Indigo Rocks

An Exclusive Interview With Indigo Rocks

Indigo Rocks

Bride Icon first met Indigo Rocks at the Pridelux Atelier held at The Shard in London and we were so awe-inspired by some of the bespoke and beautiful table creations that were showcased.  Indigo Rocks creates stunning bespoke table decorations for weddings and events – all hand-made wedding favour boxes, gift boxes, Christmas and wedding crackers and beautiful place cards.  The creations are designed using the finest paper and acrylics, elegant ribbons and charming embellishments – giving every table that extra sparkle and glamour.  Bride Icon spoke to the Creative Director Jo Rymill to tell us more about Indigo Rocks.

Hello Jo, thank you for speaking to Bride Icon.  Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself and how the story began for Indigo Rocks. 

Hello…. I’m Jo, the Creative Director of Indigo Rocks.   I have always made all the table decorations for my family for all of our (very numerous!) parties and gatherings. Over the years, family friends had asked me to make the table decorations for their weddings and Christmas parties, and I suddenly realised how much I enjoyed doing it – from here the idea of Indigo Rocks was born.

With a background in interior design and a career as a creative director for interior design companies around the world, I have a love for pulling together a look across all the table decorations so that’s why I’ve built the ranges so it’s possible to coordinate our products on the table.

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What does Indigo Rocks specialise in?

We specialise in wedding favour and gift boxes, Christmas and wedding crackers, napkin rings and place cards/escort cards. I’m also starting to work with accessories such as guest books and albums. I’m always open to suggestions if anyone would like anything in particular made though!

How would you define the perfect table setting, what should it look and feel like, and is there a favourite of yours? 

For a wedding,  the perfect table setting is one where you can see the personality of the couple who are getting married. This is what makes a table unique, memorable and fun.

My favourite table settings are when the wedding theme has been taken through all the details, from the linens and tableware to the flowers to our decorative products. Table design is a lot like interior design; when a home is beautifully designed you feel warm and comfortable, the details are all taken care of. It’s the same with the perfect table.  Everything is where you need it to be to allow your guests to enjoy themselves – there’s really no point if there’s so many flowers on the table that no one can see one another!

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There is so much diversity in weddings now, how do you come up with a customised design to suit each wedding?

We always start with an in-depth conversation with the couple. We take into account the colours they’ve chosen in general for the wedding party, including clothes and flowers, and we look at any themes that they’ve already thought about for the wedding and we work with those.

We find that what we do is very different to anything else that’s on the market so it’s a really enjoyable process to create something unique for each wedding.  If a client were to come to us with a blank canvas, that’s just as much fun, and we would work together to create something beautiful for them.  We have a gallery of products on our website to get the creative juices flowing to start with.

We also work very much with personalisation so each of the favour boxes is engraved with messages to the guests, giving them something really nice to take home as a keepsake which is a lovely gesture.

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Jo where do you find your inspiration from when creating a bespoke luxury design?

I am inspired by so many things.  I have a strong passion for pattern and design, having spent years collecting beautiful fabrics and I’m a magpie when it comes to anything sparkly!  I’ve travelled and lived all over the world and am massively inspired by other cultures.  I bring all of this to my work.  I love it when a client comes to us with thoughts about a theme for their wedding that allows me to research and come up with some really different ideas for them.

With so many intricate details in weddings now, how does Indigo Rocks cater to couples wanting something unique and different?

We find every couple that comes to us is unique, so it’s really exciting to find different materials and designs that will reflect their personalities and help us make their table decorations as unique as them.

I do love it when a couple are looking for something different to all the other weddings they’ve been to.  As all our products are designed to be completely bespoke it means we don’t have to make all the products look exactly the same, we can mix and match.  For instance; we had a wedding where the theme was multi coloured butterflies – we made the favour boxes in a series of different colours and added hand cut and coloured butterflies so each one was different to the next, this design, added to the personal messages inside, made for a very unique box that the guests could keep as a memento.

With no minimum or maximum order quantity it also means you could do something special just for the top table or the bridesmaids, while keeping the rest of the guests a little lower key if you’d like to.

