EXCLUSIVE PHOTO SHOOT
ONES TO WATCH
Showtime Emma RUNWAY REPORT
INTERVIEW WITH DESIGNER
Spain, Gibraltar and The Balearics’ dedicated wedding bible
Photographer - Nani de Perez Spain, Gibraltar and The Balearics’ dedicated wedding bible Location - Mosaik Dress - Santos y Evas Hair - Golden Tarts Makeup - Nicola McGeorge Model - Maria Perez
Features, advice, tips, ideas and suggestions to help arrange THE PERFECT WEDDING IN SPAIN, GIBRALTAR OR THE BALEARICS Alan Hannah
13 Confeti Loves
What’s hot in the world of bridal?
16 Theme Your Day
Chose a wedding colour scheme of pink, rose & gold for a chic and classy affair
28 Aisle Style Designer Preview at White Gallery
Cover Stories 18 White Gallery Runway Report The curtain rises on White Gallery London 2014: we bring you all the latest from the show
22 Emerging Talent in Bridal Design Scouting out fresh, new bridal designers who are set to take the bridal world by storm
38 Designer Profile: Emma Hunt
We chat to the London-based dress designer who blends classic couture techniques with a modern approach
44 Exclusive CONFETI Bridal Shoot at Moroccan inspired wedding venue Mosaik
82 CONFETI in Gibraltar
If it was good enough for John Lennon & Yoko Ono… we bring you a bridal update from the Rock
Grecian Orsalia Parthenis takes the bridal label to the next level with her new collection
30 Lusan Mandongus
A name synonymous with classic elegance, view the designer’s latest collection
54 Get The Look
Recreate CONFETI’s bridal style, makeup & cake, with the help of our expert team
62 The Test Factor
Read our panel’s views on the latest beauty products
64 Bikini Beautiful
Get in shape for your honeymoon with our fun and alternative ways to workout
67 Ten Cool Things To Do on your Wedding Day Make it a day to remember by doing something mad and different at your wedding
70 “Other Wives are Easily Found..”
Padre Peter tells the tale of Henry VIII and his six wives
74 Finding and celebrating
love on the Costa del Sol
CONFETI in Gibraltar 84 Location,
Come and discover Gibraltar’s most exclusive wedding venue - The Caleta Hotel
86 News from
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CONFETI Local News
92 Round up of local wedding news
96 Confeti’s Address Book The best professionals, specialists and services
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t is officially wedding season and the CONFETI team is unsurprisingly very excited about embarking on the next couple of months. Not only is CONFETI still the only bridal magazine distributed on the Costa del Sol but also we are getting bigger and better, extending our wings further into Gibraltar. This issue contains a specific Gibraltar section, bringing you all the Rock’s wedding news as well as a unique insight into one of Gib’s most prestigious wedding venues - The Caleta Hotel. Favourable wedding laws as well as the Hotel’s idyllic position, perched on the more secluded East Side of Gibraltar, makes The Caleta the perfect romantic escape for your big day. Back to Marbella, we lead you through the doors of the magical and mysterious Mosaik with an exclusive fashion shoot.
Bringing together the best in the business, the Spanish-born model stuns in a variety of gowns all available from Santos y Eva Novios in Marbella’s city centre. Mosaik with its exotic stained glass windows, elaborate tiled floors and enchanting aura sets the scene for an unforgettable wedding reception. Features Editor Amber O’Shaughnessy made a spring visit to the UK to hit White Gallery London, the trade exhibition showcasing the finest in bridal design. Ian Stuart’s catwalk show as usual did not disappoint; his new collection of gowns possessed a mystical quality, each piece extraordinarily beautiful. Catch Amber’s exclusive Runway Report on page 18. There is also a look at new bridal designers, including Zaeem Jamal who was awarded Best New Designer
of the Year at Digital Fashion Week in Singapore. These new designers who seriously impressed at White Gallery with their extensive creative talent are definitely ‘ones to watch’. Of course we bring you our regular features as well; a Designer Profile of Londonbased designer Emma Hunt and several Real Weddings for you to pore over, including the big day of professional golfer Tom Coulson and his wife Emma, who tied the knot back in the UK despite moving out to Marbella several years ago. It was a lavish and luxurious affair. In other news, Steve Madden has well and truly arrived in Puerto Banús. It is almost impossible not to notice the big, brash platinum sign sitting on the pavement in front of the store. We are so in love with too many pairs of their shoes that
we have featured two of our favourites in CONFETI Loves on pages 13 and 14. It is said that shoes speak louder than words, so it is of paramount importance to find the ultimate pair of heels for your wedding day and we think Steve Madden can definitely help you in this quest. Finally, we showcase some delectable sweet treats lovingly made by the Coast’s finest cake makers. From sugar-coated feminine designs to more alternative wedding cake ideas, CONFETI has all the answers. Get reading, planning and turning your wedding dreams into reality with our help. Have a great wedding season!
The Confeti Team
By Amber O’Shaughnessy
Float like a Butterfly
A Fabulous Fascinator
Monsoon’s Ascot Feather Fascinator gives the perfect pop of glamour and drama to your occasion outfit. The blue grey of the fascinator is quite unique and effortlessly elegant. uk.monsoon.co.uk
We currently love the rustically romantic wedding theme. If you are a boho bride, this cute Cath Kidston ‘Field Rose’ Acrylic Wine Glass with its pretty flower imprint will be right up your street. This item would capture that festival feeling for your big day. cathkidston.com
Steve Madden ‘Daisey’
It is quite common for brides to change into something slightly more comfortable and informal post-wedding ceremony. These slim and slender strappy flats are fabulously feminine and best of all… perfect to dance the night away!! stevemadden.com
These exquisite butterfly shaped place cards add a touch of chic to your wedding table. The freestanding name cards have delicate swirls cut out of the wings to make a simple yet stylish design. gingerray.co.uk
Style & Sophistication
This beautiful limited edition ‘Empire Lace’ evening dress is a real show stopper. The bold dark embellishment contrasts with the soft nude lining for a high impact look. This eye-catching party dress is beautifully fitted to the silhouette for the ultimate wow factor at your wedding reception. phase-eight-fashion.com
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Precious as a Pearl
Yoko London, the luxury pearl jewellery brand, has some exquisite pieces in their new collection. These South Sea pearl earrings are timeless and yet modern, highly glamorous and yet wearable but most importantly would complete your look on the big day. Yokolondon.com CONFETI 13
By Amber O’Shaughnessy
Explosion of the Senses
I’m still so in love with Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf which is like an explosion of the sweetest smelling bouquet. This floral scent makes for an ideal wedding day fragrance with its addictive floral notes which leave their trail, like a whirlwind as you walk down the aisle. perfumeshop.com
Pour Me Up
Murad skincare is created by Dr. Howard Murad, the world-renowned dermatologist and is available at leading spas, such as the Urban Retreat Spa at Harrods. Their Rapid Collagen Infusion product provides the ultimate pre-wedding prep. Penetrating the skin’s surface with collagen, this product fights wrinkles by promoting healthy collagen and hydration levels. Their Renewing Cleansing Oil is also excellent for pre-wed pampering. This powerful blend of botanical oils removes makeup and impurities without leaving skin feeling tight or dry. murad.co.uk
Cath Kidston is just so good at posh picnic items and this Safari Flask is no exception. Kate Moss carried out the rustic wedding theme with finesse – why not do the same and serve beverages to your wedding guests in these charming flasks? cathkidston.com
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Steve Madden ‘Singer’ Stilettoes
Strappy heels are back with a vengeance. Crafted in smooth satin and covered with sparkling rhinestones, the ‘Singer’ provides just enough sparkle for your special day without detract attention from the gown itself. stevemadden.com
Dress up your wedding hairstyle or find a pretty alternative to a traditional headpiece with a fresh or fabric flower crown. This look works particularly well on an English rose complexion. Emphasise the pastel shades in the flowers with peach and pink-toned makeup. topshop.com
The Sweet Smell of Rhubarb
Candles seem to suit any occasion, but this ‘With Love’ Rhubarb scented candle is fresh, fruity and sweet and would work excellently as a background fragrance in the room as bridal hair and make up prep is being carried out. marksandspencer.com
Theme your Day
Pink, Gold and Rose hues make the perfect colour combo for a vintage inspired wedding theme 1. Starfish Pandora clutch. charlotteolympia.com
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2. LadurĂŠe PiĂ¨ces MontĂŠes Macarons. laduree.com 3. Wedding invites from Save my Date: Tel. +34 620 33 72 87 savemydate.es email@example.com 4. Au Nom De La Rose floral arrangement. aunomdelarose.com 5. Entremets Marie Antoinette, LadurĂŠe. laduree.com
Sail away in style wearing this beautiful Starfish Pandora from luxury accessories designer Charlotte Olympia
6. Claire Pettibone â€˜Still Lifeâ€™ Collection. clairepettibone.com
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This delicate Claire Pettibone gown embodies the designerâ€™s vision of vintage romance with an enchanted bohemian spirit. The gold tulle embroidered with pink and red roses over pearl silk is fabulously feminine with its gentle use of colour, couture details and fluttery fabric. Simply divine.
Runway Report As media partner for White Gallery London, Features Editor Amber O’Shaughnessy attended the bridal trade exhibition in April on behalf of Confeti magazine. Five years in the making, White Gallery London has become the most significant platform for acclaimed designers – those whose influence in the bridal market is unquestioned. 18 CONFETI
The 2014 show encompassed more than 70 international designer labels, including the UK’s finest talent in the bridal industry, who came together for this stunning show of luxury collections that attract the world’s most discerning buyers and press. The trade show took place over three days and featured six catwalk shows. Here, Amber gives a full round up of all the runway action straight from the front row, including key bridal trends for 2014.
Opening the White Gallery London catwalk line-up this season and a new name at the show this year, Lark Bridal hosted a couture catwalk show featuring new collection gowns by US awardwinning designer COCOE VOCI, US vintage-inspired designer Stephanie James and Irish-based designer
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Lark Bridal Caroline Atelier. Cocoe Voci took its inspiration from the modern goddess, blending traditional elegance with contemporary panache. Caroline Atelier combined bridal simplicity with redcarpet glamour. Stephanie James Couture offered T-length and full-length gowns influenced by vintage sumptuousness.
