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Editor’s Picks Find wedding and honeymoon essentials for him and her, plus an itinerary for an exotic escape to The Bahamas! A Royal Affair Craft new ideas from this regally refined wedding shoot, set on a crisp winter’s day in the Netherlands Tulip Fever Ceramic whites, royal blues and finished with a tulip touch, this Dutch-themed shoot is bursting with wedding inspiration Summertime Sensation Vibrant floral accents give this photoshoot a tropical pop of colour in a classic country setting Wedding Stationery Classy calligraphy, elegant envelopes and more, the finest quality stationary companies await your RSVP The Four Elements Unleash the power of water, earth, wind and fire — let them elevate your theme into ethereal glamour Tiers of Joy Towers of tantalising taste and sweet treats galore, find an emporium of cakes for you to explore DWHA Award Winners We have spotted talent from all corners of the world — see the final winning line-up!


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Royal Wedding Inspiration Heather Benge Events’ and LLG Events’ royal shoots will send you into a delectable daydream An Interview with… Global wedding planners offer their predications and expert advice for the royal couple Royal Recommendations We’ve rounded up some of the world’s greatest venues, suited for the Royal Family Born in the USA Taking inspiration from Meghan’s roots, we discover some of the best wedding venues in the States Castles & Palaces Because what better place to shout ‘royalty’ than a historic castle or an enchanting palace? Royal Bridal Boutiques Discover some of the UK’s best independent bridal boutiques to for the dress of your dreams Take me to the Church on Time We’ve listed some alternative transport methods to ensure you arrive in style Royal Honeymoon Resorts Showcasing some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, ideal for a romantic adventure for two East Winds From Saint Lucia with love... uncover this hidden Caribbean treasure for a luxurious honeymoon escapade Mount Irvine This relaxing retreat in Tobago is just footsteps from the shore — a true epitome of Caribbean bliss The Royal Tree Lodge Immerse in the African wildlife without forgoing all your creature comforts in this plush lodge






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Something Blue in THE BAHAMAS A vibrant display of unity and culture, this couple chose their favourite colour as a theme Heavenly Bliss in THAILAND A shower of gold and ivory tones gives a warming glow to this couples' spectacular wedding One Love, One Heart in JAMAICA An eclectic celebration in the Caribbean fused with a Texan twist, to tell the unique story of their love

Don’t miss!!

Go swimming!

Elizabeth Cake Emporium

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Royal Inspiration

We can’t wait to see Harry and Meghan’s cake of choice! This enchanting fairy tale wedding cake with bespoke turrets and towers will bring Windsor Castle to wherever you wed


Dress to Impress From vintage lace to sensual silhouettes, browse the most desired designer ranges of 2018 Dress Competition Be in the chance of winning the dress you have always wished for, designed by award-winning Louise Körner. The Perfect Pair We’ve picked out our favourite footwear to complete your look as you walk heel-to-toe towards ‘I do’ Get Ahead These whimsical veils and intricate headpieces will crown you as the belle of the ball on your wedding day For the Kids Pageboy prints and flower girl footsteps will follow you down the aisle. Discover all the latest trends here...



Beauty Best Buys Tried and tested products for radiant skin, enviable hair and simply stunning makeup


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Life is a Beach From the sand to the ceremony; these swimwear briefs and boxers would suit any groom-to-be. Get Groomed Suave suedes and sophisticated suit pieces that will keep you looking dapper on your big day


190 USA Vegas provides a dazzling wedding backdrop or an adventurous honeymoon location, the best of both! 193 The Bahamas Fall in love with this remote getaway, an exotic island hop retreat where the possibilities are endless 198 Honeymoon Competition Dreaming of pure white sands? Win the ultimate honeymoon at Warwick Paradise Island! 202 Italy Rediscover your Roman romance on a journey through the centre of arts, culture, and awe-inspiring architecture. 205 Austria Listen to SalzburgerLand singing with Mozart’s melodies, whilst Doris Wallner plans your picturesque wedding 206 France The quaint village of Chamonix is an enchanting place to celebrate a honeymoon, hen party, or stag do soiree! 210 Switzerland The Managing Director at The Omnia describes this unique high altitude venue as the pinnacle of luxury 216 The Maldives Pure paradise awaits you... uncover all the bestkept secrets of these heavenly islands 223 Bali Amidst ancient monkey temples and rural rice fields, experience Bali in utter style in these lavish venues


233 How to Ask for a Prenup Communication is key for a happy marriage — Keystone Law outlines what you need to know 242 Inspiration This assortment of clever ideas will help organise every detail for a picture-perfect set up


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Editor’s Picks

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I love it !! The Perfect Pair

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A warm hello to you all as you step into the swing of spring — we hope that your wedding plans are also blooming! Allow me to introduce our exclusive Royal Wedding edition… as you can imagine, the team at DWHA have been eagerly anticipating the big day ahead. We have been busy predicting Meghan’s iconic dress choice, sourcing all the top regal reception venues with advice from world-class wedding planners, as well as finding heavenly honeymoon destinations around the world fit for any Prince and Princess. With the Royal invites soon to be released to lucky guests, find our list of top stationery companies, whose skilful designers will stylishly finalise your very own ‘Save the Date’. Every detail counts when planning your special day, and with our hoard of recommendations from sophisticated groom and pageboy style, to the stunning collection of haute-couture bridal gowns, we are confident that it will help to spark your creative flow of ideas and guide you in organising the wedding of your dreams. An array of destinations abroad also await your discovery… from the sparkling city of Las Vegas, the crown jewel of the Nevada desert, to the tempting turquoise shorelines of the Maldives. Exclusively to this issue, you could even have the chance to win a spectacular seven-day honeymoon on the breathtaking island chain of The Bahamas. Where else will we transport you? Get inspired by beautiful real life weddings held in The Bahamas, Jamaica, and Thailand. The effortless elegance of their chosen theme encapsulates the flavours, rhythms, and colourful charm of their chosen locations abroad. So, a toast is in order to you readers on your happy engagement, and wherever you decide to wed, together is a wonderful place to be. Congratulations from all at Destinations and Honeymoons Abroad and we hope you enjoy this special Royal issue as much as we have creating it. Yours truly,

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Omega Love Omega Love Editor-in-Chief

Get Groomed Page 186 For him Page 78

Paloma Blanca Dress: #4799 Veil: #V485F


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Weddings in Hvar Croatia Suncani Hvar Hotels are proud to present Hvar as an island of thousand possibilities for your wedding day. Experience one of the most beautiful and charming places on the island that will make you fall in love all over again. If there was ever a venue designed for a wedding, Bonj ‘les bains’ would be the one.

Make this the place where you start your happily ever after. Our team specializes in events and weddings, making sure that you and your loved ones are having the best time of your life. With many years of experience in wedding planning, our in-house wedding coordinator lives and breathes the values of dedication, love and connection.

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RALPH & RUSSO (Spring/Summer 2018)

Victoria Millésime

Editor-in-Chief Omega Celeste Love

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Creative & Fashion Director Ana Sousa Destinations Editor Amber Connolly

Editorial Assistants Polina Choroskova Vanessa Donkoh

Editorial & Social Media Emily Williams

Ruffles, flowers and fringes

Resonating traditional Asian decoration, Ralph and Russo uses jewelled shades and decorative layers to encapsulate the beauty of being a woman. Step down the aisle in style! (

Advertising & Design Manager Nischal Gurung

Design Assistants Doreen Albert Markeec Butler-Stephen Katie Back



Where is the most romantic place you’ve ever been? Paris, without a doubt! The unforgettable art and cuture that embodies the city just makes me feel so warm inside Do you have a favourite fictional love story? The Notebook is still my favourite love story. The ongoing romance of Noah and Allie that’s evident throughout just melts my heart every time


Marketing Director Brian James Horrocks

Account Directors Claudia Mason-Ramdeen Sarah Dorsett Commercial Director Anthony Baines

Wedding Planner

Where is the most romantic place you’ve ever been? It would absolutely have to be the stunning island of Maui in Hawaii with its world-famous beaches and magnificent sunsets Do you have a favourite fictional love story? The Lucky One. A soldier finds a photo of a girl while at war, promising to find her when he returns home and thank her for being his guardian angel. They end up falling in love!

Circulation Director Kevin Maloney

Chairman Parry Cockwell

This publication may not be re-produced or transmitted in any form or in part without written permission of the publisher. ISSN 2056-8533. Content is available for syndication please contact the publisher for more details. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information is correct, neither the author nor publisher can be held responsible for inadvertent inaccuracies or omissions. DWHA is published by DWHA Limited registered office 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, NI 7GU


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Inspired Planning your dream wedding? Scroll through this library of creative ideas, for a day that really brings out the best of you

To polish off your bridal style, it is the smaller things that really count. This dainty trinket bracelet by Ted Baker will glitter by day or evening light. Glam up your look with intricate accessories and pick up on the colour scheme in the slightest of details (Bracelet,

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Save the date with a selection of beautiful handpicked stationery designs

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Editor’s Picks A Royal Affair Tulip Fever Summertime Sensation Wedding Stationery The Four Elements Tiers of Joy DWHA Award Winners

Editor’s Picks

Embroidered detail

Style essentials and ones to watch

This decorative bracelet, is just the right statement piece for your magical celebration (£POA,

Stellar Pearls

Starburst faux pearlembellished earrings provide a classic, finishing touch to your attire (Fallon, £250,

It's a plan !

David C Phography

Ensure everything is in order with a structured planning book (£22,

Put a ring on it

Tinted jewels, spiral settings and distinct engraving, assemble your ideal contemporary ring with Jewlr (£POA,


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Berta Bridal F/W 2018

Beta Bridal’s 2018 collection is the epitome of testing boundaries in the world of fashion. Berta's sexy, avant-garde style is particularly showcased in her latest collection of bridalwear. From low cut pieces to lace detailing, the vintage materials showcase Berta’s artistic retro style approach. Her bold, modern fit is what makes Berta a bridal powerhouse in international fashion. With so many unique pieces to choose from, you’re bound to find the dress of your dreams


Garden light

Essentials for her...

Erica Elizabeth


This necklace comprises blades of grass moulded into moon metal — a first-class addition to a contemporary elegant wedding (£380,

Sunny vibes

Shine as bright as the dazzling sun in a lemoncoloured floral blouse while you soak up some rays on your honeymoon (£POA,

Like a Queen

Dress like royalty, in a flower embossed jewelled crown (£900,

Forever floral

Sleep tight

Violeta and Wren

Santorini Bag, £50,

Embellished earrings

Nothing says, ‘lavish wedding’, more than the perfect pair of showstopping earrings — bring on the hoops! (

Keep calm

Massage away any wedding planning stress with this facial contour definer, to ensure you are the picture of radiance on your big day (£39.99,

Indulge in your honeymoon suite with silk pyjamas caressing your skin (£POA,

Vintage inspiration

Be the epitome of bohemian beauty in this YolanCris's Spring Summer 2018 collection (£POA,

'Niki' champagne clutch, £185,

Snaps in the sun

Create everlasting memories on your romantic adventure and honeymoon with this adorable unique 360° camera (£299.99,

Zita's gown

This ethereal tulle gown, radiates sophistication. The perfect occasion wear dress for a special wedding guest (£POA,

Lovebirds slippers, £90,



Essentials for him...

Royal cuffs

Wear the crown on your sleeves with these red and gold detailed cufflinks (£325,

Guarantee your groom looks up to scratch with these stunning men's fashion pieces

Boglioli blazer, £570,

Reiss 'Black Oudh', £55,

'Basel Kudu' shoes, £POA,

Seal the deal

Shirt, £140,

Add a dash of elegance with this rose gold lapel pin and 18-carat gold pin — very suave

Simon Carter

'Aikon Bronze' watch, £1,175,

'Figo' shoes, £160,

Finishing touches

Forget ordinary, go sophisticated with a matching bow ties and cufflinks (Bow tie, £85, (

Decide your destination Stuck on where to go on honeymoon? Have a spin and see where the globe takes you! (£69.95,

What's in the box? A well groomed groom!

Ted Baker brass cufflinks, £49,


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Make sure your look and smell your best for the big day, with a range of gifts from the Rock Box package (£POA,


A Week in Paradise…


Escape to The Bahamas

A treasure chest of sights and activities hidden in the Atlantic…make the most of your time in this heavenly archipelago with our useful seven-day itinerary





Did you know?

The name 'Bahamas' comes from the Spanish words 'baja mar,' meaning shallow water or sea

Natural beauty




DAY ONE: SAIL AWAY… Personalise your boat excursion to fit your needs and establish memories that will last a lifetime. To enjoy an intimate time with your significant other, opt for a romantic stay on the private islands. Alternatively, for that extra dose of adventure for those intrepid travellers, have a go at deep-sea fishing and see what you can catch. DAY TWO: THE BAHAMAS FROM BELOW Wake up to an underwater world of tropical coral blankets and sunken shipwrecks with the most prestigious diving operator in New Providence. Stuart Coves has expert experience in PADI courses; day snorkelling trips and even non-swimmers can join the fun on a personal submarine tour. Each excursion offers an extraordinary interaction with the colourful patchwork of Bahamian sea life ( DAY THREE: A PIRATE’S LIFE Experience “The Golden Age of Piracy” at the Pirates of Nassau Museum. Check out the history of the legendary Bahamian pirates. Then set off to John Watlings Distillery where the awardwinning rums are fermented and distilled from hand-cut, freshly pressed sugar cane molasses. DAY FOUR: THE DOLPHINS OF ATLANTIS Bring your dolphin dreams to life with an unforgettable educational experience at Atlantis Paradise Island. Dolphin Cay is a world-class marine habitat, home to sixteen rescue dolphins. The Ultimate Trainer programme allows you to work closely alongside professional animal trainers, who give you an invaluable insight into the conservation and rehabilitation of this beautiful aquatic species (

DAY FIVE: MARKET FIESTA Home to the finest Bahamian arts and crafts, Straw Market on Bay street, is decked with homemade crafts and one-ofa-kind conch-shell jewellery and wooden carvings fashioned by local artisans. One of the many stalls is sure to house the perfect authentic souvenir to remind you of your beautiful honeymoon. DAY SIX: PARTING THE BLUE SEAS The Glass Window Bridge of Eleuthera is nature’s true marvel. It is one of few places where you can compare the royal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the calm turquoise waves of the Exuma Sound. Join the Freedom Tours bus ride to catch the glimpse of the breath-taking panoramic views and create eternal memories with your loved one. DAY SEVEN: PIGS IN PARADISE Slung like pearls in a pristine island chain, in The Exumas it is easy to appreciate the luxury of life’s simplicities. Splash around in the shallows with Big Major Cay’s famous swimming pigs, whose settlement is a mystery still unknown. All your creature comforts will be satisfied as you join them for a once in a lifetime experience (


Swimming with the pigs is the ultimate unique activity for your honeymoon!


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A Royal

Affair Fall in love with this enticingly elegant styled shoot, captured on a clear winter’s day in the Netherlands Photography by RiCon Fotografie

This historic venue is situated on the magnificent Huis de Voorst estate, with outstanding gardens, an old moat and a French Bridge


A balance of warm and cold shades were used to create a contemporary feel

Pop the champagne! Whether you’re opening your first bottle as a married couple or toasting your new life together, make sure these moments are photographed


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Classic glamour


Get the

Look Bridal headband, £POA,

Always pay attention to the little details — often they make the largest of differences!

Jonathan Simkhai ruffled tiered lace dress, £1,124,

“Beaubelle” shoes, £99,

For him

31’ by Albert Einstein shoes, £205,


// Venue Landgoed Huis de Voorst, Pastry shop & Wedding cake Landgoed Huis de Voorst, Hair & Makeup Michelle Alders, Photographer RiCon Fotografie, Videographer De Wedding Filmer, Styling & Flowers Florabel, Bridal shop Bruidspaleis, Groom’s suit Diya Tailors, Flautist Fluitist Paul Smithuis, Live Painting Susan Mertens Art, Jeweller Art Object Edel-Smid,




Fever Inspired by the Deborah Moggach novel and recent film, this breathtaking shoot fuses rustic beauty with impeccable opulence Photography by Fiona Kelly Photography

The story of Tulip Fever focuses on a love triangle between a Dutch Nobleman, his wife, and the artist commissioned to paint her portrait at the height of the Tulip flower boom in Holland


A still from the movie featured Alicia Vikander’s character in a royal blue dress with a white lace collar. This inspired the colour palette of the shoot

Lots of Delft blue accessories were sourced and used in unusual ways

The chosen palette was Delft blue and white, as it is quintessentially Dutch. Elizabeth’s vision was for the florals to be clean, crisp and contemporary, but with an organic feel

In the 17th-century, when Tulip Fever was set, tulips were traded as precious commodities in Holland. A single bulb could go for as much as £300,000!


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INSPIRED Four varieties of white tulips were used, including parrot and frilly tulips sourced from Smith and Munson. Overall, an outstanding 3,000 flowers and bulbs were used!

Get the


Amrapali multi-stone earrings, £4,600,

We adore the tulip canopy, matching stationery, and hand-painted cakes and cookies

Valentino embellished tulle gown, £13,285,

‘Catherine’ heel, £POA,

The location was Alice’s, from All in One Season, a Dutch-style showroom and home, built by her carpenter husband

Primrose & Plum glass tumblers, £9,


// Photographer Fiona Kelly Photography, Concept, Cakes & Styling Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, Flowers & Styling Alice Calcasola van der List of All in One Season, Props & Styling Deborah of Wedding Day Hire, Hair & Makeup Botias, Dress Marco & Maria at Morgan Davies Bridal, White Chairs Rosetone Event Hire, Stationery Ananya Cards, Crockery, Glasses & Cutlery Classic Crockery, Model Lillie Bernie,




Bursting with refreshing colours and fragrant florals, this styled shoot depicts a tropical ambience in a rural English setting Photography by Annie Carys

Choosing a colour palette that’s unususal or unique is an ideal way to make your wedding stand out. Complementary shades, such as baby blue and blood orange, provide a glowing ensemble for enviable photographs

Sunrise vibes A flower crown is the perfect addition for a boho bride. Although roses are popular for romance, don’t be afraid to experiement with some of your favourite blooms


// Stylist Brittany Doran, Flowers Brandon from Bunches & Bows, Photography Annie Carys Photography, Dresses Ellie Elizabeth’s Bridal Boutique, Venue Hockwold Hall, Stationery Project Pretty, Accessories Party Pieces,


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Stationery From contemporary calligraphy to traditional letterpress, these illustrious wedding stationery companies will offer you dazzling designs to seamlessly set the tone of your wedding day


Delivering exquisite handmade wedding and event stationary, Sijara Designs are a family-run business that strives for excellence. Their innovative and intricate designs are tailored specifically to suit you and your partner. With over decade of experience, the expert and dedicated team will ensure that your wedding day preparations are simple and stressfree. Their studio, based in Birmingham, invites you to come and see and feel the quality of their beautiful products for inspiration (


Offering the latest imaginative stationery creations, Appleberry Press remain at the forefront of wedding product design. To really begin to see the true quality of the products, the awardwinning designers encourage you to order a sample package of your favourite designs in the early stages. They also offer a personalised appointment service to listen and discuss ideas, to ensure you play a key role in the outcome (


Sessy Watkins built her bespoke stationery business after a lasting hobby creating designs for friends and family. Her passion flourished, delivering the finest quality handcrafted products, from ‘save the date’ to ‘thank you’. Her unique and personalised service creates the perfect design, paper type, and consistent font and colour palette to suit your taste. Not only this, but her recyclable products are locally sourced from forests where trees are replanted, ensuring her sustainable enterprise prioritises giving back to you and the environment (


“Our passion is to create beautiful, handcrafted, personalised wedding stationery. Our mission is to delight, with design, quality of service and speedy delivery. Our range of stationery covers everything from a ‘Save the date’ to the day itself. We take the stress out of wedding planning with a dedicated project manager for each individual project. We have an eclectic and evergrowing range of designs, We love hearing your ideas and bringing them to life!” (


The Four Elements

Marinette Saint Tropez hanging fish tealight holder, £58,

Mermaid seashell crown headpiece, £193.44, ScarletHarlow at

Infused by the power and beauty of the natural world, let these accessories whisper ancient tales as you toast to a ceremony worthy of the Greek Gods Earrings, £POA, Pearl bracelet, £99, Waterford flute glass, £105; crystal tumblers, £65, Iittala plate, £29,

Nautical wedding invitations, £POA, plpapers at

Eichholtz candle holder, £1,095,

Water Inspiration

Mirror and echo the ocean’s waves with shimmering shell, pearl and crystal decorations…an aquatic sensation


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‘Eden’ sandals, £1,450,

Alexander Wang crop top, £444, Gucci pleated skirt, £975,


White floral wedding invitations, £POA, Flower crown, £POA,

‘Save the Date’ cards, £45,

Hanging terrarium pot, £30,

Versace ‘Medusa’ gala plate, £61,

Pols Potten twiggy candle holder, £112,

French Connection v-neck dress, £185, Grace cheese wedding cake, £299, Nº21 velvet crystal sandals, £615,

Parlaneheart baskets, £79.50, Versace two-tier cake stand, £314,

Antique gold lantern with battery candle, £POA,

Earth Inspiration

Step into a secret garden bursting with life. Use blooming flower garlands and wicker furniture to create an earthy forest feel


Alice Stewart necklace, £120, Authentic Models hot air balloon, £15,

Bridal headband, £POA,

Tiree Dawson Photography

Chapel Cards ‘Mr and Mrs’ wedding planner, £20.50,

‘The Immaculate’ bouquet, £POA,

Zimmermann Lovelorn Flutter cotton dress, £665,

Champagne bubbles, £12.50,

‘Marie’ wedding cake, £POA,

Hot air balloon cake toppers, £7, Pelemele at



Rise above expectations with an angelic white colour palette and fresh ethereal scents to really blow your guests away


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Le Labo ‘Thé Noir 29’ eau de parfum, £120,

Caroline Lukehurst silver bird rings, £90,

‘Aurrora’ court shoes, £70,

Bric-à-Brac bird jar, £7.19, Tweety pie cake stand, £64,

INSPIRED Red silk rose garland, £15.27, TheBridesBouquet at

Ark notebook, £15,

Versace ‘Medusa’ pendant earrings, £435,

Aedes de Venustas ‘Pélargonium’ eau de parfum, £210,

‘Naked Heat’ eyeshadow palette, £39.50,

Versace ‘Medusa’ service plate, £170,

‘The Ava’ ring, £POA,

The Handmade Soap Company grapefruit & may chang candle, £15.95,

Antler candleholder, £40,

Ted Baker cut out shoulder dress, £159,

AmberSauna amber dust, £POA,

‘Confession’ lipstick, £POA,

Get the party started

Waterford cut mixology decanter, £240; crystal tumblers, £115,

Ignite the night with this pot of gold. Throw the magic dust into the embers and watch the fire pit spark with flickering flames

Dsquared2 pumps, £685,

Fire Inspiration

Ablaze with rich gold embellishments against deep red hues, set your celebration alight with a truly regal display


Tiers of Joy Create a colour scheme with soft pastels, or make a statement with bold shades and abstract shapes. These bespoke cake creations are dressed to impress

This elegant teacup tower is a true representation of British tradition. Its quaint style will add regal charm to the dessert selection... the perfect sweet supplement for any royal wedding tea!