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How lovely Jo.  So which has been the most unusual design you have created and what was the theme?

The most unusual one was a couple who were obsessed with Lego.  They had met at a Lego convention and the theme for their wedding was all centred around Lego – they had spent the 18 months leading up to their wedding building their table centres from Lego. They wanted to give their guests wedding favours that they could keep and treasure.  We came up with the idea of favour boxes that were made out of acrylic and each one was engraved with a personalised message and decorated with a small Lego figure made to look like each guest.  We also made place cards to match the boxes. The journey with this couple was such fun and their wedding was so personal and unique – the guests totally loved it!

That definitely sounds like the most unique design…!  Finally, what is coming up for Indigo Rocks Jo, and where can our brides come and see you?

Indigo Rocks plans to keep developing its product ranges while having as much fun as possible with our lovely couples!   You can see our work on the website , on and on Facebook

Bride Icon would like to say a very special thank you to Jo, the Creative Director for Indigo Rocks for taking the time to talk with us and our brides.  It certainly has been a real insight into the world of luxury and bespoke table decorations.  Do send a message at if you’d like a chat to Jo about your wedding or event.

Photos Courtesy of Indigo Rocks

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The Definitive Guide to Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are one of the most important purchases that the bride and groom will make during the wedding planning process. This guide to wedding invitations will make the process that much easier for the couple.

Finding the perfect wedding invitations is not going to be difficult. The best way to search for these invitations is online since the options are unlimited. The bride and groom should have already chosen their colour scheme and theme if there will be one. The wedding invitations should reflect this theme and colour scheme and set the atmosphere for the wedding. Guests will know whether the event is going to be formal or casual just by the invitations that the bride and groom choose. This is important so that all guests dress appropriately and are prepared for the event.

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There is certain information that must be included on the wedding invitations. The first is the names of those who are hosting the wedding if the bride and groom are not doing it themselves. The full names of the bride and groom should also be included. This is so that distant relatives and even unknown family friends will be able to address the cards and gifts properly. The wedding invitations should also include the date, time, and location of the ceremony. If the reception is at a much later time or different location, then this information should be included on the wedding invitations as well. The guests will need all of this information in order to plan for their trip to the wedding.

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In addition to the wedding invitations, the guests will need a way to respond. This information can be included directly on the invitation or the bride and groom can include a reply card with the invitation. The reply cards provide all of the information that the bride and groom will need to finalise some of the details of the wedding. The reply card should include lines for the guests to include their names, whether they will be attending the wedding or not, how many people are in their party, and their meal choice if one is offered. The reply card should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so the guests can easily return them. All of this information is crucial to the bride and groom.

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There are some additions that the bride and groom may choose to add to the wedding invitations. One of the simplest but most beautiful additions is to add liners to the envelopes. These liners are available in so many colours that the bride and groom can choose ones that will match the colour scheme they have chosen. The bride and groom may also choose to have their return address printed on the envelopes. This saves time and costs little money. If the wedding is going to be an elegant, formal event, then the bride and groom should add a tissue paper overlay on top of the wedding invitations. Each of these additions will make the wedding invitations that much more special.

If the bride and groom follow this guide to wedding invitations, then it should be one of the easiest decisions for the couple to make.

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

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.


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


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.


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

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


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What a weekend of luxury bridal it’s been!  The Bridelux Atelier Show driven by the Commercial Director Anisha Varsani of Anisha Varsani Creates kicked off in full swing on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th March 2018 – bringing together some of the most opulent designers all under one roof  at the Rosewood Hotel in London.

Guests were treated with a flow of champagne, scrumptious cakes and macaroons to designs from the legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, vintage and chic wedding dresses from Eliza Jane Howell, and not forgetting the stunning table decorations.  Bride Icon have captured some of the images that showcase some of the latest luxury wedding trends!




Eliza Jane Howell – Bridal dresses




RWS London – Wedding & Event Planners



Beautiful florals by – Maison de Fleurs



The wedding range of cakes and macaroons by Ladurée UK



Jadore La Vie – Caberet & Couture


Charlotte Olympia – luxury shoes



Ananya – Award winning wedding & event stationery


Twilight Trees beautifully lit up the whole atelier!


