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Summer 2018 AFFINITY WEDDINGS MAGAZINE

FREE NATIONAL WEDDING MAGAZINE

SUMMER 2018

The Latest Beauty Buys

WWW.AFFINITYWEDDINGSMAGAZINE.CO.UK

Gorgeous Gowns

London Luxe

Some of the most luxurious venues

WIN! An Idyllic Island Hideaway on the sun-kissed island of Corfu

Desert Dreams at The Desert Palm in Dubai

Colour Wash Who says your ring has to be a diamond?


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Editor’s letter

1 My favourite picks……

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3 4 Congratulations to Harry and Meghan, you’re now husband and wife and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, here’s to a fairytale marriage full of love and a happy ever after. I have to say I thought Meghan looked stunning in both her wedding dress and evening reception dress. A dress is one of the most important purchases you’ll make for your big day – Pages 13 bring you some of our favourite designers and their dresses – will you find your dream dress amongst them?

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Many brides are looking further afield for their big day, and are now gathering family and friends and jetting off for a destination wedding, whether it’s a tropical island, a hidden villa in the Tuscan hills or even a palace, the possibilities are endless, page 75 brings you a round up. Romantic styles are still very much on trend, with blush pink, gold hues and natural greenery all coming together to give that dream look, our styled shoot on page 33 shows you the look you can achieve.

Have you booked your honeymoon? Turn to page 65 to check out our top picks, and head to page 72 To WIN your honeymoon at the Corfu Imperial, Greece’s Idyllic Island Hideaway. Happy Wedding Planning

Jane x

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CONTENTS

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All about the Bride Berta Bridal Colour Wash Snow Queen Sunburst Yellow South African Love Midsummer Night Dream

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Desert Dreams Sanctuary in Santorini Island Vows Travel Trends London Luxe

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Be my Guest

Monogrammed Luxury

It’s all in the detail in the new collection from Pretty Eccentric, with symmetry and shine adding a touch of serious style, with pretty beading, delucate lace and flowing fabrics. www.gingerray.co.uk

With all the excitement surrounding the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Freya Rose has launched a brand new bespoke design option fit for royalty. The monograms of sterling silver or polished brass are inlaid into the hand-cut mother of pearl heel. These bespoke designs start at £1,495 and take around 3-4 months to complete. www.freyarose.com

All that Glitters

These 18k gold earrings from Feder Jewellery (£3, 650) are inspired by old Persian scripts and feature white diamonds all along the earring. Just perfect to complete your bridal look. www.federjewellery.com

All about the Bride

Delicate Designs

Sparkle Bright

This bejewelled box clutch from Dune is perfect for keeping all your bridal must-haves safe and sound (£175), and to adding a little sparkle to your look. www.dunelondon.com

It’s all in the detail in the new collection from Pretty Eccentric, with symmetry and shine adding a touch of serious style, with pretty beading, delucate lace and flowing fabrics. www.prettyeccentric.co.uk


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Here comes

Morilee

The Bride


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ELLIS ellisbridals.com


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Madison James Bridal

The latest collection brings soft feminine dresses in avant-garde fabrics and lace designs that are simply stunning.


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MJ401

MJ404

MJ406

MJ400

This exquisite bridal collection is romantic and chic, with highlights of lace, a-line silhouettes, soft femine fabrics, cutouts and more. Demure, timeless and refined, you’ll be sure to stun on your special day.

MJ405

MJ407

MJ409

MJ410

MJ408


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Berta Bridal

Berta’s Muse collection is an array of romantic gowns with soft detailing that includes delicately ruffled sleeves and peplums, floral embroideries, beaded halternecks and sheer layering.


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It wouldn’t be a Berta dress, if there wasn’t a touch of sensual glamour, comes in the form of the signature double thigh high slits, plunging necklines and backs, and alluring illusion bodices. With intricate details of lace, soft layers of tulle, and hints of glimmer, each dress is a work of art.

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Justin Alexander


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So Sassi

Miranda

Exquisite and luxurious with a contemporary edge, Sassi Holford gowns offer the wearer an elegant and graceful British style.


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Delilah Hettie

tamara

Constance

Allegra

Henrietta

These dresses are all about making you feel good. Sleek silhouettes that totally define your shape. The exquisite lines and luxurious fabrics all have an integral corset resulting in a streamlined silhouette that flatters you perectly.

Harriet

Ester

Beth


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Suzanne Neville This season’s Belle Epoque Collection is a brides’s dream, elegant couture in every look and style imaginable.


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Elena Lalique

Beaux

Garland Nouveau

Constance

A collection of beautifully wedding gowns, where silhoutes vary from slim fitting bias cuts to full and romantic gowns, using only the finest silks and hand embroideries, simple and elegant, elaborate and show stopping, these bridal gowns will have you floating down the aisle like a princess.

Coco

Astoria

Corbel


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Gold Embellished Shoes, £795, Emmy London

Besina Bloom Shoes, £345, Freya Rose

Isadora Wedding Shoe, £725, Emmy London

Chandelier Crystal Sandals, £1,445, Tabitha Simmons

BEST FOOT FORWARD Walk down the aisle in a pair of elegant shoes that you’ll want to keep on wearing time after time

Gold Heel Strappy Sandal, £95, Dune London

Pearl Strappy Sandals, £295, Freya Rose

Crystal Heels, £250, Dune London Silver Strap Sandal, £99, Dune London Beleflower Silver Heels, £120, Dune London


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Natural in Nude

Cosmetics brand Bourjois have launched 4 new shades of lipstick for its Rouge Velvet The Lipstick Deliciously Nude Collection (£8.99 each). Each one has a lightweight, velvety texture, is non-drying and gives extreme comfort that doesn’t smudge, making it ideal for any bride on her special day.

www.superdrug.com

Perfect Palette

June sees the launch of Urban Decay’s Backtalk palette (£39.50) inspired by their No. 1 selling Vice lipstick shade. Like two palettes in one, this travel-ready case holds eight nude-mauve, soft berry and muted rose eyeshadows on one side and four coordinating shades of blush and highlighter on the other. These shades are universally flattering on all skin tones, making it ideal for any bride to be.

www.urbandecay.co.uk

Bridal beauty The latest beauty products every bride should try

Wedding Day Essential

Institut Esthederm’s Eau Cellulaire Water spray (£16) is perfect for cooling the face throughout your big day as well as helping to set make up. It dries quickly and leaves skin feeling hydrated and energized.

www.spacenk.com

Miracle Jelly

Fit for a Queen

Luxury British perfume house Penhaligon's has updated its "Elisabethan Rose" (£137), scent, launched in 1984, with a fresh, modern take on its classic female fragrance. A fragrance with (of course) a most commanding presence. Regal. Demanding. Imposing. And yet so perfectly at ease makes it the perfect scent for a princess on her wedding day. The majestic bottle comes with red and white details, symbols of purity, peace, love and passion. A rose blooms at the center of the bottle, in which the pale pink scent is visible.

