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WHAT TRENDS DO YOU PREDICT FOR 2013? Dear readers, Welcome to our winter issue of CONFETI, the coast’s dedicated wedding bible for couples wishing to get married in Spain, The Balearics or Gibraltar. This season we are delighted to bring you an exclusive interview with leading bridal designer, Jenny Packham along with an array of exciting fashion features showcasing Amanda Wakeley’s and Ian Stuart’s latest collections. We also turn our attention to Hollywood as we ask an assortment of local and international bridal brands to make their predictions on everything from hair and make-up to dresses and flowers for A list actresses Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston’s upcoming nuptials. The Confeti Team

“With the increasing interest in eco-friendly materials amongst brides-to-be I predict an increase in natural nuptials. Elements such as tree branches, pine cones and berries inject an earthy vibe whilst mixing rough bark with refined candles will enhance dramatic décor.” Christie Holland

“A greater demand for alternative wedding venues has become quite apparent. Unique locations as diverse as boats, zoos, rooftops, art gallerries and museums are all contemporary choices for hosting a wedding and are attracting young, modern brides.” Constanza Martínez

“I believe we will see an upsurge in winter weddings as although we experience a decrease in temperature, Spain still boasts much brighter weather than the UK and an array of beautiful venues featuring both indoor and outdoor facilities, ideal for hosting a wedding outdoors in the day time before retreating inside when the evening chill sets in.” Andy Clark


“With the rise of blogging and the accessibility of amazing design and entertainment ideas for weddings, I think that 2013 will bring a lot more originality to weddings. We have seen a rise in playful touches such as ice cream vans, candyfloss machines, fairground games, mini party snacks and cookie bars. There is also fantastic attention to detail now when it comes to wedding styling, where the emphasis no longer lies on wow factor, but more on individuality.” Heather Sadtler

“An increasing number of people getting married later in life. Living together for some time first enables them to establish themselves both financially and domestically. This includes the production of children, who then play a part in the wedding celebration itself as flower girls or page boys; even as best men or ‘giving away’ their mother!” Padre Peter

“Now that we are out of a double dip recession (apparently) expect even more extravagant weddings as we regain the Feel Good Factor!” Giles Brown

“Ivory and cream colored invites seem to be taking a back seat whilst rich hues that express the couple’s vibrant personality and originality, make their way forward. I think bronze, copper, and golden hues; earthy blends of burgundy, sienna, and chocolate brown; and deep shades of purple will be popular choices for 2013.” Gabriel Moya Gonzalez

“Striking bold colours with matching accessories have emerged all over the catwalk this season. Jenny Packham showcased beautiful pastel coloured dresses within her latest collection and I think we will see an increase of this accessorising amongst brides next year.” Katja Mond



Spain, Gibraltar and The Balearics’ dedicated wedding bible

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PUBLISHER Andy Clark ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE Gabriel Moya Gonzalez DESIGNER Constanza Martinez


Features, advice, tips, ideas and suggestions to help arrange THE PERFECT WEDDING IN SPAIN, GIBRALTAR OR THE BALEARICS


STORIES 17 A Taste Of Africa

Be mesmerised by Amanda Wakeley’s latest designs

30 Fashion Focus

A peak into the stylish world of Ian Stuart

36 Designer Profile Exclusive interview with bridal talent, Jenny Packham

51 Battle of the Brides Who will take the wedding crown?

78 Happy Anniversary CONFETI



9 Confeti Loves

What’s hot in the world of bridal

12 Say I Do in Ivory Keep things simple...

26 White Hot

Chic looks straight from the runway

41 Bridal Style

The ultimate bridal boutiques


44 Beauty Bulletin The hottest beauty products for destination brides


80 Let Them Eat Cake

The coast’s finest cake creators

84 CONFETI Talks To... Jeremy Standley and WCS’ Clare Westwood

94 I’m The Daddy

Giles Brown’s take on Father of the Bride duties

104 CONFETI News 112 Confeti’s

Address Book The best professionals, specialists and services

114 Love, Love, Love This...

This season’s celebrity nuptials

EDITORIAL TEAM Christie Holland, Heather Sadtler, Padre Peter, Katja Mond, Giles Brown. CONTRIBUTORS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS Natasha Johnson, Richard Ward, Anna Gazda, Jeremy Standley, Pierre Richardson, Ruth Jones, Scott del Amo, David Toms, Talia Giraudo. Confeti is published quarterly by: Icon Publishing S.L. Depósito Legal: MA 1559-2010 CIF: B93035210 Av. Gustavo Adolfo Becquer 14 Local 2 Nueva Andalucía 29660

All enquiries, please call: +34 600 812 418 or email The views and opinions expressed by contributors to Confeti may not represent the views and opinions of the publishers. Icon Publishing takes no responsibility for claims made in advertisements or advertorials in this magazine. No part of Confeti may be reproduced or copied in any way without the prior written consent of Icon Publishing.


ONFETI loves... Moment to Remember

Your first toast as a married couple will be a memory you will cherish for years to come. Make the moment one to remember with these beautiful Lsa Malika champagne flutes. Lsa Malika Champagne Flutes £38.91

Back to Black

Make a Wish

Simply Sweet

This wedding cupcake and sandwich stand in the style of a birdcage is a perfect addition to a garden or vintage themed wedding. The three card tiers provide copious amounts of room to display canapés, nibbles and cupcakes.

Who says you need to stick with tradition? We say black is the new white! Why not add a contemporary twist to your wedding day by incorporating darker touches and there is no better place to start than these beautiful noir wedding invitations guaranteed to catch you guests’ attention. Bespoke Noir Wedding Invitation £4.50 each

This Terramundi money pot is a truly unique and thoughtful gift and is an ideal way for brides-to-be to save up for the big day. Traditionally these fantastic money pots must be fed with coins until full, then smashed whilst making a wish. Each money pot will reveal their chosen destiny on a unique fortune card that is hidden inside. Once opened these pots are a lovely way to house a plant, sweets or special trinkets and will make a lasting keepsake.

Make it Personal

Clarabella’s canvas bags have become every fashionista’s must-have accessory and now brides-to-be can create their own personalised arm candy. Brideabella Bag £39.99


Colour Combo

Confused about headwear? Why not try this stunning hair band fascinator; not only is it quirky and stylish but it is also ideal for holding your hair off your face and in place allowing you to dance the night away. If you prefer something a little more traditional, this could be the perfect finishing touch to your bridesmaids’ ensembles. Bow Hair Band Fascinator £25

Hippy Chic


Dare to be different in this unique wedding dress by famed bridal designer Jenny Packham. The strapless neckline and flower corsage is bang on trend whilst the bohemian design and ruffle detailing adds a distinctive twist. Hyacinth Dress by Jenny Packham

A Sea of Blue

Keep your colour tones cool with these stunning bridesmaid dresses from Watters. Available in an assortment of designs allowing you to select styles to suit every age group. CONFETI 9


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Lovely Lace

The go-to fabric this season; lace is ideal for brides with timeless style. Whether you choose an entire lace gown or even just some well-placed accents, lace adds oodles of texture and romance. The talented team at Alfred Angelo play homage to the icons of decades past with this vintage, graceful creation.

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It’s a Date

This engraved wedding slate is an ideal way to mark your big day, a unique keepsake that will be treasured for many years to come. Why not use these cute creations as favours for your guests; a funky alternative that will be sure to impress your guests!

It’s not just brides that want to look spectacular on the big day! This gorgeous Bond two-piece dinner jacket with silk-faced peak lapels and silk pocket flaps is guaranteed to make you swoon!

Stand Out from the Crowd

Looking for something a little different? This flower arrangement will truly impress and amaze your guests, ensuring they are talking about your special day for years to come.

Opulence and Elegance

Creating beautiful bridesmaids and bridal gowns from sumptuous fabrics has always been the hallmark of the world-renowned Watters label. Created in 1986 by Vatana Watters’ desire to create bridesmaid dresses that would flatter the wearer and be versatile, the label has grown to become synonymous with elegant bridesmaids and bridal gowns throughout the world. 10 CONFETI

Blooming Original

Here is a little inspiration for accessorizing your husband-to-be. Why not jazz up your buttonholes by opting for this stylish pink cala lily and green aspidistra leaf by Flor Valentin, they do say real men wear pink! €10


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Roland Mouret Jarndyce Crepe Fishtail Gown €2,370 Cut to fit and flatter every curve, this fishtail design will make an enchanting choice for your wedding day.

Selection of Bridal Lingerie from Debenhams

Lela Rose Embellished Silk Organza Dress €2,873.80 Elegantly designed with frothy silk-organza, Lela Rose’s embellished ivory dress is glamorously ethereal.

Lanvin Tulle Trimmed Lace Gown €4,255 Lace has always been a beautiful bridal choice, and Lanvin has taken the tradition to exquisite new heights with this tulle-trimmed ivory gown.

Charlotte Olympia Serena Silk Platform Sandals €690 Cult shoe designer Charlotte Olympia turns her inimitable talent to bridalwear with a new collection, and these bow-bedecked ivory silk sandals steal the limelight. 12 CONFETI

Catherine Wellies £49.99 Watters Seahorse LuLu Dress Flower girls will look sugar sweet in this tulle tea length dress.

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Add a contemporary twist with these lime sandals.

Want something a little different? Channel monochrome with these magical beauties.

A hint of gold is sure to catch your guests’ attention!

Inject a touch of glamour with these satin slingbacks. Christian Louboutin at

Worried about wobbling? Walk the walk in wedges!

Glitter in gold with these sparklers from Schuh.

This intricate design will have your feet looking as fabulous as you. Sergio Rossi at

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Jewel embellished silk georgette dress with pleated bodice and draped skirt

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Amanda Wakeley launched her signature label in 1990 and over the last two decades has developed an international reputation for designing stylish, supremely luxurious womenswear and accessories. Amanda intuitively started designing clothes based on a personal passion to create utterly beautiful clothes that women love to wear. Her look is calculatedly understated but alluring; the Amanda Wakeley woman is ageless. She wears the clothes because they are sexy yet not overt, they are body-enhancing yet comfortable.

Strapless silk satin bias cut dress with draped wrap and beaded bustier 18 CONFETI

Asymmetric silk Cady dress with ribbon beading detail CONFETI 19

Fully beaded bustier dress with layered silk georgette skirt 20 CONFETI

Silk tulle wedding dress with ivory bead detail


Asymmetric double silk georgette dress with bugle beaded shoulder detail 22 CONFETI

Silk Cady dress with draped skirt and matt metallic beading CONFETI 23

Strapless silk Mikado Dress with folded train detail and pleated bodice 24 CONFETI

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his season, there was certainly no shortage of full, dramatic skirts. So many, in fact, that we’re guessing wider aisles might become a trend too. Princessesque gowns boasting delicate detailing, beautiful shapes and fitted bodices appeared on the runways at Rosa Clara, Watters and Alfred Angelo.


Designers, left to right Top Row: Ian Stuart, Watters, Ian Stuart Bottom Row: Rafael Cennamo, Rosa Clara, Oscar de la Renta




atural, relaxed, carefree brides will welcome an influx of bohemian style wedding gowns this season. Soft silhouettes and free-flowing fabrics are two elements to take into consideration when selecting a whimsical dress. Bridal designer Jenny Packham’s latest collection features an array of stunning ethereal designs.

Designers, left to right: Rafael Cennamo,Yolan Cris, Inmaculada García, Jenny Packham, Isabel Zapardiez of Spain at Waldorf Astoria



ot a sweet tooth? Then this is the season for you! Inspired by the soft, soothing colours of Ladurée Macarons and pink frosted cupcakes, this season designers splashed their dresses with strokes of colour, including heavenly blues, and bridal blush tones. Don’t be afraid to show off your girly, sweet side in cotton candy pink or a creamy caramel colour or add a mouth-watering mint sash for a cooler finish. Accessories can also sweeten your look with blush satin peep-toes or a clutch in petal pink satin.

