Shard

Weddings At The Shard

Shard

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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“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)

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Yevnig Davis

An Enchanted Unveiling: Yevnig Davis Launches Her Latest Cake Collection

Yevnig Davis

From the whimsical magic of fairies, the beauty of trailing fresh florals to the majestic inspiration drawn from Roman Greek architecture, Yevnig presents six brand new cakes for her 2019/2020 collection.  Every single petal, cherub and royal iced detail has been completely hand-crafted from scratch.  As with every cake Yevnig creates, artistry and grandeur with a contemporary twist is at the heart of each unique design.

Yevnig Says:

“I have always been enamoured by the beauty of nature and the charm of fairies, combined with a love for material textures and architecture. The Enchanted Unveiling is a very personal collection, sharing the passion and love for my creative platform of sugar artistry. I adore all things pretty and girly, nature orientated, colourful, happy, elegantly floral, and I have designed these cakes with a nod to historic architecture and dress fabrics. This collection was my chance to show my love for creating intricate and show-stopping centrepiece cakes alongside a diversity of creativity to suit each and every bride. 

I will always be inspired by my brides, their choices and their weddings. I always want to give a piece of art crafted with passion for the best day of their lives.”

Elizabeth

Inspired by the rich history of the Elizabethan era, this five-tier design epitomises the grandeur and elegance of 16th Century royal costume. Alongside Queen Elizabeth’s famed frilled collar, jewelled headpiece and crown, detail is drawn from the jewelled embroideries, Elizabethan ruffs, farthingales, pristine lace and pearl embroidery of the period. Hand-crafted sugar flowers adorn the cake, aged in beautiful dusky blushes and olive greens.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Antonia-Sophie

Celebrating the beauty of summertime, this charming floral design is the perfect embodiment of the English country garden. Inspiration is taken from the delicate silky petals of flowers such as lilacs, roses, hydrangeas and deep pink hellebores. The cake is crafted with an abundance of flowing dainty sugar blooms in a pretty pastel colour palette trailing across five tiers.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Chrysa

The translation of Chrysa (from the Greek name Chryso) is ‘golden’. Inspired by the art and literature of the Golden Age of Greece (300-500BC), this six-tier ivory cake wrapped with a golden olive leaf border and swirl-wrapped sugar flower cascade, evokes the wild romance of the era. The orchid and hydrangea florals are hand-crafted in shimmering blush tones.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Ilona

This grand six-tier wedding cake with an exquisite petal-shaped lower tier and bouncy frills on alternate tiers is designed to evoke ‘beauty and light’. Incorporating playful floristry and painted watercolour, all elements inspired by fantastical nature and fairies. Crowned with a blush hand-worked sugar flower bouquet.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Arabella

Tall and elegant, sophisticated and commanding, this six-tier design is inspired by the classic romance of flowers such as lily of the valley, orchids and roses. Inspired by luxurious lace and delicate beading in white to symbolise purity, together with flowing hand-crafted flowers.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Alexandra

A contemporary take on the traditional wedding cake. This eight-tier masterpiece is created with pure white Royal Icing and beautiful intricate piped features including hand-crafted pearls, trellis, weaved baskets, string swags, small flowers, daisies and vines. A gloriously romantic topper sits atop sturdy pillars, supporting a decadent iced-urn bouquet of peachy blush roses, golden hydrangeas and olive-green leaves.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Anoushig Corinthia C

From the Armenian origin meaning ‘sweet & sweetness’, our Anoushig grand centrepiece towering at ten tiers tall draws inspiration from the Corinthia Ballroom’s striking windows and architecture. Created on an ivory background with gold highlighted 3D features of vines, roses, leaves, grapes and petite cherubs. Floral detail includes blush and white roses, anemone, hydrangea, Icelandic poppies and leaves.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

Luxury Dessert Table

Corinthian dream dessert table. An offering of all things sweet and decadent including macarons, cupcakes, truffles, and décor inspired by the pillars and architecture of the Corinthia ballroom. Dessert tables are available in sizes from 4ft to 12ft, and décor custom designed to suit any occasion.

Yevnig Davis

Yevnig Davis

More details on www.yevnig.com
Contact: 07827 298832

Photo Credit: Andy Mac Photographer

Kerala

Heavenly Honeymoons In South India

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Swimming in the sunset

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

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

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Vythiri Wayanad Tree House
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Swaswara aerial shot

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

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House Boat

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

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

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Infinity Pool at Dusk

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

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Coconut lagoon paddy hut
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Spice Village Private Garden Villa

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

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

Amalia Strings

Amalia Strings Offers Couples A Fabulous Wedding Package

Amalia Strings

Trinity House, the working home of the General Lighthouse Authority, is collaborating with the talented AMALIA STRINGS to offer wedding clients an exceptional package.  When engaging the string ensemble as a duo at £370, a trio at £480 or a quartet at £600, the second hour of the live performance will be offered FREE when booked to participate at an event at the House.  This pricing includes VAT, transport of musicians and instruments to the House, and is available to potential clients of Trinity House onlyuntil 31st September.  If the booking is for more than two hours, any additional hour after the second FREE hour will be charged at £50, £60 or £80 respectively. 