Add some adornments on a beautifully decorated cake. We love petals or flowers on an iced or naked design



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Photo Tiree Dawson



Icing on the cake

As well as the grace of sugar roses and orchids, edible leaves can shine in the sunlight, giving an opulent radiance to the overall look 1 Tea Cupcake, 2 Golden Pineapple, 3 Abstract Earth, 4 Ophelia, 5 Marble Blush, 6 Dessert tower,


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Something new Strip your cake bare, personalise it with handwriting, or opt for a cheesier choice. These trends will make your cake stand out from the crowd!



Iced gem

Alexa Loy Photography

Create texture at the base with sugary encrusted candies

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Feeling fruity?

Savoury twist

Having cheese wheels as tiers makes a tasty alternative to sugary traditions

Opt for juicy decorations and fresh flowers for a natural zest

7 Naked cake, 8 Cookie Lollipops, 9 Grand Budapest, 10 Midsummer Night’s Dream, 11 What’s a Marriage - Poem by Bespoke Verse, 12 Fresh Fruit and Flowers Cake, 13 Fourtissimo!,





We have tracked down top-notch talent from all over the globe. From expert wedding planners to enchanting photographers, discover the wedding you have always dreamed of.


Sassi Holford, England


UK & IRELAND Litu, Scotland



Peter Rowen Weddings, Republic of Ireland


Delphine Manivet, France

The Perfect Wedding Company, England

Christophe Viseux, France




Costarelllos, Greece


Tuscan Wedding, Italy


Gert Van De Merwe, South Africa

Aura Events, Kenya



Galia Lahav, Israel


Celest Thoi, Malaysia


Jenny Lee Bridal, California


Grace Loves Lace, Queensland


Yes Events, UAE


The Wedding Bliss, Thailand


Ian Abdilla, Malta


Debbie Lourens, South Africa


MelRish Photos & Film, UAE


John Lin, Singapore


Events by Helena, Canada

Brian Dorsey Studios, New York



Nightingales Wedding Planning, NSW


Marcelo Silva, Brazil


Heather Jones, Trinidad & Tobago

4TW, Dominican Republic

Fiander Foto, Bermuda







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Orlando’s Restaurant and Bar, St. Lucia

Jennifer Patrice, England

Hours Weddings, Gibraltar

White Light Production, Jamaica

Claire Mountain, Wales

Furaveri Resort & Spa, The Maldives








Llangoed Hall, Wales


Chateau de La Ligne, France

The Omnia, Switzerland


Mons Calpe Suite, Gibraltar




Monate Game Lodge, South Africa


Richards Hair & Beauty, Gibraltar

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, UAE

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, UAE


Lisa Brown, South Africa


Anantya Resort, India

Hotel Clarks Shiraz, India



Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua, Bali

Candy Tiong, Singapore


Furaveri Island Resort, Maldives

Coco de Mer, Seychelles

NORTH AMERICA Ted Gibson, New York


St. Regis Punta Mita, Mexico

Enchanted Barn, Wisconsin



Point Grace, Turks & Caicos



Pam Wrigley, England

Lynette Murrey, Nothern Irland

Richards Hair & Beauty, Gibraltar

Lisa Brown, South Africa

Styling by Susan Sutherland, UAE


Elena Novitskaya, Brazil




The Samaya, Bali

Brinsop Court Estate, Herefordshire


AquaGrand, Greece


Diamonds Star of the East, Tanzania




Mount Irvine Bay Resort, Tobago


Lucy Lu Beauty, Bahamas





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Royal Wedding Inspiration from

Heather Benge Events Glamorous elegance and beautiful details sit hand in hand in this styled shoot based on Heather Benge’s predictions and suggestions for the royal wedding


or the royal wedding theme, I would choose a sophisticated, white palette with a hint of blush and creamy yellow. It would have just enough contrast to give the overall feel some depth, but not too much colour as it distracts from the elegance. For the details, I think the royal family crest should be a huge part of the celebration. Especially with Meghan being a calligrapher, this will probably be incorporated into their stationery. IF THE COUPLE WASN’T GETTING MARRIED AT WINDSOR CASTLE, I would recommend a gorgeous English horse stable! Horses are such a huge part of the royal family that I think the rolling hills and views of a farm would make the most stunning wedding. For their honeymoon, they should go somewhere they have never been and take in the local sights and food. MY TOP TIP TO MEGHAN AND HARRY is to enjoy the day and enjoy each other. There is so much pressure on the couple in the public eye that it’s easy to forget the marriage is much more important than the wedding day. It will go by in the blink of an eye and no matter what happens on the day of, who approves or who doesn’t, remember your love for each other at this special point of your lives!

“ The rolling hills and views

of a farm would make the most stunning wedding ”


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Rural trimmings

Gold and floral accents, resting against a rustic backdrop is the perfect picture of opulence


Dress to impress Heather predicts that Meghan will wear a long-sleeved gown that is perfectly fitted and has a captivating train

All in the details

We adore the touches of gold that bring a sense of royalty to this colour scheme. It’s luxurious, elegant and beautifully bridal


// Planning & Design Heather Benge Events, Photographer Julie Paisley Photography, Venue Windwood Equestrian, Flowers CeCe Designs, Hair & Makeup The Hair & Makeup Collective, Stationary/Calligraphy Gracefully Made Art, Dress Heidi Elnora, Vintage China Rentals Tea & Old Roses, Cake Cakes by Kim,



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Royal Wedding Inspiration from

LLG Events


t LLG Events, we are always pushing ourselves to think creatively and outside the box. When we first thought about a royal wedding concept, we immediately wondered how we could make this different. So, we decided to throw a royal wedding photoshoot here in New York City. From our initial design meeting with Ceci New York and Tantawan Bloom, we started thinking of royal colours and predictions of what could be the next trendsetting, timeless designs of 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be defining bridal fashion and design trends for the next generation of couples. TO BEGIN OUR INSPIRATION FOR THE SHOOT, we looked back at the royal family bloodline, researching their attire, jewels and traditions. We also began researching Meghan and noticed her love for peonies. We knew this had to be a major focal in the floral design. Tantawan Bloom included fuschia orchids, white cherry blossoms, and a gold tree structure along with blush and ivory roses. We continued to incorporate rich colours, such as ultraviolet, pantone’s colour of the year, and then added muted whites, bronze and gold.

“ Prince Harry and Meghan

Markle will be defining bridal fashion and design trends for the next generation of couples ”


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Brett Matthews Photography

The luxury wedding design firm outline how impeccable a royal wedding in New York would be, as showcased by this styled shoot they pulled together

INCORPORATING BLACK as an accent colour was our modern approach to the design. We added this into the black lacquer boxes of custom cake tins, the outer envelopes of the invitations, the menus, and throughout the place cards. We kept the invitation classic, mimicking the style Prince William and Kate used for their wedding. The cake, designed by Ron Ben Israel, incorporated black and gold, which carried over from the florals and stationery to the place settings. WE WANTED TO LEAVE SOME TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS in the shoot, which is why we chose Lotte New York Palace Hotel. We tried to find a setting that mimicked the interior opulence of Windsor Castle and the classic elegance that England is known for. As we could not recreate Harry’s military uniform, we chose a classic custom-made morning suit provided by Alton Lane. For the bride, we went for an elegant lace dress designed by Romona Keveza. It covered the model’s shoulders and had a detachable train with deep backline, which would complement Meghan’s signature hairstyle perfectly. For the reception dress, we went with Dennis Basso’s creation of soft pink and tons of sparkle. The dresses were sourced and prepared by The Stylish Bride, and we would recommend every bride to have their own personal stylist on the wedding day! AFTER AN ENORMOUS CELEBRATION, we wouldn’t be surprised if the couple ended up in Gozo. A small, discrete, romantic island off the coast of Malta, it is private, unknown and untouched by many tourists. Overall, our advice for the royal couple is to choose the right team of vendors. A team that not only works hard, but are also the right fit amongst each other. When everyone is thinking as a collective, the possibilities are endless.

Brett Matthews Photography


“ We continued to incorporate rich

colours, such as ultraviolet ... and then added muted whites, bronze and gold ” Brett Matthews Photography

Opulent settings

“ Incorporating

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A stately and historic landmark on Madison Avenue, Lotte New York Palace would be the perfect venue for a royal celebration, especially a wedding!

black as an accent colour was our modern approach to the design”


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An interview with

Jennifer Goberdhan Signature Weddings

Owner of the Trinidad and Tobago-based wedding planning agency, Jennifer Goberdhan discusses her recommendations for the royal wedding


eghan and Harry certainly do not fit the mould of the classic royals in personality or style. Therefore, personalisation is key! Apart from the obligations necessitated by protocols, they must infuse their charm into the celebration, décor and wedding couture. They must make the food, entertainment and florals their own style! FOR THEIR THEME, I would choose a neutral palette of whites, ivory and pinks, paired with luxe gold and sparkling silver. Crystals will make the ideal accents, as the wedding is taking place in Spring. For the flowers, they should use a combination of towering arrangements, flower-decked gold candelabras, floral-dripped crystal chandeliers and compote arrangements in crystal urns. This will create an energised reception space and would certainly infuse a modern-day appeal that complements the couple. Florals in season is always a good idea as the quality of the blooms will be at their finest. CLASSIC WEDDING ELEMENTS would be represented in the linen choices, glasses, cutlery and dinner plates. The place settings could be enhanced with gold-rimmed charger plates, acrylic table numbers and name cards, bespoke monogrammed linen napkins and crystal votives. A mirrored bar is a great contemporary feature that would take the cocktail hour to the next level. The couple can opt for a classic tiered wedding cake, adorned with modern hand-painted elements and accented by sugar florals.

IF THE COUPLE WASN’T GETTING MARRIED AT WINDSOR CASTLE, I would recommend Hampton Court Castle in Herefordshire with its outstanding formal gardens. It’s water features, a maze, flowers and incredible forestry would provide the backdrop for spectacularly beautiful photographs. This castle has a wealth of historic character and has many options for a fairy tale wedding. For a luxury honeymoon, Ja Manafuru in The Maldives, with its gorgeous beach bungalow and lots of privacy, would be perfect. The bungalows are nestled among tropical greenery just steps away from a postcard white sand beach and breathtaking views. The resort boasts privacy, a foodie paradise, water sports and a calming spa. The couple can do as little or as much as they like. Alternatively, since Meghan loves Tuscan wine, maybe a short stopover in Tuscany at a private villa may be an option before jetting off to The Maldives!

“ They must infuse

their charm into the celebration, décor and wedding couture ”

AT WINDSOR CASTLE, a dress that is fashion-forward but still conveys fairy tale romance, would be very appropriate for the venue. A Monique Lhullier creation would be my design choice. On the other hand, Meghan may well break all the royal rules and wear something more feminine and tastefully seductive with a lot of romantic details. Additionally, for a second dress, she may err on the side of sleek and modern, which would reflect her present style.

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An interview with

Sharon Sacks

Internationally sought after with an impressive clientele list, Sacks Productions creates extraordinary events for some of the world’s elite. DWHA speaks to founder Sharon Sacks to hear her opinions on the royal wedding


f I were planning the royal wedding, one of the first things I would do is research Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to determine their day-to-day style as well as their likes and dislikes. I love in person meetings with my couples, as during this time a bond is built. These intimate conversations create a trust that allows my team and I to authentically represent our clients in all elements of the wedding. It is at that time the planning begins and we work with the couple to determine what will be woven into their wedding. Once the scope of the project has been determined, I would then reach out to the world’s finest vendors to assist in executing their monumental evening. Renderings and models of the event would also be prepared to present to the future Princess and Prince Harry! Once this is approved, the building begins.

“ I would choose a

neutral palette by candlelight, adorned with romantic details ” EACH WEDDING IS its own work of art. Working with royalty includes attention to protocol and media management. Royal weddings are viewed by the world with much anticipation. With that being said, we do not lose sight of the couple desires. Our goal is to create very intimate and private moments for Meghan and Prince Harry throughout their very public wedding day. WHEN A BRIDE AND GROOM are so in love, the less distraction from them, the better. For the reception design, I would choose a neutral palette lit by candlelight, adorned with romantic details. It would be a perfect backdrop for their ear-to-ear smiles and loving gazes. For the flowers, I would choose peonies, “The Queen of the Flower”. They are not only a perfect fit, but also Meghan’s favourite! I’d utilise voluminous blooms at varying stages coupled with at least one sprig of myrtle, to uphold the royal tradition.


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“ It will be a

honeymoon never to be forgotten ” FOR MEGHAN’S DRESS, I predict it will be bespoke, and created with coutelier Ralph & Russo as the designer! Their designs are perfect for our future Princess. I also think it would be incredible to have Ed Sheeran perform “Perfect” alongside Andrea Bocelli for the couple’s first dance — it would be so dreamy! IF THE COUPLE WASN’T GETTING MARRIED AT WINDSOR CASTLE, I would recommend a traditional English garden ceremony in London, with a modern twist. I imagine Princess Meghan and Prince Harry surrounded by fresh, vivid blooms and elegant décor. For example, Blenheim Palace would be magical. For their honeymoon, I would suggest The Maldives, as is it so private and romantic. The beaches and chilled vibes would be an incredible gift after their whirlwind celebration. For the second leg of the trip, I imagine them visiting the beauty of Africa and connecting to the magnificent landscapes and purity of the animals. “THEIR WEDDING IS SHARED WITH THE WORLD, and the world feels a part of it.” My first advice to the royal couple would be to carve out moments during the wedding that are intimate and just for the two of them. I believe Meghan and Harry are a perfect couple. A wedding is a dream of love and connection. When they find themselves at the altar, I recommend they take a moment to look back at the guests celebrating their union. Additionally, I would suggest Meghan to engage with her dress designer to embroider a special message to her husband in the lining of her gown that would be for his eyes only!

“ A wedding is a dream of love and connection ”


Sacks Productions, an internationally sought after event production company, understands the importance of life’s precious moments. Sharon Sacks, President and Founder of the Los Angeles-based event planning company, and her team dedicate themselves to making each and every event “its own piece of art” and have applied this unique perspective to create memories for hundreds of clients worldwide. It is with a keen eye and a sharp sensibility that Sacks Productions directs, orchestrates, conducts, coordinates and choreographs extraordinary events for some of the world’s most elite clients. From intimate gatherings to spectacular celebrations and with canvases ranging from the velvetroped glamour of Beverly Hills to the fanatical fervor of World Cup Soccer in Paris, Japan and Germany, no stage is ever too far or too grand for Sacks and her talented team.

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An interview with

Castleton Events Darla Walker, Creative Director and Principal Planner of Castleton Events, brings her expert knowledge to her predictions on the royal wedding


ust like I tell any of my brides, I would advise Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to enjoy the planning experience. Planning a wedding tends to be a stressful process, but finding the right planner will turn it into an experience they can look back on with good feelings. You’re creating a memory; be sure to work with the people who will make it a happy one.

IF THE COUPLE WEREN’T GETTING MARRIED AT WINDSOR CASTLE, I would recommend the vineyards at Castleton Farms. Alternatively, as I know how much they both love New York, I would suggest one of the beautiful old churches in the city. As I believe Meghan will go for a very natural look, I would choose neutral tones for a clean colour palette of champagne with some hints of green shades. As they are getting married in May, and I love peony and ranunculus combinations at that time of year, I would choose these for their floral arrangements. I would go with very traditional, softer florals — something with texture to it. Queen Anne’s lace, cabbage roses and champagne roses would be nice too.

“ Be sure to work with

the people who will make it a happy [memory] ”

I THINK MEGHAN will easily be able to add simple, contemporary touches to what is sure to be a very traditional ceremony. I believe we will see it in what she chooses for her attendants, in the floral arrangements, and in her own look for the day. For her attire, she may do something A-line or a sheath-style gown. Both would complement her beautiful figure very well. FOR THE ROYAL COUPLE’S HONEYMOON, I believe they will go somewhere tropical and private. However, if I were marrying a prince, I would get on that royal yacht and cruise around for a while!

“ I would choose neutral tones for a clean colour palette ”


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An interview with

Sumptuous Events Paris


oday, Sumptuous Events is among the most upscale and stylish production companies in Europe. We produce prestigious events, and our specialty is weddings. We have organised unique, tailor-made weddings all over the world, including New York, Phuket and Marrakesh. My personal mission is to make clients happy by creating beauty and perfection for them. The greatest joy is seeing the hard work and devotion pay off. Our secret to success is our belief that a great event depends on the divine energy and love wrapped into it. That is why I have always poured my heart and soul into every single production. I can claim that I have developed a visionary state of mind, with my French dramatic skills, some bold touches, and craziness. For my whole production and me, it is a real honour to say a few words about the upcoming royal wedding.

IT WOULD BE EXTRAORDINARY TO ORGANISE the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan. From the start, I would make sure to give them an incredible white glove treatment and show them my respect. For the first meeting, I would fly to the UK with my production team for the most refined Sumptuous tea time at Buckingham Palace. With approval from the Royal Family, I would have the tea served differently than normal. I would have sourced, tasted, and selected everything myself, from the fresh pastries and rare tea, to the refined tablescape of beautiful flowers. I would try to keep the meeting funny and down to earth, as I assume it can be tiring for them to be constantly put on a pedestal. But, before meeting Harry and Meghan in person, I would do extensive research regarding royal etiquette, and most of all, about Meghan’s taste. What colour does she love the most? What vision could she have? I would take the opportunity to present the team and invite each member to explain his or her role in the production. I would give Harry and Meghan a feeling of safety and confidence about their choice to plan the celebration in Paris.


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Jean Charles Vaneck of the elite wedding planner service, details how himself and his team would make the royal wedding so special

“ My personal

mission is to make clients happy by creating beauty and perfection for them”

I HAVE ALWAYS TREATED ALL PEOPLE around me with lots of respect, regardless of their background. Moreover, I expect to be treated as an equal, especially if my client feels my devotion towards my work and the incredible energy I invest to make their day so unique. I believe Prince Harry has been raised with those values. Most importantly, his mother was one of most incredible human beings. Princess Diana was a true example of class and an inspiration for all of us. What would be different to other weddings I organise is that I would have to follow background checks and security scanning. However, it would not be completely new for us. As our company has grown, we have started to work more and more with celebrity clients. I would ensure that everything provided is top notch, and beyond anyone’s expectations. I have the faith that my team and I have capacity, energy, and creativity to fulfill all their wishes. MOST WEDDING DESIGNERS would suggest the royal couple to opt for a very soft palette. However, I would first ask Meghan what she likes, encouraging her to follow her vision without thinking too much what would be considered appropriate. We have established a signature style with rich colours and textured fabrics, following the steps of famous interior designer Jacques Garcia. We are still developing our universe, as it takes time, but we never look too much at the work of the competition, in order not to limit ourselves.


“ I have always poured my heart and

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soul into every single production ”

“ Meghan’s sophisticated beauty goes for the best modern cut ”

IF I WERE BEING GIVEN AN UNLIMITED BUDGET for floral décor, I would transform a magnificent ballroom into a magical garden with the most vivid and extraordinary blossoms. The smell would be so persistent; it would invite guests to immerse themselves in a remote land of freedom and peace. I would create a stream to go through the room, with a calming noise and big enough for animation. I can envision Harry and Meghan arriving on a little wooden boat during the dinner, followed by white swans and peacocks. My vision includes floral walls from floor to roof, with hanging floral chandeliers, fairy lights, and candles. As a table centrepiece, I would imagine a composition that evolves during the dinner. It would start with spring season of reasonable size, but the composition would keep growing as the dinner progresses. There would be a team of floral waiters to add new elements to the composition as the guests enjoy each meal. Modern technology, such as videotaping, can make this concept unique and ground-breaking. THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL BE LOOKING at Prince Harry and Meghan during this wedding. Meghan is a gorgeous and inspiring woman, becoming an inspiration for many young girls who dream of becoming a princess. Thus, I would remind her that she has the power and influence to send important messages to younger generations. I would insist not to display too much show-off, but make it clear that a significant amount has been given to charity. Anything extravagant should be kept private and not shown publicly. At the church, I would suggest a duet of Sam Smith and Adele, as they both are incredibly talented and represent British spirit. In my view, the royal couple should pay honour to Harry’s dear mother, Diana, with some subtle touches.

FOR MEGHAN’S DRESS, I would spend an entire week with Meghan and her stylist to go through her wardrobes and understand which designer would make her stand out the most. I would invite several top designers to sketch the royal dream gown. My choice would be Dolce & Gabbana and Elie Saab, as they are famous for emphasizing the beauty of strong women with values and character. In my opinion, Meghan’s sophisticated beauty goes for the best modern cut, nothing extravagant, with an endless royal train, and elegant white fabric. For the church, I imagine her with a sublet veil, an incredible up do hairstyle and diamond earrings. IF THE ROYAL FAMILY HAS CHOSEN ME to design this wedding, they would already expect me to suggest them to break the bridal code, as it has been our landmark since the early days of Sumptuous Events. Although we love and highly appreciate tradition and etiquettes, it is essential to be part of the world evolution, and, to please ourselves when it comes to choices. I would encourage the royal family to have fun, and try not to overthink of a ‘royal’ production, but more to take it as a contemporary 2018 wedding. I would not suggest anything that might be imagined as ‘classic’ such as a white horse carriage. Prince Harry is known for his military service and involvement in numerous charitable causes, which I personally highly admire. He has followed the path of his mother, and I know he will continue this journey with his wife to be.


