Elbeth Gillis

Interview with South African Bridal Designer: Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Bride Icon are pleased to share this exclusive interview with bridal designer from South Africa Elbeth Gillis.  Her designs are renowned for sheer luxury and a sophistication that transcends time, and a brand that oozes all the hallmarks of femininity.

Elbeth Gillis is internationally known for her bridal and evening couture. Relentless in her pursuit of distinction and refinement, Elbeth searches for only the most opulent French laces and the most sumptuous silks, satins and chiffons made by prestigious fabric houses that are known to supply royalty.

As a young girl, Elbeth was surrounded by the beauty of fabrics, inspired by the magic that took place as her aunts and mother brought beauty and grace to the garments they sewed. By the age of 12, Elbeth knew she was destined to study fashion. Now, over 20 years later, the reputation of the Elbeth Gillis brand is a testament to Elbeth’s talent. Brides looking for something different will fall in love with the enduring, Audrey Hepburn-like design aesthetic.

So let’s find out a little bit more about Elbeth Gillis:

Elbeth Gillis

Thank you for taking the time to speak to Bride Icon.  Could we start off by asking about what your new beautiful collection DESIRE represents for brides to be?
Desire is very possibly one of my most articulate collections to date, fluently and coherently weaving together 15 gowns into one seamless whole.  Breathtakingly elegant, this collection pays tribute to the strength it takes to be fully woman: to know when to stop, listen, harness, and let go. This collection sees the return of structured gowns with light boning in the bodices, weightier silks and satin to add definition and line, and bold, outspoken laces.  Silhouettes range from gliding ballgowns to figure-defining mermaids.  Necklines are strong: plunging Vs, striking bateaus, sweeping off-the-shoulder lines.  Sensuous touches of femininity are evident throughout: beading sparkles and glitters, tulle skirt overlays tempt, lace cap sleevelets entice, and back and side cut-outs seduce.
Elbeth Gillis
Elbeth Gillis

Bridal dresses are within a very competitive market around the globe, how do you see your collection as being exclusive, ie what makes an Elbeth Gillis creation special for a bride?

Brides almost always comment on how comfortable their dresses are, and by how beautiful they feel in them.

Elbeth Gillis
Elbeth Gillis
There are so many trends out there, how do you decide if you were to follow a trend or not, or do you have your own styling ideas that you prefer to take forward?

I’m driven by transcendent style and by quality. While the bridal industry isn’t as trendy as high fashion, it is influenced by it, and this means there are things that will come and go. I instinctively pull out the elements that will transcend trends, and then translate that into a gown that is ethereal and sumptuous.

Elbeth Gillis
Elbeth Gillis
What has been the most intricate dress you have made and what was the story behind it.
I really like Fleur.  This body-sculpting gown in stretch satin has bold, plunging lines. Floral motifs adorn the bodice, while deep V armholes with illusion insets invite a second look.

Who is your ultimate Bride Icon in the world, past or present, that you would love or have loved to create a wedding dress for, and what would your design look like?

There are so many!  Maybe one of the royal weddings…. Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle, that would have been an amazing experience. When designing a more bespoke dress, especially for an occasion of such magnitude, the bride would have to be involved in the design process so it is really hard to say what it would look like.  However, it would have stayed true to the Elbeth Gillis brand: pure luxury, modest sensuality, and timeless yet modern designs, ethereal and feminine.

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis
Bride Icon celebrates every woman. What would be the one piece of advice you can give to every bride looking for their ultimate bridal dress?

Pick the dress that you want to wear, that you feel beautiful in, that you feel comfortable in.  Do not be majorly influenced by friends and family.  You will know when you have picked the perfect dress.  I would also advise to start the dress buying process early for less stress, it can take a few fittings and I would also get your shoes early on too as this will have implications for the dress fittings.  Shoes and dresses can take 1-3 months to make especially if it is hand-made!

Elbeth Gillis
Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

We would like to say a huge thank you to Elbeth Gillis for taking the time to speak with Bride Icon.  Elbeth Gillis can be found in boutiques around the world, also taking private appointments in Cape Town, South Africa, or visit the website and social media tags here for more info:

Website: www.elbethgillis.com

Facebook: @ElbethGillisCouture

Instagram: @elbethgillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Imagery Courtesy of Elbeth Gillis

Indigo Rocks

An Exclusive Interview With Indigo Rocks

Indigo Rocks

Bride Icon first met Indigo Rocks at the Pridelux Atelier held at The Shard in London and we were so awe-inspired by some of the bespoke and beautiful table creations that were showcased.  Indigo Rocks creates stunning bespoke table decorations for weddings and events – all hand-made wedding favour boxes, gift boxes, Christmas and wedding crackers and beautiful place cards.  The creations are designed using the finest paper and acrylics, elegant ribbons and charming embellishments – giving every table that extra sparkle and glamour.  Bride Icon spoke to the Creative Director Jo Rymill to tell us more about Indigo Rocks.