Designers, left to right: Rafael Cennamo, Watters, Jenny Packham, Rosa Clara, Maggie Sottero CONFETI 27


ermaid tails made a splash on the runway this season. Fishtail gowns are ideal for a fuller figure as they pay homage to the screen sirens of 1950’s Hollywood and create an enviable hourglass figure by adding balance to the silhouette and drawing the attention of the eye down to the tail.

FISHTAIL Designers, left to right: Rosa Clara, Watters, Rafael Cennamo, Pronovias



intage-inspired wedding dresses have become remarkably established within the bridal industry, but the coming year is promising to be dedicated to the epoch of the 1920s with soft, free-flowing, loose gowns embellished with an abundance of lace and beadings filling the runway.

Designers, left to right: Oscar de la Renta, Maggie Sottero, Jenny Packham, Alfred Angelo, Watters, Ian Stuart


Fashion Focus



electing your wedding dress will be one of the most difficult decisions surrounding your wedding. In order to make your choice a little easier CONFETI is introducing our newest feature… Fashion Focus. Each issue we will take a closer look at one of the world’s finest design houses and offer you a greater insight into their style, history and most importantly, their gowns. This season we decided to start with a true star… the one and only, Ian Stuart. Ian Stuart’s passion for fashion, art, music and theatre is evident in every one of his creations. This passion was the driving force that determined his future as one of the UK’s leading bridal design talents. During his fashion education in London, the star specialised in bridal and eveningwear before earning a position at Bellville Sassoon, one of London’s finest couture houses who specialise in creating gowns for socialites and members of The Royal Family. This experience provided Ian with invaluable knowledge of cut, proportion, balance and wearability within design. Following this Ian went on to create biannual collections for leading bridal and eveningwear manufacturers in London before moving to New York to further his career. After collating more than a decade of knowledge it was time for Ian to launch his own line and The Collection Designed by Ian Stuart Ltd was born. Collection after collection, his couture designs are striking and never fail to impress; rich and diverse they can be described using a whole variety of words: style, sophistication, elegance, chic, glamour, drama and fantasy.


Ian Stuart’s latest Supernova Collection has exceeded all expectations, offering brides a touch of high drama plus innovative style without restraint or compromise. This full and flamboyant assortment of dresses exudes breath-taking beauty. Layers of silk, tulle and lace embellished with overblown flowers, oversized bows, ruching and draping create a star-studded collection.


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Period influences are beautifully combined with cutting edge design, mixing the old with the new to create fabulous dresses for confident, style conscious brides. 34 CONFETI

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Packham S

ynonymous with eminently glamorous design, luxurious quality and resolute craftsmanship, Jenny Packham has become the design house of choice when it comes to partywear, evening dresses and bridal wear. Red carpets all over the world have been graced with her sumptuous designs worn by the most iconic, talented and influential women of recent generations, from Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Diane Kruger and Dita von Teese to Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and The Duchess of Cambridge. Packham’s designs are regularly selected for stylistically acclaimed television and film productions. Most recently, Gossip Girl dedicated an episode to a Jenny Packham show presentation in New York modelled by the lead characters. Other high profile films featuring Packham’s designs include James Bond’s Casino Royale and Sex and the City. With flagship stores and showrooms now situated in London, Paris and New York and presence in the world’s most discerning stores from Harrods and Neiman Marcus to Bergdorf Goodman and Net-A-Porter, Packham’s global brand appeal and demand is clearly illustrated.


With an honours degree from Central St. Martins and an Honorary Doctorate and multitude of awards for both her ready-to-wear and bridal lines, Jenny Packham is clearly recognised as one of the UK’s most successful and independent fashion brands with global recognition. Recently, Christie Holland had the opportunity to interview this leading design talent and discuss her latest ‘old Hollywood’ inspired collection, her obsession with the 1930’s era and her graceful bridal accessories collection.

I studied at... Central St Martins in London.

My latest collection is…

a statement of romantic, feminine styles. The collection fuses the mesmerising glamour of old Hollywood icons, Vivien Leigh and Bette Davis, with the vintage style of 1930’s Paris. It features romantically sculptured corsetry, graceful scalloped hems and elegant sleeves, adorned with delicate flowers and twinkling crystals in a spectrum of antique metallic champagnes and silvers.

My style evokes... 1930’s Hol-

lywood glamour; I love the leading ladies of this era and their effortless glamour, beauty and independence.

My bridal accessories start from… $160

for a pair of earrings and go up to $2400 for a crystal headdress. Our Bridal dresses start from $3,300 and go up to $16,900. CONFETI 37

My inspiration comes from…

1920’s Art Deco, 1930’s Paris and the glamour of old Hollywood mainly but also my travels around the world.

My showroom in New York…

opened in Summer 2011. It’s a great space in the meatpacking district; very New York and a totally different aesthetic to our London boutiques.

My bridal accessories collection is…

inspired by the golden age of cinema and the vintage style of 1930’s Paris. The collection comprises ethereal headbands, bracelets, 38 38 CONFETI

collars and belts in a spectrum of delicate tones, encrusted with intricate shimmering crystals. Opal pear and oval crystals emulate decadence whilst shimmering pearls add Old Hollywood style to a contemporary look. This graceful and feminine collection mirrors the vintage inspired beading in my bridal collection.

I attract…a more

fashion forward bride.

I predict...

brides will be opting for gowns with sleeves which wasn’t the case a few years ago. We’ve seen a demand for high necklines and an overall more demure and sophisticated look.


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ucked away in a little side street in Puerto Banus, this suit hire shop exudes old school charm as well as offering generations of tailoring experience. Run by the wonderfully charismatic owner Nino Ramo, we are proudly shown a photo of his grandparents first tailoring shop that opened in 1854.

The shop offers a broad selection of items for hire – dinner jackets, morning suits, waistcoats, bow ties and handkerchiefs in a selection of colours and styles. Prices start from €70 and Nino offers group discounts if the whole wedding party needs to be dressed. Children and page boys can also be suited and booted with

morning suit sizes starting from 6 months! Once the suits have been chosen, they are adjusted to fit and this can be arranged up to one week before the wedding. The shop also offers bespoke suits for sale from €2000 and off the rack.



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robably the best onestop wedding shop in Marbella, Santos y Eva is a beautifully fitted space on the main stretch offering bridalwear, accessories, shoes, mens suits and bridesmaid’s dresses. Established in 2003 by three sisters, this shop offers an impressive level of personalised attention with the rear half of the premises dedicated to dress fittings; boasting large mirrors and well lit changing areas. Offering a stunning selection of bridal designers such as La Sposa, San Patrick & Higarno-

42 CONFETI vias, there are plenty of on-trend lace and vintage designs as well as modern and fitted dresses to choose from. For brides on a budget, the previous seasons’ dresses are also on offer for a fraction of the cost, starting at €495. Brides are encouraged to try on several dresses during their first appointment. Once they have made their choice, they can either come back for further fittings closer to the wedding date, or the shop can even arrange to courier the dress back to their home country where they can have their dress adjusted locally. As the prices are lower

in Spain, this often works out cheaper than buying the dress elsewhere. The sisters’ advice was that for the final dress appointment, the bride should always bring her wedding underwear and shoes to ensure a perfect fit. For grooms, the shop has many different styles of suits for sale starting from €190 and includes morning suits, dinner jackets and Italian cuts. Not forgetting the bridesmaids, any dress can be chosen and dyed to match the wedding colours exactly. With a beautiful selection of veils, hairpieces, brooches and shoes, this really is a little piece of bridal heaven.


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How to Look the Best at Everything This handy kit offers you a luminous complexion by blending away imperfections and minimising the appearance of pores. The duo concealer is ideal for covering everything from outbreaks to under-eye bags; ideal for ensuring your skin is seamless on your special day. Bobbi Brown Creamy Matt Lip Colour Creamy Matte Lip Color is a revolutionary matte lipstick formula that uniquely combines the look of a classic matte lip with incredible wearability. Creamy, moisturising and highly pigmented, it glides comfortably onto lips but feels extremely lightweight. Not to mention, it’s got great staying power too.

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Award-winning celebrity hairdresser RICHARD WARD is one of the industry’s leading lights, and the media’s ‘most wanted’ hairdresser. Richard and his colleague James Pryce were responsible for Catherine Middleton’s hair on her wedding day. This season CONFETI spoke to Richard Ward about how to create the perfect hair on your wedding day, whether at home or away! What can a bride do in the months leading up to the big day to ensure her hair is in great condition for the wedding? If you are planning a wedding abroad it is important to get your hair in great condition before you go to avoid any drama on the big day. We all know that planning your wedding takes months, and this goes for hair too. To ensure your hair is at its optimum you should book in for monthly in-salon hair treatments and then apply twice-weekly at home intensive conditioners. Should a beach bride go with an on-trend look for her hair, or opt for a more classic style? If you are able to visit a bridal expert at the location then you can opt for a more on-trend style. You can go for a classic look but beaches tend to be less formal so a half up,


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hey have battled it out in the fashion stakes, for movie roles and even for men, but the competition between Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston has reached new heights this year as they both plan their upcoming nuptials. Angelina will not only face a tough comparison to Jennifer’s first marriage when she walks down the aisle with Brad Pitt but she also has to contend with Miss Aniston’s forthcoming wedding to Justin Theroux.

Whatever you say, we know you’ve picked a side! Did you sympathise with Jennifer when her man headed off with brunette bombshell Angelina? Or has the stream of children and charity work pushed you towards ‘Team Jolie’? Whichever side you favour, one thing is for sure, their weddings will be an inspiration to us all. This season CONFETI spoke to an array of leading bridal designers and an assortment of the coast’s finest suppliers to bring you their visions for the famous actresses’ celebrations.


designed a high-neck, “ Ilong sleeve gown with a circular flounce skirt. The dress is made of re-embroidered ivory silk tulle lined in nude silk soufflé and covered with tiny hand-sewn opal jewels.

Tadashi Shoji design Angelina Jolie’s “ Towedding gown, we first imagined the type of celebration she and Brad Pitt might host, deciding on a low key event with close friends and family. From there, it was a matter of filtering Angie’s signature style through our take on a relaxed, intimate affair. We believe she’ll want to continue her sexy style but with classic touches such as an illusion neckline and threequarter-length sleeves. We chose lightweight fabrics so the gown would be soft and romantic. A nod perhaps to one of the biggest trends of the Spring 2013 season, this silk-mousseline design is also trimmed in Chantilly lace along the illusion neck, sleeves, and hem.


designed a one“ Ishoulder intricately draped ivory silk tulle gown with an Alencon Lace inset, encrusted with tiny jewels in a shade of golden crystal.

of a ceremony on the beach somewhere warm “Dreaming like Mexico or the Caribbean, our team designed a V-neck



Tadashi Shoji

chiffon gown with a fly away skirt for Jennifer Aniston’s upcoming nuptials. The different layers of chiffon cascading down the silhouette, beaded at the edges for a touch of twinkle, play with opacity in key areas that the actress tends to bare most often, such as the bodice and legs. Jennifer has a very sophisticated and daring style, she is very adventurous with necklines and fabrics but likes to show off her very toned and tan body. Wouldn’t you?