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“ I would also plan an intimate

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celebration with a short guest list ”

“ It is

the most beautiful day of their lives ”

IF THE COUPLE WASN’T GETTING MARRIED AT WINDSOR CASTLE, I would recommend Versailles Castle and would expect the French President to welcome the royal family with me. The private reception would be organised in the Hall of Mirrors — a venue full of grace and with much history. I imagine the royal family would want to have a public mass at Notre Dame de Paris. I already imagine how flamboyant it would be. It would bring lots of joy to the Parisians and the Mayor of Paris as well! Also, I would hold a more modern, outside ceremony too, by the Latona’s fountain, by The Metamorphoses by Ovide. It illustrates the story of Latona, the mother of Apollo and Diana, protecting her children from the insults of the peasants of Lycia and pleading with Jupiter to revenge her. It is also a symbol of the personal history of Prince Harry and Prince William. I would recommend the royal couple to stay at the Royal Monceau Palace, which is one of the most iconic and luxurious palaces in Paris. PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN had their first official date in staggering Botswana, known for its lily-flecked deltas, spectacular wildlife, and rivers collapsing in sands of the Kalahari deserts. They stayed in a beautiful Meno a Kwena tented camp, between the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta. As they are both adventurous, free spirits, and adore wildlife, I would propose a honeymoon safari in Kenya. I am sure they would enjoy observing elephants bathing in waterholes, scenic flights over the local salt pans and Meerkat safaris. ESSENTIALLY, PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN are going to celebrate love and happiness with their friends and families. It is a celebration of a profound love and an extraordinary moment. My most important tip would be to not forget that it is the most

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“ It is a

celebration of profound love and an extraordinary moment ”

beautiful day of their lives. Therefore, they should live in the present moment and listen to their hearts and intuition when making choices. I can only imagine how challenging it can be living their lives as they are constantly under the scrutiny of the world. Because of that, I would also plan an intimate celebration with a short guest list to let them enjoy their day with only the closest people. My advice would be to keep everything very secret, low key, and extremely simple. If I were to plan this, I wouldn’t share any single information about the location, menu, or even the floral design. It would be a very subtle and romantic event, where their love would embrace the minimal production. I have always known that grace comes from within and from above. I wish them both a long, happy and healthy life and a successful wedding. Lastly, I wish they shall keep inspiring all of us to shine the beauty we have inside. Pierre Sage


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An interview with

To Have and To Hold With over 20 years of wedding planning experience, the Bermuda-based wedding planning agency is committed to creating individual events with attention to detail. We speak to To Have and To Hold to discover how they would plan the royal wedding


f Meghan and Harry weren’t getting married at Windsor Castle, I would recommend to them an elegant ceremony in a beautiful garden setting. Gorgeous floral arrangements and lots of candles would surround the couple and their guests. The colour palette would be a sophisticated mix of violet, lavender, cream and ivory. THE FLOWERS would include lots of Peonies, English roses and Hydrangeas, along with single stem blooms in vintage bottles and gold vessels. This would add more drama and elegance to the tables, standing out in the reception. They would be of various heights and placed on the tables with gold mercury glass candles. I PREDICT THAT MEGHAN’S DRESS will be sleek with lots of movement. I believe that she will be very true to her style. To bring some contemporary elements to the special day, Meghan could be walked down the aisle by both her mother and father, or alternatively, just her mother. However, I think she should keep the tradition of wearing something old and something blue.

“ Floral arrangements and lots of candles would surround the couple ”

FOR THEIR HONEYMOON, the couple should jet off to Bermuda of course! Imagine the cool breeze blowing the lush palms and flowers, creating a relaxing natural song. Fall in love with the stunning picturesque beaches of soft sands and unique landscapes, and listen to the sound of the ocean gently rolling into the shore. There would be no stress, just the two of them in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. MEGHAN AND HARRY’S WEDDING DAY is going to be extra busy because of who they are. My top tip to them is to just relax and have fun. It’s important for them to enjoy their special day, just like everyone else!

“ Imagine the cool breeze blowing the lush palms and flowers”


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An interview with

Greek Dream Planners Anna Wilson, founder of Greek Dream Planners, discusses her royal wedding predictions, and explains why Greece is the ideal location for an intimate ceremony and private honeymoon


irst of all, I would like to congratulate Meghan and Harry on their engagement. On the special day, my top tip for them is to relax, be themselves and enjoy every second of it. As a Greek destination wedding planner, I would recommend a private villa for the couple if they weren’t getting married at Windsor Castle. At the villa, they could combine a luxurious stay with their private wedding ceremony and reception on the property’s land. Increasingly more royal and celebrity couples are choosing to have an intimate and private wedding. For example, a wedding in a villa on Mykonos, that has access by a helicopter or yacht, would be ideal for all the royal family to attend. I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE ROYAL COUPLE’S fashion style in general, so according to the colours they both look stunning in, I would create a palette based on their tastes. Overall, I would recommend a colour palette of white, royal blue and gold, as an all time classic combination. As they are both modern and very stylish, I would choose clean lines with a luxurious vibe. I would also take inspiration from the shape of her square diamond engagement ring by using geometrically shaped centrepiece decorations with single or two-coloured flower arrangements that follow the style trends of a gorgeous 2018 wedding.

“ Increasingly more royal and celebrity couples are choosing to have an intimate and private wedding ”


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I BELIEVE WE WILL SEE MEGHAN in a modern princess look with a straight-line minimal style dress with no lace. She has proven to be a fan of the minimalist style, with her wardrobe choices in the past featuring single colours and straight, clean lines. FOR THEIR HONEYMOON, I would suggest two places. The first is a geographical masterpiece and well known as ‘the capital of destination weddings’. It is of course Santorini, where they could stay in a beautiful private villa overlooking the caldera. Alternatively, a more private location that is dear to the royal family’s hearts is the island of Corfu. Again, they can hire a villa here within the forests of the north, overlooking the clear blue turquoise colour of the Ionian Sea.

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Melanie Fiander of the Bermuda based Fiander Foto, describes how she would photographer the royal wedding if honoured with the task


he love shared between a couple on their wedding day is the main focal point for any wedding photographer. For me, it would be important to not only capture the love between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but also the love they share with their family and friends. This can be accomplished by photographing all the different stages of their day. I would start by capturing Harry, Meghan, and their bridal party getting ready for the ceremony, along with details of the dress, the groom’s attire, their shoes, accessories, and rings. The getting ready stage is a great opportunity to photograph touching moments of the bride and groom’s family or friends helping them, with either fastening a button on the back of her dress, or adjusting the cufflinks on the Prince’s shirt. THE ARRIVAL OF PRINCE HARRY, his family, and the couple’s wedding guests at St. George’s Chapel would yield fabulous photographs of everyone coming together to celebrate this historic occasion. A key photograph will be Meghan walking down the aisle, as well as Prince Harry’s reaction to his bride. Harry and Meghan may opt for a traditional early morning ceremony, which would be followed by their first public appearance as husband and wife, a luncheon reception, a private dinner, and perhaps fireworks to top off the night. Alongside capturing these events, I would take their bridal portraits approximately 30 minutes before sunset, when


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“ The getting ready

stage is a great opportunity to photograph touching moments” the natural light is soft and golden. I would also recommend planning an epic “exit” shot, when the newly weds exit the Chapel. Whether the royal couple exits St. George’s Chapel under the release of white doves or rose petals being tossed, this could be a nice moment to capture as they take their first steps as husband and wife. I PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS with a candid eye and I also take traditional portraits, which allows me to deliver a nice variety of images to the bride and groom. I enjoy working with prime lenses because they create a sharper image, as opposed to a zoom lens. For the most part, I work under natural light and would describe my lighting style as soft. In terms of composition, the use of line and shape also plays a big part in my images. I tend to create a design with a simple colour palette, so the bride and groom are the main focal points. I would use these same techniques for capturing Harry and Meghan’s big day.


SOMETIMES IT CAN BE awkward having your photo taken, particularly on your wedding day. For me to capture a couple’s personality and the emotions shared between them, it helps when they feel comfortable in front of my lens. Although Harry and Meghan are not strangers to the camera, they will still be a young couple in love experiencing butterflies on their wedding day. To help set them at ease during their bridal portrait session, I would use a game called “Show Me Your You”. Essentially, I have a stack of cards with different scenarios for the couple to act out. The scenarios range from reenacting scenes from movies to asking one person to make the other laugh by only moving their eyebrows, hands, or sharing their best dance moves. It provides a bit of humour during the shoot, allowing the couple to take their minds off the camera. WHEN IT COMES TO FASHION, Meghan has very classy taste. She recently wore a stunning Alexander McQueen suit, which is the same fashion brand that the Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding day. Perhaps Ms. Markle will also opt for an Alexander McQueen design? On the other hand, there has been talk of Inbal Dror submitting designs for the wedding dress. Regardless of what fashion brand Meghan chooses, I’m sure her dress will be elegant and timeless. WITH A NUMBER OF HARRY’S RELATIVES having wed at Windsor Castle, I think it’s great that the couple are carrying on the tradition. Although, if the couple were to choose a different location, I would recommend two locations. The first is the Coral Beach Club in Bermuda, which is situated right on the ocean and boasts traditional Bermudian Architecture. The second would be Ca’Marcello, a private Venetian Villa in the Veneto region of Italy. The villa is an excellent example of Palladian style architecture and is very well maintained. I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at Ca’Marcello this past summer and the venue was breath-taking.

“ I’m sure her

dress will be timeless and elegant ” My recommendation for a honeymoon location would be my island home of Bermuda! For those who love to spend time on or in the water, our island offers pink sandy beaches, clear blue and turquoise waters, and numerous dive and scuba sites among shipwrecks and coral reefs. Bermuda is situated atop a mid-ocean volcanic seamount; the surrounding waters also provide unique deep-sea fishing opportunities! With Bermuda being a British Overseas Territory, the island’s nine parishes are steeped in rich history and culture dating back to 1609. PHOTOGRAPHING A WEDDING is truly a collaboration between the photographer, the couple, and the wedding planner(s). When the day-of schedule is well thought out and everyone is in sync, that is when the photographic magic happens! My top tip for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be to simply allow for plenty of time during the day so that each special moment may be photographed and enjoyed.

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rident Castle in Portland, Jamaica would be perfect for Meghan and Harry if they weren’t getting married at Windsor Castle. It has an air of exclusivity and more importantly, it looks a lot like Frogmore House! This venue would allow a deck into the ocean where the couple could get married in the Caribbean Sea with the castle as a backdrop. We can visualise Meghan descending the steps that are adorned in romantic flower garlands. As she walks onto the plexiglass deck, the loving Caribbean sun enhances her beauty and Prince Harry swoons at the sight of his angelic bride. OVERALL, WE WOULD RECOMMEND A THEME based on Meghan’s home interior, which is contemporary. We would suggest a white, blush, peach and chrome colour palette with a variety of textures and subtle hints of greenery. For the flowers, they should opt for a soft romantic, pulled from a garden look. The bouquet would contain a nice assortment of flowers and foliage, looking more hand-tied than carefully crafted. It would consist of peonies, roses, lily of the valley (in honour of Princess Diana) and the traditional sprig of myrtle.

“ The couple

could get married in the Caribbean Sea ”

WE THINK THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND HARDWARE — chairs, tables and flatware — can be on the modern side, with smooth, straight lines of white and mirrors, instead of heavy golds. Crystal chandeliers would bridge the gap between the modern and classic. The florals and centrepieces would be the classic element, mixed in with candles of various sizes. MEGHAN HAS A WHIMSICAL, yet classic taste towards wedding dresses, but as we know, a royal wedding has to lean more towards the traditional side. Caroline Herrera or Maggie Sottero would


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“ Crystal chandeliers

would bridge the gap between the modern and the classic ” be the safe options for this. However, Ralph & Russo would be our wild card favourite. They have the ability to turn a classic design into a statement piece, which Meghan could pull off well. MEGHAN’S LOVE OF WINE makes us want to say that a private island off the Amalfi Coast would be idyllic for the honeymoon, but since we are from an island of paradise, we would have to say Jamaica! We have so many hideaways, private lagoons, and secluded villas with private beaches, which would allow the couple to enjoy their honeymoon undisturbed from prying eyes. OUR TOP TIP for the couple would be to have their own personal rooms, decorated to their style, where they don’t have to share together and can kick off their shoes and simply be. We are sure a life in the public eye can erode the amount of time that actually spend alone, so we would definitely advise that quality time together is just as important as personal space.




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he perfect colour palette for the royal wedding would be white and ivory with a touch of blue — a well-known royal colour. The blue can also be used on the wedding stationery. Royal tradition has a specific etiquette for invitations, but a modern day Princess should be able to choose a small detail, like a dash of colour. Additionally, it would be lovely for the couple to reinterpret the timeless tradition of English teatime. Taking the classic designs of English teacups, they could adapt them to create contemporary versions. MEGHAN’S WEDDING DRESS should be elegant, important and made with classic prestigious fabrics. However, it can be contemporary too. For example, blue hand-painted English roses could give the dress a lace effect in some significant points, such as the collar and shoulder. With bridal designer, Mrs Chiara Vitale, we have created special dresses for the wedding. For the ceremony, a bustier dress in duchess fabric with a wide skirt and tail, covered by a frock coat. A light veil completes the look, where the end resumes this work of painting and embroidery. We’ve also created a dress for the reception — a blue dress of silk crépon with a mix of bias draping in the back, and a long tail! FOR THE CAKE, our proposal prepared by cake designer Mami Louise, is four-tiered. It would be decorated with toile de jouy prints on sugar sheets, a silver airbrush colour, and coordinated with wafer paper flowers. It would of course be a banana cake, as that’s Meghan and Harry’s favourite flavour! WITH ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ITALIAN FLOWER DESIGNERS, Alberto Menegardi, we realised a special bouquet for Meghan. It includes myrtle (for the royal


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“ It would be lovely for the

couple to reinterpret the timeless tradition of English teatime” tradition), lily of the valley, carnation of poets, hyacinth, English roses, buttercups, thyme, branched roses, jasmine, asparagine, bouvardia, wild fennel, alstroemeria, eucharis, wax flower and helleborus. IF THE ROYAL COUPLE HAD CHOSEN ITALY for their wedding, I would suggest a historic and romantic location, such as Castello degli Angeli. Situated near Bergamo, this venue has a beautiful park and spectacular nave of a deconsecrated church. It would be perfect for the royal wedding due to the possibility of ensuring maximum privacy. For the religious ceremony, I would absolutely suggest Bergamo’s Cathedral for its historical relevance and amazing beauty. For their honeymoon, I would recommend a very remote place to visit, such as the Afar Triangle in East Africa. The region is thought by some paleontologists to be the cradle of the evolution of humans. After this, I would suggest a relaxing week in Mozambico. MY TOP TIP for the couple is to be themselves. People all over the world love their breaking of traditional choices, so their day should be a contemporary and up-to-date celebration. I suggest that day continue making choices with their heart. British and American traditions can coexist in a fabulous, romantic and memorable royal setting.

An interview with

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would provide the perfect scenery for a fairy tale ” spectacular mountain restaurants would be a perfect end to an unforgettable destination wedding in Switzerland.


or the royal wedding theme, I believe soft cream and rose colours would go perfectly with Meghan’s style and look. I visualise her in a mermaid or A-line dress with lace — something that is romantic and modern, but not over the top. Having an amazing videographer is definitely something they should consider. Not only is it so much fun, but it also keeps the emotions of the day shared forever. During the ceremony, I suggest playing songs that tell something personal of their very own love story. I think that here, you can easily put your own stamp on the wedding. AS AN ALTERNATIVE VENUE TO WINDSOR CASTLE, I would recommend a Swiss royal wedding, holding it in the beautiful Engadine Valley. If there was a choice of dates, I would definitely suggest the winter season of course! It would provide the perfect scenery for a fairy tale. We would start the bachelor party at the famous Dracula Club in St. Moritz. It is the place to party, and I even met a European royal there myself! After the ceremony and a horse and carriage ride, they would hold their reception in Le Grand Hall of Badrutt’s Palace. It has high ceilings and a beautiful panorama over the lake of St. Moritz, where horse races and a polo tournament take place in winter. THIS WOULD BE FOLLOWED BY A FESTIVE DINNER at Hotel Kronenhof, built in 1848 and known as “The Grande Dame” of the hotels in The Engadine. In fact, Sergio, the Head Waiter, serves all his guests as if they were in fact Kings and Queens! On the following day, a Sunday brunch in one of the


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AFTER THE WEDDING, I would suggest spending more time in the beautiful Hotel Kronenhof. It has one of the finest spa facilities in the world, and is in a superb location in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The days can be spent skiing, hiking, riding in a horse and carriage, and eating delicious dinners. For the second part of their honeymoon, I would choose Zermatt, a popular village with the world’s most photographed mountain, the famous Matterhorn. It is car-free and offers spectacular slopes, various restaurants and excellent hotels. OVERALL, MY TOP TIP FOR THE ROYAL COUPLE is to make sure they have some private moments during the day. This will allow them to share their feelings of love and capture the precious moments (

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cotland has an abundance of fabulous venues, from castle estates and private homes to palaces. There are many obvious choices for the Royal Family to have a wedding at some Scottish residences, such as Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the Queen Mother; Scone Palace, where the kings of Scotland were crowned; Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of the Monarch; Balmoral, private property of the Royal family. But there are also beautiful secluded castles up in the glens of Scotland where you have total privacy and seclusion with true highland hospitality. For their honeymoon, I think Kenya would be a good choice. Prince Harry holds it dear to his heart and there are some wonderful holiday and honeymoon locations there. I WOULD SUGGEST A PINK AND CREAM COLOUR PALETTE to the royal couple, still very popular for late spring and early summer weddings. However, purple is the new trend and a royal colour, so this would work well also. For the flowers, peonies in May never fail alongside ranunculus — it’s the perfect match. I am sure the flowers will be beautiful full arrangements. Undoubtedly, there will be lots of classic elegant touches to the royal wedding, and I am sure Meghan and Prince Harry will encompass their own touches. Bringing a mix of American themes with British, Meghan may theme her tables differently, or have some fun elements with favours. I am sure the evening will have some different party features, after all they are both young and want to have a fun-filled, memorable day.

“ For the flowers, peonies in May never fail alonside ranunculus”


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I THINK MEGHAN’S DRESS will be an elegant mermaid style, perhaps with beaded lace appliques covering the shoulders and arms. Meghan has a wonderful petite figure that would look stunning in this, or a similar style. I think Meghan could also showcase a Canadian designer for her wedding gown, and then change for the evening using a British designer. OVERALL, MY TOP TIP is that they should put together a day full of their wishes and aspects they have both talked about. It’s a day for the rest of their lives in their memories. I understand there will be many traditions and protocols, but they should include special touches akin to them both and their respective traditions.

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or the royal wedding, I believe a rose gold colour palette would illuminate Meghan’s beautiful skin tone. The pink-tinted metal requires no adornment and is regal on its own. Another colour I believe would flatter the future princess is blush pink. It is symbolic, celebrating the heralds of spring during May. Cherry blossom trees would be in bloom and would work harmoniously, wrapping up the country in a pink haze and a gentle fragrance. I envision Meghan herself in a simple, elegant traditional ball gown with a touch of shimmer. THE HEAD TABLE would make a stylish statement, adorned with a fresh floral runner and dotted with candles. Each circular guest table would have elegant tall crystal candelabras, topped with a cloud of peonies and roses. An ingenious combination of blooms in different nuances would create an ombre effect. Clean lines with lots of floral arrangements and whimsical lighting would give the venue a fairy tale effect. MY TOP TIP FOR HARRY AND MEGHAN is to take it easy and enjoy their day! The moment is ephemeral, so take it all in and savour each moment. This is their day and it is something they will look back on throughout their life together. IF THE COUPLE WASN’T GETTING MARRIED AT WINDSOR CASTLE, I would recommend the Maltese islands! Rich in Biblical and nautical history, Malta has a close connection to the British Empire, once having been reigned by it. The islands are perfectly accentuated with exotic beaches, sprawling vineyards, glorious gardens and prestigious palaces and villas. Here are my top choices: Villa Bologna, Attard: The perfectly manicured gardens connect themselves to the historic San Anton Gardens, which house the President’s Palace. Villa Bologna offers storybook settings for the royal couple, from century-old orange orchards to

“ Wrapping up the country in a pink haze and a gentle fragrance ”

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An interview with

Joyce Barbour Joyce Barbour of Be Our Guest Wedding & Event Planner, based in Montana, USA, gives her opinions on the upcoming royal wedding

Venue I would plan a rustic outdoor Montana wedding at one of our many all-inclusive ranches. The ceremony would be in a meadow with a mountain backdrop, and guests would be seated on long wooden benches. Ms. Markle would arrive in a horse drawn carriage and the décor would include aspects of Montana’s Native American culture. The reception would be held under a tent, with long wooden tables and bench seating. The food would be a mix of American outdoor barbeque dishes with some English cuisine favorites!

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Venue If we were to choose an Italian city for this fairy tale, we can only think of Venice, unique in its beauty. Venice has remained timeless, a city without wheels, a metropolis of waterways, nostalgia, richness and romance. It is an extraordinary feast of heart-thumping, soul-stirring art, food and landscapes.

Colour Palette

Colour Palette

For a May wedding, I would choose a colour palette of Plumeria, Custom Tangerine, Sugar and Custom Peach.

A minimal chic style for the reception at Windsor Castle with white flowers and soft tones. There is always something magical about royal weddings that projects us into a fairy tale dimension, where everything is possible and dreams come true.

Floral Arrangements Tulips, Anemone, Ranunculus, Peonies and Roses. For the filler, I would incorporate some Dusty Miller, Heather and Bells of Ireland.

Dress A mermaid style gown of satin and lace with a high lace Victorian style collar, long sleeves, pearl buttons down the back, and a long lace panel train.


Cake It’s been reported that Meghan and Harry are planning on having a banana cake. Harry is said to love bananas, and Meghan shared a fruit-themed clue on her Instagram when the two were first dating.


For the classic traditions, I would bring back a penny in the bride’s shoe, hiding a charm in the wedding cake and the sweetness of the bride writing her groom a letter the night before the wedding. On the contemporary side, I love the use of lots of greenery at the chapel and reception, copper décor for warmth, and unique escort cards.

Something very different to Kate Middleton’s dress. We would like to see Meghan in a modern gown with simple lines and fewer frills, designed by Narciso Rodriguez. Rodriguez designed Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress and we think this will be the inspiration for Meghan. We imagine Meghan in a sophisticated and sexy dress, representing a perfect match between classic and contemporary.



To go with the Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s love of the outdoors, I would pick Taveuni, Fiji to enjoy the wonderful beaches, lush jungles, waterfalls and abundant wildlife.

We can only dream about Africa for them, where the couple shared many romantic moments. Perhaps they will travel to Botswana, where the engagement diamond came from and where the fairy tale began.

Top Tips Take deep breaths and just enjoy planning this amazing day. Be true to yourselves — a strong marriage starts with trust and listening to each other.