Hello Jo, thank you for speaking to Bride Icon.  Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself and how the story began for Indigo Rocks. 

Hello…. I’m Jo, the Creative Director of Indigo Rocks.   I have always made all the table decorations for my family for all of our (very numerous!) parties and gatherings. Over the years, family friends had asked me to make the table decorations for their weddings and Christmas parties, and I suddenly realised how much I enjoyed doing it – from here the idea of Indigo Rocks was born.

With a background in interior design and a career as a creative director for interior design companies around the world, I have a love for pulling together a look across all the table decorations so that’s why I’ve built the ranges so it’s possible to coordinate our products on the table.

Indigo Rocks

What does Indigo Rocks specialise in?

We specialise in wedding favour and gift boxes, Christmas and wedding crackers, napkin rings and place cards/escort cards. I’m also starting to work with accessories such as guest books and albums. I’m always open to suggestions if anyone would like anything in particular made though!

How would you define the perfect table setting, what should it look and feel like, and is there a favourite of yours? 

For a wedding,  the perfect table setting is one where you can see the personality of the couple who are getting married. This is what makes a table unique, memorable and fun.

My favourite table settings are when the wedding theme has been taken through all the details, from the linens and tableware to the flowers to our decorative products. Table design is a lot like interior design; when a home is beautifully designed you feel warm and comfortable, the details are all taken care of. It’s the same with the perfect table.  Everything is where you need it to be to allow your guests to enjoy themselves – there’s really no point if there’s so many flowers on the table that no one can see one another!

Indigo Rocks

There is so much diversity in weddings now, how do you come up with a customised design to suit each wedding?

We always start with an in-depth conversation with the couple. We take into account the colours they’ve chosen in general for the wedding party, including clothes and flowers, and we look at any themes that they’ve already thought about for the wedding and we work with those.

We find that what we do is very different to anything else that’s on the market so it’s a really enjoyable process to create something unique for each wedding.  If a client were to come to us with a blank canvas, that’s just as much fun, and we would work together to create something beautiful for them.  We have a gallery of products on our website to get the creative juices flowing to start with.

We also work very much with personalisation so each of the favour boxes is engraved with messages to the guests, giving them something really nice to take home as a keepsake which is a lovely gesture.

Indigo Rocks

Jo where do you find your inspiration from when creating a bespoke luxury design?

I am inspired by so many things.  I have a strong passion for pattern and design, having spent years collecting beautiful fabrics and I’m a magpie when it comes to anything sparkly!  I’ve travelled and lived all over the world and am massively inspired by other cultures.  I bring all of this to my work.  I love it when a client comes to us with thoughts about a theme for their wedding that allows me to research and come up with some really different ideas for them.

With so many intricate details in weddings now, how does Indigo Rocks cater to couples wanting something unique and different?

We find every couple that comes to us is unique, so it’s really exciting to find different materials and designs that will reflect their personalities and help us make their table decorations as unique as them.

I do love it when a couple are looking for something different to all the other weddings they’ve been to.  As all our products are designed to be completely bespoke it means we don’t have to make all the products look exactly the same, we can mix and match.  For instance; we had a wedding where the theme was multi coloured butterflies – we made the favour boxes in a series of different colours and added hand cut and coloured butterflies so each one was different to the next, this design, added to the personal messages inside, made for a very unique box that the guests could keep as a memento.

With no minimum or maximum order quantity it also means you could do something special just for the top table or the bridesmaids, while keeping the rest of the guests a little lower key if you’d like to.

Indigo Rocks

Indigo Rocks

How lovely Jo.  So which has been the most unusual design you have created and what was the theme?

The most unusual one was a couple who were obsessed with Lego.  They had met at a Lego convention and the theme for their wedding was all centred around Lego – they had spent the 18 months leading up to their wedding building their table centres from Lego. They wanted to give their guests wedding favours that they could keep and treasure.  We came up with the idea of favour boxes that were made out of acrylic and each one was engraved with a personalised message and decorated with a small Lego figure made to look like each guest.  We also made place cards to match the boxes. The journey with this couple was such fun and their wedding was so personal and unique – the guests totally loved it!

That definitely sounds like the most unique design…!  Finally, what is coming up for Indigo Rocks Jo, and where can our brides come and see you?

Indigo Rocks plans to keep developing its product ranges while having as much fun as possible with our lovely couples!   You can see our work on the website www.indigo.rocks , on Instagram.com/indigorocks/ and on Facebook @www.indigo.rocks

Bride Icon would like to say a very special thank you to Jo, the Creative Director for Indigo Rocks for taking the time to talk with us and our brides.  It certainly has been a real insight into the world of luxury and bespoke table decorations.  Do send a message at hello@indigo.rocks if you’d like a chat to Jo about your wedding or event.

