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DAZZLING JEWELLERY FLORAL BOUQUETS DREAM DRESSES

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“PER SEMPRE AMORE” LET’S GET MARRIED

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PLUS ANTIGUA, BARCELONA, FLORIDA, SWITZERLAND, VIETNAM, USA


Editor-in-Chief’s Letter Dear brides and grooms, First of all, congratulations! You’re entering the most exciting time of your life and we are so thrilled to help you as much as we can along the way. As spring draws to a close and summer comes into full bloom, the magic of new love truly fills the air. It’s a beautiful time of year to celebrate your love. From intimate garden gatherings, to magnificent celebrations in stunning tropical resorts, be inspired and gather ideas to create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Be inspired by our collection of lavender skincare and beauty favourites to get that beautiful glow in time for your special day. Unlock the secrets to the perfect bridal look, with the help of celebrity make-up artist Olivia Todd. Follow her expert step-by-step guide on how to achieve the perfect bohemian flair for a blushing bride. Indulge in the luxurious lace and delicate embroidery of designer bridal dresses, many exuding the radiance and elegance of a rustic style. Delight in the love stories of real brides, who enchanted the coasts of Sorrento and the picturesque gardens of Santa Monica with their bespoke weddings. Before you begin your honeymoon pursuit, take a look through our favourite destinations. If you’re looking for a paradise escape, head to the tropical archipelago of the Madeira. Relax on the pearlescent sands as the sultry sun illuminates the turquoise waves before you. Discover the awe-inspiring culture of Vietnam, where traditional food, amazing landmarks and indigenous beauty come together for an exceptional holiday. In addition we hope you enjoy our take on the sunshine state of Florida, dazzling Antigua and incredible Norway. The romantic nation of Italy is also one to explore. We know that tying the knot in this picturesque country is a dream for many. The warm sunshine, golden coastlines and antique history make it the ultimate wedding destination. For extra inspiration during your planning process, take a look through our Italy Special! We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the best Italian wedding planners, photographers and venues to help you along your journey.

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Finally, find the names and contacts of the worlds finest wedding photographers in this issue. It is essential to find someone with the perfect aesthetic to capture your most precious moments, which is why we’ve carefully selected only the very best. You’ll also find lots of our favourite products and trends; we hope you’ll love DWHA as much as we enjoyed creating it. So sit back relax and happy reading!

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WEDDINGS INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES

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“PER SEMPRE AMORE” LET’S GET MARRIED

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Begona Rubio Editor-in-Chief PLUS ANTIGUA, BARCELONA, FLORIDA, SWITZERLAND, VIETNAM, USA

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Editor-in-Chief Begona Rubio Fashion & Beauty Editor Vanessa Donkoh

Creative Director Jack Taylor

Designer Ersin Zorlu

Design Assistant Hingho Tsang

Digital Manager & Special Features Eleonora Tucci

Contributors OLIVIA TODD

Celebrity Make-up Artist

TOP TIP Skin preparation is a huge focus for me. It is absolutely essential for creating a beautiful and radiant canvas on which to apply makeup. Over the years, I have really developed a unique way in which I prep the skin for makeup and tailor the products I use to each individual depending on their skin type and age.

SPENCER FALLS

Founder of the Unlikely Florist

CREATIVE TOUCH We love to add that special touch to any kind of celebration. Whether you’d like our TUF flower van to pop up, you need arrangements to elevate the vibe or some epic installation, we’re a onestop shop.

Commercial Director Anthony Baines

Marketing Director Brian Horrocks

Business Development Director - Italy Maria F. De Tommaso

Special Projects Manager Sarah Dorsett

Project Director Paul James

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MELANIE FIANDER

The face behind the lens of Fiander Foto

BEST MOMENT The couple who were wed at San Nicolò in Padua and the reception was at Ca ‘Marcello - Villa Veneta in Levada. Both of these locations were stunning but what really made this wedding so successful, in terms of the photography, was the couples’ ability to be themselves in front of my lens.

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CONTENTS INSPIRED

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Editor’s Picks: Boho inspired fashion & beauty essentials handpicked by our Editor Boho Florists: Colourful and bohemian florals to help you decorate your stunning wedding 5 Reasons to Visit Canouan: Discover the enchanting beauty of St. Vincent and the Grenadines A Tuscan Fairy Tale: A fantasy themed styled shoot inspired by the majestic Castel Monastero and its exquisite bucolic surroundings

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A Spring Soiree: Be swept off your feet by this multicultural wedding, embellished by lilac tones and vibrant ornaments Wild Hearts: Mesmerising scenery enriched by the warm Italian sun enhances the romance of this Sorrento wedding

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Boho Beauty: Pamper yourself with this selection of DWHA approved beauty products, to ensure you look flawless for your special day Get the Look: A step by step guide from celebrity makeupartist Olivia Todd on how to create a beautiful bohemian bridal look Lavender Skin Products: Take a look through our handpicked selection of lavender skincare products, perfect for pampering session before the big day

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Spell and the Gypsy: Ethereal beauty shines through these angelic gowns by The Spell and the Gypsy, perfect for the inner boho bride Galia Lahav: Grace the aisle in elegant beauty in these elegant, glamorous and contemporary dresses designed by Galia Lahav Temperley London: Hollywood glamour meets modern romance in Temperley London’s new stylish and sophisticated collection Birthstone Jewellery: Complete your bridal look with a personalised touch, pick from our selection of precious birthstone jewellery With This Ring: Find your bespoke diamond through our curated top picks of hand-crafted jewels


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Amazing Asia: 10 of the best luxury Asian resorts The Maldives: Discover true luxury in the Maldives Florida: Embrace the buzzing life and adventurous attractions of the mesmerising Sunshine State Norway: Uncover the cultural spirit and warm hospitality of the charming Scandinavian country Vietnam: Immerse yourself in the vibrant lifestyle of Vietnam Antigua: Unwind on the picturesque shores of the Caribbean with the soft breeze caressing your skin Madeira: Take a glimpse at the pearl of the Atlantic Ocean Honeymoon Heaven: An inside look at our exclusive top locations for an unforgettable honeymoon haven Just Married Barcelona: Plan your tailor-made wedding with the help of Anne Winward from Just Married Barcelona Highbourne Cay: Discover the beauty of the Bahamas with a luxurious stay at Highbourne Cay Hard Rock Davos: Take a trip to the alpine peaks where you will find a fairy tale setting for a dream wedding Vigna Belvedere: Indulge in the zesty flavours of the Prosecco Doc Najma, surrounded by the lush scenery of Vigna Belvedere

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ITALIAN SPECIAL: A special feature on the 20 Italian regions for 20 stunning Italian love stories

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20 Luxury Wedding Planners: Find your luxury wedding planner from the across the globe for an impeccable dream destination wedding Inspired Events: We unveil the customized weddings created by the dedicated planners of Inspired Events in Miami Interview with Claudia Antolini: An insightful interview with Claudia Antolini, a dedicated and creative planner from Italy Interview with Patricia Falzon: A special sneak peek into the amazing work of Malta’s top wedding planner Trending Online: An inspiring overview of what we are loving online Top UK Wedding Planners: A curated list of wedding planners for your perfect wedding in the UK Best of British: Unearth the majestic estates & castles from around the UK to host your fairy tale wedding The Lens of Love: Find your desired style of photography with our great selection of photo specialists Fiander Foto: A chat with Melanie Fiander, the creative lens behind Fiander Foto

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INSPIRED Newly engaged? Congratulations! Get the ideas flowing with our hand-picked selection of all things wedding-related

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5 reasons why you and your loved one should visit the wonderful Caribbean island of Canouan!

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Editor’s Picks Style essentials and ones to watch

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Eau De Parfum, John Lewis, £65

Pack your suitcase with these charming ACCESSORIES for a blissful and fun getaway with your family and friends

Sheer Lip Gloss Juice Beauty, POA

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Aviators, Lipsy, POA Tulip Tote Came Bag, Sevda London, £550 Headband, Paperchase, £4

Diamond Mini Oval Ring, Lola Rose, £110

ELEAA, caselugge.com £225

Papillon Headdress, Hermione Harbutt, £495

2019 Slogan Mug, Matalan, £4

Berry Scented Candle, Skandinavisk, £29

Tote Bag, Matalan, £5

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Portabello Wool Fedora, Joe Brown, £35 Isotta White Top, Guess, POA

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Eau De Parfum, John Lewis, £65 Miss Heart4Heart, Folli Follie, £170 Kyoto Garden Print Robe, Nui Ami, £265 Kyoto Eye Mask, Nui Ami, £25

ESSENTIALS for her

Gentle Relaxer Hand Cream, Marks & Spencer, POA Penny Polish, London Grace, £11

Get in touch with your boho side with these floral and free-spirited designs perfect for a sunny day out. Hippy SUNDRESSES and embellished flat sandals are a fresh way to brighten up your BOHO-CHIC style

Large Boho Hoop Earrings, Primark, £3 Rose Gold Beach Bag, Lipsy, £39 Susty Wallet, Dune London, £18 Elephant Ornament, Very, £15 Gold Gladiator Sandals, Guess, POA

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ESSENTIALS for him

For a weekend escape in the city you'll need URBAN WEAR with a TAILORED LOOK perfect for a lively night out

Navy Widowpane Slim Suit, £100, Topman

INSPIRED

Burgandy Leather Belt, Topman, £18

Silver Watch, Hugo Boss, POA

Silver Chain Necklace, Topman, £10 Tan Leather Bi Fold Wallet, Topman, £18

Noise Cancelling Headphones, Sony, £399

Premium Light BlueHerringbone Shirt, Topman, £38

SANI-Olive, Matt & Nat, £97.50

Gold Metal Round Sunglasses, Topman, £12

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Florists Moyses Stevens LONDON, UK

A tradition for artistic floral composition since 1876, Moyses Stevens has been inspiring the wedding industry for over a century. Renowned for their artistic floral compositions, their bouquets have been the magical added touch to many picturesque celebrations. The infamous hand-tied bouquet was pioneered by Moyses Stevens and has expanded worldwide as a treasured component to bohemian style weddings.

Vintage opulence and lush bucolic elegance shine through the hand-picked floral arrangements of Moyses Stevens

www.moysesflowers.co.uk 55 Park Road, Rossmore Court, London NW1 6XU +44 (0) 20 8772 0094 Moyses Stevens @moysesstevens

The bohemian grace of The Unlikely Florist is unmatched. Characterised by its Californian flair and tropical sentiment, each bouquet is lovingly crafted to suit every bride

The Unlikely Florist VENICE CALIFORNIA, USA

Spencer Falls, known as The Unlikely Florist, blurs the lines between performance, floristry and fine art. With a passion for adventure and the magical aspects of art in its varied forms, Spencer Falls found his calling within the artistry of floral craft. His imaginative mind is always looking for new ways to create. The beauty of his work resides mainly in awe-inspiring compositions, using exquisite wild flowers and creative combinations. His front stage is Untho, a 1980 VW Van that also travels door to door. This stunning pop up shop is part of the charm of The Unlikely Florist. It can also be spotted on the street overflowing with marvellous blooms and fragrances. www.theunlikelyflorist.com The Unlikely Florist theunlikelyflorist @Unlikely_the

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines is very popular for being a weddings and honeymoon paradise and has won the Best Honeymoon Island of The Year presented by the Caribbean Travel World Awards in 2007 and again in 2008.

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ne of the many treasures of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the island of Canouan is a slice of paradise in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. A dreamy honeymoon escape boasting of soft sands, warm waters and a gentle tropical breeze, spend your days in compete bliss lounging beneath the mesmerising sun. Journeying to this tropical gem is an opportunity that cannot be missed. If you still need convincing we’ve laid out 5 reasons why the magical island of Canouan, should be the destination of choice for your wedding and honeymoon.

1. Golden Beaches

No matter where you stay, you’ll find a beach just a short walk away. Famed for their powdery seashores and golden coastlines, Canouan is home to some of the best and most secluded beaches in the Grenadines. If you’re staying in the quaint city of Charlestown, you can take your pick of the fine local beaches, perfect for a picnic with your love. Or if you’re up for more of an adventure, hike up to the blissfully deserted Twin Bay on the east side of the island and get lost in paradise with your love. For a more luxurious experience, the many resorts on the island are home to plenty of peaceful intimate beaches also.

2. Delicious Cusine

Charlestown is one of the best places to sample traditional Grenadines cuisine. Composed of myriad of spectacular flavours inspired by dishes from around the world, Vincentian cuisine is a food-lover’s dream. As an island surrounded by a temperate body of water, it’s no surprise that seafood plays an integral part in their meals. Indulge in sumptuous flavours of breadfruit and fried jackfruit; the national dish can be found in several local restaurants. Other Vincentian staples, include fresh lobster, squid, plantains, yams and arrowroot.

3. Blissful Spas

Tropical island getaways are for relaxation and rejuvenation; and what better way to relax than to spend your day lounging at a tranquil spa. Canouan is home to several luxurious resorts each housing their own bespoke spas, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Indulge your mind body and soul, with a selection of blissful spa treatments, specially created to enthral you to leave behind the concerns of everyday life. Delight in a variety deep tissue and hot stone massages, facials, scrubs and manicures and pedicures, as you overlook the scenic panoramic views of the ocean. (canouan-island. com)

4. Water Sports

Being surrounded by a body of water has its perks. Perfect for adventure seeking couples, Canouan offers a thrilling variety of water sports and activities. Dive beneath the surface on a diving excursion and experience the wonder of marine wildlife, or drift along the ocean’s surface on a hydro bike or a kayak. Discover the picturesque surrounding islands, with a boat tour. Chose from a Catamaran, Powerboat or Schooner and set sail across the glimmering Caribbean Sea.

5. A Destination Wedding

Whether your dream wedding involves sharing your first wedded kiss framed by the sultry sunset, or exchanging your vows in an intimate chapel ceremony, the mesmerising island of Canouan promises to set the scene for your special day. Spend the evening festivities dancing beneath a canopy of stars, and awaken the next day to the waves gently caressing the tender shoreline. A truly picturesque backdrop to your wedding celebration, Canouan’s tropical vibe and refreshing atmosphere will ensure that you and your guests leave with everlasting memories. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Fairy Tale A romantic shoot set against the beautifully rustic, yet exquisite Castel Monastero estate in Tuscany, Italy Photography by Sandra Ã…berg Photography

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This styled shoot, brought together by top wedding professionals, focuses on original charm of Italian countryside and a fairytale ROMANCE of a bygone past

The couple’s storyline is that similar to ‘IL BISBETICO DOMATO’ movie, where the groom is a nature-loving man who grew up in the Italian countryside as an heir to a wealthy family estate

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Long summer sunsets and TWILIGHTS inspired the colour scheme for this shoot: sunsoaked scenery, with purple, magenta and greens made it a natural setting

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Photography Sandra Åberg Photography, sandraaberg.com Planning and styling The Wedding Bliss Thailand, theweddingblissthailand. com Help in organisation Firenze Convention Bureau & Tuscany for Weddings, conventionbureau.it Location Castel Monastero, castelmonastero.com/en/home Florist IAMFLOWER, iamflower.co Main bridal gown Galia Lahav Haute Couture, galialahav.com 2nd bridal dress Love Lou, love-lou.dk MUAH Sandra Lovisco, sandralovisco.com Cake Sugar and Spice, sugar-spice.it Stationery and calligraphy The Wedding Letters by Laura Mazzetti, lauramazzettitheweddingletters.it Jewellery, watch and engagement ring Fratelli Piccini, fratellipiccini.com Bridal headpieces Jannie Baltzer, janniebaltzer.com Groom’s outfit Le Sposi De Mori, lesposedimori.it Models JD Events jdeventsrl.com Furniture and Tabletop rentals: Savio Firmino, www.saviofirmino.com Video Alen Karupovic, alenkarupovic.com

BRIDAL

beauty The bride is a high-society fashionista, madly in LOVE with her man, who comes to learn what it means to be truly connected to nature

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REAL LIFE WEDDINGS Whether you are tying the knot in the heart of the Mediterranean or the sparkling Pacific Coast, take inspiration from our chosen destination couples!

A Spring SOIREE ...page 37 DID YOU KNOW?

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THE COUPLE Shivani & David Infusing Hindu, Catholic and Jewish traditions, Shivani and David celebrated their love in a cultural spring wedding

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anta Monica is where we lived together for the first time; therefore it holds a special significance for us. We are both active and love living near the beach, where we would bike, surf, and play paddle tennis. We knew our family and friends would enjoy doing the same. When it came to choosing our venue, we both thought the Fairmont lawn was a beautiful setting for a wedding ceremony, under its large historic bay fig tree. We could then flow easily into the happy hour and reception. The Fairmont is also located on Ocean drive, just steps from the beach, which we knew our family and friends would appreciate! We made an effort to keep costs down because the venue’s beauty spoke for itself, the decorations we added were minimal. We went with non-premium alcohol offerings, and since neither of us have a sweet tooth; we provided a cookie and brownie platter for each table, instead of buying a large cake. Our rehearsal dinner and party was located at a beautiful public Santa Monica beach venue, which kept rental costs to a minimum. When it came to decorating our venue, we were looking for natural and rustic looks. Once again, the venue really spoke for itself. Additional items, such as stationary, lighting, and flowers, were arranged by our planner Callista Osborn. I’ve always loved lilac flowers and wanted to incorporate that color into our wedding designs, so we did! I bought my dress from a boutique designer in India named Chamee & Palak. The design I wanted fused both Indian and classic American style, with some added design from our color palette. And, it was comfortable with no hassle, and that was important to me! For my hair and makeup, I chose a natural and light look. The side-braid hair style was inspired by Katniss Everdeen and spruced up for the occasion!

THE DREAM TEAM Floral Design The Little Branch, @thelittlebranch thelittlebranch.com, Hair & Makeup Kacee Geoffroy kaceegeoffroy.com Lighting Pacific Event Lighting, @ pacificeventservice, pacificeventlighting.com Linens La Tavola @latavolalinen, latavolalinen.com Mehndi Karishma Beauty @karishmabeautyparlour, karishmabeautysalon. com Music RedShoe Productions @redshoela, redshoela. com Photography Brooke Borough Photography, @brooke_ borough brooke-borough.com Planning & Design Callista & Company @callistaandco, callistaandco.com Stationary Copper Willow Paper Studio @copperwillowps, copperwillow. com Venue Fairmont Miramar Hotel @fairmontmiramar, fairmont.com/santa-monica Videography Waller Weddings @ waller_weddings, wallerweddings.com

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THE COUPLE Harriet & Rob Harriet and Rob found their dolce vita in the sunshine of Sorrento

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ob, my now husband, suggested Sorrento, Italy for our destination wedding and as soon as I saw the Cloisters I knew it was the place! We booked to visit two years before we got married and went to see Villa Antiche Mura recommended by our wedding planner, Victoria at Sophisticated Weddings. We fell in love with it straight away – as did our guests later on! My vintage-style dress is an Essence of Australia design from Laura May boutique in Cardiff. My mother picked it out and to be honest I didn’t think much of it on the hanger but agreed to try it on. I loved it! Kate Moss has always been my idol and I thought her wedding dress was beautifully effortless, so it made sense that I would choose a similar design. For my hair, I wanted a bohemian vibe that was not overdone. I hate the wet hairspray look! I’m so lucky that my best friend and Maid of Honour is amazing with hair, so she did the styling. To complete my look I chose makeup artist, Jimena and gave her a picture of when I had previously had my makeup done with gold tones. For the bridesmaids dresses, I gave my five bridesmaids the opportunity to decide what colour they wanted. I was openminded, but they all chose a light grey. I saw a post on Pinterest that I liked with lilac and pink flowers and thought this would complement the grey nicely in our bouquets. My florist Giovanni Castellano was fantastic at making my image a reality. My beautiful bouquet looked like it had been picked from a meadow. Luckily for us Sorrento is a stunning destination that speaks for itself, so the venue didn’t require much in terms of decoration. We had tall vases with lilac and white flowers on each table. We were very lucky to have our fantastic wedding planner Victoria; we couldn’t have done it without her! She handled everything and it all went so smoothly. To other brides, I would say that the most important thing to remember throughout the process is not to stress too much! Be flexible and negotiate on things if you can. Your wedding should be enjoyable. We loved every minute of ours! And if you want to get married in Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast, definitely get in touch with Victoria, she is literally a diamond!

THE DREAM TEAM Wedding Planner Victoria Morris, Sophisticated Weddings www. sophisticatedweddings.net Wedding Ceremony The Cloisters of San Francesco, Sorrento Wedding Celebrant Carmela – Italy Wedding Celebrant www.italycelebrant.com Florist Giovanni Castellano for Sophisticated Weddings Reception Venue Villa Antiche Mura, Sorrento www.villaantichemura.com Photographer Rachel Lambert www.rachellambertphotography. co.uk Bride’s Dress Essence of Australia @ Laura May Bridal Cardiff lauramaybridal.co.uk Head Piece Ivory & Co ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk Shoes and Bag Valentino Make Up Jimena Puy jimenapuy.com Groom’s Suit Francis and Francis Tailoring francisandfrancis.wales

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BEAUTY Cherish your skin and it will thank you with a glamorous glow! Feel at your bridal best with our selection of Spring beauty products, leaving you perfectly nourished for your special day

Lavender SKINCARE ...page 48 DID YOU KNOW?

Natural oils like jojoba, extra virgin coconut and almond are simple, inexpensive solutions to nourish your skin

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Iconic London Illuminator, Harvey Nichols, £30

Beauty The secret to an effortless bohoinspired look starts with the very best products on the market. Check out this season’s hottest finds to ensure you look and feel flawless on your big day

Brow Master Sculpting Pencil, Feelunique.co.uk, £23

Magic Minerals

Amplify your aura and look effortlessly radiant, bright and youthful with a skin correcting concealer... perfect for brides with problematic skin Bare Minerals Serum Concealer, BARESKIN, £23

Long Lashes

Pro Collagen Cream, Elemis, £85

Finding your inner boho is all about creating extra flair and exagerating natural beauty. For a gorgeous smokeyb eye, start by lengthening lashes with Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara and you’ll be sure to turn heads and smolder on the big day

Pamper & Prime

If used in combination with the right foundation for your skin type, primer is a girl’s best friend when it comes to smoothing fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. For an instant complexion booster, Wonderglow offers a completely flawless glow Wonderglow Primer, Charlotte Tilbury, £38.50

Delilah Cosmetics Clementine Blush, Lookfantastic.com, £26

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Luxurious Shea Balm, Love Henri, £34

Fenty Beauty Lip Paint, Harvey Nichols, £19 They’re Real Mascara, Benefit, £22


STEP 1 Ethereal Complexion

Apply DCL Multi-Action Penta Peel and Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks for a good 20 minutes. Moisturise all over the face and neck for plumped, ultra-hydrate and dewy skin. Add an illuminating primer, Wonderglow by Charlotte Tilburry, mixed with a couple of drops of ICONIC London Illuminator to give an illuminating effect. To crack the code of texture and colour, use Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation for the eyes, nose, cheekbones and brow bones. For concealer Bare Minerals BARESKIN Serum Concealer is great for even coverage, with added luminosity for a youthful glow.

STEP 2 Soft Blush

Apply vegan-friendly Delilah Cosmetics Clementine Blush to lightly contour and give a soft, natural flush to the cheeks. The key to applying blusher is to use minimal product and build the colour up. Avoid a pearlescent, pale tone as a peachy blush is what really does the trick in bringing the skin to life.

STEP 3 Eyes to Mesmerise

Use two-tones of sunset hues, a romantic combination of orange and pink, blended with warm earthy tones of terracotta and rust onto the eyelid using upward motions over the eye socket. Using a small smudging brush trace the colour underneath the lower lashes. Be sure to focus on the outer corners to create a cat eye shape and a shimmer of iridescent rose gold pigment pot in shade Melon By MAC on the centre of the eyelids and the inner corners to really open up the eyes and give added drama. Then use a lengthening mascara from the middle to the tip and a little more to the outer lashes for extra flair using Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara.

STEP 4 Unruly Brows

I always work with the natural shape of the brow, I love that brushed up, bushy, lion mane brow look. I used Soap Brows to brush up my models brows and set them in place. I then worked with the hair’s natural direction and filled in her brows lightly using brushstroke motions with Brow Master By Bare Minerals.

STEP 5 Dreamy Lips

Shea Balm by Love Henri is a go-to lip product to blitz and buff dry lips. Next, a highly pigmented, vibrant pink lip paint by Fenty By Rihanna in shade Unlocked for the outer edges, in combination with Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury for the centre. The dreamlike duo gives a two dimensional hot-pink haze somewhere between festival and whimsical.

BEAUTY

GET THE LOOK Unlock the secrets to perfect skin, rosy cheeks, bold brows and more. With the help our make up expert, Olivia Todd, we have an easy to follow, step by step beauty tutorial to suit the free spirited, boho bride

OLIVA TODD Celebrity Make Up Artist Celebrity makeup-artist Olivia Todd is taking the bridal industry by storm. Having trained at the Glauca Rossi School of Makeup, the Hampshire based artist has extensive celebrity experience under her belt; working with several TV personalities and London’s elite. However her love for bridal makeup has always been apparent. She works with the best luxury, hotels, venues and wedding planners across country and abroad, to create the ultimate look for blushing brides. Olivia’s newly launched website showcases her outstanding, bespoke bridal services for the fashion-forward, discerning bride. Her portfolio displays her work on exclusive weddings in London and around the world Perfect for the bohemian bride; Olivia shares with us her step by step guide to create one of her signature boho makeup look, Pink Delilah: Photographer: David Greensmith www.davidgreensmith.co.uk Model: Lydia Clyma @lydiaclyma

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LAVENDER Skincare Beauty ‘Must Haves’ for Flawless Skin

French Lavender Massage Oil, The Body Shop, £15

Organic Lavender Water (Hydrolate) 100ml, Lawendowa Osada, £4 Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash, L’Occitane, £16

Botanical Bliss

For softer skin, treat yourself to some hand therapy infused with the soothing blend of lavender and espresso

Herbal Lavender Repair Mask, Elemis, £33.50 Sea Lavender & Sapphire Salt Scrub, Elemis, £38

Souvenir Soap with Lavender, Lawendowa Osada, £5

Tata Harper Be True, Skincity, £28

A Natural Glow

Moisturize your skin with a lavender oil or water, perfect antibacterial cleansers leaving your skin feeling soft and healthy for a natural wedding day look

Lavender & Espresso Hand Therapy, Crabtree & Evelyn, £18 Calming Hand Soap, Crabtree & Evelyn, £4.50 Lavender Sachet with dried organic lavender flowers, Lawendowa Osada, £4

Relaxing Salt Scrub, ESPA, £38

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Epionce Renewal Eye Cream, Skincity, £56


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A lavender Oasis… Lawendowa Osada “Not only is it a beautiful fragrance, lavender is also widely applied in aromatherapy and herbal medicine. Purify the air whilst taking care of your mind and body with its organic remedies...”

