. Meet the bride, groom, the wedding party and others close to the planning. If there are security people, be sure they know who you are as well. If there is a need for passes or badges of any kind, be sure you have one well ahead of the wedding day.

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Part of networking with the key players includes getting some face time with others who may be supporting the wedding. Many weddings have a wedding planner who must know everything that is going to happen. Be sure he or she knows who you are and what you are going to do before you start disturbing their domain. It is also a great idea to meet the other photographers and do a bit of preliminary choreography so everybody can get their shots. Be aware that you really don’t want to do such a great job of videotaping the wedding that you damage the experience of the wedding guests. This all takes lots of planning.

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If they rehearse, you rehearse. The rehearsal is one of the great missed opportunities that wedding photographers and videographers have to step through the wedding with the party and plan where you are going to be. Now secure permission to be there as you never want to surprise a nervous bride or her mother. But if they know you are working as hard as they are to get ready, they will be thrilled and you may find them giving you directions on shots they want included in the video and where they want (and don’t want) you to be at strategic moments during the wedding. This information is gold on producing a high quality video for your customers.

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Once everything is ready, jump in there and enjoy the wedding right along with everyone else. You know you are ready and you like what you do so you can celebrate this big day and produce a top-notch video that will be a treasured memory for this bride and groom for many years to come.

House of iKons

Highlights from House of iKons, London

The House of iKons this year, once again, brought together a whole variety of emerging designers – but what made it even more special was the very young designers and models that stole the show!  Founded by Savika Kaye, under Lady K Productions, Savita has shown some real determination in showcasing up and coming designers on the best platforms across the globe, with some of the designers given the opportunity to work with the top artists is the music and film industry too.

The House of iKons brand is now a force to be reckoned within the fashion industry.  As well as supporting new emerging fashion creatives, it also supports emerging music artists giving them a platform to perform, and providing exposure through events such as this  here in London and overseas.

Bride Icon have put together some of our best highlights from the show that took place at the Millenium Gloucester Hotel in London, in front of a full house of guests including VIPs from the Philippines.  Savita Kaye’s drive and passion in creating these shows has provided an unmissable platform for emerging designers to be given the opportunity to showcase some incredible new talent in this year’s London extravaganza!

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House of iKons, 17th February 2018, London

 

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House of iKons Founded by Savita Kaye under Lady K Production the House of iKons fashion show will take place during London Fashion Week on 17th February 2018, at the Millennium Gloucester, London.  Since the launch in 2014, House of iKons success is based on the unique concept, celebrating the new generation of global fashion talent. Savita Kaye’s ambition is for House of iKons to be a global brand, known for launching emerging designers. Working with global media partners has enabled House of iKons shows to be aired worldwide to millions of viewers.

 

In addition to the London Fashion Week shows, House of iKons have taken place in Los Angeles, Bangkok Beijing, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and partnered with official Budapest Fashion Week.  Designers have been signed to departments stores, boutiques, wardrobe for music videos and working with major celebrities such as Beyoncé, JLo, Katy Perry, Lady Ga Ga, Paris Hilton, Brtiney Spears, Tyra Banks to name but a few.

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In addition, House of iKons is working with a number of charities and organisations providing internships and work experience in fashion, media, event planning and filming.

 

Here are a few highlights on what to expect:  Mimi Parrel Pimentel; this amazing designer creates and designs directly for The President of Republic of the Philippines and the First Family.  This will be their first time in London exhibiting with government officials flying direct from the Philippines to celebrate and support this designer.

House of iKonsLavender Rose Designs: This is an inspirational story that has touched many hearts already about this young designer. Sharlene is an amazing mother and wife. Sharlene is a self taught designer and her 8 year daughter Tayla gave her mother the inspiration to make designs. Tayla enjoys modelling and catwalks as a hobby, but Tayla has sensory issues that go hand in hand with her Autism, so Sharlene decided to start making Tayla a few clothes.  But recently Tayla has run ideas past her mum about colours, shapes, designs and creativity.  Tayla, is a beautiful 8 year old child who has got so down about making friends, as she can’t understand why she can’t make friends. So Sharlene decided that they both need to do something together. Tayla who is only 8 years old has inspired her mother to create and design, the designs and creativity are from Tayla.

