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Editor-in-Chief’s Letter In association with The Omnia Zermatt Dear couples, Summer is just around the corner and so are weddings! I’m looking forward to seeing newlyweds celebrating, surrounded by family and friends - it’s been long overdue. With this in mind, we bring you an issue filled with ideas and advice to make the most of your special day. In our Inspired pages, we celebrate talented and stylish UK bridal designers. To complete your look, we have many options we know you’ll love; jewellery, shoes and dresses galore. We have a beautiful selection of summer wedding ideas too, from flowers, and cakes to tablespaces and accessories, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Have a look through our gorgeous styled shoots too, be inspired by the beautiful elopement amidst the romantic vineyards of Brickhouse, in Devon (pg. 35). Breathe in the new season with refreshing fashions from world-renown brands. Whether you’re planning a beach wedding or a palace soiree, you’ll find styles that suit your taste and budget. To get the exclusive on the latest bridal trends, we sat down with the American bridal designer Alexandra Grecco. Don’t miss the full interview starting on page 60, where she shares her road to success and takes us through some of the collections that have made history. Personally...I’m in love with the Botanica Collection, inspired by flowers and their resilience. This campaign brings joy and hope during these difficult times. Across our Destination pages, you’ll find some of my top romantic escapes, from the Caribbean shores of Antigua to the majestic sceneries of Cumbria. We’ve gone out of our way to share the best locations for outdoor weddings; some have mesmerising surroundings to accompany them and others have top-notch service, which you won’t be able to turn down. We have a detailed interview with one of the most elite venues in Cyprus, The Cupule, and they’re waiting for couples for a ‘one-of-a-kind’ wedding.

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As for planning - we got you covered! Even if 2021 weddings will look a little different, you’ll still need all the essentials to make your big day stand out. Floral designers, planners and a detailed guide to UK weddings await you. And if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, visit weddingsandhoneymoonsmagazine.com for more. Ciao!

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CONTENTS

IN THIS ISSUE COVID-19 WEDDINGS Find the latest Covid-19 wedding rules GETTING HITCHED IN CYPRUS Why you should marry at The Cupule in Cyprus BEST OF BONNIE When planning in Scotland, we got you covered IMAGE CREDITS: HENRY .W.S. MULLER FOR MILLER WHITE


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24 ALSO IN THIS ISSUE... INSPIRED

28 WHAT’S TRENDING: In this issue we celebrate some of our

favourite UK designers

35 AN ENGLISH ELOPEMENT: A sustainable shoot set in the Devon countryside

44 A MEXICAN DELIGHT: Caysie and Bobby had an intimate

your wedding with our selected vendors

Cumbria is a blissful UK wedding destination

FASHION

100 INTERVIEW WITH ROBERTA TORRESAN: We had a

elegant collection for a grand wedding

58 HERMIONE DE PAULA THE GARDEN CAMPAIGN: A

selection of gowns inspired by the beauty of nature

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68 ANTIGUA: Uncover the magical atmosphere of Antigua and plan

celebration in San Jose del Cabo 46 LESS IS MORE: This couple took off on an adventurous elopement

52 JULIE VINO PALACE 2021 COLLECTION: A romantic and

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are set for your big day 65 BEAUTY FILE: The beauty secret you should always take with you

DESTINATIONS

REAL LIFE WEDDINGS

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64 BRIDAL BEAUTY CHECKLIST: We want to make sure you

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82 COUNTRY ROMANCE IN CUMBRIA: Find out why

PLANNING

chat with the Italian planner Roberta Torresan to find out how the future of destination weddings looks like 102 TOMAS DE BRUYNE: The top floral event designer Tomas De Bruyne shares his success and expertise with us


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Features Editor Vanessa Donkoh Creative Director Jack Taylor Digital Development Director Emanuela Federici Marketing Director Aleksandra Nikolova

Public Relations Ruchira Talwar Commercial Director Anthony Baines Special Features Director Brian Horrocks Account Director (Italy) Maria F. De Tommaso

meet our

CONTRIBUTORS SPECIAL FEATURES EDITOR

EMILY WILLIAMS

Our Special Features Editor, Emily Williams, is eagerly awaiting the return of the wedding season. As we approach summer and COVID-19 restrictions lift, she’s excited to see how couples adapt their plans for their postponed celebrations. Industry trends are showing two distinct paths: meaningful micro weddings that focus on personalised details, or a ‘marry now, party later’ concept where you save the lavish reception for next year! Which style are you leaning towards?

Account Director (Home & Leisure) Tripura Patel Account Director (France) Ross Bey Account Director (Africa) Mark Hind Account Director (Spain) Cristina Gambino Sales Director Darren Collins Financial Controller Amelan Siva Chairman Parry Cockwell Visit us on weddingsandhoneymoonsmagazine.com Instagram: @dwhamagazine Twitter: @DWHAmagazine Pinterest: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad Facebook: @dwhamagazine Email: info@dwha.co.uk

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. Weddings & Honeymoons magazine is published by DWHA Limited registered office, 26 The Quadrant, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW9 1DL, United Kingdom.

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5 Top Tips for a perfect summertime wedding Our Special Features Editor Linda Blamer shares 5 suggestions on how to have the summer wedding of your dreams this year!

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ummer 2021 is going to be “hot” both figuratively and literally. With Covid restrictions beginning to lighten up and with a backlog of weddings, this summer looks to be both full of activities and non-stop weddings. That is certainly the case at Blame Her Ranch.

BIO Linda is the owner of Blame Her Ranch which was built under her direction and design in 2007. In 2017, Linda and her husband Steve began marketing the ranch as an independent Airbnb-like location. After her daughter’s wedding, many vendors approached the Blamer’s to host weddings at their ranch based on its beauty, uniqueness, and location. And, that’s how it all started...

It is also fair to say, that guests will expect a memorable event having been stuck in their homes for the past year. So, put on your party shoes and creative bonnet and let’s plan the perfect summertime wedding by using these 5 helpful suggestions:

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LOCATION

It all starts with the venue, so make sure the location for your special day has a great summer climate and atmosphere. There is numerous information on the web that will help you zero-in on the country and city that matches your desired climate and scenery. A little extra work beforehand truly pays off. That is why we like Santa Fe so much because of the 300 days of sunshine, low humidity, and temperatures rarely above 90 degrees.

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Okay, it’s a little boring but it’s something for you to keep in mind and plan for, especially if your event is outdoors. Here at our ranch, we have a built-in Plan B. If there’s bad weather, our couples can easily shift from outdoors to our Cowboy Chic Barn. Sit down with your wedding planner or event coordinator and make plans in case of inclement weather. Get ahead of it so you don’t have to worry on the day of your event.

SUMMER FOOD

Since it is going to be warmer, play into that with signature cocktails, popsicle stands, and other things that will quench the thirst. Maybe even an ice cream wedding cake and sweet cold treats during the reception. In other words, refreshing foods to match the summertime mood.

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USE THE HEAT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

No matter where your wedding is, battling the heat will be something you will need to deal with. Here are some fun ideas to tackle the heat. Put together welcome bags with bottled water, sweet and savoury snacks, sunscreen and yes, even bug repellent. Another cute idea is to offer men and women Chic Fedora hats to help with extra sun protection, but with a flair (and what a great keepsake). Finally, at night, with the approval of your event location, fireworks are a great choice for the grand finale.

POOL POSSIBILITIES

If your location, like here at Blame Her Ranch, is lucky enough to have a swimming pool, take full advantage of it because nothing says summer more than a great pool! But, make it special. Instead of having a traditional welcome or rehearsal dinner, why not make it a pool party with food and activities. Decorate with floating flowers to take it to the next level, use colourful LED lights floating in the pool to keep the party going well past sunset, create custom beach towels, have “beach boy-like” music or hire a band. Food-wise, keep it light with dedicated estival foods like vodka watermelon balls, margarita snow cones, etc. The whole idea here is to break the norms and make your event a truly memorable wedding.


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SUMMER WEDDING IDEAS AND BRIDAL STYLES

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Top Online Trends!

What we’re loving from our social media

Photographer @aliapaienda MUA @bonnys_wonderland Planner/stylist @french_wedding_ in_scotland Model @rebecca.methven Model @akinsahn Cake @the_sweetcrumbsedi Florals @bothyblooms

CONSCIOUS DRESS SHOPPING

One of our favourite fashion forward ateliers is Bon Bridé, who creates sustainable, striking yet effortless bridalwear which is a perfect for the modern day woman. @bonbride

SHOP LOCAL

Elizabeth Paulin, founder of Bothy Blooms says: “We try and use as much local flora as possible, working with highland based flower farmers. Over the last year, our practices have become more sustainable to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Follow us @dwhamagazine on instagram and facebook for our latest inspirations #dwhamagazine

CHARITABLE GIFT

We have been through a tough year, individually and as a society. One thing that many of us have learnt is how fortunate we are, charity, therefore, is high up on many of our agendas.

WEEKDAY WEDDINGS

We are likely to see the rise of weekday invitations, mainly driven by the pent-up demand of 2020 spilling into 2021.

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L AT E S T U P DAT E S O N

COVID-19

Weddings Due to the current lockdown across the UK, weddings, civil partnerships and events are restricted. However, from the latest government announcements, couples will be able to have restriction-free weddings from the 21st of June.

As it currently stands, the government guidelines for weddings are different throughout the UK.

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UNITED KINGDOM RULES & RESTRICTIONS

COVID-19

ENGLAND From the 12th of April to the 17th of May only 15 people can attend weddings in approved venues. From the 17th of May, weddings can take place with up to 30 people.

WALES Weddings can take place only in approved venues. The maximum number of attendees is regulated by the venue’s capacity. There must be social distancing between households and social bubbles.

HOW WE DID IT!

KAYLYN & TONY’S STORY HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN EACH OTHER?

NORTHERN IRELAND Up to 25 people

can attend wedding ceremonies in Northern Ireland. Although, with 15 people or more a risk assessment is required. Face masks must be worn at all time.

SCOTLAND Until April the 26th only 5 people are allowed at weddings, including the couple, witnesses and officiant. If an interpreter is needed, then six people may attend the wedding. gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidancefor-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships

WHAT WILL WEDDINGS LOOK LIKE?

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THESE LOCATIONS?

We’re both from St. Petersburg, Florida and our families live 5 minutes from each other. We went to high school together and even though we were in different social groups, we were always aware of each other. It was not until after undergrad that our romance started.

We married in the Church and reception venue that my parents were married in. They just celebrated their 30th anniversary and we couldn’t think of a better place to have our wedding. It’s also the Church that Tony grew up going to and I was baptized there.

WHAT WAS THE PAST YEAR LIKE FOR YOU?

HOW WAS GETTING MARRIED IN 2020?

I’m a healthcare worker in New York and I worked tirelessly on the frontlines in Mt Sinai’s COVID Intensive Care Unit. During the pandemic, Tony launched his company, Buzr (getbuzr.com) which has since grown to 15 employees with offices & a lab on Roosevelt Island.

WHERE DID YOU HAVE YOUR WEDDING?

We got married in St. Raphael’s Church and we celebrated at the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club in Snell Isle.

2020 was a difficult year. I experienced the sadness and difficulty of it first hand as a frontline worker. Tony was always there for me. His support and care got me through this pandemic. We knew that we wanted to finally celebrate our love, of course, with all the precautions. We planned a small, intimate wedding with our families and closest friends. It turned out to be a wonderful day and it was just what we needed at the time.

Good news! The country is gradually reopening and the plan is to celebrate restriction-free weddings by the 21st of June. And how will weddings look like? For sure, the majority of couples will opt for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Try opting for weekdays; venues will have more availability and costs might be lower. Many will prefer small gatherings. You

can always have several events with your different social bubbles if you’re worried about having a big celebration that people might not attend. Soon to be married couples will start to have options again and weddings, as we know them, should start to go ahead once more. Always make sure to check and follow the latest government guidelines

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NICKY BEADED LACE VINTAGE PUFF SLEEVE BRIDAL DRESS IN IVORY £359, monsoon.co.uk

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What’s Trending

UK Styles We celebrate the UK designers that are taking the bridal world by storm…

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BRIELLE, CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO, LOVE STORY 2021 carolinecastigliano.com

DARWINII DRESS ONE SHOULDER MILLER WHITE millerwhite.co.uk Photo: Henry .W.S. Muller


CHARLOTTE MILLS JAMIE charlottemills.com

INSPIRED

BETHANY JAYNE £65 sixstories.co.uk

RAINBOW CLUB X JOHN LEWIS TALIA johnlewis.com HERMIONE HARBUTT FLORIANA CUFF BRACELET £265, hermioneharbutt.com DUNE LONDON DREAMIE £165, dunelondon.com

DUNE LONDON CLARETTE £165, dunelondon.com

ALEX MONROE VINE AND LEAF SERUNI DIAMOND RING, alexmonroe.com

HALO HEADBAND £32 sixstories.co.uk

FINAL TOUCHES

Let’s not forget how important it is to finish your look with the right accessories. Jewellery, pumps and clutch bags are just a few musthaves that will compliment whatever style you’ve picked. Find here some of the best UK brands to flaunt as you waltz down the aisle. All the extras you see here are contemporary pieces from the latest and limited collections that you can easily find online or in stores around the UK.

JOSIE IVORY TULLE BOW WEDDING BAG CHARLOTTE MILLS charlottemills.com

SIX STORIES sixstories.co.uk

JESSA IVORY GLITTER CLUTCH WEDDING BAG CHARLOTTE MILLS charlottemills.com

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Say ‘I do’ 1,800 meters above sea level surrounded by unforgettable scenery and nature. The Walliserhof Grand-Hotel & Spa offers couples all year round a breathtaking landscape for their big day. The romantic mountain village of Saas-Fee is surrounded by 18 majestic four-thousand-meter peaks. Ideal for extraordinary moments and memories.

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A Fairytale Affair CITY SOPHISTICATION MEETS STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEWS... SUPPLIED BY DM EVENTS & DESIGN

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THE PERFECT VENUE When you’re working with a venue like Cedar Lakes Estate, inspiration and ideas are endless. To match this beauty, we envisioned a New York City couple trading city life for mountain air and lush greenery. Destination wedding photographer Stephanie Brauer captured every detail of their imagined romance with her signature painterly film aesthetic.

THE DREAM TEAM

VENUE Cedar Lakes Estate, cedarlakesestate.com PHOTOGRAPHY Stephanie Brauer, stephaniebrauer. com PLANNING & DESIGN DM Events & Design, dmeventsny.com FLORIST Porcelain Vine Floral, porcelainvine.com MENUS, ESCORT & PLACE CARDS Yonder Design, yonderdesign.com CAKE Sarah & Simon, sscakedesign.com LINEN La Tavola, latavolalinen.com RENTALS Party Rental Ltd, partyrentalltd.com TABLETOP CERAMICS Tellefsen Atelier, tellefsenatelier.com BRIDAL DRESS Kleinfeld Brida, kleinfeldbridal.com BRIDAL SHOES Bella Belle, bellabelleshoes.com BRIDAL ACCESSORIES Hushed Commotion, hushedcommotion.com TUX Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com HAIR & MAKE-UP Willow House Beauty, willowhousebeauty.com

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STYLED SHOOT RUSTIC ELEGANCE The Chef’s Garden provided the perfect backdrop for our intimate garden dinner, and no garden soiree is complete without a gorgeous trellis dripping with seasonal blooms. Porcelain Vine Floral created a gorgeous celebratory mood with the flowers that harmonized with the rustic elegance of Cedar Lakes Estate. Inspired by the natural hues and tones of the landscape, different variations of our colour palette were used to make each space its own.