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ucked away in the heart of Switzerland, Lawendowa Osada is an enchanting location, perfect for a secluded romantic escape. The blissful lavender field lies amongst picturesque tranquil lakes and beautiful snow-capped ski slopes. Capturing the hearts of many, the inviting fragrance and lush forested landscapes make it a dreamy fairytale setting for a romantic celebration. Every little detail of the lavender farm is exceptional and charming. From the luxury of the charming chalets to the

soothing comfort of their lavender glamping tents, every feature has been purposefully considered to ensure every guest has an unforgettable experience. Treat yourself to a tailor-made and relaxing experience at the Wellness Spa. Specialising in lavender pampering treatments, it also offers exclusive luxurious facilities such as a woodfired Russian Banya, salt cave, cedar wood barrel sauna and an indulgent heated pool. Whether you want to spend you time relaxing at the spa or discovering new interests, there’s variety of amazing activities to enjoy with your love. Learn how to make natural skincare and aromatherapy products and delicious organic treats, by participating in the many workshops they have on offer. The owners Barbara and Bartosz Idczak have created the ultimate honeymoon paradise for you to enjoy. (www.lawendowaosada.pl)


FASHION From top high street styles to popular wedding trends, we have a gorgeous array of outfits and accessories to ensure you look and feel like a real life princess

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DID YOU KNOW?

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SPELL AND THE GYPSY

The Spell Bride Collection seeks to tap into the sense of nostalgia, beauty and freedom that compliments the female spirit. Each delicate gown is made using only premium quality sustainable materials and buttery-soft fabrics. Crafted with delicate floral designs and old-age lace, to compliment the vibrant and expressive part of each bride, Spell’s flowing feminine dresses emphasise the grace of each bride.


GALIA LAHAV

Taking you on a journey through an enchanted forest the Gala Collection No7 by Galia Lahav evokes feelings of magic and mystery. The collection seeks to represent the beautiful free spirit, creativity and imagination that lie within every bride. Each pristine gown has been flawlessly crafted using quality material, hand sewn lace appliquĂŠ and intricate beading, to mirror the poise and grace of the feminine figure.


TEMPERLEY LONDON

Temperley London’s AW19 Willow Collection is epitomized by ethereal silhouettes inspired by the romance and decadence of the Bygone era. Crafted with the finest tulles, silks and laces, and adorned with intricate embroidery, each classic design has been inspired by old school Hollywood glamour and film noir icons. The intricately applied crystals, crafted organza flowers minute pieces of cut chiffon offer a couture like effect on each wedding dress.


DID YOU KNOW? JANUARY: GARNET, Faith FEBRUARY: AMETHYST, Courage MARCH: AQUAMARINE, Youth APRIL: DIAMOND, Love MAY: EMERALD, Fertility

Raw Emerald Rock Earrings, Salome, £55

Girl with the Pearl Earring in Gold, Salome, £45

JUNE: PEARL, Purity JULY: RUBY, Peace AUGUST: PERIDOT, Strength

Bejewelled Bride

SEPTEMBER: SAPPHIRE, Wisdom OCTOBER: TOURMALINE, Confidence

Gold Topaz Earring, The Fine Jewellery, £185

NOVEMBER: TOPAZ, Affection DECEMBER: TURQUOISE, Success

Discover the perfect pendant, whether it is for you or your bridal party, these stunning gemstones are sure to impress on the big day

12 Precious Stones for Your Special Day

BIRTHSTONE JEWELLERY Swing Amethyst Earrings, Salome, £53 Peridot Tennis Bracelet in Sterling Silver, Ruby & Oscar, £280

Garnet & Diamond Pendant, Ruby & Oscar, £319

Pink Tourmaline Flower Pendant, Platform Jewellers, £8,700

White Gold Diamond Line Bracelet, Platform Jewellers, £4750

Silver & Gold

Delicately crafted bracelets for an elegant and sophisticated touch

A Personal Touch

Tribal Geo Sapphire & Aquamarine Earrings, Salome, £125

Tribal Ruby Fringe Earrings, Salome, £99

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Emerald and Diamond Trilogy Ring, Platform Jewellers, £4400

Amethyst and Diamond Halo Ring, Platform Jewellers, £1500

Walk down the aisle in style wearing your birthstone piece, said to be a token of good fortune. Pick a precious jewel to go with your bridal look


With This Ring Find your bespoke wedding ring from one of our favourite hand-picked jewellers from around the UK


BATH & BRISTOL THEY SAY: ““With over 30 years experience, and launching their first LGBTQ+ campaign this year, this UK award winning best designer boutique jeweller is a must-see goldsmiths when searching for your wedding rings. Visit for one of the largest selections of competitively priced wedding rings in the South West, or for their bespoke service where pieces are created by their in-house Master Goldsmiths.” WE SAY: Pick your token of love, with a one-of-a-kind experience at Nicholas Wylde in central Bath or in Clifton, Bristol. Without a doubt, you will walk out with a bespoke design on your finger and a charming encounter with one of the passionate experts at Nicholas Wylde. With in-house care by artisans and stone-setters, new sparkling diamonds and inspiring floral designs are continuously being crafted with love.”

CAMBRIDGE THEY SAY: “The company’s rich heritage has provided a solid foundation on which to build today’s T.H. Baker, which retains the same traditional values but continually looks to expand in new and exciting ways. This includes giving T.H. Baker an online platform to showcase only the best jewellery and watches.” WE SAY: The family owned company of jewels and watches, T. H. Baker, has been inspiring couples since its first opening in 1888. Founded by a watchmaker and jeweller from Wiltshire, now it has the prestigious glory to have opened 30 boutiques throughout the Midlands and southern England. The grand expansion has not changed the esteemed quality of the stunning designs. A grand number of luxury designers have enriched the exquisite selection of jewels present in the shops. We believe that for a bespoke event comes a bespoke diamond, indeed make sure to take a peek at the exclusive collection of elegant diamonds crafted by T.H. Baker.

LONDON THEY SAY: “Our origins may be humble but our success record in business is far from it. A few years ago we decided it was time to take our combined decades of experience and passion for customer service to the next level and Platform was born.” WE SAY: Platform Jewellers is a family run business with a dedicated passion for customised and one-of-a-kind jewellery. Precious jewels for special moments, as engagements or enchanting wedding bands, are the magnificent aspect of this dazzling company. Choose from a selection of classy or modern diamond adorned rings, superb for a proposal and perfectly ‘wedfit’ to accompany a wedding band on your big day. Pick out a white, yellow or rose gold band to fit your personal style from the elegant style proposed, or design your dream ring with their bespoke service.


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NORFOLK THEY SAY: “When you leave with your unique and perfect piece of jewellery, we want you to associate it, not only with what it symbolises for you, but also good memories of how it was created and a desire to return to Sonkai again and again.” WE SAY: An independent business, focalized on creating mesmerising designs for a special occasion, Sonkai Jewellers opened its studio in 2006 in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. The main ingredient of this dedicated team is the attention to detail and the care for each piece of jewellery. Designers work alongside the jewellers in the open studio workshop and this is where the magic happens. Unique designs are crafted each day by using quality stones together with a great hand-tailored technique. If you want to give a personal touch to a jewel, pop in the store and design a piece for your loved one.

SCOTLAND THEY SAY: “Sourcing semi-precious stones and pearls from all over the world, all stringing is done by Annie and Ariel in their workshop. All their precious stones and diamonds are personally selected and sourced from Hatton Garden, the world famous diamond district in London.” WE SAY: The creation of beautiful jewels begins with the passion and care of the crafters. Annie and Ariel transformed their love for precious stones into their lifelong business. Nestled in the heart od Edinburgh, they adorned their studio as an authentic wooden workshop. Each piece is individually crafted and designed with creative touches, with exclusive stones and stunning ornaments deriving from the world. anniesmith.co.uk

WALES THEY SAY: “Neil Rayment is a master maker who brings heritage and a lifetime of craftsmanship to his work. He creates custom pieces and exquisite collections, fusing tradition with technology. His expertise is paired with an extraordinary customer focused approach, making every jewellery purchase a memorable experience.” WE SAY: Neil Rayment has an expert eye and knowledge regarding materials and techniques used for refined craftsmanship. For a bespoke jewel you need a creative and passionate hand with years of experience crafting in a workshop. Neil has been working for 25 as a silver and goldsmith and believes that becoming a master jeweller is a journey with timeless effort spent using precious stones and one-of-a-kind artistry. Sit down for a coffee and start to dream about your exceptional and unique design with the distinguishable mastery of Neil Rayment.


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Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand’ring bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me prov’d, I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

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DESTINATIONS From the exotic island luxury of The Maldives to the historic Norwegian capital of Oslo, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s most romantic locations

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Amazing 1. INAYA PUTRI BALI

Bali Find your inner peace in the tropical haven of Inaya Putri Bali, a luxury resort inclusive of modern touches and commodities. Overlooking the dramatic Indian Ocean, Nusa Dua, is a bachfront paradise composed of powdery sand beaches and majestic architecture. Let the dedicated wedding planners of Inaya take care of the little details as they craft to perfection your big day. (inayaputribali.com)

Asia

The world is brimming with beautiful destinations for your dream honeymoon. Here are 10 of our favourites!

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Phi Phi Islands, Krabi Jet off on a reinvigorating journey to the Phi Phi Islands, where you will be left bedazzled by the rustic beauty of Zeavola Resort, nestled on the powdery sands of Laem Tong Beach. A sustainable Resort, Zeavola, offers the chance to unwind in complete comfort while also respecting the environment. To complete your stay, you must take a relaxing moment to pamper yourself in the Resort’s exclusive spa, nestled in the island’s green rainforest. (zeavola.com)

3. SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RESORT & SPA KOTA KINABALU Malaysia Nestled between the balmy ocean and the tropical forest, Shangri-La’s Rasa Resort & Spa, accommodates guests with modern luxury and Malay accents. Find a moment to relax with your partner in the rejuvenating spa, inspired by the Sabah culture, offering herbal treatments, natural scenery and a tranquil ambience. (shangri-la.com)

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Hua Hin Thailand Once a fishing village, Hua Hin, now has transformed in a stylish and popular destination for honeymooners to rest along stretches of sandy beaches. Make the most of your first romantic escape as newlyweds with an unforgettable stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava, the first water park resort in Asia. (ihg.com)

5. BOHOL BEACH CLUB

Philippines Composed of pearlescent shorelines, the Philippines’ region of Bohol, proposes a bespoke getaway for a couple searching for mesmerising sunsets. The Bohol Beach Club provides splendid amenities for a relaxing honeymoon, adorned by beachfront suites, preserving a Filipino touch to welcome you on a paradisiac destination. (boholbeachclub.com.ph)

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Malaysia Langkawi is a land of ancestral treasures, situated between the dazzling view of the Andaman Sea and lush rainforests. Tucked away between the sparkling waters of the seas and the Mat Chinchang Mountain range, majestically rises the Ombak Villa Langkawi. Renew your senses in this meditative location, steeped in traditional Malay culture and with a touch of contemporary design. (ombakvillalangkawi.com)

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Thailand Fringed with pearlescent coastlines, lapped with jade-hued waves and lined with lush palm trees, the island of Phuket is Thailand’s greatest treasure. Boasting clean contemporary textures, lush greenery and a sparking pool, the Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa is the perfect setting to reconnect with your love in tropical luxury. (dreamhotels.com/Phuket)

8. THE MARINA PHUKET

Thailand Characterised by its glorious beaches, historical delights and dazzling landscapes, Thailand’s largest island of Phuket, captures the hearts of all those who step foot on its white-gold shores. Unwind in romantic seclusion with your love at the Marina Hotel Phuket. The nautical style resort, rests delicately on the Patong beach flaunting stylish sea views, an indulgent spa and a vibrant rooftop experience. (themarinaphuket.com)

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Malaysia Well connected to the buzzing Kuala Lumpur and not far from Singapore, stands Port Dickson, covering stretches of soft sands overlooking the alluring crystal waters. Located on the charming seafront is Thistle Port Dickson Resort & Spa, flourishing amidst the palm trees. A tropical paradise, Port Dickson, is the perfect haven to make your dream wedding come to life, for either a beachfront ceremony or a celebration in the Grand Ballroom. (thistle.com.my)

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Seminyak Bali Step into the vibrant bliss of Jalan Petitenget, a colourful town scene, brimming with renowned restaurants, fashion boutiques and galleries. If you want to feel part of the buzzing backdrop without having to give up your secrecy, book your delightful stay with De Vins Sky. A luxury hotel embellished with a modern style to please the eye, utterly stylish for a couple wanting comfort and a unique time together. (devins-sky.com) WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Maldivian Magic The tropical archipelago situated in South-Eastern Asia, is a sequence of small islands sprinkled across the Indian Ocean. Celebrated for their thriving sea life, underwater beauty and idyllic views it has become one the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world


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Vibrant Culture

The miniature Maldivian capital is the pulsing heart of the nation. Bursting with colour and culture it is an extraordinary place for the bold traveller. The buzzing streets of Malé are a stark contrast to the peaceful vibes of the islands, but there is a unique charm to those bustling streets and markets. The city is home to several artefacts and attractions that make for an exciting and riveting experience. So, after you’ve bathed in the sapphire waters and reclined on your seashore resort, go for a stroll and visit the Theemuge, the grand presidential palace in the historic centre of Malé. Saunter down to the Majeedhee Magu Market. The pathway which ribbons Malé from east to west, glistens with spectacular textiles and accessories, to gift to one another and add that sentimental touch to your honeymoon retreat.

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Absolute Relaxation

Relaxation and Maldives are completely synonymous. The calming waves and crystal white sands of the islands enthral you to leave behind the strenuous thoughts of everyday life and create an atmosphere of upmost tranquillity. Go ahead and heighten your romantic escape and revel in the great assortment of sumptuous spa treatments. Renew your body, with scrubs and deep tissue massages designed to cleanse the body’s energy, replacing tension and stress with peace and comfort. Maldivian Coconut oil, is well used by technicians and is known for its hydrating and healing elements leaving you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. Experience the Kundalini Ritual, designed especially for couples at the Four Seasons Resort. The ritual harnesses male and female energies for the ultimate sensual awakening, making it the finest treatment for newlyweds. (fourseasons.com/maldives/)

Undersea Excursions

Between the ocean utopia of the Southern Atolls and the wildlife haven of the Northern Atolls, the azure waters of the Maldives are an aquanaut’s wonderland. Experience dazzling undersea sights whilst snorkelling in the Banana reef. As the first dive sight discovered in the Maldives, this hidden treasure is brimming with diverse coral formations and extensive wildlife; from barracudas, mantas and turtles, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a whole new world. After emerging from the depths of the ocean, enjoy breath-taking views of the cliffs and caves that were formed over centuries. Maldivian history dives deep into the depths of the ocean, where you can find sunken shipwrecks and artefacts venturing hundreds of years back. The Maldives Victory is a historical location, you can find the ruins of the Singaporean cargo ship that sank in 1981. The structure remains intact and is now a home for fruitful growth of new corals. Later in the evening, grab a surf or paddle board and roll across the ocean waves, to catch spectacular glimpses of rich schools of fishes Relish the underwater beauty of the tropical island for honeymoon memories that will last forever. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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WHERE TO STAY Conrad Maldives RANGALI ISLAND Composed of luxurious villas and suites dotted above the turquoise waves amongst the tropical greenery, the Conrad Maldives allows for complete seclusion and romance on your amorous escape. Discover opulent indoor/outdoor living, relax in turquoise infinity pools and delight in picturesque ocean views. Spend your days experiencing the wonders of the Indian Ocean and with a plethora of water sport activities to choose from there will never be a dull moment. Delight in some much needed relaxation at their overwater spas, and pick from one of their exquisite restaurants and indulge in luxury fare with your love. Say your nuptials overlooking the magnificent ocean and celebrate your marriage in style at the Conrad Maldives, with the Sunset Tip wedding. Or say “I do” floating over the tranquil turquoise waves, known as the Quiet Zone. A transparent platform, is suspended over the Indian Ocean in the resort’s lagoon, making it possible to tie the knot surrounded by infinite ocean blues. For a unique experience, celebrate your love in the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. The world’s only undersea chapel provides an extraordinary backdrop, five metres underwater, surrounded by the vibrant coral reef. (conradmaldives.com)

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DESTINATIONS Mirihi ISLAND RESORT A sliver of heaven floating on the warm waters of the Indian Ocean; the Mirihi Island Resort is a tropical dream. A combination of both modern and traditional elements, the elegant yet eco-friendly resort is located in the South Ari Atoll, just a 30 minute picturesque seaplane flight from the buzzing capital of Malé. A true vision of paradise, this tropical gem boasts of scenic palm lined beaches, soft pearlescent sands and tranquil turquoise waters. Indulge in the beautiful panoramic views from the comfort of your newly renovated oceantop villa. Step out onto your secluded balcony with your love and lounge in the sultry sunlight. Revel in the array of activities available for you and your love. Partake in ultimate rejuvenation and relaxation, and spend the day lounging at the Duniye Spa. Indulge in an array of professional massages and treatments, specially created to relieve the stress from your body and relax your muscles. In the evening, choose from one of the two in-house restaurants, and delight in a selection of Maldivian cuisine. Enjoy the astounding sunset from the decked terrace of the Muraka Restaurant or tuck into the finest buffet at Dhonveli Restaurant. (mirihi.com/en/)

Food For Thought Maldivian cuisine blends a myriad of flavours that ignite your senses and makes for the ideal dining experience for a cuisine connoisseur. With staple foods varying from seafood, coconuts and rice, the cuisine resembles familiar south-east Asian tastes. Seafood is an integral part of the islands cuisine, and most dishes are designed around it. Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, and Wahoo are types of fish that can be found in most Maldivian meals and is used to create curries and soups, as well as a typical breakfast choice called Mas Huni (a blend of tuna fish with grated coconut, onions, chilli and lime juice, served with a griddled pancake called roshi). Throughout the day, locals often snack on what they call hedhikaa, or ‘short eats’. These are often made up of samosalike fried pastries prepared in a variety of textures and filled with fish and spices.

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Don’t Miss: January/February: Best Diving Time High season in the Maldives falls across these months, due to guaranteed unbroken sunshine and the best visibility for diving. March/April: The Surf Season At this time of year, avid boarders flock to the resorts to access the best barrelling breaks during the surf season. May/June: Kuda Eid Festival Delicious family feasts and gatherings occur for Kuda Eid, a religious celebration that marks the end of Ramazan. July/August: Independence Day Male’s streets erupt with dancing, music and festival floats as islanders rejoice on annual Independence Day, the 26th and 27th of July. September/October: National Day National Day falls across the month of October, and honours Mohammed Thakurufaanu’s army overthrowing the Portuguese to regain independence. November/ December: Maldivian Victory Day Observe military marches, drills and traditional dance processions commemorating the defeat of Sri Lankan militaries, on Maldivian Victory Day.

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The Sunshine State Discover Floria, with hundreds of miles of sensational shores and exciting entertainment, this radiant state is simply brimming with adventure and romance


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Orlando

Already a destination on the radar for thrillseeking couples, Orlando is teeming with world-class theme parks and attractions. From Universal Orlando to Walt Disney World, visitors are spoilt for choice with resorts and rides to experience an adrenaline rush. However, although Orlando is renowned for these thrills, there is more to the city than just roller coasters and Disney characters. For a fix of designer shopping, head to the Mall at Millennia. The centre is home to big names such as Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Prada. Alternatively, you can unwind at one of the cities many luxury spas. To encounter some culture, Orlando Museum of Art is certainly worth a visit. As a leading institution in the region, the Museum was founded in 1924 to provide excellence in the visual arts, collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works. The venue is also a beautiful and unique location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. There are multiple spaces to tie the knot in the venue, including the extraordinary gallery.

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The Palm Beaches

Blessed with crystal clear skies and enticing white sands, the 47 miles of sensational shores in Palm Beach County are a picturesque paradise. Unwind on one of the secluded beaches and indulge in the tropical rainforest climate. For a more fulfilled adventure, why not head down to the sparkling shores. The coastline is brimming with all kinds of entertainment, from delicious restaurants, buzzing bars to boutique shops and markets. Water sports are also an option. With snorkelling, fishing and boating, there are activities for everyone. In addition to the beaches, the acclaimed Worth Avenue is a must-see. As one of the most iconic streets in America, this upscale district is a shopaholic’s haven. Brimming with luxurious outlets, celebrated boutiques and exquisite eateries, Worth Avenue is enchanting and glamorous. As a distinguished and captivating location, the street also offers regular historic walking tours.

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Resting at the southern tip of Florida is the 120-mile coral cay archipelago of Florida Keys. With sparkling waters, pristine beaches and a tropical climate, the Keys are truly stunning. Experience a vast array of water activities on the dazzling shores, from snorkelling and diving to encounters with dolphins. The protected waters ensure that the Florida Keys remain an alluring site for ecotourism, allowing opportunities to witness a multitude of tropical plants and wildlife. For some of the least disturbed reefs in the region, journey to Dry Tortugas National Park. Only accessible by seaplane or boat, the passage to the park is an adventure in itself. Possessing vibrant coral reefs, abundant sea life and legends of sunken shipwrecks and treasures, Dry Tortugas offers some of the best snorkelling in North America. In addition to preserving the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the park also protects Fort Jefferson. A grand but unfinished coastal fortress, Fort Jefferson is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere and is astoundingly composed of more than 16 million bricks. Assuredly a mustsee for sightseeing couples.

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Miami Beach

Connected by bridges to mainland Miami, the coastal resort city of Miami Beach is an awestriking scene, picture-perfect for a postcard. Home to spectacular architecture and majestic coastlines, this city should not be missed by honeymooners in Florida. Stroll along the scenic Miami Beach Boardwalk to observe the beauty of both the city and ocean. A few blocks from the beach is Lincoln Road Mall, a complex that prides itself on being South Florida’s premier outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The mile-long promenade is pedestrian-only and abounding with national retailers, specialty stores, bars, galleries and fine dining. After a day of shopping, enjoy a refreshing cocktail at Juvia, located on the penthouse level and overlooking the Mall, Juvia occupies a stunning space. The cuisine is a delectable mix of French, Japanese and Peruvian influences in which only the freshest ingredients are used. (juviamiami.com)

South Beach

The South Beach neighbourhood of Miami Beach is a trendy and quirky area boasting a buzzing nightlife. Associated with celebrities and famous faces, the neighbourhood has been a backdrop for many television and film scenes. A must-see location is Lummus Park Beach, one of the most popular destinations in Miami. The turquoise waters and tall palm trees provide enviable photo opportunities. The thoroughfare of Ocean Drive is also worth a visit, primarily renowned for its Art Deco hotels. The boutique-inspired hotel of Colony Hotel is known as the most photographed art deco hotel and has made appearances in many movies and TV shows, including the hit series Dexter. The Art Deco architecture is adorned in beautiful colours Gianni Versace resided in the renowned Miami Art Deco District, home to about 900 preserved buildings. Whether you desire idling beside the sea or exploring the local area, there is plenty to do and enjoy. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Havana Cabana Resort KEY WEST Delicately placed on the sparkling waterfront in Key West is the tropical Havana Cabana Resort. A resort steeped in charm and character, the sultry hotel takes its nostalgic influences from the art and culture of Florida’s neighbours, Cuba. In this lush escape from reality, couples are met with complete luxury as they arrive. Mid-century cars greet resort guests as they appear, birds of paradise adorn the outdoor landscape, and the sweet sounds of Flamenco guitar can be heard poolside. Delight in pool views and tropical decor from the comfort your luxury suite. Spend your time relaxing with a midday mojito or indulge in the playful nature and old soul of the setting whilst exploring on a vintage vespa. Saunter into the courtyard and discover authentic Cuban fare, served from their Floridita Food Truck. Indulge in traditional favourites including Cuban cheese toast and freshly prepared cafÊ con leche. Return in the evening for a casual romantic meal in the open air. Say your nuptials in tropical style under the swaying palm trees; a wedding at Havana Cabana sure to be a unique and unforgettable experience. Their onsite wedding and events team are ready to assist with your needs, so that you can enjoy your special day stress free. (havanacabanakeywesthotel.com)

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Food For Thought Florida is home to an assortment of delicious flavours. Characterised by its sumptuous seafood and splash of southern comfort, it is a cuisine connoisseur’s dream. A popular dish is Conch Fritters, the sea snail is mixed into a batter, deep fried and are severed as appetisers at most restaurants. A delectable mix of seafood and southern cooking, the delicacies are often served in a rich creamy tartar sauce. Florida’s close proximity to the Caribbean resulted in a strong Creole influence on the cooking scene. Hailing from Creole culinary tradition, the popular dish of Shrimp and Grits is worth a try. The tasty dish combines lowcountry grits with seafood for a rich Florida taste. For dessert, indulge in a delicious slice of Key Lime Pie. The baked treat has its origins in the Florida Keys and is made with key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and a pie crust. It is often topped with whipped cream and garnished with a slice of lime.