www.penhaligons.com

British skincare brand Katherine Daniels have introduced Miracle Cleansing Jelly (£25) a concentrated multi-textured make-up remover and face cleanser for all skin types. Containing no water, the jelly transforms into an oil when massaged into the skin, and then into a delicate milk when emulsified with water, lifting impurities and make-up. Its sensitive formulation means it can be taken right over the eye and lip area, and is suitable for water-proof mascara, which makes it perfect for your wedding day makeup removal. www.katherinedanielscosmetics.com


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Arranger Ring, £1,650, www.federjewellery.com 18ct White Gold Amethyst Ring, £875, Sheldon Bloomfield Curator Ring, £595, www.federjewellery.com

Mint Green Tourmaline & Diamond Ring, £7,500, www.kiki.co.uk

Colour Wash Be different and opt for a unique coloured stone, it’ll certainly have you standing out from the crowd Builder Ring, £1,595, www.federjewellery.com.

Pink Diamond White Gold Ring, £1,250, Beaverbrooks Carver Ring, £850, www.federjewellery.com

Aqua Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring, £1,900, www.emilymortimer.co.uk

Aqua Amethyst Cocktail Ring, £350, www.emilymortimer.co.uk


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HOPELESS ROMANTICS

A beautiful, romantic wedding day was the inspiration for the styled shoot that took place at Moggerhanger Park in Bedfordshire. Nicki Spendelow of FJS Photography created a classic theme of green foliage, whites and gold’s, with a hint of blush.


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ara at Venue Styling by Sara, styled the stunning table layout, which featured eucalyptus, laid on white and blush chiffon runners, draping off the end and pooling gracefully on the floor. Sara set the places with charger plates, then decorative plates, cutlery and glasses supplied by Harts Food and Events. A beautiful stationery suite by Olive and Millicent complimented the venue styling perfectly, with intricate foliage detailing to the hand calligraphed invitation suite, and gold brush work to the table stationery.

Kelly wore two beautiful dresses from Allure, supplied by Kate Joseph Bridal. The first of these was an ivory, slim mermaid silhouette gown, a stunning dress with breath-taking lace detailing on the chapel length train. She then changed into an equally beautiful, A-line dress with an intricate lace bodice over an elegant champagne tulle skirt. This dress also had a beautiful back, leading down a classic ball gown skirt into another chapel length train. The groom, Dean, wore a handsome three-piece Southwold suit from the Vintage Suit Hire Company, accessorised by a mustard yellow tie and pocket square, a beautiful gold stag tie pin, and a classic gold pocket watch tucked into the pocket of the waistcoat.

The bridesmaid model Aimee wore stunning dresses from TH&TH, in beautiful tones of lilac lace and blush. Both models wore stunning hairpieces from the brilliant Exceptional Designs’ new collection, which finished the look perfectly. The stunning hairstyles for both models were created by Tash at The Grey Room, and these were complimented by the beautiful make up by Emma Morris MUA. The breathtaking bouquets and buttonhole were created by the award winning Flowers by Suzanne Randell, and included eucalyptus, lisiathus and blush and cream roses, with succulent also added in to the bridal bouquet. Suzanne also provided a beautiful foliage trail up the handrail up the stunning staircase.

No wedding is complete without a stunning wedding cake, and Nina, from the award winning Meadowsweet Cakes, created an incredibly intricate three-tiered cake, with two marbled top tiers, and a gold detailed bottom tier. This was then carefully decorated with spectacular handcrafted sugar flowers, including that extraordinary peony. The delectable artisan food platters were provided by Carpe Diem Pizzas, antipasti including meats, breads and cheeses.


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THE TEAM

Photographer : FJS Photography // www.fjsweddingphotography.com Models: Keily, Dean and Aimie Venue: Moggerhanger Park // www.moggerhangerpark.com Venue Styling: Venue Styling by Sara // www.venuestylingbysara.com Plates, Cutlery and Glasses: Hart’s Food and Events // www.hartsfoodandevents.co.uk Florist: Flowers by Suzanne Randell // www.flowers-by-suzanne.co.uk Hair Stylist: The Grey Room // www.instagram.com/thegreyroom82 Make Up Artist: Emma Morris MUA // www.emmamorrismakeupartist.co.uk Stationery: Olive and Millicent // www.oliveandmillicent.com Bridal Dresses: Allure at Kate Joseph Bridal // www.katejosephbridal.co.uk Hairpieces: Exceptional Designs // www.etsy.com/shop/ExceptionalDesigns Suit: The Vintage Suit Hire Company // www.vintagesuithire.co.uk Bridesmaid Dresses: TH & TH // www.thandth.com Cake: Meadowsweet Cakes // www.meadowsweetcakes.com Catering: Carpe Diem Pizzas // www.carpediempizzas.com Balloons: K.T.C Krafts & Balloons // www.facebook.com/K.T.CKrafts


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snow queen A breathtakingly beautiful blanket of snow within the historic gardens of Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire, created the inspiration and perfect backdrop for this bridal shoot.


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Boho bride with an entrancing dreamy twist, was the concept that was being created. Our beautiful model radiated this perfectly, enticing us in with her ethereal beauty. Alluringly elegant makeup with a dewy glow and fresh finish, was then teamed with a rich burgundy lip, loosened hair and flower crown to create an edgier focal point for the look. This complimented the stunning Victorian orangery we were using as a backdrop, with both makeup looks featuring heavily in bridal trends for this year. Against the incredible romantic Italian gardens, we were able to capture the simplicity and beauty of our bride, accessorising only with a simple bouquet of seasonal cabbage roses.

Delicately laced sleeved gowns, featuring a plunging neckline, showed off a bronzed and highlighted dĂŠcolletage. By using a deeper shade of lipstick, it allows a transformation from day to evening look whilst keeping within the theme. Giving the makeup a revamp for the rest of the evening, but also a second look for the photos. The Team

Photography - Natalie Chiverton (www.nataliechivertonphotography.com) MUA and Hair Stylist – Chloe Eleanor Model - Daisy-Jane Welch Assistant - Kitty Knoxx Location - Castle Ashby Gardens (www.castleashbygardens.co.uk)


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How To Avoid a Wedding Day Disaster Tracy Butterfield Director of Development for NAWP and Founder of 4CWA shares her knowledge with us:

We've all seen them. The couple who found the perfect photographer in an online forum who offered a 'cheap' package. They were promised video and an album of 4000 photos, a DVD and the earth, for next to nothing. When it came to the final delivery after the wedding, if they even got one, they were totally shocked and often distraught by what they received. Next thing, they've told the press and POW! It's front page news and all over social media. It seems to happen weekly - if not daily, and it's so sad to see. Over the last few years so many scammer suppliers have surfaced, seeing couples as an easy target. They sneak into forums for the unsuspecting bride or groom to be fooled into thinking they have found the bargain of the century. Quite often they are calculated and devious, taking deposits or full payments before disappearing with the cash, leaving the couple out of pocket and with no flowers/cake/photography a week before the wedding day.

