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Give your big day a quirky twist with bright blooms and old-school DIY details This preppy backyard affair might evoke memories of summer seaside trips, but it was actually shot on a drizzly day in Torrance, California, showing how an injection of vibrant colour can turn any celebration around. For a combination your guests will remember, blue and yellow with just a hint of gold works wonderfully. Team bright blooms, including roses, tulips and craspedia, with chunky glassware and pretty handmade stationery on the tables for a stylish backdrop. Give your reception a DIY feel with handwritten chalkboard signs and home-baked goodies, and put an alternative spin on the traditional sweet buffet with a milk and cookies station. Fill glass jars with treats and serve ice-cold drinks with paper straws. And, of course, nothing says ‘preppy’ quite like neckties and braces, so work the theme with napkins folded to look like cute bow ties and ensure your groom sports them as part of his outfit. W





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Concept and styling: Ace The Day Weddings & Events ( Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography ( Flowers: Peony & Plum ( Cake: A Sweet Design ( Stationery: Julie Hanan Design ( Favours: Wedding Ambience ( Furniture, linen and tableware: Classic Party Rentals Southbay ( Hair and make-up: Believe in Beauty ( Hair accessories: Shawnie Sherie (



Greece is the word Stunning views over the Mediterranean sea accompanied Semi and David’s beautiful big day


semi & david Semi Koen, 29, a data architect, and David Stern, 31, a business intelligence developer, married with a ceremony and reception at Island, a seafront venue in Athens


A venue by the sea will provide a beautiful backdrop

Jenny Packham hairclip, glittery Louboutins for the day and pearl Chanel shoes for dancing in the evening. My white peony bouquet was accented with a line of purple muscari.

“I had a picture of David and his late mother attached to my bouquet which I felt added a special touch” I also had a picture of David and his late mother attached to my bouquet which I felt added a special touch to the wedding. The details... Guests enjoyed the beautiful sunset during the drinks reception on the top terrace. One of the most popular areas was

our dessert table where we filled crystal jars with traditional Greek and English candies. We decorated the reception with displays of peonies, roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and olive branches in shades of white, green and purple. My favourite moment... I loved dancing to ‘I Loved Her First’ with my dad – I couldn’t stop crying. My dad chose the song and for me it was emotional as it marked the transition from being Miss Koen to becoming Mrs Stern. My tip for brides-to-be... Make the whole day about the two of you. Things might not always happen as originally planned but guests won’t realise or remember those aspects of the wedding. ▲

The atmosphere... We wanted a chic and stylish wedding with lots of meaningful details. Island offered a stunning vista of the Mediterranean sea and was so naturally pretty we instantly fell in love with it. We chose purple and turquoise as our main colours as they complemented the natural surroundings, and although we didn’t have a specific theme we made sure there was continuity with every detail throughout the day. The look... I fell in love with my Vera Wang gown when I saw it in a magazine. It was a light, ethereal style made of tulle and organza with a softly tucked skirt. The sash was embroidered with our names and the date of the wedding. I accessorised with a



Club tropicana Bring some Caribbean sun to your big day with a chilled-out, island-inspired reception PhotograPhy: Max attenborouGH Styling: eMMa nunn


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Let the natural elements take pride of place with your table decoration. Balance the organic textures of wood and linen with a zesty lime and orange colour palette. natural ‘Camelot’ chairs, £4.51 each; white ‘Monet’ seat pads, £1.93 each; ‘Karri’ cutlery, 45p each, all to hire, Jones Hire. Lattice placemats, £21; and runner, £73; both Chilewich. napkins, stylist’s own. green ‘gaudi’ vase, £90, LSA international. Parrot and cockatoo statues, £34 each, Pitfield London. ‘Milo’ tumblers, £38 (for four), LSA international. Vases and candlesticks, all florist’s own. Large ‘Petal’ plates, £21; small ‘Petal’ plates, £6; and ‘Petal’ bowls, £28, all Reiko Kaneko. Table arrangements of ‘Tang’ dendrobium orchids, orange gloriosa lilies and apple-green phalaenopsis orchids, all Mary Jane Vaughan

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Costume drama Take six renowned dress designers, team them with six brides-to-be and what do you get? Dress dreams coming true!

