Bridal Skincare

Bridal Skincare: The Pre-wedding Prep Your Skin Needs

Bridal Skincare

You have been waiting for your big day for as far as you can remember, and every woman’s dream is to look her very best with her skin reflecting the inner glow she is feeling. However, the biggest fear would be waking up a few days before with signs of a pimple or blotchy skin – but now these things can be prevented if you know how!

Skin specialist and product developer at Colorescience, Patricia Boland, has revealed the only pre-wedding prep your skin needs. She explains here on Bride Icon, when you should begin the prep and what you need to achieve that effortless glow that will look picture perfect.

When should I begin the prep?

A lot of brides want their skin to be luminous and have a natural but dewy complexion which allows them to wear less makeup on the day. In order to achieve that smooth surface you need to invest into a better skincare regime which preps the skin. The later you leave the prep, the more stressed you will become as you will have less time to react to any skin issues on top of the many other responsibilities you hold. Please don’t try anything brand new and drastic before the wedding day as you may get red and flaky skin, stick to what you know suits your skin best.

Start your prep 8 weeks before your big day, most of the work is simple can be done by yourself at home so you don’t to worry about spending a large budget on expensive treatments and products. By maintaining this 5-step process for 8 weeks you will see a big improvement in your skin health.”

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So, the 5-step process:

1. Weekly intense hydration mask

Your skin needs to look and feel revitalised as opposed to dehydrated. This is not be confused with dry skin, which is down to a lack of oil, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water in the skin. Low levels of moisture can give you a dull complexion, increase fine line and wrinkles and even cause sensitivity and irritation. This affects every type, even oily skin – this step ensures your t-zone is oil free and ready to be a clean base for your makeup. A weekly intense hydration mask will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are exacerbated by dehydration and leave you with plump, youthful and healthy skin.

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2.  Salt scrubs

Brides tend to forget about their arms, legs and chest during their bridal skin prep. All eyes are on you during your big day, so you need to reduce any existing or potential dry patches. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate, this will break down the dry patches and make your skin supple and a sponge for moisture.

3. SPF always

Sun damage will undo all your hard work and you can be affected more easily than you think. Dull, lackluster skin and dark spots can all be a result of UV rays. Either apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine in the morning or incorporate makeup with a high SPF to protect your skin. If you are wishing for a slightly sun kissed and bronzed look for your big day then gradually build in a bronzed moisturiser about 3 days before your wedding. This will give time for your colour to adapt into a beautiful and natural subtle tan.

4. Exfoliate and moisturise your body

Use an exfoliation product, whether in a wash or lotion that has AHA or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) to break down dead cells on the top layer of the skin, doing this daily allows further penetration of the moisturiser you apply. Do not exfoliate with physical scrubs or loofahs as these often remove living cells as well which cause damage to the skin.

5. Achieving the dewy look

Use a natural face oil and work firmly in small circles upwards and outwards over your face. By using the knuckles of your index and middle fingers, work along the jawline and use the heels of your hands to press and hold under the cheekbones. Do this daily before you go to sleep to allow the ingredients to settle into your skin, this will give the skin an incredible quality and glow whilst defining the face contours.

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 

Pronovias

PRONOVIAS Presents New 2020 Atelier Pronovias Cruise Collection

Pronovias

Pronovias

This sparkling new collection is based on the creative concept ´Dancing Lights´ inspired by paintings of the night sky, moon and stars, the universe, the hidden galaxy, half sun and half moon!

Pronovias

Pronovias

Pronovias, the global leading luxury bridal brand, present s the new Atelier Pronovias 2020 Cruise collection, designed by Herve Moreau, Pronovias Artistic Director.

Pronovias

Pronovias

A selection of unique pieces of art reflecting exceptional craftsmanship, this Haute Couture line is crafted at Pronovias Atelier in Barcelona and is a reflection of his passion for innovation through fabrics, shapes and trend-setting design details.  Atelier Pronovias is the perfect choice for the trendsetting and design sensitive brides.

Pronovias

Pronovias

This new collection is based on the design concept Dancing Lights, inspired by renowned paintings depicting the night sky, moon and stars. Metallic trends come to life through gold, platinum and silver brocade, beaded fringes, breathtaking illusion effects, and never-before-seen embroidered patterns, leaving a vibrantly glamorous impression.

Pronovias

Pronovias

The inside construction of the gowns have been improved to allow for a perfect stylish fit and a new lightness.  For the first time ´The Inner Slimmer´ is being launched, a fit innovation where a shapeware has been integrated into the dress to celebrate the female body. As a Couture Collection a wide range of dresses are customised from necklines, to backs, fabrics and more to enable the brides to adapt the gown to her own unique personality.