I can honestly say it upsets me to see this continue to happen when through my role at the NAWP and the 4CWA I know there are so many amazing wedding professionals out there who provide excellent services and products, and it doesn't need to be this way.

Here are my top 10 tips for choosing your wedding suppliers: 1. Don't rush in!

2. Do your research - Check their websites, social media and any brochures, price lists or packages as well as testimonials. If it doesn't seem possible, or you get a gut feeling that all is not well – stop and walk away.

3. Check availability – they could already be booked on your wedding day

4. Arrange a meeting or call – see samples, previous services or products, even if in a portfolio. 5. Ask them if they have insurance and get a copy, check any extra costs like their travel. Ask for their payment terms.

6. Ask them what their contingency plans are – for example; do they have another supplier lined up should they be ill or unable to attend, or if they drop the cake? 7. Have they worked at the church, site or venue before and know what is and is not allowed. For example, some venues do not allow fireworks unless they are silent, some venues won't allow the DJ to use smoke machines. 8. Have they booked other weddings on the same day as yours? With travel, is that still doable?

9. Like all very important purchases; make a shortlist and once you have decided to book your chosen supplier, get a contract and read it! Check the terms and conditions for payments, cancellations or postponements. This not only covers you as a couple, it also covers the supplier and shows that they care.

10. Have they entered any Industry or Business awards, been shortlisted,

finalists or winners. This should be shown on their websites, social media or email signatures. Have they been recognised for their work? Of course you could always enlist a Wedding Planner and use their expertise to save you time and money.

We are very fortunate to have amazing, talented and caring wedding professionals in the UK, do your research and your special day will be fabulous!

Not all wedding suppliers must be part of a professional body to be trustworthy, however if they are it's a good sign. Here are a few to look out for: National Association of Wedding Professionals Incorporated Society of Musicians UK Association of Wedding Planners SWPP Guild of Photographers British Florist Association Institute of Professional Florists AIC Association of Independent Celebrants FSB British Sugarcraft Association The Four Counties Wedding Awards


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Blushing Bride Personalise your wedding stationery with one of these soft blush collections from Papier, that’ll give you and your guests a truly romantic feel. Starting from £1.19 from www.papier.com


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Sunburst Yellow Vibrant, cheery and sunny hues of yellow are perfect for complementing a summer wedding

Tie Wrap Dress, £99, House of Fraser

Pleat Dress, £149, Frock & Frill

Ring, £101, Gemporia

Frill Pencil Dress, £75, Very

Pronovias

Fascinator, £70, House of Fraser

Yellow Dress, £90, Little Mistress

Lace Dress, £55, Wallis

Nevie-Pie Cakes

Box Clutch, £45, House of Fraser

Tie Waist Jumpsuit, £42, Miss Selfridge

Strappy Sandal, £62, Office


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Something Blue

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Blue is a colour that’s always on trend, and with summer weddings still as popular as ever sky blue just looks effortlessly sophisticated.

Clematis Cake, Rosalind Miller Shirt Dress, £179, Coast

Pronovias Flower Pom Pom, £ Talking Tables Debut Dress, £99, Debenhams

Bardot Maxi Dress, £129, Coast

Single Drop Earrings, £59, Wolf & Badger

Blue Heels, £99, Dune London

Blue Dress, £88, Little Mistress Lace Frill Dress, £65, Very

Yasmin Dress, POA, Monsoon


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Lady in Red

Red comes in many different shades, but always looks chic and stylish

Flower Necklace, £12.99, New Look

Modern Wedding Bouquet Maxi Dress, £78, Little Mistress

Pleated Maxi Dress, £250, Karen Millen

Pronovias

Dior Rouge Lipatick, £29, John Lewis

Wrap Dress, £50, Lipsy

Twist Front Jumpsuit, £29.99, New Look

One Shoulder Maxi, £59, Miss Selfridge

Feather Hat, £85, House of Fraser

Kate Spade Heart Bag, £325, www.katespade.co.uk

Heels, £145, Karen Millen


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Weddings

Real Life


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South African Love

Charlene and Jay were married on 13th February 2018 at Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek in South Africa


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How did you meet? We met at a work cricket event, had a date a week later and after that 1st date we knew it was meant to be.

How did the proposal happen? It was our 4 year anniversary weekend and we were getting ready at home for a weekend away in London when Jay gave me an anniversary card where he had said the kindest and most loving words which then lead to asking me to marry him. Jay was meant to read the card to me but was too nervous and let me read it before he realised. We then spent the rest of the day celebrating in Green Park with a picnic and some pink bubbles Where did the wedding take place? Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek, South Africa – the most stunning place in the world What did the bride wear? Caroline Castigliano, Tertia gown

What did the rest of the Bridal party wear? Bridesmaids wore full length sky blue Maids to Measure gowns. Best men and groom wore Hackett grey chequered blazer with blue GANT chinos and a Reiss pink tie. What was your theme? Romantic garden party

Describe your cake. 5 tiers of cheesy deliciousness, dressed to look like a cake and decorated with fruit. Something Blue? A blue garter borrowed from a friend which she wore at her wedding and her Mum before her.

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What were the highlights? The emotion of the whole day. Jay's face, his little squeal and hug after we were married, everyone else's joy and emotion and the first dance to Mumford and Sons There Will be Time, lost in our own world. Your best buy? The wedding planner! Cara made everything stress free, beautiful and was worth every penny. Outside of that it was the food and wine which were all incredible How did it end? On the dancefloor to Mumford and sons’s’ lover of the lights, begging the DJ to carry on!

Is there anything you wish you’d done differently? I'm sure this is the same answer for everyone, but the only thing we wish was that we had more time to take a breath and sit back and take it all in before time ran out and it was all over.

Where did you go on honeymoon? As we were married in South Africa we had a double honeymoon. We started in Arathusa Safari Lodge in Sabi Sands and then travelled for almost a day to Milaidhoo in Maldives as it was a dream of ours to stay in a water villa. Both venues couldn’t have been more perfect for what we were looking for.

FIner DetaIlS

Photography: Wesley Vorster (www.wesleyvorster.com) Dress: Caroline Castigliano, Tertia gown Venue: Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek, South Africa (www.virginlimitededition.com/en/mont-rochelle)

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Mediterranean Marriage Debora and Davide were married on 7th October 2017 at Aiyanna, Ibiza


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How did you meet? We met in London, through mutual friends.

Where did the wedding take place? The wedding took place at Aiyanna, Ibiza. It was closed to the public, and transformed into a stunning wedding venue, that overlooked the beautiful turquoise sea. Guests sat under the shade of the palm trees and the iconic colourful barriletes. What did the bride wear? I wore a gorgeous Ad-lib style dress made by an Ibizan designer.