Stylist tip This is a great style for shapely busts

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THE BRIDE: Ruby Jones, 24, from East Sussex THE BRIEF: “It’s really important to me that my bust looks good in the dress because I do have a large cup size, but also a narrow waist with pear-shaped hips, so I want a dress which shows off my curves.” THE DESIGNER: Chenca Westenius from Ritva Westenius ( “I brought along a dress with lots of corsetry and boning for support because I wanted to show off Ruby’s fantastic bust and svelte-like figure. It’s made using French corded lace which has been hand-beaded by us, underneath is duchess satin and on the inside there’s a full drop-in corset and buttons and loops to fasten. I don’t believe there are any rules when it comes to body shapes, the job of a dress designer is to make every body look the best it can. This dress is perfect on a beautiful, curvy woman because of all the RUBY’S REACTION: “I structure and corseting.” feel amazing! If I could look like this on my wedding day I’d be very happy. I love the sequin details and the shoulder strap. This dress has inspired me because there’s so much support to it. It’s my dream dress!”


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THE BRIDE: Lindsay Katherine Fergusson, 33, from Brighton THE BRIEF: “I’d love a romantic-style gown. I admire Grace Kelly so a dress with a 1950s look would be amazing. I’ve always wanted a cathedral-length veil so I’d like a dress which will fit in with that. Our wedding is in September so we’re hoping to be both inside and outside at the venue, so I don’t want anything too restrictive. I also love to dance so I want to be able to move around easily. Being tall, I don’t want anything too wide at the bottom, I want to look elegant and show off my arms and décolletage.” THE DESIGNER: Jason Jennings from Veromia ( “When I designed this dress I had grown tired of the same old neckline; I tried something different with a halterneck lace dress which has a relaxed, easy-to-wear style. I’m aiming for a girl-next-door vibe with this gown. It’s got a nipped-in waist which helps the skirt flow easily off the hips. Lindsay is very tall and slim and looks really comfortable and happy; she’s swinging the dress around without having to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. It’s great to see this gown on a real bride!”

LINDSAY’S REACTION: “It almost feels like fate because I actually had a picture of this dress on my phone! I love it. I can certainly see myself wearing this dress on the dancefloor.”



AVERTED! Side-step every possible getting-married glitch with our save-the-day solutions


t’s the biggest day of your life and you’ve spent the last few months making sure every detail is perfect. So, with all your plans in place, what could possibly go wrong? The truth is, even the best planned weddings have niggles, because there are some elements – such as the weather and, well, your guests – which are completely beyond your bridal control. So, what should you do when you’re faced with your very own worst-case scenario? Wedding planner of Quintessentially Weddings (www.quintessentiallyweddings. com), Sophie McCorry Day, says it’s all about the way you handle the emergency. “The key is damage limitation and keeping calm,” she says. “Remember, whatever happens, nothing will stop this from being your dream day – so be sure to make that your mantra!” To give you a helping hand, we’ve discovered how to turn your very worst bridal nightmares into something not so bad after all... Big-day disaster: The monsoon It’s only a minor problem if it starts to rain, but what if the marquee looks like it might take off and the beautiful lawns of your garden venue resemble the last day of Glastonbury? Diffuse the drama: Try not to break down, shouting and cursing the heavens, because your hair can be re-done and your make-up re-applied. “We’ve had a couple of monsoonlike summers recently,” recalls Sophie. “I remember one wedding where the marquee almost started to fly away in the wind! The good news is, most companies are used to the great British summertime and will have contingency plans in place. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and if you do think it might rain, plan ahead with glamorous wellies and pretty brollies incorporated into your theme.” Also, grey clouds can be atmospheric and couples huddled underneath large white umbrellas make for cute wedding photos. Problem solved! 160


WEDDING solutions really earn his title, so inform him he’s now in charge while you make the most of the rest of your evening and try to see the funny side.” Big-day disaster: The chianti catastrophe Most brides will find it hard to keep a wedding dress spotless throughout the day, but just imagine the horror of red wine-meets-white dress! With the deadly combination of wine and tipsy relatives intent on hugging and congratulating you, it could well happen... Diffuse the drama: “Nobody wears an all-white wardrobe in everyday life,” says Sophie. “You have to see the irony of it; if you wear this pristine thing, it’s almost bound to happen!” Your first reaction might be a complete meltdown, but try to stay calm and consider your poor relative who is now clutching an empty glass and a guilty face; they’ll be feeling bad enough already. “We’ve witnessed a whole bottle of champagne being spilt down a bride,” recalls Sophie. “We had a quick Mr Bean scenario in the toilets under the hand-dryer and all was OK. The option of a second dress for the reception is now becoming more popular so you could enjoy shopping for a stunning reception dress as a back-up just in case.” Then, when you don’t have to wear it on your big day, you can wow your new husband on honeymoon!