Photos Courtesy of Indigo Rocks

Indigo Rocks

Riwayat London

Lifestyle London by Riwayat Fashion & Bridal Elegance

Riwayat London

This week Bride Icon attended Riwayat’s Lifestyle London Fashion Show held at the prestigious Institute of Directors at Pall Mall, London.  Riwayat brought together under one roof a selection of top designers from different cultures and this time, apart from a colourful array of diverse fashion there was a real emphasis on stunning bridal pieces.

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Kicking off the show was RDC’s new season of their fabulous bridal collection that has been created with a modern take on classic formal wear.  Amira Prestige showcased a sensational display of grandeur with rich traditional Moroccan bridal gowns and extravagant formal occasion wear.

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Pakistan’s Maheen Khan who dressed The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton during her recent official tour of Pakistan added the enchantment to the whole show.

Riwayat London

Naika revealed heritage runway looks, traditional Bengali saris and bespoke jewellery from the region.  Celebrity Pakistani model Fozia Aman walked the ramp along with Bollywood star Giorgia Adriani.

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Adnan Ansari, Founder and Creative Director for Riwayat is a strong advocate of art and bringing together different communities through cultural immersion.  “Fashion has it’s own language, and is without borders.  Riwayat has proudly updated our vision through events and fashion shows represented as Lifestyle London.  We want to create more synergy, awareness and appreciation of the rich diverse craftsmanship from various regions, for everyone to enjoy”.

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Riwayat London

Designers featured here are RDC, Amira Prestige, Maheen Khan and Ananya.

CEO & Creative Director: Adnan Ansari
Filming: Shakeel Bin Afzal
Head Stylist: Saima Kiran
Choreography: Hira Shah
Host: Hajra Lalljee
Performances: Wahab Shah & #SBDC
Official Photographer: Shahid Malik

Think Pink

EBH Presents THINK PINK Ball 2019 With Designs By Manish Malhotra

Think Pink

EBH presented its 15th annual THINK PINK Ball in aid of Cancer Research UK on Saturday 9th November 2019 at Rosewood London, bringing together business figures, entrepreneurs and professionals, united to support the worthy cause.

Think Pink

Set against the elegant backdrop of Rosewood London, every element of the event was themed pink. The THINK PINK Ball commenced with Pink Champagne and Canapés Reception followed by an evening of sumptuous dining, world-class entertainment and live comedy.

Think Pink

Think Pink

The fashion show presented the latest collection by designerManish MalhotraCouturier, costume stylist, entrepreneur and revivalist, Malhotra’s prolific career spanning 29 years has seen him redefine fashion for an entire generation in India. An avid Bollywood film enthusiast and friend to the industry’s glitterati, he has brought his inimitable aesthetic to costume design and styling for the country’s leading actors and style icons. Founder of the eponymous label, Manish Malhotra is known in the Bollywood industry for his path breaking makeover of the leading actors on the silver screen and influencing an individual style narrative in their personal and public lives.

Think Pink

Think Pink

Fashion Against Cancer auction segment featured pieces donated by leading luminaries from the international fashion landscape such as Manish MalhotraUmar SayeedRana NomanSaira Shakira presented by Rania ZaraSania Maskatiya, Sana Safinaz, Satya PaulMasaba Gupta, Tarun Tahiliani presented by BIBI London, Mahgul, Nida Asad Tapal and shoes by Lucy Choi. The evening culminated in a live DJ and dance and an open bar and pink tea chai stall courtesy of Chaiwalla.

Think Pink

Speaking onstage, event organiser and Founder, EBH, Hajira Ahmed said, “Fun, tears, hope and joy and lots of PINK along the way. We have had ten very PINK months of planning the THINK PINK Ball. As we all know cancer has no race, no religion and no boundaries. Cancer affects us all. My greatest inspiration for organising THINK PINK events has always been and will be both my beloved parents. Today we honour those we have lost to cancer and celebrate those who are fighting cancer.”

Think Pink

Event Managed & Produced by: Hajira Ahmad @EBH
Fashion Show Credits:
Designer: Manish Malhotra

Shoes Sponsor: Lucy Choi 
Make-up & Hair by: Lubna Rafiq and Uzma Rafiq
Photography: Shahid Malik
Backstage & Photoshoot: Surjit @pardesiphoto
Videography: Shakeel Bin Afzal

Helping Harry Trust

Bride & Groom Get Muddy In Aid Of The Helping Harry Trust

Helping Harry Trust

Families would be forgiven for thinking they had more than just mud in their eyes when they saw a bride and groom taking part in Muddy Furlong in Daventry on Saturday 13th July.