What did the rest of the Bridal party wear? They wore informal clothes, which were perfect for the ceremony and party on the beach.

What was the theme? We decided to hire a florist to set up a nice, modern and fresh altar using lots of greenery, we then asked a friend to make us two special cushions, which we used on both our seats. The seats were arranged to overlook the sea whilst Davide and I sat on the higher part of the decking. The scenery was beautiful with the turquoise of the sea, palm trees and Aiyanna’s iconic colourful barriletes.

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Describe your cake We didn’t have a traditional cake; we had Aiyanna´s special Passion Fruit Cheesecake, which was delicious! Something Blue? Davide’s jacket.

What was the format of your day? Our ceremony was in Italian hosted by Melchior, from Ibiza Ceremony. It lasted for around 25 minutes starting at 16.30h with a welcome drink; I was accompanied down the aisle by two best men – both Davide’s friends originally from Italy. What song did you walk down the aisle to? The band we had played the song “Here, there, everywhere” by the Beatles. Your best buy? I think my shoes, handmade in Ibiza.

How did it end? Drinks and canapés were served for around an hour and a half after the ceremony whilst we had the opportunity to take pictures. The menu consisted of three starters, which we wanted our guests to share, and one individual main course. This was followed by dessert and a glass of champagne for the toast. The service at Aiyanna Ibiza was impeccable; the team were very attentive, professional and most of all very friendly. The band started to play again, firstly with our first dance song and then a mixed play list of songs for everyone to celebrate until 2am. Is there anything you wish you’d done differently? No, it was just perfect. Where did you go on honeymoon? Coming soon…We are still planning our honeymoon!

FINER DETAILS

Photography: Contact Aiyanna Ibiza Dress: Ibizan designer dress Venue: Aiyanna Ibiza (www.aiyannaibiza.com)

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A Midsummer’s Night Dream Emily and Joseph were married on 24th June 2017 (Midsummer’s Day) at Courteenhall Estate in Northamptonshire.


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How did you meet? We met at school when we joined the same sixth form in 2007. We were in the same friendship group and very close friends but we were both in relationships so there was no romantic link until we both returned from university single in 2012.

How did the proposal happen? We had planned the holiday of lifetime for September 2015 to Las Vegas, Miami & The Bahamas and unbeknown to me, Joe had decided he was going to propose when we booked in the January. We had a day trip planned to the Grand Canyon in a helicopter whilst we were in Vegas so Joe took the opportunity to propose whilst taking in the spectacular views on the skywalk. It was one of those standstill moments in life where it feels like it’s just the two of you and I just burst into tears!

Where did the wedding take place? The Wedding took place in the grounds of Courteenhall Estate- we got married in the Church and then walked down to the house and marquee. We had the most beautiful weather so could have all the sides of the marquee open and make the most of the longest day of the year.

What did the bride wear? I wore a dress by Pronovias. I wanted a dress that had the wow factor without being over the top and I certainly found it. To hear your groom describe you as “the most beautiful he’s ever seen you” definitely reiterated that I’d picked the right dress! What did the rest of the Bridal party wear? The Groomsmen all wore three piece suits from Debenhams and my bridesmaid wore dresses I had made based on a design I found and fell in love with way in advance. It was important to me for my Bridemaids to feel as special and glamourous as I did.

What was your theme? We didn’t have a specific theme- my favourite colour is Burnt Orange so I wanted to incorporate that colour in subtle ways and having a Summer wedding seemed perfect. We then found that Sage Green complimented Orange and wanted lots of White to balance those two colours out especially flower wise.

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Our Reception theme was loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream due to the day we chose to get married and we incorporated that into our table plan.

Describe your cake My Mum made our cake and she did the most amazing job- we had three tiers- Fruit cake, Lemon cake and Madeira. We had a more detailed bottom tier and two smaller tiers with the top tier incorporating our hint of Orange. As my Mum and a couple of other family members are Gluten Intolerant, she made the cake Gluten Free so everyone could enjoy a piece and it didn’t hang around- I didn’t even get a piece of my own Wedding Cake!

Something Blue? I chose both of our Brother’s Girlfriends to represent my Something Blue as I wanted to incorporate them into our day but didn’t want loads of Bridesmaids. They both wore beautiful blue dresses and I bought them each a corsage and they read out a poem in Church. What were the highlights? The whole day was made up of lots of different highlights but getting to marry my best friend was the best highlight for me. The bubble you’re in on your wedding day makes you giddy and it’s such a special feeling. Myself and Joe just wanted to have fun and for all of our guests to relax and enjoy the day.

Your best buy? Flip flops! There’s nothing worse than tired aching feet so providing flip flops for myself and all of our female guests meant everyone could dance all night long- even the Groom rocked a pair!! How did it end? The day ended far too quickly! As the last song played, the majority of our guests were singing and dancing on the dancefloor before merrily filtering out to the Vintage Red London Buses we had hired to take them back to Milton Keynes. Myself and Joe had a complimentary room provided by the Venue so we headed back there very drunk in love before enjoying a beautiful breakfast the next morning.

Is there anything you wish you’d done differently? It sounds cheesy but not a thing! I really enjoyed planning my wedding and was determined not to be a Brideszilla or stress on the day and I really think that worked in our favour. Once the day comes, there’s nothing more to do than enjoy it. Having all the people you love in one place is an amazing feeling and I wanted to make sure I made the most of every single moment. My only regret is that we can’t do it all over again!

Where did you go on honeymoon? We jetted off to Sri Lanka for 8 nights and then The Maldives for 7 nights. We wanted a combination of activity and relaxation so picked the perfect locations.

FINER DETAILS

Photography: Natalie J Weddings Photography (www.nataliejweddings.com) Dress: Pronovias Venue: Courteenhall Estate, Northamptonshire (www.courteenhall.co.uk)

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3 of the Best

Blue Paisley Tie, £12, River Island Dempsey Fuchsia Texture Tie, £35, House of Fraser

Skinny Fit Jacket, £85, Trousers, £40, River Island

TZIACCO

Pocket Square, POA, John Lewis

McClean Laser Paisley Shoes, £230, House of Fraser

Groom Style

For a summer wedding , team a pale blue suit with paisley accessories for a sleek, and stylish look

Simon Carter Paisley Cufflinks, £59, John Lewis

Suit Jacket, £40, Trousers £19, F&F

Paisley Print Tie, £12, River Island Paisley Pocket Square, £14, Hammond & Co Jacket, £95, Trousers, £65, House of Fraser Marto Paisley Shirt, £69, Paul Costelloe

Paisley Shirt, £24.99, TK Maxx

Ted Baker Bow Tie, £40, House of Fraser

Gold Paisley Tie, £14.99, TK Maxx


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Marriage at The Manor Kristen and Tim were married on 31st December 2017 (NYE) at Hampton Manor, Hampton–in-Arden.