Covering genres and styles from Mozart to The Beatles, AMALIA STRINGS comprise four talented musicians whose love of performing has brought them together. Vicky is active both as an orchestral player and soloist and has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Royal Festival Hall – she is currently Development Events Manager at the London Philharmonic Orchestra. David graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music and has collaborated with numerous professional string ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of London.  After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Alison has performed at many high-profile events including the Wieniawski Festival in Poland, Britten’s Death in Venice 2007 Aldeburgh Festival, and the Rock meets Classic 2012 Tour with Ian Gillan.  Playing the cello, Amalia Strings co-founder Mike is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and teacher and has played with many orchestras in the UK and across Europe, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

For more information on Amalia Strings, please visit:  www.amaliastrings.com 

To make a booking, please contact Zoe Turner at zoe.turner@trinityhouse.co.uk

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

LLG

Luxury Destination Wedding Spots for 2019

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

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

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Bora Bora by – Ishan

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

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ABU DHABI – Juliana

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

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

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ABU DHABI – Cal Engel

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

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

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DUBAI – Lucy M

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

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DUBAI – David Rodrigo

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

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

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New York City – Fezbot2000

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

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

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

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New York City – Mohit Singh

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

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India – Pablo Heimplatz

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

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India – Raghu Nayyar

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

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BORA BORA – Shifaaz-Shamoon

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

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BORA BORA – Ishan

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

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

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ABU DHABI – Martin Adams

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

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ABU DHABI – Zosia Korcz

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

Tree of Hearts

2019 Wedding Stationery Trends by Lisa Forde, Tree of Hearts

Tree of Hearts
Tree of Hearts – Pink Country Flowers Collection

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

Simple and Sophisticated

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

Nature

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

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

Royal

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

Bright

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

Tree of Hearts
Tree of Hearts – Kraft Vintage Flowers Day Invitation

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

Lisa Forde, Founder of Tree of Hearts

Lake District

The Lake District Launches Twilight Weddings

Lake District

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

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

Lake District

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

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

Lake District

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

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

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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

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Photos by Bride Icon

Destination Wedding

Why Do They Call It A “Destination Wedding” And Not A “Marriage”?

Celebrate the difference between a wedding and a marriage!

Destination Wedding
Photo by Simon Duggan

You are engaged! Congratulations!  You want to get married in your dream destination overseas, so why does your wedding planner insist on calling it a wedding ceremony and not a marriage? Well they are not being picky, a wedding and a marriage are actually two different things!

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A marriage is a legal contract

A marriage is a legal contract, historically, it was a record that could be used to prove amongst other things, legitimacy and inheritance. Nowadays, many couples are not religious or are of mixed religions so contracting their marriage by the minister of one particular faith is not an option.  In this instance, they may turn to a registrar to marry them.  The registrar will usually also offer a non-religious wedding ceremony but this may fall far short of the ceremony of your dreams, and most certainly will not be on a palm tree lined Mediterranean or Caribbean beach!  So what are your options?  Interestingly in some countries, including Scotland, Humanism is recognised as a faith and so a Humanist wedding ceremony is also recognised as legal marriage and can include personalised vows and rituals. But for many newly engaged couples the prospect of a romantic wedding ceremony in warm sunshine, on white sand or surrounded by olive groves is far more appealing.

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The wedding ceremony is where the memories are made

These days, it is becoming more common to go through the quick legalities of registering your marriage in your own country then concentrating on creating the wedding ceremony of your dreams, at your dream destination, with an independent celebrant who will weave into your unique ceremony, your values, your love story, your own vows and whatever rituals are important to you. Without question, the wedding ceremony is where the memories are made!

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Have your wedding cake and eat it!

So yes, you can have your wedding cake and eat it too!  You can combine a legal marriage in your own country, then pull out the stops and have that full-blown destination wedding with an awesome, totally personalised celebrant-led wedding ceremony with hand-fasting, heartfelt vows and amazing romantic  photos of you walking into the sunset.  So really, there is a difference between a marriage and a wedding and if I were you, I would take full advantage and totally celebrate and take advantage of the difference!

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Bride Icon would like to say thank you to Debbie Skyrme who is a former UK Deputy Superintendent Registrar.  As a wedding celebrant in Southern Spain Debbie crafts bespoke, unique ceremonies for each couple in dream Andalusian destinations.

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Photos by the kind permission of the photographers.
Simon Duggan  – Instagram: SDugganPhotography
Jason Rodgers – Instagram: jasonrogers_photographer