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2020 – Are You Ready For The Ride?

Happy New Year!  Its 2020 – a new start to a new year and a new decade and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all your support and kind words while I continue the quest of bringing something special for Bride Icons in the UK and across the globe.

Last year, I had some absolutely stunning moments with Bride Icon.  One of these moments, personally for me, was spending a week in the beautiful Santorini.  As you can see from my previous diary article it is just the most heavenly place on earth – I named it the sunset capital, but in hindsight I should have called it the ‘photo shoot capital of the world’.  I had met so many brides from all over the world in Santorini, who were either married there, or came in all their bridal finery to take the ultimate photo shoot with glorious Caldera views.

Santorini

I would also like to reflect on how Bride Icon has evolved and captured some of the very special memories that makes every day worth getting up for.  As you know, I love weddings, especially everything to do with bridal.   It’s been such a pleasure meeting so many people who thrive in each of their unique specialities – from wedding designers, fashion designers, photographers, cake designers, bloggers, models and some extraordinary and unique creative directors and wedding suppliers.  It truly has been an inspirational journey where I have learned so much too.  Whether you are planning a luxury or budgeted wedding, there is now a more personal influence which portrays diversity and trends right across the board – the possibilities are endless!

Caroline Castigliano

To celebrate the New Year and the new decade, I would like to reflect on some of my personal highlights with a selection of my own photos that I captured.   Hope you love them as much as I do, and here’s to bringing you a whole new set of bridal inspiration for 2020 and beyond – Are you ready for the ride?

Berta

Berta

Berta

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Andrea Hawkes

Bridelux

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Summer Preview

Summer Preview

Summer Preview

Summer Preview

Amanda Wakeley

Amanda Wakeley

Sabina Motasem

Berta

Berta Bridal

Berta

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad

wedding club

Wedding club

hayley paige

Hayley Paige

and of course…. JIMMY CHOO….

Thank you from Sinni!

Santorini

Santorini – The Sunset Capital Of The World

Santorini

Capturing stunning photos is a passion of mine, so my recent trip to Santorini, which I call the sunset capital of the world was a photographer’s paradise with some of the most awe-inspiring views you could ever imagine!   It has unquestionably lived up to the reputation that Instagram reveals as being one of the most photographed places in the world – but its more than that.  When you come up, close and personal to Santorini – it actually takes your breath away!

Santorini

Santorini is a volcanic island located in the most southern part of the Cyclades – a set of islands in Greece, surrounded by the serene Aegean sea and featuring superb views of the Caldera and the volcanic landscape.  The notorious blue dome churches placed around the island and the white buildings strategically built on the edge of the cliffs are Santorini’s most historical features.

Santorini

With such beautiful backdrops, charming cobbled streets and some of the most scenic hiking treks, it was quite surprising to see a succession of fashion conscious women wearing high heels and dressed in their finest couture – what were they thinking I thought?  However, on closer inspection, I discovered they were quite right to do so!  If you are going to be taking a photo of yourself in the most scenic location, of course, you need to dress the part and in your finest!  The flow of lace, chiffon and silk in vibrant shades along the Caldera viewpoints was almost like a movie scene – some would say pure theatre.

Santorini

Santorini

It doesn’t end there!  Apart from the fashion shoots, Santorini is a unique and popular destination wedding location, with brides and grooms flocking to the quaint villages, rooftops and balconies, along with their very own personal wedding photographer in tow.  It was quite endearing to see the couples take that all-important and exclusive dream wedding photo.  Everywhere I turned, there was another wedding shoot, with brides holding onto their long trains, glistening sequinned gowns and precariously balancing on clifftops – all in the name of that one shot, that no one else has!

Santorini

Santorini

I can certainly see why the wedding industry has overwhelmingly taken Santorini by its horns – or should I say its views!   It is the biggest selling point, but also not forgetting the glorious sunsets among the traditional church settings.  Exchanging vows in this beautiful island with the Caldera backdrop and the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea is probably the most magical moment for many couples who decide to chase that ultimate photo-shoot wedding.

Santorini

Santorini

Something I found fascinating was The Red Beach – it was an astonishing sight, located in the village of Akrotiri at the most southern part of the island.  It was quite a rare and unique vision of a beach that was created by the aftermath of the volcanic eruptions. I have not seen anything like it, but it is an admired place of depth and real character.

