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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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!

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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.
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Scarlet Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scarlet Events

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

Scarlet Events

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Events.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano Launches The Power Of Love Collection in New York

Caroline Castigliano

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

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

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

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

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

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

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

Caroline Castigliano

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

Caroline Castigliano

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

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

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

Psychedelic Realism

A Wedding Portrait With A Hint Of Hypnotic Realism

Throughout the centuries the world of art has transpired into many avenues of magnitude, patterns, silhouettes, colour and creativity – defining and expressing the intricate points of life and its’ entities.  Artists around the world have devised extravagant pieces that have set the subconscious alight with elaborated visions and mystic interpretations.  One such artist who has taken art into a whole new dimension is Mo Zaic Manchester – taking on a new vision – he has developed his own analysis and trademark with a theme based on psychedelic realism.

Psychedelic Realism
Portrait of photo by Bride Icon @ The Wedding Club showcasing Model Syanne

Mo’s inquisitiveness in creating art with a twist of psychedelic realism began many years ago, but a brutal twist of fate led him to becoming a victim of a serious car accident before he could thrive.  The artwork he believed in so passionately took a standstill while he faced the battles of recovery.  However, his intense knowledge and expertise in self development trained in Master Hypnosis, NLP and Energy Healing were the only reasons why Mo defied the doctors and made a full recovery.   The techniques that were applied are appreciated and recognised from the vast amount of customer feedback showcased on his website www.mozaicmanchesterbeats.com not forgetting his additional talents of being a vocalist and a hip hop music producer.

Psychedelic Realism

Psychedelic Realism

Throughout this journey, Mo maintains his stance on becoming the founder of ‘Hypnotic Psychedelia’ which he first discovered back in 1997 stemming as a hobby then into a career.  His interpretation of this revolutionary type of art endorses the activity of colour and psychedelic patterns, fused with realistic forms of people and nature – taking the observer to look towards an inner world – displaying an assortment of shining vibrancy formatted into a splendid cosmic repertoire.

Psychedelic Realism

A self inspired artist himself, Mo is now looking into broadening his horizons in the world of abstract/realism art by creating a set of unique styles within his portraits.  His collections have been exhibited in galleries with a selection of images featuring iconic artists on the international stages of music, sports and celebrities. His influences aspire from legends such as Picasso, Monet, Basquiat, Dali and Indian artists M.F Hussain, and Tayeb Mehta.

Psychedelic Realism
Portrait of British Boxer Amir Khan

Bride Icon have put together a remarkable selection of artwork from Mo Zaic Manchester.  We believe it would be especially perfect for any bride or couples looking to have a exclusive portrait that includes his own signature feature of ‘hypnotic psychedelia’.   Using high quality paints, watercolours, oils and acrylics this would be an exceptional and unique addition to your special day.

Psychedelic Realism

Psychedelic Realism

Mo Zaic Manchester recently exhibited his artwork at the Manchester Mela but for more information or to contact him direct – see details below.

Website:  www.mozaicmanchesterbeats.com

Email:   mozaic@mozaicmanchesterbeats.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/mozaicmanchester

Instagram:  @mo_zaic_manchester

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth Boutique Opens In Staffordshire

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

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

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

Set in a beautiful barn conversion on the Duchy of Lancaster Estate, this bridal showroom and manufacturing studio is set to be the go-to destination for brides in 2018 and beyond.

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

Here brides will find the latest dresses from the current 2018 Daydreamer collection alongside the forthcoming 2019 Pure Love collection, plus bestsellers and firm favourites from past collections. In-house bespoke commissions will be available upon request for brides looking for that extra special and super exclusive couture wedding gown.

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

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

Lyn Ashworth

Lyn Ashworth

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

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

 Lynashworth.co.uk

Lyn Ashworth

Donna Marina

Donna Marina Couture

Donna Marina situated in Birmingham UK is the couture brand showcasing the fashion designer Marina Zeleznak, endorsing femininity and elegance through her bespoke designs. Ranging from stylish cocktail and full length evening dresses for special occasions, right through to bespoke bridal, Marina is adamant that high end couture and sophistication is the foundation behind her brand.

Donna Marina

Her inspirations when designing are broadly taken from what her experiences in life and spirituality have given – and these individual insights streams through in each and every dress.  Nature and heritage also plays a huge part in creating spectacular eye-catching looks, and most recently creating one of the lightest and brightest collections yet.

Donna Marina

The amalgamations of inspiration within her couture range is an unusual but fascinating mix of Roman culture, Southern Italian panoramic views, exotic food and folk stories, but on the other end of the spectrum Donna Marina couture applies temples, the streets in Waterloo, Birmingham nights and the international influence of the London night circuit.  It’s quite a combination, but for Donna Marina these are the beliefs that materialise to accomplish her desires in creating something very special and unique for the modern and elegant woman.