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Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago With its lush grounds, wide-open spaces, nearby beaches, and lots of charm, Mount Irvine Bay Resort is the perfect place to fall in love with each other all over again. They offer one of the most complete wedding services available in Tobago, and the team will work together to tailor an elegant wedding that suits your style. No matter how big or small your celebration, you can breathe easy knowing they’ve got the details under control (




Somerset, England Maunsel House is a magnificent 13th-century Manor set in 100 acres of stunning parkland at the heart of sprawling 2,000 acre estate, compromising of farms, lakes, woodlands, walnut groves, orchards, Somerset Levels and Moors, cottages, an ancient barn and one of the smallest Saxon churches in the country. Call now to book a bespoke viewing and tour around this one of a kind venue (


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Herefordshire, England A grade I listed 12th-century Manor House, Brinsop Court is encircled by a moat and nestled in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside. It is a unique and magical venue that exudes historic charm with magnificent interiors and stunning Henry Tipping designed gardens. It’s the perfect setting to say ‘I do’ and a beautiful backdrop for your celebrations. With three rooms licensed for ceremonies, a magnificent Banqueting Hall and an ancient courtyard, the idyllic and unforgettable Brinsop Court offers you a wonderful canvas upon which to create memories to last a lifetime (


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Cable Car Top Station, Gibraltar The Mons Calpe Suite is a perfect wedding venue for the Royal couple. Gibraltar has 300 days of sunshine a year, and being located 412m above sea level at the very Top of the Rock, within the Cable Car Top Station, it is the most private and unique venue. It is intimate, impressive and the only uninvited guests would be the Barbary macaques, peering in through the windows that look out over the most spectacular 180-degree views! Plus the added benefit is that Gibraltar is British, so they follow UK laws and speak English (



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London, England It's hard to imagine a more romantic setting in which to celebrate your most special day than The Milestone Hotel. Located opposite Kensington Palace, home to Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge, and soon-tobe-married Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this historic hotel is fit for royalty. It’s the perfect venue for an intimate celebration, with traditional British style and unrivalled service. The expert team will put your mind at ease and prepare the setting for the happiest day of your life (


Berkshire, England The most perfect setting for the most perfect day, Cliveden is the ultimate venue for an enchanting wedding with its fairy tale architecture, lavish interiors and breathtaking grounds. Set amongst 376 acres of National Trust parklands, the House is approached by a spectacular driveway with the iconic Fountain of Love. The interior of the House also does not disappoint. Guests are treated like royalty — the attention to detail and personalised service are the hallmarks of this renowned country house hotel (


St Brelades Bay, Jersey Imagine having L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa with its stunning views over the bay just for you and your guests on your wedding day. With the ultimate exclusivity, this hotel will give you sole use of the bedrooms, lounges, restaurant and bar. Taking care of all the finer details, the events team are on hand to ensure your wedding runs seamlessly. If it’s good enough for the royal family, why wouldn’t it be your venue of choice for your wedding in the Channel Islands? (


Lake Garda, Italy This exclusive private island is, without a doubt, fitting for Harry & Meghan. It is a luxury wedding venue that has the “royal icing on the cake!” Majestic mountain scenery, stunning lake views, lush Italian style gardens and secluded privacy give this venue the ‘wow’ factor. A warm welcome awaits you from the owners of the island, who are ancestors of the Earl of Shrewsbury, so the royal connection is evident. Close your eyes as your boat whisks you across the waters of Lake Garda, and open your eyes as a historical, Venetian palace rises to greet you (


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Markree Castle is a stunning Gothic Style Castle, set in the heart of the Sligo Countryside. It is a truly authentic, relaxed and uniquely charming Wedding Venue where you will find yourself immersed in unrivalled castle hotel comfort. We offer exclusive use of the castle and grounds to you and your guests for your special day to roam the gardens and enjoy the antique furnished reception rooms.

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Set amidst beautiful Chiltern grounds, this 12th Century medieval Abbey is the perfect setting for your special day. Licensed for weddings and civil partnerships Complimentary honeymoon suite 56 bedrooms available for guests to book Marquee options available Dry hire for specialist weddings Space for live music or DJ Memorable weddings happen at Missenden Abbey. Call us to arrange your showround on 01494 866811 or email Missenden Abbey | Great Missenden | Bucks | HP16 0BD

With its superb views of shimmering coastline and sandy beach overlooking Jersey’s most beautiful bay, it is hard to imagine a more perfect setting for your special day than L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa. Every wedding is unique and we believe your day should reflect this. As we only offer one wedding per day you can rest assured that you will be the sole focus on your special day.

L‘Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa • La Route de la Baie, St Brelade, JE3 8EF, Jersey, Channel Islands Tel: 01534 743101 • E-mail: • Web:

Maunsel House is a magnificent 13th Century Manor set in 100 acres of stunning parkland at the heart of sprawling 2,000 acre estate, compromising of farms, lakes, woodlands, walnut groves, orchards, Somerset Levels and Moors, cottages and an ancient barn. 01278 661076


A Wildcatter Ranch Wedding provides an unforgettable backdrop for your special day. Our views, amazing facilities, onsite guest rooms, activities and custom catering options create the perfect atmosphere for families to come together and celebrate the unity of the new couple. For more details contact our group sales department at WILDCATTER RANCH | 6062 Hwy 16 South, Graham, Texas USA We’re about 7 miles southeast of the city of Graham. E-Mail: | Website:

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Statistically, Nevada is the most popular state to get married in. The marriage rate is significantly higher than the second most popular state, Hawaii

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Wisconsin A whimsical wonder in wildflower meadows, The Enchanted Barn is like a scene from a fairy tale. Shafts of light splinter through its charming wooden rafters and the sound of nature whispers all around. Lorin Humphrey, the visionary behind the conversion of this rural 19th-century dairy barn, believes the space to be a canvas for couples to paint with their personality. With an array of elegant spaces to transform to your taste, the raw beauty of this venue lies in its simplicity (

American Venues Taking inspiration from Meghan Markle's roots, we discover some of the greatest venues in the United States for your special day


Virginia Weddings at Rixey Manor are an affair to remember. The owners assist couples with every aspect of planning, always ensuring a flawless event. Rich in preCivil war history, the elegant rooms include bridal suite and ballroom with over a dozen chandeliers. However, it is the grounds that are truly unique. On one side is a five-acre lake, and the other, a rooftop terrace overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains. During their stay, couples often take photos with the estate's horses! (


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New Hampshire Gaze at majestic peaks from the patio at Bellevue Barn, where cocktail and canapĂŠs can be catered. At the Watering Hole bar, staff will personalise your drinks menu and the rustic timber framed barn can be decorated traditionally or adorned with a bohemian chic. The Spa and is a pampering haven for the bride and bridesmaids, whilst the Tack Room is the perfect place for groomsmen to gather before the big day (


Georgia Wed amongst the privacy of Victoria Belle’s luscious three-acre grounds. The pearly white pillars give an air of grandeur, as well as a spectacular backdrop your wedding day photographs. Choose to exchange rings by the soothing sounds of the waterfall, or opt for the quaint vintage White Barn for a scene of rustic romance. The Certified Wedding Consultant will ensure that all your wedding day wishes come true, helping you to create a stress-free occasion for all (


Maine Transcend expectations in the natural surroundings of Mountain House on Sunday River. For the adventurous and free spirited, wed under the trees of the Apple Grove or transform the Pine Cathedral ceremony site into an imaginative forest-inspired scene. As well as a quaint farmhouse and a characterful lodge, Mountain House offers intimate reception locations scattered over its fifty-acre estate overlooking the mesmerising Mahoosuc Mountain Range. (


New York Located on Manhattan's prestigious 5th Avenue, this venue boasts outstanding views of the Empire State Building. With high ceilings, polished oak floors, and windows on four sides, it is a superb wedding venue. There have been several new upgrades, including a retractable enclosed rooftop and private elevator. The in-house production company, Midtown Loft Productions, assists with the ambience. In a city that prides itself on spectacle, Midtown Loft & Terrace is truly unique and tasteful (


West Virginia A one of-a-kind venue, Four Fillies Lodge is where 19th-century rustic meets 21st-century elegance. Situated on 78 acres of ground, this charming resort is nestled on a winding creek, providing a picturesque retreat for couples. Fans of The Lord of the Rings will adore the woodland wedding venue, inspired by Rivendell, transporting you to your very own fairy tale. Alternatively, host your reception in The Barn, offering rustic elegance with its 24-foot tall fireplace and built-in whiskey barrel buffet (


Texas Don your cowboy boots and roam the impressive 1,500 acres of rural trails by horseback. Wildcatter’s westernstyle cabins are lined with authentic stonewalls and panelling, and the charming open-air barn house would make a breathtaking backdrop for a wedding. Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a hearty meal of barbequed favourites at Wildcatter Steakhouse, before kicking back in your rocking chair on the porch to watch the sundown (


Kentucky The Ashley Inn at Meadow Lake Equestrian Center is the place for romantic sunsets, rolling pastures of grazing horses and a charming antebellum home wedding site fit for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Experience real life nostaglia and royalty for your own picturesque wedding and reception at The Ashley Inn. Stepping through the doors of this classic federal style home is like stepping into a picture book, with its white oak floors and handmade glass panes (


Nevada Embrace the beauty of the outdoors at this delightful equestrian barn. Legends Ranch is a rural escape from the city centre buzz, and with accommodating in-house wedding planners, you can create the perfect day without the stress. Customise your dream rustic wedding surrounded by creeping vines and winding brick staircases in the enchanting Sunken Courtyard. With only one marriage held here a day, there are no time pressures as the venue is all yours (



We believe it takes time and flexibility to build a new family. Our packages are for two or three nights, the property is totally private, we are pet friendly and all weddings come with planning and weekend coordination. Become part of the family at Rixey Manor.

RIXEY MANOR Phone: 434-996-4281 Email:

9155 Pleasant Hill Lane Rixeyville Virginia 22737

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Bellevue Barn can accomodate up to 250 guests with ample parking. Beautiful views and landscape surround the newly appointed barn with the timber framed outdoor space commonly known as "the patio" for an intimate cocktail hour and a magical start to your reception celebration! With convenient accomodations on site such as "The Spa & Wellness Center at Carlisle Place" for wedding day preparations and a the "tack room" for the groom and groomsman to dress and gather prior to the ceremony, we provide the complete package!

Bellevue Barn at Carlisle Place | 685 Presidential Highway, Jefferson, New Hampshire 03583, USA | Telephone +1 603-586-4100 Mail: | Web: | #BellevueBarnxoxo

Where Nostalgia is Everyday Life...

The Ashley Inn at Meadow Lake Equestrian Center is the place for romantic sunsets, rolling pastures of grazing horses and a charming antebellum home wedding site fit for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Experience real life nostaglia and royalty for your own picturesque wedding and reception at The Ashley Inn. ph: 859-548-4922

Four Fillies Lodge, known for its upscale rustic elegance and charm is an exclusive family estate. The elegant lodge, various ceremony locations, and onsite accommodations make it the premier destination wedding venue in West Virginia, USA. Romantic, Rural Elegance at its finest!

219 Clyde Rule Street – Peterstown, West Virginia 24963 Phone: 954-771-4191 Email:

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‘Best British Wedding Venue’ Llangoed Hall hotel is the ultimate venue to celebrate a special occasion. The setting is perfect for weddings, and we ensure everything is tailored to make your day one that lives long in memory. 01874 754525 Llyswen, Brecon, Powys, Wales LD3 0YP

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Sussex “The 18th-century, Grade I listed Castle Goring is set within Southdown’s National Park with it’s own eight-acres of park and woodlands. Originally built as the home for Percy Shelley, the building was destined to be a romantic location. Our grand State Rooms, magnificent Ceremonial Hall, and the picturesque South Lawn offer a variety of settings for couples to celebrate their day. Castle Goring would make the perfect location for the royal wedding — the future Duke & Duchess of Sussex, possibly!”

Castles & Palaces Fit for a King

A fairy tale wedding deserves a show-stopping backdrop, and what better venue for royalty than a historic castle or enchanting palace! We've round up some of the world's best

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Windsor Castle is both the world's oldest and largest occupied castle

Did you know? England is currently home to 1,500 castle sites!



Northern Ireland “Hillsborough Castle has been the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland since the 1920s, although its origins stretch back to the 18th-century. Since then, the castle has played host to monarchs, presidents and princesses and makes an inspiring venue for weddings. Elegant, yet relaxed, graceful and intimate, it’s a magical venue. Help us understand your vision, and we’ll help you make the most of this majestic Georgian house. It’s fit for royalty, so take advantage!”


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Wales St Donat’s now holds such a special place in our hearts… we truly felt like royalty – Claire and Vicky “Located on the beautiful South Wales coastline, St Donat’s Castle is the perfect venue for your special day. The castle stands a tale of history set amongst some of the most colourful gardens and sea views — a perfect wedding backdrop. We only take one wedding per day, with the romantic castle and gardens hired on a 12.30pm to midnight basis for you and your guests.”


Republic of Ireland “Offering complete private hire for exclusive weddings, this venue is a unique combination of charm, sophication, grandeur and luxury, coupled with an intimacy and homeliness. Markree Castle combines modern luxury and the sense of occasion that only a historic building can provide. The jewel in Markree Castle’s crown is the polished and unobtrusive service, which makes it fit for royalty.”




Malta “Unique to Malta, this authentic 17thcentury castle is located in Wardija, one of Malta’s most exclusive countryside locations. The Reception Hall is beautifully designed and elevated to overlook the gorgeous pool area, surrounded by landscaped gardens. The natural, intense beauty of this historical venue offers a romantic and magical setting for both indoor and outdoor receptions. The in-house catering is exclusive to Delicia Catering, a five-star catering company that provides a bespoke banqueting service.”

Oxfordshire “There are few more stunning wedding locations than The Royal Chapel at Windsor, but Blenheim Palace comes close. Built in the 18th-century to honour the military victories of the First Duke of Marlborough, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this UNESCO World Heritage Site provides a unique historic backdrop. Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal and non-episcopal building in the UK to hold the title of ‘Palace’, earning its own unique sense of regality. As befits a real-life Palace, guests can celebrate in the magnificent state rooms that have hosted royalty and celebrity guests for many years.”

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Kent “Located in 680 acres of countryside, Hever Castle has a rich history. Once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle is now proud to present itself as an award-winning heritage wedding venue. Whether it is the stately grandeur of the castle itself, the country house atmosphere of The Astor Wing or the stunning lakeside location of The Italian Garden, Hever offers something for everyone and delivers beyond all expectations.”


Surrey “Archbishops lived here, Kings and Queens dined here, generations of renowned musicians have trained here and Hollywood actors have filmed here! Addington Palace is a magnificent Grade II listed Palladian style mansion situated within 163 acres of Surrey countryside. Within the grounds of the Palace is the Royal Pavilion, holding up to 800 people, which in 2002 hosted the Queen’s Royal Golden Jubilee visit.”


Somerset “Unlike most venues, Walton Castle believes that every couple and every wedding is unique, so we encourage our couples to put their particular stamp on the day! We do not churn weddings out. Every wedding is treated as a one-off event, reflecting the personalities of the bride and groom. This would be a lot of fun with Meghan and Harry. Hollywood glamour meets royal style in a fairy tale setting!”


Scotland “Set in over 200 acres of private parkland in the heart of unspoilt Ayrshire, Blairquhan Castle is the ideal venue for a romantic wedding. Listed as one of the best places to get married in the world, this 19th-century baronial castle is magnificent. The Castle has been awarded five-star status by the Scottish Tourism Board, making it one of the top exclusive use venues in Scotland. Visit the Wedding Open Day on Sunday 4th March to find out more”


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St Donat's Castle

Located on the beautiful South Wales coastline, St Donat‘s Castle is the perfect venue for your special day. The castle stands, steeped in a history, amongst some of the most colourful Tudor gardens and enjoys fantastic sea views – this all adds up to the perfect wedding venue! Visit our website to keep up to date with news on our wedding showcases and events St Donat’s Castle • St Donat’s Castle, UWC Atlantic College, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales UK CF61 1WF Tel.: 01446 799100 • Mail: Web:

Castello dei Baroni was built during the period of Fra Emanuel deRohan Polduc, Grandmaster of the Order of

St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta in 1783. Situated at the top of Wardija, one of Malta’s most exclusive

locations and surrounded by unobstructed viewsof the countryside, this tranquil venue is a popular choice for many young couples choosing this backdrop to exchange their vows.

Castello Dei Baroni,Triq Madonna Ta L-Abbandunati|Wardija, Malta

Email: | Telephone: (+356) 99747714 /(+356) 99429678 | Website:

Archbishops lived here, Kings and Queens dined here, generations of renowned musicians have trained here and Hollywood actors have filmed here! ADDINGTON PALACE is a magnificent Grade II* listed Palladian Style Mansion, situated within 163 acres of Surrey countryside, only 12 miles from Central London and 20 miles from Gatwick Airport. This wonderful building is available for ‘Exclusive Hire’ for weddings and all types of corporate and private events. There is also luxury accommodation along with on-site beauty and fitness facilities. Also within the grounds of the Palace is the Royal Pavilion which hosted the Queens Royal Golden Jubilee visit.

Gravel Hill, Surrey, CR0 5BB | Tel.: 0208 662 5000 | Web:


WEDDINGS, PRIVATE & CORPORATE EVENTS Arundel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3UN T: 01903 790254 E:

Hillsborough Castle Celebrate your love at the magniďŹ cent Hillsborough Castle 028 9268 1342

Celebrate in style A unique and luxurious venue for your wedding or celebration, whatever the size and style

Contact our Events Team on 01993 813874 or email Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

Introducing The Ultimate Castle Destination...

Markree Castle is a stunning Gothic Style Castle, set in the heart of the Sligo Countryside. It is a truly authentic, relaxed and uniquely charming Wedding Venue where you will find yourself immersed in unrivalled castle hotel comfort. We offer exclusive use of the castle and grounds to you and your guests for your special day to roam the gardens and enjoy the antique furnished reception rooms.

To begin planning your perfect wedding, conference or event, contact the Markree Castle Team now or call 071 916 7800.

Listed No. 14 by the Independent newspaper in their list of the 50 best places to get married in the world, Blairquhan Castle is one of the finest 5 star exclusive use venues in Scotland. Get in touch today and let us make your dream wedding come true! +44 01655 770 239

We love planning beautiful, elegant, and timeless weddings that are both uniquely you and fun for all, making your wedding day a non-stressful smashing success. Your vision, your event, your day! Awarded the Most Popular Wedding Planner in Alabama by Wedding Industry Experts Award and Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award. Tel: 256-698-4048 • Email: • Alabama, USA

The Bridal Boutique of Jules offers its brides the very best in bridal and creates a very personal and memorable experience that is uniquely tailored for each individual bride and their needs. From its beautifully handpicked collections to the love and attention given to each bride and their guests, this quintessentially British bridal boutique will make you smile, skip and fill you with love and inspiration for your special day. 26 Dover road, Walmer, Deal, Kent CT14 7JW United Kindom ✆ 01304 389710 ✉ 

At Courtyard Bridal we believe that choosing your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses should be a fun and friendly experience from your first visit to our shop to your final visit when you collect your dresses.

The Courtyard Craft Centre, Huntick Road, Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset. BH16 6BA Tel: 01202 625494

Champagne and Confetti is one of the largest Bridal Boutiques in the South East, located in the heart of Eastbourne, close to the railway station. We proudly stock a number of the industries best designers for Bridal, Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride, including Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce, Morilee and Essense of Australia. Your'll be spoilt for choice with our extensive range of over 150 bridal gowns to suit all budgets and styles. With two spacious viewing areas in luxurious and inviting surroundings, our knowledgeable and friendly staff will ensure all your bridal dreams come true. 4-5 Station Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1BE 01323 646468



Bridal Boutiques Finding the perfect gown is every bride's dream, and these bridal boutiques are here to help! We've located some of the best in the UK that are fit for royalty!


Kent A quintessentially British bridal boutique beside the seaside in Walmer, The Bridal Boutique of Jules is owned and run by Jeska, in loving memory of her mum Julia (aka Jules). From the moment you step inside, you will be greeted by a warm welcome, designer gowns hanging from vintage ladders, and shoes perched on vintage books. All pieces have been handpicked for their originality and true beauty. The boutique offers the very best in bridal, providing a personal and memorable experience, uniquely tailored for each individual (

Did you know?

The longest wedding dress train was an extraordinary 1.85 miles!


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Over half of brides buy their dress at an independent bridal boutique

East Sussex Champagne and Confetti is one of the largest bridal boutiques in the South East, located in the heart of Eastbourne. They stock a number of the best designers for bridal, bridesmaids and mother of the bride, including Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce, Morilee and Essense of Australia. Your'll be spoilt for choice with our extensive range of o gowns to suit all budgets and styles. With two spacious viewing areas, the knowledgeable and friendly staff will ensure all your bridal dreams come true (


Dorset Nestled in a bustling seaside town, Courtyard Bridal welcomes you to its cosy boutique. Offering a timeless range of high quality gowns and bridal accessories, you’ll be sure to find the one. Courtyard Bridal believes that finding the perfect dress should be a fun, stress-free and memorable. Introducing Prosecco Saturdays‌ enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly as you browse in store! (


A CHOICE OF VINTAGE CLASSICS FOR YOUR BIG DAY The London Bus Company specialises in providing vintage wedding transport for the Bridal party and your guest. We offer the largest fleet of classic red and green Route master buses to bring a touch of nostalgia and style to your special day.

Tel: 01474 361199 | Fax: 01474 361188 Email:

Travel in luxury, arrive in style Give your guests a taste of the HIGH on board our LUXURY With a STAR-LIT


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and on board CATERING & kitchen facilities available, your guests wedding experience will be truly UNFORGETTABLE. Enquire today with code ‘ROYAL’ to start your VIP wedding experience. | 01634 377 577

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Take me to the

Church on time Whether you want to make an entrance or transport your guests from the ceremony to the reception, ensure you travel in style! LONDON BUS COMPANY

Nothing parades true English charm quite like a traditional London bus. From iconic red Double Deckers to vintage green open-tops, the London Bus Company will bring the spirit of the city to your wedding day. Operating the largest fleet in the capital and South East, each bus is in pristine condition and has its own unique history dating as far as 1947. You can opt for classical wedding ribbon decorations and a personalised destination blind for a distinctive photograph backdrop. Sit back and enjoy the ride, perhaps even with a glass of champagne aboard after the ceremony to toast to the happy couple (

Be unique

Wedding transport is a great way to show off your personality. For example, a London bus is perfect for a couple that met in the city


For the seventh year running, Horgans Wedding Cars have been voted the best wedding suppliers in Cheshire and the Northwest for 2017/18. With a prestigious reputation, this excellent family-run service will add the final magic touch to any traditional style wedding. Their highly sought after Beauford, Royale, Regent and Imperial wedding carriages leave an enchanting legacy of a bygone era, and the accompanying chauffeurs follow suit in handsome 1930s style uniforms. So glide in effortless elegance to the church, and take your time‌ there really is no need to rush this experience, especially when each vehicle only attends one occasion a day (


This multi-award winning coach company has an impressive variety of VIP vehicles. The starlit rear lounges have luxuriously fitted leather seats with plenty of legroom, large plasma screen televisions, and sumptuous surround sound. Your guests are guaranteed to experience sheer comfort from the moment they board. Remove the hassle of wedding day transport and set the party mood with the atmospheric lighting and option to hire a hostess who will take care of the guests, using the superb catering and bar facilities on board (


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Travel in luxury of a bygone era in these 1930’s style Wedding Limousines Discuss your requirements or book these distinguished automobiles on:

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England The flurry of Oxford Street shoppers in the heart of London quickly fades as you enter this swish cosmopolitan hotel. Give in to temptation and dine at 108 Brasserie, the hotel's acclaimed artisan Parisian-style restaurant, which overlooks a charming cobbled lane. The on-site Third Spa offers an urban sanctuary, so plunge to the depths of the pool before relaxing in your plush suite high above (


Switzerland Positioned in the Engadine Valley with picturesque views of Lake Moritz, The Carlton is alpine bliss. It's interior boasts an impressive blend of old and new, delivering elegant finesse behind the building's luxurious design. The Carlton’s timeless flair will leave you with lasting memories in one of the leading luxury resorts in the world, with renowned cross-country ski trails and stunning scenery (


Saint Lucia Nestled amongst flowering roses and hibiscus, Calabash Cove combines classical Caribbean charm with luxurious hospitality. Equipped with onsite wedding planners and world-class culinary expertise, this tropical resort has every couple’s marital dream covered. With an array of accommodations available, perhaps opt for a private Balinese-style Waters Edge Cottage, fitted with an exotic outdoor rain shower and private Jacuzzi (


Antigua Wander in the undisturbed seclusion of this hidden sanctuary that spans an impressive forty-three acres of luscious tropical hillside. Sugar Ridge is an island jewel. Heal your senses with a cleansing massage, or spend your time basking in the sunshine by your villa’s very own infinity pool. End your evenings listening to tropical steel drums at Sugar Club or recline on the pool deck and watch a movie under the stars (


The Bahamas Whisk yourselves away to the paradisiacal Exuma Cays, one of The Bahamas' best kept secrets. Find peaceful serenity in a luxury private cottage overlooking the pristine East Beach, where you may be the only pair of footprints found on the shore. There are plenty of world-class snorkelling spots around Highbourne Cay, as well as golf carts available to hire for undisturbed play in the idyllic surroundings (


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Honeymoon Resorts The world is brimming with beautiful destinations for Harry and Meghan’s dream honeymoon. Here are some of our favourites!