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How did you meet? We met at Tim’s CrossFit gym called Middle Kingdom Fitness in Beijing. An avid reader of LumDimSum (my food & lifestyle blog) Tim had invited me along in the hope that I’d promote the gym. After a glowing review and becoming a regular CrossFitter, I invited Tim to a Halloween party where Tim dressed as a sea horse, which worked its magic and won me over.

How did the proposal happen? Tim and I had been dating for about three years, so I can’t say the proposal was completely unexpected, but I didn’t expect it to happen when it did. We had planned our very first holiday together to Sri Lanka earlier that summer and I had actually thought that maybe Tim might propose at some point during our holiday. He didn’t, but ended up proposing a few months later upon my return from a month of intense work travel and a nightmare 8-hour delayed flight. I was almost passing out from exhaustion and I just remember Tim rummaging through his sock drawer and wondering what on earth he was trying to look for. After a few minutes and feeling drunk with sleep, he came over to the bedside on one knee and proposed then and there. It was very intimate and heartfelt and it was such a special ring – a ring he knew had caught my eye by a jewellery designer in Hong Kong, which was customised to add diamonds into the ring’s intricate geometric design.

Where did the wedding take place? I should preface this venue selection decision by first explaining our background. While Tim is from the UK, I am from California and we both met and live in Beijing, China. We considered many different destinations for our wedding – from a winery in Napa Valley to a destination wedding in Southeast Asia, but I have a fascination with old, European architecture and once we announced our engagement, it was quick for me to decide that I wanted to have a Downton Abbey-esque wedding in the English countryside (it’s my favorite show). Hampton Manor was exactly the venue I dreamed of.

What did the bride wear? I was so lucky to find a custom-designed dress by iconic designer Inbal Dror. Intricately beaded with lovely lace detail down the sleeves, it was such a romantic design and truly the most beautiful wedding dress I’d ever seen. What did the rest of the Bridal party wear? For my beautiful bridesmaids, I found flowing deep navy silk dresses (Stone Cold Fox) with a touch of black lace detail and I gifted each of them black fur scarves to keep them warm during outdoor photographs. What was your theme? With a winter wedding in mind, I wanted a timeless and classic feel to the design, flower arrangements and décor. Nothing flashy or anything to detract from the already gorgeous wedding venue, I kept the floral arrangements in tones of green and grey with an abundance of eucalyptus, brunia and thistle for a touch of dark navy to match the bridesmaids’ navy dresses and groomsmen’s suits. Since I am ethnically Chinese and because Tim and I met and still live in Beijing, we also wanted to incorporate some Chinese touches throughout the wedding. After months of research, we were able to find a Chinese string quartet from Birmingham Conservatoire that could play a repertoire of Chinese songs to accompany a Chinese tea ceremony that was incorporated into our wedding ceremony. While traditionally the Chinese Tea Ceremony is done at home on the morning of her wedding, we wanted to incorporate this tradition into our ceremony for all of our guests to witness as a symbol of respect, love, and gratitude to our elders by serving tea side-byside to first our grandparents and then to our parents. In all of our self-made stationary, we also incorporated the design of a golden Chinese window screen into each

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piece. I’m most proud of the pocket in our wedding program with golden tissues “For Happy Tears”. We also gifted every guest a Chinese take-away box for their wedding favor with a slick pair of chopsticks and a note that read “We look forward to sharing many more meals together with you. Love, Kristen & Tim”. Inside, we included a homemade flapjack (baked by Tim himself!) alongside a “Wear your Heart on your Sleeve” bracelet by The Somerville Foundation – supporting young people and adults born with a heart condition like Tim’s. Describe your cake Rather than getting a generic wedding cake, we ordered an assortment of tarts, cakes & rich dark chocolate brownies from a little boutique bakery in Knowle called The Bread Collection.

What were the highlights? Since every detail was managed flawlessly by the Hampton Manor team, I was completely worry-free from start to finish! All of my attention was devoted to savoring every minute I had with beloved friends and family. I’ll always remember walking down the aisle and making eye contact first with Tim and looking around the room and seeing the faces of my closest friends and family. I almost burst into tears just walking into that room! How did it end? With a toast and party popper salute; marking the start of our married life together and 2018!

Is there anything you wish you’d done differently? No, we really had a dream wedding. With so much out there in the world of wedding planning, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and get carried away (thanks to Pinterest!), but it’s important to remember what really matters to you both as individuals and as a couple and let that guide your decisions throughout the wedding planning process. Where did you go on honeymoon? Being over in the UK we wanted to make the most of the time with our family and friends, especially as we had so many guests who’d travelled from abroad for our wedding. We had a minimoon in London and are planning our honeymoon for a later date.

FINER DETAILS

Photography: Fjona Wei-ling (www.fwphotography.co.uk) Dress: : Inbal Dror Venue: Hampton Manor, Hampton–inArden (www.hamptonmanor.com)

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Honeymoon Dreams

Desert Palm, Dubai


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Desert Dreams

The Desert Palm Dubai

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ounging by your own private pool, in the mid morning sunshine, hidden away from the outside world in a little haven of peace and tranquillity, is exactly how it feels when you stay at The Desert Palm Hotel in Dubai. Just minutes away from the airport, and a mere 15 minutes from the buzz of Dubai, this intimate boutique hotel is set amidst a 160-acre polo estate, complete with over 400 horses and with just 38 luxurious rooms, suites and villas, it is just perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. An oasis of lush greenery, polo fields, and stables, all combine together to create this elegant retreat. With regular polo matches taking place, this really is the ideal escape to begin your life as Mr and Mrs.

Some rooms have views over the polo fields, which is a truly magical experience, you can sit on your own private terrace, a glass of chilled champagne in your hand gazing out over the fields as a polo match takes place, it really is spectacular. Not only did we have these views we also had our own private courtyard complete with pool, sun loungers, dining area and outdoor rain shower and that was just the outside. Inside is elegantly styled with a vast living space,

complimented with dark wood, marble floors and neutral surroundings. A small kitchen area complete with a Dallmayr Coffee machine, JING tea selection and a fully stocked minibar completes the living space. The same neutral and dark wood tones carry on into the bedroom and the crisp white sheets add that extra bit of luxe. The bathroom is marble, with his and her sinks, a large bath and of course separate shower - big enough for a whole family to fit!

All rooms in the villa have floor to ceiling sliding doors so you can laze in bed, on the sofa or in the bath and just gaze out over the pool.