Santorini

I stayed in the majestic village of Imerovigli, sometimes referred to as the balcony of the island, being 350 metres above sea level – almost as if its touching the clouds.  It is a place of wonder and it was not uncommon for me to sometimes just stop and stare.   The night views are incredible too, looking over Fira, the nightlife capital of Santorini.  I can truly say the village of Imerovigli created on the edges of the cliffs had all the views you could every wish for.

Santorini

Santorini

Santorini

Santorini has been a incredible experience and journey for me, and although I do tend to get swept away taking so many photos, there were moments that I stopped to reflect on the island’s radiance, beauty and to take part in the traditional applause for the most vivid and spectacular sunsets I have ever seen.

Photos by Sinni Kumar

Shard

Weddings At The Shard

Shard

Walking past this magnificent building the other evening, had me thinking how remarkable it must be to be getting married at such dizzy heights, and that old saying ‘the sky is the limit’ takes on a whole new concept.  London has many buildings with stunning views but there’s only one Shard.   If you are a couple who wants to own that unique spot up above the clouds to exchange your beautiful wedding vows  – then you will be pleased to know the Shard is also a luxurious wedding venue.

The Shangri-La Hotel situated up on the 34th Floor hosts a selection of complimentary services with an exclusive wedding package to host civil ceremonies and receptions for up to 100 guests.  Apart from the spectacular views such as Tower Bridge, the River and St Pauls Cathedral – pleasing your guests – you can rest assured the opulence of the venue will be a very special moment of additional splendour to your wedding day.   Just standing here gazing up and taking this photo has made me realise that a wedding in the Shard will be nothing short of pure indulgence fitted with heavenly panoramic visions – the ultimate luxury hotel wedding experience.

Shard

I won’t go into the statistics of the building as I am sure many of you have heard and seen them all before.  However, if you are considering The Shard as a venue for your dream wedding, then the Shangri-La Hotel has some incredibly unique professionally arranged packages to simplify your wedding planning, and therefore, takes care of everything you desire for your special day.

I was lucky enough to have had the chance to go up to the Shangri-La Hotel and see for myself not only the stunning backdrop,  but how meticulously well the service was.  From the moment you step inside the reception – you instinctively know you have arrived at a special place.  So if you are planning a wedding in the heart of London, with visions that simply cannot compete, then check out the wedding services that are offered to take the strain away from your big day.  With an additional stay in the Shangri-La Suite and beautifully decorated rooms for your wedding guests, it can only be the perfect end to a very special stay.

Shard

Further details on weddings at The Shard can be found here:  The Shangri-La Hotel

The Latest Trends In Wedding Dresses Inspired By Royal Weddings

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Fasten your seat belts, brides! It’s time for your wedding dress trends report. We’ve poured over every dress that hit the runways this Bridal Fashion Week, and the result is 9 trends your wedding dress needs to see. Ready for the only wedding dress trends you need to know about?

If you thought Kate Middleton’s wedding dress made a mark on the bridal world, you haven’t seen the Meghan Markle effect. From Theia, to Rivini, to Monique Lhuillier, and Morilee, you could feel the royal wedding‘s influence all over this Bridal Fashion Week. Tiaras, capes, and sharp pantsuits (hello Meghan Markle’s signature style!), all gave us serious royal wedding vibes. There were also sexy plunging necklines, contrasted with modest (dare we say Victorian) high neck and long sleeve styles, and just a hint of lavender to give us a bit of color this season.

Getting married in 2019? Scroll through for the only wedding dress trends you need to see.

##Royal Wedding Fever Looks like we’re not the only ones suffering from royal wedding mania. Meghan Markle hasn't even walked down the aisle yet, and we're already seeing her effect on bridal fashion. From glittering tiaras, to regal styles that felt very similar to some of history’s most iconic royal brides, most of the collections we saw had something fit for a princess. Above: Wedding dress by Theia

Courtesy of Theia

Royal Wedding Fever

Looks like we’re not the only ones suffering from royal wedding mania. Meghan Markle hasn’t even walked down the aisle yet, and we’re already seeing her effect on bridal fashion. From glittering tiaras, to regal styles that felt very similar to some of history’s most iconic royal brides, most of the collections we saw had something fit for a princess.

Above: Wedding dress by Theia

Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Greg Kessler for Kessler Studio

Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Wedding dress by Theia

Courtesy of Theia

Wedding dress by Theia

Wedding dress by Oleg Cassini for David's Bridal

Courtesy of Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal

Wedding dress by Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal

MORILEE

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Anne Barge

Photo by Sarra Fleur

Wedding dress by Anne Barge

Wedding dress by Romona Keveza

Courtesy of Romona Keveza

Wedding dress by Romona Keveza

##Wedding Jumpsuits Like bows, jumpsuits have become part of the bridal vernacular. Sweet pants are no longer just for courthouse weddings, with many brides opting to change into a reception outfit, and going for a chic, modern jumpsuits. Above: Wedding pantsuit by Lela Rose

Taylor Jewell

Wedding Jumpsuits

Like bows, jumpsuits have become part of the bridal vernacular. Sweet pants are no longer just for courthouse weddings, with many brides opting to change into a reception outfit, and going for a chic, modern jumpsuits.

