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Issue 4 Autumn/Winter 2010

HOT TRENDS

FOR 2011 Spotlights on

Ian Stuart Vera Wang MORE GOWNS THAN EVER!

Big Day Beauty Essentials Fairytale Features Di & Monty’s Bridal Buzz What The Best Guests Are wearing

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WELCOME

The all important Autumn/Winter season is here, and designers from all over the world are delighting us with their new collections. From Mad Men inspired 50s classics, fairytale fancies and timeless favourites to the daring mini – we have it all. In our spotlight series we feature the award winning Ian Stuart and the world renowned Vera Wang. As ever, bridal trends are heavily influenced by what’s hot in the fashion world – and ruffles and frills, floral appliqués and asymmetric shapes are key – but designers have long since realised that variety is the spice of life and have created collections to suit all shapes, sizes and tastes. If you are not tying the knot yourself, then take a peek at our glamorous guest selection, where we feature High Street outfits guaranteed to turn heads.

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An engagement ring is where the bride’s journey begins, so why not choose a style and colour that you really love rather than opting for what everyone thinks you should have. Our ring with a twist article offers some fresh ideas that may tempt brides to be. In our real life bride spread we spoke to Samantha Parry about her fairytale wedding to Wales International Footballer Paul Parry and we’ve found some fairytale cakes, flowers and favours for those who want their own fairytale wedding. As many will know the Wedding Fayre season is well under way and many brides to be will be in attendance at many if not all these events, we have brought you a selection of the best to add to your diaries.

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Spotlight on Ian Stuart

Six Of The Best From One Of the Industry’s Premier Designers

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I Want To Be A Part Of it!

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Mad Men

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The Coolest Threads

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Fabulous Frocks

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Glamorous Guests

Straight From The Big Apple: Vera Wang Vintage Glamour From Wales The Fabric Hotlist

The Latest Looks For 2011

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A Ring With A Twist

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Victoria’s Beauty Spot

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Real Life Bride

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Fairytale Features

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Bachelorette Bashes

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Bridal Buzz

Head Turners That Don’t Break The Bank

Are Diamonds Really A Girl’s Bestfriend? Big Day Beauty Essentials!

Samantha Parry’s Fairytale Wedding

Enchanting Treats & Favours Don’t Be A Chicken On Your Hen Night! Newlywed Chihuahuas Di & Monty Bring You The Latest Bridal News

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SIX OF THE BEST Spotlight on Ian Stuart

In each issue, we will be spotlighting two top designers whose inuence on bridal fashion put them at the forefront of the wedding gown industry.

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NEW YORK TO CHELSEA

When the former US President’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, walked down the aisle in August, she turned to the Big Apple’s most coveted bridal designer: Vera Wang. For a big day look to rival the democratic darling, why not take some inspiration from this couture queen’s breathtaking Spring 2011 collection… www.verawang.com

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DREAMY

Charlotte Alexander

DRESSES

If you’re looking for some VIP treatment while selecting your perfect gown, then pay a visit to Elizabeth Dee. This beautiful bridal boutique has continued to improve and impress since its launch in 2006. Their fabulous selection of bridal gowns include designs by Phil Collins, Bonny Bridal and Eternity, alongside their own Elizabeth Dee Collection, while their bridesmaids’ and eveningwear collections include Alfred Angelo, Alice James, Blush Prom, and D’zage. They also stock flower girl dresses from ages 0 to 15 years, and a selection of Italian suits for boys of 6 months to 14 years - which means even the littlest members of your bridal entourage will be catered for. Add to the mix a superb range of tiaras, veils, shoes and dazzling crystal bouquets, and you have the recipe for a one-stop bridal shop that will please all budgets.

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Elizabeth Dee Bridal Collections Bridal Gowns - Phil Collins, Bonny Bridal, Ebony Rose, Alice James, Art Couture, D’Amour, Eternity, Je T’aime, Romance, Elizabeth Dee Designer Collection. [Sizes: 6-32] Bridesmaid & (Flower Girl, 0-15yrs) - Alfred Angelo, Alexia Designs, Betsey Couture, D’zage, Blush. Prom Dresses - Blush Prom, Froxy Prom, Mystique Prom

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SIX OF THE BEST Spotlight on Blue Bridal

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THE COOLEST THREADS Style, cut, texture, drape, and season are all-important factors in determining the best fabric for a wedding gown. The same style dress can look and feel quite different, when made in a variety of fabrics. Some fabrics cling to the body, while others stand away. Some are cherished for their crispness, others for being light-as-air. Silk—a natural fibre that exudes an innate quality of refinement—is undoubtedly the most sought-after and cherished wedding dress material, noted for its resiliency, elasticity, and strength. Silk threads are woven to create various fabrics, including satin, a densely-woven silk notable for its super-lustrous gloss; duchesse satin, a blend of silk and rayon that is lighter and more affordable than pure silk satin; charmeuse, a lightweight silk satin with a more subdued lustre; and shantung, a low-sheen textured silk characterised by a rough, nubby quality. Then there are the gauzier, textured silks like chiffon, tulle, and organza— all used in multiple layers for gown skirts since they are transparent, but lightweight.

The Fabric Hotlist Batiste: A lightweight, soft, transparent fabric. Charmeuse: A lightweight, semi-lustrous soft fabric, that is satin-like to the touch.