 

House of iKonsThe CEO of House of iKons has quoted “I am honoured and humbled to announce that Lavender Rose Designs by Tayla Mai our youngest designer will honour our catwalk February 2018 DURING #LFW. Taylor Mai at the age of 8 years of age has a gift; she sees beauty, creativity, designs and shapes in everything, something probably you and I may not see. Her condition does not hold her back, but has accelerated beyond words.

Another young designer brand ‘Designed by Josh’ will also be launching and exhibiting with House of iKons in London.  His very first women’s capsule day to night collection is designed to take the woman from a normal workday in the office to any evening event.  His main aim is to bring some glamour back to the boardroom in his designs.  This is no ordinary designer, he is only 12 Years of age.  His collection has already begun a storm not just in UK but also in UAE. This young designer will be “one to watch” with TV interviews planned in UK and USA.

 

House of iKonsHouse of iKons have also teamed up with Doris Pearson a celebrity singer and song writer. Doris was part of a five group pop sensation called “Five Star” where their albums went platinum four times over in the 80’s and 90’s. Now Doris writes songs for pop artists today, and will be coming on board to choreograph the House of iKons show.

This season House of iKons is proud to support The Sharan Project, a national registered charity that supports women who have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage, honour abuse and other forms of violence against women and children. They work in partnership with NGO’s, Police forces, the Legal & Private Sector and various Government departments here in the UK and worldwide.  Savita said “Raising awareness that all forms of abuse against women and children must STOP not just here in UK but globally.”

 

Sponsored by Club Organix, Bryanna Angel Media Makeup Artist, Ideal U and Kids Acting Showreel.  Here’s the full list of the designers participating and details on how you can get your tickets.

Afternoon Show 3.30pm

  1. Grand Opening: Adam & Alice London
  2. Camellia Couture – Children’s Designer
  3. Che Arunjuez
  4. Roseanne McNamee
  5. Jennifer White
  6. Mimi Parrel Pimental
  7. Be Unique Be You – Children’s Designer
  8. Grand Finale: Iris Rodriguez

Evening Show 6.30pm

  1. Grand Opening: HoneeMoon
  2. Lavender Rose Designs – Children’s Designer
  3. Bowen-Dryden
  4. Shenannz
  5. JAL Kids Fashion – Children’s Designer
  6. Shahenda Hegazy
  7. Designed by Josh
  8. Jolie
  9. Grand Finale: Aandrei David

Tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/house-of-ikons-during-lfw-saturday-17th-february-tickets-40103453509

Website: www.houseofikons.com

Berta

Berta Bridal Fall 2018 Debuts In London

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BertaBerta Bridal is the Italian fashion house created by the mastermind fashion designer Berta Balilti.  Known worldwide for her breathtakingly bold, sexy and alluring designs for the modern woman, the brand has spiralled to extreme heights in the last few years to become one of the most recognised names in the bridal couture industry.

Bride Icon were delighted to be at the Rosewood London this week, which became the setting for the debut of the Fall 2018 Berta Bridal collection.  In partnership with The Wedding Club, who are the exclusive UK stockists of Berta, there was an electric atmosphere as guests waited in anticipation.  Not to be disappointed, the sizzling Berta gowns complete with sparkling embellishments transpired sensuality and perfection.   The creative designs presented an aura of splendour and enchantment but capturing the sentiment of the Berta brand to represent the new era of the modern woman.

We have put together some of the dresses that we simply adore from the Berta’s Fall 2018 luxury collection. We think you’ll agree the bridal dresses speak for themselves!

The Wedding Club are the only UK stockists of Berta which is available in both Knightsbridge and Birmingham. For further details see their website www.theweddingclub.co.uk

 

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Zuhair Murad Fall 2018

 

Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2018 bridal collection takes an ode to the shades of blushing pink and powdery palettes.  The bridal gowns are influenced by embellishing silk chiffon, tulle, floral themes, Mikado and lace reminiscing some of his previous inspirations.  The detachable over-skirts and the distinctive long capes define this opulent collection giving the bride the option and flexibility to switch looks during her very special day.  Beads, intricate hand embroidery and 3-D petals were the highlights of each of the fairytale dresses, however, the statement accessories such as the ruffled tulle stoles around the shoulder and the beaded and floor length capes added a touch of magic and Hollywood glamour for every beautiful bride to be! Bride Icon have the official Fall 2018 photos.

