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

Bridal Skincare

Bridal Skincare: The Pre-wedding Prep Your Skin Needs

Bridal Skincare

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

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

When should I begin the prep?

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

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

Bridal Skincare

So, the 5-step process:

1. Weekly intense hydration mask

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

Bridal Skincare

2.  Salt scrubs

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

3. SPF always

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

4. Exfoliate and moisturise your body

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

5. Achieving the dewy look

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

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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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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

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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

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.

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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.

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

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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Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

Wedding Mission

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Wedding Mission

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Photos by Bride Icon

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.

Scarlet Events

Scarlet Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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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!

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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

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Photos courtesy of Scarlet Events.

Olverum

Olverum – A Royal Appointment

Olverum bath oil with its aromatic senses is rumoured to be a favourite beauty regime for the Royal Family!  Bride Icon have had an opportunity to find out exactly why this elegant little green bottle is thought to have become an essential product for the Royals.

Olverum

Firstly, without even opening the bottle the appearance oozes a sense of calm therapy that already sets the scene on what is about to become a very indulgent experience.  Olverum is a unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work synergistically.  However, what is most important to note is that an Olverum bath is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep – something that is essential to every bride to be!  It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout!) and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu  – not forgetting the unique aromatic, unisex scent.

For many years Olverum survived only by word of mouth – a cult product known in the UK to only a small number of passionate devotees. Now beautifully re-packaged, yet still retaining the same formulation loved for over eight decades, Olverum recently re-launched under new British ownership.

Olverum

Bride Icon has indulged itself with numerous relaxing baths using Olverum and we can only describe it as a heavenly route to eternal exquisiteness.  With every bride, stress and long days of endless planning is all part and parcel of the build up to their exciting day, so what more could you ask for than to pamper yourself with a luxurious bath oil that creates the most perfect aromatic explosion to all your senses.

The Sunday Times Style Magazine recently described Olverum as a ‘bath nirvana’. It truly is… and one that every Bride would want to keep hold of!

Olverum

You can get your own bottle of luxury from Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and Conran. The 125ml bottles is £32.00 and will be enough for 25 baths.  The 250ml size will be £58 and enough for 50 baths. The travel set is £22 and enough for 9 baths.  For further details see www.olverum.com

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

Parasol Rose

Parasol Rose – Bridal Collection

When only sensual, soft and luxurious will do, the beautiful vintage lingerie-inspired silk camisoles, chemises and slips are a bride’s best friend. They are also perfect pieces for a bridal trousseau or as romantic honeymoon gifts.

Parasol Rose

Founder Mim Quin-Harkin of Parasol Rose sources the finest silks and French leavers laces creating beautifully crafted foundation pieces for your wardrobe. Versatile separates easily paired into daywear and night wear from slip dresses, camisole tops, kimono jackets and bottoms. Parasol Rose focuses on the fit of every garment; with every style crafted to fit the natural curves of the body.

Parasol Rose

Parasol Rose

The bridal range consists of beautiful silks in natural colours and more striking brights to choose from – and if Parasol Rose don’t have an item in stock in the colour you love, just ask and they will make it for you. The collection has been designed to make the bride feel utterly gorgeous, sensual, confident, secure to celebrate her big day or as part of her honeymoon wardrobe.

Parasol Rose

The fit of every Parasol Rose garment is just as important to the brand as how they look; every style has been crafted to fit your natural curves thanks to the added stretch in the silk. Some of the camisoles are also available in larger cup sizes to accommodate every shape.

Parasol Rose

See more of the bridal collection here: https://parasolrose.co.uk/

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes Launches 2019 Reflection @ The Shard

The British bridal designer Andrea Hawkes displayed a fine showcase of her latest 2019 ‘Reflection’ collection of bridal gowns in one of the finest venues – the Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard.

Andrea Hawkes

With spectacular views across the London skyline, the catwalk show in association with Brides Magazine revealed an evening of bridal elegance.  Guests were treated to an evening of luxury delights with sparkling champagne by Moët & Chandon and beauty and make-up consultations by Bobbi Brown prior to the main bridal catwalk show.

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes Bridal is located in the affluent Fulham Road, South Kensington and offers brides her wide-ranging experience on classic couture by designing the perfect wedding dress for the modern woman.  Andrea is dedicated in creating the right ambience for each and every bride who arrives at the boutique with a welcoming environment, and providing a professional service with true expertise.