Anna Wood and her husband Aaron took part in the 3km long course in aid of local four-year-old Harry Charlesworth, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and has very complex needs.  Anna and Aaron were two of 400 people who flocked to Long Furlong Farm to complete the muddy obstacle course and part of the 50-strong wave of people taking part to help support Harry and his family by raising money for his ongoing care, which costs around £35,000 a year. The event raised £1052.50 in total for the charity.

Helping Harry Trust

Anna, who owns Anna Wood Bridal in Long Buckby, said: “I met Harry’s grandmother at a business networking event and I heard Harry’s story. Immediately I wanted to get involved and do something to help. I heard about the event but, rather than just taking part, I decided to do it in a wedding dress and cause a bit of a stir!  If I could get that bit more attention for doing the course in a white wedding dress, it would raise more awareness of Harry and The Helping Harry Trust. Thankfully Aaron was fully behind the idea and joined me as my groom.”

Helping Harry Trust

As well as taking part in the event as a bride, Anna also donated a prize of £1000 towards a wedding gown to the charity, which will be raffled off on 5th November, with tickets available from today.  Hayley Charlesworth, Harry’s mother and founder of The Helping Harry Trust, said:

We are so grateful to Anna for supporting Harry this weekend at Muddy Furlong and loved seeing her complete it in a wedding dress! To have backing like this from Anna Wood Bridal and Muddy Furlong means so much to us.
“Local businesses supporting what we are doing helps us provide Harry with life enhancing and prolonging physiotherapy, home adaptations, equipment and care. Support like this gives us strength when times are hard. Thank you so much Anna and the rest of Harry’s team for Saturday and for your continued support.”

Helping Harry Trust

Carmel Haigh of Long Furlong Farm added: “We met Anna from Anna Wood Bridal earlier this year, when launching our wedding venue at Long Furlong Farm. We welcomed the opportunity to work alongside Anna but had no idea that this would be through our Muddy Furlong event! To have Anna and Aaron taking on all the obstacles in their wedding attire was a great way to raise awareness and funds for The Helping Harry Trust and we wish them both every success with the raffle.”

Helping Harry Trust

To find out more about The Helping Harry Trust, visit www.thehelpingharrytrust.com.  For the chance to win £1000 towards a wedding dress, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/helpingharrytrustweddingdraw.  One entry cost £5, or you can buy three entries for £10.

Helping Harry Trust

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Launches Bella Rosa

Oscar de la Renta

Bride Icon can reveal the new fragrance for her Bella Rosa by Oscar de la Renta is now launched.  Bella Rosa pays homage to the House’s perpetual love of florals and meticulous attention to detail.

A burst of lush pink florals, fresh freesia and warm amber reveal an undeniable femininity and unwavering elegance.  Bella Rosa is a playful and alluring scent that captures the romance of a secret garden and reflects the captivating appeal of the Oscar de la Renta woman.

Oscar de la Renta

“Inspired by the beauty, charm, and grace of the Oscar Bella woman, I wanted to create a fragrance that was romantic, feminine and flirty with a playful, sensual tonality weaved through,” says Firmenich master perfumer Harry Fremont. “The vision was captured through an elegant and sensual feminine fragrance that contrasts soft and luminous fruits and florals with sleek textured woods and an airy gourmand.”

Fragrance notes:
• Top: Pink Pepper, Freesia, Mandarin
• Mid: Pink Rose, Jasmine, Orris
• Dry: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber

As captivating as the scent itself, the Bella Rosa bottle is covered in three-dimensional pale pink flowers. A rose gold plate glows in the centre etched with the name of the perfume, and a metallic cap adorns the top.  The outer packaging is a pale pink box covered in graceful florals with a shining band wrapped around.

Oscar de la Renta Bella Rosa is available from Liberty, The Perfume Shop and Debenhams, priced at £81 (100ml)

Oscar de la Renta

Kerala

Heavenly Honeymoons In South India

Kerala
Swimming in the sunset

If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to create magical honeymoon memories, then say ‘I do’ to a romantic escape in beautiful and diverse South India.

With serene backwaters, glorious beaches, misty mountain ranges and immersive culture, a tour in South India will allow you to explore a unique destination together, at your own pace.

Kerala
Vythiri Wayanad Tree House
Kerala
Swaswara aerial shot

Picture yourselves as the only guests taking in the panoramic views from the 19th century King’s Residence Chittoor Kottaram in Cochin. Or why not hide away completely in a treehouse in the Wayanad mountains, or head to Kerala’s secret backwater islands to stay on a private retreat.

Kerala
House Boat

For the ultimate Keralan experience, cruise the tranquil backwaters on a fully crewed private houseboat, complete with your own personal chef.

If you’re craving rest and relaxation after your celebrations, rejuvenate and restore with a treatment, enjoy an Ayurvedic couples massage or try a yoga class at a peaceful well-being resort.  Share a romantic picnic in one of the many beautiful mountain areas, snuggle up under the shade of coconut trees fringing the sunny beaches and azure blue waters, or watch the sunset during an evening cruise or beach side candlelit dinner.