The Wedding Club is the official UK stockist for the complete Zuhair Murad Fall 2018 Collection. www.weddingclub1.com

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yoga

The Yoga Wellness Company Offers Luxury Retreats for 2018

yoga“New Year, New You” – we are all familiar with the age-old cliché that gets banded around at this time of year, yet nonetheless, we routinely begin to prep-talk ourselves about all the healthy initiatives we will undertake (after Christmas that is!),  However, aside from the initial two-week hype in January, very rarely do we actually follow through on our New Year’s #HealthGoals – and it’s easy to see why with summer seemingly way over the horizon.

YogaSo, this year, let’s try a new tactic. Instead of telling ourselves all the things we need to give up, let’s give ourselves something to look forward to; something that not only fits with our health goals, but something that will also give us a new outlook on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – all year round.

yogaJoin The Yoga Wellness Company in 2018 for one of their exclusive luxury yoga retreats – and give your body that TLC it deserves after all the stress you’ve put your mind and body through in 2017.

YogaHosted in some of the most beautiful locations Europe has to offer, escape the hustle and bustle of the workplace and enjoy yoga practices that is tailored to your needs and ability. The team of Yoga experts have carefully created the retreats to allow you to enjoy as much freedom as you need to explore the beautiful locations, eat plentifully and enjoy as much (or as little!) Yoga as you like – This is YOUR experience.

yogaWhether you’re looking for a Spring, Autumn or Winter break, book your place at one of their retreats.  First of the retreats is the Austrian Alpine Retreat on the 21st – 27th April. Immerse yourself in the stunning natural landscapes of Mühlbacham Hochkönig. With miles of lush greenery and a dramatic backdrop of the alps, this is a truly magical place to leave your busy lifestyle behind.

Jennifer Ellis, founder of The Yoga Wellness Company and wellness enthusiast of 25 years commented, “Our retreats are an invitation to let go of everyday responsibilities and immerse yourself in yoga, to deepen your understanding of the practice and gain new insights within a nurturing environment whilst also enjoying the space and time to relax in beautiful surroundings with fellow guests. You will leave feeling inspired and rejuvenated.”

Whichever you choose, The Yoga Wellness Company’s retreats are ideal for those looking to escape the hectic city life and find greater balance in mind and body for 2018.

 

To book your place, please visit www.theyogawellnesscompany.com or email Hello@theyogawellnesscompany.com

 

 

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Aashni & Co Wedding Show 2018 – The Masterclasses

The UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018, taking place at Somerset House, London on 21st January 2018, will play host to a series of masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere.  Participating in the masterclasses will be beauty blogger Kaushal; Bollywood makeup artist ShaanMu; fashion blogger Miss Style Fiesta; and wedding planner Vandana Mohan.

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Kaushal. Born and raised in England, Kaushal is currently the most influential Indian beauty creator in the world.  Initially inspired by playing with her mother’s makeup as a child, Kaushal took the plunge and left a successful career in PR to follow her passion for makeup and beauty.  She started creating her own unique content in 2010 and her channel, Kaushal Beauty, has grown rapidly to in excess of 1.8 million subscribers, with a dedicated Instagram following of 716K.

Covering a diverse range of trends from contouring to highlighting, Indian wedding makeup to Diwali looks, Arianna Grande to Kylie Jenner, her videos and Instagram page provide both beauty inspiration and education.