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Don’t Miss: January / February: South Florida Fair Located in South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, the 17-day extravaganza is one that cannot be missed. Featuring first class stage shows, national concert acts, auctions and lots of delicious fair food, it’s perfect for a fun-filled day with your love. March/ April: Spring Obsession Take a trip to Munn Park and picnic amongst the beautiful array of Florida native plants of orchids, roses, herbs and other exotic greenery. Enjoy the live music and delight in the variety of unique outdoor artwork and presentations. May/June: A Taste of the Caribbean A part of the Caribbean – American heritage month, savour the best and most sumptuous Caribbean cuisine at tasting meals, workshops and seminars with leading chefs. It’s a competitionstyle event that showcases the region’s best chefs, pastry chefs, junior chefs and bartenders July/August: Cool Art Show This remarkable indoor art show fills the St. Petersburg Coliseum with ceramics, jewellery, photographs, sculptures and paintings. Delicious food and drinks are also served September/October: St Augustine Spanish Wine Festival Celebrate Spanish history, with a festival featuring Spanish foods, wines at variety of special events and restaurants. Visitors can learn the secrets of authentic Spanish recipes and the Spanish wine pairings. Delight your taste buds and sample more than 120 different wines with your love November/December: Winterfest Festival Arts and Crafts The beautiful Anna Maria Island hosts a juried arts and crafts show filled with original paintings, pottery, fibre arts and other works. Visitors can spend the day enjoying the remarkable pieces and sampling seafood dish, BBQ and other delightful dishes.

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A Scandanavia Dream A Scandinavian capital with charm, culture and stunning natural resources, Oslo lures tourists year round to experience true Norwegian hospitality


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he moment you step off the plane, you sense that the Norwegians have gotten things right. One of the wealthiest and happiest countries in the world, Norway pays attention to the small details that really make life a treat for anyone and everyone coming to stay. Even the airport in Oslo is a complete gem with warm wood that reminds one of a Viking ship, but in a cosy, hygge way. It’s the perfect welcome to a cold country, made warmer by the smiling faces and efficiency of the Norwegians. Like other Scandinavian cities, Oslo was built up around the 1950s into the cosmopolitan jewel we see today. As a result, many buildings are quite shiny and new, reflecting the spirit of grandeur and advancement of a booming society. Oslo is an art-loving city and you don’t have to look far to see public sculptures adorning bridges, parks and sidewalks. There is a flurry of museums to discover, historical sites like the ancient Askershus fortress and a plethora of fish restaurants to whet your appetite. Oslo in the summer is an absolute dream for honeymooners and bridal couples, who can take advantage of rooftop bars, boat rides and breathtaking views of the fjord.

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Take a stroll through the heart of the city, where you will undoubtedly walk along Karl Johans Gate as it throbs with people on their way to ogle the Royal Palace, Parliament and the grand Oslo Cathedral. All three are worth a visit, though only the latter two allow entrance. The cathedral is a definite highlight with delightful colorful murals splashed across its ceiling, a stunning carved altar and a glimmering baroque organ. Your next stop should be the Nobel Peace Center, which yields fascinating stories of the genius of Nobel Prize laureates. This is quite close to the Askershus Fortress, a medieval castle that tells the tale of Norway of old. Originally built to protect and provide residence to the Norwegian royal family, the fortress has also been used as a military base and serves as a popular recreation space today. From there, indulge in a little afternoon shopping at the upscale sprawling mall in Aker Brygge, where you will find everything from quirky design shops to Scandinavian clothing brands. This area is also great for restaurants; we’d recommend lunch at Tjuvholmen or the Salmon Museum if you’ve come this way.

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is an absolute dream for honeymooners and bridal couples, who can take advtange of rooftop bars, boat rides and breathtaking views of the fjord.

Find Your He(art)

From the moment you step out of the airplane, you will notice a marked difference in air quality. Norway air has a truly fresh scent, so you’ll want to make the most of your time outside. Vigeland Park is a don’t miss for all ages, situated on the North East of the city and located a walkable 30 minutes distance from the center. In it, discover larger than life sculptures by artist Gustav Vigeland, an accumulation of more than 200 total. With the most sculptures in any one park by a solo artist in the world, you will feel humbled and intrigued by this unique setting. The human figures frolic, console, hug and lift one another in a myriad of ways. Even without the art, the manicured park is certainly worth a visit any time of year! The Oslo Opera House is another highlight, an architectural marvel which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year. The crisp white exterior perfectly blends into the cloud cover and extends to the fjord on which it is scenically perched. Inside, discover the same gleaming wood that gave the airport its charming appeal, which creates a truly ambient performance space for anyone inclined to see a world class performance of opera or ballet.

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The Thief OSLO If you seek an extraordinary stay with a flair for artistry and youthful humor, The Thief is your go-to. With truly the best location on a quiet peninsula on the fjord, this boutique hotel gleans its quirky name from the area of Oslo, which is called Tjuvholmen (Thief Islet). The hotel is designed in conjunction with the world-renowned Astrup-Fearnley museum next door, so each floor is filled to the brim with work by such contemporary heavyweights as Richard Prince, Antony Gormley and Louise Bourgeois. As I mentioned before, the Norwegians are experts at the little details and nowhere is this more evident than at The Thief, where five-star accommodation fuses with a bespoke attention to individuality and fun. The Thief has several stunning event spaces for a rehearsal dinner, after wedding brunch or even an intimate wedding. Their rooftop is arguably the best in Oslo with upscale, contemporary decor to match the rest of the hotel and stunning views over the fjord. It is closed in the winter, but not to worry, there are numerous other rooms to celebrate in during the colder months. Head inside to their banquet room, adorned with velvet chairs and modern gold chandeliers for the perfect party space. Whether you prefer a seated dinner or a standing affair with passed hors d’oeuvres, The Thief will transform the room to your liking. There is also another terrace that can be used in the winter as it is well equipped with heat lamps and has a retractable cover. Of course, the main hotel restaurant, which wraps around the entirety of the second floor is ideal for parties and has plenty of space for a DJ and a dance floor. Whatever you can dream up, The Thief’s in-house events coordinator will make happen, with a flourish of style. All of the events are catered by The Thief’s delicious restaurant and flowers can be custom made by a local florist. They even create cakes in-house, should you desire one that matches the hotel’s aesthetic. As far as room packages go, treat yourself to the wedding package, which includes staying in one of the lavish suites. Upon arrival you will find roses and macaroons in the room together with a small wedding gift. The wedding package also includes late check out so that you can rest and sleep after the wedding party and enjoy breakfast in bed with champagne. You will also cherish the free entrance to the spa and great offers on spa products. Your guests will also love the hotel, as each room is curated to perfection with advancements like automatic sensor lights, Netflix capabilities and a rainfall shower. They’ve truly thought of everything to make your stay enjoyable, from extra cosy rugs to beautifully scented Babor bath products. We’re certain The Thief will steal your heart!

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Food For Thought SALMON

No matter where you go in Norway, you’re bound to discover salmon on the menu. It is found in every breakfast buffet and is truly a taste sensation that you don’t want to miss. There is even a Salmon Museum in Oslo that you must stop by to try the varieties available. The delicious fatty fish is best served smoked or cured with dill as gravlaks and it goes perfectly with eggs, toast or by itself!

LEFSE

This tasty delight is essentially a soft rolled flatbread made of potatoes and flour and served with butter, sugar and cinnamon. Special tools like long wooden turning sticks and rolling pins are used to create the perfect curl of the lefse, but you could also do it at home with your hands. Lefse is perfect with a cup of coffee on the go as a little bite of something sweet. It is particularly popular during the holiday season to bring cheer to your meal.

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Don’t Miss: January/February Wine Festival Head on over to the upscale neighborhoods of Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen on the water for some grape sensations in the annual Oslo wine festival held in February. More than 100 events celebrate the goodness of viniculture and no matter what your previous knowledge of wine may be, you will come away happy. March/April Holmenkollen Ski Festival Oslo’s world renowned winter sports arena hosts the thrilling and timehonored tradition of the FIS World Cup Nordic each March. Join thousands of others cheering on participants in the incredible display of arctic athletics. May/June Norway Constitution Day Parade Join in the fun of the fantastic annual parade through the city streets of Oslo celebrating the National Day of Norway on May 17, where you will find delight at concerts, street performances and more. Norwegians celebrate their history during this grand independence day party. July/August Oslo Jazz Festival Oslo is a city reverberating with music festivals year round to match every taste. The jazz festival in August is a definite crowd pleaser for honeymooners, bringing 80 individual events to the capital in one week. September/October Oslo Marathon An annual tradition since 1994, this exciting race brings about 20,000 participants each year to the city of Oslo to test their stamina. It’s a great event to watch, or participate in if you are up for a major challenge! November/December The Annual Christmas Fair This sweet holiday celebration brings over 100 local craftsman and artisanal food vendors to the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History each year. This is the ideal spot to get into the holiday spirit and do some shopping for your loved ones.

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An Unforgettable Escape A land of culture and culinary delicacies, Vietnam, embodies the lavish natural landscape destined for an adventurous soul‌


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melting-pot, brimming with historical gems and unspoilt natural scenery, Vietnam surpasses all expectations. Bursting with a mixture of cultures and historical splendour this spectacular escape is the ideal destination for a culture-thirsty explorer. Rich in shimmering paddy fields and white pearlescent beaches, this surreal backdrop is the perfect retreat for a couple seeking thrilling views and an overwhelming dive into an ancient heritage.

Cultural Fragrance

A staggering splendour from the highest peak to the furthest isle, this South Asian haven is glimmering with a grand legacy. Explore the Nordic temples, belonging to the neighbouring Chinese influencers and uncover the Hindu traditions pervading the southern areas. Dive into the mesmerising cultural surroundings and discover the ancestral traditions pervading each corner of these vibrant grounds. Indulge in the vivid scenes of the capital Hanoi, as you stroll around the buzzing streets adorned by mouth-watering food markets and colourful artefacts. Be immersed into every-day life as you discover the hidden beauties of the old town and take a glimpse at the picturesque pagoda scenery. Delight in this enchanting image of Vietnam, portraying the mercantile past, flowing through the mysterious and deep waters of the Ho Tay Lake. At the same time, appreciate the stately grandeur of the diverse cityscape. Comprised of perfectly-lined boulevards and majestic imperial buildings dating back to the French colonial period; plunge into this abundance of cultural affluence and be swept away by the city’s enlightened past.

Vibrant Hoi An

Quench your curiosity, as you stumble upon fascinating discoveries on your journey through this well-preserved nation. For a romantic getaway, discover the magical village of Hoi An. Stretched over the central coast of Vietnam, it’s unique and aweinspiring character will leave you enamoured forever. From the twinkling lights over the canals to the historical opulence of the ancient riverside town, an aura of beauty fills the delicate air. Venture down the city’s canals and engage in the cultural surroundings of the bustling streets. Visit the local markets and contemporary art galleries on your way to the Japanese Covered Bridge and the marvellous Buddhist Shrines. Hand in hand you can admire the tangerine sunset, as you delight yourself with the local tailoring shops and divine culinary experiences. To conclude a stunning day, remember to book a table along the sparkling canals for a romantic dinner for two, especially suitable for seafood lovers.

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Enchanting Sea life

Explore sapphire waters as you jet off for an exciting cruise to the Cham Islands, tucked away in the seashores of the Hoi An coast. A stunning seascape, suffused with granite islands and transparent waters, ready for a full immersion. Discover the hidden marine life as you snorkel the far-reaching reefs, while surrounded by the countless creatures of the sea. This cluster of intriguing green islands is a protected marine park, with 410 acres of astounding coral, presenting this oasis as a exciting discovery for the curious travellers. The Cham Islands offer the natural wonder that encapsulates the untouched fauna and flora of Vietnam. Secluded in a paradisiacal hideaway, the eight efflorescence enclaves showcase the staggering richness of plant life, ready to be explored and admired. As the sultry sunshine welcomes you, plan a morning excursion up the mountainous and forested tips of the rocky sanctuaries and stay on the look-out for curious creatures. Peak around for wild florals and grasp the local trading traditions juxtaposed around the paddy rice fields and the native cinnamon bark.

Aquatic Sanctuary

A two-day cruise embedded in luxurious comfort and sublime scenery is the cherry on the cake for a heavenly honeymooning experience. Hop on the enchanting Orchid Cruise which will reveal upon your eyes the natural hidden glories of the Ha Long Bay. As the stately boat makes its way through the beautiful balmy waves, an assemble of giant towering limestones will open before your eyes. Gaze off into the opulence of this view as you delight in your surroundings. A grand opening of majestic pillars, wild green hilly mounts and mysterious wave-eroded pillars will leave you speechless. Soak up the dazzling sunshine, as you sink in complete relaxation on the lavish Orchid Cruise. Private and personalized suites are just a pinch of the detailed comfort offered. Indeed, they will ensure you savour the warm hospitality, as you toast over a tantalising sunset charmed by the soothing dance of the waves. (halongbaytours.com)

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Fusion Resort PHU QUOC

If you are dreaming of a paradisiacal hideaway with your love, then Fusion Resort in Phu Quoc, is the bespoke wellness-inspired resort perfect for your quintessential stay. Nestled on pristine powdery long beaches, this understated luxury resort is a romantic refuge away from the busy city life. Enriched by palm-fringed beaches, it offers exclusive scenic views of the ocean and river-front vista. This unique honeymoon haven, flourishes through its enthralling luxurious design and its holistic spa concept. Suitable for a couple who wants to cherish romantic moments together, the resort offers two-bed Pool Villas, with lavish décor and enchanting natural surroundings to explore. The dreamy villas are exceptionally prepared with tropic floral compositions and chic designer’s furniture to make you feel right at home during your awe-inspiring stay. Relax under the tropical sunshine, as you dip your feet in the cooling pool. Look forward to chatting the night away, while delighting your palate with the divine invilla dining, most definitely the epitome of romance of your enchanting stay.

Relax Mind & Body

With “Natural Living” in mind, Fusion Resort has created the Maia Spa, bursting with splendid experiences to help you reenergize. Set around a lush pepper garden, the spa includes 26 treatment rooms with outdoor showers. The expert collaborators are skilfully prepared to assist you as you reset mind and body. Indulge in exclusive natural spa treatments with your partner and discover the regenerating properties of essentials oils, renown from ancient times for their healing properties. Indulge in sumptuous moments in the private spa or take part in more vibrant activities outdoors. Schedule a daily meditation class overlooking the stunning beachfront or jump into more active therapies such as yoga or tai chi. Don’t forget to wrap up your all-natural pampering experience by tickling your appetite with the nutritious and healthy dishes offered by the top-notch kitchen. (fusionresorts.com)

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DESTINATIONS Alba Wellness Valley BY FUSION

Food For Thought Vietnamese cuisine is rich in flavour and distinct with its succulent ingredients and explosion of spices. The traditional mouth-watering dishes are a perfect union of the opposites. As a matter of fact, the luscious delights rely on the balance of salty and sweet, as well as the marriage of sour with a hot zest. The king ingredient for a burst of flavours is the fermented fish sauce, known as nuoc mam, which accompanies delicately the freshness of the Vietnamese meats and fishes. The most popular dish and easy to tuck into while strolling through the town is goi cuon, consisting of translucent spring rolls stuffed with veggies, coriander and a mix of meats, from pork, shrimp and crab.

Embrace Vietnamese elegance and comfort as you plan your opulent stay at Alba Wellness Resort, adorned with 30 Deluxe rooms and 26 Bungalows. Overlooking a Zen Garden and a lush lotus lake, the Deluxe are well equipped and designed with a zest of contemporary Japanese style, creating a cosy aura for an unforgettable sojourn. On the other hand, you may want to embrace the cultural beam of Vietnam, for this reason Alba offers exclusive and secluded bungalows, recalling a typical rustic countryside atmosphere. A dreamy honeymoon backdrop, the Spa Resort offered by Fusion, is located on a remote landscape and hilly ground embellished by natural gardens. A fervent oasis, certainly one-of-a-kind, due to the heavenly natural hot spring, tumbling delicately down the valley. The Thanh Tan hot spring eludes expectations, as wellness becomes a way of life at the resort. Alba is a balanced mineral water, rich in nutrients, such as Calcium, Bicarbonate and Magnesium, perfect for nurturing body and mind.

backdrop, the Spa Resort offered by Fusion, is located on a remote landscape and hilly ground embellished by natural gardens.

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Pho is a mysterious noodle dish steeped into history, loved worldwide for its simplicity and rich warm broth. It is an ancient landmark main meal, grounded on the combination of many influencers, coming from afar Europe and engaging differently with the northern and southern regional traditions of Vietnam. The original recipe of pho is still unknown today, but the introduction by the French of the pot might have had an impact on the creation of this flavourful noodle broth. Unravel the differences between the culinary heritage from the North pho bac and the Southern pho nam, as you dig in the overflow of tasty ingredients belonging to the two opposite flows.

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Don’t Miss: January/February Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year) Tet is the most important festival of the year, a religious moment to gather with families and to pay respects to the ancestors. Gather around the city centre, as you witness the city come to life, with locals lighting incenses and fireworks. Visit the ancient temples and immerse yourself in a colourful traditional festivity to welcome the New Year. March/April Hue Festival This UNESCO-listed festival is situated in the vibrant city of Hue. This manifests a blast of artistic vibes flowing through the city once every two years. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the cultural events and the buzzing sound of music lighting up the scene. Stroll through the city for colourful performances and challenging chess games. Find creative inspiration as you witness the charming Poetry Festival flaring up Hue. May/June Buddha’s Birthday A date to save on the calendar, especially in Vietnam, as a grand day to devote prayers and gifts to the glorious monk. Taking place on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month, it is precious celebration to be part of. The temples are lavishly adorned and overflow with visitors, bringing offerings, such as tradtional Vietnamese dishes and floral decorations. July/August Tet Trung Nguyen This popular festival may appear a bit spooky but is a distant tradition kept alive in Vietnamese culture. It is a festival dedicated to the presence of the ancestors infesting the cities and floating through the air. September/October National Independence Day A nationwide moment of festivity is the 2nd of September, renowned as the day in time in which Vietnam was declared independent from French rule. November/December Ooc Om Bok An awe-inspiring moment in the Vietnamese calendar, dedicated to the moon deity, mostly celebrated by the minority group of the Khmer people. Starlit skies appear even more precious as the community situated mostly in the countryside fills up the land and rivers with lanterns ready to brighten up the clear nocturnal sky.

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Caribbean Bliss Placed delicately in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, is the tropical honeymoon haven, Antigua and Barbuda. These seemingly untouched islands are a treasure chest of sights and activities that await our discovery


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he scenic views from the islands are the perfect refreshing antithesis to city life. The rugged coastlines, dazzling turquoise waters and tropical vibes capture the hearts of couples and make their romantic dreams a reality. More than just pearlescent sand beaches, Antigua is identified by its spirited culture. Characterised by its English accent, the capital of St John’s is home to historic forts and harbours reminiscent of the colonial past. Yet the sultry island is still quintessentially Caribbean, brimming with bustling villages, a mellow ambiance and brighteyed friendly locals.

Shirley Heights

Offering the best views in all of Antigua, Shirley Heights lookout is a must visit on your honeymoon adventures. The restored military lookout and gun battery has fast become a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. This high point presents spectacular scenes of the English and Falmouth Harbours and has become a pulsating arena for tropical nightlife. On Sunday evenings the picturesque lookout comes alive. Brimming with lively restaurants and bars, vibrant locals, delicious barbeque and local bands playing Caribbean vibes, it’s the perfect crowd to meet new people and create unforgettable memories. Perfect for amorous evenings with your significant other, Shirley Heights is celebrated for its breathtaking views of the sunset. As the light illuminates the temperate sea and sun begins to set; if you look close enough for a split second you will see the moment a green glimmer of light covers the horizon, known as the Green Flash, something only the luckiest of viewers and photographers have managed to capture.

Historical Adventures

This island’s riveting topography makes it the ideal hotspot for intrepid travellers. The Antiguan coastline has been altered over millions of years, leaving amazing formations which are a sight to behold. Happy Heights Hiking Club will take you along Antigua’s tropical landscape; encounter beautiful flora and fauna, exotic wildlife and picturesque panoramic views, alongside your love. (antiguahiking.com) Hike up to the Devils Bridge in Willikies; despite its name, the stunning rock formations are a beautiful spectacle. Composed of limestone rock, for thousands of years the Atlantic waves have crashed into the east coast creating a natural bridge or arch. Be sure to catch glimpse of the numerous geysers and blowholes surrounding the area. Observe the beauty of the island, not just by land, but by sea and air. Tropical Adventures provide a wide variety of thrilling tours to keep you and your love entertained on your honeymoon escape. Perfect for the intrepid traveller, their on and off shore excursions, will get your heart racing. Partake in a 4x4 off road adventure tour on the rugged landscapes; go eco-kayaking in the lush mangroves or snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea.

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Did You Know? The island’s highest point is Mount Obama (formerly Boggy Peak), the remnant of a volcanic crater rising 402 meters (1319 feet). It was known as the Boggy Peak until 4 August 2009, when it was renamed after Barack Obama who has a birthday on this day


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dazzling turquoise waters and tropical vibes capture the hearts of couples and make their romantic dreams a reality.

DESTINATIONS For those who are after a more peaceful escape, day sailing on the Mystic Catamaran is the perfect activity. The circumnavigation tour is the ideal way to enjoy panoramic island views whilst getting up close and personal with the wonder of nature. Stopping off at a secluded beach you will have the chance to swim the warm waters and relax on the golden sands. With Tropical Adventures there is something for everyone. (tropicalad.com)

Sunshine and spa

This idyllic island radiates feelings of rest and relaxation. Unwind under the shaded shrubs, as the cobalt waters of the Caribbean Sea melt into the pearlescent sands, and the sultry sun illuminates the calm waves. The tranquil ambiance and picturesque scenes create the ultimate serene paradise for you and your love. Princess Diana beach in Barbuda is true bliss; the secluded shore is perfect for couples seeking to spend the day in intimate seclusion. If you’re after a more communal seaside experience, Turners beach is a must visit. The soothing cool breeze and sultry Antiguan sun beckons you to relax by their blue ocean waves. Head over to Turner’s bar and grill for some sumptuous seafood and chilled drinks. Enhance your passionate escape and revel in the great selection of luxurious spa treatments available on the island. Renew your mind and body with a selection of massages and scrubs considerably created to ease tension from the body at the Sugar Ridge Resort. Featuring the only Aveda concept spa in the Caribbean, the luxury escape combines wellness and luxury and their professional trained staff help to release stress, tone your body and awake your senses. Indulge in the more popular Rosemary Mint Awakening Body Wrap. This package seeks to revitalise and stimulate the body with a cooling wrap with essences of rosemary and peppermint. (sugarridgeantigua.com)

Getting Around

Antigua is truly a jewel full of activities and adventure. With so much to do and see tourists and locals alike need efficient forms of transport. Big Car Rental sits perfectly in the English Harbour among the main sailing facilities. Whether you need to rent a car or request a taxi, Bigs Car Rental has all your needs covered. Their main aim is to provide fast and reliable transportation for tourists and visitors on the idyllic island. Bigs Car Rental has grown to accommodate over 60 rentals at one time, remaining true to their commitment of providing an efficient and excellent service. For those desiring to travel in complete luxury, Bigs Car Rental also offer high quality transfers for VIP’s, from Jets to high class vehicles. Their perfect location at the English Harbour means that magnificent yachts are also available to rent. With so much to offer, you’ll never go wrong, when you choose Bigs Car Rental. (bigscarrental.com) WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Admiral’s Inn & GUNPOWDER SUITES Situated on the south coast of Antigua is the picturesque boutique hotel, Admiral’s Inn and Gunpowder Suites. The stunning hotel occupies four historic buildings from the eighteenth century, on Nelson’s former dockyard in the idyllic English Harbour. The 12 luxurious Gunpowder Suites surrounding the pool on the 2 acre headland opposite the main building are a unique and beautiful setting for a honeymoon or destination wedding where you, your families and friends combine a holiday with your nuptials. The historic, romantic setting is perfect for weddings for 2 to 200 and the Admirals Inn rooms ranging from standards to the Deluxe Loft Suites can accommodate a range of budgets. Indulge in a relaxing massage at the Powder Room Spa, laze in the turquoise hued infinity pool and lounge on a daybed under the swaying palm trees. Grab a light lunch at the Boom poolside restaurant: the spectacular views, delicious cocktails and sumptuous culinary delights make for an ideal afternoon. Later in the evening why not sample some delicious fare at Pillars restaurant. Named after the 18th century pillars, the setting on their tree shaded terrace with the surrounding blue waters as its scenic backdrop is the best on the island. Treat yourself to the fresh catch of the day or lobster thermidor while sipping an old fashioned rum punch. Say your nuptials and host your reception at the romantic, historic sight. The Admirals Inn’s dedicated team will ensure your wedding dreams become reality. (admiralsantigua.com)

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Food For Thought Characterised by their delicious cuisine, Antigua in recent years has become a popular culinary destination. Like many Caribbean islands, seafood is an essential part of their gastronomy. Conch is one of the more popular meats that can be found in an assortment of dishes. The tasty fish is found inside its spiral shells and can be prepared in curries, fritters, and chowders and even raw in ceviches. Salt fish is also a common component to Antiguan dishes, especially breakfast. You’ll most likely find the salt-cured dried white fish sautéed with onions, peppers, and plantains and served with Fungee or Johnny cakes. It’s traditionally eaten at home on weekends, especially post-church on Sundays; as a tourist, you’ll likely find it offered only on weekends at restaurants or hotels. Other than seafood, Antigua is celebrated for their hearty dishes. Goat water is one of the many favourites. Despite its name; watery broths these are not. The wellseasoned meat is usually served in a flavourful soup or stew and is definitely a treat to the taste buds.