Did you know? The average couple spends seven days and six nights on their honeymoon


Turks and Caicos Wish your worries away at the beautiful Point Grace, an elegant Caribbean retreat that effortlessly lives up to its name. Roam the luxurious cabana-style penthouse suites of rich mahogany and floor-to-ceiling length windows that open seamlessly to the turquoise ocean. Then, make sure to pamper yourself at The Thalasso spa. Its open-air feel compliments its natural ethos for rejuvenation, whilst retaining every inch of privacy on your perfect romantic getaway (


Trinidad and Tobago Home to the best golf course in Tobago, this former sugar and coconut plantation could be the exotic Eden you’ve been longing for. Mount Irvine invites you to discover its seemingly endless green landscapes with world class accommodation lying a stone's throw away from calming shallow seas. Satisfy your tropical taste buds at the openair Sugar Mill Restaurant or treat yourself to breakfast in bed. Unwind at a morning yoga class and dive into the fresh water pool equipped with its own sophisticated swim-up bar (

RESORT VALLE DELL’ERICA THALASSO & SPA Sardinia Feel the warmth of golden sands between your toes as you gaze beyond the archipelago to the rugged Corsican limestone cliffs on the horizon. Valle Dell’Erica Resort, located at Sardinia’s northern tip provides honeymoon bliss in an area of outstanding coastal beauty. Sail away on a romantic cruise around the neighbouring Mediterranean islands, and continue barefoot back ashore at Li Zini, its luxury beachfront restaurant directly on the sand. Visiting the Thalasso Centre and Spa is also a must, providing its five star treatments using native soothing plants and herbs, surrounded by landscaped gardens and calming thermal seawater pools (


Sugar Ridge is Antigua’s newest 4-star luxury boutique resort. All 60 well-appointed rooms wrap around an exotic tropical hillside providing undisturbed seclusion. Soak in your own plunge pool boasting views of the Caribbean Sea and the property’s 43 acres of lush indigenous flora and fauna. Escape to the white sands of Turner’s Beach or Valley Church Beach, both a secluded oasis with attentive Sugar Ridge staff on hand, all just minutes away in our free shuttle.

Luxury, Privacy, Wellness – Sugar Ridge embodies it.

Sugar Ridge Resort Tottenham Park, St. Mary’s | Antigua & Barbuda, West Indies Telephone: +1 (268) 562-7700 Mail: | Web:

From Saint Lucia

East Winds Discover the best kept all-inclusive secret in Saint Lucia and immerse yourself in true Caribbean luxury at East Winds


breathtaking and tropical garden, flowing onto a sandy secluded beach, East Winds is tucked away amongst lush vegetation and a kaleidoscope of colourful bird life. It is also home to what many consider as the best beach on the island — it’s private, natural and beautiful. Stay in one of the picturesque cottages, each offering large bedrooms and a shaded patio, perfect for relaxing with a book and a coffee, or an early evening drink before dinner. The Ocean Front Rooms offer stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy a front row seat to the finest sunset view in Saint Lucia. FOOD & WELLNESS The cuisine at East Winds is of the highest standard, working closely with local producers. Ingredients are extremely fresh, including the herbs from the resort’s very own herb garden. The Executive Chef carefully designs the most delicious of dishes, from local Caribbean cuisine to well-known international dishes. With an expertly prepared cocktail in hand, enjoy your evening meal to the sound of the live nightly music and soothing waves of the sea.

“ Enjoy candlelit

dinners overlooking the Caribbean Sea ”

The Philosophy behind the East Winds Garden Spa is to stay at one with nature. The spa focuses on natural, organic treatments, using ingredients from the surrounding environment to relax, rejuvenate and energise you. Balancing relaxation and activity is a key element of personal wellness. Enjoy Yoga and Pilates in the stunning Garden Yoga Pavilion where all classes are tailored to suit your individual experience level. Alternatively, try out the unique outside fitness trail, perfect for walking and running. PURE ROMANCE Small and intimate, secluded and private, East Winds is perfect for a weddings and honeymoons. The resort offers a picture-perfect backdrop and specialises in exclusive, intimate, boutiquesized weddings. Staff are always on hand to help tailor your event to suit you, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget. Whether that means organising a lunch hamper for a day trip, or helping to arrange a private dinner on the beach. Enjoy candlelit dinners overlooking the Caribbean Sea with the personal attention of your own private waiter in a secluded oceanfront gazebo — let them spoil you rotten. Saint Lucia is known as one of the world’s most romantic destinations and East Winds authentically complements this. With only 30 cottages, East Winds can easily be reserved as a resort “buy-out” for bride, groom, friends, and family to enjoy exclusively for themselves. Whether you are looking for intimate or extravagant, traditional or unexpected, the wedding team is at your service (


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Mount Irvine

A resort of natural beauty on the charming island of Tobago, Mount Irvine Bay Resort is an ideal Caribbean resort for Meghan and Harry


hen you set foot on the Mount Irvine Bay Resort, you step back in time to an era redolent of grandeur and relaxation. The amazing Caribbean Sea with turquoise water and soft white sand; tall coconut trees swaying in the wind and stunning tropical flowers fill the five senses. Mount Irvine is the ideal honeymoon destination, no more than a two minute walk from the beach. You can enjoy harmony and togetherness, while we take care of everything else. MOUNT IRVINE BAY RESORT is a place with rich history and culture engraved in every block. It was originally an 18th-century coconut and sugar estate — remnants of which can still be seen to this day. Take a romantic nature walk around the 154 acres, dive at one of the amazing dive sites, or surf at the popular Mount Irvine Bay and nearby Grange Bay. Enjoy snorkeling where the reefs and marine life flourish. Play a round of golf at our award winning PGA Championship golf course. Reflect, relax, and restore wellness with an early morning Kundalini Yoga session. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment or simply unwind at our pool (with swim up bar) or the beach. THE PERFECT ROOM FOR HARRY AND MEGHAN would be our Superior Cottage with its elegant, private setting amongst the rich flora of the resort. The cottages are tastefully designed and decorated with customised furniture and equipped with simple conveniences to ensure a comfortable stay. In the evenings, the royal couple can dine at our 18th-century Sugar Mill restaurant, set in the heart of the resort. They can experience our gourmet take on Tobago’s local dish of crab and dumplings that is full of local herbs and spices. Our tasty Calalloo soup is a local

“ Enjoy harmony and

togetherness, while we take care of everything ”

favourite and no visit to Tobago would be complete without freshly caught fish, prepared to their liking. A Flying Fish Sandwich from our Beach Bar and Restaurant is also a must. ANYTIME IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT Mount Irvine Bay Resort. The hotel is located in the Southern Caribbean where there are only two seasons, rainy and dry. December to May is typically drier and cooler than the rest of the year, making it the perfect time for exploring and sightseeing. There are also a number of events taking place in Tobago throughout the year, such as Mount Irvine Bay Resort’s Barefoot on the Beach All-Inclusive New Year’s Eve Party and the Tobago Carnival. Mount Irvine Bay Resort’s honeymoon package includes complimentary in-room champagne, a three-course candlelit dinner, an in-room couple’s massage, complimentary breakfasts and much more! (


From Botswana

The Royal Tree Lodge With royalty in its name, The Royal Tree Lodge would be perfect for Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon. Nestled between African forestry and vivacious wildlife, this lodge will create romantic memories that last a lifetime


he Royal Tree Lodge is a rustic private game reserve, located 20 minutes from renowned safari town, Maun. Shaded by indigenous trees and situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River, the lodge is buzzing with vibrant wildlife. With over 300 species of birds, giraffes, zebras and ostriches to observe, it makes for the perfect adventure-filled honeymoon destination. LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS The Lodge has thatched central areas, opening out onto spacious terraces with a lovely pool area. It is comprised of private Meru-style tents, carefully placed beneath a canopy of large trees and complete with raised decks and an oldworld bath. Overhead fans and air-conditioning are ensured to keep you cool during those warm humid evenings. For the doe-eyed newlyweds, The Royal Tree Lodge provides romantic Honeymoon Chalets complete with kingsized canopy beds, covered in decadent white linen. They are the epitome of romance. Indulge in your sunken bath and delight in the candlelit heavenly atmosphere. Otherwise take in the panoramic views of the surrounding African Forest, as you unwind in your outdoor shower.

ACTION-PACKED ACTIVITIES After breakfast on the terraced deck, enjoy a stroll along one of the many marked walking trails. Create your own journey as you interact with the wildlife. Take in Botswana’s natural beauty as you listen to action packed stories from The Royal Tree Lodge’s safari guides’ various wildlife escapades. Born and raised in Maun, the Lodge’s safari guides have decades of guiding experience and have witnessed the idyllic beauty of Botswana first hand. Maun is the starting point of wildlife expeditions in Botswana. So, later in the afternoon, set off on a horseback safari down the game reserve or take a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and revel in the picturesque views that Maun has to offer. In the evening, enjoy a warm drink and world-class cuisine by the communal fire. SUPPORTING THE CAUSE Proceeds from The Royal Tree Lodge are invested back into the community of Maun though the non-profit work of Love Botswana Outreach Mission. The Outreach Mission is dedicated to fostering young people to rise up as agents of change in their nation, equipping caregivers for those in their care and reducing the spread of transmitted diseases in Botswana. Staying at The Royal Tree allows travellers to give back to the community (

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We at I Do, Guatemala, go by the motto:

“Destination weddings are not only about the weddings themselves, but also about the memorable experience we leave in each and every guest’s heart.”

Guatemala is a magical place for a wedding, with breath-taking scenery of mountains and lakes. Discover 00502 5778 2271

the thriving and colourful culture of the indigenous people, and the awe  -inspiring monuments of the mysterious Maya civilization. Whether you are planning a small or grand event, Guatemala has it all. The venues are countless: the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala (protected by the UNESCO), the tranquility of Lake Atitlan, the inspiring beaches of the Pacif ic Coast, the breath  -taking Keys of Belize, and the ancient Mayan city, Tikal. There is no country in the world like it! Guatemala captivated Diana Sciarrillo’s (head planner and founder of I Do, Guatemala) heart in such a way that she became bound to it forever. After falling in love with the country, she decided to create this exclusive destination wedding company. Orchestrating weddings of a lifetime took her company to the very top of the list. I Do, Guatemala’s passion for weddings makes them comfortable coordinating grand events and small intimate affairs. Their goal is to give clients the wedding of their dreams. All of the recommended vendors are personally hand picked by Diana Sciarrillo.

They work closely with Camino Real Antigua, both for hotel accommodation and catering services and are proud to present them as their Top Pick Nomination for 2018.

Real Weddings Thinking of a romantic ceremony abroad? Read real love stories of weddings held in the Caribbean sunshine, and the exotic paradise of South East Asia

If you are looking to accentuate a softer nude colour palette, embellishment is key. This stylish clutch bag brings a new level of opulence, with complimenting colours embedded in crystal. Its organic feel is perfect for an enchanted forest themed wedding (Clutch bag,

In this section 141 The Bahamas 145 Thailand 149 Jamaica

Let your love fly in Iceland Fly with HELO on your wedding and share your special day with the magical, delicate Icelandic nature surrounding you as you soar over rolling ocean waves and paths through snow-capped mountains. Your first journey together as a married couple will set you on your path through life with one another, with adventurous spirits in your hearts in a helicopter over Iceland’s hotspots Mörkin 3, 108 Reykjavík, Iceland | +354 561 6100 |




Paul & Cecilia Okwesili returned to Cecilia’s home church in the Bahamas for a celebration that was bursting with colour Photography by Barry Williams


If you’re looking for a vibrant theme, try experimenting with complementary colours, such as yellow and blue. Both the shades stand out and appear brighter

A reception in the Bahamas is where the party begins. Live music and DJs are particularly common, as well as rum cocktails and local seafood


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Top tips

Enjoy the day and document the overall experience, as it goes by so quickly. When planning, stick to the budget, plan with ample time, do your research and shop online

We chose Nassau, Bahamas

as our wedding destination because Cecilia is originally from the Bahamas and it was conveniently located for both of our family and friends in the Bahamas and in the United States. We chose St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church as our venue because it is Cecilia’s home church in The Bahamas. Additionally, the Holy Trinity Activities Centre is a beautiful venue that was able to accommodate our large party of over 400 guests! Overall, we established a budget and made an effort to keep costs down by doing extensive research, networking with friends and family who were able to assist, and shopping online. The bride’s dress was purchased at the Bridal Suite in Baltimore, Maryland. The decision was easy because Cecilia and her cousin had previously visited a few other stores and knew this dress was “the one” from the moment they saw it. Our favourite colour is blue, so this inspired the colour palette. It was so perfect for a summer wedding in The Bahamas. Therez McKenzie did an amazing job with the floral and table arrangements. She decorated the venue with the colours of the wedding, with attractive centrepieces to match. Our guests stayed at various hotels and resorts, including the British Colonial Hilton, Comfort Suites, Atlantis, Melia, and Garden of Eden. A few guests also found great Airbnb options. This was easy to organise by reserving group blocks and having the guests make individual reservations. Some of the challenges of organising a wedding included coordinating the planning whilst living in the United States; finding that some vendors were already booked; staying within the budget and limiting the guest list.

Notebook // Wedding venue St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church, Wedding reception venue Holy Trinity Activities Center, Photographer Barry Williams Photography, Bride’s dress Casablanca Bridal, Bride’s & Groom’s traditional Nigerian Igbo attire arranged by Uche Blessing Okwesili Ugbo Rings R. H. Macy & Co, Groom’s suit Connaisseur Paris Boutique, Floral arrangements & décor Therez McKenzie Makeup Makeup by Sylatheia, Hair Lillian Flowers Wedding Coordinators Mr. Barry and Mrs. Anita Wilmott Cake Tamdelore Cakes, Mistress of Ceremony Cherrylee Pinder, DJ Luval “Big L” Culmer


IDEAS TO STEAL Once in a blue moon

Cobalt, navy and bright blue hues will stand out on the day that’s all about you

‘Juliana’ bracelet, £POA, Orla Kiely hanging planter, £26, Yves Saint Laurent ‘Parisienne’ eau de parfum, £65,

Chandelier earrings, £7, The ‘Tranquility’ bouquet, £POA, Spiegelau glasses (set of 4), £24.95,

Zuhair Murad embellished chiffon gown, £3,500,

Royal double breasted jacket, £POA,

Dainty details

Crystal tableware and accessories that sparkle will add decadence to the display


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‘Eliros Date’ watch, £470,

Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 85’ pumps, £475,

For him

Hardy washed formal shoes, £74.99,




Rosa and Dane declared their vows at a stunning beachfront location on the coast of Thailand Photography by Blush Wedding Photography


The colour palette inspiration came from the bride’s vision. The white, gold and ivory combination is clean, beautiful, and matches any backdrop!

Blush Wedding Photography, who flew to Thailand specifically for the wedding, perfectly captured the love and atmosphere of the day


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Dreamy décor

Flowers and candles were added for a romantic look that was classic yet modern

Dane and I are from

two different continents, extremely far from one another. We wanted to find a mid-point for both sides of our families — and since we live in Asia, it was ideal for us to have our wedding here. Thailand was the best place because of its natural beauty. It truly is a paradise. Before choosing our venues, we flew to Phuket to meet our planners, The Wedding Bliss Thailand, to make sure we found the best venue for us. We visited a few places and the last was Jia and Shanti at Jivana Villas. Both villas were breath-taking — a gorgeous beachside setting. We decided to rent both villas and have our wedding at Jia. I bought my wedding dress from Rosa Clará in Miami. I always knew that I wanted to wear a Spanish designer’s wedding dress to represent my roots. I went to several bridal shops in Miami that sold high-end Spanish designers. Rosa Clará was the last shop that I went to and as soon as I tried on my wedding dress, I immediately fell in love with it. It was the prefect dress for my body shape and Latina background. For my beauty looks, I let my hair and makeup stylist do whatever he thought looked good on me. I gave him more or less of an idea, and he took it from there. The most challenging thing about organising our wedding was agreeing on the aspects that we both wanted and what to spend money on. It was a stressful process, but well worth it. We had such a helpful wedding planner and the whole team was absolutely amazing.

Rosa’s top tips

Be organised! Draw up a timetable with all the tasks to do and chip away at it each month. Arranging a “get to know each other” event before the wedding was also great for all the guests to mingle


// Wedding Planner The Wedding Bliss Thailand, theweddingblissthailand.comVenue Jia at Jivana Villas, Photographer Blush Wedding Photography, Bride’s dress Rosa Clará, Bride’s shoes Jimmy Choo, Bride’s accessories Tiffany,; Rosa Clará, Bride and Groom’s rings Ryder Diamonds, Groom’s suit De-Luxe Tailor Groom’s shoes Corthay, Groom’s cufflinks Tiffany, Flowers IAMFLOWER, Hair& makeup Neil Donkin, Cake Les Diables, Invitations Creative Weddings,


Aurelie Bidermann earrings, £235,

Jennifer Behr gold-plated hair slide, £295,

IDEAS TO STEAL Hearts of gold

From glittering accessories to divine champagne bubbles, gild your wedding day with the shade of sunrays

Lana Bell Photography

Gold glitter heart tealight candles (set of 10), £5,

Silk bow tie, £16,

Foil heart mini paper napkins (set of 20), £3.75, Peak dinner two-piece suit, £675,

Cake, £POA,

Marchesa Notte floral appliqué dress, £873,

‘Mother of Pearl’ and rose gold finish cufflinks, £100,

For him ‘Puyol’ classic gibson shoe, £110,

Pretty pastels

For a rustic flair, offer guests confetti cones of natural dried petals


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Jimmy Choo ‘Lang’ sandals, £550, Boja gold foil wine glasses (set of 4), £32,


One Love,

One Heart

Shelly-Ann Fung-King and Troy King discovered their perfect wedding venue in Jamaica, where they enjoyed a culture-filled celebration Photography by Denise Mason Photography


The couple decided to have a rustic-inspired wedding with burlap and lace fabrics to tie together the two cultures of Texas and Jamaica

Bring some local tradition to your big day! We love how Shelly and Troy had a dabble with the steel drums


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Top tips

Never settle for choices solely based on family and friends. However, do make sure your guests are well taken care of. Always choose what makes you happiest, or else you endure unnecessary stress. Also, hiring the right team to handle the details can allow you to enjoy your day, so you can spend the time with your guests

There are several factors

that contributed to choosing Jamaica as our wedding location, but it was with our family and friends in mind that sealed the deal. We both love the food and rich heritage, plus Jamaica is like Texas in terms of it’s fun-loving people. We wanted the location that sparked our love interest, a place where the majority of our friends and family have never been, but was still easily accessible by all. We knew we wanted a private and unique venue that could facilitate a seamless flow, from welcome cocktails to the reception. Borghinvilla was not only a stunning property, but also catered to our every need. Each component of the wedding event felt like a new location, from poolside welcome cocktails to the beach “I do’s.” For a previous function, I worked with Saint T and found them to be very professional and extremely talented, so I chose them to decorate our venue. Like all the other vendors we chose, they were very detailed and passionate about “love” and their craft. Saint T followed through with our chic rustic, yet tastefully elegant theme with café lights, burlap, wood and lace accents to create a unique island charm. My dress was made by Uzuri International, who generally makes the dresses for Ms. Jamaica Universe. They have the ability to personalise each design to best suit my styling preference of clean, dramatic silhouettes. Accented with lace, feathers and crystals, each fabric was handpicked for my personality. I had many trial sessions for my hair and makeup and while all were good, I wanted someone who connected with me and who cared about me as an individual and not just another bride. When I met with Rashel, she asked questions that made me feel genuine care and comfort, so I chose her before I saw her work. In fact, the first time I saw her work was my wedding day!

Whilst the guests danced, the team transformed the beach within minutes to a starlit wondrous delight where the skies lit up with a colourful burst of fireworks


// Wedding Venue Borghinvilla, Wedding coordinator Jennifer Borgh, Photographer Denise Mason Photography, Catering Sandals Royal Caribbean, Bride’s dress Uzuri International, Lighting & sound John Swaby Entertainment, Flowers Saint T Décor, Hair & makeup Rashel Edwards at Chasity Artistry, Cake Leanne Popkin Videography Elite Media Concepts, Entertainment Silver Birds Steel Band Orchestra,; Pace Reggae Band,


IDEAS TO STEAL Pearly pastels

Shimmer at the shore with lots of smooth silks and soft shell colours Skye lantern, £40, Colour tint flute glasses (set of 4), £19, Thomas Sabo heart necklace, £69,

Loman leather formal belt, £39,

‘Kennedy’ earrings, £POA, Boglioli stone herringbone blazer, £625,

Baby rose ruffle dress, £45,

Reiss ‘Bravo’ wool slim fit waistcoat, £115, Paisley pocket square, £25,

Thomas Pink Albert plain classic fit shirt, £70, ‘Helena’ pearl heel, £375,

For him

Special Tip

Remember to bring a pair of flat shoes for a beachfront ceremony, or for dancing at the reception! Devious western boots, £99,


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Satin plunge jumpsuit, £65,

Feather gem cufflinks, £65,

Loake fearnley brogue, £165,

Wedding Planning & Styling

We believe weddings are not just an event; they are a work of art. At Events by Nightingales, our wedding planners and stylists are artisans, creating the perfect atmosphere for any wedding through their enviable eye for colour, coordination and style. They live for what they do, keeping abreast of all the latest local and international wedding trends to maintain and even surpass their reputation for cutting edge style.

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Share your memories with Mountain Celebrations International, Qualified Celebrants covering world wide destinations such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Caribbean Mountain Celebrations Ltd is a World Wide provider of Wedding Celebrants. We offer our Clients the opportunity to get married and celebrate their dream day anywhere with no restrictions. Our Clients range from Wales, England, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Florida and Australia. We offer a full range of wonderful bespoke ceremonies like hand fasting, jumping the broom, sand and salt ceremonies, crownings and traditional wedding blessings.