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Chiffon: Delicate, sheer, and transparent—made from silk or rayon, with a soft finish; often layered because of its transparency, making it popular for overskirts, sheer sleeves, and wraps. Crepe: A light, soft, and thin fabric with a crinkled surface. Damask: Similar to brocade with raised designs, but woven in a much lighter weight. Duchesse Satin: A lightweight hybrid of silk and rayon (or polyester) woven into a satin finish. Dupion: A finish similar to shantung, but with thicker, coarser fibres, and a slight sheen. Faille: A structured, ribbed finish like grosgrain ribbon; usually quite substantial. Gabardine: A tightly-woven, firm and durable finish, with single diagonal lines on the face. Georgette: A sheer, lightweight fabric often made of polyester or silk with a crepe surface. Illusion: A fine, sheer net fabric, generally used on sleeves or necklines. Jersey: A very elastic knit fabric; the face has lengthwise ribs and the underside has crosswise ribs. Moire: A heavy silk taffeta with a subtle, wavy design. Organdy: A stiff transparent fabric.

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Peau de Soie: A soft satin-faced, high-quality cloth with a dull lustre, fine ribs, and a grainy appearance. Pique: A lengthwise rib weave in medium to heavy weights; wrinkles badly unless given a wrinkle-free finish. Satin: A heavy, smooth fabric with a high sheen on one side; very common in bridal gowns. Silk Gazar: A four-ply silk organza. Silk Mikado: A brand of blended silk, usually heavier than 100-percent silk. Silk-faced Satin: A smooth silk satin, with a glossy front and matte back. Shantung: Similar to a raw silk, shantung is characterized by its slubbed texture. Taffeta: Crisp and smooth, with a slight rib; not frequently used. Tulle: Netting made of silk, nylon, or rayon; used primarily for skirts and veils (think ballerina tutus). Velvet: A soft, thick fabric with a felted face and plain underside.

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STUDIO STYLE The Bridal Studio is a gorgeous, art deco inspired haven for brides in West Wales. Their stunning selection of wedding gowns by acclaimed designers such as Paloma Blanca, Jean Fox, Sylvia Rose, Jasmine and Impression, means you’re sure to find the dress of your dreams. Situated next to Carmarthen Castle, you’ll discover three floors of sumptuous bridal dresses, bridesmaids’ outfits, shoes and accessories - most of which are available exclusively at the Bridal Studio! The bridal studio offers a warm, friendly and attentive service in the privacy of a wonderfully spacious second floor viewing room - an entire floor dedicated especially to you and your guests. The boutique is situated on the ground floor and is proving extremely popular for its exclusive occasionwear at affordable prices. Its strong emphasis on trendy dresses for wedding guests, balls, black tie evenings, cruises means there’s plenty of treats for all occasions. The bridal studio and boutique recently held an exciting and successful launch party where guests were treated to champagne and cupcakes, and had a sneak preview of the fabulous new collections. For more information, or to book an appointment at the Emma Phillips Bridal Studio & Boutique visit www.emmaphillipsbridal.com

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FROCKS

NOT ROCKS RULE THE DAY!

Whether you have that all-important rock on your wedding finger or not, us girls can’t help but sit up and take notice of the latest bridal trends and so, without further ado here are the top trends of the season!

Short & Sweet Like music to the fashion maverick’s ears, if you are the kind of bride prepared to shun that traditional meringue and aim for something different, then the mini lengths are perfect for you and your wedding. An overwhelming amount of designers showed daring mini dresses this season, securing the sexy style as a sure trend. Some showed frocks with hemlines modestly hovering above the knee, while other more risqué styles moved even further up the thigh.

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This look is definitely a dress for bombshell brides; eye-wateringly short and seriously glamorous, wall flowers need not apply. If you have the pins to pull it off, we love the strapless, itsy bitsy design with gorgeous voluminous layers.

We think this is the perfect dress for those who can’t decide whether to do long or short, because it does both! With the sassy mini length at the front and long train of tulle at the back, it offers you the appeal of going short while still protecting your modesty from behind. It is a real show-off frock that has oodles of wow factor.

2. The Classic With A Twist From Amsale: We could see Holly Golightly getting hitched in this frock. Short but sweet and simple but different, it is a mini with class. The elegant high neck and fitted bodice coupled with the classic shift shape and cute bow detail make it classic enough, but still a quirky choice. We would style it up with simple vintage accessories to maximise its retro appeal.

4. The Column With Curves From Oscar De La Renta: This slinky mermaid-shape dress has so much more to offer than a sexy figurehugging fit. With its gathered ruched side detail and stiff curvy folds at the shoulder and hips, it makes a quiet statement, but definitely offers an individual look for those seeking something different for their big day.

Fairytale Tulle

If you have ever dreamed of that princess wedding with the fullon tutu dress, then you are in luck this season, as the designers have been in full princess mode, designing wedding dresses in layer upon layer of enveloping tulle. A huge trend this season, generous wisps of the ‘light as a feather’ fabric adorned dresses in almost every collection. From puffy, cloud-like styles, to classic princess designs and lightweight dresses that seemed to simply float down the catwalk, transparent acres of tulle were everywhere we looked.

1. The Tulle Fantasy From Monique Lhuillier: A frothy, rosette covered princess-length dress with a long, cascading train, this look embodies romance and femininity. Fit for a princess, if you are looking for gasps of delight, this is your dress.

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dramatic fashion to layers of spiky tulle. Almost flamenco-like in design, this spunky style screams that tulle can be sexy and not just soft.

Tulle doesn’t have to be all wispy and light and this dress shows the tougher side of the fabric, all thanks to a body hugging strapless 2011 is certainly set to be a year of Ooh La La in bridal fashion, and there is certainly a style, cut or bodice that snakes down to the mid-thigh before fanning out in a fabric to suit us all.

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GLAM GUESTS

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A RING WITH A TWIST

in mind, while others search for an authentic vintage ring with that unusual, retro look. Antique engagement rings also feature older designs with unique stones. Retro styles often feature coloured diamonds or other gems such as aquamarines, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. Many of these rings use intricate filigrees and delicate accent stones along the bands.