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WHERE TO EAT Le Bistro ANTIGUA There is no end to the culinary delights that Antigua has to offer. Their dishes and delicacies are considerably crafted to tantalise the taste buds of locals and tourists alike. What better way to sample their sumptuous fare than to visit local restaurants and bistros and widen your palette. Infusing French recipes and Caribbean traditions, the Le Bistro Antigua, is the perfect romantic restaurant to delight in delicious food with your loved one. Beginning on the cusp of Antigua’s independence, the founders of Le Bistro chose to give the young nation its first French restaurant. The irresistibly alluring and tropical decor adorn the dining room and bar, and exudes a romantic ambiance. The polished and personalised services from their staff make for a seamless and wonderful evening and of course the cuisine is delectable. Priding themselves on offering luxury on a plate, the lavish European and Caribbean infusion will leave you feeling happy and satisfied. (lebistroantigua.com)

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Don’t Miss: January/February Wadadli Day A festive celebration of Antigua and Barbuda’s culture, the annual Wadadli Day takes place at St John’s Botanical Gardens. The Wadadli Day parade day includes a popular game of Warri and a bustling outdoor fair where food, drinks, and handmade crafts are sold to the sounds of live dancing and music. March/April Annual Seafood Festival An annual feast of freshly caught fish and crustaceans at Urlings Wharf, it’s the ideal event for seafood lovers. Initially founded to promote Antigua and Barbuda’s fishermen and vendors it has since grown into a much larger event complete with craft booths and live musical performances. May/June Caribana Taking place on Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda, the Caribana Carnival is an excited and fun-filled time. The fiveday celebration includes early morning street parties, costumed street parades, beach parties and horse racing. July/August Antigua Carnival The Antigua carnival is a ten day celebration buzzing with vibrant costumes, parades and traditional music. The party never ends, so be sure to schedule in time in your travel itinerary to enjoy the celebrations with your love. September/October Turtle Watching Season Head out on a boat ride to an offshore island, where two experienced researchers will educate you on fun facts whilst you witness the unique and captivating sight of hundreds of baby Hawksbill turtles hatching and making their mad rush to the sea. November/December Independence Day Independence Day in Antigua and Barbuda is a special nation-wide event. The Island echoes with noisy celebrations of chiming church bells and blaring sirens. Schools and buildings are decorated bright yellow and red and the streets are filled with music, parades and delicious food.

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The Pearl of the Atlantic Bursting with exotic colours and diverse culture, Madeira the pearl of the Atlantic Ocean, sits off the coast of Portugal. Capturing the hearts of couples around the world, this tiny volcanic island has so much to offer

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n island of eternal spring, Madeira wins the affection of all those who step foot on their golden coastlines. A natural haven, this volcanic island is home to many of the earth’s natural wonders. From black sand beaches, emerald green vegetation and gushing streams, these picturesque views are the reason couples choose this island for their amorous escapes. The sleepy coastal villages and bustling towns are home to the gentler pleasures such as wine tasting, sightseeing and shopping. Characterised by its charming flair and exotic ambiance the island of Madeira is the perfect place for your honeymoon escapade.

Culture and charm

Perfect for culture-thirsty travellers the scenic capital of Funchal captures the charming traditions and culture of the idyllic island. Saunter down its charismatic streets and pathways and delight in the old-world grandeur and vintage decor. Stroll down to the bustling Mercado dos Lavradores market, the art deco scene is one of Funchal’s top attractions. Beautifully adorned with handpainted tiles, and lined with indigenous flowers, this is a place like no other. Friendly local women dressed in Madeiran national costume greet you as you enter offering, lovely triffid-like blossoms. Sample the crisp fruit and vegetables, fresh seafood and collect considerably crafted souvenirs with your love. Take a trip to the architectural wonder, the Sé. The 16th century cathedral once oversaw the world’s largest diocese, covering all of Portugal’s overseas territories from Madeira to Brazil and Angola. The majestic interiors and ornate decor is a delight to the eyes. Home to renowned artworks including gothic panels depicting the Life of the Virgin Mary and the Passion of Christ. The amazing structure’s clock towers reaches and dominates Funchal’s skyline.

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by its charming flair and exotic ambiance the island of Madeira is the perfect place for your honeymoon escapade.


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A Natural Wonder

This archipelago is celebrated for its diverse wildlife and flora and fauna. The best way to encounter all the island has to offer is to a take trip to Jardins Botânicos da Madeira. Madeira’s famous botanical gardens are brimming with exotic flora and fauna, many indigenous to the island. Discover huge cacti, rustic shrubs and the kaleidoscope of colourful flowers. It is the ideal midday adventure for you and your love. Journey to the golden coastlines of Praia Formosa, where the turquoise waves of the Atlantic Ocean melt into the rugged bronzed sands and the sultry sun illuminates the landscape below. This rural stretch of land sits seamlessly in Funchal’s western suburbs and is lined with scenic cafes, restaurants and bars, so you can grab a bite to eat as you observe the calming waves. Famed for their delicious beverages, Madeira is also home to sumptuous diverse flavours of wine. Visiting a winery with your loved one is a must-try on your honeymoon escapade. Pereira D’Oliveira is the top choice winery to explore in Funchal and is run by the fifth generation of the D’Oliveira family. Enter into the sensually aromatic barrel room and try as much wine as your heart desires. As you saunter through the 20th century walls, indulge in a complimentary wedge of bolo de mel; a type of molasses cake and other decadent nibbles. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Cliff Bay Hotel FUNCHAL

A jewel in the Porto Bay Hotels collection, the Cliff Bay Hotel sits delicately on the Coast of Madeira Island. Situated high on the top of a natural promontory, the panoramic views of Funchal are unparalleled. Encompassed by lush gardens, with numerous hidden intimate corners and lined with ancient palm trees it is reminiscent of a natural oasis. The luxury hotel boasts of a refined look and feel and ensures that each guest experiences lavish living. Each spacious room is adorned with luxurious yet cosy features, a private balcony overlooking Funchal, comfortable bedding and quality technological features. Offering a blend of traditional yet contemporary style, indulge in plush comfort with your significant other. Perfect for newlyweds; delight in complete harmony and tranquillity at their in-house spa. Personalised treatments await you, from massages and facials to aromatherapy and hot stone therapy. Their highly-trained experts are dedicated to ensuring that you receive a deeply soothing experience. Enjoy the temperate waves of the sea with a refreshing dip from Hotel’s pontoon. Partake in snorkelling or diving classes with your love and discover the underwater utopia of the Atlantic. Or why not relax and enjoy the picturesque views from the warmth of their Jacuzzi’s and swimming pools. Dine in luxury at the two Michelin-starred II Gallo d’Oro Restaurant. Offering exquisite Mediterranean and Iberian inspired cuisines, their sumptuous dishes are sure to delight your taste buds. Their highquality fare is considerably crafted using local produce, and presented carefully in a kaleidoscope of fresh colours and flavours. Spend your evening in the intimate bliss of the amorous ambiance. (portobay.com/en/ hotels/madeira-hotels/the-cliff-bay)

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Precious Moments Capturing the beautiful moments of your wedding day is essential. You want to be able look back at gorgeous photographs that remind you of your special celebration. Couples should ensure that they hire a world-class photographer to capture those precious moments. Based in Madeira, Ricardo Meira is a quality photographer who is dedicated to catching the beauty of your wedding day. Beginning his photography career in 2002, Ricardo soon settled on the picturesque island of Madeira. The self taught creative chose to embark on a photographic adventure capturing the emotion and simplicity that is marriage. He hopes to catch the most intimate of moments, emotional images, full of joy and feeling. Using a wide variety of photographic material, Meira promises to leave you with unforgettable memories of your precious day. (ricardomeira.pt)

Did You Know? The ER101 was the first paved road on the beautiful island of Madeira. It circles the island’s dramatic coast, and provides sightseers with a wide variety of breathtaking vistas. Thrill-seekers can still take those narrow mountain passes if they so choose, but the tunnels are a nice treat for nervous motorists

Getting Around This idyllic island is brimming with adventures and activities for you and your love to explore. To ensure that you see all the amazing sights, you need to book the most efficient form of transport. Madeira Limo has all your travel needs covered. Registered with the Tourism Board of Portugal, the qualified car service will get you to your destinations without any complications. As soon as your step off the plane, you’ll be greeted by the luxurious car service waiting in the arrival lounge; ready to take you to your accommodation. Choose from luxury vehicles to spacious minibuses and ensure that you ride in style and comfort. Madeira is home to several sights and landmarks that await your discovery. For the perfect day out relax and the let their professional chauffeurs take on you on a breathtaking excursion around the island. Sit back and enjoy the most spectacular parts of the island from the mountainous south and east to the rugged north and west. (madeiralimo.com)

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Casa Portuguesa OLD TOWN FUNCHAL

No trip to Madeira is complete without sampling the traditional fare at local restaurants. Hidden in the heart of Old Town Funchal is the charming boutique restaurant Casa Portuguesa. The traditional Portuguese restaurant is home to a world-class menu laden with hearty dishes prepared using fresh and local ingredients. Fit for royalty, the decadent and almost majestic decor beckons tourists and locals to its doors to samples its sumptuous cuisine. From fresh seafood to succulent meats and tropical beverages, Casa Portuguesa is celebrated for its flavoursome and hearty dishes, guaranteed to leave you feeling full and satisfied. Live music accompanies your traditional meal and makes for a delightful experience. Its intimate and romantic atmosphere makes is the ideal place for an amorous evening with your significant other.

Food for thought Madeiran fare is nothing short of delicious. Their rich and tasty traditional cuisine encompasses fresh and varied ingredients to tantalise your taste buds. One of the more popular dishes is Peixe Espada com banana. The Peixe Espada is black swordfish found in the deep waters surrounding the island and is usually breaded or battered and then deep fired along with a banana and served with a sweet passion fruit and custard sauce. The unique flavour combination is indigenous to the island and is definitely one to try. Hearty meats are also essential ingredients in Madeiran gastronomy. The traditional Espetada is another popular dish. Seasoned beef is cooked and served on a skewer and is a delectable meal to enjoy with your love. For dessert, why not indulge in some sweet passion fruit pudding. Passion fruit is one of the most valued fruits in Madeira. Its sweet taste and aroma make it the perfect fruit to use in delicious desserts and beverages. The passion fruit pudding is made using the passion fruit pulp, jelly, condensed milk and cream. The luxurious dessert is the perfect touch to your romantic evening with your love. e ssert is the

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Don’t Miss: January/February Madeira Walking Festival Taking place in the island of Madeira and Porto Santo, the walking festival is a five day event consisting of 20 of the most popular trails. Combining fun and exercise, its’ the perfect activity for you and your love, you’ll also get a chance to get to know the islands history and experience the Laurissilva forest. March/April Rum Festival Organised by the Institute of Wine, Embroidery and Crafts in Madeira, the Rum festival brings together local rum producers from the entire island, giving residents and tourist alike the opportunity to sample the different delicious rums products on the island. May/June Atlantic Festival Combining entertainment and culture, the Atlantic festival is definitely one to visits. Made of three components the Madeira Music festival, the International Fireworks competitions and performances by philharmonic bands in Funchal’s centre; there is something for everyone. July/August Madeira Day Madeira Day is a national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the archipelago’s independence from the mainland Portugal. A family friendly event, many enjoy picnics and lively local events, whilst official ceremonies are held throughout the Autonomous Region of Madeira. September/October Madeira Nature Festival A new addition to the island’s annual event calendar, discover the natural beauty of Madeira with your love at the Madeira Nature Festival. The festival offers insight into Madeira’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as a plethora of adventurous activities from paragliding to sailing over the deep blue Atlantic waves. November/December The Christmas Season The festive season in Madeira offers a wide variety of cultural, folk and artistic events. The Funchal streets are wonderfully decorated and the colourful Christmas lights are switched on in the main city, creating a magically festive ambiance.

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Fusion Resorts Phu Quoc & Alba Wellness Resort VIETNAM

If you are dreaming of a paradisiacal hideaway with your love, then Fusion Resort in Phu Quoc, is the bespoke wellness-inspired resort perfect for your quintessential stay. Nestled on pristine powdery long beaches, this understated luxury resort is a romantic refuge away from the busy city life. Or for a zen sojourn, embrace Vietnamese elegance and comfort as you plan your opulent stay at Alba Wellness Resort. The relaxing Japanese style garden as well as the welcoming service will leave an everlasting memory of your stay with Fusion Resorts. fusionresorts.com

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MALAYSIA

For an exclusive stay, The Danna Langkawi, expresses the luxury lifestyle of a dreamy honeymoon. Strategically positioned at Telaga Harbour Park, this exquisite venue is part of the vibrant town life, with music and pubs adorning the promenade. This ColonialMediterranean inspired hotel stands out with its architectural grandeur and one-of-a-kind comfort. thedanna.com

THE MALDIVES

An emerald lagoon sparkles as you step foot on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, renown as the first and only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. A secluded hideaway for newlyweds, characterised by enchanting villas and residences with a pinch of tropical charm, Dusit Thani is the perfect destination to unwind in complete opulence. dusit.com

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Dusit Thani

Santrian Resorts & Villas Puri Santrian Nestled in the tranquil south eastern shores of Sanur is the serene Santrian Resorts & VillaPuri Santrian, surrounded by tropical gardens and colourful blooms. Discover the opulence of The Santrian Club. Hidden within a locus amoenus, enriched by a private pool, lounge here with your love as you sip tea and read a book from the shelves of the Club lending library. santrian.com

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From the unspoilt beaches of Vietnam to the tropical backdrop of the Maldives, we have rounded up 10 of the best romantic resorts for intrepid couples seeking the honeymoon of a lifetime...

DID YOU KNOW?

Honeymoons are a 9 billionpound-a-year industry and the average honeymoon will cost 14 percent of the overall wedding budget

CAMBODIA

Situated in the pearlescent waters of Cambodia is the second largest island of Koh Rong. For an unforgettable stay, The Royal Sands Koh Rong, is the enchanting destination for your hidden haven. A selection of beachfront and pool villas, adorned by delicate colours and top-notch comfort, are the exclusivity and romantic backdrop you need for your honeymoon bliss. theroyalsandskohrong.com


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The Elysian Boutique Villa Resort

Moro Ma Doto

SEMINYAK INDONESIA

The Elysian Villa Resort offers a sanctuary for honeymooners to unwind after a busy day in town and provides a relaxing atmosphere for couples to cherish moments together. Prepare to feel pampered as you indulge in delicacies by the pool and laze in the refined boutique villas offered by this ethereal resort. theelysian.com

8 Waka Hotels and Resorts BALI INDONESIA

Tabanan is a remote haven, located far from the crowded town areas, that characterise the business of the Balinese lifestyle. Perfectly tailored for newlyweds, this southwest coast is a tranquil getaway, surrounded by peaceful rice fields and sublime blue oceans. Get lost in the authentic architecture of WakaGangga, a stylish resort, comprised of 21 intimate villas, preciously adorned with their own pool. This awe-inspiring retreat is nestled amidst lush rice terraces and a one-of-a-kind black sand beach, a picture-perfect scene for a memorable escape. Its exceptional essence, as a luxury boutique resort encircled by unspoilt land, makes it an inspiring destination. wakahotelsandresorts.com

INDONESIA

DID YOU KNOW?

Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent will take a honeymoon. The average duration of a honeymoon is eight days

It’s the perfect destination for an intrepid traveller ready to dive into the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean or to get lost in the lush surroundings of the tropical forest. The way to embrace this rich land of culture and natural habitat is to sojourn at Moro Ma Doto, best surrounded by green flora, ancient mango trees and the coconut plantation. Lavish villas steeped in remarkable grounds shine light on this new resort concept, focused on an awareness for the environment together with the integration of the local community. moromadoto.net

9 10 Kukua Beach Club DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

An exclusive location, Bavaro Beach, is adorned by white sandy beaches and turquoise waves, perfect for a romantic escape. Enjoy long walks and breezy sunsets, in one of the most marvellous destinations in the world. Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is that perfect secluded and relaxing atmosphere you need to create memories as newlyweds. For an enchanting date, visit Kukua Beach Club, a delicate restaurant and venue for a remarkable beachside dining. Indulge in a candlelit dinner with your partner, as you sip refined wine and the finest locally sourced seafood. kukuarestaurantpuntacana.com

Twin Lotus THAILAND

Tucked away in the sparkling waters of Thailand’s Andaman coast is a heavenly island bliss. For a romantic getaway for two, Krabi and its surroundings are a southern paradise, rich of green mounts and topaz waters. Twin Lotus in Koh Lanta is the secluded luxury stay that will fulfil your visit to Krabi. The resort & spa has all the accommodating amenities you need for a relaxing time. From the Bua Luang Spa with its incredible open-air Pagoda to the enchanting garden villas, you will be pampered throughout your dreamy stay. twinlotusresort.com WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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BARCELONA A Tailor-made Wedding You Will Cherish Forever

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uring the moments leading up to your special day, you need a helpful creative mind by your side, to ensure that you enjoy to the fullest this splendid time of your life. Anne Winward, from Just Married Barcelona, has been working closely with brides and grooms long enough to understand how stressful it can be to plan each little detail. For this reason, she dedicates full attention to her couples from start to finish, making sure that each wedding is a joyful success for the newlyweds and for the guests.

Just Married Barcelona focuses on creating aweinspiring weddings. It is a bespoke event planning service with a heart to inspire couples and to make their blissful dreams a reality. Their dedicated team of planners work tirelessly to ensure they capture the personality and tastes of the bride and groom to create a tailor-made event. Just Married Barcelona is the wedding planner to keep in mind, to see your fairytale celebration come to life.

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Elope with Your Love Whether you dream of saying your nuptials on a secluded island or celebrating your love amongst beautiful city views, Anne Winward and her team will be there with you every step of the way. Seeking to bring to life your every desire, just married Barcelona, will help you choose everything, from mesmerising decor, delicious caterers, and stunning bouquets, they will ensure that your gorgeous wedding will stand out from the rest! justmarried.cat


“A paradise like

no other, the Exumas are renowned for their blissfully isolated beaches, world-class diving and serene views that dissolve the cares and troubles of everyday life.

Highbourne CAY Delicately placed in the soothing serenity of the Bahamas, indulge in complete luxury at the picturesque Highbourne Cay resort

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elicately placed in the furthest depths of the Atlantic Ocean is the tropical archipelago, The Bahamas. A breathtaking string of islands strewn across the western corner, the picturesque islets have captured the hearts of many. The crown jewel of the Bahamas are the three hundred islands and cays that are scattered across its central stretch; The Exumas. A paradise like no other, the Exumas are renowned for their blissfully isolated beaches, world-class diving and serene views that dissolve the cares and troubles of everyday life.

A Honeymoon Paradise

Made up of the Great Exuma and Little Exuma, which are beautiful in their own right, their shining pearl is the Exuma Cays. An idyllic sequence of islets surrounded by blooming reefs and astounding marine life, the Exuma Cays are the perfect place for an intimately secluded honeymoon escape. Highbourne Cay resort is perfect for a truly delightful experience. Nestled in the undisturbed landscape of its own private island, the pristine beauty is beyond compare. Composed over three miles of powdery soft sands and unspoilt azure waters, it’s one of the few places where yours are the only footprints in the sands.

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The Perfect Stay A home away from home, choose to stay in either their plush comfortable cottages or rustic Brazilian cabanas and awaken from the comfort your luxury accommodation to scenic views of the cobalt ocean. Amazing adventures define the Exuma experience, and Highbourne Cay is home to a number of opportunities ideal to make your stay all the more memorable. Partake in an Island tour excursion and discover the hidden gems of the island. Or spend your afternoon lazing by the beach with your love as your indulge in a freshly prepared conch salad. Observe the magnificent yachts and boats that sit majestically on the pristine waters, or rent a private boat and venture out onto the temperate ocean. Catering to your every culinary need, Highbourne Cay offers a variety of dining experiences. Have traditional meals sent right to your door, from fresh lobster salads to delicious ribs and macaroni and cheese, all from their Cool Runners Catering service. Or for an amorous evening with your love, delight in the delicate flavours of the Xuma Restaurant as the sun melts into the sugary pink evening skies.


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Kevin Cartwright, co-manager of the luxurious Highbourne Cay resort explains why couples should choose Highbourne Cay for their honeymoon escapades What do you think makes the Exuma Cays so special?

The Exuma Cays are a string of small Islands & Cays, renowned for their immense natural beauty, located 35nm from the capital of Nassau in New Providence. The crystal clear waters & powdery white sands are teaming with an abundance of marine life.

arrangements and additional props. We also provide a sound system for any of our wedding venues. A professional photographer can also be arranged.

Why should couples choose Highbourne Cay for their honeymoon?

Couples can relax on one of our many beaches, enjoy walks through our nature trails, sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, biking and exploring by golf cart. Partake in scenic boat excursions to unique stops, visit Iguana Island and swim with adorable pigs, the opportunities are endless. Couples can also go fishing and our chef will prepare whatever you catch, making it your personal catch of the day.

Highbourne Cay is a quaint, well managed, 5-star resort featuring several cottages & cabanas for 58 person guest occupancy and a 36 slip Marina. There are eight beaches for your enjoyment, with gazebos and access to water sports, top class tour excursions on our vessels and golf carts & bicycles are the best mode of transport. Memories of a lifetime will be created here.

What activities would you suggest couples try during their stay?

What makes Highbourne Cay unique from other resorts in The Bahamas?

What is a traditional meal you would recommend to try whilst staying at Highbourne Cay?

Are couples able to get married at Highbourne Cay and if so what packages are available?

What is the best time of year to visit?

The friendly well trained staff, cleanliness of the property, the quality of the amenities and guest services. Not to mention our restaurant, which is unmatched.

Highbourne Cay currently hosts 3 weddings per year, each one is specially tailored to the bride’s desires & the amount of people attending. There is a local preacher that we work with who is fantastic. We have dining banquette tables and chairs. There is a local company in Nassau whom we work with for exceptional flower

Our restaurant features a Mediterranean flair on Bahamian cuisine, so there is something for everyone. But you can’t go wrong with any of the varieties of our chef’s scrumptious Bahamian spiny lobster dishes.

The resort closes through the month of September, but is open for the remainder of the year. The weather is great all year round; in the winter months from November to March there is a light breeze to accompany the warm sunlight. However in the spring and summertime, temperatures are much warmer, reaching highs of 80oF and 90oF. It’s the perfect climate for a tropical escape for you and your loved one. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Hard Rock DAVOS

A timeless gem placed in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Hard Rock Davos, is a charming location perfect for your lovely wedding and honeymoon

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land of alpine pursuits and urban culture, a wedding and honeymoon in Switzerland is an once-in-alifetime experience. To be immersed in the wintry nation and to adventure through the icy mountains and green pastures with your loved one is a dream for many. Part of that dream is discovering the perfect venue to host your celebration and to spend your amorous honeymoon nights. Nestled in the heart of Davos, is the vivid and vivacious Hard Rock Hotel. Combining the power of music with the beauty of the Swiss Alps, the Hard Rock Hotel will leave you with treasured memories of your special getaway.

The Perfect Stay Mountain View suites elevate your perspective as they deliver breathtaking Swiss vistas. Each luxury spacious room has been considerably designed with guests in mind, ensuring you live like a rock star. Bask in the warm sun rays from the comfort your hanging chair on the picturesque balcony with your significant other. Control the soundtrack of your stay, with a selection of playlists specially created by the hotel itself. The Sound of Your Stay program is a trademark of the Hard Rock Davos amenity package. Once you check in, you’ll be given a download code that allows you chose the playlists of your choice that will follow you throughout your stay.

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Spend your day’s rejuvenating the body and energising your spirit at the Rock Spa. Standing on the foundation that wellness has rhythm, a melody and a beat; the Hard Rock’s Sound Body treatments provide a holistic approach to healthy living with music at its core. The Rock Spa takes wellness to the next level, combining calming spa treatments with the healing powers of music. From hydrotherapy pools, steam baths and saunas to rhythmic massages, facials and manicures, indulge in this new dimension of peace and relaxation with your loved one.

“For a blissful ceremony accented with a rock and roll flair, the Hard rock Davos is the perfect location for your romantic celebration.

When it comes to nightlife and dining, the possibilities are endless. Sample the delicious flavours and amazing options they have available. Providing a dining experience like no other, Sessions offer variety of culinary delights including the city’s most famous Wagyu Burger and a luxurious Swiss Toblerone Mousse. There is also an assortment of bars, serving delicious cocktails and drinks, ideal for a vibrant evening with your love.

A Hard Rock Wedding For a blissful ceremony accented with a rock and roll flair, the Hard Rock Davos is the perfect location for your romantic celebration. Say your nuptials at the Chapel, adorned with a beautiful piano and organ, picturesque lighting and contemporary sound system, it truly is the cornerstone for any celebration. With a choice of five conference rooms the Hard Rock can comfortably accommodate all of your excited guests. Their wedding experts work tirelessly to ensure your wedding is everything you dreamed of and more. From intimate gatherings to large banquets, a wedding at Hard Rock Davos equals fun and excitement and will leave you with sweet memories that will last a lifetime.

Tobelmühlestrasse 2, Davos, Graubünden 7270, switzerland hardrockhotels.com/davos info@hrhdavos.com +418141561600

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Vigna Belvedere A family run business, Vigna Belvedere, shines light on the ancient Italian lifestyle of viniculture. The lush vineyards of this stunning area stem from a long-standing family history of over 200 years of passionate effort

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ucked away between the exquisite landlocked lagoons of Venice and the grand Carnic Alps, Vigna Belvedere rises on a rich and secluded land that has been producing succulent and superb prosecco for generations. A symbol of this long-established heritage resides in the Stone Pine design, which adorns every sparkling bottle. The Stone Pine is nature’s gift for the construction of boats and palaces and it earns exceptional respect and meticulous care for the sustainability of the lush surroundings. The emphasis on sustainability enhances the quality of this heavenly area. The vineyard is nourished day-by-day and is a natural green oasis where a healthy and untouched cultivation of grapes transforms into the delicate and fresh taste of wine. Without any use of herbicides and by keeping the plant treatments to a minimum, non-organic stress is limited. Through a harmonious pruning, the organic concept fostered by the Vigna celebrates quality grapes over quantity.

Doc Najma

Passion and love are the two key ingredients to the everlasting essence of Vigna Belvedere, as infused in the classy Prosecco Doc Najma Vintage 2017. Ready to seduce palates with its zesty surprising taste, it flourishes though the care for the grapes and patience for the harvest month. A true symbol of love, this Prosecco Brut, has a heart-warming nuance. Najma, is the name of the cherished possession belonging to the family, once owned by an idealistic American sailor. He fell in love with the Venetian canals and the warmth of its people. He bought a gondola to sail across the lagoon and named it after his Algerian lover Najma. Before departing in search of new horizons, he left his polished mahogany rowing boat to his cheerful Venetian friends, who would forever cherish it in his place. The rooted affection for traditional crafts and centuries-old family customs drizzles a magical aura on the sumptuous produce of this Vigna. Every tiny step leading up to the day of the bottling is followed and professionally cared for. From the gentle pressing to the primary fermentation of the precious Glera grapes, an attentive eye leads the process perfectly through the sparkling procedure and the four months resting in contact with the yeast.