Ian Stuart White Gallery London favourite Ian Stuart presented his 2015 Lady Luxe bridal collection in a spectacular catwalk show. Famed as one of the biggest events in Ian Stuart’s calendar, the designer’s hotly anticipated White Gallery London show did not disappoint with a not-to-bemissed spectacle featuring a range of beautiful dresses. Trends included soft satin and beaded French lace, taffeta metal and sequin embroidered lace as well as organza and metallic beaded lace. The colour palette featured pastel hues in blush pink, pale blue, pale lilac and taupe as well as honey, ivory and gold.
Alan Hannah Another White Gallery London stalwart Alan Hannah showcased both the mainline Alan Hannah and sub-brand MiaMia collections on the catwalk. All of Alan Hannah’s creations are designed and made in London and the designer’s 2015 collection featured a collection of beautiful and sophisticated bridal gowns. The Alan Hannah collection included fashion-forward gowns featuring clean lines in silk duchesse and taffeta
On Day Two, Ian Stuart once again dominated the runway. The designer showcased The Collection by Ian Stuart with pieces drawing inspiration from Elizabethan, art deco and bohemian influences, to create a collection that is angelic, quirky and statuesque. Luxurious fabric and colours have been used to help tie all elements of the collection together.
with delicate beading and stunning lace detail as well as hand painted bodices and beautiful hand beading. The sister label MiaMia builds on the bohemian look of the previous collection whilst adding new fabrics and embellishments to unstructured chiffon and organza. The updated classic theme has been developed and expanded with unusual beadwork and inspired floral detailing. The fashion show itself was young and fresh with a very individual personality. Alan Hannah retails from £1800 and MiaMia £1000.
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In the afternoon at 2pm, another White Gallery London catwalk debutante, Madeline Isaac-James took to the runway. Londonbased designer Natalie Gladman presented her mainline Madeline Isaac-James collection and her new diffusion label, Maddy in the second castwalk show of the day. Reflecting the passion
and emotion of sunrises and seascapes, the catwalk show was innovative yet elegant. For 2015, the signature Madeline Issac-James collection is inspired by the colour and emotion of Turner’s paintings and featured stunning gowns in sumptuous silk, finished with exquisite beaded laces delicately adorned with pearls and Swarovski crystals. The new diffusion label, Maddy, is designed by Natalie and her daughter Maddy and is aimed at the fun-loving, budget conscious bride who also desires a quality silk finish with excellent construction.
Opening the second day of the show was bridal designer Emma Hunt, making her White Gallery London catwalk debut. Hunt’s show featured gowns from her signature London Collection and her new diffusion line, Echo. The London Collection is the label’s in-house line of couture designer wedding dresses, blending elegant, classic styles with clean lines while the new diffusion, Echo collection mirrors the timeless elegance of the main collection but with a fresh, modern appeal.
Concluding a stellar line-up of catwalk shows at this yearâ€™s White Gallery was the Designer Preview. Every year the Designer Preview Show offers retailers and press a preview of the pivotal 2015 collections from the top designers in the bridal industry. The following designers showcased key pieces from their 2015 collections: Anna Romysh Haute Couture, Naomi Neoh, Ivory & Co, Linea Rafaelli, Qiana, Charlotte Balbier, Sadoni, Lusan Mandongus, Terry Fox, Timeless Couture, Jack Sullivan and Yolan Cris.
Designer Preview Show
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in Bridal Design Alongside the established designers at White Gallery London 2014, there was also a focus on new talents that are tipped to take the industry by storm. Confeti had the privilege of viewing the latest collections by these gifted designers.
House of Mooshki is a bespoke wedding dress company specialising in custom designed wedding dresses and bridal gowns from vintage through to gothic. Based in the North East of England but offering a national and international service with brides across the globe, House of Mooshki is one to watch. Mooshki showcased its Autumn/Winter 2014 collection at White Gallery London. The collection is based on the elegance of women of the late 50s and early 60s. While retaining signature flirty tea lengths and out of this world ball gowns, they heavily feature another trend in this collection - striking pencil skirt dresses with big statement detachable trains. Guipure and French laces dyed by hand are found adorning sheer backs and arms. All of this comes with a Mooshki twist of blush and champagne.
My Top Pick Mooshki Gowns:
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Juliette - A short fitted pencil wedding dress with sheer illusion back and shoulders, fitted lace sleeves with scalloped edging running around the bust and off the shoulders, creating a plummeting V-back overlay; finished with tiny buttons running the length of the back. Known for detachable tulle trains, Mooshki has not disappointed with the Juliette, which comes with a fabulously full tulle train for added elegance.
Evie - Layers upon layers of champagne tulle create a tier effect. Cute yet elegant, Evie consists of champagne satin overlaid in champagne tulle and hand-dyed guipure lace. A completely sheer back is finished with champagne buttons, hand-dyed lace climbs the sides of the back, the bodice and the cap sleeves, cascading onto the tiered skirt and finally finishing the hem edgae. Charlotte - Fairy tale meets 1950s tea length gowns; Charlotte mixes my two favoured trends. A Mooshki fairytale tea length gown in blush - long sheer tulle sleeves and sheer back are a fabulous
Ava - The ultimate in fairytale ball gowns; antique spot tulle and detailed guipure lace add a romantic touch. A full antique spot tulle ball gown skirt overlaid with a deep guipure lace edge. Full illusion back for demure elegance is finished with guipure lace cascading down from the elegant high neck and across the shoulders and sheer back
Miranda Templeton Of course White Gallery also provides a platform for elements of bridal wear aside from the dress and Miranda Templeton – a new bridal accessories label – gained a lot of attention throughout the three days of the show. Miranda Templeton was formed in 2011 and supplies exquisite, handmade accessories to bridal boutiques throughout the UK, Ireland and, more recently, Europe. Beginning with tiaras, headdresses and combs, the brand has grown to encompass jewellery, sashes, pins and garters and continues to expand with each passing season.
Farleigh Bohemian Garden
My Top Pick Miranda Templeton Accessories Lypiatt-Bohemian Garden Osbourne-Bohemian Garden
Antique Trousseau features intricately handcrafted pieces with heirloom sensibilities - think Grandma’s lace gloves and antique beaded purses. The collection draws on elements of beading and brocade and introduces an innovative metal fibre yarn from Italy into some of the key pieces. Bohemian Garden encompasses organic designs with a distinctly rustic feel - think country chic and hazy summer days alongside relaxed festival glamour. The collection is scattered with sequins, delicate leaves and an abundance of tiny pearls. Finally Deco Decadence favours stylised sunburst and fan motifs with a luxurious, opulent quality - think clean geometric lines accented with sumptuous feathers and lavish diamante.
The 2015 Pemberton Collection consists of three capsule collections, which effectively sum up the major trends in the coming season’s accessories.
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base for the organic floral guipure lace that creeps over the arms and down the bodice. The lace continues to cascade down the dress onto a full tulle skirt for a princess feel.
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Zaeem Jamal Combining the finest silk chiffons and crepes, delicate rustic lace and intricate master artisan hand embroidery with stunning, graceful and flowing silhouettes, the â€˜Grand Master of Design Alchemyâ€™ Zaeem Jamal presented the essence of true fairytale romance in his magical and elegant collection at White Gallery 2014.
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The collection is embellished with the ultimate in bridal accessories, to complete your attire. From luscious fine wool and lace pashminas, embroidered capes and cloaks to elegant handbags, shoes and daywear - everything comes with the option to customise, in a variety of colour and embroidery selections. Awarded Best New Designer of the Year at DFW, Creative Designer Zaeem Jamal is now listed in the Top 100 people to watch. With a strong following of private and celebrity clients requesting fittings and bespoke pieces, it appears he is living up to his starry reputation.
My Top Pick Zaeem Jamal Gowns: Silk chiffon column gown with signature crystal cut work, hand embroidery. Silk chiffon and satin gown with pleating, draped skirt and gold hand embroidery. Silk chiffon one-shoulder gown, pleated bust and flowing shoulder. CONFETI 25
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Sasso Sasso was another relatively new bridal label to enter the scene and cause quite a stir at White Gallery London. Even the Ian Stuart bought pieces from the Sasso collection for his new flagship bridal store in London Victoria. Creative Directors Elaine and Katie spoke to Confeti about the birth of the Sasso brand: “Sasso began with just four classic marabou pieces in ivory. We then became more daring, introducing ostrich feathers and two-toned feathers as well as some colour - soft shades such as antique rose, pearl, oyster, coral, chocolate and muted tones of grey to the expensive looking stone and vintage cream. This really added a new depth to Sasso. “When the collection was complete we wanted to introduce small caps of lace and hand made veiling to compliment the feathers. We used gorgeous beaded lace and pearl and diamanté caps. We also added gloves which we design in order to present a complete look for our Sasso Bride.”
My Top Pick Sasso Gowns 1
Elegant Sheath Chiffon Dress 5876 A twist on tradition, this elegant sheath wedding dress from the Stella York Collection offers a modern spin on a simple form inspired by the Grecian era.
Elegant and Enchanted Lace Gown 5922 This gown features handcrafted diamantĂŠ beading and lace in a choice of gold, ivory or white. The shoulder straps and plunging V-neck frame the face and draw the eye to the waist, while the fit-and-flare silhouette hugs every curve.
Slim Sheath Gown with Lace Overlay 5939 Wedding dresses with lace are perfect for almost any style of wedding and this strapless sweetheart A-line wedding dress is simply stunning. The dress comes in a choice of ivory lace over ivory or cafĂŠ, or a more traditional look of white over white.
4 White Lace Over Dolce
Satin Dress 5840 This dress features a lovely sweetheart neckline and trumpet silhouette that is both slimming and sexy. Fine detailing, like the slimming vertical lace pattern and elegant scalloped lace edging, makes this designer gown unique.
he ‘Grecian Goddess’ is hailed as one of fashion’s classic looks and has clearly had a profound influence on the Parthenis brand. Since taking over the label from her father, Greek-born Orsalia Parthenis has created one-of-a-kind bridal gowns, which channel simplicity and an easy living ethos. Here CONFETI offers some background on the brand and images from the latest collection. Dimitris Parthenis opened his first store in Athens in 1970 and his second in Mykonos in 1978. This turned out to be a great source of inspiration for the designer and a stepping28 CONFETI
stone to international fame. Overseas interest in his creations ultimately resulted in the opening of flagship stores in Brussels and Los Angeles. In the mid 1980s the Parthenis brand was a leader in the Greek market and the designer was considered an innovator in his field. Today the Parthenis look is still timeless and simple, having retained its unisex, easy living Greek aesthetic. Orsalia Parthenis has continued her father’s tradition of chic sportif, which evokes a bohemian mood. Using natural fibres, wool, silk and cotton to create a relaxed silhouette which hugs the body,
the Parthenis line is constantly remastered while remaining true to its essence. The Parthenis Bridal Collection is typical of this companyâ€™s core philosophy. These dresses are designed to permit the bride to stand out and be striking without overwhelming her unique personality. Most of the dresses are made of silk jersey and can be worn in various ways, allowing the bride to wear them according to her mood, even change her look during the course of her special day. Also available in various colours, they can be worn as evening dresses. Orsalia-parthenis.gr
Beauty Lusan Mandongus preview their striking new collection which features higher necklines, lace sleeves and peplum waist detail.