For many couples unusual engagement rings symbolise not only their relationship, but their individuality as well. A unique ring can capture the personality of the bride-to-be as well as the couple, and is all the more significant because of its charm.

Bezel/Semi Bezel Setting Bezel settings hold stones in place by using a metal ring instead of prongs. The metal ring completely encircles the stone and embeds it into the setting. A bezel set engagement ring is perfect for the woman who leads an active lifestyle or never removes her ring. Without the sharp corners of prongs, the chances are less that the setting will catch on something. In this way, the stone is more secure and the ring less likely to be damaged.

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The retro style of the 1920s through the 1950s is popular among many women today. Some simply want their rings designed with the past

Pave Setting Pave setting engagement rings feature diamonds or other stones encrusted into the band, making the entire ring appear to be made from precious stones. These exquisite settings can be quite expensive, however, and to avoid a higher price couples can consider using semi-precious stones to pave the ring.

Channel Setting A channel setting is a ring style where the stones are set into the band itself, usually in a continuous line. These settings are very popular for anniversary bands and men’s wedding bands, but would make a unique choice for an engagement ring as well. While many engagement rings include accent stones in a channel setting, a ring that uses solely this type of recessed setting would be quite unusual.

Birthstones

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A rising trend for unusual engagement rings is to use the birthstones of the bride and groom when designing the ring. There may be a central diamond flanked by the gemstones, or the stones themselves can be a focal point in the ring’s design. This not only creates a unique ring, but also imbues it with personal significance to the couple.

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If a diamond is your choice but you want something a bit unusual, think about coloured diamonds. Coloured diamonds open up a whole world of choices. You can choose from pinks, reds, yellows, greens, and blues. Another choice for a coloured diamond is to actually choose one of a lower grade, which would then have a yellow or brownish tint. Colour is one of the factors affecting a stone’s price, and if you prefer a coloured stone that qualifies as lower grade, you can create an unusual engagement ring at a significant discount. Remember it’s your choice!

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Victoria’s BEAUTY SPOT

BRIDAL BEAUTY MUSTS Golden Girl

Combining a luxurious blend of gold radiance pigments with precious oil of Myrrh rejuvenating complex, Guerlain’s Parure Gold Fluid Foundation (£47) is sheer luxury in a bottle. The pigments help to instantly smooth and correct the complexion, while the complex revives a youthful radiance that will allow you to look enviably flawless on the big day.

French Kiss Inspired by the flamboyant colours of John Galliano’s fashion shows, the Dior Addict Utra Gloss (£18) not only enhances the volume and colour of your pout, but also allows you to choose from three different effects — glow, pearl and flash — that will make for utterly kissable lips.

Good To Glow Restore luminosity and gain a radiant visage with the help of these magnificent marvels… Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Thermafoliant, (£37.40) combines physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture, while advanced technology ingredients both condition and treat the skin to leave your face perfectly polished. Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with Elemis’s award-winning Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Serum (£95), which has a non-abrasive peeling action that smoothes the skin’s surface.

Line Up A). Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner, £13 B). Benefit BADgal Waterproof Eye Pencil, £14 C). Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £15

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ROYAL TREATMENT Samantha Parry tells us about her fairytale wedding day to footballer Paul Parry that was fit for a princess…

perfect. My tiara was also from Allison Jayne and my veil belonged to my sister, Jody, who married nine months before so it doubled up as my 'something borrowed'! I was lucky enough to have my daughter Megan as my flower girl. She wore a little dress with pink rose petals to match the bridesmaids, and looked like a little princess with her flower headband and fairy wand. My sisters Jody and Emma were my bridesmaids and my closest friend Sarah was my maid of honour - and they all looked beautiful in their bright pink John Lesley dresses. Paul had two ushers - RJ and James, and his best man was his friend from school, John. They all wore outfits from Dyfed Menswear that Paul chose. I had my hair done by a hairdresser friend called Annie, who did a fantastic job. I wanted a style that was sophisticated but sexy, down but slightly off my face - I'm not fussy, honest!

Paul and I met through friends and we hit it off straight away. We'd been together almost five years before we finally tied the knot. The proposal was very romantic. Paul whisked me away on a surprise weekend to London where, on the first night, we stayed in a fabulous hotel and drank champagne. The next day he took me to Harrods and Selfridges where he took me for a gorgeous lunch at Langan's. The restaurant is a special place to us as it was the place we dined on our first time away together. After shopping and eating, we sampled the luxurious health spa at The Grove.

The following day Paul had arranged for me to be utterly pampered with all the spa treatments you could imagine - it was perfect! I've had horses all my life, and I'd always said how I'd love a horse and carriage for my wedding day. After our engagement, Paul told me that he'd booked the most beautiful ivory carriage with two black horses from Ben Ford. He's so thoughtful and romantic! Being a girlie girl, I decided on a pink colour scheme for the day. The flowers, which were from the Village Flower Studio were inkeeping with the colour scheme. Rob and CJ were invaluable on the day and their finishing touches were spot on - the church pews were decorated with pink roses and they even placed small lanterns in the trees! I traveled as far as Manchester to hunt down the perfect dress, but I ended up opting for my first choice! It was a gown by Maggie Sottero from Allison Jayne in Cardiff that weighed over two stones. I'd always dreamt of having a big dress so it was

Our ceremony took place at St Mary's church in Marshfield. This is where I was christened and confirmed as a child so it was really meaningful to get married there too. We had the reception in a marquee in my parents' garden - it was the house that I grew up in so it has many fond memories. My photographer for the day was Mike Dearden of Dearden Studio. We chose Mike as he did a superb job with my sister's wedding photography and he is so professional and easy to work with.