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An English Elopement

Inspired

STYLED SHOOT

AN ECO-FRIENDLY SHOOT SET AMIDST A ROMANTIC VINEYARD SUPPLIED BY THE UNBRIDLED

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Inspired

STYLED SHOOT REAL LOVE The real-life couple, Georgia and Helen, are the focus of this ethical, eco-friendly and vegan-inspired shoot set at Brickhouse Vineyard, in Devon. Elopement weddings inspire the editorial, and the attention is on the intimacy of the wedding location. The venue is a charming countryside paradise, and its airy and warm ambience make it a perfect backdrop to host weddings.

THE DREAM TEAM VENUE Brickhouse Vineyard, brickhousevineyard.co.uk PHOTOGRAPHER AND STYLIST The Unbridled theunbridled. co.uk FLORISTS Emma Hewlett Floral Design and Poppy’s of Exeter, emmahewlett.co.uk, weddingsatpoppys.co.uk DRESSES Grace Loves Lace, graceloveslace.com CAKE Flour + Zest, facebook.com/flourandzest STATIONERY Wonderland Invites, wonderlandinvites.com TABLE ACCESSORIES Mademoiselle Mojo, @mademoiselle_mojo CERAMICS Febbie Day Ceramics, @FebbieDay HAIR Natalie Nichols, facebook.com/ NatalieNicholsBridal MAKEUP Hannah Laura May, facebook.com/ hannahlauramay CATERER M Welsh Catering, mwelshcatering. co.uk FURNITURE Virginia’s Vintage Hire, virginiasvintagehire.co.uk JEWELLERY Rebecca Furze Jewellery, rebeccafurzejewellery.com NAPKINS Sami Couper, samicouper.com/napkins

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REAL LIFE WEDDINGS TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THESE COUPLES CELEBRATED THEIR SPECIAL DAY

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A FINE ART

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RealWeddings Life THE DREAM TEAM VENUE Legion of Honor, legionofhonor. famsf.org WEDDINGS PLANNER The Lovely Time, whatalovelytime.com MUA Alice Tang, @alicetangmakeup CATERING Grace Street Catering, gracestreetcatering. com PHOTOGRAPHER Janine Licare, janinelicarephotography.com OFFICIANT Larry Wilkerson, heartfeltweddings.com CAKE The Cake Coquette, cakecoquette. com FLORIST Hawthorn Flower studio, hawthornflowerstudio.com

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THE COUPLE

Jessie & Qiyuan

got married in the gorgeous city of San Francisco

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fter college, we both moved to San Francisco for work and this is where we first met. It was the perfect destination for our wedding, because it’s where everything first started. When choosing venues, we immediately decided to go with the Legion of Honor because this place is so special to us. Legion of Honor is one of the first places we went to as a couple, and both of us love the art and architecture of the museum. Our theme was vintage so the venue was very fitting for this. The view of the Golden Bridge from the wedding lawn was absolutely beautiful, and the gorgeous Rodin sculptures in the reception room really brought everything together. Since our wedding was in the fall, we chose an autumn-inspired colour palette and art inspired by the museum’s art exhibitions e.g., Monet Rubens and Fridd. We believe all weddings are ‘once in a lifetime’ so we wanted to make ours as special as possible. A lot of the costs were inevitable i.e., venue, florist and catering. We were able to keep costs down with things like stationery, photos, and guest gifts. However, when our overall costs exceeded our budget, we would discuss it and decide how much to spend. Many of our guests were local, but for our family members who visited from China, we rented a large Airbnb house in the south bay for them. We also helped our out-of-town guests to book hotels in the area. My wedding dress was from a local bridal shop, Bo Lee Bridal Couture. I didn’t have a preference before shopping. Bo (owner of the shop) was very nice and patient. She helped me try different wedding gowns and recommended dresses that would fit my silhouette. My wedding dress had a very special design -- with both romantic lace and a sexy V-neck. Qi’s tux was from BlackTux, he was able to bring his groomsmen altogether to find the perfect look for the wedding. Advice that I would give to couples planning their wedding, would be to plan ahead. Also, be patient with each other, the wedding is for both of you.

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Caysie and Bobby

exchanged vows in the natural beauty of San Jose del Cabo We were thrilled to have our wedding in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico! Bobby and I have family in both California and Kansas. We wanted to pick a neutral location and thought it would be a great opportunity to visit our favourite city with all of our closest friends and family! It was super easy to find our venue. Lynda, my stepmom has been visiting Flora Farms for years. She took Bobby, my dad and me for dinner there in January 2019 – we immediately fell in love with the vibe, the people, and the food. We knew we wanted to get married there one day. This was also a special trip because it is when Bobby asked my dad for his blessing! Bobby got his tuxedo from an online website called Black Lapel. He was able to fully customize his tux, which is perfect because he is 6ft 9in and it is hard for him to find items in store. I got my dress from a cute bridal boutique in Kansas City named Fabulous Frocks. I used to walk past the store daily with my dog and always envisioned getting my dress there. I picked a super simple Katie May dress off the rack. Once our budget was established, our wedding planner Bonnie kept everything super organized. Our line of communication with her and her team was so fluid and open, we were never worried about extra charges or surprise bills. For decoration, we wanted to keep the space minimal and neutral. This allowed the lush landscape and barn at Flora Farms to shine. We told Bonnie our vision and she truly brought it to life. She added furniture items, table settings and lights that enhanced the space without overpowering it. Flora Farms is also home to a few lucky dogs that randomly roam around the space saying hello. Bobby and I are dog lovers, so this was a very special surprise. My advice to other couples would be to invest in a wedding planner from the very beginning! It is worth every single penny. It would have been nearly impossible for us to find the right vendors without one!

THE DREAM TEAM DESIGN & PLANNING Bliss Events, blissevents. co.uk A/V / DJ Alex DJ Cabo Events, alexdjcaboevents. com PHOTOGRAPHY Photo by Julieta, byjulieta. com RENTALS / PRODUCTION Cabo Rental Decor / Baja Boutique Rental Company HAIR AND MAKEUP Los Cabos Makeup, loscabosmakeup.com CAKE Cakes by Donna FLOWERS Flowers & Events Los Cabos VENUE Flora Farms, flora-farms.com GROOM’S SUIT Black Lapel, blacklapel.com

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More Vietnam Photography by Andrea Verenini

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THE COUPLE

May & Andrew

eloped to the bustling city of Hoi An, in Vietnam...

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e love to travel and explore the world together, and because of my Vietnamese origins, we wanted to elope to Vietnam and celebrate our love there. We picked different locations around Hoi An for our wedding day, each with a unique style. After a private ceremony on a boat, we headed to 200 Years in Hoi An for a break and to escape the heat. Friends recommended it and we thought it was perfect due to its link to Hollywood. We fell in love with the character of the place, steeped in history. For our restaurant, we wanted a riverfront location, away from the hustle and bustle, with tropical vegetation and also a private area for us to relax in with a cigar, so we picked Thirty Seven. We wanted our big day to be very minimalistic and we didn’t think the locations we selected needed any extra decorations-we definitely were looking for a raw aesthetic. Our colour palette was inspired by Hoi An’s famous okra walls, and we opted for a blue suit and a white dress to compliment this. Indeed, we were inspired by our own style, which is understated but elegant, and by the locations we visited. We kept things very “basic” and focused on what was important to us: atmosphere, our passion for one another, an experience to remember, suggestive locations and, most importantly, photography. I was very fortunate to have Baina Uchaeva as my makeup artist for the day, she created a perfect look that reflected wonderfully through the photos. Baina was recommended to us by a friend and after checking out her IG, we fell in love with her work. We didn’t have guests at our wedding. We will be doing a big wedding later on, but we wanted a very intimate micro wedding style of elopement. Of course, in planning this day, the distance was a challenge. Although, it was also a great opportunity to take some time from our busy lives to travel and visit the area, and really get in touch with the Vietnamese culture.

THE DREAM TEAM PHOTOGRAPHY Andrea Verenini, andreaverenini.com VENUE Thirty Seven, facebook.com/ ThirtySevenWoodfired & 200 Years in Hoi An MAKEUP Baina Uchaeva, bainauchaeva.com

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Roshni & Liam

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e both live London but chose my hometown in Leicester to host our wedding. Winstanley House was the first and only venue we visited, and it was perfect for us. It was private, modern, luxurious and surrounded by lush greenery. The venue was easy to reach and included a hotel where our guests were able to stay. They were also able to cater to our Indian & Caribbean fusion cuisine and included this in our package, which was super helpful. Finding somewhere to cater to our exact menu would have been either extremely rare or super expensive! The rarity and richness of a Caribbean & Indian fusion wedding was something very special, and we ensured to keep as many of these elements in as possible. We had Caribbean canapes, followed by a three-course Indian feast, against a classic R&B, soul and lover’s rock playlist. We wanted our décor to be clean, simple and elegant but with elements that displayed romance & royalty. This was amplified through minimalistic invites and stationery which I designed myself. Deep emerald green was our key colour, and was incorporated through foliage, Liam’s jacket, the bridesmaids’ dresses, and my Indian jewellery. Winstanley House’s exposed red brick, the red dahlias and white roses featured in my bouquet and centrepieces, also helped to create the classic look we wanted. Given the current climate, we did face quite a few hiccups during the planning process. When it came to choosing my bridal look, after many disappointing shopping trips, I decided to get a bespoke Indian outfit made. Originally, my mum was meant to bring back the outfit from her trip to India. But when the pandemic hit, India was in lockdown & my outfit was on hold for months. Luckily, my amazing mum communicated the whole process on my behalf from start to finish via WhatsApp and the outfit arrived a week before at her house. We also went from planning a 200-person wedding to 15 the week before due to COVID-19 guidelines. This was initially quite stressful, but it ended up being the most perfect and intimate wedding with our immediate family. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t have everyone we loved with us, but we were so grateful that we were still able to create our dream day.

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THE DREAM TEAM VENUE Winstanley House, winstanleyhouse.co.uk PHOTOGRAPHER Westlake Photography, westlakephotography.co.uk VIDEOGRAPHER Jonny Noakes, jonnynoakesphoto.com DECOR & HIRE Iron Swan & Co, @iron_swan_and_co FLORIST A A More & Son, aamooreandson.co.uk CAKE The Lady Who Bakes, theladywhobakes.com HAIR & MAKE UP Anika Chauhan, anikachauhan. com BRIDE’S INDIAN OUTFIT Lengha by Steal A Style, facebook.com/stealastyle BRIDE’S WHITE SKIRT Ted Baker, tedbaker.com/uk/ Edited/wedding-shop GROOM’S JACKET Hackett London, hackett.com/gb/home BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES ASOS, asos.com/women

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FASHION

FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR BRIDAL LOOK FROM THE LATEST COLLECTIONS

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Julie Vino Palace 2021 Collection julievino.com


Liz Martinez Bridal Sands FW21 Collection lizmartinez.co.il


Lihi Hod Bridal Dreams Collection lihihod.com


Hermione de Paula The Garden Collection hermionedepaula.com @hermionedepaula Team Photography: Kristin Vicari @ kristinvicari Floral Design: Wild Renata Flowers @wild_renata_flowers Makeup: Roberta Kearsey @ beautybyberti Hair: Cathy Ennis @weelovehair Bespoke Shoes: Iva Minkova @ vaminkova Talent: Zinnia: Anti Agency @ zinniakumar @antiagencyldn Zenobia: Anti Agency @zenobia_ crimson @antiagencyldn Amer: MILK @internetgirlsclub @milkmodelmanagement Sabey: MILK @sabey__ @ milkmodelmanagement Elsa: MILK @elsa.sykes @ milkmodelmanagement


A l e x a n d ra GRECCO Alexandra Grecco’s awe-inspiring designs are what makes her one of the most popular bridal designers of our generation. Debuting in 2014, the critically acclaimed line marries the simplicity of Alexandra’s vision with the most luxurious material and finest embroidery. We sat down with the American designer to find out what inspires her iconic collections.

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How did you become a bridal designer? What is the history behind Alexandra Grecco?

I studied fashion design at FIT and while I was a student, I interned for a ready-to-wear designer who was running a small label. She offered me an intimate look at what it meant to start a business and I discovered I was inspired to do the same for myself. I began in RTW but found myself drawn to bridal. It felt like a natural fit, as I loved working with more luxurious fabrics and intricate embroideries. Bridal is very special as each garment is made to order; I appreciate the slower process, ensuring that each dress is perfectly made for its bride. I officially transitioned to bridal in late 2014 following my own wedding.

Tell us about your very first collection, what was the experience like for you?

Producing the first collection was so exciting but also a little scary as bridal samples are so much more expensive than womenswear pieces. I was new to bridal and didn’t have any contacts in the industry. I trusted my gut, researched my favorite stores and bridal publications, and began doing outreach myself. Fortunately, the line was well received!

How would you describe the Alexandra Grecco bride?

The Alexandra Grecco bride appreciates understated elegance and high-quality fabrications. She is confident and wants to feel like herself on her wedding day. As I design, I take a modern approach to bridal by offering clean, easy silhouettes for the less-traditional bride.

What was the inspiration behind the Botanica Collection?

As I was designing Botanica, I was incredibly inspired by flowers and their resilience. Months into the pandemic, my husband and I were worn out from taking care of our kids at home while managing our careers, and were really trying our best to be present and joyful with them (as challenging as it was at times!) Flowers are joyful and resilient; two themes I hope to convey with this collection.

What statement details did you seek to showcase in this collection?

The Botanica pieces are really bright, like a breath of fresh air. The shimmering hand-embroidered details are meant to catch the light and illuminate the bride.

How do you think bridalwear has changed over the years, and what are your favourite trends?

I think that bridalwear has become less traditional, with brides seeking pieces that reflect their personal style. I am excited by this trend. Brides can present an authentic version of themselves on their wedding day.

Who would you describe as your fashion heroes? My grandmother has always served as an inspiration. She dresses for herself and has a love for exceptional, quality pieces. Her outfit choices are always thoughtful and completely true to her own personal sense of style.

What advice would you give to a bride-to-be who is about to pick out their wedding dress?

Limit the number of guests who come with you to your bridal appointments or go by yourself. One or two close friends is more than enough; too many opinions from others can be distracting. Ultimately, the process is about what piece you love and are drawn to.

What has been your favourite moment as a bridal designer?

It is such a treat being able to travel for trunk shows and meet brides in person as they are selecting their dress. I love being able to meet their families and share in such an intimate moment. It truly is a privilege to make dresses for our beautiful brides and then to see the happy wedding photos many months later.

What advice would you give to a younger designer starting out in the industry? Stay true to yourself and your vision.

What does the future hold for Alexandra Grecco?

We know that the future is really bright for Alexandra Grecco. We have built such a beautiful community of brides. It is such a pleasure and an honor to be able to dress so many fantastic women on their wedding days. We hope to continue expanding our reach and our product selection. We have a really amazing new collection coming out in April and from there, the possibilities are endless. Stay tuned! W E D D I N G S A N D H O N E Y M O O N S M A G A Z I N E .C O M

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With your wedding just around the corner, there’s a few things you need to get in order before for your big day. Every bride-to-be wants to look her best in time for her celebration, so we’ve put together a detailed checklist to help you get your beauty regimen together…

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Keep your nails super healthy and shiny with regular mani-pedi’s. Gel manicures are totally trendy right now. The long-wearing polish is great for a classic and dainty look. Butter London, has a great collection of paraben and cruelty free gel-like polishes. The patent 10x Shine formula is proven to promote brighter and stronger nails. Be sure to go in with their cuticle cream to ensure for healthier looking cuticles. Enriched with vitamin e, coconut and avocado oil, the ultra-moisturising blend thoroughly nourishes your nailbed.