Some fun and entertainment for the guests!


Double Dutch Drinks – we love the cranberry tonic!


Thank you to all the designers and suppliers we spoke to at the Bridelux Atelier!

The Wedding Dance

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Around the globe couples celebrate their unions with a wedding dance of some sort. Most religions, with the exception of those who still frown upon dancing, have some sort of wedding dance that is a part of this joyous event or the celebration of this event. This is much more than a simple dance. It is the dance that will begin your life as husband and wife. For this reason alone, many couples spend a great deal of time and effort choosing the perfect song to symbolize their love for each. Once decided, this is the song that is to be played for their wedding dance.

BEST surprise father daughter wedding dance to epic song mashup

Your wedding dance is one of the few memories of your wedding that you will have forever. Most of your wedding day will go by in such a blur of faces that there will be few moments that stand out above the rest. Your wedding dance however, is the one time during your wedding reception that you and your spouse are truly alone within the crowd. All eyes may be on you both but this is your moment together and no one else in the room should matter at this moment. This is the reason that most people will remember their wedding dance long after they’ve forgotten other details about their wedding.

Some couples actually take wedding dance lessons in order to make sure that nothing goes wrong during their wedding dance. Many instructors often suggest that you use the shoes you will be wearing for your wedding as well as a skirt that is very similar to your wedding dress in order to actually get an honest feel for how you will be dancing on your wedding day. It is amazing how much of a difference the height of your shoes and the length of your skirt or train can make when it comes to dancing. These classes are very important for couples that truly want to have the fairy tale wedding experience though not necessarily practical for couples that are already working at the end of their budget constraints.

Mother and son perform epic wedding dance

Ballroom dance lessons will often suffice for wedding dance lessons and in many cases are much less expensive if you can take them at a local community center rather than taking private lessons. Group lessons are almost always more economical and can be a great way for you and your future spouse to learn to dance together in time for your big night and your wedding dance.

If budgets won’t even allow for this indulgence to make your wedding dance a little easier to handle you can always opt to purchase an instructional video or DVD. It would be great fun to practice your wedding dance together before the big night and it is a great way to have fun together as a couple even after the big night. You can find videos and DVDs that teach all manner of dance steps that you may find appealing.

Bride and brother pull of epic wedding dance routine

Otherwise you can always wing it. Pick a song you love, a dance you like and have fun without worrying about getting it perfect. You are beginning your new life together as a couple and who really needs the pressure of dancing perfect, right? It is also your day and that is one thing that far too few brides really realize when getting caught up in the pressure of creating the perfect wedding within a limited budget.

Best African Wedding Dance Ever

The thing to remember when planning your wedding and your wedding dance is that you and your spouse to be are the most important people in the process. Do not allow yourself to feel pressured into something that you don’t want in order to appease others. Make your wedding day and your wedding dance completely your own if you are not interested in or comfortable with the idea of taking lessons from someone else. You and your partner will be glad that you did what was right for you when all is said and done.


The Natural Beauty of Iceland – Honeymoon Destination

icelandIceland has become a popular getaway destination in recent years, purely because of its stunning natural beauty and diversity of landscape. The Nordic experts over at Baltic Travel Company have put together a list of reasons why you have to visit Iceland.

The Northern Lights

Iceland’s placement on top of the world ensures that it’s the best place to catch a glance of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Most commonly seen from September until mid-April, it is one of the world’s most famous natural occurrences to view and only the lucky few get to have a full show of them.


 icelandThe Blue Lagoon

Set in the heart of the Icelandic landscape, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and rightly so as it is quite magnificent with its aqua blue water and naturally high temperatures, guaranteed to relax you.

 The Icelandic Whales

Whale watching in Iceland is famous for the sheer fact that you are almost always guaranteed to spot one of these magnificent creatures off the coast of Reykjavik. There are many different tours which offer various different types of sightings dependent on how keen you are to see them.