Pronovias

Pronovias

Pronovias

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.

Lake District

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

Berta

BERTA F/W 2019 Collection Launches in London

This week saw the stunning launch of Berta F/W 2019 Athens collection, in partnership with The Wedding Club at the luxurious Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel in London.  Berta is the Italian fashion house created by Berta Balilti who is known worldwide for her bold, stunning and sexy designs for the modern bride who knows what she wants.

Berta

Berta has yet again set the bridal fashion industry on fire with this sensational collection.  The dresses transpire a beautiful blend of rich fabrics, new and refreshing twists on traditional silhouettes, and not forgetting the glam factor!  There was also a chance to view the new F/W 2019 Barcelona Muse by Berta on the runway – with beautiful soft shoulder details cascading into the skirt or lace peeking through layers of delicate fabrics; it certainly was a dazzling display.

Berta

Berta

Guests were treated to champagne and canapés but also had the opportunity to hear from experts from the industry, such as hair and makeup specialists House of Thabiso and luxury shoe designer Freya Rose.

Berta

Berta

The newly renovated grand ballroom of the opulent landmark hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy London was the perfect setting for this showpiece and Bride Icon have captured some of the breathtaking designs.

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

Manish Malhotra

Bollywood & Celebrity Designer, Manish Malhotra, returns to UK’s leading, South Asian High Fashion Bridal & Beauty Showcase, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2019

India’s biggest A-list, celebrity designer, Manish Malhotra will be making a welcomed return to present his latest bridal collection at the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion, bridal and beauty extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show, taking place at The Dorchester, Mayfair on Sunday 13th January 2019.

Manish Malhotra

Part of Bollywood’s A-list glitterati and creator of some of the most iconic, Bollywood red carpet looks of recent times, Manish Malhotra is an Indian designer whose label has developed into much more than timeless Indian couture. He began his career by modelling while he studied at Elphinstone College but moved onto the creation of clothes, costume and art. Since 1995, his label has grown multiple fold, with Manish now leading in the design and styling space of Bollywood celebrities for the red carpet and film shoots alike. These collaborations stem from the maverick designer’s hidstory of work within the film industry,which led to the beginning of many breakthroughs – being a pioneer in the Indian costume design space; winning his first ever Filmfare Award in 1995 for his costumes in the blockbuster hit Rangeelato countless iconic costumes for some of the biggest films in the recent history of Indian cinema. As well as Bollywood’s leading stars, Malhotra has styled mainstream celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Kyile, Naomi Campbell to name a few.

Manish Malhotra

Continuing to surpass itself and the expectations of discerning fashionista’s and brides-to-be annually, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2019 will once again transform one of the world’s most iconic, luxury venue destinations into a wonderland of bridal and beauty luxe. 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 tothe 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.

Manish Malhotra

Previous participating designers have included a who’s who curation of the leading fashion and bridal brands from India and Pakistan, uniting heritage fashion houses with the crème of new gen such as Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Gaurang, Shyamal & Bhumika, Varun Bahl, Anushree Reddy, SVA, Ridhima Bhasin, Ridhi Mehra, House of Masaba, Faraz Manan, Elan, Shehla Chatoor and many more.

2018 being the year of the Bollywood celebrity wedding, with A-list actresses Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra tying the knot in true Bollywood grandeur and style, inspired brides-to-be will have the opportunity of shopping the collections and bridal trousseau’s of some of the leading fashion designers for the Bollywood fraternity at Aashni + Co Wedding Show.

Manish Malhotra

Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere. The full list of participating exhibitors and influencer panelists will be announced shortly.

The luxe backdrop of The Dorchester will be further transformed through floral styling and production design by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant.

Aashni + Co Wedding Show

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

Sunday 13th January 2019, 11.00am – 6.30pm

 Ticket purchase via website: www.wslondon.com

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.

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

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Photos by Bride Icon

Aashni + Co

UK’s leading, South Asian High Fashion Bridal and Beauty Showcase, Aashni + Co Wedding Show, returns to The Dorchester

Aashni + Co
Anita Dongre

Following its continued success year on year, and now an annual fixture on the fashion calendar, the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion, bridal and beauty extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show will return bigger and better than ever before at its usual residence at The Dorchester, Mayfair on Sunday 13thJanuary 2019.

Aashni + Co

Continuing to surpass itself and the expectations of discerning fashionista’s and brides-to-be annually, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2019 will once again transform one of the world’s most iconic, luxury venue destinations into a wonderland of bridal and beauty luxe.  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.