Kerala
Infinity Pool at Dusk

For the ultimate Indian honeymoon experience, spend the day with elephants at a peaceful hilltop spa hotel, or make your own cup of tea during a tea plantation visit. If you’re looking for a more active holiday, tempt your taste buds with a private cookery lesson, visit a wildlife sanctuary to spot bison, tigers, and elephants roaming free or try trekking or mountain biking in the hills of Chokkarmudi, Meesapulimalai or Top Valley,

Kerala
Coconut lagoon paddy hut
Kerala
Spice Village Private Garden Villa

Whatever you choose to do, there’s no better destination for the first getaway of your happy ever after than South India.

If you’re looking for ideas, great places to visit and amazing accommodation options, a dedicated honeymoon coordinator at ABTA-protected Authentic India Tours can create your bespoke honeymoon tour.

Bundle MacLaren

Stylish Millinery by Bundle MacLaren

Bundle MacLaren

One of London’s most exciting designers, Bundle MacLaren, has emerged as one of the most sought after milliners in the country, and the extraordinary SS19 collection does not disappoint!

Bundle MacLaren

As quirky as the name suggests, Bundle MacLaren’s range of hats presents an eclectic mix of edgy, bold concept pieces and whimsical, romantic designs. Struck by the distinct lack of stylish, yet affordable hats on offer, Bundle spotted a gap in the market, and immediately set about filling it.

Bundle MacLaren

Bundle MacLaren

“My dream when I started was to make beautiful hats at reasonable prices and I’ve worked really hard to stay true to that goal.” Applying her traditional millinery training, at London’s Kensington & Chelsea College, Bundle quickly drew an affluent crowd and word of her uniquely spirited approach spread like wildfire.

Bundle MacLaren

Bundle MacLaren

Bundle MacLaren

Celebrity fans include Princess Eugenie, Jodie Kidd, Katie Piper, Katherine Jenkins, Pippa Middleton, Helen McCrory and Millie Mackintosh. From Royal Weddings to Ascot, bespoke or ready-to-wear, each creation is underpinned by a sense of fun and intended to make the heart beat a little faster; ideal for those wanting to make a memorable entrance and leave a lasting impression.

Bundle MacLaren

Bundle MacLaren

Every hat and headpiece can be made to order for clients in any colour scheme to perfectly match their outfit. This bespoke design service usually takes 2 – 4 weeks in collaboration with the millinery team; the possibilities are endless. This breakthrough brand isn’t limited to special occasions.

Bundle MacLaren

Their unique casual offering includes an array of colourful winter trilbies, elegant fedoras, and chic sun hats, all made to measure in the finest materials. A world apart from their competitors, clients can choose every aspect of their hat, from colour and style, to material and trim.

Bundle MacLaren

The full 2019 Kennedy collection is available online with prices starting from £149. The brand is available at Fenwicks Bond Street and Bundle has also designed an exclusive collection for John Lewis.

For more info visit:  www.bundlemaclaren.co.uk

Simone Perele

Simone Pérèle: Bridal Lingerie

Simone Perele

Luxury French lingerie brand Simone Pérèle has been in the forefront of style and innovation for 70 years, designing elegant, sexy and comfortable lingerie for today’s modern woman.

Simone Perele

Simone has devotedly built her lingerie empire with the essence and heart of French styling since 1948.  After becoming an expert corset maker, Simone had a dream to create and design lingerie to make every woman feel sensational, but at the same time enhancing on the natural shape and feelings of comfort.

Simone Perele

Now celebrated and recognised all over the world, Simone is known for creating exotic pieces of lingerie for women who want to not only look beautiful, but also feel confident too.  Leading in the industry, as one of the most renowned designers in creating fine French lingerie, the new bridal range is no exception for every bride-to-be who values the art of sensuality, together with the acknowledgement of comfort. The bridal collection provides a unique selection of lingerie to cater for every body shape, but more importantly every bridal gown, including backless and low back dresses.

Simone Perele

Simone specialises in making sure each piece of lingerie is selected and created from the highest quality fabrics and includes beautiful embroidery, ribbon and lace, not forgetting the deep passion and expertise that flows within her vision to create a stunning range of designs.  Simone shares the enthusiasm that every woman should not need to choose between style, feeling sensational and her own personal comfort.  It’s so clear to see her passion for beauty, sensuality and art shines right through in each and every one of the luxury bridal designs.

For more details or to see the full range visit:  Simone Pérèle 

LLG

Luxury Destination Wedding Spots for 2019

Gone are the days of huge weddings with hundreds of guests. In today’s experiential landscape, couples are seeking more intimate weddings in uncharted territories that create unique memories with their closest friends and families.