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D esigner P rofile
Emma Hunt LO N D ON Interview by Amber Oâ€™Shaughnessy
White Gallery 2014 was a particularly exciting event for British bridal designer Emma Hunt. Although a first timer at the trade show, Emma and her creative team used the opportunity to host their own catwalk show as well as present the inaugural Echo diffusion collection. CONFETI was delighted to snatch a small amount of time to chat to the designer personally about all things Emma Hunt.
I became involved in fashion design after gaining
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my BA Honours degree, which provided me with a solid understanding of the industry. I honed my skills by making clothes for friends and family before starting my own business in 1997.
Echo is our ready-to-wear collection, available from select boutiques across the UK and Europe. The London Collection is our in-house collection of couturedesigned dresses, which can be ordered from my showroom in Wimbledon.
I specialized in bridal gowns because to
I would describe my individual style as elegant
me, they are the most special dresses anyone will ever wear and their design requires a focus on perfection and quality, which speaks to my sensibilities as a designer.
My biggest achievement to date has been
staying in business for 16 years! 38 CONFETI
Bridal trends in 2015 will centre
on more demure styles, with higher necklines. Elegant longer sleeves, which are key to understated style, will also be very popular. Soft, fluid shapes in wonderfully luxurious fabrics are the new definition of bridal elegance. White Gallery London was our first ever time exhibiting as we have newly moved into retail. Our collections had a wonderful reception, which made all the hard work worthwhile. It was also fabulous to host our first ever, solo catwalk presentation, which was both nerve-wracking and exhilarating.
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When choosing a dress from Emma Hunt the bride can expect quality, perfection, care, and comfort.
For a destination wedding,I would
recommend the bride to wear something light and soft, like silk, with a smooth, flowing style to allow for movement and a graceful silhouette befitting the relaxed atmosphere of a destination wedding.
When choosing her gown, I would
advise a bride to try lots of styles, listen to your gut instinct, be yourself, and most importantly, make sure you are comfortable.
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Step inside the doors of the magical MOSAIK wedding venue in CONFETI’S exclusive photo shoot. In a heady mixture of glamour, beauty and style, this Moroccan inspired restaurant, lounge and bar offers a unique setting for your special day.
Dress: Demetrios 548 - 1.780€ Tiara Galsan: Santos y Eva Novios - 100€ CONFETI 45
Dress: La Sposa Marey - 1.510€ Trailing Petals Headpiece: Glitzy Secrets - £88
Dress: Demetrios 247 - 1.946€ Precious Extravagance Side Tiara: Glitzy Secrets - £64.50
Dress: La Sposa Denia - 1.870€ Short Veil: Ibernovia 7815 - 135€
Dress: San Patrick Eresma - 1.350€ Vintage Hair Accessory: Stylist’s Own
Dress: San Patrick Califa - 1.430€
Dress: San Patrick Califa - 1.430€ Gold Face Jewellery: Golden Tarts Hair Clips: Galsan 50553 - 32€ x 2 uds.
Dress: San Patrick Califa - 1.430â‚Ź Gold Face Jewellery: Golden Tarts
Location: Mosaik, mosaikmarbella.com Photographer: Nani de Perez, nanideperez.com Shoot Coordinator: Amber Oâ€™Shaughnessy Wedding Gowns: Santos y Eva Novios, santosyevanovios.com Stylist: Laura from Santos y Eva Novios Hair, eyelash extension and natural bridal manicure and HD Brows: Golden Tarts, goldentarts.com Makeup: Nicola McGeorge Cake: Marbella Cake Design, marbellacakedesign.com 52 CONFETI
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Photography: nanideperez.com Hair: goldentarts.com Makeup: Nicola McGeorge Written by Nicola McGeorge
o tie in with the theme of the bridal fashion shoot, I needed to create a look that took inspiration from Moroccan makeup but could still be worn on a wedding day. When it comes to Arabic makeup, more is more. It is all about dramatic femininity. The Arabic look focuses on clean lines, making sharp pencils and edged brushes must-haves. Think well groomed brows and strongly lined and shadowed eyes. For bridal occasions I would recommend sticking with the classic look using brown or black - it will give you the smouldering look you are after and make the colour of your eyes pop. I decided to go with a palette of golds (think Moroccan deserts), bronze and shimmery brown. To top it all off I wanted to create strong brows. For this kind of look you want to have a relatively sharp arch to draw attention to your eyes. With eyebrows there is only so much that makeup can do, so I would highly recommend getting your brows professionally shaped before your brig day. Since I would be focusing so much attention on the eyes, the skin needed to be natural and sun kissed. Caked on foundation would have made the finished job look like stage makeup. Finally, while most Moroccan women will complete their makeup session with a bold, deep colour lip hue, I think this is a little too dramatic for a bride, so I opted for a nude glossy lip. Here is my step-by-step guide so you can recreate it.
Step 1 To prep the skin, cleanse with Bioderma Sensibio H2O, an ultra-mild, non-rinse micellar water cleanser, which is incredibly cooling and perfect for a 54 CONFETI
1 destination wedding. Next tone with Dr Haushka Facial Toner before applying Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque (a favourite of Mrs Beckham’s); this powerful calming masque of concentrated vitamins and botanicals soothes stressed skin, helping to reduce redness and restore suppleness. Finish off by massaging in Embyolisse’s Lait-Creme Concentre to leave the complexion soft, dewy and perfectly prepped for make-up.
Step 2 Using a foundation brush layer on MAC Strobe Cream for added luminosity. Next, move onto the brows. As we are creating strong, defined arches to frame the eyes, I used a slanted eyebrow brush to apply Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade, an easy-to-use, long lasting answer to eyebrow perfection. This tinted, creamy formula is waterproof, smudgeproof and ideal for creating
defined, natural looking brows that won’t melt in a hot climate.
Step 3 Dab Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion5 all over the lids to keep everything in place. Next, using a cream shadow brush, pat Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Initiation all over the lid to just above the crease. Buff this out and then, using the same brush, apply Bobbi Brown Long-Wear
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5 Cream Shadow in Beach Bronze6 over the lid. The shimmer from the Chanel shadow should still shine through. Work Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Fatal into the crease and the outer corner of the eye, winging it out slightly. Finally apply a tiny amount of MAC Pigment ‘Vanilla’ in the inner corner of the eye to brighten the area and pull the eyes apart. Highlight under the brow bone with the same shade – and blend, blend, blend.
To diminish under-eye shadows work Clinique Airbrush Concealer2 onto any dark areas, then set with Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder, a patented diamond complex that creates a flawless finish by bending and refracting light to reduce the visibility of imperfections.
Line the lower rim with Dior Crayon Eyeliner – Waterproof in ‘Intense Brown. Really work this into the lower lashes with a smudger brush. Just under this line apply Urban Decay Snakebite shadow to build up the gold effect. With a flat liner brush apply MAC Pigment ‘Vanilla’ to the inner rim. This will be picked up beautifully on camera.
With a Beauty Blender Sponge apply Face Atelier Ultra Foundation, which creates a lightweight, but highly pigmented coverage that diminishes the appearance of fine lines, for a smoother, more uniform skin texture. Next conceal any remaining imperfections with Chanel Correcteur Perfection.
Line lips, define and accentuate with Nudestix Lip Pencil1 in Whisper. Using a lip brush apply MAC Lipglass in Clear for a high gloss finish. Spray to set makeup with SKINDINAVIA The Original Makeup Finishing Spray. This baby will make sure your makeup doesn’t budge all day and night.
Apply NUXE Huile Prodigieuse, a shimmering multi-usage golden dry oil over arms and décolleté to make body glisten.
For the evening look I added golden face jewellery from Golden Tarts around the eyes and deepened the lip hue with Nudestix Lip Pencil1 in Mystic.
Step 6 Using a slanted face brush, work MAC Trace Gold, a sheer shimmertone blush under the cheekbones. If you want to create a deeper contoured effect, use Bobbi Brown Bronzer3 in Medium. Next, using a sponge, dab Benefit Sunbeam4, a golden highlighter on the places that would naturally catch the light; top of the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow. Finish this with a dusting of Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder along the t-zone.
The little extras To make sure the brows were the perfect shape before I attempted to apply any makeup, I booked the model in to Golden Tarts to have her eyebrows professionally tinted and threaded. This gave me the perfect shape and colour to work with. Instead of spending half an hour trying to create some kind of statement brow, I was done in two minutes. The model was also had semi-permanent eyelash extensions applied as I prefer the final result to strip lashes. They give you longer, thicker and very natural looking eyelashes. They look so natural no one will know they are not yours! Semi Permanent Lashes HD Brows Bridal Manicure Gold Face Jewellery All by Golden Tarts Puerto Banús Tart-Phone: 952 811 820 22-23 Calle Jesus Puente, Puerto Banus La Cala Tart-Phone: 952 493 768 Nº4 Jardin Botánico, La Cala De Mijas www.goldentarts.com
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or even any past moments that have made her feel happy or content. All of this gives me an insight into the style of cake my client would prefer. If the couple sends me a photograph of another cake design they have seen and particularly liked, I take inspiration from this but always endeavour to create my own unique version. I think it is important that the cake is bespoke to the bride and groom and not a re-creation of somebody else’s dream design.