Paul and I both agree that it was a fairytale wedding come true.

That evening, Paul had arranged a private table for us next to the fountains outside, decorated with pink petals and a bottle of pink Champagne. I had no idea that he was intending to propose, but then he walked me to the fountains, got down on one knee and brought out the most stunning engagement ring. The view of the fountains and fields was to die for and made the moment absolutely perfect. To top it off, when we returned to the hotel room, there were rose petals leading the way to the room, and scattered on the bed and in the bath.

We chose our rings from Parkhouse. Paul and I always said we would have matching bands of diamonds - my wedding band had three rows and Paul's had six - and the vicar who married us actually made a joke about them being so bling when he was blessing them!

We gave welshcakes made by my Aunty Helen as favours, and our stunning four-tier wedding cake which was a mixture of sponge and chocolate cake with roses draped down the one side. The Classic Soul Dogs provided the entertainment for the evening and kept everyone dancing all night. We had our first dance to Bryan Adams' 'Everything I Do' - it was such a special moment and it brought tears to my eyes. Paul and I both agree that it was a fairytale wedding come true. The only thing that didn't go to plan was our attempt to set off lanterns at the end of the night. Some went off and some came flying straight back down and landed on the guests, including my brother-in-law, who burnt his face! We spent the wedding night at The Celtic Manor. I was about to order a taxi until my parents surprised me by hiring us a vintage Bentley to drive us there! That night it took about two hours to undo the corset I was wearing, which frustrated Paul! A word of advice to future brides: always get somebody to undo the corset before you leave with your husband! Paul booked the honeymoon and kept it a secret so it was a total surprise. We flew first class to Barbados for a week then spent three days in New York at the Plaza Hotel where they filmed Home Alone 2. We had such an amazing time, and drank lots of champagne and cocktails so it was time to detox when we got home!

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3rd Oct. Ffos Las Racecourse, Trimsaran, SA17 4DE. Tel: 01554 811092 10th Oct. Copthorne Hotel - Cardiff, Culverhouse Cross, CF5 6DH. Tel: 029 20599100 17th Oct. Llechwen Hall, Llanfabon, Mid-Glam, CF37 4HP. Tel: 01443 742050 17th Oct. Tintern Abbey Hotel, Monmouth, Tintern, Chepstow, NP6 6SF. 24th Oct. The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW. Tel: 01656 815995 To include fashion shows at 12.30 & 2.30 (Entrance fee will be charged). 24th Oct. Heritage Park Hotel, Pontypridd, CF37 2NP. Tel: 01443 687057 31st Oct. Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1PG. Tel: 01633 450521 7th Nov. Canada Lake and Lodge, Creigiau, CF15 9NF. Tel: 029 20892090 7th Nov. Holiday Inn-Newport, The Coldra, NP18 2YG. Tel: 01633 412777 21st Nov. De Courceys Manor, Tyla Morris Ave, Pentyrch, CF15 9QN. 28th Nov. Stradey Park, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4HA. Tel: 01554 758171 5th Dec. Pentrebach House, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4BD. Tel: 01443 693616

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9th Jan. Holiday Inn-Newport, The Coldra, NP18 2YG. Tel: 01633 412777 16th Jan. Copthorne Hotel-Cardiff, Culverhouse Cross, CF5 6DH. Tel: 029 20599100 23rd Jan. Heritage Park Hotel, Coed Cae Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2NP. Tel: 01443 687057 6th Feb. Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1PG. Tel: 01633 450521 13th Feb. Llechwen Hall, Llanfabon, Mid Glam, CF37 4HP. Tel: 01443 742050 27th Feb. Stradey Park, Furnace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4HA. Tel: 01554 758171 6th March. Canada Lake and Lodge, Creigiau, CF15 9NF. Tel: 029 20892090

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Add a splash of enchanting elegance to your big day with these dreamy details... This delicate design by Alison Bentley, with its fusion of soft, feminine hues and pretty pearls, provides a chic bridal bouquet that will stand the test of time. www.bentleyflowers.com

Dazzle your guests with these scrumptious edible glitter-adorned cupcakes by Cakes For Celebrations. www.cakesforcelebrations.co.uk

Make like Cinderella and her iconic slipper with these indulgent white chocolate shoe favours by Cocoa & Co. www.cocoandco.co.uk

Add a touch of Narnia to your big day with Creative Flowers’ ethereal themed displays and sets. www.creativeflowers-cardiff.co.uk

Add a touch of elegance with this beautiful white rose and frosted berry diamante wrist corsage by Pink Corsage. www.pinkcorsage.co.uk

These deliciously scented candles by Jo Malone are warm and inviting, and will create an ethereal atmosphere for your wedding reception. www.jomalone.co.uk

Highlight your ‘happily ever after’ with this fairytale Castle Coch cake by Designer Cakes. www.designercakes.co.uk

This charming creation by the Village Flower Studio combines beautiful white roses with crystals and white feathers to create a bridal bouquet that’s fit for a princess. www.villageflowerstudio.com

Cast a spell on your guests with these bewitching wedding favours by Fairfield Gardens. Blends include love potions, happiness in a bottle and a recipe for wealth. www.fairfieldgardens.co.uk

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BACHELORETTE BASHES

Forget the hassle and hours of planning a hen weekend away - Europe's youngest, most vibrant capital is overflowing with options that will make your hen party utterly unforgettable‌ If your idea of the perfect girlie get-together involves some serious pampering then indulge with a spa day at the prestigious Forum Spa at the Celtic Manor Resort. Their heavenly packages boast tempting treatments such as elemis facials, hot stone massage, Rasul mud treatments, and luxury manicure and pedicures. You and your party are also treated to a healthy yet delicious bento box lunch and full use of the spa's myriad facilities. www.celtic-manor.com