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Shaan Mu.One of the most sort-after names in the Bollywood makeup industry, ShaanMu began his beauty career in 2007.  Over the last decade, he has been associated with major fashion and beauty campaigns alongside some of the most influential names in the industry. He has worked on countless editorial, film and red carpet looks for his celebrity clientele that includes Rani Mukerji, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shraddha Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Vidya Balan, Kriti Sanon, Lisa Haydon, Aditi Rao Hydari and Varun Dhawan amongst others. His work has been featured in the likes of Vogue, Elle, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Grazia to name a few. He is also recognised as the only Bollywood beauty vlogger in India with over 78k subscribers and 13 million views to his credit.
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Miss Style Fiesta Masoom. Miss Style Fiesta, Masoom Minawala, founded her blog on a whim back in 2010 as an outlet for her fashion hedonism and is now established as one of the leading Indian influencers from around the world. She has worked with some of the world’s leading fashion, luxury, beauty, travel and lifestyle brands, collaborating on bespoke content, editorials and social partnerships through which she has been credited in a number of highly-respected national and international publications and websites.
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Vandana Mohan. Vandana Mohan has been conceptualising and managing events for almost three decades. Her flagship company, Backstage Productions, completed 28 years this September. Luxury and lifestyle events are what Backstage Productions is known for, working with the leading brands in the luxury market such as Chanel, Gucci, Ferragamo and Dom Perignon. The Wedding Design Company began where Backstage left off in 2005 and took luxury to another level with its weddings. ‘The Big Fat Indian Wedding’ was a term coined at one of the weddings that WDC had designed and executed. Vandana has designed some of the most unforgettable weddings across cities like Vienna, Florence and Ibiza and in India in Udaipur, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi, to name a few.

After three successful residencies at The Dorchester, Mayfair, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will transform one of the UK’s leading cultural venues, Somerset House, into a wonderland for discerning brides and fashionistas alike, setting a landmark precedent in the South Asian fashion and bridal sector in the UK. Some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated designers will once again descend on the Capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform. Showcasing alongside them will be the leading names in fine jewellery, accessories and wedding/ occasion services, with visitors having the opportunity of meeting their favourite and wish list designers and suppliers in person, accessibility being key to the show.

Participating brands to exhibit in the Department of Clothing will be: Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Astha Narang, Bageecha, Elan, Gaurang, Mishru, Samant Chauhan, Shantanu & Nikhil, Shehla Chatoor, Shyamal & Bhumika and Varun & Nidhika.

Exhibiting brands in the Department of Fine Jewellery will be: Amrapali, Araaya, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Jewels by Queenie, Khanna Jewellers, Moksh, Rose Diamonds and Sunita Shekhawat.

Participating names in the Department for Jewellery and Accessories will be: Aamir Naveed, Ahujasons, Ambreen Ahmed, Amishi London, Chakra, Isharya, Outhouse, Paraphernalia, Rani Pink, Rusaru, RWS, Shaan Mu and The Wedding House.

January being the seasonal buying and browsing period for Summer brides and grooms, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will curate the latest bridal, occasion wear and couture collections from the top tier of the South Asian design spectrum, alongside the leading brand names in jewellery, accessories and wedding services. The grandiose of Somerset House will be further transformed through floral styling by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant.

 

Aashni + Co Wedding Show
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
on 21st January 2018, 10.30am – 6.30pm
Tickets: £25
Ticket purchase via Website: www.wslondon.com
Email: weddingshow@aashniandco.com

 

 

Lynn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth New Boutique Opening January 2018

Lynn AshworthLyn AshworthSarah Barrett, Creative Director of the Lyn Ashworth label is thrilled to announce the opening of her very first stand-alone flagship bridal boutique in Staffordshire.  Set in a beautiful barn conversion on the Duchy of Lancaster Estate, this bridal showroom and manufacturing studio is set to be the go-to destination for brides in 2018.

Here brides will find the latest dresses from the brand new 2018 Daydreamer collection alongside bestsellers and firm favourites from past collections. In-house bespoke commissions will be available upon request for brides looking for that extra special and super exclusive wedding gown.

Not only this, but the showroom will also stock bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewellery and hair accessories. The Boutique will be a one stop bridal shop for brides looking for beautifully made dresses, timeless silhouettes and exquisite craftsmanship, plus everything for ‘maids and more.