Above: Wedding pantsuit by Lela Rose

NAEEM KHAN

Courtesy of Naeem Khan

Bridal jumpsuit by Naeem Khan

Bridal jumpsuit by Mariage Viktor & Rolf

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Bridal jumpsuit by Mariage Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Danielle Frankel

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

Wedding dress by Danielle Frankel

MIRA ZWILLINGER

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Jumpsuit by Mira Zwillinger

GRACY ACCAD

Dan Lecca

Jumpsuit by Gracy Accad

Jumpsuit by Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Courtesy of Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Jumpsuit by Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Jumpsuit by Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Courtesy of Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Jumpsuit by Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Jumpsuit by Francesca Miranda

TAWFICKESPRIELLA

Jumpsuit by Francesca Miranda

W TOO

Masato Onoda

Jumpsuit by Wtoo by Watters

Jumpsuit by Gala by Galia Lahav

Courtesy of Galia Lahav

Jumpsuit by Gala by Galia Lahav

Jumpsuit by Alexandra Grecco

Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

Jumpsuit by Alexandra Grecco

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

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Clean and Simple

This season’s minimal aesthetic felt like an homage to Amsale Aberra. Clean lines, simple tailoring, and just a hint of 90s nostalgia had us falling in love with these gowns.

Above: Wedding dress by Amsale

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Courtesy of Jenny Packham

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Theia

Courtesy of Theia

Wedding dress by Theia

GRACY ACCAD

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Gracy Accad

JUSTIN ALEXANDER

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Justin Alexander

WILLOWBY

Masato Onoda

Wedding dress by Willowby by Watters

jenny-packham-Indigo & Acacia-spring 2019.jpg

Courtesy of Jenny Packham

Lavender

Pantone’s color of the year may be violet, but it was all about light shades of lavender for the latest crop of wedding dresses. Pastels popped up in many collections, including Vera Wang, Jenny Packham, and Hayley Paige.

Above: Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Wedding dress by Vera Wang

Courtesy of Vera Wang

Wedding dress by Vera Wang

Wedding dress by Hayley Paige

Courtesy of Hayley Paige

Wedding dress by Hayley Paige

Wedding dress by Leanne Marshall

Courtesy of Leanne Marshall

Wedding dress by Leanne Marshall

##Mock Turtlenecks While the naked dress still found its way into many collections, a more modest aesthetic reigned supreme at almost every collection. Mock turtlenecks were everywhere this season, from modern and sleek at Monique Lhuillier, to in full on lace at Reem Acra. Above: Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Greg Kessler for Kessler Studio

Mock Turtlenecks

While the naked dress still found its way into many collections, a more modest aesthetic reigned supreme at almost every collection. Mock turtlenecks were everywhere this season, from modern and sleek at Monique Lhuillier, to in full on lace at Reem Acra.

Above: Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

GRACY ACCAD

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Gracy Accad

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Courtesy of Amsale

Wedding dress by Amsale

Wedding dress by Allison Webb

Courtesy of Allison Webb

Wedding dress by Allison Webb

Wedding dress by Mariage Viktor & Rolf

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Mariage Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

Courtesy of Elizabeth Fillmore

Wedding dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

##Metallics These are the days of disco as far as wedding dress designers are concerned. Metallics—so much gold and silver—ruled the runways, and are the perfect statement for a bride who's all about glitz and glamour. Wedding dress by Theia

Courtesy of Theia

Metallics

These are the days of disco as far as wedding dress designers are concerned. Metallics—so much gold and silver—ruled the runways, and are the perfect statement for a bride who’s all about glitz and glamour.