Donna Marina

Donna Marina couture features Sanya Malik in her latest collection.  Sanya is one of the brand’s strong faces and as a successful model herself, she promotes her own sense of style and elegance that matches the brand’s deep roots of femininity.  Sanya has been flourishing with her endeavours in modelling both here in the UK and abroad, and endorses the Donna Marina luxury dresses with panache and the grace that it deserves.  However, she has most recently been successful in accomplishing her dream of being featured in Vogue Italia. 

Donna Marina

Bride Icon have put together some of our favourite couture designs from the new collection by Donna Marina featuring the beautiful Sanya Malik.  If you are looking for that something extraordinary for your special day that reaps glamour and style, but with a twist of distinctive inspiration – then we know you will be thrilled by what Donna Marina couture has to offer.

Donna Marina

Donna Marina

For further details see Donna Marina’s website here: www.donnamarina.com

Model:  Sanya Malik www.instagram.com/official_sanya

Photography courtesy of Francis Kinsella https://www.facebook.com/frankinsellaphoto/

Silver ring with a silver metal feather by Atif Hussain Whosayn Designs www.instagram.com/atifmod1

Alexandra Pisani

Alexandra Pisani Weddings & Events @ The Corinthia Hotel

Alexandra Pisani has launched her bespoke luxury weddings and events business at the Corinthia Hotel, London.  With a wealth of experience in the 5-Star hospitality industry, and knowledge of both the American and European social and events markets, Alexandra provides an exceptional and unparalleled offering within the event planning sector.  Known for her creativity and sophistication, Alexandra produces and provides incredible, one-of-a-kind events including weddings, parties and private dinners.  Alexandra sets out to do things differently, focusing on authenticity and understanding, she aims to provide a pure and highly personalised experience by centering her values and work in harmony with her client’s needs.

Alexandra Pisani collaborates together with her clients to make their vision a reality. With an extensive contact book of all the very best suppliers in the industry from floral designers, caters to stationers, Alexandra will ensure that any wedding or event is truly bespoke and a complete reflection of the couple.

Alexandra Pisani

The 5-Star Corinthia Hotel in London was founded 50 years ago by Alfred Pisani in Malta who is the Founder, Chairman and incidentally Alexandra’s father.  The hotel gleams opulence and splendour at your service and based in Whitehall, providing an ideal backdrop of the iconic London skylines.  Alexandra has been part of the team at the Corinthia for a few years, but is now taking this milestone step to launch her own wedding business – which essentially has been a dream and passion of Alexandra’s on becoming the guide and pillar of strength that every bride needs on their most intimate day.

Alexandra’s unique background in hospitality is unparalleled; born and raised in the hospitality business, giving her a deep insight into the art of providing unrivalled personal customer service. From an early age, Alexandra understood the importance of going above and beyond to create experiences that will never be forgotten.  She now strives to continue this legacy through curating the most unforgettable moments for her clients.

Alexandra Says:

“This business has been a goal of mine for many years and seeing this vision turn into a reality gives me great joy and pleasure. I am so excited and I can’t wait to work closely with my brides and grooms to bring their dreams come to life.’’

Alexandra Pisani

Alexandra Pisani

The Corinthia Hotel’s in-house florist By Appointment Only Design embellished the whole room with an abundance of colourful and vibrant floral displays flowing from above, that had the guests in delight along with the beautiful serene table decorations and candles – the wedding scene was ready and set!   Visit their boutique from the Northumberland Avenue entrance of the Corinthia Hotel or see more details here www.byappointmentonlydesign.com

Alexandra Pisani

To add to the indulgence, Yevnig Davis the cake designer behind Unique Cakes by Yevnig created a sweet and colourful table full of mouth-watering deluxe cakes and intricate treats. Yegniv has a real passion for integral designs which embraces her individual flair to create elegant luxury wedding cakes. More cakes by Yevnig can be seen here on www.yevnig.com

Alexandra Pisani

Alexandra Pisani

It was not only the vision of the Corinthia that was full of splendour but it was the aroma too.  Creator and manufacturer of fine, natural home fragrances and cosmetic products Stephen Cordina brought together an exhibit of scented candles that lit up the room, but with a magic touch of  combining  the candles with a scented balm of essential fragrant oils, that awakened everyone’s senses and felt exquisite on the skin too.  Visit Stephen’s website to see more of his creations here: www.stephencordina.com

Alexandra Pisani

Alexandra Pisani