To book an appointment call +44(0) 1283 820643
New Address Details:
Unit 2, Upper Linbrook Farm
Kingstanding
Burton Upon Trent
Staffordshire
DE13 9PF

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Aashni + Co Brings 2018 Wedding Show To Somerset House, London

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Following its continued success year on year and an ever increasing demand for tickets, the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will return bigger and better than ever before, taking place at the iconic Somerset House, London on 21st January 2018.  After three successful residencies at The Dorchester, Mayfair and continuing to surpass itself each year, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will transform one of the UK’s leading cultural venues, Somerset House, into a wonderland for discerning brides and fashionistas alike, setting a landmark precedent in the South Asian fashion and bridal sector in the UK.  Some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated designers will once again descend on the Capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform, from established, A-list fashion houses to the most sought after new-gen talents. Showcasing alongside them will be the leading names in fine jewellery, accessories and wedding/occasion services, with visitors having the opportunity of meeting their favourite and wish list designers and suppliers in person, accessibility being key to the show.

The full line-up of participating brands to exhibit in the Department of Clothing will be: Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Astha Narang, Bageecha, Elan, Gaurang, Mishru, Samant Chauhan, Shantanu & Nikhil, Shehla Chatoor, Shyamal & Bhumika and Varun & Nidhika.  Exhibiting brands in the Department of Fine Jewellery will be: Amrapali, Araaya, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Jewels by Queenie, Khanna Jewellers, Moksh, Rose Diamonds and Sunita Shekhawat.

Participating names in the Department for Jewellery and Accessories will be: Aamir Naveed, Ahujasons, Ambreen Ahmed, Amishi London, Chakra, Isharya, Outhouse, Paraphernalia, Rani Pink, Rusaru, RWS, Shaan Mu and The Wedding House.

Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of intimate masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere.

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Tarun Tahiliani

January being the seasonal buying and browsing period for Summer brides and grooms, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will curate the latest bridal, occasion wear and couture collections from the top tier of the South Asian design spectrum, alongside the leading brand names in jewellery, accessories and wedding services. The grandiose of Somerset House will be further transformed through floral styling by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant.

Aashni + Co Wedding Show at Somerset House, Strand, London
WC2R 1LA 
on 21st January 2018, 10.30am – 6.30pm

Standard Tickets: £25

Additional Masterclass Tickets to be announced shortly.

Ticket purchase via:  Website:  www.wslondon.com  or
Email:  weddingshow@aashniandco.com

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Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad Launches Fall 2018 @ The Wedding Club, London

Zuhair Murad’s passion and skills for turning a bride into an icon is unprecedented in the world of couture and bridal fashion.  The creative journey for this reputable designer began in Beirut, Lebanon, where he is renowned for creating a catalogue of ready-to-wear couture and bridal gowns, dressing the royals and celebrities across the globe.

Zuhair MuradBridal couture has particularly been a fond pursuit for Zuhair, combining meticulous attention to detail, sensual silhouettes against the femininity of the female form and the pure accuracy to ensure all the strategic elements of glamour and sensuality are endorsed to create the fairytale dream wedding dress.

Zuhair MuradZuhair MuradThis week, Bride Icon attended the launch of Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2018 collection named a Midwinter’s Night Dream at The Wedding Club in Knighstbridge, London.  Of course, as you can see from the stunning images – yet again, Zuhair Murad has broken another revolutionary record in show stopping bridal gowns.

Zuhair MuradZuhair MuradTaking an ode to the shades of blushing pink and powdery palettes, the gowns are influenced by embellishing silk chiffon, tulle, floral themes, Mikado and lace reminiscing some of his previous inspirations.  The detachable over-skirts and the distinctive long capes define this opulent collection giving the bride the option and flexibility to switch looks during her very special day.  Beads, intricate hand embroidery and 3-D petals were the highlights of each of the fairytale dresses, however, the statement accessories such as the ruffled tulle stoles around the shoulder and the beaded and floor length capes added a touch of magic and Hollywood glamour for every beautiful bride to be!

A midwinter’s night dream enlightened….

Zuhair MuradZuhair MuradAn aurorae borealis, a quartz crystal or blushing cheeks: pink, the eternal symbol of femininity is celebrated throughout Zuhair Murad’s Bridal Collection 2018. The shade is used in a limited palette, ranging from tender ivory to powdered and muted tones, giving centre stage to the house’s savoir-faire and the body it will envelop. The collection celebrates a tradition both ancient and modernized, and more importantly, the woman is it designed for, equally in love and of her time. Flowers appear in all shapes and sizes throughout the pieces, expressing the same philosophy – worn as a crown, natural and untamed, seemingly out of a Romantic-era engraving, embroided in 3D, or delicate on sheer chiffon like a tattoo on nude skin.