Jolie epitomises Hollywood glamour therefore “Angelina plenty of volume using heated rollers will create a show stopping hair design. We predict she will opt for an elegant half up style with volume at the top. One thing to remember is wedding hair and makeup should never compete with the dress, so with this in mind we would suggest Angelina to apply a light coat of moisturiser followed by a natural foundation and a light cream blush to create a soft sophisticated look. Adding false eyelashes will give extra boost and for maximum impact a liquid eyeliner. No doubt Angelina will finish with her signature bold, red lips!

Diana and Jessica

believe Angelina Jolie would select “We something like this Asuan from St. Patrick dress, because of its glamorous and delicate design, with the superposition of silk and Chantilly. The halter neckline is perfect for her due to her slender neck. The mermaid cut of this dress will show off her figure, and the rhinestones belt will accentuate her thin waist.

oozes bohemian style and natural sex ap“Jennifer peal so we feel she will select simple, neutral make-up for her big day. A tinted moisturiser or water based foundation will allow her skin to breathe and show off her sun-kissed complexion. A light eye shadow with a subtle shimmer will ensure her eyes are gleaming. Jennifer Aniston has amazing bone structure meaning a highlighter on her cheeks is all she would need and is in keeping with her overall aura; a clear or light coloured lip gloss will complete the look.

Diana and Jessica

Jennifer Aniston we opted ““For for this Marey from La Sposa dress, due to its simple chiffon draped cut. It is sexy but elegant and would subtly accentuate Jennifer´s silhouette.


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t for a bouquet like this as it perfectly match es her elegant and glam ourous style but wi th a romantic twist, plus the Stephanotis flowe rs also smell wond erful!

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“AnI chistoosen asthisit stycolempfor Jennifer

lements her romantic, bohemia n, relaxed aura and is diff erent from a classic bouquet ensuring all eyes are on her.

Janne Valentin

I would predict that Jennifer & Just in will be planning a destination wed ding with a bit of an edge. Judging by the size of Jen´s rock, this wed ding will probably not be as low key as many second marriages. I can envisage a breathtaking beachfront setting with romantic styling mixed with some statement lighting. Brea king from tradition, I can envisage some rock-n-roll touches such as coloured stilettos, black lace and a gospel choir.

Heather Sadtler


“Brangelina love to challenge our “ expe ctations, so I would expe

ct the unexpected with this wedding. The ir children may well have some influence, so perhaps we will see a fusio n of glamour, worldly sophistication with some quirky details. Maybe a circu s theme or a some retro ideas from childhood such a coconut shy or live animals. The international nature of their family will surely play an importa nt role and I suspect there will be a nod to each of the countries their child ren were born in.

Heather Sadtler

Indian Beauty

Real Weddings

Sukh and Sukheev celebrated their vows with four days filled with magical moments


Sukh and I met through a friend; we were at a boat party even though neither of us really wanted to be there. However, we ended up speaking most of the evening and exchanged numbers. We met up many times after and before you know it, six years on we were engaged. In January 2011, we decided to take the next step in our relationship and introduce our families. To our great relief the meeting went well and Sukh and my sister began planning and ring shopping. In April 2011, Sukh arranged a meal out for us and our two friends to catch up, I just assumed it was going to be a normal evening. When we got to the restaurant we got a call from our friend who said his wife was unable to attend as she was held up at work and for us to carry on. Again, I did not think anything of it. We went to a private dining room, set up for four people. We had a lovely evening eating and drinking, then Sukh disappeared and when he came back, he closed the door and got down on one knee. He told me he would take

care of me for as long as he lived, and now that it was our time to be happy, he then asked if I would marry him. My first response was “about time� and I laughed and then screamed with joy. The restaurant staff were all involved as Sukh had been liaising with them for some time. They came in with champagne and we drank and talked and laughed. I then wanted to call my sister and my best friends but Sukh said to save it until later. So we walked along Charlotte Street and went to the Charlotte Street Hotel bar. I then went in to the main room where my family and my friends were waiting with champagne and cupcakes. It was amazing and could not have been more perfect. I was whisked to Edinburgh the next day for a few days of pampering. I then learnt I had the Monday off work as Sukh had emailed my boss to arrange to take me ring shopping. Sukh had picked a stone for me and just needed me to select a style. He really had thought of everything!



After the proposal, we started thinking about where to get married. My brother got married in the US and it was lovely as all our closest family and friends were present and everyone also enjoyed a holiday, so I knew I wanted to go along the same path. We looked into India, the US and Canada but everything was working out very expensive. Europe was our next option and we narrowed it down to Italy and Spain as both were nearby, amazing weather, great food and fairly feasible. We decided on Spain after my brother took a visit there and raved about it from the moment he arrived. I used to study Spanish at school and have always had a close connection to Spain. So we did some research and found everyone was very accommodating with large numbers. We researched extensively on planners and made a trip out there to meet with all of them and see a few venues. Fiesta Sol swept us away with their experience, immaculate planning, flexibility and professionalism. I knew I always wanted to get married outside as I find buildings quite constrictive and there is not as much scope for being creative. I had a vision of my closest family and friends enjoying a holiday as well as our wedding, lots of food, drinks and sunshine all spread out over a couple of days hence why we opted for a four day celebration. On day one we enjoyed welcome drinks and a civil blessing. We held this in the Haci-


enda San Jose villa in La Cala De Mijas. This had a Spanish theme and we opted for a burnt orange and marigold colour scheme. I wore a white bridal dress and carried a burnt orange and yellow coloured rose bouquet. In the evening, all the young hearted headed to Max’s beach bar, where we had hired an area. This gave everyone the opportunity to continue the party into the early hours. On the second day we held the Mehndi (Henna) Party, this was again in the Hacienda San Jose villa. We selected a Moroccan theme with touches of turquoise and mustard. We followed this with an Indian wedding at the villa on the third day and finally we held our reception on the fourth day at Finca la Concepción.


Throughout the wedding period we enjoyed many magical moments that contributed to the overall event. I particularly loved the slide show at the reception featuring photos of us with our friends and family. We also had a video booth where our guests could leave

messages for us. Having a live band in addition to a DJ really added to the wow factor and the beautiful flowers and the chair ties at each event truly enhanced the décor. The speeches at our reception left us full of emotion and I even managed to make a speech, being able to see it through was an achievement in itself as I mentioned my mum who sadly passed away five years ago.

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ne in six people alive in the world today lives in India. The under-5s in the population number twice the population of the United Kingdom. With such enormous numbers, and covering such a vast area, it is obvious that customs and traditions vary greatly, particularly between Hindus and Muslims. Other faiths, such as the Buddhists or the Jains, for another variant. It is only possible to give a very brief insight into what is, in effect, a very complex issue. To a Hindu, marriage is sanskara (a sacrament) in which purush (spirit) unites with prakritti (matter). One reads about marriage in the Vedas (sacred texts), which emphasise those values which are to be found expressed during the marriage ceremony itself. This is particularly so as the couple walk round the sacred fire, which is lit early in the ceremony, dedicated to Agni, the god of fire. Sandalwood, various herbs, oil and sugar are fed to the fire before the bride’s brother places rice into her hands, which are then cupped into the hands of the groom as together they make their offering to the fire.


Passage from India By Padre Peter

They then perform mangalphera, where they walk clockwise round the fire four times to represent their four goals in life, dharma (religious duty), artha (prosperity), kama (earthly pleasure), and moksha (spiritual salvation). The bride leads the way to signify that she will always support and encourage her husband in all the vicissitudes of life. This is again emphasised by the saptapardi or seven steps which the couple undertake together. As they walk the priest intones the vows which they are making; which include to respect and honour one another, to share joys and sorrows, to trust and be loyal, to nurture friendship and love. The role of parents is emphasised when they bless the couple by sprinkling them with a rose dipped in water, and the couple touch their parents’ feet as a sign of love and respect. The father of the bride has also played an important part at the beginning of the ceremony, by placing his daughter’s hands into those of the groom, requesting that he accept her as an equal partner. The bride is a form of the goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth

and prosperity, both earthly and spiritual, and the wife of Vishnu) and the groom represents the god Narayana (another name for Vishnu, the Supreme Absolute) The small dot of vermilion (sindhoor) which may be seen on the forehead of a married woman at the edge of her central parting, is placed there by her husband during the ceremony as a sign of his acceptance of her as his partner for life. Menhdi also forms

an important role. This is the practice of applying the hands and feet with a design traced in a paste made from the leaves of the henna plant. The design may be very intricate, and traditionally includes the names of the bride and groom hidden in it. The marriage is not consummated until the groom has found both names, and until the design has faded away the bride is not expected to perform any household tasks. Such a honeymoon is not

corded a new Muslim bride, who may herself have been anointed with turmeric and henna, but for a few days after the wedding there is still much rejoicing and merrymaking. The wedding rituals themselves normally take up to three days, but the basic component is one of acceptance by both parties in the presence of witnesses. Without mutual consent the Nikaah (wedding ceremony) is not considered valid. Rituals tend to vary, but a common factor is the welcoming of guests to join in the fun. During

the Mahr, which is the welcoming of the groom to the bride’s home at the head of his baraat (entourage), whilst the groom partakes of a welcoming drink of sherbet, the bride’s sisters prance about slapping guests with bouquets of flowers. It is not considered good practice to include hard or spiky blooms in the bunches. At a basic level, the ceremony consists of the reading of some verses from the Qur’an, and the Ijab-e-Qubul; the giving of mutual consent. Buddhism is not really a ‘religion’ as such, but provides a path to

transform one’s inner potential. In doing this one serves others, helping them awaken their own potential, and marriage is a vehicle to assist in achieving this. It is not a sacrament, and is regarded largely as a civil affair. At the same time it is seen as an equal commitment to the happiness of one’s partner and, indeed, to the happiness of all living beings. Buddhism neither encourages nor discourages marriage, and its practice varies amongst its various branches. But marriage is one of the few concepts specifically mentioned in the context of Śīla (discipline). Gautama Buddha rarely spoke about marriage, but was quite clear that once a couple had entered into wedlock, they should remain faithful to each other. He is quoted in the Parabhava Sutta as saying: “Not to be contented with one’s own wife, and to be seen with harlots and the wives of others -- this is a cause of one’s downfall.” Mahavira was a contemporary of Gautama Buddha, and his religion of Jainism may well have been one of the springs from which Buddhism itself sprang. The two faiths have much in common. In Jainism marriage too is largely a worldly event. Unlike Buddhism, however, it is welcomed as an estate for all (unless a person has taken a vow of celibacy) because the children born of marriage will follow the dharma (the path of righteousness). Marriage rituals vary greatly, but involve the support of the community and generally follow the Hindu practices, particularly in the use of fire. The practice of negotiating a dowry before marriage is frowned upon, and with regard to the ceremonies themselves, there should be no waste of money or time! CONFETI 59

Elegant Asian Affair

Bhavesh and Rajvi enjoyed a magical three day celebration filled with fun, family and friendship.


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

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. 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 60 CONFETI

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

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 and then he asked me to marry him - my response was a mixture of laughter and tears, and of course, I said ‘Yes!’.

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.

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.

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.