BODY

Be sure to invest in a nourishing skincare routine, for glowing skin on your special day. From body scrubs to lotions and oils, there’s lots of amazing new products on the market. One of our favourites is the Sol De Janeiro Bod Buff Smoothing Scrub. The 2-in-1 scrub and mask will transform your shower routine. Made with Brazilian quartz crystals, the gorgeously scented scrubs work well to exfoliate and detoxify your skin. Follow up with the Coco Cabana cream for 72hours of amazing moisture and hydration.

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Before makeup, a great base is absolutely essential. Weekly exfoliation and keeping hydrated are great ways to improve your skin’s texture. Sunday Riley’s Good Genes serum, repairs the look of dull and congested skin. The glycolic acid deeply purifies and exfoliates and leaves your skin looking radiant. The Eve Lom moisture cream is a gamechanger too. The anti-aging moisturiser will keep you looking youthful. If possible, it’d be great to book an appointment with your dermatologist too. They can assess the current state of your complexion and help you devise the perfect skin care routine.

Work with your hair stylist to find the perfect look for your big day. In the meantime, you can ensure that your tresses are soft and silky, by updating and maintaining your hair-care routine. The Davine OI Hair Butter is ideal for nourishing dry and weakened tresses. Infused with roucou oil, which originates from the amazon rainforest; the buttery and moisture-rich mask is intensely replenishing and leaves your strands feeling smooth and supple. Your tresses are sure to sparkle and shine on your big day.

In the months running up to your celebration, book an appointment with your MUA, to discuss what styles will suit you. Trial out some new products too, and see which one’s work for you. The new NARS Audacious lipstick in shade Rita, is the perfect lippy for bold and fearless brides. The highly-pigmented shade is luxuriously creamy and long-lasting, meaning you won’t have to top up throughout the day. For longer and lifted lashes on your big day the Victoria Beckham Future Lash Mascara is a great choice. The smudge and flake proof formula also helps create stronger and silkier lashes over time.

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1. BUTTER LONDON BRILL PATENT SHINE 10X NAIL LACQUER POA, butterlondon.com BUTTER LONDON QUICK FIX MOISTURIZING CUTICLE BALM POA, butterlondon.com 2. SOL DE JANEIRO BRAZILIAN BOD BUFF SMOOTHING SCRUB ‘N MASK £21, cultbeauty.co.uk SOL DE JANEIRO COCO CABANA CREAM £18.00, cultbeauty.co.uk 3. SUNDAY RILEY GOOD GENES GLYCOLIC ACID TREATMENT (30ML) £85.00, cultbeauty.co.uk EVE LOM MOISTURE CREAM (50ML) £85, SpaceNK 4. VICTORIA BECKHAM FUTURE LASH MASCARA £26, victoriabeckhambeauty.com NARS AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK RITA £26, Space NK 5. DAVINES OI HAIR BUTTER £25.00, cultbeauty.co.uk


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Powder PORTABLE POWDERS ARE LIFESAVERS FOR A WARM GLOW A great powder glides flawlessly over the skin and is perfect for blurring your pores. The highly pigmented powder blush is simply revolutionary. You can apply it directly to the apples of your cheeks to warm up your complexion or use it in combination with a bronzer for a sculpted contour. APPLICATION Powder blush can work for all skin types, but it works best when used with other powders e.g., translucent powders and bronzers. Keep in mind that your blush should mimic a natural flush, so choose a colour that suits the natural

hue of your cheeks. It’s best to use a stiff blusher brush to apply the product. You’ll want the colour to blend softly for a smooth gradient and, to avoid harsh lines. CHANEL JOUES CONTRASTE POWDER BLUSH £37, chanel.com CHARLOTTE TILBURY CHEEK TO CHIC ECSTASY £30, charlottetilbury.com JUVIA’S PLACE THE SAHARAN BLUSH PALETTE VOL. 1 £19.50 beautybay.com

A bountiful blush is great way to bring a healthy glow to your cheeks. The simple pop of colour is truly a game changer, and can help enhance your natural beauty.

Cream THESE LIGHTWEIGHT, MIRACLE-WORKERS WILL BE SURE TO TURN HEADS Cream blushes have come a long way from their first launch, the once greasy formula has been reinvented, and is now a soughtafter quality product. Lightweight and buildable, the now creamy creation is silky smooth, and promises to give you a gorgeous glow that will leave your guests mesmerised. APPLICATION This blush works great layered on top of other cream foundations and concealers.

Apply using your fingertips directly to your cheekbones, for maximum control. If the colour is too bright for you, put a small amount of foundation on your beauty blender and buff down the shade until the colour melts nicely into your skin. MILK MAKEUP GLOW OIL LIP & CHEEK £24, cultbeauty.co.uk GLOSSIER CLOUD PAINT IN DUSK £15, glossier.com NARS THE MULTIPLE NA PALI COAST £30, narscosmetics.co.uk

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ANTIGUA ANTIGUA

Year-round sunshine, turquoise oceans and an inviting island vibe — what more more could could you you wishwish for on foryour on your romantic romantic getaway? getaway? Antigua Antigua is a honeymooner’s is a honeymooner’s paradise. paradise. It’s a tropical It’s a tropical Caribbean Caribbean island where island lofty where palms loftysway palmsover sway silky over silky sands sands and and laid laid back back beach beach bars bars welcome welcome you you in in likelike locals. locals. Words Words by by Emily Emily Wiliams Wiliams


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amous for its crystalline waters, lush rainforest and white powder beaches that frame every corner of the island, Antigua is an enticing oasis that offers something for every couple. Whether you’d prefer to dance all-night to steel drums at an Antiguan style ‘jump up’, or sunbathe in peace with a pińa colada in hand, you can adjust the pace to the rhythm of your mood.

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Destinations ANTIGUA

Antigua is one of the two islands that make up the eastern Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. This vibrant island nation was once a British colony, and its profound history has shaped the country that it is today. For example, you’ll notice the official English language, their passion for cricket, the abundance of quaint colonial architecture, and the old battle forts and dockyards where the Royal Navy made their centre of operations in the 18th century. But if being out at sea is your favourite place to be, sailors of all levels are drawn to Antigua for its favourable trade winds, clear waters, safe anchorages and busy calendar of regatta events. Sailing enthusiasts travel all around the world to attend competitions and soak up the social atmosphere all day and night at the annual Sailing Week. Typically, Antigua’s peak season is between mid-December and mid-April, as the warm climate and bright sunshine make it a captivating winter escape for American and European travellers. It’s a soulful Caribbean destination where world-class sugarwhite beaches combine with luxury hospitality. No wonder the jet-set elite like Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey have made holiday homes here. Read on to discover Antigua’s most coveted hotels, restaurants and unmissable activities.

TOP THREE PLACES TO VISIT

The capital city of St John’s pulses with a lively modern Caribbean spirit, yet it also radiates with an old-world charm. Candy coloured houses line up across the waterfront and cruise ships glide into the port to drop visitors near the bustling duty-free shops in Heritage Quay. Beyond the busy marina, there are some cultural must-sees including the impressive baroque-style St John’s Cathedral and

the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. English Harbour in the south of the island is another stunning natural marina, and its British place name is reminiscent of the site where Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson’s Royal Navy established their base. Colourful clusters of coral are also positioned just offshore, making it the ideal spot for snorkelling and diving. Known for its ritzy yacht scene, pretty Georgian buildings and vibrant parties up on fort vestiges at Shirley’s Heights, it’s an enchanting place to enjoy on honeymoon. On the eastern side of the island, the shallow waters at ‘StingRay City’ are a visitor highlight. Located just five minutes from the coast by speedboat, couples can stand, swim or snorkel alongside hundreds of playful Southern stingrays in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you might be able to feed or hold one with the help of an instructor. It’s a memorable experience only found in a handful of places around the world. The bath warm waters, gentle rays and vibrant corals will make you want to stay for hours.

FUN FACTS

● Antigua was discovered by the explorer, Christopher Columbus in 1493 and was named after Santa Maria de la Antigua Cathedral in Seville, Spain ● Antigua has 365 powdery beaches, one for each day of the year! ● The highest point on the island was renamed Mount Obama in honour of the former President of the USA ● Nelson’s Dockyard hosts Antigua Sailing Week, one of the top regattas in the world

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HONEYMOON ACTIVITY GUIDE

Antigua is world-renowned for its unbeatable beaches, thick rainforest canopies and vibrant community spirit. Whilst the island is small, it packs a punch, and you’ll be left feeling reenergised by the soulful energy of the Caribbean lifestyle. Here’s our itinerary go-to’s.

CULTURAL PURSUITS

Housed in the oldest building in Antigua, The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is a fountain of education for those who are curious about the island’s past. Across its floors, visitors can learn about the geological formation of the islands, traditional cultural practices and the Amerindian people who inhabited the country before European settlement. Scattered over the island, you can also visit the remaining disused sugar plantations like Betty’s Hope. They’re a profound reminder of the colonial powers that once dominated this now flourishing independent nation. Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour is another area of maritime significance. Now accoladed with World Heritage status, this large sheltered marina was strategically used by the British Royal Navy in the Georgian era to protect their ships from hurricanes and keep a close eye on French naval activity. Today, visitors can book a private tour with a heritage expert around the Dockyard Museum that’s located in the former Admiral’s House. To get involved in the local culture of today, a popular gathering called ‘Seafood Fridays’ takes place in Nelson’s Dockyard. Every week at 6pm, locals and visitors enjoy delicious fresh fish and music outside the Copper & Lumber Store, it’s a joyful evening that reflects the convivial spirit of Caribbean life. If sunset cocktails and live music is your thing, head to Shirley Heights lookout point every Sunday for the longest standing BBQ party in the Caribbean. The echo of steel-pan drums creates the soundtrack to sundown, as the evening lights in English and Falmouth Harbour begin to twinkle on the horizon.

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NATURAL NIRVANA

Nature is omnipresent on the island of Antigua, and couples love getting immersed in the untouched tropical surroundings. In the east of the island near the village of Willikies, Devil’s Bridge has become a popular attraction. The product of coastal erosion, this rugged limestone bridge has been carved into the rock with numerous blowholes. It’s an incredible sight, as the powerful geysers shoot high up into the air, surrounded by the vast Atlantic Ocean horizon. To the south of the island, in the iconic Fig Tree Drive, guests can experience the enrapturing sights and sounds of the Antiguan rainforest. In the heart of the forest, there are 12 exciting zip wires and a fun-filled high ropes adventure course where you can scale the canopy, take the ‘Leap of Faith’ and sit in the treehouses to take it all in from a bird’s eye view. Of course, no trip to the island would be complete without spending time on Antigua’s stunning array of world-class beaches and coves, caressed by gentle azure waters. Along the Northwest coast, Fort James is a popular sandy beach close to the city centre and the nearby Dickenson Bay offers the full resort experience. On the southwest coast, Darkwood Beach and Turners Beach are other beautiful stretches of coastline with characterful shack bars and swaying palms speckled across the seafront. To the east, Half Moon Bay is one of the most unspoilt on the island that’s popular with windsurfers. With fewer tourists around, it has a remote castaway feel.

UNMISSABLE ADVENTURE

Antigua is most famously known for its calm waters and gentle trade winds — so if there’s one thing to try on the island, it’s sailing! As the sailing capital of the Caribbean, it’s easy to get involved at all levels. You can learn at one of the many hotels or English Harbour’s RYA registered National Sailing Academy. For a more leisurely sailing experience, you can hire a skippered catamaran with Wadadli Cats to cruise and snorkel around quiet sparkling coves and uninhabited islands.


Destinations Antigua’s underwater scene is rich and vibrant, and there are many popular diving schools around the island. Every dive offers new insight into the diverse submarine life offshore. The well-preserved reefs and sunken shipwrecks are an exciting and exotic kaleidoscope of colour, plus the warm waters rarely drop below 26 degrees. The two-mile-long Cade’s Reef is one of the most popular diving sites located roughly 20 minutes by boat from the southwestern coast.

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On land, a variety of exciting activities await adventurous couples. You can hike, bike, quad bike, go zip wiring and horse ride around the lush tropical island. The Antigua Equestrian Centre is a friendly stable that can lead you on trail rides and beach treks around English Harbour. It’s a romantic and memorable activity, where you can soak up stunning views on horseback and get the unique opportunity to swim with your trusty steed as the sun sets over the horizon.

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A-LIST ANTIGUAN HOTELS... CURTAIN BLUFF

Ease all your troubles away at this luxury retreat overlooking the endless horizon. Curtain Bluff is a premiere all-inclusive honeymoon haven with three highly-rated restaurants, 72 spacious suites, private plunge pools, a resident sommelier and a seafront spa for ultimate relaxation.

CARLISLE BAY

This serene Caribbean resort offers guests impeccable hospitality in a desirable southwestern seafront location. Carlisle Bay is a sophisticated 5-star hotel with tennis courts, a yoga pavilion, a private screening room, 87 luxuriously appointed suites and a Cara Organic Beauty Spa.

COCOBAY RESORT

Cocobay is one of the most sought after romantic retreats in the Caribbean. The resort is scattered with 65 authentic cottages with alfresco bathtubs, as well as two restaurants and the chance to have your meal delivered on a tray that floats on the surface of your private pool.

RESTAURANTS TO RAVE ABOUT CATHERINE’S CAFE

Catherine’s Cafe is a colourful restaurant on Pigeon Beach that’s popular for leisurely brunches, drinks on the spacious day beds and evening meals inspired by French cuisine. It’s a chic and contemporary setting for weddings and private hire, surrounded by tropical neem trees.

COLIBRI

Set in a charming garden in front of a typical West Indian wooden house, Colibri is a family-run local favourite that serves seasonal French Créole cuisine. It has a relaxed and welcoming ambience and a cabana bar serving top-notch cocktails to compliment your catch of the day.

SHEER ROCKS

Surrounded by panoramic sea views on a rocky cliff, Sheer Rocks is an ambient award-winning restaurant serving delicious tapas and memorable a la carte tasting menus. The restaurant is bedecked with trailing bougainvillaea, social plunge pools and linen daybeds for all-day lounging.

WEDDINGS IN ANTIGUA

If you are looking to combine your wedding and honeymoon in Antigua, it’s a very desirable place to celebrate both. Couples love the island’s flexibility and aesthetic charm, plus, there’s no waiting period or residency requirements needed for a wedding license to be issued. All you need is a valid passport, proof of status (single, divorced or widow/widower), an application form filled out and signed at the Ministry of Legal Affairs and proof of age or consent. Across the island, there are a large variety of wedding planners who have a strong network of well-respected suppliers and caterers, so they’ll make you feel at ease and show you what’s possible. You have an endless list of options, from a tropical hotel garden, to a pristine stretch of beach or on a superyacht. In Antigua, you can make your happy ever after, your way.

COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVICE

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required to fill in a traveller accommodation form, complete a health declaration form and receive medical screenings and thermal checks at each port of entry. A face mask must be worn in all ports of entry and public places and tourists must follow the physical distancing regulations of no less than six feet apart. Visitors are also required to book certified transport, hotels, excursions and restaurants that have undergone an inspection by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism. On return to the UK, travellers from Antigua must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities, and where possible you should start making arrangements for testing at least seven days before travel.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DEVELOP COVID-19 SYMPTOMS ABROAD

● Follow local guidelines on self-isolation and testing ● Contact your travel insurance provider ● Seek medical advice if needed Visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/antigua-andbarbuda/coronavirus for regular COVID-19 updates.


GETTING HITCHED RONDA AKANDE HAIR

There are many different aspects that go into choosing your bridal hair style. Does it suit the style of your dress? Will it complement your makeup? Does it enhance the structure of your face? It’s a decision that is almost impossible to make on your own; this is why every bride-to-be should recruit a talented hair stylist to help guide them on their bridal beauty journey. Chicagobred stylist Ronda Akande is an exceptionally talented and professionally trained hair stylist. Spending half the year based in the idyllic island of Antigua, Ronda is devoted to helping brides look and feel flawless in time for their special day. Starting with a thorough consultation, Ronda will help you determine the perfect look to suit your style and personality. Whether it’s elegant and romantic or bright and bohemian, Ronda promises to create a gorgeous look that will last all day. She will work with you every step of the way, sharing her knowledge and inspiration, ultimately ensuring that you achieve the hairstyle of your dreams. You can rest-assured that you’re in safe hands when choosing Ronda, as your bridal hair stylist. rondaakandehair.com

YENSA WERTH

Your wedding day comes once in a lifetime, so you’re definitely going to need an incredible photographer to capture the awe-inspiring occasion. A professional photographer is a must when planning a perfect wedding and a precious element that will help you cherish that magical event forever. Celebrate your love with Yensa Werth, the brilliant wedding photographer has years of experience under her belt and is devoted to helping you achieve the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Describing herself as a hopeless romantic, you can trust that Yensa will do her very best to capture your beautiful love story. Born and raised in Antigua the talented photographer fell in love with the craft at age 13 and has been pursing it ever since. Having graduated with a BFA in Professional Photography from the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, Yensa is now dedicated to capturing the wonderful moments life has to offer. Inspired by the intimacy and emotion of an event, Yensa seeks to reflect the beautiful honesty, of your special moments in her photography. Her true intention is help you create enchanted memories that you will treasure for a lifetime. yensawerth.com yensawerth.com

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Unique Events by TSR Honeymoons in the islands combine a love of something old and something new

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wedding in Antigua is truly a destination wedding experience like no other. Antigua & Barbuda have been crowned as the ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination’ for several years in a row. There is no denying the beauty of our island and the experience it offers when it comes to weddings and honeymoons. The island’s rich history, beautiful white sandy beaches, spectacular sunset views, outdoor and boating adventures, sumptuous island cuisine, and sweet island music offers a magical experience for the destination wedding of your dreams. Whether you desire a simple, intimate setting with your closest family or an extravagant celebration, your needs and the needs of your guests will be met. Antigua & Barbuda boasts 365 of some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, so you will have no trouble finding the perfect one for you to exchange vows. However, a wedding in Antigua is not limited to only tropical beachside nuptials. From historical venues like Nelson’s Dockyard and panoramic hilltop views of Shirley’s Heights to the privacy of your villa, the possibilities are endless. No matter your preference, your celebration is guaranteed to be unforgettable, fun and meaningful, especially with the certified wedding planner and designer of Unique Events. WHY CHOOSE UNIQUE EVENTS BY TSR? Taneisha S. Richardson understands that planning a destination wedding from miles away can be very challenging for couples, especially when they are not familiar with the island. Unique Events ensures that their services cover every aspect of the wedding day, so that couples don’t have the stress of worrying about the planning details. Unique Events by TSR offers customized wedding/event planning and design services that match the personality, style and budget of each couple. Their core values are built on the

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innovative approach to planning and design that focuses on attention to details, delivering exceptional professional service and producing high standard events. They do not offer cookiecutter weddings. They simplify the details, provide expert guidance and give clients peace of mind knowing that all the wedding planning details are handled. That way, couples can focus on having a fun, memorable celebration with their families and friends. When you book their services, they will get to know you to understand your style and vision. They have a network of industry vendors that will allow you to bring your vision to life. Communication is also very important to them. You are never left in the dark. No matter where you are in the world, they keep you updated every step of the way. Unique Events by TSR knows how important your wedding day is and they go above and beyond to ensure your day is as beautiful and special as you imagine it to be. COVID-19 UPDATES FOR WEDDINGS/ EVENTS For the past year, the tourism sector has been adversely affected by the pandemic with the closure of hotels and restaurants. The government has imposed several restrictions and a curfew is in place to help curb the spread. The weddings/ events industry has also been significantly affected as there are restrictions on large gatherings. Currently, only up to 25 persons are allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions are prohibited. In March 2021, the government started the vaccinations process which saw over 20,000 of an estimated population of 100,000 being vaccinated. I am hopeful that as more people receive their vaccine, we can start to see some restrictions being lifted, especially for the event industry. www.uniqueeventsantigua.com info@uniqueeventsantigua.com


THE G RE AT H O US E AN T I G UA A BLISSFUL PARADISE FOR TWO

The Great House Antigua is a romantic hideaway set amidst 36 acres of land. Separated from the rest of the island, the boutique hotel offers dream weddings and honeymoon experiences. Boasting an elegant atmosphere, The Great House is an adults-only residence, where couples can escape the noise and find peace amongst nature and sophistication.

ABOUT YOUR STAY

The Great House Antigua at Mercers Creek is the last remaining stone plantation on the island, and the majority of its original features have stood the test of time. To benefit from the cool winds, the plantation was built in an elevated position and sits with magnificent views over the sea, Guana Island, and its own creek. Its pleasant surroundings and intimate ambience have attracted important visitors from all over the world and, to this day, it preserves the regal standards that have put it on the map. Book your stay in one of the private and spacious suites, all designed with a Caribbean style, Georgian history and modern amenities to make you feel comfortable throughout your holiday. Pick from the stunning Garden Suites, with their own verandas and vibrant Caribbean hues, or the Dukes Suite, adorned with period pieces.

And finally, the Royal Suite, perfect for honeymooning. In addition to beautiful night sleeps, you can delectably eat, drink and snack thanks to the curated menus offered by the villa. Many ingredients are grown directly on the island and some fresh produce grows on the estate. Fruit drinks are free throughout your stay so you can always sip on something fresh whilst at The Great House. For relaxation, you can spend time sunbathing by the pool or at the in-house Banana Spa: beauty treatments, massages and many rejuvenating remedies take place here, and exercise coaches are on-site for yoga and pilates training.

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The Great House Antigua is a peaceful oasis, the ideal backdrop to host your special day surrounded by your close family and friends. You can also rent the entire villa and have the staff and facilities all to yourself for the duration of your stay. If you’ve always dreamt of a wedding and honeymoon in a tropical paradise then you’ve come to the right place. The Great House is one of the best-kept secrets of Antigua, and the team, promises to deliver the most magical day, one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. thegreathouseantigua.com

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t The Great House Antigua, we understand that your love story is unique and so is your wedding. We have the perfect location to make your special day even more extraordinary. Whatever your dream wedding, let us be part of it. The Great House Antigua is really an intimate paradise. As one of the last remaining stone plantations on the island, containing many of its original features, this 26 acres estate is the perfect backdrop for your photographs. Privacy and tranquility is guaranteed to your 18 guests, with full access to the House, pool and grounds throughout your stay. In addition to this, a VIP luxury service is offered throughout your visit, from the collection of guests directly from the plane, to all members of staff being aware and attentive to your every need.

Before and after your wedding, enjoy candlelit dinners in the grand dining room, couples’ massages on the cottage terraces, and couple’s yoga classes held overlooking the bay with the gentle sea breeze cooling you. Relax, with a fresh fruit drink in hand by the pool, or wander down to the bay for couples kayaking. We are here to make your wedding or honeymoon stay as perfect as you always hoped. If you are booking to use the House as your wedding venue, we will ensure that the House is for your private use only. Our team will be on-hand to assist in any way you see fit, working in conjunction with the wedding planning team of your choosing. Why wait? Host your spectacular wedding or honeymoon at the romantic tropical oasis that is The Great House Antigua.

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What made you decide to become a Professional Wedding Photographer? LOVE! Being able to capture magical moments that will last a lifetime. And cake and bubbles! ;) Where is your favourite location on Antigua to photograph couples? The entire island is full of spectacular places, but if I had to pick one it would probably be Morris Bay for its wild and natural beauty.

Location Antigua & Barbuda Email Yensa@yensawerth.com Website yensawerth.com

How do you decide the style of the wedding shoot? Do you meet the couple before? The wedding photos are based on the couple as it will be one of their most memorable days. I keep the photos natural, as close to how the day looks and feels. Usually, I have a chance to get to meet the couple and get a background of their relationship and hear some loving and funny stories from them before the wedding. Why should couples contact you to photograph their wedding? My photography captures tender and natural moments filled with the magic of their love. Which is your message to international couples that want to contact you and getting married in Antigua in one sentence? As soon as your feet sink into the soft and fluffy sands of Antigua, the wonders of your lives start to flow like the sun dappled turquoise seas, letting the wild wind direct you to new romantic adventures that will last forever.


Country Romance In Cumbria Words by Emily Williams

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elebrated for its glistening lakes, cascading waterfalls and rolling green valleys, Cumbria is a rural English county with so much to offer. Carved during the ice age millions of years ago, it’s a dramatic and awe-inspiring setting that will take your breath away. The region has inspired novelists, poets and artists for centuries, so it’s easy to imagine why Cumbria makes a postcard-perfect setting for traditional English weddings. Cumbria includes the areas of Eden Valley, the North Pennines, the Furness Peninsula, a small part of the Yorkshire Dales, and of course, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lake District. Given that it’s one of the most sparsely populated counties in the UK, nature takes precedence, speckled with occasional little villages, stone churches and stately homes.

You might be familiar with the luminaries who have become intertwined with the cultural history of Cumbria. For example, Beatrix Potter’s world-famous children’s tales of Peter Rabbit were inspired by her lifelong love of the Lake District. The critically acclaimed Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, was also a Cumbrian resident and some of his greatest works were sparked by the natural beauty around Cockermouth, Ullswater and Grasmere. He called it ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. The timeless radiance of Cumbria’s landscapes makes it an unforgettable UK wedding destination. The photogenic backdrops, period venues and definitive sense of place attracts couples from all over the country. Here are ten romantic Cumbrian venues that will bring your fairy tale to life.

LAURA ASHLEY THE BELSFIELD HOTEL

Treasured for its designer furnishings and classic wallpapers, The Belsfield takes lakeside refinement to a new level. Six acres of landscaped gardens roll out from the Victorian manor to the banks of Lake Windermere. Enjoy champagne alfresco and fine dining in the five stylish reception rooms. The hotel is available for partial or exclusive hire, giving you endless choice for an intimate or grand occasion. With 62 bedrooms including a grand bridal suite for the newlyweds, there’s a place for everyone to relax.

EDEN BARN

Surrounded by 100 acres on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Eden Barn is a 200-yearold barn with a stunning heritage look. Featuring exposed brick, grand chandeliers and a limestone flagged floor, it has a chic rustic feel. Festoon lighting casts a soft glow over the barn and the thatched gazebo outside provides a further area for a daytime drinks reception. The familyrun venue makes an easy-going environment to celebrate your wedding.

HIDDEN RIVER CABINS

Set between the Lake District and Scotland, the Hidden River Cabins are a cluster of historic log buildings that exude character and luxury. Fitted with outdoor hot tubs where you can gaze under the stars, it’s a unique and remote retreat to bring your friends and family for your wedding weekend. Surrounded by meandering riverbanks and ancient woodland, the licensed barn mezzanine is a beautiful ceremony spot. Across the estate, there is also enough room for up to 62 guests and it’s dog-friendly too.

ASKHAM HALL

As the English rose of Cumbria’s manor houses, Askham Hall is a desirable and picturesque place to say ‘I Do'. Featuring 19 bedrooms, a Michelin starred restaurant, a well-stocked wine cellar and a Grade II listed barn, there are lots of opportunities to create a mesmerising wedding weekend.

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● Bassenthwaite Lake is the only lake in the Lake District. The other ‘lakes’ are considered to be Waters, Meres or Tarns ● Cumbria contains the top five highest peaks in England — Scafell Pike (978m), Sca Fell (964m), Helvellyn (950m,) Ill Crag (935m), and Broad Crag (934m) ● Pencils were invented in the Lake District, using graphite from the mine at Seathwaite


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Askham Hall is licensed for ceremonies, or there’s the option to marry in one of the gorgeous churches nearby. The venue promises full flexibility and it only accepts two weddings a week to give you undivided support.

SILVERHOLME

At Silverholme, period Georgian beauty combines with the lush landscape to create a heavenly setting for weddings. The manor house contains several classical event spaces, including a Drawing Room, Dining Room and a Library. Plus, the sleeping quarters can host up to 18 guests. If you’d prefer a festival style wedding, a marquee can be set up for your reception, which increases the guest capacity to 200. It’s a magical scene, surrounded by views that extend to the shores of Lake Windermere.

CASTERTON GRANGE ESTATE

Designed by the iconic 19th Century architect Ewan Christian, Casterton Grange Estate is a historic masterpiece that was designed with entertaining in mind. Its unique staircase and gothic tower make an impact and the five interconnecting function spaces create a great event flow. The main house features 9 en suite double bedrooms that can sleep up to 18, and a further 18 guests can stay in the Lodge House, Stables Cottage and The Barn. Surrounded by calming country landscapes and beautiful lakeside scenery, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to photos.

AUGILL CASTLE

If you’re looking for a unique wedding venue that seems grand but retains a sense of intimacy, Augill Castle in Kirkby Stephen is the perfect balance. The event team offer a highly personalised experience with space for up to 46 seated guests. It’s a timeless place to celebrate in style. With exclusive hire, you’ll get private access to its 20 acres and seventeen double bedrooms for your guests. From the moment they arrive, they’ll be swept away by the sheer beauty and incredible history of the building.

LOW HOUSE

This romantic venue near Penrith and Carlisle is a beautiful setting to arrange all parts of your wedding day. It’s licensed for ceremonies in four different rooms and outside by the gazebos. There are lots of ways to configure your special day and the team would be delighted to assist you. Low House has a homely charm and it will feel as though it’s your own private residence to enjoy for the weekend. The spacious Preparation Room is perfect for getting ready on the wedding morning and the surrounding grounds give a multitude of stunning photo backdrops.

ABBEY HOUSE HOTEL & GARDENS

Create a moment to remember at Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, a place where luxury hospitality, spacious function rooms, 59 suites and peaceful countryside collide. The hotel has a dedicated wedding team to help with every element of your plans, from sourcing and coordinating your chosen suppliers to finalising your table layouts. Set just 20 minutes from Lake Windermere, this Cumbrian hotel is a breathtaking base from which to explore the best of the Lake District. The Furness Abbey ruins on the hotel grounds also make a striking backdrop for wedding blessings, and romantic photographs.