Aashni + Co

Previous participating designers have included a who’s who curation of the leading fashion and bridal brands from India and Pakistan, uniting heritage fashion houses with the crème of new gen such as Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Gaurang, Shyamal & Bhumika, Varun Bahl, Anushree Reddy, SVA, Ridhima Bhasin, Ridhi Mehra, House of Masaba, Faraz Manan, Elan, Shehla Chatoor and many more.

Aashni + Co

2018 being the year of the Bollywood celebrity wedding, with A-list actresses Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra tying the knot in true Bollywood grandeur and style, inspired brides-to-be will have the opportunity of shopping for the collections and bridal trousseau’s of some of the leading fashion designers from the Bollywood fraternity at Aashni + Co Wedding Show.

Aashni + Co

Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere. The full list of participating exhibitors and influencer panellists will be announced shortly.

Aashni + Co
Anita Dongre

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 luxe backdrop of The Dorchester will be further transformed through floral styling and production design by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant.

Aashni + Co Wedding Show
The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
Sunday 13th January 2019, 11.00am – 6.30pm
Ticket purchase via website: www.wslondon.com

Scarlet Events

Marc Ahmed, Director of Scarlet Events, Talks To Bride Icon On Planning Luxury Events & Partying with Lionel Richie!

Scarlet Events

In today’s world of opulence and dreams, luxury wedding planners are a vital component of what may become the most defining moment of one’s life. With social media taking on the realms of showcasing the most extravagant settings for weddings and parties, wedding planners are promising an array of entertainment and sumptuous enticement, to bring our visions of indulgence alive.  To gain a real insight on what its’ like to plan and create a unique luxury wedding, Bride Icon spoke exclusively to the Director of Scarlet Events, Marc Ahmed to find out what made him take on the reins of the luxury events world – and why he wants to party with Lionel Richie!

Scarlet EventsMarc, thank you for speaking with Bride Icon.  Tell us what made you decide to get involved in the wedding and party planning industry?

It actually happened by chance about 8 years ago. I was always in the events industry and started out as a photographer. So, when my sister was getting married, I was planning her wedding, and bumped into an old friend who was a planner in the wedding industry. We seemed to have hit it off instantly and decided to set something up together – a new venture into new grounds. It was a time I thought there was a gap in the market and thought I could do a really good job with it – so that is how it started off – and the business has been growing and growing ever since!

Scarlet EventsHow do you begin planning for an event, and how much influence do you have in terms of having a fine line between the balance of what the client wants, and what Scarlet Events can create?

Client’s sign up with us because they love what we do, and they buy into our ideas or they have a vision for the event, and think we will be the best fit to bring that vision to life. We are not the right choice for every client, nor are some clients the right choice for us, which is why we hand pick our clients and only organise a small number of events per year. Therefore, there are only a handful of clients we can take on – and those are the ones who really want to work with us, they love our style, our designs and understand what they are investing in with us.  When it comes to parties, many of our clients leave the design completely to us, and let us come up with the concepts and ideas. Whereas some clients, will come to us with their own ideas and it is our job to translate them and bring them to life, whilst exceeding their expectations!

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With weddings, it’s a little different, due to the social media influence now, and especially how Instagram has just exploded in the last few years, brides will come to us already knowing what they want.  For example, recently brides have been opting for heavy florals, very light in colour, and a warm ambience with lots of candle light. However, at the same time, we will make it a little different. We don’t want our work to look exactly like what the client has just seen on social media, we want it to be unique to the client and to represent the couple, so it is important for us to tailor it to them.

Scarlet EventsHow does Scarlet Events bring something new, instinctive and unique to events, and how do you keep the ideas fresh and in tune with your client’s aspiration – do you follow trends?

We don’t really follow trends – actually we go the opposite direction of what everybody is doing. We don’t want to be the same as everyone else. Lets’ say for example, chair covers – nobody wants them any more – but I can guarantee that soon they will be back and we’ll probably be the first ones to use them! Therefore, when somebody goes in one direction we go in the other and that is what differentiates us.  We don’t want to copy, we want to be unique and different and create some kind of a twist, as client’s personalities and tastes are primary in representing the couple.

Scarlet Events

Scarlet Events

Some agencies are set in their ways, and offer exactly the same thing to every client, but we are very much bespoke in our approach. We tailor the event towards the clients from the beginning, and they have a lot of input in terms of what they like and dislike – so by the time we get to the end – they are completely satisfied. With Scarlet, keeping our clientele happy is paramount – so even if a month before, our client decides to suddenly change the entire design of the wedding – it won’t be easy – but they have the absolute right to do that, and we will make it happen! We are here to look after their every need 24/7 or 365 days of the year.