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! I wanted a wedding with a difference and I loved the idea of our closest friends and family all coming to celebrate our wedding abroad and also enjoying a holiday at the same time. We decided to have a three day event, with the first being the mendhi night. The second day was a leisure day at the Crowne Plaza Estepona with golf and spa in the morning, a pool party in the afternoon and a dinner in the evening and the last day was our big day - with the Vedic Hindu ceremony in the

After the sounds of the Spanish guitar and a few champagne cocktails later, guests were ushered to the reception on the outdoor terrace surrounded by olive trees with suspended Chinese lanterns and wicker hearts. Surprises for our guests, and our selves, were ‘wow’ factors starting with flamenco dancing, speeches and performances from our loved ones to large glow sticks on our entrance, a live bongo player over a UK DJ spinning the best beats and then a firework finale. CONFETI 61

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There were so many fairy-tale moments during our three-day wedding that I couldn’t possibly list them all. Even now, amazing memories keep coming back to me. One of our favourites was at our mehndi night where floating sky lanterns were handed out to all the guests and everyone stood at the beach, lit their lanterns together, made their wish and watched them float into the air, over the seas and towards the heavens... what an amazing start to what was going to be the best days of our lives. The wedding day itself was truly amazing. I remember on the morning of the wedding, I was sitting in my hotel room in the Villa Padierna with my mum and my friends ran out in excitement to see the procession, a grand entrance with Bhavesh arriving on his magnificent and beautifully


Hair and Make-up: Nim at Photographer: Videographer: Danny at Emotion Moments Event Management and Decoration: Beau Rivaaj, Party People Catering: Jaipur Palace

adorned white stallion. His cousin was beside him blowing a conch with a dhol player (drummer) leading the whole wedding party

who were all dancing in the street. I could only try and peek out of the window to catch a glimpse - I couldn’t wait to see him!

My most treasured moment of all was when Bhavesh sang a song he had written for me as part of his speech! It completely took me by surprise and made me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.


Real Weddings

From this day


Nikki and Simon enjoyed a lavish weekend wedding surrounded by their closest family and friends

DAY 1 OUR STORY A friend of mine owned a bar near to my house where I would regularly spend my weekends, but had never visited during the week. One Tuesday evening, I decided to break the rule and headed along to the bar where I spotted a tall, dark shaven lad taking to a friend of mine. I have to say, he was stood in bright yellow hi-vis so hard to miss! We began talking and immediately clicked! From there we dated then moved in together before having our beautiful daughter Sofia three years later. Simon is always very prepared and the day he proposed he had been to the shops to collect lots of red rose petals and sprinkled them as a trail for me throughout the house all the way to my engagement ring! He then got down on one knee and proposed, to which my reply was an immediate YES! 64 CONFETI

When we were deciding where to get married, we both knew we wanted a beach wedding, with the sunshine and with a beautiful setting. I started planning the wedding 18 months before; we wanted somewhere beautiful with a modern white setting where our fuschia pink accessories would really stand out. Simon and I spent time looking through the shortlist of venues with Confeti until we found Puro beach; it was perfect and we knew immediately this was the venue. THE BIG DAY We decided on a harpist for the ceremony and I was not disappointed, Anna from Harp Marbella made my walk down the aisle even more romantic than I could ever have imagined. After the meal and speeches, all our guests were invited to make their way over to the dance floor, where Simon performed a much-practised saber with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.

He sliced off the cork from the neck ensuring the champagne burst from the bottle into the crowd. It looked fantastic! Just after our first dance we welcomed the amazing Yanela Brooks, who arrived dressed in a superb silver glittering dress with microphone to match! She sung her heart out playing on the white grand piano and even singing amongst the guests, which they adored and still rave about. I have to say she was a perfect ending to a perfect day. FINISHING TOUCHES My parents had once seen the dancing horse; from that moment we knew we had to have them at the wedding. The dancing horse with the Señorita is based on a love story, the horse dances with the señorita to the beautiful music, it is such a romantic tale we were mesmerised. Cake Couture designed us the most wonderful cake and sweet trees, truly adding the wow factor! It wasn’t just the children that loved the sweet trees, the adults adored them too! As favours we decided that as it was going to be so hot the ideal gift for the women were handmade fans embellished with dried flowers. We had them engraved with our names and the date of the wedding and our ushers kindly handed them out at the ceremony. We then chose a Cuban cigar as a gift for the men, there again had our names and wedding day on them as a memory. For the children I chose to have boxes made for them with various entertainments, gifts etc. to keep them amused throughout the meal and speeches. This worked perfectly for those who were still awake! MOMENTS TO CHERISH I have to say that looking back, there is nothing that I would change; there were so many highlights to our day that it is so hard to choose any in particular. The dancing horse and Yanela were the most talked about by the guests, I think when you choose something out of the norm it is so hard for people to forget. Our perfect, amazing day will be remembered by us for the rest of our lives!

Address Book Wedding Dress: Groom’s Suit: Taylor made from Carl Stuart, Ossett, UK Flower Girls’ Dresses: Forever Yours Maid of Honour’s Dress: Forever Yours Best Man & Ushers’ Suits: Taylor made from Carl Stuart, Ossett, UK Venue & Catering: Organiser: Flowers: Cake & Sweet Trees: Photographer: Anna Gazda Videographer: Hair & Make-up: Entertainment: Harpist: Minister:


DAY 2 LET’S CELEBRATE! We wanted somewhere after the wedding where we could spend time with our guests in relaxed surroundings, where we could have a laugh and re-live the previous day. We stayed at the Cortijo de los Caballos for four nights with our close friends and family which was perfect as it gave us the opportunity to spend some special moments together. We decided to hold the after party at Cortijo de los Caballos on the Sunday, that way all the other guests could come to us and relax with friends.


TIME TO PARTY As the guests had arrived, a few were still feeling a little worse for wear considering some didn’t get home until 6:00am following the wedding. We thought that the best way for us to get the party started was to have some bold, bright and loud dancers. We were all sitting with our guests at the bar by the pool when suddenly we heard the loud drums begin. Walking towards us were the colourful outfits, big feathers and drums. They played music, danced

and even ate fire! The Brazilian dancers lead us, the bride and groom, over to the hog roast and bbq area where we all sat and ate. Once we had finished eating the wonderful food that Nigel from Chez-Vous had organised, the Brazilian dancers returned and encouraged the small children to dance with them, our best man even tried his flips on the dance floor along with mine and Simon’s fathers, this, as you can imagine was exceptionally entertaining!


Real Weddings


Nights Zaid and Zaina Shuhaiber celebrated their nuptials in a beautiful contemporary yet classic celebration at Finca la Concepción. OUR FAIRYTALE Zaid and I met in Sept 2010 at a mutual friend’s engagement party in the Dead Sea, Jordan. Although we stayed in contact we didn’t have the opportunity to meet again until the friend´s wedding in June 2011. After spending our friend’s magical day together, we spent more and more time together and it went from there! Zaid then proposed on New Years Eve 2011 in Beirut in front of 2000 people. When it came to planning our wedding we selected Spain because it is the central area for us between the Middle East and UK and Canada where all our guests would be travelling from. We knew we wanted a candle lit, fairy-tale style, elegant celebration with everyone dressed to impress and able to party into the early hours. The first thing we did was decide on a colour scheme. We chose white and yellow to accent the beautiful gardens of Finca la Concepcion as we wanted the wedding to be contemporary and classic at the same time. We wanted to showcase the stunning old tree in the centre of the venue and our décor and theme truly accomplished and enhanced the beautiful setting.


Address Book Wedding Dress: Suit: Venue: Flowers: Wedding Flowers Marbella by Maxine Photographer: MOMENTS TO CHERISH The entire night was magical and every moment will be treasured. The entrances were one of our most beloved moments. We decided to transform them into a scene from Swan Lake and arranged for ballerinas dressed in black to enter with Zaid, before a group of ballerinas dressed in white performed a routine before my arrival. It was truly spectacular and entirely unique, our guests raved about the entire ceremony. We achieved what we set out to achieve, creating an occasion all our guests would remember forever.

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Our photo booth was also a brilliant success; we took lots of great silly pictures that will always be a constant reminder of how much fun we had on our wedding day. Another highlight was when the DJ announced that the ice cream truck had arrived. The look on our guests’ faces when they found out we had a red ice cream truck parked at the front of our venue was priceless!




Fanny & Kamil

Fanny and Kamil celebrated their special day at the Convento de la Almoraima in Jimena de la Frontera. Photography by

Rachel & Darren

Rachel and Darren enjoyed a fun filled wedding celebration at Tikitano Beach Restaurant & Lounge in Estepona. Photography by

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Emma & Mark

Emma and Mark celebrated their nuptials at the beautiful Tamisa Golf Hotel in Mijas Costa. Photography by Paco Montague


Maryam & Raul

Maryam and Raul took their vows at the Spanish sensation, Hacienda El Alamo in Mรกlaga. Photography by

Rayna & Ben Lord Benjamin Hunter and Rayna Angel celebrated their wedding in style with a three day extravaganza. Over 90 glamourous guests from around the world flew into Marbella for the event. Photography by


Claire & Steve

Claire and Steve celebrated their magical day at Hacienda San JosĂŠ in La Cala de Mijas Photography by Wedding planning by

Sally & Greg

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Sally & Greg

Sally and Greg tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at Villa del Mar located in the Marbella Club Hotel Photography by




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CONFETI This season CONFETI magazine is very proud to celebrate its three year anniversary! We decided to commemorate this special event by creating an issue that would honour this occasion and remind you all why we are the coast’s leading bridal bible. Enjoy our extended fashion features, the hottest local and international bridal news, an in-depth guide to the coast’s finest cake creators and so much more, CONFETI is proud to provide you with everything you need to ensure your wedding day exceeds all your expectations.



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Interview with Award Winning Designer

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utting the first slice of wedding cake with your husband will be a memory you will treasure forever hence selecting your wedding cake can be a daunting task for many brides-to-be. However, fear not, this season, CONFETI comes to the rescue showcasing the finest cake creators on the coast to ensure you can make an informed decision and select a cake that will guarantee you a happy ever after. Some couples opt for a traditional tiered wedding cake, whereas others are in search of something a little more unique, whatever your vision we can assure the coast has a cake maker for you‌


Delicious Cakes & Treats ABOUT ME has grown over the past four Delicious Cakes and Treats Marbella Costa Del Sol, supplying clients with years to be a great success on the s to extravagant seven tier cupeverything from simple sponge cake er of Delicious Cakes and Treats own cake towers!  Daniella who is the best cake courses in London. All Marbella has attended some of the nts and are made to order.  Daniella items are made from fresh ingredie requirements for your big day and offers a free tasting to discuss your n to so make sure you get in touch soo 2013 is getting booked up quickly arrange your meeting. MY STYLE I specialise in stunningly simple designs that offer maximum effect - clean smooth lines, creative use of colour, beautiful sugar or fresh flowers and delicate sugar detail.

MY FAVOURITE CAKE FROM 2012 The reason why I chose this wedding cupcake tower was because I had so much fun and really enjoyed making it. I loved the colours and the client was extremely happy with the finished product. 

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Do you include the top tier in the serving or is it available to save for our one year anniversary? The top tier of your wedding cake if a rich fruit cake can be either had on the day or frozen for your 1st anniversary. Delicious Cakes And Treats Do you offer a variety of flavours? Being French, you can imagine I just couldn’t stick to just a few! This season I have 21 different cake flavors and 20 different cupcake combinations.

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MY STYLE I think I am pretty good at making things that will look as realistic as possible, but rather than trying to impose my style to a client, I prefer to adapt my style to suit them. This is why, if you look at my portfolio, you will never see one cake that looks like another.

Do you offer alternatives to a traditional wedding cake? Brides can choose from round or square tiered arrangements, or cupcake towers which are made to impress. If brides have an idea or picture I can copy or we can start from scratch.

MY FAVOURITE CAKE FROM 2012 It is extremely hard to pick one, I loved each and every one of the cakes I made, and it was very hard to see some of them leave my studio, I would have loved to keep them and look at them… but that´s a wedding cake’s destiny!

How many wedding cakes do you produce a year on average? As years go by I have more and more demands, in 2012 I created 38 wedding cakes, and still have one before the end of the year.