BELMOUNT HALL

Formerly owned by Beatrix Potter, Belmount Hall has now been converted into an exclusive weddings and events venue. The Georgian manor is located near the humble village of Hawkshead, where the delightful St. Michael’s of all Angels Church is a popular place for wedding ceremonies. Alternatively, you are welcome to use the licensed West Barn Rooms on the first floor of Belmount Hall for your civil ceremony. It’s a wonderful set of interconnecting rooms with exposed oak beams and plenty of natural light. WEDDINGSANDHONEYMOONSMAGAZINE.COM

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Only 30 weddings per year. Totally bespoke. Totally private. Totally unique. Totally yours. Live the Transformation of your childhood’s fantasy into a fantastic reality... At The Cupule each wedding is an enchanted, Summer dream. So romantic, natural and fairytale that is channeling effortlessly the blessing of the day. Love is in the air, at The Cupule, in the heart of The National Park of Cape Grecco, in Cyprus.


Engraving memories...The Cupule Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Tel: +357 99437770 info@thecupule.com Address: 80 Cape Greco Avenue, Ayia Napa, 5330, Famagusta,Cyprus Website: thecupule.com Email: info@thecupule.com instagram.com/thecupulevenue facebook.com/thecupule Photos by @a.avramis_photography


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Getting hitched in Cyprus Get to know Marios and Philisa, co-owners of the allinclusive and world-class wedding venue in Cyprus

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WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

We are situated in the National Park of Cape Greco. The Cupule is set between the two main tourist resorts of Agia Napa and Protaras, in Cyprus.

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Private, fully exclusive and bespoke events. At the Cupule, we start from the couple’s dream, we design and enhance it with our experience, passion, and creativity and watch it unfold into a unique and perfect fairytale.

We are the trendsetters of destination weddings.

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HOW HAVE YOU HANDLED BUSINESS DURING COVID-19?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, none of our clients lost money or were exposed to re-booking fees or higher charges. At the Cupule, all weddings were moved to later dates in 2021 or 2022, at no extra cost. As the wedding planning is all done in house, our couples did not face the difficulties that others must have faced with their planners and venues.

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The Cupule is a family run business. Seven years ago, Marios and I joined forces to create a unique and private venue that the market demanded. Together we are the creative engine that propels the Cupule as the leader of the local market. Our oath is to put all of our talents and means into each event. We consciously decided, to avoid the financial temptation of having a lot of weddings per year and agreed to have a maximum of 30. We knew that by keeping those numbers down we would have the time to create special occasions and help couples bring their visions to life.

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We are the trendsetters of destination weddings. We always deliver impeccable events, exceeding our couples’ expectations. The Cupule is a high-end, exclusive and private venue, perfecct for you and your guests. We do a limited number bespoke weddings per year so that they are all individual and faultless. We materialise our couples’ dreams. We are extremely proud that all of our clients can contact us at any time, through WhatsApp/messenger or phone and get immediate answers and solutions to any issue they are facing.

Our wedding planning is unique and tailormade to move at the speed and rhythm of each client. We begin the detailed planning stage by initially listening to the desires of each of our couples. We select the colour palette, bringing together the textures, senses and feelings that best describe the couple’s union and individuality. We plan the whole day by highlighting their energy, passions and we visually describe their story to their guests. We rehearse……. a lot! As we do only 30 weddings per year, there is tremendous work behind the scenes that allows the actual event to flow smoothly and flawlessly.

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Blame Our Brides + Grooms For Summertime Ideas Words by Special Features Editor Linda Blamer

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hen we set up the ranch and our wedding venue, we decided to add the tagline, “Where She’s Never Wrong”… get it, because brides are never wrong! Most of our great summertime wedding ideas don’t come from us but come directly from the brides and grooms that book our venue. Here are the top summertime wedding ideas we have seen at our ranch but could work anywhere in the world: POPCORN BAR There are hundreds of different popcorn flavours to choose from for your cocktail hour right through dessert. FOOD TRUCK Some of our couples use them for rehearsal dinners or the main event. But think about using them for a specific function, like for appetizers or dessert. TAKE OFF IN A FUN CAR To top off the evening, why not exit on a horse-drawn carriage, vintage car, or even an old pickup truck. GIVE OUT SUNGLASSES Nothing says summer like a good pair of shades. RELEASE SKY LANTERNS As night draws near, have your family and friends release colourful sky lanterns. USE MASON DRINK JARS A cheap and fun container for drinks, flowers, and/or candles. DANCE FLIP FLOPS Put a basket of flip flops out for guests to wear for dancing and relaxation. BEACH OR POOL BAGS Assuming your venue has a pool or beach, put together a kit of fun summertime essentials. AL FRESCO DINING Summer weddings can be hot, so make sure your food selection is light and refreshing. SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Beyond beer and wine, create a summertime signature cocktail for a light and refreshing drink upon guests arrival. Like mini margaritas!

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DECORATE WITH FRESH FRUIT It does not have to be all flowers, you can use fresh fruit to highlight the summer festivities on your tables (and of course, in your summertime drinks)! SUMMER SUCCULENTS Here in New Mexico, nothing says summertime more than cacti and succulents, but they can work anywhere in the world. OUTDOOR LIGHTS Probably the most important decorating item to include in your wedding budget. Here at BHR, we provide over 3,000 lights over our great lawn. A spectacular and romantic sight! PHOTO BOOTHS Something new we have just added to our ranch. Be sure the vendor offers fun costumes and accessories that emphasize summertime. PERSONALIZED POLAROID CAMERAS For my daughter’s wedding, each table had a mini Polaroid camera and film. We encouraged people to take pictures and put them on the photo wall. Great way to capture the fun everyone is having at your wedding! blamerherranch.com


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SCHAFER CENTURY BARN IOWA

Truly a picture-perfect state, Iowa is home to several astonishing natural sights. From the beauty of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, to the soaring Loess Hills and the picturesque rural towns. Perfectly situated in St. Adair, Iowa is the family run business, Schafer Century Barn. Romantically rural and rustic the Schafer Century Barn is the best place to say ‘I do’. schafercenturybarn.com

BAREFOOT BEACH BRIDE MARYLAND

The mid-Atlantic state of Maryland encompasses a contemporary yet traditional charm that attracts visitors from all over the globe. Pouring their heart into each and every couple they work for, Barefoot Beach Bride will go above and beyond to ensure that your celebration is a success. The international award-winning company specialise in planning stunning beach destination weddings in Ocean City, Maryland. barefootbeachbridesoc.com

MDDC WEDDINGS MARYLAND

Maryland, is the ideal place for a city break with your significant other. A blend of chill comfort and thrilling activities, the stunning state offers something for everyone. Reverend Joyce Hilbery of MDDC Weddings, promises to help you create a truly treasured event. The non-denominational officiant believes that your celebration should be fun and filled with smiles and laughter. mddcweddings.com

ASHEVILLE LUXURY ELOPEMENT CO. NORTH CAROLINA

There is depth and richness in North Carolina, that captivates all its visitors. Gaze upon shimmering shores whilst sipping on a sparkling glass of a traditional craft brew. Celebrate your love with the Asheville Luxury Elopement company. Offering several inclusive and adventurous elopement packages, you can exchange vows among the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains and the verdant flourishing landscapes. ashevilleluxuryeleopements.com


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RABBI MIMI FERRARO P E N N S Y LVA N I A

A hub of amazing cultural and ecological experiences, Pennsylvania is a remarkable place to say ‘I do’. If you aspire to exchange vows in this fascinating state, then be sure to book Rabbi Mimi Ferraro to officiate your wedding. The interfaith minister and spiritual leader, is devoted to helping you enjoy a traditional atmosphere for your wedding celebration. facebook.com/rabbi-mimi-ferraro

CROFTER’S GREEN VERMONT

A magical state, boasting of bright green magnificent landscapes, the north-eastern gem of Vermont, is truly one of a kind. Huddled amongst warm romantic greenery is the beautifully country Crofter’s Green wedding barn. Cast your gaze upon 25 gorgeous acres between Jay Peak Resort and the eclectic town of Montgomery centre. A pastoral beauty, perfect for your intimate affair. croftersgreen.com

CUSTOM EVENT SOLUTIONS SOUTH CAROLINA

Warm beaches, magnificent oak trees and rolling mountains, the beautiful state of South Carolina radiates a comforting charisma. Celebrate your nuptials and exchange vows on the golden sands of Myrtle Beach, with Custom Event Solutions. The fantastic event company and their talented and experienced team of professionals will help you create a seamless and stress celebration filled with joy and excitement. myrtlebeachsolutions.com

EVELYN KEYES EVENTS VIRGINIA

Evelyn Keyes Events is a premier wedding and event planner, creating glamorous and unforgettable weddings for the past 20 years! Our team has designed weddings for celebrities, politicians and professional athletes. We have been featured in Town and Country, Vogue, Brides, Washingtonian, Maharani Weddings and The Knot! We care about our couples and have a passion for planning the perfect celebration of your marriage. Please contact evelynvkeyes@gmail.com for consultation. evelynkeyesevents.com / 1 202 390 2323

MIDDLE PENINSULA LIFE COACHING AND OFFICIANT VIRGINIA

Virginia is home to a wealth of amazing historical experiences. Spend your days enjoying their world-class attractions and incredible natural scenes. Donna Ballentine of Middle Peninsula Life Coaching and Officiant is a Virginia based celebrant. The transgender officiant is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, and encourages every couple to embrace their authenticity and celebrate their love in unique ways. weddingwire.com/biz/middle-peninsula-life-coaching-officiant


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Where wedding dreams come true Delve into the inspiring story behind Crofter’s Green, in Vermont

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n the summer of 2019, Daniel and Kristin Khan got married in one of the most picturesque areas in the United States: Vermont. With a rustic yet elegant vision and a narrow window of flexibility for their wedding date, Kristin and Daniel fell in love with a gorgeous barn on a property called Sheady Acres, which was unfortunately not available on their intended wedding weekend. Though they found another beautiful barn in which to host their event, Sheady Acres remained in their minds and their hearts. Shortly after touring Sheady Acres, the property became available for purchase, and Daniel and Kristin immediately submitted an offer to buy it. Thus was born Crofter’s Green. Throughout the time spent planning their wedding, Kristin and Daniel came to three conclusions. Firstly, they had a lot of creative ideas for planning an event that was personalized and unique. Secondly, most couples looking to plan a wedding have zero wedding-planning experience. Thirdly, and the factor that led to the purchase of Sheady Acres, they had something special to offer the wedding venue landscape in Vermont. Daniel explained, “Across the dozens of venues we looked at, each venue more or less fell into one of two camps: couples can either rent a DIY space where all of the nitty-gritty details fall squarely on their shoulders, or they can secure a full-service venue with a single cookie-cutter experience with very little option to customize the event. In a rare display of entrepreneurial grit and perseverance, Daniel and Kristin left their successful careers in luxury spirits and early childhood education respectively, along with their lives in Denver, Colorado, to embark on this adventure.

ABOUT CROFTER’S GREEN

Located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Crofter’s Green features a collection of 5 eclectically themed and exquisitely appointed tiny homes, a gorgeous post-and-beam wedding barn, and 25 acres of enchanting private woods. The property sits minutes away from Jay Peak, one of the largest ski mountains in eastern North America, and Montgomery Center, a quintessentially charming New England town. This backdrop is complimented perfectly by the highest standards of hospitality that Daniel and Kristin bring to rural Vermont. The gamble that Daniel and Kristin took was not without challenges, largely due to the advent of COVID-19 within their first year of business. However, the difficulties provided a unique opportunity for Crofter’s Green to differentiate themselves during the pandemic. Daniel and Kristin worked diligently to ensure each couple with an interrupted 2020 wedding, received regular communication about navigating the prevailing health guidelines. They also had the opportunity to reschedule cost-free, and had unequivocal support in creatively designing a dream-wedding that still prioritized guests’ safety and compliance. croftersgreen.com

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At the end of the day, a couple’s wedding experience doesn’t begin when the guests arrive. Rather, it begins as soon as the planning commences. Our hope at Crofter’s Green is to provide the flexibility, support, and peace of mind that allows our couples to realize their special day.


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Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, It is not excitement, It is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, And this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, And when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, They find that they are one tree and not two.

Louis de Bernières (From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin)


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Roberta Torresan We had a chat with the acclaimed Italian planner Roberta Torresan about her future plans

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HOW ARE YOU GETTING READY TO WELCOME INTERNATIONAL COUPLES AGAIN?

We’ve never stopped communicating with our international couples, helping them, answering their questions and planning their destination weddings in Italy. I know for sure Italy will still be the n°1 country for destination weddings for couples from all over the world.

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WHAT WILL WEDDINGS LOOK LIKE POST-PANDEMIC?

We haven’t seen any substantial changes in our clients’ specifications and expectations. Actually, I have never worked with elopements or intimate weddings, being an expert in weekend events with a large number of guests. Moreover, I predict that couples will probably have a greater desire to celebrate with all of their loved ones.

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WHAT NEW TRENDS ARE ON THE RISE?

I have seen a rise in weekend weddings, with at least 2 or 3 days of celebrations. These include special activities to welcome and entertain guests during their time in Italy. And this is a trend that will stay.

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With my team, we have been supporting all of our brides and grooms (and their parents) in every phase of the pandemic.

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HOW HAVE YOU HANDLED BUSINESS DURING THIS TIME?

With my team, we have been supporting all of our brides and grooms (and their parents) in every phase of the pandemic. We’ve kept them updated concerning the current situation in Italy. Also, we’ve kept them in touch with venues and vendors, assisting them in negotiating prices and contracts, and scheduling new dates accordingly.

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WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING DIFFERENTLY?

We have been focusing on safety and hygiene protocols, because we know we must be ready to provide a more extensive service. In the meantime we have refined our event management software, according to the ongoing digital revolution, to provide our demanding clients with an advanced planning and tracking process. robertatorresan.com


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e have years of invaluable experience within the wedding industry and have planned countless beautiful weddings. From luxury weddings in some of Italy and Uk hotels, in exclusive country estates, destination weddings in Europe and marquee weddings in the grounds of family homes to smaller, more intimate celebrations and elopements all over the world. We know the very best industry suppliers, who are not only experts in their fields, they are trustworthy, talented and reliable. Not only do we have many imaginative design ideas for the most incredible weddings, any plans and ideas that you have, we simply bring them alive! It is important that a couple feels completely at ease with their wedding planner; we lead you, guide you and share advice with you throughout the planning process, without judging your decisions or taking over your wedding. It’s your day, your way, Planned for Perfection by our talented team, who have your very best interests at heart for everything we do. Should you wish to join the Planned for Perfection wedding family, we would love to hear from you! Destination Wedding Planner & Designer Web fiorellawedding.it Fb @IDOEWP IG @fiorellawedding


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Tomas De Bruyne Selected by Weddings & Honeymoons as the best floralevent designer of the year...

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WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?

We create conceptual floral experiences for large scale events. Our clientele is composed of people longing for extraordinary and unique architectural floral decors. We offer prestigious worldwide services and collaborations with the finest vendors of the global event industry. We help elevate events with floral staging. Every client is unique, and we strive to showcase that uniqueness through intricate and elaborate floral designs. After all, a rich and powerful visual experience turns the event into more than a private celebration. It becomes an unforgettable experience. The designs and execution are testimony of great creativity and artistic talent. They are architectural works of art where the magic of flowers is the main protagonist. Artworks like these always push the boundaries of what is possible. And because of their innovative character, they set the example for other designers.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A FLORAL DESIGNER?