And laze we did, not inside, but outside in the gorgeous sunshine, dipping in and out of the pool, until it was time to walk through the beautiful hotel gardens to Epicure, the brasserie style restaurant, that overlooks the shimmering turquoise waters of the infinity pool, to indulge in a Desert Palm Jewel Afternoon Tea. A selection of the most delicious, fresh sandwiches, that included grilled vegetables on a brioche bun, sundried tomato and artichoke cheese mousse on white bread and home smoked salmon on a bagel and then there were the


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mini french pastries - mini doughnut with custard stuffing, fruit mousse cone, fruit tartlet and of course freshly made scones with jam and clotted cream. Not only did it live up to it’s name and look like a jewel it tasted like one too, and as for service – it was impeccable.

Epicure not only offers afternoon tea but also all day dining. Whether it’s a la carte breakfast, or brasseriestyle classics that include artisan cheeses, home smoked meats, wood fired pizzas and luxurious pastries and desserts. Could it get any more perfect? It certainly could. Dinner was served in Rare, Desert Palms signature dining restaurant. Seated on the outdoor terrace overlooking the retreat’s polo field, proved to be a memory-making romantic dining experience. The food was divine, a tasting menu with such things as seafood ceviche, pumpkin gnocchi and norwegian salmon all served with matching wines recommended by our highly knowledgeable sommelier – textures and tastes were a pleasure on the palette and the ambience was magical. A meal here is one to take your time over, savor each mouthful as you gaze in the distance at the glittering Dubai skyline.

Dessert was just as delectable, a baked marble cheesecake that melted in the mouth, followed by artisan cheeses washed down with a glass of port. Walking back to our villa, it’s hard to imagine you’re in Dubai; it is just so peaceful and serene a real arabian hideaway that we just couldn’t get enough of.

Peace and serenity isn’t just limited to lying by the pool or in your villa, there’s also Samana spa, a place to retreat to and enjoy a relaxing treatment or if you’re feeling a little more energetic you can always visit the fully equipped gym or try out the different fitness classes that are on offer during your stay. I wasn’t feeling energetic though and treated myself to a Samana Aromatherapy Signature massage that had me all too easily drifting into a gentle sleep as the therapists hands gently massaged essential oils into my skin, leaving me feeling completely rejuvenated.

Not only is the Desert Palm perfect for newlyweds it’s also ideal for a destination wedding, with so many gorgeous parts of the estate available for you to hold your wedding in, whether it’s by the fountain, outside on one of the tree covered terraces, on the vast lawn space, the choice is endless and the end result priceless. The Desert Palm is said to be one of the finest honeymoon hotels in Dubai, and we can see why – It ticks all the right boxes and more – from the accommodation, to the polo fields to the exquisite cuisine this really is an Arabian dream, one you need to experience at least once in your life. BOOK IT

Prices start from 2753 AED (approx £556), per night in a Polo Pool Villa, based on two people sharing, including breakfast. Prices start from 703 AED (approx £142), per night in a Palm Deluxe Room, based on two people sharing, including breakfast. To book visit: www.desertpalm.ae


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An Ocean Retreat at

La Sultana Oualidia, Morocco


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he beautiful La Sultana Oualidia in Morocco is an incredible ocean retreat offering the ultimate romantic experience and just perfect for a honeymoon getaway.

This special retreat is situated on the Atlantic coast of Morocco overlooking a calm and serene lagoon, set amongst miles of deserted sandbanks. The boutique hotel has just 12 exclusive suites - each room has been individually designed in traditional Moroccan style using local materials and the very best Moroccan craftsmanship. Each suite has a large bathroom and private terrace with a sea-water jacuzzi.

As the sun shines down, head out onto the lagoon for a private boat tour, catch fresh oysters from the seabed and have them cooked whilst you enjoy a cocktail at La Sultana’s O-bar, located on the jetty. The private beach is perfect for a variety of al fresco dining experiences; from relaxing under a traditional berber tent, to a picnic on the beach or a romantic meal under the stars – La Sultana’s staff can accommodate for all needs.

After a day on the go, guests can relax and enjoy the award-winning underground spa. Typical Hammam massages and Argan oil experiences are on offer, as well as a fitness room and massage cabins. For those wanting the ultimate romantic escape, La Sultana Oualidia’s Treehouse room is an impressive choice; this is a place of relaxation and beauty. Made almost entirely out of wood and set amongst the trees, this beautiful wooden space gives couples the chance to sleep in luxury among dense and fragrant foliage; the main tree branch forms a centrepiece in the suite, immersing guests completely in the surrounding natural environment. BOOK IT

La Sultana Oualidia costs from 3700MAD / approx. £290 per night based on two people sharing. For more information visit www.lasultanahotels.com


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A Sanctuary in

Santorini


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arpe Diem in is so much more than a stunning hotel in Santorini. It is a luxury experience like no other and just perfect for a relaxing luxurious honeymoon.

Away from Santorini’s hustle and bustle but close to all the renowned sights, Carpe Diem is ideally located in the island’s highest village, Pyrgos. Perched on the edge of Pyrgos Hill, the hotel features incredible views. Each suite boasts stunning 270-degree views, with sunset and sunrise visibility from its private pool and terrace. This exclusive boutique resort won “World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway” and “Europe’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway” in the 2017 Boutique Hotel Awards. It's easy to see why since the hotel was created with true passion, care and expertise.

George Kopatsaris, Santorini’s most renowned engineer, brought over 30 years of engineering and design expertise in the luxury boutique hotel industry to Carpe Diem, which is his legacy. The hotel continues to be run by the Kopatsaris family to ensure high levels of quality. The resort’s secluded location ensures you get the most privacy in all of Santorini. The ideal location of each suite's pool also ensures maximum privacy.

Carpe Diem’s signature exclusivity doesn’t end there. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Gaia, serves fresh, local and authentic cuisine crafted by Santorini’s most influential chef, Vasilis Zaharakis. It is completely exclusive to hotel guests! Meanwhile, the beautiful Althea boutique spa has been specifically designed for couples seeking seclusion and romantic relaxation. Carpe Diem’s butler service, where guests don’t lift a finger, takes luxury to the next level. Even the manager is called Head Butler. With a staff-to-guest ratio of 1-1, the hotel will make you feel like royalty.

As well as having just ten uniquely crafted suites, Carpe Diem also has the largest suites in Santorini. This outstanding luxury and unparalleled privacy is what makes it a top destination for CEOs, famous politicians, honeymooners and even royal families.

Carpe Diem is Santorini’s most loved honeymoon boutique resort. It’s not just the incredibly lavish suites; it is the exemplary service and VIP services that we take great pride in. Staff will treat you like royalty and let you unwind and escape in Santorini’s most romantic and secluded spa hideaway. Your honeymoon at Carpe Diem Santorini; a romantic experience like no other. For more information or to book Visit www. carpediemsantorini.com.


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WIN!