The Roads

Famous for the vast open spaces and winding roads which go on for miles, curving around stunning natural landscape and rock formations. Iceland is a great place to hire a car and take a long road trip stopping off at different places as you go.

icelandThe Unusual Architecture

Iceland is special because of its unique, if slightly derelict feel. Heading into the famous town of Reykjavik, you will be immersed in brightly colored buildings and quaint little pubs filled with bustling locals. If you want to delve into local life, head down to the pubs to try one of Iceland’s fine craft beers.

The Wildlife

Not only are the whales a sight for sore eyes, but Iceland boasts some other amazing wildlife, such as Puffins, very pretty and colourful sea birds which can be found nesting on the edges of cliffs.  If you are lucky enough to get close enough to them you will notice the different patterns on their beaks which give them their unique look.


 IcelandThe Icelandic Glaciers

Just when you didn’t think Iceland could offer anything more, you find yourself immersed in its stunning glaciers. Known as the ‘Land of Ice & Fire’ because of the number of glaciers and volcanos within the country, Iceland really does offer it all. With over 10 different glaciers to visit, you may find it hard to narrow it down to the ones you want to see.

The Food

The cuisine of Iceland dates back for centuries, with key elements being lamb, dairy and fish, this is because of the vast amount of Ocean surrounding the country. Modern Icelandic food includes local ingredients such as salmon, trout, crowberry, Icelandic moss, wild mushrooms and an array of dairy products.

The Mountains

Much of the Icelandic landscape is consumed by mountains that even the most confident of mountaineers would find it a little daunting. With various breathtakingly beautiful types, some much larger and covering a lot more ground than others, you are spoilt for choice on hiking trails.

The Volcanos

One of the main reasons people visit this dramatic landscape is to witness one of more than 15 volcanos across the Icelandic landscape, with all of them offering varying looks and scales. Many are open to hikes whilst others are noted as too hazardous to get close to.

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Trends For An Autumn Wedding By Veritas

With Autumn well and truly here, it’s time to get to grips with this season’s bridal fashion and top jewellery trends. Our friends at Veritas Gift have been keeping a close eye on the recent bridal catwalks and have given their top trends that will be making waves this Autumn here on Bride Icon:

Forehead BandsBeginning with forehead bands, which were seen on every bridal catwalk at the bridal fashion shows – it seems they are here to stay!  An alternative to the veil – this season it’s all about adding an elegant and 20’s inspired twist with an embellished, lace headpiece. With so many different styles to try, it can enhance the vintage chic glamour look or perhaps go a little more subtle with a plain lace band.

Adding a hint of chic to the wedding outfit, it seems a choker style necklace is going to be a strong contender within bridal fashion this Autumn. Coming in many different shapes and styles, you can definitely find one to suit your taste, perhaps go a little more elegant with a silver band choker.

veritasStill a firm favorite on catwalks, delicate necklaces seem to always add some sophistication to a bridal outfit, bringing a certain elegance to the décolletage area. However, you may want to opt for perhaps a more luxurious diamond encrusted necklace which you can treasure for years to come.


VeritasPendants are always popular with brides, purely because they are a piece that can be kept and cherished.  Many pendants open up allowing to keep a photo inside, which of course, adds a very personal touch. Veritas gifts offer an array of beautifully crafted pendants in many different styles and colours- their acorn pendant is particularly a strong favorite with their clients.

Enamel jewellery has long been a favourite for many women who want to show off their individual style.  The enamel range of jewellery seems to be making its way slowly into bridal fashion.  There are many different designs and colors to choose from, with some popular options being enamel cuffs that add a touch of drama to a bridal look!  For more tips and jewellery designs see

Cape Town

Things To Do Honeymooning in Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape TownCape Town is one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth- so it’s no surprise that hundreds of newlyweds flock here each year. From its iconic and domineering Table Mountain, to its fantastic beaches and surf, there really is so much on offer in this wonderfully diverse City. The experts at Cape Portfolios have listed below their top must do & see things in Cape Town.