Wedding dress by Theia

Wedding dress by Galina Signature for David's Bridal

Courtesy of Galina Signature by David’s Bridal

Wedding dress by Galina Signature for David’s Bridal

Wedding dress by Galina Signature for David's Bridal

Courtesy of Galina Signature by David’s Bridal

Wedding dress by Galina Signature for David’s Bridal

MIRA ZWILLINGER

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Mira Zwillinger

Wedding dress by Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Courtesy of Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Wedding dress by Rivini by Rita Vinieris

W TOO

Masato Onoda

Wedding dress by Wtoo by Watters

Wedding dress by Galia Lahav Couture

Courtesy of Galia Lahav

Wedding dress by Galia Lahav Couture

Wedding dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

Courtesy of Elizabeth Fillmore

Wedding dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

##Regal Capes and Trains The longer the better when it came to trains this season. Designers also continued to double down on the cape trend—princess vibes are on the rise, if you haven't heard. We loved this trend in whisper thin tulle at Anne Barge and Alexandra Grecco, and in all of its regal glory at Lela Rose. Above: Wedding dress by Lela Rose

Taylor Jewell

Regal Capes and Trains

The longer the better when it came to trains this season. Designers also continued to double down on the cape trend—princess vibes are on the rise, if you haven’t heard. We loved this trend in whisper thin tulle at Anne Barge and Alexandra Grecco, and in all of its regal glory at Lela Rose.

Above: Wedding dress by Lela Rose

Wedding dress by Legends by Romona Keveza

Courtesy of Romona Keveza

Wedding dress by Legends by Romona Keveza

Wedding dress by Yaniv Persy

Courtesy of Yaniv Persy Couture

Wedding dress by Yaniv Persy

NAEEM KHAN

Courtesy of Naeem Khan

Wedding dress by Naeem Khan

JUSTIN ALEXANDER

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Justin Alexander

Wedding dress by Anne Barge

Photo by Sarra Fleur

Wedding dress by Anne Barge

Wedding dress by Mariage Viktor & Rolf

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Mariage Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Berta

Photo by Mike Colon

Wedding dress by Berta

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

##The Return of the Ball Gown The Royal Wedding effect keeps trickling down this list of trends. After seasons of lithe sheaths, and a-line creations dominating the runways, many designers welcomed the return of the full figured ball gown. Princess brides are having quite a year. Above: Wedding dress by Galia Lahav Couture

Courtesy of Galia Lahav

The Return of the Ball Gown

The Royal Wedding effect keeps trickling down this list of trends. After seasons of lithe sheaths, and a-line creations dominating the runways, many designers welcomed the return of the full figured ball gown. Princess brides are having quite a year.

Above: Wedding dress by Galia Lahav Couture

Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Greg Kessler for Kessler Studio

Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Mariage by Viktor & Rolf

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Mariage by Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Vera Wang

Courtesy of Vera Wang

Wedding dress by Vera Wang

Wedding dress by Francesca Miranda

TAWFICKESPRIELLA

Wedding dress by Francesca Miranda

##Heavy Embellishments Designers weren't shy about covering wedding dresses in oversized, 3-d, heavy floral embellishments. Above: Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Heavy Embellishments

Designers weren’t shy about covering wedding dresses in oversized, 3-d, heavy floral embellishments.

Above: Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Lela Rose

Taylor Jewell

Wedding dress by Lela Rose

WILLOWBY

Masato Onoda

Wedding dress by Willowby by Watters

WATTERS

Masato Onoda

Wedding dress by Watters

Wedding dress by Mariage by Viktor & Rolf

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Mariage by Viktor & Rolf

##Statement Bows If we had any doubt bows were here to stay, Spring 2019's wedding dresses wiped that right out. Oversized, statement bows were everywhere, and make for a perfectly ladylike wedding day look. Above: Wedding dress by Lela Rose

Taylor Jewell

Statement Bows

If we had any doubt bows were here to stay, Spring 2019’s wedding dresses wiped that right out. Oversized, statement bows were everywhere, and make for a perfectly ladylike wedding day look.

Above: Wedding dress by Lela Rose

MORILEE

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Wedding dress by Mariage Viktor & Rolf

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Mariage Viktor & Rolf

##The Super Plunge The deep v is getting deeper and deeper. Designer snuck in some illusion netting into the décolletage and took v-necks almost to the navel this season. The result: an ultra sexy bridal look that still feels appropriate. Above: Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Greg Kessler for Kessler Studio

The Super Plunge

The deep v is getting deeper and deeper. Designer snuck in some illusion netting into the décolletage and took v-necks almost to the navel this season. The result: an ultra sexy bridal look that still feels appropriate.

Above: Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Wedding dress by Berta

Photo by Mike Colon

Wedding dress by Berta

Wedding dress by Berta

Photo by Mike Colon

Wedding dress by Berta

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Mariage by Viktor & Rolf

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Mariage by Viktor & Rolf

Wedding dress by Francesca Miranda

TAWFICKESPRIELLA

Wedding dress by Francesca Miranda