Do you have a portfolio you can share with brides for inspiration? During my wedding consultations, not only do the brides get the chance to taste cake samples, but also we always go through a portfolio of my cakes and the latest cake trends. After discussing together the wedding theme, ambience, colours, the bride and groom’s likes and dislikes, I come up with a personalised sketch. This consultation is essential to produce the perfect design for each couple’s dream cake. I have also worked various times with couples in the UK that could not come to Marbella before the wedding. By exchanging many emails, we were also able to finalise their dream cake. The key for success is dialogue and no matter how many phone calls or emails it takes; I will always ensure I perfectly understand my client’s desires.


David & Marketa’s Chocolate Manufacturer ABOUT US nd to the Costa del Sol, our aim Having recently moved from Switzerla re to the southern part of Europe. is to bring the Swiss chocolate cultu itional Swiss pastries and cakes We can offer the whole range of trad days, anniversaries with an emfor weddings, corporate events, birth orations. phasis on complex chocolate dec ch organic & fairtrade chocolate! We use only the finest Swiss / Fren ral ingredients of the highest qualEverything is made freshly with natu urs. (Colours for the chocolate are ity and we use only natural food colo our products are completely free all AZO-free). We can guarantee that uce the modeling chocolate for from artificial additives. We also prod ee the best quality. the decoration ourselves to guarant

MY FAVOURITE CAKE FROM 2012 My favourite cake was an Eastern European design with an Arabic influence. The entire decoration and freehand drawing was made with the finest French organic fair trade chocolate and each layer was created using a different flavour; raspberry, praline, mocha and chocolate. What differentiates you from other cake creators? Our specialty is chocolate wedding cakes filled with a delicious Swiss-French mousse. We offer an array of flavours: raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, praline, caramel, mocha etc. This is something new on the wedding market! We think the cakes should taste as good as they look! We combine a traditional wedding cake with the finest Swiss pastry and instead of icing, we decorate the cakes with real chocolate. In addition we do offer traditional English wedding cakes. Do you offer the opportunity to sample your cakes? We offer to meet all clients personally before ordering to discuss


all the details. This includes tasting samples with different fillings and we also offer the opportunity to try our chocolate. This way we tailor make the cake to the bride’s exact requirements. Can you tell us a little bit about what else you offer other than cakes? David & Marketa’s Chocolate Manufacturer represents the finest expression of the Swiss chocolatiers craft. We are specialists in producing exclusive chocolate products including pralines and chocolate sculptures. We can offer customised chocolate bars, lollipops, hearts etc. and we also have a selection of various wedding themed figures, and we can offer hand shaped weddingsculpture (for example as a cake topper). In regards to favours we create chocolate stilettos (which can be also customised) and are ideal for the ladies and chocolate cigars, with original vintage cigar bands from the 30’s, are a wonderful male alternative. David and Marketa’s Chocolate Manufacture

CONFETI talks to...

This month CONFETI talks to one of the coast’s leading wedding photographers, Jeremy Standley. How long have you been interested in photography? Forever! My mum was a fashion photographer for Vogue in the 60’s so I have always been surrounded by cameras. How did you get started as a wedding photographer? The first wedding I shot was in Gibraltar a long time ago! To be honest it was the last type of photography I intended on doing but now cannot imagine doing anything else. What differentiates you from other photographers? Mmmm tough one really, all photographers do things differently and no two people see things the same way. I like to use light, reflection, contrast a little more than some people maybe and don’t use zoom lenses but I always strive to capture emotion first and foremost, content in the image is everything. How would you describe you photographic style? Creative documentary and a few funky portraits 84 CONFETI

What types of cameras do you use? Personally I have always favoured Nikon and for the last few years I have used d700 bodies and for 2013 I will use the new Nikon D4.

What is your favorite lens and why? 35mm 1.4, I could shoot an entire wedding with this lens, it is an acquired taste but for me I love the quality of this lens and the perspective.

How do you feel about cropping an image? I try to crop in camera when possible and very occasionally in postproduction. Even a slight crop can completely change an image

and its integrity so when I present my images I prefer to avoid cropping them wherever possible. What has been your most memorable assignment and why? All of them for one reason or another! I have also shot in Barbados and some amazing venues around Europe. They are all memorable; every wedding has a moment I will never forget but some more than others.

think they will, experience counts for a lot in this scenario. What do you feel is the biggest challenge when photographing a wedding? It differs from wedding to wedding but those challenges tend to be

unique to every wedding, good light is something I like to work with and that can be a challenge but with experience of so many different types of wedding and scenarios the challenges become easier to deal with but I wouldn’t love the job so much if it was easy.

What do you feel you would be doing if you were not a photographer? Definitely something creative; I love branding and marketing it fascinates me, I did want to be a private detective once and maybe that helps me capture things other

How many images on average do you take at a wedding and how many images do you present to the couple? If I am shooting alone then anywhere from 3000 to 4000, that said I just got back from a Sikh wedding in Sitges and I shot 7500 images. How do you ensure the bride and groom feel relaxed in front of the camera? I only spend maybe 15/20 minutes maximum throughout the day getting some creative portraits and it is very laid back, a glass of champagne for the bride and groom never hurts but couples always enjoy it way more than they CONFETI 85

people may not see. (Don’t worry, I am not a private detective!) Do you have an assistant or second photographer to assist you on wedding assignments? It very much depends on the size of the wedding and the various elements involved. I don’t use an assistant at all weddings and most of my weddings that involve travel I document alone. I do have a very talented associate photographer called Ruth who will be working with Jeremy Standley Photography from November 2012. It is important for clients not to underestimate that having closely matching styles is crucial to well presented consistent images so a second photographer is not always an advantage.

What wedding albums do you offer you clients? I offer Queensberry from New Zealand which are incredible albums and I also use a small boutique company in Tuscany for 86 CONFETI

my other albums, the print quality and attention to detail is breathtaking. They produce all the books for most of the vineyards and olive oil producers in Tuscany and the quality is a very big deal.

What is it about weddings that you love so much? Everything!! but especially the emotion and little quirks that every wedding has and are so unique. Documenting a wedding

is a great privilege and a huge responsibility but one that I am very passionate about.

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CONFETI talks to...

Clare Westwood

WCS Bespoke - Property, Concierge, Wedding Planning & Maid Services. What is your background? My professional background before starting the business is mainly working to a senior management level within the marketing, advertising, campaign management, event management and customer experience arenas within large bluechip organisations in the UK and in Australia. My professional career with respect to this lasted for 9 years prior to moving over to Spain to set up my business. This background provided me with the extensive project management and planning skills, supplier, logistics and budget management along with the essential contingency planning experience I rely on with every aspect of wedding planning. How did WCS Bespoke begin and why? I started up WCS Bespoke in February 2006 after moving over to Sotogrande, Spain. It was a natural step for me to choose a favourite family holiday destination with such beautiful properties, surroundings and excellent facilities to base my business. I started my business out of a back bedroom of my house, on my own, with a basic website and a few marketing leaflets. I did everything myself at the beginning which was quite a shock to the system going from managing multi-million pound marketing budgets, with extensive teams of professionals to support me, to crawling on my hands and knees often through hedges, trying to find out where a leak was coming

from! However, I can honestly say that I am never scared of getting my hands dirty to get a job done and I definitely know and understand every single aspect of my business from the bottom up! Initially the idea was to check on a few properties, make sure they had hot water and the AC worked and provide a welcome pack of groceries on arrival to a few clients. We have come quite a long way in the last 7 years, now managing over 50 luxury apartments and stunning villas and taking care of every aspect of the clients’ requirements from fiscal requirements, building projects, bookings and reservations, yacht charters and itinerary management to parties, events, retreats and of course, wedding planning. I joke to my clients that I sometimes go from meeting with a bride to discuss the

flowers or help them with a dress fitting straight to a building site to don a hard hat and inspect and sign off the latest stage of a building reform or project… they think I’m joking! However, we never get bored and the diversity of our service portfolio means that the relationships, contacts and reputation we have locally enables us to streamline and solve any snags, issues or problems with one, or maybe 2 phone calls and these problems simply disappear. I am very proud of what we have achieved and the service that we provide to our clients. We are passionate about what we do and value the trust and responsibility that our clients place in our hands. Can you tell us about your team? I am very lucky to have an excellent team of people behind me, delivering the high standards of service

both my clients and I demand. They have been carefully selected according to their own individual skills and experience and what they can bring to the company and offer to clients. WCS Bespoke is a customer facing business. Always keeping clients needs and requirements at the centre of what we do, how we do it and when we do it. My team all have excellent client facing skills and appreciate how important it is to truly understand our clients’ needs, expectations and dreams. María is Spanish but speaks fluent English and has been brought on specifically for her client management skills, which she has gained working in the local five star hotels and golf resorts. She has enormous experience working on weddings and events and is the main point of contact our couples have in addition to me. Susana is Spanish and speaks very little English. However, this is not necessary as she is my little problem fixer! Susana is the kind of person who is constantly running behind the scenes, dealing with problems, sourcing supplies and making things happen. Helen is English and speaks a little Spanish and is my Accounts Manager. Helen is the person who keeps the client abreast of their costs, ensuring that things are running to budget and highlighting where there are any potential


problems with costs, ensuring that suppliers are paid and making sure we have sufficient funds on account at the right time.

relief to a lot of brides and grooms looking to marry abroad. The benefit of only having one point of contact, who can talk to you in your own language for all aspects of your wedding, is immeasurable. The last thing you need in the weeks before the wedding is your guests contacting you about where they can get their hair done, does the hotel provide hair driers, nanny services or what are the best hire car companies? Leave this to us. I have a whole team of people available to deal with all of these queries and requests, so you can just get on with enjoying the run up and excitement to your day.

María José is Spanish and also speaks English. María José is my Office Co-ordinator and in charge of paperwork and licences. María José has all sorts of contacts in all the right places to ensure that paperwork, although a little bureaucratic, goes through as seamlessly as possible. And finally, there is me, Clare – the owner and founder of the business. I am English but I speak Spanish and am in charge of the overall planning, management and delivery. I am the main point of contact for all of my brides and grooms. Are you hands-on when it comes to the planning process? Absolutely. Although I have an excellent and highly skilled team of people behind me, I am absolutely at the heart of the planning, organisation, co-ordination and communication of the weddings we arrange. What design elements do you feel are most important when planning a wedding? This will depend enormously on the bride and groom. However, personally, there are two elements that often get overlooked. Firstly, the small details such as the table layout and design. There are so many ways that this can be personalised and made really special without necessarily breaking the budget! Also lighting, I work with excellent professional technicians and they are magicians when it comes to lighting. A wedding can truly come to life and be magical when the lighting is right. It is such a shame when this is not factored in to the requirements. I remember one particular wedding where I spent a lot of time convincing a groom to trust the lighting technicians and he still remained a little dubious right


up until the sun went down. At this point he actually came to find me and said now he understood, now he knows what we were all talking about! Any advice would you give couples before beginning to plan their wedding? An honest relationship is really important to us. Remember it is your day and we want it to be perfect for you. Not delivering perfection is not an option for us. Ensure that you are clear on what you want and even more importantly what you do not want or don’t like. There is no benefit in being polite as we don’t take it personally – we want to deliver your perfect day and honest feedback and briefing is the best and only way forward! Scrapbooks and “ideas-boards” are an excellent tool. If you see something you like, rip it out and keep it as an idea and

talk to us about it and we can come back with ideas on how this can be incorporated into your day. Also, consider your budget and decide what is most important to you individually and as a couple. We can then ensure that we focus the attention and spend on the things that you both will love and remember. In addition to arranging the wedding day itself, what other elements can your team organise to ensure the entire wedding experience is as enjoyable as possible? In addition to the standard wedding planning services, we can also provide comprehensive destination management services. This means that we can look after all guests and family pre and post wedding requirements too. We can book flights, arrange accommodation, transport, logistics, keep the family and guests entertained with excursions, parties, events, pampering, yacht charters, sports and recreation, catering etc. The list is pretty endless.This is truly unique, and no doubt a great