Visit the Cape Peninsula

Visiting the Cape Peninsula is a must to for anyone visiting the area who has a little more time on their hands, there are many tours you can book on which will take you to the main attractions of this dramatic coastline such as the famous Cape of Good Hope, Cape point and the fantastic Boulders beach home to the African penguin colony where you can get up and close to the wildlife. You can also do a self-drive tour if you want to spend a little longer in these areas.

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Take a romantic visit to the Cape Winelands

If you’re a bit of a wine connoisseur and have enough time on your hands, why not head about an hour’s drive from Cape Town where lies the Cape Winelands, which you can either self-drive or take a guided tour. Some of the best vineyards in Cape Town are Tokara, Kanonkop, and Delaire Graff Estate. Located in the Constantia Valley, only about 20 minutes outside of Cape Town is the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia, which is definitely worth a visit for a romantic day out.

Cape Town Cable car up table mountain

Possibly one of the most popular attractions in Cape Town, and one if it’s most celebrated features is the iconic Table Mountain. The rocks of the mountain are approximately 600 million years old, and are 6 times older than the Himalayas. Whether you choose to climb the mountain, take the cable car, or appreciate it from afar, this is undoubtedly the most popular must do attraction in Cape Town.

cape townVisit the beautiful beaches

Cape Town is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, each with their own unique advantages. The beaches along the False Bay coastline boast warm water and good swimming conditions; the Atlantic coast water is much colder but always gives off a spectacular turquoise glow. A few of the more popular beaches to visit are Milnerton Beach, Camps Bay Beach and Boulders Beach.

Enjoy the fantastic cuisine

Cape Town is known for its amazingly delicious and diverse cuisine. The South African cooking mainly consists of chicken, game, tomatoes, lemons and limes, as well as corn in form of breads and flour, beans as well as ginger, chili and spices. A few of the best restaurants to visit are The Pot Luck Club, The Hussar Grill Mouille Point & the Chefs Warehouse & Canteen.

Enjoy some evening Jazz

When once it thrived in the 50’s, Jazz is no longer limited to dark, Smokey basement clubs and is celebrated across the world. Cape Town jazz culture has become huge over the last decade and boasts a variety of jazz clubs and events, including the much anticipated annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. A few of the best places to enjoy some authentic Jazz are The Alliance Française du Cap, The Piano Bar, Kaleidoscope Café all located in central Cape Town- perfect for a night out on the town as newlyweds.

Cape Town Go on a couples safari

The fabulous thing about this area is that it is just a stone’s throw away from the real Africa where you can see the wildlife in their natural habit- and there is nothing more spectacular than this we can assure you. There are many different safari tours and operators to choose from who will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the various different safari areas.

Cape Town Visit Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Cape Town’s tourism Centre is located within the fantastic harbour setting opposite Table Mountain, this is where the old historical harbour town meets modern shopping, fine dining and leisure. The V&A Waterfront’s stunning setting has been enticing visitors for years thanks to its status as Cape Town’s leading shopping and entertainment destination. When you visit be sure to watch the street performers and musicians which draw the crowds as well as bustling craft restaurants and markets.

Get to know South African history

If it’s a bit of historical digest you seek whilst in this authentic City, then you must head to Robben Island and the District Six Museum to explore South Africa’s period of apartheid, which came to an end in 1990. The award-winning community museum, District Six educates on the time when the ruling government declared the area ‘whites only’ and over 60,000 of its residents were forcibly taken from their homes.

Go swimming with sharks

Not for the faint hearted, but something that visitors love to try – Shark diving is a popular choice for many travelers to the area. South Africa has an incredibly diverse shark population with a quarter of the world’s shark species dwelling in South African waters. Many tour operators offer shark swimming tours, with them depending on how brave you feel as well as your swimming ability. Adrenalin junkies will want to journey to Gansbaii, the white shark capital of the world- perhaps you may want to watch whilst hubby takes the plunge!