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designed this cake with the Moroccan style of the venue in mind; I wanted the finished cake to complement the theme of the fashion shoot but equally I like to keep all of my cake designs simple with a modern, contemporary twist. For me, overly fussy cakes never look as striking. The cake was a three-tiered classic design featuring typically
Moorish colours and patterns around each of the layers. The cake’s interior consisted of a coconut sponge with lime filling and dark chocolate ganache. I often work with chocolate ganache because it gives the wedding cake stability, which is crucial if the bride has requested a buttercream filling. Obviously, cake makers along the Coast are frequently working in very warm temperatures so it is of paramount
importance to ensure the tiered cake has a strong structural support to avoid collapse! Of course, often I don’t get as specific a brief as the one given to me for the Mosaik fashion shoot, but that is never a problem. I ask the bride to send me any hints of her style and preferences, requesting photos of her wedding dress, a description of the wedding colour scheme
I then send lots of hand drawn sketches of prospective cakes from which the bridal couple can choose their favourite. These preliminary stages are always a case of sending emails backwards and forwards until we get it exactly right. For my clients, this will be one of the biggest days of their lives so the cake has to be absolute perfection. Marbella Cake Design Tel. +34 634 302 514 marbellacakedesign.com
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DeliDelicius cake It’s impossible to escape the appeal of baking at the moment. Men and women alike are unafraid to don baking gloves and pinny and experiment with all kinds of cake flavours and designs. It has never been more important to have a show-stopping cake at your wedding. Here we showcase some of the best designs offered by the Coast’s premier cake makers. It is definitely NOT a case of style over substance at Cake Couture Marbella which promises, “Our cakes don’t just look good, they taste good!” Ever at the forefront of bridal trends, Cake Couture produced these exquisite cupcakes for a vintage inspired wedding earlier this year. Cupcakes are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional tiered wedding cake. Why not arrange a collection of both styles on a table with antique teacups and saucers to give your wedding reception a classy, tea party feel? T. +34 693 379 397 email@example.com cakecouturemarbella.com
Photo by nanideperez.com This rose inspired four-tiered wedding cake reminds us of an English garden in spring. Sweet Things by Fi’s attention to detail is expertly displayed, with each rose petal shaped to perfection. The colour combination is stunning, with light rose hues and glints of gold shimmering against the cream backdrop of the cake. The detailing is illuminated by the use of edible gold leaf which contributes to this cake’s impressive glow. “The bride wanted to combine ruffles and a cascade of roses, so the top tiers had a roses cascade with gold leaves and the bottom tiers had peach ombre ruffles”. This vintage rose cake would be the perfect complement for any couple looking to wow their guests.
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FACTOR The Panel
Our resident beauty expert and four bridesto-be share their views on the hottest products to hit the beauty stands. Nicola McGeorge, 32, beauty expert, Marbella
Shelly Johnson, 32, Artist, Marbella
Molly Brimble, 25, Makeup Artist, Devon
TOM FORD Lip Colour Nude Vanille Nicola: There is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip and if I had to choose the perfect lip colour for a bride this would be it - round of applause to Mr Ford again. Rare and exotic ingredients including soya seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil create an ultra–creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated colour pigments are blended to deliver pure colour with just the right balance of luminosity. that Katie: Nude Vanille is a creamy pale pink nude one just with age cover ue opaq letely offers comp and swipe. It is amazing - moisturizing, pigmented ‘ring’ ed dread the ing long lasting, all the while avoid of ium prem most the even with that can develop pale shades.
SKINDINAVIA Bridal Makeup Finish Nicola: This went straight into my professional makeup kit. It is FANTASTIC. I not only use it on myself but in every shoot. I still can’t get over the fact that I can do a model’s makeup and eight hours later, when the shoot is over, her makeup still looks the same. So imagine how perfect this would be for your wedding day; kiss-proof, cry-proof and sweat-proof, it really does it all. But don’t just listen to me, it also won the Brides’ Magazine Beauty Award, so they must love it just as much as I do. Emma: I used this product on my big day and, OMG, does it work! This ultra-fine mist made sure that my makeup application stayed flawless and undisturbed by any tears (of which there were many) or perspiration. No touch-ups or blotting was necessary;.a bride’s ‘must have’ beauty product.
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ESTEE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer Nicola: I was expecting this concealer to be a thick, heavy-duty formula, yet I was pleasantly surprised; it’s light and creamy and easy to apply by just dotting a tiny amount of product on with the wand and patting in with your fingertips. Transfer-resistant, colour-true formula provides medium buildable coverage that won’t slip, slide or melt away.
Shelly: I’m always on the look-out for a heavy duty concealer that can cope with dark spots and broken veins, especially around the nose. I find most either lack the coverage, or the staying power, or both. This concealer effortlessly blots out annoying things like freckles, under-eye shadows and hyperpigmentation, without being obvious. It blends easily and seamlessly into make-up free skin and, crucially, it stays put.
VERA MONA Colour Switch Duo Nicola: The majority of us don’t have hundreds of makeup brushes at our disposal, and if you are creating a multi-toned eye look, who has the time or patience to clean their brushes in between colours? Colour Switch by Vera Mona is an amazing new cosmetic tool that allows you to clean your makeup brushes without having to use a liquid cleanser. With only a few strokes the brushes are clean and are ready to be used again and it doesn’t stop there; the Duo’s uniquely designed centre sponge enhances the colour of the eye shadow when applied wet, resulting in a more vibrant hue. Molly: Colour Switch Duo works brilliantly and it’s a perfect eyeshadow tool for a makeup artist or for somebody who really likes to play around with eyeshadows. It is so useful and handy I use it every single time I do my eye makeup!
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ROCK CLIMBING Outside pursuits offer a great way to get trim and have fun. Whether you take part in solo activities or team up with mates, you can benefit from a first-class cardiovascular workout, which will help you burn fat and lose pounds. Why not try rock climbing? The sport requires physical strength and endurance. The basic aim is successfully to climb up a mountain, hill, steep terrain, or artificial wall. Although this can be a risky sport, the satisfaction from completing a climb is extremely rewarding, offering constant excitement and a huge adrenaline rush. There is also no need to begin on the most dangerous mountain - there are many places where you can climb artificial walls until you are ready to explore new things. Rock climbing delivers a great cardiovascular workout, which will help you burn fat. Before embarking on a climb you will be required to take part in a pre-climb workout and activities to help build your endurance and technique. Rock climbing is never boring and has a huge following.
SALSA Whether solo or with a mate, salsa is an enjoyable way to get fit and learn some impressive dance moves. Salsa is an energetic exercise and no previous dancing experience is needed. Be prepared to lose yourself to the Latin rhythm and sway your hips to the beat. According to Campaign for Learning, Salsa is a great way to build stamina, enhance coordination and improve flexibility. Dancing also improves the circulation and performance of the heart and lungs and releases endorphins, giving a pleasant high. Salsa is a great fat burner, too: you can burn up to 370 calories during a one-hour salsa class. CYCLING Cycling provides an effective aerobic workout, providing noticeable improvements to lung and heart function. Other benefits include weight loss, increased strength and major improvement to co-ordination. A report by NHS Direct found that cycling can improve mood, reduce levels of depression and stress, raise self-esteem, and relieve pre-menstrual symptoms.
Not only will you save on transport fares, petrol costs and carbon emissions, but you’ll be able to fit in your daily exercise without taking too much out of your day.
Cycling is well known as a great total body workout and US studies carried out by the University of Illinois claim it can help raise your immunity, along with improving cardiovascular and muscular fitness
SIT UPS, PRESS UPS AND SQUATS Traditional circuit exercises are a great way to develop muscle fibres and achieve a toned physique.
These are easy to practise at home and several repetitions on a regular basis will improve your core stability and fitness. Sit ups, press ups and squats work a range of major muscles, including the glutens (bum), hamstrings, abdominals and lower-back muscles. They can help increase flexibility and burn a lot of calories. HAVING SEX Surprisingly, getting intimate can burn a decent amount of calories. Sexual activity can improve your overall fitness and performance in bed. Just kissing for 15 minutes burns around 30 calories as does 30 minutes of foreplay and a whopping 60 calories can be burnt with just 20 minutes of sex. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center suggest that overweight adults who lose only 10 per cent of their total body weight report significant improvements in their sexual quality of life. Now all that’s left is to snap up that Dolce & Gabbana bikini that you have had your eye on - just remember to hide the receipt. For more diet tips and advice visit: keepthedoctoraway.co.uk.
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Dare to be Different! Humanist Wedding Celebrant and CONFETI contributor Natasha Johnson shows how you can break the rules to bring a spirit of fun to your big day
1 Walk down the aisle with
your mum and dad
Why not make a head-turning entrance by proudly showing off both your mum and dad as you walk down the aisle, or two of your nearest and dearest relatives or friends? Tradition dictates that it should be the father of the bride’s role, based on the idea that the father is the head of the household, but for those who want to challenge traditions and inject a more modernistic approach by honouring their mothers as well as fathers, this could the new trend to launch your celebrations.
2 Pick a seat, not a side
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hat better time to break the rules and kick-start new trends than at your own wedding? More and more couples are using their nuptials as the perfect
opportunity to be daring and to do something different. With weddings being an expression of love, not just for your spouse to-be but also for all your family and friends, there are many
ways that you can show your appreciation of them throughout your ceremony, right through to the reception and party!
As a wedding is all about the union of two individuals and their families, this new trend of getting your guests to sit wherever they like during the ceremony, rather than in a designated place, is fast becoming a popular one. Traditionally, the bride’s family and friends sit on the left and the groom’s on the right. However, these days friends are often mutual and family is a varied and multi-layered concept, so it doesn’t always make sense to stick to the traditional idea, which sees people being divided instead of being united. Of course, family members can still be honoured by sitting in the rows closest to the bride and groom, but in order to achieve that feeling of unity, mixing everyone up and getting everyone acquainted is the perfect way to start.
3 Pass around your
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by allowing them to hold your rings during the ceremony. The passing rings ritual allows each of your guests to give their blessings and good wishes to you by holding on to your rings for a few seconds before passing them on to the next guest. It really creates a special feeling amongst your family and friends, knowing that they have had the chance to bless your marriage. Add an additional special touch by requesting some background music - your favourite song or something that means a lot to you. This also adds to the occasion, making it specific to you.
4 Have a sing-a-long If you are having a church ceremony, your ‘sing-a-long,’ is more traditionally known as a hymn. However, even if you are not having a church ceremony, there is no reason that you cannot include songs and music throughout your ceremony. Singing a favourite song with your guests is a great way to include everyone. It makes your ceremony more upbeat and is a fantastic way to add some fun into the ceremony. Popular songs have included the Beatles’ All You Need is Love and Here Comes the Sun, or classics such as Dean Martin’s That’s Amore. It does not matter if your song is sung slightly out of tune, if a few beats are missed here and there, or if one of your guests thinks she is Beyoncé; it all adds to the fun spirit of the ceremony and sets the tone for the rest of the day.