In addition we can take care of the honeymoon arrangements for the bride and groom at one of the luxury villas that we look after, looking after absolutely every detail for the couple. This can range from, on site chef/catering staff available 24 hours a day to take care of every need, my five star hotel standard maids can be installed in the villa to look after you, we can arrange spa treatments on site, or yacht charters and excursions can be organised. Or we can simply leave you with enough supplies and provisions so that you can enjoy some peace and privacy, secure in the knowledge that we are just a phone call away if there is anything that you need If you choose WCS Bespoke as your wedding and destination management planners, you don’t need any other contacts, we will take care of it all for you - one number, one contact and no worries!! Clare Westwood WCS Bespoke - Property, Concierge, Wedding Planning & Maid Services Tel: +34 607 49 48 02 or +34 956 61 04 74

Marrying in Spain By Padre Peter


ot to put too fine a point on it, getting married legally in Spain is currently a minefield. In essence, foreign nationals cannot get married in Spain unless at least one of them has resided in Spain (with ‘Residencia’ and ‘Empadronamiento’) for at least two years. Catholics can avoid this requirement, but still have to go through several ecclesiastical hoops. But such residence is not actually stated in any national law. It appears to be simply a local requirement of every


region in Spain, and one that is strictly enforced. Unlike Catholics, Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, you-name-it couples cannot legally register their religious ceremonies in Spain, but have to undertake a civil marriage in addition. They can, of course, qualify for a Spanish civil marriage if they meet the necessary regional requirements. (Franco once remarked that in Spain you were either a Catholic or nothing!) There is an alternative. Go to Gibraltar! Sean Connery and

John Lennon both opted for this method. There are no residency restrictions, and in theory one can get married with 24 hours notice, but the popularity of this venue is such that it is best to plan well in advance. The couple simply present themselves at the Registry with original birth certificates, passports, and, if divorced, the decree absolute. No photocopies are accepted. The Governor will graciously grant his permission and, hey presto, the dirty deed is done!. This does not, of course, affect

the situation in Spain, save to highlight the fact that the Ayuntamientos are missing out on a literally golden opportunity! For a civil marriage, the couple must make application on the official form obtainable from the local Registry or District Court. This must be signed by both bride and groom. It is then submitted to the Registry or the Court together with a number of other document. These include birth certificates, which must be originals of the ‘long’ variety, bearing the

Hague Apostille. (This is an international certification comparable to a certificate issued by a Notary Public in domestic law, and in the United Kingdom is issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In the United States it is issued by the Secretary of State of each state.) As with all the other documentation, an authenticated Spanish translation must also be submitted. Proof of Freedom to Marry must be given. In Spain this is called a ‘Fe de Soltería y Vida’, and is available from the Registry or the Court. A valid ‘Residencia’ must also be provided. In the case of divorcees, the original Decree Absolute, with Apostille and authorised translation, must be produced, and in the case of widows or widowers the first marriage certificate and death certificate are needed, again with the Apostille and translation. People under 18 years of age need to produce parental consent. (Almost 350 people aged 14-15 years have married in Spain since 2000!. For this to happen, a judge’s permission is required.) In some areas, when the couple

present their documents at the Registry or Court, they have to be accompanied by one or two witnesses of mature age (‘uno o dos testigos mayores de edad’) who also need to produce proof of identity. Once these documents have been accepted, banns are posted for a period of fifteen days prior to the licence being issued. As has already been noted, it is possible to have a Catholic wedding in Spain without the need for residency. However, a licence must first be obtained from the civil authorities by presenting the documents previously mentioned, although without the need for a Residencia. It is important to note that once the religious marriage has taken place, the Church certificate must then be presented to the District Registry or Court for registration. The couple will also require permission from the bishop of their home diocese, which is then presented to the bishop of the diocese in which they intend to get married, along with their birth certificates, a Baptismal Certificate (issued no more

than six months prior to the date of the proposed wedding and authenticated by the bishop of the home diocese), and a ‘Fe de Soltería y Vida’. This latter is more detailed than the civil requirement, and usually requires a sworn statement by the couple’s parents, witnessed by the parish priest. Divorced people cannot, of course, marry in a Catholic church. The civil procedures already outlined also apply to samesex couples, whether for marriage (permitted under Spanish law) or for the equivalent of United Kingdom ‘Civil Partnerships’. The religious regulations do not apply in such circumstances as the Catholic Church does not recognise such arrangements. For peace of mind it is necessary to start making plans and applications at least six months in advance of the happy day. Without being alarmist, it took one couple eighteen months… And this is where it would be greatly advantageous to the local authorities if they took it into their heads to apply na-

tional law, rather than regional custom. In Gibraltar marriages are normally conducted in the Registry Office. If a couple wish to marry elsewhere, this is permitted on payment of an additional fee. Why could not Spanish local authorities be similarly accommodating? There is no reason why the civil ceremony could not take place as part of a non-Catholic religious celebration (as used to happen in a small town near Marbella, where a local officer attended the ceremonies held in a local hotel, mouthed the legalities, and then left. She tended to appear in jeans and sloppy-joe, which rather detracted from the solemnity of the occasion!) All that is needed is for the local Ayuntamiento to drop its ‘Residencia’ requirement. The other documentation would still be required (and could well be organised by a Wedding Planner). Everybody would benefit. Many more people would wish to get married on our sunny Spanish shores, and the local coffers would benefit accordingly!


GILES BROWN, who any proud father would be happy to give his daughter away to (yeah right) on Father of the Bride duties...


hink Father of the Bride and you will probably be thinking two things. One, the Steve Martin comedy (and I refuse to watch any more of the American ‘comedian’ after his God awful remake of ‘The Pink Panther’). Or you may have a vision of some poor chap who gets lumbered with all the bills at his little girl’s wedding. There is, however, much more to the role than simply ransacking the bank balance. The role of the Father of the Bride is traditionally (and unsurprisingly) taken up by the bride’s father, although it is not uncommon for another ‘fatherly figure’ to fill the void should that role be vacant for one reason or another. Whether it is the bride’s actual father or a suitable replacement, the characteristics of any great Father of the Bride are compassion, dignity, kindness, understanding and love – and a bit of money wouldn’t go amiss either!. When it comes down to Father of the Bride duties and responsibilities, there is more to do than simply writing out an endless stream of cheques – although it probably seems like it at the time. It’s a good idea for the Father of the Bride to talk about budget and financial obligations very early in the engagement. That way, everyone has a clear understanding of who is responsible for what and how much is allotted. More modern brides and grooms often pay for many wedding expenses themselves, so it may not be the financial white knuckle ride that you are expecting.




The responsibilities that the Father of the Bride will undertake will differ greatly from wedding to wedding, but traditionally they will carry out the following Father of the Bride duties:

* Liaising with their daughter

and her partner to see how they wish to go about funding the wedding and offering to pay for certain expenses.

* Travelling with the bride to the wedding ceremony.

* Accompanying the bride down the aisle. Everyone has seen the happy father of the bride escort his daughter down the aisle of the church and hand her to the groom. It’s perhaps the most poignant symbol of the wedding - a father passing the responsibility of his grown child to her soon-to-be husband. (As a side note I always cry at weddings. My friends take bets on how far into the ceremony I’ll start blubbing. The entrance of the bride with beaming father is normally a dead cert…)

* Travelling with the bride’s

mother from the ceremony venue to the reception venue.

* Standing in the receiving line

alongside the bride. The father of the bride and the mother of the bride are the official hosts of the wedding and reception. The father of the bride should plan on greeting guests at the reception, provide introductions and express thanks on behalf of the bride and groom for everyone’s attendance.

* Making the first of the wedding

speeches. During the reception, it’s traditional for the father of the bride to make the first

speech of the evening. Usually, the father of the bride speech will welcome the groom into the family and share some childhood memories of the bride. Whether the speech is sincere and emotional or lighthearted and warm is up to the personalities of the father of the bride, the couple and the setting.

* As part of the ‘first dance’,

dancing with the Bride’s mother when invited onto the floor.

* Sharing a father-daughter

dance at the wedding reception. If the reception has dancing, the father of the bride usually cuts in toward the end of the couple’s first dance to have a turn dancing with his daughter. Some wedding receptions are more relaxed and have a fatherdaughter dance with a special song selected by the bride for this moment (when in doubt, go for Ronan or Celine). As the father of the bride, just make sure you have clear instructions on when you are supposed to dance and with whom. I’ve covered dancing in previous articles. Let’s just say that as Father of the Bride you should try and keep it dignified…

* Your final duty is to be one of

the last to leave on the night, making sure that everyone gets away all right (and gently guiding the diehards away from the bar). Then there’s the small matter of making sure that all bills have been settled up… Good luck!

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Just asPlanned

Put your trust in us‌ We all know how much time, effort and money is involved in creating a dream wedding, with many couples getting married later in life, most have careers and other things demanding their attention and just don’t have the time to plan their own wedding; enter the professional wedding planner.


n expert wedding planner can not only save you time, they can also save you money. Working full time in the industry enables wedding planners to familiarise themselves with all the suppliers, knowing whom they can rely on and who offers value for money. They also know all the little secrets of the business like where to buy quality, inexpensive wedding favors and how to utilize a space to its greatest advantage. However selecting a wedding planner is a daunting task, you need to be aware that many people call themselves wedding planners but often have limited experience and have not undergone professional training. It is important to select a wedding planner who you trust and who you can rely on. Luckily on the coast we are blessed with an array of reliable wedding planners with extensive experience. This season CONFETI decided it was time to share with you our top tips on how to select your ideal wedding planner to ensure your dream day is one to remember. 96 CONFETI

TOP TIPS: How are they dressed? Remember this is a job interview on their part; you are the client and are looking to employ their services so they should be taking this as serious as any job interview. Do they come dressed in a suit or classy attire or a sweatshirt and jeans? You want to ensure your wedding planner will not only work hard but also look the part on your big day; no one wants a wedding planner running around in trainers and sweats on their wedding day. What experience do they have? A reliable and professional wedding planner should have a portfolio of their services and be able to show you images of their previous weddings and what they can create for you. Remember! You are in control; feel free to ask for references. Are they interested and enthusiastic about what you have to say? A wedding plan-

ner should be engaging with you and your partner and giving their professional opinion in what he/ she recommends and how he/ she is willing to work with the color themes you would like. Finally… never be afraid to meet with a selection of wedding planners before you make your decision. This is your special day and if you are going to be spending money on hiring someone make sure you are happy!

WHAT TO ASK? When you meet with a potential wedding planner make sure you have a list of questions to ask! Here is our top ten… 1. Do you have a business card? 2. What services do you offer? (It is important to decide from the beginning whether you require a wedding planner throughout the entire process or just on the day itself.) 3. Do you have references that I can contact? (If they do not have any references or are not happy to provide you with any… walk away!) 4. The colours that we have chosen are...what do you see in terms of décor? (Let them tell you, see how much they know about colors and see how creative they are.)