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Could you tell us what was the most extravagant party or theme Scarlet Events have created so far?

We just did a huge party in Florence, Italy. The clients were from the US and after watching the Royal Wedding they decided that they wanted a Royal affair! So, we flew out over 100 staff and entertainers from the UK to Italy, and we had everybody from a Queen Elizabeth lookalike to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Guards and trumpeters – it really was a full-blown Royal extravaganza! The theme most certainly would not be something for British couples, but the Americans loved it!  

It all took place at the client’s villa which was under complete renovation and proved to be a massive logistical challenge, as we were creating a million-pound party on essentially what was a construction site. We built a huge marquee on top of the client’s swimming pool, which was no easy feat before turning her Orangery (which was an empty shell and falling apart) into Buckingham Palace. All whilst having to deal with the site constantly changing every time we went there, as construction work didn’t stop for the party! Having less than two months to organise everything and in the middle of summer, it was one of the most challenging events we have ever done!

Scarlet Events Marc, is there a defining moment in your career that you felt especially proud of?

I would probably have to say the defining moment would be last year when we flew in Lionel Ritchie to perform at a client’s party. We have a small list of legendary stars that we have always wanted to have at our events, and he was one of them. Lionel was booked at very short notice and we flew him in on a private jet from an Awards ceremony in L.A. just to perform at the party – and then he flew straight back – that was an incredible moment for us! The client had originally booked Enrique Iglesias to perform, but he couldn’t because his concerts were cancelled and re-booked due to the hurricanes in Florida last year, so he had to pull out at the last minute. We suddenly found ourselves having to find a last-minute replacement and Lionel, being the gentleman that he is, said he was more than happy to do it!

Scarlet Events

Scarlet EventsThere are so many planners to choose from now.  How does Scarlet Events set its standards and visions apart from the others?

It’s about the level of service from start to finish, and not having that ego that can be found these days with some of the big wedding planners. Humility is the most important virtue that you can have – as your clients are the reason why you survive in the business, and why you live for the business. You can never ever make your clients unhappy, not even 1%. People say that you must be strict with your clients and tell them where the limit is and that you ‘can’t do this’ or ‘this is not a good idea’ or ‘it’s too short notice’ – I completely disagree.

Scarlet Events

We will always accommodate a client’s request, no matter how insane the idea! Even if we have to do it differently to make it work, we will make it happen. For us, service and the client experience are what sets us apart, it’s exceptionally important and we will never say no to our clients – that is the expectation here at Scarlet and with my team of suppliers – I will never work with anyone that says ‘no’.  If our clients want us to meet them on a Sunday morning, we will go to them – if we must travel to another country to meet our clients – that is no problem at all. Our services also extends beyond the wedding, we are here 24/7 for our clients, and should they need anything non-event related such as a last-minute babysitter, or a restaurant booking then we open our private concierge service for them too.

Scarlet EventsMarc, if someone were to plan a party for you, what would be your ultimate venue and theme?

I know I would want it abroad – I have been to so many amazing locations that I honestly couldn’t choose – but I know I would want it to be kept very small.  When you have done pretty much everything, from private islands and luxury hotels to spectacular castles, it is hard to actually choose a venue! I would say it would be somewhere possibly in Europe with a stunning view. I would expect the party to be very timeless and elegant, something that is reminiscent of high fashion. Actually, something which I have always liked is a monochrome theme which I think doesn’t get much justice. So just having a purely black and white colour scheme for example, and maybe adding in a very small pop of colour – if done well – it could look amazing!

Scarlet Events
If there was one celebrity or famous client in the world that you would love to organise a party for – who would that person be?

Lionel Richie! I’ll tell you why… because he was an absolute gentleman and a lovely, lovely person. He went above and beyond than any other artist we have worked with before. He invited the client on to the stage, and made him sing along; he brought guests up onto the stage to dance with them, and took double the amount of time at the back to meet the client and their families. The whole time he was just so humble and such a lovely person, appreciating our clients and everything that we had done. We really love working with people such as him and I would love to work with him again but this time planning his party!