Almost 30 years! When I was 20 years old, I decided to switch my career from the IT world to the world of floristry. I had an epiphany and found my medium of expression: flowers! The joy, passion, challenges and excitement of working with flowers helped me take the jump. They transformed my life completely, from a rational to an emotional world; and I’ve never regretted my decision since.

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WHAT IS THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS?

My ability to create a great story and to communicate it into reality whilst respecting the expectations of my clients. Investing time and attention in my clients helps me grasp their wills and wants and these come to life through bespoke experiences. It’s not only about the flowers, colours, shapes and forms but the interaction of all these elements which give the spectator the right experience. I start from the general picture and extract the elements to create it. My method is to start from the finished product and then fill it up with the minor details. My approach, with a good understanding of space, helps to mould the design elements into a concept. For me, this is a perfect cocktail to manage large scale events.

My mind is constantly wondering how I can become better at what I do.

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WHAT IS THE BIGGEST EVENT YOU HAVE DONE?

That will be the event for the Mukesh Ambani Family from Mumbai, India. Their eye for detail and perfection is very impressive and I came into the equation to create a backdrop with millions of flowers for their wedding ceremony. The challenge was not only to oversee the project but to work with the massive design surface. Working with skilled professionals who understood the concept and were able to execute a two-dimensional design giving it a threedimensional feeling, was a once in a lifetime experience. These events lift me creatively. Also, getting an appreciation from the family was nice, and this eventually led to me decorating their next private event.


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WHEN DID YOUR PASSION FOR FLORISTRY START?

That’s a great question as I believe in the magic of passion. Finding each time again and again the joy, the determination and commitment to proceed and grow in what you do is the magic of passion. That is the reason one of my passions is also sharing my expertise with the next generation through education, presentations and lectures. At an age of 17, I met my girlfriend whose parents had a flower shop. To be with her, I was kind of obligated to help in the shop and thus, I got in touch with flowers. From sweeping, cleaning the flowers, to making my first simple hand-tied, I found my way up to express my creativity. Going to eveningschool (as I had a day job) where theory and practice were given, I wanted to sharpen my practical skills, that’s why I started to freelance by learning from the best who gave me a better insight into a conscious creative process.

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A WORLD-RENOWNED FLORAL EVENT DESIGNER?

First of all, perseverance. Believe in what you do to accomplish your dreams. Be willing to take risks and step out of your comfort zone. Challenging yourself can be an enjoyable experience if there is passion for what you do. Stick to your values and say no to certain projects or clients when they don’t match your values. Believe that learning is valuable. My mind is constantly wondering how I can become better at what I do. I observe and ‘absorb’ the expertise of people who inspire me. And nowadays, we have so many opportunities to do that, from reading books, taking online classes, following lectures, browsing the web, etc. I study my medium to understand its full potential. I deliver what I am good at. I known I don’t cater to everyone. My audience is small but it’s in harmony with my idea of beauty and of event design. When I work with my clients, I don’t have to worry about holding back. I can let my creativity flow knowing that my audience will understand. Of course, each client plays a huge role in my pieces. My work has to represent the client whilst staying true to my beliefs. This, I believe, is the recipe for success.

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CONNECT: Communication is always key when establishing a good relationship with clients. This first step of the process works as an icebreaker. It allows both parties to balance expectations, assess availability and whether we are the perfect choice for the event in question. COMPILE: As we move on to the next step of our process, the dialogue goes more in-depth and in detail. We invite our clients to be part of a face-to-face inquisitive experience, whether virtual or real. We guide you through the process to compile an accurate and extended brief of your dream event. We are here to convey the message you want to deliver! At this stage, all pieces of information regarding your personality, your aesthetic preferences and your wildest dreams become the foundation we later build upon. CONCEPTUALIZE: This is such an exciting part of the process, both, for us and the clients. Mood-boards, comprehensive inspirational visuals, narratives, scaled plans and colour palettes are part of the tools we use to help our clients truly envision the outcome of the event. Your event is always focused on the message you want to convey. Our job at this stage is to make sure that the message doesn’t get tangled in detail, but that every detail upholds it. CREATE: The journey started with just a few notes and, step by step, we got to the point where you can sit back and trust us with the final result. A professional team executes the design and we carefully supervise that every detail tells your story. Step by step, flower by flower, we compose a symphony of ideas that become your unique event experience! And we always aim for more than you could ever imagine!

OUR PRO Tomas De Bruyne is without a doubt one of today’s most talented floral event designers, specialized in architectural and conceptual floral design, customized for any space worldwide. Tomas De Bruyne - Floral Experiences Worldwide is the perfect partner for wedding & event companies, decor & production houses, conference & festival organizers, event promoters, corporates or individuals looking to make their event magical and wanting to wow their guests and audience. tomasdebruyne.com info@tomasdebruyne.com @tomasdebruyne

We take pride in offering our clients stylish, elegant and unique solutions for their exclusive and prestigious events. This is the result of a carefully conducted process which helps us analyze our customer’s needs, wishes, style and preferences.

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Led by Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, a luxury fashion industry veteran, La Fête is the high-end wedding & event planning company with a difference, particularly in its multicultural approach. Operating from their Central London offices, Charlotte and her quadrilingual team work nationwide and globally, delivering award-winning magic, with especially close ties to the UK's leading wedding suppliers and most unique vendors. Creating memories is the company’s credo, and beautiful memories are exactly what we can promise you when you choose to work with La Fête on your big day. www.la-fete.com • @officiallafete • charlotte@la-fete.com • +44 (0)207 427 6088


STRICTLY BRIDAL AYR, BRIDAL

Based in Ayrshire but working with clients all over Scotland, Strictly Bridal is the go-to shop if you’re looking for highend designers at affordable prices. Whether you’re a bride or you’re picking out a dress for your child’s first communion or their role as a flower girl, Strictly Bridal has a huge range of stunning dresses that combine style, sophistication and affordability. And to make the dress come alive, the atelier has a wide selection of shoes, veils, shawls and sashes to help you stand out on your big day. Strictly Bridal will be your only stop to put together the wedding look of your dreams. strictlybridal.co.uk

NC HAIR EDINBURGH EDINBURGH

The Scottish capital is a fairytale location for weddings and to look your best, there’s a wedding hair specialist that will not disappoint. NC Hair Edinburgh has been in the industry for over 13 years and the founder Nicole has travelled all over the UK to make brides feel and look beautiful on their special day. There is nothing NC Hair Edinburgh can’t do. Bring your idea and Nicole will create it in a heartbeat. From classic looks to original styles with accessories, you’ll walk down the aisle with the hairstyle that suits you the most. nc-hair-bridal-hair-specialist.business.site

HIGHLAND CEREMONIES INVERNESS, SCOTL AND

For life’s most important moments, Highland Ceremonies is there to make your functions tailor-made and special. Inspired by Scotland’s romantic scenery, its people and legends, the minister will craft a ceremony that celebrates your love and the spectacular surroundings. Wanting to highlight your beliefs, you’ll be the centre of attention with a ceremony filled w ith h eart-warming w ords, p oems and moving stories. Your marriage is about you, and Highland Ceremonies will go above and beyond to make it all about your views. Whichever your background, you can be sure Highland Ceremonies will honour your union. highlandceremonies.com

WHITE FEATHER FILMMAKER HIGHL ANDS, SCOTL AND

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BONNIE Look through our guide to find the very best wedding suppliers in Scotland!

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Set amidst the majestic Highlands, White Feather Filmmaker is a brand new wedding film company, eager to help couples make the most of their big day. The founder Tom Alner, who has years of experience in the filmmaking business, has decided to dedicate his time and talent to the world of weddings. His naturalistic, cinematic style sets him apart from the competition and makes him a great choice to help you store your beautiful wedding memories. whitefeatherfilmmaker.com

JENNI LIANDU CALLIGRAPHY (TAYPORT) FIFE, SCOTL AND

Jenni Liandu is a Scottish calligrapher, artist and educator. She’s the perfect person to connect with for meaningful and stunning wedding stationery. Through the years, Jenni Liandu Calligraphy has helped couples in the UK, across Europe and North America make their dreams come true. With her elegant and impeccable calligraphy skills, she’ll be able to stun your guests and give you memories to hold close to your heart forever. Jenni is also an illustrator and watercolour painter and loves to come up with customised designs for her clients, making their wedding stationery ever so more special. jlcalligraphy.com


G LY N I S WO ODHEAD

Interfaith Minister and Celebrant

In the Highlands of Scotland, your wedding dreams really can come true. Whether you choose to be married in a castle, or on a mountain-top; have 300 guests, or elope with a simple Outlander style hand-fasting, Highland Ceremonies will work with you to create your perfect ceremony.

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We are perfect for the modern Bride who wants to look effortlessly chic on their special day The One Stop Shop for Brides, maids, flower girls, mums & Grooms 4 7 H i g h S t r e e t , Ay r, K A 7 1 L U T 07444 456 032 | E strictlybridal@gmail.com | W strictlybridal.co.uk


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B R I TA I N ’ S BEST COUNTIES

reat Britain is nothing short of amazing. It’s one of the most unique places on earth and the perfect place to celebrate your wedding and honeymoon. Every month we’re exploring the gorgeous counties of the country. From the sparkling coasts of Cornwall to the historical beauty of Bath. Each one boasts of its own unique charm and charisma, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take a look through our profile and find the ideal picturesque setting for your romantic celebration. Great Britain is just that, great. The small islets are packed full of greatness, from the antique cathedrals, timeless landscapes to the crumbling castles and stunning cities. Take a step back in time and uncover the centuries of history that are hidden on these precious coasts. It’s here you can walk around the stunning Neolithic stone circle of Stonehenge, or visit the wonderful depth of the Roman Baths. Marvel at medieval landmarks and Victorian Museums or conquer the Norman castle with your loved one.   The astonishing landscapes here are sure to take your breath away. From the verdant Scottish moors to the shimmering lakes and woodlands of Wales, the natural beauty here is simply unmatched. Inspiring generations of poets, painters and musicians the magnificent scenery, is the perfect countryside backdrop for a romantic occasion. Indulge in the beauty of nature at one of the country’s national parks, or explore the endless miles of fields and

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dales galore. Hike mountains and cycle through trails, bask on the beach or wander through the picturesque forestry. Great Britain’s charm is unparalleled. A nation determined to stand out, everything from the country’s art, architecture, literature and culture are spellbinding. Discover all of this and more in the country’s capital. London is a melting pot of amazing experiences. Enjoy the astonishing collection of art the Tate modern or Victoria and Albert museum. Catch an awe-inspiring performance at the national theatre and uncover the wonderful waxworks at Madame Tussauds. Venture out to the nation’s other cities to explore their many wonders, from Glasgow’s delightful Kelvingrove Art Gallery to Newcastle’s BALTIC arts centre.   The country is charming beyond compare, and this is why it’s the picture-perfect place to enjoy your amorous celebration. Many couples dream of getting married abroad, but have you ever considered celebrating your love right here. Given the current circumstances, it may be best to stay right where you are. But don’t fret, there are so many aspects that make the UK amazing, and you can discover them all on your romantic staycation. Below we’ll explore with you the many benefits of a staycation. So, you can still get a much-needed break, away from the stresses of everyday life, in the comfort of Great Britain.


Turn the page and find all the detailed information about 9 of the most mesmerising UK counties. Why wait? Take your pick and start planning your dream wedding or fun staycation.


BATH & NORTH-EAST SOMERSET Get lost in the vibrant atmosphere and superb beauty of Somerset. Enjoy stunning views across the open countryside, gorgeous beachside scenes, and delectable local delicacies like crisp cider and sharp cheddar cheese. For a closer look at the ecological beauty of this region, head to Exmoor National Park with your loved one. The awe-inspiring undisturbed landscape is where hills meet rivers and coasts; it’s truly nature at its finest. For those history buffs who have a desire to uncover Somerset’s ancient history, a trip to the city of Bath is a must. The spectacular setting of this town is what inspired famous authors like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Discover the Roman Baths, the city’s oldest and most famous attraction or uncover astonishing ancient artefacts at the Original Theatre Royal and Masonic Hall Museum. Don’t miss the picturesque villages in and around north-east Somerset for a wonderful time with your partner. visitsomerset.co.uk

BEDFORDSHIRE Comprised of rural towns and idyllic villages, the eastern county of Bedfordshire is ideal for those who desire to lose themselves in nature. Flowing rivers and wildlife galore, Bedfordshire is perfect for nature loving couples. The verdant greenery and flourishing scenes attract everyone from romantic couples to photographers, artists and travellers. Experience beautiful vegetation and lush foliage at the Forest of Marston Vale. The 61 square mile woodland is surrounded by a beautiful countryside and encompasses several amazing scenic routes ideal for those avid walkers. Cast your gaze upon the majestic wildlife that inhabits the ZSL Whipsawed Zoo or delight in wonderful market towns like the Georgian Streets Ampthill, a delightful blend of culture and heritage. Bedfordshire has everything you’re looking for in a holiday destination and more, you’re bound to have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon experience. experiencebedfordshire.co.uk

BERKSHIRE Nestled just outside of London, Berkshire is a pleasant discovery. An idyllic playground, this royal county, is characterised by blooming green stretches of land and awe-inspiring castles. Greatly nourished by the River Thames, it creates a bucolic backdrop to a stylish getaway in the countryside. The pastoral setting is home to some incredible sights; a wealth of old-world towns, villages and countryside await you. Immerse yourself in a fairy tale world, as you discover the enchanting beauty of Windsor Castle, or explore the colourful market town of Henley-onThames. Discover the vibrant atmosphere of Reading, a buzzing centre with a grand medieval past. Plan your stop at Reading Abbey, one of the richest monasteries know in England. Berkshire is truly one-of-a-kind and magical; offering a variety of amazing experiences ideal for your amorous celebration or dreamy stay. visitsoutheastengland.com


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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE An attractive natural environment, Buckinghamshire is a county that is worth your while. With many places of historical and cultural interest to visit and a plethora of activities to partake in, you’ll find that Buckinghamshire is very diverse in character. Revel in complete relaxation and tranquil rejuvenation at the Stoke Park Spa or catch an awe-inspiring production at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre with your significant other. Boasting of dynamic and exciting West-end productions, from pantomime to ballet, there’s never a dull moment here. For couples who enjoy a little more adventure, delight in breath-taking views of the stunning English countryside after some flying lessons in a vintage Havilland Tiger Moth biplane. The picturesque region is the ideal year-round destination, perfect for short breaks and weekend getaways. Spend your honeymoon exploring gorgeous villages, historic towns and stunning countryside trails. visitbuckinghamshire.org

CAMBRIDGESHIRE A vibrant county situated in the East of England; Cambridgeshire is the ideal place for a short picturesque break with your love. The idyllic county is home to a wealth of activities, sights and enchanting landmarks. This wonderful region is brimming with inspiring arts and culture. Take a visit with your loved one to the Fitzwilliam Museum and discover a treasure trove of world history and art, or why not go with your significant other to the Mumford Theatre and delight in their special performances, concerts and events. After being enriched by the amazing arts, treat yourself to a spending spree at the Grafton shopping centre. One of the three main centres in the area, the Grafton is teeming with fun retail stores and delicious restaurants. Cambridgeshire is the perfect place for a romantic escape so explore the splendid surroundings with your loved one. And make sure you visit Cambridge, one of the top university cities in the world. visitcambridge.org