Your Dream Honeymoon at Corfu Imperial, Greece’s Island Hideaway

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n the sun-kissed island of Corfu, Venetian-style suites straddle the shore's edge. Open-air verandas ooze romance. Palm trees stretch to the Kommeno Peninsula. And warm interior colours complement the blue hues of the sea. Welcome to Corfu Imperial Grecotel Exclusive Resort. At this five-star property, a series of waterfront restaurants invites you into the world of fine dining.

Feel pampered from head to toe with aromatherapy massages and Elixir Spa treatments.

If you fancy day out, visit Danilia Village, where open-air squares, narrow lanes, a beautiful church, and traditional cafes recreate 1930s Greece. This outstanding museum is less than five miles from Old Town Corfu and even closer to the natural wonders of Kommeno Peninsula.

HOW TO ENTER

For the chance to win this exclusive getaway, just tell us: Where is Corfu Imperial located? A. In the Kommeno peninsula B. In Danilia Village C. In the Aegean Sea

Please send your answers to jane@affinitymag.co.uk. Competition closes 25th July 2018. Ts&Cs apply


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THE PRIZE

The winning couple of this incredible getaway will receive: • • • • •

5-night stay in Deluxe Guestroom Sea View Half board (buffet breakfast & buffet dinner) Private transfer to and from the airport Complimentary fruit, sweets and drinks in room upon arrival Complimentary private tour of Danilia Village (including roundtrip transfer), followed by a Koum Kouat of Corfu cocktail • Complimentary 30-minute massage at Elixir Spa (per adult per stay)

T&C’s

The prize does NOT include flights, travel insurance, dining in a la carte restaurants, beverages, additional spa treatments and other incidental extras. Valid in 2018 during open season. Not redeemable in July and August.


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Destination Weddings

Atlantis, Paradise Island


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Marry Like Royalty at

TAJ Lake Palace, Udaipur

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his 270-year-old white marble palace floats like a mirage in the middle of Lake Pichola and looks dazzling from the shore, making it one of the most private and exclusive wedding venues in the world. Reached by a short boat ride, it was built as a summer retreat by Maharana Jagjit Singh who ruled Jaipur in the 17th century. It has undergone major refurbishment which has gone a long way to restore its palatial feel with marble floors and rich furnishings, making it incredibly opulent and ideal for an unforgettable wedding party. In order to have a wedding at the iconic Taj Lake Palace, guests need to hire the entire hotel exclusively – making it all the more special to have their own private palace exclusively for their wedding party. The hotel is home to 65 beautiful rooms with original royal features and 18 spectacular suites, meaning 166 wedding guests can be accommodated on property. The Grand Presidential Suite being ideal for the bride and groom of course. During the celebrations, wedding guests will be spoilt with breakfast, lunch and dinner with specially prepared feasts created by the hotels expert team. Food can be enjoyed from Jharokha - an informal all-day restaurant serving both buffet and a la carte from around the world, Neel Kahal - a fine dining option specialising in signature Rajasthani food which overlooks the famous lily pond (ideal for romantic wedding dinners), and Bhairo - a breathtaking rooftop contemporary western cuisine restaurant offering scintillating views of the beautifully lit Palace of the King of Mewar and the sparkling waters of Lake Pichola (for the main event). Amritsagar is the bar and lounge with a good collection of wine, fine single malts and cigars.

The bride and groom can steal a few moments alone, with a special evening aboard the royal barge ‘Gangaur’, equipped with seven rowers, private dance performers and your own private chef. This boat was purchased by the hotel after it was refurbished for the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’, in which the boat and hotel famously featured. The couple can relax further at the hotels fabulous Jiva spa, complete with treatments on their exclusive spa boat, or by the outdoor pool with panoramic views of the lake.

Known as the Venice of the East, the city of Udaipur, with its elaborate palaces, serene lakes, exotic temples and resplendent gardens, has a lot to offer. During a visit, a tour of the majestic City Palace situated across the lake must not be missed. Here, guests can discover the fusion of Rajasthani, Mughal, European and Chinese architecture and marvel its exotic gardens and stunning vistas. Next, guests can visit the 17th-century Jagdish Temple, a striking tribute to the Hindu Gods, followed by a tour of spectacular Crystal Gallery. Finally, guests can wander the cobbled streets of the neighboring old city, complete with charming jewelry shops and endless winding corridors filled with beautiful handmade textiles. HOW: Weddings at Taj Lake Palace start from approx. £98,000 per night for an exclusive buy-out. This includes accommodation in all 83 rooms and suites (based on double occupancy) and includes breakfast lunch and dinner for up to 166 guests. For more please visit: www.taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/tajlake-palace-udaipur


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Island Vows

Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives at

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urawalhi Island Resort invites couples to celebrate their wedding at one of the most beautifully idyllic, romantic destinations in the world: a small, tropical island featuring stunning white sand beaches, majestic palm trees and the warm, inviting waters of the surrounding azure lagoon. More than simply a Maldivian island paradise, Hurawalhi is also home to the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant 5.8, which is the perfect place in which to create an extraordinary once in a lifetime wedding memory. 5.8 will send senses soaring as couples tie the knot surrounded by thousands of tropical fish, brightly coloured coral and deep blue sea. Wedding planning at Hurawalhi is overseen by a team of world-class event planners who understand and manage an exceptionally personalised celebration of love. Before the wedding, the special couple will be treated to massages at the Duniye Spa, followed by an intimate candle-lit dinner catered for by a private chef and waiter. Every element of a wedding at Hurawalhi is thoughtful and bespoke; from the carefully created venue decorations, bridal bouquets and ceremony entertainment to the memorable souvenirs and wedding cake which guests can design or hand-pick themselves.

Post ceremony celebratory options include a party on Hurawalhi’s romantic yacht, delectable canapes on a luxury dream island sandbank, or savouring the scene in Hurawalhi’s stunning Champagne Pavilion surrounded by dolphins and manta rays. www.hurawalhi.com


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et atop a secluded sea-front bluff with sunset views over the Caribbean Sea, Cap Maison in St Lucia offer four glorious wedding packages. A unique aspect of the hotel is that they will only host one wedding every three weeks, to ensure exclusivity on the day and superlative personal service for each bride and groom. Combining indulgence, elegance and impeccably high standards, the boutique resort’s dedicated wedding planners will assist each couple in creating their perfect à la carte experience and co-ordinate activities from one of the new packages on offer:

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The Premier Wedding Package – The scenic locations for the wedding ceremony include Smugglers Cove (a secluded white sandy beach), Rock Maison (a wooden deck perched out at sea) and Smuggler’s Point Gazebo (a cliff top point overlooking the Caribbean Sea). The package includes a celebrant, the legal fees, tropical bridal bouquet, tropical boutonniere, decorations, cake, photographer, private dinner for two on Rock Maison with champagne delivered via zipline and a his and hers massage.

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Wedding on the Sea –This private and intimate wedding is aboard Cap Maison I, the resort’s 46-foot private luxury yacht. The package includes a celebrant, the legal fees, tropical bridal bouquet, tropical boutonniere, private dinner for two on Rock Maison, including decorations and a select menu, cake, photographer, his and hers massage and a sunset special moment with champagne and canapes.