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Design in scent

Design In Scent – Launches @ The Wedding Club

Design in Scent

Design in Scent

London-based fragrance designers, Design In Scent, have partnered exclusively with the UK’s premier wedding boutique, The Wedding Club. The full collection of Design In Scent wedding fragrances, ambience mists and candles will now be available for all to experience in the stunning setting of the Knightsbridge and South Kensington Wedding Club boutiques.  July 2017 marked the launch of Design In Scent’s inaugural wedding fragrance collection, the first and only dedicated wedding fragrance collection in the UK. These evocative scents have been captivating brides and grooms across the country as scenting your wedding becomes just as important as choosing the perfect gown.

Aroma has the power to move, inspire and elicit long forgotten memories and emotions. Selecting a signature fragrance to weave throughout one’s wedding adds an even deeper level of meaning and memory to the big day.

Design in ScentSince 2001, The Wedding Club has been the go-to destination for in-the-know brides-to-be. Not only does it have exclusives with designers such as Zuhair Murad and Berta but it also has the most exquisite boutique spaces in the UK while offering consultation and after-care services to make each bride feel extra special.


  • Eau de parfums for the bride and groom (RRP £120)
  • Candles to scent the home and wedding venue (RRP £40)
  • Ambience mists to scent the air, linen, confetti and invitations (RRP £55)
  • Beautiful fragranced gifting options for guests (From £8)
  • Ground-breaking intelligent diffusers to scent wedding venues (From £500)

Design In Scent also continue to work on a couture basis, designing bespoke wedding fragrances for private clients.  Available at The Wedding Club from October 4th 2017 in the Knightsbridge and South Kensington boutiques

By appointment only.  To book an appointment with The Wedding Club, please email or call:
020 7581 9540 (Knightsbridge)
020 7581 0500 (South Kensington)


Indian Summer Wedding Fair @ Hedsor House

HedsorHedsor House opened its doors this week to reveal the grandeur of this stunning Georgian stately home with an exquisite Indian Summer Wedding Fair. The country house which is suitably located within 45 minutes from London, and set in 100 acres of Buckinghamshire parkland with Grade II listed gardens, became a vision of illuminated splendour to the delight of the many visitors.


Privately-owned and immaculately sustained by the Shephard Family, Hedsor House is not only a luxury venue for weddings, it takes pride in making sure it is also seen as a contemporary and current venue, celebrating high profile events with clients and global brands such and Mercedez-Benz, BBC, Ferrari, Johnny Depp and our favourite George Clooney, who recently filmed his latest advert being kidnapped to Hedsor House for Nespresso!


Upon arriving at the grand entrance hall, guests were promptly transported into an aura of enchantment with lighting effects by Just Seventy Ltd – an event design management company, creating the exuberance to set the stage for an evening of quintessential wedding inspiration.


The heart of the Centre Hall with its domed ceiling, transformed into a ceremonial setting with an elegant archway of flowers by florist Wild About that streamed through the magnificent mansion – creating a bouquet of delightful scents and shades of an Indian Summer.

Hedsor House is renowned for its own historical features and period characteristics. Nonetheless, amongst the supreme heritage, the house also offers a blank canvass along with a natural radiance to create just the right ambience for that perfect country wedding.









Of course, for every wedding the reception is positioned at the very heart of the occasion, and to present its finery, there is nothing quite as prominent as the Grand Ballroom!   Catering for up to 150 guests the Indian Summer theme flowed into a selection of ostentatious table settings created by the artistic Rachel Ramsbottom of Create.  The inventive team from Create also supplied the delicious food throughout the evening, providing guests with a selection of succulent savoury and sweet canapés bursting with flavour and colours.




Bride Icon would like to thank Hedsor House for a wonderful evening.  It is the perfect country house for a luxury wedding with a picturesque backdrop for civil wedding ceremonies and blessings.  Not only can the ceremonies take place in the house and estate, but outdoor blessings can take part on the beautifully preserved green lawns.  Of course, Indian weddings –  as we know it – can be a large scale affair, but Hedsor House can equally take up to 800 guests with a marquee – making it the perfect Indian Summer wedding!