“Passion and love are the

two key ingredients to the everlasting essence of Vigna Belvedere, as infused in the classy Prosecco Doc Najma Vintage 2017.

An appetizing refreshment, the Prosecco Najma, marries utterly with a tantalising wedding reception overlooking the picturesque Venetian backdrop. Lured by the scarlet Italian sunset, satiate accompanied by the refined aromas bursting though the freshness of this straw yellow wine. The enveloping flare of earthy Renetta apple and the hint of fresh hazelnut pare perfectly with fresh and tasty seafood or with a creamy risotto al dente. There is nothing more alluring than a chilled glass of Prosecco on a warm summer day floating quietly over the romantic lagoon.

A Luscious Glass of Bubbly

Indulge in the nectar of the gods, characterised by a delicate and fresh taste. Start your aperitif with the refined delicious zest of crispy apple and peach of the Prosecco-Extra Dry Doc, as you unwind surrounded by the soft breeze of the Italian bucolic landscape. Gather around the banqueting table, enriched by a mouth-watering display of delicious Italian delicacies, with a glass of Prosecco-Brut Doc and sip your way through a divine culinary experience. Ideal with pasta and fish dishes, this Brut wine is mesmerising to the olfactory sense with its delicate white spring flower sensation. For a classy and modern meal, pair a Prosecco Millesimato Doc, accompanied by floral notes and perfectly rounded by a creamy and enveloping kick. Indeed, prepare for quintessential toasts with the best quality bubbles of aromatic organic Prosecco. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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LET’S GET MARRIED IN

Italy!

Uncover the hidden beauty of all 20 regions of Italy, from local wedding traditions to their typical dishes. You can also then find your perfect wedding planner and photographer exclusive for each region!

WEDDING CHECKLIST

Tempted by the romantic allure of Italy’s rural landscapes and renaissance cities for your destination wedding? We’ve curated some important information and timeline tips ahead of your big day.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours DOCUMENTS: Passports; birth certificate; CNI document obtained from your local registry (no more than 6 months before your wedding date); decree absolute and previous marriage certificate if divorced (wedding cannot occur until 300 days after the previous marriage); death certificate if widowed; adoption certificate if adopted; deed poll if your name has changed. RESIDENCY: 2-4 days WAITING PERIOD: 6 months

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The Aperitivo hour. The most common drink to accompany your nibbles of fresh Italian cuisine is the fizzy and refreshing Aperol

MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: None AGE REQUIREMENTS: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Civil Union EMBASSY / CONSULATE: 02073122200 TOURIST INFO: Italia.it/en/home.html

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Aosta Valley WEDDING TRADITION Since the Middle Ages, local craftsmen from the Aosta Valley have produced chracterful clogs called ‘soques’. The traditional footwear is made from local tanned leather and alder wood. Italian designer, Chicco Margaroli, has transformed these classical shoes into wearable works of art with unique surficial illustrations. Why not give your wedding accessories a lively twist? See more designs at dzoye.com

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ocated at the unique interface below Switzerland and France, this undulating sweep of northwestern Italy promises adventure at altitude all year round for locals, neighbouring nationals and tourists alike. The territory’s Roman roots gave rise to its ancient architectural splendour, making it common to come across imperial bridges and Medieval castles strewn across the land today. One such monumental treasure is the imposing Fort Bard, which stands proudly at the gateway to the Aosta Valley.

Heart of the Alps

Within just a two hour drive from Milan and Turin, residing in the Aosta Valley allows easy access to Europe’s three highest mountains. Quite rightly, this makes the region an incomparable spot for exhilerating snowsports. Make fresh tracks through pillowy pistes and return to the comfort of a roaring fire in one of its six first class ski resorts if you visit in winter. Or in summer, the vista blossoms to reveal glittering glacial lakes, 4500km of trekking trails and 500km mountain biking tracks. There’s no doubt why this sensational scene would make a jaw-dropping backdrop for your wedding vows, and the crisp mountain air will leave you inspired to begin your next chapter together. Many couples opt to extend their time Italy with a romantic honeymoon road trip.

Don’t Miss

For couples looking for a culinary adventure with a difference, try to coincide your trip to the Aosta Valley with the annual Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience. Here, internationally acclaimed British chefs fly in to share their alchemy of extraordinary flavours in a series of intimate workshops and gourmet alpine dinners overlooking the piste. Based in the Italian resort of Courmayeur, guests stay at the Grand Hotel Royal & Golf for the duration of this unmissable event, where Michelin Star dining meets Mont Blanc. Book on to the next exclusive event at momentumski.com.

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DID YOU KNOW? You can now tie the knot at an impressive altitude of 3,466 metres in the Aosta Valley — venues surely can’t get more extraordinary than this. At the Skyway Monte Bianco, the bride, groom and guests can gather along with an unexpected witness: the majestic Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe.

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From early settlements until now, the Aosta Valley’s traditional produce has been synonymous with its ‘terroir’, or the mountainous earth and climate that it is grown and sourced from. This environmental connection gives it a distinct identity, and some foods are celebrated with the certified Protected Designation of Origin (DOP). Speaking of which, the hearty Fontina Cheese gained the DOP in 1996, and has since become a symbolic delicacy of the Aosta Valley. It is typically used in fondue recipes, Valpelline soup and cheese board selections. This flavoursome cheese could be incorporated into your wedding day menu as an authentic reminder of this bountiful region.


Piedmont WEDDING TRADITION A fabled Italian wedding tradition involves breaking a vase at the end of the celebration. Fortune has it that the number of shattered pieces equates to the number of happy married years! Many brides and grooms now treat this custom as a distant memory, and so it is not necessarily put into practice today. This wedding scene has been portrayed comically in the hit film, ‘When In Rome’, starring Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell.

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hen translated to ‘foot of the mountain’, you can only imagine the stunning scenery and superb ski resorts that frame this northwesterly alpine province. Many nature reserves dot the region including the Gran Paradiso National Park, where you’ll find protected flora and fauna and sparkling glacial features; or the Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains), where visitors can take a spiritual trek up to a series of resplendant religious buildings atop each summit. Towards the centre, Turin has a remarkle assortment of cultural heritage and one of the largest Egyptian Museums in the world, plus a National Automobile Museum dedicated to the captial’s identification as the car manufacturing engine of Italy.

Royal Residences Aplenty

Fourteen of the historic houses of Savoy in Piedmont were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1997. These properties have become symbols the stately Savoy family and their resounding influence over the land. For example, the magnificent hunting lodge at Stupinigi and the Reggia Di Venaria Palace demonstrate an architectural prowess that is second to none. From noble fortresses to regal palaces, they are crystallisations of court life over the 18th and 19th centuries.

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The Piedmontes town of Ivrea hosts a unique celebration called The Carnival of Ivrea. Established in 1808, it features a number of historical figures and reenactments of the civil rebellion, which climax with the notorious ‘Battle of The Oranges’. Here, the streets become alight with raucous sounds, colours and citrus fragrances as an army of fruit throwers pound the piazza and people with oranges. This is followed by a float procession and a traditional meal of polenta and cod; it’s a fun interactive experience to remember!

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Chocoholics will rejoice in Turin; it’s recognised as the chocolate heart of Europe and it produces 40% of Italy’s chocolate. Beginning in the 17th century, chocolatiers began to experiement with ingredients by mixing cacao, vanilla, water and sugar to create a mouldable paste that could solidify into any desired shape.

Bra, in Piedmont, was the birthplace of ‘Slow Food’, a grassroots organisation set up by Carlo Petrini that celebrates local food cultures and and traditional cooking practices. From humble beginnings in 1989, it has grown into a global network of 160 countries, who campaign for a more sustainable and nourishing food system for all.

The chocolate melted into a creme which was first commercialised by Turinese pastry maker, Pietro Ferrero in 1946. He set the foundations for the iconic brand of Nutella! It doesn’t stop here, as Bicerin was also first founded in the Savoy Capital. This sweet chocolate drink is made of espresso, cacao and milk poured into a rounded glass.

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Lombardy WEDDING TRADITION A detail that has become embedded in the folklore of Italian tradition is the symbol of the satin pouch. On her wedding day, the bride carries a bag as she swirls around the ballroom. Guests place envelopes of money inside to bank their chances of dancing with her. Italian weddings are romantic, lively and full of dance and song. Guests hold colourful paper streamers tied the happy couple’s hands as they dance, to represent good wishes and love.

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rom the highest peaks to the low-lying depressions of the Po Valley, Lombardy is the optimum spot to discover a plethora of dramatic northern Italian landscapes. Adjoining to Switzerland in the north, this region is one of the largest countrywide. Not only is it recognised as a desirable area for winter sports, with top-knotch ski resorts thriving in Tonale, Madesimo, Bormio and Livigno; but urban seekers also enjoy the fashion capital of Milan, the second most populated city in Italy. In the city centre, you will see architectural echoes of its former Roman-era embedded between the flamboyant palaces and gothic cathedrals that were erected during the Renaissance. Leonardo Da Vinci is regarded as the polymath of this epoch and his world famous ‘Last Supper’ fresco can be seen in all its original glory at the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie.

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The sparkling blue waters of northern Italy have not only stolen the hearts of painters, poets and musicians for centuries, but they are now firmly rooted as a dream location for destination weddings. Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are the three key adored lagoons. Each are fringed by manicured gardens and noble aristrocratic homes, including Villa La Gaeta, where scenes from Casino Royale were filmed; and the neoclassical Villa Olmo which hosts public art exhibitions. Besides absorbing this awe inspiring scene, there are also action-packed adventures available on the water, such as windsurfing, canoeing, sailing, waterskiing, jetskiing and kitesurfing — take your pick!

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Beyond the buzz of your wedding day celebrations, you’ll be in need of some well deserved rest and recuperation. Head to the mountains for muscle relaxation in Bormio’s therapeutic thermal baths and natural hot springs. Today, the water can still reach up to 40 degrees!

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DID YOU KNOW? In Cremona, you can learn about the heritage craft of violin-making. At the core of this provincial town lies The Violin School, an internationally acclaimed educational institute where budding violin-makers learn from descendants of the old masters. Stradivarius’ original violins are worth millions; the most valuable in the world!

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Risotto Alla Milanese is a local speciality. The rice is infused with delicate herbal flavours and often served as a side for ossobuco, a tender Milanese cut of veal shank. This can be swapped for freshly grilled lake waterfish if preferred; it’s a refined dinner time delight to add to your wedding day menu. As for desserts, Milan brought the classic christmas panettone to the world. This light and sweet bread loaf has become a true symbol of Italian festivity. Amaretto also comes from Saronno, which is a liqour with a bittersweet almond taste. It’s popular on its own or with desserts.


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Trentino Alto Adige

WEDDING TRADITION Italian weddings are steeped in romanticism and sweet displays of affection. For example, in northern regions of Italy, it is popular for the groom to be responsible for the bridal bouquet, and he would surprise his wife-to-be with a beautiful spray of blooms. Today, often the bride chooses the floral arrangement, but it is the groom’s job to buy and deliver them on time. It is considered his final gift to his girlfriend before they say I do.

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now-capped mountains form a powerful backdrop to this northern region of Italy, bordering Austria and Switzerland. You can cast your eyes from the startling slopes of the Adamello-Brenta range all the way to the internationally applauded peaks of the Dolomites in the Fassa Valley. Folded below the immense ranges are vivid green valleys, enchanting woodland and meandering streams, which coalesce to invigorate this picturesque scene with a burst of new life. The region is also sewn with significant cultural heritage, as can be seen from its charming castles, influenced by gothic Austrian composition and baroque Italian Renaissance design. What’s more, sanctified spa towns speckle the locality, of which Merano, Lèvico Terme, Peio, Rabbi and Comano Terme are the most well known. Its makes an ideal place to feel reconnected and reinspired by the natural environment. In summer, the hiking opportunities are endless. There is also a tranquil memorial trail that stays true to its name, the Path of Peace.

Grand Gateway to the Dolomites

The UNESCO listed Dolomites are the jewel in the region’s crown. It is a remarkable sight to watch the sunlight flicker between light and shadow on the craggy outcrops. As you might suppose, the towering summits are home to prospering snow sport resorts such as the favoured Madonna di Campiglio. It makes for the ideal wintry romantic escape or even a ski-style hen or stag do celebration.

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Feel the festive spirit at the traditional Christmas markets of Bolzano and Merano, where you can pick up artisan craft gifts for your loved ones and sip warm cups of mulled wine. For art appreciators, the MART museum is another cultural highlight to Trentino Alto Adige.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... Trentino Alto Adige is well known for its traditional hearty dishes, including Speck (a Tyrol smoked ham), lucanica pork sausages, rabbit, roe deer and salamis like kaminwurz. These delicious cured meats are typically served with nutritious polenta.

DID YOU KNOW? The name ‘Italy’ comes from the Latin root of vitulis, which means ‘one-yearold calf’, and so the country translates to ‘calf-land’ or ‘land of cattle’. This curious name is associated with the symbol of the Southern Italian tribes, because the region was known for its abundance of cattle. After the fall of the western Roman Empire, it then became ‘Italy’.

As for other savoury dishes, soups are very popular in this region, with incredible flavours spanning from barley or mushroom, to brò brusà, which is a simple and authentic soup, made up of water, plain white flour, and butter.

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Veneto WEDDING TRADITION Italian brides haven’t always worn white — in particular regions they often wear black with a white hat. In Venice, the most beautiful dress is also saved for the first dance as a newlywed, and the bride’s second best was worn at the church. For a hint of luck, the wife-to-be is also encouraged to wear green on the day before her nuptials. As for the guests, it is seen as rude for any guest to wear white other than the bride herself.

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he romantic soul of Italy resides in Veneto, where artistic flair, cultural heritage and spectacular scenery meet in theatrical harmony. It’s a region of contrasts: from the climactic Dolomites mountain range, where climbing pinnacles burn bronze as the sunlight fades into dusk; to the lengthy stretch of golden sand between Bibione and Cacillino overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Shakespeare fans also flock to the beloved balcony in Verona, where Romeo bestows his love for Juliet, and the volcanic thermal waters of the Euganean Hills have become a prevailing European wellness destination.

Masquerade Mysteries of Ancient Venice

Veneto holds the gateway to one of the most unique cities in the world, the World Heritage listed ‘sinking’ city of Venice. Suspended over the iconic Grand Canal, waterways interconnect in an intimate morass of winding cobbled alleyways and interlocking bridges. Wander freely by foot or take a gondola trip to St Mark’s Square, which has been affectionately termed as ‘the world’s most elegant living room’. It’s the centre of several spectacular attractions, such as the bell-towered Basilica, one of the finest known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture; as well as Doge’s Palace, where the Venetian Empire was ruled until 1797.

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The annual Carnival of Venice is highly anticipated two-week schedule of festivity that dates back to 1296. In the lead up to Lent, the city erupts into a jubilent cacphony of sound and colour, as displays and street performers fill every piazza and canal. The festival is internationally recognised for its elaborate masks, which were traditionally used to hide the social class of the wearer. The celebrations are sparked by the enchanting ‘Flight of the Angel’, who acrobats from the top of St Mark’s Bell Tower to Doge’s Palace’s balcony.

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DID YOU KNOW? Murano glass finds its name from the small Venetian islet of Murano, where glass-making traces back to the 13th Century. Intricate and eye catching, the delicate artisan pieces have reached international prestige for their signature style. The concentrated process on the island has also protected its well-kept recipe for success.

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With vast fertile soils forming an extensive part of Veneto, the region produces an abundance of vegetables, rice and nutritious beans. To name a few favourites, Venetians prize its luscious asparagus from Bassano Del Grappa, its succulent celeriac in Verona and the crispo red radicchio from Treviso. Natives are particularly proud of the polenta that grows in Veneto. This is a wholesome yellow grain with a light fluffy texture when cooked. It can be served as a creamy hot porridge or solidified into starchy loafs, baked into Zaletti cookies or fried with fresh herbs and cheeses. It can make a great gluten-free alternative to mashed potatoes or pasta.


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Friuli Venezia Giulia WEDDING TRADITION On the eve before the wedding, the groom typically organises ‘La Serenata’. It’s a tuneful serenade beneath the window of his bride, at her parent’s house. Family and friends are made aware of the event, but all plans are kept secret from the wife-to-be. An indulgent buffet and celebratory music wake the bride and she appears to find all of her loved ones united in one place, ready to celebrate. It’s a festive and memorable occasion for all.

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he enchanting landscape of Friuli Venezia Giulia joins to Slovenia and Austria at its northeastern border and flows out to the Adriatic Sea. Composed of high mountain crests, hollowed cave networks, inviting teal lagoons and the striking limestone ledge of the Carso Plateau — it a geologist’s paradise. Trekkers and bird watchers flock to the Cavanata Valley Reservation or the Carnic Hills to explore the wild walking, horseriding and cycling trails in peace. Or to ramp up the adrenaline, there are some terrific mountaineering and climbing opportunities in the Natural Park of the Dolomites. To complete the scene, 8 miles of golden sands with blue flag beach status stretch out at the popular seaside retreat of Lignano Sabbiadoro. It’s a well-rounded destination where natural beauty speaks for itself.

The Land of Contrasts

Due to the region’s unique border positioning, complex history and alloy of cultural civilisations, the area is commonly referred to as ‘the land of contrasts’. The first traces of settlement are at the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Aquileia, a crucial relic of the Roman Empire. From the ancient forum to the archaeoligical ruins of the Patriarchal Basilica, visitors can step into a bygone world and study one of the most important and fascinating archetypes of early Christian art.

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A foodie-focused event called Friuli DOC occurs each year in Udine. Over four flavoursome days, the town becomes saturated with exhibitions, conferences and immersive tasting experiences that celebrate the best of regional food and wine production. In September, famous Italian wordsmiths and literature lovers also gather for Pordenonlegge, a book festival that is developing into one of the most noteable events in the Italian cultural calender.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... Romagnolan cuisine is adored all over Italy and across the world, from its salty Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and wafer thin prosciutto to its sapid salami, that can be stuffed into the region’s symbolic faltbread called piadina.

DID YOU KNOW? National flags are a way of portraying a country’s history, identity and values. The green colour on the Italian flag is said to represent the country’s plains and the hills; the white refers to the snow-capped Alps and the red symbolises the blood spilt in the Wars of Italian Independence and Unification.

In fact, the region was originally called ‘Felsinea’ during Etruscan civilisation, and Mortadella salame is intertwined with Felsinea gastronomic tradition. This is now recognised with the Indication of Geographic Protection. Another gastronomic delight is the erbazonne, an appetising crisp pastry quiche layered with spinach, chard and a mix of wild herbs. It’s an ideal snack, quick lunch or part of a quintessential Romagnolan picnic spread. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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breathtaking 300 kilometre arc of idyllic coastline broken only by colourful cliffside houses and soft golden bays is what makes up this A-list region overlooking the pristine Ligurian Sea. Genoa marks its capital, where the spectacular relics of rennaissance Italy marry with the modern world. Culture and art are fused into its walls, with precious art galleries such as the Palazzo Spinola Di Pellicceria safeguarding priceless collections of Van Dyck and Rubens. Further southeast find glamourous Portofino, a celebrity studded vacation spot to drop into on your boat trip or road trip through Liguria.

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WEDDING TRADITION Italian weddings are intertwined with ritual habits and traditions. One of the oddest is the tie-cutting custom. This involves the groom’s male friends snipping his tie into multiple pieces. Their job is then to sell the material to the guests in an auction during the evening’s merriments. All of the money is contributed towards paying the band, or the honeymoon. If a lot of funds are raised, legend has it that the couple will lead a prosperous life.

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Liguria is home to300 some of the most life broken reserves, with highest breathtaking kilometre arc magical of idyllicmarine coastline only bythe colourful concentration of sea and mammals in the bays Mediterranean. Spermupwhales, rorquals and cliffside houses soft golden is what makes this A-list region dolphins are frequent nesters Ligurian in the Sanctuary of Cetaceans, it is where possible overlooking the pristine Sea. Genoa marks its and capital, theto book a sighting with expert Italy biologists even anmodern intimateworld. divingCulture experience. spectacular relics tour of rennaissance marryorwith the and art are fused into its walls, with precious art galleries such as the Palazzo Spinola Di Pellicceria safeguarding priceless collections of Van Dyck and Rubens. Further southeast find glamourous Portofino, a celebrity studded vacation spot to drop into on your boat trip or road trip through Liguria.

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Liguria is home to some of the most magical marine life reserves, with the highest concentration of sea mammals in the Mediterranean. Sperm whales, rorquals and dolphins are frequent nesters in the Sanctuary of Cetaceans, and it is possible to book a sighting tour with expert biologists or even an intimate diving experience. Genoa also boasts one of the largest and most technologically-advanced aquariums in Europe, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Located in the ancient harbour, its hard not to marvel at this creative construction, with immersive ecological experiences both above and below water (acquariodigenova.it).

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Brimming with soul and vibrancy, picturesque houses appear to tumble down rocky terraces into the azure waters in the Cinque Terre, where the five well-recognised seaside boltholes of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore nestle harmoniously into the landscape. Visiting these World Heritage listed sites will instantly have you beaming as bright as the sun. Another must-see for boat fanatics is the Genoa International Boat Show.

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DID YOU KNOW? Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa in 1451. From humble beginnings in the charming Italian Riveria, little did the locals know then that he would go on to complete four ground breaking sea voyages across the Atlantic Ocean to discover the ‘New World’ including the Caribbean, Central and South America.

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In Liguria, most dishes surround its much-loved pesto, which originates in Genoa. This zesty herbal sauce is made from the combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, and hard Italian cheeses such as Parmigianno Reggiano, Grana Padano and Pecorino. It is difficult to trace its routes, but the ancient poet of Virgil hints at a paste formed from cheese, pine nuts, oil, salt and herbs called ‘moretum’. Pesto can be added to enrich any pasta or salad dish, and only a little is needed as it packs a strong punch!


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Emilia Romagna WEDDING TRADITION In some regions of Italy it is common eitiquette for the bride to wear a garter. This tradition dates back to the 14th century, when wearing a whisp of lace was said to bring good luck. At the end of the dinner, the groom takes off her garter and throws it into the joyous crowd of guests. However, if it is found that she has forgotten to wear one, her shoe is thrown instead! This charming custom aids the playful transition from the wedding meal to the dance floor.

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ith the River Po to its north and the Apennine Mountains further south, Emilia Romagna’s fertile plains provide the foundations for its prized gastronomy. In fact, the capital of Bologna has long been associated with delicious regional cuisine, served in hidden rustic restaurants amongst its trademark arched porticoes. Yet, Bologna is first and foremost a studious city, with its 11th century University (the oldest in the Western World) crowning it a grand dame of culture and art, as well as a UNESCO City of music since 2006. The Basilica di San Petronio is known to be one of the most beautiful churches in Italy, with its lower half encrusted with marble.For the best view of this remarkable city, brave the spiralling 498 steps of the Asinelli Tower and look out over teracotta tiles spread against the sky.

The Riviera of Fun

The Adriatic Riviera in Emilia Romagna is cherished seaside stretch where the primary intention is fun! Europe’s longest beach sweeps from the Lidos of Comacchio all the way to Cattolica and its well-kept shorelines join promenades of restaurants and leisure attractions for all ages. At Mirabilandia, visitors can loop the loop and slip n’ slide into to plunge pools at the amusement and water park, and another popular day out is to Viserba di Rimini’s Miniature Model of Italy. As for aquarium’s, Cattolica’s Acquario leaves travellors marvelling at a kaleidoscope of marine life.

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Motor enthusiasts musn’t miss the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, where a library of historical photos, trophies and car models sit in steamlined elegance to inform you about the production of this world-famous brand. Imola is also the seat of the Enzo and Dino Autodome, where a schedule of car and bicycle racing events run throughout the year.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... Romagnolan cuisine is adored all over Italy and across the world, from its salty Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and wafer thin prosciutto to its sapid salami, that can be stuffed into the region’s symbolic faltbread called piadina.

DID YOU KNOW? Many of the most spectacular and important Italian mosaics are found in Ravenna. When it was briefly designated as the capital of the Roman Empire, the city’s religious monuments were encrusted with the most opulent mosaics available. Many are wellpreserved today, and have not changed since the 6th and 7th centuries.

In fact, the region was originally called ‘Felsinea’ during Etruscan civilisation, and Mortadella salame is intertwined with Felsinea gastronomic tradition. This is now recognised with the Indication of Geographic Protection. Another gastronomic delight is the erbazonne, an appetising crisp pastry quiche layered with spinach, chard and a mix of wild herbs. It’s an ideal snack, quick lunch or part of a quintessential Romagnolan picnic spread.

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Tuscany WEDDING TRADITION Veils carry a lot of symbolism in Italy, and in some regions the customary rule is that the its length should equate to the number of years from when the couple got engaged to their wedding day date. So, the longer the courtship, the longer the veil! Another superstitious wedding day tradition is for the bride to rip a small section of her veil on her way to the wedding. It is supposed to bring a sprinkle of good luck for a happy marriage ahead.

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prawling vineyards and olive groves dotted with lofty cypress trees feature in the central vale of Italy, along with its spotlight cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena. Tuscany is a much adored wedding location, given the splendid venue options overlooking a backdrop that could easily be mistaken for a painting.

Cradle of the Renaissance

Florence is famed as the birthplace of Renaissance Italy, where the concentrated collision of imagination and intellect shone a guiding beacon for western development. Its pedestrianised centre allows visitors to appreciate this city of unimaginable artistic beauty by foot. Some of its most famous religious buildings include Giotto’s Bell Tower, St. John’s Baptistry and the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore, capped by Brunelleschi’s majestic dome. A short distance from here lies the political centre of Piazza della Signoria, with the salient town hall (Palazzo Della Signoria) looming beside the open-air 14th century sculpture gallery of Loggia della Signoria. Amongst its collection, spy the gruesome statue of Perseo holding Medusa’s head, by Benvenuto Cellini (1554) before strolling to the Uffizi Gallery for more sculptural prowess. Inside are some of the most prized works of all time by Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Michelangelo’s ‘David’ however is showcased in an astonishing atrium in Galleria dell’Accademia.