Andrea Hawkes

The ‘Reflection’ collection focuses on her signature detailing of being simplistic but sophisticated and features precision silhouettes fitted to perfection. The collection presents contemporary and detailed fabrics using high quality natural silks and French lace and includes jackets and belts.

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Andrea Hawkes

Thank you to Andrea Hawkes and Brides Magazine.  Bride Icon have put together some of our favourite designs of the new collection with an additional touch of the spectacular view from The Shard!

Shaan Mu

Shaan Mu Expert Make-up Artist @ Aashni & Co Wedding Show

 

Aashni & Co

Shaan MuSomerset House, played host to the top South Asian fashion and beauty experts for the much anticipated Aashni + Co Wedding Show in London.  Among all the embellishments, jewellery and lavish designs, Bride Icon caught up with the celebrity makeup artist Shaan Mu.  This cheeky chappie with a sparkling personality promotes a mega clientele list ranging from Bollywood stars such as Shraddha Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez to becoming a YouTube sensation in a short span of time with his outstanding expert beauty tips and masterclass tutorials.

 

Shaan Mu (Muttathil) began his career as a BSc fashion designer, and insists it all happened as a mistake!   No mistake when a chance offer to do a hair and makeup styling course in Delhi changed the direction of his career forever.  After becoming top of the class in cosmetics, he was certain, this is what he wanted to set out to do.  His career as a makeup artist began in 2006 unknown to the world of cosmetics, but 12 years later he holds a proud and gratifying catalogue of being part of 47 Bollywood movies, including 1 Telegu film and 1 international film.

 

We asked Shaan how it felt to be beautifying some of the most elite Bollywood stars and celebrities in the world!  Being the ever so professional he feels so blessed, appreciative and loves that he has been given such an opportunity.  No doubt saying it’s also been a struggle consisting of a lot of hard work.  However, by acquiring quite the business mindset, he has earned himself the recognition that he deserves as an accomplished makeup artist.  Shaan acknowledges being in the film industry is not easy and even super stars have to go through their tough times.  After struggling for years Shaan has reached the place he wants to be – although we think the world is still his oyster!

 

Shaan MuAs for brides, Shaan is clear on bridal looks and creativity, although he will advise and share his ideas on what would look good for a bride – he will always ensure the brides have their say, especially if they were after a particular look – recognising this is her day.  This celebrity makeup expert is a follower of trends and keeps up with them, but not necessarily all the time.  He would prefer as a beauty expert to mainly highlight their faces, especially around the eyes, lips and cheeks – the holy grail to the art of beauty!

 

 

Bride Icon couldn’t resist asking Shaan who would be the ideal icon that he would love to create a superior look for and, of course, internationally it had to be Kim Kardashian, who he says is a superb businesswoman in her own right.  Nonetheless, there is no doubt his heart is set on Rekha the Bollwood film idol who he considers a beautiful soul both inside and out would be the epitome of his career – we hope it happens Shaan!  We would like to say a huge thank you to Shaan for taking the time out to speak to Bride Icon at the Aashni & Co Wedding Show in London.

 


Feature & Photos by Sinni Kumar
Founder & Chef Editor of Bride Icon

Berta

Berta Bridal Fall 2018 Debuts In London

Berta

 

BertaBerta Bridal is the Italian fashion house created by the mastermind fashion designer Berta Balilti.  Known worldwide for her breathtakingly bold, sexy and alluring designs for the modern woman, the brand has spiralled to extreme heights in the last few years to become one of the most recognised names in the bridal couture industry.

Bride Icon were delighted to be at the Rosewood London this week, which became the setting for the debut of the Fall 2018 Berta Bridal collection.  In partnership with The Wedding Club, who are the exclusive UK stockists of Berta, there was an electric atmosphere as guests waited in anticipation.  Not to be disappointed, the sizzling Berta gowns complete with sparkling embellishments transpired sensuality and perfection.   The creative designs presented an aura of splendour and enchantment but capturing the sentiment of the Berta brand to represent the new era of the modern woman.

We have put together some of the dresses that we simply adore from the Berta’s Fall 2018 luxury collection. We think you’ll agree the bridal dresses speak for themselves!

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

 

Berta Bridal

Berta Bridal

Berta Bridal

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