To put your mind at rest, Confeti asked an array of the coast’s top wedding planners why you can put your trust in them…. “I started of in Tour Operations, putting cruise packages together, I also worked in the hospitality and catering industries back in London before I made the move over to Tarifa 9 years ago. I started by working with another company as an assistant planner and then by complete chance I became a partner. I really wanted to focus on the decoration and creating an ambiance at a wedding guaranteeing a relaxed, stress free and memorable occasion for all our clients. We were selected by Brides magazine this year as one of the top 25 international wedding planning services. Being one of the longest standing wedding planners on both coasts we have built up some fantastic relationships with our suppliers and other planners many of whom have become close friends. We often meet up and share a glass of wine together and talk about new trends and how we can all help each other out. It’s a great community to work in, many planners come and go but the reputable companies always survive, even in the crises. If you’re planning on hiring a wedding planner make sure you check out their credentials first, testimonies and even ask for contact details of past brides or grooms whom you can call for a one on one

appraisal. If your wedding planner is good at his or her job then you should receive an immediate list of references and credentials. We also offer all our clients wedding insurance though an affiliation of ours in London as part of our contract, this insures that if any of the suppliers go bust or fall sick then they are compensated accordingly. Unfortunately it does happen every now and then and although we have never had a supplier go bust, we have had suppliers that for one reason or another cannot make the wedding. The first thing we do is find a suitable alternative and due to our extensive portfolios and connections this has never been a problem. This year in fact I ended up calling a fellow planner from Marbella to find a guitarist for me as mine had sliced he´s hand open the day before the wedding and none of my other guitarists were available. Right on cue a young gorgeous flamenco guitarist walked through the door on time, immaculately dressed and did a fantastic job. If it had not been for our strong relationships then the bride would have been left with a Tres Divos CD. All reputable companies should provide you with a contract, terms and conditions covering all even-

tualities including cancellation and contracts with suppliers. Also you should have all of the company details including the registration number or CIF, address and contact details for the company. It takes a special kind of person to become a wedding planner, a lot of people only see the glamorous side of things which is basically going to a wedding every weekend of the summer but the job is tough and very emotional, the hours are long and always at weekends, our season starts in May and finishes in October, we work every weekend during that period, our days can sometimes reach 21 hours straight followed by an early morning start. You get personally and emotional attached to your clients, which is an extra factor to deal with. Saying that I wouldn´t change it for the world, I feel so lucky to be doing what I´m doing it especially in this part of the world, with the beautiful beaches, sunshine and the Spanish way. We are really looking forward to 2013 its going to be a great year for weddings, I can feel it!” Emily Brown Founder Tarifa Weddings and Iberian Events

5. Can you help us work within our budget? 6. What hours of business may I contact you? 7. Do you offer a package or can you create a bespoke arrangement for me? 8. Who are your preferred vendors? 9. Will you be there on the day? (It is important to know whether your wedding planner will be there or whether they will be delegating the tasks to a colleague or assistant.) 10. How long have you been in the business and how many weddings have you created?


“We are a team of devoted, trust worthy and qualified wedding & event planners with years of hands on experience and vast knowledge of the wedding industry. Our portfolio of events includes the first wedding at the spectacular Sala Beach in Puerto Banus, part of the esteemed Sala Group, and an array of the coast´s finest venues including the Marbella Club Hotel. We arrange bespoke events for all occasions from weddings to birthdays and corporate events introducing our extensive experience and expansive knowledge into each and every celebration. Our team is fluent in English, Spanish and German enabling us to communicate perfectly with local and international brides-to-be. The ability to speak in your mother tongue with your wedding planner is key as it enables you to truly

express you ideal vision and allows us to understand all your desires ensuring we create a day that will exceed your expectations. Our extensive portfolio of venues is endless, ranging from glamorous beachside resorts and exclusive local restaurant to private Spanish cortijos and private intimate villas. In addition we offer brides the opportunity to select from any supplier on the coast rather than limiting your choice to a smaller assortment. However of course we are always on hand to inform and advise you of which suppliers are best suited to your style, who you can rely on and whom offers the best value for money. Trust Sala Events to make all your dreams come true…” Sala Events

“The key to choosing a trustworthy wedding planner is to do your research. Go on wedding forums, talk to local wedding suppliers and contact former brides for a reference. At Fiestasol, we realise that the best advertising is maintaining our solid reputation. We achieve this via our satisfied former clients and excellent relationships with wedding vendors. Our wedding showroom and professional kitchen in Marbella allows clients to see concrete evidence of our success and to feel in safe hands. Having organised over 250 weddings sinc e 2006, we understand what a big responsibility it is for people to place their trust and budget in our hands and we will always resp ect that. Heather Sadtler

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“We specialise in Asian wedding services with no compromises on style and perfection. Our experienced event planners are flexible and endeavour to create a bespoke event, making each and every wedding unique. We can provide the most colourful to the very subtle Mehndhi decorations with talented Mehndi (Henna) artists and the best photographers and videographers to capture your special and emotional moments. Beau Rivaaj, as its slogan suggests, really do make dreams come true.... Our friendly team will make you feel at home and take care of your every need right down to the smallest detail. We know that planning an Asian wedding can be a stressful experience, especially when it comes to destination weddings- but at Beau Rivaaj, we have the experience, expertise and the suppliers to make your dream wedding a reality.

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You can rest assured, that Beau Rivaaj are affiliated, with the best Asian caterers providing all types of Asian cuisine from Gujerati through to South Indian menus, even with amazing vegetarian options. Our team of caterers and waiters have the know how and resources to provide mouth-watering dishes served timely and in a professional manner. Asian weddings can be very big affairs and are sometimes spread over many days. From Mehndhi parties and traditional dance evenings, to traditional weddings and registries to the Reception party finale. Many in between, themed parties, golf and spa day events keep guests entertained and looked after. When it comes to taking this to a different destination, careful planning and coordination is inevitably required. Asian weddings in particular have so many small details that need to be coordinated to the second.�

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Dine and Dance Why not rub shoulders with the A-listers! Head to La Sala restaurant in Puerto Banus for a night of dinner, drinks and dancing the night away. Even when the doors close your night doesn’t need to end, just head downstairs to Aqwa Mist nightclub and continue celebrating into the early hours.

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Odd Customs By Padre Peter


ntil 1939 it was still possible to get married legally in Scotland by the simple expedient of ‘Handfasting’. This comes as a surprise to many, but the custom is of very ancient origin. Quite apart from the act of marriage itself, it was also used to denote an engagement, normally for the period of a year and a day, before the actual marriage ceremony itself was performed. During this time ‘bundling’ was permitted, whereby the happy couple shared a bed (these were often in short supply in the crofts of the Highlands) with a bolster between them, or occasionally in individual sleeping bags. No hanky panky!. Those of a literary bent may well remember the suggestion of the Duchess of Malfi, in Webster’s play of that name, that she and her intended could pre-empt the marriage rite by climbing into bed with each other with “a naked sword between us, keep us chaste”. On careful consideration, perhaps a bolster was safer! ‘Handfasting’ is safer still. It is an old Celtic custom, which symbolises the joining of two people in marriage. It is the origin of the phrase to ‘tie the knot’, and of the custom during many Christian marriage services where the priest wraps the couple’s joined hands with his stole as he pronounces them ‘man and wife’. It also derives from the custom of shaking hands to seal a contract. You cannot shake hands if your hand is concealing a weapon!. The Christian Church was always very careful to adopt pagan rites and rituals when it felt that these could


be useful in evangelisation. Thus Christmas ousted Saturnalia, and the pagan goddess of spring gave her name to the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. In 1753 an Act of Parliament was passed which declared that marriages in England were only legal if performed by a clergyman. This did not affect the Scottish situation, and couples began to elope to Gretna Green to avoid the English clergy (in itself not a bad idea) and to handfast themselves before the nearest witness they could find. This was often the blacksmith, as his forge in the village was nearest the border. The presence of witnesses was important, as it is today, as technically a marriage is performed between two consenting adults, one male and one female (modern civil laws cannot alter this from the religious point of view). There is no need for a third party; the priest is merely present to give God’s blessing. The act itself is performed by the couple ‘per verba de presenti’ which means that it has to be witnessed by those present. And in any such act, the couple join hands to signify their willingness. ‘Handfasting’ reinforces this. Whilst facing each other, the couple join their right hands and their left hands together, forming a knot, whilst coloured ribbons, usually thirteen (to signify Christ and the twelve apostles), are bound round them. Each colour is symbolic. Red, for example, stands for passion, strength, lust and fertility. Blue stands for tranquillity, patience,

devotion and sincerity. Black stands for strength, wisdom, vision and success. In some traditions, however, only the right hands are joined, and the ribbons are tied at the wrist. This may be more convenient if the couple are following the custom of being unbound only when the marriage has been consummated!. At other times, the wrists are unbound after the priest has said something like “the knots of this binding are not formed by these cords, but by your vows. You hold in your hands and hearts the making or breaking of this union”. Whilst tying the knot, the priest may well have already emphasised the permanent nature of the act by saying something like “These are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch”. ‘Handfasting’ is not, of course, confined solely to the British Isles. In Germany, for example, ‘Handfasting’ was considered legally binding amongst the nobility, but with one subtle distinction. If the right hand, or both hands, were used, the act was final. If, however, the left hand was used, then it merely signified that the man concerned was merely taking on a mistress, who could have no claim to his wealth or title. But equally, any offspring would be cared for. This not only protected the mistress and her children, but also provided the noble with additional security either in his old age, or in the case of dynastic conflict. At

the same time it protected the inheritance of his legitimate children. Such protection is also signified in the custom of giving coins at weddings. Once again, thirteen are employed, signifying love, trust, commitment, respect, joy, happiness, harmony, wisdom, unity, nurturing, caring, cooperation, and peace. In Spain, and in other countries once under Spanish rule, this custom is known as the ‘Arras’. The coins, once of gold or silver, but nowadays usually of gold or silver plate, symbolise the bride’s dowry. During the ceremony the groom presents the coins to the bride to symbolise that he shares everything with her, and that his wealth is her wealth. She returns them to him to symbolise the trust that she places in him to support and defend her. How this is done varies, but it usually involves the coins being poured from the groom’s hands to the bride’s, and vice versa. In some traditions, the coins are then permitted to drop into a plate for presentation to the Church, but more generally, if they are presented by a sponsor, they are kept as a keepsake. As an addition to this little ceremony the couple may then be yoked together by a lengthy rosary, which hangs round both necks, with the central crucifix hanging between them. There is, in fact, no end to what can be incorporated into that service which binds two hearts together!


Confeti Local News Step into the World of Chocolate


owadays many brides are ignoring traditions and selecting a cake to suit their individual tastes. No longer hidden behind white frosting, today’s couples are loving the idea of treating their guests to a full-blown chocolate dessert. Not only decadent in taste, they give off a wonderful aroma! David and Marketa’s Chocolate Manufacture specialise in creating luxury Swiss chocolate and French confectionary, including pralines, chocolate sculptures and celebration cakes with an emphasis on complex chocolate decorations, and they don’t stop at cakes… Every woman loves shoes and chocolate. So what could be better than David and Marketa’s handmade chocolate stilettos? Delight your bridesmaids with a little sweet treat or indulge your guest’s with this luxury wedding favour; and they haven’t forgotten about the men! Their chocolate cigars with praline filling are ideal for everyone, even those who don’t smoke! You can kiss vanilla goodbye. From a marzipan and dark chocolate truffle cake to designer chocolate favors, give chocolate a moment in the spotlight.