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The unstable subsoil in the province of Pisa brought about development difficulties, and after three of eight stories had been assembled of the ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’, its name begun to take root. This fascinating structure is a popular tourist hotspot. In terms of events, Easter Sunday provokes a characteristic Florentine event called the Explosion of the Cart. It takes place in the piazza in front of the Duomo and the fireworks display brings luck to all!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... Wholesome and rustic, Tuscan food creates superb taste from combining the basic ingredients of bread, legumes and vegetables. As the saying goes, less is more in this area of Italy.

DID YOU KNOW? The Ponte Vecchio is Florence’s first bridge. Intact since 1345, it houses a string of suspended shops and above, a covered corridor that was constructed for Duke Cosimo to avoid the rain when transitting. He despised the smell of the Butcher shops and demanded them replaced with jewellers, whose descendants are still there today.

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A great wedding canopé choice would be crostini (toasted bread) topped by indulgent spreads like cream of chicken liver, panzanella, and finocchiona, a fennel-flavored salame. These mouthwatering bites will give your guests a taste of what’s in store. Next, the typical ribollita bread soup, spelt soup or fish cacciucco soup would make a tasty first course, followed by biscetta T-bone steak, guinea fowl, pork or game for meat-lovers.


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WEDDING TRADITION Mirror, mirror on the wall... who’s the fairest of them all? Just like the fairytales, mirrors are often objects of great superstition and mystery. This is certainly true in regard to Italian wedding traditions. For instance, the bride should not see the reflection of herself with the wedding dress on. But of course, if she still wishes to do so, she must first remove a glove, an earring or a shoe. It is said that this will bring luck on her special day.

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uminous and evergreen, the unspoilt rippling landscapes of Umbria are just the tonic to soothe the body and mind. Extending along the Tiber basin, the mountainous outcrops and deep hidden gorges open onto outstretched plains to create a quintessential Italian country wedding scene. As well as Lake Trasimeno, central Italy’s largest lake, the medieval town of Gubbio is a worthwhile visit. Its baroque Cathedral, Consul’s Palace and Ducul Palace are fine examples of Middle Age majesty. Amongst the heritage buildings, the township holds the unique traditional festivals of Corsa Dei Ceri, ‘the Candle Race’, and the Palio Balestra, a crossbow contest on horseback. The lively and atmospheric performances keep Medieval Gubbio alive, and enthral both locals and visitors year on year.

Cascading Waterfalls

Despite Umbria being the only region without a coastline, the Marmore waterfalls near Terni are one of the most beautiful water features in Europe. The powerful jets plunge 165 metres from the manmade Roman Curia pit, surrounded by lush vegetation in The Nera River Park. Kayakers and canoers are very fond of this spot, where they can paddle and listen to the gentle humdrum of the distant turrent.

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The Dunarobba Fossil Forest is a rare preserved 3 million year old woodland, 2.5km from Avigliano. The fossilization phenomenon is utterly unique here because the sequoia tree trunks have kept their original upright position and density. Away from the silent petrified lunar-scapes, the town of Perugria has surrendered itself to the soulful sounds of jazz each July since 1973. It is now one of the most popular Jazz festivals in the world, and thousands of musicians and jazz enthusiasts travel to enjoy the full programme of concerts and jam sessions in the musical heart of Umbria.

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DID YOU KNOW? In 2016, Umbria and The Marches were devastated by two major earthquakes, the first of which left the town of Armatrice in ruins, and the second hit the town of Norcia, destroying the beautiful 14th century Basilica of St Benedict in its wake. The Apennine Mountains are a key contributing factor to this unusual tectonic activity in Italy.

In Umbria, the masterful butchers create regional pork delicacies such as sausages, hams and salami, whilst the cheesemakers produce mature pecorino sheep’s cheese and fresh or ripe goat’s milk cheese. They are staples to try when you are in and around the region. Another regional speciality is lentils, and those of Castelluccio di Norcia, in particular. They make a tasty soup ingredient, and form a wholesome base to main courses or side dishes. In fact, they were awarded the PGI mark by the European Union, which stands for ‘Protected Geographical Indication’, to safeguard their production in Umbria. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Marche WEDDING TRADITION A popular Italian wedding favour for guests are called ‘bomboniera’. They are sweet sugar coated almonds that are packaged in a decorative pouch, or positioned on the dessert table. The candy is said to symbolise family life, and the bittersweet nature of marriage. The tradition runs back to Roman times, who used these confetti-like gifts to commemorate weddings and christenings. They are given in lucky odd numbered groups of five or seven.

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arche in central Italy offer diverse spectacle of scenery, from craggy cliffs and tunnelling caves, to gentle sandy beaches with crystalline waters. Luckily, the precious environment is unlikely to face dramatic change due to the implementation of WWF and regional nature reserves, which are very popular for trekkers and birdwatching enthusiasts. They often hike to the Monti Sibillini and Monti della Laga National Parks to discover the beautiful protected flora and fauna, including the graceful glide of the golden eagle, peregrine falcon and eagle owl. In Urbino, the fortified city is home to the spellbinding turreted Ducal Palace, with a National Gallery poised inside its walls. Here, some of art history’s masterpieces can be seen up close, from Della Francesca’s Flagellation of Christ to Raffaello’s The Mute Woman and Giusto di Gand’s Communion of the Apostles.

Soft Crescent Sands

This region possess a tranquil stretch of Adriatic coastline known as the Conero Riviera. Some of the golden bays are still only accessible by boat or serpentine footpaths through the lush greenery coating the headlands. Among the favourite beaches are Portonovo, Mezzavalle and Due Sorelle (the latter translates to ‘two sisters’, appropriately referring to its two isolated stack features). Look back inland and you’ll see the distant profile of Mount Comero itself, whose winds played a pivitol role in shaping this coastline.

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The mysterious Frasassi Caves are a must-see in Marche. The fascinating underground carstic complex was created over millions of years, as limestone layers dissolved into spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Speleologists have given them curious names such the Sword of Damocles, the little Niagara Falls and the slice of bacon (due to its light pink colour).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... The typical rustic tastes of Marche are found in meals like roast suckling-pig and marinated lamb, but the region is also celebrated for its fish varieties. The favourite seafood dish is called brodetto, a fish soup that includes 14 fish species or more. It is combined with rich Pesaro or Ancona tomatoes and fragrant saffron.

DID YOU KNOW? Carlo Bo in Urbino is one of Italy’s oldest universities, founded in 1506. In fact, the the city counts more students than native residents. In the same vein, it’s also known as the “Capital of Books” due to the Institute for Book Decoration and Illustration, which dates back to the mid-20th Century.

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Pasta is also unsurprisingly central to the region’s menu, including tagliatelle, strozzapreti and the traditional vincisgrassi, similar to lasagne al forno. But it doesn’t stop here, as for dessert, ravioli can be stuffed with chestnuts, cream and ricotta cheese to provide a sweet finish for the pallete. Another popular confection are little balls of pastry coated in honey, called cicerchiata.


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Lazio WEDDING TRADITION Food is central to any Italian wedding, and it is common to expect up to fourteen courses on the menu. Make sure you pace yourself! The delicious cuisine consists of savoury antipasti, pastas, risottos and red meats, followed by sweet desserts served with espresso. That’s not to forget the fine local wines, liqours and classic Limoncello paired with each course. During the banquet, the guests tinkle their glasses with spoons to encourage the couple to kiss!

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azio is home to Italy’s capital city of Rome, and aside from this magnificent metropolis of imperial architecture, there are innumerable scenes of natural beauty to gawp at: from lake Bracciano and Bolsena, to the fresh powdered ski pistes in Terminillo, Livata and Campo Staffi. Villa Borghese is the most famous city park in Rome, where walking and cycling routes lead vacationers through lakeside trails of ancient trees to the Borghese Gallery, an artlovers paradise. Other tourism highlights are the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hadrian’s Villa and Villa D’Este, with their profusion of splendid fountains and palaces set amongst Italian Rennaisance gardens. The thermal spas have also become central to all city itineraries, and you can still admire their remnants like the Terme di Caracalla.

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Fascinating layers of history reside in this ancient cradle of civilisation. At the end of the 1400s, the great Renaissance moved from Florence to Rome and the best artists sought to embellish the city. The Santa Maria della Pace and its frescoes by Raphael, and Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Campidoglio piazza are just two of many exquisite examples. The immortal splendours of the Colosseum (Rome’s breathtaking gladiator ampitheatre), the Pantheon (the temple of all the Gods) and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City are all essential sights on your tour of this peerless treasure trove city.

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Resting high above a vast eroding canyon, Civita di Bagnoregio is a hilltop jewel, crystalised from the Middle Ages. Its beautiful Porta Santa Maria gateway is accessed by a pedestrian bridge, and greets every visitor like a king. Ponza island is another worthy day trip, where you can swim in the aquamarine Tyrrhenian Sea and admire the volcanic rock formations.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... The cuisine in Lazio hits a great balance between simple and intense flavours, and so discovering the region’s cuisine leads visitors on a delightful wellrounded sensory journey.

DID YOU KNOW? Rome’s Trevi Fountain is arguably the world’s most famous wishing well, and up to €3000 are thrown into it every day. Legend has it that anyone who stands with their back to the fountain and throws a coin over their left shoulder will return to Rome again someday, and a second coin will make you fall in love with a Roman!

Spaghetti Carbonara is a true staple. This is long pasta strings added to a mixture of eggs, pecorino and bacon. A more fiery alternative is spaghetti all’Amatriciana, which involves a sauce of tomatoes, chilli and guanciale cured meat. You’ll also find saltimbocca alla romana on any regional speciality menu. It’s an Italian dish made of veal, lined with prosciutto and sage and marinated in wine to add a depth of flavour.

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Abruzzo WEDDING TRADITION An 18th century-old personal tradition that originates in the region of Abruzzo is the ‘presentosa’. This elegant jewel given to the bride from the groom’s family is intertwined with a powerful promise of love. The pendant is in the shape of a seven point star, with a filigree setting and two hearts joined by a key or ribbon at its centre. The exquisite presentosa symbolises marriage, and its detail is a testament to the skilled goldsmiths in the region of Abruzzo.

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taly’s wild unkempt beauty is found in the central vale of Abruzzo, flowing from the soaring Apennines through to Adriatic sea. National parks and nature reserves cover much of its rugged interior, and nestled in the highest peaks, cutting edge ski resorts can be found at Pescasseroli, Rivisondoli and Roccaraso. The landscape then ripples continously onto the plains that trail out to the coast, where it is possible to ride by horseback for hundreds of miles. The Gran Sasso and Laga mountains have become a designated nature reserve of rich flora and fauna. From delicate wild orchids and rare birds of prey to crumbling pastoral stone walls and Middle Age Villages, their protection promises preservation.

Italy’s Greenest Region

At the foothills of the Gran Sasso mountain lies the regional capital of L’Aquila, an artistic jewel surrounded by luscious landscapes as far as the eye can see. This charming provincial town boasts some magnificent religious buildings, such as the Basilica di San Bernardino and the Fontana delle 99 Cannelle, a 13th century landmark where water spurts from the mouths of 99 sculpted heads. The Castello di Celano is another historical treasure, which recounts the layered regional history in its Museum of Archaeology and Sacred Art. Abruzzo brings the harmonious union of nature and art to life.

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Abruzzo’s rural pastures are the perfect setting for a romantic wedding celebration. Framed by the backdrop of vast verdant slopes and enchanting castles dotted across the hinterland, this region appears to have been conjured in a dream. To complete your stay, an excursion to the heart-shaped Lago di Scanno is a must. It’s a natural wonder that will live on in your memories long after leaving.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... For a traditional gastronomic experience in Abruzzo, it is recommended that you try a style of homemade pasta. The maccheroni alla chitarra is a variety of egg pasta, while scrippelle are thin strips of pasta eaten in soup, typical to Teramo.

DID YOU KNOW? La Perdonanza Celestiniana festival translates to The Pope’s Pardon. Every August, a magnificent parade of around 1000 costumed Italians, bring the Bull of Forgiveness back to the Basilica of St. Mary Collemaggio. The Holy Door is also left open for anyone wanting to repent their indulgences over the two day event.

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Onto the second course, and coastal areas will have plenty of freshly caught fish options, such as pickled fried fish, or fish broth. But if meat is what you prefer, lamb, mutton, pork loin, prosciutto and traditional salamis are all sourced locally in the region. There are plenty of wines to pair with the region’s typical dishes, such as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Sangiovese and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.


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Molise WEDDING TRADITION As the couple emerge from the church as a newly married couple, throwing rice at the bride and groom symbolises a shower of fertility. The touching gesture is still enjoyed at weddings across the country, but contemporary wedding the guests often use tissue paper confetti or flower petals instead. Another memorable tradition is placing a tied ribbon outside of the chruch to represent the couple ‘tying the knot’, or cutting a log with a double handle saw!

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ndiscovered mysteries await in the south-central region of Molise. The landscapes surprise and enrapture their visitors from all around, from the snow-capped mountain resort of Campitello Mates to the undulating hillsides of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise. It is important to also highlight the rich archaeological sites of this destination, which include the 6th Century Samnite town of Pietrabbondante with its ancient theatre and temple; and the ruins of Roman infrastructure in Sepino. For a quietly romantic coastal holiday, the coastline from Termoli to Campomarino provides the perfect spot. Wade into luminous shallows, sail away with your love, or ramp up the adrenaline with a watersport activity.

An Old-Fashioned World

Arriving in Molise feels like stepping back in time, as the traditional artisan crafts and practices have been upheld since the dawn of their creation. For example, the tratturi have become dominant features of the Molisan landscape. They are the grassy paths that shepherds utilised with their herds two times a year for the seasonal cycle of transhumance. Hikers can still follow this trail, moving in either direction between the mountains in Abruzzo to the plain of the Apulias. The Provincial Samnite Museum in Campobasso also displays the surviving traces of civilizations that lived there from proto-history to the Samnite period.

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Countless castles, sanctuaries and abbeys majestically dapple the land, and their extraordinary details are certainly worth viewing in person. Santuario dell’Addolorata in Castelpetroso a favourite amongst visitors; its ornate neogothic facade and icicle-like spires exude an air of spirituality, and appear to have landed directly from the scene of a fairy tale.

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DID YOU KNOW? Agnone is known as the town of bells, as it still specialises in the manufacture of bells for the world’s most important churches. Nearby, Scapoli is identified as the town of bagpipes, with its museum and festival dedicated to this curious instrument. As a region, Molise is deeply respected for its careful protection of traditional culture and craft.

Extra Virgin olive oil is a regional speciality Its silky texture and refined taste reflects the terroir of the groves. Gourmet tours of the region are a popular activity for visitors wanting to taste and learn about the oil making process. It is favourably served with crusty bread and a selection of cold meats, such as ventricina and saggicciotti salame. San Pietro Avellana is also wellknown for its white truffle, and holds a festival every year devoted to the foraging of this highly valued culinary delicacy.

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Campania WEDDING TRADITION To ward off bad luck, the groom is encouraged to carry a piece of iron in his pocket. This theme is often incorporated to other parts of the wedding for extra luck. For example, iron-themed wedding favours have become popular at modern Italian weddings, such as giving bottle openers, metal luggage tags and cast iron tealight holders. They make a special keepsake for guests, long after the wedding day has come to an end.

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panning along the Tyrrhenian Sea from the mouth of the Garigliano River to the Gulf of Policastro, the uncontested beauty of this coastline is a honeymooner’s hotspot. The inviting turqoise ocean laps against vibrant cliff towns and carvernous coves. Luxury yachts swoop celebrities and business elite to the enthralling isles of Capri and Ischia. It is clear that the Gulf of Naples’s unmistakeable allure has stood the test of time.

Unearthing the Secrets of Pompeii

Don’t let the calm and timeless environment of Campania fool you, as it was once subject to turbulance of unthinkable extremity. Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 BC and wiped out the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata in their entirety. The volcano still still casts its shadowy presence over the ruins and stands a sobering reminder of the power of natural distaster. The archaeological sites are located a short distance from the contemporary capital of Naples and make up one of Italy’s 54 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After rediscovering the site in 1748 when building King Charles III Palace, dedicated archeologists and historians have excavated an unparalleled insight into the everyday life of classical antiquity, from its mesmerising murals and mosaics, to decorative courtyards frozen in time.

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The Amalfi Coast is one of the most desirable and romantic destinations to visit in the world. A chain of twelve small colourful towns cascade from the mountain and are joined by a winding coastal road. Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Vietri sul Mare and Positano make up a part of this precious string, surrounded by the fragrant scent of citrus trees and olive groves. A wonderful way to see all of the towns in one trip is to hire a car and take the scenic route at your own pace.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... Campania is well known for its pizzas, with the world’s first pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, opening its doors in Naples in 1830.

DID YOU KNOW? Before the eruption in 79 BC, Vesuvius had not exploded for 1800 years. It was only after the catastrophic event that they created the name ‘volcano’ from the derivative ‘Vulcan’, meaning the Roman God of the Flame and Metal Forgery. Pompeii is very well preserved because the city was buried so quickly by volcanic ash.

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The Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni after her visit to the city in 1889. The primary colours used in this delicious dough-based dish appear in the Italian Flag: the basil is green, the cheese represents the white and the tomato sauce symbolises the red. For the toppings, the Meditteranean sun guarantees the juiciest tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella is also masterfully produced in the areas of Mondragone, Battipaglia, Capua and Eboli.


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Basilicata WEDDING TRADITION The concept of the ‘honeymoon’ dates back to 5th century European cultures, when time was measured by moon cycles. After their marriage, couples would drink an alcoholic honey wine called mead for one moon cycle, or what we now know as one month. The tradition has since developed into an intimate secluded escape, where couples can enjoy their new married life in a cherished or undiscovered place together.

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ntrepid travellers are increasingly making their way to Basilicata to observe the unspoilt beauty and history of this beguiling region. Touching both the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the area is blanketed inbetween with rich forests and mountainous landscapes, with some rural villages reaching an altitude of 1000 metres. Pure air and tranquil waters meet at the Monticchio Lake, of the most magical locations in Basilicata. Lake Grande and Lake Piccolo are two other spectacular natural water reserves that fill the two dormant craters of Mount Vulture. The abundance of streams and brooks, there are plenty of opportunities for exhilirating water sports.

The Second Bethlehem

Basilicata’s Paleolithic province of Matera dates back to when peculiar Sassi settlements and Rupestrian churches were established in a network of limestone grottoes. Today, as travellers wander through the compact lattice of narrow streets in the Civita, it is as though they are transported to the scene of Nativity. It’s no surprise why Mel Gibson chose to film The Passion of the Christ in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other artists, writers and film directors have been inspired by the excavated caverns that once sheltered shepherds and their flocks. This gave rise to its affectionate nickname as ‘The Second Bethlehem’.

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On the Tyrrhenian coastline, the city of Maratea is dominated by fourty four churches, each richly decorated with ornate frescoes, as well as the gargantuan statue of the Redeemer, second in size only to the largest in Rio de Janeiro. It is also well known for its shopping and lively nightlife; vacationers can spend a fun day out browsing the stores the Old Town and dining in the piazza before dancing the night away with friends or that special someone.

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DID YOU KNOW? Matera is well and truly in the tourism spotlight, as it has been crowned as one of the two European Capitals of Culture for the year 2019. This reputable status will draw great benenfits into the city, including national and European funds to schedule a series of cultural events and regenerate infrastructure in this mystical City of Stones.

Homemade pasta is a real delicacy in Basilicata, especially the durum wheat variety kneaded with special tools like the maccarunara (a metal rolling pin cutter) and the cavarola board. These instruments were used to create intricate designs and shapes for many types of pasta. Pepperoncino, a hot pepper sauce is traditionally added. It packs a punch and is known locally as diavolicchio, meaning little devil! The sauce is often added to vegetable plates too, including vegetable calzone and ciamotte, a dish that combines fried peppers, eggplants and potatoes.

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Apulia WEDDING TRADITION There are plenty of complex numerical traditions to bear in mind when planning an Italian wedding. For instance, the number 13 is considered a lucky number all round, except for table arrangements because 13 were sitting at the table during the religious Last Supper. Tuesday and Friday weddings are also considered bad days to marry, whereas Sunday ceremonies are viewed as the luckiest day, bringing the couple future fertility and prosperity.

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pulia, the Roman name for ‘Puglia’, is an spellbinding location for weddings, honeymoons and romantic holidays alike. From breathaking sands and crystalline waters at Torre dell’Orso, to towns embossed with historical value, there is a lot to absorb in the southern spur of Italy’s outline. The captivating conical triulli settlements in Alberobello are a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the intriguing octagonal Castel del Monte, situated on a hill in Andria. Its layers of Gothic, Romanesque and Norman architecture blend into one dynamic masterpiece.

The Heel of Italy’s Boot

The protusion of Italy’s southern spur boasts marvellous stretches of sand and front row views to rose-tinted sunsets, and so the options are endless for any beachlover. The sub-region of Gargano is of particular interest here, as it forms part of the National Park that protects the distinctive ecosystems of Lake Lesina and Varano, the Foresta Umbra and the aquamarine jewels of Tremiti. Expert guides can lead visitors on magical nocturnal hikes through the Foresta Umbria to spot shy animals by night, and the three Tremiti islets of San Nicola, San Domino and Capraia are a diver’s dream. No wonder marine enthusiasts continually gravitate to this region to spot rare underwater species.

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Every August, visitors from all over Europe come to see the famous ‘La Notte della Taranta’ (Night of the Tarantola ) dance festival at Melpignano. Legend has it that women working in the fields would get bitten by tarantulas, and to help the poison leave their bodies, they would confidently dance barefoot to the sound of a tambourine as the sun descended into dusk. There are three distinctive dances: the pizzica tarantata, pizzica-scherma and pizzica-pizzica.

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DID YOU KNOW? The fascinating trulli settlements date back as far as the Bronze Age. The drywall constructions were a result of a tax enforcement in the 15th century, which forced peasants to source new ways to construct without using mortar. They turned out to be some of the world’s sturdiest structures to date, that have stood the test of time.

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Simple, hearty ingredients are used in Apulia, with primary elements including meat and fish, combined with durum wheat, local vegetables and loca virgin olive oil. In particular, the wheat is used to make popular forms of southern Italian pasta, such as orecchiette and strascinati. Vegetable growth is bountiful in Apulia, and so adding them to pasta dishes makes a healthy and colourful element to the plate. Cabbage, string beans and tomatoes are a few options, to which bacon or other meat and fish varieties are added from the region’s 800km of seashores.


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Calabria WEDDING TRADITION Unlike the common desire to wish for bright blue skies and warm weather on your European wedding day, in Italy a rain shower is seen as immensely lucky. This is because rain is associated with abundance — the Italian saying is ‘sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata’, which means ‘a wet bride is a lucky bride’. So, do not fear if you see an ominous grey cloud approaching, as the chance of rain will sprinkle you and your guests with good wishes for the future.

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ith tourists typically converging at the spur of Italy’s boot, its southwestern counterpart is one of the least known regions in Italy. Natives like to make the most of this unhurried, undiscovered gem and there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out, with almost 500 miles of beach to share. Inland from the coast, only 10% of the region is flat, and the mountainous centre is dominated by the national parks of Sila, Serre, Aspromonte and Pollino, where sporadic eagle-nest hamlets live ‘the dolce vita’ in blissful seclusion.

Coast of the Gods

The stunning Tyrrhenian coastline is broken up by several particularly charming towns, including Tropea. Here, the fairy tale 4th century Santa Maria dell’Isola makes a beautiful photograph opportunity. This medieval monastic church has been given several regenerations after earthquake damage, and the topography of the land has changed so much that its original island has become part of the mainland. Its winding flight of steps are carved directly into the cliffside.

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A recommended stop off on your journey is the mysterious Riace Bronzes. These sculptural showpieces are a leading attraction at the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria. In 1972, these two majestic statues were discovered by chance, hundreds of miles off the coast of Riace on the floor of the Ionian Sea. They are in tip top condition despite dating back to the 5th Century B.C. It is rumoured that the statues were likely have beem made in Athens and then sent to Rome. On the journey, the ship may have sunk, along with these remarkable classsical Greek sculptures.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... The spiciest vegetable in Italy is grown here; the Calabrian hot pepper (peperoncino). The intensity is often balanced with the sweet taste of the Tropea red onion, a delightful product protected by the PGI quality mark.

DID YOU KNOW? Along Calabria’s 497 miles of unspoilt coast, Capo Vaticano has been categorised as one of the top 100 most beautiful beaches in Italy. In the province of Vibo Valentia, its long stretch of fine sand is surrounded by archaic foliage and tickled by cerulean Ionian and Tyrrhenian water, thronged by a colourful plethora of marine life.

A trip to Calabria isn’t complete without tasting nduja, a soft sausage that’s packed with chilli. It can be spread on bread, or mixed into different types of homemade pasta dishes, such as strangugghj, fileja, and maccaruni.

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Sardinia WEDDING TRADITION Italian brides and grooms often opt for simple white or yellow gold wedding bands as a precious sign of their commitment to one another. Their circular shape represents that their love has no beginning or end. Fittingly, the bands are called ‘fede‘, which means faith. Traditionally, it is also advised that the bride does not wear any other gold jewellery on her wedding day, not only to give the full attention to her ring, but also for a dose of good luck.

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urqoise waters lap against powder white beaches on this sensational second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia enjoys 300 days of sunshine and its excellent winds make this destination ideal for sailing trips and luxury yacht charters. Unsurprisingly, high-flying celebrities have been making their way to Sardinia, and so the prices of mooring fees and eating out now cost more than average in peak season, like the Amalfi Coast. Bear this in mind when planning the timing of your trip to this jewel of unquestionable beauty.