I remember one ❝ wedding where the marquee almost started to fly away in the wind

Big-day disaster: The “Ooh, snap!” scenario Your cousin nearly tipped you over the edge by opting for a fitted white cocktail dress, but now your fiancé’s flirty female friend has turned up in a white, backless maxi. She looks gorgeous, as usual, and positively bridal.

Diffuse the drama: However angry you are, try to be the bigger person and consider the fact she may not have realised her mistake. “Take a moment to consider your options here,” says Sophie. “You could demand she goes home and change or you could spend the rest of your day complaining about her wardrobe choice to the rest of the wedding party, but both of these will put a negative spin on your day and direct yet more attention towards her. Remember, you are the bride and nothing can take away from that.” Although perhaps you might have a word with the photographer to clarify that she isn’t actually the bride and if they could avoid her being centre-stage in your wedding pictures, well, that would be good. Big-day disaster: The family fist-fight Whether it’s tension between bridesmaids or a full-on family brawl, you want your wedding day to be all about love, not war. Diffuse the drama: Whatever you do, don’t join in. “Clashes can become an inevitability when you’ve got a mix of people, alcohol and heightened emotions,” says Sophie. “If you sense there are people who are a bit inflammatory towards each other, seat them far apart and with people they’re friendly with.” If, despite your best efforts, a blazing argument does break out, it’s time to look at the positive side: your wedding now has all the drama of a rom-com! It might not be ideal but at least, just like on the silver screen, things always come right in the end. W

“Our wedding hitches” These brides had to negotiate their very own hurdles en-route to wedded bliss... “My new husband knocked red wine over me during his speech! Luckily, it didn’t look too bad and we still had a great day.” Roz Solomon, Darenth, Kent “My father-in-law was meant to pick up my brotherin-law and nephew – our ring-bearer – on his way to the church but forgot! My flowergirl had to step in and my poor father-in-law was mortified.” Sarah Waygood, Battersea, London “After the ceremony I discovered my husband’s

aunt and uncle weren’t there because I had sent them an evening invite instead of an all-day one. They’d travelled all the way from Devon and it still devastates me I made such a mistake.” Nicola Laver, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex “The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud in 2010 meant lots of our guests couldn’t make it or got stuck mid-flight. My friend travelled for 54 hours and still missed our wedding, and we ended up honeymooning in Whitby, Yorkshire.” Helen Foers, Sheffield


Big-day disaster: The drunken groom Most wedding receptions will feature a squiffy guest or two, or perhaps a stray uncle dancing where there isn’t a dancefloor. But what if your groom drinks too much? And by drinking too much we mean he’s can’t-tellwho-he’s-just-married drunk. Diffuse the drama: Getting mad or upset with your beloved might be the natural reaction but it won’t help so try to remember you love him, drunk as he is. “It’s one thing getting a bit exuberant on the dancefloor,” says Sophie. “It’s when things go a stage further that you might need to alert the bar staff! This is a moment for the best man to


La doLce vita Channel the silver screen movie stars of Italian film with fitted va-va-voom gowns PHotoGrAPHy: AdriAn Green StylInG: LizAnne HArris

(Left) Peach lace dress, from £1,200, Charlotte Balbier. Gold hoop earrings, £25, Mirabelle. Gold beaded cuff, £55.50, and gold spiked cuff, £57, both Ashiana. Silver jewelled sandals, £695, Emmy. (Right) Beaded dress, price on application, Catherine Walker. Cream antique-style earrings, £167, choker, £144, and bracelet, £390, all Konplott. Ivory lace round-toe shoes, £229, Harriet Wilde





SHADES oƒ BLUE Team fluid, tiered dresses with delicate accessories for an ethereal and classic look PHOTOGRAPHY: ANTONY NOBILO STYLING: LIZANNE HARRIS


(Left) Full-length chiffon halterneck dress, £1,132, Augusta Jones. Diamond ring, £1,799, Ernest Jones. Aqua crystal bracelet, £149, Swarovski. (Right) Ivory tiered dress, £1,495, Mia Mia by Alan Hannah. Silver hoop earrings, £45, and silver beaded bracelet, £73.50, both Claudia Bradby. Sandals, stylist’s own

tablecentres of 'all For love', 'Sweet avalanche', 'Purple haze', 'Memory lane', 'green Fashion' and 'Cool Water' roses, 'Prada' and 'Casual' tulips, lilac, ranunculus, veronica, cherry blossom and hydrangeas. Selection of silver vases, stylist's own