5 Get your wedding
party to learn a dance Why not extract the pressure from your first dance by getting your wedding party (bridesmaids, ushers, best man etc.) to learn a dance, which they will perform to you and the other guests? This year, Pharrell Wiliam’s chart topping hit Happy is already strongly featuring on couples’ wedding days, whether as a processional song or as a dance floor filler. A group dance is, without doubt, a fantastic way to get the party started and to step the proceedings up a gear. Its contagious enthusiasm
is certainly a sure way to get everyone else onto the dance floor, too.
6Vocal brides and
Sometimes we have to ask ourselves, why is it that tradition dictates that brides should not have a chance to poke fun at the groom or to tell the world how wonderful he is? Well, this could be your chance to change all that. More and more brides are stepping up to the mic and speaking up, rather than being a silent participant in her husband’s, best man’s and father’s speeches. Of course, public speaking may not inspire everyone and some brides may feel nothing but relief at being allowed to remain mute, but for those who fancy their chances - what is stopping you? Stand up and sing your man’s praises – or not! Another new trend is for the bride and groom to place all of their guests’ names into a hat and, during the course of the dinner, to draw out random names. Each named guest has to stand and say a few impromptu words about the couple. This can be great fun and is another way to allow your friends and family truly to participate in your big day.
7Wow everyone with
a magician/ kids’ entertainer
Children and adults alike can marvel at the wonders of a professional magician, which makes the perfect complement
to a wedding reception. Not only is it a nice touch, but it’s also a great way to keep your day flowing and help with the transition of certain elements of the day, such as from the ceremony to the cocktail/canapé hour. An entertainer for smaller children, such as balloon artists and comedy performers, can help to keep the little ones entertained and allows the grown ups to use this time to enjoy other activities.
8 Have an ice cream
ruck or candy bar
your formal photos, why not add some fun and frolics to the proceedings by inviting all of your guests to glam up and put on their stupidest face and biggest smiles for the camera. How fantastic it will be to look back on those photos not just after the wedding but in the years to come? Another great idea is to create instant photo guest books. Entrust an usher or brides maid to take Polaroid shots of your guests, get the guests to write their comments into the book and then attach the photo to the page with your guests’ individual comments. It’s as easy as that! And of course, makes a beautiful memento for the future.
There’s nothing like the chance to go a bit retro on your wedding day and all these new fads such as ice-cream vans, candyfloss stands, candy bars and lemonade stands are great for 10 that retro injection. Other trends Add even more Spanishness to include, cigar rolling artisans, your dream Spanish wedding caricaturists, Spanish sherry by hosting a flamenco show. sommeliers and expert waiters Full of colour, culture and who carve and serve jamón passion, your guests will get to Serrano. All these things have experience the unforgettable the potential to add that extra sounds of flamenco singing, wow factor to your nuptials in the sensual dance moves Spain. and rhythmic guitar music, all spelling out tales of love and heartbreak. Transporting 9 your guests to this fantastical Spanish world may even mean they momentarily forget they Feather boas, goofy glasses, are at your wedding reception! fedoras and floppy rabbit’s So why not wow them with this ears; why, it can only be a experience? photo booth! To complement
Have a Flamenco show
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eing the wife of King Henry VIII of England was a dangerous occupation. But when in 1509 he married his brother’s widow Catherine, the daughter of Fernando and Isabel of Aragon, he was very much the dashing young prince and very much in love. Her previous marriage to Arthur, Prince of Wales, had taken place when both were fifteen years old, but five months after the marriage Arthur died of “the sweating sickness”. Catherine’s dowry was too precious to return to Spain. Following a dispensation granted by the Pope, Catherine and Henry were wed.
In 1516, following a number of miscarriages, their only surviving child, Mary, was born. By 1525 Catherine’s childbearing days were over, and Henry wanted an heir. Besides, his eye had fallen on the sister of one of his mistresses, Mary Boleyn. He had
also read the Book of Leviticus, chapter 20 verse 21, which forbade marriage to a brother’s widow. The Pope failed to agree with him, but Henry ordered his chief minister, Cardinal Wolsey, to arrange matters. Clement VII despatched a legate, Cardinal
Campeggio, to oversee the divorce proceedings, with instructions that he should not reach a verdict. In the summer of 1529 Campeggio revoked the
case to Rome. Henry lost his temper. Wolsey was replaced by Thomas Cromwell as chief minister, whilst Thomas Cranmer shortly became Archbishop of Canterbury. The two men set to work, and in 1531 the Convocations of Canterbury and York recognised Henry as head of the Church in England. Two years later, with Anne Boleyn pregnant, Cranmer annulled Henry’s marriage to Catherine. Refusing to the last to be known as Dowager Princess of Wales, Catherine died three years later. Henry and Anne were quietly married on the 25th January, 1533, and in June she was crowned Queen. In September her daughter Elizabeth was born. But in 1534 Anne suffered her first miscarriage. Others followed. On 7th January 1536, on the day of Catherine’s death, she miscarried a deformed male foetus. Henry suffered a crisis of conscience. Was this not a punishment? Anne had the reputation of being an older woman who enjoyed the company of young men. She also disliked Cromwell. Spotting an opportunity, Cromwell produced a list of five men who, he claimed, had had carnal knowledge of the queen. The list included her own brother. After a sham trial the five men were
found guilty and were executed. Cranmer annulled the marriage and Anne herself was executed. Henry’s theological musings had, perhaps, been influenced by the presence at court of one of Anne’s Maids of Honour. When Anne discovered Jane Seymour sitting on the King’s knee, she went ballistic and ordered her to leave the court. Jane remained, but quietly withdrew to her maternal home at Wolf Hall as the plot against Anne thickened. On the morning of Anne’s execution, Henry went hunting. Hearing the boom of a gun, he promptly galloped off to Wolf Hall. He wed Jane the next morning. Later he explained to Parliament that despite two failures he was ready to try again for the good of the nation. Parliament declared both Mary and Elizabeth bastards, and settled the crown upon any issue that Henry and Jane might have. She was never crowned. On the 16th September, 1537, she took to her bed. On the 11th October she went into protracted labour. Henry was asked whether he wanted the mother or the child saved. Henry’s reply was typical. “If you cannot save both, at least let the child live, for other wives are easily found”.
A few hours later Jane gave birth to a Prince, Edward. Henry ordered a state Christening. The ceremony lasted several hours, and by custom the Queen was obliged to attend. The strain was too much, and on the 24th October she breathed her last. Her death “was felt by none in the realm more heavily than by the King’s majesty himself, who retired to Windsor, where he moaned and kept himself alone and secret a great while”. He remained single for two years after Jane’s death, but Cromwell finally persuaded him that an alliance with a Protestant state was required. Agents were sent out. Hans Holbein at the Court of Cleves painted the sister of the Duke. Henry was captivated. But Anne of Cleves was a homely body, and when finally she landed in Rochester, Henry, in his eagerness, burst in upon her unannounced. Frightened, she neither acknowledged him nor curtsied. Henry’s response was swift; “I like her not”. He later called her “The mare of Flanders”. For form’s sake the marriage was celebrated but never consummated, and it was annulled a few weeks later. Anne retired gracefully to Hever Castle, the former home of the Boleyns. She and Henry became friends, and he referred to her as the “King’s beloved
sister”. Cromwell was beheaded for his part in the debâcle. One of Anne’s Ladies-in-Waiting had been the highly spirited Catherine Howard. She was 19. Henry was 49. On the 28th July 1540 Henry married her. She was his “rose without a thorn” and “the very jewel of womanhood”.Unfortunately, she had a voracious sexual appetite which could not be satisfied by the increasingly obese (at his death he weighed 28 stone) and ulcerated King. By November 1541, Cranmer reluctantly informed his sovereign of Jane’s infidelities. She paid the price on Tower Green on February 13th, 1542. When in 1512 one of Catherine of Aragon’s Ladies-in-Waiting gave birth to a daughter she named her Katherine in honour of the Queen. She became a highly intelligent girl, proficient in a number of languages and with a keen interest in the Reformed religion. At the death of her second husband in March 1543, Katherine Parr met Sir Thomas Seymour, the brother of Queen Jane, and fell in love. Before anything much could happen, however, the King asked for her hand in marriage. She accepted from a sense of duty, and the marriage took place in July. She reconciled Henry with his two daughters, and became a friend of his son Edward. When Henry went on his last unsuccessful expedition to France in 1544 she was appointed Regent. She became a widow for the third time when Henry died three years later. With what was regarded as indecent haste, she married Thomas Seymour, and at the age of 36 became pregnant for the first time, and on the morning of August 30th 1548 gave birth to a daughter, Mary. She died from puerperal fever; the only wife of Henry VIII to survive him.
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and then he asked me to marry him - my response was a mixture of laughter and tears, and of course, I said ‘Yes!’.
Bhavesh and Rajvi enjoyed a magical
MEANT TO BE…
We were young, crazy and care free at 17 years old. We knew of each other through friends and in the few times we would bump into each other I would sometimes get a wink and a smile and he would get a little wave back. Who would have known that 17 years later, I would be married to him! Bhavesh and I met again after some years at a fitness centre and we recognised each other straight away. We started to meet up as friends and realised that we shared the same interests however our friendship drifted slowly
when Jake Our love story began in a queue struck up a conversation Sadly for the cashpoint in London! had as he the timing was terrible, ‘Boys just booked a three-month HowOnly’ trip to South America. complete with ever we kept in touch, bills until Jake phone astronomical (much to send me a plane ticket friends on the the annoyance of his America trip,) and suddenly South holiday became our own romantic
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went to Cuba and that was where Bhavesh proposed to me. We were on a tiny island off the south coast of Cuba and on our last night on the island (we were due to fly to Varadero the next day to continue our holiday), Bhavesh had booked us a table at a restaurant. When we arrived, I was surprised to see that he had arranged for us to dine in a private cabana that was beautifully decorated with candles, flowers and white curtains that were softly blowing in the breeze. During our meal, we were serenaded with beautiful Spanish love songs. At this point he told me that he did this for me
Two years later, we had been well acquainted with each other’s family and friends and we had been on a few holidays together and we were definitely ready to take the next step in our relationship. It was just a case of him popping the question. Last September we
At the Water’s Edge celebrated Jake and Laufey
three day celebration filled with
apart and we became quite busy in our own lives but we would call each other now and again over the years just to catch up until one day we decided to meet, enjoying each others company so greatly we began to spend more and more time together before falling completely and utterly in love.