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Fashion Top high street and designer wedding trends galore, we have the full array of outfit and accessory styles to ensure you look and feel photo ready flawless

Bold jewel embossed heels by Dune add drama to the classical bridal shoe. Stride down the aisle and reveal the beautiful embellishments later in a shorter dress at the reception. These chic square cut pieces by Ted Baker would also bring a contemporary finish, and a hint of sparkle to your look. (Shoes,; jewellery,

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Dress to Impress

From elegant ball gowns to contemporary silhouettes, these designer collections illustrate the captivating options on offer to brides in 2018. Whether you’re a bohemian bride or a fairytale princess, get inspired by the latest and greatest jaw-dropping gowns

Anna Campbell Celebrating ten years in bridal, Anna Campbell’s Eternal Heart collection is a tribute to all things sparkly, sexy and romantic. Bursting with vintage vibes, these unique gowns embody all that makes Campbell so special. From intricate hand-beading to delicate shoulder loops, the range takes inspiration from the most popular styles of her past collections.

Berta Bridal The F/W 2018 campaign set in Seville, showcases glimmering gowns amongst the city’s culture. Seville is known for an exuberance of passion and romance, and these dresses equally bring a passion and glamour with their seductive designs and hand-crafted fabrics. The collection was created for the bride who wears them down the aisle, to feel her best on the most special day of her life.

Galia Lahav The Florence by Night collection, is the epitome of rustic bohemian style. Inspired by the world of scents and perfumery, this collection embodies the aromas of every bud, petal and herb that creates the perfect fragrance. With cascading skirts and ivory lace, these gowns bring to mind images of mystical night gardens and blooming flowers. Showcase your individuality with this gorgeous avant garde collection

Alexandra Grecco Inspired by the glamour and cinematic landscapes of Hollywood, the ‘Magic Hour’ fall 2018 collection from Alexandra Grecco is set to make brides look and feel like movie stars. The dresses are timeless and sophisticated, flaunting fine embroidery and flawless attention to detail in every gown.

Nurit Hen The Golden Touch 2018 collection is perfectly epitomised by the quote, ‘when fashion meets romance.’ Fusing unconventional silhouettes with unique, feminine details, these designs are ideal for the modern bride. Embrace the ethereal with draped sleeves, or opt for a glamorous gown with striking details. Whatever you desire, this collection has something for you.

Charlotte Balbier Romantic and whimsical, the Bohemian Blush collection is simply heavenly. Each of the 25 dresses has its very own story to tell and all pay the utmost attention to detail. Joining the classic shades of ivory and champagne are pinks, peaches and pistachio green, so check out the collection if you’re after a dash of colour too.

Temperly London This bridal collection is reminiscent of the decadence of a bygone era. Showcasing timeless silhouettes that are quintessentially British, theses dresses are created from the finest tulles, silks and laces. Take inspiration from the glamorous icons of Hollywood and film noir, and fall in love with these ethereal gowns

‘Eden’ heel pumps, £1,650,

The Perfect Pair For a twist on traditional trends, switch up the classically modest wedding shoe for something a little different. From glittery embellishments to bold colourful patterns, every detail will bring magic to your first-dance romance

‘Chrysler’, £390,

‘Stessyf’, £70,

‘Malikah’ in fabric block tartan, £POA,



Be the belle of the ball in these jewelembellished heels. They will sparkle on the dance floor and add something extra to dresses with simpler designs and subtle silhouettes

Statement shoes will give your outfit quirkiness and flair. This eccentric tartan trend would add a personal touch, particularly for those seeking a Scottish heritage inspired wedding

Flowers Blossom on your wedding day in fun floral heels. You could even match up the beautiful design to the colours of your wedding bouquet and bridesmaid dresses!

Jewel sandal, £720,

Who says less is more? Glittery elements on a classical nude sandal will make you look and feel like a Royal Princess as you waltz down the aisle. Opt for adjustable straps for a more secure and supportive fit ‘Naevve’ in blush, £75,


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‘Laurel’, £POA,

FASHION Capsule green heels, £POA,

‘Raffia’ strap heels, £45,

‘Stessyf’, £70, ‘Minnie 40’, £790,

Step by step

Bridal shoes, £POA,

From furry pink pom poms to elegant embroidered details, these alternative shoe styles will complete your bridal outfit and ensure you look glamorous from head to toe

‘Ledana’, £109,

Pearls Pearls are the epitome of the classical wedding. They add the perfect touch of true grace to any traditional look. Make sure you walk down the aisle with an air of timeless chic

‘Brianna’, £POA,

‘Fontana’ pumps, £POA,

Colour Try a different hue, other than something blue. With so many bright shades on our colour spectrum, why not opt for a unique burst of colour beneath the ivory dress hem

Embroidery For a subtle dose of extra detail, add a dash of embroidery to your shoe. The woven quality gives a softer matte feel, to complete a lasting look of effortless elegance

‘Cinderella’, £745,

‘Pearly Girl’, £89.99,

Jenny Packham heels, £99,

‘Eva Mule’, £POA,


Hail the veil! The veil is always a safe choice for a classic wedding. Delight in your traditional beauty as you saunter down the aisle

Bo & Luca

Victoria Millesime

The Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara, was given the Queen by her mother on her 18th birthday. It has since been worn by other royals, most famously the Duchess of Cambridge.

Cloe Noel Designs

Tiaras & Crowns No fairy-tale wedding is complete without a magical crown or tiara. Pair with a classic up-do for a contemporary finish

Erica Elizabeth

Erica Elizabeth

Maria Elena Headpieces

Delicate details Whether you’re opting for a timeless bun, or lovely loose waves, a chic back comb or pin will add that sparkly finishing touch

Dainty rhinestone headband, £POA,

Draping beauty Embellish your waves with this glass pearl hair comb, adorned with silver plated detailing (Jon Richard drape comb, £45,

Get Ahead

From a vintage veil to an enchanting flower crown, bridal hair accessories present the perfect touch of individuality to your wedding look


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Hats off (or on!) For an alternative style, hats and hair bands deliver an added charm to your chosen theme (Emily London at Harvey Nichols)


ALLURING, EXTRAORDINARY WEDDING Whether you are planning an enchanting outdoor or indoor wedding, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa offers a variety of venues. Be it an intimate dinner within our landscaped gardens or an elegant ceremony by the beach, our wedding venues will provide a unique ambiance for your most important day. We have a dedicated wedding specialist who can help create an inspiring setting for a beautiful wedding. For more information or to make a reservation, or call +971 4 317 6528 N 25˚ 5’ E 55˚ 8’ DESTINATION UNLOCKED

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«Events that take your breath away» LilyVevents is a full-service design and planning atelier for custom event décor, floral styling, event rentals, event planning and coordination. Our services are designed specifically to provide clients seeking luxury and finesse, tailored executions to capture their vision for their one special day. 18 E. Lancaster Avenue, Paoli PA, 19301 | Tel: 267-736-4442

FASHION Bowtique London bowtie, £10,

For the Kids Cue satin sashes, precious pumps and miniature bow ties, these tiny treasures will ensure your bridesmaids and pageboys look the part


La Stupenderia party dress, £POA,

2 ‘Angelica’ shoes, £69,

1 Gucci hat, £POA,

2 Dr. Kid tartan bow tie, £12,

3 Ancar buster suit, £51,

4 ‘George’ shoes, £69,

5 Classic brogues, £790,

Royal bridal party attire has always caused ripples in the wedding world. Pippa Middleton’s gown proved to the world that not only the bride has to be dressed in white. Embrace fresh ivory tones with splashes of coordinated colour, and pageboys in soldier style jackets will give a charming regal twist — choose your favourite and coordinate colours

1 Mimisol headband, £POA,

2 Dolce & Gabbana dress, £539,

3 Quis Quis beaded bag, £112,

4 Quis Quis velvet shoes, £229,


Beauty Perfection is in the preparation. Pamper yourself with this season’s beauty must-haves for an enviable bridal glow

Institut Esthederm use revolutionary formulas to intensely moisturise skin. Fill fine facial lines with this hydrating mask for renewed radiance. As for that ideal honeymoon body shape, Dr. Ceuticals has developed a range to tone you in no time (Hyaluronic mask,; photo plasma,; body firmer,

Don’t miss Tropical tan lines in our latest men’s swimwear picks

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Best Buys

Whether you’re honeymooning in a sun-soaked destination or saying “I Do!” on a snow-capped mountain, we’ve tracked down the greatest products for both weather extremes!

Fragrant showers

Luxurious lather

Indulge in a luxurious bubble bath to de-stress. Infused with soothing aloe, lavender and sweet almond oil, it creates the perfect lather for post-wedding relaxation (Bath foam, £22,

Soothing serums

Every bride needs the right skin-strengthener in her beauty kit. To ensure your skin looks hydrated and healthy, make a serum part of your pre-wedding beauty regime (Serum, £42,; Serum, £16.99,

Aromas on the go

Revitalised skin

Maintain a sweet perfume scent on a skiing excursion with a solid perfume. It can be carried around in your bag or pocket, and re-touched every so often (Solid perfume, £POA,

I was a little sceptical about trying this lotion, but it really does work! My skin feels really soft after use and the lightweight consistency means that I don’t need to use much at a time

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Ensure you always smell fresh on your wintry honeymoon getaway. Blended with Indian rose, this relaxing lather enriches your shower experience, with aromatic sensations (Foaming shower gel, £8.50,

Unforgiving wintry winds can result in skin damage. To guarantee radiant, firm looking skin, opt for a cream enriched with Vitamin C. Vitamin C rejuvenates skin for a brighter and tighter appearance (Vitamin C Cream, £POA,

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Body


When there’s a chill in the air, we know winter has arrived. Keep your skin looking radiant during the frosty season with our breakdown of the perfect beauty products to beat the chill!

Perfumed tresses

Winter cleanse

Your hair needs a little extra TLC in those chilly winter months. Finding the ideal shampoo can be a hassle, but look no further than Infuse My Colour! It revitalises dull and damaged locks, making sure your hair sparkles just as bright as you do (Shampoo, £13.95,

Whether you’re opting for a classic up do, or loose waves, every bride needs to ensure that her hair looks good and smells good too. For a sweet aroma that lasts all day, go for the Thameen Riviére hair fragrance (Hair fragrance, £85,

Velvety lips

No one wants chapped lips on their wedding day, especially when it’s time to kiss the groom! Carrying a moisturising lip balm is essential to avoid flaking and to maintain smooth lips throughout the big day (Lip treatment oil, £POA,; Lip balm, £15, moalondon)

Institut Esthederm Hyaluronic Mask

I suffer from oily, combination skin, with some parts of my face getting a little dry. But this product made such a difference, my skin felt so much more hydrated after using it. It was smooth and soft to touch, I would definitely recommend it!




Green Peel Treatment, BeautyWorx

With glorious sunshine and lush greenery, many choose the hotter months to say their nuptials or to jet off on honeymoon. Maintain your glow amid the sweltering heat with our chosen collection of products

The treatment lasted approximately 30 minutes, and afterwards my skin looked radiant. After a couple of days, my skin was glowing and evenly toned. I feel this treatment would be excellent for busy brides-to-be as you can see an improvement with only one treatment

Beach bodies

Face food

Too much time in the sun can be harmful. For added protection, go for the Face Food Cream by Majo Medicine. Infused with essential oils, the moisturiser keeps your skin looking revitalised and rejuvenated (Cream, £30,

Essences & oils

Essences and treatment oils are essential for maintaining hydrated skin when exposed to a fiery sun. Espa’s TriActive facial concentrate blends natural oils for brighter, rejuvenated skin (Facial concentrate, £60,

Maintaining a smooth and toned looking body whilst sauntering on the beach is every newlywed’s ideal. Skin tightening and repairing creams are essential for keeping that taut, healthy appearance (Tummy tone, £19.99; Cracked heel repair cream, £9.99,

Smooth to the touch

Rich in Shea Butter and Argan Oil, Thameen Fragrance’s Riviére body lotion promises to give any beautiful bride that stunning shimmering glow as she sashays down the aisle (Body lotion, £55,

Dr. Ceuticals Beach Perfect Body Firmer

This hydrating treatment helps firm up your silhouette and improve skin elasticity. I have found it easy to incorporate into my routine, and it melts into my skin effortlessly. It’s a great kickstarter for reaching those beach body goals!


Claudia Hawaiian glow

Wipe away the day with Vitamin E cleansing wipes, followed by the Hawaiian Kukui cream, to ensure for moisturised skin. It’s ideal for a sun-kissed glow whilst indulging on your honeymoon getaway (Facial cleansing wipes, £7; Body cream, £24,

Photo plasma

Perricone MD’s Photo Plasma cream creates an invisible shield that protects your skin from the harmful UV rays whilst keeping you looking radiant on your luxurious escapade (Photo Plasma, £59,

Golden shades

The eyes are windows to the soul, so make sure yours shine as bright as the dazzling sun. Golden shades and a sharp eyeliner will bring out the brightness (Liquid liner & Strobe lighting palette, £POA,

Neighbourhood Botanicals Daily Glow Oil

At first I was a bit concerned about my face looking greasy after using the oil, but my skin looks great and feels very smooth. I have also been using it before putting on makeup, and it’s made my complexion fresh all day!



Luxury wedding planners & event planners in London BRINGING DREAMS TO LIFE

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For him Never underestimate the variety of groom styles. We’ve selected some of our favourite trends to showcase this season

Loafers radiate a timeless sense of effortless and ease. Dune’s playful pink pair and the deep purple hues by Harrys of London are a refreshing twist on classical groom attire (Pink shoes,; purple shoes,

Did you know? Originally, in times when Scotsmen kidnapped their future brides, the groom’s friend who excelled in the capture became the best man

In this section 184 Life is a Beach 186 Get Groomed

Cufflinks, £285,

Life is a


Hemingsworth swimshorts, £185,


Jetsetting off to a tropical honeymoon destination? Ensure you look great beside the pool with our top swimwear finds. Plus, we’ve tracked down some stylish briefs for when you’re away from the water

If the bride is treating herself to new underwear for the wedding night, the groom should too!

Carreaux short swim shorts, £175,

Emporio Armani cotton briefs, £36,

Flipflops, £22, Libertine Libertine palm print shorts, £120,



Calvin Klein jersey boxer briefs, £38,

Gucci swim shorts, £380, Complete the beach-ready look with a comfy pair of espadrilles or flipflops

Three pack of boxer briefs, £40,

Shoes, £80,

Bulldog swim shorts, £225,


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Turtles boxers, £45,

Get Groomed

Suede shoes, £POA,

Step aside, and let the Groom become the handsome centrepiece at the end of the aisle. Add personality with fun colourful accessories or a patterned shirt beneath subtler layers, all ready to unwrap later on the dance floor

Shoes, £POA,

Velvet bow tie, £85,

Simon Carter Swarovski bubble cufflinks, £85,

Prada printed bowling shirt, £486,

Dotted bow tie, £33,

‘Mixed Motif’ print cotton cuff shirt, £150,

Liberty floral earth shirt, £135,

London navy geo border pocket square, £7,

‘Men’s Heritage 40’ watch, £POA,

Tod’s bow-trimmed loafers, £476, Bromley wool two piece suit, £249,


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‘48’ by Hadrian, £160,

Rhodes Aphrodite Weddings Rhodes Beach Weddings & Rhodes Aphrodite Weddings are based on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes, an island of magical beauty, guaranteed sunshine and stunning beaches. Your personal wedding co-ordinator and planner, Anna Nixon, has over 17 years experience in producing the very best weddings both in Greece and the UK. Anna treats every wedding as if it were a Royal wedding. To celebrate this very special wedding year Rhodes Beach Weddings and Rhodes Aphrodite Weddings are offering a special Royal competition. Book and deposit with us before May 1st 2018 quoting DWHA and we’ll enter your name into our prize draw. The lucky winner will receive a complete beach wedding set-up with Pergola, 20 chairs with white covers plus a red, white or Hessian carpet all worth 500₏. The winner will be drawn on May 1st, 2018

Anna - 0044 7741 250 393

Destinations From Balinese beachside bliss to the city stardom of Las Vegas, discover our elite roundup of wedding destinations and honeymoon hotpots

To set off the excitement of a destination wedding, a fun illustrated invite will delight your guests. These funky shades by Black Eyewear will keep tired eyes glamorous even after dancing the wedding night away (Sunglasses,; invitation,

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A marriage ceremony ends with a kiss because in Ancient Rome, a kiss was a legal bond that sealed contracts

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What Happens in Vegas…

USA From action-packed thrills to seductive luxury, this city is full of surprises and has any wedding programme covered. So dare to dream, book your flights and Viva Las Vegas!


Words by Emily Williams

hilst the kaleidoscope of flashing colours and glitzy nightlife dazzles many of its visitors, the wedding capital of the world has a lot more to offer than first meets the eye. Shining out amongst Nevada’s vast and sleepy desertscape, this vibrant city is where indulgence and hedonism take to centre stage. Las Vegas is a playground of endless entertainment: show-stopping performances, an eclectic mix of international cuisine and enough designer stores to fill a shopaholic’s heaven. Try not to let the city’s glamour distract you from its breath-taking backdrop, with majestic mountains and one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World only a road trip away. If one thing is for certain, you will never be short of activities to impress you and your guests for your wedding itinerary. Vegas is a place where you can’t help falling in love…all over again.

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Get swept off your feet on a private helicopter ride over the dramatic surrounding scenery of Las Vegas and get a fresh perspective on what makes this wedding location so unique. Soar over millions of years of geological history, the wide serene waters of Lake Meade and the architectural wonder of the Hoover Dam below, before descending to marvel at the Grand Canyon ablaze with the fiery colour of sunset ( Continue the adventure with a white water rafting tour of the Colorado River. Hang on tight and experience this amazing


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landmark like never before. Engage with the pristine natural surroundings away from the crowds and after an adrenaline filled day, kick back and relax with an authentic stay at Bar 10 Ranch. This secluded property positioned on the far north rim of the canyon embraces the true sprit of the Old West, with antique wagon wheel chandeliers and old pine beams. Enjoy the impeccable hospitality and doze off beneath the stars in your own private traditional Conestoga wagon (

Enjoy the Show

Grab another cocktail at the Venetian Hotel and gracefully glide down its Grand Canal in an authentic gondola, before invading your senses with a mesmerising live show. Cirque Du Soleil’s award-winning production called The Beatles LOVE, inspired by the legendary pop band, is brimming with flamboyant costumes, talented choreography and familiar hit songs that will make you twist, shout and dance the night away, knowing that love is all you need — it’s certainly worth a visit (

Feeling Sky High

Take your romantic vacation to the next level at the Top of The World Restaurant, elevated at an impressive 844 feet above the Las Vegas Strip at The Stratosphere Hotel. The award-winning menu will exceed your culinary expectations, as the slowly revolving floor enables you to feast your eyes on the magnificent 360-degree views (


Where to stay Bellagio

Getting Hitched

Why not follow the footsteps of fame and fortune down the aisle of Vegas’ most iconic wedding venue? The Graceland Chapel, named after none other than the King of Rock and Roll, and renowned for a remarkable A-list of celebrity weddings, is a versatile space for your dream Elvis-inspired wedding or a classical ceremony with all the traditional touches. Holding up to just thirty-five guests and situated in prime location on the acclaimed Las Vegas Boulevard, this charming space offers an intimate atmosphere for newlyweds; surrounded closely by the people you love (

From lover’s vows to lover’s retreat, continue the romance with a plush suite at the Bellagio hotel, where its dancing fountains are a must-see as night falls and the city begins to sparkle. This opulent aquatic display is a visual delight, and you’ll be guaranteed the best view in the house from the comfort of your own luxury room, or for the art lovers among you, watch them from the quirky Picasso restaurant surrounded by his vibrant original works. Before you go, don’t forget to pay a visit to the With its millions of lights, Las Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Vegas is often considered to be during your stay at Bellagio, which boasts a captivating rotating seasonal the brightest spot on Earth display of exotic plants and flowers from around the globe (

Did you know?

Offering a slice of tranquillity away from the neon-infused thoroughfare beyond its walls, The Four Seasons ensures there’s no need to gamble on your choice of reception venue. As a non-gaming hotel, this art deco inspired building allows the perfect distraction-free space to keep up the intimate feel, with a lavish banquet indoors, or perhaps a cocktail reception outside in the beautifully landscaped Fountain Terrace by a chic private pool. In the floors below, the hotel also provides a calming five-star spa oasis for the pre-wedding bridal party. Along with its warming desert-inspired décor, let the soothing scrubs, array of personalised massages and expansive Zen Lounge areas emanate a sense of serenity before the big day ahead (


Todd A. Gray, Wedding Officiant

I have been officiating weddings for over 20 years. I offer everything from a pre-written ceremony for those that are looking for something simple to a fully customized ceremony that is just yours. Whether you are looking for something small and simple or something grand and elegant I will do everything I can to exceed your expectations. Phone: 304-920-6098 Address: 3860 Kellysville Road | Princeton, WV 24739 Email:

Once, a house built in 1927 by Scottish settlers, now a Chapel previously visited by musical icons including Elvis Presley and Bon Jovi. Tel: 1(702)382-0091 | Email: 619 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA


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Rev. Helen Grubert

As a Celebrant and Registered Solemniser*, my passion is to create especially for you a beautiful and meaningful wedding ceremony which is both sacred and legal*, reflecting your individuality, love and commitment. Bridging the gap between Church and civil ceremony, I can marry you in beautiful settings including romantic castles and elegant hotels and other stunning locations. *Registered to perform Legal Marriages in The Republic of Ireland that are recognized in many countries. 00353 (0) 8635 434 06 | Based near Bantry / Cork, Ireland

THERESA DU TOIT I am absolutely passionate about marriage, love marriage, and believe your wedding ceremony should be such a celebration of who you are, and an expression of the love you have for each other! How wonderful to share words of love and wisdom with you on your wedding day! | +971503470167 Theresa D Wedding Celebrant theresadcelebrant


Bahamian Beauty THE BAHAMAS

In the furthest depths of the Atlantic, find a breath-taking chain of islands peppered across its western corner. Consisting of more than seven hundred islands, this private paradise is a honeymoon dream come true. Elope to the secluded serenity of The Bahamas and explore each atoll together on a heavenly island hop holiday


Did you know?