From swimming with sharks and stingrays in the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora right outside your over water bungalow; to canoeing to a private white-sand motu where you’re greeted with champagne and a French-Polynesian drum ceremony before your personalised dinner under the Tahitian sky!

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Bora Bora by – Ishan

Or perhaps you prefer an exclusive tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s largest mosques with 82 white domes, precious white marble floors, and chandeliers with over 40 million Swarovski crystals; followed by a safari tour in the world’s largest sand desert, where you are led on camel back to a glamorous Middle Eastern-style tented site where you can relax in a romantic spa with Moroccan hammocks and desert rose rituals.

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ABU DHABI – Juliana

Recognising this desire for unparalleled experiences, LLG Events rooted itself in the world’s most luxurious destinations to design, manage and execute once-in-a-lifetime events for clients from all over the world.

“It’s not about getting there, it’s about enjoying the process. We make the event experience less typical and entirely personal by incorporating your interests and mindset beyond geography and demographic. It’s authentic, ethical, eccentric…it’s you. Attain the new standard of luxury, where your event is complete with exclusive experiences that tie emotional fulfilment with unforgettable moments that last a lifetime,” said Teal Nicholson, creative director of LLG Events.

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ABU DHABI – Cal Engel

With this expertise, LLG Events is unveiling the top 2019 wedding destinations of grandeur across the globe.  Bride Icon received the details on LLG Events’ partnerships with 5-star venues, resorts, and tourism boards in each of these destinations.

1. Dubai—The United Arab Emirates plans to make Dubai the top tourist destination in the world by 2025. “Last year, I had a sense that the invitation-only Destination Wedding Planners Congress would select Dubai as the location for their 2019 conference, and I was right! My guess earned us the first invitation to Atlantis, The Palm for this year’s business-to-business platform that brings together over 70 countries represented by their luxury event industry vendors who cater to celebrity and royalty,” said Lauren Grech, CEO and co-founder of LLG Events.

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DUBAI – Lucy M

The influx of wedding vendors for this elite conference alone will form partnerships with venues and vendors of the region. Known for splendorous shopping, ultra-modern architecture, and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai is on the rise for attracting engaged couples.

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DUBAI – David Rodrigo

Couples can choose to become part of the preferred clique in Dubai’s shopping district and have the groom don a pair of tailored shoes from their in-house cobbler offering a formal shoe customisation service…or they can choose to have their wedding reception on a yacht sailing through the Arabian Gulf with a full crew catering to them as they watch the sun set over the Dubai skyline.

2. New York City— is where people go to achieve their dreams; so when planning a dream wedding, it will always be at the top of the list for prosperous destinations.

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New York City – Fezbot2000

“We have clients coming to New York City from all over the world choosing it to be the destination of their nuptials because it’s the melting pot of cultures where everyone is comfortable coming together, and that’s the most important part of a wedding day,” said Teal Nicholson.

“The best event designs are an expression of who you are and who you’re meant to be. Marrying in New York City allows couples to share their backgrounds, their values, their interests, and their love with components that transcend across generations.”

Additionally, the options for venues are endless, so couples can choose one, or even multiple, that are a true reflection of what they want their wedding day to be…whether that’s a hotel with outstanding views of Central Park, cocktails served exclusively in Baccarat crystal, or royal residences with Louis XIV-style.

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New York City – Mohit Singh

3. India“Celebrities always set trends, so with the recent weddings of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, we know that others will start to flock to India for their own interpretations of a celebrity-inspired wedding,” says Lauren Grech.

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India – Pablo Heimplatz

Premier publications are highlighting these extravagant, lavish weddings that extend over multiple days. This publicity provides all the necessary information on how to plan a destination wedding across the country, whether couples want to marry on a 32-acre oasis with manicured lawns and landscaped gardens; or if they want a property that boasts views of the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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India – Raghu Nayyar

4. Bora Bora—Named the top-trending destination for millennial travel in 2019, LLG Events is enhancing the mindset of Bora Bora from a honeymoon destination to a wedding spot that serves beyond elopements to larger groups of friends and family, with bucket-list activities taking over the itinerary.

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BORA BORA – Shifaaz-Shamoon

“We recognise that couples are seeking a more exclusive wedding day experience,” says Lauren Grech, CEO and founder of LLG Events. “So we sought out a destination that’s exotic, that was not affected by Zika virus, and that could be affordable for those that were already willing to spend on a large at-home wedding. This led us to our partnership with the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.”

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BORA BORA – Ishan

With a private suite experience that makes travelling to the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora a breeze, and an endless choice of tours and pursuits upon arrival, couples are sure to start tying the knot in this picturesque location.

5. Abu Dhabi is more accessible than ever with an extensive list of new hotels opening. With flights from most major cities, couples can be put at ease when considering the travel experience for their guests with small children or elderly family members. It also often ranks as one of the safest cities in the world.