Scarlet Events

We would like to say a very special thank you to Marc Ahmed for taking the time to speak to Bride Icon.  For more information and details or if you like to contact Scarlet Events see their website here: www.scarletevents.com

Scarlet Events

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Events.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano Launches The Power Of Love Collection in New York

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano the luxury British Bridal designer launches her new Fall 2019 collection aptly named The Power of Love in New York.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

The latest designs bring in a certain essence of the 50s glamour combined with a modern take on the classic ball gown with clean lines giving the bride the desired impact of a statement piece.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano, the name synonymous with understated chic and contemporary style, has been at the forefront of British design for 27 years.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline’s luxury collections are designed to showcase style and beauty from the moment a bride walks into a room.

Caroline Castigliano

Well known for her unique construction considered to be a work of art – Castigliano gowns are created using corsetry and undergarment techniques to beautifully sculpt and enhance the female figure.

Caroline Castigliano

Each and every Castigliano design is meticulously handcrafted in the United Kingdom for a flawless result making the label a triumph of British design and craftsmanship.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

The Power of Love launch coincides with New York Bridal Week from 6-8 October 2018.  For more info on the latest designs see www.carolinecastigliano.com

Pakistan Fashion Week

Pakistan Fashion Week: London Hilton, Park Lane

Pakistan Fashion Week
HSY
Pakistan Fashion Week
HSY

Pakistan Fashion Week by Riwayat kicked off in super style at the London Hilton hotel, Park Lane with a stunning display of spectacular fashion this weekend.   The 13th Pakistan Fashion Week was headlined by model and actress Fouzia Aman and luxury pret shows portraying an impressive 29 designers and an unprecedented number of visitors and guests who attended.  Bride Icon have put together some of our favourite highlights of the Grand Finale show and we are sure you will love the exquisite Pakistan designer creations!

Pakistan Fashion Week
Sheeba Kapadia
Pakistan Fashion Week
Sheeba Kapadia
Pakistan Fashion Week
Sheeba Kapadia

Adnan Ansari and Chris East have become renowned for delivering Pakistani fashion to the UK market without packing their suitcase or costly travel abroad. The shows and exhibition draw audiences from all over the UK and provide an opportunity to speak to designers to create bespoke wedding attire.

Pakistan Fashion Week
Shakeel’s by Danish
Pakistan Fashion Week
Shakeel’s by Danish

PFW13 is the main UK exhibitor of the flourishing Pakistani clothing industry, collaborating with designers to make their services available in a one-stop experience. Designers included HSY, Maheen Khan, Fahad Hussayn, Gogi by Hassan Riaz, Moazzam Abbasi, Hamna Amir, and Sadaf Amir.

Pakistan fashion week
MNR Studio by Mohsin Naveed Ranjah
Pakistan Fashion Week
MNR Studio by Mohsin Naveed Ranjah
Pakistan Fashion Week
MNR Studio by Mohsin Naveed Ranjah

PFW13 has also seen the launch of Pret a Pak, the exclusive official Riwayat online store listing multiple designers with convenient access from an app.

Pakistan Fashion Week
Fahad Hussain

Adnan Ansari, Co-Founder and Creative Director for Riwayat said, “We are pleased with the feedback of all for our event, and with a 36 meter long ramp to allow so many more to be in the front row. Riwayat is thrilled to be able hold these shows with such a receptive audience, this drives us to deliver our best experience yet!”

Pakistan Fashion Week
Boheme by Kanwal
Pakistan Fashion Week
Boheme by Kanwal
Pakistan Fashion Week
Moazzam Abassi
Moazzam Abassi

Further information about PFW and Riwayat please visit  www.riwayat.london

Pakistan Fashion Week
Sheeba Kapadia

Credits:
Creative Director & Choreography by Adnan Ansari
Produced by a Chris East
Official Photography by Shahid Malik @iamshahidmalik
Styled by Nabila
Model coordination by Muneer Muhammad
Hair and Makeup by Saima Kiran
Media partners ARY
PR Enigme Internationale

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth Boutique Opens In Staffordshire

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

Sarah Barrett, Creative Director of the Lyn Ashworth label is thrilled to announce the opening of her very first stand-alone flagship bridal showroom in Staffordshire.

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

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 and beyond.

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

Here brides will find the latest dresses from the current 2018 Daydreamer collection alongside the forthcoming 2019 Pure Love collection, plus 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 couture wedding gown.

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

Not only this, but the showroom stocks shoes, jewellery and hair accessories. The Boutique is a one stop bridal shop for brides looking for beautifully made dresses, timeless silhouettes and exquisite craftsmanship all made inhouse on the Duchy Estate in Staffordshire.

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

To book an appointment call +44(0) 1283 820643

New Address Details:
Unit 2, Upper Linbrook Farm
Kingstanding
Burton Upon Trent
Staffordshire
DE13 9PF

 Lynashworth.co.uk

Lyn Ashworth