According to legends, pirates called Blackbeard and Calico Jack used to call Nassau their home

Your Introduction to Bahamian Culture... NEW PROVIDENCE Bursting with the flavour, sounds and eclectic colours of the Caribbean, New Providence, home to the country’s capital, Nassau, is the most populous of the hundreds of confettilike isles that sprinkle the western corner of the Atlantic Ocean. Rich histories of treasure chests and pirate coves still linger long after The Bahamas’ first island governor banished them from the shores. Follow the fortunes of voyages long ago, to rediscover the tropical medallion of New Providence in archipelagic paradise. THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE PARTY Seventy percent of the total Bahamian population resides in Nassau, the capital, which gives a unique community feel. Locals welcome visitors like new neighbours and will happily show you the epitome of island living. Vibrant costumes and a rhythmic mix of goatskin drums, whistles and horn blowers will enthral your senses at their soulful Junkanoo festivals, especially at Boxing Day and New Year’s Day events. Step into the street and keep up with the dancing feet of the jubilant parade that celebrates the freedom of slaves, and the vivacious spirit of The Bahamas. The energy continues at the traditional Straw Market on Bay Street, a lively trading hub for authentic shopping. You can’t help but grasp onto a new zest for life in this bustling hive of activity, as the friendly vendors light-heartedly barter with passers-by. Be sure to pick up bespoke handcrafted wares by native artisans to take home with you — from hand-woven straw hats and intricate wood carvings to the polished shell conch jewellery that will forever call you back to these calming coastlines.


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Where to stay Atlantis Paradise Island Paradise Island is the protective wing of pearly hued coastline just across from Nassau’s main harbour. Resting beneath a boundless cerulean sky, behold the majestic Atlantis Paradise Island Resort rising from the cobalt horizon. Reflecting the mythical mystery of the lost city of Atlantis, this architectural icon awaits your exploration. Fulfil any honeymoon fantasy, from relaxing by its impressive array of sun-kissed pools, to rocketing through river rapids and daring to take the Leap of Faith at its acclaimed Aquaventure waterpark. Top up the day with champagne bubbles and gourmet Japanese cuisine at Nobu, one of its celebrity chef restaurants. But even as you close the curtains at the dizzy heights of your luxury hotel suite, you’ll catch unparalleled views of the world’s largest open-air marine lagoon, where tomorrow tempts you to a one-of-a-kind snorkelling experience with a rainbow of tropical fish and gentle Cownose stingrays (

A GARDEN OF EDEN But if you seek a peaceful time alone with your significant other, away from the creative commotion of the city centre, couples can find calm at The Retreat parkland. Nestled a stone’s throw from the thriving thoroughfare; this internationally acclaimed eleven-acre garden bursts with one of the best-known private collections of rare exotic palms and bright Bahamian blooms. It is one of the four national parks in New Providence, and would be a perfect romantic picnic spot under the canopy of its enchanting native hardwood forest.


Did you know?

Locations in The Exumas have been used in films such as James Bond's Thunderball and Pirates of the Caribbean!

Secret Summer Sands THE EXUMAS Experience a vacation like no other on an island chain of unimaginable ecological beauty. Beginning thirty-five miles southeast of Nassau, The Exumas are made up of three hundred and sixty-five cays, strung out like stepping-stones to heavenly hop across each day of the year. Divided into three groupings called Great Exuma, Little Exuma and the Exuma Cays, these swirls of sapphire and icy blue hues under an eternal summer sky will leave you with blissful memories to escape to. Nature outnumbers man on this chain of mostly uninhabited islands, where your footprints may be the only traces in sand, except for an internationally famed little community of swimming pigs. No wonder celebrities have invested in private islands on this paradisiacal archipelago that moves entirely at its own pace. SUB-BAHAMAS Prized for world-class snorkelling and diving amongst some of the oldest coral reefs in history, sink away your troubles at the ocean bed, and explore the abundance of thriving corals, that act as magnets to a miscellany of marine life. You may even be lucky enough to find the ancient Stromatolites, the oldest known macrofossils to have cultivated on earth, just off the sandbanks of Stocking Island. No snorkelling adventure would be complete without a visit to the extraordinary Thunderball Grotto, famed for its appearance in James Bond as well as other A-list movies. A mysterious rock islet with a natural cavern hollowed out by the soft pummelling of ocean waves, is just a short boat trip from Staniel Cay. The shafts of lights filter through the cave’s multiple openings to illuminate a turquoise emporium of sea life and a mesmerising aquarium beneath you. The warming waters and maze of its eroded tunnels would be a once in a lifetime snorkelling experience on your honeymoon escape.

Where to stay Highbourne Cay A gateway to paradise, Highbourne Cay is where luxurious accommodation meets the minimalisms of island living. Situated on a privately owned atoll on the northern tip of the Exuma Cays, the isolation and pure serenity of this idyllic outpost draws romance from across the world. There are a selection of exclusive cottages with panoramic views of the ocean, and private access to East Beach, ranked as one of the best beaches in The Bahamas. Highbourne Cay caters your every culinary need, with a beachfront restaurant delivering the delicate flavours of fresh conch and lobster. Enjoy as the sun melts into sugary pink evening skies (

SOAR THE SKIES… If snorkelling isn’t for you, or you want to add a new dimension to your stay, take a seaplane flight with breathtaking birds eye views over the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Established in 1958 by the Bahamas National Trust, this fragile ecosystem spans twenty-two miles of whimsical shifting sand swirls across teal blue waters. Glide over unspoilt beauty, and gently land on a beach of your choosing to spend the day soaking in the glorious Caribbean sunshine or submersed in the warm crystal clear waters.


Did you know?

Don't be fooled by it's name! Grand Bahama Island is the fourth largest island in The Bahamas

A Little Something for Everyone… GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND A distinct mix of ecological wonders and modern attractions located in the northern region, Grand Bahama Island houses endless white sand beaches and crisp sapphire waters. It brims with history and charisma, and combines the glamour of luxury vacations with the unique allure of a small town. Celebrate your new beginnings nestled among miles of crystal sands and emerald green seas bursting with exotic wildlife. GOLDEN SAFARIS Be the driver of your own tropical adventure, as you partake in Jeep Safari Tour. Tour the island in your very own open-top jeep, as part of a group led by experienced guides. Make a stop at the islands crown jewel, the Lucayan National Park. Home to the largest underground cave system, dive beneath the surface and explore the seemingly untouched underwater caverns of The Bahamas. Once you’ve resurfaced, saunter through the pine trees and mangrove trails as they spill out onto the beautiful Gold Rock Beach. Observe as the low tide unveils its rippled sand 'Welcome Mat' and invites you and your significant other into its cool azure waters. MARKETS AND MUSIC Wander down the pathway of the Grand Bahama’s main shopping district, Port Lucaya Marketplace. Stock up on local handcrafted straw and shell items you can discover in the dozens of vibrant boutiques and markets stalls. After a long day of shopping, stroll down to Count Basie Square, grab a bite to eat and delight in the resident live evening entertainment.


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Where to stay Grand Lucayan Resort Coupling the l u x u r i o u s r e s o r t experience with traditional Bahamian flair, the Grand Lucayan Resort is the complete all-inclusive romantic escapade. Ideal for honeymooners, the Lucayan Love package includes a breathtaking ocean view from one of the resort’s Lighthouse Pointe range of suites, with furnished balconies and close proximity to the spectacular infinity pool. Make sure to indulge in the couple’s Swedish massage, before heading off to an elegant fine-dining experience at the resort’s in house restaurant (

BONFIRE ON THE BEACH… For water sports galore, take a trip down to Lucaya Beach. Brimming with a vast variety of eco-adventures, Lucaya is the ultimate beach for the thrill-seeking voyager in you. Satisfy your need for excitement through several activities from windsurfing and water-skiing to parasailing and dolphin watching. In the afternoon opt for a horse ride down the sparkling shore and enjoy the soothing sounds of the cerulean waves. Later in the evening, partake in a bonfire on the beach. Socialise with locals as you are entertained by a mesmerising island fire dance, whilst indulging in a Bahamian buffet. Or for a more romantic evening, take a stroll along the more secluded Coral Beach, located west of Lucaya Beach and relax under the moonlit skies.


From City Blues to Idyllic Pink Hues ELEUTHERA AND HARBOUR ISLANDS Adorned with pink-hued beaches and vibrant coral reefs, Eleuthera and Harbour Island are the embodiments of tropical luxury. Characterised by unique New-England flair, this paradise island charms visitors with its infectious easy-going ambiance and picturesque settlements. The rows of century-old trees and gingerbread houses have become a cultural magnet for tourists, whilst its pleasant scenes of rocky cliffs and buzzing culture makes it one of The Bahamas' most sought-after island getaways. Boasting of lush greenery and idyllic island views, Eleuthera and Harbour Island are the perfect romantic escape for doe-eyed honeymooners. SEASIDE VOYAGES… Exploring the Bahamian underwater haven is a must. Coastal boat tours, snorkelling through beds of starfish, drifting alongside the loggerhead turtles and diving with dolphins are a few of the many leisure activities available. Partaking in a tour is an adventure waiting to happen. For the more avid thrill-seekers, dive free-fall into the Current Cut. This “drift dive” moves at speeds up to 10 knots, leaving the daredevil diver to tumble and drift through the turbulent waves. The surface scenes of the rushing royal blue sprays are a magnificent view and are a land-lovers delight. BLUSHING SANDS Just when you think this island paradise couldn’t get any more magical, the bubble-gum hues of the magical pink sand beach will prove you wrong. Stretching over three plus miles, Harbour Island’s blushing sand beach has been characterised as the most beautiful beach of The

Where to stay Coral Sands Located above those pink sands of Harbour Island, Coral Sands is the definitive destination for honeymooners seeking island-style luxury. Whether staying in a cosy room or a private oceanfront cottage, you’ll find the personal touches echo the Coral Sands’ ethos of chilling out in stylish surroundings. Enjoy the pink sand beach and undisturbed natural setting, or for adventure, take advantage of the kayaks, paddle boards, beach bicycles, snorkelling equipment and beach volleyball. Sip sundowners overlooking the miles of rose coloured sand before a culinary feast in the Latitude 25 restaurant, or for dinner à deux, reserve a private dining experience in your suite (

Bahamas. The crimson tones, come from Foraminifera: a microscopic organism with coral shells, that mix in with white sands and azure oceans to present the stunning scenic beach we have today. Experience a horseback ride down the rosy strip or saunter barefoot and hand in hand, down the cool soft coral sands and bask in sultry glow of the Caribbean sun. PINEAPPLE PICNIC Sample the mouth-watering local fruits the islands have to offer when joining a tour of the illustrious Pineapple Farm. Walk leisurely through endless fields, bursting with juicy ‘Sugar Loaf ’ pineapples, and picnic under the Bahamian sun, whilst taking in the simplistic island beauty. Make sure you visit just in time for the Pineapple festival to create everlasting memories planting your very own pineapple and indulging in the plethora of other tropical fruits, from delectable papayas to bountiful bananas the choice is endless.



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In a place called Paradise, everything should be perfect. Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas - All Inclusive, pursues excellence in all aspects of luxury and hospitality. It is the perfect place for couples to indulge, unwind, and enjoy all that The Islands Of The Bahamas have to offer

Terms and conditions Prize valid for travel between 1st September – 30th November 2018. The prize does not include transfers to and from the airport in the UK. The competition is open to entrants 21 years old and above. Entrants must reside in the UK & Northern Ireland. The winner of the prize draw will be picked at random by the publisher of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Abroad magazine. The winner will be notified by 14th June 2018. There is no cash alternative to the prize. Both people must travel to and from the same airport together. Entry automatically subscribes to data communications from the Bahamas Tourist Office and Barrhead Travel, which can be unsubscribed at any time.


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An adult-only, all-inclusive resort hotel, Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas — All-Inclusive lifts any stresses, leaving you to simply enjoy yourselves. Relax on the resort’s private harbour beach, or take in some of the best views of Nassau Harbour and the island itself from the Sunset Terrace and Boardwalk on the harbour. Located on the south shore of the island, the resort is conveniently located close by for shopping, dining, the Paradise Island casino and world-famous Cabbage Beach. This holiday prize is offered courtesy of Barrhead Travel and The Bahamas Tourist Office.

The prize includes: • All meals and snacks, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages • Free standard Wi-Fi internet access from the beach to the bedroom • Entertainment and activities • Fully equipped fitness centre • Amber Spa, a full service spa and salon (at an additional cost), with monthly and seasonal specials • Tennis, Basketball Court, Bocce, Beach Volleyball, Horseshoes, Panama Jack bicycles (free to use) and more • All levies, energy surcharge, gratuities, and 7.5% VAT included • Prize valid for travel between 1st September — 30th November 2018 • Prize does not include spending money, transfers, travel insurance or any additional extras • The prize is non-transferable

How to Enter To be with a chance of winning, just answer the following question!

The national flower of The Bahamas is

a) Bougainvillea b) Hibiscus c) Yellow Elder Send your answer to using The Bahamas Honeymoon Couples Competition as the subject field, then provide us with your name, address, preferred email address, date of birth and contact number. Submissions deadline: 30th May 2018


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The Perfect Roman Holiday… Inspired by Audrey Hepburn

ITALY Tourism in Italy has hit record heights, but instead of reaching for that trusty old guidebook, see Rome’s awe-inspiring art, history and culture. Step into the world of the timeless Hollywood classic… words by Claire Bloomfield


eleased in 1953, romantic comedy Roman Holiday saw the much-loved Audrey Hepburn cast in her first major starring film role and won three Oscars. Hepburn, then just 24-years-old, played the role of a princess who escapes the palace to spend a glorious day in Rome with journalist, Joe. He realises he has landed the scoop of his career before inevitably falling head over heels for Hepburn.

Gelato on the Spanish Steps

In one of the movie’s most iconic scenes, Joe and Princess Ann are reunited at the Piazza di Spagna as she tucks into a delicious gelato treat and reveals she has ‘runaway from school’. Gelateria Giolitti is just a short stroll away, but unfortunately, tourists can no longer eat or drink at the famed 18th-century Spanish Steps immortalised by Roman Holiday — and breaking the rules can land you a hefty fine.

Zip around on a Vespa

Audrey Hepburn causes chaos as she attempts to weave through the traffic, markets and cafes on a Vespa, with her co-star clinging on behind. Whilst taking in Rome’s most famous sights at speed, they whizz by the iconic oval amphitheatre, the Colosseum. But you would be advised to take your time in exploring this Ancient Roman site. Avoid the queues and purchase your fast-track tickets in advance (


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Have a Hair makeover by the Trevi Fountain

After catching a glimpse of an Italian lady leaving the hair salon with a classy short hairstyle, Hepburn heads into Via della Stamperia 85 for her very own makeover. Although the hair salon is now a popular clothes boutique, it’s set alongside the Trevi Fountain, arguably the most famous and beautiful fountain in all of Rome.

Joe Bradley’s Apartment

The apartment’s interior and its traditional spiral staircase were all filmed in a studio, but the outside features of Joe Bradley’s apartment and quaint courtyard are all accessible through a cobbled passageway from Via Margutta 51.

Getting Married

There are over 400 charming churches across Rome to exchange your vows, but the 10th century Santa Francesca Romana and the baroque church Santi Nereo e Achilleo should both be on your shortlist. Unsurprisingly, due to the huge number of requests from couples all over the world, waiting lists at churches can sometimes be particularly long. It’s also worth remembering that the more conservative Catholic churches in Rome require shoulders to be covered, so you may need to rethink that strapless bridal gown. If you want your dream Italian wedding to become a reality, look no further than Italy Wedding Packages. They specialise in destination weddings, ensuring all arrangements are in place. It couldn’t be simpler! (


Our 3 top tips 1 Take a train ride to florence

The train from Rome to Florence is one of Italy’s busiest routes so you are advised to book your ticket in advance and arrive well ahead of your scheduled departure time. The journey takes just 1.5 hours so this is the perfect chance to tick two magical Italian destinations off your bucket list (

2 Be careful when you travel

Did you know?

The world’s oldest Vespa that featured in Roman Holiday was sold at auction in March 2017 for a staggering €191,000.

The temperatures in Rome can soar to over 30 degrees Celsius in the summer so look to schedule your trip between March and May or September to October to escape both the heat and the intense crowds. It will also still be warm enough to enjoy Rome Cavalieri’s outdoor pool and terraces during these windows.


Enjoy a moonlit movie night

A movie under the stars, preferably with an enormous gelato in hand, is the perfect date night option and one Audrey Hepburn would certainly approve of. Rome’s openair cinemas show everything from Italian classics to contemporary international films and although there are numerous options to choose from, Isola del Cinema is our top pick (

Where to stay The Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria

Take me to church

You can even have your wedding ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica – the world’s largest church

Whether you want to bathe like a Roman emperor or dine in Rome’s only 3-Michelin-star restaurant, The Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria should be at the top of your honeymoon wish list. Rome Cavalieri opened its doors in 1963, and has gained an enviable reputation as one of the city’s leading hotels. The luxurious property is situated in a 15-acre private Mediterranean park, on top of Rome’s highest hill and boasts breath-taking panoramic views. The Penthouse and Planetarium Suites have private terraces with hot tubs, so it’s easy to see why several Hollywood celebrities check-in here. Toplevel suites are also decorated with unique furnishings, including an original Andy Warhol painting and Karl Lagerfeld’s sofas. If you’d like to get married here, Rome Cavalieri’s team of experts will help you plan the wedding of your dreams. From hand-made invitations to artisanal design of wedding rings and even the planning of your honeymoon, this is a resort that truly goes the extra mile to ensure your big day is chic, personal and stress-free (



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The Hills areAlive AUSTRIA A picturesque Austrian paradise with magnificent views and astonishing architecture, SalzburgerLand is truly mesmerising. Discover how the birthplace of The Sound of Music could be perfect for your special day


isten as the Austrian hills come alive with the sound of wedding church bells, and let Mozart’s melodies serenade you through the enchanting streets of his Baroque-style birthplace. Salzburg is a European jewel, an emerald city surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls and glistening freshwater lakes. Its romantic architecture and intricate cathedral spires fill the quaint city centre, where horse drawn carriages clip clop around the hidden historical squares on the banks of the Salzach River.

Spectacular Sights

As SalzburgerLand’s silver white winters melt into spring, the gentle whirring of bicycle spokes emerges as it transforms into a world class cycling destination for fitness fanatics and adventure seekers alike. Climb every mountain, reenergise in the pure air and take in the breath-taking views in this hiking hotspot, before resting your feet at a local guesthouse nestled in the foothills to feast on homemade Austrian delights.

Rich with heritage and culture, this World Heritage site has a wealth of activities to keep your guests busy during their stay. Visit the celebrated Mozart museum, sip from a stein at a beer brewery or listen to live classical orchestras in one of its many decadent concert halls. It couldn’t be easier with the SalzburgerLand Card, giving you access to 190 sights and attractions in and around this musical metropolis.

Tying the Knot

SalzburgerLand certainly is a spectacular place to get married, with its charming churches and manicured gardens giving a picturesque back drop for photographs of your special day. The Marble Hall at Mirabell Palace has been voted one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the world; its Angel staircase lined with cherub sculptures will guide you to the aisle, and just outside rests the magnificent Pegasus fountain, renowned for its iconic appearance in The Sound of Music. Compose a romantic celebration fit for any Hollywood movie, with Doris Wallner’s tailor made wedding planning service. Her passion and unique Austrian flair will leave you with lasting memories filled with all your favourite things. With strong experience in a variety of civil and church style weddings, she offers a warm and personalised experience for her clients. Doris works very closely with you to organise and prepare a stress-free wedding from the early stages to finishing touches. She believes that no wish is too outlandish, and with years of experience she will work tirelessly to create a flawless occasion for you and the one you love (


Love at

First Sight

FRANCE Surrounded by one of the world’s best natural landscapes, Les Rives d’Argentière offers a dreamy backdrop for your wedding. It will melt your heart, even if you don’t believe you’re a mountain-lover


t’s no secret that Mont Blanc, as the highest peak in Western Europe, holds a special allure for many acrophiles and winter-sport lovers. Whatever time of year you visit, this area never loses its charm. Overlooking this renowned mountain, Chamonix is a charming village that whether covered in snow or displaying the green mountainous summit, invites both moments of adventure and serenity. It is well known as being the first spot of the Winter Olympic Games, and a favourite destination for alpine adventures. A perfect place with breathtaking scenery, authenticity and harmony, it’s an ideal location for a wonderful winter wedding. In Les Rives d’Argentière, I found an irresistible base for the special day of your dreams. It is a versatile and unique retreat, allowing married-couples-to-be to celebrate in luxurious and intimate surroundings. A new hamlet of fivestar chalets, linked together from the lower ground floor, can be hired to welcome up to 50 guests. As it is possible to host everything under one roof here, it’s a stress-free choice for your wedding. All the time saved from potential transfers can instead be spent in the fitness suite, sauna, Hamman massage room, or heated outdoor pool. The resort’s décor is simple and modern, where natural materials, such as wood and stone, express a cozy atmosphere. Unwind by savouring a snack in front of the fireplace or sit back on the porch and daydream. If you’re looking to indulge, the luxury catered package at Les Rives d’Argentière will provide a private chef to prepare your daily breakfasts, afternoon tea, and fine dining evening meals.


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First Steps for Celebrations

One of the things that most impresses me at Les Rives d’Argentière, is the amount of activities on offer in the same space. You can experience a bachelor party here, and stay right up until the honeymoon, without experiencing any monotony. To start, let your guests taste the first tier of the mountain experience with Les Rives d’Argentière’s airport transport service. Driving just over an hour’s drive from Geneva airport,


Step it up

Mont Blanc is regarded as the birthplace of modern mountaineering

When to visit?

the landscape will absorb all your attention. Upon arrival, attentive staff and a delicious meal are ready to welcome you. Everything will be prepared for you, including bespoke activities for you to enjoy your last days of single life if you wish. What could be better than starting off celebrations with an iconic train ride to Montenvers, where you raise a glass of champagne amongst the magnificent landscape? Luxury getaways are tailor-made to suit any requirements, from an adventurous parachuting or ski party, to small tours around the town or mountain. As this moment is to celebrate a new step of life, you might as well use this experience to say goodbye to the previous chapter by checking out the Zen stag and hen packages. Pamper your best friends with a relaxing experience to balance energies and increase invigoration. After this, cocktails can be served in the hot tubs, and the cinema room will be transformed into a disco for the party. One of the top recommendations for before the big day is to book a spa treatment. Here, the therapeutic massages will work miracles to reduce tensions, energise the body, boost endorphins, and restore good posture. After this, serenity and confidence will shine forth.

The best time for a winter wedding in the French Alps is between January and March. It is both quieter and cheaper then

Time to say, “I do!”

Inspirational ideas for your special day are not lacking. For example, you can arrive at the ceremony on a sledge drawn by huskies, or adrenaline-lovers can make an entrance by parachuting! There are even a vast variety of venues for the ceremony itself. If your preference is an intimate indoor spot, the Ouartz Plenary room is an ideal option. The largest meeting room, the Quartz Plenary opens to a large terrace, boasting a great view of the Mont Blanc chain. After the ceremony, raise your glass and depart for a meal that is set to impress. Enjoy all the regional flavours of the authentic and exquisite cuisine. Each dish is also combined with a special selection of matching wines. One of the greatest aspects of tying the knot at Les Rives d’Argentière’s is the hassle-free planning. The team, who are always attentive and ready to assist, provide a full concierge service for any specific requirements you may have. They will book restaurants and tours for you; organise deliveries and transportation, so overall, there are no worries. Just enjoy.


Did you know?