For those who would rather get physical, Polestars offer a variety of themed dance parties that will appeal to all tastes. Whether you fancy shedding your inhibitions with a pole dancing class, not letting anyone put Baby in the corner with a Dirty Dancing party, or channeling your inner Dita Von Tease with a burlesque lesson - these fabulously feminine packages make ideal bonding experiences for the entire hen party. www.polestars.net

For a more relaxed, intimate affair, indulge in a spot of afternoon tea at the charming Waterloo Gardens Teahouse. The quaint experience includes a variety of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, a selection of delicious cakes (such as white chocolate and raspberry, courgette with lime and coffee with Tia Maria), and your choice of loose-leaf tea from their impressive menu. www.waterlootea.com

No matter what the weather outside, you can turn up the heat at Las Havanas. Their stunning selection of cocktails, teamed with delicious Mediterranean cuisine, table decorations, and a beach party atmosphere - not to mention the option of adding some salsa or belly dancing lessons or a cocktail masterclass to the equation - is sure to make for a red hot hen party! www.lashavanas.co.uk

Looking to use your hen party as an excuse to try your hand at something new? Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre offers an exciting array of activities that will make for an action-packed day. Hen packages offer the chance to experience an exhilarating day of quad biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, gorge walking, or a high powered speed boat ride meaning there's an adrenalinerush to be had by all. www.adventurewales.co.uk

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RECIPE FOR ROMANCE Former chef to the stars and TV cookery extraordinaire, Angela Gray, is an expert at creating recipes to suit all occasions. Having cooked for the likes of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and presented such shows as 'Hot Stuff' for BBC Wales, Angela has built up a wealth of culinary knowledge and all things tasty. Angela, who will be demonstrating at this year's Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, says: "When you think of romance, you think of restaurants and meals for two, but there's no reason why you can't recreate this romantic atmosphere at home. "There are so many recipes that would be perfect for couple's spending a quiet night in; pastas and spicy sauces are great, as well as things you can share. I suggest cooking the meal together which can be a lot of fun and involve a lot of bodily contact-especially in a small kitchen!" To watch Angela in action, catch her at the Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, where she will be demonstrating quick and easy seasonal dishes at 11:30am on the Saturday at the Sigma 3 demo area in the Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park.

FINISHING TOUCHES COVER UP! Chair covers and bows

can dramatically transform an ordinary venue into a sumptuous and stylish affair. Bassrock Chair Covers is a specialist supplier of high quality covers and sashes who pride themselves on their attention to detail and friendly professional service. Whether you’re planning a small intimate occasion or a grand soiree, the dedicated team can help makeover any size event, working closely with you, your venue, wedding co-ordinator and/or planner to help make your vision a reality on your special day. The luxurious chair covers are tailored to fit a wide variety of banquet chairs, to ensure the finished look - enhanced with an elegant coloured sash to complement your colour scheme - is a perfect fit.

Perfect your wedding reception’s look, atmosphere, and success with the help of these all-important details…

SITTING PRETTY After 20 years of establishing themselves as one of Wales’ most prestigious interior

design companies, Camelot Interiors are now extending their capable hands to the wedding world. Their tailor made approach to each project means their help - from a full interior design services to the supplying of first class curtains, blinds and window dressings - is in high demand, and has earned them an impressive portfolio of both public and private sector clients. Their renowned personal touch and fine selection of fabrics can now ensure the chairs on your wedding day are dressed to impress, no matter what the shape, size or budget. For more information please visit: www.camelotinteriors.co.uk

ALL A FLUTTER They’re an iconic symbol of peace, love, and serenity, so what JUST DANCE! For a truly memorable wedding night, Disco

Bassrock also offers a dry cleaning service specialising in the cleaning of wedding gowns - so you can let loose and enjoy your day, safe in the knowledge that your dream dress can carry on looking its very best for years to come.

4 Weddings provide entertainment packages you will truly treasure. The experienced DJ will masterfully combine your choice of tunes and an amazing laser lighting system with a montage of images - that can range from family memories to the hen and stag parties and even the big day itself - that will guarantee you and your wedding guests will be laughing, gasping and dancing all night!

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better way to emphasize your love and commitment on the big day than with a pair of white doves? The fascinating release of these beautiful birds will send both wings and hearts a flutter, and Dove Hearts’ elegant doves provide the perfect spectacle. They can be released from their specially designed heart-shaped cages, or by hand as the bride and groom make their departure from the ceremony. Expertly trained to return safely from as far afield as Port Talbot in the west, Abergavenny in the north, Caldicot in the east, and Barry in the South - these specially bred birds provide an enchanting and emotional experience for the entire wedding party. For more information please visit: www.dovehearts.co.uk

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BRIDAL BUZZ

Our newlywed resident Chihuahuas, Di and Monty, bring you the lowdown on the local bridal scene…

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Following the success of her January wedding fayre, Tracy Phillips will be hosting what promises to be Abergavenny’s most prestigious wedding fayre on October 10th 2010 at The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny. Through videographers Razzel Cam Productions, Tracy has built not only a close relationship with exhibitors, but also an understanding of what’s important to cherish on the big day. A handpicked selection of bridal shops, menswear hire, photographers, cars, flowers, cakes and stationery will be exhibiting, including the likes of Perfect Day Dresses, twinkle Toes, Honeybunch Cupcakes and Olly Folly Cars. Guests will also have the opportunity to peruse The Angel Hotel’s grand ballrooms, gardens, bridal suite and wedding packages.