The Emerald Coast

On the northeastern tip of Sardinia’s glittering coastline you’ll find the Costa Smeralda. It is home to the island’s finest resorts and exclusive marinas. The quaint port town of La Maddalena is the dominant outpost in La Maddalena Archipelago National Park, along with Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Razzoli making up ‘the seven sisters’. All islands are of interest for their beautiful shallow lagoons, pristine sandy beaches and scuba-diving potential. To top it off, pop across to the French island of Corsica to visit Bonifacio, an impressive harbour town precariously perched on high cliffs directly overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

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The island’s capital of Cagliari has a distinctive Spanish feel in its old quarters and its Archaological Museum makes a worthwhile day activity. The road between Cagliari and Muravera is also one of the island’s most scenic drives, that winds across the deep-cut Sarrabus Mountain ravines and onwards to the coast. From here, you can continue north past the dense oak and chestnut forests of the Gennargentu mountains, and on to the incredible prehistoric Nuragic villages of Serra Orrios.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... The natural ingredients grown in the glorious Sardinian sun speak for themselves in any of the region’s traditional dishes. Wheat is a staple in the Sardinian diet, and is used to make pane carasau, a thin crisp flatbread, as well as malloreddus shell pasta.

DID YOU KNOW? The romantic pink flush of Spiaggia Rosa beach makes it one of the most recognisable and loved beaches in the Meditteranean. Located on Budelli Island, it is an enchanting place to visit on your Sardianian itinerary. The corraline nature of the seabed colours the sand, which can vary in intensity over time.

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Sardinian pecorino is certainly the most renowned in the region. The cheese has a long history, dating back to ancient times when Sardinian shepherds used to make it from the whey of local sheep milk. It has gained international recognition over the ages, and would make a fantastic addition to a wedding day cheese platter.


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Sicily WEDDING TRADITION After the first romantic couples’ dance, the guests begin to join the bride and groom with a lively folk performance known as the ‘Tarantella’. Their friends and family hold hands and rotate around the couple in a fast upbeat tempo in both directions, accompanied by tambourines. The dance originates from the symptoms of getting bit by a poisonous spider, and it is popularly practised in the regions of Apulia, Campagna, Calabria and Sicily.

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icily is the largest of the Italian islands, and it feels like a country of its own, with its unique tapestry of architecture, cultural traditions and jawdropping scenery. Separateed from Italy’s mainland by the Strait of Messina, its fierce backdrop of erupting volcanoes make it an extraordinary place to marry or honeymoon.

The Aeolian Islands

Located 25 miles off the north east of Sicily, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Aeolian Islands are part of a 200km long chain of seven volcanic islands that Lonely Planet has termed as the ‘European Holy Grail for island lovers’. Together they form part of the Messina province and include some eyecatching tectonic activity that can be seen from a distance. For example, they include Stromboli, an active volcanic island that regularly spurts liquid magma into the air; and Vulcano, known for its thermal hotsprings, bubbling mud baths and black sand beaches. The largest of the islands is Lipari. Its bustling main parade of modern shops and restaurants are mixed with fascinating windows into the past, such as the handsome 16th Century castle, Greek acropolis and Norman cathedral.

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On Sicily’s eastern coast, Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thrillseeking hikers can ascend up the volcano and see its myriad of environments, from the sweet citrus groves, to the barren lunar landscapes as you reach closer to the crater. Etna’s natural parks are also home to some noteworthy natural features, including the ‘Pertusa di Notaro,’ a grotto noted for the extremely fresh air that passes through it. Another must-see is the dreamlike Acireale Carnival, which is celebrated for its creative papier-mâché and flowered floats that parade through the streets along with colourful animated masks.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT... Sicilian cuisine shows elements of all of the cultures that have existed on the island over the last two millennia, and undoubtedly this forms a varied and exciting diet. It is of course primarily Italian in nature, but Sicilian food also has Greek, Spanish, French and Arab influences.

DID YOU KNOW? The unusual Triscele symbol of Sicily comprises a face with three legs. The central face is said to represent a mythological gorgon monster recalling the Greek influence on the island, and the three legs presents the three geographical corners of Sicily.

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A Tuscan Treasure

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THE COUPLE Daniela & David Daniela and David said ‘I do’ at Villa Daniela Grossi on the charming landscape of Tuscany

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uscany was our first choice for our destination wedding, we had always thought of having our dream wedding in Tuscany. When it came to choosing a location, we had seen many venues, but finally settled on Villa Daniela Grossi. We both instantly fell in love with it. It had all the space and greenery we were looking for. Plus it had an in-house catering service and it was perfect for our wedding reception. It was a perfect match for us. Organising our guests was very simple. Some stayed at Villa Daniela Grossi and the rest stayed at Villa Volpe. Everything was taken care of by the villa. There weren’t many challenges, and we even remained within our budget. We thought the distance would be a problem, but then realized that it as quite easy to communicate with Daniela and her team via email and Skype. When it comes to planning a wedding, my biggest piece of advice would be to look for a venue with a complete service included. It will help a lot. It was a life saver or us to only have to communicate with one person instead of all the vendors.

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Nestled deep in the heart of the Tuscan countryside lies the picturesque Villa Daniela Grossi. This pastoral villa sits on the lush slope of the famous hills near the city of Lucca. The breathtaking panoramic views and peaceful ambiance make it the perfect place for a peaceful stay with your love. This stunning rustic villa preserves the charm and character of its history, through its antique furniture, embellished walls and lush Italian garden overlooking the scenic landscape of the surrounding countryside. As the sun illuminates the glittering swimming pool, indulge in the cool waters and breathe in the scent of lush greenery and fresh roses. It’s picturesque and unique location make it the ideal venue to celebrate your love. The spectacular team at Tuscan Life Srl, are dedicated to making sure that your beautiful dreams become reality. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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ardinia is an extraordinary land of mesmerising coasts and stretches of untouched land, exclusive for a romantic getaway. As you step foot on this Italian island the soothing breeze will make you feel right at home, just as the comfort of Tartheshotel. This exclusive hotel is situated next to the magical backdrop of Costa Verde, home of some of the most stunning beaches of the west coast of this paradise. If you’re after an intimate and unforgettable escapade with your love, then embrace the refined luxury offered by the 4 star luxury hotel. The outstanding beauty of this location is offered by the voted best rooms of Sardinia, together with the delicious restaurant, swimming pool and opulent gardens. For an adventurous couple ready to explore the natural scenery of Sardinia, the hotel is open to organise for you private and tailor-made excursions of the surroundings. Start from a trekking journey over the thrilling cliffs and be prepared to capture with your camera the beauty of the infinite horizon. For a one if a lifetime experience, plan romantic horseback riding tours in the countryside or on the soft sands. To give the day a splendid ending, complete your outing with a culinary delight, as you dive into traditional cuisine and exquisite Sardinian wine.

Honeymoon Bliss

Celebrate your first adventure as newlyweds in the suite ‘Notti Magiche’, an enchanting stay adorned by lavish décor and small touches that will leave a smile on your face. Fresh flowers and a bottle of champagne will welcome you at the entrance, followed by a burst of the hotel’s unique fragrances, filling up the air and giving that extra touch of romance. With soft lights and relaxing music your sojourn in this precious suite will make for an unforgettable experience. To top it all off, why not plan a candlelit dinner with your better half, crafted down every detail to please your palate. Per definition, it can be said that this suite is the perfect room for an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind honeymoon bliss!

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Thartheshotel will make sure every special desire is taken care of, so relax and make the most of your destination wedding.

Wellness and pampering are a great part of the concept behind the hotel. Take long walks or practice yoga surrounded by palm and fragrant myrtle trees, perfect to relax the body and mind. Pick juicy fruits from the lemon and ancient fruit trees as you make your way to the incredibly rejuvenating SalutEDILANA treatments. An extraordinary offering to restore balance and to medicate possible tensions in your body, the bathing in wool is a tantalising indulgence that you will never want to go without. Take part in the bathing with your partner by your side and feewl the remedies right after the first treatment; try the wool 100% bagnolana, with the supplement of the Sardinian sea oil.

A Romantic Wedding

Lavish nature enhances the true essence of Thartheshotel and creates an aura of wilderness and secluded paradise for an awe-inspiring wedding venue. Your special day should be a memory to keep close to your heart for many years to come, and the perfect setting will make it shine beautifully. There is so much to choose from! You may prefer an airy wedding by the stylish pool or the tropical waterfall. For something more traditional, the restaurant and patio are an elegant spot to exchange vows and party with the guests. If you want to immerse completely in the flora, why not opt for a bucolic wedding in the enchanting gardens. The dedicated team of Thartheshotel will make sure every special desire is taken care of, so relax and make the most of your destination wedding. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Jennifer Goberhad Signature Weddings

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO “Our empathetic approach to planning and design incorporates your unique personal experiences and vision to your special occasion.” (jennifergoberdhan.com)

La Folie Events

GUATEMALA “With a mixture of a tender touch to work with people, exquisite organization and focus on every detail, Astrid and Ingrid deliver more of what anyone could expect.” (lafolievents.com)

Save the Date Algarve

PORTUGAL “We truly love crafting events that are creatively infused with the essence of our couples. We are here to ensure that your wedding speaks of who you are separately, together, and always.” (savethedatealgarve.com)

Bespoke by Bliss

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES “Bespoke by Bliss recognizes that incredible events happen by integrating bespoke design with the finest dining experiences, music, entertainment and surprises. Our team of skilled event & hospitality professionals is dedicated to turn every celebration into a lifetime experience.” (bespokebybliss.com)

Sanda Pandza Events

ITALY “Sanda Pandza Events is able to design and create unique tailor made events and weddings: starting from venue research to complete event design in collaboration of a highly qualified team of providers to ensure the unforgettable events” (sandapandza.events)

Luxury Events Phuket

THAILAND “When everything absolutely has to be perfect on that special day, we provide reliable, perfect, seamless service with exceptional delivery.” (luxuryeventsphuket.com)

Seattle Stunning Events

USA “An experienced planner can avoid unpleasant surprises and mishaps on your special occasion. Our goal is to conceptualize your vision, alleviate your stress and make your big day memorable!” (seattlestunningevents.com)

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Eventistry and Co

USA “We offer full-service event design and production. Cohesive creativity is our touchstone, where no detail goes unconsidered. That’s the Art of Planning Perfection.” (eventistryandco.com)

Colin Cowie Lifestyle

LOS ANGELES, USA “Our expertise lies in consistently planning and executing not just wedding and events, but creating iconic experiences for our clients and their guests.” (colincowie.com)

Sacks Production

USA “We specialize in helping brides and grooms make their wedding dreams come true creating memories to be treasured for a lifetime. Tell us what you’ve always hoped your wedding would be and leave the details up to us.” (sacksproductions.com)

Inspired Events

MIAMI, USA “From the perfect centrepiece, to incredible dining, our all-inclusive wedding packages are designed by our team of talented professionals to make your planning process stress-free and affordable! We know everyone is unique, so customizing the details is always easy.” (miamiweddingsandevents.com)

Sicily By Experts

ITALY “Our mission is to plan and coordinate unforgettable events, each time going beyond our client’s expectations. Our goal is to amplify our client’s style and ideas and add a little Sicilian touch to create remarkable weddings and events.” (sicilybyexperts.it)


WHY HIRE A DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNER? Wedding Expert Weddings are magical, but they sure don’t plan themselves. There are so many little aspects to think about, from flowers, cake, dress and photography. Even if you want your touch on everything, that does not mean you can do without a professional hand on your special day. A wedding planner is there to take care of the countless phone calls and the immediate problem solving that is essential in setting up your dream wedding. A Professional Friend A wedding planner is not there to steal the shine from the bride, but simply to make her life easier when confronted with a handful of choices. After a few chats with your wedding guru, they will know a lot about your personal taste and personality, which they will adorn your special day with. Planners are friends, who are there on the stressful moments to help you make the best decisions and to give their professional input to make sure everything goes smoothly. In those long months of preparation, they will become your best friend, always there for you! A Local Specialist For an unforgettable wedding abroad, you need the expertise of an experienced planner, who knows the area to perfection. A destination wedding planner will advise you only the local best, from location, catering and floristry. You cannot go wrong with someone who is passionate about the enchanting surroundings and can gracefully orchestrate things without hesitation.

PLANNING La Fête

UK / MOROCCO “Boutique at heart, with a multicultural approach: we create your unique experience, delivering unforgettable memories. Intimate or lavish, we make your dreams come true.” (la-fete.com)

All Wrapped Up Scotland

SCOTLAND, UK “Every wedding we plan is as unique and individual as the couple! Themes and colours may vary but every wedding should have large measurements of love, fun, excitement and maybe even few butterflies for good measure!” (allwrappedupscotland.co.uk)

Anastasia Weddings

GERMANY “Passionate about what I do, I strive to ensure that your wedding is exceptional. I am a creative, determined planner and I do my best to make your visions and dreams come true.” (anastasiaweddings.com)

Caprichia Weddings & Events

SPAIN “Bring your wedding up to the next level with Caprichia Weddings & Occasions. We create the magic that lives in your heads and put our tailor-made styling & planning expertise at the service of your high-end destination wedding, in exclusive Marbella and surrounding regions”. (caprichia.com)

A&A Premium Weddings and Events

CZECH REPUBLIC “Our company will guide you step by step through the entire planning process and the wedding day itself. We will help to envision your dream wedding in Prague or at a castle in Czech Republic.” (wedding-agency.eu)

Events Viviane Fortuno

PUERTO RICO “Events Viviane Fortuno is the most prestigious, luxurious and well known wedding planning company in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Owner Viviane Fortuno has over 25 years of wedding industry experience.” (vivianefortuno.com)

C&B Luxury Events

ITALY “Founded in the exclusive location of Costa Smeralda, it boasts a unique experience in Events Organization in Italy and Europe. We are leading supplier of exclusive set-up, rental equipment and decorations for each type of event.” (cebluxury.it/en)

KM Events

ISTANBUL-DUBAI ““Your wedding planner in Dubai and your wedding planner in İstanbul will guide you to make your dreams come true with its creative and Professional touches!” (kmevents.com.tr) WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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passion for bespoke weddings and incredible expertise, describes the character of Maggie Rodriguez the founder of Inspired Events. Located in the sultry city of Miami, their dedicated team of enthusiastic dreamers help future brides and grooms make their way to the altar surrounded by elegance and dazzling décor. The Catering & Events company is dedicated to finding affordable luxury for their clients. Rodriguez’s business prospects have changed throughout the years. Starting from a venue owner of the Zen House to a skilled wedding planner. Her time spent working side by side with planners, caterers and florists, initiated her passion to start a business of her own.

Picture Perfect Wedding

Inspired Events is the celebrated event planner that any nervous bride needs by her side. They’re not only a caring team of wonderful experts in the wedding industry, but a planning service which takes care of every little detail leading up to your special moment. Maggie is there to make your life easier, whether it is deciding on the lavish menu or seeking the mesmerising venue you have always dreamt of. The connection with local catering services and exclusive venues exceeds any expectations and there is nothing that cannot be done to complete the picture you have always had in mind. Maggie with her efforts wants her couples to cherish each moment of their wedding bliss and not have to worry about the daunting aspects that surround this romantic day. Through time, she has heard couples complaining on having spent too much money compared to what they truly enjoyed of this once in a lifetime celebration. For this reason, she decided to address her passion and dedication to creating a masterpiece, unique for each bride and groom, with effortless beauty and ‘affordable luxury’. The designers are great listeners and are prepared to propose the perfect wedding package that fits your style and budget. It is important for your personal

touches to be centre stage and for you to have a tailormade wedding that reflects your personality.

Personal Touches

Making decisions with Inspired Events is a relaxing time to spend with your love. An inviting Catering Service, with leading experts ready to advise you on the best culinary delicacies to present to your guests. Plan tasting sessions and be swept away by the freshness and delicacy of the flavours, perfect for a light and colourful menu in Miami. Seasonal elements and locally produced ingredients will leave your friends asking for more. If you do not see your favoured menu on the ones presented do not worry, the culinary professionals will create a bespoke course meal to delight your palate, from elegant hors d’oeuvres to succulent entrees.

“Let your romance sparkle,

as you delight yourself with your dream wedding in Miami, gracefully planned by Inspired Events.

With impeccable service Inspired Events will cater to your needs, from floristry to mesmerising décor your wedding will have ‘incredible’ written all over it. With the grand partnership of exquisite local venues, you can decide on the location that represents you best. Choose from picturesque settings to luxurious mansions with a touch of Italian glamour, as the gorgeous Via Bella. Each stunning location comes with a romantic aura and a great staff to help your wedding day run smoothly. Make your fairy-tale wedding come to life and be sure to be stunned by discovering the magical aura of Miami through the eyes of the experts from Inspired Events. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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Claudia Antolini Italy’s Top Wedding Planner

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ith several years of experience under her belt, Claudia Antolini, and her close knit and cohesive team brings the wishful dreams of every couple to reality. Celebrated for their highly professional and efficient service, they cover everything from the photography, location, flowers and decoration. We spoke with Claudia Antolini, about her passion for Italy, the planning process and why couples should chose her when planning their wedding.

Tell about yourself?

My expert team and I are wedding professionals, and are committed to providing an excellent service. The team is made up of the best proficient figures from the Trentino Alto Adige region. This makes us the ideal helping hand to couples who want to get married in our beautiful region.

possibilities are endless. You can get married on the Dolomites and on the lakeside, on the ski slopes or in the wine cellars.

Why should a couple choose to have their wedding in Italy?

How do you ensure that the process is smooth and enjoyable?

Italy is a beautiful sunny land with great food and excellent wine and the people are very friendly too! We Italians are known to be very creative and are able to make a wedding away from home feel special and look unique.

Because we desire each wedding to be perfect, we keep in constant communication with the couple and ensure that we maintain excellent organization. We essentially become partners with the couples, taking on all their cares and concerns to ensure that we realise their every dream.

Where should brides look for inspiration?

Brides today get their inspiration from the internet. However, for a destination wedding, I would advise them to take inspiration from the local operators who know the area well and have formed relations with other operators in the region. We have several potential backdrops like mountains and vineyards, so many ideas can be brought to life.

What’s your favourite part of being a wedding planner? We would love to hear about a beautiful wedding you have planned recently.

I recently organized a gorgeous wedding in the cellar of a Baron in Palazzo a Prato, an enchanting place where the delicious wine, Pinot Nero is produced. For the reception dinner, the couple moved the celebrations to the snow-capped, Madonna di Campiglio, a famous ski resort. In our region the

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I work every day with joyful people on the happiest day of their lives and this is the best reward I could ever ask for!

What is the biggest lesson you would pass along to other wedding planners getting started? Lucidity: Planning a wedding is a unique experience so a lucid and organized mind is the only way to succeed. Having an excellent team behind you is also a great help, and I have a very strong team!


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Patricia Falzon We were delighted to meet Malta’s top wedding planner and founder of Perfect Weddings Malta

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tepping into the wedding industry by chance, Patricia Falzon began her career working in conference and banqueting at a successful hotel chain. Taking to the job like a duck to water, Falzon increased sales to the hotel tremendously, mostly selling local weddings. She soon decided to pursue the field that she had garnered great victory in “I started focussing on bringing over destination weddings to Malta and managed to do this very successfully” she said. “I really enjoyed the idea of destination weddings since they were much more fun than the local weddings and way more rewarding than conferences and events. So I decided to branch out on my own and focus mainly on destination weddings, which is where I am now.” Hailing from Malta, Patricia shared nothing but praise for the European gem, “Well what can I say? 300 days of sunshine a year, we are steeped in history and our wedding venues are gorgeous!” Marriage in Malta is also legally binding worldwide, making it the ideal place for a wedding and events company to blossom.

Authentic Celebrations

From here came the birth of Perfect Weddings Malta. Spearheaded by Falzon, the wedding and events company work tirelessly and with sophisticated and detailed personnel to create beautifully authentic celebrations. Falzon and her team seek to make couples feel supported and inspired throughout the planning process, so that they can enjoy every moment. “We guide them throughout the planning process, prompting and advising until they are happy

with the picture we have painted together” said Falzon. “We get involved as much or as little as the couple wish us to. However, I have found that most couples prefer our guidance and expertise since it is their first time planning a wedding.”

The Perfect Host

Aiming to take as much pressure away from the couple as possible, Falzon and her team keep in regular contact which each couple they work with. They take care of all the little logistical details that in other instances can be a nuisance. “If at any time they feel concerned then we talk over the phone or Skype so that we can reassure them. It is quite normal for brides to feel stressed. It is up to us to make sure that whatever is stressing them goes away.” Falzon’s passion for her craft makes it so even the most tedious of tasks fill her with joy. Searching for venues or “venue finding missions” as Falzon likes to call them have fast become her favourite part of the job, although daunting for some it is a much anticipated challenge for Patricia. She takes pride in bringing to life the dreams and visions of each couple. Being told that she has exceeded their expectations and seeing the joy on their faces is a feeling like no other. With several years of experience under her belt, Patricia Falzon, advises those seeking to pursue this profession, that commitment is an essential skill. “You need commitment and passion; you need to be patient and calm. You need to be meticulous and you need to be strong” she says. The key to the success of Patricia and Perfect Weddings is their commitment to each and every couple. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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BRISTOL THEY SAY: “Whether planning a magical wedding or an entertaining corporate meeting or party, every event has a purpose, let’s find yours and transform that idea into a memory that you and your guests will remember and makes your company look professional.” WE SAY: Hayley Seymour is a passionate planner from Bristol, with an expert eye in different sectors of the wedding industry. With this love for her work, she delivers traditional or innovative weddings, perfectly suited for the couple she is engaging with. Every idea can be transformed into reality and with a pinch of magic it will an unforgettable event. seymourevents.uk

CAMBRIDGE / LONDON THEY SAY: “Are you unsure how to choose the right wedding planner? Are YOU certain YOU are having QUALITY interactive consultations about YOUR very special day? Dima says, “Investing in someone to plan and design YOUR day is quite important.” WE SAY: “Design by Dima is the ‘getting married specialist’ in CREATIVE, LUXURY STYLING & PLANNING in Cambridge, London or YOUR luxury destination wedding. Dima and her team focus heavily on providing YOU a hands-on but yet, seamless luxurious experience. DIMA is very keen to know more about YOU and how YOUR personality can shine through YOUR special day. For a one-to-one discussion with DIMA get in touch. designbydima.com

CHESHIRE THEY SAY: “If you want Unique Designs, Stunning, Creative, Visual events with inside knowledge of getting the best out of venues, a personal approach and Michelin star service, then speak to us today. We love making your vision come to life!” WE SAY: Tracy Lavin Events is an inspiring event organizer, from bespoke weddings to professional conferences, each unique event has its own creative spark and memorable presence. With years of experience in Hospitality, Tracy took her expertise and created a grand event planning business working closely with celebrity clients in stunning venues as Kensington Palace and majestic castles. With 16 years of great success, Tracy will help future brides and grooms make their dream wedding come to life. tracylavinevents.co.uk


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KENT THEY SAY: “At A Perfect dream wedding planners, our goal is to make your dream become a reality. We are here to help you create a wedding that reflects your unique personality and style, a truly perfect fairy-tale, whether that’s with a traditional church wedding or a dream destination.” WE SAY: Sit down with A Perfect Dream Wedding Planner’s and plan your one-of-a-kind wedding day celebration. One of the team will embrace all your ideas and share numerous options to make them happen before your eyes. The priority is that your requirements are taken on board and to make sure that your wedding ceremony is the perfect coronation of your very own love story. aperfectdreamweddingplanners.net

LONDON THEY SAY: “At SW Events, we’re dedicated to making sure our clients receive a service that surpasses their expectations. Every event that we work with you on has a single purpose – to create something recognizable as “yours” or “your brand”.” WE SAY: The team at SW Events cherishes each wedding and shapes any setting into a one-of-a-kind experience, making sure to leave each guest speechless. Every event is grand and unique to itself, with its impeccable service and exceptional attention to detail, creating a magical aura for very guest to enjoy and feel included. Specialising in luxury Asian weddings, SW Events can make any dream come true to showcase the love of a special bride and groom. swevents.uk @SWEVENTSUK | 020 7127 8483 | HELLO@SWEVENTS.UK | SWEVENTS.UK

At SW Events, we’re dedicated to making sure our clients receive a service that surpasses their expectations. Every event that we work with you on has a single purpose – to create something recognisable as “yours”.

NORFOLK THEY SAY: “Set in the heart of North Norfolk, we cover the entire East of England with the occasion of nationwide events. We take a lot of pride in the work we do and provide to our clients individually and can make sure the work we do is of high standard. You can count of us to organise and style your event with insight of True Love and constant Laughter.” WE SAY: For a fairy tale wedding in the picturesque countryside of Norfolk, Mason’s Great Event Co, is your match made in heaven. Focused on the finer details, the décor of your tantalising venue is of extreme importance for Sandie and her team. Leave all the daunting tasks to the experts, as they find the perfect hired companies fit to adorn your big day. masonsgreateventco.co.uk


NORTH OF ENGLAND THEY SAY: “Our eye for detail and elegant signature touch can make your dream wedding fall perfectly into place ensuring that these remarkable moments will be treasured forever in memories, photographs & film.” WE SAY: Luxe by Minihaha & Co. is a luxury fashion driven wedding planner, who always exceeds expectations. If you dream of capturing each special moment on your wedding day, your need a touch of glamour and refinement that will stand out beautifully. Relax your mind and rest reassured that your personal style will brighten up your special day and a lavish touch will forever be timeless. luxebyminihaha.co.uk

OXFORDSHIRE THEY SAY: “Bayley Eyley works with couples to combine their personalities, creative design ideas and colour themes to coordinate exquisite events; as a professional events organiser for more than 10 years, Bayley’s party planning skills are combined with her passion to deliver first class customer service ensuring you have a truly memorable occasion.” WE SAY: Bayley Eyley strives to make each moment count, by creating the most memorable parties for her clients. With topnotch service and colourful touches, Be Eventful, can transform any venue and any occasion into the most astounding party for the bride and groom, together with all their guests. With little touches, from seasonal menus to entertainment, your wedding will be a grand bespoke event. beeventful.uk

WILTSHIRE THEY SAY: “Brookman Greene is a bespoke party planning company, offering a flexible, one to one service. We listen to your thoughts and then come up with the best ways to translate them into reality. There are no ready made packages, just fantastic ideas based on your vision and we are able to help you create your day in a calm and organised environment.” WE SAY: Based in the charming city of Bath and in the picturesque surrounding of the Cotswolds, the event planning Brookman Greene, with meticulous attention to detail, creates bespoke weddings and special occasion for unforgettable memories with your loved ones. A team of planners with creative minds ready to help you along the realization of grand events, making sure everything runs smoothly and brilliantly from start to finish. brookmangreene.co.uk


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A majestic celebration deserves a picturesque venue! We’ve rounded up the best British destinations, perfect for a regal wedding.