Rose Inject stylish fun into your big-day album with beautiful blooms and quirky accessories

PhotograPhy: Catherine harbour and Meg MaCkay StylIng: Lizanne harris and eMMa nunn FloWErS: phiLippa CraddoCk fLowers

(Left) Tiered ruffle dress, £169, Alfred Angelo. Pink spotted tights, £5.99, H&M. Flower headband, £49, David Charles at Selfridges. Pink high-top trainers, £33, Converse. (Middle) Taupe and ivory lace dress, £40, and ballerina shoes, £20, both Monsoon. (Right) Ivory ruffled dress, price on application, Demetrios. Silver diamanté belt, from £306, Augusta Jones. Silver and diamanté collar necklace £1,250, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. Flowers, as before. Watering can, £10 to hire,Vintage Style Hire, covered in gift wrap, £2 per sheet, Caroline Gardner. Top hat and pink step-ladder, £10 each to hire, both Vintage Style Hire. Jug and pot, stylist's own, covered in gift wrap, as before



Cha Cha Tint lip and cheek stain, £24.50, Benefit

Eye Brightening volumising mascara in Tonal Black, £6.99, Max Factor at Boots

“For a fresh-faced, sun-kissed look, this lip and cheek stain is a honeymoon must-have” EDITOR CIARA ELLIOTT



Pink Love Salts, £24, Fig + Yarrow


Pure Colour nail laquers in Narcissist, Dilettante, Absinthe and Lilac Leather, £14.50 each, Estée Lauder


Diorskin Nude BB crème SPF 10, £30, Dior

“Estée Lauder's latest collection of nail polishes make a lovely alternative to a French manicure for bridal nails. The formulation is opaque and creamy, with a glossy finish. Yum!” BEAUTY BLOGGER FLEUR DE FORCE



THE SHOWER GEL Spring Cherry iridescent shower gel, £13, L’Occitane

THE FRAGRANCE Tresor In Love eau de parfum, £38 (30ml), Lancome


From top: Ceramide Ultra lipstick in Rouge, £19, Elizabeth Arden. Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in Rose Carnation, £25, Yves Saint Laurent. Rouge Allure lipstick in Ravissante, £25, Chanel. Lip colour in Flamingo, £36, Tom Ford at Harrods



Eye Studio Master Shape brow pencil in Light Brown, £2.99, Maybelline at Boots

THE MOISTURISER Full Of Promise dualaction restoring cream, £46, Philosophy


The Perfect Matte liquid foundation in Classic, £39, Dolce & Gabbana at Harrods


Kohl eye pencil in Dark Amethyst, £31.50, Sisley


Velvet Matte lip pencil in Pop Life, £17.50, NARS


Loose body powder in Rose Bonne Mine, with goose-down puff, £38.50, Caron at Fortnum & Mason


LOVE in a land down under From the brightest of beaches to the chicest of cities, Australia is all about style and substance. Here’s our pick of places to stay

CAIRNS BEST FOR: Water babies STAY AT: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina This five-star resort set in the heart of Cairns is the perfect pit-stop for couples seeking day trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Located on the waterfront, it’s a two-minute walk away from the departing boats. And, when you’re not snorkelling with green turtles and parrot fish, you can make the most of the hotel’s spacious, ocean-front suites, which are decorated with local artwork and an elegant, neutral palette. SEE: Step outside the foyer for a tour of the charming Marlin Marina, which looks particularly spectacular at night, or make the most of the surrounding bars and shops on the promenade come dusk. However, the main draw for visitors is, undoubtedly, the numerous snorkelling and scuba diving trips that depart each day – speak to the hotel’s concierge for advice on the best trips, or opt for a serene seaplane tour over the stunning reefs instead.



