Think Pink

EBH Presents THINK PINK Ball 2019 With Designs By Manish Malhotra

Think Pink

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

Think Pink

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

Think Pink

Think Pink

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

Think Pink

Think Pink

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

Think Pink

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

Think Pink

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

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

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

Top Beauty Tips EVERY Bride Should Know!

woman holding flowers in front of the garden

Are you ready to celebrate your special day with friends and family?  However, are you feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to looking and feeling your best?  That’s ok, every bride goes through these emotions but we have got you covered here at Bride Icon as we have asked our beauty experts to come up with some of the top beauty tips to share for your big day and here they are….

No more refined foods – One of the best ways to stay as beautiful as ever is to avoid eating refined or highly processed foods. Such types of foods can take away important nutrients that are needed by your body and that can make your skin look dull.  Aside from that, they can also get you constipated!

woman surrounded by sliced lemonsRaw food is better – Eating raw foods means not overcooking your meals. Such practices will only enhance your beauty, since raw foods are still filled with vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients that can take care of your skin and hair. It is a known factor and has been proven that raw foods can make wrinkles and age spots less obvious too.

person holding amber glass bottleFirst thing to do in the morning – It is really important when you wake up in the morning you drink a glass of water, and eat a piece of your favourite fruit for example a banana. This would ensure that your skin is properly hydrated, and the fruit would also help in maintaining its radiance.  In addition, such a practice can also help you maintain your weight, or lose some.

floating woman on body of waterPreventing grey hairMaking use of oil for your hair can help in preventing grey hair.  However, to make it more effective, you can add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to it.  Not only that you can also eat a teaspoon of curry leaf chutney at least every other day, since it has components which can strengthen the cells that form the pigmentation from within.

woman doing poseSeal your nail polish Having a nail polish that is shiny and glossy offers that extra special touch.  Thus, it is best that you prevent it from scratches and peeling by applying a top coat over your nail polish – this will ensure a protective seal to last even for up to 7 days.

assorted Honest bottlesPractice a morning skin care routine – Following a skin care routine each morning can help a lot in maintaining your beauty.  A typical routine that you can follow would involve removing all dirt from your skin with the use of a deep cream cleanser, and rinsing it with water; applying a mild moisturizer; and applying a small amount of face powder to control oil build up.

woman with pink lipstick on hole of pink paperUse cream as your skin cleanser – Cleaning your skin on a regular manner is essential in maintaining its beauty. However, it is best to make use of a cream cleanser to do this, since it won’t take away the natural oil from your skin, which protects it. Don’t use anything that can dry out your skin, since it can become prone to bacteria and cellular damage.

Honest cosmetic setUse rosewater as toner – Using rosewater as your toner provides a lots of key benefits.  Aside from maintaining the radiant looks of your skin, rosewater actually contains substances which can also maintain your skin’s moisture.  It is also a good solution that you can use if you have allergic skin or to treat sunburn.

sliced lemon on bathtubGet enough sleepGetting enough rest is one of the most important things to do, when it comes to maintaining your beauty.  You need to have at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night;  the best way would be if you are already asleep by 10 in the evening so you can maximise the benefits from your beauty sleep.

woman sleeping with pink flowers

Drink enough amounts of water – To maintain your beauty, you need to have a skin that has good moisture. To achieve that, you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Aside from flushing out harmful toxins from your body, it can also get rid of excess heat.  Drinking enough amounts of water can also help you maintain your weight, and prevent constipation.

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Get your calcium – Drinking milk is one of the best things that you can do in order to maintain your beauty. Having a little milk each day, will provide your body with the essential nutrients to strengthen your hair and bones.  It can also make your skin look younger, enhance your health and the looks of your eyes.

person holding white rose flower

Refrigerate toners and floral waters during summer time – Toners and floral water can help you freshen up, especially during the warmer months. Thus, it is best that you keep them inside the refrigerator during the summer months, so that you can use them cold. To feel refreshed, you can always spray your face with it too.

laughing woman photo

Never pick pimplesHaving lots of pimples on your face can affect your beauty. Thus, you don’t want it to multiply. Picking your pimples is actually one of the things that can make you have more of them.  This is because pricking it can spread the infection further, not forgetting it can also damage your skin tissue around the pimple.

woman taking photo while showing smile

Exfoliate your hands each week – Having hands that are soft and smooth are a must. To achieve this, you should exfoliate your hands once a week, with the use of a natural exfoliating liquid.  Use it in light circular movements to gently massage your skin.  It will be worth it!

woman raising her both hands

Fix your yellow nails – Yellow nails is not something that you can be proud off.  Thus, if you have them, you can simply make use of a homemade whitening bath for it.  All you need to do is to mix enough lemon juice and rose petals into a bowl of clean water, and dip your hands into it.  After going through that process, apply a moisturizing lotion to enhance the results.

person spreading glittered nail polish on pink nails

Replace candies and chocolates with fresh fruits – One of the many weaknesses especially for brides is to crave for sweets, which can affect health and of course, beauty.  Thus, instead of sweets, and other food items that are filled with sugar, you should try to eat a lot of  fresh fruits.  Foods that have high sugar content can enlarge your pores, aside from the fact that it can make you gain weight.