For more details on Hedsor House weddings visit their website

Design in Scent

A 170 Year Old Royal Wedding Secret

As rumour and anticipation builds up around the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it seems inevitable that royal wedding fever will soon be consuming our hearts and minds once again. There is no doubt that Ms. Markle will have allowed herself to imagine a dream wedding to her handsome Prince, and as every modern bride knows, the newest must-have wedding accessory to add to her planning list is: the perfect wedding fragrance.

Capturing the joy of your engagement and wedding through the power of scent is evolving into the next big thing in weddings. London based fragrance designers, Design In Scent, are paving the way with the UK’s first ever dedicated Wedding Fragrance Collection featuring 8 eau de parfums, 4 feminine and 4 masculine, and 4 ambience fragrances, all carefully designed to add even greater meaning, memory and magic to a couples engagement, wedding day and honeymoon.

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Design In Scent’s Frosted Veil eau de parfum, is the perfect choice for a Princess, inspired by tradition and regality with a Heart of Myrtle which holds a special place in Royal wedding history….

For over 170 years every British Royal Bride has carried a sprig of Myrtle in her bouquet to bring good luck in love and marriage. The tradition began when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married. The year before, Victoria was gifted a Myrtle plant from Prince Albert’s grandmother after which she planted at her home, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Today this Myrtle plant still flourishes and provides the Myrtle for each Royal bouquet. Even the Duchess of Cambridge carried two sprigs hidden within her wedding bouquet. Myrtle is beautifully fragrant, crisp, cool, and camphoraceous. Its uplifting scent evokes feelings of tradition, holiness and the sacred.

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Frosted Veil is part of the Tomorrow Fragrance Journey, designed with winter weddings in mind…A frosted scene is set, as you walk from one identity to the next and learn more intuitively who you really are. Day merges into night and night once again into day. Let go and take a deep breath of destiny. Tomorrow is waiting.

Deep Dusk Masculine – eau de parfum £120
Top: Black Pepper, Clove & Nutmeg
Heart: Suede, Frankincense, Patchouli & Woods
Base: Olibanum & Tree Moss

Frosted Veil Feminine – eau de parfum £120
Top: Frosted Molecules
Heart: Myrtle
Base: Myrrh, Musks & Dry Woods

Tomorrow Union – ambience mist £50 & candles £40
A blend of Frosted Veil & Deep Dusk

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The Design In Scent wedding fragrances are available in eau de parfum, candles, ambience mists and intelligent air diffusers for scenting large spaces. A range of miniature products that can be personalised are available as guest favours. This range of fragrances give couples the ability to weave scent throughout their engagement and wedding day in many unique and creative ways.

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Luxury Wedding

Luxury Wedding Fair @ Olympia London

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With intimate salon catwalks, one to ones with the most prestigious and sought after wedding designers, artisans and experts including Emmy London, Artisan du Chocolat, The Wedding Club and more – it is the place to be this weekend!

Luxury Wedding

Debuting at Olympia London , The Luxury Wedding Fair has brought together over 50 of the most coveted designers, location specialists, planners, artisans and more for an intimate luxury wedding experience. Guests are being waited on hand and foot with Prosecco and canapés on arrival and exclusive access to the salon catwalks, showcasing the latest collections from the likes of Caroline Castigliano, Sassi Holford, Ruth Milliam, Emmy London and more, with those in attendance able to meet the designers face to face.

Tickets to The Luxury Wedding Fair, include a selection of canapés, prosecco, a beautiful complimentary take home gift, plus access to The National Wedding Show also taking place at Olympia London from 22nd – 24th September, costing £40, available on the door Saturday 23rd Sunday 24th.

The Luxury Wedding Fair has teamed up with urban retreat at Harrods to offer VIP tickets for £90, which include a 30 minute private consultation with Terry or Kerastase experts as well as an Urban Retreat goody bag worth £250.  For tickets and information visit

In what is an unmissable opportunity to experience the most prestigious in the industry, limited tickets are still available to join the bespoke weekend that will grant access to the most desirable brands and designers from the world of luxury wedding planning.