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ABU DHABI – Martin Adams

With all of the large investments being made in the Middle East, the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau sponsored LLG Events to evaluate 21 of their newest luxury resorts and their accompanying experiences. This push to align with white-glove service proves the significance of the region’s goals of becoming a luxury wedding destination.

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ABU DHABI – Zosia Korcz

They are promoting their varied cuisine, culture and time-honoured traditions, with one hotel having 14 restaurants within it, satisfying any indulgence couples may have on a gold platter; and the Women’s Handicraft Centre allowing couples to source local embroidery, weaving and other creative arts for wedding decor or favors.

Tree of Hearts

2019 Wedding Stationery Trends by Lisa Forde, Tree of Hearts

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Tree of Hearts – Pink Country Flowers Collection

2019 is sure to be an incredible year in the world of wedding stationery; we can expect to see beautiful styling reflected throughout a wide range of pieces. Here are just some of the trends set to inspire unforgettable 2019 wedding stationery.

Simple and Sophisticated

Simplicity is key for 2019, with many of our lovely customers opting for minimalist yet sophisticated designs. Many of these are predominantly white, showing that white weddings are as popular as ever. This is partly thanks to people taking inspiration from the royal weddings of 2018, but it’s also due to the rise of small, intimate weddings.

Nature

Many couples are choosing nature-inspired designs, with botanicals remaining a strong theme for 2019. Wedding stationery adorned with roses is a popular choice. However, lots of people are also choosing sunflowers, pairing it with rustic styling – a very widespread theme for the last few years. Foliage is gradually overtaking flowers, with more designs than ever featuring plants, particularly the on-trend eucalyptus.

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Tree of Hearts – Je t’aime Pocketfold Wedding Invitation & RSVP

Royal

Lots of 2019 couples are choosing regal designs – royal wedding fever isn’t dying out anytime soon. Designs with fancy swirls against neutral backgrounds are preferred by many – it’s a classic, timeless look. Likewise, elaborate fonts are also becoming more popular.

Bright

Colours are set to be a massive trend for 2019 weddings, and we can expect to see this through the stationery that people are choosing. The trend of blush pink is dying down, and many are choosing much brighter shades, taking inspiration from the 70s with shades of red, orange, and yellow. Likewise, the ‘Jewel Tones’ colour scheme is also rising in popularity, with many people choosing stationery in colours including shades of purple, pink, and green.

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Tree of Hearts – Kraft Vintage Flowers Day Invitation

We are also seeing singular shades trending, including burgundy, and Pantone’s Colour of the Year, ‘Living Coral’.  These shades are perfect if you’re looking for something a little bit more eye-catching for your stationery.

Lisa Forde, Founder of Tree of Hearts

Lake District

The Lake District Launches Twilight Weddings

Lake District

According to Pinterest, the wedding trend for 2019 is ‘moon gatherings’, and there is no more a romantic place to wed than the northern Lake District where light pollution is minimal, meaning visitors can see the moon in all its glory when the sun goes down and benefit from the amazing starlight.

To cater for this growing trend, the Lake District’s award winning Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa, in Keswick, has introduced The Twilight Wedding Package, offering bridal parties a truly atmospheric yet relaxed and modern wedding.  The package enables couples to tie the knot with a 4pm ceremony, in a serene setting of 400 acres of private woodland and deer park, beside the glimmering Bassenthwaite Lake made famous by the Lake poets including Wordsworth. As the evening rolls in and darkness nears, guests can party the night away under the gleaming Lake District moonlight.  Whether couples choose a balmy summer night, a serene springtime sunset, the golden hues of autumn or a frosty winter evening to say ‘I do’, Armathwaite Hall’s dramatic countryside scenery makes for the most stunning of locations.

Lake District

This civil ceremony, which includes drinks of Prosecco or Peroni, aims to provide a magical wedding ‘day’ that is big on love and low on fuss. Armathwaite Hall’s chefs will prepare a stylish hog roast or barbecueto serve guests a delicious outdoor meal that is full of flavour and soul without the formalities of traditional wedding dining. Guests can be seated outdoors in warmer months for an alfresco dining experience or take to the cosiness of the modern Broadwater Suite during those chilly evenings.

As the evening progresses, the newlyweds can celebrate their first dance in the Broadwater Suite where Armathwaite Hall’s resident DJ will be on hand to set the mood and keep guests on their feet until the late hours.

Lake District

The bridal couple will then enjoy a complimentary night’s stay in one of the venue’s feature rooms with breath-taking views of the water and a delicious cooked breakfast in the morning. All the guests staying at the hotel can also use the state-of-the-art spa facilities, including the hydrotherapy pool, the aroma room and Snow Quartz Crystal, a luxury steam room and sauna, tropical showers and the new tranquillity terrace.