Have a facial once a month – Going through facial each month can provide you with lots of benefits. Some of which would include collagen and elastin recovery, improve the circulation of your blood vessels, even out your skin colour, improve hydration, and help with the skin tone.  It can also make your skin soft and radiant.

Keep your makeup simple and light each day – It is always best to show people your natural beauty. You can achieve this by keeping your makeup as simple and light each day. When you do that, you would also prevent skin damage, which is one of the effects of using heavy makeup on a regular basis.

purple haired woman in black top leaning on wall

Using lip balmKeep in mind that maintaining the condition of your lips can also enhance your beauty. To do that, it is always best to carry a lip balm wherever you may go. Lip balm can prevent your lips from drying out and it is one of the best ways to prevent or cure lip chapping. With the right kind of lip balm, it can also soften your lips. There are plenty of flavoured balms too so try them out.

woman getting lips applied with lipstick

Be gentle with your skin near your eyes – The skin under your eyes is one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Thus, it is best that you are gentle with it. You should not pull or stretch it, since it would definitely show, and affect your looks. With regular pulling and stretching in that part of your face, it can look wrinkled or saggy in no time.

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Be conscious of your weight – One of the many biggest issues for brides is weight and it is a time when all brides are conscious of wanting to lose a few pounds to look their very best.  It’s important to note, whether you gain or lose weight you may have problems in properly fitting your clothes. Therefore, it is best to maintain your weight at an ideal level, so that you can feel healthy and you can fit perfectly in your dream dress.

woman holding window curtain

Don’t visit the kitchen too often – If you want to prevent having bouts and bouts of acne infection, you should avoid going to the kitchen, especially when someone is cooking.  Its good to keep in mind that there is oil floating around your kitchen, when it is heated.  Therefore, if you visit the kitchen during times of cooking, then you would be accumulating oil on your skin, which is bad news.  Not exactly practical but something to keep in mind.

woman sitting on sofa holding eyeglasses

Minimize stressWhenever you are stressed out, it would actually show on your eyes, the expression of your face, as well as your skin. In fact, stress can also cause pimples. Therefore, you should minimise stress as much as possible – easier said than done given brides are renowned to be stressed – however take action by taking deep breaths whenever you encounter stressful situations.  Following other healthy practices in breathing and meditation can also help alleviate stress.

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Avoid oily foods – When you eat foods that are filled with bad oil, it would eventually get accumulated, which can lead to weight gain. Gaining weight can alter your figure, aside from the fact that it can put you at risk to a number of diseases. In addition, oily foods is also one of the top causes of pimples. The key factor here is to be eating the good fats that help skin and not the bad ones.

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Keep your hands off your face – If you want to prevent pimples to affect your image, then you should keep your hands off your face.  You need to remember that there is always a tendency for your hands to touch certain things, which may contain dirt and bacteria. When you touch your face on a regular basis, then you may irritate it.  Thus, touch your face only when you need to, and only with recently washed hands

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Keep away from the sun –  Although we all love the sun, exposing yourself to the sun can irritate your skin, which can lead to having pimples. Aside from that, it can also cause dry skin. Therefore, it is best to stay in the shade in most parts of the day.  If you are out in the sun do make use of a quality sunscreen product.

woman wearing holding her head

Get help with severe acne – There are times when acne can attack without warning. If you do have severe acne, you should not hesitate in getting help for it.  Visit a dermatologist as soon as possible, so that you can finally put a stop to it, and live a life with healthy and acne free skin.

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Try one product at a time – To cure acne or any other skin disorders, you may have a tendency to make use of different types of products all at once. Instead of doing that, you should try one product at a time, so as to give it a chance to work. Aside from that, it is best to focus on a reliable product, than applying different ones, since applying too many of them may irritate your skin even further.

turmeric scrub jar and face wash pump bottle

Wear the right clothes – You have to keep in mind that the way you dress can have a huge impact on the way you feel.  Therefore, make sure that you wear clothes that makes you feel good whatever the occasion.  When it really doesn’t matter wear comfortable clothing, so that you would be able to move freely, and be yourself and we know exactly how that feels!

woman wearing multicolored floral crop-top holding green palm leaves

Be mindful of what you apply on your hair – When you apply certain products on your hair, such as gel, hairspray, or mousse, you should do it sparingly. This is because, using it excessively can irritate your scalp.  If you have long hair and it constantly rubs against your face, then it can also be the root cause for having acne infection.  Something to really consider.

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Rachael is the CEO and Founder of Rachael Academy. The online educational business and entrepreneurial platform. Rachael passion is to see men and women fulfil their life long dream of starting their dream own business and start living life on their own terms. Find out more about Rachael here.

Helping Harry Trust

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

Helping Harry Trust

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

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

Helping Harry Trust

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

Helping Harry Trust

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

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

Helping Harry Trust

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

Helping Harry Trust

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

Helping Harry Trust

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Launches Bella Rosa

Oscar de la Renta

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

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

Oscar de la Renta

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

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

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

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

Oscar de la Renta

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

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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Berta

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Berta

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

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Photos by Bride Icon