This glass skywalk is said to be the tallest attraction in Europe!

Honeymoon for Two

After the whirlwind celebrations, say goodbye to your guests and continue to enjoy the moment together, with the same breath-taking scenery. Glide through the white hills with your new spouse, as you enjoy the winter sports as newlyweds. The ski resort Les Grands Montets is within walking distance, but also, others such as Verbier in Switzerland, or Courmayeur in Italy are included with a MBU ski pass. A break to visit Milan, Italy, or even a spa in Saint Gervais, Switzerland are all also possible plans. However, if you’d like to fly close to the sky, a helicopter or hot air balloon ride can be arranged. It would certainly be a memorable first trip as a married couple! Before you leave, don’t forget to glimpse through the window at the purest white landscape, created by the perfect combination of mountain snow and solar reflections. The view is truly a paradise, and will be more than just a background in your photos, it will be an incredible delight in your memories.

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Wine and cheese Delight in the fantastic selection of regional cheeses and fine wine, the perfect combination for your dégustation

Yoga classes Before any ski ride on intense sporting activity, start your day with a session of zen to prepare yourself

Tour of “Grotte the Glace” Take a picturesque railway ride from Chamonix to Montenvers and visit the ice cave in the heart of a glacier

Aiguille du Midi This cable car will take you to the 360° view terraces, where you can simultaneously see the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. For those who want to test the fear and “step into the void,” the skywalk glass room at 1000 metres high will give you such an adrenaline rush!


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Christian Eckert The Managing Director of the outstanding Omnia discusses the magnificence of Zermatt, and why the hotel is the perfect retreat for newlyweds


ermatt vibrates with life. Shops, cafés, bars and stylish hotel lounges provide distraction and entertainment, yet Zermatt is also the idyllic Walser mountain village with its 500-yearold wooden chalets at easy walking distance. It offers a variety of romantic venues and hidden corners. Every road leads directly into the quiet and rugged mountain landscape at the foot of the Matterhorn. AT THE OMNIA, with its unique location, interior design, culinary choice, comprehensive spa facilities and a high level of service, we pride ourselves in being the ideal place to spend unforgettable moments of peace and harmony — at one with nature. The Omnia is a fusion of a variety of elements and influences, creating a harmonious unity.

“ We pride ourselves in being the ideal place to spend unforgettable moments of peace and harmony”

OUR GUESTS LOVE being able to feel perfectly at home here. This is a further strong point that The Omnia prides itself in. Guests are able to distance themselves from their daily worries and can relax completely. They arrive as guests and return as friends. FOR HONEYMOONERS, we recommend a glass of champagne with some delicious snacks on our breathtaking terrace. Our signature Tower Suite is a particularly good room for newlyweds to stay in. It consists of two rooms with its turret and a balcony facing the Matterhorn. The apartment comprises a parlor with a sofa, open fireplace, flat-screen TV, stereo system and a telescope. The bedroom boasts a kingsize bed, divan, flat-screen TV and stereo system, while the bathroom includes a bathtub, an additional full shower bath and a changing area. It’s truly romantic. FOR COUPLES looking to get married on site, our terrace is the ideal venue for a cheerful reception, and our gourmet restaurant can seat up to 40 guests. We do not offer standardised wedding packages because we prefer to reply to the inquiries of our guests personally and provide a package tailored to their requirements. THE FUTURE IS looking bright for The Omnia. All I can reveal at the moment is that our next steps will involve improvements to our spa facilities (


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“ Every road leads directly

into the quiet and rugged mountain landscape at the foot of the Matterhorn ”

“ [our costumers] arrive as guests and return as friends ”

“ The Omnia is the fusion of a variety of elements and influences creating a harmonious unity ”


Islands of Bliss THE MALDIVES Adventure to a paradise of turquoise waters and white sand beaches; experience vibrant culture and fall in love with The Maldives Words by Vanessa Donkoh


hen you think of The Maldives, images of captivating ocean views and sun-kissed white sands, strewn with striking sea shells, come to mind. The soothing sounds of the waves gently stroking the shore, seemingly untouched islands and mesmerizing sea life. It is the perfect honeymoon escape for starryeyed romantics and buzzing with vivid culture and cuisine for intrepid explorers. The Maldives is the perfect hybrid honeymoon destination, for those seeking a serene atmosphere, and those pursing a more cultural experience.

vibes of the islands, but there is a unique charm to the bustling streets and markets. The city is home to several artefacts and attractions, making for an exciting and riveting experience.

Spend your days lounging by the artificial beach, located on the eastern seafront of Malé. Enjoy a romantic stroll along the shore, or simply indulge in the soft waves of the sea. A range of cafés and restaurants serving local cuisine encompasses the man-made beach. Enjoy a traditional Maldivian meal whilst taking in the city views as the locals engage in games of cricket and soccer on the neighbouring open fields. After The tropical archipelago situated in south-eastern lunch, saunter down to the Majeedhee Magu Market. The Asia, is a sequence of small islands sprinkled across the pathway that ribbons Malé from east to west glistens with Indian ocean. Particularly renowned for thriving sea life, spectacular textiles and accessories. underwater beauty and idyllic views, The Maldives has become one the most renowned honeymoon destinations in the world. However, it has much more than just this. The Idyllic views and fairy-tale oceans summon feelings of Maldivian islands are a cesspool of culture. With history seclusion. With so many islands making up the entirety of driving from Singaporean and Sri The Maldives, some are completely barren. It’s the perfect Lankan ancestry, it has much to offer. dwelling for a secluded romantic escape. Take a stroll along So, after you’ve bathed in the sapphire the shore and enjoy a candlelight dinner along the beachfront. waters and reclined on the sands, go The ocean’s breeze caressing your skin and the iridescent for a stroll and visit the Theemuge, reflection of the candles on the water creates the ultimate the presidential palace in the historic picturesque honeymoon experience. Spend your days journeying from island to island via seaplane or speedboat, centre of Malé. delighting in the tranquil nature. It’s a haven full of exotic wildlife and swaying palm trees The miniature Maldivian capital is the pulsing heart of the nation. Bursting Venture off to the Mudhdhoo Island for a magnificent beach with colour, it is an extraordinary place experience. Whilst wandering underneath the indigo skies, for travellers. The buzzing streets of observe the ostracod crustaceans shift to luminous specks Malé are a stark contrast to the peaceful showered across the ocean. When the ostracod crustaceans

Your Sanctuary

Vivid Culture


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Where to stay Naladhu Anantara

meet water, they emit light beacons for a few minutes, creating what is called a firefly experience — a truly magical vision. Whether taking a dip in the serene oceans or reclining by the sea front, The Maldives provides the loveliest ambiance for your romantic paradise.

Absolute Relaxation

Relaxation and The Maldives are 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. So, go ahead and heighten your honeymoon 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.

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For couples who desire the definitive luxurious getaway, the Naladhu Anantara’s, Pure Romance package is for you. Located on the South Male Atoll, this magnificent resort is the realisation of a perfect holiday dream. On this island of luxury, abound in endless romance in your Ocean House close to the seashore. After being greeted with champagne and chocolates upon arrival and basking in the calm waves of your private infinity pool, promenade along the crystal white sands to a candlelit dinner for two. Delight in a menu laden with an elaborate array of gourmet Maldivian cuisine and saunter back to your lodge, where your own personal house master, caters to your every need (

Tantalising Taste

Maldivian cuisine blends a myriad of flavours that ignite your senses, making it 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, with most dishes designed around it. Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, and Wahoo are types of fish that can be found in most Maldivian meals, not to mention Oysters — a well-known aphrodisiac. Dishes including raw fish are not indigenous to the islands, but if you have a craving for it, you can delight in a sushi brunch event, located at the SeaHouse restaurant in Malé. Enveloped in panoramic views of the incredible Indian ocean and lagoons, relish the sunset as you awaken your taste-buds with intense flavours ( Island Hopping is essential to take in all the cuisine The Maldives has to offer. Take a seaplane down to Mihiri Island and watch every meal prepared before your very eyes. Such traditional experiences can be found at the Muraka Restaurant, established at the Mirihi Island Resort. The rustic wooden eatery floats on the islands lagoons, and includes an open-floor section with stunning views of the sea below (

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 sights whilst snorkelling in the Banana reef. As the first dive site discovered in The Maldives, this hidden treasure is brimming with diverse coral formations and extensive wildlife. From barracuda’s, manta’s 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 cliffs and caves formed over centuries. Maldivian history dives deeps into the depths of the ocean, where you can find sunken shipwrecks and artefacts venturing hundreds of years back. The Maldives’ Victory is quite a historical location, in which you can find the ruins of a Singaporean cargo ship. The structure remains intact and is now a home for fruitful growth of new corals. Later in the evening, grab a surf or paddleboard and roll across the ocean waves to catch spectacular glimpses of rich schools of fishes. Relish the underwater beauty of the tropical islands where honeymoon memories will last forever.


…an idyllic private island escape, only a scenic 35 minute seaplane flight from Male international airport. Surrounded by a white sandy beach and crystal clear waters you will feel like you are in paradise. If you wish to simply relax, there are isolated stretches of inviting white sandy beaches and gentle waves of the lagoon to massage your stress away. For the more energetic there is a wide variety of recreation facilities including sports, excursions, private picnics and excellent diving. Baa Atoll offers an abundance of undiscovered reefs teeming with shoals of colorful fish and bright coral gardens.

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Reethi Faru Resort the new holiday escape in the Indian Ocean. This tiny island of Filaidhoo in the Maldives, measuring just 600 x 350 m situated in Raa Atoll, northwest of Male is surrounded by the most stunning white beach, coconut groves and lush vegetation. Special attention had been paid to the design and location of each of the 150 villas to give you the perfect stay in a romantic hideaway in this new 4 Star Superior Resort.

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Events with stunning views of Tokyo from the 39th floor Park Hyatt Tokyo provides the perfect setting for any occasion. From social gatherings and corporate events, we take pleasure in creating unique events which are defined by creativity, imagination, unparalleled atmosphere and a commitment to quality. The Ballroom, Venetian Room and Drawing Room and Private Dining can cater to everything from a small cocktail party in an elegant private residence, to a dramatic dinner gala in the high-ceiling ballroom with remarkable views.

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Park Hyatt Embrace the Art of Perfection Your wedding is the event of a lifetime. This is a time to indulge your most romantic fantasies, and Park Hyatt Tokyo pledges to make the celebration a reflection of your personal taste and style. When you choose Park Hyatt Tokyo to celebrate the most important day of your life, we’ll devote ourselves to designing a day that perfectly reflects you and your love. Our wedding coordinator will ensure that sumptuous cuisine, exquisite linens and elegant flower arrangements will delight your guests as much as they will you.

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Bali Bliss INDONESIA Arguably the most well know of Indonesia’s islands, Bali is frequently depicted as one of the world’s greatest destinations. Boasting a thriving culture and breath-taking landscapes, it is also the perfect enviable getaway for you and your new spouse…


amed the “Island of the Gods” and frequently depicted as paradise on earth, Bali is a luscious haven home to the warm and welcoming people. With its laid-back ambience and dazzling landscapes, the island is an ideal location for true romance. Discover the varied landscape of hills, mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, experience world-class surfing and diving, or simply enjoy a private dining experience beside the Indian Ocean or at a remarkable cliffside spot Bali is home to a deeply spiritual and unique culture, meaning that numerous temples, historical sites and locations of extreme beauty are sprinkled across the island. In fact, the countless Hindu temples are a particular draw to visitors, as every village is required to have at least three. One of the island’s most well known temples is that of Tanah Lot, famed for its spectacular offshore setting and spectacular sunsets. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst crashing waves, Tanah Lot temple displays fascinating culture alongside a breathtaking backdrop.

Island Hopping

A romantic getaway to Bali puts you in a perfect location for exploring some of the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia. Situated directly beside Bali are the picturesque islands of Java and Lombok, each with something unique to offer. Why not make the most of your honeymoon and go on an island hopping adventure!


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Where to stay The Samaya Seminyak Bali Combining a unique delivery of Balinese hospitality with a spectacular beachfront location, The Samaya Seminyak possesses all the right ingredients for a truly romantic getaway. Opt for a villa alongside the famous Seminyak Beach, or in a peaceful village courtyard setting. Wherever you choose, you’re guaranteed unparalleled levels of service, privacy and security. Dine on delicious dishes at the beachside Breeze Restaurant, allowing you to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze, as well as sensational sunsets (


Where to stay

Where to stay

Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu

Bagus Jati

The first Radisson Blu property in Indonesia, Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu sits on one of Bali’s awe-inspiring cliffs. It is close to Bali’s biggest attractions, best social hubs and world-class surf spots. Featuring deluxe rooms with a private balcony, plus suites with a rooftop terrace, all accommodation offers views of the sea, gardens, or both in full panorama. The resort also boasts two restaurants, three bars, spa, fitness centre and kids club. Five event spaces are designed to make weddings and other milestone events extra special (

Nestled among a gorgeous tropical rainforest, Bagus Jati is a world-class centre for holistic healing, wellbeing and soothing spa treatments. For those seeking to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this natural wonderland offers sweeping idyllic views of mountaintops and jade forestry for an ethereal getaway that encourages a oneness with nature (

Coral beauty

Bali sits in the middle of the world’s richest waters for corals, therefore it is thriving with marine biodiversity

Sthala Ubud Immerse yourself in a true Balinese experience at Sthala Ubud, a brand new Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott International. Situated in a peaceful village, the hotel is encompassed by a magnificent greenery, while still close to Ubud Central. Unwind on the first rooftop bar in Ubud and watch the sun set amidst the valleys as you indulge on a signature cocktail. Celebrate your special day where the serenity of the Wos River creates a truly enchanting ambience (

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Did you know?

The island is called ‘The Island of the Gods’ due to it having more that 20,000 shrines

Situated on a beautiful private beach in the tropical haven of Nusa Dua, this adult-oriented hotel defines laid-back chic by rejuvenating the body and soul. The all-inclusive packages are ideal for the ultimate rest and relaxation as you enjoy luxurious rooms, world-class facilities and exciting activities. Sample the restaurants that cater to any taste, from passionate Italian to sumptuous Asian cuisine. End your evening on the white sands, watching the glorious sunsets fall beyond the horizon (


Did you know?

In the Indonesian language of Bahasa, ‘Lombok’ means chili!

Luscious Lombok

Compared to Bali, the idyllic island of Lombok has established its name through its outstanding relationship with nature. It is more natural, less crowded and more rugged in juxtaposition to its sister island. Travellers from all across the globe are drawn to Lombok’s relaxed pace and natural beauty — but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t stimulating adventures to be had for thrillseekers. Understandably, the island is an allure for outdoor enthusiasts, and the varied topography plays host to many activities. Venture north to witness Indonesia’s second highest volcano, named Gunung Rinjani. Trek to the summit and behold the jaw-dropping sights of sensational sunrises and volcanic calderas. Alternatively, explore through Lombok’s incredible interior of verdant forests and fertile rural areas. With this distinguished landscape, it is easy to forget that it was in fact surfers who introduced the appeal of Lombok to the Western world. The southern coast is a delectable fusion of arching coves and legendary breaks, so this is where surfing fanatics converge.

Where to stay Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa Puri Mas is unique in many ways. It is home to the only infinity pool in Mangsit Bay, facing directly to the ocean, and also has the only award-winning spa in Lombok. Enjoy the beachfront Ballroom restaurant, dazzling infinity pool and serene Yoga Garden luxury spa — there is much to do here. The idyllic tropical gardens stretch to the beach where palms fringe the sea. Indulge at the open-air Beach Restaurant, located directly beside the ocean for uninterrupted views across the ocean to Bali. If you’re looking for the ultimate romantic adventure, make sure to stay in a Romantic Villa with Private Pool (

Joyful Java

The heart of Indonesia and its most populous island, Java is brimming with cultural treasures and iconic landscapes. Couples can marvel at Borobudur, a 9th century Buddhist monument, or The Prambanan Temple Complex, a magnificent Hindu temple. Alternatively, enjoy the stunning traditional performances at the Prambanan Temple Complex by live dancers, singers and talented musicians. Performed in a romantic setting, the spectacular show can be marveled at by guests, making it a popular entertainment for couples. For a taste of history, visit the National Museum. Located in the capital of Jakarta, the museum boasts an enormous collection of cultural objects from Indonesia’s various ethnic groups. It is a fascinating experience that allows honeymooners to really uncover how the island country became the way it is at the present day. The building itself is also incredible, so make sure to get plenty of honeymoon snaps!

Cultural roots

The people of Java are said to have a very strong culture and some famous mythology


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Where to stay MesaStila This five-star resort beautifully balances a focus on luxurious living, whilst keeping the traditional, local and wholesome experiences in tact. It incorporates an unparalleled collection of remarkable antiques and enchanting buildings. Set within 22 hectares of outstanding natural beauty, amongst eight mountains and lush vegetation, MesaStila is stunning. Spend your days sampling Javanese food that uses local and organic produce, some from the gardens of the resort. Stay in one of the 23 villas that individually decorated and built on the top of the hill in the middle of the coffee plantation — ideal for a tranquil honeymoon escape (

The Essence of Tradition, Luxury and Style.

Puri Mas Boutique Resort and Spa, was originally built as a family residence. Therefore, since its beginnings, the Resort has never been run solely as a business. The focus is and always will be on our guests, making it the perfect venue for your wedding and honeymoon.

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Sol Beach House Bali Benoa

Telephone: (62) 361 771714

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A wedding day sparkler like this Ted Baker ring is a beautiful keepsake for your bridesmaids to remember their special involvement forever. But before the big day ahead, your invitations are what will get your guests guessing the theme. This invite by Paper Themes has an illustrative design for a fresh and youthful touch (Ring,; invitation,

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(without causing a breakup!) Keystone Law matrimonial lawyers, Kim Marshall and Carolyn Bottomley explain how, when and why you should convince your fiancé that a prenup is a must-have prior to getting hitched


our wedding day is approaching. But as you contemplate saying I do, you can’t help but wonder if you’ve forgotten something. Did you organise the photographer? Did you remember to pay the caterer? What about the prenup? While bringing up the idea might seem like a difficult task, having the conversation together could be the key to having a healthy and productive marriage.

Why everyone needs a prenup We are in love! What could ever come between us? Then life happens, people change and sometimes divorce comes knocking at the door. Entering into a prenup compels couples to discuss important financial issues early. Dealing with this at the outset can truly strengthen a relationship and support good communication throughout a marriage. A prenup enables both of you to agree how assets are to be held and managed during the marriage. For example will you have a joint bank account? How will you hold property? This provides you with certainty and clarity and avoids potential future problems. Before signing a prenup, you will

both be required to disclose, to each other, details of your assets, debts and income. This ensures you are both aware of each other’s finances at an early stage and avoids any surprises further down the line. It also encourages honesty and openness in the marriage. Perhaps one of you, or your parents, have been through a difficult divorce and are all too aware of how costly this can be, both emotionally and financially. Setting out what will happen in the event of a split should ensure fewer arguments about finances and save you a small fortune in legal fees.

But doesn’t having a prenup mean we think our marriage will fail at the outset? No. Of course you both hope and intend that your marriage will last and that you will grow old together, but it’s loving and caring to ensure that you protect each other financially. Think of it like an insurance policy. You hope not to have to rely on it, but it’s reassuring to know that it’s there.

I thought they weren’t legally binding in the UK anyway? Prenups are now an everyday part of many family lawyers’ workload and if the document is drafted by a legal specialist and adheres to certain requirements, you should expect to be held to the terms of the agreement, as long as it is fair and provides for both parties’ needs. However, the law in this area is constantly evolving. It is therefore important to bear in mind that the law relating to prenups may be subject to further clarification by future decisions of the superior courts or may be the subject of legislation passed during the course of your marriage.


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How and when should I raise the subject? As soon as possible. Try to plan ahead and allow plenty of time. Ideally, bring up the subject several months before you tie the knot, to allow plenty of time to negotiate the terms. You’ll have plenty of other things to think about in the lead up to the big day and it’s all too easy to let time run away. Sensitivity is key when broaching the topic. You might say that you want to discuss both of your financial expectations from the marriage, including what you both want to share. It can be helpful to have an open and honest discussion about your finances at the outset. This sets the tone for good communication, which is key to a successful marriage and can actually strengthen your relationship.

Already married?

You can still enter into a postnup that can provide the same financial protection. However, it may be more difficult to sign when you are both enjoying life as newlyweds!

My fiancé agrees. Now what? It is important to speak to a lawyer that specialises in prenups as well as family and matrimonial law. They will fully consider your situation and goals before you enter into a prenup. For guidance and a free initial consultation with our experienced family and matrimonial lawyers, contact Kim Marshall or Carolyn Bottomley (

Don’t present your fiancé with a document to sign. Instead, discuss the broad terms between yourselves before contacting your lawyers to prepare an initial draft. Allow sufficient time for the document to be negotiated, considered and signed. Agreements should be entered into at least 28 days before the wedding to avoid any situations where it may be signed “under duress”.

Think about legal costs Each of you is required to take independent legal advice about the effects of the terms of the agreement before you sign. If you are the one who suggested the prenup, you might want to offer to pay for your fiancé’s lawyer as well as your own.


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20 years of HOSPITALITY 1997-2017 20 years of HOSPITALITY 1997-2017

Anniversary journal, £18,

Inspiration It’s often the little details that make all the difference. These pockets of inspiration online may spark new ideas to ensure that you, your bridal party and the wedding itinerary are prepped to perfection as the countdown begins…


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Collect and reflect on lasting memories with an anniversary journal. Also, use your wedding day makeup case for years to come afterwards!

#Web Tips For that dream bridal body, here you’ll find free access to the world’s largest nutrition and calorie database

‘Evlina’ vanity case, £125,

Colour Pallete App

Find and create colour combinations that bring all aspects of your wedding day together in tasteful tones


Prezola Gift List

A nifty wedding gift list and honeymoon fund all in one place. Your guests shop, then presents are delivered for free

i translate

Honeymooners, translate text, websites and conversations in over 100 languages without the roaming charges

Wedding Party APK

Effortlessly collect photos from all your guests and let them create fun GIFS and photo strip mementos




Get your dreamy dose of boho chic in this hub of vintage inspired dresses and wedding venues


Something blue… find artisan baking and sugar craft at its finest amongst this heavenly collection of cakes

@hayfordandrhodesflowers Stunning floral design inspiration for your bouquet that is bound to capture the essence of you

@Ralph & Russo

From the runway to the red carpet, these spectacular designs could inspire your choice of gown

#Pinterest ENVIABLE


London charm

Fan of the city? Why not transport your guests in an iconic red double decker bus!


DWHA || march / april

Party playlist

Treat your guests to a CD of all the best hits of the night, the perfect musical memoir

Mrs Makeup

Perfect for storing all the wedding day essentials! We love this personalised touch

Bridal beauty

Let your eyes do the talking with a natural complexion, nude lip and a gentle blush

March / April 2018  

Dedicated to the romance and glamour of marrying abroad

March / April 2018  

Dedicated to the romance and glamour of marrying abroad