This guide to Britain’s remarkable counties, discover magnificent castles and estates perfect for a special wedding celebration. From the beauty of Berkshire to the lush greenery of Powys, each unique county is home to an astonishing array of amazing landmarks and attractions. Take wonderful wedding photos on the flourishing landscapes of the Pennines or celebrate your love on the scenic rugged coastlines of Cornwall. There is so much to see and do in Britain. Why not take a visit to one of these picturesque counties that are perfect for short breaks with your loved one! Spend the days after your romantic wedding strolling through rustic villages and bustling market stalls or horse riding  though mystical meadows and picnics by the riverside. These idyllic counties await your discovery!

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ABERDEENSHIRE WE SAY: “Positioned on the north-east coast of Scotland is the idyllic county of Aberdeenshire. Composed of tranquil coastlines, rugged cliffs and picturesque towns, this scenic seaside county awaits your discovery” THEY SAY: “With rolling hills, open farmland and towering mountains in the west and sweeping beaches, coastal cliffs and panoramic skies in the east, Aberdeenshire has plenty of room for you to relax and breathe.” (visitscotland.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Take on the snow-capped slopes of Scotland, with your love. Book a thrilling ski experience with your love at The Lecht 2090. - Discover Scotland’s ancient art of whiskey production and delve a little deeper into the Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire with a visit to the Glen Garioch Distillery - Delight in the historical breathtaking views of Dunnottar Castle, one of Aberdeenshire’s most iconic destinations.

BERKSHIRE WE SAY: “Nestled just outside of London, Berkshire is a pleasant discovery. An idyllic playground, this royal county, is characterised by blooming green stretches of land. Greatly nourished by the River Thames, it creates a bucolic backdrop to a perfect stylish getaway in the countryside.” THEY SAY: “With so many places to visit in Berkshire, you can easily forget you’re right on London’s doorstep. A wealth of towns, villages and countryside to explore make this county the perfect antidote to UK city life. This romantic county is renowned for its connections with the Royal Family, the River Thames meandering along the northern edge and its many beautiful gardens ablaze with colour.” (visitsoutheastengland.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: -Immerse yourself in a fairy tale world, as you discover the enchanting beauty of Windsor Castle - Explore the colourful market town of Hanley-on-Thames, as you enjoy the rustling waters of the Thames over the idyllic backdrop of Chiltern Hills.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE WE SAY: “An attractive natural environment, Buckinghamshire is a county that is worth your while. With many places of historical and cultural interest to visit and a plethora of activities to partake in, you’ll find that Buckinghamshire is very diverse in character.” THEY SAY: “It’s the perfect year-round destination for memorable short-breaks and day trips, with its chocolate box villages, historic towns, quality attractions and stunning countryside.” (visitbuckinghamshire.org) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Catch an awe-inspiring production at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre with your significant other - Revel in complete relaxation and tranquil rejuvenation at the Stoke Park Spa - Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the stunning English countryside after some flying lessons in a vintage Havilland Tiger Moth biplane


DERBYSHIRE WE SAY: “This east midlands county is worth your exploration! Composed of sweeping dales, miles of woodland and green hillsides, it’s all about the outdoors.” THEY SAY: “Let us show you around a world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns and at the heart of it all, there are loads of things to do in Derbyshire.”(visitpeakdistrict.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - EExplore the limestone structures below the earth at Pooles Cavern. See how crystal stalactites have grown in the chamber over millions of years. - Take a cable car through the Heights of Abraham and delight in the views it has to offer - Horse riding in Derbyshire and the Peak District is an amazing way to experience the landscape from a different perspective

ESSEX WE SAY: “Essex is a remarkable collection of the old and the new, a rich tapestry of everything that makes Britain great. Combining modern facilities, fascinating towns and villages and ever-changing coastlines, Essex is the perfect short break.” (visitessex.com) THEY SAY: A county of contrasts, Essex couples contemporary attractions with the splendour of ancient history. Be sure to see the history landmarks like Audley End House and Gardens and the newly created architectural masterpieces such as Firstsite in Colchester.” MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Visit the impressive Firstsite Gallery, in the heart of the cultural quarter. Designed by Rafael Viñoly, the modern art gallery run exhibitions run all year - Observe of over 270 wildlife species with your love at the Colchester Zoo, one of the top 20 zoos in the world - The Colchester Castle Museum is a must visit. Home to biggest Norman Keep in Europe is exciting displays and activities make for a wonderful day out.

HAMPSHIRE WE SAY: “Hampshire has it all! From relaxing bucolic scenery to lively town, enriched by music and cultural festivals. A perfect location to escape from the city, with the grand choice of coastal views and enthralling city vibes.” THEY SAY: “Hampshire is the perfect blend of city, coast and country, blessed with natural beauty of two National Parks, thriving culture, with history and heritage at its heart” (visit-hampshire.co.uk) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Glamping offers the experience of traditional camping but with a few added luxuries. South Downs national park is a glamping hotspot, it undulating hills make it perfect for walkers and cyclists - For those lovers of wildlife, take a trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth and observe the multi-coloured schools of tropical fish - Unwind and relax with a luxury spa break at the Careys Manor and SenSpa. Hidden in the tranquil village of Brockenhurst, revitalize and rejuvenate your senses with their lavish spa packages


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HERTFORDSHIRE WE SAY: “Be inspired by the enchanting character of Hertfordshire. The lush green country is brimming with exciting things to and see.  Explore famous sites such as St Albans Cathedral or cat5ch a glimpse of exotic wildlife at the Paradise Wildlife Park!” THEY SAY: “Stunning stately homes, wild days out, cultural escapes and magical memories - Hertfordshire (or Herts as we like to call it) is the perfect place for your next short break in England” (visitherts. co.uk/) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Delight in natural wonder at the Paradise Wildlife Park. Home to over 400 exotic wild animals, it is one of the leading zoos in Europe. - Ideal for thrill-seeking adventurists, the XC extreme sports facility is a  one of a kind experience. - For the lovers of all things artistic, a visit to the Hertford Theatre is definitely a must. Catch a movie in their digital cinema or delight in impressive art in their open-plan gallery!

JERSEY WE SAY: “Explore Jersey and embrace the island life, filled with sandy beaches and enthralling adventures perfect for a romantic getaway. Jet off to engage with dolphins as they dance around the deep waters and sojourn on the stunning coastline inns for a charming visit.” THEY SAY: “An island shaped by the sea where some of the most astonishing tides in the world circle the coast and feed the land. An island that’s small on size, but big on personality, where country lanes open to cliff top views and the sea is never more than ten minutes away. An island of rediscovery, packed with activities to experience and explore.” MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - An incredible heritage shapes this stunning island, plan a visit to St Martin and explore the majestic glory of Mont Orgueil Castle - Spend time on the coast and notice the numerous fortifications used for centuries as a method of protection. - A place to revitalise, Jersey offers scenic views and bucolic grounds, visit Jersey National Park to uncover unspoilt beauty

LEICESTERSHIRE WE SAY: “The serene landscape and woodland of Leicestershire is perfect for a quick city-break and makes for a truly dreamy English countryside wedding. Enjoy historic homes and delicious food in the unique county.” THEY SAY: “Experience contemporary, inspirational shopping in Leicester or browse the markets in our market towns, and once you’re all shopped out, why not relax in a stylish city bar or restaurant? Alternatively, take life at a more leisurely pace and relax with friends over a pub lunch, or jump on a bike and explore the countryside.” (www.goleicestershire.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Visit the historic and stylish Belvoir Castle, where a brand new gourmet food and shopping experience called ‘The Engine Yard’ has just opened. Travel back in time on the Great Central Railway, Britain’s only double track main line steam railway. Get a quick history lesson on the Battle of 1485 at Bosworth Battlefield, where Richard III lost his life, making Henry Tudor the new King


LONDON WE SAY: “The pulsating capital of England, London, is a historical setting and one of the most visited cities in the world. With its incredible heritage, remarkable landmarks and diverse cultures, London is a gem of a city for a city escape.” THEY SAY: “Discover London’s diverse neighbourhoods, from tranquil suburbs to central areas full of shopping, entertainment and dining options.” (visitlondon.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: -Indulge in panoramic views of the London cityscape from the towering heights of the London Eye -Take a trip and immerse in the floral bliss of the Royal Botanic Gardens

OXFORDSHIRE WE SAY: “Oxfordshire is the pinnacle of refinement: academia, formality and manicured gardens come to mind. This is the land of Harry Potter, of Blenheim Palace and of unique shopping experiences that are above all, luxurious. That being said, there are also some wonderful century-old pubs and restaurants that are not to be missed!” THEY SAY: “Oxfordshire has a lot to offer to visitors and there is a reason why people return to the county again and again. Whether you want to discover an ancient civilisation at a world famous museum, wander around some of the most famous landmarks in the UK or relax with an afternoon tea, you will find something to do for all occasions and all members of the family.” (www.experienceoxfordshire.org) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Discover a world of luxury shopping for less at Bicester Village - Take a tour of prestigious Oxford University, the oldest university in the English speaking world - Stroll through the formal gardens of Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

PERTHSHIRE WE SAY: “A fairy tale setting of magnificent mountains and mysterious lochs, Perthshire is set in the untouched southern Highlands. The sublime landscape gives rise to green forests and waterfalls tumbling down the rocky mounts. Spend your days in exploration and adventure in Perthshire.” THEY SAY: “The region’s breathtaking variety, from its serene glens and endless expanses of lush forest, to its bleakly beautiful moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls made Sir Walter Scott gush about his love for Perthshire. The scenery is truly awe-inspiring.” (visitscotland.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Explore gardens, parkland and forests - Sail along the River Tay and discover the Churchyard at Kinfauns - Stop by Scone Palace for a dreamy estate with an intriguing maze and glorious pine trees


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POWYS WE SAY: “For a romantic getaway with your love, discover the mesmerising green landscape of Powys. Nestled in the heart of Wales, this vast county is adorned by astounding mountains and grassy valley.” THEY SAY: “Be amazed by the rich, rolling green landscapes and glorious Mountains of Powys, The largest county in Wales.” (visitwales.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Explore the uncontaminated landscape of Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Park - Wildlife lovers should try the Falconry Experience Wales for the chance to meet rare falcon species - The Black Mountains are ideal for water sports and activities, like canoeing and white water rafting

SOMERSET WE SAY: “Stretches of stunning beaches adorn this enchanting county, together with unspoilt countryside, characterised by rolling hills and lavish gardens. Take off on a journey to discover the vibrant arts and cultural scene, especially with the five day festival of Glastonbury every summer.” THEY SAY: “Think of Somerset and what comes to mind - stunning views across open countryside, sandy beaches, superb strawberries, Cheddar cheese and cider? World-wide, our county is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, Mulberry handbags and Arthurian Legends. There is more! Much more.” (visitsomerset.co.uk) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Bath is an ancient jewel, loved by the Romans for the magical Baths and perfect for all the bookworms to dive into the setting of Jane Austen’s novel. If you are in search of a scenic landscape, head to Exmoor National Park, where hills meet rivers and coast - Discover the heritage of Crewkerne, a picturesque Market town picture perfect with its stone built buildings

SURREY WE SAY: “England’s most wooded county, Surrey, springs with charming blooms and wildlife. A perfect setting for a weekend getaway and perfect escape to engage with nature, from its rushing rivers to its scenic little towns over the canals.” THEY SAY: “Wonderful wildlife, breathtaking views and top picnic spots are just some of the gems on offer at the county’s countryside sites. Surrey has many places to visit where you can experience local wildlife and get up close to the natural environment.” (visitsurrey.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Immerse in history and artistic culture as you visit Watts Gallery Artists’ Village, for a view of over 100 paintings and remarkable sculptures - For a superb panorama reach the summit of Box Hill - Take a romantic adventure on the scenic Virginia Water Lake


SUSSEX WE SAY: “Sussex is blessed with an expanse of stunning coastline and lively seaside cities, like the young and fun Brighton. Iconic towns such as Battle and Hastings share the land with the bewitching beauty of the white cliffs of Beachy Head.” THEY SAY: “Spanning nearly 1500 sq miles, East and West Sussex boast over 100 miles of spectacular coastline, flanking the English Channel. Used as a point of invasion since Roman times, the coastline flourished during the Victorian era with the creation of many popular seaside resorts, such as Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings.” (travelaboutbritain.com) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield are a throwback to the place where the war was fought by the Saxons and Normans - For an amazing panoramic view over the South Downs, visit the Arundel Castle & Gardens - Spend an unforgettable weekend of fun at Worthing in East Sussex

YORKSHIRE WE SAY: “South Yorkshire is full of hidden jewels. Once an industrial heartland, the region has been transformed into a 21st Century playground with a passion for music, sport and culture.” (yorkshire. com/places/south-yorkshire) THEY SAY: “It is a county with a strong character and identity of its own. Yorkshire is divided into three ridings, whose boundaries meet at the walls of the ancient city of York. York is in the middle of the shire. It was a great city even in Roman times (the co-capital of Britannia).” (county-wise.org.uk) MAIN ATTRACTIONS: - Hire a bicycle and discover the rolling hills and leaf forests of the Peak District National Park. - Embrace tradition with a stroll through Doncaster Market, with over 400 stalls to explore, you’re sure to leave with a delicious treat and a special piece of memorabilia. Jameson’s Café & Tea Room located at the Sheffield Antiques Centre, is the perfect place for a romantic afternoon with your loved one

This section should be treated as a guide, rather than definitive legal advice. Marriage laws are subject to change. This guide assumes that both parties in the couple are British or European citizens. Please seek further advice on documentation and other requirements from the embassy and local registry office of the country you are travelling to. For further info, visit www.gov.uk/ marriage-abroad. Medical and legal advice can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and www.solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk.


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THe Lens of Love Your special wedding day comes once in a lifetime and you need incredible photography to remember it by. For this reason, it is so essential for our future brides and grooms to have a remarkable photographer to capture the awe-inspiring blissful recollections of that romantic day. A professional photographer is a must when planning a perfect wedding and a precious element that will keep you dreaming of that magical event forever...

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Reasons you should hire a professional photographer...

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Quality Guaranteed. They will ensure that your once in a lifetime moments are captured to perfection. The little moments of your big day are memories you will cherish for a lifetime and show to your grandchildren, so make them count! For impeccable images you need a photographer who knows how to handle the camera and bring out the best quality and charm of your wedding.

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Hands-Free Celebration. Hiring a professional photographer means that your guests won’t have to spend all night snapping photos. You and they will be able to enjoy the special moments without worry. A professional will be able to move among you without disruption and will make sure that everyone is included in your photobook.

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Bespoke Artistry. Think of your wedding photographer as an artist. Your special day an enchanting creation that they will enhance with their creative eye. Let their years of experience assure you as they showcase the true essence of your extraordinary love.

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Reliability. When hiring a professional photographer, you are trusting them to capture the significant moments of your wedding. You do not need to chase them around overseeing that they are doing their tasks up to expectation. They will immerse themselves in the background as you shine through their lens.

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Dream Big. As you go about planning, make sure you have a professional who will go above and beyond to create the perfect setting for your inspiring shots. A top notch photographer with expertise will set the lighting, landscape and capture the quintessential moments that you will keep close to you for years to come.

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12 Top

Wedding Photographers of the World...

Fiander Foto

BERMUDA “I’m not at your wedding to merely ‘take photographs’ but to capture precious moments and deliver a collection of carefully selected and edited photos you’ll adore and enjoy for generations to come” fianderfoto.com

The Wedding Story

HOLLAND “Our goal is to get the best out of ourselves for the bridal couple time and time again. The most important thing for us is to make the wedding couple’s memory as beautiful as possible.” theweddingstory.nl

Aegean Wedding Photography

SKIATHOS, GREECE “We will document your wedding in Greece with an artistic eye and in a true storytelling way, focusing on you and each detail representing your wedding day.” aegeanweddingphotography.com

Vangelis Photography

ATHENS, GREECE “My goal is to capture the very essence of a wedding by allowing the day to unfold naturally and create beautiful photography full of emotion, excitement, thrill and passion with a perfect balance between candid snapshots and editorial portraits.” vangelisphotography.com

Studio 74

Pedro Filipe Photography

PORTUGAL “For us, photography is more than a hobby, it is art. In recent years we have devoted ourselves to photographing marriages, believing that nothing is more magical than to freeze a love story in time and space.” pedrofilipe.pt

Ian Abdilla Photography

MALTA “As my clients you receive photographs specially created to remind you of your friends, family and your life partner. You will feel incredibly loved and thankful for those relationships every time you look at those photographs.” ianabdilla.com

Artemio Fotos

SPAIN “I am a photographer in Malaga, Spain. I love doing outdoor photo shoots; both public events and private photo shoots.” artemiofotos.com

Jorge Alloco Photography

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC “To me each wedding represents the beginning of a wonderful journey of two unique human beings in love. My professional experience of over 10 years of working with couples helps me to capture ever lasting memories in a very creative and artistic way.” puntacanaweddingphotographer.com

El Momento Perfecto

CORFU, GREECE “Thanasis Rapsomanikis immerses himself in a wide variety of projects by shooting many occasions, such as, Weddings and Events. ” studio74.gr

THE CANARY ISLANDS “Photography is my life. But when it comes to you it’s about your emotions, your feelings and your story. Plus I love having the pleasure of capturing your perfect moments.” elmomentoperfecto.com

Nikos Mylonas Photography

Kyriakides Photo Cinema

ATHENS, GREECE “Through wedding photography I become what I call a ‘moment hunter’, creator, narrator and director of stories. There in every step of your big day, my team and I are collectors of all the details that you’d like to remember forever.” nikosmylonas.gr

CYPRUS “All our wedding couples are special to us, and no wedding day turns out the same, we will be there to capture it as it flows, and where necessary, guide you so we can create those award winning images together.” kyriakidesphoto.com

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ATHENS FLIGHT TIME: 5 hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: None Required WAITING PERIOD: 6 months MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A and B,

Tick-borne Encephalitis and Tetanus

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7313 5600 TOURIST INFO: visitgreece.gr

BERMUDA FLIGHT TIME: 71/2 hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate, certificate of No

impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: None Required WAITING PERIOD: 15 Weeks MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis

B and Tetanus

AGE REQUIREMENT: 21 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: No EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 02075189900 TOURIST INFO: gotobermuda.com

CORFU FLIGHT TIME: 5 Hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: None required WAITING PERIOD: 6 months MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A and B,

Tick-borne Encephalitis and Tetanus

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7313 5600 TOURIST INFO: visitgreece.gr


THE LENS OF LOVE

CYPRUS FLIGHT TIME: 5 Hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: None Required WAITING PERIOD: 6 months MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A and B,

Tick-borne Encephalitis and Tetanus

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 0207312 5600 TOURIST INFO: visitgreece.gr

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FLIGHT TIME: 10 Hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), deed poll and sworn affidavits of single status

RESIDENCY: None Required WAITING PERIOD: 6 months

Medical Vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Tetanus, Rabies, Cholera, Typhoid and Diphtheria

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: No EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7262 6856 TOURIST INFO: godominicanrepublic.com

HOLLAND FLIGHT TIME: 1 Hour DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed), proof of address and nationality

RESIDENCY: At least one partner must be a Dutch national or resident in the Netherlands

WAITING PERIOD: 14 day MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis

B, Tetanus and Diphtheria

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7590 3200 TOURIST INFO: netherlands-tourism.com


MALTA FLIGHT TIME: 3 Hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate, apostille

stamps and third party declaration, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: 2 days WAITING PERIOD: 6 weeks, but no more than 3 months

notice required

MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Yellow Fever

(certificate required dependent on risk)

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7292 4800 TOURIST INFO: visitmalta.com

MYKONOS FLIGHT TIME: 5 Hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: None required WAITING PERIOD: 6 months MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A and B,

Tick-borne Encephalitis and Tetanus

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7313 5600 TOURIST INFO: visitgreece.gr

PORTUGAL FLIGHT TIME: 2 1/2 hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) and adoption certificate (if adopted)

RESIDENCY: None Required WAITING PERIOD: None Required MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A and

Tetanus

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY / CONSULATE: 020 7235 5331 TOURIST INFO: visitportugal.com


THE LENS OF LOVE

SKIATHOS FLIGHT TIME: 5 Hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: None Required WAITING PERIOD: 6 months MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis

B, Tick-borne Encephalitis and Tetanus

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7313 5600 TOURIST INFO: visitgreece.gr

SPAIN FLIGHT TIME: 2 Hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: 2 years WAITING PERIOD: 15 days MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: None Required AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7235 5555 TOURIST INFO: spain.info

THE CANARY ISLANDS FLIGHT TIME: 4 Hours DOCUMENTS: Passport, birth certificate with apostille

stamps, certificate of No impediment to marry, decree absolute (if divorced), death certificate (if widowed) adoptions certificate (if adopted), and deed poll

RESIDENCY: None Required WAITING PERIOD: 6 weeks MEDICAL VACCINATIONS: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis

B and Tetanus

AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yes EMBASSY/CONSULATE: 020 7235 5555 TOURIST INFO: hellocanaryislands.com


Fiander Foto A chat with Melanie Fiander, the face behind the lens of Fiander Foto

How long have you been a photographer and how did you get into the wedding industry?

I’ve been working as a photographer for well over 15 years during which time I have held various positions in the field; from working not only as a wedding photographer but also as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. I first entered the wedding industry while I was a MFA student at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine in 2005. During this time in my life, a number of friends and family members asked me to photograph their weddings. Directly after graduate school, I began teaching photography at the collegiate level while simultaneously continuing to shoot weddings for my own business, Fiander Foto. After each wedding I photographed, I found myself becoming drawn more and more to the industry. I’m thankful for my eclectic background in photography and academia because I think it’s helped to shape my work today.

How would you describe your style and approach? What do you enjoy most about being a wedding photographer?

A big part of my approach to capturing weddings is based both on documentary and portrait photography. When shooting a wedding, I’m really acting as several different types of photographers to cover all aspects of the couple’s day. For example, a portion of the wedding day is dedicated to capturing detailed shots; images of the dress, shoes, rings, invitations, gifts from the couple, and the ceremony and reception décor, which is where product photography comes into play. It’s also important to “set the scene” as a wedding photographer; to capture images that display the overall landscape of the wedding location. This is particularly true for destination weddings where the couple has chosen the venue because they like how the location looks and it holds a special place in their hearts. Of course,

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big responsibility that comes with being a wedding photographer; this day occurs once and as the photographger, you have one attempt to get the shot; there are no re-dos.


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a large portion of a wedding day is dedicated to capturing candid photographs and traditional portraits; for example, during the ceremony, the cocktail hour, group photos, and the reception. This is where my approach shifts towards documentary and traditional portraiture. My overall style however is simplistic. I work under natural light often, although I also use an on or off-camera flash to produce a certain lighting affect when needed. When exposing the images and editing them in post, I would describe my use of colour as “true”; currently falling in between the “light and airy” and the “dark and moody” styles. Being able to “hone in” on several different genres of photography helps to keep things interesting and this is one of the aspects that I love about being a wedding photographer. I also enjoy capturing the intimate moments that unfold during a wedding; not just between the couple but also among their guests. There’s also a big responsibility that comes with being a wedding photographer; this day occurs once and as the photographer, you have one attempt to get the shot; there are no re-dos.

How do you prepare yourself the day before the wedding?

The day before a wedding, I charge my batteries, clean my camera bodies and lenses, and pack all my gear. I set aside what I’m going to wear on the wedding day, which typically consists of a black or very dark outfit (to avoid reflecting any colour back into the lenses while shooting) with a comfortable pair of shoes. Wedding days have a tendency to move very quickly and staying calm and collected is a big part of being a wedding photographer. It’s important to be prepared both physically and mentally. To help prepare for this aspect, I really enjoy doing yoga and going to bed early the night before.

What inspires you?

I draw my inspiration from many sources. Visually speaking, the biggest source comes from studying the work of historic and contemporary photographers. I also pull a lot of my inspiration from films or television series; mainly historic time-period dramas. As a wedding photographer, there’s always something new to learn. For me, I find that the best learning experiences occur from speaking to other wedding photographers: in everyday conversations, in groups on social media, through mentorships, classes, or workshops.

What tips would you give an aspiring photographer looking to break into the wedding industry?

Breaking into the wedding business can certainly seem ominous for an aspiring photographer. To build a portfolio, I would highly recommend attending workshops and to also plan one’s own stylized bridal photo shoots. When working as a wedding photographer, my biggest suggestion would be to develop a timeline for the day’s events. Map out exactly when and for how long you’ll need to capture the getting ready images, how long the ceremony will be, how long group photos will take, etc. The day’s events can move very quickly, although a timeline makes it a little easier to help ensure everything is photographed.

What’s the best moment you’ve had as a wedding photographer?

The first wedding I shot in Northern Italy was certainly a highlight for me as a photographer. The couple were wed at San Nicolò in Padua and the reception was at Ca ‘Marcello - Villa Veneta in Levada. Both of these locations were stunning but what really made this wedding so successful in terms of the photography was the couples’ ability to be themselves in front of my lens. I attribute this to a few things but mainly, from the couple trusting me as their photographer; they were familiar with my work, had discussed my style and approach, and we developed a timeline together so they were aware of what images I’d be aiming to capture. They understood I was there to capture an array of images that would tell their whole story of; to deliver a carefully curated collection of images reflective of the love they share. WWW.DWHA.CO.UK

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