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Zuhair Murad

Channelling the timeless elegance of Grace Kelly, the short and bouffant cut Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face or Mia Farrow’s pared down chic in their respective off and on-screen weddings, each design radically rethinks classical codes.  Silk chiffon, tears of ruffles and airy lace create a tension between what is made visible and invisible: boleros, capes and veils drape themselves over a bustier, an off-the-shoulder cut, a high slit…this equilibrium reflects a harmony between worlds, cultures and generations.

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Emmy London

Emmy London Launches Meadow Dreaming Collection

Emmy LondonCelebrating their first year in Chelsea, Emmy London marked the occasion with the launch of their new Meadow Dreaming Collection of luxurious shoes.  Inspired by the combination of wild flowers and the luscious green pastures, the collection pays homage to nature in its purest form, and conveys the shades and floras into an enchanting meadow theme.

Emmy LondonThe delightful boutique based in the affluent Fulham Road, London was adorned with an assortment of meadow greenery and shrubs, and guests were served with a colourful range of meadow themed cocktails to celebrate the launch of their innovative collection.

Emmy LondonEmmy Scarterfield the designer behind Emmy London described how the whole project has been part of a very indulgent creative journey producing some standout designs that includes all over tussles and sophisticated meadow embroidery – executing her vision of simplicity and dreamy meadows in luxury shoes.

Over the decade, Emmy London has distinguished itself for its creativity and flair in luxury lifestyle, most prominently on bespoke bridal or special occasion shoes and accessories.  Emmy has furthermore created and designed a diamond jewellery collection exclusively for H Samuel too.
Emmy LondonEmmy London epitomises the beauty that surrounds each of their collections with sheer attention to detail by the designer’s unique creativeness, that transforms a woman into the world of luxury and excellence, when choosing for her very special day.  It has been well acknowledged that amongst all the elegance and timeless designs, there is a hidden gem on the sole of the shoes that sets Emmy apart with her clients.

Emmy LondonHaving seen the splendid Meadow Dreaming Collection, Bride Icon thought it transpired all that is eloquent, blissful and free and classifies those precious moments of long hot summer days with the essence of being simply content.

Emmy LondonFor more details and a selection of bridal accessories and shoes available – see their website www.emmylondon.com

 

Wedding Club

The Wedding Club

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The Wedding Club renowned for hosting glitzy bridal shows did it again this week!  The Autumn collection featuring a string of international bridal designers were showcased with a sophisticated presentation in partnership with Brides Magazine at the Berkeley Ballroon, London.

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Zuhair Murad

Guests and brides-to-be were treated to selection of delicious treats from the Berkeley Hotel and an afternoon flowing with Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktails, while the tables were decorated with floral designs by In Water Flowers.  If that wasn’t enough Matthew Curtis (hairstylist-to-the-stars) and his team were on standby to recreate bridal hair for your big day!

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Established in 2001 and now with 3 stores in Knightsbridge, South Kensington and Birmingham, The Wedding Club is an imperative visit for any bride who is fashion conscious and desires luxurious designs for the most special day in her life.  The Wedding Club are exclusive UK stockists of bridal collections which include international designers Zuhair Murad, Berta, Savannah Miller, Costarellos and Carolina Herrera who were all featured at the Autumn catwalk show.

Recognised for travelling the world to source top design brands for brides, each store provides a curated edit to suit all brides and budgets and set in elegant surroundings that makes every bride feel at ease to explore the exquisite bridal range.

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Savannah Miller
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Bride Icon has put together some of our favourite wedding dresses from each of the designer collections.  We are sure there is a dress in there that is perfect for you!

For more details on the trunk shows coming up see details below.  Every dress purchased at one of The Wedding Club stores includes a donation to help aid relief and to rehabilitate communities by the Help Refugees charity. www.helprefugees.org.uk

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Cape Town

Things To Do Honeymooning in Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape TownCape Town is one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth- so it’s no surprise that hundreds of newlyweds flock here each year. From its iconic and domineering Table Mountain, to its fantastic beaches and surf, there really is so much on offer in this wonderfully diverse City. The experts at Cape Portfolios have listed below their top must do & see things in Cape Town.