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Suit: Reiss Venue: Villa del Mar, Marbella Club Hotel
Villa del Mar.
the rest of our and the beginning of in a restaurant lives. Jake proposed a few months in Paris in 2010 then twins hence later I fell pregnant with put on hold our wedding plans got for a little while.
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because he loved me and he just wanted to say thank you for being such an amazing girlfriend and so I still had no clue what he was about to do. It was after dinner when Bhavesh suggested that we go for a walk on the beach. As we walked towards the sea, I was holding on to him and walking with precaution as it was dark with only the moonlight to guide us, and the deck that led to the rocks above the shore had large enough gaps for my stilettos to become wedged in! When we arrived at the beach, the moonlight hit the waves that were rolling onto the sand - we just stood there in awe of the scenery. We held each other tight and reminisced about the amazing times we had been through together over all the years we had known each other. He then suddenly said, ‘Can you see that?’ I turned around to see what he was pointing at, and as I looked down, a light shone on to the rocks where there was a sign that read, ‘Marry Me?’. I then turned back around to see that Bhavesh had got down on one knee! He told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life and more with me
was sun, My vision for our wedding I really sea, flowers and glamour. outside, either wanted to get married suron a beach or somewhere in the blooms rounded by beautiful
idea of Initially I had a very different thought years earlier I sunshine. About three how I wanted my wedding, were relaxed Jake and I (newly engaged) I wanted more of a hippy beach as soon as I walking down the Marbella drink at feel to everything but go for a changed. front and decided to saw the venue everything restaurant. perfect but The Marbella Club beach The entire wedding was through the most sentiWe then had a little walk I would have to say the knew the speeches hotel grounds and I instantly of mental moments were that I had found the destination villa, of course, the ceremony. and, private and friends my dreams. The hotel’s Seeing all of our family and holds all that they had Villa del Mar is beautiful together and knowing 1950’s. I could the world of its charm from the all flown in from across parties that they all visualise all the glamorous was amazing. The fact in the past and as much as we that took place there enjoyed themselves my wedding; on the cake. that’s how I visualised did was truly the icing timeless. classic, glamorous and
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We went back to our table where we finished off our champagne, when Bhavesh told me he had another surprise for me! What could possibly be better than this? I thought he may have booked us in for a spa day or he would take me shopping… No. He had booked us both in for a skydive! Fancy being proposed to and then kicked out of a helicopter at 12000 ft... romantic at first, daringly devilish to end.
ALL I EVER WANTED AND MORE…
The wedding planning begun almost immediately after we had returned back to the UK. I had always dreamt of an outdoors wedding, with beautiful scenery and romance. I already knew that this would be the theme throughout. We decided to marry in Spain as we both travelled there often. Spain has always been a destination close to home and close to my heart... the ambience, the people, the laidback attitude, the weather and climate.... we had to get married in Spain!
morning, the blessing ceremony in the afternoon followed by cocktails and the reception party into the night. All were outdoors, the weather was amazing and all this infused with the surroundings and the ‘buzz’ our guests came with made it truly the best wedding, I myself, had ever been to, and I still can’t believe that it was my own. I knew I wanted a traditional Hindu wedding with a twist of vintage and regal attire. Dianna from Party People and the team at Beau Rivaaaj ensured that the setting was just that and the planning was impeccable. The mandap was decorated with beautiful fabrics and hanging ornaments. It looked exquisite with traditional but subtle colours. The large pillars surrounding the amphitheatre were draped with beautiful images of Lord Ganesh. For the blessing ceremony, Dianna had stripped away the colours and left a beautiful plain white chuppah that was complemented by the surroundings of the Roman Stone amphitheatre. The ivory and soft pink flowers paired with our outfits made a perfect combination against the sunlight and the greenery.
I wanted a wedding with a difAfter the sounds of the Spanference and I loved the idea of ish guitar and a few champagne davidtoms-weddings.com our closest friends and family all cocktails later, guests were coming to celebrate our wedding ushered to the reception on the davidtoms-weddings.com abroad and also enjoying a holioutdoor terrace surrounded by day at the same time. We decided olive trees with suspended Chito have a three day event, with the nese lanterns and wicker hearts. Michael and first being the Surprises for our guests, and our Melan night. The two day mendhi ie marri celeb second day was a leisure selves, were ‘wow’ factors starting ration day at ed in a elegant family, friend surro the Crowne Plaza s with flamenco dancing, speeches Estepona and son, with unded by their Dexter. golf and spa in the morning, and performances from our loved a pool party in the afternoon and ones to large glow sticks on our a dinner in the evening and the entrance, a live bongo player over last day wasOUR our big a UK DJ spinning the best beats dayY… STOR - with the Vedic Hindu Micha ceremony and then a firework finale. el and I in the met throug ing and h workliving in Marbella, the Real in Estate secto years ago. r about 8 CONFETI 61 property I was working for developer a for a renow and Micha el company. ned Real Estate He was professiona charming, polite and l, kind way about him, had a very of misch with a hint ief After a few in those blue eyes. each other, years of not seeing each other we bumped into again and meet up decided for coffee to tea, and or hence forth in my case good friend became s. We were ing for differe worknt comp then and anies by we chat, laugh would meet up to woes over , tell each other our a ner. Micha bit of lunch or dinel board and was my sound ing confidante. enjoyed each others We really everything company, plicated. was easy and uncom OUR VISIO One day shortly after one of my Spain holdsN… birthdays, my age and the in our hearts a very special (not telling of cours wedd as we have place e) we met normal and all the ladies ing date, given lived here up both to for many turned out kissed’ and things changed, as real treat our son to be ‘we Dexter was years and and also was born. Michael and Melan proved to a an excell Costa del born in the ent be ie Sol Hospi friends and memento for our sion was tal. Our vito share family. Michael our and this proposed special time wedding 2 month later, on OUR MOST with our s the last loved ones. in our lives day amazing MOMENTS TREASURED we wante We knew cruise holidaof an d to get … beautiful It everyo togeth is hard to ne all er and for ring. It was y, with a select just our neare ful surpri moment a wonderand deare one se st from our st to be wedding even start and before we could as each a part of initiation day and every planning our into marrie I was pregn perfect. the wedd minute was addition, d life and However ing, for some ant. when the churc , who had in yet had the h and Julie- I entered not soprano our darlin pleasure, to meet singer beganAnn our g son. Ave Maria singing my heart also dedic melted. We chose She ated Villa Tiberi ing the recep a song to us location o as our duras tion dinne created such wond it is decorated with a very speci r, which for Micha fountains. erful gardens and al memo el ry A simple the funnie and myself. I think scheme colou r of st mome nt when my pale blue just off-white and mother was had to be was select Flamenco perfectly complemened, which dance and doing her cided he simple and Dexter deted our could elegant grandmothe n´t be withou adorned vision. We t his the main r, ‘Abu’ for moment table with crystals even one so and blue her on the he decided to join place cards chose invitations, dance floor! and a stunn all, having seating Above ing plan in the everyone cherish The pale same hues. we love togeth and blue days ultima er for two whole embellished Spanish fans, tely with our made our ding everyt names wedever wishe hing we could have d for and more.
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of Love The magnificent Villa Padierna set the scene for Jan and Linn’s family orientated wedding A Family Affair My husband and I first met at a dinner party and we both knew that we would be together forever, almost instantly. Eight months later, on the 08.08.08, we got engaged in our house in Oslo. Placed horizontally, the figure eight represents eternity, the philosophy behind the proposal date and our commitment to our marriage. After the proposal we were lucky enough to have two beautiful baby boys that we were delighted to include in our wedding celebration, together with my husband’s two girls, as we wanted our wedding to be a special family affair. Let the Sun Shine Spain is our favourite place and we had already shared many wonderful family memories in beautiful Andalucia. Right from the start we both knew that we wanted an outdoor ceremony in Southern Spain, where we could show our closest friends and family the good life in Andalucia and they could enjoy good food, wine, flowers and, most importantly (coming from Norway) the sun. Our wedding was set for the 29th of September, the date having been chosen because autumn is our favourite season in Andalucia. We had, however, not scheduled for the heaviest rain in Southern Spain in September for ages. Nevertheless, the weather unexpectedly changed for the better during the important hours of our outdoor wedding ceremony, although if the old saying about counting happiness by the raindrops in the bride’s veil has any basis in reality we should have no serious worries for some time. 74 CONFETI
We chose Villa Padierna as the venue for the wedding celebration because of its Romanesque grandeur. The amphitheatre as the setting for our ceremony was breathtaking, and the views from the hotel terrace stunning. As the surroundings of Villa Padierna are so majestically beautiful we didn’t have to add a lot of wedding décor, other than flowers in the amphitheatre where the ceremony was held, and on the tables. The expertise and professionalism of the staff at Villa Padierna made the our wedding ceremony just as
beautiful as we hoped it would be – even though they had to dry the amphitheatre before starting the decorating process. Two Becomes One The ceremony itself was everything we had hoped for. The atmosphere was enhanced by a string quartet in the amphitheatre playing ‘Salut d’Amour’, the perfect way to start our celebration. We wrote the manuscript for the ceremony together with our wonderful priest Mary Maye, and to see tears in her eyes when I came
to the altar added piquancy to the ceremony. One of our favourite singers, Jennifer Phillips, maintained that special atmosphere by her performance of ‘You’re by my side that’s how I see us’ – a song from the 1960s that she rehearsed especially for our wedding. We wanted to involve family members so our two mothers lit candles representing the two families that are to be united, and my husband’s eldest daughter read a beautiful poem. We had also included the wedding rings of
grandparents that are not longer with us, their exceptionally happy marriages serving as inspiration for our own. Frocked Up My wedding dress was a Suzanne Neville design, which I had to go to England to find. I saw it in a British wedding magazine and instantly knew that this was the one. This was only confirmed when I
tried it on in the boutique in a lovely town called Tunbridge Wells. My wedding bouquet was a brooch bouquet, the brooches collected from various second-hand shops and markets and embellished with white silk flowers. Such a bouquet is not usual in Norway, but in countries where they are more commonly employed the tradition is to give the brooches separately to
Following the sit-down meal, our guests were entertained by the incredibly talented Jennifer Phillips and Paul Maxwell, the pianist. Favourite Moments An obvious favourite was walking down the aisle with my father and my oldest son, both of whom were hanging on to my wedding dress. Also, the duet ‘Always’ between Paul Maxwell and my husband’s oldest daughter, Tine, performed as the bride and groom’s first dance was a truly special moment for us. However, on a day like this, there are many very special moments, and we are very thankful to the talented Nani De Perez that so many of these have been captured in her stunning photos. We often look at our wedding album and treasure our wedding as a very special day in our lives. If I had to do it again, I would change… If I were to change anything I probably would have made the planning somewhat easier for myself, for instance by not having
family members as a gift; our wedding rings were made to our own design by a jeweller in Estepona. Exceeded Expectations The dining area at the hotel was impressive and we had only to add flower and candle decorations for the tables. Our guests enjoyed a five-course Mediterranean meal, followed by wedding cake. With the reputation of Villa Padierna we had high expectations, but still the kitchen, sommelier and staff impressed us with their excellent service during our seven-hour dinner. 76 CONFETI
As for our wedding cake, we chose a traditional cake with a porcelain cake topper, as we wanted as many of our wedding keepsakes potentially to be used in future family weddings. As an old British tradition, we also gave our guests a piece of wedding cake in a box on their way home. This was a reference to the old wives’ tale that if you sleep with a piece of wedding cake underneath your pillow you will dream of your true love.