Luxury Wedding Package – The ceremony can be held at Smuggler’s Point Gazebo, Rock Maison, Saman House (the stunning private residence of the owners of Cap Maison) and on a Roof Top Terrace (180 degrees of ocean views – maximum of 30 guests). The package includes a celebrant, legal fees, tropical bridal bouquet, tropical boutonniere, wedding decorations, cake, private chef and private server, a bottle of champagne, private dinner for two on Rock Maison, his and hers massage, private breakfast for two the morning after the ceremony and sunset cruise on Cap Maison I.

Exclusively Yours - A full buyout, is the ultimate Cap Maison wedding, giving couples exclusive use of the entire resort. The wedding is tailored exactly to each couple’s needs. It includes 50 rooms at the wedding party’s disposal for double or single occupancy, use of all resort facilities, a one-day charter of Cap Maison I (maximum 14 guests), a welcome cocktail party and much more. Exclusively Yours requires a minimum 3-day booking. Whilst the new packages suggest ceremony venues, anywhere on the resort can be used as a ceremony backdrop. Cap Maison’s team of personal wedding planners will take care of the essential wedding services such as catering, photography and entertainment.

Couples can work closely with the resort’s experienced Chef – Chef Craig who is the 2016 Caribbean Chef of the Year, to create their perfect wedding menu, which can be served almost anywhere across the resort. Possible locations include the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, the Cliff at Cap, with its panoramic views, on the water’s edge at Rock Maison or in one of the resort’s luxury ocean-view villas, for a smaller more intimate reception. Wedding packages start at £900 and to hire out Cap Maison exclusively costs from £16,000 per day. For more information visit www.capmaison.com


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Tassel Earrings, £12, Very

Ankle Tie Espadrilles, £14.99, New Look

Cover Up, £15, Primark

Playsuit, £35, Lipsy

Pom Pom Floppy Hat, £20, Next

Travel Trends

Red Bikini Top, £15, Bottoms, £15, Accessorize

All you have to do is pack!

Pink Cami, £12, Matalan

Bride Eyemask, £8, Lipsy

Purse, POA, Matalan Cateye Sunglasses, £10, Next

Cosmolite Case, from £355, www.samsonite.co.uk

Falmer Denim Shorts, £16, Matalan

Swimsuit, £109, Figleaves

Straw Bag, £49, House of Fraser

Sarong, POA. Seaspray


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London Luxe Some of the most luxurious wedding venues in the Capital

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The Landmark London

xperience quintessential London charm in the sumptuous surroundings of this magnificent grande dame hotel. Discover a breath-taking oasis of luxury, sophistication and serenity. With grand and glamorous banqueting suites, world-class cuisine and luxurious accommodations proving the perfect ingredients in making every wedding simply sensational. www.landmarklondon.co.uk

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Shangri La London at The Shard

he perfect setting for your wedding celebration, with the most spectacular views, tailor-made menus and experienced, professional and friendly staff. On level 34 of this unique venue you can host bespoke weddings, civil ceremonies and receptions for 20 to 110 guests. The grand staircase and double-height windows behind it showcase exquisite views over London, providing an ideal backdrop for some amazing wedding photographs. www.shangri-la.com/london

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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

his dramatic historic hotel, originally designed by famed architect George Gilbert Scott, first opened its doors as the Midland Grand in 1873 and welcomed guests travelling through St. Pancras Station. Now, this iconic, five-star luxury hotel has been reborn to combine today's modern conveniences with the elegance of yesterday's grand accommodations. Restored to its original beauty, the Grand Staircase spiralling upwards over three floors, its historic design and cathedrallike ceiling pose the perfect setting for wedding day photos and grand entrances. www.stpancraslondon.com

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Rosewood London

n ultra-luxury Covent Garden hotel that combines English heritage with contemporary sophistication in a central location. Whether it is a grand affair or an intimate family gathering, this enchanting heritage venue offers a choice of exquisite rooms, a range of catering options and consummate, personal service to ensure a magical wedding in the heart of London. www.rosewoodhotels.com


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Searcys at The Gherkin

ake a beautiful iconic London landmark add incredible service and flawless attention to detail along with breath-taking 360 degree views over London and the result is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding. The top two floors of The Gherkin help you create your very own wedding in the sky. www.searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

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The Berkeley

rom the contemporary Ballroom to the intimate Wilton Room, all rooms make picture-perfect settings for tying the knot. Choose one or a combination. No matter the vision, your dream day will become reality within this luxurious setting, faultless attention to detail and impeccable service, along with, thoughtful extras designed to make you feel and look your best on the big day. www.the-berkeley.co.uk

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Claridge’s

et in the heart of Mayfair, Claridge’s is an art deco icon and a byword for timeless elegance. Since the 1850s, Claridge’s has excelled at the finer things in life: glamorous design, inspiring dining, impeccable service. Whether it’s intimate or grand, a ceremony or a reception (or both), the experience starts the moment you make an enquiry. Your dedicated wedding coordinator will curate every detail, from stationery to entertainment, photography to flowers. No idea is too big, or detail too small. www.claridges.co.uk

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St Ermin’s Hotel

lush tree-lined courtyard, sweeping staircase and dramatic ballroom all provide the ideal backdrop for your wedding day. Licensed for civil ceremonies, St. Ermin's can accommodate weddings for up to 140 guests. The hotel’s collection of flexible wedding spaces range from the grand Crystal Ballroom to a selection of smaller rooms, ideal for those wanting a more intimate day. A personal approach guarantees your wedding reflects your individual taste, and the team’s attention to detail means you can relax and enjoy the whole day. www.sterminshotel.co.uk


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rom a favourite fragrance to candles complimenting your wedding flowers. Jo Malone London can add an emotive touch to your wedding day through scent.

Whether it’s a touch of Blackberry & Bay for a countryside setting, or Wood Sage & Sea Salt to bring in the coast. Scented candles add touches of style to the aisle, tables and reception space, and create an aroma to envelop the guests, for a lasting memory. The flicker of Orange Blossom candles scattered around the ceremony venue is incredibly romantic and enchanting. Can’t find your something blue? There’s always Jo Malone London Wild Bluebell fragrance.

Jo Malone London offers a bespoke complimentary service showing you how to bring fragrance into your special day. Book an appointment at your local boutique with one of their wedding stylists. Together with up to five of your friends or family, discover how to scent your wedding day with tailored fragrance. From bespoke scents for the bride and groom, to fragrant flickering candles and perfect gifts for the wedding party, be inspired by the little touches that help to make your wedding unique, all whilst enjoying a glass of Nyetimber and a pampering hand & arm massage. To book an appointment or find your nearest store, please visit: www.jomalone.co.uk


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