Boda Marbella


his winter the Palacio de Congresos in Marbella played host to the Marbella Wedding Show. Over 50 exhibitors includingv hotels, restaurants, catering companies, florists, wedding planners and of course the coast’s leading bridal bible, CONFETI, all turned out in force up to reveal to over 4,000 local brides everything that the Costa del Sol has to offer. Throughout the event brides-tobe were entertained with fashion from the coast’s hottest bridal boutiques. On Friday Agustin Torralbo showcased their latest

collection, followed by Charo Peres on the Saturday morning then Gioconda Novias and Lydia Martin finished up the days fashion parade. On Sunday morning Miguel Angel Ruiz and Misana opened the show whilst Gioconda Novias and Charo Peres completed the spectacular showcase. With the finest selection of luxury wedding suppliers situated on the coast this excellent event truly established the Costa del Sol as one of the world’s leading wedding locations.

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he Association of European Wedding Professionals Partners with CONFETI Magazine for Inaugural Industry Workshop The First Annual AEWP Wedding Industry Workshop is taking place at the Molino de Batán this winter covering a variety of pressing topics in today’s industry, including:

• The State of the Wedding Industry & The Latest Trends • Marketing and the Economy 101: How to Sell and Negotiate during Tougher Times • Streamlining Your Wedding Business • Social Media and the Bridal Industry

The Association of European Wedding Professionals is the first organization in Europe dedicated to maintaining professionalism and integrity within the wedding industry Tickets are 125€ and AEWP members will receive a special rate of 100€. Those interested in membership with the AEWP will have the opportunity to join the AEWP for 350€ at the event.

“CONFETI Magazine is synonymous with connecting newly engaged brides with quality, well respected wedding professionals,” shares Jennifer McCloy, Founder and Executive Director of the AEWP. “Given AEWP’s goal to continue to raise the professional standards in our industry, this collaboration was the perfect fit.”



International News Bringing a hint of the UK to Spain…


new trend has captured the wedding world by storm! Want your wedding photographs to be natural and amusing? Looking for something a little different to entertain your guests? A themed photo booth from Elite Booths UK could be just what you need to add that fun factor to your wedding day. Elite Booths UK pride themselves on having the highest calibre of unique photo booths available on the market to suit all your event needs. The informal element of the booth is a great icebreaker and leaves you with pictures you would never normally capture. It is by far the most memorable type of entertainment, which will wow your guests, provide fun and laughter and give you a memory keepsake forever.   Elite’s booths literally breathe life and fun into any event, making priceless memories, giving your guests the perfect memento to remember for years to come! Each booth is kitted out with high-end professional dlsr cameras and flattering beauty lighting ensuring you not only quality fun but also the finest quality images.

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This season CONFETI headed to Ireland’s Biggest Bridal Show, The Wedding Journal

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o other wedding show provides the variety, the glamour and the wedding wow factor like The Wedding Journal Show. Each year this exciting event, brings together over 300 exhibitors, from wedding cakes to bridal boutiques, all under one roof. As well as taking planning notes, guests were treated to fabulous hair and beauty tips from industry professionals on the 98FM Style Stage. Stephen McCusker, from Stephen International hair salon in Lurgan, and make-up artist Danielle Murphy interpreted the key hair and beauty trends. Maire Forkin, Lorraine Tierney from Truly Bridal and Paula King from Tamem Michael took on styling duties, sparking dress ideas with crucial wedding fashion advice. The show highlight was when the ‘Win a Wedding’ finalists took to the stage. After a brief

“Best show yet. I’ve been to the last three Wedding Journal Shows and I’ve enjoyed this one the most. The catwalk show was spectacular and there’s a better mix of stands than ever before.” Cathy Simpson (bride-to-be) 108 CONFETI

introduction from Ireland AM’s Sinead Desmond, they picked gold envelopes at random hoping to draw the one containing a €25,000 wedding prize. There was a brief moment of silence as the couples held hands and then the drum roll kicked in. Jillian Boland and Connor McKee were ecstatic when they took the once in a lifetime prize. From interactive wedding videographers to dainty dress boutiques, The Wedding Journal Show exceeded all expectations and cemented its status as Ireland’s premium bridal exposition.

“Another great Wedding Journal Show, we have had an excellent response from brides looking at the Clarins collections and asking plenty of questions on bridal make-up.” Clarins

“It was fab, the catwalk show was brilliant, I’ve never seen anything like it, it was fun to watch and the outfits were gorgeous. The stage upstairs with Pamela was really good, lots of useful information.” Hazell Newell (bride-to-be)



With the so called ‘minimoon’ becoming more popular than ever, Belle Roberts and her husband decided to put it to the test, opting for a chic, short honeymoon break at a country retreat in Hertfordshire. West Lodge Park Hotel is a 4 star hotel set in 35 acres of grounds with easy access to the capital and surrounded by glorious countryside.


e were greeted at reception by the extremely welcoming and efficient manager. As we were ‘first timers’ he kindly gave us a guided and very informative tour. West Lodge has the feeling of being extremely cosy as opposed to grand. Warm soft furnishings balance the large bay windows allowing you to take in the glorious views, while quirky touches such as wellington boots and your own umbrellas to borrow during your stay add a homely feel. Our room boasted incredible views over the grounds, and with the addition of a jacuzzi bath, Egyptian cotton linen and sumptuous goose feather and down duvets and pillows, a good night’s sleep was pretty much guaranteed. All fifty-nine


individually decorated rooms offer excellent facilities with views over the arboretum. Some rooms have four-poster beds; others boast their own terrace gardens. Desperate to explore the grounds, we quickly changed and made our way outside. The Beale Arboretum consists of a large and interesting collection of trees. There are some 800 different varieties, many are established, but a large number have been planted in the last 40 years. A new addition to the grounds at West Lodge Park are the bee hives, installed this spring. The honey is available to purchase at the hotel reception making it the ultimate local food. After our rather long walk, it was thankfully time for supper, as I

was famished. The highlight of our stay had to be the memorable dining experience, sampling the gastronomic delights on offer. The Mary Beale Restaurant and Terrace Bar has recently been extensively refurbished to a very high standard incorporating a contemporary feel with a hint of traditional features such as original paintings. The restaurant is named after the stunning artwork by Britain’s first profes-

sional woman painter and many of her original works adorn the walls. Upon perusing the evening menu I was delighted to see that the hotel endeavours to source their food locally wherever possible. They work with local suppliers and organisations that assist in their quest for good quality local produce proudly grown in Hertfordshire and neighbouring counties. I loved the fact you could see

exactly where your food had originated from and how far it had travelled. For our starter we both opted for the Shetland king scallops, white sausage and red wine dressing. I followed this with sea bass, sauté jersey royals, flat leaf parsley and tomato fondue, while my husband chose Blix’s farm lamb, roast loin, lyonnaise potatoes, kalamata olives, semidried tomato, balsamic and thyme. My hubbie was ecstatic to find soufflé on the sweet menu; it is his absolute favourite pudding. West Lodges take on this dessert with candied ginger and vanilla anglaise, didn’t disappoint and actually kept him quiet for a good ten minutes. The whole experience was truly delightful and I would recommend it to anyone. The morning of our departure, I took off my shoes, enjoying the fresh grass under my feet whilst feeding the ducks. I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and reluctant to leave this idyllic, beautifully English, country retreat. I just hope my hubbie has picked up my hints for us to return for our first anniversary.

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Musibodas: +34 660 75 32 46;

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Wedding events not to be missed! Vera Wang Trunk Show

16 & 17 November 2012, Browns Bride, London

Browns Bride Sample Sale 9 December 2012, Browns Bride, London

The Bride of the Year Show

January 26 & 27 2013, RDS Dublin, Ireland The Bride of the Year Show is Irelands longest established Wedding Show, established in 1989. Enjoy meeting up to 200 leading wedding specialists showcasing many inspirational ideas and trends for your wedding and romantic honeymoon destinations. From venues to menus, flowers, cakes, video, limousines, honeymoon travel agents etc., In a few hours a couple can book their entire wedding & honeymoon having met face to face with their professional service providers who will cater for their special day and romantic honeymoon destinations.

London Wedding Show

16 & 17 February 2013 Excel, London Taking place at the UK’s fastest growing venue, this show will have over 120 stands plus an extended area will be used which will enable the provision of more facilities for visitors than ever before, including a new coffee bar and an extended Champagne bar. National and local suppliers will be displaying an extensive range of items, with designer pieces and bespoke packages provided by several companies. Everything that a couple could need is available under one roof at this dedicated exhibition, with stunning fashion shows to watch, and a free goody bag for all in attendance.

The National Wedding Show

22 – 24 February London Olympia, London 1-3 March Birmingham NEC, Birmingham With three different dedicated wedding dress sections from samples sales, to boutique and designer ranges, The National Wedding Show is a wedding dress emporium that caters for every bride-to-be in one central location. In addition over 250 wedding suppliers, combining a comprehensive range of wedding experts from bridal gown designer to venues, wedding cake companies, groomswear and florists will be on hand to ensure planning your perfect day has never been easier. Leading wedding blog Rock My Wedding and bridal coach Michele Paradise will also be offering their top tips on how to feel fabulous on your big day.


LoveLove Love

Celebrity weddings always capture our attention and this season didn’t disappoint with an array of our favourite television heading down the aisle.




Dermot O’Leary married his girlfriend of ten years, Dee Koppang at a star-studded event in Kent. The couple exchanged vows in front of a celeb-packed congregation including Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton, Caroline Flack, James Corden, Dawn Porter and Leigh Francis. Dee wore a beautiful cream fitted gown accessorised with short veil, whilst Dermott chose a dark blue suit with a matching waistcoat and grey tie. The couple supplied a picture to the press in exchange for a donation for the church, which is raising money to repair the bell tower.

MARTINE& JACK Martine McCutcheon married her ‘best friend and lover’ Jack McManus in a fairytale wedding ceremony on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como. Jack arrived at the ceremony in a speedboat featured in the movie Ocean’s 12 whilst Martine wore a breathtaking, vintage-style wedding gown by Pronovias. Talking about how he felt when he saw his bride walk down the aisle, Jack told HELLO! magazine, “To me Martine always looks amazing, but she looks so incredible, I had a tear in my eye pretty much all the way through the ceremony. I am blessed with so many amazing memories and moments with her, but today has topped them all. I feel I’m the luckiest man in the world.” 114 CONFETI




After spending her hen weekend in Marbella and enjoying dinner at La Sala restaurant, Kym Marsh returned home to the UK to marry partner Jamie Lomas. The soap stars were joined by a variety of their co-stars, past and present, to celebrate at at Nunsmere Hall Hotel in Cheshire. The Coronation Street actress carried a box containing her son Archie’s ashes with her during the ceremony so he could be with them during this special time, “little Archie isn’t here today, but we know he’ll be looking down” revealed Kym in an interview with OK! Magazine. Their other children were all given a special role for the wedding, “Emily’s a bridesmaid and singing Make You Feel My Love by Adele as we’re signing the register - she’s got an amazing voice,” explained the actress, “Polly is flower girl, Billy is a pageboy and David is giving me away with my dad.”

Comedian James Cordon wed his bride, Julia Carey in a lavish £250,000 ceremony in front of a whole host of his celebrity pals. Julia, who gave birth to the couple’s son, Max, in March last year, wore an £8,000 Monique Lhuillier dress. James opted for a smart navy suit by Savile Row designer Spencer Hart, with a white rose on his left lapel. The couple enjoyed entertainment by pop star Gary Lightbody, lead singer of the band Snow Patrol, former Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and chart-topping hip-hop artists Rizzle Kicks also performed. Celebrity guests included Michael McIntyre and his wife Kitty, Jimmy Carr, David Walliams and his wife Lara Stone, Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, pop star Natalia Imbruglia, ex-England cricketer Freddie Flintoff and the band members of One Direction.



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Confeti Winter 2012  
Confeti Winter 2012  

Confeti is a specialist wedding magazine and website featuring all the information and advice you need – plus more – to make your special da...