Address Book Venue - Villa Padierna villapadiernapalacehotel.com Wedding dress - Suzanne Neville, suzanneneville.com Photographer - Nani De Perez, nanideperez.com Florist - DiseĂąo Floral Alameda, tel. 952 82 00 69 Wedding cake - Debbie Sheridan, weddingcakesspain.com String Quartet for the Wedding Ceremony ppmusicproductions.com
to wait for ceremony programmes from the US, wedding dress from the UK, wedding bouquet from the UK, cake boxes from Germany etc. But in the end every minute of the planning turned out to be more than worth it when it all came together. Need to Know Tip Enjoy every minute because before you know it, your perfect day is over. Also, be as prepared as possible for your big day â€“ this will probably make it easier to appreciate all of the emotions and memories your wedding day will represent. CONFETI 77
Love is the key Olivia and Paul tied the knot in a whimsical Spanish setting
Paul and I have been going out since we were 17 but didn’t get engaged until May 2012. Paul proposed to me in the city of bright lights – New York. It was a moment I will never forget.
That Special Something
We always dreamed of getting married abroad. Having holidayed in Marbella several times we knew it was easily accessible, plus it would be a great holiday destination for any of our guests who wanted to stay on a bit longer. We viewed many of the Coast’s big hotels but for us these venues, although spectacular, lacked that special, intimate feel. As soon as we saw Cortijo de los Caballos online, we instantly fell in love with it. Paul and I flew over to see the place and we loved it even more. It was exactly what we wanted – a special haven that would provide a relaxed atmosphere as well as being able to offer accommodation for our wedding party. 78 CONFETI
In terms of the dress, I wanted something very simple and elegant so I chose a fitted lace dress from a Spanish bridal label, San Patrick. Simplicity was also key to the look of my five bridesmaids who wore one shoulder XXX? in a delicate shade of blush pink. The flowers and décor at our wedding were again very simple but with a vintage
twist; our planner from Rachel Rose Weddings was amazing and seemed to know exactly what we wanted from the very start.
A Decadent Feast
Food was a very important part of the day for us and we had been nervous in the lead up to the wedding because we wanted
Address Book Wedding Planner: Rachel Rose Weddings rachelroseweddings.blogspot.com Venue: El Cortijo de los Caballos elcortijodeloscaballos.com Photographer: Owen Farrell owenfarrellphotography.com Catering: Sana Catering sanacateringmarbella.com Music: The Maia Project duo.sarahhoward.co.uk Hair: Lorraine Romain princess-bride.co.uk
it to be just right. It turned out we had been worrying unnecessarily because all of the dishes were delicious and perfectly executed by Sana Catering. We opted for a Cajun Chicken Salad as a starter, guests then could choose between Fillet of Beef or Salmon and the meal finished with a Chocolate Tart. Sweet Things by Fi took care of our wedding cake and it was a beautifully baked and decorated confection, just right for the day. Paul and I had been for a tasting beforehand, and found it very difficult to choose our favourite flavours, because they were all so scrumptious. We eventually settled on a three-tier cake of lemon and chocolate with lace detailing (to match my dress) and pale pink roses as decoration. Following the meal, the Maia Project provided some music. They had a very chilled vibe, which perfectly matched the general atmosphere of our day.
We didn’t meet Owen Farrell our wedding photographer until the day of the wedding but everyone in Marbella spoke so highly of him, I knew we were in safe hands.
Throughout the day Owen was totally professional and got down to business straight away - we barely even noticed he was there. At the church he knew exactly the shots he wanted to take and worked quickly so our guests did not have to hang around too long in the heat. Owen was extremely friendly and all of our guests commented on how professional and approachable he was - in fact, some of our friends have looked into booking him for their own weddings, which says it all.
Our favourite moment of the entire celebration has to be the exchanging of the vows; it was quite emotional and such a special part of the day since Paul’s uncle conducted the service.
My Tip for Brides to be…
If I were to get married again I wouldn’t change a thing, everything went so smoothly and turned out better than we could have ever dreamed. The best advice I could give to anyone else getting married in Spain is to research your wedding planner. Both Paul and I loved Rose
Wedding’s style and we really had very little to do in organisational terms, as the team seemed to know exactly what we wanted. An efficient wedding planner can take away any worries and strains you have, especially if you are getting married abroad. All the companies and people that she recommended, such as Owen Farrell, were fantastic and true professionals. CONFETI 79
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Fairway to Heaven Professional golfer, Tom Coulson married his wife Emma in a dreamy, fairytale wedding
Tom and I met seven years ago on a night out in Brighton; it was love at first sight. We were both living in Brighton at the time, Tom making a living as a professional golfer while I worked as cabin crew out of Gatwick and that is where our fairy-tale began. We moved to Marbella two years ago for Tom to pursue his golfing career and have never looked back. After a couple of years living happily in the Spanish sunshine, we decided that we wanted to be husband and wife so, six months in advance of the big day, we started planning. Tom surprised me with a white gold two-carat diamond solitaire ring with matching one-carat half eternity wedding band, while Tom’s ring was a plain band with a titanium rope incorporated into the design to symbolize being tied together for life.
Back to Blighty
We decided to get married in Tom’s home county of Sussex as we have such a close, loving family and Tom’s grandparents are elderly so the trip to Spain would be too much for them. We just couldn’t imagine get marrying without them being there, so it was back to the UK for the wedding of our dreams.
I chose not to use a wedding planner, doing all the organising myself instead with the help of both of our mums. I wanted a theme of dreamy whimsical glamour so I kept this in mind when I dressed our beautiful ceremony room and the ballroom where we had our wedding breakfast. I have had an idea of what I would like my wedding dress to look like ever since I was a little girl and attended my first wedding. I was very lucky in that my mum told me I had an unlimited budget to choose the dress of my dreams. She was just as excited as me to be going around all the bridal shops looking at dresses!
Dress to Impress
I wanted a Spanish style lace veil and fell in love with a cathedral length Pronovias design; I also had hundreds of Swarovski crystals especially added to the veil, which made it twinkle in the candlelight. My tiara was a Swarovski replica of the one worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding. I chose a stunning ivory silk lace wedding dress by Essence of Australia; as soon as I put it on, I just knew it was the one and it also matched my veil perfectly. The dress featured beaded lace embellishments and Swarovski crystals on the sweetheart bodice as well
Address Book Dress: essensedesigns.com Veil: pronovias.co.uk Shoes: benjaminadamslondon.com as a Swarovski belt and lace hem finished with a wide scallop edge. Since we got married in March, I had an ivory Marabou feather shrug in case it got cold, although I didn’t use this in the end as it was a beautiful sunny day. I wore Swarovski encrusted shoes by Benjamin Adams, a new London designer. My bouquet was ivory and antique blush pink avalanche roses mixed with blush coloured ranunculus which smelled amazing.
For all our guests, we decided on a black tie dress code - all the men looked as handsome as James Bond, especially the groom!
Stunning in Silver
I decided on a colour scheme of ivory and silver, which came alive in combination with the ivory silk tulle curtains with fairy lights we hung to hide the ballroom curtains. We used pink uplighters all around the room to create a dreamy atmosphere; it looked amazing. The venue was Buxted Park in East Sussex. I would recommend it as a wedding venue to anyone: the décor is modern luxurious opulence and the colour schemes at the hotel are pewter, silver and black so it worked perfectly with my wedding décor colour scheme.
Our wedding photographer was a close family friend and famous sports photographer for Getty Images, David Cannon. We were honoured that he agreed to be our photographer on the day, especially as he is so busy travelling all over the world. For food, we decided on a traditional four-course menu with all produce sourced locally in Sussex. Our wedding cake was lemon sponge with a tangy lemon curd covered in ivory icing and
decorated with a diamante ribbon. The cake was topped with a golfer groom (with golf clubs) in china and bride with ‘No. 1 Fan’ banner. We chose a live band who sang an acoustic selection of our favourite songs, followed by a disco. In the bar area, we set up a full-size casino roulette table manned by a specialist croupier who gave out fake money. As wedding favours, ladies were given ivory lace Spanish fans and the guys received special Cuban cigars.
Venue: handpickedhotels.co.uk/ hotels/buxted-park Florist: greenfingersflorists.com Venue Décor: pollen4hire.co.uk Casino Hire: casinopartyhire.co.uk Specialist Photographer: gettyimages.co.uk/editorial/ david-cannon-pictures
The Perfect Moment
Emma: I loved getting ready with my mum and bridesmaids; I will always remember how magical it felt putting my dress on for the first time once my hair and make was all finished. Another highlight of the day was walking down the aisle towards Tom, which is now all I can remember from the ceremony and officially becoming ‘Mrs Coulson’. Tom: Emma walking up the aisle to me has to be my favourite moment and being able to call Emma my wife for the first time. Also being around friends and family who we do not see all the time, the casino and our first dance were all special moments. CONFETI 81
Love is all you need
Al Fresco Romance I met Ken through my sister as she was dating his best friend, so all four of us used to hang out all the time. Initially Ken and I were just friends, but it didn’t take long for us to realise we were made for each other! Six years later we were camping in our hometown of Yamba, Australia and one evening, whilst lying under the stars, he popped the question. I was so excited I started to cry - it was magical. Love on the Rock Ever since Ken and I went travelling around the South of Spain we knew this was where we wanted to get married. We came across Gibraltar whilst researching locations and instantly fell in love. When Monica, our wedding planner, showed us the Caleta Palace Hotel it took my breath away. The views are simply incredible and its position right on the beach couldn’t have been more perfect. I knew this was the setting I wanted to make memories in. 82 CONFETI
Ken and Christine travelled from down under to tie the knot on the Rock of Gibraltar.