Visit the Cape Peninsula

Visiting the Cape Peninsula is a must to for anyone visiting the area who has a little more time on their hands, there are many tours you can book on which will take you to the main attractions of this dramatic coastline such as the famous Cape of Good Hope, Cape point and the fantastic Boulders beach home to the African penguin colony where you can get up and close to the wildlife. You can also do a self-drive tour if you want to spend a little longer in these areas.

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Take a romantic visit to the Cape Winelands

If you’re a bit of a wine connoisseur and have enough time on your hands, why not head about an hour’s drive from Cape Town where lies the Cape Winelands, which you can either self-drive or take a guided tour. Some of the best vineyards in Cape Town are Tokara, Kanonkop, and Delaire Graff Estate. Located in the Constantia Valley, only about 20 minutes outside of Cape Town is the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia, which is definitely worth a visit for a romantic day out.

Cape Town Cable car up table mountain

Possibly one of the most popular attractions in Cape Town, and one if it’s most celebrated features is the iconic Table Mountain. The rocks of the mountain are approximately 600 million years old, and are 6 times older than the Himalayas. Whether you choose to climb the mountain, take the cable car, or appreciate it from afar, this is undoubtedly the most popular must do attraction in Cape Town.

cape townVisit the beautiful beaches

Cape Town is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, each with their own unique advantages. The beaches along the False Bay coastline boast warm water and good swimming conditions; the Atlantic coast water is much colder but always gives off a spectacular turquoise glow. A few of the more popular beaches to visit are Milnerton Beach, Camps Bay Beach and Boulders Beach.

Enjoy the fantastic cuisine

Cape Town is known for its amazingly delicious and diverse cuisine. The South African cooking mainly consists of chicken, game, tomatoes, lemons and limes, as well as corn in form of breads and flour, beans as well as ginger, chili and spices. A few of the best restaurants to visit are The Pot Luck Club, The Hussar Grill Mouille Point & the Chefs Warehouse & Canteen.

Enjoy some evening Jazz

When once it thrived in the 50’s, Jazz is no longer limited to dark, Smokey basement clubs and is celebrated across the world. Cape Town jazz culture has become huge over the last decade and boasts a variety of jazz clubs and events, including the much anticipated annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. A few of the best places to enjoy some authentic Jazz are The Alliance Française du Cap, The Piano Bar, Kaleidoscope Café all located in central Cape Town- perfect for a night out on the town as newlyweds.

Cape Town Go on a couples safari

The fabulous thing about this area is that it is just a stone’s throw away from the real Africa where you can see the wildlife in their natural habit- and there is nothing more spectacular than this we can assure you. There are many different safari tours and operators to choose from who will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the various different safari areas.

Cape Town Visit Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Cape Town’s tourism Centre is located within the fantastic harbour setting opposite Table Mountain, this is where the old historical harbour town meets modern shopping, fine dining and leisure. The V&A Waterfront’s stunning setting has been enticing visitors for years thanks to its status as Cape Town’s leading shopping and entertainment destination. When you visit be sure to watch the street performers and musicians which draw the crowds as well as bustling craft restaurants and markets.

Get to know South African history

If it’s a bit of historical digest you seek whilst in this authentic City, then you must head to Robben Island and the District Six Museum to explore South Africa’s period of apartheid, which came to an end in 1990. The award-winning community museum, District Six educates on the time when the ruling government declared the area ‘whites only’ and over 60,000 of its residents were forcibly taken from their homes.

Go swimming with sharks

Not for the faint hearted, but something that visitors love to try – Shark diving is a popular choice for many travelers to the area. South Africa has an incredibly diverse shark population with a quarter of the world’s shark species dwelling in South African waters. Many tour operators offer shark swimming tours, with them depending on how brave you feel as well as your swimming ability. Adrenalin junkies will want to journey to Gansbaii, the white shark capital of the world- perhaps you may want to watch whilst hubby takes the plunge!

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