CORNWALL Part of England’s rugged southwestern tip, Cornwall is definitely one to visit. This seaside sensation is bursting with seasonal fun, music, literature and arts. Take a trip with the love of your life and be immersed in the Cornish culture. Explore the picturesque landscapes, and discover the natural marvels that are abundant here. Take a hike with your love through the oak woodland of Draynes Wood and catch a glimpse of the spectacular Golitha Falls, or saunter down to the scenic coast and ride the rushing waves of the Atlantic with fellow surfers. Unearth some of the world’s most interesting creatures at the Porfell Wildlife park, Cornwall’s biggest exotic animal sanctuary, home to over 250 animals from around the world. Get out and experience Cornwall; from its beautiful beaches to its picturesque towns, there’s plenty for you to enjoy. The picture-perfect setting defined by its spectacular coast and amazing sights is the ideal holiday hotspot for your romantic adventure. visitcornwall.com


DEVON A coastal gem, Devon is a county like no other. Embodying the beauty of the countryside, the pictorial views of beach-fringed landscapes, wild moors and rugged coasts enthral you to leave behind the concerns of life and bask in its rustic tranquillity. There is so much to do and see in this gorgeous setting, so why not start with a canoe safari along the River Tamar and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife. In the afternoons, indulge in complete relaxation at the luxury spa at the Victoria Hotel. The soothing oasis and sanctuary, promises that you leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. Spend the evening discovering the beautiful collection of art at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. And, in the vibrant historic centres, from Plymouth to Exeter, you can enjoy cultural events and live music gigs. This seaside sanctuary captures the hearts of all who step foot on its shores. Once you experience the wonder of Devon, you’ll be sure to book a trip back. visitdevon.co.uk

ESSEX A county of contrasts, Essex couples contemporary attractions with the splendour of ancient history and architectural masterpieces. Journey down to Colchester, a vibrant city in the heart of the county and uncover its many marvels. The Colchester Castle Museum is a must-visit. Home to the biggest Norman Keep in Europe, their exciting displays and activities make for a brilliant day out. Visit the impressive Firstsite Gallery, in the heart of the cultural quarter. Designed by Rafael Viñoly, the modern art gallery’s exhibitions run all year. An amazing collection of old and new, Essex is the epitome of everything that makes Britain great. Explore its fascinating towns, rugged coastlines and modern facilities. There’s no doubt it’s the perfect getaway for couples who enjoy the arts, as well as cultural heritage, and Essex is for whoever can appreciate the beauty of nature and wildlife. essextouristguide.co.uk

HAMPSHIRE Hampshire is a melting pot of incredible sights and attractions, from relaxing bucolic scenery to lively towns, enriched by music and cultural festivals. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle bustle of city life. Explore the wonders of nature here, with an outing to the South Downs National park. Home to a stunning glamping spot where you can enjoy the experience of traditional camping with a few added luxuries. Go for a bike ride through the undulating hills or take a peaceful promenade through their various trails. Wildlife is also abundant here. You and your loved one can experience it up close and make the most of it with a trip to Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth, where you’ll find a plethora of multi-coloured schools of tropical fish. A flawless blend of city, coast and country, Hampshire is a world-class setting for your wedding celebrations. visit-hampshire.co.uk


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HERTFORDSHIRE Be inspired by the enchanting character of Hertfordshire. The lush green county is brimming with an exciting heritage and history. Explore famous sites such as St Albans Cathedral or catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife at the Paradise Wildlife Park! Home to over 400 wild animals, it stands as one of Europe’s leading zoos and is definitely a place to add to your bucket list. For those who have a love for arts and culture, the Hertford Theatre is the best place to be. Enjoy a movie with your loved one at their impressive digital cinema or delight in the astounding art collection in their open plan gallery; there’s an abundance of activities to indulge in here. Thrill-seekers and adventurists alike with fall in love with XC extreme sports facility, from skating to rock-climbing and other obstacle courses, there’s never a dull moment here. The charming county is abounding in activities for everyone, it’s the perfect place for a short or long break with your love. visitherts.co.uk

NORFOLK Norfolk is the ideal place to get moving in the great outdoors and delve into new activities. Offering miles of unspoilt coastline, beautiful countryside views and picturesque market towns, this great all-yearround destination is the perfect romantic getaway. Hike through the vast greenery or zipline across the tallest trees in the country at the Breckland and Thetford Forest. Explore the stunning nature reserves of the Broads National Park or visit the Grade I Nelson Monument built as a tribute to Britain’s greatest naval hero. Saunter along the boardwalk with your love and indulge in the stunning beachside views from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk’s premier beach resort. Spend your time sunbathing by the sea, enjoying water sports and dining in local restaurants. The gorgeous county is the ideal honeymoon destination for adventurous souls and history buffs alike. If Norfolk is good enough to be the Queen’s home (Sandringham Estate), then it’s good enough for us! visitnorfolk.co.uk

OXFORDSHIRE Oxfordshire is the pinnacle of refinement. When tyou think of this county: academia, formality and manicured gardens come to mind. This is the land of Harry Potter and the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also some wonderful century-old pubs and restaurants that are not to be missed when visitng this area! Take a trip down to Bicester Village and dine in one of their fancy eateries. Founded in 1995, the luxury shopping destination has grown into a collection of 11 villages featuring stores spanning from Europe to Asia. History buffs would definitely enjoy a tour around the prestigious Oxford University, one of the oldest universities in the world. The charming county has so much to offer, wander around the most famous landmarks of the UK, or stop at a charming spot for a traditional afternoon tea with your loved one. There’s never a dull moment here in Oxfordshire. experienceoxfordshire.org


SUFFOLK Nestled on the east coast of England, Suffolk is characterised by its magnificent views and breath-taking natural beauty. Brimming with charming villages and charismatic towns, it beckons to tourists and visitors from around the world. There’s an abundance of incredible activities that await you at this country oasis. Unwind by the shimmering waters of the Suffolk Coast, and observe the rare birds as they fly across the blue skies and majestic red deer as they graze on the lush landscapes. Wander down the medieval streets of Bury St. Edmunds and indulge in the assortment of vintage boutiques and modern cafés. Theatre-lovers are in for a treat, with the Ipswich Pulse and Spill Festival. Enjoy a variety of performances with your love. Escape the everyday and enjoy the blissful tranquillity that Suffolk offers, from its coastal villages to its mesmerising landscapes. visitsuffolk.com

SURREY England’s most wooded county, Surrey, springs with charming blooms and wildlife. A perfect setting for a weekend getaway. Escape here to engage with nature; from its rushing rivers to its scenic little towns over the canals. Renowned for its wonderful wildlife and breathtaking views, the dazzling region is home to some of the country’s best-looking pastoral sights. Hike to the top of Box Hill with you loved one and indulge in the amazing natural panoramas, or take a scenic walk alongside the sparkling Virginia Water Lake. Immerse yourself in history and artistic culture with a visit to the Watts Gallery Artists’ Village. Here, you’ll fine over 100 paintings and several remarkable sculptures. There is a plethora of places for you to visit in Surrey, and you can really experience the wonders of nature and wildlife here on your romantic getaway. visitsurrey.com


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Wick Farm Bath wickfarmbath.co.uk Phone n. 01225 722 238

Crescent Hall www.crescenthall.co.uk Phone n. 01582 723386

The Old Mill Aldermaston www.theoldmillaldermaston.co.uk Phone n. 0118 971 2365

Ambience Venue Styling Bath www.ambiencevenuestyling.com Phone n. 07855 309 868

Champink www.champink.uk Phone n. 07881 614 252

My Amazing Events www.myamazingevents.co.uk Phone n. 07411 133 393

Maple & Fleur www.mapleandfleur.com Phone n. 07737 103 521

Big Little Dreams www.biglittledreamsphotography.co.uk Phone n. 07986 451 317

Chris Kemp www.chriskemp.co.uk Phone n. 07740 042 939

Jacqueline’s Bridal Boutique www.jacquelinesbridalboutique.co.uk Phone n. 07919 343 123

New Beginnings www.newbeginningsmk.co.uk Phone n. 07496 631 318

Catherine Blades Couture www.catherinebladescouture.com Phone n. 07949 505 807

Jody Cory Goldsmiths www.jodycory.co.uk Phone n. 01225 460 072

Jodie Gearing www.jodiegearing.com Phone n. 07906 606 612

Simeon’s Jewellery www.simeonsjewellery.shop Phone n. 07712 813 326

Leanna Biggs www.leannabiggsmakeupandhair.com Phone n. 07739 466 156

Kelly Marie Prescott

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Joyce Connor Makeup www.joyceconnormakeup.co.uk Phone n. 07788 993965

Goldfinch Floral Studio www.goldfinchfloralstudio.co.uk Phone n. 07858 393 853

Harpur Centre Florist www.harpurcentreflorist.co.uk Phone n. 01234 218761

Rhoda Louisa www.rhodalouisafloralevents.com Phone n. 07769 308 985

Lillytilly ltd www.lillytilly-ltd.business.site Phone n. 07891 493 810

Westways Carriages www.brunswickcarriagehorses.co.uk Phone n. 07597 979 754

Always Chauffeur www.alwayschauffeur.co.uk Phone n. 07974 572969

Forever Violets by Erin – May https://www.facebook.com/forevervioletscakes Phone n. 07522 633 739

Amara Cake Boutique www.amaracakeboutique.co.uk Phone n. 07803 316 629

Cake Buds www.cakebuds.co.uk Phone n. 07815 189 853

Hunter Gatherings www.hunter-gatherings.com Phone n. 07791 960 632

Tiggity Boo www.tiggityboo.co.uk Phone n. 07703 481 980

Yours-Aye www.yours-aye.com Phone n. 07855 300 598

Ebbie’s Kitchen www.ebbieskitchen.co.uk/ Phone n. 07782 369 896

Montys’s Gin Bar www.montysginbar.co.uk Phone n. 07714 089 093

Fosters Catering www.fosters-catering.co.uk Phone n. 01256 356 006

Cream of Royston www.creamfashions.com Phone n. 07813 086 331

John Lewis & Partners www.johnlewis.com Phone n. 0118 957 5995

Kit Handford Ceremonies www.kit-handford-ceremonies.co.uk/weddings.html Phone n. 01225 240 218

Wholehearted Ceremonies www.wholeheartedceremonies.co.uk Phone n. 07944 494 420

Silver Bee Ceremonies www.silverbeeceremonies.co.uk Phone n. 07786 268 446

SJT Roadshow www.sjtroadshow.co.uk Phone n. 07762 144 099

Nigel Hammond Music www.nigelhammondmusic.com Phone n. 07786 193 525

NightLights DJ & Event Services www.nightlights.co.uk Phone n. 0118 945 4137

Andrews Marquees www.andrewsmarquees.co.uk Phone n. 01275 545 199

Intents Marquees www.intents-marquees.co.uk Phone n. 01788 511 791

Cascade Events Ltd www.marquee-tent-hire.co.uk Phone n. 01189 310194

John Lewis & Partners www.johnlewis.com Phone n. 0117 959 1100

Walkies at Weddings www.walkiesatweddings.co.uk Phone n. 07811 244 811

Berkshire Sweet Carts www.berkshiresweetcart.co.uk Phone n. 07974 572 969

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Missenden Abbey www.missendenabbey.co.uk Phone n. 01494 866 811

Woodhurst Grange www.woodhurstgrangeweddings.co.uk Phone n. 07894 738 141

Trenderway www.trenderwayweddings.co.uk Phone n. 01503 272 214

Spot On Event www.spotonevent.co.uk Phone n. 01908 597 449

R and F Weddings www.randfweddings.co.uk Phone n. 07595 986 476

Out Of The Ordinary www.outoftheordinaryweddings.com Phone n. 07900 954 051

Big Little Dreams www.biglittledreamsphotography.co.uk Phone n. 07986 451 317

Liz Greenhalgh www.lizgreenhalgh.co.uk Phone n. 07739 853 413

Mckenzie-Brown www.mckenzie-brown.com Phone n. 0784 659 0458

New Beginnings www.newbeginningsmk.co.uk Phone n. 07496 631 318

SNOB www.susannicholasbridal.co.uk Phone n. 01354 680 077

Coastal Bridal www.coastalbridal.co.uk Phone n. 07476 099 959

Rosalyn’s Emporium www.rosalynsemporium.com Phone n. 07967 203 868

Matt Powell Fine Jewellery www.mattpowelljewellery.co.uk Phone n. 07540 428 849

Stephanie Stevens www.stephaniestevensjewellery.co.uk Phone n. 07817 239 895

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Katrina Kelly www.katrinakellyweddinghair.com Phone n. 07786 501 016

Kerra Griffith www.kerragriffith.com Phone n. 07938 802 670

The Daisy Chain www.daisy-chainflorist.co.uk Phone n. 01844 346 445

Gin House Flowers www.ginhouseflowers.co.uk Phone n. 01223 656 670

In 2 Flowers www.in2flowers.co.uk Phone n. 01637 838 270

Wedding – Car.co.uk www.wedding-car.co.uk/default.aspx Phone n. 07578 038 491

Townies Carriage Hire www.towniescarriagehire.co.uk Phone n. 07957 503 426

Honey Bugs www.honeybugscornwall.co.uk Phone n. 01209 822 383

Bev’s Cakes www.bevscakes.co.uk Phone n. 07778 042 196

Keen for Cakes www.keenforcakes.co.uk Phone n. 07861 790 915

Craftycakehole www.craftycakehole.co.uk Phone n. 07948 206 639

Anna Jayne www.annajaynedesigns.co.uk Phone n. 01296 252 972

Sally Creates www.sallycreates.co.uk Phone n. 07834 636 934

English Rose www.englishrosestationery.com Phone n. 07747 107 337

Cocktailmaker www.cocktailmaker.co.uk Phone n. 01494 786 969

New Beginnings www.newbeginningsmk.co.uk Phone n. 0118 957 5995

Crown Catering Cambridge www.crowncateringcambridge.com Phone n. 01638 507 702 MOTHER OF THE BRIDE Cream of Royston www.creamfashions.com Phone n. 07813 086331

The Good Food Catering www.thegoodfoodcateringco.co.uk Phone n. 01840 211 118 MOTHER OF THE BRIDE John Lewis & Partners www.johnlewis.com Phone n. 01392 284 150

Nicola West www.ceremoniesbynicola.co.uk Phone n. 07958 163 670

Brenda Woods Celebrant www.ritualsandresolutions.godaddysites.com Phone n. 07906 520 860

Cornish Celebrants www.cornishcelebrants.co.uk Phone n. 07716 992 526

Nigel Hammond Music www.nigelhammondmusic.com Phone n. 07786 193 525

David Lindsay Saxophonist www.davidlindsay-musician.com Phone n. 07598 739 114

John Green Dynamic Entertainments www.johngreendynamicentertainments.co.uk Phone n. 0797 051 9161

Intents Marquees www.intents-marquees.co.uk Phone n. 01788 511 791

Magical Events www.magicaleventsltd.co.uk Phone n. 01362 637 483

Wild Tipi www.wildtipi.co.uk Phone n. 0786 078 5780

MK Paw Patrol www.mkpawpatrol.co.uk Phone n. 07737 633 837

Artsylaser www.artsylaser.co.uk Phone n. 07825 334 591

The Cornish Store https://www.thecornishstore.co.uk/ Phone n. 01326 315514

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Watermouth Cove Weddings www.watermouthcoveweddings.co.uk Phone n. 07768 555 006