A Vision in White When I started the search for my wedding dress I remembered some of the beautiful designs I’d seen when travelling around Budapest. So I took the opportunity to make a trip out of it and hopped on a plane to find my dream dress. After hours of searching in shop after shop I finally spotted one. It was perfect; pure white with a corset style design at the back, fitted to the waist, then the skirt was very full and layered. I felt like a princess and couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle in it. Come Fly With Me We knew the decision to marry in Europe would mean a small wedding, consisting of our closest friends and family. We had 30 guests who flew over from Australia for the big day and each and every one of them were very special to us. I wouldn’t have had it any other way as I got to spend time with each of my guests and share the
experience with the people who mean the most to me. Something Blue Our colours on the day were pink and blue, I love these two colours together and it was quite girly, which is exactly me. We had pink rose petals scattered down the aisle and pink and blue pomanders in seaside style buckets. At the ceremony each guest received a little bag filled with blue and pink sugar coated almonds. My bouquet consisted of pale pink and white roses, which I absolutely loved - I carried it with me on our honeymoon and for weeks after!
Address Book Wedding Planner: Monica Coumbe hourweddings.com Wedding Venue: Caleta Hotel caletahotel.com Photography: John Green johnpv.com Flowers: Gibralflora: gibral-flora.gi Cake: Sweet things by Fi sweetthingsbyfi.com Band: Mark Alexander fandalism.com/marksticky DJ: John Howard Beyond the Sea Ken and I both grew up at the beach in Australia, so we knew from the word go that this was the theme we wanted to go with on the day. One of my favourite memories is of the decoration on the tables. We had sandcastle centrepieces with shells around
them, little pink buckets and spades, plus miniature white deckchairs as place-card holders. Our cake comprised lots of cupcakes covered in seashells and seahorses in pink and blue. Teamed with the stunning beach setting at the Caleta Hotel and the sea views it was perfect.
Dance The Night Away I wanted something different for the ceremony so we hired an amazing band called Sticky and the Poor Boy - also known as Mark Alexander. They played Hey There Delilah, Big Jet Plane and, when I walked down the aisle, they played Angus and Julia Stone, the wedding song. They learned this song especially for us and absolutely perfected it on the day. Our DJ for the reception was John Howard who did a fantastic job. Turning back the Clock If we had to do it again Ken says he would wear a lighter suit because it was such a beautiful hot day! I personally wouldn’t change anything it was just perfect and all because Monica put so much effort into making it how we dreamed it would be. She really was our Wedding Angel. Words of Wisdom My advice for all people planning to marry in Gibraltar is to hire a wedding planner! Although you might think it’s easy to organise everything yourself, when it comes to the big day there’s nothing better than having someone there to take control. Monica was an absolute star and knew exactly what we wanted and the Caleta was the icing on the cake as they went the extra mile for us. My last piece of advice is to relax and enjoy it as, before you know it, it’s all over!
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THE CALETA HOTEL
The Other Side Of Gibraltar
By Suzannah Lucy Bath
very year, hundreds of couples from around the world follow in the footsteps of John Lennon, Sir Sean Connery and Laurence Harvey by getting married on the Rock of Gibraltar. Unlike Spain, local marriage law does not include any residential requirements and a Gibraltar marriage is recognised worldwide. This, combined with its superb climate, makes Gibraltar a fantastic location to tie the knot. However, it is not only the favourable marriage laws that draw couples to wed in Gibraltar. This unique location is equally renowned for being a site of natural beauty, most notably so on the East Side, where you will find Catalan Bay. This half-moon bay is far removed from the hustle and bustle of Gibraltar’s Main Street. Characterised by a hotchpotch of colourful houses that are offset by the dramatic backdrop of the Rock, it is not dissimilar to the profile of Italy’s Amalfi coast. If you are planning a wedding in Gibraltar, this is arguably one of the most desirable locations. It is not surprising therefore, that it is home to one of Gibraltar’s best hotels, The Caleta. Spanish for ‘Small Cove’, The Caleta is one of the Rock’s premiere
wedding destinations, welcoming everything from small family gatherings to large receptions. The hotel has been thoughtfully designed to offer an irresistible mix of Mediterranean charm and contemporary style. Here, guests can enjoy an impeccable personal service in elegant surroundings, with panoramic views of the Rock and onwards to the coastlines of Southern Spain and Morocco. Many couples choose to make these vistas the backdrop to their ceremony, as the hotel is legally authorised to hold marriages within the grounds. The Caleta boasts a number of private function rooms, restaurants and outdoor spaces that can be tailored to suit the individual needs of the bridal couple. From a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea to a superb banqueting hall that can accommodate up to 400 guests, the hotel has options to suit all. Furthermore, couples can draw on the years of experience that Marjo Granat, the hotel’s banqueting coordinator, is on hand to offer. Marjo helps couples explore all options for their wedding, to ensure that it is not only one to remember but one that truly reflects their individual taste. This ethos is continued in the hotel’s culinary choices. From
canapés to petit fours, the restaurant team are available to help the bridal couple create a menu that is a fusion of their taste and fresh regional produce. The hotel is renowned for its cuisine, being the first and only hotel in Gibraltar to date to be awarded a two rosette culinary award from the AA in 2006, which they have maintained every year since. As such, wedding guests can feast on delights from head chefs Jan Wondres and Danny Marquez’s signature eight-course ‘Menu Degustation’, accompanied by a specially selected wine for each course. Or, if couples seek a simpler affair, their guests can enjoy delicious classics such as Prawn Cocktail, Stuffed Chicken Breast and Tiramisu. On the fifth floor of the hotel sits the magnificent Bridal Suite which benefits from the same renowned views that attract so many to this unique location. Here, the bridal party can enjoy being pampered with treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, micro lifting, manicures, pedicures, and massages by the hotel’s highly qualified health and beauty technicians. The beauty team is also on call on the wedding day, offering bridal hair and make-up, which can be discussed during a pre-wedding consultation with the team’s stylist. From its exquisite location to its faultless service, The Caleta Hotel has an untarnished reputation for weddings. Each couple that passes through the hotel’s welcoming doors leaves with happy memories instilled by their tremendous team and their ‘anything is possible’ attitude. We can’t think of a better place to tie the knot on the Rock. caletahotel.com CONFETI 85
News from the Rock
Floating Luxury Arrives on the Rock The Sunborn floating hotel has opened in Gibraltar! This marks a very special occasion as it is the first 5* hotel to open on the Rock. With their wedding facilities launching soon, the
Sunborn makes a fabulous and super-glamorous setting for the most special of occasions. Wedding ceremonies can take place on board the yacht itself
and with plenty of options to suit every size and type of event – from intimate family gatherings to elaborate celebrations for up to 400 guests – it’s a rare opportunity to turn the
ultimate fantasy wedding into spectacular reality. Ocean Village, Gibraltar sunborngibraltar.com
Honeymooner’s Delight at Flights from Gibraltar to Marrakech A brand new company, Your Flight has launched direct flights from Gibraltar to Morocco this summer. The airline, set up by four local businessmen from the Rock, is offering the route up to twice a week. Costing just £99 one way, the flights, operated by Royal Air Maroc, will leave the Rock on Thursdays and Sundays. Best of all, there will be no ‘hidden extras’ with passengers able to take up to 23 kilos of luggage, making it the perfect start for couples looking to honeymoon in Morocco! 86 CONFETI
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News from the Rock
Gibraltar Commonwealth Park to Open Next to The King’s Chapel! The first public park on the Rock will be opening soon! Located a stone’s throw from the King’s Chapel this will be a perfect location for post-ceremony wedding photos. The park’s features will include a decking area featuring contemporary art exhibitions; a one-metre deep pond in the centre with cascading waterfall, a sculpture of the Rock that is expected to be positioned near the pond area and pillars akin to the Pillars of Hercules which will greet visitors at the entrance. The lighting scheme will include environmentally friendly LED lights to illuminate areas such as the Bastion walls alongside trees and walkways. In addition, the grass and grass mounds will be illuminated with various effects such as a dappled leaf shining through. The perfect romantic setting for newlyweds!
Gibraltar’s First Wedding Boutique Opens
Gibraltar’s two leading wedding planners, Hour Weddings and Med Weddings, have teamed up to open the Rock’s first wedding boutique, Orchid Events 49! This luxurious store, located on Govenor’s Street, will be a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs. With Monica and Jeanette on-hand with years of wedding planning experience 88 CONFETI
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Confeti Local News The Courtyard Gets Ready to Welcome Wedding Season
Russ Kane to Wed in Spain British stand-up comedian Russell Kane has picked the Costa del Sol for his Spanish nuptials this May. The funny man and his stunning girlfriend, make-up artist Lindsey Cole, will tie the knot at the beautiful Palacete Las Cazulas in Otivar, Granada. Celebrating their wedding with just their closest family and friends, their romantic ceremony will be conducted by Humanist celebrant Natasha Johnson, with the finer details of their wedding weekend organised by the Costa del Party team.
Way back in September, CONFETI brought you news of a bespoke wedding venue launching in the area – The Courtyard. In the months that have passed since the launch, The Courtyard’s owners have worked tirelessly to transform the venue into a magical haven, perfect for your special day. Located on the road to Ojen behind La Cañada, this charming cortijo boasts an extensive terrace with a view looking out towards
Gibraltar and North Africa, large dining area with retractable roof, full working kitchen and its very own waterfall. Fully furnished with all the items necessary for any type of event, The Courtyard is already heavily booked up so make sure you arrange a viewing as soon as possible to save the date for your big day. This venue is a real gem. thecourtyardmarbella.com
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Chick lit author, Cecelia Ahern once wrote that “life is kind of like a painting” and this statement was never truer than when used to describe your wedding day. With so much thought invested into choosing every shade of colour and every last flower, weddings are like an explosion of artistic beauty. The location of your wedding provides the backdrop of the painting, so choose the setting carefully. Opting for a venue with a majestic backdrop gives your guests a real feast for the eyes and provides extra impact for the all-important photographs of your day.
Location: Villa del Mar, marbellaclub.com Photo by Nani de Perez, nanideperez.com Dress: ‘Delfina’ available exclusively at Manila Marbella, 1240€, manilanovias.es 98 CONFETI
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Published on May 20, 2014
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