RELAX: The hotel’s fully-equipped fitness centre is one of Cairn’s finest facilities and it’s the ideal place to unwind and refresh. Dive into the beautiful outdoor pool, arrange for a couples’ massage or simply relax on the sun deck and enjoy the ocean breeze. If you fancy turning up the heat, take a dip in the Jacuzzi with a glass of something bubbly for a blissful end to an action-packed day at sea. EAT: Be wined and dined at the hotel’s North Food & Wine restaurant, located on Marina Promenade. Boasting outstanding Australian cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean influences, the eatery also offers spectacular waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, plus a fabulous wine list. Ask the sommelier to recommend the perfect tipple for your dish and while the evening away as the tide gently laps against the yachts beside you. Or, head to the Bá8 Lounge Bar for a selection of boutique beers and delicious Spanish tapas. BOOK: Rooms start from £225 per night. Prices may vary according to exchange rates. Visit

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SYDNEY BEST FOR: Ultimate luxury STAY AT: Park Hyatt Sydney, The Rocks Boasting a harbour-front location on the Circular Quay, Park Hyatt Sydney is the place to stay if you want to be in the thick of things. Choose the Opera suite for a room with a view and make the most of your six (yes, six!) balconies come sunset because nothing quite beats sitting on your deck – champagne in hand – as you watch the city’s most iconic landmark change colour once the evening draws in. SEE: Take advantage of the sights on your doorstep and head to the Harbour’s famous grey arch for a steely ‘Bridge Climb’, followed by a more genteel private tour of the Opera House. You could even book a show for the evening or check out the open-air cinema nights which are held throughout the summer at the Royal Botanic Gardens. To finish your stay in style, book a hot air balloon ride over the city for views you’ll remember forever. For more details, check out RELAX: Take time out in the hotel’s Living Room where comfy sofas and waterfront views make for an intimate atmosphere, sun yourself in the outdoor roof-top pool, complete with chic cabanas and panoramic skyline vistas, or treat yourselves to a couples’ massage in the spa. EAT: Offering contemporary Australian fare, The Dining Room at Park Hyatt Sydney has it all: sensational food and a spectacular harbour-front setting. Up the romance factor by booking one of the two private dining rooms to really soak up the views and sophisticated ambience. BOOK: Rooms start from £529 per night. Prices may vary according to exchange rates. Call 0845 888 1234 or visit




BEST FOR: Fine dining STAY AT: Cape Lodge,Yallingup Head just outside of the city and you’ll be in the heart of Margaret River – one of Australia’s premier destinations for food and wine. For the ultimate gourmand stay, book into Cape Lodge, a vineyard offering five-star accommodation, stunning lake views and, of course, sumptuous bottles of fine wine. With just 22 rooms, it oozes boutique luxury. SEE: Opt for one of the many wine-tasting tours in the area; enjoy a spot of horse riding on the coastline, or, if the pods have arrived, book yourself onto a whale-watching cruise to see the humpbacks in all their glory. RELAX: Ask the staff to take you on a tour around the 40 acres of parkland before taking a dip in the outdoor pool and drying out on your deck with a glass of the Lodge’s finest vino. Afterwards, ask the concierge to secure your place on the local sunset kangaroo safari, which will see you get up close with western Australia’s favourite bush animals. EAT: There are so many fine-dining experiences in Margaret River, but make sure you enjoy at least one evening at the Cape Lodge Margaret River Restaurant. Boasting an over-water alfresco decking area, this luxurious venue has won a succession of awards for its Australian fare. BOOK: Rooms start from £320 per night, based on two sharing. For details, visit the website

BEST FOR: City and sea STAY AT: The Prince, St Kilda The cosmopolitan suburb of St Kilda is just a stone’s throw from the beach and a five-minute tram ride from the city centre. The Prince, hailed as a leading boutique hotel at the World Travel Awards, is a visual treat. Here you’ll find sculptural furniture, sleek plasma screen televisions and claw-foot baths in the suites. SEE: Head to St Kilda’s pier at dusk to witness its 1,000-strong colony of penguins return to their rocky abode. There’s something pretty magical about seeing tiny penguins glide back on to the rocks below while the sun sets overhead, so grab a cosy picnic rug and settle down for the evening with fish and chips. RELAX: The Aurora Spa Retreat is Melbourne’s ultimate urban spa and its signature Kitya Karnu treatment could have been designed specially for honeymooners seeking ultimate relaxation. EAT: No visit to The Prince would be complete without dining at Circa, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant and celebrity haunt. Its European fare is perfect for sharing and, on Sundays, the venue is awash with a sartorially sussed crowd sipping espresso martinis. BOOK: Rooms start from £125 per night, based on two sharing. Prices may vary. For details, visit


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