BARGAIN BRIDE

Brides looking for that perfect big day look on a budget should pay a visit to Celtic Brides’ fabulous sample sale. The Cardiff bridal boutique is offering up to 75% off dresses from top designers such as Phil Collins and Benjamin Roberts - but hurry, these gorgeous gowns won’t last long! For more information please visit: www.celticbridesuk.com

HEAD CANDY

When it comes to finishing touches, fashion-forward brides and guests will be using their heads, as hair accessories are set to be big for 2011 - and for something different, check out Sparkle Fizz’s delightfully avant-garde creations that are sure to enhance your big day look. For more information please visit: www.sparklefizz.com

RING LEADER

After carving a name for herself thanks to her beautifully handcrafted jewellery and accessories, Jessica-Louise is now offering a bespoke wedding and engagement ring service - so whether you’re looking for a ring that’s classic, contemporary, or simply unique, you can rest assured you’ll find your perfect match. For more information please visit: www.jessica-louise.co.uk

WEDDING IN WONDERLAND If you’re looking to add some Lewis Carroll style to your big day look then pay a visit to Newport’s Do You Believe? Their own label collection of Alice inspired dresses are floaty and feminine, and are guaranteed to add a whimsically enchanting edge to all members of the bridal party. For more information please visit: www.doyoubelieveuk.com

MEMORIES IN MOTION

Embrace Wedding Videography have been making wedding videos and DVDs in Cardiff and South Wales for over 10 years. They are passionate about their work, and combine a keen eye for detail, creative editing and great friendly customer service to provide you with a wedding video you will treasure forever.

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LENS TRENDS The Experts Let Slip The Most Fashionable Photography For 2011... Your wedding album will house the memories of one of the most treasured days of your life, so it’s crucial to get it right. The right pictures can help bring to life the very emotions, atmosphere and thoughts of that special day. Though trends may come and go, the traditional album style has always lingered. According to David Edwards of David Edwards Photography, there has been an increasing demand image courtesy of Jake Morley Photography for the traditional look. “Although we offer contemporary albums, we’ve seen a significant shift back to a traditional style of wedding album”. Another important element to consider is the style of photography. The once popular heavily styled and processed photography is beginning to give way to a more relaxed look that’s both honest and fun. This helps enrich your wedding album with the true emotion and narrative of your unique day. Jake Morley of Jake Morley Photography insists that there has been an increased interest in this relaxed, natural style of photography: “A lot of people are opting for laid back shots that steer away from forced poses. This lends an editorial feel to the photos, that, with the addition of wild flowers and natural settings adds an enchanting, vintage edge to wedding photos.” The digital revolution is also an important factor to consider when it comes to your wedding snaps. John and Gail of Photo Evolution point out that this movement is constantly pushing and blurring the boundaries of visual media: “The latest cameras are able to capture both video and stills. The most important change for us has probably been the ability of cameras to work in extremely low light without resorting to using flashguns. Being able to photograph in dimly lit churches and venues in an unobtrusive way is invaluable to our style of photography.” These elements, when mixed with your unique style for the big day are sure to guarantee you a wedding album that you, your friends and your family can cherish and enjoy forever.

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It takes two to make a couple, but despite this, the groom often takes a secondary role. With this in mind we’ve decided it’s your chance to shine and dedicated this issue to getting you looking good, smelling great and dressing sharp. Our special skincare report lifts the lid on the key products to help you look camera ready, while our pick of the latest fragrances gives a heads up to the new age of masculine scents. And when it comes to your wardrobe, we’ve sussed out the season’s top colour to rock on the big day, and also put together your essential travel musts to keep you looking sharp all honeymoon long. If that all sounds like hard work, why not take a time out and flick to our fantasy stag nights page to see how your legendary night could end up if one of your favourite celebrities were to take charge of the event. Good Luck!

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• Venues With A View Beautiful Backdrop

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The Merthyr Tydfil-based Formal For You houses an excellent range of formal hire that will get the entire male entourage suited and booted. From Highland Wear to Prince Edwards, Tailcoats to Asian Wear, they have myriad options to cater for all members of the wedding party no matter what your desired theme. Their selection of fabrics and sizes also means that everyone can look and feel comfortable on the big day. Alongside top names like Etiquette and Peter Posh, they also stock a fantastic range of accessories - including top hats, canes, tie and cravat pins, and watches - that will perfectly complete the look. For details please visit: www.formalforyou.co.uk

DRESS TO IMPRESS Not sure where to head for your big day look? Travella in Maesteg boasts an impressive selection of men’s formal hire, including morning suits, tails, frock coats, fancy brocade and Nehru jackets, along with Welsh and Scottish kilts from Dyfed Menswear. Their range of evening and dinner suits, boys suits, and hats, gloves and accessories means there’s something suitable men of all roles and ages attending the big day. And as if that’s not enough, Travella also stock a wide range of casual clothing from the likes of Henleys, Police, and Animal, which will make the perfect addition to your honeymoon wardrobe.

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WELL GROOMED

Unless you happen to be the sparkling vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen, shiny skin is best kept under control. Thankfully, with the help of these skin savers, you’ll be giving good face on the big day and beyond…

Treat undesirably large pores in time for the big day with Kyoku Pore

Reducing Serum (£35). Developed following years of research, this handy product combines precious Japanese plants to combat pore size, blackheads and uneven skin tone.

Treat acne-prone skin and keep oil under control with Lab Series’

Oil Control Daily Hydrator (£26). This lightweight and oil-free formula conditions and hydrates the skin without clogging pores and helps minimize breakouts.

