Elizabeth Fillmore

New York Designer, Elizabeth Fillmore Debuts Fall 2021 Bridal Collection

Elizabeth Fillmore

The heart of the ELIZABETH FILLMORE collection is her absolute focus on her sophisticated and independent designs. Rooted in a ‘Modern Romantic” aesthetic. Elizabeth’s designs are marked by her signature bias cut slip gowns, gentle sexy shapes that flow over the body like water, combined with bespoke accents that add an ethereal look and poetry to each collection.

The collection features pieces in luxurious 100% silks, satin charmeuse, chiffon & 4 ply crepe, paired with couture French lace in an airy lattice embroidery on tulle.  The turn of the century inspired vintage scallop lace design seen on the AGATHA Halter Gown, IZZIE top, and ISADORA day dress serve as standouts of the collection. All of the silhouettes feature romantic details with a modern and sleek approach to the overall design.

Elizabeth Fillmore

Elizabeth Fillmore

The Fall 2021 collection is the culmination of all design elements that inspire Elizabeth. She focused on sleek, modern designs, coupled with couture lace accents. “Now more than ever we need beauty, strength, and a reminder of our past in order to move forward. The Fall 2021 ‘Reflection’ is a passion project of my artistic vision – “I want to offer my brides the poetic drama and artistry of historical inspiration layered over my signature bias cut sensual and modern silhouettes, offering up personal inspiration and aspirations of a lofty lightness,” said Elizabeth about her Fall 2021 collection.

Elizabeth Fillmore

Elizabeth Fillmore

Elizabeth has been a staple in the chicest bridal boutiques globally for years and also offers brides an atelier experience in her New York City showroom. The film was shot at the historical “Gustav Mayer” Villa on Staten Island that dates back to 1855; the villa is the former home of the Vanilla Wafer inventor and his family. The stunning backdrop of the villa meshed perfectly with the collection to capture the ambiance and poetic mood the designer sought to achieve.

Elizabeth Fillmore

Elizabeth Fillmore

The Elizabeth Fillmore woman is independent, feminine, and sophisticated with a creative spirit. Elizabeth said, “I believe every bride I dress ultimately wants to feel like a modern-day Goddess for her wedding.”  That ethereal woman was captured in her Fall 2021 “Reflection” collection.

Elizabeth Fillmore

Elizabeth Fillmore 

Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal www.elizabethfillmorebridal.com

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis Launches New Collection: Grace

Elbeth Gillis

Bride Icon are so thrilled to be showcasing some of the elegant and graceful bridal gowns aptly flowing with the title of the new collection  ‘Grace’ by Elbeth Gillis.

Elbeth Gillis

Fifteen new divine gowns have been created embodying beauty and understated elegance.  The 23rd collection from renowned Elbeth Gillis, is inspired by a sense of optimism and opulence.

As a designer, Elbeth, is relentless in pursuit of distinction and refinement when designing the shapes of a bridal gown.  In the Grace collection you will see clean lines that compliment the sensuality of women.  Simple silhouettes featuring off-shoulder dresses and bell sleeves.  Each gown can be restyled with a hint of drama, details of shimmering crystals and luminous pearl beading and statement bows for bridal va-va-voom.  Touches of shimmering light fabrics create the look of brides floating on air during the wedding day.

Elbeth Gillis

With the highest quality craftsmanship, Elbeth, and her team produce uniquely personal wedding dresses.  Elbeth, always searches high and low, for opulent fabrics, the Grace collection has been artisan created featuring Dupion Silks, Mikado silks, awash with beautiful sequinned fabrics and dramatic lace elements.  The epitome of style, sophistication and uncompromising luxury, you will see Elbeth, the name behind the designer, embodies the same virtues that her brides find in her dresses – style, charm and uncompromising class.

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

“An Elbeth Gillis bridal gown is forever.”

Elbeth Gillis

For more details of the Grace collection see https://www.elbethgillis.com/

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

Live Wedding Lounge

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!

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

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano: An Evening of Bridal Inspiration

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

British designer Caroline Castigliano has been at the forefront of luxury bridal and evening wear for over 28 years.

Caroline Castigliano

Known for her understated effortless glamour and clean classic lines with contemporary touches, Caroline’s collections are designed to create impact from the moment you walk into a room.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Her unique ability to cut and construct garments, enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Everything about a Castigliano gown is unique; from the exquisite choice of fabric, to the foundation of the gown, which is created using unique corsetry and undergarment techniques to sculpt and enhance the female figure.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

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

Caroline Castigliano

Bride Icon were invited to attend an evening of pure bridal inspiration with a beautiful collection of Caroline’s sensational dresses and an opportunity to speak to the the designer herself.  As the champagne flowed, so did the wedding inspiration with advice from a selection of professionals, including the beautiful make-up artistry and advice with the team from Charlotte Tilbury.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Bride Icon have captured our favourite dresses that we thought stole the show!

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano
Caroline Castigliano

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.”

Bridal Skincare

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.

Bridal Skincare

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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