Alex Butler, Event Director, The Luxury Wedding Fair, comments: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the inaugural Luxury Wedding Fair. In a climate where brides have higher expectations than ever before for their wedding day, we have produced a stylish and intimate setting where they can benefit from one to one consultations with the industry’s finest designers and creators.”

Expert tailors Scabal, the acclaimed British designer Ian Stuart, the connoisseur of luxury bridal and evening wear in the UK.  Caroline Castigliano the celebrated British designer Stephanie Allin Sand many more await guests for one to ones with ticket holders.

Ruth Milliam of  Ruth Milliam Bridal Couture said: “The Luxury Wedding Fair definitely brings the luxury element. It is the place to be for all things luxe.”

Sassi Holford said “We’ve seen some lovely brides-to-be that have found The Luxury Wedding Fair a lovely
environment to be inspired. It is great for us to showcase in a different environment outside of our boutique and reinforce the brand.

Luxury Wedding

Attendees to The Luxury Wedding Fair can sample the couture chocolatiers ARTISAN DU CHOCOLAT, the award winning boutique cake design studio BLUEBELL KITCHEN and meet the culinary experts behind PURPLE GRAPE. The latest collections are on display from the world’s leading diamond jeweller BLUE NILE and the multi award-winning Goldsmith and diamond mounter, Richard Talman’s RTFJ.  The most exclusive venues including THE HURLINGHAM CLUB and CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON, plus wedding planners including GRACE KENNEDY EVENTS, EVENT DEN, AMORETTI WEDDINGS & EVENTS and more will be on hand to talk one to one.

BEYOND WEDDINGS have curated an exclusive pavilion filled with their experts, on hand to offer one to one advice on the most unique and exclusive wedding venues not just in the UK but worldwide.

The Luxury Wedding Fair have also teamed up exclusively with THE WEDDING GALLERY – a highly anticipated retail and planning destination opening in London this October, set to revolutionise the way weddings are planned. Guests at The Luxury Wedding Fair are the very first to be introduced to the concept of The Wedding Gallery, and how its 200 plus brands will help support over the planning process.

The Luxury Wedding Fair at the Olympia, London
Opening Times –
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 5pmTickets £50 advance / £90 VIP

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Rain Or Shine: Bingham Is The Perfect Wedding Venue

With the unpredictability of the weather, one of London and Surrey’s leading wedding venues, the Bingham in Richmond-upon-Thames has now enhanced its offering through the addition of a bespoke fitted terrace canopy.  Whether its cloudy or sunny; the new canopy allows couples and their guests to enjoy the riverside garden whatever the weather, banishing the worries of the dreaded rain and what ifs!

BinghamFor the winter season, guests can enjoy cocktails in the warmth of the private heated terrace underneath the bespoke awning.  This terrace canopy is available for all weddings taking place in the months of October to April. For couples outside of these months, the canopy can be hired for a one off fee covering installation and subsequent removal.

At the same time, Head Chef, Shaunak Singh is launching the new Autumn/Winter Wedding menu.  Aside from the breathtaking views of the river easing its way down the Thames, the award-worthy food is an attraction in itself; Shaunak uses fresh, seasonal and ethical ingredients to create vibrant and interesting dishes.

The new winter menu features signature dishes such as seared hand dived scallops served with roasted pumpkin veloute, potato gnocchi, glazed root vegetables and parsley oil, Creedy carver duck breast, with crispy leg croquettes, vanilla and celeriac puree, braised red cabbage, potato fondant and duck sauce and Opera Cake with chocolate ganache and white chocolate ice cream.


With a unique river setting, modern interiors, comfortable bedrooms and restaurant grade seasonal food, the Bingham has everything a couple could want to host their own private luxury celebration and with the addition of the new canopy, the Bingham offers greater flexibility than ever before with the opportunity to use the outdoor grounds of the venue during the often unpredictable Autumn, Winter and early Spring months. New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day dates are available.

Wedding packages at the Bingham start from approximately £105 per person with Autumn Winter Exclusive Use starting from £15,000 including use of all fifteen bedrooms. For further details have a look at their website here