Twilight Weddings at Armathwaite Hall are a truly unique way for couples to celebrate the beginning of the next chapter in their life together in a sophisticated and memorable way.

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The Twilight Wedding Package includes:

  • A late civil ceremony
  • Reception drinks of prosecco or Peroni for up to 100 guests
  • A hog roast or barbecue for up to 100 guests
  • A DJ for the evening
  • An overnight stay for the newlyweds

The Twilight Wedding Package | £3,750 | Exclusive for 2019 only

Visit www.armathwaite-hall.com for more information or call 017687 76551 to speak to one of Armathwaite Hall’s wedding co-ordinators.

Live Wedding Lounge

A Whole New Wedding Experience – Live Wedding Lounge

Bride Icon have attended many events featuring a range of wedding inspirations, but no such inspiration has so far matched the real-life wedding experience presented to us by Jessica Hay, Director of Live Wedding Lounge.  This new concept is an innovative take on showcasing what a wedding would look and feel like, by recreating a real life wedding environment!   Directed by Jessica, it was clear to see her passion on how she wanted couples who were planning a wedding, to have the opportunity to have a fresh new approach in wedding planning.  Bringing this new idea into reality, Live Wedding Lounge successfully created an extraordinary wedding experience for  couples to view, savour and share the ambience of how their wedding might look like.

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

The Five Star, Grade II listed Sofitel St James Hotel in London, known for its British design and contemporary style that is distinctly French, delivered in style with guests served up to 3 delicious courses of smoked salmon for starters, followed by succulent beef and sweet desserts by Maitre ChouxRemy Martin provided the guests with welcoming drinks as well as the delectable brandy toast after dinner.

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

It was the perfect setting for some of the uppermost wedding professionals to display a selection of bridal dresses, photography, table settings and an evening of joyous live entertainment brought to us by the All Town Music band with singers Dan Daniel and Daisy Dance, who delighted the guests to create the perfect wedding experience in all its glory!

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

This new-found experience and success into producing a real-life wedding vision is possibly the beginning of more similar events to come up from Jessica and her team.  Live Wedding Lounge has set the precedent in creating an up, close and personal experience for couples to have first-hand knowledge and understanding into not only seeing how their wedding would look like, but also taking part and being closely involved, when it comes to the ultimate decision-making process.

Live Wedding Lounge

Live Wedding Lounge

It’s been a captivating and new experience for Bride Icon and the guests who had attended – one that has truly set the bar high in terms of wedding inspirations.  Congratulations to Jessica and the Live Wedding Lounge team for making this into reality – we are certain this will be a big part of the future wedding planning scene!

For more details, or if you would like to take part in the experience yourself, see their website here: Live Wedding Lounge

THE PROFESSIONALS

BESPOKE CANDLES: W www.champagneandflamingos.co.uk  | T +44 (0) 1246 202661 | I: @Champagneandflamingos

BRIDAL: W www.ritacolson.com  | I: @ritacolson

COCKTAIL: W www.remymartin.com | I: @remymartinuk

CAKE: W www.maitrechoux.com | T +44 (0)20 3583 4561 | I: @maitrechoux

ENTERTAINMENT: W www.AllTownMusic.com | T +44 (0)20 7043 2343 | I: @alltownmusic

FLORIST: W www.annafernweddings.co.uk| I: @annafernweddings

GIFT LIST: W www.theweddingshop.com | T +44 (0)20 7384 8400 | I: @theweddingshopuk

PHOTOGRAPHER: W www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk | T +44 (0) 7491 664 451 | I: @amandakarenphotography

PRODUCTION: The Experience | T +44 (0) 118 988 6222 | I: @notjustdjs

STATIONERY: W www.geebrothers.co.uk | T +44 (0) 20 7228 4081 | @geebrothersprinters

TOASTMASTER: W www.jptoastmaster.com | T +44 (0) 7947 305 355 | I: @jptoastmaster

VENUE: W www.sofitelstjames.com | T +44 (0)20 7747 2200 | I: @Sofitellondon

VIDEOGRAPHER: W www.teamofilms.com | T +44 (0) 7712 170 191 | I: @teamofilms

Wedding Mission

Afternoon Tea & Bridal Couture With Wedding Mission & Browns Bride

Wedding Mission in partnership with Browns Bride showcased a sumptuous Bridal Show Afternoon Tea at The London Edition Hotel with a special display of bridal couture by Romono Keveza and Mira Zwillinger.

Wedding Mission

Guests were treated to a luxurious selection of sweet scones and clotted cream and savoury smoked salmon for Afternoon Tea, classical music by Maple Rose Strings together with a sensational collection of bridal gowns.  Bride Icon teamed up to be media partner with  Wedding Mission, and here we have put together some of the beautiful highlights of the day and, of course, the gorgeous bridal gowns.

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Photos by Bride Icon