Down Hall Hotel www.downhall.co.uk Phone n. 01279 731 441

Visit Hampshire www.visit-hampshire.co.uk Phone n. 0333 455 9485

Meraki Events www.merakievents.co.uk Phone n. 07828 808 647

Monet Events www.monetevents.co.uk Phone n. 01277 295570

Dawn Bennett www.dawnbennettweddingplanner.com Phone n. 07918 165 104

Mike Lister Photography www.mikelisterphotography.co.uk Phone n. 07815 141 779

Tom Halliday www.tomhalliday.com Phone n. 0792 1995964

Ashley Hamilton www.ashleyhamiltonphotography.co.uk Phone n. 07481 686262

Amica Bridal Boutique https://www.amicabridalboutique.com/ Phone n. 01752 214 040

Erin Kelly Bridal www.erinkellybridal.co.uk Phone n. 01206 645005

Hannah Elizabeth www.hannahelizabethbridal.com Phone n. 0238 1781911

Erin Cox www.erincox.co.uk Phone n. 01392 660836

Heart of Gold Jewellers www.heartofgoldjeweller.co.uk Phone n. 01277 219 133

Charlotte Cornelius www.charlottecornelius.co.uk Phone n. 07880 705 981

April Natalie Hair Studio www.aprilnataliehair.co.uk Phone n. 07845 006 816

Peri Orrin www.periorrinbridalhairstylist.co.uk Phone n. 0750 224 7055

Bridal Hair in Hampshire www.bridalhairinhampshire.co.uk Phone n. 07811 121 863

Simply Flowers www.simplyflowersdevon.com Phone n. 01626 833 373

Elishas Floral Design www.elishasfloraldesign.co.uk Phone n. 0798 9474958

Pomp and Petals www.pompandpetals.co.uk Phone n. 01794 341 110

Exclusive Wedding Car www.exclusiveweddingcar.co.uk Phone n. 07721 404 943

Thomas Cribb Carriage www.horse-drawncarriages.co.uk Phone n. 02074 761 855

Brunswick Carriage Horses www.brunswickcarriagehorses.co.uk Phone n. 02380 739 111

Denise’s Little Cake Company www.deniseslittlecakecompany.co.uk Phone n. 07880 732 020

EriVica Cakes www.erivicacakes.com Phone n. 01473 828 192

Suzy Blake Cake Atelier www.suzyblakecakeatelier.co.uk Phone n. 01329 562 002

English Rose www.englishrosestationery.com Phone n. 07747 107 337

33 Pixels www.33pixels-wedding-stationery.com Phone n. 07956 086 607

Lily Anna Rose www.lilyannarose.com Phone n. 01329 481 729

Camilla Sharpe Creative Cookery www.camillasharpecreativecookery.com Phone n. 07970 419 140

John Lewis and Partners www.johnlewis.com Phone n. 01245 458 400

John Lewis & Partners www.johnlewis.com Phone n. 01392 284 150

Gladrags www.gladrags.boutique Phone n. 07813 086331

On The Hoof Bar & Kitchen www.onthehoofbarandkitchen.co.uk Phone n. 07879 693 534 MOTHER OF THE BRIDE Davina’s www.davinasladiesfashion.co.uk Phone n. 01489 880 900

Celebration Ceremonies South West www.celebrationceremoniessouthwest.com Phone n. 0787 076 3304

Next Chapter Ceremonies www.nextchapterceremonies.co.uk Phone n. 07761 037 271

Helen Noble www.helen-noble.co.uk Phone n. 07787 530 720

John Green Dynamic Entertainments www.johngreendynamicentertainments.co.uk Phone n. 07970 519 161

Zoe Alexandria www.zoealexandria.co.uk Phone n. 07939 850 919

Alan Granville www.alangranville.co.uk Phone n. 07867 430 535

Big Top Mania www.bigtopmania.com Phone n. 07768 498090

Magical Events www.magicaleventsltd.co.uk Phone n. 01362 637 483

Canvas & Light www.canvasandlight.co.uk Phone n. 07539 880 031

Grace & Favour Home www.graceandfavourhome.com Phone n. 01626 437 676

Walkies at Weddings www.walkiesatweddings.co.uk Phone n. 07811 244 811

Dawn Clarke Designs www.dawnclarkedesigns.co.uk Phone n. 07971 833 035

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The Priory www.thepriory.net Phone n. 01438 748 647

Kimberley Hall www.kimberleyhall.co.uk Phone n. 01603 759 447

Oxford Town Hall www.oxfordtownhall.co.uk Phone n. 01865 252 826

Spot On Event www.spotonevent.co.uk Phone n. 01908 597 449

Masons Great Event co www.masonsgreateventco.co.uk Phone n. 07736 754 355

Spot On Event www.spotonevent.co.uk Phone n. 01908 597 449

Lee Rushby www.leerushby.com Phone n. 07976 567 666

Nick Collison www.nickcollisonphotography.co.uk Phone n. 01508 549998

Amy Cassidy www.amycassidyphotography.co.uk Phone n. 07950 915 604

What Alice Wore Bridal www.whataliceworebridal.com Phone n. 01727 613 069

Masons Great Event co www.masonsgreateventco.co.uk Phone n. 07736 754 355

New Beginnings www.newbeginningsmk.co.uk Phone n. 07496 631 318

Heulwen Lewis Bespoke www.heulwenlewisbespoke.com Phone n. 07843 559 856

The Jewellery Cottage www.thejewellerycottage.co.uk Phone n. 01603 867 773

Rosalyn’s Emporium www.rosalynsemporium.com Phone n. 07967 203 868

Hayley Simpson www.hayleysimpson.co.uk Phone n. 07957 204 683

Ashley Kay Beauty www.ashleykaybeauty.com Phone n. 07917 475 466

Capelli Kelso www.capelli-kelso.co.uk Phone n. 01573 348 653

Polly and Petal www.pollyandpetal.co.uk Phone n. 07877 963 035

Harebell & Holly www.harebellandholly.co.uk Phone n. 07742 578 340

Rooted In Rosemary www.rootedinrosemary.com Phone n. 07800 564 020

MC Wedding Cars www.mcweddingcars.co.uk Phone n. 07470 617 213

J’s Wedding Cars www.jweddingcars.co.uk Phone n. 07866 103 494

Borders Vintage Experience www.bordersvintageexperience.co.uk Phone n. 0781 591 2480

At Your Wish Cakes www.atyourwishcakes.co.uk Phone n. 07748 043 634

Pure Heaven Cakes www.pureheavencakes.co.uk Phone n. 07931 538 722

Bev’s Cakes www.bevscakes.co.uk Phone n. 07778 042 196

Tiggity Boo www.tiggityboo.co.uk Phone n. 07703 481 980

Little Pea Designs www.littlepeadesignsuk.com Phone n. 01508 549 998

Anna Jayne www.annajaynedesigns.co.uk Phone n. 01296 252 972

The Cocktail House www.the-cocktailhouse.com Phone n. 07825 512 777

SBR Inspired Catering www.sbrinspiredcatering.co.uk Phone n. 07516 445 803

Cocktailmaker www.cocktailmaker.co.uk Phone n. 01494 786 969

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MOTHER OF THE BRIDE Masons Great Event co www.masonsgreateventco.co.uk Phone n. 07736 754 355

Alison Ann www.thecivilcelebrant.com Phone n. 07715 666 506

Moonstone Ceremonies www.celebrantnorfolk.co.uk Phone n. 07501 351 091

Nicola West www.ceremoniesbynicola.co.uk Phone n. 07958 163 670

Dance Sounds Disco www.dancesoundsdisco.co.uk Phone n. 07969 919 590

Kavolini www.kavolini.com Phone n. 07717 173 090

Crossfade www.crossfade.co.uk Phone n. 07875 385 996

Alternative Stretch Tents www.alternative-stretch-tents.co.uk Phone n. 07814 156 393

Magical Events www.magicaleventsltd.co.uk Phone n. 01362 637 483

Husk Marquees www.huskmarquees.co.uk Phone n. 07979 188 736

Walkies at Weddings www.walkiesatweddings.co.uk Phone n. 07811 244 811

John Lewis & Partners www.johnlewis.com Phone n. 01603 660 021

Occasion Doves www.occasiondoves.com Phone n. 07890 993 808

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Beau’s & Belle’s www.beausandbelleseventplanners.co.uk Phone n. 07593 437 520

H Squared Events www.hsquaredevents.co.uk Phone n. 07766 227781

Embrace Photography www.embrace-photography.co.uk Phone n. 07551 977 125

Leo the Photographer www.leothephotographer.co.uk Phone n. 02089 791 777

Beautiful Designs www.beautifuldesigns.ltd.uk Phone n. 01473 281 870

Little London Brides www.littlelondonbrides.co.uk Phone n. 07949 485 993

Aspens Jewellers www.aspensjewellers.co.uk Phone n. 01394 385 088

Obsessions of Weybridge www.obsessionsofweybridge.com Phone n. 01932 820823

Hair by Lisa www.hairbylisa.co.uk Phone n. 07789 383 231

Beyoutiful Brides www.beyoutifulbrides.com Phone n. 07940 497 094

Callendar’s Florist www.framlinghamflorist.co.uk Phone n. 01728 723 764

Zita Elze www.zitaelze.com Phone n. 07341 869 375

Chevron Limousine www.chevronlimos.co.uk Phone n. 01502 575 471

S H Chauffeurs www.sandhchauffeurs.co.uk Phone n. 07702 819 445

EriVica Cakes www.erivicacakes.com Phone n. 01473 828 192

My Little Shop of Cakes www.mylittleshopofcakes.co.uk Phone n. 07980 453 823

Blinking Owl Designs www.facebook.com/blinkingowldesigns.co.uk Phone n. 01502 741 319

Yours-Aye www.yours-aye.com Phone n. 07855 300 598

Prestige Bars & Catering www.prestigebars.co.uk Phone n. 01473 719 787

Beautiful Designs www.beautifuldesigns.ltd.uk Phone n. 01473 281 870

On The Hoff Barn & Kitchen www.onthehoofbarandkitchen.co.uk Phone n. 07879 693 534 MOTHER OF THE BRIDE John Lewis & Partners www.johnlewis.com Phone n. 01603 660 021

Next Chapter Ceremonies www.nextchapterceremonies.co.uk Phone n. 07761 037 271

Helen Noble www.helen-noble.co.uk Phone n. 07787 530 720

Arioso String Quartet www.ariosostringquartet.co.uk Phone n. 07721 695 500

Sphere Entertainments www.sphereentertainments.co.uk Phone n. 01483 494 695

Anglia Coastal Marquees www.angliacoastalmarquees.co.uk Phone n. 01394 460 450

Canvas & Light www.canvasandlight.co.uk Phone n. 07539 880 031

John Lewis & Partners www.johnlewis.com Phone n. 01603 660 021

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Just take a second and imagine your wedding with amazing view of the azure sea, the sun setting on the horizon, the magnificent volcano and the bride’s veil playfully blowing in the gentle wind. All this can be offered by wonderful island of Santorini. A unique wedding in Santorini is always a good idea!

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Flori Cu Fitze, a promise of a scented Luxorious Experience! Flori cu Fitze was founded 15 years ago by Alina Neacsa, one of the top international Master Florists. The company aims to create not just luxurious events but also unique and exclusive weddings all over the world. Alina Neacsa is also known worldwide as an Ambassador of scented garden roses and she is the only florist in the world who has a garden rose named after her- Alina Perfumella, created by the renown house of Meilland. Strada Valea Lungă 30, București 077042, Romania, email: contact @floricufitze.com Telefon: +40743762194 | www.floricufitze.com | Facebook: floricufitze.ro | Instagram: alina_neacsa


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Honeymoon An interview with Jacqui Kingswell Founder of The Pilates Class Emily Williams chats to international Pilates instructor, Jacqui Kingswell, about her week of wedding celebrations in Koh Samui and why The Pilates Class makes the perfect pre-holiday workout with your partner.

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acqui Kingswell’s trending online workouts have kick-started a new wave of Pilates lovers around the world. Her transformative method, known by the name of The Pilates Class, went viral throughout the pandemic. Over 100,000 followers have discovered newfound strength and stillness through her platform during this turbulent time. For most of her life, Jacqui has performed as a professional dancer for artists including Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue and One Direction. Her intensive training and deep-rooted passion for dance and Pilates started in childhood and she’s never looked back since. High profile clients now follow her membership religiously and share her holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Jacqui uploads new Pilates, cardio, barre and meditation video classes each week for subscribed members, with pre and post-natal options too. She focuses on strong techniques and posture to create lasting change both mentally and physically. She’s also a huge advocate for couples training together and the positive connection that it brings. Here, we speak with Jacqui about her honeymoon memories with loved ones on the week of her destination wedding, and how Pilates gave her confidence inside and out as she walked down the aisle.

SO JACQUI, WHERE DID YOU GET MARRIED AND WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORY OF THE DAY?

My husband and I got married on Koh Samui Island in a villa amongst the mountains overlooking the ocean. We had a lot of guests coming from Europe and Australia so this was the perfect halfway point for both parties. It was such a beautiful part of the world to celebrate with our family and friends. My favourite memory of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband. I’ll never forget the look in his eyes when we first saw each other that day. It was a very special moment between the two of us.

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The Pilates Class is something you can do all year round. It’s a program that prepares you for the rest of your life, a connection and insight into the mind and body.

WHAT DESTINATION DID YOU PICK FOR YOUR HONEYMOON AND WHY?

We decided to stay on the island for a week after the wedding with our family and friends to celebrate. Our guests travelled so far to be with us on this day so we wanted to spend as much time with them as we could. It was a honeymoon holiday for us but also for our family and friends. We then came back to Sydney and went straight into a big renovation on our home - that was definitely one way to see how strong the marriage was after the wedding!

WHAT ACTIVITIES DID YOU TRY WHILST YOU WERE IN THAILAND?

We took a boat with our family and friends to visit other islands, went kayaking and snorkelling, explored the island and spent a lot of time swimming in the ocean.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR COUPLES LOOKING TO BOOK A HONEYMOON?

My husband and I love to travel and discover the world together, so it was a very exciting time. My advice would be to envision what sort of trip you and your partner would thrive in most, whether that be relaxing by the pool in a resort, or hiking and adventuring. Once there, I recommend going somewhere you’ve never been before; live like the local people and try as much local food as you can. Life is so much better when it’s shared and to try a new experience with someone you love makes it unforgettable.

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WHAT MAKES THE PILATES CLASS THE IDEAL PRE-HONEYMOON WORKOUT REGIME?

Me and My Honeymoon

The Pilates Class is something you can do all year round. It’s a program that prepares you for the rest of your life, a connection and insight into the mind and body. The classes are for everybody so you can do it with your partner too. My husband and I do the classes together in the morning, and even if we go on a holiday with friends and family, they join in too. It’s a great way to start the day, it gets your body moving and the endorphins flowing, and it’s great for mental clarity.

Join The Pilates Class community and visit www. thepilatesclass.com and @thepilatesclass

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The Matterhorn

as your best man and the stars as your

maids of honour

Feel like celebrating at your best friend’s place This is THE OMNIA

THE OMNIA, Zermatt – Switzerland, Phone +41 27 966 71 71, www.the-omnia.com

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May Issue 2021  

Dedicated to the romance and glamour of marrying abroad

May Issue 2021  

Dedicated to the romance and glamour of marrying abroad

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