Camouflage any last minute imperfections with If you’re planning to get hitched in the sun, arm yourself with Peter Thomas

Roth’s Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral Powder SPF30 (£19.50). Handily housed in a retractable brush applicator, this mineral powder (which contains 4% Salicylic Acid) provides sun protection for oily and acne-prone skin, leaving a flawless, blemish-free complexion.

Clinique’s M Cover (£12.50). This naturallooking concealer stick helps hide dark circles under the eyes, blemishes and any shaving nicks, and is easily blended, long-lasting and sweat-resistant.

Balance skin’s tone and texture with The

Body Shop’s Maca Root Balancing Face Protector (£10). Designed specifically for men’s skincare needs, this easily absorbed gelcrème moisturizer targets moisturization where needed and leaves you with a fresh, matte finish.

Don’t get bogged down with oil, dirt on the big day with Lab Series’

Oil Control Towlettes (£19). These simpleto-use wipes are perfect for on-the-go touch ups and will clear away any oil-clogging sebum, excess oil and rid you of dirt and shine — allowing you to look picture perfectly calm from day till night.

NO SWEAT! For maximum levels of odour elimination and prevention, try

Menscience’s Advance Deodorant (£16.95). This clear, hypoallergenic formula is alcohol-free and suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, and is fragrance-free so it won’t interfere with your chosen scent.

With its crisp mint, rosemary and cardamom notes, Molton Brown’s

Cool Buchu AntiPerspirant Stick (£14) will provide you with a cool, refreshing fragrance that will keep your skin fresh, dry and conditioned.

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Balla Powder (£13.50) contains essential oils and natural fragrances that provides a perfect antichafing, anti-wetness solution to leave ‘your boys’ feeling dry, comfortable and smelling good.


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EAU DE GROOM Forget your feminine side because this season’s top picks celebrate masculinity in its entirety… Dior Eau Sauvage Extrême EDT, £46

In the wake of Eau Sauvage comes this intense version of the classic fragrance. Boasting more depth, power and freshness, this rule-breaking new edition carries the original accord to the peak of excess, amplifying its contrasts to exaggerate its masculinity.

Vera Wang For Men EDT, from £38

Designed to elicit desire, emotion and passion, this smooth fragrance combines cool, refreshing spices with rich, warm tobacco. The result is a timeless, masculine scent that’s effortlessly seductive yet sophisticated.

Intimately Yours For Him by David & Victoria Beckham, from £20

Hugo Boss Bottled Night EDT, £45

Unashamedly masculine, intense, and seductive — this new fragrance combines birch leaf and cardamom with woody base notes to create a fragrance that exudes confidence and charisma.

The combination of vibrant blood orange, crisp green leaves, crushed sage and frozen basil create a powerfully masculine aroma that’s slightly mischievous and highly enticing.

SEXY SCENTS FOR HER… Dior Escale Aux Marquises EDT, from £49.50

Following its journey to Portofino and Pondicherry, Dior’s Escale collection travels to the enchanted Marquise Islands to pay homage to the revered Tiare Flower. This symbol of femininity is combined with precious raw materials native to the region, including pink peppercorns, Chloé EDP, from £35 cinnamon and nutmeg, along This chic, romantic fragrance combines with a touch of neroli and the flirtatious mix of peonies and lychees freesia to create an elegant, with the rich and sensual simple and authentic notes of rose, lily of the fragrance. valley, warm amber and cedarwood to create a scent that playfully twists notions of femininity.

Guerlain Idylle EDT, from £33

More so than its eau de parfum counterpart, this sensual eau de toilette highlights the delicate bouquet of rose, white lilac, freesia, jasmine and peony. This fresh fragrance evokes a stripped back simplicity that’s fragile, mysterious and seductive.

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HONEYMOON HOT STUFF

Stay looking sharp with these travel musts… Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, £120

Fred Perry Messenger Bag, £35

Sony Cyber-Shot W380, £209

French Connection Leather Boat Shoes, £75

Vivienne Westwood Wallet, £90

Apple iPhone4, from £499

Emporio Armani Logo Swim Shorts, £58

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VENUES WITH A VIEW DE COURCEYS MANOR Standing proudly amidst 3.5 acres of elegantly landscaped gardens, this newly refurbished rural retreat provides an enchanting setting for the big day. No matter how little or large your group (rooms cater from 24 to 200 guests), wedding parties can enjoy the

luxury and exclusivity of the manor and its gardens to enjoy in its entirety. For much information please visit: www.decourceys.co.uk

DYFFRYN SPRINGS Situated in the serene open countryside in the Vale of Glamorgan is Dyffryn Springs. The renowned fishery houses a majestic marquee that boasts a luxurious lined and carpeted interior, including a designated dance floor and a twinkling ceiling. The quaint decking

area that overlooks the beautifully maintained gardens and lakes also provides a romantic spot to watch the sun set. For much information please visit: www.dyffrynsprings.co.uk

HAVANNAH BAR Occupying a prime position in the heart of Cardiff Bay, the Havannah Bar is a perfect option for those looking for an ultra stylish and contemporary wedding reception. This chic waterfront venue overlooks the enviably vibrant bay area and provides an intimate

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STAG NIGH The Host: Johnny Depp The Dress Code: Beatnik and bohemian apparel, Wayfarer sunglasses. The Location: Provence The Agenda: A weekend at the Château de Massillan, to include a tour of the nearby vineyard, stunning organic cuisine and working your way through the extensive list of red wines and vintage Cognacs. What To Expect: Colourful conversations, extreme chilling out, copious amounts of red wine, redwine-filled banter and breaking out the guitar. Photo by Jorge Herrera/Getty Images for Disney

The Host: Peter Griffin The Dress Code: Regular clothes mixed with makeshift fancy dress efforts and any stolen accessories from the event (lacy bras, grass skirts, handcuffs, a moose head). Location: Las Vegas The Agenda: An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, all-day drinking and gambling at Caesar’s Palace, the first ten minutes of a burlesque show (expect to be escorted out shortly after the start for inappropriate behaviour), followed by more buffet-style dining and more beer. What To Expect: Buffets, booze, drunkenly eloping at a Little White Chapel, more buffets, Copyright: 2007 FOX BROADCASTING gambling, a few restraining orders.

The Host: Dog The Bounty Hunter The Dress Code: Vests (rips and stains optional), leather, bandanas, stonewash denim, hardwearing boots. The Location: Hawaii The Agenda: Monster trucking (to include frequent food and beer stops and road side diners), followed by more beer at a local bar and a Texas Holdem poker tournament in a back room. What To Expect: Budweiser, bar room brawls, broken bottles of Budweiser, generally kicking ass and earning the respect of everyone in attendance.

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How Your Legendary Night Could Turn Out If You Left The Planning To One Of Your Favourite Celebrities... The Host: Jeremy Clarkson

The Host: Smithy

The Dress Code: Whatever’s comfortable, plus accessories with high-end car brand logos (bomber jackets, bum bags, caps etc).

The Dress Code: Whatever you wake up in that morning or your favourite football shirt, an ASBO (optional), sunburn (mandatory).

The Location: Silverstone The Agenda: A challenging 4X4 off-road experience, followed by an adrenaline-filled supercar experience, finished off with a hearty meal and beer-fest in a local pub. What To Expect: Fast cars, faster cars, pub grub and beer (after driving).

Location: Magaluf The Agenda: Beers on the beach on arrival, burger and chips while watching the football on the big screen at the British pub followed by a night of partying hard at the Banana Disco club. What To Expect: Way too many bottles of Stella, explicit drinking games, attempted striptease acts, flaming sambucas, a dance floor ‘dance-off’, sunstroke, waking up with a tattoo.

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The Host: P Diddy The Dress Code: Sharp suit (preferably Armani or Tom Ford), Rolex Watch, your future baby’s weight in diamonds The Location: London The Agenda: Aperitifs and sushi at Nobu, Park Lane; Cristal at Mayfair private members’ club Whisky Mist, followed by more vintage champagne and Ciroc vodka at the Amika night club in Kensington. What To Expect: Only the best. Enough said. Copyright: Warner Music

The Host: Russel Brand The Dress Code: Anything semi-gothic, mod, or pirate-like (and deceptively expensive). The Location: LA The Agenda: Observing the girls in bikinis by day, followed by an opulent Mexican feast at the Las Palmas Latin supper club, Grey Goose vodka and shots of Jägermeister at one of the Wonderland Club’s surreal private rooms, and a trip to the world-famous The Body Shop strip club on Sunset Boulevard. What To Expect: The unexpected! Copyright of Universal Studio

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HONEYMOON HIDEAWAY: IBIZA Forget the images of seedy scandals and drunken debauchery - thanks to its laid back luxury, white sandy beaches and enchanting nightlife, this beautiful Balearic has become a favoured destination of A-list stars and royalty alike - and the perfect getaway for those in search of some low-key VIP treatment…

Atzaró A preferred haunt of Spanish royalty no less, this traditional finca sits proudly among its own orange groves in the heart of Ibiza. The unique accommodations blend Ibizencan architecture with exotic furniture from around the globe, and quaint private terraces that provide the perfect place to unwind. For ultimate relaxation, the spa provides an oasis of tranquility that will entice all the senses. From the ever-present aroma of citrus blossom to the sound of waterfalls, and the luxury hammam experience to personal therapies in your own private temple, there's a pampering experience to suit all tastes. Palates will also be pleased by Atzaró's world-class gastronomic experience. The fusion of international and Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed in the intimate setting of the restaurant, or on romantic beds under the stars.

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Insotel Fenicia Prestige Thalasso Spa Offering the utmost luxury and exclusivity, this palatial retreat sits majestically by the Mediterranean Sea in Santa Eulalia - providing a picturesque backdrop for an unforgettable honeymoon. The marble foyer houses sumptuous sitting rooms, bars and access to the private pool area, while the contemporary all-suite accommodations treat guests to private balconies and cozy fireplaces. The ultra stylish Thalasso Spa promotes health through water, and invites guests to soak up the relaxing and healing benefits of water with a tempting array of treatments that include hydro massage, ice fountains, reflexology foot baths and sensation showers. When it comes to dining options, this hotel houses a haven of exclusive culinary delights. From haute Mediterranean fayre and fashionable Oriental cuisine to terraced dining and a bistro - there's flavours to tempt all taste buds.

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Aguas de Ibiza This fresh and modern eco-aware hotel exudes an enticing blend of calm, unpretentious elegance. Overlooking the picturesque harbour of Santa Eulalia, the spacious Feng-Shuid Mediterranean-style guest rooms and suites feature an earthy mix of natural stone, glass tiles and sumptuous furnishings that provide the perfect place to nest for the honeymoon. The eco-conscious will be pleased to know that this 5-star hotel prides itself on setting an environmental example by using systems that optimize, save and generate energy. Yet eco doesn't mean scrimping on luxury. Not only does this chic address house a tranquil spa, but also a plush chill-out terrace and private pool area. Gastronomy is also a highlight at this green retreat. Specialities include a modern homage to traditional island cuisine, avantgarde dishes, elaborate tapas platters and fabulous wine tastings.

www.aguasdeibiza.com

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